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Dennis LeupoldDemi Lovato’s new album was inspired by a pop star who came before her: Christina Aguilera.

The singer tells People she grew up listening to Christina and looked to her 2002 Stripped album when creating her upcoming studio effort, Tell Me You Love Me.

“She was one of my idols growing up,” Demi says. “She still is. Her voice is incredible, and in Stripped you really got to hear that.”

Demi adds, “I think it was her breakout album that really transformed her into the icon that she is today. So that inspired me … she really inspired this album. I was even inspired by the black-and-white artwork!”

Just as Christina delved into some personal lyrics on Stripped, Demi is doing the same.

“I have been through a lot over the last year-and-a-half,” Demi says. “I’ve done a lot of growing and I wanted an album that best represented who I am.”

Tell Me You Love Me comes out September 29.

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Mert & MarcusWondering how Taylor Swift cloned herself in the “Look What You Made Me Do” video? The singer has revealed some behind-the-scenes footage from the special effects-heavy video shoot.

A group of Taylor lookalikes were enlisted to play her former selves in the “Taylor Mountain” scene. The clip shows Taylor meeting them all for the first time.

“Okay, this is the trippiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” she says as she walks onto the set.

Taylor adds, “Seeing all of them together is the weirdest feeling, but it’s awesome. It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s the phase I went through when I was 16 but a girl is wearing it who looks just like me.'”

They filmed shots of current Taylor standing atop Taylor Mountain, and she also stepped in as past versions of herself for any close-ups.

In one scene, Taylor pretends to fight with one of the fake Taylors, screaming, “Get out of my house!”

After wrapping, she tells the camera, “I’m not sure where that came from. I have no experience with home invasion but, you know, you just gotta follow the muse.”

We then see her clad in the Junior Jewels t-shirt from her “You Belong with Me” video as she films a “falling” scene. Director Joseph Kahn tells her to be graceful, and Taylor jokes she has to “actively try not to be graceful.”

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteElle King and Ingrid Michaelson will be playing LA's famous Hollywood Bowl in November, but it won't be their usual music concert.  The two singer/songwriters will be cast members of the Bowl's musical production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The Los Angeles Times reports the production will feature performers singing songs from the movie as the classic 1971 film, starring Gene Wilder, plays onscreen.  Elle will perform spoiled rich girl Veruca Salt's big number, "I Want It Now," while Ingrid will play the role of Mrs. Bucket, Charlie's mom.

John Stamos will sing the role of Willy Wonka, while "Weird Al" Yankovic is billed as singing all the Oompa Loompa parts.  Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard will play Charlie, Giancarlo Esposito will sing "The Candy Man," and Richard Kind will portray Grandpa Joe.

The production premieres November 3 and 4, and will include dancers, special effects, special guests and "Scratch-N-Sniff Golden Tickets."  The director, Richard Kraft, explains, "At the right moments [the audience] will be experiencing the aromas like chocolate and bubble gum.  Even the Snozzberries will smell like Snozzberries," he says, quoting a line from the film.

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Harley WeirDirectioners will be thrilled to hear that Harry Styles hasn't turned his back on his musical past.

Billboard reports that at the kickoff of Harry's solo headlining tour on Tuesday night in San Francisco, he sang not one, but two One Direction songs: "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Stockholm Syndrome."

Harry also sang a bit of Ariana Grande's song "Just a Little Bit Of Your Heart," which he co-wrote for her album My Everything, and covered Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," which he also did recently for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.

Of course, Harry also performed songs from his critically-acclaimed solo debut album, including "Sign of the Times," "Two Ghosts," "Woman," and "Sweet Creature."

Harry's tour continues tonight in LA.  The North American leg wraps up October 21 with a benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  Meanwhile, Harry's bandmate, Niall Horan, will kick off his U.S. solo tour October 29 in Philadelphia, PA.

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ABC/Matt BrownNow that news of Fergie's split from husband Josh Duhamel is no longer a secret, the singer says she's happy she doesn't have to pretend anymore.

Fergie tells People magazine it's been difficult trying to promote her new album, Double Dutchess, when interviewers kept asking her about her marriage. "Honestly, it was just getting a little weird for us with all the romantic questions,” she explained.

