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Selena Gomez talks relationship with Benny Blanco, possibility of going on tour

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Selena Gomez's brand Rare Beauty is one of the 2024 TIME100 Most Influential Companies, TIME announced on Monday.

As part of the recognition, Selena is featured on one of the magazine's two global covers. In the accompanying interview, Selena covered everything from her relationship with Benny Blanco to the possibility of ever touring again.

According to Selena, she wasn't looking for a relationship when she realized she liked her then-friend, Benny. “It just happens when you least expect it,” Selena said.

In fact, Selena said she had become quite used to being alone before they met.

“I was alone for five years," Selena said. "A lot of people are afraid of being alone and I probably tortured myself in my head for like two years being alone, and then I kind of accepted it. Then I came up with my plan, which was I was going to adopt at 35 if I had not met anyone.”

As a recent guest on Howard Stern's show, Benny told the radio host he wants to marry and have kids with Selena. In response, the singer told TIME that Benny "can’t lie to save his life. If he’s asked a question, he’ll answer it."

"I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that he’s not going anywhere any time soon,” she continued.

And while Selena says "nothing makes me happier than 90 minutes of being with my fans and just celebrating together," she isn't rushing to go back on tour anytime soon.

"It is very emotionally draining for me. And then you realize you’re just surrounded by a bunch of people that you’re paying,” Selena said.

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Kane + Marshmello drop fiery "Miles on It" video

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Kane Brown and Marshmello have dropped a fiery music video for "Miles on It."

The high-energy visualizer follows Kane and Marshmello as they put some miles on a party, literally and figuratively. It's all fun and games until the cops arrive on the scene with stern looks. But instead of breaking up the party, they surprise everyone by joining in the bonfire, fireworks and truck-filled celebration.

"Miles on It" is the second time Kane and Marshmello have teamed on a song. Their first was 2019's "One Thing Right," which became a crossover chart-topper.

"Miles on It" is currently in the top 40 and making its way up the country charts.

For tickets to see Kane on his ongoing In The Air Tour, head to his website.

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Billie Eilish charts all of 'HIT ME HARD AND SOFT' on 'Billboard' Hot 100

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Billie Eilish's new album HIT ME HARD AND SOFT has hit the Billboard Hot 100 hard, soft and everywhere in between.

Every one of the record's 10 tracks is currently charting on the all-genre singles ranking, ranging from "LUNCH" at #5 to "BITTERSUITE" at #36. As previously reported, "LUNCH" is Eilish's highest-debuting song on the Hot 100.

Eilish has reached #1 on the Hot 100 once before, with "bad guy."

HT ME HARD AND SOFT, Eilish's third full-length effort, was released May 17. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with Eilish's best-ever sales week.

Eilish will launch a North American tour in support of HIT ME HARD AND SOFT in September.

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Kim Petras is the new face of MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam lipstick

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She wants all her clothes designer and all her makeup glam.

Kim Petras has just been announced as MAC Cosmetics' newest celebrity ambassador. She kicked off her partnership with the brand in their latest campaign for Viva Glam lipstick on Wednesday.

The iconic Viva Glam lipstick originally launched in 1994. Every penny from the lipstick sales goes toward the MAC Aids Fund, which supports organizations that help those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

"It took me one second to say yes to a Viva Glam campaign. It was just something that was very present when I was learning about gay culture,” Petras told People.

Petras also shared that she first started wearing makeup when she was 12 years old, after she began her journey with hormone therapy.

“It was just mascara and a little brow gel, but I remember that being so amazing because before that I needed to go to school in boys' clothes and have my hair back,” Petras said. “It felt very freeing and I can't describe that feeling and how much that meant to me."

The Grammy winner also said she's excited about her partnership with MAC because the brand's goals align with hers.

“To buy a lipstick, and then to feel good about it too is such a special thing. When I was young, Viva Glam educated me about a lot of HIV issues," Petras said. "It's cool to look back and be like, ‘This product has really helped a lot of people.’"

