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Jason Mraz dazzles in his 'Dancing with the Stars' debut

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Jason Mraz not only felt like dancing when the 32nd season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Tuesday, September 26, but he also proved he was pretty good at it.

Jason and his partner, Daniella Karagach, ended the night tied for second place with Ariana Madix and partner Pasha Pashkov, earning 21 out of a possible 30 points for their cha cha to his song, "I Feel Like Dancing."

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter revealed in a pre-taped segment before the dance that despite his success, he's "faked his way through dancing all this time."

"Time to do something about that," he added.

"In college, I studied musical theater, but then one day I got to the door of the dance studio and said, 'I'm not going back in there," he told Karagach, explaining, "I knew what was in that room -- humiliation. Because the students had a lot more experience than me and I'd see all my weaknesses."

"I just went and focused where I could focus and sing immediately, which was like busking on the sidewalk and playing in coffee shops," he continued." Since then, I've hid behind a guitar, but a part of me still wants to go through that door."

Waiting on the other side were raves from the DWTS judges, starting with Bruno Tonioli, who declared Jason was "a dancer." Carrie Ann Inaba hailed it as "the best dance of the night" and Derek Hough called it "spot on."

Elsewhere, former Bachelorette Charity Lawson topped the leaderboard with 22 out of 30. Reality star Harry Jowsey was at the bottom with the lowest score, 12 out of 30, tied with model and actor Tyson Beckford and Veep alum Matt Walsh, the last of whom was sent home.

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Over 100 kids to perform Every. Kelly. Clarkson. Song. Ever. at January benefit concert

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Over the years, Kelly Clarkson has released 10 albums — and an ambitious charity concert planned for 2024 promises performances of every single song that has appeared on those albums.

The Songs for Kids Foundation, which funds free music programs for kids and young adults with illnesses, injuries or disabilities, has announced the Every. Kelly. Clarkson. Song. Ever. Fest!, which will take place January 13 and 14 at The Eastern in Atlanta, Georgia. Proceeds from the event will go to the foundation.

Over two days, more than 100 kids and young adults with illnesses or disabilities who are part of the Songs for Kids Mentorship Program will perform Kelly's entire catalog. Musicians with and without disabilities, including speaking and nonspeaking performers, will interpret all of Kelly's songs, from "A Moment Like This" through her current album, chemistry.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at

In 2022, Songs for Kids held its inaugural charity concert, Every. Taylor. Song. Ever. Fest!, during which they performed 194 Taylor Swift songs, including Midnights and its bonus tracks.

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Music notes: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and more

Thanks to Taylor Swift’s appearance at the Kansas City Chiefs’ game on Sunday and her rumored budding relationship with tight end Travis Kelce, NFL partner Fanatics tells ABC they’ve seen a nearly 400% uptick in Travis Kelce merch. Her appearance at the game also may have boosted ratings. Variety reports the telecast received a total audience of 24.32 million viewers, scoring the highest among female demographics ages 12-17 and 18-49 this week.

And speaking of rumored couples, Ariana Grande was reportedly spotted walking arm-in-arm with Wicked co-star and rumored new beau Ethan Slater in Disneyland Friday night. In photos and video obtained by Deuxmoi, they can only be seen from behind, but the witness claims it was indeed them. A source also tells People, “They went with a big group of friends as well her mom and brother," adding, "All of her friends love him."

"Last Night" singer Morgan Wallen is extending his One Night At A Time tour into 2024 with 10 stadium dates. Kicking off in April, the newly announced trek includes stops in Indianapolis, Nashville, Denver, Tampa, Arlington and Las Vegas. To purchase tickets, fans must register in advance at Ticketmaster's website. 

Black Eyed Peas will be ringing in the new year in Las Vegas. The group has lined up two New Year’s Eve weekend performances at The Venetian Theatre: one on Saturday, December 30, and the other on Sunday, December 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, September 29, at 10 a.m. PT.

