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Live Nation/Interscope Records/MaverickPeople still “Crave” Madonna on the dance floor.

The remix of her song “Crave,” with Swae Lee, has hit number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, making it her 49th number-one hit on that chart. Madonna now has the most Dance Club number ones of any other artist, trailed distantly by Rihanna, who has 33.

“Crave” is Madonna's third Dance Club chart-topper from Madame X, following “Future” and “Medellin.” It’s also her ninth consecutive number one on the chart, her longest such streak.

Madame X debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in June.

Madonna is currently in the middle of her sold-out Madame X Tour. She kicks off a string of Los Angeles shows on November 13.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCCeline Dion will make her Watch What Happens Live debut next week, People exclusively announced Monday.

The episode of the Bravo late-night talk show, dubbed “My Heart Will Dion,” will feature a special one-on-one chat with Celine and host Andy Cohen.

“I’m so giddy with anticipation for Celine Dion to make her clubhouse debut that I feel like Rose in Titanic, before the boat sunk!” Andy tells People. “She is a singular force in music and we will celebrate her as such!”

The episode will air November 18 at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Celine is currently on her Courage World Tour, in support of her upcoming album, Courage, which comes out November 15.

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Alexandra GavilletAfter his reign was briefly toppled by Selena Gomez’s “Lose You to Love Me,” Lewis Capaldi is back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with “Someone You Loved.”

It marks the song’s second non-consecutive week at number one, since debuting on May 25. It previously topped the Official U.K. Singles chart for seven weeks, beginning in March.

Post Malone’s “Circles” takes over the number two spot on the Hot 100 chart, with “Lose You to Love Me” -- Selena's first-ever number-one single -- dropping to number five. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” is at number three and Lizzo’s former chart-topper, “Truth Hurts,” comes in at number four.

In other chart moves, Maroon 5’s “Memories” cracks the top 10 and jumps to number nine, becoming the band’s 15th Hot 100 top 10.

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dick clark productionsShania Twain is making her grand return to the American Music Awards later this month.

The singer will be performing a medley of her greatest hits, marking her first time back on the AMAs stage since 2003.

Shania joins previously announced performers Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Thomas Rhett and Taylor Swift, the latter of whom will also receive the Artist of the Decade award at the ceremony.

The 2019 American Music Awards will air live on ABC November 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

On December 6, Shania kicks off her Let’s Go! The Las Vegas Residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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Tony TranLady Gaga's always loved rock and roll, and she proved it this past weekend by jamming with the guitarist of one of the most legendary rock bands ever.

After her Las Vegas Jazz & Piano residency show this past Saturday night at the Park Theater at Park MGM, Gaga dropped by NoMad Restaurant to perform with her longtime friend and collaborator, trumpeter Brian Newman, during his regular residency there. 

After she sang some jazz standards, she was joined onstage by Robby Krieger, guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Doors, who was in the audience. 

First, Robby played The Doors' signature hit, "Light My Fire," and then he and Gaga jammed on "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby," a Louis Jordan song from 1944.  Legendary jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard also came onstage to join in the fun.

Gaga's next gigs in Vegas are a string of dates at the end of December, including New Year's Eve.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessLauren Daigle's world tour is expanding.

Due to "overwhelming demand," 13 additional dates have been added to the upcoming trek, which kicks off in January in Australia and arrives in North America on February 20 in Pensacola, FL.  The new dates -- spread over March, April and May -- include three shows in California and an additional show in Lauren's hometown of New Orleans.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on November 15 at 10 a.m. local time via LaurenDaigle.com/tour.  American Express® Card Members can buy them starting Tuesday at noon local time.  VIP Packages are also available and they include a Q&A with Lauren, a pre-show song performance and custom merch.

The show will feature Lauren performing songs from her Grammy-winning album Look Up Child, including, of course, her smash "You Say" and her current single, "Rescue."

