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"Cheese on cheese": Aqua on why "Barbie Girl" isn't featured in 'Barbie' movie

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Aqua has a theory about why their hit song "Barbie Girl," which recently turned 25, is not featured in the upcoming Barbie movie. 

Singer Lene Nystrøm told Variety she thinks combining the novelty hit with the Margot Robbie-led film would be "cheese on cheese." 

"I totally understand why they didn't use it," she said, adding there's no hard feelings. "It's going to bring us a lot of attention, no matter what!"

Søren Rasted, the guy who rocked the spiked hair, said, "We should say we turned it down. Ryan Gosling is not good enough!" Gosling stars as Barbie's on-again, off-again boyfriend Ken.

Reflecting on their hit song's 25th anniversary, the Danish-Norwegian Euro pop band revealed the hit came out before autotune changed the game. Rasted explained singers "had to hit it" every time, which vexed their lead singer.

Nystrøm admits the high-pitched song tested her nerves. "I don't know how many headsets I smashed," she laughed. "I was furious for months!" Despite that, she's thankful her vocals were pitch perfect. "It made the whole track magical, but it took me a long time to admit it," she said.

The group also opened up about experiencing backlash for the song, with feminists slamming the hit. "We weren’t prepared for all the negative reactions," Nystrøm said. The criticism "was a little bit tough to swallow."

She also remembers being sued by Mattel, adding, "You had to watch what you were saying all the time, sometimes our words were twisted." That lawsuit was eventually dismissed.

Despite this, Aqua knows their song, which has over 1 billion YouTube views, will have a long life.  "A good melody never dies, it just keeps on giving. And ‘Barbie Girl’ is a perfect example of that," said Nystrøm.

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Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds snatches up new mansion in Los Angeles

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Dan Reynolds, frontman of Imagine Dragons, has a new place to call home.

Dirt reports the "Enemy" singer snatched up a mansion in Los Feliz, a hillside neighborhood of LA, for $5.8 million. This becomes his third home in the LA area, joining his $11 million beach house in Malibu, as well as a house in the Eagle Rock neighborhood.

Reynolds recently separated from his wife of 11 years, Aja Volkman, which may be why the singer has expanded his real estate portfolio.  

Taking a peek at Reynolds' new digs, the outlet reports the house was first built in the 1950s and has been heavily renovated in the years since. The abode offers five bathrooms, four bedrooms and over 6,000 feet of living space.

In addition, it offers a designer kitchen with marble trim and top-of-the-line appliances. Other prime perks include a balcony off the main suite, a screening room, a steam shower, a saltwater pool, a temperature-controlled wine room, a separate guest house and a breathtaking view of the city.

The listing also hints that Reynolds can walk outside and enjoy the shade of some palm trees as he grabs a snack off one of the fruit trees planted on the property. 

The house was originally listed for $8 million when it went up for sale in January. If you want to see more of the home, a video tour was shared to YouTube in December.

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Camila Cabello celebrates her Cuban heritage, says music is "an anchor of who I am"

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Camila Cabello embraced her Cuban heritage in her album Familia and is glad she was able to share such an important part of herself with her fans.

Speaking in Spanish to Vogue Mexico, the singer explains how the album helped her evolve as a person and find her identity. Camila says she isn't the same person she was two years ago, noting how the COVID-19 pandemic created "such a lonely moment" for everyone during lockdown.

Camila used the time to focus on her mental health and found comfort in her roots, so she reconnected with them in order to live her "healthiest and happiest life."

"I have had times in my life where I really miss the Latin culture," Camila says, but admits she feels like an outsider when she visits Mexico and Cuba because she grew up in America -- unlike her parents. She says Familia was inspired by the feeling of "missing" something she couldn't fully experience.

"These last two years I was in the core of my family, so the songs I heard was the music I grew up with, the ones my mom and dad listened to," she says. "I wanted to recreate it on this record, literally with my family, because it resonates with me on so many levels."

Camila adds, "Now it is like the first time that I feel that I am really in contact with the music of today and, for me, it is very exciting."

"Being ... a Latina woman in the United States, music for me is an anchor of who I am," Camila says. "Also the language, even if you are not in Latin America, makes you feel connected with your people. I love that."

Camila wants to "learn more about my culture," which continues to inspire her.

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Goo Goo Dolls provide unflinching look at domestic violence in "You Are the Answer" music video

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Goo Goo Dolls have released the "You Are the Answer" music video, which fans hail as the standout track off their new album, Chaos in Bloom.

The music video hits close to home for the band, as it highlights the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, a nonprofit they've partnered with. The organization is focused on ending the cycle of domestic violence by assisting children in their safety and well-being, and in securing a better future.

The music video shares an unflinching look at domestic violence, starting with a woman using makeup to hide her multiple bruises. It's then revealed the woman grew up in an unstable household, where her violent father would abuse both her and her mother.

Her mother was too afraid to flee the relationship, which causes the woman to reflect on why she continues to stay with her abusive partner. 

The music video ends with the woman consoling her younger self before escaping her home to seek closure by visiting her elderly father at a hospital. She then gives birth to her child and is seen peacefully feeding her baby without her abusive partner.

Frontman John Rzeznik then shares a PSA about supporting the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and encouraging victims of domestic violence to reach out for help.

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively.

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Marshmello now has his very own collection of air fryers

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Air fryers are one of the hottest new kitchen gadgets, and Marshmello has hopped on the trend by releasing his very own collection.

The "Happier" DJ spoke with People about his new line and explained, "When I'm on the road, especially internationally, I get to try so much food and it inspires me."

Marshmello launched his own cooking show on TikTok, simply called Cooking with Marshmello. He created the channel to pay tribute to the delicious dishes he got to eat while on tour.

"That's how I came to make dishes on the show like paella, nasi goreng, even crumpets," he said. "They are from places where I've played and connected with fans and I get to bring a little piece of that home."

"Cooking with Marshmello has been a great place to try and test recipes," he added. "I definitely like to make dishes with a lot of flavor but that are easy enough for a home cook to execute." 

Because of this passion, Marshmello became obsessed with the air fryer, which is why he teamed with Crux for his very own line. Fans can purchase it exclusively at Best Buy, with a small three-quart fryer costing you $80, while a larger eight-quart fryer costs $130.  

The line comes with a s'mores kit, snack pan kit, shish kebab kit and a baking kit.  

Marshmello is encouraging fans to explore their culinary prowess through the hashtag #YouCanAirFryThat. "I love connecting with friends and fans through food," he said, adding his new hashtag "challenges us to remix the ordinary and means you can crisp and cook anything, both savory and sweet."

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Elton John releases "Hold Me Closer" music video

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Elton John has released the hotly anticipated music video for his and Britney Spears' "Hold Me Closer."  

Neither Sir Elton nor Britney appear in the colorful music video, but it does borrow some elements attributed to the legendary singers -- mainly their ability to make others want to dance.

The song features a variety of dancers of all ages and ethnicities as they perform across Mexico City. The performers wear different colors, which seemingly represent the mood of their unique dances.

While some routines are jubilant, others reflect elements of pain and passion. The music video closes with some dancers ending on a protective embrace while others hold their partner either on their shoulders, back or in their arms.

Ukrainian music director Tanu Muino helmed the work and she said of the moving piece, "Going into this video, I knew there would be a lot of emotional expectations the audience and fans would have. With this responsibility, I had to do something different and unexpected. The visuals had to be different. The dance had to be forward-thinking to raise eyebrows and make Elton and Britney proud."

Muino revealed her career was inspired by watching Britney's past music videos and added, "This was an emotional one for me as I grew up with Britney."

Elton lauded the music video on Twitter, calling it "stunning." He added in his glowing review, "The award-winning director Tanu Muino beautifully captur[ed] an immeasurable feeling of intimacy so missing from the world through the turmoil and chaos of recent times."

