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Mariah Carey re-interprets one of her classics for HBO Max's 'The Runaway Bunny'

Courtesy HBO MaxMariah Carey is re-doing one of her most beloved number-one hits for a new animated special based on a beloved children's book.

On March 25, HBO Max will air The Runaway Bunny, based on the 1942 book by Margaret Wise Brown, the same woman who wrote Goodnight Moon.  Mariah has created a new "reinterpretation" of her 1996 hit "Always Be My Baby" for the project, which will be narrated by Tracee Ellis Ross.  Ross has recorded "Song of the Runaway Bunny," which was also written by Brown, for the special.

You can hear the new version of "Always Be My Baby" in the railer for the special.

In addition, Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has recorded Bob Dylan's ballad "To Make You Feel My Love" -- previously recorded by the likes of Adele and Garth Brooks -- for the project.

Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriters Rosanne Cash and Rufus Wainright are among the other artists who've also contributed cover songs to the special.

The Runaway Bunny, which has sold over 12 million copies, is about a bunny who tells his mother he's going to run away, but as he imagines leaving and having all kinds of adventures, his mother is always able to find him.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Sensitive singer/songwriter alert: Dean Lewis & James Arthur return with new singles

Dean Lewis: Darren Craig; James Arthur: FilmawiLewis Capaldi isn't putting out a new album for a while, so if you're in the mood for songs by soulful, sensitive singer/songwriters, there are two great options for you today.

First, we've got a new single by Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis, whose song "Be Alright" was a huge hit a couple years ago. It's called "Falling Up," and in it, he sings, "I thought I'd be happy but I'm barely breathing...I wanted everything but nothing's ever good enough."

He explains, "I always thought I would be happy when...I had a big song.  Then I had a big song, and I was on the road for three years and when I stopped, I realized it had all passed me by and I was actually less present and more anxious and stressed than ever."

"I looked back on my life and at all of these points along the way and I realized that I’ve never felt any better, it’s always been onto the next thing...," he adds.

"These lyrics are about being online and focusing on that one negative comment in a sea of good," he reveals. "You feel the negativity and it affects your life and I took it on, and I found myself feeling more and more anxious and isolated. I really struggle with that.”

Meanwhile, British singer/songwriter James Arthur is back with a new single called "Medicine."  He's best-known in the U.S. for his 2016 hit "Say You Won't Let Go," and he's featured on the current hit "Lasting Lover" by British DJ/producer Sigala, which was co-written by Lewis Capaldi.

"'Medicine' is an uplifting ode to self, to relationships, to community and connection, and to the healing, restorative powers of love over adversity," James says in a statement.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Sam Smith to release 'Love Goes: Live at Abbey Road Studios' on March 19

Capitol RecordsLast year, Sam Smith celebrated the release of his latest album Love Goes by performing a livestreamed performance from London's famous Abbey Road Studios.  Now, they're releasing the entire performance as a live album.

"I've seen all your comments and messages about this, so I'm so excited to announce my live album Love Goes: Live At Abbey Road Studios, will be released on March 19th!!" Sam writes in a note to fans.

"It was an incredible experience creating the show with my band and team, and it was so special being able to celebrate the album release with so many of you around the world," they add.

The album features 12 tracks, including Sam's latest hit "Diamonds," and their smash hits "Dancing with a Stranger" and "Stay With Me," as well as tracks from Love Goes and other singles.  There's also a cover of Cyndi Lauper's classic "Time After Time."

Here's the track listing for Love Goes: Live At Abbey Road Studios:

"Dancing with a Stranger"
"Too Good at Goodbyes"
"Lay Me Down"
"My Oasis" (ft. Jade Anouka)
"Time After Time"
"How Do You Sleep?"
"For the Lover That I Lost"
"Kids Again"
"Love Goes" (ft. Labrinth)
"Stay With Me"

By Andrea Dresdale
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Kim Kardashian feels “empathy” for Britney Spears after watching 'New York Times' documentary

Rodin Eckenroth/WireImageKim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to come out in support of Britney Spears after watching the New York Times unauthorized documentary, Framing Britney Spears.

