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NFL Confirms Maroon 5, Travis Scott & Big Boi to Perform at Super Bowl

14.01.2019


 

"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. "I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change."



 

 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? NFL Confirms Maroon 5, Travis Scott & Big Boi to Perform at Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

The 2019 Super Bowl halftime show lineup is finally here. The NFL on Sunday officially announcedthat Maroon 5 will be joined by Travis Scott and Big Boi at the upcoming championship game.

Scott’s involvement with the halftime show was officially announced last month in the wake of TMZ’s report. The move drew criticism from celebrities like Michael B. Jordan and Reverend Al Sharpton, who believed Scott shouldn’t support the NFL after their treatment of activist quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Cardi B later said that she wouldn’t perform at the halftime show in solidarity with Kaepernick. Maroon 5 were confirmed to play the halftime show in September. Super Bowl LIII takes place on Sunday, February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

In a statement, Scott confirmed the donation, saying: “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”


It was previously reported that Maroon 5 were struggling to find anyone to agree to perform with them during the Super Bowl halftime show.


Sources claimed last year that the band had asked over half a dozen acts to play, including Cardi B, who featured on their single ‘Girls Like You’. A representative for the Bronx rapper later said she was “not particularly interested in participating because of how she feels about Colin Kaepernick and the whole movement.”

GRLwood Serves Up Kentucky Fried Queer Punk

14.01.2019


 

"I was like, this song isn’t lyrically discussing a queer or trans issue. But it is, because it’s coming from my perspective, whether I’m talking about being trans or not."



 

Transgression


When I met with Lynn Rose and bass player Raven Blessinger at Spinelli’s, it was at a show. The spacious basement restaurant often doubles as an underground indie venue.

When I arrived, the female-fronted TraumaxQueen was finishing up. Rose is up on the floor moving, jumping and bouncing. She’s not quite slam dancing, but her energy definitely screams hardcore.

At 20 years old, Rose has spent four years in Louisville’s hardcore scene. She started Transgression to address a very specific absence she saw.

“I didn’t really see a huge presence of queer people in the scene,” Rose said. “At least, it wasn’t something that was vocally discussed in music.

So in the time-honored tradition of hardcore, she started a band with her friends, several of whom didn’t initially play instruments. In addition to Rose and Blessinger, Transgression is rounded out by Blake Herbert, Seth Lewis and Kamal Ali.

On their website, they call themselves “a collective of queers, screaming, yelling, and refusing to be silenced.”

Making the scene queer-friendly is a goal for Transgression, and that includes trying to make sure that the under-21 crowd is able to see queer people on stage. That underage crowd is a big part of the hardcore scene, according to Blessinger: “I feel like they are a pretty considerable part of the scene — more than half are under 21.”

The hardcore scene is doubly important for queer kids. It’s a place to get away from heteronormativity.

Blessinger’s initial interest in the hardcore scene was just as much about finding a place to get away from abuse at home as it was about the music. Rose admits there is so much more work to be done, but says the collective feels like they are making progress.

JoJo Re-Recorded Her Debut Album

14.01.2019


 

"I want to let bygones be bygones. I pray one day they put my music back up."



 

 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? JoJo Re-Recorded Her Debut Album, We Can Stream â??Leave (Get Out)â? Again

 

In consensual surprise release news, JoJo has re-recorded some of her biggest hits. The mononamed singer beefed with her old record label for seven years, finally freeing herself from Blackground’s grasp in 2014. Since then, JoJo has been recording and touring, and becoming a gay icon. But Blackground wasn’t done with her, removing her eponymous album from streaming services. On Thursday afternoon, JoJo began blasting her Twitter with re-recordings of songs like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Never Say Goodbye.”

Earlier this year, producer Bryan-Michael Cox posted a picture of him, Jo and Jermaine Dupri in the studio. Producers Nash B, Forte Bowie and Supa were also reportedly working with the musician. We're hoping they're somehow involved in this exciting news.

Jojo's debut album was released in 2004, and spawned the hits “Baby, It’s You” and “Leave (Get Out).” The Massachusetts native became the youngest artist to have a top 40 song with the latter, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Fans are sure to be thrilled with the re-release, as her first album is unavailable on streaming services. Her former label Blackground, which kept her locked in a seven-year contractual bind, is the reason.

