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Mariah Carey joins cryptocurrency venture kickstarted by the Winklevoss twins

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Mariah Carey has entered the world of cryptocurrency, with a little help from Cameron and Tyler  Winklevoss, and hopes her fans follow in her footsteps.

The "Fantasy" singer has partnered with Gemini, a cryptocurrency platform founded by the Winklevoss twins in an effort to educate women about the new method of investing.  You may remember the Winklevoss twins from the movie The Social Network about the founding of Facebook -- they sued Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing ideas from them to create his social media behemoth.

Mariah announced the new venture on Tuesday, adding that it has helped her learn the ropes of cryptocurrency and encouraged her fans to sign up and use her special code to get started with $20 in free bitcoin.

She also noted that a portion of all trading fees attached to accounts that used Mariah's code at sign up will be donated to the nonprofit Black Girls Code, which specializes in educating women of color in technology and computer programming by teaching them important skills used in STEM fields.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Miley Cyrus doesn't want to be the only one in her lane: "I want more competition"

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Miley Cyrus says the more competition, the better.

In a new Rolling Stone Musicians on Musicians interview with country singer Mickey Guyton, the two open up about breaking down barriers in the industry and making space for others to do the same.

“I don’t even feel that it’s enough for me to be considered one of the best rock singers of this generation, because there’s not enough of them and I want more competition,” Miley tells Mickey. “And for you too, you don’t want to be the one female Black singer that they’ll allow in country music.”

“Not only do I want to share my light, but I love competition,” she adds. “I want other people that are like me around, so I know that I deserve my place because I’m fighting for it all the time. That’s the way I think. I have no desire to be the best, because I want to get better. And you don’t want to be the best because you’re the only.”

Miley has been teasing a new project recently, telling fans in a letter on MileyWorld.com that her post-Plastic Hearts era is inspired by “intense spurts of change” in her personal and professional life.

“I am so [excited] to channel these experiences + use them as inspiration in my next body of work!” she wrote. “I am so grateful to never go through these transitional times alone because I have [you]!”

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Still Can't Stop the Feeling: Justin Timberlake returning for 'Trolls' holiday special

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Justin Timberlake is branching out once again.

Justin will return to voice the role of Branch in a new animated holiday special that will air November 26 on NBC.  Called Trolls Holiday in Harmony, the half-hour special will also feature Trolls alums Anna Kendrick, Kenan Thompson, Rachel Bloom, Anthony Ramos and Bruno Mars' Silk Sonic partner Anderson .Paak.

The special finds Kendrick's Queen Poppy planning the Trolls Kingdom Secret Holiday Gift Swap, in which she and JT's Branch draw each other's names.  Meanwhile, Thompson's Tiny Diamond can't break through his writer's block to come up with a holiday rap for his father.

The special will include four original songs, and the digital soundtrack will be released the same day it airs on NBC.  On November 30th, it'll be available for purchase on DVD and on digital platforms.

This is the latest installment of the franchise that started in 2016 with Trolls and continued with last year's Trolls World Tour.  The Trolls universe also includes a TV series and video games.

The first Trolls movie featured Justin's Oscar-nominated number-one hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!"

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Christina Aguilera to release new Spanish-language single on Friday

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The new era of Christina Aguilera is upon us...or should we say, "la nueva era?"  She'll release a Spanish-language single this Friday.

On Twitter, Christina announced that the song is called "Pa' Mis Muchachas" -- which translates to "For My Girls" -- and that it features Latin stars Becky G, Nicki Nicole and and Nathy Peluso.

This will be Christina's first Spanish-language release since Mi Reflejo more than 20 years ago. The singer, whose father was born in Ecuador, told ABC Audio that it's "my labor of love for a part of my culture and part of me that's so important, that isn't always brought out in my English music."

Christina also told ABC Audio that in addition to the new music she's putting out this fall, she's also planning to release new music "throughout next year, in sort of six-song increments every six moths."

Christina's last album was Liberation, back in 2018.  It reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and earned her two Grammy nominations.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Industry babies: Lil Nas X hits the streets to thank fans in person; Jack Harlow announces December shows

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Leave it to Lil Nas X to break the rules. Instead of thanking fans on social media for making his song "Industry Baby" number one, he took to the streets to thank them live and in person.

