Prince’s Recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Is Released as Sinead O’Connor Calls Him an Abusive Drug Addict
A little over 30 years ago, Prince wrote a song called “Nothing Compares 2” for a band called The Family. The Family had one album and only performed one concert, and the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” didn’t become a hit until Sinead O’Connor released a cover of the song, which Prince hated, years later. You can listen to it here.
Just yesterday, however, Prince’s estate released the late star’s original recording of the song, made in 1984 with his band The Revolution. It’s much better.
The vocal style and tempo are basically unchanged from the version he went on to record with The Family, but the droning synthesizer is punctuated with electric guitar riffs and a steady drumbeat, giving the song a sound that’s a little more raw and a little less produced. Oh, and Prince is singing it, and he sings it much better, no offense to Paul Peterson.
Meanwhile, as part of the investigation into his death, Sinead O’Connor, who had a hit with this song, has claimed Prince was a hard drug addict his entire life and beat the shit out of her and other women, claims that no one else has ever made over the course of Prince’s entire life.
I’m sorry, but I’m going to need to hear this from someone less crazy than Sinead O’Connor. Can someone get Margot Kidder or Jared Leto to substantiate this? Fight the real enemy.
Swedish mega-producer Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at 28 today on 4/20. His publicist confirmed the news today saying, “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”
Avicii is probably best known for his hit Levels which catapulted him into the consciousness of everyone in the world and probably overshadowed most of his other hits as evidenced by the fact that, at every festival since its release, the guy next to you would shout-ask, “Is this Levels?!”
Even after switching styles to some new EDM-based country, Avicii still managed to produce a few hits. After 2016, Avicii officially retired from touring citing the psychological and physical toll of stardom. He also cited his health problems which included acute pancreatitis in part due to excessive drinking. In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed.
Kanye West got back on Twitter and the world is good again. The guy wants to release a philosophy book. Are his musings trite? Decide for yourself.
Besides tweeting out trinkets of Yeezy words of wisdom, he just announced a new record with Kid Cudi. That’ll come out June 8th. West and Cudi are calling themselves Kids See Ghost.
me and Cudi album June 8th
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
it's called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
Another untitled album will come out June 1st. It’ll feature 7 songs. Hopefully those will be 10 minute long songs because seven songs is way too short. All that time on the mountaintop and he only comes up with seven. SMH.
my album is 7 songs
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
It looks like he’s guesting on a couple more albums. He’ll guest on an untitled song by Teyana Taylor and one by Pusha T.
Teyana Taylor June 22nd
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
Pusha T May 25th
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
I leave you with one tidbit of Kanye’s philosophy. Let it guide you through your life today.
truth is my goal. Controversy is my gym. I'll do a hundred reps of controversy for a 6 pack of truth
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
I don’t know who decided that maudlin, stripped-down covers of up-tempo classic songs were a good idea, but I hope he goes deaf and loses the ability to play a musical instument.
Oh, too soon? You know he wrote that song about his best friend’s wife, right? Next time just lock the window and spare us 20 years of Phil Collins bullshit.
The latest person do one of these depressing covers of a great song is Taylor Swift, who decided that what Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic “September” needed was banjos. Seriously.
Jesus Christ, why don’t you just dig up Maurice White and punch him in the dick while you’re at it? I made it through about 30 seconds of that and I had start playing the original just to avoid stabbing myself in the ears.
Yeah, that’s the stuff. See how that’s fun to listen to listen to and makes you smile instead of being a chore? That’s what makes that song good, Taylor. Just break up with Joe Alwyn and write some new original songs to save us from accidentally playing this on a jukebox after a few beers in five years.
I’m not the only person who hates this song, though.
Y'all have to stop saying Taylor Swift "covered" anything. She did bad karaoke. Let's move on.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) April 13, 2018
That Taylor Swift cover of "September" sounds like housing discrimination
— Zito (@_Zeets) April 13, 2018
Taylor Swift: Hey guys listen to me cover an Earth Wind & Fire song!
Black twitter: pic.twitter.com/ZUEelzsmtw
— HAVE (@HaveDigital) April 13, 2018
Me when I heard that Taylor Swift covered Earth Wind and Fire. pic.twitter.com/9LgUQupZcZ
— Black Aziz aNANsi (@Freeyourmindkid) April 13, 2018
Some people didn’t listen to Swift’s cover at all. Here at The Blemish, we call those people “the lucky ones”.
i won't be listening to whatever blasphemy taylor swift put out this morning.
— king crissle (@crissles) April 13, 2018
Taylor Swift really had no business covering Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.” I didn’t listen and I won’t. Just know that she had no business.
