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Adele does first concert in hometown since 2017: “I’m so happy to be here!”

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Fans in Las Vegas may not have gotten the concerts they were promised earlier this year, but Adele kept her appointment with her hometown crowd in London Friday night at Hyde Park.

It was the first time she'd performed in London since 2017, and even then, she canceled the final two shows of her four-night run at Wembley Stadium due to vocal issues.  As Variety reports, when Adele took the stage Friday night, she started "Hello," and then stopped to exclaim, "I’m so happy to be here!”

According to Variety, Adele did just as much chatting as she did singing, sharing stories about binging Stranger Things and taking her son to see Billie Eilish, and how much she likes Britney Spears memes. She also read the signs fans held up, and congratulated them on the special occasions they were celebrating, like birthdays, anniversaries and divorces.

But of course, she also sang: the setlist included songs old and new, from "Skyfall," "Make You Feel My Love" and "Rumour Has It" to "Easy on Me," "Oh My God" and "I Drink Wine."  Of course, she sang "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You"  and "Set Fire to the Rain."

Adele even appeared to address her Las Vegas residency, which has yet to be rescheduled. "I know a lot of things have happened with this album, I know a lot of you feel let down and I’m mortified,” she said, according to to Variety. "But I take my music very seriously and I had to do that.”

According to setlist.fm, here's full list of what Adele sang Friday in London, as part of Hyde Park's British Summer Time festival:

"Hello"
"I Drink Wine"
"I'll Be Waiting"
"Rumour Has It"
"Water Under the Bridge"
"One and Only"
"Skyfall"
"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"
"Easy on Me"
"All I Ask"
"Make You Feel My Love"
"Someone Like You"
"Oh My God"
"Set Fire to the Rain"
"Hold On"
"Rolling in the Deep"
Encore:
"When We Were Young"
"Love Is a Game"

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Music notes: Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Britney Spears, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Ava Max and Harry Styles

The dresses Taylor Swift wore when performing “willow" and "Mean" at the Grammy Awards are now on display at the Grammy Museum. Billboard reports it's part of the "Women in Country" exhibit. A replica of the “willow” cabin is also on display.

Dua Lipa teamed up with Puma once more and has a new drop coming soon! She shared a teaser on Instagram of her sitting in a giant Puma purse while sticking out her new pink and silver sneakers. A release date is forthcoming.

Britney Spears' father finally addressed reports he bugged her bedroom during her conservatorship. TMZ reports he denies the accusations and said in a filing, "I never conducted or authorized any surveillance of Britney's bedroom at any time, including during the conservatorship."

We know where Joe Jonas stands on the pineapple on pizza debate. On Instagram, he took a "which pizza topping are you?" quiz and got pineapple. "AWWWW HELLLLLL NO," he wrote. Andy Grammer concurred via his Instagram Stories, writing, "Joe Jonas gets it."

Nick Jonas has scored a starring role on the buddy comedy Foreign RelationsDeadline reports he'll star opposite of Top Gun's Glen Powell.

Ava Max is counting down the days until she releases Diamonds & Dancefloors, her new album. She revealed on her Instagram Story she held an album-themed brunch on Thursday where she played her album for a select group of people. Diamonds & Dancefloors arrives October 14.

A woman's awkward Harry Styles story is going viral on TikTok. Basically she met him at an SNL after-party in 2019, but her friend upstaged her. Her friend was wearing a pink jumpsuit and told Harry she dressed up for him, to which the woman screamed that she also dressed for him. Harry was a gentleman and told the TikToker, "You also look amazing." 

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Jena Frumes claims Jason Derulo "constantly" cheated on her

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Jason Derulo's ex-girlfriend Jena Frumes, with whom he shares a child, is publicly accusing him of infidelity.  

She took to Instagram on Thursday to post a thirst trap of herself posing in a blue bikini and captioned it, "You are beautiful, you are worth it and YOU are irreplaceable. Don’t forget that."

An internet troll slid into the comment section and fired off, "Worth it in what way? You’re not married, which means your child is a b*****d and you’re playing the wh*** role."

Jena took exception to the comment and responded, "It's unfortunate my situation didn't work out because we once did aspire to be married. But maybe it's best to be single than to be in a relationship & constantly be disrespected & cheated on and lied to."

Jena then said in an Instagram Story, "Women really don't deserve to be treated and judged the way they are. No one aspires to be a single mom, it's the biggest heartbreak and failure for me personally knowing I'm alone in this when I wanted love and wanted marriage & the happy family unit."

