Sabrina Carpenter’s New Album Is Coming Soon, And Its Name Is Hidden In Recent Songs

Get ready to go hunting, because Sabrina Carpenter has hidden plenty of Easter eggs.

On Monday night (Jan. 4), the American singer and songwriter stopped by The Tonight Show for a chat about the Big Apple, “Skinny Dipping,” Emergency, and her forthcoming album, which is due out sometime this year.

We don’t yet know its title, though, according to Carpenter, the details are hiding in plain sight. “I’ve hidden the album name somewhere in work that I’ve put out over the last year,” she explains, “but my fans haven’t found it yet.”

Game on.

What we do know for sure, is that her new song is called “Fast Times,” which, like the rest of the album, was recorded in New York.

At the top of the interview, Jimmy Fallon played a snippet of “Skinny Dipping,” which Carpenter performed in the NBC studios last October. The song, she explained, is “supposed to feel a little awkward.” Like those encounters where you bump into someone unexpectedly, “and it’s the worst thing in the world but also the best because it’s…life.”

Carpenter enjoyed a chart breakthrough in 2021 with “Skin,” which marked her first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, at No. 49. “Skin” also triggered speculation that the emotional ballad was a Trojan horse reaction to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Olivia Rodrigo‘s smash hit “Drivers License”.

The 22-year-old will make the next step when she stars in the drama Emergency, due to premiere Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the late-night interview below.

Ted Gardner, Artist Manager and Lollapalooza Co-Founder, Dies at 74

Ted Gardner, a longtime artist manager who co-founded the Lollapalooza festival with Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, died Dec. 28. He was 74.

“I’m sad to report Ted Gardner, Our manager passed away today surrounded by his loving family,” tweeted Anton Newcombe, whose band, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, has been managed by Gardner since 2004. “We will miss a great manager, mentor & friend. Our condolences to all his family & friends.”

A more than 40-year veteran of the music business, Gardner launched his career in his native Australia before going on to manage some of the biggest rock acts of the 1990s, including Jane’s Addiction, Tool and The Verve.

With Farrell, he helped invent the modern festival landscape with Lollapalooza, which launched to huge commercial success in 1991 and went on to host a who’s-who of ‘90s superstars including Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Hole, Snoop Dogg, The Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys.

His skills were many and varied. He worked as a tour or production manager for the likes of Frank Zappa, UFO, New Order and Echo & the Bunnymen and, much later, guiding the careers of prog-metal outfit Floating Me and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, which featured prominently in the 2005 documentary Dig!

Gardner left his homeland for the United States in 1982 with Men at Work on the rock band’s national tour. The following year, Men at Work became the first Australian act to land a simultaneous U.S. No. 1 album and No. 1 single, with Business as Usual and “Down Under,” respectively.

From that point on, Gardner aimed high. “My father used to say to me: ‘when are you going to get a real job?’ he told Australia’s Scenstr in an interview published in 2017. “Then one year I came home from Lollapalooza with a check for $1.5 million and he looked at me and went, ‘yeah, but it’s not a real job, is it?’.” 

Along the way, Gardner had a falling out with Tool, which he represented from 1992 until May 2000. Gardner sued the band and their publishing company for $5 million for breach of contract and fraud in Nov. 2000, alleging they failed to pay him $500,000 in commissions.

Disillusioned with the music industry and, in particular, the major labels, he took a step back for 12 months in the mid-2000s. In January 2007, he returned to Australia revitalized, and started Cross Section Management and Records with Scott Mesiti.

Reflecting on his career for a 2011 interview published in Australia’s The Music Network, Gardner said the music industry presented no challenges that were too great. 

“Jane’s were crazy. We all were. Tool were difficult in many aspects. But they knew what they wanted and they wouldn’t bend and (they understood) what had to be done. And you’d deal with it. They’re the artist. The manager is there to facilitate their desires, no matter how crazy it is,” he explained. “There were some crazy things I’d be asked to do and I’d just laugh, No one was really hard. I worked with John Lydon. That was not difficult. Although he was impossible to work with.”

