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Music News – Friday, April 16

It’s been 25 years since No Doubt released the worldwide smash “Don’t Speak,” but the song’s deep emotion still rings true for Gwen Stefani.
Gwen tells Variety the song was inspired by two big losses — her brother Eric leaving the band and bassist Tony Kanal breaking up with her after years of dating. She says, “Tony was my first real boyfriend and I was tragically obsessed with him. When my brother quit the band and then Tony quit me…it was a really hard time. I lived at home until I was 26, I was quite sheltered and innocent, you know, I just was.”
But as things changed in her professional life, Gwen’s personal life wasn’t as great as it seemed. “Once the song came out, it went from a nine-year hobby that was our passion while we went to college, to all of a sudden it’s like we do the ‘Just a Girl’ video, we go from that video set to the airport and go on tour and don’t come home for two and a half years. It was a huge thing to be there with your ex who you love still who doesn’t want to be with you.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Billboard magazine that he doesn’t know what genre the band fits into anymore. “The band’s sound has drifted all over the musical map, weaving through an array of musical genres. I don’t even know what the [heck] Maroon 5 are anymore. We occupy a weird space, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she considers Harry Styles her son. “When Harry came into our lives, I said, ‘This is the son I never had.’ So I adopted him. I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock-and-roll record — he could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him.”

Music News – Thursday, April 15

Taylor Swift is famous for her gift-giving skills, which she showed off by sending a care package and personalized note to a fan who works as a nurse.
Britta Thomasson got the surprise package a few days after a local Georgia newspaper profiled her and mentioned her love of Taylor’s music. She put up a Facebook post showing photos of the goodies that Tay sent along, as well as of the note that came along with the stuff.
Tay’s note read, “Dear Britta, I wanted to write to you and personally thank you for serving on the front lines of this pandemic and for being brave enough to put yourself in danger to help others… I’ve sent you some cozy clothes for when you’re off duty I’ll be thinking about you, and forever grateful! Love, Taylor.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Vulture.com that he wishes there were more bands in music right now. “I feel like there aren’t any bands anymore, you know? There’s no bands anymore, and I feel like they’re a dying breed. I mean, there still are plenty of bands. And maybe they’re not in the limelight quite as much, or in the pop limelight, but I wish there could be more of those around.”

NBC says Heart’s Ann Wilson is going to kick off this year’s NFL Draft on April 29th by performing the National Anthem.

Music News – Wednesday, April 14

Tuesday night, Taylor Swift appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. By the end of their eight-minute chat, fans were convinced she dropped several Easter egg hints that 1989 will be the next re-recorded album.
First off, Taylor chose to be in her recording studio for the video conference interview. Just to make it clear where she spends her days. A few hardcore Swifties played with clues they detected to predict Taylor will release the 1989 album on Friday June 4 and a single on May 14. Though, more likely the date could be Thursday evening, May 13 – Stephen Colbert’s birthday.
The most obvious hint had to be when Taylor told Stephen to “Shake It Off.” She also mentioned “New York,” which had people thinking it referred to the first track on the 1989 album, “Welcome to New York.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Demi Lovato will return to TV starring in an NBC sitcom.
“Hungry” is about of group of friends with food issues. The press release says, (quote) “They help each other look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.”
Scooter Braun and his SB Projects colleagues will produce the single-camera sitcom. Demi earned an Executive Producer title. (Variety)

Christina Aguilera did not feel “Beautiful” in her early days in the spotlight — because she thought she was too darn skinny.
She tells Health magazine, “I think we all have our good days and our bad days in how we feel about ourselves. Entering this business, I hated being super skinny. Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty.”
Now that she’s hit 40, X-Tina believes she’s really hit her stride. “As you age, you stop comparing yourself to other people and start appreciating your body and owning it. With age, you figure out that life is too short to waste time thinking about what other people think about you.”

Music News – Tuesday, April 13

Pop star The Weeknd sold his 7-bedroom mansion to Madonna for $19 million.
The estate sits on three acres of land. There’s a guest house with two bedrooms. The main mansion features his and hers master suites. Also, a wine cellar, fitness studio, media theater, basketball court and five-car garage.
Surprisingly, The Weeknd paid $18 million right after the release of his Starboy album. In this sellers’ real estate market, right now where buyers are overbidding on homes, it appears that Madonna got a steal of a deal. (People)

John Mellencamp tells AmericanSongwriter.com that a chance encounter while driving inspired his song, ‘Pink Houses’. ”I was driving through Indianapolis, when I saw a black man holding a black cat while lounging on his front lawn. The man was sitting on his front lawn in front of a pink house in one of those cheap lawn chairs. I thought, ‘Wow, is this what life can lead to? Watching the cars go by on the interstate?,’ Then I imagined he wasn’t isolated, but he was happy. So, I went with that positive route when I wrote this song.”

