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Manchester mayor criticises Eminem for rap about Ariana Grande gig bomb

Manchester mayor criticises Eminem for rap about Ariana Grande gig bomb

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Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has hit out at Eminem for an "unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful" lyric about the 2017 bomb attack in the city.In a song on his new album, the US star raps: "I'm contemplating yelling 'bombs away' on the game/Like I'm outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting."That is followed by the sound of an explosion.Twenty-two people died when a suicide bomber attacked a crowd after Grande's gig at Manchester Arena in May 2017.The lines feature in the song Unaccommodating, in which the star boasts about his impact on hip-hop. It appears on his album Music To Be Murdered By, which was released on Friday.In a statement to BBC News, Mr Burnham said: "This is unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespec...
Ariana Grande ‘overwhelmed’ on return to Manchester at Pride

Ariana Grande ‘overwhelmed’ on return to Manchester at Pride

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Ariana Grande told fans she was "overwhelmed" and "so nervous" as she was welcomed back to Manchester for the first time since the 2017 terror attack and subsequent benefit concert.The crowd chanted her name during her set at Manchester Pride on Sunday.Armed police patrolled outside the event, which came two years after a suicide bomber killed 22 people after her concert at Manchester Arena."Manchester holds a very special place in my heart," the superstar said.She told the crowd: "I'm so happy to be with you, so thank you for having me. Sorry, I'm so nervous. I had so much more to say but I'm really very overwhelmed. So thank you."The US singer began her 35-minute, nine-song set with No Tears Left ...
Ariana Grande rings up a record-breaking number one

Ariana Grande rings up a record-breaking number one

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Ariana Grande's icy new single 7 Rings has sold 126,000 copies to enter the charts at number one - setting a new streaming milestone in the process.The song, which riffs on The Sound of Music's My Favourite Things, was played 16.9m times last week, a chart record.Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You was the previous record-holder, with 15.3m plays in a week last month.7 Rings is also the first single to sell more than 100,000 copies since the Grenfell charity single in June 2017.Grande's song is a tongue-in-cheek hymn to retail therapy, inspired by a trip to Tiffany's last year, where she bought her friends matching diamond rings.It came with a lavish video, set in a neon-lit house, where the champagne is flowing and th...
Ariana Grande's tribute to ex-boyfriend Mac Miller

Ariana Grande's tribute to ex-boyfriend Mac Miller

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Ariana Grande has paid tribute to the American rapper Mac Miller, who died on Friday at the age of 26. The 25-year-old pop star, who used to date Miller, posted a black-and-white picture of the rapper on Instagram.The picture, which appears to have been taken by Grande and did not include a caption, shows Miller looking up into the camera while sitting on a patch of grass.Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, died in Los Angeles following a suspected overdose.He was found unresponsive after a friend called for an "immediate dispatch" for a patient in cardiac arrest, according to a 911 call. Grande and Miller dated for two years and split up in May this year.Three weeks later, she became engaged to actor and comedian Pete Davidson.Miller is said to have supported Grande throu...
Aretha Franklin bishop sorry after 'groping' Ariana Grande

Aretha Franklin bishop sorry after 'groping' Ariana Grande

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The bishop who led Aretha Franklin's funeral has apologised to Ariana Grande after being accused of groping her on stage. Images show Bishop Charles H Ellis III holding Ariana high above her waist, with his fingers squeezed around the side of the singer's chest. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast," he told the Associated Press."Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar." He added: "But again, I apologise."The preacher said he hugged all artists, male or female, during the ceremony commemorating the Queen of Soul. But viewers began posting images from the service when Ariana got up to sing Aretha's song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Many people felt that Bishop E...