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New music Friday continues with Doja Cat, who gave her single, "Woman," a music video makeover that once again takes us back to Planet Her.

The sultry video follows a queen, played by Teyana Taylor, and her generals seducing the men who want to steal her crown. The creation is rich with colorful visuals and killer choreography, which fans have come to expect with Doja's work. However, this goes a little further than just serving as a piece of eye candy.  The "Woman" music video is also interactive and urges her fans to take a crack at coding.  

Doja teamed with Girls Who Code to create the DojaCode, which fans can use to unlock exclusive content in the music video.  Girls Who Code claim this is "the first ever codable music video" out there and are looking forward to seeing how fans "control the story using code."

Doja was also excited about the partnership and said in a statement, "I am so excited that Girls Who Code has partnered with me to make my 'Woman' music video the world's first codable music video. Fans all over the world will get to input code via a microsite and unlock some really cool special features. It's going to be awesome."

"Woman" is featured on Doja's Grammy-nominated album, Planet Her.   

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This Friday, People magazine's annual Year-End People of the Year special issue hits newsstands. In addition to the folks whom the mag has named its "official" 2021 People of the Year -- Sandra Oh, Simone Biles, Dolly Parton and "America's Teachers" -- some pop stars are highlighted for the impact they made in 2021.

In the issue's "They Had a Big Year" feature, you'll find Adele, Britney Spears, Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X, all of whom aren't surprising. But Rihanna was included as well, even though she didn't have a new album or a movie: She was recognized in the piece because in 2021, she became a billionaire, and the world's highest-paid female musician, according to Forbes.

Under Couples of the Year, you'll find Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, and Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde  -- as well as the breakup of Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.  And of course, there's Bennifer 2.0: Jennifer Lopez's unexpected rekindled romance with Ben Affleck.

Finally, Meghan Trainor's son Riley made the "Babies of the Year" section.

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Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have made Forbes' Under 30 Hall of Fame in honor of the 30 Under 30 list's 10th anniversary.

Miley initially made the 30 Under 30 list in 2014 at age 21, just after her album Bangerz came out. She's since released three more albums and founded the Happy Hippie Foundation to support LGBTQ+ and at-risk youth.

"FORBES 30 UNDER 30. I turned 29 last week. It was now or never," Miley tweeted. "Thank you for the honor."

In a behind-the-scenes video of her Forbes cover shoot, she reflects on her music career, calling songwriting her "greatest joy" and discussing the special bond that she has with her fans. She also discusses exploring different forms of creativity, including her collaboration with Gucci, as well as combining her artistry and activism with Happy Hippie.

Rihanna, meanwhile, originally made the 30 Under 30 ranking in 2013 at age 24. The now-33-year-old singer and businesswoman has since become a billionaire thanks to Fenty Beauty and her Savage x Fenty lingerie line, and was just named National Hero of her native Barbados.

Also making Forbes' Hall of Fame list are Kylie Jenner, Mark Zuckerberg, Malala Yousafzai, LeBron James and Naomi Osaka.

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Move over DrakeAdele's taking over! The British singer's fourth studio effort, 30, now holds the title for biggest U.S. album debut of 2021.

Adele released the highly anticipated album on November 19, and according to Billboard, initial MRC Data reveals she racked up more than 660,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in just three days. The massive feat surpasses the September 3 release of Drake's Certified Lover Boy, which launched with 613,000 earned units for the week ending September 9.  

Not only did the "Easy On Me" singer beat out Drake, she also beat out the previous year's best seller: Taylor Swift's Evermore, which sold 462,000 copies in 2020. 

The official MRC Data will be reported until Sunday, November 28, but with sales like that, it'd be no surprise if Adele landed atop the Billboard 200 charts as well. If so, that would land the songstress her third number on album, after 2015's 25 and 2010's 21.

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The race for this year's best-selling album is officially over, because it only took Adele's 30 three days to outsell the competition.

Billboard reports that, according to MRC Data, the British singer's fourth studio album sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. between its November 19 release and November 21. No other album released this year has come close to matching that.

