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Source: Britney Spears is "hopeful" things will change following court testimony

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It took a lot of courage for Britney Spears to speak up in court on Wednesday, but now she's hoping that her words had the right effect and something will change with her conservatorship.

A source close to Britney tells E!, "Britney is very happy and relieved that she was finally able to get so much off her chest and be heard...She was very excited to have her truth be out and not feel like she has to hide it anymore.

The source notes, "She feels it went well and is hopeful there will be a change," adding that Britney's mom Lynne Spears is "trying to help her" as well.

After airing her grievances before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge for 30 minutes -- and making shocking claims about the level of control her conservators had over her life and her body -- Britney is now waiting for her lawyer to file the paperwork requesting the arrangement be terminated.

The source also reveals that Britney has now "left on vacation" with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.  In court, Britney said she wanted to get married and have a baby -- presumably with Sam -- but her conservators wouldn't let her.  She also claimed that they wouldn't allow to remove her IUD because "they don't want me to have any more children."

"Britney would love to move the relationship forward, but it's never been something they could actually make happen," dishes the source. "The situation is complicated because of her restrictions."

After Britney expressed her desire to sue her family, and said that her conservators -- including her father, Jamie -- should be in jail, an attorney for Jamie said, "Mr. Spears is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much."

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Madonna auctioning off sexy signed Polaroids to help LGBTQ youth

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Madonna's been teasing something that's going to arrive today, June 24. We're not quite sure what she's referring to, but we do know one thing that's new: In honor of Pride Month, she's donated some sexy Polaroids to a charity auction.

The Polaroids, one of which is very NSFW, were shot this month in New York City by Madonna and Ricardo Gomes and are, as the auction puts it, "inspired by the art born in the city that never sleeps."  The sexiest pic shows Madonna topless and standing behind a chair. She's wearing black leather strappy bondage gear, long gloves and what looks like a Raggedy Anne wig.

The other two pics are closeups of her face: In one, she's wearing long gloves and a different wig; in the other, she's holding up a black lace-encased hand to her face. She's also wearing a knuckleduster ring that spells out "LOVED."

Each Polaroid will be autographed by Madonna and framed. Bids currently range from more than $6,000 to $10,000 per photo.  The money raised by the auction, which ends Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, will go to the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ+ Youth.

Madonna told Interview magazine, "Pride needs to be celebrated with a community of people who understand and know the meaning of oppression and fighting for freedom."

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Demi Lovato, Lizzo to headline 2021 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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Demi Lovato and Lizzo are among the headliners for the 2021 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which will take place October 8-17 of this year.  The 2020 edition of the annual event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Demi has performed on numerous TV shows, this is the first major live performance they've announced since the release of their album Dancing with the Devil...The Art of Starting Over.  It's also the first headlining show they've announced since they came out as non-binary.

As for Lizzo, she's already booked appearances at the Bonnaroo, Firefly and Outside Lands festivals, starting in September.

Other artists on the 2021 lineup include Stevie Nicks, Foo FightersH.E.R., Melissa Etheridge, Ludacris, Norah Jones and numerous veteran rock, jazz and blues artists.

For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit NOJazzFest.com.

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Put your records on again: Corinne Bailey Rae re-issuing debut album on vinyl

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You've heard the cover version -- now listen to the real thing.

Corinne Bailey Rae is reissuing her self-titled debut album on vinyl on August 13, marking the first time it'll be available on this format since its release in 2006.

The album, which has sold over four million copies worldwide, features the hit song "Put Your Records On." A cover version of that song has lately become a big hit for Ritt Momney, the stage name of Utah singer/songwriter Jack Rutter.  Corinne completely approved of Jack's version and even gave him some advice about dealing with sudden fame.

The success of "Put Your Records On" brought Corinne numerous awards and three Grammy nominations, including Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

In addition to the original track listing, which includes "Put Your Records On" and three other singles -- "Like a Star," "I'd Like To" and "Trouble Sleeping" -- the vinyl album will be issued with a bonus track called "Another Rainy Day."  Two versions will be available: black vinyl and brick-red vinyl.

Here's the track list for Corinne Bailey Rae:

Side 1
"Like a Star"
"Enchantment"
"Put Your Records On"
"Till It Happens to You"
"Trouble Sleeping"
"Another Rainy Day"

Side 2
"Call Me When You Get This"
"Choux Pastry Heart"
"Breathless"
"I'd Like To"
"Butterfly"
"Seasons Change"

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Ed Sheeran picked out Lewis Capaldi's house for him

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Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran are pals, and while they haven't collaborated on any songs -- that we know of -- they did collaborate on a real estate deal.

The Glasgow Times got a preview of an interview with Ed, which will air tomorrow on Scotland's Clyde 1 radio station.  In the interview, Ed describes how he picked out a house for Lewis in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland.

