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Watch Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande Duet on ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ in Onesies

The collaboration benefits Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation

Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande joined each other on an inflatable couch, dressed in onesies, to perform a duet of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” for Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation.

The video, which premiered on Entertainment Weekly, is the latest collaboration Cyrus has unveiled in conjunction with her foundation that benefits LGBT and homeless youth. As they sing the Crowded House song, Cyrus and Grande banter: “Are you a mouse or a bear?” Cyrus asks Grande. (Cyrus’s onesie is clearly of the unicorn variety.) “Whatever you are its probably the cutest mouse-bear thing I’ve ever seen,” Cyrus concludes.

Cyrus has previously released “Backyard Sessions” with Joan Jett, Laura Jane Grace and Melanie Safka.

 

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Miley Cyrus Wants You to Know the Tabloids Are Wrong and She Is Not Pregnant

The "Wrecking Ball" singer is keeping her sense of humor

And by the same man we mean @justinbieber

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Miley Cyrus has a message to the gossip magazines: #GETITRIGHT. After a recent issue of Life & Style claimed the “Wrecking Ball” singer and fellow pop star Selena Gomez were once “pregnant by the same man,” Cyrus decided to shoot down a silly rumor was with even sillier response: “And by the same man we mean @justinbieber,” she captioned a photo of the cover story in question.

Gomez hasn’t joked about the rumors on social media herself, but maybe because — as someone who actually dated the Biebz for a long time — she probably doesn’t find headlines about “the desperate decisions that changed their lives” quite as funny.

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Watch Anne Hathaway Lip-Sync to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’

The actress flips off her competition while recreating the video

No, you are not dreaming a dream: that really is Anne Hathaway riding a wrecking ball and lip-syncing along to Miley Cyrus’ 2013 hit.

The Oscar-winning actress shows her commitment to her most unexpected role yet by slicking back her hair, sporting Cyrus’ white tank top and red lip stick and getting freaky with construction equipment on Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle, airing Thursdays. (Tear-away pants even make a cameo.)

Now, some of that behavior might not be becoming of a princess of Genovia, but judging by the middle finger Hathaway flashes halfway through — it’s ostensibly directed at her competitor, Emily Blunt, but it could also double as a message to her haters — she doesn’t really care.

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Wilco Cancels Indiana Show to Protest State’s Religious Freedom Law

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs in 2012.
Mark Venema—Getty Images Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs in 2012.

Other artists plan to continue with their shows and speak out against the law

The band Wilco announced Monday it has canceled an upcoming show in Indiana to protest the state’s newly signed and controversial religious objections measure, which was meant to protect certain freedoms but which critics say will allows businesses to deny services to LGBT customers.

“The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us,” the band said in a statement on Facebook, regarding its scheduled May 7 show in Indianapolis. “Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed.”

Other artists such as Cher and Miley Cyrus have spoken out against the law on social media. But not every musician who opposes the law is canceling their shows.

Singer and actress Audra McDonald tweeted that she will donate money she makes at her Indiana shows to organizations fighting the law. Jack Antonoff, the Bleachers mastermind and fun. guitarist, said he plans to use his shows as an opportunity to protest the law.

“I don’t believe in canceling shows in places where awful laws are being passed, I believe in going in SPEAKING OUT,” he tweeted. “The recent legislation in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence signed is repulsive and I fully intend to make that known when I’m in the state.”

Read next: Uproar Over Religious Freedom Law Trips Up Indiana’s Governor

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Miley Cyrus Wants New York to Spend Nearly $5 Million on Homeless Youth

Daniel Boczarski—Daniel Boczarski Photography Miley Cyrus performs at THE FADER FORT Presented by Converse during SXSW on March 19, 2015 in Austin.

"These young people are homeless through no fault of their own"

Miley Cyrus has written a letter to Andrew Cuomo asking the New York governor to include $4.75 million in funding for homeless youth in the state’s budget.

The singer, whose Happy Hippie Foundation advocates for young people without homes, asked the governor and the leaders of the state’s assembly and senate to back a request by a state senator to allocate the money for 1,000 new beds, which she says are badly needed.

“Between 2009 and 2012,” Cyrus writes, “the number of kids turned away from homeless youth shelters in New York grew from 570 to more than 5,000.”

Cyrus posted the letter on Instagram for fans to read:

Speaking up so homeless youth in NY can have a place to sleep!!! #makingchange #HappyHippies @happyhippiefdn

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Cyrus invited a young homeless man to accept her award for Video of the Year at the VMAs in 2014, and has been giving star-studded backyard concerts to raise money for the cause.

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No Such Thing as Too Many Hosts for SNL 40’s Epic Opening Monologue

Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and so many many more.

Saturday Night Live is pulling out all the stops for the 40th anniversary and that meant a high bar for the opening monologue. Steve Martin started the show, which was a brilliant choice. Despite never being an official cast member, he has appeared on the show a mind-boggling 27 times and is responsible for some of its most memorable sketches. (King Tut, anyone?)

