Kanye West deletes tweets about meeting Donald Trump

Cast your mind back to Trump Tower on 13 December 13 2016 – Donald Trump emerges in his lobby with Kanye West.

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The then president-elect told reporters they were meeting as “just friends” – but the rapper was less chatty.

In a series of tweets Kanye then explained they had met to “discuss multicultural issues” – but those posts have now been deleted.

He faced criticism for the meet, including from John Legend who described it as a “publicity stunt”.

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West has previously said he would run for president in 2020 and told an audience that if he had voted in November’s election he would have picked Donald Trump.

At the gig in San Jose, some fans booed him and threw items on stage.

He also asked for people to “stop focusing on racism”, saying: “This world is racist, ok. Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. We are in a racist country – period.”

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Meanwhile King Myers, who’s signed to West’s music label, has released Propaganda, an anti-Trump anthem.

https://twitter.com/RealKingMyers/status/828270479991521281?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Kanye produced it, and it calls for the president to be impeached…how times have changed.

The Kylie Minogue vs Kylie Jenner trademark battle

The Kylie Minogue vs Kylie Jenner trademark battle

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Kylie Minogue has released fragrances, furniture and clothes with her trademarks on them

A trademark battle between Kylie Minogue and Kylie Jenner appears to have come to an end.

Jenner, who first shot to fame in the US reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, has been trying to trademark the name Kylie in the US.

But she has been blocked by the veteran Australian pop star Minogue, best known for hits such as I Should Be So Lucky and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.

After a long and heated battle, the Kylies may have reached a settlement.

How did this all begin?

According to papers filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in April 2015 Jenner attempted to register the mark “KYLIE” in the US for “advertising services” and “endorsement services”.

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Ms Jenner is the younger half-sister of Kim Kardashian

In response, Minogue’s team filed their opposition in February 2016, citing possible confusion and “damage” to Minogue’s branding.

They noted Minogue was an “internationally renowned performing artist, humanitarian and breast cancer activist” who already owns Kylie-related trademarks in the US in several industries, as well as the website www.kylie.com.

Jenner, on the other hand, was dismissed as a “secondary reality television personality” who had drawn criticism for her “photographic exhibitionism and controversial posts” on social media.

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In February 2016 Minogue tweeted this message, shortly after her team filed its opposition

The case was suspended at least twice in 2016 for settlement negotiations.

So which Kylie came out on top?

On 19 January Minogue’s team withdrew its opposition, which means Jenner’s application could proceed.

This raises the possibility that they agreed to a settlement.

The BBC approached both sides, but Jenner’s lawyers declined comment, and Minogue’s team did not respond. The USPTO does not comment on individual cases.

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Kylie Jenner, who is known for her full-looking lips, released a range of lip glosses last year

But meanwhile Jenner appears to have conclusively lost another battle – to trademark her full name.

In November 2015, Jenner’s lawyers separately tried to trademark the name “KYLIE JENNER” for a long list of clothing and accessories. But this was rejected in July last year.

On 23 January, Jenner’s team appealed against this decision.


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What is at stake in this battle?

Last year, Jenner launched a line of cosmetics called KYLIE.

According to her latest appeal, she wants to eventually have “KYLIE JENNER” branded clothing as well as loungewear, swimwear, and underwear.

Meanwhile, Minogue owns “KYLIE” and other similar trademarks in perfumes and toiletries, music and sound recordings, live entertainment, jewellery, dolls and toys, and printed matter such as magazines and books.

So far, Minogue has released fragrances, furniture and clothes with her trademarks on them.

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In 2007 Minogue launched her fragrance line which is registered in the US as Kylie Minogue Darling

She also had previously said in interviews she intends to one day produce a musical featuring her greatest hits, and owns the US trademark for “Lucky: The Kylie Minogue Musical”.

But it’s more than that. Since the 1980s, Kylie Minogue has never had to go by any other name but Kylie, and her team has argued it’s a fundamental part of the pop diva’s identity.

Even with a possible settlement, what the battle shows is that at the very least brand KYLIE is not won without a fight.

Reporting by the BBC’s Tessa Wong, Kevin Ponniah and Jay Savage.

Rio Ferdinand ‘yet to grieve properly’ for late wife

Rio Ferdinand ‘yet to grieve properly’ for late wife

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Ferdinand is now a TV pundit and restaurant owner

Former footballer Rio Ferdinand will be shown discussing the death of his wife in a BBC One documentary about parents who lose their partners.

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In Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, to be shown this spring, the father of three will open up about losing wife Rebecca to breast cancer in 2015.

“I don’t think I’ve grieved properly,” the former England captain will be heard saying in the programme.

“I’ve not given myself that time to sit down and really flush everything out.”

