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Good 4 U! Olivia Rodrigo *Might* Be Gearing Up to Release Sour’s Follow-Up, Sweet

By | May 31, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo‘s much-anticipated debut album Sour is here, and as you probably already know, it speaks to your messiest, most brutal, and awkward days! Seamlessly dipping in and out of different genres, the record perfectly captures the all-encompassing emotions that come with the pangs of feeling inadequate and the highs and lows of young love.

As fans continue to play the album on repeat, many are convinced that Olivia is already set to follow her first record with a sophomore edition called Sweet. Let’s break down all the theories that might hint at the existence of this second album!

Olivia Rodrigo Has a Sour Patch Kids Collaboration

Props to whoever came up with the ingenious idea of promoting Sour by joining forces with Sour Patch Kids. And props for making fans sure that this brand partnership might be the biggest tip-off to a follow-up that follows Sour Patch Kids’s catchphrase: “First they’re sour, then they’re sweet.” Could this hidden message be the driving reason behind this partnership? While the vast majority of songs featured on Sour detail Rodrigo’s intense post-heartbreak nostalgia, anguish, and resentment, listeners are wondering if there’s a flip side, or B-side, to the story that represents the joyous and loving moments of the relationship. Hmm, interesting.

Olivia Rodrigo Has Numerous Unreleased Song Snippets on Instagram

To further fuel the speculation, her social media bears witness to this seemingly far-fetched possibility. If you’ve been following the “Drivers License” singer on Instagram for a while, chances are you may have stumbled across some other songs, backed either by a piano or a guitar, that didn’t make it into Sour.

While she purged her gram gallery before the “Deja Vu” release, there are still three snippets sitting at the bottom of her feed that include songs “21st Century Girls,” “Pay Grade,” and “Gross.” Interestingly enough, she archived everything else except these clips that were penned mostly in 2020. Could that be hinting at their potential official release? We can totally see their studio versions on her second album, or perhaps on a deluxe edition of Sour.

In a May cover story interview with Billboard, she opened up about how she wanted to balance the bitter parts of Sour with some sweeter love songs, but ultimately decided against it. “I’m a songwriter who writes from a place of authenticity and truth,” she said, adding, “and truthfully, love and happiness and everything weren’t feelings that I was feeling at the time. And what’s the point of putting out a record if it isn’t something that you feel is important to say to people?” So maybe these happy songs will serve better thematically in a follow-up record.

Olivia Rodrigo Is a Huge Fan of Surprise Album Queen Taylor Swift

Rodrigo’s fans suspect she might be following one of her biggest musical and songwriting idols, Taylor Swift, and dropping a surprise album after the successful release of Sour. Swift put out surprise “sister albums” Folklore and Evermore this year. With the fourth track from Sour, “1 step forward and 3 steps back,” paying homage to her mentor interpolating piano melody from Swift’s Reputation track “New Year’s Day,” it’s highly possibly that Rodrigo might take a page out of Swift’s playbook regarding her rumored second album.

While some of these theories seem to ring true and viable, nothing’s been confirmed by Rodrigo or her team yet. These speculations could very well have a fate similar to Swift’s Woodvale theories; regardless, we can’t wait to witness what Rodrigo has next in store for the world.

The Cruella Soundtrack Is a Wild Blast From the Past With Over 30 Songs

By | May 30, 2021

Watching Disney’s Cruella, I knew I was in for a wild ride, but what I didn’t expect was a truly wild soundtrack to match. Since the film takes place in the 1970s with a young Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone) as a fashion designer in London, there are tons of throwback songs featured throughout movie. We’re talking over 30 songs worth of retro tunes! From “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra to “Come Together” by Ike & Tina Turner, there are so many iconic songs that set the tone for Cruella’s story. Plus, there’s a haunting new tune from Florence + the Machine. The official soundtrack only features a handful of tunes from the movie, but we’ve rounded them all up for your viewing pleasure ahead.