"But if your non-negotiables are being tested you'll ever find peace in that relationship," Jena added. "I'll never be okay with sharing a lover that I love with all my heart!!! I don't receive child support all I wanted was a family to love and experience life with."

Jena said, "If the streets come first I can't change that so stop blaming the women like we chose the single mother life...  It was never about money or dating someone famous.  I was in love & we planned a baby & life together!  It didn't work out and life must go on."

Jena shares a 1-year-old son named Jason King with the "Trumpets" singer.

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The Kid LAROI's mother charged with credit card fraud

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The Kid LAROI's mother, Sloane Howard, is being investigated for credit card fraud. Authorities accuse her of using a man's credit card to obtain cosmetic services costing over 800 Australian dollars ($545).

Daily Mail reports the incident happened in 2018, when Howard somehow obtained the credit card information and spent AU$849 at a laser clinic. She turned herself in to police when LAROI's tour brought her back to Australia in late May.

Authorities also implicated a man who lived close to Howard at the time and said he used the stolen credit card to purchase over AU$9,200 in clothing, plumbing tools, digital accessories and accommodation. He has been found guilty and was sentenced to serve 18 months under a community correction order.

It is not known at the time how these two are linked.

LAROI has been open about the struggles his mother faced when he was a child, noting his parents divorced in 2007, and his mother raised him and his younger brother, Austin, in public housing. When honoring her on Mother's Day in 2020, LAROI called Howard "the strongest woman I know."

"I've seen you literally put your own life on the line to make sure I always had the best, even in the worst," he added.

Howard has pleaded not guilty to the charge, and a hearing has been set for July 11.

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Ed Sheeran helps open new music center by raffling off his guitar

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A new music center is open in Suffolk, England, thanks to Ed Sheeran's generosity.

BBC reports the "Bad Habits" singer raffled off one of his guitars, and the funds were enough to help open the SRH Music Ark at a primary school in his hometown. The guitar helped raise £52,765, which is roughly $63,000, for the charity auction.

The Grammy winner had the acoustic guitar specially designed for the fundraiser and worked with Northern Ireland instrument maker George Lowden. Ed had an equals sign etched into the piece's fretboard inlays in honor of his new album =. Ed then promised to sign the guitar for whoever won it at the raffle.

A local hospital worker named Kellie Myers took home the guitar and said her two teenage sons, 14-year-old Harry and 13-year-old Jacob are thrilled to bits -- especially since the "Shivers" singer wrote on it, "Henry + Jacob! Play this guitar!"

The center will now open at Sir Robert Hitcham's Primary School in Framlingham; the school's students are thankful for Ed's good deed. The elementary schoolers say their new center is a "beautiful place."

One youngster told BBC, "It's such a privilege to have our own music space for our school and there's many thanks for Ed Sheeran and all his team."

Head teacher Helen Picton adds the center was made in mind for each and every student. "We have a music pod that is open to all to our neurodivergent children, we have a disabled toilet so we can have disabled facilities for the children," she explained. "Music is the heart of our school and to actually have this wonderful resource here is a very emotional thing."

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Kate Bush reviews final 'Stranger Things' season 4 episodes: "They're just through the roof"

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As the takes about the second volume of Stranger Things season 4 are pouring in, we finally have the most important review: the one from Kate Bush.

The English artist, whose 1985 song "Running Up That Hill" has been a huge, resurgent hit over the past month due to its placement in the first volume of season 4, has now revealed her thoughts on the final two episodes, which premiered Friday on Netflix.

"They're just through the roof," Bush writes in a spoiler-free post on her website. "I'd only seen the scenes that directly involved the use of ['Running Up That Hill'] and so I didn't know how the story would evolve or build."

Bush adds that she was "so delighted" when Stranger Things creators, the Duffer Brothers, reached out about using "Running Up That Hill" as a "totem" for the character Max. But now that she's finished the season, she feels "deeply honored that the song was chosen to become a part of their roller coaster journey."

"I can't imagine the amount of hard work that's gone into making something on this scale," she writes. "I am in awe. They've made something really spectacular."

Since "Running Up That Hill" was first used in the Stranger Things episodes that premiered in May, the song has run up many, many charts, reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 -- a career first for Bush -- and #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles chart, where it's stayed for three straight weeks.

The song's resurgence led the normally press-shy Bush to issue several public statements and even give a rare interview.

