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L-R: Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne, Adrienne Bailon, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass; ABC/Byron CohenBack in the '70s and '80s, ABC aired Battle of the Network Stars, which pitted celebrities against each other in a variety of fun games like Tug of War, Obstacle Course and Dunk Tank. Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, ABC's reboot of the show debuts, and two guys participating used to watch the original when they were kids: 'N SYNC's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone.

This time around, there are 20 teams competing against each other in separate episodes.  Each team has a theme: TV Kids, Cops, Lawyers and more.  Lance and Joey are on a team called "Variety," which also includes Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne and Adrienne Bailon.

Was he concerned about looking silly?  Lance laughs, "No, because I literally thought I was gonna be so good at everything!"  Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

"I thought I was gonna be pretty good at throwing a softball...um, I'm not," Lance confesses. As for Joey, he admits, "I am the worst! I can't play a sport to save my life!"

He adds "I had no idea we were doing, like, a frickin' relay race around an actual track! I'm like, 'I gotta run? A lot? And fast?'"

Still, Joey says doing this show was a lot easier than doing Dancing with the Stars, which both he and Lance did great on.  For one thing, Joey says, there wasn't a live audience watching them run around like idiots.

"It's not as nerve-wracking," he says. "And there's nobody really critiquing you. No one's going, 'Well, your head was here and your foot was there...'"

"There's no technique or style," Lance laughs. "It's...'Win.'"

Two different teams will compete every week.  It's not clear when Lance and Joey's team will be up.

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BusinessWireLady Gaga is taking on her latest role: substitute teacher. In a new PSA in partnership with Staples and DonorsChoose.org, the singer surprises a classroom of students by stepping in as their teacher for a day.

She asks each of the students to draw what their future looks like and then asks them what supplies they would need to achieve their goals.

“I’m here today to promote a positive learning environment,” Gaga says in the clip. “I want kids to love themselves, fearlessly. Not having materials at school is a real problem. That puts a child at a deficit. Before we fix the problem, we need to acknowledge that problem.”

Gaga is teaming up with Staples to raise money for both her Born This Way Foundation and for DonorsChoose.org, which funds classroom projects for teachers.  As part of the partnership, Staples will donate $1 million to the Foundation, as well as $1 million to DonorsChoose.

In other Gaga news, the singer thanked fans for their support following the death of her close friend Sonja Durham -- the woman who inspired her song “Grigio Girls.”

In a lengthy message on Instagram, Gaga writes, “I want to say of all the things you have been there for me and my family and friends for, this one really left me speechless while also taking me by surprise. What I have realized is that my true life dream above all things was to spread peace and love as far as possible through music; and the compassion you have shown me, Sonja's husband Andre, her family and her friends is a miracle.”

Sonja passed away last month after a long battle with cancer.

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Simon EmmettWednesday night in London, Adele kicked off the first of four sold-out shows in Wembley Stadium -- the very final shows of her 25 world tour.   At the show, the singer encouraged fans to skip that glass of wine and instead, donate the money to the survivors of the deadly London building fire that killed 80 people.

Adele visited the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, as well as the firefighters who battled the blaze.  According to the British paper The Sun, she told the crowd in a video prior to the show, "I want to talk to you about Grenfell Tower because it’s been two weeks now since the fire, and still people who were affected by it are homeless."

"They have no possessions, they have no access to or communication with anyone official from the government or council, and worst of all they’re now starting to feel like they’re a burden and that they’re getting in the way," she added.

"Listen, a glass of wine here costs more than what I'm asking you to donate...so rather than wasting your money on that last glass that tips you over the edge and wipes your memory of the show tonight, donate it instead."

The show's program also included a handwritten note from Adele which seemed to indicate that she may never tour again. 

"I’ve done 119 shows and these last 4 will take me up to 123," she writes, adding, "I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favorite artists have had on me live."

"I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home."

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJohn Mayer once wrote a song called "My Stupid Mouth," and it's gotten him into trouble more than once, especially when it comes to his love life.  So it's no wonder he didn't take the bait when Rolling Stone tried to get him to talk about his old girlfriend, Katy Perry.

During her 96-hour live stream, Katy was asked by James Corden to rank three of her ex-boyfriends  -- John Mayer, Diplo and Orlando Bloom -- in order of their bedroom skills.  She ultimately put John at #1, followed by Orlando and then Diplo.  But when asked by Rolling Stone if he had any comment on that achievement, he didn't bite.

"I don't have a cool-enough thought for you," he tells the magazine. "I've hacked this game. I pay very little of the price of fame now. I get to play the music that moves me the most. I'm having the time of my life. I'm 39 – I remember 32. I don't wanna do it again."

