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Derek Hough reveals sound advice Jennifer Lopez gave him ahead of Las Vegas residency

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Derek Hough has a full plate already -- from judging Dancing with the Stars to starring on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series -- but the professional dancer is adding yet another project to his roster: a Las Vegas residency titled Derek Hough: No Limit.

While the 36-year-old Emmy winner is no stranger to performing live, he credited his World of Dance co-star Jennifer Lopez for inspiring him further with a pep talk.

"She gave me some good advice. Her MO is hustle, right?" Hough told Entertainment Tonight. "It's like, 'Make sure you hustle. Make sure you keep people out there seeing the show and you're working,'" said Hough, who is set to become the first artist to take over The Summit Showroom, located at Vegas' Venetian Resort.

Hough said he's continually inspired by Lopez's work ethic, adding, "She's great. She goes hard in her show. She goes hard in everything."

He also said the door is open for Jennifer to join him during one of his shows, should she so choose.  He also extended the invite to other people in his inner circle.

"I think I'm gonna leave a space in the show open for, you know, if I have Andy Grammer get up, or my sister [Julianne Hough], or Lindsey Stirling, or Ne-Yo," he grinned, referencing past DWTS competitors. "There's so many people I think that could be great on the show."

As for what fans can expect when the curtain rises on September 22, the DWTS pro teased, "It's gonna be a great show. Live music, I have a live band, incredible dancers... There's a lot of pent-up energy that's gonna be out there on that stage. I'm excited!"

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Ed Sheeran teases "something special" in the works

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Ed Sheeran is busy cooking up "something special" for the fans. 

On Monday, the English singer-songwriter teased a short video to Instagram with the vague caption, "Was recording something special today."

In the clip, Sheeran is dressed in a black tee and black jeans with a semi-circle of background singers, also dressed in black, behind him. Together they sing an a capella version of his song "Afterglow," in what appears to be a church, as the sunlight shines through the stain-glassed windows behind them.

While Sheeran didn't spill any other details about the project, the teaser comes on the heels of his single "Bad Habits" landing the number one spot on Billboard's Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts.

"Bad Habits. One month at number one," he celebrated on Twitter on July 23. "Thank you all for listening and supporting Ed's new single."

"Bad Habits" is the lead single off his upcoming fifth studio album. The title and the release date have yet to be announced. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ooh, baby, ooh! Stevie Nicks' 'Bella Donna' turns 40

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Bella Donna, Stevie Nicks' first solo album, was released July 27, 1981, and was an immediate success. To mark the 40th anniversary of the start of Stevie's solo career, here are Five Fascinating Facts about Bella Donna.

5. Stevie began working on Bella Donna in between sessions for Fleetwood Mac's 1979 album, Tusk. She started recording it in 1980, after the Tusk tour ended.

4. The only song on the album Stevie didn't write was "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," which was penned by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers frontman Tom Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell. Producer Jimmy Iovine, who worked with both acts, had the idea of having Stevie record it as a duet with Petty. The song's video was the 25th video ever shown on MTV.

3. Nicks wrote Bella Donna's other duet, "Leather & Lace," for an album by country star Waylon Jennings and his wife, Jessi Colter. When it didn't make that album, Stevie recorded it with her ex-boyfriend, The Eagles' Don Henley.

2. Bella Donna includes Stevie's signature song, "Edge of Seventeen," which was inspired by Petty and his wife, as well as the deaths of both Stevie's uncle and John Lennon. It was sampled by Destiny's Child for their number-one hit "Bootylicious," and interpolated by Miley Cyrus on her 2020 single "Midnight Sky." Stevie appeared in the "Bootylicious" video, and allowed Miley to do an "Edge of Midnight" remix with a sample of her original song.

1. Bella Donna hit number one on the Billboard chart, spun off four top-40 singles, and has been certified for sales of 4 million copies. Its huge success has allowed Stevie to run a solo career parallel to her work with Fleetwood Mac for decades. Having previously been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, Stevie went in again in 2019 as a solo artist, making her the first woman ever to be inducted twice.

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After becoming a dad, Ed Sheeran planned on quitting music forever

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Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry welcomed their first child, daughter Lyra, in September of last year, and he says becoming a dad nearly made him quit music altogether -- until he thought better of it.

