CNN has decided to end its decadelong relationship with Kathy Griffin as a result of the comedian’s controversial photo shoot, in which she held a prop that resembled the bloodied head of President Donald Trump.
Griffin has been a regular feature of CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage since 2007, when she first co-hosted the festivities with Anderson Cooper.
Griffin initially defended the photo shoot with celebrity photographer and director Tyler Shields as a work of art when the photos were first released Tuesday. Later that night, as the criticism grew louder, she apologized and said she had asked Shields to take down the photo.
“I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong,” she said.
CNN said in a previous statement shortly after Griffin posted the video that the network was “pleased” Griffin apologized for the “disgusting and offensive” image. Nevertheless, they said they were “evaluating” whether Griffin will be invited to help host the channel’s New Year’s Eve special once again.
The image was roundly criticized by people including President Trump and Griffin’s New Year’s Eve co-host, Cooper.
Every year, BTS hold's their 'BTS FESTA' to celebrate their debut on June 13. This is their 4th anniversary, and the band has released a skit to tease the upcoming events. Rap Monster is talking about his project with V, Jin said he had something in mind, while J-Hope's comment that Jin always had good intentions made everyone laugh, and Jimin was worried about his portion. (At least that's what the translator said was happening)
Kesha and Eagles of Death Metal have recorded two songs, according to an interview with the rock band's guitarist Dave Catching.
Speaking with Rolling Stone about his debut solo album, Shared Hallucinations Pt. 1, which was released earlier this month, Catching revealed they worked with the singer on a couple tracks for her upcoming album.
"She used to come to Eagles shows when she was 16," said Catching. "She was always a big fan. Then I remember we got back from Europe ... and she was on every magazine cover when we landed from a tour. It was really amazing."
Read the full interview here.
20-year-old pop artist Camila Cabello is now the newest face of Guess' Fall 2017 campaign.
“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Guess on this incredible campaign,” Cabello said in a press release. “I’ve grown up loving their aesthetic and not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be lucky enough to be a part of it."
The Paul Marciano (Chief Creative Officer of Guess) directed campaign is classic Guess--heritage denim, 90s style mania tees and oversized jackets all shot against the uber-Americana, road tripping backdrop of California's Palmdale dessert. And while Cabello's aesthetic here is the signature, buxom-look of Guess, reminiscent of 'Guess Girls' past (Anna Nicole Smith, Adriana Lima and Claudia Schiffer, to name a few), this campaign, Marciano says, is different.
“Camila’s confidence, strength and beauty reflect the qualities I look for in a Guess Girl," the CCO said.
“Choosing Camila to be the face of Guess this fall celebrates that Guess Girls are multi-talented, dynamic and accomplished women.”
On Wednesday (May 31), Rihanna announced on her social media accounts that she’s launching Fenty Beauty collection in fall 2017. The cosmetic line is in partnership with LVMH’s Kendo division and was first announced in April 2016.
While details on the collection have not been revealed, its rumored that a holographic lip product, used backstage at the Fenty x Puma spring 2017 runway show, will be the first release from the line.
For more information on Fenty Beauty, follow the company’s official website and sign up on their mailing list.
Rihanna’s makeup line follows her recently launched jewelry collection. The Bajan beauty unveiled her Rihanna x Chopard collaboration of high-end baubles at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in Paris. The line consists of very expensive rings, necklaces and earrings. If you want to check out Rihanna’s jewelry collection, head over to chopard.com.
Hot off of the success of two massive cross-cultural collaborations, “Sim Ou Não” with Colombian reggaeton heartthrob Maluma and “Switch” with Digital Distortion Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, the “Bang” Brazilian beauty is now continuing her total global takeover, called “Paradinha.” And get this: it’s in Spanish.
After dropping a this latest westcoast throwback summer banger, KIRKO BANGZ returns with the music video for his new single, "Swang N Bang." Shot by Mr. Boomtown in Kirko's hometown of Houston, TX, the video fetures beautiful women, hot weather, and low riders.
