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Joshua Bassett says he was sexually abused as a child

Joshua Bassett says he was sexually abused as a child

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Joshua Bassett is ready to introduce himself and not have the songs by his ex, Olivia Rodrigo define who he is anymore.  

In a vulnerable interview with GQ, the 20-year-old actor admitted, "I feel like a lot of this last year people haven't seen me as a human being."  After "Drivers License" came out, Joshua said he began receiving death threats and was afraid to leave his New York City home.

"I would see TikToks with like 50 million views and 10 million likes saying, 'If I ever see that kid on the street, I'm going to f****** kill him," Joshua recalled.  "It's hard to see that."  He also recalled the time he was at a cafe and the staff repeated Olivia's songs until he got up and left.

Joshua has since moved out of New York -- now saying he lives "nowhere" -- and is learning to cope with the mental and emotional scars of the past year, which caused some long-repressed memories to come flooding back.

"I experienced sexual abuse a lot in my childhood," he confided to GQ. "I didn't remember that until last year, which is pretty insane. I buried it so far."  He was also reminded of the time he was taken advantage of by a "much older man" when he was a teenager.

Joshua plans to unpack his trauma through a series of "heavy talks" on an upcoming podcast, to "help people who are experiencing that."  He intends to release it next year.

Joshua dropped three new songs on Friday, which appear to reference his famous ex. "I finally found the courage to speak up for myself," he said, then added, "I’m not here to expose people. It was eating me alive, and I couldn’t keep it in anymore."


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Nick Carter says watching newborn daughter be put in NICU was the

Nick Carter says watching newborn daughter be put in NICU was the "scariest thing"

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Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter has opened up about one of the "scariest" moments in his life, when his newborn daughter, Pearl, spent five days in the neonatal intensive care unit.  

Speaking with People, the singer recalled the traumatic moment following his daughter's birth in April. His wife, Lauren, had been "experiencing some minor complications" while in labor, and there were further problems after Pearl arrived.

"To see your child being born and then having to be put in the NICU ... it's the scariest thing," Nick explained. He called the five days Pearl spent in the NICU "really emotional" and noted they were waiting for her oxygen levels to rise, but declined to go into further detail about her condition other than saying, "It was tough."

Pearl, who is now seven months old, is now home and enjoying life with her two other siblings, five-year-old Odin and two-year-old Saoirse.

After experiencing such a scare, Nick calls it a "blessing" to watch his baby grow up healthy, adding, "I'm very happy that she's here in our lives and we will do everything that we can to make sure that all of our kids are protected and love."

Nick hopes that, by sharing his daughter's story, he can "help someone else feel a little better if it did happen to them. You can make it through. Maybe that's a silver lining."

Nick will host Home 4 the Holidays, a virtual dinner and singalong, on December 16 to benefit the Cure 4 the Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to cure and prevent childhood diseases.


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Lady Gaga named Best Actress by New York Film Critics Circle for 'House of Gucci' role

Lady Gaga named Best Actress by New York Film Critics Circle for 'House of Gucci' role

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Lady Gaga is already off to a good start this awards season.

The singer/actress has been named Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her role in House of Gucci. In the Ridley Scott-directed film, Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, the woman who was famously convicted of arranging the murder of her ex-husband, Italian fashion heir Maurizio Gucci.

Gaga has been generally getting rave reviews for her performance, though the Gucci family has spoken out decrying the film's portrayal of the protagonists as inaccurate.

House of Gucci is Gaga's acting follow-up to her Oscar-nominated role in 2018's A Star Is Born.

The New York Film Critics Circle also named Benedict Cumberbatch as Best Actor for The Power of the Dog while Drive My Car was chosen as Best Film.

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Doja Cat releases interactive new music video for

Doja Cat releases interactive new music video for "Woman"

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New music Friday continues with Doja Cat, who gave her single, "Woman," a music video makeover that once again takes us back to Planet Her.

The sultry video follows a queen, played by Teyana Taylor, and her generals seducing the men who want to steal her crown. The creation is rich with colorful visuals and killer choreography, which fans have come to expect with Doja's work. However, this goes a little further than just serving as a piece of eye candy.  The "Woman" music video is also interactive and urges her fans to take a crack at coding.  

