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Music notes: Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, Big Time Rush, Jax, MAX and Taylor Swift

Ed Sheeran told fans they could ask him anything on his Instagram Story, so naturally questions flooded in about when he'll release his new album. Ed slowly teased, "Sometime this year," while widening his eyes. Although he didn't mention a title, fans believe the next album will be called Minus, stylized as "-".

After Lizzo praised Beyoncé in her impassioned acceptance speech for Record of the Year and spoke about the impact Bey had on her music, the two finally had their moment together. Sharing a photo of her posing for photos with Bey – and Adele – Lizzo hilariously tweeted in all capital letters, "Nobody talk to me !!!!!"

Demi Lovato and Jutes made their red carpet debut as a couple. Page Six reports the pair walked the red carpet for record producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammys gala and locked lips while posing for the cameras. They have been dating since the summer.

Big Time Rush announced their Can't Get Enough Tour, and they're taking MAX and "Victoria's Secret" singer Jax with them. A tour presale starts Tuesday, February 7, at 10 a.m. local time for the band's fan club members, while general admission goes live on Friday at 10 a.m. local time on Ticketmaster.

Taylor Swift says of "All Too Well: The Short Film" winning the Grammy for Best Music Video, "I can’t put into words what this means to me." She tweeted, "For the @RecordingAcad and my peers to acknowledge me as a director, and in doing so, acknowledge my work to try and reclaim my music… I’m blown away. Thank you to all the fans who willed this to happen."

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Guitars signed by Taylor Swift, Harry Styles bring big bucks at Grammy charity auction

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Guitars individually signed by former couple Taylor Swift and Harry Styles brought in the big bucks at the annual MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, a Grammy Week event that raises money for programs supporting the health and welfare of the music community.

A 2020 Epiphone acoustic guitar with custom graphics artwork from Taylor's album evermore, signed by her, sold for $25,000 — five times its original estimate. Meanwhile, a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, signed by Harry and inscribed with "Always love," went for $19,200.

In addition, a suit that Cher wore during Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, in 2018 sold for $10,240. An outfit worn by BTS member J-Hope during his solo album photo shoot brought in $21,875, 10 times its original estimate. 

A pair of Elton John's Louboutin boots went for $3,437, while a signed outfit Olivia Rodrigo wore onstage at the Glastonbury Music Festival brought in $10,000.

An outfit Katy Perry wore in 2019 for a FIFA performance sold for $7,680, while a signed copy of her Teenage Dream album went for $1,280.

The biggest winner at the auction, though, was a pair of Nike Air Max sneakers worn by Eminem, which were signed "Shady." They sold for $40,625 — 20 times their original estimate.

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Pink says songs like "Who Knew" stop her from "numbing" her emotions

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Pink was Monday's guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show and opened up about the meaning behind some of her greatest songs, including her 2006 hit "Who Knew."

Pink said the song was inspired by her tragic experiences as a teenager. "I lost several friends, unfortunately, to overdose. And the second one was very, very, very, very close to me and I loved him very much. His name was Sayku," she revealed.

The singer continued, "But the thing about the song that I love now, after all these years, is that I never get tired of performing it and it's taken on so many different meanings ... over the years."

Pink revealed the song was once associated with her grandmother's passing, then with a dog she lost. "I've lost people, and so it's always sort of fresh in my heart," she explained.

Kelly cracked that having a song like that "kind of sucks," but said that's just what life is.

Pink agreed, saying "we need music" to be able to express such emotions during those times. "I need music to help me to [feel] my feelings. ... I can numb down really easy," she added.

Pink and Kelly then dove into a duet of the hit song.

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Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" secures third week atop 'Billboard' Hot 100

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Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" can't be tamed: it scored its third consecutive week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Miley celebrated the news on Twitter, writing, "As magical as this moment feels I know it doesn’t happen by chance. This song & it’s success represents the power of YOU! This is your moment & it’s my honor to be the messenger."

She added in a comment, "It’s fun to dance like nobody is watching but it’s a lot better when you all are dancing with me. I love you. Gratitude, Miley."

The song now ties with her song "Wrecking Ball" for the most weeks spent at #1. Billboard reports the song is picking up on its radio spins, with a 38 percent jump in that category. Also, over the past week fans streamed it 48 million times and bought 37,000 additional copies.

Those latter numbers also mean "Flowers" continues its #1 streak on Billboard's Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts.

Speaking of streaming, Miley's "Flowers" is the first non-holiday song to clock 40 million or more weekly streams for three consecutive weeks since Olivia Rodrigo shook things up in 2021 with "Good 4 U."

