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Tickets to Adele's residency in Vegas going for almost $50K a seat

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If you're looking to score some last-minute tickets for Adele's Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, be prepared to shell out some big bucks.

On Gametime.co, an app and website for last-minute tickets to major events, a pair of tickets in the orchestra section for this Friday's opening show are going for over $96,950 -- or $48,475 per seat, including service fees.

For those looking to go easy on their wallets, the lowest-priced seats, for her January 22 show, are available for $885 each.

Adele's Weekends With Adele Las Vegas residency kicks off January 21 and runs through April 16.

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Britney Spears sends Jamie Lynn cease and desist letter, will "no longer be bullied"

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Britney Spears is threatening legal action against her sister Jamie Lynn, if she doesn't stop talking about her while promoting her new book, Things I Should Have Said. 

Through her attorney Matthew S. Rosengart, the "Toxic" singer, 40, sent a cease and desist letter, which was obtained by ABC News, to Jamie Lynn, 30, stating that she will not be "exploited" for her sister's "monetary gain." 

"As you know, I represent your sister Britney Spears, and I write at her request concerning the above-referenced matter. We write with some hesitation because the last thing Britney wants is to bring more attention to your ill-timed book and its misleading or outrageous claims about her," the letter begins. "Although Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked to see how you have exploited her for monetary gain. She will not tolerate it, nor should she."

Rosengart goes on point out how the pop star was the "breadwinner" of the family and "also otherwise supported" Jamie before reminding her of the "abuse and wrongdoing" Britney has already been through. 

"...Having endured a 13-year conservatorship that stripped her of civil rights and fundamental liberties, Britney will no longer be bullied by her father or anyone else," reads the letter.

Rosengart also attempted to use the Zoey 101 alum's own words against her, adding that she "recently reportedly stated that the book was 'not about [Britney].'" 

"We, therefore, demand that you cease and desist from referencing Britney derogatorily during your promotional campaign," the letter reads. "If you fail to do so or defame her, Britney will be forced to consider and take all appropriate legal action."

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John Mayer helps design hoodie to raise money for late friend Bob Saget's favorite charity

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John Mayer was a close friend of beloved comedian and Full House star Bob Saget, and even served as a pallbearer at his funeral. Now, John has come up with a unique way to raise money for his late friend's favorite charity.

On Instagram, John unveiled a navy hoodie that says "Bob Saget" on the front, against a decoration of blue roses, with the logo of the Scleroderma Research Foundation on the back.  Saget was a board member of the Foundation; his sister Gaye died of the disease at age 47.

"Bob Saget worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, a cause that was so close to his heart," John wrote in the caption. He noted that he collaborated with two designers to "help design this hoodie to keep both his memory and the enduring fight for a cure alive."

John added, "It's available now. All proceeds go to @srfcure."

The sweatshirts cost $55 and are available now via Represent.com/SRF.  They'll be shipped starting February 10.

Saget's widow, Kelly Rizzo, reposted the image and wrote, "Thank you @johnmayer for designing this and making this happen."

Among the stars who praised the initiative in the comments were Saget's close friend Jeff Ross, who wrote, "Awesomeness ! I'm buying a bunch of these," and John's close pal Andy Cohen, who wrote, "Purchased! What a great idea."

Bob's Full House co-star Candace Cameron Bure put heart emojis in the comments and reposted it on her Instagram.  She's selling t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies that read "Love Like Jesus, Hug Like Bob Saget" -- perhaps a little odd, since Saget was Jewish, but O.K. -- with proceeds also going to the Scleroderma Research Foundation.

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Author of new Mac Miller book was "really surprised" by what people told him about Ariana Grande

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The late Mac Miller -- who was in a relationship with Ariana Grande for nearly two years -- would have been 30 today, January 19.  A new book about the rapper's life came out yesterday, and the author says what surprised him the most about writing it was how people described their romance.

Paul Cantor, the author of Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller, interviewed nearly 100 people over three years. He tells USA Today, "I was really surprised [by] a lot of what was discussed after his passing with regard to his relationship with Ariana. I thought there would be a lot more salaciousness there and there was not."

"That relationship was very positive and loving between them," Cantor adds. "Sometimes you talk to people and you think they’re going to tell you crazy stuff. But everything [I was told] was that she was this really positive influence."

