David Byrne is in the midst of a successful Broadway run for his American Utopia production, but he’s already using his off-time planning another theatrical installation. The former Talking Head is planning on opening an immersive project called Theater of the Mind at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts next summer.
“It will be in a warehouse, where it’s divided into a bunch of different rooms,” he tells Rolling Stone. “A group of 16 audience members will go from room to room and experience these perceptual things. When they leave one room, another group goes in there. That way, you can get 400 people in from 6 p.m. to 10. You get the same number as if it were a theater show, but you get more in small groups.”
The artist previously workshopped a version of the project on Governors Island in New York in late 2017, according to the production company 600 Highwaymen, but Byrne decided to take it to the Mile High City because of the Performing Arts Center’s history with similar projects. “The Denver Center for the Performing Arts have done immersive things like this before — not quite like this — but they’ve cultivated an audience in Denver,” he says. Plus, he adds that he expects the Colorado audience to warm to some of the production’s trippier elements. “I am so convinced that because it’s about perception and sensory stuff, there’s gonna be a lot of gummy bears and other stuff in there,” he says with a laugh.
Nate Koch, who has won awards for his work on productions of Sweeney Todd and Queen of the Night, is serving as Theater of the Mind’s executive producer.
In the meantime, though, Byrne’s chief project remains American Utopia, which recently got an extended run through February 16th. For the show, he performs nearly two dozen Talking Heads “popular favorites” and selections from his solo career and recent American Utopia album. Byrne had previously taken the show, which finds Byrne and 11 musicians dressed in matching gray suits dancing barefoot, around the world, but he recently told Rolling Stone he’s been enjoying doing it in once place. He talks more to the crowd at the Broadway show and found that a storyline, about a man who is closed off and learns to open up, emerged as they worked on it.
“I didn’t go into the concert saying, ‘This is the narrative that I want to tell,’” he said. “But as we started choosing songs and working out the staging, it emerged that that’s what was happening. We didn’t go into it with the story in advance, which some people might think is a little odd, but that’s how it works sometimes.”
Drake has teamed up with Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Company to form More Life Growth Company, a fully licensed cannabis producer and wellness corporation.
“When we first began talks with Drake we were extremely inspired by and aligned with his vision to bring best-in-class cannabis products to the world,” Mark Zekulin, CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, said in a statement. “Drake’s perspective as a culture leader and entrepreneur combined with Canopy Growth’s breadth of cannabis knowledge will allow our new company to bring an unmatched cannabis experience to global markets.”
“The opportunity to partner with a world-class company like Canopy Growth on a global scale is really exciting,” Drake stated. “The idea of being able to build something special in an industry that is ever growing has been inspiring. More Life and More Blessing.”
According to a press release, Drake and Canopy Growth Company currently hold a 60/40 stake in More Life. The company is based in Toronto with a production facility in Scarborough, Ontario. Product details are expected to be released “in the weeks to come.”
Outside of his other business enterprises, Drake also has new music out this week: a remix of MC Kevin o Chris’ baile funk track “Ela é do Tipo.”
Vicky Pattison has opened up about her past year, and admitted her solo reality TV show "saved her".
It's been a bumpy road to love for the Geordie beauty, after she called time on her relationship with ex-fiancé John Noble after he was caught getting close to a bevvy of beauties during a night out in Dubai.
The pair, who met at a house party when Vicky was 20, struck up a relationship years later, and became engaged in 2018, and shortly bought a house together in Newcastle.
However, they never made it down the aisle as the heartbreaking photos surfaced, and Vicky swiftly ended their romance.
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Taking to Twitter, the reality TV star uploaded two selfies – a present day snap, and one after her breakup.
Discussing her highs and lows, she explained to her following she used her TV programme, Vicky Pattison No Filter, as an outlet "for my pain and hurt, a platform to voice my grievances about society and the pressures we face as women".
"Last night was the final episode of Vicky Pattison: No Filter and I could not be prouder of what we achieved!
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"This show saved my life. That sounds dramatic but a) I am dramatic in case you hadn’t noticed and b) so what?!. The second picture was taken almost a year ago from the one I took today – and as you can see the images are worlds apart," she wrote.
"I’ll not drag up the past, we’ve all had struggles and we have all had hardships to face and will no doubt have more in our futures- what I want to focus on is gratitude and looking forward.
"But seriously, I used this show as a creative outlet for my pain and hurt, a platform to voice my grievances about society and the pressures we face as women- I wasn’t expecting to have how I felt resonate with so many of you."
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Vicky went on to detail how she is "beyond humbled" by everyone's reactions and called her female viewers "amazing, strong, beautiful and incredible women with so much to offer".
She added: :"It took me quite a long time to find my voice- to truly feel like I have something worth hearing & now that I have – I won’t be silent."
The TV personality was praised by fans online, and boyfriend Ercan Ramadan gushed: "So proud."
Three years ago, when Disney announced a remake of its animated classic The Lion King, it was easy to be skeptical: With the original still so beloved, was an upgrade even necessary? But at least one family in South Africa was hopeful. In both the first movie and a later stage production, The Lion King features “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a Sixties pop hit that has its roots in “Mbube,” a song written and recorded in the Thirties by South African singer and migrant worker Solomon Linda. For decades, Linda barely received any compensation for the incorporation of his song into “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” That situation ended in 2006. Six years earlier, a Rolling Stone story had tipped the world off to the situation and Linda’s family sued Disney, resulting in an out-of-court settlement. Linda, who died in 1962, would belatedly receive a co-writing credit on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and his family would be handed a lump sum for past royalties and a cut of future revenue.
Cut to early 2019, when the Linda family learned that a new version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” sung by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, would be used in the remake of The Lion King. Again, this appeared to be good news: With a cast that already included Beyoncé and Donald Glover, the new Lion King had all the signs of a potential blockbuster. And despite mixed reviews, it has pulled in more than $500 million in the States (and over $1 billion outside the U.S.). The soundtrack album broke into the Top 20 on the Rolling Stone Top 200 album chart.
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But once again, it seems as if the Linda family won’t be benefiting from the song. The family’s settlement arrangement with Disney ended on the last day of December 2017, a year and a half before the new movie opened, which means, as it stands now, that Linda’s heirs don’t stand to profit from the inclusion of the song in The Lion King. Nothing in the situation is unlawful: The contract between Disney and the Linda family was vetted and signed by both parties, and the family has no legal right to continue receiving royalties. (Disney declined to comment on the record for this story.)
And when the paperwork for that deal was worked out over a decade ago, no one imagined that The Lion King would be remade with computer-generated animals. “Nobody knew in advance into the future,” sighs Hanro Friedrich, a South African lawyer who worked with the family at the time. “I’ve got more than a bit of melancholy in my head now.” (The new movie also includes a remake of “Mbube” by South African singer Lebo M., and according to a lawyer for Folkways, the publisher of “Mbube,” the family will be receiving songwriting royalties from its placement in the film.)
But the idea that the family is once again missing out on a windfall for Solomon Linda’s contribution to pop music is the latest in a seemingly endless number of cruel twists in the saga of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” one that has reopened old wounds and exposed other financial issues that have emerged since the original deal with Disney. “The family would like to know the implications of [‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’] featured in The Lion King to the rights of Solomon Linda,” says Themba Dladla, a grandson of Solomon Linda who is currently working with the estate. “They want to know who still holds the international rights and how can we work toward having those rights. They still want to know. I would not say it’s a happy ending.”
