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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for AT&TLady Gaga is ready to be a mother to more than just her little monsters.

In the cover story for the latest issue of InStyle, the 34-year-old singer opens up about her desire to have children in the near future.

"I will say I am very excited to have kids," she says. "I look forward to being a mom. Isn't it incredible what we can do? We can hold a human inside and grow it. Then it comes out, and it's our job to keep it alive.”

She adds, “It's so funny -- everyone works out of my house every day. When they come in, I always say, 'Welcome to the Womb!'"

Gaga, who has been engaged twice, also says she’d love to experience marriage one day. She’s currently dating entrepreneur Michael Polansky.

In addition to goals for her personal life, Gaga -- who postponed the release of her new album Chromatica amid the COVID-19 crisis -- says “more music, more movies, more charity” are in the cards for her.

“I want to do way more philanthropy,” she says. “I want to help fund more research about fibromyalgia and neuropathic and chronic pain by putting a team of doctors together. I have a lot of dreams and hopes. What I will actually accomplish, I have no idea, but I know that I'll be doing it with the people I love."

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ABC/Image Group LAHalsey is doing her part to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Instagram, she announced that she's "acquired and purchased 100,000 FDA certified 3 ply masks (with the help of Orange International Inc who sourced the masks for me from a factory in...China)."

She plans to distribute the masks to four different hospitals in California: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph, LAC USC Medical Center, and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.

Halsey writes that the masks are "for the medical professionals and non medical hospital staff who are working to put a stop to this pandemic and help millions of strangers they will never meet," adding, "If you are on the frontlines, my heart is with you. And I will be continuing the fight to help you get the support and resources you need."

Explaining her reasons for the donation, Halsey writes, "Every single day I am in awe of the medical workers on the frontlines. Their determination, selflessness and empathy is the single greatest example of our capacity to love and survive as humans."

"I am beyond privileged to be self isolating in my home, without the fear and obligation of essential work employment. Without a sick family member to care for. A child to feed. A financial crisis to navigate," she adds. "So I tried to find a real way to make a difference."

The "Without Me" singer adds that she'll also be making a "sizeable donation" to GiveDirectly, a non-profit that allows you to send direct cash payments to "vulnerable households in at-risk communities, most of whom are single mothers."

🤍🤍🤍 https://t.co/5gKh8LiIhF pic.twitter.com/NkXMXUFTNI

— h (@halsey) April 8, 2020

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Steve Granitz/WireImageA movie that's set to star Lady Gaga has been picked up by a major studio and assigned a release date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MGM will release Gucci, a true crime drama directed by Ridley Scott about the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the one-time head of the legendary fashion house.  Gucci was murdered in 1995, and Lady Gaga is in negotiations to star as Patrizia Reggiani, his ex-wife, who was convicted of orchestrating the killing.

MGM has assigned a November 24, 2021 release date for the movie.  If everything works out, this will be Gaga's first major movie role since her Oscar-nominated turn as Ally in 2018's A Star Is Born.

Gaga recently put plans to release her new album Chromatica on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OneRepublic postpones release of new album 'Human'

Dennis LeupoldAdd OneRepublic to the list of artists who are postponing their album releases due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group's new album Human -- it's first full-length release since 2016 -- was originally due to be released May 8.  On their socials, the group writes, "Due to the current circumstances requiring us to distance ourselves from each other and you, the release has been postponed."

"As many of you know we’ve been taking this unexpected time out to write and record some new music," the message continues. "Our new song 'Better Days,' written while we were quarantined after returning from our European tour, will be on the album."

Recently OneRepublic asked fans to send in videos depicting acts of kindness during the time, for incorporation into a video for "Better Days."  Their message ends, "Thank you all for sharing your lives with us for the official music video. We can’t wait to share it with you."

Sam Smith and Lady Gaga are among the stars who are holding off putting out new albums until the pandemic is over.

Before the pandemic, we planned to release our album on May 8th. Due to the current circumstances requiring us to distance ourselves from each other and you, the release has been postponed. As many of you know we’ve been taking this unexpected time out to write and record...(1/2) pic.twitter.com/8obqn9SH0u

— ONEREPUBLIC (@OneRepublic) April 8, 2020

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ABC/Image Group LALil Nas X exploded on the music scene with his hit song "Old Town Road" and then made another splash a few months later when he revealed that he was gay. That wasn't always his plan though. Speaking with The Guardian Nas got candid about his decision to come out. 

"The honest truth is, I planned to die with the secret," The 20-year-old admitted.

