• 11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

    Surely, after enduring a year of a pandemic, your social media feeds are in a terribly sorry state. The same people posting the same thing (which is nothing — it’s a pandemic, nobody has a life), the latest memes you’re already so done with by the next day and the same six photos of some cute animals. Here to liven up your life, once more, we’ve rounded up some lovable doggos and feisty cats who call some famous rock and metal musicians their prideful owners.

    It’s time for some new follows and we’re starting with legendary drummer and his pup Mickey. This Maltese-Yorkie mix of Mike Portnoy’s has amassed over 8,000 followers and is always smiling, sitting comfortably on a lap or nestled up under a blanket on the couch. He’s a brave little cancer survivor, too, deserving of a round of a-paws!

    Keeping with drummers, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee boasts Nina Da Weena Dog and Teenie the Weenie. Teenie is a very recent addition to the home, after Lee and wife Brittany Furlan said goodbye to their dear Wicky earlier in 2021. Our condolences. Dog Heaven gained another angel that day.

    As you’ll see below, we’ve got plenty more pets to follow from band members. There’s Winston Finnegan Luhrs (August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs) and his beefy little leg hanging over the couch, the classic dog and cat rivalry within the home of Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan, Ice-T’s chonks and more.

    11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

    Mike Portnoy’s Dog Mickey

    Follow Mickey here.

    Motley Crue: Tommy Lee’s Dogs Neena Da Weena Dog + Teenie the Weenie

    Follow Neena here and Teenie here.

    Cattle Decapitation: Travis Ryan’s Dog Ona + Cats Nomi and Patty

    Follow Ona, Nomi and Patty here.

    Body Count: Ice-T’s Dogs King Maximus and Princess Alexus

    Follow King Maximus and Princess Alexus here.

    Trivium: Paolo Gregoletto’s Dogs – Lady and Mochi

    Follow Lady and Mochi here.

    August Burns Red: Jake Luhrs’ Dog Winston Finnegan Luhrs

    Follow Winston Finnegan Luhrs here.

    The Word Alive: Telle Smith’s Dogs Colby Jack + Darby

    Follow Colby Jack here and Darby here.

    Ex-Machine Head/Sacred Reich: Dave McClain’s Dog Mr. Indy McClain

    Follow Mr. Indy McClain here.

    49 Rock + Metal Artists Pose With Their Pets

  • Britney Spears alludes to conservatorship documentary on social media: “Each person has their story”

    In an oblique post on social media, Britney Spears appears to have responded to the recently released documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which examines the singer’s life under conservatorship.

    In a recent Instagram post, Spears shared footage of her performing ‘Toxic’ live from three years ago. In its caption, she writes about how she is “taking the time to learn and be a normal person”, and brings up how the public’s perception of a celebrity is different to how “the actual person living behind the lens”.

    “I’ll always love being on stage …. but I am taking the time to learn and be a normal person ….. I love simply enjoying the basics of every day life !!!!” Spears wrote.

    “Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories !!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives !!!

    “Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens !!!!”

    Framing Britney Spears was produced by the New York Times and broadcast in the US last weekend on FX and FX On Hulu. The documentary explores the pop star’s rise to prominence, her legal conservatorship and the related #FreeBritney movement.

    Spears was not interviewed for the documentary, with a statement at the end of the film noting that producers attempted to contact her multiple times.

    Under the current conservatorship arrangement, Spears’ father Jamie and the Bessemer Trust financial company are legally empowered to make important decisions around Spears’ finances, business projects and personal circumstances.

    After the premiere of the documentary, Spears’ boyfriend Sam Asghari said he would “continue to support her following her dreams”. He later posted an Instagram story in which he called Jamie Spears “a total dick”.

    “Now it’s important to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way,” he wrote. “In my opinion, Jamie is a total dick.”

    “I won’t be going into details because I’ve always respected our privacy but at the same time I didn’t come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom,” Asghari, who is from Iran, added.

    Jamie Spears stepped back from his duties in 2019 due to health issues, with Jodi Montgomery appointed as a temporary conservator. Britney Spears’ legal team sought to remove Jamie from the conservatorship, but this was denied in court late last year.

    As the New York Times reports, a hearing is scheduled for this Thursday (February 11) in Los Angeles, which will likely discuss Jamie and the trust’s role in managing Spears’ estate.

    In December 2020, Jamie Spears defended his role as his daughter’s conservator. “I love my daughter and I miss her very much,” he told CNN.

    “When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally.

    “I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family.”

  • Original Alice Cooper Band Releases New ‘Social Debris’ Single

    Alice Cooper has released a new single, “Social Debris,” in celebration of his 73rd birthday. The song also previews his new album, Detroit Stories, which arrives later this month.

