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Han Myung-Gu/WireImageBLACKPINK’s Lisa has lined up a gig solo from her groupmates -- but it’s not music related.

The singer has been announced as the new global ambassador for M·A·C Cosmetics. She becomes the first-ever K-pop idol to star in an international campaign for the brand.

"M·A·C is truly at the forefront of trendsetting, which reminds me every time I see a M·A·C campaign or the incredible looks their artists create backstage at fashion weeks around the world," Lisa says in a statement obtained by Billboard.

"It’s an honor to partner with a brand with such an incredible heritage and unrivaled expertise in makeup artistry,” she adds. “I am thrilled and looking forward to this journey!"

M·A·C's SVP and Global Creative Director Drew Elliott calls Lisa the “perfect match” for the beauty brand given her “unparalleled talent and bold, fashion-forward style.”

You can shop Lisa's signature look now on MACCosmetics.com.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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FOR THE LOVE OF LISA 💜! We’re pumped to finally announce Lisa from Blackpink as the newest face of M·A·C Cosmetics. We’ve got so many major surprises in store for our new Global Brand Ambassador. So, sign up for our emails to stay up-to-date on all things Lisa! #MACLOVESLISA pic.twitter.com/fjfOENHisZ

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ABC/Frank OckenfelsAJ McLean is opening up about his 20-year battle with addiction.

The 42-year-old Backstreet Boys star and Dancing with the Stars contestant revealed to Good Morning America what happened when he first did drugs.

"The first time I tried drugs was literally an hour before my call time to 'The Call' video shoot," McLean recently told GMA's Will Reeve. "I was off the walls."

The singer also said he kept his addiction a secret until his behavior began affecting his band.

"When the boys kind of caught on, I missed out on rehearsal," McLean said. "They basically broke into my house, and they dumped ice water on me while I was passed out in my bed."

"Everybody started to catch on," he added. "I wasn't me anymore, you know, I was just living a lie."

Eleven months ago, McLean says he hit rock bottom after a trip to Las Vegas.

"I was never sober. Not for a second," McLean said. "And the turning point for me was when I came back home, my wife could smell it on my breath and my youngest of my two daughters would not sit with me."

McLean said he's been sober since that day and he's working with a program and a sponsor.

"There's too much to live for today -- my beautiful children, my amazing wife, my career, my brothers," McLean said. "I've never felt more grounded than I do today."

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ABC News/Frame GrabLast week, Jason Derulo topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time in 11 years with his “Savage Love” remix featuring BTS and Jawsh 685. Now we know how he celebrated.

Jason revealed that after he found out the news that his song went to number one, he treated everyone in the trendy L.A. restaurant Catch to free drinks.

In an Instagram video posted Sunday, the singer shows off the bill -- which totaled an eye-popping $112,742.30.

“In celebration of ‘Savage Love’ going to number one on the Billboard charts, cheers to everyone in the building!” Jason tells the restaurant while raising a shot glass.

The song marks Jason's second career number one, following his debut single, "Whatcha Say," back in 2009.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty ImagesNow we know what Jamie Lynn Spears was teasing this weekend.

The 29-year-old Zoey 101 actress is releasing a new single, “Follow Me (Zoey 101),” a reimagined take on the Nickelodeon show’s theme song which was co-written by her sister Britney Spears.

This new take, produced by DJ Chantel Jeffries, drops October 22.

A few days later, on October 25, Jamie Lynn will be reuniting with the original cast of Zoey 101 for See it First: The Follow Me (Zoey 101) Experience. The live streamed event will also include appearances by Jeffries, JoJo Siwa, Dixie D'Amelio, and more.

Advance tickets for the event are available for $20.

On Sunday, Jamie Lynn teased the reunion on Instagram with a three-second motion graphic which read, "ARE YOU READY?" She captioned it, "WE’RE BACK!"

Jamie Lynn tagged her former co-stars -- Sean Flynn, Erin Sanders, Matthew Underwood, and Chris Massey. Zoey 101 followed Zoey and her friends at Pacific Coast Academy in Malibu, California, and ran for four seasons from 2005 to 2008.

