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David Becker/Getty Images via ABC"Work from Home" has become Fifth Harmony's biggest hit to date, reaching the top 10.  The popularity of the single helped their sophomore album, 7/27, debut in the top five on the chart.  Why is the song such a big hit?  Simple, say the girls.

"I think just the change of music that’s happened throughout the years, simplicity is becoming the most favorable thing and most effective thing," Dinah Jane tells ABC Radio. "So I think that’s what resonates best with people. They love songs they can sing back with, you know? So I feel like that’s what’s so fun about it."

Even still, the girls had no idea that the song would become as big as it has.

"We definitely did not predict the success of it at all," Lauren Jauregui tells ABC Radio. "I don’t think you really ever can with a hit so we’re really excited about how well it did and how well people received it." 

Fifth Harmony are now on tour overseas. The North American leg of their tour starts on July 27, in keeping with the title of their latest album.

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Yu TsaiDemi Lovato's album Confident came out less than a year ago, but she's already working on new music -- specifically, the first single from her next album.

Demi tells USA Today that she may debut the new single during her #FutureNow tour with Nick Jonas.   So what does her new music sound like?  "This new sound is definitely sexier," Demi reveals. "It's more adult and there's also some songs...that have more of a country influence. We'll see where it goes -- you never really know until it's finished." 

Demi teamed up with country superstar Brad Paisley for the duet "Without a Fight," so the country influence may not be so surprising.  The "sexier" and "more adult" description isn't surprising either, given Demi's recent songs like "Cool for the Summer" and "Confident."

USA Today also reports that in addition to making new music, Demi and Nick will spend their downtime on tour binging on their favorite show: both love Game of Thrones, Demi enjoys The Walking Dead and Nick likes Silicon Valley.

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Photo: Business WireKaty Perry is teaming up with Staples again to help schools across the country afford the supplies they need.

Staples donated one-million-dollars to DonorsChoose.org in order to help public school teachers get the resources they need. In a new PSA, Katy encourages viewers to make donations of their own by visiting a local Staples or StaplesForStudents.org.

“I believe in education as a foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and afforded every opportunity to realize their dreams,” Katy says in a statement.

The singer previously worked with Staples in 2014 for the same cause.

Meanwhile, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a code on their receipt to enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to Los Angeles to meet Katy. Entries must be submitted before September 10.

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Simon EmmettAdele hasn’t been heartbroken in a while. She’s been happily partnered with Simon Konecki since 2011. But that doesn’t mean she’s stopped singing or listening to sad breakup songs.

The singer reveals her favorite breakup songs -- not counting her own -- to People magazine. They include Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “After the Storm” by Mumford & Sons, “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, and “Not Like the Movies” by Katy Perry.

These songs might bring a tear to her eye, but here’s something Adele's definitely not crying about: The boost to her record sales following her Glastonbury performance over the weekend. Her album, 25, is on track to once again take the number-one spot on the U.K. album chart this week.  According to the U.K.’s Official Charts Company, the album will see a 176 percent sales increase.

Meanwhile, Music Week reports Adele’s performance at the festival on Saturday was the BBC’s most-watched headlining Glastonbury set since 2008. It saw a peak of 3.7 million viewers.

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ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesAfter a whirlwind week of meeting each other’s parents, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are enjoying some alone time in Rome, Italy.

According to People, the two visited the historic Colosseum on Monday and were spotted holding hands while getting a private tour of the grounds. After that, they were seen together at a nearby restaurant.

The Roman holiday comes days after Taylor met Tom’s mom, Diana, in Suffolk, England. Before that, they were in Nashville meeting Taylor’s parents.

According to TMZ, Taylor’s ex Calvin Harris finds it “f****** laughable” that Taylor has already met Tom’s mom. Sources say Taylor never met Calvin’s parents -- who also live in the U.K. -- in the 15 months they were together. Apparently, her excuse was that they lived too far away.

One supposed source says Calvin thinks Taylor is moving fast with Tom in order to secure a Bond girl role, if the British actor does indeed become the new James Bond.

