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09
Apr
Watch Pentatonix throw a non-stop '90s dance party

Pentatonix/RCA RecordsWe spent 2020 dancing to Dua Lipa's album Future Nostalgia.  Now, Pentatonix is throwing it back to the '90s, with a club-tastic medley that's the perfect soundtrack for a six-minute dance party.

In their new video, the group, dressed in their best '90s club styles, sings their way through an amazing 17 dance floor favorites a cappella style, including "Around the World (La La La La La)," the ATC song that Ava Max interpolates in her current hit, "My Head & My Heart."  O.K., it came out in 2000, but close enough.

Other smashes you'll hear include Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight," Cher's "Believe," C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and, of course, "What Is Love" by Haddaway.

Part of the fun, is, of course, seeing how many songs you recognize, but here's a handy list:

La Bouche, "Be My Lover"
Haddaway, "What Is Love"
ATC, "All Around the World"
Alice Deejay, "Better Off Alone"
C+C Music Factory, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Snap!, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
Vengaboys, "Boom Boom Boom Boom"
Sonique, "It Feels So Good"
Cascada, "Every Time We Touch"
Eiffel 65, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
Robin S, "Show Me Love"
Jennifer Lopez, "Waiting for Tonight"
Ace of Base, "Beautiful Life"
Cher, "Believe"
Crystal Waters, "Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)"
CeCe Peniston, "Finally"

By Andrea Dresdale
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09
Apr
Watch Maren Morris get in "The Middle" of some mac 'n cheese & her Spotify awards plaque

Rachel Murray/Getty Images for TargetBecause they're silver and concave, the plaques that Spotify gives to artists for racking up one billion streams of one of their tracks have inspired some musicians to turn them into dinner plates.  Now Maren Morris is jumping on that bandwagon.

On her socials, Maren wrote, "Said I'd do it," alongside a black-and-white video of herself cooking mac 'n cheese, dumping it on her plaque, and eating it while wearing a fancy dress.

"thanks for a billion streams on The Middle, y’all," she wrote, referring to her Grammy-nominated smash hit with Zedd and Grey. "And thank you @spotify for the multi-purpose plaque."

"The Middle," released in 2018, was a top-five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys in 2019.

In 2018, Taylor Swift invited Maren to join her onstage to perform "The Middle" during the Arlington, TX stop of her Reputation Stadium Tour.  Maren can currently be heard singing on the song "You All Over Me" on Taylor's newly released Fearless (Taylor's Version) album project.


By Andrea Dresdale
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09
Apr
New Music Friday: Gwen Stefani, Pink, Doja Cat & more have new songs for you

Interscope RecordsWhen you're done listening to all 27 tracks on Taylor Swift's latest release, Fearless (Taylor's Version), you can check out all these other new songs as a palate cleanser:

Pink has teamed up with soulful British singer/songwriter Rag'n'Bone for a duet, "Anywhere Away from Here." He says, "It’s an honor to have Pink on this record and I’m so glad she is able to be a part of it."

Doja Cat has released a new collaboration with SZA, "Kiss Me More," along with a colorful video starring Grey's Anatomy actor Alex Landi.  It's from her hotly-anticipated new album Planet Her, due later this year.

Gwen Stefani has teamed up with red-hot rapper Saweetie for a remix of her single "Slow Clap."  There's also an exuberant high-school-themed video directed by Sophie Muller, who was also behind the camera for No Doubt's classic clip "Don't Speak."

DJ & producer Imanbek, who turned Saint Jhn's "Roses" into a hit, has teamed up reggae superstar Sean Paul and Sofia Reyes for a new song called "Dancing on Dangerous."

Surfaces, the who went RIAA double Platinum with "Sunday Best, is back with a new song and video, "Wave of You."

AJ Mitchell has released a new single called "Stop" from his long-awaited debut album, Skyview, which will reportedly finally drop this year.

Canadian singer/songwriter Forest Blakk has added none other than new mommy Meghan Trainor to his sweet ballad "If You Love Her," making for a melodic duet.


By Andrea Dresdale
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09
Apr
Justin Timberlake to star as game show host Chuck Barris in new Apple TV+ series

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake has lined up his next acting gig for Apple TV+.

Deadline reports the 40-year-old singer/actor has been tapped to play Gong Show host Chuck Barris for an as-yet-untitled hour-long drama series.

The show will be based on Barris’ 1984 memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he claimed his job as a game show creator and host in the ‘60s and ‘70s was just a front for his real job as a CIA assassin. Barris created such game show classics as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.

