Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle really close their curtain for spectators to see, he is set to do a music collaboration with singer-songwriter Bon Jovi — something he didn’t get to do as a working royal.
Last month, Prince Harry officially announced he is quitting royal life as a senior member of the British royal family and become a private entity.
Now, it looks like he’s happy carving a new life for himself away from royal life.
Early this week, Bon Jovi appeared on the “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky” and revealed the upcoming project with Prince Harry.
The famous songwriter revealed that he’s re-recording his 2019 single “Unbroken” for the Invictus Games for 2020, but this time, it’s going to be with Prince Harry.
Last August, Bon Jovi sent a letter to the young royal with the song and lyrics of “Unbroken” before it officially came out in the U.S.
He told Prince Harry it would be a great gift from him to the Invictus Games and Prince Harry thought that it was such a brilliant idea.
“Prince Harry said yes and stuck now to it, so we’re doing it,” and added, “I’m gonna hand him a tambourine and see what he’s got going,” Jovi said.
On Friday, Prince Harry will travel with Bon Jovi to Abbey Road Studios to record the tune of the song together with the backing of the Invictus Games Choir.
According to Bon Jovi, “We’ll raise it as a single here in time for their games and hopefully raise them some money.”
Their re-recording comes in preparation for this year’s Invictus Games, a charity sporting event for wounded servicemen and women held every year, which is an event that is close to Prince Harry’s heart.
Bon Jovi and Prince Harry are passionate about helping injured veterans.
In 2014, Prince Harry established the Invictus Games Foundation to help the sick and injured former service people, while Bon Jovi wrote the song “Unbroken” in 2019 for an American documentary about veterans with PTSD and the service animals now helping them.
Meanwhile, the singer admitted he was not sure how to address Prince Harry at first since the young royal asked people not to call him Prince.
Lucky for Jovi, he’ was able to find a nickname that suits him best.
“I’ve been asking, ‘What do I do? How do I address him?’ And then I realized I’m going to call him “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”
Non-face-to-face concert injuries…Full-scale preoccupation of SM and Big Hit online platforms
K-pop big-name K-pop agencies have jumped into the preoccupation of “online platforms.”
It has already been used as an important channel for K-pop to frequently meet fans from afar as it has been in full swing. However, due to the spread of COVID 19, ‘Uncontact (non-face-to-face) communication’ has become important, and the use of online platforms is in full swing.
SM Entertainment is a leading agency. SM recently signed an MOU with Naver to push for joint global projects to strengthen its global entertainment competitiveness.
By combining SM’s expertise in discovering and producing global artists and Naver’s based technology, the company will join forces in expanding the global market for its “Fanship” platform, a global membership community.
FANSHIP is a paid-in fan club community launched by Naver last year. Stars can manage their fan clubs themselves. It is also possible to disclose exclusive content for fans, and to check what activities fans have done and how much they have used the content.
Many singers as well as actors are already using FANSHIP. Naver is showing its willingness to further expand its overseas fan market by cooperating with globally popular SM singers.
Big Hit Entertainment, which owns the global group BTS, is already actively operating its own fan community platform, Weverse. It has been receiving positive responses for its convenience in easily checking singers’ schedules and communicating in real time.
There is also a special content that will be released only through Weverse. In November last year, BTS unveiled its own travel program “Bon Voyage” season 4 through Weverse. Previously, the series had been released on Naver’s V app channel.
Another feature of Weverse is that it works offline. BTS’ concert in Seoul in October last year was packed with tickets sold out, but it was possible not to line up thanks to its preorder of MDs through commerce platform Weverse Shop. He also sent messages to BTS members, checking the waiting time of the food zone through Weverse.
Earlier, Yoon Seok-joon, co-CEO of Big Hit, said about Weverse and Weverse Shop that it was one of Big Hit’s plans to build a “one-stop service with the music industry.”
Weverse was created by BeNX, a subsidiary of Big Hit. BTS, the team’s junior group “TXT,” and Source Music’s group “G-FRIEND,” which was incorporated as a big hit label last year, are communicating with fans through the platform.
Especially noticeable is that other teams from other agencies besides Big Hit have also entered Weverse. It is a group called “Seventeen” belonging to Pledis Entertainment. This is the moment when the influence of Big Hit and Weverse is gradually expanding.
The Fast Company, a U.S. economic media outlet, recently placed Big Hit on the list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2020” after Snap, Microsoft and Tesla, drawing attention to “Weverse” and “Weverse Shop.”
As seen in BTS’ fandom “ARMY,” loyal fans can help make the team a singer who can influence the world. An independent platform that can only be shared by stars and fans is important to make them a “hot community.”
Mandy Moore Almost Walked Away from Hollywood
Amid a divorce and challenges finding work, Mandy Moore asked herself whether it was worth it to continue acting in 2015.
“I just felt like I was at a point in my life where I was the most comfortable making myself the least priority, and I made myself as small as possible to make someone else comfortable.”
After filing for divorce in 2015, she just wanted to give up acting entirely.
“I had done four failed TV pilots. So, I was kind of at the point where I was like, ‘Maybe this acting this is done for me.’ Like, ‘Maybe I need to hang it up and go back to Florida, go to school, go try my hand at something else.’”
However, the 35-year-old actress never had to make that tough decision to go back home because she landed “This Is Us” in 2016.
Fans of the singer-actress know that she has been a celebrity for twenty years, starting at the age of 15.
A couple of years later, she was able to release five albums and had gotten to marry music producer Ryan Adams.
When she got married, Moore thought it would inspire her to be more creative, but it was reportedly such a toxic environment.
Moore and Ryan Adams were married from 2009 until 2016.
In 2019, Moore spoke against her ex-husband in an exposé published by the New York Times.
“Music was a point of control for him. He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,” Moore continued, “They would write songs together and promised to record but didn’t follow through.”
Adams would even book them time in the studio, but later would just be replaced with other women.
According to the “Candy” singer, because of his controlling behaviour, it was difficult for her to make new connections in the industry, especially at a pivotal and potentially lucrative time. She was at her 20s by that time.
Mandy Moore says that her ex-husband yelling at her and making her feel inadequate and not good enough is psychologically abusive.
But her ex-husband commented on the interview saying that Moore’s “revelation” of their marriage is all lies.