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Liza VoloshinThe YouTube Originals event Dear Class of 2020, an online, all-star commencement event which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, has now been shifted to Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET.  The move was made because George Floyd's memorial service will take place Saturday.

We now have more details about the star-studded four-hour Dear Class of 2020 event, which will conclude with Katy Perry leading graduates in a ceremonial tassel turn.  Lady Gaga and K-pop superstars BTS are among the commencement speakers, along with Beyoncé and Michelle Obama. President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama will also deliver a welcome message.

In addition, a special rendition of U2's "Beautiful Day" -- produced by Billie Eilish's brother and collaborator, Finneas, and introduced by U2's Bono himself -- will be performed by Coldplay's Chris Martin, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Tove Lo, Ty Dolla $ign, Ben Platt, Leon Bridges and Noah Cyrus.

Other performers include Lizzo with The New York Philharmonic, Maluma, CNCO and Megan Thee Stallion.  Other musicians who'll make appearances include Billie Eilish, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, and Justin Timberlake.

Other celebrities taking part in the festivities include the casts of Euphoria, Schitt's Creek and The Simpsons, plus Jack Black, John Mulaney, Michael B. Jordan, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Chris Pine, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Kerry Washington, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, and many more.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Lady Gaga's collaborations with Ariana Grande and K-pop group BLACKPINK have helped her set a new record on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

"Rain On Me," Gaga's song with Ariana, has jumped from #22 on the chart to number one, while "Sour Candy," her track with BLACKPINK, has debuted at number eight.  With those two top 10s, Gaga is now the female star with the most top 10s in the history of the chart, which started in January of 2013.

Gaga has six top 10s. She was previously tied with Bebe Rexha, Ellie Goulding and Nicki Minaj, who each have five.

Incidentally, the #22 to #1 jump is also the biggest in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart's history.  It breaks the record set by Gaga herself in 2013, when her single "Applause" vaulted from #15 to number one.

"Rain On Me" is Ariana's second number-one on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, following 2014's "Break Free," her collab with Zedd.

Gaga's new album, Chromatica, is expected to debut at number one when the new album chart comes out on Sunday.

By Andrea Dresdale
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ABC/Image Group LA"bad guy" singer Billie Eilish is known for her signature sense of style -- baggy clothes.  In a Thursday interview with GQ Magazine, the 18-year-old opened up about why she dresses the way she does.

"Here’s a bomb for you: I have never felt desired," she disclosed to the magazine for its July/August cover story. "My past boyfriends never made me feel desired. None of them."

"It’s a big thing in my life that I feel I have never been physically desired by somebody," the five-time Grammy winner candidly explained. " So I dress the way I dress as I don’t like to think of you guys – I mean anyone, everyone – judging it, or the size of it."

Eilish added, "That doesn’t mean that I won’t wake up one day and decide to wear a tank top, which I have done before," before cracking, "Well, I do that and suddenly my boobs are trending on Twitter."

The "everything i wanted" singer says she finds it unsettling that, whenever she shows off her body, she makes headlines. 

She also nodded to the "Not My Responsibility" video interlude that ran during her tour and is now streaming on YouTube, where she sheds her clothes and vanishes into a vat of black sludge just as she gets down to her bra to symbolize "It’s not yours to see."

Overall, Eilish admitted, "I still have huge issues with my own body."

"Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman," Eilish detailed, saying the latter is what inspired her video interlude because she wanted to convey "there is a body underneath these clothes and you don’t get to see it."

By Megan Stone
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Be Kind: Marshmello donates $50K to NAACP

Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaAdd Marshmello to the list of stars who've provided receipts online showing the amount of money they've donated to the cause of social justice.

"I’ve always remained neutral with my platform but just like you underneath this costume i am human and this is my tipping point," the superstar DJ wrote on his socials. "Black culture and influence play a big part in the music i make...Racism should never be tolerated and it is up to our generation to be the change, especially in times when our government can't unite us."

"It is up to us to bring justice for George Floyd and the countless others who lost their lives, and ultimately bring this hateful racist complex crumbling to the ground," the helmeted star adds. "If you are a real fan of mine you will do your part to stand up and join us."

He also posted a PayPal screenshot that reads, "You sent $50,000 to NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund."

