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We spent 2020 dancing to Dua Lipa's album Future Nostalgia.  Now, Pentatonix is throwing it back to the '90s, with a club-tastic medley that's the perfect soundtrack for a six-minute dance party.

In their new video, the group, dressed in their best '90s club styles, sings their way through an amazing 17 dance floor favorites a cappella style, including "Around the World (La La La La La)," the ATC song that Ava Max interpolates in her current hit, "My Head & My Heart."  O.K., it came out in 2000, but close enough.

Other smashes you'll hear include Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight," Cher's "Believe," C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and, of course, "What Is Love" by Haddaway.

Part of the fun, is, of course, seeing how many songs you recognize, but here's a handy list:

La Bouche, "Be My Lover"
Haddaway, "What Is Love"
ATC, "All Around the World"
Alice Deejay, "Better Off Alone"
C+C Music Factory, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Snap!, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
Vengaboys, "Boom Boom Boom Boom"
Sonique, "It Feels So Good"
Cascada, "Every Time We Touch"
Eiffel 65, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
Robin S, "Show Me Love"
Jennifer Lopez, "Waiting for Tonight"
Ace of Base, "Beautiful Life"
Cher, "Believe"
Crystal Waters, "Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)"
CeCe Peniston, "Finally"

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Because they're silver and concave, the plaques that Spotify gives to artists for racking up one billion streams of one of their tracks have inspired some musicians to turn them into dinner plates.  Now Maren Morris is jumping on that bandwagon.

On her socials, Maren wrote, "Said I'd do it," alongside a black-and-white video of herself cooking mac 'n cheese, dumping it on her plaque, and eating it while wearing a fancy dress.

"thanks for a billion streams on The Middle, y’all," she wrote, referring to her Grammy-nominated smash hit with Zedd and Grey. "And thank you @spotify for the multi-purpose plaque."

"The Middle," released in 2018, was a top-five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys in 2019.

In 2018, Taylor Swift invited Maren to join her onstage to perform "The Middle" during the Arlington, TX stop of her Reputation Stadium Tour.  Maren can currently be heard singing on the song "You All Over Me" on Taylor's newly released Fearless (Taylor's Version) album project.

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Bush's Beans

Earlier this week, Josh Groban released the supremely bizarre yet hilarious "Bean Song," as part of a Bush's Beans ad campaign. In the song, he sings passionately about his love for beans, how healthful they are, and why they get a bad rap.  Now, he's explaining what possessed him to do this.

Noting that he's often been asked to do commercials but has been wary of doing stuff that felt "phony," Josh tells Billboard that he didn't say yes immediately when Bush's Beans approached him. But he reconsidered because he's an avid bean fan.

"I’ve loved beans my whole life and I’m pretty much a vegetarian, and I did used to get made fun of for just having beans at the barbecue," he tells Billboard.

He adds, "I just kind of sat at my piano for a few days, and I said to myself, ‘No pressure. If you can’t think of anything, just say thank you but no thanks and move on.’ Then, this song just kind of sprouted. I went back to them and I said, ‘I think we have something, but it’s really weird and it’s funny and is it OK?'"

"They’re like, ‘We’re all about it,’" Josh recalls. "They went with me on this weird journey and it turned into something that on paper, it’s very WTF, but in reality, so much fun to do."

Josh is also thrilled he got his father to appear briefly in the song's video, standing at a grill as Josh sings about how great beans are at a barbecue.

As he tells Billboard, "He’s so shy and it was like, if I could get my dad barbecuing...this video, even just for a second, it will be the best Easter egg ever."

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Randall Slavin

Matchbox Twenty's first foray into the world of NFTs -- the new technology that allows people to own a unique piece of digital content -- has worked out pretty well.

The band's first NFT offering, which included the rights to high-res digital images of the original lyric sheets for their hit song, "Unwell," was sold for $24,000, proceeds from which went to the charities RADical Hope and The Trevor Project.  Then, a donor kicked in an additional $50,000 directly to RADical Hope in support of the whole project.

RADical Hope addresses America's youth mental health crisis, while The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

During a conversation about the NFT auction on the app Clubhouse last Thursday night, Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, who wrote "Unwell," spoke about why he wanted to tie the song to the current state of mental health in the country.

