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Parkwood/Columbia2016 is halfway through, so Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to round up a list of 25 albums that are among the best of the year...so far.

Number one on EW's list is, of course, Beyonce's Lemonade.  "Mrs. Carter’s incendiary cracked-marriage confessional proves that pop music can still hold the power of shock and awe," says EW.

Rihanna's long-awaited ANTI is #4, with EW describing it as "wild, woozy R&B."   Gwen Stefani's This Is What the Truth Feels Like comes in at #11; EW calls the disc "a gorgeously honest chronicle of a very complicated year," which saw the singer get divorced from husband Gavin Rossdale and then fall in love with her fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton.

Mind of Mine, the first solo effort from Zayn Malik, is #17.  The publication notes that the former 1D member is "on his way to making his boy-band backstory a mere footnote to his career."

Other albums that made the list include the latest efforts from Kanye West, Radiohead, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar, as well as David Bowie's Blackstar, which came out just days before the rock legend's death.

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Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicWho better to honor American tradition on Memorial Day than an American Idol? Trent Harmon, the show’s 15th and final victor, will be performing at the National Memorial Day Concert tonight.

He’ll be taking the stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Joining Trent at the event is another American Idol alum, fifth season runner-up Katharine McPhee. The Beach Boys also are set to perform.

The concert, which honors military members and their families, airs live on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will be co-hosted for the 11th year by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

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Getty Images via ABCNow that their Wintour Is Coming tour is over, the members of Fall Out Boy have time to do the thing that inspired the name of the tour: watch Game of Thrones.

The new season of the HBO fantasy series hasn't arrived a moment too soon, either: singer Pete Wentz had to actively distract himself with other things to keep from thinking about what was going to happen to Jon Snow, whose fate was left a mystery at the end of last season.

"I actually joined a fantasy football league because I was too obsessed with what was happening with Jon Snow in the time off from Game of Thrones," Wentz tells ABC Radio.

Luckily, the question of Jon Snow was revealed in this season's second episode -- "It was good to see that he is back with us," says Wentz -- but there are a lot more Game of Thrones mysteries to be solved.

"I'm excited to see what's really happening in the Tower of Joy," Wentz says, referring to the tower Bran Stark sees when he witnesses a flashback of his late father, Ned Stark.

In addition to watching Game of Thrones, Wentz is enjoying its official recap show, After the Thrones.

"In the band we do a lot of discussing, like theories and that kind of stuff," Wentz tells ABC Radio. "So it's cool to see other people do that."

The next episode of Game of Thrones airs tonight, May 29 on HBO.

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Alexander Saladrigas for Vulkan MagazineWhat do you get the man who has a bar in his bathroom? A fancy bottle of champagne, of course. In a new cover story with Vulkan magazine, Jason Derulo -- who does indeed mix drinks in his master bath -- reveals that Taylor Swift gifted him his most cherished bottle of alcohol.

“I definitely am a cocktail master but I’m a pretty simple guy too,” he says. “I did just start doing wines, but I think my most prized bottle would be a bottle of Dom [Perignon]. Taylor Swift bought me a bottle of limited edition Dom that is probably my most prized bottle.”

Jason, as we know, joined Taylor on stage during her 1989 tour last summer. The two performed “Want to Want Me.”

He’s no stranger to collaborations. The singer has worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Jennifer Lopez to Meghan Trainor to Pentatonix. Next up, he’s collaborating with the high end shoe brand LVL XIII for line of shoes -- which he estimates will be available this fall.

“The designs are done and we are currently in production,” he says. “It’s exciting. It’s a brand new endeavor. I’ve always been a sneaker head so it was only right that I created a line that signified the things that I love myself.”

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEd Sheeran officially made good on his Red Nose Day promise. The singer donned a red tutu and full colored manicure to chow down on the most disgusting food in Japan.

In a video posted to James Corden’s Twitter page, Ed chokes down some fermented beans and sea snail. He barely makes it through the meal without throwing up.

Before last night’s Red Nose Day Special, Ed pledged to wear the tutu and eat something gross if people raised more money for the charity event than last year. The event, which benefits children in need, raised more than $31.5 million -- well over last year’s $23 million total.

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Absolutely huge #rednoseday - 12M noses sold, $32M raised. So as promised: Ed Sheeran eating a snail in draghttps://t.co/v4YP9wGrUz

— James Corden (@JKCorden) May 27, 2016

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Epic/Syco RecordsFifth Harmony’s album 7/27 is out today and they’ve got their very own Twitter emoji to celebrate. The girl group unveiled a custom icon that will appear every time you use the hashtag #727OUTNOW.