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) April 13, 2018
Of course, Taylor Swift has her defenders, too.
Funny how everyone is against bullying until it comes to Taylor Swift and then it suddenly becomes okay
— Eve | 55 & 69 days (@tayspolaroids13) April 13, 2018
Come on, I said way meaner things about Eric Clapton in this article, and I actually like him. Hell, even Quincy Jones likes him.
Don’t talk bad about Taylor swift. It hurts my feelings more than if you were to hate on me, personally.
— Hannah (@hannnahkristine) April 13, 2018
Yes, my personal aesthetic is tying my self worth to defending millionaire celebrities who are getting dunked on Twitter, too.
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? PEOPLE ARE DYING OUT THERE LITERALLY AND ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS HOW TO HATE TAYLOR SWIFT ON A DAILY BASIS ABOUT ANYTHING SHE DOES….SHE BREATHES AND YOU ALL MAD….CHILL AND FUCK OFF
— M. (@EnchantedSwift7) April 13, 2018
You’ve given me a lot to think about, EnchantedSwift7. Like who EnchantedSwift1 through 6 are and what they’re doing with their lives.
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Tiffany Haddish likes talking about Beyonce in her interviews.
In January, she told Vulture that she was ready to fight a bitch at a party if it weren’t for Beyonce. The Queen calmed Tiffany down, the two took a selfie together, and all ended well.
In February, she told TV One’s “Uncensored” (via PageSix) “So I go to the Jay-Z concert and I am invited to the after-party. I was talking to another actress that was there, who was also talking to Jay-Z and she touched Jay-Z’s chest. Beyoncé came walking up and her demeanor was like, ‘Get your hand off my man’s chest!’”
And now, in March, Beyonce is letting Haddish know that she needs to stop talking about her. In DJ Khaled’s new song “Top Off,” Beyonce sings, “If they’re tryna party with the queen, they gon’ have to sign a nondisclosure.”
Haddish was almost giddy that Beyonce would give her an in-direct shoutout that also served as a warning:
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) March 2, 2018
But also know this I will fight for Beyoncé. I Love that woman she is a Gift from God.
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) March 2, 2018
This is what being the Queen looks like, folks. One line and Haddish is bowing down at her feet.
Beyonce also put Drake, and possibly Kim Kardashian, on blast in the song, saying, “I break the internet, top two and I ain’t number two.” This is a shot at Drake, who stated, “I know I said top five, but I’m top two. And I’m not two and I got one” on his song “Gyalchester.” It could also serve as a shot at Kardashian, who “broke the Internet” with her Paper Magazine cover.
Jay-Z intro’d her by asking her to “B, put these fuckboys on notice.” Eviction might be next after that verse.
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Sooo, Fergie IS actually a singer? Because her rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA’s All-Star Game today was beyond horrendous. Bald eagles everywhere just shed a tear.
She tries to Mariah Carey her way through the anthem, long may it wa-wa-WAAAAVVVE. Ya ya yaaaa!! Woooooohhh. Yea, you get the picture.
No celeb or NBA player could stifle their laughs. Chance the Rapper could only smile, Draymond Green gave a smirk and Jimmy Kimmel was thinking “What in the actual fuck?”
— Zlatan Ronaldo (@Lifestyle_AList) February 19, 2018
— Brenna Simon (@BrennaSimonSays) February 19, 2018
Hopefully, someone gives Fergie the truth: you suck as a singer.
Cardi B took over the female rap game last year with “Bodak Yellow” and Nicki Minaj is pissed. If you heard the song “Motorsport” featuring both ladies, you’ll know that they definitely tried to out-do each other with their respective verses. Cardi won.
According to a source who spoke to Page Six, Nicki is ready to take the spotlight back.
“Cardi B took over the scene and has been breaking all these records. Anyone in their right mind would be like, ‘I better step my game up.’ She wants to be on top. It’s friendly competition. It’s not a Remy Ma situation, but, Nicki definitely pays attention.”
Another source says, “Nicki is focussed on Nicki.”
So, which is it? Probably a bit of both. Any rapper who was on top would be jealous of another rapper who stole their spot. It’s a bit more cutthroat in the female rap game because there are so few female rappers.
Nicki hasn’t released an album since 2014 Pinkprint. She did have a feud with Remy Ma last year, and lost on wax, but won commercially. It can’t come as a huge surprise that another female rapper would emerge in the four years since Minaj’s last album.
Hopefully Cardi’s run to the top of the charts has inspired Nicki to make good music again. Because Pinkprint sucked.
