1.Katy Perry makes a big political statement during a stop in Taiwan for her ‘Prismatic World Tour’…
Last night, during her ‘Prismatic World Tour’ stop in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, Ms. Katy Perry donned the flag of the country as a cape while wearing a sunflower dress, an outfit with two-fold pro-Taiwan imagery. Sunflowers were the key image of the Sunflower Student Movement of spring 2014, which found groups protesting a Chinese trade agreement that many saw as unfair to Taiwan. But, today, some are wondering if Katy’s political imagery was intentional. The sunflower connection might be coincidental as Ms. Katy has worn the outfit on her world tour before. The Taiwan flag, however, was a new addition for her Taipei concert, but it’s unknown if Perry meant it as a political statement or simply as tribute to her audience. Regardless, many were moved by Katy’s efforts, with some writing they were touched or moved to tears on social media. It should be noted that the relationship between Taiwan (Republic of China) and China (People’s Republic of China) is quite tricky because some see Taiwan as an independent nation, while many others — including the United States — have formally adopted the “One China” policy, which adheres to the People’s Republic of China’s position that it is the sole legitimate government. An interesting way to make a point, Ms. Perry…
2.Alabama Shakes shake up the top spot on the Billboard 200…..
Funky rock band Alabama Shakes snatched their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as their new set, ‘Sound & Color,’ grabs a hold of the covered top spot. The album, which was released April 21, moved 96,000 albums its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The bulk of Sound & Color’s overall quota was powered by traditional album sales, as the set sold 91,000 copies, which in turn is the band’s best sales week ever. The new Alabama Shakes record also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The Shakes new set is led by the single “Don’t Wanna Fight,” which has spent the past six straight weeks in… the No. 2 slot on the Adult Alternative chart.
3.Hilary Duff reunites with ‘Lizzie Macguire’ cast….in a bowling alley…..
Get excited…..there was a Lizzie McGuire reunion this week, which arrived in a most fashionable way-by taking place at a bowling alley. As you will see in the Lizzie-licious pic, it’s Ms. Hilary, her one-time on-screen brother Jake Thomas, and TV BFF Lalaine Vergara-Paras taking a pic together between strikes. The “Sparks” diva apparently can’t stop living the bowling life because in addition to this epic McGuire kiki, in an interview Tuesday, Hilary shared that she was going on a Tinder date that night with a total “normie” and that they would be bowling as well. To see the ‘LM’ reunion pic, go here.
4.Jay Z goes out of his way to prove the Tidal struggle isn’t as real as people think….
Jay Z is pulling out all the stops-and breaking out his B-sides-to hype up his sinking-like-the-Titanic music streaming service, Tidal. The rap legend announced plans Wednesday to unearth songs he hasn’t performed in a decade – or ever – at a free New York concert. The impromptu show will be held May 13 and subscribers can submit a playlist on the service to win tickets. This past Sunday, Jay Z took to Twitter to defend Tidal’s slow start, tweeting, “The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful. We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow and get better.” Guess we’ll just have to wait and see if indeed the Jigga Man’s service will prevail. Jay’s free concert will be streamed on-you guessed it-Tidal.com.
5.These Peter Rauhofer/Madonna/Janet rewerks will treat you right….
R.I.P., Mr. Rauhofer…