"I stand with you and encourage others with means to contribute ANYTHING they can to worthy causes that support," he captioned the post.

Marshmello's latest release is his collab with Halsey, "Be Kind."

i’ve always remained neutral with my platform but just like you underneath this costume i am human and this is my tipping point...

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020

By Andrea Dresdale
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ABC News/Frame GrabAs protests over the death of George Floyd carried on for another night across America, Katy Perry says there is another way to demand change -- and that's by confronting your local representatives.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday, the American Idol judge encouraged her fans to support a series of new policies proposed by Campaign Zero, an organization dedicated to stopping police brutality.

"There are a lot of ways to help the movement towards justice and equality and I believe this is where we could make the most change RIGHT NOW!," rallied Perry. "Yesterday, @campaignzero launched #8CantWait, a list of policies regarding use-of-force that have the power to reduce police violence and deaths."

Saying that local leaders have the power to put such policies in place, the "Roar" singer furthered, "These are the stepping stones to the bigger changes that we are all working for."

Katy then laid out three of the strategies she wants LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to enact immediately.  "Require warning before shooting • exhaust all alternatives before shooting • require all force be reported," the 35-year-old penned, concluding with a resolute "I will be calling my mayor TODAY."

In addition, Perry included a letter fans can copy and paste should they prefer emailing Mayor Garcetti, instead.

Campaign Zero estimates that if local municipalities implement their eight proposed policy changes, police violence will fall by 72 percent.  

The proposals were inspired by strategies that have already been enacted by some police departments, such as exhausting all alternatives before discharging a firearm and not firing at moving vehicles.

By Megan Stone
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Vera Anderson/WireImageFollowing the arrests made in relation to the death of George FloydJustin Timberlake is reminding fans that the fight for justice is far from over.

In an Instagram post from Thursday night, the "Sexy Back" singer urged his 58 million followers to not forget about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was gunned down by police conducting a "no-knock warrant" in her own home on March 13. 

Alongside a post containing the websites of helpful organizations like the NAACP, Color Of Change, and Center For Policing Academy, Timberlake wrote, "Yesterday I was happy to hear the other three officers were charged in the death of #GeorgeFloyd but today we mourn with the family who has laid him to rest. I send my sincere condolences and prayers to them."

"We also know no one has yet to be charged in the death of #BreonnaTaylor so there is more work to do to bring her justice," the caption continued. "There are crucial organizations on the ground who are doing the work to get her justice and do the work to end systematic racism."

"Please follow, donate and support their hard work," the 39-year-old concluded before tagging the five organizations he wishes his followers support: BYP 100, NAACP, Black Futures Lab, Movement for Black Lives and Center for Policing Equality.

By Danielle Long
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Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images, Axelle/ABC/Image Group LALady Gaga and Selena Gomez will be stepping away from their social media accounts to let black leaders speak directly to their fans.

Following George Floyd's death, the singers have resoundingly voiced their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to the protestors demanding justice and change. The two have also acknowledged the power of their respective platforms, which is why they have chosen to donate them.

"I have been struggling to know the right things to say to get the word out about this important moment in history," said Gomez on Thursday. "After thinking about how best to use my social media, I decided that we all need to hear more from Black voices."

The 27-year-old will dedicate the next few days "highlighting influentials leaders and giving them a chance to take over my Instagram," saying "We all have an obligation to do better and we can start by listening with an open heart and mind." 

Gomez also shared a symbolic painting made by Charly Palmer, called "Speak With Confidence," which shows a fractured American flag with red paint dripping down an African American child's face.

Later on Thursday, Gaga pledged to do the same with her social account.  While posting a photo of the peace tattoo on her left wrist, the "Born This Way" artist pledged, "I’m giving over my Instagram account to each of the organizations I’ve recently donated to, in an effort to amplify their important voices."

Some of the organizations the 34-year-old has contributed to are Black Lives Matter, Color of Change and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Gaga also vowed that she will now dedicate her social media accounts to help "lift up the voices of the countless inspiring members and groups within the Black community."

By Megan Stone
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Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicPink is hoping to kickstart your weekend with some positive energy.

The singer is teaming up with her personal fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins for an Instagram Live workout today, at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET.

“Let’s all come together and get some joy in our bodies,” Pink posted on her Instagram. “Thank you @msjeanettejenkins for doing these for us, you are a light in this world.... see you Friday!!!!