Music News – Monday, April 12

We’re finally getting the inside story behind Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction.”
The stylist who put together the outfits for Miss Jackson and Justin Timberlake is telling all as he prepares to put out a new book full of show biz stories. Scot Lukas said that JT “insisted on doing something bigger than their performance. He wanted a reveal.”
He says the original plan was for Jackson to rock a pearl G-string which would be exposed after Timberlake stepped on her dress. Lukas says of the famous moment seen around the world, “I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years. It was the most functioning wardrobe in history. As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do.”
He also revealed that there is apparently no bad blood between the two performers over what happened. He told Page Six, “Janet has already forgiven Justin in private. They made their peace a long time ago.”

Black Eyed Peas found Will.I.Am is doing more than making music – he’s making smart masks. The rapper teamed up with Honeywell and a Hollywood design studio to create high-tech face masks that have built-in, noise-cancelling headphones, HEPA filters, a charging port, and L-E-D lights. The futuristic face masks come in two color combos and are now selling for $299 dollars.

Music News – Friday, April 9

A previously unreleased PRINCE album is coming out on July 30th.  It’s called “Welcome 2 America”, and it was recorded in 2010.
According to a press release, it documents Prince’s, quote, “concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.”
In the title track, Prince rants about golden parachutes, social media, reality-TV celebrity culture, and corporate monopolies.

Britney Spears got her COVID vaccine. In a cute video on Instagram, she and boyfriend Sam Asghari talk about the shot. This comes after she posted a video dancing to Aerosmith with a caption saying she was, quote, “embarrassed” about the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary. Her fans are convinced she didn’t write it. The FreeBritney movement is still in full swing.

Jon Bon Jovi tells USA Today that he doesn’t mind getting old. “Let me tell you, I’ve earned this gray hair. I’ve been through enough hurting and healing to be here. Professionally, I’ve survived trends that have come and gone, and I’m still around. I wear each of these gray hairs as a badge of honor.”

Music News – Thursday, April 8

Taylor Swift just brought some new life to a blast from the past — by recruiting pal Jack Antonoff to help rework “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” the latest teaser from Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
The song was recorded during the 2008 sessions for Fearless, but never released. It’s one of Tay’s trademark breakup songs, with lines like “Hello, Mr. perfectly fine/ How’s your heart after breaking mine?/ Mr. always at the right place at the right time/ Baby. Hello/ Mr. casually cruel/ Mr. everything revolves around you.”
She hinted on social media that the song was autobiographical, saying, “Me in 2020: Life is chill, writing songs based in fiction to avoid drama, feeling pretty grown up. My 2008 music from the vault, in a goblin voice: REELEEEEEEEASE MR. PERFECTLY FIIIIIIIIINE.”
That’s a not-so-subtle signal that the song might be about Joe Jonas, who dumped Taylor shortly before she recorded Fearless.

Elton John tells Distractify.com that he knew his husband, David, was the one for him. “I was attracted to David immediately. He had a real job, his own apartment, a car. He was independent. I didn’t need to take care of him. I thought, ‘God, this is new territory for me — someone wants to be with me just because he likes me.’ I knew he was the one because he is not afraid of me. He always tells me exactly what he thinks.”

Music News – Wednesday, April 7

Shawn Mendes has teamed up with Flow Water for a new series of “Wonder Grants” — cash stipends to teenagers working towards positive change in the world.
Shawn tweeted that this round of grants is focused on helping young people who are working as “sustainability activists” that aim to improve clean water access and conservation efforts.
The campaign launched at the beginning of April to coincide with Earth Month and also stars Halle BerryTaboo of The Black Eyed Peas  and NBA star Russell Westbrook.

Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he hasn’t completely ruled out making another album. “I’m never going to say never. I may come up with an idea that could become a song. I may write a movie soundtrack. I may write a symphony. I don’t know. Anything’s possible.”

Music News – Tuesday, April 6

Taylor Swift invited Keith Urban to join her on a couple of songs on her Fearless: Taylor’s Version album.
She writes on Instagram, “I’m really honored that @keithurban is a part of this project, duetting on ‘That’s When’ and singing harmonies on ‘We Were Happy.'”
Taylor was Keith’s opener when her original Fearless album came out.
Maren Morris also takes part in the album. She sings on “You All Over Me (From the Vault).”

The Easter Bunny brought Shawn Mendes a really big surprise on Sunday — the Mercedes SUV that was stolen from his home last month.
Okay, according to TMZ, the car was actually delivered by cops, who found it parked on a residential street in Beverly Hills. Much to the surprise of the officers, the vehicle was in perfect shape, not stripped or wrecked like most vehicles swiped under similar circumstances.
No arrests have been made, but the investigation is still open.

Katy Perry gave American Idol viewers a hair-raising look at maternal life on Sunday night — revealing that she stopped shaving her legs after giving birth to daughter Daisy Dove.
After contestant Cassandra Coleman performed her version of the Sigma song “Find Me,” Katy raved, “As a new mother I don’t have very much time, so I’ve quit shaving my legs. But when you sang, the hair on my legs grew an inch and a half. Full-body chills! It was amazing.”
In case anyone was doubting her words, Katy then pushed back her chair to put her legs up and show off that carefully cultivated stubble.