Taylor Swift's evermore, which came out in December 2020, previously held the title of top-selling album for selling 462,000 copies in all of 2021. 

Adele also crushed another one of Taylor's 2021 records, which was selling the most copies of an album in a week.  The "All Too Well" singer's newly released Red (Taylor's Version) sold 369,000 copies in its first week of release.

That said, Adele's 30 is primed to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week and, when it does, it'll mark the her third number-one album in the U.S.  Her previous albums 25 and 21 both spent multiple weeks atop the prestigious chart when they were respectively released in 2015 and 2011.

 

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Mariah Carey is all about Christmas right now, but she's already thinking ahead to what she wants to do in 2022 -- like making a movie out of her best-selling memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

Speaking to Extra, Mariah says, "I'm working on some really exciting stuff for next year, the adaptation of my memoir with Lee Daniels...We need it to be gritty. It's not gonna be...sweet...it's a very real situation."  Lee directed Mariah in the acclaimed movies Precious and The Butler.

Mariah says she's also "working on another Christmas book," but adds, "We'll talk about that next year."  In 2015, Mariah put out a children's book based on her signature tune "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

As for the holidays this year, Mariah's AppleTV+ special Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues streams on December 3.  On it, you'll see her sing her new holiday song "Fall In Love at Christmas," featuring Khalid and Kirk Franklin, and she tells Extra that she's also performing a new version of Darlene Love's classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."

But first, let's get through Thanksgiving.  Mariah tells Extra that she's cooking "greens" for Thanksgiving dinner, bragging, "I've been heralded for my greens." 

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With 2021 coming to a close, Billie Eilish is about to sit down and reflect on another year gone by with her fifth annual "Same Interview" with Vanity Fair.

The outlet has been asking Billie the same questions since 2017 and comparing her new answers to what she said previously, allowing both us and the singer to see how much she's changed.

Vanity Fair teased the upcoming interview on Friday, which shows Billie joking about the seemingly endless confidence she oozed back in 2019. Billie grinned when looking back at what her 17-year-old self, who was basking in the success of her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, had to say about confidence.

The then black-and-green-haired singer remarked, "I am, for sure, a billion times more confident than both of those years [2017 and 2018.]  I feel like I'm probably the most confident I've ever been in my life!"

The now-platinum blonde. 19-year-old Billie took a moment to digest her younger self's answer before deadpanning, "It's true... Nothing will ever top that 2019 ego."  The Grammy-winner continued with a laugh, "I was feeling myself, that is for sure."

She went onto explain why that was, saying, "It's because I had been miserable for so long, that I finally wasn't and I just never shut up about it."

As for how she feels presently, Eilish says she's "been good" because "I'm starting to have an adulthood, which is new for me."

Catch the full interview when it premieres on Vanity Fair's YouTube channel on November 30.

With 2021 coming to a close, Billie Eilish is about to sit down and reflect on another year gone by with her fifth annual "Same Interview" with Vanity Fair. The outlet has been asking Billie the same questions since 2017 and comparing her new answers to what she said previously, allowing both us and the singer to see how much she's changed. Vanity Fair teased the upcoming interview on Friday, which shows Billie joking about the seemingly endless confidence she oozed back in 2019. Billie grinned when looking back at what her 17-year-old self, who was basking in the success of her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, had to say about confidence. The then black-and-green-haired singer remarked, "I am, for sure, a billion times more confident than both of those years [2017 and 2018.] I feel like I'm probably the most confident I've ever been in my life!" The now-platinum blonde. 19-year-old Billie took a moment to digest her younger self's answer before deadpanning, "It's true... Nothing will ever top that 2019 ego." The Grammy-winner continued with a laugh, "I was feeling myself, that is for sure." She went onto explain why that was, saying, "It's because I had been miserable for so long, that I finally wasn't and I just never shut up about it." As for how she feels presently, Eilish says she's "been good" because "I'm starting to have an adulthood, which is new for me." Catch the full interview when it premieres on Vanity Fair's YouTube channel on November 30.

