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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, January 19

TODAY IS:
Popcorn Day: A good day for a bowl of popcorn and a movie

Would you rather have a paid day off every month or an increase in your salary? A new poll found that 57% of employees would rather have the extra time off. And get this – this 57% would rather have that day off every month to deal with personal stuff like appointments and getting things done at home than get a 10% bump in salary. Younger people surveyed were even more inclined to choose the personal day. 69% of Gen Z and 64% of Millennials said they’d rather have a monthly “life admin” day than more money in their paychecks. Baby Boomers, on the other hand, would rather have the increase in salary. (SWNS)

Seems the Show Me state is stressed … According to new research, Missouri is the most stressed-out state in the country, with residents there spending three hours and 18 minutes per day worried or anxious. Missouri was followed closely by Mississippi; where folks spend three hours and 12 minutes every day stressed; and West Virginia, whose residents spend three hours and six minutes worrying every day.
The top five causes of their stress?
  1. Finances/their financial situation — 41%
  2. COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic — 35%
  3. Politics and current news — 29%
  4. Work/their job — 21%
  5. Social life/personal relationships –19% (SWNS)

This is amazing … Researchers from New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai believe that eye stem cells from cadavers can be implanted in the eyes of live patients – potentially curing blindness.

We’re flexible … A new survey has found that 47% of respondents overall and 54% of respondents between the ages of 24 and 39 consider themselves “flexitarians” – meaning they are basically vegetarians but sometimes eat meat.

Speaking of flexibility ... According to researchers out of the University of Rochester, the happiest couples all have one trait in common … psychological flexibility. It sounds complicated, but according to experts it’s about being easy-going, keeping a positive outlook during difficult times, and basically being able to handle change effectively. According to the research, couples who are psychologically flexible “can roll with the changes much easier and deal with the curveballs that life throws at them.”  (Fatherly)

Music News – Monday, January 18

Shawn Mendes has found a new way to bowl fans over — with a custom Chipotle bowl bearing his name.
The Canadian cutie is teaming with the chain for a charity initiative that will give “Wonder Grants” to young people working to promote sustainable lifestyles. As part of the plan, Chipotle has introduced a Shawn Mendes Bowl, which includes Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, black beans, chicken, roasted chili-corn salsa, romaine lettuce and guacamole. One dollar from each bowl will go to fund the grants.

Demi Lovato believes space aliens are among us. She’s inspired Kesha to summon aliens to earth.
Kesha told Entertainment Tonight, “Demi mentioned to me a couple books and an app that I immediately downloaded. I told my family, ‘All I want for Christmas is for us all to meditate and try to channel extraterrestrials.’”
She gives full credit to Demi Lovato, who’s convinced while visiting Joshua Tree, California that she interacted with aliens just “20 or 30 feet away.” Kesha launched a podcast, Kesha and the Creepies, to chat about unexplained phenomena. (Billboard)

Ed Sheeran tells the BBC that he once got rid of his phone. “I was at a house party and 50% of the people were either Snapchatting or watching Snapchat. Someone said: “Why don’t you have a phone any more?” and I was like: “Look around you. This is exactly why I don’t have a phone.””

Music News – Friday, January 15

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani would not be getting married had they listened to The Voice host Carson Daly.
On a Today show segment, Carson reminded Gwen of a conversation they had when she and Blake had started dating. He told Gwen, ‘You’re much, much too good for this guy. You’re smart. You’re intelligent. You’re one of my oldest friends. And then there’s Blake.”
Gwen didn’t take Carson’s advice to heart. She and Blake are expected to marry soon.

Adele is poised to release new music. An album is rumored to arrive next month.
One of Adele’s closest friends, British comic Alan Carr, got a private listening party invite. Lucky for us, she did not force a non-disclosure agreement on Carr, who revealed on Wednesday, (quote) “I’ve heard some tracks on it. Oh my gosh, it’s so amazing. It’s so amazing. There’s only one Adele.” (E! News)

Lady Gaga and J-Lo will perform at President-elect Joe Biden‘s inauguration next Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
Biden’s Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today that Gaga will perform the national anthem before Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the oath of office. J-Lo will also perform on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Later in the evening, Tom Hanks will host Celebrating America — a 90-minute TV special featuring performances from Justin TimberlakeJon Bon JoviDemi Lovato, and Ant Clemons.
Inaugural committee CEO Tony Allen said in a statement, “We are thrilled to announce an inspired group of dynamic participants for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies. They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the time-honored traditions of the presidential inauguration.” (ABC News)

Music News – Thursday, January 14

Taylor Swift tells Rolling Stone magazine that she’s happy with her life. “I really like my life right now. I have friends around me all the time. I’ve started painting more. I’ve been working out a lot. I’ve started to really take pride in being strong. I love the album I made. I love that I moved to New York. So in terms of being happy, I’ve never been closer to that.”

Closer Weekly Magazine says Gwen Stefani’s children can’t wait for her to marry Blake Shelton. A source tells the magazine, “Blake treats Gwen’s kids like they’re his own. He adores them, and they love spending time with him. Blake’s relationship with the kids won’t change much once he officially becomes a stepdad.”

