Demi Lovato Sends a Direct Message to the ‘Commander in Chief’ in New Song: Listen

“Make America United Again” is the motto Demi Lovato is aiming for in her powerful, politically driven new song “Commander in Chief.”

The track, a stern message to President Donald Trump, asks the question, “Were you ever taught when you were young / If you mess with things selfishly, they’re bound to come undone? / I’m not the only one that’s been affected and resented every story you’ve spun.”

The accompanying music video shows Americans of all ages, races and nationalities, coming together as a united country ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“Commander in Chief” follows Lovato’s surprise “Still Have Me” last month in the wake of her broken engagement to Max Ehrich. A few before, the singer teamed up with Marshmello for the mental health-themed “OK Not To Be OK,” which hit No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.

Stream the new track below.

 

Billie Eilish Shares Racy Photo With Cryptic Message

“Do you really wanna go back in time?” It’s a fair question, given the mess COVID had made all over 2020.

And it was just asked by Billie Eilish, who put it to her tens of millions of followers on social media along with a saucy snap of the teenage star.

Eilish poses, looking off camera with her mouth agape and her self drenched in a red light. It just might be a hint of new music to come.

The 18-year-old “Bad Guy” singer would do fine going back in time. She pretty much owned 2019 with the debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which hit the pinnacle of sales charts around the globe and scooped five Grammys earlier this year, including a rare sweep of the Big Four categories: album, record and song of the year plus best new artist.

Along the way, she smashed records left and right. Among them, she became the youngest album of the year winner in Grammy history (at 18), and the youngest singer of a Bond theme, “No Time to Die” (also 18).

Unlike most of us, Eilish has been productive during the pandemic.

During a recent interview for The Tonight Show, Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas revealed they’ve been in the zone.

“We’ve made a lot of music,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “I don’t think we would have made it otherwise, if we hadn’t got this time. So as much as it’s been terrible to have this going on in the world, I think it has birthed some things. We have been really lucky with it.”

The music video for “No Time to Die” is due out Nov. 20. See Eilish’s Instagram below.

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BTS Faces Uproar In China Over Korean War Comments

Chinese nationalists erupted in anger at South Korean boy band BTS after its leader thanked Korean War veterans for their sacrifices.

The singer, who goes by RM, made the remark in a recorded acceptance speech for an award from the Korea Society for promoting U.S.-Korean relations.

“We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless men and women,” RM said in the speech, which included no mention of China.

“After 70 years, the world we are living in is much closer than before. Boundaries in many aspects are getting more blurred,” RM said. “As members of the global community, we should build a deeper understanding and solidarity to be happier together.”

Chinese internet users and state media took RM’s comments as a slap at China, whose soldiers fought alongside North Korean forces during their failed attempt to annex South Korea in the 1950-53 war. They accused RM of ignoring the role played by China in the war, which Chinese Communist Party propaganda blames on the United States, instead of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung’s attack on South Korea.

“Before, I thought some BTS songs were pretty good. Now, they seem to be covered in excrement,” said a commenter on the microblog service Sina Weibo. “Insulting China is absolutely not allowed.”

An account titled “BTS Insults China” had been viewed more than 4.5 million times, according to Sina Weibo.

“Many Chinese netizens pointed out that the speech plays up to U.S. netizens, but the country played the role of aggressor in the war,” said an article in the Global Times newspaper, controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.

The attacks reflect Beijing’s assertiveness abroad and enduring Chinese sensitivity about the Korean Peninsula.

Asked about the controversy, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said, “What I want to say is that it should be our common pursuit to take history as a mirror, face the future, cherish peace and promote friendship.”

The ruling party uses the entirely state-controlled media to whip up anger against foreign companies, celebrities or governments that take steps Beijing dislikes.

Last year, Chinese state TV suspended broadcasts of National Basketball Association games after the general manager of the Houston Rockets expressed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. Broadcasts resumed this week.

In 2017, Beijing destroyed South Korean retailer Lotte’s business in China after the company sold land to South Korea’s government to install an anti-missile system opposed by Chinese leaders.

Since the Korean War, Beijing has helped prop up isolated North Korea with gifts of oil and other aid to maintain a buffer between China and U.S.-allied South Korea.

Online Chinese fan groups demanded an apology from BTS and called for boycotts of an upcoming album and promotional events.

BTS-related products were missing this week from the online stores of Samsung Electronics and sports brand FILA on Chinese e-commerce websites including Alibaba Group’s TMall and JD.com.

Global brands have tried to distance themselves from politically touchy issues, especially Taiwan, the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, and Hong Kong, the scene of pro-democracy protests.

In 2016, Hong Kong singer Denise Ho said cosmetics giant Lancome canceled a concert to distance itself from her pro-democracy activism.

The same year, Taiwan-born Korean pop singer Chou Tzu-yu apologized for shaking a Taiwanese flag on South Korean TV after criticism by China.

BTS has yet to respond, but South Korean fans reacted angrily.

“BTS fans are from all over the world, so China’s bullying will be known to all countries that took part in the Korean War,” said Johnny Kim, a South Korean engineer.

