Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Album, Lady Gaga Confirms That She Will Star in ‘Joker’ Sequel, and More

From Carly Rae Jepsen announcing a new album to Lady Gaga confirming that she will star in the ‘Joker’ sequel opposite Joaquin Phoenix, here’s this week in pop music.

Selena Gomez is in final negotiations to produce a remake of the 1988 film – ‘Working Girl’. BTS’ J-Hope made history at Lollapalooza. BLACKPINK announced a new album and world tour, among other significant happenings this week!

Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Album, ‘The Loneliest Time’

The ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer Carly Rae Jepsen announced that she will be releasing her sixth studio album ‘The Loneliest Time’ on October 21. The star revealed the big news via Instagram in a post wherein she also unveiled the cover art for her latest project.

“I’m quite fascinated by loneliness. It can be really beautiful when you turn it over and look at it,” the singer wrote in a post shared on Instagram. “Just like love, it can cause some extreme human reactions.” ‘The Loneliest Time’ is a follow-up project to her last albums ‘Dedicated’ and ‘Dedicated Side B’ released in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Selena Gomez and 20th Century Studios to Remake ‘Working Girl’

One of the biggest stars in the world, Selena Gomez, is in final negotiations to produce a remake of the 1988 hit film ‘Working Girl’. 20th Century is looking to remake the film that brought $100 million at the domestic box office and earned six Oscar nominations with Gomez, who received an Emmy nod last month for producing for ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’ for ‘Only Murders in the Building’‘Working Girl’ was nominated at the Oscars for awards, including Best Picture, with Best Actress nomination for Griffith and Supporting nods for Cusack and Weaver. 

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It is not clear whether the ‘Lose You To Love Me’ singer will star in the ‘Working Girl’ remake along with producing it just like she did with ‘Only Murders in the Building’ on Hulu alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short. Selena Gomez has also been an executive producer of Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ and has recently starred in and produced the HBO Max reality series ‘Selena + Chef’. The fourth season of the show premieres on August 18. Renowned British chef Gordon Ramsay will be featured in the new season of the show. Following her Emmy nomination, Selena Gomez’s Emmy page has officially been updated with her first nomination as executive producer on ‘Only Murders in the Building’.

BTS’ J-Hope Made History at Lollapalooza 2022

BTS’ J-Hope took the Lollapalooza stage this year in Chicago. The star officially made history as the first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza. J-Hope’s set at the music festival lasted over an hour. He kicked off the eighteen-track setlist with ‘MORE’ and ‘Pandora’s Box’ off his first solo album ‘Jack In The Box’ released last month.

With his headlining set, J-Hope made history as the first Korean artist to headline a major U.S. music festival. The star’s set included songs from his 2018 mixtape ‘Hope World’, and BTS songs ‘Cypher Pt. 1’, and ‘Dynamite’. He also performed solo BTS songs ‘Outro: Ego’ and ‘Trivia: Just Dance’. Then came a surprise as Becky G joined J-Hope on stage to perform their 2019 collaboration ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’.

BLACKPINK Announces New Album and World Tour

New music is officially on the way for BLACKPINK fans. The K-pop supergroup is dropping a follow-up album titled ‘Born Pink’ in September with a pre-release single this month. They have also announced a world tour beginning in October via a teaser on YouTube.

BLACKPINK’s last album was released in 2020 featuring stars Selena Gomez and Cardi B on the hit song ‘Ice Cream’ and ‘Bet You Wanna’, respectively. The two new music videos for the upcoming album have been shot with the highest production budget YG has ever put into music videos.

Selena Quintanilla Estate Unveils Posthumous Album Release Date

Legendary singer Selena Quintanilla, who was among the best-selling artists of the 1990s, was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American icons of the time. She was shot and killed on March 31, 1995, when she was 23 years old. It has been over 27 years since she passed away, and the Quintanilla family and Warner Music Latina will be releasing a new album from the Grammy-winning singer.

The estate has revealed a remixed regional version of ‘Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti’. It is the first single from Selena’s forthcoming 13-track album. Selena’s posthumous album is titled ‘Moonchild Mixes’. It will release on August 26. This isn’t the first time this song has been re-released. This is the third version of ‘Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti’.

Originally recorded in 1987, the single was written by Ricky Vela. Vela was an original member of Selena y Los Dinos. ‘Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti’ is produced by Selena’s brother, A.B. Quintanilla, who told ABC News that he cleaned Selena’s vocals and “put them on timing. And then we also pitched her vocal down just a hair to make her sound a little bit more mature.”

Most of the album’s songs were recorded when Selena was merely a teenager between 13 and 16 years old, as per the family. A.B. says “he digitally altered the music to portray the vocals and overall sound as accurately as possible.” The new album will include 10 songs that haven’t been heard before. Three songs are new variations of previously released tracks.

“It truly feels like she went into the studio again and recorded it,” Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, said in the ABC News interview. “It’s pretty incredible.”

Lady Gaga Confirmed to Star in ‘Joker’ Sequel

Lada Gaga has officially confirmed that she will star in the ‘Joker’ sequel via social media. The ‘Rain On Me’ singer shared a musical teaser set to ‘Cheek to Cheek’, which Gaga has covered in her musical career alongside Tony Bennett. The sequel to the 2019 ‘Joker’ is titled ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’

It will see Lady Gaga star opposite Joaquin Phoenix returning to the role of Joker. Joaquin also won an Oscar for ‘Best Actor’ for his role as the titular character in ‘Joker’. It is not confirmed what role would Gaga play in the film, there has been no announcement whether she would be playing Harley Quinn. 

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