Oct 19

Listen now: In new song, James Arthur can’t fill the “Empty Space”

Olaf HeineJames Arthur is having a tough time letting go of an old love in his new song, “Empty Space.”

The emotionally raw song starts off with James in denial over the pain he’s in, before the confessional chorus kicks in. “I’m alone in my head/Looking for love in a stranger’s bed/But I don’t think I’ll find it/’Cause only you could fill this empty space,” he sings.

“This song is for anyone who has ever deeply loved and lost someone dear to them, and is then faced with the struggle of trying to fill that void," James says in a statement to Billboard. "It is about coming to terms with the fact that only that special person can truly fill the empty space.”

James is currently working on his upcoming album with Ryan Tedder and hitmaking songwriters Justin Tranter and Max Martin. A release date has yet to be announced.

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   Oct 19

“…Baby One More Time” 20th anniversary: Vinyl coming soon, new merch collection available now

Jive/Legacy RecordingsThis news might "drive you crazy" : October 23 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Britney Spears' debut single "...Baby One More Time." To celebrate that milestone, there's a bunch of new stuff to buy.

Britney's debut album, also called ...Baby One More Time, is being released on picture vinyl for the first time.  One side of the disc features the album cover, while the other has an image of Britney from an early photo shoot.  You can pre-order that now; it'll be released on November 23.

While you're waiting for that, a limited-edition "...Baby One More Time" line of merchandise is now available online now.  Among the goodies up for grabs: mugs, weekender bags, keychains, lithographs, t-shirts, hoodies and more. 

For $300, you'll get all those things, plus the picture vinyl, a baseball cap and a framed and personalized 20th anniversary plaque.

Meanwhile, Britney's newly-announced Las Vegas residency at the Park MGM, Domination, will open in February.

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   Oct 19

Watch Lady Gaga belt emotional ‘A Star Is Born’ ballad, “I’ll Never Love Again”

Peter LindberghThe music video for Lady Gaga’s emotional A Star Is Born ballad, “I’ll Never Love Again,” has arrived.

The clip, available on Apple Music, features scenes from Gaga’s climactic performance of the song in the film, as well as scenes from the love story between her character, Ally, and Bradley Cooper’s Jackson.

Gaga previously told Entertainment Weekly that she filmed the “I’ll Never Love Again” scene at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles the same day her best friend, Sonja Durham, died of cancer.

“When I came back [to set], Bradley was so gentle with me and we got through it,” she said. “I performed the song. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it again. It’s okay.’ All I wanted to do was sing. I’ll never forget that day. It was really a special scene, and I’ll always remember that moment.”

Gaga co-wrote the song with her "Million Reasons" collaborator Hillary Lindsey.

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