Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo top ‘Spotify Wrapped’ 2021 Year-End List

Spotify debuted its annual ‘Spotify Wrapped’ lists which celebrates the most streamed music of the year. Topping this list of most streamed artists around the world was Bad Bunny, with Taylor Swift and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo also taking the top spots.

Rodrigo’s “drivers license” topped the list of most streamed songs globally, which also included songs by Lil Nas X and Dua Lipa.

n Canada, the results found Drake appearing in the top spot for most streamed artist, beating out Taylor Swift, with Justin Bieber and the Weeknd also making the top five. Rodrigo took the two top slots on the most streamed songs list in Canada, with “drivers license” and “good 4 u”, ahead of songs by the Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X and Dua Lipa.

For most streamed albums, Rodrigo topped the list globally with her debut Sour, beating out Justin Bieber’s Justice, and more.

Check out the full Spotify Wrapped 2021 lists below.

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NBC’s ‘Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City’ to feature Camila Cabello, Jimmy Fallon and more

Michael Bublé’s NBC Christmas special, titled Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City will feature special guests including Camila Cabello, Leon Bridges, Jimmy Fallon, Hannah Waddingham and Kermit the Frog. Bublé said in a press release: “I’m especially excited about this year’s show and our phenomenal guests. It will be a night to remember and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.”

Executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Bublé, Bruce Allen and Erin Doyle, the special will see Bublé heading to Rockefeller Center’s Studio 8H for a night of comedy, music and Christmas spirit with the help of his special guests.

Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City will air on Dec. 6 from 10-11 p.m. on NBC.

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Elton John releases ‘Lockdown Sessions’ documentary

Elton John has releasing a documentary based on his recent Lockdown Sessions album.  Inside The Lockdown Sessions, an exclusive feature with Apple Music, documents the making of John’s new music during the lockdown and includes a three-part, behind-the-scenes look at John working in his home studio during the pandemic with interviews with collaborators Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Eddie Vedder, and more.

John revealed the surprise release of the documentary on social media:  “Surprise!” he posted on Twitter. “Just in time for the holidays, I’m taking you ‘Inside the Lockdown Sessions.’ Watch as I go deep into the making of my latest album with all of my collaborators.”

The Lockdown Sessions is a collection of 16 songs, and features 20 collaborators including Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Nicki Minaj, Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, and Rina Sawayama.

Check out the documentary at the link – here.

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Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ to premiere Dec. 16

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will perform together as part of a new installment of MTV Unplugged, which will premiere on Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. EST. The duo will perform stripped down versions of songs from their latest collaborative album Love for Sale, which was released in September.  The episode featuring Gaga and Bennett was filmed earlier this year in New York City in front of an intimate audience.

MTV Unplugged returns during MTV’s month long ‘Love Music with MTV’ event which celebrates the brand’s top music shows and moments. Gaga and Bennett’s MTV Unplugged is their second planned special after the pair starred in CBS’ One Last Time: An Evening with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.  A third special, a documentary titled The Lady and the Legend, is set to arrive on Paramount+ at a later date.

Love for Sale was nominated for Album of the Year at the 64th annual Grammy Awards. The album marks Bennett’s final studio album after the music legend announced that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

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Miley Cyrus & Pete Davidson to host NBC’s “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party”

NBC has announced that Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party, hosted By Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson, is set to air live on NBC from Miami, FL on Friday, December 31 from 10:30pm-12:30am ET, and will also be live-streamed on Peacock.  Saturday Night Live exec producer Lorne Michaels will executive produce the show, with the network promising “a star-studded lineup of special guests and musical performances for a must watch evening” to be determiend at a later date.  Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party succeeds NBC’s New Year’s Eve special, hosted and produced by Carson Daly, which aired on the network from 2004 until last year.

Jen Neal, Executive Vice President, Live Events, Specials and E! News, NBCUniversal, said: “In what is sure to be an exciting and fun evening, we are looking forward to partnering with Lorne Michaels and ringing in 2022 with a night of incredible entertainment, led by Miley and Pete.”

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party will air live on NBC and Peacock beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 31st.

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Adele confirms Las Vegas residency to launch January 2022

After months of rumors, Adele has confirmed she is heading to Las Vegas for a residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Adele wrote on Instagram: “See you at Caesars in Vegasss” along with the announcement.

