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Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton tell their story in a new song. 

The superstar couple sing a duet called "Nobody but You" on Blake's upcoming album, Fully Loaded: God's Country. 

"This was one of those songs where the more I heard it, the more I fell in love with it," Blake explains. "I also realized how important it is for me and where I am in my life, and I think that's why Shane was trying to get it to me.  It fits my story. I was about to go in and record when I decided that it needed Gwen on it -- because it is our song. I think it's magic."

This marks the third time the powerhouse pair has recorded a song together, following "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" on Blake's 2016 album, If I'm Honest, and the holiday duet "You Make it Feel Like Christmas" on Gwen's 2017 Christmas album of the same name.

Fully Loaded drops on December 13.

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ABC/Image Group LATaylor Swift just announced some exciting news to celebrate the holiday season: she's releasing a new Christmas song.

In an exclusive announcement on Good Morning America Thursday, Taylor revealed the track, which she wrote over the weekend, will drop tonight.

In an Instagram video, Swift shares, "I know this is pretty wild, but I've just written a Christmas song. I feel like it's weird to wait a year to put it out."

She then asked her cats, Meredith, Olivia and Benjamin, if she should release the song. They were not helpful.

"When in doubt, ask the itty bitty pretty kitty committee," Taylor captioned her post. "When they shun you with silence, ambivalence, and judgmental brush offs... just put the song out anyway."

The new track and music video, which Taylor says is made from home videos, are scheduled to drop tonight.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCAlanis Morissette was Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Wednesday's The Tonight Show to promote her new album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, arriving May 1, and her Broadway musical, Jagged Little Pill, which opens Thursday.  The appearance included the two busking in a New York City subway station.

Morissette and Fallon taped the segment the night before, with she and Jimmy donning disguises as they performed undercover in the subway station below NYC’s 30 Rock, where the show is taped.

Alanis, in a floppy hat, blonde wig and sunglasses, and Fallon, wearing a fake beard and sunglasses, kicked off the performance with a rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy."  Fallon spent the song banging on a tiny drum hanging from his neck. 

After peeling off their disguises, Morissette and Fallon led the swelling crowd of onlookers in a rendition of Alanis' 1995 hit “You Oughta Know.”

Previous busking segments have featured Christina AguileraMaroon 5's Adam Levine and James Valentine, and Miley Cyrus.

Morissette closed out the show with a performance of her new song, "Reasons I Drink."

Alanis recently announced her 25th anniversary Jagged Little Pill tour, featuring fellow 1990s alt artists Garbage and Liz Phair. The tour kicks off June 2 in Portland, Oregon and will come to a close July 25 in Nashville.

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Paul Marotta/Getty Images for BerkleeAfter being photographed holding hands with his Palmer co-star Alisha Wainwright last month, Justin Timberlake has finally broken his silence about the incident.

The "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer took to his personal Instagram to publicly address the cheating rumors.  "I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family, I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people I love," Timberlake begins before admitting that, point-blank, he messed up.

The 38-year-old admitted, "A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgment - but let me be clear -nothing happened between me and my costar."  He then went on to explain that he "drank way too much that night" and, on top of being ashamed of his actions, "I should have known better."

He then took a moment to reflect on his family life with his wife Jessica Biel, whom he married in 2012, and their four-year-old son, Silas.

"This is not the example I want to set for my son," Timberlake vows before announcing, "I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be.  This was not that.”

He closes his post by praising his upcoming movie and that he is "looking forward to continuing to make this movie and excited for people to see it."

As previously reported, a representative for Wainwright released a public statement shortly after the incident was first reported and claimed, "There is no validity to this speculation" and "the video may look that way, but literally it was nothing."

Palmer, starring Wainwright and Timberlake, is set to hit theaters in 2020.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessIt's been over two years since Demi Lovato released new music.  However, it seems fans wont't have to wait much longer to hear what the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer has cooking up.

"The next time you hear from me, I’ll be singing...." Demi revealed in an all-black Instagram post on Wednesday.  Immediately after her post, the 27-year-old wrote in her Stories, "Don't believe the rumors" along with an upside down smile emoji against a jet black background.

While there isn't much else for fans to speculate on if Lovato is simply teasing a new single or a full-length studio album, which would be her seventh, both fans and celebrity friends jumping for joy in the comments section.

"YES" Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown cheers while model Ashley Graham spams Lovato with celebratory emojis.

Demi's boyfriend Austin Wilson also voiced his support by posting three red heart emojis.

