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Tyler Golden/NBCMeghan Trainor may have been forced to postpone the start of her M Train tour last week because of a vocal cord hemorrhage, but she’ll be back on stage soon -- and you could be sitting front row.

Meghan is teaming up with MTV and Applebee’s for the “Ultimate Fan Experience" sweepstakes. One lucky fan and a friend could win the chance to fly to New York City and receive front row tickets to Meghan’s July 31 concert at Pier 97.

Before the show starts, the winner and her bestie will get a backstage meet-and-greet with Meghan and be treated to a makeover by the pop star’s personal glam squad.

Megatronz can enter to win at UFE.MTV.com. The last day to enter is July 20.

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John Lamparski/WireImagePlain White T's Tim Lopez celebrated Independence Day by getting hitched. The guitarist married Jenna Reeves in an intimate ceremony at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum on Saturday, People confirmed.  It was a rare day off from the band's current tour with Rob Thomas.

The couple decided to have a “Tex meets West” theme -- complete with food trucks -- since Tim is from California and Jenna is from Austin, Texas.

The two first met in 2012 on the set of the short-lived NBC reality dating show Ready for Love, and had an instant connection. But Tim tells People he was actually grateful the show was cancelled early.

"For our relationship, thankfully, the show failed," he tells People. "I'm sure there are a lot of people who had a lot of money tied up in that thing, but for us, there might have been a little bit more pressure and a lot more eyes on us if it had continued and become something like The Bachelor."

"There was every chance of failure," Tim told ABC Radio not long ago about his relationship with Jenna.  "There were three of us on that show and I'm the only one that had a successful relationship come out of it."

Tim's band mate, Plain White T's frontman Tom Higgenson, thinks that another reason the relationship lasted is because Tim didn't go on the show for publicity.

"Tim's like a real good dude. It's like, a lotta those people on some shows probably go into it a little bit for the wrong reasons, or they're not taking it as seriously," he told ABC Radio recently.

Tim says post-show, he and Jenna decided to take things slow and get to know each other.

"Getting back to reality for us meant going back to Austin and starting a very normal dating relationship,” he says. “We tried to experience things together. I met and hung out with her family....we waited a long time before we moved in together and got engaged."

"It was 'start over' as soon as we were back home in Austin," Tim told ABC Radio. "We took it really slow and just ended up becoming great friends, so it could have gone the other way.  If she wasn't on the show -- if there was one other girl that replaced her -- I wouldn't be sitting her saying the same thing." 

Tim popped the question in December with a custom-designed ring.  As for a honeymoon, they’ll have to wait until Plain White T’s finish touring; the newlyweds will likely be spending their first week of marriage on a tour bus.

Things will only get busier for the two. Tim adds that they're "definitely planning on having kids very soon" and they will be building a new house in Austin.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCHe may not have landed his dream role on Game of Thrones yet, but Ed Sheeran revealed to U.K.’s The Sun that he has nabbed a part on an upcoming U.S. TV show.

Ed wouldn’t disclose the title of the show, but he did say the pilot just got picked up. “It’s a medieval TV show and it’s really, really dark,” he says. “It’s gruesome and it’s going to be fine because my friend wrote it.”

He says he was inspired to ask for a role because his TV writer pal cast a musician on his last show. “I said ‘Oh, did he audition for that?’ and he said, ‘No, but I just thought he would be good in it,’” Ed says. “So I said, ‘Can you put me in a show next?’”

No word on when the new show is premiering. Ed would only say it’s “coming out after July.”

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ABC/Donna SvennevikRyan Tedder recently turned 36, and what better way to celebrate than with a brand-new, $11 million New York City home? According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the OneRepublic singer/songwriter purchased a six-bedroom, seven-bath Tribeca apartment as a birthday gift to himself.

Sources say Ryan, who’s birthday was June 26, will be combining two units in the luxury building to create a megaduplex. The construction will reportedly be complete by next year.

In addition to success with his own band, Ryan has produced and written tunes for some of the biggest names in music, including Madonna, Maroon 5, Adele and Beyonce.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIt’s probably safe to say Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July party was better than yours. The pop star threw an epic bash at her seaside Rhode Island home this weekend, complete with a celebrity-filled guest list, inflatable pool toys, and American flag onesies.

