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Reports: Drake signs on for Las Vegas residency

Like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, Drake could be the next major artist to take his act to Las Vegas, according to some reports.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that sources familiar with XS bookings said the rapper agreed to 12 shows over two years, which would make him a standout on the strip among so many women in pop music.

According to The Blast, a residency deal could net him $10 million. 

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Drake performed at the nightclub last week during the Consumer Electronics Show, where he hinted about a residency on the strip, the Review-Journal reported. The show earned him a reported $2 million.

“Vegas! When I came back, I thought it’d be back at T-Mobile Arena or some (stuff),” Drake said. “But I’ll be back here at XS all year. You’ll have a lotta chances to see me.”

The Source reported that Drake may have also hinted at the deal in a Saturday Instagram post.

The image shows Drake performing at the nightclub with XS and Wynn tagged in the photo and the caption reading, “New home.”

There has been no confirmation of a residency.

Ex-MLB pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sexual abuse charge

Former major-league pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on a child sex abuse charge Monday in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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Wetteland, 52, who spent 12 years pitching in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records

Wetteland, who lives in Trophy Club, Texas, was booked and released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond, WFAA reported.

Wetteland spent most of his baseball career as a closer, earning 330 saves and compiling a 2.93 ERA. He was the closer for the Yankees’ 1996 World Series champions and was named the series’ most valuable player. He had an American League-leading 43 saves in 1996.

Wetteland is a member of the Rangers' Hall of Fame, the Morning News reported.

The case was being investigated by police in Bartonville, according to the newspaper.

Special counsel Robert Mueller gets his own action figure

Move over, Batman. Swim to the other side of Atlantis, Aquaman. 

There’s a new action figure in D.C.: Robert Mueller.

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The special counsel, who is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, now has his own 6-inch action figure, The Hill reported.

A company named FCTRY is producing the $20 mini figure of Mueller, and pre-orders began Tuesday. On its website, the Brooklyn-based company proclaims that Mueller “is our only hope,” adding that “without being melodramatic,” the special counsel seems to be the last figure “standing between us and chaos.”

FCTRY notes that the Mueller figure is the “perfect foil” to President Donald Trump.

“He’s the Batman to Trump’s Joker. The Ness to Trump’s Capone. The Bond to, well, every Bond Villain,” the company wrote on its website.

FCTRY has also created action figures of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (called “Notorious RBG”), former President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, The Hill reported. The company also produced a figure of Trump in 2017.

The Mueller action figure will ship this spring, The Hill reported.

Cranberries announce final album on anniversary of Dolores O'Riordan's death

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, the surviving members of the band announced their final album, Rolling Stone reported.

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“In the End” is the band’s eighth album and is a collection of songs O’Riordan worked on before her death in a London hotel room on Jan. 15, 2018. She was 46. O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, according to an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court, the Limerick Leader reported.

>> Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

The group shared the new album’s first single, “All Over Now.”

In a Facebook post, band members Mike Hogan, Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler said the album was being released “in honor of our dear friend and bandmate, Dolores.”

“I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band,” said O’Riordan’s mother, Eileen O’Riordan, in a statement to Rolling Stone.

O’Riordan and the Cranberries rose to fame with their 1993 album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” which sold more than 40 million records. 

Riordan and band mate Noel Hogan began working on the songs that would ultimately appear on band’s final album while touring in May 2017, the magazine reported.

“In the End” can be preordered and will be released April 26 via BMG, according to Rolling Stone.

Kim Kardashian confirms fourth baby, expecting boy

Kim Kardashian West confirmed reports that she and her husband, rapper Kanye West, are expecting a fourth child.

Kardashian West appeared with her sisters, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian, on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Monday night and also confirmed they are expecting a boy.

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As far as a due date, Kardashian West said she and her husband will welcome the baby “sometime soon.”

Related: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: A relationship timeline

The announcement of the baby’s gender came as a surprise to Kourtney Kardashian, who expressed surprise that her sister revealed it publicly.

“What? Obviously, I knew that,” Kourtney Kardashian said. “I couldn’t believe you were saying -- telling everyone.”

“It’s out there,” Kardashian West said. “I got drunk at our Christmas Eve party and I told some people, but I can’t remember who I told.”

Kardashian West didn’t say the method by which they are having their child, but previous reports said the baby boy, like Chicago West, will be carried by a surrogate.

In addition to half a dozen cousins, the newest West will join two sisters, 5-year-old North West and Chicago, who turned 1 Tuesday, and brother Saint, 3. 

