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Ariana Grande warns she may have to cancel shows due to illness

Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande's Sweetener World Tour is scheduled to run through the end of December, but Ari's so sick, she may not make it.

On Friday, Ariana performed in Charlottesville, VA, but on Saturday, she posted a lengthy note on her Instagram story saying, "I'm still very sick. I'm been sick since the last London show [on October 16].  I don't know how it's possible but my throat and head are still in so much pain. I sound okay, I'm just in a lot of pain and it's difficult to breathe during the show."

She goes on to says that she's seeing doctors and trying to get better before Sunday night's show in Lexington, KY.

"The last thing I would ever want to do is cancel a show at this point with so few left," she writes. "I'm truly cherishing every moment of this...I just really don't know what's happening with my body right now and need to figure it out."

She then says we should take the note as a "gentle heads up," noting, "I don't want anyone to feel blindsided tomorrow if God forbid I can't make the show happen."

The Grammy-winning star assures fans she's "on all the meds, getting IV drips, doing everything I possibly can to pull through," but admits it's "just a scary feeling."

"Love you with all my heart and will keep you posted," she concluded.

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Universal PicturesIn the midst of the drama surrounding Taylor Swift and her former record company, it's easy to forget that Taylor did release a new song on Friday: "Beautiful Ghosts," from the soundtrack of her upcoming movie CATS.  Billboard has also posted an essay she's penned about her experience co-writing the song with CATS composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Taylor describes how she'd heard a rumor that Webber was writing a new, original song for the character of Victoria, played by Francesca Hayward. She then relates what happens when she went to Webber's house.

"He was sitting at the piano, playing a new melody I hadn’t heard before...when Andrew asked, from behind his piano, if I had any ideas on what Victoria might say if she had a song, I knew what he was asking. He was asking to help him write it."

She then describes, "feeling this immediate intuition about what this character would say, feverishly writing lyrics, my brain churning them out quicker than my pen could keep up with," and says she'll never forget "singing the song live for the first time" for Hayward and director Tom Hooper.

"The looks on their faces told me it was the right song for this character at that exact point in her story," she recalls.

Taylor compares "Beautiful Ghosts" to CATS' best-known song, "Memory."

"[That song] is about missing your glory days, wishing you could go back in time and relive those magical times from your past," she writes. "'Beautiful Ghosts' is sung from a young voice who is wondering if she will ever have glory days."

"Longing for the sense of belonging she sees everyone else finding. Reaching for it, desperately afraid of never having beautiful ghosts of days gone by to cling to in her older years."

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ABC/Lou RoccoNot long ago, Joe Jonas spent $14 million on a brand-new home in Encino, CA.  Now his little brother has one-upped him in the real estate department.

Variety's real estate section Dirt.com reports that Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas have spent a whopping $20 million for a mansion that's about three miles away from Joe's new place.  According to Dirt, the two sales are the highest on record for Encino, which is in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley.

Nick and Priyanka's new home sits on three acres, and has an underground garage that can fit at least 12 vehicles.  The home itself has a two-lane bowling alley, a gym with mirrored walls, a wet bar, a movie theater with an IMAX-size screen, an indoor basketball court and a games room with a pool table.

Nick used to own an estate in Beverly Hills, which he sold earlier this year for $6.9 million.  In recent years, Priyanka has owned a place inside a five-star hotel and condo in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, but it's not clear if she still does.

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Republic Records/UMeAriana Grande has a special Christmas gift for her fans: All her albums, and her Christmas EP, on colored vinyl.

You can now pre-order Ari's five studio albums on vinyl via her online store. Yours Truly comes in white and clear cloud swirl; My Everything is half opaque lavender and half clear; Dangerous Woman is smoky black and lavender swirl; Sweetener is peach and thank u, next is half opaque pink and half clear. 

Ari's holiday EP Christmas and Chill is green, with an exclusive etching on side B.  Everything will ship December 6.  Each LP costs $35 and the EP is $20. You can also get all six of them for $167.

If you're a total Ariana stan who wants to own every version of these albums, the first three -- Yours Truly, My Everything and Dangerous Woman -- will be released on standard black vinyl for sale in retail stores worldwide.

Ariana has recently been tweeting about Christmas and Chill, basically reminding people that it exists, since it came out 2015.  She also called it her "favorite body of work." After that little bit of self-promotion, the EP reached #3 on the U.S. iTunes chart.

