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'Vanderpump Rules' star says he's "living" for Taylor Swift's reaction to his "Cruel Summer" remix

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While Taylor Swift looked super happy during her visit to Coachella on April 13, there was one moment where she looked a bit disturbed — and the guy who put that look on her face is thrilled about it.

A fan-captured TikTok video shows Taylor jamming out to her song "Cruel Summer" during the Neon Carnival Coachella after-party. But once she realizes the song is actually a remix, her face changes, and she doesn't look happy.

The remix came courtesy of the guy who was deejaying at the party: Vanderpump Rules cast member James Kennedy. He reposted the TikTok to his Instagram Story and captioned it, "living for this."

He also posted a video of Taylor and her boyfriend Travis Kelce at another point in the evening, seemingly enjoying the music. "While I was playing, @killatrav X @taylorswift were having a ball," he wrote. Alongside another clip of them kissing during his set, he penned the caption, "setting the mood haha."

During their time at Coachella, Taylor and Travis checked out multiple performances — including her musical collaborator Jack Antonoff's band Bleachers — while dancing and making out. At one point, Travis lifted Taylor up so she could watch see artist Dom Dolla's set more clearly. They also hung out with Bleachers backstage.

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Shakira hitting the road for the first time since 2018

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Shakira has officially announced a world tour — her first since 2018 — in support of her latest album, which has a Spanish title that translates to Women No Longer Cry.

The first leg of the tour launches November 2 in Palm Springs, California, and will include 14 arena shows across North America. Right now, it's set to wrap up in Detroit on December 15.

Shakira first teased the tour news during her surprise appearance at Coachella on April 12, where she performed with Bizarrap.

A Citi presale starts Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. local time via citientertainment.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 22 at 10 a.m. local time at shakira.com.

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Courtney Love has thoughts on Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey & Beyoncé

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Courtney Love may just get the entire internet angry with her thoughts on Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Beyoncé. Spoiler alert: They're not all great.

Speaking in an interview with the U.K.'s The Standard, the Hole frontwoman says, "Taylor is not important. She might be a safe space for girls, and she’s probably the Madonna of now, but she's not interesting as an artist."

While some might see a comparison to Madonna as a compliment, Love says, "I don't like her and she doesn't like me."

Shifting gears to Del Rey, Love shares, "I haven't liked Lana since she covered a John Denver song."

"I think she should really take seven years off," Love continues. "Up until 'Take Me Home Country Roads' I thought she was great. When I was recording my new album, I had to stop listening to her as she was influencing me too much."

Love's jab at Del Rey may be surprising given that she once declared Lana and late husband Kurt Cobain as the only "true musical geniuses I've ever known."

Meanwhile, Love says she "like[s] the idea of Beyoncé doing a country record," referring to her new Cowboy Carter album, "because it's about Black women going into spaces where previously only white women have been allowed, not that I like it much."

"As a concept, I love it," Love says. "I just don't like her music."

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SZA to be honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame

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SZA is set to be honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Grammy winner will receive the Hal David Starlight Award, which recognizes young songwriters “who are making a significant impact in the music industry with their original songs.”

“This is such an exciting time for songwriters and music,” SHOF Chairman Nile Rodgers said in a statement. “Phenomenal artists like Beyonce and Taylor Swift are pushing the envelope of what success looks like but who could argue that the last 2 years belong to SZA. Incredible songwriting, incredible performances, incredible artistry. She so deserves to be the 2024 recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award!”

The 53rd annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards dinner will take place Thursday, June 13, at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

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Hozier's nonmusical hobby is "Too Sweet"

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Hozier knows a lot about at least one thing that's "Too Sweet": honey. That's because when he's not making music, he's a beekeeper -- he even showed off his skills in an Instagram post earlier in April that was soundtracked by his viral hit. And for Hozier, there's a lot to enjoy about wrangling the tiny creatures.

"When you're in their space ... you're just along for the ride and watching them do their thing," he tells ABC Audio. "What I will say I really enjoy about it is, it's an incredibly mindful process. You know, you have to be very, very present and very, very calm and intentional with all of your movements."

