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Demi Lovato, Marshmello and Kevin Love offer mental health advice during live Twitter forum

Island Records & Joytime CollectiveDemi Lovato and Marshmello expanded on their latest single "OK Not To Be OK" on Monday by launching a Twitter Q&A to discuss mental health with fans in real time.

The session was moderated by Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, who recently opened up about his own mental health struggles in a personal essay last Thursday, titled "To Anybody Going Through It."

Love tasked himself to pore through the mountain of questions from fans and build a discussion around quarantine and pandemic-related mental health issues.

The NBA player forwarded nine specific questions to Demi and Marshmello on subjects like managing anxiety levels while in quarantine, how to adapt to a work-from-home schedule and lockdown-friendly hobbies.

The "I Love Me" singer empathized with a fan who was struggling to "keep going during this tough time" and advised them that, while some days will be easier than others, "We can’t stress ourselves with trying to be perfect."

Another fan asked how the "pandemic affected your creativity," and Demi candidly responded, "Finding inspiration and creativity has definitely been an up and down journey for me during this time." 

She then advocated for reaching out to others, adding that she is thankful to have surrounded herself with a strong support network of friends and family members "that have kept me inspired to keep creating."

Likewise, Marshmello shared, "i’ve been using this time to dive head first into music. i’ve written more music now than ever before."

But, he admitted, "I don’t know how good the music is… but there is a lot of it."

Both artists commended Love for setting up the Q&A when it wrapped up, with Marshmello remarking, "we have to do that more often @ddlovato." He also thanked Love for "providing his insights."

By Megan Duley
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Kelly Clarkson tells TV audience she "definitely didn't see" her divorce coming

Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversalDuring the second season premiere of her daytime talk show on Monday, Kelly Clarkson opened up about her her split with husband of seven years, Brandon Blackstock, saying she "definitely didn't see" it coming.

Returning to the studio in front of a virtual audience The host of The Kelly Clarkson Show addressed the elephant in the room by calling 2020 "a dumpster fire," that has "brought a lot of change also to my personal life."

"Definitely didn't see anything coming that came," she confessed.

"What I'm dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart, it involves a lot of little hearts," continued Kelly, referring to the estranged couple's kids, River, six, and Remington, four, as well as Savannah and Seth, Blackstock's kids from a previous relationship.  "Divorce is never easy. We're both from divorced families, so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts."

It was with them in mind that the "Piece by Piece" singer who is "usually very open" and talks "about everything," announced she would "talk a little bit here and there about how it affects [her] personally," but probably wouldn't go too far into it because "I'm a mama bear and my kids come first."

Despite the chaos in her life at the moment, Clarkson assured her audience that she's "OK."

Later, Kelly welcomed her guests for Monday's season two premiere of The Kelly Clarkson Show including John LegendJosh GrobanPitbull and Kenny G.

By Megan Stone
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Shawn Mendes' hits help him make history in Canada

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesShawn Mendes has just won some prestigious songwriting awards...and made history at the same time.

At the 31st Annual SOCAN Awards, given out by Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, a performance rights organization, Shawn won five honors, including his second Songwriter of the Year/Performer Award and the International Achievement Award.

In addition, he won the International Song Award and two Pop Music Awards for his Camila Cabello duet "Señorita," and his solo hit "If I Can't Have You," from his 2019 self-titled third album.  He's now won more awards from the organization in a single year than any other artist, ever.

The Jonas Brothers' "Sucker" was also honored at the SOCAN Awards. No, the JoBros aren't Canadian, but two of the guys who wrote the song are.

By Andrea Dresdale
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JP Saxe reveals the "special moments" that "If the World Was Ending" has created for him

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images"If the World Was Ending" by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels is one of the most memorable hits to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though it was written long before the coronavirus pandemic, people embraced it as a fitting reflection of our current moment. JP says the song has led to some very special moments for him, personally.

"There's two things that come to mind...one, the video we did for Doctors Without Borders with all of our friends," he tells ABC Audio. 

That all-star video for the song, with proceeds going to the charity, featured guest appearances by Keith Urban, Sam Smith, Lindsey Stirling, Florida Georgia Line, Alessia Cara and many more. But JP says it was story his friend at the organization told him that really affected him.

"[She told me] about a group of doctors getting into a country that they hadn't been able to get into in quarantine, and [they were] playing 'If The World Was Ending' as they landed -- because they felt they were the people who would come over if the world was ending," JP says.

