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ABC/Image Group LABy now you've probably heard that Prince William and Prince Harry of Great Britain supposedly make cameo appearances as First Order storm troopers in the new Star Wars movie The Last Jedi.  But now another British celebrity claims that she also made a cameo in the film.

Ellie Goulding tweeted, "Has anybody seen Star Wars yet and seen someone who resembles me in it  awkward if I got cut. Haha."

The "Love Me Like You Do" singer then added, "Either way it was a really awesome experience. Great to be in the rebel army for a day :)."

Predictably, this news freaked out Ellie's fans, who started asking her via Twitter if she was serious.  "Ha of course it’s true. I played the wrap party too," she replied.

It's still not 100% clear if Ellie is playing a Jedi mind trick on her fans, but she does love Star Wars.

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Trae Patton/CBS via Getty ImagesNot long ago, Selena Gomez noted in an interview that she and Taylor Swift have been friends for about 12 years: they met when she was dating Nick Jonas and Taylor was dating Joe Jonas.  Since then, they've both been through a lot -- and a lot of different relationships, too -- but they've always had each other's backs.  It's no wonder, then, that Selena posted a super-sweet message for Taylor on her birthday Wednesday.

Writing on Instagram, Selena captioned a blurry photo of the two of them together, "I’m glad you were born. You write all the thoughts some aren’t able to articulate. (ME!) Thank you for giving a voice to this world that is authentic and inspiring."

She added, "I wish some knew how big your heart actually is.. it’s fierce, bold and freaking wild with light. I’m glad you protect that. Love you @taylorswift."

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Getty Images via ABCFresh off his Golden Globe nomination for co-writing "Home, Nick Jonas has now released the music video for the track.

“You guys know how special #HOME is to me & I‘m so happy to finally get to share the video!” Nick writes on Instagram. “We wanted to create a video showing people of all different walks of life connecting and coming together. Love and acceptance are two of the best things we can give each other.”

The song is featured in the animated movie Ferdinand and scenes from the film play throughout the video as Nick sings and plays his guitar in the middle of an empty bullfighting ring. Towards the end, a diverse group of people enters the ring and dances around Nick.

Based on the classic children's book, Ferdinand is about a Spanish fighting bull, voiced by John Cena, who would much rather live a peaceful existence. It opens December 15.

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Jordin Althaus / FOXOn Sunday night, Fox will air another one of its patented live musical productions, and Bebe Rexha has been tapped to get the party started.

Fox's A Christmas Story Live! will air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and apparently, the network wanted the production to include a Bebe that wouldn't shoot your eye out.  She'll be opening the show by performing a new holiday song called "Count on Christmas."

It was written specifically for the special by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also composed the show's other songs, as well as the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Oscar-winning La La Land song "City of Stars."

The rest of the cast includes Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Ana Gasteyer, David Allen Grier and Ken Jeong, as well as boy band PRETTYMUCH, who'll appear as the Hohman, Indiana carolers.

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PRNewsfoto/Epic RightsSorry, ‘NSYNC fans. JC Chasez just put the kibosh on any hope of a reunion.

“The answer is no,” JC tells Us Weekly. “I know people want to hear a different answer but we felt like we did what we set out to do.”

He adds, “By the way, we are all still friends and we all still talk about this stuff. But the way we went about it was we had to be inspired by something. And that’s the only way we would do anything.”

JC says they want to continue to be honest with their fans.

“I would never want to take anything from anyone that didn’t feel genuine,” he says. “That’s just kind of the way we approach everything that we do. … I think if they are going to invest in you then you should be fair to them. If you’re not giving everything that you have then you shouldn’t be doing it. That’s out of respect for them.”

Sounds like they won’t be joining Justin Timberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance after all.  But hopefully, the group will come together to accept their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018, and they'll all be reunited on that line of 'NSYNC-inspired merchandise that'll be out next year as well. 

As previously reported, that line includes retro 90's inspired clothing, as well as accessories, electronics, seasonal and home decor, games, collectible figures, slot machines, and more.

