Ex-member of the boy band "Forever In Your Mind" claims his former manager is a pedophile who groomed and seduced him before raping him.
Ricky Garcia is suing Joby Harte and his company, Hot Rock Media, claiming Harte raped and sexually assaulted him dozens of times throughout his teenage years since he was just 12.
The singer, now 20, claims Harte used the "well-worn pedophile playbook of grooming and seduction." Garcia claims it started with Harte promising him the world ... before showing him porn and then allegedly sexually assaulting him.
In the suit, filed by attorney Ben Meiselas of Geragos and Geragos, Garcia -- who auditioned for season 3 of "The X Factor" and joined the boy band at Simon Cowell's invitation -- claims on multiple occasions Harte got him blackout drunk. Garcia claims he'd wake up naked the following mornings next to Harte.
Specifically, Garcia alleges Harte organized a 2-night "songwriting session" back in 2014 for the band without parents at Catalina Island. Garcia says Harte got him drunk on tequila and vodka before he blacked out. Again, Garcia says he woke up naked on Harte's bed.
When Garcia asked what happened, he says Harte told him he undressed him and bathed him because he was covered in vomit after blacking out.
For his 17th birthday, Garcia claims Harte got in his shower stall at a hotel resort and forced him to masturbate Harte until he ejaculated. Garcia says he never told anyone about the alleged sexual assaults because he was afraid of losing his career.
Garcia is also suing two other men, claiming one former agent sucked his toes after a 2014 hangout with Harte ... and accuses a manager/producer of grabbing his penis during a 2016 concert in WeHo.
Garcia has costarred in over 30 episodes on Disney Channel's "Best Friends Whenever" and says he and his mother finally confronted Harte ... claiming the ex-manager had no visible reaction but did not deny it. Garcia claims Harte admitted he "did not behave like an adult."
Ariana Grande Releases a First Look at the Music Video For 'Charlie's Angels' Movie 'Don't Call Me Angel'
Ariana Grande shows off her wings in this first look teaser for her new collaboration with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey.
The trio have teamed up for “Don’t Call Me Angel” for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie.
The song will be released this Friday, September 13th and you can pre-save the song on Spotify now!
Lana talked about the collaboration in a recent interview, saying that it’s “really cute. It’s really cool…a spicy little track.”
BTS member Jin is supposed to leave the K-pop boy band next year to join the military.
Government officials recently said that the country will not increase the incentive for athletes or musicians in military exemption.
The Seoul administration established a task force this year to discuss whether or not to change the rules on military conscription for athletes and artists.
In Korea, men between the age of 18 and 28 should serve at least 21 months in the military.
Male athletes can avoid a mandatory stint in the military in case they win a medal at the Olympics or top the podium at the Asian Games. The same benefit goes for those who win first or second place at an international arts competition.
By contrast, winners of a pop music competition such as the Billboard albums chart are not allowed to merit military exemption. This prompted critics to cry foul at the current rules.
However, the government decided not to change the policy, which means that BTS members will have to enlist into the army beginning 2020 although they won so many pop music competitions.
Jin, who was born in 1992, cannot delay his conscription beyond next June under the current rules.
“As a Korean, it’s natural,” Jin once said. “And, someday, when duty calls we’ll be ready to respond and do our best.”
Jungkook, who was born in 1997, can delay his conscription to 2026 while leader RM’s deadline for military enlistment is 2023.
The other four members of Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, and V would be required to go for military service between 2022 and 2024 at the latest.
It remains to be seen how BTS and its agency Big Hit Entertainment would deal with Jin’s departure. Some worry that BTS will split up while others expect that it will become a six member band or a new boy will take part in the popular act.
Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande have announced the release date of “Don’t Call Me Angel,” which they wrote for the Charlie’s Angels movie soundtrack.
The song also features Lana Del Rey and it will drop at midnight on Friday (September 13).
A pre-save link for Spotify has already been set up.
“The song’s really cute. It’s really cool,” Lana recently said in an interview. “When I first heard it, obviously I wasn’t on it. It was just Ariana‘s parts. They wanted me to write something, so I wrote like a… I kind of cut her verse into a halftime bridge, and just saying some stuff over her courses as well, and then Miley jumped on. So, it’s just really very spicy. A spicy little track.”
