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Music notes: Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, Whitney Houston, Harry Styles, Ariana Grande and more

Music notes: Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, Whitney Houston, Harry Styles, Ariana Grande and more

Demi Lovato reflected on their 2022 by sharing a TikTok reel of their biggest highlights of the year, which include releasing new album Holy Fvck, going on tour, getting a bunch of new tattoos and falling in love with partner Jutes

Charlie Puth says he has a big announcement that he's very excited to share, but we'll have to wait to hear it. He posted a TikTok to cryptically tease what he says is major good news that he'll share after Christmas.

RCA Records released a sneak peek of a rare recording of Whitney Houston's live performance of "Don't Cry For Me." RCA also teased a Sam Feldt remix of the track. Both songs will be featured on the I Wanna Dance With Somebody movie soundtrack, out December 16.

Harry Styles and Chris Pine put those "spit-gate" rumors to rest once and for all. Page Six reports the two were seen hugging it out in Brazil. It was rumored Harry spat on Chris during the screening of Don't Worry Darling at the Venice Film Festival.

Ethan Slater, who played SpongeBob in the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, will play Boq in the movie adaptation of Wicked, which stars Ariana Grande and Cynthia ErivoVariety reports actor Jeff Goldblum is in talks to play the Wizard of Oz.

Which artists trended the most on Google this year? The company found Adam Levine and Kate Bush were among the artists who had high spikes in traffic. Top trending songs include Lizzo's "About Damn Time," Harry Styles' "As It Was," Taylor Swift's "Anti-Hero," Kate's "Running Up That Hill," "Unholy" by Sam Smith and Kim Petras, and Encanto's "We Don't Talk About Bruno," "What Else Can I Do" and "Surface Pressure."

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'Forbes' lists Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women

'Forbes' lists Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women

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Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé are juggernauts in the music industry, but Forbes says they are more powerful than that. All three have made the World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

Rihanna leads the trio in 73rd place, with her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line boosting her net worth to a whopping $1.4 billion. The outlet notes that in 2020, Fenty generated $550 million in revenue. Similarly, her Savage x Fenty lingerie line surpassed $1 billion in valuation last year. Rihanna is also 21st on Forbes' list of America's Self-Made Women.

Coming in 79th place is Taylor, with the outlet saluting her recent accolade of being the first and only artist to occupy Billboard's entire top 10 on its Hot 100 songs chart after she released her Midnights album. The outlet also made note of Taylor's Eras Tour wreaking havoc on Ticketmaster, which "[prompted] members of Congress to question the company's hold on concert sales." She also finished in 48th place on Forbes' Self-Made Women roundup.

Bey comes in right after Taylor on this year's list, with Forbes hailing the nine Grammy nominations she earned this year, which brings her lifetime total to 88 nods. That makes her the most nominated female artist in Grammy history. She is also in 61st place on Forbes' America's Self-Made Women list.

Forbes estimates Taylor's net worth to be $550 million and Bey's net worth to be $450 million.

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Mariah Carey reveals the ambitious gift she wants for Christmas

Mariah Carey reveals the ambitious gift she wants for Christmas

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Mariah Carey admits she spoils her 11-year-old twins when it comes to holiday shopping, but does the self-professed Queen of Christmas also want to be spoiled, too?

Speaking with E! Online, Mariah was asked if there's anything she wants underneath her Christmas tree. "The gift of peace and joy for all," she replied, adding, "That would truly warm my heart. It's the greatest gift, I think, any of us could ask for."

Mariah then hinted she already has her special gift, which was performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" with her children by her side at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "They are the sweetest most beautiful gift I've ever received in my life," she declared.

Mariah also explained why she gives Moroccan and Monroe everything they want on their Christmas lists.

"I want them to have everything they want. I want them to have everything I couldn't and know they can be whoever they choose to," she said. Mariah also clarified, "They're always on Santa's 'nice' list, so the surprises are always a treat."

As for what her twins usually ask for, the singer remarked, "They usually have their lists, and are so excited to walk me through this new game and that new gadget."

Aside from gift-giving, what else is Mariah looking forward to this time of year?  She revealed, "I try to have a few days where we just spend time at home, relax, decorate and cook some of our favorite holiday dishes —which includes my anointed greens!"

Mariah said she also likes visiting the "winter wonderland" of Aspen for some skiing with her family, saying it gives them "a kind of festive experience that we can't get at home."

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Fans pan Taylor Swift's new wax figure at Madame Tussauds Dubai

Fans pan Taylor Swift's new wax figure at Madame Tussauds Dubai

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Taylor Swift's fans are not very satisfied with the bang-up job Madame Tussauds Dubai did in making her wax clone. The big issue they're having is the wax figure doesn't bear enough resemblance to the "Anti-Hero" singer.