Jenkins described the virtual class as a “Positive Energy Bodyweight CardioSculpt #InstagramLive Workout.”

“Exercise (sport, dance, movement) is a great way to give your body a boost of endorphins, strengthen your immune system and help you start the day with a positive attitude,” she wrote.

“We want to help lift your hearts & your spirits and give you 30-45min of positive energy! Everyone is welcome to join us on Instagram Live!”

It's no wonder Pink is looking to spread some positivity. This week, she was bombarded with negative comments online for speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. She made it clear to fans that she will not tolerate hate or bigotry of any kind.

"It’s insane to me how many people think I will be upset about racists unfollowing me," she wrote. "You don't really even need to announce your exit. You have my blessing."

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Aysia MarottaLewis Capaldi's star-making debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent chronicled the breakup of a relationship, but reportedly, the follow-up will reflect the fact that the Scottish singer is happy with a new love.

Speaking about Lewis' second album, a source tells the British tabloid The Sun that the "tracks are mostly about love again but this time finding it, not losing it...the songs are catchy and upbeat. It’s the same brilliant vocals and emotional lyrics but this time it’s got a lighter feel to it."

Among those tracks, the source dishes, is a song inspired by Lewis' new girlfriend, Catherine Halliday.

"He’s smitten with Catherine and although it’s early days, she has a nod on one of the tracks he has written," claims the source. "Lewis mentions her [red] hair and it’s really quite special. She’s made him realize how to be happy again."

"She has something very special with Lewis.”

Divinely Uninspired has gone triple platinum in Lewis' native U.K. and won him several Brit Awards -- the British equivalent of the Grammys -- as well as a Grammy nomination.   His big hit "Someone You Loved" was one of the few songs on the record that isn't about a breakup: it's actually about dealing with the death of a loved one.


By Andrea Dresdale
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Romain Maurice/Getty ImagesDJ/producer Kygo is Norwegian, but after "educating" himself about social injustice and police brutality in America, he's opened his wallet to support the cause.

"I’ve been spending the last couple of days educating myself on the situation going on in the US (and rest of the world) and how to best help," he writes on Instagram. "I’ve never experienced racism myself so I haven’t really been sure what to say, but I’ve understood that saying nothing definitely won’t help."

"Hearing and reading the stories the last couple of days from people that have experienced racism has really helped me get a better understanding of how big of a problem it still is today," he continues. "This problem goes back hundreds of years and even though I unfortunately doubt that it’s gonna disappear in the near future, I really hope and believe that the movement going on in the world right now is gonna make a change."

He asks "everyone who has experienced racism" to "please keep telling your stories," adding that he's going to continue "signing petitions," adding, "I've also decided to donate to BLM."

The post includes a screenshot of a receipt for a $20,000 donation to Black Lives Matter Global Network.

Kygo just released his new album Golden Hour, featuring collaborations with OneRepublic, Whitney Houston, Zara Larsson, Kim Petras and more.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Lady Gaga's 'Chromatica' heading for number-one debut

Streamline/InterscopeLady Gaga's new album is ready to "Rain" atop the Billboard 200 chart, industry forecasters tell the publication.

Chromatica is on track to debut at number-one on the album chart with sales of over 250,000 units, according to Billboard. If it succeeds, it'll become Gaga's sixth chart-topper, following the soundtrack for A Star Is Born, Joanne, her Tony Bennett duets album Cheek to Cheek, Artpop, and Born This Way.

If it sells that many units, Chromatica would rank as one of the top five biggest sales weeks of the year.  Only the latest albums by The Weeknd, K-Pop stars BTS, and rappers Lil Uzi Vert and Eminem have sold more in a single week.

Chromatica has so far produced two singles: the lead track "Stupid Love," which debuted at #5, and the Ariana Grande collab "Rain On Me," which debuted at number one.  It's also racked up generally positive reviews from critics, and raves from fans.

The new Billboard 200 chart will be revealed on Sunday.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Far Left: Lance Bass; Albert L. Ortega/Getty ImagesWith everything going on in the world, it's hard to remember that June is Pride Month.  The Hollywood Reporter has recognized that with a special Pride issue, featuring an oral history of "How I Came Out in Hollywood," as told by multiple gay celebrities, including *NSYNC's Lance Bass.

