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  1. 3:30 PM PT -- MTV says the email we obtained doesn't tell the full story, which is that 'TRL' will be moving time slots, but it's also expanding. A spokesperson says the show will be back in new "daily late night and morning shows this summer." The rep adds the show's been a huge success since its return.
  2. With her long blond hair with a signature side bun reminiscent of the ’80s, there is something nostalgic about bubblegum pop princess Kim Petras. The 25-year-old musician is gradually ascending to fame through collaborations with pop music’s top producers, including Aaron Joseph and Dr. Luke. As a transgender artist, Petras also feels a responsibility toward her community as she continues to gain traction with catchy synth-pop tracks. Born in Cologne, Germany, Petras first caught the attention of the public in 2007 at the age of 14 when she discussed her gender transition on Stern TV, a German news network. Petras knew herself at the age of 2, and began transitioning with female hormones when she turned 12. At 16, she became one of the youngest people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery. (German law requires a person to be 18 before receiving this surgery, but an exception was made for Petras after multiple psychologists testified that waiting would be damaging to her health.) After two operations, Petras completed her transition. She still finds the recognition she earned for undergoing the surgery so early a bit strange. In her home country, Petras struggled to break into the music industry. Though she released two singles, “Fade Away,” and “Die for You,” in 2008 and 2010 respectively, she found herself unable to connect with German audiences. Producers there felt her music was “too pop” for the German market, forcing her to rethink her path forward. It was then that Petras decided to take her talent to Los Angeles. She made the move without any real connections in the city, but her work found a way of speaking for itself. “I had this one producer who sent me tracks because he saw my YouTube videos that were popular and got a couple million views,” Petras says. “People started noticing my singing on YouTube and then I came to L.A. and I lived on a studio couch. I wrote songs every single day with whoever I could write songs with.” Petras originally intended to build her career through songwriting, hoping that publishers would acknowledge her work. A song she wrote for Fergie was never released, but she did impress Grammy award-winning production group The Stereotypes. She began making regular trips between Los Angeles and Cologne to work with the group writing songs for other artists—while casually sliding in mentions of her own work as well. “I’d always tell producers that this was the music I made for myself,” she says. “It was definitely not the easiest thing.” Petras’ breakthrough arrived in 2015 when producer Aaron Joseph became enamored with her songwriting. Joseph contacted Petras while she was in her mother’s basement writing music in Cologne, and the two struck a deal. Two years later, she released their collaboration on Spotify, her debut single “I Don’t Want It at All,” co-written and produced by a team including Joseph and Dr. Luke. To her shock, the song shot up to No. 1 on the app’s Viral Global Chart. The synth-pop, ’80s-inspired song armed with an infectious chorus became Petras’ signature sound. Petras’ other singles, “Hillside Boys,” “Slow It Down,” “Hills,” “Faded,” and most recently, “Heart to Break,” are all equally difficult to get out of your head. Lyrically, the songs range from end-of-summer flings to hard partying and drugs. She was also featured in “Unlock It” on Charli XCX’s recent mixtape, Pop 2. “Sonically they are just huge, radio-sounding songs,” Petras says, describing her upcoming tracks and debut album. “They’re very nostalgic and pretty. They all connect to each other. It’s kind of like a narrative when they’re all together.” Many attribute the stellar production of these tracks to one of Petras’ main collaborators, Dr. Luke. Media outlets have dubbed Petras the producer’s “new protégé,” but despite serious allegations against him from another pop star, Kesha, Petras has only kind words to say about him. In 2014, Dr. Luke was accused by Kesha of forcing her to take a date rape drug and proceeding to take advantage of her in a hotel room. Kesha also accused the producer of psychologically abusing her, driving her to the point of developing an eating disorder. While Petras is aware of the controversy surrounding him, she says she can only speak from her own experience. “My personal experience has been great,” Petras says of their working relationship. “I’ve been learning a lot from him and I’ve always been a fan of his. It’s been really fun working with him.” Petras plans to continue releasing singles until she feels her album, which is still in the works, is ready. Her most recent track, “Heart to Break,” was released on Valentine’s Day, and is very much a “bop.” “That’s all I wanna be known for,” Petras laughs. “Just bops!” https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-transgender-pop-star-working-with-dr-luke
  3. i can't believe gay stan twitter has invaded american idol
  4. In a new interview with the Guardian, RuPaul stood firm on his stance that trans women and bio-queens are unwelcome on Drag Race. After explaining that drag's political power lies in the dissonance of "men dressing up as women," Ru was asked if he'd allow a "biological woman" to compete on the show. “Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture," RuPaul tells Guardian. "So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.” When asked if trans women can be drag queens, he brings up season nine contestant Peppermint, who was the first out trans woman to compete on the show. “Mmmm. It’s an interesting area. Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned.” The interviewer goes on to ask if RuPaul would allow a trans woman who was actively transitioning to compete. “Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing. We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.” These statements go to show how antiquated RuPaul's conceptions of trans identity and the queering of gender really are. For someone who is deservedly lauded as an icon of genderfuckery, the fact that RuPaul still sees drag as a boys' club is disappointing, not to mention the fact that he reduces trans identity to whether or not a person has had surgery. The notion that the only true power to be found in an art form that has expanded so much since RuPaul came up seems insulting in the face of the incredible female artists — both cisgender and trans — who are doing drag today, largely thanks to the influence of Drag Race. Source
