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The Kid LAROI plans to kick off his first headlining tour on January 29, and it looks as though we may have some new music from him before then.

On Monday, the Australian artist posted a snippet of what appears to be a new song featuring Jacksonville, Florida rapper Nardo Wick, which may or may not be called "Rich Boy." On his Instagram Story, LAROI wrote, "When y'all want it? Lemme know..."

Plus, just a few days ago, LAROI returned to Instagram after a break and wrote "ALBUM IS COMING. BEEN WORKIN DAY AND NIGHT FOR YOU ALL."  In the same post, he also thanked Houston rapper Don Toliver for "joining him."

"Thank you for sticking with me through this break family," the Grammy nominee tweeted last week. "I’m beyond blessed to be able to say I have the greatest supporters on planet earth. I love you all eternally, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.. it’s almost time."

LAROI's debut album, when it arrives, will be the follow-up to his 2021 mixtape F*ck Love 3: Over You, which features his chart-topping Justin Bieber collaboration "Stay."

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The Hotel Transylvania franchise comes to an end with its fourth and final installment, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania -- but star Selena Gomez may be thinking about making a new one after two children bribed her.

Speaking with Yahoo! Entertainment for its Kid Gloves bit, Selena was grilled by elementary school-aged girls who asked why the beloved animated franchise was coming to an end.  The "Lose You to Love Me" singer appeared coy about whether the movie series was definitely over and teased, "You know what, you never know what’s gonna happen."

But, that wasn't enough to comfort the young reporters because they offered up the contents of their piggy bank -- a whopping $30 -- as a bribe.  Selena politely declined, saying, "I would never take your money," but things changed when the offer was bumped up by a whole dollar.  The Grammy nominee appeared enticed by the prospect of bringing back Mavis the vampire and vowed, "I’m gonna call Sony," which is the studio behind the franchise.

The interviewers also asked the singer where she would be in life had she not embarked in a career in music and acting.  "I think that I would try to be a chef.  I don't know if I'd be good, but I love cooking and I love making people happy," she answered. 

When discussing her cooking show, Selena + Chef, Selena added, "I sometimes make mistakes and they're pretty funny."  One of those mistakes was when she attempted to grab a knife that was falling off the table and her finger caught the business end of the blade.

"I was so dramatic," Selena recalled of her injury. "It was a little cut and it scared me, but I was okay!"

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Charlie Puth consoled a fellow TikToker who was rejected from The Juilliard School and shared some inspiring life advice about rejection.

TikTok user Axel Webber, who amassed over 58 million likes on the video sharing platform, revealed on Monday he had been rejected from the prestigious performing arts institution and has "to find a different way to be an actor."

Axel's determination inspired Charlie to reach out with his own experience being rejected from Juilliard through a series of comments and explained, "Things ended up being just fine for me. I cried too. But you don’t necessarily need a prestigious school to be considered prestigious at what you do."

"Some of the best music has been made by people who don’t even play an instrument. And some of the best actors also never went to Julliard [sic]. Also FYI I didn’t get into 3 of the major music schools I wanted to go to and I also got rejected from America’s Got Talent," the Grammy nominee continued. "You are going to be ok I promise. Please don’t be too hard on yourself. These moments define us."

Charlie then took to his personal TikTok with a message for "anyone that has experienced rejection," saying that he failed to get into "five of these prestigious schools that I wanted to get into and thought would better my career." 

The "One Call Away" singer noted that there is a certain benefit of going to school and said it's "not going to be the thing that defines your career."  Instead, he argued rejection is "the thing that pushes you further, creatively" and said that is what fueled him to make better music.

"There’s many ways to be successful in your own right," he later commented.

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Halsey is starting off the new year with big plans, and among them is a collaboration with Latin superstar Bad Bunny.

Speaking to fans early Thursday morning on Twitter, the "Without Me" singer opened up for a brief question-and-answer session.  When one fan asked in Spanish if they will ever make a song with Bad Bunny, the Grammy nominee remarked, "Honestly? It has been discussed."

