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That’s right, baby: U2 will launch the very first shows at MSG Sphere, the highly-anticipated sphere-shaped entertainment arena at the Venetian resort, once it opens in the fall.
The U2: UV Achtung Baby Live at the Sphere residency will feature music from the band’s seventh studio album, 1991’s Achtung Baby. The show is described as a “futuristic adventure in a unique desert landscape” and marks U2’s first live outing in four years, following the success of their acclaimed Joshua Tree 30th anniversary stadium tour and the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.
Drummer Larry Mullen Jr., however, will be sitting out the residency to undergo and recuperate from surgery. (Mullen already indicated last year that should U2 decide to tour in 2023, it would be without him as he prepares for procedures for his elbows, knees, and neck.) Bram van den Berg will be filling in and joining Bono, The Edge, and Adam Clayton at the Sphere.
“It’s going to take all we’ve got to approach the Sphere without our bandmate in the drum seat, but Larry has joined us in welcoming Bram van den Berg who is a force in his own right,” Bono, The Edge, and Clayton said in a joint statement, adding that the shows at the Sphere have “been in the works for a long time.”
“We don’t want to let people down, least of all our audience,” the trio continued. “The truth is we miss them as much as they appear to miss us. Our audience was always the fifth member of the band. Bottom line, U2 hasn’t played live since December 2019 and we need to get back on stage and see the faces of our fans again. And what a unique stage they’re building for us out there in the desert. We’re the right band, Achtung Baby the right album, and the Sphere the right venue to take the live experience of music to the next level.”
MSG executive chairman and CEO James L. Dolan added, “MSG Sphere’s advanced technology allows a legendary band like U2 to bring its music to life in entirely new ways.”
Bono previously teased the prospect of a Sphere residency during an appearance on Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett’s SmartLess podcast last month. “We haven’t signed off on it but if we do, if we do sign off on this, I will say that if we can pull off what we’re talking about, it’s not like anything we’ve ever done before,” he told the hosts.
For more information regarding show dates and on sale details, register on Live Nation. Watch U2’s Super Bowl ad for the residency above.
Are Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly over? The actress fueled breakup speculation over the weekend after she wiped photos of her fiancé from Instagram. The Transformers star deleted her account altogether on Sunday, but not before posting a lyric from a Beyoncé song about infidelity. Sources tell Yahoo Entertainment the two have hit a rough patch.
“They’ve had plenty of ups and downs throughout their relationship, but this one seems serious,” one insider explains.
A second source close to the singer echoes something similar: “It’s certainly not the first big fight they’ve had. They can usually work through it.”
Fox fell for her Midnight in the Switchgrass co-star in 2020. They got engaged one year ago. A source told People that the stars “haven’t officially called off the engagement, but Megan took her ring off.”
The insider noted that Kelly, real name Colson Baker, and the 36-year-old actress “had a fight over the weekend.” Fox is apparently “very upset” and “won’t speak to” the musician.
One source confirms to Yahoo the blowup happened on Saturday. Kelly and Fox were in Scottsdale, Arizona for Super Bowl weekend as the rocker performed at a private party on Saturday night. Entertainment Tonight reported the actress was supposed to attend the bash, but bailed “last minute.”
“Megan and MGK have a passionate relationship filled with lots of intense emotions, both good and bad, but after this fight, Megan was very upset,” the source claimed. “She was initially supposed to come with MGK to the event and had a whole outfit planned.”
ET‘s insider added, “MGK wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be performing after this.”
Reps for Fox and Kelly did not immediately respond to Yahoo’s request for comment.
The couple’s rough patch came on suddenly. Just eight days ago, Fox attended the Grammys with her “twin flame.” Last week, she publicly gushed about Kelly after he lost out on the award for Best Rock Album.
“Congratulations on being in the very small percentage of artists who have received a Grammy nomination. You have handled this process with a grace and maturity that I haven’t seen from you before and I’m so proud of you,” she captioned a series of photos.
“Watching you walk in humility and gratitude, watching you grow into yourself and become a better man is an immeasurably more satisfying experience than watching you accept an award,” she continued in the now-deleted post. “Although those will come… and this is irrelevant I guess but I will just never ever get over how beautiful your face is. I hope one day you’ll see yourself the way I see you. I love you and I’ll keep this memory of you forever.”
Before deleting her Instagram account, Fox posted a carousel of photos from Super Bowl weekend, but the last image — an audio-less video of an envelope burning in a fire pit — raised eyebrows. Fox cryptically captioned the post, “You can taste the dishonesty/ it’s all over your breath.” It’s a lyric from Beyoncé‘s song “Pray You’ll Catch Me” off Lemonade, an album in which infidelity is a central theme.
