Buzzing: Levine offers to pay for shot singer's funeral

Levine offers to pay for shot singer's funeral

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who was slain singer Christina Grimmie's coach on reality TV show The Voice, has offered to pay for her funeral. Grimmie's brother Marcus wrote on Facebook on Monday that Levine telephoned his mother to make the offer, saying also he would pay for her flight.

On Monday, mourners joined a candlelit vigil in the New Jersey hometown of Grimmie, 22, who was fatally shot by a gunman in Orlando, Florida, last Friday.


Paul Simon debuts at No. 3 on Billboard

While rapper Drake's Views stayed at No. 1 for the sixth straight week on the Billboard album chart, musician Paul Simon's latest album Stranger To Stranger (see review on Page D8) has debuted at No. 3, behind Beyonce's Lemonade in second position.

Stranger To Stranger is Simon's highest-charting album in 29 years. He was last at No. 3 in 1987 with his landmark solo album Graceland.


City Harvest album tops iTunes charts

City Harvest Church's new album Draw Me has shot ahead of the likes of singers Gentle Bones and Adele to sit on top of Singapore's iTunes charts.

None of the album's songs, however, appear on Spotify's Singapore charts.

Church co-founder Ho Yeow Sun, whose stage name is Sun Ho, appears on four of the tracks.

Her previous song China Wine, featuring hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean, found infamy online, partly due to a controversial music video that featured Ho gyrating in skimpy clothing.

"Recording 4 tracks for this album has been an amazing journey for me. When I step into the studio, I set aside the cares and burdens that I face daily, and I find myself just worshipping," she said in a Facebook post on June 2.

Ho's husband and church co-founder Kong Hee, along with five other church leaders, were convicted last year of misusing $50 million in church funds as part of a plot to further Ho's music career.

They have filed an appeal.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe