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Taylor Swift makes history in the U.K. as revamped Fearless album tops chart

Taylor Swift makes history

Taylor Swift has made U.K. pop chart history by landing her third number one album in a year.

Fearless (Taylor's Version) has debuted at the top of the Official Charts Company's countdown, making her the first solo artist to rack up a trio of number ones in less than 12 months.

Her 2020 releases Folklore and Evermore also topped the chart.

Only the Beatles have managed the same feat.

The revamped Fearless album becomes Swift's seventh number one album in the U.K. and bests her chart high with the original in 2008 - that version of Fearless reached number five in Britain.

The project is the first release in Swift's ongoing battle to regain control of her master recordings and includes reworked tracks featuring Maren Morris and Keith Urban, among others.



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Jeffree Star hospitalized after Wyoming car crash

Jeffree Star hospitalized

YouTube personality, businessman and musician Jeffree Star was hospitalized after a car crash in Wyoming.

Star veered off a slushy road in the Casper area Friday morning and overturned his Rolls Royce, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

A friend, Daniel Lucas, also was in the car. Both were taken to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper with undisclosed injuries.

Star is best known for his cosmetics business. He has been splitting time between California and his small ranch near Casper since December, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

Since moving to Wyoming, Star has said he plans to employ locals at a warehouse for his company, Jeffree Star Cosmetics.

He has drawn attention for using racist language and more recently has posed with a Confederate flag and promoted self-harm, prompting him to apologize.



Nikki Bella shuts down pregnancy speculation

Nikki Bella not pregnant

Nikki Bella has silenced speculation she is expecting her second child.

The Total Bellas star welcomed son Matteo - whom she has with her partner Artem Chigvintsev - into the world in July (20), and has since been sharing her postpartum body journey on social media.

When one follower suggested she was "pregnant again" this week (begs12Apr21), Nikki explained that she was simply "super bloated" from "travel and hormones" and joked that she "had abs in the day and a little bell at night".

She reacted on her Instagram Story: "No lol. My dress was baggy and with the number placement and being super bloated from travel and hormones (milk is coming to an end) I totally look it.

"It is what it is lol (laugh out loud). Had abs in the day and a little bell at night. #momlife.(sic)"

The 37-year-old star was inundated with people asking her the same question and vowed to educate everyone on how the body changes after having a child.

She added in a comment: "So, a lot of people have asked me this since the weekend, sucks, LOL.

"But I talk about it on the podcast tomorrow. Hormones, body changes and holding eight pounds of water weight! Today back to normal! (sic)"

Nikki recently admitted to feeling "conflicted" over whether to have another child.

Although part of her does want to give Matteo a sibling, she also wants to prioritize her career and make her return to WWE alongside her twin sister Brie Bella next year.

She said: "I've been having some conflict in my head lately. And I know I talk to you about this a lot, I go back and forth, but baby number two.

"So I thought I was one and done and then Matteo makes me want to give him a sibling and Artem makes me want to give him a baby girl, not that I have any control over that.

"Then I'm like, 'Closer in age is good,' but then I'm like, 'I really want to do a WWE return with you Brie. I really want to go after the tag title.'

"That's one thing I really want to do before I hang up the Nikes for good."



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Harry Styles is richest One Direction member as record label doubles in value

Harry Styles is richest

Harry Styles is the richest member of One Direction after his record label doubled its value from 2019 to 2020.

The Adore You singer's Erskine Records Ltd is believed to be worth $39.7 million , according to The Sun newspaper, after its value was previously estimated at $20.6 million in 2019.

In books filed to Companies House on Wednesday (14Apr21), it was revealed the value of Harry's company increased two-fold in the 12 months prior to March, 2020, with $20.1 million put into investments.

It comes after Harry's overall fortune was estimated at $86.9 million by The Sunday Times in May, 2020. And while his touring outfit reportedly made a loss of $2.5 million due to live shows being postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, he remains the richest member of the group, which has been on hiatus since 2016.

Niall Horan comes in second with an estimated fortune of $69 million , with Louis Tomlinson at $62.1 million , Liam Payne amassing $60.7 million , and Zayn Malik in last with $50 million .



Michael Jordan to induct Kobe Bryant into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Jordan to induct Kobe Bryant

Basketball legend Michael Jordan will induct the late Kobe Bryant into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The organization has confirmed that the Chicago Bulls legend will honor the sports icon - who died in a helicopter crash in January 2020 - at the ceremony on 15 May, which was originally postponed due to the pandemic.