In her Instagram Stories Friday, the reality star said after watching the doc, she felt “empathy” for the pop singer and related it to her own experiences with tabloids and the paparazzi.

"The way the media played a big role in her life the way it did can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person," Kim writes. "No matter how public someone's life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment."

Kim goes on to reference a time in her life when she felt similarly mistreated by the media -- when she was pregnant with her first child, North, and gained 60 pounds due to preeclampsia.

"I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful I couldn't leave the house for months after,” she says. “It really broke me."

She adds that she was able to ultimately turn her feelings into motivation, but that it took a toll on her mentally. Kim concludes by encouraging everyone to show "understanding and compassion."

"You just never fully know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I've learned through my own experiences that it's always better to lead with kindness," she writes.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Taylor Swift tweets her love for David Archuleta's "Love Story" mashup

ABCFormer American Idol runner-up David Archuleta showed his support for Taylor Swift this week and she gave him a boost right back.

David posted a video on Twitter Thursday of him mashing up his 2008 debut single “Crush” with Taylor’s song “Love Story.” Inspired by an idea from a Twitter user, he sings his tune over Taylor’s while sitting in his car.

“When a Crush turns into a Love Story...Of course with #LoveStoryTaylorsVersion,” he tweeted along with the video. “Gotta show my support :)”

Just a couple hours later, Taylor spotted his post and replied, “I LOVE THIS!!!” with three starry eyed emojis.

Not one to waste an opportunity, David wrote back, “Thank you! I live in Nashville now if you want to get together and write!”

Taylor released her rerecorded version of 2008's "Love Story" last month.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Hello, I'm single: Adele's divorce is officially final

Kevin Mazur/WireImageAdele and her estranged husband Simon Konecki have finalized their divorce nearly two years after they announced their separation, Entertainment Tonight has confirmed.

A judge signed off on the settlement on Thursday, March 4.

The 14-time Grammy winner and Konecki filed a judgement packet in Los Angeles court on January 15, but it was not signed by the judge until now, ET reports.

The packet, filed by Adele, states the former couple has opted to determine rights to community property and debts through mediation, according to the entertainment magazine.

Adele, 32 and Konecki, 46, represented themselves in the case.

The former couple announced their divorce in 2019.  They began dating in 2011 and welcomed son Angelo in 2012. In March of 2017, Adele announced she was married during a concert in Australia; it was rumored that they'd tied the knot that January.

While Adele has been linked to British musician Skepta, she declared herself to be a "single cat lady" in October after she hosted Saturday Night Live.

By George Costantino
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Miley Cyrus says she went through an "identity crisis" after 'Hannah Montana'

ABCPlaying a character with two identities on Hannah Montana left Miley Cyrus with an identity crisis in real life.

The singer tells Spotify's Rock This with Allison Hagendorf podcast that the premise of the Disney Channel show messed with her sense of self.

"The concept of the show is that when you're this character, when you have this alter ego, you're valuable. You've got millions of fans, you're the biggest star in the world," Miley explained. "Then the concept was that when I looked like myself, when I didn't have the wig on anymore, no one cared about me. I wasn't a star anymore."

She added, "That was drilled into my head [that], without being Hannah Montana, no one cares about you...I really had to break that."

Miley said she went through an “identity crisis” in the years after the show and often played into people’s ideas about her.

“I never created a character where it wasn't me, but I was aware of how people saw me and I kind of played into it a little bit," she says, referencing her Bangerz era. "Like, when I noticed that people gave a s*** that I would stick my tongue out, when they told me, 'Stop sticking your f****** tongue out,' I would do it more... When people are pissed, that means they care, so that makes you want to do it, too."

Miley, who signed a new record deal with Columbia Records this week, says 2013's Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was the album where she really began to find herself and considers it her favorite work to date.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Bebe Rexha unveils bloody new video for “Sacrifice”

Warner RecordsThe video for Bebe Rexha’s new song, “Sacrifice,” has arrived, and it's a bloody good time.