Born Montero Lamar Hill, Nas grew up in a small conservative community outside of Atlanta, Georgia which greatly influenced his original decision to keep his sexual orientation hidden. After witnessing the scrutiny and judgment that others faced, he did his best to keep up his "straight" appearance. 

However, the rapper had a change of heart once he took on his music persona. After confirming that he was seriously considering never coming out as a member of the LGBT community, he shared, "That changed when I became Lil Nas X."

The "Panini" artist came out as gay following the release of his EP "7" in June 2019, which also happened to be LGBT Pride Month. 

"Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends I want y’all to listen closely to c7osure," he wrote almost nonchalantly in a tweet followed by some emojis, including a rainbow. 

The announcement shocked many, which prompted a follow-up tweet from Nas that included a close-up of the album artwork which featured a building lit up in all the colors of the rainbow. 

"Deada** thought I made it very obvious," he snarkily wrote at the time.

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UniversalJustin Timberlake is one of the voice actors in the upcoming musical animated adventure Trolls World Tour, available on-demand this Friday, and on Tuesday, he teamed up with People magazine to answer questions from some of his youngest fans.

Here are some highlights:

When asked by seven-year-old Axel what his favorite toy was, Timberlake, who plays Branch in the film, revealed it was a Cabbage Patch Kid, adding, “I carried that doll with me everywhere.”

Dahlia, 10, wanted to know what makes JT as happy as Poppy, Anna Kendrick’s character in the movie. “Ice cream, I think we can all agree on that. Pizza, pancakes… I’m basically just naming everything that I’ve been eating since we’ve all been staying in our homes,” he said with a smile.

“And my son,” added Justin, talking about Silas, his five-year-old boy with actress Jessica Biel. “When he is happy, I am happy.”

Justin, Jessica and Silas have been riding out the COVID-19 pandemic hunkered down at home.

Trolls World Tour, the sequel to 2016's Trolls, finds finds Kendrick's Poppy, alongside Branch -- discovering that they're one part of six different Troll tribes, all of which are devoted to a different kind of music genre: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock.

Queen Barb, played by Rachel Bloom, and her father King Thrash, portrayed by Ozzy Osbourne, want to destroy all the other music so that rock can reign supreme -- forcing Poppy, Branch and their friends travel to the different tribes in an attempt to unite them against the mad queen.

James Corden, Kenan Thompson and Jamie Dornan round out the voice cast.

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Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaJennifer Aniston seems to be on friendly terms with ex-boyfriends Brad Pitt and John Mayer, a fact she proved once again during Mayer’s Instagram Live show, Current Mood.

At one point during his show on Sunday, Mayer discussed his connection to the legendary singer Bill Withers, who died at the age of 81 last week.

"For as long as I have been a fan of his or knew him personally, I never saw the man compromise on his principles. Ever," Mayer praised the “Lean on Me” singer. "Whether he was speaking to you or speaking to an interviewer 15 years ago, 14, 13 years ago, everything he said is useful."

"Four percent of the things that I say are useful," he then joked about himself.

Shortly after the self-depreciating joke was made, the star of Apple TV 's The Morning Show responded with three crying laughing emojis.

Thankfully, a sharp-eyed follower spotted the comment Aniston composed and immortalized it with a screen grab, which he immediately posted to his Twitter page. 

Aniston and Mayer dated in 2008.

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Niall Horan shares his social distancing routine

HGL/GC ImagesLike most people across the globe, Niall Horan is doing his part to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Now, he's sharing what he's doing to stay busy. 

The former One Direction bandmate was spotted out enjoying some fresh air and sun as he went for a run in London on Tuesday. He later shared his complete workout with his 23 million followers in an Instagram story

"Day 1. AM. 5K run. (Timed)," he proudly wrote. 

The 26-year-old entertainer also included his evening workout which consisted of a variety of different exercises including burpees, squats, and tricep dips. 

In addition to staying physically fit amid the coronavirus pandemic, Horan also plans to pass the time by working on some new music.

In a subsequent Instagram story, alongside a photo of his makeshift in-home studio, he wrote, "And we are up and running. This will take some of the boredom away."

All of this comes after the "Slow Hands" singer announced he had to postpone his world tour.

"This was a difficult decision, but the well-being of my fans and touring family is always my top priority," he captioned a post sharing more details about the tour. "Please stay safe everyone."

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicAs more Americans vent about the boredom that inevitably comes with staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leave it to Britney Spears to remind the general public why it's important to self-isolate.

The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday to share some updated lyrics of her debut single "Hit Me Baby One More Time."  

