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ABC/Image Group LATaylor Swift, the music industry's self-professed "resident loud person," drew a line in the sand against Scooter Braun during her 15-minute acceptance speech of Billboard's Woman of the Decade Award on Thursday.

Swift attended Billboard's Women in Music event and started off her fiery speech by reflecting on her experiences throughout the decade.  Most notably, however, when her former label sold her music catalog -- reportedly without her content -- to the mega-producer.

"Lately there's been a new shift that has affected me personally and that I feel is a potentially harmful force in our industry," The now-30-year-old prefaced before digging into the meat of the controversy.  "And that is the unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying our music as if it's real estate."

After remarking that Braun never contacted her about his intention of buying her music, Swift adds, "I'm fairly certain he knew exactly how I would feel about it, though."

She then remarks, "And let me just say that the definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying 'But he's always been nice to me' when I'm raising valid concerns about artists and their rights to own their music."

Swift cheekily adds, "And of course he's nice to you.  If you're in this room you have something he needs."

The Lover artist then turns to her initial concerns by stating, "The fact is that private equity is what enabled this man to think, according to his own social media post, that he could 'buy me.'  But, I'm obviously not going willingly."

Swift then thanked the women in the industry who "had my back" and that she will never forget their kindness "like, ever" -- a reference to her 2012 hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

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ABC/Image Group LA"I figured out at a young age that when you control what music you put out by writing it, then you get to control your own sound."  

Taylor Swift said that, but here's the thing: She said it in 2006, as her debut album was coming out. Which proves that Taylor, who turns 30 today, has been remarkably consistent about what's important to her since the day she became famous.

As a teen, Taylor realized the only way to make herself stand out was to write her own material.  "That way, I wouldn't have to depend on anybody creatively," she said in 2006. And as she begins her third decade, what continues to set her apart is how she shares her life -- the good and the bad -- through her songs.  It's what's allowed her to build one of the most loyal fan bases in music.

"I've been very honest about the fact that I entrust my fans, and also the rest of the world who don't understand, with the insight into what I'm actually going through," she told ABC's Amy Robach in 2014 on Good Morning America.  "And somehow to me, having the people who get me -- really get me -- makes it easier to take when other people don't, because I don't really care about them. Because I have [my fans]."

"I think that you have to not only live your life in spite of people who don't understand you: You have to have more fun than they do," Taylor told Robach about the haters.

While her critics are numerous -- from music journalists, to Kanye West, to Scooter Braun, to trolls who tried to "cancel" her back in 2017 -- Taylor survived and thrived.  After switching from country to pop with her smash album 1989, she became an even bigger star, and her latest album, Lover, has earned her some of the best reviews of her career.

"I really want to keep evolving sonically and keep growing up year by year, one year at a time," Taylor told Robach.

In 2020, the 30-year old star will bring her fans her first music festival, Lover Fest, and she may win a Golden Globe -- or even an Oscar -- for her CATS song, "Beautiful Ghosts."  And while we'll see what the future holds for Taylor and her longtime boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, she seems to be in a very good place indeed.

As Taylor told Billboard, which recently named her its Woman of the Decade, "I’ve got my friends, who like me for the right reasons. I’ve got my family. I’ve got my boyfriend. I’ve got my fans. I’ve got my cats."

Here are just a few stats from Taylor's amazing career:

-- 37.3 million albums sold, according to Nielsen Music.
-- 95 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including five number ones.
-- 10 Grammys, including two for Album of the Year; she was the first female solo artist to win that category twice.
-- 29 American Music Awards, more than any other artist.
-- 23 Billboard Music Awards.
-- 12 Country Music Association Awards.
-- Five world tours, including the Reputation Stadium Tour, the highest-grossing trek in U.S. history.

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ABC/ Heidi GutmanNow that the decade is coming to an end, YouTube is looking back on the most popular music videos of the past 10 years.  And the most-viewed video of the decade is...

..."Despacito" by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

The clip, shot in Puerto Rico, has racked up more than 6.56 billion views since it first debuted in 2017.  And while the addition of Justin Bieber to the song helped it stay at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for an amazing 16 weeks, the video only features Luis and Daddy Yankee's original Spanish version of the song -- Justin isn't in it.

The second most popular clip of the decade comes from Ed Sheeran, who's the only artist to have two videos in the top 10.  Ed's "Shape of You" video scored 4.52 billion views; his clip for "Thinking Out Loud" ranks number 10 with 2.86 billion views.

