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Elton John Returns To Billboard Hot 100 For First Time In Over 21 Years

Elton John Returns To Billboard Hot 100 For First Time In Over 21 Years

Iconic musician Elton John has returned to the Billboard Hot 100 chart after 21 years thanks to "Cold Heat," his collaboration with Dua Lipa.

"Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)," with Lipa, debuted at No. 81 on the chart dated August 28. The song, released August 13 on Mercury/EMI/Interscope Records, opens with 3.8 million radio airplay audience impressions, 3.5 million streams and 8,600 downloads sold in the U.S. in the week ending August 19, according to MRC Data.

Concurrently, the track also launches at No. 3 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

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Britney Spears Under Investigation After Allegedly Striking Housekeeper

Britney Spears Under Investigation After Allegedly Striking Housekeeper

Pop superstar Britney Spears is under investigation for allegedly hitting her housekeeper, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's office.

The employee alleges that Spears confronted her when she returned to the house and slapped her phone out of her hands.

Meanwhile, the singer's lawyer denied the allegation and said it was "overblown".

"This is overblown sensational tabloid fodder -- nothing more than a fabricated 'he said she said' regarding a cell phone, with no striking and obviously no injury whatsoever," Mathew Rosengart, attorney for Spears, said in a statement to CNN. "Anyone can make an accusation, but this should have been closed immediately."

Spears, who has been embroiled in a court battle with her father over ending her conservatorship, had hired Rosengart as her lawyer last month.

Early this month, Britney's father Jamie Spears agreed to step down from his role as conservator of the pop superstar's estate. Jamie Spears' decision to step down comes just weeks after the singer's new legal team filed a petition to remove him and replace him with a CPA.

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Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever' Spends Third Week Atop Billboard 200

Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever' Spends Third Week Atop Billboard 200

Billie Eilish's latest album Happier Than Ever continues to rule the Billboard 200 chart as it spends a third week in a row atop the chart.

According to MRC Data, Happier Than Ever earned 60,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending August 19, down 29%. The album had debuted with 238,000 album units in the U.S. in the week ending August 5, recording the fifth-largest week of 2021 by equivalent album units earned.

Happier Than Ever is the second album released in 2021 to spend its first three weeks at No. 1, following Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album, which spent 10 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

It is also the first set by a woman to spend three weeks atop the chart since Taylor Swift's Folklore spent its first six weeks atop the list last year.

Of Happier Than Ever's 60,000 equivalent album units, SEA units comprise 36,000, down 25%, equaling 49.6 million on-demand streams of the album's songs, album sales comprise 23,000, down 35% and TEA units comprise less than 1,000, down 27%.

Eilish's previous studio effort, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 13, 2019, and spent a total of three non-consecutive weeks at the top of the list.

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Anderson .Paak Stars In New Video For Bruno Mars' SelvaRey Rum

Anderson .Paak Stars In New Video For Bruno Mars' SelvaRey Rum

Anderson .Paak stars in a new promotional video for Bruno Mars' SelvaRey Rum.

Mars dropped the new campaign video for his SelvaRey Rum on Tuesday, August 17, starring his Silk Sonic partner. In the clip, Anderson is seen taking a sip of a piña colada made from SelvaRey's new Coconut Rum, before he breaks into song.

SelvaRey Rum's brand name translates loosely from Spanish to "King of the Jungle." SelvaRey is currently distributed in the United States, Japan, and China.

Meanwhile, Silk Sonic recently earned their second top 10 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with the help of their latest single "Skate."

"Skate" debuted at No. 4 on the list dated August 14. "Skate" is the second single from the group's upcoming album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, due out later this year.

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Ed Sheeran Reveals Details Of New Album '='

Ed Sheeran Reveals Details Of New Album '='

Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and actor Ed Sheeran is all set to release his fourth studio album, = (Equals).

To be released in late October, the title of the new album takes after Sheeran's longtime tradition of naming his albums after mathematical symbols, with his most recent album being the 2017 critically acclaimed record, Divide.

Equals is "a really personal record and one that means a lot to me," he shared. "My life changed greatly over the past few years - I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album."

The loss being referenced is that of the legendary musician, Michael Gudinski earlier this year, as a tribute to whom the singer wrote the song "Visiting Hours" and performed the same at the memorial.

"I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can't wait to share this next chapter with you," he added.

