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Music notes: Doja Cat, Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Louis Tomlinson, Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr and the Backstreet Boys

Music notes: Doja Cat, Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Louis Tomlinson, Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr and the Backstreet Boys

Doja Cat responded to critics hating on her zany style. Posting three glamour shots of herself, Doja captioned it, "Felt like doing a pretty beat for you boring a** lemon water b****es out there so you can shut the f*** up now." Selena Gomez commented, "I love and feel you."

Lizzo will be heading to Japan this summer to headline the Fuji Rock Festival alongside the Foo Fighters and The Strokes. Other artists include Lewis CapaldiAlanis Morissette and Weezer. The event runs July 28 to July 30. Sign up for ticket alerts at viagogo.com.

Louis Tomlinson is also heading to Asia for his Faith in the Future Tour. The singer released seven new dates and announced, "I’m really excited to be coming back to Asia for these shows in April. I can’t wait to see you all again this year!" Visit his official website for ticketing information and tour dates.

Katy Perry and fiancé Orlando Bloom attended Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's surprise vow renewal, which was supposed to be a 50th birthday party for Portia. Katy and Orlando were among a crowd of famous faces at the event, which People says included Meghan Markle and Prince HarryCourteney Cox and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Speaking of Katy, Miranda Kerr is singing her praises. Kerr was previously married to Orlando and the two share a 12-year-old son named Flynn. The model shared clips of them on TikTok, writing, "When you love your son’s step mom [sic]." 

The Backstreet Boys are releasing a tribute book honoring their 30th anniversary. It'll feature tour photography, profiles of the band, memories from fans, a forward from Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm and more. Backstreet Boys 30th Anniversary Celebration arrives April 11 and is available for preorder.

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Pink reveals she sang with Kelly Clarkson for an hour for Monday's episode of 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'

Pink reveals she sang with Kelly Clarkson for an hour for Monday's episode of 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'

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Pink will be Monday's guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show and revealed the episode will delight a lot of fans. Why? They're going to sing together.

Pink shared a teaser of the upcoming episode and captioned it, "I [heart] @kellyclarkson and had so much fun singing with her for an hour of Songs & Stories on @kellyclarksonshow." 

Based on several other clips posted on the show's YouTube, it appears Pink will go over her music catalog with Kelly and explain the meaning behind some of her greatest songs. Not only that, the two will also perform them together.

One clip has Pink reflecting on her 2017 song "What About Us" and what she was thinking when she wrote it. The singer recalled thinking, "We're not listening to each other right now and it's so loud and so gross and angry. And people are being forgotten. And people are being counted out and their rights are being trampled on just because a group of people doesn't believe in them."

Pink added she didn't understand "how so many people in this world are discounted because one group of people decided they don't like that."

"I won't have it," she added of the song's significance, which is her raising her voice to make a positive difference. "One person can change a lot."

Pink revealed in another teaser what was going through her mind when she created her new album, TRUSTFALL. She spoke about how she felt the world was ending because of the pandemic and other heartaches, so she decided, "If we are sliding sideways off the axis, let's dance."

Check The Kelly Clarkson Show website for channel information and when to watch Monday's episode.

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Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor & more: Who'll get the Grammy milestones this Sunday?

Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor & more: Who'll get the Grammy milestones this Sunday?

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The Grammy Awards are this Sunday night, and some artists are poised to make Grammy history — or win in a prestigious category that has otherwise eluded them.

Beyoncé is this year's leading nominee with nine nods, and USA Today reports she's on track to become the most-awarded artist in Grammy history. She and producer Quincy Jones are tied in second place with 28 Grammys each. The all-time winner is the late Hungarian conductor Sir Georg Solti [SHOAL-tee] with 31, so she only needs to win four awards to surpass him.

Some pundits believe this may be the year that Beyoncé finally wins either Album of the Year and/or Record of the Year. Another artist looking for a personal achievement is Taylor Swift, who's been nominated for Song of the Year six times but has never won. This year, she's up for her epic song "All Too Well (Taylor's Version)."