Music News – Monday, April 5

The Milwaukee Business Journal says Harley-Davidson and Aerosmith are teaming for a new apparel line. The t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and tank tops will be available at Harley dealerships.

Mariah Carey hit a high note during her COVID vaccine. She posted a video on Instagram of herself getting her first dose of the shot. She talked over the nurses the entire time. Then, she gave the fans what they wanted with a high-pitched Mariah scream as the needle went into her arm. She is encouraging everyone to get their shot “when they can.”

Miley Cyrus came to rock. The singer belted out iconic rock hits during her performance at the NCAA men’s final four — including Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Cyrus, dressed in a black vest with matching trousers and leather gloves, also covered Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” The concert was held for an audience of frontline workers after the Baylor-Houston game. Baylor advanced to the championship game against Gonzaga on Monday.

Stevie Nicks tells Far Out Magazine that Fleetwood Mac’s song, ‘Gypsy’ came about because of a mattress on the floor. “Lindsey Buckingham and I had no money, so we had a king-size mattress, but we just had it on the floor. There was a certain calmness about it. To this day, when I’m feeling cluttered, I will take my mattress off of my beautiful bed, wherever that may be, and put it outside my bedroom, with a table and a little lamp. So that’s what ‘Gypsy’ means: it’s just a search for before this all happened.”

Music News – Friday, April 2

Did Britney Spears really write that she was “embarrassed” by the documentary Framing Britney Spears? A one-time colleague doesn’t think so.
Makeup artist Billy Brasfield, who worked with Brit several years ago, tells the New York Post that he reached out to the troubled star, who told him she had “no control over the caption.” He says “I immediately knew it was not her. I texted her about it and she texted me back last night.”
Brasfield went on to insist that Britney is not as bad off as a lot of us think, saying “She is not ‘fragile.’ She does not like being a victim, she never wanted to be a victim and doesn’t see herself as a victim. She sees herself as a survivor and has navigated this with patience and strategy.”

Snoop Dogg is taking a bite out of The Voice.
He’s been tapped as a “Mega Mentor” for the current season. Snoop will join Kelly ClarksonNick JonasJohn Legend and Blake Shelton to mentor the remaining contestants. Snoop will provide individualized coaching and help rehearse with the four artists still in the competition.
When Snoop announced the news, he made sure his followers knew it wasn’t an April Fools’ Day prank, tweeting, “This is not a joke. Excited to join The Voice as this season’s Mega Mentor.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells Rolling Stone magazine that everyone should be optimistic about the future. “Optimism, I’ve always been guilty of that and you know, I’ll take that rap right square on the chin, too. Because at the end of the day, if you can’t see the glass as half full and not half empty, somebody should talk to you about it and if nobody’s going to talk to you about it, then talk to yourself about it and try to see that glass as half full and not half empty.”

Music News – Thursday, April 1

NBC’s singing competition The Voice seduced Ariana Grande with a $25 million contract.
She’s easily the highest paid of the four coaches. Kelly Clarkson negotiated for $15 million, which is still more than either John Legend or Blake Shelton.
Gossip guru Rob Shuter said (quote) “Ariana is getting a whopping $20 to $25 million for the show, putting her in the same category as Katy Perry on American Idol. With John and Blake getting $13 million per season, it is the women on the show that will be making the most.”
Ariana starts her new gig this September. She’s at the top of her career, the most-streamed at Spotify among women, and The Voice would like to leverage her 229 million Instagram followers — 10-times the number of the three other Voice coaches combined. (OK!)

Legal battles between Britney Spears and her father just hit a new low. Jamie Spears now wants her to pay his $3 million attorney bills.
A member of Team Britney told the New York Post (quote) “If approved by the judge, this money would come from Britney’s estate. She essentially would be paying her own father’s lawyers to fight her in court.”
Jamie Spears filed documents asking for Britney to pay him a salary of $16,000 per month as co-conservator — and to pay his monthly office rent, which goes for $2000. (New York Post)
Sharon Stone revealed Wednesday on The Kelly Clarkson Show that Britney reached out in 2007 as her life spiraled out of control. Sharon said (quote) “Britney wrote to me a very long and important, poignant letter. I was in a very difficult time of my life and I couldn’t help myself.” (Kelly Clarkson)

Billy Joel tells Billboard magazine that he loves to mentor the new generation of artists. “When I first started I didn’t know a lot about the job, so I kinda had to figure it out by wire, ya know? It was hit and miss, I made mistakes, and fortunately I was able to recover from most of ’em. But I promised myself if I ever get to a point where I can help somebody that’s trying to learn how to do this, that I would try to do that. I always wanted to try to be a teacher even before I was in the music business.”

