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Khloe Kardashian Talks ‘Surreal’ Pregnancy & Being Starstruck by Michael Jackson on ‘Ellen’

Khloe Kardashian paid a little visit to Ellen on Thursday (Jan. 4) to give an update on her pregnancy, share stories of the journey to date, and play a game called “Pregnancy Brain.” This was her first televised appearance since confirming her pregnancy via Instagram with boyfriend and Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson back in December. Khloe, who is pregnant with her first child, appeared in a fitted white dress, explaining to Ellen that she wanted to avoid wearing maternity clothes for as long as possible. She also talked about the difficulties of the first trimester of pregnancy, “At the beginning, the first trimester is the worst and no one knows you’re pregnant yet and you feel the most uncomfortable,” she said. “… I think once people know y...

Charlie Puth Goes A Cappella With Boyz II Men on ‘If You Leave Me Now’

No, it’s not a Chicago cover. After spending 2017 condemning a wrongdoing ex for “How Long” she was just wanting his “Attention,” Charlie Puth is kicking off the new year with a heartbreak ballad — and he enlisted ’90s harmonizing greats Boyz II Men to help him sing it. Titled “If You Leave Me Now,” the a cappella tune starts off with everyone singing together before Puth takes the first verse in hopes of singing his leaving lover back to him. “No, this is not goodbye/ I swear that I’m gonna change/ No, baby, please don’t cry/ It doesn’t have to end this way,” he croons as Boyz II Men provide smooth backing vocals. The song’s chorus continues Puth’s regretful sentiment, declaring that his signif...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 Challenge: Fix Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg says his “personal challenge” for 2018 is to fix Facebook. The Facebook CEO has declared a goal each year since 2009. Past challenges have included wearing a tie every day, learning to speak Mandarin and eating meat only from animals he killed himself. Last year, he visited every U.S. state he hadn’t been to yet. Zuckerberg wrote Thursday that he now wants to focus on protecting Facebook users from abuse, defending against interference by nation-states and “making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.” It won’t be easy. Last year was tough for the company. It included having to testify before Congress about Russian election meddling using its platform, and harsh criticism from early employees and investors about its role in the world.

MILCK Releases Empowering New Song ‘This Is Not the End’

MILCK has released track after track inspiring women to speak their truths through the #ICANTKEEPQUIET movement. Her song “Quiet” was a viral sensation after her performance at last year’s Women’s March in Washington. The songstress is back again with another empowering track, “This Is Not the End,” from her long-awaited debut EP. The towering track sends the impactful message of empowering oneself even as troubles come about. She sings about he importance of self-care and self-nurture. “This is not the end. Trouble will come, trouble will go,” MILCK sings in the chorus. “This is not the end.” In an interview, the singer told us, “I think activism and standing up for what we believe can be a very tiring and exhausting path, but self-care and self-nurture is important. If my music can...

Lea’s live event assistant for Messenger makes buying tickets easier

Buying event tickets online isn’t a great experience. Sites like Ticketmaster are the default, but are difficult to use and expensive. A startup called Lea wants to offer a more modern experience by combining event search, discovery, seat selection and payment all in a single application that works right in Facebook Messenger. Yes, that’s right – Lea is a chatbot. And while bots haven’t had the warmest reception as of yet, they’re increasingly becoming a common way for consumers to interact with apps and brands. But in the case of Lea, the chatbot-style interface may actually work better than using a ticketing website or dedicated mobile app, like Ticketmaster’s. According to Lea’s CEO Brian Canty, the original idea – back when the company was known as Ticktate – was to offer a concierge-l...

Bhad Bhabie Is Reborn in ‘Both of Em’ Video

It seems as though Dr. Phil reality star-turned-rapper Bhad Babie is here to stay — at least for a little bit longer. As part of the latest release from her deal with Atlantic Records, the 14-year-old artist formerly known as Danielle Bregoli dropped a video for her single “Both of Em” on Thursday (Jan. 4). The video stars Bhad Bhabie in her usual uniform of skinny jeans, a zip-up, and sneakers trotting through a vast desert probably somewhere in California’s backwoods. The video includes a multi-car cop chase and some vague hints at the idea of Bhad Bhabie’s symbolic resurrection, including the fairly explicit single artwork, which shows the rapper with both hands spread wide adorned in a sculpture-esque draping of sorts. While the video tries to hint at a rebirth, the lyrics ...

