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Dua Lipa's Studio 2054 livestream event attracts over five million views

Getty Images for dcpDua Lipa’s Studio 2054 livestream event was a hit.

The virtual concert, which took place Friday, broke online livestream records with over five million views globally.

“We are estimating over 5 million viewers based on more than one person watching each stream, but the real number may be closer to 8 or 9 million,” Ben Mawson, from Dua’s management TaP Music, said in a statement. “I expect a lot of families watched together. It was a massive undertaking but I am so proud that once again Dua has shown herself to be the one of the biggest pop stars in the world.”

Due to high demand, Studio 2054 will continue to be available for streaming until Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m. on Live-Now.com, with tickets priced at $10.

The event, which showcased Dua’s Grammy-nominated Future Nostalgia album in a highly-choreographed COVID-safe production, was packed with exciting guest stars, including Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Kylie Minogue and more.

According to LIVENow Director Marc Watson, the event could be a sign of how the music industry will continue to operate post-pandemic.

“Studio 2054 shows that artists can create unique live events, designed to experience at home, that delight their fans and attract major sponsors,” he says in a statement. “This is not easy but we have proved if you get the creative format and marketing right, there is significant and growing consumer demand around the world for streamed live music events.”

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Shawn Mendes livestream benefit concert set for December 6

Island RecordsShawn Mendes will release his new album, Wonder, on December 4, and on December 6, you can check out Wonder: The Experience.

It's a livestream benefit concert that will raise money for the singer's own Shawn Mendes Foundation, to "help support and amplify the voices of young leaders driving positive change," according a statement.  Shawn will perform songs from the album and talk about the stories behind them, too.

Wonder: The Experience is the last "stop" on Shawn's list of Wonder Residencies, in which he did special performances on various shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.  The event is a partnership with American Express; card members can purchase exclusive ticket packages, with a portion of proceeds from each one sold going to the Foundation.

RSVP to watch the livestream at WonderTheExperience.com -- you can also donate at that same link.

In addition, you can enter to win a Wonder Golden Ticket Package, which includes a virtual group Meet & Greet with Shawn, plus special autographed merch.

By Andrea Dresdale
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BTS makes even more chart history as "Life Goes On" debuts at number-one

Big Hit EntertainmentBTS sure knows how to make an entrance.

Following the news that the K-pop superstars' new album Be has debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart, their latest single "Life Goes On" has done the same on the Hot 100, making all kinds of history in the process.

This is the group's third number one in three months, following "Dynamite," and the remix of Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685's "Savage Love (Laxed -- Siren Beat)."  It's also the first song in the chart's history to debut at number one that isn't sung in English.

The group is also the second act of 2020 to score three number ones, following Ariana Grande.  Notably, they're the first duo or group in history to have had two number-one debuts. "Dynamite" and "Life Goes On" both entered the charts on top; "Savage Love" did not.

Among the other milestones the group set with this achievement: They're the first act in 42 years to score three number ones in such a short time. The last time it happened, it was the Bee Gees, who took two months and three weeks to do the same. 

However, BTS is the first act since the Beatles to land their first three number-ones in such a short time: The Fab Four did it in two months and three days back in 1964.  The Bee Gees had had previous number-one hits prior to their hat trick.

Setting BTS aside for the moment, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber's new collaboration "Monster" has debuted at number eight on the Hot 100. This is Shawn's sixth top 10 hit and Justin's 21st.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Harry Styles' 'Vogue' issue is a sold-out hit

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Harry Styles has no doubt experienced many sold-out concert dates in his career, but we bet he never expected that a magazine on which cover he appears would do the same.

Harry's controversial Vogue cover, which shows him wearing a lace Gucci gown, has been such a hit that publisher Condé Nast has had to make more, reports Page Six.

“We sold 40,000 subscriptions since launch a little over a week ago, and have already ordered a second print run," a Condé Nast source reportedly told Page Six.

As previously reported, Harry's photos in the mag drew the ire of some conservative commentators, while other high-profile celebs -- including NY Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez -- came to the singer's defense.

By Andrea Dresdale
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BTS is making a "Dynamite" contribution to an upcoming charity auction

Big Hit EntertainmentAttention ARMY: start saving your pennies.  The costumes that BTS wore in their video for "Dynamite" are going up for sale, just a few days before the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

The chart-topping group has donated the pastel outfits they wore in video's final dance sequence to the MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, which is taking place January 29, 2021.  Proceeds from the auction will help MusiCares -- the charitable arm of the Recording Academy -- help those in the music industry whose livelihoods have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group's inclusion in the auction is especially notable, because they've just received their first Grammy nomination, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

This is the first time the group has ever auctioned off any of its costumes. In a statement, Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions, which is hosting the sale, said, "We can’t think of a better way to highlight the work of MusiCares than with this 'Dynamite' contribution from BTS, whose groundbreaking music and uplifting messages of hope and optimism are what the world needs now."

The costumes will be sold with no reserve, and are expected to go for anywhere between $20,000 to $40,000.

After registering at JuliensAuctions.com, you can bid at JuliensLive.com starting January 29 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Miley Cyrus says she’s “frustrated” after learning major retailers didn’t stock her new album, 'Plastic Hearts'

RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus is responding to fans after discovering her new album, Plastic Hearts, was unavailable in many retailers on its Friday release date.

The singer reposted a bunch of her fans’ frustrated tweets upon finding out they couldn’t get their hands on a physical copy of the album.

"My fans are everything to me & to know y'all are disappointed when going out to stores/calling/checking stock to be let down. I am equally/if not more frustrated,” Miley wrote in response to fans Monday.

"When choosing 11/27 THE SUGGESTED DATE for album release my team and I were never told major retailers don't stock physical albums on Black Friday and won't get copies of PH until a few weeks after release,” she explained.

"The packaging of the record is intimate, honest, and a visual reflection of the sound of my new record that I am so proud of," Miley continued. "It was created BY ME personally at home making art FOR YOU. I want it in your hands!"

Miley concluded that she’s “outgrown blame” and sees it as a “waste of time and energy.” She added, "This album was a labor of love and nothing can sabotage my admiration for the record my collaborators & I have created.”

It's not yet clear how the snafu might affect Miley's Plastic Hearts first-week sales.

A response to my fans 🖤 https://t.co/p4dZGPk91T pic.twitter.com/hVCxetV7k2

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 30, 2020

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Selena Gomez's kidney donor blasts 'Saved by the Bell' reboot for kidney transplant joke

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicThe Saved by the Bell reboot found itself in hot water over the weekend for seemingly mocking Selena Gomez's kidney transplant -- something the singer claims saved her life.  And even though those responsible have now apologized, Selena's kidney donor is now speaking out.

Selena's friend and donor, grown-ish star Francia Raisa, has commented on an unintended side effect of the show making fun of Selena's operation.

As previously reported, the show featured an exchange between two characters who insisted that either Justin Bieber's mother or Demi Lovato donated their kidney to Selena.  There's also a scene that shows the words "Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” spray-painted on a wall.

The grown-ish star responded to a report of NBC and Peacock's apology over the offensive scene, noting on Saturday that, while she appreciated the gesture, "let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall."

"As a kidney donor I want to show love and let other donors know that you are not alone," the actress continued in a follow-up tweet. "You are seen. You are appreciated. You are so brave and your selfless act is very much appreciated and valued!"

Selena revealed in 2017 that Francia "gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed."

Selena, who is battling lupus, an autoimmune disease, added she was in kidney failure at the time.

As previously reported, following the backlash, Peacock, NBCUniversal and those behind the Saved by the Bell reboot apologized in a joint statement and said they'd be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.

By Megan Stone
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Shawn Mendes says Camila Cabello taught him to love his body

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicShawn Mendes is opening up about his struggle with body acceptance and how his girlfriend, "Havana" singer Camila Cabello, taught him to love his imperfections.

Speaking with GQ for a recent interview, Mendes recounted that he began feeling self conscious about his image.

"Some days I would have three hours of sleep, [because] I’d get up two hours early just to be able to work out," the 22-year-old revealed, saying his inner voice threatened him with ominous messages, such as, "If you don’t work out, you’re going to lose fans."

After securing a successful partnership with Calvin Klein, the pressure became worse for Mendes because, after posing for one of their campaigns, he felt he needed to be the "pinnacle of fitness."

