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Nicki Minaj Previews Her Verse on Ariana/Jessie J Collabo "Bang Bang"


Republic RecordsAriana Grande is currently mourning the passing of her beloved grandfather, but the idea of her new single may be the one thing that's cheering her up. Next week, "Bang Bang," her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, arrives, and Nicki is getting fans hyped by releasing a snippet of her verse on Instagram.

In the rapid-fire verse, Nicki spits, "Get a ride in the engine that could, Go!/Batman Robin it/ Bang bang cockin’ it/ Queen Nicki dominant/Prominent/ It’s me, Jessie, and Ari/ If they test me they sorry."

As previously reported, "Bang Bang" will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall.  "Bang Bang," co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin, arrives July 29.

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American Authors Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall


Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall.  Now we know the dates.

The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.

Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.

The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.

American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.

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Justin Bieber Teases New Songs on Instagram


Ben WattsJustin Bieber sent a strong signal to his fans on Wednesday night that he has new songs in the pipeline.

He took to Instagram to upload brief video clips in which 11 new songs can be heard. Each post only shows footage of a soundboard in a studio.

Justin didn't provide any details on the music, though he did tweet early Wednesday, "Great night in the studio."

In late 2013, Justin released a series of digital songs that eventually was gathered in one collection titled Journals.

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Justin Bieber's Beverly Hills Parties Draw Attention of Police


Ben WattsJustin Bieber is grabbing the attention of police yet again.

Beverly Hills Police responded to six calls last weekend from Bieber's neighbors complaining of loud parties and disruptive fans, police told ABC News.

Four of the calls were related to parties at the singer's Beverly Hills condo, as well as the rooftop of his complex on July 19 and 20, while two more calls were in regard to his fans on the sidewalk, police said.

Police would like the controversial star, 20, to calm down if he's going to live in their city.

“We enforce the laws of Beverly Hills and we will, of course, respond when neighbors call," Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Matt Subin said. "We request that if Mr. Bieber has these parties that he tone it down. We always look at the circumstances, and if the party is too loud we will ask him to please turn down the music and/or shut down the party.”

Subin added that Bieber has cooperated when they show up and that "he does turn down the music."

"But it is often a cat-and-mouse game," Subin said. "We are reaching out to his staff to advise them of certain penalties of the party calls that we are receiving in the hopes we can work together to eliminate these calls. We request he is a good neighbor of Beverly Hills. We want him to be respectful to his neighbor’s wishes, as he is again in a condo that is densely populated in close proximity of other residents.”

In the end, Bieber was not cited, just given verbal warnings.

These incidents were Bieber's latest in a string of run-ins with the law, including an alleged egging incident in January to which the singer pleaded no contest, got probation and was required to attend an anger management course.

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Nico & Vinz Join Bruno Mars Tour, Promise Energetic, Fun-Filled Show


Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: "Am I Wrong" hitmakers Nico & Vinz.  They'll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts.  The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet.

"We'll try to make you dance at some point," Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo's live show. "I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well.  And really have that energy, and just make it...more than just a show: just, like, a great experience."

"We love to perform.  When we're on stage, we feel free," Nico adds. "It don't matter if it's five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing.  That's the reason why we came into this.  Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also meeting people around the world!"

Their hit "Am I Wrong," definitely a contender for the Song of the Summer, has done just that: allowed the duo to expand beyond Norway and meet people around the world.  But there's also been an unexpected side effect: the song is actually inspiring people to try and realize their own dreams, just as Nico & Vinz have done.

"When we get [that] type of feedback, that's probably the most gratifying to hear," says Vinz of the stories fans tell them about how "Am I Wrong" has changed their lives.  "That's a huge bonus as well!" laughs Nico. "I can't forget that...that's really rewarding."

Nico & Vinz's run with Bruno ends August 17.   They plan to release their U.S. debut album Black Star Elephant later this year.

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Ed Sheeran: Getting Wasted Is "Educational"


Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran likes a drink now and then, and he admits that from time to time, he's definitely overindulged, both in alcohol and drugs. But he says there's nothing wrong with that: it's all just one big learning experience.

Speaking to the U.K. paper the Daily Mail, Ed says, "There have been a couple of times over the past few years [when I've gotten wasted], but it’s not a regular thing. It happens when I’m under an immense amount of stress and pressure, and things just build up. But it’s not as dark as people make out. It’s educational."

How so?  "It’s not so much about temptation or peer pressure, it’s just about being in situations and wanting to experience things, so that later on in life I can say, 'Well, I’ve done that, I’ve done this, I enjoyed that, this wasn’t so much fun,'” he explains.  "I'm not trying to rebel. I'm just doing what anyone would do at my age."

