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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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GAYLE made her national TV debut Wednesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and in addition to performing her breakout hit, "abcdefu," she told the story of the artwork that goes along with the song -- and it's not pretty.

The "abcdefu" single artwork is an x-ray of a hand with the middle finger broken at a pretty crazy angle.  Turns out that's the actual x-ray of GAYLE's actual middle finger, which she broke while attempting to drag her dog out from under the bed so she could take her out.

"I tripped and fell at the same time and I went to catch myself," GAYLE explained, noting that she landed on her middle fingers.  "It was disgusting. It was terrible," she laughs.  Then, her mom -- who had just had knee replacement surgery two weeks prior -- had to drive her to the hospital.

"She's trying to drive me [to the hospital]...she has a really bad gag reflex, if she sees anything that grosses her out...she was sitting there dry-heaving, and I'm like, 'IT'S MY HAND This is my hand! You're gonna throw up on my hand!'" the teen singer recalled, as Fallon cracked up.

GAYLE also talked about how "abcdefu" initially blew up on TikTok, and noted how amazed she is that it led to her Tonight Show appearance.  "The fact that I'm here...I pretended that I've been sitting on this couch for years in my house, and now I'm here!" she marveled. "And it's thanks to this app on my phone!"

The singer also revealed that she has a new single coming out this month.

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GAYLE is starting the New Year off right: Thanks to her hit "abcdefu," the teen singer from Texas is appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday evening. Of course, the version of "abcdefu" you hear on the radio is the censored version, swapping "forget you" for "eff you." But GAYLE isn't sure it fully conveys the breakup anthem's emotion.

"I don't know if it's as angry," GAYLE says of the censored -- or "nicer" -- version. It's one of several versions of the song, including an "angrier" version and a "chill" version.

"I like to think that it can maybe spark people's interest enough to at least, like, try and hear the original," she notes. "The goal with that song was for, hopefully, the censored version to hit as hard. I don't know if 'forget you' is as, like, angry."

GAYLE's anger was was sparked by a real-life event: Her breakup with a boyfriend who, she says, inspired several of the other songs she's released.

"I have a song called 'Orange Peel'-- it's about him. 'Happy for You' -- it's about him and it's...like, 'You're the best thing ever and I'm the complete worst,' basically," she explains to ABC Audio. "So it definitely shows the evolution of emotion. Like...'I love you so much. Oh my God, I'm the worst. I'm the problem...Wait a minute. Eff you!'"

But Gayle, just named Billboard's Chartbreaker for January, realizes that just because one of her songs is getting popular doesn't automatically mean she's now a huge pop star.

"'abc...' is...just one song," she notes. "And so, my goal is to just keep telling my story and keep doing what I do, and hopefully people don't hate it and we're just going to kinda go from there and see what happens."

 

 

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Halsey is comparing their experience being pregnant to a teen mom situation. 

In a candid interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Halsey opens up about the struggle of going through a public pregnancy where they were constantly bombarded with derogatory comments. The singer and partner Alev Aydin welcomed their child Ender Ridley Alvin on July 14.  

"I'm 26, and I tried very hard for this pregnancy and I'm financially independent, I'm pretty far along in my career, it feels like the right time for me to do it. And I got treated like a teen mom a lot of the times," she explains.

The singer says that the comments targeting their age and not being married to Alev were damaging to their self-esteem. "It triggered all of these feelings of shame from when I was younger. It triggered a lot of old feelings of shame in me where I was like, 'How can you have an opinion, that kind of opinion on me making this decision?'" they continue. 

Halsey also offered insight into their decision to take a social media break during the pregnancy to ensure the life-changing experience was personal.

"I had to make a choice, especially in my pregnancy, where the girl who's been the open book for six years, this had to be mine. I was not going to put myself [out there]. The consequences were too high," the singer says. "The consequences of letting social media stress me out or cause me grief, it's no longer just me being affected by it. There's a whole other person whose nervous system is being affected by the status of mine. So I had to make that choice." 

Halsey's new album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, was released Friday. 

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Olivia Rodrigo has released the music video for her teenage angst anthem, “brutal.”

The visual, directed by Petra Collins, plays out like a Gen Z fever dream. It features Olivia as a bunch of different characters -- including a ballerina, a TV anchor and a social media star -- while sporting a variety of face filters.

“brutal music vid out now!!!!” Olivia tweeted Monday. “had so much fun making this with my genius friend Petra Collins and I’m so stoked it’s out in the world!!!! hope u love!”

“Brutal” is the latest song off Olivia’s debut album, SOUR.

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