A Boogie wit da Hoodie‘s on a victory lap — celebrating his #1 album by buying houses and trucks for his family and pounds of jewelry for himself — and he says any artist who’s relying on selling albums anymore is just plain stupid.
The rapper’s riding high right now atop the Billboard charts — despite selling just 823 physical records — and when we got him leaving Rockefeller Center in NYC Wednesday night … he makes it pretty clear the low sales are now totally irrelevant.
A Boogie tells us streaming’s the new king of the music biz, and with his new album, “Hoodie SZN,” getting 83 MILLION streams last week … he’s got the crown.
There’s more, though … the hip-hop artist — whose real name is Artist, btw — says he’s got new music coming out with Tekashi 6ix9ine soon, along with a music vid for his track “Swervin'” featuring 69.
That’s sure to bring in a lot more streams … and a lot more bling.
Carol Channing, one of the most iconic actresses who owned Broadway when she starred in “Hello, Dolly!” … has died.
The actress passed at her home in Rancho Mirage, CA near Palm Springs early Tuesday AM.
Channing was not only a huge hit on B-Way, she was a movie star to boot. Her movie credits include “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
BTW … she was the first featured solo artist to sing at a Super Bowl … Super Bowl IV back in ’70.
She’s a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame and snagged a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award. Channing was also extremely active with the AIDS and Actors’ Fund.
There is an hilarious story that went around back in the day about Carol … she was in a a stall in a women’s restroom on Broadway when an actress walked in and heard Carol, in her distinctive voice, mutter, “Corn? I don’t remember eating any corn.” Her publicist Harlan Boll tells TMZ it never happened but, “Carol loved the story. She laughed her ass off!”
Channing was hilarious, with a super distinctive voice that made her a favorite for TV talk shows.
Her rep says 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.”
Jack Swagger and CM Punk are former WWE World Heavyweight Champions turned MMA fighters … but that’s where the similarities end, ’cause Swagger tells TMZ Sports when he fights, he ain’t losing.
Big facts … Swagger — real name Jake Hager — was a pro wrestling superstar. But, he was also a stud on the wrestling mats in college — earning All-American honors at Oklahoma in ’06.
That’s precisely why 6’7″, 265 lb Swagger says when he steps into the cage to fight J.W. Kiser at Bellator 214 on January 26 … he’ll look NOTHING like Punk — who got destroyed in both of his UFC fights.
“I’m different for so many reasons,” Swagger told us … “I’ve been wrestling since I was 5 years old, bro.”
“I have over 150 Division 1 college wrestling matches, and I’m gonna rely on that as my amateur MMA and boxing career to help when the anxiety kicks in.”
Punk — who lasted less than 3 minutes before Mickey Gall almost choked the life outta him — had no prior combat experience before signing with the UFC at 36-years-old … no real wrestling, boxing or jiu-jitsu experience to lean on.
“I think the biggest thing that you’re gonna see is the difference between me and him is that I am prepared. I am 100% prepared to take this fight, to go into that Octagon, go in that cage and inflict my will on anybody.”
A sea vessel featured on “Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove” capsized in treacherous waters … tragically killing 3 fishermen.
According to reports … the U.S. Coast Guard was escorting the Mary B II commercial crab boat Tuesday night around 10 PM off the coast of Newport, Oregon. The boat capsized during the escort in 12 to 14-foot seas while crossing Yaquina Bay bar and there was an immediate rescue effort.
Sadly, the Coast Guard was unable to save the 3 crew members onboard. KGW8 reports the bodies of 2 of the 3 fishermen were recovered, but the third is still trapped inside the sunken boat.
The Mary B II was featured on the Discovery show, and the premise of ‘Dungeon Cove’ revolves around the danger of crossing the Newport bar with a full load of crab … which is apparently what led to this accident.
Daryl Dragon, “The Captain” of singing duo Captain and Tennille, died early Wednesday morning … and love really did keep them together to the very end.
Daryl’s publicist says the musician died of renal failure in Arizona, and was in hospice care at the time.
Daryl and Toni Tennille were famous for cranking out huge hits in the ’70s, including “Do That to Me One More Time,” “Muskrat Love” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The duo was actually a couple — they married in 1975. They landed their own TV variety show the next year.
