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Justin Bieber tapped as SNL's musical guest on February 8

NBCJustin Bieber is bringing his yummy yummy to Saturday Night Live.

The singer will be the musical guest on the show’s February 8 episode with host RuPaul. The appearance will mark Bieber’s third time on the show, and he’ll no doubt be performing his new single, “Yummy.”

Justin also teased a series of dates on his social media Tuesday, along with an image that says “Bieber 2020.” One of those dates, January 27, is the day his YouTube documentary, Seasons, debuts.

The other dates he listed are January 28, January 29 and February 14. Stay tuned.

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Sam Smith to perform at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras next month

Alexandre Schneider/Getty ImagesSam Smith is heading Down Under next month for a special performance.

The singer announced in a video on social media Tuesday that he'll perform at Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, set to take place on Saturday, February 29.

“I have an announcement to make today which is honestly for me one of the highlights of my career,” Sam tells fans. “Australia has meant so much to me as a queer person and I’m going to be singing at Mardi Gras this year.”

Sam adds that they hope to bring some joy to the people of Australia in the wake of the devastating bushfires.

“And I cannot wait to be with you all after such a challenging time and hopefully we can spread that love and sing and dance,” Sam says. “So yeah, Mardi Gras, can’t wait to see you!”

Sam joins previously announced Mardi Gras headliners Dua Lipa and Kesha. Sam last toured Australia as part of the Thrill of It All world tour in November 2018.

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Halsey says her ex Yungblud inspired her to write first love song "without a punchline"

ABC/Image Group LAWe know Halsey’s past relationships have inspired some breakup songs, namely her biggest hit, “Without Me,” about her split from G-Eazy. But in a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the singer admits she’s only ever written a love song about one guy.

The song is “Finally // beautiful stranger,” off her new album, Manic.  She wrote it while she was still with her ex, British rocker Yungblud.

"I was dating Dom," she shares, using Yungblud’s birth name, Dominic Harrison. "I was really happy. I was really happy with my life. I was thinking about the night that he and I met because I had told the story so many times."

She continues, "And every time I told it, it got better and better and better and more romantic and it wasn't raining but like in the story, the streets are shining wet and I was like, I need to tell this romantic story."

Halsey says she put pen to paper and wrote her first love song ever. “And I'd never written a love song before," she adds. "Not one without a punchline."

“It’s just a nice song,” she says. “It’s about feeling safe and like you can trust love.”

Halsey is currently dating American Horror Story actor Evan Peters.

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Check out a preview of Lil Nas X's Doritos Super Bowl ad

Frito-LayLil Nas X is riding his horse right into a Super Bowl ad.

The rapper, along with his “Old Town Road” remix partner Billy Ray Cyrus, is starring in a new ad for Cool Ranch Doritos, set to air during the big game on February 2.

In a 30-second preview unveiled Tuesday, titled “Bassquake,” we see an old Western town and hear a bass thumping in the distance. As the source of the music gets closer, we see it’s Lil Nas riding in on a horse outfitted with speakers and blaring the beat to his record-breaking number-one hit.

Actor Sam Elliott also stars in the ad. Last week, Doritos released another teaser featuring Elliott reciting the lyrics to “Old Town Road.”

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Taylor Swift releasing politically-charged track, "Only the Young," with Netflix doc

ABC/Image Group LANot only will Taylor Swift’s Netflix documentary Miss Americana give viewers a previously unseen glimpse into her life, it’ll also give fans a previously unheard song.

In a new cover story with Variety, Taylor reveals she wrote a politically-charged track called “Only the Young,” which will play over the end credits. It’ll also be released as a digital single.

The documentary will show Taylor demo-ing the song, which was inspired by the 2018 midterm elections, after the candidates she publicly endorsed in her home state of Tennessee were defeated.

“I wrote it after the midterm elections, when there were so many young people who rallied for their candidate, whether it was a senator or congressman or congresswoman,” she tells Variety. “It was hard to see so many people feel like they had canvassed and done everything and tried so hard.”

