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Music notes: Kygo, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X and Camila Cabello

Kygo is expanding his Palm Tree Music Festival to a unique, new location: Aspen, Colorado. The festival runs February 24 and February 25. Kygo, as well as Jack White, will headline the event.

Sam Smith had a sultry way of teasing their next single, "I'm Not Here to Make Friends." Sam shared a video of them sans pants dancing on a balcony overlooking the city. Sam didn't announce a release date.

Ellie Goulding is no longer blond. The singer has dyed her hair to a dark brown and showed it off in a new video on Instagram. "My hair looks weird," the singer joked, but noted she plans to "keep it."

Adam Levine stars in a new music video with Big Boi for the song "Mic Jack." Adam plays a dry cleaning attendant in the video and is greatly annoyed by Big Boi repeatedly hitting the welcoming bell -- and also the fact that he cannot find the rapper's clothes. It's revealed at the end that Big Boi is at the wrong cleaners and had sent Adam on a wild goose chase.

Alicia Keys shouted out Shawn Mendes when speaking to ET Canada. "Oh, I love Shawn," she raved of her mentee, adding Canadians "love the Shawn" because "he's Canadian!" She also hinted she loves him because he's "not a phony."

Lil Nas X freaked out when he found a rainbow-colored Christmas tree with a unicorn in it while out shopping.  He hilariously captioned the Instagram Story photo in all capital letters, "Omg gay Christmas tree, gay chrstmad tree, gay chrstnmm tree."

Camila Cabello surprised joined Latin superstar Camilo on stage during his sold out show at Microsoft Theater to perform their duet "Ambulancia." Camilo thanked Camila for their friendship and shared a video of their joint performance.

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Pink said she personally put a booty shot into her "Never Not Gonna Dance Again" music video

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Pink wants her fans to know that she personally requested that booty shot in her "Never Not Gonna Dance Again" music video.

The singer shared a "making of" video for her latest offering and addressed the video's polarizing shot where the camera is focused on her bum as she rolls through a grocery store. "I've been working on this booty and I am strong like a bull, And that booty shot was a personal request by me," she wrote.

As for what inspired the setting, she said, "I just wanted the video to be insane fun. As a little girl, I never took off my roller skates. So I thought, 'What would be more fun than skating through a grocery store?!'"

"Grocery stores are a normal, predictable and an essential part of day to day life. We wanted to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary, seeing everyone break free from the monotony on life," the narration continued.

The music video is about Pink being "the Pied Piper of this story," where she shakes people loose from their routine to enjoy a "neon-disco ball-letting-go ceremony in the produce section."

"This song was inspired by all the times in my life that we give up making a beautiful memory because we're worried about what we will look like or sound like... We miss out on so much by living in our heads instead of our bodies and our hearts," she continued.

In all, the music video is "just a celebration of humanness and life."

She further revealed the video's parking lot dance number was a direct homage to the dance solo from her first music video, "There You Go." She also revealed "Never Not Gonna Dance Again" is her 50th music video.

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Mariah Carey wants her fans to "get ready and get sweaty" with new Peloton Artist Series workout

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Mariah Carey is helping her fans stay in shape this season by teaming up with Peloton for its latest Artist Series workout.

Mariah debuted the good news on Instagram and sang in her signature whistle register, "It's happening! I'm very excited!"

The singer, clad in a form-fitting black gown, explained, "We are celebrating my entire artist catalog and you can basically, I dunno, bike, tread or [whatever]." She signed off by encouraging her fans to grab their Peloton equipment before blowing a kiss toward the camera.

Mariah's series arrives Friday, December 2. Peloton unveiled what fans can expect with its new partnership on Wednesday. It includes 11 live and on-demand classes across seven workout modes. There are even classes that don't require equipment, such as yoga and Barre training.

"Lambily, get ready and get sweaty with this festive collection of classes. You don't want to miss this, dahhling," Mariah added in a statement.

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Research claims bats have a broader vocal range than Mariah Carey

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A new study about singing bats is turning a few heads, mainly because it suggests bats have a better vocal range than Mariah Carey.

To recap, Mariah can sing through five octaves in addition to her impressive whistle register. So, how does a bat compare to that?

