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Sia on Hiding Her Face: "I'm Not Doing It Because I Think I'm Ugly"

Dana Edelson/NBCSia wants you to know she’s not covering her face because she thinks she’s ugly. In fact, she’s fine with her appearance: she just doesn’t want to be judged for it. In a cover story for the April issue of Interview magazine, Sia chats with her Grammy performance partner Kristen Wiig about why her unorthodox privacy methods aren’t just a gimmick.

"I'm trying to do this differently, for serenity,” she says. “And it's a fun game for me as well. I have nothing to lose. But of course I want to be loved. So when people say, ‘Show your face, you're not ugly.’ I want to say, ‘I know. I'm not doing it because I think I'm ugly; I'm trying to have some control over my image.’”

And true to form, she dons a series of face-covering wigs for her Interview cover and inside fashion spread.

The enigmatic pop star tells Kristen she’d rather not be picked apart for gaining or losing weight, having a hair extension out of place or sporting a blotchy fake tan.

“Most people don't have to be under that pressure, and I'd like to be one of them,” she says. “I don't want to be followed by paparazzi. I don't go on Twitter. Because when people say things like, I don't know, ‘I hope you get cancer and die,’ it hurts my feelings.”

But Sia realizes, much to her dismay, she can’t erase all previous photos of herself from existence.

“Just recently some people published 11 photos of Sia's face,” she says. “It's a bummer for me because it's going to elevate my profile and make me more recognizable. But I don't look the same as I did when I used to have my photo taken. So I'm just trying to be one step removed. Music is for your ears, not your eyes, right?”

At the same time, the singer says she wants to give people something to look at, too. “I want you to be entertained,” she says. “I want you to get the full package. I'd just rather it not center around whether or not I have cellulite.”

She’s perfectly content staying behind the camera. Sia, who’s directed her music videos for “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart,” is now planning to try her hand at movie-making with her own script. “I'm on page 65 now of the screenplay,” she reveals. “I wrote a short story eight years ago. It's called Sister, and I'm going to direct it. I just want to make a beautiful film. I've had it in my head for so long, so I want to try.”

The April issue of Interview hits stands next week.

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Ludacris & Chrissy Teigen to Host 2015 "Billboard" Music Awards

ABC/Bob D'AmicoFor the second year in a row, rapper and actor Ludacris will host the Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC May 17 at 8 p.m. ET.  This year, however, he'll have a co-host: Supermodel Chrissy Teigen, aka Mrs. John Legend.

“I had so much fun hosting the Billboard Music Awards last year and I can’t wait to be back!” said Ludacris.  Chrissy added, "If my extensive collection of all 53 Now That’s What I Call Music compilations is any indication, I am both qualified and honored to join Ludacris in hosting this amazing show that spotlights the best music and artists of the year..”

The nominees for the BBMAs will be announced April 7 on ABC's Good Morning America by Ludacris and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz.

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Ariana Grande Adds Summer Dates to Honeymoon Tour

Republic RecordsAriana Grande's Honeymoon Tour is still going strong, but she's just added a whole new leg to the trek.

The summer leg of the tour, which originally kicked off February 25, will start July 16 in Tampa Bay, Florida and will hit close to 40 cities in North America. Prince Royce will be the special guest on the tour; tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 4 via Live Nation.

Citi cardmembers will be able to grab pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time via CitiPrivatePass.com.

Here are Ariana's new tour dates:

7/16 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
7/18 -- Ft Lauderdale, FL,  BB&T Center
7/21 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
7/23 -- Louisville, KY,  KFC Yum! Center
7/25 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
7/26 -- Hershey  PA, Hersheypark Stadium
7/29 -- Philadelphia,PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/31 -- Albany  NY Times Union Center
8/2 -- Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
8/4 -- Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
8/6 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
8/7 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
8/9 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
8/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/31 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
9/2 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/4 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/6 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
9/8 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/9 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
9/18 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
9/20 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena
9/22 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
9/24 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
9/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/29 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
10/2 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/4 -- St Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/6 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
10/7 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
10/9 -- New Orleans,LA, Smoothie King Center
10/11 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
10/13 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
10/15 -- El Paso,TX, El Paso County Coliseum

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Rob Thomas Announces New Solo Album Release Date, Summer Solo Tour

Atlantic RecordsWe've known since last year that Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has been working on his third solo album, titled The Great Unknown.  Now he's revealed the release date -- and a major North American tour to back it up.