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Peggy SirotaYou'll see the Jonas Brothers perform on the American Music Awards later this month -- but they won't actually be in Los Angeles for the telecast.

The guys can't make it to the show this year because they're on their Happiness Begins tour, so they're teaming up with T-Mobile to beam in a live performance from their Boston, MA tour stop.  In addition, if you follow @TMobile on social and use the hashtag #AMAsWithUs, you'll be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the group all night.

The group is up for two AMA nods this year: Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group and Favorite Pop/Rock Song.

As previously reported, other performers on the AMAs include Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Shania Twain, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Lizzo and country star Thomas Rhett. Taylor Swift is also scheduled to accept the Artist of the Decade trophy on the show.

Ciara will host the proceedings from the Microsoft Theater in L.A., live on ABC November 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Epic/SYCOIt's no wonder Camila Cabello's new album is called Romance.  "Living Proof," a new song released from the upcoming album is all about how much in love she is with...someone.

"THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVE SONGS I WROTE FOR THE ALBUM," Camila wrote on Instagram, quoting a line from the song's chorus: “There’s God in every move.... and you’re the living proof."

Camila also sings, "Like a choir singing 'Hallelujah'/When my body's crashin' right into you...Where did you come from, baby?/And were you sent to save me?"

Camila tweeted about this song back in February, when she wrote, "I showed my fam the songs I have so far last night, a unanimous favorite is a song called 'Living Proof.'"  So, considering she and Shawn Mendes didn't start dating until July, the song probably isn't about him.

Romance is available for pre-order now; it's out on December 6.

In other Camila news, she's also showing off her new tattoo on Instagram. She got the word "it's a mystery" inked on her pinky, because it's part of a quote from one of her favorite films, Shakespeare in Love: "'Strangely enough, it all turns out well.' 'How?' 'I don’t know. It’s a mystery.'”

"Never thought I’d get a tattoo before, but I asked my mom to write to me a promise she’d want me to make to her that she thought I would need for the rest of my life," she explains.

"Long story short, it’s a pinky swear to her to remember, no matter what happens, everything is gonna turn out well. There’s no telling how, but it always does."


PREORDER FOR ROMANCE 🌹 IS LIVE NOW I JUST CANT WAIT 😭 LIVING PROOF IS OUT NOW & THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVE SONGS I WROTE FOR THE ALBUM 😫
- “There’s God in every move.... and you’re the living proof” ❤️ https://t.co/EAKG40Cuinhttps://t.co/f5Rpawr70Z pic.twitter.com/kGADE8pDJd

— camila (@Camila_Cabello) November 15, 2019

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Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018In a statement, Taylor Swift and her team have responded to her former record label Big Machine's defense this morning against the accusations the singer has made regarding its refusal to allow her to perform her old hits on the American Music Awards.

The statement begins "The truth is..." and then quotes a communication from the label, sent to Team Taylor on October 28, which reads: "Please be advised that [Big Machine] will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects: The Netflix documentary and The Alibaba 'Double Eleven' event.”

This message backs up Taylor's claim that her old label, which owns the rights to her master recordings, has refused to allow her to use any of her old songs in her Netflix documentary. As for the "Alibaba" thing, that's a reference to the televised event in China at which Taylor performed earlier this week.

As Taylor previously stated, and this message confirms, Big Machine considered both of these events "re-recordings," and under her contract, she's not allowed to re-record her old songs until next year.

Team Taylor's statement continues, "To avoid an argument over rights, Taylor performed three songs off her new album Lover at the Double Eleven event as it was clear that [Big Machine] felt any televised performance of catalog songs violated her agreement."

"In addition, yesterday Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix," it goes on to say, before adding, "Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post."

It concludes by saying, "Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them, but an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years."

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Christopher Polk/TAS18/Getty ImagesAs Taylor Swift’s feud with Big Machine's Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta escalated yesterday, fellow artists have begun speaking out in support of Taylor.

Her close friend of 13 years, Selena Gomez, posted a lengthy message on her Instagram Story. She addressed the new owners of Taylor’s back catalog, whom Taylor alleges are preventing her from singing a medley of her previous hits on the AMAs.

“You’ve robbed and crushed one of our best songwriters of our time an opportunity to celebrate all of her music with fans and the world,” she wrote in part.

