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Kelly Clarkson is probably putting a big red "X" around the date of January 7, 2022, because that's when she'll be officially single and ready to mingle once again.

According to legal documents obtained by ABC News, Kelly's marriage to Brandon Blackstock will be officially over on that date.  The two married in October of 2013, and Kelly filed for divorce in June of 2020.  She and Brandon have two children together: daughter River, 7, and son Remington, 5.  

The legal documents also state that as of now, Kelly can legally be known as Kelly Brianne Clarkson once again.  She changed her name to Kelly Blackstock when she and Brandon wed.

Kelly released her aptly named new single "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)" earlier this week. Her holiday album When Christmas Comes Around... arrives October 15.

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While BTS' career has been going great over the past 20 months, they opened up in an exclusive interview with ABC News about the mental toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on them.

"I have been having a lot of negative thoughts and questioning my purpose in life," BTS' Jimin said. "I hope that COVID ends quickly and we can get back to doing the performances we love." 

Noting that he's struggling with a "sense of isolation and that everything has come to a halt," Suga says he'd like everyone to work together to stop the pandemic's progress, "so we can emerge from this isolation and depression a bit faster."

J-Hope said that he misses "the trivial daily part of life…When we travel or go on tour, people gather in groups and talk to us…I get an energy from those moments that I haven't been able to feel lately."

As for V, he misses the fans the most. "It's been almost a year and a half, two years since I've had real eye contact with ARMYs," he said. "Since I don't see [them] in person, I sometimes wonder if they really exist."

"Rather than photoshoots or TV shows, I could do concerts all day long. That's the biggest loss for me," said Jungkook.

J-Hope added that he hopes that "many people get vaccinated, and it becomes possible for us to safely have a concert."

"We sympathize with people who fear vaccines, because it's a change," noted Jin. "It's understandable to be wary of something that didn't exist before. But I believe that if we're afraid of the past, we won't be able to make progress. We need to be more positive about the vaccine in order to create a better future."

 

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Imagine having Bruno Mars as your wedding singer.  It happened for one extremely rich couple last weekend, according to The New York Post.

Troy Brown, whose dad is the CEO of Motorola, got married to Kristin Ryan at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, MA, reports the newspaper. After the dinner part of the evening, a marching bad led guests to a "secret speakeasy," where they had to give the password "Magic," along with keys that said "Join us in room 24."

Of course, that was a reference to Bruno's hit "24K Magic," and inside the speakeasy, the Grammy-winning superstar performed for guests.  We're not sure how much Bruno got paid, but according to Scarlet Events, a luxury party planner, his fee for a private party starts at $3 million.

Bruno is currently working with singer Anderson. Paak in the duo Silk Sonic.  Their debut album will arrive in early 2022.

 

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This Saturday, it's Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour event that spans six continents and features more than 50 artists, from Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, to Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato, Elton John, BTS and Metallica.  But as Global Citizen co-founder Hugh Evans explains, this event isn't designed to raise money. It's supposed to inspire people to demand government action on issues like poverty, climate change and vaccine equity.

"We don't want your money. This is not a telethon. We want you to take action because your voice is more powerful than your wallet," explains Global Citizen co-founder Hugh Evans. "If everyone works together and we all call on the U.S. government to step up in unison, then the government will step up."

"We need not just the U.S. government to step up: We need the entire G20 to step up," he notes. "Because issues like climate change or global hunger or vaccine equity, these can't be solved by any one nation."

Evans says of the star-studded lineup, which also includes Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez and Adam Lambert, "These artists are some of the greatest young artists of our generation...they are utterly breathtaking artists. And I think the fact that they're all uniting for this once-in-a-generation moment this Saturday is amazing. We just want to encourage everyone across America to tune in to ABC and be part of this."

Of course, attempting to watch all 24 hours will be tough, but Evans laughs, "Stay awake for as long as you can. I encourage you definitely stay awake until at least 2:00 a.m. Eastern because the performances are just off the charts!"

You can watch on ABC News Live, Apple TV, Twitter, all the Global Citizen channels and more.

Here's a partial list of who'll be appearing where:

NEW YORK
Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Cyndi Lauper, Burna Boy, Jon Batiste, Lang Lang

PARIS
Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Charlie Puth, Doja Cat, DJ Snake, Black Eyed Peas, Christine and the Queens, Måneskin

LONDON, ENGLAND
Nile Rodgers and Chic, Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Rag’n’Bone Man

LOS ANGELES
Stevie Wonder, Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna,
Migos, The Lumineers, 5 Seconds of Summer

AROUND THE WORLD:  
The Fugees, BTS, Lorde, Metallica, Usher, Keith Urban, Andrea Bocelli, Green Day, Ricky Martin

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Oops...they did it again: made another Britney Spears documentary.