By Andrea Tuccillo and Danielle Long
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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicHalsey’s got a bold -- or should we say bald -- new look.

The singer revealed in a TikTok video Monday that she shaved her head. It’s a look she’s sported before and last week she hinted to fans that she was contemplating buzzing it off again.

“when I was bald everybody was so damn mean to [me] now every hot girl ever has a bald head does that mean I can go bald again or what,” she tweeted.

In the TikTok reveal, Halsey starts off with long flowing dark hair as she lip syncs over a voice track that says, “I’m not gonna do it, girl. I’m just thinking about it. I’m not gonna do it.”

She flips her hair forward and when she pops back into frame, her head is shaved. She strokes her new buzz cut as the voice track declares, “I did it.”

In her Twitter comments, fans praised the return of "Baldsey."

"NOONE WILL BE MEAN TO YOU ANYMORE IT LOOKS AMAZING," one fan wrote.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Beth GarrabrantLeave it to Taylor Swift to give fans who purchased a hand-signed copy of her new album folklore a little something extra.

The "cardigan" singer took to social media on Saturday to confirm she's hard at work signing copies of her eighth studio album, but made sure her announcement was completely on brand.

Not only did she take a photo of her precious Scottish fold kitty Olivia Benson snuggled up on the bed as Swift, 30, holds up a handful of signed CDs, the singer also teased fans that some copies will come with a few freebies.

"Along with the signed cd, some lucky purchasers of these items may even receive complimentary cat hair stuck inside the pages," the Grammy Award-winning actress explained, nodding to not just Olivia for donating her fur, but her two other cats Meredith Grey and Benjamin Button.

Some fans might find even more than some stray cat hairs inside their purchase, with Swift noting that some lucky purchasers will also enjoy "the aromatic scent of white wine I occasionally spill while signing."

In addition, Swift also made sure to point out that she chose to drop this hilarious fact on her favorite day of the week by using the hashtag #Caturday.

Fans hoping to get their hands on a copy of a signed "in the trees" edition deluxe cd of folklore can still order one on Swift's online store, which is being sold for $25 for her U.S. customers.

For her international fans who couldn't beat the rush, Swift recently updated her online store that's bursting with folklore goodies, from clothing to accessories like phone cases and popsockets.

By Megan Stone
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Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.comYolanda Hadid is in total grandma mode.

On Sunday, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum shared an adorable post of her granddaughter, whom Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed nearly a month ago. 

Alongside a photo of her holding the baby's hand, Yolanda wrote, "My heart is expending with so much love and joy for this little baby girl she is an angel sent to us from above."

The Dutch model also thanked the couple for making her an "Oma" which means grandmother in her native Dutch and added, "I love every minute of it."

Gigi, 25, and Zayn, 27, first announced the arrival of their baby girl on September 23. 

In an Instagram post, Gigi revealed, "Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world. So in love."

Meanwhile, the former One Direction member gushed in a tweet, "Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful."

"To try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding," he continued. "Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together x."

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ABC/Rick RowellWhen showing off her sneakers this weekend, Billie Eilish had a hard time believing that her fans saw two completely different colors.

The hilarious exchange happened Saturday via Instagram stories, when the "bad guy" singer was asked about what color the infamous "The Dress" was, which swept the internet in 2015, and made the case that instead of blue and black or white and gold, it was actually was blue and gold.   

Eilish used color swatches to back up her ruling before turning her attention toward her own optical illusion -- a pair of shoes that befuddled her dad a few years ago.

Showing off her Nike Air sneakers, Eilish joked that her father thought they were pink and white when, in reality, they are mint green and white.

Unfortunately, that amusement turned into outright bewilderment when her fans started defending her dad because they saw the same exact color combination.  

The Grammy Award winner snapped several new photos of her shoes under different sources of light in an effort to prove her Nike Air sneakers were mint -- not pink -- and even posted a Google image of the same shoe to convince her followers -- but to no avail.

When her numerous attempts were unsuccessful in proving that the shoes really were mint green, a wide-eyed Eilish adorably accused, "The whole internet is gaslighting me!"