"What we're really talking about is the mental health of our future generations," Rob said. "Who we're going to be ten years from now depends on how we treat people now, and I think the Trevor Project and RADical Hope are pinpointing a huge group that we might lose if we don't let them know how special they are and how normal they are."

"Unwell," a top-ten hit in 2003, was recently interpolated by superstar DJ and producer Steve Aoki for a new song called "Used to Be," featuring vocals by Kiiara and Wiz Khalifa. A new acoustic version incorporates Rob's vocals as well.

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Justin Timberlake has lined up his next acting gig for Apple TV+.

Deadline reports the 40-year-old singer/actor has been tapped to play Gong Show host Chuck Barris for an as-yet-untitled hour-long drama series.

The show will be based on Barris’ 1984 memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he claimed his job as a game show creator and host in the ‘60s and ‘70s was just a front for his real job as a CIA assassin. Barris created such game show classics as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.

The book was previously made into a 2002 film of the same name that was directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris.

Justin’s new role comes on the heels of his other Apple TV+ project, the film Palmer, which was released in January.

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Last night at the GLAAD Media Awards, Sam Smith was named Outstanding Music Artist, but Katy Perry, who presented them with the honor, took the opportunity to sum up the past year in a way that we all could relate to.

"Music helped us get through this very difficult time, when not much else did," Katy said in her remarks. "I mean, our fabulous clothes? They just stayed on the hangers while we lived in sweats every single day."

"Some of us even went up a couple of sizes -- I did, I also had a baby," she noted. "And the sex dried up! Yeah!"

"Well, I hope it all comes back, but maybe not that baking bread thing, that was kind of a weird thing," Katy continued. She then went on to salute all the incredible music artists who "gave us moments of hope, happiness, resilience and even just plain ol' escapism."

Accepting the award from London, Sam noted, "I'm so honored to be receiving this this year...it really means a lot to me. This has been such a tough year for everyone....and for me, music has remained this constant force of unity throughout the world for people."

"Looking at this category tonight...these are the albums that have got me through this year," they said. "So I just want to raise a cup of tea -- have a tea party -- for everyone in this category."

Among the artists who Sam beat in that category: Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and Halsey.

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If you ever doubted that Kelly Clarkson has absolutely no filter, she just proved it once again on her talk show on Thursday, where she shared an incident that should be in the dictionary next to the phrase "TMI."

Kelly was interviewing country music star Clint Black, who shared that in an upcoming episode of his own talk show, fellow country star Sara Evans relates a story about how she once had to pee onstage.  "How many of us haven't peed on stage?" Clint joked.

That inspired Kelly to share a story about a similar incident that happened to her, but as she put it, "It wasn't pee, my friend."

"I got some kinda wrecked up from some kinda food and I literally, we were in an arena, and I shouldn't tell this story, but like I said my man, I don't have a filter," Kelly began.

"I had to RUUUUUUUN backstage to my quick-change," she continued. "I grabbed this poor trash can, and boy, I destroyed it. It was bad! It was bad, Clint!"

As the audience laughed, Kelly noted, "We might have to edit this out, but I'm just sayin', it happens. What are you supposed to do?"

Don't worry, Kelly: That's why we love you. We think.

(The story comes at 4:03 into the video.)

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There's been an arrest in the case involving the home invasion at Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's home in LA last month, TMZ reports.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that a suspect was arrested on Thursday after cops followed up a call they got about a trespassing case at a house in another area.  When they found that individual, he had a key on him, which reportedly was to Shawn's Mercedes G-Wagon. 

During the break-in at Shawn and Camila's, TMZ had reported that the thief entered through a window, grabbed Shawn's car keys and made off with the car.  The vehicle was later found parked on a residential street and returned to Shawn.

According to TMZ, the suspect has been booked on burglary and grand theft auto charges.

Neither Shawn nor Camila have publicly commented on the incident or the report.

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Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift’s hotly anticipated re-recording of her 2008 album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), arrives April 9.  Here are five fascinating facts about the project:

5. Taylor is re-recording her albums because she was famously unable to buy back the master recordings of her first six albums from her former record label.  The ownership of those masters then changed hands several times, but after failing to reach a deal, Taylor decided to simply re-record the albums. By offering fans new versions of those songs, she's literally taking money out of the pockets of the executives who now have the rights to her work.

4. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) features 27 tracks: Re-recordings of the original album’s 13 songs, six songs from the Fearless Platinum Edition, the movie soundtrack-only song "Today Was a Fairy Tale," six never-before-released “From the Vault” songs, and a remix of "Love Story (Taylor's Version)."

3. Taylor had her original duet partner on the song "Breathe," Colbie Caillat, return to re-record that song for the project.  She also invited her country superstar friends Maren Morris and Keith Urban to add vocals to a few of the “From the Vault” songs. She plans to add "From the Vault" extras to all of her re-recorded albums.

2. The original version of Fearless has sold more than 10 million copies since its release in 2008.  It features the hits "Love Story," "You Belong With Me," "Fifteen" and "White Horse."

1. Fearless was named Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammy Awards, making Taylor, at age 20, the youngest artist ever to win that award. Her record stood until 2020, when 18-year-old Billie Eilish broke it with her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

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A previously unheard studio album that Prince recorded in 2010 called Welcome 2 America will get its release on July 30 in multiple formats and configurations.

The 12-track collection finds Prince musing on a variety of issues and themes that concerned him about the state of the U.S. at the time, and that now seem prescient.

In advance of Welcome 2 America's arrival, the album's title track has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.

The song features Prince offering up a spoken-word critique of modern-day America focusing on the superficiality of social media, reality TV and celebrity culture, the corporate-run music business and more.

Welcome 2 America, which you can pre-order now, will be available on CD, vinyl LP and digitally, as well as a deluxe version featuring the CD, the LP and a Blu-ray with a video of a full unreleased concert that Prince played with his New Power Generation backing band in April 2011 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The concert featured performances of Prince classics like "Controversy," "Let's Go Crazy," "Delirious," "1999," "Little Red Corvette," "Purple Rain" and "Kiss," as well as covers of songs by India.Arie, Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan, Wild Cherry, Kool & the Gang and Roxy Music.

The deluxe collection comes packaged with a 32-page companion book and a variety of memorabilia, including a photographic art print and a poster, as well as replicas of a setlist, a ticket and backstage passes.

Limited-edition colored vinyl variants of the Welcome 2 America LP are available at Prince's online store and Target.

This Sunday evening, a segment focusing on the story behind Welcome 2 America will air on CBS' 60 Minutes.

Here's the Welcome 2 America track list:

"Welcome 2 America"
"Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)"
"Born 2 Die"
"1000 Light Years from Here"
"Hot Summer"
"Stand Up and B Strong" (Soul Asylum cover)
"Check the Record"
"Same Page, Different Book"
"When She Comes"
"1010 (Rin Tin Tin)"
"Yes"
"One Day We Will All B Free"

And here's the Blu-ray's track list (Live at The Forum, April 28, 2011):

"Joy in Repetition"
"Brown Skin" (India.Arie cover)
"17 Days"
"Shhh"
"Controversy"
"Theme from 'Which Way Is Up'" (Stargard cover)
"What Have You Done for Me Lately" (Janet Jackson cover)
"Partyman"
"Make You Feel My Love" (Bob Dylan cover)
"Misty Blue" (Eddy Arnold cover)
"Let's Go Crazy
"Delirious"
"1999"
"Little Red Corvette"
"Purple Rain"
"The Bird" (The Time cover – Prince composition)
"Jungle Love" (The Time cover – Prince composition)
"A Love Bizarre" (Sheila E. cover – Prince composition)
"Kiss"
"Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry cover)
"Inglewood Swinging" (cover of Kool & the Gang's "Hollywood Swinging")
"Fantastic Voyage" (Lakeside cover)
"More Than This" (Roxy Music cover)

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A few weeks ago, Lionel Richie appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Jimmy asked the famed balladeer if he'd ever made love to one of his own songs, with Lionel answering "Not that I can recall."  Jimmy wasn't satisfied with the answer, so when fellow American Idol judge Luke Bryan appeared on the show Wednesday night, he sought a second opinion.

"I asked Lionel, 'Have you ever made love to one of your songs?' and he dodged the question a little bit," Jimmy told Luke.

"There's no way he hasn't!" Luke responded. 

"He says he doesn't remember, but I know! Even I have made love to one his songs," Jimmy replied.

