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Justin Bieber Takes A Break To Handle ‘Deep-Rooted Issues’

Singer Justin Bieber responded to fans clamoring for a new album by announcing on social media that he was going to take a break from music to repair “deep rooted issues.”  “Music is very important to me but nothing comes before my family and my health,” Bieber, 25, explained in an Instagram post: Earlier this month, Bieber posted on Instagram that he was “struggling a lot” — feeling “super disconnected and weird” — and asked fans to pray for him. The Cut reported last week that Bieber was grappling with “mental health struggles.”  

Scott Walker, Experimental Pop Icon, Dies At Age 76

LONDON (AP) — Influential singer, songwriter and producer Scott Walker, whose hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960s included “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” has died. He was 76. The record company 4AD announced the death on Monday. The company said he died Friday afternoon in London. The Walker Brothers enjoyed a string of hits that also included “Make It Easy on Yourself.” Scott Walker later went on to produce numerous songs, movie scores and a number of solo albums. The Ohio-born Walker, who began his career as a session bass player, changed his name from Noel Scott Engel when he joined the Walker Brothers, also relocating to London. The Walker Brothers were hugely popular in Britain at a time when the music scene was dominated by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They also e...

Nick Jonas On Marriage, Mental Health And The Big Jonas Brothers Reunion

Nick Jonas has suddenly found himself back in the spotlight ― on all fronts. Shortly after his whirlwind marriage to actress Priyanka Chopra in December, Jonas, along with his two brothers, Joe and Kevin, announced they were reuniting, complete with new music. The new single, “Sucker,” surfaced in February, and a new Jonas Brothers album is expected this year, marking the trio’s first studio album since 2009. A tour is also in the works.  Jonas, who has Type 1 Diabetes, is also spending time getting the word out about staying in good mental and physical health. He’s part of an initiative with Cigna to encourage people to schedule an annual check-up with their physician.  We caught up with Jonas about his own health, married life with Chopra and what’s next for Jonas Brothers. How do you an...

Surf Guitar Pioneer Dick Dale Dead At 81

March 17 (Reuters) – Dick Dale, who became known as “king of the surf guitar” with a twangy rapid-fire, reverb-heavy sound that he said recreated what he heard in his head while riding the waves, has died at 81, his former bass player Sam Bolle told Reuters. Dale, whose work included the 1962 hit “Misirlou” that was featured in the film “Pulp Fiction,” died on Saturday night. Dale’s music was one of the dominant sounds of Southern California’s car-and-beach culture in the late 1950s and early ’60s. He was widely considered the creator of instrumental surf music and an influence on scores of noted bands and guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys and Eddie Van Halen. The popularity of surf music faded in the United States with the advent of rock’s “British Invasion” but Dal...

Missy Elliott To Be First Female Hip-Hop Artist With Berklee Honorary Doctorate

Missy Elliott will become the first female hip-hop artist to receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, a spokesperson at the institution confirmed to HuffPost. The “Work It” artist will join Justin Timberlake and Alex Lacamoire in receiving honorary doctorates at the college’s upcoming commencement. Berklee President Roger H. Brown will present the honorary degrees at the May 11 commencement ceremony at the Agganis Arena at Boston University, a Tuesday press release stated. The honorees have begun celebrating the news on social media this week. Lacamoire, the music director of “Hamilton,” noted on Twitter that Berklee College is his alma mater.  “Being honored in this way by my alma mater means the world to me, you guys,” he wrote on Tuesday. “ I’m ...

Lady Gaga Says She Isn’t Pregnant But Is Delivering An Album

Leave it to Lady Gaga to shoot down a pregnancy rumor with a record announcement. The Oscar winner informed her Little Monsters in a cute tweet Tuesday that her sixth studio album is on the way. Which kind of makes all her fans the expecting godparents, don’t you think? Rumors I’m pregnant? Yeah, I’m pregnant with #LG6 — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 12, 2019 “Rumors I’m pregnant?” she wrote. “Yeah, I’m pregnant with #LG6. A tabloid report circulated last week that she was expecting. And she recently shot down rumors of a romance with “A Star Is Born” co-star Bradley Cooper after their goo-goo-eyed performance of “Shallow” during the Oscars. “Yes, people saw love, and guess what, that’s what we wanted you to see,” she said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” If Gaga can complete the album in relative ha...

