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Fans pit Chicago against Fleetwood Mac in Twitter debate



Chicago Performs At Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Twitter is having a very belated battle of the bands.

On Monday, Twitter user @Toffifay76 stirred up some hot internet drama by posing a question to her followers: “Fleetwood Mac or Chicago?”

The straightforward choice between the two beloved rock groups went viral, and has since racked up more than 1,700 likes and 4,200 responses.

“Chicago!!!!!” voted one enthused devotee of the “If You Leave Me Now,” and “You’re the Inspiration,” artists. “I know ppl will unfollow but I have always hated Stevie Nicks. Her voice is like a fog horn… Don’t @ me!!”

“Fleetwood Mac (BEFORE Buckingham & Nicks) was one of the three greatest English blues/rock guitar/guitarist song factories in history,” voted an opposing listener. 

Other Fleetwood fans determined that Chicago didn’t even deserve to be compared to the “Rumours” creators. 

“I’m not sure why this question [exists]. These two bands are not in the same league.. Fleetwood Mac! Ask which between Fleetwood Mac and Eagles. Those are the two!” tweeted one critic. 

In the end, Fleetwood did indeed get more votes — but not by a landslide. 

“Guys!!! I really have enjoyed the responses. Looks like: FM ~ 55%, Chicago ~ 45%, and others ~ 10%. That was a lot of fun,” @Toffifay76 tweeted Monday morning. 

This isn’t the first time Fleetwood Mac has gotten an exposure boost from social media recently: A viral TikTok clip of skater Nathan Apodaca drinking cranberry juice and longboarding to the group’s track “Dreams,” brought Fleetwood Mac a spike in sales beginning in September.

“Morning vibe,” skater Apodaca captioned the original video in which he glugs a large bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice while skating down a freeway and singing along with Stevie Nicks on the hit off of the group’s 1977 album “Rumours.”

Fleetwood Mac formally announced their approval of the clip, the band’s official Twitter account tweeting “We love this!” Mick Fleetwood himself even re-created the viral video. Apodaca later became a legend himself, appearing in a virtual parade after the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Musicians Keith Howland, Lou Pardini, Walfredo Reyes, Daniel de los Reyes, James Pankow, Ray Herrmann, Lee Loughnane, Brett Simons, Neil Donell and Robert Lamm of the classic rock band Chicago perform onstage at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Feb. 18, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California.

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Chicago Performs For SiriusXM Live From Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles

Lou Pardini, Keith Howland, Walfredo Reyes Jr., James Pankow, Ray Herrmann, Tris Imboden, Lee Loughnane, Jeff Coffey and Robert Lamm of Chicago attend Chicago performs for SiriusXM Live From Whisky a Go Go on June 5, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.

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Recording artists Lou Pardini, Keith Howland, Walfredo Reyes Jr. (seated on drum riser), James Pankow, Walter Parazaider, Lee Loughnane, Jason Scheff and Robert Lamm of Chicago perform onstage during the 2016 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Senior citizen ‘Granfluencers’ are making it rain on Instagram




Senior citizen 'Granfluencers' are making it rain on Instagram

They’re Instagrannies.

Shilling on social media is no longer just a young person’s game.

Web-savvy seniors called granfluencers are racking up thousands, even millions, of Instagram followers — along with mountains of money — by posting pics of themselves in scintillating outfits and other celeb-worthy snaps.


“Been stealing your man since 1928,” reads the tag line for the Instagram page of 92-year-old Helen Ruth Elam of Knoxville, Kentucky — known as baddiewinkle on the platform. In lieu of the usual knit sweaters and drab white Skechers, this glamorous grandma rocks an arsenal of flamboyant feather boas, bombastic sunglasses and other couture too colorful for an Andy Warhol painting.

First hitting the internet’s radar at the ripe old age of 85, the mother of one currently boasts 3.6 million Instagram followers and sponsorships that net her up to $9,815 per promo, the Daily Front Row reported.

Elam’s past sponsorships have included Amazon Echo Show 8, Svedka Vodka, LG, Canada Dry, Aussie, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Jack in the Box, Fashion Nova, Lisa Frank, INC.redible Cosmetics and many more, Daily Mail reported.

