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Pink offers to pay Norway women's beach handball team's fine over "sexist rules"

Andrew MacPherson

After the Norway women's beach handball team was penalized for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms during their recent championship match, Pink slammed the "sexist" treatment and offered to pay the team's fine.

The European Handball Federation ruled that bikini bottoms are required to be worn during matches and handed down a $1,700 fine, charging each woman who opted to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms $175 for being out of uniform.

Pink was incensed by the ruling and took to Twitter over the weekend, rallying in support of the athletes.

"I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform,'" the three-time Grammy winner penned.  "The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM."

Pink praised the team, offering both vocal and financial support by concluding, "Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."

She later retweeted a photo of the men and women's beach handball teams posing together, which showed a side-by-side comparison of their uniforms.  While the men are wearing shorts and tank tops, the women are wearing bikini tops and bottoms.

The team has yet to respond to Pink's offer.

However, after the fine was imposed, the Norwegian Handball Association took to Twitter and called upon the European Handball Federation to change its rules about uniforms.

Translated into English, the tweet reads, "We are very proud of these girls who during the European Championships raised their voices and announced that ENOUGH is ENOUGH!"

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Camila Cabello addresses controversy over backup dancer's appearance

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Camila Cabello performed her new song "Don't Go Yet" live on TV for the first time on Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but some fans expressed concern over the appearance of one of her backup dancers.

The dance number included a diverse array of dancers dressed in 80s fashion -- similarly to the song's official music video.  However, critics claimed one backup dancer, who is white, darkened his skin with makeup.  This led to some accusing Camila of promoting "blackface."

Camila denied the accusations when responding to the backlash and explained that the dancer was supposed to represent a white man with a bad orange spray tan.

Taking to Twitter, the Grammy nominee explained, "Hey! So this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan. [W]e purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin."

She continued, "There are white people, African American people, [L]atin people, etc. and so the point wasn't to try to make everyone look Latin either. There are a lot of people in the performance who are not."

"The point was to try to make each person look like an over the top 80's character just like in the video, including a white dude with a terrible orange spray tan," the "Havana" singer concluded, signing the note with a red heart emoji.

She also shared an Instagram story from the dancer in question, who posted a photo of his getup and captioned the snap, "In case you missed my spray tan last night."

In a final tweet on Saturday, Camila teased fans that "Don't Go Yet" is just the "appetizer of a full-course meal."

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Jennifer Lopez confirms romance with Ben Affleck in steamy new photo

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Jennifer Lopez is letting the world know she's found love in an old flame and posted a photo of her and Ben Affleck sharing a sweet kiss over the weekend.

Lopez had jetted off to St. Tropez to celebrate her 52nd birthday and revealed that she had taken Affleck with her.

Sharing a slideshow of her beachy getaway on Saturday, JLo went Instagram official with her old flame.  The first three pictures show the "On the Floor" singer flaunting her toned physique while the final snap is of her and Affleck kissing.

"5 2 … what it do … [pink heart emoiji]," Lopez cheekily captioned the post -- sending her 166 million followers and her famous friends, such as Laverne Cox and Kelly Rowland, into a frenzy.

In April, Lopez and Affleck sparked rumors they were back together. Then, last week, when Lopez's friend Leah Remini shared photos from her 51st birthday bash, she included a snap of Affleck, 48, wrapping his arms around her and Jennifer -- marking the first time the couple was captured together on social media.

Lopez's snap confirms what fans have been hoping to hear since the spring: Bennifer has officially rekindled their flame. Their romance began in 2002 and the two announced their engagement later that year. Jennifer and Ben never made it to the altar, though, going their separate ways in 2004.

Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner and went on to have three children with her.  They divorced in 2015. Meanwhile, Lopez wed singer Marc Anthony and had twin children with him.  Their marriage ended in 2011.

Lopez later became engaged to Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, but the two ended it in April.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Go behind the scenes with Olivia Rodrigo at the White House

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Most people saw what happened in front of the camera when Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House earlier this month, but now fans can get a peek behind the scenes. 

On Sunday, a BTS look at the "drivers license" singer's visit to the Oval Office on July 14 to help support the vaccine initiative was posted to President Biden's official @potus account.

"Olivia Rodrigo and I agree on a lot of things, from Dr. Fauci’s status as an 'absolute legend,' to the need for young people to get vaccinated," the caption reads. "Take a look behind the scenes at Olivia’s day here at the White House."

