TAYLOR SWIFT TO RELEASE A NEW ALBUM – (07/23/2020)
Taylor Swift has announced the surprise release of her eighth album, Folklore. The Grammy-winning songwriter produced and co-wrote much of the album alongside Aaron Dessner of the National. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon also appears on the record, alongside Taylor Swift’s regular collaborator, Jack Antonoff. It will premiere at midnight EST on 23 July.
Writing on Instagram, Swift said: “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen.” She wrote and recorded the music in isolation, collaborating with “some musical heroes” remotely.
Swift wrote: “Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.”
Folklore follows Swift’s 2019 album, Lover. She was due to headline Glastonbury 2020 before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
DEMI LOVATO AND MAX EHRICH ARE ENGAGED! Demi Lovato shared the exciting news that she and boyfriend Max Ehrich are now engaged. She wrote on social media: “When I was a little girl, my birth dad always called me his ‘little partner’ – something that might’ve sounded strange without his southern cowboy like accent. To me it made perfect sense. And today that word makes perfect sense again but today I’m officially going to be someone else’s partner. @maxehrich – I knew I loved you the moment I met you. It was something I can’t describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it firsthand but luckily you did too.” The pair confirmed their romance in May. (ET)
SELENA GOMEZ’S RARE BEAUTY MAKEUP LINE TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH – (07/23/2020)
Selena Gomez’s makeup company Rare Beauty launched the Rare Impact Fund on her 28th birthday yesterday, which plans to raise $100 million to provide mental health services to underserved communities.
The goal of the Rare Impact Fund is to raise $100 million over the next 10 years to help provide mental health services for underserved communities. One percent of all sales will go to the fund, in hopes of helping to increase access to mental health resources.
Mental illness impacts one in five adults in the U.S. each year, according to Rare Beauty.
The Fund is also partnering with corporations, other charities and non-profits to help reach its $100 million goal – one of the largest philanthropic efforts in the world to be focused on mental health.
Along with the Fund, Rare Beauty has also set up the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council, made up of expert advisors who will guide Rare Beauty’s strategy.
Gomez founded Rare Beauty in February with the self-affirming mission that “being rare is about being comfortable with yourself.” The title of the makeup line nods to her third studio album Rare she released at the beginning of the year, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 at the end of January.
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UKRAINE HOSTAGES RELEASED AFTER PRESIDENT AGREES TO PROMOTE JOAQUIN PHOENIX MOVIE – (07/23/2020)
The news seems to be getting stranger every day. Thirteen hostages in Ukraine have been released unharmed after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy agreed to promote a Joaquin Phoenix film, per the hostage-taker’s demands.
The kidnapper, identified as 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh, was armed with guns and a grenade, and he took over a bus. Police held a tense standoff with him for 12 hours.
Kryvosh is an animal rights activist with a criminal record. The film he wanted Zelenskiy to recommend a 2005 documentary Earthlings, which criticizes mankind’s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research.
Zelenskiy complied, in a six-second clip posted on Facebook. Once the hostages were released, the clip was deleted.
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