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Thousands of concertgoers flee Manchester Arena in terror after ‘loud bangs’ heard at Ariana Grande gig

A NUMBER people are confirmed dead and other injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande gig.

Manchester Police tweeted that emergency services were responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena, which can hold 21,000 people.

“There are a number of confirmed fatalities and other injured.”

Witnesses on social media have reported hearing a “massive bang” minutes after Grande finished her set, sending screaming crowds rushing out of venue.

There were also reports that an official came onstage afterwards and explained the noise wasn’t an explosion but it was too late and the panic had already led to people being crushed.

Robert Tempkin, 22, told the BBC: “Everyone was screaming and running, there were coats and people’s phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.”

Some people said it was balloons busting, and others reported seeing victims covered in blood.

“There were lots of ambulances. I saw somebody being treated. I couldn’t tell what had happened to him.”

One Twitter user reported seeing “loads of kids and little girls” lying on the floor of a corridor.

 

Another man Chris told Today he was sceptical that the loud noise was a balloon popping.

“It was way too loud and obviously with Manchester police saying that people have died now and people are injured on the way to hospital, then obviously it confirms it wasn’t a balloon,” he said.

 

Concertgoer Harry Johnson said an explosion happened just after the show finished.

“People were starting to make their way out of the arena, there was then an explosion, a moment of silence and people started shouting ‘get down’ and running and screaming,” he told Today.

“It was just a really, really, loud bang, it was terrifying.

“There was screaming, running, people getting down, pushing, there were guards shouting to get out, I’ve heard reports of people shouting there was a man with a gun, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not.”

Another concertgoer Lily also described the blast as “extremely loud”.

“People were just telling us to either get down, there was so much panic and confusion, that we didn’t know what to do at the time,” she said.

“The concert had just finished. And all the lights had been turned back on. People were gradually starting to make their way out and then the explosion was heard.

“I didn’t see anything. But I’ve heard people saying that they saw smoke and a few people claiming that they saw explosions. But I can’t confirm that.”

FULL LIST: Winners, Billboard Music Awards 2017

Twenty One Pilots, Drake, and Beyonce top this year's Billboard Music Awards 

 

MANILA, Philippines – The annual Billboard Music Awards was held on Sunday, May 21 (May 22, Manila) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Twenty One Pilots, Drake, and Beyonce taking home some of the big awards.

Korean group BTS won the Top Social Artist Award. 

Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris hosted this year's show.

Here's the full list of winners: 

Top Artist

  • Adele
  • Beyonce
  • Justin Bieber
  • The Chainsmokers
  • WINNER: Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The Weeknd


Top New Artist

  • Alessia Cara
  • Desiigner
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Lukas Graham
  • WINNER: Zayn


Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity

  • Luke Bryan
  • Nicki Minaj
  • The Chainsmokers
  • The Weeknd
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots


Top Male Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Future
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd


Top Female Artist:

  • Adele
  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Ariana Grande
  • Rihanna
  • Sia


Top Duo/Group:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots 


Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Beyonce
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Prince
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The Weeknd


Top Song Sales Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Prince
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Twenty One Pilots


Top Radio Songs Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Drake
  • Rihanna
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots 

Top Streaming Songs Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Desiigner
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots


Top Social Artist:

  • Justin Bieber
  • WINNER: BTS 
  • Selena Gomez
  • Ariana Grande
  • Shawn Mendes


Top Touring Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Coldplay
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band


Top R&B Artist

  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Bruno Mars
  • Frank Ocean
  • Rihanna
  • The Weeknd


Top R&B Tour

  • WINNER: Beyonce 
  • Lionel Richie
  • Rihanna


Top Rap Artist

  • J. Cole
  • Desiigner
  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Future
  • Rae Sremmurd


Top Rap Tour

  • WINNER: Drake 
  • Future
  • Kanye West

Top Country Artist:

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • WINNER: Blake Shelton 
  • Keith Urban
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Jason Aldean


Top Country Tour

  • Luke Bryan
  • WINNER: Kenny Chesney 
  • Dixie Chicks


Top Rock Artist

  • Coldplay
  • The Lumineers
  • Metallica
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots 
  • X Ambassadors


Top Rock Tour:

  • WINNER: Coldplay 
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band


Top Latin Artist

  • J Balvin
  • WINNER: Juan Gabriel 
  • Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
  • Maluma
  • Nicky Jam


Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers
  • Calvin Harris
  • Major Lazer
  • DJ Snake
  • Lindsey Stirling


Top Christian Artist

  • WINNER: Lauren Daigle 
  • Hillsong Worship
  • Hillary Scott & the Family
  • Skillet
  • Chris Tomlin


Top Gospel Artist

  • Jekalyn Carr
  • WINNER: Kirk Franklin 
  • Travis Greene
  • Tamela Mann
  • Hezekiah Walker


Top Billboard 200 Album

  • Beyonce, Lemonade
  • WINNER: Drake, Views
  • Rihanna, Anti
  • Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
  • The Weeknd, Starboy


Top Soundtrack/Cast Album

  • WINNER: Hamilton: An American Musical 
  • Moana
  • Purple Rain
  • Suicide Squad: The Album
  • Trolls


Top R&B Album

  • WINNER: Beyonce, Lemonade 
  • Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  • Frank Ocean, Blonde
  • Rihanna, Anti
  • The Weeknd, Starboy


Top Rap Album

  • J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
  • WINNER: Drake, Views 
  • Kevin Gates, Isla
  • DJ Khaled, Major Key
  • A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service


Top Country Album

  • Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
  • Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots
  • Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest
  • WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Traveller 
  • Keith Urban, Ripcord

Top Rock Album:

  • The Lumineers, Cleopatra
  • WINNER: Metallica, Hardwired…To Self Destruct 
  • Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway
  • Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface


Top Latin Album:

  • J Balvin, Energia
  • CNCO, Primera Cita
  • WINNER: Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2 
  • Juan Gabriel, Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
  • Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo


Top Dance/Electronic Album:

  • The Chainsmokers, Bouquet
  • The Chainsmokers, Collage 
  • Flume, Skin
  • Kygo, Cloud Nine
  • WINNER: Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough 


Top Christian Album

  • Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing
  • WINNER: Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be 
  • Joey + Rory, Hymns
  • Hillary Scott & The Family, Love Remains
  • Skillet, Unleashed


Top Gospel Album

  • WINNER: Tamela Mann, One Way 
  • Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
  • Travis Greene, The Hill
  • Tasha Cobbs, One Place: Live
  • Hezekiah Walker, Better: Azusa - The Next Generation 2


Top Hot 100 Song:

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, "Closer” 
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
  • Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”


Top Selling Song:

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring, WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”
  • WINNER: Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” 
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”


Top Radio Song

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
  • Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
  • WINNER: Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” 


Top Streaming Song (Audio)

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • WINNER: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” 
  • D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
  • Rihanna, “Needed Me”
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top Streaming Song (Video):

  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
  • WINNER: Desiigner, "Panda" 
  • Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
  • Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”


Top Collaboration:

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer” 
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
  • Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top R&B Song

  • WINNER: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” 
  • Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
  • Rihanna, “Needed Me”
  • Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work” 
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top R&B Collaboration

  • WINNER: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” 
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake, “Come And See Me”
  • Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work” 
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
  • The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”


Top Rap Song:

  • WINNER: Desiigner, “Panda” 
  • Drake, “Fake Love”
  • D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
  • Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad And Boujee”
  • Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”


Top Rap Collaboration

  • D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
  • Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
  • Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello, “Bad Things”
  • Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”
  • WINNER: Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” 


Top Country Song

  • Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
  • WINNER: Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” 
  • Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
  • Little Big Town, “Better Man”
  • Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”


Top Country Collaboration

  • Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”
  • WINNER: Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire” 
  • Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”
  • Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
  • Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”


Top Rock Song

  • Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Featuring X Ambassadors, “Sucker For Pain”
  • WINNER: Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens” 
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Ride”
  • Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
  • X Ambassadors, “Unsteady”


Top Latin Song

  • Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
  • Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin, “Duele El Corazon”
  • WINNER: Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer” 
  • Shakira Featuring Maluma, “Chantaje”
  • Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”


Top Dance/Electronic Song

  • WINNER: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer” 
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”
  • Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water”
  • DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”


Top Christian Song:

  • Lauren Daigle, “Trust In You”
  • WINNER: Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”
  • Skillet, “Feel Invincible”
  • Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal, “Eye Of The Storm”
  • Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”


Top Gospel Song

  • Jekalyn Carr, “You’re Bigger”
  • Tasha Cobbs, Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
  • Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy??”
  • WINNER: Travis Greene, “Made A Way” 
  • Hezekiah Walker, “Better”

Billboard Icon Award: Cher and Celine Dion

– Rappler.com

Watch Lana Del Rey Debut New Song “Cherry”

