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ABC/Paula LoboJames Bay's current U.S. tour hits New York City tonight, and he'll be playing one of the Big Apple's most legendary venues: Radio City Music Hall.  James says he can hardly believe his name will be on the marquee outside the famous building.

"That's a huge thrill," he tells ABC Radio. "I've been coming to New York for three or four years doing all sorts of different things...and I get a thrill just going past and seeing the sign."

He gushes, "So to know that my name is going to be up there in those lights, those lights, the Radio City Music Hall lights, that's a huge thrill to even talk about."

Of course over the past few years, James has gotten the opportunity to play all over the U.S., not just in big cities like New York.  And though he'd been told it's difficult for British acts to break through in the middle of the country, he found that wasn't the case.

"I was surprised [at] -- the first few times I got to go and play in the middle parts of the country -- just the level of excitement and energy that I've received just walking on stage," James tells ABC Radio. "And that's down to just America as a music lover."

He adds, "When they love something and they want to get excited about it, they'll go all the way. And as a performer, being the guy on stage, there's nothing better than that!" 

James' tour wraps up October 8 in Kansas City, Missouri.   In early 2017, he's scheduled to write new songs with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who tells Fault magazine that the British singer is his "favorite newcomer."

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TASOneRepublic's Ryan Tedder has worked with many top stars, including Beyonce, Adele and Ed Sheeran.  But she says that hands down, Taylor Swift has them all beat when it comes to sheer talent.

Speaking to Fault magazine, Ryan says that Taylor is "pound for pound the most talented writer of any artist I’ve ever worked with," adding, "[She's] the only artist that I’ve worked with that has the complete skill set. If she weren’t an artist, she’d be the number one songwriter in the world. If she weren’t a songwriter, she’d be the number one artist in the world."

Noting that Taylor is "caught up in some drama right now," Ryan says, "She's been nothing but kind to me, and thoughtful and generous...I’ve had nothing but awesome experiences with her from day one."

Another artist that impressed Ryan?  Stevie Wonder, who he worked with recently on a song for the movie Sing.  Ryan tells Fault, "I had a moment where I was sat there and I wished there was a camera filming...it was just like -- this is the coolest day I’ve ever had."

Unfortunately, Ryan had a very cringe-worthy moment with another artist he absolutely worships.  He tells Fault that because of a miscommunication between his manager, and the manager of one his idols, Peter Gabriel, he kept the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer waiting for hours -- for two days straight.  He apologized to Peter for two months and it worked: now he's featured on the new OneRepublic album.

"It all worked [out] well, but that’s my worst story," admits Ryan. "My idol is Peter Gabriel and I blew him off two days in a row. It’s the single worst thing that’s happened to my career so far."

OneRepublic's new album Oh My My is out next Friday.

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Courtesy of Gaga/NFL/PepsiLady Gaga is headed back to the Super Bowl, this time as the headliner of the halftime show.

The pop star and the NFL confirmed Thursday night that she will perform during the halftime show of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017. The big game will be broadcast on Fox.

Gaga, referring to her new single "Perfect Illusion," tweeted, "It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!"

She'll appear on the Fox NFL Sunday Pregame Show this Sunday to discuss the gig.

Gaga sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, last February. Coldplay, joined by Beyonce and Bruno Mars, took the halftime stage during that game.

Gaga is scheduled to release her new album, Joanne, on October 21.

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RCA Records/SiaSia just announced “The Greatest” news. The singer will be releasing a deluxe edition of her album This Is Acting next month, featuring two versions of her current single, “The Greatest,” as well as five additional tracks.

The bonus tracks include her hit single “Cheap Thrills” featuring Sean Paul, and the never-before-heard songs “Confetti,” “Midnight Decisions” and “Jesus Wept.”

This Is Acting’s deluxe edition will be released October 21. The album was originally released in January.

Tonight, Sia kicks off her Nostalgic for the Present tour in Seattle.

