ABC/Craig SjodinListen to Your Heart, the latest spinoff of ABC's The Bachelor franchise debuts next month, and because it has a musical theme, many top musicians will also appear during the six-episode special event.

The show features 20 single musicians -- 12 men and eight women -- looking for love, and connecting through music, by performing individually and together.  Some of those performances will be judged by celebrities and musicians, including Jason Mraz, Andy Grammer, Toni Braxton, Train singer Pat Monahan, Kesha, Jewel, Tom Hanks' wife, singer/actress Rita Wilson, Ashlee Simpson-Ross and her husband Evan Ross, the son of Diana Ross.

In addition, during the April 13 premiere, one couple will enjoy a private concert by "Hey There Delilah" band Plain White T's.

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart will be hosted by franchise host Chris Harrison, and fan favorites JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo, Arie and Lauren Luyendyk Jr., and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick will also appear.

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ABC/Karen NealCelebrities -- they're just like us!  Meaning they also don't feel the need to do their hair and makeup while they're quarantining.

Katy Perry was her usual glamorous self during Sunday night's previously recorded episode of American Idol, but she contrasted that time with her current state with two pics on Instagram

The expectant mom posted a picture of herself taken earlier this year in Hawaii during American Idol's Top 40 round, as well as a picture of her present-day self in bed in a bathrobe, with no makeup and messy hair with dark roots.

"Pre-quarantine -->mid-quarantine," she captioned the photos.

When friends and fans chimed in to tell Katy how great her skin looks, even without makeup -- perhaps due to that pregnancy glow -- she wrote in the comments, "blackheads and all, baby."

Katy and her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, are expecting their first child sometime this summer.

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Capitol RecordsIt seems self-quarantine has given Sam Smith some time to think about their upcoming album -- and they’ve decided to make some changes.

In a message to fans on social media Monday, the singer revealed they’ll be pushing back the June 5 release date of To Die For, as well as changing the album title.

“I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of my album and imminent release doesn’t feel right, so I have come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changes and additions,” Sam wrote.

They added, “I will be renaming my album and pushing back the release date -- both of which are to be confirmed at this time.”

Sam promised the album will definitely be coming this year.  “But until then I am still going to bring out some new music over the next few months, which I’m incredibly excited about,” they continued.

Lastly, Sam thanked fans for their understanding and patience, writing, “I always want to do right by you.”

Back in February, Sam released "To Die For," the lead single and former title track off the forthcoming album.

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Ian Gavan/Getty Images for HarlequinsAs America grapples with the rising COVID-19 pandemic, Elton John teamed up with an array of artists on Sunday night to "lift your spirits" for the first ever iHeart Living Room Concert for America that aired on Fox.

The concert not only served as means to comfort those worried about the outbreak, but it also helped raise money for two critical charities: First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America.  It was later revealed by comedian Ken Jeong that Fox was matching donations.

"We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your soul," said Sir Elton, who also comedically revealed that he was quarantined in his only house that doesn't have a piano.

Thankfully, no piano was required for his hosting duties: The performances fell to the artists who lent their vocal talents to entertain America from their homes.  However, at the end of the concert, he did manage to get his hands on a keyboard so he could close with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."

First up was Alicia Keys, who opened with an encouraging, "my hope is that we remember how resident we are and how we defy the odds" as she delicately played her piano.  She then dedicated her performance of "Underdog" to the "first responders and medical professionals that are risking their lives to keep us safe."

Following Alicia, the Backstreet Boys took the living room stage with Brian Littrell greeting fans from the comfort and safety of his house. He joked that he and his band was "bringing our living room to yours" before shouting out frontline responders who are "putting themselves in harm's way" to keep the globe safe. 

The gang sang "I Want It That Way" and even broke out some lighthearted dance moves to elicit some much-needed smiles.  Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter even got their kids involved, from playing instruments to dancing around the backyard.

Up next was Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters who dedicated his performance of "My Hero" to all those on the  front lines.

