Willow Smith opens up on the challenges non-white women face in rock music

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Willow Smith, who recently released her pop-punk album lately I feel EVERYTHING, says she wants to help create more space for women of color in rock music.

“I have seen it for so many years — just the hate that not even just Black women [experience] but people of different colors, that aren’t white, that want to come into rock music and into this space,” the 20-year-old told the BBC’s The YUNGBLUD Podcast. “I just hope that I can show young Black girls that… despite the fact that people are telling us ‘We shouldn’t listen to this music.  We shouldn’t dress this way.  We shouldn’t sing this way.’ — We do it and do it to the fullest!”

Agreeing that rock music embodies the spirit of rebellion and freedom, Willow continued, “Specifically what Black people had to experience in America — I can’t think of a better genre to scream and growl and be angry and express yourself than rock.”

“Back in the day, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the first Black women to pick up the electric guitar and that was in, what, the 40s or the 50s,” Willow explained. “She was the grandmother of rock and roll and a lot of people don’t know about her!”

Noting of the many people of color who have contributed to rock over the decades — such as her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, the former lead singer of the nu metal band Wicked Wisdom — Willow remarked, “We can’t leave those people out!”

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Lorde handles her hot sauce like a champ on latest episode of ‘Hot Ones’

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We already knew Lorde was an onion rings connoisseur, but now we know she also knows her way around some hot wings.

The singer appears on the latest episode of Hot Ones and conquers the increasingly spicy hot sauce lineup like a champ while answering questions from host Sean Evans. She talks about her upcoming album, Solar Power, her criteria for what makes a good onion ring, the coolest experience she’s ever had whale-watching in Antarctica, and more — all while barely breaking a sweat.

“I basically thought of the album as a sun worship album,” Lorde says of Solar Power in between bites of wing. “I’m not religious in any way, but my experiences in nature the last couple of years were as close to what I had experienced as religion, so it was like a sort of devotional record for me.”

She also discusses being unknowingly on-trend by including cicada sounds on the album.

“This year has Brood X, which is this big kind of boom of cicadas once you reached 17 years,” Lorde says. “The last time it happened was in 2004 when I guess JLo and Ben Affleck were together and now they’re back together, so people are like, Brood X is in the air, so I guess I am right on trend with my cicada moment.”

Solar Power drops August 20.

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Mötley Crüe releasing digital remaster of ‘Dr. Feelgood’ in September

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This news will kickstart the heart of Mötley Crüe fans everywhere:  A digitally remastered version of the band’s classic album, Dr. Feelgood, is due out September 3.

The album, released in 1989, featured the hit title track, as well as “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S)” and “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away).” 

To date, Dr. Feelgood‘s sold more than six million copies worldwide, making it the Crüe’s best-selling release.

The new version, called a “refreshed sonic experience,” joins the previously released digital remasters of Girls, Girls, Girls and Theatre of Pain. All are part of the band’s year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary.

You can pre-order the remastered version now.

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Jay Pharoah and Sinqua Walls joke about their hostility toward Nick Cannon for his role in ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’

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In Netflix’s new romantic comedy Resort to Love, Jay Pharoah and Sinqua Walls play brothers who don’t seem to have that much in common besides their mutual interest in aspiring singer Erica, played by Christina Milian. The two actors, who admit they’ve been fanboys of Milian since her self-titled debut album in 2001, say they jumped at the opportunity to work with the talented star.

“Hesitant?! No, it was no hesitation,” Pharoah tells ABC Audio of working with Milian.

“It was ‘AM to PM,'” he quips, referencing Milian’s lead single from Christina Milian. “I said, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’ I ain’t even gonna lie, growing up I had a crush on Christina. So, I always wanted to show the chops there.”

Pharaoh recalls that he was also a bit jealous of Nick Cannon when Nick got to play Milian’s love interest in the 2003 teen comedy Love Don’t Cost a Thing.

“I was always looking at Nick Cannon like, ‘Meheh. One day, Nick. One day too I shall be in that position,'” he jokes, remembering Cannon in the film.

The same can be said of Walls, who says he also accepted the gig with “no hesitation.” 

“I was like, ‘Well, this is not a bad way to spend my summer,'” he laughs, before adding that he “too wanted to hit Nick Cannon in the kneecaps a couple of times.”