His approach to management was a holistic one. “You’re a manager therefore you’re a mother, you’re a father, you’re a marriage guidance counsellor, you’re a priest, you’re there as a shoulder to cry on when the girlfriend leaves. You’re a drug counsellor, you’re someone that can bring someone back to life when they’ve OD’d in another room,” he explained in the same interview. “All of these aspects you go through. If you’re going to be involved with an artist, you have to take every facet of their life. You can’t go, ‘I’m dealing with just the business and I take my X percent.’ End of story.”

Jack Harlow Honored With His Own Day in Louisville Hometown

Jack Harlow is entering the new year with a new honor.

On Monday, the Grammy-nominated artist revealed that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named Dec. 28 Jack Harlow Day in the rapper’s Kentucky hometown.

Harlow shared the news by posting a photo of his honorary plaque on Instagram. With a fun reference to his 2020 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit “Whats Poppin,” the plate reads, “For answering, once and for all, that what’s poppin’ is Louisville when it comes to talent that makes it bigger than big, but doesn’t forget the ‘home’ in hometown or homegrown. The rapper’s way with words and beats has earned him untold fans, chart-topping releases and an ability to give back in meaningful ways, and he does.”

The honorary plaque concludes, “Our city is excited and proud to observe December 28, 2021, as Jack Harlow Day in Louisville.”

The heartwarming honor comes about two weeks after Harlow teamed up with fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken and its parent company Yum! Brands to donate a joint $250,000 to the American Red Cross. The donation was in support of those impacted by a deadly tornado that reportedly killed at least 74 victims in Kentucky’s western region on Dec. 10 and 11.

At the time, Harlow had also announced his new partnership with KFC. He said in a statement, “Growing up, I always dreamed of being that guy who would put Kentucky on the map in the music scene. But to team up with an iconic national staple like KFC, the biggest brand to come out of Kentucky, is truly an honor. I’m looking forward to all the amazing things we’re about to do together.”

The hitmaker is nominated for the 2022 Grammy for best melodic rap performance for his feature on Lil Nas X‘s Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Industry Baby.”

Gal Gadot Admits Viral ‘Imagine’ Cover Was ‘In Poor Taste’

It’s been nearly two years since Gal Gadot received backlash for her star-studded cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” when COVID-19 first began to spread. The Wonder Woman star is now reflecting on the poorly received video, and has a different opinion on it.

In a new interview for InStyle‘s February issue, Gadot discussed the criticism for the 2020 cover, which featured appearances by Amy Adams, Zoë Kravitz, Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo and a number of other celebrities.

“The pandemic was in Europe and Israel before it came here [to the U.S.] in the same way,” she said. “I was seeing where everything was headed. But [the video] was premature. It wasn’t the right timing, and it wasn’t the right thing. It was in poor taste.”

 

While the video was meant to provide comfort and a sense of unity as the world went into lockdown, critics on social media thought the stars could have donated to COVID-19 organizations or to those suffering from the effects of the pandemic instead.

It’s not the first time the Israeli actress referenced the video. At Elle’s 2021 Women in Hollywood gala in October, Gadot jokingly sang a few bars of “Imagine” upon taking the stage, which was met with laughter the audience.

“It just felt right, and I don’t take myself too seriously,” she said of the appearance. “All pure intentions, but sometimes you don’t hit the bull’s-eye, right? I felt like I wanted to take the air out of it, so that [event] was a delightful opportunity to do that.”

Omarion Reminds Fans He’s an ‘Artist, Not a Variant’

Omarion sent season’s greetings to his fans in a series of PSAs that reminded them he’s not to be confused with the latest Omicron variant of COVID-19.

During Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on Dec. 31, Omarion sat down and set the record straight. “I am an artist, not a variant,” he said to the camera sternly in the first clip that he posted to his personal TikTok page. “So please be aware if you just so happen to run into me on the street, you don’t have to isolate for five days nor do you have to have a negative test result in order to dance to my music. So please be safe, be healthy, happy new year!”

Omarion echoed the CDC’s updated isolation guidelines, which advise those who have tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate for five days if they are asymptomatic or if their symptoms are going away, while being without a fever for 24 hours. But that’s not the case when it comes to the Grammy-nominated R&B singer and former frontman of B2K.