The video shows the singer arriving to the White House and excitedly meeting President Biden and going on a tour through the famous building. Viewers are also treated to the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star's briefing with press secretary Jen Psaki before the two faced reporters.

Fans also get a glimpse of Olivia gushing about Dr. Fauci: "I just got to meet Dr. Fauci, and I think he's incredible and an absolute legend, so it was so cool to get to shake his hand and pick his brain," she says. 

It's safe to say that the 18-year-old had a blast during her trip to the nation's capital. 

"I'm definitely going to be remembering this for my whole life," says Olivia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Britney Spears’ longtime agent breaks silence on conservatorship

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Britney Spears' friend and longtime agent Cade Hudson has joined the chorus of people speaking out against her conservatorship.

TMZ reports Hudson took to his private social media account over the weekend to weigh in on the matter, sharing, "I've kept my mouth shut for 12 + years on Britney. Enough is enough. After getting thousands of death threats, getting water bottles thrown at my head in bars from bystanders telling me I’m brainwashing her -Britney lm [sic] now speaking up."

Offering his explanation for Britney's 2007 breakdown, Cade writes, "Britney who was accused of some errors as a new mom at 26 with 100 cameras in her face daily waiting to document any wrong move she did gets placed under a never-ending conservatorship?"

"Sexism at its best," Cade declares.

"This is a violation of someone's basic human rights that were taken away," he continues. "I've kept my mouth shut out of the fear of losing my job as her agent and losing the career I worked my a** off for 15 years to build, out of threats from the man we all know who, but I won't even dignify mentioning his name. I’m officially done being quiet."

"The system and the public failed her," he adds.  "Her new attorney is the best of the best and knows that the work has just begun but it’s progress & hope and that’s all we can ask for now until action can be taken."

"Time to get my girl and best friend back... @Britneyspears it's your time - the world is listening and is on your side. The world NEEDS you freed and back," Cade concludes.

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Bazzi says new song "I Like That" is a "bridge into an entirely new innovative sound"

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Bazzi kicked off a new era last week with his single "I Like That."  And the multi-platinum artist says not only does the track mark a new chapter, it hints at his new new musical direction.

"I think it's...the bridge into an entirely new innovative sound that I've created," he tells ABC Audio about "I Like That." "And, y'know, this song was definitely, like, not necessarily about something I'm living, but almost like a manifestation of something I want to live, and an energy I want to feel. Like, an excitement I want to feel and the gratitude I want to feel."

In the track, Bazzi asks his lover to join him traveling the world and generally throwing caution to the wind. A key line is, "Let's open our eyes 'cause there's a lot to see."

"I've always seen [that] when I write stuff in my music, they always find a weird way of kind of coming to life," Bazzi explains. "So this is kind of like my positive manifestation I put into the song to remind myself, you know, there is a lot to see. There's a huge world out there that doesn't exist on our phones, that you can only see in real life."

Bazzi says he's manifesting positive things because 2020 was so rough for him, as it was for everybody: He got COVID-19 and struggled with physical and mental health challenges.

"Obviously, the whole year in itself was a lesson and a learning experience," Bazzi explains. "And I think a lot of the bad of it gave me a different optimism than I've had before in my life, a different gratitude and definitely a different drive to get back to a place where I feel comfortable and happy."

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Taylor Swift celebrates 'folklore' anniversary by releasing original version of "The Lakes"

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift's Grammy-winning album folklore celebrated its one-year anniversary on Saturday, and to mark the occasion, she gave fans a gift: the original version of the album's bonus track, "The Lakes," which producer Jack Antonoff had revealed the existence of in a recent interview with Billboard.

Jack, who co-wrote and co-produced "The Lakes" with Taylor, told Billboard, "There was this big orchestral version [of 'The Lakes'], and Taylor was like, ‘Eh, make it small.' I had gotten lost in the string arrangements and all this stuff, and I took everything out. I was just like, ‘Oh, my God!...this is so perfect.’”

After the interview, fans took to social media to ask for the original version, and Taylor delivered. On her socials, she wrote, "It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler. With tall tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side-eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time."

"To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of 'The Lakes,'" Taylor added. Then, referring to the characters who appear in the album's songs, she wrote, "Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore."

"The Lakes" was inspired by the Lake District of England, where Romantic poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge found inspiration in the 1800s.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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blackbear to release new EP 'misery lake'

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From Maroon 5 to Machine Gun Kelly, to All Time Low, Kane Brown and Tate McRae, blackbear seems to be the go-to collaborator these days -- but he's putting out his own EP next month.

