Today in History
Today in History
Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019. There are 197 days left in the year.
With Mother's Day around the corner, Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift's record for most...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A list of winners in the top categories at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, held Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 Billboard Music Awards being presented Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (all times local):
LONDON (AP) — "Havana" conquered the world in 2018.
A global music industry group says Camila Cabello's song, featuring guest vocals from rapper Young Thug, is the year's best-selling...
Q&A: Producer Boi-1da talks Grammys nods, working with Drake
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boi-1da considers himself a sidekick to some of the biggest music performers, from Drake to Rihanna, and he is now being thrust into the Grammy spotlight for his standout production work.
Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande top 2018′s biggest music stories
Pusha T on winning in 2018, Grammy nom, Drake and Kanye West
NEW YORK (AP) — Pusha T has been on a winning streak.
In a year where rap easily dominated as music's top genre, Pusha T's 21-minute, seven-track "Daytona" album moved the needle and became one of the most successful hip-hop projects of the year, he won his rap beef with Drake and he earned a Grammy nomination for best rap album.
As the rap star reflects on the year, he says: "I really can look back at 2018 and really look at it as a total win."
Tay Keith: Rap’s hottest producer is graduating from MTSU
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — When Drake came to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena earlier this year, there was one name the rap star couldn't stop saying on stage. He told the sold-out crowd that as soon as his tour was over, "I'm going right back to the studio with Tay Keith."
22-year-old Tay Keith, if you're unfamiliar, is a hip-hop producer. And in his field, no one's had a bigger breakout year.
Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake.
West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him.
West wrote "So drake if anything happens to me or anyone from my family you are the first suspect - So cut the tough talk."
Man stabbed during Pusha T concert in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — One person has life-threatening injuries after a stabbing at a Pusha T concert in Toronto.
Toronto Police Constable David Hopkinson said Wednesday three others were treated at a hospital for minor injuries at the Danforth Music Hall late Tuesday. Hopkinson said the patient who was stabbed remains in critical condition.
Video on social media shows drinks being hurled onstage toward Pusha T and fights breaking out as some people charge the stage.
Quavo on cutting collaborations, solo album, Migos and Drake
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quavo may be one-third of the uber-successful hip-hop group Migos, but he's also a rapper in high demand, appearing as a featured act on Top 10 hits by Post Malone, DJ Khaled, Drake and Liam Payne.
The 27-year-old star said he was collaborating with others so much that he had to turn down work so he could completely focus on his first solo album, "Quavo Huncho," released last week.
Taylor Swift wins big at AMAs and encourages fans to vote
Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
Swift won four honors including artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone for the top prize.
Drake fan: New heart ‘feels different, but in a good way’
CHICAGO (AP) — The suburban Chicago girl who received a heart transplant after dancing her way into a meeting with Drake says she's feeling great.
Sofia Sanchez met with reporters on Thursday , three-and-a-half weeks after she received a new heart during a nine-hour operation at Lurie Children's Hospital. The 11-year-old says her new heart "feels different, but in a good way."
Girl surprised by Drake thrives with new heart
Late rapper hits No.1 with Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans rapper Renetta "Magnolia Shorty" Lowe co-stars in the current No. 1 song in the country, even though she died nearly eight years ago in a notorious double homicide.
Samples of Shorty's voice are woven into "In My Feelings," the omnipresent single by superstar Canadian rapper Drake.
Girl gets heart transplant after visit by Drake
- The Washington TimesDrake, Raptors 'superfan,' has Warriors tattoos honoring Stephen Curry, Kevin DurantJune 13, 2019
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11-year-old girl gets heart transplant after visit by Drake
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago girl has received a heart transplant just days after she danced her way into a hospital visit from Drake.
Surgeons performed the transplant on 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez on Monday at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital. The Canadian rapper visited Sofia there after seeing a video of her dancing in a hospital hallway to his song, "In My Feelings." The video inspired a viral dance craze.
Drake visits patient, 11, who invited him to her birthday
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago girl awaiting a heart transplant has danced her way into a meeting with Drake.
The Canadian rapper visited 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez on Monday at the Lurie Children's Hospital during his tour's stop in Chicago. He shared photos on Instagram, saying they had talked about Justin Bieber and basketball.
