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Julia Michaels' debut album will (finally) be out April 30

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It's been a long time coming, but Julia Michaels will finally release her debut album on April 30.

Called Not In Chronological Order, the album features her recent singles "Lie Like This" and "All Your Exes," plus eight other songs.

"My first album," Julia wrote on her socials. "I can’t believe I’m even saying that. But here we are. And here it is. I made this album all throughout last year with a handful of people that understood where I was and where I was going with this album."

"Thank you to everyone involved and thank you to everyone that hears it for taking a chance on it," she added. "I hope it resonates with some part of you and that you don’t hate it too much lol."

After writing hits for the likes of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, Julia released her debut single, "Issues," in 2017 and scored two Grammy nominations. Since then, she's released a steady stream of singles and a number of EPs, including 2019's Inner Monologue Parts 1 and 2, and toured with Shawn Mendes, Pink, Maroon 5 and Keith Urban, among others.

Last year, Julia and her real-life boyfriend, JP Saxe, co-wrote and sang the hit duet "If the World Was Ending," and scored a Song of the Year Grammy nomination.

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Taylor Swift surprises frontline nurse with gifts and handwritten note

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Taylor Swift is once again working her gift-giving magic.

The singer surprised a front-line healthcare worker this week with a package of goodies and a handwritten note.

The flight nurse and self-proclaimed Swiftie, Britta Thomason, showed off the generous gift in photos and video posted to Facebook.

“Y’all. Y’ALL!! I mentioned in a recent news article with The Telegraph & that I am a big Taylor Swift fan…” Thomason wrote in the post.  “I’ve always seen videos of her fans opening packages she sent them but never did I EVER think I would be one of them!”

“I’m not one to fangirl about anything, but if you know me, you know I’m a Swiftie!" the Georgia native continued.  "Don’t mind me…I’ll be crying the rest of the day.”

The package was filled with Taylor merchandise including sweaters, shirts, water bottles and guitar picks, but perhaps the most precious item was the note from Taylor herself.

"Dear Britta, I wanted to write to you and personally thank you for serving on the front lines of this pandemic and for being brave enough to put yourself in danger to help others," Taylor wrote. "I am so inspired by your passion for helping and caring for your patients and I was so touched that you mentioned liking my music recently!"

"I've sent you some cozy clothes for when you're off duty," she added. "I'll be thinking about you, and forever grateful! Love, Taylor."

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Maroon 5 scores another three-billion-view video; new milestones for Ariana Grande, BTS

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Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" was one of their biggest hits ever, and now the video for the song has become their second-biggest video ever.

The 2018 video -- which featured cameo appearances from famous females ranging from Ellen DeGeneres, Gal Gadot and Camila Cabello to race car driver Danica Patrick, Tiffany Haddish and gymnast Aly Raisman -- has racked up more than three billion views.

It's the second three-billion-view video for Maroon 5, after 2015's "Sugar."  Coincidentally, or maybe not, both clips were directed by David Dobkin.

Fewer than 20 music videos have reached the three-billion-views level.  Another one that just hit the milestone is "Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias, making it his most-viewed clip ever.

Meanwhile, 10 years after its release, LMFAO's 2011 hit "Party Rock Anthem" has just hit two billion views.

The most-viewed music video of all time, meanwhile, remains "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. It's now up to 7.2 billion views.

New additions to the billion-view video club include Ariana Grande's clip for "no tears left to cry" -- making it her fifth video to rack up that many views -- and "Dynamite" by BTS

The K-pop superstars now have three videos that have hit a billion. "Dynamite" also holds the record for the most views of a music video in its first 24 hours: More than 101 million.

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American Idol is bringing back another former judge -- and a former contestant-turned-star


Following Paula Abdul's return to the judges' table Monday night on American Idol, the show is bringing back yet another former judge for the show's April 19 installment, reports Billboard.

Harry Connick Jr., who spent three seasons as an Idol judge when the show aired on Fox, will return for the show, during which 10 contestants from last year will come back to try to win a spot in this season's top 10.  Harry will perform two songs from his latest album, Alone with My Faith.

