Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Jonas Brothers Step Out For Celebratory Dinner After Releasing Their First Song In 6 Years



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The Jonas Brothers released their first new song in nearly six years on Friday, and marked the occasion with a celebratory night out in New York City.

Music’s sibling trio — comprised of Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas — were photographed waving to the camera before getting into their black car for a family dinner on Friday.

Each looked stylish, too. Nick, 26, wore ripped blue jeans, a green sweater and a brown coat. Joe, 29, rocked khaki pants with fabric panel details and a red and brown hooded pullover jacket. And Kevin, 31, kept it classic in grey pants, a matching sweater and a navy trench.

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The common thread? All three wore white sneakers.

At midnight on Friday, the Jonas Brothers dropped “Sucker,” a catchy pop hit about being head-over-heels in relationships. “I’m a sucker for you/Say the word and I’ll go anywhere blindly/Any road you take you know that you’ll find me,” they sing in the tune.

Of course, all three are in happy relationships: Nick is married to actress Priyanka Chopra, 36; Joe is engaged to actress Sophie Turner, 23; and Kevin is married to Danielle Jonas, 32, with whom he has two daughters (Alena Rose, 5, and Valentina Angelina, 2).

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All three ladies joined their respective partners in the video for “Sucker,” which also dropped on Friday.

In the clip, the group rocks numerous avant-garde costumes as they live out their Alice in Wonderland fantasies around a castle (including taking bubble baths in the garden). Each couple gets their chance to shine throughout (and even share some PDA). Eventually, they all come together as a group and pose while an artist paints their portrait.

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The Jonas Brothers officially confirmed their return to music on Thursday morning, sharing their news on Instagram as their label, Republic Records, distributed a press release announcing “Sucker.” The boys’ will also appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden next Monday through Thursday.

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Just last week, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the Jonas Brothers would be reuniting to release new music, revealing Nick, Joe and Kevin had a breakfast meeting at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in early February.

Fans lit up the Internet upon their return, all toasting the fact that the pop group was back.

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The New Jersey natives first snagged a record deal in 2005 and went on to release four full-length albums: It’s About Time (2006), Jonas Brothers (2007), A Little Bit Longer (2008) and Lines, Vines and Trying Times (2009).

They catapulted to fame thanks to a slew of Disney Channel originals — from working with Miley Cyrus for her massive Hannah Montana world tour, to starring in their own series Jonas and then Camp Rock (2008) and its 2010 sequel alongside Demi Lovato.

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But the Bros officially disbanded in 2013, as they were prepping to release their fifth LP.

After the split, both Nick and Joe pursued solo careers. Nick released

in 2014 (which included his smash “Jealous”), then in 2016. Joe — who had previously released a solo effort, , in 2011 — launched the funk-pop act DNCE in 2015, scoring a hit with “Cake by the Ocean,” off a .

Kevin successfully got into real estate development after the JoBros as he and his wife Danielle started their family.



Can Lady Gaga Score The No. 1 Song And Album After Her Oscar Win?

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Lady Gaga attends 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)Getty

At the moment, Ariana Grande currently controls both the Billboard 200 and the Hot 100 charts with her record Thank U, Next and her single “7 Rings,” respectively. She’s been in charge of the two tallies for a few weeks now, and at the beginning of this tracking frame, it looked like she was headed for another spin at No. 1 on both listings...but a lot can change in just a few days in the music industry, and she may now be forced to cede her lead to another superstar.

It looks like pop singer and actress Lady Gaga is headed to the top of both the albums and the songs rankings, giving her the highly-coveted (and still somewhat rare) chart double. But, she doesn’t have anything new out...so why does it appear she’ll be at No. 1 in just a short time?

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Billboard has already suggested that Gaga’s single “Shallow” from A Star Is Born could rocket up the ranking and finally claim the No. 1 position on the Hot 100 singles chart months after it was first released. The singer performed the track at the Oscars with Bradley Cooper (who is also credited on the recording) in one of the most talked-about moments of the evening, and then she went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song a short time later.