The "my future" singer eventually dragged her shoes out into the sunlight and set them next to a pink pair of sneakers and declared "You know that I'm right" before deadpanning, "The entire Internet's been calling me fat for a week, so let me have this."

Eilish also confirmed that she has new music due out in November, and when a fan asked what color best describes the upcoming single, she used an autumnal orange-brown.

By Megan Stone
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NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesMiley Cyrus let loose her inner rock goddess at the virtual Save Our Stages Fest over the weekend, a concert aimed at saving entertainment venues nationwide that have been crippled by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Rocking out at an empty Whisky a Go Go, a prestigious West Hollywood music club, Cyrus put her own signature twist on hits from The Cure and Cranberries during in her 13 minutes set, tackling "Boys Don't Cry" and "Zombie," respectively.

Cyrus kicked off her 12 minute Saturday set, backed by her six-piece band, with a riveting performance of "Boys Don't Cry" as she slowly took off her black hat and unbuttoned trench coat before diving into "Zombie," taking care to express that the lyrics, which were written 1993 regarding The Troubles in Ireland, reflect the current political and racial strife dividing the U.S.

Cyrus wrapped her set with her latest single "Midnight Sky," but was sure to give it a heavy rock makeover.

After bringing down the house for her segment of SOS Fest, the 27-year-old offered her sincere thoughts about venues like the one she chose to perform at.

"We're here at the Whisky a Go Go, where so many of our favorite artists have begun their journey to be icons," she proceeded. "Without venues like the Whisky, we might have never heard of artists like Jimi HendrixThe DoorsGuns N' Roses and thousands of other bands."

"Let's do whatever we can to keep this historic landmark alive," she encouraged.

In all, 35 artists performed for SOS Fest at 25 independent locations across the country, such as Foo FightersReba McEntireDave Matthews, the Lumineers, Kelsea Ballerini, Monica and many others.

As of late Sunday, SOS Fest raised $1.2 million out of its $5 million goal.

By Megan Stone
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Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesAriana Grande updated her official website on Saturday to show the word "Positions," along with a clock counting down to two separate dates.

The countdown shows something coming at midnight ET on October 23 -- presumably a single -- followed by another event to take place on October 30. The latter would seem to indicate the release date for her sixth album, apparently titled Positions.

Ariana has been teasing new music on social media, including a tweet on Wednesday that read, "i can’t wait to give u my album this month."

Grande's collaborator Tayla Parx has also spoke about being in the studio with the singer working on a new project.

Producer TBHits also hinted at the upcoming album last weekend, and Grande herself tweeted a song snippet and what appeared to be a lyric in September.

The new record will be the follow-up to Ariana's chart-topping 2019 release, thank u, next, which produced two #1 hits and became one of the best-selling albums of that year worldwide.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARASAdele is back! 

After a years-long break from public appearances, the British powerhouse singer will make her return on October 24 as the host of Saturday Night Live -- and she did all but contain her excitement. 

"Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified!" Adele, 32, wrote in an Instagram post that also announced H.E.R. as the musical guest. 

"My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!!" she continued. "I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right?"

"It'll be almost 12 years to the day that I first appeared on the show, during an election...which went on to break my career in America, so it feels full circle and I just couldn’t possibly say no!" she added. "I am besides myself that H.E.R will be the musical guest!! I love her SO much I can’t wait to melt into a flaming hot mess when she performs, then confuse myself while I laugh my arse off in between it all. See you next week."

The "Hello" singer isn't the only one excited about the SNL gig. Fans are too, and some are left wondering if this means that new music is on the way. 

A fan account tweeted, "Do y'all really think that Adele would leave her 5-year hiatus without public appearances for nothing? On one of the biggest shows in the world? If so, you don't know Adele."

Adele's last album was 2015's 25. 

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Trae Patton/NBCSeason 19 of The Voice returns tonight on NBC, and so does Gwen Stefani, who hasn't coached the show since season 17.  Because COVID-19 prohibits any physical interaction between coaches and contestants, Gwen's had to come up with a unique workaround.

