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Glass Animals teases rerelease of 'Dreamland' album

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Glass Animals is teasing a rerelease of the band's 2020 album, Dreamland.

In a video recreating an old-school text message exchange between frontman Dave Bayley and his mother, Bayley explains that, since the album was originally released in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his bandmates "didn't get to do any of the real-life stuff [with] [people] that we wanted [to] do originally."

No other info about the potential rerelease was revealed, other than Bayley's mom replying that it "sounds like a lovely idea."

Dreamland, of course, spawned the mega-hit "Heat Waves," which gave Glass Animals their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

Meanwhile, Glass Animals has announced a concert in Brooklyn, New York, taking place on August 8 in honor of Dreamland's two-year anniversary. The show, which will be held at the Brooklyn Mirage venue, is dubbed Dreamland.IRL, and is described as an "immersive" and "one-of-a-kind celebration event."

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, June 30, at 10 a.m. ET.

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Music notes: Blackpink, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and Joe Jonas

Blackpink is the first music group to score 75 million subscribers on YouTube, confirms Billboard. The "Ice Cream" singers bested Justin Bieber for the most-subscribed artist in September 2021 and have been adding followers like crazy ever since.  

Shawn Mendes felt nostalgic on Wednesday and recreated the cover of his album Illuminate, which he released six years ago. "Back in time," he captioned the post. Illuminate came out September 23, 2016.

Britney Spears "loves" her new home, a source tells People. "She wanted a fresh start with Sam. It's been very important to her to have a home that she picked up without having to ask for approval from [dad Jamie Spears]," the source dished. The singer spent $22 million on her new Calabasas mansion. The insider also added Britney "still can't believe she is married... And loves calling Sam [Asghari] her husband."

Will Taylor Swift finally get her first Academy Award nod? Her new song "Carolina," which is for the movie Where the Crawdads Sing, is garnering serious Oscar buzz. Billboard points out she wasn't nominated for The Hunger Games' "Safe and Sound" or 50 Shades of Grey's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever." We don't talk about Cats ...

Ellie Goulding says she has new music coming out "next month" and, on Twitter, said she has "a little gift coming this week." She has since changed her profile image to a yellow circle, which fans believe is a hint of what her next album will be called.

Joe Jonas launched his line of fizzy sangria, Ohza. Joe told Forbes"It is the first canned ‘sparkling’ sangria on the market, so I’m looking forward to getting it out there." He hopes to take on those spiked seltzers that are uber popular right now. The sangria is made from Joe's own "secret recipe."

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Britney Spears' lawyer calls Jamie Spears "morally abominable" in latest deposition showdown

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Britney Spears may have been released from her restrictive 13-year conservatorship, but her legal woes are far from over.

TMZ reports her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, is butting heads with the pop singer's father, Jamie Spears.  The family patriarch asked a judge to compel his daughter to sit for a deposition. Rosengart says the request was made "shortly after his daughter's wedding and just before Father's Day."

Rosengart argued Jamie's "shameless" request was out of "revenge," which he said is "morally abominable."  The attorney admonished, "Mr. Spears refuses to simply go away, as he should and as any decent man or father would do."

As previously reported, both parties have been wrestling for more than six months to compel both Britney and Jamie to sit for their respective depositions. Jamie's attorney, Alex Weingarten, previously stated his client would answer Rosengart's questions -- but only if the "Toxic" singer agrees to be deposed by him.

Rosengart previously said he wants Jamie to answer questions -- under oath -- about alleged financial misconduct during Britney's conservatorship. Rosengart also wants Jamie to respond to the allegations that he bugged Britney's bedroom and recorded her private conversations -- and paid for it with Britney's money.

It is not known what questions Britney would be asked should she be deposed. Since her bombshell testimony last June, she leveled numerous and often serious accusations against her family. She called the conservatorship "abusive" and alleged she was forced against her will to take medication, enter a mental health facility and have an IUD contraceptive inserted.

Britney could be compelled to clarify her remarks.

Depositions aside, Britney is also fighting against separate requests from Jamie and her mother, Lynne Spears, to pay their attorney fees. The next major hearing is set for July 27.

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Pink to be honored at SONA Warrior Awards

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Pink is adding another impressive honor to her trophy case -- a SONA Warrior Award.

Variety reports the ceremony, hosted by the Songwriters of North America, will salute the "Just Like Fire" hitmaker alongside late musician Michael Busbee and Sony Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt with a gala on July 23.

The awards celebrate those who strive to establish equal pay, safety and equality for all artists in the industry.  Pink will be celebrated not only for her musical accomplishments but also for her philanthropy, advocacy and activism.

