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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAs part of the "Fan Request" segment on her current Piece by Piece tour, Kelly Clarkson covered Sheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy" when she performed in Chicago.  Now, the two have exchanged gushing compliments on Twitter.

"This is one of my favorite ladies, she's so cool," Kelly said, introducing the song. "She's one of my favorite singers and as a kid I just loved how she was just a white person with soul...not too many white people around with soul, so I really, really dig Sheryl Crow."

On Sunday, after Sheryl saw a video of Kelly's version of her hit, she tweeted, "I love you @kelly_clarkson - you made me cry! Your voice slays me but your heart is what really kills me the most!"  On Monday, Kelly replied, "Ultimate compliment from an ultimate hero! Thank you!!! #daymade."

The Piece by Piece tour continues Tuesday in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction recently released a brand new single, "Drag Me Down," but the group isn't letting the news of Louis Tomlinson's impending fatherhood drag them down at all.  Louis' band mate Liam Payne told a U.K. radio station that Louis has taken to the idea of being a dad "very well."

Speaking to Magic FM, Liam said, "Well, I was quite obviously a bit shocked [at the news] but you know, he's taken super-well to it and he's excited, you know, he's very excited about what's going on with him at the moment.  So I feel like, you know, sometimes stuff happens like that sometimes, and...he’s taking it very seriously, so it's all good."

Liam also said that Louis' ex, Brianna Jungwirth, with whom he's having the baby, is a "lovely girl."

In the same interview, Liam said that he's "dead excited" to hear former band mate Zayn Malik's new music, and says there's no bad blood between them, noting, "That he congratulated us on [our new] single I think covers it." He added, "He’s got a great voice and he’s a very talented young man and we wish him all the best of luck."

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEd Sheeran's album X (Multiply) is more than a year old, but it's still spinning off hits. Billboard notes that "Photograph," the singer's latest, has just reached the Billboard top 20, making it the fourth single from the record to do so.

In addition to "Photograph," X has also produced the hits "Sing!," "Don't" and "Thinkin' Out Loud."  The latter song climbed the highest on the charts, peaking at #2.

Among the other male solo artists who've had that many hits from a single album in the past decade: Justin Bieber; Taylor Swift's boyfriend, producer/deejay Calvin Harris; Jason Derulo and rapper Eminem.

Elsewhere on the chart, Madonna's latest single "B***h I'm Madonna" has topped Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.  It's her 46th #1 on that chart, and she extends her own record as the artist with the most number ones ever on a single Billboard chart. 

The Queen of Pop first broke the record back in May, when she surpassed country star George Strait -- he'd scored 44 number ones, but on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Madonna's first #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart, "Holiday/Lucky Star," reached the top back in 1983.

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Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesAndy Grammer is enjoying the biggest hit of his career with "Honey, I'm Good," but he's also enjoying watching his good friend Rachel Platten make her way to the top of the charts with her debut single, "Fight Song."  "She's like my little sister," says Andy.

"It’s been really cool," Andy tells ABC Radio about Rachel's success. "I was with her when she was writing that album. I saw her fight for that album and so the fact that everybody’s really, really feeling it is really incredible. Especially with 'Fight Song'-- what an incredible song."

Andy says he also likes the fact that everyone is feeling "Honey, I'm Good" as well.  The song is about a guy who turns down the advances of a woman at a bar because he wants to stay faithful to his wife, and he says people really seem to be responding to this somewhat unusual concept for a pop song.

"Overall, the support and the kind of the overall vibe that I’m getting from fans and listeners is like, 'Man, it’s so sweet to turn on the radio and hear a song about staying together,'" he tells ABC Radio. "That doesn’t happen a lot. It’s almost like a rare thing these days, is to have people feeling like they got something to stand behind, to cheer behind. A song like this, that says, like, 'Stay together, it’s ok!'"

Last night, Andy kicked off a brief tour with his pals American Authors, and he says if you've never come out to see him live, you're in for a treat.

"I’m a singer-songwriter but we get loud and we jump around, we have dance moves, we freak out," he laughs.  "It’s really fun, man!"  

Andy's tour with American Authors wraps up August 14, and then he'll perform a variety of concerts and festivals through September.  Rachel Platten's tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri wraps up at the end of August, and then she'll appear at some of the same festivals as Andy in September. In February, both Andy and Rachel will perform on Train's annual "Sail Across the Sun" fan cruise.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute; Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesLast month, veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, became an unofficial member of Taylor Swift's squad when he tweeted a link of himself reciting the lyrics of her hit "Blank Space" in dramatic fashion during the taping of a radio interview.  She was thrilled, and now, the 75-year-old actor says he'll join her on stage one of these days.

Speaking to the press at the Television Critics' Association tour on Friday to promote his new series Blunt Talk, Stewart spoke glowingly of Taylor, saying, "She is a phenomenon, and a wonderful singer and a wonderful entertainer, and songwriter: that's the important thing." 

