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Trademark victory: Lizzo is officially 100% that you-know-what

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Lizzo can celebrate a new victory. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office approved her application to trademark the phrase "100 percent that b****."

A tribunal ruled Thursday that Lizzo owns the saying and can use it however she likes, including on merchandise. The singer famously used that phrase to open her 2019 hit song "Truth Hurts."

It should be noted the singer didn't actually create the phrase. The saying was once used as a viral meme and its true creator, Mina Lioness, has since been given songwriting credit on "Truth Hurts."

Lizzo attempted to trademark the phrase after the song took off, but its fate was in limbo for literal years as the agency debated if the wording was unique enough to warrant trademark protection. Lizzo's application was actually tossed last year, with the ruling saying the wording was too commonplace and that she didn't have the right to appropriate it.

Billboard reports the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board reversed that decision because they believe Lizzo is inherently connected to the phrase. Part of their argument was that if a person were to read "100 percent that b****" on a shirt, they would most likely think of the rapper.

The ruling reads, "Consumers encountering '100% That B****' on the specific types of clothing identified in the application ― even when offered by third parties ― associate the term with Lizzo and her music."

The TTAB argued that Lizzo popularized a phrase, adding it was "lesser known" before it was featured on "Truth Hurts."

"Lizzo did not originate the expression she encountered as a Twitter meme," the ruling stated. "Nonetheless, lyrics from songs are more likely to be attributed to the artists who sing, rap or otherwise utter them, rather than the songwriters."

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Nick Carter countersues woman who accused him of 2001 sexual assault, accuses her of extortion

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Nick Carter has filed a countersuit against a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her in 2001. Shannon Ruth, who is now 43, said she was 17 at the time.

TMZ reports he filed his counterclaim on Thursday and is seeking in excess of $2.35 million in damages, which he estimates is the amount of money he and the Backstreet Boys lost in canceled appearances and endorsement deals since she came forward with her claims in December.

Carter's lawyers refute Ruth's allegations that he sexually assaulted her after a BSB concert in Tacoma, Washington. They also questioned Ruth's credibility by citing previous claims she made against him that "changed repeatedly and materially over time."

His team claims Ruth's assault allegations were previously investigated and no criminal charges were recommended.

Carter's team further alleges Ruth's parents, Jerome and Melissa Schuman, are coercing their daughter into accusing the singer as part of an extortion attempt to take advantage of the #MeToo movement. 

Carter's team also alleges Ruth and her parents attempted to prey on Aaron Carter before his death. The attorneys claim the Schumans and Ruth tried taking advantage of "Aaron's fragile condition and family stresses to cloak their defamatory campaign with credibility, relentlessly and repeatedly using Aaron to try to legitimize their frivolous tales."

Carter's team claims Aaron realized he was being used. On the day Aaron died, Jerome Schuman tweeted, "I am sad that the chess game we started together was never finished."

The singer's attorney, Michael Holtz, said in a statement, "Nick has been the target of a malicious and long-running conspiracy. He has never done the outrageous things of which he has been accused; in fact, he is the victim of a calculated and concerted disinformation campaign designed to destroy his reputation."

Ruth's legal team hasn't responded.

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively.

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Madonna vibes to Lady Gaga's "Bloody Mary" for 'Wednesday' dance challenge

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Madonna danced along to Lady Gaga's "Bloody Mary" to join in on TikTok's viral Wednesday dance challenge.

Of course, Madge took a few liberties with the dance craze and added in a few of her own moves, such as pretending to pray and making the sign of the cross. She also embellished some of the original choreography by infusing her signature sexy flair.

Speaking of sex appeal, Madonna suited up for the dance challenge in a lacy black crop top, baggy black pants and a formal black shoulder shrug. The singer was also rocking a full head of curly red hair.

This comes shortly after Lady Gaga congratulated Madonna on how well tickets were selling for her upcoming Celebration Tour. "We love you M," she wrote in response to one of Madge's videos thanking fans for their support.

Fans are wondering if this video is hinting at a potential collaboration between the two. Others are waiting with bated breath to see if Gaga responds to Madonna's version of the "Wednesday Dance."