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The former footballer married Rebecca Ellison in 2009

Alison Kirkham, controller of factual commissioning and events, praised the 38-year-old for participating in a “revealing and immensely personal documentary exploring the complexities of grief”.

She said the “candid” hour-long film would offer audiences “an intimate exploration of the ways in which men similarly bereaved cope with their loss.”

Ferdinand, who retired in 2015, spent 12 years at Manchester United and won 81 caps for his country.

He and Rebecca Ellison married in 2009 and had three children together.


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Chas & Dave singer Chas Hodges diagnosed with cancer

Chas & Dave singer Chas Hodges diagnosed with cancer

  • 6 February 2017
  • From the section UK

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The 73-year-old will start treatment immediately

Chas Hodges – lead singer of “rockney” duo Chas & Dave – has been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.

The 73-year-old is starting treatment immediately, meaning a number of the act’s upcoming shows will be cancelled.

A statement on Facebook said the illness had been caught “at an early stage”, so the pair hoped to be “back out on the road” soon.

Chas & Dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the 1970s and 80s with hits including Rabbit and Snooker Loopy.

They also performed two FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC, including Ossie’s Dream in 1981, which reached number five in the charts.

Concerts postponed

“Chas recently underwent hospital tests which revealed cancer of the oesophagus,” the Facebook statement read.

“Luckily this has been spotted at an early stage and he’ll be undergoing treatment immediately.

“Apologies to ticket holders for the inconvenience. The venues themselves will advise regarding rescheduling/refunds.”

Performances at Potters Bar, Norwich and in Milton Keynes on February 17, 18 and 19 will need to be rescheduled, the statement said.

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Hodges and Peacock opened for Led Zeppelin in 1979

Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock both grew up in north London and have been performing together since the 1970s.

Before forming their act, Peacock had played in a number of bands, backing Jerry Lee Lewis and opening for the Beatles.

Together they became famous in their own right, with a number of top 20 hits.

They have also played Glastonbury and opened for Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in 1979.

They took a brief hiatus in 2009 following the death of Peacock’s wife of 36 years, Sue, from lung cancer.

Super Bowl trailers whip up fan anticipation

Super Bowl trailers whip up fan anticipation

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Besides Lady Gaga’s half-time show and the game itself, Sunday’s Super Bowl also saw a host of movie blockbusters tout their wares during the ad breaks.

Cars flew in a preview of the latest Fast and the Furious instalment, while Zac Efron sported Stars and Stripes underpants in a brief Baywatch tease.

A zombie seagull appeared in a “spot” for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

And Netflix revealed the next Stranger Things series will debut at Halloween.

There were also starry product adverts featuring Justins Bieber and Timberlake and Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the treats that TV viewers in the US and Canada saw.

Stranger Things

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Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is seen dressed as a Ghostbuster in the trailer

Though not officially trailing a movie release, Netflix’s promo for the second series of its 1980s sci-fi series is already generating blockbuster levels of excitement.

Beginning with footage from a vintage waffle commercial, the teaser features the show’s juvenile heroes dressed as Ghostbusters and a brief glimpse of a giant spider creature.

The adverts ends with a giant “2” appearing over the Stranger Things logo, followed by the single word “Halloween”.

“I am STUPID excited about Stranger Things going Full Lovecraft,” wrote one excited Twitter user.

Fast and Furious 8 (US title: The Fate of the Furious)

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Charlize Theron appears alongside series regular Vin Diesel in the latest Fast and Furious film

A submarine, a tank and a giant wrecking ball add up to a whole lot of mayhem in the promo for the eighth Fast and the Furious film.

The “big game spot” also sees cars tumble out of buildings, plunge underwater and race through New York’s Times Square.

Charlize Theron, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Britain’s Jason Statham all feature in a promo that promises “the rules have changed” this time around.

Not so much, though, to preclude a leering shot of young ladies’ gyrating bottoms.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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‘Rocket Racoon’ and ‘Baby Groot’ are among the film’s unconventional heroes

Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain provides a propulsive backdrop to the trailer for the latest offering from the Marvel Studios.

It begins with a new character – played by The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki – asking: “Just who in the hell do you think you are?”

The promo then sets about re-introducing Chris Pratt’s Star Lord, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and the rest of the film’s band of unconventional superheroes.

Just in case we don’t get the message, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Racoon rams it home by announcing: “Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy!”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Javier Bardem (centre) plays a ghostly pirate called Capitan Salazar

The late Johnny Cash is the unseen star here, growling his posthumous version of Ain’t No Grave (Can Hold My Body Down).

It’s a fitting accompaniment to a trailer that features zombie sailors walking on water, zombie sharks marauding beneath it and the aforementioned undead seagull.

Johnny Depp – caked in mud and carrying a bottle of rum – makes a relatively late appearance as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Confusingly, the fifth instalment in the series will be released on these shores as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.