Explaining how he ended up reciting "Blank Space," he said it all started when his good pal, X Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellan, recited the lyrics of "Bad Blood" during another interview.  The organizers of Stewart's interview then decided to ask him to do the same thing, and released that part early.

Stewart told reporters, "I was just given these lyrics as a joke exercise. [The interview] hasn't actually aired yet, [it's] still to come out."

When Taylor heard about Stewart and McKellan's antics, she tweeted, "Thanks for reciting my lyrics, @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew! You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals."

"She saw it and responded so enthusiastically to it," Stewart told reporters.  Asked if he would now appear on stage with Taylor as one of her special in-concert guests, Stewart said, "Oh, I think there's no doubt about it." 

He wasn't joking, either: the actor is also a talented singer who'll be performing with the San Francisco Symphony in September.  He's also sung at the Hollywood Bowl several times.  Stay tuned.

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ABC/John Fleenor Carly Rae Jepsen is set to headline the closing ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles today. Her performance will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“It is inspiring to see the thousands of athletes, families, coaches, volunteers and supporters who have gathered from around the world,” Carly said in a statement. “ It is a true honor to perform in front of such an amazing audience.”

She’ll help close out the festivities for the more than 6,500 athletes from 165 countries, more than 5,000 family members of competing athletes, and 10,000 volunteers and spectators. Also performing at the event are rock band O.A.R. and soul singer Andra Day.

The opening ceremony, which took place on July 25, featured a performance by Avril Lavigne, who recorded a song called “Fly” especially for the Games.

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Sonja Flemming/CBSThe wait for Waitress is finally over. The Sara Bareilles musical, based on the 2007 Keri Russell film of the same name, opens at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts today.

Sara wrote the music and lyrics for the production, and, in an Instagram post Thursday, she could barely contain her excitement for opening night. She posted a photo of herself smiling in front of the Waitress official poster and wrote, “I'm a creep. But come see this show.”

Previews for the American Repertory Theater show run through August 19. If the Cambridge run proves successful, it’ll head to Broadway.  

The musical has been a long time in the making. Sara announced she’d be working on the project back in 2013. "Broadway scoring is something that has really been interesting to me my whole life,” she told ABC Radio at the time. “Musical theater is sort of how I got introduced to music at all, and so it feels like a nice home to come back to.”

Waitress is the story of a small-town woman stuck in an unhappy marriage, who bakes pies as a form of escape. The musical stars Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony award last year for her starring role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Sara’s got a big year ahead. On October 6, she’s releasing her memoir, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, and participating in a talk with singer-songwriter Ben Folds at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The evening will include a performance and a book signing by Sara. Tickets are on sale now.

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Fresh and Clean Media/C3 Presents/WMELollapalooza 2015 got underway Friday at Chicago's Grant Park, but if you can't make it there, you'll be able to livestream some of the artists' sets from the comfort of your own computer.

The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream of select artists' sets during each day of the fest.  You'll be able to watch Charli XCX perform at 4:45 p.m. CT on Saturday, while WALK THE MOON's set will be available for viewing at 8 p.m. CT.  There will be several replays of both acts' sets in case those times don't work for you.

On Sunday, you can catch George Ezra's set at 4:45 p.m. CT, and there'll be several replays of that as well.

You can watch the live stream, and check out the full schedule, at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Def Jam RecordingsBefore she rolls out the music video for her new empowerment song “Thunder,” Leona Lewis is giving us a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at it.

In an exclusive clip on the fashion and lifestyle site Refinery29, Leona reveals the concept behind the video and even performs a stunt for one of the scenes.

“The video has different aspects,” she says. “Some of it’s introspective and it’s using projections and shadows as a metaphor for something that you’re striving to get through and then it’s kind of letting it all go.”

In one shot, she’s seen sitting atop a ledge, and at the end, she performs the ultimate trust fall -- tipping backward off the ledge and onto a safety mat.

“We have a full-length scene where I fall off the ledge and then land on my feet,” she explains. “And that’s about going through things, highs and lows, falling, but always getting back up.”

Leona’s fifth studio album, I Am, comes out September 11.

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Michael Becker/FOX Kelly Clarkson has done it again! The singer nailed a cover of Miley Cyrus“Wrecking Ball” at her Piece by Piece concert in Indianapolis Thursday night. She had fans singing along as she put her own acoustic spin on the Miley tune.

As a tour tradition, Kelly has been singing fan-requested cover songs at every tour stop and it has quickly become the highlight of the show.

Earlier this week, she covered a “family friendly” version of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High).” She’s also covered Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” and ‘NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.”

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute Demi Lovato has been going through a tough time since her beloved dog, Buddy, died. But thankfully, she has fans who are supporting her. The singer took to Instagram Friday to thank everyone for their outpouring of kindness.