Don Henley tells CBS that he doesn’t listen to the band’s songs. “After 44 years, you just really don’t want to hear ‘em when you’re off. When I’m off duty, I’d rather listen to somebody else, or just silence. Silence is good. You don’t get much of it these days anywhere. So I’m a big fan of silence.”

Billy Joel tells The New Yorker that he still keeps himself humble. “I don’t let myself get too big of a head onstage. One minute, I’m Mussolini, up onstage in front of twenty thousand screaming people. And then, a few minutes later, I’m just another guy stuck in traffic on the highway.”

Music News – Wednesday, January 13

Nick Jonas will set the musical wayback machine to the 1960s for his next gig — playing Frankie Valli in a streaming version of Jersey Boys.
Deadline reports that Nick is set to take the lead in the show, which will be produced by Valli and fellow Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio, who put together the original production. They’ll be joined by the team that created the smash Freddie Mercury bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The show won’t be too much of a stretch for Nick, who actually hit the Broadway stage long before The Jonas Brothers made it big — playing Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol way back in 2000.

Salt-N-Pepa’s here, and spilling all the tea on how their new Lifetime biopic came to fruition. It’s called “Salt-N-Pepa,” and follows the story of how Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton transitioned from community college students to the first female rap act to go platinum. Fun fact: the two actually hated their 1987 hit “Push It,” when they first heard it. “Salt-N-Pepa” premieres January 23rd on Lifetime.

Justin Bieber endorsed a desk chair on ‘Shark Tank.’ The singer made a surprise appearance on the hit ABC show via a pre-recorded tape. The 26-year-old raves about the ALL33, which is going for $799. In the end, not even the Biebs could close the deal. All the Sharks passed on the pitch.

Music News – Tuesday, January 12

Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks that if everyone would smarten up and practice COVID-19 protocols, we could see theaters and other live entertainment venues reopening “sometime in the fall of 2021.”
He says, “If everything goes right…by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience.”
But for this to happen, vaccine distribution needs to succeed, theaters have to have good ventilation and proper air filters, and audience members will have to wear masks. Under those circumstances, Fauci says, “I think you can then start getting back to almost full capacity of seating.”
While the concert industry is hopeful for touring to resume this year, many artists have already been moving 2021 shows to 2022.

A man who’s accused of stalking Katy Perry is in even bigger trouble right now — after he skipped a court date on Friday.
William Terry allegedly hopped a fence in an effort to get into Katy’s Beverly Hills home last September, and was formally charged with one count of trespassing last Wednesday. TMZ reports that the 38-year-old was supposed to show up for an arraignment on Friday, but failed to appear — so a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
Terry had spent months sending lewd and threatening messages to Katy and Orlando Bloom, so a court issued a restraining order keeping him from contacting either of them in any way.

And, for those of you that are fans of the Netflix show “Ozark,” Julia Garner, aka Ruth Langmore, may play Madonna in a new movie about the pop star’s life.

Music News – Monday, January 11

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton just had their path to the altar cleared — by a Catholic Church decision to annul her marriage to Gavin Rossdale.
Us magazine reports, “Gwen was told the decision was made by the Vatican tribunal. She will be receiving the notification in writing in the next few weeks, but it’s official. It was a huge relief for Gwen because she wanted to get married by her priest and have the marriage recognized by the Catholic church.
The Catholic Church doesn’t allow divorced people to have church weddings, but it does grant annulments — which state that the previous marriage was “not valid” for one of many reasons.

Ed Sheeran is set to drop another new song — but you won’t see his name on it.
He’ll make his debut as a producer and re-mixer with a revamp of “Sword From the Stone,” a track by his longtime friend Passenger. Ed isn’t actually putting his name on the track, but is calling it the “Gingerbread Remix” — a reference to his hair color. Of course, Passenger is also an alias — the stage name of Michael Rosenberg.
A source close to the project tells Britain’s Sun, “They have been friends for years after meeting when they were teenagers and have covered songs together before but never done anything like this. Getting together in the studio wasn’t really an option in 2020, but Ed has produced this new remix of ‘Sword From the Stone’ and they both love it.”
The song is due for release next Friday.

Music News – Friday, January 7

Miley Cyrus tells Capital FM that she and Elton John have recorded a cover of Metallica’s ”Nothing Else Matters.” “I did a Metallica cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ featuring Elton John on piano, I’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Chad Smith; so many all-stars in this band. I’m so excited about this collaboration. I mean, having Elton John and Metallica and me … I love when ingredients don’t quite fit,” she said. “Or it seems like a concoction that no one would ever put together, and you gotta have someone like [the song’s producer Andrew] Watt that will take that risk.”

Lindsey Buckingham tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is disappointed about the way things ended between him and Fleetwood Mac. “Am I heartbroken about not doing another tour with Fleetwood Mac? No, because I can see that there are many other areas to look into. But the one thing that does bother me and breaks my heart is we spent 43 years always finding a way to rise above our personal differences and our difficulties to pursue and articulate a higher truth. That is our legacy. That is what the songs are about. This is not the way you end something like this.”