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Charlie Puth reveals the main reason he'd like to be "a bigger artist"

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No less a celebrity than Taylor Swift believes that Charlie Puth "should be a bigger artist" — after all, she sings it in the title track of her current album. But does Charlie believe he should be a bigger artist? Well, yes, but not because he wants to, say, launch a tour that's on the scale of Taylor's.

Speaking to Vulture, Charlie says, "If it means I can reach ten more people, then I would like to be a bigger artist. I don’t want to be a bigger artist to inflate my own ego. I’m fine where it’s at."

"I don’t strive to be a bigger artist to look like a cooler guy," he continues. "I don’t even know if I want to play stadiums. I just want to inspire 80,000 people, maybe not have them see me in the stadium. Do stadiums sound good when you play in them? The acoustics are all over the place. But, I mean, I wouldn’t be opposed."

Charlie recently released his new song, "Hero," after being inspired by Taylor's shout-out. But if you're not feeling it at the moment, Charlie says that's great. "I’d like for people not to almost like it immediately," he says.

"Of course, I want them to like it, but I’d like them to be unsure of how they feel about it," he adds. "It’s not anything I’ve ever done before. ... It’s almost jarring. 'Ooh, a guitar in a new Charlie song?' I don’t even know how to play guitar."

As for why the song ends abruptly, Charlie explains, "Well, the real answer is that an album will happen and you’ll hear more. You’ll hear the actual B part of things — stuff that Taylor does really, really, really well."

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Music notes: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and more

Dazzling, indeed. It looks like Stevie Nicks wore her Taylor Swift merchandise onstage during her performance at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival on Saturday. Stevie wore a gold The Tortured Poets Department-themed nameplate bracelet on her wrist, layered among other jewelry pieces. Stevie, of course, is referenced in the album's final track, "Clara Bow," and she also wrote a poem included in physical copies of the album.

Ariana Grande has shared a teaser for the upcoming music video for her song "the boy is mine." She posted the short clip to her Instagram on Tuesday, announcing that the new video arrives on June 7. "meow," Ariana captioned the post.

RM from BTS has released the music video for his song "Groin," which is from his second solo album, Right Place, Wrong Person. The video features eerie visuals like a spiraling basement staircase and empty streets of London, which RM navigates as he sings the track. At the time of writing, the video has garnered almost 2 million views on YouTube just one day after release.

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Jelly Roll praises Lainey Wilson as an "angel on earth" for success of "Save Me"

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Jelly Roll has taken to Instagram to rave over Lainey Wilson, his duet partner on his hit "Save Me."

The song, which recently won the two singers a major honor at the ACM Awards, appears on Jelly's current album, Whitsitt ChapelJelly wrote on Instagram Tuesday, "I wrote this song from the depth of my soul. I’ve always said that music can change the world. One song at a time."

He adds, "Thank you Lainey Wilson. You are an angel on earth. Your hard work is inspiring but even more inspiring is how you anchor yourself in your family. You are the perfect partner for this song. No matter how big or small you have showed up for me every time I’ve asked."

"Whether it was a dive bar or a morning TV show, you showed up with a smile no matter how much it inconvenienced you because you knew the power of this song and how it could HEAL!" he continues. "Thank you - you truly are my sister , I’d go to war beside you if it ever came down to it ... this song would not be what it is without you!"

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Dua Lipa announces Asia leg of Radical Optimism tour

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Want to see Dua Lipa on tour in Asia? With her newly announced concert dates, you just might be in luck.

Dua announced the Asia leg of her Radical Optimism tour on Tuesday. The pop star will start in Singapore on November 6, before stopping down in Jakarta, Indonesia; Manila, Philippines; Tokyo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Bangkok, Thailand, throughout the end of the year. She'll end this Asia leg in Seoul, South Korea, on December 4.

Tickets for the Asia tour dates will be available through presale in select markets with dates and times that vary.

As previously announced, Dua will also be making stops in Berlin, Germany; Pula, Croatia; and Nîmes, France, in June with completely sold-out shows. She'll also headline Glastonbury Festival on June 28 and play at the Royal Albert Hall in London this October.

