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Music notes: Kelly Clarkson, The Weeknd, Pink, Gwen Stefani and Sara Bareilles

Kelly Clarkson saluted Jennifer Lopez on her daytime talk show by choosing to belt out "Waiting for Tonight" during her ending segment, Kellyoke. The singer opted for a super stripped-down version, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar to open the passionate and pining performance before the rest of her band slowly joined.

If you want to channel The Weeknd's After Hours era for Halloween -- you're in luck. The hitmaker is out with the official costume, complete with shades, a red jacket and pair of black leather gloves. The Weeknd notes "Halloween is just around the corner" and that people should order the costume on his official website before October 10 so it'll arrive by Halloween.

Pink is showing off the serious pipes her 11-year-old daughter, Willow, has. The singer shared a video of her daughter playing on a skateboard -- and she is wearing a helmet and knee pads -- while singing at the top of her lungs. Fans were unable to identify the song and believe this is teasing a new collab between the two, just like their pandemic hit "Cover Me In Sunshine."

Blake Shelton had the sweetest shout-out for wife Gwen Stefani on her 53rd birthday. Sharing a photo of them walking hand in hand, he wrote, "Happy birthday to my beautiful wife @gwenstefani!!! I love you so freakin much!!!!" Gwen shared the tribute to her Instagram Story and included three red heart emojis. She revealed he also bought her a massive flower bouquet.

Sara Bareilles will support victims of domestic violence at a charity concert set for Thursday, October 6, at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. Proceeds benefit the Pace Women's Justice Center.  The show starts at 8 p.m. ET. 

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James Madison's Virginia estate wants Lizzo to perform there: "Lizzo brought history to life"

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Lizzo continues to make waves for playing James Madison's crystal flute. The caretakers of the former president's Virginia home have invited her to perform on the historic grounds.

Billboard received a statement from James Madison's Montpelier confirming they want Lizzo to visit them.  

"The talented and classically-trained Lizzo brought history to life last week when she played President James Madison’s crystal flute at a packed arena in Washington, D.C.," the statement read. It continued, "The three-time Grammy Award winner’s songs exemplify how music is a universal language that brings people together. Whatever genre, music helps people connect, express emotions, and create deep, lasting bonds."

The spokesperson of James Madison's Montpelier added, "As Lizzo continues her concert tour in the coming weeks, we’re crossing our fingers that she would consider adding a stop at James Madison’s Montpelier, once home to Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution."

As previously reported, Lizzo, a classically trained flutist, played the historic relic during last week's show in Washington, D.C.'s Capital One Arena. The singer proclaimed she is the first and only person to ever play the crystal flute, which was gifted to Madison by French aristocrat Claude Laurent in 1813 in celebration of his second inauguration.

The flute is owned by the Library of Congress, who loaned the flute out to Lizzo. They also let her perform in their Reading Room, making her the first and only person to ever perform there.

James Madison's Montpelier advertises itself as the "Presidential home, memorial to the Enslaved Community, and museum of American history."

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Shawn Mendes reveals he has stage fright

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Shawn Mendes has toured the globe and performed before millions of fans -- but it turns out he struggles with stage fright.

Speaking with Extra ahead of the release of the movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Shawn revealed just how much he has in common with the titular character, which he voices.

"I love the juxtaposition of him being this giant, terrifying creature, and being so sensitive and so scared," he said of what attracted him to the scarf-wearing reptile. He said Lyle's character was "a beautiful way to express what it feels like" to be him.

Shawn noted that his career makes him seem larger than life, or even intimidating, but that's not who he is at all. "He's super shy. He's super introverted and [has] stage fright," he said of all the characteristics he shares with Lyle, noting he "constantly" feels these emotions.

The singer also finds inspiration in Lyle, adding, "I love how vulnerable he is. I feel like I am trying to embody that more at this place in my life." Shawn also says Lyle taught him to be more honest.

