'The way I am is an outrage': the Indigenous Brazilian musicians taking back a burning country

As Brazil’s world-acclaimed biodiversity turns to ashes, President Jair Bolsonaro has praised the country as an environmental role model. “It is not only in environmental preservation that the country stands out,” the far-right leader affirmed in a UN speech on 22 September. “In the humanitarian and human rights fields, Brazil has also been an international reference.”At the same time, the New York Times has reported that a team of Brazilian lawyers are drafting a complaint to the International Criminal Court in the Hague with a view to bringing Bolsonaro to trial for crimes against humanity, for removing environmental protections for indigenous peoples. Bolsonaro has not responded, but has said: “Where there is indigenous land, there is wealth underneath it,” and in February proposed a bill to legalise mining in Indigenous lands.In April, Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (Funai) – whose remit is to defend Indigenous peoples – legalised the takeover of rural land in 235 Indigenous areas. In July, Amazonian Indigenous communities saw a 76% rise in illegal fires on their lands compared to the same month in 2019, and, according to Indigenous rights organisation APIB, coronavirus has been three times more lethal to Indigenous peoples than to the rest of the population.So, amid the dangers and the violations to their overlooked rights, Indigenous people are taking a stand – with music. A long-existing scene, still little-known among non-Indigenous audiences, is gaining visibility with lyrics and videos that address Brazil’s alleged ecocide and ethnocide. By bridging ancestral and urban music with technology, Indigenous musicians are advocating for themselves and fighting for their existence.When the president assumed office, the singer and composer Kaê Guajajara worried she was “going to die” as a result of his hostile actions and rhetoric. Kaê belongs to the Guajajara ethnicity, located in the Amazonian part of Maranhão state in north-eastern Brazil. Merging hip-hop, traditional instruments and elements from her mother tongue Ze’egete, Kaê makes music about the reality of urbanised Indigenous peoples and the erasing of Indigenous identities.“I couldn’t get a job because of the Indigenous paintings on my skin,” Kaê says. “Being in the city, walking on the streets just the way I am, is already an outrage. My music communicates my reality: half of me is Indigenous tribe, the other half is the city.” She grew up in the Rio de Janeiro favela complex of Maré, having left Maranhão when she was seven because her mother’s living conditions were, she says, no different from slavery. The land where her mother comes from is not demarcated – a process that secures the already constitutional right for Indigenous people to own their land, making it less vulnerable to illegal mining and logging. “My family from Maranhão is more concerned with having food on their table than claiming for land demarcation,” she says.While Kaê’s work evokes hip-hop, she evades labels. A brilliant example is Essa Rua É Minha, which fuses the funk carioca-style with Indigenous flute; her second EP, Wiramiri (Birdie, in Ze’egete) revolves around self-care, self-love, Indigenous resistance and the coronavirus pandemic.I am afraid of whitening myself. I have to be careful to keep my roots and accomplish my mission: infiltrate power structures that say Indigenous peoples no longer existKaê doesn’t rule out signing with a big record label, as long as she can keep singing about the Indigenous cause: “I am afraid of whitening myself. I have to be careful to keep my roots and accomplish my mission: infiltrate power structures that say Indigenous peoples no longer exist.” Her songs are already being used as learning material by dozens of school teachers.The sociopolitical perspective driving Kaê’s music connects with a recent cultural movement gaining popularity among urban Indigenous artists, known as Indigenous futurism. Kaê says it is about “daring to envision ourselves in the future, and using new technologies to enhance Indigenous visibility”.The term was coined in 2012 by Portland State University’s Dr Grace Dillon, who is descended from the Anishinaabe people from Canada and the US. According to Klaus Wernet, an ethnomusicologist at the University of São Paulo, it was also around 2012 when Brazil’s Indigenous communities started buying smartphones and built “strategic music partnerships” via WhatsApp and social media. Journalist Renata Tupinambá, organiser of the Yby festival – Brazil’s first for contemporary Indigenous music – says Indigenous futurism uses technology to make “art, music and literature tools of cultural survival. It defies the racist mindset that Indigenous peoples are stuck in the 16th-century colonial imaginary.”

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Olivia Newton-John: ‘I don't wish cancer on anyone else. But for me, it has been a gift’

Olivia Newton-John likes to sing to herself. Over and over, she will repeat, “I’m healthy, I’m strong” to a random melody she has picked up. “I think it’s very important to keep that positive message in your head,” she says cheerfully. “You know, if you have a difficult moment, music is always a great healer.” It is something that has kept her going during her darkest days dealing with stage four breast cancer, the third time she has been diagnosed with the illness in the past 28 years. Sitting in the kitchen of her ranch near Santa Barbara, California, the singer radiates optimism. Her blond hair is cropped above her chin, colourful glasses perched on her nose. Now 72, she looks much younger – just as she did in 1978 when, at the age of 29, she played the high school student Sandy Olsson in the hit musical Grease. Since her cancer returned in 2017, Newton-John has been focusing on getting better. In January, she announced that the tumours were shrinking. How is she now? “I’m good, thank you!” she says brightly, her Australian accent still strong even though she has been living in the US for more than 45 years. In 2018, she had to learn to walk all over again after the disease spread and she fractured the base of her spine. “I was so weak. I had a walker, a cane and crutches, but now I’m walking around.”

