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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of Broccoli: Here’s the Star Under the Mask

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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of Broccoli: Here’s the Star Under the Mask

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 4, Episode 9 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired Nov. 26 on Fox.

Paul Anka is thankful for his time on “The Masked Singer,” even though he was the latest celebrity to be revealed on the hit competition series. On a special Thanksgiving airing, Anka was unmasked as the Broccoli.

Anka said “The Masked Singer” was the perfect way for him to perform during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also take a break from recording his latest album, which he’s currently producing for release next year.

“I was really locked in a studio and with COVID-19, not socializing or getting out, obviously,” Anka told Variety. “Once I talked to my son and my girlfriend and then some people in my staff I said, yeah I got to get out of here and I think it’d be a lot of fun.”

Among the panelists, Robin Thicke was the only one to figure out it was Anka, but for good reason: As fellow Canadians in entertainment, Anka and Thicke already knew each other.

“It’s a pretty close knit community,” said Anka, who also knew Thicke’s late father, Alan Thicke. “There was a lot of diversity in who they guessed, from Bill Murray to Wayne Newton. I suspected Robin would [figure it out] because I wasn’t really changing my voice that much, other than I was doing a lot of movement. I don’t really suspect a lot of people watching or even on the panel have ever seen me in person other than maybe Robin.”

Nicole Scherzinger guessed Wayne Newton, Ken Jeong thought it was Ringo Starr, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg’s guess was Neil Sedaka and guest panelist Jay Pharoah guessed Paul Simon.

Anka, as Broccoli, sang “Old Time Rock & Roll,” by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, for his final performance. In previous episodes he also sang “House Is Rockin’”/”Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jerry Lee Lewis, and “Hello,” by Lionel Richie.

“That was the point, to have fun and a lot of movement,” Anka said of the mostly uptempo numbers. “By putting the energy and songs I don’t normally do, I felt it could throw them a little bit.”

Anka said he chose the Broccoli costume because he’s a “health nut.”

“I was going with the flow, I don’t exist with expectations, most things in life,” he said. “So I was just going along with the flow of it. I think I went further than I thought I would, frankly. I wasn’t really ready to be in a costume for three weeks, but those costumes are amazing. I think the big turn on for a lot of fans is those costumes are unbelievable.”

He did admit that the costumes and tech took a little bit of getting used to. “I’m a guy that’s old school in the sense that there’s no tricks,” he said. “I don’t have in-ears and I work a certain way. And I come from the Rat Pack group and we had certain execution when we sing. But once you get in a suit, that’s not really fitting you in a form of normality, and then the heat, and then the visual’s very tough because of the screen. And then you’ve got a hand that’s five times size of yours. But once you get past the first [performance], and the heaviness of everything, then you just deal with it, you apply yourself and do it.”

As for his new album, Anka said he’s working with guests such as Il Divo and Olivia Newton-John. But most notably, he’s working with Andrea Bocelli and taking the master recording of Frank Sinatra singing “My Way” (which Anka wrote) to produce a new version of the song.

“When I originally wrote it for Sinatra in 1968, I had the rights to have it on one of my albums,” Anka said. “I didn’t want to just do ‘My Way,’ so I thought it would be interesting if I could get Bocelli, and then get Frank’s master, mix it in with me with an orchestra. The technology today is amazing, you’re able to do those kinds of things. So it’s, me, Bocelli, Sinatra, and we’re singing ‘My Way’ together. To be able to meld them properly, with Bocelli was a big challenge but we pulled it off. And it’s an exciting part of the album.”

In the Group C final round smackdown, Anka as Broccoli performed “Take Me Down” by Alabama, while the Mushroom sang “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway.

New this season, the show’s panelists are also competing for a “Golden Ear” trophy based on their first impressions of each masked performer — and going into the episode, McCarthy Wahlberg was in the lead with three, while Thicke and Scherzinger had two points each, and Jeong so far had zero.