Music News – Wednesday, March 31

Seven weeks after the debut of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, the singer responded. On Tuesday, she posted a twirling video to the Aerosmith song, “Crazy.”
Britney wrote how she’s watched only snippets of the documentary, which streams at FX on Hulu. She added (quote) “I was embarrassed by the light they put me in. I cried for two weeks. I still cry sometimes!!”
It appears that Britney agrees with the documentary’s thesis. She wrote at Instagram (quote) “I have been exposed my whole life. I’ve always been so judged… insulted… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am till this day.”
Britney had a thought for those who have critiqued her dancing. Perhaps a direct response to Dance Mom alum Abby Lee Miller (quote) “Every day dancing brings me joy!!! I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness.” (Billboard)

Coldplay are helping to bring cleaner water to the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia by “adopting” a ship.
They’ve teamed with a non-profit called The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced technologies to rid the seas of plastic, and will sponsor a newly invented “river interceptor” called Neon Moon 1, which collects plastic before it reaches the oceans.
The organization expects to eventually have river interceptors operating in 1000 rivers globally.

Ariana Grande announced that she’s replacing Nick Jonas on the next season of The Voice.
Grande tweeted a picture of her coach’s chair with the caption, “Surprise! I am beyond thrilled, honored [and] excited to be joining Kelly ClarksonJohn Legend and Blake Shelton next season — Season 21 of The Voice. Nick Jonas, we will miss you!”
Jonas, who had previously coached in Season 18, returned in Season 20 to replace Gwen Stefani. Season 21 will air in the fall.

Music News – Monday, March 29

At least one member of Britney Spears‘s inner circle is all in on the idea of letting her choose her own conservator — and hints she might get back to work if that happens.
The anonymous source tells the New York Post that Brit’s life would be “drastically better” if Jodi Montgomery permanently replaced dad Jamie Spears in the role. According to the insider, “Britney trusts Jodi Montgomery  — she’s really great. If Jodi becomes her conservator, things would drastically change for Britney — she’s not working because of her dad. She has said that as long as a dad is in control of her life, she’s not working.”
Montgomery has been handling some of Britney’s affairs since Jamie suffered a near-fatal medical setback in the fall of 2019.

Lady Gaga is inviting everyone over to her place for a big creative jam session.
The superstar pulled back the curtain on Thursday to reveal The Studio by Klarna x Haus Labs, a new Los Angeles-based creative space that will be open to everyone. Gaga promises visitors will be able to use a sound stage and rehearsal rooms and is even offering to share a room full of instruments and gear that she’s used on stage.
Since it is L.A., the space also includes an “aura generator” to help the flow of those creative juices. Gaga and her partners will be offering grants to encourage the work of the artists using the space. (Billboard)

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello got an extremely unwelcome visit.
According to TMZ, the couple was chilling at home when they heard a commotion and spotted the intruders breaking in through a window. When the crooks saw the coast wasn’t clear, they bolted after grabbing one important item — the keys to Shawn’s Mercedes SUV. which they used as a getaway vehicle.
Los Angeles cops are investigating the crime, but have made no arrests.

Music News – Friday, March 26

Britney Spears‘s troubled personal life took another turn on Wednesday — with her lawyer filing a petition to put her “temporary” conservator in permanent control of her affairs.
Brit’s attorney formally requested that Jodi Montgomery, who’s been making decisions for the singer since September of 2019, be made her permanent conservator — icing dad Jamie Spears out of the picture. Montgomery initially took over after Jamie fell ill and was hospitalized for several months.
The petition asks that Jamie Spears resign from controlling Britney’s day-to-day decisions. He may continue to look after her estate, but Jodi Montgomery would make calls about Britney’s ability to work, her rights to visit her teenage sons and possible control of a tell-all interview. (Variety)

Bono is one of the voices in a new animated Web series that spotlights the limited access to the COVID-19 vaccines in the world’s poorest countries.
Seven episodes of Pandemica are on the YouTube page of the One Campaign, the health and anti-poverty organization co-founded by the U2 singer. The voice cast for the series includes Penelope CruzConnie BrittonNick KrollKumail NanjianiPhoebe RobinsonMichael Sheen and Wanda Sykes.
Bono tells Rolling Stone, “Beyond the animation and subversive humor, you’ll see that Pandemica is the worst place to be in the COVID-19 pandemic. While Pandemica may not be a real place, for billions of people around the world it’s all too real. Vaccines now bring the hope of a way through, but it won’t be a way out unless every country on the planet has access to enough vaccines. If this vaccine isn’t everywhere, then this pandemic isn’t going anywhere.”

Music News – Thursday, March 25

Taylor Swift will take her blast-from-the past release effort to a new level this week — by dropping a tune she recorded for her Fearless album, but never released.
Tay took to Twitter to spill the tea about “You All Over Me,” which she just revamped with the help of Maren Morris and her Folklore collaborator Aaron Dessner. She wrote, “One thing I’ve been loving about these From the Vault songs is that they’ve never been heard, so I can experiment, play, and even include some of my favorite artists.”
“You All Over Me (Taylor’s Version)” drops tonight (Thursday) at midnight.

