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ABC/Lou RoccoA young Canadian singer-songwriter who was discovered online, and starred in a Calvin Klein underwear campaign -- that description was true of Justin Bieber in 2015, and now it's true of Shawn Mendes, too.

Shawn unveiled two pictures from his upcoming Calvin Klein underwear campaign on Instagram.  One shows him posting in a kitchen wearing nothing but a pair of white boxer briefs.  The other shows him relaxing in an armchair wearing nothing but a pair of black boxer briefs. 

"@CalvinKlein #MyCalvins. Campaign coming this week," he captioned the sexy pics.

To say fans approved would be an understatement.

"And just like that...I'm pregnant," commented one. 

"Someone call the ambulance, my pure heart has been tainted," wrote another.

"What the hell, Mendes?? You can't be SO hot. If you are that hot, I will die because of the lethal dose of sex appeal," added another.

"Yum," "Zaddy," "Oh my lord hello" and "Oh sweet Jesus" were among the other comments.

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Republic RecordsFans who've been dying for Ariana Grande's new album ever since she confirmed it was a reality showed up in droves to buy and stream the project, giving the singer her second #1 album in less than six months.

Thank U, Next debuts at #1 on the Billboard album chart, with 360,000 units earned in its first week. That's the biggest week for a pop album in more than a year, the biggest week for an album by a woman in more than a year, and the biggest streaming week ever for a pop album, according to Nielsen Music.

"I love you sm and thank u," Ariana tweeted to her fans.

The last pop album -- and album by a female --  to score more sales in a week was Taylor Swift's Reputation, which debuted at #1 in December of 2017 with 1.24 million units.

As for the streaming record, according to Nielsen Music, 228,000 of the 360,000 units Thank U, Next earned were streaming equivalent units, equal to 307 million on-demand audio streams.  That easily breaks the previous record of just under 127 million streams set by Ed Sheeran's Divide in 2017. 

Thank U, Next also sets the record for the biggest streaming week for an album by a woman, set last April by Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy.

Elsewhere on the chart, Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born soundtrack jumps to #2, thanks to Gaga's performance of "Shallow" and the song's two wins at the Grammys on February 10.  And the soundtrack to Bohemian Rhapsody jumps from #11 to #3, thanks to the DVD and blu-ray release of the movie on February 12.

Finally, after winning Album of the Year at the Grammys, Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour re-enters the chart at #9, on a 524% sales boost.

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Epic RecordsAfter releasing four other music videos to accompany songs off her new EP The Love Train, Meghan Trainor has released a fifth one Friday for the song “All the Ways.”

The latest video stars actress Bailee Madison as a young woman in love with a giant teddy bear. The clip starts with her texting with the bear and then meeting him for a date.

They have a whirlwind romance around New York City, but then they get into a fight when she catches him eyeing another teddy bear through a store window.

The bear later shows up at her apartment with flowers and they make up. The video ends with the two of them having fun at a party together.

On Valentine’s Day Thursday, Meghan released the video for her song “Marry Me,” featuring footage from her own December wedding to Daryl Sabara. She's also released videos for the songs "Good Mornin,'" "Foolish" and "After You."

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Republic RecordsAriana Grande has become the only other female artist besides Madonna to simultaneously hold the number one and two spots on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart.

According to Official Charts, Ariana nabbed the number one spot this week with “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” knocking her other single, “7 Rings,” to number two. Madonna was the last female artist to achieve the feat back in 1985 with “Into The Groove” and “Holiday.”

“honored n grateful. thank u UK babes. i love u n cant wait to see u,” Ariana tweeted after seeing the news.

Ariana’s album, thank u, next, also debuted at number one on the U.K. Albums Chart, setting a record for most album streams ever by a female artist in a week with 59 million streams across its 12 tracks. She broke her own record set by Sweetener last August.

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John Legend has delivered on his promise and officially premiered the stirring video for his newest single, "Preach."

In the Dominique DeLeon-directed clip, Legend is seen sleeping alongside wife Chrissy Teigen until he  suddenly awakes. Opening the door of his bedroom, the newly anointed EGOT winner enters a high school gymnasium as students flee from an apparent shooting.

The video also tackles police brutality as well as immigration, and is inspiring fans to take action by utilizing YouTube’s new fundraising feature which allows viewers to donate to Legend's FREE AMERICA social justice campaign. 

