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Music News – Tuesday, February 23

Daft Punk have called it quits, and they said goodbye with a video that’s as weird and mysterious as you might expect.
The duo shared an eight-minute video titled “Epilogue,” in which they appear in their usual robot costumes. They stand together in a desert landscape, until one takes off his jacket to reveal an energy pack inside. The other touches a button on the pack, causing the first guy to explode into flames as their moody song “Touch” plays in the background.
Daft Punk rose to North American stardom in 2013 with the smash “Get Lucky.” They won a Grammy the next year for their Random Access Memories album. (Variety)

The Jonas Brothers reunion has hit a roadblock. The youngest brother, Nick Jonas, is returning to a solo career.
This coming weekend, Nick will guest host Saturday Night Live and perform a new song, “Spaceman.”
Because of Nick’s priorities, the Jonas Brothers nixed a new album. It had been available for pre-order. They recorded enough music last year, but they won’t release it if Nick can’t promote it.
A showbiz insider confirmed, (quote) “The Jonas Brothers’ reunion is effectively over for now. They had an album ready to go but then the pandemic happened. Realistically, it will be a while before they do music as a trio again.” (The Sun, UK)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, February 22

When the cold weather storms hit Texas last week, delivery driver Chelsea Timmons was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
She was attempting to make a delivery to Doug Condon and Nina Richardson in Austin around Valentine’s Day, when her car slid down the driveway of their home, into their flowerbed — and broke down. The car wouldn’t start. Chelsea was stuck.
When Doug and Nina learned that a tow truck wasn’t available because of the terrible weather, they invited Chelsea into their home.
Her bad luck ended up turning into good luck.
Chelsea stayed with Doug and Nina for five days. They weathered the storm by enjoying meals together — and, mostly, just staying warm. Near the end of her stay, Chelsea baked a cake for the couple to show her appreciation for their generosity.
And finally, after five days, things cleared up enough for a repair truck to show up and get Chelsea’s car moving again.
It was an unusual Valentine’s Day for everyone involved, but it was also one that they will never forget. (KMOV-TV)

The Daily Dish – Monday, February 22

Within 24 hours of Kim Kardashian filing for divorce due to  “irreconcilable differences,” the Daily Mail published the paperwork with her signature. California law considers divorce filings “public record.”
Kanye West agreed to a prenup, which said their assets are “separate property.” Kim has nearly $800 million and he’s worth more than $1 billion. Neither is obligated to provide spousal support. Each is responsible for legal fees and paying their divorce lawyers.
The divorce claims “there are no community assets.” Kim requested joint custody of their four children. (Daily Mail)

Prince Harry has responded to Queen Elizabeth‘s announcement that he and wife Meghan Markle have been removed from their royal roles — and Prince William is “furious.”
According to a report by The Sunday Times, the Duke of Cambridge is “really sad and genuinely shocked” about his brother’s behavior toward the Queen.
On Friday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan won’t return as working royals and will no longer have royal involvement with several U.K. charities.
In response, Harry and Meghan released their own statement, insisting that “we can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
According to The Sunday Times, sources close to William said he’s “very upset by what has happened,” and found Harry and Meghan’s behavior “insulting and disrespectful.”
Another source added, “You don’t answer the Queen back — it’s just not done.”
But while the future king is said to be “furious” at his brother’s “insult” to the Queen, insiders say William misses Harry and hopes one day to reconcile.

James Franco has reached a settlement in that sexual misconduct suit his former students brought against him.
The star was accused in a 2019 lawsuit of intimidating several female students into sexual situations at the acting school he founded.
Now the two women have agreed to drop their individual claims. According to Variety, “Their sexual exploitation claims are also being dismissed without prejudice, which leaves them open to being re-filed.” The financial amount of the settlement hasn’t been disclosed.
Franco’s attorneys have called the allegations “false and inflammatory.”
Since the allegations surfaced in 2018, the Disaster Artist star has kept a low profile.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, February 22

  • National Margarita Day
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • World Yoga Day
  • Be Humble Day

Everyone is anxious to get vaccinated, and with so many people who are eligible struggling to just get an appointment, seeing celebs post selfies celebrating getting their vaccines when healthcare workers and the elderly are still waiting is a bit infuriating. Most recently, Amanda Kloots posted a selfie to social media celebrating getting a vaccine and was promptly shamed by fans and followers for what they assumed was her skipping the line.
Quick refresher … Kloots’ husband,  Broadway actor Nick Cordero, died last summer after a long battle with COVID and she has been an advocate for not only getting the vaccine, but also following CDC- mandated guidelines. After the backlash she asked the public not to vaccine shame her on such a happy occasion and further explained that she went to the vaccine distribution center to just “see” if they had any extra vaccines after everyone scheduled got one, and she lucked out. (Page Six)

You know how people are being hyper-critical of their looks, because of all the time spend looking at themselves on Zoom meetings? Well, there’s a name for it. Yep, this obsession with perceived flaws has been dubbed “Zoom dysmorphia.” (Real Simple)

Is marriage success in your DNA? A new study from the University of Arkansas found that the key to a happy marriage may, in fact, be determined by your genes. Specifically, there is a gene variation – one that relates to traits such as bonding and gratitude — that may affect how successful your relationship is. So … it’s not your fault … it’s your DNA!

Is your to-do list so big you don’t know where to start? Try the two-minute rule. If you have something you need to do that will only take two minutes, do it first. Then go on to the things that might take 5 minutes. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll tick those to-do items off your list. (Medium)

Music News – Monday, February 22

Lady Gaga talks a lot about honesty and kindness, but one of her former employees says she got fired with an impersonal E-mail.
Creative director Laurieann Gibson shaped the packaging of Gaga’s tours and artwork from the Fame Monster days through Monster Ball. But when she began working with other people, including Katy Perry and Naomi Campbell, she got the boot without warning.
In her new book Dance Your Dance: 8 Steps to Unleash Your Passion and Live, Gibson reveals, “Some of the people around her thought I shouldn’t be working with other artists. They thought that I was taking too much spotlight — even though I didn’t want her spotlight. Just as I realized this chatter was happening, Gaga fired me. In an E-mail. I’m not even sure she wrote it herself.”

The fallout from Justin Timberlake‘s too-little, too-late apology to Janet Jackson continues — now that a writer dusted off an old tweet in which J.T. mocked the idea of saying “sorry.”
Journalist Ernest Owens re-posted a 2016 chat that started when he threw shade at Justin for appropriating black music and asking him to “apologize to Janet, too.” Justin quickly clapped back, “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.”
Justin tacked his Janet apology on to one he offered to Britney Spears in the wake of his creepy behavior, shown in the Framing Britney Spears documentary.