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These Clips Shine A Light On Shade From The Pussycat Dolls’ Past

It’s hard to imagine the 2000s without the Pussycat Dolls. Not only were their hit singles “Dontcha,” “Buttons,” and “Stickwitu”—all from their 2005 debut album PCD—bangers all over the world, but the group quickly became something of a small empire, touching everything from reality TV to commercial merchandise. They topped the charts worldwide, earned several award nominations (including a Grammy nod), and are ranked as one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. And although they experienced a great amount of success over a relatively short time (they eventually broke up in 2010), the Pussycat Dolls were marred by some serious internal drama that made even their best years a little less sparkly.

The main reason for their conflict was the excessive attention paid to lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger.

Of the five Pussycat Dolls, there were two vocalists: Scherzinger and Melody Thornton. Scherzinger has admitted to singing 95% of the vocals during the Dolls’ heyday, even going to so far as to say that the other members of the group didn’t hear the tracks until they were finished. While Thornton did contribute to background vocals as a Doll, she never had a chance to sing lead. Years of frustration over this inequity ended up culminating in a pretty uncomfortable moment performing the bop “Dontcha”:

As you can see, Thornton clearly went off-script in this performance, taking advantage of the opportunity to finally step into the spotlight. There’s no doubt that the girl can sing, but Scherzinger was not impressed. The shade, though!

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And this wasn’t the only time Thornton’s off-the-cuff solos made things awkward. Take this example from the 2006 American Music Awards (skip to 2:50 for her surprise ad-lib appearance onstage):

Earlier this year, Thornton told the UK’s Daily Mirror that she secretly went to therapy for low self-esteem during her time with the Dolls, and that it took many years for her to overcome her negative experiences with the group.

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“I lost so much confidence and felt really worthless. Because it was pointed out, over and over again, that I was the weakest link in the group,” said Thornton. ”I had never felt insecure until I joined the Pussycat Dolls.”

Over the years, other Dolls have also complained about the overemphasis on Scherzinger. As a contestant on season 12 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Ashley Roberts said, “Even in the group, I wasn’t allowed to talk. We were told to be quiet—only Nicole was allowed to talk. We would occasionally pitch in.” Roberts confirmed that nothing in the group was split evenly, adding, “Why do you think the band broke up?”

But after almost a decade apart, and in spite of all the tea that’s been spilled, the Pussycat Dolls are back, baby!

Well, more or less. On Saturday’s episode of the UK’s X Factor: Celebrity, the newly reunited Pussycat Dolls performed a medley of their most popular songs, offering a sneak peek into an upcoming UK reunion tour. Whether surprising or not, several people served some serious criticism of the performance, conceding that while the choreography was stellar, there still seems to be too much of a focus on Scherzinger. Perhaps that’s because Thornton, as the Dolls’ only other vocalist, will not be joining them for the tour.

No, it’s not because Thornton has held a decade-long grudge against Scherzinger—in fact, neither Thornton nor any of the other girls have ever been angry at Scherzinger for the disequilibrium of the group. Instead, Thornton took issue with the label, Interscope Records, and the way the group was managed. Still, she insists that she has no bad feelings toward Scherzinger or Robin Antin, who founded the group back in 1995 when it began as a burlesque troupe.

“People would assume that I was so mad at Nicole because she sang and I didn’t. Well, no. That was her dream and it was coming true for her. I just wanted it for myself too,” said Thornton. “I wanted the best for everyone. I’m a phenomenal vocalist, you just never heard it. But it wasn’t Nicole’s fault.”

Both Robin Antin and Ashley Roberts insist that Thornton’s past difficulties with the group are not the reason for her absence from the 2020 reunion tour, which will reunite Roberts and Scherzinger with group members Carmit Bachar, Jessica Sutta, and Kimberly Wyatt.

“She was included in all of this. She’s our sister, and the door is always open, but it just wasn’t the right timing for her right now,” Roberts told the BBC. “We wish her well.”

Amazon Prime Will Debut Mexican-Made ‘Narcos Vs Zombies’ Series

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Amazon Prime Will Debut Mexican-Made ‘Narcos Vs Zombies’ Series

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Amazon has officially become home to post-apocalyptic horror series “Narcos vs Zombies,” which will be entirely created, written, and produced in Mexico. The action-drama series will even star actors from “Narcos: Mexico,” and will showcase the resiliency of narco-culture long after zombies have taken over the planet. The drama will unfold at the U.S.-Mexico border after the U.S. military performs shady experiments on its wounded soldiers, who become the original source of a booming zombie population. Soon, Mexican SWAT teams fall victim to the zombie virus and the U.S. Army dedicates its attention to eradicating the zombified SWAT team across the border.

The Spanish-language series confirms what we all already know: Mexico deserves its own zombie apocalypse content, and Amazon Prime is making it happen in 2020.