Doja teamed with Girls Who Code to create the DojaCode, which fans can use to unlock exclusive content in the music video.  Girls Who Code claim this is "the first ever codable music video" out there and are looking forward to seeing how fans "control the story using code."

Doja was also excited about the partnership and said in a statement, "I am so excited that Girls Who Code has partnered with me to make my 'Woman' music video the world's first codable music video. Fans all over the world will get to input code via a microsite and unlock some really cool special features. It's going to be awesome."

"Woman" is featured on Doja's Grammy-nominated album, Planet Her.   

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Ed Sheeran reveals the conditions he had before joining Elton John on their Christmas song

Ed Sheeran reveals the conditions he had before joining Elton John on their Christmas song

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Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John just released their brand-new holiday single, "Merry Christmas," but it turns out only one of them was eager to do a holiday song at first.

Speaking with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Ed confessed he used to think there was "no point" in making a song for the holidays.

"When Elton rang me and said, 'Let's do a Christmas song,' I was like, 'There's no point doing a Christmas song, because there is so many great ones out there,'" Ed recalled. "I've never actually thought of making a Christmas song. It's always been the type of thing that I thought I'd do when I was 60."

But Ed was intrigued by the prospect of doing something for the holidays with his idol, and said, "To be honest, if it wasn't with Elton, I wouldn't be doing it. I've always wanted to work with him and this made the most sense."

That said, Ed still had a few conditions before he jumped in the recording studio with the legendary artist.

"If we're going to do it, we have to chuck the kitchen sink at it and it has to tick every single box. It has to be sleigh bells…It has to be ding-dong church bells, it has to be mistletoe, dancing and wine!" he told Sir Elton.

They did exactly that and produced a song lush with camp and Christmas cheer. They went all-out for the song's music video, too -- although Ed says he almost "killed [Elton] with a bell" during filming.

"I kick a present, but the present had a big metal bell on top of it...the bell flew past his head and would've cracked him in the head," Ed explained, and promised to release that outtake in the future.

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Are BTS members cashing in before they join the military?

Are BTS members cashing in before they join the military?


The bank statements of three members of BTS are now "Dynamite," thanks to a sudden infusion of cash from stock sales.

Bloomberg reports that Jin, J-Hope and RM sold nearly 32,000 combined shares in Hybe Co., the new name of their management company, which was formerly known as Big Hit. The three members pocketed some $8.4 million from the sale.

Ahead of the company's IPO, the founder of Hybe, Bang Si-Hyuk, gave BTS a 1.41% stake in the company, which amounted to nearly 479,000 shares.  Those shares are now worth $165 million, having doubled since the IPO last October.

The sale netted Jin $4.1 million, J-Hope $1.57 million and RM $2.75 million.

Bloomberg states that the three members are likely cashing in before their mandatory two-year military service.  Able-bodied men are originally required to serve 20 months in the nation's military before they turn 28, but last December, lawmakers passed a bill allowing those who work in certain professions -- like entertainment -- to put off service until they turn 30.

Jin, the group's oldest member, turned 28 last December.  Another member, Suga, will turn 29 in March.  RM and J-Hope are both 27.

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Mariah Carey's mind is blown after

Mariah Carey's mind is blown after "All I Want for Christmas Is You" earns RIAA Diamond Award

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Mariah Carey has made history. Her 1994 classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now RIAA-certified Diamond and becomes the first holiday song to sell over 10 million copies in the U.S.

Mariah was almost at a loss for words over the honor. "The continued love for my song never ceases to amaze me and fill my heart with a multitude of emotions," she says in a statement. "It blows my mind that 'All I Want for Christmas is You' has endured different eras of the music industry. The RIAA DIAMOND award?! Wowww! I'm so fortunate to have the greatest fans on Earth, my Lambily, who continue to support my legacy. I love you."

The timing of the milestone couldn't be sweeter, because the Grammy winner just released her second holiday special on Apple TV+, Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues

In addition, the news comes shortly after Billboard adjusted its holiday rankings and dubbed "All I Want for Christmas Is You" the greatest of all Christmas songs.  It recently re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 and currently sits at number 36.

That said, Mariah is now the first and, to date, only artist to have an RIAA-certified Diamond holiday song -- which makes it all the easier for her to claim she's the true "Queen of Christmas."

We dare you to disagree with her.

