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Music notes: BTS, Sabrina Carpenter and more

Music notes: BTS, Sabrina Carpenter and more

Jin from BTS made his first official appearance after completing his military obligation. The singer attended 2024 BTS FESTA Thursday, an annual festival to celebrate the anniversary of the band's debut. Jin also took the time to personally meet over 1,000 fans in person during the festival's Jin's Greetings event.

Sabrina Carpenter will appear in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on June 18. "she's working late... because she's in the live lounge!!" BBC Radio 1 wrote on Instagram. "listen live on 18th June on @bbcsounds."

It seems Taylor Swift is a fan of Olivia Newton-John. While out for dinner with her crew of famous friends on Tuesday night, including Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Lena Dunham, Taylor sang "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from Grease. An insider said, "They were all singing it on this balcony. It was really loud! They were in the club from around 8:30 p.m. [local time] to past midnight. So they all had a good time," People reports. “Taylor was fully making sure all her guests were taken care of and really well looked after."

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Taylor Swift confirms The Eras Tour will end in December

Taylor Swift confirms The Eras Tour will end in December

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Taylor Swift has confirmed her Eras era will end in December.

During the 100th performance of The Eras Tour in Liverpool, England, on Thursday, Taylor addressed the crowd before performing "All Too Well (10 Minute Version)" during the Red set.

"I think a lot of people are like, well, how are you going to celebrate the 100th show?" Taylor said. "And for me, the celebration of the 100th show for me means this is the very first time I've ever acknowledged to myself and admitted that this tour is gonna end in December. Like, that's it."

Taylor continued, "That feels like so far away from now. But then again, it feels like I just did my first show on this tour, because you guys have made this so much fun for us that we wanted to do 100 shows, 150-something shows."

The pop superstar joked that she doesn't remember any of her old hobbies because The Eras Tour has "become my entire life."

"All I do when I'm not on stage is just like sit at home and try to think of some clever acoustic song mash-ups and thinking about what you might like to hear," Taylor said.

She then thanked her fans for the effort they put in to attend the concert and described how she wants to celebrate the milestone.

"I want to spend another show just thinking about that and living in this moment with you and being here with you and just know that I appreciate every single ounce of effort you put in to be with us when this tour reaches triple digits of shows," Taylor said. "So thank you."

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Shakira talks split from Gerard Piqué:

Shakira talks split from Gerard Piqué: "It felt like someone had stabbed a hole in my chest"

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Shakira is opening up about her split from ex-husband Gerard Piqué.

In a new cover story for Rolling Stone, Shakira detailed how she felt after the pair announced their breakup in June 2022.

“The suffering I felt was probably the greatest I had ever experienced in my entire life, and it kept me from functioning at times,” Shakira said.

“It felt like someone had stabbed a hole in my chest,” Shakira continued. “And the sensation was so real, almost physical. I physically felt like I had a hole in my chest and that people could see through me.”

Shakira said several famous friends checked in on her during that rough period, including Coldplay's Chris Martin. Out of support, Chris once sent her a picture of a shattered vase glued back together.

“Kintsugi — you’re going to be so much stronger once this is over,” Chris told Shakira at the time, referencing a Japanese style of art.

“That’s the ­metaphor. That you break, and then you get fixed with gold, and you’re more beautiful than you were before,” Martin said. “For anyone going through a hard time, me included at times, that’s a really powerful thing to hold on to.”

Returning to music has brought Shakira out of her heartbreak, she says.

“This has been a journey back to myself and the way there was through my music,” Shakira said. “I’m in a moment where the worst has happened, and this process woke up a new sense of autonomy and independence in me.”

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Taylor Swift's Eras Tour creates seismic activity during Edinburgh shows

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour creates seismic activity during Edinburgh shows

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She's just gonna shake, shake, shake the Earth.

Taylor Swift created seismic activity during her Eras Tour concerts in Edinburgh, Scotland. During the pop superstar's June 7-9 shows in the city, seismologists at the British Geological Study recognized "ground breaking" activity, saying earthquake readings were detected up to 6 kilometers from Murrayfield Stadium.

