Kendrick Lamar announces March 23 release date for new album

Get ready, Kendrick Lamar fans: The rapper’s new album will drop in a matter of weeks. The Grammy-winning rapper took to Twitter to announce that his follow-up to “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” will be released March 23. Lamar made the reveal by linking to an iTunes page that contains only a few details about the new album: It will have 16 tracks including his most recent release, “The Blacker the Berry.” but not, “i,” the single he dropped last fall which earned him two Grammy Awards. The album is currently available for pre-order. As for the album's name, it is simply listed as “[Untitled].” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Tech Thursdays: E3 game announcements, Oculus Rift and Snoop Dog for Twitter CEO

Daily News tech reporter Alejandro Alba is back with another segment of Tech Thursdays. This week, Alba talks about the videogame announcements made at E3, which include "Final Fantasy VII," "Star Fox Zero," "Halo 5" and "Rise of the Tomb Raider." Other headlines include Snoop Dog announcing his candidacy for Twitter CEO, YouTube launching its own gaming website, Emoji passcodes and the Oculus Rift release date. Make sure to subscribe to the Daily News YouTube channel to keep up with Tech Thursdays every week and other news videos. On mobile? Watch Tech Thursdays here. Continue Reading

RNC releases ‘Stop Hillary’ ad just days before Clinton plans to announce campaign

Republicans aren’t wasting any time — they’re attacking Hillary Clinton as she gears up for an official campaign announcement. The Republican National Committee rolled out a new web ad titled “Stop Hillary” Friday that mashes up sound bites from news reports to hit her as secretive, ineffectual and dishonest. “Used her personal email account to conduct official business,” says one clip as a shadowy figure in a pantsuit walks out to an onstage podium. “Taking millions of dollars from foreign governments,” says another. “This is just par for the course for the Clintons, they’re always a little bit secretive,” says a third. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus took an additional shot at Clinton in the ad’s rollout. “From the East Wing to the State Department, Hillary Clinton has left a trail of secrecy, scandal and failed liberal policies that no image consultant can erase,” he said in a statement. “Voters want to elect someone they can trust and Hillary's record proves that she cannot be trusted. We must 'Stop Hillary.'” Clinton is planning to announce her campaign on Sunday on social media before heading out to Iowa. Continue Reading

Cuomo announces $100K reward for information on escaped felons from upstate prison, calls it a ‘crisis situation’ for NY

The two convicted murderers who pulled off a stunning escape from an upstate prison have a $100,000 bounty on their heads. Gov. Cuomo announced Sunday the reward for information leading to the apprehension or arrest of Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, saying the dangerous duo could now be anywhere in New York, neighboring states or Canada. “They are killers. They are murderers. There’s never been a question about the crimes they committed,” Cuomo said. He called the reward “an unusual step.” “Given the severity of the situation, we think it’s appropriate,” he said. Information leading to the arrest of either of the men is worth $50,000, Cuomo noted. Authorities were chasing down over 150 leads since guards at Clinton Correctional Facility discovered the men had flown the coop Saturday morning, using power tools to cut their way to freedom. The maximum security prison is less than an hour from the Canadian border. Over 250 law enforcement and corrections officials were carrying out the search, including forest rangers, U.S. marshals and the FBI. They are the first to have escaped the maximum-security portion of the prison, which was built in 1865. The penitentiary’s 30-foot walls tower over the town of Dannemora, population 1,700. The prison’s population is 2,689 inmates. “My students always ask me at school, ‘Aren’t you afraid to be living so close to the prison?’” said Francine Mitchell, 41, a local high school teacher. “I always answer, ‘No. No one ever escapes from a maximum-security prison.’ Well, until yesterday!” State Department of Corrections officials were trying to figure out just how the inmates got their hands on power tools used in their escape that took them from their cell to a manhole in a quiet neighborhood. Commissioner Anthony Annucci said Continue Reading