Taylor and her pals documented the day with a series of Instagram photos guaranteed to make you green with envy. In one pic, Taylor is seen getting a piggyback ride from her Scottish DJ beau Calvin Harris. She captioned it, “Friendly relations between Scotland and America.”

Taylor also posted a picture of all her friends riding inflatable pool toys in her massive pool. The famous faces in attendance include model Gigi Hadid and her boyfriend, Joe Jonas, as well as Nick Jonas, model Martha Hunt, Empire actress Serayah, and the HAIM sisters. Taylor’s brother Austin and her childhood bestie Britany Maack were also there.

Later in the night, party guests dressed in the patriotic onesies, which were provided by Gigi and Joe.

Ed Sheeran also crashed the festivities wearing a British Red Coat uniform. Taylor posted a photo of the moment, writing, “When Ed shows up in a red coat for the 4th of July because he just can’t let it go.”

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Denise Truscello/WireImageWith just five words, you could win a trip to see Mariah Carey in Las Vegas. The singer has teamed up with the dating site Match.com to launch the #FiveWordsToMariah sweepstakes.

To enter, all you have to do is send Mariah a Match email that’s five words long, and include the hashtag #FiveWordsToMariah. You can also tweet her your five-word message. It could be anything from song lyrics to your favorite Mariah moment to a little sweet talk, but you must submit by July 12 to be considered.

If you’re the lucky winner, you’ll receive two tickets and backstage passes to Mariah’s final #1 to Infinity show at Caesar’s Palace on July 26. You’ll also get two round-trip flights to Vegas, a three-night stay at Caesar’s Palace and dinner for two at Nobu restaurant.

You can find more details about the contest -- and view Mariah’s Match profile -- at Match.com/Mariah. In her dating profile, she lists her interests as “Cooking, Movies/Videos, Music and concerts, Religion/Spiritual,” and under occupation she put “Self Employed/Entrepreneur.”

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteBy now, we all know that Taylor Swift's hit "Bad Blood" was supposedly inspired by Katy Perry, but neither woman has ever confirmed it.  But what's really interesting about the song is that Taylor says she wrote it as a way of "standing up for herself."

Taylor made her reputation by writing songs about heartbreak caused by busted romances, but "Bad Blood," she says, is "about a new kind of heartbreak that I experienced."  She says it happened "when someone that I desperately wanted to be my friend and thought was my friend ended up really making it very obvious that she wasn’t."

"This was somebody I really looked up to and really, really longed for the approval of this person," she adds. "So it was kind of devastating to receive kind of a low blow."

What was this low blow?  Taylor told Rolling Stone that the person in question "basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me." 

But instead of confronting whoever it was directly, Taylor wrote "Bad Blood," which, she says, was her way of striking back at her frenemy.

"This song was kind of the first time I ever really stood up for myself in that relationship 'cause she was always the bolder one," Taylor reveals. "I think it’s important to stand up for yourself, and if you can only really come up with the courage to do it in song form, then that’s how you should do it."

Whomever inspired the song, Taylor's the last laugh: "Bad Blood" has topped a number of different Billboard charts, and the star-studded video is one of the most talked-about clips of the year.

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Raymond Hall/GC ImagesNow that they've gone public with their relationship, Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift have been singing each other's praises.

Harris complimented Swift's cooking skills Thursday when he shared a snap of the singer manning a grill loaded with meat and veggies. 

"She cooks too," the DJ, 31, captioned the Instagram pic.

Earlier in the week, Swift, 25, posted a fun picture of her spending time with her rumored new man and another rumored couple -- Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid -- on the boat ride through London.

The couple first made their social debut in June, with the Grammy winner posting a picture of her and Harris hanging together by the pool.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJessie J was back to performing over the weekend after undergoing surgery last month for an undisclosed health issue.

She posted an update Saturday on Instagram, writing, "I'm out of hospital. Still very fragile but much better."

"Not my usual crazy running around self yet," Jessie added, though she vowed that she would make her appearance at London's Wireless Festival the next day.

Her post was accompanied by a photo featuring the message, "Celebrate every tiny victory."

Jessie has not disclosed why she needed surgery, but had assured fans that it was unrelated to her heart or voice. She has a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which can give her an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath.

Jessie did indeed perform at the Wireless Festival on Sunday, and according to the Daily Mail, she "showed no sign of her recent health woes."

