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Billie Eilish Talks About Career in Variety’s Hitmaker Issue

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Billie Eilish has had a triumphant year thanks to the release of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and a slew of award show wins. Her rise to stardom has not only been sudden, but impactful, which is something she recently spoke about in Variety‘s Hitmaker of the Year issue. The 17-year-old singer — who was crowned as 2019’s hitmaker — admitted that she initially wasn’t ready to be catapulted into the limelight. “I was not prepared for it. I just liked music,” she said. “It was a really weird thing to be put on me when I was 15 years old.”

Her fast-growing appeal might have something to do with the subject matter of her music. Since her early teens, the “Bad Guy” songstress has touched on a handful of significant and often difficult topics such as mental health, failed romances, and low self-esteem.

“I didn’t realize that I was saying and touching on aspects in life that were deeper than the average song,” Billie continued. “I didn’t try to do that — I just did it. When I was starting out, one of the only things I heard was that the music was too dark, too sad, too depressing, that it wasn’t happy enough. There was this period where all I was hearing was, ‘Smile! Talk about how much you love yourself!’ — and I was literally at a time when I didn’t love myself. Now I can, but then, I was a little 14-year-old. I didn’t know anything about self-love or self-care. All I knew was the stuff that I knew, and a lot of it was bad and negative. That’s what I wanted to write about, and that’s why people relate to it. I mean, even The Beatles have songs that are just like, ‘I’m miserable!'”

It’s exactly that stick-to-it-iveness that kept Billie on a self-paved path and furnished her take-the-lead mentality. So it should come as no surprise that she enjoys being a leader. “I love it,” she said. “With my friend groups and things I did, I was always the one in charge, the alpha. I’ve always wanted to do my own sh*t, be my own person — not controlling people, but controlling what I’m doing.”

And apparently, Billie has inspired fans to embrace their own inner bosses, which she discovered this past Halloween when she saw people dressed as her. “I went trick-or-treating and I walked by many Billies,” she revealed to Variety. “It was very weird.”

Still, the young talent is getting used to the recognition and wants even more for herself. “I worked really hard for a long time, and I’ve gotten to where I don’t have to work as hard anymore,” she said. “I don’t even need to talk about how bad it was because I’m so happy in it now — it’s actually, like, great and I’ve been enjoying the sh*t out of it, and I just want it to get bigger.”

Read Variety‘s full interview to learn more about Billie’s journey into the spotlight, including her relationship with fans, how she handles criticism, and, of course, her unparalleled love for The Office.





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Nicki Minaj Returns To Music With New Collaboration With Meghan Trainor

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Despite announcing her retirement late last year to focus on being a newlywed and potentially starting a family, Nicki Minaj is officially making her return to music—and her devoted fans can thank pop star Meghan Trainor.

Nicki Minaj had her Barbz in a frenzy when she posted a snippet of a new song titled “Nice To Meet Ya” without providing any further context about what they could expect other than the release date of January 31st.

Well, a few hours later the mystery was officially revealed and its courtesy of Meghan Trainor, best known for her hit song “All About That Bass.” Meghan apparently couldn’t wait a few more days to reveal the news and instead took to social media to clarify.

Posting to her Twitter account, she wrote:

“The rumors are true #NiceToMeetYa featuring my QUEEN @NICKIMINAJ…out on Friday!”

Meghan’s album, “Treat Myself,” will also reportedly be dropping on the same day. This is likely some much-needed positive news surrounding Nicki Minaj, as multiple reports are circulating regarding her older brother, Jelani Maraj, who was recently being sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter.

As of right now, Nicki has not publicly commented on her brother’s sentencing and it’s not likely that she will, as she has been mostly private about it since his initial arrest and trial started.

We’re sure that Nicki’s devoted fans will make sure that her new collab gets a lot of love on both streaming services and radio.

 

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With Meghan and Harry Gone, These Royals May Be Stepping Up

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In the three weeks since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left the royal family, most of the remaining senior royals have gotten back to work. Prince Charles went to Israel, while Kate Middleton has visited a prison, a hospital, and primary schools. Prince William hosted a Buckingham Palace summit, while Princess Anne visited a community center. But last week Queen Elizabeth was forced to cancel an event because she was ill, demonstrating just how little wiggle room there is among the royal family with two major members off in North America.

Ultimately, there are many fewer working royals than there were last year, especially with Prince Andrew resigned from public life after a scandal erupted over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. According to data from last year’s Court Circular, Harry and Meghan went on 201 and 83 engagements respectively, while Andrew did 274. Combined, that’s about 16 percent of the 3,567 total events attended by the 19 working senior members of the royal family. You can think of the royal family as the world’s oldest Instagram museum: They’re in the business of providing experiences, though they do it to promote charities (and gin up tourism dollars for the U.K.)

Trying to figure out how the Firm will meet that demand has led to speculation with the air of a football draft across the tabloids. A headline in the Telegraph sums it up best: “In our fantasy ‘slimmed down’ royal family, who would make the cut?” So while their choice was Mike Tindall based on personality alone, other reports have emerged about who will actually be asked to step in.

On Sunday, royal sources told the Sun that Sophie, Countess of Wessex is already planning on increasing her workload. “Sophie’s a long-term favorite of the queen and has been singled out as a person the Palace would like to help ease the burden,” one source said, though a palace spokesman declined to comment on “speculation.” The Daily Mail claimed that the longevity of her marriage with Prince Edward, the queen’s youngest son, is part of the reason why the queen trusts her. She’s been a working royal since the pair wed in 1999, and she’s currently a patron of more than 70 charities. Sophie has already hit the ground running: This week she made an official two-day trip to Sierra Leone.

Two more well-known figures who might be asked to represent the queen are Andrew’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Though they have official titles, they have had jobs in the private sector for their entire adult lives. In a conversation with Hello, the Crown’s historical consultant Robert Lacey said it’s simply a matter of numbers. “If two go out, two have got to come in, and those two have got to be Beatrice and Eugenie. I’m sure they will step forward and be greatly welcomed,” he said. “It’s what the family needs, as it’s another 15 years before Prince George’s generation steps up. It’s ironic that Harry mentioned his cousins as models of how he wants to be.”

For years, Charles has been said to believe that the official royal family should be smaller, so it’s not entirely clear that more family members would be added in an official capacity. Besides, as the scandal over Andrew’s Epstein connection expanded into criticism of some of his business ties and his signature event Pitch@Palace, it proved that maybe royal engagements should be a question of quality and not quantity.

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— Meet Carole Ghosn, the wife ensnared in Carlos’s saga
— Emilia Clarke on life after Khaleesi
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Ty Segall’s Band Fuzz Announce Tour

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Ty Segall, Charles Moothart, and Chad Ubovich’s band Fuzz is back. The band have announced a North American tour that takes place in May and June. Find those dates below.

The band’s last album II came out in 2015. Segall recently announced a new band with Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale called Wasted Shirt; their album Fungus II is out February 28.

Fuzz:

05-27 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05-29 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
05-30 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
05-31 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theatre
06-02 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
06-03 Santa Cruz, CA – Felton Music Hall
06-05 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
06-06 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
06-07 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
06-18 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
06-19 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
06-20 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall
06-21 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe
06-22 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
06-24 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
06-25 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06-26 Baltimore, MD – OttoBar
06-27 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
06-28 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater



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