Aug 21

Rihanna to honor Barbados’ prime minister, activist Shaun King at her Diamond Ball

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna's Diamond Ball event isn't just a star-studded party -- it's also a way to recognize those who've done important humanitarian work.  Now, the star has announced who'll be the guests of honor at the fifth edition of the event, taking place September 12 in New York City.

Mia Mottley, prime minister of Rihanna's home country of Barbados, will receive the 2019 Diamond Ball Award, as will writer and civil rights activist Shaun King.  They're being recognized for their humanitarian and social justice work.

During her 25-year career in politics, Mottley has empowered women and young people via education initiatives.  She is Barbados' first female prime minister, and previously served as the country's first female attorney general, and the first woman elected to lead the country's Labour Party.

In 2018, Shaun King co-founded Real Justice PAC, which works to elect prosecutors who support criminal justice reform.  He also relaunched The North Star, an anti-slavery publication which was originally founded by Frederick Douglass.

“I am particularly honored to present Prime Minister Mottley and Shaun King with this year’s Diamond Ball Awards for their groundbreaking work," Rihanna said in a statement. "We are so thankful to them for joining us and making the night better than ever."

As previously reported, the Diamond Ball will be hosted by Seth Meyers and feature performances from Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled.  The money from the event goes to Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation, and funds innovative education projects and scholarships, emergency response programs and local micro grants.

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   Aug 21

Charlie Puth debuts new song, “I Warned Myself,” with fiery music video

Atlantic RecordsCharlie Puth is playing with fire on his brand new track, “I Warned Myself.”

The singer-songwriter debuted the haunting song with a music video Wednesday that features flames, fast cars and a femme fatale he can’t seem to escape.

On the track, co-written with Benny Blanco, Charlie sings about being with a woman who already has a boyfriend but lies to him about it. Even though he should have noticed the red flags, he continues to see her.

“I warned myself that I shouldn’t play with fire/But I can tell that I’ll do it one more time/Don’t trust in myself/No good for my health/You messed with my heart now you’re the reason why,” he sings on the chorus.

“I Warned Myself” is the first new music from Charlie since his 2018 album Voicenotes. He also co-wrote Katy Perry’s latest song, “Small Talk,” and the 5 Seconds of Summer hit, “Easier.”

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   Aug 21

Taylor Swift reveals more song lyrics as artists included on her new playlist react

Valheria RochaTaylor Swift's apparently still thinking about her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian -- if the latest lyrics reveal on her Spotify playlist is anything to go by.

As previously reported, Taylor is posting audio files of herself reading some of her new song lyrics on her Lover Enhanced Album playlist.  The latest file, which she calls "Clearing the Air," features her reciting, "Luck of the draw only draws the unlucky/And so I became the butt of the joke/I wounded the good and I trusted the wicked/Clearing the air, I breathed in the smoke."

It's not known which new Lover song these lyrics belong to, but they appear to be inspired by the July 2016 incident in which Kim K called her a "snake" on Twitter -- the incident which Taylor recently described as a "mass public shaming."

In happier news, some of the artists she's included on the playlist are beside themselves at having been selected. 

The band Jimmy Eat World, best known for their song "The Middle," had their song "For Me This Is Heaven" chosen by Taylor for the list, and they tweeted, "holy s**t this is a rad playlist and we are honored to be hidden among the giants here. congrats on the new album TS."

When a fan asked singer/songwriter Liz Phair, whose song "Why Can't I," is included, whether she'd seen it, she tweeted, "I was dead. :) I’m a big fan of ms. Swift- I hope she really picked it."

And rising star Clairo tweeted, "taylor swift put [my song] 'alewife' in her playlist i'm [crying]. speak now was a life changing album for me wow, i particularly remember listening to back to december and pretending i was in the music video lol."

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