In 2017, she tweeted “My former label removed my music, I unfortunately have absolutely no control over what they do or don't do…I want to let bygones be bygones. I pray one day they put my music back up."

However, Jo always wants to make sure her longtime fans are taken care of. In a 2016 interview with VIBE, she stated “I'm really fortunate who’ve grown with me and have stayed committed and interested, and I don't take it for granted.” This one is for you!

Over the past few years, JoJo managed to release a few mixtapes and EPs, and eventually dropped her third album, Mad Love, via Atlantic Records in 2016. Just as she used those projects to work around Blackground's road blocks, she's doing the same thing by rerecording JoJo and The High Road. And our nostalgia-loving hearts are forever grateful.

Nicki Minaj Is Being Compared To Lil’ Kim In New ‘Vogue’

14.01.2019



 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Nicki Minaj Is Being Compared To Lilâ?? Kim In New â??Vogueâ?? Photos

The ancient rivalry between New York femcees Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj dates back to the early stages of Nicki’s career. In spite of the perpetual denial on both sides, fans have peeped and are keeping score. Years ago, there were diss tracks flooding fans’ ears and Barbie channeling Queen Bee’s energy, but towards the end of this summer, the “Crush on You” femcee swore to end her beef under one condition.

It’s no secret that Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim are enemies, so fans were absolutely shook at how much Nicki looked JUST like her nemesis on a new magazine cover! In the pic, Nicki rocks lighter brown hair and dramatic cat eye makeup, and is staring into the camera with a sultry glare. She even had a prominent mole on the left side of her upper lip, the comments section blew up with people pointing out how much she looked like Kim. “Giving me throwback lil kim vibes,” someone wrote, while another added, “OOO you say Cardi B’s copying your style, gulll see this picture you copying [Lil Kim]’s style!”

Did Nicki Minaj use her Vogue Japan cover story as an excuse to throw some shade at her rap enemies Lil’ Kim and Cardi B? According to the Daily Mail, fans are accusing the emcee of dressing up as a young Lil Kim, as well as Cardi B’s little sister, Hennessy in the upcoming February issue.

Nicki Minaj certainly knows how to attract both attention and drama, sometimes even in the same second. That being said, nothing is too small to go by unnoticed by her ever-engaged fanbase, not even a minuscule detail on a magazine cover.

Two Beyoncé Albums Were Leaked On Spotify

09.01.2019


Two  Beyonce  projects were reportedly published overnight in  Apple Music  and  Spotify, and  then deleted. 

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One song, Hey Goldmember, was taken from the singer’s debut film at Austin Powers at Goldmember, released in 2002, and apparently not from material that Beyonce now received critical acclaim for her  2013 album of the same name  and  Lemonade 2016 would like to visit again. , Beyonce and her husband in June this year,  Jay-the Z , received the name of Carters, released an unexpected album  Everything Is Love

Beyonce was not the only musician who suffered from an unauthorized leak in streaming services yesterday. An album called Comethru, attributed to sister Solana, was attributed to  Grammy- nominated vocalist SZA .

In November  , unreleased and obscure music by  Ariana Grande appeared, which is credited with the name Zandhr. It was quickly removed. Grande is expected to release the continuation of this year's  Sweetener , her first album after a suicide bomber attacked her concert in Manchester in May 2017.

 



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Beyonce is the second artist who survived the album's leak this week, after an album called  Comethru  appeared on Spotify under the name Sister Solana. It contained nine unpublished  SZA  tracks , to which the artist responded: “These are random scratches from 2015. Not new, but new! ”, She wrote on the screenshot of the album cover. “But ... creative? And scary? 

One song, Hey Goldmember, was taken from the singer’s debut film at Austin Powers at Goldmember, released in 2002, and apparently not from material that Beyonce now received critical acclaim for her  2013 album of the same name  and  Lemonade 2016 would like to visit again. , Beyonce and her husband in June this year,  Jay-the Z , received the name of Carters, released an unexpected album  Everything Is Love

Beyonce was not the only musician who suffered from an unauthorized leak in streaming services yesterday. An album called Comethru, attributed to sister Solana, was attributed to  Grammy- nominated vocalist SZA .

 

Kathy Griffin Calls Out No Women Among Top-Paid Comedians

09.01.2019



Griffin tweeted out an image of the Forbes list with the simple caption "No women."



Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Kathy Griffin Calls Out No Women Among Top-Paid Comedians In 2018

Jerry Seinfeld topped the rankings with estimated earnings of $57.5m (£45.3m).

Amy Schumer was the first woman to make the list last year but has dropped back out this time. Ricky Gervais is the only British comedian on the list.

Jerry Seinfeld came in first place, having earned $57.5m over the past 12 months according to the publication. This does not come as a surprise, since Seinfeld has occupied the top spot every year since the ranking was first compiled in 2006 – except in 2016 when Kevin Hart passed him.

Hart, who recently gave up his Oscars hosting gig after being criticised for homophobic tweets he sent out in the past, is a close second with reported earnings of $57m.

Dave Chappelle follows in third place, having cashed in $35m according to Forbes.

Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais (the only British name on the otherwise all-American list), Gabriel Iglesias, Terry Fator, and Jim Gaffigan follow.

Jeff Dunham and Sebastian Maniscalco occupy the ninth and 10th position respectively.

Amy Schumer became the first woman to ever make the list last year, when her Netflix special and tour increased her earnings.

Another comedian missing from the list is Louis CK, who was in last year's top 10 with $52m (£41m) earnings.

But after he confirmed sexual misconduct allegations against him in November 2017, his second Netflix special was cancelled and he has only performed a handful of dates since.

Seinfeld has topped the list in all but one year since it was first compiled in 2006. Kevin Hart took the top spot in 2016.

Forbes attributes Seinfeld's earnings this year to his 2017 Netflix deal and Hulu's streaming rights to all nine seasons of Seinfeld, as well as more than $30m (£23.6m) from stand-up.

Hart is close behind in second place with $57m (£44.9m). The comedian, who recently pulled out of hosting the Oscars due to controversy over homophobic tweets, also earned more than $30m from touring and starred in the Jumanji film remake.

The top 10 best-paid comedians



  1. Jerry Seinfeld - $57.5m (£45.3m)

  2. Kevin Hart - $57m (£44.9m)

  3. Dave Chappelle - $35m (£27.6m)

  4. Chris Rock - $30m (£23.6m)

  5. Ricky Gervais - $25m (£19.7m)

  6. Gabriel Iglesias - $20.5m (£16.1m)

  7. Terry Fator - $18m (£14.2m)

  8. Jim Gaffigan - $17.5m (£13.8m)

  9. Jeff Dunham - $16.5m (£13m)

  10. Sebastian Maniscalco - $15m (£11.8m)

Gwen Stefani heading to demo about concert stampede

25.12.2018




"I know I’ve been a real poor female/ I didn’t mean for you to get hurt in anyway."



 


A federal judge cleared Live Nation in the suit, but says it can move forward against the No Doubt singer...


The lawsuit stems from a 2016 concert at Live Nation’s PNC Music Pavilion. During the show, Stefani exhorted the crowd in the lawn seating area to come into the venue’s reserved seating area, closer to the stage.

“I’m just going to tell you something. I’m just going to talk to the security guards for one second. If anyone wants to come down a little closer so I can see you a little better, just come on down, I don’t think anyone’s going to care, like just fill it in and like and you know, who cares about your lawn chairs, you can get new ones,” Stefani told the crowd from stage, according to the suit.

During the resultant throng, plaintiff Lisa Keri Stricklin claims in the suit that she suffered permanent injury to her leg and is seeking $150,000 from Stefani and Live Nation in compensation for her injuries.

In August, Stefani filed the motion for summary judgment, noting that her speech is protected under the first amendment and cannot be held liable to tort in civil court. Stefani’s attorneys cited a previous 1998 suit McCollum v. CBS in which Ozzy Osbourne had been sued over his music, which the plaintiffs in the case claimed contributed to the suicide of their son.

In McCollum, the court ruled that Ozzy’s music was in fact protected speech and that he was not liable in the suit, but the same tactic didn’t work for Stefani’s legal team.

In his ruling, Judge Robert J. Conrad ruled that Stefani’s motion did not address her alleged negligence and that the court “disagrees that the First Amendment immunizes all other speech falling outside these categories, including negligent speech which results in bodily injury to others.”