We’ll witness the zombie apocalypse unfold through the lens of a Mexican drug lord.

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Sergio Peris-Mencheta, known for his role in “Snowfall” and “Rambo: Last Blood,” will play the untouchable kingpin Alonso Marroquín, whose life changes forever during a prison escape. Accompanied by his son, Lucas, played by Nery Arredondo of “Vuelven,” Alonso breaks out of a high-security Mexican prison and goes into hiding on the U.S. side of the border. The dangerous father-son duo finds themselves taking shelter at a drug rehabilitation facility ironically called Paradiso, without knowing Zombie Apocalypse Ground Zero would develop not too far from there. 

The premise of the plot is only moderately scathing of U.S.-Mexico relations, and it starts with how the United States treats its wounded soldiers. The story goes that the U.S. decided to conduct military experiments on its wounded soldiers, in the hopes that it would turn them into killing machines. When the experiment fails, the U.S. Army leaves its soldiers for dead near the border. The experiment, of course, takes hold as the soldiers do become killing machines, but they won’t take orders from the U.S. Army.

As a Mexican SWAT team leads a search to find the escaped Marroquíns, they stumble upon the mutant zombie soldiers and fall prey to the zombie virus, leaving the Marroquíns in the middle of what will become a U.S.-Mexico zombie war.  “The series is a lot of fun, action-packed and features amazing VFX, but it will also likely ruffle some feathers as it deals with several important – and controversial – current affairs,” Nicolas Entel, series showrunner and founding partner of Red Creek Productions, said in a press release.

Creator of the Pablo Escobar documentary, “Sins of My Father,” Nicolas Entel will be the series showrunner.

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“We are always looking to bring new kinds of premium content to our Prime members, therefore we are very excited about this new and innovative series that will surely be loved by fans of a variety of genres,” head of Amazon Prime Video’s Mexico Originals, Javier Szerman, told Variety, adding, “The story of ‘Narcos vs Zombies’ is something that hasn’t been done at this scale in Latin America.”

Argentine Nicolas Entel has been named the series’ showrunner, and given his success with “Pecados De Mi Padre” (“Sins of My Father”), “Narcos vs Zombies” is slated to be very well-received. “Pecados De Mi Padre” is a documentary about Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, as told through the lens of his only son, and the sons of Escobar’s most famous fatal victims. Acclaimed director Rigoberto Castañeda (“Diablero”, “Hasta Que Te Concocí”)  will bring the series to life and Miguel Tejada Flores (“Screamers”, “Beyond Re-Animator”) will write the series.

So far, Latino reception has been mixed.

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What kind of Televisa is this? First the Derbez series and then this. They are on a very good road @PrimeVideoMX. NOOOOOOOOOOT!” tweeted Alejandro Gómez (@AliasChiri). “Just what we need, another series of narcos,” added Mario Franco (@lccmariofranco).

The first season is expected to be eight, high-production-value episodes, and is produced by Dynamo (“Narcos” and “El Chapo”) and Red Creek Productions (“Sins of My Father”). The series will premiere to more than 200 countries worldwide, and is expected to rivet Latin-American audiences.

For all of us at Dynamo it has been an incredible experience to produce this unique original series for Prime Video in Latin America,” Andrés Calderón, CEO of Dynamo said in a press release. “The level of complexity in the production of this series added with the blending of genres will bring audiences a story which they have never before seen.”

READ: ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Back For A Second Season: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

We Know It’s Hard To Keep Up, So We Rounded Up The Best Celebrity Beef Of The Year For You

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We Know It’s Hard To Keep Up, So We Rounded Up The Best Celebrity Beef Of The Year For You

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If there is something we can always count on from show biz, it’s stars fighting other stars. As 2019 comes to an end, we’re looking back at the year in celebrity beef. It can be hard to keep track of celebrities who hate each other and why, but this list of 2019 celeb feuds will keep you informed on the latest celebrity rivalries and disputes.

Kevin Fret’s Mom vs. Ozuna

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After the Puerto Rican Trap artist Kevin Fret died, his mom accused Ozuna of being involved in the artist’s homicide. Ozuna filed a complaint with the FBI alleging that late queer trapero Kevin Fret was blackmailing the Aura singer over the video. Ozuna confirmed his appearance in the video through a statement released by his manager Vincente Saavedra, and said that he was underage in the video and that it was “an error from the past.”Ozuna was interrogated by the authorities, but according to the police, he was not implicated in any criminal activities. 

Maluma vs. J Balvin

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The two reggaeton giants have been surrounded by rivalry rumours for years, and they had further enforced them by never working or appearing together. This year, they fired shots at each other in their joint music video for the collab track ‘Qué pena’. In the slick new music video, Maluma and Balvin take turns imitating each others’ Instagram personas: Maluma shouts into his phone, “This is for the culture man! Para la cultura!” Meanwhile, Balvin smooches himself in the mirror and purrs, “Maluma, baby. Mamacita.” So I guess, the air is clear now. There’s no conflict between them anymore, all is good in the universe.

