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Greg WilliamsEarlier this week, fans speculated that Ed Sheeran was secretly married to his fiancee Cherry Seaborn because he was sporting a ring on the third finger of his left hand.  But according to the U.K. tabloid paper The Sun, he hasn't walked down the aisle quite yet.

A source tells the paper, “Ed is wearing a ring to show his commitment to being engaged to Cherry but he’s not married yet. He’s amused by the fuss it’s caused however has no intentions of taking it off, so it’ll be on his hand during his BRIT [Awards] performance.”

The BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, are underway in London now, and Ed is up for four trophies. During a red carpet interview, Ed's ring can clearly be seen.  He told London's Capital FM that following the ceremony, he won't go to the after-party -- instead, he said, "I'm just going to get a curry and go home."

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KIDinaKORNER / Interscope RecordsThe evolution continues: Imagine Dragons debuted a brand new single today and announced summer dates for their Evolve Tour.

Their new song, called “Next to Me,” is about a person experiencing unconditional love despite his flaws. Frontman Dan Reynolds tells Apple Music's Zane Lowe that writing a love song was unusual for him.

“I don't typically write love songs,” he says. “It was different, but it was fun and it stretched me...it's about my frailties within romance.”

The band will be performing the song, as well as other hits including “Believer” and “Thunder,” on the road this summer starting June 5 in Hartford, Connecticut.

The trek will hit cities including Boston, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, before wrapping August 10 in Tampa, Florida. Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. local time.

Young singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal, who won America’s Got Talent in 2016, will be the tour’s special guest.

Here’s the list of tour dates:

6/5 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/6 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
6/8 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
6/9 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/11 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/13 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
6/16 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
6/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
6/21 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/24 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
6/26 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
6/27 -- Milwaukee, WI*, Summerfest
6/9 -- Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/30 -- Camden, NJ*, BB&T Pavilion (already announced)
7/2 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/3 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/5 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/7 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
7/8 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater
7/10 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/11 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/13 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/16 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/24 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/26 -- Bozeman, MT, Bobcat Stadium
7/30 -- Wichita, KS^, Intrust Bank Arena
8/1 -- Tulsa, OK^, BOK Center
8/2 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/4 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/5 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
8/7 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
8/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/10 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 -- Dallas, TX* , Toyota Stadium

*Additional date not part of the Evolve Tour
Grace VanderWaal not supporting
^on sale beginning Friday, March 9

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Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love ManchesterAriana Grande was set to take part in a surprise performance at tonight's Brit Awards -- the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys -- but was forced to cancel at the last minute.

A source confirms to ABC Radio that Ariana is sick. Despite that, she was planning to attend the ceremony anyway, but according to the source, her doctor has told her not to fly overseas. 

According to The Mirror, Ariana was due to take part in a tribute to the victims of the Manchester bombings, which killed more than 20 people outside her concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22. After the tragedy, Ariana organized the star-studded One Love Manchester concert, which raised money for the victims.

The Mirror reports that former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will take Ariana's place, and that he might sing the Oasis tune "Live Forever," which he performed with Coldplay's Chris Martin at the One Love Manchester concert.

Another Oasis song, "Don't Look Back in Anger," became the unofficial anthem of the bombing's aftermath last year.  It was performed at the concert by Ariana, Chris Martin and Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland.

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2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLCLast month, when a fan asked Kelly Clarkson on Twitter if she plans to duet with fellow Voice coach Alicia Keys at some point, she hinted, "We may or may not have already filmed something for our season where we may or may not be singing together."  Well, it appears that this "something" has arrived -- the two are singing together and it is, as you might have guessed, insanely awesome.

In a new promo for the new season of the NBC show, which you can watch exclusively over at EW.com, all four coaches find themselves in a black-and-white, Rat Pack-era Sin City lounge, crooning standards.  Adam and Blake, wearing tuxedos and with drinks in hand, sing Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon," and exchange some good-natured insults. Then, they make way for the ladies.

Kelly and Alicia, who've been watching from the audience, take the stage and launch into a roof-raising version of Nina Simone's classic "Feelin' Good," with both powerhouse vocalists giving their prodigious pipes a great workout.

No doubt all four coaches will sing a few more numbers together when the new season of The Voice kicks off February 26 on NBC.

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Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesOne Direction has been on hiatus for quite some time now, but we've only gotten complete solo albums from Niall Horan, Harry Styles and ex-member Zayn Malik.  Now, there are a few updates on the long-awaited solo projects from Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.

Liam has so far released a string of singles, including his recent duet with Rita Ora, "For You," and "Strip That Down."  Steve Mac, who co-wrote and produced "Strip That Down," tells Music Week that he predicts success for Liam's album, when it finally comes out.