Nicki has reportedly been in Miami working in the studio with Lil Wayne and Drake. That doesn’t exactly give me a ton of confidence about this new album because Lil Wayne hasn’t lost many steps over the years and Drake is. Well. He’s Drake.
That said, nothing Nicki does will flop more than “Swish Swish” so she at least has that going for her.
Justin Timberlake rocked our bodies, cried us a river and made sure the feelings didn't stop at halftime of Super Bowl 52.
The beloved pop star was the featured act at the mid-point of the game between the Patriots and Eagles on Sunday night, as he was introduced by good friend Jimmy Fallon and started his act underneath the field.
"Haters gonna say it's fake," he then said many times, starting his performance with a brief rendition of "Filthy."
From there, Timberlake danced his way on to the field, rocking a red handkerchief around his neck that became the talk of Twitter.
He sang "Rock Your Body." He broke into "SexyBack." He sampled "Gone." He played all the hits, basically.
Then, at one point, he sat at a piano and covered Prince, who tragically passed away last year from a drug overdose and who made his home in Minnesota.
(The Super Bowl was played in Minnesota, it's worth noting.)
"Minneapolis, this one's for you," he said, prior to a few images of Prince being projected on a giant screen.
Impressively, lights across Minnesota then lit up in Prince's trademark color of purple. It was pretty cool.
The performance culminated in a rendition of "Rock Your Body," which found Timberlake jumping into the crowd and telling a young fan to snap a selfie of him and the superstar.
Overall, there was a whole lot of dancing, which is what Timberlake does as well as anyone, of course.
The sound was off nearly throughout the entire act, but it's possible this was even done on purpose... lest millions of viewers hear Timberlake wheezing for 20 minutes after essentially running a 5K or so.
There was no Janet Jackson, as had been rumored.
Much to the chagrin of NSync fans everywhere, Timberlake’s halftime show did not include a reunion with his former bandmates, either.
We didn't see Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass or JC Chasez.
How did JT stack up against Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and past halftime acts?
Give him a grade below:
And then watch highlights from the performance here:
Beyonce. Madonna. The Black Eyed Peas. Lady Gaga. Who put on the best Super Bowl halftime act in recent memory?
Have a look below at some of the best Super Bowl performances and weigh in now.
It's a tough choice!
3. Black Eyed Peas
4. Bruce Springsteen
5. The Rolling Stones
6. Paul McCartney
20 Years Later, The Spice Girls Are Reuniting For More Than The Early Bird Special at Country Kitchen Buffet
The musican reunion we’ve all been waiting for since 2009 might finally be happening. No, it’s not the Traveling Wilburys jamming together in hell; Bob Dylan is thankfully still alive. So is Jeff Lynne. No one actually asked about Jeff Lynne, but he wanted me to mention his name. He’s spent the last thirty years being referred to as “the other one,” essentially the Sporty Spice of the Traveling Wilburys. Oh yeah, the Spice Girls are reuniting.
Victoria Beckham posted this picture of the group all together to her Instagram. I feel like they’re going to need new Spice code names, because “Baby” and “Sexy” aren’t really applicable anymore. How about “Aunt Linda’s ‘Special Friend’ Spice,” “So Unbearably Posh I Vote Tory Spice,” “Dawn From The Office Spice,” “Botox Spice” and “Jeff Lynne Spice.”
Beckham also posted this second picture of the band with Simon Fuller, the group’s manager and the creator of Pop Idol, which was brought stateside as American Idol. I just have to say, if you told me in 1997 that the Spice Girls would be reuniting 20 years later, I wouldn’t have cared even a little bit. But if you’d have told me that when they did, Melanie Chisholm would be the hot one, I would have been sure you were lying and wouldn’t have heeded your other warnings like “buy Bitcoin, but make sure you sell it before it crashes again” or “tell Hillary Clinton to campaign in Wisconsin.”
Okay, so the Spice Girls aren’t going to tour or do a new album or anything. According to The Sun, Victoria Beckham only agreed to the reunion under he condition that she wouldn’t have to sing. The reunion will involve edorsements, a greatest hits album, a televised talent show (I’m assuming something like Pop Idol) and possibly television in China, who are just now getting around to the 1990’s.
Personally, I don’t see how they can reunite without doing a sequel to Spice World. Where is the Spice Girls Cinematic Universe? Spin-offs for each Spice Girl, a Simon Fuller solo film, all culminating in… well, I don’t know what, but I’m sure it’ll be better than Justice League.
Lorde was very clearly snubbed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
Not in terms of nominations; the singer was actually up for Album of the Year, arguably the highest honor of the entire ceremony.
