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Shawn Mendes teases tour announcement this week

Glen Luchford

Shawn Mendes is getting ready to hit the road again.

The singer revealed Monday that he’ll be embarking on his Wonder world tour in 2022. He promised to unveil more details later this week.

“Can’t wait to get out there and see you all again guys,” Shawn wrote on social media, and posted a short video teasing his return to the stage.

He encouraged fans to head to WondertheTour.com to sign up to be “the first to hear about tour dates and presale info.”

Shawn released Wonder, his fourth studio album, in December 2020.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" jumps back to number one on 'Billboard' Hot 100

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The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber couldn’t “Stay” out of the number-one spot for long.

Their hit collab bounced back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, up from number six. It marks the song’s fifth week at number one.

“Stay” also hit number one on the Radio Songs Chart, making it the most-heard song on U.S. radio.

Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” drops to number two on the Hot 100, while Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” rises to number three. Rounding out the top five are Drake’s "Knife Talk," featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat, and Walker Hayes’ viral hit, “Fancy Like.”

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AJR adds extra dates to 2022 OK ORCHESTRA tour

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AJR's OK ORCHESTRA tour is expanding.

The "Bang!" outfit has added eight dates to run's 2022 U.S. leg, set to kick off in April. New stops include Atlanta, Cleveland, San Diego, Las Vegas and even Honolulu.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 24, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit AJRBrothers.com.

Meanwhile, AJR's current 2021 tour continues Thursday in Albany, New York. It'll run through an October 1 date in Jacksonville, Florida.

AJR released OK ORCHESTRA, their fourth studio album, in March. They just premiered a new single called "Record Player" with indie pop group Daisy the Great in August.

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And this is crazy: “Call Me Maybe” turns 10

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Ready to feel old? It’s been 10 years since Carly Rae Jepsen released her now iconic pop hit, “Call Me Maybe.”

Don’t worry, she feels old too. In an Twitter post Monday, the singer shared three different versions of the single’s cover -- the original, a recreation featuring a picture of her now, and a version where she’s sporting a grey old lady wig and is knitting.

“It’s been 10 years since ‘Call Me Maybe’ and this is how that makes me feel,” she joked. “Shout out to OG photographer @VanessaHeins for shooting all three covers. Future, present and past!”

In celebration of the anniversary, Carly will do a special Q&A tonight at 6 p.m. ET. You can submit your questions using the hashtag #CMM10.


Halsey releases live video for "I am not a woman, I'm a god"

Lucas Garrido

Halsey has released a bloody live performance video for “I am not a woman, I’m a god,” off their latest album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power.

The clip, released Saturday, begins with Halsey singing directly to the camera as lights flash around them. As the song progresses, Halsey gets splattered with blood from all angles until they're nearly covered by the end.

"I am not a woman, I'm a god/I am not a martyr, I'm a problem/I am not a legend, I'm a fraud/Keep your heart 'cause I already got one," they sing on the track.

Also over the weekend, Halsey revealed their song “Darling” is featured in an AR experience they created in partnership with Verizon and FriendsWithYou, called H1DDEN13. The immersive treasure hunt will allow smartphone users to scan QR codes in participating cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Seattle.

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BTS delivers speech and performs at United Nations General Assembly

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BTS delivered a speech and a performance at the 76th United Nations General Assembly Monday.

The K-pop group addressed the U.N. as youth representatives during the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals Moment. Ahead of their speech, BTS posed a question on social media to young people across the world, asking,  “What were the past 2 years like for you, and what's your world like today?” They then presented some of those answers in their speech, touching on climate change, the pandemic and more.

BTS rejected the notion of calling today’s youth "COVID's lost generation,” saying, “We think that instead of the ‘lost generation,’ a more appropriate name would be the ‘welcome generation.’ Because instead of fearing change, this generation says, ‘Welcome!’ and keeps forging ahead.”

They ended their speech with a hopeful message, saying, “We believe that every choice we make is the beginning of change. We hope that in this nascent new world we can all say to each other, ‘Welcome!’”

To accompany their address, BTS shared a pre-recorded performance of  “Permission to Dance,” filmed inside the General Assembly Hall.

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'Pose' star Billy Porter says he will always support Lil Nas X: "He is my baby"

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After making a cameo in Lil Nas X’s video for “That’s What I Want,” Pose star Billy Porter told Extra he’ll always be there to support the singer.

