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Blue Ivy Carter Won Her First Major Award For Her Beyoncé Collaboration And Her Family Is Thrilled

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Blue Ivy Carter is following in her mom and dad’s footsteps, as the young artist has already won her first big award — and her famous family couldn’t be happier for her.

On Friday night (Feb. 21), it was announced that Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 8-year-old daughter had won her first official honor at the 51st NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for «Brown Skin Girl,» her collaboration with Beyoncé, SAINt JHN and WizKiD off the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift.

The Lion King: The Gift features songs inspired by the recent update of the Disney classic (in which Beyoncé voiced the part of Nala), and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. «Brown Skin Girl» gave Blue Ivy her very first song on the Billboard Hot 100 when it debuted at No. 76 on the chart in July.

Blue Ivy’s grandmother, Tina Lawson, shared her pride on Instagram following the news on Saturday (Feb. 22). «Grandma is soo proud of you,» she wrote alongside a photo of Blue Ivy. «You are giving all the beautiful little brown girls a voice.»

Check out Lawson’s supportive note below.

Macklemore unveils his new video «Marmalade» featuring Lil Yachty.

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The track is co-produced by Macklemore alongside Joshua “Budo” Karp and Tyler “Damn Dude” Dopps. This track follows ‘Glorious’ which features June Skylar Greyand is the first track from Macklemore’s unnamed and upcoming album.This upcoming record is Macklemore’s first solo album since 2005. His two most recent efforts, The Heist from 2012 and This Unruly Mess I’ve Made from last year, have been produced and collaborated with by Ryan Lewis.

Watch the music video for ‘Marmalade’ below.

7 Random Facts You’ve Probably Never Heard Before

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Conversations are hard. Each week, two-time Jeopardy! winner and awkward silence warrior Terri Pous makes small talk a little easier by giving you random things to blurt out when you don’t know what else to say. Catch up on last week's here.

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Conversations are hard. Each week, two-time Jeopardy! winner and awkward silence warrior Terri Pous makes small talk a little easier by giving you random things to blurt out when you don’t know what else to say. Catch up on last week’s here.

1. T-shirts were originally marketed to unmarried men who didn’t know how to sew buttons back on collared shirts by themselves.

When the T-shirts were invented in the late 19th century as an undergarment, some cities tried to make it illegal to wear them in public because they were thought of as underwear. The Cooper Underwear Company helped make them popular everyday wear by calling them "bachelor undershirts." The tagline? "No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread." AKA, you don't need a woman to fix your falling-apart shirt, wear this buttonless one instead! Needless to say, the marketing worked.

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When the T-shirts were invented in the late 19th century as an undergarment, some cities tried to make it illegal to wear them in public because they were thought of as underwear. The Cooper Underwear Company helped make them popular everyday wear by calling them «bachelor undershirts.» The tagline? «No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread.» AKA, you don’t need a woman to fix your falling-apart shirt, wear this buttonless one instead! Needless to say, the marketing worked.

2. Prior to the 20th century, squirrels were one of America’s most popular pets.

Squirrel this tidbit away for later: In the 18th and 19th centuries, squirrels were sold in pet shops, kept on leashes, and were a preferred pet among the wealthy. As with other wild animals, their untrainable nature eventually won out and by the 20th century, they were seen more like pests than pets.

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Squirrel this tidbit away for later: In the 18th and 19th centuries, squirrels were sold in pet shops, kept on leashes, and were a preferred pet among the wealthy. As with other wild animals, their untrainable nature eventually won out and by the 20th century, they were seen more like pests than pets.

3. One of the first Memorial Day commemorations was organized by recently-freed slaves.

One of the earliest Memorial Days was held right after the end of the Civil War, on May 1, 1865, when more than 1,000 recently-freed slaves and Colored Troops sang hymns and distributed flowers at a new cemetery for deceased Union soldiers. The day didn't become a national holiday until 1971.

