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Dive into Dua Lipa's new "Illusion," sip Sabrina Carpenter's piping hot "Espresso"

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Two pop divas, two new bops. That's what Dua Lipa and Sabrina Carpenter have delivered — and Dua threw in a video, as well.

Dua's released "Illusion," the third track from her album Radical Optimism, due out May 3. According to Dua, "Illusion" was the first song she and her main collaborators worked on together. "It really broke the ice for the record,” she says.

“It’s about knowing what you’re getting yourself into, but staying for the hell of it. The joke’s on them, it’s the fun of playing someone at their own game because ultimately you won’t fall for an illusion.” 

Dua wrote on Instagram, "This song started everything for this album sonically ... it has just made me even more excited for Radical Optimism in 3 WEEKS ~ aaaaahhh it’s all bloody kicking off!!!"

The music video really leans in to the aquatic theme of the album cover and the making-of video that Dua's shared. It was filmed at a famous Olympic pool complex in Barcelona with a panoramic view of the city, and features Dua and a troupe of dancers, scantily clad high divers and synchronized swimmers cavorting both in and out of the water. 

Sabrina's new single, "Espresso," is also an upbeat dance song. She sings about keeping a boy up all night, like a cup of strong coffee would, because he's dreaming of her: "Say you can't sleep, baby, I know / That's that me, espresso."

Speaking to Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe, Sabrina says of the song, "We wrote it in France and I remember it being a very, very quick process ... I think that’s why you can kind of feel how fun it is."

The "Espresso" video drops April 12 at 10 a.m. ET.

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Music Notes: Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and more

A video Miley Cyrus made in 2010 for the charitable organization To Write Love On Her Arms has gone viral because it shows Miley seemingly explaining to Joaquin Phoenix who Lady Gaga is. In the clip, Miley asks Phoenix if he knows who Lady Gaga is. Though he tries to bluff, he finally admits that he's not familiar with her music. While it's likely the exchange is scripted, the video has resurfaced now because Phoenix and Lady Gaga are co-starring in Joker: Folie à Deux. The user who posted the clip wrote, "14 years ago, Miley Cyrus educated Joaquin Phoenix on Lady Gaga and now we have the Joker 2. Thank You Miley."

Bruno Mars will headline the annual Trifecta Gala on May 8. Held ahead of the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby, the charity event will raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kentucky and will honor the contributions African Americans have made to the history of the iconic race.

Teddy Swims says he's "sobbing" after watching Kelly Clarkson perform a version of his song "Some Things I'll Never Know" on the Kellyoke segment of her talk show. Back in December, the two teamed up to perform his hit "Lose Control" on an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show

Now that Katy Perry has voiced a character on Peppa Pig, Peppa is returning the favor. The animated British pig and her pals have recorded a version of Katy's hit "Roar," which has a lyric video now and will be officially released on April 12.

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"End of the Beginning" artist Djo aka actor Joe Keery wants to tour "sooner rather than later"

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Now that Djo's song "End of the Beginning" has gone from a viral sensation to a top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit, the guy behind Djo — Stranger Things actor Joe Keery — thinks it's time for him to get out in front of fans.

In the past, Keery, who plays Steve Harrington on the hit Netflix series, hid behind the Djo name because he wanted his music to succeed on its own. Now that it has, Keery says, he's not so worried about hiding who he is.

"The fact that this all popped off naturally and happened on its own is best possible scenario for me," he tells Billboard. "I’m really happy that it has happened this way."

Asked about a tour, he says, "I’ve got a fair amount of work ahead of me on the show, but the plan would be to do that sooner rather than later. And hopefully to do it right."

"This kind of reaction to this song has been a little bit of a wake-up call like, 'Oh, people are actually listening to this! This exists in the world,'" Keery says of the song's virality. "To see that physically embodied at the shows would be overwhelming I’m sure, but extremely exciting."

"Live performance is what got me into being an artist in the first place. Just doing plays and enjoying the energy you get in a live setting. I definitely am itching to get out there. At the end of the day, it’s really about the live experience."

Keery is currently filming the final season of Stranger Things and can also be seen in Fargo season 5 as Gator, the son of Jon Hamm's character, Roy Tillman.

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Watch Meghan Trainor sing about being a dog mom in new FreshPet ad

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Meghan Trainor is a mom to two young boys, but she's also a mom of four "dog babies," as she calls them. They gave her the inspiration to write an original song about being a dog mom for the dog food brand FreshPet. The ad premiered April 11, which is National Pet Day.

