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Out this week (6/24):
ADELE PUTS '25' ON SPOTIFY: WILL SHE DOMINATE CHARTS AGAIN?
Seven months after 25 hit the streets and sold a jaw-dropping 8 million copies in a month, Adele's chart-topping album hit streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Prime and Apple Music at midnight on June 23rd.
Previously, just the singles "Hello," "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" and "When We Were Young" have been available on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.
- Because 25 has been such a blockbuster, many industry observers are wondering if the release was timed to give her another run on the charts (streaming is factored into calculations). Adele is currently on promo and touring hiatus and will return to the road next month for the North American leg of her tour.
ALICIA KEYS OPENS UP ABOUT HER FOCUS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE, INEQUALITY
Alicia Keys is about to release what she says is the most honest and focused album of her career. The 15-time Grammy Award winner recently sat down with Digital Spy to talk about her new sounds, and why she is exploring themes of social justice and inequality in her life and work.
For starters, as a woman, she believes that the music industry is finally ready to hear her: "I know that us as women, we are definitely stepping more into our power. By us simply doing that and being conscious of how powerful we really are and not accepting anyone treating us other than that, that in itself is shifting so much."
- Despite the progress, Keys still sees inequality all around her, she tells Digital Spy: "It's built into the fabric of our cultures and countries and it's annoying. It's really old and it's just time for new sh*t and new ideas.
- How is she going to contribute? By "telling new stories and move on from archaic ideas that are almost embedded in us because our forefathers and grandfathers said it too much and taught it in their way of being."
- Everyone needs to be a part of redefining who we are, she says: "That's women, that's men, that's LGBTQ rights, that is black people, that's brown and people of color, that is all of us as human beings. We need to change the stereotypes around it all."
- Keys recently released the single "In Common" from an album that is set to arrive this year.
CHRIS BROWN SUED BY FORMER MANAGER FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT
Chris Brown is being sued by his former manager, Michael Guirguis. According to E! News, Guirguis filed a suit against Breezy for assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The manager filed the complaint after alleging that Brown "brutally" attacked him back in May, prior to going on the European leg of his "One Hell Of A Nite" tour. Guirguis says that Breezy was in a "drug-fueled" rage when he attacked him in a room, punching him in the neck and face four times, which resulted in a visit to the emergency room.
According to court docs, Guirguis claims that he was hired to repair Breezy's reputation after his Rihanna assault case.
- The singer later took to Instagram to address the lawsuit, where he said, "Ni**as is getting mad and filing lawsuits because I fired them because they’re stealing money, You’re stealing money, pal. So you’re mad because you’re no longer existent. It’s alright. We’re gonna keep pushing. God bless you. Wish you the best of luck." He went on to say, "Nobody comes out clean in a sh*t-throwing contest. And I can throw a big piece of sh*t. I’m talking about massive chunks. I’m talking elephant sh*t mixed with donkey sh*t and there might even be a little bit of rabbit pebbles. I can throw a big piece of sh*t, but we not gonna play these games. We gonna let these people do what they do. I’ma keep getting this money."
In the short, sexy black-and-white clip, the Black Eyed Peas singer declares herself "sick, hungry, starving" over trap beats. Fergie has been keeping a low profile since becoming a first-time parent in 2013, although new song "L.A. Love (La La)" dropped the following year.
- The title that flashes across the screen at the end of the clip seems to confirm the reports that Double Dutchess will be the title of the forthcoming album. a follow-up to her 2006 debut, The Dutchess. No word on when it will arrive.
In the video, which also features rapper Fetty Wap, there is a lot of, yes, flexing, flair and choreography, all on a gorgeous beach – just what we've come to expect from the ladies who brought us "Work From Home."
- Director X was behind the clip (he also directed "Work From Home"). On Wednesday, Fifth Harmony kicked off their 7/27 tour in Lima, Peru. They are slated to embark on the North American leg on July 27th in Manchester, New Hampshire.
DEMI LOVATO WORRIED FOR NATION'S YOUTH: Demi Lovato quit Twitter Monday, was back 24 hours later, promising to be more honest than ever. Mission accomplished: on Thursday, the pop star unleashed a rant about celebrity news writing, among other things: "The world is weird. bet our country knows more about celebrities than they know about what's happening over seas or global warming."
RAE SREMMURD SHARES DETAILS ON BEYONCE COLLAB: Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee helped pen "Formation," the latest audio offering from Beyonce's visual album, Lemonade. The brothers sat down with Global Grind recently to dish about their inspiration and plans for the future. Meanwhile, a video of a teenager and her friends perfectly re-enacting "Formation" pre-prom has gone viral.
BRITNEY SPEARS TWIRLS FOR THE HATERS: Britney Spears has a problem going more than a few days without posting a photo of herself doing something adorable in one of her adorable bikinis. And she's sick of the blowback she gets for it. The 34-year-old chart-topper took to Instagram Wednesday night dedicating a shot of herself "twirling for the haters" in front of a waterfall in Las Vegas. Nothing to hate there.
SIA ACCIDENTALLY SHOWS FACE DURING CONCERT: Sia has gone to great lengths to cloak her face in music videos and public outings with elaborate wigs, but on Wednesday night in Colorado, Mother Earth wasn't having it. A strong gust of wind blew back her hairpiece, giving fans a glimpse of the visage they haven't seen in years. Looks pretty much the same.
SELENA GOMEZ PERFORMS DUET WITH LITTLE GIRL BATTLING RARE DISEASE
Selena Gomez worked it with 7-year-old fan Aubrey Nethery before she hit the stage in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday. Audrey is something of a sensation herself, and quickly stole the spotlight.
She suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), but has still managed to become a Zumba-dancing internet sensation, and is adorable to boot.
- Gomez posted a video of them dancing to "Love You Like a Love Song" on Instagram, captioning it: "Finally got to meet this sweet heart. She owned it fully."