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Billie Eilish Makes History With James Bond No Time To Die Theme Song. Eilish, Billie Eilish. On Tuesday, the 18-year-old singer announced that she will sing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, making her the youngest performer to tackle the honor. Using the same title as the highly-anticipated flick, Eilish will be teaming up with her brother and music partner Finneas O'Connell to create an "incredibly powerful and moving song" for the milestone film. "We are excited to announce that Billie and FINNEAS have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for No Time To Die, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film," No Time To Die producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a press release. Excited by the honor of singing the theme song for the 25th James Bond film, Eilish said, "It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I'm still in shock." Chiming in, Finneas added, "Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we've been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live And Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007." Hinting that the big announcement was coming, Eilish shared pictures of past Bond Girls to her Instagram Stories. Among them were Halle Berry, who starred in 2002's Die Another Day. Prior to the news, fans thought Beyonce was a shoe-in for the spot based on her cryptic Instagram post, which featured a martini. Eilish joins a star-studded list of artists that have sung the James Bond theme song. Past theme song performers include Adele, Madonna, Sam Smith, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Jack White and Alicia Keys. Who knows, maybe this will begin her campaign as an EGOT winner. All she has to do is, you know, win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award... From the looks of it, she'll have no problem checking off the "G." Eilish is currently nominated for six awards at the 2020 Grammys, including the night's biggest awards Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. She is currently the youngest nominee to earn nominations in all of the award show's four major categories. Catch Billie's theme song in No Time To Die when it premieres on April 10. (Eonline)

Selena Gomez Teases Unreleased Rare Song "Boyfriend." Selena Gomez finally released her new music, but wait, there's more! During an appearance on Monday's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the "Lose You To Love Me" singer revealed to host Jimmy Fallon that there are more songs she recorded that didn't make it to the final version of her new album Rare. Released on Friday, Jan. 10, the 27-year-old star put 11 new songs out into the world to join the previously released singles "Lose You To Love Me" and "Look At Her Now." But as she told Fallon, "There's a few other songs that I couldn't help but want to exist." As the star continued, "I can't really tell when, but one of my favorite tracks is called 'Boyfriend.' So, I can't wait for people to hear that one." Funnily enough, one of her ex Justin Bieber's most famous songs is also called "Boyfriend." And Rare is filled with tracks that appear to be about Gomez's take on their 2018 breakup. "Lose You To Love Me" seems to be the biggest example of that. Her first No. 1 single, Gomez told Fallon that she felt the need to finally give her side of the story with that song. As she revealed, "There came a point in my life where there were so many things being said on my behalf, and I found myself protecting people that didn't really protect me, but I had a right to say my side of the story. And I felt like that was so liberating because it almost felt like I had let it go, personally, inside of me once it was out." Another liberating feeling came with the album's titular track. As the pop star revealed to the host (and as she shared in her interview with Spotify just before the album release), the word "rare" was empowering for her. "We worked on 'Rare,' and I just said before we finished anything, 'This is gonna be the name of my album,'" Gomez told the SNL alum. "The word is so special, and it means a lot. And I think in this time where everyone is obsessed with feeling like they need to look the same way or get things done or whatever it may be. Obviously, I don't judge, I'm just saying there are some girls who are hurting because they feel like they don't fit in, but this word is eliminating that, because you weren't meant to look like everyone else. You're meant to be who you are, and that's unique and that's rare." Other than confidence and self-love, Fallon wanted to know what else the star hoped people would take away from her new music. As Gomez shared, "What was most important for me with this record was to make sure that every single song, whether it was the lyrics or the production, to mean something and to actually hold weight." "One of my favorite songs is 'Vulnerable' on the album," she continued. "It was a way of me hoping that I could just be a voice for people who are in the same situation I'm in, whether it's something mentally that people struggle with, or relationships, friendships. I wanted to be as honest as I could, and the only thing that I wanted was to make people feel good. During all the mess that's happening, I think that I'm very lucky to be in a position to make people feel good." Now, check out the rest of the interview to hear how Gomez and Wizards of Waverly Place helped inspire Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy." (Eonline)

Stormzy Makes U.S. TV Debut With 'Crown' Performance on 'Fallon'. It used to be said, only U.S. hip-hop travels. That's not entirely accurate. Take Stormzy for one example. The British grime star is a phenomenon in his homeland, with three No. 1 singles to his name: "Own It," his collab with Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy; "Take Me Back to London," also with Sheeran; and "Vossi Bop." Born Michael Owuo in Croydon, south of London Stormzy's debut album Gang Signs & Prayer became the first grime No. album on release in March 2017. He made history once more in 2019 when he headlined Glastonbury Festival, becoming the first British rapper and first black solo homegrown artist to do so. His follow-up album Heavy Is The Head also went in at No. 1 on the national chart. Right now, he's on top of both U.K. charts. And travel he does. Stormzy's two albums both peaked at No. 11 on the Australian chart, and he's nabbed top 40 positions on charts around Europe, including the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland. On Monday night, Stormzy made his U.S. TV debut on The Tonight Show, with a performance of "Crown" from his latest LP. The U.S. journey is just beginning. Watch him travel. (Billboard)

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