#SocialGathering: Drake Drops 'Views'; Usher's Naked Selfie
And Kim Kardashian's bizarre NSFW photos, explained.
Can't keep up with what's trending in the social media world? Fret not. Here, a gathering of what the stars have been up to this week on the World Wide Web.
Drake Releases Views (From the 6)
Drake finally dropped his fourth album, Views, late Thursday night. Fittingly enough, his hometown of Toronto welcomed his latest record with a temperature of 6 degrees Celsius — a number Drizzy often uses to refer to Toronto ("the 6"). In addition to a 20-track playlist, fans also were treated to a digital booklet featuring Drake's best Blue Steel moments — filled with pictures of the rapper doing everything from having deep thoughts in the backseat to getting room service while wearing matching PJs.
Usher Bares It All
U Got It Bad for Usher? Well, if you've been following the singer on Snapchat, it's likely you saw him strip down and bare it all for his fans on Thursday. You can check out the NSFW images here.
Lil' Kim Looks a Lil' Different
Lil' Kim had the Internet both baffled and outraged after she posted a selfie series on Instagram sporting a new do and, well, a new face. The star was unrecognizable to many of her longtime fans, who took to social media to mourn the loss of the icon's natural look from the late '90s.
Kim Kardashian's NSFW Black-and-White Instagram Photos
While attending a friend's wedding last Saturday night, Kim Kardashian caused a stir by posting 15 numbered, black-and-white photos of various body parts — without much explanation. Some fans believed Kardashian was attempting to steal Queen Bey's Lemonade spotlight, but Kardashian later clarified that hubby Kanye West simply had wanted to experiment with some "artsy" photos taken at various angles. Well OK, then.
Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid's Casual Birthday Celebration
Gigi Hadid turned 21 last Saturday, and you can bet her friends went all out for the festivities. But who takes the cake for most over-the-top present? That would be Taylor Swift, who flew the model to Coachella in her private jet and surprised her with a cake midair. Talk about a tough act to follow.
Barbra Streisand's Floral Pooch
Also celebrating her birthday this week was the woman, the myth, the legend Barbra Streisand, who may have received the most unique birthday present of all. Babs posted a photo on Instagram of a special gift from her sister-in-law: an antique stroller with a flower version of her dog, Sammie.
Happy Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Can you believe it's already been five years since Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot? Happy fifth anniversary, you crazy kids!
Vogue Debuts New App
In case you can't get enough of Vogue, the fashion bible has released a new app. And if there's anyone who can convince you to download it, it's Anna Wintour.
Prince Harry vs. the Obamas
There's a (Twitter) war going on between the royal family and America's head of state. It all started when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sent a message to Prince Harry to be "careful what you wish for" when it comes to the Invictus Games, which the prince founded in 2014 for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. In response, Harry recorded his own mic-drop moment — with a cameo from grandma Queen Elizabeth II. We'll just have to see how it all goes down May 8-12 in Orlando, Fla.
Rachel Roy, Rita Ora Declare Innocence in the Wake of "Becky" Controversy
After dropping her visual album, Lemonade, on Sunday night, Beyonce had the world wondering, "Who's Becky?!?" Well, according to Rachel Roy and Rita Ora, it's neither of them. After incurring threats over social media, both figures were forced to publicly address the claims that either of them were Jay Z's "side chick." And the hunt for Becky continues.
I never usually address tabloid gossip but let me be clear, these rumours are false.— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 26, 2016