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Music notes: Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Julia Michaels and more

Justin Bieber appears to be working on new music: paparazzi caught him hitting up the music studio, reports Daily Mail. It's rumored he's working on his seventh studio album, which is expected to drop next year.

Dua Lipa penned an emotional letter to fans following the end of her Future Nostalgia tour. "94 shows around the world in one year and ending it in Tirana, Albania to around 200k people ~ our biggest solo show EVER~ on independence day!!! ~ All I can say is the deepest of thank yous for a year that has pushed me to grow beyond anything I could’ve imagined with the greatest people to share it with," she wrote.

Alessia Cara released the deliciously nostalgic music video for "Jingle Bell Rock," which sees her throwing it back in time to pay tribute to those old holiday variety shows.

The Chainsmokers have been added to the RodeoHouston lineup for next year. The duo will perform March 10, and tickets for the event go live on December 8 at

Speaking of the Chainsmokers, they, alongside Olivia Rodrigo and Selena Gomez, donated exclusive items to be auctioned off by the ASCAP Foundation. The auction, which runs through December 16, will benefit American music creators.

Charlie Puth is helping to launch the new subscription-based platform humy, which aims to connect artists with their fans. Charlie is the first artist to be on the site, which launches Friday.

Julia Michaels teamed up with Build-a-Bear for animated holiday feature Glisten and the Merry Mission. She plays the elfling Marzipan in the flick, and will star alongside Dionne Warwick and actress Trinity Jo-Li Bliss. A release date was not announced.

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Taylor Swift's cat Olivia is reportedly worth $97 million


Taylor Swift's cat Olivia Benson is reportedly worth a lot of money. How much, you may ask? A new celebrity pet list estimates little Miss Olivia is worth $97 million.

All About Cats published its year-end Ultimate Pet Rich List that tells us which pets are the world's wealthiest and most influential. Coming in third place was Taylor's Scottish fold.

The website crunched data from Instagram, such as number of followers and likes, to determine how much money a famous pet could potentially earn. 

As for how this little kitty is worth nearly $100 million, All About Cats explains, "With a whopping $97 million net worth, Olivia has found success outside of the world of Instagram influencing. The Scottish Fold earned her fortune starring alongside her owner in several music videos, has crafted her own merchandise line, and has had cameos in many big-budget ads, including for the likes of Diet Coke and Ned Sneakers."

It should be stressed Olivia is third on this list. As for the two acts who beat her, the honor goes to first-place finisher Gunther VI the German shepherd at $500 million and Nala Cat in second place with $100 million. 

Hopefully all that fame, money and fortune isn't going to Olivia's head.

Taylor got Olivia in 2014 and named her after Mariska Hargitay's character on Law & Order: SVU.

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PETA says Harry Styles being pelted by chicken nuggets is this year's most viral momen

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As we inch closer to 2023, more and more year-end lists are coming out of the pipeline. The latest roundup comes from PETA, who had a special award for Harry Styles.

The organization said the time when Harry was pelted by chicken nuggets onstage was this year's "Best Viral Moment for Animals."

PETA shared footage of the moment to their Instagram; the video shows the singer being hit by cold chicken nuggets during one of his August shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Harry seemed amused by what was thrown at him -- until the crowd told him to eat the nuggets.  

"I don't eat chicken, sorry," he told the audience. "I don't eat meat." He also said he wouldn't eat the nuggets because they were cold and old.

PETA said Harry "rejecting" the nugget and revealing he doesn't eat meat is what made the moment worthy of a year-end accolade. "Each person inspired to go vegan by the superstar will save the lives of nearly 200 animals per year," the organization claimed.

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Meghan Trainor says her music must first be approved by her son: "That's my boy!"


Meghan Trainor has to impress a really tough critic before she releases new music: her son, Riley.

Speaking to Britain's Capital FM, the singer revealed she gauges a song's worthiness by watching her toddler's reaction to it. "My first song that I danced with him to was called 'Takin' It Back'," she recalled. "... He loved it!"

That song was also the title track of her newest studio album. Continued Meghan, "I would just hold him and we'd swing and sway and every time it stopped, he'd [get upset]."

Meghan revealed her son is now a big fan of her songs. "Every time my songs come on the speaker, he goes, 'Mama!' Like, he definitely knows [it's me] and then we'll play other people and he doesn't say that," she said.

Meghan added her son takes the cuteness factor up a notch whenever he decides to walk "up to the speaker and go 'Mama!'" "Like, he thinks I'm trapped in there...," she continued. "That's my boy!"

Meghan and husband Daryl Sabara welcomed Riley in 2021. The singer hasn't been coy about the fact that she's trying to give her toddler a sibling and hopes to have a large family one day.

