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In March of 2020, Christina Aguilera concluded the first batch of shows in her Las Vegas residency The Xperience, but when COVID-19 shut down the touring industry, the rest of the dates were canceled. Since then, we've seen Christina sing numerous times on TV, but this summer, she'll return to the concert stage -- for a performance that fans have never seen before.

The "Beautiful" star has announced two shows at Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood Bowl, and she'll be performing while backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  According to the Hollywood Bowl, this will mark the first time that Christina has performed an entire concert live with an orchestra.

"L.A.! The Bowl is back and I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be performing on July 16 & 17," Christina wrote on Instagram. "Tickets go on sale June 1. See you there!!"

The Hollywood Bowl's safety protocols state that there will be fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated sections of the venue for each concert.  Those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result and photo ID upon entry, and their seats will be socially distanced. 

Those who are vaccinated must show proof and a photo ID; their seats will not be socially distanced.

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Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Harry Styles were among the winners at the 2021 Brit Awards -- the U.K. equivalent to the Grammys -- which were held Tuesday in London.

Dua took home the Album award for Future Nostalgia and the Female Solo Artist prize, while Billie nabbed the International Female Solo Artist award and The Weeknd won the trophy for International Male Solo Artist. Harry’s “Watermelon Sugar” won the award for British Single.

Taylor Swift took home the prestigious Global Icon Award at the ceremony, becoming the first woman and the first non-English act to win the honor.  After thanking her British fans, collaborators, friends, family and essential workers, Taylor wrapped up her speech by dispensing some advice to the rising young artists who were at the event.

“There might be times when you put your whole heart and soul into something and it is met with cynicism or skepticism. You cannot let that crush you,” she said. “You have to let it fuel you because we live in a world where anyone has the right to say anything that they want about you at any time. But just please remember that you have the right to prove them wrong.”

Performers at the Brits included Coldplay, who opened the show; Olivia Rodrigo, who delivered her first ever U.K. performance; and Pink, who duetted remotely with British singer/songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man. Dua and The Weeknd also took the stage.

This year’s ceremony took place as a live event with 4,000 guests at London’s O2 Arena -- with no social distancing or masks required.

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How does Pink juggle being a global superstar with being the mother of two young children?  You can get an idea by checking out the new trailer for the singer's upcoming Amazon Prime Video documentary Pink: All I Know So Far.

The trailer gives us a look at Pink's record-breaking Beautiful Trauma stadium tour, complete with pyro, choreography, costume changes and of course, her signature high-flying aerial stunts.  But you also get a glimpse of what the singer's life is like on tour when she's not onstage: She spends all her time tending to son Jameson and daughter Willow.

"I always wanted to be a rock star. I dreamed of being a mom," Pink says in the trailer. "And now, to have my family, my team, my fans with me, this is beyond my wildest dreams."

"It's a concert. It's a tour, but it's also the story of our life," she notes, as her new single "All I Know So Far" plays in the background.

Amazon Studios will release Pink: All I Know So Far globally on Prime Video May 21st, 2021. It was directed by Michael Gracey, who directed one of Pink's favorite movies, The Greatest Showman.

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Elton John and his husband David Furnish will be the special honorees at AIDS Walk: Live at Home 2021, a May 16 virtual fundraiser that will serve as the centerpiece of six AIDS Walk events all over the U.S.

In 1991, Elton helped launch the first AIDS Walk in Atlanta, and in 1992, he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation; David is now the chairman of its Board of Trustees.  Elton and David have both worked tirelessly to not just raise money for research and education, but to raise awareness about why it's so important to end HIV/AIDS, and support those who have it.

Other stars who'll appear at AIDS Walk: Live at Home include Billy Porter, Ann-Margret, Rita Moreno, Tony Goldwyn, Rosie Perez, Carson Kressley, George Takei and stars of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The event will raise funds for dozens of AIDS organizations, including GMHC, AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation and Lifelong.

In other Elton news, today -- or tonight, in the U.K. -- he appeared at the BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, to perform the Pet Shop Boys song "It's a Sin" with young British act Years & Years

The song's title is also the name of a recent, acclaimed HBO Max TV series, in which Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander starred.  The song has now been released as a single to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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When the trailer for Guy Ritchie's new revenge thriller Wrath of Man was released a while back, we saw none other than Post Malone getting gunned down by the film's star, action hero Jason Statham.  Statham says that while some actors might be sad that they were getting killed onscreen, Post was actually psyched that Statham was going to blow him away.

In Wrath of Man, Statham plays a gangster named H who's out to avenge his son's death. He tells USA Today, "Post came in with this big enthusiasm for being killed that day. He's like, 'I can't wait for you to kill me, man.' I got sucked into that enthusiasm and he did a great job."

