People: R. Kelly's streams up after docu-series alleges abuse
Nielsen Music says streaming numbers for R. Kelly have nearly doubled after a recent documentary accused the R&B singer of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls.
The Lifetime docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly" detailed abuse allegations against R. Kelly in six episodes, but the singer's streaming numbers grew significantly during and after the series. His music streamed 870,316 times on Jan. 2, the day before the series premiere, but Nielsen said Thursday Kelly's music garnered nearly 1.73 million streams after the sixth episode aired Jan. 6.
Kelly averaged more than 955,600 streams in the last week of 2018. He averaged more than 1.5 million streams from Jan. 3-6.
The singer has for years faced allegations he sexually abused women, but the 52-year-old hasn't been charged and he's denied any wrongdoing.
Meghan takes more visible roles in royal family
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is taking an increasingly visible role in the British royal family as she becomes the patron of four organizations including the prestigious National Theatre.
Kensington Palace said Thursday that Meghan will take over two roles as patron that have for decades been held by Queen Elizabeth II and is taking two other roles as well.
The palace says the queen "has passed on" the role of patron of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
In addition, Meghan will become patron of two additional charities: Smart Works, which helps vulnerable women find the skills needed to work, and Mayhew, a grassroots organization active in London and internationally.
Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are expecting their first child this spring.
Billy Joel to hold concert at Camden Yards
Singer Billy Joel will perform at Camden Yards this summer, the first concert to be held at the Orioles' home ballpark since it opened in 1992.
The singer, who turns 70 in May, will take the stage on July 26. Tickets go on sale Jan. 18.
The announcement came Thursday during a news conference in the warehouse adjacent to the ballpark.
It won't be the first time the singer has played outdoors in Baltimore. Joel's performance at M&T Bank Stadium — home of the NFL's Ravens — in July 2015 marked his first stage show in Baltimore since 1977.
Orioles Executive Vice President John Angelos expressed hope that Joel's show will be the "first of many" concerts at Camden Yards.
Today's birthdays: Blues singer Clarence Carter is 83. Actress Faye Dunaway is 78. Actor Carl Weathers is 71. Singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 60. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 51. Actor Kevin Durand ("Lost," ''Fruitvale Station") is 45. Singer-guitarist Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon is 37. Singer-actor Grant Gustin ("The Flash") is 29.
— The Associated Press
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