The Most Followed Person on Instagram Pulls Away From Competition

It looks like Instagram’s most popular member just got that much more admired.

Anointed the app’s most followed user late last year (via Forbes), pop star Selena Gomez celebrated her 110 millionth follower on Thursday — which means her count has grown by seven million in little more than two months.

Gomez is pulling away from the competition as Taylor Swift has a (measly) 97.6 million followers on the photo sharing app. She was in second place late last year and her follower-ship has grown by a few million in that time, too.

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“Thank you fam for 110,” wrote Gomez in a — you guessed it — Instagram post. “I promise I will continue to cherish my platform and speaking truth but more importantly, each and every one of you have changed my life. I’m very grateful.”

The secret to Gomez’s Insta-popularity? It appears to be a secret alchemy of style, smiles and a whole lot of kissy-face poses:

Are you following Gomez yet? Everyone is doing it.

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This Piano-Playing Computer Makes Me Feel Less Lonely But Also Really Weird Inside

Most people, with the exception of those who live beneath the subway grates and Ted Cruz, don’t like to be alone for too long. We need—nay, crave—the attention of others. When that attention comes from an intelligent piano-playing machine, however, shit gets weird.

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Lance Bass teases *NSYNC reunion, vinyl re-release

“I Want You Back” is what fans have been singing to *NSYNC for years, and now, the group is reuniting — kind of.

During an interview with ET at his home, Lance Bass shared some new details regarding the popular boy band.

“We’re doing something. I don’t know if I can announce it yet,” he teased. “We are coming out with a really cool vinyl edition of our Christmas album.”

Unfortunately, fans can say “Bye Bye Bye” to the thought of new music, because the Home for Christmas re-release will only feature old songs.

Bass then revealed that the entire group — Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Joey Fatone — will reunite at some point this year to get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “We will all be there,” he added. “We just have to decide on a date.”

Even though *NSYNC have been on hiatus for 15 years, Bass says they still keep in contact every day via a group text chain.

“All we do is bag on each other all day long,” he admitted, noting that Timberlake’s past hairstyles aren’t the biggest target. “Joey gets a lot of the brunt of our jokes,” Bass confessed. “I mean, those guys are my brothers and so we act like immature brothers all the time.”

Watch the full interview above.

Hijab-Wearing Model Halima Aden Walks in Kanye West’s New York Fashion Week Show

New York Fashion Week continued to make cultural statements Wednesday as hijab-wearing model Halima Aden walked in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season Five presentation.

It’s not the first time the recently-signed IMG model has hit the headlines and sparked conversations about diversity in fashion.

Last year, the 19-year-old was the first Miss Minnesota contestant to wear a hijab for the entirety of the state’s Miss USA competition. She also wore a burkini in the swimsuit portion of the contest.

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#yeezy #nyfw2017 ✊????✊✊????

A post shared by Halima Aden (@kinglimaa) on Feb 15, 2017 at 9:52pm PST

“It’s unbelievable. I never thought that I would see a hijab-wearing model walking in such a prestigious event, but it makes it even more exciting that it was me,” Aden told People on Thursday.

“For a really long time I felt misrepresented, even growing up, I had no one to look up to, there weren’t any hijab-wearing models that I knew, or people in the media that you could relate to,” she continued.

As for working with West, she told People “he was so nice, and I just remember being like, ‘Oh my god! I’m standing in front of Kanye!”

West has been a controversial figure for years, but has been in the news lately for his meeting with President Donald Trump. He recently deleted all of his tweets defending the meeting.

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Aden, a Somali-American born in a Kenyan refugee camp, is the first of her family to come to the United States, Vogue reported.

President of IMG Models Ivan Bart recently told Business of Fashion “by representing Halima, I would hope that the next 10-year-old girl wearing her hijab right now will feel included in the experience of fashion, and know that she could do that too,” he said. “We need to reflect in fashion who we are, as a human race.”

