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Halsey and 11 Other Memorable Celebrity Pregnancy Announcements

Halsey just announced she's pregnant with her first child.

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Halsey just announced via Instagram that she's expecting her first child with her partner Alev Aydin.

The post reads, "surprise! 🍼🌈👼🏻 Photos by @samdameshek," she also tagged Aydin over her belly. Aydin soon re-shared the post on his Instagram Story, complete with a pair of red heart emojis.

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11 Famous People Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

The pioneering Tejano star died 25 years ago, but her lasting legacy has shaped many artists you know.

25 years ago, Mexican-American Tejano sensation Selena Quintanilla was murdered.

In her short 23 years, Selena took the Latin music scene by storm throughout the late '80s and early '90s, playing an unprecedented role in driving the genre towards the mainstream in the United States. Some of her greatest influences included Donna Summer, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, and the Jackson family, though her father encouraged her to pay homage to her roots by singing in Spanish and implementing Mexican cumbia and mariachi into her music.

With hits like "Dreaming of You," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como la Flor" — as well as an unmistakable, but often replicated, sense of style — Selena was a phenomenon with a lasting legacy.

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Jay Saint's new video for "Basic" is a transportive portrait of queer love and emotional intimacy. Trippy and elegant, it's a multifaceted love song with a few twists.

The video finds Saint telling his lover not to worry about the past and to forget about old mistakes—because what they have in the moment is what matters most of all. "Why I'm paying for his mistakes? You're successful, you've replaced his bullsh*t for gold," he sings. "Let's blossom, let's grow. I won't run away. I promise I'll stay." The luxurious video has all the trademarks of classic R&B videos—bedsheets, smoky rooms, neon lights—but it's also unique in its portrayal of raw feeling.

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A seasoned songwriter who's written for artists including Danity Kane, Fergie, and Sean Kingston, Saint wrote all the songs on his new LP, ExCommitted. His music draws on Haitian and Caribbean influences and brings them together with genres like trap, creating a compulsively listenable hybrid of R&B. It's tied together by rich and emotive vocals, which break through the slick production to touch on the complicated feelings that come with love. Perhaps best of all, it genuinely sounds joyful—the work of someone who loves music and who's determined to share his art and light with the world.

In the end, despite its emphasis on relationships, ExCommitted is about finding yourself—not in the context of a relationship, but in the context of becoming unafraid to show who you are at your core. "ExCommitted is about me committing to what I want in a relationship from the perspective of my authentic self," Saint told Respect. "I needed to be committed to the real me. By the end of the album, listeners will understand that self-commitment is way bigger than the situation you are in." Being vulnerable in love, as it turns out, may have been a pathway to being vulnerable enough to love himself.

Jay Saint will be performing ExCommitted live at SOB's in NYC on March 29th, as part of a show featuring only Black gay male performers and producers. Get tickets here and follow Jay Saint on Instagram, Facebook, and SoundCloud.

MUSIC

Cisco Adler Premieres His New Single, Talks New Album and Owning His Truth

"I feel like it's time I have a moment where I focus on myself as an artist."

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In the public eye, Cisco Adler is something of an enigma.

The Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer may have been on your radar back in 2008, when his self-titled debut peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the top 40 hits "Corona and Lime" and "Buzzin." Adler continued to release a handful of solo albums, but to little little mainstream recognition. Since then, Adler has been mostly behind the scenes, crafting hits alongside nearly every pop star in recent memory. G-Eazy, Mike Posner, Fergie, The Internet, Tinashe, and Vic Mensa have all worked with the studio guru at some point in their lucrative careers, and Adler attributes his extensive collaborative catalog to his authenticity with each artist.

"The first session is always like a blind date, and I try to just jump in and start making music," Adler said. "But in the process, I try to understand their goals and their insecurities. Part of being an artist is turning coal to a diamond. What do they want, what do I think they need, what does the label want? It's always a dance." Adler's vulnerability as a creative is why he feels it's, once again, time to craft his own music and tell his own story. His first single in five years, entitled "Somethin' More," premiering exclusively on Popdust, is a care-free summer jam that explores why it's okay to want the better things in life. "I'm happy right now," Adler said. "I've been on this journey obsessed with my craft, and I truly believe this is a natural place for me to be as a musician." I spoke with Adler about his latest single, his new album Hippieland, and how he feels about being back in the spotlight.

Tell me about the new single!

It's a mantra based message about where I'm at.

So what is that Somethin' More that you're looking for?

It's actually about the human element of it being okay to ask for more than you have, as long as you realize you have all that you need. We all want more sunny days and stuff which is cool, that's what drives you and helps you get out of bed in the morning and go after stuff.

It sounds like you're very aware of your accomplishments and of the crazy life you've led.

I'm a blessed man in many ways, and I'm just blessed to be here making music.

I'm curious what your transition was like from a relatively quiet upbringing in Maui to the bustling music industry.

