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'American Idol' recap: Noah Thompson wins season 20

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The winner of American Idol season 20 is Noah Thompson!

The reveal came Sunday night during the three-hour finale, but not before some final challenges and star-studded performances. 

The show opened with Flo Rida performing his hit "Good Feeling" with an assist from both current and past contestants. Then, it was time to get down to business with the first round challenging the Top 3 -- HunterGirl, Noah Thompson, and Leah Marlene -- to take on a song from the prolific catalog of Bruce Springsteen. Leah expertly executed "Born in the U.S.A.", HungterGirl smashed "Dancing in the Dark," and Noah hit a home run with the classic "I'm on Fire."

Round two was the singles round, where the final three performed their own songs. Leah's track was titled "Flowers," Noah's "One Day Tonight," and HunterGirl's was "Red Bird."

After their performances, it was time to eliminate the person with the least votes, which ended up being Leah. 

The celebrations continued as the moment to crown the season's winner drew near, with acts from the Top 10 and talented legends like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Deana Carter, Ben PlattIdol alum Gabby Barrett, Sara Bareilles, Thomas Rhett, Michael Bublé, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, and more. 

For the last round of competition, the final two contestants delivered an encore of a song they'd previously performed on the show. Noah showed growth with Rihanna's "Stay" and HunterGirl did the same with Rascal Flatts "Riot."

Afterward, Noah was crowned the winner, and took a victory lap by again performing his single, "One Day Tonight."  

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Harry Styles celebrates 'Harry's House' release with special One Night Only in New York concert

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Harry Styles transformed New York’s UBS Arena at Belmont Park into Harry’s House Friday night, taking the stage for a special One Night Only in New York concert to celebrate his album’s release.

During the sold-out show, Harry joyously performed Harry’s House in its entirety for the first time ever -- “the way it was intended to be played – from start to finish,” he told the crowd.

And even though the album was released just that day, fans in the audience sang along to every word. “But how?” an incredulous Harry asked at one point.

Standouts were the poignant “Matilda,” already being hailed as one of the best tracks on the album, as well as the more upbeat tracks “Daylight,” “Daydreaming” and “Satellite.” In between songs, Harry thanked fans for changing his life and shouted out some of his collaborators on the album, who were also in the audience.

After performing Harry’s House from start to finish, Harry sang some of his prior hits, including “Adore You,” “Watermelon Sugar,” “Sign of the Times” and even the One Direction track “What Makes You Beautiful.”

He came back to the stage a final time for an encore of his current hit, “As It Was,” after which he bid farewell to the crowd, telling them, “It’s been the best night of my life.”

One Night Only in New York was also livestreamed on Apple Music and will be available for encore viewings on May 22 at 12:00p ET / 9:00a PT / 6:00p CET and on May 26 at 4pm BST / 5pm SGT / 7pm AEST.

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Ed Sheeran is the wealthiest "young-ish" musician in the UK

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At age 31, Ed Sheeran is no kid, but he's still the richest "young-ish" musician in the U.K., according to the Sunday Times' annual Rich List, which details the fortunes of the wealthiest people in the U.K. and Ireland.

Among U.K. and Irish musicians, Ed is the 10th wealthiest, with a fortune of 260 million pounds -- more than $320 million. His fortune increased by about $50 million over last year, thanks to his amazing streaming numbers and the release of his new album, Equals.

All the other musicians in the top 10 are in their 60s or 70s, including the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, plus the members of U2, Elton John, Sting and Mick Jagger.

If you're wondering about Adele, she's #23 on the Times' list with a fortune of 187 million bucks. She's tied with Phil Collins, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and theater and film composer Sir Tim Rice.

As for the richest "young" musicians -- those under 30 -- Harry Styles tops the list with $125 million, followed by Dua Lipa, Little Mix and Harry's former One Direction bandmates, in descending order: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik. Sam Smith is also on that list, as is Lewis Capaldi.

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Harry Styles' new album breaks Apple Music record for first-day streams

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Everyone wants to live in Harry's House.

Harry Styles' new album just dropped at midnight Thursday, but it's already broken an Apple Music record. In its first two hours on the streaming platform, Harry's House earned the most first-day streams for a pop album released in 2022.