Huey Lewis tells Classic Pop magazine that he never thought his band’s iconic “Sports” album would spawn a whopping six hit songs. “If you didn’t have a hit single, you didn’t exist, so we decided to produce ourselves in our own hometown, not in L.A. like everybody else, because we wanted to make those commercial decisions ourselves. We didn’t know we were going to have six [hits]! We just wanted one, but we also didn’t know if it was going to be a rocker or a ballad. If you listen to “Sports” now, it sounds like a record of its time – a collection of singles. That’s what the market demanded and that’s what we did. That’s probably the last ‘commercial’ decision we made, because after that record went ‘kaboom,’ we made a deal with ourselves that we’d only do things for creative reasons rather than financial ones, and haven’t done since. I’m proud of that.”

Music News – Thursday, January 7

Now that we’ve closed the book on 2020, we can confirm something most folks knew already — Taylor Swift rules the musical world.
Rolling Stone‘s year-end count says Tay’s Folklore was 2020’s best-selling album, and it was a long, long way back to the closest competition. Swifties snapped up 1.2 million copies of Folklore, with second place going to The Weeknd, who sold 476,000 copies of After Hours. Taylor actually made the Top 10 a second time with Evermore, which sold 270,000 copies in the three weeks it was available.

Dr. Dre is thanking friends and fans for their well wishes as he remains hospitalized in Los Angeles following a brain aneurysm.
He wrote on Instagram, “Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team.” He went on to thanks his doctors and said he will be “out of the hospital and back home soon.”
The 55-year-old rapper, producer and music exec was rushed to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center Monday after suffering an aneurysm. He is in stable condition and undergoing tests to determine the cause of the bleeding in his brain.

Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that he would love to see a musical about the band. “There’s always been talk about doing something like that. I hope it can happen at some point. A lot of people, understandably, would say, “Wow, that would make a really good musical.” It is an incredibly interesting story, especially the period around Rumours.”

Music News – Wednesday, January 6

The show will not go on for the Grammy Awards — which have been postponed until an unspecified date.
This year’s ceremony was scheduled for January 31st, but organizers cited the latest COVID spike as a reason for taking it off the calendar for now. The initial plan was to stage a scaled-down show with no live audience, but even that proved to be too difficult to pull off.
A source tells Rolling Stone that this year’s ceremony is likely to be held in March, but could not confirm whether Trevor Noah would remain signed on as host. The 2021 Grammy nominations were led by Beyoncé who picked up nine nominations, while Taylor Swift followed with six nods.

Dead or alive the IRS wants its money from the estate of Prince. The Internal Revenue Service says the executors of the pop star’s estate under-valued it by about 80-million dollars. The government is looking for back taxes to be paid in the amount of 32-million bucks, with an added penalty in the millions. Prince died nearly five years ago without a will, making it one of the messiest court cases Minnesota has ever seen. His six siblings are waiting for their cut.

The Hockey Writers say the Los Angeles Kings have removed a Taylor Swift banner from the Staples Center because their fans think it is cursed. The Kings have been covering the banner since October 2019. They have not had any playoff success since Taylor’s banner was hung on August 21, 2015.

Music News – Tuesday, January 5

Barry Gibb is keeping the Bee Gees alive. The last surviving Gibb brother headed to Nashville to redo Bee Gees songs with a folk twang. He teamed up with country stars like Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton and Keith Urban to perform some of the Bee Gees’ greatest hits. He revealed to “CBS Sunday Morning” that he’d tour if his fans wanted him to. The 74-year-old’s new album, “Greenfields” is out now.

Justin Bieber rang in 2021 with a performance that was his first in more than three years. And he spaced on the lyrics to a couple of songs.
Justin flubbed the opening line of his 2015 hit song, “Sorry.” He apologized to his followers and admitted the obvious, (quote) “I forget the words.”
Something similar happened while singing “Love Yourself.” Either Bieber needed more rehearsal time, or he’s still rusty after a three-year layoff from performing on stage.
The $25 pay-per-view concert streamed from The Beverly Hilton hotel. Bieber built a stage over the hotel pool. (Daily Mail)

It seems actress Olivia Wilde has taken Harry Styles off the market.
The New York Post ran photos of the two walking hand-in-hand at his agent’s wedding this weekend in California. The happy couple, whose ages range by a decade, were seen obeying local regulations by wearing masks, and were also caught hanging with bride and groom Glenne Christiaansen, and Jeff Azoff.
Harry and Olivia have been working together on the new thriller Don’t Worry Darling.

Music News – Monday, January 4

Gwen Stefani may be a TV star and tabloid fixture now, but she hasn’t forgotten where she came from — and she revisits those roots in the video for her new single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.” The clip shows present-day Gwen with dozens of her past selves, sporting looks like the classic “Just a Girl” outfit and the retro “Don’t Speak” dress. Everything old is new again.

