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AJ McLean: "The world would melt down" if Backstreet, *NSYNC and Spice Girls toured together

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The Backstreet Boys are taking some time off in 2024 and Justin Timberlake is doing a solo tour, so Joey Fatone and AJ McLean are keeping themselves busy by doing a joint tour that starts in March. But AJ says he's still holding out hope that one day their respective groups can tour together.

Asked by Rolling Stone if he, like so many fans, is hoping that *NSYNC will reunite for a tour, AJ says, "Honestly, I am. And there’s been so many talks. Even before Trolls and before them coming together again, there’s been so many years of talks of Backstreet and *NSYNC touring together and a stadium tour."

"I’m not trying to start a new rumor. But if Backstreet, *NSYNC and Spice Girls did a tour together, the world would melt down," he adds. "What a great, almost like send-off moment that would be for everyone’s career. And it’s only for the fans, to say one big giant thank you for years and years of being loyal fans to all of us."

While we all wait for that, though, Joey and AJ will entertain fans by singing each others' songs, plus songs by other artists they enjoy, like Green Day, Nirvana and even Lady Gaga. They've got a live band, and AJ tells Rolling Stone that the show has "got a little bit of everything."

"It’s got comedy, it’s got heart, it’s got great music," he says. "It’s got a lot of great interaction with the audience."

But about that *NSYNC reunion — Joey tells Rolling Stone, "We’re all kind of slowly thinking of what we can do now that this Trolls thing has taken off. It’s a possibility now."

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Dua Lipa's personal beauty icon may surprise you

Dua Lipa for YSL Beauty, photographed by Élodie Daguin

Dua Lipa has graced the covers of dozens of magazines and worked with some of the most influential fashion designers, photographers and stylists in the business throughout her career. But she says her personal beauty icon is someone a lot closer to home: her mom, Anesa.

Speaking to ELLE about her new role as YSL Beauty's global makeup ambassador, Dua says, "I’ve always looked through her makeup bag first, before anyone else’s. That was my first introduction to makeup and the way she carried herself. I’ve always looked up to her in terms of style and makeup. She’s my beauty icon.”

In fact, after Dua decided to dye her hair red while making her new album, she tells Vanity Fair, "I ... just realized that it’s exactly the same hair color my mom used to dye her hair when I was younger. My mom always had reddish, purpleish, dark autumnal hair."

While Dua has yet to release the title or track list of her upcoming album, she tells Vanity Fair that she knows what kind of makeup will best capture the spirit of the project.

"Less of everything, because it’s an after-hours album," she explains. "If you're going to go out dancing, I think a lipstick and some mascara and just get sweaty. That's the vibe."

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Taylor Swift's father accused of assaulting a photographer in Australia

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Taylor Swift’s father, Scott Swift, has been accused of assaulting a photographer in Australia early Tuesday morning local time.

New South Wales police are investigating an “alleged assault” on Sydney’s North Shore Tuesday morning, NSW police said in a statement.

“A 71-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 51-year-old man at Neutral Bay Wharf about 2.30am on Tuesday, February 27, before leaving the location,” NSW police said.

The 51-year-old man who reported the incident did not need medical attention or have serious injuries, according to police.

Scott Swift has not been charged with anything, and he is not in police custody at this time, NSW police said.

“The younger man reported the incident and inquiries are now underway by officers attached to North Shore Police Area Command,” the police said.

Two individuals were aggressively pushing their way towards Taylor, grabbing at her security personnel and threatening to throw a female staff member into the water, a Taylor Swift spokesperson told ABC News in a statement.

Taylor's next concert date is March 2 in Singapore.

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Music notes: Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and more

Olivia Rodrigo got support from her boyfriend, Louis Partridge, during the opening night of her GUTS world tour. Louis was spotted dancing and singing along in the crowd at the Friday concert in Palm Springs, California. He also posted a snap from the event to his Instagram Story. "So so so good," he wrote on top of a photo of the stage.

Travis Kelce's dad, Ed Kelce, is putting Bethenny Frankel on blast for comments she made about Travis' relationship with Taylor Swift. After Bethenny posted a video claiming that Tayvis won't last, Ed took to Facebook to make his voice heard. “Who TF is this troll?” Ed wrote alongside a link to a Newsweek article about Bethenny's comments. In her video, Bethenny called Taylor and Travis peacocks. “When you get into real life and you get into kids and marriage and things like that … it’s not easy [and] relationships take work. And it’s hard, because Taylor Swift is certainly a peacock. So they’re really usually can only be one peacock in a relationship,” Bethenny said.

