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The Recording AcademyThe nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be announced November 28, but if you want an easy way to catch up on the albums and songs that are up for the music industry's highest honor, the Recording Academy's got one.

January 12 will see the release of the 2018 Grammy Nominees album.  It'll feature a collection of songs from the nominees, including those in the "Big Four" categories of Record, Song and Album of the Year, plus Best New Artist.  While the nominees are still unknown, it's pretty safe to assume that Ed Sheeran will be included on the album one way or another.

A portion of the proceeds from the album's sales will benefit the Recording Academy's charitable endeavors, including MusiCares and the Grammy Museum.

You can pre-order the 2018 Grammy Nominees album starting November 24 for a chance to win a trip for two to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held January 28 at Madison Square Garden and air live on CBS.

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CMTKesha is a huge fan of both country music and Bob Dylan, which explains why she'll be starring on an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads with Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show.

In 2004, Old Crow Medicine Show released a song called "Wagon Wheel," which they created after their lead singer, Ketch Secor, added verses to a chorus written by Bob Dylan.  Also, Old Crow’s latest album and DVD, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, pays tribute to Bob Dylan’s iconic 1966 album Blonde on Blonde.

Kesha showed off her love of Dylan at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards when she performed his classic "It Ain't Me Babe."  As for her country music cred, her latest album, Rainbow, includes a duet with Dolly Parton on a remake of Dolly's hit, “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You),” which was co-written by Kesha's mother, Pebe  Sebert.

Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show stage their episode of CMT Crossroads Tuesday in Music City. You catch the show’s premiere Wednesday, December 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Lester Cohen/WireImageEarlier this year at the Grammy Awards, Adele said that Beyoncé should have won Album of the Year, not her.  Well, at least Beyoncé can laugh all the way to the bank.

Forbes puts Bey at #1 on its annual list of the highest-paid women in music, which was compiled from pre-tax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.  Even though she took some time off to welcome twins Rumi and Sir, Beyoncé still raked in $105 million, thanks to her Formation World Tour and sales of her album, Lemonade.

Adele came in second on Forbes' list, with earnings of $69 million, thanks to her first major tour since 2011, and sales of her album, 25.

Even though Taylor Swift didn't release a new album or a new single during the period Forbes examined, she still came in third on the list with pre-tax earnings of $44 million.  That total should rise significantly in the next year thanks to sales of her new album, Reputation, and an upcoming tour.

Here is the rest of the Forbes' list of highest-paid women in music:

4. Celine Dion, $42 million
5. Jennifer Lopez, $38 million
6. Dolly Parton, $37 million
7. Rihanna, $36 million
8. Britney Spears, $34 million
9. Katy Perry, $33 million
10. Barbra Streisand, $30 million

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ABC/Image Group LAWhether it’s best man or wedding singer, Nick Jonas is ready to take on whatever role is required of him at his brother Joe’s impending wedding to Sophie Turner.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the American Music Awards red carpet Sunday night, Nick says,  "I think my brother Kevin, when he got married, he had all of us be the best men. That's kind of the diplomatic approach, but I don't know. It's up to him."

Nick adds, "If he wants me to sing, I'll sing, but I kind of just want to be able to enjoy the night and dance my [butt] off."

Joe proposed to Game of Thrones star Sophie last month, and the two shared the news on Instagram. Nick posted his excitement over the engagement, writing, “Ahh! Congratulations to my brother... and sister in law to be on your engagement. I love you both so much.”

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Florent DéchardBruno Mars is bringing his brand of 24K Magic to the Apollo Theater for a new live concert special airing next week.

A trailer for the special shows Bruno and his band the Hooligans kicking off the show with a performance on top of the landmark theater’s famous marquee. We then see Bruno on the indoor stage, as the crowd goes wild. There are also shots of him cruising around New York City with his crew and meeting the locals.

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo, the singer’s first primetime TV special, airs Wednesday, November 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Courtesy YouTubeThe music competition series Best.Cover.Ever., hosted by Ludacris, launches today on YouTube with three episodes focusing on Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Jason Derulo.  In each episode, Demi, Katy and Jason will judge cover versions of their hits created by aspiring artists from around the world, and pick a winner, who will then get to duet with them.  Going through all the submissions, Demi tells ABC Radio, was "really cool."