If Adele wins Song of the Year for "Easy on Me," she'll be the first songwriter ever to win that category three times. If she wins Record of the Year for that song, she'll be the first woman ever to win that category three times. And if she wins Album of the Year for 30, she'll be only the second woman ever to win three times.

BTS could become the first K-pop act to win a Grammy: "My Universe," their collaboration with Coldplay, is up for two Grammys. And if Bad Bunny's Un Verano Sin Ti wins Album of the Year, it'll be the first Spanish-language winner in that category.

Finally, Viola Davis is one Grammy away from an EGOT, which she could win Sunday because she's up for Best Spoken World Album for Finding Me: A Memoir.

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Sam Smith says their favorite headline came from the

Sam Smith says their favorite headline came from the "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" controversy

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Sam Smith guests on The Graham Norton Show this weekend and will address the controversy over their "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" music video.

Concerned parents have slammed the video, saying it is inappropriate for children.

In an advance clip of Sunday's new episode, Sam shrugs off the backlash and even pokes fun at it. Sam revealed it resulted in "my favorite headline I've ever had," which they say was "Sam Smith horrifies OAPs." 

OAP is an abbreviation for old-age pensioner, also known as a senior citizen.

Sam shared a fun fact about the castle where they shot the music video, saying it once belonged to King Henry VIII. "Nothing seedy went on, guys, it wasn't weird," they said of making the extravagant video. "Weirder things have happened in that castle, let's be honest!"

Sam also joked how the castle grounds were open for holiday parties as filming was going on. "They had no idea what was going on in the room," he teased as an image showing Sam wearing a crown, corset and white nipple pasties while crouched before a row of people sticking up their bums flashed on the screen.

The clip also revealed why Sam wrote "I'm Not Here to Make Friends." Apparently they wrote it after one too many prospective dates wanted to stay friends. "People friend-zone me a lot on dates and I went in studio ... and I was like, 'I'm sick of — I've got enough friends! I don't need anymore friends," Sam laughed.

See what else Sam has to say when The Graham Norton Show airs Sunday, February 5, at 11 p.m. ET on BBC America.

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Meghan Trainor shares the sweet moment she found out she was pregnant

Meghan Trainor shares the sweet moment she found out she was pregnant

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Meghan Trainor shared the video she recorded of herself when she found out she was pregnant with her second child.

Taking to Instagram, the singer soundtracked the sweet video with Sydney Rose's "Turning Page," which sees her trying to catch her breath. Meghan places a hand on her chest and grins before exhaling deeply.

"Oh my God. Oh my God," she says softly before showing a positive pregnancy test and jokes how fast it told her she was expecting.

She captioned the video, "The moment I found out I was pregnant with baby number 2."

Meghan hasn't been shy about her ambition to have a large family, saying she wants to have four children. She'll be officially halfway there after welcoming her second child sometime this summer.

She and husband Daryl Sabara welcomed their first child, a son named Riley, in 2021. Meghan announced her second pregnancy on Monday and said she is four months along.

Ahead of her baby's birth, Meghan will release her first book in April, which is a pregnancy handbook titled Dear Future Mama: A TMI Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and New Motherhood from Your Bestie.

Fans can preorder the book now. It's set to be released April 25.

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Frankie Jonas reveals how his famous brothers are helping his music career

Frankie Jonas reveals how his famous brothers are helping his music career

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Is Frankie Jonas about to follow in the footsteps of his three famous older brothers? According to him, he's working on his own music career.

Frankie, the younger brother of the Jonas Brothers, told Entertainment Tonight, "I've been working on the project for a really long time [by] my lonesome, and hiding it for obvious reasons."

"I think I'm ready to bring it out, bring it forward, see how the response is," he continued. Frankie also said his brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick, are happy about his upcoming solo career and supporting him.

Frankie said his older brothers provide feedback when he's workshopping ideas. "They've been a big sounding board for me," he revealed. "I mean, obviously, they're pretty established musicians, so it's been amazing to have them in my corner and as advice givers along the way."

