by Rachel A.G. Gilman
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.
Elton John gave rapper Young Thug lots of compliments on his work this week, even comparing its controversial nature to that of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when they posed nude for “Blind Faith.” However, chances are those of you who know who one of these people are probably don’t know the other.
ABC continued with its “Great Holiday Baking Challenge” this week, where things got intense with challenges making Yule Logs and fruitcakes. Hey, you can write this off as a holiday season gimmick targeted at suburban moms, but in the words of one of the contestants, “haters gonna hate, but bakers gonna bake!”
If you thought every possible thing had been done with Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video, I bet you didn’t think it could be mashed up with Blink-182’s “Adam’s Song.” Well, it has been, finally giving all of you angsty freshman with your pop-punk posters something to bond over with your mainstream music-loving roomie. You’re welcome.
Vulture released a report with a list of top American programs watched by various countries across the globe. Many reporters are shocked by the international popularity of NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” but personally, I don’t understand why Sweden isn’t tuning into “Welcome to Sweden,” or if we should be concerned about Germany and France’s passion for “CSI.”
Coldplay is doing press for their newly released album “Head Full of Dreams,” and no tour is complete without a stop to see Ellen DeGeneres. While there, front man Chris Martin joked about being mistaken for One Direction and wanting to open a barber shop someday, called “Hairy Styles” with the heartthrob, proving Martin isn’t only a musical genius but also the only person who can make dad jokes cool.
My favorite guilty pleasure, MTV’s “Teen Mom OG” revealed the trailer for its upcoming season in January 2016, featuring the girls as they continue to balance young motherhood. Maybe it’s wrong, but I always feel a little bit better about myself after a bad day when I remember I’m not a Botox-injected ex-porn star humiliating myself by cursing people out on national TV (*cough cough* Farah Abrahms).
The 2016 Grammy nominations were released on Monday. Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift, the Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar took the lead in nominations, all three of which are battling each other out for the most coveted Album of the Year. The bigger news was yet another snub for One Direction, which only means the group should now be forced to cancel their hiatus and find a way to right this wrong next year (fangirls can only hope).
In even more 1D news, the guys joined James Corden on CBS “Late Late Show” for a game of “Tattoo Roulette,” which ultimately resulted in Harry Styles getting yet another odd mark on his body. Hey, at least this one has a better story than the others, which is likely, “I really wasn’t thinking.”
And finally, the only thing more surprising than “The Wiz Live!” not being lame was the humorous parody “Saturday Night Live” took on with Ryan Gosling as their host, where he dressed up as the scarecrow from the original “The Wizard of Oz” who found himself lost in the retelling. Oh, Gosling, don’t act so freaked out. I’m sure you’ve seen stranger things—after all, you’re from Canada!
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.
Rachel A.G. Gilman is a Highlighter Staff Columnist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org