Ed recently told Sirius XM Hits 1 that after he completed his record-breaking Divide tour, he felt like he's already accomplished everything he possibly could in music and wasn't sure what he could do next, so he stopped making music for a while.  Then, after Lyra arrived, he figured, "Right, that's it, I'm just gonna be a dad. I'm not gonna play music any more."

But then, Ed says, "I found myself getting really sad and having zero purpose...and then I suddenly was like, 'I think it's more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that her parents have a work ethic and her parents love working hard and and love creating and enjoy their jobs...rather than, like, looking at your dad as technically unemployed."

"So I slowly got back into music that way, and then the creative process started flowing again," he explains. "But there was a long period of time where everything was directionless."

Ed also says he realized that it's not about chasing the next sales record. 

"I have people in my family that are like, 'The next album has to be even bigger!'" he reveals. "And I know they're saying to be supportive, but I'm like, 'Maybe it shouldn't be. Maybe it should just be an album, and maybe a career can kinda go [up and down] rather than always up.'"

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Joe Jonas reveals unusual hobby he and Sophie Turner picked up during lockdown

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You weren’t the only one who picked up a weird hobby during lockdown -- Joe Jonas and wife Sophie Turner did too.

In a new interview with WSJ Magazine, Joe talks about the unexpected activity they became obsessed with while staying at home, and how it even led to arguments between the two.

“I got very into LEGO building,” he says. “My wife and I probably built 10 monstrous LEGOs.”

Joe adds, “It was also quite funny, because I was super focused on helping her but then I was getting easily distracted and playing Fortnite. At first we argued about it and then it was like, she loves her organization and it’s completely different from the way I would build it: ‘You do you; I’ll be here for support.’”

He says he began helping from more of a distance, making cocktails for the two of them as Sophie continued to build. Their biggest LEGO accomplishments included building the Batmobile and the Harry Potter Wizarding World.

Nowadays, Joe tells WSJ he starts his morning by meditating, learning Italian on the DuoLingo app, writing a gratitude list, listening to a news podcast and scrolling social media, all before starting his daily exercise routine.

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'Alter Ego,' new singing competition judged by Nick Lachey & Alanis Morissette, gets premiere date

Nick Lachey will serve as a judge on the first-of-its-kind avatar singing competition series ALTER EGO, Wednesdays this Fall on FOX. © 2021 FOX MEDIA LLC.

Fox's new reality singing competition, featuring an all-star judging panel of musicians, just got a primo debut spot this fall.

Alter Ego will debut over two nights, September 22 and September 23, at 9 p.m. ET, right after the sixth season premiere of the network's smash hit The Masked SingerAlter Ego features celebrity judges Nick Lachey, Alanis Morissette, will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas and Canadian artist Grimes, also known as Elon Musk's romantic partner.

Alter Ego's contestants will be "aspiring singers from all walks of life," but they won't be performing as themselves. Instead, they'll be portrayed by digital avatars, which show them how they've always wanted to be seen.  The avatars will mirror each singer's individual performance style via motion capture technology.

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John Mayer scores 10th top-10 album with 'Sob Rock'

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John Mayer's new album of retro-inspired music, Sob Rock, has debuted at number two on the Billboard album chart.

It's John's 10th top-10 album. Every studio album he's released, dating all the way back to his major-label debut, 2003's Room for Squares, has reached the top 10, and so did his 2008 live album, Where the Light Is.

John launched Sob Rock with a '70s/'80s inspired ad campaign, which stated, "John Mayer...had an idea: Why not make a record that feels like those unforgettable albums we grew up loving? It's not easy to do. You'd basically have to be John Mayer to pull it off. But he is. And he did."

John will hit the road on his Sob Rock tour next year, beginning February 17 in Albany, NY.  He wrote on Instagram, "Can’t wait to play these new songs. Hope to see you out there."   That caption accompanied another retro-style ad, featuring a list of tour dates and a photo of John with the headline, "The one tall guy you won't mind standing in front of you at a concert."

If you want to see John before that, he's touring this summer as part of the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company starting August 16.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Justin Timberlake explains why he didn't text Lance Bass back

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Lance Bass is rejoicing after Justin Timberlake finally responded to his text message -- but JT had a good excuse for why he’s been so busy lately.

In a now viral TikTok post shared Sunday, Lance danced along to a popular TikTok trend, writing, “When JT finally responds to my text…" He captioned the post, "It's the little things. Mission accomplished.”

