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New songs from J. Cole and Olivia Rodrigo heading for big debuts

The Official Chart: First Look, which airs on BBC Radio 1 today between 6pm – 7pm, offers a first glance of the Top 20 ahead of Friday’s Official Singles Chart Top 100. The chart is based on preliminary sales and early streaming reports.

Three tracks from J. Cole’s new album The Off-Season are heading for big debuts on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

On the midweek Official Chart: First Look, the North Carolinian rapper is locked on for the highest new entry with 9 5 . S O U T H at Number 9, which would mark his second UK Top 10 single.

Other album highlights set for singles chart success are M Y . L I F E ft. 21 Savage & Morray at 10, and A M A R I at 11. The album’s lead single I N T E R L U D E reached 25 on last week’s Top 40.

On course for a third week at Number 1 are Tion Wayne & Russ Millions with Body, the most-streamed track across the first 48 hours of the tracking period. The song has also reached Number 1 in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Knocking on the door at Number 2 is Doja Cat with Kiss Me More, a rise of one place to a potential new peak for the SZA collaboration.

Ahead of her debut album release this coming Friday (May 21), Olivia Rodrigo’s new single Good 4 U is on track for a Top 20 placement, currently at Number 14.

Finally, BRIT Awards momentum continues for Rag’n’Bone Man & Pink, as Anywhere Away From Here ascends three places midweek (6), and Rising Star Award winner Griff is the First Look’s highest climber, as Black Hole rockets 17 places (19).

Miley Cyrus lands big talent deal at NBC

Miley Cyrus has scored a huge new talent and development deal with bosses at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

The one-hour hits show, filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, will air on NBC’s streaming site Peacock in June.

“I have had an incredible long-lasting relationship with NBC for years,” the Wrecking Ball singer said. “Many memorable moments in my career have been shared and supported by NBCU. This feels like a natural progression and I am looking forward to creating content that we love and hope everyone who watches does too.

“We’re starting this journey together with a Pride special on Peacock to celebrate a month we both want to highlight with this concert event.”

Meanwhile, Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, described Miley as the “true definition of a multi-hyphenate superstar” and deemed her Pride special to be the “perfect way to kick off the partnership”.

“The creative possibilities for Miley across our portfolio are literally endless and we can’t wait to collaborate on amazing projects across genres with her, Tish Cyrus’s Hopetown Entertainment, and Adam Leber for Rebel,” she added.

Alice Cooper selling Andy Warhol art piece

Alice Cooper is set to sell off his prized Andy Warhol art piece at the 2021 Fall Larsen Art Auction.

The Little Electric Chair acrylic and silkscreen on canvas piece from Warhol’s Death and Disaster series is valued between $2.5 – $4.5 million (£1.8 – £3.2 million), and could become the highest selling painting in the state of Arizona.

Alice rediscovered the piece in the garage of his Scottsdale, Arizona compound, revealing he had “completely forgotten” he owned it.

Cooper and Warhol became unlikely pals in New York City in the 1970s.

“One day a few years ago, I was talking to Dennis Hopper who said he was selling a couple of his Warhols,” the rock star shared. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I think I have a Warhol somewhere.’ So I went digging around and found it and it was in perfect condition. I mean it was sort of in a time capsule, which I think Andy would have loved because he loved doing the time capsule as an art piece in and of itself.

“So, there it was, it had lived by itself for many years. We took it out and had it looked at with the intention of displaying it but then I just decided it was time to move on, time to release it to the world. I figured I’d had it for all this time and had almost forgotten about it – let’s let someone else really enjoy it.”

The piece will be sold at the Larsen Gallery Art Auction on 23 October.

A portion of the sale fee will benefit Cooper’s non-profit Solid Rock Foundation.

Bob Dylan Center set to open in 2022

Fans of Bob Dylan will be able to immerse themselves in the life and times of the rock icon when a specially-dedicated museum opens in Tulsa, Oklahoma next year.

The Bob Dylan Center has been in development for several years, and this week, officials revealed they will finally open to the public on 10 May 2022.

The facility will feature more than 100,000 “exclusive culture treasures” from Dylan’s career, as well as rare recordings, lyric manuscripts, and visual art, reports Variety.

The venue will also incorporate an “immersive film experience” directed by Jennifer Lebeau, and a screening room where visitors can check out documentaries and various filmed performances of the singer/songwriter.

In addition, there will be a special recording studio where fans will “experience what it was like to be present at one of Dylan’s historic recording sessions”.

To celebrate the news, representatives have shared a previously unheard version of his 1962 recording Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right as a free download, featuring alternate lyrics from the final cut which eventually appeared on his 1963 album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

Kim Kardashian snaps up Janet Jackson’s If music video outfit for $25,000

Kim Kardashian has purchased one of Janet Jackson’s iconic costumes for $25,000 (£17,700).

The reality TV personality took to Instagram Stories on Sunday to send the singer a birthday message, and in one of her posts, also revealed that she had recently purchased the outfit Jackson sported in the music video for her 1993 song If at an auction.

“Happy birthday queen!” she wrote alongside a clip of Jackson dancing in a custom-made suede crop top and matching black lace-up trousers. “For @janetjackson’s bday bc (because) I’m such a fan I can’t believe I won this on juliens_auctions.”

And it wasn’t long before Jackson replied to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star’s message.

“Thank u so much @kimkardashian! I hope ‘IF’ gives u as much pleasure as it did me,” she commented.

Kim purchased the costume from the auction titled Iconic Treasures from the Legendary Career and Life of Janet Jackson which was organised by the team at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Over 1,000 costumes, accessories, and personal items were included in the auction, including a Helen Storey-designed floor-length metallic silver coat that Jackson wore in the video for 1995 hit Scream, a Richard Tyler black coat with velvet lapels, and her ensemble for the 2001 All for You video.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Compassion International, a global child-advocacy ministry that partners with churches around the world.

John Mayer: ‘My new album will all fire up very soon’

John Mayer has assured fans his new album will “all fire up very soon”.

The Half of My Heart singer took to Instagram on Friday to offer devotees an update on his latest record – the follow-up to 2017’s The Search For Everything – writing: “I know many of you have been waiting patiently for my next album…

“I assure you it’ll all fire up very soon. I’ll put it like this: every day you have to go without my new music is another day I can work harder to make sure it gets heard by as many people as (sic) might enjoy it.”

He concluded: “I hope you’ll think it’s worth the wait.”

Since his 2017 album, John has released the singles New Light, I Guess I Just Feel Like and Carry Me Away.

While he teamed up with Khalid on Outta My Head in 2019 and released Inside Friend with Leon Bridges last year (20).

The latter was released to help raise money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports music creators and professionals whose livelihoods are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Jennifer Lopez’s former publicist convinced she and Ben Affleck are back together

Jennifer Lopez’s former publicist wasn’t surprised to hear she and Ben Affleck were spending time together again, revealing the Oscar winner remains the love of J.Los life.

The couple was engaged from 2002 to 2004 and recently reunited following love splits, and Jen’s former PR ace Rob Shuter, who worked for her when she was first dating Ben, tells Access Daily he’s heard the former lovers are definitely back together.

“He’s the love of her life,” Shuter explains, adding he doesn’t think Lopez ever returned Affleck’s engagement ring.

“If things move forward with these two, gosh she’s already got the most beautiful ring I’ve seen,” he explains. “It’s absolutely stunning. It is blinding.”

Meanwhile, sources claim Jennifer speaks to Ben every day.

“They are making plans to see each other,” the insider tells People. “Jennifer is still very excited about how things are going with Ben… Time has passed, and they are each in a different place with children.”

Jennifer, who is mum to 13-year-old twins Max and Emme from her marriage to Marc Anthony, reportedly wants to spend “as much time as possible” with dad-of-three Ben, but sources insist they aren’t rushing into anything just yet.

“She had a great time with Ben,” one adds. “She is happy with him and enjoys spending time with him.”

Nicki Minaj obsessed with The Crown

Nicki Minaj is an unlikely The Crown superfan, confessing she can’t get enough of the royal drama.

In an open letter posted on her official website, the rapper admits she spent much of the COVID pandemic binge-watching The Crown, and now she is obsessed with the Netflix series.

“I’ve watched every single episode of every single season at least 5 times each,” she writes, adding she has become a huge fan of Claire Foy, who portrayed the young Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons.

“Claire Foy’s perfect face… I want to eat it,” she joked, raving, “she just does the right thing in every single scene.”

Minaj is also a big fan of Gillian Anderson, adding she can’t believe how much she enjoys her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher “seeing as tho I’m such a Meryl StreepINISTA (sic).”

Streep played the politician in The Iron Lady.

Nicki also gave Josh O’Connor a shout out, insisting, “he’s a tad hunkier than the real Prince (Charles) ever was – and yes, I just used the word ‘hunkier’.”

Minaj also mentioned Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Colman in her praise note, adding: “BRAVO to the entire cast, writers & directors.”

St Vincent: ‘Work and luck are keys to success’

St Vincent says “work and luck” are the keys to success.

The 38-year-old singer/songwriter acknowledged that many talented people don’t succeed in the music industry and says all successes come with a measure of luck.

When asked by the Financial Times newspaper, “Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?”, she replied: “Work and luck are the two things. The world is filled with really talented people for whom it doesn’t work out. It’s not a meritocracy.”

St Vincent – whose real name is Annie Clark – also revealed her music mentors were her aunt and uncle.

She said: “In my early days, my aunt and uncle [jazz duo] Tuck & Patti. They knew I was obsessed with music, so they took me on tour with them, taught me the ropes of the road, and, philosophically, a lot of the things about work ethic that I carry with me today. I work really hard, but still never as hard as when I was on tour with Tuck & Patti.”