But that's the entire problem.
Confused? Allow us to explain...
Lorde was the only female to be nominated for Album of the Year at this year's ceremony, as she was joined in the category by Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars.
Impressive feat, right? Absolutely.
However, it was somewhat marred by the strange fact that Lorde was the only member of this illustrious group NOT to be asked to perform at the Grammys.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Lorde was approached by producers to take part in a Tom Petty tribute performance at one point during the event...
... but she declined out of protest.
It's hard to blame her, isn't it?
What possible reason would the Grammy Awards have for asking only men to take the stage?
Aside from the obvious reason of sexism, that is?
This oversight was made even more obvious (and unfortunate) by the ongoing #MeToo movement and the ongoing focus on how men are treated differently than women in the entertainment industry.
Late last week, a few days prior to the Grammys, Lorde’s mother sent out a cryptic message that clearly related to this snub.
Highlighting a portion of a New York Times article about gender equality in the music industry, she wrote "This says it all."
CBS viewers subsequently tweeted their outrage on Sunday as they watched other artists and host James Corden soak up airtime in place of Lorde.
Following the show, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow even responded to a question from the press about Lorde’s absence from the roster of performances.
This was not an oversight that went unnoticed.
“We can’t have a performance from every nominee,” he said without addressing any singer by name or indicating whether Lorde was invited to perform.
“We have to create [a show] that has balance... and what you saw was our best judgment on how to do that.”
As you can see above, however, this answer didn't sit well with viewers.
Especially in light of Sting, who isn't exactly relevant these days in the music game, being featured in two separate segments for some reason.
They found time for that, but not any time to recognize Lorde?!?
Not cool, Grammys. Not cool at all.
At least we'll always have Lorde's memorable VMAs performance to replay over and over.
But still: this was very lame.
So the Grammy’s were on Sunday and the only thing anybody is really going to talk about is how Blue Ivy Carter told her parents to shut it while Camila Cabello was introducing U2.
— The Cut (@TheCut) January 29, 2018
Oh, sure. When she does this it’s cute. When I do this, it’s, “Just wait until we get home you little shit.”
Neil Diamond made a very sad announcement on Monday night:
Due to a recent medical diagnosis, the legendary singer has been forced to retire from touring, effective immediately.
The musician, who turns 77 years old on January 24, confirmed via his official website this evening that he has Parkinson's Disease.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” Diamond said.
”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."
That's very sweet and very silly, of course.
Diamond does not owe anyone an apology of any kind.
The statement went on to detail how the onset of the Parkinson’s Disease has “made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects.”
Parkinson’s is a neurological disease.
It typically affects one's motor skills, along with one's balance and the use of one's limbs.
There is no known cause.
It is not considered fatal, but there are no known cures, either, and it can be very debilitating.
Added Diamond on his website:
“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world.
"You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement.
"This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”
As a result of this diagnosis, the third leg of Diamond's 50th Anniversary tour has been canceled, including the Australia and New Zealand dates that were scheduled to kick off in March.
Simply put, Diamond is a music legend.
He's an all-timer.
The musician has sold over 130 million albums and earned a spot in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Among his most beloved tracks:
- “I’m a Believer” (1967)
- “Red Red Wine” (1967)
- “Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)” (1969)
- “Cracklin’ Rosie” (1970)
Despite his advanced age, Diamond has performed regularly over the past few years.
He was a major draw on FOX’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square just a couple weeks ago, for example.
The Recording Academy will honor Diamond with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the Grammy Awards on January 28 on CBS.
We'll be tuning in.
And we doubt there will be a dry eye in the house.
The very sad and unfortunate news is in:
The official cause of death for music legend Tom Petty has been revealed.
The veteran artist passed away in early October, with his manager making the announcement at the time that shook millions of fans.
“We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," said Tony Dimitriades, adding:
"He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. local time (0340 GMT Tuesday) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."
Petty was 66 years old.
Now, nearly five months after Petty died, the results of his autopsy have been made public.
In a statement posted on the late singer’s website Friday night, his family said the beloved musician had been using a number of medications, including opioid pain medication Fentanyl.
He ultimately died of “multi-system organ failure” caused by “mixed drug toxicity,” according to the aforementioned autopsy report, released on Friday by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
During an examination on October 3, the medical examiner found fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl.
Petty was discovered to be suffering from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.
“Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications,” reads the family statement.
It was signed by widow Dana and daughter Adria.
Petty's loved ones went on to explain that the linchpin to Petty's demise was a fractured hip.
The singer insisted on touring for 53 concert dates with this difficult condition, which only grew over time and which caused him to take the medications listed on the examiner's findings.