He tells Billboard, "It's really nice to be back. I had such a good time when I was a judge, and before that, a mentor. So any chance I get to see those folks again, I welcome. I have a lot of friends there." 

Also returning: Lauren Daigle, who auditioned twice for the show -- once in 2010, when she was cut right before the Top 24, and again in 2012, where she made it to Hollywood Week but was then eliminated.  Now a Grammy-winning, chart-topping Christian/pop artist, Lauren's since been a mentor and performed on American Idol.

The "You Say" singer tells Billboard, "I'm excited to be back with people that I so enjoy. We did rehearsals and the Idol team, like the band, is insane. We had a ball."  Lauren will sing her song "Look Up Child," the title track of her most recent album.

Speaking about her history with the show, Lauren tells Billboard, "At the time I was so young and naïve and I don't think I knew who I was yet...I feel like it gave me an opportunity to step back. And 'no' can be good. It creates resilience and it increases your understanding of why it is that you do what you do."

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Here's why fans think Taylor Swift was teasing her re-recorded '1989' release on Colbert

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Because Taylor Swift is the Queen of Easter eggs, every word she utters is dissected by Swifties in search of clues as to what she'll do next.  And apparently, she gave them a lot to chew on with her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday.

Taylor's entire appearance revolved around Colbert demanding to know whether or not her song "Hey Stephen" is about him.  But during the bit, she mentioned a bunch of random things that Swifties have now parsed into "proof" that she was actually using the spot to tease the release of the re-recorded version of her album 1989.

Taylor just released the new version of her 2008 album Fearless, as part of her ongoing project to reclaim her music from her former record label.  And during her chat with Colbert, she specifically mentioned the year 1989 -- supposedly the year Colbert spent waiting tables in Chicago -- and her song "Shake It Off," which is from that album.

Plus, she displayed a "Mood board" decorated with eight hearts and nine stars, which of course equals "89."

Taking that a step further, Taylor also joked that Colbert's social security number was "33035." Adding that up gets you the number 14, a fan pointed out.  She also mentioned the song "You Need to Calm Down," which is the 14th track on her album Lover.  This is proof, claims the fan, that the re-recorded version of 1989 will be out Friday, May 14.

The theories get nuttier from there, but let's end by introducing you to the "F1RST" theory, which posits that Taylor is releasing her re-recorded albums in this order: Fearless, 1989, Red, Speak Now, Taylor Swift.

Meanwhile, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has just revealed that he's recorded a duet with Taylor.

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Lil Nas X reacts to streaming services allegedly removing "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" from playlists

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Some fans of Lil Nas X claimed Tuesday that they were unable to stream the rapper's recent hit "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" and took to social media to share screen shots of the greyed-out song on their playlists.

The reports prompted the 22-year-old Grammy winner to declare that he would be sharing his controversial single on p***hub because "call me by your name is no longer working on many streaming services."

When other followers asked if this was a stunt to promote the single, Lil Nas X followed up in another tweet, "Not even joking.  everybody stream call me by your name hard today because it may no longer be available tomorrow and there's nothing i can really do about it."

To further add to the confusion, the artist's label, Columbia Records, issued a statement Tuesday that read, "Thanks for all your comments regarding @LilNasX 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name),' It’s unfortunately out of our control but we are doing everything possible to keep the song up on streaming services."

Columbia asked for patience but, as of Wednesday, has not released further information about the song's status or what caused several streaming services to remove it from users' playlists.

Later on Tuesday, Lil Nas X released an update thanking his followers for their diligence, but did not elaborate why some fans are unable to access "Montero."

"Thank you to everyone for using your voices. i’m not placing any blame on the streaming services," the "Old Town Road" singer wrote. "most people have said they are able to go and redownload. please let me know if you guys still have a problem."

Billboard has since reported that the song is not being removed from streaming services.


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Katy Perry explains why she made a "conscious decision" to have a baby with Orlando Bloom

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Katy Perry is opening up -- to the ex-wife of her fiancé Orlando Bloom -- about why she and Orlando decided to have kids.

