She teamed with Jason Robert Brown’s SubCulture for the song from «The Last Five Years.»
Ariana Grande was back on Broadway on Monday night (April 27). Well, virtually anyway. The singer joined Jason Robert Brown’s Virtual SubCulture Artist-in-Residency concert series for a three-hanky cover of the opening ballad «Still Hurting» from Brown’s 2001 The Last Five Years musical.
Grande, who got her start in 2008 in one of Brown’s earlier musicals, 13, sang her stunning vocals in front of a professional mic set-up from an undisclosed location, while Brown accompanied her remotely on piano, along with other dialed-in musicians adding strings and guitar.
“What I have missed and mourned the most over these last extraordinary weeks has been my ability to connect with music – to play and sing with other musicians, and to feel the audience responding,” Brown said in a statement about the now-online versions of the five-year-old series. “Every month for the past five years, I’ve been able to do just that at SubCulture, working with the best musicians and singers I know to make music together for a smart, involved and joyful audience in a place that’s come to feel like a second home.”
Grande really appreciated the opportunity to stretch her musical wings, writing, «that was so beautiful @MrJasonRBrown i loved every minute so much ! thank u and @SubCulture_NYC for having me and for doing this. everyone played and sang so beautifully. love u.»
The SubCulture series is free, with fans encouraged to donate to help the series’ musicians during the coronavirus shutdown of Broadway. Over the years, Ana Gasteyer, Tony Danza, Justin Guarini, Sutton Foster, Betsy Wolfe, Megan Hilty, Norm Lewis, Cynthia Erivo and many more have appeared on the series. Click hereto watch the full performance.
Watch Grande’s performance below.
Around 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday night, the party really found its groove. Diplo, the D.J., songwriter, and record producer, was holding court behind a pair of Pioneer decks, wearing a Kermit green poncho and matching bucket hat, manipulating an undulating, underwater-sounding dance track with buttons and knobs.
Next to him, the D.J. Dillon Francis bobbed his head. The crowd, 8,000 strong, had questions (“What’s this song?”), comments, (“these guys scare me, but in a good way”) and requests (“Where is the anti bacterial gel?”).
Diplo invited a fan, Robin Spears, to share the spotlight with him and Mr. Francis on one condition: dance. Ms. Spears happily obliged, throwing her hands above her head and then back and forth, swimming through air. Her roommate, Sterling Morris, pumped her fist and then turned around, backed it up, and wobbled like a Weeble.
At Travis Scott’s new “Astronomical” concert, I met skyscraper-sized clones of the rapper made out of fire, got granted special underwater breathing access to watch jellyfish backup dancers, and came face-to-face with a giant, carnivalesque planet with a pulsating speaker for a core.
This virtual experience happened via the online video game Fortnite and was announced on April 20 by Epic Games, surprising everyone used to Instagram Live concerts and livestreams in the midst of this global pandemic. Aside from just offering these otherworldly surprise moments for his fans, Scott also unveiled a new collaboration with Kid Cudi that looks to be part of a bigger moment involving the two artists: a formation of a group named The Scotts.
Shortly before the first of five shows kicked off on Thursday night (April 23), Scott appeared on Big Boy’s Neighborhood to tease what was to come. «To be honest, it’s just a full experience … a different experience,» he said. «Just giving people — without trying to say too much — give them just, like, a full experience of what I feel sometimes. It’s so much fire shit.”
As it turns out, he meant “fire shit” literally. As the psychedelic intro began, following the living Astroworld planet zooming through space and time to bring Scott to his specially built virtual stage, I realized that Scott was about to take viewers on a trip unlike anything that we’d experienced before. Ten minutes and five songs later, I was breathless. And correct.
