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Coast HouseAfter much prodding from his new girlfriend Miley Cyrus, Cody Simpson has released the song he wrote for her, “Golden Thing.”

"Crystal dream/Cali queen/ Radiant hand, vibrant sand/ I’m shot/ It’s a golden thing she’s got,” the Australian musician sings on the sweet acoustic track.

The cover art for the song features what appears to be a close-up photo of Miley. Her face isn’t visible but we see her beachy blonde waves and gold chains around her neck.

Miley promoted the track on her Instagram Story Friday, writing, “MY HEART.” She had been bugging Cody to release it ever since he first played it for her after her recent tonsillitis surgery.

Cody told People, "She was like, ‘If you don’t put this s*** out, I’m putting it out on your behalf for you. I’m getting your Spotify login and doing this s*** myself.’”

Cody and Miley were apparently friends before Miley began dating actor Liam Hemsworth, who she eventually married. Miley and Liam split in August and Miley briefly moved on to Kaitlynn Carter, before that relationship ended in September.

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The North Pole is ready for some girl power.

Former Wicked star Idina Menzel and Wicked super fan Ariana Grande have teamed up for a fun duet on Idina's new holiday album Christmas: A Season of Love, which just came out today.  The song, called “A Hand for Mrs. Claus,” was written by Frozen composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

In the humorous song, Idina and Ariana trade verses about Santa's wife, who gets no respect despite the fact that Santa couldn't do it without her.

"She reads every Christmas letter/And fills out a Christmas sweater/Better than Ol' Santa any day," sings Idina. Ariana adds, "She runs the operation with no appreciation/So send a little Christmas love her way!"

Ariana also appears on For the Girls, the new album from Idina's Wicked co-star, Kristin Chenoweth.

As previously reported, Christmas: A Season of Love also features Idina teaming up with Emmy-winning Pose star Billy Porter for “I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” her Frozen co-star Josh Gad on "We Wish You the Merriest," and her husband Aaron Lohr on "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

There's also a solo holiday version of the signature song from the show Rent, "Seasons of Love," as well as a tribute to Idina's Jewish heritage with “Ocho Kandelikas,” a Hanukkah song she sings in Ladino, the ancient language of Sephardic Jews. 

Right before that song, there's an adorable audio clip of Walker, Idina's son with her ex Taye Diggs, at age three, chanting the traditional Hebrew blessing over the Hanukkah candles.

Idina will reprise her role as Queen Elsa in Frozen 2 on November 22.

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Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez has been teasing something via some cryptic Instagram posts -- and now we finally know what it is.

The singer announced her new song, “Lose You to Love Me,” will be coming out on Wednesday, October 23. She posted the cover art to Instagram: It features a black-and-white close-up of her face.

She captioned the post with part of the song lyrics, “I needed to lose you to love me.”

In the lead-up to the announcement, Selena teased fans by posting a couple of throwback photos of herself as a kid, with captions like, “We always go into it blindly” and “I gave my all and they all know it.”

She also posted another black-and-white photo of herself with the caption, “Rose colored glasses all distorted,” and a video of a brightly lit marquee bearing the words, “I saw the signs and I ignored it.”

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon back in June, Selena revealed she had completed the long-awaited follow-up to her 2015 album Revival and fans have been patiently waiting for her to drop some new tunes ever since.  

Of course, she's been keeping busy with other projects outside of music. She produced the recently-released Netflix docu-series Living Undocumented, and will voice a giraffe in the upcoming Robert Downey Jr. movie Doolittle, due in theaters in January.

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Adam Christensen /NBCUniversalKelly Clarkson had one of her musical dreams come true on her talk show Friday.

On today’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, she got to duet with Cyndi Lauper on the 1986 classic “True Colors.” The two harmonized on a stripped-down version of the track, as Cyndi played the dulcimer.

“That was like a dream come true for me, thank you,” Kelly told Cyndi after they finished singing.

Also during the show, Cyndi mentioned that she used to listen and sing along to Kelly’s song “Stronger” whenever she was feeling down. Kelly freaked out that Cyndi had even heard of the song.

She also complimented Cyndi on her ability to pull off so many different fashion looks.

“I just don’t wanna look in the mirror and feel like I look conservative or straight,” said Cyndi, who was sporting a pastel blue mohawk.

The Kelly Clarkson Show airs weekdays in syndication.