“I met him a few years ago… His transformation has really moved me,” Porter said on the Emmys red carpet Sunday night. “Because at that time when I met him those years ago, he wasn’t trying to be a role model.”

Porter added that he’s since watched Lil Nas X come into his own not only as an artist, but as an activist as well.

“To see him understand the necessity, to see him understand the purpose and the calling simply because of the time we are in, he is the one to move the needle forward, he is what my generation fought for,” the actor said. “For him to be doing exactly what he is doing as a Black queer man in this world, in this business, yes, always, I will be there to support my babies. He is my baby, he is one of my descendants.”

Lil Nas X released his album Montero on Friday. In "That's What I Want," he sings about longing for a loving relationship. The video features Lil Nas walking down the aisle in a wedding dress. He's met by Porter at the altar, who hands him a guitar.

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What Spice Girl Mel C really, really wants is to do a "good job" on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars'

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"Wannabe" a Dancing with the Stars champion?  Yes, please, says Mel C, aka Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls.

Monday night, she becomes the second member of the best-selling girl group to compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, following Mel B, aka Scary Spice. Mel C -- or Melanie Chisholm, as her passport says -- has been waiting for her chance at the Mirror Ball trophy.

"Dancing with the Stars is something I've always wanted to do, and I just haven't had the opportunity!" she explains. "And when opportunity came knocking, I jumped at the chance."

Of course, the fact that Mel B came in second on season five of DWTS means Mel C's got a great resource to turn to during the competition.  "Mel B did an incredible job in 2007, so I had someone to call up and go, 'What d'ya think?'" Mel C notes. "And she's so excited... all the Spice Girls are so excited for me. And I'm really excited because I know it's a wonderful experience."

Mel isn't exactly going into the ballroom blind, either.  As she admits, "I danced a lot as a kid. I did ballet, modern and tap, and I feel like, you know, that gives me a good start."

However, she points out, "I also know ballroom and Latin are very, very different and they're very technical. And I think sometimes it can kind of work against you when you've trained your body in a certain way. But I am up for the challenge and I'm very determined to do a good job."

Tune in and see if Mel C can zig-ah-zig-ah her way to the top of the leader board Monday night on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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Adele goes Instagram official with boyfriend Rich Paul

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After sparking relationship rumors in July, Adele confirmed on Sunday that she is dating Rich Paul, who is LeBron James' agent.  The two were first spotted at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Phoenix, Arizona.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the "Rolling in the Deep" singer shared glam photos of herself in a gorgeous black dress with puffy white sleeves and dangly pearl earrings.  However, Adele snuck in a sweet photo of her cozying up with Paul in the collage's final black-and-white photo.

Paul was also dressed to the nines, opting for a dark velvet tuxedo and white undershirt that matched his girlfriend's attire.  According to Entertainment Tonight, Adele and Paul were attending Anthony Davis' wedding and took the adorable photo at a photo booth.

Thirty-three-year-old Adele simply captioned the sweet slideshow with the red heart emoji.

Paul, 39, represents a variety of stars aside from James, including Davis, Ben SimmonsLonzo Ball and more, through his agency, Klutch Sports Group.

Adele previously was married to Simon Konecki, with whom she shares eight-year-old son, Angelo. The two divorced in 2019.  While the Grammy winner had been romantically linked to the rapper Skepta, the two never confirmed if they were in a relationship.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Watch right out!": Ariana Grande warns the other coaches as she makes her 'Voice' debut

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The Voice returns tonight on NBC, with new coach Ariana Grande taking a seat in the big red chairs alongside Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and John Legend.  And according to Ariana, the fact that she's "the new girl"  is exactly what's going to give her an advantage this season.

Ariana says of the other coaches, "They've done it, y'know? They've been here, they've seen the show, they've come to set, they've done it a million years, y'know know what I mean? I'm kind of like, y'know, new and ready to go."

"I feel like I have that chutzpah that they maybe have lost a little bit of throughout the years," Ariana adds, warning Blake, Kelly and John, "Watch right out!"

That being said, Ariana sees John Legend as her biggest competition.

"I think we both kind of gravitate towards R&B and pop, like, that sort of hybrid space," she explains. "And I think that he and I will probably go head to head over a lot of the singers that we hear, because I think that we both have similar tastes in sounds and music."

However, Ariana declares that she's "not afraid" to work with a rock or country singer, explaining that "picking someone with a different sound" than her would be "so much more fun and so much more challenging."