As Meghan tells People, her dogs — Biggie, Roo, Lilo and Soca — are "my pack of girls," and they get along great with her sons, Riley, 3, and Barry, 9 months. All four girls co-star with Meghan in the commercial for FreshPet, in which she sings about sharing "a special kind of love" with them.

She sings, "I'm a dog mom/ my babies get the best/ settle for nothing less/ my babies get the best/ and the best is FreshPet."

And while being a boy mom and a dog mom are fine, Meghan longs to be a girl mom. She tells People, "I need my daughter. I need her because my mom and I are the closest human beings there could be. She's my best friend. She's my soulmate. And so I need my daughter, and I'm going to go get her."

But any girl-getting plans will have to wait until Meghan releases her new album, Timeless — which she tells People is "literally all upbeat, positive, love-yourself bangers that have my old school flavor with modern pop" — and completes her first tour in seven years, starting in September. She says she can't wait to see all her fans.

"We're all grown up," she notes. "Some of us have children, and I can't wait to just reconnect and dance."

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Rihanna's co-stars in new 'Smurfs' movie revealed

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Almost exactly a year ago, Rihanna surprised attendees at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to announce that she'd signed on to a new animated film, The Smurfs Movie, to provide the voice of Smurfette, contribute original music and co-produce. More details on the project have now been revealed.

The all-star cast of the film was announced at CinemaCon on April 11. Joining Rihanna on the bill are Nick Offerman, Natasha Lyonne, Dan Levy, Hannah Waddingham, Sandra Oh, Nick Kroll, James Corden, Octavia Spencer, Kurt Russell and John Goodman.

Also at the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the head of Paramount Pictures, Brian Robbins, declared that Rihanna is "the most legendary Smurfette ever." Wonder how Katy Perry feels about that? She played Smurfette in the 2011 animated movie The Smurfs.

Sadly, there was no update on any original music from the project. You may recall that Rihanna also provided the voice of Tip, one of the main characters in the 2015 animated film Home. As part of the project, she executive-produced a concept album with eight original songs. She performed three of them and co-wrote four of them.

The Smurfs Movie will arrive February 14, 2025.

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Taylor Swift's music returns to TikTok ahead of 'TTPD' release

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Taylor Swift was one of the many artists whose music became unavailable on TikTok in February due to a dispute between the social media app and Universal Music Group. But now, according to published reports, Taylor's music is back on TikTok, just in time for the release of her new album, The Tortured Poets Department.

Songs by Taylor, Lady Gaga, Drake, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Olivia Rodrigo and other top artists were pulled off the app by Universal Music Group, which distributes the music. UMG said that it couldn't come to terms with TikTok when it came to "appropriate compensation" for the artists, as well as online safety and protecting artists' careers from being harmed by AI.

Variety speculates that Taylor's music may be an exception because she owns her publishing and her masters, and that she may have made a separate deal with TikTok in order to promote The Tortured Poets Department, which is coming out April 19. When Midnights was released in 2022, Taylor provided TikTok with exclusive video content; perhaps she's looking to do something similar this time around.

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Selena Gomez's new movie musical 'Emilia Perez' to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

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Not long ago, Selena Gomez posted a photo of herself with her co-stars in the upcoming movie Emilia Perez and wrote, "Love my little family. Our movie will come out… [well] idk lol." Well, now we do know when it's coming out.

Emilia Perez, a Spanish-language movie musical directed by Jacques Audiard, will premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month. On Instagram, Selena posted a photo of herself in the film and wrote, "I’ve been waiting to show you guys this one!! I’m beyond grateful Emilia Pérez ... will premiere at @festivaldecannes in May!"

The film, described as a "musical crime comedy," is about a lawyer who has to help a Mexican cartel leader undergo sex reassignment surgery, both so he can evade the law and, as IMDb puts it, "become the woman he's always dreamed of being." The cast also includes Zoe Saldaña, Édgar Ramírez and trans actress Karla Sofía Gascón in the title role.

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"My heart!!!!!" Ariana Grande reunites with 'Wicked' cast at CinemaCon 2024 in Las Vegas

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It was Glinda and Elphaba together again as Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo made an appearance at CinemaCon 2024 in Las Vegas on April 10 on behalf of their movie, Wicked.