A Britney Spears Musical Is Happening With A Feminist Fairy-Tale Twist

This is a story about a girl named Britney Spears and her Broadway-bound musical.  Fans of the international pop star likely felt pretty lucky after a production featuring 23 songs from her catalogue was announced on Tuesday. The musical comedy, titled “Once Upon a One More Time,” won’t take inspiration from the singer’s own life like other recent productions toasting to icons like Cher and Carole King.  The show will instead feature princesses of a different sort, with classic fairy-tale heroines including Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty populating the stage production.  Kevin Mazur/BCU18 via Getty Images Britney Spears performs during her “Piece of Me” tour in Las Vegas.  “Once Upon a One More Time” is set to debut at the the James M. Nederlander Theater ...

Trial Date Set For Ed Sheeran-Marvin Gaye Copyright Lawsuit

Ed Sheeran will be going to court this summer to face a $100 million lawsuit that accuses him of ripping off the Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get it On.” The court date is set for Sept. 11, according to a tweet posted by journalist Bill Donahue, who covers intellectual property law for Law360.com. NEW: Ed Sheeran will head to trial on September 11 in #copyright lawsuit that claims his “Thinking Out Loud” infringes Marvin Gaye’s iconic “Let’s Get It On.” pic.twitter.com/glFf5QBmDO — Bill Donahue (@Bill__Donahue) March 12, 2019 The lawsuit, filed in June in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, claims Sheeran’s Grammy-winning song “Thinking Out Loud” has the “same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping” as Gaye’s 1973 No. 1 hit. ...

Ben Platt Reminds Us That Love Has No Labels With Powerful New Video

Ben Platt vowed to venture beyond his theatrical roots with his debut solo album, “Sing To Me Instead” — and based on his gospel-tinged new song, it’s safe to say he’s succeeded.  The star of “Pitch Perfect” and Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” unveiled the video for “Temporary Love” on Billboard Friday. Directed by Nick Lieberman, the clip shows scenes of Platt traversing the rooms of an empty, sun-drenched house intercut with images of couples of all ages, genders and races sharing tender embraces.  “Temporary Love” is the fourth single from “Sing To Me Instead,” due out March 29. The videos for two early singles, “Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind,” explored the actor and singer’s love life, tracing an ill-fated romance with a male love interest (played by Charlie Carver).  Citing Adele, James ...

R. Kelly Sings ‘I Believe I Can Lie’ In Jimmy Kimmel’s Remix

After mocking the singer, who is accused of sexual abuse, for his banking habits and for bringing a puppy on a helicopter, Kimmel changed gears. “It’s easy to forget that R. Kelly is a musician, and I think it’s important to remind everyone of that,” he said. Cue the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” remix of Kelly’s hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” synced with Kelly’s quotes from the interview with Gayle King. Suffice it to say, the new verse, “I believe I can lie,” isn’t quite as heartfelt as the singer’s original hit. Watch the whole bit above or you can cut to the song at the 3:29 mark.

John Legend Composes A Song About Anilingus On ‘Desus & Mero’ (NSFW)

“Desus & Mero” enlisted John Legend to write a song about anilingus Thursday ― and the EGOT-winning performer did not disappoint. While Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, the hosts of the new Showtime talk show, went low with funny but crass lyrics, Legend tried to show the guys how to class it up by avoiding an explicit reference to the oral-anal sex act. “You wanna say it without saying it,” Legend explained. Then Legend displayed the musical whiz that he is, crafting a catchy tune that could climb the charts if it weren’t for, well, you know. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you “Chocolate Galaxy.” Watch Legend’s genius at work above.

New ‘Dumbo’ Teaser Features Arcade Fire’s ‘Baby Mine’ Cover

An elephant movie never forgets. In a new teaser for the live-action “Dumbo,” Arcade Fire sings “Baby Mine” from the original 1941 version to accompany snippets of the heavily anticipated Disney remake: Watch a sneak peek of #Dumbo featuring a new version of “Baby Mine,” recorded by Arcade Fire. pic.twitter.com/ewm5xOmJDh — Disney (@Disney) March 4, 2019 Fans of the flying pachyderm might remember that “Baby Mine” scored one of the most tender moments of the original ― when Dumbo visits his shackled mother, who stretches her trunk outside the cage to rock him. The Canadian alt-rockers of Arcade Fire did a sweet cover, reminding fans to get ready for some major tear-jerker moments when the remake opens on March 29. Here’s the original scene:

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