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Billie Eilish admits falling in love is "really spooky" for her


 Billie Eilish is dating The Neighbourhood's Jesse Rutherford, but the singer admits she finds it scary to fall in love, let alone talk about it.

Speaking with Highsnobiety, Billie confessed, "Falling in love is hard for me. It's a spooky thing, love. It's really spooky."

Billie, who has normally kept her relationships out of the limelight, broke tradition with her latest romance.  She's walked down event carpets with Rutherford and shouted him out recently in an interview with Vanity Fair.  

"We’re figuring it out, man," Billie continued. She admitted she finds it hard to talk about "stuff like this."

Billie did have an easier time talking about her style evolution and why she hated being platinum blonde during her Happier Than Ever era.

"I feel sexier when I dress masculine. I didn't feel sexy for one second of being blonde... When I was blonde, people treated me differently. People completely changed their demeanor [around me]," she recalled. That experience, she said, was eye opening.

Billie explained, "I think that people have taken me more seriously because I’ve had this more masculine [way of dressing] throughout my career... If I had been more feminine and girly, people would’ve been a lot less respectful of me."

In all, Billie said she veered from baggy clothing to being a blonde bombshell to "prove, 'Hey, f*** you guys, I can do whatever I want.'"

"Now I can look really masculine if I want, and really feminine if I want, and it's not gonna be a f***ing headline," she remarked. 

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Olivia Rodrigo teases new music is on the way


Will we step into the new year with new music from Olivia Rodrigo?

The singer recently whipped fans into a frenzy over when to possibly expect her sophomore album. She spoke to fans via her Instagram Story on Wednesday and thanked them for making her one of the most listened-to artists on Spotify this year.

SOUR was crowned this year's third most-streamed album -- globally -- while her song "jealousy, jealousy" was one of the top five songs added to playlists that have "they're a 10" in their title.

To thank fans, Olivia shared some news that seemingly confirmed the wait for new music is about to be over.

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for listening to my music this year. I really, truly couldn't be more grateful an I'm so excited for next year," she teased while pretending to look anywhere but the camera.

She finished her message telling fans they should be excited for "all of the new things and the new music that 2023 will bring!"

Fans have taken this as confirmation that a new album is on the horizon. They are also hoping they don't have to wait too long to hear it.

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Nick Jonas pens sweet tribute to Priyanka Chopra in honor of their 4th anniversary

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It's been four years since Priyanka Chopra walked down the aisle and said "I do" to Nick Jonas. In honor of their anniversary, the pair threw it back to the start of their latest chapter.

Sharing two photos to Instagram of the dual wedding ceremonies that honored both of their cultures, Nick wrote, "And just like that it’s been 4 years. [red heart emoji] happy anniversary my love."

Likewise, Priyanka shared a snap of them dancing up a storm at their wedding reception. "Find yourself a guy that reminds you everyday that you’re loved. Happy anniversary babe," she wrote.

The pair tied the knot in 2018 and welcomed a baby daughter, Malti, in January.

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David Harbour recalls the "truly, harrowing, exciting experience" of meeting Madonna

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Confidence goes a long way -- just ask Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour.

During his Wednesday stint on Jimmy Kimmel Livethe actor shared a hilarious story about meeting Madonna for the first time. Harbour starred in the 2011 historical romance drama W.E., which Madonna directed.

"It was a real Cloak and Dagger type of experience," he began. "I got a call from a casting director that I knew very well, saying, 'They're putting together a top secret movie read through, but you just have to show up at the Saint Regis [hotel in New York City] and go in this room and all will be revealed.'"

Harbour wanted to know why he had to go and was told, "The director really liked you in this movie Revolutionary Road -- you have a sex scene in it -- and... they thought you were sexy."

So, he showed up at the hotel and "in walks Madonna."

Instead of feeling intimidated or star-struck, Harbour admitted the first thought that went through his mind was, "Wow, Madonna thinks I'm sexy!"

Harbor further revealed Madonna wanted everyone to call her "M" during the read. But he "was a punk kid" who was "so excited and so cocky," he deliberately called her Madonna.

"It was a truly, harrowing, exciting experience," he said of the audition, which ended with him being cast as real life British shipbroker Ernest Simpson in Madonna's movie.

Harbour also recalled being invited to one of Madonna's parties, where he danced with her to one of her songs.  The actor joked he wants that written on his tombstone.

