Celebrity Sleaze – 10/09/2017

by Gino on October 9, 2017

in Celebrity Sleaze

SAM SMITH ON ‘SNL,’ ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND TOUR – (10/09/2017)

Sam Smith has announced that his new album The Thrill Of It All will be released on November 3rd. The announcement was coupled with the release of a new single, “Pray,” produced by Timbaland.

The singer also announced a large run of North American tour dates for 2018.

Thrill Of It All finds Smith once again working alongside close friend and long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes plus Timbaland, Malay, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Stargate. He also collaborates with the unsigned artist YEBBA on the song “No Peace.”

Smith is set to perform at this year’s We Can Survive concert, set for October 21st at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Smith will appear alongside Alessia Cara, Harry Styles, Kesha, Khalid, Lorde, Macklemore, P!nk and Sam Hunt.

Meanwhile, Smith performed two of his new songs, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” and “Pray,” on Saturday Night Live over the weekend and totally killed it. The show was hosted by Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.

Smith’s SNL performances marked the third time the singer had appeared at Studio 8H: In addition to singing a pair of tracks on a Louis C.K.-hosted episode in 2014, Smith returned the following year as a surprise vocalist when Disclosure were the musical guests.

In addition to the Smith performances, in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and the death of Tom Petty, country singer Jason Aldean opened SNL with a cold open performance of “I Won’t Back Down.” 

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE DESIGNS NEW TRUCKER JACKET FOR LEVIS – (10/09/2017)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Levi’s trucker jacket, the brand asked Justin Timberlake to help give the staple a redesign. He shared a couple of photos of the new piece via Instagram.

Timberlake posted, “For the 50th bday of the trucker jacket, @Levis asked me to redesign one. I did and ever since, it’s been my favorite drinking buddy. … #Denim #Flannel #LiveInLevis.”

The jacket features a Hank Williams patch that says, “Why don’t you mind your own business.”

Timberlake has some experience as a clothing designer, having launched the William Rast brand with Trace Ayala in 2005.

Levi’s asked 50 different style influencers for a trucker jacket redesign from Timberlake to Chance the Rapper, Diplo and Solange. The jackets will not go on sale to the public, unfortunately.

Timberlake will be performing at Austin’s Formula 1 Grand Prix on October 21st.

ED SHEERAN SHARES PERFORMANCES FROM ‘AUSTIN CITY LIMITS’ – (10/09/2017)

Ed Sheeran’s August 21st concert at Austin’s Moody Theater served as the premiere episode for the 43rd Season of Austin City Limits, which kicked off October 7th on PBS.

The ACL performance marked Sheeran’s second appearance on the venerable music series and his first with a full-hour slot, which boasted 10 songs from the singer’s arsenal, including “Castle on the Hill,” hits “Thinking Out Loud” and “Shape of You,” as well as cuts from his latest LP, Divide.

For the Austin City Limits gig, Sheeran delivered a solo performance, relying only on his acoustic guitar and a set-up that allowed him to loop riffs or his own beatboxing to create percussion.

Sheeran’s ability to turn himself into a full band is on display in “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” which Austin City Limits also shared as a web exclusive.

The Pretenders, Zac Brown Band, Angel Olsen and Benjamin Booker, Miranda Lambert and Norah Jones are also slated to take the ACL stage in this season.

BRITNEY SPEARS CONTINUES VEGAS RESIDENCY – (10/09/2017)

Britney Spears plans to continue her Las Vegas residency after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Spears posted a message to her social media accounts letting fans know that the show must go on. “We’ll get through this together. See you Wednesday,” she wrote adding the hashtag #VegasStrong.

Spears will be performing her Britney: Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood through December.

In the wake of the shooting, Jennifer Lopez postponed three dates of her residency in the city.

RALPHIE MAY DIES AT AGE 45: Ralphie May, the comic who managed to turn his runner-up position in Last Comic Standing into a successful career, died on Friday in Las Vegas at age 45. May died of cardiac arrest after a battle with pneumonia. He canceled a string of appearances in September due to illness. His rep posted a statement on Facebook, writing: “We are heartbroken to announce the untimely death of our friend, Ralphie May. Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had cancelled a handful of dates over the last month in an effort to recover. Earlier this morning at a private residence in Las Vegas his body was discovered, cause of death is cardiac arrest.” May was beloved for his larger-than-life personality and stage presence. He starred in four Comedy Central specials and a pair of Netflix specials, Imperfectly Yours and Unruly

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