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Music notes: Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat and Sara Bareilles

Billy Eichner said Mariah Carey was his only choice when it came to soundtracking the club scene for his new gay rom-com, Bros. He told E! News, "It had to be Mariah Carey. It was the only one. Mariah rules. I love her so much."  

Margot Robbie is part of Taylor Swift's so-called "squad," so she loved working with her on the new movie Amsterdam. She told Capital FM, "She’s so lovely, a real girl's girl!" Margot also got hooked up with some Folkore merch, but her guy friends took it all. "I ended up giving it all to the my guy friends because they were all so excited and they were the way bigger T Swift fans than my girlfriends," she laughed.

You can now try to win Doja Cat's heart -- and more -- in the popular but raunchy video game House Party.  She is the latest celeb to join the suggestive game. House Party shared a teaser of her crazy storyline, which starts with her trying to sneak into a house party and then putting on an explosive concert.

It's still hitting Sara Bareilles that she is part of an original Broadway cast recording of Into the Woods. She celebrated on Instagram, "Thrilling is not an adequate word for the feeling of being a part of an original Broadway cast album. I can’t believe it. I’m so happy." The album is out now.

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See the Black Eyed Peas for $15 at this upcoming high school football game

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Football season is here and the Black Eyed Peas are helping students wave their colors at a Super Bowl-like halftime show at the East L.A. Classic match between rival high schools.

Los Angeles Times reports the "I Gotta Feeling" singers will take over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 21, when Theodore Roosevelt High takes on Garfield High School, for a halftime performance. has a commitment to Roosevelt, as he grew up in Boyle Heights and strives to give back to his community via his Angel Foundation. The musician has several projects going to inspire students, including his Track program, which encourages them to reach for their dreams by obtaining a higher education. He also helped found a robotics program at the school.

Garfield football coach Lorenzo Hernandez is happy to welcome BEP to the Classic, an annual event since 1925, noting attendance has significantly shrunk over the past few years from an estimated 25,000 people to 10,000.

"This is going to be the biggest ever meeting with two teams playing well, an historic venue and the Black Eyed Peas halftime show," he said, stressing the affordable ticket price. "All for $15."

Tickets are on sale on Ticketmaster; students who take advantage of a presale will pay $12.

The junior varsity match kicks off at 3:30 p.m. while the varsity game takes place at 7:30 p.m.

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Kelly Clarkson admits being drunk while singing on pal's new song "You're Drunk, Go Home"

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Kelly Clarkson can be heard singing with her friend Kelsea Ballerini on Kelsea's new album, Subject to Change -- and as Kelly revealed on her talk show, the title of that song was extremely apt, considering her condition at the time.

The song is called "You're Drunk, Go Home," and Kelly explained that the day Kelsea texted and asked her to jump on the song was her final day of work before an extended vacation. Kelly says when she got the text, she'd "already been celebrating."

As soon as she heard the song, though, she knew she had to be on it, despite being half in the bag. "So I had to sing a song called ‘You’re Drunk, Go Home,’ inebriated," Kelly laughed. "Trying to [reach] for soprano parts like I’m fine.”

“There is a full [recording] that we have to send to you of me just crying and laughing so hard, I almost peed my pants,” Kelly told Kelsea. “I almost peed my pants. This has never happened to me in 20 years. I've never, ever been inebriated while singing something.”

The song, which also features country star Carly Pearce, is a kiss off to that drunk guy that comes on to you in a bar and won't take a hint to go away. If you scroll to 2:11 into the song, you'll hear something Kelly sang as a joke that Kelsea made sure to include.

"There's one part of the song that's like an ad-lib, and now you're gonna hear it, and now you're gonna know," Kelsea told the audience. "You just hear Kelly go 'MMM-byeeee!' And it's in there, and it's cranked. So thank you for that."

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AJ McLean credits drag for helping him become a completely different person than he was a year ago

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AJ McLean says he recently made many positive changes in his life, which he credits to becoming more involved in drag.

The Backstreet Boys member opened up to People about marking one year of sobriety and getting cosmetic surgery. He credits competing on VH1's RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race as Poppy Love for sparking the change.

"I am a completely different person, and it really all started [with] this show," he says. "This was by far the most liberating thing I thing I've ever done."

The Dancing with the Stars alum says doing drag "changed" him by improving his confidence and self-love.

