Madonna says giving her children mobile phones ended their relationship

The singer says her childrens lives became dominated by the technology Its a daily bane of modern parenting that even Madonna appears to have got hung up on: how to keep a childs attention once you give them a mobile phone. Madonna has complained of losing a link to her children after giving them mobile phones at a relatively young age, to the extent that she has prevented her 13-year-old son from having one. I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13, said the mother of six, who has previously talked about feeling like Billy-no-mates while living in Lisbon in Portugal, where she said she spent most of her time doing the school …

Taylor Swift’s ME! is a musical-inspired return to her happily uncool brand

The first single from Swifts seventh album is a defiant reassertion of her positivity a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism Pretty much every artist who has released an album in the past 18 months has found themselves battling pops new glass ceiling: namely the unyielding chart dominance of the soundtrack to Taylor Swifts seventh album would Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour, the first single from TS7 is an unabashed slab of Showmancore: a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism, wide-eyed to the point of camp. (That would also explain Swifts one presumes intentionally trs mauvais Frawnchaccentat the start of the video.) It is (as the snake exploding into butterflies at the start of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg-meets-Reputation. On that record, she made …

Donald Glover, Adidas, Nike, and the Fight for Cool

Recently, in a group chat, I expressed excitement over an unlikely piece of work: a new short film from Adidas. The sportswear corporation, which now also counts Beyoncé as a "creative partner," had teamed up with Donald Glover to make a series of vignettes featuring him and the actress Mo'Nique trading comic tête-à-têtes. Directed by longtime collaborator Ibra Ake, the film embodies Glover's typical patchwork: It's wonky, narratively indeterminate, and crammed with wit and the occasional inside joke. Jason Parham Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV Jason Parham Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Already Encapsulates 2019 Jason Parham When Black Horror Consumes Us The film, of course, wasn't just creativity for creativity's sake; it is essentially one …

Nipsey Hussle: Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder pay respects as memorial draws 21,000

Friends, family and fans gather in Los Angeles as blogger reads letter from Barack Obama to crowd Nipsey Hussles legacy as a persistent rapper, community activist, uniter, a doting father, a protective sibling and a loving son were underscored at his public memorial service on Thursday, with deeply personal testimonies from those closest to the rapper, including his fiancee, Lauren London; collaborator and dear friend Snoop Dogg; and his mother, who said she was at peace with the death of her superhero son. Beyonce and Jay-Z were among the celebrities who attended the three-hour event in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, where the last celebrity funeral held at the concert arena was Michael Jacksons in 2009. The arena was …

Khalid: Free Spirit review streaming star crashes into cliche

After a meteoric social-media rise, the Gen-Z singers second effort is less original in spite of the big-name producers onboard Like that of Kylie Jenner shared Snapchats of themselves listening to his music that his career really took off. Now it exists in a realm where success isnt necessarily reflected in anything as last-century as chart placings: Khalids debut album, sold out two nights at Londons 5,000-capacity Hammersmith Apollo. Its easy to see why teens took to him. Eighteen when his first single, feature film to go with it. But it also leaves Free Spirit with a familiar problem. If youve risen to fame by documenting everyday teenage life, what are you going to write about when youre patently not …

Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured Americas most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years and the time she set fire to Patti Smith AHenri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghostly grey picture of the Seine crossing. Leibovitzs homage to the great French photographer did not stop there. Her latest exhibition President Nixons inglorious departure from the White House by helicopter in 1974, to the extraordinary Democratic convention two years before, in which sessions lasted until sunrise. The landmark event, which took place in Miami, was the basis for Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72, the political classic by Rolling Stones resident gonzo journalist Andy Warhol to Ansel Adams to that ambush shot …