Chatting with Orlando's ex Miranda Kerr on Instagram Live, Katy gushed about her seven-month old daughter Daisy Dove and explained why now was the perfect time for her to become a mom.

"There was no feeling like the feeling when I had my daughter," Katy said during the Tuesday discussion. "That was like all the love that I was ever searching for. It was like, 'bam!'"

Now, Katy says that being a mom is "the most fulfilling" and "the best job" she's ever had, and reflected on the epiphany that made her see her singing career in a new light.

"Your art is validated by the outside world and that fluctuates. Sometimes you are beloved and then sometimes people are like, 'No, I don't like that, moving on,'" said Katy, 36.

However, she noted, "The love from your children is constant and unconditional and isn't based on what you have, what you don't have, what career, what product and that's definitely made me feel so full to know that there's this unwavering and unconditional love."

The American Idol judge said she stopped "bulldozing ahead" with her music once she thought about what was important to her, which, she discovered, was family.

"It's amazing to have this opportunity to be a businesswoman, but at 34, when I was like, 'Okay, I'm ready,' I'm so glad I made the conscious decision to actually try and do that," Katy recalled, noting how thankful she is for not "disregarding" motherhood as a fulfilling career.

"It's been the best thing," she smiled. 

Kerr and Bloom wed in 2010 and divorced in 2013.  They share a 10-year-old son, Flynn.


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Justin Bieber admits his past trauma made his first year of marriage "really tough"

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Justin Bieber and wife Hailey Bieber may come across as the picture-perfect couple, but the "Holy" singer admits their marriage had a very rocky start.

Speaking to GQ Tuesday, Justin opened up about his past mental health struggles and how they affected his relationship with Hailey.

Around the time of his Purpose World Tour in 2017, the Grammy-winner says he was always "sad" and "in pain," which caused him to act out.

"I did have a lot of things going on. I did have mono, and I do have Lyme disease. But I was also navigating a lot of emotional terrain, which had a lot to do with it," the 27-year-old singer explained.

As for what stopped him from spiraling, Justin credits his marriage to Hailey, saying he felt "compelled" to marry her.

"I just felt like that was my calling. Just to get married and have babies and do that whole thing," he admitted, but added that babies are "not this second, but we will eventually."

And while Hailey acted as a "stabilizing force" for him, the "Peaches" singer admits, "The first year of marriage was really tough because there was a lot, going back to the trauma stuff. There was just lack of trust."

"There was all these things that you don’t want to admit to the person that you’re with, because it’s scary. You don’t want to scare them off," he added, saying he found himself walking "on eggshells" during his and Hailey's first year together.

Justin said he realized he had to work on himself to make his marriage work, which included him learning it was okay to open up and be vulnerable around his wife. 

"To be honest, I am a lot healthier," he insisted. "I feel safe."

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"Sour" times: Olivia Rodrigo announces name of debut album, reveals track list

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After releasing two hit singles, Olivia Rodrigo has announced the name of her debut album, which will be out May 21: Sour.

Despite the album name, this is no doubt a sweet treat for fans, with whom the 18-year-old shared the big news on social media Tuesday. Alongside the caption, "My debut album SOUR out may 21st ahhhh," Olivia shared the project artwork. It features her standing in front of a purple background, arms crossed, and sticking out her tongue. The album name is spelled out in stickers on her tongue; she also has an array of colorful stickers all over her face.

The actress and singer also shared the album's track list: It includes her smash debut single "Drivers License" -- which spent eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 -- and the follow-up, "Deja Vu," which debuted at number eight on the same chart.

Here's the Sour track list: 

"Drivers License"
"1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back"
"Deja Vu"
"Good 4 U"
"Enough For You"
"Jealousy, Jealousy"
"Favorite Crime"
"Hope Ur OK"

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Nick Jonas says he and JoBros have "a lot of music" they're just "waiting for the right time to release"

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When Nick Jonas released his new solo album Spaceman, some fans were afraid it was a sign that the Jonas Brothers were once again calling it quits. But the group soon confirmed that they weren't going anywhere, and even appeared together on "Selfish," a song on the deluxe version of Nick's album.  As far as more music from the brothers, though, it seems we'll have to wait.