Can’t Keep Up With Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Divorce? Here Are All the Details

By | April 13, 2021

Keeping up with the Kardashians’ antics is tough, but keeping up with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s divorce timeline may be even more difficult. On Feb. 19, multiple sources confirmed the couple’s divorce following months of breakup rumors, and no, we’re not over it. After four kids, seven years of marriage, and nearly two decades of friendship, it seemed like Kim and Kanye were in it for the long haul . . . that is, until the latter half of 2020, when rumors of marital troubles started swirling. There’s a good chance the divorce will be featured on the final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but if you can’t wait until then, here’s everything that has gone down so far.

  1. Divorce rumors start circulating. On Jan. 5, multiple sources for Page Six reportedly claimed “divorce is imminent” for Kim and Kanye. “Kim got Kanye to go up there [Wyoming] so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done,” one insider said. That same day, Kim posted a picture without her wedding ring on Instagram, but she ended up deleting the post three days later.
  2. More details emerge about the rumored split. Soon after news of the impending divorce broke, Us Weekly shared the reported reason for Kim and Kanye’s split. “They had a big fight in early December,” a source claimed. “Kanye blew up at Kim and she was really upset. Things between them don’t seem to have healed since that.” Another source for Us Weekly claimed the two weren’t on the same page about the future. As the insider explained, “Kanye is jealous of the amount of time Kim has dedicated to prison reform and the kids. Kanye wanted the family to move to Wyoming full-time. It’s where he sees this direction of his life going. Kim just doesn’t see their lives full-time in Wyoming.”
  3. Sources claim the divorce will be amicable. On Jan. 14, E! News reported that there’s “no bad blood” between Kim and Kanye and that their relationship is “cordial.” An insider reportedly added, “Kim wants to feel at peace going into this new chapter of her life and is focused on herself and her children.”
  4. Sources claim Kim and Kanye quit marriage counseling. Though the couple were reportedly seeking help from a marriage counselor, a source for People claimed Kim and Kanye decided to quit marriage counseling on Jan. 18. “He is talking to divorce lawyers this week,” the insider claimed in reference to Kanye.
  5. Kanye is spotted for the first time in months. On Jan. 24, Kanye was seen deboarding a plane in LA with his entourage, which was the first time he’d been spotted in public since November 2020.
  6. Financial details emerge. According to a source for Us Weekly, Kim had reportedly begun “talks” with her divorce lawyer back in July 2020 to determine an “exit strategy” from her marriage. “Kim has had all of her and Kanye’s financials and properties ready to be split, [and] it’s a very fair deal for everyone,” the source claimed on Jan. 27. “Kim has all of her assets and financials ready for when she decides to file officially.”
  7. Kim goes on a girls’ trip to Turks and Caicos. On Jan. 30, Kim was spotted on a girls’ trip in Turks and Caicos, which included Kim’s daughters, North and Chicago, as well as her sisters Kourtney, Khloé, and Kylie.
  8. Kim wears Yeezys in an Instagram post. While on vacation, Kim seemingly showed support for Kanye when she posted an Instagram on Jan. 31, which showed her posing in a bikini and a pair of Yeezy Foam Runners.
  9. Kim seemingly takes over Kanye’s closet. Kim showed off her new Skims showroom on her Instagram Stories on Feb. 2, and fans couldn’t help but notice that the room looked a lot like Kanye’s former Yeezy showroom, which was previously featured on David Letterman‘s Netflix series.
  10. Kanye reportedly moves out. On Feb. 3, sources for Page Six reportedly claimed that Kanye had moved 500 pairs of shoes (among other belongings) out of the Calabasas mansion he shared with Kim.
  11. Kim and Kanye reportedly spend Valentine’s Day apart. Unsurprisingly, People reported that Kim and Kanye wouldn’t be celebrating Feb. 14 together. “She has a Valentine’s Day celebration planned with her kids and family,” an insider claimed. “She likes to make it special for the kids. She doesn’t have any contact with Kanye. It’s obvious that she is just focused on the future.”
  12. Kanye is seen wearing his wedding ring. While out and about in LA on Feb. 17, Kanye was photographed wearing a wedding band, though Kim had previously been spotted on multiple occasions without her own ring. That same day, a source for People claimed Kanye isn’t coping well with the split. “Kanye is not doing well,” the insider claimed. “He is anxious and very sad. He knows that the marriage is over, and there’s nothing that can be done right now. He also knows what he is losing in Kim.”
  13. Kim files for divorce from Kanye. After much speculation, Kim finally filed for divorce from Kanye on Feb. 19, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. Page Six also confirmed the split, reporting that Kim’s divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, filed the papers the same day the news broke. According to sources, Kim requested joint legal and physical custody of their four children. That same day, a source for Entertainment Tonight claimed the divorce had been a long time coming. As the insider explained, “Kim filing for divorce from Kanye is just a formal part of the process. The couple has been done for a while and have been amicable for a while. At the end of the day, Kanye and Kim love each other immensely, but knew it was time to call it quits. Their children are their number one priority and no matter what will maintain a positive relationship for them.”
  14. Kim maybe sends a message through her Instagram Stories. On Feb. 22, Kim posted an IG Story featuring the song “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, and fans thought she might be sending a message about how she’s coping through the breakup ballad.
  15. Kim is spotted out with friends. According to photos obtained by Us Weekly, Kim stepped out with friends on Feb. 23 for a night on the town.
  16. Sources claim Kim is concerned for Kanye. A source for Entertainment Tonight reportedly claimed on March 2 that Kim is concerned for her ex’s well-being amid the divorce. “The divorce has been difficult for him, but knowing that he has access to his little ones and has split custody is making the transition easier,” the source said. The insider also noted that the whole thing was a relief for Kim, adding, “She is happy to see that chapter close. She knows that it is what is healthiest for her and her family and she is ready to put this hardship behind her both publicly and personally.”
  17. Sources claim Kim is keeping the house. According to a source for Us Weekly, Kim will get her and Kanye’s Calabasas mansion in the divorce. “She has made her life there and it’s her kids’ main home,” the source claimed on March 3. “There was never a question – Kim was going to keep the home.”
  18. Like Kim, Kanye requests joint custody of their kids. According to court documents obtained by E! News in April, Kanye also agrees with Kim that neither party should pay spousal support.