Justin commented on the post, writing, "Once those babies show up… your unavailability will all make sense, bro,” along with some crying laughing emojis.

“Touche!” Lance responded, sharing the exchange on his Instagram Story.

Justin is dad to six-year-old Silas and 11-month-old Phineas with wife Jessica Biel, while Lance and his husband Michael Turchin are expecting twins in November via surrogate.

Last week on TikTok, Lance tried to play the "#TooBusy" phone call prank on his former *NSYNC band mates. Justin didn’t even answer his FaceTime call, leaving a mock-outraged Lance to exclaim, "What the f...?"

On Saturday, *NSYNC's Celebrity album celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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Adele and reported new boyfriend attend birthday party for Patriots owner Robert Kraft

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Adele has once again stepped out with sports agent Rich Paul, whom she is reportedly dating.

Page Six reports that the couple attended a surprise 80th birthday party Saturday night for Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, in New York's ritzy Hamptons.

And Adele wasn't even the most famous musician at the party, either: Page Six reports that Lionel Richie provided the musical entertainment, while Jon Bon Jovi and country superstar Kenny Chesney were among the A-list guests. David Spade was also on hand to do stand-up for the partygoers.

In addition, Page Six reports that Adele and Paul were seen together in New York City on Thursday night on a double date.

Adele and Paul, whose clients include LeBron James, were first seen together courtside at Game 5 of the NBA finals earlier this month.

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Pink offers to pay Norway women's beach handball team's fine over "sexist rules"

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After the Norway women's beach handball team was penalized for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms during their recent championship match, Pink slammed the "sexist" treatment and offered to pay the team's fine.

The European Handball Federation ruled that bikini bottoms are required to be worn during matches and handed down a $1,700 fine, charging each woman who opted to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms $175 for being out of uniform.

Pink was incensed by the ruling and took to Twitter over the weekend, rallying in support of the athletes.

"I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform,'" the three-time Grammy winner penned.  "The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM."

Pink praised the team, offering both vocal and financial support by concluding, "Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."

She later retweeted a photo of the men and women's beach handball teams posing together, which showed a side-by-side comparison of their uniforms.  While the men are wearing shorts and tank tops, the women are wearing bikini tops and bottoms.

The team has yet to respond to Pink's offer.

However, after the fine was imposed, the Norwegian Handball Association took to Twitter and called upon the European Handball Federation to change its rules about uniforms.

Translated into English, the tweet reads, "We are very proud of these girls who during the European Championships raised their voices and announced that ENOUGH is ENOUGH!"

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Camila Cabello addresses controversy over backup dancer's appearance

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Camila Cabello performed her new song "Don't Go Yet" live on TV for the first time on Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but some fans expressed concern over the appearance of one of her backup dancers.

The dance number included a diverse array of dancers dressed in 80s fashion -- similarly to the song's official music video.  However, critics claimed one backup dancer, who is white, darkened his skin with makeup.  This led to some accusing Camila of promoting "blackface."

Camila denied the accusations when responding to the backlash and explained that the dancer was supposed to represent a white man with a bad orange spray tan.

Taking to Twitter, the Grammy nominee explained, "Hey! So this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan. [W]e purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin."

She continued, "There are white people, African American people, [L]atin people, etc. and so the point wasn't to try to make everyone look Latin either. There are a lot of people in the performance who are not."

"The point was to try to make each person look like an over the top 80's character just like in the video, including a white dude with a terrible orange spray tan," the "Havana" singer concluded, signing the note with a red heart emoji.

She also shared an Instagram story from the dancer in question, who posted a photo of his getup and captioned the snap, "In case you missed my spray tan last night."

In a final tweet on Saturday, Camila teased fans that "Don't Go Yet" is just the "appetizer of a full-course meal."

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Jennifer Lopez confirms romance with Ben Affleck in steamy new photo

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Jennifer Lopez is letting the world know she's found love in an old flame and posted a photo of her and Ben Affleck sharing a sweet kiss over the weekend.

Lopez had jetted off to St. Tropez to celebrate her 52nd birthday and revealed that she had taken Affleck with her.

Sharing a slideshow of her beachy getaway on Saturday, JLo went Instagram official with her old flame.  The first three pictures show the "On the Floor" singer flaunting her toned physique while the final snap is of her and Affleck kissing.

