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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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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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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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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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Dennis LeupoldLovatics, rejoice: your girl is hitting the road next year.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Demi Lovato says she's "sure" she'll be touring next year behind her new album, which she says will be "more R&B" and "more soulful."  She also says that she'll have a few collaborations on the disc,  but she hasn't put any together yet.  So far, all we've heard is the first single, "Sorry Not Sorry."

So far there's no title or release date for the project, but Demi tells ET, "Fingers crossed that it's [coming] sooner than you think."

Demi will also be releasing a documentary called Simply Complicated, which will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, as well as her charity work, her life, her family and her friends.

"I want people and viewers to see my journey," she tells ET, adding, "A lot of people have heard my story, I've been very open about it, but a lot of people don't know what my life is like today and I get to share that with my fans, which is so important to me."

Demi will perform on ABC's Good Morning America Friday, along with Cheat Codes and Jax Jones.

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Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMadonna launched her luxury skin care line, MDNA Skin, in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea in 2014, but now, her American fans will finally be able to buy it.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the line will launch September 26 online at MDNASkin.com, Barneys.com and at Barneys New York stores in Manhattan and Beverly Hills. "I’m tired of hearing people complain here that they can’t get it in America," Madonna told WWD.

The nine different products range in price from $50 to $600, and include face washes, clay masks and a Rejuvenator Set. The Queen of Pop tells WWD, “It’s a line I can use every day...I developed it for me specifically, but it also feels universal. I mean, my children use it, my friends use it.” 

Considering Madonna just turned 59 and looks fabulous, she herself may just be the best advertisement for MDNA Skin.

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Taylor HillFirst, MTV announced it was re-launching its iconic series TRL.  Now, Variety reports the network's bringing back another one of its signature shows: MTV Unplugged.

According to Variety, the show will return September 8. Shawn Mendes will kick things off with a performance recorded at LA's Theater at Ace Hotel.

Shawn tells Variety that he's loved the concept of the show -- which first aired in 1989 -- ever since he saw a clip from 1992 of Pearl Jam performing on the show.

"It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; it was really about the music,” Shawn tells Variety.  He adds, "I feel like if I can do this right, then it will be a moment for me -- where people can really understand and see me as a musician and a singer, and where I’m coming from.”

Anyone who's gone to see Shawn live already knows where he's coming from: he's a talented performer who can hold a venue like Madison Square Garden captive with just a guitar and his voice.  But Wednesday night, he got some help during a concert from another guy who can do the same thing: Ed Sheeran

According to Billboard, during Shawn's show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Ed shocked the audience when he came onstage and duetted with the Canadian star on his hit, "Mercy."  Afterward, Shawn told the crowd, "That was just as crazy for me as it was for you guys."

Four years ago, fans pointed out that Shawn tweeted, "To ever meet ed sheeran would honestly be the best, hes 100% the person i look upto [sic] for music."

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GENPOP Corp. / RBMG / Schoolboy / Def Jam / RepublicAfter teasing the song earlier in the week, Justin Bieber has released his new single “Friends.”

The tune, set to an ‘80s-inspired beat, has Justin reflecting on the end of a relationship and not quite accepting that it’s over. He wants to stay in his ex’s life despite the breakup.

“Though we didn’t end this so good/But you know we had something so good/So I’m wondering/Can we still be friends?/Can we still be friends?/Doesn’t have to end/And if it ends, can we be friends?” Justin sings on the chorus.

The song is a collaboration with producer BloodPop, who worked with Justin on his hit “Sorry.”

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— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 17, 2017

 

 

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PRNewsfoto/FableticsPeople who work out -- really work out -- rarely look their best at the gym.  You're all hot and sweaty, your hair's a mess and your have no makeup on.  But according to Demi Lovato, you shouldn't let that stand in the way of meeting a new bae while you're there.

Speaking to Self magazine, Demi says, "I'm pretty confident in my own skin. I've run into guys that I've liked at the gym and it doesn't matter if I'm sweaty or not.  They'll like me for who I am...or if not, then they can suck it!"

But the singer also thinks that if you've got to go to the gym, you'll look better if you wear her new line of Fabletics exercise wear, which she created in partnership with actress Kate Hudson after meeting her at a boxing gym.  The line just debuted Wednesday.

Demi works out six times a week, and likes to focus on cardio because she has to be able to sing and dance onstage at the same time.  But she tells Self she also enjoys hand-to-hand combat sports like jiu-jitsu and MMA fighting.

"I first got into jiu-jitsu because I loved watching people grapple,” Lovato says.  “I think it’s really cool to learn something that helps you with self-defense.” 

Denmi also says working out in general can help with "depression, anxiety, or any other type of stressors in your life."

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AEG PresentsFans will have to wait just a bit longer to witness Katy Perry's Witness: The Tour.

The series of concerts, which was to kick off September 7 in Columbus, OH, will now start September 19 in Montreal, said the singer, who blamed issues with the set design.  

The Columbus date will be bumped to September 24.

"Due to unavoidable production delays, major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week," Katy said in a statement. "I’ll be spending the next few weeks taking the time to properly prepare the show to be an experience I am proud to share with you."

She added, "I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope everyone who sees the show will agree it was worth the wait."

All the rescheduled dates are listed on katyperry.com/tour.

Perry also revealed Noah Cyrus will join WITNESS: The Tour on September 19 and serve as opening act through November 1. Purity Ring will open for Katy November 7 through December 20, and then Carly Rae Jepsen will pick up the mantle following the tour's holiday break, opening dates from January 5 to February 5.

The statement adds that all tickets purchased for the original concert dates will be honored for the new dates, with refunds available at point of purchase.

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