Mariah Carey regrets getting bold bangs in the 1990s

Mariah Carey wishes she had chosen a different hairstyle for her first Christmas concert.The superstar released her debut holiday album Merry Christmas in October 1994, with the record featuring versions of festive classics as well as her hit original …

Mariah Carey wishes she had chosen a different hairstyle for her first Christmas concert.

The superstar released her debut holiday album Merry Christmas in October 1994, with the record featuring versions of festive classics as well as her hit original track, All I Want for Christmas Is You. To promote the album, Mariah held a show at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, but while the gig remains a favourite among fans, she has now shared that she wishes she had selected a different hairstyle for the night.

“Somebody tweeted (my performance of Joy to the World) the other day (and wrote), ‘Love this. Bet she hates the hair, though,'” she said in an interview with Billboard.

Accordingly, Mariah noted that the Twitter fan was correct, as she wasn’t particularly sure why she chose to have tightly curled ringlets, a high ponytail, and dramatic bangs.

“Even then it wasn’t good,” the star laughed. “It should’ve just been regular curls without the ponytail and the blown-out bangs. But we all go through these things, and I digress.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Mariah opened up about the success of All I Want for Christmas Is You, which hit the top of the U.S. singles chart 25 years after its release earlier this week. The record-breaking track had previously reached a chart high in December 2017, when it rose to number three.

To celebrate, she released a new music video for the song featuring unreleased footage.

But in spite of her status as a Christmas fanatic, Mariah is adamant she never tires of hearing carols and holiday tunes.

“(I like) at least a week of Christmas music and Christmas movies and activities only. When we’re relaxing, no one’s allowed to listen to anything but Christmas music until 1 January,” she insisted.

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Idina Menzel: ‘Frozen II is better than the first film’

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves …

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.

The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves the original, famous for the song Let It Go, she prefers the plot of the second and the sequel’s biggest tune Into the Unknown.

“I would just go on the record saying I think that this film is better than the first. I do, I love it, you know? I just, I love it. I love Let It Go, obviously; it’s one of the great gifts of my life to have this song and this character in my life and what it represents and how it’s allowed me to connect with audiences all over the world. It’s changed my life,” the 48-year-old commented. “But I actually really enjoy – except for the really high note that’s going to give me problems on a day where I have a cold – I’ve loved singing Into the Unknown. It makes me wanna cry, it gives me goosebumps when I listen to the underscore of it, the rolling bassline and the rhythm and everything. I just love it.”

As for the inspiration for the film’s songs, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Idina added that she’s always been a big fan of the couple because they put the story first.

“It wasn’t about trying to write another big hooky melody,” she explained. “They wanted to make sure that this furthered the story properly and that they deepened and enriched these characters and helped them evolve into the young women that they are. So, they always come from story first, which is why I think then that they are so successful.”

Frozen II, also featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alfred Molina, is in cinemas now.

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Gwen Stefani defends Harajuku Girls era in face of cultural appropriation claims

Gwen Stefani has defended her Harajuku Girls era against claims of cultural appropriation.The singer embraced the unique fashion style, which is a fusion of the country’s sub-cultures, and also invited a troupe of dancers, known as The Harajuku Girls, …

Gwen Stefani has defended her Harajuku Girls era against claims of cultural appropriation.

The singer embraced the unique fashion style, which is a fusion of the country’s sub-cultures, and also invited a troupe of dancers, known as The Harajuku Girls, to work with her in the mid-2000s.

Gwen came under fire for using the dancers and singing about the culture in her solo track back in 2004, but the 50-year-old has now revealed that she has no regrets and didn’t think it would be offensive.

“When it first came out, I think people understood that it was an artistic and literal bow down to a culture that I was a superfan of,” she told Billboard. “So, it was my fantasy. When the Harajuku Girls came out, it was like, you’re not even real, you’re a dream. It wasn’t like, ‘You’re not real because you’re Asian.’ Are you kidding me? That would be horrifying!”