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCThe phrase "Oops!...I Did It Again" is often used in stories involving Britney Spears, but it definitely works in this case.

Britney recreated the cover for her 2000 album with her two sons on Saturday while visiting Disneyland.

Brit posted a photo on Instagram of herself peeking through a beaded curtain in between nine-year-old Sean Preston and eight-year-old Jayden James. She wrote, "The boys and I doing our best #Oops album cover pose!"

Oops!...I Did It Again, Britney's second album, featured the title track, plus the hits "Lucky" and "Stronger."

The former Mickey Mouse Club TV Mouseketeer also shared a photo of herself wearing Minnie Mouse ears as she and her boys sit inside a park ride. "Happy 4th of July from the happiest place on earth #Disneyland!!" she wrote.

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Greg WatermannPitbull is ready to take on Las Vegas. The Miami native is scheduled to play a seven-night residency in Sin City starting September 23, and he tells Entertainment Weekly he already has a new take on the Vegas motto: “What happens in Vegas with the Miami guy never happened.” The residency is called the Time of Our Lives show, but Pitbull jokes he’ll call it “Convenient Amnesia.”

For him, playing a Vegas stage is a real honor as a Cuban artist. “I feel like my culture is very deeply rooted in the blossoming of Vegas,” he tells EW. “It’s beautiful to be there, amongst the amazing names that have been there -- Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack. It’s definitely an honor.”

In keeping with his cultural roots, the rapper has also collaborated with up-and-coming Latin artists for a new Spanish-language album called Dale. The album’s title, pronounced “Dah-lay,” is a Spanish slang word that essentially means “do it” or “go ahead.” It’s a word Pitbull frequently uses in his songs.

“It’s great to see young talent coming up, and to give them an opportunity and a platform to showcase that,” he says. “It’s also a great learning experience for myself, because you always keep your ear to the ground and it keeps you on your toes.”

The album will be released on July 17.

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Big Machine RecordsThe year may be only half over, but Taylor Swift is already dominating 2015’s record sales. According to the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report, her album 1989 is the best-selling album of the year so far. The album, which has spawned hits like “Style” and “Bad Blood,” has sold more than 1.3 million copies just in the first six months of 2015.  With album-equivalent individual song sales and on-demand streaming factored in, that total jumps to more than 2 million according to Nielsen.

Sam Smith trailed his pal Taylor at number three on the list when it comes to pure sales. His In the Lonely Hour sold 788,000 copies and nearly 1.3 million when song sales and streams are added in. Ed Sheeran’s X [Multiply] and the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack tied with 763,000 copies sold, coming in at numbers four and five on the sales list, but Ed's number three on the sales plus streams list with 1.42 million; and Fifty Shades of Grey is just behind with a little more than 1.4 million in sales, track sales and streams.

Meghan Trainor, who was just forced to postpone her M Train tour due to a vocal cord hemorrhage, has the sixth best-selling album of the year so far. Title sold 727,000 copies; its also sixth best with digital sales and streams factored in at more than 1.2 million units.

As for individual digital song sales, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars took the top spot, with more than 4.8 million digital downloads. Ed’s “Thinking Out Loud” was second place, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalida and Charlie Puth was number three, “Sugar” by Maroon 5 took the number four spot, and “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding rounded out the top 5.

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NBCUniversalWant to know exactly where your favorite music stars will be this Fourth of July? We’ve got all the details about which musical acts will be performing at this year’s Independence Day events. Let the fireworks and festivities begin!

From New York, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will air on NBC with performances by Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, rapper Flo Rida and country stars Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley. The two-hour special, which airs from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT, will include a dazzling 25-minute fireworks presentation.

PBS is airing its annual special A Capitol Fourth, live from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Performers include Barry Manilow, KC and the Sunshine Band, Nicole Scherzinger, The Voice’s season eight runner-up Meghan Linsey, legendary country group Alabama and hot country star Hunter Hayes. The special, which will feature the largest fireworks display in the country, airs from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET.

Bruno Mars will also be performing in D.C. The singer will be playing a Fourth of July USO show at the White House, exclusively for military families. The hour-long concert isn’t televised.

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ABC/Adam TaylorMeghan Trainor was all set to kick off her second-ever tour, the M Train tour, today in Atlantic City, but things hit a last minute snag. The singer regrettably announced on Instagram last night that she’s been forced to postpone the first two shows of her tour due to a hemorrhage on her vocal cords. 

