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Jessica Simpson is planning new music and a tour for 2024

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On November 29 in New York City, Jessica Simpson was honored with the Icon Award at the Footwear News Achievement Awards -- aka the "Shoe Oscars" -- for her billion-dollar Jessica Simpson Footwear line.  But next year, the former reality star is getting back to her original job: music.

Speaking to Footwear News, Jessica says she's been recording new music in Nashville. She plans to release it in 2024, and follow that up with a tour.  "Writing music has become a beautiful therapeutic thing for me that I didn’t know was so natural, but it’s because I haven’t done it in so long," she tells the publication.

Noting that she feels "so enlightened" in the studio, the "I Wanna Love You Forever" singer adds, "It’s just nice to know that I’m meeting myself back in this place, as a woman, and after going through everything that I’ve been through in my life. There’s a sense of freedom and empowerment.”

When a new album does emerge, it'll be her first in more than 13 years: Her last release was 2010's Happy Christmas, while her last non-holiday album, Do You Know, came out in 2008.

As for her Icon Award, Jessica feels she deserves it. "An icon is someone who is not afraid to take risks,” she explains. “And often, their choices don’t make sense in the immediate, but they’re part of an enlightened understanding of the big picture. It’s someone who transcends a particular time or place and defines a moment.”

Given that Jessica defines the exact Y2K moment that people are so nostalgic for these days, she has a good shot at a warm reception for her new music.

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Music notes: Sabrina Carpenter, BTS and more

Sabrina Carpenter has commented on the controversy over her "Feather" music video, which was partially filmed inside of a Catholic church. In response to backlash she's received, Sabrina shook off the haters with a clever joke. "We got approval in advance," Sabrina told Variety, "and Jesus was a carpenter."

Our first look at the eight-part docuseries all about BTS is here. The new trailer for BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star has dropped, showing exactly how you'll follow the journey of the band as they document their 10-year career. The first two episodes drop on December 20, only on Disney+. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Speaking of BTS, member Jung Kook has announced a new version of his song "Standing Next to You," featuring Usher. The track arrives Friday, December 1. "This remix adds a velvety touch to the energetic vibe of the original version, showcasing the synergy between the two artists in full force," a statement from Big Hit Music reads.

Taylor Swift's Eras era is shaping up to be her most successful yet. According to Billboard estimates, The Eras Tour is set to become the highest-grossing global tour of all time. While official revenue and attendance records have not been reported, Billboard estimates an average of about $14 million was made per show.

Ta-da! For her next trick, Dua Lipa will release an extended edit of her new single, "Houdini," on Thursday. "It's partyyy seasooonnnnn. I really wanted to make an extended version of Houdini for you guys to dance to so Houdini Extended Edit is out tomorrow at midnight wherever you are!" Dua texted all fans on her mailing list on Wednesday.

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Watch Demi Lovato bake, craft and dance in trailer for 'A Very Demi Holiday Special'

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Demi Lovato's holiday special on The Roku Channel features all your favorite holiday traditions — with a twist.

In the trailer for A Very Demi Holiday Special, you can see Demi baking — except she's doing it with Paris Hilton, who declares her cake "hot." You can also see her learning how to dance to The Nutcracker — but she's doing it with Trixie Mattel. And she's also seen making her own ugly Christmas sweater — with Tiffany Haddish — while Hailey Bieber is seen opening gifts. Sportscaster Rich Eisen is also part of the festivities ... somehow.

Of course, Demi sings, as well: In the trailer, she belts out "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and is also joined by singer JoJo. You can also expect to hear "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," as well as Demi's own hits.

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Is Dove Cameron dating Måneskin singer Damiano David?

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We don't know if Dove Cameron is "Beggin'" for a declaration of love from Måneskin singer Damiano David, but the two sure do look cozy together in a series of photos published in an Italian magazine.

The magazine, Chi, posted pictures of the singer/actress and the Italian rocker holding hands and kissing each other while hanging out at Australia's Bondi Beach.

Dove's debut album, Alchemical — the first part of a two-part project — is dropping on Friday. She says the album features songs she wrote "during a period of deep healing and space to process that i had never given myself." The video for her song "Sand" came out earlier this week.

