ARIANA GRANDE, KATY PERRY AND MORE GIVE MARIAH CAREY THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER – (12/24/2019)
Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” celebrated its 25th anniversary with its first No. 1 placement on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
To commemorate the iconic single’s big day, a slew of stars – including Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Kardashian, Trevor Noah, Kerry Washington, James Corden and more – participated in a video to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the song. The clip kicks off with an introduction from Tyler Perry, after which all the celebs take turns lip syncing along to the track.
“WOW! This is one of the best Christmas gifts I could ever have gotten,” Mariah tweeted after seeing the clip. “I am so thankful to all of my friends and favorite artists who participated in this video. You brought a huge smile to my face. THANK YOU!”
The video also features appearances by Mariah’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe, as well as her boyfriend, Bryan Tanaka.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” just logged its second week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It first hit No. 1 last week, making it the first holiday song to top that chart in 60 years.
Meanwhile, at No. 2 on the Hot 100 this week is Brenda Lee’s Christmas classic, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” This marks the first time that the No. 1 and No. 2 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 are both Christmas hits.
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was originally released in 1958 but first charted in 1960. Last week, when it rose to No. 3, it set a record for the longest climb into the top five: 59 years and nine days. Lee recorded her hit version when she was just 13-years-old, in 1958. She turned 75 on December 12th.
In addition to those two holiday hits, there are two other classic songs in the Top 10: Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” at No. 6, and Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” at No. 9.
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ARIANA GRANDE WRAPS UP ‘SWEETENER’ CONCERT TOUR, RELEASES LIVE ALBUM – (12/24/2019)
Ariana Grande has wrapped up her nine-month Sweetener concert tour in Inglewood, California, and released a live album.
“Thank u, swt. ‘k bye for now (swt live)’ out now. love u,” Grande tweeted Monday, along with a link to the website where digital copies of the record could be purchased.
Grande’s first live album features 32 tracks and follows the set list from her tour. It features all Grande’s new notable hits from the past two albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next, as well as a handful of fan favorites from Dangerous Woman (2016), My Everything (2014) and Yours Truly (2013). There’s even a brief version of the Cole Porter standard, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”
The tour finale was an emotional one for Grande. The singer, 26, was recorded by fans bursting into tears as she gave a farewell address to fans. “This would not have gone the way it did without you and I love you so much,” she said. “Thank you for traveling around the world to see me. I know some of you guys flew all over the (expletive) place to see me. Like, what? Why? What? Thank you. And why? I love you. This has been amazing. Thank you so much.”
Grande also thanked her crew backstage. “It just takes so many people to do something like this and I’m really grateful to everyone involved and everyone here,” Grande said. “You guys have become family… It’s a lot to be away from your home and your family for this long and no one ever has a bad (expletive) attitude.”
Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, met her backstage after the show to give her a hug. The music exec wrote a lengthy Instagram post Sunday congratulating the pop star and crediting her with the idea to put out a live album.
“You did it. I know all the hard nights. I know all the pain and the struggle. I remember all our talks and I also know it was Your decision and Your strength that got you through it,” Braun wrote. “You are exactly who you claim to be. You not only did it… you found your joy again with the fans night after night. You found your joy in your family and friends. You found your joy in your music. And in turn you brought us all.. millions of us.. joy. Proud is not the word for what I feel. This is more than that.”
Grande is nominated for five awards at the 2020 Grammys, including Album of the Year for Thank U, Next, which includes the hit singles “Thank U, Next,” “7 Rings” and “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”
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DEMI LOVATO SPLITS WITH AUSTIN WILSON JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS: Demi Lovato and model Austin Wilson have split up just before the Christmas holiday. While replying to a fan on social media, the 27-year-old singer confirmed that she and Austin were no longer together and asked fans to “not go after” him with mean comments. “Please don’t go after him. He’s a good guy. Much better than what people see on the outside just because he’s got a lot of tattoos,” Demi wrote. She added, “Breakups are hard for both parties involved. Just stay nice and say prayers.” Just last month, Demi and Austin made their relationship Instagram official with two cute pics. Wilson was Lovato’s first public romance since her 2018 apparent drug overdose and subsequent rehab stint. She has since been hard at work on a new album and taking on a recurring guest role on Will & Grace.
BEHIND THE CHANNING TATUM AND JESSIE J SPLIT – (12/24/2019)
Channing Tatum and Jessie J’s romance was doomed due to bad timing, People reports. A source spills: “He is super busy with his career and as a dad. He has a world awaiting him and is trying to manage how busy he is which isn’t easy.”
The pair got together in October of 2018 after Tatum split from ex-wife Jennie Dewan, with whom he shares Everly.
“He has a lot on his plate right now and wants to be the best dad possible which means he needs to be around when he isn’t traveling for his own work,” says the source.
J recently admitted that because they were connected in the press before their romance had really gotten off the ground, it added extra pressure. She told U.K.’s The Times: “Chan and I got photographed before our relationship was even a thing and that created such pressure.”
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