LNX posted footage of himself riding around Hollywood in one of those hop-on hop-off open-topped tourist buses, armed with a microphone, a film crew and dancers wearing pink "prison jumpsuits." 

"I appreciate you! I'm so thankful for you! 'Industry Baby' is number one because of you!" LNX yelled to random people on the street, who cheered, danced, took pictures and even twerked.

"wow! here were are, 3 number 1 songs! when i was writing industry baby i hadn’t released any new music in over a year," Nas wrote on Instagram. "It became my manifestation song, because i knew that no matter what people thought would happen to me (post 2019), i would have an amazing 2021! industry baby is my fight song, my motivation song, my 'i’ll show you' song, and much more!"

"Thank you to my brother jack harlow who inspires me to this day," he went on to say of his "Industry Baby" collaborator, adding, "thank u to the fans who made industry baby your song of the summer! love u guys!"

Meanwhile, Jack Harlow has some news of his own: He's returning home to Louisville, KY this December for five "No Place Like Home" shows in five iconic Kentucky venues: The Palace Theatre, Headlners, Zanzabar, Mercury Ballroom and Old Forester's Paristown Hall. 

Tickets for the shows, which run December 14-18, go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. ET via JackHarlos.tix.to.  A dollar from each ticket sold will go to five Louisville charities that benefit causes close to the "Whats Poppin" rapper's heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Watch Duran Duran party with their younger selves -- and tons of "celebs" -- in "Anniversary" video

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Duran Duran come face to face with their younger selves in their new video for their recent single "Anniversary" -- when they aren't partying with what appears to be some of the world's most famous people, that is.

The clip, filmed in a historic British castle that dates back to the 11th century, shows a massive party attended by the likes of Daniel Craig, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt, Vladimir Putin and Queen Elizabeth II -- except it's not really them at all: It's a cast of celebrity lookalikes.

The party is also attended by actors dressed like Duran Duran circa 1983, who are seen meeting and posing for photographs will their present-day real-life counterparts. As the actual members of the group mingle with the guests, the '80s version of Duran Duran takes the stage to lip-sync "Anniversary."

The video was directed by artist, photographer and filmmaker Alison Jackson, who says in a statement, "I'm thrilled to have been asked by Duran Duran to make their music video -- creating an iconic party for their 40th anniversary, bringing celebrities together from past and present."

On October 21, Duran Duran and Jackson will appear in a livestream event that includes a live Q&A, followed by the global premiere of Double Take, a half-hour documentary that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "Anniversary" video. You can buy tickets via Dreamstage now.

"Anniversary" is from Duran Duran's latest studio album, Future Past, which will be released this Friday, October 22.

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Watch WILLOW rock with Avril Lavigne in new "Grow" video

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WILLOW and Avril Lavigne have premiered the video for their collaborative song, "Grow."

While the track is about emotional growth, the video takes that idea literally with both WILLOW and Avril growing to the size of buildings as they walk through city streets.

Blink-182's Travis Barker plays drums on the song, but is not featured in the video. You can watch the "Grow" video now on YouTube.

"Grow" is featured on WILLOW's new album, lately I feel EVERYTHING, which was released in July. It also includes the Barker-featuring TikTok hit "Transparent Soul" and another TikTok fave, "Meet Me at Our Spot," which is currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Oops! Britney Spears' sister's offer of donation declined by mental health nonprofit

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How iffy a person do you have to be to have a charity turn down your offer of a monetary donation?  That's a question for Jamie Lynn Spears.

Britney's little sister announced recently that she'd be donating a portion of the proceeds from her upcoming book Things I Should Have Said to a mental health nonprofit called This Is My Brave.  But on Tuesday, the organization said "no thanks."

On Instagram, This Is My Brave posted, "We Heard You. We're Taking Action. We are deeply sorry to anyone we offended. We are declining the donation from Jamie Lynn Spears' upcoming book."