Gwen Stefani was honored as the godmother of Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, the Carnival Jubilee, on Monday. Gwen blessed and named the ship, before christening it with a champagne bottle that struck its bow. Later, she performed a private concert of several of her hits, including "The Sweet Escape," "Hollaback Girl" and "Just a Girl." Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said she is thrilled to have Gwen as the godmother of their new ship. “I know she has been honored in so many ways for her music with numerous awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and now she has a ship!” Duffy said.

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With her latest chart record, Taylor Swift surpasses The Beatles

Beth Garrabrant

Another day, another chart record for Taylor Swift — and this one puts her ahead of The Beatles.

According to Billboard, Taylor now holds the record for most weeks spent in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Over all 16 of her top 10-charting albums, she's spent a total 384 weeks in that upper region of the chart. In fact, she has three albums in the top 10 right now: 1989 (Taylor's Version), Lover and Midnights.

Her 384 weeks passes The Beatles, who spent a total of 382 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. They've had 32 albums that have reached the top 10. The last time the legendary group was in that part of the chart was in 2022, when a deluxe reissue of their 1966 album Revolver was at #4.

Out of Taylor's albums, Midnights is the one that has spent the most weeks in the top 10: 68 in all. 1989 is next with 60, followed by Fearless with 58, Lover with 54 and folklore with 30.

After Taylor and The Beatles, the other acts that have spent the most weeks in the top 10 are The Rolling Stones, with 309 weeks; Barbra Streisand with 277; and Drake and Mariah Carey, each with 233.

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Zac Efron on the Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce 'High School Musical' comparisons

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They’re all in this together.

Zac Efron weighed in on the similarities fans have noticed between Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s relationship and the plot of his breakout film, High School Musical.

The 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie stars Efron as basketball-star-turned-theater-kid Troy Bolton. It follows Troy as he falls in love with math genius and fellow thespian Gabriella Montez, played by Vanessa Hudgens.

Gabriella often cheered Troy on during his basketball games over the course of the trilogy of HSM films, causing fans to draw comparisons to Taylor’s presence at Travis’ football games. E! News asked Efron about the perceived similarities in an interview released Monday.

"Wow, I didn't think about that," Efron said. “That's really cool. Shout out to all the High School Musical fans."

Efron went on to confirm that he’s a Tayvis shipper.

"I love the whole Travis, Taylor thing. Man, I'm so happy for them," Efron said. "They're two of the best people in the world. How can you not be stoked?"

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Beyoncé scores her ninth solo Hot 100 #1 hit

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Beyoncé's song "Texas Hold 'Em" has played its cards right: a week after debuting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, it's ascended to the number-one spot.

The song is Beyoncé's ninth #1 on that chart as a solo artist, and her first since 2022's "Break My Soul." Bey topped the chart with Destiny's Child four times.

Meanwhile, "Texas Hold 'Em" is #1 for a second week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Last week Bey made history by being the first Black female artist ever to top that chart. Now the song has become the 26th track in Billboard's chart history to have hit #1 on both Hot Country Songs and the Hot 100 chart.  

There were four songs that accomplished that feat last year: Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves' "I Remember Everything"; Morgan Wallen's "Last Night"; Oliver Anthony Music's "Rich Men North of Richmond"; and Jason Aldean's "Try That In a Small Town."

Meanwhile, Jack Harlow's "Lovin on Me” has slipped to #2, following six nonconsecutive weeks at #1.

"Texas Hold 'Em" is one of two new songs Beyoncé released on February 11, ahead of the March 29 release of her new album, the follow-up to 2022's Renaissance.

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Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" was the biggest global single of 2023

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Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" was a smash single, but now, it's officially been named the biggest single of 2023.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents artists worldwide, has honored "Flowers" with its Global Single award, which means it was the world's bestselling single of 2023 across all digital formats: paid streaming, ad-supported streaming and single-track downloads.

Lewis Morrison, the director of Global Charts & Certifications at IFPI, said in a statement, "Topping the charts in so many countries simultaneously, the song – along with its message of empowerment -resonated across the world and is the definition of a truly global hit. Congratulations to Miley and her team for this incredible achievement."

