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  • ALESSIA CARA & LOGIC OPEN UP ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF '1-800-273-8255'

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Alessia Cara and Logic are explaining why it was so important for them to release their hit song "1-800-273-8255." The 21-year-old singer and 27-year-old rapper chatted about the song while making an appearance on The Ellen Show.

    "I just felt that it was something so important that nobody really talks about especially in the mainstream world. It’s always a touchy, almost taboo, subject to talk about," Alessia said of the anthem about suicide prevention.

    She added, "But this is real and there’s so many people, even people close to me, who have…felt like their lives aren’t worth it. I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about that and let people know they’re not alone."

    Logic later added that he’s excited about the direction of music, saying, "I’m excited for what else we’ll get to say together."



  • ARIANA GRANDE ALMOST FALLS OFF STAGE

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Ariana Grande showed just how much of a pro she is in a video she posted on Instagram after a show in Asia.

    The singer slipped on a stage prop, but kept her composure, kept singing, and best of all, kept her sense of humor. She wrote, "can’t believe we made it to the second to last show without me slipping on that slippery a** stool honestly I’ll take it." Dancing between a band of shirtless dancers, the singer didn’t make any more missteps.

    Her mom Joan had the perfect response, "This is such a wonderful clip though…fans so concerned screaming, your adorable laughs & then Perfect Singing & you landed like a pro!! Xo,"

    Grande will complete the Southeast Asia leg of her Dangerous Woman Tour today.



  • BRITNEY SPEARS SHARES PHOTO OF MEETING MARIAH CAREY

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Britney Spears found herself in great company when she ran into Mariah Carey at a dinner party. Spears tweeted a picture of the two divas together on Wednesday with the caption, "You never know who you’re going to meet at dinner parties!! Great night! So much fun, thank you Cade!" She presumably means friend and publicist Cade Hudson.

    Fans immediately freaked out when they saw the tweet, some of them begging both pop stars to collaborate.

    Britney is set to return to Planet Hollywood for the last stretch of her Piece of Me residency on October 11th, while Mariah is bringing her All I Want for Christmas is You show to Vegas this year beginning on December 14th.



  • CLIVE DAVIS DOCUMENTARY SOUNDTRACK FEATURES HITS FROM WHITNEY HOUSTON, KELLY CLARKSON, ALICIA KEYS

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    An exclusive digital deluxe edition of Clive Davis - The Soundtrack of Our Lives will be released September 27th on Apple Music. The collection is the soundtrack of the acclaimed documentary on the life of Davis, the legendary record executive who has helped steer the careers of everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Barry Manilow, to Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys

    The soundtrack also includes songs from the many of the other artists Davis worked with in his career, including Santana, Rob Thomas, Kenny G, Annie Lennox, Taylor Dayne, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago, Dionne Warwick and more.

    A less comprehensive, 20-track digital version of Clive Davis - The Soundtrack of Our Lives will be available on September 29th.

    The documentary, directed by Chris Perkel and based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography, opened the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April. The film will stream exclusively on Apple Music beginning October 3rd.



  • DEMI LOVATO CREDITS CHRISTINA AGUILERA FOR INSPIRING NEW ALBUM

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Demi Lovato’s new album Tell Me You Love Me was inspired by Christina Aguilera. The singer tells People she grew up listening to Christina and looked to her 2002 Stripped album when creating her upcoming studio effort, Tell Me You Love Me.

    "She was one of my idols growing up," Demi says. "She still is. Her voice is incredible, and in Stripped you really got to hear that."

    Demi adds, "I think it was her breakout album that really transformed her into the icon that she is today. So that inspired me … she really inspired this album. I was even inspired by the black-and-white artwork!"

    Just as Christina delved into some personal lyrics on Stripped, Demi is doing the same. "I have been through a lot over the last year-and-a-half," Demi says. "I’ve done a lot of growing and I wanted an album that best represented who I am."

    Back before her performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Demi also spoke with MTV News about the singers who nurtured the R&B sounds she experiments with on the record. She name-checks Christina and Kehlani, specifically.

    Tell Me You Love Me comes out September 29th.



  • DEMI LOVATO TO DISCUSS SEXUALITY IN NEW DOCUMENTARY

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Demi Lovato won’t label herself for the sake of a headline. The 25-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday to tell everyone that she doesn’t "owe anybody" an explanation about her sexuality. Lovato was on social media and saw a tweet she did not agree with.

    "I love Demi Lovato, but her reason for refusing to talk about her sexuality is total bulls**t," the tweet read with an accompanying article explaining why.

    In response to the tweet, Lovato replied, "Expectant and rude. Watch my documentary and chill out."

    The posts echo the sentiment the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer recently shared in an interview with PrideSource. Lovato was asked about her song "Cool for the Summer," which became an anthem for the LGBT community, and whether its message was that same-sex intimacy has to be a secret.

    "I feel like it’s irrelevant to what my music is all about," she said. "I answer a lot of questions in my documentary," explaining that some of them are about her sexuality.

    The singer’s documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated debuts October 12th on YouTube.



  • HARRY STYLES INCLUDES ONE DIRECTION SONGS IN SOLO TOUR SET LIST

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Harry Styles hasn’t turned his back on his musical past. Billboard reports that at the kickoff of Harry’s solo headlining tour on Tuesday night in San Francisco, he sang not one, but two One Direction songs: "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Stockholm Syndrome." Harry also sang a bit of Ariana Grande’s song "Just a Little Bit Of Your Heart," which he co-wrote for her album My Everything, and covered Fleetwood Mac’s "The Chain," which he also did recently for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

    Harry also performed songs from his critically-acclaimed solo debut album, including "Sign of the Times," "Two Ghosts," "Woman," and "Sweet Creature."

