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    Lady Gaga Live at Roseland Ballroom

    Iconic New York City venue Roseland Ballroom is closing its doors for good in 2014, and Mother Monster will help shut down her hometown venue with a real New York theatrical affair! Gaga will play the final shows EVER at the Roseland in a very intimate residency, and LittleMonsters.com members will have first access to tickets for this historic event!

    Show dates: March 28, March 30, March 31, or April 2.

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    roseland ballroom is a cool venue, it's so sad that it's shutting down!

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    All of the surviving members of comedy group Monty Python are to reform for a stage show, one of the Pythons, Terry Jones, has confirmed.

    "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," Jones told the BBC.

    "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"

    The reunion is expected to be announced officially at a press conference being held in London on Thursday.

    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Jones are all due to appear at the event, which was first revealed in the Sun.

    Eric Idle also tweeted on Monday: "Only three days to go till the Python press conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event."

    He added on Tuesday: "Python meeting this morning. Can't wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I'll get you the online URL."
    John Cleese The Ministry of Silly Walks is an iconic Monty Python's sketch

    The last time the five remaining members of the iconic comedy group appeared together was in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival.

    The sixth member of the comedy troupe, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.

    The press conference will take place at the theatre where Monty Python's Spamalot is running - The Playhouse Theatre in London's West End.

    Earlier this year, a film producer won a High Court case against the surviving members of Monty Python over royalty rights to the hit stage show.

    Mark Forstater, who produced the 1975 film Monty Python and The Holy Grail, claimed he was underpaid royalties since the musical's launch in 2005.

    He estimated he was entitled to more than £200,000.

    The six members of the team got to know each other firstly through university, and later through their work on television comedy programmes, including The Frost Report.

    The Pythons' hugely successful, zany BBC TV series, Monty Python's Flying Circus, effectively threw away the rulebook of traditional sketch writing, dispensing with punchlines and allowing sketches to blend into each other or simply stop abruptly.

    The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus was broadcast on 5 October, 1969.

    It ran for four series and spawned spin-off records, books and even German-language specials.

    Gilliam's unique animation style became a key element of the show, segueing seamlessly between any two completely unrelated ideas.

    The comedy group made their successful film Monty Python and the Holy Grail on a small budget in between filming the third and fourth series of their TV show.

    Their next film was the highly controversial Monty Python's Life Of Brian, released in 1979.

    Telling the story of a man mistaken for Jesus, the film was attacked by Christian groups and banned in some areas.

    Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life was released in 1983 and was another financial and critical success, winning the jury prize at Cannes film festival.

    The Pythons also went on to forge successful solo careers while continuing to collaborate with each other.

    Cleese famously co-wrote the hugely successful BBC TV comedy series Fawlty Towers, which first ran in 1975, with Connie Booth, who had appeared in Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also wrote the hit comedy film A Fish Called Wanda in 1988, in which he starred with Palin.

    Gilliam pursued a film career, and his credits include 1981's Time Bandits, which he co-wrote with Palin, who starred in it alongside Cleese. Gilliam's futuristic 1981 fantasy film Brazil also featured Palin, while 1988's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, about the supposed travels of the baron, featured Idle.

    Palin and Jones went on to write together, and Palin starred in their comic TV series Ripping Yarns, a collection of tales that make "ripping good" television.

    Four Python members - Jones, Idle, Cleese and Palin - also appeared in Jones's 1996 adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's novel The Wind in the Willows.

    Cleese has also had a hugely successful acting career including roles in Clockwise, two James Bond films and two Harry Potter films.

    Palin has also starred in films including The Missionary and A Private Function and has of course made a huge name for himself with his award-winning travel documentaries.

    Idle went on to create spoof Beatles band The Rutles and wrote the hit Spamalot musical.

    He also performed Always Look on the Bright Side of Life at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony in London.

    Jones wrote the screenplay for the movie Labyrinth and he has also written and presented historical documentaries for TV.

    Chapman did a lecture tour in the US and took on various film projects including The Odd Job and Yellowbeard before his death from cancer 24 years ago.


    Favourite sketches? Go.

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    More Istari story!!

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    Kings Of Leon have hit out at the state of pop music.

