Lizzo on What It’s Really Like Living ‘Obese’: ‘My Bank Account Is So Fat’

Lizzo was asked how she deals “with being obese every day” and couldn’t pass on the opportunity to feign horror as she described a day in her actual life.

An advocate for being “body normative” — “I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal,” she said in an interview with Vogue last fall — Lizzo shared an Instagram video on Saturday (March 6) addressing the question in a delightful way.

“I wake up into my obese bed,” she began. “I have to get like a king bed because I’m so obese.”

Looking at the camera and pretending to hold back tears (while also trying to hold back laughter), Lizzo continued, “I put on my obese Louis Vuitton house slippers, and I walk into my massive, obese bathroom and I just stare into my wall-to-wall, obese mirror and lather myself in the most obese, expensive oils and creams, and — oh, god — I walk into my obese, gorgeous, mid-century modern kitchen, and by the time I’ve made it into my kitchen, I’ve already made another obese million dollars.”

“My bank account is so fat,” she sobbed. “My bank account is so obese, and, like, I tried to put it on a diet but she’s just so stubborn, like, she won’t listen.”

Watch her fire back at the attempted body-shaming on Instagram. Her response even got some love from Beyoncé and Solange’s mom, who reacted with a few crying-laughing emojis and pointed out, “who ever asks that has an obesely stupid brain!!!”

Andra Day Honored by Black Women Film Network for ‘Billie Holiday’ Role

Andra Day accepted the On Her Shoulders Preservation Award during the Black Women Film Network 2021 Summit on Saturday (March 6), thanking the non-profit organization for honoring her work in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.

“Thank you for recognizing and honoring the work that we put into this, to continue to push Black women’s narratives forward, to continue to uncover Black women’s narratives,” Day said in a virtual acceptance speech.

“This award is more special to me because of our community, because of our family, because of who we are,” Day continued. “And to just know that I have the support and that Black women were moved by the film and felt they were represented, and felt that they were seen… I think that has everything to do with Billie Holiday’s legacy.”

The honor comes less than a week after Day won the Golden Globe best actress in a drama trophy for her performance in Hulu’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday, becoming the second-ever Black actress to win the category and the first to do so in 35 years.

Day was a first-time Globes winner. She was also nominated for best original song with Raphael Saadiq for “Tigress & Tweed” from the film, which is now streaming.

Her win marks the category’s first Black winner since Whoopi Goldberg, who became the first Black actress to do so in 1986. Halle Berry famously lost the category for Monster’s Ball but went on to win the Oscar in 2002. And Angela Bassett, who was a presenter on Sunday, was the last Black actress to win best actress in a comedy or musical, in 1994.

The Black Women Film Network is the oldest non-profit organization focused on preparing Black women in the film, television, and new media industries. On Saturday, it honored noteworthy names in the industry including Day, Debra L. Lee, Rikki Hughes, Mikki Turner, Courtney Neal and Denise Armstrong during its annual BWFN Summit.

The summit’s theme this year was “The Revolution Will Be Digitized: Black Women Leading in New Spaces as Multi-hyphenate Creators.” Presented by Cvent, the event celebrated Black women in the arts and entertainment industry and featured master classes, seminars and activities that helped connect key industry leaders with aspiring entertainment professionals. Featured speakers represented brands such as ColorCreative, BET, WME, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Netflix, Tyler Perry Studios, CNN, and Starz.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Cardi B Returns and Teases New Music After Deactivating Her Twitter Account

Cardi B’s break from Twitter was short-lived.

The superstar temporarily deactivated her account when fans demanded she drop her sophomore album after she revealed that she was excited to be releasing her own doll on Friday (March 5). By the early morning hours of Saturday, she was back on Twitter.

In her first tweet on Saturday, Cardi addressed the criticism of her project timelines by reminding fans how she announced her previous album, Invasion of Privacy: “I announced my 2018 album in March 11th I knew I had to drop in April because by may my stomach was going to be to big to do music videos. That’s why I like it was the last music video I made ….Soo please tell me when did I ever wait on others to drop beside my stomach ?” she wrote.