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ABC/Craig SjodinFormer ‘NSYNC member Joey Fatone is embarking on a new career venture. The singer is launching his own hot dog cart business in The Florida Mall in Orlando.

The cart will be called Fat One’s Hot Dogs and Italian Ice, and is set to open in August. According to the Orlando Business Journal, the food stand will serve 100-percent Angus beef hot dogs in different styles like The Boybander, which features five mini hot dogs to represent the five members of ‘NSYNC.

"After years of working on television food shows, I'm excited to open this new venture which is a combination of who I am, where I'm from and where I've been," Joey says in a statement. "Launching Fat One's at The Florida Mall, where I roamed as a middle school kid, felt like a perfect fit for our first location."

Joey previously hosted the Food Network’s Rewrapped and a show called My Family Recipe Rocks.

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yes this is happening,in the works for a bit and it's opening up in August in the Florida mall ,if your out here! pic.twitter.com/On0W1eCBtm

— Joey Fatone (@realjoeyfatone) June 27, 2016

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Backstreet Boys; Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesIt seems the Backstreet Boys may be getting ready to partner with country duo Florida Georgia Line.

That's apparently the message that Backstreet's Brian Littrell was trying to get across on Instagram Monday afternoon.

Brian posted a photo of a mixing board and computer audio workstation with the caption, "In the Lab......Doing something we've never done before.... BSB feature with FGL..... Great record.... Comes out late August."

Florida Georgia Line are no strangers to cross-genre collaborations.  The pair famously featured Nelly on the 2013 remix of their smash hit, "Cruise."  The duo's third album also just happens to drop in late August, on the 26.

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D Dipasupil/Getty Images for The Shorty AwardsKevin Jonas and his wife Danielle are having a girl.

Kevin took to Instagram Monday to announce the gender of baby number two by posting a photo montage of baby number one -- two-year old Alena Rose -- holding a giant, heart-shaped "Baby Girl" balloon.

"We're having a GIRL," Kevin captioned the photo just to make sure there was no doubt.

Danielle also Instagramed a video of what apparently was a backyard family gathering, where the baby's gender was announced.

Kevin is the oldest of the Jonas Brothers.  In 2012, he and Danielle starred in the E! reality series Married to Jonas.

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Jeff ForneyAt the peak of its popularity, you pretty much couldn’t go anywhere without hearing MAGIC!’s debut single, “Rude.” Well imagine being the band and having to perform the song every single day. Frontman Nasri Atweh admits to Rolling Stone that pretty much “instantly” after the catchy tune became a hit, he grew tired of singing it.

"I started to feel like a dancing monkey," he says. "I'm definitely a good sport. I had fun singing 'Rude' every time. But when you do it so many times in a row every day you start to feel that way. Especially as creative beings."

The experience ended up inspiring a song on the band’s new album, appropriately titled “Dance Monkey Dance.”

If anything, the mega success of the song has taught the band that they better be committed to the songs they put out -- because they could be performing them for a long time. “When you make the bed you better learn to lie on it,” Nasri says. “I'm very aware of that with the second album.”

MAGIC!’s second album, Primary Colors, comes out Friday, July 1.

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Chapman BaehlerDanish band Lukas Graham are one of the hottest new acts of the year thanks to their hit "7 Years."  Many of the song's lyrics were inspired by the childhood of singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer, who grew up in Christiania, a part of Copenhagen that's essentially a hippie commune.  In fact, for years, he says his house didn't even have indoor plumbing -- and he liked it that way.

The residents of Christiania, established in 1971, have their own rules, apart from the Danish government, and many live in ramshackle homes with no heat or bathrooms.  "I remember getting a toilet in our house," Lukas tells ABC Radio. "I remember sharing a bedroom with my sister and my little sister was sleeping in my mom and dad’s room. We had two bedrooms upstairs and one big room downstairs with kitchen [and] living room...I remember getting the toilet in the bathroom, and I found it so weird showering in our own house!"

Prior to that, Lukas says, he and his family would go to a public bathhouse, like everyone else in Christiania, and he loved it. 

