Billionaires seem to be in the news more and more . . . especially now that they’re all becoming fake astronauts. But do we really LIKE these people? Oprah appears to be our most liked billionaire, with 45% favorability. But another 45% of respondents view her UNFAVORABLY. The rest said they didn’t know. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are viewed favorably by 41% of Americans. But Bill’s unfavorability is at 46%, and Warren’s is 30%. Elon Musk rated 39% favorable, 37% unfavorable. And Richard Branson is viewed favorably, 34% to 23%. The rest on the list have higher UNFAVORABLE ratings than favorable. They are: Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and George Soros. Zuckerberg had the highest unfavorability rating of them all, 60%.
Yesterday JUSTIN BIEBER posted a black and white photo of himself and his wife HAILEY with the caption, “Mom and Dad.” Well, it was enough to send the Internet into a frenzy, wondering if this is his way of hinting that they’re going to be parents. Hours later, Hailey FINALLY commented, “I think u should maybe change this caption to ‘Dog Mom and Dad’ before anyone gets it twisted.” She added a laughing emoji. Well, stop teasing us, Justin. Even IF you’re only dog parents . . . show us the puppy pics!
PEYTON and ELI MANNING will provide alternate commentary for 10 “Monday Night Football” games this season on ESPN2. They’ll be joined every week by guest athletes and celebrities.
When PARKER MCCOLLUM got engaged a couple of weeks ago, we all recognized his new fiancée’s name, “Hallie Ray Light” . . . because it’s also the title of a song he wrote about her. It’s on his “Hollywood Gold” EP. As you can imagine, Hallie loves the song. Actually, don’t imagine that. He told Taste of Country Nights that the first time he played it for her she TOLD him it was good, but he knew by the sound of her voice that she was NOT impressed. She was just being honest. And even though they disagree about that song, she often changes his mind about others. “All the [songs] I’m like, ‘I’ll never release that,’ she’s like, ‘Why? It’s so good.’ She’s pretty cool about that stuff.” Also: Parker got the chance to write songs with Miranda Lambert, and she reminded him of one of the biggest stars ever. “I call her the Dolly Parton of my generation. I think she’s a phenomenal talent. And then getting to know her, she’s such a normal, regular person when you’re around her. You’d never know she’s a superstar.”
Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, Tenille Townes, and Trisha Yearwood will be performing at this year’s ACM Party for a Cause . . . which is going down August 24th in Nashville. Proceeds go to the ACM Lifting Lives charity.
DARIUS RUCKER’s “12th Annual Darius and Friends” concert is happening August 17th in Nashville. The lineup will be announced soon. You can also livestream the show through Mandolin. As always, proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Aug 5 MUSIKFEST BETHLEHEM, PA
A new LUKE COMBS song called “South on Ya” is about football.
PRINCE HARRY reportedly got a $20 million advance to write a “tell all” memoir.
JEFF BEZOS’ space flight. It launches at 9:00 A.M.
BRITNEY SPEARS’ new lawyer is moving “aggressively and expeditiously” to have her dad removed from her conservatorship.
Julianne Hough is 33.
Gisele Bündchen is 41. Mrs. Tom Brady.
Sandra Oh is 50. Dr. Christina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy”.