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"Spread all of your emotions on the table/ And let me see your heart upon your sleeve/ I wanna know exactly what you need/ Say all you want for Christmas is me."
Jonas and Twain's voices harmonize beautifully throughout the love song, especially on the chorus: "I'm gonna love you like/ like it's always Christmas Eve/ And I'm gonna sacrifice the selfish part of me/ And when we're all alone and I hold you close/ Everything I need/ Say all you want for Christmas is me." Read more and check out the new trackhere.
In the letter, Swift talks about dealing with modern life, where a deluge of curated information shapes our perceptions of ourselves and each other. "We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us," Swift's letter begins. "We know our friend in a certain light, but we don't know them the way their lover does. Just the way their lover will never know them the same way that you do as their friend. Their mother knows them differently than their roommate, who knows them differently than their colleague. Their secret admirer looks at them and sees an elaborate sunset of brilliant color and dimension and spirit and pricelessness."
"And yet, a stranger will pass that same person and see a faceless member of the crowd, nothing more. We may hear rumors about a person and believe those things to be true. We may one day meet that person and feel foolish for believing baseless gossip. This is the first generation that will be able to look back on their entire life story documented in pictures on the internet, and together we will all discover the after-effects of that."
Swift continues the letter by addressing social media directly, and looks ahead at how it's proliferation will affect people in the future: "This is the first generation that will be able to look back on their entire life story documented in pictures on the internet, and together we will all discover the after-effects of that," she shared. "Ultimately, we post photos online to curate what strangers think of us. But then we wake up, look in the mirror at our faces and see the cracks and scars and blemishes, and cringe. We hope someday we'll meet someone who will see that same morning face and instead see their future, their partner, their forever. Someone who will still choose us even when they see all of the sides of the story, all the angles of the kaleidoscope that is you." See the full letterhere.
"We're in the middle of 12 shows in 10 days. Not 10 shows in 12 days, 12 shows in 10 days," he revealed. "We made a game-time call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync," Brooks said in the press room after the show (via People). "And we decided to lip-sync it. My voice just isn't going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music the best we can."
Last week, singer-songwriter (and Miranda Lambert's boyfriend) Anderson East expressed strong feelings about Brooks' augmented performance, going so far as to say that he's offended by it.
"I keep a lot of my opinions to myself and respect anyone making music but as a person who tries to put on the best and most honest show I can night after night this truly offends me," East tweeted. "I was told country music is three chords and the truth."
East's comment has generated a slew of responses from both supporters and critics of his comments. Read somehere.
The album will be his first since The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which dropped back in 2013.The rapper rages through surprisingly introspective verses examining his life and career, reflecting on the stumbles and missteps throughout while Beyonce provides the melodic hook.
In true Eminem fashion, he adds a surprising twist at the end of the track. Eminem is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 18. Check out "Walk On Water," which contains explicit language,here.
The black and white clip takes place entirely in a back alley, over what is seemingly one long camera shot. However, it's a clever trick as multiple versions of both Gucci and The Weeknd stalk the scene.
Check out "Curve," which contains explicit lyrics,here.
Jenny From The Block recently discussed Por Primera Vez (which means "For the First Time"). "It's about how we are always kind of reinventing ourselves, experiencing things for the first time, no matter how old you are. There's always a new beginning," Lopez told HOLA! USA.
"Whether I'm singing or acting or whatever, it's like 'Did I do that better than I did before? Is there some growth here? Am I moving forward right now?'" she added. "Nobody wants to do the same thing over and over, and stay stuck."
"I really love singing in Spanish," she continued. "There's just something about it that is more romantic and passionate to me." There is currently no release date for Por Primera Vez. Watch the music video for "Amor, Amor, Amor"here.
Standing on an oriental rug, amidst a stage full of living room lamps, the pop star and a trio of backup singers performed to an audience sitting in easy chairs and couches.
Smith's second album The Thrill Of It All came out November 3. Check out his performance on The Late Late Showhere.
