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BTS’ V makes first solo appearance on Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Christmas Tree’

BTS vocalist V has marked a new milestone for himself with his first-ever solo appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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‘Christmas Tree’ has become the K-pop’s first song as a soloist to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. The track debuted at Number 79 for the first week of 2022, as shared shared by Billboard on Twitter earlier today (January 5).

The track had first been been released on Christmas Eve (December 24) for the soundtrack of the ongoing K-drama series Our Beloved Summer, which is available to stream on Netflix.

V’s “Christmas Tree” debuts at No. 79 on this week’s #Hot100. It earns the @BTS_twt member his first career solo entry on the chart.

— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) January 4, 2022

This makes V the third BTS member to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist, after bandmates J-Hope and Suga. The former had peaked at Number 81 with ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’ following its release in 2019.

Meanwhile, Suga has charted twice with ‘Daechwita’ (under the moniker Agust D) in 2020 and Juice WRLD collaboration ‘Girl of My Dreams’ in 2021, at Number 76 and 29 respectively.

‘Christmas Tree’ also marks V’s third contribution to a K-drama soundtrack. In 2016, he and bandmate Jin released ‘It’s Definitely You’ as part of the Hwarang OST. In 2020, he shared ‘Sweet Night’, which featured in the JTBC and Netflix series Itaewon Class.

Last week, he and BTS leader RM showed love for actress Ashley Park after she had performed a rendition of the group’s hit single ‘Dynamite’ on an episode of Netflix’s Emily In Paris. V had reposted the scene on his personal Instagram account, tagging the TV series in his caption along with a heart emoji.

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BLACKPINK’s Jisoo on life’s challenges: “Things can’t always go smoothly”

BLACKPINK member and Snowdrop star Jisoo has discussed her personal values when it comes to dealing with hardship.

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In a new interview with Dazed Korea, the 27-year-old K-pop idol and actress spoke about the challenges that are set to come as she welcomes a new year. Jisoo also shared her can-do attitude towards the difficulties she faces in life.

“As always, I want to boldly take on new challenges without fear,” BLACKPINK singer of 2022, as translated by Soompi. “Things can’t always go smoothly, but I will still do my best without regret.”

Jisoo also shared her aim of reflecting and becoming a better person in the coming year, explaining that she plans to “continuously look inward” in order to achieve her goals.

Later in the interview, the singer also expressed her gratitude towards her fans for her success. “Everything I’ve achieved was possible because of BLINKs’ unsparing support,” said Jisoo.

“I hope that you will continue to walk together with me in 2022. I will greet you all with even better things, so I hope that we can be happy together,” she added.

In related news, South Korean cable television network JTBC has announced its plans to take legal action against individuals spreading “falsehoods” regarding its K-drama series Snowdrop, which stars Jisoo and Jung Hae-in.

Although JTBC did not specify the “falsehood” in its statement, Snowdrop has notably been accused of allegedly distorting the history of South Korea’s democratisation movement.

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Cardi B slams homophobes: “You’re just ugly”

Cardi B has made her stance on homophobia clear, shouting out her gay fans on Twitter and scolding homophobes as “ugly”.

“Every bad bitch have a gay best friend or gay best friend cousin,” she posted earlier today (January 5). “If you homophobic you just ugly.”

Every bad bitch have a gay best friend or gay best friend cousin ……If you homophobic you just ugly.

— Cardi B (@iamcardib) January 4, 2022

A bisexual woman herself, Cardi has long been a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. Last October, for example, she officiated the wedding of a lesbian couple (alongside ex-Disney star Raven-Symoné). The rapper later offered to officiate the wedding of Kal Penn and Josh Hall, after the former met Cardi on a flight to Los Angeles.

2018 saw Cardi link up with Rita Ora, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha for the collaborative single ‘Girls’, which she and Ora both said was minted in celebration of their sexualities (though the track did face some backlash from the LGBTQ+ community). 