"On the day he died, [Petty] was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his overuse of medication,” the family continued in its statement.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office finished an autopsy on the rocker in October, but the official cause of death required further investigation at the time.
Said his family on Friday:
“We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident."
Fentanyl, it should be noted, is the same opiate that killed Prince in April.
The Centers for Disease Control approximates that fentanyl is 80 times as potent as morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin.
It is classified as a Schedule II drug by the federal government and its medical uses are normally pain management following surgery or for chronic pain.
Petty's relatives acknowledged these facts in its statement.
As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives.
Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.
Concluded this lengthy note, which was shared on Facebook:
On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career.
He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.
We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' incredible positive impact on music and the world.
And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.
May Tom Petty rest in peace.
Tom Hardy gave us Bane Voice, the most iconic and awesome voice in movie history. For that, he is forever immortalized in entertainment.
Before that, he was a rapper. This is straight out of the Mark Wahlberg playbook. Hardy never made it big as a rapper and no one knew his mixtape existed. Until now.
Edward Tracy aka Eddie Too Tall released a mixtape titled Falling on Your Arse in 1999 earlier this month on Bandcamp. The mixtape features Tommy No 1 aka Tom Hardy.
Hardy was 22 at the time and is credited for writing the lyrics. Here’s what Tracy told Complex about the mixtape.
We made the album in my bedroom with no mixer or any kit other than an Atari ST running an AKAI sampler, and two Technic 1200 decks..
[A]ll the vocals were recorded on a handheld tape dictaphone. No overdubs or editing. Tom had a click track for timing but that was it, he had to get it in one take. Raw production techniques!..
Back then we were offered a record deal on the basis of this album, but Tom’s agent said ‘no don’t do music, do acting.’ Terrible advice! Look where he is now?!
Having listened to the mixtape, I have to say, it’s pretty good. The production holds up and Hardy is lyrical enough to carry the sample heavy tracks. If this were played on the radio today, I would not be offended by it.
The rap game is lucky this didn’t come out in 1999. Between this and the Slim Shady LP, white people would have taken over the genre.
Others who have listened agree.
yooooo Tom Hardy could actually rap
— skinnyman (@dotunsunmu) January 19, 2018
Tom Hardy's rap alias = Lil Bane
— Bayonet Records (@bayonetrecs) January 19, 2018
tom hardy's mixtape really has me out here feeling like my dead body is ascending to heaven
— es cocáine (@marmarlay) January 19, 2018
the leak of tom hardy’s 1999 rap mixtape has brought me immeasurable joy
— #pamcon (@duurtvader) January 19, 2018
When da club plays Tom Hardy’s mixtape, you know it’s Gotham’s reckoning.
— Connor Evelich (@stconnorpatrick) January 19, 2018
Tom Hardy is perfect.
Taylor Swift is dealing with a real life Stan situation.
Frank Andrew Hoover, a man who cannot be trusted with a name like that, has been stalking Swift and her family, threatening to end them all. Swift has a restraining order on the man, but that has not stopped him from emailing her and family members.
Here are someone of his crazy emails via the Daily Mail. They form a 122-page indictment stemming from the violation of his restraining order:
‘Decided that we are going to end all the Swifts on one day because I can’t stand that virus sh** your daughter spread.’
‘The evil family of devils: [her dad] Scott, [her brother] Austin, [herself] Taylor, Andrew. Sincerely, the end real son of god.’
This dude started emailing Swift’s dad after he could not meet her following an October 22 concert. If she didn’t want to talk to Andrew outside the concert, she didn’t have to. But she could have signed an autograph for his little brother, Matthew.
He recently told the New Hampshire police that he was Taylor’s boyfriend and that he needed a gun to protect her. I’m surprised he wasn’t given said gun. Maybe gun laws are improving and we just don’t know it.
He didn’t get the gun, but the police didn’t arrest him or anything. They just let him go, while warning Swift’s team. Yeah, that seems like the best decision.
This is not Swift’s first encounter with a stalker. Mohammed Jaffar broke into her apartment last February and called her management sixty times in two weeks. He was finally arrested after violating his restraining order and eventually committed to a state psychiatric facility.
Never let anyone tell you that Taylor Swift doesn’t have the craziest fans. I mean, just look at the price they’re willing to pay to see her in concert.
Alex Pall from the frat EDM duo the Chainsmokers was caught by his girlfriend of 4 years, Tori Woodward, of cheating on him. Which is only surprising in that it took her this long to find out he was banging chicks on the side.