Lance describes how he was "scared s***less" about people learning his secret the height of *NSYNC's popularity.

"I knew, especially in the year 2000, that if anyone found out that I was gay, *NSYNC's career would be completely over, and these guys would hate me for the rest of my life," he says.

But when he finally did come out to his band mates, that isn't what happened.

"The guys are still so pi**ed that I wasn't able to tell them when we were still a group...they absolutely don't care about me being gay," Lance admits. "The thing that pi**ed them off the most is they thought that we could've had so much more fun together at the height of *NSYNC. I could've been my real self with them, and they wish they could've had that."

As for what prompted his coming out in 2006, Lance says he was vacationing in Provincetown, RI and a random guy recognized him and asked him if he was gay.  He said yes, but unfortunately, the guy was a reporter from The Washington Post. When his phone started ringing off the hook, Lance knew he had to say something, so he arranged to tell his story to People.

"It all happened within 48 hours of coming back from that vacation," he recalls. "Talk about a Band-Aid being ripped off very publicly."

Other stars who tell their stories to THR include Clay Aiken, Jim Parsons, Rosie O'Donnell and Neil Patrick Harris.

By Andrea Dresdale
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BTS shares statement in support of Black Lives Matter

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicAfter legions of K-pop fans hijacked the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag with anti-racist posts this week, the world’s biggest K-pop act, BTS, has taken their own stand against racial discrimination.

The group posted on social media in both Korean and English, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter.”

Earlier this week, K-pop stans began trolling white supremacist hashtags on Twitter, including #WhiteLivesMatter and #WhiteOutWednesday. The aim was to drown out racist messages with anti-racist ones featuring K-pop memes and videos.

While some Twitter users initially thought fans were using the hashtag seriously, others quickly realized what was going on and began praising the fandom.

“K-Pop fans completely hijacking the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag makes me so proud,” one person tweeted.

"kpop stans ruining every white supremacist hashtag. i truly love to see it," tweeted another.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.
우리는 폭력에 반대합니다.
나, 당신, 우리 모두는 존중받을 권리가 있습니다. 함께 하겠습니다.

We stand against racial discrimination.
We condemn violence.
You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter

— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 4, 2020

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One of the biggest music festivals in the U.S., Milwaukee's Summerfest, has officially been canceled for 2020, the first time in 53 years the event won't take place.  But some acts who were scheduled to perform this year have already set dates to take part in 2021.

Halsey will now perform for 23,000 fans at the Summerfest amphitheater on July 3, 2021.  Her original scheduled date was July 3 of this year.  It'll come in the middle of her U.S. tour dates in support of her latest album, MANIC, which are set to kick off June 1, 2021 in Auburn, WA.

Sheryl Crow, meanwhile, will perform July 8, 2021, and Dave Matthews Band has rescheduled for July 1.  Other acts who have yet to reschedule their appearances at the 11-day event, but who are expected to do so, include Justin Bieber and Khalid.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesWhile many musicians will take a hit due to the cancellation of their tours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at this moment in 2020, your favorite singers are doing fine financially, according to Forbes.

The publication's annual list of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrities has rock legend Elton John as the highest-ranked musician at #14, with earnings of $81 million over the past year.  But when it comes to pop stars, Ariana Grande is the highest-ranked at #17, with earnings of $72 million.

She's followed by The Jonas Brothers at #20 with earnings of $68.5 million, and The Chainsmokers right behind them at #21, with $68 million.  Ed Sheeran is #23 with $64 million, while his pal Taylor Swift is #25, with $63.5 million.

Kylie Jenner is number-one overall on the list, despite Forbes recently revoking her billionaire status.  The publication writes, "Jenner’s payday came from selling a 51% stake ?in her cosmetics firm to Coty...while she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real."