Adele is set to take the stage for weekend shows titled “Weekends With Adele”, beginning on Friday, January 21, 2022 and continuing for two shows each weekend until Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Presale tickets will be available through Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration.  For more information on tickets visit www.adele.com.

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Chance the Rapper and Dionne Warwick share their new single “Nothing’s Impossible”

Chance the Rapper has teamed up with R&B legend Dionne Warwick for the new single, “Nothing’s Impossible.” Chance and Warwick famously made their first interaction on Twitter back in December 2020, when Warwick tweeted: “Hi, @chancetherapper. If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this.”

Shortly after, Warwick teased that the duo would be in the studio together to put out a song benefitting both their charities (Chance’s SocialWorks and Warwick’s Hunger: Not Impossible).  The resulting song, “Nothing’s Impossible,” is an uplifting ballad from the two artists.  Warwick announced the song’s release on Twitter, writing: For those of you asking about the song with @chancetherapper… well, it’s out NOW. I am very excited about this. If you can’t find the link to stream in Chance’s bio, you can find it in mine. Ok… Bye!”

Take a listen to the collaboration from Warwick and Chance – here.

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Ed Sheeran & Elton John announce their new Christmas collaboration

Ed Sheeran and Elton John announced in a video posted on social media that their highly-anticipated new song, a holiday collaboration, will be released on Friday, December 3.   In the ‘Love Actually’ themed video, Ed knocks on Elton‘s door with some note cards (channeling Andrew Lincoln‘s character confessing his love for Kiera Knightly‘s character in the 2003 holiday film).

Elton wrote on Twitter: “Just under a year ago, I called @edsheeran to see if he wanted to make a Christmas single with me and now it’s nearly here! ‘Merry Christmas’ will be out Fri 3 Dec with all proceeds from this year’s Christmas period going to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation & [the Elton John Aids Foundation].”

Sheeran also shared on Instagram: ‘Our song “Merry Christmas” is out this Friday. Link in bio to pre-order it or pre-save it. All UK profits from this year’s Christmas period will go to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation (www.essmf.com) and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (@ejaf )’

To pre-order/pre-save “Merry Christmas” head here.

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Jessie J announces pregnancy loss on social media

Singer-songwriter Jessie J has announced that she recently suffered a pregnancy loss, explaining that she decided to have a baby on her own because it was all she ever wanted and “life is short.”

In a now-deleted post on Instagram, the 33-year-old shared a a photo of herself holding up a positive home pregnancy test, writing:  “Yesterday morning I was laughing with a friend saying ‘seriously though how am I going to get through my gig in LA tomorrow night without telling the whole audience I am pregnant.  By yesterday afternoon I was dreading the thought of getting through the gig without breaking down. … After going for my 3rd scan and being told there was no longer a heartbeat This morning. I feel like I have no control of my emotions. I may regret posting this. I may not. I actually don’t know. What I do know is that I want to sing tonight. Not because I’m avoiding the grief or the process, but because I know singing tonight will help me.”

Her Instagram post also included a screenshot of a quote from Australian poet Seyda Noir, saying: “Sometimes love won’t be enough to make it work, and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean that you failed.” 

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Take a look at The Weeknd’s new video for “Die for You”

The Weeknd has dropped a new music video for ‘Die For You’, which is off his 2016 album ‘Starboy’.  The video, a homage to the sci-fi film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Netflix show Stranger Things, features a young boy resembling The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – hiding out in a garden shed, only to be found by one of the home’s residents, a young girl.  Afterwards, it’s learned that the boy is a telekinetic being on the run from government officials. They later discover his location, leading to a dramatic face-off.

The music video arrives as part of Tesfaye’s five-year anniversary celebrations of ‘Starboy’ . The artist has also announced a limited-edition collection of streetwear merchandise with Los Angeles-based brand Seventh Heaven.  The five-piece capsule offers fans graphic hoodies, short-sleeve tees, a shoulder bag. It also features premium handmade jackets available in either denim or leather. The collection is available exclusively on The Weeknd’s official store.

Watch the music video for ‘Die For You’, directed by Christian Breslauer, here.

Watch the Weeknd Reference ‘Stranger Things’ in ‘Die for You’ Video

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