Here’s the track list for the deluxe edition of This Is Acting:

"Bird Set Free"
"Alive"
"One Million Bullets"
"Move Your Body"
"Unstoppable"
"Cheap Thrills"
"Reaper"
"House On Fire"
"Footprints"
"Sweet Design"
"Broken Glass"
"Space Between"

Deluxe Edition Tracks
"Cheap Thrills" (feat. Sean Paul)
"The Greatest" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
"Confetti"
"Move Your Body" (Alan Walker Remix)
"Midnight Decisions"
"Jesus Wept"
"The Greatest"

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Nathan JohnsonCan Daya get any cooler? The singer has released a new song, called “Cool.” from her upcoming, debut album.

The downtempo jam has Daya singing about being in a low-key new relationship. “Let’s just sit back and cruise, cruise, cruise/That’s all I wanna do, do, do/I know you want it too, too, too/It’s perfect ‘cause there’s never any pressure, baby/You know how to keep it cool,” she sings.

“Cool” is available as an instant grat track when you pre-order her album, Sit Still, Look Pretty. The album comes out October 7.

Earlier this week, Daya announced her first ever headlining tour, which will kick off in her home state of Pennsylvania on February 18.

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Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas channeled the pain of his breakup with Olivia Culpo, his girlfriend of two years, into his music, but he says he's not really interested in throwing himself back into the whole dating scene just yet.

Speaking to L.A. Confidential magazine, Nick says that while he's putting himself out there "a little bit," he explains, "I've been pretty busy. It’s been challenging to find any time on that front."  He's not lying: between touring with Demi Lovato and his TV and movie roles, it's hard to imagine he has time for anything.  But dating hasn't been a priority for him, either.

"It’s also a choice I made to just have this season of my life be solo, so that I can make the most of all I’m trying to accomplish," he explains. "I’ve got plenty of time, at 24. I mean I hope I have plenty of time!”

Nick does admit, though, that the ups and downs of romantic relationships make for some great music.

"Heartbreak is a theme that a lot of people relate to -- the challenges of the next steps in your life, and when some doors close, and how you approach the next ones opening,” he tells the magazine. "I saw pretty quickly that it was a lot of what my fans could relate to.”

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Disruptor Records / Columbia Records"All we know" is that The Chainsmokers continue to pump out the hits.  While the EDM duo has yet to release an album, they've kept a steady flow of singles coming.  After the success of "Roses," "Don't Let Me Down" and "Closer," their latest offering is a song called "All We Know," featuring Phoebe Ryan.

"[O]verwhelmed by all the [love] for Closer," the duo tweeted. "we have so many songs we cant wait to share w/u & we r just goin to keep puttin stuff out all the time for u."

Like he did on "Closer," Chainsmokers member Drew Taggart lends his vocals to the song.  In a tweet, the duo describes "All We Know" as being about "the hardships of relationships, but never giving up on your ride or die."

The Chainsmokers have said in the past that if they do decide to release an album, it's got to be timed right so people won't simply ignore it.

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Jeff Kravitz/BMA2015/FilmMagicTaylor Swift isn't known for palling around with her many ex-boyfriends, but it appears as though she and one of her recent exes have buried the hatchet.

TMZ first reported, and now a source confirms to US Weekly, that Taylor and Calvin Harris are texting -- not talking, mind you, but texting -- once again.  After they split in June, Calvin slammed Taylor in a number of tweets, accusing her and her team of making him look bad and "tearing him down," and revealing that she tried to "bury" Katy Perry.

The source dishes, "It was a very brief, simple text exchange. They are going to run into each other around town and at events, and they need it to be cool. So if the media sees them in the same place, they won’t start freaking out."

The source adds, "They are cool again but absolutely [have] no plans to get back together. It was more of an olive branch between them.”

While many fans have speculated that Calvin's latest hit "My Way" is about Taylor, the source insists that it is not. Calvin has already said in an interview that it's about something that happened to him years ago, before he was famous.

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L-R: Mariah Carey, Jussie Smollett; Chuck Hodes/FOXThe latest track from FOX's hit show, Empire, has been released -- and features none other than Mariah Carey.

