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Morgan Freeman delivered a damning critique of anti-vaccine campaigners on Tuesday and urged people to “go get the freakin’” coronavirus vaccine.

“The only wishes I have is those people who are refusing to take these dadgum shots would change their minds and realize this is one of those things we really have to do,” the movie star said on Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

“I don’t understand, to tell you the truth, anyone who has some issues with the idea of being vaccinated against this scourge, you know?” the actor continued. “The facts are in. We know that all those dead people are dead and why they’re dead.”

“But if you don’t, it’s really up to you,” Freeman added. “Except that now I have to avoid you. And I will, of course.”

Freeman earlier this week became the latest celebrity to appear in a public service announcement encouraging uptake of the COVID-19 shot.

“I’m not a doctor, but I trust science. And I’m told that, for some reason, people trust me. So here I am to say I trust science and I got the vaccine,” Freeman said in the spot, released by the nonprofit arts advocacy group The Creative Coalition.

“If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine,” he added, urging people to “help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again. Please.”

Posted On Wednesday, 07 April 2021 16:57 Written by

Bhad Bhabie has claimed that she’s earned over $1million (£723,000) in her first six hours on OnlyFans.

The online subscription service, which has become synonymous with explicit content, allows independent creators to produce content hidden behind a paywall.

Bhad Bhabie is charging $23.99 per month (£17.35) for access to photos and videos on her OnlyFans page, with subscribers also promised the opportunity to “direct message with this user.”

In a new Instagram post on Thursday (April 1), the rapper shared a photo appearing to show her total earnings from the six-hour period, including $757,526.08 from subscriptions, $267,675 from DM payments and $5,000 in tips.

“Not bad for 6 hours,” she wrote. “We broke the fuck out of that onlyfans record.” A spokesperson for OnlyFans has since confirmed to Varietythat Bhad Bhabie’s claims are legitimate.

Last year, Bhad Babie entered rehab to seek treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues.

The rapper (real name Danielle Bregoli) underwent treatment for a “combination of things”, including childhood trauma and substance abuse. In a statement issued to TMZ at the time, her management team said: “We are very proud of Danielle for recognising that she needed help and seeking it out.”

Meanwhile, OnlyFans launched a new creative prize fund to help emerging artists last month.

The fund will give a £20,000 grant to four individual artists, who will be selected by a voting panel, featuring OnlyFans CEO Tim Stokely and UK rapper Stefflon Don. Other judges include actor Suki Waterhouse and designer Henry Holland.

Other artists to join the platform include Cardi B, who partnered with the online subscription platform last year “to release behind-the-scenes content, address ongoing rumours and connect closer with [her] fans.”

Posted On Sunday, 04 April 2021 15:28 Written by

By Ekaete Bassey/ THE NATION

Ogudu Oluwanishola, the mother of Wizkid’s first child, has revealed the depth of love her heart holds for Davido’s estranged fiancée, Chioma.

Amid the ongoing allegation of the crashing of Davido and Chioma’s love ship, the first baby mama of grammy award winning star joined other well-meaning folks as well as fans to express immense love for Mama Ifeanyi.

Shola, who can most certainly relate with what Chioma may be going through being a baby mama to a celebrity, said she finds herself though unconsciously praying for Mama Ifeanyi and defending her too.

She said the connection with Chioma is purely spiritual.

According to her: “The love I have for Chioma is inexplicable.. Weird but I just find myself unconsciously praying for her, defending her anytime and anywhere … So spiritual lol..

“But May God continue to Bless and Strengthen her…and do that which is best for her now and forever. AMEN.”

Posted On Friday, 02 April 2021 17:08 Written by

AJ Tracey has announced his second album ‘Flu Game’ – check out the full tracklist below.

The London rapper signalled the follow-up to his self-titled 2019 debutduring a fake press conference that was streamed on Twitter this evening (March 22).

Broadcasting as a “breaking news” segment on the faux West 1 NewsTV station, the clip sees Tracey portray the newest signing to a fictional basketball team called Revenge Athletic. “As you know, AJ is one of the most dominant players of his generation,” a spokesman explains.

After the rapper takes various questions from a room of reporters, the video ends by presenting the web address FLUGAME.AJTRACEY.CO.UK. You can watch the announcement in full below.

