Demi Lovato checks into rehab after drug overdose
Demi Lovato is currently undergoing treatment at a rehab facility after a drug overdose — TMZ reported she was freebasing oxycodone laced with fentanyl — sent her to the hospital in late July. The pop singer took a private plane to a treatment center outside California after being quietly released from Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Aug. 4. "I now need time to focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you all have shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out of this on the other side," Demi wrote on Instagram before seeking help. Later in August, her drug supplier spoke to TMZ and claimed that "100 percent she knew what she was taking."
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Aretha Franklin dies at 76
Aretha Franklin died on Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit at age 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The singer was remembered by dozens of celebrity friends including Elton John, Smokey Robinson and President Barack Obama. A private funeral has been arranged for Aug. 31 following a two-day public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
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Steven Tyler sends Trump cease-and-desist letter over use of Aerosmith songs
Steven Tyler does not want to hear one more Aerosmith song played at a Trump rally. The rocker sent President Donald Trump a cease-and-desist letter through his lawyer, demanding that the president stop playing his band's music. Steven's attorney argued that playing an Aerosmith song in a public arena gives the false impression that Steven is endorsing Trump's presidency. Trump played the band's 1993 hit "Livin' on the Edge" at a campaign rally in West Virginia on Aug. 21.
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Carrie Underwood sparks backlash with fertility comment right before announcing second pregnancy
Carrie Underwood left quite a few fans upset after an interview with Redbook magazine hit newsstands in August. The country singer shared that she feared she could not have a large family because of her age. "I'm 35, so we may have missed our chance to have a big family," the "American Idol" alum said. "We always talk about adoption and about doing it when our child or children are a little older." Days later, Carrie announced that she's pregnant with her second child.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney's sons win the internet with epic selfie
Beatles fans went wild on Aug. 13 when John Lennon and Yoko Ono's only son, Sean Ono Lennon, posted a photo of himself and Paul McCartney's son, James McCartney, on Instagram. The two sons look just like their fathers in the selfie, which Sean captioned, "Peekaboo…"
MTV VMAs: Jennifer Lopez receives Video Vanguard Award, Camila Cabello wins big
Jennifer Lopez rocked the stage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City on Aug. 20. The superstar singer performed a medley of her hits in a series of Versace looks before accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Another big winner of the night was Camila Cabello, who took home video of the year and artist of the year Moonman trophies.
The Eagles surpass Michael Jackson for best selling album of all time
The Eagles now have the best selling album of all time, beating Michael's Jackson's iconic album "Thriller." The 1976 album, "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975," was certified 38-times platinum on Aug. 20, pushing the 33-times platinum "Thriller" to second place.
Ariana Grande suffers hand injury while filming "Carpool Karaoke"
Days before she was pictured making out with fiancé Pete Davidson on the MTV VMAs red carpet — their first public event as a couple — Ariana Grande injured her hand while filming a "Carpool Karaoke" segment for "The Late Late Show with James Corden." "LOVE my bandage it looks sick @jkcorden i'll be ok one day," the singer tweeted on Aug. 7 along with a photo of her injury. A few weeks later, the pop star earned her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart following the Aug. 17 release of "Sweetener."
Man chases Beyonce and JAY-Z backstage during concert with dancers in pursuit
A male fan got on stage during Beyonce and JAY-Z's "On the Run II" tour stop in Atlanta on Aug. 25 and chased after the music stars as they walked backstage — and the couple's dancers went after him. They and security eventually brought the man, who was reportedly intoxicated, down to the ground. The Carters were unharmed.
Aerosmith to headline Las Vegas residency
Aerosmith will be headlining a Las Vegas residency, "Deuces Are Wild," at the Park Theater at the Park MGM beginning on April 6, 2019, the band announced on Aug. 15. "We are going to bring hot, sexy rock 'n' roll to Vegas!!" Steven Tyler and Joe Perry said of the concerts, which are scheduled through July 9, 2019. "The residency allows us to take 50 years of performing experience and create a one-of-a-kind show with the best music, best production design, best sound, in a world-class state-of-the-art venue. These shows will be epic!"
Cher to release new album of ABBA covers
Cher will be releasing a new album of ABBA covers entitled "Dancing Queen" on Sept. 28, Warner Bros. Records announced on Aug. 8. The music icon was inspired to make the album after starring in the movie-musical sequel "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry releases new song after 25-year hiatus
Steve Perry is back in the music game! The former Journey rocker released a new song on Aug. 25 after nearly 25 years away from the mic. Steve is also dropping a new album, "Traces," which consists of nine original songs and a cover of The Beatles' "I Need You."
Republican leaders blast Pearl Jam over burning White House poster
Republican leaders slammed Pearl Jam on Aug. 15 after the band shared a poster depicting the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee criticized the poster as "gory" and "encouraging violence" against Trump, similar to Kathy Griffin's fake decapitation photo.