How Did Billie Eilish Stand on the Ceiling During Her ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performance?

If you’re familiar with Billie Eilish, you know she pushes interesting boundaries.

I’m not talking about sexual boundaries like Madonna or Lady Gaga, but more troubled, mysterious kinds of boundaries. And she was only 14 in 2015 when her first single, “Ocean Eyes,” dropped!

With her funky personal style and darkly twisted music, she’s become a phenomenon over the last three years. And honestly, there is no end in sight.

You may have caught her appearance on the opening episode of the new Saturday Night Live season, giving excellent performances of “Bad Boy” and “I Love You” (accompanied by her brother Finneas).

Did you miss her “Bad Boy?” performance? Well, she channeled Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” and the audience went nuts.

Here’s a snippet to explain:

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we on the walls n shit 🙃 @nbcsnl

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How did she do it?

She must be a witch or something.

Not quite. Cinematic trickery was used to make it appear she could walk on walls.

Here’s how it was done! Justin Theroux, who was in the audience videoed his perspective.

See how the stage moves, allowing Billie to walk the wall?

The camera remained fastened on the initial plane while the stage itself spun. The TV audience wasn’t privy to the behind-the-scenes view, but the in house audience was.

Here’s the full performance to gawk over!

Pretty neat and very appropriate for this particular musical genius.

If you’re dying for more Billie Eilish, look her up—you won’t regret it!

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14 Fun, Free Things to Do in New York City

love New York City. But it can be pricey, depending on what kind of traveler you are. Some folks want to dish out fistfuls of cash, go to Broadway shows, and eat at the nicest restaurants.

Other people, like me, prefer to experience NYC in the cheapest way possible. Sure, I’ll go out for a decent meal, but I also just like to wander around, people watch, and take in the sights and sounds in different neighborhoods.

Here are 14 things you can do for absolutely free in New York City if you happen to find yourself in that great city.

1. Explore the New York Public Library.

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2. Check out the galleries in Chelsea.

3. Of course, spend some time in Central Park.

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4. Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

5. Tour the Brooklyn Brewery for free.

6. Check out the different farmer’s markets in the city.

7. Take a walk on the High Line.

8. Watch the street performers (and tip them!).

9. Check out museums when they have free hours.

10. Go to the beach.

11. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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12. Join in on a free yoga class.

13. Find a free comedy show.

14. Cruise on the Staten Island ferry.

Got any other helpful (cheap) tips for traveling to the Big Apple?

Share them in the comments, please!

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Check out the Amazing Pop Culture Mashups from This Tattoo Artist

This guy is goooooooood.

If you’re not following a French tattoo artist Mat Rule on Instagram, do yourself a favor and do it immediately.

Rule specializes in taking pop culture characters and mashing them up with cartoon scenes and vice versa. They’re super impressive, and the detail on them is incredible.

Take a look. I think you’ll like what you’re about to see.

1. Alice in…wait a second….

2. Eminem and some M&Ms.

3. Lisa Simpson is always a good choice.

4. Marvin the Martian.

5. Half real/half cartoon coyote.

6. This one might be my favorite.

7. Crash Bandicoot.

8. This one is trippy.

9. Actually, this might be my favorite.

10. Pretty cool mash up.

11. Hockey tattoo for the win!

12. No mistaking that face.

13. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction.

14. The one and only Kurt Cobain.

15. Stallone in Cobra.

Pretty awesome, right?

Tell us what pop culture mashups you’d like to see in the comments below!

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When Beethoven first performed…

When Beethoven first performed his Ninth Symphony, as he couldn’t hear the rapturous applause it received due to his deafness, one of his singers approached him and turned him around so that he could see the standing ovation he was receiving.

This Woman Is 106-Years-Old and Has Been a Drummer for 80 Years

This 106-year-old lady is one of the most well-known drummers in the world — because she’s been doing it for 80 years.

Viola Smith was born in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, as one of ten kids. Her drumming career began in the 1920s when she formed a family band with six of her sisters, the Smith Sisters Orchestra. She later started the all-women orchestra The Coquettes with her sister, saxophonist Mildred.

Over the ensuing decades, Viola lived through several eras of music, including jazz, swing, rock and roll and beyond.

She appeared on the cover of Billboard, played on television with the swing orchestra Hour of Charm, and played with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, among a long list of other accomplishments. She even played for President Harry Truman’s inauguration in 1949.

Viola eventually formed her very own band called Viola and Her Seventeen Drums. After that, she took her talents to Broadway to perform for the original production of Cabaret.