Fox’s ‘The Four’ Isn’t Searching for a New Kelly Clarkson

Executive producers, including judge Diddy, tell THR their new series has evolved with the music industry, and opens the door to artists in more than just the pop genre. Is there still an appetite for talent competitions on TV? And even if there is, can a TV series launch a new artist in 2018? That’s what Fox’s new reality series, The Four: Battle for Stardom, is about to find out. It’s been more than 15 years since American Idol launched the career of Kelly Clarkson, and plenty of new singing competitions have come and gone since then (RIP The X Factor, Rock Star and more). But casual viewers (and non-viewers) would be hard-pressed to name a winner of one of the last few seasons of the series. NBC’s The Voice is one of the most popular shows on television, but has ...

Ed Sheeran, Hip-Hop and ‘Despacito’ Highlight Nielsen Music’s 2017 Canada Report

A 71 percent jump in on-demand audio streaming helped lessen the blow of a 17 percent decrease in album sales. Ed Sheeran was the top-selling artist in Canada for 2017, hip-hop was the country’s fastest-growing music genre, six Canadian artists had No. 1 albums on the Billboard Canadian Album chart and overall consumption of albums, songs and on-demand audio streaming grew 13.6 percent year-over-year. These are just some of the insights provided by Nielsen Music Year-End Report, released today (Jan. 4). On-demand audio streaming surpassed the 900 million per-week mark for the first time in Canadian history on Dec. 3. “The past year demonstrated that it’s an exciting time for the music industry in Canada,” Paul Shaver, vp/head of Nielsen Music Canada, said in a state...

Katy Perry Releases Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Her ‘Hey Hey Hey’ Video

Hey Hey Hey KatyCats! Pop superstar Katy Perry just released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her latest music video for her song “Hey Hey Hey,” off of her 2017 album, Witness.  The video for “Hey Hey Hey” — which finds Perry all dolled up in a gigantic wig and dressed like an royal from a past century — was released last month, and this making of video follows Perry’s trend of releasing behind-the-scene looks of each music video from her Witness era.  To see the making-of video and commentary from dancers, directors and Perry herself, watch below. [embedded content]

Listen To Aaron Carter’s #TBT Mixtape, Inspired By His Childhood & ‘Growing Up In Front Of’ His Fans

Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard’s new series showcasing artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists, exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood. This week’s spin comes from Aaron Carter. The former child star and the brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, who rose to fame on hits like “I Want Candy” and “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” back in 2003, is in the midst of a comeback, following his recent EP LøVë, with songs like “Sooner or Later” and “Fool’s Gold” charting on the Spotify Viral 50. Prepping the release of his upcoming new album set for 2018, Carter is feeling nostalgic after a year of major transition that included a stint in r...

Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Mystery of Love’ Video Features Clips From ‘Call Me By Your Name’

The singer wrote the song for the critically acclaimed film. Sufjan Stevens has released a new music video for his song “Mystery of Love,” which he wrote for the Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name. The song is featured prominently in the movie’s trailer, so it is fitting that the official music video is largely comprised of clips from the film, in addition to footage taken at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples. Watch the video for “Mystery of Love” below. Stevens contributed two other songs to Call Me By Your Name: another new song titled “Visions of Gideon” and a Doveman remix of Age of Adz’s opening track “Futile Devices.” The soundtrack also includes new music from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Moroder, the Psychedelic Furs, and more. [embedded content] This article was origi...

Justin Guarini Fires Back at Trump Comparison on Twitter

There are very few people in the United States who would like to be compared to Donald Trump in our current political climate. And as it turns out, Justin Guarini is not one of those rare sorts.   American Idol’s first ever runner-up responded to a troll on Twitter, who compared Guarini’s 2002 second place finish to Donald Trump’s loss in the popular vote. Guarini, who remains gracious about his loss to Kelly Clarkson a decade and a half ago, had a fun and inventive proposition of torture for the Twitter user. There is no shame in coming in second to Kelly Clarkson, but if you compare me to Trump again I will hunt you down and sing the theme to Paw Patrol in your face until I break you do not test me. https://t.co/HG3ZrIe7Rf — Justin Guarini (@JustinGuarini) January 3, 2018 As of now, Guar...