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Watch Pentatonix throw a non-stop '90s dance party

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We spent 2020 dancing to Dua Lipa's album Future Nostalgia.  Now, Pentatonix is throwing it back to the '90s, with a club-tastic medley that's the perfect soundtrack for a six-minute dance party.

In their new video, the group, dressed in their best '90s club styles, sings their way through an amazing 17 dance floor favorites a cappella style, including "Around the World (La La La La La)," the ATC song that Ava Max interpolates in her current hit, "My Head & My Heart."  O.K., it came out in 2000, but close enough.

Other smashes you'll hear include Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight," Cher's "Believe," C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and, of course, "What Is Love" by Haddaway.

Part of the fun, is, of course, seeing how many songs you recognize, but here's a handy list:

La Bouche, "Be My Lover"
Haddaway, "What Is Love"
ATC, "All Around the World"
Alice Deejay, "Better Off Alone"
C+C Music Factory, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Snap!, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
Vengaboys, "Boom Boom Boom Boom"
Sonique, "It Feels So Good"
Cascada, "Every Time We Touch"
Eiffel 65, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
Robin S, "Show Me Love"
Jennifer Lopez, "Waiting for Tonight"
Ace of Base, "Beautiful Life"
Cher, "Believe"
Crystal Waters, "Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)"
CeCe Peniston, "Finally"

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Watch Maren Morris get in "The Middle" of some mac 'n cheese & her Spotify awards plaque

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Because they're silver and concave, the plaques that Spotify gives to artists for racking up one billion streams of one of their tracks have inspired some musicians to turn them into dinner plates.  Now Maren Morris is jumping on that bandwagon.

On her socials, Maren wrote, "Said I'd do it," alongside a black-and-white video of herself cooking mac 'n cheese, dumping it on her plaque, and eating it while wearing a fancy dress.

"thanks for a billion streams on The Middle, y’all," she wrote, referring to her Grammy-nominated smash hit with Zedd and Grey. "And thank you @spotify for the multi-purpose plaque."

"The Middle," released in 2018, was a top-five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys in 2019.

In 2018, Taylor Swift invited Maren to join her onstage to perform "The Middle" during the Arlington, TX stop of her Reputation Stadium Tour.  Maren can currently be heard singing on the song "You All Over Me" on Taylor's newly released Fearless (Taylor's Version) album project.


Matchbox Twenty's NFT auction raises nearly $75,000 for charity

Randall Slavin

Matchbox Twenty's first foray into the world of NFTs -- the new technology that allows people to own a unique piece of digital content -- has worked out pretty well.

The band's first NFT offering, which included the rights to high-res digital images of the original lyric sheets for their hit song, "Unwell," was sold for $24,000, proceeds from which went to the charities RADical Hope and The Trevor Project.  Then, a donor kicked in an additional $50,000 directly to RADical Hope in support of the whole project.

RADical Hope addresses America's youth mental health crisis, while The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

During a conversation about the NFT auction on the app Clubhouse last Thursday night, Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, who wrote "Unwell," spoke about why he wanted to tie the song to the current state of mental health in the country.

"What we're really talking about is the mental health of our future generations," Rob said. "Who we're going to be ten years from now depends on how we treat people now, and I think the Trevor Project and RADical Hope are pinpointing a huge group that we might lose if we don't let them know how special they are and how normal they are."

"Unwell," a top-ten hit in 2003, was recently interpolated by superstar DJ and producer Steve Aoki for a new song called "Used to Be," featuring vocals by Kiiara and Wiz Khalifa. A new acoustic version incorporates Rob's vocals as well.

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New Music Friday: Gwen Stefani, Pink, Doja Cat & more have new songs for you

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When you're done listening to all 27 tracks on Taylor Swift's latest release, Fearless (Taylor's Version), you can check out all these other new songs as a palate cleanser:

Pink has teamed up with soulful British singer/songwriter Rag'n'Bone for a duet, "Anywhere Away from Here." He says, "It’s an honor to have Pink on this record and I’m so glad she is able to be a part of it."

