A Week In News: Beyonce Upsets NASA, Guardians Of The Galaxy Teases, Kanye West Inspires Coinye West Currency
Beyoncé accused of insensitivity, Kanye West currency launches, and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson's hole is dug deeper: the news you may have missed over the festive period.
Beyoncé Vs. NASA: Beyoncé sent her fans into a buying frenzy when she unexpectedly dropped her secret new album just before Christmas. However, certain individuals have taken issue with the use of grafted audio clips from tragic 1986 Challenger disaster communications at the beginning of her new song 'XO.' Watch Beyoncé's 'XO' music video here. High profile former employees of space agency NASA have called for the incendiary song and video to be removed from the internet. Find out more and read Beyoncé's response here.
'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Excitement Heats Up: The biggest blockbuster of 2014 is just seven months away and excitement has been ramped up to the max ahead of the release of superhero comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy, which stars Chris Pratt alongside Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper. Marvel and Disney have not only released stunning concept art showing the Guardians in action, but have also gifted fans with the movie's first live action shot as well as a synopsis. Check out the new teaser material here.
'Coinye West' Is New Rapper-Inspired Currency: Following in the footsteps of the high-profile cryptocurrency Bitcoin, a bunch of anarcho-financiers have decided to launch a new form of digital payment inspired by their favourite rapper, Kanye West, named Coinye West. Though Yeezy hasn't officially endorsed to new currency, the Coinye team have offered the rap star 100,000 Coinye if he contacts them before the proposed 11th January launch. Will this new currency catch on? Decide for yourself here.
Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes' For New Album Stream: Bruce Springsteen has launched his new record, High Hopes, via an exclusive CBS album stream to give fans an earful of old and new material ahead of The Boss' new release on the 14th Jan. Watch a video from Springsteen's Secret Garden gig here. With a mixture of unreleased and fresh tracks, High Hopes sees Bruce and his E Street Band go genre-hopping with a little help from Rage Against The Machine's guitar maestro, Tom Morello. Click to read more. Critics have also given the rocker's new record a thumbs up: find out what they're saying in our round-up here.
Duck Dynasty Dad In Trouble Again: Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is yet again the subject of negative media attention after a video emerged showing him telling the audience at a 2009 Georgia Sportsmen's Ministry event to pick 15 year-old girls who can cook and "carry a bible" as brides. Read more about Phil's shocking "river rat" advice. Unapologetic Robertson fell into hot water recently when his GQ interview was published during which he expresses his unsavoury homophobic and racist views, leading to his temporary suspension from his family's A&E duck hunting show. Click to find out more, including the US politicians who defended the TV star here. Why are the DD clan planning on releasing a range of firearms? We try to make sense of their new scheme here.
Fresh Prince's Uncle Phil AKA Dies Aged 65: James Avery, star of sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, died on New Year's Eve, leaving family and friends bereft. The 68 year-old comedy and voice actor passed away due to complications related to a recent open heart surgery. The news has attracted tributes from Fresh Prince fans all over the world, as well as members of the cast who were devastated upon hearing the sad news. Check out the tributes and read Avery's obituary here.
'Frozen' Ices Box Office Competition Once More: Disney's Oscar-tipped musical Frozen has once again claimed the top perch of the box office after being shunted down by fantasy epic sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Watch the Frozen trailer here. A true crowd pleaser, Frozen has earned rave reviews from critics, parents and kids who have been charmed by this sweet winter tale. Read our review here. Meanwhile, polar opposite horror movie Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones rockets to second place. Check out the trailer here... if you dare.
Video Of The Week - Lady Gaga Reveals Hidden 'Poker Face' Meaning: Lady Gaga may alienate with her image but at an exclusive London gig she let her fans in on her personal life and how it influenced her songwriting, leading to a surprising revelation about her hit song 'Poker Face.' Gaga performed a smooth lounge version of her song and interrupted to tell the audience about the song's hidden meaning. Luckily, we've got it caught on camera: watch the video to find out for yourself here.