TIME Books

Sinead O’Connor Will Reveal All in a Memoir

The controversial singer will document her career as well as dishing the "sexual dirt" on former lovers

Irish singer and known rabble-rouser Sinead O’Connor is penning a memoir, her publisher announced on Wednesday.

According to a press release about the still-untitled project, the memoir will cover O’Connor’s early life in Ireland, her breakout and rise to fame, as well as her current career.

The autobiography will presumably include notorious incidents such as the time O’Connor tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992, her subsequent booing in Madison Square Garden during a Bob Dylan tribute concert just days later, and perhaps even her open letter to Miley Cyrus. No matter what, the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer has already promised that the book will include a lot of juicy details about her personal life.

“I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book,” the 47-year-old singer said in a statement. “And I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with.”

The book, which will be published in the U.S. by Blue Rider Press, is slated for a March 2016 release.

[NYT]

 

TIME Art

Miley Cyrus Is Now a Visual Artist, Too

Her debut collection, aptly titled "Dirty Hippie," was presented at New York Fashion Week during designer Jeremy Scott's show

Miley Cyrus never ceases to amaze. On Wednesday, the 21-year-old pop star debuted her newest artistic venture: an art collection, aptly titled “Dirty Hippie,” as a part of avant-garde designer Jeremy Scott’s New York Fashion Week Show. Models in Scott’s show reportedly wore some of the pieces, which will also be on display at V Magazine‘s New York offices starting on Sept. 11. Details of the collection were also presented in V, whose cover Cyrus graces this month.

The collection features a five-foot-bong, a vibrator with a joint attached to it, and a party hat the singer told V she saw and thought “it might be fun to glue some sh-t onto it.” There is also a piece featuring a pineapple, because Cyrus says the fruits make “yummy c-m.” Sure!

Cyrus is not a formally trained artist, and though the pieces — which the singer has been teasing on her Instagram account — give off a high-DIY-project vibe (mainly because it was a high DIY project), Scott told V that’s what drew him to her work. As for Cyrus, the project was about exploring other artistic avenues so she doesn’t have to “die a pop pop dumb dumb.”

Cyrus’s main inspiration for her work was her fans and her tour, from which many of the pieces (including the vibrator with the joint attached to it) were derived. In the interview, Cyrus said her creations were like therapy, given the rough start she had to 2014.

“At the beginning of this year, I hated 2014 because everything that could go wrong kept going wrong. Being in the hospital, my dog dying…Everything just kept sh-itting on me and sh-tting on me. So then I started taking all of those sh-t things and making them good, and being like, I’m using it. My brother and my friends all said that’s what they felt I was doing. So, that’s how I started making art. I had a bunch of f-cking junk and sh-t, and so instead of letting it be junk and sh-t, I turned it into something that made me happy. “

Welp, so long as she’s happy.

 

TIME celebrity

Jennifer Lawrence Is the Highest-Grossing Action Heroine

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Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson attend the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Rindoff/Dufour--French Select/Getty Images) Rindoff/Dufour—2014 Rindoff/Dufour

Hackers can't keep the starlet down

Sorry photo-hackers, but Jennifer Lawrence is laughing all the way to the bank. The Hunger Games star won the 2015 Guinness World Record for highest-grossing action heroine, thanks to the success of the blockbuster franchise, which has raked in more than $1.52 billion internationally.

The 2015 Guinness Book of World Records, which comes out Sept. 11, also lists The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as the highest-grossing post-apocalyptic movie, earning more than $854 million worldwide.

But J-Law’s not the only star who set a world record in 2015. Miley Cyrus became the most searched-for pop star on the internet after last year’s twerking at the VMAs, and Shakira became the most “liked” person on Facebook. Beyoncé won for fastest-selling iTunes album, with 828,773 downloads in the first three days. Katy Perry now has the most Twitter followers in the world, with 56 million.

And The Wolf of Wall Street won for most expletives in a movie: the characters curse 687 times, or an average of 3.81 swear words per minute.

 

TIME Music

After Celebrity Photo Hack, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Video Looks Even More Provocative

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj performs at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Matt Sayles—Invision/AP

The outspoken emcee showed a lot of skin in her "Anaconda" video — but in the wake of the current celebrity photo scandal, her commentary is even more barbed

Pop quiz: What’s the most important scene in Nicki Minaj’s colorful, not-safe-for-work “Anaconda” video? Is it when she gives an overwhelmed Drake an enthusiastic lapdance and slaps his hand away at the last minute, just as he reaches for her body? Or is it when she suggestively brings a banana to her mouth before deciding instead to mince it, slicing it with a knife and chucking it like a piece of trash? Both would be acceptable answers, and they share the same message: You may enjoy what I do, but make no mistake — this isn’t for you.