She then tweeted a short audio snippet of a new song, in which she seems to be rapping “I need more money than problems this year.”

On Saturday evening, she got on Twitter again to give her followers a brief update on her upcoming plans.

“After next week I’m going full album mode,” Cardi tweeted along with another clip — a throwback of the rapper working on “Red Barz.” “I was hungry around this time .Perfecting & writing my s—.”

“Im going to complete some business do things for ‘UP’ then I’m out !but please let’s stay on topic & not ask me about things when ya know I don’t like talkin bout my moves,” she said.

Cardi B announced the arrival of her doll on Today Friday morning, opening up about how she wanted to design a doll that looks like her and represents a diverse array of girls, including 2-year-old daughter Kulture, because she didn’t have that experience with dolls as a child.

“I would love my daughter to play with a doll that looks like me. Growing up, I ain’t ever seen a doll that look like me. I ain’t ever seen a doll that really represents me. When you go to the doll aisle when you was my age, it’s either like there’s a real white one or there’s a real dark one. And there’s barely one that’s in the middle. None of them have my style, none of them have my flavor,” she recalled in the interview.

See her latest tweets below.

Louis Tomlinson Announces Plans to Launch New Management Company

Louis Tomlinson is looking to develop some new musical talent.

The 29-year-old singer took to social media on Saturday (March 6) to announce his plans to launch a new artist management company.

“I always dreamed of having my own label, having an imprint never really worked for me because I still had to have someone else’s blessing to sign people,” Tomlinson began his series of tweets. “People I believed in massively but unfortunately didn’t fit the traditional pop role hence never doing the deals….”

The former One Direction member continued, “So I’ve decided to put it out there in the world today. I’m going to start my own music management company to help develop new artists. Watch this space.”

Tomlinson pointed out that the management company announcement is “the first step of actualising the idea but at this stage that’s all this is. An idea!” He also clarified in another tweet that his plans do not included forming a record label.

In July 2020, Tomlinson announced that he had parted ways with Simon Cowell’s Syco. The artist had signed a solo recording contract with the label in 2017.

“Hope everyone is doing ok! Just wanted to let you know that Syco Music and I have agreed to part ways,” Tomlinson tweeted at the time. I’m really excited for the future and to be back in the studio writing the next album. Can’t wait to finally see you all on tour!!”

One Direction’s five studio albums were released through Syco/Columbia Records.

In early 2019, Tomlinson joined Arista Records within the Sony Music family, where he signed to Epic under Syco in 2017. As part of the deal, the singer’s solo music was distributed through Syco/Arista in the United States.

Tomlinson has released four solo singles since One Direction announced its hiatus in 2015. His latest album, Walls, was released in 2020 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the relaunched Arista Records its first top 10 on the chart in years.

View Tomlinson’s tweets about launching his own management company below.

Beyonce Pays Tribute to Late Fan Lyric Chanel With Emotional Medley

Beyonce is honoring the memory of her young fan Lyric Chanel, who died Friday (March 5) after a two-year battle with brain cancer and anaplastic ependymoma.

The 13-year-old girl’s difficult illness was documented by her family on Instagram, which drew more than 600,000 followers and caught the attention of celebrities like Queen Bey and Cardi B.

Following Lyric’s death, Beyonce shared an emotional video montage on her website in celebration of the girl’s life. In the tribute, which features photos and videos of a smiling and dancing Lyric, Beyonce is heard singing a special medley of her hit songs “Brown Skin Girl,” “Halo” and “Love on Top.”

Toward the end of “Love on Top,” Bey changes the lyric “baby” to “Lyric” in remembrance of her late fan.

“Lyric it’s you/ You’re the one I love/ And you’re the one I need,” she sings. “You’re the only thing I see/ Come on Lyric it’s you/ You’re the one that gives your all/ You’re the one I can always call/ When I need you baby everything stops/ You put my love on top.”

Beyonce concludes the tribute with a heartfelt, “I love you with all my heart.”