Jennifer Lopez understands Alex Rodriguez marriage speculation

25.12.2018



"Everyone wants a fairy tale. They all want a romantic comedy, a happy ending. We all do," she explained. "But it's not a movie, even if you see us on Instagram or on the shows."



 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Jennifer Lopez understands Alex Rodriguez marriage speculation

The Jenny From the Block singer has been dating the former baseball player for two decades, and they have each faced thoughts about when they are heading to get engaged, with Jennifer dealing with an interrogation from chat show host Ellen DeGeneres in November.

"Absolutely everyone wants a fairy tale. They all want a passionate comedy, a content ending. We all do,“ she described. „But it is really not a movie, even if you see us on Instagram or on the demonstrates."

The few has been pressured to deny they are engaged on numerous instances this yr, especially after Alex gifted her a sparkler that she was viewed putting on on her ring finger in July.

The actress insisted they are both equally excellent with the place points are ideal now, adding, „We’re delighted. We’re having it working day-by-day. And it’s fantastic.“

Jennifer has been married three situations before and shares 10-yr-old twins Max and Emme with her 3rd husband Marc Anthony, when Alex has daughters Natasha, 14, and Ella, 10, with ex-spouse Cynthia. They recently shared snaps of their blended family members decorating a Xmas tree and chilling in bed with each other, and Jennifer instructed United states of america Nowadays that them sensation like „a serious household“ is „superior plenty of proper now“.


Of course, we should all let J.Lo and A-Rod live their fairytale in peace and take their time with whatever lies in store, but still… a Christmas engagement would be nice, if poss.

"I have nothing but the most amazing things to say about Alex. He’s an incredible friend, partner and father. And he's a family man. He’s just awesome," says Lopez. "We have this great loving support system. You know no matter where you are that you’re rooting for each other."

Megan Fox Thought She Wouldn’t Be A “Sympathetic Victim” For #MeToo

25.12.2018



"I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand.."



 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Megan Fox Thought She Wouldnâ??t Be A â??Sympathetic Victimâ? For #MeToo

Megan Fox said she worried she wouldn’t be seen as a “sympathetic victim” so she kept quiet about “quite a few stories” during the heat of the #MeToo movement.

“I didn’t speak out for many reasons. I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim,” the 32-year-old actress revealed to the New York Times in an article published Friday.

Fox said that she has "quite a few stories" she could have told as legions of women and men in Hollywood were inspired to come forward about their own experiences within the industry after accusations against Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates in the fall of 2017.

Fox has previously opened up about uncomfortable moments in her career. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland magazine, she said she became frustrated with Transformers director Michael Bay when he directed her to "be hot" or to "be sexy" on set. In that same interview, Fox said that Bay "wants to be like Hitler on his sets," which drew controversy and overshadowed her comments about Bay's questionable directives.

Later that year, Fox said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that on the set of Bad Boys II, when she was only 15 years old, that Bay ordered her to dance under a waterfall while wearing a bikini and six-inch heels.

Because of how her comments were received nearly a decade ago, Fox said she was scared to be an active participant in today's cultural climate charged with female empowerment. She also suggested that her previous statements might have been "ahead of my time."

 "I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likable."

Please Don’t Let Miley Cyrus Make Another “Hip-Hop” Album

25.12.2018


 

 ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’


 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Please Donâ??t Let Miley Cyrus Make Another â??Hip-Hopâ? Album

 

"When articles are read it isn't always considered that for hours I've spoken with a journalist about my life, where my heart is, my perspective at that time, and the next step in my career," she wrote.

Me and Mark have kind of said I think “Mine” is a little heavier than [“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”]. A song that him and I have done together is more rock driven, modern Debbie Harry kind of Joan Jett. Then, we’ve got songs with Mike Will that lean more hip-hop and songs with Andrew Wyatt who’s from Miike Snow so it leans a little bit more pop/alternative. I just have kind of everything.

"I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I've collaborated with some of the very best."

The 24-year-old also says she didn't mean that she didn't like hip-hop at all now but says she's enjoying more "uplifting, conscious rap".

"As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics."

We’re still skeptical, but, as long as we’re not getting a Bangerz repeat or more controversial comments, we’ll be okay.

Me and Mark have kind of said I think “Mine” is a little heavier than [“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”]. A song that him and I have done together is more rock driven, modern Debbie Harry kind of Joan Jett. Then, we’ve got songs with Mike Will that lean more hip-hop and songs with Andrew Wyatt who’s from Miike Snow so it leans a little bit more pop/alternative. I just have kind of everything.

