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Katy Perry Performs at White House Event for Special Olympics


ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry took time out from her Prismatic tour Thursday evening to perform at a White House event that paid tribute to the Special Olympics.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted “A Celebration of Special Olympics and a Unified Generation” to mark the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics.

“I love Katy Perry.  She is just a wonderful person,” Obama said. “I’ve just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person, but I just want everybody to know she is on tour right now and so for her to take time out to do this is really special and so we really want to say thank you to her for doing this.”

A Special Olympian introduced Perry, who wore a floor length blue sequin dress. She dedicated her first song, "Roar," to "those who inspire me."  Her set list also included “Unconditionally.”

In addition to Perry, invited guests included elected officials, Special Olympians and a number of celebrities, including Stevie Wonder.

Perry resumes her Prismatic tour Friday in Boston.

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5 Seconds of Summer Debuts Video for "Amnesia"


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCOne day after announcing a 2015 headlining tour, 5 Seconds of Summer on Thursday debuted the video for their new single, “Amnesia.”

The song, which revolves around a lost love, shows the Australian group having fun in a pool, sharing laughs in a car, and singing into the camera quite a bit.

“Amnesia” is one of the tracks on their self-titled debut album, which just hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

5 Seconds of Summer is currently touring with One Direction. Their next scheduled shows are this Friday and Saturday in Toronto. They’ll embark on a two-month-long headlining tour in North America next summer.

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Lady Gaga Poses with Her Dog for "Harper's Bazaar's" Fall Fashion Issue


Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga makes an appearance on one of the covers of Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s fall fashion issue -- and so does her precious dog, Asia.

Gaga is one of the well-known names recognized by Harper’s Bazaar as a fashion “icon.” On the cover, she holds her black pooch behind a handbag as she wears a pink Chanel hat, bra, skirt and jacket. If you follow Gaga on Instagram, you’ve undoubtedly seen the many photos of Asia that the singer has posted onto the site.

The skirt was cut shorter by Carine Roitfeld -- who undertook the “icons” project -- with the blessing of Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

The issue also features a picture of Gaga wearing a black wig and a La Perla top and fishnets. The look calls to mind Cher.

Other celebrities who posed for the September issue include Penelope Cruz, Brooke Shields and Cindy Crawford. It hits newsstands August 19.

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Taylor Swift: "People Wouldn't Listen to My Songs If They Weren't Heartbroken..."


ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has never been afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and she thinks it's a big reason for her success.

The 24-year-old singer tells Entertainment Tonight, “To me emotion is such an important part of my life and now I guess my job.”

Swift continues, “People wouldn't listen to my songs if they weren't heartbroken or deeply affected and hurt and jilted and sad and bitter and all those wonderful things that I write songs about."

The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter finds herself on unfamiliar turf in the upcoming film The Giver, in which she plays a character named Rosemary, who seems to have no emotion.

Even more surprising is the fact that Swift didn't even have to audition for the part.  ET says she was offered the role a week after one of the producers caught her Los Angeles Concert.

The Giver is based on the popular young adult novel, and tells the story of a perfect world where everyone is happy. Jeff Bridges fills the title role of “The Giver,” an old man who reveals a “real world” that is filled with pain, sadness and war.  Meryl Streep also stars.  The film opens August 15.

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Witness Shares What She Saw During Bieber-Bloom Fight


Ben WattsSo, what exactly transpired between Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom when the two scuffled at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, early Wednesday?  One witness shared what she says she saw with Britain’s Daily Mirror.

Former journalist Anastasia Skolkova tells the newspaper she was having dinner with friends, nearby Bloom and Leonardo DiCaprio, at the Cipriani restaurant. Lindsay Lohan and Diddy, among others, were also there.

Skolkova continues, "Justin said something when he came in which was aimed at Orlando, who then jumped onto a sofa to try and get at Justin.” It’s been reported that Justin made a comment about Bloom’s ex-wife, model Miranda Kerr.

Skolkova recalls that everyone in the restaurant stood up and clapped; allegedly, DiCaprio applauded Bloom.

She adds, "There were actually two moments when it turned violent, it wasn't just the one punch thrown. DiCaprio was flipping out and Lindsay Lohan was trying to call them. Justin's face was amazing.”

Since the incident, Justin has taken a couple of digs at Bloom on social media, first by reportedly posting a photo of Kerr, and then later by uploading a picture of Bloom appearing to wipe his eye.