The song, Urban's first new music since the release of his 2016 album Ripcord, addresses about the way society perceives women and is especially relevant in an era of sexual harassment and rape reports being leveled against celebrities and corporate executives.
"The reason I Love country music is because we have songwriters like @nicatnitemusic @shanemcanally and @rosscopperman who write lyrical and brilliant truth and artists like @keithurban who are bold enough to put it out into the world," Ballerini wrote. "Bowing down to this one. #female" Check out Kelsea's coverhere.
Bryan's "O Holy Night" starts with just his emotional vocals and piano accompaniment before building with a string section at the 1:30 mark.Bryan isn't new to Christmas music.
In 2008, he released Country For Christmas, which included "Run Run Rudolph." The rollicking track climbed to #42 on the Billboard singles chart, which is the second highest ranking; he was topped only by Chuck Berry's debut recording, reports People. Check out Bryan's latesthere.
"She's on there, with Nicolle Galyon who also wrote the song," Urban told AP. "I thought it was nice and very personal to blend these girls into the song, because it just felt very right, that's what the song means to me."
Urban goes on to describes the track as a "soul-gospel spiritual-manta." Check out "Female"here.
The album announcement comes with a brand new single, "Something 'Bout You," which is co-produced by Timbaland. The new song follows the band's Pharrell Williams-co-produced debut single, "Sunday Finest," from earlier in the year.
Sir Rosevelt will celebrate the release of the album with a performance at CBS Radio's An Epic New Year's Eve Weekend, slated for Friday, December 29th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The show - on sale now via Ticketmaster - marks Sir Rosevelt's first-ever U.S. live date following two shows earlier this year at London's Scala and Australia's Byron Bay Bluesfest. Additional North American live dates will be unveiled soon for 2018.
See the full tracklist of the group's new album and check out "Something 'Bout You"here.
Why as the artist been hitting up his ex? The answer is simple: "Textin' my ex (oh no), Umm, I look good, I'm just talkin' 'bout sex (yeah) Ooh, that's why I'm textin' my ex (oh no)."
The track is our latest listen to the Pain's 5th studio album, OBLiViON, which a press release promises is coming soon. Check out "Textin My Ex" latesthere.
"It was fun to play with the premise of a music video that hijacks your social feed," said director Fourclops in a prepared statement. "Instagram is a major destination for consuming media these days, and it made for an exciting setting for our video.
"We asked ourselves, what would it look like if all of the accounts within Instagram become transformed by a song?" Check out the new visual, which contains some NSFW images,here.
"The fans have shown up ready for a good time every single date this fall and with spring just around the corner, we decided hell, this is too damn fun to stop," said Combs.
"We added 25 dates in 2018 and found the one and only Ashley McBryde and her outlaw attitude and asked her to come out on the road with us. I've had the time of my life out here with the fans this fall and can't wait to take this show on into the new year."
The run kicks off on February 1 in Toledo, OH and runs through the end of April. Pre-sale begins Nov. 15 and public on-sale starts Nov. 17. See the dateshere.
"Carrie Underwood took a hard fall on some steps outside her home," her publicist said in a statement. "While there were no life-threatening injuries, she was taken to the hospital to be treated. She sustained multiple injuries including a broken wrist and some cuts and abrasions from the fall."
On Sunday (Nov. 12), Underwood posted a note to her fans on social media. "Thanks so much for all the well wishes everybody . . . I'll be alright . . . might just take some time . . . glad I've got the best hubby in the world to take care of me."
Her husband, ex-NHL star Mike Fisher, was in the hospital when she was treated. "[Fisher] was able to make it back into town that night to be with her and she was released from the hospital." The rep added that a full "recovery will take some time and she appreciates all prayers and well wishes." Read morehere.
The spring and summer trek will focus mainly on U.S. stadiums and is scheduled to kick off on May 8th in Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium and will wrap up on October 6th in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium.
