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Bruno Mars Wraps Massive '24K Magic' World Tour: 'I Don't Know What Happens Next'

Christina Aguilera Turned Down by Local New Orleans' Band After Asking to Sing With Them

Lady Gaga Talks Keeping 'A Star Is Born' Mementos, Watching The Film Incognito in 'Variety' Cover Story

Bruno MarsBruno Mars Wraps Massive '24K Magic' World Tour: 'I Don't Know What Happens Next'

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Bruno Mars ended his 200-date 24K Magic Tour world tour with a three-night stint at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, capping off the massive outing on Sunday night (Nov.11) with a blow-out for his home state fans.

The tour’s final show served as a sort of homecoming for Mars, who is originally from Honolulu. Mars has been promoting his 2016 Grammy-winning album 24K Magic since March 2017 and on November 12 he shared his thoughts about wrapping his global journey.

“I don’t know what happens next…but I can’t wait to find out,” Mars tweeted along with video from the final show. “Thank you Hawaii for letting us end The #24kmagicworldtour in style!"

In honor of the tour’s end, and in support of his home state, Mars announced on Sunday that he will be donating 24,000 meals to Hawaii residents this Thanksgiving.

He tweeted: “I don’t know what happens next... but I can’t wait to find out. Thank you Hawaii for letting us end The #24kmagicworldtour in style!”

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Christina Aguilera Turned Down by Local New Orleans' Band After Asking to Sing With Them

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While on the road for her Liberation tour, Christina Aguilera asked to sing with a band in a New Orleans bar on Thursday (Nov. 8), but was turned down.

The night before her show at The Saenger Theater, Xtina stopped by Cafe Negril, a popular bar on Frenchmen Street. Claude Bryant and the All Stars, a local reggae band that plays every Thursday, was performing at the bar, according to eyewitness reports.

After spending most of the night dancing, Aguilera eventually went up to the band's frontman Claude Bryant and asked if she could join them for a song.

Aguilera was turned down, though. In a video captured by a fan, Xtina is seen talking to Bryant at the bar as he denies her the microphone. “You don’t want that? Oh, it’s OK. I don’t have to sing,” she can be heard saying, but appears to take it all in stride.

The next night, during her Liberation tour, Aguilera commented on the situation. “I go to this little bar and there’s this live band playing, and I was with a couple of my dancers and I was just like, ‘Let me just get up on stage and jam with this guy. Maybe I’ll sing a song or whatever and be fun,’” she told the audience. “He would not give me the mic. He was, like, a little older and he was just like, he was not feeling it. He was not gonna give up his mic. I was like, ‘Oh, I just want to come just let me come up,’ and he just said, ‘What, are you gonna dance for me?’ I was like, ‘No, I just want to sing a song with you."

“So I was like, ‘OK I'll just save it for tomorrow, then.’ It’s alright," she continued. "It’s all good. He was like, ‘Don’t hurt yourself!’ I was like, OK. This is just -- you’re not feeling me. It’s OK. I’m just gonna depart ways. Be on my little merry way. Find somewhere else to go."

Bryant later told WGNO that it was all because he didn't recognize the Grammy winner. “I’m sorry, Christina. I just didn't recognize you! I didn't recognize her because she had a cap over here head and over her eyes. She was in a jersey. She didn't introduce herself to me,” he said. “I asked her if she wanted to dance and she said that she wanted to sing. I started playing the beginning riff of the song, ‘No, No, No’ by Bob Marley, but then her bodyguard picked her up off the stage and she left.”

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Lady Gaga Talks Keeping 'A Star Is Born' Mementos, Watching The Film Incognito in 'Variety' Cover Story

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Lady Gaga discusses the permanent impact A Star Is Born has had on her life in an interview for Variety magazine’s latest cover story.

“I still feel Ally inside of me,” Gaga said. “I wonder how long she’ll stay. Or if she’ll be in there forever.”

In the photographs for the article, shot at Gaga’s Malibu home before she evacuated due to fires, Gaga chose to wear the taupe men’s collared shirt that Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine gives to Ally in the film, a visual demonstration of the way her real life is now interwoven with A Star Is Born.

“They are things I will want to show my little girl or little boy and say, ‘Here they are. You can touch them,’” Gaga said of the mementos she took from the film, which also include Ally’s songbook and a bottle of Mr. Bubble from the bathtub scene. “I want them to have a close, tangible, poetic experience with the film the way I have.”

Gaga compares the film’s profound impact on her to the enormous success of her 2009 album The Fame Monster, which cemented her status as a pop megastar. “This feels for me very much like that, but in a different way, because I have all the wisdom slash pain and betrayal of the last 10 years,” Gaga told Variety.

Although she has not read any of the reviews of A Star Is Born, Gaga did reveal that has watched the film an estimated five to 10 times. Recently, she went to watch it at a local movie theater unnoticed, sneaking out before the film’s heartbreaking ending. “I feel so entrenched in the character that the second half of the film is so emotional and tragic," Gaga said. “I have to take myself out of it.”

The box office smash has grossed more than $300 billion since early October, and has received a significant amount of Oscar buzz. In the interview, Gaga confirmed that if the film’s chart-topping song “Shallow” is nominated for an Oscar for best song, she’ll perform it at the ceremony “one hundred percent.” Cooper even chimed in to reveal he would sing the duet live with Gaga in a “cool, unorthodox way.”

For Gaga, an outspoken advocate of women’s rights, the passionate dialogue between Ally and Maine in “Shallow” is what has given the song such a strong impact. “To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful…It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other," she said.

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