Selena went on to call Taylor “the most dedicated, fearless, feisty, strongest woman I’ve ever known,” adding that she hopes there is a “change of heart over this unfortunate situation.”

Halsey similarly spoke up on her Instagram Story, calling Braun and Borchetta’s decision “an awful business move” and “just mean.” She went on to post a video of herself singing along to Taylor’s song “Mean.”

In a statement Friday, Big Machine denied Taylor’s allegations.

Here are some other celebs coming to Taylor’s defense so far:

Sara Bareilles: “outrageous abuse of power and completely unforgivable. #IStandWithTaylor”

Gigi Hadid: “Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is. Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!”

Lily Allen: “Solidarity with Taylor here, this sounds awful, and people wonder why music hasn’t had its #MeToo moment ?”

Tinashe: "F*** that. We're with you."

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FilmMagic For dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Taylor Swift's war with Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, the two men who own the rights to her master recordings, escalated dramatically yesterday when she accused them of denying her permission to perform her old songs on the American Music Awards or use them in a Netflix documentary. Now, their record label, Big Machine, has responded in a message on its website.

"As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her Tumblr statements yesterday based on false information," the message begins. "At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere."

"Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record, in which we do not financially participate," it continues.

It's worth here noting that Taylor didn't claim the label is denying her permission to perform, or blocking her special. Her contention is that they won't allow her to perform her old songs on the show -- because it constitutes a "re-recording" -- and that they won't allow her to use old music and footage in the documentary.

The message then goes on to assert that Taylor has, "admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company," and insists that the label has, "worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters." 

While the label notes that there had been "progress over the past two weeks," it then calls Taylor out for her, "unilateral decision last night to enlist her fan base in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families."

"Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist," the label concludes. "All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation. When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side."

"To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted...We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve."

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Universal PicturesCats, the movie adaption of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical, dances into theaters on December 20.  While fans anxiously await the Hollywood adaption of the beloved musical, they can happily listen to "Beautiful Ghosts," a new song exclusively written for the movie by Webber and Taylor Swift.

Taylor -- who plays Bombalurina in the film -- released the haunting song to her YouTube channel on Friday.  However, she won't sing "Beautiful Ghosts" in the movie because the song was written especially for the main character Victoria, played by Francesca Hayward.  Instead, Taylor's version will play during the end credits.

"Beautiful Ghosts" is a painfully heartbreaking song about abandonment and longing for what one cannot have.  "All that I wanted/ Was to be wanted/ Too young to wander London Streets alone and haunted," Taylor laments before turning the focus away from her.

Hayward's Victoria sings "Beautiful Ghosts" in the movie with Judi Dench, who plays the wise Old Deuteronomy.

The lyrics continue, "Born into nothing/ At least you have something/ Something to cling to/ Visions of dazzling rooms I'll never get let into/ And the memories were lost ago/ But at least you have Beautiful Ghosts."

Webber said in an earlier interview with Universal Pictures that the song he and Swift wrote together is now "an incredibly important and central part of the whole film.”

With the song's release now comes rumblings about the Oscars and the likelihood of it being nominated for Best Original Song.  Swift and Webber will find if they made the cut when the list of Oscar nominees comes out January 13.

Cats, starring Swift, Hayward, Dench, James CordenIdris ElbaJason DeruloJennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, and Ian McKellen premieres December 20, 2019.

 

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NationIf your mom was Mariah Carey, you'd probably know every song in her catalog backwards and forwards, right?  Well, according to Mimi herself, she's actually surprised that her 8-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan know any of her songs.

Asked by Billboard if the twins have any favorites among her record-setting string of number one hits, she says, "They love 'Always Be My Baby,' 'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' 'We Belong Together.' They surprise me with the songs that they know."

"They’ve been to a lot of the shows -- you always think they’re on their iPads rather than paying attention, but I guess they’re paying attention!" she adds.

In addition, Mariah brags that in addition to her songs, the twins know all the greats, too.

"I quiz them on a lot of different people’s songs -- Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Prince -- [and] they’ll get it right," she says proudly.

Mariah spoke to Billboard because the publication just named her the Top Female Solo Artist of All Time on its charts.  She's the solo artist with the most number one hits on the Hot 100, and the female artist who's spent the most time at number one: 79 weeks.