On the other side of her recent musical polarity has been psychedelic warrior Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, who collaborated with Cyrus on a series of trippy, experimental works including the truly bizarre free download LP Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Might Get Engaged Soon

23.12.2018


 

"I didn’t seek out advice on that because I know what I feel about it."



 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Might Get Engaged Soon

It’s been two years since Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn started dating, so, naturally, fans are an expecting an engagement anytime now. But it could it be even sooner than we think? According to a source for Us Weekly, the British actor is planning on proposing to the American singer “soon,” so brace yourself, the end of Taylor Swift breakup songs is coming.


Despite their private relationship, Swift has been more serious with Alwyn than any boyfriend in the past, according to the source. Apparently, her British boyfriend feels the same, which is why he’s planning on putting a ring on her finger—as soon as he thinks of an “unforgettable” proposal fit for a pop star. “Joe is very keen on proposing soon,” the source said. “But he wants to make it unforgettable and extremely special.”

Swift and Alwyn have kept things low profile but have been visibly out together this month. Last week, the two were photographed in New York City arriving back at Swift's apartment. Swift had done a surprise performance at the Ally Coalition's Talent Show that Alwyn supported her at.


And this weekend, Swift was at the London premiere and after party of Alwyn's latest film, Mary, Queen of Scots. She kept her appearance as off-camera as possible, skipping the red carpet. One of Alwyn's co-stars shared a photo of her at the after party, the only publicly-shared photo-evidence that her appearance happened.


He went on to add that their relationship has never been public property: "I think there’s a very clear line as to what somebody should share, or feel like they have to share, and what they don’t want to and shouldn’t have to."


If he *does* pop the question, it sounds like the proposal probably won't make it to Instagram.

Britney Spears Meets Nine Inch Nails On Betta Lemme’s New Track

23.12.2018


It may be hard to believe but Marilyn Manson, the Nine Inch Nails, and Britney Spears all have something in common. Their songs are on a list of tracks used during interrogations at detention centers around the world, giving new meaning to the phrase, “that song is torture.”

 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Britney Spears

 

It may be hard to believe but Marilyn Manson, the Nine Inch Nails, and Britney Spears all have something in common. Their songs are on a list of tracks used during interrogations at detention centers around the world, giving new meaning to the phrase, “that song is torture.”

“Not all of me is glittery,” Lemme says, expanding upon the shift in sound. “Something about this song felt powerful and cinematic. Upon playing it, we could all transport and picture our own film in our heads.” She adds later, “Plus, it sounds like the offspring of Britney Spears and Nine Inch Nails and that in itself makes me very happy.” You have to hear it to believe it.

"You lose the plot and it’s very scary to think that you might go crazy because of all the music, because of the loud noise, and because after a while you don’t hear the lyrics at all, all you hear is heavy banging."


Marilyn Manson seemed proud of the fact that his song made the list as he posted it on Twitter. There’s no word yet on whether Britney Spears, Nine Inch Nails or any of the artists on the list have heard about it.

As Mic reported back in 2014, music has been in the CIA’s torture toolbox for several years now. It’s use started around the genesis of the enhanced interrogation program post 9/11.

Al Jazeera reports that in 2002, a man named Abu Zubaydah was reportedly transported in a pet carrier and chained to the ceiling of his cell and forced to listen to songs by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Ariana Grande Honors A “Simple, Beautiful Love” On New Track “Imagine”

23.12.2018



"I wanted to mix up the energy a lil bit as both of those themes are equally prevalent on the album / in my life rn."



 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Ariana Grande Honors

Grande wrote of the track on Wednesday, “I would say if ‘Thank U, Next’ = acceptance… ‘Imagine’ = denial. Hope that makes sense.” She continued in response to a fan, “Kind of like… pretending it never ended. Denial. But I look forward to you hearing it and having your own experience with it. You may take away something totally different and specific to your life! Love u.”

Knew you were perfect after the first kiss / Took a deep breath like 'Oooh' / Feels like forever, baby, I never / Thought that it would be you / Tell me your secrets, all of the creep s--t / That's how I know it's true," the lyrics continue.

