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Will Ed Sheeran perform on 'SNL' remotely?

Dan Martensen

Ed Sheeran is supposed to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 6, but his COVID-19 diagnosis has thrown a wrench into those plans.  Page Six reports that the show's producers are now trying to fill his slot with another act, despite Ed's offer to perform virtually.

“Ed is offering to perform live via video link, but this isn’t something SNL does,” a source tells Page Six. The show likes to have the performer in studio.”  As a result, the show is now "scrambling" to find another artist "who appeals to the same demo" to replace Ed.  Among the suggestions: Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber.

There is a chance that Ed might be allowed to perform remotely, but that has yet to be decided.  When he announced his diagnosis, Ed said he was going to "be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house."

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JoJo announces 2022 tour of North America & Europe

Alfredo Flores

JoJo recently released her latest EP, Trying Not to Think About It, and she then did a series of intimate, sold-out dates across the country.  Now she's announced a world tour for 2022.

The tour kicks off February 19 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the first leg wraps up April 16 in Ottawa. In between, the "Leave (Get Out)" singer will visit 24 U.S. cities.  She'll then head to the U.K. and Europe for 15 shows, which are scheduled through May 30.  Tickets go on sale this Friday starting at 10 a.m. local time via IAmJojoOfficial.com.

"Performing live is one of my favorite parts of being an artist," says JoJo in a statement. "It felt so right being back onstage for those dates in October, and I can't wait to do it on a bigger scale in more cities next year!"

After performing the six-date mini tour, JoJo told E! News, "To have the audience singing back the lyrics of this new music was just so special and so affirming and gratifying."

The songs on the EP tackled JoJo's struggle with anxiety, depression, negative thoughts, self-sabotage and more, but she told E! that being able to perform them live has "been a part of me coming back to feeling like myself again."

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Katy Perry proclaims Orlando Bloom "Dad of the Year" after he decorates their daughter Daisy's room

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"Stars, they're just like us!"  That's what Orlando Bloom declares in his latest Instagram post, which shows him struggling to assemble something for his and Katy Perry's daughter Daisy Dove, and decorating her room.  Of course, most of us don't do such things shirtless, showing off our perfect bodies, or have Katy Perry praising us for our hard work.

In the post, the Lord of the Rings actor is shown applying daisy-shaped decorations to the wall of the 13-month-old's room, and then putting together something that looks like a wooden ladder, while wearing only a pair of low-slung jeans.  Katy, who's shooting the video, proclaims Orlando "Dad of the year."

Perhaps Orlando's D.I.Y. project is his birthday gift to Katy, who turns 37 today.  As previously reported, earlier today, Katy unveiled her starring role in Gap's new holiday campaign, and wrote on Instagram, "From folding sweatshirts at the Santa Barbara Gap to 20 years later, starring in a Mark Romanek-directed holiday campaign, dreams do come true!"

 

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Adele makes it look easy as "Easy on Me" tops 'Billboard' Hot 100

Simon Emmett

Adele easily topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with her new single, “Easy on Me.”

It’s quick ascension to the number-one spot is no surprise, given it cracked the top 100 at number 68 in just it’s first five hours of release on October 14.

“Easy on Me” is Adele’s fifth number one overall and first chart-topper since “Hello” reigned for 10 weeks in 2015-16. According to MRC Data, the song drew 65 million radio airplay audience impressions and 53.9 million U.S. streams and sold 74,000 downloads in the week ending October 21.

“Easy on Me” is the lead single off Adele’s new album, 30, which drops November 19.

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Tai Verdes announces HDTV Tour kicking off next spring

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Tai Verdes is hitting the road again in 2022. The “A-OK” singer has announced his 20-city HDTV Tour, set to kick off next spring.

The trek will begin April 19 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, and hit cities including Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. It’ll wrap in Los Angeles at The Belasco on May 22.

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. local on TaiVerdes.com.

Prior to his hit "A-O-K” off his debut album, TV, Tai scored success with his viral TikTok hits "Stuck in the Middle" and "Drugs."  He’s currently out of his first headlining tour, which wraps next month.

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Ed Sheeran previews all 14 songs on his new album via YouTube Shorts

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Ahead of the Friday release of his new album, = (Equals), Ed Sheeran is giving fans a preview of all 14 tracks on the project, via YouTube Shorts.

Ed has created a brief video clip for each song on the album, featuring a snippet of the song and some kind of visual. For "Shivers," he's wearing a suit and dipping his foot into a bathtub filled with ice water.  In the song "First Times," you can see Ed snuggling with his wife Cherry.  The clip for "The Joker & the Queen" features Ed and Cherry's two cats.

