As Maria noted in her Tidal post, Taylor Swift was probably THE biggest name not present and accounted for at the Tidal kickoff yesterday. I say THE biggest name because, love her or hate her, you cannot deny Taylor’s chart influence, not only with the latest album 1989 but her previous ones too. Full Story
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Maria was just wondering in the previous post about the launch of Tidal about the absence of some major recording artists from the announcement, including Katy Perry. The Tidal presser happened in New York yesterday, late afternoon. Katy Perry? She was in New York too. Last night she stepped out for a Chanel party with Karl Lagerfeld. Full Story
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Yesterday was the launch of a new Jay Z-backed music streaming service, Tidal. It started with a social media takeover (which I’ll get to) and then a press conference. An awkward as hell press conference; I got the sweats watching it. Why was the crowd hollering, who did they invite to this thing? Was it fans, or media? The audible dip in applause between Kanye and Deadmau5 was painful. Full Story
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and producer Naughty Boy, who’s working with Zayn Malik on some new music, got into a fight on Twitter. Louis thought Naughty Boy (do we have to call him this???) was disrespecting the band and the fans and Naughty Boy (who can take this name seriously?) was like, nah, man, you’re wrong. Full Story
For Christy the Rabbit who has come back after four years – I’m sorry about the heartbreak but you sound strong and determined and the key word for me in your message was “independent”. I’m excited about what’s ahead for you. By request, here’s Christian Bale. Full Story
If you believe the bookies, Princess Catherine will be having a girl. And right now, they’re betting on the girl being called Alice. In second place is Elizabeth, followed by Charlotte and Victoria. I’m a gambling person so, obviously, I’m into this. Because someone’s just put $500 on Alice. Do they know someone who works in the royal kitchen and overheard a conversation? The fact that Alice has suddenly become the frontrunner is suspicious. Or maybe it’s a plant. Maybe the royals themselves had someone make the bet to throw people off the real name. But then again, what’s the point?
There are only, like, 10 options. The list isn’t very long. And it’s not like the Queen would ever allow her grandchild to be called Jasmine. Or Jaden.
Playing Duana for a minute, you know what’s old and traditional and could still be modern that they’d never consider but they should?
I love the name Juliet. I’ve only ever met one Juliet in my whole life. And I’m not hearing it a lot in my friends’ playground stories either. I mean Shakespeare used Juliet so it meets the “not new” test but also feels contemporary.
Princess Juliet. You dig?
No matter. It could never happen.
Yours in gossip,
Mimi and Brett Ratner are in St Barts together. With friends. And people are now speculating that it’s on. I need you to look these shots of Ratner sandwiched between Mimi and a friend. With his arms linked through both of them. You know Mimi, right? I mean we all know Mimi. Is that how a Mimi boyfriend would behave around his precious butterfly? A Mimi boyfriend, first of all, isn’t to be shared. Full Story
Tidal – the Jay Z-backed music streaming service, launches today at 5 p.m. EST with a Carter press conference in New York. The social media takeover is in full swing, with a bright blue avatar popping up all over Instagram and Twitter. And there’s even a musical Justice League video Alicia Keys first posted (it’s spreading fast) – I counted Bey and Kanye (obviously), Chris Martin, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, with Usher, Alicia, Regine Chassagne and Win Butler (I think?) on webcam. Full Story
If you already have a Tom Hardy problem, this isn’t going to help. This will make it much, much worse. Here he is on the cover of UK Esquire. Some dudes, when they do the squinty eye thing, it doesn’t work, not at all. You don’t believe it. Like if there was actually cigarette smoke drifting across their faces, they wouldn’t hot-squint, their eyes would just water and they’d swat it away. Full Story
This is so cute it makes me feel like being a nice person (Dlisted)
Carrie Underwood shows off her baby (TooFab)
Britney Spears is going to school (The Superficial)
I can’t figure out what this bikini top/bra is doing (Hollywood Tuna)
Good pants on Kristen Stewart (Pop Sugar)
Bullsh-t. Selena Gomez isn’t getting a butt lift (OK!)
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A controversy about this movie erupted following its premiere at SXSW when a member of the audience at the post-screening Q&A told director Etan Cohen that the movie “seemed racist as f*ck”. In response, the filmmakers said that similar criticisms of the movie are “cheap” and “lazy journalism Full Story
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Empire Awards in London yesterday. Christopher Nolan was honoured. Nolan’s the father of the Dark Knights. And produces the new films, Superman and the upcoming Batman vs Superman. So this is like showing up for the company president. On a side note that I just want to throw out there right now – I received an update recently from a Henry Cavill fan. Full Story
The Royals Season 1, Episode 3 recap I do not understand why Princess Eleanor even cares about Jasper evil-butlering her by releasing the tape of their threesome. When we first met her she had a bare-assed upskirt photo on the cover of all the tabloids, last week she was openly smoking a joint at a royal function, and this week she conducts a war with her mother in the papers. Full Story
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So there’s the Taylor Swift way of doing things, which is to sit in the audience the whole time because they pretty much told her she was going to win everything. With as many friends as possible. And then there’s the Rihanna way of doing things. Which is to not sit in the audience. And show up to perform. Full Story