Here are the new tour dates:

3/19 -– North Charleston, SC -- North Charleston Coliseum
3/20 -– Birmingham, AL -- Legacy Arena at The BJCC
3/21 -– Jonesboro, AR -- First National Bank Arena
4/14 -– Salt Lake City, UT -- Maverik Center
4/15 -– Boise, ID -- ExtraMile Arena
4/16 -– Sacramento, CA -- Golden 1 Center
4/21 -– San Diego, CA -- Pechanga Arena San Diego
4/22 -– Oakland, CA -- Oakland Arena
4/24 -– Portland, OR -- Moda Center
4/25 -– Kent, WA -- accesso ShoWare Center**
5/2 –- Huntsville, AL -- Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena
5/3 –- Columbus, OH -- Schottenstein Center
7/19 –- New Orleans, LA -- Smoothie King Center

**no AMEX presale.

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Christopher Polk/E! EntertainmentGwen Stefani and Pink took home the Fashion Icon and People's Champion awards, respectively, at this year's E! People's Choice Awards on Sunday. 

"I feel like I just always, always loved fashion," Gwen recalled in her speech.  "It was just one of those very instinctual things, partly because of my mom, my grandma, my great grandma, my grandma sewed my mom's clothes."

Gwen, who owns several fashion lines, explained the inspiration for her fashion choices, saying, "I used to hate fashion that's for the rich.  People, you can't get those clothes.  I'm just going to go to the thrift store and make my own thing. That's what I did my whole life."

Blake Shelton, Gwen's boyfriend and fellow coach on NBC's The Voice also won the award for Country Artist of 2019.

Pink kicked off a profanity-laced speech that urged people to want to make a difference.

"You feel like you don't matter, feel like your life doesn't matter? Get involved," she said. "You can't tell me Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Gloria Steinham, Anita Hill, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, tell me one person can't make a difference."

Added the Pennsylvania native, "I'm a dumba** derelict from Doylestown and I have managed to change a little part in my little world thank you."

Pink passionately finished, "There is a planet that needs help.  It feels good to help.  It feels powerful to help. Get together with your friends and change the f****** world."

Among Sunday's other winners were Billie Eilish for Female Artist of 2019.  Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Señorita" for Song of 2019; and the Best Album award went to Taylor Swift's Lover.

The evening also included an energetic performance by Alessia Cara singing "Rooting for You." 

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Chris Haston/NBCNot everyone enjoys or is willing to wait for Madonna to show up fashionably late to her concerts.  One Florida man is so irate, he wants to drag the "Crave" singer to court.

Page Six reports that Nate Hollander bought three tickets to her December 17 show at Fillmore Miami Beach for a hefty price -- $1,024.95 to be exact.  All seemed fine and dandy until Madonna switched the start time from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. late last month.

Hollander said the later start time ruined the show and he doesn't want to go anymore, before adding he was unable to secure a refund.  He also claims the change of time is a breach of contract between the ticket buyer and seller when filing his suit last Monday in Miami-Dade County court.

Hollander argues, "Ticketholders [have] to work and go to school the next day, which prevent[s] them from attending a concert that would end at around 1:00 a.m."

He also filed suit against Live Nation.

While Madonna has not publicly addressed the legal challenge, she did post to Twitter on Saturday a very pointed video message.  

"There's something that you all need to understand," Madonna purrs to the audience at her Vegas show, "and that is, that a queen is never late."

While Hollander vehemently disagrees, it will be interesting to see what the court ultimately thinks.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageDespite controversy, Michael Jackson's music continues to have an impact on the charts.

As Billboard tallies Halloween's effect on sales and streams this year, the publication reports that Michael's Halloween classic "Thriller" has reappeared on the Hot 100 at number 44. 

As Billboard notes, it's the second straight year that the song has returned to the Hot 100; last year it re-entered the chart at number 31. Older songs can appear on the Hot 100 if they sell and/or stream enough to make the top 50 and, as Billboard puts it, if the song can show "a meaningful reason" for its revival.

"Thriller" experienced a 200% sales boost, and a 136% streaming boost.

The best-selling Halloween song of the week, though, is "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, scoring a 253% sales increase and a 312% streaming boost.

Other songs that got big sales and streaming boosts last week include Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters," Danny Elfman's "This Is Halloween," and the theme to the 1978 movie Halloween.

Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" were also all popular in sales this year.

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Getty Images/Dimitrios KambourosEarlier Friday, The Jonas Brothers released a new holiday song, "Like It's Christmas."  But if you're looking for even more Jonas items this holiday season, Nick Jonas has got something special for you.