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Bail out our musicians or risk losing them for ever, say classical music stars

Leading figures in classical music say many highly-trained orchestral musicians are giving up on music as they face homelessness and hunger this autumn. Speaking to the Observer this weekend, the internationally renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle warned that an “exodus is happening right now”, while top English soloists the violinist Tamsin Little and the pianist Stephen Hough both spoke of despair and desperation among even successful performers. “Next month, we will all expect to hear the traditional sound of music as we commemorate Armistice Day,” said Little, an acclaimed virtuoso musician who trained as a child at the Yehudi Menuhin School. “But consider who is playing all this beautiful music for us and where it will come from in the future?” When the Last Post sounds, Little suggests, it will be heralding the end of Britain’s celebrated musical culture if there is no rescue for thousands of professional freelance musicians without work. She called on the government to support more distanced concerts to make them commercially viable for venues. Earlier this month, leading orchestras and music festivals received a first government bailout grant, including Rattle’s London Symphony Orchestra. But there is renewed concern that the majority of musicians who are freelancers have no safety net while only a few socially distanced concerts are staged.

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Music Publicist Says She Was Fired By Email For Attending Trump Rally

When Danielle Reiss attended President Trump’s campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada, on Sep. 13, she had no idea it would cost her job. Reiss is a music publicist partnered with Pop Off, a Boston-based advertising agency that connects publicists like Reiss with artists. She signed a contract in August under which Pop Off would refer artists to her, and she

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Sexism Isn’t The Problem With The CMT Awards, Corporate Country Is

Wednesday night’s Country Music Television awards made sexual sameness the central theme of the night. CMT introduced new go-girl empowerment initiatives to enhance “inclusion,” such as “Equal Play” and a new “CMT Equal Play Award.” Co-host Mickey Guyton explained the “Equal Play” initiative was put in place at the awards show to help “even the playing field,” ensuring an equal

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Adele – every song ranked!

40. Now and Then (2008)Released on the flipside of 2008 single Cold Shoulder, Now and Then really sounds like a B-side. A gently wistful two-chord acoustic ballad, it’s notable only as point of comparison: Adele’s voice sounds noticeably mannered next to her later work.39. Sweetest Devotion (2015)Writing about the joys of parenthood without making the listener bilious is tricky enough to flummox even Stevie Wonder at the height of his powers. The best thing you can say about Adele’s attempt is a) it’s bland rather than sickly and b) thank God she binned an album full of similarly themed songs.38. Lay Me Down (2015)Produced by Mark Ronson, decorated with faintly gospel backing vocals, but relegated to the bonus tracks of 25’s Japanese release, Lay Me Down is inconsequential, albeit enlivened by the unexpectedly earthy admonishment in its bridge: “I’m not gonna do it standing up.”37. Love in the Dark (2015)The fact 25 almost replicated 21’s record-breaking commercial success masked the fact that it was a noticeably less consistent album. Love in the Dark trowels on the orchestration, but the song lacks the edge of its predecessor’s big ballads. “This is neverending, we have been here before,” sings Adele. You can say that again.36. Crazy for You (2008)A relic from the era when Adele performed as an acoustic-guitar-toting singer-songwriter, Crazy for You is a decent, if inessential, example of a particular strain of post-Back to Black British pop, replete with hints of blues, country and early 60s R&B. The vocal, as ever, is great.

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How Lizzo Unintentionally Rebuked Identity Politics

“I’m sick of being an activist just because I’m fat and black. I want to be an activist because I’m intelligent, because I care about issues, because my music is good, because I want to help the world.” This half-complaint, half-reflection by singer, rapper, and flautist Lizzo comes to the masses by way of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest” on

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Don McLean on the tragedy behind American Pie: 'I cried for two years'

When Don McLean was 15 years old, he had a premonition that his father was going to die. Distraught, he ran to tell his grandmother. “Don’t be ridiculous, Donny, why would you say such a thing?” she said. “Because it’s going to happen,” the boy replied. A few days later, his father dropped dead right in front of him. “I saw how he looked,” says McLean. “He’d turned green. I didn’t know what I was going to do without him. He was the king, the boss. He knew everything.”The singer-songwriter behind the 1971 classic American Pie is speaking from his home in Palm Desert, a town in California where he is now well into what he calls the “desert phase” of his life. Wildfires are still burning across the state. You can’t see the sun for the acrid smoke. “I’m feeling it in my lungs,” says the 75-year-old.So what did he do when his father died? “I cried for two years,” he says. “I blamed myself.” We’ve been talking about death for half an hour – his father’s and his feelings about his own. “I’m nearing the end of the high-dive,” he says. “Know what I mean?” It’s the big McLean theme running through his songwriting, from American Pie to the virtually unknown Run Diana Run, a weird musical dirge about Princess Diana.