"It's just a shame that it was a short moment together," he adds. "But I was privileged to pull the trigger in our little scene."

But Statham adds that he also put the kibosh on a future opportunity to spend time with the "Circles" singer.

"He invited me to come make a record," says the British star. "I quickly relieved him of that bad choice!"

Wrath of Man is out on Friday.

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Today at the BRIT Awards -- the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys -- Pink will make an appearance via satellite, duetting with British star Rag'n'Bone Man on their collaboration "Anywhere Away from Here."  But it turns out there will be a charity component to the performance.

According to The List, Pink and Rag'n'Bone Man -- born Rory Graham -- will sing their duet with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, which is made up of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in the U.K.'s National Health Service.  The performance will be released as a charity single to raise money for a variety of NHS charities.

The Choir has topped the U.K. charts in the past, and last year, they joined Justin Bieber on a rendition of "Holy."

You can watch The BRITS -- featuring The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and, reportedly, Elton John -- streaming on YouTube starting at 3 p.m. ET today.  Taylor Swift is also receiving the BRITs Global Icon award during the ceremony.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin will finally be hitting the road this fall for their first ever co-headlining North America arena tour, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two Latin pop stars kick off the 26-date trek -- featuring both new and rescheduled dates -- on September 25 in Las Vegas at MGM Grand Garden Arena. They’ll stop in major cities such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami, before wrapping November 20 in Anaheim, CA, at Honda Center.

The tour will also feature Latin music newcomer Sebastián Yatra as a special guest on select dates.

“To say we are going on tour has lifted all of our spirits after the profoundly difficult year the world has gone through and still is,” Ricky says in a statement. “Myself and my entire crew are very excited to bring our best live show safely all over the U.S. and Canada, and let the music bring the healing power and happiness that we all need.”

“I’m also ecstatic to be sharing the stage with my friends Enrique Iglesias and Sebastián Yatra, it’s going to be a blast,” he adds. “Can’t wait! See you all very soon. Get ready to party!”

Tickets for the new dates go on sale beginning Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now for the rescheduled dates; all previously purchased tickets will be valid for the corresponding rescheduled dates.

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Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw and Ne-Yo will all perform as part of Side by Side: A Celebration of Service, a benefit concert taking place on Memorial Day.

The event will stream at Northwell Health's YouTube Channel May 31 starting at 7 p.m. ET.  Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, and featuring the Northwell's Nurse Choir, the concert will pay tribute to military and heath care heroes of New York and raise money for Northwell Health's Military Liason Services program.

The money raised will help give veterans access to medical and behavioral health care, and connect them with resources they need to transition to civilian life.

A trailer for the event is set to a piano version of Katy's hit "Firework," and features footage of military and health care workers in action.

Visit SideBySideNYC.com to find out more about the event.

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Spaceman, the new Nick Jonas solo album, includes a number of songs about sex.  And while Nick says he's happy if people use his music as the soundtrack to their romantic moments, he doesn't want it playing during his own personal sexytime.

While chatting with British GQ, Nick was asked if he's aware that people include his music on their lovemaking playlists. He replies, "I am and I think it's flattering. It's important to have a good playlist and I certainly have mine."

"I wouldn't include my own music on that playlist, though," he clarifies. "But I would be thrilled if someone used my music on theirs for that experience."

Asked how he feels about being considered a sex symbol, Nick says, "Er, I think it's flattering, but attraction is such a nuanced thing. I don't take it too seriously."

"I just learn to laugh about it and think about the fact that my parents are probably reading some of the comments," he adds. "It's not something I wear as a badge of honor. I tend to try to not think about it, because it would make me feel a little embarrassed."

Nick will host the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on May 23.  He tells GQ, "It's nice that it's starting to feel like life is getting back to a version of normal now."

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Condolences to Adele: The British tabloid The Sun reports that her father Mark Evans, from whom she was estranged, has died at the age of 57.

A source told The Sun, "Mark's family are of course very upset by his passing. He always hoped things would work out with Adele, but it remained acrimonious to the end. He made a few attempts to make things right but clearly it had been too long."

Mark left Adele and her mom, Penny Adkins, when the future superstar was three years old. He moved to Wales, where he was born, and worked as a plumber. According to The Sun, he previously battled cancer but the cause of death was not revealed.

In 2011, Evans spoke to The Sun about the fact that he was an alcoholic and a bad father during Adele's childhood.  "I was a rotten father at a time when she really needed me," he admitted. "I was putting away two liters of vodka and seven or eight pints of [beer] every day. I drank like that for three years. God only knows how I survived it."

"I was deeply ashamed of what I'd become and I knew the kindest thing I could do for Adele was to make sure she never saw me in that state," he added.

At the Grammy Awards in 2017, Adele thanked her manager Jonathan Dickens by saying, "I love you like you're my dad. I love you so, so much."  Then, she added, laughing, "I don't love my dad, that's the thing! That doesn't mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad!"