"Oh, my God. To see the success on all the different charts, to hear you say that is mind-blowing," Mariah responds when asked how she feels about that accomplishment. "I never, ever dreamt of this when I first started. I just wanted to hear my songs on the radio."

"When I look back on the songs that I’ve written that have become part of people’s lives, that’s what makes me the most proud," she adds.

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Courtesy RCA RecordsIn honor of its 125th anniversary, Billboard has done a roundup of the biggest hits of all time, as well as the biggest hits of the past decade, which will officially end on December 31. It won't surprise you to hear that over the last 10 years, the charts have been dominated by four artists whose last names aren't necessary: Bruno, Taylor, Ed and Adele.

Billboard has determined that "Uptown Funk," the monster hit by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, is the number one hit of the decade -- running from December 5, 2009 through September 28, 2019 -- having topped the Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks.

The second biggest hit of the 2010s?  LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," a six-week number one.  Number three is Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," a 12-week number one.  The top five is rounded out by "Closer," by the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, and Maroon 5's "Girls Like You."

The ranking is based on the songs' overall chart performance, including streaming, airplay and sales.

On the album side, Adele's 21 is, unsurprisingly, the biggest of the past decade.  It spent 24 weeks on top of the Billboard Top 200 chart, and produced three #1 hits.  Taylor Swift's first official pop album 1989 is the number two album of the 2010s, spending 11 weeks at number one and producing two #1 hits.

Number three is Ed Sheeran's Divide, number four is the Frozen soundtrack, and at number five, it's Post Malone's 2018 album Beerbongs & Bentleys, which is still in the top 20 on the album chart.

Billboard has also ranked the top 125 artists of all time. The top 10 in descending order are: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder and Chicago.

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Valheria RochaTaylor Swift is still feuding with the owners of her back music catalog.

The "Lover" singer wrote in a Tumblr post Thursday that she'd planned to sing a medley of her hits at the American Music Awards later this month, but Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, who own the rights to many of those songs, have told her she's not allowed.

According to Swift, who is being honored with the Artist of the Decade Award at the awards ceremony, Braun and Borchetta claim that a television performance "would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year."

She also alleged that the two men will not allow Netflix to use her older music or performance footage in a documentary about her life unless Swift promises to not re-record her hits and agrees to stop talking about Borchetta and Braun.

"I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate," she wrote. "The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished."

Taylor encouraged her fans to tell Borchetta and Braun "how you feel about this." She also explained that Braun works with several artists "who I really believe care about other artists and their work," and urged people to "ask them for their help." Braun's clients include Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber.

"I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music," she wrote. "That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything."

Borchetta and Braun didn't respond to requests for comment.

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Neon Trees return with new single "Used to Like"

ADA WorldwideAfter a somewhat lengthy hiatus, Neon Trees -- best known for their hits "Everybody Talks" and "Animal" -- are back with a new song called "Used to Like."

The Utah-based quartet took a break starting in 2015. During that time, frontman Tyler Glenn put out a solo album called Excommunication that documented his ideological split with the Mormon Church and his life as a gay man. He also starred on Broadway in the musical Kinky Boots

The musical inspired Tyler to regroup with the other three members of the band and write new material. In 2017, Neon Trees told ABC Radio that their reunion was "a little bit awkward," given that the rest of the band members are still Mormons, but they said they were moving forward.  Also in 2017, they released a stand-alone single, "Feel Good."

"Used to Like" is out now, and their fourth album is due next year.

The chorus of the song features Tyler singing, "Get back to what you used to like about me." He explains that the song is about wanting to return to the feeling you get in the early days of a relationship, when everything seems perfect.

"There’s a bliss period in a relationship with another person where you’re not able to see the flaws or the problems, because the joy of being together over shadows it," he explains.

"All the things that complicate it or scare you are the very things you used to like about it," Tyler continues. "This song is about wanting so bad to get back to that time, that feeling, that energy, and the lengths you will go to in order to get there.”

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber teased fans that an album could be coming before Christmas -- and he might not be lying.

A source tells People a new Bieber album “will be released very soon....hopefully in time for the holidays."

And as previously speculated by TMZ, the source confirms that Justin plans to hit the road in 2020.

“Justin is also preparing for a tour next year,” the insider tells People. “He is in intense dance rehearsal.”