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‘Music is a Very Good Way to Bring Attention to This Issue’: French Artist on Rap About Uyghurs

In recent months, the number of celebrities in the fields of the arts and sports publicly advocating for the Uyghur cause has grown. On Oct. 1, in France, movie star Laeticia Hallyday, model Marine Lorphelin, and singer Matt Pokora (commonly known as M. Pokora), among other celebrities, participated in a day of action on behalf of Uyghurs by changing their Instagram profile pictures to the shade of blue used by the flag of East Turkestan—a short-lived breakaway Islamic republic founded in 1933 in what is modern day China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and the name preferred by Uyghurs for their traditional homeland. In France, advocates and others continue to use a number of means to raise awareness about the Uyghur crisis to a broader audience. On Oct. 7, Kalash MQS, a rapper from the country, joined their ranks when he released a new song titled “Hall,” which directly addresses the situation in the XUAR. Authorities in the region are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a sprawling internment camp system since early 2017. A video for the song, which has gone viral within the Uyghur diaspora, features imagery including the star and crescent of the East Turkestan flag painted on masks similar to those often worn at protests and is hashtagged #freeouïghours, clearly aligning the song and the group with broader global movements to end the Uyghur crisis. RFA’s Uyghur Service recently interviewed Kalash MQS about what prompted him to write about the Uyghurs and how his song has been received. RFA also spoke with Rahima Mahmut, a London-based rights advocate, translator, and singer who currently works for the World Uyghur Congress exile group and performs in the Silk Road Collective about the effectiveness of using music to raise awareness about persecution in the XUAR. RFA: Tell us about the rap. How did it get its start? Why did you rap for Uyghurs? Kalash MQS: The issue got my attention after I read about the Uyghur situation in the news. I started looking for more news about it, and by reading news I began to get interested in the Uyghur situation. I came to know that Uyghurs are undergoing unbearable oppression: torture, parent-child separation, forced labor, and more. I believe that famous brands who are benefitting from products of [Uyghur] forced labor while knowing about these things are accomplices in these crimes. That’s why I decided to use such vivid scenes in my music video. Music and scenes both play important roles in songs. The scenes are what draw interest from viewers. As we expected, our viewers have been interested in the song, in the masks we wore, and in the background, and they began asking questions and learning about [the situation]. RFA: Do you think music can do more to raise awareness of the Uyghur issue? Kalash MQS: Of course. I think that many people, young and old, listen to music, and so using music is a very good way to bring people’s attention to this issue. After releasing my song, many people came to me asking about the symbolism in the scenes and about what the masks we wore represented, and they became even more interested in the Uyghur issue and in what’s happening in China. I think the scenes with the masks were a very good choice, and in the future, I will continue using this method to raise the issue. I hope that even more people will listen to and watch our song, and become aware of the oppression that Uyghurs are facing in China. RFA: Do you know about Uyghur culture and music? Do you have any plans to collaborate with Uyghur musicians in the future? Kalash MQS: I had never listened to Uyghur music before. After my song was released, several Uyghur music accounts followed me, and after they sent me some information, I started to get a bit interested. Why not collaborate with a Uyghur artist in the future? RFA: What would you like to say to your fans? Kalash MQS: Ultimately, my song cannot reflect exactly everything that’s happening. It is simply a way of getting the message out, and it can play a role in spreading awareness about what’s happening. My hope is that everyone will pay attention to what’s happening in China as well as to the massacres and wars in Syria, Libya, and other countries, and that they will come to action and do something [about these situations]. On the contrary, to do nothing means you don’t care. A still frame from the music video for Kalash MQS rap song 'Hall.' Kalash MQS ‘Music has no language’ Rahima Mahmut: There’s a very significant difference between raising an issue through song and raising it through normal speech … I was very moved to see young rappers in France raising the Uyghur issue and talking about Uyghurs through song, because I think this [is the kind of thing that] can truly start an awakening, especially among the youth of the world. We have a saying, “music has no language.” Music has no language, but people can feel it. Even if they can’t understand the language, they can sense the suffering of a people, their dreams, from the melodies. For that reason, if you ask me, yes, the arts—whether music, exhibitions, visual art, film—all of them play an important role in raising awareness about a cause and in introducing a people [to the world]. To understand the cause, one must understand the people [behind it]. Reported by Nuriman for RFA’s Uyghur Service. Translated by Elise Anderson.

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Samba makes tentative return in Rio de Janeiro laid low by Covid

It has been seven months since Moacyr Luz, one of Brazil’s most celebrated sambistas, sat down before a live audience in the city his songs serenade.As Covid-19 shook Luz’s homeland, killing more than 150,000 and infecting millions, it also wreaked havoc on Rio’s signature sound, with all shows scrapped, carnival postponed until a vaccine is found and several cherished samba proponents among the dead.“Just talking about it almost brings me to tears,” said the 62-year-old composer, who spent the first 100 days of Brazil’s epidemic confined to his beachside home.The inveterate bar fly was even forced to shun his local watering hole beside the British consulate in Rio. “I felt afraid … and I sunk deeper and deeper into isolation,” said the artist, who friends and fans know simply as “Moa”.Soon, however, Luz will be back on stage. Rio’s mayor recently greenlit the return of samba jam sessions and the composer’s weekly “roda” (circle) – the Samba do Trabalhador – will take place on Monday for the first time since 9 March.Dancing will be discouraged and face mask use enforced as music lovers flock back to the event in the northern neighbourhood of Andaraí. But as he prepared for his coronavirus comeback last week, guitar in lap, Luz promised the soundtrack would be the same.“Samba fills me with such joy,” enthused the silver-haired bard, who hoped the return of his event would provide a “sanctuary” for worn-out locals desperately needing a lift.Luz has no doubts over Covid’s dangers and said the decision to restart had not been easy. The legendary lyricist Aldir Blanc, a close friend with whom he penned more than 100 songs, died from the disease in May and hundreds of deaths are still being reported in Brazil each day.The composer insisted his decision to retake the stage did not signal agreement with Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has faced protest and condemnation for his response to a disease he calls “a little flu”.