Megan Fox deletes photos with Machine Gun Kelly from her Instagram and posts a video of a letter burning captioned with lyrics from Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ track “Pray You Catch Me.” pic.twitter.com/MirUuBfvm4
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 12, 2023
Stapleton opened the biggest night in American football, currently underway at the 63,000-capacity State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Stapleton’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner” on Sunday (12 February) drew comparisons to Whitney Houston’s impeccable pre-game performance in 1991.
One fan tweeted: “Chris Stapleton might’ve just sang my favorite Super Bowl rendition of the National Anthem (Whitney Houston aside).”
“Grown-a** men crying to Chris Stapleton singing the national anthem,” another said. “Wow, this one is right up there with Whitney Houston’s performance. Just amazing.
In honour of the country’s national anthem, the NFL routinely enlists superstar musicians and performers to deliver the patriotic moment at the annual sporting event.
Super Bowl National Anthem-
1b) Chris Stapleton
3) no one else close.
— Arron Oberholser (@ArronOberholser) February 12, 2023
Singers such as Cher, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and Marvin Gaye have previously opened the show with their versions of the national anthem.
Reacting to Stapleton’s moving performance on Sunday night, another fan said: “Chris Stapleton needs to sing the National Anthem every year at the #SuperBowl. WOW!”
One person said they were “still mopping up the tears” after the “Starting Over” singer brought the house down with his rousing delivery of the national anthem.
Other performances tonight include Abbott Elementary star Shery Lee Ralph singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” or the Black national anthem.
R&B star Babyface performed “America the Beautiful” and Rihanna will take centre stage as the headline act during this year’s hotly anticipated halftime show.
On Sunday, the rapper, 53, attended the year’s biggest football game at State Farm Stadium in Arizona alongside 11-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter. JAY-Z also shares 5-year-old twins Rumi and Sir with wife Beyoncé.
JAY-Z and Blue Ivy were spotted ahead of kickoff, both sporting all-black outfits featuring graphic T-shirts and sunglasses. Blue Ivy topped off her look with a black hat and nameplate necklace, while JAY-Z accessorized with gleaming white sneakers.
After walking into the stadium, Blue Ivy stopped in the Eagles’ end zone to pose and jump as her dad recorded the moment on his phone.
At one point during the set, Blue Ivy and Beyoncé performed a duet of their song “Brown Skin Girl,” from Beyoncé’s 2019 The Lion King companion album.
Dressed in a sparkling red ensemble, Blue Ivy sang her portion of the Grammy Award-winning song, while her mother, wearing a yellow corseted dress with a feathered skirt, sang her own parts.
At the end of the track, Variety reported that Blue Ivy hugged her mom and walked up the stage’s steps, where she then struck a pose and blew kisses to the crowd before her.
“Brown Skin Girl” got a standalone visual treatment on YouTube in August 2020. Blue Ivy received a writing credit for the track, which marked her first official entry onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Rihanna is pregnant with her second baby, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The 34-year-old 2023 Super Bowl Halftime performer took the stage in Phoenix Sunday dressed head-to-toe in bright red, revealing a baby bump, and becoming the first pregnant woman to star in the halftime show.
Rihanna played up the big reveal in the opening moments of her performance, rubbing her stomach and leaving the zipper of her outfit — a jumpsuit layered over a close-fitting bodysuit and sculpted bandeau — down to reveal her belly.
A rep for Rihanna confirmed the news to PEOPLE Sunday night.
The Grammy winner and her beau, rapper A$AP Rocky, welcomed their first child in May 2022.
He was seen excitedly supporting her on the sidelines during the halftime show, filming her performance and dancing along.
Rihanna first revealed in January 2022 that she was expecting her first child with Rocky, 33. After she was photographed debuting her baby bump in New York City, a source told PEOPLE that Rihanna is “excited to be a mom” and “couldn’t be happier.”
“Everything Rihanna does, she does it her own way on her own time table, and having a baby is no different,” the source said, adding that the couple were over the moon about their baby on the way.
“They’re just like any other pair of parents-to-be. Yes, they happen to be famous, but they’re just the cutest, giddiest young couple that’s expecting kids.”
Rihanna opened her highly-anticipated Supr Bowl performance with “B— Better Have My Money” and also performed her hits “Run This Town” and “Umbrella” on Sunday.
Before welcoming their first child, Rihanna told Elle that, as a fan of The Real Housewives franchise, she thinks her parenting style will be similar to that of Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Teresa Giudice.
“Teresa from Jersey does not play about her kids. She will flatten you about those kids. And that resonates with me a lot because I feel like that’s the type of mom I’m going to be,” Rihanna told the outlet. “Psycho about it.”
Those in Britney Spears‘ life are worried about the pop star as she goes through a difficult time, multiple sources close to the singer tell PEOPLE.
