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Olivia Rodrigo joins reunited No Doubt for Coachella day two; Taylor and Travis make the scene

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We should have suspected something was up when an article in NYLON magazine about Gwen Stefani featured numerous quotes from Olivia Rodrigo about what an inspiration the No Doubt frontwoman has been for her.

During day two of Coachella, on Saturday, April 13, Gwen and No Doubt, performing live together for the first time since 2015, welcomed Olivia to the stage for a rendition of their song "Bathwater." Olivia wore an "I [heart] ND" tank top as they sang the track from No Doubt's 2000 album Return of Saturn.

It was a full circle moment for Olivia, who, in 2021, chose "Bathwater" as one of the 18 songs to celebrate her 18th birthday. "I love Gwen Stefani more than anything; I think she's such a brilliant songwriter," Olivia gushed. "And the song is just so honest."

Olivia has been welcoming her musical influences to the stage during her GUTS tour. She's performed with both Sheryl Crow and Jewel, and tapped '90s alt-rockers The Breeders to open several shows.

In addition to "Bathwater," No Doubt filled their set with hits from throughout their discography, including the '90s classics "Just a Girl" and "Don't Speak."

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce were spotted at Coachella as well. People reports the two watched sets by Taylor's pals Ice Spice and Jack Antonoff while dancing and kissing. Taylor also wore a cap advertising her boyfriend's New Heights podcast.

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Music Notes: Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa and more

Bruno Mars has sold out both of his grand opening performances at LA's new concert venue, Intuit Dome. He'll be the first artist to perform at the dome with back-to-back shows on August 15 and 16. Bruno said in a statement, "I moved to Inglewood, California when I was 18 years old in hopes one day I could write a song that would allow me to perform all over the world. Opening up this arena is a full circle moment, and I can’t wait to celebrate the city that’s become my second home, Los Angeles.”

If you missed Argylle, Dua Lipa's dramatic movie debut, in theaters, you can now watch the star-studded film with an AppleTV+ subscription. Dua plays a glamorous villain, La Grange, who goes after Argylle, a spy played by Henry Cavill. The movie also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, John Cena and more.

Co-Op Live, a new 23,500-capacity concert venue opening Manchester, England, counts Harry Styles among its investors. And in addition to his money, the developers wanted his input. The general manager tells Billboard that Harry was asked what, as an artist, matters to him most in a concert venue, and Harry's answer was the fan experience. As a result, the venue won't have any lit-up advertising during shows and features tiered seating that brings fans closer than usual to the stage, plus beverage holders at every seat.

Swing Fever, Rod Stewart's latest album, sold more physical copies than any other album in the U.K. during 2024's first quarter, Music Week reports. Surprisingly, the album was a big hit on CD, which may signal a revival for that particular format. Even younger people are buying CDs because they cost less than vinyl.

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Tune in to Billy Joel's 100th Madison Square Garden residency concert special

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If, after 10 years, you still have never gotten the chance to see Billy Joel play his Madison Square Garden concert residency, you can do so for free on Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Billy Joel: The 100th - Live at Madison Square Garden was filmed March 28 as Billy did his 100th consecutive residency performance since he launched it back in January 2014. In addition to playing iconic hits like "You May Be Right," "New York State of Mind," "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Uptown Girl" and "My Life," Billy welcomed his pal Sting to the stage. Together, they sang The Police hit "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and Billy's "Big Man on Mulberry Street." Also on the set list was Billy's new hit, "Turn the Lights Back On."

Billy and Sting will play several concerts together this year, including on Saturday, April 13, in San Diego.

In addition to Sting, you'll see another special guest — Billy's fellow Long Island celebrity Jerry Seinfeld — take the stage to help raise a banner to the rafters of MSG commemorating Billy's achievement.

Surprisingly, this is the first concert in Billy's 50-year career to air on a broadcast network. You'll also be able to stream it live and watch it on demand on Paramount+.

Billy has sold out more shows at the Garden than any other artist. In fact, every show he's done at the legendary venue has sold out, dating all the way back to his first one in December 1978. On May 9, he'll celebrate his 75th birthday onstage there, and he'll wrap up his residency in July with what will be his 150th career show at the venue.

 

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Harry Styles attends the Masters Tournament, claims he's made "a couple birdies" on the course

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When you're a global pop star, you can attend all the biggest sports events, from the Super Bowl to the Masters Tournament. The latter was where golf enthusiast Harry Styles was spotted this week, checking out the scene at Augusta National.

Golf Digest reports that Gabby Herzig, one of its former writers and a golf reporter for The Athletic, detailed her interaction with Harry at the legendary tournament. In a series of posts on social media platform X, Herzig explained how she struck up a conversation at the 17th tee box.