The singer, songwriter and producer will release misery lake on August 13. It will feature his previously released collaboration with Tate, "u love u," and five new tracks, including "ghost town" with Sasha Alex Sloan and "imu," featuring the equally ubiquitous Travis Barker.

Blackbear's new single with Kane Brown, "Memory," isn't included on the package.

As previously reported, blackbear will join Maroon 5 on their upcoming tour, which kicks off August 10 in Auburn, WA.  The artist, born, Matthew Musto, is featured on the song "Echo" on Maroon 5's new album JORDI, and co-wrote and co-produced their current hit, "Beautiful Mistakes."

Here's the track listing for misery lake:

“alone in a room full of people”
“@ my worst”
“u love u” ft. tate mcrae
“ghost town” ft. sasha alex sloan
“imu” ft. travis barker
“bad day”

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Justin Bieber stars in new campaign for luxury fashion house Balenciaga

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Turns out Hailey Bieber isn't the only one in her family who looks good modeling high-fashion clothing from luxury brands.

Her hubby Justin Bieber has been revealed as the star of a new ad campaign by the fashion house Balenciaga. Images from the campaign show Justin posing in front of a garage wearing a leather bomber jacket, a white t-shirt, sweatpants and sneakers, and holding the label's classic leather motorcycle bag. 

According to Vogue, when Justin and Hailey were recently seen in Paris, it was because Justin was shooting the campaign, which also includes veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Vogue says that the campaign's combination of Justin's "monied taste-minded hypebeast aesthetic" and Huppert's "classic French codes," "glorious allure and sky-high cheekbones," create "a weird but fitting match made in luxury heaven." Alrighty, then.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ed Sheeran gives behind-the-scenes look at how "Bad Habits" came about "by accident"

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Ed Sheeran is giving fans a peek behind the scenes of his latest single, “Bad Habits.”

He released a new video showing some of the recording process and gave more insight into how the song came about “by accident.”

“Wrote bad habits in Jan with Fred Again & Johnny McDaid,” Ed writes on social media. “We rented an old country house with the idea that the change of scenery from a studio would help make the most interesting songs, and for a month just chucked around random ideas and genres that I wouldn’t ever usually make.”

He continues, “Bad habits came by accident and was such a fun tune to make. I didn’t know at the time it would end up as the first single from the album but here we are.”

In the behind-the-scenes clip, we see Ed and his collaborators jamming out, surrounded by books in a dimly lit room of the cozy old country house.

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Lil Nas X pens inspirational letter to his younger self: "stop feeling sorry for yourself"

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Lil Nas X has a few words for his younger self. 

Before releasing of his new track, "Industry Baby," the 22-year-old rapper, born Montero Lamar Hill, shared a heartfelt note he wrote to his younger self, titled, "dear 20 year old montero." 

"I wrote a song for us," he begins, before reflecting on life after his smash hit "Old Town Road" and the beginning of the global pandemic. 

"I know sometimes you feel like it's all downhill from here," he writes. "I know your sexuality has made you feel like an outcast amongst your peers. I know going from having the biggest song in the world to being trapped in your apartment is weighing heavy on you. And I know if you hear the phrase 'one hit wonder' one more time, you might combust."

The "Call Me By Your Name" singer then switches gears and urges himself to get out of his funk and push through all the negative feelings in order to be an inspiration to those who follow him.  

"But I need you to keep going. I need you to realize that you have the opportunity to be the person that you needed growing up," Lil Nas X writes. "I need you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. And I need you to remember that the only person who has to believe in YOU is YOU." 

He signs the note with his moniker initials, followed by the trophy and white heart emojis.

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Alessia Cara is a bona-fide "Shapeshifter" in cinematic new video

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One of Alessia Cara's two new songs is called "Shapeshifter," and in the new video for the track, she takes the song's title to heart, portraying five different characters.

Alessia portrays a wealthy woman whose husband is cheating on her, as well as the husband, the private detective she hires to find out the truth, and the two women suspected of being the husband's mistress: the housekeeper and the gardener.

While we don't find out the characters' names in the clip, Alessia has named them all, and has been introducing them on her social media for the last week.  For example, the husband and wife are named Theodore and Inga Pomodoro, while the private investigator's name is Melba D'Angelo.

In a twist ending, Melba finds Theodoro making out with someone she thinks is the gardener. But when that person turns around, it's actually, er...a sheep. A surprised Melba stumbles backward and falls into the pool -- and surprise! We cut to Alessia herself emerging from the ocean in a red dress, in a scene from her previous video, "Sweet Dream."

