MAX to perform new single “Butterflies” on ‘The Bachelorette’

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MAX will perform his romantic new single, “Butterflies,” on the July 12 episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette.

In the episode, MAX will serenade the Bachelorette, Katie Thurston, and her date with the song, which the pop artist recently described to People magazine as “basically the sequel to my song ‘Lights Down Low.'”

MAX wrote that song for his wife, Emily, and used it as part of his marriage proposal.  He says he wrote “Butterflies” to renew his vows with Emily, with whom he recently welcomed baby daughter Edie.

“The right person makes you feel the most alive, and Emily has always given me the most excitement but also the deepest grounding in being present and prioritizing our love,” he explains. “So I wanted the song’s lyrics to be direct with that.” MAX recently performed the song at a fan’s wedding.

Meanwhile, tickets are on sale for MAX’s upcoming tour at MaxMusicOfficial.com/tour. It includes stops at the Lollapalooza and Bottle Rock Napa Valley festivals, as well as shows in Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and his hometown of New York City.

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Kehlani announces new music and reflects over launching Honey Shot Productions

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Whether it’s a full-length album or an unexpected collaboration, Kehlani knows how to keep her fans fueled with new music.

On Monday, the singer shared a collage of photos on Instagram to reveal more new music will be arriving soon. 

“Hopped out the matrix [and] I hopped in my bag! Yeah, I’m working on projects I am in love with,” Kehlani wrote in the caption. “Putting on so many hats. I finished a lot [of] music I wanted/needed to finish. It’s coming.”

The collage included photos of late singer Aaliyah, Kehlani looking at a teleprompter, and the singer’s two-year-old daughter, Adeya Nomi. The “Change Your Life” singer went to reveal she had big plans for her company, Honey Shot Productions — comprised of visual artist and photographer Brianna Alyssa and ‘Hyphy Williams,’ Kehlani’s director alias. 

“My production company is about to have a stellar first year, so many surprises in the works. I’m utterly mind-blown consistently at what comes of hard work, & tending to spirit,” Kehlani continued. “Standing on the shoulders of those who came before me, putting in real work to develop insightful connection and keeping my ears transparently open.”

Kehlani added, “my mind is at its sharpest, my heart at its fullest, my spirit at its most honest, and my curiosity is through the roof. I’m loving and loved. Couldn’t nothing top this…except when all I’m planting comes to bloom.”

Kehlani’s sophomore album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’twas released in May 2020. This year, the singer has released collaborations with Lil Durk, Pink Sweat$, emerging producer Amorphous and more, as well as T-Pain’s “I Like Dat.”

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Saweetie purchases a custom Rolls-Royce for her 28th birthday

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Saweetie has upgraded from a Bentley to a Rolls-Royce. In case you missed it, the “Fast (Motion)” rapper gifted herself a White Rolls-Royce Cullinan to celebrate her 28th birthday this weekend.

On Monday, Saweetie shared a photo of herself posing in front of the vehicle in an orange bikini to match the luxury car’s leather interior. “I just like really expensive things,” she wrote on Instagram.

The price of Saweetie’s costly car starts at $300,000, which is nearly $20,000 more than what her custom Bentley Continental was sold for through Jakes Motorcars, a luxury and exotic vehicle dealership in San Diego, California.

Saweetie received the custom Bentley from her ex Quavo last December, as previously reported. Following their breakup in March, the Migos rapper had the customized vehicle repossessed. It featured metal snowflakes on the exterior and the word “ICY” embroidered on the headrests — a nod to Saweetie’s breakout 2017 single “ICY GRL.”

Quavo seemingly mentioned taking back Saweetie’s Bentley on “Having Our Way,” from Migos’ latest album, Culture III. 

“Havin’ my way, now this [ish] like a business/ Load up the bases, now I feel like Cal Ripken/ She had it her way, now she out of a Bentley,” he raps on the track. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Little River Band, ex-Chicago and Boston members join lineup of 2022 ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise

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After being postponed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the star-studded ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise is set to return in February 2022. The seagoing music festival is almost sold out, but a few new artists recently were added to the lineup.

The new additions are the Little River Band, former Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff, and ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goodreau‘s current band Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room.

These acts join a bill that already included Foreigner, The Guess Who, War, 10cc, The Family Stone, Air Supply, Melissa Manchester, Jim Messina, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.

The nostalgic nautical extravaganza is scheduled to set sail from Miami on February 19 and will stop on St. Maarten on February 22 and St. Thomas on February 23 before returning to port on the 26th.

Famed producer and Peter & Gordon singer Peter Asher will serve as the cruise’s host.

In addition to the many performances, the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise will feature Q&A sessions and panel discussions with some of the artists, plus themed parties, wine tastings, trivia contests, game shows, karaoke, pool parties and more. Married couples also will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows.

For more details about the cruise, including cabin availability, visit RockandRomanceCruise.com or call 844-466-7625.

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The Offspring teases “This Is Not Utopia” video

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The Offspring is premiering a new video this week.

The SoCal punks will drop the visual for “This Is Not Utopia,” the opening track off the band’s new album, Let the Bad Times Roll, on Wednesday, July 7, at 11 a.m. ET.

“This Is Not Utopia” will be the third Bad Times track to get a video, following the title track and the chimp-starring “We Never Have Sex Anymore,” the latter of which resulted in an admonishing letter from PETA.

Let the Bad Times Roll, the 10th Offspring album, was released in April. It’s the group’s first new record in nine years.

