2019 American Music Awards

Billboard Bits: Jessie J Talks Death Threats, J. Cole Named Rihanna Opener

Billboard Bits: Jessie J Talks Death Threats, J. Cole Named Rihanna Opener

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Jessie J Admits to Receiving Death Threats
In an interview with Q Magazine, Jessie J admitted to receiving physical threats since crossing over to the U.S. with debut album "Who You Are." "I've had people say, 'I wanna kill you and your family.' Death threats. I've had people say I hope you get HIV and throat cancer at the same time… I think the world has become obsessed with hating things," says the pop singer. (Q Magazine, via AOL Music)

J. Cole Named Rihanna's Official Tour Opener
With Cee Lo Green leaving Rihanna's tour due to his commitment to "The Voice," rising rapper J. Cole has been named the "official" tour opener. The MC will release his debut album, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," on Sept. 27. ( MTV)

Paramore's Hayley Williams Joins 'Muppets' Soundtrack
Paramore's Hayley Williams joins Weezer in the studio to breathe new life into the Oscar-nominated ballad, "The Rainbow Connection," for "Muppets: The Green Album," which will be released on Aug. 23. Also expected to contribute to the album are The Fray, My Morning Jacket, Evanescence's Amy Lee and Matt Nathanson. ( THR)

Domestic Violence Groups to Protest Odd Future Festival Performance
Controversial rap group Odd Future's upcoming performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival will reportedly be protested by Chicago anti-violence groups. Rape Victims Advocates is hoping to set up space inside Union Park on the weekend of July 15-17, while nonprofit agency Between Friends has announced that it will be distributing 5,000 cardboard fans with messages about violence against women. ( WBEZ)

Butch Walker Preps New Album, Behind-The-Scenes Book
Superstar producer Butch Walker, who has worked with A-list names like Katy Perry, Weezer, Pink and Avril Lavigne, is coming out with a new album: "The Spade." Walker and his band, The Black Widows, will release the 10-track record on August 30 on Dangerbird Records. The album also features Patrick Keeler of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes on drums. Earlier this month, the first single "Summer of 89" was premiered on Tumblr, and promoted to all 16 million users. Following the release of "The Spade," Walker is writing a collection of behind-the-scenes music industry tales for William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins.

(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Sarah Maloy)


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