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Who has the top song of 2021?  According to Billboard's staff, the honor goes to Silk Sonic and their hit single "Leave The Door Open."

The outlet released its list of the best 100 songs to come out of 2021 and, sitting above an impressive roundup is the Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak-fronted group.  Billboard's staff call their song "an instant slam dunk" because it blends "the lush sounds of ’70s soul" and a "modern finesse."

Olivia Rodrigo claims second place with her angry breakup anthem "good 4 u," which helped the young singer make history by going to number one on the Hot 100.  The song's number one bow was preceded by "drivers license" and, therefore, made Olivia the only artist in history to have a debut album, Sour, send two of its songs to the number one spot.  

In third is "Levitating" by Dua Lipa, with Billboard saluting the hit for being a "fun repeat listen" even though it never topped the Hot 100, but was a constant in the top 10.  Although the song was released in October 2020, it made the cut because it peaked this year: In fact, it was Billboard's number-one Hot 100 chart song of 2021.

Lil Nas X and his groundbreaking "Industry Baby" collab with Jack Harlow ends 2021 in fourth place while Taylor Swift rounds out the top five with her 10-minute re-recording of "All Too Well."

Visit Billboard's website to read the complete list of the best 100 songs of 2021.

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Adele continues to make history with her long-awaited album 30, which is now the first album in over a year to sell over a million copies in the United States.  The last artist who enjoyed such a feat was Taylor Swift following her July 2020 release of folklore

Billboard adds 30 surpassed the million-sales milestone in less than a month.  The album was released on November 19 and the outlet reports that 692,000 copies flew off the shelves in its first week alone.  Fans snatched up an additional 225,000 copies the following week.

Sales encompass all CD, vinyl LP, cassette and digital album download purchases.

It should also be noted that, while Adele sold over a million copies in just a few weeks, it took Taylor's folklore almost three months to sell that many copies. 

Billboard notes that it's become even harder for artists to sell that many albums thanks to the rise of streaming.  They say only three other albums have achieved powerhouse sales since 2019: the soundtrack to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is BornHarry StylesFine Line, and Billie Eilish's debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

 

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There are many horror stories out there about raising a newborn, including one from Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom that really takes the cake.

The parents, who welcomed Daisy Dove last year, apparently hold competitions over who can suck the most snot out of their young daughter.  For the uninitiated about the more-disgusting side of parenting, there is a contraption specifically made to conduct the not-so-pleasant snot sucking task because babies are unable to blow their nose.  

Orlando responded Tuesday to a video from Fridababy, a company specializing in baby care products, which showed off how the contraption works along with the snarky caption, "Raise your hand if you swore you'd never suck snot as a parent."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star commiserated with his fellow parents when commenting, "I've sucked out so much snot with this thing. Katy and I take turns to see who can get out the biggest booger.  So far she’s winning or maybe that means she's losing?  Lol parenthood is weird but at least our daughter can breathe at night."

Katy has yet to weigh in on what she thinks about the great booger race.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With 2021 coming to a close, it's time to review the words that gave Americans the most agony over the past year.  While many struggled over how to pronounce the newest COVID-19 variant, omicron (OH-mee-kraan, per ABC News standards), others butchered Billie Eilish's name.

The U.S. Captioning Company, which is the nation's leading television captioning service, keeps track of the words that gave television personalities and newscasters the most trouble and released its annual list of the biggest offenders.  

Surprisingly, Eilish was on this year's roundup.  Considering that the alt-pop superstar burst into the limelight more than two years ago following her breakout hit "bad guy," it begs to question why her last name is only wreaking havoc now.

For those who still have doubts, U.S. Captioning Company says the correct way to pronounce Eilish is "EYE-lish."

Two other individuals made the list this year, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce -- whose last name is pronounced "KELSS" with a hard S, not "KELL-see" -- and Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas, whose name is pronounced "STEH-fuh-nohs TSEE-tsee-pas." 

Gen-Z slang, such as the millennial-bashing term Cheugy, pronounced CHOO-gee; and Yassify, pronounced YEAH-sih-fai, where multiple beauty filters are applied for comedic effect, also made this year's roundup.