Billboard reports Madame Tussauds Dubai unveiled its latest attraction this week, making Taylor the first international celebrity to be honored at the museum since its October 2021 opening. The figure salutes Taylor's folklore era by styling her blond hair in a swept-up bun, and dressing her in a glittering red turtleneck and high-waisted khakis.

The statue's unveiling comes at a high point in Taylor's career — she recently became the only artist to have her songs fully occupy the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, in addition to winning People's Choice Awards Tuesday night for Female Artist of 2022, The Music Video of 2022 for "Anti-Hero" and The Album of 2022 for Midnights.

But, fans claim the wax figure doesn't look enough like the singer and are challenging Madame Tussauds to do better.  

In other Taylor news, an acoustic guitar she signed will be auctioned off to support veterans and first responders via the Raven Drum Foundation. The instrument honors Taylor's Midnights album. If you want to get your hands on it, you have until December 12 to enter your bid in the 12 Drummers Drumming auction.

As of print time December 7, the current bid stands at $5,500.

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The Weeknd releasing

The Weeknd releasing "Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)" off 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

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It's official: The Weeknd has a new song on the Avatar: The Way of Water soundtrack.

The Weeknd will release "Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)" next week, according to the teaser released Wednesday. The lyrics featured in the 45-second trailer are, "I thought I could protect you for paying for my sins/ You give me strength/ I'm with you either way/ Nothing's lost/ No more pain/ Just give me strength."

As the haunting song flows, clips of the forthcoming Avatar sequel see Sam Worthington's Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana's Neytiri and their children fighting for survival.

The Weeknd began teasing his involvement with the movie on Sunday. He confirmed Wednesday the song will arrive December 15 — the day before Avatar: The Way of Water premieres in theaters.

Avatar is being distributed by 20th Century Studios, which is owned by ABC News' parent company, The Walt Disney Company.

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Dua Lipa honored with a wax figure from Madame Tussauds

Dua Lipa honored with a wax figure from Madame Tussauds

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Dua Lipa is the latest celebrity to get the wax figure treatment from Madame Tussauds in New York City.

The figure was unveiled Wednesday, and Dua is super excited that it honors her latest era. "What I'm really excited about is to have a wax figure commemorate my album Future Nostalgia. I haven't got one for this time, and it's just so cool to be asked to come back and to do that," she raved. 

Dua's wax statue is "wearing her famous custom white sequined outfit by The Attico," per a press release, as well as the "Jimmy Choo MICA 100mm square-toe ankle-boot" to complete the Future Nostalgia look that she rocked during her livestream at Studio 2054 in November 2020. 

Dua was touched that Madame Tussauds honored this particular look. "It was really exciting to create something like that because of what was going on in the world and the need for human connection and also to bring something out for the fans and everyone at home — just to create a fun experience," she expressed.

Dua said she found it interesting to watch the process of how these statues are made and was impressed by "how precise every little thing is."

The statement explains Dua's likeness was captured during a "sitting," where "more than 150 measurements were taken to meticulously capture the singer’s facial features." The announcement noted that every hair on the figure's head was "individually inserted by hand, taking about five weeks to complete." It takes about six months in all to complete one of these wax clones.

Dua's new wax figure can be found at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square.

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Pink joins Dave Grohl and others for 'Hanukkah Sessions' charity event

Pink joins Dave Grohl and others for 'Hanukkah Sessions' charity event

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You may not know that Pink is Jewish, but she musically embraced her heritage earlier this week at a charity event featuring Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and their mutual producer, Greg Kurstin.

During the pandemic, Grohl and Kurstin started the Hanukkah Sessions, an online video series of cover songs by Jewish artists — one for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. This year's edition was the first live version of the event, and it took place at L.A.'s tiny Largo club, a venue that only holds 250 people. As Variety reports, director Judd Apatow presented the show as a benefit for the Anti-Defamation League.

According to Variety, Pink took the stage and proudly told the audience, "My name's Alecia. I'm a Jew." She then sang her first hit, "Get This Party Started" — using a lyric sheet to get through the song and still missing a few words. Considering she didn't write that particular song, it's forgivable.

Pink and Grohl performed together earlier this year at the star-studded tribute concert in LA that honored late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. At that event, she sang Heart's "Barracuda," backed up by Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson and Foo Fighters. She also joined Foo Fighters for their song "Pretender," and sang Queen's "Somebody to Love" with Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor

The first night of Hanukkah is Sunday, December 18.

