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Music Notes: Shawn Mendes, Harry Styles, Jack Harlow & more

Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Billie Eilish, 5 Seconds of Summer, Adam Lambert, Alessia Cara, Coldplay and MÅNESKIN are among the artists who've partnered with Global Citizen in signing an open letter demanding that world leaders and businesses empower women and girls, break systemic barriers that keep people in poverty and take urgent climate action. 

Harry Styles' home country is going crazy over his new album Harry's House. It's already the fastest-selling album of 2022 in the U.K. after just one weekend, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, his single "As It Was" has topped the U.K. chart for seven weeks.

And speaking of "As It Was," if you'd like to hear someone other than Harry sing it, what about Joe Jonas? He and his band DNCE teamed up on TikTok to offer an acoustic cover of the smash hit.

Jack Harlow's "First Class" has returned to #1 on the Hot 100 for a third week. "As It Was" remains at #2, while Kendrick Lamar debuts four songs in the top 10, including "N95" at #3.

During American Idol season 10, when Jennifer Lopez was a judge, one of the contestants was a guy called Jimmie Allen. Jimmie's now a chart-topping, award-winning country star, and on Friday, J-Lo will drop a remix of her song "On My Way," featuring Jimmie.

Working out can be boring sometimes, but not when BTS is there to help you through it. In a new 14-minute video, fans are guided through a cardio workout by a female instructor, as the BTS members discuss their own approaches to cardio health and talk about how important it is for them that ARMY stay in shape. Or as they put it, "We're here because you're here. If you're unhealthy, that means we're unhealthy, too."

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Let Harry Styles lull you to sleep with a house-themed bedtime story

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Harry Styles is the latest celebrity to record a bedtime story for the British kids' TV channel CBeebies. For his story, he really leaned into his Harry's House theme by reading a book by Jess Hitchman called In Every House, On Every Street.

In the sweet video, Harry, wearing brown and blue polka-dot pajamas and a beaded necklace, opens by saying, "Hi, I'm Harry. Welcome to my house. I love it here. I like to listen to music and read and hang out with my friends. Tonight's story is about a house full of love and laughter."

Harry goes on to read the story, which features a kid who takes readers through each room in his house, pointing out all the special things that he and his family do there, and wondering if other people's homes are just as special.

After declaring that he loves the story, Harry notes, "It doesn't matter if you live in a house, a flat or a boat -- it's love that turns wherever YOU live into a home."

You can watch it now on YouTube.

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Billie Eilish opens up about having Tourette's syndrome: "I've made friends with it"

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If you're a fan of Billie Eilish, you probably know that she has Tourette's syndrome, which causes people to make sudden, involuntary movements or sounds. If you're wondering what that must be like, check out Billie's new interview on David Letterman's Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, in which she opens up about living with Tourette's since she was diagnosed at the age of 11.

During the interview, Billie starts "ticcing," as it's called. When Letterman asks about it, she says, “It’s really weird, I haven’t talked about it at all.”

She adds, "I’m very happy to talk about it. I actually really like answering questions about it because it’s really interesting, and I am incredibly confused by it. I don’t get it.”

The "Happier Than Ever" singer details her various tics, which include wiggling her ear, raising her eyebrow, clicking her jaw, moving her head, opening her mouth and flexing various muscles in her arms.

"These are things you would never notice if you’re having a conversation with me, but for me, they’re very exhausting," she says.

Billie had been unhappy with her tics, but now, she tells Letterman, they're a "part" of her. "I have made friends with it, so now I’m pretty confident in it,” she says.

"So many people have it and you’d never know. A couple [other] artists have come forward and said, ‘I’ve always had Tourette’s,'" Billie reveals. "And I’m not going to out them because they don’t want to talk about it. But that was really interesting to me because I was like, 'You do? What?'"

Perhaps most interestingly, though, Billie says she never tics while she's performing, nor when she's "moving, thinking, focusing," singing or riding her horse.

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Ricky Martin to star in new Apple TV+ show 'Mrs. American Pie'


Ricky Martin will soon be livin' la vida Apple. He's set to star in an Apple TV+ comedy series called Mrs. American Pie.

Ricky will play the male lead, Robert, in the series, which is executive produced by Laura Dern. Dern also stars, as do Kristin Wiig and Allison Janney.

According to Deadline, the 10-part series, based on the novel of the same name, is set in 1969 and is about a woman, played by Wiig, who tries to worm her way into Palm Beach high society.

