The long weekend proved to be surprising for Chrissy Teigen, as she was majorly treated by John Legend ahead of her fast-approaching birthday. (Happy Birthday!) The singer-songwriter threw a party for his wife Saturday at New York's Comedy Cellar, secretly inviting family and friends to join in on what sounds like the cutest of times. As part of the festivities, Teigen and attendees enjoyed Momofuku, a comedy set courtesy of Dave Chappelle (who reportedly had a joke about putting a Trader Joes in downtown Syria), and music from DJ Nice:
Jack White gave thanks over the long holiday weekend by opening a Third Man Records store in his hometown of Detroit. It's the label's second location (the first came seven years ago in Nashville), which will similarly sell vinyl, limited-edition records, and other Third Man merch; and will serve as a low-key live venue for performances, readings, and signings in the city's culturally rich Cass Corridor area. (It will also house Third Man Vinyl Record Pressing, a release on the company's website says.)
"It's such a wonderful thing for Third Man Records to be here in the Cass Corridor, where so many of us made our bones and so many people from Detroit and our community did so many artistic things," White said of the homecoming Thursday, according to Billboard, which noted that Third Man selected the city because they wanted to contribute to the artistic revitalization happening there. "Everything about this neighborhood to me seems like the perfect place for the renaissance, the rebirth, the growth from the ashes that Detroit's gonna rise from."
Australian 12-year-old Jorja Hope got a taste of that sweet Taylor Swift kindness when she got to meet the pop star at her performance in Sydney this Saturday. According to the Maitland Mercury, Hope had been diagnosed with a condition that causes progressive, inner-ear hearing loss, and when she heard the news that she would one day go deaf, her first response was, "I won't be able to hear Taylor Swift." After hearing that the singer would be in town for a concert, Jorja's twin sister Chloe launched a social-media campaign #HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney. The campaign paid off, and Jorja even got her own photo with the star.
When it comes to climate change, Thom Yorke isn't scaremongering. This is really happening, happening. The Radiohead frontman signed a letter on Friday urging word leaders who are converging at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (which begins Monday in Paris) to reach an understanding on the severity of climate change. (David Bowie and Bjork also signed the letter, in case world leaders needed any more convincing.) Yorke also DJed on the Greenpeace float at London's Climate March parade this weekend, battling wild winds that felt exceedingly appropriate for the march. You can watch snippets of Yorke's parade set below.
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor posted a letter on Facebook on Sunday that may be a suicide note, saying she "has taken an overdose" and is staying in a hotel in Ireland under a false name. O'Connor has been posting about her trouble with Donal Lunny, the father of her youngest son, Shane. O'Connor says Shane requires psychological treatment, but Lunny won't allow O'Connor to see him. An Irish news site reports that O'Connor is "safe and sound" and receiving medical attention. You can read her post below:
The annals of tour rider history are full of odd requests, from Jack White's meticulous guacamole recipe to Grimes's cute dog needs to Kanye's love of cylindrical vases. TMZ has gotten its hands on another rider, and this time the requests are much more to the point. Future's alleged contract for a December show includes demands for all the best junk foods: Chicken fingers, cheddar popcorn, broccoli, and "fresh white powdered doughnuts" — because everyone knows white powdered doughnuts taste good for about 30 minutes until then become mouth-drying, clothes-ruining styrofoam trash. The rapper, who remixed the Rocky theme for Creed, makes an alleged $150k for a 45-minute set and he would also like there to be a few scented candles in his dressing room, preferably of the lemon grass variety. TMZ did not note any requests for Sprite, dirty or otherwise.
Drake Is Really Into the Idea of Working With Adele, So Let’s Make This ‘Hotline Bling’ Remix HappenBy Jackson McHenry
Drake is ready for this much-talked-about remix of "Hotline Bling" with Adele. At an event in his hometown of Toronto, the Six God told the press that, "I'd do anything with Adele. I'd literally go to Adele's house right now and do laundry for her," laying things on a bit thick. Though, to be fair, Adele first proposed the collaboration, telling Canadian press (why do they get all the good stuff?) that she wants to do an official remix of "Hotline Bling," and, also laying things on a bit thick, that she has already purchased one of the red coats Drake wears in the infamous music video. After Adele's comments made headlines, Drake took to Instagram to post an illustration of him and and the British singer "just coolin."
Though they may be consciously uncoupled, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are still musically married. In fact, Martin has revealed that he gave his ex-wife a spot on Coldplay's new album. Gwen, who you may remember sang a bunch of times on Glee, has some vocals on a song called "Everglow," which is apparently a "ballad about a relationship's enduring spark." That spark being their two kids, probably. Martin actually made the whole album a family affair, putting his children as well as other family members and friends to work as part of a "choir" on some songs; even his girlfriend, Annabelle Wallis, makes an appearance. "Everyone who got asked to sing on our album has an important part in our lives," he tells The Wall Street Journal. "I don’t want to get too hippie, but what I’m trying to learn in my life is the value of every human."
Twisted Sister Will Let Donald Trump Use ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ As a Rally Closer to Help Him ‘Fight the System’By Greg Cwik
Donald Trump has notoriously had some trouble finding rock bands that will let him use their music at his rallies. Alt-rock icons R.E.M. and Blur's Damon Albarn scorned the GOP frontrunner for using their music (R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe said, “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”), but Trump may have found an unlikely ally: Twisted Sister.