See video of Aden on the catwalk below.

Can we appreciate somali born hijabi halima aden modelling for yeezy ✨???? she slayed my existence pic.twitter.com/bP7olroNVQ

— Social blogger (ish) (@sugarandwaffles) February 15, 2017

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Justin Bieber Battery Investigation Opened Over Alleged Head-Butt Incident

Justin Bieber’s latest hit allegedly landed on a restaurant employee, via  Bieber’s head. And now the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department is investigating it.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s department told TheWrap on Thursday that a battery investigation has been opened regarding Bieber. The spokesman said that details are scarce, and that it has not yet been confirmed that Bieber was involved in the alleged incident, though the person calling in the alleged head-butting incident stated that Bieber allegedly committed the battery.

According to TMZ, the alleged head-butting incident occurred at West Hollywood eatery Serafina, at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, during a pre-Grammys soiree held by a friend of Bieber’s.

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Citing eyewitnesses, TMZ reported that Bieber was engaged in a play fight with “That’s So Raven” alum Kyle Massey when he noticed that a restaurant employee was recording their shenanigans. Bieber reportedly asked the employee to stop and delete the footage.

The employee was resistant to the idea. After which, the “Baby” singer allegedly lunged at him and head-butted him.

The alleged victim isn’t interested in pressing charges, according to TMZ.

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Mick Jagger Wrote a Crazy Memoir, and We’re Likely Never Going to See It

You can’t always get what you want, especially if that thing you want is a tell-all memoir written by a certain man named Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger. In a piece for Britain’s Spectator, publisher and rock historian John Blake has revealed that despite Jagger being vocal throughout his entire life

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HBO Acquires David Bowie Docu ‘The Last Five Years’

HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately. The documentary focuses on the final segment of Bowie’s life, when he recorded his albums The Next Day and Blackstar and co-wrote the stage musical Lazarus.
Whately directed 2013’s David Bowie: Five Years, which examined five earlier eras of Bowie’s extraordinary career, including the Ziggy Stardust period and his Berlin days.
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HBO to Air ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ Documentary

HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to the documentary film “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.”

The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, spotlights the critically acclaimed albums “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” as well as the stage musical “Lazarus” and offers new insights into Bowie’s creativity during the final five years of his life.

It features rarely seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators.

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“Looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to reexamine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change,” said Whately. “HBO, whose global output the world admires, is a great channel to get this incredible documentary out to the U.S. fans.”

“David Bowie: The Last Five Years” is a BBC Films production directed and produced by Whately and executive produced by Phil Dolling. The deal with HBO was negotiated by Melissa Green, VP of factual TV sales and co-productions at BBC Worldwide North America.

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Bowie died on Jan. 10, 2016, after battling liver cancer for almost two years.

He posthumously swept the 2017 Grammy Awards with five wins for “Blackstar,” his final album, including: Best Rock Performance; Best Alternative Music Album; Best Recording Package; Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical; and Best Rock Song.

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich breaks down summer tour: ‘You have to bring some s— that blows up’

Late last year, Metallica roared back with their 10th studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. The double LP — their first full-length since 2008’s progged-out Death Magnetic — marked the legendary metal group’s return to the breakneck thrash that defined their vaunted ’80s catalog. And, come May, they’ll be taking their latest tunes to stadiums throughout North America with their WorldWired Tour.

“The biggest surprise of the first couple of months post-Hardwired is how much the fans are demanding new songs,” Metallica’s colorful drummer Lars Ulrich tells EW. “In 35 years of being in this band, I’ve never heard the phrase, ‘Play more new songs.’ It’s just not something that you hear, being in a rock and roll band in 2017!”

And while Metallica can still easily draw stadium-sized crowds decades into their career, Ulrich assures they don’t take their status for granted: “At this point, we’re so psyched that people still give a s—, 35 years later.”