First, she asked if Harry was waiting to see golfer Bryson DeChambeau. He responded that he was focusing on Christo Lamprecht, an amateur playing in the tourney. She also asked if he'd been to Augusta before and if he'd played the course. When he responded in the affirmative, Herzig said, "Any highlights? Birdies?"

According to Gabby, Harry laughed and said, "Yeah, you know, a couple birdies." For you non-golfers, that means taking one stroke less than a proficient player would normally need to get their ball into the hole.

Golf Digest says it's unclear if, while at the tournament, Harry got to see his former bandmate Niall Horan, who was also there.

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Madonna supports son Rocco at first solo U.S. art exhibit in Miami: "So proud!"

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Madonna took some time out of her busy touring schedule to support her eldest son, Rocco Ritchie, at his latest art exhibit, held in Miami, Florida.

Rocco, who used to create art under the pseudonym Rhed, showed a series of charcoal works on canvas at the exhibit, called "Pack a Punch." The works were portraits of Muay Thai fighters, which Rocco saw during a recent trip to Thailand. According to the Miami Herald, five works were sold; they cost $25,000 each.

On Instagram, Madonna posted photos of herself and daughter Mercy, son David and twins Stella and Estere attending the exhibit. "So happy to have the night off to enjoy my son Rocco’s’s latest collection ... So Proud !" she wrote. In one photo, she and Rocco have their backs to the camera; she has her arm around him.

According to the Herald, in addition to Rocco's family, the show was attended by Gloria Estefan, husband Emilio and daughter Emily, as well as Miami Dolphins linebacker Duke Riley and Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui.

Madonna, who performed in Miami on April 6, 7 and 9, wore a three-piece Roberto Cavalli green suit and big white cowboy hat to the exhibit. Her next tour stop is Austin, Texas, on April 14.

 

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Selena Gomez denies claim she romanced JFK's grandson

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Selena Gomez is happy in her current relationship with Benny Blanco, but she still doesn't want anyone spreading rumors about who she dated in the past.

An Instagram fan account posted a rumor that Selena had dated John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg from 2020 to 2021. Schlossberg, a lawyer, is the grandson of the late President John F. Kennedy — he's the son of JFK's only daughter, Caroline.

But on April 12, Selena commented on the post, "Never met this human sorry."

E! reports that the only interaction Schlossberg and Selena ever had was when he ordered some "When We All Vote" merch from a collaboration she did with Dover Street Market.

Meanwhile, Selena posted a photo on her Instagram Story of her and Benny sitting side by side in a vehicle; Benny is kissing her hand. She captioned it, "I love you @itsbennyblanco."

Incidentally, in 2012 Selena's BFF Taylor Swift reportedly dated Conor Kennedy, son of current presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and great nephew of JFK.

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Katy Perry talks 'American Idol' exit, tells replacement to "keep my seat warm"

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Katy Perry is opening up about her American Idol exit.

The singer told Good Morning America in an interview that aired Friday that being a judge on the singing competition for seven seasons has "healed my heart."

"It's been incredible to be on this journey with them," she said, gesturing to fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as host Ryan Seacrest.

Perry hinted that her departure might not be permanent, teasing that she was saying goodbye "for now."

As for what she plans to do with all her free time, the pop star has a few ideas.

"I feel so connected to America that I want to go out there again and sing and play music and hold their hands and [tour] and bring my daughter and show her and all that stuff," she said.

Perry said she and her fellow judges are connected to the contestants emotionally because they "really can see ourselves in them."

"They also remind us about the fight, because we can get a little bit, you know, complacent here or there, but then they give us that energy again," she said, praising the "passion" they have.

With a seat vacant at the judge's table, Perry also revealed what she hopes for her replacement.

"Just someone that can put up with Luke and Lionel," she said. "Keep my seat warm."

American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Melissa Etheridge releases first song from upcoming live album tied to docuseries

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Melissa Etheridge will have a docuseries called I'm Not Broken streaming on Paramount+ later this year. Now she's announced a live album in conjunction with the project.

The album is called I’m Not Broken (Live From Topeka Correctional Facility); it'll be out on CD and vinyl July 5, and on streaming July 9. It was recorded live on the prison grounds in front of an audience of 2,500 female inmates, and features fan favorites and new, original songs. 

"It was a beautiful road to make this happen," Melissa says. I'm Not Broken follows the Oscar-winning singer as she writes an original song inspired by the prisoners' stories.

The first song from the live album, "The Shadow of a Black Crow," is out now. It was originally written by Melissa for her son Beckett, who died in 2020 after a struggle with opioid addiction. There's also a lyric video. You can preorder or presave the live album now.

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Paul McCartney, the Eagles and more celebrate Jimmy Buffett in Los Angeles

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Paul McCartney and the Eagles were among the many artists who celebrated the late Jimmy Buffett at Keep the Party Going: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett in Los Angeles on Thursday, with fan-shot footage on YouTube showing McCartney sharing tales of his friendship with the singer. 