Justin is reportedly “super excited” about the new music he’s been working on and “can’t wait to share it all with fans.” His wife Hailey Bieber “is, of course, supportive and plans on touring with Justin. It’s all very exciting.”

Last month, Justin shared a post on Instagram telling his followers that "if this gets 20 million likes Justin Bieber will release an album before Christmas." It has nearly 12 million likes so far.

The same day, he shared another post that simply read, “R&Bieber.” Many believe this is a hint about new music, while TMZ reported that Justin’s team has filed a petition to trademark the phrase.

Justin’s last album, Purpose, came out in 2015.

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Cyrus PamganibanIt's not a full *NSYNC reunion, but we'll take it. For the video for his cover of *NSYNC’s holiday classic “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” David Archuleta got some help from two members of the boy band themselves.

Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick join the former American Idol runner-up in the festive, light-hearted clip. The video features David hosting a holiday party with friends, which includes activities like cookie decorating, karaoke, and charades. Chris and Lance end up hilariously crashing the party.

“I was so stoked that Lance and Chris were willing to make an appearance in my video of their song that’s becoming a classic Christmas song,” David tells Entertainment Tonight. “I wasn’t sure if they’d say yes, but I’m so glad that they were up for it and having some fun. It’s meant to be cheesy and light, and I hope people will get a kick watching it.”  

Chris added, “Everyone was so much fun to work with. It was great to relive this song and do it with one of my best friends on the planet, Lance.”

“It’s an honor to have David’s incredible voice cover this iconic song. Shooting this was so fun, but now I will have this earworm of a song in my head for the next 6 months,” Lance joked. “Thanks, David.”

“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” is one of three brand new tracks on the deluxe edition of David’s Christmas album, Winter in the Air, available today.

The song originally appeared on *NSYNC's 1998 album Home for Christmas. In 2016, Pentatonix covered the track -- but they didn't have Lance and Chris joining them.

David kicks off his Christmas tour on November 23.

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Katy Perry hangs with Prince Charles in India

ABC/Eric McCandlessKaty Perry had a royal meeting in India this week.

The singer spent time with Prince Charles at a meeting of the British Asian Trust in Mumbai Wednesday.

According to the Clarence House Instagram page -- the official page of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall -- Katy heard about the work the Trust is doing and decided to join the meeting to learn more about the charity, which is working to tackle poverty and inequality in South Asia.

Katy posted her photo with Prince Charles on Instagram Thursday, which just so happened to be his 71st birthday.

“Happiest 71st His Royal Highness Prince Charles @clarencehouse,” she wrote. “It was a pleasure spending a little time with you and many brilliant Indian minds looking for incredible solutions to making India a more wonderful place through your organization @thebritishasiantrust”

She added, “I’m so glad some of the focus is on sustainability and solutions to protecting the environment.”

Katy is in India to perform at the OnePlus Music Festival on November 16, along with Dua Lipa.

“They say every single cell of your body rejuvenates itself about every 7 years and it’s been 7 years since I’ve been to India so let’s just say a brand new me is ready to par-tay at the #oneplusmusicfestival on Nov 16th with the cutie @dualipa,” she wrote on Instagram earlier this week.

In 2010, Katy married her now-ex husband Russell Brand in India.  She's currently engaged to Orlando Bloom.

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Universal PicturesJustin Timberlake's gig as the executive music producer of the animated film Trolls turned out pretty good: He scored a #1 hit with the song he did for the soundtrack -- "Can't Stop the Feeling!" -- and also got an Oscar nomination for it.  It's no wonder he's returning in that role for the upcoming sequel, Trolls World Tour.

Justin wrote and recorded new original music for the soundtrack, and has recruited a bunch of top artists to join him for the project, including Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, funk legend George Clinton, R&B stars SZA and Anderson .Paak and Justin's pal and frequent duet partner Chris Stapleton.

The soundtrack for Trolls World Tour will be out this March, but you can pre-order it now.

Trolls World Tour finds Justin's character Branch and Anna Kendrick's character Poppy discovering that they're part of one of six different Trolls tribes, all of which are devoted to a different kind of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock.

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

In addition to appearing on the soundtrack, Kelly, Mary and Anderson all voice characters in the film, which arrives in theaters April 17, 2020.

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Taylor Swift's 'CATS' song is coming tomorrow

Universal PicturesFriday is CATS day in Taylor Swift land.