Ulrich connected with EW to discuss digging deep in their catalog, collaborating with Lady Gaga at the Grammys, and what makes stadium shows so special. (Hint: It involves blowing stuff up.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: After decades of touring, how do you guys keep things fresh?
LARS ULRICH: We tour in very short spurts. That keeps the sanity somewhat sustained. Keyword: “somewhat.” One way to keep it fresh is to mix up the places we play. We’re doing stadiums now, we played a lot of festivals the last couple years, the last time we did a run in the United States and Canada we were indoors in arenas. There’s different energies that happen in stadiums. I believe it’s since 2004 that we haven’t played the same setlist twice. That keeps us on our toes.

What specifically is it about stadiums that’s different from arenas?
Stadiums are a lot about the thousand-yard stare, as we call it. Including everybody at the back of the stadium — which in some places may be a different zip code. Playing a stadium show is something that really requires you to go next level spectacle event. You want to bring some s— that blows up. You want to have everything be larger than life.

But obviously, a Metallica show, whether it’s at Giants Stadium — or whatever it’s called this week, MetLife Stadium — or whether it’s Webster Hall, it’s still about Metallica, about Metallica energy, and about the Metallica connection that happens between the band and the fans. Whether we play the big or small places the ultimate goal is to bond with all the people that are there and try to create as intimate an experience as possible. The best thing about it, for us, 35 years in, is just that we are in a super humbling place where we can do all of it. We play stadiums, we play arenas, we play festivals, we play your backyard BBQ.

What will the setlists look like on this tour?
There are about 60 to 70 songs that we can more or less play 10 to 15 minutes rehearsal. Most of the time the setlist is written in the last hour before the show, depending on what the mood is, what city we’re in. If we’re in St. Louis, I’ll take a look at what songs we busted out when we were in St. Louis the last time and make sure the setlist is a little different from the last time we were there.

What Hardwired songs are Metallica most excited to play?
The fact that our fans continue to demand we play more cuts from the new album is really inspiring and super cool. “Spit Out the Bone” seems to be an early fan favorite. It’s this crazy journey through six minutes of really early Metallica flash days. When the album was finished and I played it for one of my kids, I played “Spit Out the Bone,” and his head was absolutely blown off. He said, “That’s amazing.” There was a pregnant pause and then he looked at me and he goes, “How are you ever gonna play that live, dad?” And it was like, “Eventually, I’ll get there son!”

How did the Gaga collaboration come about?
always encourage you to do cool, crazy collaborations. We thought some of the songs on the new album lent themselves well to a female co-conspirator. I was at a dinner party at my buddy’s house a couple months ago and she was there. We ended up sitting and talking about her old metal days in Jersey and the Lower East Side. I knew she was a metal chick at heart, but I didn’t know how deep her metal roots were. Her relationship with Metallica goes way back — like deep album cuts on the early couple records. We’re sitting there and I took a shot. I said, “Listen, we’ve been invited to do the Grammys again, come sing with us, it would be so much fun. I think this is the right fit.” She just said, “Yes.” She didn’t have to like, “Oh let me just check with my team” or “Let me call my 17 managers.” There was none of that stuff. She’s so open and so authentic. She makes all the decisions herself and she’s so talented and she’s so eager. And she blew up the f—ing Super Bowl!

Did you know when you were on the stage that James’ mic had cut out or did you find out after the fact?
When I couldn’t hear his vocals in the first verse, I knew there was an issue. But in the heat of the moment, you don’t quite know where the issue is — it’s very difficult to troubleshoot. We just had to battle through it and keep going, which is what we did. It’s live television, this stuff happens. This year it happened to us, last year it happened to Adele. In the context of the bigger issues that face humanity, I think we’ll all be OK. I think, in some ways, the fact that James and her were singing out of her mic, there was another level of intimacy that was created. I’m totally happy.

Chris Stapleton announces new album, plots U.S. tour

Chris Stapleton has plans for a massive 2017. On May 5 he will return with the follow-up to his much-lauded 2015 album, Traveller, as well as launch his All-American Road Show tour.

