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  • BEBE REXHA SHARED BIPOLAR DIAGNOSIS TO 'FREE' HERSELF FROM FEAR

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Bebe Rexha says she went public with her bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2019 to "free" herself from fear.

    The 30-year-old singer explained why she shared her diagnosis and discussed her experience with the mental health condition in a new interview with Self magazine.

    Rexha went public with her diagnosis on Twitter in April. She said she initially had a breakdown after learning she has bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, including depressive lows and manic highs. "I was very fearful," Rexha recalled. "I didn't want to think there was something wrong with me."

    Rexha ultimately decided to share her diagnosis, both to empower herself and others struggling with mental health conditions. "That was my worst fear all my life: going crazy," she said. "I felt like me opening up to my fans was me finally saying, ‘I'm not going to be imprisoned by this.' And maybe it'll make somebody not feel imprisoned, in that moment, if they feel like they're going through a rough time. That's why I decided to really open up and to free myself from that."

    Rexha is also diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, a condition where hormonal fluctuations cause severe mood changes before a person's menstrual period. Rexha said she was previously afraid to share her struggles because of the stigma of mental illness. "It's the war you have inside your head: Will it affect my career? Will people judge me? Will they want to work with me?" she explained.

    With the support of her family, Rexha started seeing a therapist and later began taking medication. She said the medication hasn't changed who she is as a person or a performer. "I'm still the same person in the studio," the singer said. "Medication has maybe helped me be a little bit more insightful and learn things about the world and also allowed me to be a little bit more centered so that I can actually write about my feelings."

    Overall, Rexha said she is "fine" and doesn't want people to pity her for having bipolar disorder. "There's nothing to feel bad for. I'm fine, I'm healthy, I'm working on myself," she said. "I'm bettering myself as a human."



  • BTS PERFORMS 'ON' FOR FALLON'S SUBWAY EPISODE

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    BTS took over Monday night's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ended the hour by performing their new song "No" in the middle of Grand Central Terminal.

    The show emptied out the historic train station to have the K-Pop group perform in the middle of the giant hall.

    BTS joined Jimmy while riding in a subway car and did the entire interview there, where Jimmy asked the group some of the BTS Army's hard-hitting questions and chatted about their favorite shows (Home Alone is one of them), the experience of fame, dream jobs (V wanted to be a saxophonist).

    BTS also competed in a subway Olympics game and visited Katz's Deli, where they served the establishment's famous pastrami sandwiches.

    It marked the first time Fallon taped an episode on the subway.

    BTS' new album Map Of The Soul: 7 is set to start at No. 1 on charts around the globe. Based on early chart data, it's racing to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the summit of the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

    What's the significance of the seven, Fallon asked. "It's a lucky number of course, seven years, it's been seven years since we've been together," RM explained. "Seven is like the jackpot."



  • DUFFY WAS RAPED, DRUGGED & HELD CAPTIVE FOR DAYS

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Singer Duffy said in her first public Instagram post on Tuesday that she left the spotlight almost 10 years ago because she had been kidnapped and raped.

    Duffy, real name Aimee Anne Duffy, said opened up about the incident to a journalist who found her last summer and that it felt "amazing" to talk.

    "The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days," Duffy said. "Of course I survived. The recovery took time."

    Duffy rose to international fame in 2008 after the release of her song "Mercy," which was featured in Grey's Anatomy and the Sex and the City film. She won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2009.

    It is unclear when or where the alleged kidnapping occurred or whether Duffy contacted the police. She said she plans on releasing a spoken interview in the coming weeks in an effort to answer any questions.



  • TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'THE MAN' MUSIC VIDEO COMING THURSDAY

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    After releasing the lyric video for "The Man," Taylor Swift is ready to release the full video treatment.

    She posted a teaser image to Twitter, featuring colorful hands reaching out into a hallway.

    Taylor told fans: "There are 19 hands in the hallway...but only 2 days until The Man Music Video." Her comment is an acknowledgement of the fact that, prior to her album Lover's release, fans analyzed every image Taylor posted on social media, looking for clues in the number of objects in the photos, such as holes in a fence and palm trees.

    Many fans have guessed that the Easter egg means that there will be 19 cameos in the video. One person took it a step further, remembering that Swift "mentioned 18 new acts" in her Woman of the Decade speech at the Billboard Women in Music event last year. "(Billboard) + Taylor ... that's 19 WOMAN = 19 HANDS," she concluded.

    However, many reacted because the place appeared familiar. Many online users felt that the hallway appeared similar to the one in Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's house.

    Previously, Swift released a stripped-back live performance of the song filmed in Paris. The acoustic version was filmed during her performance at the 2019 City of Lover concert in September.

    Swift's video comes after she spoke to Billboard about the feminist track. "It was a song that I wrote from my personal experience, but also from a general experience that I've heard from women in all parts of our industry," Swift shared. "I think that the more we can talk about it in a song like that, the better off we'll be in a place to call it out when it's happening."

    "So many of these things are ingrained in even women, these perceptions, and it's really about re-training your own brain to be less critical of women when we are not criticizing men for the same things."



  • THE CHAINSMOKERS SCRUB THEIR INSTAGRAM, ANNOUNCE BREAK

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    The ChainsmokersAlex Pall and Drew Taggart – have announced a break from social media and have scrubbed their entire account in order to work on their new album.

    "We are going to be taking some time to create our next chapter in music. We have never been more inspired and are already hard at work on TCS4 but we are going to be taking a break from social media (minus a few obligations) to give it the attention it needs," they announced in a statement.

    The guys will continue their Las Vegas residency at XS and have big deal festival sets including Electric Daisy Carnival and a headlining show at Creamfields on the horizon.

    The guys dropped their last album World War Joy back in December.



  • QUICKIES: JUSTIN BIEBER, KELLY CLARKSON & LADY GAGA

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    JUSTIN BIEBER GOES THROUGH ‘CHANGES' IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Justin Bieber has dropped his new music video for "Changes" exclusively on Apple Music. Directed by Michael D. Ratner, the visual for the title track off of Justin's No. 1 album Changes is set in the frozen landscape of Ontario, Canada. In the clip, Justin details some of the changes he has gone through to get this point in his life. As the video progresses, Justin seemingly looks ahead as the seasons change. Justin told Apple Music, "These videos were all shot in places in nature that meant something to me over the years and I'm thrilled that my fans get to experience the music with these concepts in mind."

    KELLY CLARKSON TO HOST BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS IN APRIL: Kelly Clarkson will host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards for her third consecutive year. This year's show will take place April 29th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show airs live on NBC. Billboard praised Clarkson in a press release for helping to create "many iconic Billboard Music Awards moments." Clarkson is just the third person to host or co-host the BBMAs three or more times. Comedian Kathy Griffin co-hosted the show three years running from 1998-2000. Rapper Ludacris hosted the 2014 show and co-hosted the show the following three years.

    LADY GAGA TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘STUPID LOVE' ON FRIDAY: Lady Gaga announced she will be releasing a new single, titled "Stupid Love," at midnight on Friday. A photo of a billboard promoting the single with artwork featuring a pair of pink lips accompanied the announcement. "Stupid Love" will be the first single released for Gaga's sixth studio album. She last released Joanne in 2016. The track will be Gaga's first song since 2018's A Star Is Born. Gaga and Bradley Cooper's song "Shallow" from the film won Best Original Song at the Oscars.