Other terms that made the cut include the restaurant chain Chipotle [chih-POHT-lay], the Scottish city Glasgow [GLAHZ-go], and the cryptocurrencies Dogecoin [DOJH-coin] and Ethereum [ih-THEE-ree-um], as well as the Ever Given [EV-er GIV-en], the ship that famously blocked the Suez Canal.

The report was commissioned by Babbel, a platform that teaches users how to speak other languages.

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For the first time, you can own your very own copy of Mariah Carey: Live at the Tokyo Dome, which chronicles her first show in Japan. Sony Music Entertainment has released the iconic 1996 concert for digital purchase and rental for the first time.

The concert video not only takes us to another country, it throws us 25 years into the past -- when Mariah was trotting the globe as part of her Daydream World Tour, which promoted the 1995 album of the same name.  Daydream produced the hits "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day" and "Always Be My Baby." 

The 80-minute concert special not only features the Grammy winner belting out then-new songs from the album, she also performs "Emotions," "Dreamlover," and her holiday smash, "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

Aside from the concert, the film includes early music videos and behind the scenes footage taken in 1991.  It will also show just how much Mariah has grown as an artist by featuring an interview that was taken right after her very first live performance at the Tatou Club in New York.

Mariah Carey: Live at the Tokyo Dome is now available to purchase and rent on Sony Picture's website, as well as the Apple TV+ and Vudu streaming services.

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BTS fans have long wondered why its members never had their separate media accounts, but that finally changed after the septet announced an "extended period of rest."  

J-HopeJiminJinJungkookRMSuga and V now have their very own social media accounts on Instagram, which you can follow.  Everyone amassed over 18 million follows since launching their accounts on Monday, but V currently has the most, with 20.5 million as of early Tuesday afternoon.

If you're what the guys are posting about, the BTS boys are sharing glimpses of what they do in their spare time -- such as RM posting a candid snap of Suga creeping up on a sleeping cat to take its photo.  They have also shared some behind the scenes looks of their recent performances. 

Comments are currently limited on all their accounts so only those they follow can react to their posts, which -- surprise -- are only the other members of BTS.  

BTS' management company, Big Hit Music, previously announced that the band will be taking a break "after they complete their official scheduled events."  The company stressed BTS is not breaking up, but that a hiatus was needed to give the group "a chance to get re-inspired and recharge with creative energy. It will also be the first time for them since their debut to spend the holiday season with their families."

 

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Selena Gomez is still processing that she can finally call herself a Grammy nominee.  The singer, who began releasing music in 2008, scored her first nod this year -- Best Latin Pop Album, for Revelación.

The 29-year-old admitted to Entertainment Tonight that she was overwhelmed by the honor. "I cried like a little baby. I was very excited," she revealed.  She also reflected on the significance of having her first Spanish-language EP recognized by the Recording Academy, declaring, "I worked really hard on that project, so it was a lovely surprise.  I'm very excited!"

Selena released Revelación in March, featuring the songs "De Una Vez" and "Baila Conmigo."  She previously said that every song on the EP, except one, was written by her because she wanted to honor her heritage.

The singer isn't taking any time off to celebrate her first Grammy nomination, however. In addition to promoting her fourth and final Hotel Transylvania movie, she's starting work on season two of her Hulu series, Only Murders in the Building.

Selena spoke with Extra and teased the new twists that await fans in the upcoming season, which welcomes Cara Delevingne as a new character.  She and Cara are longtime friends but never worked on a major project  together, until now. Selena, who's also an executive producer of the show, said she gave the showrunners "a little push" after learning they were interested in having Cara star in the second season.

"It's so much fun working with your friends," Selena raved. "We had never worked together -- or, actually, we did a long time ago -- but something completely different.  It's so fun!  We were just dying of laughing most of the time because we just know each other so well."

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If you, like many fans of the Jonas Brothers, were dying to know what happened behind the scenes during their Remember This Tour, you're in luck.  The "Sucker" singers are coming out with a mini-series that does exactly that.

The JoBros teamed with Messenger and Instagram for the five-part special, called Moments Between the Moments, which launched Tuesday. The docuseries is meant to show fans what KevinNick and Joe were up to before taking the stage and after they took their final bow during their 44-stop headlining tour.

"As some of you already know... we were doing a bit of filming during the #RememberThisTour," the group shared on Instagram. "It's so exciting for us to be able to share some off these off-stage moments with all of you. Thank you again for making these last few months special for us."

