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Justin Bieber Introduces New Puppy on Instagram

The photo features a small black and brown dog cradled in his lap

Justin Bieber is recovering from his Comedy Central roast with a little puppy love.

The singer, 21, introduced his latest four-legged pal Sunday night on Instagram.

“Say hello to the newest member of the bieber family #Esther,” he wrote in the post, which features a photo of a small black and brown dog cradled in his lap.

Today is randomly national puppy day

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Speaking of laps, Bieber was recently spotted getting cuddly with model Ashley Moore at a basketball game, but it appears Esther is the only confirmed love in the star’s life right now.

This is Bieber’s first furry addition following the passing of his family dog Sammy in December. In a throwback Instagram post remembering Sammy, Bieber called the dog “the best puppy ever.”

R.i.p Sammy 😪😢😢 you were the best puppy ever

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Comedy Central Cuts Paul Walker Jokes From Bieber Roast

Tim P. Whitby—Getty Images Actor Paul Walker attends the World Premiere of 'Fast & Furious 6' on May 7, 2013 in London.

"Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it"

Comedy Central will cut jokes about late actor Paul Walker from the upcoming Roast of Justin Bieber.

The network’s roasts are known for being vulgar and over-the-top, but Comedy Central decided that the jokes about Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013, went too far, USA Today reports.

“Roasts often push the limits of good taste and we give the participants full reign to try things knowing we have the edit to shape the show,” Comedy Central said in a statement on Monday. “Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast.”

Comedian Jeffrey Ross directed his Walker jokes at fellow roaster Ludacris, Walker’s friend and Fast & Furious 7 costar.

“Move b—h, get out of the way,” Ross said, quoting one of Ludacris’ songs. “That’s what Paul Walker should have told that tree.”

After the audience booed and groaned, Ross replied, “Too soon? Too fast? Too furious? Give me a break people I’m trying to save this kid’s life.”

Afterward, Bieber himself said he was offended by Ross’ comments, saying that he “didn’t particularly like the Walker jokes.”

Roast of Justin Bieber will air March 30.

[USA Today]

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Watch Tom Hanks Lip Sync to Carly Rae Jepsen in Her ‘I Really Like You’ Video

The 'Call Me Maybe' singer also recruits Justin Bieber for the clip

Carly Rae Jepsen’s new single “I Really Like You” is a candy-coated account of what happens before you DTR, but for the track’s accompanying video, which premiered late Friday night on Bravo, the singer was in search of a completely different feeling. Jepsen told TIME this week that she was inspired by Wes Anderson films and wanted to subvert the usual girl-meets-boy storylines she was getting pitched, as she did in 2012’s goofy “Call Me Maybe” clip. “The song is so sweet,” Jepsen said. “I wanted something that would contradict that — a little bit of comedy flare or a left turn.”

Enter Tom Hanks, who volunteered to be in the video after Jepsen’s manager, Scooter Braun, explained her vision to the actor over dinner one night. Hanks, who spends the entirety of the video lip syncing for his life, was totally game to join Jepsen and Justin Bieber for a big dance routine in the frigid streets of SoHo last month. “It was the coldest day imaginable, and he just showed up and was a champion,” Jepsen says of the video shoot. “I was in my warm trailer drinking hot chocolate like, ‘Do it again, Tom! Lookin’ good’!

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You’re Going to Really Really Really Like Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Song

Carly Rae Jepsen, "I Really Like You"
Carly Rae Jepsen, "I Really Like You"

The "Call Me Maybe" singer is back with "I Really Like You"

It’s been almost three years since Carly Rae Jepsen’s viral musical meet-cute “Call Me Maybe” took over the world, but the Canadian singer-songwriter wanted her next move to be worth the wait. “I told her that she couldn’t come out with anything unless it was on the level of ‘Call Me Maybe,'” manager Scooter Braun, told Billboard in January. “And, now we have a new one that is on that level.”

Whether he’s right will depend on how many YouTube parodies, celebrity sing-alongs and Obama supercuts emerge in the next few weeks. But even if “Call Me Maybe” is the kind of song that comes along only once in an artist’s career, “I Really Like You” comes pretty damn close: Over chilly synthesizers and a danceable beat pulled from a 1980s time capsule, Jepsen outlines the familiar early stages of infatuation — fretting over saying the wrong thing, anxiously waiting for the other person to make mov — before launching into another irresistible chorus.

After showing the world she could be more than a one-hit wonder with Kiss, her crush-worthy collection of flirtatious synth-pop, Jepsen proves she’s still the patron saint of anybody who’s wasted an evening staring at a phone, waiting for a text back.

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When Will Justin Bieber Have His Lady Gaga Moment?

