Winner and loser of the week: Harry Styles defends his girl fans; Chris Brown accused of punching Tampa photographer
Winner: Harry Styles. The former boyband heartthrob is heading in a new direction, and his solo endeavour is better than anyone could have hoped.
While his former One D bandmates launched their own solo careers over the past year, fans wildly speculated when the fan favorite member would make his own music. And what that music would even sound like. Zayn went the breathy, sexy pop route. Adorable Niall Horan went the opposite direction with his acoustic ballad This Town.
Styles' dark and personal Sign of the Times, an indie rock/classic rock ballad, was an instant hit, earning the No. 1 slot on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks. But nothing secures a budding solo career quite like an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
The singer was quick to jump into sketches (a lot of musical guests don't), and took on two characters between his set.
Styles fully committed to his impression of Mick Jagger on a Celebrity Family Feud sketch with a time travelling twist.
Styles as the '70s version of Jagger poked fun at himself, joking, "Solo? Why would anyone in a successful band go solo? That's insane."
In another sketch, Styles stole the show as a Rebel prisoner offering music advice to a group of Union soldiers converting a traditional war song into a pop banger. Please note that Styles' beard falls off, but he handles it like a pro.
And while that's all plenty enough reason to swoon over Styles, it was his recent interview with Rolling Stone that has everyone talking. Styles shared a lot about his personal life (yes, his relationship with Taylor Swift comes up) his family and how the self-titled debut album came to be. But most importantly, Styles defended his loyal teen girl fans, shutting down this idea that "good music" can only be determined by older men.
"Who's to say that young girls who like pop music - short for popular, right? - have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans - they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick."
Shout out to Harry Styles for finally rubbishing the notion that a girl's taste in music is less credible than a man's. pic.twitter.com/qvs1W1Qiz2— Stephanie Soteriou (@StephanieRiou) April 18, 2017
Loser: Chris Brown. Brown had to go and be a loser in our own backyard, getting in trouble for allegedly punching a club photographer at Aja Channelside early Monday morning after the his Sunday night concert in Tampa. Brown, 27, was paid $30,000 in advance to appear at the club, but spent less than five minutes at Aja after the reported incident.
According to a police report, club photographer Bennie L. Vines Jr., 38, said Brown punched him after he saw him taking photos of the crowd (he had been told by security to stop taking photos of the singer and his entourage).
Because of his early exit, the club is requesting he pay back the $30,000 since he was supposed to be at the club for a full hour.
But that wasn't enough bad press for Brown. According to TMZ, Brown's ex, model Karrueche Tran, has accused Brown of punching her, pushing her down the stairs and threatening to shoot her. Tran's restraining order hearing has been put off because Brown hasn't been tracked down to serve legal documents to. But his laywer, Mark Geragos, said the claims are false and he won't accept the service on Brown's behalf because "I'm not here to help anybody increase their profile for self-promotion."
Tran's manager, Jacob York, also spoke to TMZ. "Please don't use Karreuche's name to distract from your client's current negative issues ... let's handle it in court," he said.