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Music notes: Harry Styles, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Bad Bunny and Kate Bush

Harry Styles didn't skip a beat when a fan rushed the stage during his show in Brazil. NME reports a fan ran onto the stage while Harry was singing "What Makes You Beautiful," but security quickly tackled the intruder. "Well, that was different," Harry quipped while thanking security before joking, "I'm shooketh! I'm shooketh!"

Speaking of Harry, the singer is dealing with fans of The Strokes saying he stole the indie band's sound to make "As It Was." Ex Olivia Wilde has seemingly weighed in on the matter: Daily Mail snapped photos of her wearing a Strokes T-shirt to the gym. She and Harry went their separate ways last month after two years of dating.

Selena Gomez is rocking some colorful new hair and shared a TikTok of her using a public restroom's hand dryer to air out her rainbow-colored locks. "You gotta do what you gotta do," she captioned the clip.

Kelly Clarkson is seemingly the only singer who can convince Catherine Zeta-Jones to record a Christmas album. The actress appeared on Kelly's talk show and declared, "With you, I would [make one]. I'll come and sing with you any day."

Bad Bunny announced he is sitting out 2023 to focus on his health. "I'm taking a break. 2023 is for me, for my physical health, my emotional health to breathe, enjoy my achievements," he told Billboard. He added, "I have a couple of sporadic commitments, and I’ll go to the studio, but there’s no pressure."

Stranger Things star Sadie Sink said on Live with Kelly and Ryan that she had "no clue" Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" would blow up the way it did. She saw the song as "my little secret" after it topped her year-end playlists. Then the song became a viral hit: "I was not expecting that at all."

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Justin Bieber, Madonna, The Weeknd and more named in lawsuit against Bored Ape NFT maker

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Justin BieberMadonnaThe Weekend and other big names might be heading to court over their Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs.

The value of these NFTs, which stands for non-fungible token, have crashed following the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, a top platform where users could buy and sell crypto. It filed for bankruptcy last month and NFT prices began to tank.

One example is Justin's own Bored Ape NFT, which he bought for $1.3 million in January 2022. It is now worth $82,000.

Billboard reports that a lawsuit was launched against Yuga Labs, which created Bored Apes and the cryptocurrency ApeCoin, claiming they artificially inflated the price of their products by "discreetly" paying celebrities to hype them.

The lawsuit says these individuals, such as Justin and Madonna, acted as "a promoter for the Company and solicited sales of Yuga securities to the public."

"Defendants’ promotional campaign was wildly successful, generating billions of dollars in sales and re-sales," the lawsuit continues, adding that they used celebrities to trick "investors to purchase these losing investments at drastically inflated prices."

The lawsuit was filed in a California district court. 

Representatives for The Weeknd and Justin have not commented on the lawsuit.

This is just the latest legal filing against the cryptocurrency world following FTX's collapse.

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Joe Jonas and Finneas reflect on 'Turning Red', boy band music from the early 2000s

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Finneas and his sister, Billie Eilish, penned the tracks for the fictional boy band 4*TOWN for Pixar's animated movie Turning Red, which takes place in 2002. Finneas revealed recreating music from that time wasn't as difficult as he thought.

"It’s funny to me, as somebody who lived through [that time], that making something in the early 2000s is now a period piece. It’s long enough ago that it’s a time period with recognizable, tangible tropes," he explained to The Hollywood Reporter Songwriter Roundtable. "It was much easier to write songs that took place in 2001 than it would be if we were tasked with writing songs by a boy band in 2023."

Joe Jonas was part of the roundtable and referenced how his band the Jonas Brothers was active during the boy band craze. With his expertise in Y2K-era music, he gave his stamp of approval on the songs Billie and Finneas wrote because they captured the vibe perfectly. "The soundtrack is great. And yeah, it definitely brought me back," he commended.

Finneas revealed Joe's movie Camp Rock inspired him to learn guitar, to which the Jonas Brother quipped in return, "It made me want to learn how to play guitar, too, and I still am trying."

On the topic of Y2K music, Finneas was asked to choose between the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. He went for the secret third option, saying he's a fan of the Spice Girls.

Joe was also asked if he was able to get his hands on any Taylor Swift tickets, to which he confessed, "Unfortunately, no. But I think my wife’s [Sophie Turner] got her number, so she’s trying to get her on the phone. We’ll see. Get in those lines now."

Turning Red can be streamed on Disney+. 

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New Music Friday: GAYLE, Meghan Trainor, Camila Cabello, Sam Smith, Dove Cameron, JVKE and more

It's Friday! Let's see who's out with new tunes ...

