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Darlene Love furious at Rockefeller Center Christmas snub

Soul legend Darlene Love has slammed the producers of NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special for not inviting her to perform her hit Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).

The 78-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer first had a hit with the festive favourite back in 1963, but producers at Brad Lachman Productions have picked younger artists for the event, this year going with Pitch Perfect star Skylar Astin and Glee’s Alex Newell.

Darlene has now blasted the snub in a Facebook post, in which she also criticised the younger stars for singing it off-key.

“Once again I was snubbed by Brad Lachman Productions who produce the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and instead they book another artist to perform my song Christmas Baby, Please Come Home each year,” she wrote. “Such an insult and let down!

“They book these young artists who can’t even hit the notes properly and are off-key. Makes NO sense!! That’s my song and I’m still alive. Show me some respect!”

The star went on to claim that her publicist had been trying to book her on the show for a decade but had been told she wasn’t a big enough artist and could only perform if Bette Midler or Bruce Springsteen would agree to a duet.

Darlene was known to a younger generation of fans for performing the track annually on David Letterman’s talk show from 1986 to 2014, when she would close out the pre-Christmas episode. She now performs a similar role on The View and also sings in the new Netflix movie Holiday Rush.

The Christmas in Rockefeller Center aired on NBC on Wednesday.

Tyler, the Creator to headline Lovebox and Parklife festivals

Tyler, the Creator is heading to the U.K. in 2020 as the headline act for both the Lovebox and Parklife festivals.

The shows will be the rapper’s first U.K. festival appearances since he was banned from entering the country in 2015 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May because of claims his lyrics encouraged “violence and intolerance of homosexuality”.

The EARFQUAKE singer will play at Manchester’s Parklife on 13 June before closing Lovebox the following evening in London’s Gunnersbury Park.

In 2015, he was forced to pull out of Reading and Leeds festivals because he was denied entry to the country.

However, he made his official return to the U.K. back in May, popping up outside Buckingham Palace to announce a surprise performance of his latest album IGOR, which is nominated for best rap album at the Grammys.

The gig at the Bussey building in Peckham was later cancelled by the police after hordes of “rowdy” fans attempted to climb the gate outside the venue.

He returned to the capital four months later to play two sold-out gigs in Brixton, south London, which went ahead without incident.

The 2020 Lovebox festival has been extended to three nights instead of two for the first time and has been moved forward from its usual mid-July slot, to the 12 June.

The rest of the line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Harry Styles has compared releasing new music to childbirth

The ‘Watermelon Sugar’ singer – whose second solo LP, ‘Fine Line’, drops next week – finds it “bittersweet” letting people hear his work for the first time because it no longer solely belongs to him but it’s also “exciting” finding out what others think of it.

Speaking to Tom & Daisy on ‘KISS Breakfast’, he said: “It’s a little bittersweet because you live with it for so long and it feels like it’s yours. Then you start giving it away. That’s the most exciting part, having people hear it for the first time. It’s fun. I assume the pain’s not the same, but it feels a little like giving birth.”

And Harry admitted he “hates” people hearing his songs before they are completely finished.

He said: “My sister heard some stuff pretty early on. She came by the studio…. I HATE playing stuff before it’s finished.”

The former One Direction singer is preparing to guest host ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ again later this month and although he enjoyed his first stint at the helm of the talk show, he doesn’t think presenting comes naturally to him.

He said: “I did it once before when he had a baby, it was a little more of an emergency step in. And I had fun. I have a lot more time to prepare this time.. I don’t think it feels super natural. It’s quite nice doing something different, to do something that’d not usually part of the job I guess.”

Although Harry was previously praised for his performance in his debut film ‘Dunkirk’, it doesn’t see that fans will be seeing him in any more movies any time soon.

Asked if he’ll return to acting next year, he said: “We’ll have to see. I’m on tour all year!”

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Michelle Williams was still ‘a little fragile’ when she signed up for ‘The Masked Singer’

The former Destiny’s Child singer spoke candidly last year about her struggles with depression and she hopes appearing in disguise as The Butterfly on the show has helped her get stronger.

She said: “I was stable enough, but still a little fragile, but thinking that this is going to give me some strength. Because you can’t stay in your cocoon forever, you’ve got to come out.”

Michelle felt the show was right for her to make her return to the spotlight because she could have “a blast” just being herself.

She told People magazine: “In my time away, I didn’t have to be on. I didn’t have to sit in the hair and make-up chair and turn into this entertainer.