"We’re great friends, we love each other so much, and it just got to the point where it was getting a little weird...there’s no perfect time so we just decided to [announce it]."

Fergie stresses that she and Josh have no issue with co-parenting their son, Axl, adding, "[His school] has helped...we have a co-op so Josh and I would walk there several times before the school season. So I get to learn from the teachers and see how he reacts in a group of friends that he knows."

Fergie and Josh were married for eight years before they announced their split last week, in a statement reading, "With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year...We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”

A source tells People that the couple had been "leading separate lives for a long time,” adding, "She wants to be out on the road doing her thing, while he is more chill. They clashed for a long time before they did anything about it.”

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ABC/Lou RoccoBebe Rexha is hitting the road this fall for a co-headlining tour with rising singer/songwriter Marc E. Bassy.

The Bebe & Bassy Tour kicks off October 16 in Seattle, Washington and crisscrosses the U.S. before wrapping November 19 in Santa Ana, California.

The 23-city trek will be in support of Bebe’s new album All Your Fault – Part 2, and Bassy’s upcoming album, Gossip Columns, which comes out October 13.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 22 at 10 a.m. local time.

Here are the tour dates:

10/16 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
10/18 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theater
10/19 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
10/21 --  Los Angeles, CA, The Novo  
10/22 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
10/25 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall
10/26 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Ballroom
10/29 -- Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
10/30 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
11/1 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live
11/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
11/3 -- Charlotte, NC, The Underground
11/5 -- Freehold, NJ, iPlay America’s Event Center
11/6 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/7 -- Silver Spring, MD, Fillmore Silver Spring
11/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Trocadero Theatre
11/10 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/12 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
11/13 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman
11/15 -- Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
11/17 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
11/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, Palms Casino Resort- The Pearl
11/19 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory 

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ABC/Matt BrownShawn Mendes has canceled his show scheduled for tonight in Mexico City, following a devastating 7.1 earthquake there that has so far killed over 200 people.

In a tweet last night, Shawn wrote, "My deepest condolences are with those affected by the earthquake in Mexico City today. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances, we will be unable to continue on with my Mexico City show scheduled for tomorrow. My love is with all of you and I promise I will be back."

Shawn's concert at Mexico City's National Auditorium was to have been his final show until November 25, when he was scheduled to kick off a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Asia in Auckland.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCTuesday's Tonight Show featured Demi Lovato having a "Lip Sync Conversation" with host Jimmy Fallon taped in her dressing room prior her live appearance on the show a night earlier.

The segment, a variation on Fallon's popular "Lip Sync Battle," featured the two carrying on a nearly two-and-a-half minute conversation with each other using snippets of popular songs from artists like Adele,  Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, Adele, Harry Styles and Demi herself.

Here's an example of how the "conversation" went:

The bit opened with a knock on the door and Fallon mouthing the opening lyrics to Adele's "Hello." The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer replies by lip syncing to "I'm the One," by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne.

Jimmy then takes a seat next to Lovato and says "Here I am next to you," only it's from Miley's "Malibu."

You get the idea.

Ariana Grande joined Fallon for the same sketch back in April.

Tell Me You Love Me -- Lovato's sixth studio album -- comes out September 29.

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Lucianna Faraone Coccia/FilmMagicLuis Fonsi's hit "Despacito" spent 16 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" for the longest-running #1 hit of all time.  But before it reached a record-breaking 17th week on top, Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" knocked it out of the top spot.  But Erika Ender, who co-wrote "Despacito" with Luis, says she's OK with that.

"We made history anyway!" she tells ABC Radio. "I mean, the song is [now] tied [with] an American song, so I think that's a great victory for Latin culture, for Latin music."

And Erika says she's still hopeful that "Despacito" might score that elusive 17th week at #1.

"It's not consecutive," she says. "I mean, if Taylor goes down and 'Despacito' goes up one more week, then we break that record."

Erika, a Latin Grammy winner who's written 40 hit singles, isn't sure why "Despacito" has become a massive hit.  But she believes its success is partially due to the fact that she and Luis spent years building their careers in the Latin world.