Empire fans and Mariah's Lambs will hear "Infamous" next week during the show's airing. Jussie Smollett, who plays Empire character Jamal Lyon, and other cast members' vocals also are featured on the single. 

Carey is set to make her debut on the show on October 5, playing a character named Kitty.   

You can listen to "Infamous" in its entirety now. The song will also be available to purchase on the usual digital platforms tomorrow.  

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Zoey Grossman shot exclusively for BillboardIt was only a few months ago that Kim Kardashian posted a series of Snapchat videos showing Taylor Swift giving her consent to Kanye West’s rap, “Famous.” But now it seems Kim wants to put their feud to rest. In a cover story with Billboard, Kim says she’s “so over” the drama.


“Ugh, do we really have to talk about Taylor Swift?” Kim tells the mag when asked about the subject. “I’m so over it.”

But she goes on to explain why she released the Snapchat videos in the first place. “If it were up to Kanye, it all would probably never have come out,” she says. “He can handle it, he has no hard feelings. He doesn’t even really care. I just wanted to protect my husband. I saw him getting a lot of s***.”

She adds, “It wasn’t even about a look or anything, or to have this feud -- it was like, ‘OK, here’s the truth.’ Done. Let’s all move on. I feel like I don’t want to talk about her anymore.”

In case you forgot, Taylor had claimed she didn't know she would be referenced in Kanye's song "Famous," but Kanye and Kim maintained she was fully aware of the lyrics before the song's release.

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna unveiled her latest Fenty x Puma fashion range -- completed with corsets, pastel colors and bows galore -- during Paris Fashion Week Wednesday, says the U.K.'s The Mirror

A "packed out crowd," which also included Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio and model Jourdan Dunn, attended the highly-anticipated runway show, The Mirror reports.

Rih's spring/summer 2017 collection was captured by fans on social media, with Rih Rih's selected models donning her sporty-meets-Marie Antoinette-inspired clothes. 

Plenty of lace, lingerie, hoodies and baggy trousers were also showcased on the runway. 

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Randee St. NicholasWhen Britney Spears was 20 years old, she was arguably on top of the world.  But as her twenties progressed, things went downhill, which is why she's now remembering that time as "horrible."

Appearing on the British TV show Lorraine, the 34-year-old told interviewer Dan Wootton, “I like my thirties way more than my twenties. [My] twenties were horrible. [Being] in my teens was fun, but I like thirties, thirties is great. You know who you really are.”

If you need a refresher, here are some of the things that happened to Britney in her twenties:

-Broke up with Justin Timberlake amid rumors that she'd cheated.
-Caused a storm of controversy by kissing Madonna at the VMAs.
-Married her childhood friend Jason Alexander on a whim in Vegas, and then annulled the union 55 hours later.
-Married Kevin Federline, then filed for divorce two years later.
-Spent a day in a drug rehab center, shaved her head the next day, attacked a paparazzo's car with an umbrella and then, over the following weeks, entered and left various treatment facilities.
-Lost physical custody of her two sons and was put under a conservatorship, with her father in charge of her affairs.
-Gave a lackluster performance at the 2007 MTV VMAs.

Britney also said she's OK being single right now.  You may recall that in 2013, she and her fiance, Jason Trawick, broke up, and then she split with her TV producer boyfriend Charlie Ebersol in 2015.

"I’m in a really good place right now so I think, I’m just, I’m loving and learning myself every day and learning who I am," Britney said. "So it’s just, it’s awakening, it’s cool.”

She added, “It’s OK to be single. Yeah, it totally is.”

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Elizabeth MirandaNiall Horan is the latest member of One Direction to dip his toe in the solo waters.

While Niall is still a member of One Direction, he's just released his first single as a solo artist.  Called "This Town," it's out today at all the usual digital outlets.

In a statement, the Irish singer says, " "I'm excited to announce I have signed a record deal with Capitol Records USA and released my first solo song.  Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always. I'm looking forward to the next part of this journey together."