"I’ve heard a lot of his stuff and I think it’s going to be a great album," says Mac. "I think it’s going to be a compilation album." 

Mac explains what he means by that: "I wouldn’t say it’s a body of work that will flow, but what I like is that it’s going to be hit to hit to hit. And in my world, those are the best albums."

As for Louis, when a fan asked him on Monday if his album would arrive "in the first half of the year," he replied, "It’s what I’m aiming for :)."  Asked if the disc would feature "more than 10 tracks," Louis replied, "Defo ! Value for money and all that."

Louis also tweeted, "I know it’s taking longer than expected but it’s gonna be worth it!"

All five members of One Direction have scored at least one top 40 solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Norman Jean RoyBon Jovi fans, here's some good news.  The band is releasing a music video on Friday for their new song, "When We Were Us."

Now here's the bad news: The video is debuting exclusively on Tidal, at least at first, so if you're not a subscriber to that streaming service, you'll have to wait a bit longer to see it.

You can see and hear a 15-second clip of the video on Bon Jovi's Twitter and Instagram now, though.  It appears to be a live video showing the band performing the song onstage.  As for the song itself, it's a rousing, upbeat anthem.

"When We Were Us" is one of two new songs on the re-release of the 2016 Bon Jovi album This House Is Not For Sale, which comes out on Friday.  The other new song is called "Walls."

The band's spring leg of their This House Is Not For Sale tour kicks off in Denver on March 14 and is set to wrap up May 14 in Washington, D.C. The band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14 in Cleveland.

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ABC/RICK ROWELLWhile there have been rumors that Selena Gomez’s mom isn't exactly thrilled about Justin Bieber being back in her daughter's life, it seems Justin’s family has had no problem embracing Selena again.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Selena joined Justin at his father Jeremy’s wedding in Jamaica over the weekend. His dad wed girlfriend Chelsey Rebelo.

"Justin’s family doesn’t hold any grudges against Selena," a source tells ET. "Justin and Selena have spent time with both of Justin’s parents. They welcomed her back with open arms.”

The insider adds, "Of course Selena would be included in this celebration! She’s known Justin’s dad for years and he adores her."

By contrast, we probably won’t see Justin hanging with Selena’s family any time soon, according to the source, who notes,  “They’re just not quite there yet."

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Walt Disney PicturesTour mates Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled have another collaboration coming soon: The two have teamed up for a song called “I Believe” on the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack.

“Ahhhh!! I'm so excited to finally tell you guys my new song #IBelieve with @djkhaled will be on the soundtrack for Disney's @WrinkleInTime See the movie and get the album on March 9th,” Demi tweeted, along with a mini-trailer for the soundtrack.

The album will also feature an original song from Sia called “Magic” and the first new song from Sade in almost eight years called “Flower of the Universe.”  Kehlani, who'll be joining Demi and Khaled on tour, is also on the album, with a song called  “Let Me Live.”

In addition to the original music, the soundtrack will include a score by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Harley WeirSounds like someone has a crush of Olympic proportions.

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who is openly gay, admitted his celebrity crush to UsWeekly and it’s none other than Harry Styles.

“So I didn’t realize that he was cute until One Direction broke up, but now that Harry Styles is, you know, living that solo singer career, yeah, I’m into it,” the bronze medalist said.

He hasn’t met the singer yet, but he remains hopeful for the future. “Maybe I will!” he said.

Asked to name her crush, snowboarder and gold medalist Chloe Kim was feeling a different One Direction.

Zayn Malik,” she said. “’Cause he’s a cutie and a half.”

“I haven’t met him but hopefully that’s gonna change soon,” she added.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCShe may be a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum star, but Lorde still can't escape a common problem: acne.

The singer took to Instagram over the weekend to vent her frustrations over her problem skin and the ridiculous advice people try to give her. In her Instagram Story, she filmed herself using an LED light treatment on her face.

"For real though, acne sucks,” she says in the video. “You know what also sucks? When you’ve had acne for years and years and years, done all the drugs, tried all the things, and people are still like, ‘You know what worked for me, is moisturizing!’”

She continues to run down the annoying advice she’s gotten: “Make a mask out of honey, Greek yogurt and avocado. All you need to do is buy an apricot scrub! Coconut oil – the secret is coconut oil!”

Lorde says her least favorite of all the acne assumptions is that she’s “just dirty.”

“’Do you wash your face?’ It’s like, yes, I wash my face! I’m just genetically cursed,” she says.

She leaves her fellow acne-sufferers with a positive message: “For everyone out there who’s got bad skin — and actual bad skin, not just the kind of bad skin you can just use a fancy cream for for a few days and it will get better — I feel your pain. We’ll get there; we will. I promise.”