Billie Eilish and Finneas followed Grohl with an acoustic rendition of "bad guy" from their couch.  Billie revealed she wanted "to be some sort of comfort in this crazy time" before urging "Let's stay strong together."  

Up next was Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello who flirted a bit before introducing the song "My Oh My"  with Camila on vocals and Shawn on guitar.  More adorable than the lovebirds was their dog in the background who excitedly tried to steal the spotlight in the beginning.

Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, who took over for Cabello and Mendes, also showed off his canine companion as he sang "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."  

While Lady Gaga didn't perform, she reached out to fans with an empathetic, "I know what's going on in the world is terrifying" and that "my heart goes out to people who lost loved ones."  She used her time to touch upon mental health, encouraging those to communicate with friends and family to combat the feeling of isolation and anxiety.  She concluded, "Be kind to yourselves." 

Lizzo and Elton also discussed mental health and the negative emotions COVID-19 is stoking.  As the friends live chatted on Zoom, Lizzo brought up that "it's important to remember that music brings people together" and praised everyone involved for coming together during such an uncertain time.  "We cannot let this tear us apart," she said in closing. "We can't let the fear spread faster than the virus."  

Following such a serious discussion, Tim McGraw took the stage next to perform a lighthearted "Something like That" while sitting on his diving board as his band played live from their respective houses.  His spot ended with him thanking his daughter Maggie for holding the camera and sweetly blew her a kiss.

Demi Lovato took the majority of her slot to urge those viewing to donate and "do what you can to lift [people] up."  She closed with a brief piano rendition of "Skyscraper."

Last up was Mariah Carey who put her heart into "Always Be My Baby" and made sure to prove she is the queen of the whistle register by spending the last moments of the song hitting a series of high notes.  She concluded with an adorable anecdote that after she leaves the studio, she's going to put her gloves back on "even in my own home."

Other performers helping to spread positivity were H.E.R. and Sam Smith.

Thanking first responders was a unifying theme during Sunday night's concert.   The show offered numerous first-hand accounts from EMTs, doctors and nurses about how they're battling against the pandemic.  One nurse, named Melissa, who is working at a COVID-19 ICU at her hospital tearfully revealed that she feels like she's "working in a war zone."

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres also shouted out essential workers, namely those who work at grocery stores, making sure people are still able to eat by keeping the shelves stocked. 

As the concert wrapped up, Sir Elton urged the audience to continue giving to First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America before thanking everyone for coming together to promote positivity.

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ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris and husband Ryan Hurd welcomed their first child, Hayes, earlier this week. The proud new parents are overjoyed to have the new addition in their lives, but in a new social media post, Maren reveals that she endured a difficult birth process.

“30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section,” the singer explains. “Not what we planned, but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool’s errand. All that matters is that he got here safely.”

On top of those challenges, Hayes was born in the middle of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

“Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are,” she went on to say. “Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that’s eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene.”

Maren also thanked all the health care professionals that helped her safely deliver her child, concluding her post by saying that she has a newfound respect for mothers everywhere. 

“Ultimately, I can’t thank every single mother enough for going through what you’ve gone through,” she reflects. “I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I’m a measly four days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I.”

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Disney DTCIGoo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik appeared on Live with Kelly & Ryan on Friday -- remotely, of course -- to promote an important message: During the COVID-19 crisis, support your town's local businesses.

The singer lives in Westfield, N.J. and he's been helping raise money to support that town's merchants -- which have been hard hit by the coronavirus quarantine -- by live-streaming songs from his front porch.  He says it's important to support local businesses, not just in Westfield, N.J., but everywhere.

"What we're trying to get out is that a lot of the mom and pop shops around here, all the great restaurants, all the great stores and bakeries and all that, they're still open, but for pickup and delivery," Johnny explained while sitting on his front porch.

"So let's support our local businesses because they drive the entire community," he added. "That's why we have a beautiful downtown, and it makes our communities such a better place to live -- because everything is not a big franchise."