OKAY SO I SAW SOMEONE PUT ON THEIR STORY ABOUT ALEX PALL (from the Chainsmokers) CHEATING ON HIS GIRLFRIEND AND I JUST CHECKED HER INSTAGRAM STORY AND IM SHOOK AND WOW pic.twitter.com/XLci92uRJZ
— Heather♡ (@pastelzedd) January 16, 2018
Woodward shared a grainy CCTV surveillance video on her Instagram story of Pall making out with a blonde that wasn’t her. That story was taken down but it was followed by another in which she wrote, “After hours of begging him for scraps of honesty I chipped away just enough to confirm that this is not the first time he’s remorselessly cheated on me. That ‘psycho bitch’ from Vegas, the ‘lame instagram model’ caught on video and countless others he looked me in the eyes and swore on his life he never touched. Consistent outright denial faded to him explaining that because all men do it its not that bad and, in different words, that because he’s famous now he has a different rule book for decency.”
She ended it with, “What’s perhaps the most amazing is that he hasn’t even apologized.”
I feel bad for Woodward but, I mean, is this surprising? The Chainsmokers were the It group of last year. He’s normally a 5 at best, but when he’s hopping around his decks pressing play, he’s, like, a 7! Of course that dude is going to be banging any groupie that shoves her culturally appropriated Pocahontas panties in his face. There’s no girl who wouldn’t bang him and instantly regret it the next day.
The music world was stunned yesterday by news that Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan, had passed away unexpectedly at the age of 46.
The death was reportedly sudden and unexpected, leaving fans confused as to what might have befallen the seemingly healthy rock icon.
Earlier today, police issued a statement declaring that there was "nothing suspicious" about O'Riordan's passing.
The news prompted widespread speculation as to other possible causes.
Not surprisingly, the leading theory seems to be that O'Riordan either took her own life or died accidentally in connection with her history substance abuse.
Both possibilities have been erroneously reported by various media outlets, but currently, there is not enough information to confirm either theory.
Seemingly suggesting that O'Riordan may have overdosed on sleeping pills, The National Enquirer reprinted this quote from a 2014 interview:
"I cannot have sleeping pills around, because if I have a few drinks, I'll take them," O'Riordan remarked.
“On tour, it was just so easy to say: ‘I can’t sleep, I’ve had a couple of drinks, maybe I’ll take one.’ Then you take another. Then you don’t wake up. That can happen. I am careful now.”
Irish tabloid The Mirror hinted that O'Riordan's history of heavy alcohol consumption may have factored into her death, digging up this comment from an interview the singer gave several years ago:
“I am pretty good but sometimes I hit the bottle,” she said.
“Everything is way worse the next morning. I chain smoke when I drink. I have a bad day when I have bad memories and I can’t control them and I hit the bottle. I kind of binge drink. That is kind of my biggest flaw at the moment.”
Both outlets pointed out that O'Riordan's final years were marred by erratic behavior and domestic unrest.
In 2014, the singer was arrested for assaulting a police officer and a flight attendant on a flight from Dublin to New York.
That same year, her twenty-year marriage ended on contentious terms.
None of this is to say that O'Riordan necessarily turned to drugs in her final years or intentionally ended her own life.
Police say it may be weeks before they're able to release a cause of death, as they're currently waiting on results from an intensive toxicology screening.
What matters most to fans, of course, is not the manner in which O'Riordan died, but the cherished body of work she left behind.
Our thoughts go out to her family during this difficult time.
The sudden passing of Dolores O’Riordan continues to reverberate around the music world.
As previously reported, the lead singer of veteran rock band The Cranberries died suddenly on Monday at the young age of 46.
The cause of death remains a mystery, but a few new details have emerged regarding this unfortunate piece of news.
According to O’Riordan’s longtime friend and Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite, per People Magazine, the Irish artist had left a voicemail on his phone mere hours before she died.
There was no signs of any kind at the time that the end was near.
“Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zombie,” said Waite of O’Riordan’s remix of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit track with the hard rock band, Bad Wolves.
“She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.”
The singer was scheduled for a recording session on the day of her death.
Concluded Waite to People:
“She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week.
“The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”
During O’Riordan’s run as the lead singer of this group, The Cranberries were responsible for eight top-20 hits, foremost among them “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams.”
Tweeted former co-musicians Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler upon learning of her death:
“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores.
“She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.
“The world has lost a true artist today.”
O’Riordan’s publicist, meanwhile, confirmed her passing in a statement to earlier in the day.
The statement reads as follows:
“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.
“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.
“No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
The band had canceled a number of tour dates last July due to ongoing back problems for O’Riordan, but she recently assured fans she was feeling much better.
