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David Letterman Pokes Fun at Dave Chappelle Attack: ‘How Many of You Would Like to Hit Me?’
David Letterman took the stage for a Netflix Is a Joke Festival event Friday (May 7) and appeared to respond to the recent attack on Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl.
Letterman hosted a live comedy show from the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles that also featured fellow comics Rosebud Baker, Phil Wang and Sam Morril. At the start of the evening, the longtime CBS late-night mainstay thanked the audience for attending and then made apparent reference to Chappelle getting attacked Tuesday night at a different Netflix Is a Joke event.
On Saturday, Netflix shared footage via social media of Letterman’s show, and the streaming service titled the video, “David Letterman on the Dave Chappelle Incident,” although the clip did not include him mentioning Chappelle by name.
In the video (watch below), the 75-year-old star could be seen adjusting his glasses, suddenly appearing to get startled and running to the side of the stage. After regaining composure, Letterman quipped, “I’m sorry — thought I saw a guy coming up here.” He then pretended to be listening to someone in the audience and said, “It’s just a waiter? I’m so sorry. It’s just been a little alarming — you know what I mean?”
Letterman went on to say, “In deference to the people coming out here, let me just say this: When the show is finished, I will be in the lobby, and if anybody wants to come and beat me up, by God, come on out.” He then pretended to look for a show of hands as he asked, “How many of you would like to hit me right now?”
Chappelle was performing Tuesday when a man charged the stage, tackling him to the ground and pointing a replica firearm at the comedian, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, later identified as Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. After the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday it declined to pursue felony charges, the L.A. City Attorney’s Office filed four misdemeanor charges against Lee.
During a secret set at the Comedy Store late Thursday, Chappelle addressed the incident, which came a day after his rep said the star wouldn’t let the attack “overshadow the magic” of his Hollywood Bowl shows.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.
Travis Scott Returns to the Stage in Miami Following Astroworld Tragedy
Travis Scott has given his first performance at a public venue since the 2021 Astroworld festival that left 10 people dead.
The 31-year-old rapper took the stage at Miami nightclub E11even at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (May 8) for a 45-minute set that included hits like “Highest in the Room,” “Pick Up the Phone,” “Goosebumps” and “Sicko Mode.”
During the high-energy appearance, Scott reportedly clutched a bottle of Don Julio 1942 while throwing a wad of bills into the sold-out audience and encouraging patrons to take shots.
“Everybody owes me a shot,” the rapper told the crowd, according to Page Six. “We need every stripper to report to the f—ing stage right now. We need every bottle reported to this motherf—in floor.”
Later in the show, Scott was joined by Quavo for a performance of “Dubai S—.” The event was part of the club’s Miami Grand Prix weekend celebration. Other music celebrities in attendance included Future, Tyga, Zedd, will.i.am and Busta Rhymes, TMZ reports.
Following Astroworld, Scott has played private events and after-parties during the Oscars and Coachella. But Sunday’s show marked his first time performing for a public audience.
In late April, Spanish concert promoter Primavera Sound announced that Scott would perform at three of its upcoming festivals: Primavera Sound Sao Paolo (Nov. 6), Primavera Sound Buenos Aires (Nov. 12), and Primavera Sound Santiago de Chile (Nov. 13).
The upcoming festival performances mark Scott’s return to the stage after canceling his appearances at Day N Vegas and Coachella following the Astroworld tragedy, which is still under investigation by Houston Police and the FBI.
Future Earns Eighth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With ‘I Never Liked You’
Future earns his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as I Never Liked You debuts atop the list with the year’s largest week for any album. It earned 222,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 5, according to Luminate. That also marks Future’s largest week for a solo album, by units earned. His only album to post a bigger week was his collaborative set with Drake, What a Time to Be Alive, which bowed at No. 1 with 375,000 units in 2015.
In total, I Never Liked You is Future’s 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200. He previously topped the chart with High Off Life (2020), Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD (2019), HNDRXX (2017), Future (2017), Evol (2016), What a Time to Be Alive (2015) and DS2 (2015).
