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Tyler, The Creator Pays Tribute to Virgil Abloh With Touching Message

Tyler, The Creator has eulogized the late Virgil Abloh as a game changer and a “cheerleader” for other artists, himself included.

“Sir Abloh was a true geek about things,” writes Tyler in a social post. “Passion seeped through everything he did. Whether a random set of songs we’ve never heard or what pantone the wing of a plane should be, he always meant it.”

The former Louis Vuitton and Off-White designer, who passed away on Sunday (Nov. 29) following a secret battle with a rare cancer, left his mark.

Tyler remembered Abloh for always pushing art forward (“he kept upping it, every single time”), and for striding through life with confidence in his heritage, something that has rubbed off on others.

“ABLOH. that strong African last name,” notes Tyler. “Few years back I started using more of my African last name OKONMA because of how regal Virgil’s felt.”

In addition to his contributions in fashion, Abloh was a DJ and served as Kanye West’s longtime creative director. He also helped design iconic album covers by West, A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert and Pop Smoke, and teamed up with Kid Cudi on the Kurt Cobain-inspired floral print dress worn by the rapper during Saturday Night Live appearance earlier in the year.

“Sometimes, part of us sharing our wild ideas is to get approval from our peers to keep it pushing, but Virgil was always a cheerleader. For everyone,” Tyler explains. “That hand of his opened doors, lead people in and tossed the keys outside for the next person to have.”

Thanks in part to the fine work of Abloh, “I’ll keep pushing and trying things while leaving the door open,” Tyler writes.

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Nikola Jokic leads Nuggets past short-handed Heat

Reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic returned from a four-game injury absence to account for 24 points, a game-high 15 rebounds and a team-high seven assists as the Denver Nuggets defeated the host Miami Heat 120-111 on Monday night. Denver shot 58.1 percent from the floor, including 18-for-35 on 3-pointers (51.4 percent). Jokic, who had been […]

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Lionel Messi claims record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or

Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world for a record-stretching seventh time on Monday, beating Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to lift football’s most prestigious trophy yet again. The forward added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 trophies after winning the Copa America for the […]

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Trey Songz reportedly under investigation for sexual assault in Las Vegas

Trey Songz is under investigation for sexual assault in Las Vegas, it has been reported.

According to TMZ, a report was issued to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Sunday (November 28) following an incident at The Cosmopolitan hotel and resort over the weekend.

It’s said that the Virginia-born artist – real name Tremaine Aldon Neverson – was in the Nevada city celebrating his 37th birthday at Drai’s Nightclub. A source claimed that Songz and his entourage then took a group of women back to The Cosmopolitan.

TMZ reports that the artist is cooperating with the investigation. No arrests have been made.

Last summer, Trey Songz denied another sexual misconduct allegation. The woman – known only as ‘Aliza’ – alleged that a celebrity had urinated on her during a sexual encounter without her consent, and then refused to let her leave the room.

“I didn’t know what was happening, he just did it,” she claimed on the No Jumper podcast, before identifying Songz as the man in question.

Responding on Twitter, Neverson said the accusations were “convenient” for someone who “seek[s] to destroy someone’s life”.

He continued: “I brush it off every time but once you have an allegation no matter it’s true weight in validation, it’s now happened once and to some will be believable from that moment forward. None of that happened.”

Songz also referenced a separate allegation when he was accused of sexual assault in Miami.

In 2018, the singer turned himself in to the LAPD on a domestic violence charge that originated from a longtime peer called Andrea Buera. Songz allegedly attacked Buera at a party “with such force it was as if two men were fighting”. He was released after paying a $50,000 bond.

Songz subsequently denied the accusations on social media. “I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain,” he wrote.

Earlier this year, Trey Songz was arrested for trespassing, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

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South Korea is launching a metaverse-based world for ‘Hallyu’ fans

The South Korean government has launched a metaverse-based online exhibition hall dedicated to the Hallyu wave.

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According to Yonhap News Agency, Korea World is a metaverse (simply put, a persistent online 3D world) that will feature an exhibit hall with articles and videos created by foreigners who are interested in the Hallyu wave, also known as the Korean wave. It was launched by the Korean Culture And Information Service (KOCIS) earlier today (November 30).

“We expect various Hallyu-related content created from a foreign perspective to be re-proliferated,” shared Park Jung-youl, director of the KOCIS. “We’ll continue to make efforts to diversify the content in order to meet fresh demands.”

Representatives from the Ministry Of Culture, Sports And Tourism and KOCIS added that visitors will be able to interact with other users through avatars. In addition, Korea World will also be holding a special event where visitors can try on hanbok and other elements of traditional Korean attire.

According to the official Korea World website, the exhibit hall is “the first space revealed” in the new online world. “[It] is a gallery modeled after the appearance of a octagonal pavilion, and exhibits novel and diverse Hallyu contents from a foreigner’s perspective.” Korea World can be accessed here.

In related news, Squid Game has taken home its first time at a major US award at the 2021 Gotham Awards. The ceremony, organised by the New York City-based Independent Filmmaker Project, saw Squid Game win the trophy for Breakthrough Series – Long Format, which was accepted by creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk.

“When I wrote this script 12 years ago in 2009 I did my best but no one liked it – they said it was too violent, absurd, weird,” Hwang said onstage while accepting the trophy, per Deadline. “It took less than 12 days [after release] to become the Number One show on the planet.

