Saturday , 20 January 2018

Music News

Pepsi has released some behind-the-scenes footage of Justin Timberlake’s preparation for the Super Bowl LII halftime show. “I really am looking at it as my first time,” he says in the clip, even though it will be his third Super Bowl halftime appearance, having he previously shared the state with *NYSNC (2001) and Janet Jackson (2004). “I am getting an opportunity to have the stage to myself,” he says, adding, “for 12 or 13 minutes we’re going to have a really good time.” (Pepsi)

Justin Timberlake gets political in the video for his latest Man of the Woods single, Supplies, which features a guest appearance by Pharrell. The clip opens with J.T. in front of wall of video screens featuring images of the #MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein, racism, police brutality, and more, and there’s even a girl wearing a shirt that says “p—y grab back,” in reference to the infamous Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape. The video seems to be set in a post-apocalyptic world, with Timberlake and actress Eiza Gonzalez surrounded by a background of a destroyed city. The clip ends with a young kid, speaking directly to the screen, saying, “Die already. Die already. You’re still asleep! Wake up! Just leave. Please. For good.” Source: Justin Timberlake

Taylor Swift has even more reason to fear her stalker. New court documents show that between May 2015 and October 2016, Frank Andrew Hoover sent a series of creepy emails to Taylor’s father Scott, in which he threatened her family. One email in particular read, “Decided that we are going to end all the Swifts on one day because I can’t stand that virus sh*t your daughter spread,” while another called them “The evil family of devils: Scott, Austin, Taylor, Andrew,” signing it, “Sincerely, the end real son of god.” Hoover was arrested in Texas back in 2016 after he violated a restraining order brought by the singer. The prosecutors are now adding more charges to his indictment, including stalking and repeatedly violating a restraining order. Source: TMZ

There’s reportedly turmoil backstage at American Idol. Supposedly judge Katy Perry is “habitually tardy” to the show and that the crew always counts on her being upward of 30 minutes late. The two other judges, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, haven’t complained, but there’s whispers behind the scenes that the judges lack chemistry and are not fighting, so the Simon Cowell-type tension that fans wanted to watch every week is sorely lacking. (TMZ)

Katy Perry is putting rumors that she had plastic surgery to rest, and insists very little of her is fake. She admits, “I’ve done lasers and got [filler] injections under my eyes for the hollowing—which I’d recommend for everyone who wants a solution for their dark circles—but all of my assets are real,” she says. “People tend to think they are fake, but it doesn’t really matter.” In the same article, Katy also blasts social media. “It’s not good for us as a society. I think it’s actually the decline of civilization if we’re going extreme about it,” she says. “We have to find a balance, and I’m trying to find my own personal balance with it because I’m just as much a victim as everybody else.” She adds “A lot of us are living for that picture, and then the currency is the like.” Source: Refinery 29

Katy Perry has announced a new line of cat-inspired lip gloss for Covergirl. The 12 shades each come with a brush with a cat ornament on top, and sell for just $7.99. (Cover Girl)

Bruno Mars has just landed a new Billboard chart milestone. Bruno’s latest single, Finesse, featuring Cardi B, is at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the third top five hit from his latest album, 24K Magic, and that makes him one of only three artists, and the first male, to have at least three top five Hot 100 hits from each of their first three albums. Meanwhile, Bruno’s 24K Magic World Tour has earned $200-million, with over two million tickets sold. Source: Billboard

Fergie has been tapped to sing the National Anthem at next month’s NBA All-Star game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Pharrell Williams and his band, N.E.R.D., will perform at half-time. The 2018 NBA All-Star game airs live at 8 pm February 18 on TNT. Source: Variety

Justin Bieber and his mother seem to have repaired their relationship. The singer and mom Pattie Mallette are currently on vacation together in the Maldives and Pattie shared a picture, where she tells him, “I’m so proud of the amazing young man you are, and the young man you are becoming.” But it’s not like she thinks he’s perfect. “None of us are perfect and never will be,” she adds. “I admire your character and integrity. You are maturing beautifully and wise beyond your years.” The proud mama goes on to say that she finds herself laughing when she thinks of things he does or says and adds, “Your heart is gold. I love you to the moon and back. #lovemom.” Justin and Pattie have had a bit of an on/off relationship. A few years ago he had said his relationship with his mom was “pretty non-existing.” It’s apparent things have now changed. Source: Pattie Mallette

Drake has a plan to take his “Global Ambassador” role with the Toronto Raptors to the next level this NBA season. The team announced Drake as a centerpiece of their upcoming “Welcome Toronto” campaign. The campaign is being billed as an “immersive brand experience focused on art, community, and ball,” and it will include six “Welcome Toronto” and OVO-themed home games between now and the end of the 2017-18 NBA season. During those games, the Raptors will wear their OVO jerseys and play on a brand new court made from northern maple wood and outfitted in the OVO black and gold. Since becoming the team’s Global Ambassador, Drake has obviously stirred up a lot of interest in basketball north of the border, and that is expected to continue now that the Raptors and OVO have teamed up to pledge $1 million over the next three years in order to refurbish basketball courts located throughout the local community. (CBC)

Zedd seems to be getting ready to release some new music. Earlier this month he teased a short clip of what he says is going to be his new single, and now he’s shared what may be the artwork for the clip, which looks like an exploding flower.

Christina Perri and hubby Paul Costabile are proud parents of a baby girl. The couple welcomed daughter Carmella Stanley Costabile on Wednesday. Paul shared a picture of the happy family Instagram, calling their daughter, “The greatest gift we’ve ever known!!!,” adding, “Mom and our little principessa are doing great. Dad can’t stop crying!”

Sam Smith told an Australian talk show that when he dies, he doesn’t want his own tunes played at his memorial because they’re “too emotional.” Instead, he says, “My funeral is going to be disco music, I’ve already planned my funeral; it’s going to be fabulous. [The plan] is actually quite explicit, but there’s going to be a lot of drag queens, a lot of drag queens.” Since he’s only 25, he hopefully has plenty of time before that party. (Daily Mail)

The boyfriend of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is understandably heartbroken over her sudden death, and has posted an emotional tribute to the singer online. Olé Koretsky, who was in a band with O’Riordan called D.A.R.K., shared his sorrow on the band’s website, writing, “My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone. My heart is broken and it is beyond repair. Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable,” he adds. “I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.” O’Riordan was working on new music for D.A.R.K. at the time of her death, and her bandmates say they hope to release the music at some point in the future, noting, “that would have been Dolores’ wish.” Source: D.A.R.K.

New music out today:
Fall Out Boy: Mania
Phillip Phillips: Collateral












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