Tonight at 10 p.m. ET, it's the premiere of Controlling Britney Spears on FX and Hulu, which is somewhat of a sequel to Framing Britney Spears from earlier this year, Variety reports.  Director Samantha Stark returns to focus on Britney's conservatorship.

Variety quotes Stark as saying that after Britney told a judge earlier this year that she hadn't spoken up about her conservatorship previously because she felt people wouldn't believe her, it inspired insiders to come forward and back up Britney's claims with evidence.  These insiders describe Britney's daily life and the kind of surveillance she's been under over the past 13 years.

Framing Britney Spears reignited the #FreeBritney movement, and on September 29, a court hearing will bring her one step closer to the termination of her conservatorship, which she's said she's wanted for years.

Meanwhile, Netflix is airing its Britney conservatorship doc, Britney vs. Spears, on September 28.

As for Britney herself, she took to Instagram to reminisce about the 2001 VMAs, during which she did her famous "I'm a Slave 4 U" dance with a huge snake and other animals.  Posting a series of photos of herself from that night with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, she writes, " I will tell you this...before I went on that night I was feeling kinda out of body with nerves...I mean...I was in a cage with a live tiger!!!!!"

"I will never forget the moment before I went in the cage!!!! Justin [Timberlake] saw I could hardly talk so he held my hand and gave me a 5 minute pep talk which obviously worked!!!"

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Ever wonder how The Spice Girls got their iconic nicknames?  Melanie C, a.k.a. Sporty Spice, revealed the answer in a recent interview with E!'s Daily Pop.

"Originally, when we were forming as a girl band, we were trying to find out a look," she explained.  However, she says they were "uncomfortable" all dressing alike, as was typical for pop bands at the time.

So one day, she and her singing partners, which included Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton, noticed they all had their own distinctive sense of style -- Mel C in her sweatpants, Geri in something quirky and Mel B like "a leopard."

Mel C says they thought, "We kind of look great as this mish-mash, let's just do it."

And subsequently, when a London-based magazine gave each Spice Girl a nickname -- Baby, Sporty, Ginger, etc. -- based on their respective styles, Mel C says they decided to "embrace them and run with it."

Mel C is a contestant on this season's Dancing with the Stars and even channeled her Sporty Spice alter ego for the premiere: She and her partner Gleb Savchenko danced to the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group's debut album, Spice.

Dancing with the Stars, now in its 30th season, airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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As the lyrics say, they "come from different sides" -- of the world, but Coldplay and BTS have managed to blend both of their styles into their upbeat new collaboration, "My Universe."

The song and its lyric video are out now, with the song's words in English and Korean displayed in handwritten fonts over a cosmic background.

An official video, directed by Dave Meyers, is "coming very soon."

"My Universe" is the second single from Coldplay's upcoming album Music of the Spheres, due out October 15.

As previously reported, on Sunday, September 26, at 8 a.m. ET, a documentary about the song called Inside My Universe will premiere. Later that day, look for the release of an acoustic version of "My Universe," as well as a "Supernova 7" mix, at 7 p.m. ET.

Both Coldplay and BTS are taking part in the Global Citizen Live 24-hour streaming even that starts on Saturday on ABC News Live and various other platforms.

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Beyoncé is letting fans know that she sees no problem with growing older, and neither should they.  That's why she openly celebrated her age in a heartfelt letter expressing why she welcomed her 40th birthday with open arms.

On her official website, the multi-Grammy winner shared a handwritten note thanking those who helped celebrate her milestone birthday, which is September 4.

"This is the first year that I really understand what it means to be alive and to live in the moment," she penned in bold black marker. "It's the first time that I have an understanding of how fragile life truly is, how hard life can be at times, and therefore how important it is to stop and smell the roses during the good times."

"I thought I knew that at 21 or 30...but I didn't," Bey continued. "The more mature I become, the more I understand and the deeper my joy grows...I'm finally giving myself permission to enjoy the seeds I've worked so hard to plant my whole life."

Beyoncé then took a stand against the idea that women have an expiration date or lose value after they reach a certain age.

"Whoever tried to condition women to feel that we are supposed to feel old or unhappy when we turn 40 got it ALL THE WAY F'd UP," the Emmy nominee declared in capital letters. "It has absolutely been the best I've felt in my life.  I'm so grateful to be GROWN, GROWN!"

