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David LaChapelle for Rolling StoneEver since Michael Jackson's two older children, Prince and Paris, were born, there has been speculation that the King of Pop was not their biological father. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Paris Jackson goes on the record with her thoughts on the matter.

Paris insists that Michael was her biological dad. "He is my father," she tells the magazine. "He will always be my father. He never wasn't, and he never will not be. People that knew him really well say they see him in me, that it's almost scary."

She adds, "I consider myself black," and says her father would "look me in the eyes and he'd point his finger at me and he'd be like, 'You're black. Be proud of your roots.' And I'd be like, 'OK, he's my dad, why would he lie to me?' So I just believe what he told me. 'Cause, to my knowledge, he's never lied to me."

In the interview, Paris, now 18, reveals that she's attempted suicide multiple times, most recently when she was 15. She also believes that her father, who died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009, was murdered.

"He would drop hints about people being out to get him," she says. "And at some point he was like, 'They're gonna kill me one day.'" 

She "absolutely" believes this, adding, "It's obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bulls***, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup."

While Paris wants justice, she says, "It's a chess game. And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that's all I can say about that right now."

You can read the interview at RollingStone.com now.

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna's work, work, work, work has paid off. The singer has extended her record for having the most Top 10 hits on Billboard's Radio Songs chart with a 28th top ten song, "Love on the Brain."

The single is RiRi's third top 10 hit on that chart from her album Anti, following "Work" and "Needed Me."

With her new title, Rihanna further extends her lead over Mariah Carey, who has the second most top 10s on that chart: 23. Lil Wayne is third with 19, while DrakeJay ZLudacrisT-Pain and Usher are all tied for fourth on the list with 17. 

Rih also has the most #1 tracks on the Radio Songs chart with 12.   

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCCalvin Harris has confirmed he’ll be debuting new songs this year -- and it seems like he already knows exactly how many.

He recently engaged with fans in a Twitter Q&A, where one of them asked, “Any new upcoming tracks this year?” The DJ-producer replied simply, “10.”

It’s unclear if he’ll be releasing them all at once in an album, or if he’ll be dropping 10 individual singles. Incidentally, 2017 marks 10 years since Calvin released his first album, I Created Disco.

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— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) January 23, 2017

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber has parted ways with his prized blue Ferrari.

The singer auctioned off the luxury car over the weekend at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The custom-made Ferrari, designed by West Coast Customs, was sold for more than $400,000.

"I've had it for roughly two years now. And it was my first Ferrari," Justin told Entertainment Tonight. "I have to say goodbye to my baby!... I'm gonna leave a pair of my old Calvins in there."  Justin is, of course, the face of Calvin Klein underwear.

Justin also gave the highest bidder a pair of tickets to one of his U.S. shows. His new set of tour dates kick off February 15 in Mexico.

Justin arrived at the Velocity Barrett-Jackson auction Saturday in Arizona to help put his Ferrari 458 on the block. He talked about the car before the bidding started.

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ABC/Lou RoccoBebe Rexha is ready to hit the road: the singer has announced dates for her first-ever North American headlining tour.

Dubbed The All Your Fault tour, the 20-city trek kicks off March 1 in Dallas Texas. She’ll make stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New York before concluding March 30 in Washington, D.C. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27 at 10 a.m. local time via BebeRexha.com.

The tour is in support of her debut album project, All Your Fault – Part 1, which comes out February 17. Her latest single, “I Got You,” puts her front and center as a solo artist after successful features on songs by Martin Garrix, David Guetta and G-Eazy.

Here is the list of dates:

3/1 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
3/2 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues - Bronze Peacock
3/3 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
3/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, LiveWire
3/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, Fonda
3/9 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
3/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
3/13 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
3/14 -- Seattle, WA, Crocodile
3/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Depot
3/17 -- Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
3/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Café
3/20 -- Chicago, IL, Metro
3/22 -- Detroit, MI, Magic Stick
3/23 -- Toronto, ON, Mod Club
3/24 -- Montreal, QC, Belmont
3/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, Underground Arts
3/27 -- Boston, MA, Sinclair
3/29 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
3/30 -- Washington, DC, U Street *
          
*Washington, DC tickets go on sale Thursday, January 26 at 10AM local time.

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Columbia Records/Disruptor RecordsOoh, la la! The Chainsmokers' new single, "Paris," is a hit.

Billboard reports that the duo's latest release has debuted at #7 on the Hot 100, giving the electronic duo its fourth top-10 hit.  Also worth noting: "Paris" debuted higher than their 12-week #1, "Closer" -- that entered the chart at #9.

Billboard also notes that thanks to "Paris," "Closer" and "Don't Let Me Down," The Chainsmokers have now been in the top 10 for 38 straight weeks.  In ten more weeks, they'll tie the record among duos or groups.  It's currently held by Ace of Base, who were in the top 10 for 48 straight weeks from 1993-1994.