Doja Cat has released a new collaboration with SZA, "Kiss Me More," along with a colorful video starring Grey's Anatomy actor Alex Landi.  It's from her hotly-anticipated new album Planet Her, due later this year.

Gwen Stefani has teamed up with red-hot rapper Saweetie for a remix of her single "Slow Clap."  There's also an exuberant high-school-themed video directed by Sophie Muller, who was also behind the camera for No Doubt's classic clip "Don't Speak."

DJ & producer Imanbek, who turned Saint Jhn's "Roses" into a hit, has teamed up reggae superstar Sean Paul and Sofia Reyes for a new song called "Dancing on Dangerous."

Surfaces, the who went RIAA double Platinum with "Sunday Best, is back with a new song and video, "Wave of You."

AJ Mitchell has released a new single called "Stop" from his long-awaited debut album, Skyview, which will reportedly finally drop this year.

Canadian singer/songwriter Forest Blakk has added none other than new mommy Meghan Trainor to his sweet ballad "If You Love Her," making for a melodic duet.

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Justin Timberlake to star as game show host Chuck Barris in new Apple TV+ series

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Justin Timberlake has lined up his next acting gig for Apple TV+.

Deadline reports the 40-year-old singer/actor has been tapped to play Gong Show host Chuck Barris for an as-yet-untitled hour-long drama series.

The show will be based on Barris’ 1984 memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he claimed his job as a game show creator and host in the ‘60s and ‘70s was just a front for his real job as a CIA assassin. Barris created such game show classics as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.

The book was previously made into a 2002 film of the same name that was directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris.

Justin’s new role comes on the heels of his other Apple TV+ project, the film Palmer, which was released in January.

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Watch Katy Perry complain about lack of sex while presenting GLAAD Award to Sam Smith

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Last night at the GLAAD Media Awards, Sam Smith was named Outstanding Music Artist, but Katy Perry, who presented them with the honor, took the opportunity to sum up the past year in a way that we all could relate to.

"Music helped us get through this very difficult time, when not much else did," Katy said in her remarks. "I mean, our fabulous clothes? They just stayed on the hangers while we lived in sweats every single day."

"Some of us even went up a couple of sizes -- I did, I also had a baby," she noted. "And the sex dried up! Yeah!"

"Well, I hope it all comes back, but maybe not that baking bread thing, that was kind of a weird thing," Katy continued. She then went on to salute all the incredible music artists who "gave us moments of hope, happiness, resilience and even just plain ol' escapism."

Accepting the award from London, Sam noted, "I'm so honored to be receiving this this year...it really means a lot to me. This has been such a tough year for everyone....and for me, music has remained this constant force of unity throughout the world for people."

"Looking at this category tonight...these are the albums that have got me through this year," they said. "So I just want to raise a cup of tea -- have a tea party -- for everyone in this category."

Among the artists who Sam beat in that category: Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and Halsey.

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Nike settles lawsuit against Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes"

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The “Satan Shoes” saga has come to a close.

Nike has settled its lawsuit against MSCHF, the design company that teamed up with Lil Nas X to create a reimagined devil-inspired Air Max 97.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Nike and MSCHF agreed to a voluntary recall of the “Satan Shoes,” as well as the “Jesus Shoes” MSCHF sold in 2019.

"If any purchasers were confused, or if they otherwise want to return their shoes, they may do so for a full refund," Nike said according to EW. "Purchasers who choose not to return their shoes and later encounter a product issue, defect, or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike."

MSCHF sold 665 pairs of the sneakers for $1,018 each within minutes, but had been saving the 666th pair for a giveaway. The shoes were tied to Lil Nas X’s music video for his song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Lil Nas was not named as a defendant in the March 29 lawsuit.

"... Having already achieved its artistic purpose, MSCHF recognized that settlement was the best way to allow it to put this lawsuit behind it so that it could dedicate its time to new artistic and expressive projects," an attorney for MSCHF told EW.

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Watch Kelly Clarkson prove yet again that she's the Queen of TMI

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If you ever doubted that Kelly Clarkson has absolutely no filter, she just proved it once again on her talk show on Thursday, where she shared an incident that should be in the dictionary next to the phrase "TMI."

