Selena Gomez Lip Syncs to Ashley Tisdale's 'Be Good To Me' in Epic Throwback Moment. Selena Gomez took to her Instagram Story on Sunday (Sept. 16) to share an adorable video of her lip syncing to the 2006 track "Be Good to Me" by Ashley Tisdale. Gomez and Tisdale both rose to prominence through their acting work on the Disney Channel, though the two worked on different projects. Tisdale's breakout role was on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and she later played musical theater enthusiast Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical franchise, while Gomez starred as teen wizard Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place. (Billboard)
Jason Mraz Debuts Uplifting 'More Than Friends' Video Featuring Meghan Trainor. After wrapping up his Good Vibes tour this past weekend in Santa Barbara, Calif., Jason Mraz gave fans one last taste of summer with the release of the romantic video for his song "More Than Friends," featuring Meghan Trainor, on Monday (Sept. 17). In the visual, two friends are seen working on the set of the title track's music video, stealing glances, and dealing with their emotions before admitting their feelings and bursting into a dance sequence that celebrates their new union. The video was directed by Darren Doane, who previously worked with Mraz on "I'm Yours," "Make It Mine," and "Lucky." Mraz and Trainor will team up again for a special performance of the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday (Sept. 18). (Billboard)
Machine Gun Kelly Gets the Last Laugh in Eminem Feud. This feud has taken another turn. It's no secret that Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly have some beef. The rappers have been caught up in a war of words in recent weeks, stemming from drama that ignited back in 2012 when Kelly tweeted about Em's then-teenage daughter Hailie's looks. The 15-time Grammy winner fired back at Kelly six years later on his track, "Not Alike," rapping, "And I'm talkin' to you, but you already know who the f--k you are, Kelly/I don't use sublims and sure as f--k don't sneak-diss/But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie." A few days later, Kelly took aim at Eminem with "Rap Devil," in which he attacked the star and claimed he blackballed him from his radio channel, Shade 45. The 28-year-old star did not have the last word. Eminem retorted with another diss track, "Kill Shot," in which he ripped MGK apart with a slew of insults and depicted Kelly's face as a target for the track's cover art. However, it doesn't seem like Kelly is too hurt. He took to social media Sunday night with photos of himself on stage sporting the "Kill Shot" cover art on his T-shirt and holding up his middle fingers in the shape of guns with his audience mimicking behind him. The final picture was a photo of his track, "Rap Devil" in the number one spot on the iTunes song chart. "He missed," the star captioned the series of photos in reference to Eminem and his diss track. "#legshot #rapdevilstillNUMBERONE #letstalkaboutit." Needless to say, this feud is not going to burn out any time soon. (Eonline)
Paul McCartney Earns First No. 1 Album in 36 Years on Billboard Chart. 'Egypt Station' also gives the ex-Beatle his first debut at No. 1 and first chart-topper since 'Tug of War' in 1982. Paul McCartney achieved his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, Egypt Station, bowed atop the list. The set, which was released Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 147,000 were in traditional album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 22-dated chart, on which Egypt Station debuts at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday. Of Egypt Station's 153,000 units, the majority were powered by traditional album sales: 147,000 copies sold. The remainder was comprised of SEA units (5,000) and TEA units (1,000).
Cardi B says a transphobic meme that showed up on her Facebook page this weekend wasn't her doing and blames a former "team member" who had access to her account. The meme in question is a highly edited screen grab of Rolf from the show "Ed, Edd n Eddy" looking out of a window. A caption on the meme reads ... "I hope nobody see this tr***y leave my house." It was posted on Cardi's official FB Sunday with laughing emojis ... but has since been deleted. Cardi later tweeted out an explanation, saying a former team member has been the only one with access to the account for the past year and a half. She also says that her current official Facebook page is an old account -- but there aren't any other profiles of hers with a blue checkmark. The rapper didn't elaborate beyond that, but she seems to have regained control of her Facebook account. More posts have been thrown up since news of the controversy first broke. It should be noted though ... Cardi has reportedly come under fire for using the transphobic slur before -- and she has also apparently apologized for her past use of it. (TMZ)
Laverne Cox & Angelica Ross React To Cardi B's Transphobic Meme Controversy: 'Black Trans Women Are Being Killed' A transphobic meme posted to Cardi B's official Facebook account on Sunday (Sept. 16) included the text, "I hope nobody see this tr---y leave my house," followed by a series of emojis. The rapper addressed the post on Twitter, claiming that a former associate is the one who controls that account, and that they were the only person with access. Several fans expressed outrage over the meme, with actresses Laverne Cox and Pose star Angelica Ross shining light on the epidemic of murdered trans women. "I am a huge advocate for free speech but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to make and share memes disparaging & demeaning trans folks, trans folks will continue to be murdered &denied civil rights. #TransIsBeautiful #transrightsarehumanrights," tweeted Cox. She followed with another tweet, "There is an epidemic of violence against trans folks. It's not new. Lives are on the line," linking to a blog post from ACLU that points out that the number of transgender and nonbinary people murdered has hit record highs in recent years. Ross also took to Twitter: "Black trans women are being killed because of jokes like this. These niggas are killing us to keep women like you @iamcardib from finding out. Cause you'll make fun of their manhood. This is how you encourage toxic masculinity that only ends up hurting you too sis! Apologize." After Cardi tweeted out her claim that the meme was posted by a former associate, Ross shared her appreciation and asked the rapper to be an ally for the transgender community. "I appreciate @iamcardib addressing the issue and taking responsibility like a boss. The next step is taking the opportunity to teach the entire industry why this shit is unacceptable and will not be tolerated any longer. THAT would be allyship in action. Cis solidarity sis," the actress tweeted. This controversy comes two days after GLAAD's national moment of silence for black transgender women. The LGBTQ media organization called attention to the epidemic of black trans women murdered in the United States on their social media. (Billboard)