According to the IFPI, the rest of the top 10 biggest singles in the world in 2023 were:

2. Selena Gomez & Rema, "Calm Down"

3. SZA, "Kill Bill"

4. The Weekend &Ariana Grande, "Die for You"

5. Harry Styles, "As It Was"

6. Yng Lvcas and Peso Pluma, "La Bebe"

7. Taylor Swift, "Cruel Summer"

9. Taylor Swift, "Anti-Hero"

10. Jung Kook & Latto, "Seven"

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Pink adds six new dates to North American arena tour

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Pink's 2024 tour continues to expand.

She's just added six new dates to the North American leg of her PINK LIVE 2024 tour: Detroit, St. Paul, Minnesota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Birmingham, Alabama. The dates feature special guests The Script and GROUPLOVE.

There are Citi and Verizon presales for the new dates starting February 27 at 10 a.m. local time at citientertainment.com and Verizon Up. The general on-sale date is March 1 at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.

The North American leg of that tour, which is staged in arenas, starts September 3 with two shows in Tacoma, Washington, and is currently set to wrap up November 20 in Columbia, South Carolina. Pink's 2024 stadium tour, billed as Summer Carnival 2024 with opening act Sheryl Crow, start August 10 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pink is currently touring in Australia. On her Instagram Story, she posted a video of a recent show during which a fan held up a sign that read, "You, Me & Carey" — meaning Pink's husband, Carey Hart -- "threesome?"

"I don't know what to say," Pink laughs. "I'm not often speechless!"

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Selena Gomez reveals the surprising celebrity she was obsessed with growing up

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On the February 23 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Selena Gomez faced off against a superfan to answer trivia questions about herself — and lost badly. According to Selena, however, there's one artist who she could've won a trivia contest on: late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

After the trivia contest, Kimmel asked Selena, "Who was YOUR Selena Gomez growing up?" She revealed that it was Cobain and explained, "My mom obviously would play all kinds of music for me growing up. I kind of got obsessed and dyed my hair and cut my hair like him. I know a little too much."

Selena said she had posters of Cobain on her walls, would "rewatch his interviews" and "watch his performances." She added, "I have seen his documentary, like, 12 times.”

In the present day, Selena said she was a bit starstruck meeting Jason Segel at the Emmys because she watches How I Met Your Mother every night. Unfortunately, her boyfriend, Benny Blanco, embarrassed her in front of Segal by saying, "She falls asleep to you every night!"

Selena also discussed her new single "Love On," including the now-famous "steak tartare" line. She noted she hates steak tartare in real life but said, "It sang so well!"

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Oscar nominees Billie Eilish and FINNEAS' "rare" relationship: "There's never been real jealousy"

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Billie Eilish and FINNEAS are up for their second Best Original Song Oscar, this time for their Barbie song "What Was I Made For?" It's rare for any songwriting team to have that kind of success, but even rarer for a brother-and-sister team. However, Billie says they've done so well because they're siblings.

Speaking to ABC News at the pre-Oscar luncheon, Billie said that when it comes to songwriting, she and FINNEAS can get straight down to business because they're family.

"There's no, like, wasted time," Billie explained. "There's no small talk and catching up and kind of beating around the bush of how you feel. There's no, like, not trying to tell them everything you feel because you don't want them to think differently of you, or, like, not talk to you again because you're going to think I'm weird if I feel this way.'"

Billie insisted, "There's none of that, ever. It's like, we are completely, fully, 100% uncensored in terms of everything we feel and our personalities and who we are."

Billie knows that she and FINNEAS are lucky to have that kind of relationship.

"It's not the most common thing, I think it's pretty rare," she noted. "I think also, like, siblings can be really challenging and there can be weird jealousies and there can be ... weird, just like, beefs in siblings. And we've just never been like that."

Most amazingly, Billie says, "There's never been real jealousy. ... He doesn't want what I have and I don't want what he has, but we both admire it for each other."

She laughs, "It's really awesome! Like, I can't recommend it enough."

The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air on ABC March 10.

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Music notes: Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and more

Harry Styles is an uncle! His older sister, Gemma Styles, announced the arrival of her newborn daughter on Instagram on Friday. "Hello from maternity leave! Took some time off to ensure the safe arrival of our baby girl, who is adored by her whole family," Gemma captioned her post. "I know that this news can be difficult for many people and I’m sending you lots of love."

