Lorde and Marlon Williams Cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Tougher Than the Rest’: Watch

Sometimes it takes two to tackle The Boss. That happened this week when New Zealand’s musical royalty Lorde and Marlon Williams joined forces to cover a Bruce Springsteen classic in NZ’s biggest city, Auckland.

During a concert Wednesday night (March 31) at The Hollywood, the local pair dueted on Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Rest,” lifted from his 1987 LP Tunnel of Love.

Lorde is keeping a good thing going. Back in 2014, Springsteen covered her hit “Royals” while on tour in the Land of the Long White Cloud. She returned the favor when she inserted Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” into her set on the 2017 Melodrama World Tour.

Lorde made her special appearance this week during the encore of Williams’ set, in support of his 2020 album release Plastic Bouquet, a country collaboration with Kacy & Clayton.

Williams has been tagged as the “impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison & Townes Van Zandt,” and is arguably best-known to U.S. audiences for his on-stage role in the 2018 hit film A Star Is Born.

Lorde (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) has had the world at her feet since “Royals” ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks and set a new record for the longest streak atop the Alternative Songs chart by a woman. Back in November 2019, she hinted that her third album was “in the oven.”

Watch the performance below.

Time Runs Out for Grandpa Monster on ‘The Masked Singer’

It was the end of the line for Grandpa Monster on Fox’s The Masked Singer, as the ginger thing was revealed to be a YouTube star.

Group B assembled Wednesday night (March 31), with Grandpa Monster, Piglet, The Black Swan, The Chameleon and a new competitor Crab entering the game.

Grandpa Monster wound back the clock for a performance of Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation”; Piglet hammed it up for a rendition of Andy Grammer’s “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)”; The Black Swan spread her sings for Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood”; Chameleon hit 50 Cent and Nate Dogg’s “21 Questions;” and Crab sidestepped nothing with a charming cover of the late Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

Time ran out for Grandpa Monster, however, as he was eliminated and sent home. But not before revealing the human underneath…Logan Paul.

The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

Chrissy Teigen Unveiled on People’s ‘Beautiful Issue’ Cover

Chrissy Teigen will grace the front of People magazine’s “The Beautiful Issue” in a cover story that delves into her evolved definition of beauty, facing racism growing up and her heartbreaking miscarriage last year.

The magazine revealed the cover Wednesday (March 31) of the annual issue, which hits newsstands Friday.

On this year’s cover, Teigen appears smiling along with her children Luna, 4, and Miles, 2, with the quote “I’ve learned how strong I am.” The 35-year-old model and cookbook author is married to R&B crooner John Legend, who was named Sexiest Man Alive by the magazine in 2019.

Teigen, who is of Thai-Norwegian descent, said she wants to follow her Thai tradition in remembering her son, Jack, who died at 20 weeks of her pregnancy. She was hospitalized with excessive bleeding before the miscarriage. She said it’s important for Luna and Milles to stayed connected with their late brother and always “embrace the ones that we’ve lost” based on her tradition.

“We have this new home that we’re building, and this tree being planted inside,” she told the magazine. “The whole reason why I wanted it was so Jack’s ashes could be in that soil, and he could be with us all the time and grow through the beautiful leaves.”

Over the years, Teigen said her definition of beauty has evolved after giving birth to her children. She has taken a proud stance of embracing her healed scars as a mother.

“Beauty is being able to see how powerful your body is,” she said. “It’s really, really nice to be able to come to an age where I can appreciate every little scar and see my body as something that’s done incredible, miraculous things. The difference is these two beautiful, wonderful babies, and these scars are the things I’ve been through and the journeys I’ve healed from.”

Motherhood has also changed Teigen’s views on her wellness. She used to enforce a strict eating regimen during her modeling days, dealing with the ups and downs of the diet culture. But now, Teigen is focused on what makes her feel good and does her best to “indulge in it.”

“I’ve spent way too many years counting calories and scheduling way too many workouts and trying to figure out what ‘wellness’ meant to me,” she said. “Now I know that it’s on the ground playing with my kids or going to an aquarium or a park.”

Teigen touched on enduring racism while growing up. She often had friends — Black or white — who protected her after racist comments. She said some of her friends got suspended from school for defending her.

As Teigen grew older, she saw more racism occur during her modeling career. “I experienced more everyday casual racism once I entered the modeling world,” she said. “When they needed someone racially ambiguous — that’s what they called it — that was always going to be me.”

People’s announcement comes a week after Teigen quit Twitter, citing it as a negative influence on her life. She wrote in a final series of posts that criticism she’d endured on the site had left her “deeply bruised.”

Sharon Stone Says Britney Spears Reached Out to Her for Help: ‘There’s a Point Where You Get Broken’

Last week, Britney Spears took to Twitter to share some of the women who have “truly inspired” her life, and the first photo in her tweet was actress Sharon Stone. While the pick might have seemed out of left field, it turns out the pair have been in touch for awhile now — including at one of the toughest points in Spears’ life.