Actress Jenna Ortega inspired the TikTok craze last year because of the way she danced in a viral scene from Wednesday, the hit Netflix series about Wednesday Addams. While Ortega flailed around to The Cramps' 1981 song "Goo Goo Muck" in the show, TikTokers chose to soundtrack their interpretation of the dance to a sped-up version of Gaga's 2011 song.

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Mariah Carey's "It's a Wrap" enjoying streaming boom thanks to viral TikTok dance

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TikTok is apparently becoming a kingmaker for older songs. After reviving Kate Bush's 1985 hit "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" and Lady Gaga's 2011 deep-cut "Bloody Mary," the app is now breathing new life into Mariah Carey's 2009 song "It's a Wrap."

Mariah can thank herself for the renewed interest in the track: Last month, she shared a video of her singing to the slightly sped-up track while accompanied by four backup dancers. Mariah then exits the shot and a man dressed like a chef presents a literal wrap sandwich to the camera.

The video has been seen nearly 10 million times since she uploaded it on January 15.

TikTokers have created a new dance challenge by posting videos of them doing their own choreography to the song. To date, the sped-up clip has been featured in nearly 650,000 TikTok videos.

Billboard reports the song is now enjoying a streaming boom. Since the challenge took off, streams of "It's a Wrap" have jumped by 1,000 percent. Fans streamed it 1.65 million times during the week ending on January 26.  

Prior to that, the track averaged about 17,000 weekly streams.

"It's a Wrap" appeared on Mariah's 2009 album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. It was never released as a single.

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"That wasn't good": Taylor Lautner wishes he'd reacted differently to Taylor Swift's Kanye West VMA encounter

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If Taylor Lautner could go back in time and fix something he did in the past, he would redo the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Fans of Taylor Swift know that day all too well — it was when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for Best Female Video and declared Beyoncé should have won.

Over a decade after the infamous incident, Taylor Lautner is wishing he had done things differently after he presented the award to a then-19-year-old Swift. The two were dating at the time.

He told The Squeeze podcast, which is hosted by Lautner's wife, Taylor Dome, "I ... was unaware that the Kanye thing was not a skit."

The Twilight star recalls taking "five steps back" after he presented the Moonman to Swift and standing 5 feet behind her during the Kanye fiasco.

"I can barely hear [what they're saying]. I can't see them. I'm just assuming that this whole thing was a practiced and rehearsed skit. Because why else would Kanye West be jumping up onstage interrupting Taylor Swift? It just didn't make sense," Lautner said.

The actor noted how the cameras caught him "laughing and giggling" in the background and explained, "I'm like, 'I can't hear them but this is probably really funny right now.'"

Lautner learned it wasn't a joke after Swift finished her speech and turned around to face him. "I saw her face for the first time. I was like, 'Oh ... That wasn't good,'" he said.

Fans widely believe Swift's song "Back to December" is about Lautner and have pointed out lyrics that seemingly reference him comforting her after the September VMAs fiasco. The pair went their separate ways in December 2009.

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"All is forgiven": Ed Sheeran extends olive branch to quash beef with New Zealand chocolate

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Of all the adversaries Ed Sheeran can have, his is New Zealand's chocolate scene.

The bad blood began boiling in 2015 when he dissed the country's chocolate quality, according to News Hub. Ed had tweeted, "Everything down under is better, except the chocolate. Step the chocolate game up."

But now Ed is ready to make amends. The singer is currently in the nation's capital city of Wellington and admitted on Instagram that what he said about the country's sweets might have been too harsh. "I take back what I said about NZ chocolate, it’s actually alright isn’t it," he wrote.

Whittaker's Chocolate, which is based in New Zealand, replied with, "We would have to agree, New Zealand chocolate is pretty top notch [winking emoji] Even better, NZ’s finest chocolate is made here in Wellington, just down the road from you."

The company took it a step further and made an Ed Sheeran chocolate bar. "A special Ed-ition block, for Ed," the company announced on its Instagram Story, adding the bar was "crafted especially for our newest chocolate lover."

The candy bar is wrapped in gold foil, with Ed's face and the words "Ed Block" embossed in red.

Ed apparently can't wait to sink his teeth into it and said in his own Instagram Story, "Whittaker's ... You made a bar of chocolate with my face on it. I've just seen the memes. I'm in Wellington for one more day, please get me a bar and all is forgiven."

