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  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Ariana Grande may have taken a style cue from her latest music video.

    The singer revealed a Sweetener-inspired hair transformation on Instagram Wednesday when she posted a Polaroid of her newly dyed tresses.

    "Lavender," Grande simply captioned the picture, adding, "Jus for fun," on her Instagram Story.

    Courtesy of hairstylist Josh Liu, the newly engaged pop star’s hair was dubbed "lavender dreams." Also missing from the new ‘do was Grande’s signature ponytail.

    Fiancé Pete Davidson also expressed his adoration for Grande’s hair, leaving five purple heart emojis in the comments section.

    Lavender was the dreamy color predominantly featured in her "God Is a Woman" music video when she was bathing in a pool of pastel paint.

    And the light purple shade is the latest hair treatment before Grande releases her upcoming fourth studio album on August 17th.

    She previously went platinum blonde for the album art for Sweetener, which she revealed in June.


  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Charlie Puth was Jimmy Fallon’s musical guest on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show and performed "The Way I Am," from his latest album, Voicenotes.

    He also showcased songs from his supposed brand-new album Charlie Puth Sings 90s Punk Rock, and the bonus collection, Charlie Puth Sings Spice Girls.

    Those last two weren’t real, of course, but part of a bit in which Puth crooned soft pop versions of 1990s punk rockers, such as blink-182’s "All the Small Things" and Lit’s "My Own Worst Enemy."

    The bonus album featured Puth singing Spice Girls hits, including "Wannabe."

    After all the antics were over, Fallon finally introduced Puth, who is currently on tour and promoting his new single "The Way I Am" off of Voicenotes.


  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Ed Sheeran’s Songwriter documentary has an official release date.

    The film, directed by Ed’s cousin Murray Cummings, will be available worldwide exclusively on Apple Music on August 28th. It will also be released theatrically in New York on August 17th at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles at the ArcLight Hollywood on August 24th.

    "Songwriter gives viewers a unique glimpse into the songwriting process," Ed says in a statement. "Murray’s film brilliantly documents the hard work and DNA that goes into creating a song from start to finish."

    The documentary follows Ed has he creates his album Divide, while also showing never before-seen-footage from his family’s archives. The trailer shows him working with collaborators including Julia Michaels and Johnny McDaid, creating the song "Galway Girl," and visiting his old high school.

    Benny Blanco, Foy Vance, and Amy Wadge also make appearances.

    "I decided to make something different," Cummings says in a statement. "I wasn’t going to show fame. I didn’t want paparazzi, screaming fans or big stadiums. I didn’t want to have sit down interviews because I didn’t want to tell the audience how something came to be, I just wanted to show them. And I wanted the focus to be the songwriting."


  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    JAY-Z has criticized Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney for removing Made In America festival from the historic Ben Franklin Parkway. According to Complex, Mayor Kenney released a statement announcing the eviction of the festival from the area, saying, "This is the last year MIA will be held on the Parkway. It’s unclear how MIA will want to proceed in the future but the City is interested in discussing alternate locations within Philadelphia for future years. When the festival first started, it was intended to provide a unique attraction to the City on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary. We are interested in discussing the festival’s future with the producers and look forward to continuing a partnership."

    JAY has since penned an open letter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, question whether or not the move was racially motivated. He wrote, "We are disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication. It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city."

    The rapper added, "Since 2012, Made in America, one of the only minority-owned festivals, has had a positive $102.8 million economic impact to Philadelphia and the festival has paid $3.4 million in rent to the City. Made in America employs over 1000 Philadelphians each day and 85 percent of our partners are Philadelphia based companies. We have studies and reports that prove the festival significantly contributes to Philadelphia’s tourism bottom line. We cannot comment if the Mayor has reviewed any of these materials."

    He also said, "We consider this stance a failure on the Mayor’s part. Is this an accurate representation of how he and his administration treat partners that economically benefit his city? Do they regularly reject minority-owned businesses that want to continue to thrive and grow alongside his city’s people?"


  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    DUA LIPA RECORDING THE NEXT JAMES BOND THEME SONG?: Dua Lipa could be the next artist to record a James Bond theme song if the band Years & Years are to be believed. During an interview with the BBC, Years & Years’ Mikey Goldsworthy may have let the cat out of the bag. "I thought they’d ask us to do the theme song but alas I think it’s Dua Lipa doing it," Mikey said. "Am I not supposed to say that? That’s what I heard…I feel bad now. Maybe I’ve ruined everything!" he added. The last couple of themes have been recorded by Sam Smith ("Writing’s on the Wall"), Adele ("Skyfall"), Jack White and Alicia Keys ("Another Way to Die") and more. Bond 25, starring Daniel Craig in the title role, will hit theaters on November 8, 2019.

