Parents Of Teen Who Defaced Egyptian Artifact Apologize


The graffiti on an Egyptian carving at the 3,500-year-old Luxor Temple reads:


The graffiti on an Egyptian carving at the 3,500-year-old Luxor Temple reads: “Ding Jinhao was here.”

The parents of a Chinese teenager are not happy. Their 15-year-old
son was found to have defaced an Egyptian artifact at the
3,500-year-old Luxor Temple.

What’s more, he did it using the
most mundane of markings: Using what appears to be chalk, the boy wrote:
“Ding Jinhao was here.”

According to CNN, another Chinese tourist saw the markings and uploaded a picture to the Chinese social network Weibo.

“The saddest moment in Egypt,” the tourist wrote. “I’m so embarrassed that I
want to hide myself. I said to the Egyptian tour guide, ‘I’m really
sorry.’ “

Within days, Internet sleuths traced the scrawl to Ding in Nanjing.

China Daily reported yesterday that when his parents got wind of the vandalism, they issued an apology.

“We want to apologize to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid
attention to this case across China,” the boy’s mother is quoted as

China Daily says
high-profile cases like this have triggered a new “tourism law” in
China. It is scheduled to take effect in October and “will force some
Chinese tourists to behave properly at tourist sites”

Xinhua explains:

“Leaving graffiti is common among Chinese tourists, damaging historic sites and demonstrating poor education and behavior.

“Yasser Hamed, the Egyptian tourist guide who led the tour on which Shen Yuwen
discovered Ding’s graffiti, said the boy may have noticed similar
graffiti left as long ago as the early 20th century on the temple’s
walls, and thus may not have realized the gravity of his act.

“The tourist guide who led Ding’s group should also be blamed for not stopping such graffiti, according to Hamed.”

 : NPR

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The Most Overlooked Places to Clean in Your Home


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Your bed is always made, toilet bowl polished, and coffee table styled just so, but is your house really
clean? Filth can quietly build up in unexpected places, from the decor
to the appliances. Read on to discover the most overlooked spots to
clean — and to learn how you can get them back in tip-top shape.

  • Coffeemaker
  • If your morning java is starting to taste funky, it’s probably
    because your coffeemaker is in need of a cleaning. Hard-water deposits
    and brewing residue can take over your machine if you don’t wash it
    every month or so by running a 50-50 mix of white vinegar and water
    through the brew cycle. Turn off the machine halfway through brewing,
    and let it sit for an hour before turning it back on to complete the
    cycle. Then run fresh water through it a few times until the vinegar
    smell is gone. The carafe and filter can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

  • Throw Pillows
  • You know it’s important to clean your bedroom pillows, but what about
    those stylish throw pillows on your sofa? Whether you’re using them to
    prop up your feet after a long day or rest your head during a Netflix
    binge, they’re collecting the same (if not more) dead skin, dust mites,
    and filth. Be sure to run the vacuum’s upholstery attachment over
    pillows when cleaning the living room, and remove pillow covers for
    periodic laundering according to the care instructions.

  • Kitchen Trash Can
  • Is that foul odor lingering even after you take the trash out? It
    could be leftover food debris and bacteria that have made their way into
    the trash can. Get it clean by hosing out any gunk before spraying with
    a disinfectant and an odor-eliminating product and giving it a thorough
    scrub down.

  • Curtains and Upholstery
  • They might look clean to the naked eye, but curtains and upholstery
    trap everything from pollen and dust mites to bacteria and mold. Take
    the vacuum to them regularly, and for especially dirty fabrics, check
    the label to see if washing or professional cleaning is an option.

  • Dishwasher
  • This one might seem counterintuitive, but even dish-cleaning machines
    require cleaning. Dishwashers get clogged with food debris, soap scum,
    hard-water deposits, and even mold. Start by cleaning out the filter of
    the dishwasher — yes, your dishwasher has a filter, and if this is the
    first time you’re learning of it, odds are yours is clogged with old
    food particles — and then run a heavy-duty cleaning agent through the
    wash cycle. We’re partial to baking soda bombs.