Shawn revealed he does consider this movie an acting debut, even though he only provides the singing voice for Lyle. "There was a lot more acting involved in the way the songs had to be sung than I was expecting," he said. 

Shawn said he is curious about movies and wants to get more involved with them. "This felt like a perfect first step into that world," he expressed.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile arrives in theaters October 7.

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Jennifer Lopez launches new initiative to support and inspire more Latina entrepreneurs

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Jennifer Lopez, who has an estimated net worth of $400 million, explained how she became a powerhouse in the industry.

Lopez covers Entrepreneur Magazine and spoke about how she took ownership of her career. It happened when she launched her first fragrance in 2002, Glow by JLo, which went on to become one of the best-selling fragrances in the country.

When the perfume was predicted to earn $2 billion, the singer had an epiphany that she "didn't make but 0.01% of that," even though she was "building this brand on my back." Lopez continued, "I realized, at a certain point, I'm still working my a** off, and everybody's collecting checks."

"When you start off as an artist, you're just happy to get whatever you can," she admitted. "You can't believe your good fortune. I remember myself back then: I was like, 'Oh yeah, I'll do the perfume! Oh yes, I love fashion, I'll do a clothing line!' I'll do this, I'll do that. I was just so happy to be here."

Lopez said she learned to demand a spot at the table and understand her worth -- and now she hopes to inspire others to do the same. She launched Limitless Labs in 2021 to highlight Latina-owned businesses and has now partnered with Grameen America to support low-income female entrepreneurs.

The goal is to provide $14 billion in loans and six million hours of financial education to Latina-owned businesses by 2030.

Lopez said Latino-owned businesses are "the fastest-growing segment of all small businesses," but Latina women face significant obstacles in securing loans. "We get, like, $1 out of every $23," she said.

With this, Lopez hopes to even the playing field and inspire more Latinas to reach for their dreams.

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Spice Girls release "Step To Me" demo ahead of 'Spiceworld 25'

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Fans who have never heard the Spice Girls' ultra elusive track "Step To Me" can finally satisfy their curiosity.  The British superstars released their demo in full on Tuesday.

The track was previously only be found either on the Japanese edition of Spiceworld or via a 1997 soft drink campaign. Fans who wanted to hear the track had to collect 20 pink ring pull tabs to win the "not in the shops" CD single.

To celebrate the full release of "Step To Me," the singers also released an accompanying lyric video. The bouncy track features nostalgic synths and guitar riffs as the girls sing about challenging their prospective lover to prove they're good enough and worthy of a relationship.

As previously reported, Spiceworld 25 celebrates the Spice Girls' sophomore album and arrives November 4. It is now available to pre-order

The offering will be released digitally and physically as a two-CD and hardback book copy, double cassette or 2LP set. The Spice Girls curated the release themselves and have added their favorite bonus tracks, remixes and B-sides.

Fans will also be able to purchase a picture disc and clear vinyl of the release. 

Spiceworld was released November 3, 1997 and has gone on to sell over 14 million copies worldwide.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' to be focus of new documentary

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We will finally learn the complete story of Michael Jackson's groundbreaking album, Thriller, in a forthcoming documentary.

Billboard reports the doc is helmed by Sony Music Entertainment and will further celebrate the album's 40th anniversary. Music historian Nelson George has been tapped to direct the film, which has already started production.

"The release of Thriller redefined Michael Jackson, taking him from teen star to adult superstar, who composed memorable songs, sang beautifully and reached the highest level of on-stage performance," said George in a statement. He continued, "The album, and the short films they inspired, created a new template for marrying music and image. It’s been a privilege to explore this extraordinary album and revisit its magic."

The upcoming tell-all will look into the album's origins and the effect it had on the music industry, including its influence on the music video format. The documentary will bring to light some never-before-seen interviews and other video content to further demonstrate how Thriller transformed Michael's legacy.

Sony is teaming with Optimum Productions for the work. A release date is forthcoming.