Drake visited Sanchez after seeing the Downers Grove girl's video version of his song, "In My Feelings," which inspired a viral dance craze.
Drake Surprises Young Heart Patient in Chicago
Rapper Young Thug booked on weapons charge in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car, authorities said Friday.
The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge just after midnight Friday, said Officer Drake Madison. He was being held on $35,000 bail.
Brown and Watson rise to Drake challenge
Issa Rae on ‘Insecure,’ Drake and being a Lyft driver
NEW YORK (AP) — Issa Rae's character on the hit series "Insecure," who works for a nonprofit, does what most people in need of extra cash do: She becomes a Lyft driver.
But the idea of making the show's lead character a part-time driver came from Rae's own experience: The actress said she applied to become a Lyft driver and was rejected.
NEW YORK (AP) — The year of Cardi B continues — this time with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations.
MTV announced Monday that the white-hot rapper is the most nominated act at this year's show, which returns to New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20.
No clear winner in contest for song of the summer
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian police say a rapper who once collaborated with Drake was one of two men killed in a shooting in downtown Toronto.
Authorities on Sunday identified the men as 21-year-old Jahvante Smart and 28-year-old Ernest Modekwe. Smart was also known as Smoke Dawg, and had worked with Drake.
Drake celebrates new album at Miami club
MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Drake is celebrating his new album with his posse in Miami.
The singer arrived Friday night at club E11EVEN Miami with a crew of more than 50 including rapper Party Next Door and hip-hop producer Murda Beatz.
A spokesperson for the club said the DJ jumped into the booth and played songs from Drake's new album "Scorpion."
NEW YORK (AP) — A month ago, Drake's world was crumbling.
Now, he's untouchable.
Pusha T's infamous diss track — where he was in full investigative journalist mode, divulging new information about Drake while also shading his mother, father and bestie — hit Drake hard. Drake's reply — well, lack thereof, marked a low for the rapper-singer, who had surprised music fans when he won his rap beef with Meek Mill in 2015.
Drake calls out Rick Pitino in song on new album
Rapper Drake, a well-known Kentucky Wildcats fan, calls out former Louisville coach Rick Pitino in a song on his new record.
Drake released his latest album "Scorpion" on Friday. It contains a song titled "Sandra's Rose," in which Drake raps about "Louisville hush money for my young gunners, Rick Pitino, I take them to strip clubs and casinos."
ShowBiz Minute: Jackson, 50 Cent, Drake
NEW YORK (AP) — Following his death, XXXTentacion has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Sad!" and his two albums have landed in the Top 10.
Billboard reports that the rapper-singer's song, which originally peaked at No. 7, jumps from No. 52 to No. 1 this week, supplanting Drake's "Nice for What."
The 20-year-old died last week after being shot in Florida.
Anita Baker, H.E.R., Meek Mill shine at BET Awards
The 2018 BET Awards barely handed out any trophies with big stars like Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar absent, but the show included superior performances by rising singer H.E.R., rapper Meek Mill and gospel artist Yolanda Adams, who paid tribute to Anita Baker and nearly brought her to tears.
Baker, an eight-time Grammy winner who dominated the R&B charts from the early '80s to mid-90s, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The complete list of winners of the 2018 BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:
— Video of the year: Drake
— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars
— Best female R&B/pop Artist: Beyonce
— Best male hip hop artist: Kendrick Lamar
— Best female hip hop artist: Cardi B
— Best new artist: SZA
— Album of the year: "DAMN." Kendrick Lamar
— Best group: Migos
— Best gospel/inspirational award: Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
AP Source: J. Cole to perform at BET Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — J. Cole is set to perform at Sunday's BET Awards.
A person familiar with the awards show, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, tells The Associated Press on Friday that the rapper will perform at the show.
Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, Migos, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, Miguel, 2 Chainz and H.E.R. are also performing. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is set to host.
Drake ‘I’m Upset’ video features ‘Degrassi’ reunion
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake is having a Degrassi Community School reunion.
The rapper played Jimmy Brooks in the Canadian teen drama, and a video released Wednesday night for his single "I'm Upset" features several of his "Degrassi: The Next Generation" cast mates.
NEW YORK (AP) — Drake claims rival rapper Pusha T used a blackface photo out of context.