Sia has released the next track from her new album This Is Acting (out January 29), which also includes previously released singles "Alive" and "Bird Set Free." Like the best of Sia, "One Million Bullets" is a soaring, production-heavy ballad, and, more importantly, a promise to take a significant amount of firepower to the chest for you — pointedly more than Bruno Mars, who's only willing to tackle a single grenade.
Erykah Badu released her much-anticipated, phone-themed mixtape But You Cain’t Use My Phone (which we were very thankful for) at midnight last night, exclusively via iTunes/Apple Music. Among the desirable 11 tracks is one particular gem: a collaboration with former lover Andre 3000. Titled "Hello," it's Badu's ethereal, dreamy rendition of The Isley Brothers' "Hello It's Me," infused with 3000's rapid-fire raps. Listen above, and enjoy.
One day after Thanksgiving, M.I.A. has unspooled a self-directed, politically charged vid for her latest song, "Borders." The rapper joins throngs of refugees scaling barbed-wire fences and traveling via boat, as she asks: "Borders, what's up with that? Politics, what's up with that? ... Your privilege, what's up with that?"
Soon after dropping the visuals, M.I.A. explained via social media that the topical video, filled with powerful imagery and Busby Berkeley–esque shots, is dedicated to her uncle, who helped her family leave Sri Lanka many years ago:
The holiday season's infamous singing-and-dancing duo is back for another round of Weird Al–style parodies. With the help of Queen Latifah and Eric Nally this time, The Tonight Show crew put festive spins on such hits as Rihanna's "BBHMM," Silentó's "Watch Me," and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Downtown," among many, many others (all lyrics available here).
Jones also used her visit to reveal the elusive secret behind successfully pulling off Drake's "Hotline Bling" dance:
"Hello, it's me, Adele," says the record-smashing British superstar singer before bursting into laughter. "I can't even say that anymore." She has a good reason to be excited: Turns out Adele has been "bluffing" us this whole time, and she actually is going on tour ("of course"), and she can't wait to see all of us there. On a video posted to her Facebook, Adele announces her upcoming 2016 tour and impersonates Harry Potter, pointing a wand at all the countries she's going to on her tour to the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, and Holland. You can go to her site and register for advance ticket sales.
Uzo Aduba is a two-time member of Swift's squad, meaning she has felt the most intense love there is in the world twice: "You feel the radiating love from 13-year-olds coming, and 18-year-olds and college students," she explains in the clip above. "I can't even describe [what it feels like]; it's the most intense, amazing feeling." Makes sense — hopefully that fandom transfers over to The Wiz for round three.
Animal Collective Debuts New Album in BWI Airport; Your Great-Aunt Noreen Is Now Way Cooler Than YouBy Nate Jones
Thousands of weary Thanksgiving travelers got instantly hipper on Wednesday when they accidentally became the first people to hear the new Animal Collective album. The Maryland band surprise-released their new album Floridada by playing it over the speakers of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the 23rd-busiest airport in North America, during the pre-Thanksgiving rush. (The album will come out for everyone else on November 30.) As Matt Baetz, cousin of AmCo's Avey Tare, wrote on Instagram, the album "can be heard best in the bathrooms, some observation areas, pre-security and the big lounge after security." Until 6 p.m. this random airport is the East Coast's hottest club.
After previewing it on Sunday, Vice has released their 26-minute interview with Eagles of Death Metal, the band's first after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. They go into excruciating detail of the events at Le Bataclan, the venue they were headlining when 89 people were killed. (Warning: There is footage from the attack included.) It's absolutely heartbreaking to hear them recount the night, but it's a must-see.
Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike may have shared fried chicken and yams in Georgia this week, but GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is clearly seeking approval from an even bigger rapper: Drake. In this week's New Yorker, the 44-year-old junior senator from Florida discusses his newfound admiration of rap and hip-hop of the 21st century, specifically Drizzy and fellow Canadian upstart the Weeknd. “It's real genius, and it's a 21st-century ability to take music and use it in a way that motivates people. Some of it is blended with other sounds that are sampled from recordings that others have had in the past, and you see traditional artists being brought in and their voices used in an electronic soundtrack," Rubio told CNN before crediting Drake and the Weeknd as two artists he's been listening to lately who are changing the game.
Adele Says She’ll ‘Probably’ Stream 25 One Day, But Until Then, She’ll Just Keep Performing All of Its SongsBy Dee Lockett
Everyone on Earth has purchased Adele's record-shattering new album (even Joey Fatone!), but because you're anti–pop elitism or just plain cheap, you may have resisted buying it. It's okay, Adele feels your pain. This morning she told the Today show that after withholding 25 from streaming, she'll most likely allow it eventually: "Yeah, probably. I’m certainly not one for spicing things up. I’m just doing what I’ve always done. And 'Hello' is on [streaming] because it's on radio, it's out there." She's already made a step in that direction by putting the album on Pandora, but until it hits other streaming sites, she'll just continue quenching your Adele thirst and keep on performing all the songs you maybe haven't heard yet. (She debuted "Water Under the Bridge" on Fallon the other night.) Here she is, once again, singing the devastating "Million Years Ago" so you all have something to be thankful for.
The music industry can oftentimes make you feel worthless, especially if you're a woman. That's why Charli XCX harnessed her self-proclaimed "pussy power" for a new BBC documentary called The F Word, which aired in the U.K. Tuesday night. It's a 40-minute tour diary that features conversations with dozens of women in music — Marina and the Diamonds, Ryn Weaver, Ella Eyre, and even Jack Antonoff all pop up — that speaks to what it's like being a capital-F feminist while navigating the music business. It's a pretty insightful watch, and you can stream it in full above.
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