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One of the earliest Memorial Days was held right after the end of the Civil War, on May 1, 1865, when more than 1,000 recently-freed slaves and Colored Troops sang hymns and distributed flowers at a new cemetery for deceased Union soldiers. The day didn’t become a national holiday until 1971.

4. All colors of Froot Loops have the same flavor.

Even though your mind may trick you into thinking the red, green, purple, yellow, and blue loops taste different, according to Kellogg's, they all have the same "fruit blend" flavor, no matter which one you eat.

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Even though your mind may trick you into thinking the red, green, purple, yellow, and blue loops taste different, according to Kellogg’s, they all have the same «fruit blend» flavor, no matter which one you eat.

5. April 18, 1930 was such a slow news day, at 6:30 PM, the BBC’s radio announcer said, “There is no news.»

Slow news days have nothing on that spring day in 1930, when piano music filled the rest of the news segment. To top it off, the next segment was just a broadcast of the Wagner opera "Parsifal" being performed at a London concert hall.

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Slow news days have nothing on that spring day in 1930, when piano music filled the rest of the news segment. To top it off, the next segment was just a broadcast of the Wagner opera «Parsifal» being performed at a London concert hall.

6. Before the 1800s, people had «first» and «second sleep.» They would sleep 3-4 hours, wake up for 2-3 hours to do some type of activity, then go back to sleep until morning.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, two sleeps were all the rage. People would go to sleep when they ran out of work to do, often at sundown, and then would wake up from this "first sleep" around midnight to do things like pray, write, or visit neighbors. Some doctors even thought the best time to conceive was during the mid-sleep break. They'd then go right back to sleep and wake up at dawn. The two sleeps became less popular in the late 17th century, and by the 1920s, people stopped doing it altogether.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, two sleeps were all the rage. People would go to sleep when they ran out of work to do, often at sundown, and then would wake up from this «first sleep» around midnight to do things like pray, write, or visit neighbors. Some doctors even thought the best time to conceive was during the mid-sleep break. They’d then go right back to sleep and wake up at dawn. The two sleeps became less popular in the late 17th century, and by the 1920s, people stopped doing it altogether.

7. Cows have «best friends» and get stressed when separated.

Cows: They’re just like us! A 2011 study looked at the stress levels of cows when they were penned alone and with their bovine besties. Turns out, being alone made cows stressed out and put them in a very bad moo-d. Sorry.

 

This article was originally published by Buzzfeed

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Sets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Disney and Lucasfilm have booked a date in theaters for Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX — May 24, 2019.The studio announced a slew of other high-profile release dates. Disney is pushing back the release of the next Indiana Jones movie by a full year, from July 19, 2019 to July 10, 2010, in order to make way for the studio’s live-action The Lion King, which gets the July 19 date, while Frozen 2 will hit theaters Nov. 27, 2019.

Little is known about Episode IX, which has a script being written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Earlier this month, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said that the late Carrie Fisher would not appear in IX as Leia.

Both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars story opened in mid-December, as will Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Dec. 15, 2017). Disney and Lucasfilm now want to test the summer corridor (prior to Force Awakens and Rogue One, all the Star Wars films opened in summer.) Before announcing the date for Episode IX, Disney had already dated the untitled Hans Solo spin-off for May 25, 2018.

The good news for geeks: There will be less of a gap between The Last Jedi, which is technically Episode VIII, and Episode IX, than there will be between Force Awakens and Last Jedi, or two years. Mark Hamill may have spilled the beans about his iconic Star Warscharacter years ago while doing an interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel around the time Return of the Jedi was released.  In the unearthed interview, Hamill said George Lucas explained to him his layout for the prequels and also told Hamill to be ready, because he had plans for Skywalker many years down the road.

«George has talked to me very marginally about doing something at the turn of the century in the last trilogy, but it wouldn’t be on the same plan of existence,» a young Hamill explained to the Chicago Tribune journalist. 

Siskel cut in, «What it sounds like is he offered you a job to play a father [with] a Luke Jr. around the year 2000.»

