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Drake Belts Out “I Want It That Way” with Backstreet Boys at Toronto Show: Watch

Drake became the sixth member of the Backstreet Boys on Saturday, July 2nd by making a surprise appearance during the boy band’s tour stop in Toronto. At the very end of the show, the quintet brought the rapper out to help them perform their classic hit “I Want It That Way” for his hometown crowd, but not before Drizzy told the enraptured audience about his personal connection to the song. “At 13 years old, I had a bar mitzvah,” he explained per Rolling Stone, “and at my bar mitzvah, for the first time in my life, this girl I was in love with came up to me and one of the greatest songs in the world was playing, and she asked me if I would dance with her. And it was the first time I ever felt acknowledged, and it was the first time I ever felt like I had a shot at being cool.” Advertisement...

Man Found at Taylor Swift’s NYC Home Faces Stalking Charges

A 35-year-old New York man is facing trespassing and stalking charges after authorities said he entered two New York City residences linked to the famed singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Police say the suspect, who was arrested Friday (July 1), entered one of the residential buildings, located in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood, on March 26. He walked “through an unlocked door and remained unlawfully” before fleeing on foot when security told him to leave, investigators said. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news On June 12, the same man entered another residential building linked to Swift, located on the same street, and “made threats through the intercom toward a 32 year-old female,” according to a spokesperson for the Office of the Deputy Co...

Ricky Martin Faces Restraining Order in Puerto Rico

A judge has issued a restraining order against Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin, police said Saturday (July 2). The order was signed Friday, and authorities visited an upscale neighborhood in the north coastal town of Dorado where the singer lives to try to serve the order, police spokesman Axel Valencia told The Associated Press. “Up until now, police haven’t been able to find him,” Valencia said. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news Martin’s publicist did not immediately return a message asking for comment. It was not immediately known who requested the restraining order. Valencia said he could not provide further details because the order was filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law. El Vocero, a Puerto Rico newspaper, said the ...

Ricky Martin Slapped with Restraining Order in Puerto Rico

A Puerto Rican judge has issued a restraining order against Ricky Martin. According to local media reports (via the Associated Press), an individual who dated Martin sought the restraining order after the pop singer refused to accept their breakup and was found loitering outside of their home on three different occasions. The restraining order was reportedly filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law. A court hearing on the matter is reportedly scheduled for July 21st. Until then, Martin is prohibited from contacting the individual who filed the complaint. Related Video Earlier this week, Martin was sued for more than $3 million dollars in unpaid commissions by his ex-manager, Rebecca Drucker. Advertisement Consequence has reached out to Martin’s representatives for additional informa...

Halsey Shares That Having an Abortion ‘Saved My Life’

Halsey revealed that they’ve suffered three miscarriages in the past, one of which required a medically necessary abortion so that the singer didn’t “risk going into sepsis.” In a personal response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade penned for Vogue, Halsey shared details about their experience with abortion, and whether eventually giving birth to a child changed her opinion on the right to abortion. The essay was published on Friday (July 1). Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news “Many people have asked me if, since carrying a child to term after years of struggling to do so, I have reconsidered my stance on abortion,” wrote Halsey, who welcomed her first child, Ender, in July 2021. “The answer is firmly no. In fact, I have never f...

Lindsay Ell Trolls Fox & Friends by Speaking About Women’s Rights: Watch

Country pop singer Lindsay Ell performed at Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series on Friday, and in a pre-show interview, the artist dove into a talking point not normally championed on the conservative network: women’s rights. In an all-around awkward conversation, Ell was chatting with Fox & Friends hosts Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, and Rachel Campos-Duffy when Campos-Duffy first asked the Canadian singer about Shania Twain, a country pop trailblazer and fellow Canuck (The irony of inviting a Canadian singer to an “All-American” concert series is not lost on us). After Ell praised Twain’s ability to be “feminine and sexy and strong at the same time,” Campos-Duffy, grasping at straws in an attempt to be transphobic, went on to reference Twain’s hit “Man! I Feel Like a...

