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Music notes: The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Harry Connick Jr. and more

The Weeknd released a new trailer for his upcoming HBO show The Idol that leaves little to the imagination.  The trailer features actress Lily-Rose Depp as an aspiring singer wearing barely there clothes as she gets entangled in The Weeknd's sordid world.

Carly Rae Jepsen teased the music video for new song "The Loneliest Time," which is the title track off her forthcoming album, arriving October 21. "We’re going to the moon! Who’s coming?" she wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself wearing an intergalactic shimmering green dress.

Nick Jonas will be the upcoming cover star of Man About Town magazine and teased of the Jonas Brothers' new music in a preview clip, "[We're] definitely going in a newer direction; we’ve been finding the right people to work with on a sound that feels age-appropriate for where we’re at now, like Jon Bellion, for example."  The article will be featured in the publication's Fall/Winter 2022 edition.

Meghan Trainor and Harry Connick Jr. are both Down Under to judge the new season of Australian Idol. Meghan showed off the bright yellow suit she's wearing to the premiere, while Harry shared an Instagram Story of him getting hyped up at a stadium in Perth.

What does Ingrid Michaelson do all day? Well, aside from her music career, she likes to lounge in bed with her beloved pets. She shared a photo on her Instagram story of her dog snuggling up with her on the bed and captioned it, "By my side all day. We don't deserve dogs."

Robin Thicke paid tribute to his late father, Alan Thicke, by emotionally singing the Growing Pains theme on The Masked Singer Wednesday night.

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Justin Bieber postpones Justice tour

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Fans who hoped Justin Bieber would be able to return to the road following his recovery from Ramsay Hunt syndrome were disappointed Thursday when it was announced that all remaining dates of the tour are postponed.

The tour -- which was originally scheduled to wrap up this December and then resume in January, officially ending in March 2023 -- was put on pause September 6 when Justin revealed that his face was partially paralyzed due to Ramsay Hunt.

Then, on September 15, it was announced that 12 shows through October 18 were being canceled. Now all the remaining scheduled dates on the tour have been postponed. Ticket holders will be "informed on next steps as updates occur," reads an Instagram message.

It turns out the final date of the tour was Justin's Rock in Rio show on September 4. He said in a statement after the show, "I gave everything I have to the people in Brazil. After getting off stage, the exhaustion overtook me." It was then that he knew he had "make my health the priority" and announced, "I'm going to take a break from touring for the time being."

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Shania Twain is #1 when it comes to popular karaoke songs

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Shania Twain keeps winning! The "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" singer has been crowned the artist with the most popular karaoke song.

Billboard rolled out a new list chronicling the "the greatest karaoke songs of all time." In first place is Shania with her 1998 crossover smash hit.  

Of course, the legendary singer couldn't stay silent about the high honor and hilariously reacted to the news. "I think @billboard just crowned me the Queen of Karaoke?!" she said on Twitter, using a shocked face and crying emoji to convey her reaction.

Shania continued, "Seriously though, it's really really cool to see the life that 'Man! I Feel Like A Woman!' has taken on and I'm just obsessed with you all..."

The country star then revealed that she creeps on fans who post videos of them singing the song and shared a highlight reel of her favorites. "I'm not much of a karaoke singer (I'm actually quite bad at it ) but I do love watching other people do karaoke, so... show me what you've got!" she said, adding she wants more fans to tag her when they post such clips.

When fans begged Shania to clarify that she doesn't sing karaoke, she relented that the statement wasn't totally true. "Well sometimes I do karaoke... on special occasions," she joked and shared a photo of her singing in a saloon.

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Katy Perry is thinking about making new music, but doesn't know what it'll sound like yet

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Katy Perry is thinking about her next music era, but admits nothing is set in stone -- especially when it comes to what it'll sound like.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, the hitmaker opened up about her inevitable follow-up to 2020's Smile and what she's been focusing on since releasing her sixth studio album.

"I put out Smile during the pandemic a couple of years ago, and I’ve done a couple of other things. I really enjoyed putting out 'When I’m Gone' with Alesso. But I was putting all of my energy into Vegas," she explained. The singer added, "I miss my fans around the world, and I really want to go to them and see them and just travel the world again. Some of them can’t come and see me in Vegas, so I’m going to head out and see them."

"I’m just excited for the future because there’s so much more to come," she teased, adding that she plans to offer up new music when she launches her next world tour.

Elsewhere in the interview, Katy gave herself a pat on the back for vouching for Dua Lipa when she first tried breaking into the industry.

"I remember even championing Dua because I was like, 'Oh, this girl is going to be the next big girl pop star. She’s the it girl, and she’s coming,'" she recalled, adding how she watched Dua take over the Hollywood Palladium before hitting it big.

