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Adele sets yet another chart record, predicts which song from '30' her son will "hate" in the future

Simon Emmett

Just when you thought there were no chart records left for Adele to set, she goes ahead and sets another one.

The duet version of her song "Easy on Me" that features country superstar Chris Stapleton has just entered Billboard's Country Airplay chart at number 25. This is her first appearance on one of Billboard's country charts, and it's allowed her to set that new record.

As Billboard notes, "Easy on Me" is the first song ever to appear on the pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop and country airplay charts since Billboard modernized its chart data back in 1990. Before that, the last song to achieve that feat was "We Are the World," the 1985 charity single recorded by USA for Africa, a huge collective of the biggest names in music.

In addition, this is now the 17th Billboard airplay chart Adele has appeared on in her career, out of the 25 airplay charts that Billboard publishes.  Mariah Carey has also appeared on 17 of those charts; the only other artist who's been on more is Pharrell Williams, with 18.

In other news, Adele predicts that her nine-year-old son Angelo might have a bad reaction to one of the songs on 30 when he gets older: "My Little Love."

While appearing on the Canadian show q with host Tom Power, Adele admitted, "He'll probably go through stages of hating it when he's a teenager." The song features Voice Note recordings of Adele talking with Angelo about her divorce. But while it may be embarrassing for him, she says she felt she "had to include" it because "it was an important part of the puzzle."

She explained, "It sorted out some of the clutter that was going on in my ability to talk about how I was feeling."

 

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Pink sends a "HUGE GINORMOUS THANKS" to fans following her Grammy nomination

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Pink has finally collected her thoughts after her song, "All I Know So Far," was nominated for a Grammy. The single, which soundtracked her 2021 Amazon Prime Video documentary of the same name, is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Taking to Instagram late Wednesday, the singer thanked the Recording Academy for the honor before telling fans, "HUGE GINORMOUS THANKS to all of you for coming out to play with us and making this song possible."

Pink is up against five other songs in her category, which includes the viral sensation "Agatha All Along" from Marvel's WandaVision and the powerful "Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)" ballad that Jennifer Hudson belted out in Respect.  Pink is also pitted against Bo Burnham's "All Eyes On Me" as well as Judas and the Black Messiah's "Fight for You," and "Speak Now," from the movie One Night in Miami.

We'll find out if Pink takes home the golden gramophone trophy when the 64th annual Grammy Awards airs January 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gwen Stefani shares how Disney plays a role in her family traditions

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Gwen Stefani joins this year's The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.  Turns out, the singer has fond memories of the theme park. 

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight from Disneyland, the "Slow Clap" singer explained that she grew up in a home that was so close to the park, it was basically her "backyard."

"My parents used to pick us up from school and would be driving down Harvard Boulevard going, 'Oops, we made the wrong turn. I guess we have to go to Disneyland today.' It's just one of those things that we do every year," Gwen recalled, noting that she does the same thing with her kids: 15-year-old Kingston, 13-year-old Zuma, and Apollo, who's seven.

"I bring the kids every single year at Christmas time, so I know that they would be freaked out to know that I am actually here right now. They are going to be like, 'Why didn't you bring us?'" Gwen laughed.

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration airs Sunday, November 28, at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

Although Christmas is right around the corner, Gwen's focused on Thanksgiving, and revealed, "We leave next week to go to Oklahoma, it's a tradition. My whole family flies out, and we have not been back there since the wedding."

The singer adds she's "very excited" to spend her first holiday as Mrs. Blake Shelton and raved, "It's gonna be our first married Thanksgiving!"

Gwen says she's also looking forward to stuffing herself with turkey, adding, "My mom definitely likes to do her turkey her way. Blake likes to experiment with multiple smaller turkeys," revealing he previously made a "hot Cheetos turkey" and plans on a "bacon-wrapped" bird this year.

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Jessie J reveals she suffered a pregnancy loss

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Jessie J has announced that she suffered a miscarriage. The "Domino" singer, who had been keeping her pregnancy a secret from fans, shared the sad news on Instagram today.

