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Monday, March 19, 2018

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from where Iggy Azalea’s love life should take her next, to the best way to score tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z, to what Selena Gomez should consider when it comes to designing her clothing line, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* During the most recent episode of Tyler Henry’s Hollywood Medium, Iggy Azalea revealed she’s done dating hip-hop artists, saying there’s only room for one rapper in a relationship. OK, cool, soooo what about dating a music journalist? Perhaps a music journalist with a really cool blog who still has no shame in blasting “Fancy” from his car with the windows down? As luck has it, I happen to know someone who fits that exact description! {winks at self in mirror}

* Billboard has discovered that one of the bodyguards in Taylor Swift’s video for “Delicate” is played by a gay porn actor named Kevin Falk. This type of casting is becoming a trend for Swift, as gay porn actor Mike de Marko was briefly featured the the video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Who else is suddenly really curious about Taylor’s internet history?

* Billed as The Coverups, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, along with touring guitarist Jason White, audio engineer Chris Dugan (drums), and tour manager Bill Schneider (bass), rocked a 90 minute set of covers at the 100-person capacity venue Thee Parkside in San Francisco. In a related story, Creed is performing somewhere under a pseudonym, as well, but mostly because they don’t want anyone to know they’re Creed.

* Beyoncé and Jay-Z are once again hitting the road together, this time for the On The Run II tour. Because clearly the duo are wallowing in poverty, if you want to be anywhere near the stage it will cost you well over $1,000. Your best bet might be to get a doctor to claim it’s a medical necessity, so at least some of the cost will be taken care of by your health insurance.

* Jhene Aiko and Big Sean took to social media to squash the rumors that their relationship is in trouble, with Aiko tweeting, “Sorry, but nothing about you guy's fan fiction stories are true... I still love you tho.” Sean retweeted the post, adding clapping hands emojis for emphasis, because nothing says “healthy, adult, relationship” like emojis. (everyone knows grown ups use gifs)

* Fred Durst is currently filming his third feature film, a thriller titled Moose that stars John Travolta as an obsessed movie fan who stalks his favorite actor, played by Devon Sawa. The story is reportedly based on events from Durst's life, as it’s inspired by a time he had to deal with a stalker. This makes me wonder, exactly how many poor life decisions are wrapped up in the phrase “Fred Durst’s stalker”?

* Dua Lipa was forced to cancel two shows on her current tour of Australia due to wisdom teeth issues that required immediate surgery. Here at Pop Shots we have exclusive footage of Dua immediately following the procedure.

* Juelz Santana was arrested on drug and weapon charges last week, two days after the rapper fled a Newark airport after TSA discovered a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. In other words, Juelz was able to “dip dip,” but he wasn’t “set set” for the repercussions once caught.

* Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is launching a publishing company with music executive Jason Murray, titled Good Vibes Music Group. Through the company’s website they’re currently accepting applications for their Discovery Song Camps, which will take place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, and London, with eight producers and songwriters being selected from each location. Just imagine if someone selected goes on to write for Broadway shows, wins a Tony, and becomes Rich from this Project.

* Selena Gomez, who has been collaborating with Coach since last fall designing handbags and accessories, will now be designing a clothing collection for the company. As a highly fashionable guy I just have one piece of advice for Selena – rip the sleeves off of everything. Hey, you know my motto …

* With “Believer,” “Thunder,” and now “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons’ Evolve has become the first album of this decade to generate at least three #1 songs on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart. The band owes a debt of gratitude to whoever placed all those songs in car commercials, and college football promos.

* Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling will be hitting the road together with a full orchestra for a 31-date co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on July 6th in Kansas City, Missouri. Let me just say right now I would love to cover this tour when it hits my city.

* In sad news, rapper Craig Mack passed away at the age of 46. The remix to “Flava In Ya Ear” remains a mainstay in party playlists nearly a quarter century after its release, so it’s safe to say that even though he’s gone, he will never be forgotten.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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