Songwriter and performer Jessie J is doing well after a recent medical scare. She spent Christmas Eve in the hospital after she went deaf in one ear and couldn’t stand up straight. She was diagnosed with a rare condition that may leave her deaf in at least one ear permanently. But she said on Instagram she’s doing fine and thanked people who reached out to her with advice.
She also took some time to sing to show it hasn’t impacted her talent. She posted a song to Instagram about how she can’t stop eating.

There’s a new documentary out about the Bee Gees on HBO Max. But one person who won’t watch it? Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the group. In an interview yesterday with “CBS Sunday Morning,” he says it’s very “unlikely” he’ll watch the whole thing because he, quote, “can’t handle it.” His brother Maurice Gibb died in 2003. Then Robin Gibb died in 2012. The iconic trio wrote over 1,000 songs and have 20 Number 1 hits. You can watch Barry Gibb’s interview this Sunday morning at 9 ET on CBS. You can stream “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” now on HBO Max.

Music News – Thursday, December 24

Rapper Diddy is making big moves for his mom’s milestone birthday! In honor of Janice Combs turning 80, the hip-hop mogul gifted her with a check for a million bucks and a brand new Bentley. Fun fact, Diddy’s twin daughters share the same birthday with their grandma. Diddy also celebrated his 14-year-old girls on Instagram. But no, they didn’t get a Bentley… or a million dollars. Maybe next year, girls.
Rihanna has been sued for copyright infringement by Canadian musician King Khan and his daughter Saba Lou.
Pitchfork reports that the pair claim Rihanna used one of the 2012 song “Good Habits (and Bad)” in a Fenty Beauty ad without permission. The song was used in an Instagram post by Rihanna advertising her brand’s accessories.
The plaintiffs have requested Rihanna no longer use the song and pay them unspecified damages. The ad was viewed 3.4-million times, according to the lawsuit.
Nickelback have made a parody version of their 2005 hit “Photograph” for a Google Photos ad, and it proves Chad Kroeger has no problem making fun of himself.
This new version pokes fun at Kroeger’s hair over the years, with the lyrics, “Falling down the photo rabbit hole/Is it my hair or just a ramen bowl.”
Kroeger says, “Fifteen years ago, we had no idea that the photos on our mobile devices would become such a ubiquitous part of all of our lives. When Google approached us with the idea about marrying the song with Google Photos we felt like it would be a fun and nostalgic way to give the song a lyrical refresh and share some of our favorite memories.”
Watch the ad on YouTube now.

Music News – Wednesday, December 23

A federal judge in Chicago has set a new trial date for the sexual abuse charges against R. Kelly.
The trial has been tentatively set for September 13th, 2021, which is contingent on his New York trial moving forward in April. A status hearing which will confirm the trial start date in fall will be on March 25th. Kelly has served 17 months in jail at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in Chicago and faces charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York. (ABC News – Chicago)

Madonna posted a selfie highlighting the “beautiful scar” from hip surgery. It’s high enough on her thigh that only an intimate partner would ever see it.
Also seen in her Instagram Story was the remnant bruising from “cupping” massage therapy on her thighs.
Last month, she repaired damage from her decades of dancing on stage. At this time last year, Madonna was forced to cancel several Madame X concerts due to her nagging injuries.
She’s currently walking with a cane. But apparently is well enough, based on an Instagram post on Monday, to twerk with her adopted children. (People)

In a recent Instagram post, Pink says she was hospitalized after fracturing her ankle. She says, “As if surviving covid wasn’t enough. I was actually running down the stairs trying to see the Christmas star! Ha! 2020 is the gift that keeps on giving!”

Music News – Tuesday, December 22

Taylor Swift isn’t only on top of the album charts, she’s topped the singles chart as well.
Evermore‘s first single, “Willow,” debuts at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. That makes Taylor the first person to debut atop both the album and single charts simultaneously twice. She became the first artist ever to do it when Folklore and its single “Cardigan” bowed on top in August.
This is her seventh number-one, coming after “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012, “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” in 2014, “Bad Blood” in 2015, “Look What You Made Me Do” in 2017 and “Cardigan” from this past August. Swift is the 21st artist in the Hot 100‘s history with at least seven number-ones.
“Willow” is also Swift’s 29th Top 10 song, putting her sixth all time behind Drake (42), Madonna (38), The Beatles (34), Rihanna (31) and Michael Jackson (30).

Bono of U2Halsey and Pharrell Williams have joined the cast of the animated film Sing 2.
The sequel to the 2016 smash is set to be released December 22nd, 2021. The Hollywood Reporter says that Bono will play the lion Clay Calloway, the “world’s most reclusive rock legend.” The wolf Jimmy Crystal, played by Bobby Carnavale, tries to coax him “out of self-imposed seclusion after the death of his wife and persuade him to perform.” Halsey plays Jimmy Crystal’s daughter.
The movie will also feature the voices of Matthew McConaugheyReese WitherspoonScarlett JohanssonTaron EgertonTori Kelly and Nick Kroll.