"A lot of this album mourns failed yet important, beautiful relationships in my life (as well as celebrates growth / exploring new independence)," Grande wrote on Instagram Stories. "But for those of you asking about 'Imagine': I would say if 'Thank U, Next' = acceptance... 'Imagine' = denial. Hope that makes sense."

Grande had revealed on Twitter on Thursday that her Thank U, Next album contains 13 tracks. The title song, which references her past relationships with the likes of the late Mac Miller and most recently, ex-fiancé Pete Davidson, dropped in early November. At the end of that month, she released a music video for it. The clip parodies four hit early '00s films—Mean GirlsLegally BlondeBring It On and 13 Going on 30.


Grande's Thank U, Next album, her fifth major record, is expected to be released next year.

"We're finalizing these mixes and arrangements now," Grande tweeted on Wednesday. "I'm very happy with all of it. Lots of strings so. You know me. My heart meltssss."

Women Dominated The 2019 Grammy Nominations

14.12.2018


The Grammy nominations always come with at least a few surprises, but in all the major categories, these 2019 nominations reflect an increased recognition of the extreme artistry and talent women brought to the music industry over the past year.

 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Women Dominated The 2019 Grammy Nominations

The Grammy nominations always come with at least a few surprises, but in all the major categories, these 2019 nominations reflect an increased recognition of the extreme artistry and talent women brought to the music industry over the past year. They’ve always been contributing strong releases, no doubt, but the awarding-powers-that-be have been slow to take note. This year, women dominated the big categories—especially queer women, and women of color— to the point where the nominated men felt like more of an afterthought

Take, for example, Album of the Year. Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer; H.E.R.’s self-titled release; my lesbian country queen Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You; Kacey Musgraves’s Golden Hour; and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy are all clearly deserving and groundbreaking in their own unique ways, but their male counterparts?

Drake’s Scorpion and Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther are definitely strong albums (albeit, Scorpion was underwhelming compared to the rapper’s previous releases). But Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys feels more like a nod to his strong, dedicated fanbase, rather than the actual music, which pales in comparison to the social commentary and sonic masterpiece that is Dirty Computer; and certainly does not stand up to the steady stream of bops that built up to be Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy.





As the Grammys grapple with identity, some of the most popular names in music have opted out of the show, whose viewership dropped 24 percent this year to a nine-year low. In 2017, Drake, who has 42 career nods, was nominated for eight awards and won two, but declined to appear at the ceremony, saying later that he felt “alienated” from the institution. The next year, the rapper declined to submit his “More Life” project for consideration, following in the footsteps of Frank Ocean, and once again did not attend.


The “Best New Artist” category, which was the only category won by a solo female artist last year, had six female nominees: Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, and Chloe X Halle.

The recording academy said it had received more than 21,000 submissions across 84 categories; recordings released from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018, were eligible







L’FREAQ Gets Freaky In New Video

23.12.2018



"This song is about concealing oneself; it could be from a lover or a friend, but in my case I wrote it about those who don’t know the ‘real’ me over social media, only a self that I choose to project,” L’FREAQ tells BUST of the track, called “Moonlight."



 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Lâ??FREAQ Gets Freaky In New Video

The artist’s upcoming EP was mixed and produced by Mike Irish. L’FREAQ’s mom, photographer Kelly Cappelli, shot all the cover and promotional art and executive produced the video. The album focuses on themes of self-discovery, liberation, and adventure, and shortly after its release, L’FREAQ will be on tour.

Keep up with the artist on FacebookTwitter, and Soundcloud, and check out the video below, exclusively on BUST.

I had the pleasure of interviewing L’FREAQ, which is the alias of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Lea Cappelli...

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?


Igrew up an only child in Arizona with a fantastically artistic mother. She painted me, photographed me, and let me watch her create. This naturally led me to seek my own talents, which instead of using my hands to create art, was my voice. My mother brought me to vocal lessons at a very young age, where originally I was convinced I would be an opera singer. Then, at 12 years old, I discovered jazz. And at 16, started writing my own music. It was a long progression.



Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?


When I performed for Muhammad Ali at a small dinner party of eight, I was nervous. I sang and played guitar for him, and we sat down to eat dinner together. At the time the only thing he could eat after dark was ice cream. I couldn’t believe I was in the presence of such a legend. I was nervous to look at him the whole night, so I kept my head down while the guests chatted. Finally, I mustered the courage to look up at him. He turned to me and winked.