Apparently, monitoring stations in Edinburgh recorded a similar seismographic pattern during each of the three nights Taylor performed in the city. Notably, the moments that resulted in the most significant activity each night were Taylor's performances of "...Ready For It?," "Cruel Summer" and "champagne problems."

The concerts were attended by over 200,000 fans, with the most enthusiastic crowd activity occurring on the June 7 show. Seismologists measured fans dancing in time to the music, which reached its peak at 160 beats per minute during "...Ready For It?" During that song, the crowd transmitted the amount of power equivalent to around 6,000 car batteries.

Next, Taylor performs three shows in Liverpool, England, starting on June 13, which happens to be the 100th performance of The Eras Tour.

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Lana Del Rey interviews Billie Eilish on music, fame & love for 'Interview' magazine

Lana Del Rey interviews Billie Eilish on music, fame & love for 'Interview' magazine

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After their surprise collaboration at Coachella, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey reunite in a new piece for Interview magazine.

In the article, Del Rey asks Eilish about her new album, HIT ME HARD AND SOFT, and how the track sequencing reflects its title. 

"It's hard and soft and hard and soft," Eilish explains. "There's motifs and melodies that repeat and lyrics that call back to other songs. The songs morph into each other."

While talking about the song "LUNCH," in which Eilish sings, "I could eat that girl for lunch," she describes how difficult it can be to grow up in the public eye.

"Every time I've gotten past the point of frustration and end up explaining myself, it's only gotten worse," Eilish says. "That caused me to prematurely state things that I don't even feel confident or comfortable knowing about myself. And suddenly, I'm saying them publicly, and everyone's like, 'Oh, that's who she is.' And I'm like, 'You are making me feel like I am not allowed to grow and change.' It's so f****** scary, because everything is written in stone."

The conversation also veers into relationships, with Eilish sharing that she has "a power issue and a control issue, and I also don't like being vulnerable in a romantic way."

"It makes me feel uncomfortable, and I don't know how many times I've really been in love," Eilish says. "I think there's different versions of love, and I think that you can be in love and it might not be deep. I'm not going to get too in detail, because I'm going to be rude, but I've never been dumped, and also, I've never been broken up with. I've only done the breaking up."

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Sam Smith releasing 10-year anniversary edition of debut album 'In The Lonely Hour'

Sam Smith releasing 10-year anniversary edition of debut album 'In The Lonely Hour'

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It may seem impossible, but "Stay With Me" here — Sam Smith's debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has been around for a decade.

To celebrate, Capitol Records is releasing a special 10-year anniversary edition of the record on Aug. 2. This new version of the album includes the 10 original songs, along with an exclusive new track, "Little Sailor."

Twenty-five songs will appear on the collector's edition LP and the standard double CD. This includes live versions of the original 10 songs, as well as special versions with features from celebrated artists: Mary J. Blige appears on a new version of "Stay With Me," A$AP Rocky joins Sam on "I'm Not The Only One" and John Legend sings on "Lay Me Down."

In other Sam news, the singer has just launched their new podcast, The Pink House. The show finds Sam chatting with friends and queer cultural icons about what made them the person they are today. The first two episodes are available to listen to now, featuring guests Elliot Page and Donté McGuine.

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Camila Cabello appears on 'The Tonight Show,' sings

Camila Cabello appears on 'The Tonight Show,' sings "I Luv It"

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Camila Cabello appeared on The Tonight Show on Wednesday to chat about her upcoming album, C, XOXO.

The singer performed her single "I Luv It," sat on the couch with host Jimmy Fallon and also played a brand new game with him.

For her performance, Camila wore a silver dress with leather gloves and a black blindfold covering her eyes. Her four backup dancers wore the same blindfolds as they held up dancing robot dogs.

While sitting on the couch with Jimmy, Camila said that C, XOXO feels "personal to me and authentic to me and, like, signed by me. Like writing a letter to someone. This is me, like it or not.”