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John Legend Dedicates Song After Loss Of Third Child

On October 14th, the Billboard Music Awards were held in Los Angeles after being postponed six months during quarantine. Many memorable things happened that night such as the controversy behind why Addison Rae accepted Harry Styles’ award on his behalf or Post Malone’s big performances, but one moment grabbed the attention and heart strings of every viewer in America- John Legend song dedication. Just two weeks ago, the singer and his model wife, Chrissy Teigen, announced to the world that they had miscarried their third child, Jack. In the crushing instagram post, Teigen wrote, “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.” View this post on Instagram We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough. . . We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital.  But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack.  So he will always be Jack to us.  Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever. . . To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive.  We will always love you. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers.  We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience.  But everyday can’t be full of sunshine.  On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it. A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Sep 30, 2020 at 8:58pm PDT On the night of the Billboard Music Awards, John Legend wanted to show his wife his unwavering love and support with a song dedicated to her. On a dark stage, with only a piano to accompany his vocals, Legend performed his song, ‘Never Break.’ He had written the song for Chrissy Teigen and opened with ‘This is for Chrissy,’ and fans immediately knew why the intimate moment held so much weight. Try watching it without falling apart:  View this post on Instagram This is for Chrissy. I love and cherish you and our family so much. We’ve experienced the highest highs and lowest lows together. Watching you carry our children has been so moving and humbling. I’m in awe of the strength you’ve shown through the most challenging moments. What an awesome gift it is to be able to bring life into the world. We’ve experienced the miracle, the power and joy of this gift, and now we’ve deeply felt its inherent fragility. I wrote this song because I have faith that as long as we walk this earth, we will hold each other’s hands through every tear, through every up and down, through every test. We promised each other this on our wedding day seven years ago, and every challenge we’ve faced has made that promise more powerful, more resilient. Our love will remain. We will never break. Thank you to everyone who has been sending us prayers and well wishes, flowers, cards, words of comfort and empathy. We feel and appreciate your love and support more than you know. More than anything, we’ve heard so many stories about how so many other families have experienced this pain, often suffering in silence. It’s a club no one wants to be a part of, but it’s comforting to know we’re not alone. I’m sure Chrissy will have much more to say about this when she’s ready. But just know we’re grateful and we’re sending love to all of you and your families. A post shared by John Legend (@johnlegend) on Oct 15, 2020 at 6:45pm PDT It caught the attention of everyone watching as their miscarriage had been extremely public. The couple, Teigen in particular, have been very open about their struggles to get pregnant, and their trials with IVF. When Chrissy announced that she was pregnant with her third child, it was a joyous event that was met with supportive fans coming to celebrate. While it was not confirmed, it is assumed that Teigen and Legend were pregnant for the first time ever without IVF, which is why the pregnancy was unexpected and a miracle for the couple. After multiple failed pregnancy tests, Teigen assumed she was not pregnant until she had a visit with her doctor following a surgery this Summer. With over 32 million instagram followers, everything Chrissy shares becomes big news shared with the world, which is why the home chef updated her supportive fans on the traumatic event after days of tests and transfusions.  Twitter is Emotional John Legend’s heart-felt performance melted the hearts of everyone watching the Billboard awards. Twitter users who have been closely following the couple’s struggle with fertility knew this performance meant a lot, especially for those who have also suffered miscarriages. As always, Twitter was quick to comment on the Legend’s act of love and well…we are in tears over here.  John Legend starts his Billboard performance of “Never Break” by saying, “this is for Chrissy” so naturally I’m now in tears 😭😭😭 — Mary Ann Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) October 15, 2020 Don’t mind us as we re-watch the video 1000 more times. 4:30 am and I’m awake crying to John Legend dedicating Never Break to Chrissy, their love is so beautiful 🥺 — Hailey👻 (@haileytirado) October 15, 2020 We are emotional after this and need some time to recoup. John Legends’ performance last night. I did not have crying on the schedule this early — DeJa Clift (@DeJa_Clift) October 15, 2020 WE ARE ALL CRYING, Nicholas. .@johnlegend’s performance for Chrissy was so sweet. I’m not crying.. you are. Okay… nvm. We are. Wow. #BBMAs — Nicholas Liddle (@NLiddle16) October 15, 2020 And yes, we are feeling just like this photo. We need some tissues over here! John Legend dedicating his Never Break performance to Chrissy got me like#BBMAs pic.twitter.com/A9TcvdkxaH — Siobhain (@summer0001) October 15, 2020 Background Still not crying? Legend has followed up the performance by explaining why the song was named, ‘Never Break.’ In a short but sweet tweet, Legend said, “Our love will remain. We will never break.” Just read how sweet and endearing this is: We promised each other this on our wedding day seven years ago, and every challenge we’ve faced has made that promise more powerful, more resilient. Our love will remain. We will never break. — John Legend (@johnlegend) October 16, 2020 The Reality According to the NHS, 1 in 8 pregnancies will result in a miscarriage. Chrissy Teigen and her husband are not the only people to experience this devastating loss, but are one of the very few public figures who choose to be open about the pain and the aftermath that follows miscarriage. When Teigen filled the world in on their loss, other women were encouraged to come forward about their miscarriages that were once too taboo to tell people about. Last week Chrissy Teigen expressed her heartbreak on losing her baby in a rare and insightful way which helped break down the silence and stigma around miscarriages and stillbirths. I’d like to share a little of mine with a photo I’ve never shared before on social media. — Jane Cattermole (@janecat60) October 11, 2020 Last week, Chrissy Teigen shared her story with the world about her miscarriage and it compelled me to want to share our story. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/aV7zK0alud — Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) October 9, 2020 October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, so while John Legend dedicated the song to his wife, those who have miscarried also felt seen and supported by the song. Chrissy has been radio silent following the news of the miscarriage two weeks ago, so while we are not keeping up with her Twitter reactions anymore, we assume this performance offered some light in a very dim time for her and her family.

