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Normani finally announces debut album, 'Dopamine'

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Since she started her solo career in 2018, Normani has only released a handful of singles, including "Motivation," the Sam Smith collab "Dancing With a Stranger" and the hit duet "Love Lies" with Khalid. But the former Fifth Harmony member is finally unleashing her debut album.

Normani wrote on Instagram, "cryingg typing this rn. DOPAMINE THE ALBUM." She also posted what appears to be the album artwork: it shows her in a black leather-and-chains bikini, riding on top of a massive black rocket ship.

She posted a link on X, formerly Twitter, that allows you to presave the project. There's no release date, but there is a date counter on the website that's constantly changing; all the dates land in 2024.

Among the artists who expressed their excitement at the news: Jordin Sparks, JoJo, Muni Long and Little Mix member Leighanne Pinnock.

Since Fifth Harmony went on what appears to be a permanent hiatus, Normani's group mates have all been busy. Ally Brooke has released a string of singles, as well as a holiday EP. Dinah Jane has released an EP, as well as a number of singles, including a collaboration with Ally that came out in 2023. Lauren Jauregui has released two EPs and multiple singles.

Camila Cabello, who left the group in 2016, has released three solo albums and is teasing a new one.

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Billie Eilish presenting at 2024 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Billie Eilish has won a lot of awards lately, but this weekend she'll be presenting one.

The "bad guy" artist is among the presenters for the 2024 Screen Actors Guild Awards, taking place Saturday, February 24. Others who will be handing out trophies include Margot Robbie, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Issa Rae, America Ferrera, Sterling K. Brown and Taraji P. Henson.

You can watch the SAG Awards streaming live on Netflix starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Over the past couple months, Eilish has won a Golden Globe and two Grammys for "What Was I Made For?," which she recorded for the Barbie movie. She also picked up a People's Choice Award for her performance on the show Swarm.

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Emma Stone says she was a "dope" for jokingly calling pal Taylor Swift an a-hole

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Emma Stone apparently learned the hard way that when it comes to Swifties, even the most gentle ribbing can be seen as an attack on their queen.

When Stone won a Golden Globe for her role in Poor Things, her longtime friend Taylor Swift gave her a standing ovation as she accepted the award. Afterward, reporters asked her about Taylor. 

"What an a******, am I right?” Stone joked. “I’ve known her for almost 20 years, so I was very happy she was there. She was also nominated tonight, which was wonderful, and, um, yes, what an a******.”

In a new interview with Variety, Stone said that she regrets her attempt at humor that night, because some Swifties were offended. "I definitely won’t make a joke like that again,” Stone told Variety. "Because I saw headlines that really pulled it out of context.” 

She then pointed at herself and said, "What a dope.”

Stone told Vanity Fair last year that she and Taylor have known each other "since we were 17 and 18," adding, "She’s a wonderful friend." In 2011, Taylor said Stone and Selena Gomez were "like sisters to me."

Incidentally, Stone won't confirm whether or not Taylor's song "When Emma Falls In Love" is about her. All she's said about it is, "You would have to ask her."

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Watch Jennifer Lopez break the glass ceiling — and walls, and floors — in new "Rebound" video

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Jennifer Lopez has released a new video for "Rebound," one of the songs on her new album, This Is Me ... Now. The clip is a new, extended edit of a sequence in her musical film This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story, now streaming on Prime Video.

The video shows Jennifer in an abusive relationship she can't escape. She and a man are seen dancing and embracing in an apartment in a building made entirely of glass; when he gets violent, he smashes a window with his fist, cracking the glass. But when Jen tries to get away, she can't because they're literally tied together with a rope. 

Finally, Jen takes a shard of glass, severs the rope and runs for her life into a bathroom, while her violent lover pounds on the glass door until it cracks. The clip ends with Jen clapping her hands over her ears and screaming, which shatters the entire building; she then walks away over the broken glass with bare, bloody feet.