Ed Sheeran got emotional when introducing a new song Wednesday night — because he debuted the tune at a memorial service for a guy who helped him get his career off the ground.
Ed performed “Visiting Hours” before 7000 people who’d gathered at an arena in Melbourne, Australia to remember Australian music business legend Michael Gudinski. He told the group, “In lockdown I was able to have a guitar for quarantine, and I always find the best way to process stuff is to write songs, be it good news, bad news or whatever, and here is a song I finished last week.”
Sheeran, who completed a 14-day quarantine in Melbourne in order to appear at the service, also performed “Castle on the Hill,” which he described as Gudinski’s favorite of his songs. (Billboard)

Madonna fans may want to think twice before complimenting the Material Mom’s hot bod — since she’s been accused of “borrowing” the body of a much younger woman for a social media post.
Artist Amelia Goldie put up a now-deleted TikTok video accusing Madge of photoshopping her own head onto her body during the 2015 run-up to Rebel Heart. Goldie tells Vice, “I’m surprised it’s still up, actually. I told my parents and they still think it’s a joke and can’t comprehend how or why it’s happened. It’s hilarious.”
Goldie says she’s reached out to Madonna’s reps but hasn’t heard back.

Music News – Wednesday, March 24

Katy Perry is betting big on Las Vegas regaining its pre-pandemic sizzle — by signing on for a residency that will kick off later this year.
Katy Kat, who’s been juggling roles as new mom and American Idol judge, will be the first artist to play the brand new Theater at Resorts World. Producers haven’t revealed specific dates for the residency, but the singer is expected to “Roar” into the 5000-seat room towards the end of the year, and hold down the fort into 2022. (NME)

AVClub.com says Meatloaf is developing a new dating show titled ”I’d Do Anything For Love… But I Won’t Do That”. Singles will compete in a variety of comedic physical games in order to find love.

For years, Elton John’s Oscar party has been one of the biggest awards night bashes. It drew the chicest, splashiest and most famous guests. This year, we all get to go! Sir Elton is holding a virtual Oscars party on April 25th. Joining the Rocket Man and his husband, David Furnish, as host will be Neil Patrick Harris. Dua Lipa will perform. Elton and David announced the party on Elton’s Instagram page. Pop singer Dua Lipa dropped by virtually on Instagram to announce her participation. The party will raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Music News – Tuesday, March 23

Millions of people want to hear Britney Spears get back to singing — and her mom is one of them.
Brit posted a throwback video of herself belting out “You Got It All,” a hit by ’80s hitmakers The Jets, and captioned it with a sweet note from Lynne. She wrote, “Geez … My mom sent this to me and reminded me that I can sing!!!! She said ‘You never sing anymore… You need to again!!!!'”
Talking about the obscure clip, Britney added, “I’ve actually never watched this performance… It’s definitely from a while ago!!!! It’s from one of the first trips I took alone… Mostly I just remember saying ‘WOW Singapore.'”

Meghan Trainor‘s bubbly personality helped propel her up the charts — and that charm just landed her a starring role in a new sitcom.
According to Variety, Meghan has signed a massive deal with NBC, which will bring her to prime-time in her very own show. Details about the series are scarce — there’s no title or plot yet — but it’s said to be the first of many projects featuring the gal behind “It’s All About That Bass.”
Meghan has some experience making people laugh — with voice roles in the animated films Smurfs: The Lost Village and Playmobil: The Movie.

Pop singer Lizzo is looking for a few good — and plus-sized — women for her new reality show.
The star is bringing her body-positivity message to her first project for Amazon — a competition to pick dancers and other performers to work with her on tour. A casting call ad says Lizzo’s team is looking for “full figured dancers and models who have for far too long been underrepresented and under-appreciated.”
As for qualifications? The casting call says “Come as you are and be sure to bring good energy — and that ass. Got the juice? APPLY NOW.”
There’s no word on a premiere date for the series, which will feature Lizzo in front of the camera. (Variety)

Music News – Monday, March 22

Huey Lewis is going to be featured on MTV’s ”Behind the Music.” The show is being rebooted for the Paramount+ streaming service. Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J and Ricky Martin will also be featured

Taylor Swift tells Elle magazine that she loves to cook. “I’ve always cooked a LOT, but I found three recipes I know I’ll be making at dinner parties for life: Ina Garten’s Real Meatballs and Spaghetti (I just use packaged bread crumbs and only ground beef for meat), Nigella Lawson’s Mughlai Chicken, and Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Fajitas with Molé Sauce. Getting a garlic crusher is a whole game changer. I also learned how to immediately calculate Celsius to Fahrenheit in my head. Which is what I’m pretty sure the Internet would call a ‘weird flex.'”

Music News – Friday, March 19

If you were watching the Grammys late at night on CBS on Sunday, you might have caught the scandalous performance of “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. The song’s performance has really stirred up some new controversy.
TMZ reports that there have been at least 80 complaints to the FCC, CBS, and The Grammys so far about their racy *Grammy* night performance of “WAP.” Viewers sounded off about everything from lyrical content to wardrobe to the set design.
Specific complaints included a Colorado viewer saying it looked like “they were dancing in a strip club,” and someone from Texas who was offended by their clothing — or lack thereof, saying Megan was “barely dressed in a thong” with “naked look-alike legs.”
Considering 10 million people watched the show, 80 complaints doesn’t seem to be rattling any of the parties involved. By comparison, when Janet Jackson experienced her wardrobe malfunction showing her breast on the CBS telecast of the Super Bowl halftime performance in February of 2004, over 540,000 complaints were registered.