The book was previously made into a 2002 film of the same name that was directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris.

Justin’s new role comes on the heels of his other Apple TV+ project, the film Palmer, which was released in January.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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09
Apr
Watch Katy Perry complain about lack of sex while presenting GLAAD Award to Sam Smith

Photo By The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards/Getty Images for GLAADLast night at the GLAAD Media Awards, Sam Smith was named Outstanding Music Artist, but Katy Perry, who presented them with the honor, took the opportunity to sum up the past year in a way that we all could relate to.

"Music helped us get through this very difficult time, when not much else did," Katy said in her remarks. "I mean, our fabulous clothes? They just stayed on the hangers while we lived in sweats every single day."

"Some of us even went up a couple of sizes -- I did, I also had a baby," she noted. "And the sex dried up! Yeah!"

"Well, I hope it all comes back, but maybe not that baking bread thing, that was kind of a weird thing," Katy continued. She then went on to salute all the incredible music artists who "gave us moments of hope, happiness, resilience and even just plain ol' escapism."

Accepting the award from London, Sam noted, "I'm so honored to be receiving this this year...it really means a lot to me. This has been such a tough year for everyone....and for me, music has remained this constant force of unity throughout the world for people."

"Looking at this category tonight...these are the albums that have got me through this year," they said. "So I just want to raise a cup of tea -- have a tea party -- for everyone in this category."

Among the artists who Sam beat in that category: Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and Halsey.

By Andrea Dresdale
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09
Apr
Legendary rapper and Ruff Ryder alum DMX dies at age 50

Jonathan MannionDMX has died at age 50 after suffering a heart attack. His family, who was by his side when he passed, confirmed the news in a statement.

The rapper, born Earl Simmons, had been hospitalized in White Plains, New York in "grave condition," his attorney Murray Richman confirmed to ABC New York affiliate WABC-TV on April 3. He was placed on life support and never recovered.

"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end," the family said in a statement. "He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time."

The family asked for privacy at they "grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX," adding that information about his memorial service will be announced once details are finalized.

DMX had battled substance abuse and legal troubles over the years and spent multiple stints in rehab. He last completed a stay in rehab in 2019, after serving a 12-month sentence for tax evasion.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in Yonkers, New York, DMX spent the early years of his childhood in and out of juvenile detention centers and group homes. While he maintained a close relationship with his grandmother and other family members, music was his escape from the troubles of his thoughts and his environment.

The Ruff Ryders emcee launched his career in the ‘90s, releasing his debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, in 1998 which featured the hit song "Ruff Ryder's Anthem." As a Def Jam signee, he was a crucial member of the Ruff Ryders Dynasty, which birthed trailblazing artists such as Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox, and more.

A year later in 1999, X released his best-selling album, ... And Then There Was X, featuring the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)." The triple-platinum album received two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album. X's third Grammy nomination came from his 2001 single, "Who We Be." 

Other notable singles include "Stop Being Greedy," "X Gon' Give It to Ya," "What's My Name," and "What They Really Want" featuring Sisqo.
 
X released seven albums over the course of his career, including Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, and four others that topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart. He's also worked with a number of artists including Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, LL Cool J, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Faith Evans, and more.

On the acting side, X appeared in numerous films including Belly, Exit WoundsRomeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour

In July 2020, he faced off with Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle, breaking the all-time Apple Music live stream record with over 600,000 concurrent viewers.

A month later, he revealed he was working on a new studio album to follow up the release of 2015's Redemption Of The Beast under Seven Arts Entertainment. During an episode of N.O.R.E's Drink Champs podcast last February, X stated the project would feature current and past generations of artists including Benny The Butcher, Conway the Machine, Usher, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, U2'sBono, and a posthumous track with the late Pop Smoke.

DMX is remembered by his 15 children and his fiancé Desiree Lindstrom, the mother of his five-year-old son, Exodus.

By Rachel George
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09
Apr
Nike settles lawsuit against Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes"

Filip Custic @filipcustic1The “Satan Shoes” saga has come to a close.

Nike has settled its lawsuit against MSCHF, the design company that teamed up with Lil Nas X to create a reimagined devil-inspired Air Max 97.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Nike and MSCHF agreed to a voluntary recall of the “Satan Shoes,” as well as the “Jesus Shoes” MSCHF sold in 2019.