"Flowers" also made history on its sales front. It is the first song since Coldplay and BTS' 2021 hit "My Universe" to sell more than 30,000 copies a week for three straight weeks.

As for its radio presence, "Flowers" climbed to sixth place on the Radio Songs chart. It is her fourth song to hit the top 10 on that particular chart. It's also her first since "Wrecking Ball," which peaked at #4 back in 2013.

"Flowers" was the first single released off of Miley's Endless Summer Vacation album, which arrives March 10.

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John Legend confirms he will return to 'The Voice'

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After previously announcing he will not serve as a coach for the new season of The VoiceJohn Legend vows he will return in the future.

"I won't be here this season, but I'll be back," the EGOT winner tells E! News.

Legend appeared as a season 12 advisor in 2017 and became a full-time coach for season 16 in 2019. "It's amazing that any show lasts as long as The Voice has lasted, and I'm proud to be part of the legacy of the show," Legend says.

Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson will return as coaches for the new season, which premieres March 6. Two coaches will make their debut, Chance the Rapper and One Direction's Niall Horan.

One reason John is taking a break is to spend time with his new daughter, Esti, who was born January 13. He also wants to promote his new unisex skincare line, Loved One, which focuses on people of color. 

"Not only are we formulating our products with melanin-rich skin in mind, not only are we creating products that are beautiful, that will help you deeply care for yourself, but we wanna make it affordable," the singer explains. “That's what we created with Loved One and I'm really excited."

As previously reported, the 44-year-old entertainer will be celebrating Valentine's Day at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA. An Evening with John Legend: A Night of Songs and Stories will feature piano solo versions of songs from his album Legend, as well as the reimagining of some of his greatest hits.

The original Legend dropped in September 2022; LEGEND (Piano Solo Version) is due out February 8.

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Taylor Swift's lawyers seek to dismiss 'Lover' copyright suit for being "legally and factually baseless"

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Taylor Swift's lawyers responded to a lawsuit that claimed the singer stole the designs she used for her 2019 Lover era.

As previously reported, author Teresa La Dart filed the complaint in August with the Tennessee federal court and accused Taylor of stealing "a number of creative elements" from her 2010 self-published book, also titled Lover. She claimed her copyright was infringed because her 2010 work featured "pastel pinks and blues"  and depicted herself "photographed in a downward pose" — among other things.

Taylor's team has responded to the complaint and, according to Billboard, is petitioning the court to toss it. The singer's attorney, Doug Baldridge, wrote in the response, "This is a lawsuit that never should have been filed." The attorney also called La Dart's complaint "legally and factually baseless."

Taylor's legal team further argued the elements Taylor used for her Lover era, including a book that featured memories of the singer crafting her album via written and pictorial vignettes, are commonplace. "These allegedly-infringing elements, each a generic design format, are not subject to copyright protection. ... Thus, defendants could not possibly have infringed plaintiff’s copyright," Baldridge wrote.

The attorney also feels the two works are more dissimilar, arguing, "When compared, it is undeniable that the book formats and inner book designs are not similar in the slightest."

Furthermore, Taylor's legal team argued that it was unlikely the singer saw La Dart's book before making Lover.

A decision has yet to be made on the case.

Litigator Aaron Moss previously predicted to the outlet the case is unlikely to succeed. He had said, "The idea of memorializing a series of recollections over a number of years by interspersing ‘written and pictorial components’ isn’t protectable ... This lawsuit should be thrown out on a motion to dismiss."

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"I've actually been going to the gym for once in my life": GAYLE previews touring with Pink and Taylor Swift

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GAYLE has a busy 2023 ahead of her — she's going on tour with both Taylor Swift and Pink.

"This year is so insane," she told Entertainment Tonight ahead of the Grammy Awards, where her track "abcdefu" was nominated for Song of the Year.  The singer is excited that she'll be hitting up stadiums "with such incredible icons."

GAYLE is one of the openers assisting on Taylor's upcoming Eras Tour that starts next month. She'll also help out Pink on her overseas Summer Carnival Tour.

"It's absolutely ridiculous. I'm so honored to be a part of — and I've actually been going to the gym for once in my life," she cracked. GAYLE revealed she has a long way to go to whip herself into shape, and admitted, "I can't even do a pull-up!"

While she works on her upper body strength, the 18-year-old singer also revealed she hopes Pink lets her play around with some of her acrobatic props so she can "be in the sky with her — or something like that."

When it comes to Taylor's tour, GAYLE said she's practicing her guitar skills "quite a bit" because "the women [in Taylor's band] can really shred."

GAYLE has until March 17 to perfect her shredding skills because she opens with Paramore when Taylor's tour kicks off in Glendale, Arizona.

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Kim Petras on why her Grammy win for "Unholy" is monumental

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Kim Petras is the first transgender woman to win the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and the "Unholy" singer explained why the honor is so important.

"Labels matter so much," she told Entertainment Tonight. She said having a title like "Grammy winner" in front of her name is a positive change.

"I was a singer who had 'transgender' in front of their name for years," she said. "That's the first thing people know about me and it just feels as a musician and someone who's put in years and years — over 10 years of writing songs and being in the industry — it feels incredible."

Kim also saluted "Unholy" collaborator Sam Smith for inviting her to be a part of the history-making song. "I’m so grateful to Sam," she said, describing how vindicated she feels now that their #1 song won a Grammy.  "People were like, 'She makes gay club music.' And now, I make gay club music but got a Grammy. So, it's crazy."

Kim also revealed her social life is receiving a boost thanks to "Unholy," saying she was invited to several post-Grammys parties and looked forward to bumping into some cool people.

 

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First 'White Men Can't Jump' remake trailer is here

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The first trailer for the White Men Can't Jump remake is here. The beloved 1992 sports comedy is getting a 2023 makeover, starring rapper Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls.

Harlow and Walls respectively put their twist on the characters inspired by those played by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in the 1992 original. The trailer begins with Harlow, who stars as Jeremy, approaching Walls' Kamal on a court and saying, "I probably should have asked this earlier, but how much cash do you have on you?"

"Did you not bring enough money to cover this game?" Kamal asks, which leads Jeremy to confess, "I brought, like, 80 -- minus 60."

Another scene sees Harlow's Jeremy calling himself "the P.T. Anderson of psychological warfare" and learning his hustling buddy has no idea who he's talking about.

"[He's] our greatest living director," Jeremy explains and balks at Kamal correcting him with, "Spike Lee is our greatest living director."

"Spike Lee is not even a good Knicks fan," Jeremy retorts. That seemingly offends Kamal, who deadpans, "I knew this was a mistake."

White Men Can't Jump, directed by Charles Kidd II and written by Kenya Barris, starts streaming May 19 on Hulu.

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Niall Horan and Liam Payne congratulate Harry Styles on winning Album of the Year Grammy

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Harry Styles is probably still soaking in the fact he won this year's Album of the Year Grammy, and his former One Direction buddies are piling on the congratulations.

Harry beat out the likes of BeyoncéABBAAdeleBad BunnyColdplay and more for the prestigious trophy, which is something Liam Payne appears particularly proud of.

Sharing a black-and-white snap of Harry accepting his award to Instagram, Liam wrote, "Wow… this image is really something to wake up to and when you write music like you do Harry you deserve every millisecond of that moment looking down smiling at the trophy you’ve earned. God bless you brother congratulations."

Niall Horan also celebrated Harry's win and shared a snapshot of his television, which was playing the moment Harry was announced as the big winner. "Very proud" he wrote and tagged his former bandmate.

Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have not yet reacted to Harry's win. Coincidentally, Harry has yet to issue a social media statement about his multiple Grammy wins.  

In addition to Album of the Year, Harry's House won Best Pop Vocal Album. 

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Fans outraged Aaron Carter was omitted from "In Memoriam" tribute at the Grammys

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What otherwise would have been a somber moment for music lovers turned into outrage for Aaron Carter fans. The singer was absent from the Grammy Awards' "In Memoriam" tribute on Sunday.

Aaron's photo was absent from the televised video montage, which saw singers like Sheryl CrowQuavo and Kacey Musgraves performing tributes for the singers who passed away over the past year. 

"That was cold," one fan wrote after noticing the omission, while another said it was despicable to not honor the late singer. Most fans felt Aaron deserved recognition for his impact on the music industry and the price they felt he paid for growing up in the public eye.

Aaron's fiancée, Melanie Martin, told TMZ she is confused and doesn't understand why he was left out of the televised tribute. She likened the omission to a slap in the face to his legacy and those who supported it. Martin, like many fans, hopes the Recording Academy offers an apology. 

Nick Carter, Aaron's brother, has not publicly reacted to the controversy.

It should be noted the Grammys did pass around a printed program at the ceremony, and People confirms Aaron's name was listed under the tribute section.

Aaron was found dead in his California home on November 5 at the age of 34.

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Sen. Ted Cruz calls Sam Smith and Kim Petras' Grammy performance "evil"

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When Madonna introduced Sam Smith and Kim Petras' performance of "Unholy" at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, she made reference to troublemakers and people who are controversial. Well, mission accomplished — some on Twitter have branded the performance "satanic," with Sen. Ted Cruz calling it "evil."

