By Rachel A. G. Gilman, a Highlighter staff columnist.
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.
Beyoncé sang at the Center for Early Education’s 75th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles this past week at the school where Blue Ivy is rumoured to be attending, where she nailed a version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and became the coolest mom ever.
ABC’s “The Bachelor” brought back all of the women this week just to delay the process of revealing to us who Ben-the-Perfect-Ten (though if you ask me, he’s more of a Strong Six) is engaged to. Word on the street is that next season’s Bachelorette may be a minority for the first time in the show’s history – better late than forever racist, I guess?
Kendrick Lamar released a new album this week entitled “Untitled Masterpiece,” which was super crazy news when it dropped on Spotify and then continued to make a buzz when all of the tracks lacked real, defining names, as well. I guess after you’ve won a Grammy, you can do whatever you want – just please don’t turn into Kanye, dude.
In late night news, Seth Meyers pulled a Jimmy Kimmel this past week and had read to guest John Stamos some bad reactions to the recent reboot of “Full House” (a.k.a. “Fuller House” on Netflix). Uncle Jesse wasn’t feeling it, but I guess the critics just weren’t seeing hands to hold onto everywhere they looked.
Justin Bieber now has another request on top of you allowing him to say he’s sorry: he’s looking for fans to dance with him on stage on his upcoming Purpose tour, which will kick off next week. The contest’s already ended, so if you were planning on fulfilling your middle school dreams and applying, I hope you did so. If the choreography is anything like that during his performance at the Grammy’s, you’ve got a lot of rhythmic jumping ahead of you.
ABC also delivered yet another half an hour comedy, just in case their Wednesday night line-up wasn’t bulky enough, this one called “The Real O’Neals” about an Irish Catholic family handling the announcement of their son’s sexual coming out, as well as another son with an eating disorder, a daughter who stole money, and parents going through a separation – so basically everything you would never learn about in Catholic school health class.
Taking the criticism a little closer to heart than he originally let on, Zayn Malik released new artwork for his upcoming solo album, “Mind of Mine.” Now, Malik is featured shirtless in the dark, except for his tattoos being highlighted, oddly enough. I mean, I guess he should’ve just given the teenage girls what they wanted in the first place…
“Downton Abbey” bid adieu this week on PBS after six seasons of fabulous costumes, sipping tea, and having very stern conversations with one another (after all, they are British). All endings were wrapped up happily and the Grantham family is set to make quite a profit in the car business during the upcoming world wars, so if you were worried about them a) don’t be, and b) you’re crazy.
And finally, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has decided to go solo, but fear not, for the band has found the perfect stand in: Nick Lachey, former boy bander and husband to Jessica Simpson. Let’s see if these rockers can learn how to synchronize dance while wearing matching shirts.
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here in two weeks. Have some fun in the sun and try to survive midterms!