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Island RecordsFollowing the success of his breakthrough hit "Be Alright," Aussie singer/songwriter Dean Lewis has announced details of his debut album.

A Place We Knew will arrive March 22.  In addition to "Be Alright," the collection also includes Dean's new single "7 Minutes," as well as "Waves," the song that first garnered him attention internationally.  In addition to writing every song on the album, Dean also plays piano and guitar on the project.

Dean's currently on a headlining tour of North America.  Meanwhile, "Be Alright" has been certified gold and has racked up over half a billion streams.

Here's the track listing for A Place We Knew:

"Hold of Me"
"7 Minutes"
"A Place We Knew"
"Stay Awake"
"Waves"
"Be Alright"
"Chemicals"
"Straight Back Down"
"Time to Go"
"Don’t Hold Me"
"For the Last Time"
"Half a Man"

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Republic RecordsAriana Grande made Billboard chart history earlier today, but at first, she thought it was a joke.

On Instagram, the singer shared her reaction to the news that she'd become the first artist to be #1, #2 and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously since The Beatles did it in 1964.

“i laughed when i saw this bc i thought y’all edited it,” she wrote, captioning a screenshot of the Billboard chart. “…i thought this was a joke when i saw it i’m not kidding.”

“thank u from the bottom of my heart. for so many reasons,” she continued. “first time since the beatles huh (and first time for a solo artist?). that’s wild.”

Ariana concluded, “i cant believe this is real. thanks for making history w ya girl today. and for making me feel loved. bye crying.”

In another post, she included her grandmother’s hilarious reaction: “Nonna just facetimed me and screamed ‘ANYTHING ELSE U WANNA DO?’”

Ari's "7 Rings" is #1 for a fourth week, followed by "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored," at #2 and "thank u, next" at #3, up from #7.  All three songs are from Ari's new album Thank U, Next, which also debuted at #1 this week.

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Michael Jackson, Wade Robson (Courtesy of HBO)The first official trailer for the upcoming HBO documentary Leaving Neverland is out, and in it, two men who claim Michael Jackson abused them as kids are speaking out.

The trailer features video footage and photos of the two men -- Wade Robson and James Safechuck -- as children, hanging out with Michael and frolicking at Neverland. 

"The days were filled with magical childhood adventure experiences," says Safechuck. "Playing tag, watching movies, eating junk food, anything you could ever want as a child." 

"Just kid things. They were just doing kid things," recalls Safechuck's mother.

We also see a sweet video message from the late King of Pop, wishing Wade a happy birthday.

"He just came across as a loving, caring, kind soul," says Robson's mother. "It was easy to believe that he was just that."

While neither man mentions what else happened at Neverland in the trailer, Robson says, "He told me that if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives."

"I wanna be able to speak the truth as loud as I had to speak the lie for so long," he adds.

The controversial two-part documentary premieres on HBO March 3 and 4th.  Both Michael Jackson's estate and his family have denounced the film.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for InStyleTurns out fans who speculated that trouble was brewing between Lady Gaga and her fiancé, talent agent Christian Carino, were right: the two have split up, her rep tells People.

Rumors that the relationship was in trouble started when fans noticed Gaga wasn't wearing her engagement ring at the Grammy Awards on February 10.  Carino didn't attend the ceremony with her, and she also failed to thank him when she won one of two trophies for "Shallow."  And on Valentine's Day, instead of a lovey-dovey couples photo, Gaga showed off her huge new back tattoo.

In the past, Carino had attended other events with Gaga, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  The two were confirmed to be a couple in February of 2017. In October of 2018, she referred to him publicly as her "fiancé" at an event in L.A.

The Oscar-nominated star was previously engaged to actor Taylor Kinney; they broke up in 2016.  In her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, Gaga seemed to suggest that every time she reaches another level of success, it negatively impacts her love life.  In particular, she intimated that making A Star Is Born led to her breakup with Kinney.

In the movie, she sobs, "My love life has just imploded. I sold 10 million and lost Matt. I sold 30 million and lost Luke. I did a movie and lose Taylor. It’s like a turnover. This is the third time I’ve had my heart broken like this.”

