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Ariana Grande Breaks Down During Emotional Concert In Mac Miller's Hometown

Ariana Grande’s latest concert took an emotional turn.

Ariana paid special tribute to her late ex, Mac Miller, during her concert in his hometown of Pittsburgh Wednesday night. According to concertgoers, she played the rapper’s music over the speakers at PPG Paints Arena before she took the stage. She also reportedly had an empty seat reserved for him.

"At the Ariana Grande concert in pburgh and Mac’s album is playing throughout the stadium before the show <33," one fan tweeted.

Another wrote, "Ariana really had a Mac Miller playlist for the music before the show and she had an empty seat reserved for him. she’s so strong."

During her opening performance of "Raindrops (An Angel Cried)," which is thought to be about the end of her relationship with Mac, she broke down and was unable to finish the song. She choked up again when she tried to sing the line "Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm/’cause he was an angel" in "thank u, next" – Mac’s birth name was Malcolm McCormick. With the help of the crowd, she made it through the song.

Miller died in September at the age of 26 from an accidental drug overdose. He had fentanyl and cocaine in his system at the time of his death. The two had dated from 2016 to the spring of 2018.
Britney Spears Granted Permanent Restraining Order Against Former Manager; Shows Off New Closet

A judge has ruled in Britney Spears’ favor and granted her a restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi.

Lutfi has to stay 200 yards away from the singer, her family, cannot try and contact any of them or make disparaging comments about Britney. Spears was not in court, but her family spoke out for her. Her father, Jamie Spears, recalled a text message sent to her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears’, husband, Jamie Watson. Lutfi said that he could change the conservatorship so that her mother, Lynne Spears, would be in charge. Watson sent the message to his father-in-law, who contact his lawyer. According to Jamie, Lutfi was trying to "disassemble the conservatorship."

Court documents also showed the Lutfi offered $1,000 to Lynne to "disrupt and take over" the conservatorship process and that he allegedly threatened to release items belonging to Britney from when he managed her.

The restraining order will be in effect for the next five years.

Britney also again gave fans a look into her personal life, and this time it’s a glimpse inside her massive and meticulously organized closet. The singer took to Instagram on Thursday to share a video tour of her wardrobe, which she said had been beautifully organized without her knowledge.

"Guys, OK, I just got home and guess what the housekeepers just did to my closet," she said in the video before showing the color-coordinated organization of all of her clothing.

The video, captioned, "New Closet ... A New World," revealed how her many items of clothing have now been divided into whites and colors, and then subdivided into different types and patterns of clothing.
Charli XCX Shares Plans For New Album, Tour

Charli XCX will return with a new album and tour in the fall.

The 26-year-old singer confirmed in an Instagram post she will release Charli, her first new album in nearly six years, in September.

"Angels, I am so so so happy to announce that my new album, Charli is out September 13th. You can pre order it now and I will also be going on tour to perform it for you," she wrote.

Charli XCX, born Charlotte Aitchison, said she titled the album Charli because it is her most personal record yet. "I’ve put as many of my emotions, my thoughts, my feelings and my experiences with relationships into these 15 songs and I am so proud of them. Those of you who have been with me on my journey as an artist, i know you have waited for a new album for a long time, and I really hope Charli is all you can imagine and more," she said. "I cry when I listen to it and I also wanna party when I listen to it so I KNOW ITS GOOD," she added.

Charli features 15 songs, including collaborations with HAIM, Lizzo, Sky Ferreira, Troye Sivan and other artists.

Charli XCX will perform at Pitchfork Music Festival on July 21st before kicking off the North American portion of her tour September 20th in Atlanta, Georgia. The singer also will perform in the U.K. and Europe.
Did Taylor Swift Break Instagram Announcing Her New Album Details?

Did Taylor Swift break Instagram?