As South African journalist Rian Malan laid out in his deeply reported RS exposé “In the Jungle: Inside the Long, Hidden Genealogy of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’” in 2000, the song’s story is as tangled as just about any in pop history. After Linda and his group the Evening Birds released “Mbube” in 1939, a copy of the record — featuring Linda’s beguiling falsetto lilt — wound up with Pete Seeger. Mishearing the lyric and assuming it was a folk song, he changed the title to “Wimoweh,” recorded it with the Weavers in 1952, and mainlined Linda’s melody onto the pop charts. Nine years later, the next phase of the song’s history began when the New York group the Tokens wanted to morph “Wimoweh” into a pop song with fresh lyrics, and songwriters George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, and Luigi Creatore were commissioned to write new words for what became “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a Number One hit in 1961.
Director Sam Cullman’s movie The Lion’s Share — which premiered earlier this year on Netflix as part of the network’s ReMastered series — expertly laid out the song’s journey, the impact of Malan’s work, and the financial issues that continued after the family reached its settlement with Disney. Picking up where Malan’s story left off, The Lion’s Share detailed how the Linda estate, with the help of South African lawyer and copyright expert Owen Dean of the South African law firm Spoor and Fisher, sued Disney for copyright violation in 2004 — and how the story of a poor African family taking on a mega-corporation reverberated around the world.
“Disney couldn’t fight it,” Mark Spier, whose publishing company, Memory Lane, administered Abilene Music (the original publisher of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) at the time, tells RS. “There was no way to win a case in South Africa based on the situation that was going on. You have to know when to fight your battles and when not to. This one wasn’t winnable. It just became less of a hassle to give [the estate] 10 or 15 percent than fight it. They had all the press on their side.”
According to a source who has seen the document, Disney agreed, after some haggling, to pay a sizable lump sum to the Linda estate, representing past royalties. From then until 2017, the family would also receive a small percentage of all income derived from “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” (South African copyright law ends 50 years after death; since Linda died in 1962, the Linda estate would have stopped receiving royalties in 2012; during the negotiations, Disney and Abilene offered to add an additional five years of royalties, extending the period to 2017.) As Owen Dean tells RS, the terms of the settlement were “far beyond our wildest dreams. It was an amazing, generous settlement offer.”
As part of the settlement, a trust was set up to administer those funds, but in The Lion’s Share, both sides — the trust on one hand, Linda’s three surviving daughters Delphi, Elizabeth, and Fildah on the other — accused the other of mismanaging the windfall. Both sides confirm that situation to RS. According to a source who worked on the family’s legal team at the time, “some of the substantial initial payments” made to the family amounted to about $120,000. But in The Lion’s Share, the sisters admit to being startled by the legal fees, which, the source says, were in the low six figures. Former Spoor and Fisher general manager Glen Dean, no relation to Owen Dean, defends the fees to RS — “Those costs were needed to get to the agreement” — and says the sisters did not listen to the trust’s advice on how to manage the money.
“This narrative is incorrect,” counters Dladla. “My aunts have made very good use of moneys received. This includes extending their family houses and supporting educational needs of their children. All of them are each living in their refurbished individual homes and not at the original place of their birth. None of them are in debt. Having not accepted advice given by former Trustees does not mean they could not use funds received profitably as matured adults.”
According to that same family legal source, the family made roughly between $20,000 and $65,000 per year from “Lion Sleeps Tonight” royalties during the settlement years. (Friedrich says that, pre-settlement, the most the family received from “Mbube” and “Wimoweh” royalties was about $340 in one year.) As Spier tells RS, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” earned in the low six figures during the first roughly 15 years of this century. But since the royalties were divided equally between the publisher and the songwriters, that meant the Linda family would receive respectable if not huge amounts of cash (a fraction of the songwriters’ half). “It was one of those really popular songs that didn’t make a boatload of money toward the end,” Spier insists. “It made money from the Broadway show and an occasional [movie or TV] sync, but there weren’t really any record sales from the  movie.”
But in light of Malan’s estimate of how much “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” had earned over decades — upwards of $15 million— the settlement money seemed paltry to the Linda clan. According to Glen Dean, one income source didn’t forward any royalties to the Linda family for at least a year, and Spoor and Fisher hired an American lawyer to help retrieve the money (at least $50,000, according to Glen Dean). But that delay was also one of several instances that added to the family’s suspicions that something was amiss. “We said, ‘We’re struggling — the money has dried up and we want to get the money out of the people in New York,’” says Glen Dean. “There wasn’t sufficient amount in the accounts to pay the sisters their monthly stipend and that caused a lot of anxiety with the sisters.”
By 2013, the trustees, including Glen Dean and Friedrich, had resigned, and Dladla began overseeing the trust. “The family will not work with former Trustees that managed the proceeds of the settlement,” says Dladla, “as they decided to resign from the Solomon Linda Trust for reasons better known to them.” Once again, the situation was a mess.
Precisely how much the family would have earned from the remake of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in the new Lion King is unclear. Generally, movie licenses of that sort rarely exceed $75,000, according to an industry lawyer who has negotiated such deals. Given that the Linda estate would still only receive a fraction of what was owed to the songwriters, their payout for the use of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Mbube” in the movie could have only amounted to a few thousand dollars. (When the Disney deal ended, the publishing royalties reverted to Abilene Music and Luigi Creatore Music. In another interesting twist, both companies are now run by George David Weiss’ widow Claire, who married Creatore after Weiss’ death in 2010.)
Still, Linda’s heirs still feel stung by the way they claim Disney handled the situation. “The family feels aggrieved by this for two reasons,” says Dladla. “There was no courtesy of informing the family about inclusion of a new version of the song in the movie. And we are not convinced the family is not supposed to derive revenue from the use of a new version of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and are currently in the process of procuring legal advice.” (Dladla also says the family has “not been informed” about an impending payment for the use of “Mbube” in The Lion King, even though the song’s publisher, Folkways, says it has negotiated a deal for that usage.)
The Linda family could also pursue an audit of Abilene (which has since been combined with another publisher, Creatore Music). Abilene moved its business to another handler, the Dutch company Imagem, in 2013, which in turn was bought by Concord Music two years ago. (Citing the confidentiality of the settlement of 2006, Concord declined comment on whether the company is paying royalties for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in the new Lion King, despite the settlement having ended nearly three years ago.) “If they audit, what are they fighting for?” says Spier, who could be on the receiving end of some of that audit. “Ten or 15 thousand dollars? That’s going to cost them a lot more. The song is not making millions of dollars, and they’re not missing out on millions of dollars.”
Others are simply holding out hope that the parties involved, like Disney and Abilene, would simply cut the family in on some of the “Lion Sleeps Tonight” income despite the lapsing of the deal. Those advocates include Bobby Weiss, one of George Weiss’ three children — none of whom receive any income from a song their father used to call “a novelty.” “You go back and listen to that recording from the Thirties, and the progression and melody are there,” says Weiss. “What the fuck, man? [Linda] wrote half that song! There’s copyright law and hiding behind all that bullshit, and there’s doing the right thing.”
