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Beth Garrabrant

It's a good day in the land of Taylor Swift

In response to fans' urgent inquires about her cat Meredith, the superstar put their minds at ease by informing them that the feline is not missing -- she's just shy. 

Taylor posted an Instagram video on Friday talking to her other cat, Benjamin Button, addressing the rumors that Meredith was missing. "The truth is, Meredith just hates having her picture taken," the singer writes, sharing a series of humorous snaps of a displeased Meredith.

"She's just a really private little cat. She likes her business kept to herself, she doesn't like a camera shoved in her face, and who can blame her," Taylor went on. "So there's your update on Meredith."

Taylor ends the video by asking her pet, "do you have any comment on the recent allegations that you're a missing cat?" as the feline runs for cover.

The former country hitmaker also revealed that Fearless (Taylor's Version) is not only the top album release so far this year, it also had the biggest opening week for a country album in the last six years. She thanked her fans for their support. 

"WELL WELL WELL you all really went out and left my greatest expectations in shambles this week," Taylor shares. "Honestly??? How?? Did I get this lucky????"

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Selena Gomez has some new ink. 

Celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang shared a quick clip on Instagram of the "Lose You to Love Me" singer's new tattoo of a small cross on her collarbone, with Selena smiling as she pulls down her mask and shows off the ink.

"We [heart] @selenagomez," the tattoo shop's NYC location writes in the caption. 

Selena also tasked Bang Bang with inking the title of her latest album, Rare, on her neck below her ear after the album's release last year. In addition to Selena, Bang Bang has tattooed Rihanna, Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber and many others. 

As previously reported, Selena is lending her support to the COVID-19 vaccination effort by serving as host of Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, "celebrating the hope that COVID-19 vaccines are offering families and communities around the world." Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Eddie Vedder and J Balvin are among the performers. The event airs on May 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and other outlets.

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Is Harry Styles going under the sea? Well, he's certainly going viral!

Fans got a humorous treat this week when photos of the "Watermelon Sugar" hit maker surfaced dressed in an Ariel costume from The Little Mermaid. Straight from the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, Harry can be seen donning a red wig, seashell bra and aquamarine mermaid's tale while striking a dramatic pose on a pink velvet chair. 

To top it off, he has a cigarette in one hand and raises a glass of champagne in another. 

According to Newsweekthe images are from a photoshoot the Grammy winner did when he served as host and musician guest on Saturday Night Live in 2019. 

This isn't the first time he's had a mermaid connection. In 2014, when asked why he got a mermaid tattoo, Harry responded, "I am a mermaid." Additionally, Harry was offered the role of Prince Eric in the upcoming live action remake of The Little Mermaid, with Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle set to play the title role. However, he turned it down to focus on music.

After these latest photos surfaced though, one fan had another theory: "harry turned down the role of prince eric because he wanted to be ariel. it’s a fact."

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Bebe Rexha is making Better Mistakes with her new album. 

The superstar has announced that her sophomore effort will drop on May 7, featuring collaborations with Ty Dolla $ignBlink-182 drummer Travis BarkerLil Uzi Vert and more. 

The album announcement comes with the arrival of "Sabotage," a ballad in which Bebe admits to being her own worst enemy and "the queen of burning bridges." 

"Why do I sabotage everything I love?/It's always beautiful until I mess it up/Why do I sabotage everything I love?/The walls are closin' in because I built them up," she sings. 

“‘Sabotage’ is one of the most vulnerable songs on my new album, Better Mistakes. It’s just as beautiful as it is painfully honest," says Bebe. "I admit to getting in my own way when things are going well.  I know I am not alone in experiencing self-sabotage during life’s most precious moments, and this ballad is an acknowledgment that sometimes we are our own worst enemy."

Better Mistakes follows the hitmaker's 2018 debut, Expectations, which featured her smash hit "Meant to Be," featuring country duo Florida Georgia Line, that landed at the top of the pop and country charts and earned a Grammy nomination in 2019. 

Bebe introduced Better Mistakes with the lead single "Baby, I'm Jealous," featuring Doja Cat, followed by "Sacrifice."