At midnight, Taylor will drop "Beautiful Ghosts," the song she co-wrote with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for the soundtrack of the movie musical CATS.  She's posted a brief clip of the song: We hear swelling strings, and then she sings, "Follow me home, if you dare to...."

However, in the movie, Taylor's character Bombalurina doesn't sing "Beautiful Ghosts" -- it was written for the main character, Victoria, played by Francesca Hayward. As they explained in a featurette, Webber played her the music, and Taylor just started coming up with lyrics then and there.

CATS, which also stars James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, and Idris Elba, hits movie theaters December 20.

“Beautiful Ghosts” out tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. EST 😺 @catsmovie pic.twitter.com/nZ5ncd3yki

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019

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Kelly Clarkson didn't know the Jonas Brothers opened for her in 2005

NBCKelly Clarkson had no idea that the Jonas Brothers opened for her in 2005 -- though to be fair, back then no one knew who the Jonas Brothers were.

During The Kelly Clarkson Show Thursday, Kelly admitted to guest Nick Jonas that she had no recollection of the sibling trio being her opening act. “I feel like I just got really cool,” she said.

But Nick revealed that they kind of exaggerated the gig in order to book more shows.

“No one cared about us in 2005, we were just coming up,” he explained. “And basically to get other gigs, we listed the other acts that we’d opened up for, but that really just meant that we were on, like, the outside stage in the parking lot while you were playing for 40,000 people.”

“But you helped us get a lot of other gigs after that, so thank you,” he added.

Now, of course, the Jonas Brothers are out on their own headlining Happiness Begins tour.

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Nathan JenkinsEllie Goulding’s performance at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game was thrown into question this week, but now it seems as though the gig will go on as planned.

The performance was meant to kick off the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, which raises money during the holiday season to feed and shelter the homeless. But when fans pointed out that the charity organization has been criticized for alleged anti-LGBTQ behavior, Ellie threatened to pull out.

"Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community,” she wrote to a fan on Instagram.

She added, "I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this x."

In a statement to USA Today, the Salvation Army called the anti-gay allegations “misconceptions” and said the organization has a mission “to serve all, without discrimination.”

In fact, there's a page on the Salvation Army website that details its commitment to the LGBTQ community.

As of Wednesday, Salvation Army representative Kurt Watkins told USA Today that Ellie has confirmed she’ll still perform.

The Dallas Cowboys' annual Thanksgiving Day game, which this year finds them facing off against the Buffalo Bills, will take place at AT&T Stadium in Texas and air on CBS.

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Demi Lovato making new music for her loyal Lovatics

ABC/Paula LoboFor many fans, Demi Lovato's return to the spotlight won't be complete until they get some new music from the star...and it seems that time has now come.

On her Instagram Story, Demi posted some footage of music producer Oak Felder in the studio jamming out to...something -- there's no sound included.  "Wouldn't y'all like to hear..." she captioned the video, which was then followed by a "YES" and a laughing/crying emoji. Oak previously produced tracks for Demi's last album Tell Me You Love Me, including "Sorry Not Sorry."

Next, over a still image of a microphone in the studio, Demi wrote, "Recording a song for my loyal #Lovatics. The ones who support me and whatever makes me happy. If you hating – that ain’t you, BYE.”

Earlier this week, Demi made her relationship with model Austin Wilson Instagram official, posting a photo of him nuzzling her with the caption, "My [heart emoji]."  Austin shared a mirror selfie of the two of them together, captioned "My love."

It's not clear how long Demi and Austin have been dating, but she was recently linked to Bachelorette star Mike Johnson, who spilled the tea on their private dates by revealing that the singer is "a really good kisser."

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Pink will swap music for family time in 2020

ABC/Image Group LAIn 2019, we saw a lot of Pink, thanks to her album Hurts 2B Human and her record-breaking Beautiful Trauma tour.  Well, hopefully that'll hold you for a while because in 2020, she's stepping away from the spotlight to be with her kids and her husband.

"We did two and a half years of [music], and Willow's back in school now," she told Entertainment Tonight at the CMA Awards Wednesday night. "Jameson's going to start pre-school soon. It's kind of the year of the family."

"And [my husband] Carey [Hart] has a lot going on as well," she adds. "He's super-supportive, he follows me around the world and now it's his turn."

