Sunday, 31 May 2020

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Music director and producer Clarence Peters is currently being detained by Lagos police over the death of popular dancer, Love Divines known as Kodak.

This happened after reports emerged that the popular dancer died at Peters’ house on Wednesday while charging her iPhone.

It was reported that the dancer was barefooted and sat near the door of the residence while operating the plugged phone when the incident happened.

According to reports, she suffered chest burns when the phone fell on her body and died before they got to the hospital.

However, The Nation reported that Peters is now being detained and questioned at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba.

Posted On Monday, 04 May 2020 13:56 Written by

My Chemical Romance, Rage Against The Machine and Travis Scott are all reportedly being lined up for headline slots at Coachella Festival2020.

According to Consequence of Sound, comebacks will be the order of the day at the California festival as Gerard Way’s returning emo icons gear up to take top billing alongside Rage – who previously self-confirmed the show in a list of mysterious reunion shows.

Travis Scott will take the third headline slot at the April event, joined by an eclectic line-up which also reportedly includes the likes of Lana Del Rey, Flume, and Thom Yorke.

The report cites unnamed “industry sources” and comes ahead of the official line-up reveal – which is expected to take place in early January.

It comes after 2019’s Coachella saw headline slots from the likes of Tame Impala, Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande.

After confirming their reunion in October, MCR played their first comeback show in Los Angeles earlier this month.

Reviewing MCR’s live return, NME’s Kevin EG Perry wrote: ” Towards the end of their triumphant, cathartic performance, frontman Gerard Way turned to the crowd and said he saw ‘a lot of familiar faces, so thanks for waiting around all these years.’

“He seemed genuinely taken aback when he asked how many people were seeing MCR for the first time, and it looked as if 90% of the crowd raised their arms and cheered in joy and disbelief. This is a whole new generation of fans who never got to see MCR live the first time around, and who now can’t believe their luck.”

Posted On Wednesday, 01 January 2020 19:57 Written by

Poppy has announced that she has parted ways with creative partner Titanic Sinclair.

The 24-year-old singer posted a letter on her social media accounts detailing her past relationship with the producer. “I grappled with the thought of making this statement but I decided to do this to set the record straight,” Poppy’s statement begins, before saying that their professional breakup was a “long time coming.”

“The reason I am making this statement is due to the amount of misinformation online about me and my character and I owe it to myself to clear a few things up,” she adds.

The post continues: “I met this person at a young age and things were seemingly good for a while until echoes from his past were too loud to ignore.

“I was never ‘an accomplice’ to this person’s past actions like some believe – I was a person who suffered similar wrong doings as one of his former partners brought to light.”

Poppy then claimed that he “glamorizes suicide” and has used it in the past to manipulate her. “As a grab for attention he messaged fans before he tried hanging himself while I was on tour with an item that belonged to me,” she writes, before adding that he has recently used her former friends “as his next experiment repeating manipulative patterns he has for years.”

“I was trapped in a mess that I needed to dig my way out of – and like I always do, I figured out how to handle it,” she adds.

Read Poppy’s full statement below:

Posted by Poppy on Saturday, December 28, 2019

The news comes almost a year after the pair settled a lawsuit with fellow musician Mars Argo, who accused Sinclair of replicating her “Mars Argo” identity and music to create Poppy.

Last year also saw a feud erupt after Poppy accused Grimes of ‘bullying‘ over the release of their collaboration ‘Play Destroy’. Grimes later denied the accusations, claiming that she was forced into a “disgusting situation”.

Meanwhile, Poppy will embark on a mega 36-date 2020 world tour in support of her upcoming new album ‘I Disagree’.

Starting in San Francisco on January 22 and ending in Madrid on March 30, the ‘I Disagree’ tour will make stops in Manchester (March 12), Glasgow (March 13), Birmingham (March 14) and London (March 15).

Posted On Tuesday, 31 December 2019 04:16 Written by

There was a Blank Space on this year’s Glastonbury’s line-up… and that’s where Taylor Swift has written her name.