According to a press release, "Rebound" was inspired by JLo's husband Ben Affleck's suggestion to "write about the pain and upset in her tumultuous journey of love." It marks "the first time she has revealed the truth of her past experiences." The message she wants to get across: love should never hurt.

In an email to subscribers to her On the JLo newsletter, Jen thanked fans for "all of your beautiful letters and comments" about her new music and film. "I am so grateful for you," she adds. "You are the most loving and loyal fan base that exists. I wonder how I got so lucky to have all of you in my corner today, and some of you for so many years."

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Lady Gaga is making *how* much for the 'Joker' sequel?

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Even if Joker: Folie à Deux doesn't do well — which seems unlikely — Lady Gaga will still be laughing all the way to the bank.

Variety reports that the budget for the Todd Phillips-directed film has soared to $200 million — pretty hefty, considering the first Joker film only cost $60 million. That budget includes the salaries of the two stars: Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix.

According to Variety, Phoenix is getting $20 million to reprise the role that won him an Oscar, while Gaga is making $12 million to play Harley Quinn. That's an increase from the reported $5 million to $10 million she earned for A Star Is Born, the movie that earned her an Oscar.

The original Joker film earned more than $1 billion, but Variety says Folie à Deux may be a harder sell because it's a musical. Then again, it's a musical starring one of the world's most famous pop singers, so perhaps that will make it more palatable.

Joker: Folie à Deux is set to arrive in theaters on October 4. It's not clear if Gaga will release the new music she's been teasing before or after the movie comes out, or if she's written any music for the film.

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Noah Kahan, SZA, Reneé Rapp playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival

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This year's Osheaga Festival, taking place August 2-4 in Montreal, Canada, has a stacked lineup.

SZA and Noah Kahan are among the headliners, and the bill also includes Reneé Rapp, Teddy Swims, Stephen Sanchez, Hozier, Tyla, Martin Garrix, Labrinth and T-Pain, as well as rockers Green Day and Smashing Pumpkins.

American Express cardmembers have a presale Wednesday, February 21; single-day tickets go on sale February 23 at 10 a.m. Three-day tickets are already on sale.

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Ed Sheeran pays tribute to late best friend on anniversary of his death

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Ed Sheeran misses his best friend, music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, who died February 20, 2022, at the age of 31. On Tuesday, February 20, Ed posted a special tribute to him.

Ed posted video of himself performing the song "F64," which he released last year. In it, Ed addresses Jamal, singing about how much he misses him: "Yo Jam, this is a letter to you/ It's been a while, but it's been hard for me to get in the booth/ Since we last spoke, I've become a father of two/ Trying to live life with a smile, but that's been harder to do/ 'Cause all I wanna do is talk about you."

"It’s been 2 years today since we lost Jamal," Ed wrote in the caption. "Still feels so raw, I miss him every day. Wanted to post this ... as it’s still the song I’m most proud of. It’s a tribute and letter to my friend, who we all miss so much. Il have a henny and apple for you tonight bruv."

Jamal inspired several songs on Ed's album Subtract, including "Eyes Closed" and "Life Goes On."

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Taylor Swift named the Global Recording Artist of the Year for 2023

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To the surprise of no one, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents artists worldwide, has crowned Taylor Swift the Global Recording Artist of the Year for 2023.

The honor recognizes that Taylor was the biggest artist in the world in 2023, based on her sales across streaming, downloads and physical music formats. Taylor has won this honor more times than any other artist in the past 11 years in which the IFPI has given it out: She also won in 2014, 2019 and 2022.

Lewis Morrison, director of charts and certifications for the IFPI, says in a statement that Taylor "continues to redefine the limits of global success." He adds, "Taylor is a singular talent and her commitment to her craft and her fans is truly phenomenal."