Ricky's last big TV role was as Antonio D'Amico in the acclaimed FX drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

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Rihanna is a "fantastic" mom, "in awe" of her baby, source tells 'People'

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Rihanna and her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky, are enjoying their roles as new parents to their baby boy, a source close to the couple tells People.

"Being a new parent is of course an adjustment, but they are doing great. Their baby boy is healthy and Rihanna is just in awe of him," the source dishes. "She really was so excited to be pregnant. She loved it. Meeting her son was of course extremely special too."

According to the source, Rihanna "barely leaves [the baby's] side," adding, "She is a fantastic mom ... She enjoys sitting outside with her baby." The fashion icon and singer "very much enjoys spending quiet time with her baby" and "doesn't seem rushed to get back to work."

Rih and Rocky announced in January that they were expecting their first child by debuting her growing baby bump in a series of photographs. She then proceeded to take maternity fashion to a whole new level, covering Vogue in a skin-tight bodysuit and showing off her belly at red carpet events.

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After pregnancy loss, Christina Perri is happily expecting again

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After a devastating pregnancy loss in 2020, Christina Perri is expecting again.

She announced the good news on Instagram, sharing a video of Carmella, her 4-year-old daughter with husband Paul Costabile, opening up a box to reveal a sonogram of the baby. Christina then announces, "It's in my belly!" as Carmella kisses mom's tummy.

"We're very excited. we've been having all the feelings, but mostly trying everyday to choose joy," Christina wrote. The baby is a girl.

In 2020, Christina announced that a second daughter, named Rosie, was "born silent" due to complications. In November 2021, she released a lullaby album called Songs for Rosie

Earlier this year, Christina released "evergone," which was inspired by the loss of Rosie, from her upcoming album a lighter shade of blue.

a lighter shade of blue is due out June 24. No word on when Christina's new baby is due.

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Halsey's record label responds to their claim that it won't release their song

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Now that Halsey has gone viral by claiming that their record label demanded a "fake viral moment on TikTok" as a condition for them releasing their new song, the label has responded.

As previously reported, Halsey claimed on TikTok that they "have a song that I love that I want to release ASAP, but my record label won’t let me....unless they can fake a viral moment on TikTok.” 

Now, Halsey's label, Astralwerks-Capitol, responded in a statement to Variety, saying, "Our belief in Halsey as a singular and important artist is total and unwavering. We can’t wait for the world to hear their brilliant new music.”

Meanwhile, following their TikToks, Halsey updated Twitter with tons more details about the song and their quest to release it. They wrote, "Talked to my label tonight after my tiktok tantrum. They said 'wow the tiktok is going really strong!' I was like ok cool so can I release my song now? They said 'we’ll see!'  tell me again how I’m making this up."

"I’m way too established to stir something like this up for no reason or resort to this as a marketing tactic but now I’m in too deep so there’s no going back," they added, writing, "at this point i don’t know what to do because I told the truth about what’s happening and now I STILL don’t have a release date AND some of you think I’m lying about this whole fiasco. so I’m double f***ed."

Responding to fans, Halsey revealed that the song is about their partner Alev, and that they can't simply release the song on their own because the label "owns the master." According to Halsey, the song's been ready for a month, and the video is finished, as well.

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Is Harry Styles the new Mick Jagger? Not according to Mick Jagger

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Even back when Harry Styles was in One Direction, his resemblance to a young Mick Jagger was often mentioned. He's since played on that resemblance, portraying the Rolling Stones front man on Saturday Night Live and allegedly taking inspiration from Jagger's '70s-era outfits. However, Jagger doesn't really think he and Harry have much in common at all.

Asked by The Times of London if he feels that he's inspired Harry, Jagger said, "I like Harry -- we have an easy relationship,” but points out, "I mean, I used to wear a lot more eye makeup than him. Come on, I was much more androgynous."

Jagger goes on to say, "And he doesn’t have a voice like mine or move on stage like me; he just has a superficial resemblance to my younger self, which is fine -- he can’t help that.”

While Jagger may insist he was "much more androgynous" than Harry, the legendary singer never wore a dress on the cover of Vogue.

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Britney Spears, Sam Asghari live it up in Las Vegas

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During her conservatorship, Britney Spears complained that she wasn't allowed to enjoy all that Las Vegas had to offer, despite the fact that she was headlining a super successful residency there. Well, she spent this past weekend making up for lost time.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Britney, fiancé Sam Asghari and Britney's agent Cade Hudson spent the weekend staying at Resorts World Las Vegas, which projected her image Saturday night on the side of the resort facing the strip, along with the message, "Resorts World Loves Britney."