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Not to be outdone, 67-year-old Lyn Slater boasts almost 800,000 gawkers on the ‘Gram. The associate law professor at New York’s Fordham University achieved internet fame accidentally (hence her ‘Gram handle “accidental icon”) when photographers mistook her for a fashionista at a fashion event, AARP Disrupt Aging reported.

Today, Slater’s sponsored posts rake in almost $3K each, proving that while age is just a number, cash most certainly is not.

The sartorially minded sexagenarian has also been featured in countless international fashion magazines and even landed a contract with Elite Models London. Not bad along with reportedly holding a master’s in criminal justice and PhD in social welfare.

Most importantly, however, the inadvertent Insta-influencer wanted to become an example of aging gracefully.

“I think that as women get older, there is a difference in the kind of attention that you may receive,” Slater told AARP Disrupt Aging. “So I started paying more attention to the kinds of clothes I was wearing.

The Granfluencer concluded, “I always had a good personal style, but I began to use my clothes as more of a creative act as a way to express myself creatively in the world. I am in my 60s, and I am the most visible I have ever been in my entire life.”


Not all the golden girls of Instagram flaunt glitz and glamour. Swoll senior Joan MacDonald, 74, amassed 1.1. million Instagram followers — as well as oodles of workout gear and supplement sponsorships — by documenting her active lifestyle.

The inspiring content includes a clip of the the geriatric gym shark dead-lifting 175 pounds. Meanwhile, a mind-boggling before-and-after pic showcases how the fitness freak went from overweight to boasting the same weight and muscular physique as her daughter, who is a fitfluencer herself.

Many might be surprised that MacDonald never picked up a weight until a few years ago — which the Granfluencer credits to the fact that married women were discouraged from pumping iron until fairly recently.

“People think, ‘Oh, Grandma, what does she know?’” MacDonald told Glamour. “But you’d be amazed at what Grandma can do.”

Mr. Steal Your Grandma

Not one to let the ladies hog the social media spotlight, 59-year-old educator Irvin Randle generates upward of $1,000 for his swagtastic ‘Gram promos. Randle — aka Mr. Steal Your Grandma — was even featured on “The Wendy Williams Show.”

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Ronald Pickup, ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ star, dead at 80




Ronald Pickup, 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' star, dead at 80

Ronald Pickup, a UK actor best known for his roles in “The Crown” and “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” died Wednesday. He was 80.

Pickup’s agent told the BBC that the thespian “passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family. He will be deeply missed.”

The Chester native’s big break occurred in 1964 when he played an unnamed physician in “Doctor Who” episode “The Tyrant Of France.”

From there, Pickup went on to appear in a smorgasbord of films, including “The Day of the Jackal” (1973), the Bond flick “Never Say Never Again” (1982), and “The Mission” (1986). The Sony Award winner most notably played Neville Chamberlain in Winston Churchill biopic “Darkest Hour (2017)” and bachelor Norman Cousins in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012),” alongside dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. He reprised the role for the 2015 sequel.

On TV, Pickup memorably portrayed George Orwell in “Orwell On Jura” — his favorite part — and Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher in the acclaimed Netflix drama “The Crown.”

Pickup’s performances weren’t relegated to the big screen. The Shakespearean dramatist trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he later became an associate member, and worked with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre for seven years.

Pickup is survived by his wife Lans Traverse, whom he first met at RADA, as well as his daughter, Rachel, and son, Simon.

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‘Rugrats’ revival to include original voice actors




'Rugrats' revival to include original voice actors

Nickelodeon’s hit children’s show “Rugrats” is making a comeback — this time on Paramount’s new streaming service, the studio announced Wednesday.

The show — which previously ran for nine seasons over 13 years on Nickelodeon before being canceled in 2004 — will reprise its original cast in their roles, according to a report in Variety.

“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” President of Nickelodeon Animation Ramsey Naito said at Investor’s Day.

“Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”

Paramount Plus tweeted a sneak-peek for the show featuring Chuckie being antagonized by Angelica.

The trailer also revealed a new style of animation for the revival — which is slated to be a centerpiece of Paramount Plus’ (formally CBS All Access) launch later in 2021.

“Rugrats” won four daytime Emmy awards and six Kids Choice Awards during its original run, which began in 1991.

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