“Right now the doctors want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed so I have to postpone my first two shows in Atlantic City and Connecticut,” she writes. “I promise that I will make it up to my Megatronz.”

She adds, “I love you all very much and want to get healed quickly so I can show you this amazing tour we’ve been working on. I am truly sorry to everyone who has bought tickets and made travel plans. I hate this.”

Meghan also posted an Instagram video of herself holding up messages on her phone. She writes that she’s in New York seeing another doctor. 

“So frustrated but cant make any noise,” she captions the video. “At least I got my brother @ryan.trainor to make me smile. And my fans supporting me. thank you for your kind words.”

Once she’s healed, she’ll be hitting the road with renewed enthusiasm. Before the unfortunate vocal issues, she told ABC Radio she was feeling confident about this tour.

"I'll have some practice under my belt," she laughed, "I can say I've done this before. I know what to expect. But I'm trying to add more songs...get complete new outfits, trying to change the look up, so that you'll know from pictures, 'Oh, this is the second tour.'"

"I'm really excited though," she added. "We get to go in bigger places and meet more fans around the U.S. So it's gonna be great."

As for how Meghan thinks she's improved as a performer since that first tour, she told ABC Radio, "I get less nervous, for sure, 'cause I'm like, 'You've done this. You know what to do!'  But I've been performing since I was young -- 12, 13 -- and still, I'll get a little nervous every time."

"But...I've gotten out of my shell, dancing-wise especially," she added. "I never dance in front of people, and now I literally do body rolls in front of thousands of people! It's great. I'm learning still, every day."

Meghan's opening act -- her friend and duet partner, Charlie Puth -- said of the tour, "I think we’ll sing a couple of things together."  But in terms of his own opening set, he told ABC Radio, "You can expect from me just, like, soulful, fun, danceable music that people can all just universally relate to, I hope."

"I’m just really excited to perform these records for her fans that have kind of taken me on," Charlie said of getting in front of Meghan's devoted followers. "They’re called the Megatronz and my fans they call themselves the Puthers, so there’s gonna be Puthers and Megatronz. Such a weird sentence. I never thought in 2015 that I would say such a sentence like that!"

Both Meghan and Charlie were planning to spend the Fourth of July playing the second date of the tour, but it seems like those plans were not meant to be.

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Brian Bowen Smith/NBCYou might not want to invite Christina Aguilera on your next humanitarian mission. According to a new expose published in U.K.’s The Guardian, the singer left a bad impression on aid workers during a trip to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. The testimony, written by an anonymous aid worker, claims that Christina had a cocktail reception at the UN base.

“In Haiti, in the UN base where most of the first responders lived, one agency outraged the entire base by taking over the only air conditioned tent -- in which some slept due to the sauna-like conditions in the accommodation area -- to host a cocktail reception for Christina Aguilera,” the aid worker writes.

The worker adds that the tent was then treated like an exclusive club, complete with rude bouncers. “I vividly remember a colleague, in boxers and a T-shirt, arguing vociferously with her bouncers, who told him that not only was he not allowed in, but he was inappropriately dressed for the local culture,” the worker says. “The irony of telling off someone for not wearing enough clothes when your day job is guarding a woman whose career was largely built on not wearing enough clothes was apparently lost on them.”

Not all celebrities were nightmares, though. Angelina Jolie was praised in the article for educating herself on the countries she visits.

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Sara McColgan/Warner Bros. RecordsThe new Nico & Vinz music video will make you want to back your bags and head to a tropical island.

The visual for the Norwegian duo’s feel-good song, “Fresh Idea,” was filmed in Kauai, Hawaii -- a setting that captures the tune’s carefree vibe. With a gorgeous beach as their backdrop, Nico & Vinz sing: “Just breathe/You’re free/Open your eyes to the moment and taste possibility.”

The video is also part of Nestea’s “A Taste of Freedom” campaign. Both the song and the campaign share a similar message of letting go of your worries and enjoying life.  

Nico & Vinz are set to perform tomorrow at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Rihanna seeks revenge in the dark and violent video for “B***h Better Have My Money.”

In the cinematic clip, which she co-directed with Megaforce, the singer kidnaps a rich white lady inside an elevator and stuffs her into a vintage Goyard trunk. With the help of Rihanna's two henchman, they drive off into the dessert with the topless woman.