“Twitter has allowed us to build our collective voice as a group, and become the place where we share exciting news & announcements, new music & videos,” the girls say in a statement to Mashable. “More importantly, Twitter gives us a direct line to our fans: it's the place we talk to fans and share our lives.”

They add, “We are so excited to be working with Twitter on our new release and can't wait to show the Harmonizers our 7/27 emoji and see how they use it -- we hope they love it as much as we do!”

The emoji is a blue “7/27” stylized to resemble how the title appears on their album cover.

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Getty Images via ABCDon’t believe every headline you read. Nick Jonas is setting the record straight about his relationship status.

“I'm very single y'all. That is all,” Nick tweeted this morning. He added, “Hate when liberties are taken for headlines.”

Yesterday, U.K.’s The Sun published an article with a headline claiming that Nick confirmed he’s been dating Lily Collins. In the article, Nick admits to going out with her “a couple of times.”

Meanwhile, in his new cover story with Entertainment Weekly, Nick dishes on some of his ex-girlfriends. He says he doesn’t see Miley Cyrus much anymore because they “run in different circles,” but he considers “Wrecking Ball” one of the “best pop songs of the last 10 years.”

He also has nothing but good things to say about ex Selena Gomez. He reveals she played him her album Revival before it came out and he knew it was “excellent.”

As for his most recent ex, Olivia Culpo, Nick says he hasn’t heard from her in a year and he’s not sure if he’ll ever hear from her again. Much of his new album, Last Year Was Complicated, was inspired by their relationship.

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I'm very single y'all. That is all.

— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) May 27, 2016

 

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran needs to make good on his promise. Before last night’s Red Nose Day Special, the singer pledged to wear a red tutu and eat “the most disgusting food in Japan” if more money was raised for the charity event than last year.

“I’m currently in Japan traveling, but I’ve decided that if you guys raise more money than you did last year for Red Nose Day then I’ll dress up in a red tutu and eat the most disgusting thing they have in Japan,” Ed says in a video posted to Twitter.

He then consults with a friend, who informs him that fermented beans and sea snails are the worst tasting foods in Japan. “I’m not looking forward to this,” Ed says.

Well, the fundraiser to help needy children took in more than $31.5 million this year -- that’s way over last year’s $23 million total. Sorry, Ed. Looks like you’re in for a disgusting meal.

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Ed Sheeran is nowhere to be found right now. But he sent this as had 2get involved #rednoseday
Pls Txt GIVE to 80077https://t.co/amusBLNUOs

— Ben Winston (@benwinston) May 26, 2016

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Crush MusicTrain Does Led Zeppelin II, the upcoming album from Train, is due June 3, and the band has released one more track from it to whet your appetite.  It's a song that longtime fans of the band are very familiar with: "Ramble On."

In a statement, the band says, "This last song we’re throwing at you from Train Does Led Zeppelin II is one of our absolute favorites, and the one we’ve been covering the longest as a band."  Train's been doing "Ramble On" live at their concerts for years and years.

"Ramble On" is the fourth song to be released from the album -- they've also put out "The Lemon Song," "What Is and What Should Never Be" and "Thank You."

Proceeds from Train Does Led Zeppelin II go to Train's favorite charity, San Francisco's Family House.  You can pre-order the album now from iTunes and Amazon and get "Ramble On" and three other songs from the disc as instant downloads.  Next week, the band will launch a brief club tour during which they'll perform Led Zeppelin II in its entirety.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCCalvin Harris won’t be playing his show in Las Vegas tonight as he continues to recover from last weekend’s car accident. The DJ-producer’s team announced the cancellation on his Facebook page. He also nixed another show in Vegas which had been scheduled for Thursday night.

“[Calvin] is still recovering from the injuries sustained in the car accident last Friday,” the message reads. “…He has asked us to pass on his apologies to everyone who was due to attend the shows and hopes to be back to his normal schedule soon.”

Calvin also tweeted his personal apologies and thanked everyone for their support. “Thank you so much for your messages and sorry to any disappointment I caused with the show cancellations,” he wrote, adding, “I'm feeling lucky and very grateful [right now].”

Taylor Swift’s beau was briefly hospitalized last Friday after a car crossed the center line and hit the SUV Calvin was in.

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Thank you so much for your messages and sorry to any disappointment I caused with the show cancellations ...

— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) May 27, 2016

I'm feeling lucky and very grateful rn

— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) May 27, 2016

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ABC/Donna SvennevikOne's got the biggest album of the year so far, while other has, arguably, the most talked-about album of the year so far.  No wonder people like to mention Adele and Beyonce in the same breath, and are predicting they'll be facing off against one another at the Grammys next year.  But one guy who's worked with both women -- OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder -- says he hates seeing them pitted against one another.