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Will.i.am says he came up with the idea for Beyoncé’s 'Break My Soul' remix EP

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Will.i.am had a good feeling after listening to Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” earlier this year. In fact, he says that he came up with the idea to release several dance remixes to the song.

The Black Eyed Peas founder says he was inspired by the single and had different ideas for its beat. He told Metro that he immediately called one of his collaborators to work remotely on a freelance remix of the song, which helped inspire the remix EP that Beyoncé then released.

“They weren’t thinking about remixes until I sent it,” will.i.am said. “They put out a remix EP and my song’s the first one on it – and I inspired it! I can’t find the word for it – it's like Santa Claus is real, man!”

 

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Hailey Bieber to break her silence on accusations she "stole" Justin Bieber from Selena Gomez

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Although Hailey Bieber wed Justin Bieber four years ago, the model continues to endure attacks from Selena Gomez's so-called fans. Basically, they believe the model stole Justin away from Selena and are still angry about it.

Now, Hailey is ready to speak out about the continued attacks and confront the rumors head on. The skincare mogul will share her side of the story in an upcoming episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast.

A teaser of the forthcoming episode, which was shared to Instagram, starts with host Alex Cooper noting how "obsessed" people are with Justin and Selena's relationship. Cooper then asks Hailey if she was "ever with Justin romantically at the same time as [Selena]?"  

Hailey responds, "This is so crazy. I've literally never talked about this ever. A lot of the hate and perpetuation comes from like, 'Oh you stole him.' It's about people knowing the truth, because there's a truth."

As for what that truth is, we will find out on September 28 when the episode arrives in full. The episode preview teases, "Hailey makes it clear she wants to discuss this one time and one time only."

Selena and Justin famously dated off and on for several years before separating for good in 2018. Shortly after, the "Ghost" singer began dating Hailey, and the two wed that September.

While both Justin and Selena have moved on, a small but vocal group of fans still believe the two -- whom they dub "Jelena" -- were meant to be and have continued to attack Hailey because of that. Both Selena and Justin have publicly condemned the abuse.

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Meghan Trainor teaches Jennifer Hudson how to do a TikTok dance

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Jennifer Hudson asked Meghan Trainor to teach her the art of TikTok dances. For those not on the app, dancing is a popular way to go viral.  

Basically, a person will choreograph a simple routine to a hit song. If they're lucky, it catches on and becomes a major trend on the platform. Meghan currently boasts 12.2 million TikTok followers and has created some of these viral dances herself, making her the perfect person to show Jennifer the ropes.

Meghan appeared on The Jennifer Hudson Show and took the powerhouse singer under her wing, showing her how to dance along to Meg's new song "Don't I Make It Look Easy."

"I'm no TikToker, but I'm learning," Jennifer told the crowd before paying close attention to her teacher.

Meghan instructed on how to count the beats of a song and encouraged, "I'm gonna do a quick dance and you're gonna copy it, okay?"

Unfortunately, the Oscar winner flubbed the first move and earned a concerned "Oh, gosh" from Meghan.  Thankfully, that was the only mistake as the two flawlessly performed the quirky dance.  

Turns out, Meghan is more than a great teacher -- her confidence is infectious because Jennifer went from being a little unsure to a full blown dancing diva. "You're a good teacher," Hudson repeated.

"Really? Oh, I was gonna be a teacher," Meghan gushed and looked genuinely touched by the compliment.

The Jennifer Hudson Show airs weekdays. The show's official website provides channel and time information.

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Shakira ordered to stand trial in Spain over alleged tax evasion, faces up to 8 years in prison

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Shakira will stand trial in Spain after being accused of dodging roughly $14 million dollars in unpaid taxes.

A spokesperson in Barcelona for the Audiencia Nacional confirmed to ABC News that the Grammy winner has been ordered to stand trial. Shakira has been charged with tax fraud for allegedly not paying income taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors allege she owes the nation roughly 14.5 million euros or $14 million USD.