“The idea behind the song is that sometimes we can get so frustrated by the news and what’s going on and there’s this scatter going on in ourselves," the singer said in a press release.

He continued, "Do we become apathetic? Do we become engaged? Do we just talk about it, or do we do something?”

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John Medina/Getty ImagesRob Thomas fans have something to smile about today.

The singer has announced his new solo album, Chip Tooth Smile, will be out April 26. He also revealed the cover art, which features him with his back towards the camera showing off a denim jacket emblazoned with a mouth that has red lips and a chipped front tooth.

Rob has a new single on the way as well, called “One Less Day (Dying Young),” which is due out February 20.

His last solo project, The Great Unknown, came out in 2015, and he supported it with a solo tour. In 2017, he and Matchbox Twenty toured with Counting Crows.

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Steve SchofieldCan’t get enough of Sam Smith and Normani’s duet “Dancing with a Stranger”? Now there’s more to love.

The two have released an acoustic version of the song, swapping the R&B beat for subtle piano and string instrumentals.

“So excited to share this acoustic version of Dancing With A Stranger that @Normani and I recorded in LA last year!” Sam tweeted. “Thank you to Normani for recording this with me, and to everyone supporting our song.”

The song, released last month, features Sam and Normani trading verses about seeking comfort in the arms of someone else in an effort to get over a former lover.

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ABC/Lou RoccoMost people probably know this by now, but don't mess with Pink.

In a game of "Burning Questions" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the singer told a story of how she slashed her husband Carey Hart's tires one Thanksgiving.

The admission was prompted by the question, "What's the dumbest way you've hurt yourself?" To which she replied, "Slashing tires."

Ellen asked her how old she was and she admitted it actually happened not that long ago.

"It was Thanksgiving. The holidays are stressful," she said.

Pink revealed she only managed to slice through one of Carey's tires before accidentally gashing her hand. She needed 13 stitches, but she said she didn't need anesthesia -- presumably because of all the adrenaline.

The singer later clarified on Twitter that the incident actually happened in 2003.

"The story going around about my slashing tires is from 2003. I have not harmed a car in 15 years. #reformed #twenties #passion #tires," she wrote.

Pink and Carey have been married for 13 years and posted a sweet photo of them on Instagram Thursday in honor of Valentine’s Day.

"Happy f****** Valentine's Day," she wrote. "And also, if there isn't some stubborn person in your life making you want to rip your hair out ON the daily THATS OK TAKE YOUR OWN DAMN SELF OUT and buy your own damn chocolates and not the gross kind."

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Warner Bros. RecordsBebe Rexha is giving up her vices -- or trying to, anyway -- in her new single, “Last Hurrah.”

The singer released the track Friday, kicking off a new era of music leading up to her second album.

“‘Last Hurrah’ is about vices. We all have them,” Bebe says in a statement. “It’s not just about smoking or drinking, it’s about love, food or any of our bad habits. It’s our final anthem to all our vices as we seek a new tomorrow and a better us. And then do it all again tomorrow.”

Bebe will be performing the song for the first time on ABC’s Live with Kelly and Ryan on February 25, the morning after the Oscars. She’ll sing it live from the Oscars stage.

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Epic RecordsBurning for more Sara Bareilles music? She's got you covered.

The singer has released a new single called "Fire," as well as the track list and release date for her forthcoming fifth album, Amidst the Chaos.

In "Fire," she sings about a relationship that never quite sparked. "We were never gonna catch fire/We'd have burned up in the flames/Oh before they ever rose up high/Someday I/I won't have to feel the cold/That I do now/So I'll know what it feels like when I feel fire."

The song is the first track on Amidst Chaos, which also features the lead single "Armor" and a duet with her Jesus Christ Superstar co-star John Legend called "A Safe Place to Land."

Amidst the Chaos is available for pre-order now and comes out April 5.

Here is the track list:

"Fire"
"No Such Thing"
"Armor”
"If I Can’t Have You"
"Eyes on You"
"Miss Simone"
"Wicked Love"
"Orpheus"
"Poetry by Dead Men"
"Someone Who Loves Me"
"Saint Honesty"
"A Safe Place to Land" feat. John Legend

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Atlantic RecordsBruno Mars and Cardi B are together again for their latest collab, "Please Me."

