As is tradition, a new song from some of today’s hottest artists has been released to celebrate the impending World Cup. This year’s selection, ‘Live It Up’, is produced by Diplo and performed by Nicky Jam who entices listeners to, in fact, “live it up” by, we suppose, watching more soccer. He’s joined by featured vocalist Era Istrefi and Will Smith, because we are still technically in the Willenium after all. As a track it’s definitely worthy of your most vigorous spin class. And frankly, jamming out to this on Memorial Day is the closest we Americans can get to still feeling like, somehow, we get to be a part of the tournament this year. We don’t though. At all. … [Read more...] about Nicky Jam, Will Smith, Era Istrefi and Diplo Join Forces For New World Cup Theme
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From stem to stern, it was a night of keeping up appearances, a simulation of normalcy in a year where normal doesn’t seem possible. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TW Ten winters ago, a trove of snaking, lascivious R&B tracks appeared seemingly out of thin air, credited to someone or thing called the Weeknd. They were studies in stark contrasts: “Loft Music” floated gossamer samples of Brooklyn indie rockers Beach House over trap drums, and “What You Need” sunk a sample of Aaliyah’s voice under gauzy synths, her whisper bubbling up through the watery mix like a lover emerging from a warm bath, all of this in service to an angelic voice uttering the most devilish advances. The singer, an East Toronto native and recent college dropout named Abel Tesfaye, gave voice to our darkest late-night moods, to the allure of pushing a body past its limit in pursuit of pleasures both psychedelic and carnal. In March 2011, the Weeknd released House of … [Read more...] about So Now the Weeknd Is Our Collective Escape From Hell?
Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic The following essay is an excerpt from comedian and Good Girls star Retta’s new memoir, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, out May 29. One day in the fall of 2005, I was sitting on my couch, eating Cabaret crackers and watching TV, when I got a call from my manager. “This is big,” he said. Mmm-hmm. I wasn’t falling for that old line. Last time I heard that, I was sent to audition for a part on a kid’s show … with no lines. How do you audition for a part with no lines? Exactly. “Are you sitting down?” I was sitting down. I’m always sitting down. I’d just bought a used DVD set of The Shield and was deep into the corruption of the LAPD Rampart Division. I was on about my 435th episode watching Michael Chiklis, aka The Commish, perpetrate some helluh shady shit. Yo, that show was deep. Rill deep. So, yeah, I was sitting. “This is really big.” Alright. … [Read more...] about The Story of How Retta Screwed Up Her Audition for Effie in
Photo-Illustration: Vulture, Getty Images and Shutterstock Update January 5: Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are “over” and “in settlement talks.” Kardashian has reportedly hired divorce attorney Laura Wasser to represent her, and West is currently living in his ranch in Wyoming as the couple “get things sorted out to separate and divorce,” a source told Page Six. West has reportedly grown uncomfortable by the Kardashians’ lifestyle and Kardashian has become tired of West’s “crazy shit,” the source said. Kardashian was also reportedly upset that West had only shown up to Kardashian’s 40th birthday celebration in October for one day. “He showed up late and left early, he wouldn’t appear in any of their Instagram shots. All he did was bring over the hologram of her father Robert Kardashian, then got out of there as fast as he could,” the source added, in a quote that will be … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Don’t Sound Too Married Right Now
Morris Chestnut in The Best Man Holiday. Photo: Universal Pictures Peacock sees Netflix’s acquisition of UPN classics and raises with a limited series based on The Best Man. The newbie streaming service has ordered the ten-episode limited dramedy The Best Man: The Final Chapters from writer and director Malcolm D. Lee. Produced with former Insecure exec Dayna Lynne North, the series is bringing together the original cast of stars, including Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Harold Perrineau. “Here we go! The band is back together!” Lee said in a statement, per Deadline. “I am very excited to bring these iconic characters back to the fans who have supported us through this franchise. We are thrilled to deliver everything one would expect from this group of friends in The Best Man universe and take them through their final chapters. We can’t wait! I told you it wouldn’t … [Read more...] about Peacock Says ‘I Do’ to