"That was like a connection to the song that that I never could have anticipated, and that still gives me chills to think about."

The second moment, he says, was when he and his girlfriend Julia sang the tune on Fallon back in November.

[That was] the last time my mom ever saw me perform," says JP. "And that's something I will always cherish because... it's a song that means so much to me. I got to sing it with someone I love."

"And when we talk about metrics of success, the areas in which they matter, making my mom feel like I was gonna be OK in my music career is a meaningful one."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Jam, homeschooling, working & gardening: What 'The Voice' coaches did in quarantine

NBCThe Voice returns for a new season next month, but while we wait, we've got a new video where the coaches tell us how they spent their quarantine.

Coaches and romantic partners Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton spent their quarantine together at Blake's Oklahoma ranch, where they found themselves in a bit of a jam -- literally.

"I learned how to make jam," Blake reveals. "I have about six or eight peach trees, and every year they make a bunch of peaches and we eat them. But this year, since we were there and there were so many and there was nothing else to do, we got online and we learned how to make jam. We've made, like, cases of peach jam!"

As for Gwen -- who's back on the show for the first time since season 17 -- she calls her time together with her sons and Blake "magical." 

"We did a lot of cooking. I learned how to make sourdough bread like everybody else; it took me like a month to get the starter right," she adds. "We did so much stuff! We built a garden...we planted thousands of zinnia flowers. It was a lot of stuff that you dream about doing that you never have time to do."

John Legend, meanwhile, didn't have much downtime. He was finishing his album Bigger Love and promoting it, and dealing with things including hiring a home school teacher for his two children, Miles and Luna.  Oh, and he and wife Chrissy Teigen revealed that they're expecting a third child.

Finally, Kelly Clarkson laughs, referring to her talk show, "The thing with quarantine for me is that everyone's been bored, and I've been working!"

Season 19 of The Voice premieres Monday, October 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Ava Max performing, doing Q&A on Amazon Live tomorrow

Charlotte RutherfordAva Max is teaming with Amazon Music to performing a handful of songs from her new album Heaven & Hell tomorrow on Amazon Live.

Starting at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT, Ava will be doing an intimate performance of five songs from the new album, followed by a live Q&A with fans, hosted by Tyler Oakley. You can submit questions now on Twitter.

Heaven & Hell features the singles "Sweet But Psycho" and "Kings & Queens," as well as "Who's Laughing Now," "Salt, "So Am I" and "Naked."

Following Heaven & Hell's release last Friday, Ava wrote to her fans, "Thank you for all the love you have shown me each step of the way. I am so proud of this album and hope it makes you realize how strong you are and to never stop being your true self."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Two hit wonder: Lewis Capaldi pulls off double chart feat with "Before You Go"

Burak Cingi/RedfernsOn Sunday, Lewis Capaldi tweeted, "Just heard 'before you go' is the MOST PLAYED song on the radio in the WHOLE of America!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO HIT WONDER." Well, he's right, and he also made some chart history.

"Before You Go" is now number one on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which measures airplay on pop radio stations, and its Radio Songs chart, which measure airplay on all radio stations.

On the Pop Songs chart, "Before You Go" took 37 weeks to reach number one -- longer than any other song in the history of the chart, which has been around since 1992. 

On Radio Songs, "Before You Go" has replaced The Weeknd's hit "Blinding Lights" -- the longest-running number-one in the history of that chart, which has been around since 1990. That song ruled for a record 23 weeks on top.

Lewis is now one of only four artists who've topped both charts with their first two singles, since "Someone You Loved" also managed the feat last October. The others are Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars and Beyonce.

Lewis responded to a list of those three artists and himself by tweeting, "Some team," with laugh-until-you-cry emojis.

In addition, "Before You Go" has now climbed to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, a new peak for the song.  Lewis responded, "BEFORE YOU GO IS UP TO NUMBER 9 IN AMERICA PEAK THE F**K OUT OF THAT!!!

Both "Before You Go" and "Someone You Loved" are from Lewis' debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Two hit wonder: Lewis Capaldi pulls off double chart feat with "Before You Go"

On Sunday, Lewis Capaldi tweeted, "Just heard 'before you go' is the MOST PLAYED song on the radio in the WHOLE of America!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO HIT WONDER." Well, he's right, and he also made some chart history.