6 Alarming Similarities Between Meghan Markle’s and Princess Diana’s Tell-All Interviews

By | April 12, 2021

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all with Oprah Winfrey was first announced in February, people immediately started making comparisons to Princess Diana’s famous November 1995 interview with Martin Bashir following her separation from Prince Charles. But the similarities became even more striking when it aired on March 7 and Diana’s interview was featured on Netflix’s Diana: The Interview That Shook the World on April 11. In addition to the matching bold eyeliner looks and Meghan wearing one of Diana’s bracelets, both Meghan and Diana had similar revelations about their time as royals and how the intense pressure from the palace and British press affected their mental health. Even though it’s been nearly 26 years since Diana’s interview, it’s alarming to see that not much has changed since then. Hopefully, Harry and Meghan’s tell-all serves as a wake-up call for both the palace and the British media.

On Joining the Royal Family

Diana: “At the age of 19, you always think you’re prepared for everything, and you think you have the knowledge of what’s coming ahead. But although I was daunted at the prospect at the time, I felt I had the support of my husband-to-be.”

Meghan: “I will say I went into it naively because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family. It wasn’t something that was part of conversation at home, it wasn’t something that we followed,” she said. “I didn’t research about what that would mean. I’ve never looked up my husband online. I just didn’t feel the need to because everything that I needed to know, he was sharing with me.”

On Not Receiving Any Support During Their Royal Transitions

Diana: “No one sat me down with a piece of paper and said: ‘This is what is expected of you.’ But there again, I’m lucky enough in the fact that I have found my role, and I’m very conscious of it, and I love being with people,” Diana said. “It was isolating, but it was also a situation where you couldn’t indulge in feeling sorry for yourself: you had to either sink or swim. And you had to learn that very fast.”

Meghan: “Unlike what you see in the movies, there’s no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal,” Meghan said as she recalled googling the British national anthem the night before a royal engagement.

