Drake signs partnership with SiriusXM, Pandora
NEW YORK — Drake has two new partners: SiriusXM and Pandora.
The two companies which merged earlier this year announced Thursday that they have signed a new creative partnership with the superstar rapper.
The new deal includes “a dedicated station, curated music, and collaborations with creative talent.” The roll-out will start later this year.
Drake is one of the world’s top-streamed artists. He previously had a radio show on Apple Music, did a commercial for the brand and launched new music on the streaming platform, giving Apple an exclusive for a time period over competitors.
Drake has had 35 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won four Grammy Awards.
Beyoncé isn’t a fan of the scale
The singer released a video Wednesday on YouTube sharing how she got back in shape for Coachella after the birth of twins Rumi and Sir in 2017.
It’s part of her partnership with Marco Borges, exercise physiologist and founder of 22 Days Nutrition, a plant-based diet.
Beyoncé had been set to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival two years ago but had to delay it until 2018 because of her pregnancy.
In the new video, a post-birth Bey is about to embark on a grueling schedule.
“Good morning, it’s 5 a.m., and this is Day 1 of rehearsals for Coachella,” she says as she steps on the scale. “Every woman’s nightmare. This is my weight, 175. Long way to go. Let’s get it.”
Viewers of her Netflix concert documentary “Homecoming” know that the 5 foot, 7 inch superstar was 218 pounds when she gave birth and followed a strict diet to get the weight off.
“In order for me to meet my goal, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol,” Beyoncé says in the documentary.
The new video includes scenes of Borges coaching the performer and some of her Coachella team.
Beyoncé and her husband. Jay-Z, partnered with Borges’ The Greenprint Project, which encourages plant-based diets to help the environment.
‘Old Town Road’ rises again in another remix
Lil Nas X is taking his horse to the “Old Town Road” again with a new guest.
This time the Atlanta-based rapper has tapped RM of the astronomically successful K-pop band BTS to appear on the track.
The result is a special remix titled “Seoul Town Road.”
As Lil Nas X says in his hit song, “can’t nobody tell him nothing with how high he’s riding right now.”
As a member of what is arguably the most successful Korean boy band of all time, RM brings a strong fan base which may all but secure Lil Nas X breaking the record.
RM also shows he can rock a country accent.
The song had already gotten a boost from the original remix, which featured country star Billy Ray Cyrus, as well as a remix of that remix which featured hip hop artists Young Thug and Mason Ramsey.
Lil Nas X had some fun on Twitter with people joking about the number of remixes, retweeting some of them.
“Last one I PROMISSEE,” he tweeted.
Gurira is leaving AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’
Danai Gurira, who has played sword-wielding fan-favorite Michonne since “The Walking Dead’s” third season, announced during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel that she will be exiting the show.
“I can confirm this will be my final season as Michonne on the show,” she told the crowd.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress will likely be in “a handful” of the season 10 episodes.
With news of the exit also came word that the zombie apocalypse drama is getting some new warm bodies.
Series executive producer Gale Anne Hurd shared that “American Beauty” star Thora Birch will join “The Walking Dead” as Gamma. Described as someone who is a Whisperer (or a survivor of the apocalypse who blends in with the undead by wearing their skin), she is both deeply connected to that way of life and devotedly protective of the group’s leader, Samantha Morton’s Alpha.
Hurd also shared that Kevin Carroll, who is known for his work on HBO’s “The Leftovers” and FX’s “Snowfall,” will play Virgil.
According to an AMC press release, this character is “a highly intelligent and resourceful man who is desperately trying to get home to his family.”
The 10th season of “The Walking Dead” will premiere at 9 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Another son says he should guide Franklin estate
PONTIAC, Mich. — Aretha Franklin’s sons disagree about who should manage what could be a multimillion-dollar estate.
Attorneys for Theodore White II last week told a Michigan judge in a court filing that White should be named co-executor, or personal representative, along with Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens.
Owens has had that role since the singer’s death last year, when a will couldn’t be found. The subsequent discovery of handwritten wills has left control of the estate uncertain.
A 2014 document shows Franklin chose son Kecalf Franklin as the representative. The names of White and Owens were crossed out, although the pair appeared in a 2010 handwritten will.
White doesn’t believe Franklin crossed out the names. A judge on Aug. 6 will consider a request to have a handwriting expert examine the documents.
—Compiled from Tribune News Services