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Maroon 5 to headline Milwaukee's massive Summerfest concert event

Mathieu Bitton

If you can't make it to Las Vegas this year to see Maroon 5 do their residency show, they've just given you an opportunity to see them in another location.

The group is the latest headliner to be announced for Milwaukee's Summerfest. They'll headline the event on July 5 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. Tickets for that show will go on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. via the Summerfest website. A fan club presale starts March 6 at 10 a.m. CT.

Milwaukee's Summerfest will boast 600 artists over nine days. Maroon 5 is just the latest headliner to be announced; the others include Kane Brown, AJR, Carly Rae Jepsen and Mötley Crüe.

On March 8 and 9, Maroon 5 will perform shows in South Korea before returning to the U.S. for the kickoff of their residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas. Those dates start May 17 and run through June 1.

After a break from Vegas, which will include the Summerfest appearance and a set at Ottawa Bluesfest on July 7, Adam Levine and the guys will return September 27 for more shows.

Maroon 5 may have new music in 2024: Guitarist James Valentine told ABC Audio a few months ago, "I think it's almost album time." If the band does release a new album, it'll be the first since 2021's Jordi, named after their late manager, Jordan Feldstein.

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Music notes: Sabrina Carpenter, RAYE and more

At the BRIT Awards — the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys — on March 2, "Escapism" singer RAYE made history by winning six awards, the most ever won by a single artist in one night. Among her trophies: Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Best New Artist and Album of the Year. Other winners included Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and, in the international categories, SZA, Miley Cyrus and boygenius.

There may just be a genealogical reason Taylor Swift wants auroras and sad prose. The songwriter, who will release her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, on April 19, is related to famous poet Emily Dickinson. During Monday's episode of TODAY, the genealogy company Ancestry revealed Taylor and Emily are sixth cousins, three times removed.

Speaking of Taylor, Barry Keoghan attended The Eras Tour in Singapore on March 3 to support his girlfriend, Sabrina Carpenter, who serves as Taylor's opening act. Fans captured videos of the Saltburn actor smiling and clapping along during her set.

Mariah Carey's daughter rocked a new hairstyle for the first time, and it has the singer feeling all of the emotions. Her 12-year-old daughter, Monroe, straightened her hair for the first time, and Mariah posted about the milestone on her Instagram Story. "The days of 'you can't straighten your hair!' Are over!!" Mariah wrote on the photo.

Joe Jonas seems to have confirmed his relationship with model Stormi Bree. The couple were pictured kissing as they were out on a date at Bondi Bowling Club in Sydney, Australia.

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Jack Black is "waiting by the phone" for Britney's call after his viral cover of her song

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Now that Jack Black and his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass have covered Britney Spears, Black says he's waiting for Britney to call him for a collaboration.

Black and Gass' cover of "...Baby One More Time," which has gone viral, was recorded for the end credits of Black's new movie Kung Fu Panda 4. According to People, Black told reporters at the movie's premiere that the cover came about because the director, Mike Mitchell, asked Tenacious D for a song for the film.

"I was like, 'Can we do Britney Spears?'" Jack continued. "And [Mitchell] said that he wanted '...Baby One More Time' because," Black explains, "it's kind of in the vein of Kung fu.”

At the premiere, Black told Entertainment Tonight, "Britney, if you're watching, I love you. I love the song. We're very proud of it, [and] I hope you like it, too."

Asked if he'd be interested in teaming up with Britney for versions of some of her other songs, Black said, "I'm here! I'm ready when you are. I'm waiting by the phone. I got kicks! I don't quite have Britney kicks, but you know, I got some moves."

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Selena Gomez says her two recent hits "might not" sound anything like her new album

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Selena Gomez's two most recent songs, "Single Soon" and "Love On," are both upbeat bops, but don't expect her next album to necessarily sound like either one of those songs.

“I guess it’s safe to say that ‘Single Soon’ and ‘Love On’ might not be really reflective of the project that I’m working on,” she tells Rolling Stone. “They are in spirit, but I’m excited to explore more styles of music, and I think people will hopefully be surprised by the contrast."

"I like releasing songs that I love and I care about. I just released them into the world and later comes the full album," she adds. As for when we can expect it, she says she "hopes" it'll come out in 2024. Why wouldn't it? Well, she's somewhat busy: the fourth season of Only Murders in the Building has just started filming, and she's also busy prepping to portray music legend Linda Ronstadt in an upcoming biopic.