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Ex-Chicago and Boston members join lineup of 2022 ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise

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After being postponed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the star-studded ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise is set to return in February 2022. The seagoing music festival is almost sold out, but a few new artists recently were added to the lineup.

The new additions are former Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff, ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goodreau‘s current band Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room, and the Little River Band.

These acts join a bill that already included Foreigner, The Guess Who, War, 10cc, Jim Messina, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.

The nostalgic nautical extravaganza is scheduled to set sail from Miami on February 19 and will stop on St. Maarten on February 22 and St. Thomas on February 23 before returning to port on the 26th.

Famed producer and Peter & Gordon singer Peter Asher will serve as the cruise’s host, while other performers on the bill include The Family Stone, Air Supply and Melissa Manchester.

In addition to the many performances, the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise will feature Q&A sessions and panel discussions with some of the artists, plus themed parties, wine tastings, trivia contests, game shows, karaoke, pool parties and more. Married couples also will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows.

For more details about the cruise, including cabin availability, visit RockandRomanceCruise.com or call 844-466-7625.

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Mamma Mia! ABBA’s ‘Gold’ racks up 1,000 weeks on the British chart

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ABBA may have broken up in 1982, but their music shows no sign of ever facing its “Waterloo” — at least, not in the U.K.

The group’s 1992 greatest hits album, Gold, has just notched a record 1,000 weeks on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. It’s the first album ever to log that many weeks on the chart, eight of which were spent at number one. Gold currently stands at number 17 and is the U.K.’s second best-selling album of all time, behind Queen‘s Greatest Hits.

Commenting on the milestone, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus told OfficialCharts.com that the achievement was  “amazing!,” while Benny Andersson joked, “Not bad for 4 turnips.”

Two other albums are close to matching the ABBA record: Bob Marley & the Wailers‘ best-of, Legend, has been on the chart for 984 weeks, while Queen’s Greatest Hits has logged 952 weeks.  The Queen album might return to number one this week for the first time since 1981, following the release of a 40th anniversary edition.

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Couples night: Katy and Orlando meet up with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner at Louis Vuitton event

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom had a double date of sorts with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

The two couples both attended a Louis Vuitton Parfum event at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France Monday, where they posed for photos together.

The event was to celebrate the luxury brand’s latest fragrance line, Les Extraits Collection. According to WWD, the collection was created by LV’s “master perfumer,” Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, with bottles designed by architect Frank Gehry.

Katy shared more photos from the event on Instagram, featuring her and fiancé Orlando decked out in the designer. Katy wore a sparkly purple 1920s flapper-inspired dress, while Orlando wore a crisp white button-down, black pants and a black harness-style vest.

“@louisvuitton puts the LV in LOVE,” Katy captioned the pics.

Orlando also posted pics of the two smooching at the event, captioning it, “You me n LV.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Did Kiely Williams admit to throwing chicken at Naturi Naughton?

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Former 3LW singer Kiely Williams addressed a long-rumored incident involving former group member Naturi Naughton — and chicken.

It began Monday after fans criticized Naughton’s decision to “stand with” Phylicia Rashad, who received backlash for supporting Bill Cosby’s release from prison last week.

“Why are Black People so quick to #Cancel each other! We are ALLOWED to have different opinions and it doesn’t make you ANTI-anything!” Naughton wrote on her Instagram story, according to The Shade Room. “@phyliciarashad, I stand with you! #TheCosbyShowChangedLives.”

As the post spread to Twitter, fans began tagging Williams, who responded with, “OMFG. Somebody bring me a two-piece. She talking crazy again.”

Naughton then tweeted, “Finally, she tells the TRUTH! Haha…worrying about me, you done told on yourself! #GrabMeABiscuit while you’re at it, boo! #Lying4 years.”

The Shade Room also shared a clip from a 2019 episode of TV ONE’s UNCENSORED series, where Naughton detailed what happened. 

“We had this huge fight which I’m sure many of my fans that remember cause I was on [BET’s] 106 & Park,” Naughton says in the clip. “People started talking about ‘Oh, there’s a two-piece chicken. She threw chicken in her face. It wasn’t just about the chicken, but that did really happen.

“For the record, a lot of people ask me, “Did yall really have a fight at KFC?’ she continued. “Yes, we did.”

Williams returned later to suggest she was making a joke, though fans took it as an admission. 

“How you mad when I make the same joke ya’ll been making about me for years?!? I didn’t make it a joke; you did,” Williams tweeted. “Learn to laugh at yourself, people. I promise it makes life better. Also, complicity in rape culture is unacceptable and needs to be called out. #BillCosbyIsARapist.”

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Ed Sheeran debuts at #5 with “Bad Habits,” can’t top BTS’ “Butter”

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Ed Sheeran just wrote a new song for BTS, but the group’s current single has outperformed Ed’s new song on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Butter” has racked up a sixth week at number one, while Ed’s “Bad Habits” enters the chart at number five.  According to Billboard, “Butter’s” staying power is thanks to several new versions and remixes, plus the sales of the vinyl and cassette versions of the single, which recently became available.

The song Ed wrote for BTS, “Permission to Dance,” will be released on Friday as part of a “Butter” EP.

As for Ed, “Bad Habits” is now his eighth Billboard Hot 100 top 10 in the U.S., and his first since 2019’s Justin Bieber collaboration, “I Don’t Care.”

“Bad Habits” is also doing well on Billboard charts that only measure radio airplay. “Habits” has jumped from #23 to #10 on the Pop Airplay chart and from #21 to #13 on the Adult Pop Airplay Chart.  Meanwhile, it debuts at number 15, a career best for Ed, on the Adult Contemporary chart.

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