Upon visiting the new site, fans are met with the basketball-themed artwork for ‘Flu Game’ as well as its release date of April 16. You can pre-order/pre-save the album here.

A shot from Tracey’s video for his recent single ‘Anxious’ also appears on a vintage TV set alongside a link to a new Revenge Athletic jersey, which can be purchased for £60.

Track titles for the forthcoming LP include ‘Cheerleaders’, ‘Draft Pick’, ‘Eurostep’, ‘Top Dog’ and ‘Perfect Storm’. T-Pain is set to feature on a song called ‘Summertime Shootout’ while Mabel appears on the previously-released ‘West Ten’.

AJ Tracey confirmed that ‘Flu Game’ was “almost done” last December, having dropped his ‘Secure The Bag! 2’ EP the previous month.

In a four-star review of the collection, NME wrote: “For all its author’s finesse, the features and production, ‘Secure The Bag! 2’ is raw, a collection of loosies thrown together with insouciance and confidence.”

Posted On Tuesday, 23 March 2021 02:19 Written by

Benny The Butcher has released his new album ‘The Plugs I Met 2’ – you can listen to it below.

The nine-track project, which arrives four months after Benny was shot during an attempted robbery, features guest verses from the likes of 2 Chainz, Fat Joe, French Montana, Jim Jones and late rapper Chinx.

Unlike the first volume of ‘The Plugs I Met’ which had Alchemist, Daringer and a number of others handling the beats, the sequel to the Griselda rapper’s 2019 project is produced entirely by New York’s Harry Fraud.

Although it was recorded at the same time as last year’s critically acclaimed, Hit-Boy-produced ‘Burden Of Proof’ album, Benny said the energy on his latest effort is very different.

“I recorded ‘Burden Of Proof’ in Cali with Hit-Boy and ‘The Plugs I Met 2’ in Brooklyn with Harry and you can hear that influence,” Benny explained. “I came in as an underdog, to filling out my position as one of the elite rhymers in the industry. ‘Plugs 2’ expands upon that mindset; the same confidence, same attitude, cocky, but I still have something to prove”

“‘Plugs 2’ is the story of a hustler who has realised success but understands how fragile it is,” added Harry Fraud. “Lyrically, the album shows Benny reflecting on what he’s sacrificed to get here and what he’ll need to do to continue his rise to the top.”

He concluded: “With this project, we set out to transport the listener into a world that was lush, but still gritty, triumphant, but still emotional and sonically diverse across the board.”

You can listen to ‘The Plugs I Met 2’ below:

To celebrate the release of the album, Benny also shared a new video for ‘Plug Talk’ featuring 2 Chainz. You can watch the Wizard-directed video below.

Earlier this month, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats released new album ‘Unlocked 1.5’, which is a reimagining of their 2020 collaboration ‘Unlocked’.

The new version of the eight-track EP features a number of guest appearances from the likes of Benny The Butcher, Arlo Parks, Joey Bada$$ and more.

Meanwhile, Benny’s Griselda crew mate Conway The Machine recently hinted that a collaboration with Eminem and The Alchemist could be on the way.

The US rapper said he was “just here for the comments” when he was asked why he had re-tweeted the rumour from his own account. No official confirmation of a collaboration has been given.

Posted On Sunday, 21 March 2021 15:38 Written by

Adam Lambert has revealed that he once auditioned for a role in A Star Is Born.

The Queen singer said he tried for the role of Ramon, Ally’s (Lady Gaga) gay friend in the movie.

Speaking on the latest episode of Apple‘s Nova Podcast Brenda, Call Me! With Courtney Act and Vanity, Lambert said: “Do you know, it’s funny, I auditioned for that part in A Star Is Born? It was so funny to me, because they told me about it and they were like ‘She’s going to have like a gay best friend’ and I was like ‘Okay, that could be cute’ and then I got the script and it was like… he was a Latin American character, like he was a Latino character.

“You know his name was Latino, a lot of the slang that he was using, he was calling her [Gaga] ‘Mami’ and all this stuff and I was like ‘Now how is this gonna work?, Should I just not go to the audition? This is not my part’.”

The part eventually went to Anthony Ramos, who starred in Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Gaga recently shared the first photo on set from her next movie – Ridley Scott’s forthcoming House Of Gucci.

Gaga will portray Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci, who was killed in a 1995 hit she orchestrated.