Spanish prosecutors allege Spain was Shakira's primary residence during that time period, so she was obligated to pay the country's income tax.  

The "Objection (Tango)" singer denies any wrongdoing. In a recent interview with ELLE, the hitmaker addressed her legal woes and called them "false accusations."

Shakira refuted the claim she mainly resided in Spain between 2012 and 2014, adding she was "busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world." She noted further, "I've paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit. So as of today, I owe zero to them."

The singer also said she was advised by "one of the four biggest tax specialist firms in the world" at the time and is "confident" she was "doing things correctly and transparently from day one."

She then accused prosecutors of intentionally harming her reputation by planting "salacious" stories about her in the press.

In all, Shakira believes she will be vindicated in court. "I'm confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor," she declared.

If convicted, however, Shakira could spend up to eight years in prison and pay a hefty fine.

A trial date has not been announced.  

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Maroon 5 announces Las Vegas residency for 2023

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Earlier this year, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told ABC Audio that a Las Vegas residency was something the band would "absolutely love" to do. Well, now their wish has come true.

The band has announced a residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM starting Friday, March 24, 2023. Called M5LV The Residency, it'll be custom-designed for the 5,200-seat theater. Right now, the residency has 16 performances scheduled: four in March, four in April, two in July and six in August.

Tickets go on sale Monday, October 3 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster;  a fan pre-sale starts Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT. In addition, members of MGM Resorts' loyalty program, plus Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers, will get pre-sale access on Friday at 10 a.m. PT.

James told ABC Audio that one reason the band wanted to do a residency was because, "It opens up possibilities for production, because if you're doing that many shows in a row in the same place, you can get a little bit more creative on different elements that you can bring to the show." 

As for what sort of elements they'd like to have, James laughed, "Adam [Levine] has been lobbying to get me to fly above the crowd since day one. So maybe that's finally going to happen in Vegas!"

Here are the scheduled dates for M5LV:

March 2023: 24, 25, 29 & 31

April 2023: 1, 5, 7 & 8

July 2023: 28 & 29

August 2023: 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 & 12

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Will.i.am says Jack Harlow's "First Class" take on his song "Glamorous" was "freakin' awesome"

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When Jack Harlow took his song "First Class" to #1, it reminded fans how much they loved the song it's based on: Fergie's "Glamorous." Fergie approved of the sample, joining Jack to sing "First Class" at the MTV VMAs in August. But what about the guy who co-wrote "Glamorous," Fergie's Black Eyed Peas bandmate will.i.am? Turns out he approves, too.

Asked about Jack's take on "Glamorous," will tells ABC Audio, "You know, we've sampled things in the past ... 'Ritmo' [is] a sample. So when people sample your stuff, that's freaking awesome. And when they put a take on things that came out of your mind ... I wrote 'Glamorous' in, like, 15, 30 minutes."

"So to see somebody take what is really a freestyle that turned into a great song, Fergie killed it -- thank you to all the folks that were responsible for that song coming to life," will adds.

He reserves special praise for Ludacris, who did the guest verse on the original version of "Glamorous" and came up with the song's most memorable line.

"'If you ain't got no money take your broke a** home' -- that's a line. That's a lyric," he laughs. "I mean, 'cause if you try to go get something to eat and you expect me to pay? That's a really awesome line."

As will.i.am mentioned, the Black Eyed Peas' 2019 hit "Ritmo" was based around a sample of the 1993 song "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona. Their current hit "Don't You Worry" isn't exactly sampled, but its phrase "Don't you worry 'bout a thing" has been used in songs by Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and other acts.

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Music notes: Ed Sheeran, Spice Girls, Lewis Capaldi, Rihanna, Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor

Ed Sheeran is digging a remix of his song "Shape of You" with "Take On Me" by a-ha. The TikTok account @ThereIRuinedIt mashed the two songs together, but Ed wants to know, "Why is this SO GOOD?"