"If any purchasers were confused, or if they otherwise want to return their shoes, they may do so for a full refund," Nike said according to EW. "Purchasers who choose not to return their shoes and later encounter a product issue, defect, or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike."

MSCHF sold 665 pairs of the sneakers for $1,018 each within minutes, but had been saving the 666th pair for a giveaway. The shoes were tied to Lil Nas X’s music video for his song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Lil Nas was not named as a defendant in the March 29 lawsuit.

"... Having already achieved its artistic purpose, MSCHF recognized that settlement was the best way to allow it to put this lawsuit behind it so that it could dedicate its time to new artistic and expressive projects," an attorney for MSCHF told EW.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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09
Apr
Watch Kelly Clarkson prove yet again that she's the Queen of TMI

Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversalIf you ever doubted that Kelly Clarkson has absolutely no filter, she just proved it once again on her talk show on Thursday, where she shared an incident that should be in the dictionary next to the phrase "TMI."

Kelly was interviewing country music star Clint Black, who shared that in an upcoming episode of his own talk show, fellow country star Sara Evans relates a story about how she once had to pee onstage.  "How many of us haven't peed on stage?" Clint joked.

That inspired Kelly to share a story about a similar incident that happened to her, but as she put it, "It wasn't pee, my friend."

"I got some kinda wrecked up from some kinda food and I literally, we were in an arena, and I shouldn't tell this story, but like I said my man, I don't have a filter," Kelly began.

"I had to RUUUUUUUN backstage to my quick-change," she continued. "I grabbed this poor trash can, and boy, I destroyed it. It was bad! It was bad, Clint!"

As the audience laughed, Kelly noted, "We might have to edit this out, but I'm just sayin', it happens. What are you supposed to do?"

Don't worry, Kelly: That's why we love you. We think.

(The story comes at 4:03 into the video.)

By Andrea Dresdale
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09
Apr
Liam Payne shares the advice he'd give to his younger self, "I would have avoided that stage"

Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesIt's been over a decade since Liam Payne shot to stardom as part of the pop band One Direction and he's learned a lot since then.  

Speaking with Glamour UK, the 27-year-old singer opened up about the advice he would give to his younger self at the beginning of his career.  

"I think just have more fun and relax a little bit," the "Strip That Down" singer shared. "I think I was a very serious child, one of those man-childs, I was a man in a child's body pretty early on."

"And I think I would have avoided that stage, to be honest with you," he added. "To enter One Direction as that difficult, because it just meant that I got completely a different job to everybody else."

Essentially he was the "grown-up," which Liam called "boring."

"I should have just larked around and thrown plates out the window and stuff," he continued and when asked if that meant more rock and roll, he clarified, "Well, I mean at the start, and then later on a bit less rock and roll."

By Danielle Long
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09
Apr
Report: Suspect arrested in Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello home invasion case

John Shearer/AMA2019/Getty Images for dcpThere's been an arrest in the case involving the home invasion at Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's home in LA last month, TMZ reports.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that a suspect was arrested on Thursday after cops followed up a call they got about a trespassing case at a house in another area.  When they found that individual, he had a key on him, which reportedly was to Shawn's Mercedes G-Wagon. 

During the break-in at Shawn and Camila's, TMZ had reported that the thief entered through a window, grabbed Shawn's car keys and made off with the car.  The vehicle was later found parked on a residential street and returned to Shawn.

According to TMZ, the suspect has been booked on burglary and grand theft auto charges.

Neither Shawn nor Camila have publicly commented on the incident or the report.

By Andrea Dresdale
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09
Apr
Britney Spears rolls up her sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine: "It was nothing!"

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicBritney Spears is the latest pop star to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the "Toxic" singer shared that she and boyfriend Sam Asghari went through their vaccination appointment without a hitch and celebrated the success with a high five. 

Spears, 39, also had a special message to fans who might still be on the fence about getting the COVID-19 shot.

When Asghari, 27, asked the Grammy winner what she thought about getting the jab, she took a moment to relay to her followers that it was painless.

"The people on the internet said it was really, really bad like it was a bullet through your arm," said Spears, who then shrugged off the rumor.

"It was nothing. I felt nothing," she refuted through a wide smile. "I'm fine and I hope I continue to stay fine."

The two closed out the video by giving each other a triumphant high five, quoting the popular catchphrase made popular by Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat.

Spears followed up in the caption by continuing with the Borat references by calling her vaccination appointment a "Great success.... High-five!!!!!!"