Minaj is not the first artist to write a song about her butt, nor will she be the last, nor is this even the first time she’s tried to flip the male gaze on its head through a bait-and-switch. (See the stark and violent clip for “Lookin Ass,” a song which makes this point clearly, even if its profanity-heavy lyrics can’t justly be quoted here.) But Minaj’s message seemed quite prescient considering what happened less than two weeks after “Anaconda” premiered: hackers stole a bunch of nude photos from a number of female celebrities and posted them on the Internet.

As others have pointed out, the incident isn’t a “scandal” for stars to be ashamed of, but a crime — and while it may not be sexual assault, it’s certainly meant as a kind of attack. Writing for The Guardian, author Roxane Gay said the theft “is meant to remind women of their place … Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you.” Stolen photos of private moments like these are meant to shame, which is exactly why I’ve started to see “Anaconda” as not just an supply of endlessly amusing GIFs from one of rap’s most entertaining and talented emcees, but also as an act of self-defense — a pre-emptive strike when it comes to defining the relationship between your body and the public.

Our celebrity culture’s history of sex tapes and “leaked” photos aside, Minaj still had numerous reasons to make a video like this — just look at the past year in pop music. Plenty of ink has been spilled over the racial implications of Miley Cyrus using black female dancers to pull off her hip-hop sexpot makeover. Katy Perry’s mummified dancers looked like racist caricatures. Lily Allen claimed race wasn’t a factor in casting dancers for her controversial “Hard Out Here” video, but race certainly becomes an issue when she sang, “Don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cause I’ve got a brain” before the camera later cut to a black dancer doing just that. It’s as if Allen wanted to tell you she’s not like those girls, much like the message Taylor Swift sends when she, decked out bling with an exaggerated look of bewilderment on her face, crawls out from underneath a line of twerking of butts in her “Shake It Off” video.

Women of color evidently don’t often get a lot of say in how they appear or what they’re supposed to symbolize in pop culture, so Minaj’s ladies-first Amazonian jungle paradise is significant simply for the fact that it exists. But a market for stolen nudes exists, too, and Minaj might as well continue inoculating herself against it and other exploitive forces by owning her sexuality through her preferred visual medium. Scandals don’t exist in a vacuum; scandals are created when celebrity’s public image is drastically at odds with whatever they’ve been caught doing. That image is shaped in part by the art they make, which is why Jennifer Lawrence (one of the women whose photos were stolen) and her career may not suffer for what’s been shared. “The photos of Lawrence are explicit and nude and NSFW, but there’s nothing to suggest anything darker than the sexual appetites of her characters in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle,writes Anne Helen Petersen at BuzzFeed. Swap films roles for single covers and music videos, and the same can be true for pop stars.

There’s sort of a basic PR lesson behind showing a lot of skin: the more of yourself you expose, the harder it is for someone to in turn expose you. The more you try and keep a lid on your personal life, the more dramatic and shocking a privacy violation can seem to outside observers. (Just think of all the Instagrams someone like Rihanna or Miley Cyrus have posted that would make headlines if they came from Beyoncé’s squeaky-clean account.)

But “Anaconda” isn’t about avoiding big controversies by hiding among smaller, lesser “offenses” — it’s about recognizing that your image is your weapon as much as anybody else’s, and you can use it or lose it. Look how often successful women’s bodies have been used to knock them down a peg while perpetrators see dollar signs; look how often pop stars use other women’s bodies, sometimes removed from the head and human they’re apart of, to make a point or define themselves against another artist. If Nicki Minaj doesn’t go out of her way to control who sees what and on what terms, someone else is going to. Why shouldn’t she be the one to profit?

TIME Crime

The Homeless Man Miley Cyrus Brought to the VMAs Turned Himself in to Police

My Friend's Place representative Jesse accepts Video of the Year (on behalf of Miley Cyrus) for 'Wrecking Ball' onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24, 2014 in Inglewood, Calif.
My Friend's Place representative Jesse accepts Video of the Year (on behalf of Miley Cyrus) for 'Wrecking Ball' onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24, 2014 in Inglewood, Calif. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

Jesse Helt gained unwanted police attention after the wanted youth accepted Miley Cyrus' award for music video of the year

The homeless youth Miley Cyrus brought with her to MTV’s Video Music Awards last weekend turned himself in to Oregon police late Thursday night. Jesse Helt, 22, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating his probation.

Cyrus had Helt accept her music video of the year award for “Wrecking Ball” in order to raise awareness for homeless youth. However, Helt’s appearance on the VMAs resulted raised flags among police in Oregon, where Helt is actually from.

Helt arrived in jail with 10% of his $25,000 bail, Sheriff Bob Wolfe told the Statesman Journal. In a Monday interview, Helt’s mother said that Cyrus had given Helt enough cash to visit home.

[Statesman Journal]

TIME celebrity

Cops Want to Arrest the Homeless Youth Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ VMA

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Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards MTV/MTV1415—Getty Images for MTV

Oregon police are looking to arrest 22-year-old Jesse Helt

Taking a page out of Marlon Brando’s award show/advocacy playbook, singer Miley Cyrus made headlines at the MTV VMAs Sunday not for twerking, but for sending a homeless youth on stage to accept her award for Music Video of the Year on her behalf.