But while he's busy trying not to get stung, Hozier says he likes to contemplate the lives of the bees.

"You can't help but be overcome with a sense of great empathy for these tiny lives that are so structured and so intentional and so hardworking," he says. "You gain a great sense of care for them, and you can't help but just appreciate and sort of wonder at their complexities and then their simplicities as well, too."

However, Hozier isn't sure there's any sort of correlation between beekeeping and making music.

"I really enjoy it. I find it very calming. I find it very grounding," he notes. "Maybe there is something in that sort of mindfulness or that that intention, that there's some elements of that maybe you can bring to the music-making. But I haven't quite haven't quite figured that out yet." 

"Two Sweet" is currently #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Music notes: Doja Cat, The Kid LAROI and more

Doja Cat is getting her own Funko Pop! figure. The new limited-edition Pop!, which commemorates Doja’s headlining Coachella set, is available for preorder starting Monday, April 15. The collectible features the singer in one of her looks from her performance during weekend one of the festival.

The Kid LAROI and Tate McRae appear to be making things official. During his Sunday show in Dublin, LAROI referred to Tate as his “girlfriend.” “I need everybody in here to sing this as loud as they can because my girlfriend’s here tonight, and I don’t want to look lame,” he told the crowd. Fan video captured Tate watching the show from backstage.

Spotify is unveiling The Tortured Poets Department library installation on Tuesday, an open-air activation in honor of Taylor Swift’s upcoming new album. “Paging all Tortured Poets: Join us at The Grove in L.A. starting tomorrow to celebrate Taylor Swift's newest era, arriving 4/19,” Spotify’s account wrote Monday. The experience – which runs through Thursday – will include a poetry library with “visual surprises” for fans. Those who can’t attend in person can follow along on Spotify’s socials.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom stepped out for a glamorous date night over the weekend. The couple attended the 10th annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony, which celebrates achievements in math and science, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Katy shared several images with Bloom from the night on her Instagram, captioning her post, "y = mx + b ... mom and dad @ the #breakthroughawards."

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Jewel opens up about performing with Olivia Rodrigo

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Jewel is giving fans the behind-the-scenes scoop about how her surprise appearance at Olivia Rodrigo’s Madison Square Garden concert on April 9 came about.

The two singers teamed up for a performance of Jewel’s hit song “You Were Meant For Me,” and in a video posted to Instagram, Jewel told her fans the collaboration happened after Olivia’s people reached out to her.

“And I was excited because I was a fan of Olivia. I’ve been watching her career,” Jewel shared. “I became aware of her I think during ‘Drivers License.’ I liked her ’90s aesthetic. It’s a little edgy but very approachable — and she’s writing. She’s writing these songs, and I love them. So I was excited to go out, I was excited to meet her.”

Jewel went on to talk about how “toxic” the music industry can be and how well Olivia seems to be navigating it.

“This industry is like interacting with a poison. You have to have a plan. People will care if you’re famous, people will care if you’re making money ... but nobody cares if you’re a good person. Nobody cares if you’re happy,” she says, before adding that Olivia’s “a good person. She’s grounded and she’s heartfelt."

Jewel said that she’s proud of Olivia for her career, but also for her humanity, noting, "Where this industry just chews people up and spits 'em out I feel like she has such a shot as a human and that just made me happy."

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Benson Boone’s 'Fireworks & Rollerblades' debuts on the 'Billboard' 200 top 10

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Benson Boone's debut album has made quite a splash on the charts. The album, Fireworks & Rollerblades, has debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The singer moved 58,000 equivalent album units to nab his first top 10 hit. 

The album’s success can be attributed, in part, to its debut single, “Beautiful Things,” which this week tops the Billboard Adult Pop Airplay chart. The song has already topped the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for seven weeks and the Billboard Global 200 for six weeks. Plus, it has spent nine weeks in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at #2.

Boone is currently on the road in support of the album. He plays Silver Springs, Maryland, on Monday, April 15. A complete list of dates can be found at bensonboone.com.

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Kesha changes Diddy lyric during appearance on Renée Rapp Coachella set

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Kesha made a not-so-subtle lyric change to her song “Tik Tok” following the recent allegations against Diddy.

