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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom try to save democracy in new short film

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are giving us a glimpse of a dystopian future.

In a new short film called Transmissions from the Future, in support of the For the People Act, the two play older versions of themselves and send a message from the year 2055.

They tell citizens of 2021 that the America they know no longer exists in the future -- democracy is dead.

"It started when voter suppression ran wild all over America," Katy says. "The voting rights bills died in the Senate, polling places closed. We lost our right to vote."

"This future doesn't have to be," Orlando adds. "You have the power to change it. Save democracy while you can."

As authorities try to break down the door to arrest them, the two end their transmission with a message to their nine-month-old daughter: "Tell Daisy we love her,” Orlando says.

The For the People Act asserts to expand voting rights and reduce money’s influence in politics. The Transmissions from the Future film, directed by Jake Kasdan, was made for the non-partisan pro-democracy organization RepresentUs

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Mariah Carey celebrates "Obsessed" music video's anniversary with hilarious #WipeItDown challenge

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"Obsessed" with the #WipeItDown challenge?  Mariah Carey officially joined the TikTok craze to celebrate the anniversary of her 2009 diss track.

The #WipeItDown challenge features people cleaning a mirror to the beat of BMW Kenny's song "Wipe It Down," and, with each stroke of the cleaning rag, they change costume or character.

Taking to Instagram Wednesday, Mariah submitted her entry, which started off with her wearing a robe and a green face mask while her hair is done up in rollers.

As the song plays in the background, she eventually mouths, "And I was like, why are you so obsessed with me?" and, with a stroke of the rag, changes into one of her glam outfits -- a silver sequined dress and leather jacket.  Of course, her hair and makeup is all done up, too, and a fan off to the side is blowing her hair.

Then, with another wipe of the mirror, she transforms into the creepy bearded man that she played in the Obsessed" music video.

Mariah continues to change between the two characters and adds her vocals to the BMW Kenny song, including in her signature whistle register, before the clip ends.

"Just for laughs... from last year's lockdown when all I did was wipe tings [sic] down," she captioned the humorous video.

"Obsessed," which was released June 16, 2009, was reportedly about the Grammy winner's spat with rapper Eminem and her way of shaking off rumors that the two were romantically linked in the past. In the accompanying music video, it's widely believed the creepy bearded man she plays is a parody of the "Lose Yourself" rapper.

"Obsessed" was the lead single off Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mariah's twelfth studio album.


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Pink nabs beachfront property in Malibu for $13.7 million

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Pink is ready to enjoy some oceanfront living this summer.

According to the real estate site Dirt, the singer has purchased a $13.7 million Malibu villa once owned by Barry Manilow. She reportedly fought hard to win the place, paying $200,000 over asking price -- and we can't say we blame her.

The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom modern home is located right on the beach. The living room has stunning ocean views thanks to massive floor-to-ceiling windows, and the room leads out to a wraparound balcony. There's also a guesthouse, a private courtyard and a jacuzzi, among other amenities.

The perfect-for-summer property is in addition to Pink's primary residence, a 200-acre ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley.

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BTS fans rejoice as Halsey confirms unborn baby is a member of ARMY

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Halsey has turned her pregnancy cravings into a sweet message for BTS fans.

On her Instagram story, Halsey posted a McDonald's paper bag emblazoned with the words "BTS Meal," indicating that it contained the fast-food chain's collaboration with the K-pop superstars: a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, medium fries, Coke and two dipping sauces.

In the caption, she wrote, "baby is army," confirming that her unborn child is already a member of BTS' ARMY fandom.

BTS fans were quick to express their excitement over the caption, thanking Halsey for her loyalty and support for the group, and sending good wishes for her and her baby.  It might be due any day now, judging by the size of Halsey's belly.

Of course, Halsey and BTS collaborated on the 2019 top-10 hit "Boy with Luv," and she included BTS member SUGA on her most recent album, Manic.

On Tuesday, Halsey seemed to indicate that she wishes the baby would just get here.  She tweeted, "damnnnnnn. you know what they say about big feet? ;-) they hurt when they are stuck in your rib cage from the inside."

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"Hello" neighbor: Adele reportedly pays $10 million for BFF Nicole Richie's house

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Having a good relationship with your neighbor is one thing, but it's quite another to pay them $10 million. But that's what Adele just did -- by purchasing the home of her BFF and next-door neighbor, Nicole Richie.