In the wake of this news, sales of The Cranberries’ album “Something Else” surged 913,350% on Amazon.
Records by the group also dominated the Top 10 list of iTunes at the moment.
It can at least be comforting to know that music fans are realizing just what kind of special artist O’Riordan was, although the circumstances could not be any sadder.
Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac, who previously managed The Cranberries, also released a statement.
“From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing the Cranberries and being part of making ‘Zombie’ one of the biggest records of its time was a great professional honor,” he said, concluding:
“So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves’ on Zombie, I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create.
“My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”
Taylor Swift is on tour promoting her new album Reputation, and she has found an ingenious way to fight scalpers; just sell the tickets for more than people are willing to pay for them in the first place. Tay Tay and Ticketmaster have teamed up to bring you $500 seats to listen to a pop star regurgitate songs about how hard it is to be a serial monogamist.
Remember when Pearl Jam went to fucking war with Ticketmaster over a $3 service charge? Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament testified before Congress that it was an unfair business practice and the band tried (and ultimately failed) to book a tour only in venues that didn’t rely on Ticketmaster to book sets, because they didn’t want their fans to have to pay more than around $20 for concert tickets.
Pearl Jam lost their battle with Ticketmaster, and now if you buy a $50 t-shirt you’ll get moved up to the front of a digital line for seats that cost roughly one mortgage payment each. Jesus, if it’s that hard to get Taylor Swift tickets, what do they make you do to see a good band like U2?
According to a story in the New York Post, Swift’s strategy of cutting out scalpers by charging scalper-level prices herself and making fans compete for the right to buy them has backfired and most of Swift’s upcoming concerts still have seats available.
“Sales so far have been a mega disappointment,” one music industry insider told The Post. “There are hundreds if not thousands of tickets left for every show.”
Remember when Taylor sued that douche for squeezing her ass for one dollar because it wasn’t about the money? Turns out she plans to make up for the windfall she missed out by squeezing every last dime out of her fans, which has basically been the endgame of the corporate-controlled music industry anyway.
The best/worst part of this whole debacle is that after Taylor’s biggest fans had her name tattooed on their forehead or whatever to move up three spots in the ticket queue, Ticketmaster is essentially slashing prices on unsold tickets in an effort to move them, and seats that are better than the ones her mega-fans had to jump through hoops to get at being sold to general public at lower prices. But at least you didn’t have to pay extortionate prices to a scalper raising money for his kids’ Christmas presents, you got to pay twice that price to a millionaire singer and a giant corporation instead.
NEW JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ALERT!
In order to capitalize on his upcoming Super Bowl performance, Justin Timberlake is blessing us with a new album just two days before the big game. The first single is scheduled to drop this Friday.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 2, 2018
Timberlake says this album, titled “Man of the Woods,” was inspired by his wife, son, and family. As opposed to all those other albums, which were inspired by wanting to be better than JC Chasez. He says this album is his most personal album yet, proving that every other album was created by an imaginary Justin Timberlake.
Based on the one minute teaser above, this totally looks like the musical version of The Revenant. If Timberlake isn’t eaten by a bear midway through the album, I’m going to be very disappointed by his effort.
As you can see in the video, Timberlake is working with Pharrell on the album. That automatically means it’s going to be a great album because Pharrell can do no wrong.
Max Martin, Shellback, and Timbaland are also collaborators on the album.
Timberlake hasn’t released an album since 2013 when he dropped The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – Part 2. His last single was “Can’t Stop The Feeling” off the Trolls soundtrack. That song continues to play to this day. Hopefully this new album means radio stations will stop infecting my ears with it. At some point, the feeling must stop.
The album will be released on February 2nd. Timberlake takes the Super Bowl stage on February 4th. That means you’ll have two days to learn all the words on the album, just in case he doesn’t perform a medley of hits and decides to perform track eight off this new album.
We’re two days into 2018 and Justin Timberlake has already stolen the year. Your move, JC.
We really should have known, people.
We should have known a year ago at this time that 2017 would be a debacle, considering the way it kicked off:
With a Mariah Carey performance from Times Square that was, to put it simply and bluntly, the worst thing we had ever seen or heard.
We're very sorry to remind you of what transpired, but refresh your memory of the debacle below:
The sound was off. Mariah clearly didn't know the words. It was a mess.
Carey proceeded to blame anyone but herself for what happened, but after seemingly hiding from her transgression and not taking responsibility for her total failure... the legendary singer went out and faced the music last night.
She took to the Times Square stage once again on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
This time around, Twitter did not react with laughter and vitriol.