"Yesterday morning I was laughing with a friend saying 'seriously though how am I going to get through my gig in LA tomorrow night without telling the whole audience I am pregnant,'" Jessie wrote, and shared a photo of her flashing a positive Clearblue pregnancy test. "By yesterday afternoon I was dreading the thought of getting through the gig without breaking down…After going for my 3rd scan and being told there was no longer a heartbeat."

The British singer vowed to go through with her acoustic performance in Los Angeles "because I know singing tonight will help me."  She added, "My soul needs it. Even more today."

As for revealing what happened, she explained, "I want to be honest and true and not hide what I'm feeling..I want to be as myself as I can be in this moment. Not just for the audience but for myself and my little baby that did [its] best."

If you're wondering who the father is, Jessie also explained that she'd decided to "have a baby on my own. Because it's all I've ever wanted and life is short."

While she's currently "in shock," Jessie assured fans, "I know I am strong, and I know I will be ok." She noted that she now feels "connected" to the "millions of women" who've "felt this pain," noting, "it's the loneliest feeling in the world."

Fans immediately reached out, leading Jessie to post on Wednesday afternoon, "Your overwhelming instant outpour of love is felt, received and appreciated beyond measure. And has got me out of bed this morning. Thank you."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meghan Trainor's newborn son to make music video debut on Friday

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Meghan Trainor is counting down the days until her original holiday single "My Kind of Present" gets an ultra-festive music video makeover.  The singer teased the upcoming treat, promising that fans will be able to indulge in some extra-spirited Christmas cheer when the video premieres on Friday.

"GET READY FOR THE ['My Kind of Present'] MUSIC VIDEO," Meghan rejoiced in an Instagram post on Wednesday, and also introduced the song's official artwork, which depicts her and husband Daryl Sabara embracing in a flurry of snowflakes. She also revealed that a very special little baby will be making his big debut in the clip.

"Introducing the adorable Riley Trainor," the Grammy winner proudly announced.  She and Daryl welcomed their firstborn nine months ago.  While he makes regular appearances on social media, this will mark the first time Riley will play a major role in his mom's work.

Meghan also revealed that choreographer Charm La'Donna will be jumping behind the camera to direct the cozy music video.  Charm previously worked with Meghan on "All About That Bass" and "Let You Be Right."

Charm also worked with artists Dua Lipa and Ava Max, directing the latter's "My Head & My Heart" music video.  In addition, she choreographed The Weeknd's Super Bowl Halftime show.

"My Kind of Present" is featured on Meghan's 2020 holiday album A Very Trainor Christmas, which features the voices of Meghan's dad, Gary Trainor, and cousins JaydenJenna and Marcus.

 

 

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Post Malone treats rosé lovers to new Maison No. 9 merch

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If you've browsed the rosé section of your local liquor store lately, chances are you passed by a bottle of Post Malone's wine, Maison No. 9.  If you need a visual, the wine comes in a sleek bottle with white lettering and a glass stopper.  Now, to help wine lovers get excited for the holidays, the "Circles" singer has dropped a brand new collection of merchandise that celebrates his pink drink.

The capsule collection includes shirts, hats, sweaters, scarves and more. One of the more unique additions is a pair of white tube socks that bears the brand's logo and has a description of the wine printed on the side. 

Posty also has something for those wine drinkers who love spoiling their dogs: a $20 pink, plush, dog-toy version of the wine bottle.

The exclusive new merch is available to purchase now on the Maison No. 9 website.

Maison No. 9 has a 4.1 out of 5 rating on the popular wine app Vivino.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Olivia Rodrigo celebrates her seven Grammy nods with cake

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 Olivia Rodrigo is too young to celebrate her seven Grammy nominations with champagne, like her idol Taylor Swift, so she made do with something else: cake.

The simple white cake is decorated with colorful sprinkles and bears the message, "You did it b****! 7" written in icing.