    JULIA MICHAELS DISHES ON WORKING WITH SHAWN MENDES AND ED SHEERAN: In addition to making her own hits, Julia Michaels has collaborated with some other hitmakers on a few songs released this year. She co-wrote Anne-Marie’s hit "2002" with Ed Sheeran and co-wrote two songs on Shawn Mendes’ new album, "Nervous" and "Like to Be You." She tells Billboard that Shawn and Ed have different energies in the studio. Julia says Shawn has a quirky habit of leaving water bottles all around the studio, but she was impressed by his overall enthusiasm. As for Ed, she says songwriting with him is a whirlwind. She adds, "He’s one of the few artists that I know that can write consistently, like five songs in a row, that are hits." Michaels put out another catchy single of her own, "Jump," which she released last month. Julia rejoins Maroon 5 for their Red Pill Blues tour in September.

    SHAWN MENDES HEADLINING ROLLING STONE RELAUNCH EVENT NEXT WEEK: Shawn Mendes will be headlining Rolling Stone’s Relaunch event later this month, according to the magazine. The event, presented by YouTube Music, will feature a live performance by Shawn followed by a Q&A moderated by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos. The concert will also be filmed for the series Live from the Artists Den. The event will celebrate the recent redesign of the magazine and website, as well as a brand new, year-long partnership between Rolling Stone and YouTube Music. The event will take place in Brooklyn, New York, on July 26th.


  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Shawn Mendes has revealed how he reacted to news that Hailey Baldwin was engaged to Justin Bieber.

    The 19-year-old singer, who attended the Met Gala with Hailey, says he texted her a congratulatory message.

    "I texted Hailey the day of, and I said congrats. That’s what it is. I think everybody wants there to be more – there’s not," Shawn said on Australian show The Project.

    Shawn and Hailey were the subject of dating rumors earlier this year but they shot down rumors that the Met Gala was their big debut.

    Despite the duo being just friends, Hailey deleted photos with Shawn from her Instagram after she started dating Justin.

    Meanwhile, actress Kim Basinger, who is mom to Hailey’s cousin Ireland, gives Us Weekly some new scoop about the impending nuptials.

    "Oh, it’ll be fun," Basinger says. "Hailey’s sister Alaia Baldwin and cousin Ireland, they’re in the wedding. So believe me, I just – it’s cool! I think it’s sweet. It’s a very sweet thing. Happiness … We’re living in some really dire times right now."

    She also expressed her approval of the pairing.

    "I’m very, very happy for Hailey. I think it’s a good thing," she says. "I think Justin’s a cool guy. I don’t really know him at all, but Ireland does, you know? I think he’s come through a rough road. He’s a really cool kid. I pray for them. I hope they’re cool. I hope they’re happy! It’s wild! I think it’s wild!"

    Justin and Hailey got engaged in the Bahamas earlier this month. They began seeing each other again in June after previously dating from 2015 to 2016.

    Justin recently reminded everyone that they are very into each other with an Instagram post. In the post, Justin and Hailey make out like no one is watching in a hot tub. But, like, obviously someone is watching – at very least the someone who snapped the photo.

    John Mayer actually commented on the post with a shoutout to the awkward, unidentified photographer.

    "Interesting dynamic with the photographer in the hot tub," the musician wrote. "That’s gotta feel super third wheel. I see a lot of myself in this hot tub photographer. Imagine being in a hot tub on business."


  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Zayn Malik has just dropped a moody new single and accompanying music video, titled "Sour Diesel." The song was co-written by Malay and Rob Cavallo, both of whom also produced the track.

    Zayn stars in the video as a vigilante hero who faces a few unexpected turns

    "Sour Diesel" marks the latest track off of his upcoming album, which takes a new direction from his previous songs. He’s previously released "Let Me" and "Entertainer," both with full-fledged cinematic music videos.

    The videos featured the same actors, and the latter was a continuation of the former in both theme and plot.


  • Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Zedd is back with a brand new track called "Happy Now" featuring Elley Duhé. The track is Zedd’s first single since his super smash hit "The Middle" with Marren Morris.

    The track first premiered during Zedd’s Zedd In The Park, a one day festival in Los Angeles, where Elley joined the producer onstage to premiere the track.

    "‘Happy Now’ is the most organic sounding song I’ve made in a long time. The majority of what you hear was recorded using real instrumentation, a lot of pianos and a lot of guitars. Lyrically, it’s a song that is both happy and sad at the same time, while musically, it’s a song that rather leans towards a happier, sunnier side. I hope you enjoy ‘Happy Now,’" he says of the track.