Mind you, it's more a general release time, though it's more than we've known. Thomas will release The Great Unknown in late summer, according to a statement from his label, though in a playful video posted on his YouTube channel, Thomas himself says he'll release the first single "at the beginning of the summer," which would likely make it May or June -- just in time for the start of a 37-date North American tour.  The outing kicks off June 11 in Orilla, Ontario, and wraps August 10 in Morristown, New Jersey.  RobThomasMusic.com has all the ticket info, including special fan club member packages.

The Great Unknown is Rob's first solo album since 2009's Cradlesong.  Matchbox Twenty's last album was 2012's North, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Here's Rob's tour itinerary:

6/11 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Resort
6/12 -- Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
6/13 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
6/15 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
6/16 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
6/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
6/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrop Auditorium
6/22 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
6/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
6/27 -- Boise, ID, Boise Music Festival
6/29 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
6/30 -- Portland, OR, The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
7/2 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/3 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
7/5 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheater
7/7 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center
7/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
7/12 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater
7/13 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
7/15 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
7/18 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/24 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/25 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/26 -- N. Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
7/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Uptown Amphitheatre at NC Music Factory
7/29 -- Portsmouth, nTelos Wireless Pavilion
7/31 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/1 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
8/4 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/5 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/6 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
8/9 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/10 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center

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Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber Airs Tonight; Participants Say Writing Insults Was "Kind of Easy"

Courtesy of Comedy CentralYou've heard all about it, but now you can finally see it: Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The show features celebs like Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart and Shaquille O'Neal ripping into the Bieb about everything from his sexuality, to his arrests, to his relationship with Selena Gomez.  And according to the participants, coming up with insults about the singer was almost too easy.

Talking about how he prepared to host tonight's roast, Kevin Hart told reporters on the red carpet, "I basically went through my mental Rolodex of all the dumb s**t that Justin has done and I said, 'You know what? Why choose a couple? Just talk about it all!'"

Asked to name his favorite dumb thing that Justin's done, Hart laughed, "My favorite? He bought a monkey! It doesn’t get better than that. The white kid bought a monkey. Is that not a big deal to everybody? I don’t understand how that is not the topic of conversation overall!"

But in addition to having to rely on their mental Rolodexes, one of the roasters, comedian Natasha Leggero, tells ABC Radio that Comedy Central helped everyone come up with jokes by giving them tons of research about Justin's missteps.

"You download the twenty-five page document that Comedy Central sends you of all of his arrests and DUIs and insane incidents," Leggero explains. "And after five years of being on Chelsea Lately, where every week there’s a new thing, like, everything made the news! It’s like, 'Someone throws a water bottle at Justin Bieber’s head!' So yeah, so it’s kind of easy because there’s so much there."

Making fun of Bieber is one thing, but his closest family member also came under fire -- at the taping, there were references to his mom and abortion.  On the red carpet beforehand, Justin's mom, Pattie Mallette, told ABC Radio, "I kinda braced myself for the worst imaginable possible things and feelings and I’m just here as a supportive mom." 

Asked which celebrity roaster she thought would be the meanest to her little boy, she said, "Martha Stewart. I’m a little worried about Martha Stewart, I’m not gonna lie. I think Martha Stewart’s got a little bit more up her sleeve than you might imagine."  

As for Stewart, she told reporters that she agreed to do the roast "in a moment of weakness" and added that she had "many, many reservations" about it.  Among them: the fact that you'll see her saying "some raunchy stuff."  "Please, please everyone who knows me…I didn’t write this stuff!" says the domestic diva.

One thing that happened during the taping that you won't see tonight are the tasteless jokes about the late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker -- they've been edited out.  After the taping, Justin told reporters that he “didn’t particularly like” the jokes about Walker.   He also told reporters, "I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything around."

Other celebrity roasters tonight include Pete Davidson, Ludacris, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia and Jeffrey Ross.