“She loves the property and we love having her,” Resorts World President Scott Sibella said Sunday.

During their weekend, Britney, Sam and Cade had dinner with Vegas star Jeff Beacher at the Aria resort and also visited XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas, where Marshmello was headlining.

Britney documented her weekend on Instagram, writing, "Thank you Cade and @resortsworldlv for inviting me !!!! Or wait … did I invite myself ??? Either way thanks for showing me such a good time!"

A source tells Page Six, "There’s a world of difference between Vegas under her conservatorship and Vegas as a free woman, and she gets to experience it with a new set of eyes now.”

Resorts World has managed to entice Celine Dion, Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood to its properties for big-bucks residencies in the past year. Could Britney be next? She's said that she's not interested in performing, but you never know.

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Halsey claims label won't let them release song without faking "a viral moment on Tiktok"


Halsey has inadvertently created a viral TikTok moment by claiming that their record label is forcing them to create a viral TikTok moment.

In a TikTok posted on Sunday, we see Halsey frowning as a song -- presumably the one they want to release -- plays in the background. The text reads, "Basically, I have a song that I love that I want to release ASAP, but my record label won’t let me."

The text continues, "I’ve been in this industry for eight years and I’ve sold over 165 million records and my record company is saying I can’t release it unless they can fake a viral moment on TikTok.”

“Everything is marketing and they are doing this to every artist these days," the text concludes. "I just want to release music, man and I deserve better tbh. I’m tired.”

In the comments, fans were indignant on Halsey's behalf, while a few joked, "plot twist this is the viral tiktok they planned."

Then, Halsey posted receipts: A video of themselves listening to someone who presumably works at their label, telling them how the TikTok rollout should go. When the label guy asks Halsey why they look upset, they say, "Honestly, I just hate this. It sucks." "Oh, I know," he replies. "I hate it."

The text over the video reads, "I wish I was kidding lol."

When a fan wrote in the comments, "What counts as 'viral' tho?" Halsey replied, "It’s like...if it doesn’t get a certain amount of views or likes or [whatever] they will just keep making me make videos and push [the song's release] back until they’re happy."

"Reverse psychology this IS the marketing scheme," another fan commented.

So far, according to Variety, Halsey's label hasn't commented.

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Olivia Rodrigo marks 'SOUR' one-year anniversary; says it's "impossible" to sum up "how much this album means to me"


Olivia Rodrigo spent the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of her smash debut album SOUR, which arrived May 21, 2021.

"It is impossible for me to sum up in words how much this album means to me and how grateful I am to have gotten the privilege to make it and watch it exist in the world," Olivia wrote on Instagram, thanking her musical collaborator, Dan Nigro, for "believing in me more than anyone."  She also thanked "everyone who has embraced my 17-year-old lamentations and forever changed my life in the process."

Olivia's words captioned a slideshow of photos and videos of scenes from the past year, including her winning night at the Grammys, her original diary entry in which she wrote that she "got my drivers license today," a clip from her video, and scenes of fans in the audience singing along with her.

In addition, Olivia created an Instagram Reel that takes fans backstage at her show at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.  In the video, she reflects on her incredible year, noting, "I always had this hypothesis that music that was super-vulnerable and honest would always cut through, no matter what it was about or who was singing it."

"I think for me, SOUR just kind of reaffirmed that belief and made me believe in, like, the universality of music," the 19-year-old star added.

This week, Olivia wraps up the North American leg of her SOUR tour in San Francisco. She'll start the European leg in June.

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Adele named one of 'TIME''s 100 Most Influential People

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TIME is out with its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2022, and Adele is among them.

The singer appears in the Icons category, along with Mary J. Blige, Issa Rae, Keanu Reeves and tennis star Rafael Nadal, among others. In an accompanying essay, Adele's pal James Corden writes that the star "puts emotions into words, describing them in a way we never could ourselves."

He adds, "She is raw, honest, and elegant all at the same time. It never feels like she sings to us. She sings for us. When I have sat and talked with Adele, often into the small hours of the morning, she’s felt like a friend from school, like someone I’ve known my whole life, so much so that I can almost forget her exquisite talents."

"But then I hear her singing in the kitchen, or belting at the top of her voice solely to make my children laugh, and I am immediately reminded: she is an artist, in the purest sense of the word," he continues.

Corden concludes, "In a time when people are trying to sell every facet of their being, on every device that surrounds us, here is someone who wants only to make extraordinary music and put it out into the world. To comfort us, to lift us up, and to laugh with us."