While Cyrus certainly raised awareness for homelessness and a Los Angeles-based organization called My Friend’s Place, she also unintentionally drew some negative attention on her date. As the spotlight turned towards Jesse Helt, Cyrus’ 22-year-old friend who left home and found himself living on the streets as he pursued a modeling career, it was discovered there’s a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.

Helt pleaded guilty and served 30 days in jail for criminal mischief and criminal trespass in 2010, the Associated Press reports. A warrant was put out for his arrest in November 2011 when he violated his probation.

“He doesn’t make himself available to community supervision, and he takes off,” Polk County Director of Community Corrections Martin Silbernagel told the AP.

Helt’s mother told the Oregonian Monday that Cyrus had given her son money that he was using to travel home to visit his family. Police told Helt’s mother they are looking for her son with the intention of arresting him.

Here’s an excerpt from Helt’s emotional speech during Sunday night’s show:

I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know, because I am one of those people.

I have survived in shelters all over this city. The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home.

 

[AP]

TIME Television

Who Was the Guy Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ Award at the VMAs?

Cyrus had a homeless youth accept the award for her

 

After she won Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” at the 2014 VMAs, Miley Cyrus opted not to walk onto the stage to accept her trophy — but rather, she sent someone in her place: Cyrus had a homeless youth accept the award for her.

While Jimmy Fallon held the microphone, the young man named Jesse explained how those watching could donate to My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood, while Cyrus wept watching in the audience.

Miley explained further on her Facebook page:

Help me raise awareness and funds to end youth homelessness! This is just the beginning for me, but we’re going to get started now by focusing on My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.

You can support the cause by making a donation here:www.prizeo.com/miley! For every $5 donation, you’ll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Brazil to hang out with me at my show in Rio de Janeiro on Sept 28th. You’ll get the full VIP experience, including 2 of the best seats in the house.

 

TIME Music

Pharrell’s New Music Video Is Basically a Dove Advertisement

Miley Cyrus also shows up

The last time Pharrell “I Don’t Think It’s Possible For Me to Be a Feminist” Williams starred in a music video that featured giant red letters plastered all over your screen, it didn’t go over so well. Perhaps that’s why, in his new clip for the funky “Come Get it Bae,” the producer basically films a Dove advertisement with a much more female-friendly message: “Beauty has no expiration date.” (Even the studio kinda looks like the one from that viral beauty sketches video.)

While Pharrell gazes from behind the camera, women of varying ages perform some hand-clapping choreography that even your grandma could probably rock. Sadly, Missy Elliott isn’t on hand to pass that dutch — as she did at the BET Awards — but at least occasional life coach Miley Cyrus shows up to represent the youths and extend a body part that is not her tongue.

TIME Music

Watch the Video for alt-J’s Miley Cyrus-Sampling “Hunger of the Pine”: Premiere

Arrows go flying in the band's violent new video, reminiscent of The Hunger Games

“Hunger of the Pine,” the Miley Cyrus-sampling song from English trio alt-J, sounds like it was recorded in a submarine miles beneath the oceans’s surface, complete with sonar-like pulses. The brand-new music video, however, could just as easily belong in The Hunger Gameseerie new ad campaign. The man running through the forest is, understandably, not as prepared for outdoor death matches as Katniss is, given all the arrows he fails to outrun, but at least there’s another strong female heroine present — Miley Cyrus, whose “I’m a female rebel” line from her Bangerz track “4×4″ is sampled throughout the song.

“I had a simple idea for a video and the wonderful director Nabil captured it perfectly,” frontman Joe Newmand tells TIME about the clip, which arrives ahead of the band’s upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours. As for the track itself, the band revealed last month to NPR that it’s about how “missing someone — pining — can be a physical pain much like hunger.” May the alts be ever in your favor.

TIME Music

Watch Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips’ Insane New Video (NSFW)

The rock group teamed up with the controversial pop star -- and Moby -- to film their new video "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain"

How much does Miley Cyrus love The Flaming Lips? Apparently so much that the recently bed-ridden pop star didn’t let an averse reaction to an antibiotic stop her from appearing in the group’s trippy new video.

The video is called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain,” according to Rolling Stone, which premiered the video. The footage features Cyrus and Moby fighting for possession of John F. Kennedy’s brain. (Yes, really.)

“This is the video we originally intended to be for a song that has a reference to the drug LSD,” singer Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone. “We were lucky enough to get a couple of hours with a bedridden Miley Cyrus. And even though she was still quite ill, she was full of laughs and great absurd suggestions.”

The video is definitely out there, but the collaboration between Cyrus and The Flaming Lips isn’t all that surprising. During Miley’s Bangerz tour Los Angeles stop back in February, band members Coyne and Steven Drozd joined the “Wrecking Ball” singer on-stage.

[Rolling Stone]

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