The graphic, which includes a caricature of Britney from her 1998 music video holding a bottle of Purell, the rewritten lyrics cross out "killing me" in a big red X and instead reads "My loneliness is SAVING ME!"

In the right hand corner, the "Toxic" singer also inserted the hashtag "#STAYHOME" in bold black letters.

"Enough said," Captioned Britney, who also used her post to celebrate World Health Day. "Thank you to all of the healthcare workers tirelessly working to keep us safe during this time," she added while also calling those working the front line against the pandemic "Health Heroes" via a subsequent hashtag.

The Crossroads star has remained consistently vocal about the importance of staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic and regularly updates her fans with optimistic reminders on why everyone should focus on the positives in their life.

In a March 25 post, the singer encouraged, "So many of us get stir crazy about what’s going on and although I don’t have all the answers .…. I do know how to try to stay strong and positive and show courage."

She also asked fans to name a few things that they were grateful for in a separate post, where she joyfully revealed, "I’m so grateful for my family and the love I feel from all of you during this time."  She also strongly reminded fans to "stay kind" in the caption.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt's almost been 15 years since Mariah Carey released her tenth studio album The Emancipation of Mimi, which featured the smash hits "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off."

Now, the 50-year-old singer is promising fans an entire week of celebration to honor her album's crystal anniversary.

"It's a special occasion, Mimi's emancipation," Carey wrote on Tuesday while posting a series of throwback photos and videos from her Emancipation era.   She also treated fans to a short acoustic performance of "It's Like That."

The "Fantasy" singer was eager to share her plans on how she intends to celebrate her album's milestone, "I'm going to be celebrating the upcoming anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi all week, starting with It's Like That!"

She also encouraged fans to tell her which song from the album is their absolute favorite.

The Emancipation of Mimi dropped April 12, 2005 and achieved the RIAA rating of 6x Platinum.  The album also earned a jaw-dropping 10 Grammy nominations --the most she's ever received in a single year -- including Record and Album of the Year.

The album earned her three Grammys: Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together."

"We Belong Together" proved to be a juggernaut on the charts and at various other award ceremonies, topping off with an astounding five wins at the Billboard Music Awards and currently sits at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart from 1958-2018. 

However, "We Belong Together" sits atop the Billboard Decade-End chart from 2000 to 2009.

The song has also achieved a RIAA-certified 4x platinum rating, selling over four million units since its release.

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Hugo Comte/Warner RecordsDua Lipa wasn't sure about releasing her upbeat, banger-filled, ballad-free new album Future Nostalgia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it turns out it's exactly what her fans were craving: a non-stop dance party to help them forget their troubles.  But Katy Perry feels Future Nostalgia isn't just a coronavirus distraction, it's here to stay.

“We have kind of an unspoken sisterly bond,” Katy tells The New York Times about Dua, who she predicts will have a long and successful career.  "You have to be able to evolve under the spotlight, not let the pressure get to you, not let the comments get to you. These songs are going to have legs after this quarantine.”

For now, though, Dua is enjoying the quarantine memes her fans are making out of her new songs, such as the "Don't show up/Don't come out" chorus from "Don't Start Now," and the "I should've stayed at home" lyrics from "Break My Heart."

“I’m so overwhelmed with the response and how lovely everyone’s been," Dua tells the Times.

For now, she and her boyfriend Anwar Hadid -- Gigi's brother -- are riding out the quarantine in an Airbnb in London, which she had to rent after she returned to the U.K. and found her apartment had flooded.

“I’ve never used my laptop more than I have right now,” she says. “I’ve been downloading multiple apps to do lots of different phone calls and meet-ups.”

As for glam, she says she's surviving with "one trusty brown lipstick” and "face cream."

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for AT&TLady Gaga has issued a call to arms for all of the “tech rock stars” of the world.

In a video message created in partnership with the 2020 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge, Gaga makes an appeal to tech developers across the globe to use their talents to come up with innovative COVID-19 life-saving solutions.

“We need you right now during COVID-19 more than ever: your time, your talent, to use technology and data to change the world before the world changes us,” she says.

“…So I’m asking you to answer the call, build a solution that fights back, that saves lives…I may have the voice but you’re the tech rock stars.”  

As part of the challenge, developers are being asked to submit solutions with a focus on three areas: crisis communications, ways to improve remote learning and how to inspire cooperative local communities.

The deadline for submissions is April 27 and the winning solutions will be chosen by May 5, with deployment beginning May 15.

