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In celebration of his 29th birthday on Thursday, Nick Jonas decided to give his fans a gift.

The singer and his tequila company Villa One are giving away a signed, custom Gibson Villa One guitar.

"Being on the road and performing with my brothers again has been amazing," Nick tells People. "I have been feeling really grateful, so for my birthday, I wanted to do something special for my fans and give them the chance to win an item that represents a couple of things that bring me joy -- music and tequila."

In order to enter, follow Villa One on Instagram and click the link in their bio. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 21.

Meanwhile, the Jonas Brothers are set to release their new song, "Who's in Your Head," on Friday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Post Malone's Posty Fest is back this year and has expanded to two days with a lineup including Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch, Tyga and Jack Harlow.

The bill, which Malone revealed Thursday on Instagram, is set to feature over 20 acts performing October 30-31 at AT&T Stadium in Post's hometown of Arlington, Texas.

The "Rockstar" rapper says that in addition to music, the festival will also offer carnival games, rides, monster trucks, karaoke, giveaways, and much more

Last year, the annual event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Pharrell Williams, Meek Mill, Jaden Smith, Doja Cat, Rae Sremmurd and Saint Jhn were among the artists who performed.

Tickets for Posty Fest 2021 are now on sale on Seatgeek.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shawn Mendes is doing his part to fight climate change.

He’s announced that his Shawn Mendes Foundation, in partnership with Future Coalition, will be making a grant to support the Youth Climate Finance Alliance, which helps compensate and provide training for youth climate activists.

Shawn also plans to participate in actions led by the Youth Climate Finance Alliance, including attending virtual training sessions to better his understanding of climate finance.

“I’m excited to join in the climate movement alongside powerful youth climate organizers,” Shawn says in a statement. “Compensating young people for the climate activism work they are doing through the training is so important. We can’t wait to save our planet tomorrow, we need to defend it today and there is no better group leading change than young people.”

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Lil Nas X is about to birth an album, so what better way to celebrate than with a baby shower?

The singer, who’s been sporting a fake baby bump to promote Montero, posted a video from the baby shower ahead of Friday’s album drop.

"Spent hours setting up for my baby shower and no one showed up :(," he captioned the clip on Instagram.

In the video, a blindfolded and pregnant Lil Nas enters the empty backyard festivities, complete with blue decorations, desserts and gifts from his collaborators on the album including Miley Cyrus, Jack Harlow, Doja Cat, Elton John and Megan Thee Stallion.

Not long after posting the baby shower video, Lil Nas posted a clip of him "having contractions."

Lil Nas also unveiled a series of billboards across Los Angeles on Thursday. Made to look like personal injury lawyer ads, one reads, "Are you single, lonely and miserable? You may be entitled to financial compensation!" while another says, “Do you hate Lil Nas X? You may be entitled to financial compensation!"

Each ad directs people to WelcomeToMontero.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans want Lizzo to star in a remake of The Bodyguard with Chris Evans -- and she’s all for it.

After news emerged this week that the 1992 Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film would be getting a “reimagining,” the internet started throwing out suggestions for the lead roles.

One person tweeted Lizzo and the Captain America star as their picks, while another responded to the news by tweeting side-by-side photos of the two, writing, “Ur welcome.” After seeing the posts, Lizzo used them in a humorous TikTok video that she captioned “What y’all think?” with a smirking emoji.

The comments were overwhelmingly in favor of the casting.

Lizzo and Evans have had a back-and-forth Internet “romance” for months that began when Lizzo admitted she drunkenly slid into the actor’s DMs. In July, Lizzo joked that she was pregnant with Evans’ baby, calling their fake bundle of joy “little America.”

Evans went along with the gag, messaging her, "Hi! Just heard about our little bundle of joy my mother will be so happy lol."

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Sheryl Crow is receiving a special honor later this month in her home state.

The singer will be presented with the 2021 Missouri Roots Songbook honor on the final night of the Roots N Blues festival in Columbia, Missouri, on September 26. Sheryl is headlining that night of the three-day festival, which takes place in Stephens Lake Park.

The honor celebrates Sheryl's musical and humanitarian accomplishments. She'll be the first living recipient of the Missouri Roots Songbook honor and the first woman to receive it. Previous honorees were Chuck Berry in 2018 and ragtime composer John "Blind" Boone in 2019.