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Taylor Swift, Harry Styles among winners at People's Choice Awards

Taylor Swift, Harry Styles among winners at People's Choice Awards

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Taylor Swift was a big winner at The People's Choice Awards on Tuesday, taking home all three trophies she was up for, including Female Artist of 2022, The Music Video of 2022 for “Anti-Hero,” and The Album of 2022 for Midnights.

Taylor was not present for the ceremony and her categories were not handed out during the telecast.

Midnight stopped the Billboard 200 for five of its first six weeks, and "Anti-Hero" has ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks -- making it the 10th song in Billboard history to do so.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles was named Male Artist of 2022, though he wasn't present to pick up his award, either. He was nominated for six awards overall, including The Drama Movie Star of 2022 for his performance in Don't Worry Darling.  While he didn't win in that category, the film itself was named The Drama Movie of 2022, and its director -- Harry's ex, Olivia Wilde -- accepted the trophy.

Other winners at Tuesday's People's Choice Awards include BTS, who nabbed The Group of 2022 and the Concert Tour of 2022 for BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage, and Lizzo, who took home The Song of 2022 for "It's About Damn Time," as well as The People's Champion Award.

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Erik-Michael Estrada reveals O-Town's lack of a Christmas album inspired holiday special

Erik-Michael Estrada reveals O-Town's lack of a Christmas album inspired holiday special

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Erik-Michael Estrada is well aware O-Town is late to the Christmas album-making game and hopes to remedy that soon.

Erik, who has joined forces with members of 98 DegreesAll-4-One and Ryan Cabrera for A Boy Band Christmas Tour, was asked by ABC Audio why O-Town is lacking Christmas spirit.

"You're preaching to the choir," he laughed, but revealed that something good has come from him begging his bandmates to make a holiday album.

Erik said the A Very Boy Band Holiday that aired last year on ABC was semi-inspired by his band "not really getting motivated to do a Christmas album."

"I sort of kept asking and sort of kept proposing it, and it just never happened. And I was like, 'Well ... wait a second. Boybands and Christmas belong together. Why do we not have an album? Fine. I'm just going to do a television show with all of the other boy bands, and we're going to do a Christmas show,'" he declared.

Erik added he helped get the ball rolling on A Very Boy Band Holiday because he was "just trying to be a part of the holiday season because I do believe that the boy bands and Christmas belong together."

98's Drew Lachey confirmed that special "was the brainchild of Erik," which paved the way for the Boy Band Christmas tour.

A Very Boy Band Holiday, which starred members of NSYNCBoyz II MenNew EditionNew Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees, aired last December on ABC. 

Erik is now on tour celebrating the holidays with fellow boy band royalty members. Here's hoping Erik inspires bandmates Dan MillerJacob Underwood and Trevor Penick to join him in the studio to finally make an O-Town Christmas album.

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Lizzo honors female advocates while accepting People's Champion Award

Lizzo honors female advocates while accepting People's Champion Award

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Lizzo is for the people.

The "Good As Hell" singer was the recipient of The People's Champion award at the 2022 People's Choice Awards Dec. 6 and, after her mother Shari Johnson-Jefferson presented her with the accolade, she used the moment to highlight other female activists.

"I’m [going to] be honest, when I first heard about this award, I was on the fence about whether I should accept because, if I’m the people’s champ, I don’t need a trophy for championing people," she said. "You know what I’m saying? I’m here tonight, because to be an icon isn’t about how long you’ve had your platform. Being an icon is what you do with that platform."

"Tonight, I am sharing this honor," she said before a group of female change makers joined her on stage. "Make some noise for the people, y’all. These are all activists and people that I think deserve the spotlight."

Lizzo then proceeded to introduce each individual activist and highlighted their work which ranged from transgender advocates, female rights, indigenous peoples, gun violence organizations and more. 

The 17 highlighted activists included Mari CopenyShirley RainesYasmine Aker, Emiliana GuerecaEsther Young LimFelicia "Fe" Montes, Jayla Rose SullivanKara Roselle SmithMaggie Mireles ThomasAmelia BonowOdilia RomeroTarlan RabizadehSahar PirzadaChand iMoore, Crystal Echo HawkReshma Saujani and Tamika Palmer.

"Give them their flowers!” the 34-year-old musician concluded. "Power will always be to the people! Thank you so much People’s Choice. Follow them and support them."

Lizzo was announced as the recipient of the The People's Champion Award in early November.  Previous winners of the award include Tyler PerryPink, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Lizzo also won the People's Choice Award for The Song of 2022 for "It's About Damn Time."

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