Liam Payne Opens Up About the Complications of Co-Parenting During the Pandemic

Liam Payne has had to go a couple weeks without seeing Bear, his three-year-old, due to safety precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former One Direction singer spoke about the “complicated” situation in an Instagram Live video on Thursday (Jan. 7), when he shared that he’d been able to have some quality time with his child earlier that day.

“I went and saw Bear today,” said Payne. “We had a little hangout, which was quite nice.”

“I hadn’t seen him in a couple of weeks. It’s hard with the COVID thing ’cause I have to make sure that I’m negative before I go over and see him, so it’s having to wait that couple of days before you can test,” he explained.

“He’s only up the street and it’s dead complicated, but he’s gotten so big. He’s huge,” the proud dad said.

Bear’s mother is Cheryl Cole. Payne and Cole split in 2018, when Bear was one.

Watch Payne talk about Bear in the clip below.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Becomes the Highest Certified Song in RIAA History

Lil Nas X is celebrating a major milestone with “Old Town Road” this weekend.

“Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has become the highest certified song ever by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), reaching 14-times platinum status in the U.S. — accumulating 14 million in equivalent song units.

According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.

Lil Nas X reacted to the news on social media on Saturday (Jan. 9).

“OLD TOWN ROAD IS OFFICIALLY 14 TIMES PLATINUM! MOST PLATINUMS FOR ANY SONG EVER! LETS GOOO!” he wrote. (SZA had the top comment on his Instagram post, where fans were quick to upvote the praise she offered: “BRUH !!! Lmao what’s higher than diamond !????? I can’t even think of a gem JUST GIVE HIM THE RADIO.”)

Meanwhile, Cyrus tweeted, “Incredible. I’m speechless. #OTR is now 14x platinum and the most certified song in music history.”

See the “Old Town Road” hitmakers’ reactions below.

Randy Rainbow Blasts Trump After U.S. Capitol Riot in ‘Sedition!’ Parody: Watch

Randy Rainbow has one word for Donald Trump following the U.S. Capitol riot: sedition.

On Friday (Jan. 8), the comedian returned with a hilarious new parody video blaming the president for the recent Capitol siege in Washington, D.C.

Set the the tune of “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof, the video — titled “Sedition!” — splices visuals of Randy singing as characters from the classic musical with audio clips of Trump claiming the presidential election was stolen from him and the resulting mob attack on the Capitol building.

“A Twittler With No Proof. Sounds like a horrible idea for a musical, no? Or at least a horrible idea for a president,” the satirist begins the video.

“Who would attempt to rally up a mob and try to stage a coup to steal a fair election,” he continues to sing over photos from the riot on Wednesday (Jan. 6).

This isn’t the first time Randy has used music from Fiddler on the Roof to skewer the president. In May, he also used “Tradition” for the parody titled “Distraction,” where he blasts Trump’s “Obamagate” conspiracy.

Watch Randy Rainbow’s new “Sedition!” parody below.

Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw & More Remember Country Icon Ed Bruce

The country music community is mourning the loss of iconic singer-songwriter Ed Bruce.

Musicians like Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Jamey Johnson and The Oak Ridge Boys took to social media following the death of Bruce, who passed away Friday (Jan. 8) from natural causes at the age of 81.

“Just hearing that Ed Bruce passed away… What a stand alone voice he had,” Shelton tweeted in remembrance. “He’ll be remembered for his many talents including acting and maybe most important his songwriting… Rest In Peace cowboy. Im not loving 2021 so far.”

During his lengthy career, Bruce tallied 35 total hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, including “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had” and “Walker’s Woods.” He’s perhaps best known for the classic composition “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” which he co-wrote with his former wife, Patsy.

The song was later covered by a number of country legends, including Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, whose duet version spent four weeks atop Hot Country Songs in 1978. Their version also crossed over onto the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 42.

“We lost another one of our great country singer songwriters today,” McGraw wrote on Twitter. “The man behind ‘Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys’ and more. So many cool records of his that I listened to growing up.”

Johnson also paid tribute to the late country star, tweeting, “Thank you Ed Bruce for all the years of dedication to country music that paved the way for songwriters like me. Hell of a run Sir.”

See more tributes to Bruce below.

Grimes Reveals She Has COVID-19

On Saturday, Jan. 9, Grimes took to Instagram Stories to reveal she has COVID-19. “Finally got COVID but weirdly enjoying the DayQuil fever dream … 2021″ she wrote, followed by a leaf and fairy emoji.

She posted the text over a screenshot of the single art for SZA’s latest one-off “Good Days,” encouraging fans and followers to listen as well, comparing the song to a series of space, heart, sparkle and dragon emojis.

Just last week, Grimes released the Rave Edition of her 2020 album Miss Anthropocene. The original album topped Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in March and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums chart.