Scherzinger’s first impression guess was Bill Murray; Jeong’s was Martin Short; Thicke’s was Bob Newhart; and McCarthy Wahlberg said Jerry Springer. No one picked up another point this week.

This season’s costumes include Baby Alien, Crocodile, Broccoli, Gremlin, Mushroom, Jellyfish, Whatchamacalit, Lips, Squiggly Monster, Popcorn, Sun, Dragon, Giraffe, Seahorse, Snow Owls and Serpent.

Previously unmasked have been Lonzo Ball (Whatchamacalit), “Dr. Elvis” Francois (Serpent), Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black (Snow Owls), Bob Saget (Squiggly Monster), Wendy Williams (Lips), Mark Sanchez (Baby Alien), Brian Austin Green (Giraffe), Mickey Rourke (Gremlin) and Busta Rhymes (Dragon).

That means heading into the championship round, the final six are Crocodile, Mushroom, Jellyfish, Popcorn, Sun and Seahorse.

Here were the other contestants and their performances in week nine, “The Group C Finals — The Masks Give Thanks”:

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Mushroom and host Nick Cannon, “The Masked Singer”
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Mushroom

Song: “Unconditionally,” by Katy Perry
Panel guesses: Jaden Smith, Taye Diggs, The Weeknd
Clue: “The name that I go by now was not my name when I first sprouted.”
Friend voice-over: “Off the record, Mushroom has always been a go-getter. In high school, Mushroom was class president. With a GPA of over 4.0. When Mushy’s mind is set on something, Mushy goes after it hard core. Whether it’s helping underprivileged youth or making calls for important causes, Mushroom’s work ethic is unrivaled.”
Previous songs: “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell; “If I Could Turn Back Time,” by Cher
Previous panel guesses: Donald Glover, Usher, Frank Ocean, Adam Lambert, Jaden Smith

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Jellyfish, “The Masked Singer”
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Jellyfish

Song: “Don’t Start Now,” by Dua Lipa
Panel guesses: Charli XCX, Kylie Jenner, McKayla Maroney
Clue: “If you find this, you’ll know I’ve never performed on a stage quite like this before.”
Sister voice-over: “Jellyfish has always been the rebel of our by-the-book family and in reality she’s also the overachiever. Even though she’s ticked off so many accomplishments already, she’s always eager to challenge herself in new arenas. We love singing together with our favorite show so I’m no stranger to her gorgeous voice. And with her work ethic, it’s no surprise she’s come this far.”
Previous songs: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” by Fergie; “Crazy,” by Patsy Cline
Previous Panel guesses: Gabby Douglas, Chloe Grace Moretz, Awkwafina, Sofia Richie, Lana Condor, Halle Bailey.

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Drake Delays ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Release

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Drake Delays ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Release

Fans will have to wait a little bit longer for Drake’s upcoming album, “Certified Lover Boy.”

Back in October, the rapper announced that the project would be out in January 2021. However, in an update posted to his Instagram story on Wednesday, Drake said that the album has been delayed due to a recent surgery.

“I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” Drake wrote on his story. “I’m blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.”

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However, Drake assured fans that the album will release this year, writing: “I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021.”

Though Drake has not shared many details of his condition, it is believed that the rapper underwent knee surgery in October, as he shared a photo of his knee in a brace on his Instagram story around that time.

The new album will mark his sixth full-length studio album and will be the follow up to 2018’s “Scorpion.” Drake first hinted that a new album was in the works in April of last year, and originally had it slated for release over the summer. On Aug. 14, Drake revealed the album’s title to be “Certified Lover Boy” alongside the release of “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk, which was the first single to be released from this new project.

On Tuesday, Drake officially became the first artist ever to surpass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify.