GAYLE released her new EP, a study of the human experience volume two and a half, which features alternate versions of her songs. GAYLE explained the EP was the result of her "sitting with my music and thinking about what I would change about these songs now that I have more experiences and inspirations. also i got bored and wanted to do it."

Meghan Trainor released the a capella version of "Made You Look," which features Scott Hoying of PentatonixSri, and TikTokers Chris Olsen and Elyse Myers.

Camila Cabello has teamed up with Nigerian singer Oxlade for a remix of his song "KU LO SA."

On the topic of remixes, Sam Smith and Kim Petras' "Unholy" was given a Nova Twins Remix, which gave the song a rock twist.

Dove Cameron is out with "Girl Like Me," her twist on the 1994 Edwyn Collins hit "Girl Like You." She explained the song is an "empowering response to the original- with a slightly more synth-y club future leaning point of view." She added she wants the song "playing behind me in a slow motion fight scene in the action film of my dreams."

JVKE teamed up with Martin Garrix for "Hero," the new MARVEL SNAP anthem for Marvel Entertainment. The animated music video, which was released Friday, features some of Marvel's biggest heroes — Black Panther, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and more.

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Ed Sheeran sneaks into his old high school to surprise students during award ceremony

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Ed Sheeran returned to his old stomping grounds to give students at his old high school the surprise of their lives. He crashed an honors ceremony to help hand out awards.

East Anglian Daily Times reports Ed, who is a former student of Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, England, surprised students at its annual Awards Evening, which celebrates a commitment to learning. The singer delivered a speech and also helped dole out the awards, shaking the deserving students' hands.

As for how this happened, said teacher Adam Chittock, "I think he just wanted to do it. It's just like any student coming back to his old school, he loved seeing his old teachers and familiar faces. It's just that this former student is an internationally renowned music star."

The school's headteacher, Philip Hurst, also told the outlet, "We were delighted that Ed was able to join our Awards Evening and take time out from his busy schedule ... He was a great guest with a genuine fondness for the school and what it seeks to achieve."

"Although we were all a little bit star-struck, he is so ordinary and put people at ease," continued Hurst. "He is a great role model for our students, and his speech encouraged them to follow a career with what they love doing, whatever field that is."

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Lewis Capaldi pokes fun at those who think he's unqualified to headline Reading and Leeds Festival

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The full lineup for the 2023 Reading and Leeds music festival was unveiled Friday, with Lewis Capaldi named among its headliners.

Incidentally, some festival fans were none too pleased to see Lewis' name get top billing and took to social media to slam the decision. Lewis welcomed the hate and poked fun at his critics on Twitter.

Sharing a gloating selfie, he parodied some of the complaints against him. "'Reading and leeds is a ROCK festival what the f*** is Lewis capaldi doing there,'" he wrote, adding, "'Lewis capaldi isn’t festival material.'"

The singer doesn't seem to care people are mad about his headlining stint and proclaimed, "Dream come true to be one of the headliners for @OfficialRandL next year, see ye there." He then followed up with a cheeky, "It’s mad I’m gonna save rock and roll when I headline reading and Leeds."

In addition to Lewis, "Mr. Brightside" singers The KillersImagine Dragons and Billie Eilish will also serve as headliners. It should be noted that Billie, who is 20, will become the youngest solo singer ever to get the gig.  

Steve Lacy was also confirmed to be a performer at the summertime music festival.

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 12, on Ticketmaster. Reading and Leeds runs August 25 through August 27, 2023.

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Lady Gaga jumps on the 'Wednesday' dance craze that's all over TikTok

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Lady Gaga couldn't resist jumping in on the Wednesday dance craze that's sweeping over TikTok, but we can't really blame her for that — it's the reason her 2011 song "Bloody Mary" is going viral.

To recap, the Netflix series Wednesday, which stars Jenna Ortega as the beloved Addams Family character, featured a viral scene where she performs a weird dance to The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck." TikTokers were obsessed with Ortega's jarring moves and began making video recreations to a sped-up version of Gaga's "Bloody Mary," thus turning that song into the viral "Wednesday Dance."

It didn't take long for Gaga to get in on the fun. She took to TikTok to perform the same dance moves to her 2011 hit, but took some liberties with the choreography.

She captioned the post "Bloody Wednesday" using all capital letters.

Prior to Gaga joining the dance craze, the official Wednesday Twitter account shouted out the viral trend and tweeted, "I see you doing my dance moves to @LadyGaga’s Bloody Mary. I understand she is followed by little monsters. I approve."

Gaga wrote back, "Slay Wednesday! You’re welcome at Haus of Gaga anytime (and bring Thing with you, we love paws around here)."

