Adele celebrated her 26th birthday today — by tweeting this photo and caption of herself:
Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year x pic.twitter.com/HEmY14El5s
— Adele (@OfficialAdele) May 4, 2014
St. Louis won’t be twerking along with Miley Cyrus tonight: The pop star announced this morning on Twitter that she is still in the hospital and has to cancel tonight’s show.
MIA and the NFL are two acronyms that really don’t seem to fit together.
Two years after the singer showed her middle finger during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the NFL is demanding over $16 million in restitution and damages. Today, M.I.A. tweeted an image of an email document that the NFL has also asked her to sign.
As MIA’s lawyer pointed out, the half time show has featured many more risqué performances in the past, most notably Prince’s giant “penis” guitar in 2007 and Michael Jackson who in 1993 “repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia.”
Also not pilloried by the NFL? The young black girls who danced throughout Madonna’s performance. “Madonna got them from a local high school in Indianapolis,” the singer said in a recent interview, according to the NY Daily News.. “They were under 16. If you look at them they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open … in a very sexually provocative position.”
“Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out what is the goal post of what’s offensive in America …. Like, is my finger offensive? Or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money. It’s a massive display of powerful corporation d–k shaking.”
“They want me on my knees, to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist, and basically say it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female, but then to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”
Last week, Justin Bieber announced Music Mondays –in which he’ll unveil a new single every Monday for the next ten weeks.
“Heartbreaker” premiered late last night, though versions of this song have been kicking around the dusty corners of the Internet for a while now. It’s an atmospheric slow jam that comes complete with a ’90s style spoken-word bit in the middle.
It really wouldn’t sound out of place on Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which bodes well for Bieber or says terrible things about Timberlake, depending on who you are.
The release of “Heartbreaker” — and the nine more Mondays to come — will get Beliebers primed for a new 3D concert movie said to be coming soon. The new song is available on iTunes right now, though you can also give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY
For somebody who tries to spread a gospel of love and acceptance, doesn’t it seem like Lady Gaga gets herself involved in an awful lot of passive-aggressive kerfluffles on Twitter?
Having taken a barrage of beef from onetime collaborator Azealia Banks, Mother Monster has now gotten into it with Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice star Adam Levine. On Friday, Levine tweeted, “Ugh … recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” He followed that up with the note, “I unabashedly love writing and performing pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That’s It. It doesn’t need any extra sauce.”
Though he didn’t name any names, most everybody on the Internet decided that he was taking shots at Gaga. She responded to his comments on Saturday. “Uh oh guys the art police is here,” she tweeted.
That was the last of the exchange. It seems as though both Gaga and Levine have gone back to their respective corners, with the former gearing up for the forthcoming release of both her film debut (in Machete Kills, out Oct. 11) and her new album ARTPOP (out Nov. 8).
Meanwhile, Levine will be returning to his spinning chair on the season premiere of The Voice tonight. We judge this round a draw on all cards.
Azealia Banks—who, we’ll remind you, still has yet to release her oft-delayed debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste—has decided to go back on the offensive with Lady Gaga.
In a series of tweets, Banks took Gaga to task for jacking the song “Red Flame.” “Make sure u let them know where u got the title for red flame from. U stole that from the demo I sent u,” she said in a (since deleted) tweet at Gaga. “You can have it. Plenty more where that came from. Seriously. . . This one is free. Next time I’m charging.”
There are a handful of problems with this. First, it’s unclear whether or not Banks is upset that Gaga took the song “Red Flame” wholesale (was that supposed to be the collaboration between Banks and Gaga that she jettisoned from ARTPOP?) or if she’s just bummed that she’s using the title “Red Flame” (which makes even less sense, considering the ARTPOP track list has yet to be completed and Broke With Expensive Taste doesn’t contain a song with that name). Gaga did not respond to the tweets, and as mentioned, the initial message was deleted from Banks’ Twitter feed.
This isn’t the first time Banks has gotten up in Gaga’s cyber-business. Following Gaga’s show-opening, seashell-centric performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Banks took umbrage with Gaga’s adoption of mermaid couture, a non-trend that Banks has claimed as her own. (Was that the reason Gaga abandoned The Little Mermaid in favor of The Wizard of Oz?)
The saddest thing about this whole exchange? As a punctuation mark on her latest Twitter outburst, Banks tweeted, “Team Katy,” as though anybody on the Internet was still talking about the chart showdown between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the 2013 Fall Diva Wars. Doesn’t Banks know that the real cyber juice comes from writing about Miley Cyrus?
Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will be released on November 8. Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste will be out eventually, probably.
We all know there’s no pleasing Twitter, but the news of Bruno Mars playing the Super Bowl halftime show really got the micro-blogging site riled up — especially the New Jersey/New York contingent.
See, Super Bowl XLVIII is at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets, and a vocal group of fans thinks one of that region’s iconic artists — especially Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, or Bon Jovi — should have gotten the gig instead. Of course, the Super Bowl is the most-watched TV event of the year and reaches every corner of the United States, so to choose the musical act regionally really isn’t necessary. Last year’s Bowl was in New Orleans, but Houston native Beyoncé — not, say, Harry Connick Jr. or Lil Wayne — performed during halftime.
But let’s give the Twitter masses the floor to state their case:
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Prince has always been just slightly ahead of his own time—at least musically.
Technologically, he’s been less eager to embrace the 21st century, even going as far as declaring the Internet “completely over” in a relatively recent interview.
But apparently he’s cool with Twitter, because the Purple One has begun sending out 140 character missives into the cyber-ether. The verified account @3rdEyeGirl has been active for a while, mostly as a depository for new tracks and photos from tours (3rd Eye Girl is the female trio who backs Prince up). But last night, Prince himself took over, announcing “PRINCE’S 1ST TWEET.”
So far, his missives have been less the revelatory, though we can confirm that he did in fact add too much pepper to this salad. (You’re welcome, Prince.) He’s also clearly getting the hang of various Twitter memes, since this is the worst selfie we’ve ever seen.
Still, he does know what a hashtag is, and clearly has gotten the hang of retweeting, as the last few dispatches from the account are from people marveling at the fact that Prince is now on Twitter, which completes the Internet circle of life.
One notable thing: @3rdEyeGirl is not following a single person on Twitter—not even Janelle Monae, whose new album features a guest appearance by Prince. Will you be the first person Prince follows? Tune in a few days from now to see how well he masters #FollowFriday.