Swift’s promise to live stream at 5 p.m. ET for fans on Instagram and "fill you in on some stuff" might be why the platform crashed suddenly yesterday – an outage that lasted more than an hour. A lot of people used Twitter to vent their frustrations – with many placing the blame squarely on Swift.

"Taylor Swift broke Instagram, no big deal," one Twitter use wrote, while another added, "We all know it was @taylorswift13 fault. Her livestream broke it. Lol ❤#instagramdown."

But Taylor wanted no part of the blame game. "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative," she jokingly replied to fan on Tumblr, who said she "broke" Instagram. Tay added a crying laughing emoji.

Then, Taylor revealed who really caused Instagram to crash. In the form of hashtags, she wrote, "I DID NOT BREAK THE INSTAGRAM","YALL BROKE THE INSTAGRAM." And, the fan who Tay replied to found her response hilarious. "SHE CAN FIGHT ME. SHE BROKE THE INSTAGRAM. (I LOVE HER 💗💗💗)", the fan captioned a screenshot of the exchange to Instagram, tagging Taylor.

Meanwhile, Swift announced her seventh studio album, Lover, comes out August 23rd. The significance of that date? August is the 8th month, and 8 + 2 + 3 = Taylor’s lucky number 13:

"August is the eighth month of the year. 23, 2 + 3, you just add it all together, 8 + 2 + 3 equals… I’m obnoxious."

Swift also confirmed she would release the album’s second single, "You Need to Calm Down," at midnight:

"So a lot of people, I saw, had a theory regarding the idea of ‘Calm etc. etc. I can confirm that I have a new single tonight coming out tonight at midnight. It’s called, ‘You Need to Calm Down.’ I’m so excited for you to hear it."

But its accompanying music video will arrive June 17th. Swift said the video "has a lot going on" and she wanted it "to be a separate discovery" for fans. She said it will debut on Good Morning America.

"You Need to Calm Down" is the second single from Lover following "Me!" when Brendon Urie utters it in French during the opening scene.

On her new single, Swift tackles the haters and cheats, pondering why they invest so much time in negativity. As the track progresses, she also shows her support for GLAAD and the LGBTQ community.

"You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace/And control your urges to scream about the people you hate/’Cause shade never made anybody less gay," she declares.

There will be four deluxe special editions of Lover, all of which will be available at Target and on her official website. The versions will be unique, and will feature two audio tracks that provide a glimpse into her songwriting process.

The cover to the album was shot by photographer Valheria Rocha and features Taylor with blue-tipped hair and a glitter heart around her eye, in front of cotton candy-colored clouds. Taylor said the album is "very romantic":

"This album, in tone, it’s very romantic and not just simply thematically, like it’s all love songs or something. I think the idea of something being romantic, it doesn’t have to be a happy song. I think you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through a conflict or dealing with things in your life. I think it just kind of looks at those things with a very romantic gaze."

Lover will feature a whopping 18 tracks – more than any other Swift album.

Swift also teased a collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney, whom the singer praised as "a friend" and "a woman that I really respect." The collab will be timed to the release of the album, but Swift didn’t provide further details.

While Taylor was making her announcement, Lindsay Lohan was active in the comments section. The 32-year-old actress randomly left comments during the live stream and fans were questioning her motives. "Omg love you! So does my sis Aliana," Lindsay first said. "We think you’re great." Later on, Lindsay added, "You should respond! To your fans!"

Then she said, "My mom was in cats." Taylor Swift is starring in the upcoming movie adaptation of the musical Cats.
Madonna Talks Motherhood

Madonna discusses how motherhood has informed her life in a new interview that will be aired in full today on NBC’s "Today."

The 60-year-old, mother of six, who donned an eye with an X in silver embellishments, says that says each child has made her a better parent:

"It’s reminded me how precious time is and how each child requires attention and vigilance and guidance in a different way. You have to be ready for anything. The more kids that you have the better you get at being a parent."

Madonna said. "It’s like everything, the more songs I write the better I get as a songwriter."

