Ariana Grande is ready to get back on tour following a series of heartbreaks. The 25-year-old singer took to Twitter on Monday (22Oct18) to assure fans she was putting the finishing touches to plans for a tour to promote her new album Sweetener after one follower asked for an update. The fan wrote: "any news about sweetener tour? if not pls don’t stress about it ! we can wait / we want you to be actually ready to go on tour", prompting Ariana to respond: "i’m ready my heart needs it actually (sic). finalizing a few more things but i’m tryna get em dates to u asap." Ariana has had a lot to deal with in the past 17 months, since a bomb attack outside a concert in Manchester, England derailed her Dangerous Woman world tour and cost 22 fans their lives. She split up with her boyfriend, Mac Miller, hooked up with comedian Pete Davidson and became engaged, and then broke up with the Saturday Night Live regular earlier this month (Oct18). She also had to deal with the death of Miller in September (18). Grande recently announced she was taking a break from social media following her "very sad" split from fiance Davidson. "Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit," she said last week (ends19Oct18). "It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn (right now). It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always." She also revealed she is dealing with anxiety issues that make touring a problem right now. "I'm antsy. can’t sit still. i wanna tour now. yesterday i jus wanted to sit home forever but today i wanna do show and see u. it’s all v (very) up n down rn (right now). but hi. ily (I love you). i am working on it. i’ll keep ya posted (sic),” Ariana responded to a Twitter follower who told her to take some much-needed time off to heal.
It's a good time to be a pop music fan. In a week that's seen new releases from Kelly Clarkson, Zayn Malik and more stars, Sam Smith has released "Too Good at Goodbyes," his first single since the 2015 release of his Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning "Writing's on the Wall," the theme song for the James Bond film Spectre. Written with Jimmy Napes and Stargate, "Too Good at Goodbyes" heralds the return of one of music's most celebrated artists. "This song is about a relationship I was in and it's basically about getting good at getting dumped," Smith, 25, says in a statement. "It's been a long while since I've put any music out and I feel that this first single sets the tone of what is to come."
One couple with a $10 million wedding budget went all out for their lavish ceremony with a red carpet, a 10-tier cake, and a musical guest appearance by Lady Gaga. The nuptials of Lolita Osmanova and Gaspar Avdolyan, the Beverly-Hills based offspring of the two wealthiest men in Russia, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles where the Academy Awards take place. The guests were treated to a performance by Lady Gaga, who was reportedly paid more than $2 million for the evening. Anyone looking to outdo the couple’s extravagant day will need to be resourceful. According to Russian newspapers, a more expensive wedding would have to be held in space.
Kit Harington led a mini-Game of Thrones reunion as he hosted comedy show Saturday Night Live at the weekend (06Apr19), with Emilia Clarke, John Bradley, and Rose Leslie joining him. The actor opened the show by taking questions from the studio audience, with Emilia standing up and asking him how their show ends. Kit, who plays Jon Snow on the fantasy series, reminded his castmate she is part of the show and should remember, prompting Clarke to quip, "I forgot. It's been so d**n long since the last season, plus a lot of my scenes are talking to a dragon, which is just a tennis ball on a green pole, so I have no idea what's actually happening." When her co-star refused to give up any information, she chuckled, "Do you remember in season six when we had sex? Did you know they filmed that?" The next question came from another co-star, Bradley, who wanted to know the fate of his character Samwell Tarly in the final Game of Thrones season, adding, "They only let me see two pages of the script and all my character says is 'Argh'!" When Kit asked what came before that in the script, Bradley said, "Dragon opens mouth". The final surprise came as Kit's real-life wife Rose Leslie asked him how they were going to make ends meet now his run on Game of Thrones is over. "What are we gonna do for money now?" she asked. "We didn't save anything and you kept telling me, 'I'm the king of the north, we can order (delivery service) UberEats every night!'" Her husband responded, "Honey, don't worry we'll be OK. I'll make my jewellery..." Relieved Leslie then asked the newly-clean-shaven star, "How soon can you grow back that beard?" Her man's beloved character was known for his facial hair. Later in the show, Kit appeared in a skit about crossover Game of Thrones shows, which included Game of Thrones: Special Victims Unit, featuring Law & Order: SVU stars Mariska Hargitay and Ice T dressed up as characters from the fantasy series trying to solve a crime. Kit also played a quirky burlesque dancer, performing at his fiancee's bachelorette party, in one funny skit. Dressed in a sexy corset and calling himself Eva Braun - Adolf Hitler's wife - he started slowly undressing before his stunned wife-to-be, played by SNL regular Cecily Strong and her friends, using lines like, "I'm so naughty. See my leg it's covered in hair!" and, "Naughty girls, looky looky and you might see my cookie cookie'." He ended the scene by showing off his toned body, wearing nothing but nipple tassles, boxer briefs and heels. The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones debuts next week (14Apr19).