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Mariah Carey proudly wears her "Queen of Christmas" crown and is always telling us how hard she goes around the holidays.  But no one really knew how to celebrate Christmas just like Mariah...until now.

Speaking to People, the Grammy winner dishes on her dos and don'ts when it comes to throwing a party designed to "spread some holiday cheer, darling."

Her biggest rule that cannot be broken is: "Bleak people cannot come." 

As for what you'll need to throw a Mariah Carey-approved Christmas party, the "Fantasy" singer says you have to string up some mistletoe and leave out some milk and cookies for Santa.  Although Mariah loves her real Christmas trees, she gives her blessing to go the artificial route, saying, "Unfortunately we kind of have to deal with that now because we don't wanna kill all the trees in the land."

What are the things that Mariah wants you to steer clear of for your party?  She says lock up those "ugly" Christmas sweaters and put down that homemade tinsel -- mainly because she admits, "I don't know what that is." She also warns against putting up decorations in October, but relents on one condition, which is, "Only if you're under duress."

Mariah also hopes to remind everyone that she is more than a holiday novelty, even though "Christmastime really is my favorite part of the year."  She quips, "It's not like, 'Oh, I only emerge from the sea at Christmastime.' But I live for that stuff, and it makes me laugh!"

Mariah also laughs her way to the bank every holiday. Celebrity Net Worth estimates that she's earned $60 million -- or between $600,000 to $1 million a year -- just in royalties alone for her 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

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Getting out of bed is something people do every day, but that task can sometimes feel impossible for those struggling with their mental health.  Selena Gomez understands that battle all too well and shared the steps she takes to get herself out from under the covers. 

"Sometimes I'm not good at it.  It just happens where I'll wake up and... l struggle," the Grammy nominee confessed in a new Instagram post. 

Selena, who has previously opened up about her depression and anxiety, continued, "What helps me, first and foremost, [is] just picking up the phone and calling someone."

She also says understanding why this happens also helps, which is why she will "constantly try to fill myself with knowledge of what it is that I am feeling and the triggers that happen to me." Selena says doing that allows her to "take a step back and think of all the tools I've learned and try to implement them in my everyday life."

The "Lose You to Love Me" singer also encouraged her followers to exercise, even though she's not a fan of it herself. "I hate working out!," she quipped. "It is not fun."

Despite how she feels about working up a sweat, Selena said taking "intense boxing classes" helps her mentally because she's able to release her pent -p frustration and energy.  "It feels so good," she added.

The video was a teaser for Selena's upcoming mental health platform, Wondermind, which launches next year.

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Long before Lady Gaga picked up an Academy Award or released her breakout single "Just Dance," she was known as Stefani Germanotta, the girl who played "Girl at Swimming Pool #2" on HBO's The Sopranos.

The singer reflected on her acting debut in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly and marveled over how far she's come since playing a background character in 2001. 

"When I look back on that scene I can see exactly what I did wrong in that scene," Gaga remarked. "I didn't know how to listen in a scene! I was supposed to laugh, and it was sort of like, cue, laugh.... I see it and I go, 'oh, that's not a real laugh!'"

"I see a very non-specific actor [on The Sopranos]," Gaga said, before explaining how she's "grown a lot" since playing that pizza-eating teenager.

"I see myself as someone who is at least really striving to be specific without thinking about it, and that requires a lot of work ahead of time," Gaga expressed.  "The nuance and being specific as an actor is something that can grow over time if you're willing to listen and really hear the other actor that you're working with."

Gaga used her starring House of Gucci role as Patrizia Reggiani as a prime example of that.  "I really thank my acting teacher, Susan Batson, she and I worked for months and months on this before we filmed," said Gaga, who also praised the "incredible" director Ridley Scott for creating "a sanctuary for you on set to just fly."

Gaga's performance is already generating buzz that she could receive a second Best Actress Oscar nod.

House of Gucci is in theaters now. 

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Adam Levine may be sporting what appears to be new ink on his face, but fans can rest assured knowing that tattoo on his temple is 100 percent fake.

ABC Audio reached out to the Maroon 5 singer's rep to find out if that rose tattoo was legit, who responded, "Nope, not real!"

Adam later took to his Instagram story to personally quell the rumor, and said, "This message is for my mother. I do not have a tattoo on my face. Those that know me know, I am too vain, I'm too f****** vain to get a tattoo on my face."

The singer then gestured to his body and quipped, "I'll tattoo the rest of this, but no, the face has gotta stay the same."