"Hands down the biggest thing I took away from this amazing experience was to love the body that you're in," says AJ. "That's something I've long struggled [with] and this proved to be the catalyst for me to really look inwards, and do the emotional work to embody the person I am and really just love myself."

AJ says he decided to commit to sobriety last September after struggling "with drugs and alcohol issues for 25 years." The singer admits, "It's still a daily struggle still but it allowed me to finally dive into me." He saluted the cast, saying they "kept me on track."

AJ also reveals he has opted for FaceTite, a cosmetic procedure that helps remove sagging skin on the lower half of the face. "Look, I have no shame in saying this: I went and got lipo on my neck," he remarks, adding he's always been "insecure" about his neck lines. 

Overall, AJ says he feels "like a new human," adding he was also inspired to exercise more and change his diet. He lost 35 pounds and says he's now in the best shape of his life.

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Lil Nas X teases he may be off the market


Looks like Lil Nas X has found himself a new beau, and fans are going wild.

The Grammy winner, who is openly gay, palled around with a mystery man on Thursday and shared some eyebrow-raising photos to Twitter.  He also failed to put a caption on his two-photo post. 

The first photo is of two men with their back faced to the camera so they can show off the new Montero letterman jackets Lil Nas X is selling for a cool $250 on his tour. The second image is of the rapper wrapping his arm around a mystery man, whose face is blurred out with a gold star emoji.

At this time, Lil Nas X has not revealed the identity of his rumored new beau, but fans are already doing their detective work to see if the rapper had featured him in past posts.

Then again, some fans believe this stunt is all a plug for that pricy letterman jacket, which fans can buy at the merch booth when they see him on tour.

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New Music Friday: Charlie Puth, Tate McRae, Sam Smith, Leah Kate, 24kGoldn and Banners

It's Friday! Let's see who's out with new tunes ...

Charlie Puth dropped "Charlie Be Quiet," one of the final new music releases before his new album, Charlie, drops Friday, October 7. The song explores him suppressing his big feelings in a relationship.

Tate McRae released "uh oh," which she reveals is different from her other songs. She said in a statement, "It talks about the flirty, lighthearted feeling of constantly going back to someone and the adrenaline that goes along with it."

Sam Smith is out with the "Unholy" music video with Kem Petras, which gives the sultry single the narrative movie treatment about a seemingly squeaky clean husband blowing off steam at a raunchy nightclub.

Leah Kate launched her new single "Monster," which is part of her upcoming EP Alive and Unwell, set to arrive October 28. The pop rock anthem is Leah's special message to her haters.

24kGoldn wrapped up a summertime tour with Wiz Khalifa and Logic -- and now he's out with a new song called "Mistakes." 24k owns up to his past blunders in the song and swears he's "done" with making bad choices.

Banners released the emotional new song "Perfectly Broken." He said in a statement, "I wanted to write a song about how our imperfections are what make us interesting" and how our imperfections create strong relationships.

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Katy Perry shows off her denim tribute to Britney Spears

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Katy Perry serves as a new guest on the upcoming season of The Walk In, where she will show off her denim tribute to Britney Spears.

By that, we mean Katy's version of the denim-on-denim ensemble Britney wore to the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards with then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake. The "Daisies" singer honored the look for the 2014 VMAs, and nearly a decade later, she refuses to let it go.

The Amazon Music series, hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Mo Heart, is all about exploring music artists' closets and rifling through their most iconic looks. A sneak peek of Katy's forthcoming episode was shared on YouTube.

When it came time to dish about the denim outfit, Katy launched into story mode about how she approached rapper Riff Raff to pull off the VMA look.

"We both wore matching Versace that actually pays homage to Justin and Britney," the Grammy nominee disclosed. "That moment Britney gave us was the moment, and I wanted to pay my respects."

Katy also revealed something surprising about herself while showing off the tiny tailored waist of the denim suit: she struggled with her body image. "I have spent so much time thinking I was fat. Wasting time thinking I was fat, years ago," she confessed. "I was never fat."  

In a teachable moment, she told her female fans, "You are not fat!"

Katy also will revisit some of her best tour looks and the outfits she wore when she took over the Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. As for how her old wardrobe continues to stay in mint condition, the singer revealed they are stored in a special warehouse "where we have everything hung in garment bags."

Season 3 of The Walk In premieres October 3 on Amazon Music.

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Doja Cat is keeping her album secrets to herself: "I'm not gonna tell anybody anything"

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Doja Cat is working on an album -- but that's all she's going to tell you about it.