Aside from providing fans an intimate glimpse of their touring lifestyle, the series comes with a few extra surprises, such as "footage from a special secret show in LA."  The mini-series will also provide a deeper look into the brothers' aspirations and opinions about their music, career, family and other influences that impact their journey as a band.  Plus, we'll finally know how they really feel about the specific challenges 2021 presented them.  In addition to predictable pandemic obstacles, for example, the JoBros grappled with other major disasters, such as "a hotdog cart almost ruining everything five minutes before their sold-out Fenway show."

The first Moments Between the Moments episode is out now and can be viewed on the Watch Together function on Instagram, Messenger and Facebook Watch.  

The fifth and final episode airs Tuesday, December 28.  The JoBros will then release a concert special the following week, on Thursday, December 30.

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Today at noon ET on NPR's YouTube channel, you'll be able to watch Olivia Rodrigo perform her own installment of NPR's signature musical series, the Tiny Desk Concert. But Olivia's concert will take place in a very meaningful location.

In a tweet promoting the event, NPR wrote, "Calling all Olivia Rodrigo-heads: Tomorrow, NPR Music will premiere the Tiny Desk (home) concert from the acclaimed singer-songwriter(!!!!!!)."  A photo shows Olivia performing in what appears to be the place where she received her actual "drivers license": her local DMV.

You can RSVP now for the concert's premiere and participate in a live chat with fellow Olivia fans.

As previously reported, Olivia announced her SOUR Tour on Monday.  Tickets go on sale Friday.

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Jimmy Fallon is trying his hand at music again and this time he's teamed up with mega pop star Ariana Grande and the hot girl herself, Megan Thee Stallion, for his new song, "It Was A... (Masked Christmas)."

The peppy track was released at midnight on Tuesday but before the official release, Fallon shared a bit about the song and how it came to be during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

"It's basically about like how last year was just rough on everybody," he explained. "I wanted to say, 'It's going to get better. It really is going to get better trust me' and how can I portray that and also think of the funny things happened."

Well, the comedian and talk show host seemed to hit the nail right on the head when it came to the lyrics. 

"It was a masked Christmas / we stayed in the house / We covered our nose and covered our mouth / But it's Christmas time / We'll be in line for a booster," Fallon and Grande harmonize in the chorus. 

The "Body" rapper follows with her verse that begins, "This Christmas, Imma make it count / No more quarantine on the couch / This year hang that mistletoe toe / Imma kiss everyone that I know."

The holiday track wouldn't be complete without an equally entertaining music video to accompany it. The visuals are the epitome of the holiday season, with scenes ranging from skiing down a mountain, to sitting in front of a fireplace with Christmas decorations all around, and, as the lyrics state, standing in line for a booster shot. 

"It Was A... (Masked Christmas)" is available to stream now. 

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Harry Styles found himself to be the focus of a very odd rumor after a teenage TikTok user joked he stole a microwave from a concert venue. 

The viral video, shared by Dianna Rainone on Friday, shows text messages between the 18-year-old and her father, who reportedly works for the UBS Arena in Long Island, New York, which hosted Harry's final Love On Tour show. Her father claims in the text, "Harry [S]tyles stole our crew microwave" and doubles down when his daughter reacts in disbelief.

Dianna also recalled Harry telling the venue, "I will be leaving my mark on the UBS Arena" before ending his concert. She added in the video's caption she couldn't stop thinking about Harry "running full force [with] a microwave."

The teen had no idea her joke would spark such a massive rumor and told the New York Post on Monday, "I went to bed that night not even checking the app and I woke up to over like 20,000 views and 12,000 likes which was insane."

As for why she shared the joke to begin with, she said her father "hit me out of nowhere saying the crew microwave was missing and he had joked around saying Harry Styles stole it. I could not stop laughing, so I figured why not make a TikTok about it."

Dianna, who confirmed the venue's microwave is still MIA, assures fans Harry is not considered a suspect.

"It would be hilarious if Harry took the microwave, but my dad said someone probably moved it to clean or something," she explained. "I really hope Harry does not see this-- I’ll die of embarrassment."

The "Adore You" singer has yet to react to the rumor.

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So, how close did Ed Sheeran come to accidentally killing Elton John when filming their "Merry Christmas" music video?  According to the behind-the-scenes footage...pretty darn close.