The MGM film will follow the true story of Reggiani, who in 1998 was convicted of orchestrating Gucci’s assassination after discovering that he’d been unfaithful. Despite originally receiving a 29-year prison sentence, Reggiani served 18 years before being released in 2016.

It is Gaga’s first film role since A Star Is Born (2018), for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Shallow‘.

Posted On Friday, 19 March 2021 14:54 Written by

Lucinda Williams has shared a cover of Sharon Van Etten‘s ‘Save Yourself’ – you can listen to it below.

The country-rock artist’s rendition of the song will appear on ‘Epic Ten’, a special 10th anniversary edition of Van Etten’s second album ‘Epic’ (released in 2010). A cover of ‘A Crime’ by Big Red Machine arrived earlier this month.

Ahead of the new record’s digital release on April 16, the video for Williams’ take on ‘Save Yourself’ landed on Van Etten’s YouTube channel today (March 18). In the clip, we see the Louisiana musician performing in the studio.

Van Etten announced the cover on Instagram last night alongside an image from the first night she and Williams met after the latter’s show in Tarrytown, New York in 2016.

“I shyly came backstage after being invited and she walked up to me with a glass of wine in her hand singing ‘Every time the sun comes up I’m in trouble…’,” she recalled. “I wanted to cry.”

Van Etten went on to hail the “legendary” Williams for covering ‘Save Yourself’ “with such devotion”. You can see that post below.

‘Epic Ten’, which comes with the original album, also features SVE covers from Idles, Courtney Barnett, Fiona Apple and more. A physical edition arrives on June 11 via Ba Da Bing.

Speaking about the anniversary release, Van Etten said ‘Epic’ “represents a crossroads for me as an artist – going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up”.

A documentary on the making of ‘Epic’ will be screened along with a special livestream show by Van Etten and her band on April 16 and 17 – you can find out more information here.

Sharon Van Etten’s latest full-length album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, came out in January 2019.

Posted On Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:08 Written by

By Gbenga Bada, Assistant Editor/ THE NATION

Music star Davido has reacted to the victories of his contemporaries at the 2021 edition of the Recording Academy Awards aka Grammys.

The 28-year-old singer reacted to Burna Boy and Wizkid wins hours after the 63rd edition of the awards ceremony hosted by Trevor Noah on Sunday, March 14, in the United States of America.

“Whichever way you look at it, this is a victory for Nigeria for the culture and for my people! Congrats to our winners! Tule Naija!” Davido tweeted.

Burna Boy broke the Nigerian music record at the 63rd Grammy Awards by winning a Grammy award for his album, ‘Twice As Tall.”

On the same night, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun won his first-ever Grammy Award after two nominations.

The win came through his duet with Beyonce on the song, ‘Brown Skin Girl’ off the 2019 album, ‘The Lion King.’

Sikiru Adepoju is the first Nigerian to win a Grammy for his performance in an album jointly produced.

Burna Boy remains the first Nigeria-based, solo artiste to win the Grammys.

Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 23:53 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Nigerian Music Stars Wizkid and Burna Boy emerged winners at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

While Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall’, his last year’s project, fetched him the ‘Best Global Music Album’ Category, Wizkid won his first-ever Grammy award for his role in ‘Brown Skin Girl’, a 2019 song by Beyonce.

‘Brown Skin Girl’ was nominated for the category alongside ‘Life Is Good’, a song by Future featuring Drake, ‘Lockdown’ by Anderson Park, ‘Adore You’ by Harry Styles and ‘Goliath’ by Woodkid.

Trevor Noah, South African US-based comedian, hosted the show from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

It was originally scheduled to take place in January but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

WINNER: Lady Gaga with Ariana


Best R&B Album

WINNER: John Legend – Bigger Love


Best Progressive R&B Album

WINNER: Thundercat – It Is What It Is


Best R&B Song

WINNER: Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello – Better Than I Imagine


Best Traditional R&B Performance

WINNER: Ledisi – Anything for You


Best Latin Jazz Album

WINNER: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Four Questions


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

WINNER: Maria Schneider Orchestra – Data Lords


Best Jazz Instrumental Album

WINNER: Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – Trilogy 2


Best Jazz Vocal Album

WINNER: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – Secrets Are the Best Stories


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

WINNER: Chick Corea – All Blues


Best Alternative Music Album

WINNER: Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters


Best Musical Theater Album

WINNER: Jagged Little Pill


Best Comedy Album

WINNER: Tiffany Haddish – Black Mitzvah


Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

WINNER: Rachel Maddow – Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth


Best Children’s Music Album

WINNER: Joanie Leeds – All the Ladies


Best Global Music Album

WINNER: Burna Boy – Twice As Tall


Best Reggae Album

WINNER: Toots & the Maytals – Got to Be Tough


Best Regional Roots Music Album

WINNER: New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Atmosphere


Best Folk Album

WINNER: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All the Good Times


Best Contemporary Blues Album

WINNER: Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?


