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HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP

Friday, February 27th, 2015

 

White and gold or blue and black? That is the question.

One simple dress has erupted a nationwide discussion in what might be the Internet's greatest debate of our time, and it all started on Tumblr. User swiked uploaded a photo of a dress on Wednesday and asked: "Guys please help me—is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can't agree…"

Some people may view the dress and scoff saying it's obviously white and gold, but surprisingly, there are a large number of people who swear they see blue and black. And that's when you say WTF IS HAPPENING?!

 

 

 

 

The long wait for new Carly Rae Jepsen music should soon be over. The Canadian pop singer has confirmed she's been working on new material, and she's ready to share the goods, starting with the single "I Really Like You." 

In a post on her Website, the "Call Me Maybe" singer said she's been "hiding in forests where one meets and prince and dances till midnight. I've been cocooned in my Soho apartment, sipping tea with artists so weird and wonderful that only New York could keep them happy. I have been hiking to the tippy tops of L.A. peaks where I've said this out loud to no one…I'm ready."

It's been good long wait. "Call Me Maybe" was released back in late 2011. It went on to reach the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, and won her homeland's Juno Award for song of the year. Her sophomore album Kiss (which included "Call Me Maybe") dropped in 2012, the same year she received Billboard's Rising Star award. She was kept busy last year playing the role of Ella in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderellaon Broadway.

There's no release date yet on the new single, though her manager Scooter Braun recently told Billboard it would arrive in March. He reckons it has "hit" written all over it. "Her new single is coming in March. I told her that she couldn't come out with anything unless it was on the level of 'Call Me Maybe.' And, now we have a new one that is on that level," he said.

 

 

Drizzy's No. 1 for a second week, while Imagine Dragons roar 22-2 thanks to the start of their album 'Smoke + Mirrors.'

Drake is the top artist in the U.S. for a second week, as he holds atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The rap titan fends off alt-rockers Imagine Dragons, who vault 22-2 as their album Smoke + Mirrors arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales charts.

The Artist 100 is the first weekly survey dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Top Album Sales and the Social 50. The Artist 100 blends data measuring album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Drake keeps at No. 1 on the Artist 100 despite a 37 percent downturn in activity. He rocketed 21-1 last week, becoming the first rapper to rule the Artist 100, as his surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late launched at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 495,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music. (Drake released the new set unexpectedly late Thursday, Feb. 12.)

This week, the set drops 1-2 on Top Album Sales with 129,000 (down 74 percent) in the week ending Feb. 22. Album sales again account for the majority (47 percent) of his Artist 100 points. As previously reported, Drake sets a record for the most concurrent titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, 21, with all 17 tracks from the new album inhabiting the chart.

Imagine Dragons finish a close second on the Artist 100, marking their first week in the top 10; they'd previously ranked as high as No. 14 (for a week in November and again three weeks ago).

The band zooms with a 390 percent increase, with album sales marking 74 percent of its Artist 100 points total. Not only does Smoke + Mirrors start at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 172,000 copies sold, but the group's 2012 breakthroughNight Visions also blasts 68-24 with a 52 percent increase to 10,000.

On the Hot 100, the new album's lead single, "I Bet My Life," reaches the top 40, charging 54-28.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Taylor Swift descends 2-3, Ed Sheeran dips 3-4 and Maroon 5 holds at No. 5.

 

 

After Madonna's tumble during her Brit Awards peformance of "Living for Love" -- where she was yanked backward down a stairwell due to a cape that refused to detach -- the diva headed to Instagram to let fans know she was all right. "My beautiful cape was tied too tight!" she wrote on Instagram. "But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine!"

 

Scarlett Johansson defended John Travolta on Thursday (Feb. 26), calling the actor "a class act" and denouncing the image of the two on the Academy Awardsred carpet as "an unfortunate still-frame" that doesn't reflect a "totally sweet and totally welcome" encounter.

In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press, Johansson said "there is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta." Travolta greeted Johansson at Sunday's Oscars with a kiss and his arm around her waist. The photo has since been turned into an Internet meme, adding to an impression furthered by Travolta's touching of Idina Menzel's face while presenting at the Los Angeles ceremony.

"The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome," said Johansson. "That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live. Yet another way we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle. I haven't seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him."

Johansson and Travolta co-starred in the 2004 drama A Love Song for Bobby Long.

 

 

Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams are working together, according to a tweet Elliott posted

The seminal rapper shouted out her and Williams' home state Virginia, with the "two up, two down" hand sign call, saying they're "hard at work."

The two shared the stage recently at the 2014 BET Awards when Pharrell surprised the crowd, bringing out Elliott to perform "Pass That Dutch" during his opening set.

It was reported earlier this month that Elliott has been in the studio with longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland, working on new music. 

 

 

Zedd has his bladder to thank for this one.

The EDM producer spoke to AMP Radio's morning program in Los Angeles with host Booker to talk his brand new single, "I Want You To Know," featuring Selena Gomez, and during their chat, the 25-year-old recalled the moment he met the brunette beauty.