Beyoncé closed her letter with a reminder that a good portion of her followers first met her when she was 15, when she was a member of Destiny's Child, and that she is honored to have been able to "bring a little joy" into her fans' lives over the many years.

 

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Alessia Cara is releasing her new album In the Meantime today, but tomorrow, she'll be one of more than 50 artists appearing on Global Citizen Live, which is being held worldwide over 24 hours.  Alessia will be in New York with Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Jennifer Lopez, while others will be performing in cities from Paris to Sydney.  Alessia says she feels that since she does have a platform, she might as well use it to support things that she believes in.

"We have artists and people in the spotlight -- whether they're on TV or on the radio or have any sort of soapbox to stand on -- you know, we have access to so many ears and eyes," the Grammy-winning Canadian star points out. "And I feel like it's sometimes a waste if you're just being greedy with it and just doing it for selfish reasons."

"Not that if you don't participate in charity things, you're a selfish person," she clarifies. "But I always feel like...since I have this platform, like I might as well help out as much as possible."

She continues, "It's obviously wonderful to do it in your small community, but if you have access to tons of people, like, why not spread the message further, and do what you can?"

"So I always feel like it's important to do my part as a citizen of the world and as someone with a platform, to talk about things that I believe in, and that are important to me," Alessia declares.

Global Citizen Live, which will air on ABC News Live and other platforms, urges people to take action by asking world leaders to come together to end COVID-19, hunger and poverty, and protect the environment.

 

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Just four months after welcoming their first child together, Jason Derulo and his girlfriend Jena Frumes have broken up.

The couple started dating in March of 2020, and Jena has been a constant presence in Jason's TikTok videos.  The two welcomed son Jason King on May 8.

On Twitter today, Jason wrote, "Jena and I have decided to part ways. She is an amazing mother but we feel being apart at this time will allow us to be the best versions of ourselves and the best parents we could be. Pls respect our privacy in this time."

Jason and Jena have the same birthday -- September 21 -- and People captured an Instagram post Jenna put up Wednesday showing the two marking the occasion in Aspen, Colorado -- a post she later deleted.

"Blessed to share the same day of birth with my lover. You are the most handsome, hardworking, talented, silly, loving human ever," Jena wrote about Jason in the post. "You truly make me whole and I'm so grateful for the love we share. You and our mini make me the happiest girl in the world and I can't wait to make more memories with you guys."

She continued, "I know I'm a tough cookie but you make me soft and accept me for who I am and I'm forever grateful for that. Cheers to another year! I love you so much, forever."

Although she deleted that post, her Insta is still filled with pics of Jason.  And Jena is still on Jason's Instagram as well.

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Some of music's biggest names, from Dua Lipa, Adam Levine and Justin Timberlake to Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga, are calling on entertainment industry leaders to demand action on climate change from Congress.

In a letter addressed to the heads of companies like Facebook, Netflix, Sony, Disney, Apple, Google and Amazon, the artists, working with the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, state that the bosses are "needed to lead our community’s call for action and embrace this vision for a better world."

"Now is the time to use your influence to shape our future," the letter continues. "Congress needs to hear you demand, unequivocally, that it put forward and pass the most ambitious climate change agenda in U.S. history."

The letter asks that the business leaders "demand publicly and loudly that our senators and representatives" pass legislation that is currently before them.  The legislation, the letter claims, will "create healthier communities, put millions to work in clean energy jobs, and free us from the fossil fuels that are driving climate change."

The artists go in to say that they'll be using their own platforms to remind all Americans to tell their senators and representatives in Congress that they "demand climate action now," by taking up the president's agenda.

"Tweet. Post. E-mail. Call. Whatever it takes," the letter concludes. "This is our moment, and there is no time to waste."

Others who signed the letter include Barbra Streisand, Alessia Cara, Camila Cabello, John Legend, Lorde, Ryan Tedder, Selena Gomez, Shakira, Demi Lovato and Coldplay, as well as stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.J. Abrams, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and Ellen DeGeneres, among many others.

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Courtesy Netflix

Britney Spears' fiancé, Sam Asghari, isn't exactly thrilled about the fact that Netflix is streaming a documentary about his future wife, if a comment he made on Netflix's Instagram page can be believed.

Britney vs. Spears promises a deep dive into Britney's conservatorship, and Netflix says it's based on years of research, documents, voicemails and texts. It was not made with Britney's involvement, however.  When Netflix posted the trailer for the doc, called Britney vs. Spears, on Instagram Wednesday, Sam jumped into the comments section and wrote, "I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney."

