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Britney Spears' husband jokes that she "cheated" on him with Madonna "minutes after" they got married

One of the many celebrity moments at Britney Spears' wedding to Sam Asghari earlier this month came when she and her wedding guest Madonna re-staged their famous MTV VMA kiss.  Britney posted a photo of them smooching at the wedding on Friday night, drawing a cheeky comment from Sam.

Britney captioned the photo of herself, "Kissing the one and only Madonna," adding, "Weird that @madonna is extremely short and I was shorter than her … do we shrink as we get older...am I becoming short like my mom ???"

In the comments, Sam replied, "minutes after we got married you cheated on me" with mock angry-face emojis.

Britney went on to say of the Queen of Pop, "I didn’t know Madonna has almost as many number-one singles as The Beatles !!! So honored she came to my wedding… perspective …The Beatles have 20 and miss thang has 12 !!! Wow wow wow !!!"

Of course, that's just on the Billboard Hot 100. On the Dance charts, Madonna has had 50 number ones, which she's celebrating in her new compilation of dance remixes, Finally Enough Love.

Britney also posted a photo of herself, Sam and her puppy getting into a private jet -- perhaps they were jetting off on their honeymoon, which Britney said a few days ago they had yet to take.

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Music Notes: Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake & more

Ever find an old pair of jeans in your closet and try them on just to see if they'll fit? Britney Spears did just that and showed off the results on Instagram. The singer, who just moved into a new house, posted a video of herself wearing the low-rise pants and wrote, "Went to the old house yesterday to finish packing and look what I found … these adorable white jeans … no lie I think it's been 20 years since I wore white jeans and they actually fit!"

Taylor Swift approves of her BFF Selena Gomez using her music on TikTok. Selena is promoting the latest drop from her Rare Beauty cosmetics line with a TikTok that's set to Taylor's hit "The Man." As captured by PopBase, Taylor responded in the comments, "It's giving CEO it's giving gorgeousness it's giving friends forever."

New dad Post Malone has launched a new line of merchandise for his younger fans called PostyCo Kids. The tees, hoodies, tote bags and caps -- and even a onesie -- are decorated with an anime version of the star's tattooed face.

Justin Timberlake traded his khakis for Louis Vuitton on Thursday as he and wife Jessica Biel hit up the luxury brand's outdoor runway show in Paris. Both Justin and Jessica sported LV head to toe. Justin shared their looks on Instagram, adding a caption honoring late Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh

Evan Rachel Wood is portraying Madonna in the upcoming biopic of "Weird Al" Yankovic. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Thursday, she proved that not only can she talk exactly like early '80s Madonna, but she can sing just like her as well, belting out a note-perfect rendition of "Material Girl." She also did perfect imitations of Alanis Morissette and Janis Joplin.

Meghan Trainor knows she's an oversharer -- remember that side-by-side toilets Story? -- but when it comes to who inspired her new single, she's keeping her mouth shut. "Bad for Me" is about a family member she had to cut ties with, but as she tells People, "This one is personal because there's someone else involved. And usually I tell every detail, and this one, I want to keep that private for their sake. I don't want my fans going and finding them. So it's weird to walk on eggshells."

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Selena Gomez says Britney Spears' wedding was "a day for love"

Selena Gomez was one of the many celebrity guests at Britney Spears' wedding earlier this month, and she tells Entertainment Tonight the event was all about love.

"I think it was a day for love, and I want nothing more than happiness [for her]," Selena told ET about the wedding, whose guest list also included Madonna, Donatella Versace, Drew Barrymore and Paris Hilton. "I think it was all the people that loved her, and that was all that matters."

Selena and Britney have been sharing their love for each other online for the past year or so, from Selena sending Britney care packages of makeup and swimsuits, to Britney raving about how much she loves Selena's latest tattoo.

Selena's Hulu series Only Murders in the Building returns for its second season on June 28.

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New Music Friday: Charlie Puth & Jungkook, Dove Cameron, Avril Lavigne & more

Today's NMF includes a long-awaited collaboration, some follow-ups to breakout hits, an unexpected cover and more.

After months of teases, Charlie Puth has finally dropped his joint single and video with BTSJungkook, "Left and Right." The two first worked together at an awards show in 2018.