And it's a pretty funny story.

"I had the day off and I decided to go buy stuff for my house because I just moved… and I had to pee and I had my engineer with me so I was like, ‘I hope they have a bathroom there.' He was like, just go to the studio over there," Zedd began to explain.

"So I walk in and John, the head of our label, who had just signed Selena, was there…he was like, have you ever met Selena?  So he introduced me to her, and was like hey, she's cool, maybe we should make a song together. And then like a week later, we start working on a song together."

Not only that, but the duo ended up spending quite a bit of time together, and even started sparking some romance rumors.

The pair just recently released the highly anticipated track, and Zedd told Booker there's more to look forward to—meaning, the music video, of course.

"Yes, I will be in the video actually… and it will come out very soon," he replied.  Zedd also mentioned that the video has been shot already, and that "there for sure is a plot, but we can't tell you about that. We want it to be a surprise."

Oh, the suspense!

 

 

Kanye West is showing an entirely new side of himself today—or at least, a side the public may not have known existed.

The outspoken rapper exhibited a softer side during his emotional BBC Radio 1 interview with host Zane Lowe, where he actually broke down into tears when discussing one of his mentors, late fashion professor Louise Wilson.

But that wasn't the end of it. Yeezy also touched on the infamous outburst following the Grammys where he slammed Beck for winning Album of the Year, explaining that he misconstrued what happened with the musician.

He expressed his opinion and takes the weight but says maybe he was wrong. "The Grammy's sell commercial time. It's a ridiculous proposition what they try to get away with. They aren't the pinnacle, they are the assistant. Us as artists are the pinnacle. I hadn't been in a few years. The Grammys are like an ex-girlfriend, the minute you get in the car with them you want to go straight back home "

And to make sure the world knew he was sorry, he took it Twitter...

“I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.”

Yep, there it is in writing. Kanye is sorry, Beck.

'Ye also apologized to Bruno Mars, which may come as a surprise to some because there wasn't any news that the two were beefin', but there was that one time...

During his Bonnaroo Music Festival appearance, Kanye mouthed off about the "Uptown Funk" crooner, telling the crowd, "What's the new sh-t out? What's the new sh-t out with the most commercials at the Super Bowl? Let's just stop the music and play a Bruno Mars song right now, how about that? They told me I would never play at the Super Bowl. They told me I could never play at the Super Bowl. Not until I'm super old. Not until I'm super old … They told me I would never play at the Super Bowl. They told me I would never play at the Super Bowl, at least not until I'm super old. So I think it's time—hold up, f—k that toast."

Well, he's sorry. And he even wants Mars to work with him!

“I also want to publicly apologize to Bruno Mars, I used to hate on him but I really respect what he does as an artist.”

 

Nothing says thank-you like a booty shot, right?

Kim Kardashian reached a social media milestone today when she hit 27 million followers on Instagram, and lucky for her followers, she just so happened to have a racy photo of herself wearing some sort of leopard thong monokini-type of contraption ready to share for when the exciting accomplishment occurred.

So, of course, she posted the sexy, booty-baring selfie with a nice little message to show her gratitude. She wrote, "27 mil on Instagram!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!!"

At first, you may assume that Kim stripped down and took the picture to celebrate the big news (because that's not a far-fetched thought), but that's where we come in to do all of the detective work.

What's the one big difference in this photo from her other recent photos? (Yes, that means you have to take your eyes off of her butt to notice...)

Yep! Her hair! The 34-year-old recently chopped off all of her dark locks, and in this picture, she still has long tresses. It's OK, don't feel bad if you didn't get it. That's what we're here for.

Of course, there's the possibility that those are extensions and this really is a new photograph, but it's also Thursday, so it's probably a throwback picture without the hashtag because she was so excited about having 27 million followers.

Anyway, chances are you wanna go back to looking at the picture now, so enjoy!

 

 

Earlier this month, Ellen DeGeneres pulled a hilarious prank on Matt Lauerthanks to her clever editing team—making it appear as if the Today show host was wearing a Fifty Shades of Grey S&M style ensemble while interviewing the film's stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan

And not only did the joke produce a whole lotta laughs, but it also caused some problems for the 57-year-old television anchor, leading him to scold his prankster pal during his appearance on Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show

"I have not yet decided if we are on speaking terms," the veteran journalist said as he took a seat. "Thank you for helping me make so many new friends, Ellen." 

DeGeneres then proceeded to show the audience the "doctored" clip, which she insists they only edited "just a little bit," leading to an eruption of laughter. 

"I have never been so popular with certain fringe groups in our society. I've made a lot of new friends, so thank you very much," Lauer said. "So to the people like @RoughandReady and @IveBeenaVeryBadGirl, I just want to say, thank you very much for your kind tweets." 

We can only imagine the messages he received...

"I understand, because I watched you talk about it on the show, that there were people who actually believed that that was what you wore," DeGeneres said. 

"I landed at LAX a couple of days ago, and my driver got in the car and said, 'I just have to know, was it Ellen's idea or your idea?'" he admitted. "And I said 'Oh, you mean the Fifty Shades thing?...It was pure Ellen's idea'" 

 

 

Oh no, say it ain't so!