Kelly was interviewing country music star Clint Black, who shared that in an upcoming episode of his own talk show, fellow country star Sara Evans relates a story about how she once had to pee onstage.  "How many of us haven't peed on stage?" Clint joked.

That inspired Kelly to share a story about a similar incident that happened to her, but as she put it, "It wasn't pee, my friend."

"I got some kinda wrecked up from some kinda food and I literally, we were in an arena, and I shouldn't tell this story, but like I said my man, I don't have a filter," Kelly began.

"I had to RUUUUUUUN backstage to my quick-change," she continued. "I grabbed this poor trash can, and boy, I destroyed it. It was bad! It was bad, Clint!"

As the audience laughed, Kelly noted, "We might have to edit this out, but I'm just sayin', it happens. What are you supposed to do?"

Don't worry, Kelly: That's why we love you. We think.

(The story comes at 4:03 into the video.)

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Liam Payne shares the advice he'd give to his younger self, "I would have avoided that stage"

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It's been over a decade since Liam Payne shot to stardom as part of the pop band One Direction and he's learned a lot since then.  

Speaking with Glamour UK, the 27-year-old singer opened up about the advice he would give to his younger self at the beginning of his career.  

"I think just have more fun and relax a little bit," the "Strip That Down" singer shared. "I think I was a very serious child, one of those man-childs, I was a man in a child's body pretty early on."

"And I think I would have avoided that stage, to be honest with you," he added. "To enter One Direction as that difficult, because it just meant that I got completely a different job to everybody else."

Essentially he was the "grown-up," which Liam called "boring."

"I should have just larked around and thrown plates out the window and stuff," he continued and when asked if that meant more rock and roll, he clarified, "Well, I mean at the start, and then later on a bit less rock and roll."

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Report: Suspect arrested in Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello home invasion case

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There's been an arrest in the case involving the home invasion at Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's home in LA last month, TMZ reports.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that a suspect was arrested on Thursday after cops followed up a call they got about a trespassing case at a house in another area.  When they found that individual, he had a key on him, which reportedly was to Shawn's Mercedes G-Wagon. 

During the break-in at Shawn and Camila's, TMZ had reported that the thief entered through a window, grabbed Shawn's car keys and made off with the car.  The vehicle was later found parked on a residential street and returned to Shawn.

According to TMZ, the suspect has been booked on burglary and grand theft auto charges.

Neither Shawn nor Camila have publicly commented on the incident or the report.

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Britney Spears rolls up her sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine: "It was nothing!"

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Britney Spears is the latest pop star to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the "Toxic" singer shared that she and boyfriend Sam Asghari went through their vaccination appointment without a hitch and celebrated the success with a high five. 

Spears, 39, also had a special message to fans who might still be on the fence about getting the COVID-19 shot.

When Asghari, 27, asked the Grammy winner what she thought about getting the jab, she took a moment to relay to her followers that it was painless.

"The people on the internet said it was really, really bad like it was a bullet through your arm," said Spears, who then shrugged off the rumor.

"It was nothing. I felt nothing," she refuted through a wide smile. "I'm fine and I hope I continue to stay fine."

The two closed out the video by giving each other a triumphant high five, quoting the popular catchphrase made popular by Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat.

Spears followed up in the caption by continuing with the Borat references by calling her vaccination appointment a "Great success.... High-five!!!!!!"

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Glass Animals: Pop success of "Heat Waves" is a "lovely surprise"

Pooneh Ghana

British band Glass Animals has been releasing records since 2012, but their current single "Heat Waves" is their first-ever to make it onto Billboard's Hot 100 chart, not to mention their first on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart.  And nobody is more surprised by the song's success than, well...the members of Glass Animals themselves.

"This song being on these pop radio stations is just such a surprise," says Glass Animals drummer Joe Seaward. "Everything's such a lovely surprise. You just never feel jaded, I think, is the nice thing, 'cause everything's always a bonus."

The band's frontman, Dave Bayley, tells ABC Audio why the success of "Heat Waves" -- coming as it did in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic -- means a "huge amount" to the band.