The singer's One Night Only In New York debut performance of the new album at the UBS Arena in Queens will be streamed exclusively to Apple Music subscribers tonight, May 20, starting at 9 p.m. ET.  The stream will encore May 22 at 12 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, nine locations of the Harry's House pop-up shop are now open around the world, in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Dallas, London, L.A., New York, Paris and Toronto. The pop-up features exclusive merch designs not available anywhere else, such as album box sets, T-shirts, hoodies, towels, hats and totes.

In other Harry's House news, according to the Los Angeles Times, the new album features John Mayer playing electric guitar on two songs: “Cinema” and “Daydreaming.”  Recently, Justin Bieber revealed that Mayer also plays guitar on his upcoming album.

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Madonna accused of violating community guidelines, blocked from Instagram Live

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Have Madonna's controversial Instagram posts finally caught up to her?

The Queen of Pop posted a video on Friday showing her and DJ Sickick, her partner on her latest "Frozen" remix, attempting to go live on Instagram Thursday night to talk about the track. But when she hits the button, a note pops up saying, "Blocked from sharing live videos" due to "going against community guidelines."

"What the f**k? What's happening?" Madonna asks. Wondering if it's because she's showing too much of her body, she then jokes, "I've never worn so many clothes in my life!" 

When someone points out that the block is due to Instagram's desire to "continue to be an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression," Madonna -- whose whole brand is basically about authenticity and free expression -- responds, "I'm speechless."

In her Instagram Story, Madonna then apologized to fans, saying, “I’m sorry to let everybody down. I was really looking forward to this.” She also pondered what caused the block, noting that Instagram is being "really mysterious." 

"They’re not giving me a reason,” she says. “It’s like a bureaucracy inside of a computer." She then comments that she hasn't posted "anything crazy" on Instagram, "not this week anyways." 

That leads her to wonder if it's a "delayed reaction" to the NFTs she posted last week. Those NFTs -- collectible digital artwork she created for charity -- featured graphic, 3D digital images of her fully nude, including genitalia, giving birth to trees and butterflies.

As for the new "Frozen on Fire" remix, it's out now, and features new vocals and a new verse. It's the fourth iteration of the song since Sickick first remixed it for TikTok last year.

(Video features uncensored profanity.)

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Buffalo native John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls on supermarket shooting: "My biggest hope is that they keep that store open"

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Following last weekend's mass shooting in Buffalo, New York -- in which 18-year-old Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 Black shoppers in what's been described as a racially motivated shooting -- one famous Buffalo artist says the event has sent "shockwaves through the whole community."

The Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik, born and raised in Buffalo, tells ABC Audio, "I feel mostly for the community that it's in and the people who live and work and shop in that neighborhood."

The shooting took place at a Tops supermarket, a local chain, and John notes, "[It's] such an important sort of anchor for that community, because there's not a lot of big supermarkets in that neighborhood. There aren't any, other than that one."

Indeed, since the supermarket's been closed, local organizations have had to step in to provide food for the locals. John says, "My biggest hope is that they keep that store open, because that community really needs that." He also says he and his Goo Goo Dolls bandmates are "willing and available" to do a benefit, if asked.

But earlier this week, John had happier news in another part of the state: He was in New York City to be honored as Rocker of the Year at the Little Kids Rock 20th anniversary benefit. The nonprofit supports music education in public schools nationwide.

"It's something that we wanted to get more involved with. I was pretty surprised that I was going to be one of the honorees. I thought that was really cool," John tells ABC Audio.

But it wasn't that cool for John's daughter, Lilliana, who accompanied him.

"I asked her, 'Well, did you like when I was singing?' And she said to me, 'I don't like when your hair is in your eyes,'" he laughs. "That's typical. You know, she's my kid. I'm her dad ... I don't think she gets it. I don't think she's all that impressed with it!"

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She's the only one: Melissa Etheridge to duet with 'American Idol' finalist Noah Thompson on Sunday

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Melissa Etheridge will do a special guest performance with finalist Noah Thompson on Sunday's American Idol finale.

American Idol tweeted the news in a video where judge Katy Perry told Leah Marlene that they'd be singing "Firework" together, and Luke Bryan told HunterGirl that they'd be singing the Randy Travis hit "I Told You So" as a duet. Katy then told Noah he'd be singing with Melissa, and he shrugged and said, "Sounds good!"

Melissa responded, "That moment when you realize the other two finalists are singing with the judges and you are singing with…what’s her name again?" She added, "don’t worry @noahthompsonmu1 we are gonna rock the finals."

Noah replied, "I can’t wait Melissa I really can’t, looking forward to meeting you and cannot wait for this duet."

