Taylor Swift released Taylor’s Version of her 2010 studio album, Speak Now, on July 7, and the song, “Better Than Revenge,” was missing a lyric from the original version. When Taylor first released the song, she sang, “She’s an actress, but she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress.” However, in the re-recorded version, the lyric now says, “She’s an actress, he was a moth to the flame, she was holding the matches.”
The song was written following Taylor’s breakup from Joe Jonas in 2008. After the split, he began dating actress Camilla Belle, and the song has long been speculated to be about her. Ever since Taylor announced her decision to re-record her first six albums — a move made so that she could own the masters to those songs — fans have been wondering whether she’d keep the controversial lyric in “Better Than Revenge.”
The purpose of the re-records has been to keep them as close to the originals as possible, so fans will listen to the new versions instead of the old ones, which were bought by Scooter Braun and then sold to a private equity firm for millions of dollars. However, Taylor has obviously done a lot of growing up since she first wrote this track, and must have felt like the lyric had taken things too far.
Ahead of the Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) release, Taylor also commented on another buzzed-about song from the record, “Dear John.” Taylor penned the track following her 2009 split from John Mayer, and she recently performed it as one of the surprise songs on her Eras Tour. Before getting into the song while playing acoustic guitar, Taylor spoke to her fans about how she’s in a much different place now than when she first wrote “Dear John,” as well as the other songs on Speak Now.
“I’m 33 years old,” she said. “I don’t care about anything that happened to me when I was 19 except the songs I wrote. I’m not putting this album out so you can go on the Internet and defend me against someone you think I wrote a song about 14 million years ago.”
Tony Hawk Realizes ‘My True Potential’ By Singing Hate Comments On Liquid Death’s ‘Greatest Hates Vol. 3’
First, Tony Hawk sang “Superman” with a Tony Hawk Pro Skater cover band. Then, Tony, 55, jumped on stage to sing the song with the actual Goldfinger. After that, the skateboarding legend covered Nine Inch Nails‘ “Wish” with Mike and His Uke (with special cameo from Trent Reznor.) Now, Tony’s later-stage career as a singer takes a synth-pop turn, thanks to Liquid Death. The water company — known for its death metal imagery and its sustainable cans — released Greatest Hates Vol. 3, the latest installment of putting the real-life hate comments the brand received to music.
“It wasn’t until I lent my vocals to ‘Worst Name For A Water Company’ that I realized my true potential as a singer,” said Tony with the release of the album. “I am now ready to boldly step into my next career thanks to the foresight of Liquid Death. Rick Rubin better be ready.” Jason Ellis, former pro-skateboarder and host of SiriusXM’s The Jason Ellis Show, adds, ” I discovered that Tony Hawk is one of the GREATEST vocalists of our time.”
The album also boasts Aaron Thompson (of Soft Faith), Chris Cole (skater/designer), Frank Iero (of LS Dunes), Jen Razavi (of The Bombpops), musician Kayleigh Goldsworthy, Lexie Papilion, Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray), Shapel Lacey (of Mad Peaceful and the Lesser Known Characters podcast), Toby Morse (of H2O), Tony Haijar (of At The Drive-In/Sparta) and Tony Kanal (of No Doubt). Fans can take home this album on pink vinyl, on sale now at Liquid Death’s site.
Since arriving in 2019, Liquid Death has drawn some major criticism for its name and its product. The death imagery has drawn the ire of the religious, as heard in “F**k Whoever Started This,” and the fact that it’s canned water has upset those, as heard in “There’s Not Even Alcohol In It.” Since it began selling online, the brand has expanded to include flavored sparkling variations, and in 2023, its own caffeinated tea brands: Armless Palmer, Grim Leafer, and Rest In Peach.
Because there was such a deluge of hate and confusion over Liquid Death, the brand made lemonade out of these sour comments by releasing two volumes of Greatest Hates. These real, actual comments were set to music, often metal and punk tunes that matched the aggression displayed in these hateful reactions. Volume 3 is the first time the series has gone in a non-metal/punk direction, producing some catchy tunes. (“F**k Whoever Started This” is a bop, and you can’t deny that.)