The rest of the top 10 includes the clips for such smash hits as "See You Again," by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars and "Sugar" by Maroon 5.  

The number five video is one you may have forgotten about: PSY's "GANGNAM STYLE," which grabbed 3.47 billion views.

Here's YouTube's full list of the most-viewed music videos of the decade:

1. Luis Fonsi -- "Despacito" ft. Daddy Yankee,  6,558,078,465
2. Ed Sheeran -- "Shape of You," 4,517,718,066
3. Wiz Khalifa -- "See You Again" ft. Charlie Puth,  4,320,523,808
4. Mark Ronson -- "Uptown Funk"  ft. Bruno Mars 3,732,564,526
5. PSY -- "GANGNAM STYLE," 3,471,161,219
6. Justin Bieber -- "Sorry," 3,225,301,301
7. Maroon 5 -- "Sugar," 3,086,744,534
8. Katy Perry -- "Roar," 2,968,228,909
9. OneRepublic -- "Counting Stars," 2,883,120,697
10. Ed Sheeran -- "Thinking Out Loud," 2,864,887,373

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImagesJustin Bieber has been open about his mental health struggles this year, and that openness will apparently be carrying over into his music.

An insider tells E! News that Justin’s upcoming album will include songs “about his ups and downs” and “recent struggles with depression.” The source adds that those songs will also address how his wife, Hailey Baldwin, "helped him through that time."

"He also writes a lot of about their love and the power of their love being different than anything else he's experienced," the insider says. "It's a familiar sound that the fans will love. He's doing what he does best and everyone is really looking forward to getting it out there for the world to enjoy."

As for when we can expect the album, Justin’s reportedly putting the finishing touches on it now with the goal of releasing it in early 2020. Wednesday, Justin shared three posts on Instagram that just said, "2020," hinting he has something coming in the new year.

"Justin is very excited to share new music and to get out on the road again,” the source says. “It's been a long time coming and he's feeling very ready."

Justin’s last album was 2016’s Purpose.

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Kesha: Dana Trippe; Ava Max: Lauren DunnTwo female pop powerhouses dropped new music Thursday.

First up is Kesha, with another track from her upcoming album, High Road.  The song is called "Resentment," and it features Kesha singing with Wrabel, her longtime musical collaborator who co-wrote the song, as well as Americana star Sturgill Simpson and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson.

The country-flavored song comes with a video Kesha shot on her iPhone 11 Pro, which features her moodily wandering around in a bedroom, bathroom and living room as she sings the song about her feelings for her significant other.

“Resentment is such a powerful and destructive emotion and in my experience is more complex than hate or anger,” Kesha says in a statement.

As for her three collaborators, Kesha says, "Brian Wilson is one of my personal musical heroes, so when he said he would collaborate with me on the recording…that moment was one of the most exciting in my career."

"Then add in Sturgill who I respect and admire so much, as well as my close friend, the insanely talented songwriter Wrabel, and this record felt more like a dream than just another song to me," Kesha adds.

High Road has now been pushed to January 31 because new music is being added to it.  Also next month, Kesha will announce a headlining U.S. tour.

Meanwhile, Ava Max has released yet another single, this time the fan favorite, "Salt," which has been floating around YouTube since July. It's now finally available at all DSPs and is one of a handful of singles the "Sweet but Psycho" singer has released in 2019.

Ava will perform on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020, airing live on December 31.

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ABC/Lou RoccoWho run the world? Girls!  Well, women, actually.

Forbes has released its annual list of the World's Most Powerful Women, and three superstar female musicians have made the cut: Rihanna, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Rihanna is #61 on the list, not because of her music, but because of her success with her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, which grossed an estimated $570 million last year.  She's also on the list due to her other business ventures, namely her new fashion line with LVMH, and her lingerie line, Savage X Fenty.

Beyoncé is #66 on the list, thanks to her On the Run II stadium tour with hubby JAY-Z, her Homecoming live album and Netflix special, her new partnership with Adidas to relaunch her Ivy Park brand of activewear, and her role as the voice of Nala in The Lion KingForbes also notes that Jay-Z is now a billionaire thanks to his investments in art, liquor and the music business.