Lovato's new manager Scooter Braun, whom she signed with in May, liked the Instagram post, which further fueled hope that new music is on the horizon.

The "Confident" singer first began teasing her new album when she wrote in her Instagram Stories back in June, "You know what’s great about making an album? You get to say anything you want, be as open and honest as possible and finally tell your side of the story regardless of who might not like it."  She later confirmed the album a month later on her 27th birthday.

Demi last released new music with her June 2017 single, "Sober," in which the singer revealed that, after six years of sobriety, she had relapsed.  Lovato suffered an overdose a little over a month later and, since then, has dedicated herself to a healthier, more confident, and sober lifestyle.

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Courtesy NetflixA new Taylor Swift Netflix documentary is on the way.

Taylor Swift: Miss Americana will open the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 23 and will hit the streaming service early next year.

The documentary will offer a revealing look at Taylor during a “transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.”

Taylor first mentioned the documentary was in the works in last month's Tumblr statement to Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, who own the rights to her back catalog. She claimed the two were refusing to allow the use of her older music in the film.

“[T]his isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news - Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years,” she wrote. “Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”

Scott and Scooter have denied her claims.

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iStock/anilakkusWant to give a music fan the ultimate gift this holiday season? A new eBay auction from the Grammy Museum and MusiCares allows you to bid on exclusive collectors’ items from some of your favorite music stars.

This year’s auction features 70 such items, including a Jonas Brothers signed Gibson guitar, "Stay with Me" sheet music signed by Sam Smith, and microphones signed by Kelly Clarkson and Pink.

Bidders will also have the opportunity to score tickets to the January 24, 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Aerosmith, as well as chance to attend the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on January 26.

The eBay auction runs through Wednesday, December 11. All proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum or MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy.

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iStock/nzphotonzKaty Perry and Orlando Bloom aren’t rushing down the aisle anytime soon.

A source tells Us Weekly the two have postponed their initial plans to get married in December. But don’t worry, there’s no trouble in paradise.

“They changed the timing due to the location they want,” an insider says, adding, “They’re beyond in love.”

According to the source, the couple will have “one local wedding party” and another “destination wedding party.”

Things will move a little quicker when it comes to having babies, the source dishes. Katy is already taking on the role of stepmom for Orlando’s eight-year-old son, Flynn, but apparently she’s ready to have kids of her own.

“Katy wants to have her first kid soon after they get married,” the insider says.

Katy and Orlando got engaged on Valentine's Day of this year. Katy was previously married to comedian Russell Brand, while Orlando was married to model Miranda Kerr, the mother of his son.

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ABC/Fred LeeJust in time for the holidays, Ellie Goulding has released the video for her cover of Joni Mitchell’s holiday classic, “River.”

The video was shot on the U.K.’s coastline near Dungeness and highlights Ellie’s environmental advocacy. In the clip, the singer and friends join together to clear the beach of discarded plastic. They then use the collected objects to make a recycled Christmas tree.

The zero-waste tree will be donated to The Village Prep School in North London for the holiday season, with plans to be reused in future years.

“Shooting the video in Dungeness was beautiful but a timely reminder that every single piece of plastic ever made is still on this planet,” Ellie tweeted. “Plastic stuff is everywhere and our coastlines are suffering horrendously

She added, “It's a material that will last for hundreds of years so we need to have a plan. We wanted to show something different and to incorporate a different type of Christmas message while creating something reusable and beautiful.”

"River" is available now on Amazon Music.

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ABC/Image Group LAThe Mariah Carey Christmas gifts just keep on coming.

Amazon Music has announced a brand-new mini-documentary, Mariah Carey Is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You," will premiere later this month.

The doc will detail the origins and the staying power of the now-classic holiday single, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It’ll also feature commentary from Mariah, as well as her longtime collaborator Randy Jackson, her longtime backup singer and friend Trey Lorenz, and more.

An official release date for the mini-doc is forthcoming.

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People/Miller MobleyThis year, People magazine couldn't choose just one star for the cover of its annual "People of the Year" double issue -- so it chose four.

Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez were among those singled out with their own covers, along with Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Obama.

"Our People of the Year issue celebrates the stars who have made an impact on our culture," notes People Editor-in-Chief Dan Wakeford. "I wasn’t surprised that we ended up with an all-female foursome -- this year has been dominated by strong women."

Lopez "ticked every possible box as she turned 50 this year," Wakeford says. "...Oscar buzz for Hustlers, which she co-produced; a blockbuster music tour; a beautiful family; an upcoming Super Bowl appearance..."