The row comes ahead of Thursday’s stock market debut of BTS’s management company, Big Hit Entertainment.

Hong Kong’s most prominent dissident, Joshua Wong, weighed in, criticizing Beijing for “provoking groundless rage and division.”

“There are still many Korean War veterans around the world, including those from the United States, so it’s not reasonable for China to pick a fight over this,” said Min-seong Lee, a student in Seoul.

Hozier Surprised a Busker Performing ‘Take Me to the Church’: Watch

Hozier gave a busker a welcome surprise as he performed “Take Me to the Church.”

In footage during the rounds of social media, the performer is seen working his way through Hozier’s 2014 hit when a masked shopper stops by to drop cash in his guitar case.

The singer immediately recognizes his patron, and halts his performance. “Thank you so much, have a good one man,” he says. “Wow, that was Hozier.”

A spokesman for the Irish artist’s label Sony Music confirms to Billboard that it is indeed Hozier in the video.

Watch below.

“Take Me to the Church” was an international smash, and a career launching pad for Hozier (full name Andrew Hozier-Byrne). Following its release, the song peaked to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the album it was lifted from, Hozier, went to No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

The Irishman went on to collect a pair of Billboard Music Awards in 2015, for top rock song and top rock artist, and he performed “Church” on the night.

His sophomore album from 2019, Wasteland, Baby!, went one better when it bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Mariah Carey Rounds Up Her ‘Voting Squad’ for Michelle Obama’s New Challenge

Mariah Carey and her entourage are masked up and ready to submit their ballots.

The chanteuse took part in Michelle Obama’s new #VotingSquad challenge, which encourages participants to get their friends together and vote early, as a number of states are already accepting votes ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Carey’s squad consisted of actor Billy Eichner, boyfriend Bryan Tanaka, makeup artist Kristofer Buckle and hair stylists Dior Sovoa and Serge Normant. “I am here with my #VotingSquad and we’ve all made our plans to vote! Please be sure to make your plan too. Your voice is important!” she captioned the glammed-out selfie, and tagged Tiffany Haddish, Jessica Chastain and Kelly Rowland to take part in the challenge next.

The former First Lady’s original post tagged Faith Hill, Chris Paul, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Liza Koshy, Selena Gomez, Megan Rapinoe, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janelle Monae and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Gomez shared the initiative to her Instagram Stories, getting the word out.

Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Madonna & More Make Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women List

Forbes compiled its annual list of America’s richest self-made entrepreneurs, and a number of music superstars made the cut.

Coming in at number 33 is Rihanna, who made the list for the first time with a net worth of $600 million, calculated using stock prices from September 11, 2020. According to Forbes, her cosmetics line Fenty Beauty had over $600 million in sales in 2019, while her Savage x Fenty lingerie line raised $50 million from investors. Lastly, RiRi’s charitable Clara Lionel Foundation raised $22.5 million for COVID-19 relief.

Other female musicians on the list includedMadonna ($550 million), Celine Dion ($455 million), Beyoncé ($420 million), Barbra Streisand ($400 million), Taylor Swift ($365 million), Lady Gaga ($150 million) and Jennifer Lopez ($150 million).

See the full Forbes list here.

 

Gal Gadot Responds to Backlash Over ‘Imagine’ Quarantine Video: ‘It Didn’t Transcend’

Gal Gadot has responded to critics of her star-studded quarantine “Imagine” cover, telling Vanity Fair that she “meant to do something good and pure” in her cover of the John Lennon classic.

“Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it’s just not the right good deed,” the actress told the magazine. “I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world.”

Later, the Wonder Woman star, whose Patty Jenkins-directed sequel was recently pushed back once again amid coronavirus-related theater closures to a Dec. 25 release, admitted to Vanity Fair that she understood it didn’t connect the way she intended. “I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn’t transcend,” Gadot said.

Posted to Instagram in mid-March, just days into the coronavirus pandemic’s lockdown, the two-minute video featured several Hollywood stars, including Wonder Woman 1984 castmembers Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, as well as Mark Ruffalo, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Jamie Dornan, Zoë Kravitz, James Marsden, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon, Maya Rudolph, Norah Jones, Leslie Odom Jr. and Sia, among others. Each contributor delivered their own line from the famous song in a montage performance derided by its critics as out of touch and inappropriately timed.

In the interview for Vanity Fair’s November issue, Gadot explained how she brought together all those famous faces. “I started with a few friends, and then I spoke to Kristen [Wiig]. Kristen is like the mayor of Hollywood. Everyone loves her, and she brought a bunch of people to the game,” the actress said of her Wonder Woman 1984 co-star.

While Gadot was open about the misstep, she offered no apologies for the musical montage. Instead, the Death on the Nile actress told Vanity Fair that she chooses to speak her truth and “do me” in the face of criticism from Hollywood and beyond.

“There is something that I’ve learned to say, which is, ‘I don’t disagree with you, but’ — so basically I’m disagreeing with you,” Gadot said. “So I adapted. I just came to the conclusion: I do me, you do you. I’d rather have you not liking me at this moment than not saying my truth.”

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.