The tickets for the upcoming dates are scheduled to go on-sale to the general public on December 13th, according to Radio.com. See the upcoming tour dateshere.
Hours later, she released a remix of her popular single "Havana," which features reggaeton king Daddy Yankee. The new version of the track features Cabello singing in both Spanish and English, while Daddy Yankee adds some smooth rapping.
Listen to the remixhere.
Beyonce, who appears on the studio version of the track (produced by Rick Rubin) couldn't make it, so Eminem was joined by the song's co-writer Skylar Grey. The rapper took the stage wearing a black hoodie and paced around in front of a backdrop of snow-covered mountains.
Accompanied by piano (played by Grey) and soaring strings, Eminem spewed lines about the challenges of returning to the scene and striving to meet the expectations of his fans.
"It's the curse of the standard/ That the first of the Mathers discs set/ Always in search of the verse that I haven't spit yet/ Will this step just be another misstep," he rapped.
"Walk On Water" is the first single from Eminem's upcoming album, which is reportedly called Revival. Read more and see a clip of the performancehere.
Aimed to be an evening of healing, the lineup included Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Keith Urban. Carrie Underwood was also set to play the event but she broke her wrist in a fall on Friday and was recovering at home.
Aldean was onstage when shots rang out at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1. "I know I don't have to tell you guys this, but it's been a rough couple of months for us up here and it's a lot of fun to get back out and play for the people that matter, which is you guys," he said during his four-song set, which featured "Dirt Road Anthem," "Any Ol' Barstool," "My Kinda Party" and "She's Country."
"I spent a lot of time and a long time trying to make it in this business and doing something that I really enjoy. I'll be damned if anybody is ever going to stop me from doing that," Aldean said from the stage.
It was a sentiment shared throughout the night from each act, including George Strait. "A lot of people are out there hurting and this will help them a lot," he said. Strait went on to perform his hits "The Fireman," "Amarillo by Morning" and "Troubadour." Read morehere.
"It still aches but I'm able to play shows now, so I'm happy about that," he told Time Out Singapore. "I'm going to ride bicycles again, I'm going to ski, I'm going to go on skateboards. If I'm going to break my arm then I'm going to break my arm. Nothing's going to stop me from having accidents."
While Sheeran plans to remain on the road through 2018, he has already written dozens of new songs that may appear on his next album, which he has already outlined.
"I've probably got about nine songs that I really like. But that could all change tomorrow if I think of nine new songs to replace them," he said. "There are about 40 that I wrote and haven't used but nine I really like." Read morehere.
"You made me feel like it was OK to be myself, love handles and all," Gaga read from the letter, adding "girl, love handles are in," to cheers from the crowd.
"You taught me I was born this way, and self-love and positivity are a good thing," Gaga continued. "You brought the best people into my life. I felt alone for years, but now I've found home within this community we've made for one another."
The pop star reads the entire letter, including the sign-off where Mikaya lists off her group of friends. The video ends as Gaga goes down into the crowd to hug and high-five a cryingMikaya for her support. Watch ithere.
Trilogy collected the Weeknd's first three mixtapes--House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence--into his major label debut. In recognition of its release five years ago, all three are being repressed on vinyl for a limited edition box set capped at 1000 copies.
In addition to the box set, there is a new collection of Trilogy-themed merch available in the Weeknd's online store, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, dad hats and more. Read morehere.
"Pictures is a totally new experience for me," Hayes told Forbes. "We've never done anything like this and I love how it takes you out of current reality and transports you to a different time and place entirely, where each song tells a piece of the story. With part one I'm only able to share the beginning, so I can't wait for the fans to hear the new music and watch as the rest of the story is told along the way!"
The first video is a throwback 1950s-styled clip that tells two separate stories; one chronicles a young couple falling in love at first sight, while the other shows a teenage girl trying to get away from an abusive boyfriend.