Here's a look at who made the rest of the list:

28. Post Malone, $60 million
35. Marshmell,o $56 million
39. Shawn Mendes, $54.5
42. JAY-Z, $53.5 million
43. Billie Eilish, $53 million
47. BTS, $50 million
49. Drake, $49 million
56. Jennifer Lopez, $47.5 million
57. Pink, $47 million
60. Rihanna, $46 million
64. Backstreet Boys, $45 million
73. Celine Dion, $42 million
86. Katy Perry, $38.5 million
87. Lady Gaga, $38 million
95. DJ Khaled, $36.5 million

Forbes notes that many of these stars won't rank as high on next year's list due to those tour cancellations.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Jason Koerner/Getty Images for OprahA few days ago, Lady Gaga declared "Everyday people in America are racist, that's a fact...it's time for a change."  Now she's reacting to what she sees as, perhaps, the beginnings of that change: the arrest of all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

"Because of the voices of the people, a principle this country was founded upon, now all four officers have been arrested for the racist and brutal murder of George Floyd," Gaga wrote on her socials. "I hope that all cops who have engaged in or are engaging in any racist activity are met with the highest form of law & order, although we know the law & order in this country is predicated upon racism and is itself corrupt."

"I applaud the brave citizens of this nation that are speaking up, and I support the unsupported voices of the Black community. I wish for their voices to be heard loudly and clearly, and that they feel loved and amplified by allies," she added. "I know you know how much I believe in kindness. The spirit of this movement is intrinsically rooted in a universal dream of kindness and it’s precisely that same kindness that I am wishing for those that are suffering tonight."

Gaga concluded: "I have endless compassion in my heart as we struggle as one nation to find bold and effective solutions to an insidious and systemic problem that’s plagued our country since its birth."

Gaga also provided information about advocacy organizations that she's donating to "in support of this continuous fight for racial and social justice."

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has now been charged with second-degree murder in Floyd's death, while felony charges have also been brought against the three other former officers who were at the scene.

By Andrea Dresdale
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ABC/Image Group LATo further support the Black Lives Matter movement, Christina Aguilera has been sharing her platform with the black community in the wake of George Floyd's death.  On Wednesday, the "Beautiful" singer shared a thought-provoking letter from a black activist to further educate her followers about racism.

"Imagine. I urge you to use this time to take action, educate yourself, listen, amplify black voices, protest in the street and protest at home by having hard conversations with those you love," Aguilera expressed, vowing to continue using her platform to help fans stay informed.

The 39-year-old shared the bold words from aspiring director JD Dillard, who described the building fury within the black community.

"Imagine there was a virus spreading and you were the most likely to be infected and killed by it.  That's because the job you have, if you hadn't lost it by now, puts you most at risk of contracting it," The unapologetic letter begins, painting the anxiety and stress countless African Americans had been experiencing months before Floyd.

Dillard depicts how black Americans felt upon watching the cellphone footage of a white Minnesota police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck.  "This rage - this helplessness - this sadness is so overwhelming, but still -- you take to the streets, hoping to be heard," the message persists.  "In spite of the danger from both the police and the epidemic, you step outside to remind the world that right now, you are still alive."

Dillard touches upon the discourse of critics calling for peaceful protesting by evoking Martin Luther King Jr. in which he bluntly explained, "Strange thing is -- they killed that man, too." 

The message ends with an eye-opening, "To be Black in America is to be oscillating between sadness, and this pride.  Imagine that."

By Megan Stone
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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicWhen it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement Demi Lovato is all aboard. 

Since the killing of George Floyd, the 27-year-old pop star has been actively using her platform to provide information to her followers about how to support the cause while sharing information on activism and racism, as well as, how to donate. 

However, Floyd isn't the only one the "I Love Me" singer has recognized. On Wednesday, she took a moment to shed some light on Breonna Taylor, a woman who was killed by police in her Louisville home in March, ahead of what would have been Taylor's 27th birthday. 

"It’s Breonna Taylor’s birthday this Friday... She was an EMT on the frontlines during corona," the repost from another Instagram account read adding that "her favorite colors were blue and purple and Kevin Gates was "one of her favorite artists."

The message continued, "Around midnight on March 13th police broke down her door and shot her 8 times, no evidence of a crime was uncovered. The sole crime was the murder of Breonna Taylor. Her crime being asleep in her own home."

The post then urged people to "honor Breonna’s birthday" by sending cards to the attorney general and directions on how to write to the governor. 

"The most underserved demographic in America is black women, we cannot allow them to forget Breonna," the post concluded.

By Danielle Long
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Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesSelena Gomez just made registering to vote a little more exciting. 

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old singer and actress not only shared information on how to register to vote with her 178 million Instagram followers, but she also offered them the opportunity to chat with her.  

