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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicLooks like new parents Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have decided to settle in Los Angeles for good: They're looking to unload their condo in New York City.

According to Dirt, the condo is on the market for just under $6 million.  The 2900-square-foot pad, which they paid $5.5 million for nearly three years ago, features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, a massive terrace, chef's kitchen with all the bells and whistles and huge walk-in closets. 

Apparently, the couple simply doesn't use the place, so it's no wonder they're looking to divest themselves of a place that costs $120,000 per year in property taxes and nearly six grand a month in condo fees.

The couple and their baby daughter now live in Encino, California in a 15,000 square foot home with ten bedrooms and eleven bathrooms.  At just over $14 million, it was the second highest amount ever paid for a single-family residence in Encino. 

The highest amount? That would be $20 million, which is how much Joe's brother Nick Jonas and wife Priyanka Chopra paid for their mansion.

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Rodin Eckenroth/Getty ImagesA while back, it was reported that Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel had welcomed a second child, a sibling to their five-year-old son Silas.  However, the couple themselves never confirmed the baby's existence, let alone any details like whether or not it was a boy or a girl.  Good thing we've got JT's former bandmate Lance Bass around to spill the tea.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Lance confirmed that yes, the couple did have a second child earlier this year.  What's more, Lance has seen pictures of the new arrival.

"The baby is cute of course, it's Justin and Jessica!"  Lance told ET.  As for the child's name, Lance laughed, "That's a good question…Justin would kill me!"

Based on previous reports, the baby was a boy, but we don't know for sure.  However, Lance boasted that everyone else in *NSYNC knew about little Timberlake before everyone else, and admitted that their group chat is now all about babies, including the newborn.

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Palm Tree Records/Sony MusicA bunch of new singles have dropped for your listening pleasure this New Music Friday -- including one by the voice of Groot.  Here's a roundup.

OneRepublic is out with a new song called "Wild Life," the lead track from the soundtrack of the upcoming Disney movie, Clouds.  The movie, due October 16, is inspired by a true story.  It follows a teen with a rare bone cancer who decides to use the time that he has left to follow his musical dreams.  Clouds stars Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell.

Halsey unleashes her emo side on "Forget Me Too," a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly that's on his new album, Tickets to My Downfall

Halsey writes on Instagram, "The day has finally arrived that @machinegunkelly and I have a song together. I know it may seem impossible that we haven’t already done a song together, because we have been friends since the dawn of time. Believe me. It’s crazy even to us that it took so long to do it. Just seems like it’s a meant to be type of thing. And now it is. Here. And f****ing SICK."

Sia has released "Courage to Change," the second single from her upcoming movie, Music.  The YouTube description of the song reads, "The only thing that remains constant is change. Now more than ever we need to pull together to fight for humanity, social justice, equality & so much more. It's time for real change."

"If the World Was Ending" singer JP Saxe duetted on that song with his girlfriend Julia Michaels, but now he's singing with another female artist: British singer/songwriter Maisie Peters.  Their duet, "Maybe Don't," written in London prior to lockdown, is out now.

Vin Diesel -- yes, that Vin Diesel -- has released his first single, "Feel Like I Do." It was written and produced by Petey Martin, who'd previously worked with Kygo, and it's coming out on Kygo's label.  So what does the voice of Groot sound like when he tries to sing a romantic dance track?  Listen and find out.

(Video for "Forget Me Too" contains uncensored profanity.)

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ABC/Steven DiazAlly Brooke is adding "actress" to her resume.

The singer will appear in the soccer drama High Expectations alongside Kelsey Grammer and Taylor Grey.  The movie's about a young soccer player's "journey for redemption."  Filming started last week in Atlanta, under COVID-19 safety protocols.

The movie is just the latest project from Ally: She's busy recording new music, and her first book, Finding Your Harmony, will arrive October 13.

Ally recently wrote of her book, "I have been through so much. This is the first time I am really opening up about it all...about my family, my childhood, my personal life, pursuing my music dreams with my parents at a very young age (way before 5H happened), being in fifth harmony, transitioning into a solo artist, and soooo much more."

"Honestly, it is really hard for me to be vulnerable," she added. "But this is as vulnerable and real as it gets."

Ally is the third Fifth Harmony member to land a movie role: Camila Cabello is currently filming a remake of Cinderella, while Dinah Jane appeared in the 2018 comedy The After Party.

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Liza VoloshinKaty Perry is opening up about how much her world has changed since welcoming daughter Daisy Dove almost a month ago.  The "Smile" singer on Thursday revealed how motherhood has given her a new sense of appreciation for caregivers everywhere.