Nick and designer Jon Varvatos have just released their latest fragrance collaboration.  Called JVxNJ Silver Edition, it's the duo's third fragrance for men. Described as "fresh, effervescent and exhilarating," the fragrance was "driven by our goal of letting go and being a totally free spirit," says Varvatos.

Nick adds that the scent "speaks to embracing yourself and being comfortable in your own skin."

The fragrance is now available, in prices ranging from $74-$94.  It features notes of mineral, sage, geranium, patchouli, sandalwood, and two citrusy scents: bergamot and vetiver.

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Courtesy O The Oprah MagazineIn an astonishing coincidence -- not -- an item from Lady Gaga's new Haus Laboratories makeup line has been chosen for Oprah Winfrey's annual Favorite Things list of holiday gifts.

A day after Oprah's interview with Gaga for ELLE magazine was released, the entertainment mogul unveiled her list, and among the 79 items is Haus Laboratories' 96-dollar Glam Attack Holiday Set.  It's a collection of Gaga's signature liquid shimmer powder eye shadows in six different shades.

"Makeup turns Stefani Germanotta into Lady Gaga, and her new liquid eye shadow can transform you, too," says Oprah's blurb. "Blendable and buildable, it works for a subtle daytime look or full-on nighttime glam."

On Instagram, Gaga posted a photo of herself and Oprah: Gaga has all the colors striped across her arm, while Oprah is holding a Haus shopping bag.

"@Oprah @OprahMagazine thank u for including @hauslabs on your list of favorite things this year!" reads the caption.

You can even watch a video at Oprah.com showing Gaga applying the makeup to Oprah's face.

All of Oprah's other Favorite Things are collected on Amazon for your shopping convenience.  There's even a whole section of gifts under $50.

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Alexandra GavilletFollowing the number-one success of his debut single "Someone You Loved," Lewis Capaldi now has an early holiday gift for fans.

He's releasing an "Extended Edition" of his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, on November 22.  It'll feature three new songs: "Before You Go," "Leaving My Love Behind" and "Let It Roll."  The disc is now available for pre-order.

Divinely Uninspired was the fastest-selling U.K. debut album of 2019.  To date, it's sold 1.5 million units worldwide.

If you can't wait for November 22, you can pick up Lewis' recently released EP, Bruises, which includes four different versions of the song by that name, taken from the album. "Bruises" was the first song Lewis put on Spotify two years ago, and it racked up 25 million streams more quickly than any previous track by an unsigned artist.

In other Lewis Capaldi news, the Scottish singer will perform "Someone You Loved" on Live with Kelly & Ryan on November 15.  As previously reported, he'll be opening for his pal Niall Horan on Niall's Meet You There world tour, which kicks off April 20 in Nashville, TN.  Tickets are on sale now.

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Valheria RochaTime to start holiday shopping for the Taylor Swift fans in your life. The singer’s new limited edition merch collection, celebrating all her different “eras,” is on sale now.

The Taylor Swift Eras Collection features a sweatshirt, a hoodie, a t-shirt, a water bottle and a coffee mug emblazoned with a photo of seven different Taylors sporting looks from each of her album cycles, including her latest one, Lover.  

The collection will be available on TaylorSwift.com until Monday, November 11 at noon ET -- so act fast!

November 24, Taylor performs at the American Music Awards, where she’ll also accept the award for Artist of the Decade.

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Adam Torgerson/NBCUniversalAfter a healthy buildup of equal parts excitement and scrutiny, John Legend's highly anticipated cover of "Baby It's Cold Outside" featuring Kelly Clarkson is finally here.  The single went live at the stroke of midnight on Friday.  

Legend's voice blends beautifully with Clarkson's as they take on the Christmas classic with a jazzy “consent-friendly” spin. 

Despite the mellow feel and dreamy warm vocals carrying the song, the major focus still remains squarely on the lyrics. 

Song purists mainly lambasted the "All of Me" singer for heavily revising the part typically sung by the male, including new lines such as "It's your body and your choice" and "I want you to stay, it's not up to me."

The politically correct duet immediately starts with Legend showcasing that there are absolutely no strings attached to Clarkson's visit.