  • Bathroom Decor
  • From the cup you hold your toothbrush in to the glass jars atop the
    toilet, you would be surprised how bacteria spreads around the bathroom.
    Give all your bathroom accessories a good antiseptic rubdown when
    you’re cleaning the bathroom.

  • Washing Machine
  • If you’ve ever noticed that your clothes smell less than fresh after
    being washed, then it’s probably time to clean your washing machine.
    With all the water and damp clothes that go through them, these machines
    are especially susceptible to mold and mildew. You can clean your washing machine by running a mix of white vinegar and baking soda through the hottest cycle available.

  • Knobs, Handles, and Switches
  • Based on the number of dirty hands grabbing at them, knobs, handles,
    and light switches seem like an obvious place to disinfect, but they’re
    frequently overlooked. Don’t forget to address these bacteria hot spots
    when wiping down places like the kitchen and bathroom.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Begins Production; Features Ant-Man & General Ross

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If the recent series of Captain America: Civil War casting announcements and leaked promotional art
didn’t make it clear, Marvel’s next big ensemble feature is beginning
production right now. Shooting is underway for the first chapter of
Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Atlanta, Georgia – and the
shoot will extend to locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.

The timing capitalizes on the buzz of Marvel Studios’ largest project to date, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which finally released in North American theaters this weekend, setting the stage for Civil War (with July’s Ant-Man bridging the gap). That’s an important bridge film, since Ant-Man himself (Paul Rudd) is officially confirmed to return in Civil War alongside a lengthy cast list of familiar characters, including one we’ve not seen on screen since 2008…

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NOTE: The following contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron concludes (read our ending explained post here!)
with the team’s roster undergoing some changes. Hawkeye is living with
his family, Thor returns to Asgard, Tony Stark “taps out” of field duty,
and Hulk runs away. Filling in for them are Scarlet Witch, Vision, War
Machine and Falcon – all of whom return for Captain America: Civil War.

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cast members Daniel Bruhl and Martin Freeman are also listed but their
roles remain under Marvel’s veil of secrecy, even if we know the former
is playing Baron Zemo and the latter, potentially Everett Ross. The most interesting casting addition however, the one big surprise of the group is the return of The Incredible Hulk’s
General Ross, played again by William Hurt – a welcome addition that
helps solidifies that Hulk movie in the MCU. Does that mean Bruce Banner
(Mark Ruffalo) could show up in some small capacity even if not listed?

  • Chris
    Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age
    of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain
  • Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon
  • Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as The Vision
  • Jeremy Renner (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  • Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine
  • Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Godzilla”) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Paul
    Rudd (“Ant-Man,” ”Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) will make his
    first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  • Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Get on Up”) as T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Emily VanCamp (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Revenge”) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13
  • Daniel Brühl(“Inglourious Basterds,” “Bourne Ultimatum”)
  • Frank Grillo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Warrior”) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
  • William Hurt (“A History of Violence,” Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk”) as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
  • Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”).
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Notable Absences

the cast list is as impressive as it is exciting, there are still some
names lacking, some we know will be in the film as well. Peter Parker/Spider-Man has yet to be cast but the character will undoubtedly be introduced in Civil War, even if Marvel Studios hasn’t come out and said it yet. We also wouldn’t be surprised if Evangeline Lilly’s character from Ant-Man
shows up, given her relationship with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang (and
hopeful fan theories that she becomes the MCU’s version of Wasp – a
founding member of the Avengers in the comics).

The other big question we have is whether or not Marvel TV characters will come into play since ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be rounding out its third season by the time Civil War hits theaters – and, on top of it, AoS has a spinoff in the works
which will likely be airing by then. Fans are still waiting to see
Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson make his return to the big screen, and the
story of Civil War seems like it might be time to bridge that gap and for the Avengers to realize he’s still alive.

lack of Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
seems to suggest this first official casting press release avoiding the
topic of S.H.I.E.L.D. all-together. That could be intentional.