  5. so basically in 2008 demi and selena used to make videos together and upload them on youtube, and miley and her friend mandy did the same. so demi and selena uploaded this video and afterwards miley and mandy uploaded a video mocking them. later miley apologized
  6. this is bs. i need the tea right now! either she didn't like the direction they wanted for album 2 or vice versa ugh i really hope we get new music this year nonetheless
  7. As high schoolers across the US lead the charge in protesting for gun reform after the deadly Florida school shooting, many are facing the risk of harsh disciplinary action. In the Needville Independent School District just outside Houston, Texas, the superintendent reportedly sent out letters threatening three-day suspensions for any student who joins in on walkouts. "Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative," Superintendent Curtis Rhodes said. "We will discipline no matter if it is 1, 50, or 500 students involved. All will be suspended for three days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline." The Spring Independent School District, also in the Houston area, and the Waukesha County School District in Wisconsin issued similar warnings. (The Waukesha superintendent later made another statement saying students could participate if they were excused from class by their parents.) Now colleges are standing up for the teenage activists, saying it won't affect their admissions decisions if they get suspended for protesting. Here are just a few of the schools that have vowed not to penalize student protesters: For more schools that have made this pledge, growing lists are available here and here. Source
  8. A 16-year-old North Carolina girl was found not guilty Thursday after officials said she "catfished" a teacher by posing as a man on the gay dating app Grindr, leading him to send her a nude photo of himself. Brittney Renee Luckenbaugh and Brian Joshua Anderson, also 16, were arrested in April by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and charged with misdemeanor disclosure of private images. Sheriff's investigators said the teens had distributed a nude photo of the Swansboro High School teacher to other students at their school. "The image of the teacher was obtained by the suspects by misrepresentation on a social media site," the sheriff's office said in a statement. BuzzFeed News is not naming the teacher in question. An official with the Onslow County District Courthouse told BuzzFeed News that Luckenbaugh was found not guilty Thursday by Judge William M. Cameron lll. The court spokesperson said no trial transcript was available, but Luckenbaugh's attorney, Matt Silva, told BuzzFeed News prosecutors failed to prove his client intended to cause the teacher pain or that the man had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Silva said Luckenbaugh made the Grindr profile using a photo of her 19-year-old friend, with his permission, because she was concerned her friend Anderson was talking to men on the app and she wanted "to ferret them out." The attorney denied she was using the app to "catfish" her teacher, who he said sent the photos to his client unsolicited within 24 hours of the two speaking on the app. "With catfishing, the idea is to be devious and to cause embarrassment to someone else through a lie," Silva said. "She was talking to individuals she believed Brian was interested in to ferret them out." Silva said after she received the photos, Luckenbaugh told Anderson they shouldn't use the app because it was being used by a teacher at their school. When he didn't believe her, Silva said she sent him a screenshot via Snapchat, which Silva said Anderson then sent to other classmates. The case against Anderson is still pending. His lawyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Silva said Luckenbaugh had written her teacher a letter to apologize for the pain her actions had caused him. "She's feeling terrible," he said. "There's no winners in this case." The teacher was initially suspended with pay after the photo leaked, but he was later allowed to return to work after his supporters started an online petition and spoke in his defense to the school board. "His life is being exploited for something that's not his true character," student Hope Conn told local station WCTI12 last year. "He's very heavily involved in our school and I know this is his lifelong passion and to see that possibly taken away from him, I couldn't bear it as someone who truly cares for him." Officials with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and district attorney's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Source
  9. A pastor in Pennsylvania is being accused of open lewdness and indecent exposure but swears “on a stack of Bibles” that police have it all wrong. When police were called about a suspicious parked vehicle, they arrived on the scene to discover two men inside a car. Sixty-one-year-old Pastor George Nelson Gregory was in the back seat, and in the front? A completely naked and bound with nylon rope. Hmmmm. When asked what was going on, Gregory told the officers that they “were just playing” and he and the other man “meet up from time to time to play with each other.” The other man confirmed that what they were doing was consensual. via CBS Pittsburgh via JoeMyGod The man who reported the suspicious vehicle told police that at one point, he saw the second man get out of the vehicle without any clothes on, and he was concerned because the car was parked outside his daughter’s window. Gregory allegedly told the officers he thought they were in a private place, and when an officer said their vehicle was on a well-lit public street in clear view of several homes, Gregory told police, “I know.” Gregory, however, says none of that is true and “that conversation never happened.” “I have nothing to hide. I did nothing wrong,” Gregory said. “I was counseling a young man with a drug problem,” Gregory said. “It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing, OK? And I was adamant that I’m not participating in that way. And so that’s when the police pulled up, and they assume things, but I’m standing by my story. It’s not true.” According to Gregory, he has been working with the man for a few years, and he and his wife have tried to get him help. “I won’t deny that he began to take his clothes off and propositioned me, but I will deny, on a stack of Bibles with God as my witness, that I did nothing,” Gregory said. Gregory says he had his clothes on during the alleged incident, so “there’s no reason for me to be charged with open lewdness.” Watch the report below. Source
  10. but mariah and xtina are releasing this year aren't they?