“I had the great pleasure of knowing Jimmy,” McCartney told the audience at the Hollywood Bowl. “And like everyone else on the bill tonight has said, this is one great man. He was generous, he was funny, he’d done just about everything in his life.”

McCartney talked of the time Buffett got a custom left-handed guitar made for him, and also reminisced about singing with him the week before he died. He then performed one of the songs they'd played, The Beatles classic “Let It Be,” backed by the Eagles.

According to a post to Buffett's Instagram Story,  the night also included Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums with Zac Brown Band and Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band for a cover of Van Morrison’s "Brown Eyed Girl." ZBB also debuted a new song appropriate for the occasion, “Pirates and Parrots." The Eagles performed “Take it to the Limit” and “In The City,” while Don Henley performed his tune “Boys of Summer.” Sheryl Crow performed Buffett’s ”Fins.”

The Coral Reefer Band also performed several of Buffett’s classics, including “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” and "Volcano" with Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit.

The night ended with an encore featuring all of the night's performers - including Jackson Browne, Brandi Carlile, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church - returning to the stage for Buffett’s signature tune, “Margaritaville.”

Buffett passed away September 1 after a four-year battle with a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer. He was 76.

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Report: The launch of Lady Gaga's' 'Joker 2' trailer was bigger than 'Barbie'

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The debut of the trailer for Lady Gaga's upcoming movie Joker: Folie à Deux was more than Kenough to beat Barbie.

Sources tell Variety that the numbers for the trailer, including social engagement, were bigger than that of the first Barbie trailer, making it the biggest launch for Warner Bros. in recent years. According to the publication, it drew 167 million views in its first 24 hours.

The night it premiered, it was the #1 trending video on YouTube, and in just two days, it's racked up more than 20 million views on that platform alone. On the social media platform X, 10 terms related to the movie were trending the night of the trailer's launch, including Lady Gaga and her character, Harley Quinn.

By comparison, the debut of the trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes "only" got 100 million views, while Pixar's Inside Out 2 got 157 million views. But Joker wasn't able to beat the current record holder, Marvel's Deadpool and Wolverine, which set a record earlier this year with 365 million views.

As previously reported, Joker: Folie à Deux, which comes out October 4, stars Joaquin Phoenix as Joker aka Arthur Fleck, who meets and falls for Gaga's character, Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn. Together they go on a chaotic rampage, but according to the trailer, the mayhem seems to be interspersed with fantastical musical numbers.

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Travis Kelce now has something Taylor Swift doesn't: a non-honorary college degree

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Travis Kelce may have raved about how smart his girlfriend Taylor Swift is, but he actually went to college and she didn't. Now, he's got the paper to prove it.

On April 11, Travis and his brother Jason staged a live recording of their New Heights podcast at their alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, which Travis attended from 2008-2012.  At the time, he didn't graduate, but completed his remaining credit hours in 2022 to earn his bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.

According to the New York Post, he wasn't allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony in 2022 because he allegedly still had one of the college's helmets in his possession.

So, during the New Heights event, held at Ohio's Fifth Third Arena, both Travis and Jason -- who attended UC from 2006 to 2010 -- were finally given their diplomas, which they'd never actually picked up. In photos posted by the brothers' former college team, the Bearcats, Travis can be seen onstage in a cap and gown -- wearing friendship bracelets, of course.

"Getting that degree so he can understand [The Tortured Poets Department]," one fan commented.

"Remembering that Travis is technically more educated than Taylor is insane," another one wrote.

As for Taylor, she has an honorary doctorate from New York University.

One TikTok user also posted video of Travis onstage dancing to Taylor's hit "Shake It Off" during the taping.

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Dive into Dua Lipa's "Illusion" song and video

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Dua Lipa has shared another track from her album Radical Optimism and makes a splash with a sexy video, as well.

Dua's released "Illusion," the third track we've gotten to hear from the album, following "Houdini" and "Training Season." According to Dua, "Illusion" was the first song she and her main collaborators worked on together. "It really broke the ice for the record,” she says.

“It’s about knowing what you’re getting yourself into, but staying for the hell of it. The joke’s on them, it’s the fun of playing someone at their own game because ultimately you won’t fall for an illusion.”

Dua wrote on Instagram, "This song started everything for this album sonically ... it has just made me even more excited for Radical Optimism in 3 WEEKS ~ aaaaahhh it’s all bloody kicking off!!!"

The music video really leans in to the aquatic theme of the album cover and the making-of video that Dua's shared. It was filmed at a famous Olympic pool complex in Barcelona with a panoramic view of the city, and features Dua and a troupe of dancers, scantily clad high divers and synchronized swimmers cavorting both in and out of the water.