She also said she had no co-writers on the album, before sharing a song she wrote for the show while she was heading to the studio.

“New suit, same chair, new dress, blond hair/ We’ve seen each other through some phases/ Past lives, debuts, Met Ball, saw you/ Good to have a friend in scary places/ Jimmy-a, Jimmy-a, Jimmy alright/ They came for a show well Jimmy alright/ It’s another late night/ It’s another late night talkin’,” Camila sang.

Camila also played a round of the game Dance Charades with Jimmy, where they took turns wearing headphones and dancing to a song that the other person had to guess. Camila acted out Olivia Rodrigo's "vampire," while Jimmy danced to Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie."

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"Tell Me Why" my dad's a pop star: Joey Fatone & AJ McLean talk fatherhood

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As we head into Father's Day weekend, have you ever wondered what it's like to have a pop star as a father? *NSYNC's Joey Fatone found out the hard way that sometimes it means your favorite group isn't the one your dad's in.

"We were at a wedding one time, and my little one, Kloey, she was very young at the time," Joey recalled. "And all of a sudden they played an *NSYNC song. ... And then the Backstreet Boys song came on. Do you know, my kid grabbed the microphone and knew all the words?"

"And I go, 'When have you ever learned the words?' Like, she knew every word! I was like, 'That's messed up!' And she just laughed at me and went, 'I like it.'"

Meanwhile, Joey's current tour mate, Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean, says his daughters don't like it when the public wants a piece of their father.

"Both my girls are really territorial over daddy," he noted. "If we're out having a daddy-daughter day and someone stops for, like, an autograph or a photo, they [become], like, mini bodyguards ... but they love it."

And AJ says he gets a weird sense of satisfaction from kids at his daughter's school who try to tease him by making Backstreet jokes during the school drop-off.

"As I walk away, like clockwork every morning, the same two boys [sing], 'Tell me why!'" says AJ, referring to the famous lyric from Backstreet's "I Want It That Way." "And I just think it's adorable, whether they're making fun or not."

"They know it!" he laughs. "'You're 11 years old and you know it.'"

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Rihanna would choose *this* actress to portray her in a biopic

Rihanna would choose *this* actress to portray her in a biopic

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If there was anyone Rihanna would like to have play her in a future biopic, it would be Canadian actress Taylor Russell.

The reason why: "Because she's got a nice forehead and she's fly and I feel like I want to be her, so I want her to pretend to be me," she tells E! News, adding her belief that Russell has what it takes to truly bring her essence to life on the big screen.

"I want people to see me in that light," she continued. "Just gorgeous, she's stunning."

Rihanna shared her thoughts during the launch of her Fenty Hair line, out June 13. She also spoke with Entertainment Tonight and shut down all rumors that she is currently with child. She did, however, say she's open to having more.

"You know what, I hope so. I do," she shared.

"I would definitely have more kids," she later added.

Rihanna already shares sons RZA and Riot with partner A$AP Rocky.

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Music notes: Taylor Swift, Post Malone and more

Music notes: Taylor Swift, Post Malone and more

Ariana Grande is staying in business with Scooter Braun. Despite dropping Scooter as her manager in December 2023, Ariana is continuing her partnership with his company HYBE while working with her new manager, Brandon Creed, and his company Good World Management, reps for Ari and HYBE announced on Wednesday.

Post Malone now has his first-ever wax figure. The figure will be displayed at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and replicates the outfit Post wore during his musical guest debut on Saturday Night Live in May 2022. Post met his twin backstage after headlining the Governors Ball festival in New York on June 7. The figure will head to the Las Vegas strip to make visitors' days "Better Now."

Jason Kelce thinks his brother Travis Kelce will benefit from Taylor Swift's fame when fans vote for the Kids' Choice Awards this year. Travis is up for Favorite Male Sports Star and, on their New Heights podcast, Jason said, "If it’s kids [voting] you’re winning this by a f****** landslide.” He noted the demographic of fans who come up to him has changed. "Twelve to 14-year-old little girls are like, ‘Oh my God, you’re the brother of Travis, dating Taylor Swift.’ So I don’t think there’s a chance in hell that you’re not winning this award if it’s truly chosen by children,” Jason said.

