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Catie LaffoonJulia Michaels has no "Issues" with performing on this year's MTV VMA telecast.

Julia, who is nominated for Best New Artist at this year's ceremony, will take the stage this Sunday, as part of a lineup that also includes Katy Perry, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, Ed Sheeran, Lorde and The Weeknd.

Logic, Khalid and Gucci Mane have also been added to the bill: Gucci will join Fifth Harmony for their collaboration, "Down," while Logic and Khalid will perform their collabo, "1-800-273-8255."  Alessia Cara is also featured on that song, but she hasn't been announced as a performer...yet.

This year's MTV VMAs will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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JB Lacroix/ WireImageCarly Rae Jepsen is fulfilling a lot of dreams lately, from opening for Katy Perry on tour to voicing a character in her first feature film, Leap! But there’s one dream she’s still hoping to make a reality.

The singer tells W Magazine it’s her “secret dream” to write a musical.

“I have a big desire to one day like rent a cabin in the woods with some of my favorite creators and get into the music behind some sort of theatrical project,” Carly Rae says. “I think it would be a blast.”

Carly Rae has previously starred in Cinderella on Broadway and also had a role in Grease Live! for TV. So will she write a stage musical, or tackle a musical film project?

“You know, that part I don't know the answer to, but the gut reaction -- I'd say stage would be fun," says Carly Rae, "just because I kind of grew up in little theater productions and there's something about the exclusivity of being in that room and that moment that I think is just magical."

For now, Carly Rae’s getting her movie fix by voicing a maid who becomes a mentor to a young ballerina in the film Leap! out this Friday.

“Maybe it's the theatrical side of me that doesn't understand any human being who wouldn't want to play an animated character,” she says. “It's been a dream of mine, forever, I think since I saw My Little Pony.”

Carly Rae also has two songs on the movie’s soundtrack: “Cut to the Feeling” and “Runaways.”

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James White for Paper magazineEven if you don't know much about Mariah Carey, you've probably heard that she's a diva who makes impossible demands.  But according to Mariah herself, she gets all that from her mother.

Speaking to Paper magazine, Mariah claims, "I've never had a diva moment."  When the magazine expresses disbelief, she says, "Actually, I have had diva moments, and then people can't handle it. I guess it's a little intense, because I come from a true diva: My mother is an opera singer. And that's a real diva, you know -- Juilliard diva."

She adds, laughing, "Other people that are like, 'I'm a diva,' it's like, 'Honey, you don't know what a diva is, you didn't grow up with my mom!' And I mean it as a compliment, or I wouldn't be the person I am without experiencing that."

And when she talks in her "Mariah voice," calling everyone "Dahhhhhling," Mariah says, "I'm channeling my mother. Not that she says 'dahling' all the time, but, like, that voice is...it's like I inadvertently do it."

She adds, "I don't do it to be disrespectful, I just do it and it just happens...I can't fight it."

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ABC/Randy HolmesVance Joy will hit the road this fall on a U.S. headlining tour. The outing begins September 30 in Seattle, and will wrap up October 23 in Brooklyn, New York.

Pre-sales begin this Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. local time, and tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, August 25 via VanceJoy.com.

Last month, Vance released his new song, "Lay It on Me," the follow-up single to the Australian singer-songwriter's 2014 debut album, Dream Your Life Away, which boasted his breakthrough hit, "Riptide."

Here are Vance Joy's U.S. tour dates:

9/30 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Market
10/1 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
10/3 -- San Francisco, CA, Herbst Theatre
10/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Fonda Theatre
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/10 -- Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
10/12 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
10/15 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/17 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
10/19 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
10/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
10/21 -- Boston, MA, Somerville Theatre
10/23 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel

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Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is sticking with the basketball metaphor in the new video for her song, “Swish Swish.”

The singer released a trailer for the video, telling fans to “get ready for the hottest mess in history.” The clip features a basketball showdown between The Sheep and The Tigers. Katy is The Tigers' team captain, but isn’t exactly a pro on the court.

The trailer also teases the video's many guest stars, including Molly Shannon as The Tigers’ coach, Terry Crews as The Sheep’s coach, the actor who plays "The Mountain" in Game of Thrones, Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz, and Stranger ThingsGaten Matarazzo. And of course, Nicki Minaj will be featured as herself.

Katy promises “many other surprises” when the full video is released later this week.

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Harley WeirHarry Styles has appeared in a successful movie, and now he's taking his talents to TV.

The BBC has announced that Harry will star in a one-off entertainment show, which will air on BBC One in the fall.  Called Harry Styles at the BBC, it'll be hosted by his pal Nick Grimshaw, a DJ on BBC Radio One. 

The special will feature Harry performing songs from his acclaimed debut solo album, and talking to Nick about his life and career.  It'll be filmed in front of a live studio audience in his hometown of Manchester, and air in November.