Cantor didn't interview Ariana herself for the book, but he's fine with it.

"I tried, but I didn’t get too far," he explains. "With something like that, I think that experience with him was traumatic for her, as it would be for anyone. I think she was and still is grappling with what occurred."

Mac appeared on Ariana's 2013 song "The Way," which became the first top 10 hit for both of them. They starting dating in August of 2016, and appeared together in the video for Mac's song "My Favorite Part." They split in May of 2018. 

Mac died September 7, 2018 from an accidental drug overdose.  Ariana wrote on Instagram a week later, "i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend...i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away."  She later referred to him as "an angel" in her hit "thank u, next."

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Shawn Mendes teases new music: "Y'all dig this?"

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Shawn Mendes started off 2022 telling fans "It'll Be Okay," and now, he's telling them to get ready for another round of new music.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the singer shared a video that shows him and a friend listening to a new demo.  The clip then transitions to a studio, where fans can hear the fully mastered track ahead of its scheduled release.

Shawn just had one question to ask first, which was, "Y'all dig this?"  Of course, his 66.2 million followers began begging for more and demanded to know when they can finally add it to their music libraries.  At this time, it is currently unknown when the Grammy winner's new song arrives or what he plans on calling it.

The song would mark Shawn's third new single since releasing his Wonder album, which came out in December 2020.  It follows "Summer of Love" and, most recently, "It'll Be Okay."

Shawn is gearing up for his 64-date Wonder: The World Tour, which kicks off in March and will take him across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.  He has yet to unveil plans for his fifth studio album, but fans are hopeful an announcement is on the horizon.

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Selena Gomez to judge this year's Doodle for Google contes

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Aspiring artists hoping to make a big impression in this year's Doodle for Google student art contest will be judged by none other than Selena Gomez.  The 29-year-old singer announced Tuesday that she'll help pick this year's winner.

Selena said she is excited to serve as a judge because of the theme that Google selected for 2022.  She wrote, "This year's prompt, 'I care for myself by…' is especially meaningful to me. I can't wait to learn how students across the country are approaching mental health and self-care."  

Google is a contributor of her mental health educational platform, Rare Impact Fund.

Selena also shared a video to accompany her big reveal in which she talks about what Google's new prompt means to her.  "Ive been on a journey learning the best ways to take care of myself.  I know firsthand how scary and lonely it can feel to face the pressures of the world alone, especially at a young age," the Grammy nominee remarked. "I love to channel my journey into my art and I can't wait to see how students do the same."

The annual Doodle for Google contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and the winner's prompt will be featured on Google's home page.  The contest is now open and entries can either be submitted online or through the mail.  The deadline to enter is March 4 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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Katy Perry to perform on 'Saturday Night Live' on January 29

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Katy Perry has been announced as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live's January 29th episode, which will be hosted by Spider-Man: No Way Home and Nightmare Alley star Willem Dafoe. It's the Oscar nominee's first time hosting the show.

"Live from New York, it’s PLAY," Katy wrote on Instagram, referring to the name of her recently launched Las Vegas residency show. "Can’t wait to bring my slice of Sin City to the Big Apple (and ur [TV])." 

This would seem to indicate that Katy's performances on the show will incorporate some of the same costumes and staging she uses in PLAY.

This will be Katy's fourth time on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest. She previously appeared as a musical guest in 2010, 2013 and 2017, and as a host only in 2011.

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Dua Lipa's 'Future Nostalgia' capsule collection available now

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To mark the upcoming launch of Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia 2022 World Tour next month, her online store has launched a capsule collection of limited-edition merchandise, with more to come.

So far, fans can buy a three-quarter zip logo Future Nostalgia sweatshirt, socks, a keychain and a candle, with prices ranging from $10 to $75.  The back of the sweatshirt features the album's track list, plus a lyric from the title track: "I know you ain't used to a female alpha."

On February 2, additional merch will drop in a whole different color palette, including a zip-up hoodie, matching shorts and a crop top.

Dua's tour starts February 9 in Miami.

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The Grammys reschedule for April 3, move to Las Vegas

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What happens in Vegas...will be the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

After canceling plans to hold the awards ceremony on January 31 due to the Omicron variant, the Recording Academy has announced that "Music's Biggest Night" will now take place Sunday, April 3 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS.  The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Trevor Noah will return as the host for the ceremony.  Details about Grammy Week events like the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala and Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party will be announced soon. 