Taylor adds, “I saw a lot of young people’s hopes dashed. And I found that to be particularly tragic, because young people are the people who feel the worst effects of gun violence, and student loans and trying to figure out how to start their lives and how to pay their bills, and climate change, and are we going to war -- all these horrific situations that we find ourselves facing right now.”

Taylor sings on the track, “You did all that you could do/The game was rigged, the ref got tricked/The wrong ones think they’re right/We were outnumbered -- this time.”

Miss Americana hits Netflix on January 31.

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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton unveil theatrical "Nobody but You" video

Warner Music NashvilleGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have released the dramatic, romantic video for their latest duet, "Nobody but You." 

In the new video, the couple can be seen singing the lyrics of the song directly to the camera while shots of Gwen wearing a ball gown caught in the midst of a storm in a dark forest also appear. Clips of the couple holding one another in front of a beach setting, cuddling on the couch with their dog and singing in the car round out the cinematic video.

"Nobody but You" is featured on Blake's new album, God's Country: Fully Loaded. 

The superstar couple will perform together at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where Blake is also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for "God's Country." 

The 2020 Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in LA and will air live at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Taylor Swift reveals mom has been diagnosed with a brain tumor

ABC/Image Group LATaylor Swift has revealed new details about her mom’s illness in a cover story with Variety Tuesday.

The singer says that while her mom, Andrea Swift, was receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, doctors made another heartbreaking discovery.

“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor,” she tells Variety. “And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”

Her mom’s health was one of the main reasons Taylor decided not to embark on a full-blown tour this year. Instead, she’s making just four stops in the U.S. -- billed as Lover Fest East and Lover Fest West -- and performing at some festivals in Europe over the summer.

"I mean, we don't know what is going to happen," Taylor explains. "We don't know what treatment we're going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what's going on."

Taylor first revealed that her mom was battling cancer in 2015. She successfully completed treatment, but in March of 2019, Taylor shared that the cancer had returned. The song “Soon You’ll Get Better,” on Taylor's latest album Lover, is about her mother’s illness.

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DJ Khaled announces birth of his second child "ANOTHER ONE!"

John Parra/Getty Images for Haute LivingLooks like DJ Khaled has something in common with Christina Milian...They both welcomed baby boys on Monday, January 20.

Khaled posted a series of photos to Instagram late Monday of him nervously pacing around the delivery room before making the big announcement.  "THANK YOU ALLAH ! THANK YOU MY QUEEN NICOLE," Celebrates the music producer in a photo of him high-fiving the delivery room doctor, "!BLESS UP DR JIN !"

"ANOTHER ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," finishes Khaled in the photo of him and Dr. Jin smiling as they lift their arms high above their heads in triumph. 

Dr. Jin was also featured in the first Instagram update that the baby was coming, in which she is comfortingly touching the record executive's arm.  "DR JIN said you ready," wrote Khaled.

While Khaled and his wife Nicole Tuck have not released photos of their new bundle of joy nor announced his name, the happy parents previously revealed that they were expecting another son.

The newborn now joins his three-year-old big brother, Asahd.  A recent Instagram photo from his personal Instagram on Friday showed him touching his mother's tummy and smiling excitedly in anticipation of his new sibling along with the sweet caption "Can’t wait til my baby brother gets here!!" 

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Beyoncé emotionally thanks fans for successful IVY PARK launch

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CoachellaBeyoncé was overcome with emotion following the resounding success of her Adidas x IVY PARK collection, which launched Friday.  The line completely sold out just hours after the pre-sale launch.

The "Formation" singer took to Instagram on Monday to express her sincere gratitude to all her fans and friends who helped her sell out the activewear collection. 

"I want to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible human beings who stood in those long lines in the snow and rain. All the beautiful people who waited in the waiting room online. All of the friends and family who took the time to film videos and dress up in the unboxing," began Bey against a photo of her clenching a small gold Adidas logo between her teeth.