Katy recalled she "left work early" while filming American Idol and told fellow judge Luke Bryan who she was seeing. When Bryan wanted to know who Dua was, Katy remembers replying, "Don’t worry, you’ll know her name."

As for the new it girl, Katy says it's the artist Cyn.

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Elton John launches lawsuit against 'Daily Mail' with Prince Harry and others

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Sir Elton John has filed suit against Associated Newspapers -- publishers of the U.K. papers Daily MailThe Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online -- under accusations of breach of privacy.

The legendary singer isn't the only person bringing forth the suit, which was filed October 6, per a press release.  Among those who have brought forth the lawsuit include Elton's husband David FurnishPrince Harry, Baroness Doreen LawrenceSadie Frost and Elizabeth Hurley. They are not just accusing the publishers of gross breaches of privacy, they also claim they are victims of abhorrent criminal activity.

They allege that Associated Newspapers hired private investigators to place surveillance equipment in their cars and homes so they could unknowingly eavesdrop and also record their private phone calls and conversations. 

Sir Elton and company also claim the publishers bribed police officials to grant their private investigators access to sensitive information. Furthermore, they claim Associated Newspapers had their employees impersonate officials to obtain private medical information from the institutions that either saw or treated them.

Associated Newspaper were also accused of illegally accessing their private banking information and credit history.

Sir Elton and his group claim they have more alleged evidence of more wrongdoing and that there are more unknowing victims of these alleged crimes. They aim not only to hold those who allegedly wronged them accountable, but to help dissuade journalists from further engaging in such tactics to procure sensitive and private information.

It is unknown how much they are seeking in damages at this time.

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Sam Smith reveals the backstory of how their James Bond theme came to be

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Sam Smith helmed the James Bond theme "Writing's On The Wall" for the 2015 film Spectre. To celebrate the franchise's 60th anniversary, the British superstar revealed exactly how the haunting theme came to be.

Sam took to their Instagram Story to reveal they began working on the song while recording their 2013 hit "Lay Me Down" with producer Jimmy Napes.

"Jimmy just played some chords and it just flowed," Sam expressed.

Napes picked up the story from there, explaining, "After we finished writing, we literally went next door to RAK Studio 1 and recorded it and that was the take."

Throwback footage shows Sam singing "Writing's" for the first time. "The vocal [for the song] is the demo vocal. The first vocal I ever did for the song," they described. Because Sam used the first take, the piano Napes played in the background can actually be heard if one isolates the track's vocals.

"Such a special memory," the British superstar expressed when sharing the footage.

Sam isn't the only artist saluting James Bond's legacy. Adele, who sang the 2012 Bond theme "Skyfall," took to Instagram to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her chilling theme. "Hold your breath and count to ten," her account wrote, a nod to the song's opening lyrics. 

Billie Eilish, who is the newest Bond singer, also saluted the franchise on its anniversary when looking back at her offering "No Time to Die." She told Prime Video she had chills when she heard her song play during the most "emotional parts of the film" at the movie premiere.

It should be noted all three of these artists took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, and to date, are the only singers to have won an Academy Award for their Bond themes.

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It's no 'Rumour': Fleetwood Mac members' personal memorabilia heading to auction block

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Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood have cleared out their closets and are putting some of their most iconic memorabilia on the auction block.

Julien's Auctions is handling the sale, which will take place live over two days -- December 3 and December 4 -- in Beverly Hills, as well as online at juliensauctions.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, which named Fleetwood Mac its Person of the Year in 2018.  

Among the goodies up for grabs:

The "hanging balls" that Mick Fleetwood wore on the cover of Rumours, along with a signed art print. Estimated to bring between $100 and $200,000, the wooden balls are attached to leather cords and come with a cloth drawstring case. The balls were originally pull chains from a toilet in a club where Fleetwood Mac played back in the day. 

Among Fleetwood's other items are various drums and percussion instruments, the suit he wore in the ad campaign for Harry Styles' Pleasing lifestyle brand and a drumhead signed by President Bill Clinton from a private performance the band did before he left office. That's expected to fetch between 80 and 100 grand.

Christine McVie's items include the dress she wore on the back cover of Rumours, the baby grand piano which she used onstage to perform "Songbird," additional keyboards and a variety of stage-worn clothes, including the boots she wore to the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

John McVie is selling a number of his bass guitars, including the one he used to record "The Chain," and a surfboard that Stevie Nicks gave him when he moved to Hawaii, despite the fact that he doesn't surf.

Visit juliensauctions.com to find out how to bid.

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Taylor Swift reveals 'Midnights' song title number eight 

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Taylor Swift's #MidnightsMayhemwithMe TikTok series continues -- she's just revealed the title of yet another track on her upcoming album Midnights, due out October 21.