Lupita Nyong'o's 2015 Oscar gown—You know, the custom Calvin Klein Collection dress made of over 6,000 pearls that she just wore on Sunday—has been stolen from her room at The London Hotel in West Hollywood.

E! News has confirmed that police received a call at 11:23 p.m. on Wednesday night claiming that the 12 Years a Slave actress' dress valued at $150,000 had been taken. We've been told detectives from the LAPD are currently investigating the theft by reviewing security surveillance video and interviewing staff and other witnesses in order to catch the burglar. 

After the shocking news came out this morning, The London Hotel released this statement to E! News: "This is a terribly unfortunate situation, and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation."

The dress took months to create and was designed by Francisco Costa in collaboration with Nyong'o.

"[We created] a series of textures with intricate placements of a variety of different-sized pearls," Costa told Vogue. "We looked at a variety of different pearls—South Sea, iridescent, and natural—and decided that the natural pearls looked the most beautiful."

Let's hope Lupita and her dress are reunited soon.  

 

 

The film Crossroads will always have a special place in our heart for many reasons, and if it was up to us, then Britney SpearsTaryn Manning and Zoe Saldana would all be filming the sequel, like, now. 

So when Manning stopped by the E! News studio on Wednesday to debut the music video for her latest single "All the Way," we had to ask the 36-year-old Orange Is the New Black star whether she would ever reteam with her Crossroads co-stars—and her response was better than we could have ever expected! 

"I would do Crossroads 2," the blond beauty, who looked adorable in bright yellow sweater, revealed to E! News before adding, "And a Hustle and Flow 2. And an 8 Mile 2." 

Best. News. Ever. 

In addition to admitting she's totally game to take part in a number of sequels, the actress also gushed over her former co-stars and had wonderful things to say about Zoe's look at the Oscars. 

"She was stunning. I've known her since Crossroads, which was a long time ago," she said with a smile of her former co-star, whom she tweeted at on the night of the Academy Awards to tell her she looked beautiful. "We were really good friends—we are—but I haven't seen her in so long and I was just like, 'Wow,' she nailed it." 

Too sweet! Press play for more scoop on the longtime pals!

 

 

- The NY Post claims the Kardashians have signed a four-year, $100 million deal with E! to continue doing their reality show as well as spinoffs. Bruce Jenner is not apart of the deal.

 

Hollywoodlife.com, citing OK! magazine, claims Cameron Diaz, is pregnant. A source tells the site: “She’s been gaining weight, which she knows is just part of expecting a child, but she feels she’s packing on pounds pretty quickly, especially considering how in shape she is. She was googling ‘weight gain in the first trimester’ and read that women having multiples gain earlier than those who are only having one child. She’s also been suffering quite badly from morning sickness, and that’s another sign she could be having more than one. It all started to come together.”

 

X17 and The Star claim Bruce Jenner recently dressed as a woman for a family event. A source tells the sites: "He wore a simple dark blue dress with heels, pearl earrings, and a jacket. He's not sure if the hormone treatments will change how he feels about men. But right now he says that he still likes women. He's always loved the ladies. He longs to be feminine and pretty - and also to feel the touch of another woman.''

 

  • Sunday, March 29th, is the final episode of the 5th season of "The Walking Dead" and it'll be super-sized -- 90-minutes long.

 

 

  • Apple took out 12 pages of the latest issue of Vogue to showcase its new watch.

 

  • Buckingham Palace is currently conducting interviews for the Queen's new chauffeur, if you're interested.

 

 

  • Condom sales are surging in South Korea now that they've legalized adultery.

 

Paula Deen's Comeback Continues! Celebrity Chef Launching New Radio Show and Podcast. Are you ready to get a daily dose of Paula Deen? The celebrity chef is ready to take over the airwaves with a brand-new radio show and weekly podcast about all things cooking! "I had my first day in the studio yesterday and we had so much fun!" the former Food Network host revealed to People. "I cannot wait to bring my vignettes and podcast to listeners around America. I have a ton of fun tips up my sleeve to make their life a little easier." And we can totally count on some butter-filled recipes, right y'all?! Scheduled to debut May 1, the podcasts will be targeted toward country and news-talk stations. Meanwhile, her daily project titled Get Cooking with Paula Deen will feature tips to help fans both in the kitchen and at life. But fair warning, the segments will only be about one-minute long each day. Finally, her live 30-minute weekly show What's Cooking with Paula Deen will continue and include her creative director Brandon Branch. Deen's latest venture with Compass Media Networks comes after the 68-year-old launched her own digital network in September 2014. The interactive digital site was one of her biggest steps back into the spotlight after her 2013 scandal. "I have to say it's the hardest thing that I've ever been through in my life," Deen explained to Meredith Vieira. "When people ask me, 'Paula how does one get through things like that?' I tell you it was the four F's: My family, my friends, my faith, my fans." She added, "My fans saved my life... They would not even consider me just going away." (Eonline)

 

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