"Popular misconception: being a mom isn’t a full time job," the American Idol judge tweeted Thursday, throwing in a crazy face, upside down smile and baby bottle emojis to punctuate the point.  

"When a mom finally goes back to work (whatever profession they do) it’s not like they been coming from months of 'time off...' she’s coming from a full time job... of being a mom," the Grammy nominee added, pointing out that child care is a 24-hour responsibility.

Now that she's learning the ropes and experiencing the trials and tribulations of being a full-time parent, Perry hoped she would inspire fans to not only be more thankful of their mothers, but to caregivers everywhere.  

"Call your mom and tell her you love and appreciate her," she instructed in the third tweet. "And advocate for paid family leave!"

Despite the tone of her messages, Perry testified that she isn't complaining about her new responsibilities, adding in her fourth and final tweet, "I love my job."

Several weeks ago, the singer shared a candid postpartum selfie, complete with a pumping bra, and credited "exhaustion" for her hair, makeup and bewildered expression.

Perry shares Daisy, who was born on August 26, with fiancé Orlando Bloom.

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RCA RecordsJust a day after welcoming a daughter with girlfriend Gigi HadidZayn Malik is ushering his new era of music with the release of his passionate new single "Better."

The song is full of evocative lyrics that seem to be inspired by his and Gigi's tumultuous on-again-off-again relationship.   Its message of the single is weighing what the heart wants against the consequences that come with it, and describes holding onto the love they have as "a gamble."

"Just this one time hear what I'm tryna say/ Know you might not feel quite the same way/ But I love you/ I tell you, I love you," Zayn, 27, sings in the rhythmic single.

The music video shows the former One Direction member waking up in his bed as daylight streams through glass doors, but the setup is anything but warm and welcoming. 

As the song continues and Zayn slowly gets dressed, it's revealed that he's under constant surveillance: a man is watching him through a pair of binoculars, while another is listening intently to him through a wiretap.

The new single comes a day after he and Hadid confirmed the birth of their baby girl; the couple has yet to reveal a name.

"To try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task," Zayn gushed about his "healthy & beautiful" newborn.  "The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding."

He and Hadid were first romantically linked in 2015 and after a series of very public break-ups and make-ups, reconciled in February 2020.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicWith COVID-19 disrupting the job market, Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper understand that many of their fans have fallen upon hard times.  On Thursday, the two teamed up to help as many as possible, giving away $250,000 to those in need.

The "Holy" singers took to Instagram on Thursday to encourage fans that have fallen on hard times to reach out so they can help. 

"Thanks for the love on Holy. @chancetherapper and I are partnering with Cash App to give away a total of $250k today to those affected by these hard times," Bieber announced.  "Tell us your story if you feel like sharing."

The response was overwhelming, with young fans sharing devastating stories such as becoming their family's sole caretaker, losing parents to deportations or struggling with losing their job and paying bills.  Others came forward hoping to use the money to support family members or friends that are struggling to stay afloat.

Although Bieber and Chance organized their charity -- it appeared that fans took their "Holy" music video's message to heart, which is to be kind even to strangers because you don't know their struggles.  Some of the singers' more fortunate fans began offering to help chip in some of their own money to those experiencing hardship.

Others, who didn't have the same financial means, offered words of comfort, prayers and advice instead.

Thanks for the love on Holy. @chancetherapper and I are partnering with Cash App to give away a total of $250k today to those affected by these hard times. Tell us your story if you feel like sharing. To enter drop your $cashtag & use #JBChanceHoly pic.twitter.com/zbTWGQIHYi

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 24, 2020
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ABC NewsThis week, Lady Gaga and her mom Cynthia Germanotta released Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community, which collects the stories of young people who've shared how they've overcome adversity.  But Gaga also shares her own story of adversity: a run-in with bullies back in her school days that she says taught her a valuable lesson.

The story's called "The Value of Negative Space," and, as she tells ABC News, "In this story in particular, what I extrapolated from my experience as a young woman was that...if you hear someone say something mean to someone else, and there's silence, that's...'negative space.' [And] we should fill that space with kindness."

"We should fill that space with kind words. We should fill that space with kind actions," she continues. "We can stand up for someone. We can walk over to someone and say, 'Are you OK? I heard that. Did that make you feel sad? How do you feel? Can I help you?'"

The Oscar-winning star also explains how, surprisingly, she believes being kind goes hand-in-hand with being brave.

"When someone is not being kind, you have to stand up to something that's negative and that requires bravery," she explains. "It requires a lot of humility as well. And it requires a risk -- because that person then might direct that negativity towards you, and maybe you don't want that." 

