It has been warned that, between her father’s conservatorship and her overall well-being, Britney Spears might never perform again.
That would be tragic if true, but we of course want whatever is best for Britney.
That said … rumor has it that she’s planning to return to the music world with an impossible-to-miss single that’s dropping very soon.
We have to stress that this does not come from Britney Spears herself.
(Believe me, if she were speaking to me, you would know it)
We don’t even know whether this rumor was started by her team as a marketing strategy … or if there’s just some bad apple trying to get people’s hopes up.
But the rumor is that Britney is planning a comeback and that she’s going to drop an epic single.
“Britney is back and she wants to be heard,” an unconfirmed tip that we received claims. “My Own Way drops on 05.31.19.”
So, if this iteration of the rumor is true, we’ll know in a week — because May 31 is only one week away.
This could be extremely exciting for millions of Britney fans.
Britney is an incredible singer, but her comeback singles are always, always the strongest.
Think about the power and impact of songs like “Womanizer” and “Work Bitch.”
If history is any indication, “My Own Way” will be a smash hit.
This would also be welcome news as an indicator that Britney is feeling like herself and eager to keep performing.
We know that Britney is not — and will never be — hurting for cash, so this isn’t about needing a new source of income.
This is about Britney feeling well enough to do what she loves — bringing joy to millions through music.
It’s about her freedom of expression through her career.
Setting aside selfish reasons like our desire to hear another bop from the Queen of Pop, we would love this sign that she’s really, truly okay.
This is so soon after Britney’s release from a mental health facility last week.
So why do we think that there’s even a snowball’s chance in hell that this rumor could be true?
One, she’s a professional. If Arianna can drop “Thank U, Next” weeks after Pete Davidson, Britney can do this without breaking a sweat.
She could have been working on this for weeks. She may even have worked on it while she was in the facility.
(If Paris Hilton prepared for her role in Repo: The Genetic Opera while serving time in prison, Britney can write a song while getting therapy)
Two, this might be just what she’s looking for to reassure fans that all is truly well.
“My Own Way” could very well be a nod to the Free Britney movement started by rumors that her father locked her up against her will.
Certainly, many people are uncomfortable with the level of control that Jamie Spears exercises over his grown adult daughter.
He’s had final say over basically all of her decisions for the past 11 years.
Recently, he’s even filed to extend his conservatorship to other states — Louisiana, Florida, and Hawaii.
There’s much we don’t know about Britney’s life and her true feelings about her situation at the moment.
But there’s one way that she could express all of that: through song.
Nike reveal new Grateful Dead-inspired trainers
Nike have unveiled a new line of trainers inspired by The Grateful Dead.
The shoes, named ‘Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead’, were inspired by the legendary band’s iconic bears, first seen on the back cover of the band’s 1973 live album ‘History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice)’.
With a faux-fur and suede exterior, and an image of the bear on the tongue, the shoes come with a bear-featuring slip and a pouch on the inside of the tongue for storing weed.
Speaking of the new range, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux said: “As the band’s benefactor, Bear was an incredibly huge part of the Grateful Dead’s ability to become who they were.
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“They were talented musicians, but they would not have had the financial freedom to forgo jobs, move to Los Angeles and practice for 14 hours a day. The band wouldn’t become what it is today without Bear’s innovations and contributions.
“The same fiercely independent spirit from [Nike VP of Special Projects Sandy] Bodecker helped create that authenticity within the skate community.”
The shoes come in three different colours and cost $110 (£87). The orange version will be available from this Saturday (July 18) via FTC Skateshop, with the green and yellow versions arriving next Friday (July 24) via Nike’s app SNKRS.
In other non-music-related Grateful Dead news, the band recently announced their own line of organic deodorant.
Each deodorant is USDA-certified organic and handmade in small batches from 100 per cent natural vegan ingredients. The five fragrances include ‘Skull and Roses’ (lavender and rose), ‘Sunshine’ (blood orange and bergamot), ‘Timber’ (Douglas fir and sage), ‘Workingman’s’ (cedarwood and juniper) and unscented.