Justin didn’t post anything onto Instagram Thursday, and his only tweet and Facebook post of the day involved an inspiring video about a 13-year-old girl, born with a lung disease, who saw OneRepublic for her first concert. He wrote, “what it's all about…#giveback nice job @OneRepublic.”

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Katy Perry's "This Is How We Do" Video Features Food, Mariah Carey Look-Alike and More


ABC/Richard HarbaughBasketballs, tacos, watermelons and a woman posing as Mariah Carey…these are just a few of the highlights of Katy Perry’s new and kooky video for her single “This Is How We Do.”

The pop art-inspired clip features Katy in a variety of colorful outfits and hairstyles as she sings alongside dancers, some of whom are outfitted with Pee-wee Herman-type suits.

The video ends with Katy lounging in a chair as she’s surrounded by animated dancing ice cream. One ice cream cone is even twerking.

“This Is How We Do” is the fifth single from Katy’s most recent album, Prism. She continues her Prismatic tour Friday in Boston.

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Taylor Swift Has the Sexiest Female Smile in Hollywood, Says Victoria's Secret


ABC/Richard HarbaughYou may have noticed that Taylor Swift has a nice smile. Victoria’s Secret certainly has.

The lingerie retailer has released its “What Is Sexy? List,” honoring women in Hollywood who embody a “simple, casually confident lifestyle.” Taylor is on the list, earning the title of “sexiest smile.”

The categories on the list range from “sexiest legs” -- Johnny Depp’s fiancée, Amber Heard, received that distinction -- to “sexiest short hair, don’t care” -- congratulations, Jennifer Lawrence.

There aren’t many musicians on the list aside from Taylor. Ellie Goulding was named “sexiest songstress,” Jessica Simpson was honored as the “sexiest mom,” and New Girl star/folk-pop singer Zooey Deschanel was deemed to have the “sexiest sense of humor.”

The full list is available on VictoriasSecret.com.

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Sam Smith Thinks Vin Diesel's Cover of "Stay with Me" Was "Hilarious"


ABC/Lou RoccoSam Smith is flattered that his hit “Stay with Me” was covered by Vin Diesel. Yes, the same Vin Diesel who stars in The Fast and the Furious franchise and in the new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Vin delivered his version of “Stay with Me” during an appearance on Britain’s Capital FM. Needless to say, it wasn’t great, but Sam enjoyed it. He tweeted, “Vin diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha.”

Sam also discussed Vin’s performance with Capital FM, declaring, "First of all I thought it was going to be good, but when I heard it it's the most hilarious thing I've heard in my life."

He even suggested that he’s willing to collaborate with the actor one day: "It's so weird for me because i remember watching xXx when I was like eleven years old! I definitely think we should do a duet one day, it would be amazing."

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Lorde to Curate Soundtrack to Next "Hunger Games" Movie


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde will leave her mark on the next Hunger Games movie. She's been tapped to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the third film in the popular series. The Grammy-winning New Zealand teen will select the artists who will be involved in the project, and also contribute its first single.

In a statement, Lorde says that while curating the soundtrack for such an anticipated film will present a challenge, she “jumped at the chance.” She continues, "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."

Mockingjay -- Part 1 director Francis Lawrence adds, "I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.”

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 will be released sometime this fall. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens November 21.

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Zedd Hopes to "Open Minds" at Lollapalooza Friday Night


ABC/Fred LeeLollapalooza gets under way Friday in Chicago's Grant Park, and the eclectic three-day lineup includes everyone from Lorde and Iggy Azalea, to Eminem, Foster the People and Calvin Harris, to Outkast, Kings of Leon and Zedd.  While there are other festivals that are entirely devoted to one genre or another, Zedd says he much prefers to play an event like Lollapalooza, because it gives him the chance to turn people on to his genre, EDM.

"I personally prefer a variety of music at festivals," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think it's opening minds...people that are not, probably, the biggest EDM fans maybe see a show, and then they suddenly like it."

Zedd, who's performing Friday night, recalls a recent experience at a similar festival where he observed this particular scenario in action.

"The crowd before I went on was 40-plus and then...the young kids came in, but the older people stayed and watched it," he says. "And then you could tell -- with every single minute -- there were like 100 more hands up, and then at the end, you see all these...10 to 50 years old, 60 years old people, all raging together, and I think that's great!"

He adds, "I think that festivals that have all sorts of genres kind of combine [audiences together] a little more than just strictly electronic dance music festivals."

Whatever kind of festival he plays, though, the man who brought us "Clarity," "Stay the Night" and Ariana Grande's new hit "Break Free" says that he works hard to make his live performances truly entertaining, which is sometimes more challenging than expected.

"I worked really closely with my visuals and lasers and lighting team, and special effects, so we make it a real show rather than a deejay set, with someone pushing buttons on top of that to make lights happen," he says. "So I try to plan as much as humanly possible, but when you arrive at a festival, a lot of the times half of the songs you planned on playing were played before so you gotta be flexible and swap out things." 

After he plays Lollapalooza, Zedd will travel to Toronto, Switzerland and Japan for more festivals before heading back to U.S. for New York City's Electric Zoo festival on August 30.

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Alicia Keys Expecting Second Child with Swizz Beatz


Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsAlicia Keys gifted her husband, Swizz Beatz, with the sweetest wedding anniversary gift ever: she's expecting her second child with him.

On Thursday, the R&B singer announced the news via Instagram. "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!" Alicia accompanied the post with a picture of herself, beaming as she cradles her baby bump in her hands, standing next to her smiling husband.


The couple, who wed July 31, 2010, already have a three-year-old son, Egypt Dean.

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Bon Jovi's Rumored Bid to Buy the Buffalo Bills Angers City's Residents


AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays.  Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.

The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.

Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and is friendly with a number of NFL owners. New York magazine reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and John Mara, the owner of the rocker's beloved New York Giants, have all endorsed him for NFL ownership.

In June, Bon Jovi was reportedly seen having lunch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan.

According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi is unable to meet the team's likely selling price of $1 billion, so he's teamed up with a group in Toronto that also owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre, where Bon Jovi has played 19 concerts since 2000.

Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, told the magazine how he feels about Bon Jovi possibly buying the team and moving it to Canada.  “Man, f**k Bon Jovi,” Reed exclaimed. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”

Several fans have formed a group called Bills Fan Thunder to spearhead a Bon Jovi boycott.  Many Buffalo bars, restaurants and radio stations have now declared themselves “Bon Jovi–free zones.”  Charles Pellien, one of the group's founders, tells New York magazine, “We had a band last weekend that was playing Bon Jovi at a bar, and people were booing and throwing our posters at them."  Pellien adds, “The bar’s jukebox had 28 Bon Jovi songs, but no one played them.”

Matt Sabuda and Brian Cinelli, are co-founders of a second fan group, the Buffalo Fan Alliance.  They're developing a plan to raise money that would be used as a loan to a buyer who would keep the Bills in Buffalo.

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Bieber Taunts Bloom with Instagram Photo


Ben WattsJustin Bieber apparently has no plans to back down from his reported feud with Orlando Bloom.  On Wednesday night, the 20-year-old singer posted than quickly deleted an Instagram photo of the actor appearing to be crying.

According to E!Online, the photo was snapped last year at the opening night of the Broadway production of Romeo & Juliet.

The photo counterpunch follows reports that Bieber and Bloom had a confrontation at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, and the actor allegedly threw a punch at the singer, but missed.  Bieber fled the restaurant after the confrontation and took a jab at Bloom via social media by posting and quickly deleting a photo of the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr, in a bikini.

The apparent bad blood between Bieber and Bloom reportedly began when the singer cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and Bloom reportedly got close to Justin's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks.

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Is Madonna Collaborating with Miley Cyrus on a New Song?


Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsIn January, Madonna made an appearance on Miley Cyrus’ MTV Unplugged special. It’s possible that their collaboration didn’t end there.

Madonna has posted onto Instagram lyrics to a song that may be titled “Rebel Heart.” She wrote, “Wash all over me................. #rebelheart.”

The most interesting aspect of the post is that Miley and a songwriter with whom the “Wrecking Ball” singer has worked, MoZella, were initially tagged on it, according to MTV. However, the tags have since been removed.

Miley may have dropped another hint regarding a potential duet by uploading a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that features a naked Madonna. She tagged Madge on the post, too.

Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” post includes the following lines: “All of my illusions/could be shattered in a second/You can thread a needle/with a teardrop from my eye.”

Earlier this month, Madonna teased on Instagram another song that may be titled “Messiah.” She's currently focusing on the follow-up to her 2012 album MDNA.

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MAGIC!'s "Rude" Remains #1 on "Billboard" Hot 100


Chapman Baehler/RCA RecordsThe MAGIC! hit “Rude” is holding steady at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week. This is the third consecutive week in which the song has topped the chart.

Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” -- the song that “Rude” displaced at #1  earlier this month -- again ranks second, followed by Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.”

Sia achieved a personal milestone: her song “Chandelier” has risen to #9, making it her first top-10 hit as the lead artist. She’s appeared on two other top-10 hits, but as a featured artist: David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones.”

Sia, who’s refused to show her face while promoting her album 1000 Forms of Fear, tells Billboard, "Wow! I cannot believe this experiment worked.”

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Katy Perry Says She's "Very Sensitive to People," Wants a Child When Time Is Right


ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry says she has a strong appreciation for other cultures, and that’s what she tries to convey in her performances. Despite the criticism that has come from that, she tells Rolling Stone that she’s “very sensitive to people.”

Last fall, Katy was accused of being racist after dressing like a geisha for her rendition of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards. She’s also drawn attention for having dancing “mummies” with padded rear ends on stage during her Prism tour.

In her interview with Rolling Stone, Katy says the involvement of mummies is inspired by “plastic surgery.” She continues, "Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T's wife, Coco. Those girls aren't African-American. But it's actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that's why there's bandages and it's mummies.”

She adds, “If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn't be there, because I'm very sensitive to people."

Katy sarcastically says, "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it. I know that's a quote that's gonna come to f*** me in the a**, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know."  

While Katy is grateful she has so many fans who continue to show her their support, she says she’s not “thirsty or desperate” for anyone’s approval. She says, “Some people are so dramatic about it, and you're like, 'Honestly, you're not the Second Coming. You're just an entertainer!'”

Elsewhere in the interview, Katy mentions that she hopes to have a child, though not in the immediate future. She reveals, "I want to be doing that in the right time. And that's not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it's in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over."

Katy notes that she doesn’t necessarily need a man in her life to become a mother: “I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."

Rolling Stone’s cover story on Katy is featured in the issue hitting newsstands on Friday.  For those of you keeping score at home, this is the third time that Katy has appeared on the cover of the magazine.

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Nick Jonas Unveils Video for New Song, "Chains"


Charles Sykes/BravoNick Jonas shows off a more mature sound and look in the video for his new song, “Chains.”

The clip, which premiered Wednesday morning on MTV’s networks, has Nick giving off a bit of a Justin Timberlake-type vibe as he battles SWAT teams and sings, “You got me in chains/You got me in chains for your love/But I wouldn’t change/I wouldn’t change this love.” It features Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Penn’s ex, Robin Wright.

“Chains” will be featured on Nick’s currently-untitled solo album, which is due out later this year. He tells E! Online that a duet he recorded with Demi Lovato will also appear on the disc, saying, "It's a great song that we both love. Her voice is just amazing on it. She's the real deal. It's the perfect fit for this record."

Despite all his music-making, Nick hasn’t put his acting career on the back burner. He’ll star in a new drama for DirecTV, titled Kingdom. He’ll play an MMA fighter in the show, which premieres October 8.

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Adam Levine Sings About Taking Friendship to the Next Level in New Maroon 5 Single


222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5’s latest song sounds like it could be an ode to Adam Levine’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo.

It Was Always You,” the second single off the band’s new album V, tells the story of a man who comes to realize that the love of his life has been staring him in the face the entire time. Adam sings of a woman with “hazel eyes,” and states in the chorus, “It was always you/Can't believe I couldn't see it all this time/All this time/It was always you.”

You can purchase the dance-pop track -- the follow-up to the current Maroon 5 hit “Maps” -- now from various online retailers. V will be released September 2.

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Ariana Grande Posts Teasers for New Song


Republic RecordsAriana Grande offered her fans a new taste of her upcoming album, My Everything, on Wednesday.

She uploaded to Instagram two brief teasers of the track “Be My Baby,” featuring DJ Cashmere Cat. The sneak peeks came in the form of videos filmed at a show where the song was played by Cashmere Cat.

Ariana has released two singles from My Everything: “Problem” and “Break Free.” The album drops August 25.

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Lorde's Lollapalooza Performance Will Be Streamed Online


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is part of the opening-day lineup of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this weekend. If you can’t make it to Grant Park to check out her performance, you can still watch it online.

Lorde’s set will stream on Lollapalooza.Redbull.tv and via the Red Bull TV app Friday at 7 p.m. Central time. At 8:30 p.m., you’ll be able to tune in to a performance by Zedd.

On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., you can see fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s side project, Bleachers.

The complete live-stream schedule is posted on Lollapalooza.com.

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