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Music notes: BTS, Britney Spears, AJR, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, Ava Max and more

BTS has 70 million followers on YouTube and has officially surpassed Justin Bieber as YouTube's second-most-followed music act. Their K-pop counterparts BLACKPINK boast the most subscribers with 76.5 million.

Britney Spears' ex-husband Jason Alexander -- the same guy who crashed her wedding -- faces two felony counts for allegedly stealing and pawning off a woman's diamond and sapphire tennis bracelet, reports TMZ.  The alleged incident happened in 2016, when he was staying at the woman's house in Napa.

AJR will perform at this year's Sound of Hope event, put on by cancer research and treatment organization City of Hope. The event is scheduled for September 16 in New York City. The annual event raises funds to develop new treatments for cancer and diabetes.

Lizzo flexed her impersonation skills on TikTok and mimicked Harry Styles and Doja Cat -- albeit poorly -- to celebrate them topping the Apple charts. "About Damn Time" is #3, but she wants her fans to listen to "2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)" to make that song climb.

Demi Lovato's mystery man has been revealed. The "Anyone" hitmaker is dating Jute$, reports Page Six.  The two hit up LAVO in NYC and packed on the PDA.

Ava Max has gone from platinum blond to cherry red and to black in the span of a few months -- and now she's gone caramel. She debuted her new 'do on Instagram and captioned it, "locked and loaded."

"Victoria's Secret" singer Jax teamed up with JoJo Siwa to surprise the little girl she babysits on her birthday. The sweet video starts with Chelsea wishing for a birthday shoutout before JoJo barges into the room with a cake.

Daya announced a new EP, called In Between Dreams -- out September 16 -- and released the dreamy new single "Her."  The EP is available to presave.

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'The X Factor' releases Louis Tomlinson's complete audition

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Just like they've done with Harry StylesZayn Malik and Liam PayneThe X Factor UK has released Louis Tomlinson's complete first audition. Surprisingly, the majority of the video is comprised of unseen footage.

The then-18-year-old singer is a bundle of nerves as he tries to impress judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger. Despite his nervousness, the judges keep giving Louis a chance to prove himself -- by letting him sing multiple songs.

He starts off by singing Scouting For Girls' "Elvis Ain't Dead," but Cowell cuts off the music after a few seconds and asks, "What other songs [can you sing]?"

Louis offers to sing Plain White T's' "Hey There Delilah," and the judges pick up on the fact that he is trying to hold himself together.  

"Louis, calm down. It's a much better song," Simon instructs, then offers even better advice when the singer admits he's "so nervous."

"Look, you know what," the mega producer says, "You're actually doing well, which is why we asked you to do a second song. Right? So this is a better song for you."

Louis manages to stumble through the song, but the judges detect that he just needs to come out of his shell to show them what he's truly capable of.  

"You look a little defeated," Scherzinger notes, adding he sings so much better when he isn't pacing the stage.  She nods sympathetically as Louis explains he can "do so much better."  But it's his, "Please, give me a chance," that really gets the audience on his side.

We all know what happens next -- he's put through to the next round and becomes a member of One Direction, and the rest is history.

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Taylor Swift once asked to make a cameo in the 'Twilight' movies

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Did Taylor Swift almost appear in one of the Twilight movies? According to one of the directors, the answer is yes -- but it's a little more complicated than that.

Chris Weitz, who directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon, appeared on The Twilight Effect podcast to talk about his brush with the Grammy winner. Turns out Taylor, like most girls during the height of the Twilight saga, was a fan of the series.

In 2009, as New Moon was being made, Weitz said the singer asked if she could make a brief cameo in the upcoming flick.

"Taylor Swift and I had the same agent at the time and he said, 'Taylor would like to be in this movie -- not because of you, but because she's a Twihard," he recalled. "But she will be, like, someone at the cafeteria, or the diner, or whatever. But she just wants to be in this movie."

Weitz turned down the opportunity, which he said was "the hardest thing" to do. "The moment that Taylor Swift walks onto the screen -- for like five minutes -- nobody's going to be able to process anything," he reasoned.

