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The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber "Stay" at number one a sixth week, Lil Nas X has three top 10s

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The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber have real "Stay"-ing power.  Their collaborative single, "Stay," has just racked up a sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Stay" has now spent the same number of weeks on top as "Say Say Say," the 1983 duet by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.  Only two other collaborations by two or more solo male artists have spent more time on top than those songs.

The champ is "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, which spent 16 weeks at number one in 2017, followed by "Ebony and Ivory," by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, which was number one for seven weeks in 1982.

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X finds himself with three top 10s at the same time.  "Montero," the title track of his new album, has jumped from #13 to number nine.  His other single, "Industry Baby," featuring Jack Harlow, has jumped from number six back to number two, which was where it debuted in August.  And the new track, "That's What I Want," debuts at number 10.

LNX's album Montero debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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Want to collaborate with Justin Timberlake? You can, starting later this year

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Timbaland and Justin Timberlake have come together to make it easy for any aspiring music producer to have JT featured on their track.

Timbaland is working to launch launched Beatclub, described as a "global marketplace for music makers."  Users pay a subscription fee and can then upload and download beats, loops and other sounds from top producers and musicians. Ahead of its public launch later this year, Justin is the latest star to join the club, and plans to contribute a capella files and so-called "stem files" --  groups of discrete musical elements -- to the platform.

In addition to JT, other members of Beatclub include super-producers Tainy -- who worked on Shawn Mendes' latest hit, "Summer of Love" -- and Mike WiLL Made-IT, who's created hits for Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

“Justin is without a doubt one of the most inspiring songwriters and artists in the world,” said Timbaland in a statement. “Having him join Beatclub is like welcoming an old friend home. I’m thrilled that music creators are going to have the ability to actually collaborate with Justin and me when we launch later this year.”

Justin and Timbaland, of course, have forged a long creative partnership, dating back to JT's 2002 solo debut, Justified.  They've worked together on all of Justin's subsequent solo albums as well.

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Adele's "Hello" used by NFL to promote upcoming Bucs/Patriots game

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Maybe this is the result of Adele dating a sports agent?  One of her number-one hits is now being used by the NFL to promote an upcoming game.

The ad ran during Sunday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, and promoted next week's Sunday Night Football match up between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots.  This is a big deal because it'll mark the first time quarterback Tom Brady returns to Massachusetts' Gillette Stadium as a member of an opposing team since he left the Patriots in 2020.

That's why, evidently, the NFL picked Adele's "Hello" as the music for the ad, which has been edited down to 45 seconds of appropriate lyrics.

"Hello, it's me," she sings, as we see images of Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

"I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet," she continues, as we see six Patriots championship banners unfurl.

"So hello from the other side," she sings, as we see Brady running onto the field in his Bucs uniform. "At least I can say that I've tried."

Then, more scenes of Brady in action as a Buccaneer are shown, followed by footage of Patriots fans, Gillette Stadium and Belichick.  One Pats fan holds a sign that says, "We're still here."

"It don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore," Adele finishes. Cue Brady looking up expectantly.

The showdown, which the NFL is calling "The Return," happens this Sunday on NBC at 7 p.m. ET.

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R. Kelly has been convicted on all counts in sex crimes trial

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A federal jury has found singer R. Kelly guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking involving interactions with six women, among them the late singer Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001.

The verdict came in Monday afternoon after two days of deliberations following a six-week trial in Brooklyn federal court.  Kelly's face was concealed by a mask as the verdict was read, making it difficult to see what reaction he may have had.

Kelly, 54, whose birth name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, had pleaded not guilty to all charges and told a Brooklyn judge that he would not testify. He now faces 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.  However, this time around, the jury believed Kelly was the ringleader of a criminal enterprise that bolstered his music, his image and his sexual gratification by recruiting women and girls for sex, holding them against their will and threatening them if they misbehaved.

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Britney Spears' lawyer says new documentary offers more reasons why Jamie Spears must go

Britney Spears' lawyer Matthew Rosengart has already filed paperwork with the court explaining why Britney's father, Jamie Spears, should be removed immediately as her conservator at a court hearing due to take place on September 29.  But he's now filed yet another document, obtained by ABC News, citing information in a new documentary that he asserts is further evidence that it's imperative to get rid of Jamie.