Ed Sheeran dropped a surprise single on Monday morning.
It’s called “Afterglow” and it comes with a one-take performance video that Sheeran filmed outside. He says, “‘Afterglow’ is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you. It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too. Enjoy! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now.”
This is Sheeran’s first new music since the No.6 Collaborations Project was released in July 2019. Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn welcomed their first child, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran, at the end of August.

Music News – Monday, December 21

Ariana Grande is engaged. This time around, the guy is Los Angeles real estate agent Dalton Gomez. The couple started dating in January then quarantined together.
An insider told People magazine (quote) “They couldn’t be happier, they’re just so excited. This is a happy time for them, both sets of parents are thrilled.”
Ari and Dalton announced the engagement Sunday morning on Instagram. She flashed her huge diamond ring with the caption (quote) “Forever n then some.”
Her manager, Scooter Braun, commented (quote) “Congrats to these two amazing souls. Ari we love you and could not be happier for you. Dalton you are a lucky man.” (People)

Days after blasting Shia LaBeouf for “tricking” her into sleeping with him even though he was involved with someone else, Sia has gotten revenge — by firing him from her new movie.
Sia tells Australia’s Studio 10 that she booted him from Music because of the incident, replacing him with Kate Hudson. She says, “I asked for a meeting with her, and she said she was born to do it. She could sing, she could dance, she could do it all.”
Accusations against Shia started piling up after his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs accused him of “relentless abuse” including sexual assault.

Sir Paul McCartney revealed that Taylor Swift shifted the Evermore album release date — twice — so not to conflict with his, McCartney III.
The pair connected for the Rolling Stone cover photoshoot. Each shared what projects were on the horizon. Taylor privately told McCartney about her secret album. Out of professional respect, she did not want to overshadow his latest release.
Paul recalled an email exchange with Taylor during an interview with Howard Stern. (quote) “She said, ‘I found out you were going to put yours out on December 10th. So I moved Evermore to the 18th.’ Then she found out we were coming on the 18th and moved hers back to the 10th. People do keep out of each other’s way. It’s a nice thing to do.” (NME)

Music News – Friday, December 18

It took a Herculean effort on Blake Shelton’s part to propose to Gwen Stefani. She confessed to dragging her feet without realizing what he had planned.
Gwen nearly canceled her trip to Blake’s farm. She told Kelly Clarkson, (quote) “I was trying to get out of going to Oklahoma because it was getting too complicated with COVID and the family.”
Even on the day of proposal, coordinating schedules became difficult. Blake barely pulled it off. He asked Gwen to help with starting a fire. He told her to grab matches from the cupboard. On the shelf was her engagement ring inside the box. (Billboard)

Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday anthem is back at the top of the hot 100 chart. This comes almost a year to the day after it reached number one for the very first time. Mariah is thanking fans for the 812-million streams this season. In a tweet, she says she doesn’t want a lot for Christmas, just “a bit more joy and holiday spirit for all, especially this year.”

“Star Wars” actress Naomi Ackie will play the iconic Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” But don’t expect her to sing. They’ll be using Houston’s original tracks in the movie. Co-producer and Whtiney’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston, tells “Entertainment Tonight” there is going to be a new album with the movie. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” comes out Thanksgiving 2022.

Music News – Thursday, December 17

Could Adele launch her new album at the Grammy Awards on January 31st?
That’s the rumor from Hits Daily Double, which also says that the show’s new booker, Ben Winston, has already secured Taylor SwiftHarry Styles and Dua Lipa for show. And Winston has “made nice with Beyonce” to get her on board after hubby Jay-Z got shut out with his eight nominations back in 2018.
Winston already has a track record reeling in big stars — he was the first booker for James Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke.

Gwen Stefani is finally giving details on Blake Shelton’s proposal. She tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’ he popped the question next to the fireplace at their Oklahoma Ranch.  Blake Shelton revealed he was carrying around the ring for a week before he gave it to her. The two got engaged in October. They say they want to wait till after the pandemic to get hitched.

Music News – Wednesday, December 16

Shawn Mendes is not gay. Camila Cabello is truly his girlfriend.
That’s one message that Shawn Mendes tried to send while chatting with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast.
Shawn admitted that he’s been mistaken for gay since middle school. He called it frustrating. (quote) “It’s such a tricky thing. You want to say, ‘I’m not gay but it’d be fine if I was gay — but also there’s nothing wrong with being gay but I’m not.’”
Shawn exhibits a strong feminine side because he grew up surrounded by women. (quote) “I didn’t grow up wrestling. I grew up getting my hair braided on New Year’s Eve.”
During their one-hour conversation, Shawn said he’s been focused on his mental health. He’s gotten into meditation. And when that doesn’t work, he reaches for a joint. (People)

We all know the kind of tunes that end up on those sappy “wedding song” playlists, but what about the sounds of the bachelor and bachelorette parties?
Spotify has just dropped its 2020 list of songs that folks play during their bachelorette party, including hits like:
  • “Wannabe” – Spice Girls
  • “Jumpin’, Jumpin”– Destiny’s Child
  • “Truth Hurts”– Lizzo
  • “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
  • “Crazy in Love (feat. Jay Z)” – BeyoncéJay-Z
  • “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
  • “Any Man of Mine” – Shania Twain