Tickets for the Roots N Blues festival are available now.

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Katy Perry joins Oprah Winfrey and her bestie Gayle King for the second episode of Oprah Daily’s OG Chronicles: Joy Ride.

In this installment of the Oprah and Gayle roadtrip series, Katy meets them at a children’s store called Chicken Little in Santa Barbara, CA, where she helps Gayle shop for her daughter, who’s about to have a baby.

Katy herself became a new mom last year to Daisy Dove, and she tells Oprah and Gayle, "It's everything I was looking for. I climbed all the mountains and then I found the view."

While shopping for baby things, Katy shows the two women how to swaddle a baby and how to use a collapsible stroller. She also recommends her favorite products and weighs in on what Gayle’s future grandson will call her. For the record, Gayle wants to be called Gaia instead of grandma, but Oprah thinks it’s “pretentious.”

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Ed Sheeran’s got another big announcement coming.

The singer, who’s gearing up to release his new album = [Equals] on October on 29, teased something major on Instagram Thursday.

“Announcing something 8am tomorrow U.K. time that is basically the start of the next 3 years of my life, excited to be back at it,” he wrote, along with a new photo of him sitting in a flower field in an orange sweater. “Look out for the announcement tomorrow.”

Could it be a tour announcement, perhaps?

If he does head back out on the road, it’ll be the first tour where he’ll actually be able to see his fans from the stage. In a Q&A with fans on his Instagram Story, Ed revealed that he had laser surgery to correct his vision.

“I saw a crowd for the first time the other day,” he said. “I never wore contact lenses on stage or glasses on stage so I never really saw my crowd properly. So with people holding up these signs, I couldn’t read them!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One of the lyrics in Tai Verdes' hit "A-O-K" goes "I've had terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days." Turns out that's a deliberate reference to a classic 1972 children's book, and according to Tai,  it's not the only nostalgic thing he added to the lyrics of his breakthrough hit.

Asked if he read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a child, Tai laughs, "Of course I did! Yeah, you know, I had a little throwback to my childhood, especially with like the 'two four, six, eight, who do we appreciate?' [lyric] --  like, that kind of callback stuff, like, that's just who I was as a kid."

"I listened to all that stuff," he adds. "So I was seeing so many people relate to, like, 'Oh, this is that songbook lyric!' And 'I remember saying "two four, six, eight!" and Minute Maid lemonade...' It's just nostalgic, but also fresh at the same time. 'Cause it's my voice, that's never been heard before on these radio stations."

Those lyrics, plus the upbeat, sunny sound of the track seems to put folks in a good mood. Tai tells ABC Audio that fans often share with him how the song really lifts their spirits -- and he can totally relate.

"Yes, I love it when people tell me that they listen to the song to, like, get their morning started or it helped bring them out of a negative headspace," Tai notes. "Like, that is really cool, because I had songs like that, that I listened to all the time -- all the time. And I know what those [kinds of] songs mean."

"I used to listen to Dominic Fike's 'Three Nights' in the shower every single time I got in the shower," he laughs. "It just made my showers better!" 

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While Shawn Mendes’ past week has been filled with glamorous celebrity events like the MTV VMAs and the Met Gala, he can still appreciate the simpler times that the pandemic afforded him.

Appearing on the Spout podcast, the singer reminisces about being in lockdown with Camila Cabello and how everyday tasks took on new, special meanings.

“I was getting really into the coffee mug,” he says. “I was, like, waking up in the morning and I was like, ‘Which coffee mug am I today?’...I was getting really technical about it and it was just like everything to me. You know, it was my home. I would go to bed super excited for that moment.”

The time off also forced him to reflect on what he enjoys doing outside of music and to explore different hobbies, like archery, which he says was inspired by one of his favorite shows, Game of Thrones. But so far, nothing has really stuck.

“I think the real reality is that I struggle to put down the guitar and figure out what to do besides my job and besides music...,” he says. “So for better or for worse, I am searching for a hobby at the moment, but like, I think that all those things are just exploring for me. I think that something’s going to click sooner or later, but until then, I’m going to stick to coffee and working out.”

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After Britney Spears announced her engagement to Sam Asghari, fans flooded her comments section with warnings about keeping her money on lock. Even Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer wrote, "Make him sign a prenup."  Well, now Spencer is apologizing for her seemingly flippant remark.