Here's the Better Mistakes track list:

1. "Break My Heart Myself" (Feat. Travis Barker)
2. "Sabotage"
3. "Trust Fall"
4. "Better Mistakes"
5. "Sacrifice"
6. "My Dear Love" (Feat. Ty Dolla $Ign & Trevor Daniel)
7. "Die foraA Man" (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
8. "Baby, I’m Jealous" (Feat. Doja Cat)
9. "On the Go" (Feat. Pink Sweat$ & Lunay)
10. "Death Row"
11. "Empty"
12. "Amore" (Feat. Rick Ross)
13. "Mama" 

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And baby makes three!  Three-time Grammy nominee J Balvin confirmed Thursday that he is adding a new member to his growing family.

The "Mi Gente" artist's girlfriend, Valentina Ferrer, shared the good news on Thursday by releasing her spread for Vogue México.  The black and white photo shows Ferrer, 27, displaying her growing stomach as Balvin, 35, wraps his arms around her, placing his hands on her belly.

"Se va agrandando la familia," the Argentinian actress wrote, which means "The family is growing," and closed off the sweet caption with a pink beating heart emoji.

Balvin also took to his own Instagram stories to praise the love of his life, sharing the post and gushing in Spanish, "You will be a great mother."

Ferrer described the rush of emotions she's been experiencing since becoming pregnant in the magazine interview, telling Vogue México, "I did three [pregnancy] tests in a row because I couldn't believe it."

Ferrer also revealed that she and Balvin are expecting a boy, saying in the interview, "What surprised me the most was when he started kicking."

She also disclosed how her boyfriend reacted to the wonderful news.

"He froze. I was happy, but it was like a call from Zoom that does not work when the WiFi crashes. That's how it stayed, dangling," the former Miss Argentina laughed.  "I told him in person, but that's how it remained."

Neither Ferrer nor Balvin have revealed a due date.

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Word of the wise: When Louis Tomlinson calls you, you better pick up or face the consequences.

The British singer took exception when his old One Direction bandmate, Liam Payne, was not answering his calls and, as punishment, put him on blast on social media.

On Thursday, Liam took to his Instagram stories to show off his new haircut and painting of the late Prince Philip around the same time Louis was trying to get him to pick up the phone.

After awhile, Louis decided to troll the "Strip That Down" singer by ratting him out to his 35 million Twitter followers.

"I see you on Instagram lad @LiamPayne , answer your phone," Tomlinson tweeted, capping off his call out post with five exclamation points.

The 29-year-old singer made it known he was keeping tabs on Liam and followed up in another tweet, "Boss drawing and that but get your priorities straight."

Louis' two callout posts inspired his fans to also pester the "For You" crooner and, eventually, several versions of "answer your phone" started to trend on Twitter.

The pressure campaign worked because, about an hour later, Louis reported that he had "just spoke to him."

The British singer did not disclose what was so important about his phone call.  Meanwhile, Liam has yet to mention being bombarded by his friend's frenzied fans about his frustrating phone habits.

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April 16 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Janet Jackson’s blockbuster seventh studio album, All for You.  In honor of the milestone, here are five fascinating facts about the album.

5. Janet made All for You after divorcing René Elizondo Jr., whom she’d secretly married in 1991. He's the guy whose hands were covering her breasts on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1993.  Despite the split, her producer, Jimmy Jam, said Janet was optimistic about the future, which is why the album was carefree, fun and upbeat.

4. Janet said All for You is “a suite of songs that helped me move from one emotional level to another.” She added, “I feel free, and there’s nothing more wonderful than freedom.”  As MTV noted, the album's two themes were "the liberation that comes with ending a bad relationship, and sex."

3. All for You debuted at number one with the biggest opening sales week of Janet’s career, selling more than 605,000 copies. It’s since sold more than seven million worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums of the decade.

2. All for You spun off the number-one title track, and the follow-up hits “Someone to Call My Lover” and “Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think this Song Is About You)."  The latter is based around a sample of Carly Simon's 1972 hit "You're So Vain," and Simon added a new spoken-word part to it. A remix added Missy Elliott.

