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Seahorse Talks Swimming Off ‘Masked Singer,’ Taking Home Some Mementos

[Spoiler alert: This story contains the identity of the eliminated contestant on Wednesday night’s (Dec. 2) The Masked Singer.]

With just two weeks before the season four winner of Masked Singer is crowned, things got pretty intense on Wednesday night’s two-hour Super Six semi-final, where three obscured stars were sent packing, including the seemingly unstoppable Seahorse. After crushing it with an amped-up version of Britney Spears’ iconic “… Baby One More Time,” blowing minds with her powerful take on Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and rocking Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World,” Seahorse showed her dance moves on Wednesday’s show with a hip-swiveling take on Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.”

Was it Sia-horse, as guest judge Craig Robinson suggested? Nope.

Alas, it wasn’t enough to save her rhinestone-encrusted skin, so when the horse head came off it revealed singer/actress/producer/songwriter and season nine American Idol semi-finalist Tori Kelly. It capped a pretty epic 2020 for Kelly, who recently followed-up her quarantine EP Solitude with her first Christmas album, the 13-track A Tori Kelly Christmas.

Billboard spoke to Kelly before she was sent packing to find out why she will always hold a little piece of the glittery sea monster in her heart.

How did you end up on this show? Were you a fan?

My dad was a big fan and it was so out there and crazy that I hesitated at first. I didn’t just want to say yes to say yes right away. But then I realized it could be a really fun opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and do something that’s not so safe. I could show the alter egos I have and play a character.

I know you have a choice of costumes, so what did you like about the Seahorse?

They showed me a sketch of the Seahorse and everyone liked the idea because it was the first time they were using airbrushing on a costume and there was a lot of details and it was super colorful. It was hard to tell from the sketch [what it would be like] but when I saw it in person I was blown away and was like, “This is my costume!” I was obsessed with it and there were just rhinestones everywhere! They kept adding more for every episode and it was so much fun to wear.

Did it feel like it said something about your personality? And did you have to tamp down any other part of your usual stage performance to throw people off the scent?

Yes. One of my goals for being on the show was to try a bit more choreo to my performances. So rather than dumbing  down my personality I had to turn it up because when I put on the costume I was like, “this is where my sassy alter ego comes out. This is the girl who’s been hiding and needs to work the stage and strut all over and do hand movements.” My fans figured out it was me right away, but I think I stumped a lot of people by being super extra.

Your cover of Britney’s “…Baby One More Time” had a kind of rock vibe that really made it your own. How do you take on such an iconic song and not just make it karaoke?

It definitely had its own vibe and they have such a great music team over there who love making alternate versions of songs. I knew I wanted to show my Britney impression a bit, so we thought, “why not make it thematic” and a bit more rock n’ roll so you had the dancers with guitars and we had fun with it. We just tried to switch it up and make it our own.

And not for nothing, taking on Celine’s “My Heart Will Go On” is crazy brave.

That was a song I definitely wanted to do when I thought about all the songs that could showcase [my vocals] and all the styles I wanted to hit. That one felt like it could showcase a different style for me than people are used to hearing. I was definitely scared when I got on the stage for that and I was so nervous because it’s such a big song and I was not super used to moving in the costume yet on the second episode. I remember that whole song I was trying not to fall. I was walking really slowly and focusing on the song and trying not to slip with all the fog on the floor.

Were you surprised by any of the judge’s guesses?

The one I was actually so flattered by was when Ken Jeong said Christina Aguilera. He had some great guesses and I was flattered by all of them, which is part of the fun. I was purposely trying to change my voice a bit through every song because I am known as a singer and I didn’t want to make it easy for anyone. I was just happy to stump the two singers on the panel (Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke) because I’ve sung with both of them and met them and the fact that they didn’t get it until the end… mission accomplished!

Did you expect to make it this far?

I didn’t know what to expect. It’s such a unique type of show and I’m sure other contestants will agree with that of course winning anything is amazing, but this type of show you can’t really be sad. It didn’t feel like a loss when it was revealed because in some ways you get to show everyone that it’s really you and that’s really exciting. It’s not like a normal competition show where there is actual losing. If anything, being able to show off different sides of me was very liberating. I have so much more confidence [now] at the end of the day.

Did the people in your life figure it out pretty quickly?

I purposely didn’t tell my parents right away but they said, “oh, it’s you.” I just told them that they “might” want to watch and was super vague about it and right away they were like, “you’re Seahorse!” I had to keep it a secret, which was hard when people kept asking me. I just had to be like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” [laughs]

What was the weirdest part of the costume? It definitely seemed less cumbersome than some of the others.

I feel like I got lucky with my costume because the body was really comfortable and easy to move around in… all the extra bits, the skirt and other stuff we clipped on afterwards. The main part was the bodysuit and everything else was clipped on. The mask was very top heavy, but it was really light and easy to carry around. It took some getting used to as far as moving my head around because it was so massive and I’m used to moving my head in a certain way when I sing.

Is this the weirdest thing you’ve done so far in your career?

