“On Sunday night, Abel Tesfaye, the 30-year-old musician better known as The Weeknd, completed his decade-long trip from anonymous producer to the heights of pop stardom when he headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl LV. In a performance that surveyed his entire career, he illustrated why he is already preparing to release a greatest hits collection called The Highlights later this month.
“To the opening strains of his 2016 hit “Starboy,” Tesfaye took to the stage designed to look like a heightened version of the Las Vegas strip, back by a dancing choir wearing helmets identical to the ones worn by his collaborators Daft Punk… He jumped in between his various albums, but starting with his back catalog, going from the “The Hills” to his 2015 number one hit “I Can’t Feel My Face,” which played as he walked through a mirrored hallway surrounded by bandaged lookalikes also wearing glittering red blazers, as fireworks erupted in the background.
“Tesfaye walked on after the end of an NFL commercial that advertised a $250 million to commitment to combat racism. “While the season might be over,“ it read, “our commitment to social justice is not.”Though Tesfaye, the first Canadian to perform at the show solo, isn’t necessarily known for his political activism, throughout 2020 he commented on police brutality and racial justice in interviews. Last June, he donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter, National Bailout, and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. When he won Video of the Year at last fall’s MTV Video Music Awards, he accepted his trophy with a sober speech that sent condolences to the families of Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor. “The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have, and closeness with the people near me,” he said in a December interview with Tmrw magazine.”
“Ryan Chanatry, general manager of Topic, added, ‘Chris has a special talent for getting people to open up, and the resulting conversations are powerful, uplifting, and often very funny. As long-time fans of the podcast, we’re very excited to bring these stories, and Chris’ friendly and sincere conversation-style, to Topic.’
“Each episode of the series will see Chris Gethard take the call of one random stranger. The caller may hang up at any time, but Gethard is obligated to speak to them for up to half an hour. Topic describes the series as a ‘raw, unplanned exchange between a civilian and a master of conversation.'”
“Apple TV+ and Mariah Carey announced today that the holidays will officially arrive with an epic production titled ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,’ set to debut globally Friday, December 4, on Apple TV+.
“Carey has invited a special lineup of guest superstars including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, all to take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday event. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
“The holiday event will premiere globally on Apple TV+, which has set records as the only new streaming service to instantly launch globally in over 100 countries, and to have been honored with 122 awards nominations and 39 wins and accolades in its first year.”
“You call it a talk show, I call it an adventure… Hello everyone! I’m Megan Pormer – model, actress, and scientist in biomedical engineering. I wear a lot of hats, and as much as I love to switch things up, I’m most excited about my newest hat: your host on The Megan Pormer Show!
“It’s always been my passion to connect with people. No matter where the show takes us, at the root of it, is heart. My mission is to share my platform with everyone from celebrities and the next generation of social media stars to entrepreneurs and doctors with medical breakthroughs. Everyone has a story, and it’s time we turn the spotlight onto more of the minds, voices, and hearts all around us. This show is here for one reason: to give a voice to the unheard. Beginning on September 26th on FOX LA’s KCOP Channel 13, join me every Saturday morning at 8:30am. See you there! Love, Megan”
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“There are not many comics with the resources to put on a comedy special like Kevin Hart’s new Netflix special No F**ks Given. It is a mid-COVID stand-up special filmed indoors in Hart’s own home, on a stage built in his living room and in front of a small audience of masked and distanced observers. Its very existence is impressive and ostentatious.
“Hart knows exactly how this all comes off: as a combination of anxiety and arrogance. He’s obsessed by it, worried about it, at once proud of what he’s accomplished and embarrassed by how much he wants everyone to think he’s great. He wants approval and wishes he didn’t want it so badly. He’s frustrated and confused about what it means to be a celebrity now, but he’s not blaming the audience — he’s just not exactly sure how this relationship works now. If this was all unconscious, the bragginess and the neediness on display in Zero F**ks Given could be wildly annoying. Instead, Hart makes those things the deliberate centerpiece, telling joke after joke about his weaknesses, his misapprehensions, the things he’s proud of, and how awkward it is to navigate between boasting and wanting to be loved.”
“Miley Cyrus revived her Backyard Sessions for a special episode of MTV’s Unplugged series. During the mini concert, which premiered Friday night, the 27-year-old singer performed her hit songs like ‘Midnight Sky,’ as well as a few throwback covers by Britney Spears, Pearl Jam, and the Cardigans. Accompanied by a band appropriately named The Social Distancers, Cyrus kept the rock vibes strong as she showcased her incredible vocals and unique style during the 30-minute jam session. Toward the end of her set, she even brought out her sister, Noah Cyrus, for a beautiful duet of ‘I Got So High That I Saw Jesus.’
“Whenever Cyrus covers a song, she always manages to make it completely her own… Luckily, MTV has dropped a few of her performances on YouTube, so you can watch them on repeat ahead.”
“Since releasing her latest single ‘Midnight Sky’ in August, Miley Cyrus has made the rounds, performing the song virtually on talk shows, at festivals, and award ceremonies. There’s only so much you can do when working remotely, so when recording her set for Graham Norton, the pop star decided to create her ‘dream world but everyone else’s nightmare… We’re in this creatively challenging time that because we’ve had so much time we’ve been able to kind of dream and exercise our imagination in a way because reality is so off right now.'”
“Welcome to Miley Cyrus’s ’80s phase. In case you thought new single ‘Midnight Sky’ was a one-off glam-rock anthem with a catchy Stevie Nicks sample, Cyrus dug her heels further into the ’80s on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, also covering Hall & Oates’s hit ‘Maneater.’ She rounded out both performances with glittering dresses, lots of smoke, and a full band.
“Talking to Fallon before the performances, Cyrus described receiving ‘the coolest letter from Stevie Nicks’ after she ran the ‘Midnight Sky’ sample of ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (that ‘ooh, you know it’s true’ melody). ‘She said, You can borrow from me anytime,’ Cyrus said. Are those elegant, flowy outfits up for grabs too? Cyrus also explained her decision to cover ‘Maneater,’ saying, ‘I think it’s very important to be transparent. So I’m freshly single, so anyone watching that’s my future ex-husband, just know I told you.'” Read the full article on Vulture.com
“Tania had some explaining to do on part one of 90 Day Fiance‘s season 7 tell-all special, which aired on Sunday night on TLC.
“Tania acknowledged that she’s been getting a lot of online hate throughout the season, which documented her relationship with her now-husband, Syngin. Syngin moved from South Africa to Connecticut to be with Tania, however, in the middle of their 90 days together before his K-1 visa ran out, she took a trip to Costa Rica for a month to study herbal medicine.”
“But Tania was the most defensive when it came to a memorable moment during this season of 90 Day Fiance, when she told Syngin bluntly that she didn’t think he was her soulmate, and that she actually believed her soulmate was her first love. Not surprisingly, Syngin was upset at her revelation, and Tania was confronted during the tell-all by the other season 7 couples about the controversial statement.
“Tania emotionally explained that the definition of ‘soulmate’ is different for everybody, and of course she does love Syngin.
“‘Does that one word define everything?’ she said, shedding tears.”