Pusha T released "The Story of Adidon" on Tuesday and the artwork featured Drake in blackface.
Drake posted on his Instagram stories on Wednesday night that the image was not from a clothing brand shoot or his music career.
TORONTO (AP) — The NBA has asked the Toronto Raptors to tell rapper Drake to avoid a repeat of his verbal exchanges with Cleveland's Kendrick Perkins during Game 1 of Toronto's second-round series against the Cavaliers.
Drake, who has been Toronto's global ambassador since 2013, occasionally sits in a courtside seat adjacent to Toronto's bench and trades barbs with visiting players.
Rapper Drake's absence from Games 3 and 4 didn't go unnoticed by Wizards guard John Wall.
In the first two games of the series, the recording artist (and noted Raptors fan) taunted Wall from courtside telling him the Wizards were getting "bodied by 20." Drake, who grew up in Toronto, even called him a "bucktee," which is Canadian slang for being homeless, according to Google.
Drake is set to release his fifth studio LP 'Scorpion' in June.
The 'God's Plan' rapper took to his social media accounts on Monday night to tease the artwork for his forthcoming record, which follows 2016's 'Views'.
Alongside a photograph of himself rocking a bomber jacket with the album title and date on it, he captioned the post on Instagram: JUNE 2018 (sic)"
For us oldsters, "fortnight" is just a fancy British way of saying "two weeks."
In the video gaming world, "Fortnite" is the hottest survival strategy game going. Count the unlikely duo of the Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster and rapper Drake among fans.
As of March 17, engadget.com says, about 40 million people were playing across PC and console platforms.
Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster, other celebs play ‘Fortnite’; internet goes wild
JuJu Smith-Schuster joined rapper Drake and other celebrities to play a video game for an audience of more than 600,000 people Thursday morning.
The seemingly impromptu gaming session began when Drake joined Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, a professional video-game streamer with more than 100,000 subscribers.
Drake and Blevins were playing "Fortnite," a popular game that pits up to 100 players against each other as they scavenge for weapons and fight to survive.
Virginia-born comic Brandon Wardell jokes about Justin Bieber and the difference between Canadian rapper Drake and American rapper Future. Also: the idea of sexting an Uber driver. His Twitter account has more than 30,000 followers, and he has over 8 million loops on his Vine account.
Drake plays ‘Fortnite’ with ‘Ninja’, helps break record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy Award-winning rapper Drake helped Twitch break its record for the most-viewed stream by joining gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins to play "Fortnite."
There were 630,000 concurrent viewers at its peak on the live-streaming platform Wednesday.
The rapper and singer says he's been playing the popular video game for a month or two.
Heidi Klum is "very single and very ready to mingle".
The 44-year-old supermodel split from her boyfriend Vito Schnabel last September after three years together, and despite originally claiming she is on a break from dating, Heidi now revealed she is looking for love again.
Heidi was a guest on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Monday (26.02.18), and said: "I'm very single and very ready to mingle."
LeBron James to produce new 'House Party' movie
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- LeBron James and Maverick Carter are getting into the feature film business. Their production company SpringHill Entertainment is producing a new version of "House Party."
Not a remake or a reboot, SpringHill describes the project as a fresh re-imagining of the 1990 comedy starring the rap duo Kid N Play. The film is being written by Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori from the critically acclaimed FX series "Atlanta."
Drake leaves money, goodwill during stops across Miami
MIAMI (AP) — OK, we get it: Drake loves Miami.
The 31-year-old Canadian rap star has been spreading money and goodwill throughout the city this week, beginning with a surprise visit to Miami Senior High School on Monday to shoot parts of his new music video "God's Plan." He donated $25,000 and promised students they'll get uniforms designed by his clothing label.
Then he surprised University of Miami student Destiny James with a $50,000 scholarship.
Drake, LeBron and the Cavs had an interesting week in Toronto
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Music star Drake had an interesting week with the Cavaliers.
On Thursday, Drake's hometown Toronto Raptors blew out the Cavs 133-99 in Canada with the rapper sitting in the front row.
Throughout the night, cameras caught Drake cheering the Raptors on and smiling at LeBron James.
Drake's beauty is distracting the Cavs tonight. It's ok, I get it. pic.twitter.com/Ym18Huq80a— bacardí barb (@ricatweets) January 12, 2018