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December 4, 2018

PETE DAVIDSON SAYS HE ISN’T GOING TO KILL HIMSELF

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Davidson says he has been bullied online and in public for nine months. And he says he feels he doesn’t “want to be on this earth.” But he insists he isn’t suicidal. Davidson is breaking his silence about his broken engagement to Ariana Grande. In an Instagram post, the comedian says he has been speaking about being suicidal “only in the hopes that it will bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth.” He adds, “No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself, I won’t.” Davidson is 25 and is a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” He was briefly engaged to Ariana Grande, who makes reference to the failed relationship in her new hit song, “Thank U, Next.” In response to Davidson’s online message, the singer says she cares “deeply about Pete and his health” and asked people “to please be gentler with others.”

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041621-v-295:68-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Pete Davidson addresses bullying after Ariana Grande breakup (4 Dec 2018)

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KANYE WEST - CELLPHONE

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West has been called out for paying more attention to his cellphone than to the Broadway play he was supposed to be watching. West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, attended opening night of “The Cher Show” on Broadway. Jarrod Spector plays Sonny Bono in the musical — and he thought it was cool that the celebrity couple was in the house. But he became irked when he noticed the rapper was fixated on his smartphone. Spector tweeted: “If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here.” West has since apologized on Twitter for his “lack of etiquette.” And he indicated he was at least paying some attention to the musical, tweeting that the relationship between Sonny and Cher made him and Kardashian grab each other’s hand and sing “I Got You Babe.”

DRAKE - SPOTIFY

NEW YORK (AP) — It comes as no surprise to anyone who has Spotify — or knows someone who does: 2018 was Drake’s year. The streaming service says the rapper’s music got 8.2 billion streams in 2018. He also has the year’s most-streamed album and song with “Scorpion” and “God’s Plan.” Drake is also Spotify’s most-streamed artist of all-time. Following Drake on the 2018 list of top artists are Post Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran, who was Spotify’s most-streamed artist last year. No women made the top five, but Ariana Grande is first among female artists globally.

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041630-w-344:16-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Drake tops Spotify’s 2018 list with 8.2 billion streams (4 Dec 2018)

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DRAKE DOMINATES APPLE MUSIC YEAR-END RANKINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake was a dominating force on Apple Music as the platform’s most-streamed artist of the year globally. Apple is out with its annual “Best of” list — and it lists Drake’s “Scorpion” as the top album, while “God’s Plan” was the most popular single. That isn’t all. Drake’s “Nice for What” came in second and another of the rapper’s hits, “In My Feelings” checks in at No. 4. Drake’s album also placed four other songs in the top 100: “Nonstop,” ″I’m Upset,” ″Mob Ties” and “Don’t Matter To Me,” featuring Michael Jackson. He was also featured on Lil Baby’s “Yes Indeed,” Migos’ “Walk It Talk It” and BlockBoy JB’s “Look Alive.”

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TROY GENTRY HELICOPTER CRASH PROBE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pilot error following engine maintenance problems caused the helicopter crash that killed Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry and the pilot at a small airport where he was to perform that night. That’s the conclusion federal investigators have reached in their final report on the accident last September. The report says the pilot cut the engine too soon as he tried an emergency landing — and that led to the crash. Gentry, one half the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, was taking a pleasure and orientation flight before the concert at the airport’s resort. His performing partner Eddie Montgomery, and other band members were at the airport at the time.

Troy Gentry was 50.

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041653-w-350:64-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-NTSB: Pilot error caused crash that killed Troy Gentry (4 Dec 2018)

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EDDIE MURPHY - BABY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eddie Murphy is now a double-digit dad. He has welcomed his 10th child into the world. His finance’ Paige Butcher gave birth to a baby boy this past Friday. The child weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces — and is named Max Charles Murphy. The boy’s middle name is a tribute to his late uncle. Murphy’s older brother and fellow comedian Charlie Murphy died of leukemia last year. There’s quite a bit of space between Murphy’s firstborn and his newest arrival. The comedian’s oldest child is 29.

AFI - TOP FILMS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s that time of year — when organizations release their annual lists of top projects. The American Film Institute has dropped its list of best movies. Those on the list include “Black Panther,” ″A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Other on the 2018 list include “A Quiet Place,” ″The Favourite,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKKKlansman” and “Green Book.” The honorees will be recognized at a Los Angeles luncheon on Jan. 4.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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