Shaking his head in agreement, Hamill replied, «You’re a very clever man, Mr. Siskel.»There’s been endless speculation about Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parentage in the new trilogy, with Luke put forward as a prime candidate for the role of her father. Lucas is not involved with the new trilogy after he sold the property to Disney in 2012, but he did share his story plans with Lucasfilm.  Director Rian Johnson wrote December’s script for The Last Jedi, and though the story has likely completely changed since Hamill gave the interview decades ago, it is still fun to mull over the possibilities of Luke being a dad. The Last Jedi is due out in December.

Kygo and Ellie second collaboration.

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Ellie Goulding returns on Friday (April 28) as the featured artist on Kygo’s new single, “First Time.” This is the Brit’s first single since “Still Falling For You,” which appeared on the Bridget Jones’s Baby soundtrack. It’s also an indication that her off-cycle is official over. After this track has run its course (probably late summer or early fall), she will start rolling out music from her 4th album. At least, that seems to be the current model for pop divas — release a club feature, then your single.

As for the Norwegian DJ, he’s on something of a roll. His collaboration with Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me,” has been the biggest hit of his career by some margin. The moody banger cracked the top 10 in dozens of markets across Europe and Australia, and looks set to repeat that feat on the Billboard Hot 100 next week. With the video dropping yesterday, it will benefit from increased YouTube streams and an iTunes discount. See Ellie’s announcement below.

 

 This article originally appeared on Idolator

Katy Perry, Major Lazer, Solange & More to Play Glastonbury 2017

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If you thought the 2017 Glastonbury Festival was already stacked thanks to headliners Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and Foo Fighters, wait until you see who else they have lined up for this year.

The likes of Katy Perry, Major Lazerand Solange are just a few of the big-ticket artists who were announced in the first wave of acts for the U.K. fest Thursday morning (March 30). Also joining the bill are Lorde, The xx, Barry Gibb, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, The Flaming Lips, Haim, Alt-J, Stormzy, Clean Bandit, Anderson .Paak, Glass Animals, George Ezra… the impressive list goes on, with even more to be announced in the near future.

Glastonbury Festival will take place at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England, from June 21-25. Tickets for this year’s event are sold out (and have been since October), but for more information on the festival, visit Glastonbury’s official website.

This article originally appeared on Billboard

Nicole Scherzinger Performs Sia’s “Never Give Up” On ‘Late Late Show’

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Well, this is a treat. It’s been a while since Nicole Scherzinger has blessed the small screen with a live performance, but she made up for lost time on last night’s (March 23) episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden. The PCD legend belted out Sia’s “Never Give Up”— complete with an a cappella introduction and Indian shimmy. Which song? The Lion soundtrack ballad hasn’t really been pushed stateside, but it was a huge hit across Europe and Australia. After Nicole’s stunning rendition, it might get a belated burst of attention.

This performance is the latest indication that the 38-year-old is ready to resume her music career. The pop star recently shared a studio pic and has been registering new tracks. Collaborators thus far include Toby Gad (expect a ballad), Steve Mac (the man behind Ed Sheeran’s inescapable “Shape Of You”) and Norwegian singer/songwriter Ina Wroldsen (Anne-Marie’s “Alarm” and Clean Bandit’s“Rockabye”). “I can’t die with this in me,” Nicole told Merlot Mommy. “I have something that I wanna create, a project… that will be my legacy that I wanna leave behind.”

 

Hear Iggy Azalea’s new single, ‘Mo Bounce’

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After apologizing to fans for the delay in new music, Iggy Azalea is getting her second album back on track.The Australian rapper officially premiered “Mo Bounce,” the new single from her upcoming LP Digital Distortion, on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station with Zane Lowe Thursday. (It showed up on streaming services soon before.) The track was produced by Stereotypes and Far East Movement. An accompanying music video directed by Lil Internet will arrive on Friday.

“It’s probably the most fun record on my album,” she told Lowe. “I just want to twerk in a video.”

