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Music notes: BTS, Justin Bieber, The Kid LAROI, Dua Lipa, Adele and Stephen Sanchez

BTS' Suga teased his new talk show Suchwita. A teaser trailer features Suga hanging out with bandmate RM and declaring, "Suchwita… time to drink with Suga." It appears the show is about Suga inviting friends to share drinks and chat. The show premieres December 5 at 10 p.m. Korean time.

Speaking of BTS, the group celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Love Myself campaign, which launched in 2017 with UNICEF. Billboard reports the charity aims to help children and teens who were exposed to violence, providing tools so they may have a better life. The campaign has raised over $3.4 million, and the #BTSLoveMyself hashtag has been used over 15 million times.

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" was Apple Music's biggest song of 2022. Other songs making this year's top 10 were Harry Styles' "As It Was," Adele's "Easy on Me," Glass Animals' "Heat Waves," Jack Harlow's "First Class," GAYLE's "abcdefu" and "Cold Heart" by Elton John and Dua Lipa.

Speaking of Dua, more than 200,000 fans attended her final Future Nostalgia tour concert in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, reports Pop Base. The free concert coincided with Albania's 110th anniversary of independence and Dua being granted Albanian citizenship.

Adele isn't a fan of filters. Entertainment Tonight shared a fan's video of Adele reacting to her digitally enhanced features. "Oh my god, what have you done to my face?" Adele remarked. "Whoa girl, get that filter off my face. That's so weird!... Why do you use filters like that? We don't look like that, darling."

TikTok star Stephen Sanchez announced his 2023 headlining tour, which kicks off February 3 in Dallas. Tickets for the 27-date tour go on sale Friday, December 2, at 10 a.m. local venue time on his official website, which also maps out the tour's complete schedule. 

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Music streams hit 1 trillion for the first time ever, Harry Styles claims most-streamed song of 2022

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Harry Styles' "As It Was" is the most-streamed song of 2022, according to music tracker Luminate.

In a Tuesday press release, the music sales data giant crowned this year's most-streamed hits and noted that 2022 marked a historic first in the music streaming industry.  For the first time ever, total U.S. music audio streams reached 1 trillion in a single year. 

To illustrate just how massive that is -- if those trillion songs were played back to back in a playlist-like style, it would take 960,000 years to listen to each and every one.

To celebrate this historic first, Luminate crunched the data to see what other major music feats were made in 2022.

As for the songs that Americans listened to most, Harry's "As It Was" leads the pack with 558 million total streams this year. Glass Animals' "Heat Waves" was the second-most listened to song, with an impressive 493 million digital spins.

In other charts, Taylor Swift's Midnights made waves on streaming platforms when it was first released because, between October 21 and October 27, its songs accounted for one out of every 42 streams in the country. 

Also, thanks to Stranger Things, Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" surged 20,995 percent during the week of May 27. 

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Mariah Carey invites fans to her NYC penthouse for the holidays

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Mariah Carey wants you to be home for Christmas – her home to be exact.

The singer, in partnership with Booking.com, is opening up her New York City penthouse apartment to two lucky guests for a special holiday experience. Not only that, but she’s planned out a full weekend itinerary of fun holiday activities – including a shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue, an ice skating experience in front of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and tickets to her "Merry Christmas to All" concert at Madison Square Garden.

While guests won’t actually get to sleep over at Mariah’s place, they’ll get to enjoy cocktails and a Christmas card photoshoot in the penthouse. They’ll be treated to a three-night stay at The Plaza.

“Christmas in New York is an experience of a lifetime, so I partnered with Booking.com to create a special holiday-themed travel experience in my hometown during the most wonderful time of the year,” Mariah explains in a statement. “For one time only, I’m giving two fans the opportunity to have an unforgettable and magical extravaganza! I hope the bookers will enjoy the chance to see my concert at Madison Square Garden, visit the Top of the Rock, eat at my favorite restaurants, and stay at a luxurious NYC hotel.”

Mariah’s Ultimate Holiday Experience will be available to book on a first-come, first-served basis on Booking.com, starting December 14 at 5 p.m. ET. The trip will take place from December 16 to December 19 and is priced at $20.19 in honor of 2019, the year “All I Want for Christmas Is You” first reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Senators demand FTC crack down on illegal bots following Taylor Swift ticketing fiasco

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More senators are seeking answers in the Taylor Swift ticketing fiasco. Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn called upon the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

Variety reports the two senators serve on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security. Both raised concern over Ticketmaster's claim that a "staggering number of bot attacks" was partially to blame for the disastrous Eras Tour presale. 

Blackburn and Blumenthal co-sponsored the 2016 Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act, which was designed to combat illegal bots that snatch up swaths of concert tickets before fans can get their hands on them. It also granted the FTC authority to investigate violations.

