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On the Ground at Lollapalooza: How Are the Festival’s COVID-19 Protocols Holding Up?

When Lollapalooza announced its return to Chicago back in May, it felt like one more positive sign of a return to some kind of post-pandemic normal. Flash forward to this week, and the sentiment around Chicago has become far more ambivalent; stalling COVID-19 vaccination rates and the emergence of the dangerous Delta variant led prominent local music critics to label the festival a potential superspreader event. Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions went as far as to call for Lollapalooza’s cancellation. “They can’t control their own gates,” DeRogatis told Chicago’s WTTW. “Why are we supposed to believe that they are going to be diligent about checking for vaccination?” Lollapalooza’s COVID-19 mitigation plan is comprehensive on paper. The festival website’s Health and Safety section sets out a ...

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over Black Widow Streaming Release [Updated]

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over the company’s decision to stream Black Widow on its Disney+ platform at the same time as its theatrical release. According to the Wall Street Journal, Johansson filed the suit in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, accusing Disney of breaching its contract with her over the release of Black Widow and thus preventing Johansson “from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.” As Johansson’s salary was based in large part on the box office performance of Black Widow, Disney’s decision to put the film on Disney+ cost the actress as much as $50 million, a person familiar with details of her contract told WSJ. Advertisement Related Video In her complaint, Johansson says her representatives sought to renegotiate her contract after learnin...

‘The Princess Diaries’ at 20: How a Perfect Pop Soundtrack Was Born

And like many great films that attain cult status, behind Princess Diaries is a great soundtrack. The music of The Princess Diaries was a product of its time, crafted following the height of boy bands and bubblegum pop. In 2001, the Billboard charts were led by R&B-tinged pop songs like the star-studded “Lady Marmalade,” Janet Jackson’s “All For You” and Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious.” Also, thanks to bands like The Strokes, there was an eruption of post-punk revivalists and a new wave of rock players gaining fame. Both the state of pop and the changing face of rock music would be integral to the music of The Princess Diaries. It was also a time when movie soundtracks, particularly for coming-of-age films, were celebrated. From Br...

Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Reaches 1 Billion YouTube Views: ‘That Is Mind-Blowing’

According to YouTube, the video that has become the source of one of the internet’s most beloved prank memes reached daily views of over 2.3 million on April 1. As part of the celebration of reaching the billion views milestone, Astley announced that he’s releasing a limited-edition (2,500) numbered and signed 7″ blue vinyl single. Back in February, Astley got a kick out of a cover of one of his other iconic songs, “Together Forever,” from The Voice coaches Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. Check out Astley’s celebratory tweets and the original video (no rolling, we promise) below. You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined what a dating should be. It begins wit...

Cassidy ft. Lazarus & Devon Culture “Can’t Do It Alone,” Yung Bleu & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie “Ghetto Love Birds” & More | Daily Visuals 7.27.21

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: John Atashian / Getty Cassidy’s been in the rap game for damn near two decades and though he hasn’t experienced the success he saw when he was telling everyone “I’m A Hustla,” the man still got bars for fans to munch on. Looking like he hasn’t aged a day since Swizz Beatz introduced him to the game, Cass comes through with some new work in the Lazarus and Devon Culture assisted “Can’t Do It Alone” where the Illadelphia rapper politics at a house party where’s no kids are allowed but there seems to be much play in the field. On a softer note, Yung Bleu experiences the struggles that can come with being a Black man in a relationship in a racist world for the A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie assisted visuals to “Ghetto Love Birds.” Police sure know how to f*ck up date...

Hypebeast Alert: A New Coach x BAPE Collaboration Is Here [Photos]

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Coach / BAPE / Coach / BAPE If you thought monogram season was behind us, think again. Coach has unveiled a new capsule with BAPE. Source: Coach / BAPE / Coach / BAPE As spotted on High Snobiety the American luxury design house is taking things to the streets with their newest drop. Their second collection with the iconic streetwear brand meshes both of their signature marks quite nicely. Celebrating the shared optimistic and authentic attitude of their hometowns, New York and Tokyo, the collection of ready-to-wear, leather goods, footwear and accessories combines BAPE’s authority in streetwear with Coach’s legacy of craftsmanship. To bring the pieces to life Coach has enlisted the talents of Cordae’, Meg Thee Stallion, Michael B. Jordan and Selena G...