Then Bobby Campbell, who is Lady Gaga's manager, chimed in: "How much money is being made by third parties from this documentary leveraging Britney’s personal story and its value in the media?"

"There needs to be transparency about how or whether the filmmakers are profiting from this doc, or if they are donating their fees to Britney’s legal defense, or to legal defense funds to aide those who do not have the financial resources to fight against undue conservatorships," Campbell continued. "Even if it is in support of freeing Britney, this appears that it could be exploitative."

Sam replied "100%" to Campbell's comments.

However, fans weren't pleased with either man's comments.  As one pointed out, "We know these docs make money using Britney's name. But we can't deny that the free Britney movement gained momentum after they were aired."

Fans also tore Campbell apart, accusing him of doing nothing to help Britney, and urging him to insist that Lady Gaga support Britney publicly. They also accused him of being friends with Lou M.Taylor, Britney's former business manager, who some fans believe is the "secret mastermind" behind the conservatorship.

Britney vs Spears streams Sept. 28 on Netflix.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MUSIC IN COLOR by BEHR (PRNewsfoto/Behr Paint)

Are you one of those people who sees or thinks in colors when they hear music? Well, that's technically called "synesthesia," but it's also apparently the theme of a new ad campaign that teams Katy Perry with BEHR paints and Spotify.

The idea of the "Music In Color" campaign is that every song suggests a specific color -- a BEHR paint color, natch.  If you go to BehrMusicInColor.com and type in any song on Spotify -- let's say it's Katy's hit "Teenage Dream" -- it'll analyze it and tell you, "This song is in the key of..." and then it'll display a BEHR paint color. For "Teenage Dream," it's a light-blue color called "Sea of Tranquility." 

If you plug in, say, Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar," you find out its color is "Joyful Orange."  A classic like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"?  It's a greenish shade called "Beta Fish." Fun, right?

However, it should be noted that all the colors you'll see are chosen from the 12 in what BEHR calls its Katy Palette.  In a one-minute short film, Katy shows off the palette by literally dialing up her hits. As she does so, she and the white room she's in are automatically transformed into a different color.  "Never Really Over" is yellow, "Waking Up in Vegas" is red, and so on.

"When I write a song, I almost always have a simultaneous sense of the accompanying visual -- whether that's a strong music video idea or just a color palette vibe. It was amazing to see my colors come to life with the Behr Music In Color," says Katy in a statement.

So, if you want your bedroom to have the vibe of, let's say, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," you can now use this tool and find out that it's...light green?

 

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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 on Wednesday was more spectacular than ever, featuring performances by Nas, Daddy Yankee, BIA, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, Normani, and Jade Novah.

Joined by a group of models, RiRi made a dynamic appearance, seductively lying on a couch to the beat of Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson's "What's It Gonna Be? and Busta's "Break Ya Neck," according to Billboard.

"It's not easy in a corset!" the nine-time Grammy winner told Entertainment Tonight. "I had to make it work!" she added with a laugh. "But it's my way of just being part of my show. I won't do it every single time, but I like to be in there a little bit."

Now in its third year, the Savage X Fenty show has become a high priority for many stars.

"They're calling us now, and it feels so great that it has that credibility and that people value the stage," Rihanna shared. "People even pull out from other shows to be a part of it. If we keep pushing ourselves and challenging our show year after year, I feel like we could really do wonders."

Recorded at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles, Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 will stream on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide beginning Friday, September 24.

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One sign that Adele's relationship with sports agent Rich Paul isn't just a passing phase is the fact that the two recently went Instagram official. But according to a source, their romance is much deeper than that.

A source close to Adele tells E! News, "Adele is very much in love with Rich and their relationship has become more serious in the last few months. They have both met each other's kids, but have been keeping it low-key around them."

Adele shares son Angelo with her ex-husband Simon Konecki.  According to The New Yorker, Paul, who's never been married, has three children.

"They both stay at each other's places in L.A., and are pretty much inseparable," adds the source, noting that Adele has been enjoying hanging out with Rich, who reps LeBron James, and his friends.

"She feels really comfortable around him and is in a good headspace right now," the insider continues. "She is all about having fun and being in good company and Rich definitely provides that."

The source also claims that Adele, who hosted SNL last October, is planning to release new songs later this year, hopefully "in December before the holidays." 

As for performing live, the insider claims, "She would love to...go back on tour, but is being cautious of COVID and doesn't have concrete plans yet."

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