Lollapalooza lineup includes Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Jack White — and no female headliners

Lollapalooza lovers, put your pinky rings up to the moon, because Bruno Mars is this year’s big headliner.

After sweeping the Grammys’ three main categories in January, Mars will join the Weeknd, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys and Travis Scott at the downtown Chicago festival.

But Lollapalooza didn’t book any women to headline its two biggest stages. (The other three headliners include the National, Vampire Weekend and Odesza.)

In the wake of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, the gigantic gender gap in the music industry has come under increased scrutiny, from criticism of male-heavy-festival lineups, to outrage that more than 90 percent of Grammy nominees between 2013 and 2018 were men, according to a recent University of Southern California study.

So to have no women headlining is a bad look for Lollapalooza, and it comes at a time when the festival might be in its most vulnerable state in years.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza four-day passes sold out within an hour in 2016 after going on sale, and in about two-and-a-half hours last year — and that was before the lineups were revealed.

But four-day passes ($386.23 including taxes and fees) went on sale Tuesday morning at lollapalooza.com — and are still available. One-day passes have yet to go on sale, and the daily lineups and schedule have yet to be released.

Female artists don’t even appear until the fourth line of the lineup poster. Women nevertheless will be some of the most-anticipated acts at this year’s festival, taking place Aug. 2 to 5 in Grant Park — including St. Vincent, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Lizzo and teen punk band the Regrettes.

And fingers crossed Cardi B, whose not officially on the bill, shows up during Mars’ set to perform Mars’ Finesse (Remix) (and fingers crossed, some of her own songs).

But compared to their male counterparts, female artists are scarce on the 182-act bill.

Other big names include Post Malone, Logic, Khalid, Portugal. The Man, and Lil Uzi Vert (whose set was canceled due to storms last year). LL Cool J will also put on a rare performance.

The Lollapalooza lineup includes:

  • The Weeknd
  • Bruno Mars
  • Jack White
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Travis Scott
  • The National
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Odesza
  • Logic
  • Post Malone
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Tyler, the Creator
  • Chvrches
  • St. Vincent
  • Zedd
  • Excision
  • Walk The Moon
  • Dua Lipa
  • LL Cool J
  • Dillon Francis
  • Galantis
  • Camila Cabello
  • Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven
  • Gucci Mane
  • James Bay
  • Brockhampton
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • BORNS
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • Tash Sultana
  • Illenium
  • Rezz
  • Rebelution
  • Lykke Li
  • Chromeo
  • Luke Combs
  • Tycho
  • Playboi Carti
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Lil Pump
  • Malaa
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • Daniel Caesar
  • The Neighbourhood
  • Blackbear
  • Jungle
  • Alina Baraz
  • Zomboy
  • Quinn XCII
  • Goldlink
  • Billie Eilish
  • Hippie Sabotage
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  • Kali Uchis
  • Bazzi
  • Nav
  • Lizzo
  • Daya
  • Jessie Ware
  • What So Hot
  • All Time Low
  • LANY
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Rex Orange County
  • Cigarettes After Sex
  • Anderson East
  • Sabrina Claudio
  • Petit Biscuit
  • The Wombats
  • Kayzo
  • Parquet Courts
  • Alan Walker
  • Stars
  • ARIZONA
  • The Vaccines
  • Bomba Estéreo
  • Rusko
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Troyboi
  • Big Wild
  • Lauv
  • Shiba San
  • Valentino Khan
  • Ghastly
  • Terror Jr.
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Autograf
  • Tank and the Bangas
  • Chris Lake
  • Herobust
  • G Herbo
  • Taylor Bennett
  • Knox Fortune
  • Gang of Youths
  • Tyler Childers
  • Frenship
  • Durand Jones & the Indicators
  • Basement
  • Cuco
  • London On Da Track
  • K?D
  • Two Feet
  • Ekali
  • Post Animal
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Welshly Arms
  • Goldfish
  • Alex Lahey
  • Pale Waves
  • Wallows
  • Yungblud
  • LOUDPVCK
  • Sir Sly
  • Charlotte Cardin
  • Madison Beer
  • Superorganism
  • The Coronas
  • The Regrettes
  • Curtis Harding
  • Allie X
  • 4B
  • Space Jesus
  • Slaves (UK)
  • Amy Shark
  • Sasha Sloan
  • Freya Ridings
  • Supa Bwe
  • Matt Maeson
  • The Him
  • Brohug
  • Nick Mulvey
  • Dream Wife
  • Clairo
  • Kuuro
  • Valee
  • Jesse Baez
  • LovelyTheBand
  • Femdot
  • John Splithoff
  • Buddy
  • R.LUM.R
  • Chase Atlantic
  • Droeloe
  • Medasin
  • Melvv
  • Virgil Abloh
  • Oshi
  • Gashi
  • Vera Blue
  • Mikky Ekko
  • Noizu
  • Blackgummy
  • LZRD
  • Davie
  • Nothing, Nowhere.
  • CKY
  • Cleopatrick
  • Wes Period
  • Morgxn
  • Bones (UK)
  • Tim Gunter
  • DJ Taye
  • Fletcher
  • Morgan Saint
  • Van William
  • The Wrecks
  • The Aces
  • Mainland
  • Grace Weber
  • Larkin Poe
  • Emilia Ali
  • Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
  • Mister G
  • KB Whirly
  • Big Don
  • Q Brothers
  • Aaron Nigel Smith
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats
  • The School of Rock Allstars

