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Taylor Swift Is 'Very Stoked' About 'Killing Eve' Cover of 'Look What You Made Me Do' - Billboard
Taylor Swift can't contain her excitement over a cover of her hit song "Look What You Made Me Do" being featured in a recent episode of Killing Eve. The 30-year-old pop star took to Twitter on Sunday (May 24) to share a snippet of the dark and haunting take on her 2017 Reputation track, which was debuted that same evening during the BBC spy drama. "VERY STOKED about this cover of lwymmd on @KillingEve by Jack leopards & the dolphin club!!" Swift tweeted. Streaming services credit the mysterious cover to the group Jack Leopards & the Dolphin Club, with Jack Antonoff and Nils Sjöberg listed as producers. Swift's original version of "Look What You Made Me Do" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2017. Check out the downtempo cover of the song below.
Lana Del Rey Defends Her Comments on Fellow Female Singers, 'Racist' Backlash - Billboard
After facing heavy criticism on thoughts she expressed via Instagram earlier on Thursday (May 21), Lana Del Rey is defending herself. In her original post, the singer called out fellow female stars Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, who "have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f---ing, cheating, etc." She then asked if she can continue singing about her own dark past "without being crucified or saying that Im glamorizing abuse? "To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things," she wrote in the comments section of her post. "I f---ing love these singers and know them. that is why I mention them." "I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgement of hysteria," she clarified. Del Rey continued to defend herself via Instagram story, writing, Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when Im talking about my favorite singers. I couldve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f---ing people. She added: And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. Its exactly the point of my postthere are certain women that culture doesnt want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I dont know what it has to do with. I dont care anymore but dont ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls---. The "Blue Jeans" singer continued to slam critics who thought she was calling out minority artists specifically. "By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesnt change the fact that I havent had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race thats your opinion but thats not what I was saying." She concluded by writing, "When I said people who look like meI meant the people who dont look strong or necessarily smart, or like theyre in control etc. its about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white womanthanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful." Lana Del Rey's upcoming album, the followup to 2019's Norman F---ing Rockwell, will be out Sept. 5.
A Timeline of Lana Del Rey's Biggest Controversies - Billboard
Lana Del Rey claims to live in a cruel world where she's constantly up against other artists and music critics. But after setting the internet ablaze today (May 21) with a "question for the culture" about her disproportionate backlash for the kind of music she makes, the Born to Die singer proved the pen is mightier than the sword. Billboard compiled a timeline of Lana Del Rey's headline-making mishaps below. March 2012: The "Blue Jeans" singer reveals the single's cover art that features a man choking her. Del Rey encountered one of her earliest criticisms of "glamorizing abuse" when she shared the artwork for "Blue Jeans" (the B-side to "Video Games"), which showed a man's tattooed hand putting her in a not-so-dainty chokehold. October 2012: Del Rey dons a full Native American headdress for the "Ride" music video. Off her 2012 album Paradise, the artist let her tousled curls soar in the whimsical summer visual for "Ride" before tucking them into a Native American headdress. December 2013: Her "Tropico" short film appropriates Latino gangster culture. More trouble in her dark paradise ensues as Del Rey transforms into a stripper with two teardrop tattoos and a belly stamp that says "Trust No Bi---" (acting as some equivalent to Tupac Shakur's "Thug Life" emblem) in her 27-minute art film/music video titled "Tropico." Toward the end of the cinematic visual, Del Rey and her thug beau shed their stereotypical ensembles and redeem themselves as the white-clothed couple ascends into heaven. November 2014: A 27-second snippet of a scrapped Marilyn Manson music video shows Del Rey in a rape scene. Marilyn Manson recruited horror film director Eli Roth for a music video that was never supposed to see the light of day but eventually leaked, but Roth played a horrifying role in the clip himself. He's seen throwing a Texas Chainsaw Massacre T-shirt clad Del Rey down onto a bed as she proceeds to cry and scream until he lifts himself off her. October 2018: It's a Lana Del Rey vs. Azealia Banks showdown. The birth of this notorious feud involved one of hip-hop's most controversial figures, Kanye West, after the Chicago rapper pulled out the red Make America Great Again hat for the first time. "Trump becoming our president was a loss for our country but your support of him is a loss for the culture," she shot back in his comments. But Banks fired directly at the "National Anthem" singer for her privileged standpoint in the political debacle. "To me this just looks like the typical White woman taking using a weakened target to 'pretend' to be an ally," Banks tweeted at the time from her currently suspended account. "Especially because you know that a white