Travis Scott Teams With Fragment & KAWS For Apparel Collection, L’s on His Air Jordan 1s

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Cactus Jack / Cactus Jack For months now the sneaker community have been awaiting the arrival of the Air Jordan 1 High OG Travis Scott x Fragment‘s to drop. Well, they’re here (bots ate like crazy, coño!) and with it some pretty dope apparel that features the teamwork of Trav, Fragement, and KAWS! Aside from the sneakers, the collaboration features a variety of pretty dope tees, 90’s looking jeans, and a varsity jacket you can throw on over your partner if it gets a tad bit to brisk on y’all date. The Cactus Jack x Fragment x Kaws collection went live on Travis Scott’s website yesterday before the raffle for the Air Jordan 1’s went live (one botter hit on 87 pairs after entering 30K emails SMFH), but the merch itself might still be available. From the tee...

Saweetie Gets Her Own McDonald’s Signature Order

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: McDonald’s / McDonald’s Saweetie is doing quite alright. Today (July 29), McDonald’s announced that the platinum rapper is bringing her own signature order to stores, and fans, nationwide. Source: McDonald’s / McDonald’s Beginning on August 9 you’ll be able to order The Saweetie Meal that consists of Big Mac®, 4-piece Chicken McNuggets®, medium World Famous Fries®, a medium Sprite®, Tangy BBQ Sauce and “Saweetie ‘N Sour” sauce. It’s the same Sweet ‘N Sour sauce you’re used to, but renamed since it is her own meal. Saweetie is encouraging consumers to take her base meal and remix it by, for example, topping your Big Mac with fries or using your McNuggets as a topping for your fries. “McDonald’s and I run deep – from growing up back in Hayward, California, ...

Marilyn Manson Seeks Dismissal in Case Filed by Esme Blanco

In a new court filing, Marilyn Manson has fired back at a lawsuit filed by Game of Thrones actress Esme Blanco. The shock rocker and his former manager, who were both sued by Blanco for sexual abuse and human trafficking in April, say that claims are “are untrue, meritless, and a key component of a coordinated attack by multiple plaintiffs, who are cynically and dishonestly seeking to monetize and exploit the #MeToo movement.” Additionally, in the filing, Manson said that the accusers, “including Plaintiff, spent months plotting, workshopping, and fine-tuning their stories to turn what were consensual friendships and relationships with Warner from more than a decade ago, into twisted tales that bear no resemblance to reality.” He attributes the accusations of abuse to his shock-r...

Lady Gaga, Unrecognizable Jared Leto Revealed in First Look at House of Gucci

It’s time to meet the Guccis. MGM has unveiled the first look at filmmaker Ridley Scott’s upcoming House of Gucci, which will tell the true crime story of the assassination of the fashion house’s one-time head. The film stars Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), former head of the House of Gucci. The latter was infamous for putting up a massive legal battle to gain control of Gucci from his uncle, Aldo Gucci (Al Pacino), only to nearly drive the company into the ground with his extravagant spending habits. Maurizio eventually sold his share of Gucci in 1993, and was gunned down by a hit man two years later. Reggiani was tried and convicted of arranging the assassination, and it’s that sordid tale that gets explored in House of Gucci. Scott’s fil...

Angels & Airwaves Unveil New Single “Losing My Mind”: Stream

Angels & Airwaves have shared “Losing My Mind,” the latest preview from their upcoming album, Lifeforms. It arrives with a goofy music video in which frontman Tom DeLonge plays a sleazy character trying to make it big on “Tic Tac.” Appropriately, “Losing My Mind” is made for dancing with a heavy dose of synths combined with meme-worthy lyrics. “Now, what is this bullshit/ I said we’re not alone and the government knows it,” sings Delonge. “There’s idiots abound, and they’re all fucking racist/ I’ll put us back at ease because we need more complacent/ We’re all going to die.” Directed by DeLonge, the accompanying visual features him playing a character named Disco, the brother of his alter ego Boomer in Blink-182’s “First Date” video. It follows Disco’s night wandering in Las Vegas afte...

Legit President Barack Obama Joins NBA Africa As Strategic Partner

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: ImageCatcher News Service / Getty President Barack Obama continues to live his best life after his run leading the free world. The famed basketball fan has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner with plans to engage Africa’s youth. On Tuesday, July 27, after several years of planning, the NBA announced that Obama was brought on board to “help advance the league’s social responsibility efforts across the continent.” This will be done via “programs and partnerships” that will be focused on creating more support for “gender equality and economic inclusion.” Sounds like a win to us. Also, Obama has secured the bag since he will also be receiving a small equity stake in the new venture. But before the conservatives get their panties in a bunch, President 44 ...