“While it’s important not to touch me and keep your distance, ’cause you know that’s how it’s post to be, you don’t need a negative test to dance to my music,” he reiterated in a second video, while referencing his Neptunes-produced 2005 single “Touch” and 2014 Jhene Aiko- and Chris Brown-assisted smash “Post to Be.” A new TikTok trend has emerged where users have been pretending to test positive for “Omarion” and later dance to these songs.

In a third video, the 37-year-old crooner pretended to read out a letter from his lawyers to further clear up the confusion: “I, Omarion, am a musician and entertainer (you knew that), not a viral variant.” He later addressed the DMs he’s received online and encouraged viewers to not be “disrespectful” toward him.

Omarion is, just as he said, an artist with five solo studio albums (not including the three he released with B2K) — two of which hit No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 (2005’s and 2007’s 21) and nine Billboard Hot 100 hits, including the top 10 record “Let Me Hold You” with Bow Wow (peaked at No. 4) and B2K’s No. 1 hit “Bump, Bump, Bump,” featuring Diddy. Omarion received one 2006 Grammy nomination for best contemporary R&B album with O. 

Watch Omarion’s PSAs below.

@omarion##omarion ##omnicron ##happynewyear♬ original sound – Omarion

@omarion##omarion ##happynewyear♬ Touch – Omarion

@omarionJust in case you didn’t get the message. @NYRE 🙏🏾😁✨. Omarion not omicron♬ Mutual (feat. Wale) – Omarion

Golden Globes to Take Place Without Celebs, Press or Audience in Attendance

The 79th Golden Globe Awards, set for Sunday, will highlight the philanthropic efforts of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which The Hollywood Reporter has previously written about — with winners announced intermittently throughout a 90-minute gathering at the Beverly Hilton, the HFPA revealed on Tuesday.

There will be no red carpet and no celebrities, non-HFPA members of the press or audience members in attendance — a reflection of both the grave COVID situation and the fact that the HFPA is currently personae non gratae with many in Hollywood.

It remains unclear if or how people not in the room will be able to watch the ceremony if they desire to do so — a live stream is a possibility, but there are presumably legal hurdles to broadcasting something as “the Golden Globe Awards” without the participation of NBC, which owns the broadcasting rights to the Golden Globe Awards.

And NBC is decidedly not participating in this year’s Globes, part of the fallout of last February’s Los Angeles Times exposé about the HFPA’s conduct and demographic makeup. The resulting uproar led many Hollywood constituencies to boycott the HFPA and prompted NBC, their longtime broadcasting partner for the Globes, to decline to air a Globes ceremony in 2022.

In whatever form this year’s gathering occurs, HFPA grantees and Kyle Bowser, svp NAACP Hollywood Bureau, will discuss their work with the organization throughout the ceremony.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Cardi B Blasts Homophobes: ‘You Just Ugly’

Cardi B continues to be a gay ally. In the early morning hours of Tuesday (Jan. 4), the superstar took aim at homophobia on Twitter.

“Every bad bi— have a gay best friend or gay best friend cousin ……If you homophobic you just ugly,” she tweeted.

While Cardi didn’t clarify what inspired her declaration — and it’s also worth noting that relegating gay men to the “gay best friend” stereotype should’ve stopped somewhere in the early 2000s — she has a long history of ardent support for the LGBTQ+ community, most recently helping to officiate a same-sex wedding alongside Raven-Symoné in an October episode of her Facebook Messenger video series Cardi Tries…

Her homophobe-slamming tweet also follows her recent thoughts on phony friends (“I knew the bi— was fake, but I still trust her cause I’m a idiot”) and encouraging her 21 million followers to “Take a risk this year.”

Meanwhile, the “Up” rapper remains hard at work on a full-length follow-up to her 2018 debut album Invasion of Privacy, which she previously revealed in an Instagram message to fans that she’s aiming to release in 2022.

In the last few weeks, Cardi’s also been busy celebrating the holidays as well as Offset’s birthday. The rapper got a pit bull puppy named Walk for Christmas while she gifted her husband a check for $2 million to ring in his 30th. She also unveiled her new NYC-inspired collection with Reebok while her “Wild Side” collab with Normani closed out the year atop Billboard‘s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

Check out Cardi’s tweet against homophobia below.