In a statement, Nick says, "Harry is a great performer and full of so many wonderful stories about his extraordinary career, which he'll be sharing with us."

A BBC exec added, "These shows are all about creating a world in which superstars like Harry feel incredibly comfortable and alongside their brilliant, live performances, can simply have fun and enjoy revealing more of themselves to viewers than is ever normally possible."

Michael Buble and Adele are among the stars who've also had their own BBC specials

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Image Group LA/ABCLast week, Taylor Swift went dark on social media, prompting many to suspect that she was preparing to announce new music.  Now we may have some more information about that.

A new website has been created called Timeless.com.  All it says is "Timeless, coming soon." In addition, Taylor has tweeted an image of what looks like a snake's tail...or maybe a dragon's tail.

A Taylor Swift news site further claims that the song lyrics website Genius has "Timeless" listed as the name of a Taylor song.

We're unlikely to know more until Taylor wants to tell us, though releasing a new song during the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years would be pretty dramatic.

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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 21, 2017

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  Broadway audiences will soon find out when SpongeBob SquarePants, the musical, opens in November.  But next month, an original cast recording featuring songs written by Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Plain White T's and more will be released.

The producers of the musical, based on the irreverent cartoon series, reached out to leading songwriters in the pop and rock worlds to compose songs for the project. In addition to Sara, John and the Plain White T's, the musical also includes songs written by Cyndi Lauper, Panic! at the Disco, Lady Antebellum, rapper T.I. and Steve Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

The album is due September 22; a two-LP vinyl version will be released on November 3, three days before the show's Broadway premiere at the Palace Theater.

Here is the full track list of the SpongeBob SquarePants musical's original cast recording, along with songwriter credits:

"Prologue"
"Bikini Bottom Day" -- by Jonathan Coulton
"No Control" -- by David Bowie
"BFF" -- by Plain White T's
"When the Going Gets Tough" -- by T.I.
"(Just a) Simple Sponge" -- by Panic! At the Disco
"Daddy Knows Best" -- by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
"Hero Is My Middle Name" -- by Cyndi Lauper
"Super Sea Star Savior" -- by Yolanda Adams
"Tomorrow Is" -- by The Flaming Lips
"Poor Pirates" -- by Sara Bareilles
"Bikini Bottom Boogie" -- by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
"Chop to the Top" -- by Lady Antebellum
"(I Guess I) Miss You" -- by John Legend
"I'm Not a Loser" -- by They Might Be Giants
"Best Day Ever" -- by Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
"Finale: Bikini Bottom Day Reprise"
"SpongeBob SquarePants Theme"

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Olivia BeeKesha's Rainbow debuts this week at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, the magazine reports.

Rainbow hits number one with 116,000 in sales and equivalent streams, the second biggest sales and streams week for a female artist in 2017, behind Katy Perry whose Witness debuted with 180,000 in sales and equivalent streams last month.

It's Kesha's second chart-topping album.  Her debut, Animal, topped the Billboard 200 in 2010.

Rainbow is Kesha's fifth album to make the Billboard 200.  Her last, Warrior, was released in 2012 and peaked at number six.

The seven years, seven months and 10 days between chart toppers for Kesha is the longest period between number ones for a female artist since 2009.  That year Barbra Streisand hit number one with Love Is the Answer, 11 years, 10 months and 18 days after her prior number one, Higher Ground, according to Billboard.

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We still don't know the title or release date of Demi Lovato's new album, but she says it'll have a more R&B sound than her previous work. In fact, she says the set reflects the artistic direction she's been searching for.

"I think I really nailed my sound on this one," she says of the new album.  As for why she wanted to go in a more soulful direction, she explains, "I really wanna use that part of my voice, and it's something I've always listened to, something I grew up listening to, so naturally, it's what I sing. And I wanted to sing less pop and more R&B pop."

The first single from the album, "Sorry Not Sorry," has a bit of that flavor.  She say, "We had an amazing time recording it and it just felt good, it felt right to come out with it as the first single."

While we're waiting to hear more of Demi's new solo music, we've been enjoying "No Promises," her collabo with the deejay collective Cheat Codes, which has sold five million copies. "When I heard it, I fell in love with the song, so I knew that I had to record it," she tells ABC Radio. "I'm so glad I got to be a part of it."

Now, Demi's given us not one but two songs to jam out to this summer, but what's her Song of the Summer? That would be Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow."

"She goes hard!" laughs Demi. "I had never heard of her before, the song is catchy and it's definitely a great workout song." 

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David LaChapelleRemember a few years ago when Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj were feuding?  They buried the hatchet by performing together on that year's MTV Video Music Awards.  Well, Katy Perry is hosting this year's VMAs...and rumors are rampant that she and Taylor will call off their years-long beef on the telecast.