Frankie also said his music will be unique, so it will stand on its own. "I think that there's not a lot of crossover, but there's a lot of influence," he estimated. 

"It'll be my thing, and they'll be doing theirs, and we'll be cheering each other on," he said.

Information on his new music, such as titles or release dates, was not disclosed.

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New Music Friday: Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Mike Posner, Anne-Marie, Tones and I, and RAYE

New Music Friday: Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Mike Posner, Anne-Marie, Tones and I, and RAYE

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

Shania Twain released her sixth studio album, Queen Of Me. Fans are loving the song "Best Friend," saying they'll blast it for their gal pals on Galentine's Day, which is February 13.

Avril Lavigne and fiancé Mod Sun teamed up for the new song "Shelter." The track is about finding solace and comfort in their special person, which Mod sings is "better than therapy" because they feel safe.

Mike Posner tapped Salem Ilese for the new song, and music video for, "Howling at the Moon." They'll perform it live during their Monday appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

(NOTE LANGUAGE) Anne-Marie is out with "Sad B****," with the "i" stylized as an exclamation mark. The song is about refusing to be sad after disappointment. The fiery track is about putting yourself first and starting a new chapter.

"Dance Monkey" singer Tones and I released "I Made It," which is featured in the new Netflix film True Spirit. The song accompanies the fictional story of a teen who aims to be the youngest person to sail around the world solo.

RAYE released her long-awaited debut My 21st Century Blues and will launch her headlining tour on February 25; the first leg is already is sold out. The debut album explores her tumultuous past seven years. "The music on this record empowered me to face my demons and has accompanied me through my bluest blues, crafted unapologetically and fearlessly with love and tears," she said, adding she hopes her album helps others the way it helped her.





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Shania Twain is open to collaborating with Harry Styles:

Shania Twain is open to collaborating with Harry Styles: "That would be awesome"

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Shania Twain doesn't want to double dip when it comes to Harry Styles, but she says she'd love to sing with him again.

Harry famously performed with Shania during his Coachella set last year and, of course, their fans are hoping to see the two collab. She told Entertainment Tonight she doesn't want to be "greedy" when it comes to performing with Harry because she "was lucky enough to already do that."

But, if she was able to get a second chance, Shania revealed what song she would love to duet with him. "I do have a dream. I do love his song 'Falling.' So if I did that, a duet with him on that, that would be awesome," she said.

While promoting her new album, Queen of Me, in an interview with E! News, she spoke of other pop icons she loves, like Cher and Madonna.

Speaking of Cher, the country icon proclaimed, "She is the most diverse artist ever ... She's great at everything she does." Shania added she's been a fan of the legend since she was a tot and loved "watching her go through all these evolutions in her life."

Shania is also "a big fan" of Madonna and said, "I always thought her vision of aesthetics were incredible."

The singer also loves Rihanna, who is set to rock this year's Super Bowl halftime show. "I just really believe that her voice is one of the most soulful voices," Shania said. "She's got some depth that is mysterious."

Queen of Me, Shania's sixth studio album, is available now.

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GAYLE says Grammy Song of the Year nod

GAYLE says Grammy Song of the Year nod "blew my mind": "It's such a high honor"

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GAYLE may be opening for Taylor Swift on her upcoming Eras Tour, but this weekend she's going head to head with her in the Grammy Song of the Year category. Taylor's nominated for "All Too Well (Taylor's Version)," while GAYLE's up for her hit "abcdefu." Receiving her first Grammy nod has the 18-year-old singer in a tizzy.

"It is such an honor to be nominated. The last thing I think is that I'm going to win," GAYLE told ABC Audio. "I did not think I could get nominated in any way. And so the fact that I am, it just blew my mind."

What convinced her she actually had a shot at a nod, she says, was "seeing some predictions and it was, like, Variety and Rolling Stone and things. And I was like, 'That's my name and my face. That's terrifying.'"

"And then it got my brain thinking, it got my brain spinning, and then I was just pacing around when the Grammy noms were coming out," she explained. "And then my name and my song got said and I just, I bawled."