This isn't the only celebration Sony Music has in store for Thriller. On November 18, the company will release Michael Jackson Thriller 40, a double CD set with a bonus record filled with rare audio recordings and demos that Jackson worked on during the 1982 album's sessions.

Sony Music will also host pop-up events and other Michael Jackson-centered celebrations across the globe.

Thriller was released on November 30, 1982 and is hailed one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1984, is RIAA-certified triple Diamond in the U.S.

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Chris Martin battling "serious lung infection," forces Coldplay to postpone Brazil shows

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Coldplay has been forced to postpone its shows in Brazil, as Chris Martin has come down with a "serious lung infection."

Coldplay, who was set to perform in the country from October 11 to October 22, apologized to their Brazilian fans for the cancellation via a lengthy Twitter note.

"With deep regret, we've been forced to postpone our upcoming shows in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo until early 2023. Due to a serious lung infection, Chris has been put under strict doctor's orders to rest for the next three weeks," the band wrote.

Coldplay assured, "We're working as fast as possible to lock in the new dates and will follow up with more information in the next few days."

The group understands that the news is very disappointing and said they are "extremely sorry" for having to make this announcement. "We're so grateful for your understanding at this challenging time where we need to prioritize Chris' health," they wrote.

Coldplay encouraged fans to "hold onto your tickets" because they will carry on to the rescheduled dates and said refunds will be available for those who will be unable to make it.

"We're optimistic that Chris will return to good health after the prescribed medical break and look forward to resuming the tour soon," they closed.

It is unknown at this time if Coldplay will be forced to postpone any future dates; their tour is expected to resume October 25 in Argentina. 

An itinerary of their ongoing Music of the Spheres Tour is available on their official website, which has already been updated to reflect the postponed dates.

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Billie Eilish teases her second perfume is "eerie and darker and mysterious and wet"

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Billie Eilish is gearing up for her second perfume launch, and she says it's a little more sultry than her first offering.

Speaking with Elle, the singer admitted she was feeling "a lot of pressure" to come up with a follow-up that complimented her first fragrance. "Your second fragrance is always such a big deal," she revealed, noting she was more excited than nervous about it.

"I wanted to have Eilish No. 2, whatever it was gonna be, be very inspired by Eilish the original, and sort of like a yin and yang. Not even the opposite, but just, like, a very, very different version of it," she said, adding, "Eilish is very warm and sweet. It’s heavy, it’s really cozy. And [with] Eilish No. 2, I wanted [it] to feel kind of eerie and darker and mysterious and wet."

So, what will her second fragrance smell like? Billie revealed, "I really wanted it to feel like rain and water and woods and trees and spices. I knew I wanted it to be wet-inspired, and kind of spicy."

The singer also wanted this new offering to be more gender neutral. "I wanted to make it so that anyone could wear it," she said. "I wanted it to be a different sibling to Eilish and just feel like the darker, more sultry sibling."

Billie teased she has something special coming out to celebrate her second fragrance. "I wanted to create a little thing that goes with Eilish No. 2 that really highlights how it feels," she said. "And I think we did that really well. So when people hear that, then that will go with Eilish No. 2."

Eilish No. 2 is due out in November.

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Lil Nas X teams with Coach for "Courage to Be Real" campaign

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Lil Nas X is the newest face of Coach and has teamed with the luxury brand for an all new campaign that celebrates authenticity.

This campaign is near and dear to the rapper's heart because it inspires him reflect on his past. "My whole career has been about breaking down doors, and this campaign represents everything I've overcome so far," he expressed in a statement.

Lil Nas X is serving as Coach's newest global ambassador to roll out its "Courage to Be Real" campaign, which promotes "courageous self-expression."  He explained, "It's about walking into new chapters of life, new experiences and new versions of myself, and it's rooted in authenticity and self-expression -- two things I really care about."

This is his first campaign with Coach, which is celebrated in a brand new call to action movie. Lil Nas X stars in the video that is soundtracked to his "Star Walkin'" anthem.  It sees him walking through a series of doors that open up to pivotal moments from his life before he winds up performing in front of a sold out stadium.

