Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ CD Gets Early Release In U.K.

Game on. Taylor Swift has pulled out the big guns in her battle with Fontaines D.C. for the U.K. chart title.

Swift’s latest album Folklore blasted to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart last week, based on streams and downloads alone (37,000 combined chart sales in total).

Though at the midway stage in the chart cycle, Folklore had slipped behind Irish rockers Fontaines D.C.’s sophomore album A Hero’s Death (Partisan) and Creeper’s Sex Death & The Infinite Void (Roadrunner).

Not so fast. In a surprise move, Swift’s U.K. record label EMI made the CD of Folklore available from Tuesday (Aug. 4) in stores and online, moving its planned release forward by three full days (Aug. 7).

It’s a strategy that gives Folklore a “fighting chance” to hold onto the chart crown for at least another week, the Official Charts Company reports.

Folklore is Swift’s fifth U.K. No. 1. And thanks to its staggered physical releases, it will likely settle-down in the top reaches of the Official U.K. Albums Chart for months to come. The cassette of Folklore is scheduled for Sept. 18 and the double vinyl should drop later, on Nov. 27.

Fontaines D.C., a five-piece post-punk band from Dublin, scored a Mercury Prize nomination for their April 2019 debut Dogrel, which peaked at No. 9 on the national albums chart.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday.

‘I Am Woman’ Trailer: Tilda Cobham-Hervey Takes On ’70s Sexism as Helen Reddy

The first trailer has dropped for I Am Woman, the upcoming biopic on Helen Reddy, the singer and songwriter whose 1971 song became a ’70s women’s movement anthem.

Unjoo Moon, the director behind the 2012 Tony Bennett documentary The Zen of Bennett, helms this story about the ambitious female singer’s personal and professional life. In the preview, Helen’s battles with a sexist music industry are mirrored in the front line fight for women’s liberation, a parallel that helps inspire her role in the revolution’s soundtrack.

I Am Woman begins its story in the mid-’60s as the Melbourne-born musician, played by Tilda Cobham-Hervey, struggles to balance her family life with a budding music career. Facing sexism at every turn, Helen determines to reject others’ notions of what she “can and can’t do.” Believing that her music career can best be served by moving to America, she leaves Australia for New York with just $230 in her pocket and her three-year-old daughter in tow.

Upon arriving, she finds a friend and confidant in well-known rock journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald). But she’s also met with music executives who only seem interested in investing in groups of men. Struggling to break-in, Helen challenges the sexist and patriarchal industry head-on, arguing that women might care about the substance of their music, not just the pretty (male) face singing it.

“Did it ever occur to you men to ask women what they want to listen to?” Helen charges as she stands under bright stage lights.

Despite male gatekeepers who label her music “angry” and “man-hating,” Helen, with the backing of her husband and manager Jeff Wald (Evan Peters), is able to secure a recording contract and a string of hits, including 1971’s “I Am Woman.” But as Helen’s star rises, the pressure of fame bears down on her and her family, forcing Helen to continue smashing through society and industry glass ceilings to cement herself in music history as an international superstar.

Produced by Moon and Rosemary Blight, I Am Woman was written by Emma Jensen and is distributed by Quiver Distribution. The movie will release in theaters and on demand on Sept. 11.

Watch the full trailer below.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

Chance the Rapper & Wife Kirsten Corley Are the Ultimate ‘Mom & Dad’ on ‘Parents’ Magazine Cover

Chance the Rapper and his childhood sweetheart Kirsten Coley prove once more they are couple goals and family goals, gracing the latest cover of Parents magazine.

Chance took to Instagram on Thursday (Aug. 5) to share the cover photo (which also features the duo’s adorable daughters Kensli and Marli), with the fitting caption, “Mom and Dad.”

The rapper and Kirsten also sat down for an interview with the publication, discussing what it’s like to raise Black children amid the Black Lives Matter movement and the current racial climate in the United States.

“My kids are young. Mainly, we’ve been teaching Kensli to love herself, to understand that her opinion is important, to understand that Black is beautiful and that Black power is her superpower,” Chance revealed, before lightheartedly adding, “Marli, I’ve just been trying to teach her how to walk.”

