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Debbie Harry wishes she had written ‘WAP’

The 75-year-old singer is a fan of the chart-topping single from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, and Debbie is thrilled that the sexually explicit song “hasn’t been censored”.

Asked about recent criticism of the track, she said: “You know, everybody has to say something. If there’s something to be said, someone will say it. Whether you agree with it or not is another story.

“Cardi B is outrageous and she’s overtly sexual, so ‘Wet A** *****’ is quintessential Cardi B. It’s very sexy and hot and naughty – perhaps even dirty – and the good thing is it hasn’t been censored. At first I was going: ‘Wow, I wish I could do something like that’, knowing full well that I couldn’t. But I wish I could!”

Debbie also admitted to being a fan of the song’s video, which featured the likes of Kylie Jenner and Normani.
She told NME: “I love it! I love it!”

Meanwhile, Debbie has delivered an update on Blondie’s new album, explaining how it’ll differ from their last record ‘Pollinator’.

Speaking about the creative process, the singer shared: “Chris [Stein, Blondie guitarist] has several tracks and there’s one ballady-type song our producer John Congleton came up with that we’d love to do. I’m looking forward to getting something from our keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, who’s written a lot of our new songs in the past.

“But no, we’re not going to approach it like ‘Pollinator’. If somebody submits a song that we absolutely die for, of course we’d do it, but we’re not going to ask this time.”

Dolly Parton, Rita Wilson & Jordin Sparks release new cancer charity anthem

Dolly Parton, Rita Wilson, and Jordin Sparks have teamed up to record a new breast cancer fight song called Pink.

The track also features Sara Evans and Monica, and dropped on Wednesday. Proceeds from download sales will benefit the Susan G. Komen cancer organisation.

“This is such a beautiful song of hope,” Parton wrote on Twitter.

“I’m honoured to join with these powerful women to help support Susan G. Komen’s life-saving work.”

Wilson, who has herself survived breast cancer, said in a statement: “The song is not just for someone who is a survivor or going through breast cancer treatment, it is for anyone who loves someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. That’s what I love about the song.”

30-year-old Sparks shared hopes her involvement in the song will make young women realise that they need to get tested for breast cancer too: “As a younger woman, I know that breast cancer can still be a possibility,” she said.
“Through all of us working together, we can change the future so that younger generations never have to face breast cancer. This song paints a vision of when that day comes,” she offered.

Kanye West blew $3 million on presidential campaign in September

Kanye West blew around $3 million (£2.27 million) of his own money on his faltering presidential campaign in September.

The Gold Digger hitmaker stunned fans over the summer by announcing his candidacy as the leader of the ‘Birthday Party’ but has only qualified for the ballot in 12 states and barely registered in the polls.

However, according to Federal Election Commission reports seen by New York magazine journalist Ben Jacobs, the rapper is still spending millions of dollars of his own money on his bid for The White House after struggling to solicit donations.

“Kanye West just filed his FEC report for September. He spent another $3 million of his own money while raising $2,782 (£2,134),” the journalist tweeted.

The new filing brings his total spending to almost $12 million in total, as Jacobs described, writing: “Kanye West has now put in nearly $12 million (£9.2 million) to his presidential campaign with an overnight contribution after his FEC report dropped.”

He continued: “West has loaned his campaign $9.76 million (£7.49 million) and contributed $2.11 million (£1.62 million) to it. His campaign has raised $17,635 (£13,525) from donors.”

The hip-hop star’s filings show the bulk of his election spending was paid to Fortified Consulting, which according to Jacobs is a Republican Party linked political strategy firm.

The musician has come under fire from Democratic Party figures, who have accused him of acting as a “spoiler candidate” in an attempt to draw younger Black voters away from their candidate, Joe Biden, in key states during his election fight with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Debbie Harry: ‘I wish I was more like Cardi B’

Debbie Harry is a massive fan of Cardi B’s latest hit WAP.

The star’s chart-topping hit with Megan Thee Stallion has been subjected to criticism for its overtly sexual lyrics, with the title an abbreviation for Wet A** P***y – but the hitmakers have a fan in Blondie frontwoman Debbie who “loves” the track.

“Cardi B is outrageous and she’s overtly sexual, so Wet A** P***y is quintessential Cardi B,” says the Rapture star during an interview with NME.

“It’s very sexy and hot and naughty – perhaps even dirty – and the good thing is it hasn’t been censored,” she went on.