Meanwhile, in a refrain that has become hauntingly familiar over decades, the Linda family awaits. “There has been nothing transferred yet,” says Dladla. “But, yes, there is some hope.”
Chris Stapleton is rendered as a Lego mini-figure in the new video for “Second One to Know,” a colorful, eye-popping montage that finds the Kentucky country singer doing battle with ninjas and ultimately slaying a dragon with a literally fiery guitar solo.
Stapleton’s wife Morgane and members of his family are also animated as Lego people, along with Stapleton’s band, including producer Dave Cobb. There’s also a cameo by Stapleton super-fan and friend Chris Pratt, who lent his voice to both The Lego Movie in 2014 and its 2019 sequel.
Stapleton teamed up with the Lego Group and Pure Imagination Studios producer and director David Coleman (like Stapleton, a native of Paintsville, Kentucky) to make the video, which, according to a press release, took “thousands of hours of work” to create. The results are dazzling and pay close attention to detail: everything from Stapleton’s feathered hatband to bass player J.T. Cure’s glasses are painstakingly re-recreated.
“Second One to Know” originally appeared on Stapleton’s 2017 album From A Room: Volume 1. The songwriter has been performing some new songs in concert of late, including “Starting Over” and a collaboration with Brothers Osborne titled “Get Down to Arkansas.” In August, he made a surprise appearance at John Mayer’s Nashville concert to premiere their song “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care.”
Stapleton recently wrapped up the 2019 edition of his All-American Road Show Tour. He’s set to play Keith Urban’s All for the Hall benefit on February 10th in Nashville, and will headline a pair of stadium shows in the spring with Willie Nelson: March 14th in Arlington, Texas, and April 25th in Lexington, Kentucky.
Next year is primed to be a stressful mess no matter which way you slice it. The 2020 Election is coming, and we’re going to need to blow off steam. Lucky for us, Bikini Kill is going on tour this coming spring. Get ready for a respectful pit (girls to the front).
The band will kick off their tour on March 13th in Olympia, Washington with a special Interfaith Benefit show. Interfaith Works Nightly Shelter is a shelter/homeless program that works specifically with women and LGBTQ adults in that area. After that, the band will remain on the road through a Milwaukee gig on May 24th. Tickets go on sale November 8th.
The pioneering Riot Grrrl band reunited and briefly toured in 2019 for the first time since 1997 after releasing their catalogue on streaming in 2018. “I hope that for some people, it’s the gateway drug to feminism,” lead singer Kathleen Hanna told TIDAL of their music after going on streaming. “I hope they listen to the music and have feelings that they’ve already felt reinforced. Like, ‘These things are happening to me and I don’t know why and I’m not alone.’”
In 2018, Hanna also launched a new T-shirt line called Tees4Togo, featuring artists like Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Chuck D and Grimes. All the proceeds from sales go to the non-profit organization Peace Sisters, which helps send young girls to school in the West African nation of Togo.
Bikini Kill Tour Dates
March 13 – Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theater & *Benefit For Interfaith Works* March 16 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre March 19 – Victoria, BC @ Distrikt March 23 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom May 12 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring May 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall May 14 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre May 16 – Winooski, VT @ Higher Ground May 18 – Montreal, QB @ M Telus May 20 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall May 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre May 23 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre May 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
He may have grown up the son of a Major League Baseball star, but Tim McGraw didn’t know it.
The country music superstar, who grew up poor about three hours north of New Orleans, opened up to TODAY’s Hoda Kotb on Monday, explaining that while having pitcher Tug McGraw as a dad had an impact on him, it wasn’t for reasons that you’d expect.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize I didn’t grow up with Tug,” he said. “I didn’t know Tug was my dad. I found my birth certificate when I was 11 years old. And, like I said, we didn’t have a whole lot, and I was in my mom’s closet, I was digging through something and found my birth certificate. It said McGraw. My name was Smith as a kid because my stepdad’s name was Horace Smith.”
McGraw said the whole matter “was very confusing” and that he met his father later that year but wouldn’t see him again until he was 18. Discovering who his father was, as well as learning that he was a star athlete, made McGraw rethink all the possibilities that lay before him.
“It changed what I thought I could do with my life coming from the circumstances I came from,” the singer, 52, said about Tug, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 59. “I felt like when I found that out, you know, he’s a professional baseball player who’s successful, to me, it made me think that blood is in my veins, so that ability is in there. So I found sort of that grit inside me that he must have had in order to succeed at what he did. And it changed what I thought I could make out of my life.”
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Cohen/WireImage for Chasen & Company)Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)SUNRISE, FL – JULY 24:Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform live at The Bank Atlantic Center on July 24, 2007 in Sunrise FL.(Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 14:Musicians Tim McGraw and Faith Hill attend the 2008 CMT Music Awards at the Curb Events Center at Belmont University on April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) LAS VEGAS – APRIL 06:***EXCLUSIVE*** Performers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill speak onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards’ Artist of the Decade held at the MGM Grand on April 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Kevin Winter/ACM2009/Getty Images for ACM)THE 43rd ANNUAL CMA AWARDS – RED CARPET ARRIVALS – ‘The 43rd Annual CMA Awards’ will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) TIM MCGRAW, FAITH HILLSinger Faith Hill (L) and singer/actor Tim McGraw attend the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theater on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 22:(L-R) Musicians Tim McGraw and Faith Hill onstage at Nashville Rising, a benefit concert for flood reliefat Bridgestone Arena on June 22, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by Ed Rode/Nashville Rising/Getty Images for Nashville Rising)NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 09:Recording artist Tim McGraw and wife recording artist Faith Hill arrive at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 07:Singers Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw appear at a news conference announcing their upcoming ‘Soul2Soul’ perfomances at The Venetian on August 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 08:Singer Faith Hill (R) and singer/songwriter Tim McGraw perform during the opening weekend of their limited-engagement ‘Soul2Soul’ show at The Venetian on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The country music couple is scheduled to perform on 10 weekends through April 2013 at Venetian Hotel and Casino Resort on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08:Musicians Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform onstage at MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07:Singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw arrive at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 03: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw attend CMT Artists Of The Year 2013 at Music City Center on December 3, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05:Tim McGraw performs a duet with wife Faith Hill at LP Field at the 2014 CMA Festival on June 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 22:Singers Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 09: Singers/musicians Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw attend Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ – Los Angeles Premiere at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)Up Next
McGraw has certainly made a lot out of his life. He’s a popular singer, movie star and author of the new book, “Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life,” which chronicles his weight loss journey.
His lifestyle changes can be attributed to his family, including wife Faith Hill, who had to tell him to stop his partying ways.
“When things happen and you succeed beyond your wildest dreams and you’re playing all these great shows and, you know, the party’s going on,” McGraw said. “And then you’re married and you have kids and all the sudden your wife looks at you and says, ‘You know, you’re getting a little overboard and you need to make some decisions.’ It makes a big impact on you.”
The couple has three daughters and one of them got McGraw to finally confront the fact he needed to shed some weight. McGraw said the family went to see a movie together and a trailer for one of his upcoming films played.
“And my face is the first thing that came on the screen, on a hundred-foot screen,” McGraw said. “(I) was pretty swollen at that time. And my daughter looked at me, says, ‘Geez, Dad, you need to do something.’ And that’s sort of a gut shot, right?”