He then performed the song "Fearless" from the Goo Goo Dolls' latest album Miracle Pill with just his acoustic guitar.

Johnny, who has a young daughter, also admitted that he's really been enjoying performing without having to travel all around the world.

"It's kinda cool," he laughed. "I'm kinda thinking this might be the wave of the future!"

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ABC/Image Group LAMariah Carey is celebrating her 50th birthday – or “life anniversary” as she prefers to call it -- by recording a new song at her home studio.

The singer shared a fresh-faced selfie on Instagram Friday, showing herself standing in front of a microphone with headphones around her neck. “Starting 327 with a new song,” she wrote, adding, “#stayhome.”

She also gave an Instagram shoutout to some of her fellow artists who were born under the same sign as she was.

“Happy anniversaries to all my super-talented fellow Aries!! Cheers!!!” she wrote, tagging Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Elton John, Celine Dion, Fergie and Lady Gaga.

Mariah’s boyfriend Brian Tanaka, meanwhile, posted a birthday tribute to Mariah on his Instagram Story, featuring a photo of the two of them from the lock screen on his phone, screencapped at 3:27 on 3/27. He included the hashtag #HappyAnniversary, with confetti emojis.

He also encouraged his followers to participate in the #AlwaysBeMyBabyChallenge on TikTok and share it in honor of Mariah's special day, and posted many of their submissions on his Story.

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More stars will be performing remotely this Sunday night during the commercial-free one-hour benefit show airing on Fox.

ABC/Image Group LACamila Cabello, Sam Smith, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and R&B star H.E.R. have joined the lineup for Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America.   They join previously announced performers Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, country star Tim McGraw, Billie Eilish and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.

Elton John will host the event, which will also feature appearances by Demi Lovato, Lizzo, football star Russell Wilson and his wife, actress and singer Ciara.

The show will pay tribute to the people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, including health care professionals and first responders.  It will also ask viewers to donate to two different charities: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The team behind this event is the same who produced the multi-network telethons following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake.

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Denis O'ReganNot long ago, Jon Bon Jovi, inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, wrote a new song called "Do What You Can" and invited fans to write a second verse.  He's announced that in just two days, he got 6,000 responses -- that he's seen -- and he's now posted a video himself singing some of them. 

One that caught his attention was from a trucker named Brice Glass, who posted his verse on YouTube.  Jon says, "For all the truckers that are out there making sure that everything's getting where it needs to be right now, my heart goes out to everybody who's driving those big rigs out there, making things life easier for the rest of us."

After singing Brice's verse, which is about how important it is to keep "our country rolling on our highways and our roads," Jon adds, "Thanks everybody, keep your thoughts coming through, OK?  And I'll be here to sing 'em for ya."

Meanwhile, you may recall that earlier this year, Jon and Britain's Prince Harry got together at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London to record a new version of the new Bon Jovi song "Unbroken" with the Invictus Games Choir, made up of wounded soldiers. There's word that Prince Harry was also singing along -- but since he doesn't have a solo, we're not sure.

Well, the stirring song, written from the point of view of a soldier with PTSD, has now been released.  It'll raise money for the Invictus Games Foundation, a charity that supports the annual Invictus Games for wounded veterans, which were founded by Harry.

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Credit: Julio BedoyaThe guests have been revealed for the initial episodes of the AXS TV series The Big Interview's eighth season, and Huey Lewis leads off the lineup.

Huey, whose recent struggles with a hearing disorder has forced him to stop performing, will appear on the season premiere, airing Wednesday, April 15, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

In a preview clip, Huey reveals how advice from his father and mother led to him becoming a professional musician.

The singer explains that as he was preparing to go to college -- he'd been accepted to Cornell -- his dad told him, "As far as I'm concerned, your decisions are all your own…you can do anything you want to do. But there's one more thing I want to make you do…Don't go to college. Not yet…Take a year off and bum around Europe."