Do these newly announced tour dates signal a North American leg on the horizon? Only time will tell, but for now, Dua's American fans will just have to stay radically optimistic.

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Billie Eilish earns her highest Hot 100 debut with "LUNCH"

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Billie Eilish is eating the Hot 100 for "LUNCH."

The HIT ME HARD AND SOFT cut starts at #5 on Billboard's all-genre single chart, marking Eilish's highest-ever Hot 100 debut. It's her third-highest charting song overall, behind "bad guy," which hit #1, and the #2-peaking "Therefore I Am."

Post Malone and Morgan Wallen's "I Had Some Help" remains at #1 on the Hot 100 for the second straight week.

"LUNCH" is the de facto single off HIT ME HARD AND SOFT, which didn't feature any advance tracks leading up to its May 17 release. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift's THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT, though it gave Eilish a career-best sales week.

Eilish will launch a North American tour in September.

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Adam Lambert announces upcoming release of new EP, 'AFTERS'

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New music from Adam Lambert is on the way.

The Grammy-nominated singer announced the upcoming release of his new EP, AFTERS, on Tuesday. Scheduled to drop on July 19, Adam promises this new project will be his most bold and unapologetic yet.

Fans won't have to wait too long to get their first taste of this new era. Two tracks from the EP, "Lube" and "Wet Dream," will release on Friday ahead of Adam's performance at WeHo Pride in West Hollywood, California.

“Creating AFTERS has been such a liberating experience as I chose to craft an EP of house music that’s unapologetically queer and sex positive," Adam said. "I throw many house parties and my aim was to create a soundtrack inspired by wild nights, giving a voice to our communities’ hedonistic desires and exploits."

Adam also said this new era has him feeling more confident than ever, which led him to express vulnerability through these songs.

"I wanted to get shamelessly raw and real with the listener. AFTERS is meant to make you move, sweat, fantasize and connect!” Adam said.

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Watch Sabrina Carpenter join Coldplay onstage, and Coldplay drop "Espresso" into "Fix You"

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Sabrina Carpenter and Coldplay both performed at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend festival in Luton, England on May 26, so it was easy for them to team up for a special performance.

Sabrina performed earlier in the afternoon, but when Coldplay took the stage at night for their set, they brought Sabrina out for a performance of their song "Magic." They also acknowledged the fact that Sabrina is #1 on the U.K. charts right now with "Espresso" by dropping a bit of that song into their hit "Fix You."

You can watch it all go down on Sabrina's Instagram. In the caption, she wrote, "@bbcradio1 yesterday was sooo special. i am forever grateful to the UK for giving me a double rainbow during my set, my first number 1 ever, and then showing up and camping out in the pouring rain in Luton to sing at an insane decibel."

She added, "So grateful to @coldplay for the fix u espresso remix and inviting me out to sing magic during their phenomenal set. a night I’ll never ever forget."

Next up for Sabrina is a performance at Governors Ball Festival in New York City on June 8.

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Ed Sheeran joins The Offspring onstage at BottleRock

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Ed Sheeran's childhood dream came true over the weekend: He got to perform with the band whose album was the first he ever bought.

On May 26, Ed joined California punk band The Offspring during their set at BottleRock Festival in Napa, California to perform their song "Million Miles Away." The song is from their 2000 album Conspiracy of One, which Ed wrote on Instagram was the first album he ever bought.

"I used to pretend to be in their band in the mirror and sing along to the album when I was 9, mostly to their song Million Miles Away as it was the first song of theirs I heard," Ed wrote. "I mentioned it in an interview and [bandmembers] Noodles [and] Dexter got in touch with me when we found out we were all playing the same festival, to see if I wanted to get on stage and sing it."

"It was an instant yes obvz," he continued. "Really felt like living out a childhood dream thank you for having me up there guys. Music is a wild ride, every day I’m so grateful to be living my dream in reality."

He posted a video of himself rehearsing with the band backstage, and then playing it onstage.

The Offspring are probably best known for their '90s hits "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)," "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" and "Self Esteem."