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Ariana Grande Reveals New Album Will Be Released This Month

Ariana Grande is surprising fans with a brand new album which will be released this month. On Twitter, Grande revealed that the new project is coming “this month.” This announcement follows her fans trending #AG6isComing last month.  i can’t wait to give u my album this month — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 14, 2020 The “7 rings” singer teased a song titled “Nasty” back in March. And before fans could get too excited, she clarified that “new music is still a long time away.” Back in May, Grande revealed in an interview with Zane Lowe that she has been “extra inspired” this year. She recently installed her own private studio in her Los Angeles home.  “I think as far as creating goes, it feels really good,” she said to Lowe. spoke to @zanelowe about #stuckwithu & much more music ! airing tomorrow 9am pst on @applemusic 🤍 https://t.co/KQFrzQSkxE pic.twitter.com/voIUGPZ6B8 — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 12, 2020 This year, Ariana Grande released only two collaborations. One with Justin Bieber for “Stuck with U” and another with Lady Gaga for “Rain On Me.” It is unclear whether Grande will be releasing a single prior to the album or simply giving listeners an entire project all at once.  The title of Ariana’s sixth studio album is still unknown. However, fans are already making predictions about what the vibe of this particular LP will be like.  ariana stans coming back to life after being silent for almost a year pic.twitter.com/ry7LoGCMHB — mya AG6 IS COMING (@MyalNts) October 14, 2020 Producer Tommy Brown added to the speculation a few days ago. After he posted a photo of himself and Ariana Grande with the caption “6****,” fans immediately knew something was up. Last week, Grande also tweeted: “turning in these mixes and reminding u again to register to vote if u haven’t already / to vote early.” As of now, Arianators are referring to this upcoming album as “AG6.”  AG6 IS COMING https://t.co/FUce8z23pZ — LA DIVAZA ✨ (@ladivaza) October 14, 2020 Although Grande has not put out an album yet in 2020, this has already been a quite successful year for the singer. Following the release of  “Rain On Me” with Lady Gaga, she became the first and only artist to debut four singles at the top of the Hot 100. This queen is coming break her own record u all @ArianaGrande #ag6 #AG6iscoming pic.twitter.com/HdfLBx2OWn — lena 🪐 AG6 IS COMING (@dreamsweetener) October 14, 2020 Many fans are wondering if this new album will capture her feelings about boyfriend Dalton Gomez. Gomez and Grande have been quarantining and dating for months now. In a snippet of “Nasty,” she sings: “I just wanna make time for you/Swear it’s just right for you/Like this p—- designed for you. Bet I look nice on you/Open my mind for you.” She shocked some social media users with the song’s hook: “Don’t wanna wait on it, tonight I wanna get nasty.” SO WE GETTING NASTY ? @ArianaGrande — lucy. (@arianasctrI) October 14, 2020 It is assumed that “Nasty” will be featured on AG6.  .@ArianaGrande confirms that fan-favorite track, #nasty, will be on her new album by liking THIS tweet. #AG6 pic.twitter.com/qBOlKXr2Wp — Buzzing Pop🍯 (@BuzzingPop) October 14, 2020 At the end of March, a fan said the track will be “one of those snippets where we’ll never hear the whole song.” However, Grande responded directly to the tweet that she promises it will not be. Fans are already beginning to think about the potential collaborations on this upcoming project. In the same interview with Zane Lowe, Grande revealed that she does have an unreleased track with Doja Cat. DOJA CAT X ARIANA GRANDE THIS MONTH pic.twitter.com/409DF30dLE — 𝖆𝖑𝖊 (@xanzalex) October 14, 2020 Speaking about the track to Lowe, she said: “I’m obsessed with her. I love her. I was able to work with her earlier this year on this song that I want to save for whenever it’s time again to drop.” She continued by saying: “And so she just goes off on it, and it’s so much fun, and I love it. It’s my favorite so far.” Doja Cat confirmed the collaboration in a tweet back in late September.  HOWEVER the Ari and Doja collab exists entirely.