Huey says he told his mom what his dad said, and her response was, "That's the first good decision your old man ever made." He also notes that he'd started playing harmonica by that time, and recalls that his mother gave him Bob Dylan's first record, while saying, 'Check this out…The poets love this guy,'"

Huey says he proceeded to hitchhike across the country, then flew to Europe and bummed around, busking in such places as Rome, Paris, Marrakesh, Casablanca and Greece.

Asked by Rather what he learned from the experience, Lewis said, "I learned I [wanted] to be a musician."

Other artists who'll be appearing on The Big Interview include Blondie's Debbie Harry on April 11, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder on April 29 and "American Pie" singer Don McLean on May 20.

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Ke.Mazur/WireImageA week ago, Madonna filmed herself dancing in her bathroom at 3 a.m., singing a bizarre version of "Vogue" into a hairbrush.  It just goes to show that even the Queen of Pop, who never looks back, understands that it's one of her signature songs.  And it just happens to turn 30 today.

Inspired by New York's gay ballroom culture -- depicted in the Emmy-winning show Pose -- "Vogue" was released on March 27, 1990 and later appeared on I'm Breathless, the soundtrack album from Madonna's movie, Dick Tracy.  The track went on top the charts in 30 countries, becoming the best-selling song of the year globally.

Madonna was first introduced to the concept of "voguing" at New York City's Sound Factory club by dancers and choreographers from that scene. While "Vogue" has attracted accusations of cultural appropriation -- as well as a 2012 lawsuit that claimed Madonna ripped off part of the song -- it's also generally considered to be one of the highlights of Madonna's career, along with its acclaimed, much-parodied, award-winning video, directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher.

Madonna has gone on to perform "Vogue" on six of her tours, including her most recent Madame X trek, and she also made it part of her 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.  She adapted it in 1990 into a Rock the Vote PSA, urging fans, "Speak your mind/there's nothing to it/Vote."

A memorable "Vogue" performance at the 1990 MTV VMAs featured Madonna and her dance troupe dressed in 18th century French fashions inspired by the 1988 movie Dangerous Liasons. Camila Cabello mimicked it last year on Saturday Night Live.

Of note: all 16 classic Hollywood stars name-checked in the rap section of the song have now passed away.

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ABC/Image Group LAIn honor of Women’s History Month, Taylor Swift is guest-curating Spotify’s Amplify playlist with female artists that have inspired her along the way.

The playlist features 51 songs from artists including Michelle Branch, Dixie Chicks, Jewel, TLC, Paramore, Tracy Chapman, Shakira, Carly Simon, Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and more.

“At the end of Women’s History Month, I wanted to make a playlist of songs and artists who made music that became the soundtrack to my life for a time, a phase, endless rides on the school bus, getting my license and driving around alone, screaming into a hairbrush and deciding ultimately that I wanted to make music too,” Taylor says in a statement.

She adds, “I see these women as my faraway mentors, who taught me how music can really make someone’s life easier and more magical. These female professors guided me melodically, lyrically, spiritually and emotionally without even knowing it. And though I haven’t met most of these women, I will forever be grateful to them.”

On Twitter, Taylor described the playlist as “nostalgic comfort vibes.” You can check it out Spotify now.

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My Women’s History Month playlist is nostalgic comfort vibes by women I adore 💛 @Spotify https://t.co/q47iu4Vc7L pic.twitter.com/I5jQCZy8G1

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 27, 2020



Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesLionel Richie and Kenny Rogers' friendship goes way back -- like four decades back. 

Rogers passed away at 81 on Friday, March 20.  In the wake of Rogers' passing, Richie reminisced about how the two became best buds. In an interview with People, he opened up about writing the No. 1 hit song "Lady" for the country star.

It all started in 1980 when Richie was still a part of the Commodores

"I had written ‘Lady’ for the Commodores, and they didn’t want it," Richie explained. "'Kenny wants to have the song,' they told me."

"When 'Lady' came out, it was an explosion onto the music scene," he said. "It was a mutual admiration society."