In the clip, Bebe plays a bloodthirsty vampire who leads her group of vampire gal pals on a rampage through a hospital and raids its blood bank. It all culminates in a club scene where blood rains down from the ceiling as the clubgoers dance with abandon.

"Sacrifice" is the follow-up to Bebe's 2020 collaboration with Doja Cat, "Baby I'm Jealous," and is the first taste of new music in 2021 ahead of Bebe's second album.

"My sophomore album is by far the most challenging yet fulfilling project I have ever worked on," Bebe says in a statement. "I wrote, recorded, re-wrote, re-recorded and then repeated that process in order to deliver an album that truly reflects who I am as a singer, songwriter and most importantly as an artist."

"I want to give listeners a journey of pop paradise fused with elements of rock and hip-hop," she continues. "It's important to me that my music continues to recognize ongoing themes of vulnerability, the cycle of self-destruction & self-realization, and female empowerment."

No word yet on an album release date.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Britney Spears recreates "Toxic" parody to celebrate boyfriend's birthday

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicThursday for Britney Spears was all about her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, who celebrated turning 27.  The Grammy Award-winner celebrated the occasion by putting her own spin on the now-viral "Toxic" challenge taking over TikTok.

The challenge tasks TikTok users to press their faces against a glass surface and make shrill wiping noises in place of the strings after Spears sings in the pre-chorus "Do you feel me now?"  Backstreet Boy AJ McLean even jumped in on the fun.

Well, it was only a matter of time before the pop princess herself joined the challenge and roped Asghari along for the ride.

"Happy birthday to the man that always makes me laugh," wrote Spears, who shared side-by-side videos of the two wiping their faces across the glass shower door. "Who did it better????"

For Britney, she poses seductively in her massive shower while wearing nothing but a robe and, when the time comes, playfully swipes her face across the glass door.

Asghari's attempt at the challenge is a bit more dramatic, as he rises from the shower's bench and twirls to the door before he, too, rubs his face all over the glass.

It is obvious the two enjoyed the silly challenge as they both broke out into wide smiles and started laughing right after.

The couple first met in 2016 when filming Spears' "Slumber Party" music video and have been dating for about three years.

Britney released "Toxic" in 2003, of which won her the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

By Megan Stone
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Bebe Rexha horrified when flasher crashes her Instagram live: "I'm honestly disgusted"

ABCBebe Rexha sprang into action Thursday when a man crashed her Instagram live session and exposed himself.

The "Meant to Be" singer had been bringing fans onto her stream when one unsavory person took advantage of the moment and flashed Bebe's horrified fans.

Bebe immediately booted the user and gave a lengthy apology for what happened, condemning the flasher and his behavior.

"I’m so sorry, that is disgusting. It’s nasty that he came on my live chat and just showed us his [junk,]" the Grammy nominee apologized, in video recorded by Pop Crave. "I’m really sorry about that. I did not know that was going to happen."

Bebe then slammed the man's actions by adding, "Honestly, how could you come on my live chat when there’s kids and people [here]?" She noted that the man should be "ashamed" of himself before commenting that he had nothing to be proud of.

"That guy was crazy.  Sick in the head," she fumed before taking to her Twitter to further apologize to those rattled by the incident.

"I’m honestly disgusted. And shook. I thought it was a joke. I can’t believe that guy was serious," she tweeted. "I am so sorry that happened. I’m so angry."

She also tasked her fans to help her identify the perpetrator so she can get him banned across social media.  Moments later, the fans cracked the case and began sending in screenshots of the man's username.

With the incident in the rear view mirror, the pop star had one final request, which was for her followers to change the subject and "talk about something happy."

By Megan Stone
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Justin Bieber drops inspirational new track "Hold On"

RBMG/Def JamJustin Bieber is telling his fans to "Hold On" in his brand new single, which promises that they will always have someone who is willing to fight for them, no matter the obstacle.

The Canadian heartthrob dropped his new track and accompanying music video at the stroke of midnight.