She also gave “Lust for Life” its live debut at KROQ’s L.A. fest

Lana Del Rey debuted a new song from Lust for Life yesterday at KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta. A representative for Lana has confirmed to Pitchfork that the song’s title is “Cherry.” She also gave the album’s title track—her collaboration with The Weeknd—its live debut (minus Abel Tesfaye), ahead of the imminent release of its video. Check out fan footage of both performances below. Lana recently previewed the new song on Instagram—scroll down to see that, too. Lust for Life does not yet have a release date, though Lana has shared the album’s cover art and a trailer

Revisit Pitchfork’s Rising feature with Lana and interview with the Lust for Life trailer director.

https://youtu.be/ZIO0pzaPAMQ

https://youtu.be/i8LX-G3IkFk

 

Why American Gods Made Such Huge Changes With Laura, According To Co-Creator Michael Green

When Starz's exceptional American Gods brought Episode 3 to a close last week, viewers stared incredulously at Emily Browning's Laura Moon inexplicably standing inside Shadow's hotel room, despite the fact that her death was the reason for Shadow's early release. And tonight's "Git Gone" was a brilliant narrative detour that completely changed up and expanded Laura's story from Neil Gaiman's novel. CinemaBlend spoke with co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green about the episode, and here's what Green told me about why those big changes were made with Laura from page to screen.

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It was one of the earliest conversations Bryan and I had, sitting down to talk about our goals for a series adaptation: who gets expanded? And the first name on the top of that list was Laura Moon. She's very compelling in the book. Her scenes are extremely memorable and well-wrought. But she spends a lot of time off-screen and that seemed like the opportunity to deviate some. The reader is encouraged to think certain things about her just by virtue of the history and how Shadow views her and what he learns about her. And we were very interested to meet her before what happens to Shadow when he's released from jail to find out what brought her to those moments. So that, while she might make that series of mistakes, the audience can find them compelling or at least gain empathy for them to see what kind of person she was. The idea of a woman whose life in some ways begins with death is a very interesting one and hopefully bears a lot of fruit.

To be clear, Laura Moon is definitely an important character within the American Gods novel. Both versions feature Laura dying while giving oral sex to a vehicle-driving Robbie -- although only one of them specifically has Dane Cook singing The Band's "The Weight" -- and both versions bring the ennui-filled Laura back from the dead. But the comparisons mostly end there, and we're apparently going to see Laura take on a more central and non-sporadic role within this epic story as it moves forward in the back half of this season, in Season 2, and hopefully beyond.

Everything that Bryan Fuller and Michael Green did with Laura's expanded role worked perfectly in "Git Gone," from the clinical way she viewed her casino job to how her affair with Robbie was largely fueled by a combination of his sexual interest in her and her innate need to fuck with normalcy, rather than any strong emotional desires of her own. She pushes Shadow into attempting the casino (not bank) robbery, which gets him imprisoned, and she was the reason he survived that vicious lynch mob. She is basically Shadow's savior, and the one God-like being in this story that he would likely always side with no matter what. Okay, so that's also similar to the novel, but we're pretty sure there wasn't a scene that looked like it came straight out of Sucker Punch in the source material.

shadow and laura together in American Gods

Shadow, who is probably thankful that he wasn't around for that moment when Laura was shitting out all the embalming fluid in her body, didn't get his story expanded too much here, beyond further showing himself to be the vaguely innocent other-wheel in Living Laura's life. But now that Laura has passed through Mr. Jacquel's afterlife and funeral home, she now realizes the full capacity of her love for Shadow, and it will play a large part in dictating the whens and hows of her eventual flypaper-filled trip to afterlife, or lack thereof.

Thankfully, American Gods nailed it with the casting for Laura, as Emily Browning's eyes can instantaneously turn from cold and disaffected to warm and puppy-esque, which is definitely needed for this role. And Michael Green also told me the actress herself influenced how big he and Bryan Fuller wanted to make Laura's role for the Starz series.

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Once we had Emily Browning saying that she wanted to inhabit the role, the idea of making her the third lead in the show, which we'd always imagined the character Laura to be, was very easy and was very comforting. Because we wanted more of Emily Browning.