"I think this is a consequence of all the work that we have done," Erika tells ABC Radio. "We were in the Latin market, very well known...and I don't know, planets aligned. Maybe the world wanted to sing and dance in Spanish, and we had that luck!"

Because "Despacito" is in Spanish, fans may not be aware that it's actually about sex -- but Erika says it's not raunchy.

"It's a song that talks about sensuality, of seducing, of sex, but in a very classy way," she explains. "I think that the way we express it is very elegant and very respectful."

You can hear Erika's acoustic version of "Despacito" on her latest album, Tatuajes, or Tattoos.

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BMLGA rep for Taylor Swift is shaking off a copyright infringement lawsuit over Taylor's 2014 #1 hit "Shake It Off," calling it "nothing more than a money grab."
According to The Hollywood ReporterSean Hall and Nathan Butler, the songwriters behind R&B group 3LW's 2001 single "Playas Gon' Play," have filed suit, claiming Taylor's use of the phrases "the players gonna play....and the haters gonna hate," improperly copies their song.

In the 3LW song, the girls sing, "Playas, they gonna play/ And haters, they gonna hate."  Hall and Butler claim that they were the ones who popularized that phrase, according to the complaint, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter.

"The combination of playas/players playing along with hatas/haters hating may seem like common parlance today, however, in 2001 it was completely original and unique," asserts the complaint.  

It goes on to claim that Hall and Butler "were the first to put such a sequence together using the terms playas and haters, and prior to Defendants’ use at issue herein, the combination had not since been used in popular music."

The suit accuses Taylor of copying both the players/haters combination, but in a statement to ABC Radio, her rep dismisses the claim as "ridiculous," calling it "nothing more than a money grab."

The statement goes on to say, "The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case."

In 2015, Taylor fended off a similar suit from an R&B singer named Jesse Braham, over his 2013 song "Haters Gone Hate," which also used "players gonna play, haters gonna hate," but in reverse order.

In dismissing that claim, Judge Gail Standish of the U.S. Central District Court in California, cited 3LW's earlier song as proof that the phrase was not original to Braham's tune.

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Hasbro, Inc./RCA RecordsThe Sia/Maddie Ziegler collaboration continues. The singer has once again enlisted the young dancer to star in her new music video for “Rainbow,” off the My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack.

This time, Maddie -- wearing Sia’s signature black-and-white bob -- dances around on a water-covered stage between scenes from the animated film. The performance culminates with her floating above the stage as rain falls and a rainbow appears.

We also get to see Sia’s character, named Songbird Serenade, belting out the song for her pony friends. Her character also sports a face-covering black-and-white hairdo, just like Sia.

The My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack, which also features contributes from DNCE and Rachel Platten, comes out September 22. The movie hits theaters October 6.

Sia and Maddie first collaborated on the video for “Chandelier,” and most recently in the video for “The Greatest.”

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Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'Tuesday, September 19 is Jimmy Fallon's birthday, and in honor of the occasion, YouTube Music has compiled a list of the Tonight Show host's 15 Top Musical Moments.  The list was determined by which of The Tonight Show's music-related viral videos have the most views, and coming in at #1 is Ariana Grande.

According to YouTube, the singer's turn on Fallon's long-running bit "Wheel of Musical Impressions" is the Tonight Show's most popular musical moment.  During the sketch, Ariana busted out note-perfect imitations of Britney Spears singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Christina Aguilera singing "The Wheels on the Bus," and Celine Dion singing The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face."  Both Christina and Celine later praised Ari for her impressions.

Ari is also featured in another one of the top 15 musical moments: the "Ew!" sketch she did with Jimmy, where she played a vapid, social media-obsessed tween, comes in at #7.

The #2 most-popular Fallon musical moment, according to YouTube, is Emma Stone's incredible performance on the "Lip Sync Battle" sketch, during which she busted out "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg.

Some of the other stars who are included in Fallon's top musical moments videos include Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.  For some reason, the many musical sketches Fallon has done with his BFF Justin Timberlake didn't make the list.