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Is Joshua Bassett shading Olivia Rodrigo in his new songs?

Is Joshua Bassett shading Olivia Rodrigo in his new songs?

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Joshua Bassett, the subject of Olivia Rodrigo's SOUR album, has apparently released his musical response to being labeled a "traitor."

Joshua and Olivia reportedly dated in 2019 after meeting on the set of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.  Olivia alleged through her songs that he had "talked" with their co-star, Sabrina Carpenter, while they were an item and ran off to date her two weeks after they called it quits.   

Well, Joshua has apparently responded with a few songs of his own, which he released Friday: "Crisis," "Secret" and "Set Me Free."

"Crisis" contains some juicy lyrics, such as, "And if you get to tell your truth, then so do I/ And it's cool if you want me to play the bad guy" and "Half the [stuff] you're saying's only half-true/ Messin' with my life as a career move."

In "Set Me Free," Joshua sings about wanting his scorned lover to move on, and asks, "Why do I have to hurt for you to feel okay?"  The single also contains the pointed lyric, "I don't recognize you, not anymore/ You're not the love that I fell for."

"Secret" finds Joshua hinting that he was cheated on and even references some of Olivia's songs, such as "Pulled into your driveway again/ We kissed, but it felt different" and "I rеally hope you had your fun, good for you foolin' everyone/ You had me tricked for sixteen months."

While Joshua hasn't explicitly said these songs are about Olivia, he appears to have left just enough breadcrumbs to make fans think that, maybe, we don't know the full story of what happened between the two.

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New music roundup: BTS, Ariana Grande and more

New music roundup: BTS, Ariana Grande and more

It's new music Friday, so let's see who's out with new tunes!

After months of teasing, Ariana Grande dropped "Just Look Up," the single she performed with Kid Cudi for the Netflix movie, Don't Look Up.  The character she plays in the apocalyptic drama is charged with writing a song that tells the world a planet-killing meteor is hurtling toward Earth.  "Just Look Up" contains the blunt message, "You’re about to die soon, everybody!"

Jennifer Lopez released the music video for "On My Way," a song she sings in the upcoming Marry Me movie.  Jennifer shows off an array of fabulous outfits in the music video, which also includes small movie clip teasers.  The song is ultra-romantic and also demonstrates Jennifer's vocal range as she belts out a series of high notes. Marry Me arrives in theaters on Valentine's Day.

Five Seconds of Summer has released their tribute single, "2011," which honors the year they came together as a band.  The reflective track marks their 10th anniversary by examining how much their lives have changed since that pivotal year.  Don't miss 5S0S performing it live this afternoon when they kick off their global livestream event at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET on their YouTube page.

The holidays are here and BTS has turned their summer smash, "Butter," into a carol-pop Christmas song. The lyrics are the same, but the music in the background has been replaced with sleigh bells, piano riffs and other elements that make any Christmas song sparkle.

Lastly, Ed Sheeran and Elton John have released their holiday collab, "Merry Christmas."  The two co-wrote the song, the proceeds from which will benefit The Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and The Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Brunettes have more fun: Billie Eilish trades in her platinum blonde hair

Brunettes have more fun: Billie Eilish trades in her platinum blonde hair

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New year, new Billie Eilish.  The singer has undergone another transformation, trading in her platinum blonde hair for a shaggy brunette chop.  

She teased the makeover on Thursday by taking to her Instagram story to share a selfie of just her eyes and a peek at her new, darker fringe.  "Guess what," she captioned the post, before taking to her profile to share the big update. 

Unveiling her dramatic, new look, Billie simply captioned the post, "Miss me?"  

Fellow Grammy-nominee Olivia Rodrigo approved of the new 'do and raved in the comment section, "omg."

This is the second time in a year the "bad guy" singer underwent a radical transformation.  In March, she ditched her signature black and green hair she sported for two years and showed off her platinum bob.  At the time, Billie revealed it took her six weeks to get the color right and wore a wig until her hair was ready.

This new look comes as Billie announces a new partnership with Gucci, which will release a limited-edition vinyl version of her Grammy-nominated album, Happier Than Ever.  "The vinyl is made from recycled vinyl scraps from all the colors of the original pressing of the record and each piece is completely unique!!" Billie raved when announcing the new venture on Thursday, adding, "[T]he set is available starting today at the following boutiques!!!"