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Cardi B’s MASSIVE Birthday Bash In The Middle Of A Pandemic Sparks Backlash

Another celebrity not following CDC guidelines in the middle of the pandemic? Yep, this time it is the beloved Cardi B. The WAP rapper rang in her 28th birthday in Las Vegas. The party was nothing short of lavish, and over-the-top, just like Cardi B herself. The only issue? No masks and there were a LOT of people. Just look at the photo Cardi posted on her Instagram: We are in the middle of a pandemic, in case anyone forgot. People are dying at an alarming rate, while college students are still partying and anti-maskers are throwing tantrums to get into stores. The last thing we need is ANOTHER celebrity hosting a party sans masks and common sense. Fans are tired after being let down time and time again by people they look up to in Hollywood. Why do celebrities feel exempt from participating in social distancing, and mask wearing? Twitter Reacts As always people are voicing their opinions about the Vegas blowout on Twitter: Sorry guys I think the title should say… Cardi B celebrate her 28th birthday with a massive party despite the pandemic and no one was wearing a mask. That's the title … I'm just saying. pic.twitter.com/7Vbk8qPFF7 — 🍉Ele Medina Fraíz- G🍑 (@eleonoramfg) October 11, 2020 I like how @iamcardib is mad at people who don’t wear mask but literally she had a party last night with people who had no masks on. — nathan. (@nathanb1216) October 11, 2020 Not @iamcardib throwing a party during a pandemic when our numbers are spiking out of control again. I just… these celebrities really don’t care about anyone but themselves huh. pic.twitter.com/Tf1mJ6Vm12 — ysd (titsahhh!) (@dojacatsnose) October 11, 2020 Soooooo nobody’s gonna talk about the fact that Cardi B had a HUGE birthday party for herself during a pandemic that’s killed over 200,000 people in the United States and nobody at the party was wearing a mask????? pic.twitter.com/SitcaNBVlW — Rashad H. (@_raSHADE_) October 12, 2020 Maybe by chance, the hundreds of people were tested pre-party to keep everyone safe, but until we know that, this just looks incredibly unsafe. The Wrong Focus While there is a conversation buzzing around the ridiculousness of the party, many outlets and fans were more concerned with her and Offset’s relationship. The couple recently announced they were getting a divorce and their relationship was “irreconcilable” with no chance of getting back together. That did not seem to be the case at the party, where Offset surprised Cardi B with a Rolls Royce. But we are missing the bigger picture here of why there was a party to begin with. Yes, their relationship is interesting, but possibly infecting thousands of people because of poor decisions is what needs to be talked about. This Twitter user felt like fans needed to focus back in on what was really important. So people care more about Cardi B’s relationship status rather than the fact that she threw a birthday party in a club in the middle of a pandemic? Ok — Liz (@bossasslizz) October 11, 2020 Celebrities are not immune Cardi B is not the first, and unfortunately, she will probably not be the last. Her birthday comes after a Summer filled with celebrities pretending Covid-19 was not around. In late July, the hype house, filled with all of TikTok’s biggest stars, threw themselves a huge party which included influencers and Youtubers like James Charles, Nikita Dragun, and Tana Mongeau in attendance. Tyler Oakley called out Hype House TikToker Larray for throwing a massive birthday party despite the pandemic. James Charles, Nikita Dragun, Charli D'Amelio, and more attended the party. Check out this article to learn more👇: https://t.co/60M7QJw7hi — What's Trending (@WhatsTrending) July 23, 2020 Just last week, Lana Del Rey held an overcrowded book signing in Los Angeles wear she wore a mesh face mask. The event got closed down because the bookstore had no social distancing efforts in place and Lana’s mask was pointless. It is not a celebrity’s role to be a role model, but it is important to remember that their fanbase is made up of primarily pre-teens and teens who want to be just like them. Celebs making simple ethical decisions is integral in our world, especially in a pandemic. To date, over 215,000 people have died from Coronavirus in the United States. Now is the time to get serious about your actions and realize how they could affect other people. In Case You Forget Do not be a Lana Del Rey and wear a mesh mask. The CDC recommends wearing a mask made of a tightly woven cotton material is best. Remember that it should go over your mouth AND nose (we are looking at you, Karen). Wash your hands several times a day with soap and water. It is recommended that you scrub your hands for 20 seconds. Since you probably are not going to count for 20 seconds, just sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song to yourself twice. Most importantly, please social distance. At the store, keep a solid 6 feet between you and the person in front of/around you to avoid any unwanted contamination. Do not attend parties where masks and social distancing will not be in place. Opt for a cute Zoom movie night or have a happy hour in the comfort of your pajamas on FaceTime. Moral of the story: be a good person and respect others. Make the ethical decision to wear a mask and not party with hundreds of people.

