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Yu TsaiNathan Sykes recently put his soulful spin on the Meghan Trainor-Charlie Puth duet, “Marvin Gaye,” during a live session with U.K.’s Capital FM. In his acoustic cover, he sings a mash-up of the pop song and the 1973 Marvin Gaye track that inspired it -- "Let's Get It On."

Nathan’s rendition already has received praise from Charlie Puth on Twitter. “@NathanSykes dude you have such a good voice it’s ridiculous…love the ‘Marvin Gaye’ cover xx,” he writes.

It wasn’t the first time Nathan sang a Meghan Trainor duet. Back in April, he joined Meghan on stage at her Birmingham, England show to sing her song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You."

Nathan, formerly of The Wanted, will be performing his first solo U.S. show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on July 22. His debut single, “Kiss Me Quick,” is out now.

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Catie Laffoon/Atlantic RecordsIn the race to be crowned Song of the Summer, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth seems to be the clear frontrunner. The song has been number one on Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart for the past five weeks.

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, came in just below “See You Again” on this week’s chart. It’s held onto the number two spot each week, and could prove to be a strong contender in the battle for the Song of the Summer title.

Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” is at number three, WALK THE MOON’s “Shut Up and Dance” ranks number four and a new contender, OMI’s “Cheerleader,” rounds out the top five. “Cheerleader” has continued to gain momentum since debuting on the season’s first tally at number 16.

The Songs of the Summer chart tracks the top 20 most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of that time period, a top song of summer will be named.

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Michelangelo Di Battista/ RCA RecordsWe’ve got the skinny on Alicia Keys’ new skinny jeans campaign. The singer has officially been named Levi’s brand ambassador for their updated women’s denim line, The New York Times reports.

Alicia says she was attracted to the project because of the brand’s recent overhaul, which aims to make their jeans more comfortable and flattering to all body types. According to the Times, the new jeans have an almost yoga-worthy amount of stretch -- something Alicia, who recently gave birth to her second child, appreciates.

“It’s so much better because the stretch is really comfortable,” she tells the paper. “You don’t have to lie on the bed to get them up. You know, I’m a very shapely woman, and often a lot of fashion does not seem to celebrate a shapely woman. But that courtesy should be present in everything we wear.”

She adds that she prefers the high-waisted skinny style. “My personal jeans slogan is, ‘If it ain’t tight, it ain’t right,’” she says.

The singer posted a photo from her ad campaign on Instagram Tuesday. She wears a pair of tight black Levi’s, with a black top and black leather jacket. Alicia captioned the photo, “I find that when I see women that are comfortable in their skin… whatever that is, however that is and whatever way that manifests itself… it’s beautiful! #LiveInLevis”

In addition to print ads, she’ll star in a video that will appear on TV, in movie theaters and on the web. The video will feature  “28,000, ”a song from her upcoming album.

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Dana Edelson/NBCLooks like Ariana Grande has moved on from Big Sean. TMZ caught the singer smooching one of her backup dancers at a California doughnut shop over the weekend.

The two were apparently swapping spit in more ways than one. In security footage from Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, Ariana and the rumored new beau, Ricky Alvarez, can be seen daring each other to lick the powdered doughnuts on the counter. While it’s unclear whether their tongues actually made contact with the pastries, they definitely got close.

After their doughnut dare, Ariana gives Ricky two quick kisses and whispers something in his ear.

Back in April, Ariana and rapper Big Sean called it quits after eight months of dating.

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Louie Banks/InterscopeCould Ellie Goulding be singing the theme to the new James Bond movie, Spectre? Sam Smith seems to think so. In a recent interview with U.K.’s Capital FM, Sam squashed rumors that he’ll be singing the song, but hinted that Ellie might.

“People seem to think I’m doing it but I have no idea what’s going on,” he said. “I’m being deadly serious. I think I would know by now.”

But, he added, “I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it; it's definitely not me.”

She’s certainly a plausible prospect, but according to U.K.’s The Mirror, her management has denied Sam’s claims.

Adele won an Oscar for singing the theme song to Skyfall back in 2012, so whoever follows her has some big shoes to fill.

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Francis Specker/CBSTaylor Swift knows a thing or two about style -- it is the title of one of her songs, after all. And the pop superstar recently used her fashion knowledge to help a teen boy decide what to wear to prom.

The teen Tumblr user asked for advice on whether to wear a regular tie or a bow tie to his big high school dance. He posted a selfie wearing each option. And because Taylor never turns down the chance to connect with her fans over social media, she gave him her honest opinion.

"I like the tie but honestly both are great," she writes. "I just feel like you look like a 50's movie star in the bow tie, but more like a modern movie star in the tie. Depends on what vibe you're wanting to convey but I'd say the tie. Great suit btw!"

She tagged the post with “Is This a Red Carpet Oh No Wait It’s Prom” and “Sorry I Was Confused Cause Your Suit Game Is Fire.”