Both Blackburn and Blumenthal asked the FTC what it is doing to enforce the law and cited other tours where bots snatched up tickets and caused ultra-inflated prices. The letter cited incidents with Adele and Bruce Springsteen's shows, where secondary ticket sales went as high as $40,000.

The letter also showed concern that the BOTS Act has only been enforced once -- in January 2021. The letter asks if there are any "obstacles preventing the FTC from exercising its authority under the BOTS Act" and if Congress should take additional measures to give the law more teeth.

This is the latest development stemming from the disastrous rollout of Taylor's ticket presale. Last week, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee announced a hearing to look into the alleged monopoly critics say Ticketmaster has on the ticketing industry. A date for the hearing and potential witnesses have not yet been announced.

In addition, it was previously reported the Justice Department's antitrust division is investigating Live Nation -- the parent company of Ticketmaster -- for potential abuse of power.

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Sam Smith's intimate Royal Albert Hall performance now available on Apple Music

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The intimate performance Sam Smith held at Royal Albert Hall is finally available to stream on Apple Music.

"I definitely wanted this to be different to my other shows," Sam told Apple Music ahead of the release. "I come from a theatre background and really missed that feeling on my last tour. It takes a village of talent to put on my shows, and it’s important for me now to showcase and celebrate the artists around me."

Sam curated a special list of songs to perform during the show, including a mix of old hits and songs from the forthcoming Gloria album, which arrives in January. "With this show it was about adding a little Gloria to all my songs... I always want to change all the songs a little to fit the mood and the tones of whatever project I’m currently releasing. But I am also passionate about playing the songs the way people love them," they explained.

The show is part of the From Apple Music With Love series, which releases gifts every day at 8 a.m. PT to help music lovers start their countdown to the holidays. Fans can start streaming Sam's performance from Royal Albert Hall now.

Sam held two shows at the venue on October 21 and October 22, marking a musical comeback for the singer.

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Authorities recover stolen diamonds loaned out for fake Justin Timberlake music video

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Police recovered two diamonds that had been stolen by a man posing as an executive working for Justin Timberlake, reports the Miami Herald.

Con artist James Sabatino reportedly duped jeweler Forevermark in 2017. He reportedly passed himself off as a Universal Music executive and claimed he needed jewelry for a music video featuring Justin and his wife, Jessica Biel, which would be filmed in Miami Beach.

Forevermark fell for the ruse and loaned out nine pieces, including an 8.55-carat diamond that was worth $580,000 and a 7.29-carat oval cut diamond, valued at $326,000. They filed a report with Miami police days later.

The diamonds' whereabouts remained unknown until they were acquired by the Gemological Institute of America in June. The institute works to verify gem quality and suspected they were stolen by Sabatino.

The organization notified the FBI, and they confirmed they were a match. 

As for the 46-year-old Sabatino, he was already behind bars when he first contacted Forevermark. 

Between 2014 and 2017, the con artist carried out his scheme behind bars and bilked roughly $10 million in goods from other luxury brands by impersonating music executives and requesting items for music videos. 

He reportedly used smuggled cell phones to communicate with the brands via email, where he'd direct his victims to send their goods to locations such as luxury hotels. A colleague of his would then sign for the delivery and try to sell the objects for a profit.

Sabatino was sentenced to spend 20 years in prison for fraud in 2017.

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Imagine Dragons, Anderson .Paak and more to headline Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest

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Although the NFL season is just getting started, party plans for the Super Bowl are already in full swing. Organizers of the 2023 Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest unveiled its headlining acts: Imagine DragonsAnderson .PaakDave Matthews Band and more.

The three-day festival, which is also entering its fourth year, is set to take place between February 9 and February 11 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kicking off the festivities on February 9 will be "Ain't It Fun" singers Paramore and a "special guest" who will be announced at a later date. They will then pass the torch to DMB and Anderson .Paak, who will perform under the moniker DJ Pee .Wee, on February 10.

Imagine Dragons and country singer Kane Brown will then cap off the three-day bash on Saturday, February 11.

More names are expected to be announced over the coming months.

This Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest has garnered a reputation for featuring surprise cameos from athletes, music stars and other celebrities, including Demi Lovato, Guns & Roses and Snoop Dogg

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 2, at 10 a.m. local venue time on location and via Ticketmaster. More information on this event can be found on SuperBowlMusicFest.com.

Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to take place February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Rihanna is set to headline the halftime show.

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Jessie J honors her "little angel baby" a year after pregnancy loss: "I feel you everywhere"

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Jessie J penned an emotional letter to her "little angel baby" a year after losing her pregnancy.