On top of that, the "Stitches" singer felt pressure to maintain a squeaky clean image.

"I held myself accountable to that image of not doing anything wrong, or saying anything wrong, so hard over the last few years," Mendes confessed, a fear that he addresses in his new song "Monster" that features Justin Bieber.

As for how he stepped away from that unhealthy mindset, Mendes says he was inspired by how Cabello responded to the criticism she faced.

The Canadian singer was so impressed by her ability to take the high road every time, adding she was, "So strong, so clear and confident with her [body] and so articulate and empathetic about other people’s."

Her ability to accept her body and imperfections "really changed my view of mine. It really changed my life," says Mendes.

The "Mercy" singer attests he's now taking better care of himself and claims, "taking that extra few hours of sleep, instead of waking up to pump iron, is a better choice sometimes."

By Megan Stone
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Jennifer Lopez strips down -- literally and figuratively -- for new single "In the Morning"

ABCJennifer Lopez has released a new song that's almost as sexy as the artwork that it comes with: A photo of herself, completely nude except for her engagement ring.

The song, "In the Morning," finds JLo being emotionally naked as well, as she begs her lover to tell her how he feels about her all the time, and not just when he wants to...you know.

When the entertainer posted the nude artwork for the song on Instagram, it received over 7.3 million likes, making it her most-liked image ever.

Jennifer, her fiancé Alex Rodriguez and their kids threw a virtual dance party to celebrate the single's release.

The release of "In the Morning," follows the two songs Jennifer recorded with Maluma, "Pa' Ti" and "Lonely," from the soundtrack of their upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me, due out this coming May.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Camila Cabello says loving Shawn Mendes is "not as simple as it looks"

Jeff Kravitz/AMA2019/FilmMagic for dcpIn pictures and videos, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes may look like the perfect couple, but Camila says they are far from it -- and that's what makes their relationship so great.

Camila posted a photo of Shawn and her kissing each other on a rocky shore over the weekend.  In a lengthy note accompanying the pic, she writes, "I’ve learned a lot about love with this guy. It’s not just the happy blissful moments you see in pictures and videos."

"When you’re in a relationship with someone, it feels like they are this mirror reflecting yourself back to you -- I constantly have to confront my fears, my anxieties, my insecurities, my patterns of thinking, my beliefs about life and about myself," Camila adds.

"It’s not as simple as it looks in pictures sometimes," she continues. "Sometimes, it’s messy and uncomfortable and ugly lol. But there’s nothing like the pull, the FORCE that is love, to be the light in the darkness -- to be the gravitational pull that gives you the relentless strength to be braver,wiser, and better than you were yesterday."

The singer goes on to say that to be in love "means to choose that person over and over again, to go through the messy stuff with. And that’s way more beautiful and raw and real than perfection."

Noting that she's "all for being vulnerable on social media," Camila concludes by asking fans to "raise your glass to the messiness and weirdness of being human and the miracle. And the easiness. And the instinct. And the relentless force that is love."

 

raise your glass to the messiness and weirdness of being human and the miracle. And the easiness. And the instinct. And the relentless force that is love pic.twitter.com/tGlzB0jbef

— camila (@Camila_Cabello) November 29, 2020

 

By Andrea Dresdale
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BTS dominates the 'Billboard' charts with new release 'Be'

Big Hit EntertainmentBTS is back on top after releasing their new album Be.  Their ninth studio album, which dropped November 20, bowed in the top spot on the Billboard 200.

This is the fifth time the Korean boy band clinched a number one album to debut on top of the chart.  Their last album to achieve that was their February release Map of the Soul: 7

They're only the second music act to achieve two number one album premieres in the same year -- the first being rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Be moved an impressive 242,000 album units in its first week of release, 177,000 of which are album sales.  In addition, the album was streamed 48.56 million times in its first week. 

Besides the Grammy-nominated "Dynamite," which also hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Be features a predominately Korean track list. 

Only 11 other mostly non-English albums have featured on top of the chart -- five of which already belong to the K-pop group.  BTS also set a record for sending five album debuts to the number one spot, achieving that in the span of two and a half years.  The only one other group who managed to best that record was The Beatles with five number one albums in less than a year and five months.

