Dolly Parton: Jennifer Aniston’s Just Great. Period.
New music Fridays are a thrilling, yet daunting prospect for any music lover.
It’s essentially a weekly holiday where fan-favorite artists and fresh faces alike drop their latest offerings for all the world to hear, flooding streaming services and digital retailers with an onslaught of aural goodies (and if we’re being honest, usually a few stinkers, too). But who has the time to sit there and listen to everything before updating their playlists?
As it turns out, we do. Welcome to The MixtapE!
Country music icons never work just 9 to 5.
Just ask superstar Dolly Parton, who announced the upcoming release of her latest album, Run, Rose, Run. Featuring a new song titled “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans,” the body of music is the companion project to an original novel co-written by the singer and James Patterson.
If that news wasn’t sweet enough, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams announced the return of Dolly’s Strawberry Pretzel Pie flavor in celebration of the new album.
While orders won’t ship until April, there are plenty of satisfying new songs to celebrate immediately. Keep scrolling for E! News’ picks of the week.
Avril Lavigne feat. blackbear—”Love It When You Hate Me”
Nobody creates a pop-punk anthem quite like Avril! In a tease for her seventh studio album, the singer delivers another unforgettable chorus that will have you singing all weekend. “Don’t call me ‘baby,’ I love it when you hate me,” she sings. “I know it’s crazy, I love it when you hate me.” Hate to break it to you Avril, but we love this.
The actress’ new song transports the listener into a world of pop and R&B, as her powerhouse vocals captivate with depth and soul. She grabs your attention as she asks, “Are you getting uncomfortable now? I’m a little too loud for you now? Don’t try to calm me down. I was made to be LOUD!” While celebrating the new song, Sofia wrote on Instagram, “From the bottom of my heart, this song is dedicated to YOU. The women of the world and all the LOUD voices of change. Because we were all: #MadeToBeLoud.”
Jason Aldean—”Trouble With a Heartbreak”
The country singer just gave fans another reason to be excited for his April album with the release of his newest track. “This song hit me right when I heard it,” Jason shared, “and reminded me of those bitter R&B breakup songs that take me back to riding through the backroads of Georgia.”
Dolly Parton—”Big Dreams and Faded Jeans”
She’s back and better than ever! Dolly is here to remind fans that no dream is too big in an inspiring track that could be your new favorite sing-along. “So many people come to Nashville with their sack of songs,” Dolly said. “Whether they’re running from anything or not, they’re running towards a future. That’s what ‘Big Dreams and Faded Jeans’ is all about.”
Muse—”Won’t Stand Down”
The English rock band is back with an arena-ready anthem of controlled chaos, with heavy guitars and industrial-like distortions amplifying Matthew Bellamy‘s striking lyrics about taking one’s power back. “‘Won’t Stand Down’ is a song about standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work or anywhere,” Matthew shared. “Protecting yourself from coercion and sociopathic manipulation and to face adversity with strength, confidence and aggression.”
Mau y Ricky feat. Eladio Carrion—”No Puede Ser”
Latin superstars Mau y Ricky are kicking off 2022 alongside Puerto Rican rapper Eladio Carrión on a new track that brings fans a new fusion of rhythms and sounds that will blow your mind. The brothers sing about a heartbreak that they can’t shake off. With Eladio, they reiterate feelings about being haunted by an old romance that they can’t overcome.
Danielle Bradbery—”Break My Heart”
The country singer is heart scraped and raw as she sings an emotional song about angst and yearning for love lost. “Even though I wasn’t in the room when this song was created, there’s still something so special about listening to a song that you immediately feel something for, as if you were there writing it,” Danielle wrote on Instagram. “I had empathy for this girl in the song that was so torn from the heavy feelings she had towards this guy and what they were going through. I have felt it at a point in my life, and I know others have too.”
Kevin Quinn—”It’s About Time”
As fans listen to the artist’s new EP, many will be intrigued by the track that juxtaposes heartfelt verses with a powerfully resounding chorus. “It’s about time and how we spend it, every moment, every minute,” Kevin sings. “It’s about knowing that we’re chasing all the beautiful things that make it worth the ride.” We have a feeling his journey in the music industry is just getting started.
Sammy Rae & The Friends—”Follow Me Like the Moon”
Sammy Rae is starting the year off with a bang! Described as a dancey, laugh-at-itself song, “Follow Me Like the Moon” brings a unique combination of celestial keyboards, raw hand percussion and more instruments for a unique song that will have you moving and grooving over the long holiday weekend.
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Let the Green M&M Be Daddy’s Nasty Little Slut
The recent push to rebrand corporate logos to be more inclusive has, for the most part, been a good thing. Making Barbie more body-positive? Great. Renaming Aunt Jemima syrup? About damn time. Yet in brands’ fervent quest to capture youth audiences and capture the woke zeitgeist, they may be going just a little bit too far. Case in point: the slut-shaming of the green M&M.
Essentially, this is what happened: the CEO of Mars Wrigley, the company that makes M&Ms, announced today that it would be revamping the characters to make them more “current” and “representative of our consumer” (presumably, people united by their willingness to ignore the fact that they’re eating shittier Reese’s Pieces). How do they plan on doing this, you ask? By replacing the characters’ footwear.