On Struggling With Unwanted Media Attention

Diana: “The most daunting aspect was the media attention, because my husband and I, we were told when we got engaged that the media would go quietly, and it didn’t; and then when we were married they said it would go quietly and it didn’t; and then it started to focus very much on me, and I seemed to be on the front of a newspaper every single day, which is an isolating experience, and the higher the media put you, place you, is the bigger the drop. And I was very aware of that.”

Meghan: “I would sit up at night, and I was just – I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out – and again I wasn’t seeing it – but it’s almost worse when you feel it through the expression of my mom or my friends or them calling me crying like, ‘Meg, they’re not protecting you.’ And I realized it was all happening just because I was breathing.”

On How the Royal Family Failed Them During Their Time of Need

Diana: “Maybe I was the first person ever to be in this family who ever had a depression or was ever openly tearful. And obviously that was daunting, because if you’ve never seen it before how do you support it?” Diana said. “Well, it gave everybody a wonderful new label – Diana’s unstable and Diana’s mentally unbalanced. And unfortunately that seems to have stuck on and off over the years.”

She continued, “When no one listens to you, or you feel no one’s listening to you, all sorts of things start to happen. For instance, you have so much pain inside yourself that you try and hurt yourself on the outside because you want help, but it’s the wrong help you’re asking for. People see it as crying wolf or attention-seeking, and they think because you’re in the media all the time you’ve got enough attention, inverted commas. But I was actually crying out because I wanted to get better in order to go forward and continue my duty and my role as wife, mother, Princess of Wales. So yes, I did inflict upon myself. I didn’t like myself, I was ashamed because I couldn’t cope with the pressures.”

Meghan: “Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it, to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered. But I knew that if I didn’t say it that I would do it – and I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought,” she admitted. “I went to one of the most senior people to get help. I share this because there are so many people who . . . are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know personally how hard it is to not just voice it, but when you voice it, say no . . . [Going to a hospital] is what I was asking to do. You can’t just do that, I couldn’t call an Uber to the palace, you couldn’t just go.”

On Why They Decided to Step Back From the Royal Family

Diana: “The pressure was intolerable then, and my job, my work was being affected. I wanted to give 110 percent to my work, and I could only give 50. I was constantly tired, exhausted, because the pressure was just, it was so cruel. So I thought the only way to do it was to stand up and make a speech and extract myself before I started disappointing and not carrying out my work. It was my decision to make that speech because I owed it to the public to say that, you know, ‘Thank you. I’m disappearing for a bit, but I’ll come back.'”

Meghan: “We never left the family. We were saying, ‘OK, if this isn’t working for everyone, we’re in a lot of pain, you can’t provide us with the help that we need, we can just take a step back. We can do it in a commonwealth country.’ We suggested New Zealand, South Africa.”

On Why They Finally Chose to Speak Out

Diana: “Maybe people have a better understanding, maybe there’s a lot of women out there who suffer on the same level but in a different environment, who are unable to stand up for themselves because their self-esteem is cut into two.”

Meghan: “As an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is different than I think what people expect it to be, it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes, I’m ready to talk.”

40 Prince Harry Photos That Show How Meaningful the Invictus Games Are to Him

By | April 10, 2021

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games finally have a new date! After the 2020 Paralympic-style competition for wounded and recovering soldiers and veterans was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced on April 7 that the games are headed to The Hague, Netherlands in 2022. The competition will take place from April 16 to 22.

Harry launched the seven-day sporting event back in September 2014 after he was introduced to the Warrior Games during a trip to the US in 2013. He wanted to create something similar and use sports to help aid the physical, psychological, and social recovery of active-duty soldiers and veterans. Since then, the event has taken place in London, Orlando, Toronto, and Sydney, and the 2022 event will actually be featured in Harry and Meghan Markle’s first Netflix series, Heart of Invictus. The docuseries, which doesn’t have a premiere date yet, will follow athletes as they prepare for the competition.

“Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve,” Harry previously said in a statement on Archewell’s website. “This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year. As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service.”

Fun fact: Harry and Meghan actually made their public debut as a couple at the 2017 sporting event in Toronto. Ahead of the 2022 Invictus Games, keep reading to see photos from previous competitions.