Of course, there are also other key Marvel heroes who will have been introduced on Marvel’s Netflix programming by the time Civil War
rolls around, including Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones –
potentially Iron Fist too. These characters may be future Avengers, so
cameos in Civil War are not out of the question.

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Official Captain America: Civil War Synopsis

America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off,
as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued
efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident
involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure
mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to
determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo
fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new
and nefarious villain.

Next: Avengers: Age of Ultron Ending Explained

Joe and Anthony Russo’s creative team also includes director of
photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,”
“Elysium”), production designer Owen Paterson (“Godzilla,” “Matrix”),
and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky
(“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s
Stone”). Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is produced by Marvel
Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine,
Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as
executive producers.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.

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Tyson Beckford Gives Mariah Carey a Lap Dance


Tyson Beckford Treats Mariah Carey to the Lap Dance of a Lifetime

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Mariah Carey is working and playing hard in Las Vegas. During a break from her concert residency at Caesars Palace, the singer let loose at a Chippendales show
starring Tyson Beckford. It wasn’t your typical show with a star in the
audience, though — at one point, Tyson escorted Mariah to the stage and
gave her a performance she’ll never forget. Mariah was sure to show her
appreciation, tucking some cash into his pants. She later posted a
photo of the experience on Instagram, writing, “Again, I’ve no idea how I
got here!!” Watch it all go down in the video above, then check out
more hot stars with the right stuff for stripping.

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YouTube Makeup Artist Transforms Into More Than 20 Disney Characters

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Tamang Phan as she looks before she transforms into her favorite Disney
princesses. See the YouTube beauty vlogger’s best Disney makeovers!
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Fairy dust in a makeup palette!

If you think you love Disney, move aside because you’re not nearly as big of a fan as Promise Tamang Phan.
The Nepal-based YouTube makeup artist loves herself some House of
Mouse—so much so that she’s made herself up to look like more than 20 of
her cartoon favorites!

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With expert makeup application, Phan, known as dope2111 on YouTube, has transformed into everyone from Frozen‘s Queen Elsa to nearly every character from Mulan (boys included!). Scroll down to see her five best Mickey-approved makeovers.

PHOTOS: Celebs dressed as Disney princesses

1. Queen Elsa from Frozen

YouTube makeup artist Promise Tamang Phan transforms into Frozen's Queen Elsa, complete with the platinum braid!
YouTube makeup artist Promise Tamang Phan transforms into Frozen’s Queen Elsa, complete with the platinum braid!
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Disney’s lady of the moment—nearly two years running! With
porcelain-hued foundation, raspberry gloss, lavender shadows, and, yes,
the platinum braid, Phan transformed into the Snow Queen.

“Elsa’s probably my favorite Disney character that I created,” Phan
told Us Weekly—and not just because of the dewy makeup. “The wintry set
was so much fun to make! I also enjoyed putting her costume together;
the sequin corset took me almost three hours to make.”

2. Snow White from Snow White

Promise Tamang Phan becomes porcelain-skinned princess Snow White--before and after the apple poisoning.
Promise Tamang Phan becomes porcelain-skinned princess Snow White–before and after the apple poisoning.
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More than 3 million people watched Phan’s video tutorial
on how to doll up as Disney’s first cartoon princess (which features an
appearance from her pet hedgehog, Poki). Bonus reason to love this one:
She also created Snow: Poison Apple Edition, complete with a web of
scars on her face.

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3. Rapunzel from Tangled

With her chameleon sidekick in hand, Promise Tamang Phan works pink cheeks and freckles at Tangled's Rapunzel.
With her chameleon sidekick in hand, Promise Tamang Phan works pink cheeks and freckles at Tangled’s Rapunzel.
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Pets included! Phan not only applied retro-lined eyes, Barbie-pink
cheeks, and freckles to become Rapunzel, she also created her little
chameleon sidekick, too. The Disney super-fan told Us that her go-to
makeup brands for these tutorials are NYX Cosmetics, Too Faced, and Anastasia Beverly Hills (for brows to match each princess).

4. Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Shake it! Promise Tamang Phan models the perfect cat-eye and dark curls as The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Esmeralda.
Shake it! Promise Tamang Phan models the perfect cat-eye and dark curls as The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s Esmeralda.
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To look the part of the stunner, Phan had to rock tanned skin, bold
brows, and the perfect cat-eye. “To get a good cat-eye, you need a good
liner,” the makeup artist told Us, who suggests using a pen-type liner
for the most control.

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“Start by applying the liner at the inner corner of your eye and
slowly trace the line of your lid to the outer corner,” she explained.
“Once you hit the outer corner, do a simple flick. To get it just so,
outline your line first, then go back and fill it in.”

5. Mulan and Shang from Mulan

Not just Mulan! Promise Tamang Phan transformed herself into the warrior's love interest, Shang, too.
Not just Mulan! Promise Tamang Phan transformed herself into the warrior’s love interest, Shang, too.
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Transforming into Mulan just wasn’t enough—she
also became Mulan’s mom, grandmother, and love interest, Shang, too.
“Boy characters are more challenging, since I have to make my features
more ‘manly,'” she admitted. “I want to make sure they look as natural
on me as the female characters.”

Next up will be Cinderella! To see all of Phan’s Disney transformations, check out her YouTube channel here.

 – Us Weekly

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Observation Towers Worth Climbing

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From Canal Street in New Orleans to a nature preserve in Latvia,
these diverse observation towers look out over everything from bird
sanctuaries to Formula One race tracks. With designs that stand out for
both their brilliance and quirks, these 12 viewing decks in the sky
provide unparalleled views of both urban and rural settings.

Phoenix Observation Tower by BIG Architects
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Arizona’s capital city will soon get a 70,000-square-foot addition to
its skyline, a spiraling walkway stretching toward the clouds. Three
glass elevators lead to the helical apex, with retail, exhibition and
recreation spaces at the base. BIG Architects
envision it as a pin on the map, which “becomes a point of reference
and a mechanism to set the landscape in motion through the movement of
the spectator.”

Floating Observation Deck for Grand Central Terminal by SOM
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A floating ring slides up and down two supporting towers right over New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in this design by SOM.
The moving deck preserves the original 100-year-old station while
rethinking the available space around the building, turning it into a
landmark with 360-degree views of the city.

Leaning Tower of Belgium by Ateliereen Architecten
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There’s only one angle from which Ateliereen Architecten’s observation tower
in Belgium looks like it’s standing up straight. Everywhere else, the
30-meter steel and timber tower draped with ribbons of rope appears to
be leaning. The ropes reference the nearby sand dunes in the nature
preserve in which the tower is set.

Observation Tower in Jurmala by Arhis Architects
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Observation decks jut out from this lookout tower in Jurmala, Latvia
like balconies from a skyscraper, providing a variety of vantage points
from which to enjoy Dzintaru Park. Consisting of an open-air cage, the
structure reaches to 124.6 feet at its pinnacle.

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i360 Observation Tower for Brighton by Marks Barfield Architects

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While most lookout towers are positioned in parks, nature preserves and
other natural areas, this one is in a distinctly urban location – the
city of Brighton. Looking out onto both the cityscape and the sea, the
531-foot-tall i360 Tower
will be Britain’s highest observation tower outside of London. The
glass pod that slides up the pole base can accommodate up to 200 people
at a time and takes around 10 minutes to reach the peak.

Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper for the Amazon
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Could this lotus-shaped tower (or, as proposed by a team of Chinese
designers, dozens of them) protect vulnerable rainforests from fire? The
Rainforest Guardian
also functions as a lookout tower, weather station, scientific research
center and educational laboratory. The tower features ‘aerial root’
piping systems that absorb, store and deliver water when a fire is
detected. The design of the base intends to have the smallest possible
impact on the land.