In his cover story for L'Officiel magazine, Nick explains, "We actually have a lot of music that we’ve written and recorded over the last couple of years that we’re just waiting for the right time to release and properly set up. It’s better when we can do it together in person.”

As for his solo stuff, Nick tells the magazine that his wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas is pretty much the subject of all his songs these days.

“I’m not shy about admitting that’s the source of a lot, if not all of my inspiration when I'm writing,” he says. "I feel really fortunate to have that muse and that support propels me to continue to write; it’s omnipresent for me. We’re together as much as we can be to bank as much time for those moments when we know that we inevitably have to be apart.”

Nick and Priyanka will likely have to be apart even more in the next year: He's reportedly in talks to play Frankie Valli in a streaming movie version of the hit musical Jersey Boys, while Priyanka has multiple movies on her plate, in addition to producing many more.

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Stephen Colbert grills Taylor Swift on whether "Hey Stephen" is about him

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Stephen Colbert has been left believing for 13 years that Taylor Swift's single "Hey Stephen" is about him and, on Tuesday, finally got his answer.

During The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the show host immediately put Taylor on the hot seat and asked her point blank, "You recently recorded Fearless (Taylor's Version) so I've got to ask, is the song 'Hey Stephen' about me?"

Colbert referenced the original Fearless album, of which Taylor sent him a signed copy in 2008 where she claimed she was a "big fan."

Taylor denied the claim all while giving super specific facts about the late night host -- such as his exact age when Fearless was released -- declaring anyone "who frequently checks your wikipedia page" would have the same knowledge.

"It's just the power of music, Stephen. Good songs just make it feel it's about you," added the 31-year-old before whipping out her old mood board she used "to get me back in the same head space" when re-recording "Hey Stephen."

The mood board was filled with cutout pictures of Colbert, which caused the late night host to keep squeezing Taylor to admit "Hey Stephen" was about him.

Said the Emmy-winning host, "Well, you seem to know a suspicious amount about me and that song is about a guy named Stephen spelled with a 'ph' the way I spell it, so if it isn't about me who's it about?"

That wore the "willow" singer down and she confessed, "I never revealed this to anyone before but... 'Hey Stephen' is about Stephen King."

Taylor jokingly gushed about King's transformative works that "changed my life" before ending the interview to take a call from the Master of Horror himself.

Before leaving, she joked that "Shake It Off" was about Colbert.

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Moderna music: Spotify shares 'Vaccine Songs' playlist

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Spotify users seem to create playlists for nearly every activity imaginable, so why not one for getting a vaccine?

The streaming platform notes that since January 1, users have created more than 7,000 vaccine-related playlists globally, and in the past 90 days, there's been a 350% increase in fan-created playlists specific to the COVID-19 vaccine.  Some are even naming their playlists after the manufacturer of the vaccine they received.

That's why Spotify has now put together a definitive 'Vaccine Songs' playlist for you to listen to while rolling up your sleeve.  The songs range from funny puns, like "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar, to tunes of joyful celebration, like "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves, and "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John.

Sadly, there are no songs included by the British band The Vaccines.

Here's the list of all 25 songs on the Spotify Vaccine Songs playlist, so you can jam out while getting your jab:

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot," Pat Benatar
"Save Your Tears," The Weeknd
"Here Comes the Sun," The Beatles
"The Cure," Lady Gaga
"My Shot," Hamilton soundtrack
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," ABBA
"Good Days," SZA
"Vete," Bad Bunny
"Jolene," Dolly Parton (replace the word "Jolene" with "vaccine")
"Feeling Good," Nina Simone
"Drink In My Hand," Eric Church
"Do It," Chloe X Halle
"I'm So Excited," Pointer Sisters
"Good As Hell," Lizzo
"Big Shot," Billy Joel
"Up," Cardi B
"The Final Countdown," Europe
"I'm Still Standing," Elton John
"Hips Don't Lie," Shakira & Wyclef Jean
"How to Save a Life," The Fray
"Walking on Sunshine," Katrina & the Waves
"My Church," Maren Morris
"Shot in the Dark," AC/DC
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," Whitney Houston
"Waiting on the World to Change," John Mayer

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'NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 78,' plus 1990s compilation, coming April 30

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It’s time for another edition of NOW That’s What I Call Music!