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Getty Images via ABCChris Brown wished his ex Rihanna a happy 30th birthday today...and fans are not having it.

The singer posted a childhood photo of Rih-Rih on his Instagram page, along with the caption “HAPPY BIRTHDAY @badgirlriri.”

The post received over 630,000 likes, but also some angry comments from Rihanna fans who haven’t forgiven Brown for the brutal assault of his then-girlfriend back in 2009.

“KEEP RIHANNA’S NAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH,” one person commented. Another wrote, “Delete this?? Abusing women and continuing to stalk them long after they’ve moved on is creepy and sad, not funny or cute.”

A third fan added, “So we just gonna pretend like 2009 didn’t happen?”

Brown pleaded guilty to the assault, which occurred about a year into the couple’s relationship. He accepted a plea deal that included nearly five years of probation and one year of domestic violence counseling.

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Sarah PiantadosiJames Bay is bringing his new music, and his new look, to Saturday Night Live.

James will make his SNL debut on March 10, and he's sure to perform his new single "Wild Love."  The show will be hosted by This Is Us Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown, who also appears in Black Panther.

"WAIT. WHAT!? Can’t believe I’ll be performing on @nbcsnl soon!" James tweeted. "AHH."

The British singer/songwriter will be in New York City around that time as part of an already sold-out, intimate tour that gets underway March 25 in Seattle, WA.

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Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran got engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn over New Year's...but have the two actually tied the knot since then?

According to Metro UK, some fans are convinced that Ed and Cherry are secretly married, because he was sporting a gold band on the third finger of his left hand during an intimate charity concert in London on Monday night.  Of course, the ring could merely be a symbol of his engagement.

ABC News has reached out to Ed's rep about the rumor.

According to The Sun, during the charity show, Ed told the audience how much he's been enjoying domestic bliss with Cherry. "I find myself getting really excited about kitchen appliances now," he joked.

Ed also revealed that at Wednesday night's Brit Awards -- the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys -- he'll be performing his Grammy-winning song, "Thinking Out Loud."

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Markus PritziDua Lipa doesn’t just have “New Rules” -- she has new tour dates too.

The singer has announced she’ll be back in the U.S. and Canada this summer, with shows kicking off June 5 in Houston, Texas.

She’ll hit cities including Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Las Vegas and San Francisco, as well as festivals including Bonnaroo and Panorama.  The tour wraps in Toronto on July 30. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time. 

In the meantime, Dua is set to take the BRIT Awards stage in London Wednesday night.  She's up for five trophies, including Best British Solo Female Artist and Best British Album.

Here is the list of summer tour dates:

6/5 -- Revention Music Center, Houston, TX*
6/6 -- South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX*
6/7 -- South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
6/9 -- Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, GA
6/10 -- Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
6/12 -- Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Miami, FL
6/13 -- House of Blues – Orlando, Orlando, FL
6/20 -- Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
6/24 -- The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
6/26 -- Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
6/28 -- The Chelsea Ballroom – The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
6/29 -- Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA
6/30 -- Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
7/2 -- WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA**
7/27 -- Panorama, New York, NY
7/30 -- RBC Echo Beach, Toronto, ON
 
*Rescheduled sold-out show – original tickets to be honored
**Rescheduled Show in larger venue – original tickets to be honored and additional tickets now available

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ABC/Paula LoboHere's wishing Kesha a speedy recovery. The singer has postponed her March and April tour dates due to a knee injury.

The singer tore her ACL after a fall during her concert in Dubai on February 9. She’ll be undergoing surgery today, with rehabilitation following soon after so that she can be back in good shape to hit the road with Macklemore for their co-headlining tour this summer.

"It's my biggest joy in life to share my music with my fans all over the world, but I have to follow my doctors orders and undergo surgery so I can get ready to give it my all on my summer tour and beyond," Kesha says in a statement.

She adds that moving the tour dates is making her “sick with sadness” but she could not simply "will" her injury away.

“I love you all and I'll work every single day, as hard as I can, to recover and get back on stage as soon as possible,” she continues. “I'm so sorry and sending love always."

The postponed dates include shows in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan. Ticketholders are encouraged to hold onto their tickets and await further information.

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCIt's been more than a second since 5 Seconds of Summer released new music -- 2016, to be exact -- but fans won't have to wait too much longer. 

Via Instagram, the group teased a new single called "Want You Back," which will arrive this Friday. And late last week, the Aussie band tweeted the hashtag "#5SOS3ISCOMING?"

As Billboard notes, 5SOS are the only band ever to have their first two full-length studio albums -- their self-titled 2014 debut and 2015's Sounds Good Feels Good -- enter the Billboard album chart at #1. 