Halsey also opened up about speaking Spanish, and while they can "read and understand" the language well, writing is a whole different story.  The singer also remarked, "My speaking has improved significantly. I got through my last trip to Mexico being asked if I was a native speaker," and joked immediately after, "They completely realized I am not once I tried to explain myself."

Details about the potential collaboration with Bad Bunny are limited, but this recent Twitter thread has fans speculating that this means they'll hear Halsey singing in Spanish very soon.

And should they team with Bad Bunny, he will join the growing list of Halsey's collaborators that includes The ChainsmokersBTSAlanis MorissetteMarshmello and many others.

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Adam Lambert is days away from turning the big 4-0 and in a recent interview, the singer admitted he isn't jumping for joy about growing older.

Speaking to Attitude magazine, Adam said he finds it "slightly terrifying" that he's soon turning 40 because of his "Peter Pan complex."

Even so, Adam says he has much to look forward to in the years ahead because he is "on a personal transition right now into the next chapter" of his life, which is something he finds "exciting." 

But, when it comes to planning how he wants to celebrate his birthday on January 29, the Grammy nominee admitted, "I don’t have anything planned for my 40th yet. I'll do something with friends."

The American Idol finalist also looked back on his youth and noted that attitudes on homosexuality have softened since he stepped into the limelight in 2009.  "If I was growing up right now, a teenager or in my early 20s in 2021, would my relationship with my sexuality or gender be exactly what it is now?," he wondered.  "I don't know. It might be different."

He also stated, "As we get older, identity becomes less of a priority and mystery.  That’s one reason the new generation is so excited about pronouns and names for their gender." 

When discussing how times have changed, Adam pointed out that gender fluidity and queer culture are openly being explored and celebrated.  "You look at the scene now and it’s so much more accepted and visible," he remarked.

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Billie Eilish heads into the upcoming Grammy Awards with seven nominations, thanks to her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever.  And no one is prouder than her big brother, collaborator and co-producer, FINNEAS.  He spoke with Billboard about how the two created the song after which the album's named.

"We just knew that it was important to the album," he said, calling the song "cathartic. We were like, 'Oh, this is definitely the title track.'"

FINNEAS reveals he and Billie began writing the track in 2019 while waiting to play a show in Denmark and were "super jet lagged."

"I was sitting around with Billie, and we started writing that melody that was sort of the first chorus, the, 'When I’m away from you, I’m happier than ever' part," he recalled, adding he played on a "little toy guitar" at the time.

FINNEAS continued, "It was correlated to what she was going through in her life at that exact moment. We knew that we liked that idea, but we weren’t in the period of time where we were like crunching down on an album, so we just put it in our back pocket and we’d write a line or two here and there."

Eight months later, the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a lockdown and the pair found themselves "very devoted to making an album."

"We revisited that idea and loved it," said FINNEAS, adding he and Billie finished the title track "in May or June 2020."

The Grammy nominee noted, "That’s a pretty long writing lifespan for songs — usually, songs are written pretty quickly. I think it’s a testament to how long and winding that song is in and of itself, so it was a really fulfilling process. I’m so happy with the way it turned out."

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Adele and Ed Sheeran are among the leading nominees for the 2022 BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

Both Adele and Ed have four nominations, including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year -- "Easy on Me"  and "Bad Habits" respectively -- as well as Best Pop/R&B Act. Additionally, Adele's 30 and Ed's Equals are both up for Mastercard Album of the Year.

Other nominees for Song of the Year include Elton John and Dua Lipa's "Cold Heart" and "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals. Dua is also up for Best Pop/R&B Act, while Glass Animals and Coldplay are up for Best Rock/Alternative Act. Coldplay is also up for Best Group.

Notably, gender-based categories have been removed.

In the International categories, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat and Billie Eilish are up for Artist of the Year, while BTS, Silk Sonic, Måneskin and reunited Swedish icons ABBA are up for Group of the Year.