"Many know Pink as a chart-topping super star but few are aware of how she's made activism a priority, supporting PETA, UNICEF and Save the Children," SONA Executive Director Michelle Lewis said. "She's marched for women's rights, LGBTQ rights and has become an outspoken champion for mothers."

The SONA Warrior Awards will be comprised of hybrid in-person and virtual events. A gala will be held on July 23 at Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center, while the awards ceremony will be livestreamed on July 24 via mandolin.com.

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Calvin Harris taps Halsey, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Puth, Normani for 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2'

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We've already heard "Potion," the first single from Calvin Harris' new album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2. It features Dua Lipa and Young Thug, but it turns out that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of big-name guest stars on the album.

On his socials, Calvin posted a video running down the full lineup of features on the project, and they include Halsey, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Puth, Normani, Chloe and Pharrell Williams, plus a who's who of hip-hop stars, including Latto, Offset, 21 Savage, Pusha T, Busta Rhymes, Swae Lee and Snoop Dogg.

The album is now available to be presaved; it's out August 5.

Calvin's Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 came out in 2017 and featured an equally star-studded lineup, including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Khalid, John Legend, Nicki Ninaj, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and Future.  Artists who appeared on that first volume and are back for another round include Pharrell, Young Thug and Snoop.

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R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

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R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The singer was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court for a racketeering conviction that involved a dozen separate criminal acts, including sex with underage girls.

In September 2021, Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty of leading a criminal enterprise that recruited women and girls for sex. The charges also included a bribery scheme involving a public official to get a fake ID for Aaliyah so the two could get married when she was 15.

Kelly, 55, had pleaded not guilty to all nine counts he faced and told a Brooklyn judge that he would not testify. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and up to life in prison.

Kelly previously avoided prison in 2008 when he was acquitted on 14 counts in a highly publicized child pornography case.

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Avril Lavigne pokes fun at conspiracy theory that she's a body double

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Avril Lavigne took a swipe at that age-old theory that she is not actually the "Complicated" singer -- but a body double.

The "Avril Lavigne is dead" theory popped up in the mid-aughts and claimed the real Avril had died, so a look-alike named Melissa Vandella took her place. To put it succinctly, it's a modern-day version of the "Paul McCartney is dead" conspiracy theory that took off in the late 60s.

Avril never really entertained the conspiracy theory until she parodied the top comments she's received on social media in a TikTok video on Tuesday.

While a good amount of fans jokingly ask her, "Why'd you have to go and make things so Complicated?," swarms of people bombard her with, "Are you the real Avril?" Avril is seen laughing at the top comment as she jokingly kicks toward the camera.

Of course, the comment section filled up with people demanding she prove she's the real Avril -- so she did.

On Wednesday, the "Sk8er Boi" singer decided to recreate the cover of her debut album, Let Go, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this month.  

Avril donned similar clothes to what she wore two decades ago and posed in the center of a city crosswalk -- causing fans to note she hasn't aged a day since she released her debut.  

Avril captioned the fun video, "20 years later…"

She also soundtracked the clip to Simple Plan's "I'm Just a Kid," to which the rockers commented, "This is amazing! Happy 20th Anniversary!"

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'Stranger Things' star Sadie Sink wants Taylor Swift to direct a feature film

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After starring in Taylor Swift's 10-minute "All Too Well" music video, Stranger Things star Sadie Sink hopes the singer will pursue a career in directing.

Speaking with Collider, Sink explained why she thinks Taylor has the chops to become a force in Hollywood.

"I would love to see that happen and I think that it absolutely should happen because she's someone who's just so driven. When she has an idea, she will execute it exactly how her mind envisioned it," the 20-year-old raved. "She's very instinctual and it was just really amazing to kind of watch her work."

Continued Sink, "And obviously she is a writer as well -- she's a poet I guess is a better way to put it, so to have that kind of mind directing the short film, it was really special and something that I don't think I'd ever experienced before because she's so visual and descriptive with her words... And to see how she made it come to life was pretty incredible."

The actress also praised Taylor's ability to connect with her actors and said that, even though directing was "unfamiliar" to the Grammy winner at the time, she "handled it as if she'd been doing it for the longest time."

The "All Too Well" music video aired at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. During the "Storytellers: Taylor Swift" event, the "Shake It Off" singer said that she does see herself directing more projects. 

Vulture reports Taylor thinks it "would be so fantastic to write a feature [film]" but admits she probably won't like working with a huge crew. She says she prefers keeping her working circles small.

