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In the U.S., GAYLE's single "abcdefu" is number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, but in the U.K., it's a whole 'nother story.

The teen singer has done what seemed to be the impossible: On the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart, she's knocked Adele's "Easy on Me" out of the number-one spot and claimed it for her own.

At 17 years and six months old, GAYLE is also one of the youngest acts ever to score a British number one, and the third under-18 artist to do so in the past two years, following "Savage Love" creator Jawsh 685 and Olivia Rodrigo.

GAYLE told OfficialCharts.com, "The thought of my song being Number 1 in the U.K. is so hard to comprehend, but I'm just so excited and grateful. Thank you for being angry [along] with me and hopefully we can feel all the emotions with each other again!"

In a video message thanking everyone for the milestone, an emotional GAYLE shows off the "#1" trophy that the Official Charts Company sent her, calling it "freaking amazing," and adding, "I'm so freaking grateful, so thank you for absolutely everything, 'cause this is literally everything I've ever wanted."

GAYLE will release a new single later this month called "ur just horny."

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Five years ago today, the video that would become YouTube's most-viewed music video of all time hit the streaming platform. Today, it stands at 7.7 billion views.  What is it? None other than "Despacito."

The Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee single was originally released January 12, and the video, uploaded the day after, featured the two performing in Puerto Rico and showing off the island's beauty. It racked up a billion views in 97 days, becoming, at the time, the second-fastest video on the site to reach that milestone. 

Then, starting in August of 2017 through February of 2019, it became the first music video on YouTube to surpass three, four, five and six billion views.  In November of 2020, it hit the seven-billion mark and officially became the most-viewed video on the site.

Ironically, the video for "Despacito" doesn't feature Justin Bieber, whose addition to the song in April of 2017 via a remix helped it top the Billboard Hot 100.

"Despacito" eventually spent 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, tying the record for the longest-running number one ever on that chart, which had been set in 1996 by "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

That record was eventually broken by Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road, which spent 19 weeks on top in 2019 and still holds the title.

Speaking of titles, Pinkfong's "Baby Shark" has since become the first video on YouTube to hit 10 billion views, but reps for YouTube confirm to ABC Audio that "Despacito" is still considered the most-viewed music video of all time on the platform.

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Tai Verdes has released a new single called "LAst dAy oN EaRTH," in which he imagines what he'd do if he only had 24 hours to live.

“I made this song for the purpose of reflection. I want everyone to listen to this song, you know…really listen to it," he explains. "To stop, breathe in the air, feel, think about where they are, and realize that this isn’t gonna last forever, and by ‘this’ I mean life."

"Sometimes, life’s journey can feel long, sometimes it feels short, but we all know it’s going to end," he adds. "It’s kind of like jumping out of a plane. We’re all in the freefall, and sometimes we just get so caught we don’t realize it."

Tai also says it's "time for everyone to see the world in HD," and on Instagram, he writes that the song is the "first episode of HDTV."  Since Tai's debut album was called TV, and his upcoming tour is called the HDTV Tour, it's possibly that HDTV is also the title of his next project.

The tour kicks off April 19 in Santa Ana, CA and is right now scheduled to wrap up in L.A. on May 22. He's also planning to perform at a number of festivals, including Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, Lollapalooza Argentina and the U.K.'s Reading [PR: Redding] and Leeds festivals.

And if all this Tai Verdes news is making you hungry, you can order a custom Tai Verdes Bowl at Chipotle, which features the chain's new plant-based chorizo.

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Miley Cyrus has written her fair share of breakup anthems but, this time, she will be on the receiving end of a few after an old flame releases his new album.  

Cody Simpson, who dated the pop star after her divorce from actor Liam Hemsworth, told Billboard his upcoming album does feature a few songs about his ex.

Cody says, "There are some on there [about Miley,] for sure... I think there’s a couple inspired by a few different relationships I’ve had." He had written a song about her when they were dating in 2019, "Golden Thing."

He adds pal Justin Bieber enjoyed a sneak peek of the album and "was really happy about it...He really liked it and called me right away."

The Olympic hopeful also brought up the mythical collaboration album he and Justin worked on in 2014, but admits it will continue to sit in the vault because "We haven’t really spoken about it a whole lot since then."  But he tells fans not to give up hope because, "I’d really like to hear that stuff one day because it was very good... Maybe I should hit him up because I think it would be cool."