Taylor Swift tells Elle magazine that she has learned not to judge people based on first impressions. “First impressions actually aren’t everything. It’s impressive when someone can charm people instantly and own the room, but what I know now to be more valuable about a person is not their charming routine upon meeting them (I call it a “solid first 15”), but the layers of a person you discover in time. Are they honest, self-aware, and slyly funny at the moments you least expect it? Do they show up for you when you need them? Do they still love you after they’ve seen you broken? Or after they’ve walked in on you having a full conversation with your cats as if they’re people? These are things a first impression could never convey.”

Music News – Thursday, March 18

Another Britney Spears documentary is in the works.
Deadline reports that this latest look at the pop icon’s life is being produced by the BBC and anchored by journalist Mobeen Azhar. He traveled from Spears’ hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, to Los Angeles and interviewed numerous fans and people close to the singer. A premiere date hasn’t been announced yet, but the BBC is looking to sell the broadcast rights to the film, tentatively called Britney, overseas.
This documentary follows Framing Britney Spears, which aired earlier this year on FX and Hulu.

There’s never been any talk about a Bruce Springsteen bio-pic in the vein of Queen‘s Bohemian Rhapsody or Elton John‘s Rocketman. But if there is one, Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers wants a shot at the role.
Jonas tells Zane Lowe, “Growing up in New Jersey, Bruce obviously has a special place in my heart and my creative life, and it is a dream of mine…to play him in a movie one day and tell his story in some way that would be honoring to him and that he could be involved with.”
Jonas has carved out a decent acting career alongside his day job in music. He’s been in two Jumanji films and Midway, and had a regular role on the series Kingdom.

Tina Turner is saying goodbye to fans. In her new HBO documentary, ‘TINA,’ the 81-year-old says she’s ready to spend the final chapter of her life out of the public’s eye. Tina isn’t in the best health. She has suffered a stroke, cancer, and kidney failure. But she says she’s found peace and happiness in her old age. ‘TINA’ begins streaming on HBO March 27th.

Music News – Wednesday, March 17

A painting by Ed Sheeran has brought in a little more than $70,000 in a raffle hosted by a local English cancer charity.
Sheeran says the artwork, titled “Splash Planet,” is “kind of Jackson Pollocky.” It was created during a 30-day stretch where he was doing “a canvas a day” by “flicking… House paint” in layers. “Splash Planet” had previously been used in the cover art for his one-off “Afterglow” single. You can check the painting out on Sheeran’s Instagram.
Sheeran drew the winning raffle ticket (yesterday) Monday. According to Britain’s NME“a fan on the U.S. East Coast” won, and will benefit Cancer Campaign in Suffolk.

Have we finally outgrown the idea of spending multiple hours watching celebrities congratulate themselves?  Sunday’s “Grammys” scored 8.8 million viewers . . . about HALF the number of people who tuned in last year.
However, that was still the biggest audience for an award show in the 2020 – 2021 season so far.
Fans of NAYA RIVERA are upset she was left out of the televised “In Memoriam” segment.  Even though she’s better known as an actress, she was nominated for two Grammys during her time on “Glee”.

Jon Bon Jovi tells the ‘Rockonteurs’ podcast that he does not think he will be doing massive tours in the future.  “I had a conversation about [playing in] Australia a year from now. As long as we do it in a manner that’s pleasurable, we want to do some dates. Because I just don’t see me doing 100-show tours any more. It’s not really motivational for me.”

Music News – Tuesday, March 15

Dan Reynolds says there’s one big influence on the upcoming Imagine Dragons album — ayahuasca.
That’s a plant-based hallucinogenic tea from South America, and Reynolds says he tried it for the first time with his wife just after they’d put a halt to their divorce proceedings two years ago. He tells Rolling Stone, “It was really transformative for me, in helping me to see things that don’t matter and letting go of those things and seeing things that do matter and embracing those things. So that really transformed this whole record for me.”
But he’s not pushing it on anyone. “Obviously, I’m not looking to come out and be, like, Mr. Ayahuasca or something. But it was really transformative for me. It helped me to make leaps and strides in my mental health.”

If you ever need a place to stay while in Southern California, just hit up your buddy Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 frontman has purchased a Montecito, California mansion for $22.7 million. The estate was designed in 1923 and sits on five acres. The mansion has five bedrooms, a five car garage, a guest house, a fireplace, a pool, a movie theater, a wine cellar, a putting green, a creek, fountains and a tennis court.

Music News – Monday, March 15

Fiona AppleBeyonce and the late John Prine are the leading winners so far at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
Apple won Best Rock Performance and Best Alternative Music Album. Beyonce won Best Music Film and Best Rap Performance for “Savage” with Megan Thee Stallion. And Prine won Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for “I Remember Eveything.”
You can catch the complete rundown of the Grammy winners in today’s Daily Dish later at 8:30 here on The Best Mix in the Morning Show.