It appears Ed has yet to get his hands on that special chocolate bar.

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Halsey's "Without Me" is the 100th song to be certified Diamond by the RIAA

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Halsey has a major music milestone to celebrate. Their song "Without Me" is not only their second single to be RIAA-certified Diamond, it is now the 100th single overall to achieve the honor.

Halsey shared their shiny new plaque on Instagram, which they received at what appears to be a special ceremony. The singer wrote, "Yesterday was just a littleeee out-of-body."

"Without Me is the milestone 100th Diamond Certified RIAA record! (Diamond certified means it is 10x platinum in the United States!)," they continued. Halsey explained that while their "Closer" collab with The Chainsmokers is also Diamond-certified, "Without Me" is their first solo effort to go Diamond.

Halsey said the honors didn't stop there. "There were a few other really special stats I learned as well including that I have 75x platinum certifications across my catalog. This whole thing is so surreal," they said. It was also noted Halsey is one of "the top artists of the streaming era."

Halsey thanked the RIAA for honoring their music legacy, as well as all those who helped support it over the years — taking care to recognize their friends and fans. Halsey signed off by declaring, "here’s to more years and more tears and more songs."

"Without Me" was released in 2018 as part of Halsey's Manic album. It interpolates Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River," so he, Timbaland and producer Scott Storch are credited as co-writers.

Halsey shouted out the trio in an Instagram Story and hinted they will receive copies of the "Without Me" plaque. 

Timbaland has since shared Halsey's message to his Instagram story.

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Beyoncé fans in UK say Renaissance Tour presale is a "fiasco"

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Looks like Ticketmaster might have to worry about the Beyhive soon because some of Beyoncé's British fans are having trouble getting tickets to her tour.

Bey announced the Renaissance Tour, her first in about seven years, on Wednesday, and some select venues are already having a presale — such as London's O2 Arena. Unfortunately, it appears people are having the same kind of difficulties Taylor Swift fans had when it comes to buying presale tickets for the tour.

One angry member of the Beyhive called the presale a "waste of time" after waiting in line behind 200,000 people and leaving left empty-handed. Numerous stories with similar claims began flooding Twitter, with some calling the presale another fiasco due to site crashes, long wait times, glitches in the queue and other difficulties.

Here in the U.S., ticket presales start February 6 for those who signed up via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan technology at beyonce.livenation.com.

Insiders agree this marks a new test for Ticketmaster, which is looking to redeem itself following the disastrous rollout of the Swift presale.

The Hollywood Reporter says demand for Bey's Renaissance Tour is predicted to rival that of Taylor's tour. Ticketmaster released a statement about the changes it made to ensure more tickets wind up in fans' hands.

"It’s expected there will be more demand than there are tickets available and a lottery-style process will determine which registered Verified Fans receive a unique access code for the sale and which are put on the waitlist," the company said.

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Maroon 5's upcoming Las Vegas residency may include "unexpected" song choices for a "unique" experience

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Maroon 5's Las Vegas residency kicks off March 24 at the Dolby Live theater at Park MGM. They're currently trying to figure out how to fit their countless hits into one 90-minute show — and still "bring something unique to the experience."

"That's the challenge for us ... just the singles fill up 90 minutes, which is a great problem for a band to have," Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine laughs. But, he notes, "We want to bring something unique to this experience. So we have a couple ideas ... some maybe unexpected song choices that we're going to bring out."

Two of the hit singles being considered might be "Animals" and "Moves Like Jagger"; both of them just hit 1 billion streams on Spotify. James says it's hard to conceive of numbers like that, especially considering what the music business was like when they started 20 years ago.

"None of it existed," he says of streaming services. "We released our first record in 2002 when people were still purchasing compact discs and before there was really a legal way to buy music online." 

He adds, "So to have gone through the inception of the iTunes Store and then Spotify, Apple Music ... and then now to be coming into this new era of AI and what that's going to do for music creation." 

Of what the music business will look like in another 20 years, James says, "I don't think anyone has any idea!" But he suspects artists might be cut out of the equation entirely.