Famous friends like Ellen DeGeneresCardi BReese WitherspoonLaverne CoxJanelle MonaeYara Shahidi and more made waves on Instagram last week with their own unboxing reveals that showcased them modeling a selection of the highly anticipated activewear collection.

"I am humbled, grateful and proud. Y’all look so good in your IVY PARK. I love you deep. B," Beyoncé sincerely finished in the caption.

The "Halo" artist also treated fans in the same post to an exclusive look of her modeling the entire activewear line to Run DMC's "My Adidas."  The Lion King actress dances and smiles her way through the lighthearted montage before teasing that was only the first drop of her Adidas x IVY PARK collection.

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Adele's YouTube might have given away that she's dropping new music soon

Dan MacMedan/WireImageThanks to eagle eyed fans who stalk Adele's YouTube page, it seems the "Hello" singer is, well, getting ready to say "Hello" to the next chapter in her music career.

Adele's official YouTube channel boasted a whopping 12 videos until Sunday when fans noted that number rose by one more, meaning that the singer might have uploaded a video and set it to private.

An Adele fan Twitter account took a screenshot of her YouTube on Monday and counted out the videos to make sure their eyes weren't playing tricks on them.  "A new video was uploaded today on Adele’s official YouTube channel. The video is not publicly available," the Adele Daily account teased.

Rumors that the "Send My Love (to Your New Lover)" singer is dropping a new album sparked on Thursday when Adele's manager Jonathan Dickens told Music Week that fans should expect new music sometime this year.  Dickens coyly added, "and the sooner the better."

With a new video added to Adele's YouTube, it seems fans might not have to wait too much longer. 

The album's name is rumored to be 30, which will be the official followup to Adele's 2015 RIAA-certified 11x Platinum album 25

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Did Ed Sheeran play an alien in 'The Rise of Skywalker'?

Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran may have had a secret cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- but it's not like you would have recognized him or anything.

Last year, it was rumored that Ed would be playing a Stormtrooper in the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, after the release of a behind-the-scenes video showing the singer wearing the Stormtrooper costume on set.

But now, according to an article on Oh My Disney titled “7 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Easter Eggs You Might’ve Missed,” it’s been revealed that Ed actually plays an alien member of the resistance.  Since the actor who's playing this particular alien wears a costume that covers his entire head, it could be anyone under there...including Ed.

So, is it really true? The Stars Wars official Twitter account tweeted the article, so it would seem to be legit, though Ed has yet to confirm it.

It wouldn’t be the first time Ed scored a bit part in one of his favorite series: Who could forget his brief but much-ridiculed cameo in Game of Thrones?

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Halsey on best relationship advice she got from a fellow female artist

ABC/Image Group LAHalsey has gone through two very public breakups with fellow musicians over the past two years: G-Eazy, the subject of her hit “Without Me,” and British rocker Yungblood. Now, she’s happily in a relationship with American Horror Story actor Evan Peters, but she’s making it a point this time to keep her love life more private.

“A friend of mine -- another female artist who has been criticized for dating a lot of people -- said...'you need to live your f****** life and ignore what people say about you,’” Halsey tells U.K.’s The Sun.

She adds, “And so now I keep everything to myself in terms of my romantic relationships. I will say that it’s good to not date another musician as then your work follows you everywhere. Now it’s my personal life so I get to go home to somebody that I love and spend time with them, and it not be about work.”

Halsey’s not keeping all of her feelings hidden, however. On Monday, she posted a sweet birthday message to Evan, featuring a picture of them kissing in a photo booth.

“happy birthday darling,” she wrote. “I can’t imagine a world without you in it.”

In other Halsey news, she announced over the weekend that she’s releasing a limited edition “Ashley” version of her Manic album, featuring alternate cover art and signed by Halsey as Ashley. Halsey’s birth name is Ashley Frangipane.

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Kelly Clarkson is ready to "age the old fashioned way" with Pink

Disney Channel/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson is on board with Pink’s tweets about aging the “old fashioned way” -- except she may go about it a little differently.