"Lewis goes, I'm looking to find a house' and I was like, 'Oh, cool,'" Ed says in the interview. "I go on Rightmove" -- a U.K. real estate website -- "and typed 'Glasgow' and 'within ten miles' and I just sent him one and go, 'How about this?' And he was like, 'Yeah, yeah, cool.' And he just bought it and moved in."

But Ed's influence on Lewis' new digs didn't stop there.

"So when he got his house, I wanted to get him a housewarming present that was like, really annoying," Ed says in the interview. "You know those massive vinyl dinosaurs like they have in zoos? Like the huge [22-foot tall] things? I got him one of them made from China. He had to have a forklift get it off [the delivery truck], so he had to go into town and rent a forklift."

But Lewis won't be the only one in the U.K. with a huge fake dinosaur in his yard.  Ed reveals, "In solidarity, I got myself one, too."

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Watch Halsey as an animated wolf in new trailer for 'Sing 2'

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Halsey's been lending her voice to various cartoon productions over the years, and she pops up again in the Sing 2, the sequel to the hit 2016 animated musical Sing.

In the new film, which has just dropped its first trailer, Buster Moon the koala, played by Matthew McConaughey, and his animal pals are trying to get their act into the Crystal Tower Theater in Redshore City, a stand-in for Las Vegas.  To do so, they have to persuade the head of Crystal Entertainment, a ruthless gangster wolf named Jimmy Crystal -- played by Bobby Cannavale -- that they're worth watching.

The gang lies and tells Crystal that they can get reclusive lion rock star Clay Calloway, played by U2's Bono, to appear in their show, and Crystal goes for it because his spoiled daughter, Porsha, played by Halsey, wants to meet him. 

But Porsha soon ends up taking over the leading role in the show, replacing Rosita, the pig played by Reese Witherspoon.  The trailer suggests that Halsey might be singing Alicia Keys' hit "Girl on Fire."

Buster and his pals go on a quest to find Calloway and get him to appear in their show, before Crystal discovers their lie and make things, um, unpleasant.

The trailer features the Shawn Mendes song "There's Nothing Holding Me Back," as sung by Taron Egerton's Johnny the gorilla, as well as U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," sung by Scarlett Johansson's Ash the porcupine.  The cast also includes Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Pharrell Williams, Letitia Wright and more.

Sing 2 arrives in theaters December 22.

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Watch Miley Cyrus & a troupe of drag queens perform Cher's "Believe"

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Ahead of her Stand By You Pride special on the Peacock streaming platform, Miley Cyrus has shared a simply fabulous video of herself performing Cher's "Believe," along with a troupe of drag queens.

"IS IT EVEN A PRIDE SPECIAL IF YOU DONT PLAY @cher ?! THE ANSWER IS NO!" Miley captioned the video on Instagram.  "#BELIEVE ME THIS SHOW IS GONNA BE EVERYTHING! DONT MISS IT JUNE 25."

In addition to singing "Believe," Miley and the drag queens -- some of whom are wearing outfits inspired by Cher's iconic fashion looks -- perform a dance routine that has the audience going wild.

In addition to "Believe," Miley also performs her own hits, plus covers like ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," a Madonna medley, and the Pretenders' I'll Stand By You.  Among the guest stars joining her on the special, which was filmed in Nashville, are Maren Morris, Miley's dad Billy Ray Cyrus, and country stars Mickey Guyton, Little Big Town and Brothers Osbourne.

Miley Cyrus Presents Stand By You premieres Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock.

 

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'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' star Joshua Bassett opens up about his sexuality

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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett has confirmed that he’s a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Speculation about his sexuality swirled after he did an interview last month where he gushed about Harry Styles and said, “I guess this is also my coming out video.” In a new interview with GQ, Bassett says, “I wasn’t joking.”

After seeing the reaction to his “coming out” comment, Bassett shared a post on Instagram promoting love and acceptance.

"I stood behind every word that I said," the 20-year-old tells GQ, adding, "Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear."

Bassett doesn’t clarify how he identifies, saying, “There are plenty of letters in the alphabet... Why bother rushing to a conclusion?...I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all. Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most.”

As for the rumors that Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” is about him, Bassett reveals he didn’t focus on the gossip because he became gravely ill two days after the song was released. He was hospitalized with septic shock and heart failure and doctors told him he had a 30% chance of survival. Bassett says he "didn't have any energy to be able to focus on anything but staying alive."

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Ed Sheeran reveals he "got talked into" jumping off a building in new video

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The countdown is officially on for Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits" music video, which premieres Friday.  Ahead of the highly anticipated visual -- in which the singer transforms into a blonde, glam rock vampire -- Ed shared a spoiler.

Apparently, he jumps off a building -- and no, he doesn't have a stunt double to take the damage.

