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Frozen Director Finally Apologizes for ‘Let it Go’

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You have seen all the Pixar or Disney greats (or both, since the Mouse bought Pixar). You have fallen in love with the characters. You may have caught yourself singing a couple of those songs in the shower.

And then came Frozen.

Whatever the reason, this billion-dollar blockbuster continues to charm as many minds as it makes into mush. So the director of the colossal animated hit did what any big-time Hollywood director would do…

She apologized.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Will Be a Little More Expensive This Year

Holiday-SpendingHey look! It’s the ghosts of Christmas past, paster, and pastest.

What’s really perplexing is that while these cats are long gone, their products continue to cost us more and more money with each passing Christmas even after accounting for inflation! Whatever the reason, it happens — and this year is no question.

The company delivering the bad news is PNC Wealth Management, which has embraced its role as the provider of America’s annual financial blues.

So, if you are in the market for a partridge in a pear tree, you may want to shift gears and consider something in the fig tree family…

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Mariah Carey Wants Her Voice Back for Christmas

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Do you remember the time when Mariah Carey did that thing with her voice that threatened to permanently damage your dog’s hearing? No one really knew how she did it, but mutt owners everywhere felt the power of her vocal gymnastics.

The ghost of Christmas past just called, and its wants Carey’s ’90s starlet tones back.

If you were around a TV (or the Web went the dang thing went viral), you know that ghost spooked Carey and already stole the thing. During the annual tree lighting ceremony at 30 Rock last night, she was supposed to sing her classic Yuletide tune “All I Want for Christmas Is You“…

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‘Rico Suave’ Says Womanizing Is ‘Expected’ in His Culture

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An old, tired cliche holds that “there’s truth in every stereotype.”

Maybe. But there is no excuse for making generalizations about an entire sociological grouping of very different people. None.

No matter how hard someone tries to paint everyone with the same brush, there is always an exception to every rule. For that reason, we shouldn’t be surprised when some 90s one-hit-wonder tries to say that his “culture” expects him to treat women like slabs of meat…and gets slammed for it on social media.

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Reporters Line Up to Quote Katy Perry

This morning we were shocked and disappointed to learn that the NFL’s official press release announcing Katy Perry as the halftime performer for Super Bowl XLIX did not include a single Katy Perry quote.

Others didn’t disappoint, though: Reuters led with “Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she’s worth? Will she let her colors burst?”

CNN chose “Get ready to hear that voice, hear that sound — like thunder gonna shake the ground.”

For the record, we’ll go with the New York Post“The worst kept secret in the NFL is finally out.” Here’s Perry’s promo video in case you missed it last night:

Three questions:

1) What was crazier, Perry here or Taylor Swift at the AMAs?

2) Will this appearance help sell more Pepsi?

3) Most importantly, who’s paying whom?

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BREAKING: Music Publicists Witness Lots of Drug Use

shutterstock_171268937Yes, you read that right. This comes from a not-at-all-shocking story published last Friday in The Telegraph that elaborates on the experiences of an unnamed “press officer” who has been “working in music PR and A&R for 25 years.”

Here are some of the tales he recounts:

The singer for a band arriving in the US for the first time threatened to call it quits after receiving a package of free T-shirts. The band’s manager then “haul[ed] him up against a wall by the throat” until he reconsidered.

It gets more colorful:

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Van Morrison Settles Dustup with PR Exec Over Alleged ‘Love Child’

Van MorrisonThis morning we learned that the just-resolved defamation dispute between FleishmanHillard EMEA regional president John Saunders and Irish pop singer Van Morrison had more twists than the singer’s own epic “Madame George.” (Though, to be fair, that song only had one.)

Way back in 2009, Van Morrison’s official site posted the announcement that “Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III,” and entertainment news sources attributed the statement to the singer himself. The problem? The baby’s mother was not his wife, former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocca.

The singer claimed the announcement was a hoax, and Saunders — who had worked with Rocca in the past — went on the radio proclaiming the story to be false and claiming that Morrison did not know Gigi.

It’s not clear whether Saunders was paid to give these interviews, but it is clear that Van Morrison did indeed know Gigi.

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Beyoncé Got Us All Excited Over Nothing

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Seriously though, our Twitter feed was ALL ABOUT rumors of a brand-new Beyoncé album thanks to the supposed internal leak that landed on every blog everywhere.

Then we saw the real-life press release this morning. In case you’re living under a rock, it’s a re-release of her previous album…with two new tracks, “a mini version of the official 2015 Beyonce calendar,” a live DVD for those who don’t get HBO, and four remixes.

That song we thought would be called “DONK” featuring Nicki Minaj is just a remix of “Flawless” featuring Nicki Minaj…who hasn’t had a good verse since Kanye rubbed Bon Iver’s head and made an album come out.*

So was this “leak” a true bump on the promotional road or yet another way to make us pay even more attention to Beyoncé? And how jealous is Taylor Swift?

*We haven’t actually done the research to back up that claim.

Spotify Begs Taylor Swift to Come Back Through Song

As we learned yesterday, one of Taylor Swift‘s more brilliant moves to help promote her new album was to remove all of her material from Spotify. The decision sparked a sort of “turf war” between Spotify and iTunes as the 1989 quickly became what some estimate to be the last-ever platinum album.

Now, for some context: have you heard of sending a message via a Spotify playlist? Over on our ad blog, we mentioned Melissa Saylors, an art director who created a playlist that doubled as a note to digital agency 360i (or “The Oreo People”). The agency hired her.

Now, here’s the message Spotify sent Taylor yesterday, via a combination press release/mini-narrative in playlist form.

It’s both cute and desperate!

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FKA Twigs Is Making Google Glass Less Lame

FKA Twigs, dancer, musician and rumored Robert Pattinson girlfriend, has made her directorial debut with a new video called “#throughglass” that blends song, dance and technology through her use of Google Glass.

Google Glass has got an image problem. And you know it’s a big one when people who use them frequently are called “glassholes” by everyone including mainstream media. Not exactly the group you want to be a member of. But this video has got people calling Glasscool.” This could be just the kind of buzz this new device needs.

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