Kelly responded on Twitter after Pink posted a series of tweets early Monday about embracing her wrinkles and rejecting the urge to alter her appearance.

“I’m fortunate because I’ve never really depended on my looks,” Pink tweeted. “I’ve decided that my talent and my individuality is far more important than my face. So get on board cause I am about to AGE THE OL FASHIONED WAY (in a tutu ruling sh** at 30 mph 100 ft in the air over 40) yasssssssss.”

Kelly quote tweeted the statement in agreement, writing, “I feel you …. except for, you know, the flying through the air thing.”

She added, “You know what, I’ll keep holding it down on the ground for us and you keep the air safe. I’ve always enjoyed teamwork.”

Kelly and Pink have been longtime mutual fans of one another. The two even performed together at the 2017 American Music Awards.

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Louis Tomlinson hits a wall in the desert in new "Walls" video

Syco/Arista RecordsLouis Tomlinson has released the video for his debut album title track, “Walls.”

The clip begins with the former One Direction singer walking through a desert as he sings about letting his guard down from someone. We then see shots of Louis sitting on a chair affixed to a brick wall, confronting his reflection in a wall of mirrors, and lying down in the middle of a bullseye as couples dance around him.

“The video for #Walls is here!” Louis tweeted Monday. “I'm so proud of this one. Being able to go to the Moroccan desert to film this was such an experience. Hope you enjoy it.”

Louis previously said he thinks “Walls” is the “best song I’ve done.” His debut album of the same name comes out January 31.

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Watch Post Malone get his butt kicked by Mark Wahlberg in new trailer for 'Spenser Confidential'

NetflixWe all know Post Malone, the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping musician. Now meet Austin Post, actor.

Posty, under his birth name Austin Post, stars in a new Netflix action comedy called Spenser Confidential.  Based on the Boston detective character created by Robert B. Parker in a series of best-selling novels, and later dramatized in a 1980s ABC TV show, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Spenser and Black Panther's Winston Duke as Hawk. 

Spenser's an ex-cop who's sent to prison after being framed by the bad guys he was investigating. When he gets out, his old boxing coach, Henry, played by Alan Arkin, introduces him to Hawk, a promising MMA fighter played by Duke.  Spenser and Hawk then team up to investigate the murder of two of Spenser's former colleagues.

As for Post, he appears early on in the trailer as a convict, who goads Spenser into a fight, right as Spenser's  about to be released from prison.  As Post and his prison buddies are getting dragged away by guards, he needles Spenser, declaring "Gotcha!" 

Later in the trailer, Spenser talks to Post, who's still in prison, on a prison telephone, and Post warns him, "You're about to walk barefoot through the gates of hell."

The movie's inspired by the novel Wonderland by Ace Atkins, who took over writing the Spenser book series after Parker died in 2010. 

Spenser Confidential streams on Netflix starting March 9.

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Billie Eilish is "freaked out" about her new documentary

ABC/Image Group LA If 2019 was a big year for Billie Eilish, 2020 promises to be just as big: She's got six Grammy nominations, she's recording the new James Bond movie theme, she's working on a new album, and she's got a documentary in the works.  But Billie says it's the latter project that's really causing her anxiety.

Over the weekend on the red carpet of a concert event, Billie said she thinks the Apple TV documentary will debut sometime this year, but adds, "I've seen no part of it. I'm terrified. I'm freaked out. They've been filming since July of 2018...Who has that much footage of them that they've never seen? I'm terrified."

Regarding the follow-up to her record-breaking debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Billie revealed that we shouldn't expect it this year, though she'll be working on it this year.

"It's coming. When it's made. It's not made yet," she noted.

As for her debut Grammys performance this weekend, the chart-topping star downplayed the honor, saying, "Don't get your hopes up. I mean, it'll be me, but it's not that much. It's just me."