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New Music Friday: Bazzi, J-Hope, Smash Mouth, Calvin Harris, Sean Kingston, Sabrina Carpenter and Halsey

It's Friday! Let's see who's out with new tunes...

Bazzi is back with the appropriately timed song "Miss America." He said in a statement, "It’s the first piece of music I’m putting out in years that really represents where I am in this moment... There’s an optimism in this song that encourages us to take the broken pieces of the things we once stood on and put them back together in a way that makes sense to us."

Smash Mouth also released a timely new song, "4th Of July," their first track to feature new lead singer Zach Goode. The song embodies how Americans enjoy celebrating the holiday.

J-Hope launched his solo career with "More," which'll feature on his new album, Jack in the Box. His label says "More" represents his "aspirations to break the mold and grow further." The single blends grunge and hip hop elements.

Calvin Harris teamed with 21 Savage for the song "New Money" to further hype his forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2, which arrives August 5.

Somebody call 9-1-1, Sean Kingston is back with "Rihanna (Umbrella)," which sees him blending Afrobeats with Reggae pop. He crafted the track to honor the "many people from the islands or Africa" who "have not gotten their shot." The single is the prelude of his forthcoming album, Road to Deliverance, due out later this year.

Sabrina Carpenter says of her new song "Vicious," "This song is really narrative and personal. It's as if I’m having a conversation. We’ve all had experiences with people we love so deeply who turn out to be different than we thought they were."

Halsey dropped "So Good (Stripped)," an acoustic version of her all new single that lets fans fully appreciate her powerful vocals.






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Complete 'Stranger Things' Season 4 soundtrack released today; features James Taylor, Journey and more

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The complete soundtrack album for the hit Netflix series Stranger Things' fourth season was released today via digital formats.

The expanded collection combines the 16 songs from the previously issued first volume of the soundtrack with six additional tracks that appear in the show's two-part season finale, which premiered today.

In addition to Kate Bush's 1985 hit "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)," which went viral thanks to this new season, there is also an extended remix of Journey's "Separate Ways" that was created by former Journey frontman Steve Perry. This "Separate Ways" remix is different from the one heard in the soundtrack's first installment. Perry said he became inspired to collaborate on a new remix when he heard the original in the first trailer for Stranger Things' fourth season.

"I was stunned at how cool it was," Perry notes. "One week later, I had an idea for an extended version, so I called Bryce [Miller] and we assembled our Extended Remix. Being a huge fan of the show, having my music on the soundtrack made me very happy! I truly love both these remixed versions."

The updated soundtrack also features James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," The Beach Boys' "California Dreamin'," Extreme's "Play With Me," The Surfaris' "Wipeout," Musical Youth's "Pass The Dutchie" and "When It's Cold I'd Like To Die" by Moby.

Physical versions of the complete Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 album will be released later this year, with CD and cassette editions due out on September 9 and a two-LP vinyl version arriving on November 4.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix) -- Journey with Steve Perry
"California Dreamin'" -- The Beach Boys
"Psycho Killer" -- Talking Heads
"Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" -- Kate Bush
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" -- Dead or Alive
"Chica Mejicanita" -- Mae Arnette
"Play with Me" -- Extreme
"Detroit Rock City" (Single Version) -- KISS
"I Was a Teenage Werewolf" -- The Cramps
"Pass the Dutchie" -- Musical Youth
"Wipe Out" -- The Surfaris
"Object of My Desire" (Single Version) -- Starpoint
"Rock Me Amadeus (The Gold Mix)" -- Falco
"Travelin' Man" -- Ricky Nelson
"Tarzan Boy" -- Baltimora
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" -- Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" (Single Version) -- Rick Derringer
"Fire and Rain" -- James Taylor
"Spellbound" -- Siouxsie and the Banshees
"Master of Puppets -- Metallica
"When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" -- Moby (featuring Mimi Goese)
"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (Steve Perry & Bryce Miller Extended Remix) -- Journey with Steve Perry

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Kesha says new reality series is "a partner piece" to her upcoming new album

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Kesha is getting ready to release brand new music and says her all-new paranormal series Conjuring Kesha is "a partner piece."

Speaking with Yahoo! News, the Grammy nominee teased, "Conjuring Kesha is a partner piece; with the new music, they really go together."

She urges fans interested in hearing her new work to watch her new Discovery+ series because, as she explained, "You'll understand how the [forthcoming Kesha album] was informed."

