BILLIE EILISH TO PERFORM THEME SONG FOR NEW JAMES BOND MOVIE – (01/15/2020)
Billie Eilish has been confirmed to perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time To Die. Eilish, at 18 the youngest artist to ever compose the theme for a 007 adventure, has co-written the song with her brother Finneas, who co-writes and produces all Eilish’s material.
Eilish said in a statement, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”
Finneas added, “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Live And Let Die.’ We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”
No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga described himself as a “huge fan” of Eilish and her brother, adding, “Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought — a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”
The themes for the 24 previous official Bond films have come from a variety of pop artists, ranging from Shirley Bassey to Paul McCartney to Adele. But the franchise has also tapped alternative rock stars like Garbage, the late Chris Cornell, Jack White and even Radiohead — although the filmmakers rejected Radiohead’s theme for 2015’s Spectre in favor of one by Sam Smith.
Cornell, who wrote and performed “You Know My Name” for the 2006 film Casino Royale, told us back then why doing a James Bond theme was personally important to him: [“Because of the connection to being a Beatles fan and being a Paul McCartney fan. You know, I remember hearing that song, ‘Live and Let Die,’ when I was — I must have been nine or 10 years old. If somebody had told that nine or 10-year-old kid, you know, someday on the 21st James Bond film, that’s gonna be your song…that is a super-exciting thing.”]
No Time To Die, which will star Daniel Craig in his fifth and final appearance as the British secret agent, will open in the U.S. on April 10th.
DEMI LOVATO TO PERFORM AT GRAMMYS – (01/15/2020)
Demi Lovato will perform at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles later this month.
Lovato shared a promo photo for her performance and referenced a prior post in December where she said, “The next time you hear from me, I’ll be singing…”
Lovato joins previously announced performers Ariana Grande, Aerosmith, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.
Lovato last performed at the Grammys in 2017 during a Bee Gees tribute number alongside Tori Kelly, Little Big Town and Andra Day.
The Grammys will air live on CBS January 26th. Lizzo leads the field of nominees, followed by Eilish and Lil Nas X.
The Grammys will mark Lovato’s first public performance since her 2018 overdose and hospitalization. She has not released any new music since 2018’s emotional song, “Sober,” which documented her relapse shortly before her overdose.
Lovato made her debut as Jenny, Will’s (Eric McCormack) surrogate, on NBC’s Will & Grace last week.
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IS JESSICA BIEL STILL MAD AT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FOR PDA? – (01/15/2020)
Jessica Biel is not over her husband Justin Timberlake’s PDA scandal with his costar Palmer Alisha Wainwright, according to Us Weekly. As a reminder, photos of Timberlake holding Wainwright’s hand and looking cozy on a balcony in New Orleans emerged, and in the ensuing days as criticism of him on social media reached a fever pitch, he apologized, and blamed alcohol.
But according to insiders, the whole issue drove a wedge of distrust between Biel and Timberlake, with whom she shares a child. Plus, he’s not sticking to his promises on other issues, the source spilled.
“He has been making big promises and not sticking to them as much as she thinks he can and should,” the source said. “He promised that he would be more involved with their family and she doesn’t feel like he’s doing that.”
The Sun, meanwhile, reported on a “fun but tense” date between the pair. Looky loos at the restaurant shared the deets.
“Justin seemed to be intently focused on conversation with Jessica.” He was “extra attentive, rubbing her shoulders and leaning in to her,” and they “ate off each other’s plates as they engaged in conversation.” Buuuuut, “there were a couple of times when it seemed the conversation was a bit tense with both looking deep in thought.”
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RIHANNA’S TEAM DENIES THAT SHE MADE SHAGGY AUDITION FOR A SPOT ON HER ALBUM – (01/15/2020)
Rihanna‘s team has reportedly denied Shaggy‘s claims that she required that he audition to be a part of her upcoming reggae inspired album. Shaggy recently revealed in an interview, “They approached me for the Rihanna project, yeah. There’s a lot of great people involved but for me I didn’t need to audition to be on the record. I’ll leave that to younger guys.” An alleged representative of Rihanna’s called into Jamaica Irie FM Morning Show. They said, “We are working on an album, not a talent show, so why would she (Rihanna) require Shaggy or any other artist to audition?”
The rep added that Shaggy actually reached out to Rihanna and by the time he did, the album was complete. Rihanna’s team responded by asking Shaggy to submit material that he felt would go along with the album’s flow.
The rep explained, “After Rihanna had already gathered all the material for the album, Shaggy contacted her asking to be a part of the album. She explained to him that the album was pretty much completed and they were just working on mixing, mastering and deciding which songs to actually use. However, she invited him to submit some materials so she could see if it fits with the flow of the album. That was by no means asking for an audition, it was more going out of her way to get him on the album.”
The rep added, “We hope Shaggy will come out and let the fans know the real truth because we all know that the media in general and especially entertainment media cannot be trusted. They will twist someone stories in order to get the most viewers.”
No word on when Rihanna’s new album will be released.
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