Speaking to the International Business Times UK, Ryan says his message to music critics is, "Stop creating controversy when there's no controversy. They're both amazing; they're both completely different. I hate that s***. Screw the b****** that start those wars. Go get a day job."

Ryan has worked on songs for Adele including "Rumour Has It" and "Turning Tables" on 21, as well as "Remedy" on 25.  As for Beyonce, Ryan co-wrote her hits "Halo" and "XO," as well as the song "I Was Here" from her album Four. 

We're sure that Adele appreciates Ryan's comments, since she's the world's biggest Beyonce fan.

As for Ryan's own music, OneRepublic's fourth album is due later this year, and features collaborations with Peter Gabriel and Pharrell Williams. Speaking to the International Business Times UK, Ryan says of the new project, ""It is the most exciting thing we've ever done, the most fun, vibrant, authentic. It's the best I've ever sang on the these songs. We just made a modern playlist because that's how people listen."  

He adds, "I know there are hits on the album so the world will ultimately decide what the biggest songs are. I know just from years of doing this, I know what we have."

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Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON was forced to cancel their Work This Body summer tour due to the illness of frontman Nick Petricca's [puh-TREEK-uh] father. However, they're still finishing out their scheduled shows this month, and will wrap everything up this weekend at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, California.  Nick says he's been touched by how supportive their fans have been about the cancellation.

"It’s been unbelievable. The total outpouring of love from them is overwhelming," Nick tells ABC Radio. "We’re a band that we really believe in the power of sharing a message through music and our music is very much about empowerment and positivity and togetherness. So to see that just shining right back at us from our fans is really powerful."

In fact, Nick says playing those shows this weekend will make him feel better, despite what he's going through with his dad, who suffers from Alzheimer's. 

"'Cathartic' is a really good word for it," he explains. "I mean, playing live is the part where we get to really connect and see our own music come to life in people’s faces, you know?"

Since WALK THE MOON won't be doing a summer tour behind their current album TALKING IS HARD, these shows this weekend will mark the end of the "Shut Up and Dance" phase of the band's career.

"It will be, I dunno, a very-much-needed sort of last chapter, or last hurrah of this chapter for us," says Nick. 

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Courtesy of EWNick Jonas graces the cover of EW's new summer special issue and he knows how he's spending his summer already: He'll be on the road with his buddy Demi Lovato on their joint Future Now tour.  But in a video interview on EW.com, Nick says making new music is also on the agenda this summer, for both of them.

"We are taking a mobile studio [on the road]," Nick tells EW. "Demi's in the process of making a new record already, and I'm gonna be helping her with that a little bit and we're gonna bring people out to write for her stuff, and the projects that I'm doing."  Demi's new album will be a follow-up to Confident, which just came out in October.

"You know, when I'm on the road I'm really creative in a really good spot," Nick adds. " Just because being on the stage every night inspires you in so many different ways."

Nick says he and Demi are currently working on "putting the best possible show together."  He explains, "We’re building the show musically first...selecting what songs we’re gonna play. It’s gonna be an intertwined show so it won’t be two sets broken up, but a night of music."

In addition to hits from his last album, like "Jealous," Nick says he's excited to perform tracks from his new album Last Year Was Complicated, which is coming out next month.

"For me, getting to play those songs live will just be a dream come true," he tells EW. "And seeing what connects to the fans live...you spend so much time making the music in the studio...which is really rewarding, but to actually get up on stage, feel the energy of the crowd and sing the songs is unlike anything in the world."

In addition to writing new songs and making new music, Nick says he's also excited to see Demi blow everyone away with her performance.

"Demi's one of the best singers in the game right now," Nick tells EW.  "It's been amazing to watch her grow. Vocally, just she's really come such a long way and it's been amazing for me to watch [her] in the past year [have] some really standout performances...where people really took notice of her voice."

"It feels good, you know?" he says of the tour. "It's a win for everybody!"

The Honda Civic Future Now tour gets underway June 24 in Sunrise, Florida.

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L-R: Skrillex and Justin Bieber at the 2015 American Music Awards; Lester Cohen/WireImageJustin Bieber and Skrillex may have one more reason to be "Sorry."

Casey Dienel, who records under the name White Hinterland, is suing the two over Bieber's hit "Sorry," which Skrillex co-produced.

In a message posted to her Facebook page on Thursday, Dienel claims Bieber and Skrillex did not obtain a license for the "exploitation" of her 2014 track “Ring the Bell.”

Dienel goes on to allege that Bieber could have simply licensed her music instead of sampling it.

“After the release of ‘Sorry,’ my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement, but Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me," she claims. "I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample.”

Dienel insists she was left with no other options, and is “sure that [Bieber] and his team will launch a full attack against me.”