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Elton John is set to resume his Farewell tour in Europe this fall, with North American dates following in January of 2022.  But Elton says when the tour is finally completed, he's looking forward to never again having to sing one of his biggest hits.

Appearing on the podcast Deeney Talks, hosted by British soccer star Troy Deeney, Elton John was asked to name the song he feels he's most identified with, and will never be able to get away from, no matter what else he does in his life.

"I suppose it would be 'Your Song,' and I don't mind not being able to get away from that song, because it's a really nice song and I never get fed up with singing it," Elton replied.

However, he then laughed, "I would think 'Crocodile Rock'...the last time I have to sing that, I will probably throw a party!"

"Crocodile Rock," released in 1972, was Elton's very first number-one hit in the U.S. and has been a staple of his live shows ever since, even though he's never been very fond of it.

"People love to hear it," he told Deeney. "It was written as a kind of joke... and it became a big hit and people love to sing along with it. So who am I to say I'm not going to play it? Because I play to amuse people and entertain people."

Elton added, with a laugh, "But I have to say, when the last show is done at the end of the tour, I will never, ever sing that song again! O.K.?"

Elton also said he'd most like to collaborate with The Weeknd, and his personal "Mount Rushmore" of music consists of Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell and Ray Charles.

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Mariah Carey is helping her fans celebrate Pride Month in style.

The singer has dropped a colorful new merch collection ahead of this summer’s LGBTQ Pride festivities.

The limited edition collection includes apparel, accessories and gifts inspired by her 1999 album Rainbow, her singles “Loverboy” and “Heartbreaker,” the 2001 movie Glitter, and more.

There’s also a matching black hoodie and shorts with Mariah’s signature butterfly logo, along with a face mask, hat, rainbow flag and “Shade” festival fan.

The merch is now available on MariahCareyShop.com. Prices range from $15 to $60.
 

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Melissa Etheridge will be performing for fans both online and in real life later on this month.

The singer has booked the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for a May 29 concert special called One Way Out...of the Garage.  She'll be performing live with a full band, and the show will be livestreamed, but some lucky fans will be able to score a limited amount of in-person tickets -- with the appropriate COVID precautions and restrictions. You can visit EtheridgeTV.com to buy tickets now.

The two-hour event is doubling as a birthday celebration for Melissa, who turns 60 on May 29, and her wife -- actress, writer and producer Linda Wallem, who has the exact same birthday as she does.

One Way Out...of the Garage will feature Melissa's biggest hits, fan favorites and "a few surprises." Digital VIP experiences are available; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Melissa's charity, the Etheridge Foundation.

The Grammy winning singer will also resume touring starting August 8 in Sandy, Utah.

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Olivia Rodrigo will have new music to debut when she performs on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

The "Drivers License" star announced the news via Instagram, writing, "New single 'good 4 u' on friday!!! performing it on snl too!!!!"  She also revealed the single artwork, which shows her posing in a cheerleader uniform and long black leather gloves next to a trophy in a school hallway

"Good 4 U" is the third single released from Olivia's forthcoming debut album Sour, following the chart-topping "Drivers License" and its followup, the top 10 single "Deja Vu."  The album is due on May 21.

Olivia will also perform Tuesday at the 2021 Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

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Sydney Takeshta

Lindsey Stirling is getting back on the road.

The violinist, singer and dancer has announced dates for her 2021 Artemis U.S. Tour, kicking off July 3 in Kansas City, MO with opening act Kiesza.  The tour is set to wrap up September 10 in Milwaukee, WI.

“Not only am I over the moon about finally bringing my Artemis tour to the U.S. but I’m excited to be a part of the first wave of tours going out post lockdown,” Lindsey says in a statement. “People are craving connection so so badly, so as the world reopens, I know this is going to be a magical time we all remember for the rest of our lives. There is nowhere I’d rather experience it than on stage with my fans.”  

Lindsey celebrated the tour with a TikTok in which she serenades her dogs and her fans -- actual electric fans -- with an original song called "First Tour in Forever," sung to the tune of the Frozen song "For the First Time in Forever."

In addition to regular tickets, there are a number of Meet & Greet Experiences available.  The ultra-deluxe version, "Up Close and Personal," gets you a seat in the first five rows, an opportunity to meet Lindsey in real life and take a photo, admission to a motivational speech by Lindsey before the show, admission to "Lindsey's World" -- an immersive pre-show experience featuring costumes and memorabilia -- plus all kinds of limited-edition commemorative merch.

Visit LindseyStirling.com for a full list of tour dates and ticket info.

Meanwhile, the fourth edition of Lindsey's Artemis comic book series is available to pre-order now; it ships later this month. The fifth edition will arrive this summer.

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