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Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" continues #1 streak on 'Billboard' Hot 100

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Miley Cyrus did it again: she's #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week in a row.

Her song "Flowers" maintained its grip on the top spot thanks to fans streaming the song 59.7 million times and buying up 65,000 additional copies over the past week. Because of those numbers, "Flowers" is also #1 on Billboard's Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts.

On the streaming side of things, Miley is now the first artist to have a song consecutively amass over 50 million weekly streams since Olivia Rodrigo's "drivers license" two years ago.

That's not all: the number of Miley's weekly streams went up, from 52.6 million to 59.7 million, which marks the first time in three years a song with over 50 million streams earned more the following week. The last artist to accomplish this was Roddy Ricch with "The Box."

"Flowers" is the first single to be released off of Miley's forthcoming album, Endless Summer Vacation. The effort drops March 10.

Elsewhere on the Hot 100, JVKE finally cracked the top 10 for the first time with "Golden Hour." Fans streamed the song 14 million times and bought an additional 2,000 copies.

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Report: Adam Levine welcomes third child with Behati Prinsloo

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Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo have welcomed their third child, officially making them a family of five.

People claims a source exclusively told them the couple quietly welcomed their newborn but did not reveal when the child arrived. Information regarding the baby's gender and name was also not available.

Adam and Behati, who wed in 2014, previously welcomed daughters Dusty Rose, who is 6, and 4-year-old Gio Grace. The couple announced they were expecting a new family member in September.

Behati regularly took to social media to share photos of her pregnancy, with the last photo posted January 5 of her lounging in bed while wearing a bikini. She captioned the update "TICK tock.." with a seedling emoji.

Neither she nor Adam have confirmed their newborn's birth on social media.

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Sam Smith's "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" music video causes controversy for its sexual nature

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Sam Smith turned heads with their sexual "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" music video, but some people want YouTube to add age restrictions to it because they say it's too inappropriate.

The music video itself is at the center of a debate, with critics saying on social media the video shouldn't be shown to young children. On the flip side, Sam's fans are defending the video and claiming other sexually charged music videos made by women have not received the same level criticism.

Those on Sam's side are also accusing the proponents of age restrictions of being bigoted against the LGBTQ community. The singer's fans have said on social media they think Sam is receiving backlash because they're not straight, cisgendered and slim.

Sam has not yet responded to the controversy. Instead, they have taken to their Instagram Story to highlight TikTokers performing the music video's choreography. 

However, Sam opened up to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 about the hate they've experienced since changing their pronouns and coming out as nonbinary. 

"Someone spat at me in the street. It's crazy," Sam said. "If that's happening to me and I'm famous — I'm a pop star — can you imagine what other kids, like, queer kids are feeling?"

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SZA's 'SOS' continues to make 'Billboard' history with seven-week run at #1

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SZA's SOS is holding down its spot as the #1 song on the Billboard 200. The album's officially been atop the chart for seven weeks, the publication reports.

In the week ending January 26, per Luminate, SOS earned 111,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. With another week on top, it continues to make its way into Billboard's record-breaking statistics.

To start, SOS is the first album by a woman to spend seven weeks at #1 since Taylor Swift's Folklore in 2020. It's one of three albums to stay atop the chart for at least seven weeks in the last year, joining Bad Bunny's Un Verano Sin Ti and the Encanto soundtrack.

It's the first R&B/hip-hop album to spend its first seven weeks at #1 since Drake's Views in 2016, and the first R&B/hip-hop album by a woman, or R&B album by any act, to spend its first seven weeks at #1 since Whitney Houston's Whitney accomplished the feat in 1987.

SZA's sophomore project, released back in December, has spent the most consecutive weeks atop the list since the Encanto soundtrack's eight-week run. It's the last album by a woman to spend seven consecutive weeks at #1 since Adele’s 25 in 2016. Billboard reports SOS25 and Taylor's Folklore are the only three albums by a woman that have spent seven weeks at #1 in the last two decades.

SOS also has the most weeks at #1 for an R&B album by any artist since Usher's Confessions in 2004, and the most weeks at #1 for an R&B/hip-hop album or an R&B album by a woman since Mariah Carey's Music Box, which nonconsecutively spent eight weeks at #1 between late 1993 and early 1994.

 

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Kim Petras, Latto, Lana Del Rey, Becky G to be honored at 'Billboard' Women in Music Awards

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This year's Billboard Women in Music Awards will honor a vast array of female stars in multiple genres.

Kim Petras will receive the Chartbreaker Award, while Latto will get the Powerhouse Award. Becky G will be honored with the Impact Award, while Lana Del Rey gets the Visionary Award.