The Dirt website reports that Adele and Nicole have been neighbors since 2016, when Adele bought a mansion in Beverly Hills for $9.5 million that was next door to the one that Nicole and husband Joel Madden bought in 2015 for $6.7 million.  And though it was never on the market, Adele's now bought Nicole's house for $10 million, records show.

According to Dirt, the property is 5,500 square feet, with four bathrooms and four bedrooms, a large lawn, swimming pool, spa and basketball court.

Dirt says that this is just Adele's latest purchase for her real estate portfolio, which also includes a house directly across the street from hers. She bought it in 2019, and "Rumour Has It" that her ex-husband, Simon Konecki, lives there.  She also owns property in her native U.K.

As for Nicole, Dirt says there's no word as to where she and Joel are moving.  The enclave in which she and Adele lived is also home to stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz, as well as Nicole's sister-in-law, Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden, Joel's twin.

Last month, Adele, Nicole, Cameron, Benji and Joel were all photographed welcoming a fellow neighbor -- famed jeweler Martin Katz -- home from the hospital, where he'd been battling COVID-19.

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Demi Lovato makes Jane Fonda tear up on latest podcast episode

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Demi Lovato shared an emotional moment with legendary actress Jane Fonda on the latest episode of 4D with Demi Lovato.

The two spoke about Demi’s near fatal overdose in 2018, and Demi talked about what kept them going after that.

“There was a voice inside of me that said, ‘You’re not living, and if you don’t start living your life for you it’s going to be your demise,’” Demi said on the podcast. “So I woke up and I thought, ‘You know what, I’m going to live my truth, and no matter who it scares -- no matter who in the patriarchy it shakes -- I’m going to live my truth for me.’”

As Demi spoke, Jane was seen dabbing away tears, prompting Demi to ask what she was feeling.

“What you’re saying is so brave. It’s so, so brave, I wish I could hug you right now. I’m so glad to hear you say all this, Demi,” Jane said. “I’m just so proud of you and I’m so glad, and I admire it so much.”

The 83-year-old added, “I’m so glad that you came out of that because I’ve seen the documentary, that you came out of that with that realization and that you’re finding your real truth and it’s just wonderful. It’s just wonderful.”

“That means everything coming from you,” Demi said.

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Trevor Daniel & Julia Michaels go to the hospital -- separately -- in new "Fingers Crossed" video

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Trevor Daniel and Julia Michaels have dropped the video for their new collaboration, "Fingers Crossed."

In the clip, Trevor is a patient in a hospital getting a broken arm tended to; we see shots of X-rays of hands with fingers crossed. Julia is seen walking down the corridor of the same hospital holding a bouquet, but she never delivers it to Trevor. In fact, the two don't interact at all: All the action plays out in split-screen.

Trevor, who broke through last year with his track "Falling," is making multiple festival appearances this year, including at Lollapalooza in September, the Firefly Festival and Life Is Beautiful in September, and the Breakway Festival and Outside Lands in October.

So far, Julia doesn't have any live shows planned around her new album, Not in Chronological Order.

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'Space Jam: A New Legacy' soundtrack features new music from Jonas Brothers, 24kGoldn, John Legend & more

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New songs by Jonas Brothers, 24kGoldn and John Legend are among the tracks on the upcoming soundtrack for Space Jam: A New Legacy, a sequel to the beloved 1996 original live-action/animated film.

Among the tracks is a song by JoBros called "Mercy," a 24kGoldn collab with Lil Wayne called "Control the World," and the track "Crowd Go Crazy" by John Legend. You'll also find a song called "Hoops," which features Saweetie collaborating with hip hop legends Salt-N-Pepa.

Other artists on the soundtrack, which arrives July 9, include SAINt JHN, Chance the Rapper, G-Eazy, In the Heights star Anthony Ramos, and BROCKHAMPTON.

Space Jam: A New Legacy hits theaters and HBO Max on July 16.  The film finds LeBron James and his son Dom trapped in digital space by a rogue A.I., or artificial intelligence. In order to escape, LeBron has to lead an entire team of Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny and more, in a game against the A.I.'s digital team, made up of famous pro players.