He also explained that 2020’s tumultuous nature helped him grow. “I feel like I’m 30 now,” he said. “I definitely felt like I was 26 for a while and now I just feel like I’m straight 30, which isn’t really that grown. I just feel grown as hell.”

Read the full interview here.


Rihanna Flaunts This Powerful Fruity Ingredient in Fenty Skin Products During Her Nighttime Routine

Rihanna’s answer to her soft, supple skin? The products from her brand new Fenty Skin line, of course!

After being featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Tuesday (Aug. 4), the Bajan singer-turned-skincare mogul filmed a tutorial on how to use her highly coveted Fenty Skin products she launched last Friday (July 31) for the magazine’s “Go To Bed With Me” video series.

RiRi’s best skincare tips and tricks include hydration, from drinking water to using her What It Dew Makeup Refreshing Spray, and a healthy diet. The 32-year-old pop star praised her Barbados roots and the island’s exotic fruits that she implemented as ingredients in her line of products, including her personal favorite the Barbados cherry, which she refers to as the “Bajan cherry.”

“That ingredient is packed with a lot of Vitamin C, more Vitamin C than a whole orange,” she boasts, “so imagine what that does for your beautiful skin.” Using natural, vegan, gluten-free ingredients on top of reducing the number of cotton pads and makeup wipes because of products’ dual effects and consistencies gives Fenty Skin the “clean brand” and “earth-conscious” titles Rihanna continues to exalt in the clip.

“I used to use a lot of makeup wipes a lot, and I didn’t really realize what that was doing to the planet,” she recalled about her previous skincare routine. “So I think it’s kind of a wrap for makeup wipes.”

Watch and learn from RiRi’s nighttime routine below.

Justin Bieber Recalls Getting Baptized With Wife Hailey as ‘One of the Most Special Moments of My Life’

Justin Bieber has often expressed how his rediscovered relationship with God changed his life for the better, and the star took to Instagram on Wednesday (Aug. 5) to share a touching moment of faith.

The series of photos show Bieber and his wife, model Hailey Bieber, getting baptized in a lake. “The moment @haileybieber my wife and I got baptized together,” he captioned the beautiful photos. “This was one of most special moments of my life. Confessing our love and trust in Jesus publicly with our friends and family.”

Bieber recently explained to Zane Lowe how his relationship with Jesus helped him overcome self destructive behavior. “It was dark, really dark,” he said. “So I’m very, very grateful to have influences in my life that have played a huge part in me seeing their relationship with Jesus and their relationship with their wives, and their relationship with their kids, and saying, ‘That’s what I want,’ and I’m striving after that.”

“So I was thinking too, obviously when we want to be successful in certain things, there’s things we have to work hard at. But striving for God’s love, or God’s approval, or people’s approval, it’s like God’s told me, He said, I mean I don’t hear from God audibly. But I feel like God’s, when he sees us, he’s not this God that a lot of people think, that like judgmental, and he’s a God that accepts us for who we are, and loves us through our pain and through our dirt.”

See the baptism photos here.

Which Disney Channel Alum Is Your Favorite Pop Star?

From announcing themselves as, “Hi, I’m [insert name] and you’re watching Disney Channel!” to hearing their names echoed throughout their sold-out tours, Disney Channel has provided the earliest stages for the biggest pop stars of the 21st century.

Former Mickey Mouse Club members Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake grew up to become the faces of teen pop at the turn of the millennium. They individually went on to snag at least 30 Billboard Hot 100 songs and sell at least 30 million records while maintaining their titles as three of the best-selling musicians in history.

The following generation of Disney Channel stars, including Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and the Jonas Brothers, took similar routes to success in their respective careers. Lovato even called their clique in an interview earlier this year “Disney High.”

“We called it ‘Disney High’ because when there’s only a select few of you that can relate to one another, you start dating each other, you become friends with one another, you fall out with one another and then you break up with one another,” she said on a segment of the In Bed with Nick and Megan podcast. “It’s just confusing and dramatic, and that’s ‘Disney High’ for you.”

So who’s your favorite star who traded in their Disney Channel wand for a microphone? Vote below!