"5 2 … what it do … [pink heart emoiji]," Lopez cheekily captioned the post -- sending her 166 million followers and her famous friends, such as Laverne Cox and Kelly Rowland, into a frenzy.

In April, Lopez and Affleck sparked rumors they were back together. Then, last week, when Lopez's friend Leah Remini shared photos from her 51st birthday bash, she included a snap of Affleck, 48, wrapping his arms around her and Jennifer -- marking the first time the couple was captured together on social media.

Lopez's snap confirms what fans have been hoping to hear since the spring: Bennifer has officially rekindled their flame. Their romance began in 2002 and the two announced their engagement later that year. Jennifer and Ben never made it to the altar, though, going their separate ways in 2004.

Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner and went on to have three children with her.  They divorced in 2015. Meanwhile, Lopez wed singer Marc Anthony and had twin children with him.  Their marriage ended in 2011.

Lopez later became engaged to Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, but the two ended it in April.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Go behind the scenes with Olivia Rodrigo at the White House

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Most people saw what happened in front of the camera when Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House earlier this month, but now fans can get a peek behind the scenes. 

On Sunday, a BTS look at the "drivers license" singer's visit to the Oval Office on July 14 to help support the vaccine initiative was posted to President Biden's official @potus account.

"Olivia Rodrigo and I agree on a lot of things, from Dr. Fauci’s status as an 'absolute legend,' to the need for young people to get vaccinated," the caption reads. "Take a look behind the scenes at Olivia’s day here at the White House."

The video shows the singer arriving to the White House and excitedly meeting President Biden and going on a tour through the famous building. Viewers are also treated to the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star's briefing with press secretary Jen Psaki before the two faced reporters.

Fans also get a glimpse of Olivia gushing about Dr. Fauci: "I just got to meet Dr. Fauci, and I think he's incredible and an absolute legend, so it was so cool to get to shake his hand and pick his brain," she says. 

It's safe to say that the 18-year-old had a blast during her trip to the nation's capital. 

"I'm definitely going to be remembering this for my whole life," says Olivia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taylor Swift celebrates 'folklore' anniversary by releasing original version of "The Lakes"

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Taylor Swift's Grammy-winning album folklore celebrated its one-year anniversary on Saturday, and to mark the occasion, she gave fans a gift: the original version of the album's bonus track, "The Lakes," which producer Jack Antonoff had revealed the existence of in a recent interview with Billboard.

Jack, who co-wrote and co-produced "The Lakes" with Taylor, told Billboard, "There was this big orchestral version [of 'The Lakes'], and Taylor was like, ‘Eh, make it small.' I had gotten lost in the string arrangements and all this stuff, and I took everything out. I was just like, ‘Oh, my God!...this is so perfect.’”

After the interview, fans took to social media to ask for the original version, and Taylor delivered. On her socials, she wrote, "It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler. With tall tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side-eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time."

"To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of 'The Lakes,'" Taylor added. Then, referring to the characters who appear in the album's songs, she wrote, "Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore."

"The Lakes" was inspired by the Lake District of England, where Romantic poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge found inspiration in the 1800s.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rob Thomas posts sweet tribute to wife on 23rd anniversary of their engagement

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Rob Thomas is celebrating his wife Marisol on Instagram today, the 23rd anniversary of the day he proposed to her.

"23 years ago today, in 1998, in a rented SUV in the rain I asked her to marry me," Rob wrote alongside a series of photos of himself and Mari through the years. "I’d carried the ring around with me for a week or so waiting for the right time."

"Everyone thought we were nuts and rightfully so, considering we had only been dating 2 months," he continues. "She said yes and we started the year and a half of wedding plans. But I would have married her in that car that night."

"A lot of years have passed now," writes Rob. "Good times and heartache. But she is my partner in crime. She’s my other. Thanks, Mari, for saying yes."

The Matchbox Twenty frontman and Marisol, a former model who's inspired many of his songs, including his smash Santana collaboration "Smooth," tied the knot October 2, 1999.  The couple, who are passionate about animal rescue and advocacy, have stuck together, even as Marisol has battled a number of debilitating tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease.

Rob and Matchbox Twenty's planned 2021 tour was rescheduled for 2022; it'll now begin May 17 in Vancouver, B.C.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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