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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ becomes the biggest No. 1 Billboard debut of 2022

Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers has earned the title of the biggest No. 1 Billboard debut of 2022 so far, making it Lamar’s fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.  Mr. Morale topped Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti with 295,500 album-equivalent units; Bad Bunny had previously topped Future’s I Never Liked You. 

Lamar revealed that he was working on new material last summer, and said that the project — Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers — would be his final release for Top Dawg Entertainment.  Ahead of Mr. Morale’s release, Lamar continued his “The Heart” singles series with “The Heart Part 5.” He developed the deepfake video for the track alongside South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone, but the track doesn’t appear on the album.

Mr. Morale arrives five years after its predecessor DAMN., for which Lamar earned the distinction of being the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize. In between the solo albums, Lamar curated and performed on the Black Panther soundtrack, which earned him a Best Rap Performance Grammy for the track “King’s Dead” with Jay Rock.

Lamar is set to tour the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with Baby Keem and Tanna Leone beginning in July.

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Vanessa Hudgens to host the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Vanessa Hudgens is set to host the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 5. Hudgens had previously hosted the ‘MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time’ special in 2020.

“I’m back,” Hudgens said in a video uploaded to the official MTV Movie & TV Awards Twitter account, along with the caption:  “The queen is BACK! Introducing your 2022 #MTVAwards host, @VanessaHudgens. Tune in to the biggest night to be a fan, June 5 at 8p on @MTV!”

The 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards is set to take place from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica and will air at 8 p.m. EDT. The MTV Movie & TV Awards will also present its reality television-focused ‘Unscripted’ portion on the same night.  Spider-Man: No Way Home and Euphoria lead with seven nominations each. RuPaul’s Drag Race earned a leading four nominations in the reality television categories.

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19 children, 2 teachers killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

Authorities say the death toll from a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school shooting now stands at 19 children and two teacher, after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Uvalde is located about 85 miles west of San Antonio and about 50 miles east of the Mexican border. At least six victims had been publicly identified by family members:  third grade student Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10; and fourth graders Uziyah Garcia; Xavier Lopez, 10; and Amerie Jo Garza, 9; were among the 19 students killed, relatives confirmed to news outlets. Family members also identified the two teachers as Eva Mireles, a 17-year educator who taught fourth grade, and Irma Garcia, who taught at the school for 23 years.

Speaking at a news conference shortly after the mass shooting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, a resident of Uvalde. He said the 18-year-old was killed by law enforcement officers, two of whom also sustained minor injuries. Abbott said Ramos entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the suspect shot his grandmother before he drove toward the school;  after he apparently crashed nearby, he went to the campus and opened fire.

The assault at Robb Elementary School was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago. Hal Harrell, the school district superintendent, announcing that all school activities were canceled until further notice, saying: “My heart is broken today. We’re a small community, and we’re going to need your prayers to get through this.”

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NYPD confirm suspect in New York City subway shooting is in custody

A suspect in the unprovoked fatal shooting of a man on a Q train in New York City is in custody. Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Andrew Abdullah, a 25-year-old man from Brooklyn with about 20 prior arrests, including an outstanding gun charge from last year. He also has prior arrests for assault, robbery, menacing and grand larceny, sources said.

Abdullah has three cases that are still pending, including an April arrest for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly being found with a stolen motorcycle, as well as a June 2021 arrest for violating a protective order and March 2021 arrest for assault.

Abdullah arranged a surrender through his pastor to officers at the 5th precinct. The New York Police Department had released surveillance photos Monday of the suspect believed to have shot 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez, taken shortly after he exited the subway.  Detectives have also recovered the gun used in the shooting, which the suspect allegedly handed to a homeless man as he fled the Canal Street station. Sources say the homeless man then apparently sold the gun for $10 to a third person, who reported it to police.

Witnesses say the suspect was pacing back and forth in the last car of a Manhattan-bound train around 11:45 a.m. when he pulled out a gun and fired it at Enriquez unprovoked. A motive for the shooting is still unknown.

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Take a listen to Rina Sawayama’s new song ‘This Hell’ from her forthcoming album ‘Hold The Girl’

Rina Sawayama has announced her sophomore album, Hold The Girl, which is set to be released September 2. The pop-R&B singer previewed the upcoming LP with her new single, “This Hell” (which you can listen to – here.)

According to a press release, Hold The Girl will “once again juxtapose intimate storytelling with arena-sized songs creating another ambitious and original album to excite fans and critics alike.”  Sawayama said in a statement:  “The past couple of years I’ve been listening to lots of female country singers and wanted to write a euphoric and tongue-in-cheek country-pop song. Country music at its core to me represents comfort, brilliant storytelling, and authentic expression of the writer’s reality. I’ve been dreaming of working with Paul Epworth my entire career so I knew it was meant to be when we finished this song in a day.”

Sawayama will also be kicking-off a European tour this summer, featuring performances at major festivals such as Primavera Festival. A fall tour will follow with shows scheduled in Scotland, Ireland, and England.