Justin Bieber leaves adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on Feb. 12, 2015 in New York City.
James Devaney—GC Images/Getty Images Justin Bieber leaves adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on Feb. 12, 2015 in New York City.

Bieber has a lot going for him, including a legion of fans who are waiting for new music

Justin Bieber has never been out of the headlines since his recording debut in 2009. And yet he’s never seemed more irrelevant. The pop singer, who turns 21 on Sunday, can barely be called a “pop singer” anymore; his last studio album was released in June 2012, with a 2013 compilation of previously-released singles failing to chart at all.

Nearly three years is a fairly significant gap between albums for an artist of Bieber’s tender age, leaving entirely aside the fact that Bieber has replaced productivity as an artist with a seemingly insatiable attitude for consumption, aggressive attitude, and hijinks that Bieber, turning 21, is getting a bit too old to call “youthful.”

Bieber has a lot going for him, including a legion of fans who are waiting for new music. The cycle of approval and disapproval for stars has been moving faster than ever in recent years, proven positive by Lady Gaga’s successful Oscars performance being understood, widely, as practically a full-scale comeback after a down period in her career. One good single, and then a subsequent album of strong material, could sate a fan base that has had little to celebrate in recent years.

Bieber’s participation in a seminude Calvin Klein shoot was headache-inducing for those who care about Bieber’s prospects; playing the bad-boy only works if there’s another side to the story. (Mark Wahlberg, after all, leveraged his underwear ads into movie stardom. With nothing to promote besides his body, what’s Bieber’s endgame?) A more promising sign, though, is Bieber’s participation in an upcoming roast on Comedy Central airing March 30. It’s true that participating places him in somewhat ignominious company: Past roast subjects, including Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen, have been pop-cultural punchlines with little prospect of getting taken seriously by the public at large. But in order to get out of his current morass, Bieber has to think creatively. Presenting himself as someone who’s in on the jokes, and ready to get them all out of the way in a single evening, is a canny way to move forward. Bieber has already apologized to the public for his behavior; it’s addressing it straightforwardly, and with wit, that will prove he’s ready to move on to the next phase of his career.

Bieber’s not really comparable to many other pop stars: Only Miley Cyrus began her mega-famous period quite so young, and Cyrus saves her child-star-gone-bad act for the stage. It is, fairly transparently, an act. Bieber’s current problems are difficult to overcome because they look, uncomfortably, less like a phase in an artist’s career and more like what he has grown into. There simply isn’t enough precedent for an artist who’s practically spent his entire adult life behaving badly in public to prove that he’s changed other than by doing the work of an artist every day.

Bieber should not apologize again—been there, done that—but instead devote himself to changing the conversation around him. A new album, with the associated live performances and concerts, would be part of making that change. Having people around him willing to be straightforward and honest, even if they’re only the roasters on a soundstage for a single night, would be another.

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Diplo and Skrillex’s New Surprise Album Features Justin Bieber, 2 Chainz, Missy Elliott

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - November 10, 2014
Monica Schipper—Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Diplo (L) and Skrillex visit SiriusXM Studios on November 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Their collaborative project, Jack Ü, just dropped an album

Two of music’s biggest DJ producers, Skrillex and Diplo, just attempted a 24-hour DJ marathon — but that hasn’t stopped them from surprise-releasing their first collaborative album with some very special guests.

Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü features Justin Bieber (his first new song in more than a year), Missy Elliott (her first new song since her Super Bowl halftime show appearance) and 2 Chainz (who raps “Yeah, I’m the sh-t / I should have Febreeze on it”). Appearances from Kiesza and AlunaGeorge also round out the 10-song set, now streaming live on SoundCloud.

Diplo’s 2015 is already off to a great start: he produced several songs for Madonna, who’s profiled in the new issue of TIME, on stands now.

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Kevin Hart Will Be Spitmaster of Justin Bieber Roast

Justin Bieber attends the Grand Opening of West Coast Customs Burbank Headquarters on Dec. 7, 2014 in Burbank, Caif.
Jerod Harris—Getty Images Justin Bieber attends the Grand Opening of West Coast Customs Burbank Headquarters on Dec. 7, 2014 in Burbank, Caif.

Comedy Central roasting will happen March 30

Mark your calendars: Comedy Central’s finest will roast Justin Bieber on March 30, according to a photo posted on the Comedy Central Twitter.

In January, Comedy Central announced Bieber would be their next target—and Bieber proved to be a good sport: “For years I have wanted Comedy Central to roast me,” he wrote on Twitter. “They said only if I provided them w/ more material so for a year now I have worked hard.”

Work hard, he did: Bieber was arrested multiple times in 2014 for charges ranging from vandalism to assault, and peaked (from a comedy standpoint, at least) in a deposition that was released in March.

