SO SAD: Singer Christina Grimmie was fatally shot while signing autographs following a concert in Orlando, Florida, Friday evening. She was 22. After opening fire on the former contestant of “The Voice,” the gunman killed himself while he was tackled by Grimmie’s brother, Mark. He was hailed a hero by police for tackling the shooter and stopping any further fatalities.
WE KNEW IT! ABC’s TV series “Nashville” will return for a fifth season that will be broadcast on CMT and streamed on Hulu, following a deal that was reached late last week. “Nashville’s” entire original cast will return for the fifth season but expect a new creative team behind the show.
HISTORY! Was made during the 70th annual Tony Awards last night, when for the first time ever, all four musical acting awards went to performers of color.
PON DE REPLAY: HBO will air an encore performance of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” special this Saturday. The video is currently exclusive to Tidal. It’s an hour-long narrative short film with music, documentary and “experimental” elements that debuted in April. Ballzer is looking forward to Jay Z's response movie "Buy My Lemonade, too!"
Jim Ward was diagnosed for the second time with squamous cell cancer in early May of this month. He had the same kind 6 years ago and survived through months and months of chemo and radiation. This time, unfortunately, they can not do radiation since it's in the same place (his groin) as before. It has also progressed into his neck and chest. Jim has started chemo, but has only had 1 treatment due to his platelets being low. He has not been able to work for the past 7 years due to his disability from the cancer and is only on Badger care. His friends and family are banding together to make the rest of his time here with us as pain free as we can. Jim is an avid fisherman and hunter and loves the outdoors. He graduated from Logan HS in 1979.
The John Cina Seven organization will hold its third annual pumpkin ball tournament June 24-26 at the Genoa Village Park. The weekend will also include a Friday fish fry, Sunday chicken Q, music, raffles, and other activities for the entire family.
John Cina devoted his adult life to helping the youth of the greater La Crosse area. John was a Residential Treatment Facilitator aiding in the development of at risk youth at the Family and Children Center Residential Treatment Facility in La Crosse. Coaching was one of John's greatest loves. He was the varsity coach of the De Soto basketball, as well as an assistant for the De Soto football and Onalaska State Champion Legion baseball team. If you played slow pitch softball anywhere near La Crosse, you have probably played with or against John.
John was an asset to the community and always willing to help. The John Cina Seven fund carries on this legacy by raising money to benefit the communities within the De Soto Area School District and other youth programs and local ball fields. Please come help us celebrate a great man and raise money for an excellent cause.
DUET: InTouch Weekly claims Jay-Z and Beyonce are planning to release a new CD together. A source tells Page Six: “Jay and Beyoncé were never going to do an interview to address all the questions that came up after ‘Lemonade'. “It’s more their style to respond through music.”
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! To celebrate “The Marshall Mathers LP”’s 16th anniversary Eminem is selling some cool limited edition collector’s items. Some of the things available for purchase are a cassette tape of the re-issued album with a new 3D printed cover. The coolest items are bricks from the remains of Eminem’s childhood home that was featured on the album’s cover. Each of the 700 bricks come with a Certificate of Authenticity with Em’s autograph and a display case. If you buy a brick, you will also receive a commemorative plaque. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to the Marshall Mathers Foundation, which provides funds for organizations working with at-risk youth in Michigan and throughout the U.S.
DO WE NEED THIS?Contact Music claims Mariah Carey is going to develop, direct and star in three new Hallmark movies. Mariah is refusing to reveal what the movies are about. Ballzer is looking forward to not watching them...
UNFORGETTABLE, INDEED! Sia sang "Unforgettable" on "Ellen" this past Friday. She has a new version of it on the "Finding Dory" soundtrack. Check out the video:
HARDWARE: The Weeknd took home eight prizes from last night’s Billboard Music Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The stand out performance was expected to be the tribute to Prince but Ballzer thinks P!nk was way better...
CRAZINESS: A woman in Texas blew up on Facebook over the weekend, because she live-streamed herself trying on a new Chewbacca mask, and it's gotten more than 133 million views. It's now the most-watched live-stream EVER on Facebook. We shared it on the Z93 Facebook page!
MONEY MAKER: Adele is expected to sign a new contract with Sony Music for more than $130 million, making it the biggest deal for a female artist in music history. It will easily top Whitney Houston's 2001 deal with Arista for $101 million and will also be the top for a British musician. Good for her! Now we no longer have to worry that Adele won't have enough money...
Benefit for Liam Baines
Centerville Curling Club, State Road 54
Saturday, June 25th, 4:30 PM
Liam Baines was diagnosed with SMA Type 1 in November of 2015, at just 5 months old. Help support Liam and his family and join them for an evening with dinner, music, an auction, and raffles.
Mathea, age 13, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in March 2016. She is coping really well and doing an amazing job at managing her new challenges. She will live with these challenges for the rest of her life.
People with type 1 often get dangerously low blood sugar levels while sleeping. There are many resources for preventing and helping with that problem, but a very effect solution is owning a diabetic alert dog. That is a specially trained dog that can smell the glucose changes and wake the person even saving their lives.
Mathea is raising money to get an alert dog so everyone can sleep better at night. They are thousands of dollars, but Mathea is doing yard work and babysitting to help raise the money. The family is also asking a favor of you for a donation of any size.
Please come along side Mathea and help her get to the goal of $15,000 to buy a Diabetic Alert Dog that will be specially trained just for her through Diabetic Alert Dogs of America.
CALL MAURY: A man has filed the first paternity claim against Prince’s estate, saying he’s the biological son of the pop icon. Also, now over 700 people claim to be siblings of Prince. A judge has ordered that DNA tests be performed to verify all claims.
WILL THERE BE UMBRELLA FIGHTS? Britney Spears tweeted a photo of her new mobile game “Britney Spears: American Dream”; there’s no official release date.
YOU GO, GIRL! Meghan Trainor’s brand new video for “Me Too” has been taken down, very shortly after being posted. It wasn’t a technical glitch. Trainor removed the video after someone on her team Photoshopped her waist without her permission. She said on Snapchat : “I had a bomb waist that night, I don’t know why they didn’t like my waist,
CONGRATS: Perez Hilton claims Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are the proud parents of a new baby girl named Amanda Lee Gosling. She was born in secret two weeks ago. Pretty people making people, the world just got another beautiful human being.
VOICE NEWS: People Magazine claims Pink is joining The Voice as a guest advisor. Blake Shelton also hinted that he is leaving the show but that's not confirmed yet... he says he wants to focus on his career but it probably isn't a coincidence that his girlfriend isn't returning next season...
Brittany and Ballzer spoke with the amazing Margaret Cho last week. Ballzer is a big fan so she was a little excited to speak with the “Queen of all Media” ;)
Full interview: The short version ;)
With three Grammy Award and one Emmy nomination under her belt, she's definitely lived up to that name. Margaret is currently on a stand-up comedy tour, a special guest host on E!’s Fashion Police, recently taped an episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," and is working on a new Amazon show.