K-pop girl group TWICE, rising rapper Doechii and country star Lainey Wilson will also be honored at the March 1 ceremony, hosted by Quinta Brunson at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in LA. More honorees, as well as presenters and the recipient of the Woman of the Year Award, will be announced soon.

In a statement, Billboard's editorial director, Hannah Karp, said, "We're thrilled to recognize these groundbreaking artists across genres and generations who are defining today's sound - and paving the way for tomorrow's women in music."

The event is open to the public; tickets go on sale Friday, February 3, at 1 p.m. ET at BillboardWomenInMusic.com. Can't make it to LA? The event will also stream live.

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The Grammy Awards will be 'Harry's House' this Sunday night

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The Grammys has landed a big one: Harry Styles will perform on this Sunday's ceremony.

Harry joins previously announced Grammy performers Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, and Sam Smith. Harry is up for six Grammys, including Record, Album and Song of the Year. Beyonce leads all nominees with nine nods in total. 

Harry already has one Grammy to his name, for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Watermelon Sugar."

Harry will perform the last North American dates of his Love on Tour trek on Tuesday and Wednesday. After the Grammys on Sunday, he'll head down to Australia to resume the tour in Perth.

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on CBS. The Grammy Premiere Ceremony -- where they give out all the awards that they don't show on camera -- will be streamed via live.grammy.com at 3:30pm ET.

 

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Britney Spears says she's "alive, fine, healthy" after police wellness check

Britney Spears is reassuring fans that she's doing just fine following her reported police wellness check. 

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Britney shared a short clip of her posing in front of a gym mirror and wrote, "Yep that's me … I'm alive and well."

"But not really convinced on these health juices, I mean there are SO MANY !!! Yoga and chest call me in. I do it inside, outside, wherever I fancy … this is me at a gym living my best life," she continued. 

The pop star, 41, also addressed her absence from Instagram in the thread, explaining, "I shut down my Instagram because there were too many people saying I looked like an idiot dancing and that I looked crazy."

Britney added that she's a "sensitive" person and the comments "hurt [her] feelings."  She also expressed that she was surprised fans were so worried about her due to her break from the social media app. 

"I’m shocked as hell that when I took my Instagram down fans got worried and sent the cops to my house  ... it really was uncalled for," the "Circus" singer tweeted. "l adore my fans but for those who did that aren't real fans and I honestly felt like it was a way to make me look bad !!!"

"l'm alive, fine, healthy, and ready to start a new day - a new morning anew !!! To my real fans, God bless you," she said. 

Britney's posts come just days after she issued a statement on how police were called to her home. Sources from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department previously told ABC News that deputies responded to the singer's home Tuesday, January 24, for a "check the wellbeing" call.

 It also comes shortly after Britney had deactivated her Instagram, which she has done many times before.

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Meghan Trainor pregnant with baby number two; will publish first book in April

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Meghan Trainor's been talking about having another baby since she and husband Daryl Sabara became parents to son Riley in 2021.  Well, now her dream has come true: She's expecting another child.

"What a blessing," Meghan tells People. "I'm just so grateful I can get pregnant. And I'm like, 'I'm crushing it. This is amazing. This is my dreams.' I'm halfway there — I want four kids!"

Meghan is four months along and she says compared to her first pregnancy, "This one was a ride. It was a rocky ride, but luckily it was during the holidays, so I could just chill and lay down. I pee every 20 minutes, and I'm fully out of breath just from talking. It's great." She's also craving -- yes -- pickles.

On Instagram, Meghan posted a photo of herself posing with the sonogram, and captioned it, "BABY #2 COMING THIS SUMMER."

But that's not all: The "Made You Look" singer is also publishing her first book in April. It's called Dear Future Mama: A TMI Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and New Motherhood from Your Bestie.

“I spent my entire pregnancy trying to get all the information I could possibly get...as the first of my friends to be pregnant, nobody around me but my mom, my aunts, and strangers on the internet knew what I was going through,” Meghan says in a statement.

“After feeling so overwhelmed and alone in my first pregnancy, I was inspired to write this book to make sure no other future mama ever felt like that,” she continues. "I want to give future mamas permission to find the right path for them without the judgment of others. I want this book to feel like a hug from a bestie.” 

The guide is due April 25; you can pre-order it now.

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Late Night Studying: Harry Styles is the subject of super-popular Texas State University class

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Harry's House now has a classroom: The spring 2023 semester at Texas State University features a course devoted to Harry Styles.

As MySanAntonio.com reports, the class, called "Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet and European Pop Culture," filled up just two minutes after registration went live. But it's not like the students sit around all day watching the video for "As It Was."