"I’ll be responding to DM’s of people who show me a screenshot that they’re registered to vote," the Rare Beauty founder wrote in an Instagram Story that leads viewers to a When We All Vote post detailing "three actions you can take to help strengthen our democracy."

In addition to voting, Gomez has been vocal about her support of the Black Lives Matter movement. On May 30,  she captioned a picture of people rallying together holding a sign with the organization's name, "I have spent the last 24 hours just trying to process this all. Nothing anyone says can take back what has happened. But we can and must all make sure to take action."

"Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long. They deserve better. They deserve to be heard. We all need to do better and not sit in silence as this injustice continues," the post concluded. 

By Danielle Long
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NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesKelly Clarkson has been recording a lot more than “Quaraokes” while in lockdown. The singer teases that she’s just recorded a new duet -- but she won’t reveal the mystery duet partner.

In an interview with ET Canada from her Montana ranch, Kelly says, “I already have many songs recorded for the new album and I actually just recorded a duet that I wish I could talk about but I can’t!”

She gushes that the song is “so good” and would only give some vague hints as to who the other artist might be.

“I happened to sing with this person within the last six months and we loved singing together so much,” she says. “It was so cool how our voices just sounded together.”

Kelly says her label found the “perfect song” for them to record together. She says it’s definitely going on her next album, and it might even be the next thing she releases.

So, who has Kelly sung with in the past six months?  Well, her colleagues on The Voice, for starters.  Maybe she and coach Nick Jonas have teamed for a track, since she's already recorded a couple of duets with John Legend.

Kelly released the single “I Dare You” back in April.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Maury Phillips/WireImageChris Trousdale, a member of the early 2000s boy band Dream Street, has died at age 34, E! News confirms.

"It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Chris Trousdale on June, 2, 2020 from an undisclosed illness," his rep says in a statement to E!.

"He was a light to so many and will be missed dearly by his family, friends and fans all over the world, the statement continues. “Although it felt like he belonged to us all, the family is requesting that you respect their privacy at this time of grieving. Should you wish to make a donation in his honor, please give to ASPCA."

There were reports that Trousdale passed away due to COVID-19 complications, but that has not been confirmed.

Trousdale’s former bandmate Jesse McCartney wrote on Instagram, "It pains me to say that an old friend, Chris Trousdale, from my early days in the music industry has passed away due to complications from COVID-19.”

He went on to reflect on their time together in Dream Street, describing Chris as someone with “an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent.”

The group was formed in 1999, releasing a self-titled debut album that went gold, and a soundtrack for the film The Biggest Fan, which starred Trousdale as himself. They disbanded in 2002. Chris went on to appear on Days of Our Lives, Lucifer, Shake It Up and Austin & Ally.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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ABC/Image Group LAAs she continues to use her platform to speak out against racial injustice, Halsey is acknowledging her privilege as a biracial woman who is “white passing.”

In response to a now-deleted tweet where someone accused her of “never claiming her black side,” the singer explained, “im white passing. it’s not my place to say ‘we.’ it’s my place to help.”

Halsey, whose mother is white and father is black, continued, “i am in pain for my family, but nobody is gonna kill me based on my skin color. I’ve always been proud of who I am but it’d be an absolute disservice to say ‘we’ when I’m not susceptible to the same violence.”

Back in 2017, Halsey opened up about being biracial in an interview with Playboy.

"I'm white-passing. I’ve accepted that about myself and have never tried to control anything about black culture that’s not mine," she said.

“I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one. I'm a black woman," she continued. "So it’s been weird navigating that.”

Over the weekend, Halsey took part in protests in Los Angeles in the wake of George Floyd's death. She later shared photos and video of the peaceful protesters’ harrowing encounters with police, who shot rubber bullets and sprayed tear gas on the crowd.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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im white passing. it’s not my place to say “we”. it’s my place to help. i am in pain for my family, but nobody is gonna kill me based on my skin color. I’ve always been proud of who I am but it’d be an absolute disservice to say “we” when I’m not susceptible to the same violence. https://t.co/2p6RVJixwl

— h (@halsey) June 3, 2020


Courtesy of MTVRising New Zealand star Benee has been selected as the MTV PUSH artist for June, which means now you can check out a stripped-down version of her breakthrough hit, "Supalonely."