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ABC/Tyler GoldenJustin Timberlake was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for his song "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from the movie Trolls. He didn't win, but he did win an invitation to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which means he'll get to vote on who wins Oscars in the future.

Justin is one of 744 people invited to join the Academy this year; he's been invited by the Musicians Branch.  Other invitees include producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis who, in addition to crafting hits for Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, also composed music for movies like Poetic Justice and Akeelah and the Bee.

Others invited to join the Academy this year include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Priyanka Chopra, Chris Evans, Rupert Grint, Adam Driver and Jon Hamm.

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Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCWant to know what it’s like to walk in Justin Bieber’s shoes? How about just the right one? The singer’s right Yeezy sneaker is now up for sale on eBay.

During a show in Germany recently, the Bieb took off his sneakers and threw them into the crowd. The enterprising fan who caught one of them then listed it on the auction site, where it's going for more than $5,000.

As for Justin's left kick, the fan who caught that one has given it its own Instagram account, @theleftyeezy. The images on the account show the moment the shoe was caught, as well as different people posing with it. It now has over 6,000 followers.

In case you're wondering, Justin wears a dainty size 8 1/2 sneaker.

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Episode InteractiveIt’s almost game over for Demi Lovato’s mobile app. The fourth and final season of Demi Lovato: Path to Fame is now available on the mobile storytelling platform Episode.

The game features Demi’s likeness, and each season features different storylines about the struggles that come with following your dreams. Users can insert themselves into the story and make choices that affect how the plot unfolds.

In the fourth season, the main character has just come off a headlining tour and is about to launch her own label.  Not long ago, Demi and her pal Nick Jonas launched their own label, Safehouse.

“…I was very hands-on in the process and every time they came up with ideas for storylines I would make sure that I really loved it and wanted to make sure that it was my vision,” Demi says in a statement. “It was very different from anything I've ever done. It was a challenge and it was so fun.”

Path to Fame first launched in August 2015.

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HarperCollins PublishersKelly Clarkson's first children's book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, was so popular that she's now created a sequel...and it's the perfect holiday gift.

River Rose and the Magical Christmas arrives October 24; Kelly announced it with a video on her Facebook page.  The book finds Kelly's daughter River Rose Blackstock wanting to stay up all night on Christmas Eve so she can give a letter to Santa Claus in person.  But she and her dog Joplin fall asleep, and are swept off on a magical adventure to the North Pole, where she gets to tell Santa what she really wants for Christmas.

As with the first book, the new one features illustrations by Lucy Fleming, as well as an original song called "Christmas Eve" written and performed by Kelly.

In a statement, Kelly says, "I am so excited to be able to bring the magic of the River Rose series back in time for the holidays. My family and I find this to be the most magical time of year and I wanted to share that with everyone.”

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No word on whether or not Kelly's son Remy features in the book as well.

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Getty Images via ABCFans lost their minds after Rihanna was seeing making out with an unidentified man in a pool in Spain. Now, the British tabloid The Sun claims it's identified Ri-Ri's new man.

The Sun says he's Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, the deputy president and vice chairman of his family's company Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, which owns the rights to sell Toyotas in Saudi Arabia. The company is one of the biggest in the world, according to the paper, and Jameel is one of the "faces" of the business.

“This relationship is the real deal. Rihanna has told friends she’s in love with him and seems completely smitten," a source dishes to the tabloid. "They’ve been spending a lot of time together away from prying eyes and are really serious. They’re really enjoying each others’ company.”

Of course, Rihanna herself hasn't said anything about her new romance.

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Rony AlwinRemember last summer, when Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry were photographed paddle boarding on vacation?  Everyone lost their minds because Orlando was full-on nude and everything was on display. Well, even though Katy and Orlando are no longer dating, she was asked about that moment during an interview Tuesday on Australian radio.

While speaking to the Kyle and Jackie O Show on Australia's KIIS 106.5, Katy was asked why she elected to keep her bathing suit on in those photos.

"He asked me if I wanted to be [naked], and I was like, 'Ah, nah,'" Katy replied.  "You know when you’re dating someone and you think it might be fun to go make out over there? But I wasn’t in the mood, I saved it for the boat!"

O.K., so why did Orlando decide to go full-frontal?

"He was just trying to show off for all the people back on the shore," she laughed. "It was so funny, I was, like, kinda explaining Twitter to him and social media because he had taken a bit of a break on all that stuff."

"And I had been explaining to him for a few weeks," she continued. "And then all of a sudden he's, like, number one trending on Twitter!  And he's like 'I understand Twitter!'"