What makes the nod even more special is that the nomination is for GAYLE and her two co-writers, one of whom is a childhood pal.

"One thing I'm so grateful for is that I got nominated as a writer and my best friend also did, as well," she noted. "And we started out at [age] 12, at 15 in my bedroom, and then to get to go to the Grammys together, it's such a high honor." 

The Song of the Year competition includes hits by Adele, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Beyoncé, DJ Khaled, Bonnie Raitt and Kendrick Lamar. The Grammys air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Is Madonna giving us a peek at her Celebration Tour set list?

Is Madonna giving us a peek at her Celebration Tour set list?

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Madonna polled her fans on what songs they most want to hear her perform on her upcoming Celebration Tour — or, as she put it, "Think of me as your waitress….. What songs would you like on the menu?" And it looks like she's giving us a peek into her appetizers and main course.

On her Instagram Story, Madonna is seen writing down the titles of some of her most beloved hits, as well as some songs that weren't singles but are fan favorites. They include "Rescue Me," "Like a Prayer," "Physical Attraction," "Papa Don't Preach," "Bad Girl," "Human Nature," "Crazy for You," "Lucky Star" and "Erotica."

Whether or not Madonna actually performs these songs is anybody's guess. According to Setlist.FM, "Like a Prayer," "Human Nature" and "Papa Don't Preach" are among her top 10 most-performed songs, so those may be a safe bet. Then again, Madonna doesn't like to repeat herself.

Madonna's Celebration Tour kicks off July 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Britney Spears praises "icon" Pamela Anderson: "She went through a very dark period in her life"

Britney Spears defended Pamela Anderson shortly after the Baywatch star reclaimed her narrative in the Netflix documentary Pamela, A Love Story.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Britney praised Pamela and empathized with how the media has exploited her darkest moments. The singer also applauded how Pamela's sons — Brandon Thomas Lee, 26, and Dylan Jagger Lee, 25 — continue to defend her.

"I really respect the fact that her children stood up for her relating to the fact that people were trying to sell her story from the past," Britney wrote, referencing the controversial dark comedy series Pam & Tommy.

The Hulu series explored Pamela's three-year marriage to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and their leaked sex tape. 

Said Britney, "[Her sons] said 'why the hell bring up things that happened 20 years ago if that really messed up my mom ???'" She took issue with the series seemingly making light of the embarrassment Anderson felt during that "very dark period in her life."

Britney seemingly drew parallels between Pamela's experiences and her own, describing how her darkest moments were turned into several documentaries that used "people I adore speaking about my past." The documentaries largely explored her controversial 13-year conservatorship and the events leading up to it.

"THAT alone was almost as hard as what I went through in my past," she wrote. 

She described the embarrassment she feels when her family members speak about her to the media, noting the contrast to how Pamela's family stood up for her. 

"Pamela game me an understanding that people should support you exactly where you are in that moment of your life," she wrote. She added, "Unfortunately, the way my past was portrayed in those documentaries was extremely embarrassing !!! It felt semi-illegal !!!"

Britney deleted the post a short time later.

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Kim Petras on her and Sam Smith's

Kim Petras on her and Sam Smith's "rewarding, incredible" Grammy nod for "Unholy": "It's a big deal if we win"

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On Sunday, Kim Petras and Sam Smith will learn if they've won a Grammy for their #1 duet "Unholy." As the first openly transgender solo artist — Kim — and non-binary solo artist — Sam — to receive a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Kim says being recognized by the Academy feels extra special.

"Of course, I used to dream about being nominated for a Grammy ... [I'm] not even talking about winning it," Kim tells ABC Audio. "But even being nominated for me is such a rewarding, incredible thing that I really never thought would happen for me. And I want to inspire the next generation of artists, people who feel like me, like, they're different, or they have something a little special with them."

"It's emotional for sure, and I think it's a big deal if we do win," she notes.

Kim says she's not sure why "Unholy" became the hit it did: It certainly doesn't sound like other recent #1 hits, and the subject matter is also unusual. But that may be the exact reason people loved it.