In the caption, the nonprofit wrote, "We hear you. This Is My Brave was recently recommended to be a beneficiary organization for the proceeds from Jamie Lynn Spears' upcoming book. We have made the decision to decline the offer of receiving proceeds from the book sales."

According to Entertainment Weekly, This Is My Brave's actions came after Britney fans flooded it with comments insisting that the charity not involve itself with Jamie Lynn.  Fans based their criticism on Britney's recent comments claiming that her family has been complicit in allowing her toxic conservatorship to continue unchecked for 13 years, despite its impact on her mental health.

Recently, Britney wrote on Instagram, "Lord have mercy on my family’s souls if I ever do an interview !!!"

This Is My Brave's mission statement is to "to empower individuals to put their names and faces on their true stories of recovery from mental illness and addiction."

Jamie Lynn's book Things I Should Have Said will be released January 22.

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Is Harry Styles joining the MCU?

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(POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT) Some fans would already call Harry Styles a superhuman, but now he might be playing one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The potential casting news came out of last night’s L.A. premiere of The Eternals. Variety writer Matt Donnelly tweeted, “Big reveal from #TheEternals premiere -- Harry Styles has joined the MCU as Eros, brother of Thanos.

Eros -- also known as Starfox in the comics -- is said to be the complete opposite of the evil Thanos, who was played by Josh Brolin in The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy films. He's carefree and has the power to change people's emotions. To quote Marvel's own database, "Eros grew up to be a fun-loving, carefree womanizer in contrast to his brother..."

Do with that what you will, tabloids. 

Apparently, Harry makes a cameo as the character at the end of The Eternals. Variety editor Marc Malkin also tweeted, "When Harry Styles shows up in the MCU. Audience squealed."

The Eternals hits theaters November 5.

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Watch Coldplay and Selena Gomez debut their duet "Let Somebody Go" on 'The Late Late Show'

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This week, Coldplay is doing a residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and they kicked it off Monday night with the first-ever performance of "Let Somebody Go," their duet with Selena Gomez from their new album, Music of the Spheres.

Chris Martin and company began playing the tune on a darkened stage, before Selena stepped into the light to join them for the ballad, which is about either the end of a relationship or, perhaps, a life.  "It hurts like so/to let somebody go," they sang.

In addition to Selena, Coldplay also teamed up with BTS, Jacob Collier and the duo We Are King for Music of the Spheres. In 2022, they'll kick off a stadium tour, which they promise will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

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Watch Adele test her knowledge of British foods for 'British Vogue'

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Adele may be living in L.A. now, but she still knows her British foods.

The Tottenham native sat down at "Adele's Cafe" with British Vogue for a blind taste test of some traditional British dishes. She was asked to guess classic meals like a full English breakfast and fish and chips, desserts including Banoffee Pie and Eton Mess, and some lesser known fare like Spotted Dick -- which, in spite of its cheeky name, is a steamed pudding with dried fruit.

As the "Easy on Me" singer tested her food knowledge, she shared memories connected with certain dishes. She reminisced about working in a cafe when she was younger and how she learned to cook with Jamie Oliver recipes. Her specialties include spicy pasta and Sunday roast, which she makes for her son, Angelo.

Adele also revealed her obsession with Heinz ketchup. "I carry little sachets of Heinz ketchup everywhere with me," she says. "Beyonce has hot sauce in her bag, I have Heinz ketchup."

In the end, she successfully guessed eight out of the 12 dishes.

"I mean, it's food! Just because I lost weight, I know everything there is to know about food," Adele joked. "I eat so much food still."

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Ed Sheeran's next album will be out "before the end of 2024," says manager

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Ed Sheeran's new album = (Equals) isn't even out yet, but the "Bad Habits" star is already planning the release of his next one.  In fact, his manager says he keeps having to tell Ed to back off and wait a bit longer before he releases it.

Speaking to Music Week, Ed's manager Stuart Camp explains, "He doesn't like sitting on songs. They've either got to be given to someone else or they've got to be released, otherwise it just gets on his nerves that they're there." According to Camp, there are at least 60 to 70 songs left over from = (Equals) that are good enough to be on a future album.