McGraw also spoke about the love he has for his mother and the important lessons she taught the whole family.
“She always provided for us and she always made me feel like we could outdream our needs and that was something she always instilled in us,” he said. “Our mom is our hero. She’s the one that taught us to persevere.”
The "Honey Boo Boo" star documented her weight loss journey on her very own reality show! She is now down to a size 4 — and she looks incredible!
Khloe Kardashian in 2012
Khloe Kardashian in 2016
Hard work does pay off! The youngest Kardashian sister is obsessed with exercising and documents all her workout sessions on social media.
Lena Dunham in 2015
Lena Dunham in 2017
The "Girls" star lost a significant amount of weight after going on a holistic diet to help alleviate symptoms of endometriosis.
Wendy Williams in 2012
Wendy Williams in 2017
The TV personality revealed in 2015 that she lost 50 pounds over the course of three years with a healthy diet that doesn’t include refined sugars, meat, dairy or "eating after dark." It looks like she’s been committed to the strict diet. She looks better than ever in 2017!
Ricki Lake in 2010
Ricki Lake in 2011
The actress lost 20 pounds when she appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2011.
Jordin Sparks in 2008
Jordin Sparks in 2017
Hard work pays off! "American Idol" alum began her weight loss journey by walking around her neighborhood and the rest was history! Her favorite workout? Zumba.
Sara Rue in 2003
Sara Rue in 2016
The "Rules of Engagement" star is a total fan of Jenny Craig for its simplicity. She looks incredible and totally glowing!
Jonah Hill in 2014
Jonah Hill in 2017
Talk about a transformation! Hill has lost weight and gained weight through the years — depending on the movie he’s working on — but his latest transformation is absolutely jaw-dropping.
Christina Aguilera in 2012
Christina Aguilera in 2013
Smoke show! The songstress dropped 20 pounds over the course of one year. Doesn’t she look incredible?!
Miranda Lambert in 2012
Miranda Lambert in 2013
The country crooner slammed critics who accused her of having weight loss surgery. She revealed that she dropped the pounds the old-fashioned way — eating right and working out with her trainer!
The Cyrus family just added one blushing bride to the tribe!
Braison Cyrus, the younger brother of Miley Cyrus, married Stella McBride in a romantic Tennessee ceremony on Sunday, just under a year after announcing their engagement.
In a sweet tribute post, the “Mother’s Daughter” singer, 26, shared how happy she was for the couple.
“My baby brother got married on the most stunning sunny Tennessee day standing on top of the same hills where we grew up playin,” she wrote. “I love you Braison. So happy for you & Stella.”
Alongside the message, the pop star shared several photos from the family affair, including one of their mother Tish Cyrus helping Braison, 25, get dressed before walking down the aisle. Other shots showed Miley, who wore a long black dress, posing with her mom and her boyfriend Cody Simpson.
Tish, 52, went on to share her own heartfelt tribute to her “beautiful boy” on Monday.
“My beautiful boy married the love of his life yesterday. Knowing that you are happy @braisonccyrusmeans everything to me,” she wrote, alongside a photo of the bride, who wore an intricate lace dress with long sleeves and a plunging neckline, and the groom, who opted for a dark-colored suit with a matching hat.
Added Brandi, 32, “Congrats @braisonccyrus + @stellamcyrus!!! So incredibly happy for you both! And thnx for letting Astra be my wedding date ❤️.”
After the big ceremony, Miley went on to share a video of herself and Simpson, 22, cutting a rug at home — even letting out an audible shriek as soon as a shirtless Simpson dips her down.
Braison announced his engagement to the visual merchandiser in November 2018, after less than a year of dating.
“She said yes 💍 My life has changed in so many amazing ways this year but the most amazing has been meeting and falling in love with you,” Braison wrote on Instagram. “I love you with all my heart and I cannot wait to marry you.”
Sharing the same photograph, McBride said: “Love of my life – nothing has ever made me happier than saying yes to forever with you. You are the sweetest soul and I cannot wait to be your wife💍”
Braison, a musician who has also starred in films such as 2016’s Heels and Doc in 2001, asked for the stylist’s hand in marriage with a striking and unusual ring featuring an oval opal rather than a diamond and a gold band which looked like a vine complete with delicate leaves.
George Michael’s estate will drop a new song from the late music icon this week.
The track, which will be released on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, will be the first time fans have heard new music from the British chart-topping legend since George Michael died on Christmas Day 2016.
The track, entitled This Is How, is from the soundtrack of the forthcoming film Last Christmas – a festive romantic comedy inspired by and featuring the music of George Michael and Wham!
Speaking about the song, Zoe said: "I was, and am, a huge Wham! and George Michael fan and even though he is no longer with us, his music remains a joy to us all.
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“I’m honoured to be premiering this previously unheard song from George on my breakfast show."
Meanwhile, Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2 and 6 Music, added: "Ever since they burst into the pop charts in 1982 with Young Guns, the music of both Wham! and George Michael has been loved by Radio 2 listeners.
“I’m thrilled that they will be the first to hear this very special record."
George's new music comes just days after his ex Fadi Fawaz went on a shock pubic rant about the Careless Whisper singer.
George Michael’s family fuming as ex Fadi Fawaz claims singer was HIV positive
Fadi, who is thought to currently be living in a central London Travelodge, took to Twitter before making a string of unfounded claims about George.
Fadi Fawaz's Twitter account has claimed George Michael 'was HIV positive' in a string of early morning posts.
An initial tweet simply read: "George Micheal was HIV+"
Minutes later a second post claimed: "We found out in Vienna after his illness."
The account then directly replied a fan saying: "And sex with him was so boring…" before making intimate claims about their sex life.
It is not known if any of the allegations made by Fadi Fawaz' Twitter account are true.
Following the death of her beloved pet, the ‘Royal’ hitmaker tells her fans, ‘I need some time to see the good again, to finish making this (album) for you.’
AceShowbiz –Lorde has put plans for her long-awaited third studio album on hold following the death of her beloved dog, Pearl.
The singer-songwriter sent a candid update in a fan club newsletter on Saturday, November 2, in which she revealed that she is mourning the loss of her pet, and had been forced to delay work on the followup to 2017’s “Melodrama” as a result.
Lorde, who got Pearl in 2018, explained the time spent with the pup “after years on the road” influenced the direction of the new tracks, adding: “I was receiving huge amounts of energy I can only describe as divine, and I was working hard to communicate it all to you by way of the album. I felt I had been given this great gift that I needed to share with you all.”
However, Pearl had been ill and, realising his condition had worsened and “his body wasn’t going to be able to cope,” the Royals star revealed the pooch passed soon after.
“I rushed him to the specialists. Pearl had two cardiac arrests about an hour apart, and after the second one, he died,” she wrote. “I was holding him when he went, and I know he knew that I was there. But this loss has been indescribably painful, and a light that was turned on for me has gone out.”
Explaining the delay, Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, continued: “I have lost my boy, and I need some time to see the good again, to finish making this (album) for you.”
“It won’t be the same work – as anyone who has felt loss can understand, there’s a door that opens that you step through, and everything is different on the other side.”
The blonde bombshell ex-girlfriend of Scottish crooner Lewis Capaldi, the inspiration behind his smash hit Someone Like You, has been revealed as Paige Turley – a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant.