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‘One Night in Miami’ and ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Among Music Scores Not Eligible for Oscars and BAFTAs (EXCLUSIVE)

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‘One Night in Miami’ and ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Among Music Scores Not Eligible for Oscars and BAFTAs (EXCLUSIVE)

The music branch has been notorious for high-profile disqualifications and ineligibilities in the last few years (prominent examples include “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Cloud Atlas” and “There Will Be Blood”). Last week, the BAFTA Awards website released a draft of what films are eligible for the upcoming show, set to take place on April 11, with nominations being announced on March 9. The list notes a film’s eligibility during the newly revamped round one voting period, which began on Jan. 12 and will conclude on Jan. 26.

The British Academy provided a roadmap of the musical scores that are not eligible for the Academy Awards and should not be expected for the shortlist announcement of 15, scheduled for Feb. 9.

The biggest contender that will be missing is “One Night in Miami” by composer Terence Blanchard. Distributed by Amazon Studios and directed by Academy Award winner Regina King, the film was seen as a major hopeful for the veteran musician, who received his first nomination for 2018’s “BlacKkKlansman.” To be eligible for the BAFTAs, a film must have 50% original music, while AMPAS requires 60% for qualification. With the inclusion of multiple songs, either threshold would not have been met, and it was decided that the score would not be submitted to either awards bodies. Blanchard will still contend for his work on Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” from Netflix. Leslie Odom Jr. and Sam Ashworth’s song “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” was submitted for original song.

HBO Max and Warner Bros.’ “Judas and the Black Messiah,” composed by Mark Isham and Craig Harris, is also not eligible for its music. Isham, whose exceptional career includes only one nomination for 1994’s “A River Runs Through It,” partnered with first-time feature composer Craig Harris for director Shaka King’s examination of the murder of political activist Fred Hampton. Referencing the Academy rules for music eligibility, “a score must be created specifically for the eligible feature-length motion picture and comprise a minimum of 60% of the total music in the film.” King’s vision of the film incorporated many pre-existing tracks, and a source says the original music percentage landed between 40% to 45%.

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Andra Day stars in THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Takashi Seida.
Photo Credit: Takashi Seida

Also ineligible for pre-existing music is “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” composed by Kris Bowers. This is the second time Bowers’ music will be omitted from the Academy Awards eligibility list — his work on best picture winner “Green Book” was disqualified in 2018. He will still contend this year for Justin Simien’s “Bad Hair” from Hulu, though the film was not submitted to the BAFTAs in any category.

“Sound of Metal,” composed by Nicolas Becker and Abraham Marder, also isn’t eligible. Stars Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci are currently leading in critics’ wins for lead and supporting actor, respectively. However, Becker could be recognized in best sound, and Marder might find love in best song for the number “Green,” which he wrote and performed. The BAFTAs don’t have a song category, but it was submitted for the Academy Awards.

In recent weeks, questions began circling regarding Pixar’s “Soul” and its composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, along with the inclusion of musician Jon Batiste, who brought the jazz elements to the film. The music has qualified for the BAFTA Awards and has been confirmed to have been entered for the Oscars, with all three musicians submitted for the category. The Academy ultimately decides who is eligible and if the music does, in fact, qualify.

Gearing up for its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Robin Wright’s directorial debut, “Land,” is angling for a late entry into this year’s Oscar race. Still, the music by Ben Sollee and Time for Three would not have been eligible for submission by Focus Features.

Vertical Entertainment’s “Miss Juneteenth” with Nicole Beharie was not submitted for the BAFTA Awards, but was submitted for the Oscars.

Other films that have not been submitted for either awards bodies include: “The Assistant” (Tamar-kali), “The Endless Trench” (Pascal Gaigne), “The Half of It” (Anton Sanko), “Happiest Season” (Amie Doherty), “Herself” (Natalie Holt), “The King of Staten Island” (Michael Andrews), “Locked Down” (John Powell), “Nomadland” (Ludovico Einaudi) and “Palm Springs” (Matthew Compton).

The BAFTAs and Oscars don’t always agree on eligibilities. Two Alejandro G. Iñárritu films, “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” were nominated at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, but were disqualified from the Academy Awards. The deadline for submitting to the music branch was Jan. 15. AMPAS doesn’t typically announce disqualifications for official submissions.

