JENNIFER LOPEZ AND LADY GAGA JOIN THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION – (01/15/2021)
Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga have been added to the lineup for Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.
E! revealed Thursday (January 14th) that J.Lo will join the previously announced performers, including Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons while Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem.
The “Rain On Me” singer wrote on Instagram, “I am deeply honored to be joining @BidenInaugural on January 20 to sing the National Anthem and celebrate the historic inauguration of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!”
Celebrating America will air on January 20th at 8:30pm ET/PT on multiple networks.
DUA LIPA SHRUGS OFF STRIP CLUB CRITICISM – (01/15/2021)
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Dua Lipa shrugged off the criticism she received last year for being filmed at a strip club after the Grammys.
The “Physical“ singer and other artists that were present, including Lizzo and Lil Nas X, were criticized for “exploiting women” and being “anti-feminist”.
Lipa told the magazine, “I just feel like, if you’re a feminist, you have to also support women in all fields of work.”
She continued, ““We have to support sex workers, we have to believe that that [work] is their choice and their right. It seems quite hypocritical, I think, people picking and choosing as to how they want to support women and when it suits them. That’s another form of misogyny, which really derives from the male gaze.”
TOM CRUISE BRINGS IN THE BOTS FOR COVID SAFETY – (01/15/2021)
Tom Cruise is bringing in robots to help him in his mission to enforce strict COVID protocols on Mission: Impossible 7. Cruise is starring in and exec producing the film; he made headlines for a profanity-peppered tirade after he saw members of the crew breaking protocol. After that outburst, and then another one later, five crew-members quit.
A source said of the bots: “Tom is so serious about making sure the shoot isn’t shut down that he’s splashed out on these robots as he can’t be everywhere to ensure people are behaving themselves.”
They added: “Yes, the rant that came out last month may have been a bit over the top, but he was right, and those who saw the story sympathized with him. He gets paid a lot for these films but he also knows that he is lucky to be working and staff on the film from top to bottom rely on this film going ahead. You don’t have to go far to see how just how much the pandemic has affected jobs. The robots are really sophisticated and rather intimidating. It’s like the Terminator only not as violent.”
Shooting resumes this week in the UK amid a massive uptick in a highly contagious strain of COVID.
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SELENA GOMEZ RELEASES SPANISH-LANGUAGE SINGLE – (01/15/2021)
Selena Gomez’s new Spanish-language song, “De Una Vez” is out now.
She shared a clip on social media with the caption, “This is the beginning of something I’ve wanted to explore for so long. I hope you love it as much as I do.”
Fans began speculating that Gomez would release music in Spanish after they spotted promo murals across Mexico earlier this week (January 12th).
Her previous Spanish-language cuts include “Taki Taki” with DJ Snake, Ozuna, and Cardi B; “Un Ano sin Lluva,” the Spanish version of “A Year Without Rain”; and a duet version of Selena Quintanilla’s hit song “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”
SIA RELEASES LEADSINGLE FROM ‘MUSIC’ – (01/15/2021)
Sia released the lead single from her eighth studio album on Thursday (January 14th).
The new song, “Hey Boy” featuring Burna Boy will be featured on Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture.
Music, Sia’s upcoming feature film directorial debut starring Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler, will recieve a limited theatrical release in February. The 14-song soundtrack will be available on February 12th.
RIHANNA TEAMS UP WITH LORNA SIMPSON FOR ‘ESSENCE’ COVER – (01/15/2021)
Rihanna is on the cover of the January and February 2021 issue of Essence. The singer teamed up with legendary artist Lorna Simpson for the shoot. For the photos, RiRi is said to be “reinterpreting the narrative of modern-day beauty” and the photographic cover collage is deemed “Of Earth & Sky.”
On working with Lorna, Rihanna said, “Lorna is a legend.” She added, “Honestly, I just didn’t think I could get her. But I like reaching for the stars and I like challenging myself.”
TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:
- Regina King(actress, Boyz N The Hood, Jerry Maguire, Ray, American Crime) (50)
- Lisa Lisa(Lisa Velez) (member of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) (54, disputed)
- Howie Day (singer) (40)
ON SUNDAY (1/17) – Betty White (actress, The Proposal, Hot in Cleveland, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls) (99)
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