Fans will have an opportunity to attend the movie's premiere early next year at Regal Cinemas in Nashville featuring a panel with the actors, director and screenwriter and a live performance from Hayes himself. Check out the new cliphere.
"2 years with my favorite human," Hadid shared on Instagram with a video clip of the pair kissing. The couple "pretty much live together," according to Malik (via Billboard).
"It helps that she's really organized. Thank God! Because I'm really not, so she helps organize my schedule around seeing her." Check out a fan capture of the Boomerang videohere.
The song celebrates G-Eazy's success with a black and white music video featuring a party rife with excess. A bevy of booty-shaking swimsuit models populate a mansion where Eazy is seen rapping the track's verses.
Check out the steamy clip, which contains explicit lyrics,here.
It's not just romantic gesture, though, it's also an investment plan. Drizzy explains why Hermes Birkin bags are unique. "There's very few things, tangible things anyway, that hold their value and appreciate as the years go on," he said. "It was one of those things that I just started collecting, for I guess the women that I end up with one day, so I have a fairly vast collection of Hermes to offer somebody at some point in life."
The bags can go from $5,000 to tens of thousands of dollars, so some lucky lady already has a pretty impressive collection waiting for her. Read morehere.
"Being biracial and being in country music is actually kinda hard," he admits in a new interview with Nightline. "I get talked down on so much in country music because of my look and I just really want to change that."
"I don't feel like you should have to look a certain way to sing a certain genre," he continued. "Everybody looks at me and thinks I'm a rapper, [that] I can't be a country artist, and it just drives me crazy."
"I just want to change stereotypes. You can't be scared to be different. I honestly love the old school sound, because I feel like I'm an old soul when it comes to that stuff, but I'm mixed in with new school." Read morehere.
"We wear in-ear monitors when we're onstage. And really, all you can hear is the music and maybe your guys that can talk to you on microphones that are on side-stage," Aldean explained. "So when it first happened, I thought a speaker had blown, is what I thought. It just sounded like a crackling something. And so, I'm kind of looking around like, 'What is that?', trying to figure out what it is. Then it stopped, so I was like, 'They must have got it fixed,' and so I kept doing my thing."
Moments later, he heard the sound again and Aldean said he was aggravated that the problem wasn't fixed. Then he realized something was very wrong. "When I turned and looked, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, like, 'Let's go,'" Aldean said. "My security guy was running onstage, telling me to run." Read morehere.
At the start of the show, Fallon told a touching story from his childhood, in which his mother squeezed his hand three times to say I love you. So, when Swift performed the poignant "New Year's Day" which coincidentally featured the lyric, "Squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi," Fallon and his staff got a little emotional.
Tonight Show writer and producer Mike DiCenzo shared some background about Swift's last-minute performance and thanked the singer for her thoughtfulness.
"She was not scheduled to do our show today," he wrote on Twitter. "But we wanted something special for this first show back, so we asked her on a complete whim, since she had been in town doing SNL. She said yes with zero hesitation."
Referring to the line in the song about hand-squeezing, he added, "I nearly gasped. Tears. I think everyone in the audience started sobbing. I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. We all lost it. It was a beautiful coincidence in a beautiful performance."
Later in the song, Swift sang another line that struck a chord: "Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you."
"That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100 percent real emotion," he said. "Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful." DiCenzo tweeted.
Watch Taylor Swift perform "New Years Day"here.
The new round of shows kick off on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles, CA, and will run through late April, wrapping up in Lincoln, NB, on April 26. Ticket details are expected in the coming weeks. See the dateshere.
Luke Bryan's annual all-inclusive festival vacation descends on Mexico's Riviera Maya over the Jan. 17-20 weekend. "Crash My Playa is gonna be a good one," Bryan wrote on social media. "Say hello to the 2018 lineup."
#CrashMyPlaya is gonna be a good one. Say hello to the 2018 lineup. https://t.co/66WUVHRFRl Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) November 14, 2017 Read morehere.