"Before You Go" is now number one on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which measures airplay on pop radio stations, and its Radio Songs chart, which measure airplay on all radio stations.

On the Pop Songs chart, "Before You Go" took 37 weeks to reach number one -- longer than any other song in the history of the chart, which has been around since 1992. 

On Radio Songs, "Before You Go" has replaced The Weeknd's hit "Blinding Lights" -- the longest-running number-one in the history of that chart, which has been around since 1990. That song ruled for a record 23 weeks on top.

Lewis is now one of only four artists who've topped both charts with their first two singles, since "Someone You Loved" also managed the feat last October. The others are Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars and Beyonce.

Lewis responded to a list of those three artists and himself by tweeting, "Some team," with laugh-until-you-cry emojis.

In addition, "Before You Go" has now climbed to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, a new peak for the song.  Lewis responded, "BEFORE YOU GO IS UP TO NUMBER 9 IN AMERICA PEAK THE F**K OUT OF THAT!!!

Both "Before You Go" and "Someone You Loved" are from Lewis' debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Avril Lavigne announces livestream benefit concert to fight Lyme disease

David NeedlemanAvril Lavigne will take to the stage on October 24 for a livestream benefit concert whose proceeds will go to help fight Lyme disease, an illness she herself suffers from.

The concert -- the Canadian star's only performance of 2020 -- is called #FightLyme, and will feature her biggest hits, as well as fan favorites and songs from her most recent album Head Above Water, which came out in February 2019.  She'll be joined by special guest musicians who'll be announced in the coming weeks.

Proceeds from the concert will go to The Avril Lavigne Foundation and Global Lyme Alliance.  Tickets are available now via AvrilLavigne.com.  VIP packages and merch bundles are also available.

“I’m so excited for fans and friends from all over the world to join me and my very special guests for #FightLyme, which will benefit the Lyme community,” says Avril in a statement.

"Its going to be an evening to remember full of hope, great music, and exciting surprises! With your help, The Avril Lavigne Foundation and Global Lyme Alliance can continue to transform lives. Tune in and enjoy!”   

The livestream will start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on October 24.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Taylor Swift releases the "Yeah, I showed up at your party" chapter of 'folklore'

TAS Rights ManagementSince the release of her chart-topping album folklore, Taylor Swift has been releasing "chapters" -- mini-playlists organizing the songs on the album into thematic groups.  The latest is the "Yeah, I showed up at your party" chapter, the title of which is inspired by a line in her song "Betty."

In addition to the live, stripped-down version of "Betty" that Taylor performed at the ACM Awards, the other songs in this "chapter" are "The Last Great American Dynasty," "Invisible String," "Cardigan," "Mirrorball" and "The 1."

This is the fourth themed "chapter" that Taylor's released of folklore: The others include "The Escapism Chapter," the "Sleepless Nights" chapter and "The Saltbox House Chapter." Certain songs have showed up more than once on the various chapters.

folklore is, to date, the best-selling album of 2020.

By Andrea Dresdale
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MAX to perform 'Colour Vision' in its entirety live from LA's Greek Theater on Thursday

Colour Vision Records/Sony Music EntertainmentMAX is giving his new album Colour Vision a grand debut this week.

He'll be performing the album, which came out on Friday, live in its entirety during a full-produced livestream from The Greek Theater in L.A. on Thursday.  The concert, presented by Amazon Music, will be streamed on Twitch.  The show starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

"The Colour Vision show Live from The Greek Theatre is going to be the most special live experience we’ve ever put together,” MAX says in a statement.

"A life-size Rubik’s cube, technicolor lighting, tons of musical surprises and a bit of Korean in there. I hope people feel the energy and a sprinkle of magic through their screens.”

The "life-size Rubik's cube" refers to the album artwork, which features MAX sitting on top of a giant Rubik's Cube.  The "bit of Korean" is a reference to MAX's single "Blueberry Eyes," a collaboration with Suga of BTS, which hit number-one on the worldwide iTunes chart last week.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Billie Eilish selling "bad guy" and "all the good girls" figures

ABC/Eric McCandlessIt's Billie Eilish, the action figure!

The musician is launching a line of toy figures inspired by the videos for two of her songs: "bad guy" and "all the good girls go to hell."

The "bad guy" doll stands 10.5 inches tall, and features Eilish wearing her all-yellow outfit. Meanwhile, the "all the good girls" figure measures six inches tall, and is affixed with giant demon wings.