Hits Daily Double reports that options being considered include holding these events in Las Vegas, holding them in Los Angeles that same week, or holding them the week after the Grammys.

The leading nominee for the Grammy Awards this year is Jon Batiste, who has 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R., all of whom have eight nominations.

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Sara Bareilles opens up about taking medication for anxiety and depression: "I can feel myself again"

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Sara Bareilles spoke more about her mental health struggles and, in a candid post on Tuesday, the "Brave" singer revealed why taking medication was a game changer.

Sharing a photo of a white tablet, Sara wrote, "This is my medicine."  

"I wanted to write a little bit about the fact that after 20 years of feeling very strongly that it was not the path I needed to take…I have tried medication for the first time," she continued. "For the first time in months I can feel myself again - my joy, my optimism and my laughter are among some of the precious parts of myself I have rediscovered."

Sara continued, "they sit at my soul’s table, along with my sweet sadness and my tender anxiety…who, by the way, aren’t the only ones talking anymore. It is a profound, holy relief."  

The Waitress star hopes that, by sharing her experience, others will gain new understanding of the seriousness of anxiety and depression, which she says she has.  

"For the past year, I felt desperate and overwhelmed almost all the time. The amount of energy it took to 'manage' my emotions (I use that term loosely because that makes me seem like I had a handle on anything) would exhaust me so much that my whole sense of myself got distorted. I didn’t feel like me anymore," Sara revealed.  "I needed extra help."

Aside from raising awareness about anxiety and depression, she also encouraged those in her shoes to "keep going" because they are not alone.

Sara is further empowering others as one of the headlining performers for the 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Benefit Concert on March 8. The event raises funds for the nonprofit Girls with Impact, which trains under-resourced young women in business and leadership

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'Frozen SOUR': Olivia Rodrigo & the gang start production on 'HSM:TM:TS' season three

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Olivia Rodrigo may be a global pop superstar who's prepping for her first-ever headlining tour, but she hasn't forgotten her roots: Production started in Los Angeles today on the show that really got her musical career going.

Production on the third season of the Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, in which Olivia stars as Nini, is officially underway.  This season is set at a family-owned sleepaway camp in California called Camp Shallow Lake, where the Wildcats and the rest of the campers put on a production of Frozen.

In addition to Frozen, season three will feature music from Camp Rock, as well as from the original High School Musical franchise.  In fact, one of the original stars of that franchise, Corbin Bleu, will guest star as himself this season.  Other guest stars include Meg Donnelly of Disney's ZOMBIES franchise and Jason Earles from Hannah Montana.

It's not clear when the third season will premiere, but Olivia's SOUR tour kicks off April 2 in San Francisco and runs through July, so presumably, filming will be wrapped up by then.

It was as a result of Olivia's appearance on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series that people first sat up and took notice of her musical talent: "All I Want," a song she wrote for the show, unexpectedly went viral on TikTok in 2020.

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Def Leppard singer offers Adele some valuable advice ahead of her Las Vegas residency

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Adele kicks off her Weekends with Adele residency in Las Vegas this Friday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Now, a fellow chart-topping British singer and Vegas headliner is offering her some sound advice on singing in Sin City.

British rock veterans Def Leppard headlined residencies in Las Vegas in 2013 and 2019, and front man Joe Elliott tells The Times of London that the one thing Adele needs to watch out for is the fact that the air in the Nevada desert is extremely dry.

“That is a killer for singers,” Elliott tells The Times. “I had to fill my bath[tub] with boiling water every night and put kettles and humidifiers all over the place so you wake up drowned.” 

And while Elliott loves Vegas because, he says, "it's the only time the audience comes to you," he advises Adele to "enjoy the fact that you will be traveling very little -- but for God’s sake get a humidifier in your room.”

While there have been reports of Caesars putting Adele up in a $40,000-per-night suite while she's in town, the "Pour Some Sugar On Me" singer says she may want to skip that.

"They offer you accommodation but the big stars will never take it because you just don’t know who’s gonna be next door,” he tells The Times. “We had to get security guards to check the corridor and if it was clear, we’d run like hell to get our key in the door before somebody [recognized] us and bang[ed] on the door all night looking for a party.”

Instead, Elliott advises, Adele should rent a house near the strip, like he did when Def Leppard did their second residency. "I had complete privacy and it was fantastic," he notes.