International Song of the Year nominees include:

Billie Eilish - "Happier Than Ever"

Doja Cat feat. SZA - "Kiss Me More"

The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber - "Stay"

Lil Nas X - "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"

Måneskin - "I Wanna Be Your Slave"

Olivia Rodrigo - "Good 4 U"

Polo G - "Rapstar"

The Weeknd - "Save Your Tears"

The 2022 BRIT Awards will be handed out February 8, 2022 at London's O2 Arena and livestreamed globally on YouTube.

 

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Doja Cat has been teaming with some heavy hitters in the music industry as of late, such as The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, but the "Say So" singer reveals she almost bagged a duet with Billie Eilish long before the two stepped into the limelight.

In her wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Doja admits she and Billie tried working on a collaboration but her writer's block got in the way.

The 26-year-old says the two crossed paths when they were first releasing music on the audio platform Soundcloud and became fans of each other.  Eventually, Billie reached out to ask if she'd like to contribute a verse on her upcoming single at the time, "Bellyache."

"I remember thinking it was so cute. I loved it. I just couldn't think of anything to write... It was one of my writer's-block moments," the Grammy nominee recalled.  The single went on to become a success, but Doja says she is not kicking herself over missing out on what could have been.

"I remember seeing that song blow up and thinking, 'Good for her. That’s awesome,'" she revealed and hinted the song was probably better off without her because, "I don't think the song was for me, though. It was quite hard to write to."

Speaking of her collaborations, Doja referenced her "I Don't Do Drugs" single, which featured Ariana, and said it's about her quitting caffeine and cigarettes after a bad acid trip. The singer admits that experience "made me quit a lot of my habits," which she finds remarkable because "I'm a very habitual person."

"I haven't been able to smoke a cigarette since then. It's unbearable to smoke one. It's very interesting how that worked," she remarked.

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Avril Lavigne says her upcoming album will be a blast from the past, taking back to 2002 and the pop-punk sound of her debut album, Let Go. Teasing her upcoming music with Entertainment WeeklyAvril said she's "really stoked" about her new body of work.

 "To the core, I'm a kid from a small town who listened to bands like Blink-182 and Green Day and NOFX in high school, and I tapped into that," the Canadian singer noted. "But I also was writing power ballads like 'I'm With You' and stuff like that [when I first started out], so this time I just wanted to have fun and rock out. It just felt like it was time to make this type of an album."

The Grammy nominee said she began working on her new music last November and put it together with "a bunch of my friends" -- like Goldfinger frontman John Feldmaand Blink drummer Travis Barker -- because she "didn't have a label or managers at the time."  

Because the "Bite Me" singer was left to her own devices, Avril said she was able to "do exactly what I wanted and what I feel like I've probably wanted to do for a long time."

"We used live guitars and live drums and didn't hold back," she teased. "It's fun. It's just pure rock & roll from front to back. There's a lot of reflecting upon different relationships that I have gone through and where I'm at."

The twice-divorced star summarized her new album as being "fun and feisty and light" because she's "kind of poking fun at myself that I've gone through a lot in love."

The album follows her 2019 offering, Head Above Water.  A release date has not been announced.

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Avril Lavigne always knew what her smash-hit single "Sk8ter Boi" was worth, and that's why she's turning it into a movie.  The singer says she was inspired to go this route after fans begged her to do something special for the single's upcoming 20th anniversary.

Speaking to the She Is the Voice podcast, Avril said she intends to take her 2002 single to "the next level."

"Recently, with it being almost the 20th anniversary, a lot of people have been asking me to play this song on some TV shows, so I feel like it keeps getting brought back up and people will always reference it to me. And I'm actually going to turn this song into a film," the Grammy nominee dished. 

Currently, no other details have been unveiled.

Avril also revealed she was inspired to write "Sk8ter Boi" after reflecting on how the status quo pits high school cliques against one another.

"It's kind of like a missed opportunity at love," the 37-year-old described. "The skater boy, you know, he's in love with the preppy girl but, like, she's too cool for him but then: 'Five years from now she sits at home feeding the baby, she's all alone.'  She, like, down the road wishes she would have followed her heart and not lived up to society's expectations."

"Sk8ter Boi," released on September 9, 2002, was the second single off of Avril's debut album, Let Go.

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