USING ‘MY FAVORITE THINGS’ MELODY REQUIRED ARIANA GRANDE TO GIVE UP 90% OF ‘7 RINGS’ ROYALTIES: On her track “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande sings about using her hard-earned money to buy some of her favorite things. But, she’s not earning much money from the song itself. The New York Times reports that Ariana signed away 90% of her songwriting royalties to legendary songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. That’s because the majority of the song’s melody is from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “My Favorite Things,” sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Republic Records reportedly made the licensing deal just weeks before the song’s January release and, without further negotiation, agreed to hand over the hefty percentage to Concord, the company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog. Rodgers and Hammerstein died in 1979 and 1960, respectively.
KATE BECKINSALE INTRODUCES PETE DAVIDSON TO HER MOM – (03/21/2019)
In another sign that Kate Beckinsale, 45, and Pete Davidson, 25, are seriously into each other, Beckinsale introduced Davidson to her mom Judy Loe, 72. They went out to dinner and marked both the celebratory introduction, but also the sad 40th anniversary of Beckinsale’s father’s death.
They dined at Nobu along with Beckinsale’s stepfather Roy Battersby. Davidson was seen driving, with Beckinsale sitting shotgun and her mom and Battersby riding in the back of Davidson’s Range Rover.
Earlier in the day, she paid tribute to her father Richard Beckinsale, who died suddenly at age 31. She wrote on social media: “40 years is a lot of mcissing. Thank you so much to everyone who has been kind. Lots of love xx.”
Davidson’s father also died when he was a child. The pair were first spotted together at the Golden Globes in January, and have been spotted out and about several times since.
KYLIE JENNER AND JORDYN WOODS ARE OVER? TMZ is reporting that Kylie Jenner is done with Jordyn Woods after she made out with her sister Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend Tristan Thompson. The longtime friends were rumored to be talking again, but TMZ says Kylie is over Jordyn and ready for her to pick up the remaining belongings she has stashed at her guest house.
GWEN STEFANI AND BLAKE SHELTON REPORTEDLY PUT WEDDING PLANS ON HOLD FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS – (03/21/2019)
It looks like Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are waiting for the church’s seal of approval before they walk down the aisle.
Stefani, a practicing Roman Catholic, recently “began the formal process” for church officials to annul her marriage to ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. The couple wed in 2002 and finalized their divorce in April 2016. The reason, Us Weekly reports, is “so she can marry Blake and have it be recognized by the church.” “Gwen’s religion has always been extremely important to her, and Blake is completely supportive of that,” a source tells the mag.
The Catholic church will annul a marriage if there is proof of defect of form, defect of contract, defect of willingness and defect of capacity.
Given that Stefani and Rossdale were married for 13 years, it’s unclear what grounds Stefani may be seeking an annulment under.
Us Weekly also alleges living arrangements may be a hang-up, since Gwen is based solely in Los Angeles, while Blake splits his time between L.A. and his native Oklahoma.
Blake and Gwen revealed their relationship in November of 2015, after his surprise divorce from Miranda Lambert the previous July.
Stefani and her ex-husband share three children – Kingston, 12, Zuma, 10, and Apollo, 4. Shelton does not currently have any kids, but he has been married and divorced twice.
JESSICA SIMPSON WELCOMES NEW DAUGHTER: Jessica Simpson is a mom again. The singer and designer, who is married to former NFL player Eric Johnson, welcomed a new daughter on March 19th, Simpson announced on social media. She said her daughter, named Birdie Mae Johnson, weighed in at 10 pounds, 13 ounces. The couple, who married in 2014, have two other children, a son, Ace, 5 and a daughter Maxwell, 6.
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