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Jimmy Kimmel unveils Mean Tweets – Music Edition #2 (and it’s hilarious)

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One of the best “bits” Jimmy Kimmel has ever come up with has got to be the Mean Tweets videos, right? There’s nothing like sitting some celebrities down and having them read the rude and ridiculous shit people say about them on Twitter to really brighten up your day. The ones about musicians tend to be particularly hilarious, and now we have a whole new crop of artists to laugh at.

This one includes Jessie J, Katy Perry, Haim, Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban, Ariana Grande and more – and it’s a good one.

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Elton John making $500k per show in Las Vegas

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Elton John may be long past the prime of his career, but he’s also a living legend, so obviously he’s getting paid the big bucks to perform in concert. How many “big bucks”, exactly? $500,000 per show to perform in Las Vegas at The Colosseum, far outdoing Britney Spears‘ run at Planet Hollywood.

From TMZ:

Elton’s definitely in the driver’s seat. According to his deal he gets 88% of the door for every show. He also has a sign off on ticket prices, which range from $55 to $1,000 for VIP seats.

Captain Fantastic is putting Britney’s $475K take a show to shame, because he’s doing it with fewer seats — The Colosseum only seats 4,296 while Britney’s show at Planet Hollywood has 4,600.

The show began Friday and runs through April 14.

Isn’t it crazy how easy it is for rich people to get even richer? $500k! For ONE SHOW that runs about 2 hours! That’s like, a decade of work for normal people!

Sigh. Maybe he’ll write me a check if I ask nicely?

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TGIF Track of the Day

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There’s nothing that can change my mood more than music, and when it comes to the end of the day on Friday, who doesn’t want a little chill time? That’s why today, we’re starting a new feature here on EB: the TGIF Track of the Day. Today’s mood, being chill and all, requires a very chill song to get us there… and I think I’ve got the perfect one.

Below, check out the wonderfully brilliant Jessie Ware in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, covering Labrinth’s ‘Jealous’, mixing in some Chaka Khan and basically being really incredible. Have a great weekend!

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Kelly Clarkson releases new single ‘Heartbeat Song’

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Kelly Clarkson has been out of the spotlight for a while – she’s been busy hanging out with her baby and yes, preparing for her comeback. The first step of that comeback is to release a new single, which she’s done with ‘Heartbeat Song’.

On first listen, I must admit, this is fucking awful. However, Kelly has been known to make some jams in her day (looking at you forever, ‘Since U Been Gone’) so maybe there are better things to come, or maybe this one’s a grower or something.

What do you think? Are you excited for a Kelly Clarkson comeback?

Also, here’s the adorable teaser she put up for the song a few days ago, before the full track was out:


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Sophia Grace has a new single called ‘Best Friends’ and it’s terrifying

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You’ll remember Sophia Grace Brownlee and her cousin Rosie, right? They got super famous on YouTube and then Ellen DeGeneres made them major stars in the US. Such big stars, in fact, that Sophia Grace seems to have secured a record deal and, at the tender age of 11, has released her first REAL single – a song called ‘Best Friends’ – and an accompanying video that’s downright horrifying:

Of course, you’ll probably remember that she already released a song called ‘Girls Just Gotta Have Fun’ back in 2013, but from all the buzz I’m seeing about this one, people seem to think she’s going to be a major star. Those rap skills, tho!

My biggest question is WHERE IS ROSIE because hello, they came as a team! I don’t care that Rosie never said anything and she was super shy. That was part of the charm. Sophia Grace is 11 now and the cutesy princess dresses and kindergarten cheese is getting a little old, but I also love that little girls have shit like this – shit that’s actually innocent, fun, playful and age-appropriate – to listen to, so I guess I’m with it. But I’m still terrified by it.

What do you think?

Is Sophia Grace going to be a major star?
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Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney – ‘Only One’

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Even though Kanye West is a bit unstable, you have to admit the guy has some pretty impressive chops when it comes to music (or maybe you don’t have to admit it – whatever, it’s a free country). I’ve been on board for pretty much everything the guy has done, musically speaking – 808s and Heartbreaks is still one of the best, most underrated albums – but I don’t know if I can get on board with this.

Basically, Kanye wrote ‘Only One’ since he felt like it was his late mother’s way of speaking through him to his daughter, North West. The song is… not great, and some of the vocal effects are so distracting that it’s hard to get at that deep meaning, but I suppose it is there. I don’t know why Paul McCartney is involved with this, either, but he’s a bit messy himself these days, so… yeah.

Half the song is Kanye singing ‘Tell Nori about me’ over and over again, there’s a little Wurlitzer interlude, etc. It’s a bit too all over the place for me, this one. What do you guys think? And Happy New Year, by the way!

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Madonna “living in a state of terror” over album leak

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Sometimes you just can’t with Madonna, right? Like, total legend, will be bumpin’ The Immaculate Collection until the day I die, etc, but like… really? Some of the shit that comes out of her mouth is so surprisingly ignorant – especially coming from someone who’s made it a point to be so socially conscious in every area throughout her career (and yes, purposely provocative, as well). That’s why people went nutterbees when she started comparing having her album leaked to being raped and calling the hackers terrorists and shit – there is not really comparing an artist having your album ending up online before its release date to, you know, actual rape and acts of terror.

She tried to explain herself a bit better in a new interview with The Guardian this week, but it didn’t go over all that well:

“Obviously there is a person, or a group of people behind this that were essentially terrorising me. I don’t want to sound alarming, but certainly that’s how I felt. It’s one thing if someone comes into your house and steals a painting off your wall: that’s also a violation, but, your work, as an artist, that’s devastating.

“I’m an artistic person, I’m very expressive. I’m sorry if words alarm people, but that’s what it felt like. It was not a consensual agreement. I did not say ‘hey, here’s my music, and it’s finished.’ It was theft.”

Yes, it was theft. That’s all it was. Not rape, not terrorist activity, just theft. And that’s serious in and of itself, but let’s not get shit confused.

Madge also has some thoughts on the Illuminati – to the point that she actually has a track called ‘Illuminati’, all about it. Let us be enlightened by Madonna’s high spiritual lessons:

“There’s a lot of talk in pop music right now about people saying, ‘Oh, this person’s a member of the Illuminati,’ or they’re Illuminati, or you’re Illuminati, and people’s idea that there’s a group of entertainers or very wealthy people, they’re referred to as the Illuminati, and they work behind the scenes and they control things and they’re very powerful, and there’s possibly a reference to something dark, or black magic, or something like that. And I have to say I laugh at all of those things.

“I think there are some people who don’t mind being referred to as that, but I know who the real Illuminati are, and where that word came from. The root of the word is “illuminate”, and that means “The enlightened ones”, and it came from the Age of Enlightenment, when a lot of arts and creativity flourished, from Shakespeare to Isaac Newton, to Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo: the philosophers, artists, scientists were all engaged in a kind of high level of consciousness through their work, and they were enlightening and inspiring people around the world. And those are the true Illuminati. So the purpose for writing that song was really in a way, ‘So, if you think I’m the Illuminati, then thank you very much, a compliment, because I would like very much to be part of that group, the real Illuminati, and this is what it’s not’”.

LOL, okay, girl. I’m just going to let you rock with that one because there’s no talking logic with someone who feels the need to turn crazy people conspiracy theories on the internet into real life drama is beyond help. By the way, the album – from what I’ve listened to so far, is embarrassing as hell. Please have a listen to ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna’ (yes, real song title) and try to tell me I’m wrong.

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