The shiny-looking record, which is now being sold worldwide, also treats fans to some nail stickers bearing the Gucci brand.

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Ed Sheeran and Elton John step into a

Ed Sheeran and Elton John step into a "Merry Christmas" with new holiday single

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Elton John and Ed Sheeran are making sure fans ring in the holidays with a little extra cheer with their new single, "Merry Christmas."

The song, which they co-wrote and released on Friday, sees the two powerhouse British singers explaining why it's important to enjoy the season with those you love. 

Ed begins the festive song by encouraging listeners to appreciate the season's wonders by singing, "So kiss me under the mistletoe/ Pour out the wine, let's toast and pray for December snow/ I know there's been pain this year, but it's time to let it go/ Next year, you never know."

Sir Elton adds, "We've both known love, but this love we got is the bеst of all/ I wish you could see it through my eyes, then you would know."

If that wasn't enough to help bring some joy back to the holidays after another stressful year, Ed and Elton also released the official and ultra-campy music video for "Merry Christmas." The two are decked out in several of their best holiday outfits, from sequined tuxedos to very short Santa-like robes, as they rotate through various Christmas-like scenes. 

"Merry Christmas" is available to stream and purchase now across all platforms. Proceeds from the single will benefit The Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and The Elton John AIDS Foundation.


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Juice Wrld and Justin Bieber team up for 'Wandered to LA'

Juice Wrld and Justin Bieber team up for 'Wandered to LA'

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Juice Wrld and Justin Bieber join forces for their new track "Wandered to LA," released at the stroke of midnight. 

On the new single, the two artists candidly sing about their experiences since wandering to Los Angeles.

"I wandered to LA hoping to explore / Little did I'd know I'd find a little more," Juice sings in the chorus, before adding in his opening verse, "Maybe it's the love / Maybe it's the drugs."

Justin, who has also previously opened up about his past drug use, sings about how his relationship was affected but is "Thankful that we worked it out / We come so far."

Prior to the song's drop, a teaser trailer was released, which featured interviews from those in Juice's camp discussing how the rapper had agreed to go to rehab before he died of an accidental overdose in December 2019. Bieber also shared his experiences with drugs in an attempt to encourage others who may be struggling to seek help. 

"Wandered to LA" is the latest single released from Juice's forthcoming posthumous album, Fighting Demons, due out December 10.

On December 9, before the album's release, Chicago will host the first-ever Juice Wrld Day. According to a press release, "the event will bring together a number of his closest family, friends, collaborators and fans for an immersive experience celebrating his life and music." Attendees will also get a first look at Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss, a documentary film focused on Juice's life and death, which hits HBO Max December 16.  

Tickets to Juice WRLD Day range from $35 to $99 and can be purchased at

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"The Magic Continues" : Mariah Carey returns to Apple TV+ today in new holiday special

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Mariah Carey's new Apple TV+ holiday special, Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues,  starts streaming today, and just like her Apple TV+ special last year, it includes music, amazing costumes and special guests. Mariah says it's all part of her quest to make the holiday season magical for everyone.

"We can't control what's going on in this world...but Christmas is its own special sacred time of the year," she explains. "Everybody can agree that the holiday season can be magical, and I think it just really starts inside. You're spreading that joy to the next person. And, that's what I try to do."

She laughs, "Y'know, I can only do so much. I really do care, and I really do try."

This year's special, Mariah says, will feature her and her guests "feeling the vibe of the spirit of Christmas." They include Apple Music host Zane Lowe, Khalid and Kirk Franklin -- her collaborators on her new single, "Fall In Love at Christmas" -- and, of course, her 10-year-old twins, Roc and Roe.

"Having the kids there is always amazing," Mariah says. "They were great, and they were very patient, because, y'know, it's 2021, almost 2022 -- kids don't really have the patience to sit around and wait. But...they hung out and they waited until it was their time to come on and talk, and they were so good."

For her own Christmas celebration, Mariah says she and the twins will head to Aspen, Colorado.

"I have so much fun. It's the only time I relax fully, I think, and when it snows, it's the most beautiful thing," raves Mariah. "I tend to like to sleep when I'm not working, and I'm like, 'If it even flurries, you have to wake me up!'"