Pre-order “Hold The Girl”here.

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Tame Impala and Diana Ross share the new song “Turn Up the Sunshine”

Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala have released the new single “Turn Up The Sunshine” from the upcoming animated feature film ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru.’  You can take a listen to the new single, produced by Jack Antonoff, at the link here.

Turn Up The Sunshine is the first single from the recently announced original motion picture soundtrack for ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru,’ and is set for release on Friday, July 1 – which coincides with the film’s global theatrical release.  Minions: The Rise of Gru is set in the 1970s, and tells the origin story of how Gru (Steve Carell), the world’s greatest supervillain, first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled.

The soundtrack features a star-studded line-up including St. Vincent, H.E.R., Phoebe Bridgers and Bleachers. The soundtrack’s executive producer, Jack Antonoff, is lead vocalist of Bleachers.

Pre-order the soundtrack to Minions: The Rise Of Gruhere.

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D.C. Attorney General sues Mark Zuckerberg for Cambridge Analytica data leaks

Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, claiming decisions that he made in 2018 allowed Cambridge Analytica to expose millions of users’ personal data. The suit, filed Monday in the District of Columbia Superior Court, charged the Facebook founder with violations of the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act for failing to protect Facebook users’ data before and after the Cambridge Analytica leak. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has not commented about the lawsuit.

Racine said in a news release:  “The evidence shows Mr. Zuckerberg was personally involved in Facebook’s failure to protect the privacy and data of its users leading directly to the Cambridge Analytica incident. This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct.”  Racine said he filed the lawsuit against Zuckerberg after evidence surfaced during the ongoing litigation that showed a failure to protect user’s personal and consumer privacy: “This lawsuit is not only warranted, but necessary, and sends a message that corporate leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”

In December 2018, Racine filed a lawsuit against Facebook, after Cambridge Analytica shut down over accusations it data-mined 87 million Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica said a “siege of media coverage” of its dealings with Facebook had driven away customers, leaving the company no longer viable. In 2019, Facebook settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $5 billion over the company’s handling of the Cambridge Analytica leak.

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1 dead, 2 seriously injured after 4 people fall down 300-foot cliff in Southern California

Los Angeles police said that four people — two men and two women — plunged at least 300 feet over the side of a cliff in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Monday morning, leaving one dead and three people injured on a beach below an ocean cliff early Monday. Two of the people suffered traumatic injuries while the fourth person suffered a minor injury and was able to walk away. The deadly fall happened around 4:45 a.m., about an hour before sunrise. First responders began their rescue and recovery operation around 5:45 a.m.

Reports state that one person was hoisted from the bottom of the cliff by a helicopter, and brought to the top of the cliff, while a second person was airlifted straight to the hospital. A second person was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Both people taken to the hospital are in critical condition.

No car was involved in the fall, and L.A. County Fire officials say they all appeared to have been on foot. Palos Verdes Estates is on the Palos Verdes Peninsula at the south end of Los Angeles County. A trail runs along the bluff top high above the Pacific Ocean. The area where the fall happened was described as very unstable, with very loose soil, and no fencing in the area.

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Post Malone and Roddy Ricch share the video for their song ‘Cooped Up’

Post Malone has released the music video for his brand new single, “Cooped Up”, directed by Andre Bato directed and featuring a guest appearance from Roddy Ricch.

“Cooped Up” is the second collaboration between Malon and Ricch, following their Roddy’s appearance on the 2019 remix of Post’s quintuple-platinum track “wow.” The new single comes from Post Malone’s forthcoming album, “Twelve Carat Toothache”, that is set to be released on June 3rd.

Take a look at the vide for “Cooped Up” – here.

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Doja Cat cancels upcoming all summer tour dates due to tonsil surgery

Doja Cat has cancelled her upcoming festival appearances, as well as pulling out of The Weeknd’s summer After Hours Til Dawn tour, due to tonsil surgery.

Doja wrote on her Instagram Story: “Hi guys. I wanted you to hear it from me first. Unfortunately I have to have surgery on my tonsils ASAP. The surgery is routine but the recovery is going to take awhile due to swelling. That means I have to cancel my festival run this summer as well as The Weeknd tour. I feel horrible about this but can’t wait for this to heal and get back to making music and create an experience for y’all.”

Last week, Doja Cat took to Twitter to tell fans about her procedure in detail and warned that she “might have some bad news for y’all coming soon.” She said her tonsils got infected before Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards.  She wrote in part: “Dr. just had to cut into my left tonsil. I had an abscess in it. My whole throat is [expletive]. … My tonsils got infected before BBMAs and I was taking [expletive] antibiotics but forgot that I was taking them and then I drank wine and was vaping all day long. Then I started getting a nasty [expletive] growth on my tonsil so they had to do surgery on it [Thursday].”

Doja Cat was scheduled to appear at multiple summer music festivals, including a planned set Saturday at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. She also was lined up for the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival on June 22.

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