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  • Watch Britney Spears Dance With a Stuffed Snake to Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy

    Britney Spears knows exactly what it's like to be a chart-topping 17-year-old pop star, so of course she loves current teen queen Billie Eilish.

    Spears, currently on hiatus from her delayed Domination residency in Las Vegas, posted a dance video late Monday night in which she grabs a stuffed snake and re-creates her famous "I'm a Slave 4 U" choreography from the 2001 MTV VMAs, but this time set to Eilish's No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Bad Guy."

    "Great song !!" Spears wrote in the caption, alongside the video filmed in her mansion, in which she swings a plush serpent around her head as she spins excitedly, leaps, falls to her knees and hops on top of a piano as the song plays in the background. "It made me pick up another [snake]," she wrote, using the snake emoji.

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  • Hendrix @ Woodstock

    How did Hendrix manage to keep the crowds entertained for two whole hours? The rock star started his act off with a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” national anthem. That was until it took a slightly more political turn, as he provided a voice for the many young people who opposed what was going on in the world of current affairs.

    Crowds were shocked as Hendrix started to slow down the anthem’s rhythm until the lyrics were entirely altered to form his very own protest against America. By translating the lyrics of the song to their literal meaning, Hendrix tried to highlight the bitter truth behind the American military. Today, this gig stands as one of the most defining moments of the Sixties.

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  • Ariana Grande reveals how her mental health changed how she releases music

    Ariana Grande shows no sign of slowing down during the most prolific year of her career.

    After releasing two albums in six months, "Sweetener" in August 2018 and "Thank U, Next" in February 2019, Grande tweeted that she has more new music on the way, and also shared how her new, more spontaneous approach to releasing music actually helped her mental health.

    "man, let’s drop it tomorrow night @VictoriaMonet," she wrote on Twitter about her potential new song, tagging her songwriting collaborator Victoria Monet. "seven rings is ab to be number one for eight weeks and the album might go back to no. 1 too.... we need to celebrate tbh ! life too short and too sweet rn."

    Grande then took to Instagram Stories to elaborate on why she's opted for a less formal strategy for releasing her new music, explaining that navigating promotional cycles for her previous albums left her feeling exhausted.

    “Jus saying, thanks for being supportive of my random, impulsive and excessive music releases. The first few years of this were really hard on my mental health and energy," she wrote, according to screenshots obtained by People and the Independent

    “I was so tired from promo trips and was always losing my voice and never knew what city I was in when I woke up,” she added. “It was so much. It was worth it and I am grateful for everything I learned and accomplished when I did things that way, of course.”

    Grande previously talked to Billboard about her goal of "(putting) out music in the way that a rapper does," inspired by hip-hop artists' more experimental release strategies.

    "I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't," she told the outlet. "We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this (expletive). It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to (expletive) talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’ So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to.”

    Grande's "7 Rings" spent a seventh week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts, following the seven-week reign her previous single "Thank U, Next" had at No. 1 on the charts last year. 

    Source: USA Today

     

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  • Young pop stars 'get crucified' by media

    Young music stars can be "crucified" in the media as they burn out from the demands of their career, says the director of a new film about a troubled pop singer.

    Vox Lux, directed by Brady Corbet, stars Natalie Portman as Celeste, a global celebrity and icon on the verge of a breakdown.

    Rising British star Raffey Cassidy plays the young Celeste, who is "discovered" in 1999 after getting caught up in a high school shooting.

    Portman plays the older Celeste in scenes that show her mounting a comeback after a scandal that has derailed her career.

    Corbet, whose previous film, The Childhood of a Leader, starred Robert Pattinson, says Vox Lux is "about the crossing point of fame and infamy and how they have increasingly become one and the same."

    The 30-year-old, who started out as an actor in such films as Thunderbirds and Thirteen, believes the life of a music star is more "extreme" than one lived in the film industry.

    "As a musician, you have to be on the road 200 days of the year for the economics to make sense. It's hard once you are on the wheel to get off it.

    "When you get run into the ground, and you are going to get run into the ground, there's a lot of folk who seem to enjoy crucifying these often young people. They are suffering and people seem to think it's hilarious."

    Stacy Martin, who plays Celeste's sister, cites Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears as examples of pop stars who have publicly gone off the rails.

    "There was such a high demand to know about them when they were famous [that] when it came to their downfall people also wanted to see it," she says. "Their downfall was part of their fame."

    The recent success of A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody has prompted renewed interest in Hollywood's portrayals of the music industry.

    Elton John biopic Rocketman, to be released later this month, will also chronicle the highs and the lows of life in the limelight.

    Source - BBC News

     

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