Finally, Taylor Swift comes in at #71 on the list, thanks to her recent political activism, her new record deal, her insistence that her new record label share the proceeds of the future sale of its $1 billion stake in Spotify with its artists, and the fact that her Reputation stadium tour was the highest-grossing in U.S. history, raking in just over $266 million.

The rest of the list includes such powerhouses as German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- who's number one on the list --  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Courtesy AmazonLast week, there were reports that Apple TV had paid $25 million for the rights to air a documentary on Billie Eilish.  Now, Amazon has reportedly matched that sum for the rights to a documentary about Rihanna.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the untitled documentary is directed by Peter Berg, who also directed the singer in the 2012 movie Battleship, which inspired the name of Rihanna's fan army: The Navy.

Amazon declined to comment on the $25 million figure. The film, which Berg started working on years ago, is being described as an "unfiltered" look at Rihanna's life, and provides insights into her work ethic, family, sense of humor and love life courtesy of its "unparalleled access" to her.  Berg reportedly shot more than 1,200 hours of footage for the film.

In 2017, Berg talked about the project with The Hollywood Reporter, saying he traveled around Europe with Rihanna and her entourage, where he ended up getting a "very front-row seat" to "something horrific." 

It seems Berg was with Rihanna in 2016 when she traveled to Nice, France to do a concert on Bastille Day -- the same day a truck driver purposely ran into and killed a crowd of people in that city.  The terrorist attack took place right in front of their hotel, according to Berg.

No word on when the Rihanna documentary will hit Amazon Prime Video.

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Jason HetheringtonLiam Payne says he and Harry Styles have been going in very different directions since One Direction.

“I’m like the Antichrist version of what Harry is,” he tells The Face magazine, explaining that their post-1D musical styles are “polar opposite.”

Out of all the members of 1D – not counting departing group member Zayn -- Liam admits Harry is the one he feels the least close to these days.

“I speak to Louis [Tomlinson] quite regularly,” he says. “I feel like I know where I stand with Niall [Horan]. But with Harry, there’s so much mystery around who he’s kind of become. I was actually genuinely looking at some pictures of him the other day, and I just thought, 'I don’t know what more I’d say to him other than, "Hello" and "How are you?"’”

Lately, Harry's been exploring a more flamboyant style of fashion, and while Liam says he wouldn't wear those clothes himself, he supports Harry for doing what he wants.

“Do you know what? For me, it’s a case of fair play to him for doing what he f****** wants,” Liam says.

“If he wants to wear one earring and go to the Met Gala wearing something unexpected, what of it? Fair f****** play. I couldn’t put myself in that. I’d look f*****d… It’d look weird.”

Liam’s debut solo album, LP1, is out now. Harry’s sophomore solo album, Fine Line, comes out tomorrow.

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TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift is one of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year -- of course -- but instead of doing an interview with Taylor herself, they went to someone who worked with her: Brendon Urie, lead singer of "High Hopes" band Panic! at the Disco and Taylor's duet partner on her song "ME!"

In his essay, Brendon writes that he'd been a fan of Taylor's "for years," and used to play her 2012 #1 hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" "whenever an acoustic guitar was around."

"We met for the first time to record my parts for 'ME!,' Taylor greeted me with the warmest hug," writes Brendon. "I remember being sick as hell and her being so kind about me coughing everywhere. I swear my health got better immediately after."

"As a songwriter...what she writes is so honest, and it shines through the lyrics’ marriage to the melodies," he continues. "I’m [also] not sure if people realize what a clever sense of humor she has. I’m amazed at her command of a room using humor."

However, Brendon notes, "I’d say that the most admirable thing about Taylor is her kindness. Amidst all of the chaos that comes with her level of success, she never lets any of it take her out of her element."

You can read the full essay at

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Interscope RecordsStop referring it to SG2: Selena Gomez has announced the official title of her long-awaited new album, as well as the track listing.

The album, due January 10, is called RARE and is now available for pre-order at digital retailers.

The standard version of the album has 13 tracks, two of which include guest stars: "Crowded Room" features rapper 6LACK, while "A Sweeter Place" features Kid Cudi. A one-minute album teaser video features snippets of the title track, as well as "A Sweeter Place" and a song titled "Cut You Off"

A deluxe edition of RARE, only available at Target, will also include many of the singles Selena has released over the past few years: the Marshmello collab “Wolves,” “Back to You,” “Bad Liar,” the Kygo collab “It Ain’t Me,” and “Fetish,” featuring Gucci Mane.