Bristol Palin’s ex speaks out after her pregnancy announcement

Bristol Palin's ex-fiancé, Dakota Meyer, spoke up for the first time since Palin announced Thursday that she was pregnant. He didn't, however, address the paternity issue surrounding him and his former squeeze, an unmarried mother whose first child was conceived when she was a teenager in 2008 as her mom, Sarah Palin, was the Republican vice presidential nominee. "Within the past 24 hours there have been three terrorist style attacks across the world," he posted on Facebook Friday, referring to extremist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait that resulted in scores of deaths. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO "LIKE." Those tragic events are being "overshadowed by the dog and pony show being put on here domestically by some politicians and mass media," the war hero wrote. "The news that feeds the 'inquiring mind want (sic) to know' is inconsequential compared to that which is truly relevant but lost on the back page, he wrote. DAUGHTER OF FORMER VP CANDIDATE TO HAVE SECOND CHILD OUT OF WEDLOCK "I urge you to go beyond what is spoon fed to you and see what is truly going on out there," said the 27-year-old, 2011 recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor winner. Palin, 26, has a 6-year-old son, Tripp. Her mother, a former governor of Alaska, announced in May that Bristol Palin's marriage to Meyer was cancelled. Meyer's post showed him in a bathrobe, holding a sword, smoking a pipe and reading the Marine Corps handbook. The caption said "Still waiting …" Continue Reading

David Letterman announces star-packed guest list for final ‘Late Show’ episodes

The king will be escorted out by a full royal court. David Letterman, the longest-running late-night host ever, wraps up his 33-year reign as host of “The Late Show” on May 20 — and over the next five weeks, a battalion of famous guests will march through CBS’ Ed Sullivan Theater to say goodbye. It’s a tribute to one of the most influential careers in TV history, one that saw an Indianapolis weatherman eventually pull down the $40-million-a-year job of putting America to bed. The A-list guest parade was set to start Monday night with Sarah Jessica Parker and continue Tuesday with Billy Crystal. Michael J. Fox and Amy Sedaris are Wednesday night’s guests, along with musicians Ben Bridwell and Iron & Wine. On Thursday Letterman chats up Kevin James and comedian Tom Dreesen, with music by Tracy Chapman. Alec Baldwin visits on Friday, with music from John Mayer. The remainder of the still-unslotted guests feels like the invite list for God’s Oscar party: George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Oprah Winfrey. Interestingly, the musical guests aren’t so much current superstars as artists who reflect Letterman’s own taste, including the Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, the Dave Matthews Band, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Mumford and Sons, Amos Lee and Ralph Stanley. Other guests will be announced. There may be some politicians — members of the Second Estate have made appearances on Letterman’s couch during his reign (see sidebar) — but the just-announced lineup suggests Letterman is keeping the emphasis on entertainment for his victory lap. There are no completely out Continue Reading

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson announce ‘Zoolander 2’ with Paris Fashion Week runway strut, Eiffel Tower photo shoot

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson took Paris by storm to announce some major movie news. The stars made a surprise appearance at the Valentino show during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday to announce the release date for “Zoolander 2.” The sequel to the hit 2001 comedy will arrive in theaters Feb. 12, 2016. Stiller and Wilson strutted the catwalk as their ridiculously good-looking characters Derek Zoolander and Hansel, drawing cheers from the surprised audience. Midway through his walk down the runway, Stiller snatched a fan's phone and filmed a quick video selfie. After making a splash on the runway, Stiller and Wilson posed for a backstage photo with Vogue’s Anna Wintour. “Speak no evil. See no evil. Hear no evil. Derek #Zoolander and #Hansel are back!” the Instagram pic was captioned. Stiller also showed off his best Blue Steel in taking a selfie with Wilson, which he posted on Instagram following their runway appearance. “Apparently Derek and Hansel have come to terms on #Zoolander2,” he wrote. Stiller remained in character as the male model even after leaving the runway, snapping photos with a selfie stick before departing the Valentino show. He and Wilson later turned up at the City of Lights' iconic Eiffel Tower for a photo shoot. Stiller, Wilson, Christine Taylor and Will Ferrell will return for the follow-up to the hit comedy, and will be joined in the sequel by Oscar winner Penelope Cruz. Just as he did for the original, Stiller will direct and star in "Zoolander 2," which was written by Jennifer Aniston's fiance Justin Theroux. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Van Halen announces summer-fall U.S. tour, 2-night run on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Van Halen is hitting the road again. The '80s hair metal gods announced Tuesday they were reuniting for a North American tour this summer and fall, kicking things off with a two-night stint on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" starting March 30. Original lead singer David Lee Roth will be back behind the mic for the first time since the foursome's aborted 2012 tour, which collapsed amid reports of fighting between members and guitarist Eddie Van Halen's bout with a serious digestive condition. SEE TOUR DATES BELOW For Kimmel, the band plans to shut down Hollywood Boulevard for a single performance that will be aired over two nights. In a quirky footnote for a band that sold $35 million records and was one of the biggest of its era, the Kimmel shows will be the first time the band has appeared on TV in the U.S. with Roth as its frontman. The tour stars in earnest July 5 at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle, Wash. A swing through the East Coast in August includes shows at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., and the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island. The band's lineup these days includes Roth, brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and Eddie's son, Wolfgang, on bass. Original bassist Mike Anthony left about a decade ago to join ex-Van Halen singer Samny Hagar's group Chickenfoot. A 23-song live album, "Tokyo Dome Live in Concert," recorded in 2013, was also set to drop in various formats, including a four-LP set, on March 31. VAN HALEN 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR Sunday July 5, Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre Tuesday July 7, Portland, OR, Amphitheater Northwest Thursday July 9, Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion Saturday July 11, San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater Tuesday July 14, Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Thursday July 16, Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre Saturday July 18, Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre Monday July Continue Reading

