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Music Notes: Katy Perry, Nick Jonas, Olivia Rodrigo and more

Katy Perry and Celine Dion are among the Las Vegas entertainers and other celebrities who've designed life-size baby elephant statues for display at Resorts World, the hotel and casino where Katy has her residency and where Celine had planned to kick hers off last year before it was postponed. The 26 elephants will be on display through Labor Day. The statues will then be auctioned off to benefit elephant welfare programs.

And speaking of Katy, she's back at Resorts World this weekend for another round of dates in her PLAY residency. She posted a behind-the-scenes look on Instagram at all the wild and wacky costumes featured in the show.

Olivia Rodrigo reunited with her High School Musical: The Musical: The Series castmates at her show at LA's Greek Theatre a few days ago. Co-star Dara Renee posted a series of photos on Instagram showing eight members of the cast with Olivia backstage, plus footage of her view from the audience. "GOOD 4 U!! I’m so proud of this Queen!! THE TALENT this icon carries!!" Renee captioned the photos. "Wheww chile You deserve all this and so much more. Love you to the moon and back Liv!!"

Thursday night in L.A., Nick Jonas received the 2022 Golden Glove Award at the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation's "Big Fighters, Big Cause" Charity Boxing Night. The award acknowledged Nick's work in raising awareness for diabetes, which he was diagnosed with as a teen. In his acceptance speech, he said, "I’ve been living with this disease for nearly 16 years and it's been an uphill and crazy ride ... I didn’t know anyone when I was first diagnosed that was living with diabetes and my only hope is and has been to try and be a face that people recognize and normalize this disease.”

Sara Bareilles is headed back to Broadway. The singer, who co-wrote the hit musical Waitress and also starred in it off and on throughout its run, will return to the Great White Way for an eight-week engagement of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods. Sara has been playing the Baker's Wife in the off-Broadway production; she'll continue the role when the show moves to Broadway's St. James Theatre starting June 28. Tickets are on sale now via SeatGeek.com/into-the-woods.

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The Kid LAROI shares his McDonald's meal in new Australian TV ad

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The Kid LAROI recently teased a signature McDonald's meal for fans in his home country of Australia, and it's now available Down Under. While you may not be able to buy it anywhere else -- yet -- you can at least watch the commercial for it on YouTube.

In an ad that incorporates old-school arcade game graphics, a ball pit, giant French fries and a throne sculpted out of ice, LAROI reveals that his favorite meal is a six-piece Chicken McNuggets with barbecue sauce, a cheeseburger -- no pickles, a medium fries and a Frozen Coke.

"That's my meal, and now you can get it, too," he adds.

Artists like BTS and Mariah Carey have also teamed with Micky D's for signature meals. It's not clear if LAROI plans to bring his meal with him when his End of the World Tour arrives in the U.S. in August. The tour just kicked off in Sydney, Australia.

"To think this entire tour is completely sold out is wild," he wrote on Instagram Stories. "You've all changed my life forever and because of y'all I'm able to live out my dreams in real life. I'm beyond grateful for all of this and maaaan I can't wait to see you all!"

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Pink, Billie Eilish are Ellen DeGeneres' final guests on last episode of talk show

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After 19 years in syndication, Ellen DeGeneres wrapped up her talk show for good on Thursday. Along with Jennifer Aniston, she was joined by two music superstars as her final guests: Pink and Billie Eilish.

Aniston was Ellen's very first guest on her very first episode, so it was fitting that she appeared on this final show. After Aniston's appearance came Billie, who first appeared on the show in 2018, when she was just 16. She told Ellen, "You started this show the year after I was born. This was in my house constantly. Every day. I would walk into the kitchen and my mom would be watching you.”

Ellen's great friend Pink was the final guest and musical performer. In addition to singing "What About Us," she also gifted Ellen with some things that will help her fill all the free time she'll suddenly have on her hands: a homemade sourdough starter; knitting needles and yarn; and binoculars for bird-watching.

Pink, who first appeared on the show in 2003, told Ellen, “I wanted to be a singer because I wanted to grow up and change the world and make it a better place. You’ve done that in so many ways. Maybe I help people find their pain. You help people find their joy.”

Ellen concluded the show by saying, "Thank you so much for being on this journey with me. I feel the love and I send it back to you. Bye.”

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Britney Spears' lawyer accuses her father of "running and hiding" from deposition

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While Britney Spears' conservatorship may be terminated, the legal wheels surrounding it continue to grind.

On Wednesday, Britney's lawyer Mathew Rosengart filed a motion compelling Britney's dad, Jamie Spears, to sit for a deposition, Page Six reports. In the document, Rosengart writes, "Despite his demonstrably false claims that he has ‘nothing to hide’ ... James P. Spears has been running and hiding from his deposition and accounting for his misconduct — under oath — as required by law.”