Sir Elton took to Instagram on Monday to share the harrowing moment when Ed kicks at a bunch of presents and sends a Christmas bell sailing through the air.  Thankfully, Elton is looking down at the time because he's too busy playing the piano -- so the shiny gold bell narrowly misses his head.

The moment is even slowed down to show just how close it came, with the bell whizzing past the singer's left ear and temple.

As Elton looks up after that heavy prop clattered across his grand piano, Ed steps into frame while sheepishly rubbing the back of his neck.

"Better luck next time, @teddysphotos," he captioned the video and threw in the crying laughing emoji.

Ed previously revealed that he nearly took out the Grammy winner when speaking to Apple Music's Zane Lowe about the "Merry Christmas" music video.  "I kick a present, but the present had a big metal bell on top of it...the bell flew past his head and would've cracked him in the head," the "Shivers" singer admitted, saying that it almost "killed him."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jimmy Fallon is wasting no time telling his fans to exercise caution during the holidays because of COVID-19.  The late night talk show host has a pandemic-inspired holiday single coming out on Tuesday, called "It was a... (Masked Christmas)" and it features Megan Thee Stallion and Ariana Grande.

"Guys. I can’t believe I’m typing this but - I’m dropping a new single and video tonight," Jimmy teased on Instagram, which included an animated cartoon of him holding hands with Ari and Meg as they sway side to side.

Jimmy also teased a snippet of the single, which features the "Body" rapper introducing the song over a festive beat while telling fans, "Y'all know what time it is."

Ari is stoked to share the upcoming single and commented, "love you pal !!! so excited for this one" while her label, Republic Records, commented with a Christmas tree and heart eyes emojis.

The single and accompanying music video drops Tuesday at midnight EST.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Adele is not letting go of her number one spot on the Billboard 200 and has topped the chart for a second week.  Although 30's numbers have dropped more than 60 percent since its historic release, the album is still making major strides in both sales and in streaming.

30 moved an additional 288,000 units in its sophomore week of release, a feat no other album has accomplished since 2018.  The last time an album enjoyed such big numbers in its second week was Drake's Scorpion, which sold 335,000 units.

Fans snapped up an additional 225,000 copies of 30 and streamed it 81.33 times during its second week, allowing it to easily maintain its lead over Taylor Swift's Red (Taylor's Version) -- which sits at number two on the chart.

It also looks like many young fans of Olivia Rodrigo have been asking Santa for a copy of her debut album SOUR because the album's sales went up by over 50 percent. Olivia claimed fourth place on this week's chart.

Speaking of the holidays, Michael Bublé’s Christmas is currently at number three on this week's chart and Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas has returned to the top 10 -- at number 10.

Adele is also keeping a vise-like grip on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Easy on Me" claiming its sixth week atop the chart, but some holiday staples are hot on its heels. The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" is currently serving as a buffer, with a holdout in second place.

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" skyrocketed to number three this week while Brenda Lee's "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" dances at number four.  Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" rounds out the top five. 

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Halsey is getting ready to celebrate their first holiday as a mom and showed off all the decorations they already put up -- including a rather unique Christmas tree.

Taking to their Instagram story on Sunday, the "Eastside" singer first lamented that they messed up their gingerbread house after they "put the stairs under the windows instead of the doors."

Halsey then said that their home will include two Christmas trees this year, a "big tree" that has yet to be decorated and a smaller, "other weirdo tree."

The latter is decorated with an array of unique ornaments and the most eye catching ones are of Harry Styles and Britney Spears

Those ornaments appear homemade, with one being a cut-out still from Britney's "Toxic" video and the other of Harry's cover of Rolling Stone, where he posed shirtless by the ocean.  Halsey also has a glass ornament that immortalizes the infamous swan dress Björk wore to the 2001 Academy Awards.

Other trinkets Halsey hung on their tree include a button that reads "Full of Anxiety," a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine bottle, a Pop Tart, a rainbow-colored book that says "Agenda" on the front, a jar of marshmallow fluff, a glass jar with a "little mushroom" inside and others.  There also appears to be a small garland made out of Life Savers strung along the top.

"We love her.  an ugly weirdo," the Grammy nominee remarked. Halsey also revealed a good portion of those ornaments were made by "really awesome small businesses and artists" on Etsy and encouraged their followers to support the creatives.

 

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