Here's the full list, in order of number of YouTube views:

#1. Wheel of Musical Impressions with Ariana Grande

#2 Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone

#3 Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics"

#4 Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera

#5 Wheel of Musical Impressions with Adam Levine

#6 Jimmy Fallon, Adele & The Roots Sing "Hello" (w/Classroom Instruments)

#7 Ew! with Ariana Grande

#8 Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off

#9 Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus & The Roots Sing "We Can't Stop" (A Cappella)

#10 Wheel of Musical Impressions with Demi Lovato

#11 Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx

#12 Jimmy Fallon feat. - Ew! (Official Music Video)

#13 Dubsmash with Selena Gomez

#14 Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Will Smith)

#15 Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Cast Sing "Star Wars" Medley (A Cappella)

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Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift's brief relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal feels like a lifetime ago, but it appears that the actor will never live it down.

In a video posted to Facebook to promote his new movie Stronger, due this Friday, Gyllenhaal chats with Jeff Bauman, a Boston bombing survivor who lost his legs in the blast. Gyllenhaal portrays Bauman in the film. 

During the chat, Gyllenhaal and Bauman spend about two minutes just busting on each other, and finally, Bauman goes there and mentions Taylor.

"If you lost your legs in real life, do you think Taylor Swift would write a song about it?" asked Bauman.

"For me, or about it?," responded Gyllenhaal.

"No, like, for you. Like a country song," replied Bauman.  To which Gyllenhaal responded, "She's sort of moved more into pop now."

Taylor's brief relationship with Jake, which lasted from the fall of 2010 to January of 2011, is said to have inspired a number of songs on her album Red, including "All Too Well."

But it's not just Jake who can't escape Taylor's shadow. His sister Maggie was recently asked about "All Too Well" during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, due to a lyric that goes, "Left my scarf there at your sister's house."

“I am in the dark about the scarf,” Maggie said, but then added, "It’s totally possible. I don’t know. I have been asked this before.”

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RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus has revealed the track list for her upcoming album, Younger Now.

The album includes her hit, “Malibu,” as well as a duet with her godmother, Dolly Parton, called “Rainbowland.”

Miley posted the track list on Twitter Monday, highlighting the 11th song, “Inspired,” and the fact that there were 11 days left until the album’s release.

Younger Now comes out on September 29.  Here's the track list:

"Younger Now"
"Rainbowland" featuring Dolly Parton
"Week Without You"
"Miss You So Much"
"I Would Die For You"
"Bad Mood"
"Love Someone"
"She's Not Him"

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ABC/Heidi GutmanLiam Payne and Zedd are taking it to the streets for their new “Get Low” video.

Remember last month, when they popped up in various London locations to deliver impromptu concerts for fans? Cameras were following their every move to create a joyous video with a spontaneous feel and a whole lot of fan participation. The clip even features some fan-captured footage.

Equipped with a portable sound system, a keyboard and some backup dancers, Liam and Zedd got fans dancing and singing in the London landmarks of Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Trafalgar Square.

The video ends with a massive celebration in front of London’s Tower Bridge.

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Courtesy NetflixAhead of the documentary's debut this Friday, Netflix has released an official trailer for Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two.

The trailer shows some of the ups and downs of Gaga’s life, including her chronic pain, loneliness, and relationship with her family. It also offers glimpses into the making of her album, Joanne, and how her Super Bowl performance came together.

“I can always bring my past with me,” Gaga says in the trailer. “But I can never go back. You gotta leave yourself behind.”

In another scene, Gaga reveals, “I didn’t feel good enough, and I do now. That’s the good part.”

The trailer ends with a funny scene of Gaga asking a cashier if the store has the new Lady Gaga album. The cashier, who clearly doesn’t recognize her, has no idea what she’s talking about.

The documentary premieres Friday, September 22 on Netflix.

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Getty Images via ABCThe desert dance party vibes in Nick Jonas’ new “Find You” video make a lot more sense when you find out the inspiration behind the song.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, Nick explains that the idea for the song came to him while at a rave at Coachella.

“I wrote this song, I was at Coachella…” Nick says. “I ended up at the rave tent for a few hours, dancing and having fun. And I went into the studio in the next couple of days and said, 'What if I took a house beat, dance music approach, but did it to a pop song?'"

