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15 years on, Sara Bareilles still loves 'Little Voice': "There's something really honest about it"

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Fifteen years ago this Sunday, the world first heard Sara Bareilles' Little Voice. Her major label debut was released on July 3, 2007, and while the Grammy-nominated singer says there was a time when she wasn't too crazy about it, she now loves it and feels like "there's something really honest about that record."

"I went through a long period of time where I actually didn't love it and I felt, like, very critical," Sara tells ABC Audio. "But I've sort of grown into the perspective of, like ... they feel like snapshots. Albums are snapshots of a place in time."

"I hear the youth in my voice," she continues. "I hear things I was trying ... inflection I was sort of putting on, and I don't sing exactly the same way anymore. But I actually love it!"

"It was a really sweet season in my life," Sarah recalls. "It was a really hard record to make. I cared about it so deeply, and so that's what I hear when I hear the record. And I still think Eric Ross, who worked with me as a producer, did such a beautiful job."

"The songs really came to life, and there's something really honest about that record," she concludes.

Little Voice features the fan favorite "Gravity," as well as Sara's biggest hit, "Love Song," which earned two Grammy nominations. The album debuted at #45 on the Billboard album chart, but kept on climbing until finally, in March 2008, it peaked at #7. It's since been certified Platinum.

In 2020, Little Voice inspired an Apple TV+ show of the same name, for which Sara wrote original songs, co-wrote episodes and also executive produced.

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Ariana Grande announces her Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund reached donation goal


Ariana Grande closed out the final day of Pride Month on a high note -- her Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund reached its fundraising goal!

The initiative, which launched in March, crossed the finish line thanks to a large donation from film directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski.  The Matrix creators donated $323,976 on Thursday, thus allowing the campaign to reach its $1.5 million fundraising goal.

The "Positions" singer shared the good news on her Instagram Story and announced, "We are fully funded!"  Ariana will make good on her promise to match with her own $1.5 million donation, boosting the amount raised to $3 million.

"Thank you to everyone who helped us reach & exceed our goal," she continued. "With the match, this means $3+ million will be going to 18 organizations fighting for the rights of trans youth."

Among the programs her initiative will fund are Gendernexus, House of Tulip, Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, JASMYN and organizations centered in Florida, Iowa, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas that have put forth anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who donated with me, shared & supported," she closed the celebratory announcement. 

Ariana unveiled the fund on March 31, which is International Transgender Day of Visibility, and said the program will "support organizations providing direct services and advocating for the rights of trans youth."

The Grammy winner noted at the time, "Right now there are hundreds of disgraceful bills pending in state legislature[s] that target trans youth and aim to curb their rights. This will provide critical funds to organizations advocating for the rights of trans youth."

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God bless America? Rachel Platten says PBS' 'A Capitol Fourth' will be "healing and uniting"

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Rachel Platten is one of the many performers at this year's A Capitol Fourth, a music and fireworks extravaganza on PBS. This will be the biggest concert the "Fight Song" artist has done since COVID-19 shut everything down and she's pretty stoked about it.

"I am so excited to feel all the energy on the stage and from the audience and that rush of joy that is really irreplaceable, that I missed so, so dearly during the pandemic," Rachel tells ABC Audio.

In addition to singing her hit "I'll Stand By You," Rachel will offer a special tribute to the nation's military heroes and their families on the show, which airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET.  She realizes people may not be feeling very patriotic these days, given recent events -- but she thinks A Capitol Fourth can help bring people together.

"I feel like music is one of the most unifying things in the world. And with so much division right now and so much, I think, shared post-traumatic stress that we've all been feeling -- and continuing trauma -- we need something healing and uniting right now," Rachel says. "So I'm really excited to get to share that force field of love that only music and art can provide."

And, having gone through her own personal struggle with postpartum depression, Rachel says she's ready to show people there's light at the end of the tunnel.

"I'm trying to kind of look above the circumstances that are going on right now and remember that we are all sharing this human experience of hurting, longing, desire for love, desire to be free and desire to feel OK," she notes.

She adds, "Music can be the thing that is incredibly healing ... so, I'm excited to use the opportunity to spread joy and love and unification."

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Music notes: Lil Nas X, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Halsey, Adele and more

Lil Nas X shared a hilarious behind-the-scenes video of how he filmed "Late To Da Party." The video shows Lil Nas X fawning over how handsome he is, joking how smart he looks while wearing glasses. The video includes its fair share of bad editing and shows how they filmed the bizarre music video into the early morning hours.

Britney Spears raved about some beaded toilet paper earrings on Instagram and now the designer is singing Britney's praises. Licia Young, who sells those earrings for $44 a pop, told Page Six she received a massive spike in sales. "I've received enough publicity to make it worth making them," she raved.

