(CNN)French Montana is clarifying some remarks he made about R. Kelly.The rapper spoke with TMZ over the weekend about the singer, who has come under scrutiny in the wake of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” The show outlines allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia against the Kelly.R. Kelly’s accusers and inner circle revisit shocking allegations in new docuseries
First Out: New Music From Elton John, Pvris, Ashnikko & More
Elton John, The Lockdown SessionsAfter becoming one of the world’s most iconic pop stars, Sir Elton John could have easily rested on his laurels. Instead, the 74-year-old icon decided too go about one of his more ambitious projects to date with a new album of collaborations, The Lockdown Sessions. Filled to the brim with his various partnerships…
Elton John, The Lockdown SessionsAfter becoming one of the world’s most iconic pop stars, Sir Elton John could have easily rested on his laurels. Instead, the 74-year-old icon decided too go about one of his more ambitious projects to date with a new album of collaborations, The Lockdown Sessions. Filled to the brim with his various partnerships over the last year, Lockdown features John dipping his toe in a little bit of everything, from pure pop nostalgia (“Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa & PNAU) to soul (“Finish Line” with Stevie Wonder) to hip-hop (“Always Love You” with Young Thug & Nicki Minaj ) to Americana (“Simple Things” with Brandi Carlile).Pvris, “My Way””Turn the days into nights/ Hit the switch in my mind/ I burn through phases of life/ No reset, no rewind.” There’s a confidence to frontwoman Lynn Gunn’s voice as she croons the lyrics to Pvris’s new single, “My Way.” Scintillating with the alt-rock energy that flowed through previous tracks like “Monster” and “No Mercy” but with a dash of added swagger, “My Way” finds Gunn taking her rightful place as the leader of her band, while a blown-out bass and some razor-sharp synths help her send the message home.Ashnikko, “Halloweenie IV: Innards”Ready to get scared? Ashnikko certainly is, as she continues in her own tradition of dropping a Halloween song the week before the holiday officially arrives. On the fourth iteration of her “Halloweenie” series (this year with the subtitle “Innards”), Ashnikko takes the melody of Edvard Grieg’s masterpiece “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” chops it, twists it up, and adds in some of her own lyrics to fit the spooky season. Rapping and singing about organs, human skin suits, ghosts, ghouls and spiders laying eggs in your brain, Ashnikko goes out of her way to paint a gory picture that will have you boogieing all through this spooky season.Cavetown, “Teenage Dirtbag (feat. Chloe Moriondo)”It’s been over 20 years since Wheatus released their hit debut single “Teenage Dirtbag” — but it’s still finding new audiences everywhere. That’s thanks in part to Cavetown, who teamed up with fellow alt-pop artist Chloe Moriondo to deliver a stripped-down, chilled-out cover of the track this week. Subbing in some drowsy synths in place of the original’s slamming guitars, this new version of “Teenage Dirtbag” portrays a softer, more mellow version of the single, as Cavetown and Moriondo beg you to come listen to some Iron Maiden with them.Joy Oladokun, “I Can’t Make You Love Me (feat. Jason Isbell)”What happens when a fast-rising singer-songwriter and a country superstar come together to cover a blues icon’s classic single? Magic, that’s what happens. For her new Spotify Sessions, Joy Oladkun tapped none other than Jason Isbell to assist her on her cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” The result is a groovy, modernized version of the track that sees Oladokun flexing her vocal prowess while Isbell shreds on the guitar, doing perfect justice to Raitt’s stunning single while still making it entirely their own.Alekxandr, “Sunflower””I only have eyes for you.” With six words, rising indie-pop singer Alekxandr draws you into his vision of romance and heartbreak. Backed up by a set of strings, some heart-pounding drums and a simple piano melody, Alekxandr lets his vocals shine through on “Sunflower” as he waxes poetic on the waning days of a relationship, wondering where things went wrong, and what he would do fix his mistakes. “I’m sending you all my love/ And my hand’s full of sunflowers,” he moans on the chilling chorus.