Taylor has directed 10 music videos, which the outlet notes is equivalent to the length of a feature film.

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Daya opens up about her new song "Love You When You’re Gone"

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Daya has made her grand return to music with the all-new single "Love You When You’re Gone," which she dropped Wednesday.

The '80s-infused track features nostalgic synths, retro beats and a fast-paced heartbeat rhythm. The track sounds like it's a happy dance song, but in reality, the lyrics tell a different story.

"I only love you when you're gone/ Lonely hearts just don't belong," Daya croons. "The way you fight, the way you drive reminds me/ I can't stand you I just/ Love you when you're gone."

The 23-year-old singer further treated fans by releasing the song's official music video, which sees her trying to live life without her lover but finding herself constantly thinking about them. Daya also watches the object of her affection seemingly move on with another girl.

The singer caught up with Rolling Stone about her new chapter and explained what direction she hopes to go.

"The video was intended to live somewhere in between a sort of dream world and reality where I'm processing the memories of my past relationship while coping with my own day-to-day loneliness and questions of identity without [the relationship]," Daya revealed.

She continued, "At the end, it's a cathartic release and acceptance of the reality of the situation; that chapter of my life has closed and I am free to let go and grow into a new version of myself."

Daya has yet to speak of a new album. She last released her EP The Difference in 2021 and assisted in the Blade Runner soundtrack with the single "Evil."

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Adele was boyfriend Rich Paul's glamorous date at friend's 'Great Gatsby'-themed wedding

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Adele might not be ready to walk down the aisle with boyfriend Rich Paul, but that's not stopping her from being his plus one at his friend's wedding.

People reports that Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers tied the knot with model Kate Bock over the weekend, and Paul was among those invited to the ceremony. The Great Gatsby-themed wedding tasked the guests to wear black-and-white attire, and Adele understood the assignment.

The Grammy winner donned a black corset gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline and tulle sleeves. She accessorized with black pumps and a matching clutch, wearing her blond hair down in loose curls.

Paul matched with a black tuxedo and bowtie and a bright white undershirt. 

Love said of the night's theme, "We wanted to do an old-school NYC, black and white, Gatsby-inspired ball. We thought it was chic, timeless and elegant."

The basketball player also discussed inviting Paul and former teammates like LeBron James to his wedding. "They are the family I've made along the way," Love said. "We have a brotherhood that extends beyond the basketball court and having them there was special."

Adele and Paul have been romantically linked since July 2021. They have previously flirted with the idea of marriage and kids but so far have not committed to anything.  

The "Easy on Me" singer recently purchased an L.A. mansion formerly owned by Sylvester Stallone for a cool $58 million and posted a photo of herself and Paul standing in front of their new home. She captioned the post, "Time flies."

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Is Katy Perry going to drop a collab with Megan Thee Stallion?

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Katy Perry looks like she wants a hot girl summer. The "Roar" singer has put it out there that she wants to collaborate with Megan Thee Stallion.

Katy shared a clip of Meg declaring during a recent live video, "Respect Katy Perry, b****!" The rapper was vibing to Katy's 2009 hit "Thinking of You" before grabbing a can of hairspray and singing loudly into it like a microphone.  

"OMG lez duet ily Meg THEE katycat," Katy gushed in the caption of the video, which included a kissy face emoji.

It wasn't long before the "Savage" rapper responded, firing back with three flame emojis and a definitive, "Omg yes hot girl Katy ! Let’s do a song."

The two artists have yet to collaborate, so this would be their first song together. Neither are strangers to crossover collabs, with Katy dominating the radio in 2013 with her Juicy J track, "Dark Horse," while Meg has teamed with Dua Lipa and Maroon 5 for the respective hits "Sweetest Pie" and "Beautiful Mistakes."

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Selena Gomez flirts with idea of rebooting 'Wizards of Waverly Place': "I would love that"

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Selena Gomez thinks it's time to reboot Wizards of Waverly Place.

The "Lose You to Love Me" singer caught up with Extra on the red carpet premiere of the new season of Only Murders in the Building and spoke about a potential revival.

"Hands down, I would love that," she remarked. 

Hilariously, her Only Murders co-star Steve Martin revealed he never heard of the show and asked, "What is it?" Selena responded with a laugh, "It's my Disney show!"

That refreshed the comedian's memory -- or, at least, he pretended it did -- and he declared, "Oh, I know about it." Selena wasn't convinced and shook her head knowingly.

The fantasy teen sitcom Wizards of Waverly place ran on Disney Channel for four seasons between October 2007 and 2012. It starred Selena, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin as three siblings who had to master their magic powers or lose them forever.