She hit out against homophobes again in 2020, declaring outright: “I support the LGBT community.” Last year, she noted that she was against the phrase “queerbaiting”

READ MORE: How Cardi B squashed the concept of the female rap beef

Last month, Cardi confirmed that her long-awaited second album would be released in 2022. The follow-up to her 2018 debut, ‘Invasion Of Privacy’, has spent years in gestation, though its release has been hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to Elle about the album in 2020, Cardi said: “My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch. When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment. But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it’s going to have my ‘Lemonade’ moments, my personal relationship moments.”

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Father John Misty announces special orchestral live show in London

Father John Misty has announced details of a special orchestral live show in London in support of his upcoming new album.

The singer/songwriter’s new record, ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’, is set for release on April 8 and was previewed earlier today (January 5) with the single ‘Funny Girl’.

READ MORE: Father John Misty – ‘Off Key In Hamburg’ review: a timely reminder of the power and beauty of a really good gig

Misty (real name Josh Tillman) will perform a pair of special orchestral live shows in 2022 in support of ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’, with one set to take place at the Barbican Hall in London on April 7.

The musician will perform alongside Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia and conductor Jules Buckley at the Barbican. Tickets will go on sale to Barbican patrons and members later today before a general sale commences on Friday (January 7).

You can find out more ticket information for the London gig here.

Misty will also perform an orchestral concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA on February 25, where he’ll be backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ticket details for that show can be found here.

The release of ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’ in April will also include a limited deluxe edition of the record, which will be presented in a hardcover book and feature bonus 7″ singles.

One is Lana Del Rey’s cover of the album track ‘Buddy’s Rendezvous’ and the other features Jack Cruz’s version of ‘Kiss Me (I Loved You)’.

The forthcoming record is Father John Misty’s first studio album release since 2018’s ‘God’s Favourite Customer’.

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ACU Chooses The Li-Ning 50/50 For Their First Collaborative Sneaker

Founded in 2006 by a group of like-minded sneakerheads, Shanghai-based storefront ACU is soon to kick off their 15th anniversary. And to appropriately celebrate the occasion, the team has joined forces with the likes of Li-Ning, whose new 50/50 skate shoe serves as the foundation for the partnership.

Much like their namesake, the boutique’s first collaborative sneaker draws inspiration from traditional Chinese practices. Herbal medicine, specifically, informs much of the design, with the exterior layer mirroring that of the herbs’ packaging. This will gradually wear away with time, revealing a larger Li-Ning logo underneath. Adjacent, both the midsole as well as the red and green accents add further dimension, taking cues from the idea of “roots” and the aforementioned paper’s typical stamps.

Packaged within a special wooden box, the collaboration is currently scheduled to release on January 8th, 2022, via a raffle held through Wechat.

In other news, the YEEZY 450 Sulfur is likely releasing in April.

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Sabrina Carpenter’s New Album Is Coming Soon, And Its Name Is Hidden In Recent Songs

Get ready to go hunting, because Sabrina Carpenter has hidden plenty of Easter eggs.

On Monday night (Jan. 4), the American singer and songwriter stopped by The Tonight Show for a chat about the Big Apple, “Skinny Dipping,” Emergency, and her forthcoming album, which is due out sometime this year.

We don’t yet know its title, though, according to Carpenter, the details are hiding in plain sight. “I’ve hidden the album name somewhere in work that I’ve put out over the last year,” she explains, “but my fans haven’t found it yet.”

Game on.

What we do know for sure, is that her new song is called “Fast Times,” which, like the rest of the album, was recorded in New York.

At the top of the interview, Jimmy Fallon played a snippet of “Skinny Dipping,” which Carpenter performed in the NBC studios last October. The song, she explained, is “supposed to feel a little awkward.” Like those encounters where you bump into someone unexpectedly, “and it’s the worst thing in the world but also the best because it’s…life.”

Carpenter enjoyed a chart breakthrough in 2021 with “Skin,” which marked her first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, at No. 49. “Skin” also triggered speculation that the emotional ballad was a Trojan horse reaction to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Olivia Rodrigo‘s smash hit “Drivers License”.