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Camila Cabello releases track list for 'C, XOXO'

Camila Cabello releases track list for 'C, XOXO'

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Camila Cabello has released the track list for her upcoming album, C, XOXO.

The singer's fourth studio album arrives on June 28, and she posted the full track list for the record to her Instagram on Wednesday.

In addition to two back-to-back collaborations with Drake, the album features Lil Nas X and Playboy Carti on the already released singles "He Knows" and "I Luv It," respectively.

City Girls are also featured on the record, billed separately as JT and Yung Miami on the song "Date County Dreaming," which could possibly indicate this is their last feature as a duo.

Here's the full track list:

“I Luv It” Feat. Playboi Carti
“Chanel No. 5”
“Pink XOXO”
“He Knows” Feat. Lil Nas X
“Twentysomethings”
“Dade County Dreaming” Feat. JT and Yung Miami
“Koshi XOXO”
“Hot Uptown” Feat. Drake
“Uuugly” Feat. Drake
“Dream-Girls”
“305TilIDie”
“B.O.A.T”
“Pretty When I Cry”
“June Gloom”

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Taylor Swift hits the town with famous friends in London between Eras Tour shows

Taylor Swift hits the town with famous friends in London between Eras Tour shows

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And by the way, she's going out tonight.

Taylor Swift stepped out for a star-studded dinner with friends in London in between stops on the U.K. leg of The Eras Tour on Tuesday.

The pop superstar dined with Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Andrew Scott, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Chrissie Hynde, Danielle Haim and Este Haim, according to photos published by Daily Mail. The crew spent the night at the Argentinean restaurant Casa Cruz in London's Notting Hill neighborhood.

Taylor wore a black corset top with matching pants under an oversized gray blazer coat during the outing. She accessorized with burgundy pumps and a clock chocker necklace. It's the same piece she wore to this year's Grammys, the evening Midnights won Album of the Year and when she announced her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department.

The Eras Tour resumes in Liverpool, England, on Thursday, with three shows in that city before a concert in Cardiff, Wales. She follows that up with a run of shows in London.

The Thursday, June 13, concert also marks a milestone on the most successful stadium tour of all time — it's the 100th Eras Tour show. How Taylor managed to line the 100th concert up to occur on the 13th, her lucky number, is anyone's guess, but she did tell us she's a "Mastermind," after all. 

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Miley Cyrus opens up about complex relationship with dad Billy Ray Cyrus

Miley Cyrus opens up about complex relationship with dad Billy Ray Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus has opened up about her complex relationship with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.

While being interviewed by David Letterman for his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Miley got candid as she discussed her relationship with her parents — Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray — who divorced in 2022.

David asked Miley if her father is her personal hero. After a long pause, Miley said, "I mean, honestly, my mom is my hero," noting it was mostly Tish who raised her.

"My father — I'm grateful for being able to watch him ahead of me. He's almost given me this map. There is a map of what to do and what not to do. And he's guided me on both," Miley continued.

The singer also said she has a "lot of love" for her dad and that the way each of her parents contributed to her success "can't be weighed on the same scale."

Miley was empathetic to the fact that Billy Ray "had a really rough childhood," saying she's grateful she "had food, I had love, I grew up in a beautiful big house and my dad didn't have that."

Still, she didn't hold back on the honesty of what she inherited from him.

"I also inherited the narcissism from my father," Miley said, before listing more positive qualities about him. "He also has a relationship and a foot on the ground to nature and to the real. And he always did, even when he was super famous."

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Kevin Jonas has surgery to remove skin cancer:

Kevin Jonas has surgery to remove skin cancer: "Get those moles checked, people!"

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Kevin Jonas is giving fans an update on his health, as well as an important reminder.

The Jonas Brothers singer and lead guitarist shared a video to Instagram Tuesday of him having surgery to remove skin cancer from his forehead.