woman vs a black male will result in an immediate victory for the white woman due to societal circumstances. You wouldnt dare challenge a black woman on her opinion because you dont have that (much of a) social prejudice in place between." The catfight that ensued later escalated to the "212" rapper threatening to burn down Del Rey's house with #AzealiaVoodoo. "Honestly, you know The Big Bad Witch is smarter than that. When her house mysteriously goes up in flames while she is asleep inside I want to see as many #Azealiavoodoo hashtags as possible," she wrote on Twitter. The artists then tore each other apart for their appearances, from Banks pointing out her "pointy Michael Jackson nose" and recommending a NSFW workout to Del Rey suggesting she see a psychiatrist since her "psych meds aren't working." @shopcheapyxo u know the addy. Pull up anytime. Say it to my face. But if I were you- I wouldnt. — Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) October 9, 2018 I wont not fuck you the fuck up. Period. — Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) October 9, 2018 Banks. u coulda been the greatest female rapper alive but u blew it. dont take it out on the only person who had ur back. — Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) October 9, 2018 September 2019: She slams NPR's longtime music critic Ann Powers for her Norman F---ing Rockwell album review. Del Rey's sixth album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and received two Grammy award nominations, but it didn't perform so well elsewhere. Titled "Lana Del Rey Lives In America's Messy Subconscious," Powers described her artistic persona as "a bad girl to whom bad things are done" with "uncooked" lyrics, which the artist herself viciously denied both claims on Twitter in response to Powers sharing the story. "So don't call yourself a fan like you did in the article and don't count your editor one either -- I may never never have made bold political or cultural statements before- because my gift is the warmth I live my life with and the self reflection I share generously," Del Rey continued on the thread. Heres a little sidenote on your piece I dont even relate to one observation you made about the music. Theres nothing uncooked about me. To write about me is nothing like it is to be with me. Never had a persona. Never needed one. Never will. — Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) September 5, 2019 So dont call yourself a fan like you did in the article and dont count your editor one either I may never never have made bold political or cultural statements before- because my gift is the warmth I live my life with and the self reflection I share generously. — Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) September 5, 2019 May 2020: Del Rey lashes out against "female writers and alt singers" while announcing a new album and two poetry books. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" might be the ultimate manifesto of Del Rey, who published a scathing letter on her Instagram today (May 21) that criticized the culture for letting "Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f---ing, cheating, etc" while she can't sing "about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money -- or whatever I want -- without being crucified or saying that Im glamorizing abuse?" The Grammy award-nominated artist continued to write, "I just want to say over the last ten years I think its pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say Ive set women back hundreds of years." Del Rey seems to be packing heat with two poetry books in the works and a seventh album due Sept. 5, but will she come out with guns blazing after standing by her signature lyrical themes that have scorched her in the past?
Lady Gaga Says Boyfriend Michael Polansky Is the 'Love of My Life': Watch - Billboard
Lady Gaga's relationship with her boyfriend Michael Polansky is stronger than ever. On Friday (April 17), during an interview on MSNBCs Morning Joe, where she discussed her upcoming One World: Together at Home concert, the pop superstar called Polansky "the love of my life." Gaga's comments about her tech investor beau were casually mentioned during a conversation with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the mental health of people in society. With Born This Way Foundation, my mother, Cynthia Germanotta, and our co-founder Maya [Enista Smith], who I love so very much -- they are working with my, the love of my life, on something for mental health, Gaga said, noting that they are developing a mental health app. Watch the full interview below. Gaga made her relationship with Polansky official in early February. Last month, Gaga shared a photo of herself cuddling up to Polansky in the midst of their self-quarantine. "Day 6 of self-quarantining!" the singer captioned the March 17 photo on Instagram. "Going strong, playing video games and cards, and taking care of ourselves." Gaga also recently revealed to InStyle that she's ready for marriage and motherhood. "I will say I am very excited to have kids," she told the magazine. "I look forward to being a mom. Isn't it incredible what we can do? We can hold a human inside and grow it. Then it comes out, and it's our job to keep it alive." The pop star is currently gearing up for Saturday's One World: Together at Home, an international special airing to support and applaud healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. Curated by Gaga, in collaboration with WHO and Global Citizen, the star-packed event features Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Chris Martin, Elton John, J Balvin, John Legend, Keith Urban, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney and many more. Watch it here.