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Big Hit EntertainmentAfter announcing the collaboration on social media, BTS has now released their remix of "Make It Right" featuring Lauv.

The original version of the song, co-written by Ed Sheeran, appeared on BTS' album Map of the Soul: Persona EP. The new version starts with an English-language verse and chorus from Lauv.

The band has also released a video for the song which features shots of BTS performing in concert intercut with animated footage that tells the story of a boy and the girl who becomes his protector by magically transforming into a cape.

As Billboard notes, the song and the video are both extended metaphors for the relationship that BTS has with their devoted fans, the ARMY.

"I was lost, I was trying to find the answer/In the world around me, yeah, I was going crazy/All day, all night
You're the only one who understood me/And all that I was going through," Lauv sings, describing how the ARMY supported BTS as they struggled to deal with their growing fame.

He sings, "You were the reason I survived/You were there for me through all the times I cried."

Lauv has a similar relationship with his fans. On Thursday, he tweeted, "feeling hella positive about life and all the music and beautiful times ahead. thank u guys for being here for always having my back and for dealing with my weirdness."

The BTS ARMY is pretty happy about the collaboration, with many tweeting to Lauv, "Welcome to the family."

Lauv's debut album ~how i'm feeling~ is out March 6.

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Republic RecordsLiam Payne promised a big announcement was coming soon, and today he delivered.

The former One Directioner announced on social media that his debut solo album, simply titled LP1, will officially be out on December 6.

“Thanks for all your support as always, you’re the best fans I could ask for,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to share the album with you all.”

LP1 is available for pre-order now. It features his new song “Stack It Up,” which he co-wrote with Ed Sheeran, as well as his first solo hit "Strip That Down" and his duet with Rita Ora from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, "For You."

That means come December, Louis Tomlinson will be he only former One Direction member who has yet to release a full-length solo album.  Niall Horan and Harry Styles are about to release their second solo albums, while former member ZAYN released his sophomore album last year.

Here is the LP1 track list:

"Stack It Up" (feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie)
"Heart Meet Break"
"Hips Don’t Lie"
"Tell Your Friends"
"Say It All"
"Rude Hours"
"Live Forever" (with Cheat Codes)
"Both Ways"
"Strip That Down" (feat. Quavo)
"For You (Fifty Shades Freed)" (with Rita Ora)
"Familiar" (with J Balvin)
"Polaroid" (with Jonas Blue & Lennon Stella)
"Get Low" (with Zedd)
"Bedroom Floor"
"All I Want (for Christmas)"

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So I can finally reveal that my new album LP1 will be out on 6th December!
Thanks for all your support as always, you’re the best fans I could ask for. I can’t wait to share the album with you with you all 🙌🏼 #LP1

— Liam (@LiamPayne) October 18, 2019



PRNewsfoto/MGM ResortsLady Gaga was a bit too enthusiastic Thursday night at her Enigma show in Las Vegas: After bringing a fan onstage and jumping into his arms, both of them managed to fall off the stage.

A fan who attended the show tells ABC News that Gaga read a letter from a fan named Jack onstage, and then invited him to come up and join her.  After they hugged, Gaga suddenly jumped into his arms and wrapped her legs around him.  He started bouncing her up and down, but then he moved his foot back to where the stage narrowed, causing them both to tumble off the stage and into the audience.

Thankfully, neither of them was hurt, and Gaga invited Jack to sit with her at her piano bench while she played "Million Reasons."

"That was a fall!" she said, and then asked Jack, "Can you promise me something? Can you just forgive yourself right now for that happening?" 

Gaga then revealed that she's fallen offstage before, noting, "I've actually stage was like a run, and then I just stopped leaping, and just dropped."

"You know what we did?" she continued. "We fell into each other's arms, Jack. We're like Rose and Jack from the Titanic."

But Gaga must have felt pretty sore after the show: On Instagram, she posted photos of her post-show routine, which includes "ice bath for 5-10 min, hot bath for 20, then compression suit packed with ice packs for 20."

Gaga's residency shows continue at the Park Theater at Park MGM through November 9; she'll also perform December 28, 30 and 31.

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Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaAfter releasing singles with the likes of Bastille, CHVRCHES, A Day to Remember and Tyga, Marshmello's latest hit is "One Thing Right," featuring vocals by award-winning country star Kane Brown.  Kane is no stranger to pop collaborations, and he admits it would have been "dumb" for him to turn down the chance to work with the helmeted EDM star.