In the video, Benee, wearing a red, hooded belted coat dress and sneakers sings, the song with accompaniment from a single electric guitar, standing in the middle of New Zealand's Auckland Art Gallery.

She also talks about writing the song -- inspired by a breakup -- with her friend, Jenna Andrews, saying, "It was the first time for me writing with a female, which was very different but it worked, and I feel like it was nice to have her at that time because she was just relating to everything that I was saying. I was like -- *gasp* -- 'THANK YOU!' It was cool.”

The 20-year-old singer also talks about what she's been doing while self-isolating at home in New Zealand.

"It’s stressful but I feel like for me I’ve been trying to stay positive and trying to look at the positive things that might come out of this," Benee says of the COVID-19 lockdown.

"It’s a good reflecting period, I feel like, for humans. You know, come out of this, maybe we can do things a little bit differently."

MTV will feature more exclusive content with Benee throughout the month.


By Andrea Dresdale
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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty ImagesFans of groups like BTS, MONSTA X and BLACKPINK have discovered a way to use their massive social media reach to drown out racist messages.

K-pop stans across the globe have taken over the hashtag #WhiteLivesMatter and have been flooding Twitter with anti-racist posts.

While some Twitter users initially thought fans were using the hashtag seriously, others quickly realized what was going on and began praising the K-pop fandom.

“K-Pop fans completely hijacking the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag makes me so proud,” one person tweeted.

“#WhiteLivesMatter LMAO I WAS READY TO INSULT THE S*** OUT OF EVERYONE,” wrote another. “THEN I SAW THAT K-POP STANS ARE DESTROYING THE [hashtag], DAMN NEVER THOUGHT I’D BE THAT HAPPY SEEING K-POP FANCAM.”

While another posted, “Imagine trying to trend #WhiteLivesMatter like a typical racist and Kpop fans said ‘Not on my watch b****.”

Most of the posts from K-pop fans include an anti-racist message along with a video of their favorite K-pop stars.

A similar hashtag, #WhiteOutWednesday, is also being completely taken over by K-pop fans.

"kpop stans ruining every white supremacist hashtag. i truly love to see it," tweeted one person.

"kpop stans unite to take out the trash," wrote another.

Others trolled that racist hashtag even further by literally posting photos of products like "White Out" flavor Mountain Dew and Wite-Out Quick Dry Correction Fluid.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Oe sure sign of summer is when Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart makes its reappearance on Billboard.com.

The 20-song chart tracks the most popular songs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and when all is said and done, the official Song of the Summer 2020 will be revealed.  The new chart debuts with "Rain on Me," the collab between Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, in the number-one spot.

That song is followed by the "Savage" remix from Meghan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, DaBaby's "Rockstar" featuring Roddy Ricch. The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" and Doja Cat's "Say So" round out the top five.

The rest of the chart features a healthy mixture of pop, rap and country songs, including another Ariana Grande collaboration -- "Stuck With U" with Justin Bieber -- so it's anyone's guess which song will stick around 'til the temperature drops.

Last year's song of the summer was Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road." In 2018, it was Drake's "In My Feelings," while 2017's was "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.  2016 brought us Drake's "One Dance," while 2015's ruler was "Cheerleader," by OMI.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DisneyZayn has joined fellow music artists in condemning acts of racial injustice following the death of George Floyd.

The British singer posted a message on social media Tuesday addressing the current protests taking place across the U.S. and the world.

"What is happening right now is exactly what happens when you leave a wound untreated and act obliviously in its constant presence," he wrote. "This uprising has escalated due to the racism, ignorance, and arrogance that burdens America and the World."

“I am deeply saddened by every act of discrimination and cannot stay silent,” he concluded, directing his followers to a link in his bio with ways in which they can help.

Zayn's girlfriend Gigi Hadid, with whom he's expecting his first child, has also been vocal on social media. She posted a lengthy message on Instagram last week saying she was "enraged," "sickened" and "heartbroken" by the acts of racism in this country.  Her post is accompanied by a quote attributed to Will Smith that reads: "Racism isn't getting worse, it's getting filmed."

By Andrea Tuccillo
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— zayn (@zaynmalik) June 2, 2020

ABC/Image Group LALately, Pink's socials have been filled with her reaction to the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests, leaving her husband Carey Hart to celebrate their daughter Willow's ninth birthday online in his own way.

