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Lil Nas X's hit song "Industry Baby" as we know it features Jack Harlow, but in an alternate universe it could have sounded a bit different. 

Lil Nas, who released his debut studio album Montero last week, hosted a Q&A session on Twitter on Tuesday and revealed that he attempted to get his idol on the track. 

When a fan on Twitter asked, "Which song did u send Nicki Minaj," the 22-year-old responded, "industry baby." No further explanation was given on why a Lil Nas X and Nicki collaboration failed to come to fruition. 

Although the song with Nicki didn't happen, Montero is full of collaborations with other talented artists like Megan Thee StallionMiley CyrusDoja Cat and Elton John

During the Q&A, the "Old Town Road" crooner also dished that he also wanted to team up with Lady Gaga on a record for his album "but [he] never finished writing to it & sending it to her."

While Lil Nas clearly has no problem getting an assist from other artists on his songs, he surprisingly hasn't done any features himself. Something he offers a simple explanation for when a fan inquired about it.

"[I] havent found the right song yet," he replied. "i want it to feel like a moment."


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Billie Eilish is putting her stamp on some sneakers.

The singer has teamed up with Nike to design two exclusive pairs of Air Jordans that are 100% vegan and made from more than 20% recycled material.

One pair is a tan-colored Air Jordan 15, representing her new Happier Than Ever era, while the other is a lime-green Air Jordan 1 KO. The color of the latter pair is an homage to her old signature hair color.

“This color is such a classic, stupid, little ‘old me’ thing, I guess,” she tells Nike. “I really wanted to kind of have almost like an ode to myself … this was me, for a while.”

"They're gender-neutral, which I really love," she adds. "You can be whoever and whatever you want with these."

Both shoes launch on September 27 on and on September 30 on the Nike SNKRS app.

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Rihanna continues to build the excitement for her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 fashion event, which promotes her Savage X Fenty line of lingerie.

RiRi dropped a trailer on Tuesday for Friday's show, which will features performances by Nas, Daddy Yankee, BIA, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, Normani, and Jade Novah. Normani also took part in last year's show, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which featured appearances by Roddy Ricch, Miguel, Ella Mai and Mustard.

Over the weekend, the "Umbrella" singer posted on Instagram, "Waiting for Vol. 3 to drop knowing y'all ain't ready."

Erykah Badu will also appear on the show, along with renowned models Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk and many more.

Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 will stream on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide beginning Friday, September 24.

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There’s another Britney Spears documentary in the works.

On Tuesday, Netflix teased Britney vs Spears ahead of a promised full trailer premiere on Wednesday.

The 18-second clip begins with text that reads, “The following audio is a voicemail from Britney Spears to a lawyer on January 21st, 2009 at 12:29 a.m.”

We then hear Britney’s voice saying, “Hi, my name is Britney Spears, I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship."

The Netflix doc comes after Hulu/FX’s documentary The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears reignited the #FreeBritney movement back in February.

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With the release of Final (Vol. 1) on Friday, Enrique Iglesias is winding down the album-making part of his career.

In a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, he says he’s “sticking to” his decision to stop making albums.

“Back in 2015-16, I was shooting a video and it just crossed my mind, my next album should be my final album,” Enrique says. “Granted, there's volume one and volume two, because I have a record contract, to be honest...But I feel I'm in this chapter of my life and making an album, it's a grueling process for me.”

The 46-year-old says he’s still going to write songs, but they just won’t be released in the format of an album. 

Enrique is set to kick off his joint tour with Ricky Martin on September 25 in Las Vegas. He tells Zane you probably won’t see him do a Vegas residency any time soon, though.

“Because I don't like performing in the same city every single night, at least right now,” he explains. “And I've been asked to do Vegas for the past five, six, seven, eight years, and I've always said no.”

“I like to travel,” Enrique adds. “...No matter how many times I've been to that same city, there's always something different. I love that. There's always something different with the fans, and I like meeting different fans.”

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If you love Billie Eilish and light sabers, listen up.  The "bad guy" singer is making her Beat Saber debut today.

Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game that tasks players to wield blades that resemble lightsabers to cut through different blocks that are perfectly timed with the music's beats.  The game is available on Oculus Quest 2 and Rift Platforms.