You can see if that's true by tuning into the Grammy Awards Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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“My talent is far more important than my face”: Pink gets candid about aging

ABC/Image Group LAPink is choosing to age “the old fashioned way” and wants everyone to “get on board.”

In a series of candid tweets Monday morning, the 40-year-old singer explains why she’s rejecting Botox and embracing her wrinkles.

“Letter to self; Dear Me, you’re getting older. I see lines. Especially when you smile. Your nose is getting bigger..” she begins. “You look(and feel) weird as you get used to this new reality. But your nose looks like your kids, and your face wrinkles where you laugh .And yeah you idiot..u smoked.”

She continues the “note to self,” writing, “Every once in a while you consider altering your face, and then you watch a show where you want to see what the person is feeling... and their face doesn’t move. I’m cannot get behind it. I just can’t.”

Pink adds, “I want my children to know what I look like when I’m angry.”

The singer, who's mom to eight-year-old Willow and three-year-old Jameson, concludes that she considers herself “fortunate” because she’s “never really depended on my looks.”

“I’ve decided that my talent and my individuality is far more important than my face,” Pink says. “So get on board cause I am about to AGE THE OL FASHIONED WAY (in a tutu ruling sh** at 30 mph 100 ft in the air over 40) yasssssssss.”

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Dan + Shay, Pitbull & more to perform at Super Bowl pregame show

ABC/Mitch HaasethFox has unveiled its lineup for the 2020 Super Bowl pregame show.

Country-pop crossover duo Dan Shay and rapper Pitbull will both take the stage at the NFL Tailgate Tropicale in Miami before the Big Game on Sunday, February 2. Dan Shay will perform their hit “Tequila,” while Pitbull will perform “Get Ready.”

DJ Khaled will be DJing from the sidelines at Hard Rock Stadium as the players take the field for warmups, while and gospel singer Yolanda Adams will perform "America the Beautiful." As previously reported, Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem.

The Super Bowl pregame show airs at 2 p.m. ET on Fox before the San Francisco 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV on February 2. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will team up for the coveted Super Bowl halftime show.

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Michelle Obama's workout playlist features Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Cardi B and more

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaMichelle Obama is ready to kickstart your fitness routine. The former first lady revealed her workout playlist Sunday, featuring the likes of Lizzo, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Cardi B and Beyoncé.

“It's about that time when New Year's resolutions get a bit harder to stick to,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to #WorkoutPlaylist with you.”

She added, “These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts. What's on your playlist?”

Her song choices include “South of the Border” by Ed Sheeran featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B, “Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, “Soulmate” by Lizzo, “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, and “Before I Let Go” by Beyoncé.

She also included her “Cool Down” playlist, featuring songs by Sam Smith, Alicia Keys and Frank Ocean.

You can stream her playlist on Spotify now.

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It's about that time when New Year's resolutions get a bit harder to stick to. To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to #WorkoutPlaylist with you. These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts. What's on your playlist? pic.twitter.com/GFP56Yi9A6

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 19, 2020

Madonna sorrowfully explains why she had to cancel another show

Michael Campanella/Getty ImagesMadonna was forced on Sunday to cancel another concert during her Madame X Tour.

"Thank you again Lisbon! Sorry I had to cancel tonight," wrote the 61-year-old on Instagram hours before the show was to take place. "I must listen to my body and rest!!"

The latest cancellation is the eighth overall for her tour due to injuries and illnesses.  The "Vogue" singer went onto reveal that a certain elixir helped her power through the previous night's performance, "That white Port got me through the rest of the show!"

Madonna vowed that she will return to work very soon by closing, "See you on Tuesday fingers crossed."

The video accompanying the announcement showed the singer giving cheers before downing an entire glass of Port. "That's the most I've had to drink in a month.  Maybe more," joked Madonna with a shrug and a laugh.  "I'm not responsible for the rest of the evening...what will be will be."

The Madame X artist has previously missed concerts in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City.  Besides some health issues, other reasons given for cancellations were because of production and scheduling issues.

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