The former No Doubt frontwoman went on to explain that she even called the four dancers Love, Angel, Music and Baby, which was the title of her debut solo album.

“When people asked me about it during radio interviews, I told them this was all a concept and we were having fun. By the way, the girls were cast to be dancers – that’s all. We went to Nobu in London and we talked about the concept of the record and I showed them my style bible,” Stefani added.

Additionally, the Cool hitmaker said she used the Harajuku style because she was in awe of it after visiting Japan when she was in her early twenties.

“When you’re from Anaheim (California) and never travelled outside of your city until you’re 21 years old, it was really crazy to go to Japan,” she added. “When I got there and saw how fashion-obsessed they were, I thought they were my people, because my style was so unique.”

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Paul McCartney impressed by Yesterday film

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to sudd…

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.

The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Now, McCartney has told Billboard that he lied to writer Richard Curtis when he first suggested the idea for the film, and told him he loved it, while secretly thinking to himself it was “terrible”.

“I couldn’t tell him, so I said, ‘Well, that sounds interesting – good luck,'” he recalled. “I didn’t think anything more of it.”

Then the singer heard Boyle had signed on to direct, and he started to think the film might have legs. He stated: “I thought, ‘They must think they can pull it off.'”

McCartney was in New York with his wife Nancy Shevell over the summer when the film was released and decided to check it out.

“We said, ‘Let’s go, you and me, on a date to the cinema,” the 77-year-old told the publication. “We got two tickets and walked in when the cinema went dark. Only a couple of people saw us. We were in the back row, giggling away, especially at all the mentions of ‘Paul McCartney’… We loved it.”

Boyle previously revealed that he wrote letters to McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono – the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he said in a chat with Billboard.

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JAY-Z’s deposition in perfume legal spat will be videotaped

JAY-Z has lost his battle to keep his deposition in his legal stand-off with the bosses of a perfume company completely under wraps.Fearing a leak, the rap mogul’s lawyers suggested the deposition – scheduled for Friday at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation offices in…

JAY-Z has lost his battle to keep his deposition in his legal stand-off with the bosses of a perfume company completely under wraps.

Fearing a leak, the rap mogul’s lawyers suggested the deposition – scheduled for Friday at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation offices in New York – should not be videotaped, but a New York State judge has ruled the interview will be recorded.

As a compromise, Judge Andrew Borrok has determined the master tape of the recording will be destroyed and all copies watermarked, according to court documents obtained by Billboard.

The rapper has been accused of breaching a contract with bosses at Parlux, who claim he failed to promote Gold Jay Z, a men’s fragrance he launched with them in 2016.

JAY-Z’s deposition was scheduled to take place at the end of August, but it was cancelled after his legal team learned that it would be filmed.

They have since argued their client’s brand and reputation could be damaged if the legal interview was leaked, and urged the judge to veto plans to tape the deposition.

Judge Borrok has denied the request, while ruling JAY-Z’s lawyers must pay for the legal fees incurred for the original, cancelled deposition in August.

Parlux bosses are seeking the return of advances and royalties paid to JAY-Z and at least $18 million (£14.6 million) in punitive damages.

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Drake commemorates beating The Beatles’ record with new tattoo 

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo. Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top…

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo.

Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, with seven tracks from his 2018 album Scorpion.

In October, Drake secured 12 tracks on the Hot 100’s Top 10 in a calendar year, surpassing The Beatles’ record of 11, and this June, he passed the Fab Four to claim the second-most Hot 100 Top 10s ever, following Madonna.

The Canadian star has already marked the record-breaking feat in his music, and it appears he has now also celebrated the achievement in a more permanent way.

New pictures posted of Drake on social media showed him with new body art on his left forearm, and the rapper’s official fan account @WordOnRd shared images with the caption, “Drake has a tattoo of himself in front of The Beatles on his arm.”