This distinction is pretty negligible for the male characters (CNN goes into detail about the changes, but frankly they are men, and thus I don’t really care). For the female characters, however, the changes are apparent and formidable. The brown M&M’s heels have been lowered to a more sensible Alexis Neiers-esque kitten heel, while the green M&M’s signature go-go boots have been swapped out for non-descript white sneakers, the kind that Melanie Griffith’s character in Working Girl changes into on the subway to signal she’s a Girlboss with a head for business and a bod for sin. Let the river run, ladies! (Mars Wrigley did not immediately return a request for comment.)
For those familiar with the iconography of the green M&M, this change is nothing more than tectonic. I imagine it is similar to how the people of Wittenberg must have felt watching Martin Luther nail his 95 Theses of the Protestant Reformation to the church door. But it is also a major error on Mars Wrigley’s part, because the green M&M being a dirty slut, as signified by her iconic white go-go boots, is precisely what has engendered her a devoted fan base, particularly among similarly libidinous women and gay men who have embraced the character. Consider, for instance, this ad where she does erotic ASMR for no reason other than to give the male M&Ms a massive boner, then feigns ignorance at the impact her performance has. Can we, or should we, attempt to put a cap on such virulent, untrammeled female sexuality? Can you stop the wind from blowing? Can you prevent a dog from vomiting after eating too much cheese? Can you keep Twitter libs from being self-righteous about adhering to COVID protocols? No, you cannot.
The green M&M has spent decades building her brand as a horny, sexy bitch, and for what? For her creators to give her Larry David footwear in the name of feminism? For Mars Wrigley to give themselves pats on the back and big fat fucking raises at the next corporate retreat in Palo Alto? Guess what: the green M&M is a feminist, and she’s a dirty slut. We are real, and we exist, and we refuse to tolerate this disgusting attempt at erasure. We are given so little, and we have tolerated so much. Let the green M&M keep her go-go boots. Let her get blackout and suck dick in the bathroom at Acme on a Wednesday. This is what we want. This is what we deserve. This is what she deserves.
Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, the Who Lead 2022 New Orleans Jazz Fest
Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, the Who, and Willie Nelson are among the headliners who will perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest, which — after two years of Covid-canceled festivals — returns to the Big Easy from April 29 to May 8.
The Black Crowes, Luke Combs, Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, and Erykah Badu are also among the top-billed talent, with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Death Cab for Cutie, Norah Jones, Randy Newman, the Avett Brothers, Dawn Richard, Kool & the Gang, and dozens of New Orleans legends — from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Big Freedia and Dumpstaphunk — on the deep lineup.
— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) January 20, 2022
This year’s lineup also includes Ziggy Marley performing the music of his father Bob Marley, a “Newport All-Stars” tribute to that fest’s late founder George Wein, Cee Lo Green leading a James Brown tribute, plus sets from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Asleep at the Wheel, Melissa Etheridge, Buddy Guy, Billy Strings, Ludacris, and more.
Nicks, Foo Fighters, and the Who were all among the headliners for the 2020 Jazz Fest that was canceled by the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic; the 2021 Jazz Fest — which featured Foo Fighters alongside the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Dead & Company — was scheduled for the next spring, but that too was postponed to the fall and ultimately canceled due to the Delta variant.
How John Mayer Helped Return Bob Saget’s Body to California After His Death
Celebrities React to Bob Saget’s Death
On Jan. 9, the Full House star died in his hotel room in Orlando, Fla., while on his stand-up comedy tour. Saget’s funeral was held five days later in Los Angeles with many of his famous friends in attendance. He was 65.
But Mayer didn’t just fund the flight. Joined by comedian Jeff Ross, the singer also retrieved Saget’s car, which was parked at Los Angeles International Airport. While on their drive home, the pair remembered their “rock star” friend in a poignant Instagram Live.
While speaking about Saget and the personal impact he had on Mayer’s life, the singer quickly became emotional.
“I really loved the guy,” he said. “He was a comic before he was anything else. You know, I’ve heard from a thousand comics in the last couple days and he loved making people happy. It didn’t matter who you were. It didn’t matter your stature, your status. Bob was a rock star without an assistant. Bob was a single dad for a long time. He raised three amazing, amazing people and he somehow took his TV family and also made them his real family, which is unheard of.”
He added, “I’ve just never known a human being on this earth who could give that much love individually and completely to that many people in a way that made each person feel like he was a main character in their life and they were a main character in his life.”
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“I’ve met many people in my life, but when Bob crossed my path, I just held onto him, and I wasn’t letting go. I just knew he was the realest thing,” he wrote in part. “I would like you to know that the man you hope was as lovely as you think was way beyond what you can ever imagine. He was impossibly kind. And generous. And loving. And I have more to say so please let me do like one more of these, okay? It’s just the way it’s gonna be.”
He concluded the post by writing, “I love you, Bob. I will never forget you. I will visit you often in my memories, and I hope I get to see you in my dreams. I will tell my kids about you. I’m taking you with me forever.”
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