Britney Spears is sending another message to her family.
In a post shared to the pop star’s Instagram account Monday (Oct. 25), Spears called out her family for “hurting me deeper than you’ll ever know” and demanded for “justice” after the conservatorship ends.
“Don’t you find it weird when you jump through hoops to organize trips or set up lunch dates with people you love only to know they’ll bail on you or leave after 10 minutes ??? It’s humiliating and it’s like every person I’ve ever opened to immediately says they’ll be gone on a trip for two weeks after… OK I get it… they’re only available to me when it’s convenient for them,” she wrote alongside a photo of a typewriter.
“Well I’m no longer available to any of them now!!! I don’t mind being alone … and actually I’m tired of being this understanding Mother Teresa… if you’re rude to me then I’m done… peace out,” she continued before adding, “This message is to my family… for hurting me deeper than you’ll ever know!!!”
Spears also noted, “I know the conservatorship is about to be over but I still want justice!!! I’m only 5’4″ and I’ve played the bigger person my entire life… do you now how hard that is???”
The recent post is not the first time Spears has called out her family on social media. Earlier this month, Spears wrote of her family, “If you’re like my family who says things like ‘sorry, you’re in a conservatorship’ … probably thinking you’re different so they can fuck with you !!!! Thankfully I found an amazing attorney Mathew Rosengart who has helped change my life !!!!”
Spears’ recent comment also mirror the ones made during a June 23 hearing where she gave a 20-minute testimony detailing the hardships she has endured throughout the decades-long conservatorship and stated that her family didn’t do a “goddamn thing” to intervene. She also expressed hopes to “sue” them, as well as her father be charged with “conservatorship abuse.”
Last month, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny suspended Spears’ father, Jamie, from his role as conservator of her estate finding the arrangement was no longer in her best interest.
Following the suspension, Spears expressed gratitude to the #FreeBritney movement, which has been credited for raising awareness on the singer’s conservatorship. “I have no words. Because of you guys and your constant resilience in freeing me from my conservatorship … my life is now in that direction,” she wrote at the time.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.
Based on sales and streaming data at the halfway stage of the chart cycle, Elton has the edge with The Lockdown Sessions (EMI), his collaboration-stacked 32nd studio album.
The Lockdown Sessions rockets to No. 1 on the Official Chart Update, and is flying to what would be Elton’s eighth chart leader. The superstar English singer last led the Official U.K. Albums Chart in 2012 with Good Morning To The Night, a mashup of his classics remixed by Pnau, the Australian electronic act behind Elton’s latest hit single “Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa.
Close behind is Duran Duran, whose 15th studio album Future Past (BMG) opens at No. 2. With Future Past, the alternative rock veterans could nab their highest-charting record in 38 years, since 1983’s Seven And The Ragged Tiger led the chart. Duran Duran’s most recent album, 2015’s Paper Gods, debuted and peaked at No. 5 in the U.K.
Meanwhile, Lana Del Rey’s Blue Banisters (Polydor) starts at No. 3 on the chart blast. It’s the U.S. alt-pop artist’s eighth record and second release of 2021.
Scottish rock favorites Biffy Clyro start at No. 4 on the midweek chart with The Myth Of The Happily Ever After (Warner Records).
As the chart race enters its second stage, it’s all to play for. According to the Official Charts Company, just 4,500 chart sales currently separate the all-new Top 4.
Closing out the Top 5 is Coldplay’s Music Of The Spheres (Parlophone), which dips 1-5 but continues to lead all albums on streaming, the OCC reports.
In a week flush with new releases, a 40th anniversary reissue of The Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You (Polydor) bows at No. 6 on the midweek survey; Self Esteem’s Prioritise Pleasure (Fiction) is at No. 7; Mimi Webb’s Seven Shades of Heartbreak (RCA) begins its journey at No. 8; Dream Theater’s A View From The Top Of The World (Inside Out) arrives at No. 9, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ B-Sides & Rarities – Pt II (BMG) starts at No. 11.
The Official Albums Chart is revealed late Friday, local time.
The Voice has reached the Knockout round, and the pressure is well and truly on.
That didn’t stop Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti and Sabrina Dias from tackling two enormous pop hits, from two of the biggest pop stars on the planet.
Going first, Vacanti performed Harry Styles’ “Falling,” showcasing his impeccable rang and control.
Dias went next, hitting “Mega Mentor” Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph.” And like the fire-haired Brit, Dias flexed her musical chops on an acoustic guitar and percussion, for a strong all-round performance.
“What in the world is with your tone,” Clarkson said of Vacanti. “It’s so big, it’s so round.” Clarkson admitted she’s “obsessed” with Dias. “There’s so much artistry to you.” But Vacanti was her fave.
Blake Shelton remarked that Vacanti “swung for the fence” and was on the “verge of breaking down,” in the best possible way.
Ariana Grande loved what she saw and heard, but, if she had the choice she would go with Dias.
In the end, John Legend had to make a call. “It’s so cool to see you both shine on this stage,” he remarked. But there could be only one, and that was Vacanti.
In his followup remarks, Legend paid tribute to his protégé’s “character and power.” The live round awaits.