Of course, most people Ed's age aren't keeping the company that he keeps.  He recalls to the Daily Mail, "‘I was at a [Oscar] party in Hollywood, and the first person I bumped into was Paul McCartney. We got chatting, although when you’re in that situation you don’t really know what to say, so you’re just like, 'Hey man, how are you? Shall we get a drink? Yeah, let’s get a drink.' We were interrupted, and I was a bit annoyed. Then I looked at the person who’d interrupted us and it was Prince."

That same night, Ed recalls, he got drunk and ended up sitting next to Pink, babbling about how much he likes her music.

Ed, however, says he isn't stunned and shocked that he ends up in parties surrounded by megastars.

"I knew exactly why I was there," he says of that Oscar party. "I’ve worked my a** off. Regardless of whether my music is any good or not, I’ve really put in the hours."

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The Album Chart Is a "Happy" Place This Week


ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams' hit "Happy" may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn't mean it's any less popular.  Here's the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it's featured on not one but three albums in this week's top 10.

"Tacky," the parody of "Happy" that appears on "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1.  In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song.  Finally, Pharrell's original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.

As for Pharrell's own album, G I R L, which also includes "Happy," it currently sits at #35.  According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.

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Justin Bieber: Calvin Klein Model?


Credit: Ben WattsIf you've been wondering why Justin Bieber has posted so many photos online of himself sporting Calvin Klein undies, well, it just might be a business decision.  There's serious buzz that the singer has signed on to shoot a campaign for the famed underwear brand.

A source tells E! Online that the Bieb did, in fact, do a shoot for the brand.  However, a Calvin Klein rep wouldn't comment on the rumors, while a rep for Bieber tells ABC News Radio that they have no comment on the reports.

As E! notes, Calvin Klein announced last week that its fall advertising campaign will feature models Lara Stone and Matt Terry, with no mention of Justin's name, but you never know.

Interestingly, Justin once planned to make a movie with one of the world's most famous ex-Calvin Klein underwear models: Mark Wahlberg.

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Rixton Release New Single "Wait on Me"


Credit: Lindsey BarnesFollowing the success of their debut U.S. hit, "Me and My Broken Heart," the British band Rixton has just released a new single, "Wait on Me."  The group will perform the song, which they co-wrote, on Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 4.

Rixton hits the road July 30 for a summer headlining tour sponsored by Chex Mix.  They're working with the brand to create a video content series called "Sound Chex," which will capture behind-the-scenes moments while on the road.

As previously reported, Rixton also will perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing August 10 on Fox. They're nominated as well, for Choice Music Group.

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Ariana Grande Mourns Passing of Her "Favorite Person to Ever Exist"


ABC/Richard HarbaughCondolences go out to Ariana Grande: the singer has lost her beloved grandfather.

"Thank you for your continuous love & light over the past few weeks... we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa :(," Ariana tweeted on Wednesday.

Despite her loss, Ariana appeared live on Good Morning America on Wednesday, and explained on Twitter, "only reason I made this twelve hour trip is grandps told me he wanted me to always be professional & fulfill my business commitments :(."  She added, "if only y'all knew how amazing he was.. my [heart] hurts so much. It's beyond broken :'( but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his peace."

The singer also revealed that her grandfather respected her half-brother's Frankie's commitments.  He's currently competing on the reality show Big Brother, and Ariana tweeted, "Asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said 'no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it.'"

"This is the hardest thing imaginable but I'm so grateful that I got to spend this time with him & my family. taking care of him & loving him," she continued.

Ariana later indicated that Frankie was informed of his grandfather's passing, which he addressed on the Big Brother live feed. She tweeted, "watching @frankiejgrande talk abt grandps after reading our letter on the live feed. sobbing / laughing hysterically. love u frankie so much."

Ariana also posted to Twitter and Instagram a series of images of herself and her grandfather. "I love you," she wrote.

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Adele's Son Wins Five-Figure Sum in Paparazzi Case


Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsAdele's son is only two years old, but he's already well on his way to being rich like his mom. The BBC reports that lawyers for the boy, referred to as Angelo Adkins, despite Adele never publicly revealing his name, have accepted a five-figure sum in damages to settle a case over paparazzi photos. 

Adele, who was born Adele Adkins, and her partner Simon Konecki, Angelo's father, sued a photo agency for taking photos of Angelo's "milestone moments" between June and November of 2013, and then selling them to the British press.

A lawyer for Adele told a High Court in London that she doesn't want her son to be thought of as "public property," and added, "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family's wishes." 

Added the lawyer, "These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client's right to privacy."

The photo agency agreed to pay damages and legal costs, and has also agreed not to re-use the photos.

Adele's lawyer said that the singer and Konecki would "continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary."  The lawyer noted that Adele helped fund a similar campaign in California to create stricter laws regarding the photographing of children of celebrities.