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Capitol Records2017 brought us the magic of Amazon's Alexa, which allowed music fans everywhere to listen to their favorite songs without knowing the song title or the artist name.  All you had to do was say, "Alexa, play the song that goes...." or "Play the song with the lyrics..." and you were good. 

Now, Amazon has released the song lyrics that users quoted the most when asking for songs.

According to published reports, the lyric that was #1 on the list of Alexa's Top Lyric Requests of 2017 is "I just wanna Roley, Roley, Roley," from the song "Roxex," by Ayo & Teo.  The second most-requested lyric was "I'm a rebel just for kicks," from Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still."  Number three?  "Swish, swish, bish," from Katy Perry's Taylor Swift diss track, "Swish Swish."

Here are the rest of the top 15 most-requested lyrics on Alexa:

4. "…push me to the edge, all my friends are dead…" ("Xo Tour Llif3," Lil Uzi Vert)     
5. "…I’m in love with the shape of you…" ("Shape of You," Ed Sheeran)    
6. "…I’m weak, and what’s wrong with that…" ("Weak," AJR)
7. "…I want something just like this…" ("Something Just Like This," The Chainsmokers & Coldplay)
8. "…I’m in love with your body…" ("Shape of You," Ed Sheeran)           
9. "…I finally found something I’m good at…" ("Somethin' I'm Good At," Brett Eldredge)       
10. "…love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart…" ("No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," Old Dominion)
11. "…I don’t wanna be alive…" ("1-800-273-8255," Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)           
12. "…that’s how you speak to a girl…" ("Speak to a Girl," Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)
13. "…that’s what lovers do…" ("What Lovers Do" Maroon 5 feat. SZA)         
14. "…wake up in the morning then I dab…" ("Lean and Dabb," iLoveMemphis)
15. "…if we go down, we go down together…" ("Paris," The Chainsmokers)  

Meanwhile, Amazon Music Unlimited has released a list of this year's most-played tracks on the service. Here are the top 15:

1. "Believer" -- Imagine Dragons
2. "Despacito" (Remix) -- Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
3. "Perfect" -- Ed Sheeran
4. "Sorry Not Sorry" -- Demi Lovato
5. "Something Just Like This" -- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay  
6. "Thunder" -- Imagine Dragons
7. "Body Like a Back Road" -- Sam Hunt
8. "rockstar" -- Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
9. "Praying" -- Kesha
10. "1-800-273-8255" -- Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid
11. "Havana" -- Camila Cabello
12. "In Case You Didn’t Know" -- Brett Young
13. "Bodak Yellow" -- Cardi B
14. "Love So Soft" -- Kelly Clarkson
15. "When It Rains It Pours" -- Luke Combs

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TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift is celebrating her 28th birthday Wednesday as tickets officially go on sale for her Reputation world tour. The singer has also released a new tour trailer to get fans pumped.

The promo video, set to her song “Ready for It?,” features clips from her “Look What You Made Me Do” video interspersed with footage from her Super Saturday Night performance earlier this year.

Hardcore Swifties had the chance to purchase tickets in a special pre-sale last month through Taylor Swift Tix, powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fans.

Taylor’s stadium tour kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona, and hits 33 cities before wrapping in October.

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Neal PrestonIt's been widely reported that when Lady Gaga makes her big-screen debut next year in the reboot of A Star Is Born, she'll be billed under her birth name, Stefani Germanotta.  That's because in April, Warner Brothers, the studio producing the movie, issued a statement announcing that fact.  But apparently, Gaga didn't get the memo.

Gaga tweeted last night, "I’ve seen a lot of rumors on the internet that for 'A Star Is Born' I’ll be billed as Stefani, but that’s not the case. It’s Lady Gaga, baby!"

Adding to the reporting of the "Stefani" story is the fact that Gaga's co-star in the movie, Bradley Cooper, who's also directing, has been referring to the singer as "Stefani" in various interviews about the film.

In A Star Is Born, Gaga will play a singer named Ally, who's taken under the wing of a fading star named Jackson Maine, played by Cooper.