Both figures are shipped in "eco-friendly" packaging that also "transforms into a dioramic display." You can pre-order them now via Eilish's web store.

"Bad guy" and "all the good girls" both appear on Eilish's monster 2019 debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? She's since released the single "everything i wanted" last November, plus the new track "my future" and the James Bond theme "No Time to Die" in 2020.

By Josh Johnson
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Lady Gaga says having female friends in showbiz is like "watching a pig fly"

Courtesy CBS Sunday MorningAccording to Lady Gaga, friends are hard to come by in the entertainment industry, which is why she's happy to have bonded with fellow pop star Ariana Grande

During an interview with Lee Cowan for CBS Sunday Morning, Gaga, 34, explained that it can be difficult to form friendships with other females but that notion didn't extend to her "Rain On Me" collaborator. 

"I love that girl," she gushed about Grande, 27.

"You know how hard it is to make a female friend in this business?" Gaga asked Cowan, adding, "In this business, having a female friend is like watching a pig fly."

Gaga and Ariana have been very open about their connection in recent months, often referring to each other as "sisters" -- she did so at the MTV Video Music Awards, where the duo won three trophies for their collaboration. 

"This means the world," she said as she accepted the award. "Ariana and I really connected through this song."

"Me and Ariana are truly soul sisters," Gaga added. "Girl, this is for us. We both been through some [stuff] together, but we were willing to share that with each other. Ari, I love you."

By Danielle Long
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Gabby Barrett gives pregnancy update: "I just want to eat the house down!"

ABC/Image Group LAGabby Barrett is having a moment.  Not only does she have a huge hit on her hands with her Charlie Puth collaboration "I Hope," but she and her husband, fellow American Idol finalist Cade Foehner, are expecting their first child, a girl, in early 2021. She tells ABC Audio she's past the most unpleasant part of the experience.

"It's good. We're doing...well, I'm doing really good, my husband's very excited," she tells ABC Audio.  "I'm about halfway through, so... good times!"

"I'm feeling good now, I'm past the nauseous stage and all of that, now I just want to eat the house down!" she  laughs. "So, it's good!"

Thanks to "I Hope," Gabby is nominated in a few of the top categories at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, which air on ABC November 11.  She credits her time on American Idol -- where she came in third, behind Maddie Poppe and Caleb Hutchinson -- for getting her ready for the big time.

"There were so many emotions on Idol with nervousness and pressure, but in good ways," she notes. "I think it's prepared me for these types of moments now, as a solo artist."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Kelly Clarkson says John Legend is soundtracking her breakup

Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversalKelly Clarkson is back for season two of her daytime talk show and she’s revealing which album is getting her through her split from husband Brandon Blackstock.

In a preview clip of Monday’s season two premiere of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly tells her guest John Legend that she’s been listening to his Bigger Love album post-breakup, despite it not being a typical angsty breakup album.

"This is a testament of how good this album is," she says. "If this album can be so great for someone like me, who just really wants some Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette at this point, like it's a great album."

She adds, “It just makes me happy, I love it.”

Among her favorite tracks are "Wild," "Favorite Place," "Ooh Laa" and "Conversations in the Dark."

Kelly filed for divorce from Brandon back in June after seven years of marriage. They share six-year-old daughter River Rose and four-year-old son Remington Alexander. Kelly is also stepmom to Brandon's children from a previous marriage: Savannah, 18, and Seth, 13.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Harry Styles to reportedly star in 'My Policeman' at Amazon

Rich Fury/Getty Images for SpotifyHarry Styles is reportedly in final negotiations to star in the movie My PolicemanDeadline reports.

The film, which will have a home at Amazon, will be an on-screen adaptation of Bethan Roberts' novel of the same name. The book is an LGBTQ romance that takes place in the 1950's in Brighton, England and tells the story of a schoolteacher named Marion, who falls head over heels for a policeman named Tom. However, things get complicated when Patrick, a museum curator, enters the picture and he and Tom enter into a passionate relationship at a time when homosexuality was illegal. 

Harry is reportedly in talks to star in the role of Tom, alongside Lily James, who is also reportedly in negotiations for the role of Marion. 

Production is expected to begin Summer 2021. 

The news comes a week after it was announced that Harry was cast in director Olivia Wilde’s new film, Don't Worry Darling.