"Matt" is Matt Williams, whom Gaga dated in 2009 and 2010. "Luke" is Luke Carl, a bar owner she dated in 2005 and again in 2010.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageIf you want to restage the great boy band rivalry of the late '90s on your desk or kitchen table Funko is here to help.

The toy company just announced Funko Pop figures of all five Backstreet Boys and all five members of *NSYNC. The Backstreet guys are shown all dressed in white, while the *NSYNC boys are dressed in the height of '90s fashion, complete with embarrassing hairstyles and headset microphones.

The figures were unveiled at the New York Toy Fair -- along with figurines of rockers KISS and rappers Post Malone and Migos -- but so far, there are no release dates or prices, so stay tuned to Funko's Twitter feed for more information.

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Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty ImagesAre Nick, Joe and Kevin getting the Jonas Brothers back together?

According to U.K.'s The Sun, the siblings are planning a reunion which will include new music and a documentary about their comeback. The brothers have apparently flown to London to discuss the project.

“This is going to be one of the biggest music reunions in years,” a music insider tells The Sun. “It’s no secret that things weren’t great by the end of the Jonas Brothers, but blood is thicker than water and they’ve healed their rift in the years since the split.”

The source adds, “After enjoying solo music success and taking time to work on passion projects, they feel that now is the right time to get back together.”

Us Weekly is also reporting on the reunion, with sources telling the mag the brothers will now be known as JONAS.

The Jonas Brothers formed in 2005 and became teen sensations before splitting in 2013 over disagreements on their musical direction. Nick pursued solo music, while Joe formed the band DNCE.

As far as their personal lives, the brothers have all pretty much settled down. Eldest brother Kevin is now married with two children, Nick just got hitched to Priyanka Chopra and Joe is engaged to Sophie Turner.

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Andreas Rentz/Getty ImagesWhile Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom haven't publicly acknowledged their engagement beyond a cryptic Instagram post, Katy's American Idol colleague Ryan Seacrest had no problem confirming the happy event on Live with Kelly & Ryan on Tuesday.

Ryan congratulated Katy on the show, and then described how there was pressure on Valentine's Day for their American Idol shoot to be on schedule and wrap up on time. At the time, he said he didn't know why, but now he realizes it was because the big proposal was in the works.

"Turns out, I guess, Orlando had this whole evening planned out...she went from Idol and then a few hours later, we saw the post up on Instagram," he said.  "She's so happy. It was actually really beautiful to see her the next day so happy and beaming, so congratulations."

He also showed a photo of Katy posing with Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and himself backstage, and she's wearing her engagement ring.  Ryan joked that during the Idol taping, Katy was judging with sweeping hand gestures, to show off her ring on camera.

Meanwhile, a source close to Orlando tells People magazine that the couple is "still busy enjoying and celebrating their engagement,” adding, "They haven’t shared any wedding details yet. They are planning a big engagement party for all of their friends. It will be very special. They are both so happy and excited to be engaged.”

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ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer has new music on the way.

The singer announced on social media that his new song, “I Guess I Just Feel Like,” will be dropping this Friday, February 22.

John originally debuted the song at an acoustic performance back in October.

“I think I remember/This dream that I had/That love’s gonna save us/From a world that’s gone mad/I guess I just feel like/What happened to that,” he sings on the track.

Last month, John unveiled dates for his summer tour. The tour kicks off July 19 in Albany, NY and runs through September 14 in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.

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Brooke NiparAfter Halsey teased on Twitter that she had a big secret to share with fans which would make them "explode," they started guessing what it could be -- which led to Halsey returning to Twitter to tell them what it's not.

"I have The Biggest Secret (unrelated to the album) and when u guys hear it, some of you are gonna explode. into actual pieces," she wrote. 

She then followed that up by tweeting, "people think my last tweet is me hinting I'm pregnant, which means I’m either: a. gaining weight b. acting weirder than usual. jokes on u, I’m doing BOTH! however STILL not pregnant!"

When a fan asked, "What's wrong with gaining weight," she replied, "nothing at all!!!!! I feel really good right now tbh!"