On Wednesday’s (March 31) Kelly Clarkson Show, the singer/host asked Stone about Spears calling her an inspiration, and the Basic Instinct star shared a surprising story about the pop star.

“Britney wrote to me a very long and poignant letter during a very difficult time in her life — about the time when … she shaved her head — wanting me to help her,” Stone said, recalling Spears’ very public struggles back in 2007, right before she was involuntarily committed to the hospital. “I was in a very difficult time in my life and I couldn’t help myself. But the truth of the matter is, we both needed help — she needed help, and I needed help.”

Spears’ hospitalization led to the conservatorship that still controls her finances to this day, and that arrangement is currently under a microscope thanks to the Framing Britney Spears documentary released on FX and Hulu last month.

“The true fact of it is, it’s very hard to be a very successful woman and not have everyone controlling you, taking your finances and handling you,” Stone continued, alluding to Spears’ situation, in which her father controls her finances and her business deals. “Women, and I’m sure all of the young stars, get handled. You get handled so much that it’s just — there is a huge breaking point, and there’s a point where you get broken.

“The thing with Britney Spears is so out of control and so awful, and I can say it’s been very out of control and very awful more than once in my life,” Stone told Clarkson. “And I have certainly had it. And it’s very complicated to take control of your life. It’s very hard to get control of your finances.”

Back in October, months before the premiere of Framing Britney Spears but in the thick of the fan-driven #FreeBritney movement, Stone commented on one of Spears’ Instagram posts: “You have a right to an attorney NOT provided by your family !! You can get your own attorney ! You deserve that .”

On Tuesday, Spears herself made her first public statement about the New York Times documentary that examines her controversial conservatorship, writing on Instagram, “I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in. I cried for two weeks and well …. I still cry sometimes !!!! I do what I can in my own spirituality with myself to try and keep my own joy … love … and happiness !!!! Every day dancing brings me joy !!! I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness !!!!”

Among the other inspirational women Spears shared via Twitter on March 24: Miley and Noah Cyrus, Natalie Portman and her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears.

Watch Stone’s appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show below.

Addison Rae Responds to Backlash Over ‘Tonight Show’ TikTok Dance Segment

Addison Rae has responded after she faced heavy backlash for not crediting the mostly Black creators of dances she recently performed on The Tonight Show.

Rae, a social media star born Addison Easterling, told TMZ it was not her intention to snub those who brainstormed the moves.

“I think they were all credited in the original YouTube posting, but it’s kinda hard to credit during the show,” she said. “But they all know that I love them so much and I mean, I support all of them so much. And hopefully one day we can all meet up and dance together.”

The creators of the dances are listed in the credits of the YouTube clip from the show but were not identified on the show or within the video on YouTube.

Asked if host Jimmy Fallon or anyone from The Tonight Show had been in contact over the heat she was taking, Rae said the show was discussing the incident “behind the scenes.” Dance creators such as @jazlynebaybee, @flyboyfu, @yvnggprince and @theemyanicole are listed in the Tonight Show video.

“They deserve all the credit because they came up with these amazing trends,” she said.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Beyoncé Shares Sweet Family Beach Day Pictures From Malibu

Grammy winners Beyoncé and Blue Ivy had a carefree beach day in Malibu on Wednesday (March 31), and Bey shared some rare family photos.

The “Brown Skin Girl” mother-daughter duo made history at the 2021 Grammy Awards, when Queen Bey broke the record for most Grammys won by a woman (and vocalist of any gender) and Blue, 9, became the second-youngest person to win a Grammy. The two took a much-deserved break at Nobu in Malibu, Calif., bringing back the duck face with their swaggy glasses in a new photo series on Bey’s Instagram.

Although Jay-Z was absent from the fam outing, 3-year-old twins Rumi and Sir appear very grown up while walking on the beach near the water in subsequent pictures.

The “Black Parade” singer also shared two separate carousels of her ‘fit pics, flexing her denim two-piece set, white ribbed crop top, giant diamond necklace, embellished bowtie pumps and black Chanel purse. She even posts up by a wall completely stocked with Jay’s Armand De Brignac (also known as Ace of Spades) champagne. (Moet Hennessy recently bought a 50% stake in the brand.)

See Beyoncé’s new pics here, here and here.

Want More Women Working in the Studio? Go Get Them! (Guest Column)

A lot of people ask me, “How do we get more women working in recording studios?” The answer is simple: Go get them! And the earlier, the better.

Working in a studio can be daunting. Producing, engineering, mixing, mastering — none of these things comes naturally. You have to learn them, and it’s not always clear how. That’s why just 2% of the producers of last year’s top 100 songs were women, and only six were women of color, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. We need to illuminate the path, and we need to do it from both an educational and practical perspective.

