ED SHEERAN EARNS SECOND RIAA-DIAMOND CERTIFICATION WITH ‘SHAPE OF YOU’ – (01/25/2019)
Ed Sheeran has made history once more with the Diamond certification of his Grammy winning smash “Shape Of You,” achieving sales and streams exceeding 10 million. Reaching this milestone for the second time makes Sheeran only the 4th artist to score multiple Diamond certified songs since the RIAA first implemented the Diamond certification 20 years ago. Sheeran’s Grammy winning song “Thinking Out Loud” was Diamond certified in 2017.
Meanwhile, Sheeran made a surprise performance at a private event in Anaheim, California, this week to announce the launch of his new range of guitars, Sheeran by Lowden, a new line of acoustics made by the high-quality Northern Ireland guitar company.
Sheeran will resume his worldwide stadium tour in support of ÷ (Divide) later this month. The tour – which included a completely sold-out North American leg – set the world record in 2018 for highest grossing tour ever in a calendar year, according to Pollstar. Including the 2017 dates, the tour becomes the third highest grossing tour ever behind only U2 and the Rolling Stones.
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN ARE GOING NANNY-FREE – (01/25/2019)
Forget a team of royal helpers, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly skipping hiring a nanny, a la Prince William and Kate Middleton. Per a report in Vanity Fair, “they do not plan to hire a nanny or nurse initially, and will instead rely on the help of Meghan’s mother.”
Doria Ragland is reportedly moving in, and will have her own wing of the house.
While the pair won’t be relying on human helpers, they will be setting up a very 2.0 nursery, fitted with cameras, a stereo and plenty of security.
“They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool,” a source says. “They’ll be able to control everything from their smart phones.”
The royals are also not thinking pink (or blue). Instead, they are preparing a gender-neutral eco-conscious nursery, with vegan paint infused with eucalyptus oil.
Vicky Charles, Soho Farmhouse’s design director, has reportedly been hired to help.
BACKSTREET BOYS TEACH CHANCE THE RAPPER SOME MOVES IN NEW TEASER FOR DORITOS SUPER BOWL AD – (01/25/2019)
In a new teaser for their upcoming Doritos Super Bowl ad, the Backstreet Boys attempt to teach Chance the Rapper some of their signature dance moves.
The clip opens with Chance trying out some choreography to the band’s song, “I Want It That Way.” “Terrible, dude,” AJ McClean tells him. “I think it’s the pants,” Chance explains. Brian Littrell chimes in and says, “No excuses, man, let’s do it again.”
The whole group shows him the dance move again, but he still can’t quite master it.
The first teaser for the Flamin’ Hot Nachos ad was released last week. It featured the guys of BSB posing in coordinating outfits as Chance squeezes his way into the frame and awkwardly joins the group.
The 30-second commercial is set to air on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd.
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