    While the band refused to name the specific artists that they say are "making the world a bad place", they spoke about the sexualised performances from singers such as Miley Cyrus which have come under fire recently.

    "Some pop shows I watch, it feels like the end of the world, it's fucking awful," lead guitarist Matthew Followill told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    "It's not even music any more," he continued. "You would never want your children to watch [shows like that] and I can't believe that younger kids, even teenagers are watching that stuff. It almost seems to be making the world a bad place."

    Bassist Jared Followill added that he finds it difficult to watch pop shows. He said: "They makes me cringe. I can't watch that stuff. Not even just because they're taking their clothes off it's the whole thing, the dance moves, it's not good."

    The Tennessee rockers released their sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' on September 23. It became their fourth Number One album in the UK.


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    The Who's Roger Daltrey has spoken out against policies put in place by Tony Blair's New Labour goverment, saying he will "never forgive" the party for allowing mass immigration.

    Speaking to The Sunday Times, Daltrey said that he believes that the party's policies marked a downtown for the UK, and added that its made him angry that immigrants "get it in the neck" even though "it's not their fault".

    He said: "I will never, ever forgive the Labour Party for allowing this mass immigration with no demands on what people should be paid. I will never forgive them for destroying the jobs of my mates because they allowed their jobs to be undercut with stupid thinking on Europe, letting them all in, so they can live 10 to a room working for Polish wages."

    He continued: "I've got nothing against the Poles at all, but that was a political mistake and it made me very angry and the people who get it in the neck are the immigrants, and it's not their fault."

    Roger Daltrey recently clarified Pete Townshend's statement about the fact The Who will stop touring after a final series of live shows in 2015. Last month it was confirmed that the band will scale down their operation in two years time, when they will mark their 50th anniversary. However, in an interview with Billboard, Daltrey said this will not be the end of The Who but merely an acknowledgment that at their age they can no longer invest the energy needed to stage a lengthy tour.

    "I think you have to clarify what he said, and what we mean is we cannot keep going on doing these month-after-month, long, extended tours," he added. "It's extremely hard, hard work, just the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on our last tour (the 2012-13 'Quadrophenia & More' trek) than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. It was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age. But it's not going to be the last thing The Who will do."


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  • 11/19/13--08:04: KIM K AND KANYE Double POST

    The power couple ate at Wendy's in Philly during Kanye's YEEZUS tour.




    Kim Kardashian bared it all for a night out in New York City on Monday (Nov. 18).

    Kardashian opted for a long-sleeved netted top that exposed her bra and major cleavage, despite the fact that temperatures dropped to around 50 degrees in NYC. She paired the look with a white fitted maxi skirt, some gold sandals and a low ponytail.

    The 33-year-old was photographed with little sister Kendall Jenner as the two headed into the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute for a private VIP preview of famed fashion photographer Mario Testino's new exhibit, "Alta Moda," according to E! News. The exhibit, which features photographs of subjects clad in colorful, traditional Peruvian garb, opens to the public Wednesday.

    Kardashian's curves are also on display in Kanye West's new music video for the track "Bound 2." It will debut today (Nov. 19) on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," but a clip has already surfaced online.



    Source 1: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/kim-kardashian-kanye-west-eat-wendy-article-1.1521570

    Source 2: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/19/kim-kardashian-see-through-top_n_4301200.html

    Btw, Kanye's new video. Kim looks hot.

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    CNN Anchor Don Lemon Getting His Own Daily Primetime Show


    No need to tell you that CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon has been the subject of controversy of late. And whether you agree with some of his recent public stands on current issues of the day or don’t, one thing is for sure - and that is that, whether you like him or not, he has given CNN something of an "edge", a personality, which is something that has worked very well for MSNBC and Fox News.

    And no doubt, seeing the attention that Lemon has been getting lately and the potential for ratings, CNN has followed suit and will be giving Lemon his own primetime show, five days a week on the network.

    The show will air starting next month, at the 11PM (10 PM Central) time slot, which is currently being held by reruns of Outfront hosted by Erin Burnett.

    In addition, Lemon will also be subbing for Burnett on her own show while she is out on maternity leave.

