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Music notes: Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Nick Jonas, Madonna, Shakira and Ava Max

Ellie Goulding revealed she has a new music video out this week. She previewed a clip of her lying in the sand and dancing with a group of people on Instagram. Visiting her YouTube confirms this is the official video for her new song "Like A Saviour."  It drops February 1 at 11 a.m. ET.

Miley Cyrus said she's "endlessly thankful" her fans made "Flowers" the world's #1 song for another week. Sharing Instagram photos of her dancing, she wrote, "I love that this record is connecting in such a positive way & it’s a pleasure to continue creating music for you."

Katy Perry has nothing but love for Orlando Bloom's ex-wife, Miranda Kerr. Katy showed off how she spent her Saturday at the G'Day USA Arts Gala and called the model her "sister from another mister." Katy presented Kerr with the Excellence in the Arts Award at the event.

Nick Jonas and wife Priyanka Chopra's baby, Malti, made her public debut at the Jonas Brothers' Walk of Fame ceremony on Monday. Page Six obtained press photos of the little one. While Kevin Jonas also brought his kids, Joe Jonas didn't bring his to the ceremony.

Madonna added her sixth and final date to the London portion of her world tour. Madge will play four sold-out October dates at The O2 Arena, and will return for a new pair of shows on December 5 and December 6. Tickets for the final date go on sale Wednesday on her website.

Shakira posted a cryptic message to Instagram after her ex Gerard Piqué went public with girlfriend Clara Chia. Shakira wrote, "Women don't cry anymore, women dance merengue!"

Ava Max told TikTok followers "Sleepwalker" is her favorite song off her new Diamonds & Dancefloors album.

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"I'm not having a breakdown": Britney Spears reactivates Instagram

Britney Spears has reactivated her Instagram and let fans know why she briefly deleted the app last week — because she can.

Fans called police to request a wellness check on her last week when the singer deleted her account, which is something she's done multiple times before. Britney has since spoken out about the incident and asked fans to respect her privacy.

Britney returned to Instagram on Monday with a new message to fans that said in part, "I’m not having a breakdown."

Sharing a picture of a pink rose, the hitmaker said in the caption, "Since everyone thinks they know my story. THINK AGAIN !!!"

Britney said she's moving forward with her life and that she's "never felt better." The singer added she is exploring her newfound freedom after her 13-year conservatorship, which was terminated in late 2021. 

"If you walked in my shoes, then maybe just maybe you could understand," she penned, noting she is "still learning this no rules thing."

She signed off by telling her followers, "PS yes I took my Instagram down and now it’s back up because I can !!!" The singer previously said on Twitter she left the platform again "because there were too many people saying I looked like an idiot dancing and that I looked crazy."

Commenting has been disabled on Britney's recent Instagram posts.

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At Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, Jonas Brothers announce new album due in May

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Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Exciting. Announcing your new album while you're getting your star on the Walk of Fame? Priceless. Just ask The Jonas Brothers.

Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas were honored Monday during a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard where they received the 2,745th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They were introduced by the heads of their record label, as well as Ryan Tedder and writer/producer Jon Bellion.

The trio took the opportunity to announce that their long-awaited new project, simply called The Album, will arrive May 5, followed by a tour. "This journey has been a wild ride and we're so grateful to share this passion of music for so long with the world," Joe said.

During the ceremony, the brothers saluted their wives and children. "Danielle, my beautiful wife. I love you so much. I could not have done this without you," Kevin said. Addressing his two daughters, Alena and Valentina, he added, "This is a pretty cool moment, don't you think? This is cool, but you two are my brightest stars."

Joe thanked his wife, Sophie Turner, calling her his partner in crime, and shouted out his two daughters at home, saying, "Daddy loves you to the moon and back."

Nick then thanked wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas for her support over the years.

"You are the calm and the crazy, the rock in the storm and I love being married to you," he said. "It's the greatest gift. I love being a parent with you."

Addressing the couple's baby daughter, Nick added, "Malti Marie, I can't wait to come back here with you in 15 years and embarrass you in front of your friends."

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"That was rubbish, I'm sorry": Lewis Capaldi's voice cracks while performing "Pointless"

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Although Lewis Capaldi is considered an amazing singer, sometimes even his voice betrays him. Case in point — it cracked when he was belting out "Pointless" at a recent concert.

