The intense public interest in the onscreen death of Kit Harington's Game of Thrones character Jon Snow sent the actor to therapy. Kit was thrust firmly into the spotlight in 2015, when Snow was brutally killed off in the season five finale of the hit fantasy drama, and although he was later brought back to life, having to deal with the heightened fan and media attention made him extremely uncomfortable. "My darkest period was when the show seemed to become so much about Jon, when he died and came back," he tells Variety. "I really didn't like the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon... "When you become the cliffhanger of a TV show, and a TV show probably at the height of its power, the focus on you is f**king terrifying." The public scrutiny drove Kit to seek out professional counseling as he struggled to deal with his new level of fame, which also made him question his acting abilities. "It wasn't a very good time in my life," he reflects. "I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable. "I had a shaky time in my life around there - like I think a lot of people do in their 20s. That was a time when I started therapy, and started talking to people. I had felt very unsafe, and I wasn't talking to anyone. I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even f**king act." The therapy sessions helped Kit, now 32, come to terms with the impact the show was having on his personal life, and now, after filming his final scenes for the eighth and final season, he is relieved at being able to finally leave Snow behind. "I took off the costume, and it felt like my skin was being peeled away," he shares of bidding farewell to his beloved character. "I was very emotional. It felt like someone was shedding me of something." Season eight premieres on 14 April (19).
Queen's 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody has become the first pre-1990s music video to reach one billion plays on YouTube. The six-minute long promo, which is often hailed as a pioneering example of the music video, hit the milestone over the weekend. YouTube bosses claim it is the first song released before the 1990s to make the milestone. To celebrate, the band is releasing a newly remastered high definition version of the clip on their YouTube channel on Monday and are also launching a project titled You Are the Champions, allowing fans the opportunity to take part in three new user-generated videos. "We are honoured that Bohemian Rhapsody has just hit one billion views on YouTube," bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor said in a statement posted on their website. Inviting fans to take part in their new project, they added: "We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you! Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun. Go to www.youarethechampions.com to find out more and we'll see you on the road somewhere." Their initiative allows singers and instrumentalists to submit their take on Bohemian Rhapsody, dancers can work on a video for Don't Stop Me Now, and visual artists have been asked to design any word or phrase from the lyrics to A Kind of Magic. Queen's YouTube channel will feature the finished fan videos later this year. The band's already immense popularity received a boost following the success of their biopic, also titled Bohemian Rhapsody, which debuted last October, made more than $900 million (£720 million) at the box office and won four Oscars, including a Best Actor prize for Rami Malek's portrayal of frontman Freddie Mercury.
Part of a New York City street has been named after murdered rapper Notorious BIG. The hip hop star's mother, Voletta Wallace, and rapper Lil' Kim gathered with fans to mark the naming of Christopher "Notorious BIG" Wallace Way in Brooklyn
More new music is on the way from Justin Bieber as the superstar has announced his new album Justice. Justice is Bieber's sixth full-length record, following his 2020 album Changes, and is set to be released in just a few weeks on March 19. He took to social media to reveal the news, and shared the meaning behind the new project. In a lengthy note. He wrote: "JUSTICE the album March 19th. In a time when there’s so much wrong with this broken planet we all crave healing and justice for humanity. In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will provide comfort, to make songs that people can relate to and connect to so they feel less alone. Suffering, injustice and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren’t alone. Music can be a way to relate to one another and connect with one another. I know that I cannot simply solve injustice by making music but I do know that if we all do our part by using our gifts to serve this planet and each other that we are that much closer to being united. This is me doing a small part. My part. I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal." An official track listing and/or other details have yet to be revealed, but Justin's previously-released singles "Holy" featuring Chance the Rapper, "Lonely" with benny blanco and most recent song "Anyone" will all be featured on the forthcoming new album.