The stratospheric number (1,238,000) isn't a big surprise, considering Swift's rabid fan base and the full-court promotional press around Reputation. That's more than the rest of this week's Billboard 200 chart combined, according to the New York Times.
That makes Reputation the highest-selling album in America since Adele moved more than three million copies of 25 back in 2015. Swift hit the mark through myriad means, including withholding the release from streaming services, and high profile awareness campaigns including the exclusive magazine bundle at Target and UPS trucks wrapped with the album artwork. Read morehere.
"I am really honored to be here with all of you guys tonight, my Lupus community," she said. "As many of you know, or might now know, I was diagnosed with lupus about five or six years ago."
"I've been speaking out about my situation to raise awareness about the disease," she continued. "After undergoing so many tests to monitor my kidneys my doctors told me I have lupus nephritis, one of those complications from lupus. They said I would be needing a kidney transplant."
On the other side of the major medical procedure, Selena says she's on the mend. Lately, she's been promoting her single "Wolves," a collaboration with EDM producer Marshmello.
"One of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life," she concluded. "And I am doing quite well now." Watch brief clips from Selena's speechhere.
On Monday night, Mensa brought his new material to The Late Show and performed "We Could Be Free" with a strings section. Clad in a navy tailcoat with gold applique, Mensa's dramatic arrangement featured backup singers wearing robes emblazoned with the words "Police Brutality," "Sexual Abuse," "Domestic Violence" and "Mass Incarceration."
"We could be free /If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other," Mensa sang. "One thing I believe I can learn /To see my enemy as my brother." Watch the moving performancehere.
The highly stylized clip features the pair as a married couple living a seemingly idyllic life, but with a dark reality lurking beneath the surface. A breakfast scene is undercut by Tatum spiking his coffee, while P!nk frolics with a cabinet full of pills. In another scene, P!nk finds Tatum cross-dressing in the closet, much to her delight.
Throughout the video, the pair perform synchronized dances across the color-coded sets, getting drunk before indulging in a little S&M scenario with another woman.
The new video follows P!nk's high-flying performance of "Beautiful Trauma" at this year's AMAs, which found the singer performing in the sky on the side of the JW Marriott building in downtown Los Angeles. Watch the videohere.
The moment is taken from the upcoming A Very Pentatonix Christmas holiday TV special, set to air on Nov. 27 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC. The special will be shown again on Dec. 6 at 8pm ET/PT.
The group has a very busy holiday season on tap, starting with the deluxe reissue of the 2016 release, A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe, which is available now.
The vocal band is set to launch "A Pentatonix Christmas Tour" on Dec. 3, which commences with three sold-out shows at the Chicago Theatre. Watch the video and see the full list of concert dateshere.
Chance was on hand to celebrate the largest donation in the company's history, which will go to the rapper's New Chance Arts & Literature Fund.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the fund was created in partnership between SocialWorks, CPS and Ingenuity, an organization that advocates for arts education. Read morehere.
Rhett sees holidays as an opportunity for Willa to learn about the culture of her birth nation. "You know, Willa's a little bit too young to understand a lot of things. So I think once she gets to the age where she starts to ask questions like, 'Where am I legitimately from? What kind of holidays do they celebrate in Uganda?'
"I would love to start incorporating a ton of her culture into our lifestyle because, you know, we're celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas and Fourth of July," Rhett said in a press release. "And when she starts asking those questions, I would love for her to start knowing and learning about her culture as well." Read morehere.
"The first Thanksgiving I ever had here, which was 25 years ago, 'cause I've been here a long time now. But the first one I ever had, I remember going to this family's home, they invited me to Thanksgiving, and I couldn't believe the volume of food. It was insane. I've never seen so much food in my life," the singer said (via Sounds Like Nashville).