There's no real evidence that this is going to happen, but a variety of websites have gotten on board with the idea.  Katy's hosting the show, and she's performing.  Taylor is reportedly going to release new music any second now.  It would make a lot of sense if she showed up and sang with Katy, especially since Katy has said she wants to put the feud behind her.

Here's another reason why the rumor makes sense: it would allow Taylor to go into her new album cycle -- and Katy to start her tour and her new job as an American Idol judge -- untainted by any lingering "Bad Blood" between them and their fans.  Starting a new project when another artists' fans are on the warpath against you isn't a good look.

Here's another clue: as Buzzfeed points out, the mysterious disappearance of data on Taylor's social media accounts shows that she is now following zero people. But if you click on the zero, you get a list of people it looks as if she DOES follow -- like her brother and her best friend -- and on top of that list is...Katy Perry.

Tune in to the MTV VMAs on August 27 to see what actually happens.

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Meredith TruaxFor their new video, Neon Trees found an oasis in the desert.

The clip for the upbeat tune, which has a retro feel with super-saturated colors, was shot on location at the Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs, California.  It features the band performing poolside, and dancing on the balconies of the hotel.  Lead singer Tyler Glenn is also seen floating in the pool on a raft.  The end of the clip features what appears to be same-sex couples frolicking poolside.

"Feel Good" is the band's first new music in two years.  Tyler, who came out as gay in 2014, released a solo album in 2016 called Excommunication, which dealt with his split from the Mormon church.  The rest of the band are still Mormons, though, and on August 26, they'll be teaming up with another band that has Mormon members -- Imagine Dragons -- for a special charity benefit.

The event, called LOVELOUD Fest, will take place on August 26 in Orem, Utah -- Utah is Neon Trees' home state -- and will also feature Nick Petricca of Walk the Moon and Krewella.  The event will raise money for organizations that support LGBTQ youth.

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARASAre you Team Katy or Team Taylor?  That's the question Pink was asked to answer during an appearance on the British radio station KISS FM.  Amazingly, she actually answered the question.

During a series of questions that required her to make choices between two different things, the deejay asked Pink, "Taylor or Katy?"  Pink responded, "Ooo...Taylor. Is that O.K.?"

When the deejay said he was fine with that answer, Pink noted, "You can't win no matter what you say!  Everyone wakes up offended."

Pink also chose "Netflix and chill" over "Big night out," Instagram over SnapChat, singing in the shower over karaoke, and her hit "Get the Party Started" over her hit "So What."

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Dennis LeupoldSorry, not sorry, rain -- you couldn't stop Demi Lovato fans from turning out to see their girl perform live in New York City's Central Park Friday.

Despite the fact that it was raining buckets, Lovatics donned ponchos and hoisted umbrellas to attend Demi's show, which was part of ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert SeriesThe drenched fans sang along with every word.

After the performance, Demi told ABC Radio how it felt to see everyone having fun despite the horrible weather.

"It's amazing and I mean, that's dedication," she said. "My fans are super-passionate, and...when I heard it was raining, I was like, 'Ohmigosh they're standing outside!' and, 'I hope..there's not lightning!'"  

Demi performed her new single "Sorry Not Sorry," as well as "No Promises," her multi-platinum hit with Cheat Codes, and "Instruction," her collaboration with Jax Jones.

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Columbia RecordsRachel Platten is starting the next cycle of her career literally: the video for her new song, "Broken Glass," features her and a group of other women riding bicycles through LA's Chinatown.

It's not your normal bike ride, though: the women, who hail from around the globe, perform all kinds of balancing tricks and flips on their cycles as Rachel sings the anthemic tune about overcoming the odds.  Two of the women are German world bike-riding champions.

"I'm gonna dance on broken glass/I'm gonna make that ceiling crash," Rachel sings., "So what? Still got knives in my back/So what?/So I'm tied to the tracks/Yeah I'm gonna dance on broken glass, here I go!"

In an essay for Refinery29.com, Rachel writes of the song, "‘Broken Glass’ is my rallying cry of release, healing, excitement, hope, and joy. It’s a celebration of the power of women -- of our unity, strength, and fierceness, and of just how freaking awesome we are. We are bada** on our own, but we’re unstoppable when we come together.”

Rachel adds that the song is "for all the people who are facing adversity and willing themselves to see the other side of it. It’s for the women who will not be silenced, who are changing the landscape of our country and world without fear. It’s for the young girls out there, dancing without a care in the world and embracing their truest, most authentic selves."

She'll perform "Broken Glass" Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.

The song is the first release from her upcoming album, due this fall. It's the follow up to her major-label debut, Wildfire, which features the hits "Fight Song," "Stand By You" and "Better Place."

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The new era of Taylor Swift may be upon us.  Or could it be something more nefarious?

