Fifth Harmony announces indefinite hiatus to focus on solo careers

Fifth Harmony has decided to call it quits after six years of performing together in the pop, girl group formed during The X Factor’s second season.

The group released a statement on their official Twitter account on Monday, Mar. 19 to explain their decision.

“Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”

They continued, “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”

In 2016, Camilla Cabello left the group to pursue a solo career and found success with hit singles such as Havana and Never Be the Same.

Other members of the group have also embarked on solo ventures during their time with the group. Dinah Jane worked with RedOne, Daddy Yankee and French Montana for Boom Boom. Lauren Jauregui teamed up with Steve Aoki on All Night.

Normai Kordei made an impressive showing on Dancing with the Stars in 2017, and also collaborated with Khalid in Love Lies. Ally Brooke lent her voice to the electronic music ballad Perfect by Topic.

In Monday’s statement, Jane, Jauregui, Kordei, and Brooke thanked their fans for their support, promising that this decision wouldn’t affect tour dates through the end of 2018.

“To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifty Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build on ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud.”

They concluded, “We do have some upcoming shows through the end of the year which will still happen as planned, and we can’t wait! All our love, from the bottom of our hearts, Dinah Jane, Lauren, Normani and Ally xoxoxo.”

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ pros Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater are married

Another set of Dancing With The Stars couple has tied the knot.

Professionals Sasha Farber and Emma Slater said ‘I do’ at the Bella Blanca in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 25. Guests included fellow DWTS pros Cheryl Burke, Julianne Houghe and husband Brooks Laich and former contestants Vanessa and Nick Lachey, and Drew Scott.

Wedding planner Michael Russo gushed about the ceremony to Us Weekly. According to his company’s website, he also coordinated the wedding of previous DWTS partners  Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec.

“As Emma walked down the aisle, instantly locking eyes with Sasha, it was as if time stood still,” Russo said. “Their moving vows had moments of both humor and heartfelt emotion, which made the ceremony a truly special and magical thing to behold. I couldn’t be more proud to have been a witness to this celebration of pure, unconditional love.”

Slater changed into two wedding dresses both by designer Rivini, and Farber wore a handmade, white tuxedo by Onik design. The couple’s first dance was to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. Sheeran couldn’t attend the wedding to perform, but recorded a heartfelt message that played during the during their dance.

Faber, 33, and Slater, 29, got engaged live on the ABC ballroom-dancing competition show back in October 2016. They had been dating on-and-off since 2011.


Chrissy Teigen joins other celebrities in Snapchat ‘boycott’

Chrissy Teigen has had it with Snapchat.

The model and cookbook author announced over Twitter on Saturday that she had stopped using the social media platform because of several factors– including the controversial advertisement Snapchat ran earlier this month, that alluded to the 2009 domestic violence incident between Rihanna and Chris Brown.

The advertisement was for a game of “Would You Rather,” which in turn asked users if they would rather slap Rihanna or punch Brown.

“I stopped using snap,” Teigen, 32, tweeted. “The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll…no bueno.”

The Lip Sync Battle host’s complaints come two weeks after Rihanna took to Instagram to give a heated statement about the incident.

“Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there!” She posted to her Instagram story,”But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!”

CNN reports that the platform lost $800 million in stock market value after the pop star’s statement.

“This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet…you let us down!” Rihanna, 30, continued.
“Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”

This all comes less than a month after Kylie Jenner criticized the app’s new design, tweeting, “Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.” Jenner’s tweet resulted in a reported $1.3 billion loss in market value for the company.


Drake refutes rumors he asked Muslim woman to remove hijab

Drake is refuting rumors that he asked a Muslim woman to remove her hijab at his concert.

It had been widely reported that during a show in London, the Grammy Award winning rapper and actor asked that a woman remove her hijab near the end of his show.