"I really can't stay (Baby it's cold outside)/ I gotta go away (I can call you a ride)" are the first two lines in the heavily retooled track, setting the tone for the rest of their exchange.  However, the song does break its serious tone to include a dash of unexpected humor.

"My mama will start to worry (I'll call a car and tell them to hurry)/ My daddy will be pacing the floor (Wait, what do you still live at home for?)" The lyrics continue, perhaps as a nod to recent statistics showing that nearly one in four millennials still live with their parents.

However, naysayers maintain Legend went too far with his edit.  His harshest critic was Deana Martin, daughter of the late Dean Martin, who told Good Morning Britain earlier this week that Legend's new lyrics made the song even more sexual.

"Baby It's Cold Outside" is part of John's deluxe edition of A Legendary Christmas, which is out now.

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Reiner BajoNick Jonas is one of the many stars in the new WWII drama Midway, in theaters today.  The movie is based on a major turning point in the war, in which the U.S. Navy won a decisive battle against the Japanese Navy.   Nick plays a real-life sailor whose quick action saved the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier -- and he says he has a very personal connection to the story.

"My father served in the military and served in the Navy," Nick explained at the movie's premiere. "So it's really meaningful to our family." 

And I think that to tell it on a scale like this, in a film like this, [and] introduce it to a new audience as well, it's an honor," he continued. "And hopefully we've done this story justice."

Nick says while playing his character, Aviation Machinist Mate Bruno Gaido, he learned a lot, since he wasn't exactly in expert in World War II battles.

"This was actually not a story that I knew too much about, and so I was educated in the process," he admits. "And getting to play Bruno was incredible, just because I feel like he's an unsung hero in a lot of ways, and to give him that moment is really amazing.  And to tell a very important story was a pleasure for me."

Midway is directed by Roland Emmerich, the man behind Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and many other big-budget films.  In addition to Nick, it stars Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.

Nick will next be seen in Jumanji: The Next Level, opening December 13.

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Legacy RecordingsThe romantic comedy Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, is in theaters today. It was inspired by the 1984 Wham! hit "Last Christmas," and the entire soundtrack is made up of Wham! and George Michael hits.  Thompson, who also wrote the film, says the George gave the movie his blessing before his death, and also appreciated that it touches on real-world issues.

"During the development of the project, I met with George and told him the story that we had, and he loved it, and he was particularly thrilled about all the stuff [in the movie] about homelessness," Thompson tells ABC Audio. "Because he [had] a passionate social conscience."

The movie is a great opportunity for younger fans to discover George's music, which Thompson, Henry Golding and, according to them, everyone in the U.K. loves. 

"There's a tune or track of his that follows you throughout life," says Golding." And George was one of those magnificent people who wrote from the heart. He created melodies that would last a lifetime, and left us with something so, so special."

Thompson, meanwhile, admires how George's music evolved from Wham!'s pop hits to deeper material like "Praying for Time."  When the late singer finally came to terms with his sexuality, she notes, "His music just became remarkable."

The film's end credits feature an unreleased song by George called "This Is How (We Want You to Get High)." Thompson personally chose it from several offered to her because, she says, it mirrors the movie's theme.

As she puts it, "It's about looking up into the world and getting the highs that we get -- not from the dopamine hit that you get from your social media...but getting it from looking into each other's eyes." 


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Mike ColucciIt's a long way 'til next summer, but Billy Joel is already making plans to step up to the plate.

The Piano Man is continuing his "stadium residency" at Boston's Fenway Park by performing a seventh concert there on August 28, 2020.  The show follows six years of consecutive sellouts at the historic ballpark.

To mark the occasion, Billy and Fenway Park are donating four prime VIP tickets to every Red Sox home game during the season to raise money for two local charities: one in Billy's home turf of Long Island, New York and one in New England. 

The money from the sale of the tickets, valued at over $127,000, will go to the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association and the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association.  Billy fans are no doubt aware of his longtime support of commercial fishermen: his song "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" is about that very topic.

Tickets to the August 28 show go on sale to the general public November 15 starting at 10 a.m. ET via RedSox.com/BillyJoel.  American Express card members can access them from November 11 through 14.