Bieber joins a long list of celebrities who have been roasted, including James Franco, Charlie Sheen, and Donald Trump. Comedian Kevin Hart will be the evening’s roast master.


This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Here Are 7 Amazing Things Music Stars Ask for in Their Dressing Rooms

No bananas. No carnations. And definitely no American beer

Pop stars get whatever they want, as we learned from Jack White’s recently leaked performance contract with the University of Oklahoma. According to the document, White and his entourage “don’t want to see bananas anywhere in the building.” White and friends also provide an exact recipe for how to make the guacamole they like.

But before you go off on Jack White, here are some of the other incredibly detailed backstage demands of your favorite stars as reported by the editors of The Smoking Gun web site:

1. Beyonce hates old coffee pots: Her hospitality rider stipulates that she must have a “new” coffee pot in her dressing room. She also requires white tablecloths and rose-scented candles.

2. Kanye loves to take care of his skin: According to his 2007 contract, he requires two tubes of Carmex lip balm, Nivea “Intensive” lotion, and L’Occitaine Soap. He also requests toothpicks and hot sauce be provided.

3. Justin Bieber likes options: There are a lot of different size requests for Justin Bieber’s clothing in his 2010 hospitality and travel rider. In every dressing room, he requires one package of size XS men’s white lo-rise tube socks and two packages of the same socks in size L. He also requires two packages of mens white crew neck T-shirts, one in size XS, and one in size L.

4. Katy Perry hates carnations: In the rider for her 2011 World Tour, Perry requires a fresh flower arrangement of “white and purple hydrangeas, pink and white roses and peonies… ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS. She also requests blue corn tortilla chips, two different brands of pretzels, and dry roasted edamame.

5. Adele doesn’t like American alcohol: She specifically requests red wine (Italian, French, Spanish or Australian) and beer (Becks, Stella Artois, Peroni) and the rider for her 2011 American tour stipulates that “North American beer is NOT acceptable.”

6. Lady Gaga is really into food and tea: In Gaga’s 2010 rider, it says that in bright red all-caps that “the tea kettle, organic ginger and lemongrass tea and throat coat honey are very important.” Gaga also specifies that she needs an assortment of fresh fruit, but it has to have edible skin, edible seeds or be citrus. She also requires that all bars stop serving ice 30 minutes before her performance (it’s part of a security concern, so people don’t throw their drinks at her.)

7. Taylor Swift eats like a kid: Or at least she did in 2008, when she was 19. Swift’s 2008 hospitality rider requests Kraft Mac & Cheese, Twizzlers, two different kinds of Ben & Jerry’s, and Welch’s Grape Juice.


Here’s Proof the Jokes for Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast Will Write Themselves

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Theo Wargo—2014 Getty Images Singer-songwriter Justin Bieber presents onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014

From monkey abandonment to pot planes

Soon, several comedians will have the opportunity to collect their easiest paycheck to date. All they have to do is make fun of Justin Bieber.

Comedy Central announced that the Canadian pop star will be the subject of its next roast, to be taped and aired at a later date.

While roasters won’t have to search hard for material — see: literally every single news story about the Biebs from the last year — here are some points we hope they hit.

That time he caused $80,900 of damage by egging his neighbor’s house
No, that’s not a typo.

That time he abandoned his pet monkey in a German airport
Mally the monkey was seized by German officials when Bieber tried to smuggle him out of the country without permission during the “Believe” tour. According to The Guardian, “emails from Bieber’s management to the shelter [where the monkey was held] indicated the singer does not want the monkey anymore.” Bieber reportedly owed Germany $11,000 for the incident.

That time he peed in a restaurant’s mop bucket while saying “F*** Bill Clinton”
He later thanked the former president on Twitter after Bill called the Biebs. No words on a reconciliation with the bucket.

That time he was arrested for a DUI and drag racing
In a yellow Lamborghini, obvi.

That time he decided this was a good look for a mugshot

That time the FAA investigated him for a “pot plane” incident (he was cleared)
What’s the point of having a private jet if you can’t hotbox it?

That time he thought he was being super thoughtful about Anne Frank
In April 2013, the Biebs took a trip to the Anne Frank House in Amsteram and wrote in the guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a believer.” Because, yes, the true tragedy of Frank’s early demise was that she never got to see Never Say Never. In lieu of an apology, Bieber posted a shirtless selfie on Instagram the next day. #Dontbecreepin (his words, not ours).

That time he was probably photoshopped for a Calvin Klein underwear campaign

That time he had an identity crisis
Repeat after me: I am not Eminem

That time he literally begged Comedy Central to roast him
Nothing’s hotter than desperation.

“We’re thrilled he listened,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said in a release.

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