1. The song “All for You,” spent seven weeks at #1, making it Janet's most successful single since 1993's "That's the Way Love Goes." It also made radio airplay history and won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.  To date, it's Janet's most recent Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.

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Katy Perry did not mince words when expressing her true feelings about social media.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, via an account that boasts nearly 110 million followers, the 36-year-old singer unexpectedly launched into a rant about online culture.

"Social media is trash," she tweeted out on Thursday, but provided no context behind her opinion.

Instead, she intensified her rant using a follow up tweet, where she likened social media to "the decline of human civilization" and ended her remark with the hashtag "#isaidwhatisaid."

This isn't the first time the "Smile" singer has spoken out about her grief with social media.  In 2018, she expressed concern that people are spending too much time obsessing over how they appear online.

Speaking to Refinery29, Katy explained at the time, "A lot of us are living for that picture, and then the currency is the like. It’s hard because I’d rather not care about that and just live my life."

"We buy clothing and products or pose a certain way or go to an event to get a picture — it’s not good for us as a society," she continued. "I think it’s actually the decline of civilization if we’re going extreme about it.  We have to find a balance, and I’m trying to find my own personal balance with it because I’m just as much a victim as everybody else."

While the Grammy nominee has not disclosed what prompted her to take another swipe at social media, she did close out her fiery string of tweets by telling fans she loves them.

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In her music video for “Dancing with the Devil,” Demi Lovato reenacts the night of her near-fatal overdose in 2018. Now, in a new edition of Vevo Footnotes, we see what went into that process.

We learn the video took two days to shoot but six months to prepare. Careful thought went into every detail.

“There are no accidents in this video,” says director Michael D. Ratner, who also directed Demi's YouTube documentary of the same name. “From where people are facing to what they bring into frame, or where they are in frame, everything is thought through and has meaning. Demi has 23 tattoos and there are 23 Easter eggs in the video.”

Not only did Demi recreate her hair color and outfit from that night, but some of her family members and friends are also represented in the video.

“When recreating the night before my overdose some of the actors are wearing clothing to match some of my friends who were there, including Dani Vitale’s white tank top, which is seen in the documentary’s archival footage,” Demi reveals. “In the scene where I’m surrounded by family in the hospital, one of the actresses has hair the same color as my sister, Dallas, in 2018.”

According to Footnotes, the bedroom scene was the toughest for Demi to shoot and the team made sure to rehearse so she didn’t have to do multiple takes. She also had her case manager on set to ensure it was a safe space.

In the end, we see Demi’s real “survivor” tattoo, which she got to cover the scar from where her dialysis port was inserted when she was being treated in the hospital.

 

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Lil Nas X's latest video, for his number-one hit "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," has been wildly controversial, what with its scenes of Nas traveling to Hell and giving Satan himself a lap dance before killing the Prince of Darkness and taking his throne.  But the artist continues to poke fun at the outrage -- this time with his new line of merch.

X is now selling t-shirts with the slogan "I [Heart] Jesus" in big letters. Underneath that, in slightly smaller letters, it adds: "And that one part in the 'Montero' music video by Lil Nas X when he gets nasty with the Devil because it was a cool form of self-expression and art."

Another t-shirt design says, "I watched the 'Montero' video by Lil Nas X and all I got was this lousy shirt and now I'm also gay and love Satan."

The shirts will set you back $33 each.

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Ingrid Michaelson and Zayn have released the music video for their duet, “To Begin Again.”

The visual showcases New York City and how people are finding hope and joy even in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I wanted to create a love letter to my city,” Ingrid writes on social media. “To celebrate the hope that is slowly coming back to the wonderful, resilient people of NY and the world. And to remind people that we're stronger when we work together, fight for each other and love one another.”

In addition to scenes from different neighborhoods around the city, we see Ingrid at her piano at home and Zayn in the studio working on a song.

Ingrid previously said she wrote the song in November after Joe Biden won the presidential election. She decided to make it a duet after hearing Zayn was a fan of hers.

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In another installment of "This will make you feel old," today Gwen Stefani is marking the 25th anniversary of one of her biggest hits ever: "Don't Speak," by her band No Doubt.