Taylor revealed that the name of the 11th track on the album is "Karma."  Out of the 13 tracks on the album, she's now revealed a total of eight.  However, she's evidently making fans wait for the all-important fifth track, which as every Swiftie knows is the most emotional, important track on Taylor's albums.

Here's the tracklisting of Midnights so far:

1.

2. “Maroon”

3. “Anti-Hero”

4.

5. 

6. “Midnight Rain”

7. “Question…?”

8. “Vigilante S***”

9. “Bejeweled”

10.

11. “Karma”

12. “Mastermind”

13.

 

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40 years ago, Madonna asked "Everybody" to dance, sing, get up and do your thing

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Forty years ago Thursday -- October 6 -- an unknown artist named Madonna invited us all to hit the dance floor...and four decades later, she's still doing it.

On October 6, 1982, Madonna released her self-penned debut single, "Everybody." She'd convinced Mark Kamins, the DJ at New York's famed nightclub Danceteria, to play it at the club, and when it went over well with the crowd, he agreed to help her get a record deal. She was eventually signed to a three-single deal by Sire Records with an option for a full album.

When "Everybody" was released, the single cover didn't have a picture of Madonna on it, leading some to believe she was a Black artist; in fact, Sire Records marketed the single as though she was. That misconception was cleared up, however, when Madonna insisted on shooting a video for the song: a low-budget affair filmed at New York's Paradise Garage. The video was sent to nightclubs across the country, helping the song become a national dance hit.

While "Everybody" didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Chart. The song's success even landed Madonna her first magazine cover: She appeared on the November/December 1982 issue of Dance Music Report. 

Over the years, Madonna has performed "Everybody" on many of her tours, most recently on 2015's Rebel Heart trek. It's also included on her Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones remix album.

Madonna scholars would later note that with lyrics like "Everybody come on, dance and sing/Everybody get up and do your thing," "Everybody" was the template for the Queen of Pop's future career and message that music, as she'd sing in 2000, "makes the people come together."

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Music notes: Adam Lambert, The Police, Jordin Sparks, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen

Adam Lambert will release his cover of Noël Coward's "Mad About The Boy" this Friday. The song will be featured in Mad About The Boy — The Noel Coward Story, a new documentary celebrating the late actor's death. Adam said Coward is "an inspiration." The documentary is slated to premiere next year.

The music video for The Police's "Every Breath You Take" is officially part of YouTube's Billion Views Club. The 1983 chart-topping hit is currently averaging 300,000 views every day.

Brandon Armstrong -- Jordin Sparks' partner on Dancing with the Stars -- has had two wardrobe malfunctions. He tells Entertainment Tonight he had "ripa-ge in the pants," adding he "blew out" his pants in a way that showed "a lot of cheek" when coming up from a squat. Armstrong is relieved Jordin never noticed.

Photos have surfaced of Justin Bieber peeing on a Los Angeles golf course.  Page Six reports the singer opted not to relieve himself at the clubhouse and instead settled for going behind a tree. Apparently, he laughed before going to the bathroom outside, where paparazzi photographed him dropping his pants.

Carly Rae Jepsen has a new song coming out on Friday -- the title track to her album The Loneliest Time. She revealed she collaborated on the song with fellow Canadian Rufus Wainwright. Carly suggested fans pre-save the track "if you like 5-part string sections, 4:30+ track lengths, and disco power ballads."

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Steve Perry gives fans a taste of new holiday tune via a TikTok video

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Last week, Steve Perry posted a message on social media teasing his plans to release new Christmas music soon. Now, the ex-Journey singer has shared a TikTok video featuring him singing a bit of what appears to be a new original holiday tune called "Maybe This Year."

"Hello, everyone. I'm Steve Perry, and this is my recording studio," Perry says in the clip. He continues, "And these are my holiday lights, and these are my holiday assistants," showing Christmas lights, a teddy bear, a plush Santa doll and another children's toy decorating some of his recording equipment.

Steve then says, "And I'm only wishing one thing for each and every one of us, from the bottom of my heart, I swear" and proceeds to croon, "Maybe this year we can try holding on to our love." He adds, "Maybe this year, you know?"

On September 26, Perry posted a drawing on his social media pages of a grinning, crazed-looking depiction of himself wearing a Santa Claus hat. The caption read in part, "Maybe This Year one NEW SP original Holiday song, plus one more, could be coming!" 

Perry's most recent solo album is the holiday collection The Season, which was released in 2021.

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Report: Justin Bieber is "proud" that Hailey Bieber set the record straight about Selena Gomez

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It's been about a week since Hailey Bieber broke her silence on the accusations she stole husband Justin Bieber from Selena Gomez.

To recap, Hailey told the Call Her Daddy podcast, "I can say, period, point blank, I was never with him when he was in a relationship with anybody. That's the end of it." She also said Justin's decision to move on from Selena and be with her was the "most healthy, mature decision he could have made."