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Snoop Dogg made a gospel album, and it’s actually wonderful

Snoop Dogg is having the most absurd rap career of all time. For proof, pick a year and simply read off his endeavors. In 1993, he released the G-funk classic Doggystyle, got accused of the murder of a rival gang member, and cut a short film with Eddie Murphy where he strikes a deal with dark forces to get revenge for a gang-related shoot-out. In 2001, he guested on his mentor Dr. Dre’s landmark 2001 album, hosted a porno for Hustler, and starred in Ernest Dickerson’s hood horror flick Bones. In the last 12 months alone, Snoop has delivered an EP titled Make America Crip Againco-hosted a cooking show with Martha Stewart, revived the ’70s game show The Joker’s Wild, and sold a heartwarming docuseries about his youth football league to Netflix.

You follow Snoop into endeavors outside his wheelhouse of hip-hop and head shops trusting that he’ll either really apply himself and come out with something oddly endearing or that he’ll stick to the script and reframe his default stoner-comedian persona in a way that still entertains. But what keeps these exercises exhilarating is never knowing which Snoop will show up where. The late aughts E! family reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood leaned toward slapstick when warmth was needed. His 2013 album and documentary Reincarnatedtraced the transformation from “Snoop Dogg” to “Snoop Lion” during his trip to Jamaica to record that reggae album. The project engendered some cynicism; rap’s biggest pothead sightseeing in the country that made “Legalize It” is a level of brand synergy that would make most ad guys’ palms itch. But the album was solid and engaging, and the flick evidenced a genuine interest in Rastafarianism as a good fit for a gangsta rapper trying to take the edge off.

This month, Snoop has released a double gospel album called The Bible of Love, which seemed like a quirky PR stunt upon its initial announcement because the prospect of hearing church choirs backing the guy who did “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)” and “Sexual Eruption” is too hilarious to resist. But like ReincarnatedThe Bible of Love never affords you the opportunity to laugh at it. It handles the business of melding the seemingly incompatible worlds of G-funk and gospel with respect for the mechanics of both. The beats bang when they need to, and the choirs sound crisp and inspired. Everyone is singing like their immortal soul depends on those vocal runs floating. Where The Bible of Love differs from Reincarnated is that the music is more than just an opportunity for Snoop to match wares with heavy hitters from another genre. He’s barely even on it. Bible is a warm, wise survey of gospel music’s past, present, and possible future.

That’s a lot of work, and The Bible of Love takes a lot of time to get it done. There are 32 tracks, and played in full, they run narrowly longer than Pacific Rim. Were this exclusively a rap album, the length would seem like another obvious stunt for attention on the charts, but The Bible of Love’s mission, however overbearing the execution might be, is pure sprawl. There’s an EP’s worth of tight, brash gospel trap in the spirit of Deitrick Haddon’s “Great God” and Erica Campbell’s “I Luh God” spread through the project. Singer Sly Pyper and Dogg Pound vet Daz Dillinger’s “Chizzle” and the Jazze Pha vehicles “Crown” and “Changed” all slap like the finest of Atlanta strip-club jams. Charlie Wilson serves throwback talkbox vibes from back in his Gap Band days over the West Coast thump of “One More Day.” Snoop and the controversial Texan gospel lifer Kim Burrell duet on “Sunshine Feel Good,” the most adroitly Snoop-sounding thing on the whole album.

