BH Buzz: OneRepublic Frontman Labels Taylor Swift A “Prodigy”September 29, 2016
Plus, new music updates on Adam Lambert, Kesha, Robbie Williams, Dua Lipa, Idina Menzel and Shawn Mendes.
The BH Buzz is a round-up of stories we wanted to get to today, but… didn’t.
Taylor Swift has received an avalanche of terrible press this year, so here’s a crumb of goodness.
OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder is promoting the band’s forthcoming album Oh My My in Fault magazine this week. He detailed how it’s different than their previous efforts (“I pushed the envelope as far as it could go and on some songs we probably pushed it too far”) and how to choose who to collaborate with (“You go for the ones that you know you’ll bring out the best in them and they’ll bring out the best in you”), but one of the best quotes centered around Taylor Swift.
The pair collaborated on “I Know Places” and “Welcome To New York” off Swift’s massive 1989 record, and if it’s up to him, will have a hand in her next studio album because of how superior her songwriting talents are.
“She is pound for pound the most talented writer of any artist I’ve ever worked with,” Tedder tells Fault magazine. “Taylor is the only artist that I’ve worked with that has the complete skillset. She can write songs with the technical understanding of a master of songwriting, but she still taps into the emotional and personal side of the artist that she is and writes from that place. To do both at the same time is incredibly rare and I haven’t met many other people that do it. And Taylor has known what she wanted to do ever since she was 12, so there’s that.”
He adds: “She’s a bit of a prodigy.”
■ Here’s a sneak peek at Adam Lambert as Eddie in the Fox reimagining of the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
■ Listen to a preview of Robbie Williams’s new song / video for “Party Like A Russian” off his forthcoming album Heavy Entertainment Show:
■ Shawn Mendes confirms he has a collaboration with Niall Horan:
■ Kesha puts Donald Trump on blast for body shaming former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, the Venezuelan winner of the 1996 pageant.
I want to give my support and respect to you, Alicia. You did not deserve to be shamed by this monster. Your body is NO ONE else's business. Donald Trump said that your body or weight was an issue (which makes me so sad and just sick). but, I find the real problem here being his bloated, arrogant ego and offensive, racist, misogynist verbal diarrhea. he is a bully. WORDS mean something, and can be extremely hurtful and dangerous. They stay deep inside you and can affect your emotional and mental health. I know this from personal experience. They are hard, and sometimes impossible, to ever forget. please don't let him get to you any longer, instead realize that you are a strong woman and a beautiful role model for standing up and telling the truth, even if it hurts to remember it. much love, and mad respect ❤️??❤️
■ Dua Lipa performs “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge:
■ Idina Menzel performs “Queen Of Swords” on Ellen: