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Miley Cyrus scores overall TV and streaming deal with NBCUniversal

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Miley Cyrus is taking her talents back to TV.

According to Variety, the singer has inked a deal with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

As part of the deal, Miley’s production company Hopetown Entertainment -- which she runs along with her mom Tish Cyrus -- will develop scripted and unscripted projects for various NBCU properties. Miley will have the option to serve as producer, performer and/or host on any number of programs for the network.

In addition, Miley will star in three specials for NBCU, starting with the one-hour Pride concert special Stand By You, for Peacock. The special was filmed in Nashville and features Miley singing her hits and covering classics “all in the spirit of Pride.”

“I have had an incredible long-lasting relationship with NBC for years,” Miley says in a statement obtained by Variety. “Many memorable moments in my career have been shared and supported by NBCU. This feels like a natural progression and I am looking forward to creating content that we love and hope everyone who watches does too.”

She adds, “We’re starting this journey together with a Pride special on Peacock to celebrate a month we both want to highlight with this concert event.”

Miley is the latest female pop artist to score a deal with NBC, following Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato.

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Sam Smith to perform at Oxford Festival of the Arts

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Sam Smith is set to headline Oxford Festival of the Arts in honor of a noble cause. 

The "How Do You Sleep?" hit maker will kick off the festival housed near Oxford University in the United Kingdom with a performance at the Music 4 Mustardseed on May 16.

The concert serves as a fundraiser for the Mustardseed Junior School in Uganda, that provides education to vulnerable children in the country and integrates art and music into the weekly curriculum.

The festival continues throughout the summer following a year where it went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam released their latest album, Love Goes, in 2020. It features international hit "Diamonds," which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and #11 on the UK Singles chart.  

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Goo Goo Dolls to release 'Rarities' compilation next month

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Over the past year, Goo Goo Dolls have released their first holiday album and an EP of stripped-down versions of fan favorites.  Now they're putting out a new compilation album called Rarities.

The album, due out June 25, features 20 songs that span the band's career from 1995 to 2007, many of which have never been released digitally or physically.  They include various b-sides, live songs, acoustic versions, international-only releases, non-album tracks and radio performances.

The first release from Rarities is a live cover of the INXS song "Don't Change," from the Australian band's 1982 album Shabooh Shoobah.

You can pre-order Rarities now in a variety of formats, and there's also a limited edition line of merch marking the new release. 

Meanwhile, Goo Goo Dolls are still working on their 13th album.

Here's the track listing for Rarities:

"Hit or Miss"
"Nothing Can Change You
"Long Way Down" (Chris Lord Alge Remix)
"Name" (Live Acoustic)
"Don’t Change" (Live)
"Girl Right Next to Me" (Live Acoustic)
"Another Second Time Around" (Live Acoustic)
"Iris" (Acoustic)
"Slide" (Acoustic)
"Naked" (Remix)
"Black Balloon" (Live)
"Naked" (Live)
"Black Balloon" (Live from Sessions@AOL)
"Broadway" (Live from Sessions@AOL)
"We’ll Be Here (When You’re Gone)" (Acoustic)
"Better Days" (Acoustic)
"Let Love In" (Live)
"Listen" (Live)
"Feel The Silence" (Live)
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

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New Music Friday: Sam Fischer, Lukas Graham, Daya & more

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This New Music Friday brings us songs from Sam Fischer, Lukas Graham, Daya and Hot Chelle Rae.

Sam Fischer, most recently heard singing with Demi Lovato on "What Other People Say," has released a new song called "Simple."  He explains, “I wrote this song through one of my lower points of the last year...relationships have their struggles, even in normal times – and this year has been anything but normal."

The "This City" singer continues, "It’s hard to be there for someone when you’re struggling to be there for yourself. I’m grateful to be with an amazing woman who is willing to fight through the hard times to get back to the simple love that started everything.”

Lukas Graham has released a new single, "Happy For You," as well as a lyric video.  The Danish artist, who'll release a new album later this year, says the song's written from the viewpoint of someone who's been dumped.

He explains, "I’d want you to be happy, whatever that entails, and if I didn’t want you to be happy, then was it ever real love? Or, was it just infatuation and desire? ‘Happy For You’ attempts to narrate the broken-heartedness of the breakup, acknowledging the difficulties and the struggle of the one ‘left behind.’”

"Sit Still, Look Pretty" singer Daya has released her new EP, The DifferenceThe six-song project features the single "Bad Girl" and current single "Montana."

In a statement, Daya says, “The Difference EP is a collection of small time capsules of the past year – fleeting moments of regret, desire, loneliness, and sadness while spending more time with myself than I ever have before at home during quarantine.”

Following their April 2020 comeback EP Tangerine, Hot Chelle Rae are back with a new single "Do The Damn Thing," featuring Chord Overstreet -- former Glee star and brother of Hot Chelle Rae member Nash Overstreet -- and LEVI

The song's a tribute to the joys of weed and alcohol, and Nash says in a statement, "We're excited to be releasing 'Do The Damn Thing.' In a time where everything has been negative and heavy,  this song is something positive and light for people to have fun and party to."

(Sam Fischer & Hot Chelle Rae videos contain uncensored profanity.)

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'American Idol' judges, Alessia Cara, Sheryl Crow & more to perform on 'Idol' finale

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American Idol is welcoming a star-studded lineup of performers to its finale episode. 

Alessia Cara, Sheryl Crow, Leona Lewis, Macklemore, Fall Out Boy and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac are among the stars who will take the Idol stage, in addition to the show's three judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

Luke's fellow country artists Luke Combs and Mickey Guyton will also take the stage, along with multi Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan.

On Sunday night's episode, Willie Spence, Chayce Beckham, Grace Kinstler and Casey Bishop will compete for the final three spots in the finale episode. Caleb Kennedy was recently removed from the show after a video was released showing him wearing a hood bearing resemblance to the Ku Klux Klan. 

The American Idol season 19 finale airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET on May 23. 

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Whitney Houston biopic will be "a very realistic, very honest story," says Clive Davis

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Whitney Houston's musical mentor says the movie about the late superstar that's currently in the works won't shy away from showing both the good and the bad.

Clive Davis is producing the biopic, called I Wanna Dance with Somebody, and he tells USA Today, "The goal...is to come up with a very realistic, very honest story...as well as capturing her losing battle with addiction, capturing her vocal genius and influence on music and contemporary musicians."

Davis adds that the film will detail "not only pitfalls, but also the professional musical triumphs that she succeeded in accomplishing" and says his mission is to "present the full story of Whitney Houston impeccably and [ensure] that it will be realistic in every respect." 

As previously reported, British actress Naomi Ackie will play Whitney, but she won't be singing. As Davis notes, "When it came to Whitney, we just didn't think anyone could capture her vocal genius so it will be the Whitney voice in the film." 

I Wanna Dance with Somebody, directed by Stella Meghie and written by Anthony McCarten -- the same guy who wrote the Oscar-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody -- is tentatively scheduled to be out in late 2022.

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"Ponch-bro": Katy Perry takes aim at Orlando Bloom's questionable fashion choice

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Orlando Bloom has a new look, and we're not sure his fiancee Katy Perry is into it. 

This week, the actor took to Instagram to share a photo of himself outside among cliffs and trees, wearing a neutral-striped poncho with multi-colored patchwork, as he stares off into the distance. "Ponch-bro," he captioned the photo, which drew several comments, including a tongue-in-cheek remark from Katy. 

"Baby can you please take the dogs out to pee I’m stuck on a call," she quipped in the comment section. 

Fellow celebs, including Gwenyth Paltrow and Orlando's ex-wife Miranda Kerr, also chimed in, with Gwneyth questioning, "What are we going for here, just to be clear?" to which Orlando replied, "just lightening the mood lol."