The black and white tattoo is inspired by the band’s famous 1969 Abbey Road album cover, which shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr walking in a line at a pedestrian crossing. In the tattoo, Drake has been added as a fifth figure, who is seen standing in front of The Beatles and waving at them.

The tattoo had a mixed response on social media, with some Drake fans finding the new ink funny, and others commenting, “I love Drake but that’s so tacky and cocky lmfao (laughing my f**king a*s off) it’s not that deep,” and “Drake tats are like a college students laptop with stickers all over (sic).”

Drake had previously celebrated beating The Beatles’ record in his rap on Meek Mill’s track Going Bad, which featured the lyrics: “I got more slaps than The Beatles.”

His other tattoos include homages to Aaliyah, Sade, Lil Wayne, and Denzel Washington.

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Taylor Swift continues with pastel streak at 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift has continued with her pastel streak by wearing a lilac dress to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.Almost a week after dropping her new single ME!, the singer made a splash on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wedn…

Taylor Swift has continued with her pastel streak by wearing a lilac dress to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Almost a week after dropping her new single ME!, the singer made a splash on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday night (01May19) when she stepped out in a light purple skater-style minidress from Raisa & Vanessa.

Taylor accessorised with matching high heels from Casadei, and a star-studded ear cuff, while her make-up artist Lorrie Turk completed the look by giving her a sweep of lavender-coloured eyeshadow on her lids and slick of rose-pink lipstick.

With her upcoming seventh studio album, Taylor has recently adopted a new pastel-shaded aesthetic, having been spotted out and about in New York City with pink dip-dyed hair and floral-printed dresses, while she also helped to design the peach and yellow-coloured J. Mendel gown that she wore to the recent Time 100 Gala.

In addition, the superstar has been curating her Instagram page to reflect her new theme, with the account now featuring close-up images of pink sequin fabric, a light blue bicycle, heart-shaped jewellery, pastel tiles, and pink and yellow handbags.

Other celebrities to make sartorial statements at the Billboard Music Awards included Cardi B, who rocked a canary yellow skirt and top from Moschino, and Diplo, who opted for a purple and gold cowboy-inspired suit.

Ciara wowed in a black dress with flowing train from Stephane Rolland, actress Olivia Wilde dazzled in a gold Ralph Lauren number, and Jennifer Hudson opted for a brown Area Suit with crystal detailing, which she matched with Stuart Weitzman shoes and The Residency earrings.

Sophie Turner, who wed fiance Joe Jonas following the ceremony, sported head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, while her sister-in-law Priyanka Chopra looked stunning in a white Zuhair Murad Couture ensemble.

Elsewhere, Halsey turned heads in a blue satin and black lace dress, which she matched with dramatic make-up and purple lipstick, and rapper Yung Miami rocked a neon green tulle dress from Oyemwen and bright yellow Christian Louboutin pumps.

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BTS join forces with Hot Topic for new apparel line

Pop superstars BTS are unveiling a new clothing collection with Hot Topic, which celebrates each group member’s personality. The K-Pop stars have joined forces with the edgy fashion brand for a new 13-piece line, which includes bright T-shirts and swe…

Pop superstars BTS are unveiling a new clothing collection with Hot Topic, which celebrates each group member’s personality.

The K-Pop stars have joined forces with the edgy fashion brand for a new 13-piece line, which includes bright T-shirts and sweatshirts, a follow-up to the first installment of the collaboration, which hit stores in April (18) and offered headbands, key chains, and sleep masks.

The new pieces feature images of cartoon characters known as BT21, which were initially inspired and developed by the seven bandmembers. The group’s space robot Van, which signifies its ‘Army’ of fans, also appears in the graphics.

The emoji characters grew popular with devotees through the messenger app Line Friends, leading to their use in BTS’ latest fashion project.