But, Gaga notes, kindness isn't just about helping others: It's about helping yourself, too.

"Kindness is not just an outward thing that we do. Being kind to yourself is actually more important, I believe, than the outward kindness," she explains. "Because you become better at the outward kindness to others when you take care of you." 

Channel Kindness is out now.

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyDemi Lovato and actor Max Ehrich have ended their relationship, just two months after announcing their engagement, Good Morning America has confirmed.

A source tells People the couple decided marriage wasn’t meant to be.

"It was a tough decision, but Demi and Max have decided to go their separate ways to focus on their respective careers," the source says. "They have respect and love for one another and will always cherish the time they spent together."

After dating since March, Max proposed to Demi on July 22 on a Malibu beach. Demi gushed over the proposal in an Instagram post, writing, "I’m honored to accept your hand in marriage. I love you more than a caption could express but I’m ecstatic to start a family and life with you."

And just earlier this month, the two celebrated their six month anniversary with romantic posts expressing their love for one another.

"Happy 6 months to my darling, the best father these pups could ever ask for. I love you BEYOND. Thank you for making my life so much better @maxehrich I love you baby," Demi, 28, wrote on her Instagram Story.

Max, 29, added, "Words fall short, baby. Love you infinitely & then some. Thank you for being the light of my life. Cheers to forever.”

Demi and Max have yet to confirm the split.

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Phil Dent/RedfernsSince many of us have been working out at home thanks to quarantine, it's always key to have good tunes on hand for max motivation.  And in a new survey, the website FitRate found that when it comes time to sweat, only certain artists will do.

The website polled more than 1,000 people who'd recently exercised and learned that pop music is the most popular genre for workouts, followed by hip hop or rap, and then classic rock. The most popular artist to work out to was Lady Gaga, followed by Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars.

But it turns out that if you want to get an intense workout, you'd be better off switching to rap, heavy metal or punk rock. Those who worked out to pop mostly did weightlifting, Pilates and squats, but heavy metal listeners were more likely run a mile in less than seven minutes.  Punk rock listeners worked out the longest -- an average of 53 minutes per session.

And when it comes to setting personal records, listening to hip hop or rap produced the best results, and the most intense workouts.

But in addition to rap or hip hop, the artists who many people named as helping them set personal records during their sessions include The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and, again, Michael Jackson.

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Courtesy Atlantic RecordsA while back, "Death Bed" singer Powfu had released a song called "Eyes Blue Like the Atlantic Part 2," a collaboration with Alec Benjamin, Italian producer Sista Prod and Rxseboy. Now there's a video to go with it.

The clip features Rxseboy floating in a pool, rapping about being cheated on by the woman he loves, followed by Powfu on a couch, rapping about how he feels about the fact that the relationship is ending.  Then, Alec, walking on the beach, brings it home by singing about how he'll eventually get over it.

As previously reported, the origin of the song is somewhat complicated.  Basically, what happened is this: A Vine artist named Ollie MN created the song's hook -- "Eyes blue like the Atlantic/And I'm going down like the Titanic" several years ago.

Sista Prod then turned that hook into a full-length song, "Eyes Blue Like the Atlantic," which became big on TikTok.  Next, Powfu, Alec Benjamin and Rxseboy got involved and recorded a whole new version, which is "Part 2."  It's since racked up more than 10 million streams worldwide.

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Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesOne of Ariana Grande's main collaborators is current working with Ari on her next album, and says the Grammy-winning singer's new music is some next-level stuff.

Speaking to Insider, Tayla Parx, who co-wrote five songs on Ariana's last album, Thank U, Next, says, "The Thank U, Next crew did get back together over quarantine -- after, like, five COVID tests, literally. We just kind of let it happen naturally, same way as the last album."

Asked for details about the new project, Tayla said, "I think she has to tell you more about [the album] herself, but I can tell you she's made, yet again, another evolution."

"We're just going to get to know her even more this time around, which I'm really excited for the world to see," Tayla added.  "I'm excited for her to tell [the public] just more about where her head was at with this project, because it truly is incredible, honestly, and I can't wait for the world to hear it."

Earlier this month, Ariana shared a snippet of music on her socials and captioned it, "brb," but that's all we've gotten from her so far.  While we wait, we've got her hit duet with Lady Gaga, "Rain on Me," to listen to, as well as her duet with Justin Bieber, "Stuck with U."

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Capitol RecordsSam Smith's made a career of singing songs about heartbreak, and their new album is no different -- except this time, you can dance to it.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Capital FM, Sam said Love Goes, which is coming out October 30, is "more cathartic" than their past releases.