The 22-year-old will make the next step when she stars in the drama Emergency, due to premiere Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the late-night interview below.

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Ja Morant, Grizzlies get past Cavs for sixth straight win

Ja Morant scored 26 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 22 to propel the visiting Memphis Grizzlies to a 110-106 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. Morant, the Western Conference Player of the Week, made several crucial plays in the waning moments to send Memphis to its season-high sixth straight win and 16th in […]

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Julius Randle returns to help Knicks knock off Pacers

Julius Randle returned from the COVID-19 list to post a double-double — 30 points and 16 rebounds — and RJ Barrett scored 32 points as the host New York Knicks fended off the Indiana Pacers to earn a 104-94 win Tuesday night. Barrett scored 19 points in the first quarter for the Knicks, who snapped […]

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2 Chainz announces “new and exotic” album ‘Dope Don’t Sell Itself’ out this month

Rapper 2 Chainz has announced his next studio album, ‘Dope Don’t Sell Itself’.

READ MORE: 2 Chainz – ‘So Help Me God!’ review: countless killer punchlines, but not quite a K-O 

The rapper made the announcement via social media earlier today (December 5). “Its been a min I know, but im back with something new & exotic. U know I ain’t been around this long w/o being a thinker and a constant student & teacher of the game,” he wrote on Twitter.

Though he said ‘Dope Don’t Sell Itself’ would be released this month, a specific date was not announced.

Hey how u been!? Its been a min I know, but im back with something new & exotic. U know I ain’t been around this long w/o being a thinker and a constant student & teacher of the game…my album “DOPE DONT SELL ITSELF” drops this month & single this week Sincerely, Two Tone Toni pic.twitter.com/JdjT5Kfssh

— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) January 4, 2022

He also confirmed in a follow-up tweet that his next single ‘Million Dollars Worth Of Game’ featuring 42 Dugg will arrive on steaming platforms this Friday (December 7).

Check out a snippet of ‘Million Dollars Worth Of Game’ below.

“Million Dollars Worth of Game” feat @42_Dugg this FRIDAY pic.twitter.com/4rWUM8rpAq

— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) January 4, 2022

‘Dope Don’t Sell Itself’ will mark the seventh studio album from 2 Chainz, following 2020’s ‘So Help Me God!’. In 2021, 2 Chainz released ’T.R.U. REALigion’, a special anniversary edition of his 2012 album ‘Based on a T.R.U. Story’, followed by the mixtape ‘GOATED: 2 Chainz’ on December 17.

‘So Help Me God!’ received a three-star review from NME, with writer Carl Anka saying the project “showcases the good and bad of 2 Chainz: an artist laser focused on punchlines and bangers who can be inconsistent when he has to fill an entire album with both.”

2 Chainz’s latest album announcement comes a day after a new version of Papoose’s recent single ‘Thought I Was Gonna Stop’. The new remix, which originally featured only Lil Wayne, now includes verses from 2 Chainz, Busta Rhymes and Remy Ma.

In mid-December, 2 Chainz featured on the DJ Premier track ‘Mortgage Free’.

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Father John Misty details fifth album, shares lead single ‘Funny Girl’

After announcing it through a cryptic, spoken-word vinyl last month, Father John Misty has officially lifted the lid on his forthcoming fifth album, ‘Chloë And The Next 20th Century’.

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The indie-rock stalwart (real name Josh Tillman) detailed his new record alongside the release of its lead single, ‘Funny Girl’. It’s a distinguished, sepia-toned ballad that sees Tillman gush with infatuation over an actress in her prime, soaring over a palette of tender keys, swelling strings and operatic horns.

Opening the track, Tillman croons: “Funny girl / You look so unassuming  / Right up until / The room you’re captivating / Starts to fill with gut-busting laughter / And you’re transformed into a five foot Cleopatra.”

