If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. SZA released a deluxe version of CTRL to celebrate its fifth anniversary, Britney Spears got hitched, and Kid Cudi shared a teaser for his upcoming Netflix series—this is what you missed this week.
SZA Releases ‘CTRL’ 5th Anniversary Edition With 7 New Tracks
Queen SZA blessed our 2017 summer with her album CTRL. And oh! The things I’d do to relive those times. Well, it looks like the R&B queen listened to my prayers because she surprised fans this week by releasing a deluxe edition of the album in honor of its five-year legacy. The deluxe album features seven (!) new tracks recorded during that iconic era, with songs like “2 AM,” “Miles,” and “Percolator,” and an alternate version of “Love Galore” with Travis Scott. It’s truly a good week for SZA fans who’ve been patiently—or not so patiently if you’ve been on Twitter—waiting for new music. Speaking about the release, SZA tweeted, “What isn’t on deluxe maybe on SoundCloud as well tomorrow? Deciding, Spring cleaning old thoughts.” The limit for new SZA music does not exist so the only acceptable answer to her question is yes.
Julia Garner Offered Leading Role in Madonna Biopic
Looks like Julia Garner will be inventing more than Anna Delvey because news broke this week that she was offered the leading role of Madonna in a biopic directed by none other than the Queen of Pop herself. Rumors have been circulating for months about casting for the highly sought-after role to portray the 80s’ dance-pop star, and Garner beat contenders like Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie, and Odessa Young. While the Maddy Perez stan inside me is slightly disappointed, Garner’s roles in Ozark and Inventing Anna have established her as a versatile and talented force to be reckoned with. Her blonde curls also have an uncanny resemblance to Madonna which no doubt helps. Madonna’s music continues to influence pop culture, and this project is set to be another iconic moment for the star and actress alike. The biopic will mark Madonna’s third feature film as director, and unlike Anna Delvey—we have all the time for this.
Kid Cudi Teases His Netflix Animated Series ‘Entergalactic’
They say the hustle doesn’t stop and neither does Kid Cudi’s film career. The rapper shares his excitement on Instagram over his latest project Entergalatic, an adult animated television series based on the rapper’s upcoming album of the same name, premiering on Netflix. The show’s teaser dropped earlier this week and shows an electric array of stars involved like Timothée Chalamet, Vanessa Hudgens, Ty Dolla $ign, 070 Shake, Jaden Smith, and more. The series is set to come out in the Fall of this year but at least Cudi fans have the first Entergalactic single, “Do What I Want,” to tie them over until then.
Britney Spears Marries Sam Asghari
Britney Spears is living her best conservatorship-free life and I, for one, love to see it. On Thursday this week, Spears married her longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari, at their California home. The happily wedded couple has been dating for almost six years but wasn’t able to tie the knot until now due to Spears’ conservatorship. Unsurprisingly, her family wasn’t at the wedding and if you’ve followed her journey from conservatorship to freedom you’ll understand why. She had plenty of loving supporters among her small guest list (around 60 guests) including some familiar faces such as Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez, Donatella Versace (who designed the wedding dress), and Paris Hilton. Standout moments include Spears walking down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and the recreation of the infamous Madonna and Spears kiss at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
Ryman Auditorium: ‘The Mother Church of Country Music’ Turns 130 Years Old
Calling all country music and rock ‘n’ roll fans, the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee turned 130 years old this week. The storied music venue played a pivotal role in popularizing country music, a pillar of Rock ‘n’ Roll and its stage has hosted some of the most legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Blondie, and Brenda Lee. In celebration of the occasion, a daytime exhibit will be opening later this year showcasing over 100 of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees that have performed at the venue. Giving credit where credit is due, Ryman Auditorium also became an official landmark—making it 1 of only 12 in the United States.