The song’s writers — Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Michael Tucker — are also listed in the lawsuit.

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ABC/Phil McCartenHarry Styles’ new haircut was on full display on the set of his new movie, Dunkirk. The One Direction heartthrob was snapped filming the World War II drama on the actual beaches of Dunkirk, France this week.

U.K.’s The Daily Mail has the photos, which feature Harry sporting a British military uniform and his freshly shorn locks. In one picture, he wears a bloody bandage on one hand. The 1940's costumes are quite a departure from his long-haired, tattooed pop star look.

The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, focuses on the massive military evacuation of British soldiers from Dunkirk in 1940. Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh also star.

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Don Le StudioIn between his tour dates with Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato this summer, Mike Posner will playing some headlining shows of his own. The singer has announced a string of new summer tour dates.

His solo concerts kick off July 10 in Clifton Park, New York, and run through September 11 in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, his dates opening for Nick and Demi start June 29 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike is on the same record label as Nick and Demi, and he also co-wrote a couple of tracks on Nick's 2014 solo album.

Here are his new tour dates:

7/10 --  Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
7/13 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
7/19 -- Norfolk, VA, The Norva
7/31 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
8/7 -- Park City, UT, Deer Valley Resort
8/10 --  Colorado Springs, CO, The Black Sheep
9/1 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
9/4 -- Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
9/6 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill & Mine
9/11 -- Austin, TX, Emo's

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna's new version of her Creepers instantly sold out today and crashed the Puma website

Ri-Ri’s third version of the sneakers went on sale at 10 a.m. ET and were out of stock in 45 minutes, Footwear News reports. However, the shoes will soon be available on Nordstrom.com. The company tweeted, “There's been an update with the Creepers. Expect them to release on our website on 5/31.”

The $140 kicks are offered in green-bordeaux, black satin and basket creeper glo for both men and women. Resellers immediately took advantage of the heavy demand, pricing the sneakers on eBay for $200-$350.

The new Creepers are Rihanna's latest Puma collection after their debut in fall 2015, followed by her trainer, and fur slides this year.

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Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImageThe cat’s out of the bag! Leona Lewis will be making her Broadway debut as Grizabella in the upcoming revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, CATS. The show will return to the Broadway this summer at the Neil Simon Theatre.

“It is an incredible honor to be asked by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to join the CATS family,” Leona says in a statement. “I will never forget seeing the show as a little girl and how blown away I was by the magical experience of it.”

She adds, “I am beyond thrilled for my Broadway debut to be in such an iconic show. To work with a team as legendary as those on CATS is an experience I will cherish every moment of. I cannot wait to see the audiences out in NYC!”

Andrew Lloyd Webber says Leona “has one of the greatest voices of her generation” and that everyone is “excited about working with her.”

Initially, Nicole Scherzinger was tapped for the role, but she pulled out of the show earlier this month, right before rehearsals were set to begin. Nicole played Grizabella for the show’s West End run in 2014.

Preview performances begin Thursday, July 14, and the show officially opens Sunday, July 31.

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Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty ImagesEven Adele forgets the lyrics sometimes. At a recent concert in Lisbon, Portugal, the singer totally blanked on the lines of her song “Million Years Ago.”

A fan caught the flub on video and Adele’s reaction was priceless -- not to mention profanity-laden. “S***, wrong words,” she said, laughing. “S***, s***, s***. I started singing the verse! Sorry!”

The audience didn't seem to mind, and laughed along with her.

It’s not the first time she’s botched a line on this tour. She forgot the words to “I Miss You” during her gig in Manchester, England back in March and messed up her hit “Rolling in the Deep” during another show this month. Hey, she's only human.

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Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas has a busy summer ahead, so who better to cover Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Preview Issue? The singer appears on the mag’s cover wearing a black and white striped tank top and yellow shorts while spraying a garden hose.

In the accompanying article, Nick dishes on everything from the breakup that inspired his new album, to the self-doubt he experienced a few years back. “To be 21 and think, ‘All right, is my career over? Have I blown it, or do people just not care?’ There were a lot of questions and self-doubt,” he says.

Now, he’s proven himself as a solo star. His DirecTV show Kingdom returns June 1, his sophomore album Last Year Was Complicated comes out June 10, and his joint tour with Demi Lovato launches June 29. Told you he has a busy summer.

Nick’s issue of EW is out Friday.

Meanwhile, Nick hit up the BBC Radio One Live Lounge today and performed an acoustic cover of Zara Larsson's "Lush Life."

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.@nickjonas is a Wet Hot American Pop Star—and #1 on our ultimate #SummerMustList: https://t.co/1UEBL2w366 pic.twitter.com/BVbeoBEGKk

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 26, 2016

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