Carol Channing, Broadway icon, dead at 97

Broadway icon Carol Channing has died at age 97, multiple news outlets are reporting.

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths 2019

According to Broadway World, the actress and singer, known for her roles in “Hello, Dolly!” and “Lorelei,” died early Tuesday in her Rancho Mirage, California, home. Publicist B. Harlan Boll said she died of “natural causes.”

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“It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing,” Boll said in a statement posted on Facebook. “I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life.”

The statement continued: “It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other. Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone.”

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Channing, who was born in Seattle, won a Golden Globe and scored an Academy Award nomination in 1968 for her role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Broadway World reported. She also received multiple Tony Awards, including one for best actress in 1964 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

Channing leaves behind a son, Channing Lowe, and Sylvia Long, a “close family member,” Broadway World reported.

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Heavy metal brew: Metallica introduces Enter Night beer

Metallica is debuting its own brand of beer, and it’s not surprising the brew will be packaged in metal cans.

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The heavy metal band announced Enter Night, a collaboration with Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, California. On its website, Stone Brewing describes the beer as “the cataclysmic collision of two uncompromising supernatural forces.”

The beer, also described as “a hoppy pilsner played through a distortion pedal,” appeared during the band’s tour dates last fall and will be distributed across the United States during the first quarter of 2019, Rolling Stone reported.

The beer also will debut in China, Europe and Australia, the magazine reported.

Metallica worked directly with the brewers at Arrogant Consortia, an imprint of Stone Brewing, to create Enter Night.

It’s not the first time Metallica has ventured into the adult beverage market. In 2018 the band released a whiskey called Blackened.

Fans of Metallica can now sample either drink, as the day exits light and enters night.

Tribute concert in April will celebrate Loretta Lynn's 87th birthday

Country music legend Loretta Lynn turns 87 on April 14, and Nashville will be throwing a giant party for the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer.

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Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and Darius Rucker will be among the stars performing April 1 in a concert at Bridgestone Arena, WSMV reported Monday. 

The concert will be called “Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration,” The Tennessean reported.

"This is the first time I've ever had a birthday party! My birthday wish has come true. The only other wish I have is that Keith Urban jumps out of my birthday cake!" Lynn said a news release, WSMV reported.

Lynn, who suffered a stroke in May 2017 and a broken hip in January 2018, said during a news conference that she “felt great,” Rolling Stone reported. It is not clear whether Lynn will perform during the concert, the magazine reported. Her last public performance came in October 2017 at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, Rolling Stone reported.

Her last album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” was released in September 2018.

April’s show will benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Rolling Stone reported. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CST Friday at Ticketmaster.com and BridgestoneArena.com. Prices range from $29.50 to 149.50, along with applicable fees, WSMV reported.

Meghan Markle reveals she is due in April, wants gender to be a surprise

The newest royal baby will be born in April, according to the Duchess of Sussex herself.

People reported Meghan Markle confirmed her due date while she visited the English town of Birkenhead with her husband, Prince Harry. The two spoke with local organizations that support groups in the community. It was their first joint engagement of the year.

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“We asked her how her pregnancy was going, and she said she was six months and she tapped her tummy,” Carla Gandy, who was at the event with her 4-year-old daughter Sofia, told People.

The news may also quell speculation that Markle is further along than originally announced. 

The duchess also told another woman at the event that she is due in late April, a more specific date than the “Spring of 2019” that was announced in an October Kensington Palace statement.

Entertainment Tonight reported Harry and Markle don’t know the gender of the baby. Markle said she wanted it to be a surprise.

Egg photo tops Kylie Jenner post as most-liked Instagram snapshot

Thanks to a plan hatched earlier this year, a photo of an egg has beaten an Instagram record set by reality TV star Kylie Jenner.

>> PHOTOS: Kylie Jenner through the years

"Let's set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram," @world_record_egg captioned the Jan. 4 post. "Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this!"

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>> Kylie Jenner posts Snapchat video of daughter Stormi Webster

According to BuzzFeed, the image cracked 26 million likes Monday, one day after it became the most-liked Instagram post ever. Jenner's February 2018 photo of her daughter, Stormi, previously held the top spot with 18.3 million likes.

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But Jenner isn't crying fowl. She joked about the news Sunday, sharing a video of herself breaking an egg on the hot pavement.

>> Kylie Jenner’s newborn daughter named Stormi

"Take that little egg," she quipped in the post, which had racked up 16.2 million likes by Monday morning.

>> Watch the video here

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The owner of the @world_record_egg account claims to be "a chicken from the British countryside," BuzzFeed reported.

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