"I was on the stage. I had just walked up on the stage with a couple friends of mine, including Luke Combs, another artist who had played earlier, and we were literally standing 50 feet from where Jason was on stage, and all of a sudden, you heard what sounded - it was kind of a thing where you were like, 'Was that gunfire?' - and it got faster and faster, almost like it was an automatic rifle," Owen said in a call this morning to the Today Show.
"You could hear it ringing off the rafters off the top of the stage," he continued. "That's when you saw people fleeing. At that point, everyone onstage just started running everywhere possible. And it was pretty chaotic, for sure."
The country star couldn't get to his bus, so he looked for the nearest cover. 'I kind of just ran like everyone else," he said. "At one point, I was crouched down behind a cop car with about 20 other people that had come to the show, and everyone's asking if everyone's okay. There's blood on people, and you could see a couple folks on the street that looked like they'd been shot lying there. It was chaotic. It was literally like a movie that you feel like you've seen before that's not real life."
The country singer stressed how frightening the situation was. "We tend to - we live this life of not being scared, which I think is great, but you know, this is reality these days. This stuff's really happening. We were all scared." Read morehere.
The singer, who is currently on tour promoting Melodrama, tweeted a cryptic teaser with the words "will u love me? will u?" Attached is a low-quality clip of new music, apparently taken at home or in the studio on a smartphone.
"I just want your love' I just want your heartbreaking love," Lorde sings. It's not clear whether the song corresponds to an upcoming project--a movie soundtrack contribution, tour single or just a one-off new track. Listen to the teaser of Lorde's new songhere.
"It was worse than people realized," Braun told the Wall Street Journal. "I failed him day after day. We were living in hell because he was in such a dark place….I have inconveniences, and other people have problems. Mine feel important, but they're not. They're not life or death. Justin's stuff got to a point where it was a problem."
Braun says their relationship "really struggled." Nevertheless, the manager (whose clients include Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen) said his job was to be Bieber's "rock" on his journey. According to Braun, naysayers in the music business thought Bieber's moment in the spotlight was over for good.
"Some of the biggest people in the industry, people invested in Justin's career, told me, 'It's over. Focus on something else. That kid is done,'" he said. "I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise." Read morehere.
He wrote, "This is one of my favorite moments from the summer tour. My parents and aunt and uncle brought my 82 year old grandmother to see us play at Madison Square Garden."
Watch the adorable cliphere.
Another new track, 'Square One," has just been featured in a trailer for Season 2 of HBO's Divorce. Meanwhile he recently unveiled the artwork for Colors.
Fans buying the deluxe edition of the vinyl will be treated to a customisable record sleeve while the standard edition will have a black and white image for Beck under yellow and purple shapes. Read morehere.
Gaga took to Twitter to talk about the tragedy, saying "This is terrorism, plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now."
Gaga turned her attention to creating a large, unifying moment for fans: "4 anyone who'd like to join, I'm doing a 20 minute moment of meditation/silence/prayer on my InstagramLive for calming of the [Earth] at 3:30 PST," the singer posted.
"My intention is to connect us all through inner peace," Gaga added. "I believe we can calm inflammation in the world by calming each other," ending the message with the hashtag #meditation. See Gaga's postshere.
"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic event in Las Vegas, especially the victims, their families and friends, and the fans, artists and crews from our Country community in Vegas. This festival brought together people from all backgrounds united in enjoying life through music," reads the statement.
"Safety at all of our events is and will remain our top priority. We are constantly adjusting our event security measures year-round, partnering and consulting with experts at the federal, state and local levels through our full-time security team and the Metro Police Department. We will continue our efforts to provide the most comprehensive security possible." Read morehere.
"I wrote this song 3 years ago, recorded it last year with Vince Gill, and always have fans asking when I'll put it out," she wrote. "I never knew when would be the right time, but I realized today that there's never a right time. Hate is everywhere, and I'm sick of not doing enough. In the darkest tunnel, there is still love & music. There's what it's here for. Here is 'Dear Hate.' Any cent I see from this I'm donating to the Music City Cares Fund. #LovesGonnaConquerAll."
Morris had previously made a version of the track available via Soundcloud in July of 2016, in response to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as the Dallas police officers who were killed by sniper fire. Listen to "Dear Hate"here.
Swift sent the fellow artist a beautiful bouquet of flowers, which the rapper shared with the message: "Sooo beautiful and lovely. Thank you @taylorswift for the flowers …and I freaking love your music."
While many artists sent congratulations, Azealia Banks had some disparaging words for the singer, calling her a "poor man's Nicki [Minaj]." Cardi fired back, posting a clip of Banks dancing to her song. "One of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1! Cuz even the HATERS love it!" she wrote. Read morehere.
Combs explained that he was onstage watching Jason Aldean with his manager when they heard the barrage of gunfire, at first thinking it was part of the onstage pyrotechnics.
"We were actually onstage when it happened," he revealed. "The first burst happened, and still at that point I was under the impression that something was going wrong with the pyrotechnics. It wasn't for a few minutes after that when pandemonium set in after the bursts kept happening. I've been up all night watching the news and they said it was maybe four or five clips. But it had to be upwards of ten to twelve, at least, from what I heard personally. I'm so thankful to be here, and my thoughts are out with everybody else.
"We didn't know it was coming from the hotel, and I had to made a beeline back towards the main stage to get out," he related to hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. "My bus was parked across the street, so we ran across the street and got on the bus. Luckily, we were able to locate the rest of our band and crew in ten minutes or so."
The singer went on to explain that he didn't personally didn't see any injured people, but that members of his band and crew did. Read morehere.
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