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Dan SteinbergJustin Timberlake and Sting were among the composers landing Oscar nominations Tuesday morning.

Justin is nominated for "Can't Stop the Feeling!," the #1 hit from the animated film Trolls, for which Timberlake also served as executive music producer.  In addition, he had a starring role. This is JT's first Oscar nod, though he did appear in an Oscar-winning film: The Social Network.

He tweeted, "SPEECHLESS. WOWOWOW!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH @TheAcademy for this nomination for #CantStopTheFeeling Congrats to ALL the nominees!!

Sting, meanwhile, is up for "The Empty Chair," a song he wrote for the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story, about a journalist who was the first American citizen murdered by ISIS.  This is Sting's fourth nomination in this category: he was previously nominated in 2000, 2001 and 2003, but has yet to win.

In a statement, Sting said, "It was truly an honor to be part of this documentary and celebrate James Foley's heroic spirit and selfless compassion.  James was the ultimate journalist who gave his life to ensure that the unedited truth was reported to the world."

Also of note: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is nominated for "How Far I'll Go," the song he wrote for the animated film Moana.  Miranda also has a Tony, Emmy and a Grammy, so if he takes home the Oscar, he'll be one of the few people who've ever pulled off an EGOT, which is what it's called when you win all four top entertainment awards.

The other two songs nominated in this category -- "Audition" and "City of Stars" -- are both from La La Land, which leads all Oscar nominees with a record-tying 14 nods.

The Oscars,  hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air February 26 on ABC.

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Fifth Harmony at the People's Choice Awards; Cliff Lipson/CBSFifth Harmony, Carly Rae Jepsen and Nick Jonas will be adding a little heat to the National Hockey League All-Star Game this weekend.

The NHL revealed Monday that all three will perform in different capacities during the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.  Carly, who's Canadian, will sing the Canadian national anthem before the game, while Fifth Harmony will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner," making their second public appearance since the departure of member Camila Cabello. Jonas will provide the entertainment during the game's second intermission.

John Legend, Robin Thicke and John Ondrasik, aka Five for Fighting, were previously announced as performers.


The NHL All-Star Game airs Sunday, January 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Disney/Mark AshmanShe first broke out in 2016 thanks to her debut single "Here," which topped Billboard's Pop Songs chart.  Now, Alessia Cara has matched that success with her self-empowerment anthem "Scars to Your Beautiful," which has also reached #1 on the Pop Songs chart.  Alessia says she's glad that this particular song is finding such a big audience.

"You know what? I am, I definitely am," Alessia told ABC Radio when asked if she's surprised by the success of the song.  "Of course, with all my songs, you never really know what to expect, so I just kinda put it out blindly and hope for the best."  She adds, "But I'm just really happy that this song, of all the songs, is doing well."

Alessia is now the the first artist to score two Pop Songs #1s from a debut album since 2014, when Iggy Azalea did it.  

"This message is something that I really wanted to get out to everybody," she says of "Scars," which is about embracing and loving yourself for who you are. "And I hope that people take something from it.  So I'm glad it's reaching as many people as possible."  

Alessia will bring the message to an even bigger audience on February 4, when she makes her debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

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RCA RecordsThe nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards will be announced this morning at starting at 8:18 a.m. ET, and many of today's top artists are in the running to score nominations, including Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Pink and more.

Ninety-one songs are eligible for nomination for Best Song from a Motion Picture. To be eligible, songs have to include original words and music specifically written for the movie.  The song  also has to be heard during the movie, or be the first one to play over the end credits. Songs written or co-written by Pink, Justin Timberlake and Adam, as well as Hozier, Sia, Jessie J, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Imagine Dragons have all made the list. 

Pink's "Just Like Fire," from Alice Through the Looking Glass and Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls are the two biggest hits, but there's also Hozier's "Better Love" from The Legend of Tarzan, Adam Levine's "Go Now" from Sing Street, Ryan Tedder's "Faith" from the animated film Sing, Jessie J's "Superstar" from Ice Age: Collision Course, Imagine Dragons' "Levitate" from Passengers and Ellie Goulding's"Still Falling for You" from Bridget Jones' Baby.

The queen of possible nominees, though, is Sia, who has three songs on the list: "Angel by the Wings" from The Eagle Huntress, "Never Give Up" from Lion and "Waving Goodbye" from The Neon Demon.  She also co-wrote "Try Everything" for the movie Zootopia, which Shakira performed.

Some of these songs were nominated for Golden Globes as well, but "City of Stars" from La La Land ended up winning the trophy.  If that song is nominated for an Oscar, all those pop stars should start planning to go home empty-handed.  A consolation prize?  We may see them performing on the Oscars telecast, which airs February 26 on ABC.