Also in the new top 10: The Weeknd’s Dawn FM surges 35-2 after the release of its vinyl LP and boxed sets, Miranda Lambert’s Palomino debuts at No. 4, and NoCap’s Mr. Crawford bows at No. 8.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units, compiled by Luminate. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new May 14, 2022-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on May 10. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of I Never Like You’s 222,000 equivalent album units earned, SEA units comprise 214,000 (equating to 283.75 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks), album sales comprise 6,500 and TEA units comprise 1,500. (I Never Liked You’s standard edition was released on April 29 with 16 tracks, and then expanded in the middle of its first week of release with six additional cuts.)
I Never Liked You’s starting sum of 222,000 units is the largest week for any album since Adele’s 30 logged 288,000 units in the week ending Dec. 2, 2021, and the biggest debut for an album since 30 launched with 839,000 a week earlier. I Never Liked You has the biggest week for any R&B/hip-hop album since Drake’s Certified Lover Boy moved 236,000 in its second frame (week ending Sept. 16, 2021), and the biggest R&B/hip-hop debut since Certified launched with 613,000. In fact, in the last 12 months, only three albums have posted a week as large as I Never Liked You: Certified, Ye’s (formerly Kanye West) Donda (it debuted with 309,000 in the week ending Sept. 2, 2021) and J. Cole’s The Off-Season (debuting with 282,000 in the week ending May 20, 2021).
I Never Liked You boasts guests including Drake, EST Gee, Gunna, Kodak Black, Tems and Ye (all on its standard and expanded editions).
The Weeknd’s Dawn FM jumps from No. 35 to No. 2 — matching its debut and peak position — following the release of its vinyl LP, cassette and deluxe boxed sets on April 29. The album earned 57,000 equivalent album units (up 241%), of which album sales comprise 44,000 (up 2,282% — making it the top-selling album of the week), SEA units comprise 13,000 (equaling 17.72 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. 77% of Dawn FM’s sales were from its vinyl LP, which was available in multiple variants, including a Target-exclusive edition pressed on translucent silver vinyl. In total, Dawn FM sold nearly 34,000 copies on vinyl — the largest sales week for an R&B album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991.
Morgan Wallen’s former No. 1 Dangerous: The Double Album falls 2-3 with 50,000 equivalent album units (down 3%).
Miranda Lambert notches her seventh top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as Palomino debuts at No. 4 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned. The set is the highest-debuting country album of 2022 and gallops in with the year’s largest debut, by units, for a country effort. Of the album’s 36,000 units earned, album sales comprise 24,000; SEA units comprise 11,000 (equaling 14.35 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 1,000.
A trio of chart-topping albums is next on the Billboard 200, as Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour falls 4-5 (34,000 equivalent album units; down 6%), Lil Durk’s 7220 descends 3-6 (33,000; down 15%) and the Encanto soundtrack dips 5-7 (32,000; down 7%).
NoCap nets his first top 10 effort with his debut studio release Mr. Crawford, as the album debuts at No. 8 with 29,000 equivalent album units earned. Effectively all of that sum was driven by SEA units (equaling 40.07 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks). The rapper (real name: Kobe Vidal Crawford) has charted three previous efforts on the chart, going as high as No. 31 with Steel Human in 2020. Before the release of Mr. Crawford, NoCap had accumulated 1.48 billion on-demand official streams with his catalog of songs in the U.S., according to Luminate. The Steel Human album accounted for 332 million of those streams.
Closing out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 are Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (7-9 with 29,000 equivalent album units; down 4%) and Doja Cat’s Planet Her (6-10 with nearly 29,000; down 5%).
Luminate, the independent data provider to the Billboard charts, completes an exhaustive and thorough review of all data submissions used in compiling the weekly chart rankings. Luminate reviews and authenticates data, removing any suspicious or unverifiable activity using established criteria before final chart calculations are made and published. In partnership with Billboard, data deemed suspicious and unverifiable is disqualified prior to the final calculation.
U2’s Bono & The Edge Perform ‘Stand by Me’ at Kyiv Bomb Shelter
U2 frontman Bono performed in a Kyiv subway station that serves as a bomb shelter on Sunday (May 8), showing his support for Ukrainians trying to fend off the Russian invasion.
The Irish singer has tweeted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we’ve come to do.”
Bono, alongside guitarist the Edge, sang the Ben E. King song “Stand by Me” in the Khreschatyk metro station. He was joined by another singer in Ukrainian military fatigues.