On Demi's episode, musicians offer versions of her hit "Confident," performed in pretty much every style of music you can imagine, from solo females to all-male bands.  Demi narrows them down to two finalists: an R&B vocal group called AHMIR, and a Nashville band called Anthem Lights.  You have to watch the episode to find out who wins.

Demi says of fans covering her songs on YouTube, "It was an honor!"

"You know, it's so cool, I remember covering other people's songs, and knowing that people loved my song enough to cover it feels awesome," she tells ABC Radio.

These days, Demi says she likes to cover "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin, but in the past, she says she often covered Lil' Wayne's "How to Love."

Each Monday from now through December 21, additional episodes of Best.Cover.Ever. will premiere.  Next week, it's Charlie Puth and the Backstreet Boys.  December 4, it's Flo Rida and Nicky Jam.  On December 14, it's Bebe Rexha and on December 21, it's DNCE and Keith Urban.

Visit Best.Cover.Ever 's YouTube channel to watch.

 

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Dick Clark ProductionsIn addition to the marquee performances from Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Diana Ross (SEE RELATED STORY), there were plenty of other exciting performances at last night's American Music Awards.  Here's a rundown:

Seven-member K-pop band BTS made the girls in the audience lose their collective mind as the group made its American TV debut, dancing up a storm and singing "DNA," whose lyrics are entirely in Korean.

Imagine Dragons teamed with Khalid for a dynamic, exciting mash-up of the band's hit "Thunder" and Khalid's song "Young, Dumb and Broke." Surprisingly, the two songs sound similar enough that the duet worked perfectly.

Demi Lovato sang "Sorry Not Sorry" while her buddy Nick Jonas sang "Find You."

In her first performance in a year -- and her only TV performance of 2017 -- Selena Gomez premiered her new single "Wolves."  The performance was staged as though she'd been in an accident: She was shown lying on the ground in the woods in front of a car with a broken headlight, wearing a negligee and sporting a fake wound on her head.  But notably, her hair was dyed blonde, which is a new look for her.

Portgual. The Man sang their mega-hit "Feel It Still," which was preceded by a screen that flashed, "No computers up here -- all live instruments."  After the performance, the screen flashed an invitation for people to meet the band "at Wilshire Blvd after the show -- drinks on us."

Zedd and Alessia Cara did a stripped-down acoustic version of their hit "Stay," with just a piano and a string section.

Hailee Steinfeld, country duo Florida Georgia Line, Alesso and watt performed their collabo "Let Me Go."

New Artist of the Year winner Niall Horan, wearing an enormous hat, sang "Slow Hands."

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist winner Lady Gaga performed "The Cure" live via satellite during her concert in Washington, D.C. and then gave her acceptance speech on stage.

Macklemore and Skylar Grey performed "Glorious"; less than 24 hours earlier, Skylar was in New York City, singing with Eminem on Saturday Night Live.

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Shawn Mendes sang "There's Nothing Holding Me Back"

In addition, brief audition videos from three people who tried out for American Idol but who didn't receive a golden ticket were played.  The audience got to vote on their favorite, and the winner, who'll get that golden ticket, will be revealed on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

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ABC/Lou RoccoMariah Carey wants you to know that she's suffered through her share of sexual harassment on her way to the top -- but she's not going to name names.

During a chat with the Hollywood Reporter, the interviewer suggested to Mariah that she "probably had to deal with a lot of sleazy guys on your way to stardom," and asks if all the stories coming out now about sexual harassment and misbehavior "bring anything up for you."

"Does it bring up anything from my own life? Yeah," replies Mariah. "But I’m not going to make it all about me. I throw my support toward those women who have come forward. And in an earnest way, from my heart."

She adds, "I have to say everybody is being very courageous in these circumstances and so it’s a tip of the hat to them. They are brave. And yeah, these are some very strong women and it’s something to be admired. Of course, we hope things change and we hope that people don’t have to go through these things anymore."

The singer, who currently has an on-demand animated Christmas special and DVD called All I Want for Christmas is You, says she has one wish for Christmas this year.

"Peace and harmony," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Can we have that?"

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Dick Clark ProductionsBruno Mars was the big winner at last night's American Music Awards, which aired live from L.A. on ABC. He scored in seven of the eight categories he was nominated in, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for 24K Magic.  Unfortunately, he wasn't on hand to accept his hardware.