"This film tells the story of Lil Nas X’s evolution to become the person he is today, and the obstacles he overcame," the description explains.

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Ed Sheeran wins BMI European Song of the Year for the fourth time, this time for "Bad Habits"

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Ed Sheeran was honored with the European Song of the Year award Monday night at the BMI London Awards, held at London's Savoy Hotel.

Ed and one of his co-writers, Johnny McDaid, shared the award for "Bad Habits." In a video acceptance message, Ed said, "We had so much fun making the song and it has been so much fun playing the song out on the road and seeing the reactions of people all around Europe and I can’t wait to go out and do some more.”

The honor is nothing new for Ed, who also won the award in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ellie Goulding was presented with the President's Award. Billboard reports that in her acceptance speech, she spoke about the importance of ambition, and advised aspiring artists, "Don’t listen to those people who have anything to say about you wanting bigger and better -- because you deserve it."

Awards were also handed out to the "Most-Performed" songs of the year, which included "Bad Habits" and a few other Ed songs: "Afterglow" and "Shivers." Other winners included Elton John and Dua Lipa's hit "Cold Heart," Duncan Laurence's "Arcade," Taylor Swift's "Exile" and Ava Max's "My Head and My Heart."

The event also recognized older songs for hitting milestones in number of plays on TV and radio. For example, Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" and Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" were both honored for nine million plays.

In addition, A-Ha's "Take On Me" was honored for eight million plays, The Police's "Roxanne" and Elton John's "Rocket Man" were honored for seven million plays and "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars was honored for six million plays.

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Shawn Mendes talks returning to the spotlight after canceling world tour

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Back in July, Shawn Mendes canceled the remainder of his Wonder world tour to focus on his mental health. But now he’s back in the spotlight for his new animated film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile – and he’s feeling good about it.

The singer tells Entertainment Tonight he’s excited to be back in action after the much-needed time off.

"It doesn't feel like such high pressure," he tells ET. "I think I needed some time just to ground and spend some time with family and friends and gain some perspective of how beautiful it is what I get to do for a living.”

Shawn voices the title character Lyle – a singing crocodile – in the film, and contributed original music to the movie’s soundtrack. His song, called “Heartbeat,” was released last Friday.

"When it comes to art and showing yourself I think that vulnerability is kind of what gives other people the power to feel that they can also be vulnerable," Shawn tells ET about what he learned while making the film. "I felt really connected with Lyle's sensitivity and sensitivity in the film. I feel a lot of that in myself."

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile hits theaters on October 7.

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Rosa Linn went from Armenia to Eurovision to the US charts in a "Snap"

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Imagine growing up in a small village in Armenia, moving to Wisconsin for a year and then moving back to Armenia. That'd be kind of disorienting, right?  That's what inspired Rosa Linn's breakout hit "Snap" -- but she says people all over the world are telling her they can relate to it as well.

"I was 19 and I came back from the U.S. I was an exchange student for one year, and June 22nd was the day of my flight back to Armenia and it was mentally very hard to readjust," Rosa tells ABC Audio, explaining why she wrote the lyric "Since June 22/My heart's been on fire." 

"I was heartbroken. I was confused," she says of leaving behind all the friends she'd made in the U.S.  But also, she notes, "From 2019 [on], we started facing a lot of craziness in the world, too. So it kind of all led me to being at this snapping point, y'know?"

After Rosa sang "Snap" while representing Armenia in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the song went viral on TikTok and is now a big hit.   She's the third Eurovision artist in as many years to score a U.S. hit, following Duncan Laurence's "Arcade" and Maneskin's "Beggin'." She credits it to TikTok, plus Eurovision upping its game by finally starting to showcase "good pop songs" -- the kind that everyone can connect to.

"I got a lot of messages from people all over the world saying, 'Thank you, the song came right in time for me because I'm going through...the same thing that you were going through,'" Rosa tells ABC Audio.