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Watch Kelly Clarkson cover Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind’

Kelly Clarkson has unveiled a cover of Pixies’ 1988 anthem ‘Where Is My Mind?’.

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In a clip released yesterday (November 29), Clarkson performed with a backing band on her daytime talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show.

With every episode, Clarkson picks a beloved song to cover before she begins the show’s main programme.

Clarkson attempts to work her own pop vocal prowess into the Pixies alt-rock classic, over an arrangement that keeps close to the original song’s grit. Watch her performance below.

In recent episodes, Clarkson has taken on other alternative rock classics with covers of Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’ and ‘Fake Plastic Trees’, along with My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ and Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence’.

Last month, Clarkson collaborated with Ariana Grande on a new Christmas song titled ‘Santa, Can’t You Hear Me’, which ended up on Clarkson’s new holiday album, ‘When Christmas Comes Along’.

Meanwhile, Pixies are set to perform a headlining set at Manchester’s Sounds of the City 2022 next July.

The group are also preparing a box set titled ‘Live in Brixton’, which documents their 2004 reunion shows with original bassist Kim Deal.

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Marilyn Manson’s Home Raided Amid Abuse Investigation

Authorities searched the home of rocker Marilyn Manson on Monday after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Eva Jimenez said a search warrant was served on the home of Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner. She would give no further details.

The Sheriff’s Department said in February that its detectives had begun investigating Manson over reports of domestic violence between 2009 and 2011 in West Hollywood, where he lived at the time.

The women involved were not identified, but several women have publicly alleged this year that they were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by Manson around the time of the incidents under investigation, and some have filed lawsuits.

Manson’s attorney Howard E. King declined immediate comment. Manson has denied the allegations, and King has called them “provably false.”

The search of Manson’s home was first reported by TMZ.

The 52-year-old shock rocker’s former fiancee, Westworld actor Evan Rachel Wood, named him as her abuser for the first time in an Instagram post in February.

Manson called Wood’s statements “horrible distortions of reality.”

In May, Game of Thrones actor Esmé Bianco sued Marilyn Manson in federal court, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Bianco says that Manson violated human trafficking law by bringing her to California from England for non-existent roles in music videos and movies.

Manson deprived Bianco of food and sleep, locked her in a bedroom, whipped her, gave her electric shocks and threatened to enter her room and rape her during the night, the lawsuit alleges.

Bianco’s attorney said she also was interviewed by law enforcement.

And Manson’s former assistant accused him of sexual assault, battery and harassment in her own lawsuit, saying he used “his position of power, celebrity and connections to exploit and victimize during her employment.”

Manson emerged as a musical star in the mid-1990s, known as much for courting public controversy as for hit songs like “The Beautiful People” and hit album’s like 1996’s “Antichrist Superstar” and 1998’s “Mechanical Animals.”

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76ers send Magic to seventh straight loss

Seth Curry scored 24 points, Tobias Harris added 17 and the host Philadelphia 76ers held off the Orlando Magic 101-96 on Monday. Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his second game back after a three-week absence with COVID-19. Andre Drummond pulled down 12 rebounds. Tyrese Maxey also had nine points, nine assists […]

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EJ Obiena says ‘no desire to change nations’ despite Patafa rift, multiple passport offers

MANILA, Philippines—Pole vault star EJ Obiena remains committed to representing the Philippines amid his ugly rift with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) and despite receiving lucrative offers from other countries. Obiena reaffirmed his allegiance to the Philippines but also made it clear that the ongoing issue with Patafa may force him “into […]

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Nikola Vucevic’s big night powers Bulls past Hornets

Nikola Vucevic notched a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds and DeMar DeRozan had 28 points to lift the host Chicago Bulls to a 133-119 victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. Shooting 59.6 percent for the night — including a 46.2 percent effort from long range — the Bulls led by as […]

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Donovan Mitchell nets 30 as Jazz hand Blazers 3rd straight loss

Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points and Rudy Gobert amassed 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 129-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night in Salt Lake City. Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson added 22 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench as the […]

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Radiohead are selling ‘KID A MNESIA’ teapots, teacups and saucers

Radiohead have unveiled a special range of merchandise in celebration of ‘KID A MNESIA’, including a limited edition tea set.

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‘KID A MNESIA’ is a triple album reissue celebrating the 20th anniversary of two of the band’s seminal early 2000s albums, ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’. The reissue also came with the launch of a virtual exhibition and now a string of merch has been made available.

Beyond the usual clothing, patches and pins, there’s also a number of more unconventional merchandise items available to pre-order, namely a custom made tea set.

Made with fine bone china, the teapot holds four cups and, along with two teacups and saucers, is decorated with art associated with the reissue. The full set will put you back £185, and will ship in early February.

Other notable items available for sale include bedsheets, a cross stitch kit, a tin of biscuits and more. You can see the full merch list here.

In addition to the re-release of ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’, Radiohead also released an album titled ‘Kid Amnesiae’ consisting of unreleased material that didn’t make the final cut during the recording sessions of those two albums.

In a review of the albumNME‘s Andrew Trendell wrote, “Ultimately, ‘Kid Amnesiae’ not only offers a mood piece, but also a companion and secret history behind the making of two essential, landmark records – and the rebirth of a great band.”

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