MILEY CYRUS SET TO PERFORM AT VMAS 2020: Miley Cyrus has been announced as a performer for the upcoming 2020 MTV VMAs. The 27-year-old singer will be performing alongside previous announced artists The Weeknd, rapper Roddy Ricch, Colombian singer Maluma, boy band CNCO, BTS, J Balvin and Doja Cat at the August 30th event. The announcement was made just days after Cyrus released her new single, “Midnight Sky.” Miley last appeared at the 2019 VMAs and was host for the 2015 show, which featured many memorable moments.
THREE ELLEN PRODUCERS OUT: The Ellen DeGeneres Show is overhauling its production team. On Monday, staffers learned on a conference call that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have been fired following an internal investigation into a toxic workplace. DeGeneres herself reportedly spoke during the call and she apologized again to staffers; her new season will bow September 14. Allegations were first shared in BuzzFeed. (Variety)
TAYLOR SWIFT REVEALS THE EASTER EGGS AND SECRET MEANINGS BEHIND HER ‘CARDIGAN’ VIDEO – (08/18/2020)
Taylor Swift teamed up with VEVO for an episode of VEVO Footnotes, in which every Easter egg in her “cardigan” video is detailed.
Some of the more things that are revealed:
At :21 into the video, there’s a photo of a man. It’s Taylor’s grandfather Dean, who landed on the beaches at the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. She also references him in the folklore track “epiphany.”
At :42 into the video, the hands on the clock point to one and three – because Taylor’s favorite number is 13.
At :50, you can see a painting of a white house next to the piano. Taylor painted it herself during the first week of quarantine.
Swift also breaks down the scenes of nature that occur in the video, explaining that the forest represents “the evergreen beginning of a relationship where everything seems magical and full of beauty,” while the ocean stands in for the “isolation and fear involved while a relationship is breaking down.”
In addition to directing the video, Taylor also did her own hair, make-up and styling in the video due to COVID-19.
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Full Story: E! Online
BILLIE EILISH’S MOM PARTNERS WITH THE DARKROOM & INTERSCOPE TO FEED HUNGRY KIDS IN LOS ANGELES – (08/18/2020)
Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s mom Maggie Baird is joining forces with labels The Darkroom and Interscope Geffen A&M on a new initiative to feed Los Angeles children nourishing, plant-based meals.
The summer-long campaign, Support + Feed The Kids, launches with a cash donation from Interscope and The Darkroom (to provide meals to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro L.A., along with the donation of 100,000 salads and healthy snacks from French vegetable supplier Bonduelle to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
The initiative is part of Baird’s nonprofit organization Support + Feed, which she founded in the wake of the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, Support + Feed says Los Angeles County had the largest population in the country experiencing food insecurity.
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ED SHEERAN DEMO ALBUM UP FOR AUCTION: A rare copy of Ed Sheeran’s first demo album is being auctioned – and he is probably not happy about it. The 29-year-old singer recorded Spinning Man in 2004 at the age of 13 after experiencing his first heartbreak. Opening up about the demo in his 2014 book Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey, he revealed that 19 of the 20 copies he made were in his possession and said he did not want anyone else to get their hands on a copy. Spinning Man features 14 tracks with titles including “Misery,” On My Mind” and “Moody Ballad of Ed.” According to British music memorabilia auction house Omega Auctions, Sheeran gave the CD to a family friend in 2009 during his busking days and it is being sold by a relative of the friend. The unearthed album is expected to fetch up to $13,000 when it goes under the hammer next month.
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