Instead of sweeping the embarrassing incident under the rug, Lewis posted it to his TikTok and had a laugh with his followers. The clip sees him belting out the chorus before his voice breaks during the line, "Everything is pointless without you."

Lewis then grabs the microphone and turns away from the audience to apologize, "That was rubbish, I'm sorry."

He captioned the video, "i promise i am paid to sing professionally."  

In a separate TikTok, the singer took a moment to reflect on his singing journey. The video starts with a very young Lewis singing at what appears to be a recital before the scene pans to a jam-packed arena with concertgoers singing along to his hit song "Before You Go."

"it’s a funny world," he captioned the sweet update. 

Lewis is currently on tour in support of his forthcoming album, Broken By Desire to be Heavenly Sent, which arrives May 19. His tour runs until September 23, with a final stop set for Belfast, Ireland. 

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Joe Jonas leaks snippet of new Jonas Brothers song: "I don't care, I just want you to hear it"

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Joe Jonas might have done something he wasn't exactly supposed to do — he leaked a snippet of a new Jonas Brothers song.

Taking to Instagram, Joe shared a video of him creeping into the studio as Nick and Kevin Jonas are listening to an unreleased song, which he reveals is called "Wings." The DNCE frontman noted, "Guys, we just got the mix of our new song, 'Wings,' and ... I don't care, I just want you to hear it."

The groovy song lyrics go as follows: "You are the wings I need to fly away/ When you give me love/ I feel it, I feel it, I feel it/ Got me runnin' through/ The ceilin', the ceilin', the ceilin'/ And my love, it never had/ A meanin', a meanin', a meanin'/ You gave me a reason/ You got me believin'/ You're makin' me say/ You are the one, the sun, the light of day."

Kevin commented on Joe's video using just a shocked face emoji while Nick responded with a wide-eyes emoji.

The trio have not announced when they'll release the new song. The track is likely to be the first single off the brothers' new album, which they previously revealed to Variety will include influences from '70s music — namely the Bee Gees.

A title and release date for that upcoming work has not been announced yet.

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Adele shuts down rumor that she'll skip the Grammys

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Adele shut down the rumor that she's skipping the 2023 Grammy Awards. The singer made it clear she'll be there and slammed those who claimed otherwise.

The singer addressed the rumors during her Las Vegas residency over the weekend by bluntly telling the audience, "Whoever started that rumor is a d***head."  

"I am going to the Grammys. I would never miss the Grammys. I would never be as disrespectful to the Grammys or to other artists," she insisted.

She also had a message to the person who "started that little story," telling them they need "to touch some grass. Alright? Go get some fresh air."

Someone at the show recorded her fiery speech, which was then posted by Twitter account @StatsAdele; the video's now making the rounds on social media.

Adele heads into the February 5 ceremony with seven nominations, including Record, Song and Album of the Year. Find out if she wins any awards when the Grammys air Sunday starting at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Apple honors Rihanna in new Road to Halftime feature ahead of Super Bowl performance

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Now that we know what teams are heading into this year's Super Bowl —  the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs — Apple Music is shining the spotlight on this year's halftime performer, Rihanna, in a new listening experience.

Apple Music debuted Road to Halftime, where subscribers can listen to Rihanna's song catalog with spatial audio in Dolby Atmos. Basically, her songs have been given a sonic makeover that gives them a deep, multidimensional sound.

That's not the only thing happening — Apple has also curated 32 special playlists that reveal the top songs each NFL team listens to when working out, in the locker room and on game days.

In addition, Rihanna's music has been added to Apple Music Sing — the platform's karaoke-inspired feature for the iPhone, select Apple TV models and the iPad. Her songs will also be front and center in upcoming features and music commentary from industry experts on Apple Music Radio.

This will all culminate in the official Apple Music Super Bowl LVII halftime show press conference on February 9, which begins at 10 a.m. MT. It will be streamed on the NFL Network, as well as Apple Music and its official TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts.

"Rihanna is one of the most prolific artists of our time, and we, along with her many fans across the globe, cannot wait to see her take the stage at the first Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show," Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, said. 

Super Bowl LVII will take place at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 12. The game will air on FOX.

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Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" continues #1 streak on 'Billboard' Hot 100

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Miley Cyrus did it again: she's #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week in a row.