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Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Britney, Adele highlighted in 'People' magazine's

Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Britney, Adele highlighted in 'People' magazine's "People of the Year" issue

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This Friday, People magazine's annual Year-End People of the Year special issue hits newsstands. In addition to the folks whom the mag has named its "official" 2021 People of the Year -- Sandra Oh, Simone Biles, Dolly Parton and "America's Teachers" -- some pop stars are highlighted for the impact they made in 2021.

In the issue's "They Had a Big Year" feature, you'll find Adele, Britney Spears, Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X, all of whom aren't surprising. But Rihanna was included as well, even though she didn't have a new album or a movie: She was recognized in the piece because in 2021, she became a billionaire, and the world's highest-paid female musician, according to Forbes.

Under Couples of the Year, you'll find Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, and Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde  -- as well as the breakup of Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.  And of course, there's Bennifer 2.0: Jennifer Lopez's unexpected rekindled romance with Ben Affleck.

Finally, Meghan Trainor's son Riley made the "Babies of the Year" section.

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Adele joins NikkieTutorials for

Adele joins NikkieTutorials for "Power of Makeup" YouTube video

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Adele is saying “Hello” to the power of makeup.

The singer joins YouTuber NikkieTutorials for the latest installment of the Dutch beauty guru’s “Power of Makeup” series, where Adele gets glam on one side of her face and leaves the other side makeup free.

As she gets her makeup done -- complete with that famous winged liner -- Adele answers a series of questions from Nikkie. Among other things, we learn she’s not a fan of The Real Housewives franchise, the one celeb she’s dying to meet is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the decade in history she’d love to go back to is the ‘60s, so she can see The Beatles live.

Adele also teased the upcoming music video for “I Drink Wine,” saying, “The music video was shot a while ago but it’s just f****** hilarious. It’s the campiest thing you’ll ever see and I feel like everyone might be dressed up [for] Halloween [as] it next year.”

Nikkie has previously featured Kim Kardashian and Drew Barrymore in the “Power of Makeup” series, but has long said Adele was her dream collaborator.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Demi Lovato says they are no longer

Demi Lovato says they are no longer "California sober"

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Demi Lovato has entered a new chapter in their sobriety journey.  On Thursday, the "Confident" singer revealed they have cut alcohol and marijuana completely out of their life and said "it's the only way to be."

Demi shared to their Instagram story, "I no longer support my 'California sober' ways.  Sober sober is the only way to be."  Their definition of California sober was cutting everything out except marijuana and alcohol, which they would consume in moderation.

Demi detailed why they initially chose to go California sober in their YouTube docu-series Dancing with the Devil.  Following the singer's near-fatal overdose in 2018, Demi felt quitting everything cold turkey was not the best solution and worked with a recovery manager to determine the best plan for them. 

The Grammy nominee stressed at the time that recovery isn't a "one-size-fits-all solution" and also going "California sober" isn't for everyone.  But, of Thursday, it appears that no longer is for Demi, either.

Demi's decision to go completely sober comes shortly after the singer honored their late friend, Thomas Trussell III, on his birthday.  Thomas died of drug overdose in 2019.  Demi showed off their tattoo of the letter T and wrote, "Happy bday @sirtruss. You're unforgettable.  We miss and love you."


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Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo dominate 'Billboard' year-end charts

Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo dominate 'Billboard' year-end charts

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December just started, but Billboard has already crunched the numbers and released its 2021 year-end charts, based on airplay, sales and streaming data and other metrics.  The big winners overall? Dua Lipa, The Weeknd and Olivia Rodrigo.

Dua Lipa's "Levitating" was the year's number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by two songs by The Weeknd: "Save Your Tears" and "Blinding Lights."

Regarding "Levitating's" success, Dua tells Billboard,"'Levitating' doing its thing on the Billboard chart is absolutely surreal. That song has been my baby for so long, and to have it out in the world, and for people's response to be the way that it is, it's just absolutely mind-blowing to me. I'm really, really, really grateful for it all."

To give you an idea of how successful the song has been, "Levitating" has appeared in the Hot 100's top 40 every week of the past chart year, and for 41 of those weeks, it was in the top 10. While it never reached number one, it did peak at number two.