Thus began a long-lasting friendship and mentorship. 

"Everything that happened in my life, truthfully, from that moment on, had a Kenny Rogers stamp on it. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor," the American Idol judge revealed. "When I was going through everything, leaving the Commodores, trying to be a solo artist, trying to figure out what that means — he was that guy."

Richie also shared how Rogers had no qualms in keeping it real with him saying, "'Listen Lionel, this is what’s going to happen, this is what you’re going to feel.'" 

The 70-year-old "All Night Long" singer added, "Everything I thought was the end of the world, he would start laughing. And would ask him, 'Why are you laughing? I am telling you something dire.' And he said, 'I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m from a poor family. You don’t know what hardship is.'"

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Slaven Vlasic/FilmMagicIt was revealed on Thursday that over three million Americans filed for unemployment this week as businesses across the nation shutter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  MGM employees who are temporarily out of work are thanking Bruno Mars who stepped up and donated $1 million of his own money to help those struggling make ends meet.

The "Grenade" artist had been performing a limited Vegas residency at The Park Theater at Park MGM since 2016.

As reported by ET Canada, Mars made his sizeable donation to the MGM Resorts Foundation.  A portion of his money will also go toward the Employee Emergency Grant Fund and the Children’s Medical Support Fund.

A representative explained why Bruno felt compelled to help those displaced by the pandemic, announcing on Thursday, "The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he’s in the creative process of working on his next album."

The rep for the "Uptown Funk" singer went on, "With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees" because they "help make these shows possible."

Mars also expressed that he hopes that the employees will be able to safely return to work soon so they can continue "having fun together."

CEO and President of MGM Resorts International Bill Hornbuckle spoke for all his employees while expressing his sincere gratitude to the singer.  "We consider Bruno Mars as part of the MGM family and appreciate what he is doing to help our employees and their families during these uncertain times," said Hornbuckle.  

He went on to reveal that the eligibility requirements for the funds were recently tweaked "to help as many employees as we can" and that Mars' generous donation "will help us expand our reach even further."

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Mike HelfrichOn Thursday, Richard Marx performed a Billboard Live At-Home concert, playing requests to raise money for Meals on Wheels America, which is delivering food to U.S. senior citizens.  During the session, Richard remembered the late Kenny Rogers, who passed away on March 20 -- and who happened to have been the first artist ever to record one of his songs.

The song was "Crazy," a massive hit in 1984 for Rogers.  Richard recalled that he wrote it when he was just 19, and working a background singer for hire on Kenny's album.

"I overheard him tell this producer that they were still one song short on this album," said Richard. "I remember him saying, 'I need that song that says what every woman wishes she heard and what every man wished he could say.'"

So, amazingly, Richard continued, "I went home and wrote most of this song.  And I brought it in the next day...he asked me to sit down at the piano and play it for him. I sang it for him, he changed it around a little bit and he took it to number one on the country charts."

"Crazy" also reached the top five on the Adult Contemporary charts -- one of the many pop hits Kenny would score over the years. Others included "Lady," "We've Got Tonight," "Through the Years" and, of course, "Islands in the Stream."

Richard recently had to postpone his European tour until the fall due to COVID-19.

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Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesMadonna is paying tribute to her Desperately Seeking Susan co-star Mark Blum, after the actor passed away Thursday at age 69 due to complications from COVID-19 coronavirus.

"I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus," she posted, along with two photos of them from the film.

"This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!"

She added, "Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way. we need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules!"

Blum made appearances in numerous films including Crocodile Dundee, Blind Date and Shattered Glass, as well as TV shows including St. Elsewhere, Frasier, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Law & Order, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, The Blacklist and Elementary.

More recently he had a recurring role on the Netflix show You and guest starred on HBO's Succession.

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ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteIn addition to being a global superstar, Gloria Estefan is also an entrepreneur: She and husband Emilio own restaurants and hotels in Florida.  Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple is finding new jobs for 300 of their employees who were left jobless when those properties had to close down or severely limit service.