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Max Ehrich Accuses Demi Lovato of “Using Him” on Instagram Live

The world could not have been happier for Demi Lovato when she got engaged in July to her then fiance Max Ehrich. After the two had been quarantining together for months, they grew inseparably close and Lovato’s family suspected that their romance was the real deal at first.  DEMI GOT ENGAGED OMGG , SHE DESERVES THIS HAPPINESS🥺💫 pic.twitter.com/C1CqLH9vau — shivi (@rauhlmeezy) July 23, 2020 However, their engagement and relationship came to an abrupt halt in late September after Lovato stopped ignoring red flags and warning signs. The news broke exclusively through People magazine on September 24, 2020. This came just weeks after the couple celebrated their six-month anniversary.   "It was very hurtful to Demi when she realized that [her ex-fiancé]'s intentions weren't genuine. Breaking off the engagement was not an easy decision. […] It was hard for Demi to admit she made a mistake when it came to him." https://t.co/tqhSoEpcdz — Demi Lovato News (@justcatchmedemi) September 30, 2020 Following the break-up, Lovato remained silent on the matter. On the other hand, Max Ehrich had a lot to say. He went as far as claiming that Lovato had never told him about the engagement being off and that he found out by reading the same article that was shared with the world. Ehrich explained to his followers that he felt blindsided. However, many were quick to call him out and question his story.  Most recently, Ehrich took to Instagram live early this month to continue to make accusations against Demi. In the live, he claimed that she used him for publicity and reiterated that he learned about their split through a “tabloid.” lmfao so he broke off the engagement after he found out that demi broke off the engagement? sorry hun but you’re not making any sense pic.twitter.com/49VKc2zlU4 — 𝐜. 🥀 LIMITED FOR 3 DAYS (@beaexhale) October 2, 2020 “It’s just the craziest thing. This is the most bizarre experience that I hope no one ever has to experience, ever. Because no person deserves to feel this way,” Ehrich said on Instagram live.  He also compared his situation to Pete Davidson and referenced “thank u, next” on more than one occasion.  max ehrich mentions thank u next as he's going crazy post breakup with demi lovato on his instagram stories. pic.twitter.com/aPwnlNTjaz — Grande Hub (@GrandeHub_) September 28, 2020 Demi Lovato is allegedly very disappointed with how her now ex-fiance is handling the situation. E! revealed that Demi is beyond “embarrassed” by his behavior following their break-up. According to a source that opened up to E!, Lovato wants “nothing to do with” Max Ehrich after hearing he claimed he learned about their split through a tabloid and not from her directly.   In his Instagram Live, Ehrich said: “Pete Davidson didn’t deserve to feel this way. Do you think he wrote that text to Mac Miller? Ha. Open your eyes. Calculated PR stunt, but my team is going to hate me for saying any of this.” Arianators, Max Ehrich (clout chaser ex-boyfriend of Demi Lovato) said that Pete Davidson was right and it's trying to drag Ariana Grande… @GrandeHub_ @bealrightsvogue pic.twitter.com/w26jcEgkPi — 𝐣𝐚𝐤𝐞 💋 | halloween era ✨ (@darianamiley) October 2, 2020 Friends and family close to Lovato apparently told her that Ehrich had bad intentions. This is after comments of his on other public figures’ social media pages were leaked for the world to see. He allegedly commented “my wife” on one of Ariana Grande’s past Instagram posts and “MARRY ME NOW” on one of Selena Gomez’s Instagram lives.  Demi Lovato's fiancé, Max Ehrich, is currently being critisized by fans after his old tweets and comments concerning Selena Gomez have resurfaced on the internet. pic.twitter.com/D7ENJMd9sq — Pop Tingz (@ThePopTingz) September 12, 2020 Following these comments and #MaxEhrichIsOverParty trending, Lovato took to her Instagram story to make a statement. She said: “It’s really sad when people FAKE images to put women against each other. If women have conflict that’s between them NOT YOU.” It seemed as though she was going to stay with Ehrich through everything, but that was completely wrong. After the Instagram live, fans accused Max Ehrich of “fake crying” and found it ironic that he claimed Demi was using him for more fame. Of course, Lovato’s millions of supporters have come to her defense and supported her online after their public break-up. However, some fans of Ehrich are taking his side.  Max Ehrich is still a clout chaser, he is still using Demi Lovato to trend after their break up.. Why can't he switch to listening to Selena Gomez's songs, or Ariana Grande…. Surely, Demi needs a restraining order against Max Ehrich — Albert Samuel (@Sammyspotreal) September 28, 2020 Max ended his live video by saying: “I was in love. The whole world should f–king know it. I thought I found the real deal, now I found out that I was used. But I hope the song is number one, because you know what, if that’s what someone wants in the material world, here you go, you have it. I hope this makes you happy. Enjoy. You just lost someone who loved you fully, completely, infinitely, for everything.” Following their dramatic and emotional break-up, Demi Lovato released a song titled “Still Have Me” which gives fans and listeners a bit of insight into how she was and still is feeling about all of this.  “Still Have Me” out now on all platforms 🤍https://t.co/Uqhi4P80bP pic.twitter.com/wCLpJk8lNF — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) October 1, 2020 Lovatics continue to stand by Demi’s side through the ups and downs of this relationship and many are hoping that the drama ends soon. 