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Harry Styles seen holding hands with actress Taylor Russell in London

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Rumors have been swirling since June that Harry Styles is romantically involved with actress Taylor Russell.  Now there's photographic evidence that the two might be more than friends.

Harry and the Canadian actress, who's best known for her roles in the Netflix series Lost In Space and the movie Escape Roomwere spotted holding hands while grabbing coffee in London over the weekend.

The two stars, both 29, further fueled rumors about their relationship in July when Taylor attended one of Harry's concerts, and again in August, when Harry went to the opening night of Taylor's play, The Effect.

Neither star has commented on their relationship.

Harry famously split with Olivia Wilde, who directed him in Don't Worry Darling, in November 2022. Since then, he was briefly linked to Emily Ratajkowski, with whom he was seen making out in Tokyo in March.

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Pink kicks fan out of her concert after he protested against ... circumcision?

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 So far on her current tour, Pink has dealt with a fan throwing their parent's ashes onstage. But she apparently reached her breaking point during Monday night's show in San Antonio, when she ejected a fan for protesting against circumcision.

In fan-recorded video posted on TikTok, Pink stopped the acoustic portion of her set to try to read what was written on a fan's phone, which he was holding up for her to read. It was later revealed that the message said, "circumcision: cruel and harmful."

"Oh, you’re making a whole point right now, aren’t you?" Pink asked the man. "Do you feel good about yourself?"

She continued, "You spent all this money to come here and do that? I'm gonna have to buy a Birkin bag with that ticket money," she joked, before adding, "Get that s*** out of here."

The man turned around and showed the crowd the message. "He wants all of you to read it. He came here tonight to talk about circumcision," said Pink. She then told the guards to remove the man, which they did.

This isn't the first time Pink has been attacked by fans who are upset about this topic. Back in 2019, she had to turn off the comments on a photo she posted that showed her son, then 2 years old, at a pool, naked from the waist down.

“There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real?” she captioned the post. “As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper.”

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Noah Kahan adds more dates to 2024, including second Fenway Park show

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Looks like Noah Kahan fans can't stop dialing — drunk or otherwise — for tickets to his upcoming tour.

The "Dial Drunk" singer has just added seven additional North American dates to his We'll All Be Here Forever tour, which gets underway March 26 in Vancouver. The new dates include a second show at New York's Madison Square Garden and a second show at Boston's Fenway Park. The tour will now wrap with two dates at the baseball stadium: July 18 and 19.

If you've already registered, you may get an opportunity to participate in the advance registration presale on Wednesday, September 27. Fans will be randomly selected to receive a code that grants them access to the sale. The general sale begins September 29 via

In addition, Noah is using the Ticketmaster Face Value Exchange program for the tour. If you get tickets and then can't attend, you can resell them to other fans at the original price paid. To further protect tickets from falling into scalpers' hands, all tickets for the tour are mobile only and cannot be transferred, and you must have a valid bank account or debit card within the country of the show to sell tickets on the Face Value Exchange.

On September 24, Noah joined Zach Bryan onstage at Nashville's Pilgrimage Music Festival to perform their new collaboration, "Sarah's Place."  

By the way, Noah pronounces his surname "Kahn," with just one syllable, and not "Ka-han." Now you know.

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Watch video for Bebe Rexha and David Guetta's new single, "One in a Million"

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Bebe Rexha and David Guetta have followed up their hit "I'm Good (Blue)" with another collaboration, "One In a Million." The video for the song is out now, having premiered on a billboard in New York's Times Square and on various MTV platforms.

The clip shows Bebe in various glamorous outfits, including one that's extremely low-cut. David pops in and out of the video as well.

If the song sound familiar to you, it's because, like "I'm Good," it's based on a sample. This time, the sample is from one of David Guetta's previous songs: "When Love Takes Over," a club classic from 2009 featuring vocals by Kelly Rowland.