    It has been reported that Lemon has already informed his staff of the change in regards to his new daily show, which will be “a one-topic show tackling important issues of the day, either reported or vastly underreported, from Lemon’s unique perspective.”

    S O U R C E

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    Last season the hit CBS sitcom Mike and Molly went astray with two jokes about transgender women, specifically using the slur "shemale." That very same weekend a movie starring Melissa McCarthy used another slur, "tranny." Blogger Trish Mifflin provided some brilliant insight into exactly why these terms are slurs and not fodder for humor, especially on CBS sitcoms.

    CBS officials met with GLAAD, and I had hoped that things would get better. GLAAD was also concerned about the depiction of transgender characters on the various procedural shows.

    So I was literally stunned into silence the other night when we tuned in to the second episode of the season. I had heard that the writers were planning to turn Molly into something more like the assorted hard-ass women characters McCarthy plays in her successful movies, so I expected the show to be a bit more coarse.

    Ha. In the first 15 minutes I counted:

    •A lesbian-prison-bitch joke

    •A lesbian-prison-rape joke

    •A straight-men-perceived-as-gay joke

    •A soap-on-a-rope-in-the-locker-room joke

    •A Carl-kissed-a-trans-woman-ha-ha-ha joke

    •Misgendering said trans woman, who is sitting right there, multiple times (her character is named Lousette, which has also been spelled "Lucette")

    •Asking said trans woman how she manages her genitals, followed by a joke

    That's when I turned off the television.

    None of this was relevant to the actual plot; it was all filler and jokes. So I assume the writers are basically telling the LGBTQ community to fuck off and assuming that we'll laugh at what they want us to laugh about. No one, LGBTQ or otherwise, tells Billy and Melissa how to be funny. They are stars. She's a movie star! He's from Pittsburgh! They also mock fat people, old people, drug users, lonely people and so forth -- all those things that are just like being gay or transgender. Right? Oh, wait...

    Here's the thing, CBS. This happens to be Transgender Awareness Week, leading up to the Trans Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20. A few facts to note:

    •In 2012, 53 percent of LGBTQ victims of murder were transgender women.

    •In 2013, Cemia (CeCe) Acoff of Cleveland and Diamond Williams of Philadelphia were both brutally murdered and then further harassed in death by the media coverage of their identities. They are just two among many, but they're the two closest to Pittsburgh.

    •Seventy-three percent of victims of anti-LGBTQ homicides were people of color.

    •Another fun fact about Pittsburgh: MC Hammer teamed up with Clear Channel and iHeart Radio for the annual "Trannies and Grannies" event.

    Rest of the article at source. Do you guys think its appropriate to use words like SheMale and Tranny for comedic value?


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    Fresh outta rehab, Chris Brown returns with a special five-track mixtape titled, X Files, the prelude to his upcoming studio album, X. Stream X Files, which includes Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Kid Ink, and the bonus track, “Main Chick,” down below.


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    Lady Gaga and Madonna have a superstar rivalry made in gossip-blog heaven. The former burst onto the scene five years ago with a provocative pop sensibility reminiscent of the latter’s. Last year, Madonna accused Gaga of ripping off one of her songs; this year, the “Born This Way” singer insisted she doesn’t want the Material Girl’s throne.
    From an earnings perspective, however, there’s no question over the winner of this battle’s latest round. The honor goes to Madonna, who pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madge’s millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.

    1. Madonna - 125M
    2. Lady Gaga - 80M
    3. Bon Jovi - 79M
    4. Toby Keith - 65M
    5. Coldplay - 64M
    6. Justin Bieber - 58M
    7. Taylor Swift - 55M
    8. Elton John - 54M
    9. Beyonce - 53M
    10. Kenney Chessney (tie) P.Diddy - 50M

    “With touring being the biggest revenue stream, if there’s an opportunity for an artist to go out, if there’s an opportunity for a promoter to curate a festival, people are doing it, said Kevin Liles, founder of KWL Enterprises and manager of artists including Big Sean, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy. Gaga ranks second with $80 million; she grossed over $160 million on her latest tour before succumbing to a hip injury. Had she been able to finish, she would have likely topped $200 million. Her ARTPOP album was released after the end of our scoring period, but should give her a boost on next year’s list. She could easily reach the No. 1 spot with a successful set of concerts, the main driver for most major artists’ earnings.