"This Town," an acoustic ballad, is about a guy looking back regretfully on a past relationship and being upset that his girl is now with someone new.  "Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round/It's funny how things never change in this old town," Niall sings.  "And I want to tell you everything/The words I never got to say the first time around/And I remember everything/From when we were the children playing in this fairground/Wish I was there with you now."  

The key lyrics of the song are, "Over and over the only truth/Everything comes back to you."

One Direction is currently on hiatus, and Niall is the only current member so far who's released solo music.  Zayn Malik left the band before he put out his single "Pillowtalk," which became a huge smash.

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Francesco CarrozziniAre you ready for some football T-shirts? The NFL has teamed up with a bunch of music artists to design a new line of T-shirts available for purchase on Teespring.com.

The artists -- including OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, Diplo, Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry -- each helped create shirts for their hometown or favorite football teams. The collab is called #MyTeamMyCity. Jason Mraz’s shirt for the San Diego Charges has his name and drawing of his face on the front, while OneRepublic went with a more traditional Denver Broncos logo and the phrase “reaching for the rafters.”

Fergie, Fall Out Boy, Eminem, Mac Miller and WALK THE MOON also participated in the collaboration.

The shirts are on sale now for $25 each and will be available one month. Billboard reports artists will receive a cut of each sale, with some choosing to donate the profits to charitable causes.

Here's a list of the artists and their teams:

Daughtry -- Carolina Panthers
Diplo -- Philadelphia Eagles
Eminem -- Detroit Lions
Fall Out Boy -- Chicago Bears
Fergie -- Miami Dolphins
Goo Goo Dolls -- Buffalo Bills
Jason Mraz -- San Diego Chargers
Mac Miller -- Pittsburgh Steelers
OneRepublic -- Denver Broncos
WALK THE MOON -- Cincinnati Bengals

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Terence Patrick/CBSShawn Mendes was a scheduled guest on last night’s The Late Late Show, but he showed up early to rattle host James Corden and his fascination with 90s music.

“You never play new music… just old stuff all the time. I'm thinking like maybe you should update the play list or something,” said Mendes.

Corden fired back, “Everybody knows the music was better back then than it is now.”

And then it was on. Mendes announced Filipino-American a capella group The Filharmonic and soon the two were locked into a riff-off. The 18-year-old YouTube sensation, who recently sold out Madison Square Garden, riffed on “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris, while Corden started strong with the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” and later “Jump,” by Kris Kross. Shawn did a riff of Sia‘s “Cheap Thrills.”

Finally, the two joined forces.  As Corden put it, “Maybe there is a world in which music then and music today can exist together, and we could make that happen right now in one incredible moment.”

The two jammed on TLC’s “No Scrubs,” and then James joined Shawn on his own “Stitches.”

After the show, Corden tweeted, “#BetterNowBetterThen with @ShawnMendes was soooooo much fun tonight!!!!”

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Trae Patton/NBCEllen DeGeneres took a rare sick day from her daily talk show on Wednesday, and frequent guest Miley Cyrus came in to save the day as a fill-in host.

DeGeneres broke the news on Twitter, writing, “The bad news is I’m sick & can’t tape my show today. The good news is @MileyCyrus dropped everything to host for me. Thanks, Miley!”

The bad news is I’m sick & can’t tape my show today. The good news is @MileyCyrus dropped everything to host for me. Thanks, Miley!

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 28, 2016

In a preview clip for the episode, airing today, Miley dances onto the stage like Ellen and jokes to the studio audience, “I know all of you came to see Ellen so I’m gonna do my best to make you very happy. I’m dressed like her, I smell like her, just before I came out here I actually kissed a girl so thank you."

"I’ll admit I’m a little bit nervous because I’ve never hosted a show with my clothes on before, so this is so weird," she adds later.

You can of course see Miley every week on TV now that she's joined NBC's The Voice as a coach.