He also visited Bucha, a town outside Kyiv where hundreds of bodies were found after Russian troops withdrew last month. The town is considered a possible war crimes site.
President @ZelenskyyUa invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we’ve come to do. — Bono and The Edge #StandWithUkraine
— U2 (@U2) May 8, 2022
Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra Bring Baby Home After 100 Days in NICU
It’s a happy first Mother’s Day for Priyanka Chopra, husband Nick Jonas and their baby, Malti Marie Chopra Jonas, whom they welcomed via surrogate in January.
On Sunday (May 8), the couple announced that their child is finally home from the hospital after spending more than 100 days in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).
“On this Mother’s Day we can’t help but reflect on these last few months and the rollercoaster we’ve been on, which we now know, so many people have also experienced. After 100 plus days in the NICU, our little girl is finally home,” Jonas wrote on Instagram, where he shared the first public family photo with their infant, whose face was blocked with a heart for privacy.
“Every family’s journey is unique and requires a certain level of faith, and while ours was a challenging few months, what becomes abundantly clear, in retrospect, is how precious and perfect every moment is. We are overjoyed that our little girl is finally home, and just want to thank every Doctor, nurse and specialist at Rady Children’s La Jolla and Cedar Sinai, Los Angeles, who were there selflessly every step of the way. Our next chapter begins now, and our baby is truly a bad—. Let’s get it M! Mommy and Daddy love you,” he said.
Jonas then took a moment to show appreciation for mothers, especially his wife. The pair have been married since December 2018.
“Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible mothers and care takers out there, but I want to take a minute to say a special Mother’s Day wish to my incredible wife @priyankachopra on her first Mother’s Day,” the singer wrote. “Babe, you inspire me and every way, and you are taking to this new role with such ease and steadiness. I am so grateful to be on this journey with you. You are already an incredible mother. Happy Mother’s Day. I love you.”
“there is no one I’d rather do this with than you. Thank you for making me a mama @nickjonas I love you,” Chopra wrote on her own Instagram post.
See the sweet family photo on Instagram.
‘SNL’ Cold Open Tackles Roe v. Wade, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Trial: Watch
Saturday Night Live‘s cold open on May 7 tackled everything from the Supreme Court document leak signaling that Roe v. Wade would be overturned to the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation trial.
The 13th century England sketch starred host Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Dismukes, Alex Moffat, Kate McKinnon, Chris Redd and Cecily Strong.
“It’s just while I was cleaning the hole on the side of the castle where we poop and then it falls through the sky into a hole of human feces, I started to think about abortion,” Cumberbatch said. “Don’t you think we ought to make a law against that?”
The cold open further addressed the ramifications of a post-Roe world by pointing to how — instead of banning abortion in all of England — they could ban it in certain parts of the country so that the “concubine” could go elsewhere to get their abortions.
Strong joined the sketch as a servant of the “almost child-bearing age of 12,” to point out the obvious.
“Shouldn’t women have the right to choose since having a baby means like a 50 percent chance of dying?” Strong asked.
“That’s why we’re also offering maternity leave,” Cumberbatch said. “When you’re done with 20 years of continuous maternity, you can leave.”
“Shouldn’t we at least make exceptions in cases of rape or incest?” Dismukes asked, with a whiny reply from Moffat, who said, “But those are the only kinds of sex.”
Strong went on to ask why they care about this issue, instead of the fact that most of the people in the town can’t read or write, or that everyone’s dying from an ongoing plague.
“Oh, you think just ’cause I have active plague, I need to wear a mask?” Dismukes asked, adding, “It’s my body, my choice.”
Cumberbatch then said it was clear to him that they’ve reached the limit of human knowledge with their haircuts and “trusting the Catholic church with our money and children.” Moffat chimed in, saying they’ve also discovered birth control.
“You can’t get pregnant as long as when the man ejaculates he whispers, ‘Just kidding,’” he said. Dismukes added, “There’s always Plan B — letting 1,000 bees sting you.”
When they put it to a vote, Cumberbatch, Dismukes and Moffat agree to make abortion illegal, and Redd says he’s against it before joking about how he can’t vote.