Olivia, who is 18, has been nominated in the so-called Big Four categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.  In addition, she is up for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Drivers License," Best Pop Vocal Album for SOUR, and Best Music Video for her heartbreak anthem, "Good 4 U."

The young singer took to Instagram to express her shock and explain why the nominations are a full-circle moment for her.

"When I was younger, my family lived a few blocks from the staples center, where the Grammys took place every year," Olivia wrote, adding she always looked "in wide eyed wonder" at the plaques listing previous winners.  She also used to haunt the Grammy Museum because she was "fascinated by the history of the show and all of the incredible musicians that made it up."

Olivia continued, "many dreams have come true for me this year but this one is probably the most meaningful."  

"Thank you to everyone who has believed in me and supported the songs I write," she concluded. "I’m beyond humbled. truly a day I will never forget. so grateful aghhh."

Among those celebrating Olivia's recognition was fellow nominee FINNEAS, as well as actresses Hayley Kiyoko and Vanessa Hudgens, and singer Camila Cabello.

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Report: Justin Timberlake open to talking with Britney Spears

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Britney Spears recently criticized people in her industry, such as Christina Aguilera, for not speaking out against her controversial conservatorship.  According to a new report, Justin Timberlake doesn't think those words apply to him. 

Hollywood Life quotes as supposed source as claiming the "Can't Stop the Feeling!" singer is very happy for Britney, whom he famously dated from 1999 to 2002, and "loves" that she's no longer in a conservatorship.  The insider also claims that Justin is keeping the door open for his ex to reach out when she's ready.

"Justin would love to talk to Britney if Britney wanted to talk to him," the source spilled, adding that he "hasn't reached out to her personally, yet." 

"He is not at all discouraged not to. It is just important for Justin is that he comes across as genuine because this is his true intentions," per the source.

That decision may be influenced by the Framing Britney Spears documentary, which looked into the role he played in Britney's fall from grace by revisiting his less-than-gentlemanly behavior after their breakup. JT subsequently wrote a lengthy apology to Britney in February, saying on Instagram, "I know I failed."

The source adds that Justin is "secure" that Britney "heard his apology" and adds, "if she needed him in any way, he would gladly help out in any way that he could... He has her back from a far right now but that could easily change if and when Britney needs anything more."

Speaking of Britney, she whipped fans into a frenzy on Tuesday by claiming she "just shot a movie titled 'THE IDOL,'" sparking rumors that she's part of The Weeknd's upcoming HBO show of the same name.

TMZ shot down the reports, adding Britney might be referring to a personal project.

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Taylor Swift celebrates Grammy nod with champagne and a teaser

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Taylor Swift is celebrating evermore's Grammy nomination for Album of the Year by dressing fancy and drinking champagne.

Taking to Twitter once the nominations were announced, Taylor shared a black and white video of her sitting at the bottom of a spiral staircase and singing "Champagne Problems" as collaborator Aaron Dessner accompanies her on the piano.   The singer is wearing the same lavish white dress she wore in the "I Bet You Think About Me" music video. The clip, which was shot overhead, presents an alternative angle of the gown and shows even more details about it, including its massive train.

"NO PROBLEMS TODAY JUST CHAMPAGNE," Taylor wrote. "I wanted to share this video with you from when @aaron_dessner and I were doing our fittings for the video and there was a piano, so ofc this happened. SO stoked evermore has been honored like this. Congrats to all our fellow nominees."

Aaron reposted the video and jokingly added, along with three red heart emojis, "well folkmore....the piano did seem a little lonely just sitting there."

Taylor is against some stiff competition for Album of the Year: expanded field of nominees includes her protégé, Olivia Rodrigo, as well as Billie EilishJustin BieberLady Gaga and Tony BennettLil Nas XH.E.R.Doja CatKanye West and the Grammy's most-nominated act, Jon Batiste.

