Hump Day Update: November 12, 2014

By Rachel A.G. Gilman

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Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.

The EMAs were this week on MTV, lacking their usual string of controversy, perhaps because none of the big name stars bothered to show for the event. Between the lame dinosaur that showed up on stage, older rock band performances, and hostess Nicki Minaj playing mini-golf onstage, it felt more like a lame but wealthy kid’s sweet sixteen party that no one cool bothered to attend.

But Nicki Minaj didn’t manage to stay out of trouble. She is in hot water this week after releasing the video for her single, “Only,” due to the not-so-subtle allusions she makes to Nazi Germany, characterizing herself as a dictator with soldiers saluting her. Perhaps the greatest irony here is that Drake, who raps on the track, is Jewish himself. Nicki should just go back to shaking her goodies to grab our attention.

The season 4 trailer for “Girls” was released this week, featuring everyone’s favorites twenty-somethings trying to figure out the complexities of their lives, specifically Lena Dunham’s character Hannah as she leaves New York City for Iowa. Oh, if only I had Hannah’s problems: an opportunity to study at one of the best writer’s workshops in the country with an impeccably awesome boyfriend back in NYC. Sigh.

The last bit of TV cancellations came in this week from ABC. They ordered a full season of “Forever,” giving it a chance to stick around as long as its name suggests. However, they passed on “Selfie,” a comedy that simply wasn’t able to get enough likes to stay afloat.

Well, it wouldn’t be Hump Day Update without some news about Taylor Swift, now would it? This week she released her music video for “Blank Space,” which does little to swerve the rumors that T-Swift gets a little crazy when in love (she destroys her guy’s car with a golf club). I was a little disappointed when she carves her name into a tree with the video’s dreamboat, named Sean. C’mon, Taylor, we all know this entire album is about Harry Styles.

Speaking of One Direction, they’re set to release their new album next week, “Four,” which includes a song that Niall Horan wrote about Liam Payne’s girlfriend, Sophia Smith, perhaps taking the lyrics of their single “Steal My Girl” a little too literally.

Jay Leno made a return to “The Tonight Show” this week, poking fun at Jimmy Fallon throughout the night in a somewhat fatherly, joking way. But stay on your toes, Jimmy. You know what happened to Conan, don’t you? Leno was looking pretty comfy back up at a desk.

VH1 announced a new reality show set to debut next summer where 12 pairs of identical twins will compete to win $222,222.22, further proving that the people who invent reality shows have not only the most ridiculous jobs in the world, but the craziest, perhaps scariest, imaginations, as well.

And finally, Billy Joel has added a record-breaking 13th show to his run at Madison Square Garden, pushing him into 2015 with his “franchise” and giving him a total of 59 performances at MSG. The only artist to exceed this is Elton John with 64 total shows, proving that people really like to watch slightly over-weight men rock out on the piano.

Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.

Rachel A.G. Gilman is a staff writer. Email her at music@nyunews.com.

 

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