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Kelly Clarkson, Dan + Shay to Announce 2019 Billboard Music Award Nominees

Jonas Brothers Announce New Song 'Cool' & More

Ariana Grande & Victoria Monet Treat Their Fans With Bouncy New Track 'Monopoly'

Justin Bieber Posts Ultrasound Photos But Says It's All an April Fools' Day Joke

Carly Rae Jepsen Announces 'Dedicated' Album, North American Tour Dates

Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson, Dan + Shay to Announce 2019 Billboard Music Award Nominees

Billboard.com

Kelly Clarkson and country duo Dan + Shay will appear on The Today Show on Thursday morning (April 4) to announced the nominees for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

The trio will unveil the names of the nominees in five categories during the 8 a.m. hour ET, after which the remaining categories will be unveiled on the BBMA social channels (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram).

The three-hour show will showcase this year's hottest musical acts and feature unexpected collaborations and buzzy moments. BBMA nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2018 through March 7, 2019. The “2019 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

Clarkson hosted the 2018 BBMAs, which featured big wins by Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Camila Cabello, Ozuna, Chris Stapleton, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, Khalid and Ed Sheeran, and performances from Sheeran, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, Shawn Mendes & Khalid, Clarkson, Khalid and Normani, Salt-N-Pepa, BTS, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and Janet Jackson.

The 2019 BBMAs will air on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Jonas Brothers Announce New Song 'Cool' & More

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The Jonas Brothers will release a new song titled "Cool" this Friday (April 5), the group announced via Twitter on Tuesday (April 2).

The song's artwork depicts the brothers sporting bright Hawaiian shirts and aviators. The tweet also includes an invitation to pre-save the song in order "to hear it first," followed by palm tree and sunglasses emojis.

"Cool" will be the trio's second release since officially reuniting in late February after a six-year hiatus. Their comeback song "Sucker" dropped March 1 and quickly skyrocketed onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving the group its first No. 1.

The Jonas Brothers had fans shocked when they announced an egg-cellent collaboration with none other than the social media viral sensation, the World Record Egg.

The trio posted a photo on Instagram on Monday (April 1), sitting in lawn chairs looking off into a city skyline, with one of the chairs occupied by the egg that broke Kylie Jenner's record for the most-liked photo on Instagram.

"Can’t wait for you guys to hear our new song featuring @world_record_egg!! #egggang," they wrote. While many fans flooded the comment section with confusion, others were quick to point out the gag, remembering that it's April Fools' Day.

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Ariana Grande & Victoria Monet Treat Their Fans With Bouncy New Track 'Monopoly'

Billboard.com

We’ve only just reached April, and yet Ariana Grande has somehow already claimed 2019 as her year. With the bombshell success of her latest album Thank U, Next and her domination on the charts, Ariana has plenty of reasons to be grateful. Now, she’s paying it forward with the help of her longtime collaborator Victoria Monét.

Grande and Monét released their brand-new track “Monopoly” on Monday (April 1). The bopping song shows the duo swearing off negativity and basking in their own confidence, claiming their success like properties from the song’s eponymous board game. “Bad vibes, get off of me/ Outta here with that fuckery/ Treat my goals like property/ Collect them like Monopoly,” the pair sing.

The video for the track aims for the same vibe, showing Grande and Monét dancing around on a rooftop, each equipped with their own camcorders. Throughout the video, the duo parody Twitter memes, with the two tossing away text like “haters,” “negativity” and even “Trump,” while taking in good vibes like “healing,” “loyalty” and “light.

Both Grande and Monét tweeted out that the song was meant to serve as a “thank you” to their fans; the pair worked together in writing two of Grande’s biggest hits this year, “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings,” along with a number of other songs on both Sweetener and Thank U, Next. “MONOPOLY (a thank you to them fans) is out now!” Monét wrote on Twitter. “@arianagrande and I appreciate you so much and really fuck with the support you’ve given in all forms! Go jam out.”

Listen here: https://www.amazon.com/MONOPOLY-Explicit-Ariana-Grande-Victoria/dp/B07Q3K82L6

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Justin Bieber Posts Ultrasound Photos But Says It's All an April Fools' Day Joke

Billboard.com

April Fools? Justin Bieber took to social media on Monday (April 1) to share a pregnancy announcement with fans, but the timing of the announcement has many people -- including Bieber's wife -- suggesting that it's all a big joke.

On Instagram, the superstar posted a caption-less photo of a sonogram, leading to rampant speculation in the comments that he and new wife Hailey Bieber are expecting. Hailey even took notice of the joke, commenting on the post: “very funny…”

However, Bieber then shared a follow-up post adding to the speculation. The second trio of pictures shows Hailey cradling her bare stomach at what appears to be an OB-GYN appointment.

“If U thought it was April fools,” Justin captioned the photos, further fueling the fire that Hailey could be pregnant. Of course, eagle-eyed fans on Twitter noted that the sonogram photo Bieber shared on Instagram was the same picture on the Wikipedia entry for ultrasound.

His final of three posts shows a dog hopped onto a sonogram with the caption: "Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS."

So what's the truth and what's a joke? Billboard has reached out to a rep for Bieber for confirmation and hadn't heard back as of press time.

Last month, Bieber announced that he was taking a hiatus from music, and many fans suggested he could be expecting a baby given the wording of his statement. "I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be," he wrote on March 25.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Announces 'Dedicated' Album, North American Tour Dates

Billboard.com

Carly Rae Jepsen fans rejoice! The pop star announced on Monday (April 1) that her third album, Dedicated, is set to be released May 17 via School Boy/Interscope Records and will be followed by a U.S. headlining tour this summer.

The Dedicated Tour will kick off June 27 in Anaheim, Calif. and hit 30 major cities across the country before wrapping up August 10 at The Wiltern in L.A. Tickets for the tour go on sale April 5, though fans who pre-order the album will receive an early access code starting April 2.

Carly's new album was preceded by bubbly lead single "Party For One" as well as previously-released pop confections "Now That I've Found You" and "No Drug Like Me."

August 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

August 8 - San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

August 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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Carly Rae Jepsen celebrates her love of cats in the new music video for her dance-pop banger “Now That I Found You,” released on Thursday (March 14).

With an unmistakable tribute to the classic dramedy Breakfast at Tiffany's, Jepsen gives her own rendition of Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly and her dear companion, “Cat.” After finding a fluffy orange kitty on a rainy night, the pop singer takes it in as her own and what takes place next is a cat lover's dream come true.

The platinum blonde Jepsen dances, paints and even smokes hookah around her city apartment with cats galore, wearing the stylish ensembles as the fun video progresses. “Don't give it up, don't say it hurts/ 'Cause there's nothing like this feeling, baby/ Now that I found you,” she sings on the upbeat chorus.

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