Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will spend the rest of his life in prison.
The Mexican kingpin was just handed a life sentence, plus 30 years, by the judge in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn after being convicted on all 10 counts he was facing back in February.
He's also ordered by the government to repay $12.6 BILLION as a result of the dirty money he made from his criminal drug enterprise.
As we reported, El Chapo was found guilty for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs and use of firearms.
The verdict came after a nearly 3-month trial which included a jury hearing around 200 hours of testimony about drug trafficking, luxury weapons, money laundering ... and an alleged $100 million bribe to a former Mexican president.
El Chapo reportedly looked stunned by the guilty verdict but managed to give his wife, Emma Coronel, a double thumbs up before he was led out of the courtroom.
Guzman was captured by the Mexican government in 2014, escaped more than a year later through a mile-long underground tunnel and caught again in early 2016.
He was extradited to the U.S. in early 2017.
R. Kelly was in court for his bond hearing, and will remain behind bars for now.
Prosecutors argued against his release, telling the judge that he's a danger to the community, especially to minor girls. They claim the risk of obstruction is real and ongoing, and also heightened by his fame and power. Prosecutors are also saying he has the "unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day."
They added an emphatic, "It's who the defendant is," after alleging that he's sexually assaulted the alleged victims hundreds of times.
Kelly ultimately pled not guilty and was denied bond.
The prosecution also argued there's no question R. Kelly is the person in the videos they've obtained -- which appears to be a reference to the alleged sex tapes at the center of the probe. They're claiming that electronic monitor and home confinement is not enough for Kelly ... going on to say he can "entice girls to his own doorstep."
Time published today (July 16), its 25 most influential people on the Internet.
BTS has taken 2019 by storm, having just released BTS World, the soundtrack to their mobile game. Not only did the collection of songs help expand their brand, but it also marked the first-ever K-pop soundtrack to enter Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart, after debuting at No. 6. It also featured artists from all over the world, including Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, and Juice Wrld.
Lil Nas X skyrocketed to fame after the release of "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Not only did it exponentially launch his career, but on July 15 it was announced that the song ruled the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a 15th week. That means the rapper, 20, beat out Taylor Swift's "You Need To Calm Down," Post Malone's "Goodbyes," and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Señorita." It also means that Lil Nas is just one week away from tying the record for the most time on top in the chart's history (going against Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" feat. Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day").
More celebs have sinced hopped on "Old Town Road," with Mason Ramsey and Young Thug most recently teaming up to remix the song. Carey and Smash Mouth also playfully teased about the possibility of a second remix on social media.
Grande has also been dominating the Internet. After going through some tough times in the public eye, followed by releasing one of her most personal and vulnerable albums to date (Thank U, Next), fans have been feeling more connected to the superstar on social media than ever before. Most recently, the singer has been indulging in her fashionista side by starring in Givenchy's new campaign, unveiling her Vogue cover story, and emphasizing all of her iconic accessories (and sadness) in her latest "In My Head" video.
She also announced that she co-executive produced the soundtrack for the upcoming Charlie's Angels film and has been touring and delivering emotional performances nonstop.
Time also featured Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Liza Koshy, Brian Kolfage, James Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and more. See the full list here.
Grimes has teamed up with Stella McCartney for an upcoming Adidas by Stella McCartney campaign centered on sustainability using eco-friendly fabrics. It's the second time the pair have collaborated, following up on Grimes' appearance in a series of 2016 commercials for McCartney's POP perfume. The singer posted a pic from the Adidas campaign on Monday (July 15) in which she is posed atop a mountain while wearing a pair of black and blue shorts and matching top, her rainbow hair flowing in the wind.
Grimes announced in March that she is prepping an upcoming album entitled Miss_Anthropocene, which she described as a "concept album about the anthropomorphic Goddess of climate Change: A psychedelic, space-dwelling demon/ beauty-Queen who relishes the end of the world... She’s composed of Ivory and Oil.” So far we've heard the song, “We Appreciate Power” featuring Hana, which she called an introduction to the “pro-AI-propaganda girl group who embody our potential enslavement/destruction at the hands of Artificial General intelligence.”
Diddy's Making The Band is officially coming back to TV.
"MTV and I are back together again!! 'Making the Band' is coming back bigger, bolder and more cutting edge. MTB on MTV was the pioneer of reality TV. We're going to bring that supernatural energy back to the format and bring the world it's next global superstars," Diddy said in a statement.
