Demi Lovato Sings To Squirrels In NPR Tiny Desk Concert: Watch

Although Demi Lovato made her Disney debut in the series As The Bell Rings back in 2007, she transformed into a real-life Disney princess on Wednesday (April 13) by performing a medley of hits in her Los Angeles backyard for a crowd of adoring woodland creatures in her Tiny Desk (Home) Concert for NPR.

Lovato effortlessly sang a collection of past and present fan favorites that included her soulful 2017 single “Tell Me You Love Me,” as well as newly released tracks “The Art of Starting Over” and “Dancing With the Devil,” both of which feature as the title tracks on her seventh album, which was released on April 2.

Though the performance was socially distant, a few furry attendees got to witness the powerful set in its entirety. “My squirrels are out here,” she said. “I have now taught them how to eat from my hand, and that’s a big accomplishment so I just wanted to let you know that was on my mind.”

Back in March, Lovato released an honest, unflinching four-part documentary series on YouTube titled Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil that detailed her 2018 near-fatal overdose, battles with addiction and eating disorders, and her personal recovery journey. She followed the series with the release of her seventh album Dancing With the Devil … The Art of Starting Over, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart this week.

Lovato told Entertainment Weekly that it was pivotal for her to tell her story in the most honest and accurate way possible on the album, even if it was daunting. “If I’m painting a picture as an artist, telling my truth is so important to me,” she said. “I don’t censor my substance use in ‘Dancing With the Devil.’ I don’t hold back from that, so I don’t want to hold back from any other place in my authenticity, you know?”

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Taylor Swift Tells Stephen Colbert Her Song ‘Hey Stephen’ Isn’t About Him

After 13 years, Taylor Swift is finally setting the record straight: No, her song “Hey Stephen” is not about Stephen Colbert. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (April 13) to finally break the news to the late-night comedian that he did not inspire the country track.

Or did he? As the two discussed who the real Stephen is, Swift revealed increasingly personal bits of information about Colbert — even unveiling a mood board she covered with pictures of his face — and he started to question the veracity of her claims. In the end, however, she revealed that the song was actually written about prolific horror author Stephen King.

“I’ve never revealed this before to anyone but ‘Hey Stephen’ is about Stephen King,” she said. “He’s amazing. The Dark Tower series changed my life, plus The Shining, The Stand, and don’t even get me started on his short stories. Absolutely luminescent.”

“Hey Stephen” is one of 26 tracks on Fearless (Taylor’s Version), a re-recorded version of her 2008 album, which was released on April 9. Swift is remastering her entire discography up to 2019’s Lover to gain complete ownership of her music after her master recordings were purchased and then sold by her former management. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is her first fully re-recorded album, but Swift had fans abuzz with theories that her album 1989 might be next in line after dropping multiple references to it during her interview with Colbert.

Speaking to People about the process of re-recording Fearless, Taylor said: “We really did go in and try to create a ‘the same but better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did.”

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‘Difficult And Heartbreaking’: Teen Mom OG’s Catelynn Reveals Second Miscarriage

Catelynn endured a miscarriage two years ago and chronicled the traumatic event on Teen Mom OG. Now, during tonight’s season finale, Cate found out she was pregnant and soon after shared a “super hard” and “heartbreaking” update.

“I woke up from a nap today, and I was bleeding, so we miscarried this baby,” she shared in a diary cam. “This now is my second miscarriage. It’s hard, period. Anybody that’s been through it knows how difficult and heartbreaking that it is.”

Cate reflected on her first miscarriage and how she felt the trauma of “losing a child” all over again after being 16 and pregnant and outlining an adoption plan for Carly.

“I think the only thing that’s different this time around is obviously my mental health is in a better state because it’s not overcoming me or making me spiral,” Cate said. “I can tell that the mental health work that I’ve done has worked, but that being said, it still sucks.”

Later, Cate told Nova about the loss and tried to explain why she had felt “sad” and “off” the past few days.

“God decided that it needed to go back to Heaven,” she stated while showing Nova a little sculpture depicting their family and the baby no longer with them.

Offer your supportive words in the comments, and watch the Baltierras on Part 1 of the Teen Mom OG reunion next Tuesday at 8/7c.

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These Challenge Competitors Are Still Waiting For A Win

If Aneesa hasn’t given up after 14 seasons, nobody has an excuse

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Or if you’re like a few legendary contestants from The Challenge, try about 12 or 13 more times.

While MTV’s tentpole competition series has produced a collection of decorated victors across 37 seasons (think CT, Darrell and Ashley “Millionaire” Mitchell), it has, all the while, kept more than a few staples of the series from earning championship cash. Call it bad luck or a matter of circumstance, but Aneesa, Tori, Leroy, Jenna and other Challenge linchpins have somehow gone years without standing atop the hallowed podium.

Still, we appreciate their resolve and continue to cheer them on. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of Challenge greats who have come close to victory but have yet to officially taste it:

  • Tori

    The Dirty XXX Rookie of the Year has evolved into one of the most feared competitors in the game, and her staying power on War of the Worlds 2 amounted to one of the most impressive Challenge showings of all time (who could forget when Tori plowed Jenny over in one of the franchise’s most exciting “Hall Brawls”?). Still, Tori proved on Double Agents that she sometimes gets in her own way, especially when she’s not receptive to rookies.

  • Aneesa

    It’s been 19 years since the Real World: Chicago alum appeared on Battle of the Sexes, tried to oust one of the game’s strongest players and instantly became a Challenge legend. And though she’s come close to the title of Challenge champion a few of times, the game always seems to slip through Aneesa’s fingers at the very last second.

  • Kam

    When even CT is scared to square off against you in a “Pole Wrestle,” you know you’re doing something right. Still, Kam, who boasts one of the best elimination-round records of all time, hasn’t managed to make it across the finish line first. Will Double Agents be different?

  • Kyle

    Kyle’s performance on his rookie season served as a blueprint for several seasons since: If you underestimate him, as many are inclined to do, you’re likely to be surprised. Kyle nearly took the crown on Vendettas and Total Madness, but still, his trophy shelf is collecting dust.

  • Cory

    Cory’s Challenge career has been a bit of a checkerboard — sometimes, he’s been blown out before the game really gets underway, and other times, he’s been a real contender, only losing finals by a hair. Will Cory garner a victory on Double Agents — or come close, but no cigar?

  • Jenna

    Jenna, who — in a parallel universe — could have very easily won Exes II or Battle of the Bloodlines, isn’t called Barbie Beast for nothing. She’s got strength to spare on the battlefield and in elimination rounds. In spite of her capacity to perform, though, she has sometimes choked when the pressure’s applied.

  • Leroy

    Leroy put up an impressive rookie season way back on Rivals, making it all the way to the final. He has yet to transcend the distinction of runner-up, though, and he came close to wins on Exes II and War of the Worlds 2. But history has a chance to not repeat itself during the Double Agents final.

  • Nelson

    For someone who nearly beat the heavy-hitting CT on Invasion, Nelson seems like someone who should have likely taken home a win by now. Sadly, he’s often his own worst enemy, and his hot-headed politicking has often kept him from a win. Other times, as was the case with Double Agents, he’s just had bad luck.

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Justin Bieber Talks Marriage, Insecurities, And Forgiveness

In the span of just 27 years, Justin Bieber has lived lifetimes. He’s been the childhood star, the teen heartthrob, the rebel without a cause, and most recently, the devout husband. In an all-encompassing cover profile by GQ that published Tuesday (April 13), Bieber opened up about it all: the importance of forgiveness, growing from his infamous past, and the difficulties he experienced in his first year of marriage.

The singer, who dropped the surprise gospel EP Freedom last week, admitted that, as a young adult growing up in the spotlight, he let his “ego” and “insecurities” shape how he saw himself, his career, and the world around him. But that outlook took its toll. He felt “numb” while on the tail end of his 2017 Purpose tour — which he canceled with fifteen stops remaining — and shortly after hit his breaking point. He finally understood he needed to make his mental health a priority.

“I just lost control of my vision for my career,” he told GQ. “And then you wake up one day and your relationships are fucked up and you’re unhappy and you have all this success in the world, but you’re just like: ‘Well, what is this worth if I’m still feeling empty inside?’”

Throughout his healing process, as he dealt with “navigating a lot of emotional terrain,” he had two rocks that kept him grounded: religion and his wife, Hailey Bieber, whom he married in 2018. Bieber called their relationship “really tough” in its first year, despite all of the support he received during that time. “There was just lack of trust. There was all these things that you don’t want to admit to the person that you’re with, because it’s scary,” he said.

Now, in between releasing chart-topping albums of his own, Bieber is focused on using his past for the betterment of others by supporting emerging artists and ensuring they don’t make the same mistakes he did. The singer said that settling down and having kids has always felt like his “calling” in life and that him and his wife plan to have children “not this second” but eventually. It makes sense then that Bieber would find joy in uplifting others too.

“I don’t want to let my shame of my past dictate what I’m able to do now for people,” he said. “A lot of people let their past weigh them down, and they never do what they want to do because they think that they’re not good enough. But I’m just like: ‘I did a bunch of stupid shit. That’s okay. I’m still available. I’m still available to help. And I’m still worthy of helping.’”

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First Look: The Hills: New Beginnings To Return For Season 2

The Hills is returning — and Kristin Cavallari will be a part of this brand-new beginnings.

MTV announced The Hills: New Beginnings, based on the docuseries that changed the reality TV landscape, will be back on May 12. After a year of lockdowns and lost time, the cast of Hollywood’s most iconic friend group is together again. This season finds them at a crossroads and their lives tested like never before. While some struggle with the financial strains from the global pandemic and rebuilding businesses, others are navigating through rocky relationships, struggling with addiction as well as their mental and physical health. From a highly-publicized divorce and rekindling former flames to starting new families and surprise pregnancies, all bets are off. Joined by a new Hollywood “it” girl on the scene and a long-awaited reunion with a former castmate, the group is writing their newest chapter once again.

Audrina Patridge, Ashley Wahler, Brandon Thomas Lee, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Jason Wahler, Jennifer Delgado, Justin “Bobby” Brescia, Kaitlynn Carter, Spencer Pratt and Whitney Port return for the iconic series alongside newcomer Caroline D’Amore.

And then there’s K-Cav. In the first look at the upcoming season, the woman known for some “drama drama drama” enters the fold.

“To being reunited,” Kristin declares, right after footage rolls of the mom of three walking into an event.

But there’s more. Brody and Audrina “did kiss” (!), and Justin Bobby is having a candid chat with his dad. And which couple is trying to expand their family? Watch the drama-filled sneak peek above, and do not miss The Hills: New Beginnings when it returns on Wednesday, May 12 at 9/8c. For more information and exclusive content, follow The Hills: New Beginnings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and join in on the discussion using #TheHills.

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Olivia Rodrigo Announces Debut Album “Sour”

Olivia Rodrigo isn’t stepping on the brakes anytime soon. Fresh off the release of her singles “Drivers License” and “Deja Vu,” she announced on Tuesday (April 13) that her debut album, Sour, will be released on May 21.

After teasing the album’s tracklist by sending letters to fans for them to decode, the 18-year-old actress and singer-songwriter made the official announcement by sharing the album’s artwork on Instagram. Channeling ’90s teen nostalgia, the cover sees Rodrigo’s face covered in butterflies, stars, and heart stickers as she sticks her tongue out to reveal the title pasted onto it.

Writing about the project on her Instagram Story, Olivia added: “My debut album Sour comes out May 21 and I couldn’t be more excited if I tried.”