Either Noah, Leah or HunterGirl will be crowned the American Idol on Sunday night, and Melissa is just one of the stars who'll be appearing on the finale. The lineup also includes judge Lionel Richie performing, plus country superstar Thomas Rhett, Michael Bublé, Sara Bareilles, Flo Rida and Earth, Wind and Fire.

The American Idol season 20 finale airs live Sunday, May 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Harry Styles surprises fans in New York City ahead of album release: "Thank you for all your support"

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More than a hundred of Harry Styles' most dedicated fans got special surprise Thursday night in New York City: a special visit from Harry himself, plus free tickets to his album release show Friday night in Queens.

Harry's top fans on Spotify in New York were invited to attend a special event dubbed "Harry's House Party," where they got to immerse themselves in curated rooms inspired by his new album Harry's House.

While visiting the rooms, they dressed in sequined outfits and took photos, painted an "As It Was"-themed mural, experienced a secret garden and attended a silent disco where they heard five of the album's tracks: “Late Night Talking”, “Matilda”, “Music For A Sushi Restaurant”, “Satellite” and “Daylight.”

Finally, Harry, wearing a cardigan and jeans, made a surprise appearance at the Spotify event and told the fans, "It means a lot to me that you want to listen to the album. I'm really, really proud of it and it's my favorite thing I've ever made, so I'm really excited to be sharing it with you really soon."

After telling the fans that they'd all be receiving tickets to his one-night-only show on Friday, Harry said, "Thank you for all your support over the last however many years...I'll see you tomorrow!"

Harry's House is available everywhere now.

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On new album 'Face the River,' Gavin DeGraw celebrates "two really amazing people": his parents

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In Gavin DeGraw's first big hit "I Don't Wanna Be," he sang about being the son of a prison guard and a specialist. His new album Face the River was inspired by and pays tribute to the specialist and the prison guard: his parents Lynne and John Wayne DeGraw, who died in 2017 and 2020, respectively. But as Gavin notes, the album's not a downer.

"This is no funeral march of a record," Gavin tells ABC Audio. "This is actually me taking an opportunity to tip my hat to them and say, 'Here's some things you might not know about two really amazing people.'"

"I want to memorialize them and celebrate them," he adds. "These are my heroes. These are my real-life idols ... These are the blue-collar warriors in my life who never complained, and did everything they could and made all the sacrifices that any two people could ever possibly make, so their kids could have a chance to go chase down their dreams."

Because Face the River is so personal and organic, Gavin's not expecting it to be a huge pop success -- but that's OK.

"This record wasn't made to make money. It wasn't written to have a bunch of hit songs on it ...," Gavin explains. "It's ... my best attempt to embody the most important people in my life and tell everyone how awesome they were, y'know? And all the cool stuff they did."

In fact, Gavin literally had to rush to complete the album so his dad, who was fatally ill, could hear it before he passed.

"It was ... very meaningful for me to get it done while my dad was alive ... to show [him], 'Look what I made for you,'" he explains. "I hope people like it, but my dad loved it. Y'know, that's what counts."

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Music notes: Harry Styles, Justin Timberlake and more

Harry Styles performed in the rain Thursday morning on the Today show and dished about his new album, Harry’s House, calling it “the album I’ve always wanted to make.” “I think for me, it’s definitely the most personal record I think I’ve made,” he said. “It was definitely the most intimately made thing I’ve done so far. Obviously, the pandemic and everything kind of added to the way it was made. It was made by a few people in a small room.” Harry’s House comes out Friday, May 20.

Is Justin Timberlake headed to Broadway? The rumor, according to Page Six, is that JT is in talks to take over Hugh Jackman’s role in The Music Man. But a source close to Justin’s camp tells Page Six it’s not happening. If true, though, the role would mark Justin’s Broadway debut.

Sam Smith is celebrating their birthday in style. The singer posted a photo of themself posing on the grounds of what appears to be some sort of castle, while wearing a shiny green gown and sporting a sparkly purse. "Finally... 30, flirty, dirty and thriving," Sam captioned the post. They also included a drawing of Jennifer Garner's character Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30.

Justin Bieber’s got a new set of grills. The singer showed off his new diamond-encrusted smile on Instagram, tagging celebrity jeweler and grill-maker Johnny Dang. The full set likely cost Justin a pretty penny – diamond grills from Johnny Dang can run for $600 per tooth!