On Wednesday, Spencer posted a beautiful picture of Britney and Sam and wrote on Instagram, "Y’all, a few days ago Sam and Britney announced their engagement and me being me I made a joke. My intention was to make them laugh not cause pain."

"I’ve reached out to this lovely couple privately to apologize and now want to restore just a smidge of happiness they were robbed of," she continued. "Britney’s fans have seen her through a lot of pain and she’s found happiness. We’re thrilled for her. So let’s show them love."

Sam responded in the comments, "You are very kind to clarify but i have no hard feelings whatsoever. Jokes and misconceptions come with the territory."

We're not sure how Britney feels about Spencer's apology, since she's currently taking a break from social media.  Meanwhile, Britney's ex-husband Jason Alexander -- the one to whom she was married to for 55 hours -- told Inside Edition, "If she’s happy with Sam and that’s going to happen, I’m happy for her."

Alexander added, "“He’s really the only person that’s been around for a few years, so without him she would’ve been alone."

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In 2019, Whitney Houston was back on the charts thanks to a remix by superstar DJ/Producer Kygo of a little-known track by the late legend, "Higher Love."  Now, one of Whitney's bona fide classics is getting the remix treatment.

Whitney's 1985 number-one hit "How Will I Know" has been remixed by Clean Bandit, the British dance act best known for their global smash "Rather Be."  The new track will be released September 24, but you can hear a preview now on Whitney's website.

"We were surprised and honored to be asked to remix the legend @whitneyhouston’s How Will I Know," Clean Bandit wrote on Instagram. "We’ve done it and it is coming out on September 24th!! You can pre-save it now so get ready to dance."

In other Whitney news, her virtual concert event An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert, opens October 26 at Harrah's in Las Vegas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Selena Gomez is featured in the latest installment of YouTube's Artist Spotlight Stories.

In the mini documentary -- designed to look like a pop-up storybook -- Selena explores her Mexican heritage and family history, and talks about the inspiration behind her Spanish-language EP Revelación.

“If I can speak to the Latinx community, I would say, ‘Be proud of who you are. You are meant to be exactly where you were meant to be, however it looks, whatever it may be. Don’t stop trying,’” Selena says in the doc.

Produced by YouTube Music, Selena Gomez: Artist Spotlight Stories is available on Selena’s YouTube channel now.

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Rachel Platten has given birth to her second child with husband Kevin Lazan: a baby girl named Sophie Jo.

The 40-year-old “Fight Song” singer announced the happy news on her Instagram Wednesday, revealing her daughter was born at home in a water birth on September 9 after “2.5 grueling days of labor.”

“When I thought I couldn’t take anymore, this amazing, wise little one kept whispering to me ‘we can do this mama, we can do this,’” Rachel writes, alongside photos of her snuggling in bed with the newborn.

“So i kept going one contraction at a time,” she continues. “I feel like a warrior and I will NEVER doubt my strength again. Thank you Sophie for showing me what I am made of and for completing our family.”

The singer concludes her Instagram post by thanking her fans.

“And Thank YOU all so much for your love and support and for allowing me the privacy these last couple of months to just be with my family and prepare for this new life,” she writes. “Sending you all the coziest new baby snuggles. please, please positive comments only.”

Rachel and Kevin are also parents to two-year-old daughter Violet Skye. They announced they were expecting baby number two back in April.

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She's released a bunch of singles, but now Lauren Jauregui has finally confirmed that her debut solo project is coming.

The album is titled PRELUDE, and, in a statement, the former Fifth Harmony member says, "Deep gratitude to be able to finally birth the beginning of this project into the world. PRELUDE is a piece of my heart and I can't wait for you all to hear what that sounds like."

Lauren will do a livestream performance on October 14 at 9 p.m. ET via Moment House, which will feature her singing songs from PRELUDE for the first time, amid dancers and costume changes, in a "dreamy, intimate setting."

Tickets for the livestream, which will be available at different times depending on where you live in the world, are now on sale at MomentHouse.com.

Last year, Lauren released the singles "Lento" and "50ft." Those followed her 2018 single "Expectations" and 2019's "More Than That."

Lauren also provides vocals on a tune called "Not Prepared for You" from hit songwriter Diane Warren's debut album, Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1,  which came out last month.

 

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