    A look at the rest of the list underscores the importance of live performances in today’s music world. Bon Jovi ranks third with $79 million, most of it from the appropriately named Because We Can tour. Road warrior Toby Keith pulled in $65 million to land the No. 4 slot, while Coldplay parlayed seven-figure nightly grosses into a $64 million payday.
    Of course, product extensions can provide a major boost to an artist’s bottom line as well, and few do it better than Keith. Country’s cash king has his own record label, mescal line and restaurant chain; each outlet has its own stage.

    “The beauty is where it synergizes with my label,” heexplained to FORBES earlier this year. “I don’t have to look for a place [for my acts] to play … they’re in Toby’s house. They’re drinking Toby’s liquor. That’s Toby’s act. And then we’re moving to the next town.”

    A few of the musicians on our list, however, generate nearly all their income to sources other than music sales, record labels and touring. Sean “Diddy” Combs, who ranks No. 11 with $50 million (making him hip-hop’s highest-paid act), earns the bulk of his bucks from his wildly successful Ciroc vodka deal. His Revolt TV network, launched in October, should provide a big boost to future earnings.
    Diddy and fellow hip-hop moguls Jay Z (No. 18, $42 million) and Dr. Dre (No. 20, $40 million) are the genre’s lone representatives, while Keith is one of four country acts—Taylor Swift (No. 7, $55 million), Kenny Chesney (No. 9, $53 million) and Tim McGraw (No. 24, $33 million). The rest of the list is made up of pop divas and arena rockers, with the exceptions of Tiësto (No. 25, $32 million) and Calvin Harris (No. 13, $46 million), the world’s two highest-paid DJs.

    “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years and I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he told FORBES earlier this year.
    In order to form our list, we looked at income from June 1st, 2012 through June 1st, 2013, using data sources including Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, managers, lawyers and many of the artists themselves. We took into account concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures.
    Our estimates reflect pretax income before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers; only living artists are eligible for the list.

    That last criterion may seem trivial, but were it removed, the list would have a new champion: Michael Jackson, who pulled in $160 million.

    Additional reporting by Natalie Robehmed.

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    i mean...

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    These last twelve months have been monumental for Chance The Rapper. After releasing his breakout project, Acid Rap, Chano has been arguably the hottest up and coming artist out. He’s done everything from magazine covers, touring with Eminem and Kendrick Lamar to now hanging out with Madonna.

    Last night, Chance’s 'Social Experiment Tour' made a stop in Los Angeles where Madonna decided to check out the young Chicagoan’s show. Chance took to his Instagram account today with a picture of he and Madonna and the caption:

    'Madonna showed up after my show in LA last night. What an eccentric and unique girl'.

    Fan or not, Chano is getting some crazy good looks.


    What could she be up to?

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    Move over Chet Haze, because Gabe Day has come into our lives like a light beamed directly from Planet Douche to claim his rightful place as the most horrifying rapping-son-of-an-Oscar-Winning-Actor we've discovered this year. Above is his newest video for the song "Green Auras," shot on location at Gabe Day's very own Sarah Lawrence College, where he attends and according to this video, smokes mountains of weed. This video is filled with other white kids who are (presumably?) Gabe Day's friends, and they're split evenly between streetwear-clad white dudes looking reverently at the almighty Gabe Day, and then liberal arts kids who are clearly just there for the free weed and can barely keep from laughing their asses off.

    The crux of this song is more or less that Gabe Day is here to kick some old-school knowledge of self straight into your ear, starting with the fact that it's totally unchill to judge people for having famous parents. He raps, "Judgin' someone for their dad is just as bad as being racist," moments after he asserts, "Call me Gabe Day and not Gabe Day-Lewis, because if you're trying to call me out I'm 'bout to Gabe Day-Lose-It!" While it's not fair to blow up a college kid's spot, we at Noisey feel no absolutely no remorse about making fun of Gabe Day-Lose-It, because complaining about how your dad won an Oscar for Last of the Mohicans has made your life harder is the most privileged form of mental anguish possible, and if Gabe Day doesn't understand that then he is doomed to be hated by everyone forever.