Justin Bieber attended church for the first time since being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralyzed a part of his face. Page Six reports he and wife Hailey Bieber were spotted attending Wednesday night service. Hope he feels better soon! 

Halsey teamed with Coca-Cola for a new music video for their song "So Good," which you can watch by scanning a Coke bottle. Halsey announced on Instagram that they "concepted and created" the new clip with the beverage giant, which shows them painting away while enjoying a soda. 

Adele teased her Friday night all-female concert at Hyde park. "Who’s ready for tomorrow!?" she asked on Instagram, and shared a series of snaps of her wearing no makeup and sitting cross-legged on a chair while belting out a song. 

See the dress Olivia Rodrigo wore to the Grammy Awards at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Billboard reports it updated their "On the Red Carpet" display and now includes Olivia's red carpet dress, as well as Silk Sonic's suits and Billie Eilish's outfit!

Get ready, DNCE drops their new song "Got Me Good" on July 8!

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What song would save you from Vecna? Let Spotify's new 'Stranger Things' playlist find out

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Stranger Things' season 4 introduced the vicious Vecna, who kills people by infiltrating their minds and killing them from the inside. He can be stopped, however, if his victim listens to their favorite song.

Sadie Sink's Max escapes Vecna's clutches with an assist from Kate Bush's 1985 hit "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" -- which, in turn, has caused the song to go viral.

But this has led Stranger Things fans to question what song would save them from certain death; if you don't know, Spotify is here to help.

To amp people up for the final episodes of Stranger Things' latest season, Spotify has launched the "Upside Down Playlist," which purportedly reveals your so-called "savior song."

"Wanna know what songs would save YOU from vecna? head to your Upside Down Playlist on @Spotify to find out," the streaming app teased on Twitter.  "The first Song on the list = your savior song."

If you're a Spotify user, the app's algorithm will hunt through the songs you've been listening to recently and determines which track is most likely to save you from certain death. In all, this new personal playlist offers you 50 tracks to keep you safe, should you find yourself in the Upside Down.

Volume two of Stranger Things season 4 arrives on Netflix this Friday, July 1.

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Selena Gomez says her 'Only Murders' and 'Wizards of Waverly Place' characters have a lot in common

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Selena Gomez agrees her Wizards of Waverly Place character, Alex Russo, has a lot in common with Mabel, whom she plays on her new show, Only Murders in the Building.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the "Lose You to Love Me" singer joked how both series center on a trio of eccentric people. But, while one show deals with magical powers, and the other deals with, well, murder, Selena says her characters could be one and the same.

"I feel like Mabel is an older version of Alex in a way," the Grammy nominee disclosed, adding she "a thousand percent" channeled what she learned on her Disney Channel show on her newest series.

"I adored being on that show so much. I felt like I did learn a lot," Selena explained. "We actually had great writers -- we had two writers that were on Friends -- and we had an incredible director that we used for most of our seasons. We got really lucky. I still look back at that and laugh at certain things just because I thought it was so fun, and we tried."

Selena turned her attention to Only Murders and said the show helped revive her love of acting. The "Wolves" singer admitted she placed her music career over acting gigs for several years, which is why she decided to "take some time for my true love, which is film and TV."

"I'm not sure I was looking for a series, I was just looking for something in general," she continued. "This was just honestly a wonderful surprise. [My team and I] got the material and responded right away, and I thought it was so cool. I definitely didn't think it would do this well but I'm definitely happy."

Only Murders is streaming its second season now on Hulu.

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Ricky Martin sued for $3 million over alleged breach of contract and mistreatment

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Ricky Martin will have his day in court after an ex-manager sued him for $3 million.

Rebecca Drucker, who managed the "She Bangs" singer on two separate occasions, is claiming breach of contract. Drucker oversaw Ricky between 2014 and 2018 and again between 2020 and 2022.

The ex-manager alleges Ricky owes her $3 million in unpaid commissions, saying she is owed the dues for helping him with "recording contracts, touring and sponsorship deals, and other professional endeavors."

The legal documents continue, "With Rebecca at his side, Martin made millions of dollars and therefore owes Rebecca substantial commissions." The filing further alleges that Drucker's second go at managing the two-time Grammy winner was when his "personal and professional life [was] in absolute turmoil."

Elaborating further, the ex-manager said she helped Ricky dodge a "potentially career-ending allegation" that surfaced in 2020. She noted he "emerged unscathed and proceeded with his professional resurgence" because of her efforts.

In addition to these claims, Drucker alleges that Ricky is a horrible person to work for because he "fostered a toxic work environment wherein he constantly mistreated, manipulated, and lied to Rebecca, forcing her to resign as his manager in April 2022."