After some peels of laughter, Pharoah straightens up. “Salute to Nick Cannon,” he says. “It’s all love.”

“Shout to Nick,” Walls interjects. “I hope your kneecaps are all intact.”

Making note of Cannon’s recent family additions, Pharoah then adds, “I was about to say, if [his kneecaps aren’t] hurting by now — goddangit! All that running around at different houses he got to do.”

Resort to Love is available on Netflix.

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Madonna calls out DaBaby for controversial AIDS comments: “Know your facts”

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Madonna is the latest celebrity to call out DaBaby for the remarks he made about HIV/AIDS at last weekend’s Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.

“If you’re going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts,” the singer wrote on Instagram alongside a video of the rapper making the controversial comments.

Madonna then proceeded to clear up some misconceptions about the disease, noting “decades of hard won scientific research.”

“I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God,” she wrote.

DaBaby had told the crowd, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air.”

Madonna went on to call out some of DaBaby’s other comments at the show, calling them “sexist.”

“People like you are the reason we are still living in a world divided by fear,” she wrote. “All Human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs.”

On Wednesday, DaBaby apologized for the comments after widespread outrage.

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DaBaby responds to Questlove’s criticism over homophobic comments


DaBaby has responded to Questlove calling him out for the homophobic comments he made while performing at Rolling Loud Miami. 

Taking to Instagram Stories, DaBaby shared a post in which Questlove scribbled out DaBaby’s name from his “dream list” of artists to perform at Summer of Soul and condemned the rapper for his rhetoric. Underneath, DaBaby wrote, “I ain’t even tryna be funny when i say …. i do NOT KNOW WHO DIS N**** IS DAWG.”

The “Masterpiece” rapper added, “& do not care about losing you as a fan my boy lol @questlove.”

DaBaby declared himself a “standup” guy and that others can’t influence people to stop being a fan of his because he is “the INFLUENCE.” He then suggested that the haters “hit the studio or [something].”

In a final slide, the 29-year-old accused “lame and burnt tf out” people of using the LGBT community to make a comeback. 

“The LGBT community don’t need ya’ll. Ya’ll need them,” he wrote. 

DaBaby has been on a downward spiral after making some controversial HIV/AIDS remarks while onstage at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami last weekend, declaring, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air.”

Since then, artists including Dua LipaDemi LovatoMadonna and Elton John have criticized DaBaby, while others like T.I. and Boosie have come to DaBaby’s defense. 

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Ben Stiller hit with backlash over nepotism in Hollywood debate

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Ben Stiller is facing social media backlash for defending the growing trend of children following in the footsteps of their Hollywood A-list parents.

Stiller, the son of legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, took issue with producer Franklin Leonard sarcastically tweeting, “Hollywood’s a meritocracy, right?” in response to a report that an upcoming project titled The Rightway, that’s set to be directed by Steven Spielberg’s daughter, Destry, and was written by Stephen King’s son, Owen.  Sean Penn’s son, Hopper is also set to star in the short film, according to Deadline.

“Too easy @franklinleonard. People, working, creating. Everyone has their path. Wish them all the best,” Stiller tweeted in response.

“Just speaking from experience, and I don’t know any of them, I would bet they all have faced challenges,” Stiller later added in a follow-up tweet.  “Different than those with no access to the industry. Show biz as we all know is pretty rough, and ultimately is a meritocracy.”

That prompted a barrage of comments implying the 55-year-old actor was denying the role of nepotism in Hollywood.

“I know Ben *Stiller* is not on this bird app calling Hollywood a meritocracy lmaoooooooo,” tweeted author Preeti Chhibber, while another follower added, “WRONG. Show business works off nepotism & access. It has NOTHING to do with merit.”

“Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara’s son would like you to know that Hollywood ‘ultimately is a meritocracy.’” wrote yet another.


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Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam had July’s top Record Store Day album & single

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July 17 was the second drop of Record Store Day 2021, and Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam came out on top.

Billboard reports that according to MRC Data, the event resulted in 1.14 million U.S. vinyl album sales overall, and the top-selling RSD release was Foo Fighters’ Hail Satin, released under the name The Dee Gees. The project sold 12,000 vinyl LPs, plus another 3,000 downloads when it was made available digitally on July 19.

