Analysis: New year, new content, new Pop Life newsletter

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There are only a few days left until 2023 and I already have mixed feelings about the new year.

On the one hand, it is It’s supposed to be a fresh start And a chance to do better. On the other hand, some old ghosts from years past still haunt us – from Covid-19 to divisive politics.

I think we could all use a little change.

To this point, I’m remixing Pop Life Chronicles a bit.

Towards the end of last year, I asked you, dear readers, what you enjoyed most about this newsletter—and overwhelmingly, I said it was the section that gives you something to munch on. Cocktails first, of course.

So while I’ll continue to make suggestions about entertainment to watch, talk about, and listen to, you’ll notice some new formats and fresh flavors in this week’s letter moving forward.

Let’s start with a toast to new beginnings, shall we?

Celine Dion performs at the Videotron Center in Quebec City, Canada, on September 18, 2019.

Social media is made for outrage.

seriously, Where will Twitter be? If we remove all this anger?

Sure, some of the things people choose to argue about are ridiculous, but when it comes to Celine Dion, her supporters aren’t playing around.

The singer recently left Rolling Stone’s list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time Dion’s fans erupted in anger.

Lists like this It’s often orchestrated to stimulate discussion, but Dion is indisputably one of the most amazing singers ever to hold a mic. And given her recent revelation that she is unable to perform due to a rare condition being diagnosed neurosisthe exclusion seemed even more severe.

Now, some pessimistic would say that being ignored was the best thing to happen to the arrangement, as people talk. But if you want the music crowd to take your judgments seriously, that doesn’t include singers like Dion – or Dionne Warwickis also missing from the list – doesn’t seem like the best strategy.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London.

Tired of hearing about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Count me among those who think they were treated horribly, but I also understand the sentiment between some “H”s and “Ms” – lovingly referring to each other in Modern docu-series on Netflix It might be a little overexposed.

Prince Harry gives new interviews It airs this weekend with both Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes and ITV to promote his upcoming memoir.

There are more than a few Americans — I’m raising my hand to give a royal wave — who are dying for news of “the company,” but how much good (or in the case of Harry and Meghan, bad) is too much?

It can be difficult to maintain a balance between controlling your narrative and feeling like you’re telling the same story over and over. Let’s keep in mind, however, that Harry He has a book for sale – This entails doing press and exposure.

what do you think? Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Dua Lipa performing at Qudos Bank Arena on November 8, 2022 in Sydney.

No, Dua Lipa doesn’t have a new album, but she does have a fun podcast.

Dua Lipa: At Your Service is a series based on interviews in which the singer welcomed a host of special guests, including Former Daily Show host Trevor Noahand civil rights leader Bryan Stephenson, famed director Pedro Almodóvar, and others.

Lipa is even planning to record an episode live at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts Next summer in Hay-on-Wye, Wales.

Dua Lipa: At Your Service It can be heard anywhere podcasts are available.

Quinta Bronson in a scene from

“Abbott Elementary”

Schools are back in their lecture!

There may not be More cheerful display It is currently airing or airing from “Abbott Elementary,” and is back after the winter break for some new episodes.

From creator and star Quinta Bronson, the series is funny, poignant and serious. It … it An important greeting for teachers Everywhere. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a sitcom date again?

The series returned to ABC on Wednesdays and is also streaming on Hulu.

scene from

Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street

Always, when a new year comes, I start looking at my money and my undertakings to stick to the budget. (I don’t actually stick to a budget).

Now, my finances are hardly of the level that Bernie Madoff was interested in, but their ups and downs Massive Ponzi scheme It remains one of the scariest white collar crimes of all time — so I’m in for this Netflix documentary series about the disgraced financier, who died in 2021 while serving a 150-year prison sentence.

Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street is now streaming.

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