Paige and Lewis reportedly dated for a year after meeting at college in Motherwell, and he was said to be "madly in love" with the natural stunner.
Following the split, he wrote the emotional track, however stayed tight lipped about who the song was about.
Sources close to the pair say the superstar met the music student five years ago, and quickly fell "head over heels".
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An insider confirmed to The Scottish Sun, Paige, who tried to make a name for herself on the talent competition aged 14, is the subject of Lewis' emotional loved-up ballads.
The schoolgirl performed Bon Iver’s Skinny Love for the judging panel on the show, and quickly bowled over Simon Cowell with her vocal range.
She also sang at Glasgow’s Hydro, and the former couple appeared on the same line-up for T in the Clachan a few years ago.
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“Both Paige and Lewis are really talented.
“She’s a great singer in her own right. She has impressed Simon Cowell on BGT and played at Glasgow’s Hydro", a source told the publication.
They said: "She’s the girl. The song and his album is clearly inspired by love and he loved her — he really did.
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"Paige dated Lewis while they were both at college from around 2014 to 2016. They were on and off and together just over a year. It’s funny that his songs now mean so much to so many. But the real story behind it is boy meets girl."
Another friend added: "They had a lot in common and Lewis fell head over heels for Paige. The two would often be seen attending events together."
Lewis previously explained to the newspaper the songs were inspired by someone he "really loved", but she "left" him.
"I met a lady. She was very nice. I loved her. I loved the look of her and I loved how she spoke.
"We dated for a year and a half then she left me. Then I wrote an album about it and I still think about it every day."
On Wednesday, October 16th, Porsche and Rolling Stone hosted a classic house party with a twist. Taking place at New York City’s Terminal 5, The 911 Experience: A Timeless House Party brought our two iconic brands together to celebrate the launch of the eighth generation of the Porsche 911.
From the 1960s to the 2000s, each room across the three-level venue was decked out with decade-specific memorabilia, interior design and more, taking guests back in time through the past generations of each of our brands.
Starting in the 1960s, guests made their way through the den where they could interact with a dapper office space complete with an image of the iconic 1968 911 E2.0 Targa behind the desk and limited-edition model cars placed on the bookshelves. Guests then moved into the sitting area and game room complete with authentic board games and posters from the decade. In the 1970s, guests enjoyed old-school cocktails, card games, vintage issues of Rolling Stone and an era-appropriate living room complete with wall-to-wall orange shag carpeting. Attendees were also able to take a closer look at memorabilia like a 1972 Black Chrono 1 Mario Andretti Watch, and limited-edition Porsche Design sunglasses that were worn on a cover of Rolling Stone. As guests made their way to the 1980s bedroom, they were met with throwback beats from DJ Suga Ray, who spun live from behind the room’s bunk bed. The bedroom was also decked out with old-school video games and memorabilia like throwback Porsche posters and remote-controlled 911 models, plus iconic Rolling Stone covers adorning the walls. Following the 1980s, guests made their way to the 1990s kitchen that was overflowing with our favorite childhood snacks (plus some adult cocktails) and a Premium Line of Porsche Design small appliances. Finally, fans made their way downstairs through the 2000s garage, which was packed with vintage 911 sports cars from each decade since the 1960s, plus posters from the brand’s current campaign, all leading to the reveal of the brand-new 911, which flanked each side of the VIP carpet. The event culminated with a special performance by Australian indie duo Atlas Genius.
“You don’t wanna be struggling in your relationship and be around these two,” says Adam Doleac, who recruited the “Bachelor” couple to star in his video for “Famous.”
Since the dawn of Bachelor Nation, there’s been skepticism surrounding the legitimacy of the relationships forged on the ABC series.
But when it comes to "Bachelor" Season 23 alums Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, they’re the real deal — this according to country star Adam Doleac, who recruited the couple to star in his new music video for his catchy single, "Famous."
"I’ve been saying this since I met them," Adam told TooFab. "They are very much in love, very happy people. They’ve been amazing to work with. You never know how people are gonna be. Before they got [to Nashville] to shoot the video, we had never met each other, just talked online a little bit and whatnot. I don’t have enough good things to say about them. It’s been great."
"You don’t wanna be struggling in your relationship and be around these two," he added. "They’ll make you feel really bad about it."
"Famous" is about a man falling for an unassuming woman, which is somewhat reflective of the way Colton and Cassie’s relationship began. As for how they ended up playing the "celebrity" and "production assistant" in Doleac’s video, the musician says they were the first "famous" people to express their love for his song.
"We were driving up to Aspen, and I think it was a month after the show just wrapped, so we were still sort of in this weird spotlight that we were still trying to figure out how to manage while being in the public for the first time," Underwood told us. "It just resonated for us because fame and being famous — nobody’s meant for that or built for it."
For her part, Randolph said the "changes" that come with fame are easier to manage because she has a partner she can "lean on" and "trust." And in their case, Colton and Cassie experienced the same level of instant fame at virtually the same time.
Of the video itself, Cassie said she feels the "underdog" scenario reflects her own love story with Colton.
"That typically might not be what people thought, like the movie star falling for a PA instead of falling for another movie star," Underwood elaborated. "But I think it correlates sort of with my season of ‘The Bachelor.’ It didn’t end in the normal way that a season of ‘The Bachelor’ should [end], or what the fans thought it should end like."
Kanye West’s new IMAX film, Jesus is King, is set in a massive art installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert — a defunct volcano that’s been artist James Turrell’s white whale for the last 40 years.
Turrell has spent decades transforming Roden Crater into a massive installation — 21 viewing spaces connected by six tunnels — but even after all this time it’s still incomplete and not yet open to the public. In January, West donated $10 million to help finish the project, and now he’s scooped the art world and produced one of the most comprehensive looks at Turrell’s greatest work to date.
West’s affection for and affiliation with Turrell surfaced publicly last December when the rapper revealed his first pilgrimage to Roden Crater. A few days later, he was taking conference calls with Turrell and architect Norman Foster. By the end of the month, he was at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, standing beside Turrell, smiling, inside a piece called “Perfectly Clear,” a two-story room so drenched in magenta it’s unclear where the walls, floor, ceiling end or begin. Soon, West was donating millions of dollars to Roden Crater, which could finally open to the public in the next five years.
West hasn’t really spoken about what draws him to Turrell’s work (then again, no one who’s interviewed him recently has really asked), but the appeal is surely multi-faceted. West is obviously hyper-attuned to the visuals that accompany his music and knows how to recognize a perfect vibe and tailor it to his needs. Plus, he and Turrell are both highly particular artists who often miss deadlines in their pursuit for perfection; Roden Crater was set to open years ago.
Turrell’s manipulation of space and light might also appeal to West’s let’s-just-call-it ambitious plan to solve affordable housing (“We all will live in Turrell spaces,” he tweeted after visiting Roden Crater for the first time). And it’s also possible that the way Turrell cultivates color — almost as if it’s emanating not around you but from within you — resonates in a uniquely profound way for West, who has synesthesia, a neurological condition where he sees sounds as various colors.
But at this moment in West’s life and career, his fascination with Turrell has to be viewed through his deep Christian faith and embrace of gospel music. The Jesus Is King film accompanies West’s new album of the same name, although it only features a few songs from the album alongside traditional gospel numbers and reinterpretations of old West tracks. West is barely in it, although obviously he’s the driving creative force.