"Then after the food, there was like 12 desserts," Urban continued. "I was like, 'Why are there so many desserts?' They said, 'Well, because every Aunt and every Grandma, everybody brought their thing, their special dessert, and you have to try every one of 'em. I'm like, 'There's like THREE apple cobblers.' And they're like, 'Yeah, but they're made by different people and they're all watching, so you have to make sure you try everything up there.'"
After assessing the situation, Urban came to a conclusion: "I was in love with Thanksgiving immediately." Read about his plans for this yearhere.
The Journey To Slowheart includes interviews with family and friends, who shed light on the singer's slow and steady rise to fame. In addition, the camera follows Moore as he takes a break from music and travels for several months in early 2017. He said these travels helped inspire him to create Slowheart.
"I gotta be surrounded by people that are moved by the small things," Moore said. "We're always talking about dreams because that keeps us alive, that's what keeps our blood pumping."
In an Instagram post announcing the film, Moore wrote, "I never knew that purposely taking a break from music, would bring me back to the core of why I fell in love with it in the first place."
"We never intended to make a documentary about these travels or the Slowheart record," he added. "PJ and I have been taking surf trips together for years…He just finally figured out how to turn on a camera and focus his energy on that instead of xbox. Thanks PJ (@lifeinrewindfilms) for being the friend you've been through the years and always shooting me straight. Hope you guys enjoy this! Cheers." Watch The Journey To Slowheart in its entiretyhere.
So, seeing his dramatic reading of a song from his forthcoming album What Makes You Country is both unusual and entertaining. Bryan recently shared a video on Facebook of his deadpan spoken word delivery of 'Hooked On It."
The song, which will be featured on his sixth studio album, What Makes You Country, was co-written by Bryan, Dallas Davidson and David Lee Murphy. On the track, Bryan talks about all the things in life he was immediately hooked on — fishing, Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" and a summer in the South.
What Makes You Country comes out December 8. Watch Bryan's dramatic reading of "Hooked On It"here.
"It's such an honor to sing at it and I'm very excited," the young singer gushed. Even though she didn't win the TV talent show, Angelica's thankful for the opportunity she gained by competing on America's Got Talent.
'AGT has really helped me face bigger audiences and it just helped my fears just go away," she explained. The talented performer has a lot to be thankful for — especially her mom, Eva Hale. Four years ago, she donated a kidney to her daughter after she had she experienced organ failure.
"Now she's a part of me," Angelica beamed when asked if she feels closer to her mother after the procedure. Read morehere.
"Thanksgiving, that's my wife's favorite time of the year, one of my favorite times a year," he shared in a press release. "You know, especially this year I have so much to be thankful for, and it's been a blessing and God's done some amazing things in our lives."
When it comes time for the Thanksgiving feast, there's one thing in particular that Gilbert wants to see on the table: "I think everybody knows, and if you don't know, I'm a mac and cheese guy," he said. Read morehere.
Oates assembled a band of Americana all-stars to bring the album to life, including Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.
The album was originally conceived as a tribute to Oates' musical hero, Mississippi John Hurt. "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues," Oates said of the final product in a press statement.
Among the tracks on the album include the Emmett Miller classic "Anytime" from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, "Miss the Mississippi and You," from 1932. The full-length will also boast a pair of Oates originals. Read morehere.
The medley emphasized what a personal inspiration Houston was on Aguilera's career and artistry, and featured some of the biggest pop hits of 1992. Marking the film's 25th anniversary, Christina's performance celebrated a quarter century of The Bodyguard.
Christina opened the set a cappella with her rendition of "I Will Always Love You." Sporting a black gown and slicked-back hair, Aguilera's vocal gymnastic paid tribute to the Dolly Parton-penned classic. She transitioned into another ballad: "I Have Nothing," followed by "I Run to You." Cutaways to P!nk and Ciara in the audience reminded viewers how universally Houston's career touched a generation of artists. At the performance's climax, Aguilera sang opening bars to "I'm Every Woman" surrounded by a gospel choir.
"This is for every woman in the audience--on your feet for Whitney Houston!" Christina shouted. Read morehere.
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