September 29, 2023
Evaluation: New yr, new content material, new Pop Life e-newsletter

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We’re only some days into 2023 and I have already got blended feelings concerning the new yr.

On one hand, it’s speculated to be a recent begin and an opportunity to do higher. On the opposite, some outdated specters from years previous are persevering with to hang-out us – from Covid-19 to divisive politics.

I feel all of us might use a little bit of a change.

To that time, I’m remixing Pop Life Chronicles a bit.

In direction of the top of final yr, I requested you, my pricey readers, what you most loved about this article – and overwhelmingly, you stated it’s the part that offers you one thing to sip on. Cocktails first, in fact.

So, whereas I’ll nonetheless be serving up strategies on leisure to observe, speak about and listening to, you’ll discover some new formatting and recent flavors on this week’s letter and transferring ahead.

Let’s get it began with a toast to new beginnings, we could?

Evaluation: New yr, new content material, new Pop Life e-newsletter

Social media was made for outrage.

Significantly, the place would Twitter be if we took away all the trend?

Granted, a few of the issues of us select to argue about are ridiculous, however on the subject of Celine Dion, her supporters don’t play.

The singer was not too long ago left off Rolling Stone’s record of the 200 biggest singers of all time and Dion followers rose up in a fury.

Lists like this are sometimes curated to spur debate, however Dion is indisputably one of the vital great singers ever to carry a microphone. And given her current revelation that she’s unable to carry out attributable to being identified with a uncommon neurological dysfunction, the exclusion appeared all of the extra harsh.

Now, the cynic in some might say that her being snubbed was the most effective factor to occur to the rating, because it has folks speaking. However in order for you music audiences to take your judgments critically, not together with singers like Dion – or Dionne Warwick, additionally lacking from the record – doesn’t look like the most effective technique.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London.

Are you rising weary of listening to from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Depend me amongst those that consider they’ve each been handled horribly, however I additionally perceive the sentiment amongst some that “H” and “M” – as they lovingly referred to one another of their current Netflix docuseries – may be a bit overexposed.

Prince Harry has new interviews airing this weekend with each Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” and British community ITV to advertise his upcoming memoir.

There are various Individuals – I’m elevating a hand to provide a royal wave – who’ve a starvation for information on “the agency,” however how a lot of a superb factor (or within the case of Harry and Meghan, a foul factor) is an excessive amount of?

It may be a tricky to take care of stability between controlling your personal narrative and the sense that you just’re telling the identical story again and again. Let’s take into account, nevertheless, that Harry has a e-book to promote – that necessitates doing press and making appearances.

What do you assume? Drop me a line and let me know your opinion.

Dua Lipa performs at the  Qudos Bank Arena on November 8, 2022 in Sydney.

No, Dua Lipa doesn’t have a brand new album out, however she does have an fascinating podcast.

“Dua Lipa: At Your Service” is an interview-based sequence wherein the singer has welcomed an array of distinguished visitors, together with former “Each day Present” host Trevor Noah, civil rights chief Bryan Stevenson and famed director Pedro Almodóvar, amongst others.

Lipa is even planning to file a reside episode on the Hay Competition of Literature & Arts this coming summer time in Hay-on-Wye, Wales.

“Dua Lipa: At Your Service” will be heard wherever podcasts can be found.

Quinta Brunson in a scene from

‘Abbott Elementary’

Faculty is again in session!

There will not be a extra pleasant present airing or streaming at the moment than “Abbott Elementary,” and it’s again after winter break for some new episodes.

Its creator and star Quinta Brunson has managed to craft a sequence that’s humorous, poignant and earnest; it’s an vital homage to educators in all places. And isn’t it beautiful to have appointment sitcom viewing once more?

The sequence returned to ABC on Wednesday and can also be streaming on Hulu.

A scene from

‘Madoff: The Monster of Wall Avenue’

Invariably, every time a brand new yr comes round, I begin taking a look at my funds and vowing to stay to a price range. (I don’t truly follow a price range.)

Now, my funds are hardly of the caliber that Bernie Madoff was fascinated about, however the rise and fall of his huge Ponzi scheme stays one of the vital fascinating white collar crimes of all time – so I’m chips in for this Netflix docuseries concerning the disgraced financier, who died in 2021 whereas serving a 150 yr jail sentence.

“Madoff: The Monster of Wall Avenue” is streaming now.

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