Pink and Carey will celebrate their 14th anniversary in January, and Pink told ET, "He deserves a trophy! We used to make a big deal out of it, now we're just lucky to be together."

Pink brought the family with her to the awards show and said having eight-year-old Willow and two-year-old Jameson enhanced her experience.

"They just make it fun for me. There's just so much to see, and it's really cool," she told ET. "This is [Willow's] second CMAs. She was a princess last time."

At the CMAs, Pink duetted with country star Chris Stapleton on her song "Love Me Anyway."

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ABC/dick clark productionsdick clark productions and ABC announced Thursday morning that multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ciara will host the 2019 American Music Awards.

ABC also announced Kesha will be joined by Big Freedia for a performance during the show; it will mark Kesha's first return to the American Music Awards stage as a performer since 2013.

The pair join previously announced performers Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Thomas Rhett and Shania Twain. Taylor Swift will also perform in addition to taking to the podium to receive the 2019 AMA Artist of the Decade award.

The 2019 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Billie Eilish drops chilling new single "everything i wanted"

ABC/Randy HolmesBillie Eilish's brand new single "everything i wanted" is sure to raise the hair on your arms.  The six-time American Music Award nominee's emotional track doubles as a tribute to her brother FINNEAS as well as commentary on her sudden rise to fame.

“This song is one my brother and I wrote about each other," Eilish revealed in a statement. “No matter what happens, we always have been and will be there to make it better.”

FINNEAS is more than her older brother, he is also her sole collaborator and producer.  The two recorded "everything i wanted" at their home studio while they toured over the summer.

“I had a dream/ I got everything I wanted/ Not what you think/ And if I’m being honest/ It might have been a nightmare," Eilish begins in a whisper-like voice that sets the tone of her reflective and melancholy song.

Eilish single remarks on the darker side of fame through a series of metaphors, such as her stepping off the Golden Gate Bridge because she thought that she could fly.  "Nobody cried/ Nobody even noticed/ I saw them standing right there/ Kinda thought they might care," she muses.

The 17-year-old skyrocketed to fame and became a global sensation this year, racking up three billion views on YouTube for her breakout hit "Bad Guy" and becoming the biggest selling North American debut of the decade with her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Eilish is about to embark on a completely sold out WHERE DO WE GO world tour in March 2020, which sold out in an hour of tickets going on sale.   

You can catch Eilish's next performance on November 24 when she performs at the 2019 American Music Awards.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosts sixth edition of "Mean Tweets: Music Edition"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe 53rd Annual CMA Awards aired Wednesday night on ABC, and later on, so did a sixth installment of Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Mean Tweets: Music Edition.

As always,a variety of artists opened themselves up to some of the meanest, nastiest comments currently on the internet, procured especially by host Jimmy Kimmel. This time around, Billie EilishAlice CooperChance the RapperLuke PerryLizzoLuke Combs and a host of others took their licks.

As for the latter, one Twitter user accused Combs of making "music for people who taste the gas before they fill up their truck," while another noted, "Midland looks like they have a white van with 'free candy' written on the side" -- to which Cameron Duddy corrected, "It's a black van."

One of the biggest insults, however, was aimed at Cooper.  "Alice Cooper looked 65 in 1972.  How is he still alive," he read before shooting an equally confused look into the camera.  

The overall best reaction came from Cardi B, who read in a pointedly soft voice, "I just watched a muted performance of Cardi B and that b**** just looks loud without any sound on.  Like no thank you."

"How I look loud?  How I look loud??  I'm loud?"  She asks while looking around in bewilderment before deadpanning, "I don't even think I'm like loud.  Suck my a***"

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Scandebergs for TIMEYou've heard of the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world?  Well, meet the TIME 100 Next list...featuring Camila Cabello.

The publication has spotlighted "100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more."  Why was Camila chosen?  In an essay, Latin music superstar Alejandro Sanz writes, "In times like these, when noise can distort the purity of an artist’s message, Camila has managed to honor her story and her background in an authentic way with her pop music."

The Cuban-American pop superstar, who was born in Havana, tells TIME that she's concerned about the immigration controversies that are currently dominating the news.

"These people are running from danger in lot of cases and just trying to look out for their kids just like anybody would. The reason I'm outspoken about my family's story, is that I feel like people need to just humanize the issues," she explains.