As People reports, other cast members joined them for the presentation, including Jonathan Bailey, Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Yeoh. Five minutes of footage was shown, including glimpses of Ariana as Glinda singing "Popular," and Ari and Cynthia singing "Defying Gravity."

According to People, Ari told the audience, "When I was 10 years old, I saw Wicked on Broadway for the first time. I remember it so clearly because that was the instant that I knew I really wanted to play Glinda one day. It became my dream role."

Cynthia added, "I was 25 and it was my birthday. I took myself to see [it] on a date by myself. But I could never have fathomed even getting the chance to actually play the iconic Wicked Witch."

Jeff Goldblum later posted a photo of him, Ariana, Cynthia, Michelle and Jonathan — along with Ariana's boyfriend, Ethan Slater, who is also in the cast — hanging out backstage. "Over the rainbow to be reunited with this magical family!" he wrote.

"My heart!!!!!" Ari responded to the pic. "A joy to be with you once again!!" Cynthia added.

Part One of Wicked will arrive in theaters November 27, with Part Two following on November 26, 2025.

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Adam Levine calls Mick Jagger’s “Moves Like Jagger” video surreal

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Last month, Mick Jagger posted a video of him dancing to a band playing Maroon 5’s hit “Moves Like Jagger,” and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine still can’t believe it. 

“It’s really surreal,” Adam shared during an appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. “It’s just one of those things you’re like, ‘Oh my, like how is this possible. What is happening. It’s bizarre.’” 

Jagger posted the video with the caption, “Moves like who!” and Maroon 5 shared their approval on Instagram with an animated "GOAT" — "Greatest of All Time" — graphic. 

Adam said that while folks probably think tons of people sent him the video after Jagger posted it, that just wasn’t the case.

“I think it was one of those like everyone thought everyone had already sent it to me thing,” Adam shared, noting he only got it from a few people. “My mom and like one of my friends sent me the video. I was shocked not more people sent it to me.”

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"Immensely grateful": Olivia Rodrigo salutes fans & crew after four-night Madison Square Garden stand

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Olivia Rodrigo ended the first North American leg of her GUTS World Tour on April 9 with four shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, and on April 11, she took to Instagram to thank everyone involved, from the people behind the scenes to the fans in front of the stage.

"4 nights at madison square garden!!! whatta way to end this leg of the tour," she wrote. "immensely grateful for all the wonderful people who work so hard on making this show happen every night and thankful for everyone who has bought tickets and jumped and screamed and sang along with me."

She also offered "massive thanks to the magical songwriting genius @jewel for singing one of my all time favs with me the other night. see u soon europe!!!!" As previously reported, Jewel joined Olivia for a duet of her signature song "You Were Meant for Me."

Olivia's post included pics and footage of the shows, video of her and Jewel performing, and a photo of her posing with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne of legendary band Talking Heads.

Also included is a photo of her bestie Conan Gray posing in a tank top that reads, "U call urself a Livie? Name 10 Olivia Rodriguez songs..." — yes, with her name misspelled "Rodriguez." Plus, there's a photo of Olivia's other bestie, Madison Hu, holding a hand-drawn poster of Olivia, presumably from a young fan.

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Mariah Carey adds dates to Las Vegas residency show 'The Celebration of Mimi'

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Mariah Carey's Las Vegas residency The Celebration of Mimi launches April 12 at Dolby Live at Park MGM, but she's already extended her run.

Originally scheduled to run for eight shows throughout April, the residency has now added eight new performances: three in July and five in August. Tickets go on sale April 19 at 10 a.m. PT via ticketmaster.com/MariahVegas. Presales start April 12; visit citientertainment.com for more details.

The shows will mark the impending 20th anniversary of Mariah's 2005 album, The Emancipation of Mimi, and also include Mariah's iconic hits and fan favorites. 

The new dates going on sale are: July 26, 27, 31, August 2, 3, 7, 9 and 10.

Mariah and her concert promoter, Live Nation Las Vegas, are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to The Fresh Air Fund's Camp Mariah, a three-week summer camp for kids ages 11-15.

 

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Adam Levine talks Las Vegas residency, previews new Maroon 5 album on 'The Tonight Show'

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine dropped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday, April 10, to talk about the band's upcoming Las Vegas residency dates and their new album. He also joined host Jimmy Fallon for one of his recurring bits, "Wheel of Musical Impressions."