First, a planetary invasion set to “Sicko Mode”
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) April 24, 2020
Astroworld, the massive planet that Scott calls home, arrived to bring Fortnite’s virtual conqueror to his new kingdom. Once it arrived, the rapper, the size of Optimus Prime, jumped from its surface and landed on the ground. The force of the impact sent me flying back hundreds of feet. I was then treated to a trampoline-filled performance of the song as giant Scott stomped around and alien astronaut holograms sensually danced around him. Like a ninja, Scott moved stealthily and continuously disappeared and reappeared clouds of enormous smoke.
Some stars were a little too close in “Stargazing”
The sky darkened to a bloody orange and showers of stars began to pelt me like golf ball-sized hail bullets. Scott eased into a cosmic rendition of “Stargazing” and danced in the midst of this wicked weather. With Astroworld behind him appearing as an alien tangerine, Scott became so excited by the moment that he began to generate gigantic vines of lightning through his skin. It quickly turned into a nightmare when his epidermis began to melt down to the bone, revealing a mechanical skeleton for one nightmare-inducing minute. The lightning came alive in the form of backup dancers who flashed around the map along with towering fire clones who matched Scott’s movements.
There was a surprise colorful appearance for “Goosebumps”
Scott became a living rainbow as the colors raced through the sky on their own roller coaster loops. If you ever wondered what a kaleidoscope would look like if it were detangled and had each of its colors placed inside of the washing machine at the same time, look no further. The hues eventually took over my skin and made me one of the rainbow’s children.
“Highest in the Room” offered a look at the sea floor
It’s ironic that for “Highest in the Room,” Scott went extremely low in terms of elevation. The rapper fell into the water, with the impact of the massive rapper’s collision with the ground sending me hurtling beneath the ocean’s surface. He turned into a massive deep sea diver and performed with giant jellyfish while I was gifted with the ability to breathe underwater. Giant, watery clones of the rapper invaded the water along with meteor showers of debris.
From inside of a black hole, a planet’s retreat looks nice for “The Scotts”
After a brief interlude set to Drake’s “Sicko Mode” verse, where Scott’s deep sea diver turned into a dancing astronaut, Scott premiered his heavily anticipated new song, “The Scotts,” a collaboration with Kid Cudi, who says that it’s also the name of their new group. Scott sent me flying into the atmosphere while I zoomed through the eye of a quickly moving tornado. From the left, Scott suddenly floated by while sitting on top of Astroworld, presumably heading back home to plan his takeover of this world. He briefly disappeared, and then Cudi’s verse started while Scott walked around his planet in slow motion.
The show ended with me thrusted toward the center of a black hole, everything a blur except a gravitational singularity of pure white. The outline of a butterfly manifested itself, and before I could be sure of what I saw, the one-of-a-kind event was over. Just as I can gather what I saw, I’m eliminated out of a Fortnite battle royale. Things are back to normal, at least until Scott comes back. The next virtual show you can catch (following this morning’s one at 10 a.m. ET), will be on April 25 at 12 a.m. ET.
Kanye West is challenging the notion he has finally achieved billionaire status, insisting his net worth is actually $3.3 billion (£2.6 billion).
The Power hitmaker was reportedly left fuming last year (19) because financial experts at Forbes magazine declined to call him a billionaire in his cover article, as the rapper and fashion designer had not been able to produce the paperwork requested to back up his claims.
As a result, the hip-hop star was left off the publication’s annual list of billionaires, released in early April – and Kanye took issue with his omission.
Now, after «months of lobbying», he has officially earned the Forbes designation – but he’s still not happy with the news because he insists it undercuts his actual value.
In a new piece by senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg, the journalist reveals Kanye personally texted him after the billionaires list was published to protest his absence, again accusing editors of «toying» with him as he vowed not to «lye down and take it anymore (sic)».
And even after being told he was set to be acknowledged in an updated story about having a net worth of $1.3 billion (£1 billion), the egocentric star, who is married to Kim Kardashian, argued that figure isn’t accurate.
«It’s $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count,» Kanye protested.