Yes, this is officially the strangest, most unique, but absolutely most fun thing I’ve ever done in my career for sure. I don’t know how I’ll top Seahorse, Seahorse will come along with me for all my future performances.

Did you actually get to take a piece of Horse home with you?

I kept some rhinestones that fell off. At the end it was sad not to be Seahorse anymore. I love her so much and I really fell in love with the character, so the costume ladies gave me some rhinestones.

It feels like this is the perfect pandemic feel-good show, was that part of the reason you decided to do it?

Definitely. I remember thinking that I was just honored to be part of a show that was safely going on. Obviously there wasn’t a lot going on this year and so it felt really special because people are at home and it’s something to do with your family.

Justin Timberlake, Monica, Ludacris & More Added to Stacey Abrams’ ‘Rock the Runoff’ Virtual Concert

The Georgia runoffs are just a month away, with the outcome determining the outcome of the election and which political party will have control of the Senate. That’s why Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight is holding a star-studded Rock the Runoff virtual concert, with proceeds going towards the non-profit’s voter mobilization efforts.

Justin Timberlake, Michael Stipe, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri, Monica, Earthgang, Indigo Girls and Audra McDonald have been added as performers for the event co-hosted by Abrams and Kerry Washington. They join previously announced performers John Legend, Common and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.

“We are excited to bring together a diverse set of world-renowned talent for Fair Fight’s Rock The Runoff Virtual Concert. As we approach the January 5 Senate runoffs in Georgia, we must meet voters and supporters where they are; and reiterate how critical these elections are to the future of our nation,” Abrams previously said in a statement to Billboard. “The issues that are vital to the survival of our communities are on the ballot in January. Georgia has proven its ability to turn out the multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-generational coalition needed to win, and we are poised to do it again on January 5.”

Rock the Runoff airs Thursday (Dec. 3) at 9 p.m. ET, with tickets available here.

Death Cab for Cutie Announces Charitable ‘The Georgia E.P.’ Ahead of Runoff Election

Georgia is just one month away from holding its crucial runoff election, which could determine the Senate majority. To help spotlight the state, Death Cab for Cutie announced on Wednesday (Dec. 2) The Georgia E.P., out Dec. 4 for only 24 hours via Bandcamp.

The project will feature covers from Georgia natives, including TLC, R.E.M. and more. All net proceeds will benefit Fair Fight Action, Stacey Abrams’ voter rights organization.

“We created this exclusive EP of songs by some of our favorite Georgia artists for our friend Stacey Abrams and all the hard-working people at Fair Fight Action,” frontman Ben Gibbard said in a statement. “We strongly believe in the work Fair Fight has done to assure free and fair elections in Georgia and beyond and have been honored to assist them throughout the 2020 campaign.”

Gibbard will also participate in Fair Fight’s Rock the Runoff virtual concert on Thursday (Dec. 3), with proceeds going to the non-profit’s voter mobilization efforts leading up to the runoff elections. Other performers include John Legend, Common, Ant Clemons and Justin Timberlake, Monica, Indigo Girls, Earthgang and more. Tickets are available for purchase here.

See The Georgia E.P. track list below.

1. Waterfalls (TLC cover)
2. The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)
3. Fall On Me (R.E.M. cover)
4. Flirted With You All My Life (Vic Chesnutt cover)
5. Metal Heart (Cat Power cover)

 

Blackpink Announces ‘The Show’ Global Livestream Concert Experience

Blackpink in your area (virtually)!

The K-pop quartet announced on Wednesday (Dec. 2) that they’ll be teaming up with YouTube Music for their first-ever livestream concert. The event, aptly titled The Show, will take place on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. PST/Dec. 27 at 12 a.m. EST. and comes just two months since the release of their highly anticipated The Album

For the first time, the group will be performing songs from the debut project as a thank you to their dedicated Blinks. “We wanted to end the year with something very special for our Blinks who have been waiting so patiently for us,” said Blackpink in a press statement. “We hope everyone can comfortably enjoy our first-ever livestream concert The Show at home and hopefully join in on some special perks we’ve prepared for those who join our channel. Overall we’re super excited to share this fun moment with our Blinks and we can’t wait till The Show.” 

Starting on Wednesday (Dec. 2), fans can purchase access to The Show here on desktop and mobile devices, or by clicking “Join” on Blackpink’s YouTube channel. The standard package is priced at $29.99 and includes access to the livestream, rebroadcast and custom emojis. For $39.99, the plus package includes added behind-the-scenes content.

Blinks can hear more about the livestream event from Blackpink themselves on Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. PST/Dec. 4 at 12 a.m. via their YouTube channel here. In the meantime, watch the trailer for The Show below.

 

Megan Thee Stallion Bares Her Teeth in Striking MJB x Mortal Kombat 11 Campaign Video

British designer MJB brought together the worlds of fashion, gaming, sports and music for a fun new collaboration to celebrate the release of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate.