Dove Cameron has followed up her breakout hit "Boyfriend" with a new track, "Breakfast," in which she sings menacingly, "I eat boys like you for breakfast." Dove wrote the song because she was tired of the "pervasive and constricting male-dominated energy all around me making me feel like I was somehow set up to lose a game I didn’t even want to play."

Avril Lavigne has teamed up with Spotify's Singles series to release a cover of Adele's #1 hit "Hello." According to NME.com, Avril says she's been "dying to do a cover" of the song. She also released an acoustic version of her own song "Love Sux."

Leah Kate, who's breaking out with the song "10 Things I Hate About You," has dropped a new track, "Twinkle Twinkle Little B***h," in which she rails against a "narcissist," singing, "You broke my heart in two/hate your guts you make me sick."

"Cool Kids" band Echosmith is back with a new song, "Hang Around," which lead singer Sydney Sierota says is about "how when a love feels so right, there’s no way we could’ve planned it ourselves. So all you want to do is be around it."

Hayley Kiyoko has released "Deep in the Woods," a new track from her upcoming album, Panorama. She says the song "captures the feeling of instant connection, as if you've known someone forever even though you’ve only just met.”

(Some videos contain uncensored profanity.)

 

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Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and others weigh in on Supreme Court decision: "I'm absolutely terrified"

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade and the fundamental right to abortion that has been the law for almost 50 years. The court ruled 6-3 in an opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The court upheld a Mississippi law that bans all abortion past 15 weeks, with very few medical exceptions. Now, musicians are taking to social media to express their horror and dismay at the ruling.

Taylor Swift retweeted former first lady Michelle Obama's statement on the ruling, in which Obama wrote, "I am heartbroken for people around this country who just lost the fundamental right to make informed decisions about their own bodies...This horrifying decision will have devastating consequences and it must be a wake-up call, especially to the young people who will bear its burden."

Taylor then commented, "I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are - that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that."

On her Instagram Stories, Ariana Grande also reposted Obama's statement, plus a few others, and then added a variety of abortion resources. She also posted a photo of someone holding up a sign reading, "Being forced to wear masks goes against rights? Imagine being forced 2 gestate and give birth!"

Bazzi posted a screenshot of the New York Times news alert about the decision in his Instagram Stories and added, "What the f**k this is horrible."

Billie Eilish's brother, FINNEAS, tweeted, "I don’t even know what to say other than absolutely f*** this."

Christina Perri added a broken heart emoji to a graphic of a quote from the head of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that reads, "Today's decision is a direct blow to bodily autonomy, reproductive health, patient safety and health equity in the United States."

Zara Larsson wrote, "MAKING ABORTIONS ILLEGAL WONT STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING THEM, IT STOPS THEM FROM HAVING SAFE ONES."

Hayley Kiyoko pointed out, "When people talk about how their vote ‘doesn’t matter’ or ‘we are screwed anyway’.. well. We elected a man 6 years ago that gave 3 seats to the Supreme Court. And today those 3 people used their power to take away women and peoples rights to decide their own future."

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Billie Eilish on tonight's headlining Glastonbury show: "I have to convince myself I'm not a huge loser"

Friday night, Billie Eilish becomes the youngest headliner ever at England's famed Glastonbury Festival, but she still can't help feeling that she doesn't quite belong on that legendary stage.

"Half of me is like, ‘This is so stupid and so humiliating that I’m here, I shouldn’t be allowed to be up here or ready for this,’" she tells NME. "And then the other side says, ‘No, you’re here; they chose you and they’re here for you’. I have to convince myself that I’m not a huge loser and accidentally there… I find it very hard to process this life sometimes.”

Adding to that imposter syndrome, she says, is the fact that one of the festival's other headliners -- who will be the oldest solo artist to do so -- is Paul McCartney.

"Are you kidding me? The Beatles were what raised me," she exclaims. "My love for music I feel 95 per cent owes to the Beatles and Paul. It’s insane to think about.”

So how to deal with those feelings of inadequacy? She notes, "Any time in the last year I’ve headlined a festival, I’ve felt like, ‘Why would you choose me?’ With that in mind, I’m going to go even harder to prove to myself that I can do it and not to half-a** it… I will be going out and full-a**ing it.”