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Paris Hilton says she cried when she read what Britney Spears wrote about her in new memoir

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Paris Hilton and Britney Spears were hounded — and some might say vilified — by the press back in the day, but they're still friends today. That's why Paris says she was so touched when she read what Britney wrote about her in her memoir, The Woman in Me.

While appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, Paris was asked for her reaction to Britney writing in her book, "One of the people who was kindest to me when I really needed kindness was Paris Hilton.”

“I was crying when I read that, that really touched me,” Paris told Kelly. "She’s just so strong, I love her so much and I’m just so proud of her for speaking her truth and writing this whole book and, yeah, that quote meant a lot to me when I read it.”

When Britney married Sam Asghari in 2022, Paris was one of only about 60 people who attended the wedding, along with Selena GomezMadonnaDonatella Versace and Drew Barrymore. She later told Entertainment Tonight, "It was just such a beautiful, intimate affair and it was unforgettable, and a fairy tale and I was just so proud to be there for her." 

Sam announced in August 2023 that he and Britney had split.

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Michael Jackson scores third Billion View video; Katy Perry adds her seventh

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Despite making some of the most iconic ones ever, not many of Michael Jackson's music videos have actually managed to hit a billion views on YouTube. The late King of Pop has just added a third video to his tally.

MJ's video for his 1983 #1 hit "Beat It" has just entered the Billion Views Club, joining "Billie Jean" and "They Don't Care About Us."

Meanwhile, Katy Perry has just scored her seventh Billion Views club entry: her clip for "The One that Got Away." Her love interest in that video is played by Diego Luna, who's known for playing Cassian Andor in both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and in the Disney+ series Andor. Her other Billion View videos include "Firework," "Roar," "Dark Horse" and "Wide Awake.

Other new entries in YouTube's Billion Views Club this week include "Locked Away," a 2015 top 10 hit by R. City that features Maroon 5's Adam LevineRihanna's 2010 #1 hit "What's My Name?" featuring Drake; and Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks."

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Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish booked for 'Saturday Night Live'

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NBC's Saturday Night Live is offering up a one-two punch of Grammy-winning pop superstars next month.

On December 9Adam Driver will host the show, with Olivia Rodrigo as the musical guest. Then, on December 16Billie Eilish will be the musical guest on a show hosted by former SNL cast member Kate McKinnon.

This will be Billie's third time on SNL: She was a musical guest for the first time in 2019 and then was both host and musical guest in 2021. Her pairing with McKinnon is apt since she wrote and recorded the Grammy-nominated song "What Was I Made For?" for the soundtrack to Barbie, in which the actress starred.

Olivia's first SNL performance was in 2021, but she made her first impact on the show a month before her appearance: Her song "drivers license" became the subject of a hilarious sketch in which all the male cast members, plus host Regé-JeanPage, argued in a bar over the song's meaning. At the time, Olivia called the sketch "a dream come true that I didn't even know I had."

As previously reported, the December 2 episode will feature Noah Kahan as the musical guest.

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Ally Brooke is "trying" to reunite Fifth Harmony

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Earlier this year, Ally Brooke reconnected with her former Fifth Harmony group mate Dinah Jane at a party, and now, she's apparently working on "some sort of reunion," she tells Billboard.

"We’re women now and we have grown so much and we have done our own thing, gone our own ways and gone our own path. And now we’re together in a different light,” she explains, adding, "I’m trying to reunite with them, so I think some sort of reunion may happen.”

In 2018, Fifth Harmony, which at that point included Ally, Dinah Jane, Normani and Lauren Jauregui, went on an indefinite hiatus. Camila Cabello left the group in 2016.

Meanwhile, after dabbling in Latin music, Ally has returned to pop with her single "Gone to Bed." She tells Billboard, "There is 100 percent an album, but that will be for next year ... [w]e’re just beginning to work on it and we have a lot that’s in store.”

Ally also has a holiday EP out called Under the Tree, which features the title track and her take on three Christmas classics.

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Travis Kelce scores his first 'Billboard' #1 hit with charity Christmas single

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he score right now is Travis, two, Taylor...too many to count.