The Billie Eilish music pack includes 10 songs, from the albums Happier Than Ever and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Here is the complete track list, which can be purchased as a set for $12.99.  Songs may be purchased individually for $1.99 each.

"all the good girls go to hell"
"bad guy"
"bury a friend"
"Happier Than Ever"
"I Didn’t Change My Number"
"Oxytocin "
"Therefore I Am"
"you should see me in a crown"

Beat Saber also includes music from Imagine DragonsLinkin ParkGreen Day and Panic! at the Disco.

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Harry Styles has picked up one of the U.K.’s most prestigious songwriting awards.

The singer won his first ever Ivor Novello Award Tuesday for the song “Adore You,” from his 2019 album Fine Line. The song was awarded the "PRS for Music Most Performed Work of 2020" prize. PRS for Music is a British music copyright collective.

Harry shares the award with his co-writers Amy Allen, Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon.

Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were also honored at the London ceremony, taking home the Special International Award. The songwriting honor came in recognition of the global anthems the two musicians crafted, including "Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Wanted Dead or Alive."

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Lil Nas X hit the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge stage to sing some tracks off his new album, Montero -- plus an unexpected cover.

The singer performed his hit "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)," along with album tracks "Dead Right Now" and "That's What I Want.” Then he delivered a special rendition of Dolly Parton’s classic, “Jolene.”

"I chose this because I feel like this song is kind of like beautifully sad, you know?” Lil Nas explained of his song choice. “I like the little country twang, so I was like 'let me try this out.’”

Montero is out now.

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Gwen Stefani is continuing to look back on all the details of her magical wedding day, nearly three months into married life.

The singer shared throwback videos and photos on Monday of the day she said "yes" to her wedding dress -- a custom tulle high low gown from Vera Wang that featured a plunging neckline and a cutaway back.

In the caption of her post, she revealed the dress was the second one she tried on.

"The moment i said yes to the dress," the 51-year-old singer wrote alongside the snaps, tagging her stylists, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, the designer, Vera Wang, and her husband, Blake Shelton, in the post.

Gwen wore the gown to her July 3 wedding with a white veil that featured the hand embroidered names of Blake and her three children: Kingston, Zuma and Apollo.

The ceremony took place at Blake's Oklahoma ranch.

"Dreams do come true!!!" Gwen captioned a series of snaps she shared from the day.


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Katy Perry’s 2019 song “Harleys in Hawaii” is having a resurgence, thanks to TikTok.

A slowed-down version of the track -- specifically, the part where Katy sings “you and I” and holds the last note -- is being used to soundtrack various videos on the platform.

It’s even bumped the song’s sales and streaming in the U.K., according to Official Charts Company. It’s currently Katy's most popular track on Spotify.

Katy acknowledged the song’s renewed popularity, using it in one of her own TikTok videos to promote her shoe brand. She also tweeted a reference to it this week.

Charlie Puth, who co-wrote the song, also acknowledged the trend, duetting with one of the TikTok videos with the caption, “Why do all of these songs I made years ago keep blowing up all of the sudden?”

He added, “I mean I’ll take it!!”

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Ariana Grande made her coaching debut on The Voice Monday night and she pulled out all the stops to get the contestant she wanted on her team.

She went head to head with Kelly Clarkson and John Legend for contestant Katie Rae Mortimer, a stay-at-home mom who slayed a rendition of Maren Morris’ “The Bones.”

When Kelly tried to bond with Katie over their young kids, Ariana jumped in, joking, "I know that you and Kelly have a baby, but I will have a baby for you to be on my team. I'm kidding."

Then when John started to convince the contestant to join his team, Ariana interrupted him with her secret weapon: a button that plays her hit “thank u, next.”

John was stunned and Kelly cracked up laughing. In the end, Ariana won the contestant.

“Well played @ArianaGrande… well played!” John later tweeted.

The Voice airs another episode tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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Shawn Mendes wasn't able to lie his way out of uncomfortable questions during a new interview with Vanity Fair.  That's because he was attached to a polygraph -- a lie detector machine -- that called out every fib.

The 15-minute interview saw the "Summer of Love" singer sweat through a series of questions as a stoic polygraph examiner monitored his physical reactions. Questions ranged from discussing Mendes' personal and romantic life, to asking his unfiltered thoughts about his circle of friends, including their significant others.

