SELENA GOMEZ SUING GAMING COMPANIES FOR USING HER IMAGE WITHOUT PERMISSION: Selena Gomez has filed a lawsuit against a number of software companies, accusing them of “profiting off her image, name and likeness without her permission.” One is the mobile app “Clothes Forever – Styling Game,” which Gomez claims took her cover photo from the fashion publication Flare and used it as an illustration for their game, which appears in the Apple App Store. Gomez, whose sponsored posts fetch as much as $800,000, according to the lawsuit, alleges her reputation has been diminished by her unapproved association with a “bug-riddled game.” Selena is reportedly suing for damages, a share of the profits and for the game to stop its alleged unlawful activity and business practices.
THE WEEKND RELEASES MAJOR LAZER REMIX OF NO. 1 HIT ‘BLINDING LIGHTS’: The Weeknd has released a Major Lazer remix of his hit song “Blinding Lights.” “Blinding Lights” is the second single off of his latest studio album, After Hours, which has gone to No. 1 in 29 countries including the United States, becoming his fifth U.S. No. 1 on the Hot 100. The song has already spent 19 weeks on the chart since being released back in November of 2019. Since the drop of After Hours The Weeknd has dropped three bonus tracks (which are on the deluxe version of the album), six alternate versions of songs from the album, and a slew of videos.
DAVID GUETTA ANNOUNCES LIVE STREAM CONCERT FOR COVID-19 RELIEF: David Guetta has announced plans to hold a live streamed concert on Saturday that will help raise money for charities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert, titled United At Home, will take place from Miami and begin airing across Guetta’s social media channels starting at 6 p.m. ET. Guetta will be raising money for the World Health Organization, Feeding South Florida, Feeding America and the France-based Fondation Hopitaux de Paris.
ED SHEERAN DONATES OVER $1 MILLION TO HELP HIS HOME COUNTY AMID COVID-19 CRISIS: Ed Sheeran has reportedly donated more than a million dollars to a variety of local charities in Suffolk, the county in England where he lives, including the children’s hospital wards in his hometown of Ipswich. Ed currently lives on massive estate in Suffolk with his wife, Cherry Seaborn. In addition to his generous donations, Ed’s pal Niall Horan told Apple Music last week that Ed has been working on writing one song per day while in quarantine.
HOZIER TO RELEASE ‘THE PARTING GLASS’ AS CHARITY SINGLE: Hozier will release his live performance of “The Parting Glass,” a Scottish traditional song, as a single for charity on Friday to raise funds for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) Childline amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hozier performed “The Parting Glass,” a Scottish traditional song, on the Irish talk show “The Late Late Show” in March and dedicated the performance to those who have died from COVID-19 complications. Hozier released his second studio album, “Wasteland, Baby!” in March 2019, and the single “The Bones” with Maren Morris in May. He is best known for the song “Take Me to Church.”
RIHANNA, JAY-Z AND TWITTER CEO ARE DONATING MORE MONEY TO COVID-19 GRANTS: After donating millions last week, it was announced yesterday that Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation and Twitter/Square CEO Jack Dorsey will be giving additional joint grants dedicated to supporting global COVID-19 rapid response efforts. The latest funds total over $6.2 million, and will go towards “protecting and serving marginalized populations” in the U.S., with a focus on New York, New Orleans and Puerto Rico as well as international communities.