"We haven't actually been able to go overseas, but this song has kind of traveled and sort of done that for us," he notes. "We feel very lucky to have had that, it's pretty amazing."

As for why "Heat Waves" has become their breakthrough hit, Joe believes it's because the song's combination of "upbeat, exciting music" and "remorseful, mournful lyrics" reflects our present moment in time.

"It's quite sad," notes Joe. "I think that that resonates quite strongly with what's been happening to people in the last year."

"Heat Waves" appears on Glass Animals' new album, Dreamland, a concept album about Dave Bayley's childhood.  He's hoping that new fans who've discovered the band through "Heat Waves" will now be inspired to give Dreamland a try.

"Maybe it'll lead people to listen to the album, which was very much written and made as an entire entity, as an entire world," says Dave, adding, "I think you can say a lot more when an actual album is greater than the sum of its parts."

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Taylor Swift's 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' Is Here: Five Fascinating Facts

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift’s hotly anticipated re-recording of her 2008 album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), arrives April 9.  Here are five fascinating facts about the project:

5. Taylor is re-recording her albums because she was famously unable to buy back the master recordings of her first six albums from her former record label.  The ownership of those masters then changed hands several times, but after failing to reach a deal, Taylor decided to simply re-record the albums. By offering fans new versions of those songs, she's literally taking money out of the pockets of the executives who now have the rights to her work.

4. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) features 27 tracks: Re-recordings of the original album’s 13 songs, six songs from the Fearless Platinum Edition, the movie soundtrack-only song "Today Was a Fairy Tale," six never-before-released “From the Vault” songs, and a remix of "Love Story (Taylor's Version)."

3. Taylor had her original duet partner on the song "Breathe," Colbie Caillat, return to re-record that song for the project.  She also invited her country superstar friends Maren Morris and Keith Urban to add vocals to a few of the “From the Vault” songs. She plans to add "From the Vault" extras to all of her re-recorded albums.

2. The original version of Fearless has sold more than 10 million copies since its release in 2008.  It features the hits "Love Story," "You Belong With Me," "Fifteen" and "White Horse."

1. Fearless was named Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammy Awards, making Taylor, at age 20, the youngest artist ever to win that award. Her record stood until 2020, when 18-year-old Billie Eilish broke it with her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?


Hear Ashe's new Beach Boys-channeling song "I'm Fine"

Dana Trippe

One of Ashe's main influences is the legendary pop group The Beach Boys, and you can hear an echo of their style in the upbeat bop of a chorus on her new single, "I'm Fine," the latest track from her upcoming debut album Ashlyn.

“'I'm Fine' is about having that one person in your life that, when you're trying to fake it and you're trying to say, ‘Oh, no, I'm doing okay,’ it's having that one person who says: ‘I know you're not okay. You can't pretend with me,’" Ashe explains of the song.

She adds, "I have a couple people in my life that can always call me out when I'm like, ‘Oh, I'm fine.’ And, yeah, those are the people we need in our lives.”

In addition to "I'm Fine," Ashlyn also features Ashe's hit "Moral of the Story" and her current duet with FINNEAS, "Till Forever Falls Apart."  It's out May 7.

Ashe was just nominated for Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist 2021 at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

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Bebe Rexha to Belt "America the Beautiful" on 'WrestleMania' this weekend

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Bebe Rexha and professional wrestling wouldn't seem like they go together, but we'll find out this weekend how well they mesh.

The "Meant to Be" singer will belt out "America the Beautiful" during Night 1 of WrestleMania 37, which will stream live starting at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 10 exclusively on Peacock.

Bebe seems thrilled at the prospect of encountering two-time SmackDown Women's Champion and three-time RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss at the event.  When a fan asked if we could get a "meet up," Bebe replied, "Omg yes."  To which Alexa replied, "Let's make it happen."

Fun fact: Alexa is engaged to early-2000's hitmaker Ryan Cabrera.

Meanwhile, Bebe has released several remixes of her latest single, "Sacrifice," but fans are still begging her to announce when her long-awaited second album will be released.  Stay tuned.

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