Some progress is being made. According to the just-released TuneCore and MIDiA Research report “Be the Change: Women Making Music,” over half of respondents said they have seen increased opportunities for women to become producers and industry leaders over the past year. However, 17% said they’ve seen no improvements. That’s why we need to educate women on the studio jobs available to them — from mixing engineers and recording engineers to producers, songwriters, session musicians, gear techs, and administrative assistants. These roles can serve as a springboard to leadership roles for women in the studio world, creating equity and ensuring women’s concerns are heard and addressed.

What’s Your Major?

On the educational side, it’s important to teach women not only how to be a producer or an engineer but also what specific classes and majors they need to take to get that training. The music industry is huge with many different aspects to it, and a music business program isn’t necessarily going to give you the technical skills you need to record an artist or create a beat. We need to let young women know that audio engineering majors, certificates, and courses are available to them — you just need to know what they’re called and where to sign up.

For those interested, 4U Recording’s home states of Tennessee and Georgia offer a variety of programs in the field, including a Bachelor of Science in Audio Production at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), a Bachelor of Science or Arts in Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University, a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production at the Art Institute of Atlanta, an Audio Bachelor of Applied Science at the SAE Institute, and Live Sound and Studio Engineering programs at The Black Bird Academy. Other possibilities include Berklee College of Music’s Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Engineering, Full Sail University’s Bachelor of Science in Audio Production, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Bachelor & Master of Fine Arts in Sound, the Los Angeles Recording School’s Bachelor of Science in Audio Production, Media Tech Dallas’ Associate of Applied Science Degree in Recording Arts, the University of Washington’s Certificate in Audio Production Techniques, and the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music’s Certificate in Audio Engineering.

Respect the Hustle
However, going to college isn’t an option for everyone. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a studio job — it just takes a little hustle. Personally, I didn’t know what a compressor was when I first got to 4U Recording, but I hung out around enough people who did that I eventually figured it out. That’s the key — getting young women in the door in a studio environment. Many people who are interested in producing or engineering assume they need to find a job as a producer or engineer right from the jump, and don’t even bother looking at studio positions until they feel like their skills are up to snuff. That leads many women down a wormhole of self-doubt that ultimately takes them somewhere else entirely.

We can correct that by letting women know about other jobs in the studio they can do without being a master technician. Every studio has administrative needs, and these positions are a great way to get started. Once you’re in the studio space, you can sit in on sessions, talk to the producers and engineers who work there, and learn by doing. At 4U Recording, we also bring many young women into the mix as interns and encourage them to get as involved as they’d like. We’ve even had a few join us full-time once their internships were up. The key thing is that while learning to be a producer or engineer can be a little technical, it’s not so complicated you can’t learn it on the job. But if you don’t even know there are jobs available or are too intimidated to apply for one, there’s no way for you to do that.

Speaking of intimidation, those who are a little iffy on jumping directly into the often male-dominated studio environment might want to check out woman-owned or -run studios like 4U Recording in Memphis and Atlanta; the Memphis Slim Collaboratory in Memphis; Neato Mastering and Crybaby Audio in Nashville; Women’s Audio Mission in San Francisco; Nitrosonic Studios in Lexington, KY; Gramercy Post, The Lodge Mastering, Funkadelic Studios, and Jungle City Studios in New York; and Denk Studios in North Carolina. No one understands women like other women, and these are all great spots to work and learn. The point is, let’s make sure women know about the opportunities they have.

Be Visible
Finally, to the women and women of color like me who are in the studio business, it’s time to get out there! Visibility is important to get young women started on their path to the studio, so go speak at high schools and colleges, sit in the booth at job fairs, get involved in community organizations, and sign up to be a mentor. Something as simple as seeing a woman onstage at a concert setting up equipment, or assembling their own DJ booth and doing a set, can have a lasting impact on someone who previously didn’t even think of those things as a possibility. So don’t sit back and expect women to find their way to the studio. Go get them!

Crystal Carpenter is Studio Manager of 4U Recording, a state-of-the-art recording studio that is part of the Made in Memphis Entertainment (MIME) family of companies. She joined the studio in February 2019 and has already built a strong client base, hosting the Recording Academy Writers’ Retreat in March 2019 and establishing relationships with major labels such as Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, and Columbia Records. In less than a year, she earned the studio its first Gold plaque for rapper Moneybagg Yo’s Time Served album, as well as a Platinum plaque for his single “All Dat (feat. Megan Thee Stallion).” 4U Recording also recorded portions of NLE Choppa’s Top Shotta album, which debuted in the Top 10 of the overall Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Carpenter also DJs under the name DJ Crystal Mercedes, and has performed for Chilli of seminal pop group TLC and on the TV series Single Ladies.