McKinnon then made an appearance as a witch, saying that she ate “weird mushrooms in a pile of cow dung” that allows her to see the future.
“Worry not, dear girl,” McKinnon told Strong. “These barbaric laws will someday be overturned by something called progress. And then, after about 50 years after the progress, they’ll be like, ‘Maybe we should undo the progress.’ I don’t know why my visions from that time are very confusing. Seems like all of the power comes from a place called Florida. And if you think our customs are weird, you should watch the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.”
McKinnon ended her bit by saying no matter how many choices are taken away from women, they can always keep fighting.
Arcade Fire served as the musical guest.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.
Arcade Fire Defends Abortion Rights, Performs ‘WE’ Album Tracks on ‘SNL’: Watch
Arcade Fire returned to Saturday Night Live on May 7 to perform a pair of tracks from the band’s sixth album, WE, and deliver a powerful message about abortion rights.
The Canadian indie rock stalwarts launched their fifth appearance on the late-night sketch comedy show with a scorching performance of “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid),” which frontman Win Butler began by sending words of love to his son, Eddie. He ended the inspiring track with a special Mother’s Day tribute, saying, “I love you, mom.” Butler’s guitar also featured a message encouraging viewers to “Call your mom.”
Later in the show, Arcade Fire returned for another searing performance of their previously released song “The Lightning I, II.” At the end of the track, Butler shared his thoughts on abortion rights. “A woman’s right to choose, forever and ever and ever. Amen,” he told the Studio 8H crowd. The powerful words were in response to a Supreme Court document leaked earlier in the week signaling that Roe v. Wade would be overturned.
The May 7 episode also boasted host Benedict Cumberbatch, who returned SNL for a second time. The English actor appeared on the show to promote his new Sam Raimi-directed Marvel film Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, which is in theaters now.
Arcade Fire first appeared on SNL in 2007 during an episode hosted by Rainn Wilson. In 2010, they served as musical guest on a Scarlett Johansson-hosted show, and returned three years later with Tina Fey. The band last appeared on the comedy program in 2018 during an episode helmed by former cast member Bill Hader. The act also graced the SNL stage in 2012, serving as Mick Jagger’s backing band on a few Rolling Stones classics.
Watch Arcade Fire’s SNL performances below, and see the full episode on Hulu here. The streaming service is currently offering a 30-day free trial, which you can sign up for here.
Kanye West to Drop ‘Life of the Party’ Music Video on Mother’s Day
Kanye West is planning to release a new music video on Mother’s Day.
The 44-year-old rapper and fashion mogul, who now goes by Ye, is scheduled to drop a visual for his 2021 song “Life of the Party” on Sunday (May 8) at 6:45 p.m. PT/9:45 p.m. ET, according to a press release.
The six-and-a-half-minute track, a collaboration with André 3000, was featured on the deluxe edition of Ye’s 10th album, Donda. The new video will be available on Ye’s official YouTube channel, along with other digital platforms.
The “Life of the Party” video will also be featured in the debut television commercial for Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga. The ad and video will drop simultaneously on May 8.
“In a seamless alignment between Ye’s creative platforms new visuals bridge the multidisciplinary artist’s past and future,” the news release reads. “Photos from Ye’s childhood have been updated to inlay pieces from the forthcoming Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga creative exploration.”
Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga — a collection marking the first limited release between Ye and Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia — debuted online in late February. The collection boasts “timeless silhouettes translated through a lens of Ye and Demma’s shared vision of utilitarian design,” according to a press release.
The upcoming selection will be available for purchase on May 25 at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET through YeezyGap.com, Farfetch.com, Mytheresa.com and LuisaViaRoma.com.
Tupac Shakur Learns Valuable Lesson From Mother Afeni in First ‘Dear Mama’ Docuseries Teaser: Watch
FX has dropped the first teaser for its upcoming docuseries about late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur and his activist mother, Afeni Shakur.
In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday (May 8), the Disney-owned cabler shared a 47-second trailer for the five-part documentary series Dear Mama, titled after Tupac’s 1995 hit song. In the teaser, Afeni — who died in 2016 — recalls an important lesson she taught her son at a very young age.