The follow up duet to their 2018 "Finesse" remix is a steamy slow jam that features not only Cardi’s rapping but a little of her singing voice too. Not to mention a whole lot of sexual tension.

"Please me, baby/turn around and just tease me, baby/You’ve got what I want and what I need, baby/please," Bruno sings on the track.

Cardi suggestively raps, "I’m gonna ride it just how you like it/Just like you like it tonight/And after that, let’s do it one more time."

The song marks Cardi’s first release since winning her historic Grammy for Best Rap Album. Earlier this week she announced the collab after briefly deleting her Instagram account.

"Ok so I’m back from retirement to announce I have a brand new song coming out Friday at midnight with @brunomars," she wrote.

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Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty ImagesKaty Perry and Orlando Bloom had an extra romantic Valentine’s Day: The two lovebirds reportedly got engaged!

They seemingly confirmed the news on social media, with Katy posting a photo showing off her new sparkler. The ring features diamonds surrounding a ruby center to form the shape of a flower.

“In full bloom,” Katy captioned it.

Orlando posted the same photo to his Instagram page and captioned it, “Lifetimes.”

Cosmopolitan UK also has screenshots from a Facebook page belonging to Katy’s mom, Mary Hudson, that shows the couple celebrating their engagement. One of the since-deleted pics was captioned, “Look who got engaged on Valentines Day!!”

In one photo, the two embrace while looking into each other’s eyes in front of a large floral arch made out of flowers. Another pic features Katy's hand showing off her new bling.

Not only did Katy apparently get engaged Thursday, she also released her new song with Zedd, called “365.”

This will be the second marriage for both stars. Katy was previously married to comedian Russell Brand from 2010 to 2012, and Orlando was previously married to model Miranda Kerr from 2010 to 2013, with whom he shares one son.

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThe FBI is looking into reports Ryan Adams broke the law by allegedly engaging in past sexually explicit communications with a then-underage girl, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper says an unidentified official in the FBI's New York office has confirmed that the bureau's Crimes Against Children Squad has taken the first steps to open an investigation into the claims, and will attempt to interview the woman and obtain any of the texts and other evidence of the relationship with Adams that the New York Times story describes.

As also reported by the newspaper on Wednesday, the 44-year-old singer, songwriter and producer is accused of engaging in sexting and other sexually explicit communications some years ago with a girl that he allegedly knew was underage, communications that took place when she was aged 14 to 16. 

Adams is said to have exposed himself during video phone sex calls with the girl, exchanging over 3,000 text messages with her in which he joked about her age, at one point writing, "If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol,” referring to the R&B singer who's been accused of having sex with underage women.

Adams has denied the claims, as well as others made in the Times piece that allege emotionally abusive and controlling behavior based on accounts by seven women and "more than a dozen associates" who spoke with the newspaper for the story, all of whom described similar experiences that were reportedly corroborated by family and friends and, in some cases, correspondence from Adams. 

Also Thursday came news that the scheduled April 19 release of Adams' album, Big Colors, has been indefinitely put on hold in the wake of the new allegations, according to Billboard.  Big Colors is the follow-up to Adams' 2017 #1 album, Prisoner.  Big Colors has also been removed for pre-order from Adams' label's website.

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Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesKesha is setting sail on the high seas this weekend and she’s bringing Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness along for the ride. Can you believe?!

The Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride Fan Cruise kicks off Sunday, February 17 from Tampa, Florida and sails to Nassau, Bahamas. Along the way, there will be various forms of entertainment, including multiple appearances by JVN.

The self-care guru explains how he got involved: “I got an email from Kesha's team and they were like, ‘Do you wanna come, like, do your podcast live on this cruise?’ And I was like, ‘Yes.' And they're like, ‘We're also gonna have some gorgeous, like, drag competitions, do you wanna be a guest judge?’ And I was like, ‘Uh-huh.’”

Then they asked if he would do some stand-up comedy on the cruise.

“At the time I had done stand-up like five times and I was like, ‘Um, I dunno, lemme get back to you, like, lemme see how these next few months go,’” he says. “And it was great, so I'm gonna do some stand-up, so yeah it'll be really fun.”

Other than that, Jonathan says he’s never been on a cruise ship before so he doesn’t really know what to expect.

“Is it just like gorgeous food moments and like, uh, I wonder if there's an ice-skating rink on this one?” he ponders.

