The Weeknd Scrapped an ‘Upbeat’ and ‘Beautiful’ Album Prior to ‘My Dear Melancholy’

Though the Weeknd isn't interested in opening the “Pandora's box” of relationship talk, he's fine letting the world know there's a completely finished album in the bag that will never be released.

In a new interview with Time, the Weeknd was “cagey” with writer Kara Brown about the specific life events (i.e. Selena Gomez speculation) that informed this year's My Dear Melancholy project. Before Melancholy, however, the Weeknd had wrapped work on a more upbeat album that he later scrapped for the sake of authenticity. “Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done,” he said. “Which wasn't melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life . . . It was very upbeat—it was beautiful.”

As for why, specifically, he chose to can the project, the Weeknd added that he had simply moved on. “I don't want to perform something that I don't feel,” he said.

Following the release of Melancholy, a rumor started to build that posited another new EP was set for release earlier this month. According to images shared across social media at the time, the project was titled We're Alone Together. In a statement to Complex, however, a source close to the situation confirmed that a new project had not been set for release that week.

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Hackers Alter YouTube Videos by Drake, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, and More

If you were looking for some of your favorite pop hits on YouTube earlier, you might have been hard-pressed to find them.

The Verge reports hackers took over several popular videos for songs like Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.” Chris Brown, Shakira, DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Drake, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift also had several clips compromised by the hackers, who identified themselves as Prosox and Kuroi’sh.

Instead of finding the music video, an image of masked men holding guns from Netflix's Casa de Papel was shown. The descriptions were also changed. Since the shake-up, which seemed to only happen with Vevo's uploads, the videos have been restored to their original goodness.

The hackers have allegedly went to Twitter to share that it was “just a game” and that it was “just for fun.” The hackers claimed to have used a script “youtube-change-title-video” to do the deed.

“You have all my respect but do not leave the control to your site to any developer did not take into account this hacking it was a fun if we would like to harm your customers we would delete all the video but I did not delete despacito must believe me,” read a tweet from the alleged hackers.

Now, it seems they might target NASA next.

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Selena Gomez Talks About Her Struggles With Depression and Anxiety

Since the start of her career acting in Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena Gomez has experienced the blessings and curses that come with growing up in the public eye. She recently explained to Harper's Bazaar how she has come to terms with the obstacles in her life, as well as the aspects of her life that empower her.

The 25-year-old actress and pop star was pretty forthcoming when she spoke about the issues that have plagued her this past year. Gomez believes that 2018 is going to be a better year because she is going to focus on her own “health and well-being.” The young actress has gone through some emotionally exhausting times as of late, with her public battle with Lupus and the tabloids obsession with her love life, but she's being honest about things.

“I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome,” she explained. “I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.” Gomez is convinced that by making sure her physical and mental health are her main priorities, “everything else will fall into place.”

Throughout the interview Gomez also spoke candidly about some of her female role models—which included Amal Clooney, Grace VanderWaal, and Meryl Streep— and realizes that she too is an important role model for girls who come from similar backgrounds to her own. She recalled an experience she had when she was still a teenager working on Wizards of Waverly Place, and explained that she now understands the significance of being able to represent a minority group in the entertainment industry. “And now more than ever, I’m proud of it,” Gomez said.

Head over to Harper's Bazaar to read the full article. 

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Whose Fault Is Sneaker Violence?

The sneaker scene has exploded to the point that people are risking their own safety to get a pair of shoes. That's nothing new, but the other weekend proved to be a turning point in the madness around limited-edition footwear releases, with a fight breaking out at Concepts in New York City over Pharrell's Adidas collection and Nike having to cancel its online release of the Off-White collection due to too high of a demand. So who's to blame for this mess, the brands, retailers, or resellers consumers?

The answer is tricky. Of course the people buying the shoes are committing the actual insanity and fuck shit, but it's caused by limited quanties and drummed up by brands, retailers, and even media sources such as ourselves. On the latest episode of Sole Collector's Full Size Run, the guys, myself included, broke down the topic of who's to put the blame on.

And the result is muddy.

Yes, the brands are the ones who place way too much energy into small-time releases to compete with each other, playing games with sneakers that supposed “exclusives” that will only see wider releases. But retailer aren't handling these sneaker drops properly, either. You also can't discount the shear display of humanity that goes on with the actual folks buying the shoes.

Watch the video above to check out the discussion.

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New Report Suggests Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Are Back Together

After three years apart, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez may be dating again.

People Are Signing a Petition for Quavo to Be Featured on the National Anthem

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” for whatever reason, is the national anthem of the Divided States of America. No offense to anyone into American flag t-shirts and Toby Keith and whatnot, but the song is seriously one of the most boring compositions in music history. In fact, I like to sneak in a quick mini-nap whenever someone insists upon covering it in public.

At least one bold individual, a Kentucky man by the name of Sean Gray, has decided to lead the fight for an improved national anthem by starting a completely reasonable petition. “It's the current year, 2017, and I think the nation should get with the times and feature Quavo on the National Anthem,” Gray writes on his Change.org petition. “He's a feature on everything else, so why not?”