Hurts share new track ‘Redemption’ and its brooding video
Hurts have shared another new track from their forthcoming album – listen to ‘Redemption’ below.
The track is the third preview of the pop duo’s new album, ‘Faith’, which lands on September 4.
- Read more: Hurts tell us about dark new single ‘Voices’: “We’ve gone back to the essence of who we are”
“REDEMPTION is another harbinger of what’s to come on the new album FAITH,” frontman Hutchcraft says of the new song.
“It’s a song about fear and doubt. It emerged as a beautiful moment of clarity during one of the most troubled periods of making the album.”
Multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson goes on to call the track “a perfect storm of everything we do well individually, coming together in one moment”.
Hutchcraft recently spoke to NME about the band’s time away and the exhaustion that he experienced after the end of the band’s last tour. “I was physically and mentally absolutely exhausted. To the point where I was at breaking point.
“I had to stop and not do anything for a while because I couldn’t think, I couldn’t focus, or anything. And I didn’t know what the future held really. I didn’t know if we’d make another album again.”
Anderson added: “If you’d have told me when we started it, how coherent, powerful, and authentic it is, many months later, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. At one stage, I thought we had no chance.”
‘Entourage’ star Kevin Connolly accused of sexual assault by costume designer
Kevin Connolly has been accused of sexually assaulting a costume designer during a December 2005 wrap party in New York City.
Gracie Cox, a former assistant costume designer, alleges that the Entourage star sexually assaulted her during a wrap party for his directorial debut with The Gardener of Eden, reports the Daily Beast.
Cox said that before the incident, Connolly regularly flirted with her and singled her out several times on set while the movie was made.
The publication also reports that Connolly has denied the allegations and disputed her account in saying they had a mutual flirtation that culminated in a consensual sexual act.
Cox said: “We were at the party and I don’t think I’d been there for more than an hour or so when Kevin [Connolly] approached me and asked if I’d go with him for a smoke.
She said she was slightly intoxicated at that point and claimed that Connolly “led me down a hall to what I guess was the VIP lounge area.”
“As soon as we were alone in that area, he started to kiss me,” she claimed. “I didn’t know how to respond—but before I could even think about what to do about it, he pulled me into one of these little side [booths], and pulled down my pants, and turned me around, and within no time was inside of me. I was just in shock.”
She added that there was “not really a chance in my mind to object or resist.”
“It just happened really fast,” she continued “I froze and was in shock. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before in any way, shape or form. I was completely caught off-guard.”
Connolly has denied Cox’s allegations claiming that the sexual encounter was “consensual.” He made this statement to the Daily Beast via his lawyer.
The statement reads: “Kevin strongly supports victims of sexual assault and believes their claims should always be heard. As someone who has worked in this industry for four decades, he has treated people with nothing but respect and has maintained a stellar reputation. Therefore, he was completely shocked to learn of the allegations made by Gracie Cox from a wrap party in 2005.
“The incident with Ms. Cox was consensual, and he categorically denies any claim that it was assault. When they returned to the wrap party, Gracie’s boss, Amy Westcott, learned of what occurred and expressed her disappointment to both. Gracie shared with Kevin that she was embarrassed after getting in trouble with Amy, the head of the costume department. According to IMDB, it doesn’t appear that Gracie and Amy worked together on a project since then.”
“Amy and Kevin continued to work together for two more years on Entourage, and a few years later Amy recommended her assistant to work with Kevin on another job. Kevin completely understands Amy’s displeasure with the consensual act that transpired between Kevin and Gracie 15 years ago, after production had wrapped and they were no longer working together on the movie.
“Kevin acknowledges the lack of professionalism on his part, but he adamantly denies that it was anything other than a mutual consensual encounter.”
NME has reached out to representatives for Connolly for further comment.
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