Lauv releases “Kids Are Born Stars,” reveals song is about “getting back in touch” with younger self

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Lauv is connecting with his inner child through his new music. He released the track “Kids Are Born Stars” on Tuesday, which gives fans a glimpse into his childhood.

The upbeat track is about a girl Lauv crushed on when he was a middle schooler and how he shared his prophesy that he was “going to be a really big star.” The music video sees the current version of the singer interacting with his younger self and helping him recover from a broken heart.

The song and its music video are also nostalgia bombs, with respective references to defunct messaging services, as well as featuring styles from the early aughts.

“When I started making this album, I was doing a lot of inner child meditation work and this song was me getting back in touch with my 8th grade self and giving him a little dose of confidence because Lord knows he would’ve needed it back then,” Lauv said in a statement. “As an adult I had lost touch with my sense of confidence too and making this song and the whole album helped me get back in touch with the person I really am.”

The “I Like Me Better” singer also teased his upcoming album, All 4 Nothing, which drops later this summer.

He said, “My album ‘All 4 Nothing’ curates an energy of openness, wonder, and excitement, but also vulnerability and realness. I hope it opens up a vortex to something you haven’t felt in a while—a place where you can build yourself up from.”

The album, which is the follow-up to his 2020 work How I’m Feeling, is expected August 5.

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Empire State Building lighting up pink in honor of Machine Gun Kelly’s sold-out MSG show

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Not only is Machine Gun Kelly headlining Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, he’s putting his stamp on the New York City skyline.

The Empire State Building will be lit up in pink in honor of Kelly’s concert and “as a symbol of strength, perseverance, and hope in partnership with his new documentary Life in Pink.”

According to a press release, Kelly will switch the Empire State Building’s lights to pink while onstage at MSG, which is just a few blocks away from the iconic landmark.

Life in Pink premiered Monday on Hulu. The doc follows MGK’s breakout over the past two years, following his move from rap to rock with his 2020 album, Tickets to My Downfall, and this year’s Mainstream Sellout.

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Report: Vic Mensa pleads guilty to drug possession; sentenced to probation, community service

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Vic Mensa has reportedly reached a plea deal and will avoid going to prison following his arrest earlier this year for psychedelic drug possession.

The Chicago MC pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of a schedule III controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to one year probation and 25 months of community service, according to TMZ. He was also fined $1,000.

As previously reported, Mensa was arrested in January at Dulles International Airport just outside of Washington, D.C., for attempting to bring LSD, mushrooms and other illegal drugs through customs. Customs and Border Protection officers “discovered about 41 grams of liquid Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), about 124 grams of Psilocybin capsules, 178 grams of Psilocybin gummies, and six grams of Psilocybin mushrooms concealed inside Mensa’s luggage,” a release from the agency says.

The “U Mad” rapper was charged with felony drug possession. He was returning from Ghana and posted photos on Instagram of him meeting government officials with Chance the Rapper.

Mensa claims he possessed the shrooms for medicinal purposes.

“Unfortunately, our laws have not kept up with the research showing that psychedelic plants and compounds can be successfully used to treat otherwise treatment-resistant mental illness,” he told TMZ.

Mensa added, “My hope is that the silver lining to this matter will be increased focus on the effectiveness of psychedelics to treat mental illness and mood disorders that millions are battling with depression and anxiety with hope that all of our laws will change accordingly.”

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Shawn Mendes plays new songs, hits, surprise cover at Wonder tour kickoff

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Shawn Mendes kicked off his first proper tour since the pandemic began in Portland, Oregon, on Monday night. Wonder: The World Tour comes in support of his most recent album, Wonder, which arrived in 2020.

According to, Shawn’s show is split into three different parts: act I is called Wonder, act II is called Black Cherry and act III is called Vanilla Sky. The encore portion is called Cool Runnings.

Shawn’s set list included plenty of songs from Wonder, including the title track, “Call My Friends,” “305, “Look Up to the Stars,” “Teach Me How to Love” and “Song for No One,” as well as his collaboration with Justin Bieber, “Monster.”

He also performed the hits, of course, from “Stitches” and “If I Can’t Have You” to “Treat You Better,” “Lost In Japan” and even “Señorita,” his duet with ex-girlfriend Camila Cabello. “Message in a Bottle,” a 1979 song by The Police, was a surprise cover. Shawn also performed recent stand-alone singles “It’ll Be Okay” and “When You’re Gone.”

The show concluded with “In My Blood.”

Dermot Kennedy and Tate McRae are opening for Shawn on his North American tour, which is mapped out through October.

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Britney Spears admits social media makes her wants to “crawl into a hole”

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Even Britney Spears has to hit the pause button on social media. The “Toxic” singer opened up to fans about how it affects her self-esteem and mental health.

“Do you know how many times I literally wanted to crawl in a hole and feel like an idiot while looking at social media ???” she shared while posting a video of her, Robert Pattinson and Cade Hudson dancing to Katy Perry‘s “Firework.”

The Grammy winner noted she’s only human and isn’t perfect, even though she will come across posts of women with “hot bodies” that make her feel like she has to be. “I lose my phone 3x a day, can’t find my shades when they are on top of my head … I’m human and I do my best !!!  i know I completely suck most of the time but I still try my best.”