The Grammy winner sat down with People and confirmed she won't reveal anything new about the album until it's ready to be released into the ether. That also means no one has an idea what genre it'll be -- except for her, of course.

"That's for everybody else to predict," she quipped. When asked what sound her new album will have, she retorted, "What's it not going to be?"

Doja continued playing hardball with questions about her album and ruled, "I'm not gonna tell anybody anything. I don't care how much people beg and plead."

The "Woman" rapper previously said she will be releasing a German rave album and later quipped it'd be an R&B or jazz album instead.

Doja has also switched up her look and says she is "just bald and cute" after shaving off her eyebrows and hair.  The singer is happy she is able to fully express herself and hopes her fans are inspired by that, too.

"I want them to feel like they can do whatever makes them happy. I want them to express themselves the way that they want to," she disclosed. "I want them to never be afraid to take a risk when it comes to music or fashion or, you know, being creative."

Doja is now looking forward to returning to the stage, starting with Thursday's JBL Live show, now that her throat has healed enough from surgery.  "I'm really excited to be on stage again," she raved, adding doing live shows is "one of the greatest parts of my career."

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Ed Sheeran ordered to stand trial in "Thinking Out Loud" copyright suit

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Ed Sheeran's legal woes are far from over. Even though he emerged victorious in his "Shape of You" copyright suit, he is now going toe to toe over a Marvin Gaye hit.

Billboard reports a federal judge has ordered the Grammy winner to stand trial in the copyright lawsuit alleging he stole elements from Gaye's "Let’s Get It On" to make his 2014 hit "Thinking Out Loud." The lawsuit was brought on by Structured Asset Sales, who owns a third of Ed Townsend's copyrights.

Townsend co-wrote "Let's Get It On" with Gaye; his heirs have filed a separate suit on the matter.

This case now heads to a jury trial, which Ed, who previously filed a request to dismiss the lawsuit, hoped to avoid. His team argued the elements he's accused of stealing -- a chord progression and harmonic rhythm from the 1973 song -- were not unique enough to be protected under copyright. 

The British singer's team noted the same elements were found in a song that predates "Let's Get It On" -- The Temptations' 1965 hit "Since I Lost My Baby."

Judge Louis Stanton sided against Ed and ruled nothing would preclude the artist from relaying his arguments to a jury. "There is no bright-line rule that the combination of two unprotectable elements is insufficiently numerous to constitute an original work," the judge wrote. "A work may be copyrightable even though it is entirely a compilation of unprotectable elements."

Judge Stanton also ruled that should Ed be found guilty of copyright infringement, the profits he made from concerts when he performed "Thinking Out Loud" will be included in awarded damages. 

No date has been set for the upcoming case, but it is expected to take place in a Manhattan federal courthouse.

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Scooter Braun wishes he handed things differently with Taylor Swift: "I learned an important lesson from that"

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Scooter Braun wishes he had done things differently with Taylor Swift.

To recap, Scooter acquired Taylor's masters up until her Reputation album when buying her former record company, Big Machine, in June 2019. That same day, Taylor called the buyout her "worst case scenario" on Tumblr, and they've been at odds since.

Speaking on The Limits with Jay Williams podcast, Braun admitted he "would have" handled the situation differently and that he "learned an important lesson."

Scooter reflected on when "all hell broke loose" -- as in Taylor's Tumblr post -- and believes the issue arose because "a lot of things got lost in translation." The talent manager said he was "under a very strict NDA" when acquiring Big Machine, so he "wasn't legally allowed" to "tell any artist" about the deal beforehand.

"So the regret I have there is that I made the assumption that everyone, once the deal was done, was going to have a conversation with me, see my intent, see my character and say, 'Great, let's be in business together,'" he said. Braun admitted that his mindset was coming from "a place of arrogance."

As for what he learned, Braun said, "I can never make that assumption again." He added, "I think that when you have a conflict with someone, it's very hard to resolve it if you're not willing to have a conversation." 

He also learned to see things from Taylor's point of view. "I didn't appreciate how that all went down," he confessed. "I thought it was unfair. But I also understand, from the other side, they probably felt it was unfair, too."

Braun, who has since sold the rights to Taylor's first six albums for a reported $300 million+, says he's "rooting" for Taylor and "wish[es] everyone involved well."