"Our bathhouse was awesome!" Lukas says. "You’d meet all your friends and your friends’ brothers and sisters. It was like a nudist, unisex bathhouse, three hot showers, two cold showers, a big wood-fired sauna -- like, luxury bath facilities. Like, we had a spa for a bathroom my whole childhood!  And it was free for kids and you’d pay, like, one dollar for a grown-up."

Even now, as an international pop star, Lukas enjoys going back home and using the bathhouse. "Now I think I pay four bucks for my bath, I pay two bucks for my towel. So six bucks, I get to use a sauna!" he raves. "I find it amazing."

Lukas admits that his upbringing was a bit odd, though.  For example, in progressive, liberal, Christiania, weed and hashish are used and sold freely, and the main drag is actually called "Pusher Street."  Hard drugs are banned, however.

"It’s very magical," says Lukas. "We have the lowest violence rate in the inner city because people there take care of each other and watch out for each other. But it’s a trippy place!"

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Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesDemi Lovato has been brutally honest about her addictions and eating disorder before, but in a new interview with American Way magazine she admits she didn’t think she’d live to see her 21st birthday.

“I lived fast and I was going to die young,” the 23-year-old says, adding, “I didn’t think I would make it to 21.”

Demi says her body image issues began at a young age. Both her mother and her grandmother suffered from bulimia. “Even though I was 2 or 3 years old,” she says, “being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder…it’s hard not to grow up like that.”

Being in beauty pageants as a kid also didn’t help matters. Now, years after her rehab stint, she feels comfortable in her own skin. But she says she won’t keep posing naked just to prove it.

“I’m like, ‘Cool. Been there. Done that. You all know what I look like naked,’” she says. “Now I’m just going to go back to my voice.”

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Ian Gavan/Getty ImagesEverybody burps -- even Adele. The singer accidentally let out a belch while taking a fan selfie during her set at Glastonbury over the weekend.

In an exchange caught on camera, Adele invites the girl up on stage and offers to take the selfie. Right after posing and snapping the pic, Adele exclaims, “Oh my God, I just burped!”

She laughs it off and sends the fan back into the crowd, explaining, “I had a dirty burger before I came on, that’s why.”

For the first time in her career, Adele headlined the Pyramid stage Saturday night at the annual U.K. music festival.

Meanwhile, Coldplay closed out the festival Sunday, and frontman Chris Martin was joined on stage by his kids Apple and Moses. Chris’ ex, Gwyneth Paltrow, posted a video of the moment on Instagram.

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ABC/Lou RoccoThe anticipation for Star Trek: Beyond just turned up a few more notches. 

Rihanna has recorded a new single titled "Sledgehammer," which was also written by Sia, for the sci-fi action-adventure flick. 

The third and likely final trailer for the latest journey of the Starship Enterprise just dropped Monday, and includes a snippet of the ballad.  

"Sledgehammer" is available now for purchase at the usual digital outlets.  

                                                      Star Trek: Beyond debuts July 22.   

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ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesLooks like Hiddleswift has definitely reached meet-the-parents level. Taylor Swift and her new beau, Tom Hiddleston, continued to move their relationship ahead at lightning-speed this weekend, with Taylor traveling to England to meet Tom’s mom.

People magazine has photos of the trio walking along the beach in Hiddlemom’s hometown of Suffolk. They were all smiles as Taylor and Tom strolled hand-in-hand. The Friday meeting came a day after Taylor took Tom to meet her own parents in Nashville.

The new couple was first photographed smooching a few weeks ago, shortly after Taylor’s break-up with Calvin Harris.

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCIt turns out Justin Bieber is is hooked on ABC's The Bacheorette, and it should come as no surprise that pop's bad boy is a fan of season-12 villain Chad Johnson.

The 22-year-old “Love Yourself” singer shared an Instagram video of himself watching the show on Saturday, and it  shows him laughing at one of Johnson's remarks from the show.

The clip, shot during Chad’s final two-on-one date with Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher, shows Johnson telling fellow contestant Alex Woytkiw to “have a glass of milk” during a heated argument.