As previously reported, A Star is Born will arrive in theaters on May 18.  It's the fourth iteration of the film, following the 1937 original with Janet Gaynor, the 1954 Judy Garland version, and the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAriana Grande and "Despacito" top the music-related categories of Google's Year in Search 2017, which rounds up what was trending on the search engine throughout the year.

The reason Ariana topped searches for musicians in 2017 is, unfortunately, because of the bombing that took place in May outside her concert in Manchester, U.K.  That can be seen by looking at a graph of searches for her name, which peaked from May 21 to May 27. 

The bombing took place May 22.  Searches peaked again on June 4, the day of One Love Manchester, the concert Ariana organized as a benefit for the victims and their families.

The rest of the most-searched musicians of 2017 were, in order, Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Pump, Katy Perry, and Cardi B.

As for the most-searched songs and lyrics, "Despacito" topped Google's chart, most likely because people wanted to find out what Luis Fonsi was actually saying in the Spanish-language hit, and because it was the year's longest-running #1, staying on top for 16 weeks.

Here are the rest of the most searched-for songs and lyrics of 2017:

2. "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran
3. "Perfect," Ed Sheeran
4. "Havana," Camila Cabello
5. "Look What You Made Me Do," Taylor Swift
6. "HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
7. "Versace on the Floor," Bruno Mars
8. "Closer," The Chainsmokers/Halsey
9. "Bad and Boujee," Migos
10. "Rockstar," Post Malone/21 Savage  

Of note, searches for "Perfect" peaked the first week of December, after it was released as a duet with Beyoncé.  Also, searches for "Look What You Made Me Do" peaked -- not after the release of the song, but after the release of the video August 27.

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ABCImagine Dragons will help the Central Time Zone ring in 2018 with a performance from New Orleans on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

For the second year, the Big Easy will be a part of the annual New Year's Eve special. Along with Imagine Dragons, WALK THE MOON will also perform.

Actress Lucy Hale will return to host the festivities, bringing viewers celebrity and fan interviews before the annual fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square. That will take place at 1 a.m. ET, since New Orleans is on Central Time and Ryan Seacrest will have already counted down to midnight from New York's Times Square.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs December 31 on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Courtesy Rock and Roll Hhall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally wants Bon Jovi -- alive, rather than dead.

The band has been eligible for induction into the Hall for several years but only made the ballot twice.  This year, they not only made the ballot, but they topped the online fan poll of nominees.  That gave them more weight going into the final ballot, and Wednesday morning, they were officially announced as inductees into the Rock Hall's Class of 2018.

Jon Bon Jovi's pretty excited about the news -- he's posted a video online thanking fans for their help in getting the band the honor. 

"Thanks for inducting us into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Long time coming but it's finally here!" he said. "We'll see you guys in Cleveland, and thanks for all the memories and all the history we continue to make together."

Guitarist Richie Sambora, who is no longer with the band but who will be inducted as a founding member, released a separate statement saying, in part, "It's certainly an honor to be recognized...and I am thinking about all of my heroes and my peers that have been inducted before me -- it's great to be in that queue. It is the best feeling."

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris tells ABC Radio that Bon Jovi deserves the honor.

"That big arena sound, it echoes today -- not just in rock 'n' roll but also in country music," Harris notes. "They certainly influenced many, as well as bringing along millions of fans for the ride."

The year's other inductees include Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, The Cars, the late Nina Simone and, in the early influence category, the late gospel/R&B artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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Terence Patrick ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedTo the confusion of regular Late Late Show viewers and the joy of One Direction fans, the band's Harry Styles hosted Tuesday night's show -- filling in at the last minute for host James Corden, whose wife, Julia, gave birth to a baby girl just half-an-hour earlier.

"You may be wondering why I'm hosting tonight," said Styles before joking, "And yes, you are right -- President [Donald] Trump finally got sick of James' jokes and deported him back to England."

"I am, of course, kidding," Harry continued. "Actually, I have some great news...just half-an-hour ago, James and his wife Jules had a beautiful baby girl."

“I have to be very honest, it’s not exactly how I saw my day panning out,” the 23-year-old pop superstar later quipped. “I was [sitting] at home two hours ago…and I got the call that Jules was going into labor. So, James naturally called the funniest guy he knew… and he wasn’t around.”

