The daily gossip: ABBA returns with new music, Busy Philipps saves her house from flooding, and more
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Attention dancing queens: ABBA is back
Here they go again: ABBA has returned to release new music for the first time in almost 40 years, Variety reports. The Swedish group behind hit songs like "Mamma Mia" will release their new studio album Voyage in November, and they debuted two songs from it on Thursday. Additionally, the group announced a new concert called "ABBA Voyage," in which they'll perform as digital avatars that were designed by George Lucas' visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic. "ABBA have created the kind of concert they always wanted, performing for their fans at their very best: as digital versions of themselves backed by today's finest musicians," the concert's website explains. While yes, that means the band won't actually be performing live, ABBA touted the experience as the "strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of." Strangest, anyway, checks out.
Busy Philipps single-handedly saved her house from Hurricane Ida
Busy Philipps 1, Hurricane Ida 0. New York and New Jersey were inundated with record rainfall and historic flooding on Wednesday as the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the Northeast, and not even Philipps' house was spared. But "if *FOR ONE SECOND* you *EVER* thought I was the type of person who would just GIVE UP when the flood started rising and the people who are supposed to come help are distracted by a myriad of other calamities SO THEY CAN'T SHOW UP, then I'm here to tell you — you're VERY wrong," the Girls 5eva star wrote on Instagram. Philipps further explained that she had a "ton of canvas bags" and that she filled them with "rice and oats and then the dirt that was pouring into the house. And guess what? It worked because I'm essentially f--king McGuyver." Now someone just needs to put her on fixing the subways.
Lil Nas X responds to Twitter troll, resulting in potential Kid Cudi collab
Lil Nas X revealed the cover art and tracklist for his album, Montero, ahead of its September 17 release. The project features collaborations with Elton John, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, and Megan Thee Stallion — not too bad for a debut album. A Twitter troll noted Montero doesn't feature any Black men, Lil Nas X wrote, "maybe a lot of them just don't wanna work with me." Kid Cudi saw the tweet and responded, "ill work w u and frolic in rose gardens w u singin about my pain." Lil Nas X then hinted there could be a collab with Kid Cudi on Montero deluxe. In his typical fashion, the rapper turned lemons into lemonade.
Piers Morgan taunts Prince Harry after they awkwardly appear at the same gala
Things might have gotten a little uncomfortable for Prince Harry during his virtual appearance at the British GQ Men Of The Year Awards on Wednesday, where he slammed "mass-scale misinformation across news media and social media." Though the Duke of Sussex was ostensibly talking about anti-vaxxers, his remarks might also have been intended as a barb aimed at Piers Morgan, who was in attendance at the ceremony in London. On Wednesday, Morgan was cleared by the British media watchdog Ofcom over comments he'd made questioning Meghan Markle's account of the trauma she suffered after joining the royal family. Ofcom received a record 57,793 complaints against Morgan, including one filed by Markle herself, but the watchdog ultimately found that Morgan's comments, though "potentially harmful and offensive to viewers," were within the realm of "freedom of expression." Taunted Morgan after the ceremony, "Awks."
Demi Lovato slid into this Schitt's Creek stars DMs
Demi Lovato, much like the rest of the world, is a fan of Schitt's Creek. Arguably an even bigger fan of Emily Hampshire, who played Stevie. On the singer's podcast, the pair recounted Lovato sliding into Hampshire's DMs. "You said, 'Hey girl, I like you on the show. We should kick it sometime,'" Hampshire said. Lovato then asked her on a date. But Hampshire decided the 11-year age gap between them was too great, responding "I'm decades older, I don't think we'll find the same things funny." Lovato tried to rebuke that claim with a meme, and by bringing up Holland Taylor and Sarah Paulson's relationship. It didn't work out, but Lovato has no regrets. "I made a really good friend. You're a dope friend, and I'm happy we became friends after that," they said.