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Michael Tran/FilmMagicIf you were hoping for a steel cage death match between Taylor Swift and Kanye West at this Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, you're out of luck: Taylor's not coming.

People magazine reports that even though the singer's been hanging out in New York City lately, she was "never scheduled to attend," says an insider.  One reason may be that she's not actually nominated for anything this year.

Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian will be there, though.  Among his many nominations, he's up for Video of the Year for "Famous," his controversial video that features wax replicas of a number of celebrities, including Taylor, naked in bed.

Kanye, Kim and Taylor are currently embroiled in a feud over the fact that Kanye and Kim released audio of a phone call they'd had with Taylor which proved that the pop superstar had foreknowledge of Kanye's plans to mention her in the song "Famous."

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna knows how to make an entrance. The singer surprised an audience of about 400 people Wednesday night at a 25th anniversary screening of her tour documentary, Madonna: Truth or Dare.

The Queen of Pop, wearing a red off-the-shoulder dress, showed up unannounced at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, where the screening was taking place.

"She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People.

Madonna also took the time to interact with fans and pose for photos. Her daughter, Lola, was there too.

"Surreal Moment! At the MOMA!!" Madonna wrote on Instagram. "So nice to watch a film in a museum. So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film."

Madonna: Truth or Dare was first released in May of 1991. The then-controversial documentary followed the singer as she embarked on her Blond Ambition World Tour.

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Surreal Moment! At the MOMA!! So nice to watch a film in a museum. So many freedoms we...https://t.co/fsLeHhBlFB pic.twitter.com/vcuk7Ea9AF

— Madonna (@Madonna) August 25, 2016

 

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Frank ApollonioThe MTV Video Music Awards line-up is really coming together. The Chainsmokers will be performing “Closer” with Halsey at this Sunday’s ceremony.

They join previously announced performers Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and Video Vanguard honoree Rihanna.

“Closer” is nominated in the Song of Summer category, while The Chainsmokers' previous single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” is up for Best Electronic Video.

The VMAs air live from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Francesco CarrozziniOneRepublic take a trip South of the Border in the video for their new single, "Kids."

The clip, set in Mexico City, follows a teenage girl who goes out on the town and catches the eye of a teenage boy, who follows her around looking for an opportunity to talk to her.  They both end up on balconies on opposite sides of the street, and he throws a paper airplane at her.  Finally, they both come down to the street and stare into each others' eyes, at which point he grabs her hand and leads her through a crowd to a stage where OneRepublic are performing.

The story of young love goes with the lyrics, which find Ryan Tedder reflecting on his reckless youth, singing, "Back when we were kids/Swore we would never die."

The band is also planning a "3D, 360-degree virtual reality experience" version of the "Kids" video in the near future.

"Kids" is the second song released from OneRepublic's upcoming album, which the band has just announced will be titled Oh My My and will be out October 7.

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Randee St. NicholasThe U.K.'s annual Apple Music Festival lineup has been announced, and it's pretty star-studded, to say the least.

The 10-night festival takes place from September 18-30 at The Roundhouse in London, and features everyone from Elton John to Britney Spears to Chance the Rapper. 

Here's the full lineup:

Elton John, September 18
The 1975,  September 19
Alicia Keys, September 20
Onerepublic, September 21
Calvin Harris, September 23
Robbie Williams, September 25
Bastille, September 26
Britney Spears, September 27
Michael Buble, September 28
Chance the Rapper, September 30

Short of booking a plane ticket to London, you can watch the festival on Apple Music.  Visit AppleMusicFestival.com for details.

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ABC/Greg GayneRachel Platten's started work on her sophomore album, but she's also playing a series of fairs and festivals this summer.  Each night, when she sings her hit "Fight Song," she says she's reminded of the years of struggle it took for her to get to where she is today.

At this point, Rachel's got several hit singles, a headlining tour and a hit debut album under her belt, not to mention an Emmy, but it wasn't easy.  "Looking back, it looks beautiful," she says of the way she seemingly appeared out of nowhere and became a star. "Everything looks completely on purpose and connected, but oh my God! If you placed me back in there I would have told you, 'Get me the heck out of here! Fast forward! I hate this!'"

"It was really, really hard," she tells ABC Radio. "I can’t sugarcoat it even now. There were some times that I just felt like giving up on the career...it was really painful to keep trying and failing and trying and failing."