Anuel AA & Bad Bunny Vs. Maluma

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Anuel AA teased at a new song on his Instagram. He talked about the ice on his neck, his enemies and his squad, and went on to rap “Nunca flow Maluma, siempre real G.” Bad Bunny, on his part, is a fan of the line, and he took to twitter to share it.

Bryant Myers vs. Anuel AA

In an Insta Live in April, Bryant Myers challenged Anuel to a fight after the Real Hasta La Muerte brand porter insulted him in his single “Fulete.” “Pero, papi, tu no respetas a nadie, cabrón,” Myers responded.

Reggaetoneros vs. Grammy Latino

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Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, and a number of other famous Latin music artists announced their boycott of the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards due to whitewashing.The boycott was a response to the absence of Reggaeton musicians from the list of nominees for the show’s 10 primary award categories, despite the genre’s monumental rise to global popularity over the decade. 

Don Omar vs. Ozuna

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Earlier this year, Don Omar took advantage of rumors that were swirling about a sex tape featuring Ozuna by launching some indirect homophobic slurs towards the Aura singer, who is a longtime rival. Don Omar’s initial comments on Tuesday inspired a backlash that even included Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, as well as Bad Bunny. Yesterday, the rey de reggaeton posted a message on both Instagram and Twitter. “Lunch break? Any of you eat ?? Not me,” a reference to the anti-gay slur “pato.” Don Omar also shared a video of a duck humping a teddy bear in his Instagram stories; fans immediately identified both comments as homophobic references to Ozuna, since the Aura singer’s logo is also a teddy bear.

Hailey Bieber vs. Selena Gomez

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Soon after Gomez’s song “Lose You To Love Me” first dropped, Baldwin posted the song “I’ll Kill You” by Summer Walker to her Instagram Story. Fans speculated that Hailey was throwing shade at Selena, but Baldwin quickly shot down the speculation and called it “BS.” 

Nicki Minaj Vs. Cardi B 

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While Cardi has been trying her best to move past her ongoing beef with Nicki Minaj, the “MEGATRON” rapper didn’t have a problem adding more fuel to the fire. After sharing went down between herself, Cardi, and the Migos back in 2017, Minaj went on to open up about her “authentic come-up,” saying she relied solely on her talent in order to make it in the industry.

“I still had to go through these things because of people like you who made a sport out of tearing down a young, black woman who’s done nothing but come in this game with an authentic come-up, writing raps, and doing what the f**kin’ was really necessary,” she said. “No Instagram, no reality shows, no sucking DJs’ d*cks.”

Bella Thorne vs. Whoopie Goldberg

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After a hacker threatened to release her nude photos, Bella Thorne took matters into her own hands and released them herself. However, when The View spoke about the situation a few days later, Whoopi Goldberg didn’t seem to think the 21-year-old’s actions were quite as brave and strong as the others, who lauded her and shamed the hacker for trying to extort Bella Thorne.

“Listen, if you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are, you don’t take nude pictures of yourself.” Whoopi Goldberg said, seemingly blaming the actress for getting hacked.

But Bella Thorne was not about to take that sitting down. She took to her Instagram stories and first wrote a long note about how “displeased and saddened” she was by Whoopi Goldberg’s stance, before announcing she would be canceling her scheduled appearance on The View, because she didn’t feel like “being beaten down by a bunch of older women.”

Demi Lovato vs. Taylor Swift

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If there is one person who is tired of all the non-drama drama, it’s Demi herself, who took to Instagram on Monday morning to set the record straight once and for all. “Life’s too short for women not to support other women,” she wrote. “Especially when women release great music. Great job Taylor Swift.” She accompanied that peace treaty with a screenshot of her phone, showing her playing Taylor’s song “Cruel Summer” from her new album, “Lover,” calling it “a jam.” Swift later took to Instagram herself re-sharing Lovato’s message to her Instagram story and saying, “This is so awesome & put the biggest smile on my face.”

“Thank you Demi Lovato,” she added.

Khloe Kardashian vs. Jordyn Woods

Perhaps the biggest feud of the year kicked off back in February! That’s when it was revealed that Khloe Kardashian‘s boyfriend, NBA star Tristan Thompson, cheated on her (again), this time with someone very close to the family — sister Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods. The affair ended not only Khloe’s romantic relationship with the father of her child , but effectively finished off Jordyn’s previously tight-knit relationship with the whole Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Princess Nokia vs. Kali Uchis

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The internet dug up the receipts pertaining to Nokia’s “Orange Blossom” song, a 2015 track that bears more than a passing resemblance to Kali Uchis’ 2013 “Honey Baby.” Nokia had previously deleted the “Orange Blossom” video entirely, but someone re-uploaded it with an alternative title if you want to catch the clip.