In December, 5SOS guitarist Michael Clifford told Billboard that the first single from their third album would be out in the "really early" stages of 2018.  

Attempting to describe their new music, Michael said, "It's kind of taking a mix of '90s… It's so hard to explain… There's a bunch of garage… The ways we do the gang vocals is kind of like Beastie Boys-ish. Then we have somber pianos on songs… It all makes sense."

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Here's how big an impact Taylor Swift has on our culture at large: At least one Oscar-winning actress says she can't sleep at night because she's so confused about who's still a member of the singer's famed girl squad.

Background first.  Since the end of August, there have been rumors about the squad's current membership.  August 27, when Taylor released her video for "Look What You Made Me Do," one scene featured her wearing a shirt decorated with the names of her squad members.  As People pointed out, fans noticed that model Karlie Kloss' name was missing.

Taylor and Karlie had been tight since 2014.  Karlie appeared in Taylor's "Bad Blood" video, they attended the Met Gala together, cooked together, and shared the stage during Taylor's last tour. There was even a rumor Karlie had her own bedroom at Taylor's New York City apartment.

But last month, Karlie posted a video of herself playing basketball with the caption "Swish Swish," which is also the name of Katy Perry's Taylor diss track.  Karlie removed the words when fans freaked out.  And just last week, Karlie was spotted having dinner with Katy, causing fans to flood Karlie's Instagram with rat emojis.

All this drama hasn't escaped the notice of Jennifer Lawrence.  During a Times Talks panel discussion to promote her new spy thriller, Red Sparrow, the Oscar-winner was asked by an audience member, "If you had [spy] skills in real life, what top-secret [thing] would you like to be able to figure out?"

Replied J-Law, "I mean, honestly, I'd like to know what's going on with Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift!" 

As the audience laughed, Lawrence added, "That's the honest-to-God truth! Like, is nobody else curious? It's keeping me up at night. What happened?"

(The Karlie/Taylor question takes place 1:10:13 into the video]

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Kelly Clarkson will be mentoring musical hopefuls as a coach in the new season of The Voice, which starts at the end of this month.  She says she's glad she'll be able to help up-and-coming artists because, she says, nobody was around to help her when she needed it.

"I didn't have a mentor, I think, honestly, 'cause I came in the business a really weird, odd, way and nobody had really done that before," she explains. "So there was no road map.  There was no blueprint of how to achieve what I wanted to achieve.

"Everything that happened was like a first time, for somebody coming from a TV show," she adds. "So I would've loved to have somebody that I was very similar to, that kinda was the light at the end of the tunnel. I think that would've helped me in a lot of ways."

Now, 15 years into her career, Kelly's pretty much seen all the ups and downs of the music business, and she's excited to help the members of her team.  But she admits that, when she's not sitting in that big red chair, she doesn't always feel like she's coming from a place of experience and wisdom.

"I try and be that for, like, younger artists that are like fans of mine, but I'm not really mother hen," she laughs. "I'm still kind of a child! So, it's very hard for me to do that, but I always try to give good advice."

Kelly will join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys in the chairs when The Voice returns for its 14th season, February 26 on NBC.

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Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesAfter she was slammed on Twitter for her jazzy, sexed-up rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at this weekend's NBA All-Star Game, Fergie has now issued an apology.

"I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," the singer said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

"I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

As previously reported, following her performance, fans took to Twitter to declare Fergie's unique arrangement of the anthem "the worst rendition ever."  A few others, though, said that Roseanne Barr's intentionally poor and disrespectful 1990 version of the anthem -- during which she shrieked off-key and grabbed her crotch -- remains the worst.

Ironically, Roseanne herself bashed Fergie on Twitter, writing, "Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey."

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Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesFergie's unconventional rendition of the national anthem at this weekend's NBA All-Star game had Twitter losing its mind -- in a bad way -- and Mariah Carey offering support.

Fergie performed a jazzy, sexed-up version of "The Star Spangled Banner," perhaps in a 35th anniversary tribute to the late, legendary Marvin Gaye, who did something similar at the All-Star game in 1983.  

It's not that she didn't hit the notes, but the version was so odd and unexpected that many players and spectators -- including Jimmy Kimmel -- appeared to be trying not to laugh.

Viewers took to Twitter to call Fergie's performance the "worst rendition ever" of the anthem, among other things.  "Sounded like she was trying to make love to the USA," snarked one user.  Another wrote, "Sorry, but @Fergie, please don't EVER do the National Anthem again."

Another user wrote, "They gotta take a knee to protest this, man."

Leave it to Mariah to offer some sound advice, though.  When TMZ asked her what Fergie should do about all the criticism, she suggested, "Dahling, nobody needs to listen to that!"

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