Britney also spoke of watching people edit her photos and videos during her conservatorship, so she is “well aware” of what’s happening behind the scenes when she looks at social media posts. She also said she is “leaving the whole system behind.”

Joking that her dancing video is her attempt to “be like Batman,” whom Pattinson plays, Britney noted, “It’s a hard world but we’re all fireworks as @katyperry says … I mean ask Batman if he knows !!!”

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Jake Owen was almost a pro golfer instead of a country star

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Jake Owen is a chart-topping country star, but he almost had an entirely different career. 

Growing up in Florida, Jake’s dad, Steve Owen, was a semifinalist in the U.S. Amateur, a golf tournament for amateur players. He passed that passion on to his son, who initially had plans to play professional golf. 

“He was a great player and I always felt like as a kid I wanted to fulfill these dreams that my dad never got to fulfill,” he explains to John Rich

But those dreams were dashed when Jake was injured in a wakeboarding accident that led to surgery on his shoulder and left him unable to play golf while attending Florida State University. After the accident, Jake learned guitar and eventually moved to Nashville, where he became a successful country singer with #1 hits like “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Homemade.”

Jake admits that as a kid, he quit activities a lot and believes his dad may have viewed him as a “quitter.” But he sees it from a new perspective now, telling people not to get discouraged if their interests change.    

“I think it’s important for people out there to know that it’s OK to try things and if you don’t enjoy it, move onto something else,” he advises.

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Billie Eilish, FINNEAS invited to join the Motion Picture Academy

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Billie Eilish and her brother, FINNEAS, are among the 397 individuals who’ve been invited this year to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the folks who vote on and award the Oscars. If they accept, they’ll get to vote on who wins Oscars in the future.

The invitees have “distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures,” the Academy notes and are divided into different groups, such as actors, cinematographers, directors, makeup artists, hairstylists and, in Billie and FINNEAS’ case, music.

This year’s class of invitees is 44% women, with 37% belonging to underrepresented ethnic or racial communities; 50% are from countries and territories outside the U.S. Among the invitees are 15 Oscar winners, including Billie and FINNEAS, who won the Best Original Song trophy earlier this year for “No Time to Die,” from the James Bond film of the same name.

Variety reports that if everyone who’s invited accepts, the Academy will have 10,665 members, with 9,665 eligible to vote for the 95th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled for March 21, 2023.

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Jon Bon Jovi now $22 million richer after selling NYC home to former Disney prez

Jon Bon Jovi may be from New Jersey, but he’s been a player in the New York City real estate market for a while. Back in 2015, he sold a six-bedroom penthouse for $34 million. Now, he’s unloaded a four-bedroom Manhattan property for $22 million.

The New York Post reports that Jon listed the West Village home last February for $22 million, so he got his asking price. The buyer is Michael Ovitz, the former president of the Walt Disney Company. The home is a 14th floor unit that Jon bought in 2017 for just under $19 million. It features a 40-foot-long living room, oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a chef’s kitchen with a balcony.

The building itself features a screening room, a gym with a 75-foot pool and a golf simulator, a garden and a reflecting pool.

The Post notes that during the pandemic, Jon purchased a $43 million mansion in Palm Beach. He also owns properties in New York’s ritzy Hamptons.

Earlier this month, Jon popped up onstage with Paul McCartney, wishing the legendary former Beatle a happy 80th birthday during McCartney’s concert at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

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‘The Retaliators’ film, featuring members of Mötley Crüe, Papa Roach, FFDP, hitting theaters in September

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The Retaliators is finally coming to theaters.

The thriller, which features Mötley Crüe‘s Tommy Lee, Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix and members of Five Finger Death Punch in the cast, will hit the big screen on September 14.

The Retaliators — which is being produced by Better Noise Films, an offshoot of the Better Noise Music record label — has been in the works since 2019. It officially premiered at London’s FrightFest last summer.

Other musicians who appear in The Retaliators include members of The Hu, Ice Nine Kills and Escape the Fate.

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Dove Cameron reveals her label wanted to rename “Boyfriend” to “Gentleman”

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Dove Cameron isn’t bothered “Boyfriend” is a popular song title — Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande both have songs of the same name — but her label was.

Speaking to Los Angeles Times, Dove said, “There was actually a point when my label was asking me to consider naming it ‘Gentleman.'”

“I really wanted to call it ‘Boyfriend’ because I’m very aware — painfully aware — of the sort of concoction of who I am in the public eye. And that [concoction] is such a far cry from who I am,” she continued. “Arriving at the person I am now, I’m relaxing into the freedom to poke fun at who people think I am.”

Dove noted, “It’s almost like I’m roasting myself in so much of the stuff I create. ‘Boyfriend’ being such a misleading title helps me acknowledge where I was and who I am now.”

The Descendants star also spoke about how much her singing voice has changed since her Disney days.

“I was born a coloratura [a type of operatic soprano], but it’s so hard to live that way … You have to prioritize your voice above everything else,” she explained. Of meeting Kristin Chenoweth and learning how the Broadway legend preserves her voice, Dove said, “There’s no way I can do that and still do everything else I want to do.”

“And so my voice accrued damage. I spoke more, I sang more, I was working more — seven days a week, 18-hour days. And when you do that, your voice just gets raspier. Then I began to lean into that over the course of a few years in the recording studio,” she said, adding, “I do think that my voice developing in the way it did is a reflection of a lot of pain in my life.”

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