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Pharrell Releases Video for "Come Get It Bae"


Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records Pharrell begins his newly released video for "Come Get It Bae" with an important message: "Beauty has no expiration date."

In the Luis Cerveró-directed clip, the singer is surrounded by models of all races who are auditioning by dancing and posing to his song. At one point, Miley Cyrus makes a cameo to perform her part on the song's hook.

"Thank you to my lil sis @MileyCyrus. All we know how to do is be silly and have fun. #ComeGetItBae," Pharrell tweeted.

The song is the the second U.S. single from Pharrell's latest album G I R L.

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One Direction Mark Four-Year Anniversary: "Crazy How Things Have Turned Out"


PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmentBack in July of 2010, five young men competing on the British version of The X Factor failed to make the cut in the "Boys" category, but were subsequently put together into a single act so they could qualify for the "Groups" category.  One of their members came up with the name One Direction, and the rest is pop music history.  Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn celebrated their official four-year anniversary on Wednesday with a series of excited tweets.

"Wow ! Can't believe it! 4 years ago today we were out together! Crazy how time flies but it also feels like it was years and years ago!," wrote Niall Horan, adding, "I can honestly say, thank you all so much, every one of you, from all over the world! Your support is absolutely incredible...What you have done for us baffles my mind ever day!"

To his bandmates, Niall wrote, "Thank you lads, we've had a great time so far, you are family to me now, not just band mates! Love you."

For his part, Harry Styles tweeted, "4 years. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this. I feel so lucky to be part of it. Everyone who has worked with us thank you..Thank you to all of you who have supported us. We couldn't ask for better fans, you are absolutely the best ever. We love you so much .xx"

"Happy four years everyone can't believe it's been that long thank you so much everybody," tweeted Liam Payne. "Crazy how things have turned out I love you."

In their four years together, the lads have conquered the world, topping charts worldwide, selling millions of albums and tracks, criss-crossing the globe on sold-out tours, branching out into movies and fragrances, and surviving the ever-churning rumor mill that is the British press, which seems to report every day that they're breaking up.  Meanwhile, 1D's Where We Are tour hits the U.S. next month, while a fourth album is in the works.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Scores First-Ever #1 Album; Jason Mraz in at #2


RCA RecordsIt just goes to show: comedy is not dead.  The King of Pop Music Parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic, has just scored the first #1 album of his career.

Thanks to a clever viral video campaign that saw him release one video per day for eight days straight, Weird Al -- whose first album hit the charts more than 30 years ago -- sees his new album, Mandatory Fun, debut at #1.  It's also the first comedy disc to hit #1 on the Billboard album ranking since 1963, when comedian Allan Sherman spent eight weeks on top with his album My Son, the Nut.

"If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it," Weird Al tweeted. "I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."

Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's third top-10 album, following 2011's Alpocalypse and 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood.  It features parodies of mega-hits like "Royals," "Happy," "Blurred Lines" and "Fancy," as well as original tunes and, of course, one of Al's patented polka medleys.  The comedy star tells Billboard that since this is the final album of his current contract, he will likely abandon the album format entirely, and only release digital singles from now on.

Elsewhere on the chart, Jason Mraz sees his latest disc, YES!, debut at #2.  It's his fourth top-10 album and his second to hit #1, following 2012's Love Is a Four Letter Word.  He's yet to score a #1 album.

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Lady Gaga Gushes over Boyfriend's Romantic Gesture


Inez and VinoodhLady Gaga and her boyfriend, actor Taylor Kinney, are generally private about their relationship, but she took to her social networking site LittleMonsters.com recently to gush about something romantic he did for her.

Posting a photo of her dog Asia posed with an enormous bouquet of flowers, Gaga wrote, "3 yrs and he still sends me flowers out of nowhere."  She posted the same message on Instagram.

Gaga and Kinney, who first met when he starred in her video for "You and I," have been dating since July of 2011.  In May, the actor, who appears on the NBC show Chicago Fire, described their relationship in Glamour magazine, saying, "There’s a lot of laughing. I think that’s the basis of a healthy relationship. We laugh a lot....I think we just complement each other. I’m proud of her, and I’d like to believe she’s proud of me. We’re kindred spirits."

Last November, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that Kinney is "a hidden weirdo," adding, "He is extremely strange, actually, and we compliment each other's weirdness."  She added, "At the end of the day, he's my best friend, and having your lover be your best friend is...I mean, it's the best thing ever!"

While there have been plenty of rumors that the two are getting married, or at least engaged, there has been no confirmation from either one that they're planning on taking their relationship to the next level.