PLOS Biology published the peer-reviewed study from the University of Southern Denmark about echolocation, which bats use to catch their prey. It found that Daubenton’s bats have a vocal range of seven octaves. "This tremendous vocal range is unparalleled in mammalian sound production, but how bats achieve this remains unknown," the research remarks.

Furthermore, the study noted that bats are able to employ the same laryngeal structures used for making death metal growls and "Tuvan throat singing," which is an ancient, traditional form of singing.

That means bats are capable of using false vocal folds, which make "low-frequency calls," just like certain humans.

New York Post reports lead author Coen Elemans, who is a USD professor, says the findings are "remarkable."

"Most mammals have a range of three to four, and humans about three. Some human singers can reach a range of four to five, but they’re only very few. Well-known examples are Mariah CareyAxl Rose and Prince," Elemans offered. 

As for how bats are able to outperform some of the greatest singers, Elemans said, "It turns out that bats surpass this range by using different structures in their larynx."

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Jennifer Lopez flirts with starring in a Broadway musical

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Jennifer Lopez may be expanding her sights to Broadway. The actress and singer was the latest star to sit in Vogue's hot seat, where she answered 73 rapid fire questions.

When discussing her roots in New York City's Bronx borough, Lopez was asked if fans would ever see her in a Broadway show. She responded with a cryptic "I hope so." She also revealed Dreamgirls was the first musical she ever saw on the Great White Way.

Speaking of acting, Jennifer said she was "so nervous" to land the role of late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla in the 1997 Selena movie. "I got right to work," the singer added, noting she had no time to celebrate scoring the pivotal role.

When asked about bringing her own life story to the screen, Jennifer hinted she doesn't want any of today's actresses portraying her. Instead, she noted the right actress "hasn't been born yet." Elsewhere in the interview, she said she hopes her lasting legacy is that she "put a lot of love in the world."

That said, should she ever write a memoir, Jennifer said it would either be titled Dance Again and Again and Again and Again or Never Stop Dancing.

Speaking of her music, Jennifer said her favorite music video is her 1999 effort "If You Had My Love." She also teased her upcoming album This Is Me... Now. She revealed she tried something new when making it, which was "to be unafraid."

She also said that for the new year, she's most excited "for people to hear the music."

Jennifer added she's always wanted to cover Tom Waits' 1973 song "Martha" and that she hopes to make a sequel for her "critically acclaimed" movie Gigli, of which she starred in 2003 with her now-husband, Ben Affleck.

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Pink reportedly drops five grand on painting created by chimps

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Pink went ape over a painting she bought ahead of Miami Art Week.

Page Six reports that Pink purchased a $5,000 abstract painting created by two chimpanzees. The work, called "Art by Patty & Kramer," is part of what's being called the first-ever "exhibit of art by chimpanzees." Patty and Kramer are the names of the chimps who created the acrylic painting, which features blue, white and pink streaks.

Pink bought the painting online during a pre-sale ahead of the exhibit's official opening on Wednesday, one of the organizers told Page Six. According to the organizer, Pink was "heartened to learn that chimps find painting therapeutic and, like humans, the ape artists tend to be introspective.” She also reportedly "sent a sweet note calling [the painting] 'Patty and Kramer's masterpiece.'"

Proceeds from the painting -- and the entire exhibit -- will benefit the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Fort Pierce, FL. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of chimps who've been rescued from labs, the entertainment industry and the pet trade.

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BTS to star in new docu-series, 'BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star'

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The members of BTS may be busy working on their solo ventures, but that isn't stopping them from coming together for an all new docu-series about their rise to fame.

The septet will release BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star seemingly on the Disney+ Singapore streaming service, which dropped a teaser trailer on Twitter Wednesday. "It’s time for the second chapter. Chart the incredible journey of pop icons BTS in the new docu-series BTS MONUMENTS: BEYOND THE STAR," the caption reads.  

The documentary will feature stories from BTS' childhood and journey to international superstardom. They also teased that the docuseries "shares candid stories that have never been told."

