Acclaimed for her vibrant and unique style, her soulful voice and her anti-pop videos and music, Billie Eilish is recently in the news, attacked by Directioners who felt offended by her liking a seemingly offensive post about singers Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. While some maintain that this is valid enough to be a reason to “cancel” on Billie, others brush aside such claims, defending the ‘bad guy’ singer and saying that Louis Tomlinson himself isn’t caring about the post, so his fans too should calm down.
For the full story, see: Billie Eilish received backlash after liking a meme about Ex-One Direction members Zayn Malik
Such controversy brings up the question many might have wondered about the opinions of Billie Eilish, sometimes regarded and shammed as derogatory and disrespectful but also sometimes defended by her fans, who call these honest, different and free.
Earlier this year, in February, in an interview with Vogue, her apparent insulting claim that current rap music is rarely genuine and authentic didn’t sit too well with many people — and they didn’t hesitate to let her know it. She faced the cruel comments of many saying how cruel she was, ah, hypocrisy- the constant companion of humankind.
Activist and artist Ferrari Sheppard wrote: “Billie Eilish will win even harder now that she’s taken a colonial approach to hip hop. Would you prefer rap stories to be 100% nonfiction so we can produce more dead or incarcerated rap stars? Stfu and stay in your lane.”
Billie had said in the past that she was actually influenced by rappers, which somehow renders this all a huge misunderstanding and Billie ignored such not so polite comments like a queen.
She had to face backlash for her tribute to controversial artist XXXTentacion but again came forth as a strong, unapologetic personality with her comment stating “I want to be able to mourn, I don’t want to be shamed for it. I don’t think I deserve getting hate for loving someone that passed.” She is blunt and not afraid to express herself or give answers to those who try to demean her. A truly impressive and inspiring lady!
We can just patiently wait for our phoenix to rise, wait and watch if she views the latest insults to her name worthy enough to respond to or just goes about her business, carefree and, in her own words “with a resting b*tch face”.
New protective suit could be the future of gigs and festivals after coronavirus
A US design company has unveiled plans for a coronavirus protection suit which could allow concertgoers to attend music festivals and live events in the aftermath of the pandemic.
The design for the ‘Micrashell’ was created by California’s Production Club, and includes a helmet, filtration system and an array of LED lighting.
In an interview with NBC New York, the team behind the design said they hope it will get crowds back in venues and at festivals without the need for social distancing.
“Micrashell is a solution for bringing people together safety,” said Miguel Risueno, head of inventions for Production Club.
“It’s a half suit that kind of takes your safety and your security in terms of being close to airborne particles or viruses to the next level.”
Despite boasting a futuristic design, snap-in canisters can also be incorporated into the suit to allow drinking and vaping while wearing them.
Riseuno added that fans would ideally rent the suit from venues, with staff responsible for sanitising them after each use.
“We said we still need to find a solution because people are still going out. People are still going to party and still skipping social distance measures… With our solution, we are trying to make space available for everyone because our solution depends on your own footprint rather than distancing yourself,” Riseuno explained.
The company is currently working on its first prototype of the futuristic design.
The design comes after the state of Arkansas staged America’s first “socially distanced” concert last week, despite facing widespread controversy.
The show by Bishop Gunn frontman Travis McCready had previously faced the threat of a cease and desist order after governor Asa Hutchinson said the social distancing measures announced by the venue, TempleLive, were not compliant with health regulations.
It eventually went ahead last night (May 18) after TempleLive postponed the event for three days in order to comply with the governor’s directive.
Healthcare experts in the US have also predicted that live concerts will not return until autumn 2021, with a poll finding that most American gig-goers would rather wait until a vaccine is found until attending shows again.
In the UK, venues have spoken of their concerns and requirements if live gigs were to be allowed in the UK again under the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
European countries such as Denmark have also begun trialling drive-in concerts – with fans enjoying shows from the comfort of their own vehicles.
Eminem tweets phone number to his fans: “Text me, I’ll hit you back”
Eminem has tweeted his phone number to his fans, as part of a new initiative to answer their burning questions about the rapper.
On Monday (May 25), Em wrote on Twitter: “Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner, but I just been busy” text me, I’ll hit you back 313-666-7440 #MMLP20 #DearSlim”, before linking to a website which features his contact information and opens up a text bubble allowing fans to text the rapper.
He also linked to Community, a newly launched phone-based social media service that generates a phone number fans can use to ask questions about their favourite artists, although there’s no guarantee that they will respond.
Upon texting the number fans are also greeted with the below message.
— Greg Getty$ (@KindaCoolGreg) May 25, 2020
It comes after Eminem announced that he will be hosting an online listening party for his third studio album, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ next week.
The album, which features the singles ‘The Real Slim Shady’, ‘Stan’, ‘The Way I Am’, and ‘Bitch Please II’, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Sharing the news on social media, the rapper’s listening party will take place on Wednesday (May 27) live on Spotify.
According to Eminem’s official website, fans can join a live chat and listen to the album while the Detroit rapper answers questions from those online.
Little Richard statue to be built outside musician’s childhood home
A statue of rock and roll pioneer Little Richard will be erected outside the musician’s childhood home in Macon, Georgia.
The musician, real name Richard Wayne Penniman, passed away earlier this month after a battle with bone cancer. He was 87 years old.
A fund established by Friends of the Little Richard House and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia will pay for the statue, as well as a replica of the singer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, USA Today reports.
The fund will also be used to “support organizations that provide music education to low- and moderate-income students across Bibb County and Middle Georgia”.
Organisers of the tribute are hoping to have the statue installed by December 5, the late musician’s birthday.
“Little Richard’s contribution to music as a whole, to all the genres of music, was monumental and very instrumental in a lot of people’s careers,” commented Antonio Williams, a Friends of the Little Richard House board member.
“I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it,” McCartney wrote. “He would say, ‘I taught Paul everything he knows.’ I had to admit he was right.”
Penniman was laid to rest last week in Alabama at Oakwood University, his alma mater.
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