Apr 18

Shawn Mendes gets rejected from Dublin bar, goes to McDonald’s instead

ABC/Image Group LASorry, Shawn Mendes -- no Guinness for you.

The 20-year-old singer was turned away from a bar in Dublin, Ireland earlier this week, even though the legal drinking age there is 18.

In a fan-captured video of the incident, one of the bouncers at Bruxelles [brew-ZELLE] pub explains to a dejected Shawn that many bar managers have their own age restrictions after certain hours.

“OK, thank you. Wow,” Shawn said before walking away. “All right, bye. I tried.”

Shawn, who had just finished a concert at Dublin’s 3Arena, then did the next best thing: He went to McDonald’s. He reportedly ordered a Happy Meal and posed for a bunch of selfies with fans there just after 3 a.m.

The Canadian singer told Rolling Stone last year that he typically only drinks in his home country.

“I just don’t drink in America. I get it all out when I go home,” he said. “I don’t find it frustrating because I care about alcohol. I care about time with friends in bars.”

He added, “I’m being denied a social experience, not an alcoholic beverage. I wish I was allowed to just go in the bar and drink a pop, because then I would at least be there with everyone and I wouldn’t have to be in my hotel while everyone else is at the bar.”

Shawn officially turns 21 in August.

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   Apr 18

Lil Dicky unveils clip of animated star-studded “Earth” video; each celeb voices an animal

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicTonight, Lil Dicky will release his new song and video, "Earth," which features stars ranging from Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, to Shawn Mendes, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Halsey, Miley Cyrus and more than a dozen others.  The rapper appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday to explain the concept for the project, including the fact that the video is animated.

"So I'm putting this song out tonight called 'Earth' and it's literally got 30 of the biggest artists in the world on it, and every artist plays a different animal," Dicky explained to Ellen. "Like, Justin Bieber's a baboon, Ariana Grande's a zebra, Ed Sheeran's a koala bear, I can do that 30 times over."

"And it's all about like saving the Earth: There's an environmental crisis going on right now," he added.  In fact, proceeds from the song and video will be donated to environmental charities, in consultation with Leonardo DiCaprio's charity foundation. 

"They're gonna explain where they think the money is best served 'cause they're in this philanthropic space and I'm pretty new to the game," Dicky told Ellen, adding, "I went to his house and we played pickleball, and we spoke about the Earth.  And one thing I can tell you is that guy cares so much about the planet: Like, he gets really worked up talking about it."

Dicky also premiered 20 seconds of the video, featuring Justin and Ariana in character as a baboon and a zebra.

"Hi, I'm a baboon," sings Justin. "I'm like a man/just less advanced/and my anus is huge."

"Hey, I'm a zebra," sings Ariana. "No one knows what I do, but I look pretty cool/Am I white or black?"

The song and video both drop at midnight tonight.  Earth Day is Monday.

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   Apr 18

Janet Jackson is taking “Control” of your turntable with new vinyl release

A&M/UMe Newly minted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Janet Jackson is giving fans another way to listen to her breakthrough album.

On June 7, you'll be able to buy her 1986 classic Control on vinyl, in your choice of either black or translucent red.  It marks the first time that the album has been available on vinyl since its initial release.  Fans attending Janet's upcoming Las Vegas show, Metamorphosis, will get the first crack at purchasing the disc at the merch store that will open at the Park Theater at Park MGM.  You can also pre-order a copy online.

Control, Janet's third album, marked the first of the star's many collaborations with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.  It featured five hit singles -- "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty," "Control," "When I Think of You” and "Let's Wait Awhile" -- and was her first #1 album on the pop chart.  To date, it's sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Janet's Metamorphosis residency will kick off May 17 and will include 15 performances through an August 10 show.  As previously reported, Janet also will headline the U.K. 's Glastonbury Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival this summer.

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