Lady Gaga is set to return to South Korea two years after censors banned young fans from attending her Born This Way Ball concert in Seoul. In 2012, the Applause hitmaker brought her tour to the city's Olympic Stadium, but after protests from religious groups, authorities at South Korea's media rating board decided the concert would be harmful to young people and prohibited anyone under the age of 18 from attending.
Two years on, Gaga is slated to play in Seoul once again, headlining the second day of the AIA Real Life: Now Festival this summer (15-16Aug14).
A spokeswoman for the media rating board tells Agence France-Presse that it is "too early" to say whether similar restrictions will be placed on the singer's upcoming appearance.
Gaga, who recently announced that K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop will serve as the opening act for her upcoming ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour, will join the likes of Gangnam Style hitmaker Psy and K-Pop heavyweights BIGBANG, 2NE1 and WINNER on the music festival bill.
You haven't been able to explain why, but for some reason the past few months have felt... nicer. Friendlier. More humane. Like the world's cynical edge has faded into a general aura of good intentions and widespread compassion. Well, hopefully you haven't gotten to used to it, because the mean streak you used to know is back — Veep has returned for its third season on HBO, coming back in full force with the very best insult comedy on contemporary television. This season, we're going to hone in on which of the series' characters is leading the pack in general misanthropy by ranking the best barbs of every episode.
We start off with the season premiere, which sees Vice President Selena Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on a book tour through Iowa as the rest of her staff is back home in D.C. for Mike's (Matt Walsh) wedding to a reporter named Wendy. Due to Mike's unprecedented giddiness, he sat the week out in the insults game, but his colleagues were on point in terms of disses, put-downs, hostile barbs, biting reproaches, and your run of the mill bullying. Who won the race with the coldest zingers?
6. Abhor-ney General: JONAH
"I'm leaving here with my head held high and my nuts hanging low on your mom's chin, Martin."Jonah's unimpressive, infantile sign-off after he's been fired from the White House for running a gossiptainment blog.
5. Secretary of Offense: AMY
"Look at you, Dan. You have more nervous tics than a shoe bomber."There's something about Amy's subdued, even-tempered jabs that feel even more hurtful than her cohorts' heated ones.
"Jonah, what's the point? You don't show up in photographs."Said, again calmly, when Jonah is trying to worm his way into a group photo at Mike's wedding. Good for a chuckle, but this episode isn't Amy's best.
4. Secretary of Treachery: SUE
"Would you like me to mold the cake into a pair of testicles for you, Gary?"To be perfectly honest, neither of Sue's jokes this week (her only two lines in the episode, I might add) are Veep-caliber insults. But Sufe Bradshaw's delivery is impeccable.
"I hate how he learned English from pornography."Markedly better; said in response to Jonah's excessive use of phrases like "money shot" in non-sexual context.
3. Secretary of Hate: BEN
"Get out of the way or I'll f**king inhale you."Ben yells this at Selena's obscenely incompetent Iowa right-hand man. The believability of the threat makes it so funny.
[On the title of Selena's book, New Beginnings: The Next American Dream] "You’re so full of s**t, there’s a colon right smack dab in the middle."Now that's just terrific wordplay.
2. Viscious Vice-President: DAN
"I would hate the be the local Iowa guy that’s got to take care of [Selena]. Trying to source Gazpacho in a city that thinks soup is for f**s."An insult to Iowa, Selena, the gay community, and, somehow, Gazpacho. Points for versatility.
"What the f**k are you doing here? You weren't invited. Unless you're the Worst Man."This clumsy and obvious clunker docks the usually clever Dan a few points.
"Hey, Hepatitis J."Classy, elegant, hilarious.
Jonah: "What's Google's number?"Dan: "I don't know, ask Jeeves."Not so much an insult as it is just taunting and aggressively unhelpful. But one of the biggest laughs of the night regardless.
1. The President of Put-Downs: SELENA
"Hey, Richard. No offense... you're a catastrophe."Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the few comedians who can deliver a line as blunt and unimaginative as this and make it feel sharp.
[To Ben] "Good to see your friendly-ish face-ish."In sharp contrast to the former, the beauty of this excellent jab at her friend's personality and appearance is its majestic subtlety.
"That bag of wrist-slits got the nomination? With that face and personality?"Boom. Easily the meanest thing said all episode. And she delivers it with that demonic smile. Oh, woe is the world in which she occupies the Oval Office.
And since we love Gary so much, we'll also be running this little addition to our weekly insult-off:
NICE THINGS GARY SAID
"[To Wendy] You look gorgeous! Is that lipstick coral blush? Nicely applied!"Oh, Gary. You sweet soul.
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Rocker Tommy Stinson has confirmed reports suggesting Duff Mckagan will rejoin Guns N' Roses for shows in South America as his replacement. McKagan hinted at a reunion with singer Axl Rose in a tweet on Monday (31Mar14), but many thought it was just an early April Fools' Day (01Apr) prank.
Now, Guns N' Roses' current bassist has revealed the Velvet Revolver star really will be back onstage with his former frontman for five shows while Stinson takes time off to tour with his reunited band The Replacements.
He says, "I'm like, 'Thanks dude, for covering my a** on this one'."
Stinson will kick off the South American tour with two dates in Brazil this week (ends04Apr14) and McKagan will step in when Guns N' Roses play in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this weekend (06Apr14). Stinson will return to the line-up in May (14).