Disney Channel has rebooted several beloved shows, including The Proud FamilyThat's So RavenDoogie Howser and others. Here's hoping we see the Russo siblings reunite for their own spinoff series very soon!

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Ed Sheeran reveals the songs he will never stop playing on tour

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Ed Sheeran knows what songs his concertgoers want to hear most, which is why he will never stop playing them on tour.

Appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the Grammy winner revealed his setlist will always include "Perfect," "Shape of You," "Bad Habits" and "Thinking Out Loud," as well as his debut single, "The A Team."

The British singer said he isn't mad he will always have to play these songs on tour. As a music fan himself, he said he'd be annoyed if he went to see his favorite band and they didn't play their biggest hits.

"I put it in my head, I was like, 'I'm a massive Coldplay fan, and if I go to a Coldplay show and they don't play 'Fix You' or 'Yellow,' I'm going to be [disappointed,]" Ed explained. "So, in my head, I'm like, 'People are going to think that coming to my shows!'"

The "Shivers" singer also explained how happy he is to be constantly expanding that list of must-be-played songs. He notes, "Whenever you put out a new album, you're like, 'If I'm not ending the show with the new single from this album and it's from the last album, I’m like, 'Ah… has it done well?'"

Ed is very pleased "Bad Habits" -- off his newest album = (Equals) -- is doing so well. "'Bad Habits' is the best of the whole show, so I'm really, really, really, really pleased with that. But I thought I would just end the show with 'Shape Of You' for the rest of my life," he confessed.

Ed also had this message for his American fans -- his tour will be coming to the U.S., and he'll reveal the list of dates "by the end of the year."

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Moment of Pride: Savage Garden's Darren Hayes says Pride means visibility, being "rid of shame"

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From 1993 to 2001, Darren Hayes was the frontman for the chart-topping Australian pop duo Savage Garden, known for hits like "I Knew I Loved You" and "Truly Madly Deeply." Today, he's a solo artist and an out gay man who's been married to his husband for 17 years. As Pride Month wraps up, he talks about what the word means to him.

He tells ABC Audio that "to be proud is to be completely rid of shame," adding, "Having shame is such a dark cloud under which I spent so much of my young life." 

Darren tackles that topic indirectly in his new single and video, "Poison Blood," which details his and his family's history of depression. He notes, "So much of my own struggle with mental health in the past centered around my own internalized shame around my sexuality as a young person...so I hope this song is a comfort for anyone who needs reminding they are not alone.”

Darren adds that shame can also be dispelled by representation.

"I look back on the beginning of my career when I was still coming to terms with my own sexuality, and I didn't really have any role models or anyone that I felt like I could look up to," he tells ABC Audio. "And today, I'm just so grateful that we live in a time where there are so many young performers, athletes, journalists, politicians, artists...who comfortably...live their truth in the public eye."

"It's that old adage: You have to see something in order to be able to be it," he adds. "So that's what Pride means to me. It's about visibility. It's about continuing to show up and be a voice, because no one knows when our rights can be taken away from us."

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Britney Spears' husband Sam and Paris Hilton both say couple's wedding was a "fairytale"

Sam Asghari, who married Britney Spears earlier this month, says their wedding was a "fairytale."

On Wednesday morning, the Iranian-American actor appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to talk about his new film, Hot Seat, but he also opened up about life as a married man. "I have to wear this thing now," Sam joked, pointing to his ring. "It's heavy, man. I'm getting a workout with it!"

"It's just been surreal, man." he added. "It's been a minute. It was way overdue for us, and we imagined this thing being a fairytale and it was."

Sam and Britney first met while on the set of her "Slumber Party" music video in 2016. After five years together, Sam popped the question in September 2021. 

His comments about the wedding were echoed by wedding guest Paris Hilton, who told E!, "It was a magical fairytale. I'm so happy for her. She's like an angel. And it was just an iconic night with so many incredible powerful women." In addition to Paris, the guest list included Drew Barrymore, Donatella Versace and Madonna.

"Just seeing her walk down the aisle in the dress, I was crying," Paris added. "It was just so beautiful and romantic and just seeing sparkles and happiness in her eyes. And just seeing my Brit back and just in love and just the whole thing."

Paris, who sang her hit "Stars Are Blind" at the wedding with Selena Gomez, said of her longtime friend, "She's one of the kindest people in the world and is such an angel. She is not like any of the people in this town. She means a lot to me."

Sam's movie Hot Seat is out July 1 and also stars Mel Gibson, Shannen Doherty and Kevin Dillon.

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