Here's the track listing for the Space Jam: A New Legacy album:

Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin – “We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)”
24kGoldn – “Control The World” [feat. Lil Wayne]
Chance the Rapper – “See Me Fly” [feat. John Legend & Symba]
Saweetie – “Hoops” [feat. Salt-N-Pepa & Kash Doll]
Lil Uzi Vert – “Pump Up The Jam”
SAINt JHN – “Just For Me” [feat. SZA]
John Legend – “Crowd Go Crazy”
Jonas Brothers – “Mercy”
Lil Tecca & Aminé – “Gametime”
Dame D.O.L.L.A., G-Eazy, P-Lo & White Dave – “About That Time”
Cordae & DUCKWRTH – “Settle The Score”
Big Freedia – “Goin' Looney”
Joyner Lucas – “Shoot My Shot”
Leon Bridges – “My Guy”
Anthony Ramos – “The Best”

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Source: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are "ecstatic" they can marry this summer

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Now that Gwen Stefani has had her bridal shower, can the big day be far away?

A source tells People magazine that Gwen and fiance Blake Shelton are "both ecstatic" that they can "finally" tie the knot, adding, "They are getting married this summer."

"Ever since they got engaged, they have both been adamant that no wedding will happen until it's safe for family and friends to attend. Gwen expressed early on that she really wanted a summer wedding," the source adds.

"She was upset earlier this year when it seemed to be no end in sight for the pandemic. She slowly started planning the wedding this spring, though," dishes the source, who also reveals that "Gwen's boys will be very involved" in the ceremony.

Gwen's boys are 15-year-old Kingston, 12-year-old Zuma and 7-year-old Apollo, who she shares with her ex-husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale.

"Blake is a great extra dad and very close with the boys," says the source.

Gwen and Blake began dating in 2015 and got engaged last October.  While the wedding date and exact details aren't known, Gwen has said that she wants a small wedding with family, and not a parade of all of her and Blake's celebrity pals, some of whom have offered to perform at the ceremony.

There have also been reports that Gwen and Blake have already tied the knot secretly, based on pictures that show Gwen wearing a diamond band along with her engagement ring. That hasn't been confirmed, however.

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You could win a video of Ed Sheeran dedicating his new song to you or a friend

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Ed Sheeran's new era officially begins June 25 with the release of his new single, "Bad Habits."  But he's got an extra incentive for you to pre-save the song right now.

On Instagram, Ed posted a video of himself walking around while describing that incentive.  "Hello, everyone!" he says. "My new single 'Bad Habits' comes out on the 25th of June and if you pre-save it before release, you can win a video of me dedicating the song to you or a friend. So pre-save that and I hope you enjoy the tune!"

The video ends with a clip of Ed playing and singing what we assume is a bit of "Bad Habits": "And tonight had something wonderful," he croons in falsetto.

In addition, Ed posted a teaser of the "Bad Habits" video, which also drops June 25. In the clip, he plays a pink-suited vampire, and the teaser shows him walking down the street with a crew of vampire buddies.


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Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video hits historic milestone

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You could argue that Michael Jackson wouldn't have reached the levels of superstardom he enjoyed in the '80s if MTV hadn't been bullied by Michael's record company into playing his video for "Billie Jean."  Now, the iconic clip has just hit a huge milestone on YouTube.

The video, first played on MTV in March of 1983, has officially crossed one billion views on YouTube, making it only the third music video of the '80s to rack up that many viewers, and the first '80s clip by solo artist to hit that benchmark.  The other two are Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O'Mine," from 1988, and a-ha's groundbreaking video for "Take On Me," from 1984.

According to YouTube, the "Billie Jean" video has been averaging 600,000 daily views globally this year.

When Michael's record company, CBS Records, first asked MTV to play "Billie Jean," the channel refused, because it didn't feel that Black music was "rock" enough. Subsequently, Walter Yetnikoff, the president of CBS, told MTV that if it didn't air "Billie Jean," he'd pull all the label's other artists off the channel, never give them any videos in the future, and would tell the press that MTV didn't want to play music by a Black artist.

MTV caved and put the "Billie Jean" video in heavy rotation, a move that's credited with generating an extra 10 million in sales for "Billie Jean"'s parent album, Thriller. Today, of course, "Billie Jean" is considered one of the greatest videos of all time.