“I’m stepping into someone’s life, and that can be really intimidating,” she says of the movie. “But I’m beyond inspired by [Ronstadt], and I know too much about her at this point.”

As for her recent comment on the Smartless podcast that she feels like she has "one more album in me," Selena says, “I love film. I love TV. I just feel like I haven’t done a lot of the things that I want to do in that space."

"It’s not that it’s ‘no, never’ [to music], it’s more that I would like to explore that world a bit more and have the time to actually do that.”

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Why Sam Asghari says he won't talk badly about Britney Spears

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari in 2019; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Britney Spears' ex-husband Sam Asghari — or people in his camp — reportedly accused Britney of bad behavior during their marriage, but now, he tells People he'd "never" speak badly of his former wife.

The personal trainer-turned-actor, 30, now tells People of his and Britney's relationship, "It was a blessing to be able to share life with someone for a long time. And people grow apart and people move on.”

He goes on to say that he isn't down with people trashing their exes.

"I've always hated people leaving a certain relationship — and at some point they told each other they love each other and they sat at the same table and ate food [together] — so I never understood when people part ways [and] they talk badly about each other,” Sam says. “That's something I'm never going to do because I had nothing but an amazing experience and a great life, and that's always going to be part of my life, a chapter of my life.”

Sam and Britney got together in 2016 and married in June of 2022. He filed for divorce in August.

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Shawn Mendes joins Niall Horan onstage in London

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Prior to kicking off his current tour, Niall Horan teased special guests might be joining him. On March 1, he brought one out: Shawn Mendes.

Shawn popped into Niall's show in London, and the two sang Shawn's hit  "Treat You Better." Afterward, Niall shared a video featuring the moment he affectionally introduced Shawn during the show, calling him his "little big brother."

Following the duet, the two embraced onstage and Niall told the crowd, "That's my boy!"

Shawn hasn't performed live much since he officially canceled his Wonder world tour in 2022 to focus on his mental health. In an interview with WSJ Magazine last year, Mendes described the process of stepping away from the tour as "very difficult" and said he was doing "a lot of doing therapy, a lot of trying to understand how I was feeling and what was making me feel that way."

Niall's tour will arrive in North America on May 29.

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Justin Timberlake teams with Spotify to reveal album track list

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Justin Timberlake's new album, Everything I Thought It Was, is coming out on March 15, and he's teamed with Spotify to reveal the track list on a billboard installed on The Reef in Los Angeles. 

If you'd rather read the track list online, you can visit a countdown page on Spotify, where you can also preorder the album. Exclusive clips from Justin will also be posted there in the coming days.

The track list confirms that *NSYNC appears on the song "Paradise." There's also a collaboration on the song "Liar" with Fireboy DML, a Nigerian singer who's worked with Ed Sheeran and Madonna.

Here's the track listing in full:

"Memphis"
"F**kin' Up the Disco"
"No Angels"
"Play"
"Technicolor"
"Drown"
"Liar" ft. Fireboy DML)
"Infinity Sex"
"Love & War"
"Sanctified" (Ft. Tobe Nwigwe)
"My Favorite Drug"
"Flame"
"Imagination"
"What Lovers Do"
"Selfish"
"Alone"
"Paradise" (ft. *NSYNC)
"Conditions"

In other Justin news, his wife Jessica Biel's birthday was on March 3, and on Instagram, he posted a montage of photos and videos showing her, and her and Justin through the years. "There ain’t no other way to say it. You’re the best. I love you. Happy birthday, ya [G.O.A.T.]!" he wrote.

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Find out when Katy Perry's episode of 'Peppa Pig' will air

Katy Perry as Ms. Leopard in 'Peppa Pig'; Courtesy Hasbro

Last year, Katy Perry and her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, revealed that they'd be voicing characters on the Nickelodeon kids' show Peppa Pig. Now, we know when their episodes will air.

The three-part Peppa Pig Wedding Special will air at 9 a.m. ET/PT from March 25 through March 28 as part of Peppa Pig Wedding Week, an event marking the 20th anniversary of the character. Katy will play a dress maker, Ms. Leopard, while Orlando will play Mr. Raccoon, a jeweler. They'll both help with the wedding of Mr. Bull and Mrs. Cow.

In a statement, Katy says, "Peppa is so relatable and warm, and her stories teach lessons of good values and integrity that I am modeling for my daughter It feels like a warm cup of tea all the time! How could I say no?"