Explaining the decision, the Hall of Fame said: "Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 were asked to select previous inductees to accompany and present them to their peers.

"The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famers, or their family members if recognized posthumously."

After Kobe's passing, Michael paid tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers star during his memorial at the Staples Center.

He said: "Maybe it surprises people that Kobe and I were close friends, but we were very close friends.

"Kobe was my dear friend. He was like a little brother. Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I, but I just wanted to talk about Kobe."

Michael also hailed his late friend's "passion" for basketball, which led to many "late-night calls" about the sport.

He added: "What Kobe Bryant was to me is the inspiration that someone truly cared about either the way I played the game or the way he wanted to play the game.

"He wanted to be the best basketball player that he could be. And as I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.

"To do that, you had to put up with the aggravation, the late-night calls, and all of the dumb questions.

"I took great pride as I got to know Kobe Bryant that he was just trying to be a better person and a better basketball player.

"We talked about business, we talked about family, we talked about everything and he was just trying to be a better person."



Ryan Reynolds has never met business partner Rob McElhenney

Never met business partner

Ryan Reynolds has never met Rob McElhenney in person - even though they're business partners.

The actor and Rob became the co-owners of the Welsh soccer team Wrexham earlier this year (21), but the pair have never actually had a face-to-face meeting.

He shared: "We've never met, which is the weirdest thing because we Zoom and text every day. We're kinda like work spouses - everything we've done has happened during the pandemic.

"Rob was somebody I had always admired because he's an engine of creativity. Then I saw The Dance, and I couldn't not reach out. Like a classic fanboy, I DM'd him just to say how much I admire him, and I sent him a case of Aviation Gin because I'm nothing if not a pusher."

Rob was in Mexico when they first exchanged messages and he admitted they're now "text buddies".

He told Men's Health magazine: "I was in Mexico and I had posted a photograph of my wife and me drinking tequila.

"I remember getting a DM from Ryan, and he was like, 'Stop drinking that s**t. I'm going to send you a case of Aviation Gin.' And I was like, 'Oh, okay, that sounds good. I'll drink anything.'

"Then Ryan said, 'Oh, by the way, I'm a big fan of yours.' And I said, 'Obviously I'm a big fan of yours.' And we just became text buddies."

Ryan and Rob completed their takeover of Wrexham in February.



Chrissy Teigen returns to Twitter after 'terrible' three weeks offline

Teigen returns to Twitter

Chrissy Teigen has returned so social media after admitting life without Twitter is "terrible".

The model wife of singer John Legend headed back to the site on Friday (16Apr21) - just over three weeks after announcing she was quitting the social media platform on 24 March.

"turns out it feels TERRIBLE to silence yourself and also no longer enjoy belly chuckles randomly throughout the day and also lose like 2000 friends at once lol," she wrote.

"I choose to take the bad with the good. I've spent weeks just saying tweets to shampoo bottles."

Last month, Chrissy departed Twitter because it "no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively".

Admitting she felt "deeply bruised" by nasty comments left on her page, Chrissy explained: "For years I have taken so many small, 2-follower count punches... I have made my mistakes, throughout years and in front of hundreds of thousands, and been held accountable for them. I've learned an incredible amount here."

Chrissy added that she has never learned how to "block out the negativity".

"I don't wanna be this way! I just am! But I love you guys and I cherish our time together, I truly do. I also hate you," she concluded.



Tom Hiddleston plays coy about James Bond casting rumours

Is he the next James Bond?

Tom Hiddleston has started taking rumours he's set to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond very seriously.

The star is one of the fan favourites to take on the role, alongside Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page and Idris Elba – and he's beginning to realize that whatever he says is being held up as a clue about his casting.

Speaking to British movie magazine Empire, Tom said, "What can I say that you don't already know? It's interesting in itself that I've suddenly become very aware of what I'm saying, is it not? Because there's something about what I'm saying that becomes the story... for the world outside.

"Whatever I say, I've found, generated more questions."

Craig's final outing as Bond, No Time to Die, had been due to premiere in April 2020 but was put on hold several times amid the pandemic. It's currently slated to hit theatres on Sept. 30.



Juno Awards bumped for second time, to June

Juno Awards bumped

Canada's 2021 Juno Awards have been postponed for a second time.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in March, but it was pushed back to May 16, due to COVID crisis concerns, and now organizers have bumped the prizegiving to 6 June "out of an abundance of caution in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic."