"I wish I could be partying with y’all, but I’m a million miles away right now in a f*****' minivan," the singer said in a videotaped acceptance speech for Artist of the Year.  But even though the audience was deprived of one of Bruno's patented show-stopping performances, there were plenty of others to make up for it.

Chief among them was Pink, who sang "Beautiful Trauma" while performing an eye-popping, breath-taking aerial dance routine while literally hanging off the side of the JW Marriott, high above L.A.  As she and her dancers flipped, twirled, and climbed up and across the outside of the building Batman-style, it was hard to believe she was singing live, but we're pretty sure she was.  The video for the song, which stars Channing Tatum, will premiere on Tuesday.

Pink and Kelly Clarkson also helped kicked off the show in grand style.  First, Jamie Foxx made a speech in which he referred to the many tragedies the country has suffered in the past year -- wildfires, hurricanes and hate-fueled violence -- and introduced a group of real-life first responders.

He continued, "As this year comes to a close, we look forward to 2018 with hope. For even as we mourn those who are lost, we know this: Together our strength will pull us through, together we shall overcome the pain, together we can unite as a people and a nation."   Then, Pink and Kelly duetted for the first time ever, singing R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts."

Later, Kelly returned for her own performance, singing her first post-American Idol hit, "Miss Independent," before seguing into her current hit "Love So Soft."

By the way, "Miss Independent" was co-written by Christina Aguilera, who delivered another memorable performance: She paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston's record-breaking soundtrack for The Bodyguard, released 25 years ago this week. 

With her hair slicked back and minimal makeup, Christina sang a medley of "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "Run to You" and "I'm Every Woman." At the end, an emotional Christina said, "Thank you Whitney Houston, for being the best inspiration ever!" 

Pink was seen in the audience watching Christina with tears in her eyes. Despite what some were saying on Twitter, the two have long quashed their ancient beef and are now friends, and she was genuinely moved by the performance.

Yet another emotional moment came when Linkin Park won for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.  The producers evidently weren't aware that the band, who lost their lead singer Chester Bennington to suicide earlier this year, was in the house, but they eventually made their way to the stage.  LP's Mike Shinoda dedicated the win to Chester's "memory," "talent," "sense of humor" and "joy," adding, "Take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud."

The show ended with the legendary Diana Ross -- mother of the show's host, Tracee Ellis Ross -- winning the Lifetime Achievement Award and performing a medley of her hits.  Dressed in a fabulous gown, with her hair as big as ever, the 73-year-old icon sang "I'm Coming Out," "Take Me Higher," "Ease on Down the Road," "The Best Years of My Life" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

While singing the latter song, Ross brought some of her grandchildren on stage, and then her entire family joined her.  So did fellow Motown legend Smokey Robinson and 87-year-old Motown founder Berry Gordy, the man who made Ross a star, and fathered her daughter Rhonda.

Two videotaped tributes to Miss Ross were also played: one was from Taylor Swift, who said, "I don't personally know anyone in music who hasn't been inspired by you and influenced by you..you have paved the way for everyone who does what we do now, including me." 

The other was from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.  "We still listen to Diana around the house," said Obama. "That's why I gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year. But this is a big deal too!"

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Dick Clark ProductionsArtist of the Year
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock
Lady Gaga

Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars

Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Album - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars -- “24K Magic

Favorite Song - Pop/Rock
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber -- “Despacito”

New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile
Niall Horan

Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber -- “Despacito”

Tour of the Year

Coldplay

Video of the Year
Bruno Mars -- “That’s What I Like”

Favorite Male Artist - Country
Keith Urban

Favorite Female Artist - Country
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group - Country
Little Big Town

Favorite Album - Country
Keith Urban -- Ripcord

Favorite Song - Country
Keith Urban -- “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop
Kendrick Lamar -- DAMN.

Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop
DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne -- “I’m the One”

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B
Beyoncé

Favorite Album - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars -- 24K Magic

Favorite Song - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars -- “That’s What I Like”

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock
Linkin Park

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Artist - Latin
Shakira

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational
Lauren Daigle

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
The Chainsmokers

Top Soundtrack
Moana

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Jamie-James MedinaAfter a week of rumors, the executive producer of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show special has finally confirmed this year's performers.

Ed Razek tells People magazine that Harry Styles, Miguel, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese artist Jane Zhang are part of this year's lineup for the special, which will tape Monday in Shanghai, China.