Prior to working with Marshmello, Kane had joined Khalid on a remix of Khalid's song "Saturday Nights," and last year, he appeared on a remix of Camila Cabello's "Never Be the Same."  So what's his criteria for crossing genres to record with pop stars?

"It just depends, you know," he tells ABC Audio. "The last two collabs, with 'Mello and Khalid, they both asked me. And so if it makes sense, y'know, why not do it?" 

He adds, "And 'Mello's huge, so I would've been dumb not to jump on that!"

But the big question is whether, while working on the song, Kane actually got to see Marshmello without his signature helmet.

"Yeah, yeah," admits Kane. "But everybody's pretty secret with him.  They understand that he don't wanna be seen, so nobody tells!" 

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Carter SmithMany music stars, from The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, to Train, Melissa Etheridge and Jon Bon Jovi, have hosted their own fan cruises.  Now, Kelly Clarkson is contemplating doing the same, but she wants her fans to tell her if it's a good idea.

An email sent to Kelly's mailing list subscribers contains a message from the singer in which she says, "Hey everybody! In case y'all didn’t know, I recently became the Godmother to Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Encore, and I'm super-excited about it!"

"From being busy with The Voice, to recording an album, to having my own talk show, and spending time with my family -- it has been a BIG year!" Kelly continues. "And that's when it means it's time for a little rest & relaxation! So it got me thinking, what if we all take a family vacation together?"

"Imagine 2,200 fellow fans taking over one beautiful Norwegian Cruise Line Ship and sailing through the Caribbean for four days of activities, sunshine, and fun?!" Kelly asks. "I want to know what YOU think about the idea of a Kelly Cruise!"

Fans are then asked to fill out a survey asking everything from the kinds of activities they'd like to have on a Kelly fan cruise, to which entertainers -- other than Kelly -- they'd like to have on the cruise, to what kind of Kelly-themed events they'd be interested in seeing on the cruise, such as live shows, Q&As and autograph sessions.

Stay tuned to find out whether or not a Kelly cruise is in her fans' futures.  Meanwhile, it's exciting to hear that Kelly's recording a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2017's Meaning of Life.

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David M. Russell | Walt Disney DTCIHailee Steinfeld says playing 19th century poet Emily Dickinson in the new Apple TV series Dickinson helped inspire her new music.

During her appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan Thursday, the singer/actress says doing a deep dive into Dickinson’s work made her more fearless when it comes to her songwriting.

“One thing about Emily's poetry is that…she doesn't stick to any rules,” Hailee says. “And I love that because, you know, I think there's this sort of daunting feeling when it comes to writing a poem or writing poetry -- like, you have to live up to some expectation. And she just said what was on her mind. And that's what I try and do when it comes to songwriting.”

In fact, as soon as the show wrapped filming, Hailee went right back into the studio in L.A.

“I feel like I have this more fearless approach to my writing after embodying this character, which I am really excited for people to hear the outcome,” she says.

Hailee’s already released a new song from the show, called “Afterlife (Dickinson),” which was inspired by themes of Emily Dickinson's poems, including death and mortality.

Dickinson debuts on Apple TV on November 1.

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Catherine Powell"10,000 Hours," the new song from Justin Bieber and Dan Shay, had its live performance debut in an unusual setting: Dan Shay sang it at Justin Bieber's recent wedding celebration.  And as they tell Entertainment Tonight, they had no idea they were going to do it.

“We had never rehearsed it,” Dan Smyers tells ET. We obviously recorded it in the studio, but we never played it live in front of actual human beings. [But] Justin was like, ‘Sing ‘10,000 hours,’ we’re like, ‘OK, we’ll try.’ “

Shay Mooney jokes that he and Dan were just "making up the words," but Dan adds, "It was good though, it was really fun and people were out on the dance floor rocking.”

“It’s awesome to get to attend their wedding and it was a blast,” Dan notes. “It was a really good time.”

As for the collaboration, it came about because Justin and Dan Shay are both managed by Scooter Braun, who put the duo in touch with Justin.

"We’ve always wanted to do some collaboration with [Justin] and we wrote the song and thought it would be perfect and sent it over to him not knowing what would happen,” says Shay. "He loved the song; he’s in a similar place in his life, just got married, and so it was really cool to have that moment all together.”