"Friendly reminder to get your moles checked," he wrote in the caption.

"So, today I am getting a basal cell carcinoma removed from my head," he says in the clip, revealing the culprit on the right side of his forehead near the hairline. "Yes, that is [an] actual little skin cancer guy that started to grow, and now I have to get surgery to remove it."

"So here we go," he adds, before the video cuts to after the procedure and Jonas lifts the gauze to check out the situation, blocking it from viewers with an emoji.

As Jonas leaves the medical facility and sits in the car with his seat belt fastened, he adds, "All right, I'm all done. Now it's time to heal. Heading home."

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers.

An estimated 3.6 million cases of abnormal, uncontrolled growth of basal cells are diagnosed each year in the United States. Most cases are curable when caught early, as basal cell carcinomas grow slowly.

Jonas made sure to end his Instagram video with a message to his fans, saying, "Make sure to get those moles checked, people!"

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Ariana Grande reflects on time as a Nickelodeon star:

Ariana Grande reflects on time as a Nickelodeon star: "I guess I’m upset"

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Ariana Grande is reflecting on her time as a Nickelodeon star.

The actress, who starred as Cat Valentine on Victorious and Sam & Cat during the 2010s, opened up about child stardom while guesting on her "the boy is mine" co-star Penn Badgley's podcast, Podcrushed.

“We were young performers who just wanted to do this with our lives more than anything, and we got to and that was so beautiful. I think we had some very special memories, and we feel so privileged to have been able to create those roles and be a part of something that was so special for a lot of young kids.”

With that being said, Grande reveals she is “reprocessing [my] relationship to it a little bit now, if that makes sense.”

While neither Grande nor Badgley mention Dan Schneider by name — or the documentary Quiet on Set, which brought to light many allegations of misconduct during his tenure at Nickelodeon — Grande did say it has been “devastating” to hear stories from former child actors who have come forward, referring to them as survivors.

“I think the environment needs to be made safer if kids are going to be acting, and I think there should be therapists,” Grande said.

She also mentioned feeling uncomfortable revisiting certain plot lines from Victorious.

“We were convinced [that] was the cool thing about us — is that we pushed the envelope with our humor,” Grande said. “And the innuendos were ... it was, like, the cool differentiation. And I don’t know, I think it just all happened so quickly and now looking back on some of the clips I’m like, ‘D***, really? Oh s***.’ ... And the things that weren’t approved for the network were snuck onto like our website or whatever.”

“I guess I’m upset, yeah,” Grande continued. 

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Jin from BTS has completed his mandatory military service

Jin from BTS has completed his mandatory military service

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BTS Army, rejoice.

Band member Jin has successfully completed 18 months of military service and will be officially discharged from active military duty on June 12.

This makes him the first member of BTS to be discharged from the military. J-Hope will follow him next, finishing his service on Oct. 17. All of the members of the band are set to finish their required service by June 21, 2025.

While fans have been advised to refrain from visiting the site to avoid overcrowding, they can celebrate Jin's return and the 11th anniversary of the band's debut at an event on June 13.

One of the event's two sessions is called Jin’s Greetings. It'll feature a meet-and-greet with Jin, and is described as "a time for light hugs with Jin per request from the artist, and is expected to last about three hours," according to BigHit Music.

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Music notes: Chappell Roan, Jonas Brothers and more

Music notes: Chappell Roan, Jonas Brothers and more

Chappell Roan will return to New York in September for the inaugural edition of the All Things Go festival in that city. It'll take place at Forest Hills Stadium and feature fellow headliners Reneé Rapp, Janelle Monáe, Muna, Ethel Cain and Julien Baker. The festival takes place the same weekend as its Washington, D.C., counterpart on Sep. 28 and 29.

Jonas Brothers have added a special guest to The Tour. English singer-songwriter Mimi Webb will accompany the boy band during their run of shows across the pond. "Welcome to the family, @mimiwebb! Cannot wait to have you join us on the European leg of #THETOUR this Fall," Jonas Brothers wrote on the social platform X.