Music News – Tuesday, December 15

Who runs the world? According to Forbes magazine, Rihanna, Beyonce and Taylor Swift sure have a hand in it.
Those ladies all made the business magazine’s list of the World’s Most Powerful Women, mingling with heads of state, business leaders and media titans. Rihanna ranks highest among the singing icons, landing at number-69, mostly for her charitable efforts and the success of Fenty. Beyonce ranked 72nd on the list, and Taylor, who’s been busier than anyone else during lockdown, nestled at number-82
The mag’s editors chose German chancellor Angela Merkel as the single most powerful woman in the world.

Blake Shelton tells Rolling Stone Magazine about how Adam Levine used to drive him crazy on ‘The Voice’. “Adam is a 14-year-old boy trapped in a 30-whatever-he-is body. And that includes his attention span. When he got on something, you need to take a Tylenol and get ready, because that’s what you’re gonna hear about for the next month.”

TMZ says Pepa, from Salt N Pepa, is suing Dr. David Sayah for negligence. She says he pressured her into multiple butt surgeries. Dr. David is accused of botching the surgeries with poorly made implants. Apparently, Pepa’s behind hardened and knotted up causing her to look way worse than her natural form.

Music News – Monday, December 14

Taylor Swift is full of surprises, but an elopement is not one of them.
Fans have been speculating that the white dress she wears in the video for her new single “Willow” is a hint that she and Joe Alwyn have gotten married. But TMZ reports that it’s not the case — it’s just a gown.
“Willow” is on Tay’s new surprise album, Evermore.

Britney Spears isn’t done with the surprises.
Her new deluxe reissue of her 2016 album Glory features a previously unreleased track with Backstreet Boys. “Matches” is a vintage Britney dance track, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.

Blake Shelton tells NBC that he wants Maroon 5 frontman and fellow judge from The Voice, Adam Levine, to perform at his and Gwen Stefani’s wedding.  “I’ve been doing this a long time now and I’ve got a lot of favors out there; he may not like it but Adam Levine’s going to have to get the band together and come and play our wedding. I’ve already seen a music video where they crash people’s weddings and he owes me a lot for just putting up with him over the years.”

Music News – Friday, December 11

She’s done it again. Taylor Swift has announced via social media that she will drop a new album titled evermore. It premiered at midnight today.
Taylor shared a post on Instagram saying the surprise project is the “sister” to her earlier 2020 release, folklore. She writes, “It feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.”

Music-news.com says Taylor Swift has donated $26,000 to two fans in need. Nikki Cornwell and Shelbie Selewski received the money after falling on hard times.
Taylor posted the following message to Nikki: “I’m so sorry for everything you’ve had to go through this year and wanted to send you this gift, from one Nashville girl to another.”
She told Shelbie: “No one should have to feel the kind of stress that’s been put on you. I hope you and your beautiful family have a great holiday season.”

Hello magazine says Mariah Carey is petitioning to meet the Queen of England. She tweeted: ”Petitioning for an audience with the Queen re: All I Want For Christmas Is You” No word yet as to why she wants to meet the queen so bad in the middle of a pandemic to talk about a song she made in the 90s.

Music News – Thursday, December 10

Kelly Clarkson didn’t just clean house after splitting with Brandon Blackstock, she got rid of her house and snagged a brand new one.
She opened up to Fran Drescher, who went through a very public divorce several years ago, when the actress appeared on her talk show earlier this week. When Fran talked about starting over in a new home, Kel chimed in, saying  “It’s like you were in my last therapy session. I got a new house, it’s very white and clean, the same reasoning. And I also redid my office here. I looked at Kevin in our art department and I was like, ‘Please help me make this make sense.’ I was like, ‘I need to feel cleansed.’ I just wanted to feel happy and it does, the colors make me feel really good.”
Kelly sold her old suburban L.A. estate for $10 million earlier this year.

Mariah Carey splurged to create her Magical Christmas Special for Apple TV Plus.
She spent upward of $5 million for sets, costumes and guest stars, including Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Eichner and Snoop Dogg.
A source said, (quote) “The special was created with huge production values. Mariah does nothing by half. Her styling alone, including hair and make-up, cost nearly $200,000. But everyone who knows Mariah knows she’s worth every penny.” (The Sun, UK)

Music News – Wednesday, December 9

Gwen Stefani has her pick of the best musical minds in the world, but when she really wants an expert opinion, she sticks close to home — and asks Blake Shelton.
Gwen tells Billboard that she’s consulted her fiance about the songs she’s been working on for her comeback — especially the new single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.” She says, “It’s funny, because Blake was the one who was listening to all of the songs. We were trying to decide, if we did put something out, what would it be? And he goes, ‘[“Let Me Reintroduce Myself”] just keeps making me feel like it should be that song.’”
And as she puts it, “Blake’s been on The Voice for like 19 seasons, picking songs for people — and sort of has 27 number-one radio hits — so he’s really good at picking songs, I really trust him.”