There's speculation that "One In a Million" will appear on a deluxe version of Bebe's latest album, Bebe, which came out this past April.

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Olivia Rodrigo launches custom-designed headphones for optimal 'GUTS' listening

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Sure, you could listen to Olivia Rodrigo's GUTS on your run-of-the-mill earbuds — or you can use a set that Olivia has personally designed to get the most out of her music.

The Sony earbuds, called LinkBuds S x Olivia Rodrigo, features custom equalizers tuned by Olivia and her producer Dan Nigro so fans can have an optimal listening experience to both GUTS and SOUR. The buds come in a violet-colored marble pattern and are made of factory-recovered plastic and reclaimed water bottles.

“I’m so excited that I got to design a limited edition LinkBuds S in the color violet," says Olivia in a statement. "The sound is incredible, and I can’t wait for my fans to experience GUTS in this way.”

The LinkBuds also feature noise cancellation, auto play and adaptive sound control features to automatically adjust the sound settings based on what you're listening to. They'll set you back 200 bucks.

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Lady Gaga's Rolling Stones collaboration coming on Thursday; hear a snippet now

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We're going to hear Lady Gaga's collaboration with The Rolling Stones sooner than expected.

The band announced on Instagram that the song, "Sweet Sounds of Heaven," will arrive at noon on Thursday, September 28. You can presave or preadd it now.

The song also features Stevie Wonder on keyboards. You can hear him playing — and Gaga vocalizing a bit — in a snippet of the song on Instagram.

On the Stones' Instagram Story, they reveal that the song is pretty epic: It runs seven minutes and 22 seconds.

"Sweet Sounds of Heaven" is on the legendary rockers' upcoming album Hackney Diamonds, due out October 20. The album's title is a reference to the London neighborhood of Hackney, which has a reputation as a rough place. "Hackney Diamonds" is British slang for pieces of broken glass from car windshields and store windows following a robbery.

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'TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR' film is going global

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If you thought TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR concert film couldn't get any bigger, you'd be wrong.

Theater chain AMC announced the movie is getting worldwide distribution, into more than 100 countries, beginning on October 13.

A "so excited" Taylor broke the news on her Instagram at 8 a.m. ET, noting, "The tour isn't the only thing we're taking worldwide," noting tickets are available now.

The deal with AMC and its international partners will see the concert film run in some 7,500 theaters around the world.

The anticipated movie will play at every Odeon Cinemas locations throughout Europe, AMC noted, with other partners being added, "to play this spectacular Taylor Swift tour-de-force."

Prognosticators already predict THE ERAS TOUR FILM will be the highest-grossing film of its kind in history; The Hollywood Reporter points out the previous titleholder, 2011's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never made just shy of $100 million worldwide.

And with more than 4,000 movie theaters in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico alone already slated to screen the movie, it is expected that record will be topped in no time.

"When the film was first announced on August 31, it took less than 24 hours for the TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR concert film to shatter AMC's U.S. record for the highest ticket-sales revenue during a single day in AMC’s 103-year history," the company touted.

"With such overwhelming demand being evident, it became obvious that there should be an immediate worldwide release of the film," AMC added.

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Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean celebrates two years of sobriety, plans two-part solo album

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Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean will mark two years of sobriety on Tuesday. And while he says he's doing great, he can never truly let down his guard.

Speaking to People, AJ says, "Life is grand right now. It never gets easier, but it just becomes a working part of the mind. You have to literally make it an everyday thing whether you make it to a meeting or not.”

“I talk to my sponsor every day. I talk to people in program every day,” he adds. He also spent 10 weeks at an outpatient program for mental health recently, which he says "was totally worth it."

Thanks to his newfound sobriety, AJ says he now feels comfortable with Backstreet possibly doing another Las Vegas residency. During their last one, which ended in 2019, AJ said being in Vegas was "not good" for him. But now, he says, "Addiction goes anywhere you go, so I can't blame it on a city."

