Legendary song scribe Diane Warren has an issue with Rita Ora’s less than enthusiastic promotional efforts for their Academy Award-nominated Best Song, “Grateful.” Ora performed the song on the Beyond the Lights soundtrack but has done little to help promote the song.
“Gina, the director, wanted Rita to do it,” Warren revealed during an interview with Huffington Post. “Had I known there wouldn’t be a lot of support, had I known she would have only tweeted about it once … you know? She sang it great, but it’s a little frustrating.”
“I have to be really honest, I don’t want to be a jerk or anything, but had I known about this lack of support, there are other artists I’m working with that — if it had been up to me — I would have gone with,” Warren said. “She sang it great! But, come on. How on Earth are you not wanting to [promote it] … I don’t get it. Everybody around me, we’re all shocked. How can … just … you know?”
Ora has tweeted about the song a handful of times, once congratulating Warren for the Oscar nom. She’s also scheduled to perform the tune at Hollywood’s big night, February 22nd. Ora’s camp also responded to the songwriter’s claim in a statement to Yahoo:
“I’m so thankful to be have been able to participate in a piece of Diane Warren’s lyrical genius. I am incredibly ‘grateful’ that I will have the opportunity to perform at the Oscars thanks to her work, and I’m so glad that I’ll be able to share it with a wider audience on February 22.”
Warren claims they’ve asked Ora to shoot a music video for the track, but the singer didn’t even reply.
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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