Making the Band made its debut on ABC in 2000 when Lou Pearlman, who managed the Backstreet Boys and âN Sync, launched the show and formed the boy band O-Town. Diddy re-vamped the show for MTV in 2002 and discovered the rap group Da Band. Diddy also launched the careers of Day 26, Donnie Klang and Danity Kane â who released two No.1 albums under his Bad Boy Records â on the show.
Diddy went viral last week when he asked his social media followers if he should bring back the series. âWe couldn't be happier to welcome back the incomparable Sean âDiddyâ Combs to his rightful home at MTV,â said Nina L. Diaz, MTVâs President of Entertainment in a release announcing the network's latest reboot. âMaking the Band was ahead of its time and the ultimate disruptor â fans everywhere have been clamoring for a return and they are in for the biggest, most iconic season yet.â
The global casting call for the show begins Monday across social media platforms, including Instagram, YouTube and Twitter; video submissions from contestants 18 and older can be uploaded using the #MTBCasting. Casting opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.
K-pop boy band NCT Dream drops “Fireflies,” performed completely in English. The song arrived after group was named the World Scout Foundation’s first global ambassador, and was released in collaboration with that organization.
The song relays an effervescent motivational message, “I know it's hard sometimes to see the light/ But you and I keep on dreamin',” members sing in the pre-chorus, before the song explodes with the choral refrain that promises to “light it up” and “make the stars align” “brighter than the fireflies.”
The proceeds of “Fireflies” will be used to fund Scout activities in low-income countries, says NCT Dream's company SM Entertainment.
NCT Dream, the rotational teen-age group under SM Entertainment’s larger NCT boy band umbrella, will head to West Virginia on July 23, where they will perform at the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
Avril Lavigne released new music video for "I Fell in Love With the Devil," on Monday (July 15).
The video for the track, off of her Head Above Water album, premiered at 12 p.m. ET.
Avril first teased fans with a handful of posts on social media over the weekend -- some with images presumably from the video and others with lyrics from the song.
Lavigne recently announced dates for her first North American tour in five years. The 15-date Head Above Water Tour starts off on Sept. 14 in Seattle.
Jennifer Lopez will return to Madison Square Garden on Monday (July 15) to make up for the concert that was canceled in following a massive power outage in New York City on Saturday night (July 13).
The outage was initiated by a transformer fire that started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue, according to the New York City Fire Department.
"They just told me to get off stage," J. Lo said in a video clip on Twitter, filmed backstage at Madison Square Garden. "I was waiting there. Obviously all the power went out in the city and obviously here at Madison Square Garden."
"They're asking everybody to evacuate, very slowly and calmly," she said in her update.
"I am obviously heartbroken and devastated ... I love you. I'm so sorry this happened in the middle of our moment," said J. Lo.
In a second video, she added: "I just don't even know what to say. I just want you guys to know that you're gonna get your money's worth, that we are going to come back and we're gonna do an amazing show for you. I am so sorry that this happened. Obviously it was beyond all of our control. The building handled it very well. They did the smartest thing for everybody's safety."
In addition to the cancelation of her show, many productions on Broadway, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Frozen, Moulin Rouge and The Lion King, were called off Saturday night. The Manhattan power outage left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.
Ed Sheeran and Travis Scott release their new music video for “Antisocial!”
Directed by Dave Meyers, the music video features different sets, costume changes, and wigs.
The video pays tribute to various classic films, including possible references to Edward Scissorhands, The Mask, The Birds, The Martian, and Pulp Fiction.
Watch the “Antisocial” video below, and listen to Ed Sheeran‘s full No. 6 Collaborations Project album if you haven’t yet!
Rapper Lil Wayne left the Bristow, VA stage in the middle of his set last night! He is currently on a 38-stop tour with rock band, Blink-182 – but, according to last night’s upset, not far long. Within 20 minutues of Weezy’s set list – which was only four songs – he walked off the stage and didn’t return! He seemed to be upset that Blink-182’s fans outnumbered his. How he could have calculated that is a mystery.
Weezy told the Jiffy Lube Live Ampitheater audience, “I just want the people to know, please forgive me, but I am so not used to performing to a crowd where there is not too many. That’s not my swag, I’m not sure how long I’m gonna be able to do this tour.” Before walking off, he added, “But make some noise for Blink-182 for including me anyway. This might be my last night though.”
Lil Wayne’s early-dismissal disappointment several fans, considering the announcement of the tour in May was met with an overwhelmingly positive response on social media.
Lil Wayne’s and Blink-182’s co-headlined tour still has over 30 dates to perform over the next three months. Neither of their reps have released official statements on Wayne’s walk-off.