Future is the only solo artist to best BTS' record, notching five number one debuts in a year and seven months.

BTS's album Be also bested the fierce competition brought on by Megan Thee Stallion's new release Good News -- which premiered in the second spot, respectively.

By Megan Stone
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Halsey breaks silence on Grammys snub: "I am hoping for more transparency and reform"

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After the Grammy nominations were announced last Tuesday, Halsey's fans were quick to question why the "Graveyard" singer was noticeably absent from the list of nominees -- marking the second year in a row the singer was shut out.

Her album Manic -- released in January -- was favored to pick up several nods for producing the singles "Without Me," "Graveyard" and "You Should Be Sad."

After taking nearly a week to gather her thoughts, the 26-year-old finally broke her silence to address the controversy.

"I’ve been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations," the 2017 Grammy nominee expressed Saturday on her Instagram stories.  

Halsey went on to explain how some artists earn nods, which she says is problematic.

"The Grammys are an elusive process.  It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning though the grapevine, with the right handshakes and 'bribes' that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as 'not-bribes,'" she noted before going into the next part of the process.

"If you get that far, it’s about committing to exclusive TV performances and making sure you help the Academy make their millions in advertising," continued Halsey. "Perhaps sometimes it is (!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture."

She then mentioned The Weeknd, who was also shockingly shut out of this year's list of nominees, and claimed he "deserved better."

"Manic did too," Halsey furthered.  "Perhaps it's unbecoming of me to say so but I can’t care anymore."

"While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency and reform. But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway," she concluded.

By Megan Stone
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Tonight, get ready to sing along with Disney...and Pink, Katy, Adam, BTS & more

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Start your vocal warmups now:  Tonight, ABC's Disney Holiday Singalong will let you belt out your favorite Disney classics alongside some of your favorite musical stars.

The third installment of the Disney Singalong concept, tonight's show will feature Katy Perry, Pink, Adam Lambert, BTS, Michael Buble, Leslie Odom Jr., Kerry Washington, Derek and Julianne Hough, Ciara and opera legend Andrea Bocelli, all lending their famous voices to holiday favorites and Disney songs alike.

"So many people talked about the first two volumes of the show, that we felt like we had to do it again, and what a perfect time," says host Ryan Seacrest.  "[And] a lot of the artists are on with their kids and their families, which makes it really special."

In addition to the pop stars, the show will feature the casts of Disney on Broadway shows including Frozen, The Lion King and Aladdin, who all gathered at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theater to do, "the most amazing rendition of 'Let It Go' -- you have to see it!" says Ryan.

"Y'know, Broadway's been shut down since the beginning of spring and this is the first time that these performers will be onstage together [since then], which is remarkable," he adds.

As for the concept's popularity, Ryan explains, "I got so much great feedback from moms, dads, kids -- they got together in their living rooms and they sang together and they loved the fact that we provided them with the lyrics.  I think that helps, so nobody can have the excuse of not participating."

"Except for me," Ryan jokes. "I can't sing, so I won't...but I'll be watching you!"

The Disney Holiday Singalong airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here's a list of who's singing what:

Andrea Bocelli – “Silent Night”
BTS – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
Michael Bublé – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
Ciara – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Chloe x Halle – “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert – “Hey Santa” and “Jingle Bells”
Julianne Hough – “Whistle While You Work” and “Let It Snow”
Adam Lambert – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Leslie Odom Jr. – “What’s This?”
Katy Perry – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Cozy Little Christmas”
Pink – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”
Kerry Washington – “Joy to the World”

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By Andrea Dresdale
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NBC's Peacock streaming service apologizes for Selena Gomez jokes on 'Saved by the Bell' reboot

Sophie MullerPeacock, NBC's streaming service, has apologized for seemingly making fun of Selena Gomez's kidney transplant on its reboot of Saved By the Bell.

"Respect Selena Gomez" trended on Twitter on Saturday, Variety reports, as Selenators were up in arms about the references to the singer on the show. 

According to Variety, a scene from episode six of the series showed two students at Bayside High gossiping about who donated a kidney to Selena -- despite the fact that Selena has publicly stated that it was her friend Francia Raisa.  In fact, she even posted photos of them side-by-side in the hospital.