Growing up on Maui I didn't have a lot of connections to the mainland, but in retrospect, it was a huge blessing that centered me. It gave me a hunger and a desire, and I realized I had to get out and see the world. I had songs to write and had to grab every opportunity that came to me. As a teenager, I really connected to hip-hop mainly cause it was my music and not my parent's music. I was instantly in love, and from there I kinda just realized I had to explore. Since then it's been a constant search of just appeasing that hunger and just wanting to make more awesome music.

Where do you think you are in that search right now?

I'm sitting at the table, I'm eating, and to my left are empty plates of all the awesome shit that I ate, and to my right are more exotic delights. More delicacies. And I feel I'm slowly heading down that table. It's not about the destination, there's no timeline. I just wake up and I have to create.

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What's next for you?

I feel that this is definitely an "artist" moment for me. Having that catalog and all those collaborations have kinda pushed me into this clearing, and now all I see is me, and I feel like it's time to speak my truth and have a moment where I focus on myself as an artist.

You feel this is your time.

I also feel like the music is in a good place. I'm not trying to just be out there when stuff is just going through changes. I like to learn and help other artists and take what they know and learn from it. I feel like we're at a magical moment. I feel like it's the end of the overproduced pop wave and we're heading into a more trap/punk rock movement, I feel like we're just back at a more organic, instrument-based moment, and I just kinda decided "alright, it's time to pick up my guitar."

Do you feel you've learned different lessons from each artist?

I'm definitely learning every day in the studio. Every session influences the next. As a producer and a songwriter, It's almost like acting. I'm just finding different hats to put on, then at the end of the day, I leave with a new lesson. Every day you change and grow as a human, and I find that the most successful artists are the most open to critiques, they're not fighting any of the collaborations. The ego of the young artist is definitely something we wrestle with, but it's a dance.

Who is someone you particularly connected with?

Fergie. She was just an incredible talent and a ridiculous singer. She was just hugely open. I think at the end of the day I'm not gonna work with someone a second time if we didn't have a lot of fun. It has to be fun and it has to be awesome. Also, I'm working with this kid Yung Pinch and he's absolutely brilliant. We had an instant magical trust, and obviously, with Shwayze, those were just magical sessions.

What details can you give us about Hippieland?

There's some stuff brewing. We're just putting some of the magical dust on it now. It's a special collection of music from me, I'm just really proud of this music, and I think it's my truth.

Cisco Adler will be performing at The Mercury Lounge on April 27th. Get tickets here.


Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.


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Fergie

All you need to know.

Full Name: Stacy Ann Ferguson

Date of Birth: March 27, 1975

Born: Hacienda Heights, CA

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, actress, TV personality

Status: Separated from Josh Duhamel (married 2009)

Children: 1

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From her start on the small screen to her solo singing career, Fergie is multi-talented and was made for the spotlight. Unique and creative, Fergie dares to be different, stepping out of the box while others try to fit in. She's entertaining and uplifting, always cool and carefree. Here's more about the celebrity and her rise in the business, where she's still holding her own.

Family-Friendly Television

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From an early start, Fergie (then known as Stacy), was a hit on TV's Kids Incorporated. The music-centric variety show was a hit in the early-'80s, and Fergie was a fan favorite. Of the show's nine seasons on air, Fergie was featured in six, making her the longest running cast member. With her adorable look and personality, Fergie kept kids glued to their sets – the same kids who'd grow up following her career.

Wild Child

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From 1990-2003, Fergie was a member of the girl group Wild Orchid. They wrote most of their music, performed tirelessly, and made a name for themselves in the industry. With four studio albums, one compilation, Hot 100-reaching singles, Billboard nominations, and a slew of music videos, the ladies had a good run. Soon after their split, Fergie set her sights on a new group…

Black Eyed Peas, Please

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The Black Eyed Peas were already going strong when Fergie joined them. Their uncommon blend and unmatched imaginativeness makes the group one of today's greatest, and Fergie fit right in. "Where Is the Love," "I Gotta Feeling," "Boom Boom Pow," "Let's Get It Started, " and "Hey Mama," are only a handful of the group's hits. Super successful and constantly cool, The Black Eyed Peas never fail to impress.

Going Solo

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Fergie's voice is so powerful and her presence so strong that embarking on a solo career only made sense. She has the talent to go it alone, and fans couldn't agree more. From "Big Girls Don't Cry" to "Fergalicious," to "M.I.L.F. $," Fergie's songs run from the emotional to the purely entertaining. She puts on a show-stopping concert and pours her heart out whether on stage or in the studio.

Splitsville

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Fergie married actor Josh Duhamel in 2009. They met on set of his television show, Las Vegas, a few years earlier and have one child together. Last year, the couple announced their separation, but there's no word whether they've officially divorced. Perhaps this leaves room for a reconciliation. When it comes to Hollywood relationships, anything can happen.

Fergie's in Fashion

Dressing simply is simply against Fergie's sense of style. Eclectic and edgy, she never fails to look fashionable, although many of her looks are not for everyone. Check out the star in some of her most "Fergalicious" fashion moments in the slideshow below.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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