“At first I was going: ‘Wow, I wish I could do something like that’, knowing full well that I couldn’t. But I wish I could!”
The success of the hit was thanks in part to its star-studded video, featuring an array of famous faces including Normani, Rosalia, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, Mulatto, and Kylie Jenner in a mansion that features butt sculptures, breast fountains, tigers and leopards.

Reflecting on the criticism the mum-of-one received over the tune and its accompanying visuals, Debbie insisted: “Everybody has to say something. If there’s something to be said, someone will say it. Whether you agree with it or not is another story.”

Cardi has repeatedly defended WAP and stated during in an interview on Australia’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show: “It’s like, no of course I don’t want my child (two-year-old daughter Kulture) to listen to this song and everything, but it’s like, it’s for adults!”

50 Cent on opposing Joe Biden’s tax proposals: ‘I don’t want to be 20 cent’

50 Cent has doubled down on his criticism of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s proposed tax policy.

On Tuesday, the rapper, real name Curtis James Jackson III, shared a recording of a Fox News broadcast story about his reaction to the numbers.

Highlighted in the clip was a tweet from Trump adviser Katrina Pierson, who wrote: “I guess 50 cent don’t want to end up 20 cent” – with the In da Club star agreeing in his own post.

“Yeah, i don’t want to be 20cent. 62 (per cent) is a very, very,bad idea. i don’t like it! (sic)” he wrote, before plugging ABC’s For Life and the Starz mobile app.

Shortly afterwards, the hitmaker returned to share another image online of himself smiling, seemingly to boast about his wealth, with the caption: “I just remembered i’m bankrupt, so i’m looking for a gracious loan can anyone help a brother out. LOL (laugh out loud).”

50 added “LOL #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi”, hashtags that reference two brands of liquor that he owns in addition to being a musician, businessman, actor and producer.

The Biden tax criticism follows a shocking revelation by the rapper on Monday, when 50 Cent stunned fans by declaring his endorsement for Trump for another term, despite previously criticising the U.S. leader over his response to the nation’s coronavirus issues.

“WHAT THE F**K! (VOTE For TRUMP)” he wrote on Instagram, along with a graphic showing Biden’s tax proposal from TV news show Power Lunch on CNBC.

“I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62 per cent are you out of ya f***ing mind.”

Little Mix tease special performance after being tapped as MTV EMAs hosts

Little Mix will hit the stage for a special performance at the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) after being confirmed to host the annual prizegiving.

The girl group nabbed four nominations for Best Pop, Best Group, Best Virtual Live for UNCancelled and Best U.K. & Ireland Act and, on Tuesday, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson were confirmed as hosts of the event.

“What an honour! To present the MTV EMA’s is a dream, it’s such a special event,” they shared in a statement. “We’ve always loved watching the spectacular performances and seeing who everyone has voted to win.

“This year we’ll also be performing our new single Sweet Melody, our second EMA performance. The show will go on and we can’t wait!”

The Break Up Song singers join previously announced performers Sam Smith, Maluma, Doja Cat, Yungblud and Zara Larsson, with more to come.

The 2020 MTV EMAs take place during a livestreamed ceremony on 8 November.

AJ McLean’s Backstreet Boys bandmates ‘broke into’ his home for alcohol use intervention

AJ McLean’s Backstreet Boys bandmates ‘broke into his home at the height of his battle with alcohol addiction to stage an intervention.

The I Want It That Way hitmaker looked back on the extreme lengths his pals in the group went to in order to convince him to confront his battle with substance abuse.

“When the boys kind of caught on, I missed out on rehearsal,” the said during a new interview with Good Morning America.

“They basically broke into my house and they dumped ice water on me while I was passed out in my bed,” he shared.

The singer recalls he tried to hide his issues but “everybody started to catch on”.

“I wasn’t me anymore, you know, I was just living a lie,” he admitted.

McLean, who has battled addiction for 20 years, noted that the turning point for him came when his vices started impacting his relationship with wife Rochelle and their daughters, Ava, six, Lyric, three.

“The turning point for me was when I came home, my wife could smell it (alcohol) on my breath and my youngest of my two daughters would not sit with me (sic),” he reflected.

He is now devoted to recovering “the right way”, adding: “There is too much to live for today. My beautiful children, my amazing wife, my career, my brothers. I’ve never felt more grounded than I do today.”

McLean, who recently revealed to People magazine he first tried cocaine the night before he and the Backstreet Boys shot The Call promo, has been sober since December, and now attends daily 12-step meetings online and checks in with his sponsor six times a day to make sure he doesn’t slip up.