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Courtesy The White House/Gary Miller/FilmMagicBarack Obama may no longer be POTUS, but he's killing it on Twitter.

After the former president vacated the office last week, he resumed tweeting from his personal, @BarackObama, which he's had since 2007.  Since then, he's been steadily gaining in followers, and as of Monday evening he'd tied Taylor Swift, who is the third most-followed person in the world, behind Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

As of Monday evening, Obama and Taylor both had 83.2 million followers.  Justin has 91.4 million followers, and Katy has 95.5 million.  Taylor hasn't commented on the fact that the former POTUS has caught up to her.

Omer Ginor, the managing director of TwitterCounter, told the New York Post that Obama could surpass Taylor soon, considering he's racked up 2.5 million followers in three days.

By the way, Donald Trump's personal Twitter account had 21.7 million followers as of Monday.

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Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips hails from Albany, Georgia, which was devastated over the weekend by a number of lethal tornadoes.  It's no wonder that Phillip is now planning to play a benefit show to help those impacted by the storms.

Bo Henry, a local musician and businessman, told The Albany Herald that Phillip, as well as country superstar Luke Bryan, have agreed to perform, and that he is currently working out the details. 

Henry told the paper, “This recovery effort is going to be here for the long haul. So many people want to help, to volunteer, and that means so much to the victims of these storms. But we reached out in our devastation to the guys who can really raise money, enough to make a big difference in our region.”

On Monday, Phillip tweeted, "Pray for my city. My hometown. So much devistation [sic], so many lives taken and so many blessed to be alive. Just keep everyone here in mind."

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Katie YuThe first official trailer has been released for Lifetime’s Britney Spears biopic, Britney Ever After.

The clip focuses on Britney’s infamous 2007 meltdown and shows scenes of her being followed by paparazzi, performing on stage and shaving her head. The pop star is played by Natasha Bassett in the movie.

“I’m not going to say I was fine, because I wasn’t,” Bassett as Britney says in a voiceover. “Everything’s just kind of this blur, you know. Until you hit rock bottom.”

“I want to be strong for my fans,” she adds. “They’re what keeps me going.”

Britney Ever After premieres on Lifetime on February 18. The film has not been authorized by Britney.

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You know her name, but do you know her story? #BritneyEverAfter premieres, February 18th at 8/7c. pic.twitter.com/IADZsZe9x2

— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) January 23, 2017

 

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Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran takes a trip down memory lane for his new “Castle on the Hill” video.

The visual for the nostalgic tune is set in Ed’s hometown of Framlingham, England and even features a younger Ed lookalike. The teenage version of Ed acts out the lyrics of the song as he’s seen hanging out with friends, sharing some beers, smoking hand-rolled cigarettes and having his first kiss. Those scenes are intercut with shots of grownup Ed wistfully roaming the countryside.

Ed co-produced the video and used kids from the school he attended. “Loved filming this in [Framlingham]. All these kids are actually from my high school! Go watch it & share it far and wide,” he tweeted.

Last week, Ed’s other single, “Shape of You,” debuted at number one of the Billboard Hot 100. “Castle on the Hill” came in at number six, making him the first act to debut two songs in the top 10 at the same time.

Meanwhile, Ed has been announced as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 11. It'll be his second time performing on the show. Alec Baldwin will host for a record-breaking 17th time.

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna is a bad gal and nasty woman. The singer was spotted protesting during New York City's Women's March over the weekend in front of Trump Tower, the building President Donald Trumpowns on Fifth Avenue.

A fellow protester captured RiRi chanting "Welcome to your first day, we will not go away" on video, which was posted on Twitter

RiRi shared a few Instagram photos, including one of the superstar standing among a number of protest signs, showing her further support of the rally. 

"So proud to be a woman! So proud of the women around the world who came together today for pro-choice!" she wrote in the caption.    

Saturday's Women's March event in Washington, D.C., which was organized to raise awareness of a variety of social justice and human rights issues, became a global movement.  

Thousands of people in cities worldwide -- including Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Mexico City and London -- united in support of the cause during Trump's presidential inauguration weekend. 

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Image Group LA/ABCJohn Legend is taking the high road after revealing a recent incident where he was called a "monkey" by a photographer.

Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, first tweeted about the incident, explaining the couple were at New York's John F. Kennedy airport when a paparazzi began to harass them.

“Paparazzi at JFK just asked me 'If we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?' – and people wonder why celebs lose it in pics,” Teigen wrote after the racially-charged encounter happened.

Legend then recounted the incident at the Variety Studio on Saturday, while promoting his WGN series Underground at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Oscar-winner explained that although he was initially shocked by the action, he wasn't altogether surprised by the paps' ignorant comment.