Cody will release the lead single off his upcoming album on January 25, called "Nice to Meet You," which he says will be a "perfect re-introductory statement to me and my music."

The currently unnamed album will be the follow up to the Australian artist's 2015 offering, Free.

 

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Ed: Dan Martensen; Adele: Simon Emmett

In 2021, two of music's biggest superstars -- Ed Sheeran and Adele -- released their eagerly awaited new albums to an adoring public.

--In February, Ed celebrated his 30th birthday. In June, he released a new single, "Bad Habits," and in August, he announced that his new album would be called = [Equals] and that it'd be released on October 29. 

--In September, Ed celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of his debut album, + (Plus), with a special concert at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, and announced a massive 2022 European stadium tour kicking off in April.

--On October 24, after a massive worldwide promotional blitz, Ed and his daughter Lyra both came down with COVID-19, just days before the release of = [Equals]. However, he managed to make it out of quarantine to perform on Saturday Night Live November 6.

-- = [Equals], Ed's first new solo album since 2017's world-beating ÷ [Divide], debuted at number one in the U.S. and has so far spun off three hits: "Bad Habits," "Shivers" and "Overpass Graffiti."

--While = [Equals] sold a respectable 118,000 equivalent album units in its first week in the U.S., in the U.K., it had the biggest opening week of 2021, and the biggest overall since ÷ [Divide] in 2017.  Both of those records were broken the following week by ABBA's comeback album, Voyage.

--"Bad Habits" peaked at number two in the U.S. but topped the charts for 11 weeks in the U.K.  In November, it received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.

--And in December, Ed and his pal Elton John teamed up for an instantly successful holiday single, "Merry Christmas." 

But any dreams that Ed had of truly dominating the charts in 2021 were squashed by Adele.

--In October, after years of speculation, Adele announced a new single, "Easy On Me." That was followed by the news that her her first album in six years, titled 30, would arrive November 19.

--"Easy On Me" arrived October 15. In five hours, it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 68, and then rose to the number-one spot a few days later, becoming Adele's first number one since 2015's "Hello."

--After a promotional push that included a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey on CBS, 30 entered the chart at number one, earning 839,000 equivalent album units in its first week, giving Adele the biggest debut week of any album in 2021. 

--By December 6, 30 had earned one million in traditional album sales -- meaning CDs, vinyl, cassettes and digital album downloads -- making it the first album in more than a year to do so.

--On November 30, Adele announced a Las Vegas residency, Weekends with Adele, which will see her playing two shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas every weekend from January 21, 2022 through Saturday, April 16.

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It's new music Friday, so let's see who's out with new tunes!

"Mood" singer 24kGoldn released a new single on Friday, a cover and reimagining of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend."  His take, "More Than Friends," sees him wallowing in the friend zone because his crush refuses to see him as anything more.  This cheeky song is his last-ditch attempt to be promoted into boyfriend material. 

AJ Mitchell has released SKYVIEW Deluxe, an expanded edition of his debut album that features live recordings of his singles, "I Choose You," "Cheap Red Wine" and "Miss You."  Every live recording is accompanied by a new performance video.  SKYVIEW is named after the drive-in movie theater AJ frequented as a child because he says the album is a coming-of age story.

Christmas is next week and, with that, comes a new a cappella twist on a holiday classic thanks to Pentatonix.  The group put their spin on "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" after teaming with Bryson Tiller.  Don't worry, there's no helium involved in this take on the holiday staple!  The single is available to purchase and download now.

Avril Lavigne has premiered an acoustic version of "Bite Me," her debut single with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's label DTA Records. The unplugged recording is accompanied by a steamy video directed by her boyfriend and "Flames" collaborator, Mod Sun. The video is streaming now on YouTube.

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It's been over a decade since Katy Perry released "I Kissed a Girl," and the singer says she's still amazed by the impact her debut single has had on pop culture, and on the LGBTQ community.

Speaking to Out magazine, the Grammy nominee reflected on the controversy the 2008 hit sparked.  The bi-curious anthem not only upset conservative parents, the LGBTQ community said the song was problematic because its lyrics seemingly wrote off a same-sex kiss as "not what good girls do." 

"For me in that time, bisexuality kind of got its label of sorts," Katy recalled. "It was like, 'Oh, so that is what this is,' you know? This feeling or this experience or what have you. I was just writing about my own experience."

