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Oscar-nominated songs by Sam Smith, Whitney Houston & more to be performed on ‘American...

ABC/Eric McCandless The American Idol top 12 finalists are whisking viewers off to the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Numbers ranging from classic films including The Wizard of Oz and Dirty Dancing to modern favorites such as The Greatest Showman and La La Land will all be center stage during the broadcast, where the theme is Academy Award-nominated songs. Billboard reports that Alyssa Wray will perform the empowering "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman, while Ava August will sing Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's duet, "City of Stars," from the Oscar-winning La La Land. Casey Bishop will tackle the timeless "Over the Rainbow," while Cassie Coleman performs Sam Smith's "Writing's On the Wall," from the James Bond flick Spectre, and Grace Kinstler offers her take on Pharrell's "Happy," from Despicable Me 2. Madison Watkins will pay tribute to Whitney Houston with a performance of "Run to You" from The Bodyguard, and Willie Spence will sing "Stand Up," from ..

Taylor Swift surpasses The Beatles’ UK chart record as ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ hits number...

Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Taylor Swift just one-upped The Beatles. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) has hit number one on the British album charts, surpassing The Beatles’ all-time record for the fastest accumulation of three number-one albums in the U.K. According to the Official Charts Company, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) gives Taylor her third chart-topping album in the U.K. in just 259 days, following folkore on July 31 and evermore on December 18. The Beatles previously held the record for 54 years, after scoring three chart-toppers in 364 days between 1965 and 1966, with Help!, Rubber Soul and Revolver. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) also marks Taylor’s seventh U.K. number-one album overall. She’s now third among female artists with the most chart-topping albums in Britain, after Madonna, who has 12, and Kylie Minogue, with eight. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Lance Bass says NSYNC was “scared” to release ‘No Strings Attached’

Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage Lance Bass admits that NSYNC went into their blockbuster 2000 album, No Strings Attached, with a sense of trepidation. In an interview with Us Weekly, Lance reveals that at the time of the album's release, the band was embroiled in a legal battle with late record producer and manager Lou Pearlman, who was later the subject of the 2019 documentary The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story, focusing on the creation of his Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $1 billion. Lance says the release of No Strings Attached came at a "crazy time" in the group's life as they were trying to part ways with Pearlman while capitalizing on the success of their RIAA Diamond-certified debut album. “I was very young. I think I was 19 years old or 18 years old at the time, so I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing," Lance explains. "But I knew that we had such success with the first album that the second album is your make it or break it ..