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What do developers have in common with @ladygaga? You can both rock a keyboard and give back. Join the @IBM 2020 #CallforCode Global Challenge and donate to @WHO. Together, we can fight #COVID19. https://t.co/chM0DQWEqO pic.twitter.com/6ZuxnzBhQy

— IBM Developer (@IBMDeveloper) April 7, 2020

ABC/Image Group LAPost Malone is reportedly being sued by a songwriter who claims he never received proper credit or payment for co-writing Posty’s hit, “Circles.”

According to TMZ, Tyler Armes says he and Post got together to write a song in August 2018. That track allegedly became “Circles,” but Tyler claims it was released without his name on it.

Tyler says in the court docs obtained by TMZ that he co-wrote the chords and bass line for the song, and also had input on other parts, such as the guitar melody.

After a failed attempt at negotiating with Post’s team, Tyler decided to sue to get the co-writer credit and what he deems a fair cut of past and future royalties from the song.  He’s also apparently suing producer Frank Dukes, who has a writing credit on the song and was apparently present for the 2018 writing session.

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Steve Granitz/WireImageNow that we know that Katy Perry and her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, are expecting a baby girl, we can all start speculating on a name.  Well, according to one source, Katy plans to choose a name that honors a late family member.

Katy's fans may remember that her beloved grandmother, Ann Pearl Hudson, died on March 9 at the ripe old age of 99.  The gossip podcast Naughty but Nice with Rob Shuter cites a source that claims that Katy, who was able to tell her Ann she was pregnant before she passed, will name her daughter after her.

The source claims that the baby may be named Ann, Pearl, Hudson, or all three.

After Ann passed, Katy wrote on Instagram, "My mind wonders if the soul that is waiting to come into my world is getting a kiss on the forehead from my sweet Grandma that departed this earth...My heart hopes so."

She also credited her grandmother for her own "wit, authenticity, stubbornness, fighter spirit and style."

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ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris' hit "The Bones" has topped Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart, which measures radio airplay, and it's set a new record in the process.

As Billboard notes, it took 45 weeks for the song to reach the top, making it the chart's longest journey to number one.  It breaks the previous record of 36 weeks set by The Script's "Breakeven" back in 2010.

This is Maren's second number one on this chart:  Her first was "The Middle," with Zedd and Grey, which was number one for seven weeks in 2018.

Meanwhile, "The Bones" has also reached the top 10 on Billboard's Radio Songs chart, which measures airplay across all musical genres.  As Billboard reports, it's the first hit by a solo woman to reach the top of that chart and the Country Airplay chart since Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me" in 2009.

Maren, who recently welcomed her first child, still plans to launch her RSVP: The Tour trek in June; one of her opening acts will be her husband Ryan Hurd.

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hélène marie pambrunHarry Styles is doing his part to give back during the COVID-19 crisis.

In honor of World Health Day Tuesday, the singer has released a new t-shirt with the proceeds going to benefit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

The front of the white shirt is emblazoned with the words, “Stay Home. Stay Safe. Protect Each Other,” in bold black letters. The back of the shirt reads, “This T-shirt Fights COVID-19. Treat People With Kindness.”

“In times like these, it is more important than ever to remember the power of people,” Harry says in a statement obtained by Forbes. “If you are able to help, please donate where you can. 100% of the profits of this t-shirt will go towards fighting COVID-19. Stay home, self-isolate, and protect each other. TPWK.”

“TPWK,” or “Treat People With Kindness,” is Harry's frequently used motto, as well as the title of one of the songs on his current Fine Line.

The t-shirt is available for a limited time on Harry’s official site for $26.

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Peggy SirotaAmong the countless things that have been put on hold since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic are visits from celebrities to sick kids arranged by the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Well, the Jonas Brothers aren't letting coronavirus stop them: They're sending greetings virtually.

In an Instagram post, Joe, Nick and Kevin send their love and good wishes to the kids.

"We know a lot of these wishes have been canceled with everything that's been going on, but we just hope you know that you are loved and we think you guys are the greatest," says Kevin.

"Whatever brings you happiness, that's the thing to focus on right now," advises Nick.

"I hope this video brings you some joy, like all the Make-A-Wish kids bring me and my brothers so much joy when we get to meet you," adds Joe.

Make-A-Wish is also inviting everyone to share a "creative message of hope" to encourage kids who are waiting for their wishes.  Post them and tag @MakeAWishAmerica and #WishesAreWaiting.