The former manager adds she was "threatened" by the "Livin La Vida Loca" singer and claims he is "attempting to force her to sign an agreement with a nondisclosure clause to silence Rebecca about the abhorrent behavior by Martin that she has both witnessed and endured."

"For years, she protected Martin from the consequences of his reckless indiscretions. Rebecca did so not only because she was his manager, but also because she thought that Martin was her dear friend," the complaint reads.

Ricky, nor his team, has responded to Drucker's suit and troubling allegations.

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Taylor Swift gets 'Pretty' great sales boost thanks to Prime Video series

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The series The Summer I Turned Pretty is a hit on Prime Video, and Taylor Swift is one of the beneficiaries of its success.

Jenny Han, who wrote the novel of the same name and also worked on the series, has spoken about how important it was for her to get the rights to use Taylor's music. Now, Variety reports that the artists whose music was featured in the show have seen huge increases in streams, sales and followers, and Taylor's music is among them.

Variety reports that Taylor's 2019 album Lover has re-entered the top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart because two songs from it -- "Cruel Summer" and "False God" -- are featured in the show. The album also went from Taylor's fourth most-streamed album to number one on Spotify after racking up 3.9 million streams, according to the publication. 

Meanwhile, the song "Cruel Summer" experienced its highest streaming day on Spotify since 2019.

Taylor's re-recording of "This Love," from her album 1989, is also featured in the show after making its debut in the trailer.

A new Taylor song, "Carolina," is now being featured on another project: It debuted in the trailer for the upcoming film Where the Crawdads Sing.

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Katy Perry backs Halsey in Twitter row over artists expressing political beliefs: "Go off Queen"


Halsey shut down an angry Twitter critic with a little help from Katy Perry.

It's no secret where Halsey stands when it comes to reproductive rights, especially after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, but some fans have been pressuring the singer to remain quiet. Some have even told the "Without Me" singer they cannot get political because artists are just meant to entertain -- and Halsey wasn't having any of it.

"The 'people pay to see you sing not hear your views' argument is so dumb," Halsey tweeted out on Wednesday. "No, you paid to see me use a stage as a form of expression in the manner that I choose. Sorry you lack the critical thinking to realize that the rhetorical power of music doesn’t always serve your escapism."

Katy smashed the retweet button and added in her own two cents by telling Halsey, "Go off Queen." She also liked the tweet.

Unfortunately, one fan took issue with the fiery statement and inferred to Halsey that, should they continue being political, they will be singing on stage to "an empty forum."

"I’ve had abortion statistics in my show since my tour started in May and 16,500 people came to my last show. I’m gonna be fine because my fans are on the right side of history," the Grammy nominee fired back. "There’s an empty forum inside your skull."

Halsey further let their naysayer know that they are in the minority when it comes to their fans. "Honored to have my audience. Proud they cultivate a space where emotion and action meet. Love doing what I do. And expect me to always tell the truth when I get up there. Show must go on," they wrote.

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The Weeknd announces the acts replacing Doja Cat as his tour openers

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After Doja Cat bowed out as the opener for the After Hours Till Dawn tour, The Weeknd revealed her replacements.

The "Kiss Me More" singer announced last month she needed to undergo immediate surgery on her tonsils and would be unable to accompany The Weeknd on his tour. She explained in an Instagram story, "The surgery is routine but the recovery is going to take awhile due to swelling."

Variety reports that after Doja Cat pulled out of the tour, Live Nation's president of touring Omar Al-joulani said "the phone was ringing" off the hook with replacement offers. 

With The Weeknd's tour kicking off next Friday in his native Toronto, the "Save Your Tears" singer has selected several people to serve as his show openers. Hitting the road with him will be rising stars R&B singer Snoh Aalegra, DJ Mike Dean and EDM artist Kaytranada.

The tour schedule has been adjusted accordingly to reflect which artist will be opening on certain dates.

"He’s always been ahead of the curve in terms of the artists that he’s shared a stage with," said Al-joulani. The Live Nation rep adds The Weeknd welcomed artists such as HalseyTravis Scott and Jhene Aiko on his tours before they became household names.

Al-joulani notes The Weeknd is paying it forward because that's how he got his start in the industry. "Early on, he opened for Florence + the Machine one time at the Hollywood Bowl and Justin Timberlake in New York," he explained.

The Weeknd launches his first-ever worldwide stadium tour in support of his albums After Hours and DAWN FM next Friday, July 8. The North American leg wraps September 2 in Los Angeles. Additional legs are planned for Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

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Conan Gray reflects on friendship with Olivia Rodrigo


Singer Conan Gray says he is thankful to have friends like Olivia Rodrigo.