In the song "Visiting Hours," written in memory of his late friend, concert promoter Michael Gudinski, Ed shows off "4 Things You Wish They'd Been There To See": Ed's new album, his wedding to Cherry, his daughter Lyra, and the fact that he accidentally ordered a pallet of Michael's favorite wine.

You can watch all 14 of the Shorts, one after another, now on YouTube.  You can also create your own videos using the clips, and post them with the hashtag #SheeranShorts.  Ed wrote on Instagram that he's going to "pick some favorites to win some custom signed artwork."

"I had a really fun day shooting my YouTube Shorts,” said Ed in a statement. "I’ve always really enjoyed the music video process, so it was fun to explore a new way of doing that by channeling each song’s theme in a unique way, while also giving you a sneak peek of the album!”

Ed is currently quarantining, having announced over the weekend that he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Jonas Brothers the subject of Netflix's first 'Family Roast'

Katia Temkin

Over the years, you've probably seen all kinds of celebrities roasted on Comedy Central.  Now Netflix is getting into the roast business, but with a new twist: A family -- The Jonas Brothers -- will be the victims of the roast.

Jonas Brothers Family Roast will air November 23 on Netflix, hosted by SNL star Kenan Thompson.  Among the musicians and stars who'll be dissing Kevin, Nick and Joe are SNL's Pete Davidson, Lilly Singh, Jack Whitehall, Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, and musicians John Legend and Niall Horan.

Netflix says the roast will also include sketches, songs, games and special guests.

 

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Coldplay earns seventh top-five 'Billboard' 200 album with 'Music of the Spheres'

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Coldplay's new album Music of the Spheres has debuted in the top five on the Billboard 200.

The ninth studio effort from Chris Martin and company lands at number four on the chart with a total of 57,000 equivalent album units, 37,000 of which were traditional album sales.

Music of the Spheres is the seventh Coldplay album to hit the top five on the Billboard 200 -- only their 2000 debut, Parachutes, and 2019's Everyday Life didn't make it that high. Of those seven, four debuted at number one: 2005's X&Y, 2008's Viva la Vida, 2001's Mylo Xyloto and 2014's Ghost Stories.

Meanwhile, in their home country, every one of Coldplay's albums has topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, making them the only band with a perfect nine-for-nine number-one discography.

Music of the Spheres features the lead single "Higher Power" and the hit BTS collaboration "My Universe." Coldplay will launch a world tour in support of the record in 2022.

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Katy Perry sings the Beatles in Gap's new holiday campaign

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This holiday, all you need is love, Katy Perry and some outfits from the Gap.

Katy stars in the clothing retailer's new holiday campaign, singing the Beatles' classic song "All You Need Is Love." In the commercials, Katy gets up, gets dressed, gets in a car and is driven to a set of a Gap commercial, where she sings the Fab Four's 1967 number-one hit while people and couples frolic around her, all sporting Gap winter wear as artificial snow falls.

Katy is releasing her full-length version of the song today.  One dollar from every stream on Spotify, up to $100,000, will be donated to Baby2Baby, a charity that provides kids living in poverty with the basic necessities of life.

"I'm always excited to work with brands that are going the extra mile to make this world a better, happier place," says Katy in a statement. "Reimagining one of the most recognizable and emotional songs of our time with an iconic brand like Gap, having such a special and important message, has been a dream."

"And what better reason to partner than bringing people together to spread joy for the holidays and raise money for Baby2Baby, a charity that's close to my heart?" says the mother of one-year-old Daisy Dove. "Children are our future. We need to lift kids and help them find their value, self-worth and self-respect."

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John Legend remembers begging "my parents to give me piano lessons when I was four years old"

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John Legend can't remember a time when his life was not filled with music. He grew up in a Pentecostal church in Springfield, Ohio, where his entire family was involved. His grandfather was the pastor, his grandmother was the organist, his mother was the choir director, and his father played drums during church service, so he knew he was destined to create music.

"I begged my parents to give me piano lessons when I was four years old," the EGOT winner says during his "At the Summit" promo video for the new Song Start music-education video and podcast series. Legend is one of several stars who serve in the program as mentors for aspiring artists. 

During his 21-year career, Legend has achieved tremendous success, as well as becoming a strong advocate for social justice. He says he's fulfilling the goal he set for himself while he was in high school.