“[With ‘Masked Singer’] I just felt like I was literally going onto the set, nobody knows it’s me and having a blast just being me. That’s what I will take into every situation is to be me, and whoever’s for me, you’re going to be there for me. Opportunities will be there for me being me.”

And the 40-year-old star admitted she is still questioning whether or not she wants a full time music career.

She said: “I learned that sometimes we can let our fears cloud how strong we actually are. The majority of the time the stuff that plays in our head is lies. Lies can rob you of your strength.

“I also learned to not make permanent decisions out of temporary feelings. I don’t know if I want to perform again.

“Of course, I’ll do theatre and all that stuff but do I really want to be an artist full-time? I want to make sure if the answer is no, that the reasoning behind it is not because of feeling like you’re not wanted in the industry. It has to be because you know you can go on and do something greater.”

Taylor Swift: ‘Women are more than incubators’

Taylor Swift has urged young women to continue to “voice their discomfort” at being asked when they plan to marry and have children.

The superstar previously shut down a question during an interview in which she was asked about her hopes of marriage and family because of her impending 30th birthday.

In a new chat with People magazine, marking her selection as one of their People of the Year, the You Need To Calm Down singer explained that women should feel confident about responding to questions like that.

“The more women are able to voice their discomfort in social situations, the more it becomes the social norm that people who ask the questions at parties like ‘When are you going to start a family?’ to someone as soon as they turn 25 are (seen as) a little bit rude,” said Swift.

Acknowledging “it’s gonna take a bit for people to catch up with that,” the singer-songwriter accepted she has started to see a bit of a shift in society.

“It’s good that we’re allowed to say, ‘Hey, just so you know, we’re more than incubators.’ You don’t have to ask that of someone just because they’re in their mid-20s and they’re a female,” she added.

The multiple Grammy winner, who is dating British actor Joe Alwyn, found her romantic life came under heavy scrutiny in her early 20s, and found inspiration from Alanis Morissette song You Learn, and hopes her fans will find similar solace in her music.

“So much was made of my personal life at such a young age, I started to feel like anything that I did that wasn’t successful, like a breakup or anything that people were making such a big deal of, (would leave) such a huge mark on me that would last forever,” she continued.

However, as Swift fast approaches her 30th birthday on 13 December, she’s pleased to have seen some change already.

“I really love that there are advocates out there in the world being very vocal about the fact that ageing is not a slow march to irrelevancy, death and decay,” the pop superstar explained.

Megan Thee Stallion surprises grandmother with new truck

Rap newcomer Megan Thee Stallion made Christmas come early for her grandmother by surprising her with the keys to a brand new truck.

The Hot Girl Summer star took to her Instagram page to share video footage from the emotional moment, which reduced her elderly relative to tears.

In the clip, the 24 year old is shown arriving at a Cadillac dealership in Houston, Texas with her “nanny”, who she leads to a white vehicle adorned with a big red bow.

After realising it’s a gift for her, she begins screaming with excitement and running towards the car, before turning to Megan in shock as she cries tears of joy.

The MC also posted a video featuring her smiling grandma sitting behind the wheel of the truck.

“Surprised my nanny with the brand new truck she had been wishing for!” Megan captioned the sweet post.

“She literally bought me everything in every color as a child. She’s always been so generous to everyone she meets and she taught me the importance of always being kind!”

“I love you nanny I’m gonna give you everything you deserve,” she added.

Megan was applauded for her generous gesture by her famous friends and fans, including fellow rapper Trina and pop star Lauren Jauregui, who commented, “Im crying this is beautiful (sic)”.

Alicia Keys ’embarrassed’ by 2002 Grammy wins

Alicia Keys was embarrassed after walking away with five Grammy Awards at the start of her career in 2002.

The singer enjoyed a break-out year and picked up top honours, including Song of the Year for Fallin’ and the Best New Artist trophy at the ceremony, but as she prepares to host the Grammys for a second year, she recalls the unbelievable experience was a little “strange”.

“I remember being embarrassed that my name was called so many times,” she tells Billboard. “It was strange because here is my biggest dream, and I was like, ‘I’m from Hell’s Kitchen (New York). I can’t even speak right. What am I doing here?’ And then this unbelievably magical night culminated in validation.

“You know that foggy, sick, head-cold feeling? That, mixed with the exhilaration. The entire year, I was hanging on for dear life. I was the epitome of ‘fake it till you make it’.”