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Jamie Lynn Spears details growing up under Britney Spears' shadow: "I always felt like an afterthought"

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The first half of Jamie Lynn Spears' anticipated tell-all interview is out and she didn't hold back about what it was like growing up under Britney Spears' shadow.

Speaking on the Call Her Daddy podcast, the 30-year-old actress tearfully said she learned at a young age to "stay out of the way" so she would "not mess anything up for anybody" or the family's "brand."

"I was never allowed to control my own narrative or have my own voice unless it was in line with everything," she added. "My whole life I kind of felt like I didn't matter... I always felt like an afterthought."

Despite that, Jamie Lynn has nothing but love for Britney and is "so proud" of her.  "I got to experience watching a woman take over the f****** world. How can I be jealous of that?" she added, refuting rumors that she envies Britney, adding, "We never compared each other, the world did."

Jamie Lynn also said her family failed Britney when she was experiencing a series of public emotional breakdowns.  "This was a brilliant young woman who was going through a hard time, and if she didn't stand up for herself then somebody should have," she said, adding she was unable to be the person her sister needed because she was still a kid, "Somebody should have said stop the f****** presses give this girl a f****** minute."

"The problem was that I couldn’t be responsible for everything that happened around her and also be authentic to myself," the Sweet Magnolias star said. "I guess I didn't have the courage to do it.  I guess I was too scared."

The second half of the interview comes out Wednesday, January 19.  Jamie Lynn's memoir, Things I Should Have Said, is out now.

 

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West Side Sorry: Rachel Zegler apologizes for joking about Britney Spears

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Rachel Zegler issued a mea culpa after poking fun at Britney Spears tweets about Jamie Lynn Spears.  The West Side Story star faced serious backlash after posting a video of her dramatically monologuing the "Toxic" singer's messages.

The inflammatory video has since been deleted and, on Monday, the Golden Globe winner apologized for her actions.  "Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Britney and am rooting for her always," wrote Zegler. "While I meant no disrespect whatsoever, I should have thought about how this could be perceived, and I’m so sorry for upsetting or disappointing anyone."

She continued in a follow-up tweet, "This is not a situation to be taken lightly, and we should all be lifting Britney up in this pivotal time. Thanks for hearing me out, and a big thank you to all who held me accountable."

Reaction to the 20-year-old's apology has been well received by fans, who praised her for addressing her faux pas and owning up to it.  

Neither Britney nor Jamie Lynn has responded to the controversy.

Zegler's videos were made shortly after the Grammy winner unleashed a scathing message on Twitter after Jamie Lynn shared a memory with ABC's Nightline about Britney allegedly grabbing a knife and locking the both of them in a room.   The pop star said Jamie Lynn was "making that up" and begged for her to "stop with these crazy lies."

However, the sisters are seemingly on their way to reconciliation, after both expressed their love for one another.

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Selena Gomez says she "didn't have a choice" to stay quiet about her mental health

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Selena Gomez has brought comfort to many by opening up about her mental health struggles and by rallying to normalize these sensitive conversations.  But what caused the "Lose You to Love Me" singer to become an advocate in the first place? 

Speaking to Vogue UK, Selena said breaking her silence about her mental health was not of her own volition.  She said she felt forced into sharing her experiences once the rumor mill caught wind of her diagnoses.

"In a way, I didn't have a choice," she shared. "There were so many stories being told about me during that time that I wondered how anyone would know the truth. So it really stemmed from me wanting to be honest, wanting to say: 'All this stuff that you’re hearing? It isn’t right. Here’s what happened.'"'

Selena continued, "I do have bipolar [disorder] and I had to learn a bunch of things about myself, and it wasn't easy. And, you know, some days it's still not. But I just knew that if I didn't say anything, someone else was going to. It wasn't fair."

The Grammy nominee also shared how her makeup brand, Rare Beauty, earned its moniker.  She said she named her beauty line after her anthemic single, "Rare" because "it basically says that I don't have everything figured out, but I know that I'm worth it and I know that I deserve good things."

"When we started talking about how to enter the beauty space, I knew I needed to be different. I wanted to stand out and show people that I care beyond just the products, so that's how it began. I named the product Rare – it was pretty challenging to get, but it was well worth it, and now it represents so much more to me," Selena said.

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