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Now that 90-year-old William Shatner, aka Star Trek's Captain Kirk, has ventured into space in real life aboard one of Jeff Bezos' ships, which celebrity will be next to boldly go where only a few have gone before?  Well, you can actually place bets as to which pop star is most likely to shell out big bucks to take a ride with Bezos...or Elon Musk, Richard Branson or any other billionaire who has their own spacecraft.

MyBookie.com, an online sportsbook, is now offering prop bets on the likelihood of celebs going to space, and there are plenty of musicians to choose from.  For example, the odds on Justin Bieber blasting off are +1200, which means if you bet $100, you'd get $1,200 if he were next.  Odds on Lady Gaga going are just a bit higher: You'd win $2,000 if you bet $100 on her.

*NSYNC's Lance Bass, who once legitimately trained to be an astronaut and was set to fly on a Russian Soyuz space capsule before his sponsors pulled out, is more likely to launch than both of those stars.  According to MyBookie, If you bet $100 on him, you'd only get $700 back.

Other stars whose space futures you can bet on include Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kanye West and music manager Scooter Braun, who represents Justin, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.  Maybe Taylor Swift would foot the bill to send Braun, her arch-enemy, to outer space -- if he promised never to come back.

If music's not your thing, you can also bet on actors going into space. Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise -- all of whom have made movies set in space -- are some of the names available.

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He's currently topping the charts with Justin Bieber and recently worked with Miley Cyrus, but now The Kid LAROI has crossed into alt-rock territory: He's evidently working with Kevin Parker, aka Tame Impala.

Several photos of the two working together in the studio have showed up on LAROI's Instagram Stories.  He also posted a snippet of a new song on Wednesday but it's not clear if that song is related to what he was working on with Parker, who, like LAROI, is Australian.

In addition to making psychedelic Grammy-winning music as Tame Impala, Parker has also collaborated with The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga -- he co-wrote and co-produced Gaga's 2016 single "Perfect Illusion."

LAROI is currently working on his debut album and earlier this month, he tweeted, "I am making the best music I have ever made in my life right now. I love you all and I cannot wait for you to hear it."

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Olivia Rodrigo is now a member of an elite club, the members of which include Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani.

Olivia's song "Traitor" has just hit the top 10 on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart, making it her fourth number one on that chart.  All four hits are from her debut album, SOUR.  That makes Olivia the first artist to score at least four Pop Airplay top 10s from a debut album since Lady Gaga, who did it more than a decade ago with her debut, The Fame.  In addition to "Traitor," Olivia's also sent "Good 4 U," "Drivers License" and "Deja Vu" into the top 10. 

Olivia's also now only the 11th artist in history who's ever managed to place four singles from a debut album on the Billboard Pop Airplay chart.  In addition to Lady Gaga, the others are Justin Timberlake, with Justified; Christina Aguilera and Backstreet Boys, each with their self-titled debuts; Fergie, with The Dutchess; Matchbox Twenty, with Yourself or Someone Like You; Alanis Morissette, with Jagged Little Pill; Hootie & the Blowfish, with Cracked Rear View; Gwen Stefani, with Love. Angel. Music. Baby.; and Ace of Base, with The Sign.

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Just before the release of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s new album Love for Sale, Apple Music is celebrating with a “First Listen” global livestream on Thursday night.

Gaga will be joining Apple Music’s Zane Lowe for the event, which will give insight into the making of the album as well as give fans the chance to hear the new music right as the album drops. Gaga will also answer some questions from fans.

The livestream takes place at 8:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. ET at Apple.co/LadyGagaTonyBennettLive.

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On Friday at noon, MTV will premiere "I've Got You Under My Skin," the latest video from Lady Gaga's new album of duets with Tony Bennett, Love for Sale.

The video will be available on MTV, MTV Live and MTVU, and will also be shown on a video billboard in New York's Times Square: fitting for two artists who both call New York their home.

Love for Sale, a collection of standards written by the legendary Cole Porter, arrives Friday. In the trailer for the album, Gaga jokes that she literally has Tony Bennett "under her skin" -- because she has a tattoo of one of his sketches on her arm, with his signature tattooed underneath it.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga's new Love for Sale eye shadow palette is now available. It has 18 colors, all named after either the songs on the album or, as Gaga explains, "female jazz icons who I've always looked up to." 

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Since live music is back, Billboard's Boxscore Charts, which rank the highest-grossing and highest-attended concerts of the week, is about to make its return.  In advance of that, the publication has taken a look at which acts did the best over the summer on the road...and the winner is Bruno Mars.

Over June, July and August, Bruno raked in nearly $19.3 million, but you may not have noticed, because he only did 12 shows: 10 at the MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas and two at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Bruno played for some 59,000 fans, and because the average ticket price was a whopping $325, he came out on top in terms of total gross.

In fact, Billboard notes that Bruno's MGM residency has now out-grossed Lady Gaga's MGM residency: She's made $53.9 million, while Bruno's made $56.2 million.  However, Gaga may catch up, since she's going to start a run of new shows on October 14. 

Other acts that did well on the road over the summer, according to Billboard: Dead & Company, Usher, Zac Brown Band, Billy Joel, James Taylor, The Eagles, Dave Chappelle and Foo Fighters.

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Lady Gaga's new project with Tony Bennett, Love For Sale, comes out on Friday, and now we've got an inside look at the recording of the album, which will be the 95-year-old legend's final one.