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Rep: Mariah Carey and Brett Ratner Dating Rumor Is "Ridiculous"

Mark Cant/FoxMariah Carey and filmmaker Brett Ratner were spotted together in Miami on Friday, but a rep for the producer/director says any report of a romance between the two is false.

The rep tells People magazine that any claim that Ratner and Carey are dating is "ridiculous," adding, "they have been best friends for a very long time." The singer celebrated her 45th birthday on Friday.  Ratner turned 46 on Saturday.

"Hanging out in the girls room with @brettrat," Mariah captioned a photo of herself and Ratner earlier this month.

Last Tuesday, Ratner posted a photo on Instagram of him with Carey and Courtney Love with the caption, "I love these ladies @mariahcarey and @courtneylove!"

Brett has directed several of Marah's music videos, including "We Belong Together," "Heartbreaker" and "Touch My Body."

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Nick Jonas Hosts Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, Gets Slimed

James Dimmock/NickelodeonNick Jonas had an eventful night Saturday as host of Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

He opened the show with a performance of his songs "Chains" and "Jealous."

Nick was named favorite male singer, too, and was doused with green slime as Jennifer Lopez announced him as the winner.

Aside from Nick, the performers included Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson, who delivered a rendition of “Trouble,” and 5 Seconds of Summer, who played their cover of “What I Like About You."

One Direction, who lost Zayn Malik last week, was named favorite music group, Selena Gomez earned the award for favorite female singer, and favorite song of the year went to the Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj collaboration "Bang Bang."

Here are the winners in the music categories:

Favorite Music Group

One Direction

Favorite Male Singer
Nick Jonas

Favorite Female Singer
Selena Gomez

Favorite Song Of The Year
“Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

Favorite New Artist
Fifth Harmony

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Nick Jonas Surprises Fans with Alcohol Delivery

ABC/Kelsey McNealOn the eve of Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, which he hosted, Nick Jonas surprised some of his age-appropriate fans Friday night with alcohol and a performance in Los Angeles.

He delivered to fans alcohol ordered from Saucey, a mobile app in which he's an investor.

Nick posted photos of his deliveries on Instagram, including one of him playing "Jealous" on his acoustic guitar for a woman.

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Prince Sued over Work with Former "Voice" Contestant

Warner Bros. RecordsPrince has been sued for working with former Voice contestant Judith Hill in alleged violation of a recording contract she has.

Entertainment Weekly reports producer Jolene Cherry filed the suit, claiming Hill -- a backup singer who competed on The Voice in 2013 and was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom -- has a deal with her and Sony, but she worked with Prince in what amounted to a breach of her contract. Hill recently released an album, Back in Time, as a free download.

The lawsuit argues, "[T]he people who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her career and album and worked to position Hill for her first release (as well as those who co-wrote many of the songs) are sitting dumb-founded on the sidelines while Prince gives away their investment for free."

Hill's lawyer told Entertainment Weekly that the lawsuit is "nothing but a publicity stunt." He said, “Judith Hill was and is absolutely free to perform her music as she has done. She sued in New York on March 25 to confirm that she was free and to stop Cherry from continuing to bother her. Now in response Cherry counter-sues, in Los Angeles — improperly — even though a case is already pending against Cherry in New York. The Los Angeles suit is nothing but a publicity stunt.”

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Justin Bieber Sued for Alleged Assault on Driver

Ben WattsJustin Bieber has been sued by an SUV limousine driver who says the singer assaulted him during an incident in late 2013.

The Toronto Star reports Abdul Mohar filed his complaint on Friday, seeking 850 thousand dollars in damages.

Mohar claims he picked up six men outside a Toronto nightclub on December 30, 2013. While driving the men to a hotel, he alleges, Justin punched him up to six times in the head because he refused to turn up the music inside the vehicle.

Justin was initially charged with assault in connection with the alleged incident. The charges were later dropped.

Justin's lawyer told the Toronto Star the lawsuit is "totally without merit."

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Justin Bieber Joins Ariana Grande at Her Concert in Miami

ABC/Kelsey McNealAriana Grande welcomed Justin Bieber for a few duets at her concert in Miami on Saturday night.

Justin muffed the lyrics to Ariana's song "Love Me Harder," in which he stood in for The Weeknd. Later, he posted to Instagram a photo of the two on stage, writing, "Had fun with u Ariana, even tho I forgot all the words haha."