No information was provided on when the series will begin streaming. The tweet also claimed the series is exclusive to Disney+ Singapore. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

In other BTS news, the singers released a new episode of their other series, Run BTS. The 40-minute episode, which is on YouTube, features the boys testing out absurd new toys, including a pooping flamingo that loudly announces it went to the bathroom.

The septet also determined the cutest animal in the world and which superpowers are the most useless via a bracket-like voting contest. The group determined being able to rewind time by just seven seconds is the dumbest power to have while the baby fox is the world's cutest animal.

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Are Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner dating?

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Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde recently parted ways after two years of dating, but reports are already claiming Harry found a new squeeze: Kendall Jenner.

Several outlets claimed the pair were spotted cozying up during the Thanksgiving holiday, with Harry leaning on the model for emotional support following his breakup.

E! News looked into the rumor to see if that's truly the case. Although Harry and Kendall were reportedly an item years ago, a source tells the outlet, "They are not rekindling at this moment."

"She and Harry are just good friends," the spy, who claims to be close with Kendall, continued. "They remained friendly over the years and have kept in touch. There's nothing romantic going on, but they do catch up from time to time and have hung out in social setting."

The pair is believed to have dated off and on between 2013 and 2019. In addition, the two have spoken out about their friendship. Harry previously said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in 2019 that he and Kendall have "been friends for a while now. Like, several years." 

Kendall was previously linked with basketball star Devin Booker, but reports claim the pair recently called it quits.  

As for Harry, he and Olivia dated from January 2021 until last week, with sources telling People the two are "taking a break."

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Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny top Spotify's Year-End "Wrapped" charts

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Bad BunnyHarry Styles and Taylor Swift were among the top artists of 2022 on Spotify, according to the streaming platform's annual "2022 Wrapped" report.

Bad Bunny and his album Un Verano Sin Ti were, respectively, the Most-Streamed Artist and Most-Streamed Album globally.  Taylor Swift was the second Most-Streamed Artist globally, followed by DrakeThe Weeknd and BTS.   In the U.S., Drake was the Most-Streamed Artist, followed by Taylor, Bad Bunny, Kanye West and The Weeknd.

Taylor was the Most Viral artist globally, meaning her music was shared most frequently from Spotify to social media platforms.  In second place is The Weeknd, followed by Bad Bunny, BTS and Lana Del Rey.

Harry Styles had the Most-Streamed Song globally: "As It Was," as well as the second Most-Streamed Album, Harry's House. The rest of the Most-Streamed Albums include Olivia Rodrigo's SOUREquals by Ed Sheeran, and Doja Cat's Planet Her.

Number two on the Most-Streamed Song list was "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals, followed by "STAY" by The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber, "Me Porto Bonito" by Bad Bunny with Chencho Corleone, and “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny.

The song with the Most-Shared Lyrics globally was "Heat Waves."  And some of the Most-Streamed Throwback Songs of 2022 included Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)," Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Yellow" by Coldplay.

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Doja Cat wants to break beauty (and music) standards by going against them

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 Doja Cat is taking a stand against impossible beauty standards by showing fans that they are perfect the way they are.

Speaking with Dazed, the singer admitted she once chased those standards before she shaved off her hair, experimented with wild makeup and embraced her curves. 

"Now, to me, beauty is going against it. I love when you take something that is maybe classically beautiful and twist it and make it your own," she explained. "For me, it's more of an 'Are you happy?' kind of thing."

Doja continued, "I want my fans to learn they don't have to be like anyone else and the thing they want is already there. They just haven't found it yet, and once they do they'll be like, 'How the f*** did I not see it? How did I miss this?'"

This mindset also extends to her music, with Doja teasing her next album's sound. She praised the Beastie Boys, calling them "a huge inspiration to me," and indicated her music could take a page from their book.

"They'll... hit you with real raw '90s punk, which I love, or smooth techno that feels sexy and sleek," she expressed. "I want to take some of the beautiful elements of vocal distortion and play those into the music. I don't know if what I'm doing is going to be pop, but I want to keep that in mind for when I go into the studio."

Doja continued, "I think what I've fallen into is controlled chaos... I'm crazy about putting different genres into the same album or even into the same song."

As for when we will finally get our hands on her next album, the singer cryptically promised, "The album will come and it'll be its own moment on Earth."

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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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