"I need you to hold on/ Heaven is a place not too far away/ We all know I should be the one to say we all make mistakes," Bieber sings in the upbeat hopeful track. "Take my hand and hold on/ Tell me everything that you need to say/ 'Cause I know how it feels to be someone/ Feels to be someone who loses their way."

The "Hold On" music video is more heartbreaking than hopeful, as it tells the story of how far one person will go to keep the person they love alive, even if it means risking their own safety.

Bieber plays the boyfriend of actress Christine Ko's character, who is diagnosed with cancer and her condition slowly deteriorates -- forcing Bieber to consider taking drastic measures as the bills continue to pile up.

After selling everything he can to afford her treatments, the Grammy winner then uses a toy gun to rob a bank and leads police on a major chase, but is shot by an officer when he stops his motorcycle.

Injured, Bieber makes a beeline to the hospital, where he leads officers to the room where his girlfriend lays fighting for her life.  As he jumps onto her bed, she wraps her arms protectively around him and looks at the officers pouring into the room.

"Hold On" is the latest release from Justin's upcoming sixth studio album JUSTICE, which will also include Justin's current hits "Lonely," "Holy" and "Anyone."  The EP comes out March 19.

By Megan Stone
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Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak release steamy new track "Leave the Door Open"

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Bruno Mars is back and is ushering his next music era with the help of Grammy-winning R&B star Anderson .Paak.  The two artists -- under the name Silk Sonic --  teamed up for the brand new single "Leave the Door Open," which they dropped on Friday.

The latest track is a teaser for Bruno and Anderson's upcoming joint album, An Evening With Silk Sonic

As for their first single together, talk about leaving the perfect first impression about what their fans can expect about their upcoming project. 

The smooth track pours like a vintage red wine at the start of a romantic candlelit dinner.  In short, "Leave the Door Open" is the perfect single to spice up one's quarantine.

With a slow drum setting the pace, the steamy single has the two artists seducing their lady into climbing into bed them -- but not before ensuring their romantic escapade is nothing less than perfect.

"Ooh, baby, don't keep me waitin'/ There's so much love we could be making/ I’m talking kissing, cuddling/ Rose pedals in the bathtub/ Girl, let's jump in/ Its bubblin'," Paak invites as he flourishes on the piano.

Bruno takes over in the chorus, laying out the playful invitation with his signature falsetto, "I ain't playin' no games/ Every word that I say is coming straight from the heart/ So if you tryna lay in these arms/ I'ma leave the door open."

It is unknown when the duo will release the An Evening With Silk Sonic album.

The "Grenade" singer hasn't released an album since 2016's 24K Magic while Paak's latest offering was 2019's Ventura.

By Megan Stone
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'Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry' director explains how documentary is her way of giving back to fans

Courtesy of Apple TV Billie Eilish is putting her life story front and center thanks to her brand new documentary, Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, out now on Apple TV .

Director R.J. Cutler sat down with ABC Audio to explain how the film project came to be and, first and foremost, what interested him in telling a teenage pop star's story.

"I think it's a very interesting time of life, a teenage life, people are crossing the threshold from childhood into adulthood and really figuring out who they are," he explained, saying that, at 19, that is where Eilish is in her life at the moment. "And that was very, that struck me as very rich."

In addition, Cutler wanted to highlight "the dynamic between Billie and her brother [Finneas]" because it further illustrates her family and how it functions.

Overall, the director believes this particular film has something for everyone, and the audience, no matter their age, will take something away from it.

"It's a film that’s for folks of all ages, it's a family film," he described. "It's a film as much about Billie's folks as it is about Billie herself."

As for why such a young singer was so open with the idea of giving the world an unabashed look at her private life, the 59-year-old filmmaker says it wasn't surprising once he came to know the "bad guy" singer.

"Billie definitely lives in the land of, in the time of social media," Cutler described, gesturing to the Grammy winner's 77 million Instagram followers. "It's a big part of her dynamic with her audience. And I think that's very important to her to connect to her audience personally as deeply as her art connects to them musically." 