Although they divorced in 2014, they remained friends … and Toni was by his side when he died. As TMZ first reported … their divorce docs made specific mention about their health insurance coverage. In 2009, she said Daryl was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Daryl was blindsided by Toni’s filing … and told us they were still living together at the time.
In a statement, Toni says Daryl “was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him.”
Bob Einstein, the Emmy-winning actor from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and creator of Super Dave Osborne, died Monday from cancer.
Bob had recently been diagnosed, and he reportedly died at his home in Indian Wells, CA.
He famously played Larry David‘s pal Marty Funkhouser on ‘Curb,’ but he was a very successful comedy writer before that — winning Emmy awards for writer on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” back in the 70s and for producing Dick Van Dyke‘s “Van Dyke and Company.”
Bob’s character, Super Dave, pulled crazy stunts decades before “Jackass” even existed — but he would always hilariously fail. Super Dave had his own show on Showtime in the late 80s and early 90s.
His younger brother is actor and director Albert Brooks. Deadline first reported Bob’s passing.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund — the most famous announcer in the history of pro wrestling — has died, WWE has confirmed. He was 76.
Vince McMahon‘s company issued a statement saying, “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76.”
Hulk Hogan also commented … saying, “Mean Gene I love you my brother.”
Unclear how he died, but Okerlund had health problems dating back years. He had 2 kidney transplants — the first one in 1995 and the second in 2004.
Okerlund started as a radio DJ back in Nebraska before taking a job with the American Wrestling Association in 1970.
He moved to WWF in the early ’80s and WRESTLED — famously pinning Mr. Fuji in a tag team match with Hulk Hogan in 1984.
Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan.
Among his many highlights, Okerlund sang the national anthem at Wrestlemania I back in 1985.
His interviews were legendary — standing face to face with guys like Andre the Giant, the Ultimate Warrior, Ricky Steamboat and others … and getting the best out of these guys.
He was beloved in wrestling circles for decades. In fact, he served as the best man at the Iron Shiek’s wedding!
As for nickname, Jesse “The Body” Ventura is credited with the name “Mean” Gene.
The tributes from WWE stars are already pouring in …
Mustafa Ali — “The voice of my youth. Condolences to his friends and family.”
Ligero — “Extremely sad news to hear of the unfortunate passing of Mean Gene Okerlund. One of the most iconic interviewers and personalities of my childhood, and one of the very best in the business.”
Charles Robinson (famous WWE ref) — “So sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest voices in wrestling. Mean Gene you will be missed and we will continue to love you. What a true class act. I am very fortunate to work with you.”
Bully Ray — “RIP “Mean” Gene. Thanks for the memories and being a Gentleman. God Bless.”
Fox News commentator, Bre Payton, has died suddenly … and she was only 26.
Payton, a conservative who wrote for The Federalist magazine, died in San Diego after suffering some sort of sudden illness … this according to the mag.
Morgan Murtaugh, a friend of hers who just ran for Congress in San Diego and lost, said she found Payton unconscious Thursday. Murtaugh called 911, but apparently Payton was already in a coma and beyond hope.
Murtaugh asked people to reach out to God, saying, “Please if you’re religious at all, send prayers this way. We really need them.”
It was too late. Payton died Friday.
It appears she was suffering from meningitis, but so far authorities have not determined a cause of death.
Frank Adonis — best known for his roles in some of Martin Scorsese‘s most famous films — died after a long battle with various health issues … TMZ has learned.
According to his wife, Denise … the veteran actor died Wednesday night in Las Vegas. She tells us he’d been sick for a couple years, mostly kidney problems. We’re told he’d been on dialysis and was on a ventilator for the past 9 days, but they waited until after Christmas to take him off it.
She adds … “He will be missed. He was a great father and an amazing husband. He helped all his friends he could. Great writer, director and actor. He was my best friend.”
Adonis had a long career in Hollywood with 40 credits to his name, including the role of Anthony Stabile in the classic 1990 mafia film, “Goodfellas.”
Frank’s also known for his roles in Scorsese’s other legendary movies — “Raging Bull” and “Casino.” In addition, he appeared in a bunch of other popular flicks, including “Wall Street,” “True Romance” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”
He is survived by his wife and their 2 children, and another daughter from a previous marriage