The new run, which piggybacks on already announced dates in March and April, kicks off in Georgia and wraps Aug. 25 in New Hampshire. Along the way, he will command fabled venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO., Shoreline Amitheatre in Mountain View, CA., and Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. He will also join festivals like Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI and Watershed in Washington State.

The soul-country powerhouse has tapped a mouthwatering lineup of openers: Brothers Osborne, Lucie Silvas, Brent Cobb, Anderson East, and Margo Price will all join along the way. (Later this summer, Stapleton will take a turn as the stage-warmer when he opens for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in June.)

Also on Thursday morning, the ACM Awards honored Stapleton with three nominations. He is currently up for for Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year (“Fire Away”), and Song of the Year (“Tennessee Whiskey”).

Tickets to the All-American Road Show will be available to fan club members beginning Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. local time; the general public will have access beginning Feb.24. All Stapleton tour dates are below. The new album remains untitled.

March 9 – Houston, TX @ Rodeo Houston
March 18 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
March 19 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
March 22 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
March 24 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
March 25 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
March 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
March 28 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
March 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Theater – Palms Casino Resort
April 6 – Columbus, GA @ Columbus Civic Center
April 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Tortuga Music Festival
April 20 – Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center
April 21 – Pikeville, KY @ East Kentucky Expo Center
April 22 – Pikeville, KY @ East Kentucky Expo Center
April 27 – Columbia, MO @ Mizzou Arena
April 28 – Cape Girardeau, MO @ Show Me Center
April 29 – Bloomington, IL @ U.S. Cellular Coliseum
May 5 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 11 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at VA Beach
May 12 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
May 13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
May 18 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
May 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 23 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 1 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center at Fresno State
June 2 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 3 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
June 9 – Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 10 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 15 – Charleston, WV @ Charleston Civic Center
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 22 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
June 23 – Manhattan, KS @ Country Stampede
June 24 – North Platte, NE @ Nebraskaland Days
June 29 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
July 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 6 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 14 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 15 – Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
July 16 – Darien Lake, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 20 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
July 21 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 
July 22 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 28 – George, WA @ Watershed Festival
July 29 – Central Point, OR @ Country Crossings Music Festival
July 30 – Mountain Home, ID @ Mountain Home Country Music Festival
August 3 – Duluth, MN @ AMSOIL Arena
August 4—Prairie Du Chien, WI—Country on the River
August 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 10 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
August 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
August 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
August 17 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
August 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 25 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Selena Gomez has a new song about taking no crap from loser dudes

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Certain men in her life might be making a huge fuss about the past, but Selena Gomez is looking forward.

The pop star has released her first new music since taking a break to focus on her well being with “It Ain’t Me” — a collaboration with Kygo. 

“Who’s waking up to drive you home when you’re drunk and all alone?” Gomez inquires over a plucky beat. “Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning? It ain’t me.”

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Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos)

TheWrap looks back at all of this year’s notable deaths from those in music, movies, TV and media.

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer, the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star who played the role of Owen Granger died Jan. 19 from cancer at the age of 61.

Dick Gautier who starred in the original Broadway production of “Bye Bye Birdie” and played the role of Hymie the Robot on “Get Smart” died on Jan. 13 at the age of 85.

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

WWE legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died from stomach cancer on Jan. 15 at the age of 73.
He was inducted into the WWF (now WWE) Hall of Fame in 1996 and was also the first WrestleMania opponent of The Undertaker.

William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty, the author of the famed horror novel “The Exorcist,” died from cancer on Jan. 12 at the age of 89.

Tony Rosato
Tony Rosato who was on the cast of  “SCTV” and later joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1981, died of a heart attack on Jan. 10 at the age of 62.

Lee O’Denat aka “Q”

The founder and CEO of music and culture website WorldStarHipHop, Lee O’Denat, died on Jan. 23 in his sleep at the age of 43, according to TMZ.