After making the announcement, Rodrigo jumped on Instagram Live to reveal that she wrote most of the songs on Sour when she was 17. “It’s this very, like, sour period of my life, which I think is why I liked the title,” she said. “I think you’re really gonna love the [songs] that are on the record. I worked really hard to write them and produce them in a really unique way. I’m so excited. It’s going to be really fun.”

The 11-track album includes her previous mega-hits “Deja Vu” and “Drivers License,” both of which cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. There’s also a blend of new material and previously released fan favorites like the poignant “Happier,” which Rodrigo first shared online in 2020.

Speaking with MTV News about the impact of “Drivers License,” Olivia shared that, while she initially worried the song’s meteoric success would leave her feeling pressured, it actually helped her to discover what makes her stand out as an artist. “I actually really think it gave me a lot of confidence in my voice and in what makes my songwriting special which I feel like is my vulnerability and honesty,” she said. “Learning that that’s what people resonated with kind of helps me with all of my other music.”

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‘New Normal, New Connections’: Catfish Returning With Brand-New Episodes

Life has changed, but Catfish still remain. And Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford are “ready to reel them in.”

The MTV series will return on May 4, and with the new normal comes some brand-new Catfish tales.

“So you’re a porn star?” Kamie wonders in the first look above. Unclear…for now.

Meanwhile, Nev declares they have “never had this many” of something. What is it? Watch the clip above to see more “stranger stories and wilder reveals” — and do not miss the return of Catfish on Tuesday, May 4 at 9/8c (right after the season premiere of Teen Mom 2).

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Selena Gomez To Host Global Citizen ‘Vax Live’ Concert

Selena Gomez, H.E.R, Jennifer Lopez, and more are rallying behind vaccination against the coronavirus by joining forces with education and advocacy organization Global Citizen. The artists will appear during its upcoming benefit concert Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World on May 8, it was announced on Tuesday (April 13).

Hosted by Gomez, the global event’s star-studded lineup includes performances by H.E.R, Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, Eddie Vedder, and more as it “aims to inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere” according to a press release. Global Citizen has held concerts to garner funds for key organizations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, including the Lady Gaga-curated One World: Together At Home virtual event in April 2020.

“I’m honored to be hosting Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World,” Gomez said in a statement. “This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably, and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

The televised special is part of Global Citizen’s campaign to support the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator initiative, which is co-led by the World Health Organization and works to provide access to COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the globe. Through the one-night event, the organization aims to inspire viewers to call upon their leaders to pledge $22.1 billion so that the program can fund 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, tests, and treatments for the nations that need them by the end of 2021.

The global special will air on May 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and CBS, and it will be livestreamed simultaneously on YouTube and iHeartMedia radio stations. Fox will air the special at 11 p.m. ET. An extended, 90-minute version of the special will air on the Global Citizen’s YouTube channel and feature additional performances and appearances by NCT 127 and popular YouTube creators including the Try Guys and Kati Morton.

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Third Time’s A Charm: Double Shot At Love Renewed For Season 3

Every buddy deserves a third chance.

Double Shot at Love will return for a third season and is slated to premiere later this year, MTV has announced. And this time, beloved Jersey Shore: Family Vacation bromance pals DJ Pauly D and Vinny will be back to find the perfect match for the latter. You know what they say: Third time’s a charm!

After seeing first-hand how DJ Pauly D and Nikki found love on the show, ultimate bachelor Vinny is ready for someone to capture his heart. DJ Pauly D and Nikki will guide Vin toward finding his own happiness — this time with an insider’s perspective of what it’s like on the other side. Will their one-two punch help Vinny land the perfect match? Whether he finds love or not, one thing is for sure…things are bound to get awk-ward!

Stay with MTV News for more Double Shot at Love details. Follow along with @DoubleShotAtLove on Instagram and Facebook, and @MTVShotAtLove on Twitter, and get in on the conversation using #DoubleShotAtLove.

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