The singer has apparently deleted the profile picture on her Twitter page, and all her tweets post 2015.  She's done the same thing on her Facebook page, and deleted all the photos on her Instagram account.  Even her official website has been completely blacked out.

When an artist does this, it generally means they're gearing up for a new release, which usually comes with new photos. 

Then again, it's possible Taylor isn't the one doing the deleting, and her social media accounts have been hacked.  So far, ABC News inquiries to Taylor's people have gone unanswered.

Perhaps not coincidentally, today marks the three-year anniversary of the release of "Shake It Off," and the announcement of Taylor's last album, 1989.  That was August 18, 2014.

There's been a lot of talk that Taylor would release an album at the end of this year.  Even her friend Ed Sheeran hinted at her putting something out around Christmas.

So is all this a prelude to new music, or a hack?  Stay tuned...
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ABC/Matt BrownBeing a chart-topping pop star seems like it would be quite a wild ride in itself, but some of pop's biggest names are teaming up with MTV to push the boundaries even further.

The Chainsmokers and Shawn Mendes are two of the acts featured on Dare to Live, a new MTV docu-series that follows Rory Kramer, a videographer, as he travels around with musicians and films them performing at festivals and concerts.  He'll also be taking each act on an "outrageous, thrill-seeking adventure," to encourage them to "get out of their comfort zone."

In a preview of the show, Kramer says, "We're all going to die one day, but today, we dare to live."

Dare to Live debuts August 29 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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RCA RecordsOn Friday at midnight, Miley Cyrus released the title track of her forthcoming album, due September 29. The song, “Younger Now,” was accompanied by an elaborate video.

The new song was written by Miley with music written and produced by Miley and Oren Yoel. The video for the pulsing track was directed by Miley and Diane Martel with choreography by Michael Rooney. It features the Miley paying homage to Elvis Presley, with hair and outfits, perfectly timed with the 40-year anniversary of his death this week. Cyrus has long spoke of her love and admiration for Elvis, whom she considers one of her biggest inspirations.

"I'm not afraid of who I used to be/no one stays the same," sings Miley. "I feel so much younger now."

Miley is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 27, where her single “Malibu,” is nominated for Best Pop. Next month she’ll return as a coach for the 13th season of The Voice which premieres September 25 on NBC.

Younger Now is available for pre-order now at all digital retail providers.

Here's the Younger Now track list:

"Younger Now"
"Malibu"
"Rainbowland" ft Dolly Parton
"Week Without You"
"Miss You So Much"
"I Would Die for You"
"Thinkin’"
"Bad Mood"
"Love Someone"
"She’s Not Him"
"Inspired"

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Olaf HeineEver since British singer James Arthur won the U.K.'s biggest singing competition show, he's been a big star back home.  But the "Say You Can't Let Go" singer says he never could have imagined that he could actually have a hit song in the U.S..

"Five years ago I won The X Factor, and I've been on a hell of a journey," he tells ABC Radio. "I had everything, I lost it all, and I had to scrape my way back to this point. I believed I could get back to...where I was enjoying my career again, but never did I think that the possibilities were this great."

Then, his song "Say You Won't Let Go," from his album Back from the Edge, started climbing the U.S. chart, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Being recognized in the U.S. is, for any U.K. artist, I think...it's the pinnacle," he says.

Not only did he manage to score success in America, but James was also hand-picked by Ryan Tedder to be the opening act for OneRepublic's summer tour.

"To have [Ryan's] co-sign, to have his approval is a great thing," James tells ABC Radio. "Watching them every night is great, you learn something new every day. The guys are seasoned and been doing this for a long time."

The tour with OneRepublic has been going for several months, now, and wraps up in October.  James says he hasn't had much downtime this summer, but he doesn't mind.

"I'm loving working, to be honest," he says. "I'm genuinely loving being on this journey and just experiencing new things every day. When I eventually stop, I'll probably just play some FIFA or something. Or go to the pub with my friends."

 

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ABC/Mark LevineBefore Sam Hunt’s "Body Like a Back Road" became a top-10 pop hit, it had already set records on the country charts.  The song is so successful that it's hard to believe that when Sam was writing it, he was afraid it might be too shallow, or too sexist.

“I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to put it out,” he explains. “I didn’t want it to come across as objectifying women or to lack depth…I had some concerns, but I tried to make it fun to offset any risks of those things happening."

But once “Body Like a Back Road” was done, Sam started to realize it might be even better than he’d suspected.

“When we finally finished it, it finally hit me…” he recalls, saying that he told himself, "OK, wait a minute, maybe I underestimated the potential of this song. I think this could be a fun song and it will connect with folks."

"At that point," Sam remembers, "I was excited to put it out and fortunately folks have enjoyed it."

"Body Like a Back Road" is the first single from Sam's forthcoming sophomore album, which still doesn't have a title or release date.

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