Join the @JonasBrothers in helping encourage wish kids waiting for their wish by sharing a message of hope. Just post your creative message of hope, tag @MakeAWish, #WishesAreWaiting 2 friends to join in! Learn more: https://t.co/q5Wt3uxQgd pic.twitter.com/d3R4k3vNAa

— Make-A-Wish America (@MakeAWish) April 6, 2020


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Ray Mickshaw/WireImage for Fox Television NetworkFitting into 14-year-old clothes is a dream for many, but a reality for Katharine McPhee.  The American Idol runner up proved that the infamous sexy yellow dress she rocked in 2006 still fits like a glove.

McPhee first donned the dress when she attempted to tackle the late Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing," which was critically panned by the judges. 

In addition, the public lambasted her wardrobe, saying the dress' plunging neckline and high slit was too revealing for public television.

Despite the bad memories that may be attached to the dress, she still held onto it.  Now, thanks to staying at home to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic, she dusted it off on Monday to show fans that she still looks just as incredible as she did in it 14 years ago.

"It’s day 26 of quarantine and we’re breaking out dresses from 14 years ago," captioned the Waitress alum for the photo of her posing dramatically in the dress. 

She then mulled over the possibility of throwing it on for a major event because of how great she looks in it, writing,  "Might have to resurrect this moment, on a red carpet, once we are out of this."

Fans believe she was hinting at the74th Tony Awards, which has been postponed to a later date that is still unannounced. The award show, which honors the best of Broadway, does feature a red carpet. 

McPhee was runner-up during her season of American Idol, coming in second to season five's winner Taylor Hicks.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMediaJust because the nation is practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 doesn't mean one has to stay indoors all the time.  For example, 97-year-old Chruck Franzke sauntered outside on Monday to show off his wonderful dance moves.

The World War II Navy pilot, affectionately known as "Dancing Chuck" proved that he's not letting COVID-19 get him down by rocking out to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling." 

In a video shared by Good News Movement, the veteran is seen happily exiting his house upon hearing Timberlake's music and grooves onto on his doorstep, shuffling, swaying and tapping his feet along to the infectious song.  

Soon enough, the video went viral and attracted Timberlake's attention, who was beyond flattered to see one of his oldest fans having a great time while listening to his music.

The video proved to be the perfect pick me up to the "Mirrors" singer, who praised, "This just made my day" and included a hands up and fire emoji.

In addition, the U.S. Navy weighed in on Franzke's dancing move and raved, "Love it [heart emoji] Thank you for your service!"

That said, if you feel down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, take a page from Dancing Chuck's book and enjoy a little dancing time to cheerful music.

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NBCTake two for Lady Gaga, who redeemed herself on Monday after last Wednesday's frazzled phone call on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  The "Stupid Love" singer apologized to Jimmy Fallon about the odd exchange, explaining "We weren't quite ready and we appreciate you being so nice about it." 

Now, with all her ducks in a row she was free to reveal more about her upcoming One World: Together at Home special, a two-hour event simulcast on ABC, CBS, and NBC that will be hosted by Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert on April 18.

The special is being touted as a "global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19."

As for what inspired Gaga to create such a massive event, she told Fallon she wanted "to celebrate the courage of the human spirit" in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I want to highlight this global kind community that's coming together right now," Explained the 34-year-old singer.  "This is not just a historical moment in the history of humanity, but a cultural moment that's happening as well."

While the show itself is not a fundraiser, it has received $35 million in donations.  She and Fallon also chatted with Apple CEO Tim Cook during the interview, in which he pledged an additional $10 million for the cause.

It was previously revealed that those participating in the special include Alanis MorissetteAndrea BocelliBillie EilishBillie Joe Armstrong of Green DayColdplay's Chris MartinPearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Latin superstar J BalvinJohn Legend, country stars Kacey Musgraves and Keith UrbanLizzo, soccer legend David Beckham, and actors Idris ElbaKerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

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ABCImage Group LASelena Gomez is releasing a deluxe version of her album Rare on Friday, featuring three new songs: “Boyfriend,” “She” and “Souvenir.”

While Selena says she’s been excited to release the song “Boyfriend” in particular -- which she describes as  a “lighthearted song” about going through ups and downs in love -- she wants fans to know she has her priorities straight.

On Instagram she wrote, “We wrote it long before our current crisis, but in the context of today, I want to be clear that a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. Just like the rest of the world, I’m praying for safety, unity and recovery during this pandemic.”

She adds, “Because of that, I’m personally donating to the Plus1 COVID-19 Relief Fund as well as donating $1 of every order in my official store to the fund starting now.”