"I kicked myself for it, too," Weitz admitted. "I was like, 'Wow, I could have been hanging out with Taylor Swift!'"

He joked that Taylor must have thought he was a "jerk" to reject her at the time, but he ultimately thinks he made the right call. "Sometimes you make decisions you think ... is for the best of the film," said Weitz.

New Moon was released in theaters in November 2009 and grossed $709.8 million in the box office. It should be noted that Taylor was dating star Taylor Lautner, who played Jacob, at the time. They called it quits that December.

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Olivia Rodrigo is officially back in the studio

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Now that she's no longer on the road with her sold-out world tour, Olivia Rodrigo seems to be working on the follow-up to her smash hit debut album SOUR!

We can thank her musical collaborator, producer Dan Nigro, for spilling the beans. He shared a photo of himself hanging out with the Grammy winner to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday.

The two, who are flashing peace signs, are relaxing on a couch in a music studio. Nigro is holding a guitar in his hands while Olivia looks excited. There was no caption so it isn't entirely known what the pop star was doing there.

Fans are hopeful this means a new record or EP is on the horizon.

The "drivers license" singer has previously revealed she is working on her sophomore album. She spoke to ELLE in March and was questioned about the tone of her new work.

Olivia revealed, "I'm definitely not as sad as I was when I wrote SOUR ...  I'm so excited to make my next record and explore more colors and textures and feelings and grow as a human being even more." The singer added she is "stoked" about what's next because of how much she's changed since releasing her debut single.

It is not known when we can expect to hear Olivia's new work.  

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Charlie Puth, Sean Paul and more joining 'The Voice' as battle advisors

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We are getting closer to the season premiere of The Voice, which features first-time coach Camila Cabello.  Now, we finally know who will be joining this year as battle advisors.

Charlie Puth has been tapped by Camila to serve as her battle advisor. He will help whip her team of singers into fighting shape ahead of the knockout rounds. As for returning coach Gwen Stefani, she tapped pal Sean Paul to lend her a hand.

As for the rest of the coaches, Blake Shelton is bringing on Dancing with the Stars alum Jimmie Allen, while John Legend appointed R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan as his advisor.

Aside from new faces on the coaching panel and all new advisors, NBC announced it is tweaking how the knockout rounds are going to go. The company announced in a statement, "This season will showcase a new format element during the Knockout Rounds. For the first time ever, this phase of the competition will include three-way knockouts. The stakes have never been higher for the coaches and their artists as they vie for the win."

In addition, the show is doing away with its mega mentors. Instead, "Coaches will work with their artists directly to prepare them as best as possible for this new challenge."

The Voice returns September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Demi Lovato says new album documents the "rough time" they had last year

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Demi Lovato is days away from releasing their eighth studio album, Holy Fvck, and the singer says it represents them learning to finally let go of their "unresolved trauma."

Speaking with Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe, Demi revealed, "Everything that I write about comes from personal experiences, and I had gone through a rough time last year."

"I went back to treatment, and when I came out, I had all of this unresolved trauma that I hadn't dealt with or that I started to deal with in treatment," the Grammy winner continued. "And then when I came out, I was like, 'It's OK to be angry and feel those things.'"

Demi went on to explain, "So when I was making the album, in the first week, I had a lot of anger, and I think it showed in a lot of the songs -- 'Freak,' 'Heaven,' 'Eat Me.'"

Once they released that anger, Demi began penning tracks "that were really empowered in my sexuality."  Then, they said, "Towards the end, you've got love songs."

Demi, who has been completely sober since December, also opened up about recovering from addiction and spoke about rebuilding the trust with their closest allies, friends and family members.

"I never have come out of treatment, I mean, maybe the first time, expecting people to trust me right away. It was a learning experience of, OK, people are going to have to learn to trust you again," Demi expressed, adding learning that lesson was "a lot."

Demi explained rebuilding trust isn't easy, but it can be done "by you proving yourself and not just talking, but taking actions that are towards your recovery."

Holy Fvck arrives Friday, August 19.  Demi released the latest track off of it, "29" today.