Martin set out to give a rousing speech on the importance of comedians in SNL history, but was quickly interrupted by Tom Hanks demanding that actors be given the same status.

Never to be outdone, Alec Baldwin arrived (sans “Schweddy Balls”) on the stage to point out that he had hosted more than anyone else (16 times and counting!). To bust up the guys’ club, Melissa McCarthy arrived to remind the world that people other than “80-year-old white guys” had hosted the show.

Then Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock and Peyton Manning all arrived in rapid succession, followed by Billy Crystal, introducing himself to Martin: “It’s Steve, right?” Not satisfied with having a billion dollars worth of star power on stage, Sir Paul McCartney and Paul Simon arrived on the scene to play a few bars, too.

Even by SNL standards, that’s an impressive opener.

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Christina Aguilera Wants These Women to Record the Next ‘Lady Marmalade’

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Brian Bowen Smith—NBC Christina Aguilera is a coach on the eighth season of The Voice.

The singer talks to TIME about rejoining The Voice, her "Dirrty" days and her new album

It’s already been a busy week for Christina Aguilera, and she hasn’t even made her big return to television yet. On Sunday, Aguilera won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Say Something,” her 2013 hit with A Great Big World. This Sunday, she’s kicking off the 64th NBA All-Star game at Madison Square Garden. And later this month on Feb. 23, she’ll return as a coach on NBC’s The Voice alongside Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams after taking two seasons off to focus on motherhood. (She welcomed daughter Summer Rain Rutler last August.)

TIME caught up with the singer to talk about her home life, her plans for 2015 and what advice she has for Nick Jonas.

TIME: Congratulations on your Grammy win! Were you at the ceremony?

Christina Aguilera: No, I’m in steady dance rehearsals and vocal rehearsals for this Sunday, for the NBA kick-off performance. It’s a whole tribute to New York — I’ve got the Rockettes joining me and a special guest. I’m very fired up for this specific performance because it’s such exciting, classic material revamped. And then I had to record late [Sunday] night for a soundtrack deadline, so I was unable to attend. I think if I had had a record out, I would have made the trip. Maybe next year! But I was so happy. I felt the boys won it more than me. It was such an innocent, pure intention of a song that truly didn’t ask for anything — so humble in its approach. It didn’t have any formula. It was very honest with just a simple piano and a vocal. It was real music. It was truly organic. I was so happy to see such talented guys take that win.

Did you miss spinning around in those chairs on The Voice?

Yeah, the chairs can be kind of fun! Too bad it only lasts for the first section — the blind auditions — then there’s no more spinning.

What a bummer.

But that’s also a very nerve-wracking time because you feel the performer and the nerves they’re going through, and you feel nerves for yourself. You get hesitant on pushing your button sometimes, because you don’t want to fill your team too fast, but then you feel nervous that you might be letting some great talent go. It’s such a weird mind game at the end of the day. Truly, the company I come back to is so fun. I always have a great laugh with the boys. They kept it pretty hilarious for me, which is really important. I would be bored behind the scenes if I wasn’t coming back to Blake and Adam’s craziness.

You took two seasons off to focus on being a mom. Did you pick up any new hobbies while you weren’t on The Voice?

I don’t think anything new. I was consistent with my yoga throughout my pregnancy. I moved into a new house, actually, which has been taking up a lot of time and energy. Unpacking boxes, having a five-month-old — so just normal life stuff, which is awesome. It’s very important for me to stay grounded and keep honesty within my music and my artistry. No real vacations or anything like that. I pretty much stayed in L.A. and spent time with my son, my family and myself” writing music, gaining inspiration for my new future endeavors — my record being the biggest part of that.

Your son Max just turned 7. How long before he finds an old Christina Aguilera video on YouTube and asks, “Mom, can we talk about what happened in 2002?”

Luckily, he hasn’t discovered that yet. But it’s scary what’s out there for him to find: certain movies, certain song lyrics that I’m even hearing him come home with. I’m like, “Where did you hear that?” All of a sudden it’s like — oh my God, when did I become the parent?

What is he singing that you’re not wild about?

Oh my goodness, just songs with certain lyrical references. It could be anything as innocent as Beyoncé to songs about baking soda, you know what I mean? It’s crazy. It’s different for me because I really separate my business hat from my mom hat, to the point where my son will come back from school and basically say, “How do kids at school know who you are, Mom?” Because I literally am so sweatpants and flip-flops and no makeup at home. That’s my real time. Then I transition into an artist mode, which I keep completely separate. It’s tapping into a different side of myself, a side that I do for me. Even though it’s extremely hard sometimes to juggle all the different hats at once, it’s important for me to do that. But yeah, technology is so crazy — what’s accessible at your fingertips now. I’m a little scared.

But I know that I had really important principles for me at the time, and there’s a place and time for everything. Back in my “Dirrty” days, that was an empowering moment for me, when I was 21 and coming into my own. I will always explain to him the reasons why Mommy did X, Y and Z. They were plentiful! I’m prepared to tell him about who I am as an artist, and why he’s able to live the life that he now lives. It’s a lot better than how I was brought up!