"I love Adele," he says. "The world needs her. We’ve all got to protect her as best we can."

Others on the list include Pete Davidson, Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Oprah Winfrey, Kris Jenner and President Joe Biden.

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'American Idol' recap: Noah Thompson wins season 20

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The winner of American Idol season 20 is Noah Thompson!

The reveal came Sunday night during the three-hour finale, but not before some final challenges and star-studded performances. 

The show opened with Flo Rida performing his hit "Good Feeling" with an assist from both current and past contestants. Then, it was time to get down to business with the first round challenging the Top 3 -- HunterGirl, Noah Thompson, and Leah Marlene -- to take on a song from the prolific catalog of Bruce Springsteen. Leah expertly executed "Born in the U.S.A.", HungterGirl smashed "Dancing in the Dark," and Noah hit a home run with the classic "I'm on Fire."

Round two was the singles round, where the final three performed their own songs. Leah's track was titled "Flowers," Noah's "One Day Tonight," and HunterGirl's was "Red Bird."

After their performances, it was time to eliminate the person with the least votes, which ended up being Leah. 

The celebrations continued as the moment to crown the season's winner drew near, with acts from the Top 10 and talented legends like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Deana Carter, Ben PlattIdol alum Gabby Barrett, Sara Bareilles, Thomas Rhett, Michael Bublé, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, and more. 

For the last round of competition, the final two contestants delivered an encore of a song they'd previously performed on the show. Noah showed growth with Rihanna's "Stay" and HunterGirl did the same with Rascal Flatts "Riot."

Afterward, Noah was crowned the winner, and took a victory lap by again performing his single, "One Day Tonight."  

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From Bonnaroo to Sundance: How Post Malone ended up remaking the 'Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers' theme

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Post Malone is definitely a '90s kid: First, he did a song for the 25th anniversary of Pokémon, and now he's remade the classic theme song for Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.  It appears in the new live action/animated movie version of the Disney Afternoon staple, which is now streaming on Disney+.  So how'd Posty get that gig?  It all started backstage at Bonnaroo.

Akiva Schaffer, a member of The Lonely Island comedy group, directed the new movie, which stars fellow Lonely Island member Andy Samberg as the voice of Dale.  Schaffer tells ABC Audio, "I met Post Malone at Bonnaroo and the Lonely Island guys played Bonnaroo, I guess two years ago now...he was the headliner, and then we played right after midnight."

"He was just so delightful backstage, came back, had a beer with us and was a treat," Schaffer continues. "And then...we went to Park City, [Utah] for [the] Sundance [Film Festival]...and we were like, 'Didn't Post Malone tell us he lived out here?'"

So, Schaffer says, he and the Lonely Island guys texted Post. And despite the fact that they had, as Schaffer says, "only met him once for, y'know, 10 minutes," the "Circles" singer still "came out and hung out with us all night."

"So he was one of my first choices because I was like, 'I really liked that guy,'" notes Schaffer. "And then, I'm a big fan of his music. And 'Sunflower' from the end of [the movie Spider Man: Into The] Spider-Verse is just a banger! So he was my first choice and I was so happy when he decided to do it."


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Harry Styles celebrates 'Harry's House' release with special One Night Only in New York concert

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Harry Styles transformed New York’s UBS Arena at Belmont Park into Harry’s House Friday night, taking the stage for a special One Night Only in New York concert to celebrate his album’s release.

During the sold-out show, Harry joyously performed Harry’s House in its entirety for the first time ever -- “the way it was intended to be played – from start to finish,” he told the crowd.

And even though the album was released just that day, fans in the audience sang along to every word. “But how?” an incredulous Harry asked at one point.

Standouts were the poignant “Matilda,” already being hailed as one of the best tracks on the album, as well as the more upbeat tracks “Daylight,” “Daydreaming” and “Satellite.” In between songs, Harry thanked fans for changing his life and shouted out some of his collaborators on the album, who were also in the audience.

After performing Harry’s House from start to finish, Harry sang some of his prior hits, including “Adore You,” “Watermelon Sugar,” “Sign of the Times” and even the One Direction track “What Makes You Beautiful.”

He came back to the stage a final time for an encore of his current hit, “As It Was,” after which he bid farewell to the crowd, telling them, “It’s been the best night of my life.”

One Night Only in New York was also livestreamed on Apple Music and will be available for encore viewings on May 22 at 12:00p ET / 9:00a PT / 6:00p CET and on May 26 at 4pm BST / 5pm SGT / 7pm AEST.

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