Rihanna seems to have mapped out a getaway plan, which includes chartering a ship and hiding out in a cheap motel room with the blonde hostage. However, it turns out Rihanna had a bone to pick with the hostage's husband, an accountant who embezzled her money and spent it recklessly on strippers and alcohol. After catching him, Rihanna goes for blood as she ties him up and then takes her time picking a deadly weapon from large selection of knives.

In the end, a naked Rihanna wakes up the covered in blood while laying in the suitcase full of her stolen money.

Prior to releasing the visual, Rihanna spilled via Instagram that she's been patiently waiting to deliver the video for a while. "Ya girl got director skillz!!! The concept for this piece came to me 8 months ago!!! So you can imagine how anxious I am right now!!!" she wrote.

The song appears on her long-awaited album, tentatively titled R8, which is due out later this year.

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Safehouse Records/Hollywood RecordsDemi Lovato has hit back against critics who are saying her new song, “Cool for the Summer,” rips off Katy Perry and Jessie J.

After she released the song Wednesday, which contains suggestive lyrics about having a fling with another woman, fans began tweeting about the subject matter’s similarity to Katy’s “I Kissed a Girl.” Some also pointed out that the chorus sounds a lot like Jessie’s song “Domino.”

When Entertainment Tonight reported the fan reactions, Demi defended the tune on Twitter. “Sounds nothing like it and with all the advances we've made in the LGBT community I think more than one female artist can kiss a girl and like it,” she wrote.

Despite the accusations, the song already has more than a few famous fans. Iggy Azalea tweeted, “GO @ddlovato!!!!” And Scandal’s Kerry Washington tweeted, #CoolForTheSummer YES!!!!!!!!!! @ddlovato,” to which Demi responded, “Omg...... JUST DYING OVER HERE!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!!!”

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Denise Truscello/WireImageThink you know everything about Mariah Carey? Think again. The singer just revealed 25 surprising facts about herself to Us Weekly, including the bizarre tidbit that she swims in evening gowns and heels.

True to her diva reputation, she admits she hates overhead lighting. “In my opinion, elevator lighting is toxic!” she says. And she despises mascara. “Whenever a makeup artist tries to put it on me, I throw a fit,” she says.

But lest you think she has assistants do everything for her, she says she “can make a mean gluten-free lasagna and an even meaner pecan pie” and that she’s a “very good laundress” when she has to be.

Among Mariah’s other revelations: She does all her own video stunts; she never wears a watch because “time is irrelevant” to her; she arranges flowers in her spare time; she’s addicted to Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Veep; and she was a frequent smoker from age 12 to 18, but she quit in one day and never went back.

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Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTubeWhile the set for his new CBS late-night program is being built, Stephen Colbert is apparently itching to get behind a chat show desk -- which, he explained, was why he recently hosted a Michigan public access show called Only in Monroe.

The footage was posted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube channel Wednesday night.

While not in his Colbert Report persona, Colbert was certainly in character, deadpanning through the 41-plus minute program as any local host would, on location in the local access channel's studio, which Colbert said was the perfect channel "to binge watch 2014 city council meetings. Spoiler alert: don't get too attached to that free parking on Cass Street.  It doesn't end well."

Colbert also performed live spots for local eateries and interviews with local newsmakers, including "a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music...Marshall Mathers." 

Colbert acted as if he'd never heard of Mathers -- who is of course rapper Eminem -- sometimes to Eminem's apparent disbelief, and checked the Detroit native's Michigan bona fides by quizzing him on Bob Seger's songs.  Eminem played along, singing the hooks from a few, though most he didn't know.  "You claim to be from Michigan, but you don't know these songs," Colbert chided him. 

"So, where do you hope this goes," Colbert asked about Mathers' music. "Is it a career? A hobby?" He also warned Eminem, "This is a tough business, do you have a fallback position? Carpentry?  You just have to make plans for when the dreams die."

"I'm so confused right now," said Eminem at one point, who was there to promote the boxing movie Southpaw. "I'm trying to figure out if you're serious..." 

Em clearly was in on the joke, however.  He even read entries from the Monroe Community Calendar, and waved goodbye with Colbert through an absurdly long end credits sequence.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres September 8 at 11:35 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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