Justin Bieber's Rolling Stone cover, by way of Lindsay Lohan, celebrates the singer's arrival to adulthood, four months after his 18th birthday. But it isn't just the magazine and its attempt to sell copies with shocking adjectives declaring Bieber a man. He feels different, too. "I feel like I carry myself in a more manly way," he says. "I don't carry myself as a boy." Oh dear. We've been down this road before. In the months surrounding his milestone birthday, various profiles have attempted to capture Bieb doing some quintessential "manly" activities, which either results in elaborate makeup jobs or a whiny half-baked account of waiting for a superstar to finish working. He's already classified himself as a "swaggy adult," and it turns out Bieber prefers to exercise his newfound manhood through his interaction with photographers.
The paparazzi and Bieber have had a complicated relationship over the last few months, with age and increasingly terrible experiences giving Bieber the gall to act out when pursued by their flashbulbs. While being interviewed at a local golf course for the RS article, Bieber wasn't too happy about the photographers following their game, and exerted his masculinity by "taking out his nine-iron and hitting a golf ball at them." Fore! They probably had it coming, sure, but at least Bieber is smart enough to know that using precious clubs for anything other than 18 holes makes one a less than desirable customer.
In further attempt to capture the essence of Mature Bieber, the magazine also spoke with Scooter Braun, The Bieb's manager and the best male role model he has when dad Jeremy isn't around to teach him how to properly show his underwear to screaming girls. "Personally, I think that's all a bunch of bullshit," Braun said, speaking to those image experts who worry Bieber's relationship status will hurt his career. "Yes, there's gonna be some girls that if they see him with a girlfriend, it kills the dream—but there's also gonna be girls that see him with a girlfriend, hear about the romantic things he does and want him even more." Nothing like a potty mouth to make you look more manly, Scoot. Looks like Bieber's already working on expanding his vocabulary.
The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.
This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.
Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")