In other words...it was all a dream.  And the hint was the sheep: Alessia's co-star in the "Sweet Dream" video is a real sheep named Lola.

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Watch Ava Max save the planet with her tears in new video for "EveryTime I Cry"

Charlotte Rutherford

Ava Max has released a surreal new video for her latest single, "EveryTime I Cry."

In the clip, Ava wake up in a desolate landscape, battered and bruised, but then the sheer power of her tears creates an ocean.  We also see her perched in a tree above a waterfall in a lush landscape, and standing on lily pads in a pond, wearing a variety of over-the-top looks.

According to a press release, the clip depicts Ava using her "vulnerability" -- represented by her tears -- "to become a fairy who saves the planet."

“This video demonstrates power within vulnerability,” said Ava. “I wanted to tell a story that has the viewer watch me turn weakness into strength.”

Released last month, "EveryTime I Cry" was Ava's first new music of 2021, but she told fans that it's not from a new album, but rather is a "continuation" of her 2020 debut album, Heaven & Hell.

 

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Camila Cabello talks new album, reveals boyfriend Shawn Mendes is now taking Spanish lessons

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Recently, Shawn Mendes revealed that his girlfriend, Camila Cabello, coached him through the Spanish parts of his contribution to a remix of the song "KESI," by Latin star Camilo.  But now Camila says Shawn is really getting into the whole Spanish thing.

"That studio session, I was riding him so hard," Camila tells Apple Music's Zane Lowe. "He was like, 'That's good'...[and] I'm like, 'Do what you want, but it isn't right, I'm just saying.' But he, apart from that song, really has also fallen in love with Latin culture."

"He is taking Spanish lessons to [really] learn to speak Spanish," she adds. "So he already had some ground covered before that."

When Zane comments that Shawn is "really good-looking" -- duh -- Camila responds, "I know. It's great when he does things that are weird and dorky because I feel it makes him...just, his handsomeness makes me not as nervous."

Speaking to Zane about her new song "Don't Go Yet" and her new album, Familia, Camila says the forced break due to the pandemic taught her "how to be I think a human and develop interests and passions outside of the studio and outside of music and outside of that. And I think that brought me really close to my family."

"Before that break...I hit such a low point and I was struggling so much and kind of feeling so isolated," she adds. "It ended up really solidifying, I feel, this idea of true happiness and it really coming from my connection to my life and to the people around me."

 

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Cher promises to take Britney Spears to St. Tropez for ice cream

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Cher has promised to make Britney Spears' dreams come true: Well, at least a few of them.

On Instagram, Britney revealed what she's been doing to "keep my dreams alive." Aside from "thinking about having a six-pack like @jlo," Britney wrote that she was also "thinking about visiting St. Tropez with @cher and eating ice cream," adding, "She was one of my favorite singers as a kid and I loved to dress up as her."

Cher has now responded, writing on Twitter, "When #FreeBritney is FINALLY FREE, I’m Taking her to San Tropez & We’ll Eat Ice Cream To Her Hearts Content."

Fans responded by thanking Cher for how generous she is, and also requesting that they be included in said trip. Quite a few people posted video of Britney dressed as Cher, singing the Sonny & Cher hit "The Beat Goes On" at the 1999 World Music Awards.

Cher's had Britney in her thoughts since last month, when the "Toxic" singer shocked the world by detailing in court the alleged abuses of her conservators. At the time, Cher tweeted, "OK LETS TALK ABOUT BRITNEY & THOSE PEOPLE .I SAID LONG AGO, EVERYONE ON THE [VEGAS] STRIP HEARD ABOUT HER FATHER (Didn’t Know About Her Conservator Acting In Concert With Her Dad) GIVING HER DRUGS SO SHE COULD PERFORM, BUT MADE SURE SHE COULDN'T HAVE A LIFE, BUT NO ONE COULD GET 2 HER."

Cher added, "SAW THE ABSOLUTE POWER A CONSERVATOR HAS OVER PERSON THEY WERE MEANT 2 PROTECT. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST EXCRUCIATING, HEARTBREAKING, EPISODES IVE BEEN A PART OF. DONT BE FOOLED BY THE WORD 'CONSERVATOR' LOOK INTO WAYS THEY CAN B PAID. BRITNEY WAS A PRISONER & TOTALLY LUCID."

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