What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?


My new five song EP, Weird Awakenings, has been an incredible journey to create. We’ve made a detailed music video for each of the three singles, with the upcoming single “New Skin” as one of my favorites. I’m very visually inclined so it’s fun to watch the songs come to life. We went through a lot to make each one, especially “Moonlight,” where I was hanging in rope bondage for hours. That was a shoot I’ll never forget. It became so painful after so long of being suspended that I had to have all six people on set help hoist me down.



You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.


Acceptance! There is too much intolerance in this world nowadays. Being raised with the internet is both a blessing and a curse. There is unlimited knowledge at your fingertips, but so much hatred that comes with it. Part of the L’FREAQ name, like anti-bullying and access to the arts, is also simply about accepting people for who they are.


 "Don’t be surprised if the song strikes you as a fitting intro to a certain franchise of action films; “After listening multiple times, the song started sounding more and more Bond-like,” says Cappelli. “We wanted to pay homage to the original Bond intros while still keeping the emotional integrity of the track."

Did Madonna Just Try To Reignite Beef With Lady Gaga?

23.12.2018


Did Madonna just take a shot at Lady Gaga? Is there still some bad blood between the two pop legends? Well, after a post on Madonna's Instagram story, that's what's what the internet is thinking!

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People have been quick to point out that Gaga's word sound strikingly similar to Madonna's, and now Madge herself has taken notice and posted about it.


The pop icon previously feuded with Lady Gaga over the similarity of chord progressions between her “Express Yourself” and Gaga’s “Born This Way,” but, as Gaga had pointed out at the time, “It’s the same [chord progression] that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I’m the first fucking artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn’t mean I’m a plagiarist, it means that I’m fucking smart.”

"The only time I ever criticised Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs," she said. "It's got nothing to do with 'she's taking my crown' or 'she's in some space of mine.' She has her thing. I do think she's a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue."

But, did these posts try to reignite the beef? Even if so, as Jezebel points out, Lady Gaga has way better things going on right now and, likely, has no time to pay any mind to whatever Madonna is up to on the internet.

Gaga responded with a veiled insult in a 2016 interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, disputing Lowe's claim that she and Madonna are alike by seemingly criticising Madonna for not playing instruments or writing music.

"Madonna and I are very different," Gaga said. "Just say, 'we're very different.' I wouldn't make that comparison at all and I don't mean to disrespect Madonna, she's a nice lady, and she's had a fantastic huge career, biggest pop star of all time. But I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours a day in the studio. I'm a producer. I'm a writer. What I do is different."

Apparently, Cardi B Is Too Busy To Go To Court

23.12.2018


Rapper Cardi B couldn’t hide her emotions in Queens criminal court Friday morning, rolling her eyes, sticking out her tongue — and eventually leaving with arms raised when a judge released her without bail.

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Apparently, Cardi B Is Too Busy To Go To Court

The judge stuck with the warning and Cardi’s lawyer said the message was “received loud and clear,” but still was outside saying Cardi is just simply too busy being a star:

"You all need to understand this is not about her saying, ‘Screw going to court. I got things to do. I’m important.’ She has managers, she has business people, she has things scheduled. So it’s not like we can just say, ‘Hey you got to come to court on Monday."



I’m going to try to use that “I’ve got manager, I’ve got business people, I’ve got things scheduled” bullshit excuse the next time I get called for jury duty. Let’s see how far I get. And when the all-important (in her head) Cardi B finally gets to court, she’ll probably throw a shoe at the judge when she says something he doesn’t like, which will result in him throwing the book at her by throwing her in the slammer, which will lead to her coming out with a new album: Belcaliz Of Vernon C. Bain Correctional.

The 26-year-old, born Belcalis Almanzar, surrendered to police in October after two bartenders at a Queens strip club accused her of attacking them. Cardi had just performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Miami Beach (she likes it here, obviou).

Well, here’s to hoping she doesn’t blow off Friday’s hearing.

"You should inform her that if she doesn’t show up to the arraignment on December 7, that unless the circumstances change, then it’s very likely the court will issue a bench warrant for her arrest," the judge reportedly told her lawyer, Jeff Kern.