    Other annoying things about this video: Gabe Day's YSL snapback, the couplet"I did too many drugs / felt like copin' on my own when all I needed was a hug," the fact that the twitter (@GABE_DL) the end of the video points to isn't live, this behind-the-scenes video where he says, "Fuck, man, nothing beats real lyrical J. Cole," the X Gabe Day has tatted on his hand, the skull mask he wears, and everything else about "Green Auras." He makes me miss Tom Hanks' son Chet Haze, because at least that dude was kind of fun, in the stupidest way possible.

    this little shit. also, there's a video of him ~rap battling~ and using homophobic slurs @ the source if anyone's interested? i mean...

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    Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience has been the front-runner to win the Grammy for Album of the Year virtually since the week it was released in March. With the announcement of the nominations just weeks away, it’s still the album to beat.

    Lorde’s “Royals” is the leading candidate for Record of the Year, with Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” close behind.

    And we’re headed for one of the most competitive Best New Artist races in years. Lorde and Imagine Dragons are likely to square off against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Florida Georgia Line.

    The eligibility year closed on Sept. 30. Nominations will be announced on Dec. 6.

    Album of the Year

    Justin Timberlake is almost certain to make Grammy history this year. The NSYNC alum is vying to become the first former group member to make the Album of the Year finals with his or her first three solo albums. (Donald Fagen and Sting were each nominated with their first two solo albums.) Timberlake’s entry is The 20/20 Experience—The Complete Experience, which combines the initial album and the sequel.

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut, The Heist, is also a strong contender, on the strength of two #1 singles and the heartfelt and timely “Same Love.”

    Taylor Swift, who won in this category for Fearless and then wasn’t even nominated for Speak Now, may well make it back to the finals with her fourth studio album, Red.

    Bruno Mars’ sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, also has a good shot. Mars’ debut album was nominated in this category two years ago.

    Drake hasn’t gotten much Grammy love over the years, but that could change with his third full-length album, Nothing Was the Same. The panel of Grammy insiders that decides the nominations in the top four categories usually strives to have balance among genres. And Drake is set to perform on the TV special on which the nominations will be announced (as are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and Keith Urban). That’s not a guarantee that he’ll be nominated in a key category, but it suggests that he’s on the Grammy radar at last.

    The strongest alternates include Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lorde’s Pure Heroine, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story, Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail and Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party.

    Other possibilities include HAIM’s Days Are Gone, The Civil Wars’ eponymous sophomore album, Kanye West’s Yeezus, Rihanna’s Unapologetic, John Mayer’s Paradise Valley, Elton John’s The Diving Board, John Fogerty’s Wrote a Song for Everyone, Vince Gill & Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield and Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby.

    Record of the Year

    Lorde’s “Royals” has the classy adult alternative sound of such past Grammy favorites as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” which won two years ago, and Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” a finalist for the 1990 award. Lorde, 17, would become the youngest solo artist ever to be nominated for Record of the Year. That distinction is currently held by Monica, who was 18 when “The Boy Is Mine,” her smash collab with Brandy, was nominated in 1998. (Two members of the brother trio Hanson were even younger when “MMMBop” was nominated in 1997.)

    Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” has the broad pop-rock appeal of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” which was the 2009 winner. The genial “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz is a hip-hop hit with universal appeal. The exquisitely tailored “Just Give Me a Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess embodies the Grammy sound so completely that it could have been designed in a Grammy lab. I think all three will make it.

    Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” may slip into the fifth slot. Mars has been nominated in this category twice, with B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You,” on which he was featured, and his own smash, “Grenade.” “Locked Out” echoes the pop/reggae sound of The Police. Sting gave the song his blessing when he joined Mars to perform it on the Grammys in January. So panelists may see it as homage rather than rip-off. (See “Blurred Lines” discussion below.)

    “Wake Me Up!” by Avicii with Aloe Blacc heads the list of likely runners-up. The smash is an unlikely (and winning) blend of dance and folk elements. The genre-blending aspect will give it added appeal to Grammy panelists.

    Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” which was voted Single of the Year at the CMAs, is also a strong contender. (I think it would have had a better shot if the remix featuring Nelly had been eligible. That genre-blending aspect would have given it a little extra import.)

    Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” the biggest hit from The 20/20 Experience, is very strong. But it will be forced to compete with Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” which features Timberlake. They may split JT’s votes.

    “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams is an irresistible throwback to the mirror-ball era, but the panelists may decide that it’s a little retro for the top prize.

    As the best-selling song of 2013, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. + Pharrell) is obviously a strong contender, but the legal wrangling over the song won’t help. Marvin Gaye’s family sued for copyright infringement. There’s another potential problem: the topless video may have alienated some feminist-leaning members of the panel. That said, I think it has a better chance in this category than it does in Song of the Year. I could see the Grammy panelists saying, “The song is derivative, but there’s no denying that the record is catchy.”

    You can never rule out Adele, whose “Skyfall” won an Oscar. But the panelists may decide to give her a year off.

    Other possibilities include Katy Perry’s “Roar,” “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ’Round,” Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” Little Big Town’s “Tornado,” Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night,” Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” Bonnie McKee’s “American Girl” and Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When It’s Gone).”

    Song of the Year

    Expect the nominations for this songwriter’s award to largely overlap with Record of the Year. That’s good news for “Royals” (Lorde), “Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons, Alex Da Kid, Josh Mosser) and “Just Give Me a Reason” (P!nk, Nate Ruess & Jeff Bhasker).

    But Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be represented by “Same Love” instead of “Thrift Shop” (which wasn’t entered for Song of the Year). “Same Love,” which the duo co-wrote with Mary Lambert (who is also featured on the record) puts a personal spin on the hot-button issue of gay marriage equality.

    “Mirrors” (Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, James Fauntleroy & Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon) may make it here, even if it comes up short for Record. Timberlake won’t have to compete with himself in this category: “Holy Grail” wasn’t eligible because it contains a sample.

    Other strong candidates include “Cruise” (Florida Georgia Line & Joey Moi, Chase Rice & Jesse Rice), “Wake Me Up!” (Avicii, Aloe Blacc, Mike Eizinger & Ash Pournouri), “Locked Out of Heaven” (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence & Ari Levine), “Stay” (Mikky Ekko & Justin Parker), “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers & Pharrell Williams), “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams) and “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (Drake, P. Jefferies, Majid Al Maskati, Noah Shebib & Jordan Ullman).

    Also: “I Drive Your Truck” (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary), “Roar” (Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee & Henry Walter), “I Knew You Were Trouble” (Taylor Swift, Max Martin & Shellback), “Wrecking Ball” (Lukasz Gottwald, Stephan Moccio, Maureen “Mozella” McDonald, Sacha Skarbek & Henry Walter), “American Girl” (Bonnie McKee, Jon Asher, Alex Drury, Oliver Goldstein & Jacknife Lee), “Merry Go ‘Round” (Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne) and “Skyfall” (Adele & Paul Epworth).

    Notes: Two Record of the Year possibilities, “Started From the Bottom” and the aforementioned “Holy Grail,” contain samples. Two others, “Wagon Wheel” and “Cups,” are based on old songs. As a result, none of these are eligible for Song of the Year. I kind of wish “Wagon Wheel” had been eligible. It would have marked the first Song of the Year nomination ever for its co-writer, Bob Dylan.

    Best New Artist

    I already told you who I think the final five will be. Top runners-up include Ed Sheeran (he was nominated for Song of the Year last year for “The A Team”), HAIM (their sales have yet to match their tremendous press), Emeli Sandé (again, sales haven’t matched the buzz), Kendrick Lamar (the Grammys need rap cred), Of Monsters and Men and Phillip Phillips.

    Phillips’ “Home” is the best-selling song by any contestant in American Idol history. But after all this time, only one Idol contestant (Carrie Underwood) has been nominated in this category. (I’ve always had the sense that the Grammys don’t want to be seen as simply rubber-stamping Idol’s choices.) Since Idol’s TV ratings are trending down, this would be an odd time for the Grammys to change their ways. Is Phillips strong enough to overcome the dynamics that are working against him?

    Other possibilities include The Neighborhood, Ariana Grande, A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt, The Weeknd, Tamar Braxton, Bastille, Dawes, Meek Mill and Icona Pop.