Nature-Inspired ‘Fibrous Tower’ by SOMA
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Dozens of individual tubes make up the basic structure of the Fibrous Tower by Soma,
overlooking the Taichung City Museum in Taiwan. The design is based on
the genetic algorithms of natural growth processes and functions much
like the fibers in a tree trunk or individual stands of muscle that come
together into a strong whole. It’s powered by rooftop solar panels and
features ‘ducts’ for looking out onto the landscape.

Double-Helix Gondola Tower for New Orleans by Perez
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Proposed for Canal Street in New Orleans, the Tricentennial Tower
features a double-helix design with individual glass gondolas spiraling
up to the top 320 feet in the air. The movement of the gondolas as well
as the final view in the glass pod provide 360 degree views of the
city. Inspired by the Seattle Needle, the project is envisioned as a
popular tourist attraction, with the goal of being complete by New
Orleans’ 300th birthday celebration in 2018.

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Bird Observation Tower in Germany by GMP Architects

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An angular observation tower made of Siberian larch evokes the shape
of a bird with just a few triangles suggestive of beaks and feathers.
Located at a seaside resort on the Graswarder peninsula in Germany, the Bird Observation Tower by GMP
is a favorite place for both ornithologists and casual travelers to
watch all of the avian activity on the preserve without disturbing the

Recycled Steel Orbit Tower in London by Anish Kapoor
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Sculptor and architect Anish Kapoor added quite an unusual shape to London’s skyline for the 2012 Olympic Games. The twisting ArcelorMittal Orbit tower
is made of 60% recycled steel and reaches a height of 114.5 meters (376
feet). Britain’s largest piece of public art, the tower was inspired by
both the Tower of Babel (with Kapoor stating that he wanted to a
structure with “something mythic about it”) and the movements of an
electron cloud.

Circuit of the Americas Tower by Miró Rivera Architects
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The city of Austin got a 251-foot-tall tower overlooking
not a nature preserve or even the city itself but rather the 3.4 mile
track at Circuit of the Americas, the nation’s first purpose-built
Formula 1 Grand Prix facility. Red tubes cascade down the side of the
tower to form the roof of the Amphitheater stage, and frame the Main
Grandstand. The lookout at the top features a glass floor and glass
railings, and can hold up to 75 people at a time.

Za’abeel Park Observation Tower by XTEN Architecture
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Designed for the ThyssenKrupp elevator competition in Dubai, this tower by XTEN Architecture
juts into the sky from a cultural park just off one of the city’s
busiest streets. The site plan is based on a traditional Islamic
geometric pattern, while the tower itself is comprised of six 30-meter
diameter tubes that act as a ‘circulation system’ containing elevators
and stairways. The tubes expand into three petal-like shapes which
function as open-air observation decks cantilevering 70 meters in each
direction at the top. | Urbanist

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Janet Jackson will (most likely) not release an album this summer

There won’t be a Janet Jackson record released this summer through Atlantic Records.

That’s news on Monday because of an article posted by Hip Hop Vibe last week which claimed
Jackson was slated to release a new record on July 10. The news was
based on an uncredited photo of upcoming releases the site assumed to be
an Atlantic Records calendar (because the other artists listed
– iLoveMakonnen, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill and more – are part of the
Atlantic roster). But as an Atlantic Records representative confirmed
to EW (as well as other sites such asStereogumFactJackson will not release an album on Atlantic Records this summer.

So what happened? It’s possible that the photo was of a distributor’s
calendar, and Ms. Jackson will release a record this year (Walmart spoiled the Kendrick Lamar news,
though the date was ultimately incorrect). But with a profile as high
as hers, it’s hard to imagine we wouldn’t have heard a few more
rumblings about the project before now. (Still, as Stereogum pointed out, Sia’s manager tweeted that he heard Jackson was releasing a new album this year.)

Jackson’s last release, the regrettably-named Discipline, came in 2008 via Island Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. (Atlantic Records is owned by Warner Music Group.)


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