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Kelly Clarkson collapsed after watching Anne Hathaway slay her own song

Katy Nichole on Etching Her ‘Name’ Atop Hot Christian Songs & Music

Here’s What Rihanna Had to Say About the Diamond Ring on Her Finger

Olivia Rodrigo Takes Partial Responsibility for ‘Sour’ Breakup: ‘Nobody’s Perfect’

Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson collapsed after watching Anne Hathaway slay her own song

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During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show Tuesday afternoon, Anne Hathaway put host, Kelly Clarkson, to shame when she slayed a version of “Since U Been Gone.”

Clarkson challenged Hathaway to a game of Sing That, Name That, Tune, where Clarkson’s band played a random song and the celeb that recognized it first would step forward and belt it out.

Judged by America Ninja Warrior host, Matt Iseman, Clarkson quickly regretted the idea for the game when Anne beat her to just about every song, including her own.

“Oh, my God,” Kelly said when Anne recognized “Since U Been Gone” before she did. Kelly fell her knees in embarrassment and covered her head. “S***” she yelled before joking, “Shall I just quit?! This is embarrassing.”

Clarkson redeemed herself by the end as she recognized and performed Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” while Hathaway suspected the song was Queen’s “Under Pressure.” While Clarkson ended up winning the final round, everybody won with the cool mash-up they made of the two songs!

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Katy Nichole on Etching Her ‘Name’ Atop Hot Christian Songs & Music

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Katy Nichole’s launch single “In Jesus Name (God of Possible)” tops Billboard’s streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart (dated March 26). It rises from the runner-up spot in its seventh week, becoming her first No. 1.

On Christian Airplay, the song lifts 11-7, marking her first top 10. In the tracking week ending March 20, it drew 6.1 million impressions according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. It also gained by 3% to 1.9 million U.S. streams in the tracking week. It sold 3,200 downloads (up 10%), and rules Christian Digital Sales for a sixth week. “Name” marks the first rookie single to top Hot Christian Songs since Anne Wilson’s “My Jesus” started a four-week reign last August.

Nichole co-penned “Name” with Ethan Hulse and Jeff Pardo, the latter of whom also produced it solo. Nichole, who signed with Centricity Music in June 2021, initially created buzz by posting videos on social media. She currently boasts almost 400,000 TikTok followers. Originally from Mesa, Ariz., the 21-year old is currently on tour with Big Daddy Weave.

From Centricity’s Franklin, Tenn., offices, Nichole chatted with Billboard from topics ranging from her recovery following a long battle with scoliosis to her chart success.

Congratulations on your first Hot Christian Songs No. 1 with your first release. You were about to become a medical assistant not that long before you started talks with your label, right?

That’s exactly right. I went to a Lauren Daigle concert in 2019, and at that time I was working on my certification to become a medical assistant. Really, I had zero intention to have a career in music — I was ready to use it as a hobby and for my own happiness. Honestly, shortly after this concert I felt kind of unworthy, but at the same time I also had a prayer. Music was still a desire of my heart.

You were resolved and ready to work in the medical field, and then you’re contacted by Centricity?

Yeah, it felt so quick too — but it was a lot longer when you look at the scheme of things. I was actually playing gigs since my mid-teens. They contacted me to come to their indie artist retreat but with things being shut down because of COVID, I was invited to their offices to write by [senior vp of A&R] John Mays.

That’s where they paired you up with seasoned songwriters?

Yep, it was an amazing experience, and I got five co-writes that week.

And your first single was actually birthed in your prayer journal?

When I first wrote it, it was a different song. It was titled “God of Possible,” and I posted a little clip, which was the bridge of the song, to TikTok. When that started to get traction, the label told me that I should go back in and re-record it as a full song.

When did you go in to record the finished version that became your first single?

So, we finished writing it in August 2021, we recorded it in December and released it in January.

That’s fast, right? I’m thinking that, following that timeline, the magic happened on the first take.

It was real fast. [Laughs.] Honestly, I believe we used the demo vocal.

Did you listen to the radio as a kid?

I did. I actually listened to a lot of country music when I was younger and still love it. The first Christian artist that I fell in love with was Francesca Battistelli.

You’ve been visiting radio stations virtually. How important is it that you have a good relationship with programmers? Also, tell me about the first time you heard your song on the radio.

I think the radio component is huge, especially for Christian music. The first time I heard myself it was on [the] K-Love [network] and it was wild. I still can’t believe it whenever I hear myself.

After battling scoliosis since you were so young, how are you doing now?

When they did the second surgery and took the metal rods out of my back and I woke up, it was like all of my depression lifted. At that point I felt like I had a real purpose in my life.

Are you working on new music?

We have the next single recorded. I can’t tell you what it is yet, but I am really excited about it.

What about an album?

It’s part of the plan, but first I’ll be releasing an EP later on this year.