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5 Seconds of Summer win their 5th straight #1 album in Australia

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The wins keep coming for 5 Seconds of Summer, who just notched their fifth straight number-one album in their native Australia.

Billboard reports the country's ARIA Chart placed the band's new album release, 5SOS5, right on top. This means every album 5SOS released has gone to number one in their country, starting with their 2014 eponymous debut. 

Their other works to go straight to the top are 2015's Sounds Good Feels Good, 2018's Youngblood and 2020's CALM.

The group also released a live album in 2014 titled LiveSOS, but that peaked in seventh place.

Annabelle Herd, CEO of ARIA, celebrated 5SOS's big win in a statement. "What an incredible three weeks for Australian albums, congratulations to 5 Seconds of Summer on the success of their new album and an incredible decade of music loved across the world," she said.

5SOS5 came out September 23. 

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Report: Dua Lipa and Trevor Noah are dating

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Looks like Dua Lipa has a new man in her life -- late night host Trevor Noah.

Page Six reports the Grammy winner was seen palling around New York City with Noah on Wednesday night, and the two were even caught sharing a kiss. It is unknown when Dua, 27, began seeing Noah, 38.

Despite the unknown origins of their rumored love story, spies who caught them moseying around the Big Apple say they seem to be very happy to be in the other's company. The rumored couple also grabbed a dinner at Miss Lily's, a Jamaican restaurant.

"They were quietly sat away from everyone else at restaurant," one source told the outlet. "It was clear they were into each other and sat close together throughout the meal."

Once they finished eating, they "left together and walked," says the source, who added that the two took a moment "for long embraces" and "kissed."

Reps for the Daily Show host and Dua have not responded to the outlet's request for comment at this time.

Dua parted ways with her boyfriend of two years, Anwar Hadid, earlier this year. 

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Kesha suffered a wardrobe malfunction and vocal hemorrhage during Taylor Hawkins tribute concert

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Kesha is on the mend after suffering a vocal hemorrhage during the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert earlier this week. The star-studded concert was the music industry's way of bidding farewell to the late Foo Fighters drummer.

Kesha was part of the lineup and performed "Heroes" by David Bowie alongside Hawkins' side project Chevy Metal. In addition to injuring her voice, the "TikTok" singer also dealt with an unexpected wardrobe malfunction, which she joked about on Instagram.

Kesha had been wearing a glittery silver bikini top, which appeared to have gotten loose during her knockout performance. She didn't sweat it, but apparently, that is what caused the vocal injury.

"So. in the middle of my wardrobe malfunction I decided to distract everyone from my [breasts] falling out by singing [really]. Loud. And today I found out I hemorrhaged one of my vocal chords," she remarked. "Soooo. I’m posting all the pics from the f***ing moment bc. This was quite a moment."

Fans are wishing Kesha a speedy recovery.

Among the other artists participating in the tribute were Miley Cyrus, Pink, Alanis Morissette and Blink-182's Travis Barker. The concert raised funds for MusiCares and Music Support.

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Hear Shawn Mendes' new song from 'Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile' soundtrack now

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Shawn Mendes has released his first new song since the March 2022 single "When You're Gone." It's from the soundtrack of the upcoming movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, in which he voices the title character.

The song is called "Heartbeat," and it comes with a lyric video. In the upbeat love song, Shawn sings, "Heartbeat/It speeds up whenever you want me/What you got, I want it like all week/I need that, I wanna be wherever you are, wherever you are."

The soundtrack to the movie, based on the beloved children's book, is out October 7, the same day the movie hits theaters. As previously reported, it features original songs by Oscar-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting team who brought you The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land. 

Shawn sings quite a few numbers on the album. There are also some classic hits sprinkled in like Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" and naturally, Elton John's "Crocodile Rock."

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Taylor Swift reveals colorful track name from 'Midnights' album

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Taylor Swift is offering her new album Midnights to fans in various colors of limited-edition vinyl, but she's just added a new color to the mix.

Taylor went on TikTok for another edition of her ongoing series "Midnights Mayhem with Me," during which she reveals the names of the songs on the album by spinning a bunch of ping pong balls in a bingo cage and pulling numbers out at random.

Last night, Taylor chose #2 and revealed that track number two on the album is called "Maroon." Does Adam Levine know about this?

"Maroon" joins previous track titles "Midnight Rain," "Question...?," "Vigilante S**t" and "Mastermind." The album arrives October 21.

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