By Megan Stone and Jason Nathanson
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Nick Jonas says acting in new sci-fi movie 'Chaos Walking' was "quite insane"

Murray CloseNick Jonas' big-budget sci-fi flick Chaos Walking is in theaters today. While Nick's done plenty of acting in the past, he says doing this movie was "quite insane"...because of its high-concept plot.

Based on the young adult trilogy of the same name, the movie follows Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley as Viola, a young woman who crash-lands on a distant planet where there are no females.

Tom Holland of Spider-Man fame plays Todd, who protects Viola when her life is threatened by the evil mayor, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Nick plays Davy Prentiss Jr., the mayor's son and Todd's nemesis.

Now here's the crazy part: All the men on the planet are afflicted by "the Noise": a phenomenon which allows their thoughts to be heard out loud by everyone at all times.

"The Noise is our main character in this movie," Nick says. "It's a funny way of thinking about things, but it really is. Y'know, in most scene think about what your internal dialogue is. And with this, it's all out there!"

"So at first I had to wrap my head around the concept as a whole," he explains. "And then actually acting with that as a piece of the puzzle was really quite insane."

However, Nick enjoyed working with Tom Holland, who he'd met when he was promoting Jumanji and Tom was promoting Spider-Man.

"Tom Holland is a great guy...we hit it off right away," Nick says. "It was just really exciting because when you meet somebody and you like them outside of a work environment, it makes that much easier and more fun."

"Although our relationship on camera is very tense...I was so mean to him!" Nick laughs. "But, you know, it's part of the job!"

By Andrea Dresdale
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Zara Larsson's hopes for new album Poster Girl: "I hope everybody will dance to this in their living rooms!"

TEN/Epic RecordsZara Larsson's new album Poster Girl is finally here, four long years after her last album, 2017's So Good.  But Zara says now that it's out, she doesn't plan to make her fans wait so long again.

"I think I'm just such a perfectionist and a...control freak...I've probably re-recorded every single track on this album like five times!" Zara tells ABC Audio. "But I'm very happy and I'm very proud and I feel like I'm starting again in a way. But...after this, I just want to release music and I want to release a lot of it."

The Swedish pop star notes that when she released So Good, she was a teenager -- but her new songs, partly inspired by fellow Swedes ABBA --  reflect that she's now an adult.

"I fell out of love and I fell in love and I have traveled some more and stuff just happened," she explains. "So I think it reflects what it feels like to grow up and to kind of find...I don't want to say I found myself: not even close. I'll never find myself. It's a constant search."

She laughs, "But, yeah, definitely like finding some form of young womanhood."

The album's title, Zara says, was inspired by her childhood as a "fangirl."

"I had posters on the walls and I was just dreaming [about being] on the stage one day as I was looking at my idols on the wall," she recalls. "And I was just performing in front of my fake crowd in front of the mirror."

"But also...I am that girl today!" she says. "Maybe someone has a poster of me in their room!"

Her hopes for the album?  Zara says, "I just hope everybody will dance to this in their living rooms!" 

By Andrea Dresdale
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Miley Cyrus signs new record deal with Columbia

ABCMiley Cyrus is switching things up behind the scenes.

The singer announced Thursday that she’s just signed a new record deal with Columbia Records.

“WHEN IM NOT RUNNING GAME. IM RUNNING MY MF BUSINESS. LET’S RIDE,” she posted on social media, along with a photo of her holding the new contract.

Miley had been signed to RCA Records since 2013, releasing three albums with them, including her most recent, Plastic Hearts.

But in signing with Columbia, she’ll now be on the same label as her younger sister, Noah Cyrus, and her pal Lil Nas X, who collaborated with her dad Billy Ray Cyrus on the 2019 hit "Old Town Road."

According to Billboard, Columbia chairman/CEO Ron Perry “personally courted” Miley to sign the deal -- the two have known each other for years.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Adam Levine attacked online by bands for saying there "aren’t any bands anymore"

Greg Doherty/Getty Images for Entertainment StudiosMaroon 5's Adam Levine is being taken to task online by various bands for declaring that there "aren't any bands anymore."