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Nicki Minaj calls "coward" Kevin Federline a "clown" for using Britney Spears' children against her

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The fallout continues for Kevin Federline, who found himself in hot water for airing his alleged family troubles with Britney Spears. Now, Nicki Minaj is weighing in on the drama.

The rapper, who toured with Britney in 2011 and also hopped on a remix of her song "Till the World Ends," openly condemned Federline on an Amp livestream Tuesday.  

"Do you understand what kind of a clown you have to be," she lambasted, according to Twitter user @breatheonmiley, who captured the moment. "To be a whole, grown f***ing man. And as soon as you see somebody happy and getting married and moving on and being free and feeling good in their own skin -- to do the very thing that you know is going to attempt to break them down?"

Minaj blasted Federline for "going to the media" with negative stories about his famous ex-wife and using their sons, 16-year-old Sean Preston and 15-year-old Jayden, against her. 

"Only cowards use the media against a famous person who they once loved, they procreated with," said Nicki.  She then accused Federline of not only "being taken care of by" Britney, but that he's using the pop star's "fame as this constant 'gotcha' moment."

"And you think you're gonna f***ing have karma from it? You think it's OK? You think that anybody is gonna feel sorry for you?" she continued. 

Nicki then turned her attention toward Britney and declared, "She loves her kids more than life itself." She accused Federline of weaponizing that love. 

"How dare you encourage this woman's children to be a part of your nonsense," she blasted. "They're kids!  They don't know how detrimental this is. But you know!"

Nicki finished by warning Federline to "leave [Britney] the f*** alone!"

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Demi Lovato teases their upcoming tour on 'The Tonight Show'

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Demi Lovato kicked off their three-night takeover of The Tonight Show on Tuesday, and offered a little preview of what fans can expect when their Holy F*** tour hits the states in September.

The pop star will definitely be performing their earlier hits, although they won't necessarily sound the same.

"My music is more rock now, so...even my older songs kind of have a rock flair. They're not pop anymore," Demi told host Jimmy Fallon.

Demi's set list will also include some cover tunes, one of which will be the Goo Goo Dolls' 1998 hit, "Iris."

Speaking of covers, not long ago, Kelly Clarkson delivered an intimate version of "Anyone" -- the gut-wrenching first single from Demi's seventh studio album, Dancing with the Devil...the Art of Starting Over -- on her daytime chat show for one of her "Kellyoke" segments. Lovato called it a full-circle moment.

"I remember watching her on American Idol and just becoming so inspired by her that my email address when I was young was "LittleKelly@Yahoo.com," Demi recalled. "For her to cover my song years later was just a full circle moment, 'cause I also used to cover her songs when I was younger."

As proof, Jimmy showed a clip of a 13-year-old Demi belting out Kelly's "The Trouble with Love."

Lovato performed their first full live concert in four years over the weekend, and admitted to "having nerves" and wondering "can I still do this."

When it was done, Demi says it "felt so good."

"I can still do this, it's just like riding a bike," they shared.

Later, Demi performed "Substance," from their Holy F*** album, which comes out on Friday.


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Music notes: BLACKPINK, Joe Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Zayn Malik, BTS, Billie Eilish and Selena Gomez

BLACKPINK released the trailer for their "Pink Venom" music video, which drops Friday. Scenes include someone sharpening a blade, a bunch of mysterious cloaked figures and sand blowing in the wind.

Joe Jonas just turned 33 and admits he uses injectables to smooth his fine lines. "There were all these talks at one point, like, 'Oh, men can't do this or it's weird for guys to do that,' and I think there's a stigma that's fading, and I like that," he told People. Fans are not loving the revelation and are panning him on Instagram.

The late Anne Heche once revealed she wanted Miley Cyrus to play her should a biopic ever be made about her life. The Behind the Velvet Rope podcast spoke with Heche before she died, and she said Miley is "a f***ing great actress." The late actress also praised Miley's singing voice and her compassion for others. 

Zayn Malik threw it back to his One Direction days by singing a cover of "Night Changes" on Instagram.  Fans are wondering what this means because this isn't the first time he's sung a 1D song. He shared a clip of him singing "You & I" in June.

