June saw some of music’s biggest stars make stupendous announcements, be it announcing the release of an unexpected new album, or speaking openly about one’s mental health issues. Here are some memorable moments from our beloved musicians since the onset of summer 2018 from Showtime Desk
Beyonce and JAY-Z reveal twinsOn the first stop of their “On the Run II” tour in Cardiff, Wales, Bey and Jay revealed a photo of themselves holding twins. The infants were assumed to be theirs, Sir and Rumi Carter, but Beyonce’s team later clarified they were baby models only. Moments later, video footage showing the superstar couple’s renewal of vows gave audiences a peek at their real twins.
Newly engaged Ariana Grande talks about her PTSDAriana made headlines in June after she got engaged to comedian Pete Davidson after just a few weeks of dating. Earlier this month, in an interview with British Vogue, she revealed that she struggles to talk about her post traumatic stress disorder following the 2017 terrorist bombing at her concert in Manchester, England. The pop star explained she feels guilty discussing her symptoms out of respect for the 22 people killed and hundreds who were injured.
Prince’s estate announces new albumOn Prince’s 60th birthday, the late singer’s estate announced it will be releasing a new album of songs Prince recorded at home before he became famous. The album titled “Piano & a Microphone 1983,” will include versions of “Purple Rain” and “17 Days,” and will be out on September 21.
Kanye West’s new album debuts at No. 1
Kanye West’s newest album “Ye,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album sold over 205,000 copies and all seven tracks debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Kid Rock apologizes for fake Senate campaign
Kid Rock has apologized for a 2017 publicity stunt in which he launched a fake Senate campaign. While endorsing Republican Senate hopeful, John James, in Michigan, he said, “There were governors and senators that endorsed me. There were people that wrote me letters from all over... So to those people, I apologize.”
Paul McCartney does Carpool KaraokePaul McCartney will be releasing his 17th solo album “Egypt Station,” on September 7. The former Beatle said he thinks of the project “as a dream location that the music emanates from.” Paul made headlines the same week when he appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” in the host’s most popular Carpool Karaoke segment ever, for an emotional drive around his native Liverpool, England.
Rapper XXXtentacion shot dead
Up-and-coming rapper, Jahseh Onfroy, aka XXXtentacion, was fatally shot after visiting a motorsports dealership in South Florida on June 18. The 20 year old was gunned down in his car and robbed as he was leaving. The murderer, Dedrick Williams, was arrested two days later and charged with first-degree murder. XXXtentacion was expecting a baby with his girlfriend at the time of his murder.
Bruce Springsteen lambasts Trump immigration policyDuring his Broadway show on June 19, Bruce Springsteen condemned President Donald Trump’s immigration policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The musician criticized the “inhumane” treatment of the children before playing “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” Trump revised his policy the next day following widespread outcry.
Janet Jackson honours dying father
Despite their difficult past, Janet Jackson honoured her father, Joe Jackson, who had been hospitalized in the final stages of a battle with terminal cancer.
As Janet, 52, accepted the very first “Impact” award of the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, she said: “My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable. My father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best I can.”
The popstar revealed her long battle with depression earlier this month.