The rest of the top Global Artists of the Year for 2023 are Drake, The Weeknd, Morgan WallenPost Malone, Ed Sheeran, SZA and K-Pop acts SEVENTEEN, Stray Kids, NewJeans and TOMORROW X TOGETHER.

In other Taylor news, Page Six says it's confirmed that Taylor's boyfriend, Travis Kelce, has boarded a private jet en route to Australia to see Taylor perform in Sydney.

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Don't kill the groove: Sophie Ellis-Bextor sets first North American headlining tour

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been a star in her native U.K. for more than 20 years, but she's just announced her first North American headlining tour.

The dates come in the wake of the success of "Murder on the Dancefloor," her 2001 hit that's gone viral thanks to its use in the ending scene of the movie Saltburn. Sophie recently announced a single show in New York City in June, and as she wrote on social media, it "sold out in a day! Thank you thank you thank you."

"So - how about some more shows in some more cities?!" the post continues. "San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto - my band and I are coming for you! Super excited. Come and dance with me…. "

The dates begin May 30 in San Francisco and will wrap June 8 in Toronto. You can get tickets by following the link in her Instagram bio.

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Olivia Rodrigo thanks fans for "all the love" as she turns 21

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Olivia Rodrigo turned the big 2-1 on February 20, and while she celebrated the day before, the celebrations continued for the singer on the actual day.

On Instagram, Olivia posted a photo of herself posing next to a five-tier cake: one heart-shaped layer had "Spill ur guts" — the name of her tour — written on it. Olivia's currently in rehearsals for her tour kickoff February 23 in Palm Desert, California.

She also included a video of a balloon drop surprising her as she posed with the cake, and a throwback photo of herself as a little girl with a huge pink birthday crown made of construction paper.

"21!!! so grateful for all of the incredible things I’ve been able to experience so far and so excited for all the good times ahead," she captioned the post. "thx 4 all the love."

Olivia also dropped a limited-edition line of "Spicy Pisces" merchandise in honor of her milestone.

Among Olivia's celeb pals sending her good wishes in the comments were Camila Cabello, Avril Lavigne, Addison Rae and Rachel Zegler.

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Em Beihold on new headlining tour, surprising connection with Noah Kahan

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Em Beihold's first headlining tour kicked off February 20, but a few days before that, she told ABC Audio how headlining will be a big change from her previous tours opening for artists like Lewis Capaldi.

"I feel like it's always been sort of, 'OK, I have 30 minutes to fit all my songs and a little bit of talking,' but this time ... I've actually talked to my band about like, 'How do we loosen this up?'" she said.

"I want to be silly. We're going to be talking more ... it's going to be more fun," she predicted. She also promises special guests and new songs. "When you play the set so many times, just adding some new energy is very special," she noted.

Em, whose hit "Numb Little Bug" and her new track "Maybe Life Is Good" both mention mental health issues, is also making that a component of the tour: One dollar from each ticket will go to Active Minds, an organization that brings attention to mental health, especially on college campuses.

There's no word yet on who Em's special guests will be, but she'd be thrilled if a certain artist who attended her first live performance several years ago made an appearance: Noah Kahan.

"I was freaking out. This was also before everything was going crazy for him," Em said. "He came to my show at The Hotel Cafe and then we wrote together the next day."

"He's just such a special, incredible person and so inspiring to me," she said of Noah. "I'm honored to be anywhere near his orbit."

So, is she sending him tickets?

"Uh, I'm assuming he's busy ... but I should," she laughed. 

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Enjoy two nights of Sin (City) with Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera is offering up a special way for fans to enjoy Las Vegas if they're heading there to check out her new residency show.

In partnership with Airbnb, the "Beautiful" singer is hosting a two-night stay in Sin City for up to four guests from February 29 through March 2. Not only do you get a swanky Airbnb right off the Strip, complete with a pool, you also get to have a candid conversation with Christina, plus a photo op. 