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Meghan Trainor begs for 'American Idol' judge job: "Please pick me, choose me, love me"

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Meghan Trainor's name has been thrown around a bit during discussions of who might be a good pick to judge American Idol now that Katy Perry has left the show. Well, the American Idol people should know that Meghan is just waiting for you to call.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, Meghan said judging American Idol is her "dream job." She added, "Please. I've been going everywhere, being like, 'Hi, American Idol. Please. Choose me to be a coach ... or judge. I will be the best. I will give my whole heart and soul. I promise. Please pick me, choose me, love me. I will do everything."

"I care so much about new artists, too, especially shows like that, because I was too afraid to ever audition for that," she continued. "So I try to remind them, no matter what level they're at — if you're on this show and you auditioned, you win, for being brave enough."

Meghan recalled that when she was working behind the scenes as a songwriter, her team wanted to sign her up to be on The Voice and she said, "No, thanks. I'm not going."

Meghan also revealed that she's on a huge group chat of other showbiz moms — like Natasha Bedingfield, who's opening for Meghan this fall, Jordin Sparks and comedian Whitney Cummings — who are giving her advice on how to tour with her two young sons.

She noted that the best advice she got was to ask her bus driver if he could affix her baby's crib to the bus floor so it won't move around.

Meghan's new album, Timeless, arrives June 14.

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Taylor Swift taps Benson Boone & more as London opener, vows to "always" return to Portugal

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Taylor Swift still has a few more cities to perform in before she starts her eight-show run at London's Wembley Stadium in June, but she's now announced additional opening acts for those dates.

On her Instagram Story on May 27, Taylor wrote, "I just found out 'Fortnight' is #1 on the U.K. airplay chart!!! You guys are amazing and I can't wait to see you SO soon!! Thought this might be a fun time to announce the first group of opening acts I'll be adding to the London shows going on before Paramore."

She added, "I chose artists whose music I love listening to, and I can't wait for them to add an extra excitement to your shows at Wembley Stadium in June." The three lucky artists are Benson Boone, U.K. singer Griff and U.S. singer/actress METTE, who will open on June 23, June 22 and June 21, respectively.

On his Instagram Story, Benson reposted Taylor's news and wrote, "@taylorswift so excited to be part of the show thank you for having me." Benson is currently on the European leg of his own sold-out world tour.

Meanwhile, Taylor played her first-ever Portuguese concerts on May 24 and 25. She posted a special thank-you on Instagram, writing, "It’s official, I left my [heart] in Lisbon. My first time in Portugal and you all made me feel like I was right at home."

She told the audience, "We absolutely should have come to Portugal on every single tour. This is not a mistake I will ever be making again. We are always going to come to Lisbon.” 

During the two Lisbon shows, Taylor's surprise song sets included the live debuts of "Fresh Out the Slammer" and "The Tortured Poets Department."

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Billie Eilish's 'HIT ME HARD AND SOFT' debuts at #2 with career-best sales week

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Billie Eilish's new album HIT ME HARD AND SOFT didn't debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, but it did earn a pretty sweet consolation prize.

The "bad guy" star's third studio effort lands at #2 on the chart with a total of 339,000 equivalent album units, 191,000 of which were traditional album sales. Both of those numbers mark career bests. While her previous two records -- 2019's WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and 2021's Happier Than Ever -- both debuted at #1, they didn't sell as many units or have such big sales weeks.

"Thank you, guys, so much for all of your support on this album," Eilish and her brother/collaborator FINNEAS said in a statement. "This week has been so surreal and insane, and we truly could not be more overwhelmed with joy. Love you all until we die. Thank you for everything. Forever."

Despite setting personal records, HIT ME HARD AND SOFT was kept from the top spot on the Billboard 200 by the chart behemoth that is Taylor Swift's THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT, which remained at #1 for the fifth straight week by selling a total of 378,000 equivalent album units.

The last time two albums moved more than 300,000 units in a single week was way back in 2016. That time, the battle of the titans was between Drake's Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

Eilish will launch a North American tour in support of HIT ME HARD AND SOFT in September.

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