In addition to the deluxe edition of the album, RARE will also be available as a box set with custom photos, as a limited-edition autographed CD, and on vinyl in multiple colors.  Visit Selena's online store to see all the choices.

On Instagram, Selena wrote, "It’s the most honest music I’ve ever made and I can’t wait for you to hear my heart."

RARE also features Selena's first number-one hit, "Lose You to Love Me," as well as the single "Look at Her Now."

Here's the RARE track listing:

"Dance Again"
"Look at Her Now"
"Lose You to Love Me"
"People You Know"
"Let Me Get Me"
"Crowded Room" ft. 6LACK
"Kinda Crazy"
"Cut You Off"
"A Sweeter Place" ft. Kid Cudi

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Sam MasseyNormani's voice is the star of a new ad promoting the NBA's lineup on Christmas Day.

Basketball fans will enjoy a five-game slate December 25 on either ESPN, ABC, or both.  In the ad, Normani sings a new version of the seasonal classic "Winter Wonderland," re-titled "Ballin' in a Winter Wonderland."  As she sings, we see a snow globe full of footage of players competing on the court, with the basketball digitally replaced with an image of a giant snowball.

"NBA, Christmas greetings/ The league's best are competing/ To try to be cheered/The Klaw will be feared/ Ballin' in a Christmas Wonderland," Normani sings. "Match-ups are tight/Games all day and night/ Ballin' in a Christmas Wonderland."

Here's the ESPN NBA lineup for Christmas Day:

Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors (12 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors (5 p.m. ET, ABC)
Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers (8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN)
New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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dick clark productionsThe Jonas Brothers are ringing in the new year live from Miami.

Nick, Joe and Kevin will deliver the first performance of 2020 on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. They’ll hit the stage just after midnight.

As previously reported, Ryan Seacrest will hold things down live in New York's Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, while on the West Coast, Ciara will host performances by Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Dan Shay, Green Day, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, Salt-N-Pepa, SHAED and more.

Pose star Billy Porter hosts the New Orleans portion of the show, with Sheryl Crow and Usher performing.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 gets underway on December 31 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Lisa Rose/NBCAfter being spotted hanging around recording studios, Justin Bieber dropped a major hint that he has new music coming out soon.

On Wednesday, the "Sorry" singer started uploading images and videos to his Instagram that only said "2020" in bulky white letters against a black starry sky.  In his Instagram Stories, the stars silently twinkle, almost like cameras flashing in a dark stadium, in the seven second video.

The video was captionless, as were the photos.

Bieber hasn't released a studio album since 2015's Purpose. While he hasn't worked on any individual tracks over the past four years, he did jump on a few collaborations --  most notably Luis Fonsi's 2017 summer smash "Despacito" and Ed Sheeran's "I Don't Care." 

However, rumors of a complete comeback began swirling in July when Bieber tweeted that he had "Some good music coming."  Then, on October 8, those rumors intensified when the 25-year-old confirmed on Twitter that he "Finished something very special in the studio tonight."

It is unknown if 2020 will bring new Bieber songs or an entire album. His timing, however, is raising some eyebrows that there might be an ulterior reason as to why he set his sights on 2020.

Ex Selena Gomez, who also hasn't released a studio album since 2015, recently announced that she will be releasing her new album SG2 on January 10. 

While it's unknown when exactly Bieber will issue his rumored new music, fans aren't ruling out the possibility that he might drop something at the same time considering the black and white themes used in both Bieber's "2020" announcement and Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" music video, to which fans believed the latter was a diss track against her ex-boyfriend.



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David M. Russell, ABC EntertainmentThis year, AJ Mitchell toured the world, performed at the MTV VMAs and scored hits with "All My Friends" and "Slow Dance."  But the best is yet to come for the 18-year-old singer:  He's finally moving out of his parents' house and into his own with his buddy Shawn.

"My parents feel good [about it], and I am so excited!" he told ABC Audio after his appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday. "I've been waiting for this day, like, my whole life -- to be able to just move out.  And I've also been talking to Shawn about this forever...moving out and getting our own place, and now it's finally happening at the end this month!"

So what's the first thing they're going to do in their new pad?  Well, not what you'd think.

