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Music notes: Adam Levine, John Mayer, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes

Adam Levine packed on the PDA again with wife Behati Prinsloo, this time at Disneyland. ET Canada reports the couple was there to celebrate the Maroon 5 singer's 44th birthday.

John Mayer said on his Instagram Story that his new tour is "one of the best musical experiences of my life." It is his first-ever solo acoustic tour, which wraps April 14 in Los Angeles.

The Weeknd celebrated the third anniversary of the After Hours album, which produced the hits "Blinding Lights," "Save Your Tears" and more. The singer sent an e-newsletter to fans encouraging them to stream the album and revealed his favorite moments from that music era. Highlights include the music videos for "Blinding Lights" and "Save Your Tears," the Super Bowl halftime show, and performing at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.

Shawn Mendes visited the Tommy Hilfiger store in London and shared a video to his Instagram Story of the screaming mob of fans who were there to greet him. He revealed he rode up to the store with the brand's creator, Thomas Jacob Hilfiger.

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Meghan Trainor wrote "Mother" in response to "silly men" telling her starting a family would end her career


Meghan Trainor revealed she was inspired to write "Mother" after "silly men" told her that having a baby would destroy her career — among other things.

Taking to Instagram, the singer shared a video of her lip-synching her new hit and explaining, "I wrote this song for all the silly men in the world who have tried to tell me what kind of songs I should write, what career choices I should make, and have talked down to me like I have no idea what I'm doing." 

She also added a kiss-blowing emoji before continuing in the caption, "And that having a baby would end my career."

Meghan recently opened up about how women feel they have to choose between starting a family and having a career. She told the Best Advice podcast, "For anyone out there who wants to have a baby, and you're like, 'Oh no, my career isn't where I want it to be,' a baby won't ruin it, it'll make it better."

She added, "Babies bring luck ... I promise everything will work out."

Meghan is currently expecting her second child with husband Daryl Sabara, with whom she shares 1-year-old Riley. The baby is due in July.


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Duran Duran confirms new project featuring original guitarist Andy Taylor


As previously reported, Duran Duran’s John Taylor recently revealed at the Unforgettable Evening fundraiser for cancer research that original guitarist Andy Taylor is going to be on their next album, and now the band is sharing a few more details about the project.

In a post on Instagram, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers confirm that “a special new music project is in the works, set for release later this year.” They add, “The new recordings will feature extended Duran Duran family and friends, old and new, including our former band mate Andy Taylor, who will join us on guitar on a few tracks.”

In the meantime, Duran Duran is set to hit the road in April with dates in the U.K. and Ireland. They return to the United States on May 27 with an appearance at the BottleRock Festival in Napa Valley, California. A complete list of dates can be found at

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Post Malone's "Circles" lawsuit commences with jury selection on Tuesday

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Post Malone will soon stand trial in the authorship dispute over his hit song "Circles." The suit was brought by Canadian musician Tyler Armes, who claims he's owed partial ownership of the song because he contributed a guitar riff to it.

Billboard reports jury selection in the case starts Tuesday at a U.S. federal courthouse in Los Angeles. It's believed a verdict can be reached as soon as Friday.

As of Monday, a witness list has not been released, so it is unknown who will testify in court. However, Post's lawyers confirmed in August he'll voluntarily testify in the case.

His lawyers told the outlet over the summer, "He fully intends to appear to refute plaintiff’s claims."

As previously reported, Armes claims he contributed a guitar riff, and co-wrote the chords and bass line for "Circles." He adds he was originally offered publishing royalties capped at 5 percent, but the offer was withdrawn when he tried negotiating for more.

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Madonna shares the 5 house rules that must be followed in her home

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Madonna revealed the five rules her family must follow when they're home.

Taking to her Instagram Story on Sunday, the hitmaker shared a picture of her holding up a chalkboard-style sign that has the words "House Rules" written on top.

The #1 rule of Madonna's house is to "Smile," while the second-most important rule is to "Be Happy." Going down the list, it becomes apparent the singer values communication because the next rule is "Listen to others."