Taylor Swift's boyfriend, Travis Kelce, has now officially racked up his first Billboard #1 hit -- on two different charts.  "Fairytale of Philadelphia," his and his brother Jason's charity remake of The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York," has topped the publication's Rock Digital Songs Sales tally, where it's outselling — among other songs — The Beatles' newly released song, "Now and Then."

The song is also #1 on the Holiday Digital Song Sales chart, outselling holiday tracks by Meghan Trainor, Cher and Mariah Carey.

As previously reported, the song, which has lyrics altered to refer to Philly rather than New York, appears on the benefit album A Philly Special Christmas Special, due out December 1. In addition to Philadelphia Eagle Jason Kelce, it features other members of the Eagles, as well as Philly musical icon Patti LaBelle.

Proceeds from vinyl sales of the album go to the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s toy drive and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s snowflake station.

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From TikTok, SMITH squeezes onto the charts with "Lemon"

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The one-named artist known as SMITH went viral on TikTok over the summer with her song "Lemon," and then it became a radio hit. Not bad for a song SMITH says was inspired by a fight.

"I wrote that in relation to an argument I was having with my partner and I started hating all the lyrics I was writing," she tells ABC Audio. "They just seemed, like, self-serving and melodramatic and ridiculous. And I wasn't entertained by it."

"And so I kind of thought, so how can I make it kind of about what it's like to be dealing with me?" she laughs. "And then, I don't want to say a bunch of bad things about myself, because that's not helpful. So how can I make it kind of, like, metaphorical, kind of funny and have some self-awareness?"

The way she did it was to compare herself to a lemon, singing, "Lemon wants to be sweet like a peach/ But lemon knows it’ll always be pretty bitter." 

"It was just more, like, how in relationships, you know, you can be difficult," says SMITH. "I think those are characteristics about myself that are true ... but it's not necessarily my outlook."

As for why she decided to compare herself to a lemon, well, it's because they're everywhere in her house.

"It started [with] hearing some Zen thing that was about, you know, you keep nine lemons in a bowl to keep good energy in your room," she explains. "So I started doing that for a long time. I think that's where kind of the metaphor started, was me seeing those lemons. And I have blond hair, my hair looks like a lemon."

If you prefer seasonal flavors, SMITH also has a holiday song out, "Stay With Me Santa."

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Taylor Swift celebrates Spotify Top Global Artist title by putting "You're Losing Me (From the Vault)" on streaming

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Taylor Swift has been named Spotify's Top Global Artist of 2023, and to mark that milestone, she's given fans something they've been asking for for a while.

On X, formerly Twitter, Taylor wrote, "Um ok this is unreal?? I just wanted to say to anyone who listened to my music this year, anywhere in the world, thank you. Getting named Spotify’s Global Top Artist in 2023 is truly the best birthday/holiday gift you could’ve given me. We’ve seriously had THE MOST fun this year out there on tour and now this. Are you serious."

"So I was trying to think of a way to thank you, and a lot of you have been asking me to put 'You’re Losing Me (From the Vault)' on streaming... so here you go! You can finally listen EVERYWHERE now," she added.

The song originally appeared on the CD-only Late Night Edition of Midnights, which was originally only available for purchase by fans who attended Taylor's Eras Tour date in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The song was later made available as a limited time only download on Taylor's web store.

Fans have long believed that the song is about Taylor's breakup with her longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn, due to lyrics that reflect a relationship in trouble. Taylor sings, “And I wouldn't marry me either/ A pathological people pleaser/ Who only wanted you to see her." 

Other lyrics include, "You say, ‘I don't understand,’ and I say, ‘I know you don’t’/ We thought a cure would come through in time, now, I fear it won’t" and "Stop, you're losin' me/I can't find a pulse/My heart won't start anymore for you."

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Taylor Swift is Spotify's most-streamed global artist for 2023, "Flowers" is top global song

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Spotify has released its end-of-year stats, featuring the top artists, songs, albums and podcasts of 2023. To the surprise of nobody, Taylor Swift is the platform's most-streamed artist globally, with more than 26 billion streams since January 1.

To mark this accomplishment, Spotify has made it so that when you play a Taylor Swift song, the progress bar will change to match the song's Era color and the progress button will become a sparkle. Top Taylor listeners will also receive a special thank-you message from her.

Bad BunnyThe Weeknd and Drake are numbers 2, 3 and 4, respectively, on the list of top streamed artists globally.