Rosengart claims Jamie has spent six months "engaged in stonewalling and obstruction" and refuses to respond to requests for even basic information. Rosengart says it's not because Jamie can't travel, noting that he's prepared to take Jamie's deposition "in any city in the country."

In addition to questions about his alleged financial misconduct, Rosengart also wants Jamie to respond to the allegations that he bugged Britney's bedroom and recorded her private conversations -- and paid for it with Britney's money.

In the document, Rosengart states that he hopes Jamie, who he calls a "misguided" fiduciary and father, "does what is right, both legally morally," and concludes, "Be decent. Please, stop harassing and bullying your daughter. Please, leave your daughter alone.”

Britney previously described the conservatorship under her father as "abusive," and claimed to the court that while he was in charge of her life and affairs, she was forced against her will to take medication, enter a mental health facility and have an IUD contraceptive inserted.

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Ed Sheeran reveals full track list for the "Tour Edition" of 'Equals,' including two brand-new songs

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After teasing the "tour edition" of his album Equals, which is dropping on Friday, Ed Sheeran has revealed the full track list for the package, which includes a whopping 24 songs. But the version you get may not be the same one that, say, your friend who lives overseas gets.

"Be on the lookout, some countries will get their own unique track list," Ed writes on Instagram. He didn't indicate which countries will get which tracks, though.

The track list that Ed has posted, meanwhile, includes all 14 songs from the original album -- including "Bad Habits" and "Shivers" -- plus, as he previously revealed, two unreleased songs he recorded for the movie Yesterday: "Penguins" and "One Life."

In addition, you'll find his 2020 single "Afterglow"; the version of "The Joker and the Queen" that he did with Taylor Swift; the single "Peru" he did with Nigerian singer Fireboy DML; the new version of "Bad Habits" he recorded with British metal band Bring Me the Horizon; and two remixes of "2step," one featuring U.S. rapper Lil Baby and one featuring British rapper Potter Payper.

On top of that, there are two completely new songs: "I Will Remember You" and "Welcome to the World," whose title suggests it may have been inspired by one or both of Ed's two daughters.

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BTS to meet with President Biden at the White House next week

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BTS is going to help Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month go out with a bang.

On May 31, the last day of AANHPI Heritage Month, the group will join President Biden at the White House to talk about Asian inclusion and representation, and also discuss anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes, which have increased in recent years in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March of 2021, BTS issued a strongly worded statement condemning the recent wave of anti-Asian hate and violence in the U.S. "We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence," the K-pop superstars wrote. "You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."

The group also detailed their own experiences as the victims of racism, writing, "We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason...these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem."

They added the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate.

President Biden signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021, which provides law enforcement with resources to identify, investigate, and report hate crimes, and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to AA and NHPI communities.

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Can't Stop the Dealing: Justin Timberlake sells song catalog

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Add Justin Timberlake to the growing list of superstars who've sold their song catalogs, presumably for big bucks.

According to multiple reports, the company Hipgnosis Song Management has acquired 100% of Justin's catalog of musical compositions, as well as his share of the money he gets when the songs he's written are performed publicly.  The worldwide rights to the songs were also included in the deal, though the current rights holder, Universal Music, has them until 2025.

Songs included in the deal include "Cry Me a River," "SexyBack," "What Goes Around...Comes Around," "Mirrors," "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and "Suit & Tie."  The monetary terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a statement, JT said that he was "excited" to be partnering with Hipgnosis and its CEO, Merck Mercuriadis, adding, "He values artists and their creative work and has always been a strong supporter of songwriters and storytelling. I look forward to entering this next chapter.”

Mercuriadis called Justin "one of the most influential artists of the last 20 years" and "one of the greatest songwriters of all time" and says his many hits "are among the most iconic of the period."

Justin may have gotten the idea to do this from his good friend Timbaland, who sold his catalog to Hipgnosis in 2019. That means Hipgnosis already owns Tim's share of the five Justin Timberlake albums he produced.

Among the songs Hipgnosis co-owns:  "Umbrella," "Single Ladies," "Girls Like You," "Uptown Funk," "Shape of You," "Despacito" and The Chainsmokers' "Closer."  It also owns or co-owns catalogs of Jack Antonoff, Neil Young, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, two members of Fleetwood Mac, and dozens more.

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Is Britney Spears being "wooed" for a new Las Vegas residency?

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Will Las Vegas lose Celine Dion, only to gain Britney Spears Entertainment Tonight reports that because Céline Dion has yet to reschedule her planned series of shows there, Sin City would love to have Britney back for a new residency.