The BAFTAs longlist will then be revealed on Feb. 4, with the second round of voting opening on Feb. 19 and concluding on March 1. While the Oscars extended their eligibility period to Feb. 28, 2021, the BAFTAs went a step further to allow films that were released from Jan. 1, 2020, to April 9, 2021, to qualify.

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“Soul” (Pixar)
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There are also notable differences between the BAFTAs and Oscars regarding the number of films in the animated feature category. The BAFTAs listed 13 films for eligibility. The Academy Screening Room currently has 27 films available for consideration. The Oscars have yet to announce the official number of animated films submitted, but are expected to by month’s end. The Academy nominates five films, if over 15 features are eligible, while the BAFTAs nominate three.

Animated features eligible for the BAFTAs

  • “Away”
  • “The Croods: A New Age”
  • “Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train”
  • “Earwig And The Witch”
  • “Kill It and Leave This Town”
  • “Onward”
  • “Over the Moon”
  • “Scoob!”
  • “Soul”
  • “Trolls World Tour”
  • “Two by Two: Overboard!”
  • “The Willoughbys”
  • “Wolfwalkers”

Animated features on the Academy Screening Room

  • “Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus”
  • “Bombay Rose”
  • “Calamity”
  • “The Croods: A New Age”
  • “Demon Slayer: The Movie: Mugen Train”
  • “Dreambuilders”
  • “Earwig and the Witch”
  • “Kill It and Leave This Town”
  • “Lupin III: The First”
  • “Mosley”
  • “My Favorite War”
  • “Nos Ili Zagoyor Ne Takikh”
  • “No. 7 Cherry Lane”
  • “On-Gaku: Our Sound”
  • “Onward”
  • “Over the Moon”
  • “Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs”
  • “Ride Your Waves”
  • “Scoob!”
  • “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Faramageddon”
  • “Soul”
  • “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run”
  • “Terra Willy”
  • “Trolls World Tour”
  • “A Whisker Away”
  • “The Willoughbys”
  • “Wolfwalkers”

After preliminary voting concludes on Feb. 5, the Academy will announce on Feb. 9 the shortlists in several categories, which will be voted on for Oscar nominations from March 5 to March 9. The shortlists include documentary feature (15), documentary short subject (10), international feature (10), makeup and hairstyling (10), original score (15), original song (15), animated short film (10), live action short film (10) and visual effects (10).

Visit THE AWARDS HUB to see the full list of contenders by category.

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‘The Masked Dancer’ Reveals Identity of the Cricket: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Mask

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‘The Masked Dancer’ Reveals Identity of the Cricket: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Mask

Brian McKnight had been wondering when he might get a call to appear on “The Masked Singer.” But when it came, it instead was for spinoff series “The Masked Dancer.”

“I’m sure I’m not the only quote-unquote ‘celebrity’ sitting at home watching these shows unfold, saying, ‘How come I haven’t gotten the call for this? Have people forgotten about me?’” McKnight told Variety. “So when you get the call you’re like, ‘yeah I’m gonna do the Masked Dancer!’”

McKnight was revealed to be the person under the Cricket costume on Wednesday’s edition of “The Masked Dancer.” He was unmasked after dancing to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”

Although a well-known performer, known for hits such as “Back at One” and “One Last Cry,” McKnight admits he doesn’t have much dancing expertise. ” I spent all my time as a kid learning to play musical instruments,” he said. “I never thought that dancing would be a part of what I was doing, so I never focused on it… Dancing, I kind of move around on stage, I am very self-deprecating on stage. I kind of dance, but not really. To do full on dance moves with choreography was kind of a daunting task for me.”

In going on “The Masked Dancer,” McKnight said his main concern was to not appear silly. “I think that that’s a common theme with people of all ages,” he said. “Nobody wants to look stupid.”

