Netherlands wins Eurovision

“This is to dreaming big. This is to music first, always.”

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The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his song Arcade.

He had been the bookmakers’ favourite to win, and came through to the top of the leaderboard with 492 points after the public vote.

The UK’s Michael Rice came bottom, after getting just three points from the public vote, and a total of 16 points for Bigger Than Us.

Laurence said: “Here’s to dreaming big, this is to music first, always.”

The last time The Netherlands won was 1975. The audience joined in as Laurence performed the track again at the end of the show.

Italy finished second with 465 and Russia third with 369 points.

The ceremony also saw last year’s winner Netta perform, while singers from previous contests also sang each other’s songs.

Conchita Wurst, Mans Zelmerlow, Gali Atari, Eleni Foureira and Vjerka Serdjucka
The contest also featured a performance from American superstar Madonna, and a crowd-pleasing segment that saw previous winners sing hit songs from the competition’s history.
But, like a handful of editions in the past, it struggled to shake off an overbearing political row. After protests in the host city and abroad leading up to the show, popular Icelandic group Hatari raised Palestinian flags during the broadcast.
Madonna had a message of her own, featuring dancers with both Palestinian and Israeli flags on their backs.
The contest will next head to the Netherlands, with the winning nation taking over hosting duties for a year. The country’s victory is its fifth in total, joining the UK, France and Luxembourg in the all-time ranks. Only Ireland and Sweden, which the Netherlands topped for the title, have won more contests.

Israel earned the right to host the show after Barzilai won last year’s competition with her catchy pop anthem “Toy.”

Taylor Swift admits strange shower habit

“I do, cause when you shave your legs, the shaving cream is like soap, right?”

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Taylor Swift appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show earlier this week in her first sit-down interview in years.

Eager to find out all about her, Ellen asked the 29-year-old a whole host of strange questions.

They included what her favourite swear word is to what she does if she can’t sleep at night – nothing was left of topic.

Although that was not the only thing that surprised fans.

Sending Twitter into a frenzy, the Shake It Off singer shared one of her very bizarre bathroom habits.

Although that was not the only thing that surprised fans.

Sending Twitter into a frenzy, the Shake It Off singer shared one of her very bizarre bathroom habits.

Degeneres asked Miss Swift if she washed her legs in the shower to which she replied: “I do, because when you shave your legs, the shaving cream is like soap, right?”

The host agreed with the blonde bombshell that women who shave in the shower do take good care of their legs.

Dividing her devotees with the response, many said they don’t believe shaving cream was quite the same thing as soap.

The internet wasn’t in agreement though – with many on Twitter saying they don’t believe shower gel/cream is the same thing as soap.

One person tweeted: ” Taylor Swift said ‘shaving cream is basically soap’ so as long as she shaves her legs, she doesn’t need to wash them in the shower. No, no, no, no no, no…”

Another responded: “How the hell do you not wash your legs in the shower??? Huh?? You just stop after your butt and that’s it? Taylor Swift said she don’t wash her legs but she shaves them girl that is not the same thing wtf.”

Unfinished Prince memoir gets publication date

A day after the third anniversary of his death, Prince‘s estate revealed that they have finished the memoir he was working on at the time of his death. The book is set to drop this fall.

Woodstock 50 pushes back ticket on-sale, swears everything’s fine

Tickets for the star-studded Woodstock 50 festival were supposed to go on sale this Monday, but the on-sale date has been pushed back indefinitely. Ticket agents say they’re still waiting for a press statement from festival organizers; Rolling Stone speculates that the reason for the delay is that the festival doesn’t yet have the necessary permit from New York State.

Unsurprisingly, rumors began to circulate that the festival could be cancelled. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang dismissed those rumors, saying, “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for 50 years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention.” (Jay)

Musician marriage news: Ups and downs

We’ve got two marriage stories about famous musicians today: one marriage ending and one beginning. Let’s get the sad news out of the way first.

Adele has parted ways with her husband Simon Konecki. In a statement, her representatives said, “Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy.” (Billboard)

Now the happy news: in a candlelight ceremony on Saturday in New Orleans, singer-songwriter Michelle Branch tied the knot with Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. The couple started dating in 2015, and Billboard reports they fell in love while Carney was producing Branch’s 2017 album Hopeless Romantic. (Jay)

Viral clip: Florence + The Machine go to Westeros

Probably no other TV show this year will get people talking as much as the last season of Game of Thrones. The season’s second episode debuted on Sunday night, and it featured a song performed by Florence Welch, a.k.a. Florence + The Machine.

Welch sang “Jenny of Oldstones,” a song written by the show’s composers based on lyrics from George R.R. Martin’s novels. The character Podrick Payne sings the song during the episode, and Welch’s version rolls over the closing credits.