After Woytkiw notes he's not a fan of the beverage, Johnson replies, “Milk’s delicious.” drawing a laugh from Bieber.

“Good point chad milk is delicious,” Justin captioned the clip, adding, “And yeah I watch the bachelorette don’t judge me.”

The Biebs will get to see more of his hero when Johnson stars on season-3 of Bachelor in Paradise later this summer.

The Bachelorette airs Monday's at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteESPN is calling Flo Rida up to bat. The rapper has remixed his song “Hello Friday” for the network’s Major League Baseball coverage, according to Billboard. The new version is called “Hello Summer” and will make its debut during ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball coverage this weekend.

"I'm honored to once again collaborate with Major League Baseball and ESPN,” Flo Rida says in a statement obtained by Billboard. "To hear my music played in stadiums and shared with so many fans is a blessing. Looking forward to the summer."

Flo Rida’s song “My House” was previously featured in ESPN’s presentation of MLB Opening Day.

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Tyler Golden/NBCThe Voice season nine winner Jordan Smith has married his longtime girlfriend, Kristen Denny, according to People magazine

The wedding took place Saturday in Middlesborough, Kentucky.

"We're beyond excited to announce that we are officially Mr. and Mrs. Smith!" the couple told People. "The journey so far has been amazing, and we can't wait to continue on this path as a married couple. Our wedding has reminded us that we are just two best friends who realized we're both the same kind of crazy and fell in love."

People reports that Jordan proposed to Kristen on New Year's Day.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteESPN is calling Flo Rida up to bat. The rapper has remixed his song “Hello Friday” for the network’s Major League Baseball coverage, according to Billboard. The new version is called “Hello Summer” and will make its debut during ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball coverage this weekend.

"I'm honored to once again collaborate with Major League Baseball and ESPN,” Flo Rida says in a statement obtained by Billboard. "To hear my music played in stadiums and shared with so many fans is a blessing. Looking forward to the summer."

Flo Rida’s song “My House” was previously featured in ESPN’s presentation of MLB Opening Day.

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ABC/Randy HolmeJustin Timberlake inadvertently sparked a Twitter firestorm last night, after tweeting about actor Jesse Williams’ BET Awards speech.

The singer initially posted a simple tweet that said he was “inspired” by Jesse after the actor accepted the Humanitarian Award for his efforts to raise awareness for Black Lives Matter. But this apparently rubbed some people the wrong way, and they began attacking Justin for everything from cultural appropriation, to the way he handled the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction controversy all those years ago.

One tweeter wrote, "So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards."

To which Justin responded, “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.”

But that only fueled his critics more, to the point Justin eventually tweeted, “I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn't meant to be a general response. I shouldn't have responded anyway...”

He continued, “I forget this forum sometimes... I was truly inspired by [Jesse Williams’] speech because I really do feel that we are all one... A human race. I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.”

Justin's been nominated for eight career BET Awards, and one BET Hip-Hop Award, but has never won.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Born This Way FoundationShe’s rubbed shoulders with Vice President Joe Biden recently when talking about the epidemic of campus sexual assault.  But Sunday, Lady Gaga was sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with the Dalai Lama, sharing the stage as they both talked about the need for kindness.

It happened at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN.  Gaga and His Holiness, along with  AEG owner Philip Anschutz, spoke to 200 of the nation’s mayors about the vital role of kindness in addressing the escalating problems violence and partisanship in the world today.

“The really fantastic thing about kindness, is that it’s free,” Gaga declared, to applause.  “It’s the best resource that we have, because  you can give and give and receive kindness, and the well of it inside of you will never dry up.  And it can’t hurt you, or anybody else.”

Gaga also used the opportunity to again speak out against cyber-bullying, including what she called “toxic tweets,” noting that social media makes it easier to spread hate,  “Whether it's hateful language or pornography or it's racism.”

“We have to separate ourselves from that and detoxify the system so that it is pure again,” Gaga declared.  “You have to bring the darkness into the light and you have to get the bad apples out.”

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