Fans are now hoping this leads to Gaga scoring a cameo in the popular Netflix series, should it be renewed for a second season. Fans think it's likely Wednesday will get the green light since it was recently announced the show is the streamer's third-most-watched English-language series of all time.

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Lil Nas X and Bad Bunny honored among Money's Changemakers of 2022

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Lil Nas X and Bad Bunny have been honored by Money in its annual Changemakers list. Only 50 people secured the prestigious title, which honors those with enough power and influence to shape the country's finances.

Lil Nas X was listed with seven others under the "creators" category, sharing the title with people like Diana Sinclair, YouTube star MrBeast, and Hank and John GreenMoney saluted the artist's "glow-up of epic proportions," going from working at Taco Bell as a teenager to serving as the chain's chief impact officer.

Money states he is changing what career commitment looks like, and noted he is "one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world" because of his creativity and strategic moves in marketing. "Lil Nas X is changing what it looks like to be hard-working and setting an example for millions of young people — many of them LGBTQ+ — by being unapologetically himself," the magazine added.

As for Latin superstar Bad Bunny, he is found under the "trailblazers" category alongside investor Alexis Ohanian and Affirm CEO Max Levchin. The outlet says he is changing celebrity advocacy.

The rapper is infusing his advocacy into his television appearances, music and live performances. His tireless support of his native Puerto Rico and demanding justice for those who don't have a voice has brought attention to unsolved murders, income inequality and pitfalls in infrastructure. 

"While Bad Bunny’s turns at speaking out may vary in terms of subject, they all point back to one cause: a better quality of life for Puerto Ricans," the finance brand states.

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Report: Armed robbers hijack Harry Styles' merchandise van in Brazil

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Police in Brazil are on the hunt for a lot of official Harry Styles merchandise after armed robbers managed to steal a van full of it.

British publication Daily Mail reports police confirmed the incident, which involved three men hijacking the vehicle as it was driving toward Curitiba, a city south of São Paulo, for Harry's December 10 show. Police say two of the robbers were armed.

Prior to confirming the van was carrying merchandise, it was previously reported it had been part of the touring party and was carrying instruments. Police say the truck was not part of the group and say no instruments were on board.

At this time, no suspects have been identified. The van has not been recovered and police say they are actively searching for it.  

Neither Harry nor his team have publicly acknowledged the report.

Harry is slated to perform in Curitiba December 10. He will then travel to São Paulo to perform on December 13 and December 14, which will conclude the Brazilian leg of his Love on Tour.

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Nick Carter's attorney calls sexual assault claim "legally meritless," "entirely untrue" and a "press stunt"

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 (A previous version of this story was published on Friday, 12/9/22. This version has been updated to include ABC's confirmation of the status of the Backstreet Boys holiday special.)

An attorney for Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has called the lawsuit filed against the singer, accusing him of sexual assault in 2001, "entirely untrue."

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Michael Holtz, attorney for Nick Carter, says, "This claim about an incident that supposedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue."

As previously reported, 39-year-old Shannon Ruth, the plaintiff, claims she was sexually assaulted by Carter in 2001 after meeting him at a Backstreet Boys concert in Tacoma, Washington.  The civil lawsuit is seeking monetary damages to punish Carter and to compensate for Ruth's "harm, pain and suffering," said her attorney.

ABC News does not usually identify the victims of sexual assault, but Ruth has given media outlets permission to use her name.

Holtz's statement continues, "Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick -– and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time. No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer -- there is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize."

Meanwhile, ABC has confirmed that it will no longer air a Backstreet Boys holiday TV special, which they filmed earlier this month in Los Angeles with guests Seth Rogen, Meghan Trainor, Nikki Glaser and others.  

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively.

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Taylor Swift to direct her first feature film, based on original script she wrote

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After putting a stake in the ground with her award-winning 14-minute movie All Too Well: The Short Film, which she wrote and directed, Taylor Swift said that she'd love to direct a feature film.  Now, she's getting her chance.

Searchlight Pictures has announced that Taylor will make her feature directorial debut with an original script that she's written.  More details about the movie will be announced soon.

Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement, "Taylor is a once in a generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey.”

Taylor is the only solo artist to win two Best Direction awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, for All Too Well: The Short Film and her clip for "The Man."

Taylor's also the only woman to direct a VMA-winning Best Longform Video, also for All Too Well: The Short Film. That project, starring Sadie Sink, Dylan O'Brien and Taylor herself, has been submitted for consideration in the short film category at the forthcoming 95th Annual Academy Awards.

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Nick Carter's attorney calls sexual assault claim "legally meritless," "entirely untrue" and a "press stunt"

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An attorney for Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has called the lawsuit filed against the singer, accusing him of sexual assault in 2001, "entirely untrue."