    “A gift to Detroit, to my fans and to myself,” Cooper said in a Twitter video, noting that the song was recorded by the “original” Alice Cooper band, whose surviving members include Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce. (Original lead guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997.)

    “We always felt like we were social debris, we didn’t fit in,” Cooper noted. “Nobody plays like the original band. They were more dangerous than any other band.”

    From the beginning, Cooper and his band had a tough time figuring out where their distinct sound might fit it. In the late ’60s, with most of America’s musical attention turned to the hot spots on the east and west coasts, there wasn’t much action in the middle – except for Detroit, where Cooper and the band relocated in 1970.

    “Los Angeles had its sound with the Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield,” Cooper said on his website, where he’s offering a free download of “Social Debris” during its first 24 hours of its release. “San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had the Rascals and the Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the U.S. (musically or image-wise), Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar-driven, hard-rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts.”

    It isn’t the first time Cooper has reconvened with the original band members, who have been making occasional appearances on several of the singer’s recent albums. For his 2017 album, Paranormal, Smith, Dunaway and Bruce play on three tracks, along with another Cooper alumni, Steve Hunter, who joined the band in 1973.

    Working once more with longtime producer Bob Ezrin, Cooper is revisiting both his physical roots in Detroit and his enduring relationship with his original band members on the new album, which comes out on Feb. 26.

    “‘Social Debris’ was just the original band writing a song about us, essentially,” Cooper noted in a press release. “And it came out sounding like it belonged into 1971. That’s just the original band – you can’t change that, it’s great.”

    You can listen to the song below.

     

  • Ser.O.Ya Launches Gender Neutral Fashions Committed to Catalyzing Social Change – WWD

    Ser.O.Ya, a contemporary fashion label with a commitment to catalyzing social change through philanthropic partnerships, is today launching exclusively on FWRD. The emerging brand, founded by Ohad Seroya, offers predominantly gender-neutral garments in unisex, feminine and masculine designs, featured on the collection’s campaign face: model and activist Teddy Quinlivan.

    Last March, Seroya and his husband Aviad Klin (who are also the cofounders and creative directors of the women’s label Retrofête and managers of the multilabel Mint Showroom) were quarantining in Miami when the idea of a new contemporary, gender-neutral label with a social conscience and feel-good mentality sprang to Seroya’s mind. 

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya 
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    “Ser.O.Ya came to life while we were in lockdown in the spring, I saw the world changing and hurting around me. I wondered about ways I could help beyond the pandemic, as a designer, as a leader. This was my most authentic way to do it — creating clothing that has soul, that spreads good energy and supports many causes that are important to me and my team. We’re not just here to change the world — we want to empower people to smile, to wear themselves and let their confidence shine through, while giving a little more and learning more about each other,” Seroya commented.

    From the start, a focus on philanthropic partnerships was key. With each collection — which will drop three times a year — the brand will give back to a specific global charity, not only donating charitable contributions from sales, but also partnering with each cause and community to provide mentorship and seminars, special projects and more from his team. For the brand’s debut collection, “Drop One: Meet Me at Spring,” Ser.O.Ya has partnered with Trans Can Work, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to transgender rights, specifically connecting gender nonconforming and transgender individuals to employment opportunities in America. Following today’s launch, the brand will be rolling out an Instagram series dedicated to amplifying the voices of Trans Can Work members. Immersing the Ser.O.Ya team within each season’s partnership and giving back was noted of utmost importance to Seroya.

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya 
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    “I decided to open a brand that’s not only about creating beautiful clothes, but will give a lesson to my life and to others around me and teach us lessons on how we can change the world,” he expressed. 

    A commitment to sustainability, through responsible production, consumption (dropping three collections a year as opposed to the traditional fashion calendar model) and materials, was also noted. Biodegradable packaging, repurposed fabric scrap tags, screen printed care instructions, labels and descriptions on the garments and recyclable poly bags are all included within the first drop; 100 percent organic cotton denim will launch within the second drop.

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya 
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    Drop One: Meet Me at Spring offers a range of feminine, masculine and unisex designs from $75 to $515, sized XXS to XXL within each style. Feminine styles range from body hugging dresses and T-shirts with removable shoulder pads to reworked white shirting and a classic blazer with logoed pull ties; masculine styles include a terry black and white polo (also offered in a tank top), a cargo romper, casual shorts, T-shirts and more. The brand’s unisex labeled designs make up most of the collection, spanning from distressed denim (shorts and pants) and relaxed lounge sets to slouchy cotton knits (a green maxi cardigan with raw hems), utilitarian garb and hats and “lifestyle basics.” 

    “Clothes should be for everyone,” Seroya expressed, “One of the signatures of the brand is ‘Do You. Wear You.’” 