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Mark Brown/Getty ImagesCarly Rae Jepsen is teaming up with M&M'S candies to bring her music to fans in Chicago, for free.

The singer will headline an M&M'S Spotlight concert July 11 in Chicago.  If you visit MMS-Spotlight.com, you can sign up for free tickets now.  You can also win tickets at events leading up to the show.  Monitor @MMSChocolate for more information.

In other Carly Rae news, a new trailer for Leap!, an animated film for which she voices one of the characters, has arrived.

The movie is about a girl named Félicie who travels with her best friend to Paris and starts training as a ballerina under a strict teacher named Odette.  Carly Rae voices Odette, and her song "Cut to the Feeling" is featured in the trailer.  The voice cast also includes Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler.

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Greg WilliamsCouldn't get tickets to see Ed Sheeran in 2017?  Well, if you're willing to take a plane flight, you can see him in 2018.

Ed has announced a stadium tour of the U.K. and Europe, starting May 4, 2018 in Cork, Ireland.  The tour will visit Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales before moving on to Amsterdam, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland.  Tickets for all shows go on sale July 8.

Ed also tweeted, "That's not the end of the stadium tour, watch this space x." 

Ed has already announced stadium dates in Australia and New Zealand for 2018...so could stadium dates in North America be a possibility?

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BMLGBack in the day, there always seemed to be some kind of rivalry -- real or imagined -- between The Backstreet Boys and 'N SYNC.  Now, nearly 20 years after the fact, Backstreet can now say they've done something Justin Timberlake and company never achieved: they're #1 on the country charts.

"God, Your Mama and Me," Backstreet's collaboration with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line, has topped Billboard's Country Airplay chart.  The highest 'N SYNC ever managed to get on that same chart was #3, when they teamed up with country group Alabama in 1999 for a country remake of their hit "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You."

"The collaboration works because country music, in a lot of ways, still has all the pop music and the great melodies, the harmonies," Backstreet's Nick Carter tells ABC Radio. "It just turned out to be a match made in heaven."

Nick says the fact the song's hit #1 is "incredible," noting that not only has Backstreet never had a country hit before but, when it comes to pop, "[We] haven't been in the top ten in years, so it's a pretty amazing feat."

Backstreet's having a moment right now: aside from the #1, the Boys' Larger Than Life Las Vegas show is a huge success, and Nick's currently serving as a mentor -- or "architect" -- on ABC's reality competition show Boy Band, which airs Thursdays.

"It's a great position to be in because I do have a lot to offer," he says of working with the show's contestants, who are all competing to be part of a brand-new boy band.  "This is a big deal to me.  After 24 years of being in my band...it's important that there's integrity in the show." 

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCHere's the good news: Ed Sheeran's already hard at work on the follow-up to his smash album, Divide.   Here's the bad news: he's been working on it for six years already, and we probably won't hear it until three years from now.

Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Ed says of his fourth album, "I’ve been working on this one since the same time as [my first album] Plus. Every year I write a song that will go on it. So I have about six, seven at the moment.”

But, he explains, "It will potentially come later, because it’s been about six years in the making and it might be another three or four. So I might put other stuff out before then, just to have something out."

And when the new album does come out, Ed says, it'll sound quite different than his other albums.  "It’s not necessarily experimental, but I don’t think there’ll be any hot radio songs on it this time," he predicts.  "It’s a very acoustic record...very acoustic.”

When asked if this mysterious stripped-down album will be called Subtract -- to go along with his albums Plus, Multiply and Divide, he says with a smile "It’s within that vein.”

As for the "other stuff" he wants to release before that album, Ed says he's interested in working with DJ Khaled, as well as with Justin Bieber, with whom he collaborated on the song "Love Yourself."

“I’m always, always up for working with Bieber," he says. "...when he wants to start making another album, I’d love to be involved. I’ve got some ideas. I think he’s really talented. And his head’s screwed on properly now.”

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Kevin WongBack in the days of the Jonas Brothers, fans used to refer to the youngest brother Frankie, who wasn't in the group, as the "Bonus Jonas." Well, now Frankie's back...as the guest star in big bro Nick's new video.

The clip is for "Remember I Told You," Nick Jonas' collaboration with Mike Posner and British singer Anne-Marie, who sings lead on Clean Bandit's hit "Rockabye."  It shows Nick, Mike and Anne-Marie dancing around in a small, empty white room, where they're joined on and off by various dancers, and by Frankie, who's playing guitar. 