“It was my responsibility to teach Tupac how to survive his reality,” her voice booms, as a black-and-white image of her bottle-feeding a young Tupac flash across the screen. “So, Tupac do something wrong, take your little sorry self in that corner, get the New York Times and let’s have a debate about it. Not a discussion, a debate. Let me hear what your idea is, stand up, defend it.”
The Allen Hughes-directed docuseries premieres this fall on FX, and begins streaming the following day on Hulu.
Dear Mama is “told through the eyes of the people who knew them best,” according to a news release from FX. “An intimate wide-angle portrait of the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice are more relevant today than ever.”
The documentary series was originally announced in 2019 and titled Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur.
Watch the Dear Mama teaser below.
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A Rundown of Mickey Gilley’s Biggest Billboard Hits
Mickey Gilley, the piano-playing crooner who grew up with his cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Reverend Jimmy Swaggart, passed away May 7 at age 86 in Branson, Mo.
Between 1968 and 1989, Gilley posted 46 entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, which included 17 No. 1s among 34 top 10s. He also posted 27 entries on Top Country Albums, encompassing 10 top 10s. Two LPs hit No. 1: 1974’s Room Full of Roses and City Lights, which reached the pinnacle in 1975.
Gilley, who was born in Natchez, Miss., on March 9, 1936, hit the top of Hot Country Songs with his first of 17 leaders in June 1974, when “Room Full of Roses” led for a week. His final trip to the penthouse was also his only collaboration to hit No. 1: 1983’s “Paradise Tonight,” with Charley McClain.
Gilley was at the peak of his career in 1980 when the film Urban Cowboy was released. Much of the movie, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger and featuring Gilley, was shot at Gilley’s, the gigantic honky-tonk in Pasadena, Texas, which the singer opened in 1972. The club’s prized possession was the mechanical bull, which Travolta’s character “Bud” rode numerous times. (Sadly, the club burned down in an arson fire in 1990.)
The Urban Cowboy soundtrack remained at No. 1 on Top Country Albums for eight weeks beginning in August 1980 and peaked at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 in September 1980 during a 53-week run.
Also from the movie soundtrack was Gilley’s version of Sam Cooke’s “Stand by Me,” which topped Hot Country Songs. It climbed to No. 22 on the Hot 100 in August 1980, becoming Gilley’s lone hit on the all-format survey.
Gilley’s last appearance on Hot Country Songs was in 1989 when “There I Said It Again” reached No. 53 that August.
The following is a list of Mickey Gilley’s 20 biggest Billboard hits listed by rank, title, peak position and peak date.
Mickey Gilley’s Biggest Billboard Hits
1. “She’s Pulling Me Back Again,” No. 1 (1 week), 4/30/1977
2. “I Overlooked an Orchid,” No. 1 (1 week), 11/2/1974
3. “Window Up Above,” No. 1 (1 week), 6/7/1975
4. “Lonely Nights,” No. 1 (1 week),2/6/1982
5. “Paradise Tonight” with Charly McClain, No. 1 (1 week), 10/15/1983
6. “True Love Ways,” No. 1 (1 week), 7/19/1980
7. “Tears of the Lonely,” No. 3, 6/12/1982
8. “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” No. 1 (1 week), 5/1/1976
9. “Bring It On Home to Me,” No. 1 (1 week), 8/21/1976
10. “That’s All That Matters to Me,” No. 1 (1 week), 12/20/1980
11. “A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight),” No. 1 (1 week), 4/25/1981
12. “You Don’t Know Me,” No. 1 (1 week), 9/19/1981
13. “Fool for Your Love,” No. 1 (1 week), 6/25/1983
14. “Room Full of Roses,” No. 1 (1 week), 6/29/1974
15. “Stand by Me,” No. 1 (1 week), 8/9/1980
16. “Talk to Me,” No. 1 (1 week), 1/29/1983
17. “City Lights,” No. 1 (1 week), 2/1/1975
18. “Put Your Dreams Away,” No. 1 (1 week), 10/2/1982
19. “Doo-Wah Days,” No. 6, 10/25/1986
20. “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” No. 2, 3/31/1984
Mickey Gilley’s Biggest Billboard Hits ranking is based on weekly performance on Billboard‘s weekly Hot Country Songs chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.