    Veteran Grammyologist Paul Grein writes for Yahoo.com. Earlier this year, he correctly predicted the winners of each of the “Big Four” awards.

    album of the year:
    JT - "the 20/20 experience: the complete experience"
    macklemore & ryan lewis - "the heist"
    bruno mars - "unorthodox jukebox"

    record of the year:
    lorde - "royals"
    imagine dragons - "radioactive"
    p!nk feat. nate ruess - "just give me a reason"
    macklemore & ryan lewis - "thrift shop"

    song of the year:
    lorde - "royals"
    imagine dragons - "radioactive"
    macklemore & ryan lewis - "same love"
    p!nk feat. nate ruess - "just give me a reason"

    best new artist:
    ed sheeran
    emeli sande
    kendrick lamar
    of monsters and men

    Source: http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/newsPage.cgi?news09621m01

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    I’m just not the type of person that can hear about tragedies that happen on our community and just keep it moving. When I first heard about the senseless murder of Renisha McBride, I couldn’t sleep. Here was another young Black person who was shot and killed after a car accident, just for trying to get help. Just weeks before in Charlotte, Jonathan Ferrell was killed by police when he ran to them after his accident. A few weeks before that I heard about Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead rolled up in a mat at his school. Instead of investigating Kendrick’s murder , the police said he committed suicide and closed the case.

    As more information came out about these cases, I got even angrier. In the case of Renisha, first the police said her body was dumped, then they said it was found on the porch where she was killed. And even though Ted Wafer shot an unarmed 19 year old young women in the head with a shotgun, and didn’t call 911 until hours later, he was not arrested. He wasn’t even charged with a crime until a week later. In Jonathan’s case we found out he was shot 10 times by the police, even though he had no weapon.

    The murder of Kendrick Johnson, and botched investigation is like a bad hollywood movie. Recently, when the high school released the video taken in the gym the day Kendrick was killed , it had clearly been tampered with. Kendrick as well as other students appear and disappear, like when footage is cut and pieced together. And the one camera pointed at the mats where Kendrick was found dead, is so blurry no faces can even be made out. Even stranger, when his body was recently exhumed to perform a second autopsy, all over his organs were missing and had been replaced by newspaper.

    The constant devaluing of Black life has to stop. I began to write out of pure frustration. I knew what some people will say, which is why I started the song with the line, “they say Jasiri X you preach too much”. My frustration also comes from the fact that we put so much stock in celebrities, pundits, and rappers, who never seems to speak to the most important issues in our community. It’s not there fault, it’s our, because we don’t hold them accountable. Lastly, I chose to use the book, “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America” in the video, because if we can still be killed and be denied justice in 2013, what has really changed?

    “12 Years A Slave, we still fighting for freedom, just look at the headlines, seeing is believing.”


    RIP Renisha, Jonathan and Kendrick

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    HBO announced earlier this year that it was backing a half-hour drama starring Jonathan Groff about three gay men still trying to find their identities in a rapidly changing San Francisco...


    “Looking” premieres Jan. 19 on HBO. I was allowed an early look at the pilot, and was struck not only by the diverse locations, but also how much current San Francisco-specific elements work their way into the script... Below is about 80 percent of my interview with the series creators.

    Q: So HBO was always the target for “Looking”?

    Lannan: I didn’t really shop it around because it seemed so unlikely that anyone would ever do it. I had always thought of it as an indie film, because it’s more likely that someone like me could get an indie film made than a pilot. HBO was the (logical place), but I never thought it was possible.

    HBO television has been super influential for me. I remember I lived on Capp Street here, and I was home sick from my job the first time I ever saw “The Sopranos.” It hit me really hard. I thought, “Wow, it’s amazing what you can do on television.”

    Q: “It seemed so unlikely anyone would ever do it.” Is that because of the subject matter?

    Lannan: Yeah. I think even today, gay stuff is considered very niche and only for gay audiences, and I would say that scares a lot of executives. I think we both wanted to tell a very honest story, and be very honest about sexuality. We didn’t want to pull our punches about dating and sex. And there are very few places that would treat it so honestly and authentically.

    Q: Do you think the timing is right for “Looking”?