In the article, Lopez comments she'd also like to have more children. "I don't know if it's in God's plan, but I'd like to try," says the multi-hyphenate, who is engaged to former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Wakeford says of Taylor, "2019 was arguably the year Taylor Swift found her voice. She stood up to protect her creative rights, spoke out for what she believed in...and...her album Lover became 2019's bestselling record in just one week. Truly epic."

“This is the first time I’ve been able to put out music that I feel is connecting with people, yet look back on everything I’ve made and feel a quiet sense of pride,” Taylor tells People in her cover story. “I’m proud of the things I’ve withstood, and I’ve been able to carve out a life for myself.”

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ABC/Randy HolmesMaroon 5 has just lined up plans for the new year.

The band is hitting the road for a U.S. headlining tour, with special guests Meghan Trainor and Leon Bridges. The trek kicks off May 30 at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA and has Maroon 5 playing some of the biggest venues in their career, including Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Citi Field and Banc of California Stadium.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 13, with pre-sales beginning December 9.

The tour announcement follows the band’s recent debut of their new single, “Memories.” Leon Bridges will appear on all stadium dates, while Meghan Trainor will open all show dates.

For a complete list of dates, visit Maroon 5's website.

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Courtesy of AT&TAfter headlining the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017, Lady Gaga is joining the football festivities again this year for the annual AT&T TV Super Saturday Night concert on the eve of the Big Game.

This year marks the event’s 10th anniversary. The show will take place at Island Gardens in Miami on Saturday, February 1, with tickets going on sale to the public on Tuesday, December 10 at 10 a.m. ET through ATT.com/SuperSaturdayNight.

“I’ve had some incredible experiences performing at the Super Bowl and am very excited to join the party again this year headlining AT&T TV Super Saturday Night!” Gaga says in a statement.

Previous Super Saturday Night concerts have featured Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.

This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, February 2.

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Trae Patton/NBCOn Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 10 artists who performed on Monday learned that Shane Q, from Team Kelly Clarkson, and Joana Martinez, from Gwen Stefani’s team, were sent home.

Shane and Joana were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show. They lost an "Instant Save" vote to Marybeth Byrd, from Team John Legend.

There are now eight artists remaining in the competition, including those of Blake Shelton's team.

Prior to the vote, Shane, Joana and Marybeth sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Shane covered Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly”; Joana performed "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra; and Marybeth tackled Calum Scott’s “You Are the Reason.”

The evening also included Kelly and John singing their re-imagined version of the holiday classic "Baby It's Cold Outside,“ and Meghan Trainor performing "Wave," joined by Mike Sabath.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Image Group LAThey started last year with their song "Tequila," but in 2019, country duo Dan Shay continued to cross over to the pop charts, first with their hit "Speechless," and then with their Justin Bieber collaboration, "10,000 Hours."

But as Shay Mooney explains, the duo aren't planning to leave country music behind for a life of pop stardom.

"Dan and I are not trying to chase anything. We're trying to write great Dan Shay music and trying to tell a story with our music, and the more people that can hear the music is fantastic to us," says Shay.

Shay also insists they're not trying to make their music more palatable to the pop audience.

"Whenever Dan and I first started writing songs, we just, I think at the core of it, we wanted to tell a story," he says. "That's what we fell in love with."

And if their songs are the gateway into country music for pop fans, well, Shay says that's fine with him and Dan.

"It's amazing to us to have people come out to meet and greets and say, 'Man, we've never listened to country music before, but we've started listening to you guys and we've discovered other country acts because of that,'" he notes.

"And that's...really amazing...it's such a such an honor, to us, to have people say that." 

Later this month, Dan Shay will perform at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  Then in March, they'll launch a headlining tour that's currently scheduled through April, then resumes in September.

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Image courtesy of Universal PicturesLater this month, Jason Derulo will make his big-screen debut alongside Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift in the movie musical adaptation of CATS.

The singer tells the New York Post that while he knew it was the right role for him, he had to get touch with his feline side to play Rum Tug Tugger.

“I’ve always been a dog person. I got two dogs,” Jason says.  But he adds, “Learning the ins and outs of a feline, how complex they are, definitely made me more of a cat person. They have so much personality. One second, they wanna be your friend and they wanna be petted. And then the next second, they’re like, ‘Get off me. Like, what are you doing?’”

So how did a dog person know CATS was the right role for him?