Instead, Jesus Is King is a showcase for his Sunday Service choir, but also Roden Crater. The two make a potent combo: a top-notch gospel choir, dressed in loose brown outfits, singing, testifying and praising in these wide, round rooms cut with gaping skylights.
“[West] would tell us about it, he had been several times,” Sunday Service choir director Jason White tells Rolling Stone. “We didn’t know what we were walking into; we just followed him. Playing in those unique rooms, we could hear the sound, the reverberation from those walls. Being in that room, looking into the sky, it was straight up heavenly.”
Turrell is a long-standing art world favorite, but he only really entered the popular consciousness in the past 10 years. The tipping point likely came in 2013 when he opened three massive retrospectives in Los Angeles, Houston and New York within the span of month; prior to that, as the New York Timesnoted in a profile, he’d only had two major museum shows, one in New York in 1980 and one in L.A. in 1985.
Admittedly, much of Turrell’s work isn’t conducive to traditional museum or gallery environments, unless it’s one of his light projections, or installed as a permanent exhibit. His “Skyspaces” series, for instance, requires dedicated rooms or outposts, where an opening can be carved into the roof. The aperture is constructed just so that it looks as if the sky is flush with the ceiling. Sometimes, Turrell will counterbalance the natural light pouring in with artificial light shooting out, giving the impression that the color of the sky has changed.
Turrell developed his Skyscapes during a prolific seven-year period that started in the late Sixties, when he turned an abandoned hotel in Santa Monica into a personal studio. There, he trained projections on corners, creating shapes that looked three-dimensional; he hid lightbulbs in secret pockets, filling empty rooms with light, then used brighter bulbs to create glowing frames that altered the viewer’s depth perception.
Over the years, he refined his vibrant and immersive combination of color, shape and light into a signature aesthetic that arguably reached its widest audience when it was used, sans Turrell’s involvement, in the 2015 video for Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
A year prior, Rolling Stone contributor Jonah Weiner had accompanied Drake to the Turrell retrospective in Los Angeles. “I fuck with Turrell,” Drake said. “He was a big influence on the visuals for my last tour.”
With the “Hotline Bling” video, Drake and Director X concocted an instantly meme-able homage to Turrell that even the artist admired. Turrell issued a statement saying that although neither he nor “any of [his] woes” were involved in the clip, he was “truly flattered to learn that Drake fucks with me.”
Drake, probably more than anyone else in contemporary music, knows a good vibe when he sees one, and the viral success of the “Hotline Bling” video speaks to the way Turrell’s work resonates in the age of Instagram and pop-up “museums,” like the Museum of Ice Cream.
This is not to say social media, clout chasing and the thirst for experiences has warped his work or intention. In fact, he might’ve been anticipating this moment for decades. Turrell designs his pieces to elicit a physical and cognitive response; they are meant to be experienced. And often, the act of seeing a Turrell requires some effort: He’s scattered his work across 22 countries and 17 U.S. states. The only museum dedicated solely to Turrell is located in the remote mountains of Northern Argentina.
In that 2013 Times profile, the artist Chuck Close said of Turrell: “He’s an orchestrator of experience, not a creator of cheap effects. And every artist knows how cheap an effect is, and how revolutionary an experience.”
To say the least, the same goes for Kanye West. Think of the steady drip of singles ahead of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the sheer existence of Watch the Throne, the seven-screen premiere of Cruel Summer at Cannes, the guerilla-style video projections for Yeezus, the Life of Pablo party/fashion show at Madison Square Garden, the Wyoming bonfire for Ye, etc.
The lead-up to Jesus Is King — outside of West’s relentless, half-baked shilling for President Donald Trump — has centered around Sunday Service. It began as a weekly, invite-only event in Calabasas, California, and has since begun to resemble a traveling revival of sorts. Go to the Sunday Service website and West tells you his exact intentions in eight words: “Kanye West. Jesus is King. Sunday Service Experience.” (Actually, there’s a ninth word — “Shop.”)
The Jesus is King IMAX film isn’t a recreation of a Sunday Service, but it is a distillation of its essence and an experience in its own right. But so is its setting. Not just because of the inherent experience-ness of any Turrell piece, but because an invite to Roden Crater is, as the Times put it, one of the most coveted tickets in the art world, reserved for select friends, curators, occasional journalists and some of its wealthy patrons. So while West surely relished the chance to offer such an exclusive showcase of Roden Crater, he clearly saw something in the space that appealed to his faith and the work his faith was driving.
Turrell’s work doesn’t have to be read through a religious lens, but it certainly can be. His “Ganzfeld” series — named for the German word that describes a “phenomenon of the total loss of depth perception” — invites visitors to walk up a set of stairs toward a glowing rectangle of color that seems like a flat barrier, but is actually a plane that can be crossed. Inside, the curved walls and full color combine to dissolve any semblance of structure to the space around you. Your feet are on a floor, but you’re floating.
The piece West visited with Turrell, “Perfectly Clear,” is a Ganzfeld — and it appears to feature prominently in an early sequence in Jesus Is King. It’s a stunning fly-through of the rippling keyhole hallway that is Roden Crater’s Alpha (East) Tunnel, culminating in swift climb up a bronze staircase, at the top of which awaits a blinding white portal of light that soon engulfs the entire screen. With the Sunday Service choir belting away, it’s hard not feel like you’re going towards the light in the most traditional sense of the phrase.
Left to right: Crater’s Eye, Alpha (East) Tunnel at Roden Crater, Courtesy James Turrell Studio files
The rest of the film isn’t necessarily so overt, but for the 30 minutes of Jesus Is King, Roden Crater functions as a cathedral. Most of the scenes take place in two Skyspace chambers, East Portal and Crater’s Eye, and the film does well to show how Turrell has designed those spaces to change depending on the time of day.
In one of the few scenes featuring West, he sings a sparse version of “Street Lights” in Crater’s Eye, the entire room flushed in blue dusk; earlier in the same room, bathed in bright daylight, the Sunday Service choir vamps ecstatically on “More Abundantly.”
The film’s most stunning sequence also takes place in Crater’s Eye, and it comprises a single vertical shot of director Jason White conducting the choir through “Perfect Praise” as dark clouds fill the aperture above. The sharp angle adds an intensity to White’s already dramatic movement, making it seem like one moment he’s striving toward the gathering storm, then stretching down from it the next.
Separating the scenes in Jesus Is King are title cards with various Bible verses, among them, John 8:12, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” It’s a fitting verse that highlights the way West has latched on to light as both a physical form and a sacred metaphorical thing guiding whatever spiritual journey/ultralight beam he’s on at the moment.
Light is Christ, light is God, light is embedded in the colors West sees when he hears a song. In Turrell — a man who grew up in a devout Quaker family where “Inner Light” was a key tenet — West has maybe found a kindred spirit. Maybe not someone so overtly devout, but someone who has dedicated his life to a quest for, and toward, some greater light.
Lizzo agreed to brave a haunted house at Universal Studios for a segment on The Ellen Show, but the pop singer turned be a lot jumpier than you’d expect. In the clip, Lizzo is joined by Ellen correspondent Average Andy, who also recently went through a Us-themed haunted house with Tiffany Haddish.