One of Dua's collaborators on the album is Australian musician Kevin Parker, who records as Tame Impala. Fun fact: Parker also co-wrote and co-produced an upbeat song for another pop superstar with the word "Illusion" in the title. Remember Lady Gaga's 2016 single "Perfect Illusion"?

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Huey Lewis apologizes to Kenny Loggins for possibly ripping him off

Credit: 'Huey’s ‘80s Radio with Huey Lewis' on Apple Music Hits.

Huey Lewis and Kenny Loggins both sang on "We Are the World," and on the April 14 episode of Huey’s ‘80s Radio with Huey Lewis on Apple Music Hits, they reminisce about their experience — and also debate whether Huey ripped Kenny off.

Speaking about the "We Are the World" Netflix documentary The Greatest Night in Pop, Huey tells Kenny that while watching it, he learned that Kenny was the one who suggested to Michael Jackson that Huey sing the line in the song that had been earmarked for no-show Prince.

"I never knew it until then," Huey tells Kenny of the line "But if you just believe/ there's no way we can fall."

Kenny replies, "Yeah, Michael came up to me and said, 'Well, Prince isn't going to be here. Who should sing the solo line?' I said, 'The best singer in here is Huey Lewis.'" 

High praise indeed, considering the other singers in the room included Stevie Wonder, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Dionne Warwick and Billy Joel.

Huey and Kenny also discuss Kenny's 1980 hit "This Is It," with Huey saying he suspects he ripped Kenny off when he was writing his hit "If This Is It."

"I got the melody, but I'm trying to write the lyric, and God, I couldn't come up with it. It was just so difficult," Huey recalls. "And I was on the bus ... and I, probably... mindful of your song, I don't know ... 'This Is It' just work[ed] for me."

Kenny points out that the phrase "this is it" is sung the same way in both songs.

"That's right. That's right. That's right," says Huey. "So I apologize for that." 

Kenny then jokes, "You'll be hearing from my lawyers."

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Music Notes: Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and more

A video Miley Cyrus made in 2010 for the charitable organization To Write Love On Her Arms has gone viral because it shows Miley seemingly explaining to Joaquin Phoenix who Lady Gaga is. In the clip, Miley asks Phoenix if he knows who Lady Gaga is. Though he tries to bluff, he finally admits that he's not familiar with her music. While it's likely the exchange is scripted, the video has resurfaced now because Phoenix and Lady Gaga are co-starring in Joker: Folie à Deux. The user who posted the clip wrote, "14 years ago, Miley Cyrus educated Joaquin Phoenix on Lady Gaga and now we have the Joker 2. Thank You Miley."

Bruno Mars will headline the annual Trifecta Gala on May 8. Held ahead of the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby, the charity event will raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kentucky and will honor the contributions African Americans have made to the history of the iconic race.

Now that Katy Perry has voiced a character in Peppa Pig, Peppa is returning the favor. The animated British pig and her pals have recorded a version of Katy's hit "Roar," which has a lyric video now and will be officially released on April 12.

Ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover beginning April 22, you can now buy a Taylor Swift-themed Haggadah, the book of prayers and instructions Jews follow during the holiday's festive meal, called a seder. In addition to the traditional text, it includes Taylor trivia, and comparisons between the text and the themes in Taylor's songs. For example, a traditional parable about four sons is compared to four intertwined characters on folklore: Betty, James, Inez and August.

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Watch Meghan Trainor sing about being a dog mom in new FreshPet ad

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Meghan Trainor is a mom to two young boys, but she's also a mom of four "dog babies," as she calls them. They gave her the inspiration to write an original song about being a dog mom for the dog food brand FreshPet. The ad premiered April 11, which is National Pet Day.

As Meghan tells People, her dogs — Biggie, Roo, Lilo and Soca — are "my pack of girls," and they get along great with her sons, Riley, 3, and Barry, 9 months. All four girls co-star with Meghan in the commercial for FreshPet, in which she sings about sharing "a special kind of love" with them.

She sings, "I'm a dog mom/ my babies get the best/ settle for nothing less/ my babies get the best/ and the best is FreshPet."

And while being a boy mom and a dog mom are fine, Meghan longs to be a girl mom. She tells People, "I need my daughter. I need her because my mom and I are the closest human beings there could be. She's my best friend. She's my soulmate. And so I need my daughter, and I'm going to go get her."

But any girl-getting plans will have to wait until Meghan releases her new album, Timeless — which she tells People is "literally all upbeat, positive, love-yourself bangers that have my old school flavor with modern pop" — and completes her first tour in seven years, starting in September. She says she can't wait to see all her fans.

"We're all grown up," she notes. "Some of us have children, and I can't wait to just reconnect and dance."

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