ARIANA GRANDE SUED OVER POSTING HER OWN PAPARAZZI PICS TO INSTAGRAM: Ariana Grande is being sued for posting her own paparazzi photos. In a lawsuit filed in New York Monday, photographer Robert Barbera alleges the singer violated copyright law by posting photos he took of Ariana to Instagram. Back in August, Ariana posted two of the photos – in which she’s exiting a building carrying a “Sweetener” bag – the day she released her album Sweetener. “Happy sweetener day,” she captioned the post, which had received nearly four million likes. In the suit, Barbera says he wants to be compensated with either the profits Ariana earned from the photos or $25,000 for each pic – whichever amount is greater.
ONEREPUBLIC ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE ‘RESCUE ME’ OUT FRIDAY: OneRepublic has announced that their upcoming single, “Rescue Me,” will be out on Friday. The band revealed the news on Twitter alongside a clip of a boy facing a massive waterfall. The tune comes fresh off the “Bones” collaboration with Galantis, which dropped back in January. OneRepublic’s last album was 2016’s Oh My My. The group has a number of summer performances coming up across North America, performing at Bottlerock Napa on May 24th before heading up to Niagara Falls’ Fallsview Casino on July 25th and 26th. OneRepublic will then take on Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 26th.
MADONNA DEFENDS DECISION TO PERFORM AT EUROVISION IN ISRAEL: Madonna, who is due to perform at Eurovision, has responded to protests from pro-Palestinian groups who want companies and performers to boycott Israel. In a statement, the singer said: “I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be. My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace.” Madonna will be performing two songs on Saturday during the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 189 million people tuned into the 2018 broadcast.
PANIC! AT THE DISCO, TRAVIS SCOTT TO HEADLINE 2019 MUSIC MIDTOWN FESTIVAL: Panic! at the Disco, Travis Scott, Billie Eilish and Vampire Weekend are set to headline the upcoming 2019 Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta. The annual festival is set to take place September 14th and 15th at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Lizzo, Charlie Puth, Lil Yachty, Jaden Smith, 6lack, Lord Huron, Tash Sultana, Walk the Moon, Quinn XCII, Noah Cyrus and many more are also set to perform with more artists to be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale Friday through the event’s official website. General admission tickets and VIP packages will be available.
‘LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN’ ANNOUNCES RETURN OF ‘AMERICAN IDOL ENCORE’: Sunday night, we’ll find out which of the remaining three contestants on American Idol – Laine Hardy, Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenburg – will be crowned this year’s winner. But “Idol” fans can help one of their favorites make one more national TV appearance. Live’s ‘American Idol’ Encore will return again this season, allowing viewers to help choose one of the eliminated Top 10 singers to perform in Live with Kelly and Ryan’s New York studio. Once the winner is announced, the nine remaining contestants will be eligible to be brought back for their encore. The polling link will go live on May 20th. The top 10 contestants this year are:Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kaye Booth, Walker Burroughs, Wade Cota, Dimitrius Graham, Laine Hardy, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Alyssa Raghu, Uché, and Madison VanDenburg.