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Carlos Santana Reunites With Rob Thomas On New Single 'Move'

Carlos Santana Reunites With Rob Thomas On New Single 'Move'

Carlos Santana reunited with Rob Thomas on a new single, "Move," a song from Santana's upcoming album, Blessings and Miracles.

The collaboration features Thomas on the vocals and Santana playing some crunchy grooves on the guitar.

According to Rolling Stone, Thomas and the band American Authors wrote "Move" for Thomas's own upcoming album. However, Thomas asked Santana to add a guitar part to the song after recognizing it had a Latin flair.

"Rob was working on it and wanted to know if I would play on it," Santana said. "And as soon as I heard it, I said, 'This is a powerful summer song.'"

Thomas then allowed Santana to have the song as the lead single for Blessings and Miracles.

Santana and Thomas previously teamed up for "Smooth" in 1999. The song stayed a No. 1 in the U.S. for 12 consecutive weeks and won three Grammys, including the Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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Justin Bieber Shares Sweet Family Photos In Celebration Of Sister's Birthday

Justin Bieber Shares Sweet Family Photos In Celebration Of Sister's Birthday

Pop superstar Justin Bieber recently took to Instagram to wish his baby sister Bay a happy birthday with a series of sweet family group shots.

The pictures feature Bieber's extended tribe of siblings, including his half-sister Jazmyn (13), half-brother Jaxon (11), stepsister Allie (14), and stepsister Bay. Also featured was the singer's wife, Hailey, his father Jeremy and his wife Chelsey.

"Happy birthday bay," the 27-year-old captioned one picture, which captures the whole family posing in front of a field of grass, while writing "Ma familia" alongside another, in which he is surrounded by his siblings and wife.

The photo of him and his wife holding the birthday queen in their arms standing in front of a pastel-hued balloon display was described with a simple array of heart-eyes emojis, to which Chelsea, Bay's Mother, responded with the same in the comments.

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Billie Eilish Tops Billboard Artist 100 For 12th Total Week

Billie Eilish Tops Billboard Artist 100 For 12th Total Week

Billie Eilish continues her reign over the Billboard Artist 100, driven by the super-success of her latest album Happier Than Ever.

Eilish, who has now spend a total of 12 weeks atop the chart, has tied with Ed Sheeran for the eighth-most weeks spent at No. 1.

Eilish's latest album Happier Than Ever, which debuted atop the Billboard 200, logged in a second week atop the tally.

According to MRC Data, Happier Than Ever logged 85,000 album units in the the week ending August 12, down 64%. The album debuted with 238,000 album units in the U.S. in the week ending August 5, recording the fifth-largest week of 2021 by equivalent album units earned.

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Barbra Streisand Makes History As 'Release Me 2' Debuts In Billboard 200 Top 20

Barbra Streisand Makes History As 'Release Me 2' Debuts In Billboard 200 Top 20

Legendary singer Barbra Streisand has made Billboard chart history, becoming the only woman with top 20-charting albums on the Billboard 200 in every decade from the '60s through the '20s.

Streisand achieved the feat as her latest album, Release Me 2, debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart dated August 21.

Release Me 2, a compilation album of rare and previously unreleased recordings, launched with 22,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 12, according to MRC Data.

Streisand made her Billboard 200 debut with The Barbra Streisand Album, which bowed at No. 17 on the August 17, 1963-dated chart.

Billboard noted Bob Dylan is only other act with a new top 20, or top 40, set in the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, 2000s, '10s and '20s.

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Lil Nas X, Lorde, Machine Gun Kelly & More To Perform At 2021 MTV VMAs

Lil Nas X, Lorde, Machine Gun Kelly & More To Perform At 2021 MTV VMAs

Lil Nas X, Lorde, Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, and Olivia Rodrigo have been announced as performers for this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

The VMAs are scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 12 at 8 pm. ET/PT on MTV, live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Additional performers will be announced soon.

This year's performance will be Lil Nas X and Cabello's first VMAs performance since 2019 and Lorde's first since 2017. Meanwhile, MGK and Rodrigo will be making their debut at the event.

Lorde is set to perform her latest single "Mood Ring" from her third studio album, Solar Power, while MGK will perform his new single "Papercuts," off his forthcoming sixth studio album, Born With Horns. Rodrigo will perform "Good 4 U," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Journey Announce Las Vegas Residency In December

Journey Announce Las Vegas Residency In December

Journey have announced a six-date December residency at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

The band, comprised of co-founder Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, Randy Jackson, Narada Michael Walden and Jason Derlatka, will perform hit tracks from their catalog, including "Don't Stop Believin'," "Wheel in the Sky," "Who's Crying Now" and more.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group will perform from December 1 to 11, 2021. Tickets for public go on sale on Friday, August 20 at 10 am PDT.