Willow's birthday was Tuesday, and Carey posted to Instagram a photo of her as a toddler, and a photo of her today. 

"My sweet daughter willow. Where do I start. You have shown me what love of a child is all about. You changed my life from the moment your mama was pregnant...You impress me everyday you walk this planet," Carey wrote.

"You are smart, thoughtful, compassionate, full of p**s and vinegar...One of the biggest joys I have with you is watching you grow into your own independent person each day that passes," he continued.  "You are gonna change the world one day, munchkin. I could not be more proud and in love with you. Have a great 9th birthday. Thank you mama @pink for cooking a good one."

In addition to Willow, Pink and Carey also have a son, Jackson Moon, born in 2016.

By Andrea Dresdale
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hélène marie pambrunIn addition to posting about the death of George Floyd on their socials and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, many celebrities put their money where their mouths are over the past few days and took to the streets, joining marchers protesting for justice.

A fan account captured the likes of Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello joining in protests in various cities.  Ariana is seen marching while wearing a face mask, holding a sign that says "Black Lives Matter." 

There are multiple photos, as well as video, of Harry participating in the protests in L.A.: He's seen marching, taking a knee and holding a "Black Lives Matter" sign.  And Shawn and Camila are seen marching together, holding "Black Lives Matter" signs.  All of them are wearing face masks.

All those artists have also provided fans with resources and information about how they can help, links to petitions you can sign, and information about the importance of voting.

As Harry wrote a few days ago on Instagram, "LISTEN, READ, SHARE, DONATE and VOTE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BLACK LIVES MATTER."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesAs protests grip the nation over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody, celebrities have been using their platform to denounce any and all instances of police brutality while voicing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Kelly Clarkson tweeted her dismay and anger over the display exhibited by Kansas City police, who were filmed pepper spraying peaceful protestors while arresting a black man who was calling them out for using excessive force on peaceful protestors.

The man was unarmed.

The video shows several officers breaking the line and approaching the shouting man before wrestling him away from the crowd.  When the man resisted, officers sprayed him directly in the face -- as well as those trying to protect him.

"Just curious.... where are all the “free speechers” on this?," The 38-year-old challenged on Tuesday when reposting video of the arrest. "You know, the ones that constantly defend the first amendment but only use this defense when it serves their purpose? I’ll wait...."

Clarkson's call out post also enraged "The Middle" singer Maren Morris, who immediately demanded an answer from Kansas City police.  "Wow, @kcpolice . Own up to this NOW," Morris fumed in response to the post.

There has been debate among fans about whether or not the man was breaking the law, as some Kansas City locals pointed out that demonstrators are prohibited from walking onto the street except in the instance of a parade.  In the video, the man is clearly seen stepping off the sidewalk and onto the street, which defied current rules.

However, the consensus among Clarkson's followers agree that the force used against the protestor was excessive and have since called for Kansas City to discipline the officers involved.

By Megan Stone
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Disney Channel/Paul HebertSocial media went dark on Tuesday in support of the protests demanding change in the wake of George Floyd's death, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody.  A video of Floyd's arrest shows a white police officer kneeling on his neck for over eight minutes.  An autopsy commissioned by Floyd's family concluded that he died of asphyxia.

The event has sparked massive nationwide protests and demonstrations against police brutality. 

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, people and celebrities alike participated in Blackout Tuesday, in which they darkened their social media profiles in support of the black community. 

Selena Gomez not only left her social media pages untouched on Tuesday, she also took down her website in solidarity.  

"It’s my hope today you are taking the time to do some introspective thinking about how we can all come together and listen to one another with an open heart and mind," greeted fans who visited Gomez's online store.  

Any other links on the website, such as the contact page or FAQ, redirected visitors to the main page.

The "Lose You to Love Me" singer also rallied for change in the website's message, adding, "The country is long overdue for meaningful changes to our broken society.  Black lives matter."

She also directed fans to follow the Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Color of Change, and When We All Vote social accounts.

In a prior Instagram post, Gomez expressed over the weekend, "Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long. They deserve better. They deserve to be heard. We all need to do better and not sit in silence as this injustice continues" while urging fans to take action.

By Megan Stone
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