In September, Lyric received a beautiful bouquet of white flowers from the 39-year-old mother of three after posting an adorable throwback video of herself singing the star’s 2011 hit “Love on Top.”

“When the Queen Bey sends you flowers,” Lyric’s family captioned a video of the girl alongside the flowers. “Thank you so much @beyonce Lyric was so shock to get mail from you and she said Beyonce is the Best!!! We love you so much and she hopes to one day meet you.”

Watch Beyonce’s beautiful tribute to Lyric Chanel below.

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (March 6)

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.

Lunay’s Capsule Collection

This week, Lunay teamed up with clothing brand Pull&Bear for the launch of his basketball-inspired capsule collection “Lu-Lu Athletics Club.” The limited-edition set, which was first introduced in September, was inspired by the archetypal basketball aesthetic of the 2000s. “Lu-Lu Athletics Club” includes everything from varsity jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, jogging shorts, basketball caps, wristbands, and socks, to name a few. Click here for more information.

MAG Inks Deal with Warner

Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with rising producer MAG (real name: Marcos Borrero), Billboard learned this week. MAG, short for “magnificent,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Producers chart (dated Dec. 12), thanks to seven production credits on Bad Bunny’s El Ultimo Tour del Mundo, including “Te Mudaste,” “Yo Visto Así,” “Haciendo Que Me Amas,” “Te Deseo Lo Mejor,” “Booker T,” “Maldita Pobreza,” and “La Droga.” He also produced “Trellas” and “Antes Que Se Acabe.”

“MAG is an unbelievable talent and exactly the type of producer who we’re looking to add into the mix,” Ryan Press, Warner Chappell Music’s president of A&R for the U.S., said in a statement. “His work with Bad Bunny broke down cultural barriers and has opened so many new doors for him. We already have big things planned to help raise his profile even more and can’t wait to get started.”

Raised in Brooklyn but residing in Los Angeles, the half-Puerto Rican, half-Dominican producer has been in the business for more than 10 years and has previously worked with Nicky Jam and Rauw Alejandro.

The Exclusive Agency Launches

California-based publicist Elina Adut, who was formerly the senior VP for entertainment & multicultural PR at The Lippin Group for more than six years, has launched her own PR firm called The Exclusive Agency. The promising roster at the EA include A Tiny Audience on HBO (USA) and DIRECTV (LatAm), AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, Debi Nova, Guaynaa, Imagine It Media, Latin Recording Academy/Latin GRAMMYs, NEON16, Premio Lo Nuestro, SLOWLY Records, Sony Music Latin, Tainy, and Vice Menta.

“I am excited to embark on this new journey that has always been a dream of mine,” Adut tells Billboard. “I feel blessed to count with amazing clients who have trusted me over the years and empowered me to continue doing what I love. I’m eager to continue working hard for my clients and growing alongside so many talented people.”

Molusco & LaMusica APP Join Forces

SBS’ digital platform LaMusicApp announced this week its partnership with Puerto Rican host and actor Jorge “El Molusco” Pabón. Exclusive content will be shared via the strategic alliance between MoluscoTV and La Música App. For Molusco, teaming up with LaMusica, which is followed by many Hispanics in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and other parts of the world, is a great opportunity. “This strengthens us even more in the field of communications and in the world of entertainment,” he said in a statement.

Cuban Artists Sign to Planet Records

Planet Records signed an exclusive contract with Cuban reggaeton duo El Kimiko & Yordy, composed of Osniel Andres Cobarrubia Alfonso and Yordano Ulacia Creagh in 2019. “I love working with them,” Planet Records’ CEO Roberto Ferrante said in a statement. “From the beginning, they have produced high-quality music, and the public is supporting them in a massive way. Our main goal will be to take the Cuban urban movement to the top.”

El Kimiko & Yordy went viral with their debut single “Cambia Tu” in December 2020. With their single “Tengo un Pila,” they won the popularity award at Cuba’s Premios Lucas. Under the new deal with Planet Records, the duo will launch their debut album, Los Pa’Rato, which includes collaborations with El Micha, Lenier, and other artists.