Azalea released her previous single, “Team,” last March. “I know it’s been a long wait for my album,” Azalea said on Twitter earlier this month. “I hope my fans understand my life has been filled with so many personal changes. I felt it was important I made some creative changes too — I needed my album to reflect where my head’s at in 2017.”

One of those personal changes included the end of her engagement to basketball player Nick Young; Azalea told EW last year that she had written a love song about him that has presumably been scrapped.

She previously described the album as a throwback to her mixtape days thanks to collaborations with producer collective D.R.U.G.S. “I just felt like they really understood me, so I went back to working with my friends,” she said. “It’s harder than my debut — more aggressive. It’s a little bit darker and moodier and there’s a bit more of a throwback to some of my older mixtape sounds. But it’s got electronic influences used in a rap way. My version of rap is alway always controversial.”

This article originally appeared on EW

Drake’s ‘More Life’ Playlist Includes Some Intriguing Titles

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It looks like he’s done it again — Drake has managed to send the internet into a frenzy with his release of new music. Shortly after dropping his 22-track playlist, More Life, on March 18, Drizzy reportedly set Google ablaze with searches of his newfound lingo, according to Mashable. Apparently, many fans are asking: What exactly is a gyalchester, anyways? The song title sure sparked some intrigue.

If you can remember, the 6 god damn near broke the internet when he released the video for «Hotline Bling,» introducing it as the lead single off of his highly anticipated Views album back in 2015. And he’s apparently right back at it, as listeners have begun flocking to the world wide web in an effort to learn more about the interesting song titles from More Life.

As Mashable reported, there have been three words in particular which have seen a major uptick on Google Trends since last weekend’s release: «blem,» «gyalchester» and «Giggs.» Both «Blem» and «Gyalchester» are titles of tracks listed on the playlist, while Giggs is a London rapper, who happens to be featured on several of the new songs.

While Drake’s dialect seems to be heavily influenced by the English-based, creole language of Jamaican patois, Urban Dictionary helps to break down the possible definitions of the newly popular slang. «Blem» is explained as the act of being high on marijuana. Meanwhile, the term «gyalchester» is described as «the well-known nickname for the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies,» and appears to be a portmanteau of the patois-spoken word for girl or «gyal,» merged with Manchester, perhaps indicating that beautiful women originate from that area. So, there you have it — Drake has worked his magic once again. This time, not for his epic dance moves, but for his enchanting terms of speech.

Drake’s ‘More Life’ Playlist Includes Some Intriguing Titles

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It looks like he’s done it again — Drake has managed to send the internet into a frenzy with his release of new music. Shortly after dropping his 22-track playlist, More Life, on March 18, Drizzy reportedly set Google ablaze with searches of his newfound lingo, according to Mashable. Apparently, many fans are asking: What exactly is a gyalchester, anyways? The song title sure sparked some intrigue.

If you can remember, the 6 god damn near broke the internet when he released the video for «Hotline Bling,» introducing it as the lead single off of his highly anticipated Views album back in 2015. And he’s apparently right back at it, as listeners have begun flocking to the world wide web in an effort to learn more about the interesting song titles from More Life.

As Mashable reported, there have been three words in particular which have seen a major uptick on Google Trends since last weekend’s release: «blem,» «gyalchester» and «Giggs.» Both «Blem» and «Gyalchester» are titles of tracks listed on the playlist, while Giggs is a London rapper, who happens to be featured on several of the new songs.

While Drake’s dialect seems to be heavily influenced by the English-based, creole language of Jamaican patois, Urban Dictionary helps to break down the possible definitions of the newly popular slang. «Blem» is explained as the act of being high on marijuana. Meanwhile, the term «gyalchester» is described as «the well-known nickname for the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies,» and appears to be a portmanteau of the patois-spoken word for girl or «gyal,» merged with Manchester, perhaps indicating that beautiful women originate from that area. So, there you have it — Drake has worked his magic once again. This time, not for his epic dance moves, but for his enchanting terms of speech.

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