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Kanye West Was Asked To Be Musical Guest On Kim Kardashian’s ‘SNL’ Debut: Why It Didn’t Happen

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Kim and Kanye were in talks of hitting the airwaves together as an ‘SNL’ duo this weekend, and a source tells HL EXCLUSIVELY what happened.

Kim Kardashian will make her Saturday Night Live debut tomorrow, and fans (and haters!) are gearing up to see what the 40-year-old has in store. Kim is is the first reality star to host the long-running program, and plenty of talk around the event has made headlines, including the rumor that her estranged husband, Kanye West, would join her for the show as a musical guest. So what happened?

“Weeks and weeks ago when they were getting Kim to do the show, they threw around the possibility of him to be the musical guest, those discussions didn’t make it very far,” a source EXCLUSIVELY revealed to HollywoodLife. “But writers like Michael Che have been throwing the idea around of him being in something. They don’t expect him to do anything, but they certainly asked.”

Kanye West performing. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock).

The source previously revealed to HL how much Kim was “very nervous” about doing the show and that she “wanted to knock it out of the park.” Although the SKIMS founder won’t have a familiar face in Kanye by her side, she may just be focused on having a successful performance herself without her ex around. “She wants to prove to herself and any haters that it was worth it for her to be asked to do the show,” the source added.

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye west spotted out on a stroll (SplashNews.com).

Ever since Kim filed for divorce from the “Off the Grid” rapper back in Feb. 2021, how “separate” the two have remained amid their separation has been up in the air. Kim famously appeared in Kanye’s DONDA album performance in Chicago on Aug. 30 in a wedding dress, which caused many to speculate that the two were reconsidering their divorce. As a source told HL at the time, the couple was “putting on a united front” and were “taking it day by day.” Ahead of the Chicago appearance, the couple were also spotted in Malibu on Aug. 19, having a kids-free lunch together.

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Serena Williams & Daughter Olympia, 4, Twin In Adorable Pajamas — Cute Photo

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Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia looked like quite the pair in their matching PJs. Their new photo is just too cute!

The cat’s pajamas! Serena Williams, 40, and daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, 4, looked like they woke up on the right side of the bed in a new Instagram posted Dec. 30. The tennis pro glowed while clad in a yellow leopard print pajama set. Besides her was little Olympia in a pint-sized version of the same outfit. In one photo the duo struck a sassy pose with their hands on their hips while another showed the tot looking up at her mom adoringly. Serena started the day on a positive note, captioning the snap, “Good morning. Make today your best day. What is your morning like?”
Not seen in the photo was Serena’s husband, 38-year-old Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who the athlete began dating in 2015. The couple married in Nov. 2017 in a lavish New Orleans, Lousiana ceremony just months after welcoming baby girl Olympia that September. Serena explained how Alexis encourages her passions in 2019, telling Allure, “Alexis doesn’t dim my light. He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about.”
More recently, the pair walked the red carpet with the daughter Olympia at the King Richard premiere on Nov. 15. The film chronicles Serena and sister Venus Williams’ rise as two of the best tennis players of all time with the help of their father.
Serena and Alexis celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on Nov. 16. She paid tribute to him with an Instagram post full of touching moments. In the caption, the tennis ace wrote, “4 years later on this special day. I have so many fun memories. Stroll down memory lane with me. @alexisohanian here’s to making each day together special. Happy anniversary.”
Olympia was at mom’s side at the premiere of ‘King Richard’ on Nov. 15. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

The tech founder shared his own message to his love online, posting, “4 years ago you made me the happiest man in the world and our little family keeps me feeling more grateful every day. Nov 16 will always be a very special day for our family ♥️ happy anniversary @serenawilliams — thank you for bringing this joy named Olympia into our life even though you always fall asleep in the middle of our movie nights.”

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Konshens Reveals How New Album ‘Red Reign’ ‘Flipped The Switch’ On His Artistic ‘Complacency’

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Konshens Reveals How New Album ‘Red Reign’ ‘Flipped The Switch’ On His Artistic ‘Complacency’

With his new album, music superstar Konshens aimed to inspire others ‘to find the new soul of dancehall,’ but as he tells HL, he also was looking to inspire himself as well.

It’s hard to associate the word “complacent” with Konshens. The Kingston, Jamaica native burst on the dancehall scene in 2005 with the international hit, “Pon Di Corner.” All Music describes him as “prolific as both a solo artist and a contributor to other’s tracks,” and he boasts a massive credit list. Yet, Konshens used that word to describe himself in an interview with Dancehall magazine and that his new album, Red Reign, was a way to snap him out of it. “After achieving certain stages and achievements in their careers, artists can easily become comfortable and complacent,” he tells HollywoodLife. “I feel like I was starting to become that way until Covid-19 woke me up.”

The global pandemic has had a significant influence on music – postponing tours, shuttering venues, causing many release delays – but for Konshens, the worldwide catastrophe forced him to confront the truth that his time on this plane of existence is limited. “The pandemic inspired me to maximize my potential, the genre, and the culture because it can all be taken away in an instant,” he says. And so, he got to work on the batch of tracks that would make up Red Reign. For dedicated fans, Konshens believes it’ll have them thinking “he’s back,” as he returns to form after venturing into soca with 2020’s Soca Virgin. For new listeners, Red Reign may introduce them to their new favorite artist, as Konshens dips in and out of genre, with reggae, soca, Afrobeats, and other sounds that have been added to the equation. However — be you someone who’s been on this since day one or is coming late to the party — Red Reign reaffirms why Konshens is one of the hottest names in music today.