While Justin hasn't spoken out directly about what his wife said, sources have told Us Weekly how the hitmaker is taking the news. "[Justin’s] proud of Hailey for being herself and thought the whole interview was super cool," an insider spilled. 

The spy also shed some light on why Hailey came forward. "Hailey felt she needed to address that elephant in the room and clear the air with regards to how she and Justin got together, now she’s moved on and doesn’t want to address it," they shared. 

The insider adds Hailey "means no harm to Selena" but that she came forward "to let it be known that she’s had some horrible abuse and it wasn’t okay to treat her that way and nor will it ever be."

Selena reacted in horror upon hearing her so-called fans were harassing Hailey and went Live on TikTok to call out the "vile and disgusting" behavior. She also called for fans to be kind and understand that "words matter."

Selena and Justin famously dated off and on for several years before separating for good in 2018. A small but vocal group of fans still believe the two -- whom they dub "Jelena" -- are meant to be and have continued to attack Hailey for marrying him.

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Harry Styles charmed by young concertgoer in the crowd: "Much better than daycare"

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If you ask the average Harry Styles fan, chances are they'll say seeing him in concert is much better than going to work or school. Well, one young fan took it a step further: she skipped daycare to see him live.

Harry had an aww-worthy exchange with his little fan, who is named Camila. TikTok user @strawberriesandstyles shared an adorable video of Camila holding up a sign that read, "Skipped daycare to be here." The hitmaker took notice of the banner and the young child who was happily holding it.

Harry's face lit up as he waved to her and asked while flashing a thumbs up, "Are you having a good time?" He appeared genuinely delighted when Camila said yes.  

"Look at that tiny face," he gushed and continued to chat with his special guest. He asked her name and told her, "We hope you're having a good time tonight. I hope you're enjoying the show." 

Harry then found out that this was Camila's first concert, which made him even more ecstatic. "First concert. Get it. Let's go," he celebrated with a fist pump. He told the crowd to make noise for his young fan and declared, "Much better than daycare!"

Harry just wrapped a limited residency at Moody Center in Austin, Texas as part of his Love On Tour run. He now heads to Chicago's United Center for another slew of dates, running from October 6 to October 15.

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Rihanna is "nervous" but "excited" to perform the Super Bowl halftime show

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How is Rihanna feeling about becoming the newest Super Bowl halftime performer? She finally broke her silence but made it clear she's keeping her cards close.

TMZ ambushed the star in Los Angeles after she was done shopping to ask about the big game. Rihanna called the pap "sneaky" for waiting for her outside the store, but that didn't stop her from throwing a few bones.

"I'm nervous," she revealed through a dramatic whine when asked how she feels about taking on football's biggest stage. She then quickly deadpanned, "But I'm excited."

The pap didn't let up and continued peppering Rihanna with NFL-centered questions, namely who will be accompanying her on the halftime show.

At the moment, no one has been announced as the singer's co-headliner; there are some reports Rihanna will do the event solo -- as Lady Gaga did in 2017.

The paparazzi threw out a few potential guests to Rihanna, such as A$AP Rocky, but she declined to answer. Instead, Rihanna threw up a peace sign and continued walking to her car. The hitmaker did call out a polite "Thank you, girl" before climbing into the vehicle.

The Super Bowl halftime show will mark Rihanna's return to music after an extended, six-year absence. The singer last released the album Anti and its supporting tour back in 2016.

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Taylor Swift reveals song title for track 9 off her upcoming 'Midnights' album

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Another day, another one of Taylor Swift's Midnights Mayhem with Me. Thanks to this unique TikTok series, fans now know the title of the ninth track off her upcoming album, Midnights.

Taylor maintained her '70s theme as she once again spun the bingo cage to pluck a brand new ball out of the pile. This time, fate told her to reveal the title for song number nine.

"Track nine is called... 'Bejeweled,'" Taylor revealed while speaking into her signature red phone. Unfortunately, that was all the information she was willing to part with at this time.

The last track reveal yielded ball number three, so Taylor disclosed that "Anti-Hero" is the name of the third track. She also revealed a little bit about that particular number.

Taylor said on Instagram that "Anti-Hero" is one of the favorite songs she's ever written and that it is about "delving into her insecurities."

"I struggle a lot with the idea that my life has become unmanageably sized and, not to sound too dark, but I struggle with the idea of not feeling like a person," she had explained. "This song really is a real guided tour throughout all of the things I tend to hate about myself."

"I think it's really honest," she noted further.

Other previously revealed titles include track 13, "Mastermind"; track eight, "Vigilante S**t"; track seven, "Question...?"; track six, "Midnight Rain" and finally, track two, "Maroon."

Midnights arrives in a little over two weeks -- on Friday, October 21. 

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