Music notes: Mariah Carey, the Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, Amy Grant, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift

Music notes: Mariah Carey, the Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, Amy Grant, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift

Mariah Carey was pretty in pink when skiing, and twinning, with daughter Monroe. She shared an Instagram slideshow of their ski date and captioned it, "Matching ensems on the slopes!" 

The Jonas Brothers are giving away a Tesla. Their Rob's Backstage Popcorn brand launched the Kernel Catching Game on Instagram. The person who reportedly catches the most virtual kernels in their mouth wins.

Do you have TikTok? Jordin Sparks says you better be following her because she's so close to hitting 1 million subscribers. She tried luring her Instagram followers onto the app, writing on her Instagram Story, "So close to a million!!! Join in on the TikTok fun." Jordin currently has 980,000 followers.

Amy Grant struggles to remember her song lyrics, saying the concussion she suffered in a bike accident six months ago interferes with her memory. She told E! News she uses a teleprompter to avoid embarrassment onstage, saying, "My memory is still coming back and the stamina, they say 12-18 months after an injury like that." 

Ed Sheeran shared another look at his tribute song to late friend Jamal Edwards. He fought back tears when talking with Edwards' sister Tanisha about what he hopes for the new song and video. The clip also featured more of the song, which arrives Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

Taylor Swift has been #1 on the Billboard Artist 100 for a record 61 weeks after "Anti-Hero" notched its eighth week at the top of the Hot 100. The Artist 100 measures an artist's popularity across sales, radio airplay and streaming.

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charlieonnafriday: "Enough" is "a great song" to help people "put something behind them"

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Seattle artist charlieonnafriday, born Charlie Finch, saw his song "Enough" go viral on TikTok in 2022, and now it's becoming his first big radio hit. He says the song, about a broken romance, is based on his experience, but he gets why it's connecting with fans.

"It is a real-life thing," he tells ABC Audio. "This was an old thing, but it definitely helped me put it behind me for sure." But Charlie says the experience he describes in the song is pretty universal.

"I think a lot of people can relate to having something in their life that they want to move on from and put behind them," he notes. "And I think it's a great song to do that."

Starting in April, he'll be touring the United Kingdom and Europe with fellow Seattle star Macklemore, who's become a friend and mentor to Charlie.

"I have had a 'Wings' poster in my bedroom my entire life," says Charlie, referring to the first single from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy-winning 2012 album, The Heist. He adds, "To be able to have the opportunity to go on tour with someone that I've always looked up to is incredible."

Not only that, but having access to Macklemore means getting useful advice on the music biz — or, as he puts it, "Just how to deal with stress and how to maneuver this game."

Charlie is releasing a new single on January 27 called "That's What I Get." It's available to presave now.

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Gwen Stefani marks anniversary of original No Doubt singer John Spence's death

Gwen Stefani marks anniversary of original No Doubt singer John Spence's death

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This week marked the 35th anniversary of the death of original No Doubt singer John Spence, who died by suicide in December 1987. In recognition of the occasion, Gwen Stefani has shared a tribute to her predecessor.

"Remembering John Spence today, and always," Stefani writes in an Instagram post, alongside archival photos of Spence performing.

Spence co-founded No Doubt in 1986 alongside Stefani's brother Eric, while Gwen provided backing vocals. After Spence passed, trumpeter Alan Meade took over lead vocals, but then left the group soon after, leading Gwen to take up the role.

While Stefani has led No Doubt ever since, it's been a bit since we've heard her sing with her bandmates, as the "Don't Speak" outfit has been on hiatus since 2015. However, in a recent interview with WSJ. Magazine, Stefani left the door open for a No Doubt reunion.

"I have no idea what's going to happen with No Doubt," she said. "We haven't really talked about doing anything, but it feels like everyone is, right?"

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or by visiting You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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Nick Carter's attorney calls sexual assault claim

Nick Carter's attorney calls sexual assault claim "legally meritless," "entirely untrue" and a "press stunt"

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 (A previous version of this story was published on Friday, 12/9/22. This version has been updated to include ABC's confirmation of the status of the Backstreet Boys holiday special.)

An attorney for Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has called the lawsuit filed against the singer, accusing him of sexual assault in 2001, "entirely untrue."

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Michael Holtz, attorney for Nick Carter, says, "This claim about an incident that supposedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue."