The three singers dance around and do goofy things like ride around in shopping carts and cover each other in packing peanuts, as the clip switches from black-and-white to color.  In a behind-the-scenes video, Nick says he wanted a "clean and sexy" look to match the simple beat of the track.

Mike and Nick first wrote "Remember I Told You" when Mike was opening for Nick and Demi Lovato on their joint tour. Nick then discovered Anne-Marie's music during a trip to the U.K. and asked her to join them on the track.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIf you couldn't get tickets to see Train during their current Play that Song tour, just fire up your computer or mobile device Thursday night and check out what you've been missing.

That night, the band will be live streaming their show from Indianapolis exclusively on Twitter.  It starts at 9:10 p.m. ET.

In other Train tour news, on Wednesday night, the band is playing a free show in Cleveland, OH to make up for the fact that during their show there over the weekend, fans who had lawn seats were unable to hear the entire concert due to sound problems. 

A statement on Train's website reads, "This show is exclusively for those of you who paid for lawn tickets and experienced sound issues the other night...while the issues were beyond our control, we still want to make things right...We can’t wait to show you guys a good time."

Finally, Train has announced that for the final show of the Play that Song tour at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, their good friend Michael Franti will join the bill, along with the tour's usual opening acts, O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield. 

The July 15 show is being billed as the "Play that Song Wine & Music Experience" and will feature more than 40 hand-selected wines from more than 20 wineries on site for fans to try.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCPop icon Justin Bieber recently gave Drake a major compliment on Instagram, writing on the social media platform that the rapper is, "More than a rapper, a culture shifter and legend...best of our generation."   

The Biebs' message was written this Monday, which was also the same day Drizzy emceed the first-ever NBA Awards in New York City. 

Justin and Drake, who both hail from Canada, have collaborated only once for their 2012 song "Right Here." Bieber also remixed Drake's hit single "One Dance" last year. 

Both are featured vocalists on DJ Khaled's latest album Grateful.  

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NBC UniversalThe lineup for this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular just got even more star-studded.

In addition to previously announced performers Hailee Steinfeld and country superstars Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth will also be celebrating Independence Day on the NBC special.

This year's show, which airs Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will feature more than 60,000 shells launched from five barges all over Manhattan, making it the country's largest fireworks display in over a decade.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCCamila Cabello has landed an amazing gig: she'll be opening for none other than Bruno Mars.

"SO EXCITED TO BE OPENING FOR @BRUNOMARS THIS SUMMER!! every night I'm gonna be peering out from side stage trying to learn as much as I can," she tweeted.

She added, "For years I've looked up to Bruno as a vocalist, musician, entertainer and artist, so..... im geeked."

Camila also shared a tweet with a video that announces exactly which shows on Bruno's 24K Magic tour she'll be opening.  They start July 20 in San Jose, California and wrap up August 22 in Pittsburgh.

Here are Camila's dates with Bruno:

7/20 -- SAP Center At San Jose San Jose, CA
7/21 -- SAP Center At San Jose San Jose, CA
7/23 -- Moda Center Portland, OR
7/24 -- Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA
7/26 -- Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC
7/27 -- Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC
7/30 -- Rogers Place Edmonton, AB
7/31 -- Rogers Place Edmonton, AB
8/02 -- MTS Centre  Winnipeg, MB
8/04 -- Fargodome Fargo, ND
8/05 -- Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul, MN
8/07 -- Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
8/09 -- Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
8/12 -- The Palace Of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
8/13 -- Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN
8/15 -- Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
8/16 -- United Center Chicago, IL
8/18 -- United Center Chicago, IL
8/19 -- United Center Chicago, IL
8/22 -- PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, PA

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift turns up in the oddest places.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been named this year's NBA MVP, and his teammates tweeted out a special congratulatory video, starring none other than Tay-Tay, who's been largely absent from both social media and the spotlight for months.

"Ah, Russell, it's Taylor. Remember? I was the one who taught you how to play basketball," Taylor says in the video. "I was the one who taught you to dribble...and I remember the first time you beat me at basketball and I was very upset. And you said, if you remember correctly...‘You just have to shake it off,’ and I got an idea. So, essentially, we have each other to thank for these careers."

She goes on to say that she and Russell "go back, what, 20 years?" before correcting herself.

"Actually, we've never met and that's a fake story but I wish it were the truth," she says. "And you are amazing. You’re the MVP. I’m so happy for you. Sending you the biggest hug ever. Congratulations!"

As for why Taylor was tapped to record the video, Westbrook is a fan: he once Instagrammed himself jamming to her hit "Bad Blood."

.@taylorswift13 sings Russell’s praises! #0urMVP pic.twitter.com/5HgKeVrMsi

— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) June 27, 2017

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