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Discovery sets debut for Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia app



Discovery sets debut for Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia app

Discovery is betting big on “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The broadcasting giant behind The Food Network, HGTV and Animal Planet is set to debut its Magnolia streaming app on July 15, ahead of a Magnolia TV channel that’s slated to launch in January 2022.

“Chip and Joanna represent a real window for people in America to engage with because the Magnolia brand is so broad,” Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav told The Post in a Thursday interview.

“Magnolia will be a full immersive experience,” Zaslav added. “It will be a place where you can go take a workshop on how to build a deck or how to arrange a flower bouquet.”

Zaslav said the connection that the home improvement stars make with customers is particularly important now as Americans are still dealing with the pandemic and focusing on the home and family.

“In some ways it’s back to basics like we are all in quarantine,” he said. 

Subscribers of Discovery+, the company’s new $4.99-a-month-streaming service, which includes content from its various networks, have already had a taste of Magnolia with 25 hours of entertainment.

The streaming service, which launched on Jan. 4, includes episodes of the “Fixer Upper” reboot, “Fixer Upper Welcome Home,” a new cooking series; “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines;” and “Courage to Run,” which chronicles a fortuitous meeting that inspired Chip to train for and compete in his first marathon.

When Magnolia launches in July, Discovery+ customers will get a full slate of content from the channel, including up to 150 hours of content, workshops and e-commerce.

The Magnolia app will also have a free version, but content such as workshops and originals will not be included, the company said.

According to Zazslav, Discovery is “marrying” Discovery+ with Magnolia in order to maximize subscribers numbers. Discovery has not yet released subscriber numbers for its new streaming service, but it will give its first glimpse on Feb. 22 when it reports fourth-quarter earnings, the firm said. 

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Grammy performers for 2021 revealed: See who’s playing




Grammy performers for 2021 revealed: See who's playing

Here we go: Yet another awards show-concert to watch on your couch at home.

On Sunday, the Grammys announced its lineup of performers for the 2021 show, which is set to air March 14 at 8 p.m. on CBS, hosted by Trevor Noah. The long list includes Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift.

Among the performers, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift are also nominated for awards with six nods each.

Swift, who has been in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn since 2017, previously dated Styles. The former One Direction singer, 27, is now dating Olivia Wilde, 36.

The Recording Academy did not reveal whether performances will be live or pre-taped in the Sunday announcement, but did make note that the show “will pay tribute to the independent venues, which have been greatly impacted by the pandemic.”

“From bartenders to box office managers, those who work day-to-day at the Troubadour (Los Angeles), The Hotel Café (Los Angeles), the Apollo Theater (New York City), and The Station Inn (Nashville) will present various categories throughout the night,” the Academy said.

Music’s big night was set to be held on Jan. 31, but — like many awards shows this season — was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the Grammys’ move to March 14 caused a conflict with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were set to air the same night. The SAGs have since been rescheduled to April 4.

Clive Davis, who was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, postponed the second half of his annual party, setting the “pre-Grammy gala” for May — nearly two months after the actual show.

Sources told Variety that much of the 2021 show will be held outside at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with the usual venue, the Staples Center, in the background. There will be no audience and limited media at the live red carpet with performers and presenters, according to the report, which also revealed many performances will likely be pre-recorded.

Nominees were announced in November and include Beyoncé — who led the pack, as well as Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone and more.

Nominations proved to be somewhat scandalous this year as The Weeknd lashed out for being snubbed by the Recording Academy despite his album, “After Hours,” having two No. 1 hits: “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights.”

“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he tweeted in November.

After he rocked a much-talked-about Super Bowl performance, though, The Weeknd seemed to back off, telling Billboard in January that the Grammys “mean nothing” to him.

“I personally don’t care anymore,” the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, said. “I have three Grammys, which mean nothing to me now, obviously. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I want the Grammy!’ It’s just that this happened, and I’m down to get in front of the fire, as long as it never happens again.”

The academy later said it was because it was unsure which genre his music fell under.

Still, The Weeknd said it felt like a “sucker punch.”

“It just kind of hit me out of nowhere,” he told Billboard. “I definitely felt … I felt things. I don’t know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers.”

“Like, ‘What happened?’ We did everything right, I think,” he continued. “I’m not a cocky person. I’m not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me. Like, ‘This is it; this is your year.’ We were all very confused.”