“We can't thank you all enough,” she writes on behalf of herself and boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama. “This has been the most painful week of my life but because Wilmer and I had so much love and support, I've been able to stay strong and will continue to get through this difficult time. The out pour of love and support has been unbelievable and it means the world to us. Love you all tons and tons.”

She accompanied the post with a collage of Buddy snapshots.

Demi announced Tuesday that her fluffy white pup died last Sunday, saying that she and Wilmer were “heartbroken.” She wrote, "He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident and though I will never know why this had to happen, I do know that God only puts us through situations that we can handle so with that, together we our staying strong.”

The dog was reportedly killed in a coyote attack, but Demi has yet to confirm how he died.

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Image Group LA/ABC Jordin Sparks has released another new song from her upcoming album, Right Here Right Now. The Babyface-produced track, “They Don’t Give” is a silky smooth jam inspired by ‘90s R&B.

"It was such an honor for me to work with Babyface on this album,” Jordin says. “I was really inspired by '90s R&B and he was the king! It takes me back to the 'feel good' songs I grew up listening to! I am so proud of it!”

Jordin is releasing one new song from the album every Friday until its release on August 21. Last week, she released another sultry tune called “100 Years.”

Her current single, the album’s title track -- “Right Here Right Now” -- came out July 10.

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Earlier this month, Alicia Keys teased a snippet of new music in her Levi's commercial but now she's released the full-length version of her new song, "28 Thousand Days."

"I've been dyin' to share this new music with you! Live everyday like its your last!!" AK tweeted before adding the YouTube link.

In the song, Alicia urges women from all walks of life to make the most of their life spans, which average 28 thousand days or 76 years.

"There’s only 28,000 days / Who would you love, where would you go, what would you celebrate / I’m tellin’ you that life’s too short to just throw it away / So have the time of your life," she sings on the powerful song.

The new offering is just a taste of what Alicia is cooking up on her first album since 2012’s Girl on Fire, which will include production from her husband, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell.

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Matthew Welch Carly Rae Jepsen wasn’t lying when she said her new album would be heavily ‘80s influenced. She debuted the latest track from the upcoming Emotion, and it’s pure ‘80s-style synthpop.

The song, called “Warm Blood,” features Carly’s breathy vocals over a danceable electronic beat.

She sings, “Warm blood feels good, I can’t control it anymore/ Sweet one, you should stop me there but I keep on talking/ I would throw in the towel for you, boy/ Cause you lift me up and catch me when I’m falling for you.”

So far, Carly’s released five songs from her second album, including “I Really Like You,” “Run Away with Me,” “Your Type,” and the title track. Emotion arrives August 21.

In an interview with The New York Times, Carly says she was initially recording a folkier pop album, but she ditched that in favor of a more electronic sound. She says she wants to continue to push boundaries with her music.

“I want to go even weirder on the next album,” she says. “My desire now is to see how far I can stretch pop.”

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCSorry, haters. There’s no “Bad Blood” between Taylor Swift and her besties. Taylor’s model pals Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt came to the singer’s defense recently after indie singer Edward Droste tweeted a less-than-flattering tabloid article about the star.

The article claims Taylor is a controlling friend and has a list of demands before any of her pals join her on stage. It even says that Gigi was “talking trash behind Taylor’s back.”

Edward, a member of the band Grizzly Bear, posted a picture of the tabloid item and wrote, “Obsessed that people are catching on.”

Gigi and Martha quickly chimed in to set the record straight. “lol that's the biggest load of bs. ‘Swift insider’ HA you wish you knew,” Gigi tweeted in response to Edward’s post. “Stop trying to create drama where there is none.”

Martha added, “Bull****. The day I met her I was impressed how open of a heart she had and she has remained that way since. Don't knock her.”

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Rob ThackerAmerican Idol season 7 winner David Cook's been out of the spotlight for a while, but now he's back with a new album, new single and a newly announced headlining tour.

The album, Digital Vein, will be released September 18 on his own Analog Heart label.  Analog Heart was the title of David's pre-Idol debut solo album, which came out in 2006.  The disc's first single, "Criminals," is now streaming on USA Today, and you can get it as an instant download when you pre-order Digital Vein on iTunes.  A deluxe version of the album with three bonus tracks is also available for pre-order.

David teamed with PledgeMusic to make Digital Vein, which includes a version of Chris Isaak's song "Wicked Game."  He produced every track on the album himself except for one, called "Laying Me Low."  He tells USA Today, "I started making a record not knowing if I was making a record or knowing if I was going to finish said record. Now, I can honestly say I've never had more fun making a record."

Digital Vein is David's first album since 2011's This Loud Morning.