"I remember hearing it for the first time," she recalls. "And [it] kind of gave me the same reaction that I had when I first heard 'Lady Marmalade' — the Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Pink, Mya version. Just kinda like, 'I don't think my parents want me to listen to this type of song.' And that's always been something that I've been very into."

She laughs, "I definitely love that about pop music: That it was the darker, dirtier songs that were kind of like this secret that you'd have behind your parents' back. And I hope ['Unholy'] is that for a new generation of kids, because that's my favorite thing in the world."

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Music notes: Kelly Clarkson, Winona Ryder, The Weeknd, Harry Styles and Ok Go

Music notes: Kelly Clarkson, Winona Ryder, The Weeknd, Harry Styles and Ok Go

Kelly Clarkson was feeling nostalgic for the '90s, so she belted out Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack" on the Kellyoke segment of her daytime talk show. She gave the track, which is about bouncing back after a bad breakup, a more sensual twinge.

Speaking of the '90s, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard is admittedly peppering Winona Ryder with questions about all the rockstars she dated in that era — such as Dave Grohl and MCA from the Beastie Boys. Finn told GQ, "I could literally ask her what it was like knowing Kurt Cobain, and she just tells me everything."

Another project from The Weeknd is heading to HBO. He announced his concert at Los Angeles' SoFi Stadium is being turned into a concert film, titled The Weeknd: Live at SoFi Stadium. It will start streaming on HBO Max on February 25.

Harry Styles felt the birthday love at his concert in Palm Springs, California, which also marked his final North American tour stop. Billboard says he told fans at the show, "Obviously, I have a fear of people not coming to my birthday party. So, I just thought I would do a show and maybe you might come."

Ok Go, the band that danced on treadmills for their "Here It Goes Again" music video, is suing Post Foods for naming a new grab-and-go breakfast option OK GO! Variety reports the band alleges Post Foods is violating and diluting their trademark, which they've had since 2008. They want the cereal option to be called something else.

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Trademark victory: Lizzo is officially 100% that you-know-what

Trademark victory: Lizzo is officially 100% that you-know-what

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Lizzo can celebrate a new victory. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office approved her application to trademark the phrase "100 percent that b****."

A tribunal ruled Thursday that Lizzo owns the saying and can use it however she likes, including on merchandise. The singer famously used that phrase to open her 2019 hit song "Truth Hurts."

It should be noted the singer didn't actually create the phrase. The saying was once used as a viral meme and its true creator, Mina Lioness, has since been given songwriting credit on "Truth Hurts."

Lizzo attempted to trademark the phrase after the song took off, but its fate was in limbo for literal years as the agency debated if the wording was unique enough to warrant trademark protection. Lizzo's application was actually tossed last year, with the ruling saying the wording was too commonplace and that she didn't have the right to appropriate it.

Billboard reports the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board reversed that decision because they believe Lizzo is inherently connected to the phrase. Part of their argument was that if a person were to read "100 percent that b****" on a shirt, they would most likely think of the rapper.

The ruling reads, "Consumers encountering '100% That B****' on the specific types of clothing identified in the application ― even when offered by third parties ― associate the term with Lizzo and her music."

The TTAB argued that Lizzo popularized a phrase, adding it was "lesser known" before it was featured on "Truth Hurts."

"Lizzo did not originate the expression she encountered as a Twitter meme," the ruling stated. "Nonetheless, lyrics from songs are more likely to be attributed to the artists who sing, rap or otherwise utter them, rather than the songwriters."

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Nick Carter countersues woman who accused him of 2001 sexual assault, accuses her of extortion

Nick Carter countersues woman who accused him of 2001 sexual assault, accuses her of extortion

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Nick Carter has filed a countersuit against a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her in 2001. Shannon Ruth, who is now 43, said she was 17 at the time.

Carter filed his counterclaim on Thursday and, per court documents obtained by ABC News, is seeking in excess of $2.35 million in damages, which he estimates is the amount of money he and the Backstreet Boys lost in canceled appearances and endorsement deals since she came forward with her claims in December.