MJB and Mortal Kombat teamed up with boxing brand Everlast to create a powerful campaign video featuring Megan Thee Stallion. In the clip, the rapper is seen in terrifying fangs, slaying the sword game while rocking a pink leather bodysuit. MMA fighter Michael Venom Page, DJ Dimitri Vegas and British rapper M24 are also spotlighted in the campaign.

The accompanying limited-edition capsule brings together Mortal Kombat characters in MJB clothing, featuring four variations of the designer’s signature masked hoodies with the game’s key characters, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden and Baraka plus the iconic Mortal Kombat dragon logo. The Sub-Zero collection was designed with Dimitri Vegas, who is also a playable character in the Mortal Kombat game.

Everlast collaborated with MJB to create co-branded Mortal Kombat and MJB t-shirts, army shorts and boxing shorts using upcycled vintage British Military fabric. Co-branded collectable items and accessories include hand-painted boxing gloves, head protectors and punch bags.

“The collaboration means a lot to me.  It is our biggest and came about in the UK’s first lockdown.  We have brought together the worlds of fashion, video gaming, music and sport with Dimitri Vegas, Megan Thee Stallion and Michael Venom Page,” said Marc Jacques Burton, the founder of MJB, in a press statement. “We are now launching it in the UK’s second lockdown.  It has not always been easy, but I wanted to show myself and others that there are ways to adapt and still launch.  It is so great to see the arcade pop up at Selfridges and it will be epic to see people interact and play the games.”

The collection is online and in store at Selfridges. Watch Megan stun below.

Rapper G Herbo Charged in Fraud Scheme

Chicago rapper G Herbo, music promoter Antonio “T-Glo” Strong and other associates have been charged in a fraud scheme that alleges the group used stolen identities and cards to charge millions of dollars’ worth of luxury services over a four-year period.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the 14-count charges for events dated back to 2016 include aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting a larger fraud scheme, plus wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, among others. The indictment was filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, in September.

The group allegedly used the money to buy private jets, limousine rides, exotic car rentals, a vacation in Jamaica and two “designer” puppies.

Rapper Joseph “Joe Rodeo” Williams and co-conspirators Steven Hayes Jr., Demario Sorrells and Terrence Bender were also charged.

Earlier this week, 25-year-old G Herbo was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.

Here Are the Lyrics to Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Body’

Megan Thee Stallion “Body”-ody-odied the latest single from her debut album, Good News, which came in hot at No. 12 in its first week on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 5).

The 25-year-old rapper brags about being the apple of men’s eyes while making their women green with envy. She recruits Blac Chyna, Taraji P. Henson, Jordyn Woods and many more for the red-hot music video that shows off Megan’s best form in yet another cheeky dance routine.

Check out the lyrics and music video below.

Real hot girl sh–
Ah
And if the beat live, you know Lil Ju made it

Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (mwah)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah, ah, ah ah)
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (mwah)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody

Look at how I bodied that, ate it up and gave it back (ugh)
Yeah, you look good, but they still wanna know where Megan at (where Megan at?)
Saucy like a barbecue but you won’t get your baby back
See me in that dress and he feel like he almost tasted that (ah, ah, ah)
Num, num, num, num, eat it up, foreplay, okay, three, two, one
You know I’m the hottest, you ain’t ever gotta heat me up
I’m present when I’m absent, speakin’ when I’m not there
All them bi—es scary cats, I call ‘em Carole Baskins, ah

Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah, ah, ah)
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah, ah, ah)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (baow, baow, baow)
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (yeah, yeah)
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (yeah, yeah)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah, ah, ah, ah)

I’m a hot ebony, they gon’ click it if it’s me (if it’s me)
All my bi—es been gettin’ these n—as through the quarantine (yeah)
Bi—, I’m very well, on my sh– as you could tell
Any ho got beef from years ago is beefing by herself, ah, ah
If we took a trip on the real creep tip (yeah)
Bi—, rule number one is don’t repeat that sh– (don’t repeat that sh–)
Rule number two, if they all came with you
They better know exactly what the f— they came to do (yeah, yeah, yeah, whoa, whoa)

Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (yeah)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah, ah, ah, ah)
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (yeah, yeah)
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (yeah, yeah)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (whoa, whoa)
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah, ah, ah)

The category is body, look at the way it’s sittin’ (yeah)
That ratio so out of control
That waist, that a–, them titties (that waist, that a–, them titties)
If I wasn’t me and I would’ve see myself, I would have bought me a drink (hey)
Took me home, did me long, ate it with the panties on (ugh, ugh, ugh)
I could build a house with all the brick I got (yeah)
Bi—es spend a lifetime tryna get this hot (tryna get this hot)
And if her head too big, I could make that pop
I’m not the one to play with like a touch-me-not, ah

Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ah)
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (yeah, yeah, whoa)
Body crazy, curvy, wavy, big titties, lil’ waist (whoa, whoa)
Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody
Ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (hey, hey, hey, ah)

Ody-ody-ody-ody
Mwah

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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Written by: Megan Pete, Julian Martrel Mason, Christophe Petre