A source tells Entertainment Tonight, "There is definitely some wooing happening in Vegas to get Britney Spears back for a residency."  The source explains that The Genting Group, who own Resorts World, "have deep pockets, which is part of the reason they were able to secure Céline Dion, but because of Céline's recent cancellation, Resorts World would love to have Britney now."

As previously reported, Céline postponed her Resorts World residency last year due to "severe muscle spasms," and recently pushed her European tour dates to 2023 for the same reason. That leaves a hole in the schedule, which Resorts World would like to fill with a new Britney show.

"If they were to get Britney, the assumption is she will want a bump in compensation, so it could be expensive for them, but everyone is interested in having her return to the Vegas Strip," the source said.

You may recall that in 2018, Britney announced she was set to do a new residency called Domination at Park MGM, which would have made her the highest-paid performer on the Strip.  That show was canceled it in early January 2019 after her father suffered a serious health issue.

Since her conservatorship was terminated, Britney has indicated that she's not interested in performing, but just a few days ago, she and her fiance Sam Asghari were wined and dined at Resorts World, which projected a massive photo of her on the side of the property with the words "Resorts World Loves Britney."

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Jennifer Lopez reportedly wants to wed Ben Affleck "sooner rather than later"

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Wedding bells for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez will come "sooner rather than later" -- that is, if J-Lo has her way.

“Jennifer will tell you she’s not in a rush to get married, but her friends think otherwise,” a source tells Us Weekly. “The truth is that if Ben wanted to push this forward as early as this summer, she’d be totally down with that.”

The insider also says the 52-year-old actress/singer, “wants the formalities out of the way so they can start their journey as man and wife sooner rather than later,” and she intends to have a big wedding.

“She definitely wants a spectacular celebration at some point and money won’t be an object!” the source continues. “They’re both committed to making this work and taking all the steps necessary to respect each other’s boundaries and learn from their mistakes the last time around.”

Ben and Jennifer, aka "Bennifer," rekindled their romance last summer after Jennifer broke up with Alex Rodriguez. They first met in 2002 on the set of their film Gigli. In June 2002, Lopez filed for divorce from then-husband Chris Judd after two years, and began publicly dating Affleck.

Affleck proposed the following November but called things off in September of 2003, just days before they were supposed to tie the knot. By January 2004, they had officially split.

If the couple makes it to the altar, it'll be the Jennifer's fourth marriage and Affleck's second. Jennifer shares twins Max and Emme, 14, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Affleck has three kids with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.

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Music notes: Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles shouted out ex Taylor Swift during his One Night Only concert in London, belting out part of her hit "22" to celebrate a fan's birthday. Upon hearing someone in the crowd at O2 Brixton Academy was turning 22, he belted out, "I'm feeling 22, ooh ooh" while busting out a few moves, which fans caught on camera

Dua Lipa is "freaking out" because none other than Donatella Versace helped prepare for her concert in Milan, Italy, by doing "up my whole dressing room." Dua shared on her Instagram Story the extravagantly decorated room, which features yellow quilts, flowers, throw pillows and more bearing the Versace symbol.

Speaking of Dua, she's teaming up again with "One Kiss" collaborator Calvin Harris for an all new song, "Potion," dropping Friday. A clip of the song features the lyrics: "Late night conversations, electric emotions / Sprinkled with a little bit of sex / And that's a potion, yeah."

Speaking of new music, Ed Sheeran is releasing the "repackaged" tour edition of his new album = (Equals) on Friday and it will contain the never-before-released songs "One Life" and "Penguins," which he made for the 2019 film Yesterday. Ed also teased in his Instagram announcement, "There will be two other brand new songs on there as well."

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Pink, Britney Spears, Adam Levine & more react to Texas school shootings: "My heart is shattered"

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Musicians continued to express their feelings, both explicitly and subtly, via social media following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead.

Britney Spears posted a graphic on Instagram in which she wrote, "My heart is shattered. I'm lost for words."  She continued, "My prayers are with the victims of Robb Elementary and their families. Our sympathies and condolences are just not enough. We need to take action. We need change. Enough is enough. We will keep our prayers coming even if it's not enough to heal the loss."

Pink let a photo do the talking for her. On Instagram, she posted a picture of someone holding up a sign that reads, "Let's take a moment to honor the sacrifice of our brave school children who lay down their lives to protect our right to bear arms."

She captioned the post, "I don’t know where this picture is from but it says it better than I can. I have no words of my own right now."

In her Instagram Stories, Pink also posted video of Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy pleading for change on the Senate floor; Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr berating politicians for not doing enough; and a tweet that reads, "It must do something to your psyche, to your soul, to live in a society which pointedly and repeatedly does nothing about the mass murder of children."

Adam Levine, the father of two young daughters, posted Kerr's speech on his feed; in his Instagram Story, he posted a graphic that says, "Change the f**king gun laws now."

