Katy Perry Rises For 2016 Rio Olympics Music Video

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If you’re not a Katy Perry fan, you better learn to love her latest offering. Especially, if you’re planning on watching the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The anthemic balladRise” will be used by NBC during their coverage.

“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite,” Katy said in a statement. “I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”

It’s no “One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston or even “Home” by Phillip Phillips, but the Max Martin-produced track isn’t half bad. Personally, I would’ve much preferred something a bit more upbeat than moody, but whatever… it’s not heinous. Give the track a listen below.

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Confession time. I’ve actually never seen a Madea flick. Clearly though, numerous people are flocking to theaters. This is the umpteenth time Tyler Perry has cross-dressed to play his elderly black woman alter ego.

After releasing a Yuletide offering, the 46-year-old Perry gets in a hocus pocus-type of mood for the Halloween-themed film. BOO! A Madea Halloween, finds Madea winding up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.

Considering, I’ve never watched a Madea film, I have to say this one is a bit intriguing. Check out the trailer below. BOO! A Madea Halloween spooks moviegovers starting October 21. Happy Hellurween everyone!!!

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Britney Spears was reportedly set to premiere “Make Me” during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards a couple of months ago, but for some reason she postponed it. Much to the delight of her fans, the 34-year-old finally released it. Honestly, it’s not bad, but I was expecting more given the hype from her team, including featured artist G-Eazy.

“You guys are gonna love it. You gonna eat it up. It’s big, it’s big. It’s a big record. It’ll go off in the clubs. It’ll sound good on radio,” the rapper stated. With a solid remix, I can definitely see “Make Me” impacting on the Billboard Dance chart and clubs, but the original version is a little to mellow, IMHO.

“Make Me” is the lead cut off Brit’s forthcoming ninth studio album, which still has no name. Originally, “Pretty Girls” was supposed to kick off her new era, but wisely, Spears, along with her team, are pretending that mishap never happened 😉

Give “Make Me” a listen below and be sure to weigh in afterward. On a side note, how hot does she look on the official cover art. Las Vegas certainly looks great on her.

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NBC is taking a page from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, but with a twist. The peacock network is putting a Voice-like spin on their new entrepreneur reality series, Funded.

Tyra Banks will serve as one of the mentors on the business competition show. Budding start-up companies will battle it out for an investment in their business. Each episode will feature a mentor pairing up with a company.

At the end of each episode, the start-ups and their mentors will face a venture capitalist in front of a live audience and convince them that their company could be the next great company if they get the fund’s backing and that $1 million cash infusion. Only one start-up per episode can get funded.

“I have spent my life encouraging people to BYOB – Be Your Own Boss,” Banks said. “Making everyday people’s dreams come true is what I live for. ‘Funded’ is the life-changing type of television power project that gets me pumped. We will enlighten and entertain audiences big time and encourage our viewers to attack their most outrageous goals with fierce determination.”

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Hailee Steinfeld & Zedd Debut Collabo ‘Starving’

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After the release of her well-received EP, Haiz, the 19-year-old Oscar nominee is prepping to drop her first full-length album. Hailee Steinfeld wisely teams up with German DJ Zedd for the lead cut off her debut LP.

While it was all about female masturbation for “Love Myself,” this time around Steinfeld craves the taste of her lover. “I didn’t know that I was starving till I tasted you”, she sings on the chorus.

Starving” isn’t a straight out EDM club anthem. Instead, it starts off slow before building to a throbbing beat. It’s not as poppy as “Love Myself,” but quite good nonetheless. Give it a spin below.

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Rhea magazine plans to feature up-and-coming models for their weekly series, #ModelMondays. If their future picks are as cute as this one, consider me a frequent visitor.

For their first installment, the publication selected Ethan Turnball to highlight. Definitely a solid choice. The 23-year-old Aussie stud is adorable. He’s got that whole blond surfer thing going on. Check him out below, flaunting his washboard abs for photographer Scott Hoover.

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Tinashe’s Superlove Is Super Sensational

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Tinashe is back and thank God!!! I love the 23-year-old singer and feel she’s just on the cusp of breaking through. Definitely underrated.

Produced by The Dream and Tricky Stewart, “Superlove” is reportedly the new lead single from her anticipated, and long-delayed, second album, which BTW is no longer called Joyride. I suppose her team wants to start from scratch after “Player” featuring Chris Brown bombed, despite being fantastic.

Though the cover art is serving up some 80s realness, the track sounds more early 00s. It sounds like something Ciara would’ve released during her “Goodies” era. Fingers crossed this gets some radio support. Give the sensational bop a listen below.

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2016 Emmy Nominations: The Surprises & The Snubs

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The 2016 Emmy Awards nominations have been announced and boy are they interesting. Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham revealed the big categories during a live stream event earlier today.

Game of Thrones leads the pack with 23 nominations, the most among any shows. The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which was expected to do well, wasn’t too far behind with 22. Fargo was the third most nominated drama with 18. Over on the comedy side, Veep reigned supreme with 17.

The nods that pleased me the most were for The Americans. The spy drama finally got some love as did its leading actors, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Both are first time nominees.

Speaking of which, Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Constance Zimmer (UnReal), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Kristen Dunst (Fargo) and American Crime Story’s Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr. are just a few who are first time nominees. RuPaul, also an Emmy virgin, finally scored a hosting nomination for Drag Race, after eight seasons. Con-drag-ulation!!!

With regards to snubs, there was plenty to talk about. The most notable being Lady Gaga not being recognized for American Horror Story: Hotel. The anthology was also snub for Best Limited Series. Uzo Aduba, who won last year for Orange Is The New Black, was also missing from the list. The Good Wife which has been an Emmys darling during its run failed to get any love for its last season. Others not invited to the party were Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Starz’ Outlander, Lena Dunham and Girls to name a few.

It’s also worth noting that 21 non-white actors were nominated in the acting categories. Definitely, no #oscarssowhite situation here.

Check out all the nominees below. The 2016 Emmy Awards are set to air on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at 8pm EST. This year the show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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