The performance featured Kim singing in a cage surrounded by dancers in devil costumes and lots of fire; Sam was wearing red and a top hat with devil horns on it. 

"I know we on the right probably use the word satanic too often but this [performance] from Sam Smith is literally a tribute to Satan," one viewer tweeted.

Another viewer wrote, "Don’t fight the culture wars, they say. Meanwhile demons are teaching your kids to worship Satan. I could throw up." Cruz retweeted it and commented, "This…is…evil."

Another viewer somehow thought Madonna was part of the whole "satanic" plot, comparing her braids to a sculpture of a woman with horns on a New York state courthouse.

"Last night at the Grammys the satanic ritual performed by Sam Smith was introduced by Madonna Who 'coincidentally' looked like the new pagan statue in New York City," they wrote.

But while the trappings of the performance may have been devilish to go along with its title, "Unholy" is really just about a guy cheating on his wife and lying about it. And it won the two a Grammy, to boot.

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She can still make the whole place shimmer: Taylor Swift wore $3 million in jewels to the Grammys

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Taylor Swift wasn't exaggerating when she sang "I can still make the whole place shimmer" in "Bejeweled": she wore a whopping $3 million worth of jewels to the 2023 Grammy Awards.

Variety reports Taylor accessorized her deliberately midnight blue Roberto Cavalli dress — a nod to her new album Midnights – with a bunch of sparklers from jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz.

Lots of eyes were on her earrings for pretty obvious reasons — the giant, diamond-shaped accessories were adorned in 136 carats of diamonds, paraibas and purple sapphires. Taylor's sapphire and diamond rings complimented the chunky earrings.

Unfortunately for fans who might want to replicate Taylor's Grammys look, the jewelry was seemingly custom made for the singer since the pieces cannot be found on the Lorraine Schwartz online store.

That wasn't the only glimmering thing Taylor took home from the Grammys. Her "All Too Well: The Short Film" took home the golden gramophone for Best Music Video. Taylor, who directed the music video, is the first and only artist to win the award as the sole director.

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Jennifer Lopez lists swanky Bel Air mansion for $42 million

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Jennifer Lopez appears to be moving out of her luxurious mansion in Bel Air, because it just hit the market for $42 million.

Dirt reports J.Lo initially purchased the place for about $28 million in 2016 from actress Sela Ward. The outlet has the details on the singer's lavish digs, which boast nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms across its nearly 13,000 square feet of living space.

The home, which was constructed in 1940, is situated on an 8-acre lot. Some of the prime perks include a 100-seat amphitheater, infinity pool, private lake with a beach, guest cottage, putting green, spa and gym.

There are at least two wet bars in the mansion, plenty of fireplaces, a game room, another movie theater, dressing rooms and more.

Reports suggested that Jennifer and husband Ben Affleck originally planned on renovating the plush mansion after their wedding, but they're now living out of a rental in Beverly Hills because they're apparently hunting for a different home.

The couple is also parting ways with their estate in Georgia, which offers 87 acres, for a cool $8.9 million.

Other properties in their portfolio include a mansion in the Hamptons and a cottage in Encino, California, as well as a penthouse in New York City.

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RAYE asked God for help writing her "lit" track "Escapism"

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British singer/songwriter RAYE recently topped the chart in her native United Kingdom with "Escapism," featuring 070 Shake. It's become her first U.S. hit single, thanks to — just maybe —a little help from above.

The song started with an idea RAYE had to write a song about someone who engages in substance abuse so they can deal with difficult situations. She tells People that when her producer played her a beat to go with the song, it was so perfect that she had to quickly leave the room to ask for help.

"I was like, 'Holy s**t, guys. Give me one second,'" she tells People. "I went to the bathroom and said, 'Dear God. This beat slaps. Help me write something so lit on this. Amen.'"

The song blew up on TikTok and became her first to chart in the U.S. She tells People, "I prepared myself, before we started releasing music from this new chapter, to remove any desire or goal for chart success ... I'm still trying to figure out how to process everything that's happened because ... everything just started happening so fast. It's so validating."

"Escapism" is from RAYE's album My 21st Century Blues, which, in addition to substance abuse, deals with topics like sexual assault and body dysmorphia. It's out now.

"As someone who struggled with a lot of different subjects in silence and on my own, for this album I really wanted to lift the lid on the smoke and mirrors that even I felt like I needed to uphold for so many years," she says. "To be honest, some of the stuff I'm discussing, some of my closest friends don't even know."

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