The "Find You" lyrics talk about searching for someone -- seemingly, a love interest -- so Ellen pressed him on who the song is about.

“It’s actually just as much about finding out who I am and being OK by myself first as it is about finding somebody,” Nick says.  Ellen, of course, wasn’t buying it.

No word yet on when Nick’s new album will arrive. He’s currently in Montreal filming a movie titled Chaos Walking.

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James Devaney/GC ImagesMiley Cyrus' engagement to Liam Hemsworth may be back on, but the marriage still looks like it's a long way off.

“I don’t envision marriage. I’m 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more. I have too much living to do [before I get married],” the “Malibu” singer tells The Sun.

The reconciliation came as a surprise to many people, including Cyrus, she admits, “Three years ago, if you’d asked me if I’d be here, this happy with this man, I’d have been stunned.”

“I’m just riding this out," she continues. "In some relationships, you lose yourself by being with someone else. Actually, it made me find myself more. I have no idea what the next three years will bring, but if it’s possible to get even happier, I’ll take it.”

Adds Miley, “I didn’t know [we’d get back together]. I’m so crazy I have no idea, but I had something in my heart, it never felt like it was really over. We kept a great friendship really private.”

As happy as she is that the engagement is back on, Miley -- who returns as a coach on this season's The Voice -- insists the break up did her and Liam a lot of good.

“It’s good for people to have that space to grow individually. Otherwise, when you’re with someone from 16 until 24, you grow into the same person,” she explains. “We got to become individuals. I hope everything stays the same. It feels like nothing changed except we grew up a lot.”

The Voice returns for its 13th season Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanAlessia Cara is busy working on her sophomore album, but she's been top of mind over the summer thanks to her smash collaboration with Zedd, "Stay."  She says the EDM-flavored tune was a bit of a change in artistic direction for her, but she's glad she did it.

"It was really different for me, it's a lot bolder than my usual stuff," Alessia tells ABC Radio. "But I thought if I was gonna do something [with another artist], I wanna sing on a song that I really believe in and work with on a song I believe in and work with an artist, or a deejay, that I really like."

Alessia says she and Zedd hooked up the collabo the way everything is done these days: online.

"He actually emailed [the song] to me which is, y'know, very millennial of us to do," she laughs. "Like, 'Let me just send it to you online!' But, I mean, we've wanted to work together for a really long time."

"He just sent me the beginning of the song that was written, and he was like, 'Hey, do you wanna finish this, do you wanna do it with me?'" she adds. "And just hearing it and listening to the beginning of it, I knew that it was a really great song."  The video for the song went on to win the Best Dance Video trophy at the MTV VMAs last month.

Despite the success of "Stay," Alessia says she's not necessarily going to incorporate EDM sounds into her next album, but she does says she'll do "some fun stuff."  We're not likely to hear any new music from the Canadian star until 2018, unfortunately.

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Ruven AfanadorWhile Sam Smith has won an Oscar for a movie song -- his James Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall" -- he hasn't actually acted in a movie.  But he says at one point, he really wanted to star in a big screen romance...opposite Ryan Gosling.

Speaking to Attitude magazine, Sam explained that when he and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli were in Mexico for the premiere of the Bond movie SPECTRE, they teamed up "to pitch the studio a gay rework of A Star is Born."

"We were drunk, and at that point, unaware that [Lady] Gaga was redoing it anyway," Sam recalled. "We had it all worked out. I wanted to [sing] 'The Man that Got Away.'" That song appeared in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born, which starred Judy Garland.

In his version of the movie, Sam planned to play the young rising star, portrayed by Barbra Streisand in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, and by Lady Gaga in the upcoming remake that's coming out in 2018. When asked who would star opposite him as the established star whose career is in decline -- a role played by Kris Kristofferson in 1976 and by Bradley Cooper in the upcoming remake -- Sam had an immediate answer.

"Ryan Gosling!" he said. "I met him once and he shook my hand. It was like meeting Hercules.  He's beautiful."

Now that's a movie many fans would no doubt be happy to pay full price to see in a theater.

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