John Legend, Chrissy Teigen host dog wedding to announce charity fundraiser

"Puppy love" takes on a whole new meaning thanks to a new John Legend video. The Grammy winner announced Wednesday that he will perform an exclusive private concert to benefit his education nonprofit the Show Me Campaign. To promote the fundraiser, he and his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen filmed an adorable video featuring their dogs Puddy and Pippa. “I’m so excited to play at your wedding, I filmed my rehearsal. My babies helped too!” he tweeted. In the clip, Legend hosts a secret wedding ceremony for the four-legged bride and groom, including serenading them with his hit song “All of Me.” His wife makes a cameo appearance toward the end, with Teigen initially confused by the sight of their dogs dressed in a white gown and tuxedo before deciding to join in on the fun. “As much fun as this was, it’s nothing compared to what your private concert is going to be,” Legend says in the video. “Any special event you’re having, I want to sing for you,” he added. Fans can enter for a chance to win by making a $10 donation at, with all proceeds going to rebuilding the auditorium at a high school in Legend’s hometown of Springfield, Ohio. As an added incentive, the Springfield City School District’s Board of Education will match all campaign donations up to $1 million. Legend’s fundraising campaign runs through April 16. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Arthur Ashe, tennis legend, announces he has AIDS in 1992

(Originally published by the Daily News on April 9, 1992. This story was written by Andrew Kirtzman and Dean Chang.) Tennis legend Arthur Ashe, looking frail but saying he was determined to “go forward,” reluctantly revealed yesterday that he has AIDS. Speaking before a packed news conference, the first black man to win the Wimbledon tournament said he has known about his condition since he had brain surgery in September 1988. “I am not sick. I can function very well,” he said. LUPICA: ARTHUR ASHE’S CLASS ACT GETS A HAND Friends, family and doctors have led a “silent and generous conspiracy” since 1988, he said, which was not broken until Tuesday when someone “ratted on me” to USA Today. He said he was angry because the press had forced his sudden disclosure. Appearing with his wife, Jeanne, and Mayor Dinkins, Ashe appeared thin and older than his 48 years. But as he spoke in measured tones, he displayed the grace and quiet intelligence that have marked his career as a sports legend and civil rights pioneer. Midway through the stunning announcement, he halted as he talked of having to tell his 5-year-old daughter, Camera, about his illness. Wife steps in A long silence, punctuated by a fusillade of camera flashes, ensued as he held his fingers to his forehead. When he could not find his composure, his wife stepped to the podium and read the passage that said the little girl must now be taught to react to “cruel comments that have little to do with her reality.” Ashe said he made the announcement only because he thought USA Today would break the news: “I am sorry that I have been forced to make this revelation now. After all, I am not running for some office of public trust, nor do I have stockholders to account to. It is only because I fall under the dubious umbrella of ‘public figure.’” Ashe’s announcement Continue Reading