"We're gonna decorate!" he tells ABC Audio. "I'm ready to just, like, put everything away, just start decorating the house. We're gonna go shopping, get everything we need, maybe set up a Christmas tree."

AJ's also gearing up for the release of his debut album, Skyview, coming early 2020.  In 2019, AJ's released about 10 singles, and he says he'll keep doing so until Skyview arrives.

"With each song, it seems just gets more...and more streams, and the next one gets bigger than the next one," he says. "And the next one gets bigger than that one...we just keep seeing this ripple effect."

But "Slow Dance," AJ's duet with Ava Max, has been the big radio hit, which thrills him.

"It's one of the coolest feelings in the be able to hear, like, a Post Malone song play and then right after, 'Slow Dance' plays," he gushes. "It's honestly so surreal to me."

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ABC/Image Group LATaylor Swift's Reputation stadium tour was a massive success, but when it comes to promoting her latest album Lover, she's doing something completely opposite: a series of festival dates.  Taylor says she's doing it in part because she likes to keep people guessing.

Billboard'Woman of the Decade tells the publication, "I haven’t really done festivals in years -- not since I was a teenager. That’s something that [the fans] don’t expect from me, so that’s why I wanted to do it.”

Taylor's live schedule starts April 5 in Atlanta, GA, with a performance at Capital One Jamfest, part of the NCAA's March Madness music festival.  Then in June, she'll start a string of European festival dates which will see her performing in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Spain, France, Portugal, the U.K. and Brazil. 

Those shows represent her first concert ever on the continent of South America, and her first shows ever in Denmark, Portugal and Poland.

Then in July and August, Taylor brings Lover Fest -- her own curated festival -- to stadiums in the U.S. Lover Fest West takes place in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA on July 25 and 26, and Lover Fest East will take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 21 and August 1.

While the other artists on the bill and the details of Lover Fest are still a mystery, Taylor says, “[I want to] challenge myself with new things and at the same time keep giving my fans something to connect to.”

Taylor's final announced live performance of 2019 will be this Friday -- her 30th birthday -- at New York's Madison Square part of a festival.

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Dave Meyer/Republic RecordsAfter weeks of teases, Ariana Grande has now given fans some concrete information on her upcoming live album, which documents her soon-to-be-concluded Sweetener world tour.

Ari posted an Instagram video of herself singing her "Goodnight n Go" -- her interpolation of Imogen Heap's song "Goodnight and Go" -- and captioned it "Swt live available to pre save now."

In another post, she wrote, "something sweet n special to say thank u for this year."

While she didn't share a release date or a title for the set, she did tell a fan that the album will be arriving "this year."

A fan site called Ariana Grande Today has also shared a track list for the album, but it's not clear if it's official.  It includes all the hits from Sweetener and thank u, next that you'd expect, as well as other tracks including "Dangerous Woman," "Break Free" and "Side to Side." There's also a version of "Tattooed Heart," from Ari's first album, Yours Truly.

The upcoming collection will be Ariana's third album in two years, following 2018's Sweetener this year's thank u, next. Well, fourth, if you count the Charlies' Angels soundtrack, which she executive produced and on which she's heavily featured.

The Sweetener world tour wraps up December 22 in Inglewood, California.

swt live 🌑 available to pre save now

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 11, 2019

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ABC/Image Group LAIn 2019, people wanted to know more about hits by Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga.

Google has released its annual "Year in Searches" list, broken into categories such as "weddings," "babies," "athletes," "news," "actors," "TV shows" and more.  The most searched-for song in the U.S. 2019 was, unsurprisingly, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X, which topped the chart for 19 weeks.

Number two on the list was Ariana Grande's "7 Rings," which was number one for eight weeks.  Lady Gaga's Oscar-winning soundtrack hit "Shallow" was third on the list, followed by Post Malone's "Sunflower" at four and Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" at number five.

The rest of the top 10: Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me," Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," Ariana's "thank u, next," City Girls' "Act Up," and Billie Eilish's "bury a friend."

When it came to the most-searched for musicians of the year, many of the searches were based on those musicians getting into trouble.  Embattled singer R. Kelly was number one, followed by 21 Savage, who was arrested by ICE in February.  A$AP Rocky, who was arrested in Sweden in July, was number five, while Tekashi 6ix9ine, who pleaded guilty to racketeering, weapons and drug charges this past year, was number nine.