BTS’ ‘Permission to Dance’ Leads Inaugural Hot Trending Songs Charts, Powered by Twitter
The song also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July.BTS’ hit single “Permission to Dance” is already off to a quick start on Billboard’s charts, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts in July, and now is has more reason to celebrate:…
The song also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July.BTS’ hit single “Permission to Dance” is already off to a quick start on Billboard’s charts, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts in July, and now is has more reason to celebrate: it led the inaugural Hot Trending Songs charts, powered by Twitter and sponsored by Remy Martin, over the past 24 hours and seven days, as the charts went live at noon ET Friday (Oct. 22).Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs charts, powered by Twitter, track global music-related trends and conversations in real-time across Twitter, viewable over either the last 24 hours or past seven days. A weekly version of the chart—covering activity from Friday to Thursday of each week—will also post alongside Billboard’s other weekly charts on Billboard.com. The charts will highlight buzz around new releases, award shows, festival moments, music nostalgia and more. The chart is unique in that it tracks what songs people are talking about, not necessarily what they’re listening to.“Permission to Dance,” released on HYBE/BigHit Music/Columbia Records, led both rankings as the charts went live with 1.1 million Twitter mentions over the past seven days, and 231,000 mentions over the past 24 hours.
Celebrity Weddings of 2021: See Which Stars Tied the Knot
Even a pandemic can’t stop wedding bells from ringing. As the world slowly began to open back up in 2021 following the COVID-19 crisis, stars were eager to exchange vows. First came Alexander Ludwig and Lauren Dear, who announced they’d eloped in Utah following a one-month engagement on January 4. Next up, Jennifer Wayne and…
Even a pandemic can’t stop wedding bells from ringing. As the world slowly began to open back up in 2021 following the COVID-19 crisis, stars were eager to exchange vows.
First came Alexander Ludwig and Lauren Dear, who announced they’d eloped in Utah following a one-month engagement on January 4. Next up, Jennifer Wayne and Austin Moody wed on January 9 after a two-week engagement.
“I’m still in complete shock but I’m humbled and honored to introduce you to Mrs. Moody,” the bluegrass musician wrote via Instagram at the time. “Now more than ever, I am able to truly admire and appreciate everything she is. I’ve never met anyone so kind and generous to people she knows as well as complete strangers. Without even knowing it, she teaches me how to be a better person every day that I am with her. I can’t believe I got to marry my best friend … Jennifer, now I stand before the world a brand new man because of the love you’ve shown me. From this moment on you will never walk alone.”
Another 2021 trend? Secret weddings! Aubrey Plaza subtly revealed on May 7 that she and her longtime beau, Jeff Baena, tied the knot by referring to him as her “darling husband” in an Instagram post.
“Whoa!!!! Just took in the word husband and I am sending you both love and congratulations and blessings!!!!!❤️❤️❤️,” Mary Steenburgen wrote in a comment. “UM HUSBAND HOLD ON THERE,” a fan added.
Just over a week later, Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez got married in a secret ceremony.
“It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people,” Grande’s rep told Us Weekly on May 17. “The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”
Us confirmed the pair’s engagement five months earlier.
“Ariana is beyond excited. She has really enjoyed getting to know and falling in love with Dalton out of the spotlight, something she didn’t get to do in her past relationships,” an insider said in December 2020. “They are so in love and committed to spend the rest of their lives together.”
Other 2021 newlyweds included two Duggar brothers — Justin Duggar and Jed Duggar — who married Claire Spivey and Katey Nakatsu, respectively.
“We are overjoyed about adding another daughter-in-love to our family,” Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar wrote via Instagram to celebrate one of their son’s weddings. “Jed and Katey have enjoyed a quiet, low-key relationship that has allowed them to prepare for a beautiful life together. Congrats to this wonderful couple on their wedding day! We are excited to see how their story continues to unfold in the future.”
Scroll through the gallery to see the other lucky lovebirds who tied the knot in 2021: