Paris Hilton Recalls That Time She & Britney Spears ‘Invented the Selfie’

Paris Hilton has unearthed a gem from 14 years ago and is sharing it with the world, to the delight of Britney Spears fans everywhere.

Hilton posted an old selfie with Britney Spears on social media on Friday (Nov. 20).

“14 years ago, @britneyspears and I invented the selfie,” she captioned the photo, which features the pair grinning at the camera.

In September, Hilton revealed that she hung out with her old pal in Malibu over the summer, when they would meet for casual dinners.

At the time, she also gave her opinion on Spears’ conservatorship: “I just love her so much and I feel like if you are an adult you should be able to live your life and not be controlled,” Hilton said. “I think that maybe stems from me being controlled so much so I can understand how that would feel and I can’t imagine right now if that was still happening to me. After just working your whole life and working so hard, she’s this icon and I just feel like she has no control of her life whatsoever and I just don’t think that’s fair.”

But, she added, “I never like to bring up negative things and make people feel uncomfortable so I’ve never talked about it with her.”

See their throwback selfie below.

Jeremih Transferred Out of ICU Amid COVID-19 Battle

Jeremih, who was hospitalized due to complications of COVID-19, has been moved from the ICU as he recovers.

According to a statement obtained by Billboard on Saturday (Nov. 21) from a spokesperson for Jeremih’s family and team, “Jeremih has been transferred out of ICU. He will spend the rest of his recovery time in a regular hospital room. The true healing begins. Thank you all for your continued prayers and wishes.”

The R&B singer had reportedly been on a ventilator in a Chicago hospital while battling the novel coronavirus.

Earlier in the week, a representative for Jeremih’s family told CNN that the virus had “viciously attacked his body,” and that they wanted to remind others that “COVID-19 is real and not to be taken lightly. It’s important for people infected to quarantine and let their families and friends know ASAP. There’s no shame in contracting COVID-19, and people that have it need to be responsible and considerate of others.”

“Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now,” Chance the Rapper wrote on Twitter last Saturday afternoon (Nov. 14) when the news of Jeremih’s condition first broke. “I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him.”

“pray for my boy Jeremih he’s not doing good this covid shit is real,” 50 Cent said on the same day.

BTS Cozies Up in New ‘On My Pillow’ Version of ‘Life Goes On’ Video: Watch

BTS has shared a new version of its music video for “Life Goes On.”

On Friday (Nov. 20), the seven-member K-pop group shared the official video for “Life Goes On,” the lead single from the act’s latest album, BE. The Jungkook- directed clip takes fans through a sentimental visual journey, where the boy band grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic taking away its live shows.

The new version of “Life Goes On,” dubbed “on my pillow,” stretches a scene from the original four-minute clip of the septet cozying up with each other in a bedroom. Watch the guys lounge around on a bed in their pajamas while singing the track below.

“The emotion I wanted to express is the sadness and the longing that was felt because the tour was canceled due to COVID-19 and because we couldn’t see ARMY much,” Jungkook said during a press conference for BE. “It’s amazing that the video I took and worked hard on is released as a music video.”

BTS rescheduled the rest of its Map of the Soul world tour due to COVID back in April. The international jaunt was originally scheduled to begin on April 11 in Seoul before it was canceled in late February. Then in March, the boy band announced its North American tour dates, which were scheduled to launch April 25 in Santa Clara, Calif., would be postponed.

Watch the “on my pillow” version of BTS’ new “Life Goes On” video below.

Carrie Underwood and John Legend Embrace Holiday Spirit in ‘Hallelujah’ Video: Watch

Carrie Underwood and John Legend are getting into the holiday spirit with the music video for their new duet “Hallelujah.”

In the Randee St. Nicholas-directed clip, which premiered through Facebook on Thursday (Nov. 19), the country singer and R&B crooner join forces in a dimly lit, snow-filled room where they beautifully deliver the powerful track.

“This song and its message is much needed right now and I’m honored to have it on my Christmas album, My Gift,” Underwood said on Instagram earlier in the week. “I hope you like it.”

“Hallelujah” appears on Underwood’s latest album, My Gift, which marks her first full-length holiday project. The set was produced by Greg Wells and includes eight traditional and three original songs.

Released on Sept. 25, My Gift recently earned Underwood her eighth total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

“It has been in my heart to do a Christmas album for years, and we started planning this last year when we finished the Cry Pretty Tour 360,” Underwood tells Billboard. “Who would have known what would happen in the world since then, and how much we would all be ready for the hope and joy that Christmas music embodies this year more than ever.”

Legend will also appear on Underwood’s upcoming music special My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, which will be available for streaming through HBO Max on Dec. 3.

Watch the “Hallelujah” music video below.

Bob Dylan Papers, Including Unpublished Lyrics, Sell for $495K at Auction

A long-lost trove of Bob Dylan documents including the singer-songwriter’s musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics has sold at auction for a total of $495,000.

Boston-based R.R. Auction said Friday (Nov. 20) the collection privately held by the late American blues artist Tony Glover, a longtime Dylan friend and confidante, was sold as individual lots Thursday, with a majority of the key pieces going to a bidder whose identity was not made public.

The collection included transcripts of Glover’s 1971 interviews with Dylan and letters the pair exchanged. The interviews reveal that Dylan had anti-Semitism on his mind when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman, and that he wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for Barbra Streisand.

Dylan, 79, was close with Glover, who died last year. The two men broke into music in the same Minneapolis coffeehouse scene. Glover’s widow, Cynthia Nadler, put the documents up for auction online.

The reclusive Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2016 after giving the world “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and other anthems of the turbulent 1960s.

Included in the auctioned items were lyrics Dylan penned after visiting folk legend Woody Guthrie in May 1962. The lines, never made public until last month, read:

“My eyes are cracked I think I been framed/ I can’t seem to remember the sound of my name/ What did he teach you I heard someone shout/ Did he teach you to wheel & wind yourself out/ Did he teach you to reveal, respect, and repent the blues/ No Jack he taught me how to sleep in my shoes.”

In a 1971 conversation with Glover, Dylan discussed why he changed his name, saying: “A lot of people are under the impression that Jews are just money lenders and merchants.”

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (November 21)

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.

A sweet serenade by Luis Fonsi

Nonprofit Musicians on Call and Gibson Gives partnered this week to bring live music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Launching the partnership, both organizations invited Luis Fonsi for a special virtual concert, where he crooned his younger fans with hits such as “Perfecta,” “Echame La Culpa,” Despacito,” and “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” The performance was broadcast directly to the rooms of pediatric patients at children’s hospitals across the country, according to a press statement.

Anuel launches underwear collection

Anuel AA teamed up with lifestyle brand Ethika for the release of his first-ever underwear collection. This also marks the first time the brand partners with a Latin artist. Inspired by his upbringing in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the collection pays tribute to the facade of his community called “Torres de Sabana Towers” and his “Real Hasta La Muerte” phrase. The line includes male boxer briefs, female sports bra, and boy short briefs made in a soft 4-way stretch fabric and is available on Ethika’s website and FootAction stores throughout the United States.

“I’ve always wanted to make more and more businesses that have nothing to do with music,” the reggaeton and trap artist tells Billboard. “That’s when I started to create the idea in my mind of being the first Latin singer to do a collaboration with Ethika and I called Spiff TV to make this happen.” As the brand’s Latin curator, Carlos “Spiff TV” Suarez will be at the helm of Ethika’s expansion into the Latin market.

Carlos Santana’s scholarship

Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation has partnered with 10,000 Degrees for a renewable Santana Scholars Program, providing grant funds of $100,000 to Bay Area-based students from low-income communities, who are the first in their family to attend college. “Whether at home or in school, you are being given a menu to learn who you are already … wisdom, brilliance, elegance, decent with impeccable integrity, in other words, you are the bright shining future,” the renowned guitarist said in a statement.

J Balvin drops an exclusive song

J Balvin has teamed up with McDonald’s once again but instead of launching a meal, he dropped a new song. “Dorado” debuted in a commercial during the Latin Grammys night (Nov. 19), showing Balvin at a McDonald’s restaurant and portraying various characters. “It’s meant to empower our community and send the message that dreams can come true regardless of the circumstances,” he said of the exclusive song for McDonald’s. “We have always faced tough challenges, but through hard work and consistency, we can overcome them. I always tell my fans that we must remain positive and optimistic.” “Dorado,” available only on the McDonald’s App, was inspired by Balvin’s Latin Grammy-winning album Colores and the fast-food chain’s Golden Arches.

Guerrera Marketing & PR drops merch for a cause

Guerrera Marketing & PR, whose roster includes Jessie Reyez, Kali Uchis, and others, along with owner Loren Medina’s non-profit organization, Travel with Purpose, partnered with Latinx-owned apparel brand, Viva La Bonita, for the launch of a scholarship program to empower girls from Latinx, Black and Indigenous communities. “We are inspired that for the very first time in our nation’s history, both women and girls of color are able to see themselves in the highest positions of our land,” Medina expressed in a statement. The exclusive merch, which includes the Guerrera x VLB x TWP tee, will donate 60 percent of the proceeds to the scholarship fund.  For more information on the program, click here. To purchase the tee, click here.