St Vincent recently released new album ‘Daddy’s Home’ and said if her 20-year-old self could see where she is in her life now, she’d be shocked.

She said: “She’d be relieved she wasn’t dead. I can’t think what I was like at 20, just that I was green, nor what my 20-year-old self would think of me now.”

DJ Khaled: ‘Khaled Khaled in Arabic means immortal, and that’s what I represent’

DJ Khaled joins Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1 in Miami for an extensive conversation about his star-studded 12th studio album ‘KHALED KHALED’.

He tells Ebro about the decision behind releasing the Drake tracks early, kicking off the album with Lil Wayne and Jeremih, titling the album after his birth name, working with Beyoncé, future ambitions, and securing additional collabs with Nas, Jay-Z, H.E.R., Migos, Bryson Tiller, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and more.

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About Titling His Album ‘KHALED KHALED’…
It’s very personal. First of all, Khaled Khaled in Arabic means immortal, it means forever, eternal. And that’s what I represent, forever love, forever light, forever blessings, we forever. And I always said, when I made my first album, listen, I said, “I’m going to make a album called Khaled Khaled, but it’s going to be a special time.” And I thought I was going to make it on my 10th album, I thought I was going to make it on my 11th album. My 11th album was called Father of Asahd and that meant so much to me. I named it Father of Asahd, that’s powerful. And I said it’s time for ‘Khaled Khaled’. I got two boys, and it’s time for the new chapter of Khaled. You’re going to see me evolve, which I’ve been doing all my life, thank God. But this is going to be another level that you’ve never seen, and y’all seeing it.

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About Putting Out Tracks With Drake During the Pandemic…
So to get two Drakes, and we put them out through the pandemic. And you can ask Drake, I was like, ‘Yo Drake, we got to come with this now because the world is dark. And I know everybody’s scared to drop music. But no, we have to be the f**** light. We got to be the light. And now we’re going to be stuck in this dark. We’re leaders. You’re a big boy. I’m a big boy. We’re leaders. Let’s put the sun out.’

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About There Almost Being a Third Drake Track on the Album…
Speaking of Drake, it was almost a third key on here. The Allen key, two keys, and each key leads to the next key. So it was going to be another key, another Drake on the album too. It was about to be three Drakes. What it means is Drake is my brother, and he will give me three keys with no problem.

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About The Beyoncé Vocals On “SORRY NOT SORRY”…
While I got the vocals, we get another call from Guru and Jay saying the queen and Beyhive is asking for the instrumental. So I was already running around with the Nas and Jay, so now I’m running like this. I’m burning a hole in my grass now, the s*** is… Like I’m losing my mind. To pull off a record with Nas and Jay, and shout out to James because he blessed that amazing, and shout to Casey. Just to get the, ‘Hey,’ is unbelievable. Because it’s unbelievable, it’s the Queen, it’s Beyonce. And then close it out with the hive? I literally had tears in my eyes.

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About Reaching Out To Get H.E.R. on the Album Just Before She Performed at the Super Bowl…
So I reached out this time like, ‘Yo, I would love to work with you.’ And she was like, ‘Absolutely. I would love to work with you too.’ I actually talked to her right before she performed at the Super Bowl. I was calling her. I didn’t even know she was performing the Super Bowl. I’m FaceTiming like ‘Yo, we got to get it in.’ And I hung up and then boom, she was on TV. I’m like, ‘Oh, sh**.’”

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About Having Cardi B on “BIG PAPER”…
You know I work with a lot of artists. I know when somebody gets it, and I know when somebody is hungry. Meaning when I say hungry, they love this s**, and they are going to keep being great and putting out potent s***. That’s what she did, and that’s what she’s been doing. And I want to give her flowers because of her debut album, I have to be honest, because I’m always honest with myself. It inspired me because what she did was she made a whole album of hits. And that’s how I make my albums, it’s with hits.

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About JAY-Z and Puff Daddy Going By Their Birth Names…
You was calling him Hov, Jay-Z, then at one point in your life, you started calling him Shawn Carter. So when you started calling him Shawn Carter, he started getting closer to them Bs. And I’m not talking about bees, I’m talking about billions. You should call Puff Daddy, Puff Daddy, Diddy. But at one point in his career, you called him Sean Combs. And now you call him love. That’s what I’m saying, right now I’m giving you my birth name that my mother and father, that God blessed me with. And I’m Khaled Khaled.”

DJ Khaled Tells Apple Music About The Album’s Artwork…
That image, I seen that image probably when I was like between 17 and 19 years old, I seen that image. I said, ‘One day I’m going to have a beautiful family and I’m going to be with my boys. And there’s going to be a time in my life where if you don’t know who Khaled Khaled is, you going to know off this image.’ And that’s me praying to Allah, and my two boys beside me. It’s so beautiful, man. It’s like, I think that should tell you who Khaled Khaled is.