"The technology is already there for generative AI to come up with a Maroon 5 song," he laughs. "So, y'know, we might not be needed in a few years."

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Doja Cat hints more rap will be included on next album

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Doja Cat has a new album coming out this year and has hinted it'll contain more rap songs.

Speaking with Variety, Doja acknowledged people think of her as a pop artist because of songs like "Kiss Me More" and "Say So." That's why she's calls "Vegas" one of "the greatest experiences" she's had.

"Everyone knows [Elvis'] 'Hound Dog' — but I was able to give it my own spin. I went in and I was like, ‘Finally, I get to rap again,'" she recalled. "A lot of people discredit me, so it’s nice to just put another one in the f***ing bucket for a great rap song."

Doja understands using pop-inspired hooks did allow for some success, but she's ready to prove herself in rap and R&B music.

There's also another genre she is flirting with: "I want to explore punk. But not pop-punk," Doja said. "I want to explore more of a raw, unfiltered, hardcore punk sort of thing."

While the singer is making punk songs "for my own personal fun," Doja's not sure the songs will make it onto her future album. According to her, punk and rap "[do] not mesh."

Although she has yet to announce a title or release date for her new album, Doja appeared disinclined to tour in support of it. "I do want to make sure that everything I’m doing right now in terms of recording is solidified before I make any decisions," she noted.

Elsewhere in the interview, Doja spoke of her love of going to war with online trolls. "I need to respond," she said, adding she is "very good at handling" trolls because she grew up with that online culture. "I will gladly join in, balls to the wall. It’s fun for me."

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Pink teams up with global stadiums to reveal 'TRUSTFALL' track list, collabs with The Lumineers, Chris Stapleton, First Aid Kit

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Pink made it a global effort to reveal the track list for her new album, TRUSTFALL, with various venues revealing one song title.

The worldwide effort kicked off Wednesday, with international stadiums and arenas crafting unique billboards to reveal a new song off the upcoming album.

For example, Madison Square Garden revealed there's a song called "When I Get There," while Paris' La Défense Arena put up a billboard showing a song named "Turbulence." The Parisian venue also noted that track is one of the final songs to appear on the album.

Other track name reveals included the song "Runaway," which was featured on billboards outside of two Canadian facilities — Rogers Arena in Vancouver and Montreal's Centre Bell — as well as the songs "Last Call" outside of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, "Hate Me" via KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, "Lost Cause," courtesy of T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and "Feel Something" from Denver, Colorado's Ball Arena.

A few of these billboards confirmed collaborations, such as Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, revealing the track "Long Way To Go" will feature "Ho Hey" singers The Lumineers.

Another collab announcement came from the Bolton Wanderers Football Club in Bolton, England, which announced the track "Kids In Love" will feature the Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit.

Pink, who previously released the album's title track and the anthem "Never Not Gonna Dance Again," shared each announcement to her Instagram Story.  She later posted the entire track list on Instagram, revealing the final two titles: "Our Song" and "Just Say I'm Sorry." The latter track is a duet with Chris Stapleton; the two also sang together on "Love Me Anyway" on Pink's 2019 Hurts 2B Human.

TRUSTFALL arrives February 17.

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Music notes: Doja Cat, Britney Spears, Yung Gravy, Selena Gomez, BLACKPINK, Joe Jonas and Lewis Capaldi

Doja Cat takes exception to people likening her shaving her head to Britney Spears' 2007 mental breakdown. "It’s so incredibly disrespectful for people to be minimizing what Britney went through and make a joke out of something that was very serious and a big deal in her life," she told Variety. "It’s just an awful thing."

Yung Gravy loves his MILFs — what he calls "Moms I'd Like to Feed" — and stars in a new Jimmy John's commercial that parodies The Bachelor. He stars in the fake reality dating show Milf & Cookies; aside from fake tears and cookie puns, the ad is all about promoting the chain's new red velvet cookie.

BLACKPINK extended their Born Pink World Tour with new dates in Australia and Mexico. The ladies announced Tuesday on Twitter how fans can sign up for the presale and also when general ticket sales go online. 

Selena Gomez shared three makeup-free selfies, titled "Me." Fans are raving over her natural beauty and wavy hair.