Miranda, with whom Orlando shares 10-year-old son Flynn, commented with a crying laughing emoji. 

Katy made a similar remark when Orlando posted a humorous tribute to her on Mother's Day. Katy commented, "baby pls can you bring me a Bengal spice tea."

The couple welcomed daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020. They were engaged on Valentine's Day in 2019. 

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Olivia Rodrigo shares what Taylor Swift said to her in handwritten note

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Olivia Rodrigo finally met her idol, Taylor Swift, at this week's BRIT Awards and, on Thursday, revealed what advice the "willow" singer gave to her in a special handwritten note.

"I don’t want to divulge too much because it’s really sweet and personal, but she talks a lot about how, I think, you make your own luck in the world," Olivia told Billboard in a new cover story. "And when you do kind things to others, good things come your way."

"I don’t know, she put it so eloquently, and when I say it now... it’s not as cool," she chuckled.

Olivia is an out and proud Swiftie.  So when the Grammy winner called her "my baby" as "drivers license" started making waves on the charts -- Olivia had a hard time processing the very much wanted attention.

In an earlier interview with Billboard, she said of Tay's Twitter shout out, "That truly just made my life. I'm just her biggest fan. But yeah, it's just incredible. I truly cannot really process all of this."

Elsewhere in her cover story, Olivia also talks to Billboard about how she's been adjusting to the limelight after her debut single "Drivers License" became a massive number one hit.

"I have like a month left of senior year, and I’ve sort of been neglecting that," the singer confessed. "Because I’ve been off making my album, I sort of forgot I was a high school student."'

Olivia's debut album, Sour, is due out May 21 and gave fans another taste by releasing single "good 4 u" at midnight.

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'Cinderella' director says Camila Cabello is "going to surprise everyone" in movie musical

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Camila Cabello looks just like a fairytale in her upcoming movie Cinderella.  The anticipated film is slated to premiere on Amazon Prime early this fall.

The "Havana" singer, who stars as the titular heroine, is front and center in a series of stills teasing a first look at the movie musical.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, writer-director Kay Cannon teased that fans can expect something different with her interpretation of the fairytale.

"I was like, 'I could retell the Cinderella story?'," she mused in the Thursday interview. "I could modernize it, and change Cinderella so that she's vocal and active?"

"I just felt like it was a great opportunity to show this loved, iconic character that is Cinderella in a way that's more relatable to what girls and young women in particular are going through, where they can really see themselves," said Cannon, noting that she wasn't a fan of the original tale because she felt "it was just a bunch of women being mean to each other."

The filmmaker added she took pride in turning classic tropes "on their heads" for the movie, such as transforming the part of the fairy godmother, who will be played by Billy Porter.

In addition, a big shakeup came to upgrading every character's relationship with Cinderella, with Cannon teasing, "In this story, everybody around Cinderella learns something from her and changes...  Cinderella's like the alpha in this story."

As for what fans can expect when it comes to Cabello's acting skills, Cannon assured, "She's going to surprise everyone... She's so fantastic. She's so good, and she's so natural, and just funny and beautiful and really, really talented."

When asked what she most looks forward to when Cinderella hits Amazon Prime in September, smiled Cannon, "I cannot wait for people to watch, laugh, and sing along!"

 

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BTS discusses their early beginnings, inevitable military service

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In South Korea, young able-bodied men are expected to serve in the nation's military before turning 28.  Lawmakers reconsidered the mandate in December 2020, and passed a bill where those of certain professions that are deemed valuable, such as entertainment, can put off service until they turn 30.

For BTS, the bill was a relief to members Jin and Suga, who are both 28.

Speaking with Rolling Stone in a new cover story, the pop stars discussed their inevitable military service and explained how they intend to spend the next few years.

"I think the country sort of told me, ‘You’re doing this well, and we will give you a little bit more time," Jin explained. "I feel that I will try to work as hard as I can and do the most I can until I am called."

The singer also explained that military service, to him, is an "important duty for our country." 

