What’s Trending — April 14

Arts & Entertainment

Jeriann Tripodi, Staff

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DMX dies at age 50 (1970-2021)

On April 9, rapper DMX passed away at the age of 50 after being hospitalized in the intensive care unit for a week after suffering a heart attack. DMX, whose birth name is Earl Simmons, rose to fame in the 1990s. Throughout his career, the rapper had 15 hits on the “Billboard Hot 100.” DMX was most popularly known for the hip-hop/rap song “Party Up (Up in Here).” 


Prince Philip dies at age 99 (1921-2021) 

On April 9, Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 at his Windsor Castle. No cause of death was provided, but according to GlobalNews, the Duke of Edinburgh had suffered from several medical ailments in recent years. The patriarch of the royal family, and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was the longest-serving consort in British history. 

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Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are parents

On April 5, actor Macaulay Culkin (“Home Alone,” “My Girl,”) and his girlfriend, actress Brenda Song (“Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “The Social Network”) quietly welcomed their first child together. According to TMZ, the couple welcomed a boy named Dakota Song Culkin. A close source shared that the baby was named after Culkin’s sister, who passed away in 2008. 

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Man arrested for trespassing onto Kendall Jenner’s property

A 27-year-old man named Shaquan King was arrested by Los Angeles police after trespassing onto model and reality star Kendall Jenner’s property. Making it past her security, King knocked on Jenner’s window and then swam in her pool. He was arrested and Jenner was granted a temporary restraining order against him. After King was released from prison, he immediately went to Kendall’s sister Kylie Jenner’s house and was arrested again. Kylie also got a temporary restraining order against King, and Kendall has since moved to another location. 


Ariana Grande will be a judge on the next season of “The Voice” 

Pop singer Ariana Grande will be joining NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” as a coach for its 21st season. Replacing Nick Jonas, Grande announced the news through Instagram by posting a photo of herself on set. Alongside the photo, Grande captioned that she is “beyond thrilled” to be joining Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton on the panel. 


Post Malone appears in “Wrath of Man” trailer 

The trailer has been released for the upcoming mystery and thriller-action film, “Wrath of Man.” The remake of the 2004 French film, “Cash Truck,” tells the story of a man, known as “H,” who is newly hired as the security guard for an armored money truck. One day, a heist takes place and H unleashes his extreme precise skills. As a result, his surprised co-workers become suspicious about who he really is and where he came from. Although Jason Statham is playing the starring role, rapper Post Malone appears in the trailer as one of the unnamed robbers who is shot by Statham’s character. “Wrath of Man” is rated R and is scheduled to be released to theaters on May 7. 


Number one on the Billboard charts: week of April 10, 2021

According to “The Hot 100” on the charts, the number one song in the U.S. is “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” by Lil Nas X. This is the first week the hip-hop and electro-pop song is on the charts. According to the “Billboard 200,” the number one album in the U.S. is “SoulFly” by Rod Wave. The rap album is at the top spot during the first week of its release. 


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