The Only Good Thing On The Internet Is Britney Spears’ Instagram

14.12.2018


You might not follow your mom on Instagram, but you should definitely follow someone else’s mom, that specific mom being Britney Spears, owner of the most joyful Instagram feed ever to exist.

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? The Only Good Thing On The Internet Is Britney Spearsâ?? Instagram

In Britney’s world, fame isn’t an evil, it just is. It is the background condition to her life. And so she’s opened up the process of pop manufacture in a way that’s bizarrely authentic. Before Jennifer Lawrence turned the concept of relatable celebrity into a competitive sport, there was Britney Spears.

pears’ Instagram first became a widespread object of fascination in 2017, when she posted a video of herself—ponytail perched high on her head, cleavage perched high on her chest—painting in her backyard, a non-diegetic Mozart concerto tinkling in the background. The caption? “Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!!” (I remember approving her use of an even number of exclamation points since I think using an odd number is a minor—and annoying—act of aggression.)

And so while loving Britney Spears is, currently, a popular thing to do, it’s important to distinguish those professing their love for her sincerely from those doing so ironically. Those who love her ironically probably do so because it is easier to keep Spears at arm’s-length, lest they too fully realize how close to her they are. It’s a little bit like loving your mother, or an idea of your mother; you can’t help but worry that love will transform into becoming her, or that idea of her. It’s not—not really—very cool.

But if there’s one thing Spears’ Instagram can teach us, it’s that being cool is not a means to an end, nor is it necessarily the end itself. The reason Spears continues to dominate is because she is consistently, almost decadently, herself, and she is so in a way that feels liberating to witness, so difficult it is to be that way in our own lives. So as we struggle to make sense of who we are, who we want to be, who we’ll allow ourselves to become, it is nice to have an online oasis of sorts, a relief from the constant posturing that exists everywhere else, a place where we can’t help but be reminded that it’s boring to pretend to be normal, we should all just, as Spears reminds us, go back to being ourselves.

Lana Del Rey Is Apparently Venturing Into Country Music Now

14.12.2018


 

"I Must Be Stupid For Being So Happy" and the other “Hey Blue Baby” with Antonoff.


 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Lana Del Rey Is Apparently Venturing Into Country Music Now

 

The singer performed two new songs during Jack Antonoff’s Ally Coalition benefit concert last night. “Me and Jack wrote a couple of country songs just for fun, so we thought we’d play them,” Lana announced to the audience, according to Billboard. Many think “just for fun” means they likely won’t end up on her new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell (which has a reported release date of March).

Apparently Lana Del Rey is venturing into country! The singer wrote a couple country songs with Jack Antonoff, which she performed on Dec. 5 at the Ally Coalition in New York.

"Me and Jack wrote a couple of country songs just for fun. So we thought we’d play them," Del Rey said.

We’re totally here for experimenting, and maybe it’s just us, but country Lana sounds a lot like regular Lana. Just, like, with an acoustic guitar playing in the background. If this is what country is nowadays, we might have to listen to the genre more.

For those unaware, Antonoff is quite prolific in the music industry. He’s not only the Bleachers frontman, but he’s also written hits for stars like Taylor Swift and Lorde, as well as many others. He co-organized the event last night to raise funds for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Fun., Regina Spektor, and Taylor Swift were among performers at the benefit show.

Ariana Grande Reveals The Heartfelt Letter She Wrote To Manchester Victims

14.12.2018


 

"When things were bad and everyone was heartbroken and tired and sad, we wished it to go faster. And now that it's here, it's horrible."


 

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Ariana Grande Reveals The Heartfelt Letter She Wrote To Manchester Victims

The series follows Grande through her 2017 Dangerous Woman tour and shows the lead-up to the Sweetener album. The fourth episode shows Grande’s devotion to meeting her fans and also addresses her One Love Manchester concert, which benefitted the victims of the bombing that happened at her concert. The episode does not show footage from that night but gives us a little insight into how she publicly dealt with the attack.

“It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.

Grande then announced that she’d be returning to Manchester to honor and raise money for the victims of the attack and their families, sharing a link to the Manchester Evening News’ Just Giving partnership with the Red Cross.
The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated. To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment.

The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. 'Like a handprint on my heart'…I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.

"When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that… it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from."


Grande went on to explain that the tragedy taught her resilience and to not take life for granted.

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