But that trying -- and failing -- to have a breakthrough in the music industry is what eventually led Rachel to write "Fight Song," as sort of a pep talk to herself.  And every time she sings that song live, she remembers what it meant to her.

"It’s amazing to get to remember those words," she tells ABC Radio. "They’re like an affirmation and when I sing them I remember how powerful I am and how much I mean it and how much I’m gonna not ever give up on myself."

Rachel, who plays the New York State Fair this weekend, tells Billboard that she's had two weeks of recording sessions for her sophomore album.  Speaking about her new music, she says, "Right now I’m kind of more reflective and some of the stuff is a little bit darker [than 'Fight Song']." 

She adds, "I hope to give them [fans] more sides of me. Although I love being empowering, I’m human.”

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Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImageThis Sunday night is the MTV Video Music Awards, and when it comes to celebs in the audience, the most coveted spot is next to -- guess who? That's right, Taylor Swift. Vice President for MTV music and talent Gina Esposito tells Cosmopolitan.com that a lot of celebs have requested to sit next to her at past ceremonies.

"She has so many good friends, and it was hard to figure out the 'Taylor' of it all [in past years], because so many people were requesting to sit by her and sit with her,” she says. “She's often really requested.”

Turns out that most celebrities actually put in special requests for their seating at the VMAs, so if you’ve seen Katy Perry sitting next to her pal Rihanna, for example, it’s no coincidence. They send their dream seat buddies along with their RSVPs.

According to Esposito, MTV does their best to accommodate everyone but they still have to make sure the right people are front and center.

"You'll have artists who rearrange seats in real time so they sit together," she says, which can sometimes cause logistical problems. But, she adds, "As long as you've got eyes on that, to say, 'Selena Gomez moved so she's by Taylor, we're good,' then it's all right. If we don't seat them together, they find their way to each other anyway."

Will Taylor show up at the VMAs again this year? And if so, who’ll get the coveted spots next to her? Tune in to the VMAs this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT to find out.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageAriana Grande and Nicki Minaj have been added to the performance lineup for this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The two will perform "Side to Side," a track on Ariana's latest album, Dangerous Woman.

Previously announced performers include Britney Spears with G-Eazy, Nick Jonas with Ty Dolla $ign, Future, and Video Vanguard honoree Rihanna.

MTV on Wednesday also announced several musical acts that will serve as presenters during the broadcast: Alicia Keys, Fifth Harmony, Tove Lo, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rita Ora. Kim Kardashian West and Jaden Smith are among the other celebrities set to present.

The VMAs will not have a host this year. Instead, various entertainers have been enlisted to cover the show. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will offer play-by-play commentary as the characters @TheShamester and @LizardSheeple. DJ Khaled, recent Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah and comedienne Nicole Byer will also take part in the coverage.

The VMAs will air from Madison Square Garden in New York this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande is the latest pop music star to be sued for alleged copyright infringement.  The 23-year-old singer is facing a lawsuit from songwriter Alex Greggs, who claims that Grande's 2015 single "One Last Time" rips off the 2012 Skye Stevens single "Takes All Night," which he wrote.

In legal documents obtained by E! News, Greggs states that he holds the copyright for "Takes All Night," and that the similarities between the chorus and the lyrics of the two tracks are "so striking that it is highly likely the works were not created independently of one another."

According to the lawsuit, "Although the rhythm of the two compositions may differ to accommodate the prosody of the lyrics, there is substantial similarity on the most important rhythmic placement of the pitches on strong melodic and harmonic beats..." in addition to "the use of the lyric statement 'take(s) [or taking] you home' as the final lyric statement..."

Greggs is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement. Other defendants named in the lawsuit include David Guetta,who co-wrote "One Last Time," producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, Universal Music Group and Republic Records.

Earlier this month, Ed Sheeran was accused in a lawsuit filed by the heirs of Marvin Gaye's co-writer of ripping off Gaye's "Let's Get It On" for his 2014 hit, "Thinking Out Loud."

And just this week, Demi Lovato was slapped with a lawsuit from indie band Sleigh Bells for alleged copyright infringement for her song "Stars," which is a bonus track on her 2015 album, Confident.

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Getty Images via ABCOops…Lifetime did it again.

The cable network has ordered a new TV movie based on a celebrity. This time, it's Britney Spears.