She will make her Glastonbury debut in June – the festival’s 50th anniversary – headlining the Pyramid Stage.

Swift announced on Twitter that she was “ecstatic”, while holding up a photo of the festival’s in-house newspaper with the headline: “Sunday Night Taylor Made For Glastonbury.”

Festival organiser Emily Eavis simply responded: “Taylor! Yes!”

Festival founder Michael Eavis said: “I’m so pleased to announce Taylor Swift will be headlining the Sunday at Glastonbury 2020.

“She’s one of the biggest stars in the world and her songs are absolutely amazing. We’re so delighted.”

Swift, who performed on this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing final, joins previously-announced Saturday night headliner Paul McCartney; and Motown star Diana Ross, who will play the Sunday afternoon “legends slot”.

Friday’s headliner is still to be revealed but festival organiser Emily Eavis recently said it would be a male artist, playing the festival “for their first time”.

Many Glastonbury-watchers expect the slot to be taken by US rapper Kendrick Lamar.

The festival sold out in just 34 minutes when tickets went on sale in October. A resale for unwanted and unpaid tickets will take place on April 16, 2020 for coach tickets and April 19 for general tickets.

Emily Eavis said: “Taylor is one of the biggest and best artists on the planet, and we’re just so pleased that she’s coming here to Worthy Farm to join us for our 50th birthday celebrations.”

Swift has taken a new approach to touring next year.

After 2018’s ambitious, 53-date Reputation stadium tour, which played to 2.8m fans and took $345.7m (£259.3m) at the box office, she’s taking her new album, Lover, to festivals around the world, meeting new and unfamiliar audiences.

“The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, and summer,” she wrote on social media. “I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals.”

The star, who celebrated her 30th birthday this week with a Christmas-themed party, will play one further date in the UK next summer: At London’s BST festival in Hyde Park.

However, general admission tickets for the show sold out within hours of going on sale earlier this month.

Posted On Sunday, 15 December 2019 17:37 Written by

With the global success of Joker, it’s only natural to wonder what’s next for the character — and if there’s any chance we’d ever see Joaquin Phoenix put on his signature clown paint again. It’s hard to imagine how the film’s director, Todd Phillips, could pick up from the film’s haunting ending and continue the story. But that didn’t the film’s star from devising a creative way to try to convince him to make a sequel.

If it was a joke, it was an elaborate one. During production on Joker, Joaquin Phoenix would leave little hints to Todd Phillips about what the future could have in store for his character.

Joaquin Phoenix’s on-set antics may have been enough to get Todd Phillips to seriously consider continuing the Joker’s story. Phillips told The Los Angeles Times he definitely remembered the Yentl poster, and one for Forrest Gump, and another for his own previous movie The Hangover. He continued on the topic if a potential sequel:

The director isn’t sure it’s possible to recreate the unique set of circumstances that made Joker so successful. But he has given it some thought:

Posted On Saturday, 02 November 2019 23:51 Written by

Eminem and his lawyers received a visit from the Secret Service last year after the agency was contacted by a “concerned citizen.”

According to Buzzfeed, the 47-year-old rapper was visited by the Secret Service because of the controversial lyrics Eminem rapped about President Trump.

If you forgot, Eminem slammed Trump in his freestyle “The Storm,” which he performed during the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards.

On the track, Eminem called out the president for criticizing NFL players, for his reaction to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, and more.

Then Eminem took aim at Ivanka Trump on his song “Framed” where he raps, “Donald Duck’s on, there’s a Tonka Truck in the yard/ But dog, how the f–k is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car?”

And it didn’t end there. On his track “The Ringer,” Eminem continued his attack on Trump, rapping, “‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service/ To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him/ Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists/ I said, ‘Only when it comes to ink and lyricists.’”

It has now been reported that Secret Service agents did visit Eminemand looked into his controversial lyrics after they were contacted by a “concerned citizen.”

According to Buzzfeed, specifics from Eminem and the Secret Service’s conversation were redacted and Eminem‘s case was marked “non-referred” by federal prosecutors, who decided that his lyrics did not pose a threat against Trump‘s safety.