All the attention that a high-profile performance and an emotional speech brings to a tune has driven sales and streams of the track, both on proper audio streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, as well as YouTube, where the duet is available to watch in full. All those clicks and purchases might just be enough to topple Grande’s “7 Rings,” which has now been in charge for a while.

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Just as winning an Oscar and delivering a truly show-stopping rendition of a ballad will help “Shallow” rise once again, the album it is featured on will also benefit. All the streams the song receives will help the A Star Is Born soundtrack lift, but Gaga and company aren’t taking any chances. The album has been discounted at almost all digital retailers, and the singer herself even tweeted that it could now be purchased for just a few dollars, which should convince a sizable group of Oscar watchers to pick up a copy.

While “Shallow” is sitting just below the top 20 on the Hot 100, A Star Is Born doesn’t have quite as far to go to rule, as it’s currently sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and is not facing stiff competition from any new entrants. It seems almost certain it will return to the driver’s seat for a fourth nonconsecutive week, but can it be joined by “Shallow” at the same time?

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The results should be revealed tomorrow and Monday, when Billboard shares which albums and songs made it into the top 10 this coming frame.



‘Black’ Is A Pro-black Song, Not Anti-white. Annie Mac Was Right To Play It, And Defend It

If you are white and this song offends you, you have to ask yourself why (Photo: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)

A few days ago, BBC DJ Annie Mac’s played rapper Dave’s new single titled Black. The song is about Black empowerment and aims to remind Black people of our strength and who we are.

Though the song has generally received a good response, some people weren’t pleased, with one Twitter user even going as far as calling the song racist.

Mac posted on Twitter herself, stating her frustration and adding: ‘Let me get this straight, if you are genuinely offended by a man talking about the colour of his skin and how it has shaped his identity…’

The listeners offering negative comments seemed to be too focused on the title of the song without properly considering the lyrics, such as: ‘Black is beautiful, Black is excellent, Black is pain, Black is joy, Black is evident.’

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These are words that champion Black excellence – they don’t make Black people out to be ‘better’ than anyone else.

Nowhere in the song does Dave mention or insult white people, suggesting that people who claim it’s ‘racist’ are trying to find an issue with this song that doesn’t exist.

If you are white and this song offends you, you have to ask yourself why.

Being pro-Black isn’t about Black people thinking we’re superior, it’s a reminder to ourselves that we are equal.

As a Black Brit, I have no desire to see myself as above another race – rather, I just want Black people to be seen as human.

My identity is something I’ve wrestled with and that many others continue to wrestle with. We live in a time where we’ve experienced the Windrush generation being deported. I struggle with being from Britain and also originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It continuously feels like I’m not good enough to be from either.

We live in a society which undermines Blackness and tells Black people that we aren’t worthy. Whiteness is the standard that Black people have to live up to on a daily basis.

If the people critiquing Dave’s song actually listened to the lyrics they’d know this isn’t a song about separation, but a song about equality.

For instance, European hairstyles are promoted as the ‘ideal’ standard of beauty and as a Black woman, my hair is constantly judged by this standard.

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Black women internalise this so we can’t help but subconsciously compare then feel like we don’t match up.

This song is a reminder that we are worthy. If you think being pro-Black means being anti-white, you’re probably underestimating the racism that Black people face.

In an interview with NME, Mac said: ‘People are scared of the word black’. I agree with her. Though I think Britain is fairly tolerant compared to other counties, we definitely have an issue when speaking about race and racism.

Often when people of colour speak about race, we’re seen as separating ourselves from white people but we are usually highlighting the inequality we face.

This is often why people of colour do not speak to white people about race because they can be defensive and, I’ve noticed, unwilling to listen to our experiences.

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I think white people can be scared of speaking about race too. White fragility is the term used to describe the discomfort or awkwardness some white people feel when speaking about this issue – many aren’t sure how to approach it.

If the people critiquing Dave’s song actually listened to the lyrics they’d know this isn’t a song about separation, but a song about equality.

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