"He keeps me telling me tentative dates [that he wants to release the next album] that are far too soon!" Camp complains. "So I'm like, 'Let's let this one live for a bit, shall we?'"

However, Camp is certain that if Ed's upcoming world tour "goes on as long as people expect it to," then the next record -- which is expected to be called - (Minus) -- will come out "well before the end of it." In fact, Camp declares that the album will out "before the end of 2024...for sure." 

Camp promises "a few more surprises coming from Ed later this year, on top of the album" -- one of which might be the Christmas single that Ed has said he and Elton John are putting out.

As for whether or not he and Ed expect = (Equals) to be as successful as ÷ (Divide) was, Camp says, "We know the market's a different place, there are a lot more demands on people's time and music is consumed in a different way...I think as long as he's number one, he'll be happy."

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It only took five hours for Adele to impact the 'Billboard' charts

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It took just five hours for Adele's new single, "Easy on Me," to make an impact on the Billboard charts.

Since the cutoff for this week's Billboard charts was at midnight on October 14, and "Easy on Me" debuted at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night, the airplay, downloads and sales it received only counted for the five hours prior to midnight.

Still, that was enough for "Easy on Me" to debut at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, based on five hours' worth of streaming, radio airplay and sales.  Following its first full week of data tracking, the song is expected to soar to number one, which would make it her fifth career chart-topper.

Meanwhile, Billboard's charts that only measure airplay kept on tallying data through the 17th. As a result,"Easy on Me" debuted at number 14 on the Adult Pop Airplay chart and number 21 on Pop Airplay.

Most impressively, the song debuted at number six on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. It's the first time that a non-Christmas song debuted in the top 10 on that chart since 1993.

"Easy on Me" is the lead single from Adele's new album 30, due out November 29.

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Ingrid Michaelson's 15th Annual Holiday Hop scheduled for December 5

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Last year, Ingrid Michaelson was forced to take her annual Christmas concert online, but this year, it's back.  Her 15th Annual Holiday Hop is scheduled for December in New York City.

"I know @kourtneykardash and @travisbarker just got engaged but I have another VERY EXCITING piece of news," Ingrid snarked on Instagram while announcing the event. "My FIFTEENTH annual Holiday Hop is happening IN REAL LIFE with the FULL BAND in NYC at Webster Hall Dec 5th."

"The last live show I played was 2019’s Holiday Hop so I am very excited/anxious/happy/anxious/buzzing/did I mention anxious. I hope you’ll come if you can," she added.

For those who can't, Ingrid says she'll be doing a "live virtual after-hang where I'll play a few songs and chat. And probably eat bc that's what I do after a show."

The 15th Annual Holiday Hop will feature material from Ingrid's 2018 holiday album, Songs for the Season, which will be released as a deluxe edition with five new tracks on November 5.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 22 at 10 a.m. local time via AXS.com.  VIP packages will also be available.

The deluxe edition of Songs for the Season features Ingrid's 2019 duet with Jason Mraz, "Christmas Valentine," plus a new duet with Zooey Deschanel, "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year."  Three holiday classics round out the package.

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Lil Nas X scores third number-one hit with "Industry Baby"

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How very meta: Lil Nas X has scored his third number-one hit with a song that's all about how he isn't a "one-hit wonder."

After 12 weeks on the chart, "Industry Baby," featuring Jack Harlow, has finally reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard, what did the trick was the fact that there were two new versions of the song went on sale earlier this month, and all three versions were discounted to 69 cents.

"Industry Baby" follows "Old Town Road" and "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" on the list of LNX's chart-toppers.  Both "Industry Baby" and "Montero" are from the rapper's debut album, Montero.

As Billboard notes, "Industry Baby" is Jack Harlow's first number one, after he got as high as number two last year with "Whats Poppin."  In addition, the song is the fifth number one for Kanye West, who co-wrote and co-produced it.  Kanye's last number-one single on the Hot 100 was "Stronger" back in 2007.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran's "Shivers" reaches the top 10: It's his ninth top 10 overall and follows "Bad Habits" to become the British star's second top 10 from his upcoming album = (Equals).

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