Saying that she feels she "owes it to everyone to put on a good show," Billie's goals for her performance on the festival's famous Pyramid Stage are simple.

“I’m really crossing my fingers that it’s a good vibe out there," she says. "I’m hoping that the crowd is ready to have as much fun as I am ready to have, and not just be there to watch – I need energy coming back from the crowd to bounce off.”

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Meghan Trainor announces details of new album, drops video for new single "Bad for Me"

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Meghan Trainor's out with "Bad for Me," the first single and video from her upcoming album, Takin' It Back.

The track, featuring Teddy Swims, is "a true story for me," says Meghan in a statement. "It’s about how I stood up for myself and took a step back from a relationship that was hurting me more than anything. It’s hard to do, but I needed to in order to feel better.”

Based on the lyrics -- "I know we're blood/but this love is bad for me" -- it appears the relationship wasn't romantic but with someone in her family. Meghan didn't give any further details.

Meghan and Teddy will be performing “Bad For Me" for the first time on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, Friday, June 24th.

Meghan's also released the track list for Takin' It Back. In addition to the previously reported collaboration with singer Natti Natasha and Cuban music legend Arturo Sandoval, it also features a track called "Sensitive" with Pentatonix's Scott Hoying.

Takin' It Back is out October 21. In a statement, Meghan says, "I tried to do the doo-wop feel I had at the beginning of my career, but the 2022 version of it. This is from the new Meghan who is a wife and mom with a baby. This is from me right now. I decided to give the people what they want, but with my spices added to it."

Here's the track list for Takin' It Back:

"Sensitive" ft. Scott Hoying
"Made You Look"
"Takin’ It Back"
"Don’t I Make It Look Easy"
"Shook"
"Bad For Me" ft. Teddy Swims
"Superwoman"
"Rainbow"
"Breezy" ft. Theron Theron
"Mama Wanna Mambo" ft. Natti Natasha and Arturo Sandoval
"Drama Queen"
"While You’re Young"
"Lucky"
"Dance About It"
"Final Breath"

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Lil Nas X drops new single "Late to Da Party," watch video now

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After weeks of teases, Lil Nas X has finally dropped his new single, "Late to Da Party" featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again. It's the chart-topping artist's first new music since his smash debut album, Montero, released last September.

In the track, Lil Nas goes after BET right out of the gate: The song starts with him chanting, "F**k BET." He goes on to brag about his achievements: "I just put like three up in the top ten/Now I don't need nobody, I just need these CCs on my body." In the pre-chorus, he notes, "Cheese all on my left, uh, cheese all on my side, yeah/ They don't want it like that, they want me to die, yeah."

Of course, there's a video to go with it, but with YoungBoy currently on house arrest in real life, Lil Nas X takes center stage. In the video, he's seen Photoshopping himself into various scenarios, including flying on a private jet, driving a sports car and arriving at a party at a fancy house. 

After receiving some videos from YoungBoy, he edits them together so they can dance through some cheesy stock photos of home interiors. Finally, they both end up Photoshopped into a car, which they crash through the venue that's hosting the BETs. Lil Nas takes the stage wearing a rainbow-striped cape and holding bundles of cash, chanting "F**k BET" -- until we see him walk off the green screen set.

Lil Nas X will kick off his sold-out Long Live Montero tour this fall.

(Video contains uncensored profanity)

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BTS commits to doing a concert in Busan as part of city's 2030 World Expo bid

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What hiatus? BTS is proving with their latest endeavor that they're going to continue working together.

The group has been appointed ambassadors for the South Korean city of Busan's bid to host the 2030 World Expo, a world's fair that's held every five years.  That will include the group performing a "Global Busan Concert," as well as being part of the promotional campaign, personally introducing the proposed site, and attending the event where the winning city is announced. 

Russia, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine have also submitted bids to host the event. The selection of the city will take place in 2023.

The mayor of Busan said in a statement, "The group’s support as ambassadors will be incredibly helpful in stepping up our efforts to bring the World Expo to Busan.” 

