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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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Justin Timberlake cries when little boy gives him a birthday present onstage

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Justin Timberlake is going all soft now that wife Jessica Biel is expecting their first child, because he started crying on stage when a 10-year-old fan gave him a birthday gift. The mini fan has apparently loved Justin since he was 2 and he had the chance to present his gift – a bow tie – during Justin’s show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the 14th.

Here’s the video, which is actually really adorable!

Ah, kids. Cute when they’re someone else’s, aren’t they?

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Beyoncé really loves herself, eh?

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Look, no one is denying that Beyoncé is the Queen of Pop. No one can come close to touching what she’s doing right now and she’s brilliant at it. I love her and I will bop her jams from here ’til forever. That being said, don’t you just feel so damn EXHAUSTED about her sometimes? Like, it’s too much, Beyoncé. It’s too much. We know you’re brilliant and we celebrate you for it… but not nearly as much as you seem to want to celebrate yourself.

On that note, Bey has released a retrospective video for the new (re-)release of her self-titled album. In the video, she talks about the woes of being famous and how as a celebrity, no one views you as a human and more boo hoo shit like that. She also claims that no one knows who she is, not even herself, and talks about her mom, her craft, etc. It’s interesting, sure, but I just feel like I need a nap to recuperate after this.

I’m so torn! I love her and this is so well done, but it’s also just so over-the-top like everything else she does most of the time. MY BRAIN IS MELTING. Especially since she spends so much time talking about how amazing our bodies are and how we’re not proud enough of ourselves. Is that why you’re hitting that Photoshop so hard, girl?

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Fifth Harmony cover ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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Maybe you’ve heard of Fifth Harmony, maybe you haven’t. They won the US version of The X Factor before it was canceled and released a single called ‘Boss’ earlier this year that was actually pretty good if you ignore the idiotic lyrics (“Boss/Michelle Obama/Purse so heavy/Gettin’ Oprah dollars”). Now they’re covering one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time: Mariah Carey‘s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’:

I want to like this version, I really do. I want to not want to be constantly distracted by Camila’s awkwardness (the one that looks like a bird). I want these girls to do well because America is not into girl bands and I do think they’re talented… but yeah, I dunno. This one doesn’t work for me.

Though it is arguably better than what happened at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting this week…

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Mariah Carey better start wishing for more at Christmas

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I grew up absolutely idolizing Mariah Carey. I had every single album on cassette, I knew every word to ever song, I loved her. She was an amazing singer and there was no one else like her. Then she divorced Tommy Mottola and started exploring more than straight pop. I was on board! ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘We Belong Together’ are two of the most amazing songs ever.

However, they still don’t compare to her earlier work – especially ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Everyone knows and loves that song. Seriously, everyone in the world, even if they hate Christmas or don’t celebrate Christmas or whatever. The song is an earworm and it’s amazing. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Mariah’s live performance of the beloved track on the televised lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center.

I won’t spoil you too much, but she basically missed every single high note, was all over the place pitch-wise and it was just a hot mess. It wasn’t her worst live performance by far, but oh man, it wasn’t good. Here ya go:

There was also apparently a lot of drama surrounding this performance because Mariah was actually due to pre-tape her performance but turned up three hours late since she was on the phone to her divorce attorney for a long ass time, so network execs sent her home and she eventually decided to wing it and do it live. Props for that, but I can see why they wanted to pre-tape…

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