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Jessie J dances in a dive bar in new video for "I Want Love"

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Jessie J dances all night in a dive bar in the new video for her single "I Want Love," which just premiered on Facebook.

In the clip, Jessie, dressed head-to-toe in red and sporting her signature black bob and gold jewelry, drives to a dive bar at night. There, she flirts with the male patrons, lies down on the bar, sings in the bathroom and dances wildly to the jukebox.  When she leaves the bar, it's morning.

"I Want Love" is the first release from Jessie's upcoming fifth album, due out later this year.  She co-wrote it with Ryan Tedder, who also executive-produced the project.

“This album is like a short film over many years of my life and this video is the first part of that story I’m sharing.” Jessie J says in a statement. “I wanted the video to feel like people weren’t supposed to see this moment. A moment between the moments captured.”

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Good for her: Olivia Rodrigo eclipses Artist 100 chart

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Olivia Rodrigo is back to being the top artist in the country and has the Billboard ranking to prove it.

The "good 4 u" singer bounced back from second place to take over the Billboard Artist 100 once again as her successful debut album, Sour, continues to make waves across several charts.

The album's 11 tracks have spent a third consecutive week on the Hot 100 chart, with "good 4 u" leading the pack at number two.  

The angry breakup anthem was streamed 42.1 million times in the U.S. over the past week and sold an additional 11,100 copies.  In addition, the banger collected an additional 27.8 million radio audience impressions.

The track with the second-highest standing on the chart is "Deja Vu," which hangs on at number nine.  "Drivers License" continues its hold on the top 25, coming in at number 17 this week.  Just behind that single, at 19, is "Traitor."

Because all 11 tracks are charting, Sour keeps its vice-like grip at the number two spot on the Billboard 200.  The album, now in its third week of release, sold an added 143,000 copies.

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James Corden and Ariana Grande declare "No Lockdowns Anymore" with full-blown musical number

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James Corden envisioned a world where COVID-19 has successfully been eradicated and tapped Ariana Grande to "celebrate the end of mass lockdowns" for the full-blown Broadway-style number.

The two kicked off Wednesday's episode of The Late Late Show to sing "No Lockdowns Anymore," a parody on the Hairspray musical opening number "Good Morning Baltimore."  The duo openly roamed the city streets and delighted in the things they once took for granted -- like getting a haircut or sweating it out at the gym.

Also, to assist with the musical number was original Hairspray star Marissa Jaret Winokur, of whom Ari teased prior to the skit.

While Corden relishes in being able to drink bottomless mimosas at brunch and no longer having his temperature taken at the door of every institution he visits, Grande jokes about being able to "get drunk and get matching tattoos" again.

However, the two agree that the one downside of the world opening back up is that "traffic is so much worse than before."

The song ends on a plea for those eligible to get the vaccine so that everyone can be "free."

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After first-ever gig, Mimi Webb discovers she's not "Good Without" a live audience

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British singer/songwriter Mimi Webb has scored a top-10 U.K. hit with her breakthrough single "Good Without," which is now climbing the U.S. charts.  Interestingly, because the song took off on TikTok during the pandemic, Mimi had never even played an actual concert until just a couple weeks ago in London.

"I mean, it was so crazy: You're just kinda there and people are singing your lyrics back to you, and I just thought, 'Wow,'" she tells ABC Audio about that first show. "Because for me, everything sort of started to blow up in it was a surreal feeling and crazy to actually see [fans] in the audience."

She adds, laughing, "When everyone says, 'Mimi, when you get on the stage, you'll know what I'm talking about!' --- that is definitely what I experienced!"

Mimi, whose influences include Adele, Sam Smith and Emeli Sandé, wrote "Good Without" after being inspired by a past relationship.

"I just felt like I hadn't said everything I felt I needed to say. was kind of the start of the year [when] I wrote this," she explains. "And I...thought to myself, 'I know I'm going to enter this new chapter this year.' And I just kind of wanted to put it all out in the open."

In the song, Mimi sings about being "good without" love, but she says she wanted to leave it open to interpretation.

"There's so many things I'm good without that in 2020 I was...allowing to happen," says Mimi. "So for me, it was definitely a 'get rid of the negative energy and start fresh with a new chapter' kind of feel!"

Today, Mimi performs a Prime Day Live concert for Amazon Music, which you can watch via Twitch and the Amazon Music App.

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