Bang Si-Hyuk, the chairman of HYBE, the company that owns BTS' record label, said, " This will be a great opportunity to contribute to further development of K-Culture as well as its local pop cultures in Busan.”

Details about the concert will be released soon.

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It would be loved: 20 years ago, Maroon 5 released debut album 'Songs About Jane'

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Twenty years ago Saturday -- June 25, 2002 -- Maroon 5 released their debut, Songs About Jane. A true sleeper hit, it didn't make the top 10 until 2004. But it eventually produced four hits, including "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved," and went multiplatinum. Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says for him, it's still a good listening experience.

"I think I might have listened to it during the pandemic ... during that early time when we were all stuck," he laughs. "I think at one point I put it on -- and I think it absolutely held up!"

Why was the album slow to take off? James says at first people didn't know how to categorize a band that combined classic and alternative rock, '70s soul and current pop.

"We had this idea that we wanted to do something new that was incorporating ... the rhythmic aspects of what was going on in hip-hop and pop productions," he says. "And then sort of interpret that through the lens of a traditional five-piece rock band."

Sales grew steadily after the album's songs spread online via file-sharing services. James notes, "We never lost the faith, because it was always moving in the right direction. And then it just became surreal once it started snowballing."

And, by the way, "Jane" is real: Most of the album was inspired by singer Adam Levine's breakup with his girlfriend Jane Herman.

"Adam was very distraught," James recalls. "You can hear it in the songs. And he really worked out ... a lot of the stuff that he was going through, through that music."

Maroon 5's tour starts in July, but in the future, James says, "I would love to come out and play Songs about Jane top to bottom and then maybe encore with some of the more recent hits. I think that would be a fun evening."

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Taylor Swift releases new song, "Carolina," from 'Where the Crawdads Sing'

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Taylor Swift's new single "Carolina" has arrived.

The highly anticipated new track, which was released Friday, is from the upcoming film Where the Crawdads Sing, an adaptation of Delia Owens bestselling 2018 novel of the same name. 

Taking to Instagram after the release, Swift shared a clip of the song's lyric video and explained, "About a year and half ago I wrote a song about an incredible story, the story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Figuratively and literally."

"The juxtaposition of her loneliness and independence. Her longing and her stillness. Her curiosity and fear, all tangled up. Her persisting gentleness… and the world’s betrayal of it," Taylor continued. "I wrote this one alone in the middle of the night and then @aarondessner and I meticulously worked on a sound that we felt would be authentic to the moment in time when this story takes place. I made a wish that one day you would hear it."

That message is clearly evidenced in the song's lyrics as Swift sings, "Into the mist, into the clouds / No, you didn't see me here / They'll make a fest, I'll make it count / Carolina knows."

"Carolina" comes just three months after it was teased in the trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing. At the time, Swift shared that she "got absolutely lost in [the book] when I read it years ago."

"As soon as I heard there was a film in the works starring the incredible @daisyedgarjones and produced by the brilliant @reesewitherspoon, I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side," she added.

"Carolina" is available to stream now. Where the Crawdads Sing arrives in theaters July 15.

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Music notes: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, The Kid LAROI and more

Adele has announced the lineup for her two shows on July 1 and 2 at London's Hyde Park, and she predicts it's going to "blow your socks off!" The all-female bill includes Kacey Musgraves; Gabrielle -- who Adele says is "one of my favorite artists of all time -- and "new artists that I'm obsessed with." Those include Mahalia, Self Esteem, Nilüfer Yanya, Tiana Major9, Chrissi, Bonnie Kemplay, Ruti and Tamzene.

Don't ever steal from Ed Sheeran because he might just stab you -- if you take his new TikTok video seriously. He shared a clip of someone sneaking into his dressing room and snagging a cold one from his cooler before turning around to find Ed angrily posing with a knife. Ed joked he's "always watching."

Have you ever failed to recognize a celebrity in public? Leslie Jordan admitted to the Trailblazers Radio podcast he thought Lady Gaga was an extra when they starred in an episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke together. He admits he told her, "Nice to meet you. Welcome aboard" when they met -- and he walked away. Oops!