The track arrives with a video helmed by Nicholas Ashe Bateman, who tells the story of a CGI jellyfish (which according to a teaser shared overnight, plays the role of Tillman himself) that swims – or, rather, flies – through a soundstage dressed to look like a quaint countryside and forest setting.

Take a look at the ‘Funny Girl’ video below:

Landing as the follow-up to the 2018 album ‘God’s Favourite Customer’, ‘Chloë And The Next 20th Century’ is slated for release on April 8 via Sub Pop and Bella Union. It’ll be available physically on vinyl, CD and cassette, as well as a limited deluxe edition housed inside a hardcover book, sporting exclusive artwork, a poster and two bonus seven-inch records.

Each of those of those records will see one of Tillman’s colleagues cover a song from ‘Chloë And The Next 20th Century’. Lana Del Ray put her spin on the track ‘Buddy’s Rendezvous’ for one, while the other sees Jack Cruz tackle ‘Kiss Me (I Loved You)’.

The album was produced by Jonathan Wilson, with whom Tillman has worked since his full-length debut as Father John Misty, 2012’s ‘Fear Fun’. It was mixed by Dave Cerminara, and features arrangements from Drew Erickson.

Check out the cover art, deluxe edition and tracklisting for ‘Chloë And The Next 20th Century’ below:

1. Chloë
2. Goodbye Mr. Blue
3. Kiss Me (I Loved You)
4. (Everything But) Her Love
5. Buddy’s Rendezvous
6. Q4
7. Olvidado (Otro Momento)
8. Funny Girl
9. Only A Fool
10. We Could Be Strangers
11. The Next 20th Century

Tillman last made waves in August of 2020 with the standalone tracks ‘To S.’ and ‘To R.’ (both of which came as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club). He kept relatively quiet in the months since, bar his first few live shows since 2019 – a solo appearance at last year’s Sound Summit festival, then two back-to-back headliners on the Californian coast.

2020 also came with a surprise live album, ‘Off-Key In Hamburg’, which NME gave a four-star review. In her write-up, Leonie Cooper called it “a sumptuous reminder of those big budget blow-out shows that will happen again one day, but not any time soon”. All proceeds from that release were donated to MusiCares’ COVID-19 relief fund.

Later in the year, Tillman released a four-track EP titled ‘Anthem + 3’. Comprised of two Leonard Cohen covers, plus takes on Link Wray’s ‘Fallin’ Rain’ and Yusuf’s ‘Trouble’, the EP served as another avenue for Tillman’s philanthropy; upon its initial release on his BandCamp page, the singer-songwriter funnelled its profits into charities CARE Action and Ground Game LA.

Between 2018 and 2020, Tillman debuted at least four unreleased songs during live sets. One, debuted in December of ’18, saw him repeating the phrase “all God’s Country” in the chorus. Another featured sax and synths, with Tillman singing over them: “I guess time just makes fools of us all.” Soon thereafter came his unused song from A Star Is Born and the soaring ‘Tell It Like It Is’.

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Ted Gardner, Artist Manager and Lollapalooza Co-Founder, Dies at 74

Ted Gardner, a longtime artist manager who co-founded the Lollapalooza festival with Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, died Dec. 28. He was 74.

“I’m sad to report Ted Gardner, Our manager passed away today surrounded by his loving family,” tweeted Anton Newcombe, whose band, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, has been managed by Gardner since 2004. “We will miss a great manager, mentor & friend. Our condolences to all his family & friends.”

The funniest story he told me was of a meeting when @lollapalooza went mega, and he walks in and @perryfarrell goes “ted, we got Metallica to headline” he goes “fuck, you just wrecked this festival.” Perry goes “ted, they are on speakerphone now” ☎️ “hi ted” 😂

— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) December 28, 2021

A more than 40-year veteran of the music business, Gardner launched his career in his native Australia before going on to manage some of the biggest rock acts of the 1990s, including Jane’s Addiction, Tool and The Verve.