McKnight said he took the secrecy of “The Masked Dancer” seriously, telling only his wife. “It was hard to not tell the kids, parents,” he said. “We said, ‘we’re gonna do this thing and we’ll be back and we don’t know when. Someone’s gonna watch the dog.’ So they’re all going to be very surprised tonight.”

Overall, he called the experience “off the charts. They really do a great job. Nobody on that set knows who any of the celebrities are. We’re testing for COVID every other day, making sure we’re safe. The way they do the show and the showrunning, it was really unlike anything that I’ve ever seen, after doing a bunch of TV shows in my time. Getting on stage, the production value is insane. For somebody who’s on a stage all the time to have all those bells and whistles all at once, it’s just mind boggling.”

As for what’s next, McKnight and musician Dave Koz are planning a virtual Valentine’s Day-themed concert on Feb. 13. Beyond that, with the COVID-19 pandemic still keeping concerts to a minimum, McKnight said he was enjoying taking a breather from touring.

“I will tell you that taking this break over this last year — because I’m coming up on the year anniversary of my last show that I did — has been wonderful,” he said. “I don’t think I would have ever taken a break. This is the first break I’ve probably taken in 25 years. Which isn’t to say it’d be nice to get back on stage, but it has been really good. I think my voice needed it, my body needed it and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Among the panelists, Paula Abdul got it right with McKnight, Ken Jeong named Michael Phelps, Brian Austin Green guessed Ryan Lochte, and Ashley Tisdale thought it was Ashton Kutcher. Guest panelist Rob Lowe picked Lochte as well.

McKnight had previously danced to “Jump (For My Love),” by the Pointer Sisters, and in his first episode, the panelists guessed Ryan Reynolds, Jim Carrey, Ian Ziering and Ashton Kutcher.

“The Masked Dancer” includes the feature “Word Up,” in which each contestant says a one-word clue to their identity. McKnight’s first “Word Up” was ” Accomplished ” and second “Word Up” was “All-Star.”

This season’s costumes include Zebra, Tulip, Sloth, Exotic Bird, Cotton Candy, Cricket, Disco Ball, Moth, Ice Cube and Hammerhead. Previously unmasked were Elizabeth Smart as the Moth, Bill Nye the Science Guy as the Ice Cube, and Ice-T as the Disco Ball.

The show touts a cast of 10 celebrities that have “amassed more than 38 million albums sold worldwide, 20 Emmy Award wins, 20 Grammy Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, five New York Times Best-Selling Author titles, four Olympic gold medals and three Broadway show appearances.”

Here were the other contestants and their performances on episode four, “Group A Playoffs — So You Think You Can Mask?”:

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Exotic Bird, “The Masked Dancer”
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Exotic Bird

Dance: “Latch,” by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
Word Up: “Number One”
Panel guesses: Janet Jackson, Jordyn Sparks, Kate Hudson, Megan Thee Stallion
Voice-over: “Every single day I’m on stage is a good day. Last time, my confidence was overflowing. But, that wasn’t always the case. Right before the biggest opportunity of my life, I got really sick with a savage bird flu. I could barely breathe. There was only one person who could help me: My mama bird. She told me, ‘Baby, what you were born with, no one else has. That’s your gift. And right now it’s up to you if you’re going to share it with the world. This moment will define who you are for the rest of your life. With her support, I went out and served up something legendary. As my mama told me, these hips don’t lie. Tonight, my performance matches the roller coaster moment of my life. These dance steps are so hard, pushing and pulling me in different directions. But with every beat of the song I hit, I will stand more fierce on my own.”
Previous dance: “Con Calma,” by Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry feat. Snow
Previous Word Up: “Scored”
Previous panel guesses: Hope Solo, Jennifer Hudson, Venus Williams

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Hammerhead, “The Masked Dancer”
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Hammerhead