While Jin says it will pain him to leave BTS, he adds of his bandmates, "I have no doubt that the other members will make a good decision."  He also said he will be "watching them on the internet and cheering them on."

BTS is also comprised of members J-Hope, 27, RM, 26, V, 25, Jimin, 25, and Jungkook, 23.  

And while the Grammy nominees noted that thinking about life after the band is hard, they have accepted that they will all have to leave eventually.

V expressed hope that "it'll work out eventually."

The "Dynamite" singers also took a walk down memory lane in the long-ranging interview and shared their tumultuous early days in the biz.

"We were very different people that came together," Jimin confessed. "We argued a lot in the beginning."

Now, he says the group sees themselves "like a family."

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Joe Jonas uses his COVID downtime to focus on a healthy lifestyle

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Following the release of their fifth studio album Happiness Begins in 2019, the Jonas Brothers were set to begin an eight-date residency at the Park MGM in Las Vegas, and while the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to those plans, the downtime gave Joe Jonas a chance to focus on embracing a more healthy lifestyle.

One way was by joining some friends in a weekly meditation group, led by a former monk.

“It’s great because this isn’t us just like getting together to play a game," he tells GQ magazine.  "It’s us talking about our feelings and how we're doing and checking in with each other.”

"I usually wake up around 7:00 or 7:30, and I try to give myself an hour before I do anything, even a work out," he explains.  "The first thing I do with that time is meditate.  I use Headspace.  Even if it's like three minutes, sometimes I’ll listen while I’m brushing my teeth and getting ready.  It’s just about being mindful instead of starting any social media."

"I’m slowly learning Italian," he adds.  "After that, I'm on a group text with a group of a few friends, and we write to each other what we're grateful for every day."

Next, Joe listens to NPR while he makes "a pour over coffee, then a smoothie."

Jonas also works out for 30-40 minutes, before "hitting the Peloton for another 20 or 30.  He even keeps a mobile gym in his Tesla, to use during downtime while he's at a gig.

His meals consist of fish, veggies and sushi. 

"I’m a sushi fanatic," he admits.

 

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Olivia Rodrigo drops angry punk rock banger "good 4 u"

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Next week Olivia Rodrigo drops her debut album Sour and, on Friday, the 18-year-old actress gave fans another taste by releasing her vengeful banger "good 4 u."

The single follows the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star's prior single, "Deja Vu," but this new offering marks a major departure from the sound fans came to expect from her.

While "Drivers License" was a sorrowful ballad and "Deja Vu" was a pop-infused breakup song, "good 4 u" sees Olivia playing the jilted ex and embodying the raw anger that comes with a broken heart.

"Good 4 u" borrows themes from Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" and Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself for Loving You," marrying the rage and frustration that comes with an ex moving on while being unable to do the same.

"Well, good for you, you look happy and healthy / Not me, if you ever cared to ask / Good for you, you’re doin’ great out there without me / Baby, God, I wish that I could do that / I’ve lost my mind, I’ve spent the night cryin’ on the floor of my bathroom / But you’re so unaffected, I really don’t get it / But I guess good for you," Olivia belts out in the shrill chorus.

The actress released a companion music video, which depicts her as a queen bee cheerleader who appears to be on a mission to seek revenge against her ex -- such as buying gasoline and rolling on some black latex gloves -- when, in actuality, she sets her flooded bedroom on fire and dances around before disappearing into a lake.

Sour is due out next Friday, May 21.

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Katy Perry releases "Electric" to celebrate Pokémon's 25th anniversary

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Who knew Katy Perry and Pikachu made such a shockingly good team?  Ahead of Pokémon's 25th anniversary, the singer has released "Electric" and a brand new music video on Friday.

The inspirational song contains the message about believing in yourself no matter what, which gives you the spark to make life truly "Electric."

The song also doubles as a metaphor for the journey every Pokémon master must take -- from defeating gym leaders, toppling the evil Team Rocket's plans for world domination and, of course, catching 'em all -- in order to be the very best.