In a statement, Welch said, “When I first heard the song it sounded like a Celtic lullaby to me. Celtic music has always been in my blood, so I felt like I could do something with it. The magic and ritual in Game of Thrones, not to mention the costumes, have always appealed to me. I am honoured to be a part of the final season.”

Michael Jackson’s Eldest Child Prince Graduates

“It’s been a long road but you did it. Keep learning, keep growing and keep giving back!”

Twenty-two-year-old Prince Jackson — whose real name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. — went through commencement ceremonies Saturday at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Prince Jackson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The day was celebrated in social media posts from the graduate and relatives in his famous family.

T.J. Jackson, the cousin who served as Prince’s guardian after his father died, tweeted, “it’s been a long road but you did it. Keep learning, keep growing and keep giving back!”

Prince Jackson was 12 when his father died nearly 10 years ago.

Michael Jackson has two other children, 21-year-old Paris and 17-year-old Prince Michael Jackson, known by the nickname Blanket.

Prince Jackson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

 Michael Jackson‘s eldest child Prince is a college graduate

T.J. Jackson, the cousin who served as Prince’s guardian after his father died, tweeted, “it’s been a long road but you did it. Keep learning, keep growing and keep giving back!”

Prince Jackson was 12 when his father died nearly 10 years ago.

The day was celebrated in social media posts from the graduate and relatives in his famous family.

Michael Jackson has two other children, 21-year-old Paris and 17-year-old Prince Michael Jackson, known by the nickname Blanket.

 

Sam Smith & Normani’s ‘Dancing With a Stranger’ Hits No. 1

“I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Dancing With A Stranger,’ which I wrote on The Thrill Of It All tour last year. For me it bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.  It is also such a beautiful moment for me as I’m a huge, huge fan of Normani and everything she is. I’m so excited to watch her light shine. I hope everyone enjoys hearing this song as much as I do.”

The collaboration between the two came about through a chance encounter at the studio in LA as Smith was writing with pop legends Stargate and Jimmy Napes, Normani was in the studio next door and with both artists being long-term fans of each other it was a no-brainer for her to team up with Smith to create the new track.

Sam Smith has spent the past year travelling around the world on his tour following the release of his sophomore album The Thrill of it All, seeing him sell over 1 million tickets across 100 shows in 2018. Dancing With A Stranger is his first new music in 2019 and follows on from his global hit with Calvin Harris ‘Promises’ which stormed the charts last summer. Smith will be flying out to South America this spring for Lollapalooza before heading over to South Africa for a string of five shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

On the new single Sam Smith says, “I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Dancing With A Stranger,’ which I wrote on The Thrill Of It All tour last year. For me it bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.  It is also such a beautiful moment for me as I’m a huge, huge fan of Normani and everything she is. I’m so excited to watch her light shine. I hope everyone enjoys hearing this song as much as I do.”

Smith is no stranger to writing love songs. The established singer, who has four Grammy awards under his belt, spent a majority of 2018 touring for his critically acclaimed 2017 sophomore album, The Thrill of It All. Smith started a new chapter with his second album, but still maintained what worked from his first — sincere songs that hone into emotions of love, regret and heartbreak. While on the Thrill of It All Tour, Smith penned “Dancing With a Stranger,” another sentimental hit that reminds us of why his music is so resonating.

“Dancing” is just the fifth co-billed No. 1 between a male and female soloist since Radio Songs began in December 1990. It follows Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” (four weeks, 2018); JAY-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” (nine, 2009-10); Usher and Keys’ “My Boo” (six, 2004); and Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” (four, 1993).

Sam Smith, Normani, "Dancing With A Stranger"

Here Are the Lyrics to Sam Smith & Normani’s ‘Dancing With a Stranger’

Additionally, Smith and Normani wrote “Dancing” with StarGate, the duo of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, and James “Jimmy Napes” Napier, with StarGate and Napier producing the song. StarGate earns its 11th Radio Songs No. 1 (having written and produced each leader) and first since Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in December 2012. The pair first reigned via Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” in 2006-07.

The R&B-influenced track shows off the powerful vocals of the singers, especially of 22-year-old Normani, the former Fifth Harmony songstress who is successfully making a name of her own. Her debut single released last year, “Love Lies” with Khalid, propelled Normani into the limelight as a new solo artist. Her recent Billboard cover story dives deeper into the young singer’s quest to move on from her past girl group and find her own unique voice.

As for the lyrics in “Dancing With A Stranger,” Smith said in a Capitol Records press release that the song “bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.”

Smith opens the song with: “I don’t wanna be alone tonight/It’s pretty clear that I’m not over you/I’m still thinking ’bout the things you do/So I don’t want to be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight.”