"The new record, I'm not going to give away too much as it's not done, but there is definitely an existential, spiritual side of this record. And I'll say it: I've never been more excited to put out this TV show and this record," she raved. "These are my two favorite things I've ever done in my entire career."

Speaking of her new series, the "Praying" singer said she did come across several unexplainable and downright terrifying instances.

One episode takes her to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which she said was a "gnarly" time and, looking back, was probably the scariest episode of the season.

"This place had [conducted] over 10,000 lobotomies in this one building," Kesha explained of the torture that went on behind the asylum's walls. "Like, if you watched the episode, things happen that are truly unexplainable. We're talking demons. Things happened in front of my eyes that I cannot explain -- and I'm an executive producer on the show!"

She said of that particular episode, "Some crazy s**t happened. I think that was probably the most insane episode of the entire season."

Conjuring Kesha premieres July 8 on Discovery+. Not much is known about Kesha's new album at this time.

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Michael Jackson biopic confirmed to be in the works, says nephew TJ Jackson

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TJ Jackson has some news for Michael Jackson fans -- his uncle is next in getting the biopic treatment.

Daily Mirror caught up with TJ, the son of Tito Jackson, and he said a Michael Jackson movie is "going to happen." If TJ could have any input, he would hope the biopic focuses solely on his uncle's musical accomplishments and steers clear of the allegations that have tarnished his reputation.

After Michael's death, HBO released a documentary titled Leaving Neverland, which looked into those unsavory accusations. The documentary caused radio stations to temporarily remove Michael's music from rotation. 

"Now that he’s no longer with us, there couldn’t be an easier target. Everyone knows who Michael Jackson is. So it’s an easy story to sell. But I truly believe truth always wins out," TJ offered.

"The importance my family had in Black culture first, Black people, and allowing people of all nationalities to idolise a Black family or Black figures is something I think gets lost," he continued. "To become, you know, sex symbols for our huge band and number one in the early 70s as Black kids is an incredible accomplishment. That story needs to be amplified in my opinion. So I think there will be a Jackson story, a biopic."

TJ added, "But I am just proud my family has done what they have done and they are the people they are and I feel incredibly blessed to have that last name, Jackson."

Deadline previously reported Graham King, producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, obtained the rights from Jackson's estate to make a movie about the late King of Pop, including -- most importantly -- the rights to all of his music.

Lionsgate acquired the upcoming biopic in February, but a release date has yet to be announced.

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Pink declares hateful messages directed at her and her kids don't "move my needle"

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Pink had one defiant message to her haters -- stop wasting your breath.

Taking to her Instagram Story on Thursday, the "What About Us" hitmaker hoped to shake some common sense into her critics by letting them know they're wasting their time trying to bring her down.

"Upon my deathbed - if I am asked these questions: 'Did you work hard? Make the world a better place ? Did you fight for equality at all costs?  Did you stay true to yourself?  Did you help strangers?  OR Did you choose your career and take the safe ground and keep your mouth shut for profit and safety?' I won't even have to answer," Pink wrote. 

She said she would "be smiling [and] completely at peace" with all her life's choices.

"And even you telling me I'm irrelevant and that my kids are ugly doesn't move my needle," the Grammy winner closed. "May your god forgive You.  I'm right with mine."

Pink has spoken openly against the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion. The singer took to Twitter shortly after the decision was released and told fans, "Let’s be clear: if you believe the government belongs in a woman’s uterus, a gay persons business or marriage, or that racism is okay- THEN PLEASE IN THE NAME OF YOUR LORD NEVER F***KING LISTEN TO MY MUSIC AGAIN. AND ALSO F**K RIGHT OFF. We good?"

Pink's activism was recently recognized by the Songwriters of North America, who will present her a SONA Warrior Award later this month. She will be celebrated not only for her activism but also for her philanthropy, advocacy and musical accomplishments.

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Billie Eilish, Finneas, Paul McCartney and others added to NBC's 'Ukraine: Answering the Call'

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Billie Eilish, Finneas, Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow have been added to the star-packed lineup of NBC’s upcoming special Ukraine: Answering the Call, according to Billboard.

The new additions join previously announced celebrities José Andrés, Jon Batiste, Kristen Bell, Brandi Carlile, Brian Cox, Jeff Daniels, Vera Farmiga, Lena Headey, Alicia Keys, Simu Liu, Julianne Moore, Brad Paisley, Rosie Perez and more.

The hour-long primetime special, per the network, "is aimed at educating, raising funds for those whose lives have been shattered by the crisis, and spreading awareness through the power of entertainment – an answer to the call from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who has challenged Americans to use their voices to reach those who want peace."