The two also performed a couple of Justin's tunes: "All That Matters" and "As Long As You Love Me," with Ariana filling in for her boyfriend Big Sean on the latter.

Fans uploaded video of the duets to YouTube.

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Meet Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Train & More via Charity Auctions

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsIf you want to meet your favorite artists and support a good cause, head on over to CharityBuzz, which is currently offering fans the chance to bid on concert tickets and meet-and-greets with the likes of Maroon 5, Train, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and more -- with the proceeds going to charity.

First up is Maroon 5, who are offering tickets to their April 6 show in Anaheim, California -- their last U.S. appearance on their current V world tour.  You'll get premium seats, a meet-and-greet, a photo with the band and an autographed picture as well.  The last day to bid is this Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET, and the last time we checked, bidding was up to $4,750.  Proceeds go to the Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Next, Ed Sheeran's offering two tickets to any North American show you'd like -- except for New York City and L.A.-- plus the chance to meet him.  The last day to bid is this Tuesday at 4:20 p.m. ET, and bidding's up to $3,750.  Proceeds go to the True Colors Fund, which works to end homelessness among LGBT youth.

Lady Gaga's offering tickets and meet-and-greet passes to her show with Tony Bennett at New York's Radio City Music Hall on June 19. The last day to bid is this Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. ET and bidding has already reached $7,625, with proceeds going to the True Colors Fund.

You have a bit more time to bid on tickets and meet-and-greet passes for Train, since their tour doesn't start 'til May.  You get to chose any show on their tour up to July 11, and you have until April 8 at 3 p.m. ET to bid.  This auction just went up a few days ago, so bidding's only at $750 now.  Proceeds go to the unite4:good Foundation, which creates community-based programs that encourage acts of kindness and volunteerism.

Other acts who have concerts and meet-and-greets up for bid include The Script, Florida Georgia Line and the B-52s.

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Katy Perry's "Prismatic World Tour" to Air on EPIX Tonight, but No Need to Subscribe

Christie Goodwin/EPIXDidn't get a chance to check out Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour?  You can watch the whole spectacle from the comfort of your own home tonight, thanks to EPIX.

Saturday at 8 p.m., the network will air Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour, a two-hour extravaganza filmed during the singer's current tour.  It includes her entire concert, plus some behind-the-scenes footage.  Here's even better news: even if you don't have EPIX, you'll be able to watch it. The network is running a free preview this weekend, so you can catch it via the EPIX app, on Verizon FIOS, AT&T U-Verse and as a live free stream on the official EPIX and Katy Perry Facebook pages.

In a statement, Katy says, "After over 100 shows and counting on the Prismatic World Tour, I’m thrilled to now be partnering with EPIX to share this incredible show with everyone at home in the U.S. If you thought the 12 1/2 minutes at the Super Bowl were a feast for the eyes, imagine what you’ll get in this 2-hour show!”

The Prismatic World Tour continues next month in Europe and Asia.  That leg wraps May 14, and then Katy will do a few more dates in September in Peru, Columbia, Brazil and Puerto Rico before she finally puts all her costumes and props away until next time.

Here's the set list for Katy's EPIX special:

"Roar"
"Part of Me"
"Wide Awake"
"This Moment "/ "Love Me"
"Dark Horse"
"ET"
"Legendary Lovers"
"I Kissed a Girl"
"Hot n Cold"
"International Smile"
"By the Grace of God"
"The One that Got Away"/"Thinking of You"
"Walking on Air"
"It Takes Two"
"This Is How We Do" /"Last Friday Night"
"Teenage Dream"
"California Gurls"
"Birthday"
"Firework"

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Nick Jonas-Hosted "Kids' Choice Awards" Air Tonight

James Dimmock/NickelodeonNick Jonas will pull double duty this weekend as he both hosts and performs on Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, which air Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Nick, who's also a nominee, will open the ceremony with a performance of his hit, "Jealous." Other performers include 5 Seconds of Summer, and Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson, who'll team for their duet, "Trouble."

Other musicians who'll be taking part in the festivities, but not performing, include Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony and Echosmith, all three of whom are nominated for Favorite New Artist.  Meghan's also up for Favorite Song of the Year, for "All About that Bass."

