People: Will Smith: Humbled by tribute music video
Will Smith: Humbled by tribute music video
Will Smith says he was "humbled and honored" after rapper Joyner Lucas released a tribute song honoring his career work.
Lucas released the music video for his track "Will" on Monday. In the video, the rapper paid homage to Smith through a reenactment of the actor's biggest projects including the "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Bad Boys," "Men in Black" and "Pursuit of Happyness."
Smith on Wednesday shared a clip of "Will" with his nearly 44 million followers on Instagram. He personally thanked Lucas in a separate video on social media, calling the rapper's song "creative."
Smith also said he hopes to meet Lucas one day. In a post, Lucas said he needed to "take a cold shower and wake up. I'm dreaming right now."
"Will" is a single from Lucas' debut studio album "ADHD," which releases on Friday.
Elton John to host TV, radio concert
Elton John is hosting a "living room" concert aimed at bolstering American spirits during the coronavirus crisis and saluting those countering it, iHeartMedia and Fox said Wednesday.
Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw and Billie Joe Armstrong are scheduled to take part in the event airing at 9-10 p.m. EDT Sunday on Fox TV and on iHeartMedia radio stations.
The artists will be filmed with cell phones, cameras and audio equipment in their homes "to ensure the health and safety of all involved," according to a statement. The event will take the time slot that was to belong to the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which became part of a wave of public-event postponements and cancellations because of the pandemic.
Besides performances, the commercial-free concert will honor health professionals, first responders and others who are "putting their lives in harm's way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus," the media companies said.
Viewers will be asked to support two of the charitable organizations aiding victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.
Fox's digital platform also will carry the concert.
National Registry adds 25 recordings
Dr. Dre's classic debut rap album "The Chronic," Selena's sophomore release "Ven Conmigo" and the worldwide disco hit "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.
The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Tina Turner's "Private Dancer," Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" — written by Jimmy Webb — and Whitney Houston's No. 1 hit and cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year.
The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. The titles have to be at least 10 years old.
Others that made the list include Russ Hodges' play-by-play of the National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951; the original 1964 Broadway cast recording of "Fiddler on the Roof"; the announcement of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor during the recording of a live performance on Nov. 22, 1963; songs from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"; field recordings of over 50 hours of traditional Afghan music; and albums by Dusty Springfield, Cheap Trick and Maria Schneider.
Today's birthdays: Actor Julian Glover is 85. Actor-director Austin Pendleton is 80. Actor Michael York is 78. Movie director Quentin Tarantino is 57. Actor Ben Koldyke ("Masters of Sex," ''How I Met Your Mother") is 52. Singer Mariah Carey is 50. Actor Nathan Fillion ("Castle") is 49. Singer Fergie of Black Eyed Peas is 45. Actress Brenda Song ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody") is 32. Singer Halle Bailey of Chloe X Halle is 20.
— The Associated Press
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