The New York Times reported the claim -- also featured in the new FX/Hulu/New York Times documentary Controlling Britney Spears -- that Mr. Spears and a security firm he hired secretly bugged Britney's bedroom and recorded her conversations with her boyfriend, her kids and her former lawyer, and also monitored her phone, email and text conversations.

The New York Times noted, and Rosengart also mentions, that in the state of California, recording conversations in a private place like a bedroom and "mirroring" texts without both parties' consent could be illegal. 

In his filing, Rosengart calls the alleged monitoring "horrifying and unconscionable," and notes that attorney/client communications in particular are "a sacrosanct part of the legal system."

"Regardless of the outcome of the allegations, what cannot be genuinely disputed is how deeply upsetting they are to Ms. Spears," Rosengart adds, pointing out that the only issue the court may consider is whether booting Jamie Spears is in the "best interests" of Britney Spears, which he says it clearly is.

In a statement to ABC News, Rosengart says that the alleged monitoring is a "striking example of the deprivation of [Britney's] civil liberties," and adds that if her bedroom was indeed bugged, it "corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony."

"Mr. Spears," says Rosengart, "has crossed unfathomable lines."

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The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie spotted out to dinner together again

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The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie were spotted out having dinner together again over the weekend.

In photos obtained by British tabloid The Daily Mail, the two were seen Saturday at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica, California. They reportedly spent over two hours in a private section of the restaurant, before leaving together in the same vehicle.

It's not the first time the 31-year-old singer and the 46-year-old actress have enjoyed each other's company. They were previously seen grabbing dinner together at the same restaurant back in June, and attending the same concert in July.

Their outings have sparked questions about the nature of their relationship -- are they dating, just friends or working on a project together?

The Weeknd has been getting into more TV and film projects as of late, and sources speculate that he and Jolie could be meeting for business, not pleasure. But if you'll remember, The Weeknd also once referenced Angelina in his song "Party Monster," with the lyrics describing a beautiful woman as having "lips like Angelina."

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Kelly Clarkson unloads Encino, CA "farmhouse" for $8.24 million

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She took a loss on it, but Kelly Clarkson has finally managed to unload the Encino, California home she shared with her soon-to-be-ex-husband after first listing it in May of 2020.

Realtor.com reports that after splitting with husband Brandon Blackstock, who will officially become her ex-husband on January 7, 2022, she listed the mansion, described as a "modern farmhouse," for just under $10 million. She then slashed the price twice before closing the deal this month for $8.24 million; it cost $8.5 million in 2018.

Kelly's "farmhouse" is more than 10,000 square feet, and includes eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, two half-baths, a home theater, a fitness center, a game room, a wine cellar, a three-car garage, a multi-level pool, fire pit, outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven and a two-bedroom guesthouse. 

Some of the neighbors she's leaving include Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez.

This past summer, Kelly also sold her home in Hendersonville, TN for just over $6 million, and bought a five-bedroom house in Toluca Lake for a mere $5.45 million.

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Demi Lovato talks alien abductions and why there's nothing to fear

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Before the release of Demi Lovato’s new Peacock series Unidentified with Demi Lovato this week, the singer is opening up about their experiences with UFOs and extraterrestrial beings.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Demi says in making the show, they now believe they may have been abducted by aliens at one point.

“We were looking into [abductions], and as I started talking to these abductees, I was realizing that I had some very similar experience[s],” Demi says. “I had an experience where I feel like I astral-projected in my sleep, and I'm realizing that maybe it wasn't that and it was possibly that I went somewhere.”

The unscripted series features Demi, their skeptical friend Matthew and their sister Dallas, as they visit known UFO hot spots, talk to experts, examine alleged "secret government reports" and interview people who've had first hand encounters with E.T.s. 

Demi says they hope that people will watch with an open mind and realize that these “beings” are nothing to fear.  “You would think that I would be freaked out, but what I have found in these experiences is the love, and there's no fear,” they say.

Demi adds, “I think they're very caring, very intelligent beings that are just looking out for the best interest of our planet, because we need some help.”

All four episodes of Unidentified with Demi Lovato debut September 30 on Peacock.