By Megan Stone
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09
Apr
Taylor Swift's 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' Is Here: Five Fascinating Facts

Beth GarrabrantTaylor Swift’s hotly anticipated re-recording of her 2008 album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), arrives April 9.  Here are five fascinating facts about the project:

5. Taylor is re-recording her albums because she was famously unable to buy back the master recordings of her first six albums from her former record label.  The ownership of those masters then changed hands several times, but after failing to reach a deal, Taylor decided to simply re-record the albums. By offering fans new versions of those songs, she's literally taking money out of the pockets of the executives who now have the rights to her work.

4. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) features 27 tracks: Re-recordings of the original album’s 13 songs, six songs from the Fearless Platinum Edition, the movie soundtrack-only song "Today Was a Fairy Tale," six never-before-released “From the Vault” songs, and a remix of "Love Story (Taylor's Version)."

3. Taylor had her original duet partner on the song "Breathe," Colbie Caillat, return to re-record that song for the project.  She also invited her country superstar friends Maren Morris and Keith Urban to add vocals to a few of the “From the Vault” songs. She plans to add "From the Vault" extras to all of her re-recorded albums.

2. The original version of Fearless has sold more than 10 million copies since its release in 2008.  It features the hits "Love Story," "You Belong With Me," "Fifteen" and "White Horse."

1. Fearless was named Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammy Awards, making Taylor, at age 20, the youngest artist ever to win that award. Her record stood until 2020, when 18-year-old Billie Eilish broke it with her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?


By Andrea Dresdale
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09
Apr
Glass Animals: Pop success of "Heat Waves" is a "lovely surprise"

Pooneh GhanaBritish band Glass Animals has been releasing records since 2012, but their current single "Heat Waves" is their first-ever to make it onto Billboard's Hot 100 chart, not to mention their first on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart.  And nobody is more surprised by the song's success than, well...the members of Glass Animals themselves.

"This song being on these pop radio stations is just such a surprise," says Glass Animals drummer Joe Seaward. "Everything's such a lovely surprise. You just never feel jaded, I think, is the nice thing, 'cause everything's always a bonus."

The band's frontman, Dave Bayley, tells ABC Audio why the success of "Heat Waves" -- coming as it did in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic -- means a "huge amount" to the band.

"We haven't actually been able to go overseas, but this song has kind of traveled and sort of done that for us," he notes. "We feel very lucky to have had that, it's pretty amazing."

As for why "Heat Waves" has become their breakthrough hit, Joe believes it's because the song's combination of "upbeat, exciting music" and "remorseful, mournful lyrics" reflects our present moment in time.

"It's quite sad," notes Joe. "I think that that resonates quite strongly with what's been happening to people in the last year."

"Heat Waves" appears on Glass Animals' new album, Dreamland, a concept album about Dave Bayley's childhood.  He's hoping that new fans who've discovered the band through "Heat Waves" will now be inspired to give Dreamland a try.

"Maybe it'll lead people to listen to the album, which was very much written and made as an entire entity, as an entire world," says Dave, adding, "I think you can say a lot more when an actual album is greater than the sum of its parts."

By Josh Johnson & Andrea Dresdale
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08
Apr
Hear Ashe's new Beach Boys-channeling song "I'm Fine"

Dana TrippeOne of Ashe's main influences is the legendary pop group The Beach Boys, and you can hear an echo of their style in the upbeat bop of a chorus on her new single, "I'm Fine," the latest track from her upcoming debut album Ashlyn.

“'I'm Fine' is about having that one person in your life that, when you're trying to fake it and you're trying to say, ‘Oh, no, I'm doing okay,’ it's having that one person who says: ‘I know you're not okay. You can't pretend with me,’" Ashe explains of the song.

She adds, "I have a couple people in my life that can always call me out when I'm like, ‘Oh, I'm fine.’ And, yeah, those are the people we need in our lives.”

In addition to "I'm Fine," Ashlyn also features Ashe's hit "Moral of the Story" and her current duet with FINNEAS, "Till Forever Falls Apart."  It's out May 7.

Ashe was just nominated for Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist 2021 at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.


By Andrea Dresdale
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08
Apr
Bebe Rexha to Belt "America the Beautiful" on WrestleMania this weekend

ABCBebe Rexha and professional wrestling wouldn't seem like they go together, but we'll find out this weekend how well they mesh.

The "Meant to Be" singer will belt out "America the Beautiful" during Night 1 of WrestleMania 37, which will stream live starting at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 10 exclusively on Peacock.