Recalling Maroon 5's Las Vegas debut last year, Adam noted that it was a challenge at first, since the audiences had a more casual interest in the band, as opposed to the rabid fans that attend their regular concerts. However, he says the experience was also "something different for the band, and it kind of injected new life into the way we perform."

Besides, added Adam, the luxury of playing the same venue every night does make it "kinda just feel like home."

Adam also offered a preview of what fans can expect from Maroon 5's upcoming album -- their first since 2021's Jordi, due out this year -- which he says will be a throwback to their old sound.

"I think for the first time in kind of, like, 13 years, I've decided to, like, take the reins back in the songwriting part of it and make sure the ideas come from either myself or the band," Adam explained. "Which is, I think, gonna make it sound like it did in the very beginning."

Later, Adam and Jimmy played "Wheel of Musical Impressions," during which they sang children's songs in the style of contemporary artists. Wednesday's challenges included Adam singing "The Hokey Pokey" in the style of Dave Matthews, the Bee Gees doing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Prince singing "Twinkle Tinkle Little Star." The two then teamed up for a performance of "If You're Happy and You Know It" in the style of Bruce Springsteen.

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Music Notes: Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa and more

Olivia Rodrigo didn't just have a special guest onstage for her final New York City show on April 9 -- she had special guests backstage, as well. As previously reported, Jewel joined Liv onstage for a duet, but backstage, she hung out with some of her castmates from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, including Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Joe Serafini and Frankie Rodriguez. Also in the house were Olivia's bestie Conan Gray and Heartstopper star Joe Locke, who were seen dancing together in the audience.

Dua Lipa has dropped a snippet of the video for her new single "Illusion," which is coming out April 11 at 6 p.m. ET. From what we can see, there's a lot of choreography, including some synchronized swimming scenes.

Meanwhile, Sabrina Carpenter has also released a snippet of the video for her new song, "Espresso," which comes out April 11 at 8 p.m. ET, with the video following on April 12 at 10 a.m. ET. From what we can see, it's directed by Dave Meyers and features a dude with his shirt off.

Selena Gomez and boyfriend Benny Blanco are "so in love," an insider tells People magazine. "It’s a very serious relationship, and they’re making long distance work while she’s in New York for work commitments." The insider added, "Benny makes her feel special and they try to see each other as much as possible. She really does feel like it’s the best she’s ever been treated by a guy, and she’s had a certain glow since they started dating."

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ZAYN announces track list for 'Room Under the Stairs'

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ZAYN has announced the track list for his upcoming album via Instagram.

Room Under the Stairs will have 15 tracks, including the already released "What I Am" and "Alienated," a new single that's coming out on April 12. ZAYN says he wrote that song first, and it helped him "mold and shape the sound" of the rest of the album.

"I don't even know what to call it, genrewise," he adds of "Alienated." "Because I don't want to say country, 'cause I don't think it is country. I think it's my version of, like, blues."

The entire album comes out May 17. Here's the track list:

"Dreamin'"
"What I Am"
"Grateful"
"Alienated"
"My Woman"
"How It Feels"
"Stardust"
"Gates of Hell"
"Birds on a Cloud"
"Concrete Kisses"
"False Starts"
"The Time"
"Something in the Water"
"Shoot at Will"
"Fuchsia Sea"

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Ryan Gosling & Emily Blunt choose favorite Taylor Swift songs; 'TTPD' bonus tracks are available again

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In Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt's new movie The Fall Guy, there's a scene where Blunt's character catches Gosling's character, Colt, crying in a car while listening to Taylor Swift's "All Too Well." But it turns out Gosling didn't have to stretch too far to play someone who loves Taylor's music.

In an interview with Fandango, Gosling was asked, "Who is the bigger Swiftie, Colt or Ryan Gosling?" "Oh, Ryan Gosling," the Oscar nominee replied. 

"You're a Swiftie? Big time?" the interviewer asked. "Who isn't?" said Blunt.

Asked to name their favorite Taylor track, Ryan said, "I don't know, I mean, 'All Too Well' right now has a soft spot in my heart." Blunt responded, "I'd say 'Cruel Summer' is pretty up there for me."

Meanwhile, with just about a week to go before the release of The Tortured Poets Department, the woman herself is making those variant vinyls with the exclusive bonus tracks available again for 48 hours. You can choose from "The Bolter," "The Black Dog," "The Manuscript" or "The Albatross" — or collect all four. We promise we won't tell Billie Eilish.

(Taylor talk comes 18:39 into the video below.)

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