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Lee CherryAmerican Idol season 14 ended in May, but now the top five contestants are hitting the road for the annual American Idol Live! tour.  Yes, that's right: only the top five contestants -- champ Nick Fradiani, runner-up Clark Beckham, Jax, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen -- will be featured this year.  Previous tours have featured 10 or more finalists, but Nick tells ABC Radio he thinks it's a change for the better.

"Yeah, there’s five of us, which is different this year, which I think is gonna be amazing because the tour this year is gonna be much more intimate," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, we’re gonna really be able to sing a song and then maybe talk about our experience. If it’s a song we played on the show, maybe we can talk about why we decided to do that or, you know, a couple of original songs I might do, I can explain how I wrote [them]."

"You’re gonna see some stuff I’ve done on the show -- some, I guess, fan favorites and my favorites -- and you’re gonna hopefully hear some original stuff that I’ve written," runner-up Clark Beckham tells ABC Radio about what fans can expect from his own set. "I consider myself as much of a writer as a singer or a player."

If that all sounds a bit like VH1 Storytellers to you, you're not wrong.  The tour is being described as an "up close and personal evening," presented in a "Storytellers-style" format that will allow the contestants to "showcase their individual artistry," all backed up by a live band.

"It was scary when we got top ten, we were all hugging like, 'We did it!' and they’re like, 'Uh, actually it’s only gonna be five this year,'" Nick says of his and his fellow finalists' reaction to the change. "So, it was a little stressful, but I can’t wait to be with those four for a couple months. It’s gonna be a lot of fun."

"Yeah, I mean, honestly it could have been any five and it would have been a blast," adds Clark about touring with this particular group of contestants.  "We were all -- from the top 12 to the top 24, top 48 --we were all extremely close and we all still are and it could have been any five but I’m very excited for this five."

So is Nick, because he feels that he, Clark, Jax, Tyanna and Rayvon are so different musically that it'll make for an eclectic show.

"All different styles of music, all different personalities and I think it’s gonna be great. I mean, I’m excited that they’re gonna give us the opportunity to maybe do some duets with each other and like I said, you’re gonna see our personalities," Nick tells ABC Radio.

He adds, ""I think that’s the whole point of why they wanted five people. They didn’t want one person to only get one song. You’re gonna get a little set; you’re gonna see what these five people are gonna try to do with their careers after the tour is over."

And that includes Nick himself, who has been touring for years, but on a much smaller scale.  He says he plans to take full advantage of hitting the road with all the big-time trappings.

"I think it’s gonna be a great learning experience for my future," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, this is what I wanna do the rest of my life. I don’t wanna just be a guy that wins and nobody knows in two years. I’m gonna do everything I can in the next year to work as hard as I possibly can. So I think it’s gonna be a good start for me to figure out what life is gonna be like, or how I want it to be."

Also important to Nick is the opportunity the tour will give him for some face time with the folks who actually voted for him.

"It’s awesome on social media to meet the fans but to meet them in person would be just even that much better," says Nick. "‘Cause you want to thank the people...I’m not here without them. So, I think the Idol tour is gonna be really special this summer."  

By the way, the top five won't be the only Idols you'll see on the tour. In select cities, other season 14 contestants will be featured as "special guest performers."  The first six dates, for example, will feature Joey Cook.  The American Idol Live! tour wraps up August 28 in Riverside, California.

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Ben WattsJustin Bieber's bottom is getting a big thumbs-up from his fans.

On Monday night, the pop star, who's reportedly in Bora Bora, posted a photo of himself naked, standing on a boat and pointing toward land in the distance. The picture was taken from behind, and it offers a full view of his behind.

The caption simply reads, "Look."

The snapshot received approximately 600 thousand "likes" in the hour after it was posted.  By Tuesday morning that number had more than doubled, to over 1.2 million.

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Epic RecordsAfter a vocal cord hemorrhage forced Meghan Trainor to postpone the first few shows on her M Train tour -- which was to have started July 3 -- the singer now has good news and bad for her fans.

The good news: the singer wrote on Instagram that she's "feeling much better" and has rescheduled most of her canceled dates.  She also gave a shout-out to her doctor and fans, writing, "Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much!!"

Now, here's the bad news: she's had to postpone two additional shows in Detroit and Chicago scheduled for this weekend.  Her appearance tonight at the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI, has been canceled.

Here are Meghan's rescheduled dates:

9/7 -- Uncasville, CT
9/9 -- Chicago, IL
9/11 -- Detroit, MI
9/13 -- Atlantic City, NJ

 

I have bad news, my doctor says I have to postpone two more dates, Detroit & Chicago and sadly I have to cancel my appearance at the Common Ground Music Festival. But there is good news!! I’m feeling much better, have already rescheduled most dates and will come back around to see you all soon!!???????????????? Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much!! New dates for postponed shows below!! MON 9/7 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena WED 9/9 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom FRI 9/11 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore SUN 9/13 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Festival Park

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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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Best day of my life! #tandjsbigday2015 @jkoephoto beautiful photo @lafeteweddings

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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 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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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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Swan squad.

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When Ed shows up in a red coat for the 4th of July because he just can't let it go. @teddysphotos

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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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