Whether she's just about to bite a dong off or punching people's heads clear off of their bodies, Emily Browning is indeed as exquisite a casting choice as everyone else has been on this series so far. With lots more gallows humor and death-affronting bravado to come from the actress, American Gods airs Sunday nights on Starz at 9 p.m. ET. Check out another interesting story Bryan Fuller and Michael Green told us, and then if you're looking for more awesome TV, unlike Robbie, that's coming soon, head to our summer TV schedule.

COMMENTSBY NICK VENABLE

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Becca Godinez set to debut at Catalina Jazz Club

LOS ANGELES – Becca Godinez – actress, singer/songwriter, producer/director – makes a much anticipated return to the concert stage with “Me, Myself & Music” on Saturday, May 20 in Hollywood. The intimate show, which highlights songs that have influenced the artist through the years, serves as Becca’s one-woman debut at the legendary Catalina Jazz Club. While Becca has performed in numerous musical concerts in recent years (“Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines” at the Hollywood Bowl and  “Jazzmopolitan” at the Ford Amphitheater, to name a few), the Catalina engagement marks the first time in over seven years she will take the microphone as a solo artist.
“After 2009, I performed with other artists – perhaps because it was safer that way,” muses Becca.  “I was returning to the concert stage after an absence and not having to singularly carry a show was easier.  Sharing an act allowed me the chance to stretch, to rediscover what I could do stylistically and vocally and I began to grow into the entertainer that I wanted to be. Appearing in a solo concert on that [Catalina] stage will be a feather on my cap, for sure.  I like being close to the audience – to reach out and Catalina is the perfect venue for that.”
“Me, Myself & Music” will present an eclectic mix of songs and musical genres covering everything from Brazilian jazz, to contemporary pop to acapella music. There will even be some original music that Becca will be presenting for the first time. “The audience will hear my voice – my choice of songs – the kind of music that I have loved – music that has influenced my song choices and styles.  There will be no frills – just five musicians and me.  I will be able to show all facets of my music and all the crazy sides of me.” 
A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit two needy charities that Becca is personally involved with – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) (introduced to Becca by friend Ted Benito) and her own library system she developed in the Philippines that benefit children. “I have always leaned towards advocacies for children,” explains Becca. “CHLA is a true friend to children and their health care needs.  They rely on the generosity of philanthropists to support patient care and as well do research that could positively impact all children today and in the future.  In the Philippines, God opened avenues that allowed me to establish four childrens’ libraries to date.  All of these are located in financially depressed areas.  It was my dream but must confess that I did not do it alone.  It is a humble but successful effort.  I believe any child – given equal educational opportunities – can better or even surpass the successes of those who have been given an easier lot in life.”   
As special guests for the evening, Becca will welcome the Philippine Chamber Singers (PCS), the chorale ensemble under the direction of Gelo Francisco. “I love them;  I love their immense talents individually and as a whole and, I love the varied song styles they tackle,” said Becca.  “I love hearing the coming together of musical chords.  I saw PCS perform at the Disney Concert Hall last year and thought…’gosh I’d like to harmonize with that talented group!’”
            The veteran performer, who got her start in Manila in television and in musical theater, will also give a musical nod to those genres as part of the evening’s repertoire.  “There’s a big difference between a concert, musical theater and television.   Musical theatre is scripted; performing in a musical allows me to sing but it is as a fictitious character,” says Becca.  “It is similar with television.  I hosted several of my own TV shows in Manila, but in the end, it is also scripted in a way as to please a specifically themed hour that involves guests, dancers, interviews, etc.   A solo concert is freeing.   I get to choose songs that could be random, funny, crazy – a mash up of musical styles and it is my raw heart that is offered to the audience.”

Mariel de Leon blasts Mocha Uson’s appointment, vows to use her voice for change

Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel De Leon is not afraid to speak up.

The beauty queen engaged in a debate with her Twitter followers after she criticized the appointment of Mocha Uson as the assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

According to the report by Arniel Serato of Pep.Ph, de Leon called the appointment “biased and disrespectful.”

“I love my country so it breaks my heart to know someone like her got a position in the govt,” she added.

Her statements didn’t sit well with the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. Some of them even campaigned against de Leon in the online voting of the upcoming Miss International pageant.

Though her controversial tweets have been deleted, de Leon is firm about her beliefs.

She promised to use her voice “to be part of that change.”

“There are so much issues happening in our country now so I’m glad that I have the platform now to voice out my opinions. See, beauty pageants aren’t just for ‘standing there and looking pretty.’” she said in consecutive tweets.

Spoken like a true (beauty) queen. You go, girl!

By Coconuts Manila

 
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