Taking to her Instagram Story, the "Domino" singer opened up about her grief journey and how that's made her more empathetic to families who suffered the same tragedy.

"A year ago today I was told my baby no longer had a heartbeat. Although I can tell the story now without crying, [I] have and still am discovering all the positives that experience gave me," the singer wrote, saying she has gained new "strength, wisdom, empathy [and] gratitude."

Jessie continued, "It still hurts and all day I have just been thinking about all the women and men and families who have been through this numerous times and how incredibly strong they are."

The singer also spoke about her grief, calling it "a weird and personal journey." She added, "Time helps but it never truly fades."

"Sending love and strength to anyone's heart that has or is experiencing this right now," she closed her letter. "And to my little angel baby. I feel you everywhere. Especially today."

Jessie clarified she feels it most "in my heart" and vowed "we'll meet one another."

A year ago, the singer shared in a since-deleted post that she had lost her pregnancy, which she had been keeping secret from her fans. Since then, she has stayed open about her healing journey, saying she wants to help others who may have been in her shoes feel less alone.

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Harry Styles slams brakes on concert after multiple fans faint during crowd surge

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Harry Styles momentarily shut down his concert in Colombia after multiple fans fainted in a crowd surge.

British publication Daily Mail reports the singer was performing Sunday in Bogotá, Colombia's Coliseo Live when fans began rushing the stage. Concertgoers in the first row reportedly were crushed against the handrails and called out to Harry for help, saying they were suffocating.

A reported eight people fainted during the surge.

According to fan-shot videos, Harry slammed the brakes on his show and urged the audience to back up and make room.

"I'm very excited to be here and I know tonight's gonna be an amazing show but the most important thing is that everyone in here is safe because there are a lot of people in here and it's warm," the singer told the crowd.  He then called for "everyone on the floor" to start walking back "really, really slowly."

The condition of those fans who fainted was not reported.

Harry's incident comes a year after people rushed the stage during Travis Scott's set at Astroworld Festival, killing 10. Since then, artists have become even more vigilant of their audience's well-being during concerts.

Singers like Billie Eilish and John Mayer made headlines for stopping their respective shows when fans alerted them of potential emergencies.

 

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Billie Eilish opens up about relationship with Jesse Rutherford: "It's really cool and I'm really excited"

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 Billie Eilish took her fans down memory lane again with her sixth annual Vanity Fair "Same Interview" segment, where she reflects on how much she's changed over the past year.

One of her biggest differences is her relationship with The Neighbourhood's Jesse Rutherford. She opened up about her exciting love life, saying, "It's really cool and I'm really excited and I'm really happy about it."

She explained that this romance is a big win for her. "I managed to get my way, to a point in my life, where I not only was known by a person that I thought was the hottest f***ing f***er alive, but pulled his a**! Are you kidding me? Can we just [clapping] round of applause for me?," she cheekily answered. "Jesse Rutherford, everyone!"

Continued Billie, "I pulled his a**. All me! I did that s***.  I locked that motherf***** down."

The singer also went into what she loves most in a relationship, which she said is "just physical touch." She explained, "I just need to be touching skin all the time. Touching and cuddling and hugging and anything skin related is a big thing for me."

She also said an important aspect of being in love is having "freedom" and not being "controlled." By that, she meant, "I want to be trusted and I wanna be able to have space."

But she also says that "love and attention and equal admiration" are also important to her.

As for her message to her fans, Billie said during the interview, "Trust me. I'm in control. I'm in charge. I know what I'm doing. I'm okay."  Some fans have condemned her romance with Rutherford because of their 11-year age difference.

Billie also revealed that she wants children and is truly happy.

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98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre and Drew Lachey tease A Boy Band Christmas tour

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Members of 98 DegreesO-TownAll-4-One and more are about to launch A Boy Band Christmas tour.

98's Jeff Timmontold ABC Audio plans originally featured just his group, but Nick Lachey's hectic schedule forced them to change course. That's when they revisited the fun they had with the A Very Boy Band Holiday special that aired on ABC last year.

"We had so much fun doing that," said Timmons. "We said, 'Hey, why not call up some of our guys and some great vocalists from different bands and maybe replace that tour with this one?' So that's how it came about."

98's Justin Jeffre noted now is the perfect time to launch their ambitious tour, asking, "What better way to spend the holiday season than hitting the road and singing some holiday songs and bringing some holiday spirit?"

O-Town's Erik-Michael Estrada chimed in, "Boy bands and Christmas belong together!" Estrada also joked he's "putting a lot of miles on my treadmill" to prepare for the trek.

Drew Lachey added this concert series is also a thank you to those who propelled them to superstardom in the late '90s and early 2000s. "That time for us was filled with these wonderful, life-changing memories... The fans were the ones that made all that possible for us," he said.