Bebe seems thrilled at the prospect of encountering two-time SmackDown Women's Champion and three-time RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss at the event.  When a fan asked if we could get a "meet up," Bebe replied, "Omg yes."  To which Alexa replied, "Let's make it happen."

Fun fact: Alexa is engaged to early-2000's hitmaker Ryan Cabrera.

Meanwhile, Bebe has released several remixes of her latest single, "Sacrifice," but fans are still begging her to announce when her long-awaited second album will be released.  Stay tuned.

By Andrea Dresdale
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08
Apr
See Lady Gaga in full bridal attire on set of 'House of Gucci'

MEGA/GC ImagesLady Gaga has been engaged twice but has never made it to the altar. If you've ever wondered what she'd look like in a wedding dress, though, now we know.

The singer was snapped on the Rome, Italy set of her new movie House of Gucci in full bridal attire.

In character as Patrizia Reggiani, the eventual ex-wife of fashion mogul Maurizio Gucci, Gaga donned a beautiful lace wedding gown with a scalloped hem, a long flowing veil and white satin heels. She appeared to be on her way to film a scene depicting Reggiani and Gucci’s 1973 wedding.

Adam Driver stars opposite Gaga as Gucci in the Ridley Scott-directed film.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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08
Apr
Taylor Swift treats Tumblr fans to sneak preview of "Breathe (Taylor's Version)"

Courtesy of TumblrA huge part of Taylor Swift's fandom can be found on Tumblr, where Taylor herself is known to lurk and "like" random Swifties' posts.  So for her big Fearless re-recording project, she wanted to give those fans something special.

Ahead of the midnight release of the album Fearless (Taylor's Version), Taylor's posted a snippet on Tumblr of the re-recorded version of "Breathe," her duet with Colbie Caillat.  Now called "Breathe (Taylor's Version)," the song features Colbie recreating her original parts on the song.

"Breathe" earned brought Colbie her first Grammy: When it was named Album of the Year in 2010, Colbie received a trophy too, as a featured artist on the project.

Taylor has also shared a never-before seen photo of herself from 2008 to go along with the snippet.

According to Tumblr, searches for Taylor Swift content have spiked 611% since the beginning of the year.

By Andrea Dresdale
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08
Apr
Watch Olivia Rodrigo in 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' season 2 trailer

Courtesy Disney+If you only know Olivia Rodrigo as the woman who sings "Drivers License," you can get a look at her working hard in her other job -- TV star -- in the new trailer for the new season of her Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

The new season features brand-new solo performances from both Olivia and her co-star, Joshua Bassett, each written by the two entertainers.

Plot-wise, the new season finds the East High Wildcats preparing to perform Beauty and the Beast as their spring musical, and facing off against their rivals, North High, to win a prestigious student theatre competition. Meanwhile, Olivia's character, Nini, gets into the Youth Actors Conservatory, setting up the possibility of her having to carry on a long-distance relationship with Ricky, Bassett's character.

Season two guest stars include Derek Hough and Asher Angel.

The second season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premieres May 14. Season one is now streaming on Disney+. 

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

By Andrea Dresdale
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08
Apr
Here's who gave Jennifer Lopez the iconic nickname "J.Lo"

Carlos Alvarez/Getty ImagesBelieve it or not, Jennifer Lopez isn't the one who came up with her now-iconic nickname "J.Lo."

In an upcoming issue of InStyle the 51-year-old revealed that the moniker was given to her by late rapper and record executive Heavy D while she was working on her first studio album, On The 6, which was released in June of, 1999.

"The name J.Lo came from Heavy D," she explained. "He used to come by the studio for my first album and would call me Jenny-Lo, Jennifer-Lo, or J.Lo."

However, Jennifer believes that the nickname really caught on after she made it the name of her second album.

"When I was doing my second album, I decided to call it J.Lo and I believe that's when it really stuck!" she said. 

In the same interview, Jennifer's ex-husband Marc Anthony, the father of her twins Max and Emme, praises his former wife to the skies.

"The thing about Jennifer is her ability to see and understand things before they happen. Before she even brings an idea up, she has visualized it a thousand times. And if anyone says it might not be the greatest idea, she'll say, 'You just don't see it yet,'" he says. "Nine times out of 10, she'll nail it."

Marc also describes Jen as "the first one in the room and the last to leave," as well as "the hardest worker I've ever met."

"When we were together, it was quite the opposite for me. That has changed since," he adds. "I learned so much from her. She's the original!"