Carter's lawyers refute Ruth's allegations that he sexually assaulted her after a BSB concert in Tacoma, Washington. They also questioned Ruth's credibility by citing previous claims she made against him that "changed repeatedly and materially over time."

His team claims Ruth's assault allegations were previously investigated and no criminal charges were recommended.

Carter's team further alleges Ruth is being coached by former Dream singer Melissa Schuman, who accused Nick of sexual assault in 2017, and father Jerome Schuman. Carter previously denied Schuman's allegation and claims in his countersuit that the father and daughter are working with Ruth as part of an extortion attempt to take advantage of the #MeToo movement. 

The singer's attorney, Michael Holtz, said in a statement, "Nick has been the target of a malicious and long-running conspiracy. He has never done the outrageous things of which he has been accused; in fact, he is the victim of a calculated and concerted disinformation campaign designed to destroy his reputation."

Ruth's attorney released a statement to ABC News about Carter's counter-claims, which said, "Why should Nick Carter be believed with his long history of abusing females. A jury will weigh the evidence and decide." 

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively.

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Madonna vibes to Lady Gaga's

Madonna vibes to Lady Gaga's "Bloody Mary" for 'Wednesday' dance challenge

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Madonna danced along to Lady Gaga's "Bloody Mary" to join in on TikTok's viral Wednesday dance challenge.

Of course, Madge took a few liberties with the dance craze and added in a few of her own moves, such as pretending to pray and making the sign of the cross. She also embellished some of the original choreography by infusing her signature sexy flair.

Speaking of sex appeal, Madonna suited up for the dance challenge in a lacy black crop top, baggy black pants and a formal black shoulder shrug. The singer was also rocking a full head of curly red hair.

This comes shortly after Lady Gaga congratulated Madonna on how well tickets were selling for her upcoming Celebration Tour. "We love you M," she wrote in response to one of Madge's videos thanking fans for their support.

Fans are wondering if this video is hinting at a potential collaboration between the two. Others are waiting with bated breath to see if Gaga responds to Madonna's version of the "Wednesday Dance."

Actress Jenna Ortega inspired the TikTok craze last year because of the way she danced in a viral scene from Wednesday, the hit Netflix series about Wednesday Addams. While Ortega flailed around to The Cramps' 1981 song "Goo Goo Muck" in the show, TikTokers chose to soundtrack their interpretation of the dance to a sped-up version of Gaga's 2011 song.

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Mariah Carey's "It's a Wrap" enjoying streaming boom thanks to viral TikTok dance

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TikTok is apparently becoming a kingmaker for older songs. After reviving Kate Bush's 1985 hit "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" and Lady Gaga's 2011 deep-cut "Bloody Mary," the app is now breathing new life into Mariah Carey's 2009 song "It's a Wrap."

Mariah can thank herself for the renewed interest in the track: Last month, she shared a video of her singing to the slightly sped-up track while accompanied by four backup dancers. Mariah then exits the shot and a man dressed like a chef presents a literal wrap sandwich to the camera.

The video has been seen nearly 10 million times since she uploaded it on January 15.

TikTokers have created a new dance challenge by posting videos of them doing their own choreography to the song. To date, the sped-up clip has been featured in nearly 650,000 TikTok videos.

Billboard reports the song is now enjoying a streaming boom. Since the challenge took off, streams of "It's a Wrap" have jumped by 1,000 percent. Fans streamed it 1.65 million times during the week ending on January 26.  

Prior to that, the track averaged about 17,000 weekly streams.

"It's a Wrap" appeared on Mariah's 2009 album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. It was never released as a single.

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"That wasn't good": Taylor Lautner wishes he'd reacted differently to Taylor Swift's Kanye West VMA encounter

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If Taylor Lautner could go back in time and fix something he did in the past, he would redo the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Fans of Taylor Swift know that day all too well — it was when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for Best Female Video and declared Beyoncé should have won.