"When I was 15, I wrote an essay for Black History Month, and the prompt was, How do you plan to make Black history?" the 45-year-old entertainer recalls. "I said at the age of 15, I want to become a successful musician and to use my success to give back to my community and speak out for more justice and make people lives better."

He speaks out for more justice with his Free America organization, which fights for reform in the judicial system.

Legend finished his Bigger Love tour Wednesday in Indianapolis. As previously reported, he recorded a "virtual" duet with the late Nat King Cole, adding his vocals to Cole's signature holiday classic, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," that's featured on A Sentimental Christmas with Nat King Cole and Friends: Cole Classics Reimagined, which will be released October 29.

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Ed Sheeran tests positive for COVID-19 just days before new album’s release

Dan Martensen

Just days before his new album is released, Ed Sheeran has revealed he’s tested positive COVID-19.

In a message posted on social media Sunday, he wrote, "Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I've sadly tested positive for Covid, so I'm now self-isolating and following government guidelines.”

"It means that I'm now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I'll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house," he added. "Apologies to anyone I've let down. Be safe everyone x."

Ed’s new album = [Equals] drops this Friday, October 29.  He's scheduled to do a "First Listen" of the album Thursday afternoon on Apple Music with Zane Lowe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's 'Red' season: Hear a snippet of Taylor Swift's latest rerecording & see her new merch

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift has created her first Instagram Reel -- which is like a TikTok video, but on Instagram -- and in it, she's offering fans a sneak preview of her forthcoming album Red (Taylor's Version).

The video is captioned, "21 days til November 12 and I *promise* it's worth the wait" -- referring to the day that Taylor will be releasing the rerecorded album, and the soundtrack to the clip is her new version of the album's title track.

In the video, Taylor sports a red dress and the "Red" ring she's wearing on the new album cover, which was designed by Cathy Waterman. She shows off a whole bunch of red clothing and accessories, including shoes, jewelry, shirts and more.  "It's Red Season" reads a caption in the video.

Taylor's website also features new Red (Taylor's Version) merch, including a replica of the ring, which costs $45, plus t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and, of course, an "All Too Well" red knit scarf.

Red (Taylor's Version) will feature a whopping 30 tracks -- remakes of the songs on the original album, plus her one-off charity single "Ronan's Song" and a bunch of tunes "From the Vault," which were written around the time of the original 2012 album but didn't make it to the final version.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Get a "First Listen" to Ed Sheeran's new album Thursday on Apple Music

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Ed Sheeran's new album = (Equals) isn't coming out until October 29, but on Thursday afternoon, you can get an early listen to the project on Apple Music.

Ed and Apple Music's Zane Lowe are teaming up for a "First Listen" global live stream event starting at 3:30pm ET on Thursday.  Ed will play new songs from the album and talk about what went into creating them, as well an answer questions from fans.  It'll be available at Music.Apple.com.

= (Equals) is Ed's first album since his record-breaking release ÷ (Divide), which came out in 2017. His +–=÷x (Mathematics) tour starts in April of 2022, though no North American dates have been released yet.

 

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Coldplay earns ninth-straight number-one album in the UK with 'Music of the Spheres'

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Coldplay's streak of number-one albums across the pond continues with Music of the Spheres.

The ninth studio effort from Chris Martin and company has debuted at the top of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. Every one of the London-born band's previous eight albums also hit number one on the ranking.

Music of the Spheres' opening week sales are the best for any album in the U.K. this year. It's also the first U.K. album to surpass 100,000 chart sales in a week since Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project in 2019.

Coldplay is now the only band in U.K. chart history to be a perfect nine-for-nine with number-one albums. Noel Gallagher is technically 10-for-10, but only if you count the discographies of both Oasis and his High Flying Birds solo band. Similarly, Brandon Flowers is nine-for-nine counting both The Killers and his solo albums.

Music of the Spheres features the lead single "Higher Power" and the hit BTS collaboration "My Universe." Coldplay will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album in April 2022.

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Harry Styles has fans sing "Happy Birthday" to his mom

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If you thought you couldn’t love Harry Styles any more, just watch this video of him giving his mom a sweet birthday shout-out while on tour.

In a fan-captured clip from his tour stop in Uncasville, CT on Thursday, Harry asks the crowd to help him sing “Happy Birthday” to his mom, Anne Twist.

"So, if it's okay with you, would you mind please singing 'Happy Birthday' to my mother?" he says.
 
He also adds, since his mom was not actually in the audience, "And I hope that maybe she will hear it…and she will because I will show her. She’ll know."

Harry will be playing another show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville Saturday night.


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