The 10-song album features covers of four number-one Bee Gees hits, a cover of “Shadow Dancing” by the Bee Gees’ little brother, Andy Gibb, and live versions of songs from the Foos’ latest, Medicine at Midnight.

The top-selling RSD single release was Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” which was issued on both 12-inch vinyl and cassette, along with the rare B-sides “Wash,” “Dirty Frank” and a cover of The Beatles’ “I’ve Got a Feeling.”

Here are the top-selling RSD 2021 July 17 drop albums at independent record stores, according to MRC Data:

1. Dee Gees/Foo Fighters, Hail Satin
2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu: Alternates
3. Beastie Boys, Aglio e Olio
4. Amy Winehouse, Remixes
5. Miles Davis, Champions: Rare Miles From the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
6. Cat Stevens, Harold & Maude: The Songs From the Original Movie (Soundtrack)
7. The Rolling Stones, Hot Rocks 1964-1971
8. Allman Brothers Band, The Final Note: Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71
9. John Prine, Live: At the Other End, Dec. 1975
10. The Ramones, Triple J Live at the Wireless: Capital Theatre, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1980

And here are the top-selling singles:

1. Pearl Jam, “Alive”
2. Fleet Foxes featuring Resistance Revival Chorus, “Can I Believe You ” / “Wading in Waist-High Water”
3. St. Vincent, “Piggy ” / “Sad But True “
4. Bob Dylan, “Jokerman” / “I and I ” (Remixes)
5. Karen O & Willie Nelson, “Under Pressure “
6. Dio, “God Hates Heavy Metal “
7. Denzel Curry & Robert Glasper, “So Incredible ” / “This Changes Everything ” (Live from Leimert Park)
8. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, “Beat on the Brat “
9. Jxdn, “Angels & Demons ” / “Drivers License”
10. The Dirty Knobs, “Humdinger “/ “Feelin’ High “

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Sarah Ferguson speaks out on Duchess Meghan and why she would marry Prince Andrew ‘all over again’

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(LONDON) — Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has spent most of her adult life in the public spotlight, first as the wife of Prince Andrew and then as a favorite target of the British tabloid media.

Several decades later, another new royal bride, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, became the target of the tabloid media when she wed Ferguson’s nephew, Prince Harry, in 2018.

“I believe that everybody has a right to their own voice and there should be no judgment on race, creed, color or any other denomination,” Ferguson told Good Morning America about the press’ treatment of Meghan, who joined Harry in stepping down from their senior royal roles last year and moving to California.

“I personally would never be able to judge another, so I just am not like that,” she said. “I wish Harry and Meghan so much happiness and I know that [the late Princess] Diana would be so proud of her sons and their wives.”

Ferguson — whose latest chapter in life is as author of a new novel, Her Heart for a Compass — was a close friend of Princess Diana’s, her sister-in-law in Britain’s royal family. Though the two were pitted against each other in the British press, she calls Diana her best friend.

Diana, the mother of Princes William and Harry, died in 1997 after a car crash in Paris, but Ferguson said she keeps her friend’s memory alive to this day.

“She’s in my heart,” Ferguson said of the late princess, whom she calls her “laughing friend.”

“I always say it doesn’t matter whether you get the love back or you don’t get love back or she’s here or she’s not here, you can love anyway and keep the kindness,” she said

“I loved Diana and I will always love her even if she isn’t here in person. It’s a really lovely thing to have,” she said.

Ferguson, now 61 and a grandmother of one with another on the way, said she also imagines what life would be like now with Diana, whose two sons have five children between them.

“If she was here, we’d be racing to the bouncy castle with our grandchildren,” said Ferguson. “The funny thing is we’d be with our grandchildren running in the egg and spoon race. She was always a better, faster runner than me.”

Finding her voice through writing

Ferguson drew on her own journey in the spotlight to write her first novel, which is set in the Victorian era and is based on her distant relative, Lady Margaret.

“Lady Margaret is an extremely wonderful, strong, very resilient redhead who fights for her heart … against extraordinary confines of what is seen as noble and duty,” she said. “I think I couldn’t write that and I couldn’t explain it if I hadn’t had a hint of fighting my own journey through my own compass of my own heart.”

