Taylor Swift continues to be one of pop music’s most genuinely cool superstars. This weekend while on tour in Australia, Swift got wind of the #HelpJoriMeetTaylorSwift campaign, set up by the sister of 12-year-old Jori Hope. The young T-Swift fan has been diagnosed with a condition that will cause her to lose her hearing. Hope has said that she’s especially sad because, “I won’t be able to hear Taylor Swift sing.”

After a local radio station and newspaper heard about the campaign, they helped connect the girl’s family with Swift’s people. And, this weekend, Hope was finally able to meet her favorite artist, and see her live in concert. It’s not the first time Swift has gone out of her way to do something nice for her super-fans. She’s been known to crash bridal showers and even send them homemade gifts. Discuss

This week on the show Chris Tomlin walks us through some of his favorite tracks from his new Christmas album “Adore”. Also, we speak with Lee Strobel about his new book “The Case for Hope” and the cast finds out the Jeremiah’s family were dumpster divers. Read More

Here is further proof that it’s impossible for Adele not to sound breathtaking every time she sings. Last night, she stopped by The Tonight Show to perform her new single “Hello” alongside Jimmy Fallon and The Roots—using only classroom instruments. It’s as weird, and as great, as you would hope it would be. Discuss

Justin Bieber is continuing his image transformation from a troubled young celebrity to a reformed, gracious pop star. The LA Times ran a review of a recent concert in support of his new album Purpose, with a headline that read “How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch.” In the review, the paper wrote,

Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached. He talked about the importance of maintaining a positive spirit and surrounding himself with encouraging people. ("Amazing," Smith said.) He credited his connection with God for helping him to get back on his feet after a string of widely publicized tabloid troubles.

Bieber’s gone on record several times recently openly discussing his Christian faith, name- checking Bethel Worship and even inviting a profile writer for Billboard magazine along to a church service. In a cover story for Complex, Bieber explained, I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, He died for our sins. Sometimes when I don’t feel like doing something, but I know it’s right, I remember, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t feel like going to the cross and dying so that we don’t have to feel what we should have to feel … We have the greatest healer of all, and His name is Jesus Christ. And He really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.” Discuss

The heartbreaking events of November 13th had a profound effect on the world, and the Foo Fighters are no exception. Along with canceling the rest of their Eurpoean tour, the band released a free EP called Saint Cecilia Sunday night in honor of the victims in the Paris attacks. Dave Grohl also wrote a long letter to fans with details on his leg injury, travels during the Sonic Highway journey and a tribute to Paris.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.

Just as their name implies, One Direction keeps moving in one direction: Up and to the right. The pop/rock band took home Artist of the Year for the second year in a row and Best Pop-Rock Band at the American Music Awards last night. Sam Smith was given Best New Artist, and Taylor Swift—who was nominated for six awards for her album '1989'—won Album of the Year, which surprised absolutely no one. Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande didn't go home empty handed either. They each took home Male and Female Artist of the Year, respectively. Perhaps the most notable moment of the evening, though, was Celine Dion's heartfelt tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. Discuss