Olivia, meanwhile, is Billboard's Top New Artist of 2021 -- beating out The Kid LAROI -- as well as its Top Streaming Songs Artist of 2021.  She's also the overall Top Female Artist of 2021, beating out her idol, Taylor Swift, who's number two.  Her debut album, SOUR, is the number-two album of the year, behind country star Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album.

The Top Artist of 2021 is Drake, followed by Olivia, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat and Justin Bieber.

The Top Duo/Group of 2021 is, of course, BTS, followed by Glass Animals and Dan + Shay.


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Katy Perry's new Las Vegas residency will let her

Katy Perry's new Las Vegas residency will let her "strike more of a balance" in her life

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Like Celine Dion before her, Katy Perry was attracted to the idea of a Las Vegas residency because it allows her to perform for fans while still spending time with her child, daughter Daisy Dove.

“I really wanted to be able to strike more of a balance -- to have a child and take her to preschool -- but also be artistic and play with that energy,” she explains in an interview in Modern Luxury magazine.

“I’m not saying that my tours are done, but a residency is actually the perfect thing for me right now," the singer notes. "I could not have done this in my 20s, and I am not sure that I would want to do it as I go out to pasture. But I definitely want to do this when I am vital and excited [about] creating and offering what I think is my best show ever."

Describing her show, PLAY, which opens at Resorts World Las Vegas on December 29, Katy says it's "hit-dominated, which is what the fans want."

“I like to bring a visual feast, and this is a set-in-the-’60s, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movie on mushrooms,” she adds.

To set PLAY apart from the many other residencies flooding Sin City, Katy is also incorporating NFTs into her show -- a way to own piece of unique digital content, such as songs, images or videos.

"The first thing we’re going to be auctioning off with the NFT is the craziest thing I’ve ever done. We’ll be creating something unique in the NFT space every single night," Katy explains. "Imagine if I put my finger up during the song ‘Firework’ and you wanted to own that moment -- now you could.”

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Britney Spears heads to Cabo to celebrate 40th birthday

Britney Spears heads to Cabo to celebrate 40th birthday

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Britney Spears and fiancé Sam Asghari shared photos of them boarding a private plane on Wednesday, but they didn't tell fans where they were going.  The only clue came from Britney, who said in an Instagram post that they'll be "out of the country."

According to People, the lovebirds jetted off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  A source told the outlet, "Britney was very excited. She loves beach vacations and hasn't been to Mexico in many years."

Now that the "Toxic" singer is no longer confined by her 13-year conservatorship, she is free to go wherever she pleases whenever she wants.

So, how is she dealing with this newfound freedom?

"She is doing well. She is taking care of herself both physically and mentally," the insider claims. "She feels very lucky to be spending her 40th birthday with [her fiancé.] Such perfect timing to be out of the conservatorship. She feels beyond blessed in so many ways."

The Grammy winner recently spoke about how she's been processing her new life, and wrote on Instagram, "I know I'm lucky to be present and exist today !!!! I fought for that an extremely long time. I'm grateful for that but also I still need lots of healing !!!! Not therapy … but the kind of healing that comes from within !!!!"

Also, Sam shared a peek at Britney's luxurious birthday cake to his Instagram Stories on Thursday.  It's a multi-layer cake in the shape of the letter "B" and it's covered in gold-dusted red and pink roses, as well as some macaroons. Yum!

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Neon Trees to celebrate 10th anniversary of

Neon Trees to celebrate 10th anniversary of "Everybody Talks" with new EP

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Neon Trees are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their sleeper hit "Everybody Talks," which shook up the summer charts in 2012, by releasing a brand-new EP next week. The offering, called versions of you, arrives December 10.

For those who may be confused about why the EP is coming out now, it's because Neon Trees released "Everybody Talks" on December 20, 2011.  The track debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 2012 and spent six months climbing up the chart before peaking at number six on September 15 of that year.

The single has since sold over five million copies in the U.S. and is considered one of the band's biggest hits.  To celebrate it turning the big 1-0, Neon Trees rerecorded the song and will release it as part of their four-track versions of you EP.

That's not the only song that got a 2021 facelift -- Neon Tress rerecorded their other hits "Animal" and "Sleeping with a Friend," which are also featured on the EP. Versions of you will also come with a brand-new song, the title track.

Fans can pre-save and pre-add the EP on Neon Trees' official website.


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