The singer's tour will kick off September 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. Tickets go on sale August 4.  Here are the tour dates:

09/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, MIM Music Theatre
10/02 -- San Diego, CA, The Music Box
10/04 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
10/06 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
10/07 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
10/08 -- Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theatre
10/09 -- Eugene, OR, HiFi Music Hall
10/11 -- Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern
10/12 -- Spokane, WA, The Bing Crosby Theatre
10/15 -- Denver, CO, The Soiled Dove
10/18 -- Omaha, NE, Slowdown
10/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Cedar
10/23 -- Chicago, IL, The Abbey
10/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
10/28 -- Nashville, TN, 3rd and Lindsley
10/29 -- Newport, KY, Southgate House Revival
10/30 -- Watseka, IL, The Watseka Theatre
11/02 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
11/03 -- Washington, D.C., The Hamilton
11/05 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Hall
11/06 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
11/07 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
11/08 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre
11/10 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café at Steel Stacks
11/11 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Live
11/12 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre
11/14 -- Charlotte, NC, Neighborhood Theatre
11/17 -- New Orleans, LA, The Parish at House of Blues
11/18 -- Houston, TX, Dosey Doe Music Café
11/19 -- Austin, TX, One World Theatre
11/20 -- Dallas, TX, The Kessler Theater
11/21 -- Tulsa, OK, The Vanguard

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Nick Walker/CherryTree/InterscopeA few days after releasing their new Sam Smith collaboration “Omen,” Disclosure revealed the star-studded track list for their sophomore album, Caracal.

The British electronic duo teams up with Lorde on a song called “Magnets.” The Weeknd is featured on a song called “Nocturnal,” which is the first track on the album.

The 14-song follow-up to their 2013 debut, Settle, is due out September 25. “Omen” was released on Monday as the second single from the new album. Disclosure and Sam worked together on last year’s breakout hit, “Latch.”

Here is the full track list:

"Nocturnal" ft. The Weeknd
"Omen" ft. Sam Smith
"Holding On" ft. Gregory Porter
"Hourglass" ft. Lion Babe
"Willing & Able" ft. Kwabs
"Magnets" ft. Lorde
"Jaded"
"Good Intentions" ft. Miguel
"Superego" ft. Nao
"Echoes"
"Masterpiece" ft. Jordan Rakei
"Molecules"
"Moving Mountains" ft. Brendan Riley
"Afterthought"

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Mark Cant/Fox It seems Mariah Carey and her billionaire beau James Packer are inseparable these days. According to E! News, the couple, along with Mariah’s children, will be staying in a $30 million home in Malibu for the next several weeks on an Airbnb rental.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom beachfront property is costing them about $10,000 a day to rent. The home reportedly includes a private master suite with a fireplace, a master bath with steam room facing the ocean, a gourmet open kitchen, an indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi and a two-bedroom guest cottage.

A source tells E! that Mariah arrived earlier this week and has already “fallen in love” with the place. James is expected to join her shortly.

"Mariah's on a break from her Vegas show and really looking forward to relaxing," the source says.

The property is located in the exclusive Carbon Beach neighborhood of Malibu, which counts movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg as a resident.

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ABC/Randy Holmes Selena Gomez is coming to The Voice. The singer will reportedly appear on season nine of the NBC singing competition series as a mentor to Gwen Stefani’s team.

A source tells Us Weekly Selena has already impressed the cast and crew. “She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source says. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

Rapper Missy Elliott will serve as Pharrell Williams’ mentor, rock legend John Fogerty will help out Adam Levine’s team, and country star Brad Paisley will be the mentor for Blake Shelton’s contestants.

The mentors appear on the show during the battle rounds, right after blind auditions. The new season of The Voice returns on September 21, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Giuliano BekorWhat role will Demi Lovato be playing when she guest stars on her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama's TV show From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series?  A "badass," says the show's creator, director Robert Rodriguez.

The show, based on the 1996 cult horror-action film of the same name, is about to start its second season; it airs on Rodriguez's channel, El Rey. Rodriguez says Demi ended up with a guest role because he and Demi go way back, and because she'd often drop by the set to visit Wilmer, who plays a vampire on the series.

At the Television Critics Association gathering on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Rodriguez told the press, "I've known Demi a long time. She came and auditioned for me on Spy Kids 3 and [I've] always been a big fan of hers.  When she'd come to the set to visit, I'd threw out that we'd love to put her in somewhere...I wanted to direct her. She has some great personality, I've always wanted to work with her, and she's got great acting chops."

Rodriguez, who added that he thought it would be "a real boost to the show" to have Demi be a part of it, told the press that she "found a window in her schedule" that allowed her to film a role.

"So we created a character just for her and she was fantastic," gushed Rodriguez. "She's really got a great screen presence -- I won't tell you what the character is, 'cause it's a surprise, but she's a badass -- and we left it open enough so that if, if there's time for her to come back next year she can."

The new season of From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series starts August 25.  Demi will appear in the final episode of the season.

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