As for the other searches, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Lizzo all made the top 10 because they had super-successful years, while '80s hair metal band likely Mötley Crüe made the list because of their popular Netflix biopic, The Dirt

R&B icon Gladys Knight was also on the list, likely because of her controversial decision to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl or because she was on The Masked Singer. 

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Courtesy Amazon MusicChristmas is a few weeks away, and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has already reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.  But it's number one on another, equally significant chart.

For the second holiday season in a row, according to Billboard, the song has topped the Streaming Songs chart.  In the past tracking week, it racked up more than 35 million streams and jumped from number 11 to number one.

This is the earliest Mariah's song has reached number one on that chart, and the first time a holiday song has done so before the season has ended.

If you want to learn the story behind the song, you can now watch Amazon Music's mini-documentary Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You."  It features interviews with Randy Jackson -- who worked at Mariah's record label at the time -- as well as her former backup singer Trey Lorenz and several industry experts.

In the doc, Mariah explains that making a Christmas song that reflected what the holiday means to her was very important because as a kid, her "incredibly dysfunctional family" would "ruin" Christmas "every year." 

She recalls vowing that, "When I grow up, I'm gonna make Christmas perfect every year." 

Well, mission accomplished, thanks to the song.

"It's grown in popularity over the years," Mariah marvels. "And that's the thing that's amazing to me."

Mariah also says her favorite line in the song is "I won't even wish for snow."  Why?  Because, she says, "I always wish for snow. I always want it to be, like, a special festive winter wonderland. I always have."

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Atlantic Records2019 is officially the year of Lizzo.  The eight-time Grammy nominee has been named Entertainer of the Year by TIME magazine.

“ARE.. YOU.. NOT.. ENTERTAINED?!?,” the “Truth Hurts” singer/rapper commented on Instagram as she posted her TIME cover photo. “thank you @time for naming me Entertainer of the Year."

After years of struggle, including living in her car, Lizzo emerged as the breakthrough artist of 2019 with her double platinum hit “Truth Hurts,” and two platinum singles, “Good as Hell,” and ”Juice.”

“Truth Hurts” tied the record for the most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a rap song by a female artist. It was on top of the chart for seven weeks, equaling the mark set in 2014 by “Fancy,” by Iggy Azaela featuring Charli XCX.

The Hustlers star is proud to see women of color being recognized.  "Being a black woman is popping but like right now in mainstream culture like we’re finally getting a little more respect and getting our due,” Lizzo says.

As her success continues, the 31-year-old entertainer wants to expand her career into writing and directing.

"I’m really into like sci-fi, so don’t be surprised if I don’t make like sci-fi fantasy historical fiction romance novel [with] tons of alien sex," she says with a laugh.

Lizzo is known for posting nudes, and as a full-figured woman, she want to be the leader in changing society's concept of beauty.

“If that encourages one person to take a picture of their body," she says, "then I’ve done my job."  

Lizzo will appear on Saturday Night Live on December 21 along with host Eddie Murphy.  She'll also ring in 2020 by performing on New Year’s Eve at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Sami DrasinTaylor Swift has been named Billboard's Woman of the Decade, and in a cover story for the publication, she admits she wouldn't have any advice for the Taylor of 10 years ago.

"I would have done everything exactly the same way," she tells Billboard. "Because even the really tough things I’ve gone through taught me things that I never would have learned any other way."

"I really appreciate my experience, the ups and downs," she adds. "And maybe that seems ridiculously Zen, but … I’ve got my friends, who like me for the right reasons. I’ve got my family. I’ve got my boyfriend. I’ve got my fans. I’ve got my cats."

Taylor also discusses her plans to re-record all her albums starting next year. It's an attempt to devalue her original albums, now owned by her alleged enemy, Scooter Braun.

"The reason I’m rerecording my because I do want my music to live on," she explains. "I do want it to be in movies, I do want it to be in commercials. But I only want that if I own it."

"[The rerecording is] going to be fun, because it’ll feel like regaining a freedom and taking back what’s mine," she says, explaining, "Going back in and knowing that [these songs] meant something to people is actually a really beautiful way to celebrate what the fans have done for my music."

Taylor also reveals the reason she's not doing a regular tour next year.

"This is a year where I have to be there for my family -- there’s a lot of question marks throughout the next year, so I wanted to make sure that I could go home,” she says.  Billboard notes she's likely referring to her mom's ongoing cancer battle.

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