JUSTIN BIEBER SCORES ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS – (02/28/2020)
Justin Bieber has received four nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, thanks to his smash single with Dan + Shay, “10,000 Hours.”
ThE collabo has earned both Justin and the country/pop duo, who share a manager, nominations for Video of the Year, Music Event of the Year, and Song of the Year (Bieber earns two nominations in this category, for artist and songwriter credits).
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted for the first time by Keith Urban, will be handed out April 5th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast live on CBS.
Other nominees include “The Middle” singer Maren Morris, Lil Nas X, Blake Shelton, Elle King, Carrie Underwood, and American Idol alum Gabby Barrett.
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NICKI MINAJ APOLOGIZES AFTER HUSBAND PUSHES TRINIDADIAN SINGER – (02/28/2020)
Nicki Minaj has apologized on behalf of her husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty after he was accused of being rude when they visited Trinidad for Carnival. A video surfaced of Kenneth pushing the arm of singer Iwer George as he was trying to hug Nicki.
Nicki took to social media and addressed the incident, saying, “He don’t understand anything about our culture. I apologize on his behalf. He’s always in security mode. All love. Love my county to death. Love my ppl to death. Period. “
She later defended hubby, saying, “Rappers would kill for this attention chile. Lol at night when we go to bed I say ‘babe u was all over the blogs today’. He be like ‘oh word?’ he rlly don’t have social media to see y’all write think pieces about him chile. ?? AND AH LIKE IT LIKE IT LIKE THISSSSSSS. JUS LIKE THIS ????????”
She continued, “My husband be all over the blogs & he don’t even know it. No social media to see y’all talk about him more than y’all talk bout these rappers dats out here doin the most for y’all attention. Chile lemme go suck his d*** cuz I could never comment on a regular man this much.”
She added, “Ppl get so mad when they see u happy. Just laugh & keep it pushin. Life is beautiful.”
TAYLOR SWIFT TRANSFORMS INTO A MAN FOR ‘THE MAN’ VIDEO – (02/28/2020)
Taylor Swift has released the official music video for her song “The Man,” the first video that she has directed by herself.
In the video, Taylor transforms into a man while dressed in prosthetics, a wig, and facial hair. At the end of the clip, her speaking voice is provided by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The man who Taylor plays is essentially the character Leonardo DiCaprio played in Wolf of Wall Street, and she name checks the actor in the lyrics. One scene gives a nod to Serena Williams, who came under fire at the U.S. Open in 2018 for her reaction to a referee. The scene shows “The Man” launching tennis balls at a referee played by Swift’s father.
The video premiered live on YouTube at 7am [ET] and Taylor signed online an hour earlier to answer questions from fans while they waited for the video to go live.
Swift shared some behind the scenes photos from the video shoot on her official Instagram account, writing: “Just sitting here pondering how happy I am that ‘The Man’ music video is OUT.”
A few of the Easter eggs in the video include:
“The Man” stops to go the bathroom on a wall at “13th Street Station,” a nod to Swift’s favorite number. Around the station sign in graffiti is the names of Swift’s albums, from Fearless to Reputation. “Missing: If Found Return to Taylor Swift,” a sign reads. It is a nod to Swift’s battle for the rights to her own music. There’s also a sign on the wall that shows no scooters are allowed, a reference to her battle with Scooter Braun.
That same shot in the subway shows a poster for Swift’s Miss Americana Netflix documentary. According to the sign, Mr. Americana stars Tyler Swift.
Swift released this music video on a very significant anniversary. On February 27, 1922, the Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment, the voting rights for women.
A newspaper “The Man” reads in the video features multiple headlines, including one that calls out that double standard and asks, “What Man Won the Year in Celebrity Dating?”
While the “walk of shame” is more associated with women who have sex, man-Swift gets a walk of praise. After sleeping with a woman, he walks down a hallway with white arches and high-fives 19 hands jutting out from the walls.
The 19 hands could also be a reference to Kanye West, who notoriously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and feuded with her multiple times since. Swift was 19 when that moment happened. The scene in the video also resembles a hallway inside West and wife Kim Kardashian West’s home.
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BTS SHARES CINEMATIC NEW ‘ON’ MUSIC VIDEO – (02/28/2020)
BTS has shared a second video for their single “On” after releasing a first video for the song last week.
The video opens with BTS member Jin finding an impaled dove on a battlefield. RM is later shown standing with animals in front of a ship, bringing to mind Noah’s Ark.
The new “On” video was seemingly inspired by Game of Thrones, Maze Runner, Hunger Games, Lion King and other media, along with biblical motifs, fans remarked online.
The video set a record upon its release, becoming the most-watched YouTube Premiere video of all time, with 1.54 million concurrent viewers tuning in for its debut.
According to an announcement, “The video symbolically depicts BTS’ vow to accept their predestined path as fate and to keep going on, no matter the obstacles. The band’s signature charisma and perfectly synchronized choreography during the video’s dance break is set to attract the attention of millions of viewers around the world. As the global superstars continue to reach new heights, the lead single ‘ON’ sees BTS reach yet a new apex as versatile musical artists on a celebrated seventh year of their career.”
“On” appears on BTS’ new album Map of the Soul: 7. BTS released the album and the “Kinetic Manifesto Film: Come Prima” version of the music video Friday.
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