Adam was seen flaunting the face art at a Wednesday night red carpet event with wife Behati Prinsloo.  Fans pointed out the flower resembled the Calirosa Tequila brand the "Harder to Breathe" singer recently launched with Behati. 

Since Adam is known to get tattoos with special meanings, such as the word "California" across his abdomen to honor his home state, it was believed the new ink was in honor of his new business venture.

 

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Seth Rogen wanted to have a good time at Adele's One Night Only concert taping -- but then he set fire to the blunt.  

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the actor said he "smoked a ton of weed" when pre-gaming for the concert, but that decision blew up in his face.

"We pull up and we see cranes, camera cranes, there's drones flying around, there's an entire crew there, and I'm like, 'Oh no, we are at the filming of a television special,'" Seth recalled.  He insisted he had "no idea I was attending the taping" because the invitation advertised it as "a small Adele concert."

But it just kept getting worse for the Santa Inc. star, who was already kicking himself.

"I'm like, 'Maybe it's not that big a television special,' and then the first person I see is Oprah Winfrey," he groaned.  Then he and wife Lauren Miller were seated "in the front row of the Adele concert."

"We're in front-row center.  We're as close as you can fathomably be. I sit down there's a camera literally pointed at my face," the comic laughed. 

To make matters worse, Seth had better seats than A-listers like Drake and Leonardo DiCaprio. "I could just feel them be insulted that I had such a good seat," he recalled, and insisted he does not know Adele, so he couldn't explain why he was in the front row.  Neither did Adele's actual friends, as Seth admitted he felt "Drake's eyes drilling into the back of my head."

Unable to "slink into the background" and "sit in the back," Seth relied on his acting skills to get him through the night, "playing the role of just an undistracted, normal, cool guy trying to enjoy an Adele concert." 

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Taylor Swift always does the right thing.  After her song "All Too Well" broke the record for the lengthiest track ever to top the Billboard Hot 100, she sent a gift to the guy who'd held the record for the past 50 years: singer/songwriter Don McLean.

McLean, whose 1971 hit "American Pie" ran eight minutes and 36 seconds, was bested by Taylor, with "All Too Well" clocking in at 10:13.  McLean tweeted a photo of the flowers and letter that Taylor sent him, and commented, "What a classy artist! Thank you @taylorswift13 for the flowers & note!"

In her letter, Taylor wrote, "Don, I will never forget that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. Your music has been so important to me. Sending love [from] one writer of LONG SONGS to another. Your fan, Taylor.”

McLean, 76, said in a statement to ABC Audio last month, "Let's face it, nobody ever wants to lose that #1 spot, but if I had to lose it to somebody, I sure am glad it was another great singer/songwriter such as Taylor."

Taylor's 10-minute-plus recording of "All Too Well" is featured as a bonus track on Red (Taylor's Version), which she released on November 12.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Britney Spears is not happy with the paparazzi. 

After the photographers snapped some "embarrassing" snapshots of her, the pop star took to Instagram on Wednesday to air her grievances

"I had a s****y day yesterday !!! Paps took pics of me coming out of a public bathroom ….. I mean how embarrassing is that ????" she wrote alongside a video of herself posing in front of a Christmas tree in different outfits, set to Madonna's "Vogue."

The photos in question could be ones that TMZ posted of Britney, at a gas station in Los Angeles. However, that didn't keep the "Toxic" singer down for long. She added that to cheer herself up after seeing the pictures she had a "party for confidence."

"I swear if you have confidence struggles or low self esteem and need to practice walking with your head held high and kinda hunched over … you must try it," she urged. 

Britney also hit back at the paps in a later post, where she showed off her physique and posed with fiancé Sam Asghari while wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, distressed denim shorts, and red knee-high boots. 

"Oh the precious joy today !!! Me and my fiancé are so excited to be going away …. as you can see I’m not 800 pounds like the paps have me in pics  … I’ve been working out and it’s real," she shared. "God thank you for being able to go out of the country !!!! I am blessed !!!!"

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Christmas season got into full swing on Wednesday with the help of Alessia Cara and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas at NBC's lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Cara performed her original holiday tune, "Make It to Christmas, from her 2020 release, Holiday Stuff, as well as her cover of the classic "Jingle Bell Rock," available on Amazon Music.

Thomas performed "Small Town Christmas," before teaming up with Brad Paisley for "Santa Don't Come Here Anymore." Both songs appear on Thomas' new holiday collection, Something About Christmas Time.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center also included appearances from Harry Connick Jr., Norah Jones, Pentatonix and Carrie Underwood.

