Welcome to this belated edition Hump Day Update (y’all know I was getting way too crazy this Presidents’ Day), 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.
We still have a little bit of time to wait for The 1975’s upcoming album, the title of which would take up too much space in my word count, but they’re running the press circle beforehand. This included a stop at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge where they covered Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” making me hate how catchy that song is even more.
Shonda Rhimes returned to dominating ABC’s Thursday night this week with new episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How To Get Away With Murder.” All shows featured plots that are confusing, involve emotional breakdowns from female characters, and will annoyingly keep you hooked for the rest of the season. Guess you can say good-bye to your free time on Thursday evenings.
Gwen Stefani has released the second single off her upcoming album this week, “Make Me Like You.” To promote it, Stefani ambitiously recorded a live music video at this year’s Grammy awards. The track is rumored to be about her relationship with Blake Shelton, proving that maybe the best way to find your soulmate is to get involved with a reality television show.
Speaking of love on reality shows, “The Bachelor” continued to be weird this week when boring Ben brought the bachelorettes to the Bahamas and one of their group activities involved feeding a group of pet pigs. Hopefully your Valentine’s Day was a bit more romantic than this.
Walk The Moon wants to follow up their success of “Shut Up And Dance” with an elaborate video for their song “Work This Body,” where the band is dressed at 80s video game characters. This shows a little bit of money and success sometimes can take an ugly turn.
MTV announced the season premiers of two of its teen series, “Awkward” and “Faking It,” both of which are returning to our TV sets on March 15th. Make sure to have your Lip Smackers and Pop Tarts ready when you watch, and be glad you’re no longer in high school.
Lady Gaga prepared for her big return to pop music at the Grammys where she’d be giving a tribute to David Bowie by tattooing the singer’s face on her body. It’s nice to know people can be that decisive when it takes me a month just to pick out a pair of jeans.
HBO premiered its Mick Jagger co-created series “Vinyl,” where viewers can relive New York City’s rock ‘n roll scene from the 1970s. Mick’s son James is featured in the show as the lead singer of a rock band, proving the apple falls not far from the tree but lands right underneath it.
My favorite person to poke fun at, Kanye West, finally graced us with his album this week. “The Life of Pablo” is argued to be a masterpiece, but with its unofficial release, Kanye also shared that he is in debt to the tune of $53 million, and reached out to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for help. Maybe selling your $20 million home would help you out, dude.
And finally, the Grammys were this past Monday, where my two favorite things – music and television – collided. You know how they said nothing good ever happens on Mondays? Well, that’s why the Grammys were scheduled for that time. If you missed the broadcast, trust me, you missed nothing.
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.
Rachel A. G. Gilman is a staff columnist for the Highlighter.