By Megan Stone & Andrea Dresdale
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08
Apr
Exclusive vinyl titles from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande on tap for Record Store Day 2021

Streamline/InterscopeReleases from "Rain on Me" duet partners Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga are among the more than 420 exclusive titles that'll be available at independent record stores for Record Store Day 2021.

The annual event, typically held on a Saturday during the spring at various independent record stores, will instead feature two-day "drops," on June 12 and July 17, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

RSD's first releases will include Gaga's Chromatica on exclusive translucent yellow vinyl on June 12. The RSD edition also comes with a 28-page book, collectible 'zine and never-before-seen Gaga images and artwork.

Ariana's k bye for now (swt live) will be made available as a double-CD set and as a triple-vinyl LP collection on June 12. It'll mark the first time the live album documenting her 2019 Sweetener Tour is being released in physical form.  The "positions" singer released the album digitally on December 23, 2019.

Check out the whole list of releases and participating independent record stores -- and which release is dropping when -- at RecordStoreDay.com.

By Megan Stone
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08
Apr
Taylor Swift debuts clip of "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" exclusively on 'GMA'

Beth GarrabrantTaylor Swift fans eager to hear her more new music just had their wish granted!

On Thursday, the superstar shared exclusively on Good Morning America a clip of the song "Fearless (Taylor's Version)," a re-recording of the title track of her hit 2008 album.

"I just wanted to say, first of all, you guys have been so supportive at Good Morning America since day one of this entire process of me re-recording my music," Taylor said in a recorded message. "I’m so ecstatic that my album, Fearless (Taylor's Version), will be out tonight."

"It’s crazy that it’s finally here and I wanted to give you guys, as a thank you, an exclusive first glimpse at one of the songs on my album," she added ahead of the tune playing.

The drop of "Fearless" comes a day after Taylor shared “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” a song she wrote in 2008 and that will appear as one of the never-released "From the Vault" tracks on Fearless (Taylor's Version).

Swift told GMA in November she was "having a really good time" re-recording her old music amid drama over her old masters.

Fearless (Taylor's Version) comes out Friday.

By GMA Team
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08
Apr
Dua Lipa unveils first look at her new global PUMA campaign

Mario Sorrenti for PUMADua Lipa has finally unveiled the first look at her long-teased solo campaign with PUMA.  The "Levitating" singer first mentioned the partnership during her November "Studio 2054" livestream concert.

In the first official images of her new PUMA campaign, which she recently shared to Instagram, Dua is wearing the brand's new "Mayze" sneaker.  The shoe, which features the brand's logo, is a creeper-style sneaker fitted with a chunky platform sole.

The first image depicts the "Don't Start Now" hitmaker hanging out in a theater's green room, where she's perched on a black equipment box.

In the second snap, Dua's hanging out on a flight of stairs leading up to a stage that's doused in fog and blue lighting.  It accentuates what PUMA promises about the new shoe: It's "made for those who embrace the spotlight, on stage and off."

“The Mayze is the perfect fit, it works for me on stage and off. The classic stacked sole is so versatile, I can work it into any look,” says Dua in a statement.

Famed fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti shot the new PUMA ads. The new "Mayze" sneaker will be available fo April 16 and will retail for $90.

By Megan Stone
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08
Apr
Demi Lovato opens up on her struggle with "survivor's guilt" for surviving overdose

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicDemi Lovato, like many, is praying for famed rapper DMX.  The "Party Up (Up in Here)" artist was rushed to the hospital Friday, where he remains on life support, after suffering a heart attack brought on by an apparent drug overdose.  

Lovato says the headlines brought her right back to 2018, the year when her own drug addiction nearly killed her.

Speaking Wednesday with TMZ Live, the "Anyone" singer admitted that she continues to struggle with survivor's guilt.

"Anytime that I see somebody OD or even pass away that's in the public eye, I immediately think, 'That could've been you had you not been putting all this work in the last couple of years of your life,'" the 28-year-old confessed.

Lovato continued, "There's times where I've even talked about feeling survivor's guilt because you do ask yourself, 'Why am I still here, and why are others not?'"

The Grammy nominee admits it has been "challenging" to overcome those intrusive thoughts, but she has found a way to acknowledge them without harming her mental health.

"Ultimately I had to realize that every day is a day that someone else doesn't get," she said. "Every day that I'm here on this earth is a day that I need to be counting my blessings for and just being appreciative and grateful for."

Framing her thoughts like that, she says, "Makes me want to live the best life I can possibly live knowing that others didn't get the same chance that I did."