The compilation series will release its 78th volume later this month, featuring 16 major hits including  “Willow” by Taylor Swift, “34+35” by Ariana Grande, “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Prisoner” by Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa and more.

Other artists featured on the album include Doja Cat, The Weeknd, Ava Max, Jason Derulo and Justin Bieber.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 78 is due out April 30. On the same day, another compilation album, NOW That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990s, will be released.

The 1990s album will feature 18 of the biggest tracks of that decade, including Britney Spears’ “...Baby One More Time,” Mariah Carey’s “Vision Of Love,” Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do,” Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It” and Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”

Here's the track list:

NOW That’s What I Call Music! 78

Olivia Rodrigo — "Drivers License"
Justin Bieber & benny blanco — “Lonely”
Taylor Swift — “Willow”
Ariana Grande — “34+35”
Dua Lipa — “We’re Good”
Ava Max — “My Head & My Heart”
The Weeknd — “Save Your Tears”
Jason Derulo — “Take You Dancing”
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa — “Prisoner”
Doja Cat — “Streets”
SZA — “Good Days”
Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackberry — “my ex’s best friend”
CJ — “Whoopty”
Glass Animals — “Heat Waves”
Luke Combs — “Better Together”

NOW Presents What’s Next
Mimi Webb — “Reasons”
Leyla Blue — “What a Shame”
Tone Smith — “Devotion”
Peach PRC — “Josh”
Camino — “Burning Fire”
Twin XL — “Slow Heart”

NOW That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990s
Mariah Carey — “Vision of Love”
Sheryl Crow — “All I Wanna Do”
Blind Melon — “No Rain”
New Radicals — “You Get What You Give”
Lenny Kravitz — “American Woman”
Spin Doctors — “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”
Smash Mouth — “All Star”
Britney Spears — “…Baby One More Time”
Will Smith — “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
Montell Jordan — “This Is How We Do It”
Boyz II Men — “I’ll Make Love To You”
Whitney Houston — “I Will Always Love You”
All 4 One — “I Swear”
Aerosmith — “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
Wilson Phillips — “Hold On”
Joan Osborne — “One of Us”
Blues Traveler — “Runaround”
Sublime — “What I Got”

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Demi Lovato's comedy series, 'Hungry,' gets a pilot pickup at NBC

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Demi Lovato’s new TV project has officially received a series pilot order from NBC, according to Variety.

The scripted comedy, titled Hungry, initially received a so-called 'put pilot' commitment from the network back in January, meaning it wasn't a lock that the show would lead to a series.

Hungry follows a group of friends who belong to a food issues group and how they help each other along the way. The "Dancing with the Devil” singer, who has been open about her struggles with an eating disorder, will also be an executive producer on the project, alongside Suzanne Martin, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills and Scooter Braun, James Shin and Scott Manson of SB Projects.

This will be Demi’s first regular television role in over 10 years. Prior to Hungry, she starred in Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance for two seasons from 2009-2011. Most recently, she had a guest-starring stint on Will & Grace, a role in the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, and was the subject of the YouTube documentary Dancing with the Devil.

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Machine Gun Kelly launching unisex nail polish brand


Machine Gun Kelly is launching his own brand of nail polish, dubbed UN/DN.

Created in partnership with Unlisted Brand Lab, the polish will be marketed as unisex, reflecting, as a press release puts it, that "nail art doesn't need to be feminine or exclusively for women."

"We're honored to be working with MGK on this rare opportunity to build a brand that will progress a category to embody a cultural shift that has been a long time coming," says Candy Harris, CEO of Unlisted Brand Lab.

UN/DN is set to debut in the fall. Shades and polish names will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, you can check out MGk's personal nail art designs in Downfalls High, the musical film based on his latest album, Tickets to My Downfall.

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