Posted On Friday, 25 October 2019 00:43 Written by

Beyoncé dropped her new Lion King-inspired album The Gift on July 19, and as expected, it’s amazing. Standout songs such as “SPIRIT” and “BIGGER” are like cocoa butter for the soul — smooth, soft, healing — but one track has especially been receiving a lot of buzz from the Beyhive: “Brown Skin Girl.” The song, which features Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy, is a love letter to black girls and black women everywhere, telling us that our natural selves are beautiful and worthy of being exalted.

After listening to the song for the first time, I knew that I loved it — the vocals, the flow, the lyrics, everything. The second time around, I still bobbed my head to the beat with the usual thoughts of how talented Bey is, but I sort of felt something within me begin to stir. By the third listen, tears were streaming down my face as the song’s message reallyset in.

I was suddenly taken back to my childhood, when my mom made me wear my natural hair to school, but I was too embarrassed to be proud of it. I was taken back to wishing my curly locks and gravity-defying frodidn’t make me stick out like a sore thumb in a classroom full of long, straight hair. I was taken back to thinking that maybe if my skin was lighter, I’d be prettier.

My parents always told my sisters and me to be proud of who we are, but it was much easier said than done when we were constantly bombarded with media that glorified a specific type of beauty over another. Although my mom didn’t allow magazines with nonblack women on the cover in our house, I always noticed that those were the ones placed front and center at grocery stores. In popular movies and TV shows, most of the desired women were fair-skinned with Eurocentric features. No matter how hard my parents tried to protect me from the toxicity of normalized white supremacy, there were traces of it everywhere, planting seeds of insufficiency in my mind.

After repeatedly listening to “Brown Skin Girl” and having my own little crying session, I was excited to head into work and ask some of my fellow melanin-infused colleagues if they had the same visceral response to the song. And, well, they most certainly did.

“I started getting a little emotional on my second listen, not just because of how much it means to me right now, but because I wish something like it existed when I was Blue’s age,” Content Director Britt Stephenssaid. “Being brought up in mostly white spaces and ingesting mostly white media can make black girls feel less than at such an early age, and 7-year-old me absolutely would have stanned a song like ‘Brown Skin Girl.'”

Assistant editor Mekishana Pierre echoed the same sentiment of appreciation for the song’s celebration of black girls. “It’s a message reminding us that regardless of what anyone else says or thinks, we are blessings,” she said. “We are beautiful; we are made of the sun and the earth and our skin is ‘just like pearls.’ By making this song, Beyoncé tells everyone that black women are untouchable. In a world where people try to make brown skin something ugly, it reminds us what the truth is: we are the realest magic there ever was!”

The Afrocentric bop’s outpouring of acceptance and validation is something social media coordinator Rachael Edwards also enjoyed. “I feel seen,” she said. “We often hear these songs with the general ‘you’re beautiful’ message, but ‘Brown Skin Girl’ is a direct love song to us. Beyoncé’s affirming anthem makes me feel detached from all the insecurities that racism and misogynoir tend to bring. It feels like I’m singing love over myself and young Black and Brown women. There is so much power behind that alone. I’ll be singing this forever, I’m sure of it!”

This is why “Brown Skin Girl” is unequivocally important for women of color to hear. I, too, wish my younger self could have listened to the song during those moments in which I felt inferior simply because of the way I naturally look. I appreciated the love and support from my parents greatly — and it certainly helped to have their reassurance — but there’s something especially significant about being uplifted by someone with a broad, influential platform; someone who can help to reconstruct the perceptions of blackness by showing that it deserves to be valued and respected, because it’s a part of who we are as human beings.

More than anything, I hope that other young black girls won’t have to go through what I went through to the same degree. I hope they hear “Brown Skin Girl” and unapologetically adore themselves for who they are inside and out. Because while there are complexities in our complexion, our skin glows like diamonds.