During a surprise appearance at Renée Rapp’s Coachella set over the weekend, instead of singing "wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy," she sang, "Wake up in the morning like f*** P. Diddy.”

Both she and Renée shouted the lyric and raised a middle finger. 

Last month, Diddy’s Los Angeles and Miami homes were raided by federal agents as part of an ongoing investigation into sex trafficking allegations against the mogul. 

Back in November, Kesha dropped Diddy’s name from “Tik Tok” during a show in LA. At that time, she changed the lyrics to, "Wake up in the morning feeling just like me."

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Taylor Swift launches hidden word search on Apple Music

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As Taylor Swift fans anxiously await the release of her new album, The Tortured Poets Department, on Friday, April 19, the singer is keeping them busy by doling out clues to a secret message through her current Apple Music playlists.

Taylor recently released five exclusive playlists to Apple Music, each one exploring the different stages of heartbreak: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Now, in a just-launched secret word search, she's hidden words within the lyrics of songs on each playlist and will unveil one every day, until the full message is revealed on April 18, one day before the album's release. 

The search launched Saturday, with Swift’s TaylorNation Instagram account directing fans to the song “Glitch,” which had random letters capitalized to reveal the word “hereby.” Although it hasn't been confirmed, posts on social media suggest that the second word is “conduct,” which was hidden in the song “Peace.” 

In other Taylor news, on Saturday Night Live this weekend, host Ryan Gosling, with the help of Emily Blunt, performed a version of Taylor’s “All Too Well,” with the lyrics changed to be about Barbie and Oppenheimer. It’s safe to say their rendition is Taylor approved.

Taylor shared the performance on X, formerly Twitter. “All Too Well (Ryan and Emily’s Version) !!! Watch me accidentally catch myself singing this version on tour. This monologue is EVERYTHING," she wrote, along with applause and hands making hearts emojis.

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Dua Lipa named one of TIME100's most influential people in the world

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Dua Lipa has been named as one of TIME100's most influential people in the world for 2024.

The singer graces one of the issue’s covers, and in the accompanying interview discusses her new album, Radical Optimism, her recently-established media and management company Radical22 and the importance of her Albanian heritage, among other things.

Of her upcoming album, Dua says that as a whole, the record is “more mature” than what she’s done in the past.

“I'm definitely not the same person I was when I wrote my first album,” she says. “I've evolved and learned so much… taking it as it comes, not seeing anything as bad or something as a setback. That involves a lot of growing and understanding myself, knowing my worth, whether it be in business, love, or friendship.”

She says she was dreaming of her third album even while making her first and considers manifesting a big part of her success.
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“Since I was very little, I've jotted down things I dreamt for myself…I’ve always planned ahead,” Dua says. “Although surprises arise that I evaluate in the moment, there’s always a long-term goal … Subconsciously, you just work towards them. Nothing’s ever too big.”

The full 2024 TIME100 list comes out Wednesday, April 17.

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May the fourth be with her: Dua Lipa to pull double duty on 'SNL'

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Dua Lipa has ascended to that rare level of pop stardom where she gets to both host and perform on Saturday Night Live.

During the April 13 episode of the show, Dua was announced as the special guest for the May 4 episode. On Instagram, she wrote, "DOUBLE DUTY DUA!!!!!!!!"

Dua's new album Radical Optimism is out the day before, May 3. So far, she's released three songs from the project: "Houdini," "Training Season" and "Illusion."

Dua has had some acting experience since the last time she appeared on Saturday Night Live back in 2020. She had a cameo in Barbie, and a more substantial part in the comedy spy movie Argylle.

It was fitting that Dua's appearance on the show was announced April 13, because the episode was hosted by her fellow Barbie actor Ryan Gosling, and featured a guest appearance by Kate McKinnon, who was also in Barbie.

Dua now joins the ranks of pop stars who've hosted and performed on SNL, including Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars, Elton John, Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Lady Gaga.