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Hilary Duff Returns with New Album, New Single Written by Colbie Caillat


RCA RecordsIt's been a while since ex-Disney star Hilary Duff released any music: 2007, to be exact, which is when she put out her album Dignity.  But now, the singer and actress is back with a brand-new single called "Chasing the Sun," a new record label -- RCA -- and a new album, due this fall.

The single, due out July 29, was co-written by Colbie Caillat.  The video for the song will debut on VEVO that same day.  Hilary has also worked with Ed Sheeran on material for the album.

In a statement, Hilary says of her new label home, "I came to them with my vision for the album and it has been a real labor of love, but something I am so proud of. 'Chasing the Sun' is just a peek into my new album. I've worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I've had in my life and where I want to go from here!"

She adds, "I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I'm really proud of the album I've made. 'Chasing the Sun' is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree."

The new album will be Hilary's fifth.  Since her last album, she's acted, started her own clothing line, launched several fragrances, written three books, and focused on charitable works.  She married NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010; their son Luca Cruz is two years old.  The couple announced in early 2014 that they were splitting.

Recently, both Lorde and Charli XCX have expressed admiration for Hilary.

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Taylor Swift Shares Love Advice with Fan: "Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as Any Other Kind"


Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.

A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she's known for years.

Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as "a guy who's sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend." It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as "pretty" and "nice" with an "amazing figure."

Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn't just "the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized." She continues, "I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind."

Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she'll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.

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American Authors Reveal the Huge Lesson They Learned from Springsteen...or Was It Coldplay?


Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are opening for OneRepublic and The Script all summer, and since they're the first band of the night to take the stage, they've got their work cut out for them. But when they prepare for shows, they keep in mind the words of Bruce Springsteen -- or is it Coldplay?

The band's frontman, Zac Barnett, tells ABC News Radio the band always puts in a "110-percent effort" into their shows because of something one, or both, of those acts said.

"We're big fans of Bruce Springsteen and also huge fans of Coldplay," he explains. "And I don't know who said it first..but they've both been quoted in the past (as) saying...when you go into a live show, you want to give the best show that you can possibly give -- because you don't know if this is someone's first concert ever, or if this is someone's last concert ever."

Barnett describes an American Authors performance as a "dynamic roller coaster, but on a shorter scale." He explains that they bring "pure energy" to their set, which he says includes both the band's favorite songs and the crowd's favorite songs. "Best Day of My Life" undoubtedly falls into both categories.

American Authors will continue their tour with OneRepublic and The Script through an August 12 date in Virginia. Two days later, they'll begin a European trek in Belgium.

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Britney Launching Sleepwear & Lingerie Line, "The Intimate Britney Spears"


PRNewsFoto/The Intimate Britney SpearsBritney Spears has a line of fragrances, but now she's branching out into clothing -- skimpy clothing. The Intimate Britney Spears, a new collection of sleepwear, loungewear and lingerie, will launch in September 9 in the U.S. in Canada, and September 26 in Europe.

Britney tweeted the news along with a photo of herself wearing a black bra and high-waisted panties, writing, "Coming very soon... The Intimate Collection, by yours truly. intimatebritneyspears.com Just a peek at what's to come. xo."

The collection, which will be launched by Britney at a New York City event, includes lingerie sets, bustiers, kimonos and relaxed loungewear, including jersey camisoles, shorts and sweats.  The items feature detailing like crocheted edges, satin ribbons and lace trim.  Prices range from $17 to $79, with sizes from A-J cups.

In addition to being available at IntimateBritneySpears.com, you'll be able to purchase the items at boutique retailers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at Barenecessities.com.

In a statement, Britney says, "Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious, and comfortable at the same time. I am excited to introduce this collection because I feel that we accomplished exactly that."

Meanwhile, Britney is launching her 16th -- that's right, 16th -- fragrance, called Fantasy Stage Edition.  It's her previously-released scent, Fantasy, in a limited-edition bottle, with a snakeskin outer coating inspired by Britney's legendary 2001 MTV VMA performance, during which she danced with an enormous python draped over her shoulders. 

According to MTV, Britney said in a statement, "Fantasy Stage Edition represents my daring moments on stage, both past and present. I hope it motivates my fans to be fearless.”

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Report: Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's Bel Air Home Up for Sale


Prana MarketingCould this be another sign of their ongoing marries woes?  Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton's Bel Air, California, home was reportedly put up for sale this past Monday.

According to TMZ, the 3,158-square-foot, two-story house is listed for $2,985,000.

The property was purchased by Robin's father, Alan Thicke, back in 1990 for $910,000, but sources tell the gossip website Robin's name is currently on the deed.

The sources also reveal that while neither Thicke, 37, nor Patton, 38, have officially moved out of the house, the couple haven't lived together there since separating back in February.

Patton and Thicke tied the knot back in 2005. Robin's been trying to get his wife back, most notably through his new album, Paula. So far, no apparent luck.

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