Lifetime announced Wednesday that production will begin next month in Vancouver on a two-hour biopic with the working title Britney.

Scheduled to premiere sometime in 2017, Britney will focus on the ups and downs of the singer's life and career. Lifetime hints that the movie will touch upon her relationship with Justin Timberlake, her marriage to Kevin Federline, and the personal struggles that led to her being placed under a conservatorship eight years ago.

Lifetime has confirmed to ABC Radio that the pop star will be played by Australian actress Natasha Bassett, whose credits include the TV series Camp and Rake, as well as the 2016 Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!

Britney currently headlines her own show in Las Vegas and will release a new album, Glory, on Friday.  

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Fight NightJennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart reportedly have broken up. A source tells People that the two are no longer dating, and "they have not been together for a few weeks."

The source explains, "It wasn't anything dramatic and they were on good terms -- it just came to a natural end."  The insider added, "They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable."

The couple was photographed recently at Lopez's birthday party on July 24 in Las Vegas. Smart was also at J-Lo's Caesars Palace show on August 13 along with Lopez's ex-husband, Marc Anthony, and his girlfriend, Shannon de Lima

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RCA RecordsBritney Spears' new album Glory is getting great reviews, and the singer says one reason it came out so well is because one of her mantras while making it was, "Dare to Suck."

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday, Britney said of Glory, "It's my best work, I feel like, so far. I really took the time to work with really, really great people. It was a gift. It was an amazing gift."

Part of that gift, Britney says, was the opportunity to be fearless and try different things in the studio, even if they didn't turn out very well.

"It's a very creative thing to get in and to write with people and just see what you come up with," she told BBC Radio 1.  She laughed, "You kind of have to dare to suck, and be very humble at times and be like, 'OK, that was really, really bad.' But it's fun. The whole process is really fun."

Two of Britney's main collaborators were Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels.  Justin's written hits for Fall Out Boy, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, DNCE and many more.  Julia's written for Selena, Nick, Justin, Fifth Harmony, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato and others.  But Britney dismissed the notion that she could work with anyone she wants to, just because she's Britney Spears.

"People are busy. We all have lives and it's kind of hard," Britney said of setting up collaborations. "You wouldn't believe...a lot of the people in the entertainment business, if you try to work with them or set up projects, a lot of times people don't show up. A lot of people are divas!"

Britney added that she could tell BBC Radio "thousands of stories, but I'm not really allowed to give out their information and what they did so, you know how THAT goes."

Glory arrives in stores on Friday.  On Sunday, she'll debut her latest hit "Make Me..." on the MTV Video Music Awards.

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BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe once-private estate owned by Prince, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will become open to the public beginning October 6. Last week, news that the estate would turn into a museum surfaced, and it's now been confirmed by both Prince's surviving family and the trust company overseeing his estate, Bremer Trust.  

"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," says Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson.  

"Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time as we open doors to this incredible place," she adds. 

Visitors of the Paisley Park museum will be escorted through the estate in guided tours, which will showcase the iconic musician's rehearsal rooms, concert hall, personal archives and more.  

"The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it," said Prince's siblings in an official statement.

"Most important, the museum will display Prince's genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community."

Tickets to visit the Paisley Park Museum will go on sale August 26 at 2 p.m. CT, and tours will begin on October 6. For more information, you can visit www.officialpaisleypark.com.  

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Image Group LA/ABCLorde's debut album Pure Heroine came out in 2013, and fans have been waiting for the follow-up for quite some time.  But when one fan got a little obnoxious about the lengthy wait, Lorde schooled her in how a real artist operates.

Responding to a fan on Instagram who asked her, "Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?" Lorde wrote, "Give up on me if you want to! I'm an artist, I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell. It's all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork."

She adds, "The record is written, we're in the production stages now. I've worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys."  Lorde signed her statement with a smiling sun, to indicate there were no hard feelings.

Since Pure Heroine came out, Lorde has curated and contributed to the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, but other than that album's single, "Yellow Flicker Beat," she hasn't released any new music.

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Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesMaroon 5's most recent album, V, came out in 2014, and guitarist James Valentine is now hinting that we can soon expect something fresh from the band.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, James says that Maroon 5 is working on a new video with Dave Dobkin, who directed their Wedding Crashers-themed clip for "Sugar."  He describes the video as "really, really special."