For her rivals on Dancing With The Stars, JoJo Siwa is pretty scary. When DWTS took a trip into Halloween world on Monday night (Oct. 25), she was utterly terrifying.
Siwa and her dance partner Jenna Johnson performed a jazz routine to “Anything Goes” by District 78 featuring Patrice Covington, for DWTS’ Horror Night.
As usual, viewers couldn’t look away as the pair impressed with their every move. On this occasion, Siwa was decked out as an evil clown, channeling Pennywise from Stephen King’s “It.”
Horror night was extra scary. It doubled as an elimination round. The axe didn’t fall anywhere near Siwa, who, for the second week straight, scored perfect 10s from the judges.
“That was scary,” noted Len Goodman, as the dancers nabbed 40 out of a possible 40 to stay top of the leaderboard. “If ever a dance captured the flavor of a book, that was it.”
It was an especially terrifying night for Kenya and Brandon, as the contestants finished in the bottom two and were ultimately eliminated.
Watch Siwa’s performance below.
Justin Bieber is probably feeling good about this year’s Grammy Awards process. His smash hit “Peaches” (featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon) is vying for a nomination as best R&B performance. Last year, you may recall, Bieber lodged a public complaint with the Recording Academy when his album Changes and two singles from the album were nominated in pop categories.
It was a politely worded complaint — Bieber is Canadian, after all — but his disappointment was evident.
“To the Grammys I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album,” he started. “It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me. I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound.”
Bieber’s 2021 album, Justice, is also vying for a nod as best pop vocal album, but the victory for Bieber is that his pop/soul jam “Peaches,” which could have gone either way, is competing in R&B — along with such other hits as Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” and SZA’s “Good Days.” If “Peaches” is nominated, it would be Bieber’s first Grammy nod in an R&B category.
But how about the other songs that were released in this eligibility year (Sept. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021) and became top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100? Let’s see where they wound up in the 64th annual Grammy Awards process.
Note: Not all top 10 hits are listed here. Artists and their representatives are savvy enough not to flood the zone with multiple entries that could divide their support. So “Drivers License” is Olivia Rodrigo’s only entry for best pop vocal performance. Her other top 10 hits, “Déjà Vu,” “Good 4 U” and “Traitor,” are not listed.
And some artists simply decided not to play the Grammy game. The Weeknd, whose “Blinding Lights” was infamously passed over for a nod last year, didn’t enter his 2021 hit “Take My Breath.”
Some hip-hop hits are slotted in pop rather than rap categories, a sign of hip-hop’s penetration into the pop mainstream. These include Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and Lizzo featuring Cardi B’s “Rumors.”
“Mood” by 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior was released in the previous Grammy eligibility year. It vied for a best pop duo/group performance nomination last year, but it failed to register (probably because it was released too late in the year to be competitive). A live version is vying for a nod in that same category this year. Live versions of such past hits as Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” have won Grammys, so a nod is a possibility. Voters aren’t put off by the designation “(Live)” after a title.
First-round Grammy voting is underway. It began Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 5. The Grammy nominations will be announced Nov. 23.
Here are the performance categories in which top 10 hits on the Hot 100 are competing. They’re listed in chronological order. Relive the Grammy eligibility year in all its splendor and see what the Grammy screening committee decided was the most suitable category for each of these entries.
24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior, “Mood,” best pop duo/group performance (a live version is entered).
Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and M.I.A., “Franchise,” best melodic rap performance.
Ariana Grande, “Positions,” best pop solo performance (where it is vying for a nod with her “Still Hurting”).
Luke Combs, “Forever After All,” best country solo performance.
Taylor Swift, “Willow,” best pop solo performance.
Justin Bieber, “Anyone,” best pop solo performance.
Olivia Rodrigo, “Drivers License,” best pop solo performance.
SZA, “Good Days,” best R&B performance.
CJ, “Whoopty,” best rap performance.
Cardi B, “Up,” best rap performance.
Lil Tjay featuring 6lack, “Calling My Phone,” best melodic rap performance.
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak), “Leave the Door Open,” best R&B performance.
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, “Peaches,” best R&B performance.
Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” best pop solo performance.
Masked Wolf, “Astronaut in the Ocean,” best melodic rap performance.
Polo G, “Rapstar,” best rap performance.
Doja Cat featuring SZA, “Kiss Me More,” best pop duo/group performance.
The Kid LAROI and Miley Cyrus, “Without You,” best pop duo/group performance.
J. Cole, 21 Savage and Morray, “My Life,” best rap performance.
J. Cole and Lil Baby, “Pride Is the Devil,” best melodic rap performance.
BTS, “Butter,” best pop duo/group performance.
Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits,” best pop solo performance.
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby,” best melodic rap performance.
Lizzo featuring Cardi B, “Rumors,” best pop duo/group performance.
Kanye West, “Hurricane,” best melodic rap performance (the Grammy entry credits featured performers The Weeknd and Lil Baby).
Walker Hayes, “Fancy Like,” best country performance.
Drake featuring Future and Young Thug, “Way 2 Sexy,” best rap performance.
Drake featuring Lil Baby, “Girls Want Girls,” best melodic rap performance.
Wizkid featuring Justin Bieber and Tems, “Essence,” best global music performance (the Grammy entry doesn’t credit Bieber).