Adam made that comment Wednesday while talking to Apple Music's Zane Lowe about Maroon 5's new single "Beautiful Mistakes."  What he said specifically was, "It's funny, when the first Maroon 5 album came out there were still other bands. I feel like there aren't any bands anymore, you know?"

"That's the thing that makes me kind of sad, is that there were just bands," he continued. "There's no bands anymore, and I feel like they're a dying breed."

It seems that what Adam is talking about specifically is bands who are making pop music, or who are on the pop charts, because he goes on to say, "I mean, there still are plenty of bands, and maybe they're not in the limelight quite as much, or in the pop limelight, but I wish there could be more of those around."

A glance at Billboard's Pop Airplay chart reveals there are currently only three bands in the Top 40.

However, many bands are now coming after Adam as though he said that bands, on a whole, don't exist.

90s alt-rockers Garbage responded by tweeting, "What are we Adam Levine? CATS?!?!”

Fellow '90s alt-rockers Eve 6 tweeted, "adam levine there are like 500k bands and they all think yer a nerd."

The pop-rock band Dreamers responded, "Adam Levine complaining 'there’s no bands anymore' is like the owner of Starbucks complaining there’s no local coffee shops anymore."

One Twitter user snarked, "adam levine doesnt know genres other than top 40 exist." 

Another Twitter user joked, "what i’m hearing is that adam levine wants one direction to come back too."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Why Don't We teams up with Roblox for virtual album launch party

Photo by Pamela LittkyWhy Don’t We is teaming up with the online gaming platform Roblox for a unique album launch party.

The virtual celebration of their recently released sophomore album, The Good Times and the Bad Ones, will take place on Friday, March 5 at 4 p.m. PT. It’ll include an exclusive live performance of the band’s most popular songs followed by a Q&A.

Fans will also be able to shop limited edition virtual band merchandise, including digital avatars for each band member, as well as play mini games and complete quests prior to the first performance.

“Having spent so many hours on Roblox, it’s awesome that we get to connect with our fans in this community we know so well,” Zach Herron of Why Don’t We says in a statement. “While we’ve missed being on tour and interacting with our fans all over the world, being able to connect in this way is bringing fandom to a whole new level.”

He adds, “Literally anyone can join the party, no matter where they are, so we’re excited to see everyone this weekend on Roblox.”

There will be three more opportunities to check out the launch party throughout the weekend: on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT and 9 p.m. PT, and on Sunday at 9 a.m. PT.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Watch the trailer for Justin Bieber's new video "Hold On," premiering tonight

RBMG/Def Jam RecordingsJustin Bieber has another cinematic music video ready to go, and it's dropping at midnight.

You can watch the trailer for "Hold On" now.  It stars Justin as a guy who seems to be doing something illegal or sketchy that involves a motorcycle and a gun, and his significant other either doesn't know, or doesn't approve.

"Hold On" is the latest release from Justin's upcoming album JUSTICE. Earlier, Justin teased the song by tweeting out a phone number and the line, "Call if you need somebody I will be there for you."  When you call the number, you hear Justin singing that line, which is presumably part of the song.

JUSTICE, which will also include Justin's current hits "Lonely," "Holy" and "Anyone," is out March 19.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Jason Derulo teaming with Marvel for comic book series

Courtesy Jason DeruloJason Derulo: singer, songwriter, dancer, TikTok star and now...superhero?

American Songwriter reports that Jason recently partnered with Marvel for a series of comic books about Uzo, a superhero character he created and has featured on TikTok and YouTube. The comic should debut later in 2021 or in early 2022, reports American Songwriter, along with a line of action figures. 

Jason's also working on a film about Uzo, whose superpowers appear to be beating the snot out of muggers and robbers while cracking jokes and showing off his dance moves. 

Thanks to his new record deal with Atlantic, Jason also plans to release a new album, which will be his first since 2015.  His current single is his collab with Adam Levine, "Lifestyle."

By Andrea Dresdale
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