"Normally, in the album before, I would speak about love, and I would really linger on the fact that I was in pain," Sam explained.  "And then this album was more like, 'I'm heartbroken, but I need to get in the studio, and I don't want to talk about it -- I just want to dance!' And then I talk about it through dancing, a little bit."

"So it is kind of a break-up album," Sam continued. "But it's more like, 'Shake them off, dance them away.'"

In a note on Instagram about the new release, Sam wrote that making the album had been "so magical and so therapeutic and FUN," adding, "I tried not to make myself too seriously when writing a few of these songs and I hope they make you smile, because they made -- and they make -- me smile."

Sam suggested fans treat each song on Love Goes "like a different flower from the garden" -- a concept which seems to have inspired their new merch line.  The new collection features hoodies, t-shirts, caps and tote bags, all embroidered with a collection of different colorful flowers.

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Selena Gomez opened up on body image insecurities she faced after her kidney transplant surgery.

Alongside a photo of herself posing in a blue bathing suit, the singer, 28, wrote about growing to love her body -- scars included.

"When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar," she captioned the Instagram photo. "I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up."

"Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through...and I’m proud of that," she continued.

The singer first revealed in September 2017 that she had undergone a kidney transplant. In an emotional post, she said the procedure was due to Lupus. She also shared that her friend, Francia Raisa, was her donor.

"She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me," Gomez wrote in a post at the time. "I am incredibly blessed."

In Gomez's post on Thursday, she also thanked her friend, Theresa Marie Mingus, who designed the suit she is wearing, for promoting a positive message with her swimwear label.

"T - Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that...all bodies are beautiful," Gomez wrote.

Selena's post was flooded with comments praising the star for showing off her scar and speaking out about body acceptance.

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hélène marie pambrunMillions of people around the world may be in some form of lockdown right now, but Harry Styles isn't one of them.  He's making like James Bond on Italy's beautiful Amalfi Coast.

TMZ captured the singer driving a vintage Alfa Romeo convertible and cruising behind the wheel of a speedboat for a new video that TMZ says is for "Fine Line," the title track of Harry's latest album.

In a couple of the shots, he's also wearing what looks like a purple-striped robe and matching purple ladies hat -- not sure where they fit in with the glamorous Italian coastal vibe.

In other Harry Styles news, you can check out Kelly Clarkson covering his hit "Adore You" during the "Kelly-oke" segment of her talk show.  She's wearing an eye patch in the video, but she's not trying out a new pirate look: Turns out her eye got infected on the set of The Voice.

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Courtesy VEVOJustin Bieber's cinematic video for "Holy" set a new record for the singer, with the most views in 24 hours of all his previous videos: 13 million. Now, he's teamed up with VEVO for VEVO Footnotes, which reveals the meaning behind the powerful clip -- as well as some fun facts -- in a series of pop-ups.

The video was directed by Colin Tilley, who first worked with Justin ten years ago on the video for "Never Let You Go."  As the pop-ups reveal, Justin told Tilley that the what the song meant to him was, "You could be having the worst day in the world but what kept me going was the love I had with my wife."

Tilley says, "That’s how the story developed. It touches on what the world is going through...it’s a crazy time. The idea of strangers helping each other can change the outcome of everything. That’s the light at the end of the tunnel we were trying to push for.”

The story line has Justin and actress Ryan Destiny playing, respectively, an oil field worker and a nursing home employee. After they lose their jobs and are evicted, a kindly soldier, played by Wilmer Valderrama, brings them home to share a meal with his family.

“Our intention was not to make your typical music video; we really wanted to push this in a narrative direction. A new era of Justin," notes Tilley, who was inspired by two indie Ryan Gosling films: 2010's Blue Valentine and 2012 The Place Beyond the Pines. 

The most fun fact? The pop-ups reveal that back in 2011, Ryan won a singing contest -- and the prize was attending the red carpet premiere of Justin's concert film Never Say Never!


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Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty ImagesMariah Carey's new memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey isn't out yet, but it delves into her first marriage to record mogul Tommy Mottola, and equates living with him with being in prison.  Now, Mottola has commented on what his ex-wife says about him.

As Mariah has said, and reviews have revealed, she called the home where she lived with Mottola "Sing Sing," after the notorious prison, and described it as bristling with security teams and cameras.  Just leaving the house for a few minutes without security, she tells Oprah in a new interview airing today on Apple TV , caused a major uproar.

