TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE FIRST EVER ICON AWARD AT TEEN CHOICE AWARDS – (07/26/2019)
Taylor Swift will be honored with the first ever Icon Award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards next month.
“As one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 50 million albums sold, Taylor Swift is a pop culture icon whose accolades and achievements go beyond topping music charts and selling out stadiums worldwide,” Fox said in a statement. “Swift is also one of today’s biggest social influencers, using her voice and platform to inspire and create positive change.”
Swift, who has sold more than 50 million albums, will be honored for her success as a pop culture icon. Alongside selling out stadiums globally and creating chart-topping hits, the artist has often used her platform to motivate and incite change.
Last year, her endorsement of Democrats Phil Bredesen and Rep. Jim Cooper in their Tennessee U.S. Senate and House races, respectively, sparked a massive spike in voter registration. In May of this year, Swift shared a letter across her social accounts addressing Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, pressing him to increase protections for the LGBTQ community and to support the Equality Act.
Swift will be joined by fellow artists at the awards ceremony, such as Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and BLACKPINK, all of whom are nominated for multiple awards in the music categories. The Jonas Brothers will be honored with the Decade Award.
Fans can vote for their favorites at TeenChoice.VoteNow.tv or on Twitter. For the first time in its history, the ceremony will air as a two-hour live event from Hermosa Beach, California. The 2019 Teen Choice Awards airs August 11th.
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MILEY CYRUS SAYS THERE’S ‘NO WAY’ SHE’LL BE PERFORMING AT VMAS: Miley Cyrus won’t be hitting the 2019 MTV VMAs. After she wasn’t nominated for any awards, fans of the singer said that they weren’t going to watch the show unless Miley performed. “No f*ckin way,” Miley commented on one photo along with a black heart emoji. Another fan sent a message to the awards show writing, “They care more about a f*cking green screen than a message to the world. nominate anyone but at least do not use the image of Miley to promote their damn prizes @vmas and #SheIsComing #Peace.” Miley Cyrus commented back writing, “Exactly.” The show will air on MTV August 26th with Sebastian Maniscalco as host.
MAROON 5’S ‘SUGAR’ VIDEO BECOMES FIRST BY A GROUP TO REACH THREE BILLION VIEWS – (07/26/2019)
Maroon 5’s clip for their 2015 single “Sugar” has quietly been racking up the views on YouTube.
The clip, directed by “Wedding Crashers” director David Dobkin, has racked up three billion views. That makes it not only the eighth most-viewed music video on YouTube, but also the most-viewed clip ever by a group.
In the clip, Maroon 5 is seen “crashing” a variety of weddings while performing the song. “Sugar” was released as the third single from the band’s album V in January 2015 and it quickly caught on, thanks in part to the success of the two previous cuts, “Maps” and “Animals.”
“Sugar” follows in the footsteps of several other videos that have also racked up three billion views, such as Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” to name just a few. The most-viewed music video of all time on YouTube is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which has racked up more than 6.5 billion views.
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CONSTANCE WU FIGHTS BACK AGAINST NEW DIVA ALLEGATIONS – (07/26/2019)
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More bad press for Constance Wu. Just after emerging from allegations that she was “ungrateful” after grumbling on Twitter (she tweeted “F–king hell … Ugh. F–k”) after she learned that her ABC show Fresh Off the Boat was renewed, Wu’s reps are putting out new fires. Page Six is reporting that Wu demanded top billing in stories about the film she stars in with bigger names Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B.
Her reps allegedly demanded that Wu is listed as star of the stripper film Hustlers, which also features Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo.
Other sources tell Page Six that in addition to displaying “diva” behavior post-shoot, she was no picnic on-set either.
They spilled: “She wouldn’t agree to do anything,” adding “She’s a total piece of work. She thinks it’s OK to treat people badly and say out loud whatever comes to her.”
Her reps immediately pushed back against the report that she was demanding top billing, telling Us Weekly: “Constance had no knowledge or awareness of acts on her behalf of Hustlers to have reporting mirror that of the film’s castings or contractual billings. Representatives associated with her and the film did engage media outlets to correct misrepresentations of the film’s characters and castings in the spirit of calibrating credits to accurately reflect the guidelines set forth in standard legal contracts. While Constance’s character in Hustlers is the key protagonist, any reporting that implies or indicates that she demanded or directed this recently reported initiative is patently untrue and a clear manipulation of facts. She has always been and remains a proud supporter of all her fellow castmates inclusion in the celebration of this film and telling of this story.”
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JENNIFER LOPEZ TO PRODUCE & STAR IN DRUG LORD DRAMA ‘THE GODMOTHER’: Jennifer Lopez star will star in and produce The Godmother, based on the true-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Jennifer may also direct the movie, which would mark her directorial debut. “I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her onscreen. She is all the things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling,” Jennifer said. The movie will “chronicle the notorious drug lord, who outsmarted rivals as she rose from an impoverished childhood in Colombia to become a key figurehead in Miami’s drug trade wars.”
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