"Everybody has!" Luke insisted.

Jimmy said, "I guess, yeah, so what I wanted to ask you is, do you think Lionel has made love to one of his songs?"

"One million percent [yes]," shot back Luke.

"A million percent?" said Jimmy.

"That may even be a low percentage," Luke insisted, as the audience laughed.

"Have you made love to one of your songs?" Jimmy then asked Luke.

After stuttering and stammering for a minute, Luke said, "Well..." and then added, "Just let me get back home!"

Hmm. We say the answer to that is also "one million percent."

(The conversation takes place about 9:10 into the video.)

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Lady Gaga has been engaged twice but has never made it to the altar. If you've ever wondered what she'd look like in a wedding dress, though, now we know.

The singer was snapped on the Rome, Italy set of her new movie House of Gucci in full bridal attire.

In character as Patrizia Reggiani, the eventual ex-wife of fashion mogul Maurizio Gucci, Gaga donned a beautiful lace wedding gown with a scalloped hem, a long flowing veil and white satin heels. She appeared to be on her way to film a scene depicting Reggiani and Gucci’s 1973 wedding.

Adam Driver stars opposite Gaga as Gucci in the Ridley Scott-directed film.

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A huge part of Taylor Swift's fandom can be found on Tumblr, where Taylor herself is known to lurk and 'like' random Swifties' posts.  So for her big Fearless re-recording project, she wanted to give those fans something special.

Ahead of the midnight release of the album Fearless (Taylor's Version), Taylor's posted a snippet on Tumblr of the re-recorded version of "Breathe," her duet with Colbie Caillat.  Now called "Breathe (Taylor's Version)," the song features Colbie recreating her original parts on the song.

"Breathe" earned brought Colbie her first Grammy: When it was named Album of the Year in 2010, Colbie received a trophy too, as a featured artist on the project.

Taylor has also shared a never-before seen photo of herself from 2008 to go along with the snippet.

According to Tumblr, searches for Taylor Swift content have spiked 611% since the beginning of the year.

https://music.tumblr.com/post/647908836917805057

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The first trailer for Cher's upcoming Smithsonian Channel documentary Cher & the Loneliest Elephant has arrived.

In the clip, Cher recalls first meeting with Kaavan, the elephant who's been kept in chains for nearly 20 years in a run-down zoo in Pakistan. "He was shackled; he was suffering," Cher says.

Since the death of the zoo's only other elephant, Kavaan also didn't have any company, which led to him suffering from depression, psychosis and obesity.  "Elephants are just like we are. They're so family-oriented and emotional," Cher says. "And so I wanted to free him."

"What does it take to relocate a five-ton elephant across the entire continent of Asia?" she asks.

The documentary follows the music legend as she and her newly-launched charity Free the Wild work with an international rescue organization called Four Paws to receive permission to move Kavaan to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, and then work out all the logistics. In November of 2020, the journey began.

"We just didn't stop fighting," Cher says.

The documentary launches on Earth Day, April 22, on Paramount+, and will then premiere on the Smithsonian Channel on May 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Believe it or not, Jennifer Lopez isn't the one who came up with her now-iconic nickname "J.Lo."

In an upcoming issue of InStyle the 51-year-old revealed that the moniker was given to her by late rapper and record executive Heavy D while she was working on her first studio album, On The 6, which was released in June of, 1999.

"The name J.Lo came from Heavy D," she explained. "He used to come by the studio for my first album and would call me Jenny-Lo, Jennifer-Lo, or J.Lo."

However, Jennifer believes that the nickname really caught on after she made it the name of her second album.

"When I was doing my second album, I decided to call it J.Lo and I believe that's when it really stuck!" she said. 

In the same interview, Jennifer's ex-husband Marc Anthony, the father of her twins Max and Emme, praises his former wife to the skies.

"The thing about Jennifer is her ability to see and understand things before they happen. Before she even brings an idea up, she has visualized it a thousand times. And if anyone says it might not be the greatest idea, she'll say, 'You just don't see it yet,'" he says. "Nine times out of 10, she'll nail it."

Marc also describes Jen as "the first one in the room and the last to leave," as well as "the hardest worker I've ever met."

"When we were together, it was quite the opposite for me. That has changed since," he adds. "I learned so much from her. She's the original!"

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