Lovato, who is working on her own sobriety, confronts her near-fatal overdose in the YouTube docuseries Dancing With the Devil, which is streaming now.

By Megan Stone
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08
Apr
Olivia Rodrigo spills "Deja Vu" secrets: "I've never watched 'Glee'"

Stefan KohliThe lyrics of Olivia Rodrigo's new single "Deja Vu" are so specific, you really believe that she and her ex-boyfriend actually did do all those things she sings about in the song, before her ex went on to do them with his current girlfriend. But surprise -- most of it was completely made up.

Take that line "Watching reruns of Glee/Bein' annoying, singin’ in harmony" -- super-specific, right?  Yes, but completely not true.

As Olivia and her co-writer and producer Dan Nigro admit in Rolling Stone's The Breakdown video series, "Neither of us have ever, like, watched Glee! But [when we were writing the song], we were like, 'Watching reruns of Glee' -- heck yeah!"

And if you thought Olivia was a huge fan of Billy Joel because of that line "Play her piano, but she doesn't know/That I was the one who taught you Billy Joel" -- think again.

"Dan actually came up with the Billy Joel lyric...which is probably my favorite lyric," Olivia admits. 

"Just trying to make Long Island represent as much as possible in this," confesses Dan -- who, like Billy Joel, is from Long Island, NY.

But there is some truth to the lyrics: Olivia's favorite ice cream flavor is, indeed, strawberry.

So if Olivia didn't live "Deja Vu," what inspired it?  She says she simply had the line "when she's with you/do you get deja vu" written down in her phone.

"I get deja vu all the time, and I think it's a really interesting phenomenon," she explains. "And so I thought it would be a cool way to talk about when you break up with someone and they move on -- sometimes you watch them on social media or whatever, and they're living the same life that you lived, with another partner."

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

By Andrea Dresdale
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08
Apr
Come play in his "Arcade": Dutch star Duncan Laurence's single isn't a losing game

Paul BellaartDutch artist Duncan Laurence is moving up the charts with his cinematic song "Arcade," with its memorable chorus, "Loving you is a losing game."  He recently performed it on NBC's Today show and on Ellen DeGeneres, and tells ABC Audio he's delighted that American fans are just now discovering the track, which won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

"To see all the reactions from new people hearing it in the U.S., but also people who knew it already from things like Eurovision and stuff here in Europe and say, 'Finally it's happening!- it's just a mix of all sorts of reactions," Duncan tells ABC Audio. "It's just so much fun to read them. It's really encouraging."

Duncan, who was also on the Dutch version of The Voice, is actually surprised that "Arcade" has hung around long enough to become a hit in the U.S. -- but it's partly due to TikTok.

"After doing Eurovision...I kind of thought, like, that was the peak -- that was the function of 'Arcade,'" he recalls. "Like, 'It's done its part in my career, and now we can move on and make some new music.' And then all of a sudden out of the blue, there it was on TikTok! And it was shared so many times."

To Duncan, that means that he's done something important.

"It just showed that it resonates with people...people want to connect to it, want to share it, want to talk about it," he gushes. "And especially in these times where...it's not possible for me to do concerts...it's so encouraging to see everyone love the song and just share it. And it makes me feel like what I'm doing is right." 

"Arcade" is on Duncan's debut album Small Town Boy, out now.

By Andrea Dresdale
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07
Apr
Ariana Grande's wedding: "Small & intimate," not "massive" after all?

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicDepending on which tabloid you believe, Ariana Grande is either planning a "massive" fairy-tale wedding to her fiancé, Dalton Gomez, or something "small and intimate."

Following reports by OK! magazine that the couple is planning a huge wedding, Us Weekly now claims the opposite. That publication's "insider" dishes that the two, who got engaged in December, want "a very small and intimate affair” that will take place in the next few months.

“Ariana and Dalton’s wedding will happen early summer,” the insider says. “They have been looking at venues in a few different cities but are most likely choosing California.”

However, the insider insists, "Nothing will officially happen until it’s safe," referring to COVID-19 restrictions.

Meanwhile, the two lovebirds are “beyond obsessed with each other,” the insider gushes, claiming that they spent "almost all their time together.”

“He loves to dote on her [and] he just makes her really happy," the source adds. "All of Ariana’s friends and family love him for her.”

Ari does seem like a woman in love: A few days ago, she posted a slideshow of herself cuddling with Dalton and wrote, "!!! my heart my person !!! thank u so much for being u."