Transformers: The Last Knight

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The film series is inspired by characters from the Hasbro toy range

You wouldn’t normally expect a trailer for a Transformers film to begin with Sir Anthony Hopkins musing on the giant robots’ origins.

“You want to know, don’t you? Why they keep coming here – to Earth,” his sepulchral tones intone, accompanied by a ghostly chorister.

It’s not long, though, before things default to more traditional scenes of helicopters exploding, automatons duelling and Mark Wahlberg firing a rocket launcher.

According to director Michael Bay: “There’s never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie.”

Baywatch

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Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson (centre) play the leads in the big-screen spin-off

“While you’re watching the game, they are watching the bay!” growls the voiceover to the promo to the spin-off to the TV series.

The self-referential tone continues with a character looking at an approaching blonde woman and wondering: “Why does she always look like she’s running in slo-mo?”

But the biggest gag is saved to the end when Zac Efron rips off some tracksuit bottoms, revealing a pair of briefs adored with the American flag.

“What are you wearing?” asks Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – yes, him again – to which Efron responds: “Freedom!”


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Lady Gaga dives into Super Bowl history

Lady Gaga dives into Super Bowl history

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The star performed aerial stunts throughout the first half of her set

She jumped off the roof of Houston’s NRG stadium and bathed in the light of hundreds of drones – but Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl show was fairly restrained… by her standards.

The star only changed costume twice, letting her music do the talking in a 12-minute, hit-laden set.

She opened with Woody Guthrie’s civil rights anthem This Land Is Your Land, a gentle but pointed rebuke to the Trump administration; which she reinforced by performing Born This Way – her hymn to acceptance and inclusion.

“No matter black, white or beige… I was born to be brave,” she sang to an expected US TV audience of 110 million.

But Gaga refrained from overt sermonising, simply saying: “We’re here to make you feel good” (and, later on, “hello mum”).

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Gaga’s vocals were impeccable throughout the show

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She only performed one song from her current album, Joanne

Ahead of the Super Bowl, the star said her show would be “inclusive” and celebrate “the spirit of equality”. Sponsors Pepsi simply said it would be “uniquely Gaga“.

And, while she didn’t hatch from an egg (as at the 2011 Grammy Awards) or smear herself in blood (2009’s Monster Ball tour), it was certainly spectacular.

Gaga first appeared 79 metres above the crowd, as a swarm of drones hovered behind her; twinkling in the sky before adopting the colours of the stars and stripes during Woody Guthrie’s left-wing anthem.

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” said the star, who promptly did a swan-dive from the roof, landing on a towering, torch-like structure several storeys below.

There, she launched into a dizzying medley of hit singles including Poker Face, Just Dance and Telephone, backed by an army of dancers.

Her vocals were strong and resonant throughout – although the intricate choreography left her out of breath for the set’s sole ballad, Million Reasons.

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The show had taken months to plan

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Lady Gaga ties with Katy Perry as the youngest female artist to headline the half-time show: Both were 30 when they performed

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Stage hands had just seven minutes to construct the elaborate set

Fans who flooded the pitch were given torches that flashed in time to the music, spelling out lyrics and making elaborate, co-ordinated patterns.

BBC Sport presenter Mark Chapman revealed that the entire stadium – including his commentary booth and the public toilets – had been plunged into darkness to make the visuals work on television.

Gaga ended the set with Bad Romance, backed by 40 dancers, dressed in blinding white costumes inspired by American Football uniforms.

Finishing the show atop a staircase, Gaga shouted “Super Bowl 51,” dropped her microphone and jumped into the crowd holding a glittery silver football.

“This is for you Monsters,” the star tweeted to her fanbase. “I love you.”

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Gaga was backed by 40 dancers for Bad Romance

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Gaga posed on the field during the build-up to the clash between the Patriots and the Falcons

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She also found time to take a selfie from the centre of the stadium

The last time the Super Bowl was held in Houston the half time performer was Janet Jackson, whose infamous “wardrobe malfunction” made the NFL wary of hiring young, edgy pop stars for several years.

Gaga posed no such problems, taming her worst excesses to deliver a streamlined, spectacular show that reminded many fans why they love her.

And while her performance lacked the political punch of Beyonce last year; or even a gif-able meme like Katy Perry’s “left shark”, there wasn’t a single mis-step or misfiring moment.

The star was invited to play the half time show after singing the National Anthem at the 50th Super Bowl in California last year.

She said she had studied the greats (name-checking Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen) before beginning work on her show in September.

“I want every guy’s girlfriend in his arms; I want every husband and wife kissing; every kid laughing,” she told Radio Disney last year.

“In my mind they’re having this really powerful family experience watching the Super Bowl.”

According to CNN, the drone light show required special permission from the Federal Aviation Authority – which had established a 34.5-mile-radius “no-drone zone” around the stadium during the game for safety and security reasons.

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