Echosmith frontwoman Sydney Sierota, who's 17, tells ABC Radio that she used to watch the Kids' Choice Awards when she was a little kid.  "I never even thought, 'Oh, it'd be cool to be on it,'" she tells ABC Radio of watching in years past.  "It wasn't even something that I even thought was a possibility at all."

She laughs, "And here we are: we're getting nominated, not just attending, which is quite the difference [from] me being a little kid watching it and thinking, 'Oh my gosh, they're so cool!'"

Sydney adds she's happy the show is actually voted on by kids, not music industry insiders. "The Kids' Choice Awards is a great idea 'cause everybody gets to have their opinion, and that gets to play into the end result is," she tells ABC Radio.  "And whether we win or not, the fact that we get to even be at the point of people being able to vote for us...we're really excited about it and really thankful." 

Other stars you'll see on the telecast include Emma Stone, Liam Hemsworth, Zendaya, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Grant Gustin, Josh Gad, Bethany Mota, Shawn Mendes, Jamie Foxx, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, and Little League star Mo'ne Davis.

Here are the music nominees for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards:

Favorite Music Group
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Male Singer
Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Nick Jonas
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith
 
Favorite Female Singer
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
 
Favorite Song of the Year
“All About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor)
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry)
“Fancy” (Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
 
Favorite New Artist
5 Seconds of Summer
Echosmith
Fifth Harmony
Iggy Azalea
Jessie J
Meghan Trainor

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George Ezra Adds Summer Headlining Dates

Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsGeorge Ezra has expanded his headlining tour into the summer. The English singer-songwriter's new batch of dates begin July 27 in Washington, D.C. and conclude August 11 in Seattle. Visit GeorgeEzra.com for all the ticket info.

Ezra is currently touring North America in support of his debut album, Wanted on Voyage, through April 22 in New York City. The trek also includes a stop at Coachella.

For a preview of Ezra's live show, the "Budapest" singer will make his Saturday Night Live debut on the March 28 episode, hosted by Dwayne Johnson.

Here are all of George Ezra's new tour dates:

7/27 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
7/28 -- New York City, NY, Terminal 5
7/29 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
8/4 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
8/7 -- San Francisco, CA, Outside Lands
8/8 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
8/9 -- BC, Canada, Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/11 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre

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No Truth to Ariana Grande Diva Rumors on "Scream Queens" Set, Says Studio

Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this week, rumors surfaced that Ariana Grande’s diva-like behavior on the set of the upcoming Fox show Scream Queens was causing serious problems with co-star Emma Roberts. But on Friday, representatives from Fox Studios told VH1 those rumors are completely untrue. In fact, Ariana hasn’t even been to the set because she’s been on tour.

“Ariana Grande is currently on tour and has yet to hit the stages of Scream Queens,” the reps said. “These rumors are false and we look forward to working with her.”

The rumors, reported on by VH1's The Gossip Table, claimed Ariana had banned cell phones from the set to prevent any pictures of her near the catering table from surfacing. The Gossip Table said Emma supposedly went screaming to show creator Ryan Murphy about how upset she was over Ariana’s behavior.  

Once she finishes up her Honeymoon Tour, Ariana is slated to have a recurring guest role on the series.

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Ed Sheeran Comments on Zayn Leaving 1D; Bandmates Might Make Less Money Now

Ben Watts; Jeff Daly/NBCEd Sheeran has written a number of tracks for One Direction.  So how does he feel about Zayn Malik’s sudden departure from the group? The singer told Australian radio show Hughesy and Kate he supports Zayn’s decision.

"I think whatever makes him happy. The most important thing in life is to be happy, and if he was unhappy in that situation then, yeah, don't stay in it," he said. "You don't want to make yourself unhappy just to earn money, that's not what life's about. You're meant to enjoy life, and if he wasn't enjoying his life then fair play to him."

Ed does note that Zayn’s situation is very different from his own. "I think the difference between me taking a break and him taking a break is he has four other people to worry about," Ed said. "I'll definitely take a break, but it won't be a noticeable break because no one will be like, 'He's left the band.'"