During an interview with People, the songwriter explained why it's important for him to have friends within the industry. "Friendship is everything to me. I mean, I very much look at my friends like family. And when you're someone who's going through all these major changes in your life all at once, it's nice to have people that you can depend on," he explained.

Conan joined Olivia on the Vancouver stop of her SOUR Tour, where they performed Katy Perry's hit "The One That Got Away." The two also went viral on TikTok for comically recreating a scene from Twilight.   

He said of the Grammy winner, "She's a wonderful person and a very, very talented songwriter. It's nice to have people that you can relate to."

Conan added while his high school friends are always there to support him, they can only help him so much when he is dealing with music-related problems -- that's when industry friends like Olivia come in. 

He says, "I think throughout my life, I've always had friends that I could cry to and rant to and it's just important, no matter who you are, to have people that you can find comfort in."

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Sam Smith opens up about turning 30: "I want to get old like a fine wine"

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Sam Smith rang in the big 3-0 last month, and in a new interview, the "Stay With Me" singer opened up about their latest birthday milestone.

"I feel great. I'm enjoying it," Sam declared on The Late Late Show Starring James Corden, "I want to get old like a fine wine."  

The four-time Grammy winner then went into how they celebrated their big day. "I had a great time! I basically threw myself a wedding," they teased. Sam's faux nuptials took them to Italy and they gushed, "It was great... I just drank wine and swam in the river. It was really good!"

Sam previously shared how they celebrated their birthday with a snap on Instagram, which they captioned, "Finally… 30, flirty, dirty and thriving." They then followed up with a photo dump and wrote, "And just like that… 30."

Images showed them wearing fabulous sequin mini dresses, enjoying a bath in a stone tub, playing by the river in the sunshine, and of course, spending time with good company in Italy.

Later during their late-night show appearance, Sam teamed with Cat Burns to perform their song "Go."

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Marshmello teams with Coca-Cola for new flavor...and no, it's not marshmallow

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Marshmello is the first artist ever to team up with Coca-Cola for his own signature flavor, but shockingly, it's not marshmallow.

Marshmello's Limited Edition Coca-Cola combines strawberry and watermelon flavors with Coke. It'll be available starting July 11, along with a zero-sugar version. Speaking to Billboard, Marshmello says he didn't want to do a marshmallow flavor specifically because that's what everyone would expect.

"I had a different flavor in mind originally and then we started messing around with other crazy flavors...We had a million flavors in front of us," he explains. "We homed in on [strawberry and watermelon] and that was that.”

Each slim format can features a graphic of Marshmello's iconic helmet. Speaking of that, when the artist visited Coca-Cola headquarters to help create the flavor, he tasted the options through a custom-made straw designed to fit through his helmet, so he wouldn't have to remove it.

The launch will be celebrated with a July 9 Twitch takeover that will allow fans to control Marshmello in a livestream gaming adventure and access exclusive "metamerch." Starting July 29, fans can scan a QR code on the cans to gain access to the Coca-Cola Creations hub, where they can hear Mello's new track "Numb" while creating digital art.

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See Alanis Morissette pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins during London show

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Alanis Morissette paid tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins during her concert in London earlier this week.

During a performance of the song "Ironic," the onstage screens played archival video from throughout Morissette's career, including when Hawkins played in her live band in the mid-90s on her massive Jagged Little Pill tour.

As the song ended, the screens went dark before a photo of Hawkins appeared alongside the caption, "In Memory of Taylor Hawkins."

You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance and the tribute now via YouTube.

Hawkins toured with Morissette until he joined Foo Fighters in 1997.

Morissette will continue to honor Hawkins' memory when she performs at Foo Fighters' upcoming tribute concert in Los Angeles, taking place September 27. The LA date is the second of two planned Hawkins tribute shows, the first of which will be held September 3 in London.

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Demi Lovato announces new song, "Substance"

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Prepare for some more new music from Demi Lovato

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old singer announced that they're dropping a new song in mid-July.

"SUBSTANCE July 15th. Pre-Save Now," they captioned am Instagram photo of the song's cover art, which features Lovato appearing to sitting inside of a sphere as black liquid oozes out.

Lovato also teased a snippet of the track with the post, including a video of herself lip-syncing along to the rock song. 

"Am I the only one looking for substance? / God I, it only left me lonely and loveless," they sing in the chorus. "Don't wanna end up in a casket, head full of maggots / Body full of jack s***, I get an abundance / Am I the only one looking for substance?"

"SUBSTANCE" comes one month after the singer-songwriter released "Skin of My Teeth." Both tracks are expected to appear on Demi's forthcoming eighth studio album, HOLY F***, which is due out August 19.

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