And that's not all: You'll get a burlesque lesson taught by the woman who's worked with Christina for 10 years, plus a glam session with Christina's very own glam team and a boudoir photoshoot that will capture your glow-up. In addition, you get VIP seats for Christina's show, dinner at her favorite restaurant and products from Playground, Christina's sexual wellness brand.

You can reserve this stay starting Thursday, February 22, at 1 p.m. ET via airbnb.com/xtina. This isn't a contest — you just have to be the first to book. And you have to get yourself to Vegas, because airfare is pretty much the only thing not included.

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The Kid LAROI documentary coming to Prime Video

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You may be a fan of The Kid LAROI's music, but how much do you know about his background? It's an interesting story and it'll all play out in a new documentary coming to Prime Video.

Deadline reports that the doc, Kids Are Growing Up, will hit the streaming platform on February 29. It'll show how the artist, born Charlton Howard, went from an Australian teen from an often-struggling family to a world-famous pop star in only three years.

The doc began filming before LAROI really broke through with the song "Stay," and details how he navigated his fame while preparing for his debut album and world tour. It will also touch on how the death of his mentor, Juice WRLD, impacted him, and feature interviews with Justin Bieber and Post Malone.

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Music notes: Taylor Swift, Sabrina Carpenter and more

Selena Gomez spent 40 hours in Paris and shared photos from the trip with her fans. Over on Instagram on Monday, Selena posted five pictures from her trip, which feature her walking the streets near the Eiffel Tower, bathing in a hotel room and eating a croissant. "40 hours. Paris," Selena captioned her post, before promoting "Love On," her upcoming single. "LOVE ON 2/22," she wrote.

Taylor Swift and Sabrina Carpenter had a girls night in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday. The pair went out to dinner ahead of their four Eras Tour shows, which begin on Friday at the city's Accor Stadium. Taylor kept her natural curls for the outing, dressed in a black top and brown miniskirt, while Sabrina wore a red polka-dotted mini dress.

Justin Timberlake is teasing his new song on Instagram. The singer posted a video of him playing a snippet of the track to his feed on Monday. "Made it out to London, still recovering from this flu. But trying to power through," Justin wrote. "So excited for new music and everything coming this week… DROWN 2/23."

Ariana Grande will serve as the musical guest on the March 9 episode of Saturday Night Live. She's appeared on the program twice before — as a musical guest in September 2014, and as both host and performer in March 2016. Josh Brolin will host the episode, which reunites Ari with her Wicked co-star and SNL cast member Bowen Yang.

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Ashlee Simpson says infamous 'SNL' performance taught her how to say no

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In October 2004, Ashlee Simpson's music career was derailed after she was caught lip-syncing on an episode of Saturday Night Live. Looking back on the incident during a podcast interview, she says she should have stuck to her guns and refused to perform that night.

While appearing on Broad Ideas with Rachel Bilson and Olivia Allen, Ashlee reveals that the day of the performance, she woke up unable to speak because of nodules on her vocal cords. She wrote a note to the SNL folks — because she couldn't talk — explaining the situation and insisting, "I will not go on. I don't care."

But, she claims, she was told to perform to prerecorded vocals. She warned SNL, "My band has never practiced this, this is not going to go well. I can’t do this.” But she did it anyway. Sure enough, when she started her second song, the vocal track from "Pieces of Me" started playing by accident, exposing her lip-syncing. Ashlee did a goofy dance and then walked offstage.

During the goodbyes, she attempted to explain herself, saying her band started playing the wrong song and that she was sorry.

On the podcast, Ashlee says she's since learned "the power of my no" and added, "The power of me saying 'absolutely not' ... that’s what I would go back and say.”

"It was a humbling moment for me, I had the #1 song ... it was, like, everything was about to go somewhere and then it was like, 'Woah,' the humility of not even [understanding] what grown-a** people would say about you ... awful, awful things," Ashlee continues. "It was so hard to tune that out, to find my strength, to get up and go again."

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