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Michael Holtz, attorney for Nick Carter, says, "This claim about an incident that supposedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue."

As previously reported, 39-year-old Shannon Ruth, the plaintiff, claims she was sexually assaulted by Carter in 2001 after meeting him at a Backstreet Boys concert in Tacoma, Washington.  The civil lawsuit is seeking monetary damages to punish Carter and to compensate for Ruth's "harm, pain and suffering," said her attorney.

ABC News does not usually identify the victims of sexual assault, but Ruth has given media outlets permission to use her name.

Holtz's statement continues, "Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick -– and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time. No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer -- there is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize."

Meanwhile, a number of publications are reporting that ABC will no longer air a Backstreet Boys' holiday TV special, which they filmed earlier this month in Los Angeles with guests Seth Rogen, Meghan Trainor, Nikki Glaser and others.  ABC has yet to issue an official statement regarding the show.

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively.

 

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Katy Perry says her daughter is now "super into" Christmas

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Katy Perry's 2-year-old daughter, Daisy Dove, is finally getting into the holiday spirit, which means it's time for Katy to break out the Elf on the Shelf.

Speaking with Access Hollywood, Katy said, "She is just coming alive ... This is her third Christmas and she's super into it."

Now that Daisy is starting to understand what the holiday is all about, Katy said she is ready to start some new traditions for her little one. "I need to order my Elf on the Shelf now," she said.

The singer admitted she might be a little late to the starting line. "I can't do 25 days on my first Elf on the Shelf, guys. You know what I'm talking about," she chuckled. "It's a journey. I'll do 15 days — maybe 10."

Katy welcomed Daisy in August 2020 alongside fiancé Orlando Bloom. She announced her pregnancy that March via the music video for "Never Worn White."

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Music notes: Taylor Swift, Cardi B, BTS and Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift will chat with director Martin McDonagh in Variety's upcoming Directors on Directors series on Monday. McDonagh directed The Banshees of Inisherin, while we know "All Too Well" what directing experience Taylor has. The interview goes live Monday at 11 a.m. PT.

Speaking of Taylor, she told fans on her Instagram Story that she was dreaming of the "All Too Well" short film for over a decade, revealing, "The first seeds of this short film were planted over 10 years ago." She added of making the movie, "I loved every second of it and I will always remember it. All. Too. Well."

And one more Taylor story: her song "It’s Nice to Have a Friend" was used during the red carpet premiere of the new horror film M3GANBillboard reports a bunch of girls dressed as the murderous doll danced to Taylor's song, which is off her Lover album.

Cardi B told her fans not to get Brazilian butt-lifts, which are taking off as the latest plastic surgery trend. "When it comes to BBLs, if y'all want advice from me, before you get your BBL done you have to make sure your blood levels are alright," she directed. "If a doctor says your blood levels are too low or you have diabetes or whatever, don't do it!"

BTS' V released a concept film titled Me Myself and V, 'Veautiful Days' in which he imagines what he'd be like across past eras and plays with the type of film that was available at the time. This is to promote his forthcoming photography book, but a release date hasn't been announced.

Jeff Goldblum is joining the Wicked movie adaptation, as is Michelle Yeoh, reports E! News. They'll respectively star alongside Ariana Grande's Glinda as the titular Wizard of Oz and Madame Morrible. The movie is slated for a 2024 release.

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Sam Asghari hints Britney Spears' protective fans are causing her "more stress and damage"

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Sam Asghari finally broke his silence and addressed fans who are spreading rumors his wife, Britney Spears, still isn't free — or worse.

Taking to his Instagram Story, the Iranian actor explained, "Social media can be traumatizing. Sometimes it's good to take a break. [Britney] has her voice and is a free woman. I have respect for her privacy and I protect it at all times."

Britney recently reactivated her Instagram profile after shutting it down earlier this month, sparking fans' concern about her safety.

Sam continued, "I've always respected and supported her privacy with everything I've had. I ask of you supportive and protective fans to do the same."

"Out of respect for her privacy I don't post her 24/7. I ask for permission if I ever do," he continued, seemingly to address why he doesn't always feature her on his social media or bring her to public events. In reference to the latter, said Sam, "It would be my honor if she joins. For her those things are not fun. They're [hectic] and full of stress."

In closing, Sam asked fans to give Britney space by writing, "Sometimes being overprotective can cause more stress and damage."

Britney hasn't posted anything to her Instagram since she reactivated her account. Her most recent post was a message to her sons, which she wrote the day after her 41st birthday. "To both of my boys … I love you … I would die for you," she wrote.

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