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Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 1:52 PM
— Music industry icon Quincy Jones was incredibly candid in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture published Wednesday.
The 28-time Grammy award-winner spoke with New York magazine’s entertainment and culture website about Michael Jackson, dating Ivanka Trump, the current state of music and who he thinks killed John F. Kennedy, among a number of other topics.
Here are some of the juciest quotes from Jones’ chat with Vulture, which was edited and condensed from two conversations.
On Michael Jackson’s musicianship: “I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs. (Donna Summer’s) ‘State of Independence’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.
“Greedy, man. Greedy. ‘Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough’ — Greg Phillinganes wrote the C section. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.”
On The Beatles: “That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing (expletive). Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said, ‘Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour and a half and relax a little bit.’ So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer.
“Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, ‘George, can you play it back for me one more time?’ So George did, and Ringo says, ‘That didn’t sound so bad.’ And I said, “Yeah, (expletive) because it ain’t you.’ Great guy, though.”
On social issues of class, racism and sexism: “The rich aren’t doing enough. They don’t (expletive) care. I came from the street, and I care about these kids who don’t have enough because I feel I’m one of ’em. These other people don’t know what it feels like to be poor, so they don’t care.
“We’re the worst we’ve ever been, but that’s why we’re seeing people try and fix it. Feminism: Women are saying they’re not going to take it anymore. Racism: People are fighting it. God is pushing the bad in our face to make people fight back.”
On allegations against his friend, Bill Cosby, Brett Ratner and Harvey Weinstein: “It was all of them. Brett Ratner. Weinstein. Weinstein — he’s a jive (expletive). Wouldn’t return my five calls. A bully.”
On Donald Trump: “I used to hang out with him. He’s a crazy (expletive). Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. ...
“He doesn’t know (expletive). Someone who knows about real leadership wouldn’t have as many people against him as he does. He’s a (expletive) idiot.”
On dating Ivanka Trump 12 years ago: “She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”
On who killed John F. Kennedy: “(Chicago mobster Sam) Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.”
On today’s pop music: “It’s just loops, beats, rhymes and hooks. What is there for me to learn from that? There ain’t no (expletive) songs. The song is the power; the singer is the messenger. The greatest singer in the world cannot save a bad song. I learned that 50 years ago, and it’s the single greatest lesson I ever learned as a producer. If you don’t have a great song, it doesn’t matter what else you put around it.”
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:56 PM
— Elegant actress Jane Seymour is about to grace the pages of “Playboy” magazine at 67-years-old.
The former Bond girl took to social media Wednesday to share a modest photograph from her upcoming spread in the iconic men’s magazine.
“I’m thrilled to finally share this with you! I was recently photographed and interviewed in my home by Playboy,” Seymour captioned the image on Instagram.
“I open up about my career, my family, feeling better-than-ever at 67 and so much more,” she wrote.
I'm THRILLED to finally share this with you! I was recently photographed and interviewed in my home by Playboy. 🐰I open up about my career, my family, feeling better-than-ever at 67 and so much more! Click the link in my bio now to read the article! 😊And don't forget to catch me on "Let's Get Physical" tonight at 8:30|7:30c on @PopTV! 📷: @feaverish
This is the “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” star’s third spread in “Playboy.”
The legendary actress told the magazine that her age hasn’t diminished her confidence.
“I feel much sexier now than I ever did when I was younger” she said.
“Then I was like, ‘Oh gosh, I’m supposed to be sexy. What is that?!’ There’s an enormous freedom in having lived as long as I have,” she added. “Like my father used to say, I’m comfortable in my own skin.”
And there’s no doubt that she’s all natural.
“I haven’t done any surgeries or injections or anything. I haven’t done any of it,” she explained.
“So I still look like ‘me.’ Everyday I’m kind of tempted, but then I look at people I know and I don’t [recognize] them. I’m authentically being me. That’s important to me.”
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:36 PM
— Kylie Jenner may be one of many Snapchat users who isn’t happy about the app’s redesign.
The 20-year-old new mom asked her followers on Tuesday if anyone else no longer uses the app.
“So does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me,” she wrote. “Ugh this is so sad.”
sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018
Bloomberg reported that the timing of the tweet may have caused a drop in stock for Snap Inc., the company that owns Snapchat.
“Shares sank as much as 7.2 percent Thursday, wiping out $1.3 billion in market value, on the heels of a tweet from Kylie Jenner,” the publication said.
According to a Wednesday tweet from Reuters, the drop in Snap’s stock adds up to about $1.5 billion lost in market value.
Ten minutes after the first tweet, Jenner said she still has love for the app.
“Still love you tho snap,” she tweeted. “My first love.”
still love you tho snap ... my first love— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:51 PM
— Congratulations are in order for actress Rachel McAdams, who is reportedly expecting her first child.
E! News, citing several unnamed sources, reported that the 39-year-old actress is pregnant.
McAdams has not commented on the report, but she has been vocal about becoming a mother in the past.
“Having a few (kids) would be great,” she told People in 2009. “My mom is a great inspiration to me. She’s a nurse and very nurturing and gentle. She lets me be who I am. Hopefully I can take on those qualities and be as great as her.”
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:22 PM
— Quincy Jones is apologizing for the very frank remarks hes made in interviews with GQ and Vulture.
According to the music legend, his six daughters pulled him aside after reading his comments with the publications and showed him the impact of his words.
“I am an imperfect human and I’m not afraid to say it,” Jones wrote. “And I’m sorry and I’m not afraid to say it.
“When you’ve been fortunate enough to have lived such a long and crazy life (and you’ve recently stopped drinking – three years ago!), certain details about specific events (which do NOT paint the full picture of my intentions nor experiences) come flooding back all at once, and even at 85, it’s apparent that ‘wordvomit’ and bad-mouthing is inexcusable.”
Most of the people Jones spoke about in the sweeping Vulture interview -- Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando among them -- are dead, but Jones said he personally apologized to those he could.
“I’m sorry to anyone whom my words offended and I’m especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me and to those who aren’t,” he wrote.
In the GQ interview, published Jan. 29, Jones spoke about partying with Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra and criticized artists like Taylor Swift for not creating “great songs.”
Jones told Vulture The Beatles were poor musicians. He also made explicit remarks about the sex lives of Pryor and Brando. The Vulture interview was published Feb. 7.
Jones wrote, “One of the hardest things about this situation is that this bad-mouthing has contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality homophobia, poverty...you name it. And of course I don’t want that.
“I have already reached out to my friends privately, but when you live a public life, you have a responsibility to be an example, and since I do lead a public life, I wanted to make a public apology.”
Read Jones’ full statement below.