“The timing of it worked out and we still can’t believe that it happened,” he adds. “I’m waiting to wake up tomorrow and [find out] like, ‘That actually never happened to you guys.’"

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RCA RecordsSorry, all other Christmas music releases of 2019 -- you're about to get owned.

Pentatonix member Scott Hoying took to Twitter to announce that the group's upcoming compilation, The Best of PTX Christmas, would include a guest appearance by -- wait for it -- Whitney Houston.  He added that the song would be coming "SOON."

The tweet shows the album track listing.  The song "Do You Hear What I Hear" is listed as having a guest artist, whose name is blacked out, but it's clear that the artist is Whitney.  In fact, if you hit "play" on the Instagram post of the track list, her name is slowly revealed.

If you're wondering how Pentatonix pulled this off with the late superstar, Whitney recorded "Do You Hear What I Hear" in 1987 for the benefit album A Very Special Christmas, so it's likely that those vocals have been mixed with the a capella group's version of the tune.

Other guests on the album include Kelly Clarkson, with whom the group toured several years ago, as well as Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan and Maren Morris.

When "Do You Hear What I Hear" is released, it'll mark the second Whitney track released in 2019.  A remixed version of her 1990 version on Steve Winwood's 1986 hit "Higher Love" is climbing the charts right now.

Here's the Best of PTX Christmas track listing:

"Deck the Halls"
"Carol of the Bells"
"God Only Knows"
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
"Mary, Did You Know?"
"Joyful, Joyful" ft. Jazmine Sullivan
"Do You Hear What I Hear" ft. Whitney Houston
"Little Drummer Boy"
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
"Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy" ft. Tori Kelly
"White Winter Hymnal"
"Grown-Up Christmas List" ft. Kelly Clarkson
"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
"When You Believe" with Maren Morris
"Here Comes Santa Claus"
"How Great Thou Art" ft. Jennifer Hudson
"That's Christmas to Me"
"Coldest Winter" (Bobby Alt Drum Mix)

Whitney Houston x Pentatonix coming SOON 🚨🚨🚨

— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) October 17, 2019

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Courtesy BillboardLast month Courteney Cox posted a photo of herself and Lisa Kudrow with, randomly, writer/director Judd Apatow and Charlie Puth.  Except it wasn't actually so random: Cox and Puth had met while recording an episode of's new feature, Quizzed, which you can watch online now.

Quizzed features music stars being asked trivia questions about their favorite TV shows by the stars of those shows.  In the new episode, Courteney grills Charlie on Friends trivia. She starts by asking Charlie true or false questions, then moves on to more specific questions, such as, "When Ross and Rachel were on a break, Ross spent the night with Chloe. Where does Chloe work?" 

In the final round, Charlie has to identify which character said specific quotes from the show.

While Charlie doesn't get every question correct, he does well enough that Courteney presents him with the ultimate Friends memento: The Geller Cup, which she says she's kept next to her bed ever since the show wrapped.  Charlie literally starts crying at the sight of the memento, which is actually "a Troll doll nailed to a two-by-four," as Chandler once put it.

After the game is over, Charlie serenades Courteney with the Friends theme song -- but their interaction didn't end there.  According to a spokesperson for Quizzed, after the shoot, Courteney told Charlie, "We should hang out sometime."  A few days later, that picture appeared on Instagram, and Cox later confirmed that she and Charlie are now real-life Friends.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCFollowing the recent drama between Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift, the Biebs wants to assure people that he has no beef with Taylor.

Entertainment Tonight reports that when asked by paparazzi Thursday if he and Taylor were “cool,” Justin responded, “Always homies.”

He added, “I’m done with all that other stuff. Other people’s drama is not my drama.”

In a Tumblr post back in June, Taylor called out Scooter for buying the rights to her master recordings from her former label, Big Machine Records, in defiance of what she said were here expressed wishes. She also accused Justin of teaming up with Scooter to bully her in the past.

Bieber apologized to Taylor on Instagram, but also defended Scooter and criticized Taylor for taking the disagreement public.

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Gregg DeGuire/WireImageAfter his girlfriend Miley Cyrus kept bugging him, Cody Simpson has finally set a release date for "Golden Thing," the song he wrote about her.  It'll arrive on Friday.

Miley -- or at least part of her -- appears on the single artwork: We see her neck, with several gold chains around it, and part of her chest and hair.  Cody also tweeted some of the lyrics: "crystal dream/cali queen/radiant hand/vibrant sand."