In April 2024, AJ and the group will host their vacation event Backstreet's Back at the Beach in Mexico. But he also has a solo album planned, telling People that part one will drop in January, followed by part two in April.

"It's funk, it's R&B, it's pop, it's soul. There's kind of an ‘80s flair," he says of this music. "There's some Silk Sonic vibes. It's some really good stuff.”

Meanwhile, you can see AJ and his daughter Elliott in the new holiday campaign for The Children's Place, along with *NSYNC's Joey Fatone and his daughter Kloey. Ironically, AJ says Elliott is a big *NSYNC fan, while Joey claims Kloey prefers Backstreet.

"Our kids had a blast," AJ tells People. "They talk all the time now."

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Music notes: Taylor Swift, Adele and more

After Taylor Swift left the Kansas City Chiefs game with Travis Kelce on Sunday, the pair spent the evening at Prime Social Rooftop in Kansas City, Missouri. Entertainment Tonight reports Travis rented out the entire restaurant for his family and team to celebrate together. According to the outlet, Taylor and Travis "were very affectionate with each other, but kept things fun and lighthearted."

Adele set the rumor mill aflame during her residency show in Las Vegas over the weekend when she referred to boyfriend Rich Paul as her husband. The singer said that she is "not the greatest wife" to Rich because it has taken her a while to understand American football, a sport that he loves. "I just don't understand the game," Adele said. "It's so annoying because I'm actually quite a clever person."

Together again, thanks to Ed Sheeran. The stars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunited at Ed's concert at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles over the weekend. Sarah Michelle Gellar posted about the reunion with her former co-stars Seth Green and Emma Caulfield on Instagram. "I really love these people," she captioned the photos. 

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Kelly Clarkson shocks a Vegas street performer with impromptu performance

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She wasn’t our first American Idol for nothing.

Kelly Clarkson gave an impromptu performance of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It” on the street in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Kelly was on her way to soundcheck for an event when she heard a woman singing and gave her a tip. The street performer, unaware of who she was interacting with, invited Kelly to take a spin at the song.

“She asked me to sing and had no clue who I was, and then it hit her, and it made my day! She gives the best hugs and sings her tail off,” Kelly wrote alongside a video of the interaction on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

The exact moment that the street performer realizes Kelly’s identity is abundantly clear. “Are you f****** kidding me?” the woman says, after the two embrace in a hug.

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Jung Kook to release second solo single, “3D (feat. Jack Harlow)”


New music from Jung Kook is on its way.

The global superstar from the group BTS is releasing his second solo single, “3D (feat. Jack Harlow),” on Friday, September 29.

Jung Kook made the announcement during his headlining set at the 2023 Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park, where he closed his performance by showing off a first-look video teasing the single.

From BIGHIT MUSIC, this new collaboration comes two months after Jung Kook began his solo journey with the release of “Seven (feat. Latto),” which made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

According to the press release, “3D” expresses a person’s desire to be with someone in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd dimensions.

“Following ‘Seven,’ the new track will showcase Jung Kook’s growth as a solo artist,” BIGHIT MUSIC said in a statement.

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Olivia Rodrigo gets unexpected dating advice from a young fan

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Olivia Rodrigo is getting some unexpected dating advice.

In a new video from the YouTube channel RecessTherapy, Olivia sat down with a young child named Miles, who offered up some wisdom when it came to love.

Olivia asked Miles for advice on how she can find a partner. “Pick a person that looks kind,” Miles said before telling her, “I really hope you find love.”

He followed up the sweet moment with an additional stipulation. “And the only person you can’t marry is your cousins,” Miles said, causing Olivia and host Julian Shapiro-Barnum to burst into a fit of laughter.

“You’re so right, you never miss,” Olivia said before prompting Miles with another question: “What happens if you marry someone that’s your cousin?”

“Something bad happens to your body,” Miles answered. So true, Miles. So true.

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