Spears’ inner circle had an intervention planned for the “Hold Me Closer” singer, 41, but it was canceled at the last minute. She did, however, meet with a doctor on Wednesday night — and while the meeting went well, the next steps are unclear.
“Britney has been acting increasingly erratically and those around her have grown more concerned,” a source says. “She is often up all night, sleeps during [the] day and has a lot of anger.”
Another insider in Spears’ circle tells PEOPLE that things behind the scenes have been “very difficult” and “absolutely chaotic” as those close to her encourage her to get help.
“Everyone had hoped Britney could be convinced to seek treatment before things got any worse but they knew it wouldn’t be easy,” the source says. “She’s been going through a lot and has been increasingly combative.”
TMZ was first to report the failed intervention.
It’s been just over a year since Spears had her conservatorship — under which she was placed in 2008 following a public mental health crisis — terminated.
Since then, the star has said she was “victimized” by the conservatorship, and has regularly used social media to vent her frustrations and air grievances with family members she has accused of enabling her “trauma.”
The concern from those close to her follows growing concern from the public, too, which culminated last month in a welfare check from local police.
A spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office told PEOPLE in January that deputies received multiple calls from fans concerned that Spears had deleted her Instagram account.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we responded to her home for a check on her well-being and determined she was safe and in no danger,” the spokesperson said.
Spears addressed the incident in a statement shared to Twitter, where she asked her legion of followers to take a step back after “some prank phone calls” prompted law enforcement to visit her home.
“As everyone knows the police were called to my home based on some prank phone calls,” she wrote. “I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded.”
Spears clarified that police officers never entered her home, and “left immediately” after they approached her gate and “quickly realized there was no issue.”
“This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media,” she wrote. “During this time in my life, I truly hope the public and my fans who I care so much about can respect my privacy moving forward.”
The star’s 13-year conservatorship was terminated in November 2021 by a California judge. Spears has since accused dad Jamie Spears of forcing her to work and spend time in a mental health facility, and has blamed other family members for enabling his behavior. Spears’ family has denied her claims, and have said they only wanted to help.
Rihanna is getting candid about balancing her busy work schedule as a new mom.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday ahead of her Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show, the musician, 34, opened up about how her work-life balance has shifted since she welcomed her first baby with boyfriend A$AP Rocky in May.
“It’s very different,” she told Apple Music’s Nadeska. “The balance is almost impossible because no matter how you look at it, work is always something that’s going to rob you of time with your child. That’s the currency now, that’s where it goes. The magnitude of how much it weighs.”
“When you make decisions of what you’re going to say yes to, it has to be worth it,” Rihanna explained, noting that her decision to perform at Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show is worth it to her “for sure.”
The “Umbrella” singer also shared how becoming a first-time mom helped give her the confidence to take on a major performance like the halftime show.
“When you become a mom, there’s something that just happens where you feel like you can take on the world. You can do anything, and the Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world,” said Rihanna. “So, as scary as that was… there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all, and it’s important for me to do this this year. It’s important for representation. It’s important for my son to see that.”
Last week, a source told PEOPLE that Rihanna “can’t wait to kill it” at her halftime performance.
“She is ready for the Super Bowl,” said the source. “She is rehearsing right now. She’s very excited, ready and focused.”
Rihanna has also been focused on her role as a parent, added the insider.
“Last year was the most amazing year for her. She took a long break to focus on her baby boy,” the source said of her son, whose name she has yet to reveal.
The source added, “She is obsessed with him and feels fortunate that she has been able to slow down and just be a mom.”
The Grammy winner revealed in January 2022 that she was expecting her first child with Rocky. After she was photographed debuting her baby bump in New York City, a source told PEOPLE that Rihanna was “excited to be a mom” and “couldn’t be happier.”
“Everything Rihanna does, she does it her own way on her own timetable, and having a baby is no different,” the source said at the time. “They’re just like any other pair of parents-to-be. Yes, they happen to be famous, but they’re just the cutest, giddiest young couple that’s expecting kids.”
Oxlade is coming to Europe.
Period: June/July 2023
Oxlade is now available for concerts, clubs, afterparty, private events, endorsement, corporate events, festivals, and other interesting opportunities.
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Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, known professionally as Oxlade, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter signed to Troniq Music, Epic Records in France, and Fuenlabrada Records in the UK. He rose to prominence with the release of the song “Away“, which appeared on Rolling Stone‘s 50 best songs of 2020. Oxlade was named the first Pandora Africa’s Next Artist in July 2022.
We are pleased to announce that Jeremih is coming to Europe.
Period: 1st Sep – 1st Oct 2023
He is now available for concerts, clubs, afterparty, private events, endorsement, corporate events, festivals, and other interesting opportunities.