“She didn’t have a voice,” Ferguson added. “So it’s about literacy, empowerment, empowerment of a woman’s voice that has been shut away.”

Ferguson said she is just now learning in her own life to speak up and not be a self-described “people pleaser,” saying, “I don’t believe I’ve really spoken out until now, properly.”

In the novel, Margaret is portrayed as having a complicated but honest relationship with her mother, a relationship Ferguson said she never got to have with her own mom.

“When she left me, I was so young,” said Ferguson. “And then my sister went to Australia, so I became the head of the house around 13, 14 years old, and I think that that’s possibly why I still have the rebel in me.”

Ferguson spoke with GMA while doing one of her favorite activities, horseback riding, which she said she relied on as a child for stability in her life.

“My ponies really helped me so much when my mother went to live in Argentina because they were my friends,” she said, describing them as “consistent” and “steadfast.” “They don’t go anywhere and they didn’t answer back. They are just so special.”

Taking life ‘one step at a time’

Though she had a complicated time as a member of Britain’s royal family, Ferguson remains an ardent supporter of the monarchy.

“I am a number one fan of the monarchy,” she said. “And I stand very strongly for the extraordinary steadfastness of the queen.”

She also speaks fondly of Prince Andrew, whom she married in 1986 and divorced a decade later, though the two remain very close.

“He is a great man and [our wedding day] was the best day of my life,” she said. “I would do it all over again because he was a very good-looking sailor, but I fell in love with him and I think love conquers all.”

Andrew, who shares two daughters with Ferguson, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, has faced intense scrutiny over his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.

Andrew, the third child of Queen Elizabeth, spoke out in a 2019 BBC interview and categorically denied allegations he had sex on multiple occasions with an American teenager who’s claimed she was trafficked to the prince at the direction of Epstein. Shortly after the interview, Andrew announced that he would step back from public duties, “for the foreseeable future” amid heavy criticism.

When asked how she has found resilience in the face of personal drama and tabloid scandal, Ferguson said she has learned to “take one step at a time.”

“You just look at it. What do I need to learn from this? How do I feel? [You] apologize profusely to yourself, to others, mostly to yourself for letting yourself down, perhaps, and you move forward and you get on and you take one step at a time,” she said. “I have destroyed myself many times, but the most important thing is to get up and get going.”

Ferguson also gives credit to the American public for helping her regain her footing after she and Andrew divorced. She credits Americans with welcoming her and supporting her through different ventures, including working with WW, formerly Weight Watchers.

“That’s why I want to say thanks to the American people, because they have given me a life,” she said. “And they’ve given me a chance to be able to have a platform to talk and to be able to say, ‘Be yourself.'”

Speaking of her ability to continually evolve both personally and professionally, Ferguson added, “I’m 61. I’m just starting my life. “

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US soccer team wins nail-biter against Netherlands with penalty kicks in Olympics quarterfinal

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(TOKYO) — The U.S. faced off against the Netherlands Friday in soccer at the Olympics and won.

This was their first match of the knockout stage of the Tokyo Olympics, and with that, the Americans will advance to the next game.

It was a dramatic finish as the score was tied 2-2 at the end of 120 minutes of game time, which included two additional 15-minute extra time periods. The game came down to penalty kicks.

The kicks started with an epic save by America’s goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of a kick by Netherlands’ Vivianne Miedema, giving the U.S. an advantage. Penalty kicks were then scored by the U.S. by Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe.

Naeher blocked two of the Netherlands’ four penalty kicks, while the Americans scored on each attempt. Legend Rapinoe had the final word, with a right-footed kick pounding into the top back corner of the goal.

It was a generally epic day for Naeher who, in addition to blocking those two penalty kicks at the end of the match, blocked another penalty earlier in the match. Had she missed that attempt by Lieke Martens, which happened within minutes of the end of the second period, the entire trajectory of the match would have changed.

The U.S. team faced some uncharacteristic struggles making it past group play in the early stage of the tournament. They began by losing to Sweden, scoring no goals to Sweden’s three.

The Americans came back to their more typical style in the next game, beating New Zealand 6-1, but then drew a draw against Australia.

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