    Lannan: That’s hard to say. I felt like we could always do this — I just thought nobody would pull the trigger on an executive level. There’s a lot of fear in television and Hollywood in general about what’s acceptable and what will sell and what will be controversial. And Hollywood is strangely archaic. Even thought it’s allegedly quite liberal in some ways, I think it’s very conservative in other ways.

    Haigh: I think also because “Queer as Folk” came out in America, and ran for like five seasons, ages ago now. I think a lot of execs probably thought “We’ve done the gay show now. That’s been done. We don’t need to do something else.” Our show is very different from that show. It tells different stories from a different time.

    Lannan: The goal was always to do the most contemporary version of the show as possible. What are the most contemporary stories we could tell with gay characters? Gay people can get married. Gay people now face the same pressures from their parents about getting married that non-gay people do. What kind of stories do you tell in that environment? The culture will never be post-gay, but things have changed so much. How do you address that in a show centered around gay characters?

    Q: I’m already hearing comparisons: “The gay ‘Sex and the City’” or “The gay ‘Girls.’” Does that bug you? By the way, apologies that I’m doing the same thing, in a more chickens—- way. The Matt Lauer approach. “People other than me are saying you’re the gay ‘Sex and the City’ …”

    Haigh: Whenever before a show goes on air, people want to define it. The easiest way to define it is to say it’s a gay “Sex and the City, or a gay “Girls.” But I think the show is different from both of those shows. Different people, different ages. It’s out of our control, and I’m not embarrassed to be compared to those two shows. They’re both great shows. But I think ours is distinct in its tone and feeling. Our characters are in their 30s, coming up on 40. It’s a different age group.

    Lannan: “Girls” before it was “Girls” was “Sex and the City” with twenty-somethings.

    S O U R C E

    where are the interviews with the riveting and hard-hitting questions, tho?

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  • 11/19/13--09:51: Black Royalty Post

  • Will Smith hangs out with Argentine model during break from filming

    Will Smith’s been hanging out at the polo in Argentina, just days after he flew out to film scenes for his upcoming movie Focus.

    The 45-year-old movie star was seen looking casual at the Argentine Polo Open Championship, at the famed Campo Argentino de Polo in Buenos Aires.

    There’s no sign of Will’s wife of 16 years Jada Pinkett Smith and the star’s been spotted hanging out with 37-year-old model Ingrid Grudke.

    Jada Pinkett Smith sings about lost love in new heavy metal rock track

    This is not going to help with the marriage trouble rumours.

    Unbeknown to most people Jada Pinkett Smith is a rocker, and a hard rocker at that, who is not afraid to get her feelings out there to a blistering guitar rifts and heavy drum beats.

    On Sunday, the actress and her metal band Wicked Wisdom released a video for their long awaited new track, Stuck.

    Willow and Jaden Smith ham it up at Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere

    They may have superstar parents who take them out to A-list events, but Jaden and Willow Smith are still just children who want to have fun.

    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's teenagers couldn't stop themselves from messing around on the red carpet at the premiere of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the Nokia Theater in the LA Live entertainment area of Los Angeles on Monday night.

    Jaden, 15, and Willow, 13, were both wearing kimono-influenced jackets, possibly a reference to the eldest child's starring role in the remake of The Karate Kid in 2010.

    Big Willy Sauce
    Jada Stuck Sauce
    Two wholesome kids who are betta than your faves source

    keep it cute, ONTD

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    This actor is out of his marriage. He's been gone for two days. As soon as the plane landed from a last attempt weekend trip with his wife, he got into a cab and went to his parent's house.
    His entertainer wife went home.
    Sure there's a lot of keeping up appearances going on while the wife's team gets things together.
    But the actor is not there.
    The wife's new team gave him a 'position' with a hefty paycheck and thought this would smooth things over until the New Year, when the wife will be entering rehab.
    But the actor is not there.
    The wife hung the stockings by the fire with care...
    But the actor is not there.
    The wife snuggled in bed with furry lil' pups... (and posted an old picture with her husband on twitter to perpetuate the charade).
    But the actor is not there.
    It was a pasta dinner and bottle (or two) of wine for one.


    hint: same celeb couple from the last blind item i posted!

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