"The interaction that we've had with fans over the last 20+ years have shaped our lives not only creatively and professionally, but also personally," he continued. "The fact that we're still able to do this 20+ years later? We still have people wanting to come out and see us? It's a dream come true!" 

A Boy Band Christmas Tour kicks off December 2 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Tickets are on sale now.

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Music notes: Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga and Madonna

Selena Gomez had a sweet reunion with BLACKPINK and tossed it back to their 2020 collaboration "Ice Cream." She captioned the Instagram photos, "Selpink chillin," which is a reference to the sultry song's lyrics. 

Is Dua Lipa about to collaborate with Mick Jagger? She shared a series of Instagram photos of her and the Rolling Stones legend at the studio. She also used the caption "Sweeeet weeeek." She has yet to clarify what this means, but fans think the two have a song coming out. That shouldn't be all that surprising considering Dua's ultra successful "Cold Heart" collab with Elton John.

Gwen Stefani will be assisting Pink at her BST Hyde Park shows in London. The venue, where Pink will play two headlining shows, confirmed the good news on Twitter. The shows will be held in June 2023.

Lady Gaga might need a refresher on how to do a Boomerang after fans noticed something off with the Black Friday ad for her beauty line on Instagram. A fan captured the bizarre video of Gaga making the same gesture over and over, thus sparking theories she was being deliberately campy -- or doesn't know how to make a Boomerang.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Madonna shared rare photos of herself with her six children, who range in age from 26 to 10. She captioned the Instagram collection, "What I’m thankful for…………" 

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Elton John says he will "fully support" his sons' future career plans

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Elton John is raising two young sons with husband David Furnish, and he revealed he will always be his kids' biggest cheerleader.

When asked by E! News whether he will approve of his sons following in his musical footsteps, Sir Elton said he will always be in 9-year-old Elijah and 11-year-old Zachary's corner.

"They are still so young, so not entirely sure," he said of their future career goals. "But of course, whatever their dreams and ambitions are, my husband David and I will fully support them."

Sir Elton's Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour concludes July 8 with a show in Stockholm, Sweden. Furnish previously revealed the singer wanted to take his final bow from touring to be there for their children.

When asked about what he plans to do after his tour concludes, Sir Elton told the outlet, "I am of course looking forward to spending more time with my sons... I am also looking forward to being able to dedicate more of my time to other projects, like the Elton John AIDS Foundation."

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It's me, hi: Taylor Swift rules both 'Billboard' 200 and Hot 100 charts for another week

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Taylor Swift wasn't lying when she said she polishes up real nice...just look at her bejeweled performance on the Billboard charts.

For a fifth week in a row, her hit "Anti-Hero" has claimed the top spot on the Hot 100 chart. Fans streamed "Anti-Hero" an additional 25.8 million times and purchased 12,000 more copies over the past week.  

It is now her second-longest-running #1 hit, besting the four-week run "Shake It Off" had on the Hot 100 back in 2014. The song has to spend two more weeks in the top spot to tie with "Blank Space," which ruled the chart for seven weeks between 2014 and 2015.

With the holiday season fast approaching and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" springing to fifth place on the chart this week, it's tough to tell if Taylor will tie her personal best. 

Additionally, the Billboard 200 continues to enjoy its sleepless nights now that Taylor's Midnights ruled the chart for a fourth week. Fans streamed the album 155.8 million times and snatched up 57,000 copies over the past week.

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Mariah Carey signs on as co-producer of new Broadway musical 'Some Like it Hot'

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Mariah Carey fans know the diva is a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe, so maybe it's not so surprising to hear that she's signed on to co-produce a new Broadway musical based on one of Marilyn's most iconic films, 1959's Some Like It Hot.

The new musical comedy is currently playing at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. In a statement about her involvement, Mariah says, "I first became familiar with this story through the timeless film starring Marilyn Monroe. She’s been an important touchstone throughout my life, so much so that I acquired her treasured baby grand white piano at an auction.”

She adds, "When [producer] Neil Meron shared this new take on the beloved film, I knew I had to be a part of it. To see how this show continues to expand on the film’s legacy – pushing boundaries, promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity – I’m proud to help bring Some Like It Hot for today’s world to new audiences.”

This is Mariah's Broadway-producing debut. The musical comedy features a book by Matthew López and  Amber Ruffin, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Shaiman co-produced and co-wrote songs on Mariah's 2010 album Merry Christmas II You.

Some Like It Hot is set in Prohibition-era Chicago and concerns two male musicians who witness gangsters committing a crime. Knowing the gangsters will come after them, they leave town, disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band. 

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