Justin Bieber also felt snubbed — despite earning an impressive four Grammy Award nominations for his fifth studio album, “Changes” — since he believes his album was wrongfully mistaken as a Pop album rather than an R&B anthology.

The Recording Academy also came under fire when it announced that Taylor Swift‘s re-recorded albums will be eligible for Grammys, prompting to Twitter to call it “greedy.”

But beyond nominations, Tiffany Haddish found herself swept up in Grammy drama when the show offered her a non-paid hosting gig, in which she’d have to pay for her hair, makeup and wardrobe. After she declined, the Academy apologized.

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Queen leads TV special praising ‘dedication of duty’ before Harry & Meghan sit-down




Queen leads TV special praising ‘dedication of duty’ before Harry & Meghan sit-down

She kept calm and carried on.

Queen Elizabeth II led the royal family in their own pre-recorded TV special Sunday — just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s potentially explosive Oprah interview was due to air in the US — and praised those committed to a “selfless dedication of duty.”

The 94-year-old queen did not mention the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in her pre-emptive TV special — during which she heralded unity, also.

In the special — titled “A Celebration for Commonwealth Day,” which is Monday — the monarch said of the coronavirus pandemic, “We have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other” — while hailing “stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty.

“We have all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experiences and knowledge that working together brings,” she said.

“And I hope we shall maintain this renewed sense of closeness and community.”

Prince Charles, joined by other royals including his elder son and heir, Prince William, also broadcast a tribute to the courage shown by people throughout the Commonwealth in response to the pandemic.

The pre-recorded message — airing 8 hours before the potentially damaging Oprah special on CBS — was immediately followed by a performance of the Bob Marley classics “One Love” and “Three Little Birds,” with its fitting refrain of “don’t worry about a thing … ’cause every little thing’s gonna be all right.”

Meanwhile, the Sussexes remain in their swanky mansion in California and have reportedly “cheesed off” the monarchy with their Oprah tell-all.

The Palace has said the date for the airing of the Commonwealth event was set “weeks ago,” according to Vanity Fair, while Oprah Winfrey revealed in mid-February she was interviewing Meghan and Harry.

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Drake’s ‘Scary Hours 2’ sparks Kim Kardashian rumors




Drake's 'Scary Hours 2' sparks Kim Kardashian rumors

Is Drake being ‘Scary’ honest?

The singer dropped three new songs Friday morning as part of his latest release, “Scary Hours 2.” 

But fans of the 34-year-old Canadian crooner are now wondering if his new music is all part of his long-standing beef with Kanye West, 43.

Drizzy’s trifecta of new songs, “What’s Next,” “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” and “Wants and Needs,” come as a highly acclaimed sequel to his first “Scary Hours” album which dropped in 2018. For this new edition to the anthology, Drake tapped rappers Rick Ross and Lil Baby to bless the EP with their lyrical talents. 

As for his flow, Drake, true to form, laces his latest verses with emotional innuendos and double entendres. 

But cyberspace sleuths with keen ears for shade have taken to Twitter, suspecting the OVO frontman of confirming a hookup with Kanye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian. 

Yeah, I probably go link to Yeezy I need me some Jesus / But as soon as I start confessin’ my sins, he wouldn’t believe us,” Drake raps on song “Wants and Needs.”

“Did Drake basically confess to hittn Kim on wants and needs??” one fan tweeted. 

“Drake basically admit he smashed Kim and told kanye,” added another. 

No stranger to alluding to his issues with Kanye, nor his alleged past with Kim, Drake previously suggested he and the 40-year-old “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star shared a romance on his 2018 track “In My Feelings.”

Following its release, Kanye digitally confronted Drake in a scathing series of videos. 

So far, Ye has yet to comment on Drake’s latest insinuations. 

Regardless of anyone’s feelings on the thinly veiled sub diss, fans are totally feeling “Scary Hours 2” as a whole. 

In addition to bars, Drake dropped a music video for “What’s Next;” however, Drake’s devotees are still waiting for visuals for “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” and “Wants and Needs.”

His long-awaited “Certified Lover Boy” album was set to take over streaming platforms in January; however, he pushed the release date in order to recover from surgery. 

“I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” he said in an Instagram update. 

“I’m blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t dropping in January. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021.”

As for now, “Scary Hours 2” is available via Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. 

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