Find out if Taylor takes home yet another golden gramophone trophy when the 64th annual Grammy Awards airs January 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tai Verdes & Rob Thomas prepare for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debuts

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This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature established stars like Andy Grammer, Rob Thomas, Kelly Rowland, Sara Bareilles and Nelly, as well as rising artists like Zoe Wees and Tai Verdes. Tai's happy for the opportunity to get in front of viewers who don't know him from TikTok or the radio.

"It's always really awesome to see the different steps that you can take to be exposed to more people," he tells ABC Audio. "Especially with something like the Macy's Day Parade, it's kind of cool to see something that I've seen for like years and be a part of that."

Tai will sing his hit "A-O-K" while riding on the Jennie-O float, but he laughs, "Honestly, they could put me on any float, and I'd be happy."  He doesn't even mind that he'll miss Thanksgiving dinner with his folks back in California.

"My family would usually just eat dinner together, we don't have any crazy traditions, so it's not like I'm missing out a lot," he says. "But I'm also going back and having, like, a 'Thanksgiving dinner' after -- on, like, Saturday and Sunday."

Rob Thomas is also a first-timer when it come to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He'll be singing a song from his new holiday album, Something About Christmas Time, while riding aboard the Hallmark Channel float, and he and his wife are equally thrilled.

"I'm stoked...my wife, growing up in Queens, [NY], that's been her entire life," he tells ABC Audio. "Christmas starts when Santa Claus goes past Macy's, then, from that moment on for her, it's the holidays."

"I'm excited about doing it and I'm excited about doing it on the Hallmark float," he adds. "That's huge! That's serious Christmas, right there.  I am knee-deep in Christmas at that point!"

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BTS relishes their Grammy nods while performing "Permission to Dance" on 'Late Late Show with James Corden'

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If you wanted to know how BTS feels about securing their second career Grammy nod, for Pop Duo or Group Performance, they're giving themselves "Permission to Dance."

The K-pop sensations took over The Late Late Show with James Corden Tuesday and poured their hearts into performing their summertime hit.  The septet, comprised of members Jimin, Jin, J-Hope, Jungkook, RM, Suga and V, broke out the balloons and energetically danced in front of a digital backdrop of rolling clouds -- a possible hint they were on cloud nine.

BTS also helped James with his perennial bit, Crosswalk Concert, which saw them take over West Hollywood's Beverly Boulevard to perform "Dynamite" and "Butter" while traffic waited at the red light. 

This marked the group's first in-person appearance on Late Late Show in two years. The guys were excited to make their grand return during an already amazing week for them. On top of their Grammy nod, they took home three awards at the fan-voted American Music Awards on Sunday. RM said they're "flattered" by the honor, while Suga also shouted-out their loyal fan base -- the ARMY -- when discussing the effects of the pandemic, which derailed many of their plans.

"At first, we were very bitter about this whole situation.  It was very difficult," he confessed, but said that initial disappointment showed BTS "how precious everything is."  V added the experience "made us work together even better."

Other highlights from their Late Late Show appearance included the boys ratting out Jungkook as the person who gets the most nervous before a show, and Jimin flexing his muscles as RM pressured James to touch those "concrete" thighs.  

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"How good is Australian music?" The Kid LAROI wins two ARIA Awards

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Just hours after he scored his first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, The Kid LAROI won two ARIA Awards, the Australian equivalent of the Grammys.

The Australian rapper was named Best Artist, and also scored the Best Pop Release award for "Stay," his hit collaboration with Justin Bieber

While accepting his Best Artist award, LAROI, born Charlton Howard, said, "How good is Australian music? It’s incredible that I’m getting this much love, especially from home. That means to world to me.”

He added, "Starting this, all I wanted to do was just bring up the culture, and show the world how Australian music was. Shout-out to every one of you guys out there who's been supporting it. I'll be back next year on tour and I can't wait to see you guys. I love you."