Asked about the book, which is coming out in September 29, Mottola told the New York Post in a statement, "I am deeply gratified to have played that role in Mariah’s well-deserved and remarkable success, and continue to wish her and her family only the very best.”

As the Post points out, in his own 2013 memoir, Mottola said his relationship with Mariah was "absolutely wrong," and apologized for being "controlling" and "obsessive."

Mariah and Mottola married in 1993 and separated in 1997; their divorce became final in 2000.  In 2008, she married Nick Cannon; together, they share twins Monroe and Moroccan. Mariah and Nick separated in 2014, and their divorce was finalized in 2016.

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Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.comCongratulations are in order to proud parents Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, who welcomed their daughter on Wednesday.

The former One Direction member posted a tender black and white photo of his little girl wrapping her tiny hand around his fingers.  

"Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful," the "Pillowtalk" singer gushed. "To try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task."

Despite being flooded with emotion, Malik couldn't stop himself from pouring his heart out to his little one.  "The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding.Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together," he cooed.

Further details about the newborn, such as her name, have not yet been announced.

Hadid followed up with her own tribute hours later, sharing another black and white photo of her little one holding onto her father's fingers.  

"Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world. So in love," she gushed.

Hadid, 25, confirmed in April that she and Malik, 27, were expecting a baby. A few months later, the model showed off her growing belly in a series of professional photographs.

The model and her singer boyfriend were first linked in 2015. Although Malik confirmed in 2018 that they'd split, they stayed on good terms with the musician telling GQ magazine that June, “We're still really good friends, and we're still in contact."

This past January TMZ reported that they'd reconciled, and Hadid said in April that they were quarantined together amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Especially during this time it's a nice silver lining to be able to be home and together and really experience [the pregnancy] day-by-day," Hadid told Jimmy Fallon at the time.

Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful🙏🏽❤️to try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding.Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together x pic.twitter.com/nvhfOkk2fw

— zayn (@zaynmalik) September 24, 2020

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Big Machine RecordsRolling Stone has updated its iconic list of the 500 Best Albums of All Time for the first time since 2012, and some of the rankings might surprise you.

Case in point: Taylor Swift's 2012 album Red is ranked #99 on the list.  Among the albums it outranks? Undisputed classics like Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A., three Led Zeppelin albums, Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Madonna's Immaculate Collection, U2's The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, Prince's 1999, Queen's A Night at the Opera, Pink Floyd's The Wall, The Eagles' Hotel California, Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark and The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers.

The publication writes of Red, "Taylor Swift shocked the world with her fourth album, breaking away from country music to make a record that recalled classics by the Beatles and Prince in the way it pulled from across the pop and rock landscape and transformed every sound it touched."

While the list's rankings will no doubt tick off many music fans, it's all a result of voting by more than 300 artists, producers, critics and music industry figures, including members of U2, Stevie Nicks. Beyonce, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billie Eilish, and members of The Police, The Cure, Beastie Boys, KISS, The Byrds, Linkin Park, Wu-Tang Clan, Eurythmics and even Taylor herself.

By the way, the top 10 albums on the list are as follows:

10. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
9. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks
8. Prince & the Revolution, Purple Rain
7. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
6. Nirvana, Nevermind
5. The Beatles, Abbey Road
4. Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life
3. Joni Mitchell, Blue
2. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
1. Marvin Gaye, What's Goin' On

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Justin Lloyd/Newspix via Getty ImagesA member of 5 Seconds of Summer is going solo -- but he's not leaving the group.

Drummer Ashton Irwin announced on Wednesday that he'll be putting out his first solo album, called Superbloom, on October 23. The first single, "Skinny Skinny," arrives tonight at midnight.

On Instagram, Irwin wrote, "It is with a great explosion of joy and with my entire soul that I am proudly announcing to you all that I am releasing my first solo record. The album explores my inner philosophies and feelings about the walk of life I have found myself on."

"I’m ridiculously excited to share this with you," he continues, "It feels like this record has been over a decade in the making. It brings me the greatest joy of all that I am in a band that allows me to create freely inside and outside of it. I can’t wait for you to hear it."

As for "Skinny Skinny," Ashton says, "We must fight against a common darkness that shadows our ability to live truthfully, to live without self doubt, and without self destruction and love ourselves for what we are. When writing 'Skinny Skinny' I first thought of myself, and many other young peoples struggles with body image and particularly body dysmorphia."

"It’s something I’ve never confronted in a creative form," he notes. "And I am feeling strong in saying 'Skinny Skinny' goes directly to that painful place in my mind."

5SOS' most recent album, CALM, was released on March 27.

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