Tweeting a snippet of the video, Gwen wrote, "25 years and 815 million views on youtube later...thank u for listening and re-listening to my music all these years! happy anniversary #dontspeak!"  She added the hashtags #skaforever, #nodoubt and #myhomies.

"Don't Speak" was written by Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric.  It started out as a love song, but after Gwen's boyfriend, No Doubt bass player Tony Kanal, ended their seven-year relationship, she turned it into a breakup song.

Gwen also shared a vintage video of the group discussing how they turned the song's iconic video into a story about the band breaking up.  As drummer Adrian Young explains that Gwen wrote the song about her "relationship," Tony tries to look casual and uninterested.

When "Don't Speak" was released, it was a huge success on radio, but because it wasn't commercially available as a single, it wasn't allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 -- that was the rule back then.  However, it did reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, racking up a then-record 16 weeks in the top spot.

Interestingly, "Don't Speak" was kept out of the number-one spot on Billboard's Alternative Airplay by the song "Swallowed," by the band Bush. Of course, in 2002, Gwen married Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.  They divorced in 2016.

"Don't Speak" ultimately became the most-played song on American radio in 1996, earned two Grammy nominations, and won the Best Group Video award at the 1997 MTV VMAs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Julia Michaels' new album is called Not In Chronological Order because when it comes to the songs on it, it literally isn't. 

As she tells Euphoria magazine, "I’ve got heartbreak mixed in in the album when I haven’t been heartbroken in two years. I’ve got insecurities at the bottom and I’ve got love at the top and heartbreak in the middle and that’s just not how it is right now, but that’s how it’s been in the past.”

The reason Julia hasn't been heartbroken in two years is her boyfriend and duet partner, JP Saxe.  After co-writing the Grammy-nominated hit "If the World Was Ending," they collaborated on two songs for the new album: "All Your Exes" and "Little Did I Know." But JP was also the inspiration behind many of Julia's other new songs, especially one called "Orange Magic."

“It’s basically just a really funny way of saying that JP is a very magical creature,” she says of that track. “I sound so gross and obsessed, but I totally am.”

“I’m just excited to talk about [him]. I’m excited to talk about love. I’m excited to just be in every single moment that I possibly can," Julia explains.

Ahead of Not In Chronological Order's April 30 release date, Julia's just shared another new track from the project: "Love Is Weird." It's now available on all platforms.

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In every video and at every public appearance The Weeknd made for his hit album After Hours, he wore the same thing: a red suit jacket, black gloves, black shirt, black tie and, occasionally, large sunglasses.  But now it appears as though he's officially saying goodbye to that look, and that era.

Earlier this week, the Canadian star was named Songwriter of the Year by the performing rights organization ASCAP. On Thursday, he posted a photo on Instagram of his framed ASCAP award.  Right below, encased in a very large frame, were the red jacket, shirt, tie, gloves and sunglasses, seemingly signifying that he's been there, done that.

Fans reacted in the same way, writing in the comments, "Rip red suit character," "This was an amazing era, farewell after hours," "the red suit retired," and more.

However, The Weeknd still has his world tour to come in 2022 -- so he might resurrect the character while singing his After Hours hits like "Blinding Lights." After all, he presumably still has the sparkly Givenchy version of the jacket he wore at the Super Bowl hanging in his closet.  He also didn't frame those bandages he was constantly wearing on his face and head during the era, so they might return as well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On TikTok, Maroon 5's Adam Levine is asking fans to share their own "Beautiful Mistakes" -- named after the title of the band's latest hit -- so he can check them out and feature them on his own page.  To kick things off, he shared his own beautiful, yet stomach-churning, mistake.

"When we did the video for 'Beautiful Mistakes,' Randy's Donuts made all these custom donuts for us, and they were so delicious and I had to take a bite of one during every take," Adam explains in a TikTok video.

In the video, Adam rides a vintage convertible through the skies over L.A.  When he passes Randy's Donuts, an L.A. landmark, the skies magically fill with donuts, and you can see Adam grabbing one and eating it.

"I took so many bites -- and we have footage, actually -- I had about, probably, collectively, about 15 donuts at the end of the day," Adam continues. "And it was really bad...In ways I will not tell you, but you can imagine."

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