Not sure about the ice-skating rink, but the four-day cruise will feature activities such as "Lip Sync for Your Lifeboat," hosted by Kesha, and a variety of costumed theme nights.

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Peter LindberghLady Gaga has added a couple of new tattoos to her collection.

One commemorates A Star Is Born with a huge rose running down the length of her spine and the words “La Vie En Rose” written in script along the stem. “La Vie En Rose” is the first song her character Ally sings in the film, catching the attention of Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine. It’s also the song Cooper heard Gaga sing in real life, which convinced him she needed to play the part.

“Happy Valentine’s Day. A tattoo toast to ‘la vie en rose,’” Gaga wrote on Instagram along with a photo of the new ink. “…my spinal cord is now a rose.”

She also got a second tattoo of musical notes spelling out “GAGA” on her forearm. In something only a musician would notice, the first version of the tattoo was missing the fifth staff line. Gaga quickly got it fixed.

“Musical crisis averted,” she wrote. “Too many tequilas forgot the fifth staff line poor thing. Here’s the real deal.”

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Courtesy of DKC O&MThe Michael Jackson stage musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, has scrapped its pre-Broadway run in Chicago due to “scheduling difficulties” caused by the recent Actors’ Equity strike, Deadline reports.

The show was initially supposed to make its debut at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29, going through December 1. Now, it will be making its world premiere on Broadway in summer 2020. A developmental work session for the show will take place this fall in New York.

According to Deadline, the 33-day Equity strike, which ended on February 8, restricted union members from participating in the developmental labs for Broadway musicals.

The decision to cancel the pre-Broadway dates was announced by The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage, the producers of the musical.

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough will be set behind-the-scenes in 1992, as Jackson rehearses for his Dangerous tour. The show will include more than 25 of Jackson's hits.

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Travis SchneiderAs a Valentine’s Day gift to fans, Maroon 5 has released a new animated lyric video for their mega-hit “Girls Like You.”

The video essentially tells the story of Adam Levine’s life, in cartoon form. It starts when he’s a baby, shows when he joined Maroon 5 and continues through meeting his wife Behati Prinsloo and having their two daughters together.

It ends with animated Adam cradling his wife and two baby girls.

“Girls Like You” is currently tied for the longest running top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 history, at 33 weeks. It ties with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”

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Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor has released the video for her song “Marry Me” and – not surprisingly – it also doubles as her wedding video.

It features snippets from her December nuptials to Daryl Sabara, including the getting ready, walking down the aisle, vows and reception. It even includes shots of the surprise dance routine Daryl performed for Meghan.

Meghan wrote “Marry Me” just a month after meeting her now-husband. They ended up walking down the aisle to the song.

“Marry Me” is featured on her new EP The Love Train.

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Zhamak FulladJust in time for Valentine's Day, Lauv and Troye Sivan have released the video for their anti-Valentine's Day song, "i'm so tired…"

In the video, the two singers are sick of seeing happy couples all around them.

"In 'i'm so tired...', Troye and I are bitter heartbroken ghosts amidst super-in-love couples who are being...all in love," Lauv says in a statement about the video. "It was freezing. Troye was harnessed on top of a car and I almost fell off a diner. It was fun."

The clip starts with Lauv in a diner, watching a young couple in love. He tries to interrupt their date by sitting on the table in between them, eating off their plates and drinking from the milkshake they're sharing.  

When Troye's verse kicks in, we see him sitting on top of a car as it drives down the street. He stays on top of the car as the couple inside parks and starts to make out.

The video ends with Lauv setting off the alarm of another car, interrupting the couple's make out session.

Lauv has said this duet is the last song he'll be putting out until his debut album is ready.

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Locomotion / Geffen RecordsHalsey is teaming up with her rumored boyfriend, British rocker Yungblud, for a new song called “11 Minutes.”

On the track, the two sing about failing to realize what you have until it’s taken away. "I'm 11 minutes away/And I have missed you all day," they sing.

The song also features Blink-182’s Travis Barker on the drums. You can download it now via digital outlets.

Meanwhile, Blink-182 recently revealed that they're working on a new song with The Chainsmokers, who collaborated with Halsey on the 2016 hit "Closer." On that song, Halsey sings, "Stay and play that Blink-182 song/That we beat to death in Tucson."

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