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have gone from breakup rumors to wedding rumors in record time — and Shawn is letting fans “Wonder” about the potential of the two getting hitched.
The Canadian cutie tells Entertainment Tonight, “She’s been one of my best friends since I was, like, 15 years old. I don’t know…at the same time, I know we’re really young, so I don’t want to jump, like, insanely fast, but I think when you find your person, you feel and you know that you have found your person.”
The couple first met way back in 2014, when Shawn was still an unknown singer opening for Austin Mahone.

Madonna is no longer like a tattoo virgin — as she just told the world via Instagram,
On Monday, the Material Mom posted a photo of herself sitting in a tattoo artist’s chair as the inkmaster works on one of her arms. She captioned it “inked for the very first time,” but didn’t reveal what image she chose.
And, yes, both Madge and the tattooist are wearing masks, so it’s clearly all legal.

Music News – Tuesday, December 8

Gwen Stefani is the kind of star who needs no introduction, but she’s offering one anyway — on the comeback single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.”
Gwen debuted the bouncy tune last night on The Voice, and she tells fans to expect a bit of a throwback. She says, “The idea was to write a song that had a bit of a nostalgic feeling to it, so I think musically it reminds you of back in the day, going back to where I started musically which was with ska and reggae. I’m still the same me but here’s something a little bit new in case you feel like hearing a little bit more of me.” You can find it on YouTube…it definitely sounds like a No Doubt track!

Cyndi Lauper‘s taking her annual Home for the Holidays benefit show virtual this year — and she’s making it bigger than ever.
Taylor Swift, Cher, Dolly Parton, Billie Eilish, Boy George and Adam Lambert are among the dozens of artists who’ve signed on to perform or speak at the 10th incarnation of the event. The show premieres Friday on TikTok and will stream again on Lauper’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on December 13th. Cyndi will pop on to chat with fans during all the streams.
Proceeds from Home for the Holidays will go to True Colors United, which Cyndi co-founded 12 years ago to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are looking to spread some warmth for the holidays, so they cuddled up by an open fire… To record their lovey-dovey version of “The Christmas Song.”
Camila introduced the duet on Instagram, writing, “This holiday season, it is more important than ever to spread love and kindness to everyone! Shawn and I wanted to send all our love to you amazing humans so we put together something special for you.”
“The Christmas Song” is featured on the holiday deluxe edition of Shawn’s new Wonder album. The feel-good song will also do good for others. Camila says that proceeds from sales will go to Feeding America — and she and Shawn will match that with a $100,000 donation of their own.

Music News – Monday, December 7

Lewis Capaldi has been named Songwriter of the Year by Variety, and he’s proud of the honor — but says the overall darkness of 2020 helped make him the man of the hour.
Lewis says “It’s genuinely overwhelming, especially this year, to know that through all this [crap] that has been happening, people are listening to my music. Whether or not they wanted to — maybe someone was listening on the radio and they went, ‘This [stuff] is terrible, turn that off. I’ve soundtracked the worst year of many people’s lives. That’s quite a feeling!”
So how does he write downer songs like “Someone You Loved”? He jokes, “What I do to get, as you say, in that zone, is: Immediately before a song, I will go to the bathroom, look into the mirror and I‘ll pick my nose hairs out or pluck my ear hairs out, while also just filling my own head with little things like, ‘Oh, you’ve got that weird tooth thing that Tom Cruise also has, where your teeth don’t line up. You’ve got one of those tuck-in chins that is not desirable at all.”

Life & Style Weekly Magazine says Gwen Stefani has been busy planning her wedding to Blake Shelton. A source tells the magazine, “The first will be small with family at the house in Oklahoma. That’s when they’ll officially exchange vows. Gwen would love to have a Christmas wedding with the family there. When the pandemic is over, the big ceremony and party will take place. They’re hoping it’ll be next year at their new Encino home because it’s easily accessible for their celebrity friends and the perfect setting. Blake’s written a love song about Gwen, too, which he’ll sing live.”

Music News – Friday, December 4

Justin Bieber Zoomed into a Florida hospital on Wednesday to help Ryan Seacrest open the latest outpost of his charitable Seacrest Studios.
The new studio, located in Orlando’s Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, will offer hospitalized children a chance to host radio and TV shows, watch live musical performances, play games and interview celebrity guests. Over the years, Seacrest Studios have been visited by stars like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Usher.

Britney Spears celebrated her birthday yesterday by offering fans a couple of gifts — a classic album reissue with two rare tracks, one of which is now out as a single.
The revamped version of Glory is due just before Christmas, but we’re getting a taste of what’s to come right now, with “Swimming in the Stars.” That track is streaming, but is also available as a limited-edition single, exclusively at Urban Outfitters.