The deluxe version of Rare is available to pre-save now.

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The deluxe version of Rare, featuring ‘Boyfriend,’ ‘She’ and ‘Souvenir,’ is out April 9th. You can presave it now and learn more about how to donate to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Fund in at the link in my bio. 🌹https://t.co/kefmbbVE00 pic.twitter.com/3geAFJ1x9E

— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) April 6, 2020

Kevin Mazur/WireImageAdele's divorce from her husband, Simon Konecki, likely involves more than $100 million, but we won't learn exactly how much, thanks to a judge's ruling.

The British tabloid The Sun reports that a court in Los Angeles has approved a request from Adele that her divorce settlement remain private, including details of "financial, sales or other confidential business information."  On thing we do know: The paper reports that that the couple has agrees to share custody of their seven-year-old son, Angelo.

A source tells The Sun of Adele and Simon, "They are both committed to keeping the details as private as possible for the sake of their son. They are trying to work out their issues.”

After seven years together, Adele and Simon announced their split in April of 2019, and she filed for divorce that September.

The singer is reportedly planning to release new music this year.  At a friend's wedding, she was caught on camera saying her new album would be out in September, but of course those plans might be put on hold due to COVID-19.

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Tim WalkerThe One Direction guys continue to prove that they're all solo stars in their own right.

Harry Styles has now become the fourth member of the boy band to top the Billboard Pop Songs chart, which is based on radio airplay, rather than sales.  He did it with "Adore You," the latest single from his sophomore solo release, Fine Line.  The highest he'd gotten previously?  Number 12, with "Sign of the Times" back in 2017.

Prior to Harry, Liam Payne topped the Billboard Pop Songs chart it in October of 2017 with "Strip That Down."  A week before Liam topped the chart, Niall Horan did it with "Slow Hands."  And in 2016, ex-member ZAYN hit number one with "Pillow Talk."

One Direction is the only group with more than two members that've notched solo number-one hits on the Pop Songs chart.  The two groups with two members who accomplished the feat are Destiny's Child -- Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland both did it -- and Fifth Harmony, thanks to Camila Cabello and Normani.

The one 1D member we're still waiting for is Louis Tomlinson, who just released his debut solo album, Walls, in January.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAre you ready for another star-packed TV special featuring artists appearing from their homes?

Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are among the many famous music stars set to take part in One World: Together at Home, a two-hour special from Global Citizen and the World Health Organization that will air April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as other networks and platforms.

The program will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, and will be curated by Lady Gaga.

Celebrities and artists who will participate in the special include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Latin superstar J Balvin, John Legend, country stars Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban, Lizzo, soccer legend David Beckham, and actors Idris Elba, Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

The special isn't a telethon -- it's described as a "global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19."

In addition, the special's stated purpose is to "educate and inform on COVID-19 risks, prevention and response," so in addition to the stars, WHO experts and healthcare workers will appear.

Other platforms where you can watch or stream the show include Bravo, E!, ABC News Live, Freeform, MTV, CMT, Comedy Central, VH1, SYFY, MSNBC, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, Apple, YouTube ad Yahoo. Basically, there's no excuse not to watch it.  For more information, visit GlobalCitizen.org/togetherathome.

Elton hosted a similarly star-studded COVID charity special, Living Room Concert for America, that aired on Fox on March 29.

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ABC/Image Group LAAfter revealing that she and her three-year-old son, Jameson, had been diagnosed with COVID-19, Pink is now detailing just how bad their symptoms got.

In a live Instagram chat with friend and author Jen Pastiloff on Sunday, Pink said Jameson “had the worst of it.”

“I’ve had many night where I’ve cried and I’ve never prayed more in my life,” she says.

She says she’s kept a journal of his symptoms for the past three weeks and he still has a 100-degree temperature. His symptoms included "a fever for three weeks and diarrhea and then constipation and then throwing up and pale and listless and lethargic and all the things that scare the bejeezus out of you as a mama."

As for her own health, Pink, who has asthma, says the virus had her "on nebulizers for the first time in 30 years.”

“It got really, really scary, I'm not gonna lie,” she says.

Pink and Jameson have since been retested for the virus and their results came back negative. Her husband, Carey Hart, and daughter, Willow, never fell ill.

On Friday, Pink announced she’d be donating $500,000 to Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in honor of her mom, who worked there for 18 years, and another $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

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Capitol RecordsWhile some artists postponed the release of their new albums due to COVID-19, two acts who chose not too grabbed top five debuts for their latest projects.

