HARRY STYLES REVEALS INFO ON ALBUM, FANS NOTE TAYLOR SWIFT TRACK – (04/14/2017)
Harry Styles is revving up to release his hotly anticipated debut solo album. Dubbed Harry Styles, it will be released globally on Friday, May 12th and is available for preorder today (Friday, April 14th).
The 10-track album is anchored by its lead single “Sign of the Times” which topped the charts in 84 countries.
- The album release includes a gate-fold vinyl LP, digipak CD as well as a special limited edition CD format that includes a 32-page hardcover book featuring exclusive photos taken during the recording process.
- A special white vinyl LP and limited edition album and artwork lithograph bundles will also be available while supplies last.
- Fans are already pointing to one track they believe is about his very famous ex, Taylor Swift. (Following their breakup, Swift allegedly wrote all of her stupendously successful 1989 about her failed relationship with Styles).
- Many are taking to Twitter to say “Ever Since New York” is a clear allusion to Swift’s “Welcome to New York.”
- Styles will perform new music on Saturday Night Live on April 15th.
MILEY CYRUS LATEST VICTIM OF NUDE PHOTO HACK – (04/14/2017)
The same unknown group of hackers who released private pictures of Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried and Demi Lovato last month have now reportedly issued stolen images of Miley Cyrus.
The pictures allegedly show Cyrus posing topless in front of the mirror. Celeb Jihad, the site that published the pictures, removed them after legal action was threatened.
- This wave of recent attacks echoes the iCloud photo hack of 2014 which released hundreds of private shots of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and others.
- Last year, Ryan Collins, 36, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in connection to the attacks.
JOHN MAYER AND DAVE CHAPPELLE PAY TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE MURPHY – (04/14/2017)
Writer, actor and comedian Charlie Murphy passed away after a battle with cancer April 13th and numerous entertainers have expressed their condolences and shared their memories of the iconic star.
On Wednesday night, comedian Dave Chappelle took the stage at John Mayer’s show in Columbus, Ohio, for the two to reflect on Murphy’s passing and celebrate his life.
Chappelle asked Mayer to conclude their time with a song dedicated to Murphy. Mayer played “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me” from his latest album The Search for Everything.
DEMI LOVATO SETTLES SLEIGH BELLS ‘INFINITY GUITARS’ INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT – (04/14/2017)
Demi Lovato has reached a settlement with the indie rock band, Sleigh Bells, to settle a lawsuit accusing her of infringing the band’s 2010 track, “Infinity Guitars,” to create her 2015 track “Stars.”
The complaint was filed in April 2016 and alleged that despite denials of sampling, similarities “transcend the realm of coincidence.” “A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works,” the complaint stated. “This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants’ song.”
Sleigh Bells’ critically lauded debut album Treats ended up on a number of year-end top 10 lists and peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard 200. “Infinity Guitars” – which was licensed to a Samsung commercial – was the second single from the album and it made Rolling Stone’s list of the best songs of the year.
“Stars” was a bonus track on Lovato’s fifth album, Confident. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
JEFF PROBST, GAY RIGHTS GROUPS CONDEMN ‘SURVIVOR’ CONTESTANT OUTING – (04/14/2017)
Survivor host Jeff Probst and others strongly condemned the outing of contestant Zeke Smith as transgender in Wednesday night’s episode.
Jeff Varner outed him during a tribal council, which is bad enough, critics say, but the manner in which it was done was unforgivable.
- Varner accused Smith of being deceitful, asking him: “Why haven’t you told anyone that you’re transgender?” Fellow castaways were quick to come to Smith’s defense, and Varner was the one who left the Island.
- Probst tells Entertainment Weekly: “I cannot imagine anyone thinking what was done to Zeke was OK on any level, under any circumstances.”
- Probst continues: “In 34 seasons of Survivor, I have rarely, if ever, personally commented on what is said or done in the game. But this is a unique situation that falls outside the normal boundaries.” He elaborates: “I think the response from the tribe, as it so often does, mirrors what the vast majority of society will feel. You just don’t do that to someone.”
- Between the episode’s debut and the incident itself, Smith has struggled to make sense of the issue. He wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter on the subject, dissecting Varner’s motivation and the implications of the big reveal.
- “In calling me deceptive, Varner invoked one of the most odious stereotypes of transgender people, a stereotype that is often used as an excuse for violence and even murder,” Smith writes.
- “In proclaiming ‘Zeke is not the guy you think he is,’ and that ‘there is deception on levels y’all don’t understand,’ Varner is saying that I’m not really a man and that simply living as my authentic self is a nefarious trick. In reality, by being Zeke the dude, I am being my most honest self.”
- Gay rights group GLAAD issued a statement that reads in part: “Zeke Smith, and transgender people like him, are not deceiving anyone by being their authentic selves, and it is dangerous and unacceptable to out a transgender person.”
- Viewers also took to social media to share their reactions. Some reserved vitriol for CBS, claiming the network should never have broadcast the episode. Recent contestant Max Dawson wrote: “No Probst, YOU told millions of people. #Survivor.”
- Varner reportedly met with show’s psychologist to help him process the incident.
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