#The411: Kelsea Ballerini Claps Back & Mariah Carey On Being Bipolar

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Kelsea Ballerini Is Standing Up For Women In Country Music

Kelsea is sick and tired of women in country music being pitted against each other and she's standing up & saying something! 

What appeared to be a well intentioned tweet definitely struck a nerve for Kelsea when a Twitter account that supports and aims to spotlight women in country music posted an online poll asking followers which five female artists they were most looking forward to seeing perform on Sunday’s  ACM Awards. Kelsea did not appreciate being pitted against her friends and fellow women in the industry and took to Instagram to vent. She expressed her distaste for every interview including a question about "females in country music," and how she feels insecure due to how females are treated. She ends with a powerful statement, "This isn't mean girls, this is country music. Where you actually CAN sit with us."

This made me really bummed today. Since I put out my first single over 4 years ago, every interview includes some form of question about the females in country music... or the current lack thereof. so we swim upstream and wear ourselves out trying to be heard and finally see the charts start to mention a few more of our names, the categories recognize a few more of our songs, and even start to cheer each other on. but then there’s something as simple and seemingly harmless as this, that sets us back. it takes the dozens of talented, determined, hard working, kind women that want to continue the incredible marks on the genre the woman before us have made, and it makes us feel like there’s only one spot available. so then there’s tension. And insecurity. and this magical bond that females have when we truly, actually want each other to win...it gets compromised. It makes me sad because I feel it. Heck, it makes me insecure. It makes me feel tension in a room where there is another girl that is successful. It makes me awkward. It makes me overthink conversations. It makes me assume the worst. Which is actually CRAZY. this is definitely an instavent, because I just don’t want the new females in country music to be misrepresented to the fans or the media as the popular girls in high school that pose for photos like were bffs but secretly despise the one that dates the quarterback. And more than that, I don’t want US to feel like that. This isn’t mean girls, this is country music. Where you actually CAN sit with us.

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Mariah Carey Opens Up About Being Bipolar

In the newest People Magazine cover story, Mariah Carey reveals her struggle with bipolar disorder and not wanting to believe her diagnosis. "Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me," she said. "It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn't do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love -- writing songs and making music." Carey was first diagnosed in 2001 while hospitalized following a breakdown. Carey says she's chosen to share her story now because she's, "just in a really good place right now, where I'm comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder."

She goes on to say, "I'm hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone," Carey said. "It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me."

The New Spotify & Hulu Bundle

Good news for Spotify and Hulu users! You can now enjoy both subscriptions for a combo price of $12.99 per month! This bundle saves you $5 instead of the $9.99/month for Spotify and $7.99/ Hulu. This specific bundle has only been available to students until the switch was made to open it up to everyone starting yesterday. 

Hulu & Spotify are offering bundle w/both services. Spotify’s Premium users will get 1st shot at it. Instead of paying $9.99 a month for subscription to Spotify’s on-demand service, they can choose to pay $12.99 a month for Spotify Premium & Hulu’s Limited Commercials plan #SpotifyHulu

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Kevin Spacey Being Investigated By LA District Attorney

The Los Angeles District Attorney's office is reviewing a sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey less than 6 months after his predatory behavior was exposed and he was ousted from Hollywood. The case in question is about an incident that happened in October 1992 in West Hollywood involving another man. 



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