“I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom," said a student. "God, I wish that I had my phone so that I could prove it."

“Prove what?” the other student says. “That you’re an idiot? It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”

In another scene, graffiti on a wall appears to read, "Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”

In a statement to Variety, Peacock, NBCUniversal and the show’s executive producers said, "We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”

One fan tweeted, "Saved by the Bell, that's disgusting. Selena almost lost her life, jokes about her kidney transplant is NOT FUNNY. Respect Selena Gomez."

Another wrote, "Joking about someone’s disease is not funny whatsoever. It’s just so cruel and unjust. Selena doesn’t deserve that & no one else deserves that either. RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ."

Selena revealed in 2017 that she'd had a kidney transplant as a result of her struggle with the autoimmune disease lupus.

By Andrea Dresdale
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'The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration' revisits performances by Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix

Disney/Mark AshmanIn a special fifth anniversary edition, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration will revisit some of the annual highlights of Christmases past at Disney Parks.

Some of those highlights include Kelly Clarkson’s 2016 performance of “Underneath the Tree,” Jason Derulo’s 2017 performance of “Silent Night, and last year’s Pentatonix performance of “Deck the Halls.”

Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel, OneRepublic, Boyz II Men and Aloe Blacc are also among the performers revisited in the special, which will air on Thanksgiving night.

Sibling duo Derek and Julianne Hough are returning as hosts. They last hosted the special during its inaugural year, 2016. This year, they’ll kick the night off with a brand-new medley of classics, singing and dancing their way through a dazzling show open.

During the holiday special, we'll get a couple of sneak peeks into the wonderful world of Disney, including a glimpse into Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which is coming to EPCOT in Florida in 2021.

The show will also feature a teaser of the all-new film Soul, a Disney and Pixar production that’s coming to Disney beginning Christmas Day.

The special will air on November 26 at 9PM ET on ABC. 

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By Andrea Tuccillo and Carena Liptak
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Mic drop: Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and more donate autographed mics for a good cause

Courtesy Reverb (The Weeknd's signed mic)Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Billie Eilish are among the artists donating their autographed microphones to raise money for youth music education.

They’ve partnered with Reverb, the largest online marketplace dedicated to musical instruments, with all proceeds going to youth music education programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other artists providing their mics include Alanis Morissette, Kesha, John Legend, Paul McCartney, J Balvin and more.

The mics go on sale on Giving Tuesday, December 1, in The Official One Mic Reverb Shop on Reverb.com.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Pentatonix says Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be "a lot different this year"

Jabari JacobsPentaonix is one of the many acts who'll be performing at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it won't look like parades of the past. 

Asked what their performance will look like Thursday in New York City, a cappella group admitted, "We don't totally know yet."

"I know we're not we're not, like, going to be going around the block," said member Scott Hoying. "Like, they're not doing the whole parade thing. It's just, like, all in front of Macy's."

Scott's right: This year, instead of moving down Broadway in front of thousands of cheering spectators, most of the action will be centered right in front of Macy's flagship New York City store. There will be floats and balloons, but they won't be moving around too much.

"And I think we actually -- I don't know this for sure, but I think we just walk out, perform and then walk off," Scott laughed. "I think that's it. So, yeah, it's a lot different because of COVID this year for sure." 

According to Macy's, at some point, the group will be standing in front of, or on, the Hallmark Heartwarming Holiday Countdown float. No word yet on what they'll sing, but it'll probably be something from their new holiday album, We Need a Little Christmas.

Other performers at the parade this year include Goo Goo Dolls, Jordin Sparks, Patti LaBelle, Dolly Parton, Bebe Rexha, Tori Kelly, Ally Brooke, Darlene Love, country stars Lauren Alaina and Brett Young, and the casts of hit Broadway musicals like Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations and Mean Girls.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. ET in all time zones on NBC.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Dua Lipa books 'SNL'; snags Elton John as special Studio 2054 guest

ABCFresh off six Grammy nominations, Dua Lipa’s hot streak continues.

The singer has just been announced as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on December 19, joining Kristen Wiig, who is hosting. Dua previously made her SNL debut in 2018.