While we wait for the big reveal, fans can cling to the fact that their girl is currently holding the #1 and the #2 spots on Billboard's Pop Songs chart right now. "Without You" is #1, while "Eastside," her collab with Khalid and Benny Blanco, is #2.  The last time that happened was in 2014, when Iggy Azalea did it with "Fancy" and "Problem."

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Republic RecordsAriana Grande has made chart history....again.

The singer has become the first artist to be #1, #2 and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously since The Beatles did it in 1964.

Ari's "7 Rings" is #1 for a fourth week, followed by "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored," at #2 and "thank u, next" at #3, up from #7.  All three songs are from Ari's new album Thank U, Next, which also debuted at #1 this week.

Back in 1964, The Beatles monopolized the top three for five weeks. In April of that year, the Fab Four had the entire top five songs on the Hot 100.

Ariana's success means that women have now spent seven weeks at #1 so far in 2019: She's been #1 with "thank u, next" and "7 rings," while Halsey spent two weeks on top with "Without Me." That's pretty good, considering that in 2018, women only spent eight weeks on top over the entire year.

But wait: there's more.  Ariana has also set the record for the most simultaneous top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits by a female artist: a total of 11. In fact, all of 12 of the songs from Thank U, Next made the chart, but one of them landed outside the top 40.

That means Ari broke the record previously set by Cardi B, who sent nine songs from her album Invasion of Privacy into the top 40 when it was released in April of last year.

Drake still holds the record for most simultaneous top 40 hits among all artists: He had 21 in July of last year.

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Sarah PiantadosiJames Bay is teaming up with Julia Michaels on a brand-new track.

The singer announced the collab on his Instagram page, along with a photo of himself and Julia.

“This Friday! New song featuring my friend @juliamichaels,” he captioned it.

Julia posted the same pic to her Instagram page, writing, “Got to feature on this guy's new song coming out soon :) that’s pretty cool.”

James' last album, Electric Light, came out last year.

In other Julia collab news, she performed her duet “What a Time” with Niall Horan on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night. The two had to complete an escape room before getting to take the stage. They cut it close, but they made it.

The performance began with Julia sitting on a park bench surrounded by flowers. Niall appeared in the audience to kick off the second verse and made his way onto the stage, where they continued the emotional ballad together.

The track appears on Julia’s new Inner Monologue, Part 1 EP.

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Brian ZiffIf you're tired of looking at the pictures of Shawn Mendes standing around half-naked in his new Calvin Klein underwear campaign, we've got good news for you: Now you can watch video of him standing around half-naked in his Calvins.

The 2019 Calvin Klein #MyCalvins ad, starring Shawn, To All the Boys I've Loved Before star Noah Centineo, rapper A$AP Rocky, and Kendall Jenner, has now been released. Set to the '80s synth-pop hit "True Faith" by the British new wave group New Order, the commercial features all four stars, plus a group of random young people, singing along to the tune as they go about their daily activities.

We see Shawn in his underwear, standing in a kitchen eating cereal, before zipping up a pair of grey Calvin Klein jeans. Then we see him sitting on a couch playing the song on his guitar and singing along. "Our now. #MyCalvins," reads the ad's tagline.

"So excited about this campaign," Shawn wrote on Instagram next to a clip of the commercial.

According to Billboard, after Shawn posted the initial photos of himself on Instagram, the post became his most-liked ever, with over eight million, and his most-commented-on, with over 450,000 comments.

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Epic RecordsSara Bareilles announced last week that her new album, Amidst the Chaos, will be coming in April. She tells ABC Radio that fans can expect the album to explore some large cultural themes in an intimate way.

“I'm not quiet about my feelings about sort of contextualizing my art against the political environment and what's going on culturally,” she says. “And so I really wanted to have a place to channel some of those feelings and what I found is that I needed to express kind of intimately the way it feels to be alive right now.”

The lead single off the album, the female empowerment anthem “Armor,” was the perfect jumping off point for those themes.

“The themes that were cropping up were much larger themes and so wanting to speak to the new feminist movement and how proud I am to be a part of that, that's where ‘Armor’ came from,” she explains. “And I started writing that the day after I got back from the Women's March last year, or two years ago now.” 

Amidst the Chaos, which also features the new single “Fire,” is available for pre-order now and comes out April 5.

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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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