The album is also a personal triumph, as it represents Konshens reigniting his creative spark. “If you listen to the album, you can tell the difference in the mindset,” he tells HollywoodLife. “You can feel where I flipped the switch. If you listen to the entire album, you can tell the difference.” In an EXCLUSIVE interview, Konshens shared how Red Reign couldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the pandemic, how the album will leave fans “happy,” and why this record might be the best introduction to new fans. (Spoiler: It “has a lot of songs that are easy on the ear.”)

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HollywoodLife: You’ve just released Red Reign, your new album and follow-up to last year’s Soca album Soca Virgin. How does it feel to have this project out in the world to kick off “Season 4”?

It feels good to have it out. I have been working on it for a while now. I am excited by the positive feedback I have been getting. People have loved the diversity of the music. Every song has a unique vibe, so different people gravitate towards different songs. People are recognizing that a lot of thought was put into the project.

You said this album is an about-face, that you were “getting complacent.” What did you mean by that? How did you grow “complacent?”

After achieving certain stages and achievements in their careers, artists can easily become comfortable and complacent. I feel like I was starting to become that way until Covid-19 woke me up. It made me appreciate time and respect the blessings of life. The pandemic inspired me to maximize my potential, the genre, and the culture because it can all be taken away in an instant.

Is there a moment in Red Reign that represents the biggest change from this complacency? Like, is there a song that you pushed yourself hard on, one that saw you take things to the next level?

There isn’t a particular song, but if you listen to the album, you can tell the difference in the mindset. You can feel where I flipped the switch. If you listen to the entire album, you can tell the difference.

Red Reign features a handful of stars like Davido, Spice, Jesse Royal, and Kaelyn Kastle, to name a few. Were you surprised by any of these collaborations – like, did someone bring the fire to their verses, maybe made you do a double-take?

They all delivered. The album has a lot of songs that are easy on the ear, so it was easy for the artists to float on the beat. Everybody added their flavor. Jesse and Kaelyn definitely complimented the songs and took them to another level. Spice, the “Queen of Dancehall,” came into the project and did her thing. Everybody I worked with added something special to the album, and I appreciate all of their contributions.

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Do you think you could have made an album like Red Reign if the pandemic didn’t happen?

I don’t think so. I probably would have been too relaxed and fallen into old habits. It took a year to make, and it was a challenge because I challenged myself. If the pandemic didn’t happen, I probably would have made an album that sounded similar to my past work. The creative process of the pandemic helped me elevate myself as an artist even with all of the negativity that came with Covid-19.

You’ve been in the game for nearly two decades now. For those who have been with you since day one, how do you think Red Reign might surprise them?

I think they will be happy. It feels like “he’s back.” That is how I feel, and the people around me feel. I hope to bridge the gap between what is new and hot and the foundation of the culture. I wanted to inspire the producers and artists to find the new soul of dancehall.

Red Reign is out now.

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Adam Levine Debuts Rose Tattoo On His Face In New Photo Snapped By Behati Prinsloo

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The Maroon 5 vocalist’s wife shared a photo of his brand new ink, as the two relaxed and enjoyed some tequila.

New tattoo alert! Adam Levine seems to have hopped on the face tattoo trend and gotten a rose inked on his face. His wife, Behati Prinsloo, shared a photo of the 42-year-old Maroon 5 singer sitting in the back of a car with the new ink on full display on Tuesday November 30. The singer and model seemed like they were having a nice night out and drinking some Calirosa tequila.

Behati, 33, tagged her husband of seven years and Calirosa in her Instagram story. The former Voice coach was wearing a worn green sweater, and a pair of torn up jeans, as they sat in the car, and he held the bottle of tequila. The new rose tattoo is pretty simple, showing just a black design in the shape of the flower. In later stories, Behati reposted videos from Calirosa that showed the couple taking shots of the tequila.

The new face tattoo is far from Adam’s first. The “Girls Like You” singer is covered in tattoos on his chest, arms and neck. Some of his most well-known tats include having “California” tattooed over his stomach. He also already has a few other floral tattoos, like another delicate flower on his neck.

Adam’s new rose ink is only his latest tattoo. (Splashnews)

Adam was kept pretty busy this year with Maroon 5’s touring schedule, and he’ll hit the road with his band again at the end of the year for two Las Vegas shows on December 30 and 31. While the band undoubtedly gave fans plenty of unforgettable concerts on their “MMXXI” tour, there were a few hiccups along the way. He laughed as he had a first in the 20 years of Maroon 5’s career and forgot the words to their hit song “She Will Be Loved.” He didn’t seem to mind, as he joked to the audience about it. “It’s funny because I didn’t even need to admit it because you guys came with me on the journey,” he said. Unfortunately not every moment was as silly, Adam also looked pretty angry, when a fan ran onstage and gave him a hug in the middle of one show. Gotta respect those boundaries!

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