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Lady Gaga performs at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opening gala

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Where could Lady Gaga perform for an audience that included Cher, Katy Perry, Olivia Rodrigo, Tom Hanks and film legend Sophia Loren?  The opening gala for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, that's where.

Following repeated delays due to the pandemic and other reasons, the new institution, which celebrates all aspects of movie-making, will finally open this week, so a star-studded opening bash was held over the weekend.  As an Oscar winner and a superstar singer, Gaga was the obvious choice to perform. 

It also doesn't hurt that she appeared before Hollywood's elite shortly before her latest film, House of Gucci, hits theaters. It's never too early to start that Oscar campaign.

Gaga, in full glam mode for the red carpet in a long black velvet custom gown by Schiaparelli and a massive blue satin shawl, switched to a shimmering silver dress for her performance.  According to Vogue, Gaga sang for an hour, and dedicated a rendition of "New York, New York" to Oscar-winning director Spike Lee, who helped curate the museum's permanent collection exhibit.  Of course, she got a standing ovation.

Katy Perry has posted a slideshow of the sights at the museum, including the shark from Jaws and Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.  She also showed off a different look on the red carpet, sporting long dark hair with side bangs and a black latex Louis Vuitton dress with yellow piping.

Arguably the most stunning look, though, came from Olivia Rodrigo, whose black gown, according to Vogue, was by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. The sculptured, cutout top of the gown gave new meaning to the word "plunging," taking Olivia from "Drivers License" to "License to Slay" in one fell swoop.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sam Asghari criticizes Britney Spears documentaries that left "bad after taste"

Britney Spears' fiancé Sam Asghari isn't pleased with the recent spate of documentaries detailing Britney's ongoing conservatorship case.

Ahead of FX/Hulu's Controlling Britney Spears, which premiered on Friday, Sam posted a statement to his Instagram Stories, captured by Just Jared.

"Apparently my opinion has increased in value over the past few days," the 27-year-old model/actor joked, before adding, "Past docs left bad after taste. I'm hopeful this one will be respectful."

Referring to other documentaries, which include CNN’s Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom, the BBC's The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship and Netflix's upcoming Britney Vs. Spears, Sam wrote, "I don't blame CNN, BBC, or NETFLIX (which got me thru lockdowns) for airing them because as an actor i tell other people's stories too."

"I question producers who made them 'just to shed light' without input or approval from [the] subject," he explained. "Any credit for light being shed should go to #freebritney."

Sam didn't mention FX/Hulu, whose first Britney doc, Framing Britney Spears, has been credited with helped reignite the #FreeBritney movement.

Sam's message included a “Free Britney” illustration, a cartoon judge, and an image of Jason Statham with the caption “no sweat.”

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Doja Cat joins the beauty industry, launches BH Cosmetics makeup line

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Doja Cat is following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Halsey by becoming the newest pop star to launch her own makeup line.

The "Kiss Me More" singer has teamed with BH Cosmetics for her BHxDojaCat collection, which offers a wide variety of products from eye shadow to lip-plumping glosses, and perfume.

"Inspired by the divine energy of nature and all its prismatic elements, Doja Cat's first-ever beauty collection is a mystical journey of discovery," the makeup line's official website reads. 

Doja's numerous eye shadow palettes offer an array of shades complimentary to the bold and attention-grabbing colors featured across her music videos -- from hot pink to deep space blue.  The names also offer a bit of sass, from celebrating birth stones to titles such as "Lookin like a snack."

In addition, Doja has created a variety of products that celebrate all things that glitter, such as shimmering powder highlighters, base booster glitter and shadow glue, plus decorative face and body jewels. There's also a line of brushes, mirrors and other makeup tools.

Above all else, Doja seems to want her beauty line to be affordable: Prices range from $4 to $36.  The most expensive item is her unisex perfume, Devil's Advocate, which costs $57.

Most of Doja's eye shadow palettes, with 15 to 16 colors, retail for $18, while her Mega palette -- which comes with 36 color options -- retails for $36.

You can buy the products now at BHCosmetics.com and, starting October 3, at ULTA stores and online.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Watch BTS & Coldplay's Chris Martin come together to "build a new universe"

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Friday saw the release of "My Universe," a collaboration between Coldplay and BTS, and now you can watch a mini-documentary showing how Coldplay's Chris Martin traveled to South Korea to create the song with the K-Pop superstars.

