Oct 22

Dance to “Diamonds” with Sam Smith using AR technology

Alasdair McLellanWant to feel like Sam Smith is dancing right in the room with you? Now, with the help of some cutting edge AR technology, you can.

All you need is the Spotify app and two smartphones -- so grab a friend. Here’s how it works: use one phone to open Spotify and start playing "Diamonds," and you'll see a QR code in the corner. Then use the other phone’s camera to scan that QR code, and a miniature 3D hologram of dancing Sam pops up.

You can interact with the experience by pressing on the screen to release a shower of diamonds timed to the chorus of the song.

The “Diamonds” AR experience is available on Android and iOS devices with the Spotify app

In other Sam Smith news, they're offering fans who pre-order their new album Love Goes the chance to win a special piece of merch: a "Victorian letter puzzle," signed from Sam to you. 

Only 100 of these puzzles -- which are basically intricately-folded squares of paper with images of flowers on them -- are available. They read, "This is a love note from me to you. You're loved, you are valid and you are enough. Keep on growing and being yourself. There's only one you. All my love always, beautiful human...Sam."

Love Goes is out October 30.

By Andrea Tuccillo and Andrea Dresdale
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   Oct 22

Camila Cabello loses her “short hair virginity”

Brian Friedman/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty ImagesOne of Camila Cabello's style signatures is her super-long, dark, wavy hair.  Well, it was one of her signatures -- until she chopped it off.

Posting a photo of herself posing in an alleyway in an off-the-shoulder top, Camila showed off her new, much shorter 'do, which now ends a few inches past her shoulders.

"LOST MY SHORT HAIR VIRGINITY!!!! I’ve had long hair all my life it’s TIME TO FEEL THE AIR ON THESE SHOULDERS BABY," she wrote, adding that the photo had been taken by her boyfriend, Shawn Mendes

The two had been away from each other for a time while Camila was in London shooting the movie Cinderella, but now the two are back together and, it appears, more in love than ever.

How do we know this?  Camila also posted a photo of herself clinging to Shawn with her legs wrapped around his waist and her arms wrapped around his neck, grinning like mad.  From the scrunched-up look on Shawn's face, it appears as though she's just surprised him by jumping into his arms.

Camila captioned the photo, "heheheheheh." 

Because Shawn's hair is longish and curly right now, one enchanted fan described the cute couple as "King and Queen of Matching Haircuts."



By Andrea Dresdale
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   Oct 22

Now that Justin Timberlake has your attention…

SGranitz/WireImageJustin Timberlake lured his fans to his Instagram with a throwback shirtless pic, and then -- plot twist! -- turned the post into a rallying cry for them to go to the polls.

Justin posted a photo of himself back in his *NSYNC days, standing in a swimming pool, flexing his pecs and biceps.  "I think I was 19 here. That would have been 2000...when I spent a lot more time in the gym," he captioned the photo.

"It was also around the first time I voted. I just remember thinking voting was cool, and it all felt very... adult -- I don’t think I really understood the weight of it all or took the time to learn what my choices in candidates really meant."

"Now, I know how powerful each of our voices can be," Justin continues. "If you’re voting for the first time, or you’re still not sure if you even wanna vote -- because you think your voice won't make an impact, or you don't trust the process, or it all seems just like a headache...all I can say is, we really need you."

"This is about our children growing up in a world where racism is condemned, not tolerated," Justin writes. "It’s about ensuring that women are empowered everywhere decisions are being made. We have to vote so we don’t go backwards."

Noting that he was voting "early and by mail," JT then revealed that he's supporting Biden/Harris.  He was immediately attacked by Trump supporters who called the singer misguided and accused him of living in a bubble.

"We don’t care who you celebrities are voting for -- you do NOT LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD -- you live in gated communities with your armed security and your millions of dollars," read one comment.

By Andrea Dresdale
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