He is currently competing on U.S. TV competition show Dancing With the Stars.

Teyana Taylor stunned when Elton John agreed to be part of her video

Teyana Taylor freaked out when Elton John made her dreams come true and agreed to appear in her new video.

The promo for Lose Each Other, which Taylor directed herself, opens with a special appearance from Elton, who plays piano on the track, and Teyana admits she never imagined the rocker would agree to get involved when she explained her vision to record label bosses.

“I told my team, ‘You know what would be dope? If I could have Elton John open the video on the piano!'” she recounted in a statement.

“Not that I thought it could really happen, but just putting it out there in the universe,” Taylor marvelled.
The moment Elton accepted the request lingered in Taylor’s mind.

“As we were working through treatment ideas and solidifying logistics for the video, an international phone number calls me… and for a second I almost didn’t answer, but my intuition spoke, I answered. All I hear is: ‘Hello darling, it’s Elton. I’d love to do your video!’ I freaked out,” she shared.

Elsewhere in the statement, Elton confessed he admired Taylor and that is why he picked up the gig.

“When Teyana Taylor released her debut album, I became a huge fan,” the Rocket Man star offered.

“She was a guest on my Rocket Hour (radio show) and I fell in love with her original spirit. Aside from her brilliant music, Teyana is one of the most visually dazzling artists working in music today. So I jumped at the chance to be in her latest video, Lose Each Other,” he explained.

Taylor has become quite the video boss in recent years and she was awarded Video Director of the Year honours at the 2020 BET Awards.

Debbie Harry: ‘Americans are suffering at the hands of President Trump’

Debbie Harry has shared her grievances over U.S. leader Donald Trump, calling the president “unacceptable”.

The Blondie frontwoman, who has been a vocal critic of Trump during his presidency, slammed the businessman-turned-politician in an interview with the PA news agency, branding him a “racist”.

“It seems to be very two-sided. There seems to be the pro-Trumps and the anti-Trumps,” she mused.

“Of course, I don’t really agree with the things he believes in or refuses to acknowledge,” she went on.

“I think we are suffering from his lack of acknowledgement of the seriousness and the desperation of the people, and the fact that he is a racist is unacceptable,” added the Rapture star.

Harry – who is due to embark on a U.K. tour with Blondie in November 2021 – went on to reveal she was introduced to Trump when he was fronting U.S. TV show The Apprentice but quipped that he had been unimpressed by her.

“He was kind of not interested in me at all. I met him when he was doing The Apprentice TV show,” she explained.
“A couple of friends of mine actually did the show – Cyndi Lauper and Penn Jillette from Penn and Teller,” she recounted.

“Penn’s assignments for that show was to create a flavour of ice cream and then to prepare a marketing strategy. He asked me to do an endorsement for his product, which I was very happy to do – I love Penn and Teller and I love Penn, so I did do that.”

The Maria singer recalled: “Then there was a big event, I don’t remember exactly where and, as I say, I met him very briefly. Penn introduced me to him. I’m not tall enough. He likes tall women. He likes big women.”

Richie Sambora: ‘I’d rejoin Bon Jovi for a special situation gig’

Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has given fans of the band a glimmer of hope for another reunion after revealing he’d consider a get together for “a special situation”.

The rocker quit the group in 2013 but remains on friendly terms with his former bandmates after an initial rift.

And now, weeks after Jon Bon Jovi revealed he wished Richie “had his life together and was still in the band”, the guitarist has made it clear he wouldn’t be opposed to sharing the stage with Bon Jovi again under the right circumstances.

Addressing Bon Jovi’s comment, Richie told the Daily Mail: “When people say I don’t have my life together, are you kidding me? I’m the happiest dude on the block.”

Talking about his decision to leave the band, he offered: “I was in a dire situation with my family, and I had to make a tough decision. And I did, and I’m sure people weren’t happy about it… Jon and I spent more time together than we spent with our families, because him and I wrote the songs.”

But he’s not ruling out another reunion.

“It would have to be a special situation for me to go back, but I’m certainly not counting it out. I have no malice toward that band,” he declared.

However, Richie insisted he’ll never have any regrets about leaving the band because he had to put family first – and the decision has paid off.

“My daughter just graduated on the dean’s list from LSU (Louisiana State University) as a psychology major and I love (ex-wife) Heather (Locklear) now more than when we first met. We still maintain a friendship and realise that we are definitely bound by blood and family,” he reflected.