The Inside My Universe doc dropped on Sunday and, in it, Chris explains that he was asked to collaborate with BTS 18 months ago, but he wasn't sure how would be possible. 

Then, he explains, "My friend said the phrase 'my universe' one day, and I wrote it down. I thought, 'That's a cool title.'"  He then decided to turn the song into a demo to send it to BTS, who were thrilled that he was willing to work with them.

The various members of BTS talk about how Chris is the "king of the stadium tours," not to mention one of their role models and influences.  "Just as I've heard, he's humble down to earth and pure in heart," says BTS member RM of Chris.

"The song is about how the power of love transcends all things: borders and rules and genders and race and every sexuality," Chris explains. "If you look at people right now who are divided by a border, and can't be together...that's what the song is about, about how nothing can really stop people loving each other."

"This song should definitely be dedicated to ARMY," says RM, referring to their fans. "I wrote the lyrics while picturing the day we reunite with ARMY."

"[Chris] said that when he wrote the song, he was thinking of Coldplay and BTS as representatives of Earth, coming together to build a new universe," says Jin.

And, as Chris explains, BTS' global popularity "just feels very hopeful to me, in terms of thinking of the world as one family."  

 

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Why Kelly Clarkson made her new holiday album: "I feel like I could use some Christmas cheer"

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Kelly Clarkson's new album When Christmas Comes Around..., due next month, is her second holiday album, following 2013's Wrapped In Red.  Kelly says she hadn't planned on another one -- until she figured it might be just what she needs after the year she's had.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Kelly, who's going through a high-profile divorce from Brandon Blackstock, explains, "I kind of thought I'd never make another Christmas album because I love Wrapped in Red so much. And then I thought, 'You know what? I feel like I could use some Christmas cheer, and maybe a lot of us could."

"There's a lot of songs on there that aren't necessarily your, like, 'Let's play and get in a jolly mood' kind of vibe," she explains. "Some are, 'Let's really feel all the feelings' Christmas songs.' I think that's why I named it When Christmas Comes Around, because when Christmas comes around, we are all in different places."

"It's very representative of all those different emotions that one might be feeling around Christmas time," Kelly adds. "But there's some happy stuff too. It's like happy and sad...it kind of feels more like an album you release normal[ly], and then there's Christmas sprinkled on it."

The first single, "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)," is an example of this, Kelly notes, adding that she feels like, "a lot of things in life got canceled" in the past 20 months due to COVID.

"I think if you'd been in a relationship that didn't work out...it was like, 'O.K., it didn't work out. That doesn't mean it's all ruined. That doesn't mean everything's over,'" she explains.

The new album features collaborations with Ariana Grande and country stars Chris Stapleton and Brett Eldredge.

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Black Eyed Peas doing livestream from the pyramids of Giza, Egypt next month

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LIVENow, the platform that brought you Dua Lipa's Studio 2054 livestream last year, is teaming up with the Black Eyed Peas for a performance in a truly memorable setting.

The group will be performing from the Great Pyramids of Egypt in Giza on October 2. 13,000 fans from Egypt will attend but LIVENow will broadcast the show to a global audience.  Tickets are on sale now and range from $10 to $75. 

With VIP and VVIP Pass tickets, you'll get signed digital artwork, and special behind-the-scenes footage. A VVIP pass gets you that, plus a live feed from the group's personal greenroom, plus a custom limited-edition lithograph that's been created just for this performance.

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Dua Lipa levitates down the runway at Versace fashion show

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Singer, songwriter, actress....and now, runway model.

The New York Post reports that Dua Lipa made her runway debut on Friday in Milan, Italy, wearing a pink metal mesh outfit, and a two-piece black number held together with colorful safety pins, both from Versace. 

The show was part of Versace's Spring/Summer 2022 show, where Dua walked with professional models Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, Emily Ratajkowski, Stella Maxwell and Naomi Campbell, not to mention Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Leon.

Dua already has a relationship with Versace: She wore two of the label's gowns to this year's Grammys, and also appears in Versace's current Fall/Winter 2021 campaign.

Dua will make her acting debut in the upcoming spy movie Argylle.

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