"I know you feel it, feel it / If you believe it then you can / There's no reason that this life can't be Electric!," Katy sings, encouraging the audience to realize that they all have the power to be remarkable.

In the companion music video, Katy heads to an old lighthouse with her trusty partner, Pikachu, to go back in time to teach that same lesson to her younger self who is struggling to find her inner spark.

The two work in secret to remind the younger Katy that she loves singing and her number one fan -- her Pokémon -- will always be right beside her.

Katy will be headlining a massive new music program with Universal Music Group, called P25 Music, that will include various activities throughout the year to celebrate the popular video game franchise's 25th anniversary.

"Pokémon has been a constant in my life from playing the original video games on my Game Boy, to trading Pokémon TCG cards at lunch, to the adventures of catching Pokémon on the street with Pokémon GO,” the Grammy nominee previously said in a statement. "It is an honor to be chosen to help celebrate a franchise that has given me so much joy in the last 25 years."

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Olivia Rodrigo's 'High School Musical:TM:TS' co-stars react to "Drivers License" success

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The world now knows Olivia Rodrigo for her hit song “Drivers License,” but fans of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series have known about her talent for a while now. Olivia returns as Nini for the show's second season, out today on Disney+, and her co-stars say  they couldn't be happier about her success.

“Drivers License” blew up while Olivia was still shooting the second season and co-stars Dara Reneé, Joshua Bassett and Frankie Rodriguez say they were proud to witness one of their own having a breakout moment.

“Oh, most definitely,” Dara, who plays Kourtney, tells ABC Audio. “First of all, I'm hyping everybody on set up, so to see that she made it, I was like, ‘Oh period. Go off!’ Because I heard her writing songs and I just knew, like, 'Oh, she's talented'...I'm just so happy for her to be in the position that she is."

"She is absolutely killin' it," adds Dara. "She's a queen and go stream her album, period.”  That album, Sour, comes out May 21.

Joshua, who plays Ricky, says he knew right away that “Drivers License” would be big.

“Yeah, I remember when she posted it on Instagram, I was absolutely blown away and I knew as soon as I watched it, when it came out, I was like, 'This is gonna to be the biggest song in the world,'” he says, adding, "I'm absolutely happy for her."

Freddie, who plays Carlos, says it was cool to be able to see firsthand how it all came together.

“It's incredible to see someone, like, behind-the-scenes working on something, and then it goes out there and then it's, like, this huge thing that everyone is so, like, in love with,” he says. “It's kind of crazy.”

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Pink on so-called "rivalry" with Britney and Christina: "None of us wanted that"

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In the early 2000s, Pink, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were constantly being compared to each other and pitted against each other.  But Pink tells People that it was a media invention that upset all three of them.

"It was so unfair to all the girls," Pink, 41, says about the manufactured rivalries. "None of us wanted that."  She particularly resented that she was sometimes positioned as the "anti-Britney."

"I love Britney -- she used to carry around my album," notes Pink. "I was like, 'Dude, I'm a street punk, I just skateboard. That doesn't have to be the anti-Britney. I don't want to fight anybody.'"

Pink reveals that one of the best pieces of advice she ever got on that topic came from record executive and artist L.A. Reid, who she namechecked in her hit "Don't Let Me Get Me" -- that's the song that includes the line, "Tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears."

"What [L.A. told me] was that this music business is big enough for everybody to win at the same time," Pink recalls. "There's no such thing as competition. I think we navigated through it as good as a 20-year-old girl can. Now I think it's totally different. Girls supporting girls is rad -- I love to watch it."

One girl who Pink is supporting these days is Olivia Rodrigo.

"I love singing 'Drivers License' with my daughter," Pink tells People. "Her and her little 12-year-old friends gave me the whole lowdown on what happened between the three of them in all the songs!"

Pink's referring to the rumor that "Drivers License" -- as well as subsequent songs by singer/actor Joshua Bassett and singer/actress Sabrina Carpenter -- were all inspired by a love triangle, which has never been confirmed.

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