Signees have provided a multitude of reasons for supporting the petition, ranging from “nut” to “Alex told me to” to “Fuck Donald Trump.” Valid causes, all. At the time of this writing, the petition was less than 500 signatures away from its goal of 1,500 supporters after gaining traction with features in a variety of publications, including HotNewHipHop.

In a perfect world, which is quite clearly not the world we're living in now, this petition would immediately be sent to a Trumpless White House and/or whoever's in charge of updating the nation's anthem. After no debate whatsoever, a new national anthem would be commissioned featuring Quavo, Travis Scott, Selena Gomez, and SZA over a track of John Mayer doing some of his finest John Mayering with Travis Barker on drums. Production, ideally, would be handled by Metro Boomin and Mike Will Made-It.

Make it happen, America.

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Rick Ross Reveals Plans for Movie Collaboration With Gucci Mane

The 2016 video for Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz’s “Buy Back the Block” may have contained a big clue about Ross’ next move in the entertainment industry. That nearly eight-minute-long clip found Ross and Gucci Mane at odds with a property owner leasing them land for a car wash startup, before the duo eventually sets their sights on an entire block of real estate.

“I am getting ready to shoot a film,” Ross recently told Tashara Jones of PageSix.com. “I got two different flicks that I am ready to make a move on. Me and Gucci Mane got a flick that we wrote together… All I can say is at the beginning of the film, I am at the car wash and it will go from there.”

As Ross pointed out, the “Buy Back the Block” video opened with he and Gucci at an independent car wash. It would seem their project borrows from that storyline in some form.

Two sites that advertise local talent casting posted casting call announcements in the Miami area for a Rick Ross project with the working title Mortgage. Both ClaimFame.com and Backstage.com announced casting calls for African-American men with large builds for paid, speaking lead roles. While filming for Mortgage was reportedly from July 8-10, it is unknown if the project was one of the two upcoming films Ross was referring to.

As for Gucci Mane, 2017 saw him release the independent short film The Spot. Prior to The Spot, Gucci appeared in Harmony Korine’s 2012 film Spring Breakers, which also starred Selena Gomez, James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens. Gucci Mane was credited as the character Archie.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Makes an Unholy Amount of Money Per Sponsored Instagram Post

According to current estimates, I bank approximately $0.00 for each of my Instagram posts, regardless of content. This makes my life very difficult. Portugal national team and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, though, does not make $0.00 on Instagram.

 

Recover stronger with a combination of carbs and protein to aid in muscle repair. #TrueToYourStory #sponsored

A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jun 26, 2017 at 11:09am PDT

Ronaldo allegedly averages nearly $400,000 for each sponsored Instagram post, according to the biblical bros over at Bro Bible.

The report, citing stats from (of all fucking places) the Mirror, also claims that Ronaldo's per-post haul places him square in the middle of the highest earning Instagram personalities. Selena Gomez tops the list, with Kim Kardashian in second. Kylie and Kendall Jenner round out the top five.

So what does one of these Instagram posts in the $300,000 to $400,000 ballpark look like? Presumably, like this:

 

Gaming experience of nubia Z17 is amazing.

A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jun 26, 2017 at 4:42am PDT

Forbes reported last month that Ronaldo, the highest paid athlete on the planet, had been accused of tax evasion. Ronaldo allegedly failed to pay $16.5 million in taxes by funneling image rights income through offshore companies. Ronaldo's management later issued a statement saying that no income had been hidden.

“In the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, no income was hidden at all, since the taxpayer settled and paid taxes at the time he collected the income (within the period legally established and previous to any tax inspection),” Gestifute said.

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You’re Wrong if You Think Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” Is About The Weeknd

Selena Gomez said her song “Bad Liar” was written long before her relationship with The Weeknd started.

Meek Mill Reveals He Listens to Drake’s “Back to Back” for ‘Motivation’

 

#PressPlay: #MeekMill feeling #BackToBack a lot more now that he's single 👀

A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on May 27, 2017 at 9:05am PDT

A diss track that found Meek Mill as the subject of dozens of internet memes during a 20-week stint on the Billboard Hot 100 chart has re-emerged almost two years after its initial release. Meek Mill posted a video of himself listening to Drake’s 2015 single “Back to Back” on his Instagram Stories feed. 

“Back to Back” initially punctuated a feud between former collaborators Drake and Meek, after the latter leveled ghostwriting claims against Drake. In Meek’s IG post, he appeared to be using the song for completely different reasons.

“I play this for motivation,” Meek’s on-screen quote read. “Back to back Aventadors.” 

His appreciation for the six-figure Lamborghini notwithstanding, this isn’t the first time Meek has been spotted singing along to a Drake song after their feud

And since there are some of the opinion that Drake may never stop targeting Meek, referencing a diss track on Instagram—a platform that lends itself to endless memes—was an interesting choice on Meek’s part to say the least. 

In August of 2015, Billboard reported “Back to Back” sold 122,000 digital units while also enjoying 4.5 million weekly digital streams. It would appear Meek is responsible for at least one more of those streams or downloads.

Maybe Meek will shed some light on exactly what his “motivation” is in a forthcoming post. It wouldn’t be the first time Meek Mill’s IG behavior left fans confused, given that Meek completely deleted his Instagram profile in January. 

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