TODAY’S MORNING MIX MUSIC NEWS, SPONSORED BY HARTLAND MECHANICAL, HEATING AND COOLING:
Taylor Swift wiped her social media sites clean over the weekend and yesterday posted a cryptic video on Instagram and Twitter, featuring what appears to be the tail of a snake. So far there’s no word on what the video is supposed to mean, although many still believe it’s a tease for new music. Since Taylor’s social media sites were filled with snake emojis during the whole KimYe feud after Kim Kardashian called her a “snake,” some are thinking she wrote a song about it. Meanwhile some sources say that Taylor’s new single will be out on Friday, with an insider describing it as “poppy.” Sources: Taylor Swift, Us Weekly
Katy Perry is getting ready to release a new video for her single, Swish Swish, and judging by the trailer, there are going to be several famous faces popping up in it. The teaser features appearances by Nicki Minaj, who is featured on the track, as well as Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Game of Thrones’ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (a.k.a. The Mountain), Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz,Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo and “many other surprises.” The whole clips seems to be centered around some sort of celebrity basketball game, pitting The Sheep vs. The Tigers, which Katy describes as “the hottest mess in town.” Source: Katy Perry
Another woman has accused R. Kelly of a heinous crime. Jerhonda Pace says that she had a sexual relationship with R.Kelly when just a high school sophomore. They met during his 2008 child pornography trial in Chicago. Pace alleged their sex acts were secretly taped. As the relationship progressed, he became more controlling, even “dictating how she dressed and when she could eat, shower and leave his house.” R.Kelly gave her “cash settlements” to keep her mouth shut. She’s only now telling her story after learning about his so-called “sex cult” of brainwashed women held hostage for sex. (BuzzFeed News)
Justin Bieber has chosen church over his pal Floyd Mayweather Jr., just ahead of the boxer’s big fight against Conor McGregor. Justin’s newfound faith has forced him to take a closer look all his relationships. The pastor at Hillsong church urged Bieber to eliminate his “bad influences.” Mayweather has an ugly history of domestic violence, including a conviction on two counts of battery. Justin not only left Mayweather’s Money Team but “unfollowed Floyd in Instagram as part of the resetting of boundaries.” Sources claim Mayweather went “insane, nuclear” upon hearing that his pal left him high and dry on Instagram. In return, Floyd placed Bieber on his enemies list. He declared Justin a “traitor.” (TMZ)
Luis Foni’s Despacito is now one step closer to overtaking the Hot 100 record. It tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a 15th straight week, putting it solely in second place for the most weeks on top the Hot 100 and only one week off the current record holder, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day, which topped the singles chart for 16 weeks back in 1995-1996. Despacito is now the longest Hot 100 leader of the 21st century, and holds the record for the longest run on top for a primarily non-English speaking tune, passing Los Del Rio’s Macarena, which was number one for 14 weeks. Source: Billboard
The nation’s solar eclipse yesterday apparently got a lot of people in the mood to listen to Bonnie Tyler’s classic, Total Eclipse of the Heart. Streams of the 1983 hit rose 67% to 93,148 streams for the week, which actually beat streams of Despacito at #1 on iTunes. Apple sales of the tune were actually up 635%. Bonnie spent her eclipse performing her hit on Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse cruise, where she was joined by DNCE for the performance. Source: USA Today
Mariah Carey is topless on the cover of the Las Vegas edition of Paper magazine, with only her hair covering her chest. She’s also wearing fishnet stockings and a huge piece of jewelry that wraps around her waist and goes all the way up to her neck. Inside the magazine, Mariah discusses her reputation as a diva, and insists it’s just her way of channeling her mom, a former opera singer, who she calls a “true diva.” “So when people hear me say, like, ‘Dahling da da da da’ and talk that way, it’s kinda like I’m channeling my mother,” she says. “Not that she says ‘dahling’ all the time, but like that voice is… it’s like I inadvertently do it, and I don’t do it to be disrespectful, I just do it and it just happens and it’s like, [in diva voice] ‘I don’t even know why.” Mariah’s cover is one of four different ones being released this month. Also featured on the mag’s covers are Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin.Source: Paper
Harry Styles is getting his very own BBC special. Harry Styles at the BBC, hosted by the singer’s good friend, BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, will tape in Manchester on August 30th and air on TV sometime in November. The BBC hosted a similar show back in 2015 with Adele. So far there’s no word on whether Harry’s special will air in the U.S. Source: NME
Niall Horan is getting back to his roots, purchasing a home in the small town where he was raised. Instead of making a beeline for the bright lights of Los Angeles or London, Niall just cut a $750,000 check for a house in Mullingar, a town of 20,000 smack dab in the middle of Ireland. The mansion is set on ten acres and includes a heated outdoor pool and a guest house. It’s also adjacent to a golf course — a plus for the links-loving lad. (Irish Independent)
Selena Gomez hosted a screening of the Robert Pattinson film, Good Time, over the weekend, and during a chat she got a little personal about her battle with mental health. The film’s co- director previously directed the film Heaven Knows What, about a homeless heroin addict who winds up in a psychiatric hospital. Selena, who checked herself into rehab last year for her “mental health,” noted that after watching the movie she “forced” the filmmakers to be her friends, and says she feels a particularly personal attachment to the Pattinson movie, which opens with the his character’s mentally handicapped brother being examined. Source: US Weekly
Chance the Rapper helped a terminally ill Coldplay fan secure a pair of tickets to see her favorite band last week in Chicago, and Chris Martin has made sure she’ll get to see the band again from the front row. Heidi Hernandez has a liver condition she’s had to live with since she was three years old and credits finding Coldplay’s music with helping her cope with depression. Despite her illness, she manages to work in a pizzeria outside Chicago. The restaurant’s manager contacted Chance, who not only managed to get her into last Thursday’s show at Soldier Field, but arranged a backstage meeting with Martin, who then set her up with prime seats for one of his band’s shows next month. (NME)
Ed Sheeran is one of 300 artists who will play homes in more than 200 cities in 60 countries on September 20th as part of the Give a Home global refugee concert series, staged by Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds. It’s billed as the largest worldwide festival ever. (NME)
Cirque du Soleil will celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday next week with a free public event in Las Vegas. On August 29th, when Michael would have turned 59, fans can see a rehearsal for Cirque’s long-running production Michael Jackson ONE, including a new choreographed number based on the song, Blood on the Dance Floor, that’s not yet included in the show. There will be a Q&A session with acrobats from ONE and a trivia contest. Officials from the Jackson estate will be on hand for a birthday cake reception. (Las Vegas Sun)
For the first time ever, an exhibit of Prince’s personal items will go on display outside Paisley Park. Stage outfits, jewelry and instruments will be available for public viewing at the O2 Arena in London beginning October 27th.Featured in the exhibit:
The Gibson L65 guitar Prince played on American Bandstand in 1980 — his first time on network TV.
The orange Cloud guitar made for his 2007 Super Bowl halftime performance.
His gold and diamond ear clips.
The “third eye” sunglasses with three lenses.
A diamond-encrusted cane topped with the symbol he used as a name for a while.
Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson says, “I’m so excited to be able to meet the fans and share their Prince stories and give them hugs, and have a cry with them if need be.” (The Guardian)