Taking to Instagram Wednesday, the Grammy winner shared a video of himself being fitted with a stunt vest as he remarks to the camera, "I'm terrified of heights and I'm about to... jump off a roof."

"I don't really know how I've been talked into this," Ed chuckled. "Who knew?"

He also shared a brief snippet of the "Bad Habits" chorus.  The song and accompanying music video will be released in their entirety on Friday at 12 a.m. EDT.

"Bad Habits" is Ed's first official release since his December 2020 single "Afterglow." It's available to pre-save now.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey and more voice support for Britney Spears following bombshell hearing

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Celebrities like Justin TimberlakeMariah Carey and many others are expressing shock and outrage over the damning claims Britney Spears made during her explosive conservatorship hearing on Wednesday.

The "Toxic" singer publicly asked to end her 13-year conservatorship and leveled serious allegations against her conservators as well as her family. 

During Britney's passionate 30-minute testimony, marking the first time she's publicly addressed the legal matter, the Grammy winner detailed a list of grievances that include being forced to perform, not being able to make her own reproductive decisions and her therapist putting her on lithium "out of nowhere," which made her feel "drunk."

"I deserve to have a life," she expressed to California Superior Court Judge Brenda J. Penny. "I am traumatized. I'm not happy. I can't sleep. I'm so angry it's insane. And I'm depressed. I cry every day."

Following the bombshell hearing, celebrities took to social media to publicly support Britney and condemn those who have allegedly wronged her.  

Justin Timberlake rallied his fanbase Wednesday and, in a three-part Twitter thread, called to have the conservatorship ended. 

"After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right," he wrote. "No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body."

"No one should EVER be held against their will… or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for," he continued, saying he and wife Jessica Biel "send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live."

Mariah Carey also voiced support for the distressed singer by tweeting, "We love your Britney!! Stay strong."

Here's what other celebs have to say about the conservatorship hearing:

Brandy: "Sending all my love and support to Britney Spears and her fans"

Halsey: "Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today."

Khloe Kardashian: "No one should be treated like this. Stay strong Queen!! You deserve better"

Mandy Moore: "The abuse she has suffered at the hands of an institution meant to protect her is staggering, heartbreaking and shameful.  I applaud her bravery and transparency #FreeBritney"

Jameela Jamil: "It is the most bizarre theft of freedom that has happened right in front of our eyes for over a decade now, and I hope she finds assistance with organizing her life that she is comfortable with now."

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "Britney deserves freedom. She deserves to reap the rewards of her years of hard work. Britney deserves to be happy."

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: "F***ING FREE BRITNEY!  We are all here for you queen!"

Rose McGowan: "Britney Spears has every right to be angry. How would you feel if your life was stolen, dissected, mocked? I pray she gets to live your life on her terms. STOP CONTROLLING WOMEN"

Rosie O'Donnell: "Listen to the woman"

Meghan McCain: "How is what has been done to Britney Spears not a human rights crime? Isolation, controlling her capacity to reproduce without her consent, forcing her to work under inhumane conditions. If she were any other person the people who did this to her would be in jail."

Keke Palmer: "All of them need to go to jail!!!!! My girl was finally able to speak up against her conservatorship after they tried to make her fear damaging her “image” just to keep her quiet! How cruel to do that to someone that has only known performing their whole life. Then to contort the very thing she loved by making her do it on YOUR time. Money is the great root of all evil! But the light will always win, I’m so happy that Britney was able to tell the truth today and I’m ready to raise hell! FREEEEEE BRITNEYYYYY"

Chrishell Stause: "I will 1000% RIOT if Britney is not freed. We are SO PROUD of you @britneyspears! Listening to her call is equal parts heartbreaking and infuriating. #freebritneyNOW and then change the laws #FreeBritney"

Tinashe: "We love you SO MUCH"

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"Ma'am, I'm not here to be anyone's slave": Britney Spears' court hearing concludes

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Following Britney Spears' unprecedented appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court, nothing was settled, but Britney certainly got to speak her piece.

Britney's court-appointed counsel had requested that Britney be free to discuss any aspect of her conservatorship without interruption, and that she did, speaking for 30 minutes straight to Judge Brenda Penny.

After detailing her many grievances against her conservators and her family, she asked for the judge to end the "abusive" conservatorship, saying it was her "wish and her dream." 

An attorney for Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, said it was "very brave" of the pop star to speak out, and that her mother would like a plan of action to be put in place to address Britney's concerns.

What's next? More hearings to discuss that plan of action.

Here are a few of the things that Britney told the judge today:

"[My father] loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%. He loved it."

"Ma'am, I'm not here to be anyone's slave.”

"Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a key role in punishing me — ma’am, they should be in jail."

"I'm depressed. I want changes and I want changes going forward. I deserve changes.”

"I have a IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to any more children."

"I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them."