Dance: “Blinding Lights,” by The Weeknd
Word Up: “Heartbreaker”
Panel guesses: Ryan Seacrest, Joe Rogan, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
Voice-over: “The best part of this experience is being here on my own terms. And last time, I really wanted to show I can be the life of the party. But people already know that side of me. So this time, I want to show them so much more. I have layers. Years ago, when I first entered the public eye, I had one shot, one opportunity. I didn’t want to lose myself. But I sort of did. I gave up my dream of being a lawyer. I was depressed, like I was locked up in a cage. Eventually, I realized that in order to succeed, I had to embrace both parts of me. My fun-loving side and my disciplined side. And this performance is a combination of both. Fear is no longer a factor for me, although the dance steps are really hard. I finally found my purpose in my situation. Hammerhead, out.”
Previous dance: “Everybody,” by Backstreet Boys
Previous Word Up: “Dramatic”
Previous panel guesses: Carrot Top, Joe Jonas, Zac Efron

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Tulip, “The Masked Dancer”
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Tulip

Dance: “Fields of Gold,” by Eva Cassidy
Word Up: “Princess”
Panel guesses: Sarah Hyland, Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Charli D’Amelio, Simone Biles
Voice-over: “Last time you saw me I tapped, like there was no tomorrow. I felt like a rock star. The toughest part about this competition is keeping mum about it to everyone I know. Especially to my best bud. We used to be super competitive. I could see she was great at everything. I wanted everyone to see me the same way. Eventually we realized, why waste time arguing? TikTok, am I right? Now day and night she’s always there for me, through my struggles. And whenever I feel frozen in place, she’s there to hype me up. And she taught me that to connect with people, I have to be vulnerable and show emotion. Which is very different from my first performance.”
Previous dance: “Fergalicious,” by Fergie
Previous Word Up: “Triple”
Previous panel guesses: Charli D’Amelio, Ariana Grande, Heather Morris

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The Neighbourhood Connects With Pigeons & Planes on New Capsule Collection

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The Neighbourhood Connects With Pigeons & Planes on New Capsule Collection

The Neighbourhood joins forces with Pigeons & Planes on a capsule inspired by frontman Jesse Rutherford’s alter ego.

The three-piece collection arrives less than four months the Los Angeles-based brand released their Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones studio album, which introduced fans to the enigmatic Chip Chrome. Rutherford recently spoke to Pigeons & Planes about the “internet addicted” alter-ego, and how he developed Chip during his extensive hiatus from social media.

“I think Chip has given me the ability to not feel like I’m losing something if I’m not posting every day. I still struggle with it,” Rutherford said about the metallic character, which also nods to David Bowie. “When you’re on the internet at all and you’re part of that flow and you’re actively participating, it’s hard to not think about it in the back of your head. I think I got to a point when I was off of it for so long that it wasn’t even in the back of my head, which was really nice.”

The Silver Lining capsule features a short-sleeve tee with a Chip graphic on the front, as well as a co-branded crew neck sweatshirt and matching sweatpants. The pieces, which range between $35 and $75, are available now at the Complex SHOP.

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The Neighbourhood Connects With Pigeons & Planes on New Capsule Collection

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The Neighbourhood Connects With Pigeons & Planes on New Capsule Collection

The Neighbourhood joins forces with Pigeons & Planes on a capsule inspired by frontman Jesse Rutherford’s alter ego.

The three-piece collection arrives less than four months the Los Angeles-based brand released their Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones studio album, which introduced fans to the enigmatic Chip Chrome. Rutherford recently spoke to Pigeons & Planes about the “internet addicted” alter-ego, and how he developed Chip during his extensive hiatus from social media.

“I think Chip has given me the ability to not feel like I’m losing something if I’m not posting every day. I still struggle with it,” Rutherford said about the metallic character, which also nods to David Bowie. “When you’re on the internet at all and you’re part of that flow and you’re actively participating, it’s hard to not think about it in the back of your head. I think I got to a point when I was off of it for so long that it wasn’t even in the back of my head, which was really nice.”

The Silver Lining capsule features a short-sleeve tee with a Chip graphic on the front, as well as a co-branded crew neck sweatshirt and matching sweatpants. The pieces, which range between $35 and $75, are available now at the Complex SHOP.

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