Sabrina Carpenter's "Espresso" is now available to purchase on iTunes for 69 cents. Sabrina posted about the price drop on her Instagram Story. "my favorite temperature <3," she wrote. Her team's official account also made a post about the discounted price. "carpenters we got the inside scoop. #espresso is close to #1! U.S. fans, when’s the next time you’ll get a 69 cent espresso? take ur shot while u can," Team Sabrina wrote.

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Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande orchestral covers to appear in part 2 of 'Bridgerton' season 3

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande orchestral covers to appear in part 2 of 'Bridgerton' season 3

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Dearest gentle readers, part two of Bridgerton's third season arrives on Netflix Thursday, and with the new episodes come brand new orchestral covers of your favorite pop songs.

Among the featured songs are Ariana Grande's "POV," Imagine Dragons' "Thunder," Demi Lovato's "Confident," Coldplay's "Yellow," Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me" and a stripped down version of Ellie Goulding's "Lights."

Bridgerton's music supervisor, Justin Kamps, notes this isn't the first time the series has used a Taylor song — the Midnights track "Snow on the Beach" appears in the first part of season 3 — but they were happy to get to use another.

“We’ve got some returning artists this season because they’re still out there making huge hits. Can’t argue with that!" Kamps said. “It was a joy to get to use another Taylor Swift track, and this is just a classic one.”

In addition to these covers, part two of season 3 will include the show's first original song, "All I Want," performed by Tori Kelly. An orchestral version of the song will be featured in the season 3 finale.

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Rihanna says she's still working on 'R9':

Rihanna says she's still working on 'R9': "I'm prepared to go back in the studio"

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Rihanna celebrated the launch of her Fenty Hair brand on Monday, but that wasn't the only topic of discussion for the night. In an interview with ET, she talks about the "I'm Retired" T-shirt she was spotted wearing a few days ago.

"People got triggered with that retired word. They were like, 'We're never getting an album now.' No one read the other line, it was something about, 'This is as dressed up as I get,'" Rihanna said.

She then put to rest rumors speculating her retirement, reassuring fans that she's still working on new music.

"I think that music, for me, is a new discovery. I'm rediscovering things," the singer said. "I have been working on the album for so long that I kinda put all that stuff aside and now I'm prepared to go back in the studio. I'm gonna start — give me a second!"

Rihanna notes she's starting the process over but says she doesn't "want to neglect the songs that I have."

"I actually want to go back and listen to stuff with new ears, with my new perspective and then see what applies and what I'm still in love with," she said.

Until then, she's focused on Fenty Hair, out on June 13. Much like with her other product brands, including Fenty Beauty, she aims to be inclusive.

"Inclusivity has always been a big, big deal for us," Rih said. "And we didn't want to change that with going into a new category, which is hair. We wanted to make sure that we applied that."

"I wanted to just make sure that we knew that everyone was included," she continued. "All hair types, there's not a race to hair. Hair is different for everyone."

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Ed Sheeran praises Olivia Rodrigo, Lana Del Rey and Britney Spears

Ed Sheeran praises Olivia Rodrigo, Lana Del Rey and Britney Spears

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Ed Sheeran is giving the pop girlies their flowers.

On a recent episode of the Therapuss with Jake Shane podcast, Ed praised his fellow musicians Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears and Olivia Rodrigo.

First, Jake and Ed discussed Lana's breakthrough single, "Video Games."

"I mean, that song is incredible," Ed said. "That song came out the same time as '[The] A Team.' It was like we were kinda doing the same late night shows at the same time. That song's just kind of like the perfect debut song isn't it?"

Ed then asked Jake what his favorite debut pop songs are, to which he replied Olivia's "drivers license" and Britney's "...Baby One More Time." Ed couldn't have agreed more.

Ed noted "drivers license" came on in the gym that morning and he was reminded of how good the song is.

"Both those records, actually, GUTS and SOUR, are like, I think, unskippable," Ed said.

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