Joe Jonas showed off his interviewing skills in what appeared to be a goofy nonsense video, but fans glommed on to the final question Joe asked Nick Jonas. Joe had asked, "When?" Nick instantly replied, "Now." Fans think the Jonas Brothers might have something big coming soon. They also noted the video contained a longer cut of their upcoming new song "Wings."

Lewis Capaldi is the final performer announced for the BRIT Awards — the United Kingdom's equivalent of the Grammys. "Last time I played The BRIT Awards I was so scared that I had a panic attack before I went on, and then got hammered afterwards. Looking forward to more of the same this year," he said in a statement. He's nominated for Song of the Year.

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Steve Lacy, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat on 'Rolling Stone' List of 25 Most Stylish Musicians of 2023

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Some of pop's biggest names are also pop's most fashionable artists, according to Rolling Stone in its latest, sure-to-be-controversial list of the 25 Most Stylish Musicians of 2023. Yes, 2023 just started, but whatever.

The list was voted on by a number of top fashion journalists, buyers, stylists and designers. Perhaps the most controversial thing is that Harry Styles is "only" #22 out of 25. The mag notes that his strength when it comes to fashion is "blend[ing] the iconography of the rock greats with his own gender-blending flair."

The three artists considered less stylish than Harry? Dua Lipa at #25, Cardi B at #24 and Beyoncé at #23. Why wasn't Bey higher on the list? "Only because her 2022 left us so psyched to see what she has in store for 2023," the magazine writes.

The top five artists on the list are Lil Nas X at #5, Rihanna at #4, Rosalía at #3, Doja Cat at #2 and, surprisingly, "Bad Habit" singer Steve Lacy at #1. Why? According to Rolling Stone, it's because he "understands shape and proportion" and "can balance weirdness with the refinement of a seasoned editor," doing it all without a stylist.

The other artists who made the list: Billie Eilish, BTS' J-Hope, BLACKPINK, Bad Bunny and Kendrick Lamar.

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Lizzo becomes a superhero for "Special" music video

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Lizzo is a special superhero — literally. She suits up in a glorious purple costume in the music video for "Special," which she released on Wednesday.

In the clip, Lizzo leads a dual life between her "Lizzo" superhero persona and her civilian self, who is named "Melly." Fans of the singer know she was born Melissa Jefferson and Melly is her nickname.

Melly works as a waitress and struggles with difficult customers who tell her to eat a salad or pepper her with spitballs.

Meanwhile, Lizzo the hero uses her powers of flight, super speed, invulnerability and more to rescue those in need of saving and put evildoers in their place. Despite all her good deeds — such as saving a child from being hit by a car — some people distrust her and take to the streets in protest.

Things change when Lizzo rescues a baby from a burning building. After the public embraces Lizzo, Melly finds her confidence to stand up for herself against those who bully her.

"Special" is the title track of her latest album, which she released on July 15. Special has been nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Lizzo was also nominated for Record and Song of the Year for "About Damn Time," which is also up for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Find out if Lizzo wins when the Grammys air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Ellie Goulding releases new dance track "Like A Saviour" and its music video

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Ellie Goulding is starting the countdown for her next album, Higher than Heaven, by releasing the dance track "Like A Saviour" and its music video.

"We made Like A Saviour as we were coming out of lockdown and it’s one I’ve been waiting for you to all hear. I hope you love it too," she announced on Instagram. She invited fans to interact with the new song by making their own Reels about it.

The new single is elevated with a thumping bass intertwined with '80s inspired synths as Ellie sings about finding love as she recovers from a dark time in her life. She sings, "Spinning in your starlight/ You got the power to ease my mind/ You're leading me out of the dark/ Like a saviour, shining in my soul."

It appears this song sets the tone for Ellie's forthcoming album, which arrives March 24. "There was definitely a darkness about [the past two years] that was palpable in the studio, with everyone having gone through it differently. I think for that reason, nobody wanted to sit and agonise over some relationship or some drama," she said in a statement.

Ellie said that feeling is what inspired her new album, which is "about being passionately in love. But it's a hyper form of love, almost like a drug induced feeling. It feels almost artificial and there's the potential for a crash."

She has previously released the Higher than Heaven tracks "Let It Die" and "Easy Lover."

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