Anitta Teases Surprise Guest on ‘Me Gusta’

Anitta’s new single “Me Gusta” will include a very special surprise guest, but she’s not revealing who it is just yet.

“Okay… now everybody knows ‘Me gusta’ is coming next Friday,” she tweeted on Saturday (Sept. 12). “Also everybody knows @myketowerspr is featuring on that.”

“What you DON’T know (and also I didn’t until last week when my manager surprised me) is that we had another AMAZING artist join the track,” she hinted. “Any guesses?”

“Me Gusta,” which also features Myke Towers, is set to be released on Sept. 18.

See Anitta’s teaser about the collaboration below.

Edna Wright, Honey Cone Singer and Sister of Darlene Love, Dies

Edna Wright, best known as the lead singer of The Honey Cone, the girl group that went to No. 1 on the Hot 100 with the song “Want Ads” in 1971, has died.

Wright’s sister, singer Darlene Love, confirmed the news of her passing with a statement posted on social media Saturday night (Sept. 12).

“I’m in complete shock and so heartbroken by the sudden loss of my beautiful baby sister,” Love wrote on Facebook. “Please keep me and my family in your prayers during this very sad time for us.”

“I didn’t just fall into The Honey Cone,” Wright said in an interview in 2019, speaking of her group with Carolyn Willis and Shelly Clark, formed in the late ’60s. “I dreamed of that. I watched Diana Ross. I watched Martha Reeves, and I said, ‘Oh, that’s phenomenal.'”

“It was very positive,” she said of “Want Ads,” reflecting on the hit. “It was a girl that was just really tired of stupid. She was the kind of girl who knew how to say no, and knew how to reach for what she wanted.”

Wright added, “I always try to put out positive songs that reflect, that I can watch through this life and say, ‘Yeah, that was me. I’m proud of that.'”

“We have something that everybody should know. We have one mouth, and we have two ears. We should learn to hear and listen better and speak less, and then we’ll win what we’re going after,” she said.

The Honey Cone’s chart highlights also included 1971’s “Stick Up,” as well as 1972’s “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” and “The Day I Found Myself.”

Taylor Swift Endorses a ‘The Last Great American Dynasty’ Film Starring Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds

Will Taylor Swift’s “The Last Great American Dynasty” ever head to the big screen? Well, the casting director would have a head start on their job since Swift has already co-signed on the potential stars of the film.

“The Last a Great American Dynasty would make an incredible movie,” Twitter user @TSlifestyle13 suggested earlier this week about the Folklore tune, written about Rebekah Harkness, the Rhode Island socialite who once owned Taylor Swift’s Watch Hill home. “The story is timeless yet unique, the music would be exquisite, and it already has the perfect title. As for the cast: Blake Lively (Rebekah), Ryan Reynolds (Bill), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (neighbor).”

To his surprise, that tweet turned into an availability check for the all-star actors he named.

“Ok I’m avail for this,” Ferguson confirmed, replying to the Swift fan’s message about casting him as the feuding neighbor whose dog gets dyed key lime green.

Reynolds gave the song-inspired project some thought, but had some reservations about the fate of his character’s role: “But Bill’s heart… ?” he joked. (You don’t get far into “The Last Great American Dynasty” before finding out that “the doctor had told him to settle down/ It must have been her fault his heart gave out.”)

“not trying to be The Loudest Woman This Town Has Ever Seen but… I LOVE THIS,” Swift said when she spotted the hypothetical film-planning thread.

Check it out her reaction to the fun idea below.

Mariah Carey Brings ‘Save the Day’ to the 2020 US Open Women’s Final: Watch

Mariah Carey’s new song “Save the Day” made its way to the 2020 US Open Women’s Final, for which she filmed a special performance that aired on Saturday (Sept. 12).

The TV debut of her Ms. Lauryn Hill-assisted hit, filmed at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, showed Carey sitting atop a classy blue car, watching footage of notable women’s tennis players as she sang.

“Thank you @USOpen for this amazing TV Premiere of my song ‘Save The Day.’ Couldn’t be more honored and moved to share the message of the song with these incredible female champions,” Carey wrote on Twitter.

Her appearance kicked off ESPN’s coverage of the championship event, with Naomi Osaka going up against Victoria Azarenka.

Watch it below.

National Suicide Prevention Week: Camila Cabello Encourages Fans to Seek Help If They’re Suffering

Camila Cabello, who has been candid about her own struggles with anxiety in the past, is encouraging others to ask for help if their mental health is suffering.

The singer shared a message with her fans on social media during National Suicide Prevention Week.

“every 40 seconds a family loses someone to suicide. This heartbreaking fact reminds us today, during National Suicide Prevention Week, that we don’t know what someone else is going through. I’ve been open about my challenges with mental health, OCD, and anxiety. And the bravest thing I ever did was ask for help when I was suffering,” she wrote on Saturday (Sept. 12).