Ed is also working to protect the United Kingdom's smallest music venues by teaming up with Music Venue Trust. He said in a statement, via Music Times, "Small, independent venues are so, so important to the music community, and I’ve played some of my favourite gigs of my career in these rooms. We’ve got to do all we can to protect these beautiful venues that we’ve all come to love for years to come."

Melanie C is looking back at the Spice Girls' infamous meetup with then-Prince Charles, now King Charles III, in 1997. Mel told People Geri Halliwell gave the royal a pat on the butt and joined Mel B in kissing him on the cheek -- he didn't mind! "Now that Charles is our King, it kind of makes it even more naughty," she laughed. "Those naughty Spice Girls!"

Lewis Capaldi took on Britney Spears by covering her song "Everytime" on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Lewis slowed down the melancholy track and made the song punch harder with his raw, emotional vocals.  Fans are begging him to release it as a single.

Rihanna is the next Super Bowl halftime performer and she is going to give "1,000 percent," a source tells Entertainment Tonight

Sam Smith celebrated new song "Unholy" amassing nearly 30,000,000 streams. They shared a screenshot of the song's Spotify stats to their Instagram Story and captioned it with a sobbing emoji.

Meghan Trainor wants "4 babies." She shared a TikTok about how she learned to love her stretch marks and C-section scars, which she said made it look like "a lawnmower ran over me." She's now teasing, "It's about to get crazy" with her future pregnancy plans.

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Charlie Puth to release "Charlie Be Quiet" on Friday, jokes he sings like a goat

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Charlie Puth has several things to celebrate -- first off being the release of his new song, "Charlie Be Quiet."

A clip of the track has blown up on TikTok and fans will finally hear it in full this Friday. The singer teased the good news on his account in a since-deleted announcement.

The song is about Charlie knowing he's in love but struggling to not to let his girlfriend know he's ready to say the "L" word out of fear she'll leave him. 

Charlie has been having fun on TikTok and sarcastically revealed he's expanding his One Night Only Tour across Europe, with new dates added for London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, because fans are interested in spending a night with him between the sheets.  

Tickets for his European fans go live this Friday, September 30, at 12 p.m. local time. The tour is in support of his forthcoming album, Charlie, due out October 7.

In other Charlie news, he joked about suffering a vocal faux pas onstage while singing his hit "Left and Right."  He had been performing "in front of like 85,000 people" and joked he "started singing like a goat." The clip shows Charlie struggling to hit the song's high notes before mimicking a goat's high-pitched bleat. 

Despite the embarrassing onstage snafu, Charlie is in good spirits and laughed off his vocal misfortune. The singer joked in the caption, "Not so pitch perfect now huh."

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Is Kelsea Ballerini dissing Halsey in a new song?

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In 2020, Halsey teamed up with country star Kelsea Ballerini on the song "The Other Girl," which appeared on Kelsea's album Kelsea. It reached the top 40 on several Billboard radio airplay charts, and the two sang the song together on several TV shows, including the CMT Music Awards. But it seems as though the two artists may have had a falling out.

On Kelsea's new album, Subject to Change, which came out Friday, there's a song called "Doin' My Best," in which Kelsea sings, "I was friends with a pop star/I put 'em on track four, but/Wish I could take it back, I would've nevеr asked/If I knew we wouldn't talk anymorе." Notably, "The Other Girl" was track four on Kelsea's album.

Kelsea and Halsey first met several years ago, after Halsey played Nashville. They ended up hanging out, drinking and singing karaoke all night; Halsey even played Kelsea an early version of "Without Me." Kelsea said they became "fast friends," so when she wrote "The Other Girl" a month later, she asked Halsey to sing on it. 

At the time, Halsey said of the song, "It was really cool, because [we] were both in really good places in our lives and drawing from old hurt."

It's not clear if Halsey is aware of Kelsea's song.

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