"Since we are being safe and we're not touching or kissing or hugging...I got myself a t-shirt cannon...to release [a] shirt to my team...when they choose me!" Gwen laughs. "I feel like I'm pretty good shot... and I think it was a very, very creative solution to an unfortunate situation where there is no touching."

Speaking of being creative, Gwen says since the new season started taping, she's been writing new music, and she thinks the two are connected.

"I think it's just really inspiring to be here and listen to all the music, see[ing] all the talent just sparks something in me," she explains. "So I started writing songs and it's the greatest thing ever! And we're doing it on Zoom, which is not the greatest thing ever, but...we're doing it!"

Also inspiring to Gwen, she says, has been the new music that fellow coach Kelly Clarkson shared with her during quarantine.

"I got to hear some of her new record and that was super-inspiring," gushes Gwen. "She is doing stuff that, like, whoever loves Kelly Clarkson, like I do, they're gonna really like what she's doing right now. It's very real...it's just really good."

But Gwen says The Voice offers inspiration to everyone.

"I think that in this time, people being kind of like worried, scared, maybe some people are uninspired," she notes. "I think that being able to sit down and watch a show that's so inspiring will bring inspiration to people. It will definitely bring joy."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Trae Patton/NBCThe new season of The Voice kicks off tonight, but like every TV show these days, it's being filmed under COVID-19 restrictions.  While the show structure is the same, coach Kelly Clarkson says there's been some big changes on set.

"We're eight feet apart...We can't be near each other. We had to wear masks when we're not working and on camera," Kelly explains. But what's most annoying, she says, is that when a contestant joins her team, she's not allowed to jump up and hug them.

"I'm a hugger and you can't be like, 'Yay, you're on Team Kelly!' and then you just like, you know, high five in the air with 'em," laughs Kelly.

Another change, Kelly says, is that the gifts she gives her team every year have changed with the times.

"Every coach has their own little thing that they do when, you know, somebody becomes Team Kelly or Team Gwen, Team John, Team Blake, and mine has always been the Team Kelly jackets," she reveals. "But this year, because I not only care about you as a person, I care about your health, I got Team Kelly masks."

"They're really cute. They're purple with gold bedazzles," she laughs. "And [I'm] even...gonna make [the boys] wear [them], at least in one picture!"

Overall, Kelly says taping the show in these crazy times has made her and her fellow coaches appreciate the Blind Auditions round even more.

"We haven't really been able to listen to live music in person in, well, forever. So it was really cool, [during] the Blinds, I felt like we were having our own private concert," she explains. "So that was really, really special."

Watch Kelly, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend return tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Courtesy of CMTIf you tune in to the CMT Awards next week, you might catch a glimpse of your favorite pop stars among the country music artists in attendance.

Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Diplo, and Rob Thomas have all been announced as presenters on the show.

As previously reported, performers will include crossover favorites Dan Shay, Maren Morris, Shania Twain and Gabby Barrett. Halsey will also be joining Kelsea Ballerini for a performance.

The CMT Music Awards -- hosted by Ashley McBryde, Kane Brown and Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland -- will air on Wednesday, October 21 at 8PM ET on CMT.

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ABCThe Weeknd has enlisted an unexpected collaborator for the remix of his song, “In Your Eyes”: jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

The new version of the After Hours track features a few saxophone solos throughout, adding some smooth stylings to the ‘80s-inspired electro-R&B song.

“Honored to be a part of this beautiful song,” Kenny G tweeted Friday.

We should have seen the collaboration coming though. Kenny G joined The Weeknd on stage for his performance of “In Your Eyes” during the TIME100 primetime special back on September 22.

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MastercardDua Lipa is hitting back after a British tabloid claimed her recent music video shoot failed to follow COVID-19 guidelines and was raided by the cops.

In a message on her Instagram Story Friday, the singer calls the allegations “completely untrue” and says all the essential guidelines were followed. She says her lawyers have since contacted the publication, which she doesn’t name but is reportedly The Sun.

“A tabloid newspaper in the UK (who I won’t give free publicity to by naming), last night published a story about my video shoot in London and what they said was a flouting of Covid regulations,” Dua writes.

She continues, “This is completely untrue-absolutely all guidelines were complied with. This is one of many untrue stories published by this newspaper about me this year. My lawyers have sent a letter to the newspaper today.”

