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This is part of a weekly series called “Pop! Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news.
The Lonely Island releases “YOLO”
Comedic group The Lonely Island reunited Saturday and released its first new video since Andy Samberg’s departure from “Saturday Night Live” in May. The video features Adam Levine, who hosted the show Saturday night, and Kendrick Lamar.
The new song “YOLO” is an advisory tune stressing the “real” meaning of the phrase. The group cautions that “You Oughta Look Out” through ridiculous, yet witty lyrics, warning us to “take a chill pill” and “ease off the throttle” because we do, in fact, only live once. Although before this video I wasn’t sure I could keep my sanity if I heard the phrase “YOLO” used again, (seriously, please stop), with hilarious lyrics like “wear titanium suits in case pianos fall on ya / and never go in saunas cause they’re crawlin’ with piranhas,” I can’t stop listening. And I don’t plan on it, at least until I get a hold of the group’s new album, slated to be released sometime this year.
Brown and Ocean’s beef over parking
Reports say that Chris Brown allegedly jumped Frank Ocean Sunday night over a parking spot outside of a recording studio in West Hollywood. The situation is being investigated, but Ocean wants charges filed, according to multiple sources.
This could end pretty badly for Brown, considering the rapper is on a five-year probation for the assault of girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. At this point, I can’t say I would feel sympathy for Brown if his probation were to be revoked. After these two incidents and a vulgar Twitter fight with comedian Jenny Johnson, he is proving to be a loose cannon. So is anyone really, truly surprised about this? Brown is involved in an assault charge? That’s just absurd, right?
“Girl Meets World” finds its star
“Girl Meets World,” the “Boy Meets World” spinoff, announced Tuesday that it has casted its starring role. Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley Matthews, will be played by 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard, who just happens to be one of the most adorable young girls I have ever seen. I must admit the previous announcement that one of my favorite childhood series would be receiving a makeover made me somewhat skeptical, but the more news that comes out, and the more I think about Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel on television together again, the more pumped I get. And I’m sure I speak for most fans of the popular ’90s series when I say now all that’s left to do is sit and wait for Rider Strong (Shawn), Will Friedle (Eric) and William Daniels (Mr. Feeny) to confirm appearances.
HIMYM confirms new season
CBS announced Wednesday that “How I Met Your Mother” is confirmed to return for a ninth and final season, and all of the cast is on board. As a HIMYM fanatic, I’m having an immense internal conflict with this news. A part of me is screaming inside, “Can we just meet the mother already?” However, another part of me is ecstatic the catchphrases and antics will continue. Although the writers have teased us for eight long seasons, we do have a couple of things to look forward to – Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) wedding, and an official finale where we, hopefully, meet Ted’s (Josh Radnor) mystery woman.