He tells Billboard.com, "I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate.
"I didn't want to f**k anyone up in Guns by saying, 'Hey, I can't do this tour,' or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It's Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl out.
"I don't know that Duff and Axl ever even had bad blood. I don't really know the whole story. But he came up and played with us a couple years back, and they got along great. Whatever their history is, they're certainly fine now."
McKagan says, "It's pretty great to play these songs again, and looking forward to playing some gigs with my pal again. South America is always a radical place for rock 'n' roll... and I'm honoured to be doing this thing, in that place."
The bassist was a member of Guns N' Roses from 1985-1993. He rejoined the group for a trio of tracks at a London show on 14 October, 2010 and again the following December, when his band Loaded opened for Rose's group in America.
McKagan was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band in 2012.
Teenage pop stars 5 Seconds Of Summer have become the first Australian group to top the U.K.'s singles chart in 14 years. The boyband, which supported One Direction on tour last year (13), dethroned Duke Dumont's I Got U to take the number one spot with its hit She Looks So Perfect. The last song by an Australian artist to hit pole position was Don't Call My Baby by Madison Avenue in 2000.
Last week's (begs24Mar14) chart-topper fell to second place, followed by Changes by French DJ duo Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau, who entered the countdown at three, while Route 94's My Love and John Legend's All Of Me rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, the latest winner of Britain's The X Factor, pregnant singer Sam Bailey, has debuted her first release, The Power of Love, at number one on the albums chart.
George Michael's Symphonic slipped to two, while Roger Daltrey and terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson's Going Back Home entered at three.
Representatives for Mumford & Sons have responded to reports suggesting the band has split for good, insisting banjo player Winston Marshall was joking when he said the group was "over" in a recent interview. The Grammy winners announced a hiatus in September (13), but Marshall had fans worrying about their future when he hinted the break was permanent during a chat with Vulture.com.
He said, "It was a good time. It's over."
The musician also suggested he was done with playing the banjo, adding, "F**k the banjo. I f**king hate the banjo."
But now reps for the group have clarified his remarks, insisting they were made in jest.
A spokesman tells Billboard.com that Marshall was joking, and fans should not take the story at face value.
The band is still on a break following keyboard player Ben Lovett's 2013 announcement, in which he said, "We just know we're going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that."
The cast of new film Divergent threw such wild parties while working on the movie that the police had to be called. The science fiction film features stars including Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Miles Teller and the young cast were eager to enjoy their time off while shooting in Chicago, Illinois.
Woodley has revealed the group threw such loud parties that nearby residents called the police to complain about the noise.
She tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "There was a lot of partying, and I think the cops did get called a few times. When you work long hours you want to hang out on Friday night and be loud, it's not really fair to the people next door when they're like, 'It's 4 a.m., shut the f**k up.'"
When asked about the challenges of managing a cast of young actors, director Neil Burger said, "They were constantly on the verge of getting kicked out of their hotel."
Lady Gaga is giving K-Pop group Crayon Pop the chance to break into the mainstream music industry by inviting the band to join her on her upcoming North American tour. The Korean singers will perform as her support act for a handful of U.S. dates in July (14).
Martial arts star Jackie Chan has added music manager to his impressive resume after taking charge of K-pop boy band Jjcc's career. The Rush Hour actor, who has also achieved chart success as a singer in Asia, helped to select and train the five members in the group, which is named in part as a tribute to Chan.
The stars of JJCC, who are all in their early 20s, have singing, dancing and rapping skills, according to Sha-sha Lee, CEO of the movie star's Jackie Chan Group South Korea.
The group, Chan's first venture into Korean pop music, will release its debut album later this month (Mar14).
Pharrell Williams has continued his winning streak in the U.K. charts by scoring his first number one album. G I R L debuted at the top with sales of nearly 70,000 units, making it the fastest-selling project of the year (14) so far.
Ellie Goulding's Halcyon climbed to two, while last week's (ends02Mar14) bestseller, Bad Blood by rockers Bastille, fell to three.
However, singer and superproducer Williams wasn't able to make it a double victory - his Oscar-nominated track Happy slipped to number two on the U.K. singles chart after being replaced by British DJ Route 94's tune My Love, featuring Jess Glynne, who also collaborated with third-placed electronic group Clean Bandit on their former chart-topper, Rather Be.
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has dismissed Justin Bieber's behaviour as the antics of a spoilt celebrity which can not be compared with the provocative statements made by his former group N.W.A. The American rap collective became notorious in the 1980s for their outspoken and unflinching views on society and authority, prompting comparisons to punk pioneers such as the Sex Pistols.
The F**k Tha Police rapper admits there are ever-more provocative figures appearing in music, but he insists Bieber is not one of them and dismisses his recent bad behaviour as trivial.
The hip-hop star tells ShortList magazine, "That's a different kind of crazy. That's being a young, rock 'n' roll rich kid who's able to do whatever he wants. Just because somebody's a f**k-up, doesn't mean they're provocative. We didn't make music to shock; we did it because it felt right. It was a release valve for us."
Bieber was arrested in Miami, Florida in January (14) on suspicion of driving under the influence, and is also facing charges relating to the alleged assault of a chauffeur in Canada. His California mansion was raided by police in January (14) following allegations that the singer damaged a neighbour's house by pelting it with eggs.