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Olivia Rodrigo joins reunited No Doubt for Coachella day two; Taylor and Travis make the scene

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We should have suspected something was up when an article in NYLON magazine about Gwen Stefani featured numerous quotes from Olivia Rodrigo about what an inspiration the No Doubt frontwoman has been for her.

During day two of Coachella, on Saturday, April 13, Gwen and No Doubt, performing live together for the first time since 2015, welcomed Olivia to the stage for a rendition of their song "Bathwater." Olivia wore an "I [heart] ND" tank top as they sang the track from No Doubt's 2000 album Return of Saturn.

It was a full circle moment for Olivia, who, in 2021, chose "Bathwater" as one of the 18 songs to celebrate her 18th birthday. "I love Gwen Stefani more than anything; I think she's such a brilliant songwriter," Olivia gushed. "And the song is just so honest."

Olivia has been welcoming her musical influences to the stage during her GUTS tour. She's performed with both Sheryl Crow and Jewel, and tapped '90s alt-rockers The Breeders to open several shows.

In addition to "Bathwater," No Doubt filled their set with hits from throughout their discography, including the '90s classics "Just a Girl" and "Don't Speak."

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce were spotted at Coachella as well. People reports the two watched sets by Taylor's pals Ice Spice and Jack Antonoff while dancing and kissing. Taylor also wore a cap advertising her boyfriend's New Heights podcast.

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"Voice of our generation" Billie Eilish among Lana Del Rey's onstage guests at Coachella

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Lana Del Rey's headlining set at Coachella on Friday, April 12, was crowded with special guest appearances, including one from Billie Eilish.

Eilish joined Del Rey for renditions of both artists' respective breakthrough songs, "Ocean Eyes" and "Video Games." Del Rey told the crowd, "That's the voice of our generation, the voice of your generation. I'm so f****** grateful she's standing next to me right now singing my favorite song of hers.”

"This is the reason for half you b*****s' existence — including mine!" Billie responded.

Jon Batiste was another one of Del Rey's guests. They performed "Candy Necklace," their Grammy-nominated song from Del Rey's Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd album. 

“Sometimes you just need somebody else’s spirit to move with you, and that is always gonna be Jon Batiste,” Del Rey said.

Del Rey's musical collaborator, Jack Antonoff -- whose band Bleachers will perform at Coachella on Saturday, April 13 -- also joined her to play piano on her song "Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me — but I Have It,” from her 2019 album Norman F****** Rockwell!

Del Rey and her dancers also arrived and departed the stage riding on the back of motorcycles through the crowd.

However, rumors that Taylor Swift would join Del Rey for a rendition of their duet "Snow on the Beach" proved unfounded.

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Jelly Roll sued by Philadelphia musician Jellyroll for trademark infringement

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How many Jelly Rolls is too many? For one Philadelphia musician, there can only be one, and it's him.

Jelly Roll, born Jason DeFord, has been hit with a lawsuit by musician Kurt Titchenell, who performs with his band under the name Jellyroll. According to legal documents obtained by ABC News, Titchenell says he and his band have been performing at weddings, galas and charity events in the Philadelphia area under that name since 1980; he trademarked the name in 2010.

Grammy-winning singer Jelly Roll, meanwhile, says he adopted that name because his mom called him that as a kid. He began releasing mixtapes as Jelly Roll in 2003. Titchenell claims that by using the name, Jelly Roll is violating his trademark. The suit alleges that currently, if you Google the name, you get "as many as 18-20 references" to the Jelly Roll of "Need a Favor" fame "before any reference to plaintiff’s entertainment dance band known as Jellyroll can be found.”

According to the suit, Titchenell's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Jelly Roll in February, and though there were "conversations," they didn't come to an agreement. Titchenell's attorneys write in the suit, "At one point, defendant’s counsel inquired as to whether defendant really was in competition with plaintiff.”

The suit now seeks an immediate court order to stop Jelly Roll from using the name, saying that his continued use of it will "irreparably harm" Titchenell and cause "actual confusion, mistake, and deception" in the marketplace — especially given the fact that Jelly Roll has a concert planned in Philadelphia in October.

At press time, Jelly Roll's team had not responded to ABC Audio's request for comment.

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