Over a decade after the infamous incident, Taylor Lautner is wishing he had done things differently after he presented the award to a then-19-year-old Swift. The two were dating at the time.

He told The Squeeze podcast, which is hosted by Lautner's wife, Taylor Dome, "I ... was unaware that the Kanye thing was not a skit."

The Twilight star recalls taking "five steps back" after he presented the Moonman to Swift and standing 5 feet behind her during the Kanye fiasco.

"I can barely hear [what they're saying]. I can't see them. I'm just assuming that this whole thing was a practiced and rehearsed skit. Because why else would Kanye West be jumping up onstage interrupting Taylor Swift? It just didn't make sense," Lautner said.

The actor noted how the cameras caught him "laughing and giggling" in the background and explained, "I'm like, 'I can't hear them but this is probably really funny right now.'"

Lautner learned it wasn't a joke after Swift finished her speech and turned around to face him. "I saw her face for the first time. I was like, 'Oh ... That wasn't good,'" he said.

Fans widely believe Swift's song "Back to December" is about Lautner and have pointed out lyrics that seemingly reference him comforting her after the September VMAs fiasco. The pair went their separate ways in December 2009.

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"All is forgiven": Ed Sheeran extends olive branch to quash beef with New Zealand chocolate

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Of all the adversaries Ed Sheeran can have, his is New Zealand's chocolate scene.

The bad blood began boiling in 2015 when he dissed the country's chocolate quality, according to News Hub. Ed had tweeted, "Everything down under is better, except the chocolate. Step the chocolate game up."

But now Ed is ready to make amends. The singer is currently in the nation's capital city of Wellington and admitted on Instagram that what he said about the country's sweets might have been too harsh. "I take back what I said about NZ chocolate, it’s actually alright isn’t it," he wrote.

Whittaker's Chocolate, which is based in New Zealand, replied with, "We would have to agree, New Zealand chocolate is pretty top notch [winking emoji] Even better, NZ’s finest chocolate is made here in Wellington, just down the road from you."

The company took it a step further and made an Ed Sheeran chocolate bar. "A special Ed-ition block, for Ed," the company announced on its Instagram Story, adding the bar was "crafted especially for our newest chocolate lover."

The candy bar is wrapped in gold foil, with Ed's face and the words "Ed Block" embossed in red.

Ed apparently can't wait to sink his teeth into it and said in his own Instagram Story, "Whittaker's ... You made a bar of chocolate with my face on it. I've just seen the memes. I'm in Wellington for one more day, please get me a bar and all is forgiven."

It appears Ed has yet to get his hands on that special chocolate bar.

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Halsey's "Without Me" is the 100th song to be certified Diamond by the RIAA

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Halsey has a major music milestone to celebrate. Their song "Without Me" is not only their second single to be RIAA-certified Diamond, it is now the 100th single overall to achieve the honor.

Halsey shared their shiny new plaque on Instagram, which they received at what appears to be a special ceremony. The singer wrote, "Yesterday was just a littleeee out-of-body."

"Without Me is the milestone 100th Diamond Certified RIAA record! (Diamond certified means it is 10x platinum in the United States!)," they continued. Halsey explained that while their "Closer" collab with The Chainsmokers is also Diamond-certified, "Without Me" is their first solo effort to go Diamond.

Halsey said the honors didn't stop there. "There were a few other really special stats I learned as well including that I have 75x platinum certifications across my catalog. This whole thing is so surreal," they said. It was also noted Halsey is one of "the top artists of the streaming era."

Halsey thanked the RIAA for honoring their music legacy, as well as all those who helped support it over the years — taking care to recognize their friends and fans. Halsey signed off by declaring, "here’s to more years and more tears and more songs."

"Without Me" was released in 2018 as part of Halsey's Manic album. It interpolates Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River," so he, Timbaland and producer Scott Storch are credited as co-writers.

Halsey shouted out the trio in an Instagram Story and hinted they will receive copies of the "Without Me" plaque. 

Timbaland has since shared Halsey's message to his Instagram story.

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