Matthew McConaughey has announced an all-star virtual benefit to help people in Texas impacted by the recent winter storms in the state.
We’re Texas will stream on his YouTube channel on March 21st, featuring Post MaloneDon HenleyKelly ClarksonGary Clark JuniorLyle LovettLeon BridgesWillie Nelson and Khalid. More acts will be announced soon.

Selena Gomez fans can relax — she’s not retiring from music anytime soon.
In her Vogue cover interview she admitted, “It’s hard to keep doing music when people don’t necessarily take you seriously. I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, ‘What’s the point? Why do I keep doing this?’”
As if that weren’t enough, she added, “‘Lose You to Love Me’ I felt was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people it still wasn’t enough. I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that I’m so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different. I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music.”
But in a new L.A. Times interview, Selena says retirement is a ways off because the first thing she plans to do after pandemic restrictions are lifted is to head to Brazil to make up for the canceled Latin American leg of her Revival tour in 2016. “South America’s where I would start, because we missed it last time, and because that’s where my heart is.”
Gomez’s new Spanish-language EP Revelacion is out now.

Music News – Friday, March 11

So much for Adele and Simon Konecki‘s divorce agreement being kept confidential. One week after a judge signed off, their settlement was unsealed and published by TMZ.
There’s nothing shocking to be found. They settled the end of their marriage like two, mature adults. Adele and Konecki will share custody of their eight-year-old son, Angelo. Neither asked for spousal support, even though Adele is clearly the bread winner.
The couple separated two years ago. A friend said the marriage grew cold and “They became more like friends than lovers. She realized the romantic love was no longer there.” (TMZ)

Harry Styles earned the prestigious opening slot at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.
This year’s COVID-safe ceremony will have pre-taped performances, as well as live ones inside the Los Angeles Convention Center and outside on the surrounding plaza.
CBS exec Jack Sussman said on Wednesday, (quote) “You don’t want to miss the top of the show. It’s going to be music coming at you heavy and hard like you’ve not seen it before.”
The Recording Academy nominated Harry Styles in three categories: Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar,” Best Pop Vocal Album for Fine Line and Best Music Video for “Adore You.” (Variety)

Beyonce says she was inspired by Meghan Markle‘s interview with Oprah Winfrey and thanked the Duchess of Sussex for her courage in coming forward with her mental health struggles.
Queen Bey posted a message of her website which reads, “Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you.” She also shared a photo she took with Meghan Markle when they first met at the London premiere of The Lion King in 2019.

Music News – Thursday, March 10

The #FreeBritney movement has spread to Capitol Hill.
House Republicans in Washington D.C. demanded a congressional hearing on Britney Spears’ court-ordered conservatorships. She’s been under her father’s control for 13 years. The politicians submitted a letter this week to Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, They asked him to convene a hearing.
The letter states in part, (quote) “In recent years, there has been growing public concern about the use of conservatorships to effectively deprive individuals of personal freedoms. The most striking example is perhaps the case of multi-platinum performing artist Britney Spears.” (NBC News)

Following her removal from a mural on the outer wall of Legend’s Corner in downtown Nashville, Taylor Swift is now getting a bit of artistic real estate all to herself.
Tim Davis, who created the collage of iconic country stars outside of Legends honky tonk, replaced Taylor’s image with Brad Paisley some months ago. But according to TMZ, he’s working on a piece focused solely on Taylor. Allegedly, she was removed from the Legends’ mural because of her jump into pop music.
Tim has located a spot for the new mural just a few blocks from Legends and is raising money for the project with a GoFundMe page.

Pat Benatar tells Billboard magazine that she had to play catch-up with her fame during her career. “Once it started it went like a blinding speed. You start out and all of a sudden you have “Heartbreaker” go up the chart and then the next record comes in and jumps eighty places in the chart and you’re not ready for that. Then when it goes to number two, you’re certainly not ready for that. Then the third comes in and goes to number one, I mean you’re just not ready. The band spends most of our time running behind what’s happening to us, running to catch up.”

Music News – Wednesday, March 10

You may not be able to get to the Grammy Awards in person this year, but you can still snag a souvenir — thanks to the annual online Grammy auction.
The charity auction, which runs through March 23rd, features dozens of crave-worthy items, including:
  • Folklore guitar autographed by Taylor Swift
  • Handwritten lyrics from Ed Sheeran — from any song the winner chooses
  • A Gibson guitar autographed by Bruno Mars
Head over to CharityBuzz to check out all the offerings.

Demi Lovato has been clean and sober since nearly dying of a drug overdose in 2018, but she also believes drug use saved her life in some ways.
Demi tells the Yeah, No, I’m Not OK podcast, “In the same way it almost killed me, it saved my life at times, because there were times that I dealt with suicidal ideation. I turned to those coping mechanisms because I genuinely was in so much pain that I didn’t want to die and I didn’t know what else to do.”
The singer will tell all about her struggles in her documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil.