The experience shaped her preparations to host of the ceremony this year and she’s recalling the magical night as she makes plans for next year’s big event, revealing she wants to make it a “lovefest”.

“I know what I normally feel in that room, which is left out and a little bit uncomfortable,” she adds. “I wanted to create this lovefest, where we could celebrate each other’s greatness and just have fun.

“We’re all trying to make our way through a very chaotic time, and we all just need a little celebration – to feel like we’re with friends, like somebody actually cares.”

The 2020 Grammy Awards will take place on 26 January (20).

Blake Shelton credits faith in God for career highs and happy relationship

Blake Shelton credits his belief in God for his recent career highs and the success of his longtime romance with Gwen Stefani.

The Voice coach reveals his faith is stronger than ever after he was so inspired by his relationship with his fellow singer and star of the reality competition series that he started attending church regularly.

“I believe in God now more than I ever have in my life,” Shelton tells Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper. “The biggest part of that is just how (Stefani) came into my life and now our relationship. It’s just too weird. If you take God out of it, it doesn’t make sense. If you put God into it, everything that’s happened with us makes sense.”

Shelton also recounted a “revelation” he experienced earlier this year on his ranch in Oklahoma when he first heard the demo for his track God’s Country.

“It was the most shocking moment I’ve had in my 20 years of doing this (career),” he shares. “I was in a place that I consider to be God’s country, doing the thing that makes me feel the most connected to God, which is working on the land. I heard that song, and I had one of those moments that you hear people talk about … where they say they pulled over on the side of the highway and listened. I literally had that moment.”

The star also believes the song, which became a number one hit, further inspired both his faith and his love of the country genre.

“There is still the old-school segment of country music fans out there that are starved for that,” he notes. “But even more than that is this new young generation of country music fans … who know (A) Country Boy Can Survive, and they want their generation’s version of that song. That really excited me to know that that part of country music is alive and well out there, it just hasn’t been fed.”

Christina Milian & Jenna Dewan love being pregnant at the same time

Christina Milian and Jenna Dewan are convinced Netflix has brought them baby good luck.

Both actresses, who star in streaming series Soundtrack, are pregnant with their second child – and they’ve bonded over the special experience.

Milian, who is pregnant with a baby boy, tells U.S. show Entertainment Tonight, “After we got done shooting (Soundtrack), it must be like a good-luck show because we both came back and we’re preggers.”

And the ladies have formed their own support ‘group’ to share tips and information.

“We have a little group chat on Instagram, and so we’re talking about, ‘How’s it going? How are you doing? What are you eating?’ that kind of stuff,” Christina shares. “So we’ve been sharing, like, little, ‘I feel so huge! I feel so big…’ That’s how you feel when you are pregnant.’

Meanwhile, Milian, who is already mum to nine-year-old Violet – her daughter with ex The-Dream, insists she can already sense a difference between her second child and her daughter, insisting the baby boy is “superactive”, while her daughter was “really chill” when she was pregnant in 2010: “So now I get to see the difference in personality,” she reveals. “He is setting me up for getting ready to run after him.”

Dewan is also discovering her second pregnancy is a little tougher than her first: “(I’m) a little bit more tired and nauseous this time around,” she notes. “Overall, it’s been great. I’ve definitely been working a lot throughout it, which has been a blessing in a lot of ways, so I kind of keep going. Craving-wise, I’m craving a lot of junk food this time around.”

Rita Ora pays tribute to DJ pal Avicii at Stockholm tribute show

Rita Ora paid an emotional tribute to her late friend Avicii at a tribute concert to benefit mental health charities in his native Stockholm on Thursday night (05Dec19).

The singer fought back tears as she performed Lonely Together, the 2017 hit she recorded with the tragic DJ who committed suicide last year (18), and later took to Instagram to thank Avicii’s family for organising the event and inviting her to be a part of it.

“I want to thank @avicii’s family for organising this to raise awareness for mental health especially within the music industry,” she wrote. “Often success can be seen as a representation that someone is also doing well mentally, however we can see here that there is sooo much more work to be done thank you to all 60,000 of you and the ones watching at home and Tim’s family.”

Rita also shared a quote from the late DJ’s father, Klas Bergling, which read: “We want this concert to help put the topic on the agenda and pay attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people.”

Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in a hotel room in Oman, in April, 2018, aged 28. His death was ruled a suicide.

The tribute gig, co-organised by the hitmaker’s friend David Guetta, also featured appearances from Adam Lambert and Aloe Blacc. The benefit was live-streamed on Avicii’s YouTube channel