Quickies: Madonna, Ed Sheeran & Ariana Grande
MADONNA SLOT MACHINES COMING TO CASINOS: Madonna-themed slot machines are coming to casinos across the U.S. The machines, which made their debut at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas in 2017, will feature "Material Girl" imagery and unique game play inspired by the Queen of Pop’s biggest hits from various stages of her career. The hits themselves will be incorporated into the machines, including "Borderline," "Get into the Groove," "Like a Virgin," "Lucky Star," "Open Your Heart," "Vogue," and, of course, "Material Girl." Find out if there’s a Madonna slot machine at a casino near you by visiting Aristocrat-US.com/where-to-play.
ED SHEERAN, SAM SMITH AND DUA LIPA HONORED AT UK’S O2 SILVER CLEF AWARDS: Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa took home prizes at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, which took place in London Friday. The awards are presented annually by Nordoff Robbins, a British charity that provides music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people in the U.K. They recognize musicians who support the charity’s work. Ed was honored with the overall O2 Silver Clef Award. Sam Smith and Dua Lipa took home the AEG Best Male Award and the Smule Best Female Award respectively and each saluted Nordoff Robbins and the healing power of music. Ed and Sam also said they’re going to write a song together and each donated about $62,000 to the charity. A signed Ed Sheeran guitar and handwritten lyrics sold for $40,000 at auction.
ARIANA GRANDE’S SWEETENER TOUR SETS RECORD FOR VOTER REGISTRATION: Ariana Grande’s Sweeetner tour has been doing well at the box office – and has set a record for voter registration. Ariana teamed with the non-profit organization HeadCount to offer fans attending the tour an easy way to register to vote. HeadCount has now confirmed that, in terms of number of voters registered, it’s the organization’s most successful single artist tour since 2008. In addition, HeadCount confirms that the Sweetener tour has managed to register twice as many voters as any other tour in the past three years. HeadCount is affiliated with over 100 touring artists and more than 50 festivals. The Sweetener tour is poised to register even more voters, since it’s not scheduled to wrap until December 21st. HeadCount has registered about 600,000 voters since 2004. In addition to Ariana’s tour, they’re also working this summer on tours with Billie Eilish, Khalid and Carly Rae Jepsen. Additionally, volunteers will be at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands later this summer.