As ABC affiliate Local 10 News reports, the couple is partnering with pharmacy giant CVS, which recently announced plans to hire 50,000 people.

Emilio reached out and, he tells the station, "they came through. They called right away, saying, 'We're willing to take the help,' and I think it's a message of hope."

The displaced employees from the couple's South Florida, Orlando and Vero Beach, FL properties are now being screened by CVS and will be matched with new jobs in a couple of days.  According to Treasure Coast Newspapers, the restaurant and hotel employees will be hired as store associates, distribution center employees and member and customer service professionals.

"The hardest thing has been the restaurant business," says Emilio. "You lose a lot of the waiters, a lot of the kitchen [staff]. It's no way we could hold everybody. We had so many employees, but at least we kept some of the people working."

“Me and Gloria, we went through a lot in our lives, and we had to ‘Get On Your Feet’ many times in our lives,” he adds. “We’re going to go through rough times, but I believe in the spirit of the country. I believe in America.”

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George HolzThe Eagles will welcome fans back to the Hotel California in September.

Like pretty much every other musical act in the world, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers had to reschedule a string of concerts they'd planned that would feature them performing their 1976 album Hotel California in its entirety, with an orchestra and choir.

The tour will now resume with a September 18-19 stand in Denver, followed by three nights in the Los Angeles area, two nights in San Francisco, two nights in St. Paul, Minnesota, and one show in Dallas.  The tour will wrap up October 25 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new shows.

In addition to performing the whole of the landmark album, The Eagles also will play a set of their greatest hits.

Here are the new tour dates:

9/18 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/19 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/25 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/26 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/29 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
10/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center
10/3 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center
10/16 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/17 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/21 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
10/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena

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ABC/Image Group LACamila Cabello and Shawn Mendes are taking this opportunity in quarantine to teach each other some new skills.

Camila posted on her Instagram Story Wednesday that the two have been passing the time by swapping music and language lessons.

"Shawn is teaching me this and I'm teaching him Spanish," Cabello captioned a photo of herself holding a guitar. "In the words of dababy LETS GOOOO."

Over the weekend, the two were spotted kissing in Miami while venturing outside for a walk.  Earlier this week, Camila was forced to postpone her Romance tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We can't start rehearsals without putting people at risk and with so much up in the air with no real and definitive end in sight, I feel this is the responsible thing to do,” she wrote on social media.

But, she noted, "One positive thing is the opportunity to create and keep making music that I'm also excited to share with you."

Shawn, meanwhile, donated $175,000 through his Shawn Mendes Foundation to hospital relief in his hometown of Toronto.

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Ben Gibson, © HST Global Limited, courtesy of Rocket EntertainmentElton John's 73rd birthday was Wednesday, and he's shared with fans what his special day was like via social media.  While he, his husband David Furnish and two young sons are self-isolating, there was no shortage of festive moments.

On his Instagram Story, Elton posted a photo of a "Happy Birthday" sign taped to his window.  "So nice to wake up to this," he wrote. "Thank you Zachary and Elijah!" He also shared images of the cards the boys made their dad, writing, "Homemade cards are the best!"

Elton's Instagram Story also includes images of birthday wishes from celebrity pals like Sharon Stone and David Beckham.

The highlight, though, is a video of Elton sitting in front of a candle-festooned cake that reads, "Happy Birthday Daddy," as Zachary and Elijah sing to him.

"Grateful for the best birthday ever with my family," Elton captioned the video.

Separately on his own Instagram, Furnish wrote, "Happy Birthday to my incomparable, darling husband. Thank-you for all that you give to your family and to the world. You are the best."

Elton was supposed to be continuing his Farewell Tour in North America right now, but he's postponed those dates until 2021 due to COVID-19.

Grateful for the best birthday ever with my family 🙏🏻❤️🎂🚀

Elton xx pic.twitter.com/gfDsZ865BW

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) March 26, 2020

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