5 Seconds of Summer's new album CALM enters the Billboard album chart at number two, just behind The Weeknd's After Hours, which is spending a second week at number one.  This is the Aussie band's fifth top-10 album and their fourth full-length studio effort.  The band's three previous studio albums all debuted at number one.

CALM debuted at number one in the U.K. and in 5SOS' native Australia.  They're one of only two Australian groups to have their first four albums debut at number one Down Under; the other is Silverchair, best known in the U.S. for their 1994 hit, "Tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Dua Lipa has scored her first top-10 album: Her sophomore release, Future Nostalgia, enters the chart at number four.  Her self-titled album only reached #27, back in 2018.  In her native U.K., Future Nostalgia debuted at number two, just behind 5 Seconds of Summer.

Other top-10 debuts this week include Pearl Jam's new album Gigaton, and PartyNextDoor's latest, PartyMobile.

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ABC/Image Group LALil Nas X hasn't been shy about how the success of his first smash-single "Old Town Road" radically changed his life for the better.

The track's popular remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus was released a year ago on Sunday, April 5.  Before the rise of the record-smashing single, the Lil Nas X -- born Montero Lamar Hill  -- says he had dropped out of college and was living on his sister's couch.

Now, living in his own home thanks to the song that -- according to Forbes --earned him a reported $14 million, the 20-year-old paid tribute to the song that completely changed his life.

"1 year ago today i dropped a remix to old town road with billy ray cyrus. i knew it would be successful but DAMN did it change EVERYTHING!," He tweeted Sunday and treated fans to a brief behind-the-scenes video of him and Cyrus putting the finishing touches on "Old Town Road."

"can’t express how much this song has done for me. thank u to everybody who made this happen!," the rapper concluded, later crediting his track for birthing "the most exciting times of my life" on a separate Instagram post.

"Old Town Road" went on to become the fastest single to reach RIAA-certified Diamond status.  It also spent a historic 19-weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 -- beating out previous record-holders "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and "One Sweet Day," by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, both of which reigned at number one for 16 weeks.

Lil Nas X isn't done with the big milestone moments this week. He turns 21 on Thursday.

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Despite having to push back the April 10 release of her album Chromatica to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, Lady Gaga is letting fans know that she hasn't forgotten about her music career.

The "Stupid Love" singer officially unveiled the album artwork of her sixth studio album on Sunday and promised a 2020 release date.

The album shows Gaga, dressed in black leather armor and her signature impossibly high platform heels,  seemingly frozen in midair while delicately holding onto the symbol that represents Chromatica.

Not only that, she revealed the art of the vinyl copy of her album, which features a frosty white body and a pink center that also bears the Chromatica insignia.  Another version comes in the same white color, but with Gaga posing in the center in her pink "Kindness Punk" regalia.

The latter image will also be used for a cassette version.

So far, she has not announced the new release date for Chromatica.  

On March 24, Mother Monster announced that she made "the incredibly tough decision to postpone the release" of her upcoming album.  She said the reason for the delay was that "it just doesn't feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic."

She will instead use the time to start "focusing on finding solutions" because "it's important to me that the attention is on getting essential medical equipment to healthcare professionals" along with making sure no child goes hungry or people struggle financially due to losing their jobs.

Gaga was originally set Wednesday to make a "big announcement" on  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but the interview didn't go as planned as she was inundated with calls. 

She asked to push her big announcement to Monday, promising "It's for COVID-19."

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Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesLast month, the Welsh singer Duffy revealed that she was kidnapped an raped, leading to her sudden and then unexplained disappearance from the spotlight following her 2010 album Endlessly.  On Sunday, she posted an essay on her official website detailing the experience.

"It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant...for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country," she recalls.  "I can’t remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling [sic] vehicle.  I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me."

Adds Duffy, "I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened.  I was stuck with him for another day, he didn’t look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn. I could have been disposed of by him."

The 35-year-old "Mercy" singer goes on to describe how she was held captive in her own home, and that she didn't feel safe going to the police, fearing that "if anything went wrong...he would have killed me."

"I have told two female police officers, during different threatening incidents in the past decade, it is on record," she continues.  "The identity of the rapist should be only handled by the police, and that is between me and them."

Duffy writes that she "can now leave this decade behind.  Where the past belongs.  Hopefully no more ‘what happened to Duffy questions.’"

"Now you know...and I am free," she declares.

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"American Idol" recap: Meet the Top 21!

ABC/Karen NealSunday night's episode of American idol took viewers back to the tropical island of Hawaii to find out who will round out the Top 20. Katy PerryLionel Richie, and Luke Bryan finished making their tough decisions before handing over the baton to viewers. 