Here Are Vital, Easy & Impactful Ways Artists Can Be Involved in the 2020 Election: Guest Commentary

A changing of the guard is upon us. Or should be. Millennials and Gen Z make up 37% of our electorate, according to Pew Research Center. Gen Z is the most diverse voting bloc in the history of our country. The last two months of Black Lives Matter protests have made it clear that young Americans are ready to engage. If we are able to harness this energy from the streets and into election booths our political system will be transformed.

If young people don’t participate, we have four more years of Trump. That could mean continued jackbooted militias abducting our citizens, the potential end of immigration, millions of deportations and the end of substantive police reform, as well as ongoing gutting of environmental protections.

We can end this and put a trusted, vetted and experienced leader back in office. And musicians have a uniquely powerful role to play in this process.

Our industry has an unprecedented platform and reach. Each artist controls their own media channel, boasts a devoted audience and possesses the rare ability to communicate with people where they are. Every musician’s social feed is a news source with the ability to inform, educate, and influence.

Having worked around the intersection of music and politics during the last four Presidential elections, I’m well aware that entering the fray can feel daunting. But you don’t have to be Rage Against the Machine or Public Enemy to make an impact. The tools are familiar ones, the playbook is not all that different from promoting an album or tour.

Voter Registration
In 2018, roughly half of 18-to-24 year olds were registered to vote, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With all of the momentum being generated by Gen Z, we cannot let voter registration be a barrier.

Voter registrations, which typically occur in person, are down two million voters a month due to Covid-19. One-third of young voters are unaware they can register online. If you only do one thing around this election, inform your audience on how to register. Two non-partisan organizations that work hand in hand with the music industry to do  this are Headcount and Rock the Vote. Both supply links, graphics, and other tools that make it incredibly easy to share information.

Educate and Activate
We are living in a post-truth world and one of the most effective weapons against democracy is misinformation. Point your audience to trusted information and resources. Encourage learning about candidates, measures, and down-ballot races. As the debate rages on whether or not to open classrooms, you can now see why even local school board elections are consequential.

Be thoughtful and authentic in how you communicate. Show your fans how to get involved. Model behavior by filming yourself writing a letter to an elected official or calling a potential voter. Talk to your fans on Facebook or IG Live about issues that matter to you and explain why you are supporting a candidate.  Go live with someone that is organizing around an issue you care about. You can use that time to ask questions that further inform yourself and your audience. Make sure that your fans know that their vote counts and their voice matters.

Fund Raising
Money, like the world, makes politics go ‘round. During a typical election year, an artist may be asked to play a fundraiser or campaign rally. These events are still happening in the virtual world but it’s not necessary to link up with a candidate in order to do your part.

Play a ticketed live stream and donate the proceeds. Offer up a virtual meet and greet via Zoom.  Add an extra dollar or two to items in your online store. Put a donate button on your website or pinned in your Twitter feed. Participate in an upcoming Bandcamp Friday with funds directed to a candidate or initiative.

Get Out the Vote
Voter suppression is the most tried-and-true way of influencing an election and the overlay of Covid-19 has only made this more urgent. There will be fewer polling places open with less on-site staffing. As seen during the primaries in Wisconsin and Georgia, expect longer lines and greater confusion.

We must eliminate barriers to voting, including access to no-excuse absentee mail-in ballots. Currently this is allowed in 34 states but needs to be legal in all 50.  Encourage your audience to sign a petition  and speak up about this issue.

For those that do not have vote-by-mail access, we need to communicate affirmative reasons to take off work and spend hours waiting in line. Link to tools that provide polling locations and hours. Post deadlines for early voting and absentee ballots.  Let voters know about any last-minute changes due to the pandemic and what to expect on election day such as ID requirements. Vote.org is a great resource for this.  Suggest bringing a snack, water and a book to help pass the time.

The world feels broken, sometimes beyond repair. But it’s not and America, despite the current administration’s best efforts, is still is a democracy. We have the opportunity to put this country back into capable hands and begin the process of healing and growth.  Musicians possess the rare ability to help people imagine a better future. Now let’s go ahead and demonstrate how to build one while creating voters for life.

Jordan Kurland is a founding partner of Brilliant Corners Artist Management. The company’s roster includes Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, Toro Y Moi, Best Coast, She & Him and Soccer Mommy. He is also a partner in live events producer Noise Pop Industries and served on the Entertainment Advisory Committee for Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.