BTSJ-Hope and RM had a blast at Billie Eilish's show in South Korea. Both artists shared moments of the Grammy winner's concert to their respective Instagram accounts -- including their meetup back stage. Billie shared the images to her Instagram Story and captioned it with two giggling emojis.

Selena Gomez is up for an Imagen Award thanks to her show Only Murders in the Building. She is up for best actress in a comedy series. The Imagen Awards, which salute Latino talent, take place on October 2 in Los Angeles.

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Harry Styles' 'Don't Worry Darling' co-star on those sex scenes: "It’s not why we do it"

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The fact that Harry Styles stars in Don't Worry Darling, the upcoming film directed by his girlfriend, Olivia Wilde, has drummed up more than the usual interest in the film. But Harry's co-star Florence Pugh says even though she's going to be seen onscreen in bed with one of the most lusted-after men in the world, that's not a topic she plans to discuss when it comes time to promote the psychological thriller.

Speaking about the reaction back in May to the movie's spicy trailer, Florence tells the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, "When it’s reduced to your sex scenes, or to watch the most famous man in the world [perform a sex act] on someone, it’s not why we do it. It’s not why I’m in this industry.”

Pugh says, “Obviously, the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that. That’s just not what I’m going to be discussing because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who made it are bigger and better than that.”

Referring to the film's crew, including the nurses who were on set testing everyone for COVID, Pugh adds, “If I shout about one thing, it’s that these people made that movie happen. They came to work every day on time and fully respected the process.”

Don’t Worry Darling is set in the 1950s in a town where all the men -- including Harry's character -- work at the same mysterious job, while the women are housewives. But when one wife disappears, Pugh's character, Alice, starts questioning what's really going on.

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Glass Animals reflect on finally being able to tour 2 years after releasing 'Dreamland'

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After a two-year wait, Glass Animals are finally on their long-awaited tour to promote their third album, Dreamland

The "Heat Waves" hitmakers caught up with Billboard at their concert in Brooklyn and marveled over being able to finally hit the road again. Dave Bayley, the group's lead vocalist, admits he didn't think the wait was going to be this long. The band was in the U.S. and performing at smaller venues when the pandemic struck.

"I honestly thought it was going to be two weeks," he said. "We put everything in a truck and asked the truck to wait until we got back. We didn’t come back."

Although disappointing, the band is thankful for the pause. The group was able to bring their tour plans back to the drawing board and create a more ambitious show. In addition, they began to experiment with their music.

"No one’s left a guidebook behind on how to release an album in a pandemic," said Dave. "No one at the label knew how to put out an album in a pandemic." Label execs said that they didn't "have any ideas right now," and Dave said it gave the band "free rein" to do what they wanted. "It was sort of amazing," he recalled.

Glass Animals performed for their fans on Instagram Live and the group had fun with different filters, facial recognition software and more to enhance the experience. During that time, their song "Heat Waves" blew up on the charts -- and so did their fame.

"I certainly haven't sat down for a second and thought about how that song has [changed] and will change our lives," said Dave. 

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Score a chance to sing with Kelly Clarkson when she takes "Kellyoke" on the road

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If you ever dreamed of singing with Kelly Clarkson, your chance is finally here!

The Grammy winner revealed Tuesday on the Kelly Clarkson Show she's about to travel the nation in search of some new duet partners. The Kellyoke Search essentially combines her famous "Kellyoke" segment with a singing competition.

"This summer we're taking the Kelly Clarkson Show on the road to find some of the greatest voices across America," she announced.  Her tour bus will be hitting up New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles to find the lucky winner.

If you can't make it to those tryout dates, there is also a chance to win by entering on TikTok: share a video of your tryout and use #KellyokeSearch in the description.

"Come sing a virtual duet with me to one of my songs," she invited fans. "Maybe you've heard it."

The song? Kelly revealed wants to perform "Since U Been Gone." In addition to finding her future duet partners, the singer said she will "feature some of our favorite performances" on her talk show.

More details, including dates and times of the physical auditions, are available on the Kellyoke Search's official website.