Her song "Flowers" maintained its grip on the top spot thanks to fans streaming the song 59.7 million times and buying up 65,000 additional copies over the past week. Because of those numbers, "Flowers" is also #1 on Billboard's Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts.

On the streaming side of things, Miley is now the first artist to have a song consecutively amass over 50 million weekly streams since Olivia Rodrigo's "drivers license" two years ago.

That's not all: the number of Miley's weekly streams went up, from 52.6 million to 59.7 million, which marks the first time in three years a song with over 50 million streams earned more the following week. The last artist to accomplish this was Roddy Ricch with "The Box."

"Flowers" is the first single to be released off of Miley's forthcoming album, Endless Summer Vacation. The effort drops March 10.

Elsewhere on the Hot 100, JVKE finally cracked the top 10 for the first time with "Golden Hour." Fans streamed the song 14 million times and bought an additional 2,000 copies.

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Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson's nephew, to star in biopic about his life

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Michael Jackson's life story will be hitting the big screen and his nephew Jaafar Jackson will help tell it.

Lionsgate, which will release the upcoming film, announced Jaafar will play the legendary singer in the Michael biopic. He is the 26-year-old son of Jermaine Jackson.

Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, approves of the casting decision and said in a statement, "Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers."  

Graham King, producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, obtained the rights from Jackson's estate to make a movie about the late King of Pop, including the rights to all of his music. King reportedly held a global casting call to find the right actor to portray Michael before ultimately settling on Jaafar.

"I met Jaafar over two years ago and was blown away by the way he organically personifies the spirit and personality of Michael," he said. "It was something so powerful that even after conducting a worldwide search, it was clear that he is the only person to take on this role."

Director Antoine Fuqua also confirmed the casting on social media and shared a glimpse of Jaafar practicing for his upcoming role. "Proud to announce @jaafarjackson as Michael — the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop. Coming soon," he wrote.

Lionsgate is working with Jackson's estate on the project. While it is unknown how far the movie will explore the unsavory allegations made against the pop star, the studio said in a statement Michael will "give audiences the never-before-told and in-depth portrayal of the complicated man who became the King of Pop," and highlight both his life and career.

John Logan will pen the script. A release date has not been announced.

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Report: Adam Levine welcomes third child with Behati Prinsloo

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Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo have welcomed their third child, officially making them a family of five.

People claims a source exclusively told them the couple quietly welcomed their newborn but did not reveal when the child arrived. Information regarding the baby's gender and name was also not available.

Adam and Behati, who wed in 2014, previously welcomed daughters Dusty Rose, who is 6, and 4-year-old Gio Grace. The couple announced they were expecting a new family member in September.

Behati regularly took to social media to share photos of her pregnancy, with the last photo posted January 5 of her lounging in bed while wearing a bikini. She captioned the update "TICK tock.." with a seedling emoji.

Neither she nor Adam have confirmed their newborn's birth on social media.

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Sam Smith's "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" music video causes controversy for its sexual nature

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Sam Smith turned heads with their sexual "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" music video, but some people want YouTube to add age restrictions to it because they say it's too inappropriate.

The music video itself is at the center of a debate, with critics saying on social media the video shouldn't be shown to young children. On the flip side, Sam's fans are defending the video and claiming other sexually charged music videos made by women have not received the same level criticism.

Those on Sam's side are also accusing the proponents of age restrictions of being bigoted against the LGBTQ community. The singer's fans have said on social media they think Sam is receiving backlash because they're not straight, cisgendered and slim.

Sam has not yet responded to the controversy. Instead, they have taken to their Instagram Story to highlight TikTokers performing the music video's choreography. 

However, Sam opened up to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 about the hate they've experienced since changing their pronouns and coming out as nonbinary. 

"Someone spat at me in the street. It's crazy," Sam said. "If that's happening to me and I'm famous — I'm a pop star — can you imagine what other kids, like, queer kids are feeling?"

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SZA's 'SOS' continues its 'Billboard' reign at #1 for seventh week

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SZA's SOS is holding down its spot as the #1 song on the Billboard 200. The album's officially been atop the chart for seven weeks, the publication reports.

In the week ending January 26, per Luminate, SOS earned 111,000 equivalent album units in the U.S.