Posted On Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:14 Written by

Ciara turned Thursday’s Kids’ Choice Sport Awards into a family affair when she arrived in Santa Monica, CA, with husband Russell Wilson, their 2-year-old daughter Sienna, and her 5-year-old son Future Jr. (whom she shares with rapper Future). The brood was the epitome of cool as they hit the red carpet in color-coordinated ensembles — check out Sienna’s denim vest and Future Jr.’s sunglasses!

Ciara is set to perform a medley of her hits at the award show — which airs on Nickelodeon on Aug. 10 — while Russell previously hosted the show for three years, from 2015 to 2017. “The Kids’ Choice Sports Awards are always fun, we bring the whole family,” Ciara told Billboard. “The kids have been able to see Russell on the stage over the years so I’m excited for them to see me performing on the stage this year!” Ciara and Russell’s fun-filled family outing comes a day after the couple steamed up the ESPYs. See more of Ciara and Russell’s beautiful brood ahead!

Posted On Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:31 Written by

It seems so…

Liam Gallagher appears to have unveiled the tracklist for his second solo album, ‘Why Me? Why Not’.

The ‘Shockwave’ singer, who releases his new album on September 20, took to Twitter today (July 4) to announce – tweet-by-tweet – what looks to be the record’s run of songs.

If his Twitter posts are to be taken as official confirmation, the tracklist is as follows:

‘One Of Us’
‘Now That I’ve Found You’
‘Why Me? Why Not’
‘Be Stiill’
‘Alright Now’
‘The River’

Gallagher performed a storming set at Glastonbury last weekend, which NME said proved he could headline the festival solo.

In his review, Kevin EG Perry wrote: “the former Oasis frontman proved that, even without brother Noel, he has more than enough hits to provide a string of unforgettable Glastonbury moments

“Liam Gallagher was put on this earth for moments like this. His set on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night after a glorious day of sunshiiiine was so full of ‘Glastonbury moments’ that it’ll be hard for any act this weekend to better him.”

Liam and Noel Gallagher in the latter days of Oasis

In other news, Liam has been caught up in another family fued with his brother Noel, which led to him calling for “perspective” over his recent “threatening” message.

The former Oasis bandmates made headlines in coming to blows once again this week when Noel shared a screenshot of a WhatsApp exchange. In it, Liam tells his niece Anais Gallagher that Noel’s wife Sara Macdonald better be “very careful” after she described the former Beady Eye frontman as a “fat twat” following his Glastonbury performance on Saturday night.

Liam, who has since apologised, has now accused some of his critics of hypocrisy, saying: “Since when has telling somebody to be careful worse than wishing someone drop DEAD or hoping someone dies of AIDS?” asked Liam. “Let’s get things into perspective. Wishing you all LOVE n LIGHT LG x”

Posted On Thursday, 04 July 2019 21:16 Written by

The smell of rotten love is more of a stench, like dying roses and salty tears. It’s intoxicating and it changes the atmosphere of your reality. Sour love turns into resent, then hate, and sometimes love again.

But in the case of Ellie Goulding and Juice WRLD‘s new collaboration “Hate Me,” the much-coveted emotion was snapped away from their respective relationships without an Infinity Gauntlet. Now all that’s left is the emotional debris and memory of better times in the wake of the devastation.

Goulding’s latest sounds like a soft, mid-tempo, mild case of the blues. She absolutely loathes an ex who has a new girlfriend, and she wants him to know, telling her everything that he doesn’t do with his new girl that he did with her. She knows that he doesn’t kiss her with his eyes closed. She knows that he moved on so fast because he wants to replace her. She spews the toxic fumes that cloud the atmosphere, enabling Juice WRLD to come in and immerse himself in the feels of the moment.

His verse is equally as jarring as he reflects on a lover’s animosity towards him, revealing how she believes that he’s easily replaceable. He gets migraines from the pain that the relationship causes. Together, the two sound sick of the entire situation. And medicine won’t clear up the infection — only time apart will.

“Hate Me” follows Goulding’s recently released videos for both “Sixteen” and “Flux.” She was also featured on the Game of Thrones album For the Throne – Music Inspired by the HBO Series.

Listen to the toxic environment of “Hate Me” up above.

Posted On Thursday, 27 June 2019 01:09 Written by
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