As far as Spotify's top global songs, Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" was number one, followed by SZA's "Kill Bill," Harry Styles' "As It Was" and "Seven" by Jung Kook of BTS featuring Latto. Also in the top 10: "Calm Down," "Anti-Hero" and "Cruel Summer."

The most-streamed global album was, for the second year in a row, Bad Bunny's Un Verano Sin Ti. That was followed by Swift's Midnights, SZA's SOS and The Weekend's Starboy.

The top songs for the U.S. only were slightly different: Morgan Wallen's "Last Night" was tops, followed by "Kill Bill" and "Flowers." In addition, Morgan's One Thing at a Time was the #1 streamed album of 2023 in the U.S., followed by SOS and Midnights.

Spotify users can also access their personal Wrapped experiences starting Wednesday.

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Bruno Mars opening Las Vegas jazz bar The Pinky Ring

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When Bruno Mars performs in Las Vegas, he usually does it at the Dolby Live Theater at Park MGM. But he's moving over to another hotel for his latest Sin City venture: a bar.

Bruno is teaming up with Bellagio Resort & Casino to open The Pinky Ring — described as a "one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge and jazz bar" — next year. 

In a statement, the Grammy-winning star said, "I’ve been performing in Vegas for years, and I’ve always wanted a place where I could throw glamorous parties when I’m in town. A place that felt like my personal penthouse suite, with live music and sensational cocktails. The Pinky Ring is that.”

The new club will feature "moody" lighting, live music and DJs spinning vinyl, a "specialty bar program" and top-notch audio. It'll be located right on Bellagio's casino floor and will open in early 2024.

Bruno's next shows in Las Vegas are at Dolby Live on December 22, 23, 28, 30 and 31. Before that, he'll play at the Hard Rock Live Hollywood at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on December 7 and 8.


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Music notes: Charli XCX, Ariana Grande and more

Charli XCX is engaged to The 1975 drummer George Daniel. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, November 28, Charli shared a batch of photos featuring her and Daniel embracing, as well a picture of an engagement ring in its box. In the caption, she wrote, "charli xcx and george daniel f****** for life!!!"

We've had Ariana Grande's "Santa Tell Me" for almost a decade. The pop star celebrated the nine-year anniversary of her Christmas song over on TikTok. Ari posted a clip filled with bloopers from the track's music video shoot from back in 2014. "tis the season!" she captioned the video, alongside hearts and a face emoji shedding a single tear. "almost ten years ago."

The music video for Dove Cameron's "Sand" is here. The single is from the first volume of her two-part debut album, Alchemical: Volume 1, which releases December 1. On a molten lava-covered landscape, Dove plays the piano as she sings the haunted ballad. She is later joined by a dancer, who holds her close as they perform together. 

It appears Travis Kelce bought Taylor Swift a custom basketball jersey from his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati. This news comes from Nancy Ross, a sewing operator at Koch Sporting Goods. She posted the jersey to her Facebook page. "Well today I received the order for [Travis] Kelce," her caption read. "UC Jorden [sic] men’s basketball jerseys sets for him and his brother and two friends, and of course his girl." Taylor's jersey is emblazoned with her lucky number 13, of course. 

Dua Lipa is returning to The Tonight Show. The Grammy winner will sit down with Jimmy Fallon for the Monday, December 4, show.

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Prince William tells Rolling Stones member he'll come see them — if Taylor Swift is there

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Future King of England Prince William has already been revealed as a fan of AC/DC, but it turns out he's apparently a Swiftie, too.

The British magazine Hello! reports that at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London on November 27, William got to chatting with guitarist Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, who'll be heading out on tour next year. Wood subsequently told Hello!, "We were talking about the tour and I said 'Come on, you've got to come out on tour!' And we were talking about the new album and everything."

"William said [he would] if we could get Taylor Swift there."

Wood said that when he informed William that Taylor had previously duetted with Stones frontman Mick Jagger — she joined the Stones onstage in 2013 and he joined her onstage in 2015 — William replied, "I'm there, then."

William and Mick happen to have that in common. At a charity fundraiser in 2013, William got pulled onstage to sing "Livin' on a Prayer" with Taylor and Jon Bon Jovi.

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