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Ariana Grande is suing fashion retailer Forever 21 for $10 million.  Her accusation is that Forever 21 has stolen Grande’s “name, likeness and other intellectual property.”   This comes after Forever 21 has tried to reach an endorsement deal with Grande, who deemed the deal not good enough. Grande also claims the company hired a look-alike model to wear sports clothes and accessories that appear just like those worn by Grande in her videos. A Forever 21 spokesperson said that the company will dispute the lawsuit, but because the company is still after an agreement with the pop star, they also added they’re huge supporters of her.

Ariana Grande’s big summer rolls on. Fresh off a couple awards at the VMA’s, the pop star released a new line of perfume, named after her hit song “Thank U Next”. Right now the perfume is available exclusively on Ulta.com before its September release in Ulta Beauty stores. It will also be available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Ms. Grande is no stranger to the fragrance game, she won an award for her fragrance Cloud and now brings her hit phrase ‘Thank U Next’ into the beauty game. It has been regarded as the phrase of the year as it captured the current mood; “moving on and taking control in a self-affirming way.”

Building a product around a phrase she made so famous is a smart business move that helps its legacy to grow.  Grande explains, “I wanted to make a fragrance that smells related to my first fragrance Ari, but more summery.  So, I revisited Ari’s fruity pear and raspberry notes and changed it up by adding some coconut. I was inspired to design a bottle that represented the message of my song – the emergence of the perfume from the broken heart represents moving forward from a challenging chapter.” After she dropped Thank U Next, it hit over 55 million views on You Tube within 24 hours which was a record in itself.  Ariana Grande’s fans run deep, so expect her perfume to take off much like her song did.

Arian Grande stepped back on the stage in Manchester, England for the first time since her 2017 appearance that ended with a bombing in which 22 people died.  Her emotions were evident when she started the concert by saying, “I’m so happy to be with you, so thank you for having me. Sorry, I’m so nervous. I had so much more to say, but I’m really very overwhelmed. So thank you.” Grande went on to perform nine songs during the hour long show. She opened with “No Tears Left to Cry” and closed with “One Last Time.” It has been a sensitive subject for Grande who has said regarding Manchester “I think of it constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.” As she continues her Sweetener tour, Ms. Grande must feel relieved to have gotten back up on stage in Manchester, in the name of those who passed, the tragic events that transpired and to conquer her own internal fears born of that night two years ago.
The MTV Video Music Awards has welcomed thousands of celebrities since it started in 1992. They all walk the red carpet to make their entrance.  The power couples glow in their borrowed designer gowns and tuxes, but after looking back, there were many where the glow faded just after that VMA appearance. Is it a curse, or is limited longevity just the nature of a power couple? Here are a few couples who slit after VMA appearances:

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2000

J. Lo and Sean “Diddy” Combs in 2000

Eva Longoria and Nelly in 2005

Kanye West and Alexis Phifer in 2007

Kristen Stweart (Twilight) and Michael Angarano in 2008

Kanye West and Amber Rose in 2009

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa in 2014

Nick Jonas and Olivia Culpo in 2014

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez (multiple broke ups in 2017)

Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson in 2018

Slime, music, laughs, and awards: these are the words that sum up this years 2019 Kids Choice Awards which wrapped up this past weekend. There were lots of awards handed out, with Avengers End game getting a ton of love from the voters. Check out the complete list of awards and the winners of this years Teen Choice Awards. Choice Drama Movie After Choice Drama Movie Actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After Choice Drama Movie Actress Josephine Langford – After Choice Comedy Movie Crazy Rich Asians Choice Comedy Movie Actor Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date Choice Comedy Movie Actress Laura Marano – The Perfect Date Choice Summer Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actor Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actress Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Movie Villain Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actress Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Will Smith – Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress Naomi Scott – Aladdin Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actress Lili Reinhart – Riverdale Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Shadowhunters Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Jared Padalecki – Supernatural Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters Choice Action TV Show MacGyver Choice Action TV Actor Stephen Amell – Arrow Choice Action TV Actress Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest Choice Comedy TV Show The Big Bang Theory Choice Comedy TV Actress Nina Dobrev – Fam Choice TV Villain Cameron Monaghan – Gotham Choice Ship Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Summer TV Show Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actor Noah Schnapp — Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actress Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things Choice Reality TV Show America’s Got Talent Choice Throwback TV Show Friends Choice Comedian Ethan & Grayson Dolan Choice Male Athlete Stephen Curry Choice Female Athlete Serena Williams Choice Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Female Artist Billie Eilish Choice Music Group Why Don’t We Choice Country Artist Dan + Shay Choice Latin Artist CNCO Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Cardi B Choice Rock Artist Panic! At The Disco Choice Song: Female Artist Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations” Choice Song: Male Artist Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us” Choice Song: Group Blackpink – “DDU-DU DDU-DU” Choice Pop Song Ariana Grande – “Thank u, next” Choice Country Song Dan + Shay – “Speechless” Choice Song From a Movie Zayn & Zhavia Ward, Aladdin – “A Whole New World (End Title)” Choice Electronic/Dance Song Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)” Choice Latin Song CNCO – “Pretend” Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]” Choice Rock Song Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” Choice Summer Female Artist Halsey Choice Summer Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Summer Group Jonas Brothers Choice Summer Tour BTS – BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour Choice YouTuber Sam and Colby Choice Social Star Noah Centineo Choice Female Web Star Emma Chamberlain Choice Male Web Star David Dobrik Choice Comedy Web Star The Dolan Twins Choice Music Web Star Annie LeBlanc Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star Hannah Meloche Choice Gamer PewDiePie
The MTV video awards are coming soon and it seems that Ariana Grande might not be attending. Grande and Taylor Swift received the most nominations for this year’s MTV video awards, they both received 10.  Swift will not attend the show itself but will be performing at the event. In contrast, Grande’s tour schedule will make it hard for her to attend; she happens to have two shows lined up in Europe the days before and after the VMAs event in Newark, New Jersey. The video of the year award will be an interesting battle to watch; Ariana Grande’s video “thank u, next” will compete against Taylor Swift’s video “You Need to Calm Down” for this coveted prize. Furthermore, this competition will be made more interesting by the fact that newly discovered fame will be competing against well-established talent; Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, two recent breakthrough stars, were also nominated for the video of the year award. The award itself might be determined by what MTV prefers; will it be well established talent or brand-new musical stars?
What a life. The reality for pop-star Ariana Grande is that any little public move stirs speculation, headlines, and debate. And it continued this week with a photo in her Instagram post that sent fans into a frenzy. Having recently released a song called “Boyfriend” with artist, Mikey Foster, rumors are swirling that he is her new beau. Grande helped the rumor with an Instagram post featuring two photos promoting the new song.  In them she’s wearing a little white tutu that is very short with a black bra and black heels. In one of the photos she is resting gently on Foster’s leg. Are these photos strictly professional or is there something more going on?  A quick scroll through her comments reveals a clear consensus. Fans are thinking the latter. Whether or not Adriana and Mikey are the new thing, Grande’s current profile commands this sort of attention, especially when it comes to her love life – lest we forget her engagement to Pete Davidson or the toxic ending to the Mac Miller saga. So, is it promotion or emotion? That’s the question for her rabid fans, a question that should be answered in short order. Stay tuned.
Ariana Grande accused photographer Robert Barbera of taking unauthorized pictures of her.  For celebrities that’s a big deal if the photographer then makes money from the pictures. Their image is their property they argue and it has value. They also argue that their celebrity does not give permission for people to violate their privacy.  It all gets murky when celebrities accept the exposure paparazzi photos give them. The case between Grande and Barbera put a new spin on the whole issue when Ms. Grande used Barbera’s unauthorized pictures to promote her Sweetener album.  The photographer filed a lawsuit against Grande for her unauthorized use of his unauthorized photos. He demanded $25,000 for each photograph. In the end the suit was dropped when the two parties agreed to an undisclosed settlement.  Legal struggles between photographers and celebrities about the use of their image are common. Last month, Supermodel Gigi Hadid won a lawsuit against the agency Xclusive -Lee, Inc.  It won’t be the last.

Ariana Grande is about to work with Jim Carrey and she’s thrilled about it. The two will be working together on the second season of Kidding, a major Showtime drama series where Grande will be playing a guest role. She announced her role in a recent Instagram post that featured a black and white photo of Jim Carrey hugging the popster. Grande described herself as speechless about the news she would be working on the project; she also said that she adored Jim Carrey ever since she was a little kid.  She described Carrey as being more special, warm and generous in person than she ever imagined he could be. Season two of “Kidding” will premier on November 3rd.  Though it is about the host of a kid TV show, it is not for kids.

Recently over Instagram, Ariana Grande made an inappropriate joke about JonBenét Ramsey, a six year old who was murdered in her home 23 years ago.  The incident started when her friend Douglas Middlebrook made an Instagram post showing a photo of the victim with a caption saying, “No One Has Done More Covers.” Grande bantered back saying to Middlebrook “I can’t wait for this to be your Halloween costume.” Middlebrook jokingly replied, “Working on it already.” The comments and the post were quickly deleted after they realized how socially offensive they were, but not before many of Grande’s fans were angered by the comment. Grande apologized and thanked her fans for keeping her in line.

Her fans were correct in their criticism, but given that Ariana was three years old when the event happened, the significance of it may not have been foremost in her mind.  Good that she withdrew the comments and apologized.  Good example. Move on.