The artist performed two songs and remembered the lyrics to both.
The iconic diva wowed with an impressive medley of "Vision of Love" and "Hero" and even made a quip at her own expense, telling the audience that the night was a "disaster" because she didn't have her hot tea.
"I'm just going to take a sip of tea, if they'll let me," Carey said, turning away from the crowd and adding:
"They told me there would be tea. Oh, it's a disaster. OK, well, we'll just have to rough it. I'm going to be just like everybody else.
"There'll be no hot tea."
Indeed, it was FREEZING in New York City.
Was Mariah's performance red hot?
Not really. She definitely lost a bit from her prime.
But the bar was set so low to conclude 2016 that as long as Carey didn't trip 12 times on stage, she was likely to clear it.
When the cameras stopped, sources tell Billboard that Carey was all smiles and gushed “I love you” back to her adoring fans.
Check out the quasi triumphant return below:
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Katy Perry already admitted defeat in her war against Taylor Swift. As part of her concession, she must be publicly humiliated by Swift.
And that’s what has led to Perry potentially appearing in Swift’s music video for “End Game”. Nothing has been confirmed, but E! Online got their Hardy Boys on and followed the breadcrumbs.
Perry is reportedly appearing as a backup dancer. As you may remember, this whole feud was over a backup dancer. Remember how I said Perry would be publicly humiliated? Taylor made her a backup dancer. This is how Katy Perry dances.
The music video was shot in Miami. Perry was in Miami filming American Idol. The final clue is the music video being for “End Game” a track that features the lyrics “you and me would be a big conversation” and “you heard about me. I got some big enemies.”
Getting a former enemy to appear in the video would certainly lead to a big conversation.
Let’s take a look at the footage ourselves, shall we (video here)?
— Taylor Swift | FOTP (@FOTPTaylorSwift) December 20, 2017
Wait….we’re supposed to believe the girl in the back is Katy Perry? I mean, they do share a similar hairstyle and that dancer certainly moves like Perry. I love me a good conspiracy theory, but I don’t know. This one might be a bit much. However, if it’s true, Taylor certainly proves to be queen.
Let’s talk about what happened to Taylor Swift’s chest. She’s wearing two push up bras to give herself some big boobs. I guess if the song is about big reputations, big enemies, and big conversations. You may as well have some big boobs to go along with those things.
Maybe that’s why she called Perry in the first place.
Today is a sad day for lovers of K-Pop and effeminate Asian twinks in general. Jonghyun, lead singer of K-Pop band SHINee, was found dead today at age 27.
SHINee is one of South Korea’s most popular boy bands, so Jonghyun was basically the Harry Styles of South Korea. Here’s one of their music videos, for their hit song “Hello”, in case you’re not familiar with the group.
It is not hard to see why this band is so popular. They’re all cute and non-threatening, and they’re pretty good singers, too. Their label, SM Entertainment, made a statement on Jonghyun’s death:
This is SM Entertainment.
We are sorry to be the bearer of such tragic, heart-breaking news.
On December 18th, SHINee’s Jonghyun left us very suddenly.
He was discovered unconscious at a residence in Chungdam-Dong, Seoul and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.
Our sadness cannot compare to the pain of his family, who had to say goodbye to a son and a brother, but we have spent a long time with him, and the SHINee members along with the SM Entertainment staff are all in deep mourning and shock.
Jonghyun loved music more than anybody else and he was an artist who did everything to perform his absolute best on stage.
It breaks our heart to have to bring this news to fans who loved Jonghyun so much.
Please refrain from reporting on rumors and guesswork so the family of the deceased can honor him in peace.
As per the wish of the family, the funeral will be held quietly with his relatives and company colleagues.
Once again we show our deepest condolences to Jonghyun on his last journey.
– SM Entertainment
The “rumors and guesswork” line is most likely in reference to reports that Jonghyun took his own life. The Korea Herald reports that he was found with coal burning in a frying pan and that police are investigating his death as a suicide.
It’s not easy to be a pop star in Asia. We generally expect celebrities to act like idiots and real people in the West, as evidenced by the fact that teenaged girls are still lining up to see Justin Bieber in concert after all of his well-documented douchebaggery. In Korea and Japan, celebrities are generally expected to be beacons of moral virtue, especially idol singers. In 2013, Minami Minegishi, a singer in Japanese pop band AKB48 (which is called that because there are 48 women in the band, seriously), shaved her head and gave a tearful apology for committing the serious crime of having a boyfriend. It’s a lot of pressure to be under, and it’s a shame Jonghyun didn’t think he had any other way to escape from it.
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