Harry went on to deliver Corden’s usual monologue, staring off with a joke about President Trump announcing on Monday that he wanted to send astronauts back to the Moon for the first time in 45 years.

“Trump was very startled when [first lady] Melania [Trump] raised her hand and yelled, ‘I’LL GO!” added Harry.

The “Sign of the Times” singer then noted how in the past three months, airlines earned a record $1.2 billion in excess baggage fees.

“But they only received half the money,” he continued. “The other half, they think it could be in Cleveland or Omaha or somewhere.”

Styles also addressed the lip-lock he and Corden shared during the all-star Christmas Carpool Karaoke, which aired on Monday’s Late Late Show.

“I’d like to take an opportunity to announce that we will also be having a baby,” he joked.

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NBC UniversalOn Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that Team Blake Shelton's Keisha Renee; Team Adam Levine's Adam Cunningham; and Davon Fleming and Noah Mac -- both from Team Jennifer Hudson -- were sent home.

Cunningham and Mac were eliminated on a one-hour results show. They lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Blake’s Red Marlow.

Prior to the vote, Marlow, Cunningham and Mac sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Marlow performed Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight,” Cunningham covered “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” by Travis Tritt and Mac tackled Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times.”

There are now four artists remaining in the competition: Addison is Team Adam’s last remaining member, along with Team Miley’s Brooke Simpson and Marlow and Chloe Kohanski, from Team Blake. There are no artists left on Team Jennifer.

The results show also featured former Voice contestants previewing “It’s Time,” from Neon Dreams, their revue at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Café, as well as X Ambassadors, Machine Gun Kelly and Bebe Rexha with their latest single “Home,” and Jennifer Hudson premiering her new song, “Burden Down.”

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran's current album, Divide, isn't even a year old, but he's already planning his next one, which he predicts will be "my lowest-selling, but most loved." 

Speaking to the Times of London, Ed explains that this next album will be "lo-fi," and inspired by Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska.  That album, released in 1982, was recorded on a cassette tape, and is sombre, stripped-down and folky. 

According to Ed, his new album might come out next year, or four years from now -- he's not sure.

"I only heard Springsteen recently,” Ed admits. "I was with Kit [Harington] from Game of Thrones. We had a night out in New York, got back to his hotel to drink more, and he played [Springsteen's song] 'Atlantic City,' [from Nebraska]."  Ed says when he heard the entire album, it really impressed him.

Ed also tells the Times that he's working on a musical movie, which he compares to the critically-acclaimed 2007 film Once, but set in his home base of Suffolk County, England.  He'll star in it, but it won't mark the beginning of an acting career. " “I just want to make one movie,” he says.

Summing up his incredible year, Ed tells the Times, "It’s weird, because I’ve never felt this much adoration and I’ve never felt this much hate. It’s a balance." 

That's why Ed left Twitter earlier this year.  "I don’t think any musician has had their sanity or career helped by replying to people on Twitter,” he points out. “People either really love you, or you’re the Antichrist. Nobody just says, ‘He’s all right.’ And since I’ve deleted my account, I haven’t really paid attention to anything said about me, which has been healthy.”

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Sergi Alexander/WireImageCongrats to Christina Perri -- the singer has married her longtime love, entertainment reporter Paul Costabile.

She announced the nuptials on Instagram Tuesday, posting a photo of her new hubby dipping her in front of New York’s City Hall.

“On this day four years ago, we met. today, WE GOT MARRIED!!!” she captions the photo.

Christina is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child. She announced the pregnancy in August.

Paul popped the question in June and wrote on Instagram that it was love at first sight.

"I knew I wanted to ask this girl to marry me the day she walked into the green screen for an interview almost 4 years ago," he wrote. "I finally asked her right here tonight and she said yes!”

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ABC/Heidi GutmanJust because Liam Payne is getting ready to release his debut solo album doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his One Direction roots.

The singer tells Entertainment Weekly that while his new album will definitely have more of a hip-hop influence, he’s not looking to alienate his longtime fans.

