MUSIC

These Famous Stars Hate Their Own Music

Jimmy Page isn't the only one who found his old songs cringe-worthy.

Legendary rocker Jimmy Page has had a lot to say over the years regarding Led Zeppelin's smash hit "Stairway to Heaven."

In 1988, the rocker told The New York Times that he'd "break out in hives" if he had to perform the song. Page has calmed down since then, but still confirmed to UCR yesterday that he simply "couldn't relate to the track anymore."

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LiveKindly

It's time to re-evaluate the age-old questions that have plagued society for time immemorial: How are celebrities so hot? How do they stay hot? Is it their wealth—if you sleep on a bed of money, do you never age?

If that were true, George Lucas (ranked America's wealthiest celebrity in 2018) wouldn't look like George Lucas. Or is it as Jane Fonda says: "Good genes and a lot of money?" After living in the age of celebrity tabloid culture, toxic diet culture, and Instagram, most people agree that it is largely determined by good genes—but also a good diet. As such, celebrities are said to follow such outlandish (and dangerous) eating patterns as the "baby food diet," "the cookie diet," and the "mushroom diet."

You could also go vegan, like many of the hottest and probably healthiest celebrities today. While we want to dissuade you from the misconception that veganism is merely a diet or a fad rather than a committed lifestyle, November 1 is World Vegan Day, which means that if you eat beef in public, you might an angry stare from the 11% of the world population who are thought to follow a vegan, vegetarian, or even semi-vegetarian lifestyle. In response, you can just glare at them defiantly and say, "Do you want me to look like 2018's 'most beautiful vegan,' Benedict Cumberbatch? No? I didn't think so." Actually, don't do that. They're likely to start listing the dozens of hot celebrities who are also vegan—and while many are activists to encourage public awareness about animal cruelty and the environmental ravages of meat production, we're mostly listing them because they're hot.

So in honor of World Vegan Day: Educate yourself that veganism is a lifestyle and not just a diet, meat production has many damaging consequences, veganism may be the "single biggest way" to reduce your carbon footprint (up to 73%), and while not all vegans are hot, luckily there are so many types of hot that showing empathy and compassion for creatures other than ourselves might be the hottest quality to have.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Of course we're starting here. In 2018, he was even named PETA's Most Beautiful Vegan.



CULTURE

Miley Cyrus Is Not a Queer Icon: Do Better

"I always thought I had to be gay, because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true."

For those still celebrating Miley Cyrus as a queer icon, may we invite you to take a moment to reconsider.

Yes, she came out as pansexual and genderfluid in 2015, soon proving herself to be an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community by founding Happy Hippie foundation for homeless queer youth. Then, after ending her marriage to Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus briefly dated reality TV star Kaitlynn Carter before moving on to Cody Simpson, with whom she did an Instagram live on Sunday. Here's where things got...dicey, to say the least.

In the midst of the livestream, Cyrus stated, "There are good men out there, guys, don't give up. You don't have to be gay, there are good people with dicks out there, you've just got to find them," She said, while Simpson laughed. "You've got to find a dick that's not a dick, you know? I always thought I had to be gay, because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true. There are good people out there that just happen to have dicks. I've only ever met one, and he's on this live."


Miley Cyrus: "You Don't Have To Be Gay"! | Perez Hilton www.youtube.com


Oof. Miley, honey, it's 2019! Twitter, of course, immediately popped the f*ck off.

Soon, Cyrus wielded a powerful, often misused celebrity weapon: the notes app apology.

So. There's a lot of toxicity to unpack here. Let's start with the easy part: Cyrus' implication that the only good man she has ever met is Cody Simpson. *Cue her father, brothers, and Liam Hemsworth giving the camera a long, Jim Halpert-esque look.* Misandry aside, Cyrus implied that 1.) Being queer is a choice. 2.) Dating men is always preferable to dating women, even if you're queer. 3.) Cyrus herself chose to date women because of a distrust for men, not necessarily an attraction to women. None of these things were addressed in her apology; in fact, she didn't even bother to claim that she misspoke or that it was meant as a joke. All she really did was re-enforce that men are sh*tty.

To be clear, for anyone still living in 1950, being queer is not a choice, dating within the LGBTQ+ community is not an exciting and temporary foray into counter-culture on your way to a heterosexual relationship, dating men as a bisexual/pansexual woman is not somehow inherently preferable to dating women, and you don't get to call yourself queer just because you find men annoying sometimes. Being queer is defined by being attracted to genders other than the opposite gender to your own, and again, it is NEVER a choice. Just a little bit louder for those of you in the back: BEING QUEER IS NEVER A CHOICE.

If you still aren't sure, here's some science for you: A 2019 study by Andrea Ganna, lead author and European Molecular Biology Laboratory group leader at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Finland, said that while her study did not find a "gay gene," it revealed "there are a number of genetic variations that can influence sexual behavior." Essentially, the research reinforces that queerness is simply "a natural part of our diversity as a species." That means that women being attracted to women is not simply a matter of thinking "all guys were evil" and so resorting to women—it's a matter of bonafide, biological sexual attraction.

Please do better, Miley.