RAYE Shares Origins of New Track “Hard Out Here”: Exclusive

Our Origins feature series provides artists with a space to run through everything that went into their latest project. Today, RAYE shares insight into her powerful new single, “Hard Out Here.” To return with a new single that’s at once inspirational, orchestral, catchy, brutally honest, and uplifting isn’t an easy feat — but RAYE makes it seem so with her new track, “Hard Out Here,” out Friday, July 1st. It’s a song peppered with details but feels somewhat universal nonetheless, and is especially relatable for any woman who has ever overcome a man attempting to silence her and bounced back that much stronger. There’s a reality out there where we never got to hear this song, RAYE reveals. “The initial version of this song was created years ago — however, I wasn’t given permission from my l...

All 247 Songs Jack Antonoff Has Produced, Ranked From Worst to Best

This article originally ran in August 2021, but we’ll be updating it for years to come, because Jack Antonoff cannot be stopped. Jack Antonoff remains booked and busy. Antonoff, former member of fun. and current frontman of indie pop group Bleachers, is the most sought-after producer in the pop world right now, full stop. This, like any gust of fame, comes with a harsher magnifying glass. Antonoff has turned into a bit of a polarizing figure recently; many love the signature flourishes he adds to tracks, while others think he’s becoming formulaic. Wherever you stand when it comes to the Antonoff discourse, it’s worth highlighting his resume of contributions to modern pop. Not to mention his six Grammy Awards; he was nominated for Producer of the Year in 2020 and 2021, and won the category ...

Chelsea Cutler Has Her Eyes Wide Open

On March 22 in Pittsburgh, nine shows into the first leg of her When I Close My Eyes North American tour, Chelsea Cutler hit a wall. The Connecticut-born, New York-based artist had missed performing so much throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — deprived of the natural dopamine hit. But renewed adrenaline couldn’t compensate for a headache and strained vocal chords. Cutler finished her set at Stage AE and decided not to do her usual three-song encore. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news “And I remember just feeling so guilty for making that decision, because I felt so selfish,” Cutler says. “From that point of the tour onwards, I was like, ‘I can’t let people down like that. These shows aren’t about me.’ That flipped the switch in me, and I was...

Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, and More Cover ’70s Pop Hits on Minions: Rise of Gru Soundtrack: Stream

Gru might not always make the best decisions, but at least he has pretty good taste in music. The original soundtrack for Minions: The Rise of Gru is out today, which — in addition to a few brand-new songs — comprises some of your favorite current musicians taking on some decades-old classics. Produced by Jack Antonoff, the Rise of Gru soundtrack includes Phoebe Bridgers taking on The Carpenters’ 1972 song “Goodbye to Love,” St. Vincent doing Lipps Inc.’s “Funkytown,” Tierra Whack taking on Santana’s 1970 classic “Black Magic Woman,” Thundercat covering Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle,” and canonically Los Angelean transplants BROCKHAMPTON putting their own spin on Kool & The Gang’s “Hollywood Swinging.” Brittany Howard, Kali Uchis, C...

j-hope Unleashes New Single “MORE”: Stream

BTS’s second chapter is moving full steam ahead with j-hope kicking off his next era of solo work with new single “MORE.” Known for his sunny disposition and optimistic energy, j-hope subverted expectations when he started rolling out teasers for the single ahead of his first full-length solo album, Jack in the Box, due later this month on July 15th. Promising a darker tone from the rapper and dancer, promotional photos for “MORE” echoed j-hope’s recent statement describing the new sides of himself that longtime listeners might not be expecting: “If I was going to convey the things I wanted to say, I would have to be darker. It’s something I’ve never done before, so I was excited to try something new,” he explained. The first single is a major departure from the vibrant, rainbow-hued ...

Mandy Moore Cancels Remaining 2022 Tour Dates Due to Pregnancy

Mandy Moore has canceled the remainder of her 2022 North American tour. In a statement, the singer-songwriter cited her recent pregnancy announcement as the reason for canceling her tour, which was slated to run through the end of July. “Friends, It is with a heavy heart and much consideration that I have to let you all know that I am cancelling my remaining show dates in 2022,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “It has been an honor and an absolute dream to return to the stage again this past month, performing for all of you.” Moore continued, “When we booked these shows, I wasn’t pregnant and although I truly thought I could power through, the way we are traveling (long hours on the bus and not getting proper rest) has caught up, taken its toll, and made it feel too challenging to pro...