Mary Tyler Moore

The legendary six-time Emmy winning star of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the “Dick Van Dyke Show” died on Jan. 25 at the age of 80.

Mike Connors

The American actor, best known for playing a private eye on the long-running CBS action series “Mannix” (1967-75), died on January 26 at age 91.

Barbara Hale
The actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on the long-running legal drama “Perry Mason,” died Jan. 27 at the age of 94.

According to the Washington Post, Hale died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

John Hurt
The English actor whose career spanned six decades and starred in “The Elephant Man” and “Doctor Who” died at the age of 77 on January 27.

Although the cause of death is currently unknown, Hurt had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2015.

Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch, who played Captain Apollo on the 1970s sci-fi television series “Battlestar Galactica,” died at the age of 71 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 7.

Metallica Receives Apology From Grammys Producer Over Mic Glitch

Hopefully this will help to appease James Hetfield.

Longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich has apologized to Hetfield and the rest of Metallica, after a microphone glitch marred the group’s duet with Lady Gaga at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.

“Obviously, we apologize to the band,” Ehrlich told the Associated Press, adding that the glitch was “awful.”

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“These kinds of things are horrible when they happen,” Ehrlich noted. “That’s one of the risks of live television.”

While the group has blamed the mishap on a dead microphone, Ehrlich offered a hypothesis involving an extra in the awards ceremony.

“My guys say that the mic cable was connected,” Ehrlich said. “My guys’ theory was that … one of the extras (on stage) accidentally kicked out the cable that went to the mic.”

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In the days since the partially botched performance, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has called the performance a “clusterf—.”

Ulrich also appeared on CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden” on Tuesday, revealing that Hetfield was “livid” after the performance.

“I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years,” the drummer said of Hetfield’s mood backstage after the performance. “I mean, he was livid. I mean, he’s aged really well and he’s a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun.”

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Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper Posts Penis Pic to Clear His Name After TMZ Legal Loss

Rapper Andre Roxx is baring all to try to prove that a report he cut off his own penis isn’t true.

Roxx — whose real name is Marques Andre Johnson — took to Facebook on Wednesday after losing a libel lawsuit against TMZ, which reported that the Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper had cut off his own penis. After his court setback, he decided to prove his manhood was intact in the only court that matters — the court of social media.

You can see the proof here. (But not at work, obviously.)

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“Case dismissed on a Technicality huh? OK so I guess there is no way I can maintain my dignity AND clear my name, so fuck it. Here’s what you’ve all been waiting to see,” Roxx wrote. “Do me a favor and screen shot this post and send it to TMZ, BET, USA Today and all the other news outlets that decided to fight me for 3 years rather than simply issuing a retraction and clearing my name, and ask them why they couldn’t just operate under the principals of basic human decency and clear the name that they destroyed.”

The rapper also posted his phone number, writing, “since the media claimed last time that they had such a problem getting a hold of me to get my side of the story, MY F–KING CELL PHONE NUMBER IS [redacted].”

He also shared the image on Twitter.

Roxx, who is affiliated with the hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan via membership in Killa Beez, sued TMZ Productions and others in March 2016. According to the suit, the April 2014 report claimed that Johnson “was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday after he cut off his penis and then jumped off a second story balcony.”

However, the libel suit contended, the rapper who committed the act of self-mutilation was actually another rapper affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan, Christ Bearer. Christ Bearer later said he was proud of the decision to cut off his own penis.

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On Wednesday, a judge dismissed the complaint, saying that the complaint should fall under Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations, which limits libel claims to a one-year window.

Johnson’s suit claimed that the rapper, who was incarcerated at the time of the report, was forced to go into protective custody “because other inmates began threatening, harassing and attacking him,” according to the complaint.

Johnson also said that his association with the story has damaged his music career, and “has made it exceedingly difficult for Plaintiff to earn a living even outside of the music industry.”

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