As previously reported, 39-year-old Shannon Ruth, the plaintiff, claims she was sexually assaulted by Carter in 2001 after meeting him at a Backstreet Boys concert in Tacoma, Washington.  The civil lawsuit is seeking monetary damages to punish Carter and to compensate for Ruth's "harm, pain and suffering," said her attorney.

ABC News does not usually identify the victims of sexual assault, but Ruth has given media outlets permission to use her name.

Holtz's statement continues, "Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick -– and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time. No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer -- there is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize."

Meanwhile, ABC has confirmed that it will no longer air a Backstreet Boys holiday TV special, which they filmed earlier this month in Los Angeles with guests Seth Rogen, Meghan Trainor, Nikki Glaser and others.  

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at or, respectively.

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Music notes: Kygo, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X and Camila Cabello

Music notes: Kygo, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X and Camila Cabello

Kygo is expanding his Palm Tree Music Festival to a unique, new location: Aspen, Colorado. The festival runs February 24 and February 25. Kygo, as well as Jack White, will headline the event.

Sam Smith had a sultry way of teasing their next single, "I'm Not Here to Make Friends." Sam shared a video of them sans pants dancing on a balcony overlooking the city. Sam didn't announce a release date.

Ellie Goulding is no longer blond. The singer has dyed her hair to a dark brown and showed it off in a new video on Instagram. "My hair looks weird," the singer joked, but noted she plans to "keep it."

Adam Levine stars in a new music video with Big Boi for the song "Mic Jack." Adam plays a dry cleaning attendant in the video and is greatly annoyed by Big Boi repeatedly hitting the welcoming bell -- and also the fact that he cannot find the rapper's clothes. It's revealed at the end that Big Boi is at the wrong cleaners and had sent Adam on a wild goose chase.

Alicia Keys shouted out Shawn Mendes when speaking to ET Canada. "Oh, I love Shawn," she raved of her mentee, adding Canadians "love the Shawn" because "he's Canadian!" She also hinted she loves him because he's "not a phony."

Lil Nas X freaked out when he found a rainbow-colored Christmas tree with a unicorn in it while out shopping.  He hilariously captioned the Instagram Story photo in all capital letters, "Omg gay Christmas tree, gay chrstmad tree, gay chrstnmm tree."

Camila Cabello surprised joined Latin superstar Camilo on stage during his sold out show at Microsoft Theater to perform their duet "Ambulancia." Camilo thanked Camila for their friendship and shared a video of their joint performance.

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Vance Joy once walked out of a songwriting session with One Direction

Vance Joy once walked out of a songwriting session with One Direction

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"Riptide" singer Vance Joy revealed that he could have written a song with One Direction -- had he not walked out of it.

Speaking to Australia's NOVA radio, the singer recalled the "funny story" where he hung out with Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne by pure accident. Vance said he had set off for a songwriting camp in Calabasas, California, and was told the people who would be there "work with One Direction."

"I rocked up to a songwriting session... And I soon realized that they just must have misplaced the schedule or something and they didn't know I was coming," the Australian singer recalled.

"It was a songwriting day for One Direction," he realized, which meant he unintentionally crashed Louis and Liam's session. "I was the spare part. I was the absolute spare part, no one knew I was gonna be there."

The situation "was so awkward," he said, especially since "none of my ideas were going through," so he bailed. "I was like, 'Alright, my Uber is coming, guys,'" the singer laughed.

As for why things went south, Vance explained, "They didn't expect me and they kind of had their idea of [what] One Direction songs are going down." On the plus side, Vance said Louis and Liam were both "super nice."

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ABC Audio's Wakanda Week: The music of 'Black Panther'

ABC Audio's Wakanda Week: The music of 'Black Panther'

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In addition to its huge impact on the movie world, Marvel Studios' Black Panther franchise has collided with the music world in a major way, too.

The soundtrack to the first Black Panther movie, dubbed Black Panther: The Album, was curated by rap star Kendrick Lamar and featured artists including The Weeknd, SZA, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Khalid, Swae Lee, Future, Anderson .Paak and 2 Chainz.

Black Panther: The Album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and received several Grammy nominations, including for Album of the Year. Lamar and SZA's song "All the Stars" was nominated for both Song and Record of the Year, while the track "King's Dead," performed by Lamar, Future, Jay Rock and James Blake, won Best Rap Performance. "All the Stars" was also nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar.

Meanwhile, the Black Panther score, composed by Ludwig Göransson, won the Oscar for Best Original Score and the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

With the upcoming sequel Wakanda Forever, Black Panther's connection to the music world is continuing with Rihanna's much-anticipated return to music. The soundtrack's lead single, "Lift Me Up," marks the superstar's first new solo song in six years. 