Rounding out the list are "Speak Kindness" and "Be Happy with what you have," respectively.

Madonna is the mother of six children: 26-year-old Lourdes, 22-year-old Rocco, 17-year-old David Banda, 15-year-old Mercy, and 10-year-old twins Estere and Stella.

As previously reported, the singer revealed what brings her joy when talking to Vanity Fair. In her January interview, she said "the time I spend with my children" makes her happy, such as "seeing them happy, watching their development, discovering their passions."

Madonna also described motherhood as "the most difficult, the hardest battle." Despite that, she added, "Whoever you are, having children and raising them is a work of art."

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Andy Taylor returning for next Duran Duran album


The next Duran Duran album will see the return of guitarist Andy Taylor. According to, while speaking at the Unforgettable Evening fundraiser for cancer research in Los Angeles, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor revealed that Andy is recording music for the band’s next release.

Discussing Andy’s revelation last year that he’s battling prostate cancer, John said, “When he dropped the bomb two days before the (Rock & Roll) Hall of Fame, it was really shocking and terribly sad. We’re working on an album right now that is going to be coming out at the end of the year and he’s playing guitar.”

John says the record is expected to contain “a lot of cover songs,” noting they are “songs meaningful to us when we were kids. So having him be a part of that project is great.” 

While the album is being recorded in Los Angeles and London, John says frontman Simon LeBon is heading to Ibiza to record with Andy. 

“I kind of wish I was there,” he said. “I think it’ll be great. It’ll be really profound for them. They haven’t been in the studio together in maybe 10 to 20 years.”

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Britney Spears explains why she quickly sold home she recently bought

Britney Spears finally disclosed why she sold her Calabasas, California, mansion after owning it for less than a year.

Taking to Instagram to share an infographic saying it's OK "to live in a simple home" and "live a simple life," the pop star said she doesn't get the desire to own a "lavish over the top home."

"I'm honestly offended when I go to those big hotels or homes and the TVs come out from a picture above the fireplace," she continued, calling that so-called luxury perk "the dumbest most unattractive thing I've ever seen."

She continued, "I know the essence of living in one's home is by giving it good intention and it will create the mood or ambiance ... I've been into some of what is considered the best homes and they were not my cup of tea ... not impressed one bit."

She then touched upon the Calabasas mansion, which she bought in June. She reportedly lost roughly $2 million in the final sale earlier this year.

"My house is pretty big and the last home I bought was pretty. Most would say it was by far a more beautiful home ... but I stayed for 5 or 6 months and came right back to my normal bedroom," she wrote. 

She added, "I like what I like and that's okay ... nobody can tell me what is the best for me ... they can give me their advice if I request it ... but l’m in love with the life I have built for myself !!!"

Britney and husband Sam Asghari moved back into her Thousand Oaks, California, home, which she bought in 2015.

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Rod Stewart says he is "doing everything I can" to beat viral infection

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Sir Rod Stewart was forced to press pause on the Australian leg of his tour due to an unexpected illness.

He took to Instagram Saturday to share a statement that his scheduled performance at Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong would not proceed as planned. The show was part of the venue's A Day on the Green festival, where the singer was set to perform alongside Cyndi Lauper and Jon Stevens.

They, along with Stewart, shared the joint announcement from Live Nation, saying the show "will not go ahead, due to illness."

The announcement, which was captioned with a broken heart emoji, also promised that fans would hear "a further announcement regarding the concert arrangements ... early next week."

Stewart explained why he had to pull out of the festival in a follow-up post. "I am absolutely downhearted that I'm disappointing my fans," the statement began. It continued, "Late this morning I was advised that I have a viral infection and my throat is too irritated to sing."

"I'm only human and sometimes get sick just like you do. My greatest joy is performing for you, so I'm doing everything I can to get on the mend and back on stage," the statement closed.

So far no announcement has been made regarding his scheduled Tuesday show at AEC Arena in Adelaide.

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Laura Dern, Emma Stone and all the other celebs spotted at Taylor Swift's Eras Tour show

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Taylor Swift's Eras Tour kicked off last weekend in Glendale, Arizona, which symbolically renamed itself Swift City in her honor. And while getting a major city to temporarily rename itself is a big honor, wait until you hear who went to see her perform.

