After weeks of uncertainty about their relationship, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez finally confirmed that they have called off their engagement and are going their separate ways. The couple issued a joint statement to the Today show. J-Lo and A-Rod had been a couple since 2017 and got engaged two years ago. TMZ reports that she still possesses the $1.8 million engagement ring. A source very close to J-Lo told People magazine, “They spent time together in the Dominican Republic last week and decided that it’s best to go separate ways. The split is very amicable.” Between breaking up and the formal announcement, J-Lo took off her ring and flaunted her naked left-hand. A-Rod announced his partial ownership of NBA and WNBA teams in Minnesota — the Timberwolves and Lynx. Going it alone raised eyebrows because last year A-Rod with J-Lo attempted to purchase the New York Mets. (People)
In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Keith Urban told what he calls the “craziest” story behind his collaboration with Taylor Swift. According to Keith, Taylor texted him while he was doing his Christmas shopping at a mall and sent him the songs, as Keith sat in the food court to listen to them. He listened to them, and according to Keith he “loved the songs and luckily got to put a vocal on both of those.” The songs in question, of course, are “That’s When” and “We Were Happy,” two of the tracks on Taylor’s newly released album. Source: E! Online
It’s been two years since the last album from Camila Cabello, but it looks like things are starting to move on her third album. Not only is she working on new music, but she’s working with some truly talented producers, Scott Harris and Mike Sabath. Sabath has worked with the likes of Lizzo and Liam Payne of One Direction, while Harris is best known for working with Camila’s boyfriend and collaborator Shawn Mendes. It’ll obviously be a while before any new music is ready to go, but her Instagram posts working on music with the two producers have kicked her fans into overdrive online. Source: Camila Cabello
Christina Aguilera is working on two albums at the same time, one in English and one in Spanish. Don’t get too worked up, though, because Aguilera told Health magazine that she’s “months away from anything being announced.” Her last English release was three years ago with Liberation in 2018, but news of a new Spanish release will definitely grab attention; she’s only had one Spanish-language release in her career, “Mi Reflejo” in 2000. While it’s too early for song titles or release dates, Aguilera says her new albums are all about honesty, saying “I’ve been approaching all of my writing sessions by being an open book and saying ‘Look, this is how I felt’.” Source: Billboard
Dogs, confetti, and giant mushrooms are the co-stars of Miley Cyrus in a new “short film” she directed for Gucci to help announce the unveiling of Alessandro Michele’s newest collection. The mini-feature is titled “Un court-metrage de Miley,” which translates as “a short film by Miley”. To Melanie’s 1971 hit “Brand New Key,” Miley hangs out with her dogs while wearing a Gucci logo jacket and matching high-waisted pants and sticks her tongue out at the camera (of course!). Gucci turns 100 this year, and they plan to spotlight their Beloved line of handbags with even more stars like Harry Styles, Awkwafina, Dakota Johnson, and more. Source: Billboard
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It’s been 25 years since No Doubt released the worldwide smash “Don’t Speak,” but the song’s deep emotion still rings true for Gwen Stefani. Gwen tells Variety the song was inspired by two big losses — her brother Eric leaving the band and bassist Tony Kanal breaking up with her after years of dating. She says, “Tony was my first real boyfriend and I was tragically obsessed with him. When my brother quit the band and then Tony quit me…it was a really hard time. I lived at home until I was 26, I was quite sheltered and innocent, you know, I just was.” But as things changed in her professional life, Gwen’s personal life wasn’t as great as it seemed. “Once the song came out, it went from a nine-year hobby that was our passion while we went to college, to all of a sudden it’s like we do the ‘Just a Girl’ video, we go from that video set to the airport and go on tour and don’t come home for two and a half years. It was a huge thing to be there with your ex who you love still who doesn’t want to be with you.”
Bebe Rexha broke out a couple of years ago with the hit “I’m a Mess,” and she admits she’s still channeling that vibe on her upcoming album — Beautiful Mistakes. Bebe tells People magazine that the album is filled with looks at the sort of missteps referred to in the title. She says, “It’s okay to be [messed] up, because we all are. And some of us just hide it better than others and it’s okay, and to feel alone and that we all have our moments, we sabotage things that we love, we do things that we don’t know why we do them, So it’s okay if you are not perfect, none of us are. And that’s the truth.” Beautiful Mistakes is set to release on May 7th.
Fans can now wear their love for BTS on their sleeves — or any other part of their body — thanks to a new line of semi-permanent tattoos. The K-Pop kings have teamed with a company called Inkbox for the tats, which come in 11 designs inspired by “Dynamite.” They include the song’s logo, flowers and shooting stars, and one shows each member of the group. They supposedly last for two weeks before fading, which is far longer than a standard temporary tattoo. Individual tattoos in the collection retail for $16 to $20, but you can get the complete set for $130.
• August Burns: Red Guardians Sessions EP
• Eric Church: Heart
• Escape the Fate: Chemical Warfare
• Greta Van Fleet: The Battle at Garden’s Gate
• Norah Jones: Til We Meet Again
• Needtobreathe: Live From the Woods, Volume Two
• Offspring: Let the Bad Times Roll
• Portugal the Man: Oregon City Sessions (digital only; vinyl & CD release on 6/11)
• Shaed: High Dive
• SYML: Dim EP
• Sharon Van Etten: Epic Ten (digital only, physical releases on 6/1)
• Various: McCartney III Imagined (St. Vincent, Beck, Phoebe Bridgers, Josh Homme, Damon Albarn, Khraungbin, EOB, others)
MUSIC EVENTS FRIDAY:
• Dua Lipa’s Puma sneaker hits stores.
• Weezer play OK Human in its entirety with Los Angeles Philharmonic in livestream at NoCapShows.com.
• Falling in Reverse play Live From the Unknown livestream show.
• Second of four Abolition prison-reform benefit livestreams. Artists include: Mike Watt, Liz Berlin (Rusted Root), Klara Soderberg (First Aid Kit), Emily Kokal (Warpaint)
• Iron Maiden album-cover jigsaw puzzles released by Zee Productions.
MUSIC EVENT SATURDAY:
• Barenaked Ladies play livestream show at SessionsLive.com.
MUSIC EVENT SUNDAY:
• ACM Awards air live on CBS. Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton host.