Other stars who posted similar messages and videos, as well as links to activist groups and quotes from poet Amanda Gorman's reaction to the shooting, include Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Dove Cameron and Shawn Mendes.

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Will Katy Perry go country? Maybe, kinda

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Katy Perry recently teamed up with country superstar Thomas Rhett for the song "Where We Started," which they performed on the American Idol finale. While it's unlikely that she'll ever make a full-on country album, Katy says she might take inspiration from country music for a future project.

Asked about making a country record, Katy told Extra, "I might get back a little bit more to my roots with that singer-songwriter side. I spent so much time in Nashville just laying my musical foundation, so I'd love to continue on that path.”

Katy also told Extra that over the years she's been sent "a bajillion country songs," but didn't record them, even though some of them, she says, went on to become "massive."  However, she felt that the Rhett duet is "the one I was meant to start with to cross over into this world."

Why? Because, she notes, "The story of this song is really beautiful … It talks about a relationship and where you started and if you ever have doubts about it, look at how far you have come. I feel that so much, even in my own relationship — it has been a beautiful journey.”

Katy also clarified to Extra that despite reports that she's moved to Kentucky permanently, she was only there for a few months because her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, was making a movie there.

"I loved it. It was so beautiful to see the heart of America," she says. "Also just to be ‘mom’ every day, all day — I love that.”

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Halsey on Texas school shooting: "As a mother, I'm scared"

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Halsey doesn't feel that speaking out online after the shooting in Ulvade, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead will do any good -- but they did it anyway.

"It is so difficult to make statements and engage in conversations about lives lost to gun violence and mass shootings because it is so frequent and so horrific," they wrote on their Instagram Story. "But unfortunately, it is also a routine news story for this generation and it shouldn't be."

The star continued, "I have nothing of value to add to this conversation because it never seems to move forward. And I don't think a graphic from a musician is going to do anything but add noise to an already loud discussion."

That being said, Halsey went on to write, "Just like many of you, as a mother, I'm scared. As a big sister I'm scared. As a citizen I'm angry. I can't think of anything to say besides make sure you're registered to vote."

"I just want all school-age children to be protected and not grow up in the epicenter of trauma," they concluded. "It is so futile and revolting that lawmakers protect guns over our youth. It's despicable."

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Nick Jonas speaks about being first-time dad: "It's pretty wild!"

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Nick Jonas is counting his lucky stars his baby girl, Malti Marie, whom he shares with wife Priyanka Chopra, is home after spending "100 plus days in the NICU" shortly after birth.

Appearing Wednesday on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the youngest member of the Jonas Brothers raved about being a first-time dad, "It's pretty wild." He also said of his adorable daughter finally coming home, "She's the best. It's just been a magical season of our life."

"It’s a blessing to have her home. It's been wonderful," he continued. Nick kept details under wraps and instead extended his congratulations to Kelly for scoring nine Emmy nods for her daytime talk show.

The two celebrated with a cocktail, with Kelly announcing, "I love it when we drink on my show ... Y'all had fabulous drinks at your house when I came [over]."  

As previously reported, Nick and Priyanka spoke openly about finally being a family of three earlier this month after news broke in January that they welcomed their first child. The couple revealed on Mother's Day that their daughter spent "100 plus days in the NICU" after she was born.

Nick and Priyanka had thanked the medical teams at Rady Children's La Jolla and Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles "who were there selflessly every step of the way," but declined to reveal the health complications that caused Malti's NICU stay.

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Alanis Morissette joins Olivia Rodrigo onstage to perform "You Oughta Know"

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Olivia Rodrigo did it again -- she invited another major pop star to duet with her onstage during her SOUR World Tour. This time it was the legendary Alanis Morissette.

Olivia took over Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on Tuesday night, where she and Alanis belted out a resounding rendition of "You Oughta Know."

Fans captured video of the unexpected moment, which saw Alanis leading the audience into an impassioned singalong to her 1995 breakup anthem.

Olivia and Alanis have crossed paths before. Last year, they interviewed each other for Rolling Stone, where the "Ironic" singer promised Olivia that, in celebration of her first headlining tour, "I’ll send you a kit. A survive-on-the-road kit for the sensitive soul."

Alanis revealed on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this month that a "survival" kit consists of "little tricks up our sleeve of what to bring to survive, for self-care. So for me, it's about bringing the equivalent of my 'blankie' everywhere I go."

Whether or not Alanis hand-delivered the package and what kind of goodies she stashed away especially for the young pop star is yet to be seen.

This isn't the first time a pop rock legend has crashed Olivia's stage. Previously, the Grammy winner had Avril Lavigne take over her show in Toronto to belt out "Complicated."

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