 As for her approach to fame, Camila explains, "With fans, I really just want to be as vulnerable and open as I can with them. I'm gonna be human and myself for this whole ride. I just try to look at it as me talking to a friend -- except there's lots [of them]!"

Camila's in good company on the TIME 100 Next list: It also includes include Crazy Rich Asians stars Henry Golding and Awkwafina, new SNL cast member Bowen Yang, YouTube star and TV host Lilly Singh, gymnast Aly Raisman, presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, tennis star Coco Gauff, and actors Marsai Martin, Keke Palmer and Asia Kate Dillon.

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Is Justin Bieber trademarking "R&Bieber" for a new album and tour?

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCIs Justin Bieber rebranding himself as an R&B singer?

Last month, the singer shared a post on Instagram that said, simply, “R&Bieber,” and now, according to TMZ, Justin's team is trademarking the phrase “R&Bieber” for "entertainment services," including live musical performances and production of sound recordings, as well as for merch and film.

The same day he posted "R&Bieber" on Instagram, he also shared another post, telling his followers that "if this gets 20 million likes Justin Bieber will release an album before Christmas."

We don’t know for sure if the album is coming that soon – as of now the post has close to 12 million likes -- but Justin appears to be gearing up for…something.

TMZ also reports that he was spotted at dance rehearsals Wednesday, because he's apparently started prepping for an upcoming, yet-to-be-announced tour. Sources tells TMZ he could hit the road as early as next summer.

Justin’s last album, Purpose, came out in 2015. Since then, of course, he's released a string of collaborations and one-off singles including his current hit, "10,000 Hours" with Dan Shay, and his duet with Ed Sheeran, "I Don't Care."

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NBCOn Wednesday's Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly brought her daughter River, 5, and 3 1/2 year-old son Remy, onstage so they could meet her guest Jason Momoa -- it seems the kids are huge fans of Momoa's movie Aquaman.  Remy appeared shocked to be meeting Aquaman in the flesh and didn't say a word, but River had some questions.

After her mom reminded her of what she wanted to ask, River blurted out, "Do you know (The) Little Mermaid?"  As the audience "awwww-ed," Momoa rolled with it. 

"Ariel? Yes, Ariel’s very sweet, she’s very nice," he replied.  Then, turning his attention to Remy, he added, "She’s also a redhead. I’m gonna teach you about redheads someday. They’re very passionate!"  Of course, Kelly and the audience cracked up.

But River wasn't done yet.

"Where does Aquaman go to the bathroom?" she asked Momoa.  After a beat, Momoa raised his hands above his head and declared, "Everywhere!"  The audience roared, as Kelly explained, "That's because you're in the water! All the time!"

Kelly then tried to get Remy involved, but he wouldn't say a word. "Hey, you like Aquaman," River nudged her little brother. "You watch it! Come on!"

As the audience died of cuteness, Kelly made excuses, saying, "She's the talker, he's the sensitive one."

Momoa simply put his arm around Remy and said, "He'll just chill with Aquaman."  Even after their mom told the kids to thank the actor, Remy stayed silent, but he adorably accepted the actor's high-five.

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Peggy SirotaEven though John Legend is officially the Sexiest Man Alive, according to People magazine, he's not the only attractive musician featured in the mag's annual Sexiest Men issue.

The Jonas Brothers and Shawn Mendes are both on the magazine's list of Men of the Year, and they're in good company: The list also includes Brad Pitt, Jason Momoa, Idris Elba, Keanu Reeves, Paul Rudd and Last Christmas star Henry Golding, among other dreamy stars.

Joe and Nick Jonas also pop up again in the Hottest Couples list, with their wives Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, respectively.  Also in that section: Justin and Hailey Bieber, and Michael Buble and his wife, Argentine movie star Luisana Lopilato.

The mag's Sexy at Any Age list includes more musicians, among them Khalid, Charlie Puth, Usher, rapper 50 Cent, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin.  That list also features two of Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriends -- Harry Styles and superstar DJ/producer Calvin Harris -- plus her current one, Joe Alwyn.

"Old Town Road" rapper Lil Nas X is named Sexiest Newcomer, and in a feature called All Glowed-Up, People highlights John Mayer, Drake and Justin Timberlake as three formerly awkward-looking musicians who definitely got better with age.

The full Sexiest Men issue is on newsstands on Friday.

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