The last time the hostess took a sick day from The Ellen DeGeneres Show was back in 2014, when Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper stepped in.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Home VideoFans of "The Purple One" will be in luck on October 4 with the release of the commemorative Prince Movie Collection

The Blu-ray disc set will include Prince's three acting performances in the films Purple Rain, with newly remastered audio and video, its unofficial sequel Graffiti Bridge and Under the Cherry Moon.   

Purple Rain was Prince's first starring role in a movie, as "The Kid," and features his hit tracks, "Let's Go Crazy," "When Doves Cry" and "I Would Die 4U." 

The Prince Movie Collection will be available to purchase in stores and from digital retailers at the retail price of $24.98, which each individual film selling for $14.97. The case for the special Blu-ray disc set will be packaged in none other than the color purple.  

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ABC/Fred LeeA year after she first broke through with "Here," Alessia Cara's still a know-it-all.  The Canadian singer kicks off the second installment of her Know-It-All Tour tonight in Silver Spring, Maryland, and she's thrilled about the artists who are joining her on the bill: Nathan Sykes and Ruth B.

"I'm so excited for that," she tells ABC Radio. "...I'm so excited to see them play, they're just like great musicians and great people too, which is all around awesome!"

Nathan, meanwhile, can't say enough nice things about Alessia.

"I just think she's an incredible artist. She's so talented," the former The Wanted singer tells ABC Radio. "And what I love about Alessia is that every time someone mentions [her], they always follow up with, 'And she's the nicest person you'll ever meet,' as well, which is completely true." 

"She's just the nicest human," he gushes. "She's got a really big heart. And it's going to be such a lovely tour, 'cause Ruth B is on the tour as well. So, I'm looking forward to it. It's like a 'muso' tour, between the three of us."  FYI, "muso" is British slang for pop stars who consider themselves to be serious musicians.  

As for Ruth B, like Alessia, she's a Canadian singer/songwriter who was discovered online.  While Alessia was discovered on YouTube, Ruth got her big break after posting her song "Lost Boy" on Vine.

The Know-It-All tour will wrap up November 2 in Toronto.

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Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books/Jacket art © 2016 by River Rose LLCNext week, Kelly Clarkson will be able to add "children's book author" to her resume.  Her first book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, arrives in stores Tuesday.

The book was inspired by stories Kelly would make up while on tour with her daughter River Rose.  In the book, River is going to the zoo, but she's so excited that she can't fall asleep the night before the trip.  After mom -- that'd be Kelly -- sings her a magical lullaby, River has a dream that features her playing with hippos, penguins and bears, oh my!

Kelly has written and recorded an actual lullaby to go with the book, which you can hear now at RiverRose.com.

"Every night you lie with me/when I wake you're still here/I don't know if I ever could find/someone as kind and dear," sings Kelly. "No one gets me like you do/You can tell by my smile/I'm gonna miss you so much while I sleep/but know that I'm by your side."

You can check out the book -- featuring illustrations by Laura Hughes -- at RiverRose.com and pre-order it from there as well.

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Columbia RecordsTrain fans everywhere can now play that song.  Which song?  The band's brand-new single, "Play that Song."  It was performed live this past summer, but now the studio version has just been released.

"Play that Song" incorporates the melody of the standard "Heart and Soul," which is probably best known as the song that Robert Loggia and Tom Hanks danced to on that giant FAO Schwartz keyboard in the classic movie Big.  The lyrics concern a guy asking, at first a deejay and then a guitarist, to play his girl's favorite song. 

The lyrics go, "When you gonna play that song?/When you gonna earn that pay?/When you gonna play that song and make my day?/She says/Play that song/the one that makes me go all night long/the one that makes me think of you/that's all you gotta do."

"Play that Song" is the first track to be released from Train's upcoming album, due out in January.  That new album will be the band's first collection of all-original material since 2014's Bulletproof Picasso.  Since then, they've released the 2015 holiday album Christmas in Tahoe, and, this past June, Train Does Led Zeppelin II, a charity release that featured the band covering that legendary Zep album in its entirety.

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