Would you collaborate with an artist from another genre and, if so, who?

Yes, I would love to if that opportunity comes up and … who would I pick? That’s an easy one, hands down: Carly Pearce. I just love her, what a talent.

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Here’s What Rihanna Had to Say About the Diamond Ring on Her Finger

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Has A$AP Rocky presented Rihanna with an A$AP rock? The third trimester-pregnant singer stepped out in Los Angeles Tuesday night (March 22) wearing an enormous diamond band on her ring finger, as reported by Daily Mail, fueling suspicion that she and the rapper may be engaged.

It was the first thing paparazzi asked her about when she began walking to her car, but she was quick to brush them off. “This old ring?” she laughed.

And when the photographer continued pressing her by saying, “Come on,” she threw it right back at him. “You come on!” she chided.

RiRi started dating A$AP in 2020. When she announced that she was expecting a baby with him in January, fan speculation over if the pair would get engaged began to surge.

The past three months have treated fans to a side of Rihanna they’ve never seen before: fiercely protective mother-to-be and maternity fashion goddess/trendsetter. A couple weeks ago, she confessed her parenting style will likely be similar to Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives.

“She will flatten you about those kids,” the “Umbrella” singer said of Giudice. “And that resonates with me a lot because I feel like that’s the type of mom I’m going to be. Psycho about it. You talk about my kids, it’s over.”

In spite of how desperate her fans are for a new album — she hasn’t released an album since 2016’s Billboard 200-topper ANTI, though she’s promised one will come someday — Rihanna is focusing these days on her makeup line Fenty. At the Ulta launch of Fenty on March 12, she spoke about the beauty pros and cons that come along with pregnancy. “There’s a pregnancy glow,” said the nine-time Grammy winner. “There’s also those days, girl. Especially in the third trimester where you wake up and you’re like, oh, do I have to get dressed?”

“The face gets a little round and chubby,” she continued. “The nose starts to spread. Everything is a challenge, from getting dressed and how you’re going to do your makeup. But I like challenges. I like things that force me to be creative and create in new ways. And with beauty, there’s so much that you can do.”

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Olivia Rodrigo Takes Partial Responsibility for ‘Sour’ Breakup: ‘Nobody’s Perfect’

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"I think that's a big part of forgiving another person in a breakup, is forgiving yourself too," Rodrigo says.

Olivia Rodrigo may be a teenager, but Drew Barrymore is asking her for advice anyway. Just one day ahead of the premiere of her new film Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film), the 19-year-old pop prodigy stopped by The Drew Barrymore Show Thursday (March 24) to answer questions about the project — including one moment that Barrymore said made her “burst into tears.”

The 47-year-old actress and talk-show host brought up one scene in the film, which premieres exclusively on Disney + March 25, in which Rodrigo was talking about one of the tracks on her album Sour, “Favorite Crime.” “A quote you said — I burst into tears, oh God,” Barrymore gushed, before reciting the quote: “Heartbreak is a two-way street.”

“I just remember going through that awful heartbreak and feeling so responsible for it too in a way,” Rodrigo replied. “Like, you can blame someone else and be like, ‘Oh I hate that you did that to me.’ But when you really think about it, you put yourself in a position to be hurt and nobody’s perfect, and you must have done things wrong in that relationship too.”

The relationship in question — which the public generally believes is about the the singer’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star Joshua Bassett — inspired many of the 11 tracks on Sour, the making of which will be explored in Driving Home 2 U. The album’s singles — from “Good 4 U” to “Deja Vu” to the song that started it all, “Drivers License” — all carry a similar “F–k my ex” message that incited a wave of support for Rodrigo, who became a poster girl of sorts for unjust heartbreak.

But now, Rodrigo — who revealed she’s currently single — is opening up about the two-party nuances that occur in a breakup. “I think that’s a big part of forgiving another person in a breakup, is forgiving yourself too,” she added.

Barrymore also asked for her guest’s advice on how to be proud of oneself, something Rodrigo said making Driving Home 2 U helped her with. But pride is a hard line to walk as a young star, she explained, because everyone around you defaults to praising you 100% of the time. Barrymore, who began her career as a child actress, had no trouble relating.

“I just remember being like, ‘Oh I could do the worst thing and people could say that I did an amazing thing,’ so how will I know if I’m actually doing a good job?” Rodrigo said. “And I kind of, like, swung to the other side of the pendulum where I just thought everything I did was bad all the time.”

The next thing she said potentially unlocks more of the story behind songs such as “Enough for You” and the Taylor Swift-sampled “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” — both of which detail a relationship in which Rodrigo constantly found herself the subject of overwhelming scrutiny from her partner.

“I think maybe we really like criticism in that way because we didn’t hear a lot of it growing up,” she confessed. “I definitely gravitate towards people who are like that in a good way, but maybe also in a bad way.”

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