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya

    Teddy Quinlivan for Ser.O.Ya 
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    As seen on Quinlivan, the gender neutral designs — whether sitting under the brand’s masculine, feminine or unisex tags — promote personal style and comfort for everyone. Positivity and the brand’s commitment to its charitable partnerships can also be seen directly on garments through the brand’s logo, a play on the smiley face, as well as barcode graphics, which display the brand’s charitable donations when scanned. 

    While mostly feminine and unisex styles are launching exclusively with FWRD today, the rest of the line will officially launch with the brand’s upcoming e-commerce platform, as well as with other retail partners, in early 2021.

  • Social Media Is ‘Very Narcissistic’ + ‘Not Very Healthy’

    Maynard James Keenan is a man who likes to unplug from the increasing pace of everyday life, which is largely fueled by cell phones and social media. He often ponders the consequences and cultural shifts attributed to human behavior on the Internet and in an October interview with Metal Hammer, which was just published online, the Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle frontman explained why these habits are unhealthy.

    This latest criticism should come as no surprise to fans, who know all too well that Keenan’s bands outright ban the use of cell phones at their shows. When Puscifer’s livestream concert where they performed their latest record, Existential Reckoning, in full, viewers did not have the usual chat options at their disposal. Even at home, Maynard wants you engaged and fully immersed in the moment.

    The singer goes through great lengths for his art and demands the attention of those who consume it — it’s that simple.

    Concerning social media, Keenan views these various communication platforms as something that limits user experience.

    “I feel like social media and the internet has really driven a wedge in between people,” the singer asserted. “Just the whole concept of liking a thing, or not liking a thing, and then having whatever you see for the next several months be exactly what you want see and not what you don’t want to see… It’s like staring into a mirror — very narcissistic and it’s not very healthy.”

    Because of these customized user experiences, Keenan stressed, “So that division gets wider and wider, the polarization; every conversation online starts with an argument.”

    Despite his disdain for social media and rampant cell phone usage at live concerts (remember those?), Keenan is not incapable of offering a reward to those who oblige his rules. Just watch this crowd at an A Perfect Circle show in 2018 erupt when the frontman gave them his blessing to take their phones out of their pockets.

     

  • Ella Emhoff and Amanda Gorman Boost Their Social Followings – WWD

    At Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris there was a great deal of emphasis placed on the future and what it might look like, and the spirit of that message was punctuated by the sea of young faces in the small crowd. Biden heirs mingled with Vice President Harris’ great-nieces on the Capitol dais, while America’s youth found a new voice in the country’s youngest inaugural poet, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman. This inaugural introduction not only increased their exposure, but their social media cache as well.

    Gorman evoked a sense of purpose and hope when delivering her poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she finished in the wake of the Capitol riots two weeks prior. Viewers took note, and her Instagram is currently hovering around 2.6 million followers — a more than 2 million follower jump from pre-inauguration.

    She has also gained around a million followers on Twitter, where in response to a shoutout from Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday she wrote, “Thank you! I would be nowhere without the women whose footsteps I dance in. While reciting my poem, I wore a ring with a caged bird — a gift from @Oprah for the occasion, to symbolize Maya Angelou, a previous inaugural poet. Here’s to the women who have climbed my hills before.”

    Her books “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem” and “The Hill We Climb: Poems” are both Amazon bestsellers as of Wednesday night, and will be released on Sept. 21, 2021.

    Meanwhile, Parsons student and Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff, who turned heads in the Miu Miu coat and Batsheva dress she wore to the swearing-in of her “Momala,” also saw a jump in her social following. Her bright and lively Instagram feed, which serves as a showcase for her own designs, finds itself with about 150,000 new followers. Despite a presumably exhausting past 24 hours, she took to Instagram Stories today to lend her support to The Blackyard Farm Co-op, a POC-led collective space for aspiring farmers.

    Emhoff recently ate a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish for the first time on step-cousin Meena Harris’ TikTok, which was seen by 2.5 million people and received a rousing response in the comments. Harris, a social media phenom in her own right, has also seen the value in interacting with her 658,000 followers regularly. She has written a best-selling children’s book, “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” and her second, “Ambitious Girl,” came out Jan. 19 as an instant number-one bestseller. Her clothing line, Phenomenal, boasts 574,000 Instagram followers.

    While first daughter Ashley and her nieces Finnegan and Natalie Biden have kept their Instagram accounts private, Naomi Biden tipped over 150,000 followers on Wednesday, giving followers a peek into family life with a grandfather-in-chief. She counts Lena Dunham, Jonathan Van Ness and Kaia Gerber among those she’s following.

    And of course, no mention of social media would be complete this week without a nod to Bernie Sanders, the unexpected — and likely unwilling — winner of the 2021 Inauguration meme race. His cozy, casual and curmudgeonly take on inaugural fashion delighted the internet, and never one to go off-brand, the senator sported a coat from Burton, a Vermont-based snowboard label.