But competition aside, Ari says she's thrilled to be on the show, because she's truly a fan.

"One of the reasons why I love The Voice so much is because not only does it showcase voices and talent and singers and makes space for these brilliant performers...but it also feels so loving," she gushes. "...[It] creates such a beautiful space for people to come be themselves and share their stories. And that always really moves me."

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Ed Sheeran's wife and daughter are joining him on his Mathematics tour

Dan Martensen

Ed Sheeran is gearing up to embark on his multi-city Mathematics stadium tour next year, but he won't be going alone. 

The superstar reveals to the U.K.'s Capital FM that his wife, Cherry, and daughter Lyra will be joining him on the outing, which will takes him across Europe for six months. 

Though Cherry didn't join Ed on his record-setting ÷ Tour that ran from 2017-2019, she now has the flexibility to work from any location, since like so many others she's now working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 

"She's coming fully on the road," Ed states, nothing that typically he would fly home between tour stops to be with his wife. "But we're just going to be out."

Ed shares that being able to country hop on the tour, which covers much of the U.K., is "going to be really good for Lyra as well to see other cultures," adding that by the time the tour is complete, his daughter willl be five years old and ready to start primary school "instantly."

"It's well-timed," Ed affirms. 

The Mathematics Tour kicks off in Ireland on April 28.

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Sam Smith and Summer Walker release uplifting "You Will Be Found" from 'Dear Evan Hansen'

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Sam Smith and Summer Walker add a heartfelt touch to "You Will Be Found" for the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. 

Sam's signature falsetto voice shines on the uplifting lyrics, while Summer provides gentle harmonies. The chorus proclaims, "So let the sun come streaming in/'Cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again/Lift your head and look around/You will be found." 

The beloved song comes at the end of Act I of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, which has been adapted into a film starring Ben Platt, reprising his role as the titular character. It also stars Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and others.

Dear Evan Hansen is set for release on September 24, the same day as its soundtrack.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett capture vibrant energy of the studio in "Love for Sale" video

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have dropped the video for "Love for Sale."

The video takes us inside the studio as they record the Cole Porter classic originally released in 1930 as part of the musical The New Yorkers. Gaga treats it more as a performance than simply singing into a microphone, dancing alongside Tony as they sing, amid close-up shots of the big band. 

"We got that ending, we stuck it," Gaga confirms at song's end, the friends ending the session with a hug.

"Love for Sale" is the title track of Gaga and Bennett's latest collaborative album, which features covers of jazz standards. It's the second single off the album, preceded by “I Get a Kick Out of You.” 

This will be the final studio album of Bennett's career, following his family's announcement that he's been living with Alzheimer's since 2016. 

Love for Sale is available on October 1.

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G-Eazy and Demi Lovato are headed for a "Breakdown" in new song

Angelo Kritikos

G-Eazy and Demi Lovato take aim at negative media coverage against them in their new collaboration, "Breakdown."

The song finds the two singers in a dark place, battling inner demons and anxiety as Demi confesses, "I got big plans/But none of them feel like mine," while the rapper admits to feeling "all alone in a dark space."

The video follows the pair as they stand alone in adjoining rooms on a living room set, watching  headlines about Demi's drug overdose and G-Eazy's arrest for assault and drug possession flash across the walls and TV screen.

"I'm in the middle of a breakdown baby/I need you," Demi professes in the chorus. 

"Thank you@G_Eazyfor sharing this song with me," Demi writes on Instagram

"Breakdown" is the latest single off G-Eazy's album, These Things Happen Too, set for release on September 24.

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Taylor Swift surprise-drops "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)," thanks to TikTok trend

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift is taking fans into her "Wildest Dreams" with the surprise release of her 'Taylor's Version' of the hit track. 

On Friday, the superstar offered fans a special treat by releasing her reimagined version of the song, thanks to its popularity on TikTok as part of the trending Slow Zoom videos, where the camera slow-zooms in on a person as an apropos song plays. 

“Hi!” Saw you guys got Wildest Dreams trending on tiktok, thought you should have my version," Taylor writes on her socials, with several kissing heart emojis. 

The new rendition of the song still honors its pop roots while elevating the cinematic element. A preview of the song was shared earlier this year in the trailer for Spirit Untamed.

Upon its original release as a single in 2015, from Taylor's 1989 album, "Wildest Dreams" reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.  

Taylor is getting ready to release the re-recording of Red on November 19. She released Fearless (Taylor's Version) in April.

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