Laura Dern, who starred in Taylor's "Bejeweled" music video, shared a snap of herself hanging out with the hitmaker at her concert. She captioned it, "Celebrating our amazing buddy’s first show of tour. Extraordinary. Found family."

Incidentally, her other "Bejeweled" music video co-stars, HAIM, were also in attendance. Taylor has been crowned the symbolic fourth sister of the rock band, which is comprised of three siblings. They collaborated on the song "no body, no crime" off of the evermore album. Taylor also hopped on a remix of HAIM's 2021 song "Gasoline."

Model Gigi Hadid, who previously told E! News she becomes "a psychopath at a Taylor show," was caught by a TikToker's camera singing along to "King of My Heart."

Some eagle-eyed TikTokers also spotted Emma Stone at Taylor's concert, and took viral videos of the Cruella star dancing and singing along to "You Belong with Me" and "Fearless." The two met in 2008, and Stone famously brought Taylor as her date to the premiere of her 2010 movie Easy A.

Danica Patrick, a former NASCAR driver, shared photos on Instagram of her hanging out at the concert. In addition, Scream actress Samara Weaving took to her Instagram Story to share highlights of Taylor's concert.

Taylor's tour set list includes 44 songs — with segments dedicated to highlighting the most beloved hits across her 10 studio albums — and runs roughly three hours.

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Daryl Hall to join Billy Joel at BST Hyde Park concert

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Daryl Hall is headed overseas this summer, announcing two new shows in London, including a gig opening for Billy Joel

Hall will kick off his London gigs joining Joel for his American Express presents BST Hyde Park concert in London on July 7.

Hall will follow that with a headlining show at London’s Eventim Apollo on July 9, with his good friend Todd Rundgren on board as special guest. The show will also feature Daryl with his house band, which performed with him on his web series Live From Daryl’s House.

"So glad to be back in London playing,” Hall shares. “I always have the best shows there.”

Tickets for Hall’s London Eventim Apollo show go on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. local time.

The Billy Joel/Daryl Hall show is one of many BST Hyde Park concerts this summer. Others include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Guns N’ Roses and more.

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Ed Sheeran announces 'The Sum Of It All', new 4-part documentary coming to Disney+

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Ed Sheeran concedes he hasn't been keen on sharing details about his personal life, but that will change when a new documentary comes to Disney+ this spring.

Ed announced that a four-part documentary will take a deep dive into his new album, -, pronounced Subtract. The docuseries, The Sum Of It All, hits the streamer May 3.

"I've always been guarded of my personal life; the only documentary I've ever made has been one that focused on my songwriting," he said, referring to 2018's Songwriter.

He continued, "Disney approached me to make a four-part documentary on the making of my next album Subtract. Initially the documentary was just that, a documentary on the formation of an album. But, as my life took a few twists and turns, the subject matter of the album changed, and so did the documentary."

"It became something completely different to what I thought it would be. I wanted to provide context to the album as it touches on very personal things, that we all experience," Ed wrote. "I knew if I made a documentary, I would want to put my trust in the hands of the director, so it wouldn’t be sculpted by me, and was actually an accurate reflection of who I am, even if it’s uncomfortable to watch."

The series will include the chapters "Love," "Loss," "Focus" and "Balance."

The docuseries is produced by Fulwell 73 Productions, the team behind Elton John: Farewell from Dodgers Stadium.

In a press release, Disney explained the docuseries will explore "how an unlikely child with a stutter rose to fame to become one of the biggest global music superstars and how his chart-topping hits were born."

The Sum Of It All arrives May 3 on Disney+.

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At your 'Service': Dua Lipa to speak online about her podcast, newsletter and brand


A year ago, Dua Lipa founded Service95, a newsletter and podcast featuring her recommendations; thought-provoking articles about culture, activism and social justice; and interviews with celebrities and newsmakers. Now she's scheduled an online event where she'll discuss what prompted her to branch out from music.

