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Julia Michaels' New EP Features Songs With Selena Gomez, Niall Horan

Everything We Know About Ariana Grande’s New Album

Victoria Beckham Says She Feels Left Out of Spice Girls Reunion Tour

Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile. H.E.R., Red Hot Chili Peppers Added As Grammy Performers

Julia MichaelsJulia Michaels' New EP Features Songs With Selena Gomez, Niall Horan

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Julia Michaels released her new EP Inner Monologue Part 1 on Jan. 25, including songs featuring pals Selena Gomez and Niall Horan.

The six-song EP opens with the poignant "Anxiety," featuring Gomez, and closes with "What a Time," which calls on Horan.

Horan took to social media on Jan. 19 to share his excitement about collaborating with Michaels: "So excited about this!" he wrote. "I’m singing on @juliamichaels album and I’m over the moon. Julia is one of my very very good friends and ‘what a time’ is absolutely stunning. I’m very proud to be part of this and can’t wait for you guys to hear it."

Selena Gomez took to Instagram on Thursday (Jan. 24) to share a post about her new collaboration with Julia Michaels “Anxiety," from Michaels' brand-new EP, Inner Monologue Part 1.

Gomez posted a throwback photo of her and Michaels embracing each other, accompanied by a thoughtful caption. “My sweet soul sister. Julia you have been a huge part of my life,” Gomez wrote. “You have taught me how to have courage when I have self doubt.”

Never one to shy away from speaking about her own struggles with mental health, the 26-year-old wrote about why the song has a special meaning to her as well. “This song is extremely close to my heart as I’ve experienced anxiety and know a lot of my friends do too. You’re never alone if you feel this way. The message is much needed and I really hope you guys like it!” Gomez wrote.

“Anxiety” is the opening track on Michaels’ Inner Monologue Part 1 and explores what it means to feel hopelessly anxious. “My friends, they wanna take me to the movies/ I tell them to fuck off, I'm holding hands with my depression/ And right when I think I've overcome it/ Anxiety starts kicking in to teach that shit a lesson,” Michaels' raspy voice opens the reflective-yet-upbeat tune.

“Feel like I'm always apologizing for feeling/ Like I'm out of my mind when I'm doing just fine/ And my exes will say that I'm hard to deal with/ And I admit it, it's true,” Gomez adds along the simplistic finger-snapping sounds.

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Everything We Know About Ariana Grande’s New Album

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The wait is almost over. Ariana Grande’s next album, Thank U, Next, is set to release just in time for Valentine’s Day, and fans are anxiously looking forward to endless streaming of the pop star’s latest album.

Grande’s latest singles have already made big moves, with “Thank U, Next” spending 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (so far) and the “7 Rings” video having the biggest YouTube debut of 2019 so far, so fans are expecting nothing less from the newest album.

Release Date & Track List

The album is officially set to release on Feb. 8. Ariana dropped a couple of hints on when the album was going to come out during a Twitter Q&A this week. One fan told Ari that her birthday was on Feb. 8 and she responded with, "how convenient," leaving fans guessing that it would come out on that day.

She officially confirmed the date along with the track list via Twitter on Wednesday (Jan. 23).

The title of some tracks on the album caught the attention of fans, particularly “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” which has some speculating that the song could be about her ex Big Sean.

Technically, There's Two Different Album Covers

And the surprises keep coming. Ariana dropped the pink version of her album cover and tweeted that "this is my fav album cover i think. brian painted me. fredo shot me. made with tru, deep friendship and love. just like this music." The pink cover continues with Ariana's upside-down aesthetic.

But we're still waiting on cover number two. Ari shared quick note about the Thank U, Next album cover art on Instagram. She acknowledged the display’s black color and wrote, “i know i said the cover art was dark (and it still is) but i had two versions made …. a pink version and a dark version. one for physical one for digital. digital is pink. physical is darker. you’ll see what i mean but …. just thought i’d tell you, technically there’s two.”


Potentially Even More New Music in 2019

This probably won’t be the last time we hear from Ariana Grande this year. She’s set to go on tour for her fourth studio album Sweetener in March, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to stop working on new music. In a recent interview with Billboard, Grande said she hopes to continue making music at a rapid pace. “If I want to tour two albums at once, I’m going to tour two albums at once. If I want to drop a third album while I’m on tour [in 2019], I’ll do that too! Please. [“Thank U, Next” production duo] Social House is my opening act -- you don’t think we’re going to have a studio on the bus? That we’re not going to be making records on the road? Of course we are. I want to be able to do what is authentic and honest and natural. It’s the only way that I’ve been able to survive.”

Grande is nominated for two Grammy Awards this year: best pop solo performance for "God Is a Woman" and best pop vocal album for Sweetener. It's safe to say 2019 is off to a big start for Ariana.

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Victoria Beckham Says She Feels Left Out of Spice Girls Reunion Tour

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Victoria Beckham is sad that she's not a part of the thing she chose not to participate in. In a weekend interview with The Guardian, the pop-singer-turned-fashion-designer said that while she decided she wouldn't join Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner on their summer Spice Girls reunion swing of UK stadiums.

"I'm sure when they are on stage, a part of me will feel a bit left out," Beckham told the paper about her decision sit out the 11-date tour. "Because a part of me will always be a Spice Girl." In the profile of Beckham, 44, focused on her runaway success in fashion and busy life as a mother of four and global entrepreneur and tabloid staple, the one-time pop singer says she has absolutely no plan to make a surprise cameo when the tour kicks off on May 29 in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium. "No. Definitely not," she said, noting that it wasn't hard to choose.

The Spice Girls are ready to “spice up your life” once again. The English pop girl group announced that they will embark on their first tour since 2008 via social media on Monday (Nov. 5). Although Victoria Beckham will not be joining them, the other four spice girls (Mel B, Emma Bunton, Melanie C and Geri Halliwell) are set to perform six shows across the U.K.

The minute-long video teasing the tour shows the girls squabbling while on a newscast. They eventually break into “Spice Up Your Life” as tour dates rush onto the screen.

Hours before the official announcement, Mel B teased reunion news on the British panel show Loose Women. She mentioned that while right now there are only U.K. dates, she and her fellow group members would like to go on a world tour in the future.

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Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile. H.E.R., Red Hot Chili Peppers Added As Grammy Performers

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The second round of performers for the upcoming 61st Grammy Awards were announced on Thursday morning (Jan. 24) and the list has a little bit for just about everyone.

Topping the roster is what the Recording Academy promised will be a slam-dunk "unforgettable Grammy moment" when Grammy winners Red Hot Chili Peppers join Post Malone on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Feb. 10 show.

In addition to that dynamic duo, the Alicia Keys-hosted broadcast on CBS will feature performances from Grammy nominees H.E.R., Miley Cyrus and Brandi Carlile.

That group joins the previously announced list of performers slated to play the show: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and Kacey Musgraves; Malone was named when the first group was revealed several weeks ago.

t will be the first Grammy performance for Carlile, who is up for six awards, including record and song of the year ("The Joke"), album of the year and best Americana album (By the Way, I Forgive You) and best American roots performance and song ("The Joke"). It's also H.E.R.'s Grammy performance debut on a night when she is up for album of the year and best R&B album (H.E.R.), best new artist, best R&B performance ("Best Part") and best R&B song ("Focus").

The 61st annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

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