Zelenskyy will address Americans during the special.  NBC News will also share reports on the stories of real people all around the world who are impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Answering the Call airs Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Ariana Grande announces her Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund reached donation goal

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Ariana Grande closed out the final day of Pride Month on a high note -- her Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund reached its fundraising goal!

The initiative, which launched in March, crossed the finish line thanks to a large donation from film directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski.  The Matrix creators donated $323,976 on Thursday, thus allowing the campaign to reach its $1.5 million fundraising goal.

The "Positions" singer shared the good news on her Instagram Story and announced, "We are fully funded!"  Ariana will make good on her promise to match with her own $1.5 million donation, boosting the amount raised to $3 million.

"Thank you to everyone who helped us reach & exceed our goal," she continued. "With the match, this means $3+ million will be going to 18 organizations fighting for the rights of trans youth."

Among the programs her initiative will fund are Gendernexus, House of Tulip, Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, JASMYN and organizations centered in Florida, Iowa, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas that have put forth anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who donated with me, shared & supported," she closed the celebratory announcement. 

Ariana unveiled the fund on March 31, which is International Transgender Day of Visibility, and said the program will "support organizations providing direct services and advocating for the rights of trans youth."

The Grammy winner noted at the time, "Right now there are hundreds of disgraceful bills pending in state legislature[s] that target trans youth and aim to curb their rights. This will provide critical funds to organizations advocating for the rights of trans youth."

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15 years on, Sara Bareilles still loves 'Little Voice': "There's something really honest about it"

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Fifteen years ago this Sunday, the world first heard Sara Bareilles' Little Voice. Her major label debut was released on July 3, 2007, and while the Grammy-nominated singer says there was a time when she wasn't too crazy about it, she now loves it and feels like "there's something really honest about that record."

"I went through a long period of time where I actually didn't love it and I felt, like, very critical," Sara tells ABC Audio. "But I've sort of grown into the perspective of, like ... they feel like snapshots. Albums are snapshots of a place in time."

"I hear the youth in my voice," she continues. "I hear things I was trying ... inflection I was sort of putting on, and I don't sing exactly the same way anymore. But I actually love it!"

"It was a really sweet season in my life," Sarah recalls. "It was a really hard record to make. I cared about it so deeply, and so that's what I hear when I hear the record. And I still think Eric Ross, who worked with me as a producer, did such a beautiful job."

"The songs really came to life, and there's something really honest about that record," she concludes.

Little Voice features the fan favorite "Gravity," as well as Sara's biggest hit, "Love Song," which earned two Grammy nominations. The album debuted at #45 on the Billboard album chart, but kept on climbing until finally, in March 2008, it peaked at #7. It's since been certified Platinum.

In 2020, Little Voice inspired an Apple TV+ show of the same name, for which Sara wrote original songs, co-wrote episodes and also executive produced.

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Music notes: Lil Nas X, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Halsey, Adele and more

Lil Nas X shared a hilarious behind-the-scenes video of how he filmed "Late To Da Party." The video shows Lil Nas X fawning over how handsome he is, joking how smart he looks while wearing glasses. The video includes its fair share of bad editing and shows how they filmed the bizarre music video into the early morning hours.

Britney Spears raved about some beaded toilet paper earrings on Instagram and now the designer is singing Britney's praises. Licia Young, who sells those earrings for $44 a pop, told Page Six she received a massive spike in sales. "I've received enough publicity to make it worth making them," she raved.

Justin Bieber attended church for the first time since being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralyzed a part of his face. Page Six reports he and wife Hailey Bieber were spotted attending Wednesday night service. Hope he feels better soon! 

Halsey teamed with Coca-Cola for a new music video for their song "So Good," which you can watch by scanning a Coke bottle. Halsey announced on Instagram that they "concepted and created" the new clip with the beverage giant, which shows them painting away while enjoying a soda. 

Adele teased her Friday night all-female concert at Hyde park. "Who’s ready for tomorrow!?" she asked on Instagram, and shared a series of snaps of her wearing no makeup and sitting cross-legged on a chair while belting out a song. 

See the dress Olivia Rodrigo wore to the Grammy Awards at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Billboard reports it updated their "On the Red Carpet" display and now includes Olivia's red carpet dress, as well as Silk Sonic's suits and Billie Eilish's outfit!

Get ready, DNCE drops their new song "Got Me Good" on July 8!

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