Billie Eilish: the pop icon who defines 21st-century teenage angst

With a gothic-horror aesthetic and a fearsome melodic flair, Eilish has inspired Nirvana levels of devotion among the worlds teenagers. So why doesnt she feel safe on stage any more? I cant even explain it to sound normal I was in love with him, says Justin Bieber, saying that obviously every girl her age shes 17 had a Bieber phase, but that hers was special. Everything about me was about him, and everything I did was for him. It was so miserable. Its not a good feeling to be in love with someone who doesnt know you exist. I would sob all the time because I loved him too much. Teenagers are already having their Billie Eilish phase. Ask anyone …

Spycams, sex abuse and scandal: #MeToo reaches Korean pop

A wave of sexual assault cases has swept South Korea but the lucrative K-pop industry remained relatively untouched. Two cases this month, though, have begun a reckoning For many South Koreans, the admission by a young man that he voyeurism epidemic especially in a week when two men were arrested for allegedly Seungri, a member of the internationally popular boyband Big Bang, have snowballed into overlapping sex and corruption scandals that have exposed K-pops dark underbelly and prompted a backlash among all but the most obsessive fans. Jung said he would retire from showbusiness and admitted that he had shared with members of a chatroom footage of him having sex with several women without their knowledge. Members of the chatroom …

Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine: how we made Sheriff Fatman

We used my flats rank toilet on the record sleeve with my guitar shoved into it though I put a plastic bag over it first James Jim Bob Morrison, vocalist/guitarist I had read about a dodgy landlord in the so many people moshing around the band, it was difficult to tell where the stage ended and the auditorium began. We made heavy use of strobes in our sets and theyve left my neck scarred. On good days, it looks like Im wearing a posh scarf. When its hot in the summer, the tingling on my neck makes it feels like Im being followed. Watch the video for Sheriff Fatman The lyrics namechecked some celebrities of the time, including the businessman …

Poetic justice: how Jay-Z became a civil rights champion

The rapper has involved himself, and his legal team, in a string of legal cases involving black men mistreated by law enforcement On an early Monday morning in February, 11-year-old Jabari Talbot, who is African American, decided not to stand for the pledge of allegiance in his classroom at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. Another classmate, who is not African American, joined him, a civil rights complaint obtained by the Guardian claims, but the child was not questioned by the substitute teacher. Equality in this country is not fair … black people are not treated fairly, he answered the teacher when asked why he would not stand, adding, [and] police dont treat black people fairly. Within minutes, as if to prove …

Im shocked by those who still wont accept Michael Jackson as abuser | Dan Reed

The director of Leaving Neverland on the polarised reaction to his landmark film Leaving Neverland has been seen by his many four-hour study of the psychology of child sexual abuse, told through two ordinary families who were groomed for 20 years by a paedophile masquerading as a trusted friend. Its a mask that is often used by predators, whether a priest, a teacher, an uncle. This time the man behind the mask just happened to be Michael Jackson. I had only a foggy idea about all this before starting work on the film. The complex, counter-intuitive and repugnant truths of child sexual abuse that Wade Robson, James Safechuck and their families have courageously unravelled on camera came as a shock …

Taylor Swift vows to be politically active and speak out against ‘disgusting rhetoric’

Pop singer writes in magazine essay: Im going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year Taylor Swift has vowed to become more active in politics ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, saying she feels it is her responsibility to speak out against disgusting rhetoric. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric, the pop singer wrote in an endorsed two Tennessee Democrats in Novembers midterm elections. A bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 people, and a stalkers trying to break into …

‘Blackness will never go away’: how Solange takes pride in her roots

At an immersive, city-wide multimedia presentation of her new album When I Get Home, the singer-songwriter explains how her childhood home of Houston nourished her creative spirit Its one thing to think with your spirit, says Solange Knowles. Its another to actually live it through your body. The Solange of today works with feelings, grooves, and frequencies in mind. If When I Get Home, her latest release, is the sonic manifestation of that blackness. Staccato rhythms and meditative mantras designed to ground and heal her after time on the road ripple on through the bodies of her listeners. Its an album about settling into familiarity: with yourself, the people around you, and the places one calls home. At the SHAPE …