“We’re gonna rock this bitch,” the singer affirms before she and Andy enter the house. She adds, “I’m 100 percent that scary ass bitch.” She and Andy clutch each other fearfully as they tentatively creep into the dark hallway, immediately screaming and yelling expletives as creatures jump out at them. Things do not go well for the pair, who hug and yell things like “Thank you Jesus” as they progress through the house. At one point Lizzo just starts running, trying to escape the situation, and eventually falls out the exit, exclaiming, “My weave!”
“It looks waaaay less scary than it was,” Lizzo wrote on Twitter after the event. “Don’t get it twisted… w/out that light it was a nightmare.”
Recently Lizzo teamed up with Ariana Grande for a new remix of her song “Good As Hell.” The 2016 track originally appeared on the soundtrack for Barbershop: the Next Cut film and also served as the lead single for her Coconut Oil EP, and got an added verse from Grande on the remix.
YG wants to make one thing clear: he loves Kehlani.
The 29-year-old rapper declared his love for the 24-year-old “Good Thing” singer after he was allegedly caught getting cozy with another woman in Los Angeles this week.
“I love Kehlani,” YG wrote on his Instagram Story Thursday. “I would never.”
YG’s statement comes after The Shade Room published footage of what appears to be the rapper having an up-close and personal conversation with a female fan outside of Poppy Nightclub in L.A.
In the video, the woman approaches what appears to be YG’s car and leans in. Eventually, the man, identified by fans as YG, opens the car door and the woman takes a seat on his lap.
A rep for YG did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Later on Thursday, reps for the rapper told The Shade Room that the impromptu rendezvous was “a drunken moment.”
“He was drunk, got carried away and it was very regretful for putting himself in that situation and hurting Kehlani,” the statement said. “He has no romantic connection to the girl, just a drunken moment carried away.”
Kehlani hasn’t commented on the incident, but seemingly deleted an Instagram photo of the pair that had been posted on Wednesday.
The duo confirmed their relationship in September at Kith’s New York Fashion Week show, where they walked in hand-in-hand. When reporters asked the “Gangsta” singer if their date night meant their relationship was “official,” Kehlani coyly confirmed the news by saying “Mhmm.”
After the show, the songstress shared a string of photos on Instagram of YG giving her a sweet kiss on the cheek, writing in the caption, “cats out the bag. 😘”
The relationship surprised some fans, as both Kehlani and YG welcomed babies this year with other people.
Kehlani welcomed daughter Adeya Nomi in March, who she shares with guitarist Javie Young-White. The new mother revealed that little Adeya was born at home, calling her first child her “angel.”
“This weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home,” Kehlani wrote alongside a photo of what appears to be baby blanket. “Unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing I’ve ever done.”
YG welcomed his second daughter, Vibe Jackson, with Catelyn Sparks in July; he and Catelyn also share 3-old-daughter Harmony.
Monsta X fans are in shock after Starship Entertainment announced the departure of Wonho from Monsta X. The group will continue as a six-member group moving forward. Both Starship Entertainment and Wonho released statements regarding the singer leaving the group.
Starship Entertainment released a statement about Wonho’s departure
Starship Entertainment released an official statement to the company’s Twitter account.
“After a long discussion with Monsta X’s member Wonho, we have agreed that it’s best to part ways amicably at this point,” Starship Entertainment said in the statement.
The statement continued, “We greatly respect Wonho’s decision who wants to make sure the recent chain of events doesn’t distract from all the exciting things that are happening for Monsta X now and what lies ahead in the future.”
Wonho released a handwritten letter to Monsta X fans
Wonho released a statement of his own regarding his departure from Monsta X. The singer-songwriter posted a handwritten letter to Monsta X’s fancafe.
“This is Wonho. First, I would like to apologize for not being able to keep the promise that I would only provide good memories to our fans and for causing them pain. Furthermore, I apologize for causing concern to many people due to my personal issues,” Wonho wrote per a translation by Soompi.
He continued, “I am announcing that I am leaving MONSTA X today. I am apologetic for causing harm to the members due to the unfortunate issues related to me. More than anything, I am sorry for disappointing my fans who believed in me. I have reached this decision after seeing many people having a hard time because of me. In addition to our members, I once again sincerely bow my head in apology to the fans who have believed in me and supported me.”
Journalists and Monsta X fans call into question the basis of the rumors surrounding Wonho
Wonho’s departure from Monsta X comes after he was accused of owing an acquaintance money. According to Soompi, the accusation was originally posted on an Instagram user’s account on Oct.29. In the statement announcing Wonho’s departure, Starship Entertainment told fans the company would seek legal action against the rumors.
“We will continue to hold legal liability for malicious and distorted claims related to this matter,” reads the statement.
After Wonho’s departure was announced, some called into question the reporting and handling of the rumors surrounding Wonho.
“Why isn’t more pressure being put on the source of these rumors. I’d like to see more fact checking and due diligence for details on the source of the rumors rather than so many stories being shot off over a deleted social media post. This is a constant, major misstep in media,” Jeff Benjamin of Billboard tweeted.
Monsta X fans also expressed disappointment in how the media and Starship Entertainment handled the rumors.
One fan tweeted, “this IS NOT okay. Companies aren’t protecting their artists anymore and it makes me angry to see. Starship claimed to be taking legal action against the rumors about Wonho, now Shownu has rumors, what are they gonna do? Expect him to leave too?”
Monsta X fans send their support to Wonho
Immediately after the news broke, Monsta X fans shared their love for Wonho on social media. Fans have also surrounded the Starship Entertainment building in Seoul.
“I’m so disappointed that antis basically stepped all over wonho and made him feel like such an awful person that he left. You should be ashamed of yourselves. #WeLoveWonho,” a fan posted on Twitter.
One fan tweeted, “His words and songs have given us so much happiness and comfort. He has done so much for us and for the group. We just need you, Wonho Please don’t leave #원호탈퇴반대.”
“i care about wonho. wonho’s happiness, wonho’s career and wonho’s dream. i don’t care about his past, the comeback or awards. i care about monsta x and in particular wonho’s well-being. i care about wonho’s future as an artist and his health as a human being. #원호탈퇴반대,” a fan tweeted.
Andrew Combs has released the new video for “Dry Eyes,” one of the highlights from the singer’s fourth album, Ideal Man. The clip, shot in black and white and featuring an impressionistic, dissociative narrative, was directed by the Texas-based filmmaker Austin Leih.
“‘Dry Eyes’ is the only classic ‘you did me wrong’ relationship song on this new record,” said Combs. “I wrote it with my pal Burton Collins, who is a great lyricist here in Nashville. It’s about a former bride who did not know how to show any emotions, even in the face of a dissolving relationship. The narrator is trying to make sense of someone so callous, while at the same time trying to erase them from their own memory.”
After making his first three records in Nashville, Combs recorded Ideal Man in Brooklyn with the producer Sam Cohen.
“My previous two records were very thought-out,” the singer-songwriter told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. “I wanted a change. Before it’d be, ‘We need a baritone guitar or a tenor guitar on this track, let’s call that guy.’ It’s more of a Nashville way of making records, and I wanted to get out of that a bit.”
Andrew Combs heads out on the road next week for a series of dates in the Northeast.