I noticed Nick Jonas is a mentor for your team this season; he, like you, began his career very young and shocked people when he suddenly showed off a more adult side. What advice would you give him about that transition?

I love it when people go out on a limb and try new things. It’s very risky, and you never know how people are going to receive you, but that’s part of being a good artist and staying true to yourself. Whether people like it or not, you have to be the person that you really are inside. To be able to explore and experiment and be unafraid to take risks is, to me, the most important thing about what we do as artists. I don’t like when it gets too safe and people are afraid to make mistakes because of failure. I’m one that throws caution to the wind, and sometimes that ends in highs and lows. But you have to take the risks — you have to take certain chances and you have to live life. My biggest fear is that at the end of it all, I’ll look back and say, “I wish I would have had the guts to try that.” But so far, I put myself out on a limb, and that’s part of the beauty of challenging yourself — looking back at your body of work and being able to say, “Wow, I’m so glad I had the confidence to do that, to go out there, take matters into my own hands and have the balls to take it to my level.”

You worked with Sia several years before she had her big moment at the Grammys.

I like your research there. Sia, Nicki Minaj — yeah, I had a lot of great people on Bionic before crazy stuff happened.

So you clearly have an eye for spotting rising talent. If you had to pick artists for a 2015 version of “Lady Marmalade” [the 2001 song Aguilera recorded with Pink, Mya, Lil Kim and Missy Elliot], who would they be?

Miley would be great in that mix, because I think she’s a great risk taker and has a lot of fun. Maybe Nicki Minaj. Those are the two that directly come to mind. But I actually thought “Bang Bang” [featuring Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande] was a pretty good “Lady Marmalade” reference, in a way. It’s always great to see girls come together — especially in the face of the media sometimes, trying to pit us against each other. It’s never ending, no matter how young or old you are. Anytime I can encourage girls to get together and actually support each other and encourage risk-taking, I’m all for it. I love it. So yeah, I’m waiting for the next new group of people.

A version of this story will appear in the Feb. 23 issue of TIME, on newsstands this Friday.

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Miley Cyrus Admits She Can’t Spell Boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger’s Last Name

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Frederick M. Brown—Getty Images Singer Miley Cyrus attends "Fashion Los Angeles Awards" at the Sunset Tower Hotel on January 22, 2015 in California.

The singer also said she's not as "wild" as people think

Miley Cyrus admitted that she has no clue how to spell her famous boyfriend‘s tough last name.

“I can’t tell you, apparently there’s not a ‘T’ in it,” Cyrus, 22, said when asked Friday by Good Morning America‘s Cameron Mathison about how she might spell current love interest Patrick Schwarzenegger‘s difficult moniker.

Cyrus went on the show to promote her new MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam campaign, which donates 100 percent of proceeds from her lipstick to the MAC AIDS fund. She also shared her passion for working at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The “Wrecking Ball” singer defended herself as a role model for youth, noting that what she promotes is acceptance.

“What is important to teach people is that … you can’t judge other people,” she said, adding that she, too, has been unfairly criticized.

“I’m not the way that people try to make me seem … I don’t go around just trashing hotel rooms and partying, that I’m actually working on, you know, music that I love and being involved in things that I love,” Cyrus told GMA.

Cyrus also said she was “stoked” by her Grammy Award nomination but that she doubts she’ll win.

And in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she said her actions are often wrongly portrayed in media, making her seem wild.

“I think people try to make me seem a lot less centered than I am,” Cyrus said. “You make choices and sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong just like in life. [My choices] are magnified and people kind of try to make you seem out of control when actually I’m a pretty happy, centered person that likes to do a lot of things for people. I’m not driven by just my own self and wanting more.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger’s Siblings Are Also Dating

Hollywood celebs keeping it in the family

Miley Cyrus’s brother Braison and Patrick Schwarzenegger’s sister Christina are dating.

According to E! News, the pair hit it off after meeting at Miley’s 22nd birthday party in November and started seeing each other in December, a month after Miley and Patrick began their romance.

Braison even posted a couple of pictures to his Instagram with him and Christina looking adorable.

Twenty-year-old Braison is a singer-songwriter and Christina, 23, is a graduate from Georgetown University.

Christina and Patrick hail from the Kennedy-Shwarzenegger clan, with mother Maria Shriver, a journalist, and father Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former Governor of California.

[eonline]

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Writing Party in the U.S.A. Paid Jessie J’s Rent for 3 Years

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Alexander Tamargo—Getty Images Jessie J performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2014.

The 2009 hit went 7-times platinum

Just when you finally got it out of your head, Miley Cyrus’ hit song Party in the U.S.A. is making headlines again.

Singer and songwriter Jessie J told Glamour UK that she cashed out big by writing the 2009 jam with Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly. “Party in the USA paid my rent for, like, three years,” she said. “Actually it was longer than that. That’s where I get most of my money. I write songs. I’m a singer. I love doing endorsements and stuff, but that’s all added on.”

The song went on to become seven-times platinum.

[Glamour UK]

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