Best Traditional Blues Album

WINNER: Bobby Rush – Rawer Than Raw


Best Bluegrass Album

WINNER: Billy Strings – Home


Best Americana Album

WINNER: Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground


Best American Roots Song

WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything


Best American Roots Performance

WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything


Best Song Written for Visual Media

WINNER: Billie Eilish – No Time to Die

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Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

WINNER: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

WINNER: Jojo Rabbit


Best Contemporary Classical Composition

WINNER: Christopher Rouse – Rouse: Symphony No. 5


Best Classical Compendium

WINNER: Isabel Leonard – Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Matt Haimovitz – Woolf, L.P.: Fire and Flood


Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

WINNER: Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton – Smyth: The Prison


Best Classical Instrumental Solo

WINNER: Richard O’Neill – Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra


Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

WINNER: Pacifica Quartet – Contemporary Voices


Best Choral Performance

WINNER: James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers – Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua.


Best Opera Recording

WINNER: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera


Best Orchestral Performance

WINNER: Los Angeles Philharmonic – Ives: Complete Symphonies


Best Tropical Latin Album

WINNER: Grupo Niche – 40


Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

WINNER: Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México, Vol. 1


Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

WINNER: Rito Paez – La Conquesta del Espacio


Producer of the Year, Classical

WINNER: David Frost


Best Engineered Album, Classical

WINNER: Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar”


Best Remixed Recording

WINNER: Saint Jhn – Roses (Imanbek Remix)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

WINNER: Beck – Hyperspace


Best Historical Album

WINNER: Mister Rogers – It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers


Best Album Notes

WINNER: The Replacements – Dead Man’s Pop


Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

WINNER: Wilco – Ode to Joy


Best Recording Package

WINNER: Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12


Best Roots Gospel Album

WINNER: Fisk Jubilee Singers – Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)


Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

WINNER: Kanye West – Jesus Is King


Best Gospel Album

WINNER: PJ Morton – Gospel According to PJ.


Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

WINNER: Zach Williams & Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus


Best Gospel Performance/Song

WINNER: Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music – Movin’ On


Best New Age Album

WINNER: Jim “Kimo” West – More Guitar Stories


Best Music Film

WINNER: Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice


Best Music Video

WINNER: Beyoncé – Brown Skin Girl


Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals

WINNER: Jacob Collier – He Won’t Hold You


Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Cappella

WINNER: John Beasley – Donna Lee


Best Instrumental Composition

WINNER: Maria Schneider – Sputnik


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

WINNER: Snarky Puppy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall


Best Dance/Electronic Album

WINNER: Kaytranada – Bubba


Best Dance Recording

WINNER: Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis – 10%

Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 19:27 Written by

By Muhaimin Olowoporoku/ PM NEWS

Reality TV star and former BBNaija housemate, Rebecca Nengi Hampson has acquired a new mansion.

The reality TV star shared photos of the new property via her Twitter and Instagram pages on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

The BBNaija lockdown housemate has been in the spotlight before her time in the Big Brother Naija house as she is a former model and had made it to the MBGN 2017 top five contestants.

After finishing 2nd runner-up at the reality TV show, her fame amplified as she achieves celebrity status and now famous beyond Nigeria and across Africa.

She recently returned from a media tour in Ghana where she and her Ghanian fans were all excited to have her in the country.

She can be described as one of the most successful reality TV stars from BBNaija.

In 2020, she was appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa State governor on ‘The Girl Child.’

Sharing the news of her new mansion, she said “2021 just keeps getting better. With consistency, dedication, and hard work, I finally get to tick this off my checklist. Thank you Lord for continued blessings. Can’t wait to play table tennis with my friends in my ‘Pengi’ home.”

Posted On Thursday, 11 March 2021 01:58 Written by
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