“I receive scripts all the time, but I was waiting on the right role, the right movie, because it’s easy to be considered a musician that just goes to acting because he can, as opposed to actually being a talented actor,” says Jason. “I wanted to choose a role that would be a part of a legacy, a role that should be remembered in some way.”

CATS hits theaters December 20.

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ABC/Image Group LALil Nas X, Normani and Lauv are among the musicians who've made Forbes' annual "30 Under 30" list of the brightest young stars in showbiz.

Lil Nas X, of course, earned the honor based on his genre-smashing, record-setting hit "Old Town Road," which has earned him an estimated $14 million.  As for Normani, Forbes says her duet with Sam Smith, "Dancing with a Stranger," was "world’s most-played radio track in 2019."

The musicians on the list were was chosen by rapper 21 Savage, The Chainsmokers, artist manager Adriana Arce and songwriter Mickey Shiloh.  Shiloh says of Normani, "While most pop stars are just puppets, Normani has immense business savvy and her own creative mind.”

Others on the list include rappers Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion and Tierra Whack, electronic star Illenium, singer/rapper Tyler, The Creator, Grammy nominee Maggie Rogers, genderqueer artist King Princess, R&B stars Chloe X Halle, Summer Walker and Teyana Taylor, Jon Bellion, Billie Eilish's brother/collaborator Finneas O'Connell, Latin star Maluma, and country stars Luke Combs and Carly Pearce.

If you're wondering why music's currently most famous under-30 star Billie Eilish isn't on the list, it's because you can't be on it twice, and she was on last year's Forbes list.  Oh and Lizzo, who's 31, was on Forbes' list back in 2017.

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Josh LehrerEver dreamed of making it to the Broadway stage? Waitress theater-goers will get their last chance to sing on stage at New York's Brooks Atkinson Theatre for the show’s "Cast Album Karaoke" series.

The final edition of "Cast Album Karaoke" will be hosted by Waitress composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles and will take place following the 7 p.m. performance on Tuesday, December 17. Audience members will be able to sign up before the performance for the chance to sing one minute of any song in the show, accompanied by the on stage band.

Katharine McPhee stars as Jenna for Waitress’ final run of shows, ending January 5, 2020.  But the show will live on in London: Sara will play the role of Jenna in Waitress’ West End production. Her six-week run kicks off January 27.

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Terence Patrick ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedHarry Styles is returning for a Late Late Show takeover next week.

The singer will be filling in for James Corden as host, as well as performing on the December 10 episode. Just a few days later, on December 13, Harry drops his sophomore solo album, Fine Line.

Two weeks ago, Harry and James were spotted filming a crosswalk performance of Harry’s latest single, “Watermelon Sugar,” as well as previous singles “Kiwi” and “Sign of the Times.”

Back in December of 2017, Harry took over hosting duties last-minute after James’ wife, Julia, went into labor just hours before the show was about to start. In May of that year, Harry did a week-long residency on The Late Late Show, which included a Carpool Karaoke segment.

James will be taking two weeks off to film the upcoming movie, The Prom. Other guest hosts filling for James from December 9-18 include Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, Jeff Goldbum, Ken Jeong and Melissa McCarthy.

The Late Late Show airs on CBS at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT.

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ABC/Mark LevineThe Jonas Brothers appearing on a variety show hosted by a country star?  Seems like an odd pairing, but not when the country star is Brad Paisley.

Tonight on ABC, Paisley -- a chart-topping, award-winning country singer also known for his sense of humor -- hosts Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special, a musical-comedy-variety show.  In addition to the JoBros, the show also features Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, singers Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, NFL legend Peyton Manning, and The Bachelor host Chris Harrison.

So why are the Jonas Brothers on the show?  Turns out Brad and Nick, Kevin and Joe go so far back that, as he says, "I think I might be" an honorary member of the trio.

"In my mind, I am," Brad tells ABC Audio. "They're old friends of mine that, back when they first started, we got together and they had talked about my music being something that they listened to."

Not only that, but it turns out a member of the group introduced Brad to social media.

"I think my first ever tweet was with Kevin," Paisley recalls. "Kevin and I were together in Nashville at a thing, and I had never tweeted before, if that tells you how far back we go. And he said, 'No, no, I'm gonna help you. Here's how you do it.' And he set up my phone and everything, showed me how." 

In one skit in tonight's show, Brad auditions Joe and Kevin to play the role of their brother Nick -- which Kevin does by immediately starting to take off his clothes.

Watch the JoBros show off their comic chops on Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special, tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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