"Peppa is an icon, and I thought I should give my KatyCats the collab they’ve been asking for!" she continued. "Plus whatever makes me cool with my toddler is what I’m into these days!”

Orlando added, “The fact that I get to be Mr. Raccoon and I can run around the kitchen pretending to be Mr. Raccoon when [our daughter Daisy is] watching it, she will just be so delighted.”

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'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' on Disney+: Exclusive trailer reveal

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Good Morning America exclusively revealed the trailer for the Disney+ version of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, streaming March 14.

It was announced in early February that Swift's blockbuster concert film would make its streaming debut on Disney+ and would include a few surprises for fans, too.

The Disney+ version of the film -- Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) -- will show the concert in its entirety for the first time as well as include the song "cardigan," plus four additional acoustic songs not featured in either the previous theatrical or VOD versions.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour hit the big screen at AMC movie theaters across the country in October, becoming an instant smash. It grossed more than $260 million at the global box office, making it the top-selling concert film of all time.

When announcing the Golden Globe-nominated concert film would be coming to Disney+, Disney CEO Bob Iger called it "a true phenomenon that has and continues to thrill fans around the world."

Stream Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) when it debuts on Disney+ on March 14 at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

Disney is the parent company of ABC News and Good Morning America.

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The Kid LAROI says he's "working on something for the summer"

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When he announced his Prime Video documentary, Kids Are Growing Up, on Instagram, The Kid LAROI said fans could expect "MORE new music soon!!!!!!!" He also wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that he's thinking about releasing a "small project." And he recently told ABC Audio more about his plans.

Asked what form the new music he's planning will take — album, singles, EP or other — LAROI tells ABC Audio, "I mean, as of right now ... yeah, a lot of singles."

"I'm trying to gear up hopefully for the summertime to hopefully, I don't know, I don't want to say drop a project, but I'm working on something for the summer. Hopefully," he laughs. "Hopefully. No pressure on it, though. But yeah, hopefully." 

LAROI's debut album, The First Time, came out in November. He released the single "Heaven" in January and put out another single, "Still Yours," on March 1.

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"Let's make a deal": Pop-Tarts wants Taylor Swift's homemade toaster pastry recipe

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Turns out fans weren't the only people interested in hearing that Taylor Swift made homemade Pop-Tarts for her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, and his Kansas City Chiefs teammates. The company that makes the official toaster pastry took notice, too — and now they want Tay's recipe.

The Pop-Tarts brand took out a full-page ad in The Kansas City Star's March 1 print edition. It read, "To KC’s most famous fan, we heard you have a Pop-Tarts pastry recipe. We’re tortured not knowing more about this DIY delight. What’s the filling? Does it have frosting? Do they have little holes? So let’s make a deal.”

The ad says Pop-Tarts is making a donation to a local food bank in Kansas City and will double it "if you share (your version) of our recipe with the masses. And this time we’ll make sure coach gets a bite. You in?”

That last line refers to Chiefs coach Andy Reid, while appearing on a podcast, noting that she didn't give him one of the Pop-Tarts she'd made for the offensive linemen.

The ad also includes an illustration of a friendship bracelet that reads "Crazy Good."

This isn't the first time that Pop-Tarts has tried to gain attention with a Swift reference. In 2022, after she released Midnights, the brand posted a parody of the album's cover with the caption, "FYI we’re around if you need a midnight snack (aka emotional support Pop-Tarts)." 

The cover also listed song titles that had been changed to reference Pop-Tarts, like "Strawberry Glaze," "Betoasted," "Anti-Hunger" and "Snackster-Mind."

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Rihanna performs first full concert in 8 years at pre-wedding celebration for Indian billionaire's son

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She performed briefly at the Super Bowl in 2023, but Rihanna did her first full-fledged concert in eight years in India on March 1 -- for what was reportedly a hefty fee.

The U.K. paper The Independent reports that Rih performed for 40 minutes for 1,200 guests as part of the pre-wedding celebration for the son of Mukesh Ambani, Asia's richest man.  The three-day event -- which comes before the actual wedding in July -- attracted guests like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

According to the Independent, Rihanna performed barefoot during the concert, for which she reportedly received more than $6 million.  Apparently, money is no object for Ambani, who hired Beyoncé to perform at his daughter's wedding in 2018.  Afterwards, Rihanna told reporters, "I'll be back" and "The show was the best."

