It's the second week of classes, so UU is here to catch you up on some of the biggest stories in pop culture from the last week:
Cardi B Debuts Documentary with TIDAL: “I’m Here Muthaf*ckas”
The "Bodak Yellow" rapper, Cardi B, has recently released a documentary titled “I’m Here Muthaf*ckas”. The documentary focuses on the rapper’s rise to fame and how she gained her success in the industry. In record time, Cardi has broken several records with her hit single “Bodak Yellow” and she’s also done hit collab songs with Bruno Mars, Migos and G-Eazy. Cardi has expressed how much she prides herself on her roots and being from the Bronx. Her larger than life personality and unique sense of style is what she hopes to convey in her documentary.
Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die is one of only albums by a woman to spend 300 weeks on the Billboard 200
Lana Del Rey has made her mark in the music industry with her unique sound and vintage style. One of her most popular albums, Born to Die, was released February 18, 2012. The album alone sold over 300 million copies and has recently become one out of three albums created by a woman to spend at least 300 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. In addition, Adele’s album 21 and Carole King’s album Tapestry were the two other female albums that have spent at least 300 weeks on the Billboard chart. The Billboard 200 chart publishes weekly lists of the most popular albums in the United States.
Mark Wahlberg donates money from new movie to Times Up Movement
Mark Wahlberg's recent movie All The Money In The World, has been receiving a lot of attention specifically from the women’s rights movement. Due to a significant difference in pay checks between him and female co-star Michelle Williams, Wahlberg has decided to donate the $1.5 million he earned reshooting scenes from the movie to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. In contrast, Williams earned only $1,000 for the same work. With all of the negative attention surrounding this, Wahlberg made a point to state his support of equal pay by donating the 1.5 million in Michelle Williams’ name. Williams stated that she feels supported by Wahlberg and that “if we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice.”
Tom Petty’s Cause of Death
One of the saddest musician deaths of the past year was that of singer, Tom Petty. There has been some speculation regarding the singer’s death and what caused it. A medical examiner has released a statement that Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose. Petty had been taking several different pain medications, as well as antidepressants. Petty’s family has expressed that they hope his death brings more attention and understanding to the opioid crisis. Despite the recent information, the musician is still admired and respected and will continue to make an impact on the music world.
Statement from Family:
"Our family sat together this morning with the medical examiner – coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.
Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.
Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.
On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his overuse of medication.
We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.
As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.
On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.
We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.
Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.
We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.
Dana Petty and Adria Petty"
Drake Drops Two New Unexpected Songs
On January 19th, Drake released two new songs titled “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” from his first EP of 2018; Scary Hours. We believe there couldn’t be a better way to start off 2018 than with this unexpected drop. Drake made his announcement on Instagram about an hour before the release at midnight. “God’s Plan” has a mellow dance beat and lyrics that describe his success and the people who ultimately want him to fail. He also takes time to recognize the people who have supported him through his career. “Diplomatic Immunity”, Drake’s first solo song of 2018, takes on a more serious side, revealing the life he is living and the ups and downs of his fame. Drake hasn’t stated whether or not he will be releasing more music anytime soon, but it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if he chooses to surprise us all again.
By Rachel Simon