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Britney Spears' dad responds to her accusations in court

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Following the bombshells Britney Spears dropped Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court while explaining why she wanted to end her conservatorship, an attorney for Jamie Spears, Britney's father, has responded.

Speaking non-stop for 30 minutes, Britney detailed a laundry list of grievances against her father, her family and her conservators, saying, "I just want my life back." 

She claimed, among other things, that she's been forbidden to get married and have a baby, has been forced to go on tour against her wishes, and has been threatened with various punishments if she didn't do as her conservators said.  Britney also said she wants to sue her family.

"I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life,” said Britney, and asked for the judge to end the conservatorship without her having to undergo a psychiatric examination.

In response, a lawyer for Mr. Spears read this statement in court: "He is sorry to hear his daughter in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much."

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Britney Spears unloads in court: “I'm so angry...After I told the whole world I was OK...it was a lie”

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Free Britney, indeed.

For the first time, Britney Spears has spoken about her conservatorship in open court, and what she said was a doozy: She's asking L.A. County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny to end the conservatorship without a psychiatric evaluation.

When the hearing got underway, a lawyer for Jodi Montgomery, who oversees the personal side of Britney's conservatorship, asked that any medical details or things that would infringe upon Britney's privacy or that of her children remain sealed.  But Britney interrupted and insisted everything should be public.

“They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life,” Britney said. “So I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen to what I have to say.”

She then read from a prepared statement, seemingly unloading years of anger and resentment.

“A lot has happened since two years ago, the last time I was in court,” she began. “I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court last time.”  She then detailed things that she was forced to do, such as go on tour and change her medication.  "Not only did my family not do a g**damn thing, my dad was all for it,” she said.

“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m okay and I'm happy,” Britney said, claiming she'd been in denial. “If I said that enough, maybe I’d become happy. … I’m in shock. I’m traumatized. … I’m so angry it’s insane.”

“All I want is to own my money, for this to end, and for my boyfriend to drive me in his f****** car," she added.

In her long list of grievances against her family -- who she said she would like to sue -- Britney also said that she'd like to "progressively move forward" and "get married and have a baby."  However, she claims she was told that while in conservatorship, she can't do either.

She also revealed that she'd like to remove her IUD but, "They don't want me to have any more children."

"Basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," she noted. "I deserve to have a life."

(Story developing...)

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Olivia Rodrigo says being a role model for Asian-American girls is "so touching"

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Olivia Rodrigo's ascent to the top of the charts hasn't just made her a role model for young women everywhere -- it's also made her a symbol of representation for Asian-Americans in the media.

Olivia, whose father is Filipino, tells People, "It actually makes me want to cry. It's so touching. Representation in TV and media is so important."

"I'm so glad that I can hopefully be an example for a little Asian girl out there, that they can do anything that they set their mind to," she adds.

Olivia also tells People that she's moved on from all those songs on her number-one album, SOUR, about heartbreak.

"I'm just constantly learning and growing at such a rapid rate," she says. "I'm writing songs and I'm really happy. I'm a lot happier than I was when I wrote that record, which is great."

"I'm a lot more confident, which I think is a good aspect of growing up," she adds. "We'll see what the next era brings, but I'm excited to start working on it."

Meanwhile, Olivia says it means the "absolute world" to her that people are using her music as the soundtrack to her own heartbreak.

"I feel like if a girl writes a song about heartbreak, very often people start criticizing her for feeling those emotions, and only writing about that," she says. "I do just love a heartbreak song. I literally wrote breakup songs before I ever held a boy's hand. So, who knows? Maybe I'll continue to do that, or maybe I'll branch out? I just love writing music, and I hope that people continue to listen."

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Red Light Special: Tickets on sale Friday for TLC's Celebration of 'CrazySexyCool' tour

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Run, don't "Creep" to get your tickets to the '90s nostalgia concert of the year.

TLC -- T-Boz and Chilli -- are hitting the road for their Celebration of CrazySexyCool National Tour, which kicks off September 3 in Alabama.  The outing, which will visit 18 cities to start, will feature the ladies singing songs from their now-iconic 1994 album CrazySexyCool, as well as their other hits.

The shows will be '90s themed and feature '90s fashion, surprise guests and fan interaction.  Bone Thugs N' Harmony will open the shows, with other acts on different dates.  More shows are expected to be announced; tickets go on sale June 25.  Check LiveNation.com for updates and more info.

"I'm so excited for this tour because we've been talking about doing something special for CrazySexyCool for years and FINALLY, we get to do it!" says Chilli in a statement. "This is the album that truly put us on the map and showed the world who we really are. So, this will be quite the celebration!"

CrazySexyCool, TLC's second studio album, has sold more than 14 million copies since its release in November of 1994. In fact, it's the best-selling album by an American girl group, period.  It features the hits "Red Light Special," "Creep," "Diggin' on You" and, of course, the number-one classic, "Waterfalls."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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