Liquid Death is no stranger to working with music groups. Punk band Wolf-Face wrote a jingle for them, and Liquid Death launched “Cans For Bands” initiative, offering 50% of all sales to bands that partake in its profit-sharing program, Death Peddlers United. The brand even teamed with Travis Barker to launch the first-ever celebrity-endorsed enema kit. The Travis Barker x Liquid Death Enema of the State kit included a signed can of Liquid Death Mountain Water and a branded enema bulb. They were priced at $182 (for Travis’s band, blink-182) and quickly sold out.
Debbie Harry Then & Now: Photos Of The Blondie Rockstar From Her Early Days To Her 78th Birthday
Debbie Harry, born July 1, 1945, is a music and pop culture icon, who is the frontwoman of the band Blondie. Debbie co-formed Blondie in 1974 in New York City and they released their first album in 1976. Eight albums followed with hits like ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Call Me’, ‘Atomic’, ‘The Tide Is High’, and ‘Rapture’. They went on hiatus in 1982 but reunited in 1997. During the break, Debbie released her debut solo album ‘KooKoo’, which was followed by several other solo releses.
She’s also appeared in films like the neo-noir ‘Union City’ (1980), David Cronenberg’s body horror film ‘Videodrome’ (1983), John Waters’s cult dance film ‘Hairspray (1988), ‘Deuces Wild’ (2002), ‘My Life Without Me’ (2003) and ‘Elegy’ (2008).
Through it all, Debbie had a stellar sense of style. Here, Debbie appears at the 2021 Met Gala, which was in celebration of the opening of ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ on Sep. 13, 2021. She tk.
Spice Girls Singers Mel C & Emma Bunton Reunite For Performance At Grand Prix Ball: Watch
Spice Girls fans were treated to a mini-reunion of the girl group when Melanie Chisolm (a.k.a. “Sporty Spice” or Mel C) and Emma Bunton (a.k.a. “Baby Spice”) held an impromptu performance at the Grand Prix Ball on Monday, July 3. Both singers had a sweet moment sharing the stage and performing their classic song “2 Become 1,” and the fans in attendance were clearly thrilled to witness the two Spice Girls share the stage.
My ship 🤭 || Melanie C x Emma Bunton #GrandPrix #UNICEF #thursdaymorning pic.twitter.com/8HQBV3pDUV
— OUT NOW Mel C’s book (@HouseOfSportyPH) July 6, 2023
As the song began, both of the women hugged each other before starting off their rendition of the Spice Girls classic. Emma, 47, looked gorgeous as she sported a long, lime-green dress, with a cape. She completed the look with a set of open-toed high heels. Mel, 49, looked—well—sporty, as she rocked a tight black top with cutouts, and a pair of black pants with a white stripe down the center (resembling athletic leggings). While her Spice Girl bandmate wore heels, Mel rocked a pair of white sneakers.
Emma celebrated their reunion by sharing a few photos and videos from their performance on her Instagram. She called it a “special night,” and wrote “Love my girl,” about Mel. Sporty Spice has been in the midst of a summer solo tour, and her setlist usually consists of a few Spice Girls hits. She usually performs “2 Become 1” as well as “Spice Up Your Life” and “Who Do You Think You Are,” per Setlist.fm.
The mini-reunion is certainly a nice surprise, but fans are definitely hoping for the classic girl group to “spice up their lives” once again. The band embarked on a 2019 reunion tour, which had fans overjoyed, although Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. “Posh Spice”) opted to sit that run out.
After the 2019 tour concluded at London’s Wembley Stadium that June, the Spice Girls have still remained close, like when the girl group reunited for Victoria’s Pride collection in 2021. The drop included Spice Girls-inspired merch, with proceeds benefitting AKT Charity Group, which helps LGBTQ+ youth in London.
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