“I make a point every night to end my shows on tones of unity and love so, to find out that I am being utilized in a fake media story about me disrespecting Muslims is devastating to me, ” posted Drake on Instagram. “At my show in the 02 in London I was talking to 4 women one of whom was wearing a jacket and a winter scarf, I made a comment about taking off the scarf because I enjoy friendly banter with the fans. I am well aware of what a hijab is and I would never make a disrespectful comment like that in my life towards someone who is wearing one. I am proud that my closest friends and fans come from all different religions and races, perhaps whoever made up this story should spend more time learning about other cultures and less time trying to divide us.”

Drake also spoke about global division at another recent concert.

“Tonight, my proudest moment isn’t selling tickets or having people sing my songs,” said Drake. ” My proudest moment… if you take a look around this room, you’ll see people of all races and all places. If you think one man can tear this world apart, you’re out of your motherf**king mind. It’s on us to keep this sh*t togher. F**k that, man.”


Kelly Clarkson defends herself after eliminated ‘Voice’ contestant calls her ‘small minded’

Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter to defend herself after eliminated contestant Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, called the original American Idol winner ‘small minded’ for comparing Stevens to fellow gay artists.

“One other thing. @kellyclarkson compared me to @melissa_etheridge and the @indigogirlsmusic,” Stevens said in a now deleted Instagram post, “While I’m extremely honored to be in that category of talent I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap. It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world.”

Stevens tagged both Clarkson, 35, and The Voice in her original post, and the three-time Grammy award winner and LGBTQ advocate didn’t take the criticism lightly– pointing out that her comments had nothing to do with sexuality.

“Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY,” the Love So Soft singer tweeted, “I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller.”

Stevens later took to Twitter to apologize to her former coach.

“I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words,” she wrote. “This was not my intention at all. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I truly apologize for thinking differently. I look up to you.”

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Billy Joel and wife Alexis announce birth of their second child

Billy Joel and his wife, Alexis Joel, welcomed their second child together Sunday night. The newborn is a girl, and they have named her Remy Anne Joel.

“Sunday night, Billy and Alexis Joel welcomed Remy Anne into their family,” Billy Joel’s rep told PEOPLE. “Alexis and Remy are doing well, and everyone is thrilled.” The rep added that the birth took place 7:50 p.m. at New York University Hospital in New York under the care of physician Ashley Roman, and that Remy Anne weighed in at 7 lbs. and 3 ounces.

The couple only broke the news that they were expecting less than a week ago, when the singer and his wife told the Belfast Telegraph that Alexis Joel was pregnant.

“She [Della Rose] is pretty good,” he told the Irish newspaper, referring to Della Rose, his and Alexis Joel’s first child. “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.”

Della Rose Joel was born in August 2015, also in New York. Billy Joel arrived for her birth in a helicopter just several hours prior.

Alexis and Billy Joel had been dating for since 2009. The couple wedded one month later at Billy Joel’s estate in Long Island, New York.

Billy Joel previously had a daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, with his then-wife Christie Brinkley. Alexa Ray Joel, now age 31, was in the delivery room with Joel and Alexis Joel when Remy Anne was born. Alexa Ray Joel is a singer and songwriter in her own right and has released an EP and several singles.

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Chris Cornell did not want to die, says wife

The widow of rock star Chris Cornell insisted yesterday that he did not intentionally kill himself, saying the recovering addict’s judgment may have been affected by prescription drugs.

Authorities said Cornell was found hanging in his hotel room in Detroit shortly after he finished a show on Wednesday with his main band Soundgarden.

Wayne Country’s medical examiner ruled the grunge rock icon’s death a suicide.

But his widow, Vicky Cornell, said the 52-year-old musician gave no indication that he wanted to die.

Vicky stated that her late husband –who struggled with depression and substance abuse most of his life but sobered up a decade ago –had been taking Ativan, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety.

“Chris’ death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled,” Vicky said in a statement.

She added that what happened is inexplicable, and voiced her hope that further medical reports will provide additional details.

Vicky added that Cornell loved their children, and he would not hurt them by taking his life.

The rocker’s second wife, with whom he had two children, said that he had flown back from his tour for Mothers Day on Sunday, and had returned only hours the show to maximize family time.