The mainstream hip-hop guests are there to make sure the beats and rhymes on the album pop, but the album’s dip into more traditional gospel is equally rewarding. On “Saved,” Faith Evans turns your run-of-the-mill one-verse call-and-response choir routine into a tour de force on a boisterous vocal that starts out magnificently high and successfully jumps a key after every chorus without losing any power. Moving renditions of Detroit gospel legends the Clark Sisters’ “Pure Gold” and “Blessed and Highly Favored” show why singers like Beyoncé rank the trio among their influences. The former weaponizes gospel’s unsung power of repetition as the Clarks push a gutting chorus line (“Though we’re tried in the fire, we come out as pure gold”) upward and upward toward frenzy. The album’s most shocking guest delivers its most mind-blowing appearance. San Diego singer B. Slade, formerly known as the gospel superstar Tonéx, lost considerable cachet in the socially conservative community when an interview about his fashion and behavior turned into an inquisition about his sexual orientation. Slade’s off doing his own thing these days, but he is a light throughout The Bible of Love, particularly in “On Time,” which, like this album’s most audacious showcases, is a sharp reminder that great gospel is a game of genre-busting, envelope-pushing instrumental interplay and gobsmacking vocal excellence.

There’s a growing synergy between rap and contemporary gospel, as expressed through mainstream hip-hop albums like Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, the unexpected chart-topping successes of Christian rappers NF and Lecrae, and the growing rash of choirs being called in for dramatic effect during award shows and late-night performances. People who feel justly incensed by right-wing Evangelical money-grubbing and see the black church as an extension of it often bristle at gospel values in hip-hop on the grounds that they shouldn’t have to entertain a belief system they don’t subscribe to. These are likely rap fans who grew up listening to songs about shootings without knowing the pop, sparkle, and ensuing hysteria of firearms going off in the vicinity. They listen in suspended belief, taking from the music what they can without buying into the belief system.

The logic ought to work reflexively, but the rap fan’s bottomless threshold for gore doesn’t hold when you swap blood for wholesome religiosity. Smiling’s not gangster. Good cheer is corny. But gospel is the music of black resilience and black fortitude, the sound of the ancestors weathering their cruel lot in the rise of the American experiment by laying their faith in the idea that they were going to make it, and then scratching their way toward that future. The guiding principle joining the Clark Sisters’ yarn about cleansing fire, Uncle Charlie’s morning affirmation, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tye Tribbett’s breakbeat banger “You,” and so many other Bible of Love highlights is disbelief and unbridled joy at our continued perseverance. And that’s just “Gin and Juice” in church clothes.

Rihanna’s Snapchat blast sends stock into another celebrity-driven skid

Don’t mess with Rihanna.

The pop star took aim at Snapchat Thursday, and Wall Street responded by pushing the stock in parent Snap, Inc. (SNAP) down 3.6%.

The singer blasted the social network for running an ad that made light of the 2009 assault of the singer by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, and suggested fans delete the app.

Snap apologized for the ad and said it removed it last weekend after it started to appear.

The ad for the “Would You Rather,” game asked Snapchat users if they would rather “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.”

Brown pled guilty to assault after an altercation the night of the 2009 Grammys left Rihanna bloody and bruised, according to photos of her face that were leaked to the public. Brown was sentenced to serve five years probation and 1,400 hours of community service.

“You already know you ain’t my fav app out there!” said Rihanna on Snapchat-rival Instagram, addressing Snapchat. “You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV (domestic violence) victims and made a joke of it!!!…Shame on you.”

In a statement, Snap called the ad “disgusting,” and that it never should have appeared on the service. “We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again.”

Rihanna isn’t the first celebrity to dis Snapchat. In February, reality star Kylie Jenner said she didn’t care for Snap’s re-design, and that comment sent Snap’s stock falling 6.1%. Like other social media platforms, Snap’s popularity is aided when A-list celebrities join, bringing their followers.

The app’s users have previously criticized the company for racism after it issued filters allowing users to don virtual “black-face” or “yellow-face” by pretending to be Bob Marley or an anime figure.

Rihanna is one of the most popular performers online, with over 86 million followers on Twitter, 81 million on Facebook and 61 million on Instagram.

The stock closed at $17.20 a share Thursday, down 65 cents a share, and 3.64% from the previous day’s trading. Its primary source of revenue is selling advertising.

Exclusive: Mary J. Blige Keeping Her NJ Mansion After Bitter Divorce From Kendu

When it comes to Mary J. Blige’s efforts to sell her multi million dollar New Jersey mansion, there’s no more drama.

The “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” has taken her eight bedroom palatial pile off the market now that she’s divorced from her ex husband and manager Kendu Isaacs, after she spent 10 years trying to sell it, BOSSIP has learned.

Last month, Blige settled her acrimonious divorce from Kendu out of court, and the settlement terms aren’t known. But it’s around that time when the house was no longer listed for sale, according to public records.

Blige bought the estate for $12.3 million in 2008, and the property boasts eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, a studio, media room, library and staff quarters, according to the home’s listing.

The diva had steadily lowered the mansion’s price after she first put it on the market in 2008 for nearly $14 million. Last summer, she dropped the price again to $6.9 million from $8.8 million.

It’s not clear whether L.A.-based Blige decided to keep the estate, which lies outside of New York City, for herself, or give it to Kendu as part of their settlement. The taxes on the property alone are at least $85,000, so unemployed Kendu would have to cough up some big money in order to stay there.

SZA Might Not Be Making Music For Much Longer

Why must all good things come to an end? Especially so soon!!!

It looks like SZA isn’t planning on making music for much longer, and according to her, she might not make it past her sophomore album. In a new interview with Flaunt, TDE’s number one lady says that her upcoming follow-up to her smash hit Ctrl is going to be the end of her music career.

“I’m still miserable,” she told the publication. “My world got so much smaller so fast. I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage. I’m making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that… because it’s going to be my last album.”

All we can hope is that that doesn’t end up to be true. As the article specifically notes, there’s an important specification along with her thoughts of calling it quits: “Let’s not take that ‘last’ part too seriously. She delivered it with a grin and has been known to flirt with the idea of early retirement. Even before Ctrl dropped, the stress of expectation got to her so much that she tweeted ‘I actually quit.’ Now she thinks, ‘God didn’t give me the Grammys, because he knows I would have quit, like ‘I have nothing else to do.’”

Like anyone who keeps up with Solana knows, her words need to be taken with a grain of salt–but it’s understandable that she’s experiencing a shock to her system rising to fame at lightning speed.

Whatever the case, we can at least expect one more album out of SZA, which she says she’s in the process of starting now.

Isaiah Washington Says Shonda Rhimes Blames Racism for His ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Firing

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Isaiah Washington insists he was ousted from “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2007 over false accusations fueled by an allegedly racist ABC exec … and he says Shonda Rhimes knows it too, and has his back.

The actor tells us Shonda — creator and exec producer of ‘Grey’s’ — has “nothing good to say” about ABC or its exec VP, Howard Davine. He also says Shonda believes Davine should be investigated for his “racist, biased behavior.”

What Isaiah’s suggesting is pretty explosive. First, that the stories about him making homophobic comments on the ‘Grey’s’ set were lies to get him blackballed in Hollywood. Second, Shonda, the queen of TGIT, taking a stand against ABC says a lot.

She’s the network’s biggest content creator, and if she’s calling out one of its execs … y’know she’s pissed.

Isaiah says a whistleblower tipped him off to Davine’s alleged actions, and now he’s hoping the Time’s Up movement or others get on board with his fight.

We’ve reached out to Shonda’s office several times, but so far no word back.

Aubrey O’Day: I Had a Sexual Relationship with Donald Trump Jr.

Aubrey O’Day is telling close friends she absolutely had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump Jr. for months, but she strongly believes it has nothing to do with Trump’s divorce.

Sources closely connected to O’Day tell TMZ, she had an affair with Trump Jr., but it didn’t start until AFTER she filmed “The Celebrity Apprentice.” She says she has “proof” of the affair. Our sources say Aubrey was told by Trump his marriage had fallen apart and he intended to leave his wife, Vanessa, and Aubrey believed it.

The sources say Vanessa knew about the affair when it was happening in 2012. We’re told Vanessa flew into a rage and eventually it got to Donald Trump, who told his son, in no uncertain terms, he had to end the relationship and “focus on his marriage to make it work.”

DJT Jr. swiftly cut things off with Aubrey.

We’re told Aubrey is “devastated” people are calling her a homewrecker. She says, first of all, she was told DJT Jr.’s marriage was over. Secondly, she says her affair did NOT trigger the divorce 6 years later.

John Mayer And Hailey Baldwin Grab Dinner Together

John Mayer and Hailey Baldwin hugged it out leaving dinner Thursday night … but it just seems super friendly.

The duo was joined by other friends including “Boy Meets World” star Danielle Fishel at dinner in the San Fernando Valley. Baldwin had congratulated Fishel who just got engaged, so it could’ve been the reason for the get together.

Baldwin has confessed she’s a huge John Mayer fan and knows his songs by heart. She even caught his L.A. show last year with pal Kendall Jenner, so talk about the ultimate fangirl supper.

There are rumors Baldwin was dating Shawn Mendes and Mendes is reportedly tight with Mayer, although Mendes wasn’t at the dinner.

The only person missing from the shindig who’s got connections to all of them … the Biebs.