SOS is the first album by a woman to spend seven weeks at #1 since Taylor Swift's Folklore in 2020. It's one of three albums to stay atop the chart for at least seven weeks in the last year, joining Bad Bunny's Un Verano Sin Ti and the Encanto soundtrack.

It's the first R&B/hip-hop album to spend its first seven weeks at #1 since Drake's Views in 2016, and the first R&B/hip-hop album by a woman, or R&B album by any act, to spend its first seven weeks at #1 since Whitney Houston's Whitney accomplished the feat in 1987.

SZA's sophomore project, released back in December, has spent the most consecutive weeks atop the list since the Encanto soundtrack's eight-week run. It's the last album by a woman to spend seven consecutive weeks at #1 since Adele’s 25 in 2016. Billboard reports SOS25 and Taylor's Folklore are the only three albums by a woman that have spent seven weeks at #1 in the last two decades.

SOS also has the most weeks at #1 for an R&B album by any artist since Usher's Confessions in 2004, and the most weeks at #1 for an R&B/hip-hop album or an R&B album by a woman since Mariah Carey's Music Box, which nonconsecutively spent eight weeks at #1 between late 1993 and early 1994.

 

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Kim Petras, Latto, Lana Del Rey, Becky G to be honored at 'Billboard' Women in Music Awards

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This year's Billboard Women in Music Awards will honor a vast array of female stars in multiple genres.

Kim Petras will receive the Chartbreaker Award, while Latto will get the Powerhouse Award. Becky G will be honored with the Impact Award, while Lana Del Rey gets the Visionary Award.

K-pop girl group TWICE, rising rapper Doechii and country star Lainey Wilson will also be honored at the March 1 ceremony, hosted by Quinta Brunson at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in LA. More honorees, as well as presenters and the recipient of the Woman of the Year Award, will be announced soon.

In a statement, Billboard's editorial director, Hannah Karp, said, "We're thrilled to recognize these groundbreaking artists across genres and generations who are defining today's sound - and paving the way for tomorrow's women in music."

The event is open to the public; tickets go on sale Friday, February 3, at 1 p.m. ET at BillboardWomenInMusic.com. Can't make it to LA? The event will also stream live.

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The Grammy Awards will be 'Harry's House' this Sunday night

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The Grammys has landed a big one: Harry Styles will perform on this Sunday's ceremony.

Harry joins previously announced Grammy performers Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, and Sam Smith. Harry is up for six Grammys, including Record, Album and Song of the Year. Beyonce leads all nominees with nine nods in total. 

Harry already has one Grammy to his name, for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Watermelon Sugar."

Harry will perform the last North American dates of his Love on Tour trek on Tuesday and Wednesday. After the Grammys on Sunday, he'll head down to Australia to resume the tour in Perth.

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on CBS. The Grammy Premiere Ceremony -- where they give out all the awards that they don't show on camera -- will be streamed via live.grammy.com at 3:30pm ET.

 

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Britney Spears says she's "alive, fine, healthy" after police wellness check

Britney Spears is reassuring fans that she's doing just fine following her reported police wellness check. 

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Britney shared a short clip of her posing in front of a gym mirror and wrote, "Yep that's me … I'm alive and well."

"But not really convinced on these health juices, I mean there are SO MANY !!! Yoga and chest call me in. I do it inside, outside, wherever I fancy … this is me at a gym living my best life," she continued. 

The pop star, 41, also addressed her absence from Instagram in the thread, explaining, "I shut down my Instagram because there were too many people saying I looked like an idiot dancing and that I looked crazy."

Britney added that she's a "sensitive" person and the comments "hurt [her] feelings."  She also expressed that she was surprised fans were so worried about her due to her break from the social media app. 

"I’m shocked as hell that when I took my Instagram down fans got worried and sent the cops to my house  ... it really was uncalled for," the "Circus" singer tweeted. "l adore my fans but for those who did that aren't real fans and I honestly felt like it was a way to make me look bad !!!"

"l'm alive, fine, healthy, and ready to start a new day - a new morning anew !!! To my real fans, God bless you," she said. 

Britney's posts come just days after she issued a statement on how police were called to her home. Sources from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department previously told ABC News that deputies responded to the singer's home Tuesday, January 24, for a "check the wellbeing" call.

 It also comes shortly after Britney had deactivated her Instagram, which she has done many times before.

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