Greenburg describes Kanye as being «as overly boastful as his political idol, President Donald Trump» and explained how Forbes officials arrived at their $1.3 billion number: «For years, Forbes had an informal ‘Trump rule’-take whatever the future president insisted he was worth, divide by 3, and start honing from there. Like mentor, like mentee,» he wrote.
«Welcome to the ten-digit club, Kanye. You may not like our number, but you’ve joined the highest company in that regard.»
Kanye’s new estimation makes him $300 million (£242.6 million) richer than his sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, who at 22, was recently named the youngest self-made billionaire for a second consecutive year.
Jonas Brothers stars Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas gave some fans the surprise of their lives when they popped into some Zoom calls following the release of their new movie.
The trio debuted Happiness Continues: A Jonas Brothers Concert Film on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, and they urged fans to watch the feature together via the video conference app by teasing they may show up unannounced to their virtual gatherings.
True to their words, the brothers, along with Kevin’s daughter Alena, showed up during a number of group chats, as fans took to social media to express their shock and delight at coming face-to-face with the stars.
“JOE JONAS JUST CRASHED MY ZOOM PARTY IM SHAKING,” one fan shared on Twitter.
Another added» “NICK JONAS CRASHED ANNABELL’S ZOOM IM GOING TO SCREAM.”
“That was so much fun getting to surprise you guys Face with tears of joy Thanks for having us on your Zooms!!” the band wrote after crashing some chats.
“Hope you all have an amazing rest of your Friday night and enjoy #HappinessContinues. Love you guys!! #JonasWatchParty”
Happiness Continues is the follow-up to last year’s Chasing Happiness documentary, which chronicled the brothers’ musical reunion as they launched their pop comeback.
It comes after the hitmakers were forced to axe their planned nine shows at the Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas from 1 to 18 April, as part of their new Jonas Brothers in Vegas residency show, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gigi Hadid recently celebrated her 25th birthday alongside those closest to her, including family, friends and her boyfriend Zayn Malik.
On Saturday (April 25), the supermodel shared a cute boomerang post on Instagram of herself holding up a silver «25» balloons while cuddling up to the former One Direction member and her sister Bella Hadid.
«Slideeeee to the left. slideeee to the right…Criss cross!!» Bella jokingly commented.
Gigi, who turned 25 on Thursday, gave fans another sneak peek into her birthday celebration by sharing a second post with a series of snapshots, including one of her embracing Malik, and others of her amazing bagel birthday cake.
«Had the sweetest day celebrating my 25th birthday with my quarantine family, who made it so special for me, along with all the love I felt from all over the world!» Hadid captioned the post. «Thank you to everyone for the birthday messages, I carried you with me yesterday!!»
Last week, Hadid took to social media to thank her friend Taylor Swift for sending her a beautiful bouquet of flowers for her 25th birthday. The supermodel shared a pic of the colorful flowers in her Instagram Story, thanking Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, and their cats.
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Had the sweetest day celebrating my 25th birthday with my quarantine family, who made it so special for me, along with all the love I felt from all over the world! Thank you to everyone for the birthday messages, I carried you with me yesterday!! 💛🙏 I am grateful and lucky that my family and friends -near and far- are healthy and safe, and although I missed loved ones I wish I could have celebrated with, know that these times will make us even more grateful for togetherness to be had in the future ! I will never forget my 25th bday! +++The icing on the perfect quarantine bday was finding out my surprise everything-bagel-cake was made by the one and only Cake Boss @buddyvalastro who I have watched for over a decade. I CRIED REAL TEARS! BUDDY! This is a dream come true. I can’t believe you made this cake for me while the bakery is closed. It means more to me than you know, and when we hopefully meet some day you will truly know that there almost isn’t an episode I’ve missed. 10/10 would be a Carlo’s intern whenever needed. 😆 Grateful, honored, your biggest fan. 🥯🥯🥯🥯🍰
Cole Sprouse has always been tight-lipped about his relationship with Lili Reinhart. But, it seems he won’t be taking those Kaia Gerber cheating rumors lying down. Sprouse began dating Reinhart back in 2017 (though there have been breakup speculations throughout) and the two Riverdale stars have made it clear that their relationship is not up for public consumption. However, that hasn’t stopped their fans from speculating on their relationship status.
Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart’s dating history
During Comic Con 2019, reports leaked that Sprouse and Reinhart had officially called it quits. Fans reported that the pair seemed distant while attending the event together and many publications began to say their relationship was officially wrapped. News sources also reported that a “reliable source” had provided them with the breakup details.
But, those breakup rumors were, in fact, short-lived. A short while later, both Reinhart and Sprouse posted a photo of themselves from a joint photoshoot. Reinhart denounced “reliable sources” and declared that nobody knew “sh*t” about the status of her and Sprouse’s relationship. Now, in 2020, speculation that the pair have broken up has circulated again. But, this time rumors are even messier because Gerber is involved.
Breakup rumors surface on Instagram
Fans noticed that something may be amiss between Sprouse and Reinart when the actressscrubbed her Instagram of all photographic evidence of their relationship. Hawkeye fans also noticed that some of Reinhart’s family members had unfollowed Sprouse on the popular platform. But just how did Gerber get involved in this mess?
Fans believe Sprouse cheated on Reinhart with Kaia Gerber
The very same day that Reinhart removed all photos of Sprouse on her Instagram page, Gerber’s Instagram story showed that she was at the same place Sprouse was quarantining. Fans immediately began to speculate that the 18-year-old model and the 27-year-old actor had romantic ties and that Gerber was the reason for Sprouse’s split with Reinhart. In fact, some believed that he’d cheated on Reinhart with Gerber.
Sprouse addresses the Gerber cheating rumors
Seeing that rumors were swirling, Sprouse took to his Instagram story to address all the rumors about himself, Gerber, and Reinhart. “I tolerate a lot of rumours and slander from people online claiming to be my fans. Fans who feel entitled to my privacy precisely because I never indulge them. But attacking my friends, baseless accusations, leaking my address, and sending death threats are all qualities of insanity and fanaticism. Choose humanity stop being [clown emoji],” the Riverdale actor began.
“When I first stepped into a public relationship this was one of the foreseeable consequences. And while I never truly intend to indulge any part of my private life to the ravenous horde, it’s clear my restraint in updating them has allowed them to push their own agenda onto my habits and lifestyle. So in conclusion – please eat my delectable plump a*s. (making me post a goddamn white font insta story like in twice-divorced mother of three),” the former Disney star added. Essentially, Sprouse has told his fans to mind their own business. But, we doubt that will stop his fans from speculating about his relationship status.
Dozens of artists — from Dua Lipa and Chris Martin to Ellie Gouldingand 5 Seconds of Summer — are coming together for a star-studded charity cover of Foo Fighters‘ 2003 single «Times Like These» to aid coronavirus relief efforts around the world.
Recorded as the 23 artists sheltered in place amid the ongoing global pandemic, the cover is set to be released as part of BBC One’s «The Big Night» on Thursday (April 23). «Our vision was to create a stay-at-home version using phones, pots, pans and acoustic guitars that would honor the brilliance and honesty of the artists and song, rather than the trickery of an expensive recording studio,» producer Fraser T. Smith told The Guardian about creating the track. «We tried to make this single in a totally different way artistically relevant to today. The lyrics particularly resonate with us all at this challenging time.»
Other artists taking part in the Foo Fighters cover include U.K. luminaries such as Yungblud, Anne-Marie, Mabel and Jess Glynne, as well as Hailee Steinfeld, Sean Paul, Sigrid and more. Profits from the single will go to Children in Need and Comic Relief in the U.K., and the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Check out BBC Radio 1’s official announcement below.
We've brought together some of your favourite artists for a very special #StayHomeLiveLounge cover of 'Times Like These' by Foo Fighters, produced by Fraser T. Smith 🎤💜
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) April 20, 2020