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Lil Nas X ties with Post Malone for highest-certified song in RIAA history

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Just two weeks ago, only one song could confidently call itself the highest-certified single by the Recording Industry Association of America: Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower." Now, they are sharing the title with another dynamic duo: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Chart Data reports their 2019 smash hit "Old Town Road" is officially minted 17 times Platinum, which makes both it and "Sunflower" the highest-certified singles in RIAA history.

"Old Town Road" was released by Columbia Records in April 2019. The song, which served as Lil Nas X's debut single, ended up spending a record 19 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest-running #1 in chart history.

It also became the fastest song to be RIAA-certified Diamond after it moved over 10 million total units by October 2019.

The song was nominated for three Grammy awards the following year and won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance as well as Best Music Video. 

Lil Nas X nor Billy Ray have publicly reacted to their latest feat.

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Disney's 'Encanto' rules YouTube's year-end music chart

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Looks like we talked a lot about Bruno in 2022 because according to YouTube, the signature hit from Disney's Encanto was its top song of the year.

"We Don't Talk About Bruno" was crowned YouTube's biggest song of the year in the U.S. The video hit the video-sharing website on December 29, and as of Thursday, the song has been viewed over 503.2 million times.

That's not the only song from Encanto that crept into YouTube's top songs. "Surface Pressure," sung by Jessica Darrow, finished in third this year after amassing over 292 million views since it was posted on December 24 of last year.

Elsewhere in the top 10 is Imagine Dragons and JID's "Enemy," which was featured in the Netflix series Arcane: League of Legends. The song finished in eighth place.

Below is YouTube's Top 10 Songs in the U.S.:

1. Encanto cast - "We Don't Talk About Bruno"
2. Kodak Black - "Super Gremlin"
3. Jessica Darrow - "Surface Pressure"
4. Bad Bunny - "Tití Me Preguntó"
5. Future ft. Drake & Tems - "Wait for U"
6. Bad BunnyChencho Corleone - "Me Porto Bonito"
7. Karol G, Becky G - "Mamiii"
8. Imagine Dragons x JID - "Enemy"
9. Karol G - "PROVENZA"
10. Lil Baby "In a Minute"

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Glass Animals, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and Bad Bunny top year-end 'Billboard' charts

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After its record-setting journey to number one, Glass Animals' "Heat Waves" is the number-one Hot 100 song of 2022, according to Billboard's year-end chart roundup.

The British band's song took 59 weeks to reach the top of the chart, setting the record for the longest climb in Hot 100 history.  The song also topped the publication's alternative, pop and adult radio airplay charts and was a smash on TikTok. 

"Heat Waves," which also tops Billboard's year-end streaming chart, is the first year-end Hot 100 number-one by a group since The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" in 2009, and the first by a British group since The Police's "Every Breath You Take" in 1983.

The rest of the year-end Hot 100 top 10 includes, in descending order, "As It Was," "Stay," "Easy On Me," "Shivers, "First Class," "Big Energy," "Ghost," "Super Gremlin" and "Cold Heart."  

Taylor Swift is the Top Female Artist of the Year, followed by Doja Cat, Adele, Dua Lipa and Olivia Rodrigo.

Latto is Billboard's Top New Artist of the Year on a list that also includes Steve Lacy and GAYLE.  MeanwhileBad Bunny is the Top Artist of the Year and the Top Male Artist of the Year, while his album Un Verano Sin Ti is the year's top album.

Billboard's top songs and artists of the year are based on sales, airplay and streaming during the weeks that an artist or a song appeared on one of its charts between November 20, 2021 and November 12, 2022.

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Kim Petras on her "precious little baby" hit "Unholy": "This is definitely the gateway into my music"


After topping the Billboard Hot 100 with "Unholy," Kim Petras and Sam Smith have been nominated for a Grammy for the song. Kim says she and Sam have yet to celebrated their nomination together in person, but she still can't get over the effect the song has had on her career.

"We still need to celebrate the Grammy [nod] together, so I'm looking forward to that," she tells ABC Audio. "But of course, I have celebrated with my friends and my dogs and ... it's just been such a crazy ride."

"'Unholy,' like, changed everything for me and I'm very grateful," she adds. "And it's just crazy how fast things like that can happen."

Kim says she and Sam have been trying to collaborate for four years, but "Unholy" was the song that ticked all the boxes for them.

"We had a special feeling about the song when we made it ... 'Unholy' was the one where it felt right and where we were both like, 'Yeah, this is the song,'" she recalls. "We got into the studio together, we had a couple of drinks and just unleashed 'Unholy,' and it felt special from the day it was born."

"It's just the most precious little baby, and people really like it," she laughs. "We hoped that it would have this reaction."

But beyond chart positions and award nominations, Kim, who's been releasing music since 2008, says "Unholy" is a great introduction for fans who may not have ever heard of her before.