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Now 106, Viola was still actively drumming until very recently. She even played in a band in Costa Mesa called Forever Young Band.

So how has she managed to stay active for so long? Well, Viola smoked, but only briefly. She also enjoys some wine, though she says, “I’m a drinker, but definitely always in moderation.”

Really she credits her long, healthy life in large part to her drumming, which helped her stay physically fit.

“It is very healthful; all that exercise…and I had tom-toms up here,” Viola told Syncopated Times, gesturing to above her shoulders.

What an impressive woman!

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Good Vibrations by The Beac…

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys was one of the most expensive songs in history. “The cost of recording was phenomenal: between $50,000 and $75,000.” It had used up 90 hours of tape from 17 separate recording dates with LA’s top sessioneer’s for the 3min 36secs song.

10 Facts That Just Might Send You Down a Long Rabbit Hole

There’s almost nothing more exciting than learning about new subjects and then doing a DEEEEP dive into them. It could be history, science, sports, pop culture, politics, etc.

It’s all fair game! And with the Internet, we literally have all the information in the world at our fingertips. That’s why Wikipedia was invented, right? So don’t waste that special opportunity!

Here are 10 facts that might pique your interest and send you down a path of new knowledge.

1. Now, that’s loud!

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2. Trailblazers

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3. Do you have this condition?

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4. Public Enemy #1

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5. Grimalkin

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6. Good use of resources

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7. Give it a shot!

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8. This is so bizarre

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9. Super Women

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10. Yes! Books rule!

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What do you think? You a little more motivated to learn about some new topics after looking over those facts?

I know I am!

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8 Musicians Who Really Don’t like Their Greatest Song

I’ve been at concerts and wondered whether artists die a little inside as they’re forced to perform their biggest hit night after night, even after they’ve grown and matured and moved on as a creator in the intervening years.

I mean…it’s probably hard for Billy Joel to hate Piano Man, since it’s still literally paying dividends, but he’s got to be tired of singing it, right?

Well, it turns out I’m not wrong – these 8 musicians would be thrilled to never hear or sing their greatest hit ever again.

8. Radiohead (Creep)

Thom Yorke called the song “crap” and still refuses to sing it regularly in live performances, while guitarist Jonny Greenwood says he tries to sabotage it when they do trot it out by “hitting the guitar hard – really hard.”

When one fan yelled out requesting it at a Montreal show, Yorke replied, “F*ck off, we’re tired of it.”

So there you go.

7. Flock of Seagulls (I Ran So Far Away)

Frontman Mike Score said on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s that he loathes the song, and performing it.

“Every time I perform live, everyone just wants to hear ‘I Ran.’ I’m sick of it.”

6. Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven)

Robert Plant pledged to donate to an Oregon radio station that refused to play the song, one he refers to as “that bloody wedding song.” The group even avoided a reunion simply because he’d had it with playing that particular song.

“I’d break out in hives if I had to sing that song in every show,” he said in 1988. And when the band played a concert in 2008, he demanded it not be the finale, and also for guitarist Jimmy Page to “restrain himself from turning the song into an even more epic solo-filled noodle.”

I can’t help but giggle a bit at that one.

5. John Cougar Mellencamp (Jack & Diane)

In a 2008 interview, Mellencamp admitted he was “a little weary of those two,” but he does recognize that the song made his career.

“I’ve been able to live on my whims, that’s what Jack and Diane gave me. So I can’t hate them too much.”

4. Madonna (Like a Virgin)

In a 2008 interview, Madonna admitted “I’m not sure I can sing ‘Holiday’ or ‘Like a Virgin’ ever again. I just can’t, unless somebody paid me, like, $30 million or something.”

Just a year later, she said that just hearing the song by happenstance rubs her the wrong way. “For some reason people think that when you go to a restaurant or you are going shopping that you want to hear one of your own songs. It’s usually ‘Like a Virgin,’ and that is the one I don’t want to hear.”

3. Oasis (Wonderwall)

Liam Gallagher praised Oasis’ final album for lacking anything akin to the huge hit, telling MTV “I can’t f*cking stand that f*cking song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag. You go to America, and they’re like: ‘Are you Mr. Wonderwall?’ You want to chin someone.”

2. Beastie Boys (Fight For Your Right)

They’ve said directly that the song “sucks” (in the liner notes for their 1999 greatest hits album) and dislike it largely because of a lost sense of its intended irony.

“The only thing that upsets me,” says Mike D, “is that we may have reinforced certain values of some people in our audience when our own values were actually totally different.”