By Danielle Long
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Bebe Rexha gives new boyfriend a Ferrari for his birthday

Rich Fury/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images for MTVIs Bebe Rexha's new romance "Meant to Be?"

The Grammy-nominated singer was seen smooching with a man People identifies as filmmaker Keyan Safyari in L.A. on Thursday.  The kiss took place, reports People, as a new Ferrari was delivered to her house as a birthday present for him.

On her Instagram Story, Bebe posted numerous photos of herself posing in the car in a sexy lace pantsuit, and kissing Safyari -- whose face is obscured by a heart -- with the caption "Happy birthday baby."

According to a British tabloid report, the two were first seen together in March, holding hands in L.A.

In 2019, Bebe told Health magazine that she considers herself "fluid," explaining, "I just want to find someone I love and who loves me — and I don't care if that's a boy or a girl." 

That same year, she told NYLON that she thinks she "scares" off potential partners -- especially men.

By Andrea Dresdale
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A Russian, some pomegranates & an Armenian walk into a video: Lady Gaga's new film for "911" explained

Courtesy Interscope RecordsIf you've watched Lady Gaga's new video for "911" and wondered about the inspiration for all the bizarre and surreal imagery, well, there's a clear answer.

It appears that the entire video is an homage to a 1969 art film called The Color of the Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov.  According to W magazine, "911" director Tarsem -- known for directing the video for R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" and movies like The Cell -- has frequently cited Parajanov as a major influence on his work.

The movie tells the story of the 18th century Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova. There's very little dialogue in it; most of the story is told through sound, music, images and title cards.

To drive the point home, in the first scene of the clip, when Gaga wakes up in the desert, she's surrounded by pomegranates -- apparently a symbol of Armenia.  At the end of the clip, when we're back in the present day, we see Gaga lying in front of a movie marquee advertising "Armenian Film Festival," as well an actual poster for The Color of the Pomegranates.

Many Twitter users have pointed out that many of the scenes of the video where Gaga is in the village surrounded by strangely dressed people are shot-by-shot recreations of scenes from Parajanov's movie.

911 - Lady Gaga (2020) | The Color of Pomegranates - Sergei Parajanov (1968)#911video pic.twitter.com/EG2n27yUZL

— dios (@joshxmachina) September 18, 2020

By Andrea Dresdale
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“God ain’t done with me yet”: Blanco Brown shares photo of his life-saving helmet after head-on crash

ABC/Image Group LA“The Git Up” star Blanco Brown is on the mend after a serious head-on motorcycle collision in early September left him hospitalized and fighting for his life. The singer underwent a 12-hour surgery to address the unspecified traumas he sustained.

Fortunately, Blanco is expected to make a full recovery. As he continues to heal, the singer touched base with his fans on social media for the first time since the crash. He posted a picture of the helmet that he was wearing, and also praised the rest of his Indian Motorcycle safety gear for “[showing] true to its quality.”

“Firstly, I have to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sparing my life and keeping me whole!!!” Blanco wrote. “The fact that I’m here and still in my right mind is God’s proof -- I feel so blessed!”

He went on to thank his fans, friends, family and everyone else who wished him well after the accident.

“I fought for my life,” the singer noted. “I fought to see all y’all’s faces and those smiles again, and I fought to share my purpose.”

In the picture he shared, Blanco’s arms are still in casts. However, he seemed to be in high spirits, and excited to return to normal life and music-making.

“God ain’t done with me yet, we’re just getting started!” he promised.

By Carena Liptak
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Taylor Swift makes live performance of "betty" available as a single

ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACMAfter debuting her song "betty" Wednesday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Taylor Swift has now made the live, stripped-down acoustic performance available for streaming and download.

In addition, the video of the performance itself is now available on Taylor's YouTube channel.

On top of that, Taylor's released a new collection of merch called the "Showed Up at Your Party" collection, named after a line in the song.  It features three t-shirts, two of which feature a heart with the names "James Betty" inside it -- the names of two characters in the song. 

The other shows an image of a school, depicted in an old-fashioned cross-stitch pattern, with the lyric, "Betty, I won't make assumptions about why you switched your homeroom, but I think it's cause of me."

Taylor has confirmed that she named the three characters in the song -- James, Inez and Betty -- after the children of her friends Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.

Her performance of "betty" on the ACMs was her first appearance on the country music awards show in seven years.

By Andrea Dresdale
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