This past week, it was rumored that Katy Perry was denied a visa to enter the country because she'd once worn a dress decorated with sunflowers, which are a symbol of an anti-China movement. It was also reported that Gigi Hadid was denied a visa because of a social media post that China felt was derogatory.  But according to Razek, those reports are not true.

"The news reports I’ve been reading from the U.S. here in Shanghai regarding this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I’m seeing and experiencing on site,” he says.

“This will, without question, be the biggest fashion event in history and our most ambitious show by far," he adds, noting, “The Chinese have been wonderful and enthusiastic hosts and partners."

The show will also feature 55 models, including Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Alessandro Ambrosio, Bella Hadid, Candice Swanepoel, Martha Hunt and many more.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Tuesday, November 28, at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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ABC/Craig SjodinThis season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars featured three musicians as contestants, and all three of them will be performing during the show's finale next week.

The season 25 finale, airing on ABC Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET, will feature a performance from contestant Nick Lachey, who'll be singing "Someone to Dance With," a new ballad that was inspired by his and his wife Vanessa's time on the show this season. Finalist Jordan Fisher, a singer and actor, will duet with contestant Debbie Gibson on two Christmas favorites: "Sleigh Ride" and "What Christmas Means to Me." And finalist Lindsey Stirling will perform her holiday song "Christmas C'mon" with singer Becky G.

Monday night's show, during which the four remaining couples will each dance two numbers, will feature two musical performances: one by Pitbull and Fifth Harmony singing their current collabo “Por Favor,” and one by Alexander Jean -- DWTS pro Mark Ballas' duo with his wife BC Jean -- who'll perform “Wouldn’t Change Anything.”

The four finalists are:

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold

Drew Scott and Emma Slater

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson

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Tom SchirmacherFox's new music reality competition show, The Four: Battle for Stardom, has its judging panel.

Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, Sean "Diddy" Combs and record executive Charlie Walk will star on the show, which premieres January 4. 

The show starts with four finalists who've been chosen by the judges.  Each singer will then defend his or her spot by trying to out-perform new contestants who want to replace them.  If they fail, they go home, and the challenger takes their place.

The interactive part of the competition comes with the challengers: they'll be made up of viewers who think they're better than the finalists.  They'll submit audition videos which will be streamed online, and then America will help decide who'll actually make it onto the show.

At the end of the season, the four finalists -- whomever they end up being -- then have to face off against each other, and one will be the champion.  At that point, the panel of experts will become the winner's team and help launch their career.  To audition, visit thefourmusic.com.

In a statement, Meghan says, "I know firsthand what it’s like to be thrown into the music industry head first, as an artist and a songwriter. I also know what it takes to hang on for the ride. I’m so humbled to help discover new talent with this amazing panel of experts.”  

Diddy declared, "This show is going to disrupt the world of competition television and will revolutionize the format… We plan on being the best talent show out there, taking it to that next level and making history again."

Fox's former music reality competition show, American Idol, will launch in its new, revamped version on ABC March 11.

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Courtesy of Ultra RecordsThe ladies of Fifth Harmony continue to branch out with solo endeavors. Lauren Jauregui has teamed up with DJ-producer Steve Aoki for a new track featuring her solo vocals, called “All Night.”

"Working with Steve was such an incredible experience, I love his energy and am such a fan of what he brings to the music,” Lauren says in a statement.  “This song was so special to work on, perfecting and vocal producing, and writing. I can’t wait for the world to have it! So grateful to Steve for trusting me and my process."

The danceable track is about making an intense connection with someone and wanting to make it last.  “Got me paralyzed/I don’t think I can fight this/Why’s it feel so right?/Let’s keep this going all night,” she sings.

Aside from her work with Fifth Harmony, Lauren has also appeared on the Halsey track “Strangers” and a song with her rumored boyfriend, Ty Dolla $ign, called “In Your Phone.”

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Sølve Sundsbø/Vincent PetersKelly Clarkson is thrilled about singing with Pink on Sunday night's American Music Awards, not only because she's a huge fan, but because -- surprisingly -- the two have never really met before.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Kelly says, "Oh my gosh, I'm so excited...I think we met in passing, like, quickly on the Today show right after I won American Idol 15 years ago. But we didn't really talk."