With Farrell, he helped invent the modern festival landscape with Lollapalooza, which launched to huge commercial success in 1991 and went on to host a who’s-who of ‘90s superstars including Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Hole, Snoop Dogg, The Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys.

His skills were many and varied. He worked as a tour or production manager for the likes of Frank Zappa, UFO, New Order and Echo & the Bunnymen and, much later, guiding the careers of prog-metal outfit Floating Me and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, which featured prominently in the 2005 documentary Dig!

Gardner left his homeland for the United States in 1982 with Men at Work on the rock band’s national tour. The following year, Men at Work became the first Australian act to land a simultaneous U.S. No. 1 album and No. 1 single, with Business as Usual and “Down Under,” respectively.

From that point on, Gardner aimed high. “My father used to say to me: ‘when are you going to get a real job?’ he told Australia’s Scenstr in an interview published in 2017. “Then one year I came home from Lollapalooza with a check for $1.5 million and he looked at me and went, ‘yeah, but it’s not a real job, is it?’.” 

Along the way, Gardner had a falling out with Tool, which he represented from 1992 until May 2000. Gardner sued the band and their publishing company for $5 million for breach of contract and fraud in Nov. 2000, alleging they failed to pay him $500,000 in commissions.

Disillusioned with the music industry and, in particular, the major labels, he took a step back for 12 months in the mid-2000s. In January 2007, he returned to Australia revitalized, and started Cross Section Management and Records with Scott Mesiti.

Reflecting on his career for a 2011 interview published in Australia’s The Music Network, Gardner said the music industry presented no challenges that were too great. 

“Jane’s were crazy. We all were. Tool were difficult in many aspects. But they knew what they wanted and they wouldn’t bend and (they understood) what had to be done. And you’d deal with it. They’re the artist. The manager is there to facilitate their desires, no matter how crazy it is,” he explained. “There were some crazy things I’d be asked to do and I’d just laugh, No one was really hard. I worked with John Lydon. That was not difficult. Although he was impossible to work with.”

His approach to management was a holistic one. “You’re a manager therefore you’re a mother, you’re a father, you’re a marriage guidance counsellor, you’re a priest, you’re there as a shoulder to cry on when the girlfriend leaves. You’re a drug counsellor, you’re someone that can bring someone back to life when they’ve OD’d in another room,” he explained in the same interview. “All of these aspects you go through. If you’re going to be involved with an artist, you have to take every facet of their life. You can’t go, ‘I’m dealing with just the business and I take my X percent.’ End of story.”

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Jack Harlow Honored With His Own Day in Louisville Hometown

Jack Harlow is entering the new year with a new honor.

On Monday, the Grammy-nominated artist revealed that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named Dec. 28 Jack Harlow Day in the rapper’s Kentucky hometown.

Harlow shared the news by posting a photo of his honorary plaque on Instagram. With a fun reference to his 2020 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit “Whats Poppin,” the plate reads, “For answering, once and for all, that what’s poppin’ is Louisville when it comes to talent that makes it bigger than big, but doesn’t forget the ‘home’ in hometown or homegrown. The rapper’s way with words and beats has earned him untold fans, chart-topping releases and an ability to give back in meaningful ways, and he does.”

The honorary plaque concludes, “Our city is excited and proud to observe December 28, 2021, as Jack Harlow Day in Louisville.”

The heartwarming honor comes about two weeks after Harlow teamed up with fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken and its parent company Yum! Brands to donate a joint $250,000 to the American Red Cross. The donation was in support of those impacted by a deadly tornado that reportedly killed at least 74 victims in Kentucky’s western region on Dec. 10 and 11.

At the time, Harlow had also announced his new partnership with KFC. He said in a statement, “Growing up, I always dreamed of being that guy who would put Kentucky on the map in the music scene. But to team up with an iconic national staple like KFC, the biggest brand to come out of Kentucky, is truly an honor. I’m looking forward to all the amazing things we’re about to do together.”

The hitmaker is nominated for the 2022 Grammy for best melodic rap performance for his feature on Lil Nas X‘s Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Industry Baby.”

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