“When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do,” she said.

Vicky revealed that when she spoke to the musician after the show, she noticed that he was slurring his words. She contacted security and asked them to check on him after he admitted to having taken an “extra Ativan or two.”

Cornell posted on Twitter pictures of flowers for Mothers Day and hailed Vicky, a music publicist he met in Paris, as “an angel and lioness.”

Kirk Pasich, a lawyer for the family, said that Ativan could lead to paranoia and suicidal thoughts.

“The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing…” Pasich said.


Lady Gaga dedicates Grammy performance to late aunt, honors ‘Times Up’

Lady Gaga put on an angelic performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards  in New York City.

The pop singer was one of the many celebrities who wore white roses to the ceremonies Sunday night to voice support for the #MeToo movement and the Times Up initiative to end sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.

Taking a break from the final leg of her Joanne world tour– which ends on Feb. 23 in Berlin– Gaga took to the Grammy’s stage at Madison Square Garden with a heart-wrenching rendition of Joanne and A Million Reasons.

“This is for my father’s late sister, Joanne,” she said, before beginning. “This is for love and compassion even when you can’t understand.”

Sitting at a white grand piano covered in an illuminated display of angel wings, the star played while singing the powerful lyrics of her album’s title track while Mark Ronson strummed a guitar. Transitioning from one song to the next, Gaga said, “Time’s Up,” and belted out her hit “Million Reasons.”

Hours before the show, Gaga shared a touching message on social media about how she was hoping to transform the “deep grief” that inspired Joanne into “hope and healing.”

“I have carried a deep grief in my heart over my family’s tragedy,” she wrote, referring to her late aunt, Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who died of lupus complications at age 19.

A six-time Grammy winner, Gaga was nominated heading into Sunday’s ceremony for Best Pop Solo Performance for her hit single “Million Reasons,” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Joanne.

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Carrie Fisher wins posthumous Grammy for best spoken word

The late Carrie Fisher won a posthumous Grammy Award during the 60th annual pre-show ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 28th.

Fisher won the award in the best spoken word album category for the audio recording of her 2016 memoir the Princess Diarist which documents her experience making the first Star Wars film and portraying the iconic Princess Leia.

She beat out several other big names nominated for the award: Neil deGrasse Tyson for Astrophysics For People in a Hurry, Bruce Springsteen for Born to Run, Shelly Peiken for Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, and Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo for Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.

The memoir was published five weeks before the actress’ death and made headlines for the revealing details including the confession of an on-set affair with costar Harrison Ford.

Fisher was returning from a European leg of a book tour for the memoir when she suffered from cardiac arrest on board the flight to Los Angelos. She died a few days later on Dec. 27, 2016 from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, including drug use according to the coroner. She was 60 years old.

This was Fisher’s second Grammy nomination and first win. She was previously nominated for the same category in 2009 for the recording of another memoir Wishful Drinking. She has been nominated for several posthumous awards since her death for her acting and writing, including an Emmy nomintation for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for Catastrophe.


Neil Portnow says “women need to step up” in defense of low female wins

The hashtag #GrammysSoMale has been trending on Twitter after Sunday night’s 60th Annual Grammy Awards, where out of the nine televised major awards only one was given to a woman– 21-year-old Alessia Cara for best new solo artist.

“It has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level– to step up,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said following the ceremony, according to Variety.

Bruno Mars swept the board with the awards for Song, Record, and Album of the Year, while Ed Sheeran‘s win for best pop solo performance was met with boos from the audience after the British singer, who was not present to accept the award, defeated Kesha, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink.

When asked if it was mistake not to invite Lorde, the only female nominated for Album of the Year, to perform, as male nominees had during the show, Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said, “I don’t know if it was a mistake. These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There’s no way we can really deal with everybody.”

Lorde was one of many artists who showed their support for the Time’s Up initiative and the #MeToo movement, as Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Camila Cabello and Janelle Monáe wore or held white roses in solidarity.