By Andrea Dresdale
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07
Apr
Sia teams with NASA for "Floating Through Space" video

Stuart C. Wilson/Getty ImagesSia has teamed up with NASA for the music video to her appropriately titled song with David Guetta, “Floating Through Space.”

With the help of pop-up facts, the video highlights the upcoming launch of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which will be the first attempt at a powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet.

The helicopter has already landed on Mars, attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which successfully landed on the planet February 18. NASA is targeting no earlier than April 8 for the first flight attempt, but a series of factors, including wind patterns, will determine an exact time for the launch.

The video includes footage of the aircraft being tested and readied for launch, as well as from the joyous moment when Perseverance landed on Mars.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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07
Apr
Lady Gaga unveils limited-edition Dom Pérignon sculpture for charity

Dom Pérignon As part of her new deal with Champagne brand Dom Pérignon, Lady Gaga has created a limited-edition sculpture, with all proceeds going to a worthy cause.

"We designed my own custom Dom Pérignon bottle in collaboration with [fashion director] Nicola Formichetti, as well as a limited-edition sculpture," Gaga explains in an Instagram video. "And the profits of this limited-edition piece will go to the Born This Way Foundation, my charity."

"I can't wait to toast with you to celebrate life and a world where everyone is seen, heard and loved," she adds.

It's hard to tell, but the sculpture appears to look like a customized bottle of the Champagne with "Lady Gaga Edition" written on the label and the neck, partially encased in shiny Mylar wrapping.

According to the Champagne's website, only 110 sculptures are being produced and will be "sold in private sales and showcased in flagship Dom Pérignon locations."

Prices are available on request from the website but you know what they say: If you have to ask...

By Andrea Dresdale
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07
Apr
Sophie Turner praises Taylor Swift's new song, while fans think it's about Sophie's husband

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift's new "From the Vault" release, "Mr. Perfectly Fine," has a celebrity fan in Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner -- even though fans are convinced the song's about Sophie's husband, Joe Jonas.

Posting the song on her Instagram stories, Sophie wrote, "It's not NOT a bop."  Taylor reposted her message, adding the caption, "forever bending the knee for the [queen] of the North," in reference to Sophie's Game of Thrones character, Sansa Stark.

Meanwhile, because "Mr. Perfectly Fine" was written in 2008 -- around the time Taylor and Joe broke up -- some are advancing the theory that she wrote it about Joe.  "sophie turner is a swiftie first and joe jonas’ wife second," one Swiftie tweeted.  Another posted a picture of Sophie chugging wine in the stands of a sporting event while raising her hand, and captioned it, "sophie turner listening to taylor swift obliterate joe jonas with decade old songs."

Of course, Taylor and Joe have long made up; in her song "Invisible String," she alluded to this by singing about buying gifts for the babies of the boys who broke her heart.

"Mr. Perfectly Fine" is about how Taylor is heartbroken because a guy has dumped her, but he doesn't seem to be affected by the split. "It takes everything in me just to get up each day/But it’s wonderful to see that you’re okay,” she sings.

But in another line, Taylor sings, "Hello Mr. Casually cruel, Mr. Everything revolves around you’ / I’ve been Miss Misery since your goodbye and you’re Mr. Perfectly Fine.”  Swifties know that she resurrected the line "casually cruel" for her 2012 song "All Too Well," which many believe is about Jake Gyllenhaal.  That's why some people think this song is actually about him, and not Joe Jonas -- but Taylor will never tell.

By Andrea Dresdale
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07
Apr
Zedd scores new residency at Resorts World Las Vegas

Zouk Group Las VegasZedd has a new home in Sin City.

The artist will be the inaugural resident DJ at Resorts World International Las Vegas, which is the first new resort to be built on the Vegas Strip in more than 10 years. As part of the multi-year residency, Zedd will headline the resorts' two venues, Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub, which are opening this summer.

In a statement, Zedd says, "Las Vegas has become a massive part of my life. Having the opportunity to play so many shows there throughout the years has made it like a second home to me. My Vegas shows have become a central hub to connect with fans, friends and artists from all over the world."

"I couldn't be more excited to create a brand new and exciting show at my new home at Resorts World Las Vegas," he adds. 

Dates for Zedd's performances, as well as ticket info, will be announced in the near future.

Zedd previously had residencies at the Vegas clubs Hakkasan, Omni and Wet Republic Dayclub.

By Andrea Dresdale
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