1. REM (Shiny Happy People)

The 1991 hit isn’t near and dear to lead singer Michael Stipe’s heart – he said in 1995 “I hate that song,” and even though he’s tempered that statement since, still maintains that it has “limited appeal” and that the entire band agreed to leave it off their Greatest Hits album.

 

You don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you, but as an artist, I can see how it’s hard to be forced to keep looking back when all you want is to move forward. I know that the first novels I wrote feel like practice tests, now!

Do you think it’s selfish and dumb to hate your “best song?” Let us know in the comments!

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15 People Share What Celebrities They Think Would Be Outed as Serial Killers

First off, I think this would be a great movie. Secondly, who do you think you would pick if you were posed with this question:

“If the headline “Celebrity outed as serial killer” appeared, who would you expect it to be about?

AskReddit users offered up their opinions. I can’t wait to dig into these!

Share your thoughts in the comments!

1. Prime suspect

“It almost pains me to say this because he is one of if not the best actors in the world, but Daniel Day-Lewis. The man protects his privacy extremely well. Doesn’t do a lot of movies (retired now) and stays as clean as possible. He is the prime guy.”

2. No way!

“Bill Murray.

“No one will ever believe you.”

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“You’ll never have the chance to tell them.”

3. Not a good legacy

“I hope that Tom Hanks dies peacefully in his sleep at a grand old age, with an untarnished history and nothing but funny stories about colleagues and strangers he helped and made happy.

And then they go to clear out the basement of his mansion and just find hundreds and hundreds of human heads in various states of decay.”

4. Say it ain’t so

“Carrot Top.”

5. A killer trifecta

“The first names that popped in my head were Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Jim Carrey.”

6. A disturbed dick…

“Andy Dick… the dude is f*cking disturbed. Oh… he’s also a dick.”

7. I hope not. One of my favorite directors…

“David Fincher. Between Se7en, Zodiac, Mindhunter, and the rest of his entire filmography, he really seems fascinated with compelling serial killers, sociopaths, and psychopaths. The performances of these characters are always unique, captivating, and unnerving.

They have an air of authenticity to them. Fincher makes some great films, and I’m not seriously suggesting the dude’s a serial killer, but he’s probably the only famous person I can think of where, upon being revealed as a serial killer, a common first reaction would be, “…Yeah okay, that explains a lot.”

8. Might not be a stretch?

“Quentin Tarantino… just cause.”

9. It’s all in the eyes

“The Olsen twins. They got some menacing eyes.”

10. I think you’re right on the money

“There’s a distinct lack of female celebrities on this list. I definitely think Tilda Swinton could murder us all one day.”

11. Insane if he wants to

“Nic Cage. Have you seen the memes about the Ghost Rider movies having zero CGI and that it was all him? He can be insane if he wants to.”

12. A true villain

“Elon Musk is one face scar away from being a James Bond villain.”

13. Good old Woody

“Woody Allen. Anyone who marries their wife’s adopted young daughter is seriously creepy.”

14. Look at the track record

“Brad Pitt. If a man can leave both Angelina Jolie AND Jennifer Anniston he’s capable of anything.”

15. Can’t put my finger on it…

“Definitely Katy Perry. Something is off about her.”

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Post Malone Fans Think He Discovered Ozzy Osbourne After the Two Released a Song Together

Ugh, now I’m depressed.

This story really made me sad for the youth of today. I know that young people don’t always know the entertainers that came before them, but come on – it’s Ozzy Osbourne! The Prince of Darkness!

The singer of arguably the greatest heavy metal band of all time (Black Sabbath) who also had a killer solo career. Not mention The Osbournes?

Let’s run down just a selection of the hits from his solo career: Crazy Train, Mama I’m Coming Home, No More Tears, Mr. Crowley, Over the Mountain, Suicide Solution, I Don’t Know, Miracle Man.

I mean, the hits never stop.

But none of that matters, apparently, because a whole lot of people on the Internet think that singer Post Malone, who is 24 years, “discovered” this fella named Ozzy Osbourne, who is 70 years old, and then the two collaborated on a song together called “Take What You Want.”

A lot of other people, like me, were in complete disbelief that folks didn’t know about the legendary Ozzy and they had to sound off on Twitter.

I guess we should cut these youngsters some slack, but damn, this is pretty disappointing. Study up on your elders, kids! It’s important to know who blazed the trail for those artists you enjoy today.

And Ozzy is a legend. He’s done it all, seen it all, and, to be honest, it’s kind of shocking that he’s still roaming around Planet Earth based on all the insane things he did FOR YEARS.

Oh, here’s the song, by the way.

Shaking my damn head for days over this one…

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