Not only that, but Dua scored a major get for her upcoming Studio 2054 livestream concert event: Elton John.

“It’s my absolute pleasure and honor to announce Elton John will be joining me at Studio 2054 this Friday,” Dua says in a statement. “A one of a kind global musical icon, singer-songwriter, and flawless performer, it’s going to be spectacular! He is truly musical royalty and I am elated that we will be appearing together.”

Elton adds in a statement of his own, “I loved speaking to Dua when we met up to talk on Instagram Live a few weeks ago, she is incredibly smart and talented. So when she asked me to be part of Studio 2054, I said ‘Yes!’ in a heartbeat.”

“It’s amazing to be part of a live performance when live music just isn’t happening right now and especially in such a colorful and creative way,” he continues. “If you’re going to do virtual live music then this is the way to do it.”

As previously announced, Studio 2054 will also feature guest appearances from Dua’s “Prisoner” duet partner Miley Cyrus, Kylie Minogue, Bad Bunny and J Balvin. The ticketed online event takes place Friday, November 27.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Watch Shawn Mendes admit to Alicia Keys that his Netflix doc makes him look like "kind of a d**k"

Courtesy NetflixIn a Netflix Movie Club feature, Shawn Mendes and the woman he considers a "mentor," Alicia Keys, discuss their creative processes, as well as Shawn's new song, "Wonder," vulnerability, and Shawn's new Netflix documentary -- which he admits isn't always flattering.

While making the documentary, In Wonder, Shawn explains that even though it was kind of awkward to have a film crew following him around, it was important, because he wanted the director to capture all the moments, both good and bad.  And that sometimes gave Shawn more than he bargained for.

"The hard part was editing because when things start coming together, you start seeing the guy on the screen who looks amazing and sounds amazing and seems so caring and loving," Shawn tells Alicia. "But you also see the guy who's kind of a d**k sometimes when he gets scared and gets frustrated -- and you're like, 'Uh, I don't know if I want people to see that guy.'"

Alicia cracks up and responds, "Yeah, so, do you go for it?"

"You just gotta let 'em see it, you have them let them see that vulnerability," Shawn insists. "And that's the point of doing something like that. Otherwise, for me, like, doing documentary would just be to elevate my name and that to me is not a good enough reason to do a documentary."

In Wonder is streaming on Netflix now, along with something that just debuted today: Shawn Mendes: Live in Concert.  It documents Shawn's stadium show in his hometown of Toronto.

He wrote on Twitter, "Wanted to give you guys something as a thank you for all of the love on the doc. I know we all miss live shows so much right now so tonight we're releasing #LiveInConcert, the full concert film from the Rogers Centre."


By Andrea Dresdale
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Lorde, it's cold! Singer publishing 'Going South,' a book about her trip to Antarctica

Burak Cingi/RedfernsWhat's Lorde been doing since she wrapped up her Melodrama World Tour in 2018?  Evidently, becoming an author.

In an email to fans, posted to a fan Twitter account, Lorde announced that she's put together a book called Going South, which documents a 2019 trip she took to Antarctica with a friend, who photographed their experiences.

"The pictures turned out so beautiful, I thought it was only right to make them into a little catalogue-style book, alongside a piece of writing I did about my experience on the frozen continent," she writes. 

She then says when she returned from the trip, she was inspired to start making the follow-up to Melodrama.

"I'll always hold this trip up as a life highlight...but I'm particularly grateful for it as one that showed me the beginnings of the new world which I continue to build, and am very excited to start showing you soon," she writes.

Describing the book as "the perfect precursor in this album" and "a cool little piece of the Lorde cinematic universe for you to own if you'd like to," the chart-topping star goes on to say that the first 500 copies of the softcover book will come with a "special picture postcard, signed by yours truly."

The book's available for pre-order now, and all proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund that will allow a postgraduate student to study the science of climate change.  Lorde's desire to expand her own "environmental awareness" was one of the driving reasons for her trip.

"Image if we could put someone through a climate-related PhD with this little book!" she writes. "It's almost too awesome to think about."

Lorde wrote the book under her birth name, Ella Yelich-O'Connor.

By Andrea Dresdale
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