“Even though the characters might look cute, we will develop (the line) into more styles that relate the characters to hip-hop and street fashion,” Sehoon Chang, the CEO of Line Friends America, told Billboard last year (17). “It’ll be like a walking billboard that’s great for the (BT21) brand, and from the consumer’s point of view it will be a show of identity. Engaging with the fans is really important.”

The K-pop sensations have been making their mark on the fashion world as of late, with a collaboration with Converse also announced earlier this year (18).

Released in July (18), the Converse shoeline also drew from the BT21 characters and offered three styles of the Chuck Taylor All Stars design.

“As BT21 has captivated millennials around the globe, Converse introduces an offering that goes beyond simple endorsement,” a statement from the brand’s representatives read.

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Jason Derulo to make movie debut in Cats

Jason Derulo has completed the main cast for director Tom Hooper’s Cats adaptation after signing up to play Rum Tum Tugger in the movie musical. The singer will make his movie debut opposite Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Dame Judi Dench, …

Jason Derulo has completed the main cast for director Tom Hooper’s Cats adaptation after signing up to play Rum Tum Tugger in the movie musical.

The singer will make his movie debut opposite Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Ian McKellen in the project, which starts shooting next month (Dec18), according to Billboard.

Rebel Wilson also recently joined the cast – as lazy puss Jennyanydots.

The film will be a faithful adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, which was inspired by poet T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Hudson is playing Grizabella, Elba will tackle Macavity and McKellen is Gus the Theatre Cat.

Meanwhile, Dame Judi will play a female Deuteronomy in the movie version after originally booking the role of Grizabella in the original West End production in 1981.

An injury forced her to pass on the role and withdraw from the show, leaving Elaine Paige to take the part and become synonymous with the production.

Dench’s new role has traditionally been played by men – Brian Blessed originated Old Deuteronomy in the London musical and the part has also been played on stage by Ken Page, Jeff Leyton, and Quentin Earl Darrington.

Lloyd Webber previously revealed Taylor Swift had signed on in July, explaining she will play either flirty Bombalurina or the skittish Demeter.

Lloyd Webber has penned a new song for the film and will serve as an executive producer.

Hooper’s Cats will hit cinemas in December, 2019.

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Eminem teams with Rag & Bone on capsule collection

Eminem has collaborated with fashion brand Rag & Bone on a capsule collection.The Lose Yourself rapper has teamed with label creative director Marcus Wainwright on the range, which features three slogan T-shirts with words such as “Eminem” and “Kamikaz…

Eminem has collaborated with fashion brand Rag & Bone on a capsule collection.

The Lose Yourself rapper has teamed with label creative director Marcus Wainwright on the range, which features three slogan T-shirts with words such as “Eminem” and “Kamikaze”.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers III, has also created a version of his signature hoodie, known as The Icon Hoodie, which is available in three colours and feature references to his hometown of Detroit, such as the city’s area code and the anvil emblem.

“Highly original. Always authentic. @eminem (has) designed a limited-edition collection of iconic hoodies and tees that echoes his signature style,” a brand representative captioned a snap of the garments on the label’s Instagram page.

The line celebrates the end of Eminem’s Revival Tour, in support of his ninth studio album, Revival.

First pieces will be available on Friday (13Jul18) at a pop-up shop at The Sun & 13 Cantons pub in London before the hip-hop star’s shows at Twickenham Stadium on the weekend.

Prices will range from $95 (£72) to $250 (£190). And if fans miss out on the opportunity to shop in London, the collection will be available online starting on Saturday.

“Eminem is a legend, it’s as simple as that. We have spent years working to collaborate with true originals,” added Wainwright in a statement. “People who have forged their own path in life. For me, Eminem utterly personifies ‘original’. Working with him on this project was humbling, inspiring and generally awesome.”

To promote the collection, Rag & Bone has also created a launch video featuring Eminem in the clothes. The imagery was shot on an iPhone by cinematographer Darius Khondji.

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