James also reveals that Maroon 5 is looking to put out a song to plug the gap between V and their next record. He says they've "just put the finishing touches" on that track, adding, "We have some more songs in various states of progress that we’ll be working on at the end of this year and beginning of next year.”

While V was a very pop-sounding record, James says the band has discussed taking a more "organic" approach to their next album, to create a sound similar to their breakthrough disc, Songs About Jane.  However, he cautions, "We don’t ever really know until we get into the studio and we kind of just have to follow what everybody’s interested in.”

James was promoting his new custom-designed signature guitar, a collaboration with the Ernie Ball company.

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Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears may be riding a wave of renewed popularity, but she wasn't able to ride an actual wave: she says a huge one nearly killed her during a recent trip to Hawaii.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, Britney said when she visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, she went into the ocean without realizing the danger six-foot waves could pose.  "I completely embarrassed myself. I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, you know? And I'm like, 'This is so nice and refreshing and beautiful.'"

"But the thing I didn’t think about was that when you come back [to shore], the waves really come in hard, and I got sucked under for like five minutes, literally almost drowned," she continued. "And I’m like, 'Where is my security?! They’re just gonna let me die here!'"

Britney says she was then washed to shore one more time and she got nailed by yet another wave, "so I kinda made a fool of myself," she laughed. "But it was fun, to say the least. You know, I got to experience what it was like to get taken down by a six-foot wave!"

During the same interview, Britney said she'd like to do the next Super Bowl halftime show, but not solo: she wants some other artists on the bill with her.  Of course, she's already done that once before: in 2001, she was joined by Aerosmith, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and 'N SYNC.

At one point, Britney was asked what advice she'd give her younger self. "Never get married, number one!" she laughed.

Britney's been married twice: her first, to old friend Jason Alexander, was annulled; her second, to Kevin Federline, ended in divorce.  She and Federline share two sons.

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Getty Images via ABCLukas Graham is hitting the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show this Sunday. The band will be performing their new single, “Mama Said.”

The hour-long pre-show, hosted by DJ Khaled, will also include performances by Alessia Cara and Jidenna. It airs live at New York City’s Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Lukas Graham is nominated for a Best New Artist Moon Man at the ceremony this year. Voting will remain open until the show's live broadcast begins Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The band is getting ready for their second North American headlining tour, kicking off in Vancouver on November 10 and running through February 1.

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John Shearer/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were all smiles when they hosted a fundraising lunch for Hillary Clinton Tuesday.

The proof was on Timberlake's Twitter account and Biel's Instagram page. The married couple shared a series of photo-booth pics they took with the Democratic presidential nominee.

In the photos, the trio shows off their smiles and makes funny faces.

"Look WHO DID come over for lunch... Wow," Timberlake wrote. Biel wrote a similar caption.

Look WHO DID come over for lunch... Wow. #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/1pX4V4mUxq

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 23, 2016

Timberlake and Biel hosted the event at their Los Angeles home in place of Leonardo DiCaprio, who had to bow out of hosting duties due to a work commitment, Variety had reported.

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Lou Pearlman with ‘NSYNC in 1996; Mark Weiss/WireImageLou Pearlman, the music mogul who launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC, died from bacterial endocarditis, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained a report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department.

The condition is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, which in Pearlman's case was caused by complications stemming from his aortic valve being replaced. Diabetes was also listed as a contributing factor in his death.

The boy band promoter was 62 years old when he died Friday in a hospital near the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving a 25-year sentence. He was convicted of fraud in 2008 in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

The office of the Medical Examiner did not perform a full autopsy on Pearlman, which is not a requirement under Florida law. Instead, they reached their conclusions via an external examination of his body.

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Sonja Flemming/CBSBritney Spears will be James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" passenger on Thursday's edition of The Late Late Show, a day before she releases her new album, Glory, but we got a preview of the segment Tuesday. 

The clip starts off with the two singing a little of Britney's 2003 hit, "Toxic." After the mother of two reveals that her kids have seen her Las Vegas show, Corden jokes, "I saw my mum in her underwear once when I was like 11" -- a reference to Spears' skimpy outfits. 

"You're so dirty," Britney responds, giving Corden a playful smack.

"I'm not dirty," the host answers, "I can't shake the image from my brain."  

Britney is the latest famous passenger to ride shotgun with Corden on "Carpool Karaoke." First lady Michelle Obama was the most recent, with others including Adele, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey and more.

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