Picking up right where they left off last week -- with the fate of Dylan James hanging in the balance -- fans were finally given the answer they've been waiting for... he's into the next round. 

Here's who else performed and whether or not their journey on American Idol has survived another round. 

Genevieve Linkowski: This returning lady, who has been open about the struggle of losing her sister, sang "You Say" by Lauren Daigle but unfortunately it wasn't enough to push her through to the Top 20. 

Franklin Boone: The music teacher told the heartwarming story of how he performed "Daughters" by John Mayer the night before he found out he would become a father. This must be his lucky song because it landed him a slot in the Top 20, where Lionel felt he could be an inspiration to his students. 

Julia Gargano: Katy previously called her Top 5 material and her performance in Hawaii proved just why. Gargano sang Pink's "Glitter In The Air" and earned the praises of all the judges but especially Luke Bryan who felt like he could see her performing on the Grammys someday. With a comment like that, it's easy to see why she made it through to the next round. 

Aliana Jester: Singing "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman soundtrack broke out of her shell and, because of that, is into the Top 20.  

Sophia Wackerman: Where to start? Sophia stunned with her cover of Nick Jonas' "Levels" but it wasn't solely because of her vocals. It was the overall performance that made her look like a pro she as she played air guitar with the band, interacted with fans and straight-up had a good time on stage. After Katy, Lionel, and Luke lead her on to believe she's going home, they shock her with the news she gets to stay n the competition a little longer. 

Robert Taylor: There's no denying Robert has the vocal range to be a stay but his tendency to overdo it with hitting too many notes and performing too many runs stuck the unfortunate nail in his coffin when he took on Elton John's "Take Me To The Pilot." So upset by the news he was unable to do an interview but Bobby Bones came to the rescue, on his day off, to come and support the American Idol contestant he has come to know after all these weeks. 

Kimmy Gabriela: Taking on Demi Lovato's "You Don't Do It For Me Anymore" she brought her father to tears and while her performance was amazing, Katy had a bone to pick with her. After explaining that it's not enough to "just be a good singer," and some advice to step up her game, Kimmy made the Top 20.

Next up, wrapped together in a neat little bow were powerhouses, Cyniah Elise who performed "Lady Marmalade," Makayla Phillips with "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato, and Lauren Spencer-Smith who sang Aretha Franklin's "Respect". They all impressed with their Hawaii performances earning them each a spot in the Top 20. 

Shannon Gibbins: While she certainly had a good time on stage covering "Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele, Shannon didn't quite make the cut and was sent home. 

Olivia Ximines: Taking on Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" she surely made her family and friends proud. This high schooler gave quite the performance, complete with a costume reveal and all, and got the judges out of their seats. Needless to say, she's moving forward. 

Arthur Gunn: He made the crowd sway as he sang Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Is This Love" and had Katy gushing over how "pure" he is. While he kept it simple and classic, strumming his guitar as he sang, he stayed true to himself which was good enough to make it to the top 20.

Demi Rae: She had the vocals to compete with the powerhouses but faced with the tough decision to narrow down the competition, her performance of "Lonely" by Noah Cyrus, while great, was not great enough, and she was sent packing. 

With one spot left in the Top 20 and two singers left, Katy, Lionel, and Luke switched things up a little bit and had Grace Leer sing Aretha Franklin's "You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)" and Lauren Mascitti sing Emmy Lou Harris' "Two More Bottles Of Wine" -- and both found out their fates together.

Both country singers are from Nashville and made their home city proud, however, the decision was just too hard for the judges. So, in a shocking twist of events, they decided to hand the decision over to America one week early.

What would come next for American Idol is the live performances, but due to the current global pandemic production has been put on hold. Still, the show will return next week with a special episode titled American Idol: This is Me, which will delve deeper into the lives of the Top 20 contestants, with unseen footage and performance highlights.

ELIMINATED: Genavieve Linkowski, Robert Taylor, Shannon Gibbons, Demi Rae, 3 others who were not named. 

TOP 20: Dylan James, Franklin Boone, Julia Gargano, Aliana Jester, Sophia Wackerman, Kimmy Gabriela, McKayla Phillips, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Cyniah Elise, Olivia Ximines, Arthur Gunn, Grace Leer, and Lauren Mascitti. 

They join Nick MericoDewayne Crocker Jr.Louis KnightFrancisco MartinJovin WebbFaith BecnelJust Sam, and Jonny West.

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