Earlier this week, Miley shared a snippet of the song on her Instagram Story.

Cody wrote the song for Miley after her recent surgery, and told People, "She was like, ‘If you don’t put this s*** out, I’m putting it out on your behalf for you. I’m getting your Spotify login and doing this s*** myself.’”

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Republic RecordsLiam Payne is stacking up some new music.

The singer released an acoustic version of his latest single, “Stack It Up,” and also promised a “big announcement” is coming soon.

In the video for the acoustic version, Liam sings a stripped-back rendition of the tune he co-wrote with Ed Sheeran. Backed by two guitarists, he performs against a wall covered in neon signs.

“My acoustic version of #StackItUp is out now everywhere!” Liam tweeted. "Thank you for all the support on the song so far. Keep an eye out for a big announcement soon...”

He later teased, “I hope you are all enjoying the acoustic version of #StackItUp. Lots of new things coming [soon].”

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Peggy SirotaBetween touring with the Jonas Brothers and acting in movies like the upcoming Jumanji: The Next Level and Midway, Nick Jonas is also finding time to be a TV producer.

Deadline reports that Nick is teaming with Shawn Levy, whose production company 21 Laps brought us Stranger Things, for a romantic comedy series called Dash & Lily.  Filming has already started on the project, which should debut next year.

Based on the young adult book series Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, the eight-episode series follows New York City teens Dash, played by Austin Abrams and Lily, played by Midori Francis. During the holiday season, the two "trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth" across New York, according to Deadline.

In a statement, Levy says, "This show is inspiring to us and promises to give audiences a uniquely romantic and entertaining New York City holiday adventure.”

Deadline notes that Nick first worked together on the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, in which the Jonas Brothers appeared and which Levy directed and produced.

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Big Hit EntertainmentFollowing their vacation, the guys in BTS are busier than ever.

On Friday, the group will release a new version of "Make It Right," a song co-written by Ed Sheeran that appeared on their album Map of the Soul: Persona.  The new version features Lauv.  The group also retweeted Lauv's post about the song -- he's shown posing with them, along with the caption "Did I finally make it right?"

"You always make it right," responded BTS.

The song arrives at 5 a.m. ET on Friday.

In other BTS news, the group's tour-ending performance at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea will be shown in movie theaters on October 27. 

The event, dubbed BTS WORLD TOUR 'LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF' [THE FINAL] will be shown simultaneously across all time zones in the U.S., hours after being captured live.  It'll start at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT and so on.  Fans in Asia will be able to watch the show in theaters live.

Tickets, as well as a list of participating theaters, are available at

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David Livingston/WireImageAriana Grande is cooking up new music and, apparently, it'll include a sample of Kylie Jenner's voice.

It all started when Jenner posted a video tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube last week.  During the video, the 22-year-old wakes up her daughter Stormi by turning on the lights and cheerfully singing "Rise and Shine."

That three-word song spawned intense online response from fans and went viral, but the biggest reaction of all came from Grande herself.

The "Boyfriend" singer posted an adorable plea to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday, complete with the sparkly eyes filter, asking Kylie if she could sample the "Rise and Shine" lyric.  She also covered the three second song.

Kylie responded on her Instagram Stories and happily gave Ari the green light.  But, there was a catch -- she has to be in the music video.

Considering mom Kris Jenner was famously in Grande's "thank u, next" music video -- which has nearly 500 million views on YouTube  -- that probably won't be a problem at all.

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Travis SchneiderMaroon 5 is in the middle of recording a new album, and guitarist James Valentine, for one, hopes that the new project will finally allow them to explore what he calls "a wider range of topics."

Speaking to Florida's Broward Palm Beach New Times, James says because the group's new single "Memories" is a stripped-down, mournful song about loss, it might point the way towards other songs that are more than about love and romance.

"I think every single that we’ve released has been about relationships gone wrong or that sort of subject matter, and I think 'Memories' might be the first single we’ve released that’s not just about that," James tells the paper. "It’s about something bigger."

He adds, "I think schematically, hopefully; lyrically, hopefully, it might open us up to include a wider range of topics. We’ll see -- we can never really predict where the creativity will go."

"Memories" is Maroon 5's 15th consecutive top-40 single, and the 22nd top-40 hit of their career. It currently sits at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

When Maroon 5's new album finally does appear, it'll be the follow-up to 2017's Red Pill Blues.

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