Popdust Presents

Cisco Adler Sings "Somethin' More"

The grammy-nominated artist unveils a new song.

Cisco Adler "Somethin' More"
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Cody Simpson & the Tide have an "Underwater" adventure in Stores

The undercurrent runs strong

The art for the Album Cover is such an amazing piece of artwork, like a drawing that has come to life. Cody Simpson & the Tide have just released "Underwater." Produced by Simpson and Adrian Cota, Cody's latest track fuses catchy, beach-pop hooks, with rock-and-roll sensibility and electric beats. The video's striking, underwater choreography perfectly encapsulates the feeling of a carefree summer. It impacts the senses with such clarity

We were so excited to have Cody Simpson & The Tide on Popdust Presents, although we didn't know exactly how lucky we were. It was a serious lesson in the way it is supposed to be done! Brent Butler spoke with the band about the Wave One EP and an acoustic performance that blew us away. I was struck by how philosophical Cody's approach to music as he was. It was as serious as it is fun. The songs evoke a different era but through the prism of today. Following a positive attitude, the music reminds me that it's coming from a higher place. These sounds course through my veins as thick as a wave that overwhelms me. An undertow pulling me closer to the music on the beach, near a fire, plenty of drinks and a beat that wags my head.

The band mates we sharing a genuine enthusiasm to each other's energy. It is part of what makes a band different than a solo artist. Like parts in a machine, vital to the other. Cody feels very strongly about establishing the rebrand from him as a solo artist to that of a collective. So it is not just Cody alone. Adrian and Shareef join him, not simply to accompany him, they elevate the music. That chemistry is apparent as soon as you see them live.

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Popdust Presents | Alli Simpson

Talking about Alli Simpson's music with host Brent Butler

Alli Simpson tells it like it is.

DECEMBER 7, 2017 -- The Australian artist is on fire with two new singles out. "I Won't Remember You Tomorrow," is a bittersweet confessional. Alli isn't giving her ex-lover the satisfaction of having him on her mind. She brushes the relationship off in this amazing tune that has a subtle power to it. Her song "Material Boy," addresses the superficial nature of dating these days. In the music video, Alli confronts a Ken-doll-like boyfriend about his indifference to real things like love.

Alli joined us at Popdust HQ in an intimate interview to talk about her music, family, and activism. Being from a very musical family, Alli, Cody, and her brother Teddy have been encouraged to pursue their dreams she says. Her parents moved the family to LA early on in their careers to broaden their opportunities and potential. They have always been encouraged to give back as well. Their tight family unit has enabled Alli and Cody to become the incredible artists and activists they are today. Check out our interview below!

Watch "Material Boy" | Official Video

"This video roughly encapsulates what I've been experiencing when it comes to superficiality & dating in Los Angeles. He is staring blankly like the Ken Doll to his Barbie Doll. Showing the shallowness in some men having a girl as their "possession" rather than their other half. Or treating a women less than they deserve, like an object! It's all in fun & showing my side to the story. I hope anybody can relate in their own way & women can stand strong to what they deserve!" - Alli Simpson

Both "Material Boy" and "I Won't Remember You Tomorrow" are now available everywhere. Alli recently teamed up with fellow artists (including Olivia Newton John, Delta Goodrem, Justice Crew, Jessica Mauboy, Samantha Jade, and more) to record a special version of The Beatles' classic "With a Little Help from My Friends" for Sony Music Australia's charity single. The song was also featured in the Top 10 on Spotify's Viral Chart. All of the proceeds received by Sony Music from the sale of this charity single will be donated to the Sony Foundation to support Australia's disadvantaged youth. Alli recently did an unplugged version of "I Won't Remember You Tomorrow" with her brother Cody Simpson of Cody Simpson and The Tide.

Alli and Cody, children of two famed athletes in Australia moved to the US at the same time. Alli gushes about her amazing, supportive family. The entire family relocated to Los Angeles after Cody got started in the music industry. Alli followed by becoming an artist soon after. She says her youngest brother Tom is following suit as well, an accomplished pianist.

Check out their performance here.

Alli also just wrapped up co-hosting the first season of The ShareSpace, an online music competition on YouTube, with Jai Waetford. Over the course of 30 days, "The Talent" (music-making creatives) were presented with various challenges, collaborative opportunities and industry development support designed to enhance their careers and fan-base throughout and beyond their time in The ShareSpace.

In addition to her roles as a singer and co-host, Alli is involved in many different facets of entertainment. Alli is featured in the Aldo Shoes Fall Campaign in 35+ countries, and was the backstage correspondent at the iHeart Music Festival in Vegas, official Twitter host for the ARIA Awards in Sydney and will be the host of Z100's Jingle Ball Village in NYC. She also continues to serve as Teen Ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and represented Team Australia in the torch relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Alli says that going forward, she's going to release music as she pleases. Not signed to a label, Alli is able to have complete control over her music. Brent and Alli joke that her brother Cody, who is rumored to be starting a record label, won't sign her. She clarifies, "Cody actually inspired me to get into the music industry." With the drive and ability to bring her fans music at her will and the support from her family, Alli is unstoppable.

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