The band that launched the career of Justin Timberlake and sold more than 70 million records worldwide has teamed up with branding and licensing company Epic Rights to create a line of clothing and accessories, games figurines and more.
"The band is thrilled to create an exciting new line of merch with Epic Rights in celebration of our 20th anniversary," band member Lance Bass said in a statement. A founding member of *NSYNC, Bass will act as the direct liaison with Epic Rights. Read morehere.
"I'm here to support my brother Meek Mill," he said. "I want y'all to understand that if it take Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others."
Mill served eight months in jail beginning in 2008 for a gun and drug conviction. This year, he allegedly was involved in a fight at a St. Louis airport and was arrested for reckless driving in New York this August. Both charges were dropped, yet they reportedly formed the basis of his probation judgment. The New York Post reports that the FBI is currently examining the parole case. Read morehere.
Starting yesterday (Nov. 14), the Soundsystem will play seven California dates followed by multi-night stops in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Aspen, Colorado.
In addition, they'll play Lollapalooza in Argentina, Chile and Brazil followed by dates in the U.K. and Europe. Check out the band's full remaining itineraryhere.
Rhett will be taking the field during the halftime festivities in Dallas next Thursday (November 23rd) when the Cowboys take on the Los Angeles Chargers.
Rhett made the big reveal with a humorous video where he talks about loving the fall season, including "pumpkin everything." Check out the funny cliphere.
As the video progresses, they guys lose the car and focus on a series of scantily-clad models while they handle vocal duties. Fetty Wap has also promised that fans can expect to see his long-awaited sophomore album, King Zoo, sometime next year.
Check out the new clip, which contains profanity and some nudity,here.
Kendrick Lamar has shared his thoughts on the mumble rap phenomenon during a new interview with Forbes as part of their annual "30 Under 30" issue. "The responsibility this is how I think is how you stay sane and stay focused in the essence of music, is to never forget the root where I come from, as far as hip-hop, and knowing my forefathers and the people that laid the groundwork for me to be here," Lamar said when asked about what comes with the mantle of being among (if not) the best rapper alive. "I always keep that in the back of my mind. Never take it for advantage, and misuse it.
"But also, at the same time I want to evolve. You know? I want hip-hop to continue to evolve," Lamar continued. "That's why I can't shun a lot of the artists that may not be a Kendrick Lamar. But this is what I tell them every time I see them be yourself and do what you do but also know who laid down the groundwork. Don't go on your interviews and dis them and say you don't like them and you don't care for them. That's your opinion, that's cool but you have to respect them. So talking down on the folks that inspired us to do this, it'd never be right." Read morehere.
"Women who are abused end up having long-term physical and physiological problems," he said. "I'm working with Lady Gaga now' we [want to] set up trauma centers where women can go to get the long-term help they need to deal with these crises' We finally are recognizing the long-term impacts on the health of women and men who've been abused. It's the next great frontier I want to be part of."
Lady Gaga's team confirmed the report to Entertainment Weekly, adding that these plans are in the "early stages."
"The Vice President and Lady Gaga share an interest in addressing the long-term physical and emotional effects of trauma and they have been discussing what to do about it," her rep said in a statement. "Their discussions on how to move forward are in the early stages."Read morehere.
"We're both really excited," Sparks told People about her new life with husband, Dana Isaiah, an aspiring model. "He's been like, 'I want to shout it from the mountain tops!' We're really proud to be married to each other and to be celebrating this."
The couple's whirlwind courtship was heavily influenced by their families, but Sparks says she knew right away."A couple days after we had actually met, I was like in my head 'That's going to be my husband! That's my husband right there,'" she said. Read morehere.
The show features performances by Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, and a special appearance by Lindsay Ell!
As a salute to those who currently serve or have previously served in our armed forces, a portion of the concert's proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor, which provides educational support to spouses and children of America's fallen and wounded warriors. There are more than one million dependents adversely affected by military deployments and nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarships. See the detailshere.