Based on fan footage and a list of songs posted to setlist.fm, Rihanna's concert included performances of "Birthday Cake," "Man Down," "Rude Boy," "Work," "Stay," "We Found Love," "Umbrella," her Kanye West and Jay-Z collabs "All of the Lights" and "Run this Town," and, of course, "Diamonds."

During the show, Rihanna's dress tore under the arm, but she wasn't bothered. She also invited the whole Ambani family onstage with her, including the bride and groom.

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Taylor Swift reveals final 'Tortured Poets Department' bonus track at Singapore show

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If you thought Taylor Swift would keep on announcing bonus tracks for The Tortured Poets Department until the album comes out in April, you'll be glad to know you won't have to go bankrupt buying them all: She's done.

A fan post on X revealed that during her March 3 show in Singapore, Taylor unveiled the fourth and final version of the album. The bonus track on this one is called "The Black Dog," and like the other versions, it has a different album cover, which you can see on her Instagram.

"'Old habits die screaming…' File Name: The Black Dog," she wrote. "Pre-order the final new edition of THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT with exclusive bonus track 'The Black Dog' on my website now." The album comes out April 19.

The phrase "The Black Dog" is often used as a metaphor for depression.

During her March 2 show on Singapore, fan-shot video captured Taylor talking about why playing the country is so special to her.  "My mom actually spent a lot of her childhood with her mom and dad and sister growing up in Singapore," Taylor said. 

"So a lot of the time when we'd come here on tour, my mom would take me and drive me past her old house, where she used to go to school. So I've been hearing about Singapore my whole life," she continued. "To get to come here and play a show this big with so many beautiful, generous people ... it means the world."

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Music notes: Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and more

Selena Gomez may have just released her new single, "Love On," but she's also focused on her acting career. She posted a couple photos to her Instagram Story on Friday from behind the scenes of filming a new season of Only Murders in the Building. The first photo shows a flower bouquet with a card that reads, "We're so happy to be back with you, love, Steve and Marty." In the next picture, Selena smiles beside co-stars Steve Martin and Martin Short.

Rock legend Rod Stewart recently claimed not to know any of Ed Sheeran's songs, but he has no such problem with Ed's pal Taylor Swift. Speaking to the BBC, he says of Taylor, "She will go on forever. Tremendous talent. Great looking girl. She's an industry all by herself." Rod and Taylor have had the same number of #1 albums in the U.K.: 11.

Speaking of Taylor, Philippine Airlines is making the friendship bracelets, taking the moment and tasting it. Ahead of Taylor's six Eras Tour shows in Singapore, which begin on March 2, the airline is passing out Swiftie-themed friendship bracelets to passengers headed to watch the concert at Singapore National Stadium. “Look what you made us do!" the airline captioned a post about the bracelets on Instagram.

Jack Black gave Britney Spears' hit song "... Baby One More Time" a hard rock spin in a new video posted to social media. In the clip, Jack sings alongside his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Bass, before he holds up his fist, revealing the word "baby" written on his knuckles. Fans have speculated the song may be tied to the upcoming release of Jack's new film, Kung Fu Panda 4.

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"I'm the bat guy": Billie Eilish says Christian Bale inspired her to break up with her boyfriend

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Billie Eilish may not know much about superheroes, but she knows who her favorite one is: Batman, as played by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight trilogy.

Billie and her brother FINNEAS were interviewed by Amanda Dimoldenberg, host of the popular online series Chicken Shop Date and this year's official Oscars ambassador. During their chat, Amanda asked if Billie's debut single, "Ocean Eyes," was written about Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy, who has arresting blue eyes.

"Well, ask him because he wrote that," Billie said, referring to FINNEAS. "I probably wrote it about Cillian," he joked. "Big fan of Cillian's eyes in Dunkirk."

"Batman is the one, though," Billie said. Presumably, she mentioned that film because Murphy played The Scarecrow in The Dark Knight trilogy.

"Is that your favorite superhero?" Amanda asked, referring to the Caped Crusader.

"Yeah, I don't know much about superheroes," Billie responded.

"Neither do I. Some of them are hot," Amanda replied.

"Yeah, correct," Billie agreed. "A couple of years ago, I had a dream about Christian Bale and it was in a little café in the sunlight and it made me realize I had to break up with my boyfriend at the time."

When FINNEAS and Amanda laughed, Billie insisted, "No, like, genuinely! I woke up, and I was like [gasp!] and I came to my senses.”

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