Billboard magazine just gave its annual Women in Music Icon Award to Jennifer Lopez — and though she’s honored, she says that success hasn’t changed her.
J-Lo tells Billboard, “I will always be Jenny from the Block. I’m the people’s icon. I’m the person that you look at and say, “I can do that because she did it. I am the person that people relate to, the person who’s down to earth, who’s loving and cries and is caring and tough — all the things you would expect this little Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx to be.”
And as for being elevated to Icon status? “I think of an icon as somebody who defines a moment or an era. Someone like Barbra Streisand — a singer, actor, producer and a director who wound up defining movies in a different way, because her beauty wasn’t typical. When I started working in my early 20s, it was size zero  models on the cover of magazines. Tall, blonde, white, sometimes Black. But never Latina. I didn’t shy away from being from the Bronx, I didn’t shy away from my humble beginnings. I embraced all of it to be who I was and offer something really different.”

Music News – Thursday, December 3

Lady Gaga has a sweet deal for fans — and even some haters. She’s introducing her own Oreo cookie!
The cookie makers will roll out a special treat inspired by the Mother Monster’s Chromatica, made with pink-hued Golden Oreos with green-colored creme and three Gaga-inspired cookie designs on the outside, including a beautiful heart embossment.
They’ll initially hit stores in January, in special six-cookie packs, and will be available nationwide a couple of months later. Gaga and Oreos are also teaming up on an initiative to spread some love. Starting December 15 through April 30th, they are encouraging fans to send uplifting “OREOgrams” to people they love. You can create your own message, which will be instantly transformed into a song, or choose from a message recorded by Lady Gaga. Go directly to SingItWithOreo.com and get singing!

Not to be outdone, this Friday, on National Cookie Day, Mariah Carey will launch her personal brand of cookies with a Christmas theme.
There are three holiday flavors — White Chocolate Cranberry, Pumpkin and Gingerbread cookies. There’s also Mimi’s Mix Box, which is a variety of her favorite homemade flavors.
Restaurateur Robert Earl partnered with Mariah’s Cookies. He said, (quote) “Mariah is synonymous with the holidays. I can think of no better way to celebrate with friends and family than with a box of Mariah’s Cookies.”
Mariah’s Cookies will be available by delivery only in 30 markets. Ordering is possible through most apps, including Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates. (Los Angeles Magazine)

Taylor Swift just offered up the first taste of her newly recorded old material — by letting Match.com use the revamped “Love Story” in a comical new commercial.
Tay spilled the details, saying that she just couldn’t say no to pal Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the ad. It shows a devil-like character on a date. The demonic figure looks lovingly at his date, posed in front of a dumpster fire, and says, “I just don’t want this year to end.”
Taylor says the track isn’t completely finished, but promises she’s “working hard to get the music to you soon.”

Music News – Wednesday, December 2

Lady Gaga is revving up to raise cash for her Born This Way Foundation — by raffling off a high-end sports car that was used in the video for one of her newest pop songs, “911.”
The 2020 Lamborghini, which is valued at $208,000, was shown in a dream sequence meant to mimic Gaga’s own experiences with anti-psychotic medications. The auction description calls it “a piece of pop culture perfection…not to mention a pretty powerful ride,”
Little Monsters and auto fiends can submit one entry for free on Omaze through December 17th. If you want to boost your chances, it’ll cost you: Multiple entries are available for donations ranging from 100 for $10 to 2000 for $100.

Mariah Carey may be the Queen of Christmas now, but things were a whole lot different when she was a little girl.
Mimi tells Elle magazine that she always loved the holiday, but it never quite turned out the way she wanted. She says, “It’s just that longing that I had as a child, that I always wanted things to be perfect for the holidays … And they never were. It was always somebody ruining the moment, always these dysfunctional family members who came around and foiled everything… After I kind of emerged from my first relationship-slash-marriage, I created the Christmases that I wanted to have.”
You can see exactly how she wanted to spend the holidays when Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special hits Apple TV+ on Friday.

Music News – Tuesday, December 1

Camila Cabello is still head over heels in love with Shawn Mendes — but she wants fans to know that their relationship isn’t as perfect as it looks in pictures.
The “Seniorita” singer hit up Instagram over the weekend to offer her thoughts on love. She wrote, “When you’re in a relationship with someone, it feels like they are this mirror reflecting yourself back to you — It’s not as simple as it looks in pictures sometimes. sometimes, it’s messy and uncomfortable and ugly. to be in love means to choose that person over and over again, to go through the messy stuff with. And that’s way more beautiful and raw and real than perfection.”

A joke about Selena Gomez in the reboot of Saved by the Bell led the show’s producers and streaming service Peacock to apologize to the singer.
In one episode two high school students are seen arguing about who the donor was for Gomez’s kidney transplant in 2017. (The donor was her best friend Francia Raisa.) One student says, “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber‘s mom. God, I wish that I had my phone so that I could prove it.” The other student replies, “Prove what? That you’re an idiot? It was Demi Lovato‘s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”
And in another scene the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” are written near some lockers on the walls of the high school.
The references caused a social media storm on over the holiday weekend, leading to “Respect Selena Gomez” to trend on Twitter. The show’s executive producers and Peacock released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that said, “We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”