    The North American leg of the tour wraps up October 21st with a benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Meanwhile, Harry’s bandmate, Niall Horan, will kick off his U.S. solo tour October 29th in Philadelphia.



  • JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST HAVE PLANNED TO MEET UP FACE-TO-FACE

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    JAY-Z and Kanye West appear to have organized a face-to-face meeting to hash out their issues. According to TMZ, the forthcoming conversation could also end their ongoing dispute over TIDAL, where Ye claims he was never paid advances and bonuses that amounted to $3.5 million.

    An insider said, "The Generals Kanye and Jay have to meet face-to-face. When that happens, the resolving the money dispute is a piece of cake."

    • Sources have also said that both parties are open for the meeting.
    • In other news, Vic Mensa will be hitting the road on JAY-Z's "4:44 Tour." Vic made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "I am going on tour."


  • QUICKIES: LADY GAGA, CELINE DION & HURRICANE RELIEF

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    LADY GAGA PLANS TO WRITE HER NEXT ALBUM WITH DJ WHITE SHADOW: Lady Gaga revealed some major music news while wishing DJ White Shadow a happy birthday: she’s planning to write her next album with him. The 39-year-old producer posted a photo on his Instagram of a birthday note from Gaga on Wednesday. "Happy Birthday to my favorite producer and friend. I love you. Can’t wait to write this next album together. Love Art, Peace, and music LG xoxo" the card reads. The two previously worked on Born This Way and ARTPOP together, including "Born This Way," "The Edge of Glory" and "Applause." Most recently, they worked together on Gaga’s latest single, "The Cure."

    CELINE DION TO COLLECT, MATCH DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF DURING CURRENT VEGAS RUN: Tuesday night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Celine Dion kicked off her latest batch of concerts and she’s using them to help the victims of the recent devastating hurricanes. Celine has announced that she’ll be collecting donations to benefit the American Red Cross during her shows. The singer, along with her concert promoter and Caesars Entertainment, will then match the donations dollar for dollar. She says they will keep the campaign going "for a while." "If you can spare a few dollars, please donate," Celine told the crowd, before performing her song "Recovering." Celine’s current run of shows will go from now through January 20th.

    $55 MILLION RAISED DURING ‘HAND IN HAND’ TELETHON FOR HURRICANE RELIEF: Organizers behind last week’s Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon have released updated fundraising totals, now putting the figure at more than $55 million raised to aid those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Previously, it was reported the September 12th event raised $44 million. The one-hour telethon was organized by artist manager Scooter Braun and Houston rapper Bun B and broadcast across several television, radio and streaming networks reaching an audience of over 40 million. More than 130 celebrities showed up to man the phones or ask for help, including Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Nicki Minaj, Kings of Leon, Oprah Winfrey, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake, among others. Donations are still being accepted by phone, text and online at handinhand2017.



  • REPORT: JANET JACKSON 'FELT LIKE A PRISONER' IN HER MARRIAGE

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Janet Jackson says that she "felt like a prisoner" while she was married to Wissam Al Mana. An insider told Us Weekly that the singer "felt hidden from family and friends. Her life was sheltered." The source also said, "Janet felt like a prisoner." A second insider revealed that Al Mana came into Janet's life at the right time, saying, "He swept in at just the right time. He bailed her out and whisked her away to the Middle East. Janet lived a very lavish life with him. His money could afford them a lot of privacy, which was what she craved."

    The insider went on to say, "Janet was never very maternal before, but that changed with Wissam. He really wanted a baby and she was ready. She realized she found the right guy."

    • Another source added, "Janet felt like she couldn’t be herself anymore. Janet felt like her music was suffering and she resented Wissam. She couldn’t settle down and be what he wanted."
    • It was previously reported that Janet and her ex, Jermaine Dupri, might be rekindling their own flame.


  • SHAKIRA ASKS FANS TO HELP MEXICAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS, SINGS ON CARPOOL KARAOKE

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira has appealed to her massive network of social media followers to help victims of Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico. "I am very sad about this terrible tragedy in Mexico," Shakira tweeted on Wednesday. "If you want to help, please visit shakir.as/unicefmexico Shak." Fans who follow the link on the tweet can donate online to UNICEF’s Mexico campaign.

    Meanwhile, Shakira and Trevor Noah took a cruise for a new episode of Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series. The Daily Show host and "Hips Don’t Lie" singer meet up in Barcelona, of all places, making for a picturesque backdrop for their drive, with Noah behind the wheel.

    "I became a pop singer, but I grew up listening to hard-core rock music," Shakira explains before launching into a rousing singalong to The Cranberries’ "Zombie."

    Noah, meanwhile, busted out some Wu-Tang Clan, performing an admirable word-for-word rap. "That is one of the greatest moments of my life, I will store it in my memories, rapping Wu-Tang with Shakira," he says. Their video aired on Apple Music September 19th.



  • TAYLOR SWIFT MEETS HER MULTIPLE SELVES IN NEW BEHIND THE SCENES CLIP

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    After showing the world how she was transformed into a zombie for the clip, Taylor Swift has shared even more behind the scenes footage from the set of her "Look What You Made Me Do" music video.

    In the new video, Swift reveals how the mountain of battling Taylor Swifts was created, calling it "the trippiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life."

    "Seeing all of them together is the weirdest feeling but it’s awesome," Swift said of the lookalikes in the video. "It’s exciting. It’s like, ‘Oh that’s a phase I went through when I was 16, but like, a girl is wearing it who looks just like me. But we’re having a great time. We’re all just chatting about life. That’s gotta look weird."

    At one point the singer is caught struggling with an unruly top hat during a fight scene. "I had some hat problems because I got too excited," she quipped. "And it turns out that top hats aren’t the best wardrobe for fighting."