The digital event will take place April 13, and tickets are on sale now via Dua will be talking about the inspiration for Service95, as well as what goes into putting together the newsletter and podcasts. 

In addition, she'll share the lessons she's learned running a start-up while being a global superstar, and discuss the keys to leadership and building an authentic brand. There'll also be a Q&A where fans will get the chance to ask questions, and we'll find out what Dua has planned for Service95 in the coming years.

The livestream starts at 7 p.m. GMT — that's 3 p.m. ET — on April 13, and tickets costs about 15 bucks. If you can't watch it live, you'll be able to watch it for seven days after the livestream ends.

You can access all things Service95, including the newsletters and podcasts, at

This month's newsletter features Dua's recommendations for how to disconnect from your phone, an article about avoiding burnout and an interview with a female tattoo artist.


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Music notes: Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers

Britney Spears shared a photo of herself when she was 13 and revealed she "used to make music videos with my friends at their house." She wrote on Instagram, "We never had a real guy to play our love interest so we used our imaginations... Antonio Banderas was always my love interest and the video was the worst thing I have ever seen in my entire life."

Rod Stewart, at least in spirit, encourages DJ Calvin Harris to do his best at every gig. The "This Is What You Came For" artist told BBC Radio 2 he brings a photo of Stewart to every show. He said the photo is like "having someone just cheering you on in the corner."

Taylor Swift put her crafting skills to work when creating a special backstage pass for her dad, Scott Swift. She shared the handmade work to her Instagram Story and joked, "Made my dad's tour credential. We are a small family business." The pass reads "D.O.H.," which means "dad of headliner." 

The Jonas Brothers kicked off the City Concert Series on Today, performing at Rockefeller Plaza.

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Grief will become a big blue monster in Ed Sheeran's "Eyes Closed" music video

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Ed Sheeran releases "Eyes Closed" Friday, March 24, which will officially launch his next music era.

The track, as he previously revealed, is about grappling with the death of his friend Jamal Edwards. Ed explained the music video will further illustrate his grief by allowing it to physically manifest as a furry blue monster that follows him around.

"When I was thinking of concepts for the Eyes Closed music video I wanted to make a video inspired by movies like Harvey, where the main character has an imaginary friend who’s a giant rabbit that no one can see," he wrote on Instagram while sharing a brief teaser of the upcoming film. "There’s also a book I read my daughters where sadness is encapsulated by an imaginary creature."

He continued, "Often sadness is something that follows you around, engulfing the rooms you’re in, and you can feel and see it, but no one else around you can. So I decided to create my own big blue monster for the video."

The singer explained the monster only "gets bigger and bigger as the video goes on, til he takes up whole rooms, and is all I can see, just like sadness."

Ed expressed how proud the music video makes him, adding, "I LOVE the big blue monster." He apparently loves it so much it will "be popping up places and available soon."

He didn't elaborate on what he meant by that.

"Eyes Closed" will premiere Friday, March 24. It's the first single to be released off his upcoming album, -, which is pronounced Subtract. That arrives May 5.

Edwards, a British music entrepreneur who is credited for launching Ed's career, unexpectedly passed away in 2022. He was 31. 


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John Oates covers Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together”

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John Oates is back with another new single: This time he’s shared a cover of the Timmy Thomas track "Why Can’t We Live Together," which some music fans may recognize as the tune sampled in Drake's 2015 hit "Hotline Bling."

"When thinking about the state of our world today I was reminded of the brilliant, classic 1970's anti-war anthem by Timmy Thomas,” Oates shares. “The original was a stark and powerfully beautiful recording using only a primitive drum machine and Hammond B3 organ to support his haunting vocal performance.” 

He adds, “I felt the time was right for me to cover this great song ... but I wanted to reimagined (sic) in my own style with 'doo wop' style background vocals, a live band and as a final touch a very 1970s electric sitar riff that I did at home to add a little more period sweetness." 

“Why Can’t We Live Together" is the third of a series of tracks Oates will release each month. He previously released the tracks “Disconnected” and “Pushin’ a Rock.”

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