Bobby Reynolds, senior vice president at AEG Presents Las Vegas, said, "We're thrilled to be welcoming JOURNEY back to Las Vegas for this brand new residency. They're such an iconic force and their songs are known and loved worldwide, we can't wait to welcome their fans back for more unforgettable shows."

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Willow Teams Up With Travis Barker In Live Performance Video For 'Lipstick'

Willow Teams Up With Travis Barker In Live Performance Video For 'Lipstick'

Willow has released a live performance video for the track "Lipstick," featuring Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

Taken from their latest pop punk-inspired album, Lately I Feel Everything, the music video for the song features Willow and Barker rocking out to the tune alongside two guitarists.

The song follows their previous single "Transparent Soul," featuring Barker, who also contributed to their collaborative effort with Avril Lavinge on the album "Grow."

Produced by Tyler Cole, other artists to have been featured on the album include Tierra Whack, Cherry Glazerr, and Ayla Tesler-Mabe.

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Travis Barker Praises Kourtney Kardashian After First Flight Since 2008 Crash

Travis Barker Praises Kourtney Kardashian After First Flight Since 2008 Crash

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker recently took his first flight since 2008, when he was involved in a deadly plane crash that led to the death of four people.

Barker and his girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian flew from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Saturday on Kylie Jenner's private jet, accompanied by Kourtney's mom Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble.

After landing safely at their destination, Barker snapped a picture of himself lifting up Kourtney in his arms, which he later posted to Instagram with the caption "With you anything is possible" alongside a black heart.

Kourtney expressed her love and support for him in the comments of the post, writing, "Anything and everything with you," to which he replied with "Forever," and an infinity symbol.

The flight marks Barker's first since the crash in 2008, in which his assistant Chris Baker, security guard Charles Monroe Still Jr., and pilots Sarah Lemmon and James Bland lost their lives. The crash also led to a 3-month hospitalization for Barker, during which he underwent 26 surgeries and several skin grafts.

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Michelle Branch Expecting Second Child With The Black Keys' Patrick Carney

Michelle Branch Expecting Second Child With The Black Keys' Patrick Carney

Michelle Branch is expecting a second child with her husband and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.

The singer-songwriter announced her pregnancy on social media on Sunday, August 15, saying, "You know you're pregnant when... Woke up to a picture my friend Sonya sent of scones she was eating in England and I immediately had to hop out of bed and make a batch myself."

"@officerpatrickcarney was my hero (as usual) and went to the market in search of double cream. Couldn't be more excited (and nervous! Hello, pregnancy after miscarriage anyone?!) to announce baby Carney is coming early 2022! *recipe is @nigellalawson, duh," she added.

Branch and Carney are already parents to a son, Rhys James, who was born in August 2018. Branch also has a daughter, Owen, from her previous marriage to Teddy Landau.

Last year, Branch had revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage.

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R. Kelly's Sexual Abuse Trial Gets Underway In New York

R. Kelly's Sexual Abuse Trial Gets Underway In New York

A federal trial against R. Kelly got underway in New York on Wednesday, with the disgraced R&B star facing charges of racketeering and violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking law.

During her opening statement in Brooklyn Federal Court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez described Kelly as a "predator" who "used his fame, his popularity and a network of people at his disposal to target girls, boys and young women for his own sexual gratification."

Prosecutors allege that Kelly had a team made up of his managers, bodyguards and other employees who helped him recruit women and girls for sex. The group would select victims at concerts and other venues and arranged for them to travel to see Kelly.

The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, with his attorneys arguing the accusers were in consensual long-term relationships with the singer before becoming "spiteful."

Jerhonda Pace, the first witness in the trial, alleged Kelly took her virginity when she was 16 and later told the court, "He wanted me to put my hair up in pigtails and dress like a Girl Scout."

Kelly also faces federal child pornography and obstruction charges in the Northern District of Illinois as well as other sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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Lorde Shares 'Extremely Satirical' New Single 'Mood Ring'

Lorde Shares 'Extremely Satirical' New Single 'Mood Ring'

Lorde recently shared an "extremely satirical" new single, "Mood Ring," from her latest album Solar Power.

"Mood Ring" comes along with a new video co-directed by Lorde and Joel Kefali, and is a follow-up to previously released singles "Stoned at the Nail Salon" and "Solar Power."