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Twitter Boycotts Tory Lanez New Album Over Meg Thee Stallion Drama

The drama between Meg Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez continues after Lanez dropped his newest album ‘DAYSTAR’ on September 24th.  You may remember that in July, the rap superstar, Meg Thee Stallion was shot in the foot after a confrontation with Canadian rapper, Tory Lanez. Meg Thee Stallion quickly accused Lanez of being her shooter when she took to her Instagram live to publicly call him and his publicists out. Lanez and his team have denied all allegations brought against him on that fateful night when Meg was shot in her feet. Lanez was later arrested and charged with “possession of a concealed weapon but has not been charged in connection with the alleged shooting,” according to CNN, but is still under investigation and is set to be seen in court on October 13th.  The Saga Continues While nothing has come of the incident thus far, new drama between the two has sparked when Tory Lanez released a new album titled ‘DAYSTAR’ this past Thursday on September 24th. Throughout the album, Lanez refers to the accusations brought against him in his lyrics. In the song ‘Queen and Slim,’ the rapper says “I wasn’t the wrong one that night, you was just too drunk to even see it.” And in his song ‘Money Over Fallout,’ Lanez directly refers to Meg Thee Stallion when he rapped, “How the f**k you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?” Twitter Reacts Twitter did not skip a beat and was quick to jump to Meg Thee Stallions defense. Many people believe her side of the story and are tired of listening to Tory Lanez deny the allegations instead of owning up to them. Her fans are standing by her and refusing to listen and support Lanez and his new album. So, instead of issuing a heartfelt, public apology to @theestallion, Tory Lanez "breaks his silence" by using the horrific incident to promote his trash ass new album and to intimate that Megan is a liar⁉️ He is canceled and needs to catch the ultimate fade. ? — Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) September 25, 2020 I feel very stupid for thinking this, but given two months to think of a response, I expected Tory Lanez to come up with something better — Todd in the Shadows (@ShadowTodd) September 25, 2020 So Tory Lanez denied shooting Meg and called her a liar, made a whole diss track about black women in the music industry on top of attacking multiple across all songs, AND defended Chris Brown and his own reputation as an abuser. Men have rights because? pic.twitter.com/Hyu9Vhp38q — ???? ????? (@leeknelly) September 25, 2020 In honor of Tory lanez album, I’m streaming Kehlani meg and kash and jojo all day ? goofy ass — ?Justice For Breonna Taylor? (@alex_wham) September 25, 2020 #WeBelieveInYouMegan Many are even encouraging everyone to stream Meg instead, claiming the album release day as ‘Happy Meghan Day’ to take the attention away from Lanez’s album. Her fans are posting appreciation pictures and calling out her amazing year of success despite the shooting. The hashtag #WeBelieveInYouMegan began trending on Twitter. good morning, i hope everyone streams Meg Thee Stallion today. — k. ♡ (@kcastanosx) September 25, 2020 .@theestallion you have such a kind soul! Sending you all love and positive thoughts! ❤#WeBelieveInYouMegan pic.twitter.com/kCpx6Fj7ZR — Beyoncé Update (@beyoncespotifys) September 25, 2020 Hotties US! Let's go up this tag to show support and affection for Megan #WeBelieveInYouMegan To show who we really believe in and who we really should support and join our strengths ? pic.twitter.com/AkQxgGZXvK — Megan Stallion BR (@meganstallionbr) September 25, 2020 #1 On Apple Music Despite the allegations brought against Tory Lanez, some of his fans don’t seem to care and are steaming the album regardless. ‘DAYSTAR’ is already #1 on Apple Music, which it reached in under a 24 hour period. Tory Lanez Earn His First #1 Album On Apple Music … Hasn’t Been 24 Hours Yet ?????? pic.twitter.com/LH8hyE4c69 — Hood Starz ⭐️ (@HoodStarzMusic) September 25, 2020 Y’all really gonna be mad when Tory Lanez album goes number 1 watch! Innocent until proven guilty! — MR.YN⚜️ (@MJM_2019) September 25, 2020 Tory Lanez aint in jail cuz 1) Meg aint press charges or 2) he innocent. At the end of the day this ⬇️ what its all about. pic.twitter.com/Rg1wnkIaAG — Erick (@calmdownezyezy) September 25, 2020 Abusers Slipping Through The Cracks People are obviously upset by the album reaching number 1. If everyone is apparently boycotting the album in support of Meg Thee Stallion and other Black women that he bashed in his music, then who is still streaming him? It brings up the sore feeling about Cancel Culture that seems to tear consumers apart. People are exhausted of canceling abusive artists only for them to squeeze through the cracks when people choose to overlook their bad behavior. Cancel culture really doesn’t exist because y’all about to give Tory Lanez a #1 album just to hear if he mentions shooting Meg pic.twitter.com/ch2UzRPlFo — The Main Character (@LoveOnYourself) September 25, 2020 Not a surprise Tory Lanez #1, cats allowed Tekashi 69 to step back into the scene. Simpletons. — Stan Ross (@HunterWish) September 25, 2020 The album dropped the day of the Breonna Taylor hearing. In this anxious hearing, two of the cops that were involved in her murder were not indicted and one was only charged with ‘Wanton Endangerment.’ Not a single officer was charged with her murder, and that is not setting well with anyone hoping for Justice in Breonna Taylor’s name. People have taken to the streets to continue to protest police brutality in the name is protecting Black lives, especially Black women. ‘DAYSTAR’ felt like salt on the wound when once again, a Black woman’s story and pain is not believed nor validated. While Megan’s fans stand firmly behind her, it is not enough to keep Lanez’s album from gaining traction and reaching #1. We will wait until October 13 to see if Tory Lanez will be charged, and if further chargers will be brought forward between now and then.

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