“It’s really important to do something that you want to do, but you can’t forget your fan base, you can’t forget your roots,” Liam says.

He’s also excited for people to hear what he’s been working on, telling EW, “Honestly, the hardest part of the job for me is waiting for the next song to come out.”

Until then, Liam’s going to enjoy the holidays with his family and his baby son, Bear, and ring in the New Year with a bang.

“I’m going to have a hell of a New Year’s Eve party,” he says.

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BMLGThe old Taylor Swift may be dead, but her old albums are still hitting major milestones. Her sophomore album, Fearless, has been certified diamond by the RIAA.

The 2008 album has achieved sales and stream surpassing 10 million equivalent album units. According to the RIAA, one equivalent unit is equal to one album sale, 10 tracks sold from an album, or 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams from an album.

Fearless won album of the year at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards and was the best-selling album of 2009. It included the crossover hits “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me.”

As for Taylor's newer catalog, Reputation was certified 3x platinum. The album’s first single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” was also certified 3x platinum, and “Ready for It?” was certified platinum.

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ABC/Matt BrownShawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Marshmello will be rocking the stage in Hollywood as we usher in 2018 later this month.

The artists will all perform during the Hollywood Party segment of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, airing December 31 on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.  Also on the bill: Korean boy band BTS, country star Kane Brown and "HandClap" hitmakers Fitz and the Tantrums.

As previously reported, artists who'll be performing live from New York's Times Square, where Ryan Seacrest will count down to 2018, include Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and country duo Sugarland.

More artists will be announced soon.

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Greg Williams2017 may have been a year when women made their voices heard -- but not on the Billboard chart.

The top 10 artists on the publication's year-end Top Artists of 2017 charts -- which takes into account performance from December 3 through November 25 -- are all men, led by Ed Sheeran, the Artist of the Year.  He's the first British male solo artist to top Billboard's Top Artist of the Year chart since George Michael in 1988.

The rest of the top 10 Artists of the Year are Bruno Mars, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Justin Bieber, Future, Shawn Mendes, and Korean boy band BTS.

What's more, the top 10 Hot 100 Songs of the Year are all by male artists, as are the Top Billboard 200 Albums of the Year.  Ed Sheeran has the Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year, with "Shape of You," while Kendrick Lamar has the year's top album, DAMN.

As for why there were no women in the year-end top 10, Billboard notes that, thanks to its popularity on streaming services, rap songs took over the Hot 100 in 2017, and that's a male-dominated genre.  What's more, female powerhouses Adele and Taylor Swift were between albums for most of 2017.

The highest-ranking woman on the Top Artists list is Ariana Grande at #15.  The highest-ranked album by a woman is Rihanna's 2016 album, ANTI.  On the Hot 100 Songs year-end chart, the only woman in the top 10 is Halsey, and that's as a featured artist on the song "Closer."  The highest-ranked solo woman the year-end chart is Cardi B, thanks to "Bodak Yellow."

As for the Top 10 New Artists of 2017, there's only one woman on the list: Cardi B, in at #7.  The #1 Top New Artist is rapper Lil Uzi Vert, followed by Khalid, Niall Horan, rapper Kodak Black, 21 Savage, James Arthur, rapper XXXTentacion, Harry Styles, and country star Brett Young.

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CBS/ Terence Patrick - ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.On Monday's Late Late Show, James Corden presented his second annual all-star Christmas episode of Carpool Karaoke, featuring all his carpool guests from the past year.

The sequence started with Corden driving with his bandleader Reggie Watts -- both wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa hats.

"Should we listen to some Christmas music to get us in the mood?" asks Corden.

"Do we have any?" Watts asks in turn.

Corden answers, "Let's find out."

They break into the holiday classic "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" together, then the camera cuts to all of James' guests singing bits of the song, including Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony, Bruno Mars, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles -- who ends the segment by kissing Corden square on the lips.

"I did not expect that for Christmas," says Corden, as the two burst into hysterics.

Last year's Christmas edition of Carpool Karaoke featured Adele, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elton John and Mariah Carey singing Mariah's "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

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