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Mac Miller Dead at 26 from Apparent Overdose

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Mac Miller Dead at 26 from Apparent Overdose

Mac Miller died Friday of an apparent overdose … TMZ revealed a few short hours ago.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ … Mac was found Friday at around noon at his San Fernando Valley home and was pronounced dead at the scene.

We’re told authorities were alerted by a male friend who placed a 911 call from Mac’s home.

Miller has battled substance abuse issues for years … something that came up again in the wake of his breakup with Ariana Grande. The rapper wrecked his G-Wagon by wrapping it around a utility pole back in May and was arrested for DUI and hit and run. He fled the scene but cops say he later confessed at his home. He blew 2 times the legal limit.

Some people blamed Ariana for Mac’s DUI, and she responded, “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years.” She added, “Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was.”

Sources close to Mac tell TMZ, friends of his warned people not to bring up the subject of his relationship with Ariana because it was “too touchy.”

His 2014 mixtape, “Faces,” was almost autobiographical on the subject of drug use. There
also references to premature death.

Thursday night Mac posted video of a record player and you hear his song, “So it Goes,” which includes lyrics, “Nine lives, never, die, f*** a heaven, I’m still gettin’ high.”

Mac was supposed to start a tour next month.

Story developing …

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After Trump uses Aerosmith song at rally, the band says ‘Dream On’ and takes legal action

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After Trump uses Aerosmith song at rally, the band says ‘Dream On’ and takes legal action

 

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Donald Trump’s had a hard time finding music to play at his rallies. Everyone from the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, and Adele have told him he needs to cease and desist using their music. It makes sense since very few people want to have their names or creations tied to fascism in the history books. Add Aerosmith to that list. Frontman Steven Tyler—reportedly furious that Trump’s team of Stepford citizens decided to use the 1993 hit “Livin’ on the Edge” during Trump’s delusional West Virginia appearance Tuesday night—has sent out a cease and desist letter.

Citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits “any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact … likely to cause confusion … as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person,” Tyler’s attorney contends that playing an Aerosmith song in a public arena gives the false impression that Tyler is endorsing Trump’s presidency.

This is the second time Aerosmith has had to tell Trump’s people to stop infringing on their copyright, having had a similar legal interaction with Trump’s 2015 campaign’s use of “Dream On.” A message to Trump supporters: you may like the music and the bands, but most of your favorite artists can’t stand you.

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QUEEN OF SOUL ARETHA FRANKLIN DEAD AT 76

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QUEEN OF SOUL ARETHA FRANKLIN DEAD AT 76

 
Aretha Franklin, known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like “Respect,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” … died Thursday after a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She’d been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

She had appeared incredibly frail in recent years, and rarely performed live. Her most recent appearance was last November for Elton John’s AMFAR event.

Aretha’s career is just incredible. Born in Memphis in 1942, her family eventually relocated to Detroit where she began singing in her father’s church. She was such a powerhouse gospel singer, she landed a Columbia record deal in the early ’60s.

Her string of chart-topping hits began with her Atlantic Records deal in 1967.

Aretha’s achievements in the late ’60s were remarkable for any artist, but especially so for a black woman in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. She held the record for the most entries on the Hot 100 list of any female artist for nearly 40 years, only to be dethroned in 2017 by Nicki Minaj.

She won 18 Grammys and was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Aretha delivered a powerful rendition of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” — while wearing that unforgettable hat — at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

Throughout her career, Aretha was known for delivering incredible one-off live performances, including at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors show where she sang ‘Natural Woman’ in honor of the song’s co-writer, Carole King.

The Queen of Soul was 76. She is survived by her 4 sons.

RIP

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Rainbow Documentary Trailer Takes Kesha on a Crazy, Emotional Ride

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Nearly one year ago, popstar Kesha released her critically acclaimed Rainbow album, and now she’s releasing a documentary, which is also called Rainbow. The film chronicles the last year of Kesha’s life in the recording studio making the record and on the road promoting it. While her professional life was soaring, her personal life was falling apart, and she attributes the album and documentary as a therapeutic process for her. However, this isn’t just a normal documentary, infused with studio and live footage are psychedelic vignettes, which help to convey Kesha’s mindset at various times.

Kesha’s Rainbow documentary will be released on August 10th, exclusively through Apple Music. The film is her directorial debut and features never-before-seen footage while she was creating in a very dark place. In releasing the movie, Kesha hopes that it will inspire others to “never give up,” and reach out if they need help. She had this to say about the Rainbow documentary.

“Making Rainbow the album was such a therapeutic process and given the opportunity to turn it into a three-dimensional piece of art has helped me find even deeper healing and catharsis. I hope this film inspires others to never give up even if you feel full of hurt or lost, because after the storm comes a rainbow. Depression, anxiety and mental illness are things we all need to talk about more, and there is no shame in asking for help. Making the decision to work on yourself is the bravest thing you can do. I hope this film helps bring light and love to everyone.”

To promote the upcoming release of her Rainbow movie, Kesha and Apple Music have released a short trailer. There’s shots of her in the studio writing and recording the Rainbow album as well as scenes of her powerful performance at the Grammys during the height of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. There’s also some footage of the previously mentioned psychedelic clips, which feature some pretty intense situations like falling into a dark hole, drowning, and a shot that looks like she has her mouth gagged. Early on in the trailer, she explains her state of mind.

“Sometimes things feel like they’re too much to handle. You may be able to pull it together and put on a front in front of others. But inside you’re trapped, suffocating slowly.”

The Rainbow documentary looks like it will be a pretty brutal take on the last year of Kesha’s life. The singer has been battling producer Dr. Luke since 2013 in a series of lawsuits in which she alleges that the producer sexually, physically, and mentally abused her, as well as other artists over the years. She also implies that Dr. Luke has kept her from getting other work, essentially blackballing her from the music industry.

Kesha’s Rainbow documentary was made with her brother, Lagen Serbert, who is a filmmaker. The two have collaborated on many of Kesha’s music videos over the last handful of years as well. While there are moments of lighthearted fun in the Rainbow trailer, it pretty much looks like it’s going to be a heavy experience for viewers to take in. You can watch the trailer for Kesha’s Rainbow below, thanks to the Beat 1 Apple Music YouTube channel.

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