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On the American Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC, New Kids on the Block and New Edition -- hailing, respectively, from the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston -- will pay tribute to their hometown while facing off against each other hit for hit. New Edition's Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins say this is something both acts have wanted to do for years.

"It's going to be amazing -- the AMAs are giving us a nice amount of time to be able to showcase our talents," Ronnie tells ABC Audio. "And we're able to do that in conjunction with our partners from Dorchester."

He adds, "[F]or, at least, probably...15 years, we've been trying to put the mash-up together, and now is the time!"

In fact, Ronnie and Michael say that if you've been waiting for New Edition to take on another group in an episode of the hugely popular web series Verzuz, well, this is pretty much it.

"This is the Verzuz right here!" exclaims Ronnie. "This is like, you know, Apollo Creed and Rocky getting ready to go down on the AMAs!"

Either way, New Edition is giving the people what they want: Their performance will include not just the group's five original members -- Ronnie, Mike, Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant -- but also Johnny Gill, who joined the group in 1987.

"Oh, yeah, we wouldn't have it any other way," Ronnie says. "That's the New Edition that people have been waiting to see since 2017, when [our biopic] came out, and there was this big expectation for the rollout at that time."

"We're in a really good space as a crew," he adds. "So let the battle begin!"

The 2021 American Music Awards, hosted by Cardi B, airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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To help get fans into the holiday spirit, the self-professed Queen of Christmas, aka Mariah Carey, has revealed the movies that make her feel extra festive.

Speaking to USA Today, the "Fantasy" singer revealed that she's a fan of the stop-motion animated Rankin/Bass classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerFrosty the Snowman and Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town.

"There’s something nostalgic about it. I watch those every year with the kids," Mariah said. And while she does love the oldies, there is one more recent holiday movie that is also near and dear to her heart. "You gotta love Elf," she decreed.

Mariah is now furiously preparing for the holidays because, as she tells USA Today, "I go all=out every year, darling."

The Grammy winner recently released the ballad "Fall in Love at Christmas" -- a collaboration with Khalid and Kirk Franklin -- and is weeks away from releasing her Apple TV+ special Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues, the sequel to last year's Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special.

In addition, she's stocked up her online store and teamed with major retailers to help release her Mariah Carey Holiday Collection, which is packed with cozy essentials that will make it easier to wait up for Ol' Saint Nick.

As for why Mariah aims to be practically synonymous with Christmas, she explains, "I love the holidays. It’s just my thing. I just have a special connection with Christmas."

In fact, she admits the celebration doesn't stop after December 25, and will shamelessly blast Christmas tunes until people start begging, "Can we put (any other music) back on?"

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Selena Gomez wants to tear down the stigmas surrounding mental health, so she teamed with her mother, Mandy Teefy, and Newsette co-founder Daniella Pierson to launch WonderMind, a new platform to do just that.

Speaking to Entrepreneur, the trio said they were inspired to create WonderMind after discussing if more can be done to normalize conversations about mental health and sharing a mutual concern that the numerous wellness startups and apps were muddying the waters.

WonderMind launches in February 2022 and will offer podcasts, interviews, a daily newsletter, articles, resources and a variety of other content. The media company will also invite guests, such as therapists and celebrities, to share their stories and discuss mental health.  

Selena, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and speaks openly about her struggles with depression and anxiety, believes people need more online safe havens that combat the shame and stigma about mental health. 

"We wanted to create something outside the box that gets into the dirt of what could really help people," noted Mandy, who was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The trio says WonderMind will adopt a more approachable and comfortable tone, similar to that of entertainment and lifestyle content.  The plan is to eventually expand into other forms of media, such as books, TV shows and movies.

"Mental health is something that is very close to my heart, "Selena shared on Instagram when announcing her new venture. "It is so important to have places where people can come together and understand that they're not alone in their mental fitness journey." 

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