Selena Gomez is pondering a surprise career move — retirement!
The singer, who just released her first Spanish-language project, tells Vogue magazine that she may hang up her microphone because she’s tired of not getting enough respect. Selena says “It’s hard to keep doing music when people don’t necessarily take you seriously. I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, ‘What’s the point? Why do I keep doing this?’”
According to Selena, the last straw was the lukewarm response to her emotional “Lose You to Love Me.” She says, “I felt that was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people it still wasn’t enough. I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that I’m so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different. I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire from music.”

Music News – Tuesday, March 9

Madonna may be incredible on stage, but in the audience, she’s pretty awful.
That’s the word from Broadway star Alan Cumming, who became great pals with the Material Mom after a rocky start at one of his shows. Cumming tells the Talk Art podcast, “Madonna came to see Cabaret the first time I did it on Broadway. I could see her braiding her hair whilst she was watching the show. We thought she might come backstage but she didn’t and I thought, ‘Oh, she hated it, how awful.’ Then this big man came into my room and said he was Madonna’s driver and she wanted me to go to dinner with her.”
The cheeky actor brought that up at one of Madge’s Madame X shows last year. “When she was doing her concerts, I got free tickets. There was a bit when she sits down next to a member of the audience and it’s usually a famous person and she has a little chat. She talked about coming to see me in Cabaret and I said, ‘I remember you were braiding your hair.’ She was like, ‘Was I? That’s incredibly rude.’ And I went, ‘Yes, it was rude.’”

The Daily Mail says pop singer Billie Eilish has been granted a five-year restraining order against her stalker, John Hearle. He has been threatening her outside of her Los Angeles home for the past six months. At one point, the 23 year-old was camping outside of Billie’s home.

Beyoncé is paying tribute to a late fan. She shared a special a cappella medley of “Brown Skin Girl,” “Love on Top” and “Halo” in honor of Lyric Chanel. The 13-year-old fan died after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Beyoncé’s YouTube video featured a montage of videos and photos from Chanel’s Instagram. Back in 2020, Beyoncé sent her flowers.

Music News – Monday, March 8

The Recording Academy has announced the full lineup of performers for Sunday’s Grammy Awards. A few Coast artists on the list of those who’ll take part in the annual In Memoriam segment include Chris Martin of Coldplay, John Mayer, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift.
Also, as a tribute to independent music venues, which have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, workers from the Troubadour and Hotel Café in L.A., the Apollo Theater in New York City and the Station Inn in Nashville will present various categories throughout the telecast. The Grammys air Sunday night on CBS hosted by Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Adele is officially divorced. On Thursday, a judge finally signed off on the agreement that Adele reached with her ex, Simon Konecki.
The settlement will be kept confidential, which Adele demanded in the divorce negotiations. An insider revealed, (quote) “Hollywood divorces can become extremely ugly. Adele and Simon clearly did not want that.”
Adele married Simon without a prenup. Her $170 million estate was at risk when she filed for divorce. We may never learn how much she gave Simon to go away.
They share custody of their 8-year-old son, Angelo. Simon reportedly lives in a Beverly Hills mansion she bought him for nearly $9 million. (Us Weekly)

Adam Levine tells Apple Music that Maroon 5’s next album is done. “I’m going to tell you right now that the album’s done. And I can tell you it’s finished, I can tell you it’s been mastered, and I can tell you it’s been delivered, but I can’t tell you when it comes out. But it’s not far off, I’ll just say that.”

Music News – Friday, March 5

Perez Hilton, who was one of Britney Spears‘s harshest critics, now says he wants to protect her — from the producers of the documentary Framing Britney Spears.
The gossip guru talked about Brit on an L.A. radio station, saying, “Part of me feels like the documentary is a for-profit venture. It’s about ratings disguised as investigative journalism. It’s just a regurgitation and a re-framing of the past. To me it almost feels like it is exploiting Britney all over again.”
Perez once called Britney “an unfit mother” and sold T-shirts bearing Heath Ledger‘s picture and the caption “Why couldn’t it be Britney? ” He says he mended fences with the singer a few years back after offering her an apology and a promise to be nicer going forward. (Pink News)

Janet Jackson has plenty of stories to tell, and she’ll spin them in a two-part documentary that will hit the tube next year.
The four-hour doc, simply titled Janet, will take in the superstar’s entire life, from childhood to the present. Producers promise plenty of never-before-seen footage, including home movies from the Jackson family archive and film of live concerts.
Miss Jackson, who has authorized the movie, was interviewed at length about topics like the deaths of her brother Michael and her father Joe and that infamous Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” incident with Justin Timberlake. (Billboard)

Shawn Mendes wished Camila Cabello a happy 24th birthday Wednesday with the following post: “Happy birthday to the kindest, bravest and most beautiful person I’ve ever known. I love you more every day mi vida.”

Louder Sound magazine says Heart star Nancy Wilson has put a tribute to Eddie Van Halen on her upcoming album “You and Me.” She does an instrumental titled “4 Edward.”