This is the second year in a row that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the Junos - the 2020 ceremony was scheduled for March 15, 2020 - days after the first lockdown went into effect. Bosses at the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences eventually canceled the show and the award winners were announced during an online event on June 29.

The Weeknd leads all nominees for the 50th annual ceremony, with six nods, including Best Artist, Best Album, and Songwriter of the Year. Jessie Reyez, JP Saxe and Justin Bieber have five Juno nominations each.



Arnold Schwarzenegger finds unlikely chess pal in Mike Tyson

Arnie, Tyson chess pals

Arnold Schwarzenegger has developed an unlikely friendship with Mike Tyson after inviting the former boxing champ over to his home to play chess and golf.

The former California Governor has posted footage of his Tuesday with Tyson at his Los Angeles mansion.

In one shot, the odd couple appears to be completely focused on a game of chess and in another, Tyson smoked what looked like a joint as he tried out a putting green on a balcony.

The pair was joined by recently-retired mixed martial arts star Henry Cejudo, who featured in one photo holding Arnie's Conan Atlantean Sword.

"It's an (honour) to be invited to the man's house who's cut from the same cloth as me," Henry wrote on Instagram.



Bobby Brown holds Nick Gordon responsible for deaths of Whitney Houston and daughter

Bobby Brown blames Nick

Bobby Brown is fully convinced Nick Gordon was responsible for the deaths of Whitney Houston and their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, because he was known as a "provider of party favours."

The former New Edition star has long held a grudge against Gordon for his alleged role in the 2015 death of Bobbi Kristina, his 22-year-old daughter with his late ex-wife Houston, who was found unresponsive in the bathtub of the Georgia home the young couple had shared.

Bobbi Kristina's passing occurred three years after Whitney had also died in similar circumstances, with drug use listed as contributing causes in both tragedies.

In 2016, Gordon was found legally liable for his girlfriend's death but he was never officially charged, and on 1 January, 2020, he himself died from a heroin overdose.

Now Bobby has opened up about the personal heartaches in a new Red Table Talk interview, insisting he still believes foul play was "definitely" involved in Bobbi Kristina's loss, while also linking Gordon to the death of Whitney.

"He was the only one there in both situations, with my ex-wife and with my daughter, and they both died in the same way," the former New Edition star said.

Asked outright if he believes Gordon was responsible for killing Whitney, he replied, "I believe so."

He is sure Gordon was the one to provide both women with the drugs that led to their untimely deaths, stating, "This is my opinion of who I think this young man was, being around my daughter, being around my ex-wife. I think he was more a provider of party favours."

Bobby further claimed of Bobbi Kristina: "She unfortunately was stuck in a relationship, an abusive relationship, with a boy that basically controlled her to the point where her life was taken," he argued.

He went on to explain he had wanted to sit down for a one-on-one discussion with Gordon, but missed his opportunity as Bobby was in rehab for his own personal struggles when he died.

Bobby continues to mourn the loss of Whitney and Bobbi Kristina to this day, but he is determined to move forward for the rest of his family.

"It was rough, and it still is rough. I think about it every day," he said. "(The pain is) pushed down. I'm keeping it away from me as much as possible because I couldn't do nothing then and I can't do anything now (sic)."

Bobby also recently suffered yet another family tragedy with the drug and alcohol-related death of his 28-year-old son, Bobby Brown, Jr., in November.



Luke Bryan pulls out of ACM Awards due to COVID

Luke pulls out of ACMs

Luke Bryan has been forced to pull out of an appearance at the 2021 ACM Awards after testing positive for COVID-19.

The country superstar sat out on Monday night's American Idol episode after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus, and now he'll miss his performance at the awards show on Sunday night.

Bryan is nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year at the event.

He will be replaced as a performer by Lady A.

Miranda Lambert and Elle King will open the ceremony with the live debut of their party song Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home), and there will also be sets from Eric Church and Dan + Shay and country couple Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris, while Dierks Bentley will team up with The War and Treaty to perform U2's Pride (In the Name of Love).

Lambert will also perform with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall; Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney will unite for Half of My Hometown; and Chris Young and Kane Brown will team up for Famous Friends, while Carrie Underwood will offer up a gospel medley from her My Savior album with Cece Winans.

The performances will all take place at Nashville, Tennessee music meccas the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.

Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban are lined up to co-host.



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