LAROI was presented with the award by Australian journalist Brooke Boney, who, like LAROI, is Kamilaroi, one of the four largest Indigenous nations of Australia.  Earlier this month, LAROI was also named Best Artist at Australia’s National Indigenous Music Awards.

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Lady Gaga "utterly speechless" over her and Tony Bennett's six Grammy nods for 'Love for Sale'

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Lady Gaga's previous collaboration with Tony Bennett, the album Cheek to Cheek, won them a Grammy, so it's no surprise that their new joint album, Love for Sale, has been nominated as well.

Well, it's a surprise to Gaga, evidently.

Reacting to the news that the project -- which has been announced as Bennett's final album -- received six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Gaga wrote on Instagram, "I am stunned and shocked and beyond grateful. I don’t know what to say. I just keep crying and am utterly speechless. This means so much to me, @itstonybennett, the Bennetts, my family, jazz music, and the great Cole Porter who wrote all these timeless classics."

Gaga also said she congratulated Bennett, who has Alzheimer's, on the nominations and revealed, "He could track every word I was saying and understood the world was celebrating him and celebrating jazz -- a genre that embodies the joy, abundance and imagination of Black music throughout history."

"This album happened because it was Tony’s idea and I made him a promise that we would make it and we did," she continued. "At 95 years old, he has more nominations than ever, I’m so honored to be his companion in music and his friend."

"Believe in love and partnership, even with 60 years between us, and Alzheimer’s, there is nothing like the magic of music," Gaga concluded. "I love you Tony, and the world loves you too. How could they not?"

Love for Sale was nominated for Album of the Year and Traditional Pop Album of the Year, while "I Get a Kick Out of You," one of its tracks, is up for Record of the Year, among other categories.

The Grammys will air January 31 on CBS.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Adele's '30' surpasses Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy' for biggest album of the year

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Move over, Drake, Adele's taking over! The British singer's fourth studio effort, 30, now holds the title for biggest U.S. album debut of 2021.

Adele released the highly anticipated album on November 19, and according to Billboard, initial MRC Data reveals she racked up more than 660,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in just three days. The massive feat surpasses the September 3 release of Drake's Certified Lover Boy, which launched with 613,000 earned units for the week ending September 9.  

Not only did the "Easy On Me" singer beat out Drake, she also beat out the previous year's best-seller: Taylor Swift's evermore, which sold 462,000 copies in 2020. 

The official MRC Data won't be reported until Sunday, November 28, but with sales like that, it'd be no surprise if Adele landed atop the Billboard 200 album chart as well. If so, that would earn Adele her third number-one album, after 2015's 25 and 2010's 21.

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Lady Gaga says 'House of Gucci' is a "really wild ride" and a "really powerful story"

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Lady Gaga is already getting Oscar buzz for her role in Ridley Scott's House of Gucci, which opens today. The film is based on the true story of Patrizia Reggiani, who hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci -- and Gaga says it's quite the emotional journey.

"I think that this movie is a really wild ride," she tells ABC News. "It's a drama, but it's also a dark comedy, so if you're looking to laugh, it's great to go to the theater and see it. And also...I think it's a really powerful story."

Gaga feels the movie is really about how women are sometimes taught that they have no value unless a man loves them -- and what happens if that loves ends.

"The Guccis...were so focused on the money and the business that they were blind to the thing that they should've been paying attention to, which was the disaster that was [Patrizia]," Gaga says.

"She was disposed of by the family...She was not treated like she mattered. She was treated like she lost her looks and was not valuable," Gaga continues. "And had they not been so focused on their privilege, they would have noticed that a murder was just about to take place."

Gaga says she was hesitant at first to play a real person because Patrizia has two daughters -- but also because of the way Patrizia had been portrayed in the media.

"I was not interested in playing a stereotypical, sexy gold-digging woman that was after his money," she explains.

She adds, "That's not what the truth was. And I remember I sat down with Ridley and [he] said to me, 'You know, they were really in love.' And I said, 'O.K., I'm going to run with that.' And I did."

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