The night, which also featured Radio City Music Hall's high-stepping Rockettes dance troupe, among others, concluded with the lighting of Rockefeller Center's 79-foot tall, 85-year-old Norway Spruce, which was donated by a family from Elkton, Maryland.

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A summer of love has faded into a winter of heartbreak for Shawn Mendes

On Wednesday, the 23-year-old released "It'll Be Okay," an emotional ballad that comes shortly after his split from girlfriend and fellow singer Camila Cabello

The piano-backed, slow-tempo melody of the track is only overshadowed by the somber lyrics that detail the evolution of realizing the end of relationship. The song starts with Shawn questioning the situation as he sings, "Are we gonna make it? / Is this gonna hurt?"

By the end of the song, though, the Canadian singer seems to have come to terms with what is inevitable, that "the future we dreamed of is fading to black."

He sings in the chorus, "If you tell me you're leaving / I'll make it easy / It'll be okay / If we can't stop the bleeding / We don't have to fix it / We don't have to stay / I will love you either way."

Shawn first teased "It'll Be Okay" on Tuesday, sharing a 12-second clip of the song to Instagram. In a follow-up post he wrote, "It feels like I [haven't] truly connected with you guys in a while. I miss you [white heart emoji] I hope you love this song."

The sentimental record comes just two weeks after Shawn and Camila announced that they were breaking up after two years together. 

"Hey guys, we've decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another as humans is stronger than ever," the "Señorita" collaborators shared in announcements on their respective Instagram Stories.

"[W]e started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends," they continued. "[W]e so appreciate your support from the beginning and moving forward." 

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As if she didn't already have enough to celebrate, Britney Spears turns the big 4-0 today, December 2. Within the past few weeks, Britney's 13-year-long conservatorship was finally ended, and it appears that wedding plans with fiance Sam Asghari are proceeding quickly.  The mom of two is even thinking about having another baby. 

A few days ago, Britney teased on Instagram, "Guess what???? My b-day is coming soon!!!!"  And while we don't know how she's planning to spend her special day, let's celebrate her by highlighting just a few of her many accomplishments.

--Last year, Rolling Stone named Britney's "...Baby One More Time" the Greatest Debut Single of All Time.

--Britney has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She's also the best-selling female albums artist of the 2000s.

--Britney's scored five number-one singles and six number-one albums. Her second album, Oops!...I Did It Again, set the record for the highest debut-week sales by a female artist, with 1.39 million. That record stood until Adele's 25 broke it in 2015.

--Her honors include an American Music Award, eight Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy, six MTV VMAs, six People's Choice Awards, 12 Teen Choice Awards and the GLAAD Vanguard Award, among dozens more.

--Britney's line of signature perfumes, now numbering more than 20, has made over $1.5 billion.

--Britney's Las Vegas residency Piece of Me grossed nearly $138 million and won multiple awards.

--Among the TV shows Britney has appeared in over the years: Will & Grace, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Jane the Virgin.  She was also a judge on The X Factor's second season.

Asked to send Britney a birthday wish, her old pal Joey Fatone from *NSYNC tells ABC Audio, "To Britney: Happy 40th birthday! Have fun, enjoy, be safe. You need to party your a** off!"

"Not too crazy," he adds. "But party your a** off in the sense of, to have your freedom, to have fun, to be able to enjoy yourself and do what the hell you wanna do...obviously, within reason! So Britney, happy 40th birthday and enjoy!"

--Britney's first movie, 2002's Crossroads, written by Shonda Rhimes and co-starring Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning and Dan Aykroyd, was a box-office hit.

--Britney is a doting mother to her teenage sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, and wrote this year, "I'm so incredibly blessed to have these two little men in my life."

 

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Hard to believe it's been 15 years since Gwen Stefani released her smash-hit album The Sweet Escape, but here we are.  If you forgot, Gwen made sure to remind her fans the significance of December 1.

"Happy 15th birthday to my second solo album!!" she celebrated on Instagram, and shared several key photos from the album's cover shoot.  She also reflected on the impact The Sweet Escape had, calling it "such a milestone in my career."

Gwen signed off by telling fans, "I hope it’s still satisfying ur sweet tooth all these years later."

The Sweet Escape debuted on December 1, 2006 and is RIAA-certified Platinum after selling over 1.7 million copies in the U.S.  It produced the hit songs "Wind It Up," "4 in the Morning" and the album's title track.  

Also, here's a fascinating fact: The album's original working title was Candyland, which is also the name of a song that was meant to appear on the track list.  Because Gwen decided to keep "Candyland" in the vault for a little longer, she changed the title to match the album's second track. 