The singer continued, "I came from a very sheltered upbringing where it wasn't okay to be friends with anyone from that community.  And now that is my community."

The LGBTQ community has since embraced the song, and Katy said she's heard countless stories about how the track has helped people come to terms with their sexuality. She said of the single's evolution, "I wouldn't have survived without the community and couldn't, quite honestly. It's amazing how full circle it's come and how much growth has happened since I started."

Katy's also proud of her music's lasting legacy, even though it makes her feel "old" that younger artists are now sampling her work and call it "nostalgic."  Most recently, Olivia Rodrigo shouted out the 2010 single "Teenage Dream" in her song "brutal."

Even so, Katy said she's proud that her songs are "coming back around," because "it means that the music is still resonating. It means that the message still rings true for people."

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Elton John and Ed Sheeran are making sure fans ring in the holidays with a little extra cheer with their new single, "Merry Christmas."

The song, which they co-wrote and released on Friday, sees the two powerhouse British singers explaining why it's important to enjoy the season with those you love. 

Ed begins the festive song by encouraging listeners to appreciate the season's wonders by singing, "So kiss me under the mistletoe/ Pour out the wine, let's toast and pray for December snow/ I know there's been pain this year, but it's time to let it go/ Next year, you never know."

Sir Elton adds, "We've both known love, but this love we got is the bеst of all/ I wish you could see it through my eyes, then you would know."

If that wasn't enough to help bring some joy back to the holidays after another stressful year, Ed and Elton also released the official and ultra-campy music video for "Merry Christmas." The two are decked out in several of their best holiday outfits, from sequined tuxedos to very short Santa-like robes, as they rotate through various Christmas-like scenes. 

"Merry Christmas" is available to stream and purchase now across all platforms. Proceeds from the single will benefit The Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and The Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Juice Wrld and Justin Bieber join forces for their new track "Wandered To LA," released at the stroke of midnight. 

On the new single, the two artists candidly sing about their experiences since wandering to Los Angeles, including living out their dreams, love, and drugs.

"I wandered to LA hoping to explore / Little did I'd know I'd find a little more," Juice sings in the chorus, before adding in his opening verse, "Maybe it's the love / Maybe it's the drugs."

Justin, who has also previously opened up about his past drug use, sings about how his relationship was affected but is "Thankful that we worked it out / We come so far."

Prior to the song's drop, a teaser trailer was released, which featured interviews from those in Juice's camp discussing how the rapper had agreed to go to rehab before he died of an accidental overdose in December 2019. Bieber also shared his experiences with drugs in an attempt to encourage others who may be struggling to seek help. 

"Wandered To LA" is the latest single released from Juice's forthcoming posthumous album Fighting Demons, due out December 10.

On December 9, before the album's release, Chicago will host the first ever Juice Wrld Day in Chicago. According to a press release, "the event will bring together a number of his closest family, friends, collaborators and fans for an immersive experience celebrating his life and music." Attendees will also get a first look at Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss, a documentary film focused on Juice's life and death, which hits HBO Max December 16.  

Tickets to Juice WRLD Day range from $35 to $99 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

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A decade ago, Andy Grammer first caught lightning a bottle with his eponymous debut album, which featured the hit singles "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine by Me."  A few years later, three million copies of his 2014 feel-good anthem "Honey I'm Good" flew off the shelves.

Grammer has released several top-charting singles since, including 2016's "Fresh Eyes" and 2019's "Don't Give Up on Me," and he credits his success to the lessons he learned busking on the streets of Santa Monica, California.

Talking to the Sprout podcast recently, the 37-year-old opened up about the impact those formative years had on his career.

"The whole game is can you get over putting yourself out there and having no one care," posed Grammer, stressing that success comes after one masters the art of "putting yourself out there, failing, and getting back up."

While Grammer no longer has to sing for his supper, he isn't opposed to the idea of busking on the city streets and going completely unrecognized.  In fact, he has a playlist ready to go, starting with "85," a song he released in 2017.

He said he also would play "Don't Give Up on Me," because it "seems to have this effect where it makes people not want to give up on themselves, and I really love that."

Lastly, he'd play "Damn It Feels Good to Be Me," since it goes back to his earlier point about self reliance.

"Life gets better when you are genuinely able to stop caring how you're perceived. We waste so much time worrying about how others are perceiving us," Grammer remarked, noting that once he accepted his own "quirks and my uniqueness," it took him "down a very certain path that is probably made for me."

 

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