After debuting "Hottest in the City" on The Tonight Show back in July, Ty Dolla $ign returns with the visual on Monday (Sept. 9) to kick off the new week, as he makes way for his anticipated Tyrone album, which is expected to drop this fall.
Ty Dolla $ign continues to tour the US as a supporting act on Chris Brown's IndiGOAT Tour, which resumes in Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday night.
Tove Lo’s latest single “Really don’t like u,” featuring Kylie Minogue, talks about how hard it is to have a good time when an ex shows up with another girl at a function. The groovy, synth-pop track violates girl code, as the two singers subdue the scornful subject and conclude, “I know I’ve got no right to/ Really, I just don’t like you.”
“Even though it’s now out, I still can’t believe Kylie is on ‘Really don’t like u,’” Tove Lo said in a press release about the Sunshine Kitty single. “Kylie and I met last year at an amFAR event in Hong Kong. When she said she wanted to work together, I made a serious mental note! I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to have someone I love and respect so much on this track and part of Sunshine Kitty.”
ADVERTISINGMinogue also shared a statement about their new collaborative single, saying, “It seemingly came out of nowhere, but when we met last year, we said it would be great to work together and with ‘Really don’t like u’ came the perfect moment. She has that amazing Swedish pop sensibility but her very own style and has carved out her own path within the music industry.”
This is the fourth single from Tove Lo’s upcoming album Sunshine Kitty, which is due Sept. 20. She previously released “Glad He’s Gone,” “Bad as the Boys (feat. ALMA)” and “Jacques” with Jax Jones.
Listen to “Really don’t like u” below.
RuPaul announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!will hit the Las Vegas strip at the Flamingo starting January 2020.
Directed by RuPaul and choreographer Jamal Sims (Aladdin, Step Up), RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is an upcoming revue spectacular, highlighting everything you know and love about the hit TV show. Performances will feature slapstick comedy, dazzling fashions, superb singing and dancing, each with their own special twists, as with Drag Race's infamous lip syncs.
Each show will feature seven queens from a rotating cast of Drag Race alumni, including fan-favorites like Aquaria, Asia O'Hara, Coco Montrese, Derrick Barry, Eureka O'Hara, India Ferrah, Kahanna Montrese, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Shannel, Shea Couleé and Yvie Oddly.
“The times that we’re in are so dark and honestly I believe that Drag Race in general promotes a message of love and I think this is another opportunity to spread it,” Sims tells Billboard in an exclusive statement.
The unique score will also include hit songs from the past 11 seasons of the TV show, along with brand new, original music, written by RuPaul, Drag Race composer and singer-songwriter Leland, and World of Wonder's chief creative officer Tom Campbell.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! will begin performances in January 2020, with tickets going on presale Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, click here.
Vinyl record sales have seen consistent growth in recent years, and are set to outsell CDs for the first time since 1986.
In 2019, the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) mid-year report indicated that CD sales were plummeting three times as fast as vinyl sales were increasing. In February, the RIAA reported that vinyl sales made up over a third of the revenue coming from physical releases.
This is a continued trend in the association's 2019 mid-year report, which released on Thursday. During the first half of 2019, vinyl records grossed $224.1 million (on 8.6 million units), nearing the $247.9 million (on 18.6 million units) produced by CD sales. Vinyl revenue rose by 12.8 percent during the second half of 2018 and 12.9 percent during the first half of 2019, while CD revenue barely moved. If these trends persist, records will make more money than CDs.
Streaming is still king, though. Records only comprised 4 percent of total revenues in the first six months of 2019. On the other hand, paid subscriptions to streaming services generated 62 percent of industry revenues.
Vinyl has been advantageous for some artists, particularly classic rock groups. According to Rolling Stone, the Beatles sold more than 300,000 records in 2018, while Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen all sold more than 100,000.
Poo Bear's home was robbed on his birthday. Law enforcement sources say that the robbers were able to take close to $1 million from Poo Bear's Hollywood Hills home.
People close to the situation say that one of Poo Bear's staffers noticed something was wrong when they went to go check on the residence and saw that a window had been broken. An employee discovered that the entire safe had been taken from the house. TMZ reports that the safe contained a massive amount of jewelry worth at least $1 million. It's unknown if the robbers took other items from the home. Poo Bear was celebrating his birthday in Japan at the time of the incident.