The men in Taylor Swift's life interacted with her fans during her Eras Tour concert in Sydney, Australia, on Friday. Travis Kelce passed out guitar picks to several concertgoers, as captured in footage posted to social media, while Taylor's father, Scott Swift, gave sandwiches and fruit to those seated near the concert's VIP area. In fan-recorded video, Scott can be heard telling the fans to "help yourselves" to a tray of food.

Speaking of Taylor, PETA has made a statement about her two trips to the Sydney Zoo while in Australia. “While we understand all too well the appeal of seeing Australia’s wildlife, PETA hopes that next time Taylor and Travis want to see wild animals, they’ll spend their time and money at a true sanctuary,” Debbie Metzler, PETA Foundation's director of captive animal welfare, told TMZ on Thursday.

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(Don't) Love Me Like You Do? Ellie Goulding and husband Caspar Jopling split

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Ellie Goulding and her husband of 4 1/2 years, Caspar Jopling, have broken up.

The singer announced the news on her Instagram Story on February 23, writing, "In light of recent stories, I feel I have been left with no choice but to let you all know that Caspar and I privately separated some time ago."

"We remain the closest of friends and have been successfully co-parenting with our son's best interests at heart," she added. The couple share son Arthur, who's 2 1/2.

"We are committed to protecting our family privacy and thank people in advance for respecting our wishes - we won't be commenting further. Thank you," the statement concluded.

She also posted Caspar's statement, in which he reiterated that he and Ellie had decided to split "some time ago" and that "immediate family and close friends" knew about it. He also repeated Ellie's comment that they "remain the closest of friends and, most importantly, 'co-parents' to the best kiddo in the world, Arthur. This is the last I want to say on this."

Jopling, 32, an art dealer, and Ellie, 37, tied the knot in 2019 at a lavish wedding in North Yorkshire, England, that was attended by Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, James Blunt and his wife, actress Sienna Miller, Princess Eugenie and Eugenie's mom, Sarah, Duchess of York.

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"Can't Get Enough" of Japan: JLo gives twins trip for 16th birthday

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Jennifer Lopez's twins, Max and Emme, turned 16 on February 22, and to mark the milestone, their mom gave them a trip to Japan.

JLo took to Instagram on February 23 to share a video of her and the kids on their getaway. The "Can't Get Enough" singer is seen alongside Max and Emme as they enjoy a tea ceremony, eat ramen and sushi, attend an immersive digital art installation, visit temples and, um, cuddle baby pigs.

The twins are also each pictured with fan-favorite anime characters from Pokémon and One Piece.

"Happy birthday to my coconuts," Jennifer wrote at the end of the video. "I love you."

Lopez's song "Hummingbird," off her new album, This Is Me… Now, plays in the background. "'Cause you help me be the best version of me/ And all I wanna do is help you be the best version of you," she sings in the song.

Jennifer, who's married to Ben Affleck, shares Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony.

Earlier this week, Jennifer added second shows in Miami, Toronto and New York City to her This Is Me ... Now tour, which kicks off June 26 in Orlando, Florida.

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Miley Cyrus' 'Drive-Away Dolls' cameo: "She's ... game for anything"

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Miley Cyrus makes a cameo in director Ethan Coen's new road movie Drive-Away Dolls, and it's her first time back on the big screen in a live-action role in years.

“She is so much fun. [Exactly] what you would imagine. A real pro,” Coen told The Wrap.

Drive-Away Dolls is about two gay women who embark on a cross-country road trip. According to Screen Rant, Miley's character, Tiffany Plastercaster, is only seen in psychedelic interludes. She's based on a real person named Cynthia Plaster Caster, a legendary '60s groupie who became famous for making plaster molds of rock stars', um, junk.

"That’s her thing, too. She’s into that, both the retro hippie thing and the whole ... molding thing," Coen told The Wrap. "Miley loves her d****."

Tricia Cooke, the movie's co-writer and editor, added that Miley knew all about Cynthia Plaster Caster before she got the role.

"I was telling her about Cynthia Plaster Caster, ‘I don’t know if you know. Your character’s based on Cynthia,’" Cooke tells The Wrap. "She’s like, ‘I thought that’s why you called me.’ Big fondness for Cynthia Plaster Caster. She’s also just game for anything, whatever you ask her to do."

Coen added, "At 29 years old, she’s — I mean it in the best sense — like an old show-business broad. ‘Yeah, whatever, honey. All you need.’”
 

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