"Swang N Bang" is the newest single off of Kirko Bangz' newest project due out later this year via 300 Entertainment.
Fifth Harmony announced the name of their upcoming single, “Down,” featuring rapper Gucci Mane.
“Down,” out Friday, June 2, marks the girls’ first release following Camila Cabello‘s December 2016 departure to pursue a solo music career.
Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony teased the lyrics for their forthcoming single using a Snapchat scavenger hunt, where eagle-eyed Harmonizers decoded a fragment of the alleged lyrics to “Down”:
Jay Z’s Tidal is looking for a new CEO.
Billboard reports that Jeff Toig, their third CEO in two years, has stepped down. Toig’s brief tenure began in January 2016 and he helped stabilize TIDAL after it’s rocky 2015.
“As part of Tidal’s continued expansion this year we will be announcing a new CEO in the coming weeks,” the company said in a statement to Billboard. “We wish [Toig] all the best in his future endeavors.”
Tidal made headlines in February for allegedly inflating their subscriber numbers. Just days after that story broke, a 33 percent stake of the company was sold to Sprint for $200 million. Billboard reports that the specifics surrounding Toig’s departure are “unclear,” but a source has confirmed that he actually stepped down in March.
Also in March, Jay Z formed a venture capital firm called Arrive, which will focus on helping emerging startups.
According to Tech Crunch, Arrive is a partnership between Roc Nation, Primary Venture Partners and GlassBridge Asset Management, a company that has since moved into venture capital. In a press release, Roc Nation stated that their investment platform will assist budding startups and offer funding, business development, branding and more.
Tidal currently has an estimated one million paid users. Spotify and Apple Music (50 million and 20 million, respectively).
Rich Homie Quan (Dequantes Lamar) was arrested on his way to a show in Georgia Saturday (May 27).
Quan’s car was stopped at a police checkpoint when the cops arrested the rapper and five others. Reportedly, the police suspected members of the group to be in possession of a stolen gun along with controlled substances, namely marijuana and ecstasy.
In February, Quan announced that he’d signed a deal with Motown and assured fans that album would be forthcoming this coming spring.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for this amazing opportunity,” said Quan in a press release. “I’m excited to be a part of a building that has such great history in music. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and giving my fans the best I have to offer.”
Quan was still being detained upon release of this report.
Gregg Allman, best known for fronting The Allman Brothers Band has died from complications due to liver cancer.
Allman's longtime manager said he died peacefully at his home Saturday in Savannah, Georgia, where he has been dealing with multiple health issues ever since being diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago.
It's reported that Gregg had finished his last record which will be released in September of this year.
Allman along with his brother Duane, founded their band in 1969, and Gregg rocked with them until their final show in 2014.
He became the band's frontman in 1971 after Duane was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. He composed such hits as "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "Melissa."
Eminem is planning something for the 15th anniversary of The Eminem Show. The rap veteran’s third album was released on May 26, 2002 and Slim Shady is rumored to be working on a celebration.
On Instagram, Em posted a video tribute to his acclaimed third album; with throwback TV flashbacks to The Eminem Show period, clips from his videos, concerts, and behind-the-scenes footage. “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” one of the album’s most popular tracks, plays in the background.
The Eminem Show followed two highly-acclaimed Eminem albums, The Slim Shady LP (1999) and The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). Major tracks from the album are “Til I Collapse” featuring Nate Dogg, “Without Me,” “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” “Superman,” and “Sing for the Moment.”
Em’s last album was 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Ariana Grande is going back to Manchester and will headline a huge concert in the city a week from Sunday.
Sources familiar with the plans tell us Ariana and her manager, Scooter Braun, are reaching out to some of the biggest names in music and are in the process of booking them. We're told Ariana has invited performers who are friends of hers to participate.
It will be held in one of the 4 big arenas in town, but not the Manchester Arena, where the terrorist bomb exploded, killing 22 and injuring 59.
Our sources say Live Nation will produce the event. All proceeds will go to the victims and their families.