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Hailey Bieber opens up about marriage to Justin Bieber: "He's still the person that I want to be rushing back to"

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Hailey Bieber opened up in a new interview about her marriage with Justin Bieber and how their respective health battles strengthened their relationship.

Speaking with Harper's Bazaar, the fashion icon said her marriage is about evolving with her partner.

"I just think life is changing all the time ... Day to day, week to week, year to year," she said on how marriage is all about figuring things out with one's spouse. "I think a perfect example of that is over the last six months, both of us have gone through very serious health issues."

Justin has recently recovered from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralyzed half of his face, while Hailey is rebounding from a blood clot in her brain and corrective surgery on her heart.

Hailey continued, "You have to figure out how to deal with this s*** as it comes, you know? There's a reason they say 'for better or for worse.'"

The skin care mogul added marriage is also about putting in effort to strengthen their bond. "He's still the person that I want to be rushing back to," she noted. "I might fly somewhere and go do a job, but I can't wait to come back and hang out. And I feel like that's because of the effort that's been put in on both sides."

"At the end of the day, like, he's my best friend, but it still does take a lot of work to make it work," Hailey expressed.

The 25-year-old model also opened up about where she and her husband stand on expanding their family. "I know eventually, when kids come in the picture, that's going to be a whole other season of navigating how to make that work," she revealed.

Hailey and Justin wed in 2018.  

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Lizzo is more excited about what she'll wear to the Emmys than she is about winning one

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Lizzo scored her first Emmy nomination thanks to her hit Amazon series Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls -- but the singer isn't focused on winning as much as what she'll be wearing that night.

The series has been nominated in the Outstanding Competition Program category, but Lizzo hasn't begun thinking about a possible acceptance speech.  

"I don't plan on things like that," she told Deadline. "I think I’m more excited about what I’m going to wear."

Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is facing stiff competition from fellow category nominees The Amazing RaceNailed It!RuPaul's Drag RaceTop Chef and The Voice. Should Lizzo win, she will officially be halfway to EGOT status. 

But, that's not even a blip on the "About Damn Time" singer's radar. Instead, she's more focused on making a splash on the red carpet.

"It's just a big deal to be there. This is going to be my first Emmys, my first Emmys carpet. I want to feel like the belle of the ball," she insisted. "So, I think I’m more excited about planning my look than a speech."

What else does Lizzo plan on doing on Emmys night besides cementing herself as a true fashion icon? She cheekily added, "I think I'm just going to drink champagne."

Find out what Lizzo is wearing and if she takes home the golden statuette when the 74th Emmy Awards air live on Monday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The ceremony will also stream live on Peacock.

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Selena + Serena: Serena Williams talks mental fitness with Selena Gomez

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Serena Williams is a big proponent of setting boundaries when it comes to protecting her mental health.  

The tennis legend spoke with Selena Gomez for the actress's mental health platform, Wondermind, about her thoughts on mental fitness. Williams says the practice to her means "really learning to shut down."

"I did this years ago, before even mental health was a topic among everyone's mind," she continued. "It was more just like, 'Alright, I'm shutting myself down today.' Just subconsciously, it was something I've always done."

Williams added, "It's so important to just put yourself first, especially mentally. I always have shutdown moments. I have serious boundaries and I don't let anyone cross those boundaries."

"I really don't do anything for me, I'm terrible at that," the Olympic gold medalist admitted. "I've said it time and time again – I'm working on it. But more or less, at least prioritizing what I need to do. And then when I'm turned off, I'm turned off."

Williams said prioritizing her mental health also benefits the people around her -- namely her 4-year-old daughter, Olympia.

The sports star said physical health is also influenced by one's mental health. "It's about being able to kind of manage your emotions and feelings and everything else still be able to perform," Williams explained.

Last week, Selena revealed her mental fitness startup was granted $5 million in a series of funding that was led by Serena Ventures -- the tennis pro's investment portfolio.

Wondermind's official Instagram shared a statement from its co-founders -- Selena, Mandy Teefy and Daniella Pierson -- that explained how they'll use the funds. "This funding will be used to accelerate the building of Wondermind’s mental fitness ecosystem across our daily online content, CPG products, and original storytelling for all platforms," it read.

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