“We were right next to each other and we looked at each other like, ‘Did he really just say that?’ And he really said it. He basically called me a monkey,” John told the magazine.

“Black folks have had to deal with being called monkeys for a long time and dehumanization has always been kind of a method of racism and subjugation of black people and that’s just part of American history — and it’s part of the present, apparently.”

Fortunately, Legend says that he's not letting the unfortunate incident bring him down.  Instead, he's taking the high road because now he's "smarter" and "stronger."

“We saw with the former president, Obama, whenever people wanted to discount him or discount his wife, they compared them to apes," he explained.  

"And we’ve seen that frequently. I’m not hurt by someone saying that to me because I’m smarter, I’m stronger. I look down on that person that would say something like that. But it’s a shame that it still exists.” 

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XL/Columbia RecordsAdele, James Bay and Ed Sheeran are among Britain's 500 Most Influential People, according to a U.K. company that's been around since 1769.

The company, Debrett's, has recognized "people of influence and achievement in British society" for more than two hundred years.  In 2014, it launched Debrett's 500, which highlights "the most influential, inspiring and high achieving individuals" across Britain.

The 500 "influencers" are chosen from a variety of fields, including music.  In that category, Adele, James and Ed are all named, as well as Simon Cowell, Chris Martin of Coldplay, producer Mark Ronson of "Uptown Funk" fame, DJ and Taylor Swift ex Calvin Harris, girl group Little Mix, and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction.  Oddly, no other members of One Direction made the list.

Adele was, naturally, tops on the list, thanks to the success of her album 25 -- the fastest-selling disc in U.K. chart history -- and her sold-out world tour, which will end this summer in London.

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Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Miami BeachJustin Bieber just threw a little shade at his ex Selena Gomez's reported boyfriend, The Weeknd.

When a TMZ reporter caught up with Bieber on his way out of a West Hollywood eatery Friday and asked if the "Sorry" singer could listen to a Weeknd song, Justin replied, "Hell no, I can't listen to a Weeknd song," adding, "That s*** is wack."

Gomez, 24, and The Weeknd, 26, have been working on new music together and were also reportedly spotted making out with each other earlier this month. 

Bieber, 22, and Gomez dated on and off for three years before calling it quits for good in 2014.

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Paul Morigi/WireImageThere were lots of celebrity speakers at the Women’s March on Washington Saturday, but perhaps none of them made the headlines that surprise speaker Madonna did.

She defended remarks she made at the event, including the lines: "Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair."

"I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context," she wrote on Instagram Sunday.

"My speech began with 'I want to start a revolution of love.' I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world," she said.

"I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things -- one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt," Madonna added. "However, I know that acting out of anger doesn't solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love."

The singer ended her statement with saying that it was "an honor to be part of an audience chanting 'we choose love.'"

Kellyanne Conway, special counselor to President Trump, called out Madonna for her "profanity-laced" speech Sunday on ABC's This Week.

"You have a very prominent singer who's worth hundreds of millions of dollars not going over to a woman's shelter here in D.C. to write a check, but instead saying that she thought of, quote, 'burning down the White House,'" Conway said.

By the way, Taylor Swift's normally not one to get political, but she made a mild exception for the Women's March, tweeting Saturday. "So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I'm proud to be a woman today, and every day."

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Greg WilliamsIf you think it'd be great to have Ed Sheeran as a boyfriend, you may want to reconsider -- this is a guy whose idea of a hot date is the girl sitting there while he builds Lego sets.

Appearing on the British talk show The Graham Norton Show, Ed admitted that when he finally started making money, he didn't splurge on fancy cars or a big house: he bought toys instead.

"Any good parent will know...if a kid wants a Lego set, you get them the small one, you don’t get them the big one that’s like 359 [pounds]," said Ed. "So when my album went to number one, I was passing the Lego store and I saw the big Death Star [set] and I went, 'You know what? It’s time.'”

In fact, Ed loves the plastic blocks so much that, he revealed, "I once went on a date and brought a Lego set and made the Lego set and then left."  As the audience cracked up, a horrified Norton asked him exactly what he built on that date.

"A Pirates of the Caribbean pirate ship," Ed replied sheepishly. "I hope you gave it to her as a gift at the end!" Norton scolded him.  An even more sheepish Ed said, "Uh, no."  No wonder he has a song called "Lego House" on his first album.

And it's not just Legos that Ed spends his money on.  He revealed that when he buys toys for actual kids, he buys even better ones for himself.

"I went to buy my goddaughter a Ninja Turtle toy for her birthday," he said. "And then...there was a huge Ninja Turtle truck, and I was looking at the small toy I got for her and the big truck and I was like, 'I’m getting that for me!'”

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