K-pop group BTS might have a shorter shelf life than most probably thought. However, it’s not due to lack of fan support or infighting. In South Korea, from which the boy band hails, men between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to serve at least 21 months in the military. While that might not seem like an amount of time that could make or break a career, BTS has accomplished quite a bit in their last 21 months. In a little under two years, the boy band became the first-ever best K-pop winners at the VMAs, broke YouTube records, and made history as the first K-pop group to be nominated for a Grammy.
Given all that can be done in 21 months (well, at least if you’re an international superstar), it’s probably very scary for any of the members of BTS to even think about having to bow out of the group during their meteoric rise — but that’s the reality for the oldest member of the group, Jin. The singer-songwriter will turn 28 in 2020, meaning that he has delayed his mandatory service as long as possible. With Jin’s inevitable departure on the horizon, is BTS considering swapping him out for a newer model?
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The BTS Army can breathe easy because it doesn’t seem like Jin will be getting the boot when his boots hit the ground for service. In 2018, the group extended their contract with management company Big Hit Entertainment through 2026, as reported by Forbes. That means the company knows the members will be undergoing hiatuses over the new few years, but will work to keep the momentum going and “provide systematic support and investment” to the group (via Forbes). The seven-member boy band has achieved success together and it seems like Big Hit’s thought process is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “It is our philosophy that we should cater the best to artists who’s achieving an unprecedented global success,” the management company stated, as noted by Billboard.
While the band could technically all enlist together, they haven’t given any indication that they will go forward with it until they absolutely have to — plus, that would leave a BTS-sized gap in the world for some time. However, fans have come up with for the group to deal with the mandatory enlistment that, despite staggered enlistment years, have all the boys back together again by 2028.
Despite his impending departure, Jin seems to be at peace with what has to be done. “As a Korean, it’s natural,” Jin told CBS Sunday Morning in April 2019. “And, someday, when duty calls we’ll be ready to respond and do our best.” However, not all members are fully ready to accept the future. The youngest BTS member, Jungkook, added, “I don’t want to think about it at this point. We have something really good going.”
In addition to enjoying huge success as a group, some of the boys have also enjoyed solo success from mixtapes and collaborations over the years. This self-sufficiency proves they can survive the upcoming enlistments by focusing on solo and small group endeavors until they are all back together again. And if they ever really feel like they need to throw someone else in there, Halsey seems like the perfect interim member — she’s already got the choreography down pact.
On Wednesday, it was announced the ultimate Britney Spears fan experience is coming to Los Angeles in January 2020. The Zone, a pop-up and retail shop, will celebrate the iconic career of the pop legend and immerse diehards in the life and legacy of the OG dancing, lip-synching, super-low-rise-jean-wearing pop star.
“As devoted Britney fans, we created The Zone as a thank you for the years of joy she has brought to all of our lives,” Jeff Delson, lead producer for The Zone and CEO of Black Sky Creative, the production company behind the experience, said in a statement. “Britney loves her fans more than anything. Nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to The Zone. The scale of the venue, the breakthrough technologies, the fashion, the surprises, the special access we were given, and the sheer fun of it all will truly blow people away. As it should be for the Princess of Pop.”
The Zone is bursting with Instagramable moments with 10 rooms of exhibits based on Spears’ most memorable music videos — think high school and Mars — and a custom commercial airline attraction à la “Toxic.” Then there’s the “Circus”-inspired features, like a 40-foot tightrope photo walk, a live ringmaster, and a tarot card reader. Plus, plenty of fun memorabilia and signature items throughout the venue.
Tickets for the pop-up event will be available starting available November 1 at 8 a.m. ET here. Get it get it, get it get it (oh)…
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An unreleased memo written just before the Spice Girls rocketed to international stardom showed plans to sack Geri Halliwell, now known as Geri Horner as their management saw her as a threat.
The management company who put the five Wannabe singers together were scared that Geri was attempting to take over and turn the other four members against their founding company.
The hidden note rose to the surface during research for a new book on the band ironically called, Spice Girls.
It’s also alleged that a replacement for the redhead had been lined up according to the memo penned by their first manager, Bob Herbert.
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The Sun claims that Herbert didn’t even tell his son, Chris, who had the idea to set up the iconic girl band.
Bob allegedly said: "We included Geri because she had a very strong personality and her looks seemed to suit the image we were trying to project.
“Unfortunately she was tone deaf and had awful timing, which meant she was unable to sing in tune or dance in time."
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It was Geri who catapulted the band from chart toppers to international mega-stars after she began using their Girl Power slogan and wearing a Union Flag dress made out of a tea towel at the 1996 Brit Awards ceremony.
47-year-old Geri also ensured she was known as the cheeky member of the band, as she went on to pinch Prince Charles’ bum at an event and once said to Nelson Mandela: "You’re as young as the girl you feel – and I’m 25."
The redhead from Watford didn’t actually make the first audition for the band and instead harassed the office for Heart Management until she was able to speak to Chris Herbert.
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She once admitted: "I didn’t think I would have got an audition. My vocal technique was not very good." This came after the mum-of-two had previously dabbled as a cage dancer in Majorca and worked showcasing prizes on a Turkish television show.
After turning up for the recall, Geri shocked everybody wearing a pink jumper, purple hot pants, and platform shoes with her vibrant dyed ginger hair.
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After performing to a room of record execs, this is when Geri changed according to Bob. His private notes say: "From that point onwards she became more and more uncontrollable and wanted to take over the running of the group."
Despite not being on a contract, the five-piece failed to sign with Heart when they were offered – they instead chose their own destiny and landed in the books of Simon Fuller at 19 Management.
Daily Star Online has contacted a Spice Girls representative for comment
The updated version of the holiday classic will be featured in the ‘All of Me’ singer’s deluxe version of his Christmas album, ‘A Legendary Christmas’, which is due out on November 8.
AceShowbiz -Now that holiday season is fast approaching, John Legend is preparing to release another Christmas album. Among the songs that will be included in the upcoming effort is a cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” that he sings with Kelly Clarkson. However, the singers’ take on the classic will not feature its controversial lyrics.
John teases the lyrics of the updated version of the song in the cover story for Vanity Fair’s November issue. “What will my friends think…,” Kelly sings on the track, before her fellow “The Voice” coach chimes in, “I think they should rejoice.” Kelly later rhymes, “…If I have one more drink?” to which John responds by singing, “It’s your body and your choice.”
Co-written by Nathasha Rothwell, the song will appear on an expanded version of John’s Christmas album “A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition”. It will available for purchase starting from November 8.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was first penned by Frank Loesser in 1944 as a duet for him to sing with his wife at parties. The song later became a holiday classic, with a lot of musicians covering it. However, last year, the song sparked controversy after a local radio station decided to no longer play the song after a number of complaints, as the lyrics had raised eyebrows. Critics saw it as the story of a man pressuring a woman into spending the night with him when she didn’t want to.
Susan Loesser, the daughter of Frank, had responded to the controversy, insisting that her father did not have ill intentions when writing the song. She also put the blame on Bill Cosby, who was hit with numerous sexual harassment allegations, for turning the song into something fiendish. “I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time,” she said. “People used to say, ‘What’s in this drink’ as a joke. You know, ‘This drink is going straight to my head, so what’s in this drink?’ Back then it didn’t mean you drugged me.”