One awkward moment came when the reporter grilled Mendes on Taylor Swift's boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn. When asked if he approved of Alwyn, the Grammy winner took a moment before responding, "I've never personally met Joe, but he looks like a sweet guy."

Unfortunately, the man monitoring the polygraph chimed in that Mendes was being "deceptive," which forced the singer to redo his response. As it turns out, the "Stitches" artist thinks Alwyn's eyes are a tad too blue.

"He's kind of got a little bit of a villain look about him. He looks like a nice guy but, like, he at any movement could turn into a villain, you know?" Shawn nervously chuckled. "He’s got really blue eyes and I struggle with eyes that blue...I find it easier to trust brown eyes."

Speaking of brown eyes, Mendes happily dished on his romance with singer Camila Cabello, saying truthfully that "everything's okay" between the two.  He also ratted out his girlfriend as the one who runs their dog Tarzan's ultra-successful Instagram account that boasts nearly a quarter-million followers.

As for Mendes himself, he was asked if he was nicer than Harry Styles, and responded, "It's hard to tell... I think I could be nicer than him."

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After suddenly going dark on Instagram last week, Britney Spears made her triumphant return to the social media service on Monday. 

The "Toxic" singer admitted that she found it hard to "stay away" from the app, but revealed that she temporarily deactivated her Instagram in order to enjoy a small getaway with Sam Asghari, her soon-to-be husband.

Spears, 39, also let it slip that she's still having a tough time wrapping her mind around the fact that she's engaged.

"Some shots from my weekend getaway to celebrate my engagement with my ... holy s*** ... FIANCÉ," she captioned the post. "I still can’t believe it !!!!"

The Grammy winner continued, "I couldn’t stay away from the gram too long so I’m back already."

Despite her celebratory return, some fans aren't exactly buying the story and believe that someone else reactivated the account. Fans have begun pointing out that the photos and videos that have been uploaded since Monday don't show Britney wearing her sparkler, nor the dark cherry-red highlights she had in her hair during last week's engagement reveal

In a later video update, Spears explained in the caption that the "red dye came out in the shower and it looked like a crime scene."

The admission only fueled fans' concerns that Britney may no longer in control of her Instagram, with some hairstylists offering their expertise with red hair dye.

"Uh red hair dye doesn't rinse out in a few days... cosmetologist/barber here," one user remarked, while others shared similar insights.

Neither Britney nor Asghari have addressed the speculation.

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Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi has been open about the fact that she gains 10 to 15 pounds while taping each season of the show.  So of course, Meghan Trainor was concerned about the issue when she signed on to host the new Peacock cooking competition Top Chef: Family Style. But as Meghan tells ABC Audio, she wasn't going to let it happen to her.

Meghan started out with two strikes against her: Not only was she required to eat delicious and fattening food every episode, but when she started hosting the show, her son Riley was just two months old. "I was [also] trying to lose my baby weight," she tells ABC Audio. "So I was on a mission!"

"I worked out every single day before that show -- and after that show, sometimes," she reveals. "But I was the only person -- I think I'm the only person in history, dare I say -- to lose weight on Top Chef!

Yes, believe it or not, through diligent workouts and a nutrition plan, Meghan was able to avoid packing on the pounds while shooting the series.

"I was very excited. I kept coming in each week telling people, like, 'We're another pound down!'" she laughs. "So I worked very hard, and it showed me, too, like, you don't have to be afraid of carbs and all the treats. Because if you balance it out, you can still lose weight. So I did very well!"

Top Chef: Family Style, which features kids and their relatives competing in teams, will be about halfway through its first season when Meghan's other show, Clash of the Cover Bands, premieres on E! on October 13. She's also working on a new album.

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If you didn’t get your hands on Lil Nas X’s infamous Satan Shoes, he’s got another exclusive piece of clothing for you.

This time, the singer has teamed up with French designer Jean Paul Gaultier for a limited edition shirt in celebration of his new album, Montero.

The unisex long-sleeved mesh top is decorated with an ornate image featuring a shirtless Lil Nas with angel wings surrounded by tiny winged devils. It’s design was inspired by one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic ‘90s prints.

Much like the controversial Satan Shoes collab with design company MSCHF, only 666 of the Jean Paul Gaultier x Lil Nas X shirts were made. The shirt will set you back nearly $400 and is available for pre-order now.


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