The Kid LAROI's "Stay" and "Without You" weree among Australia's top songs of 2021, according to The Music Network. "Without You" was number one, while "Stay" was the fourth-most popular song on Australian radio.

Selena Gomez has another Rare Beauty drop on the way, called "Use Kind Words." She previewed a new lipstick color and shared a new makeup tutorial soundtracked to bestie Taylor Swift's "The Man." The new line drops July 7.

Troye Sivan is the next U.S. ambassador of Yves Saint Laurent and will help promote its new "Nu Lip & Cheek Balmy Tint" offering. Troye, who will star in a series of beauty campaigns, said in a statement he's happy to rep YSL because it's a brand that "emboldens and inspires boundary-breaking edge, community and attitude."

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At Madame Tussauds New York, attend the "Met Gala" with "Katy Perry," "Lady Gaga," "Justin Bieber" and more

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If you've ever dreamed of hitting the red carpet at New York's famous Met Gala, surrounded by the world's biggest stars in their most outrageous outfits, now you can, sort of, at Madame Tussauds New York.

The Big Apple branch of the legendary tourist attraction has a new attraction called Glow Gala, featuring 19 wax figures of celebrities wearing show-stopping looks inspired by the Met Gala. The centerpiece is a Katy Perry figure suspended from the ceiling in the "chandelier dress" she wore to the Gala in 2019.

Lady Gaga is also in the room, wearing a red gown illuminated with LEDs, along with never-before-seen figures of Ariana Grande and P. Diddy. The Ariana figure is even sporting a wedding ring that looks just like her real ring, and all her tattoos are present and accounted for. 

Other figures that are part of the installation include Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, RuPaul, Priyanka Chopra, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson

The exhibit uses state-of-the-art projection technology, and all the figures are placed among Instagramable surroundings that include floral walls and neon art installations. Visit MadameTussauds.com for more info.

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Don't break into Harry's House: Singer's stalker pleads guilty to violating restraining order

A person who was barred from going within 800 feet of Harry Styles in 2019 pleaded guilty on Thursday to violating that restraining order.

The Evening Standard reports that the stalker, Pablo-Diana Orero Tarazaga, forcibly entered Harry's house -- his actual house in London, not his hit album -- on February 16. 

After breaking in, the stalker, who identifies as bi-gender -- meaning that they identify as both male and female -- allegedly pushed a woman who was working in the house into a wall and damaged a planter while scuffling with a security guard. In a north London court on Thursday, Orero Tarazaga agreed that they'd violated their restraining order, but denied being violent.

According to the paper, they said, "I declare myself guilty for breaching the restraining order and entering the house but not guilty to the assault." Orero Tarazaga is being held in a hospital. A trial has been set for August 1, according to the Evening Standard.

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Lizzo unveils new song when crashing Drag Race star Kornbread's show

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Lizzo had one heck of a way of debuting her brand new song -- she crashed a drag queen show in West Hollywood to perform her new track, "Everybody's Gay."

It was the perfect opportunity because the tribute show's theme was Night of 1,000 Lizzos, and Drag Race star Kornbread, who is known for a spot-on Lizzo look, shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the night.

"ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME! A Night of 1000 Lizzos was a success!@lizzobeeating stepped in our shoes and gave a drag performance. Sang live. And debut a new song from her album. Baby tonight was epic!" they raved.  "Dreams do come true with hard work!!"

Entertainment Weekly reports how the song's debut went down. Lizzo was invited on stage and told the crowd, "Happy Pride ya'll!" She also joked she has "been a diva since I came out of the f***ing womb, b****."

That aside, the Grammy winner also spoke of the importance of mental health, adding, "I feel like I'm family, so we can all understand. I've been feeling so down, so depressed, and so stressed lately, I feel so much hate from the world sometimes." She praised the LGBTQ+ community for showing her nothing but love since she first pursued a music career.

Lizzo then asked all the queens in the joint -- consisting of past Drag Race stars -- to join her on stage to debut her new song, "Everybody's Gay." She told the crowd the track is about "living your best life, turning up, and dancing and just having some f***ing fun."

Aside from debuting her new song, which will appear on her new album Special, Lizzo also treated the crowd to a performance of "Cuz I Love You" and "About Damn Time."

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