Madonna is mother to six children – Lourdes, 22; Rocco, 18; David, 13; Mercy, 13; Stelle, 6; and Estere, 6. She is parent to Lourdes with Carlos Leon and to Rocco with Guy Ritchie, and adopted David, Mercy, Estere and Stelle.

When asked if she wanted more kids, Madonna said not at the moment but to "never say never." Madonna releases her 14th studio album titled Madame X today. The project includes the single "Medellin" featuring Latin music star Maluma.

Meanwhile, Madonna left fans divided after sharing a NSFW piece of art. The explicit painting posted by the singer on Wednesday depicts a woman’s breasts with a rose pierced through the right nipple. "Portrait of a Lady," wrote Madonna in the caption, adding the release date of her album.

Many fans were upset, claiming the singer was using sexual imagery to "sell" her music, while others saw it as an empowering statement made against "sexists."

"You don’t need to use skin/sex to sell your music," wrote one fan in the comments on the post. "I hope this is the album cover," wrote another on Twitter.

"Oh dear," wrote another Twitter user. "Don’t stoop so low hoping to get attention by posting boobies… So cringeworthy." "They’re just nipples," read an additional comment. "Get a life." "Sex sells. This is all she has to offer us now," claimed a different Instagram user.

Others questioned why the post wasn’t censored by Instagram and reported the image. "This is beautiful," said another, "but can anyone tell me why this photo isn’t being censored when photos of women breastfeeding their babies are?"

Other fans called out Madonna for not crediting the artist behind the piece. A Turkish artist named Aykut Aydogdu originally painted the piece and shared it to Instagram in July of 2017. In Madonna’s post, however, the words "Madame X" are plastered over the art.
Quickies: Miley Cyrus, Katharine McPhee & Chance The Rapper

MILEY CYRUS RELEASES ASHLEY O’S ‘BLACK MIRROR’ VIDEO: Ashley O, the purple-haired pop star portrayed by Miley Cyrus in the new Black Mirror episode "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" on Netflix, stars in the new video for "On a Roll," the song and video snippets seen and heard throughout the episode. "On a Roll" is a reworking of Nine Inch Nails’ classic song "Head Like a Hole." In the clip, Miley as Ashley sings on a lit-up set while wearing a white vinyl two-piece outfit, surrounded by a troupe of backup dancers. It appears to be a normal pop video until near the end, when the picture appears to split and crack, like the graphic that opens Black Mirror. In between those cracks, the picture switches to black and white, and there are flashes of Ashley O looking upset and giving the finger. There are also scenes of Ashley O’s manager and aunt, Catherine, played by Susan Pourfar.

KATHARINE MCPHEE RELEASES STUDIO VERSION OF ‘SHE USED TO BE MINE’ FROM ‘WAITRESS’: Katharine McPhee has released a studio version of the Waitress song "She Used to Be Mine," days before her final performance in the musical. The 35-year-old actress and singer is currently playing the lead role of Jenna in the musical’s London production and her last show is on Saturday. "I sang this song for the first time in front of an audience over a year ago- and will never forget how I felt. I’m SO excited to share a little piece of my Waitress journey for you to have forever," Kat wrote on her social media accounts while dropping the single.

CHANCE THE RAPPER, PATTI LUPONE JOIN ‘STEVEN UNIVERSE THE MOVIE’: Chance the Rapper and Patti LuPone have joined Cartoon Network’s upcoming television movie, Steven Universe The Movie. Chance and LuPone – who has voiced character Yellow Diamond on the series – will be contributing music to the project, which Cartoon Network says is a musical. Estelle (Garnet), Charlyne Yi (Ruby), Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), Uzo Aduba (Bismuth), Aimee Mann (Opal), and more will also be performing musical numbers. Chance is co-executive producing. Steven Universe The Movie will follow Steven (Zach Callison) as he faces his biggest challenge yet after believing that his time defending earth was over.
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