Zayn’s departure was announced Wednesday, and the 22-year-old spoke out about his decision for the first time Friday, in an interview published in the U.K. newspaper The Sun. Sayn said he felt bad about letting the fans down, but at the same time he feels like he’s “doing what’s right.”

According to Billboard, Zayn’s label management team is already positioning him for a future solo career. He’s signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records as a group member, and also individually. There’s reportedly a “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal that allows the act to continue as a foursome, and offers the label the option to pick up Zayn’s contract as a solo artist.

However, Zayn leaving could mean less money for the remaining members of the group -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The band still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album contract signed in 2013. The contract reportedly outlined that if one or more of the guys leave during that time period, each member could be paid less because they're likely to be less viable.

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Katy Perry's Black Hair Is Her Way of "Mourning" Her Soon-to-End Tour

Gregg DeGuire/WireImageKaty Perry has dyed her hair just about every color in the rainbow, but now she’s back to black and will be staying that way for a while. She tells E! News she’s keeping it dark for a reason.

"It's black [because] I'm in mourning because this tour is almost finished," she says at the premiere of her EPIX concert special, Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour.

Katy may be sad to see the tour end, but she’s definitely ready for some down time. "I think it's time for me to have a nap, a little sleeping beauty for a second," she says.  

The expansive world tour began in May of last year and she's still got the Asian leg to complete before she can take a break. Katy tells ETOnline she’s taking precautions to stay in good health for the remainder of the tour dates.

“I am looking after my health, which is most important, because if I get sick, then I can’t play a show,” she says. “Thankfully, I have not gotten sick -- where is the wood I can knock on?”

She credits her health to a diet that includes lots of kale, dried fruits and probiotics.

Katy also shoots down rumors that she's a diva while on the road. I’m sorry, if you lived on the road every single day and you were in and out of a different hotel, like don’t you want a comfort?” Perry says. “Don’t you want sliced turkey and some baby wipes?”

Katy’s concert special premieres on EPIX Saturday as part of the network’s Free Preview Weekend. While her hair may be black now, she still gets her color fix by donning quite a few crazy wigs during the two-hour production.

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Hozier Fainted at His First Festival

Eric Ryan Anderson for BillboardStarting next month, Hozier will be a familiar face at music festivals around the world -- from Australia's Byron Bay to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to California's Coachella, Tennessee's Bonnaroo and England's V Festival.   But it's unlikely that those shows will be more memorable than Hozier's very first festival experience, during which he passed out.

Speaking to Billboard for its new cover story, Hozier says he was 16 when he attended his first music festival as a fan.  "I waited in the pit for hours to see James Brown," he recalls, referring to the late Godfather of Soul. "My back was breaking, and I was fainting throughout the day. I got to be in the front row, and it was incredible."

Hozier, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says that he never expected that he would end up playing to thousands and thousands of fans at festivals around the world, including Coachella, which he calls "one of the big mother" festivals.

"I'd made a conscious decision to write music for a much smaller audience. I did not think it would resonate with mainstream culture," he tells Billboard.

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Is Taylor Swift Really Dating Calvin Harris?

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAfter they were photographed together in Nashville earlier this week, rumors began that Taylor Swift was dating Scottish deejay/producer Calvin Harris.  Of course, it often seems as if Taylor's automatically linked with any eligible young man she stand anywhere near, so the fact she was spotted with Harris doesn't necessarily prove anything.  But now, TMZ claims to have photographic evidence that the two are more than friends.

TMZ has footage and photos of Taylor Calvin holding hands and walking into country superstar Kenny Chesney's concert Thursday night in Nashville, and of the two of them standing together in the audience, with Calvin's arm around Taylor's waist.  Eyewitnesses also tell TMZ that Taylor was sitting on Calvin's lap, and that the two kissed.

Calvin recently worked with Taylor's friends, the sister group HAIM, and she and the HAIM girls reportedly went to Las Vegas earlier this month to see one of Calvin's shows.

Calvin, who previously dated British singer Rita Ora, wrote and produced Rihanna's #1 smash "We Found Love," and has also collaborated on hit singles with Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch of Florence the Machine, and British singer John Newman -- "I Need Your Love," "Sweet Nothing" and "Blame" are those songs, respectively.  Calvin also scored his own hit as an artist with the song "Feel So Close."

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