Gwen has yet to officially release "Candyland" as a single, but there are supposed B-side versions of the song floating around online, if you're curious.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Katy Perry announced that her cover of the classic Beatles song "All You Need Is Love" has raised $100,000 to help needy children.

Katy told her fans on Twitter, "Pleased as punch that so many of you streamed my All You Need is Love track on @Spotify. Because of it, @Gap will be donating $100k to @baby2baby #GivingTuesday."

Katy launched her fundraiser in October as part of her holiday campaign with the Gap, where a dollar would be donated to Baby2Baby every time someone streamed the song on Spotify, for a maximum donation of $100,000.

The Grammy-nominee previously said in a statement that Baby2Baby, which provides basic necessities to children living in poverty, is "a charity that's close to my heart."

Katy, who is the mom of one-year-old Daisy Dove, added, "Children are our future. We need to lift kids and help them find their value, self-worth and self-respect."

"All You Need Is Love" is now available for purchase and streaming.  You can also hear a clip of Katy's cover on the Gap's Christmas commercials that are airing now.

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Christina Aguilera will become the first person in People's Choice Awards' history to take home the Music Icon award.  The announcement was made Wednesday.

According to a press release from NBC and E!, Christina earned the honor "for her contributions to the music industry and her illustrious career." 

The statement also teases the "Beautiful" singer will also take to the stage and perform "a never-before-seen medley of her biggest songs" before diving into some new music from her forthcoming Spanish-language album.  Not much is known about that album, which she's only recently teased.  It will be the follow up to the all-Spanish album she released in 2000, Mi Reflejo.  

It is possible Christina will tell us more about it when she accepts the first-ever Music Icon award at the 2021 People's Choice Awards, which will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA.  The ceremony airs Tuesday, December 7, starting at 9 p.m. ET on both NBC and E!

 

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Some people believe in horoscopes and that successful relationships are determined by astrological signs.  Lizzo might be one of those believers, because she says two Tauruses are better than one when explaining why she and Adele are such great friends.

Speaking with People on Wednesday, the "Rumors" singer shared how the two first met. "I met her at a birthday party or a Grammy party -- I can't remember where because I was drunk at both," Lizzo laughed, then noted that she and Adele hit it off because "[s]he's been through similar things that I have."

Aside from Adele giving her "really good advice," the 33-year-old rapper listed other reasons why the two get on so well. "We have very similar personalities and the way we think, and we just connected in that way," Lizzo declared. "We're both supreme divas. We know our worth -- and we're also both Tauruses."

The rapper said she and Adele support each other and have each others' backs.  Speaking about the "Easy On Me" singer's recent "Adele: One Night Only" concert, Lizzo raved, "When it came time for her performance, she extended an invitation, which was incredible -- she put my a** in the front row, which was even more incredible!"

She continued, "It was so crazy; I was turned up. I said, 'Adele's singing like she in the church -- she is doing some sanging right now. I need to give her that energy that she deserves.' So, I was living, and we had a lot of fun."

Lizzo is about to return to the stage herself and will perform at the American Express UNSTAGED concert in Miami on Saturday, December 4.  If you have tickets, keep your eyes peeled, because you might just see Adele dancing in the front row.

 

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Cardi B says several times in her Grammy-nominated hit "I Like It" that she likes her diamonds and, on Wednesday, she added a new rock to her collection.

"Girls Like You," Cardi's collab with Maroon 5, crossed over into the realm of RIAA Diamond-certified songs, meaning it has sold over 10 million copies.  This marks the second time both the band and Cardi earned a Diamond-certification for one of their songs.

Maroon 5 previously snagged the honor with their 2011 hit "Moves Like Jagger" and Cardi collected her first Diamond with her breakout single "Bodak Yellow."

The band celebrated the new achievement on Instagram, writing, "Girls Like You ft. Cardi B has been RIAA certified 10x Multi-Platinum! Thank you all for our second Diamond single," along with a diamond and a CD emoji.

Cardi also took to Twitter to celebrate making history, tweeting out, "Wow I got two Diamond records! Thank you sooo much @maroon5 for including me on this song and this is the song I cater to my daughter every time I perform it. I'm forever grateful."

The 29-year-old is now the first female rapper to boast two Diamond-certified tracks. 

"Girls Like You," released in 2018, spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the top-selling songs of the year. Its music video -- which featured Gal GadotEllen DeGeneresCamila CabelloAly RaismanTiffany HaddishJennifer LopezMary J. Blige and many other famous women -- has amassed over three billion views on YouTube.

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