"This is, like, definitely the gateway into my world, into my music," she says. "And a lot of people are discovering my discography for the first time, which is really exciting, because I've waited for a moment like this to happen."

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Dua Lipa talks Elton John friendship, says next album has "taken a complete turn"

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Back in March, Dua Lipa said on her At Your Service podcast that her next album — the follow-up to Future Nostalgia — was halfway done. But now she tells Variety that she spoke too soon, because she's changed musical direction.

“It’s taken a complete turn as I’ve carried on working, and I really feel now that it’s starting to sound cohesive,” she tells Variety. "So I’m going to keep writing in the early months of the new year and see where that takes me." 

She adds, "The album is different — it’s still pop but it’s different sonically, and there’s more of a lyrical theme. If I told you the title, everything would make sense — but I think we’ll just have to wait.”

It was during a trip to Malibu, California, to write that new album that Dua was first pitched on the idea of recording "Cold Heart" as a duet with Elton John, with whom she was already friendly. 

"My first answer was ‘Yes, absolutely,’” Dua tells Variety. "But they were like, ‘Well, listen to it before you agree to it’ ... they sent it to me very early one morning. We were on FaceTime ... and I remember I was in my bikini by the pool, wearing a cowboy hat for some reason."

Elton picks up the story, telling Variety that he said to Dua that day, "You've got to listen to it by the pool — loud. And within a day or so, she said, 'I'm in,' and that was that."

The two finally got to perform the song together last month, at the final North American show of Elton's Farewell tour at Dodgers Stadium. She told Variety the next day, "I could have never imagined a night like this — it reminded me to never stop dreaming."

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Music notes: Kygo, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X and Camila Cabello

Kygo is expanding his Palm Tree Music Festival to a unique, new location: Aspen, Colorado. The festival runs February 24 and February 25. Kygo, as well as Jack White, will headline the event.

Sam Smith had a sultry way of teasing their next single, "I'm Not Here to Make Friends." Sam shared a video of them sans pants dancing on a balcony overlooking the city. Sam didn't announce a release date.

Ellie Goulding is no longer blond. The singer has dyed her hair to a dark brown and showed it off in a new video on Instagram. "My hair looks weird," the singer joked, but noted she plans to "keep it."

Adam Levine stars in a new music video with Big Boi for the song "Mic Jack." Adam plays a dry cleaning attendant in the video and is greatly annoyed by Big Boi repeatedly hitting the welcoming bell -- and also the fact that he cannot find the rapper's clothes. It's revealed at the end that Big Boi is at the wrong cleaners and had sent Adam on a wild goose chase.

Alicia Keys shouted out Shawn Mendes when speaking to ET Canada. "Oh, I love Shawn," she raved of her mentee, adding Canadians "love the Shawn" because "he's Canadian!" She also hinted she loves him because he's "not a phony."

Lil Nas X freaked out when he found a rainbow-colored Christmas tree with a unicorn in it while out shopping.  He hilariously captioned the Instagram Story photo in all capital letters, "Omg gay Christmas tree, gay chrstmad tree, gay chrstnmm tree."

Camila Cabello surprised joined Latin superstar Camilo on stage during his sold out show at Microsoft Theater to perform their duet "Ambulancia." Camilo thanked Camila for their friendship and shared a video of their joint performance.

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Pink said she personally put a booty shot into her "Never Not Gonna Dance Again" music video

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Pink wants her fans to know that she personally requested that booty shot in her "Never Not Gonna Dance Again" music video.

The singer shared a "making of" video for her latest offering and addressed the video's polarizing shot where the camera is focused on her bum as she rolls through a grocery store. "I've been working on this booty and I am strong like a bull, And that booty shot was a personal request by me," she wrote.

As for what inspired the setting, she said, "I just wanted the video to be insane fun. As a little girl, I never took off my roller skates. So I thought, 'What would be more fun than skating through a grocery store?!'"

"Grocery stores are a normal, predictable and an essential part of day to day life. We wanted to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary, seeing everyone break free from the monotony on life," the narration continued.

The music video is about Pink being "the Pied Piper of this story," where she shakes people loose from their routine to enjoy a "neon-disco ball-letting-go ceremony in the produce section."

"This song was inspired by all the times in my life that we give up making a beautiful memory because we're worried about what we will look like or sound like... We miss out on so much by living in our heads instead of our bodies and our hearts," she continued.

In all, the music video is "just a celebration of humanness and life."

She further revealed the video's parking lot dance number was a direct homage to the dance solo from her first music video, "There You Go." She also revealed "Never Not Gonna Dance Again" is her 50th music video.

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