In a new Love for Sale trailer, Gaga reveals that as soon as their first duets album, 2014's Cheek to Cheek, came out, Bennett called her and told her he wanted to do another album with her of Cole Porter tunes. 

"Anything I do with her, I'm comfortable about it," shares Bennett. "Because she's so talented, I know it's gonna come out good."  "That's very kind, Tony," an emotional Gaga responds. "That's very true," he adds.

In the trailer, we see Gaga and Tony in the studio with a small combo, recording classics like "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)," "Just One of those Things" and "I've Got You Under My Skin."  Gaga is in full glam mode for each session, complete with elaborate hairpieces and retro outfits.

"I hope that I can make Tony proud throughout my career by carrying jazz forward and continuing to sing it," Gaga says. "This has been really special and it's a time that I'll never forget. And I can only hope and pray that when people hear this record, they know the value of that kind of inter-generational friendship."

The trailer ends with Bennett and Gaga sitting together. Bennett says, "I love her."  "I love him, too," adds Gaga. "I really do. So much."  The two then adorably kiss each other's hands, with Gaga singing the song, "Do I Love You" -- but we know the answer.

It's unclear exactly when the sessions took place; Bennett's family revealed earlier this year that the crooner was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2016.

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Where could Lady Gaga perform for an audience that included Cher, Katy Perry, Olivia Rodrigo, Tom Hanks and film legend Sophia Loren?  The opening gala for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, that's where.

Following repeated delays due to the pandemic and other reasons, the new institution, which celebrates all aspects of movie-making, will finally open this week, so a star-studded opening bash was held over the weekend.  As an Oscar winner and a superstar singer, Gaga was the obvious choice to perform. 

It also doesn't hurt that she appeared before Hollywood's elite shortly before her latest film, House of Gucci, hits theaters. It's never too early to start that Oscar campaign.

Gaga, in full glam mode for the red carpet in a long black velvet custom gown by Schiaparelli and a massive blue satin shawl, switched to a shimmering silver dress for her performance.  According to Vogue, Gaga sang for an hour, and dedicated a rendition of "New York, New York" to Oscar-winning director Spike Lee, who helped curate the museum's permanent collection exhibit.  Of course, she got a standing ovation.

Katy Perry has posted a slideshow of the sights at the museum, including the shark from Jaws and Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.  She also showed off a different look on the red carpet, sporting long dark hair with side bangs and a black latex Louis Vuitton dress with yellow piping.

Arguably the most stunning look, though, came from Olivia Rodrigo, whose black gown, according to Vogue, was by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. The sculptured, cutout top of the gown gave new meaning to the word "plunging," taking Olivia from "Drivers License" to "License to Slay" in one fell swoop.

 

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Some of music's biggest names, from Dua Lipa, Adam Levine and Justin Timberlake to Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga, are calling on entertainment industry leaders to demand action on climate change from Congress.

In a letter addressed to the heads of companies like Facebook, Netflix, Sony, Disney, Apple, Google and Amazon, the artists, working with the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, state that the bosses are "needed to lead our community’s call for action and embrace this vision for a better world."

"Now is the time to use your influence to shape our future," the letter continues. "Congress needs to hear you demand, unequivocally, that it put forward and pass the most ambitious climate change agenda in U.S. history."

The letter asks that the business leaders "demand publicly and loudly that our senators and representatives" pass legislation that is currently before them.  The legislation, the letter claims, will "create healthier communities, put millions to work in clean energy jobs, and free us from the fossil fuels that are driving climate change."

The artists go in to say that they'll be using their own platforms to remind all Americans to tell their senators and representatives in Congress that they "demand climate action now," by taking up the president's agenda.

"Tweet. Post. E-mail. Call. Whatever it takes," the letter concludes. "This is our moment, and there is no time to waste."

Others who signed the letter include Barbra Streisand, Alessia Cara, Camila Cabello, John Legend, Lorde, Ryan Tedder, Selena Gomez, Shakira, Demi Lovato and Coldplay, as well as stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.J. Abrams, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and Ellen DeGeneres, among many others.

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Britney Spears' fiancé, Sam Asghari, isn't exactly thrilled about the fact that Netflix is streaming a documentary about his future wife, if a comment he made on Netflix's Instagram page can be believed.

Britney vs. Spears promises a deep dive into Britney's conservatorship, and Netflix says it's based on years of research, documents, voicemails and texts. It was not made with Britney's involvement, however.  When Netflix posted the trailer for the doc, called Britney vs. Spears, on Instagram Wednesday, Sam jumped into the comments section and wrote, "I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney."

Then Bobby Campbell, who is Lady Gaga's manager, chimed in: "How much money is being made by third parties from this documentary leveraging Britney’s personal story and its value in the media?"

"There needs to be transparency about how or whether the filmmakers are profiting from this doc, or if they are donating their fees to Britney’s legal defense, or to legal defense funds to aide those who do not have the financial resources to fight against undue conservatorships," Campbell continued. "Even if it is in support of freeing Britney, this appears that it could be exploitative."

Sam replied "100%" to Campbell's comments.

However, fans weren't pleased with either man's comments.  As one pointed out, "We know these docs make money using Britney's name. But we can't deny that the free Britney movement gained momentum after they were aired."

Fans also tore Campbell apart, accusing him of doing nothing to help Britney, and urging him to insist that Lady Gaga support Britney publicly. They also accused him of being friends with Lou M.Taylor, Britney's former business manager, who some fans believe is the "secret mastermind" behind the conservatorship.

Britney vs Spears streams Sept. 28 on Netflix.

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