"It's not just that we're going to study Harry Styles and nothing else," associate professor Louie Dean Valencia told the news site. "In the same way you could probably learn about The Beatles to understand the 1960s, you could study Harry Styles to learn about the world today."

Valencia, a historian, decided to write a book about Harry during the lockdown in 2020, which led to him developing the class concept. Valencia thinks it's important for the course to focus on recent history. 

"A lot of times ... [students] don't know what actually happened in 2010," the year One Direction formed, Valencia notes. "This gives them the opportunity to have a better idea of what was happening ... that they maybe weren't paying attention to, but ... anchoring in subjects that are interesting to them, that they can actually relate to what was going on at the time in their own life."

The first week of the course began with a discussion of the history of rock music and how Harry is following in the footsteps of icons like David Bowie, Prince and Elvis Presley. At the end of a semester, the students will release a podcast series.

  • The Harry class isn't the only pop-culture-based class at Texas State, either: courses about baseball, hip-hop culture and video games are also offered.

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Multilingual "Snap" singer Rosa Linn explains why English is her choice: "I think it's beautiful"

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"Snap" singer Rosa Linn is gearing up for a busy 2023, with spots on several high-profile tours and new music. In fact, she "leaked" a new song on Instagram a few days ago. It doesn't sound much like "Snap," but both songs are performed in English.

That's notable because the Armenian singer's first language isn't English. It's not even her second language — that would be Russian. But like other pop stars who hail from different countries, like Denmark's Lukas Graham, Italy's Måneskin, Sweden's Zara Larsson or Germany's Kim Petras — she sings in English because she's got her eye on the prize.

"Well, I do write in Armenian and Russian, too, but I always had this dream of becoming a globally known artist, songwriter, producer, performer [and] musician," Rosa tells ABC Audio. "I just realized that that's what the market is, y'know?"

Plus, Rosa says English fits her music better.

"I love [the] English language. I think it's beautiful and it, y'know, it matches perfectly the melodies that I love," she explains. "[The] Armenian language or Russian language may not match the melodies that I write as well as English would."

It's no wonder she writes songs that sound better in English — as Rosa notes, all her musical influences sang in English, too.

"When I was 15 I was a fan of Ozzy Osbourne," she laughs. "I loved, like, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, System of a Down, who are also Armenians ... I love Adele, Norah Jones, Coldplay, U2, I love everything."

Rosa is going to open for Ed Sheeran on his Mathematics tour starting June 17 in Toronto. She'll also jump on a tour with alt-rockers Milky Chance and Young the Giant.

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Music notes: Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, Ellie Goulding, John Mayer

Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" broke its own Spotify record when it amassed even more streams in a single week — a whopping 115 million streams.

Coldplay added more shows to their Music of the Spheres Tour dates in Vancouver, San Diego and Los Angeles. The band added second shows due to popular demand. The new dates will be September 23, September 28 and October 1. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 30, at 10 a.m. PT on Ticketmaster.

Jason Derulo is teaming up with The Black Keys to headline the NFL's TikTok Tailgate party at this year's Super Bowl. The pregame celebration will be held February 12 at State Farm Stadium. The performance will be televised during the FOX Super Bowl LVII pregame show and stream on TikTok.

Flo Rida is headlining the 2023 Grammy Celebration, an after-party that is held to honor the ceremony's winners and nominees, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 5.

Got someone who doesn't get the hint to stop calling you? Ellie Goulding can help. She's giving personalized voicemails to her U.K. fans who purchase select bundles of her upcoming Higher Than Heaven album. She gave a hilarious example on Instagram

John Mayer is returning to his hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut, to headline the city's Sound On Sound Festival, which runs September 30 through October 1 at Seaside Park. CT Post reports he is the first person confirmed to headline the festival, and more names will be announced later. Tickets are not on sale yet.

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Fans think "Lavender Haze" teases Taylor Swift will rerelease 'Speak Now' soon

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Taylor Swift shoved plenty of Easter eggs — as she always does — into her new music video for "Lavender Haze," but fans are convinced they found enough clues to prove she'll rerelease her Speak Now album soon.

Fans first took note of all the imagery of fish in the video, such as a vinyl cover featuring the constellation Pisces, which is the astrological sign of her partner, Joe Alwyn. But fans think the fish imagery might actually be related to a particular guitar Taylor played during her 2011 Speak Now Tour.

The blue guitar had koi fish painted on it, and that same guitar made a cameo in Taylor's "Anti-Hero" music video.