"Mood Ring" was written and produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff and also features background vocals from Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo.

"This is a song I am very excited about, it's so much fun to me. Obviously when making this album I did a deep-dive into '60s, Flower Child culture. I wanted to understand the commune life, dropping out from society and trying to start again," Lorde said in a statement. "That really resonated to me when writing this album. One thing that occurred to me as a major parallel between that time and our time is our wellness culture and our culture of spirituality, pseudo-spirituality, wellness, pseudo-wellness."

"Things like eating a macro-biotic vegan diet or burning sage, keeping crystals, reading tarot cards or your horoscope. These were all things that they were dabbling in back then, and that me and my girlfriends are dabbling in today," she added. "I was like 'I think there's a pop song in here.' So this is kind of my extremely satirical look at all of those vibes."

Solar Power, Lorde's third studio album and a follow-up to 2017's Melodrama, dropped on Friday, August 20.

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The Eagles Add Second Seattle Date To 'Hotel California' 2021 Tour

The Eagles Add Second Seattle Date To 'Hotel California' 2021 Tour

The Eagles have added a second Seattle date to their ongoing "Hotel California" 2021 tour due to overwhelming demand.

The Eagles, who were set to perform on Friday, November 5, at Climate Pledge Arena, have now added a second show on Saturday, November 6.

The legendary rock band will playing their iconic Hotel California album in its entirety during the tour, accompanied by an orchestra and choir. They will also perform other hit tracks from their catalog.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Friday show, and tickets for the Saturday show will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 20.

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Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever' Tops Billboard 200 For Second Week

Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever' Tops Billboard 200 For Second Week

Billie Eilish's latest album Happier Than Ever has continued its reign over Billboard's all-genre 200 chart for the second week in row after it debuted atop the tally.

According to MRC Data, Happier Than Ever logged 85,000 album units in the the week ending August 12, down 64%. The album debuted with 238,000 album units in the U.S. in the week ending August 5, recording the fifth-largest week of 2021 by equivalent album units earned.

Happier Than Ever is the second album released in 2021 to spend its first two weeks at No. 1, following Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album, which spent 10 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Of Happier Than Ever's 85,000 equivalent album units, SEA units comprise 49,000, down 42%, equaling 66.1 million on-demand streams of the album's songs, album sales comprise 36,000, down 76% and TEA units comprise less than 1,000, down 55%.

Eilish's previous studio effort, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 13, 2019, and spent a total of three non-consecutive weeks at the top of the list.

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The Cure Bassist Simon Gallup Leaving The Band After Getting 'Fed Up Of Betrayal'

The Cure Bassist Simon Gallup Leaving The Band After Getting 'Fed Up Of Betrayal'

The Cure bassist Simon Gallup has revealed that he is leaving the band after getting "fed up of betrayal."

Gallup announced last Saturday that he is leaving The Cure after nearly 40 years with the rock legends.

"With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure! Good luck to them all," Gallup wrote on Facebook.

When a fan asked if the decision was health-related, Gallup replied, "I'm ok. just got fed up of betrayal."

The Cure co-founder and frontman Robert Smith has not yet commented on Gallup's departure.

Gallup joined the Cure after the band released its 1979 debut album Three Imaginary Boys, which featured bassist Michael Dempsey. Gallup then featured on all three LPs in the Cure's "Dark Trilogy," i.e. 1980's Seventeen Seconds, 1981's Faith and 1982's Pornography. However, he left the band in 1982 after problems with Smith.

After the band released The Top without Gallup, Smith asked the bassist to rejoin the group in 1984. Gallup had remained with the band from then until now.

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The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber's 'Stay' Spends Second Week Atop Billboard Hot 100

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber's 'Stay' Spends Second Week Atop Billboard Hot 100

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" continues its reign over the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for the second week in a row.

"Stay" rose to the top spot last week, earning The Kid LAROI his first No. 1 and Bieber his 8th.

The song, which dropped on July 9 on Raymond Braun/Columbia Records/Def Jam, drew 40.5 million radio airplay audience impressions, up 26%; and 31.8 million U.S. streams, up 3%; and sold 12,700 downloads, down 12%, in the week ending August 12, according to MRC Data.

"Stay" continues at No. 1 spot on the Streaming Songs chart for a fourth week and dropped 5-6 on Digital Song Sales. On the Radio Songs chart, the track has moved to No. 10 from No. 19.

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