Taylor Swift isn’t having a great summer, and it’s not because her hair stylist mixed up the order of the rainbow when dipping her tips. Taylor is really mad that Scooter Braun bought her former record label Big Machine for $300 million, and subsequently became the owner of 6 albums worth of the masters of her songs. Taylor can’t really sue, so her own line of defense so far has been to not-subtly direct some song lyrics at Scooter and Big Machine’s former owner Scott Borchetta. Kelly Clarkson seems to think she might have a solution that would work, and it involves pettiness and a recording studio.
How many blogs talking about this story used the joke: “Steve Harvey is about to get a lot more sleep?”. I’m tossing my hat into the ring simply because I love the delicious taste of poetic justice. Yes, the man who works so hard and is only rich because he chooses not to sleep for an energizing eight hours like the rest of us peasants, has been canned from not one, but TWO of his jobs. Poor guy, but he’s got a tough attitude, so I’m sure we’ll see him pounding the pavement non-stop for the next 48-hours-straight while hopped up on energy drinks until he books himself something else.
There was plenty of opportunity for some good old fashioned country music drama last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards (the ACMs, which are not to be confused with the CMAs, the other white meat of country music awards shows), but there was nary a whiff of grain alcohol-soaked card cheatin’, man stealin’, hair pullin’, cussin’ and a’fightin’, and hootin’-n-’hollerin’ at the event. The only scandal worth tellin’ a mule happened on the red carpet when Miranda Lambert, the savior of country drama, showed up looking like the cat who chicken fried the canary and ate it with a side of grits . She brought her new husband Brendan McLoughlin with her.
The Gagabot 3000’s mission won’t be complete until it either wins an Academy Award for its stirring performance as Human Woman In Love, or fries its circuits in front of an audience of thousands (if we’re being generous) when it ultimately loses to Glenn Close. But it’s already achieved one important step in its mission to achieve Global Domination, it’s rendered me susceptible to its star signal Shallow. I resisted it at first, but repetition is a son of a bitch, and now it’s an earworm I’ll probably have to live with for at least the next 5 years.
Thankfully, it’s been popular for long enough now that it’s getting covered by singers other than Gagabot 3000 and its maker Bradley Cooper. Enter real life, flesh and blood human woman Kelly Clarkson, who covered Shallow at a gig all by herself, rendering poor Bradley even more superfluous than his monstrous creation has.
The Queen of Soul may have also been the Queen of Debt. Aretha Franklin died in August, and she obviously left behind a legacy of music. The tax man has a different way of remembering Aretha. The IRS now claims Queen Aretha owes millions in back taxes, and let’s just hope a planned tribute concert will put a dent in that pile of debt. Continue reading
Last month, Kelly Clarkson filmed a pilot for a syndicated daytime talk show, which was all the information we had at the time. Now Deadline says that she’s bumping Steve Harvey out of his regular slot. If this was Family Feud, Steve Harvey might be asking you to name something that might have Steve Harvey anger-sweating into his mustache today.