Koi fish that look like those on that guitar are seen throughout the "Lavender Haze" music video, which fans say strengthens the theory that we'll soon get Speak Now (Taylor's Version). Taylor has yet to confirm a release date.

Speaking of this new music video, Taylor is being praised for casting model Laith Ashley, a transgender man, as her love interest.

Writer Ashley Spencer commended the casting choice and tweeted, "At a time when trans rights are increasingly under attack, this representation is major."

Laith also applauded Taylor on Instagram, writing, "Thank you @taylorswift for allowing me to play a small part in your story. You are brilliant and this is an experience I will never forget. It was truly magical. ... Thank you for being an ally and for continuously using your platform for good. Representation matters. AND LOVE WILL ALWAYS WIN!"

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Spice Girls' Mel B joined 'Special Forces: World's Toughest Test' to heal from abusive relationship

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Mel B fans watched her undergo military training in Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, and the Spice Girls singer recently revealed she joined the show to continue to heal from an abusive relationship.

Mel told Byrdie she thought "long and hard" about joining the reality show and wondered if she was strong enough to meet its demands.

"When you've experienced abuse, as I have, it's a long journey to bring back your old self because you're riddled with self-worthlessness. You've got no confidence — you experience shame, guilt, and PTSD," she said. She eventually convinced herself to give it a try by telling herself, "This is going to come full circle for me."

What kept Mel going throughout the demanding show was telling herself, "I'm doing this to prove to myself that I'm on my healing journey, and I want to help every survivor know that you can still do things and love yourself."

Mel left the show on her own terms in the third episode, saying she felt accomplished.

"I'm so proud I did it because we don't talk about abuse enough, and it's everywhere," she said. "We all know somebody who's been through it, whether it be yourself, a family member, or a next-door neighbor."

She added, "The more we talk about it, the more we can take action."

Mel reflected on when she first opened up about being a victim of abuse, noting she's glad views have changed since then: "I spoke up in 2015 when nobody wanted to publish my book or discuss abuse. Now, in England and worldwide, people are talking about it more. I'm proud of the progression."

Special Forces airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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New Music Friday: Rita Ora, Adam Lambert, Sam Smith, charlieonafriday, Surf Mesa and more

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

Rita Ora released the new song "You Only Love Me" and the music video, which is about her getting married. She did confirm her marriage to director Taika Waititi to the British radio show Heart Breakfast. Rita said she is "officially off the market," and her private ceremony was "just nice and perfect." 

Adam Lambert released his "glam rendition" of Billie Eilish's "Getting Older" and said in a statement, "This is one of my favorite Billie tracks and I’m honored to put my own spin on it." This song and other covers from Adam will appear on his new album, High Drama.

Sam Smith dropped the music video for "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" in celebration of releasing their new album, Gloria. The video shows Sam traipsing around a party in lavish outfits, such as an overflowing pink gown, before leaving in a car as everyone chases after them. 

charlieonafriday is out with "That's What I Get," which is a continuation of his hit song "Enough." This time, he realizes he called off a relationship too soon and regrets it.

Surf Mesa is back and out with "City Of Love," which features Selah Sol. The song is about moving to the big city for a fresh start, but they can't let go of the past.

Poo Bear's new band GXTP joined forces with Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee for "Contraband." They also unleashed the music video, which shows them working on the single and jamming in the recording studio.






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The Jonas Brothers reveal next album will include influences from '70s music, the Bee Gees

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The Jonas Brothers have shared why they're taking their time with their next album: they want it to honor their age-diverse fan base.  

"There are so many different generations," Nick Jonas told Variety. "How do we make an album that speaks to all those different walks of life and ages?"  

Joe Jonas said this project is different because they have all become fathers since their last effort. "I think about the fact that our kids will listen to this music," he expressed.

They credit their producer, artist Jon Bellion, for cracking the code for their new musical direction. "The key to Jon's initial pitch was bringing in influences from the '70s, but with a really modern edge to it. We wanted to find a way to tell stories that are universal but also ultra personal," said Nick.

Kevin Jonas revealed their new work has a few nods to the Bee Gees, a trio of brothers who are arguably some of the biggest stars of their era. "They were a huge influence in our lives, growing up and listening to them with our father," he said. "And obviously, as we grew up being three brothers in a band, we definitely understood similarities."

They also credit the pandemic for making them press pause on the follow-up to their 2019 album, Happiness Begins. "It provided more time for us to zone in on exactly what we wanted to say with this body of work and what felt like the right musical tone," Nick said.

While they have yet to reveal a release date, fans are hoping the brothers will provide some details when they unveil their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 30. 

Joe joked of the star's placement, "I hope we have good neighbors."

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