Grapevine: Beyonce tops Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Beyonce tops Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2016

It’s been a wild year for pop culture, and new music was no exception. Rolling Stone release its list of the 50 best albums of the year. The rankings included two musical giants who released new albums just before their deaths this year: Leonard Cohen’s “You Want it Darker” at No. 9 and David Bowie’s “Blackstar” at No. 2. Beyoncé — the only woman in the Top 10 — is at No. 1 with “Lemonade.” Her sister, Solange, was listed at No. 11 with her indie rock and soul album “A Seat at the Table.” Iggy Pop’s “Post Pop Depression” came in at 45. The Top 5 was rounded out by Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” at No. 3, “Teens of Denial” by Car Seat Headrest at No. 4 and “Blonde” by Frank Ocean at No. 5.

Charlie LeDuff off the air at Fox

Veteran print and television journalist Charlie LeDuff is leaving Fox TV and Fox 2 Detroit. He announced on social media Monday that his last day is Thursday. “It has been an experience: Detroit, Flint, the Border, Ferguson, Trump, you name it,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “I thank my bosses and colleagues for all they’ve given me and taught me. Especially my partner and friend Matt Phillips who edits and films our work.” LeDuff was vague about his future, saying he has no plan for what comes next, but that he wouldn’t leave Michigan. “Considering the way things are in this world, I think (it’s) time to step out and look.” The University of Michigan grad contributed to the New York Times’ 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning series “How Race is Lived in America.” LeDuff was a reporter for The Detroit News briefly and has written three books, including 2013’s “Detroit: An American Autopsy.”

Kanye West must continue hospital stay

In spite of reports that Kanye West — whose album “The Life of Pablo” came in Nov. 8 on Rolling Stone’s list — would be released from the UCLA Medical Center on Monday, TMZ reports that the musician is still not stable and would not be going home Monday as planned. Sources told the celebrity news site that West has been suffering from paranoia and depression. His wife Kim Kardashian West has been at his side all week.

Steve Martin and Martin Short return

Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short return to town with their show, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives,” on May 20 at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. The comedy show has stand-up material, film clips, musical numbers and conversation between the two comedic actors. They’ll be joined by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers and keyboardist Jeff Babko. Tickets, $35 lawn and $49.50-$199.50 pavilion, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Live Nation, Palacenet.com and Ticketmaster. Call (800) 745-3000.

Broadway actor Fritz Weaver died

Know for his roles on stage and screen, actor Fritz Weaver died Saturday at his home in New York City at age 90. He won a Tony Award in 1970 for his performance in the play “Child’s Play” and was nominated for an Emmy for the TV miniseries “Holocaust.” He also popped up on “Murder, She Wrote,” “Matlock,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and other TV shows.


■Fan voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 class has been extended to Dec. 15. Among this year’s nominees is classic punk group MC5, founded in Lincoln Park in 1964. Visit rockhall.com/vote to pick your favorites.

■Star of a string 1980s teen films “Breakfast Club” and “16 Candles,” Anthony Michael Hall allegedly injured his neighbor during a fight outside their condo in the Playa del Rey community of Los Angeles. According to TMZ, the actor has been charged with felony battery with serious bodily injury.

■“American Horror Story” actors Emma Roberts and Evan Peters are reportedly back together and re-engaged to be married. According to Us Weekly, the couple has been on and off since getting engaged originally in 2013.

Compiled by Melody Baetens


Tuesday’s Birthdays

Howie Mandel, 61

Don Cheadle, 52

Anna Faris, 40

The Game, 37