“Being human is hard,” Cabello added. “We were never meant to do it alone. Check on your friends today and ask them how their hearts are. If you’re struggling with your mental health and are reading this now, please take it as a sign to ask for help. You are needed in this world. There are people that want to see you healed and feeling better and can help you through it. You are not alone.”

“If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts please reach out to someone close to you or you can call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK or text NAMI to 741-741,” she said.

See her post below.

Demi Lovato Turns Down Marshmello’s Marriage Proposal in ‘OK Not to Be OK’ Teaser: Watch

Sorry, Marshmello, but Demi Lovato is already spoken for.

On Saturday (Sept. 12), two days after dropping their inspiring new collaboration “OK Not to Be OK,” Lovato shared a hilarious video on Instagram of herself politely rejecting a sweet marriage proposal from the helmeted DJ-producer.

“You know I love you @marshmellomusic… but uhhhhh @maxehrich made his move first,” the 28-year-old pop star captioned the playful clip, which features “OK Not to Be OK” playing in the background.

In July, Lovato announced that she and boyfriend Max Ehrich had taken their relationship to the next level by getting engaged. The couple had been romantically linked since March.

Lovato and Ehrich confirmed their relationship in May by making a surprise appearance in the music video for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s quarantine tune, “Stuck With U.”

In the official video for “OK Not to Be OK,” Lovato and Marshmello meet their younger selves after waking up in classic suburban bedrooms. A young ‘Mello rolls around the yard and rides his bike through the neighborhood, while a young version of Lovato trashes her teenaged bedroom.

“OK Not to Be OK” aims to encourage outreach during National Suicide Prevention Month, but also functions as a handy reminder during a uniquely stressful, isolating year for everyone.

Check out Lovato’s comical IG post here.

Judge Rules Kanye West Stays Off Ballot in Battleground Wisconsin

Kanye West does not qualify to be on the presidential ballot in battleground Wisconsin after missing a filing deadline, a judge ruled late Friday (Sept. 11), upholding a bipartisan decision by the state elections commission.

The decision is likely to be rapidly appealed to the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court. That court put the mailing of absentee ballots on hold Thursday while it considers whether Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins should be added.

The delay is being closely watched in Wisconsin, a swing state that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016 and that polls show is tight again this year. State law requires ballots to be mailed by Sept. 17 to more than 1 million voters who have requests on file. There is also a Sept. 19 deadline in federal law for mailing ballots to overseas and military voters.

Those deadlines could force the Wisconsin Supreme Court, controlled 4-3 by conservatives, to act within a matter of days on who should be on the ballot. The state elections commission has argued that printing new ballots this late would not only be expensive, but could also cause “confusion and disorder” and may not even be feasible.

In West’s case, Brown County Circuit Judge John Zakowski ruled that the state elections commission was correct in determining that the musician narrowly missed a 5 p.m. filing deadline to get on the presidential ballot.

“The unfortunate fact is this dispute could have been avoided had the West representatives simply arrived earlier,” the judge said. “Candidates need to plan ahead and arrive in time to get into the building and file the papers in the office of the commission prior to the deadline, there are no exceptions under the statute or the relevant case law.”

West had argued that the deadline did not expire until 5:01 p.m. and regardless of the timing, commission staffers still accepted the papers. The commission voted that West had missed the deadline either by a few seconds or several minutes.

According to the lawsuit, commission staff should have unlocked the building’s doors at 4:30 p.m. to accommodate late-arriving filers. But the commission’s building has been locked since the coronavirus pandemic began. West’s campaign workers had to call the commission shortly before 5 p.m. to get them to unlock the doors.

A commission staff member said West’s representatives didn’t place the nomination papers on the counter until 5:01 p.m. By the time the papers were organized and officially accepted, it was several minutes past the 5 p.m. deadline.

West’s attorneys did not immediately return a message seeking comment. West announced a presidential bid in July, saying he’s seeking the nation’s highest office on a ticket he calls the “Birthday Party.” Democrats claim Republicans are pushing West’s candidacy in swing states to siphon the Black vote from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Whether West and Hawkins are allowed on the ballot could have a significant impact in razor-close Wisconsin. The Green Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, Jill Stein, won 31,006 votes in the state, more than Trump’s 22,177-vote margin over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Thousands of ballots across the state have either already been mailed or were being prepared to be sent when the state Supreme Court hit the pause button on Thursday. The elections commission did not have an exact count as to how many ballots were sent.

While Sept. 17 is the deadline for clerks to mail absentee ballots to those who already have a request on file, anyone who makes a request later will still be mailed a ballot. Oct. 29 is the deadline for most voters to request a ballot by mail. Returned ballots must be received by the time polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Election officials have been urging voters to return their ballots as soon as possible because of concerns with slower mail delivery and the expected unprecedented number of absentee ballots. State elections officials have estimated that more than 2 million of the state’s roughly 3 million eligible voters will cast absentee ballots, largely due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.