In other Billy Joel ballpark news, he'll perform his first-ever solo stadium show in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 11, 2020, at Great American Ball Park.

“I am a huge Billy Joel fan,” says Reds and National Baseball  Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.  “What sets Billy Joel’s music apart is how it makes you feel.  Every song evokes emotion, triggering memories from throughout my life.  Having him perform his timeless hits at the home of the Reds is going to be unforgettable. ”

Ticket sale days and times are the same as for the Fenway Park show, except the general public tickets for Cincinnati will go on sale via livenation.com.

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ABCThe performers for Disney's annual lineup of holiday specials have been announced, so set your DVRs.

First up, it's The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, which will air Thursday, November 28. Hosted by former Glee star Matthew Morrison and Spice Girl Emma Bunton, the show features performances from Disney World and Disneyland from Sting and Shaggy, Pentatonix, "Feel It Still" band Portugal. The Man, Lindsey Stirling, and a duet between Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer.  Former Fifth Harmony singer and current Dancing with the Stars standout Ally Brooke will also perform.

Next up, it's Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World, airing December 13 on the Disney Channel.  Pentatonix and Shaggy will both perform on that show.

Finally, it's the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade, airing December 25 on ABC.  It also features Matthew Morrison and Emma Bunton, joined by black-ish star Marsai Martin and The Lion King star JD McCrary.

Performers on that show also include Sting and Shaggy, each performing solo, Pentatonix, Ingrid Michaelson teaming with Grace VanderWaal for a duet, Portugal. The Man and Ally Brooke.

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NBC News’ Today/DatelineIn her first television interview, Whitney Houston’s best friend and former assistant, Robyn Crawford, confirms the rumors that they were sexually involved.

Crawford makes the revelation in her memoir, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houstonand describes their relationship in a special edition of NBC’s Dateline.

"We were intimate on many levels, and all I can say is that it was very deep and we were very connected," Crawford says in an excerpt from the TV interview. "Our friendship was a deep friendship. In the early part of that friendship it was physical.”

Whitney and Robyn met as teenagers when they worked as summer camp counselors in East Orange, New Jersey. Robyn says the sexual part of their relationship ended just before Whitney signed her recording contract with Arista Records in 1983.

"She said, 'I don’t believe we should be physical anymore,'” Crawford continues. “The music business was a world that we were learning and we didn’t want anything to interfere where she was going. I just felt that I wouldn’t be losing much. I still loved her the same and she loved me and that was good enough."

Robyn says no one knew about their sexual relationship and she kept the secret, until now.

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston will be published November 12. You can see Crawford’s full interview on Dateline, which airs Saturday at 9 p.m ET/8 p.m. CT on NBC.

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ABC/Randy HolmesOver the years, Maroon 5's Adam Levine has made guest appearances on a number of songs for other artists, including rappers Kanye West and 50 Cent, Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash, musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, and pop group Gym Class Heroes.  But his latest guest appearance is the most improbable of all.

According to Entertainment Weekly, actor Joe Pesci, best known for his roles in My Cousin Vinny, Goodfellas, the Home Alone franchise and Casino, has announced that he'll be releasing a new album on November 29.  It's called Pesci...Still Singing, and it includes not just one, but two tracks featuring Adam. 

One track's a cover of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour," and the other is a song called "Baby Girl" that also features Latin music giant Arturo Sandoval.  You can listen to "Baby Girl" now.

This will be 76-year-old Pesci's third album, and it arrives two days after his latest film, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, hits Netflix.  The actor, a former lounge singer, hasn't released an album since 1998's parody record Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You.  His first album, Little Joe Sure Can Sing!, came out in 1968.

It's not clear how Adam and Pesci know each other.

Here's the Pesci...Still Singing track listing:

"How About You"
"Falling In Love is Wonderful"
"I Remember April"
"I’ll Be Seeing You"
"Round Midnight"
"If I Should Lose You"
"My Cherie Amour" (feat. Adam Levine)
"In My Solitude"
"Folks Who Live On The Hill"
"If I Ever Lost You"
"The Nearness of You" (feat. Jimmy Scott)
"Exodus"
"Baby Girl" (feat. Adam Levine)

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