What You Missed This Week in Pop Culture: Taylor Swift’s Reputation, Eminem + Beyonce & More
Every single day you can always expect a new scandal or headline popping up in your social media feeds about your favorite Hollywood celebs. However, while we always make sure to keep up with our favorite actors and musicians, there is always so much going on every news cycle that there's no way that we can possibly keep up with every single thing happening in Tinseltown. So you can be your BFF's go-to-gal with everything celebrity-related, we're here to give you a quick rundown of the most important stories that surfaced this week in the crazy world of Hollywood.
NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Taylor Swift Reputation Finally Releases, Harry Styles Kiwi Video, and An Early Xmas Gift from Eminem
On Friday, 11/10 we were in for a surprise — and it's safe to say that hip-hop music fans everywhere were going crazy with one announcement in particular…
Taylor Swift Goes In About Her Reputation with the Media
After weeks and weeks… and weeks of promo, Taylor Swift has FINALLY released her highly anticipated album Reputation. Thank god, this promo-bonanza is coming to an end!
Swifties had been clamoring for any morsel of news in preparation for its release and they were put out of their misery Friday morning when they finally were able to got their hands on what they’ve been hyping up for months.
Reputation has been getting high praise from critics. And according the LA Times, it’s currently predicted to could sell up to 2 million units in its first week!
But as a forewarning for the peeps rushing off in search for the album on Spotify: Bloomberg reports that Taylor's representatives have told streaming companies that they won't be releasing Reputation for streaming during its first week of release. It will only be available for purchase through iTunes and wherever CDs are sold. Negotiations are still ongoing as to when you’ll likely be able to hear it without purchase but if you want to know who each song is about, you can find out here.
Harry Styles' Epic Food Fight in “Kiwi”
Speaking of Ms. Swift, her ex BF, Harry Styles just released the music video for the latest single “Kiwi” off his debut self-titled album.
The song is much more upbeat, rock-n-roll than his slower, melodious debut single “Sign of the Times.” Going in, after hearing the lyrics, one would anticipate a more sexually charged video – the song goes in detail about a hardcore-partier love interest that wound up pregnant. However, the video itself, turns that assumption on its head, and shows a gaggle of kids prepping for an epic food fight. And craziness ensues. What?!?
“Kiwi” was a super fun video that you NEED to see to believe. Watch it here! And sidenote: was that little girl supposed to be Harry’s kid?? She looked like his little mini-me!
An Odd Coupling: Eminem & Beyoncé's Big Surprise
OMFG! It looks like Eminem is giving us our Christmas presents early this year!
The Detroit rapper shocked fans after posting a video teaser clip on his Twitter Thursday night announcing the release of his new song “Walking on Water” feautring Beyoncé (!!!) Friday at noon. The single will lead off his upcoming album Revival, his first in just over four years after the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
He’d been dropping some hilariously quirky fake pharmaceutical advertising clips on his social media accounts recently marketing a fictional website and medication called Revival (which is the album name, obvs). Cool marketing strategy, Em!
Revival is set to be released Nov. 17.
Taylor Swift Sue-Happiness Gets Exposed
Taylor's album release week had a slight hiccup.
Word leaked that Taylor Swift’s legal team sent out a cease and desist letter to blog PopFront after a writer posted an article titled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.”
In the article, writer Meghan Herning criticized Taylor’s silence on white supremacy and the current political climate. She writes: “Taylor’s lyrics in ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ seem to play to the same subtle, quiet white support of a racial hierarchy. Many on the alt-right see the song as part of a ‘re-awakening,’ in line with Trump’s rise. At one point in the accompanying music video, Taylor lords over an army of models from a podium, akin to what Hitler had in Nazis Germany. The similarities are uncanny and unsettling.”
After receiving the letter, the writer contacted ACLU. The ACLU then released a public response to Taylor's legal team defending the writer and PopFront’s “constitutionally protected speech.”
This lead to dozens of journalists and blog writers posting about their own encounters with Taylor's lawyers after writing negative articles on the pop starlet:
I was issued a letter by Taylor's lawyers once too, and you know MTV caved because well, MTV. Then she didn't even show up at their VMAS.
— Ira Madison III (@ira) November 6, 2017
Taylor's lawyers once also requested (see: insisted) I take down a piece where I criticized her political apathy! WHAT A DELIGHT! https://t.co/C6xC1lECrd
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 6, 2017
I had to change a header photo once on a post of celeb beefs because it was Taylor Swift and Katy. Spoiler: it wasn’t Katy with the issue.
— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) November 6, 2017
Oh no, Taylor! We're doubtful that the controversy will have any affect on her sales but this still puts a slight damper on an otherwise successful week.
Gossip Girl Star Accused of Rape
According to People, both Wynn and Cohen’s stories have eerie similarities. They claim that they attended parties at the actor's rental home and upon passing out in one of his many guestrooms, they were awoken to him sexually assaulting them.
Westwick, 30, released a statement in response to the accusations Thursday, noting, “It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct.”
According to Variety, the BBC has announced that it is pulling an upcoming Agatha Christie special Ordeal by Innocence that Westwick stars in while he’s under investigation. They also stalled filming of another BBC series that he was set to lead in called White Gold.
The LAPD is currently investigating Cohen's claims after the actress filed a police report Wednesday.
Drake's New Venture into Producing, His Upcoming Netflix Show
Drake is making waves in the television industry. No, this unfortunately isn’t a Degrassi reunion (*tears*) but he’s reviving one of his favorite television shows.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper is teaming with LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment to bring British crime drama Top Boy to Netflix. The streaming service, which has rights to the first two seasons of the show, will premiere the third season in 2019 as a Netflix original.
Aly Raisman Speaks Out Against Former U.S. Olympic Doctor
Olympic superstar Aly Raisman has come forward to accuse the former U.S. women's gymnastics team doctor of sexual abuse.
The six-time Olympic medalist sat down with 60 Minutes on CBS to speak out against former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Aly’s story makes her the second member of the 2012 “Fierce Five” Olympic team to speak on Nassar’s abuse. Just last month, McKayla Maroney also announced on her Twitter that she, too, was abused her throughout her entire career.
Aly spoke on her anger regarding questions that victims always face after coming finally getting the courage to come forward, “Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture?” she said. “What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?”
USA Gymnastics cut ties with Nassar after allegations first became public in 2016. Nassar faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could receive a life sentence if convicted.
That's all for this week’s installment of This Week in Pop Culture, stay tuned for a new one next week. Because while celebs may go stale, you can count on the gossip to always stay fresh.