"Some people are telling me sad stories. Some people are telling me happy stories," she notes, adding, "It's amazing to see people connected to it from different angles."

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Billie Eilish performs "Therefore I Am" & "I Didn't Change My Number" in clips from London concert stream

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Last Friday, Billie Eilish streamed her triumphant concert at London's O2 Arena on Apple Music. In case you missed the virtual festivities, or want to relive the fun, Apple Music has premiered two clips from the performance.

The clips include renditions of the Happier Than Ever tracks "Therefore I Am" and "I Didn't Change My Number." You can watch both performances streaming now on YouTube.

Apple Music has also released an EP featuring six selections from the London set.

The stream coincided with the final scheduled date of Eilish's Happier Than Ever world tour, which concluded Friday in Australia.

("I Didn't Change My Number" video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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Music notes: Bruno Mars, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran

Bruno Mars celebrated having six RIAA-certified Diamond songs: "Just The Way You Are," "Uptown Funk," "Grenade," "When I Was Your Man," "That's What I Like" and, now, "Locked Out Of Heaven." He wrote on Instagram, "News like this for some reason makes me wanna climb on top a mountain and scream 'STOP PLAYIN WIT ME!'" He also teased, "To Be Continued..."

Lizzo announced on Instagram she's touring the United Kingdom and Europe in 2023. She'll take her Special Tour across the pond starting February 17. The trek will span 15 days before wrapping up March 15 in London's O2 Arena. Tickets go on sale October 7 on her official website.

Lil Nas X didn't meet former President Barack Obama in 2014 and told fans the photo of the two hanging out in the Oval Office is fake. He jokingly tweeted, "someone photoshopped me into this image, i was not actually with obama. not sure who did this, sorry for any confusion."

Selena Gomez unveiled the fully revamped WonderMind platform. "The mental health website you've always wanted is finally here," she announced on her Instagram Story.

Kelsea Ballerini cleared the air on the Country Heat Weekly podcast about new song "Doin' My Best," which fans think shades Halsey. Kelsea said the song addresses her struggles with befriending other singers and learning not to mix business. Kelsea sings about "befriending a pop star" and regretting doing a song with them because they don't talk anymore. Kelsea and Halsey collaborated in 2018 on "The Other Girl."

Harry Styles stumped for gubernatorial hopeful Beto O'Rourke during his Austin show by putting a campaign sticker on his guitar, reports KVUE.

Ed Sheeran will be on The Late Show on Thursday, October 13 for what is being teased as "a very special performance."

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Steve Lacy dethrones Harry Styles' "As It Was" on the 'Billboard' Hot 100

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Harry Styles failed to capture another week atop the Billboard Hot 100 because Steve Lacy's "Bad Habit" surged to #1.

This marks Lacy's first chart-topper; he's now among the rare group of artists to have a song debut at the bottom of the chart and make its way to the top. "Bad Habit" bowed at #100 when it entered the chart this July. 

Only 12 songs have managed to accomplish this rare feat, including Glass Animals' "Heat Waves," Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" and Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman."

Lacy's hit was streamed 20.4 million times over the past week and sold an additional 2,000 copies. 

Harry sinks into second place with "As It Was" after a 15-week run in the top spot. If Harry manages to make a comeback, his song will tie with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day," as well as Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's "Despacito," for having the second-longest streak at #1. Both songs spent 16 weeks at the top.  

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus boast the longest-running streak, with 19 weeks at #1.

Elsewhere on the chart, Sam Smith debuts in third place with their Kim Petras collab "Unholy," which was streamed 23.2 million times in its first week. Fans also snagged 12,000 downloads of the sultry single. This also marks Sam's seventh romp in the Hot 100's top 10 and second song overall to reach the top three. 

Interestingly, Sam never had a #1 hit. Their highest-charting song was their solo debut "Stay With Me," which peaked in second place.

Rounding out the top five is Post Malone and Doja Cat's "I Like You (A Happier Song) and Nicky Youre's "Sunroof," respectively.

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