Speaking with ABC Audio, Göransson, who's also scoring Wakanda Forever, says that "Lift Me Up" arrives "in a perfect space" during the movie.

"There's also threads of it throughout the whole score," Göransson reveals. "There's some hints of it throughout the whole movie."

The Wakanda Forever soundtrack also features Future, Burna Boy, Tems, Fireboy DML, OG DAYV, CKay, PinkPantheress and E-40.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres in theaters Friday, November 11.

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Beyoncé, Jay-Z dressed as 'The Proud Family' characters for Halloween this year

Beyoncé, Jay-Z dressed as 'The Proud Family' characters for Halloween this year

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Halloween may have come and gone this year, but it’s never too late to post photos of your costume – if you’re Beyoncé, that is.

The singer and her family dressed up as the crew from the popular Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family for Halloween. On Thursday night, she posted a fashionably late photo of her family in their outfits.

Beyoncé wore two different costumes. She was the Trudy to Jay-Z's Oscar, but she also donned the famous pink dress and cane to become the Proud family’s grandmother, Suga Mama.

Ten-year-old Blue Ivy was cast as big sister Penny, while 5-year-old twins Rumi and Sir dressed as the troublesome Proud family twins CeCe and BeBe, respectively.

And, yes, you’re remembering correctly: Destiny's Child did sing The Proud Family’s classic theme song. “Family every single day and night,” Beyoncé wrote in her Instagram caption, referencing one of the lyrics from the opening theme.

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Taylor Swift announces Eras tour:

Taylor Swift announces Eras tour: "It's a journey through all of my musical eras of my career"

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Taylor Swift is going back on tour.

In a special announcement first shared on Good Morning America, the Midnights singer said she will be embarking on tour again with music from all her "musical eras of my career."

"Good morning, America, it's Taylor," Taylor said. "I wanted to tell you something that I've been so excited about for a really long time and I've been planning for ages, and I finally get to tell you I'm going back on tour. The tour is called the Eras tour, and it's a journey through all of my musical eras of my career."

This is the eleven-time Grammy winner's first tour since her 2018 Reputation Tour and Swift will be supported by Paramore, beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, girl in red, MUNA, HAIM, GAYLE, Gracie Abrams, and OWENN.

The tour, which will visit stadiums across the U.S., will start March 18 in Glendale, AZ, and wrap up with two shows at L.A.'s SoFi Stadium on August 4 and 5. In between, Taylor will visit Detroit's Ford Field, Chicago's Soldier Field, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, among other major venues. International dates will be announced later. 

Taylor has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program; fans can register for presale tickets now through Wednesday, November 9 at 11:59 pm E.T. Once registered, fans receive a code, which gives them the opportunity to purchase tickets on Tuesday, November 15, starting at 10 a.m. local venue time.

Those tickets will start at $49 and go up to $449. VIP packages range from $199 to $899, on a first-come, first- served basis.

Fans who'd already been verified from Taylor's canceled 2020 Lover Fest tour will receive preferred access to participate in the Taylor Swift Tix Presale, once registered with the same Ticketmaster Account as the previous purchase.

All other public ticket sales begin Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. local venue time.

The announcement of Taylor's Eras tour comes nearly two weeks after she released her record-breaking new album, Midnights, which sold over a million copies in just the first three days of sales.

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Rihanna announces all-star lineup for 'Savage X Fenty Vol. 4'

Rihanna announces all-star lineup for 'Savage X Fenty Vol. 4'

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The all-star lineup for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Vol. 4 show has finally been released.

The highly anticipated fashion event promises to dazzle with major celebrity performances and appearances. Rihanna dropped a teaser for the show on Instagram, where she announced that global music stars Anitta, Burna Boy, Don Toliver and Maxwell will be performing.

Additionally, the show will feature special appearances from celebrities like Bella Poarch, Taraji P. Henson, model and actress Cara Delevingne, Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Marvel Cinematic Universe actors Simu Liu and Winston Duke.

According to the official press release, the show will blend “Emmy Award-winning choreography, style, and music with the hypnotic essence of nocturnal nature” with a “star-studded cast all wearing the newest Savage X Fenty looks.”

Rihanna will serve as both executive producer and creative director for Savage X Fenty Vol. 4, which streams Nov. 9 exclusively on Prime Video.

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