Dua ends her message by calling out some of the British press for having “more regard for selling papers than the truth or the feelings of the person they are talking about.”

“There have been far worse examples of this in the last year involving other British entertainment figures, but I am going to take my own small stand,” she concludes.

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Republic RecordsBenee is finally ready to release her debut album.

The New Zealand singer announced the album, Hey u x, is headed for a November 13 release and is available for pre-order now.

The 13-track LP features her latest singles “Night Garden” and “Snail,” along with her breakout hit, “Supalonely.” It also includes collaborations with Lily Allen, Grimes and more.

“So so stoked to announce this album release,” Benee says in a statement. “It’s an eclectic mix of songs I’ve been working on for some time now. Can’t wait to share them!”

Here is the track list:

“Happen To Me”
“Same Effect”
“Sheesh” feat. Grimes
“Supalonely” feat. Gus Dapperton
“Snail”
“Plain” feat. Lily Allen & Flo Milli
“Kool”
“Winter”
“A Little While”
“Night Garden” feat. Kenny Beats & Bakar
“All The Time” feat. Muroki
“If I Get To Meet You”
“C U”

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Photo Finish Records SHAED has premiered a new single called "No Other Way."

The track, which is available now via digital platforms, was written and recorded by the "Trampoline" trio in their home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These past 6 months have been a struggle for us all, filled with anxiety, disappointment, and uncertainty," SHAED says in a statement. "We wrote this song as a reminder to live in the moment, which is the only thing we can control."

"No Other Way" is the first preview of SHAED's forthcoming full-length debut album. The currently untitled effort will arrive on April 16, 2021.

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NBCIf you see someone claiming to be Sam Smith on a dating app, it may very well be them!

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live! Thursday night, Sam says they tried to join Hinge, a U.K. dating app, but they were booted because the app thought it was a fake account.

"I'm still single. I'm on the frontline with all the single people still and it's been difficult ... I've gone on all the apps and stuff,” Sam told host Andy Cohen.

When Cohen asked if Sam took his advice and joined Tinder, Sam replied, "I took your advice and I joined this dating site called Hinge in the U.K. and they chucked me off of it after one night cause they thought I was a catfish pretending to be me."

"That same thing has happened to me on dating apps but that's why I wanted you to join Tinder because I have someone who can get you on there and verify you," Cohen advised.

Hinge has since responded on Twitter, writing, "Sorry @SamSmith! We know you’re too good at goodbyes but give us a second chance at finding you ( @Andy) someone special. We will verify your profile."

Sam previously dated 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn in 2018 and was seen on a date with French product and furniture designer François Rocci earlier this year.

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Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesIn a few months, fans will finally be able to see Jennifer Lopez's highly anticipated movie Marry Me, slated to hit theaters on Valentine's Day.

As the premiere date creeps closer, the uncertainty over whether the studio will honor the release day due to COVID-19 concerns grows.

In a Billboard interview on Wednesday alongside co-star Maluma, who plays her cheating ex-boyfriend in the film, Lopez opened up about quarantine and the fears she had about it.

While the "On the Floor" singer admittedly enjoyed spending all the extra downtime with her family, she also worried how the pause would affect her career.

"One of the fears of artists who perform is, 'If I stop, it’s going to go away,'" Lopez, 51, noted.  

Thankfully, she was able to snap herself out of the irrational fear because "You have to take time for things that matter: your kids, your family."

"You need to have a little bit more faith in yourself and know that when you’re ready to put out the next album, even if it takes two years, it’s OK," Lopez encouraged, adding that working constantly with no breaks eventually will make "you forget how to live."

Also while in quarantine, the Hustlers star was able to map out some plans about her future.  One such plan she's been flirting with is going on a tour with her Marry Me co-star.  

As Maluma attests, "I think the J.Lo-Maluma movement is just starting. After Marry Me, I think things are going to change a lot."

He says that because the two are "making history right now" by being two Latinx artists making up two thirds of the film's main cast and will also be singing in Spanish in the movie.  

Marry Me also stars Owen Wilson.

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