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Ed Sheeran welcomes second daughter with wife Cherry Seaborn

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Surprise! Ed Sheeran is now a dad of two.

The 31-year-old singer revealed on Instagram Thursday that he and wife Cherry Seaborn have welcomed their second baby girl.

“Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl,” Ed wrote alongside a photo of a brown knit baby blanket and white baby socks. “We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4 x.”

Their new baby girl joins big sister Lyra Antarctica, who was born in August 2020. They have yet to reveal the baby’s name.

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Watch Camila Cabello sing "Bam Bam" as part of Vevo's Official Live Performance series

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While Camila Cabello has said she'd love to do a tour behind her new album, Familia, she has yet to schedule any dates. But if you want to see her perform the songs from the album, Vevo's got you covered.

Camila has teamed with Vevo for its Official Live Performance series and will be releasing four videos that show her performing in custom settings that were designed in close collaboration with the singer. The first one, for "Bam Bam," is available to watch now.

The clip shows Camila dressed in white, standing in a field surrounded by mountains, singing the song all alone. As she walks through the field, she meets up with a troupe of female dancers, dressed in white outfits with ripped pieces of fabric hanging down. 

Ed Sheeran isn't part of the performance, so Camila sings the second verse and joins a troupe of male dancers dressed in similar white outfits. Eventually, her journey through the field leads her to a full band with a stage, where she and her dancers finish the number.

The custom set was designed to reflect "joy, movement and freedom," according to Vevo.

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Josh Groban's Great Big Radio City Show to be livestreamed

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So far, Josh Groban has performed his Great Big Radio City Show concert just a handful of times since he launched it in 2020, but if you weren't able to get to New York City to check it out, one of his shows is going to be livestreamed next month.

Josh most recently did the show last month over three nights, and those performances featured special guests like Cyndi Lauper, actress/singer Rita Wilson and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan. It'll livestream June 9 at 8 p.m. ET at Livestream.JoshGroban.com and will be then be available On Demand through Sunday, June 12. Tickets start at $35 and are on sale now.

During the livestream, fans will be able to flip through different camera angles so they can watch the show in their preferred way. A VIP experience is also available, which features a live Zoom Q&A and special performance with Josh that'll start at 7 p.m. ET, plus exclusive merch.

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Alanis Morissette admits she owes Olivia Rodrigo a "road survival kit"

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Last year, Olivia Rodrigo and Alanis Morissette interviewed each other for Rolling Stone, and when Olivia mentioned she was going to launch her first headline tour, Alanis said, "I’ll send you a kit. A survive-on-the-road kit for the sensitive soul." Well, Olivia's nearly done with the North American leg of her tour, and Alanis admits she hasn't sent Olivia a darn thing.

While appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday, Alanis was asked about her "survival kit." The "Ironic" singer explained, "You're either kind of a road dog or you're not, and those of us who are road dogs, we have little tricks up our sleeve of what to bring to survive, for self-care. So for me, it's about bringing the equivalent of my 'blankie' everywhere I go."

"I think I mentioned in our conversation that I would send her a care package," Alanis continued. "And I really should get on that! Thanks for reminding me, Kelly!"

It's a good bet Alanis will include a copy of her upcoming meditation album, the storm before the calm, in the package -- what better way for Olivia to unwind after a stressful day of traveling and rehearsing?

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Sheryl Crow says she doesn't want to explain "WAP" to her kids

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Sheryl Crow may be a musician, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to let her sons listen to whatever kind of music they want.

In a snippet of her new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the singer says she polices what kind of music her kids -- 12-year-old Levi and 15-year-old Wyatt -- are exposed to.

“I police what my kids listen to -- isn’t that sick? And I’m a musician!” Sheryl says. “I’m just like, ‘What am I doing?’”

“I signed up to be the protector of their innocence and I don’t want to have to explain what W-A-P [is],” she adds, referencing the hit Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion song.

She admits her 15-year-old probably hears things anyway. “My older one is 15 now and I’m sure he’s seen a lot more than I know about,” she says. “In fact, I’m very positive, but he’s gotten over the fact that he doesn’t have social media. He sees plenty of stuff that he wants to see. I’m sure he goes around, but I look at their phones and stuff.”

Back when “WAP” came out in 2020 and people criticized its explicit lyrics, Cardi took to Twitter and said, “I don’t make music for kids; I make music for adults. Parents are responsible on what their children listen to or see.”

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