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Miley Cyrus Adds a Pop Twist to Talking Heads’ Classic “Psycho Killer”

Miley Cyrus has once again demonstrated her musical versatility with a fresh take on Talking Heads’ 1977 classic, “Psycho Killer.” Released at midnight on Friday, May 17, the cover is part of the compilation album Everyone’s Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, a formal tribute to the iconic new wave band, now available.

Cyrus’ rendition infuses the original eerie single with a pop flair, featuring turned-up ’80s synth sounds, a party vibe, and her signature faded vocals. This charged-up version transforms “Psycho Killer” into a dance-ready track, adding a new dimension to one of Talking Heads’ most famous songs.

The “Flowers” singer first hinted at her cover in March, performing a country-style version during an intimate set at Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont. Midway through her rendition, she playfully told the audience, “If you know this song, this is the regular part,” before diving into the chorus.

Earlier in the year, Cyrus collaborated with Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne during her New Year’s Eve special, where they performed hits like David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Byrne’s “Everybody’s Coming to My House.”

The tribute album, featuring 16 covers from the band’s 1984 live album Stop Making Sense, was announced by A24 Music in January. Besides Cyrus, the album includes contributions from artists like The National, Paramore, Lorde, and BADBADNOTGOOD.

Cyrus has had a busy year, following her recent Grammy wins. She released her first single of the year, “Doctor (Work It Out),” produced by Pharrell Williams, in March. She also collaborated with Beyoncé on the duet “II Most Wanted” from Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter album, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Reflecting on her collaboration with Beyoncé, Cyrus expressed her admiration in an Instagram post: “I’ve loved Beyoncé since long before I had the opportunity to meet & work with her. My admiration runs so much deeper now that I’ve created alongside her. Thank you, Beyoncé. You’re everything & more. Love you. To everyone who spent time making this song so special, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, Miley.”

Cyrus’ pop-tinged cover of “Psycho Killer” is yet another testament to her dynamic artistry and ability to reinvent classic tracks while paying homage to the original artists.


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Olivia Rodrigo Handles Wardrobe Malfunction Like a Pro During Stadium Tour

Wardrobe malfunctions are an inevitable part of live performances, especially during giant stadium tours, and Olivia Rodrigo just experienced a major one. During her performance of “Love Is Embarrassing,” her top came undone at the back, almost falling off completely. However, Olivia handled the mishap like a true professional, not missing a beat.

The moment, captured on camera, shows Olivia realizing her shirt is coming apart while a backup dancer follows her around the stage, attempting to assist. Demonstrating her composure, Olivia laughed off the incident, quipping, “This is fucking embarrassing,” a perfectly on-theme comment for the song she was performing.

Despite the wardrobe malfunction, Olivia’s performance remained flawless, impressing fans with her ability to stay cool under pressure.


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Ariana Grande Shines in First Trailer for “Wicked” Film Adaptation

Universal Pictures has officially released the first trailer for the highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical Wicked. Starring Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, the three-and-a-half-minute trailer teases fans with iconic songs like “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.”

The trailer offers theater enthusiasts a glimpse into the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, showcasing the events leading up to Dorothy’s famous journey down the yellow brick road. The story delves into the origins of Elphaba, who is ostracized for her green skin and becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, and her complex relationship with Glinda, which evolves from friendship to rivalry.

Starting with the thought-provoking question, “Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”, the trailer sets the tone for Elphaba’s journey. It begins at Shiz University, where Elphaba meets her roommate Glinda and receives her signature black witch hat. As Elphaba discovers her powers, she ventures to the Emerald City to confront the Wizard, portrayed by Jeff Goldblum. The trailer hints at the brewing conflict as Oz’s citizens are turned against Elphaba, while she boldly declares, “It’s the Wizard who should be afraid of me.”

Directed by Jon M. Chu of Crazy Rich Asians fame, the film features an impressive cast including Michelle Yeoh as Shiz University headmaster Madame Morrible, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero, Ethan Slater as Boq, and Bowen Yang as Pfannee. Wicked will be released in two parts, with the first installment premiering on November 27, 2024, and the sequel arriving on December 25, 2025.

Fans of the musical can look forward to a visually stunning and emotionally captivating adaptation, promising to bring the magic of Wicked to the big screen.


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John Legend Takes a Break from The Voice for Season 26, Welcomes New Coaching Panel

The new coaching panel for The Voice Season 26 has been unveiled, and fans were surprised to see that John Legend will not be returning. The “All of Me” singer explained his absence in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, expressing both regret and excitement for the upcoming season.

“We’ve always got so many things going on. I’ll be doing a lot of shows this summer and traveling overseas,” Legend shared. “I’ll be back… If only I were actually going to take a break!” Despite his hiatus, Legend, 45, is enthusiastic about the fresh faces joining the show.

Replacing him will be an exciting lineup featuring Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, and Michael Bublé. With Chance the Rapper and Dan + Shay also stepping aside, this season promises a new dynamic. Legend believes the new coaches will breathe fresh energy into the long-running series.

“It’s exciting to incorporate some new people into The Voice family,” Legend said. “Having Snoop here as a coach, I think is going to be a lot of fun and reinvigorate the show a bit. Michael and Snoop will do really well, and I’m excited that Gwen and Reba will be back too because they’re both wonderful coaches.”

Recently, Legend brought his eldest children, Luna and Miles, to the set of The Voice, sharing a playful Instagram photo of them in his iconic red chair. “My favorite coaching advisors joined me for the first night of #TheVoiceLives!” he captioned.

“They loved it. They really had a blast,” he said of their visit. “Their favorite — not being biased, but maybe being biased — was Nathan [Chester] … I feel like my team did well with my favorite advisors.”

In addition to Luna, 8, and Miles, 5, Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, also share younger children Esti and Wren. Legend first joined The Voice as a coach in Season 16 and won with artist Maelyn Jarmon. He previously served as an advisor in Season 12.


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Katy Perry Shares Heartwarming Mother’s Day Memories with Fans

Katy Perry got sentimental on Mother’s Day, sharing a touching carousel post that captured the moment she revealed her pregnancy to partner Orlando Bloom and her American Idol co-judges, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. The “Smile” singer included snaps and clips of these precious moments, offering a glimpse into her journey to motherhood with daughter Daisy Dove Bloom, now 3 years old.

In a heartfelt caption to her mother, Mary Perry, Katy wrote, “Today I told my mother that the day I realized how much she loved me is the day I had my own daughter, Daisy Dove. There is nothing like a Mother’s love… never take it for granted… Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and caretakers — any way you come ♥.”

The post featured a positive pregnancy test and an ultrasound video showing Daisy’s heartbeat, followed by a series of mirror selfies documenting Perry’s pregnancy journey. It concluded with a beautiful photoshoot image of Perry posing with her baby bump at sunset.

In the video with Richie and Bryan, Perry excitedly shared, “So you’re not allowed to tell anyone but I’m very pregnant,” before revealing she was three months along. The duo embraced her warmly, celebrating the joyous news.


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