As Kelly recalls, "She was talking to [Idol runner-up] Justin Guarini because they're both from Philly, and I guess went to the same school, I didn't really get to talk to her then."

And Kelly says she can't wait to sing with an artist who she admires so much.

"At the core, we both love great singers, we both love soulful music," she explains. "She's branched out just like me, in, like, singer-songwriter kinda country stuff or rock 'n' roll. We both love a lot of the same things."

Kelly also says she hopes the team-up, which will open the ABC telecast at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, will be as memorable for their fans as previous team-ups were for her.

"When I was a kid, I remember anytime two big singers would get together that people were fans of...I remember, like, Mariah and Whitney Houston did it," Kelly says.  She laughs, "I mean, not that we're Mariah and Whitney, but just for our generation, being two popular females with popular music."

Kelly also tweeted about the duet, "Gonna play it super cool whilst singing with @Pink this Sunday at the #AMAs. But know on the inside I will be freaking the &$@! out.”

To which Pink responded, "You're joking! I am humbly prepared to be outsung:) I adore you and I cannot wait."

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AJ NumanKaty Perry has apparently been denied entry into China ahead of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on Monday.

Sources tell the New York Post’s Page Six that Katy was set to perform at the show, but was rejected when she applied for a visa to enter the country. Her denial apparently stems from a 2015 incident in which she wore a dress decoraged with sunflowers – the symbol of anti-China protesters – during her concert in Taiwan.

Page Six reports that some models, including Gigi Hadid, were also banned for walking in the show due to social media posts which Chinese officials deemed offensive.

Gigi was allegedly banned for a February Instagram video in which she held up a cookie shaped like Buddha and imitated the religious figure’s expression by squinting her eyes.

She tweeted on Thursday, “I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!!”

Harry Styles and Miguel are rumored to be performing at the fashion show, which airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Harley WeirCan’t get enough Harry Styles? You can watch him rock out this weekend in a new live concert special on Apple Music.

Harry Styles: Behind the Album -- the Performances premieres today, featuring Harry performing all 10 tracks from his self-titled debut album. It’s an extended look at the performances from his Behind the Album special, which came out May 15.

He and his band perform the set live from the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. In a clip from the special, available on YouTube, Harry jams to his song “Kiwi.”

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Natasha BelikoveLindsey Stirling's holiday album Warmer in the Winter came out last month, and the single "Christmas C'mon," featuring Becky G, has been out for a while too.   But the festive video for the track has just arrived, featuring Lindsey showing off some of her Dancing with the Stars skills.

In the clip, Lindsey is a violin-playing tin solider doll in a gift box, while Becky is a Barbie-like fashion doll in a plastic display box, complete with accessories like a blow dryer and a hairbrush.  Both women exit their boxes, and Becky starts singing while Lindsey dances and plays the violin. At one point, a male G.I. Joe-type doll is freed from his box and joins in the fun.

In the clip, the Dancing with the Stars finalist displays some fancy footwork, including what looks like a jive.  You'll find out next week if she and her partner Mark Ballas take home the Mirror Ball trophy on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She and Becky G will perform "Christmas C'mon" on the finale Tuesday night.

Lindsey's also out on tour in support of Warmer in the Winter.


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Universal Music Latin Entertainment/Republic RecordsIt's been a great 24 hours for Luis Fonsi.

First, the Puerto Rican singer swept the Latin Grammys Thursday night, with his smash "Despacito" winning in four categories:  “Record of the Year,” “Song of the year,” “Best Urban Fusion/Performance” and “Best Music Video Short Version.”  Luis also closed the show with a performance of "Despacito" done in four different musical styles, including a dance remix with Diplo.

Now Friday, Luis and Demi Lovato release their collaboration, "Echame La Culpa," or "Blame Me," as well as the video for the track.  It was directed by Carlos Perez, who also helmed the record-breaking clip for "Despacito."

In a statement, Luis says of working with Demi, "What thrilled me the most was her desire to sing in Spanish and how perfectionist she was with the pronunciation of the lyrics.” 

For her part, Demi says of Fonsi, "He was not only extremely grateful, sweet [and] outgoing, but...also patient with my Spanish, which is really refreshing because I was worried that it was not going to be good...but it turned out OK and I was really grateful for him that he was able to be there and he was very supportive."

Luis continues his Love and Dance World Tour on November 19 with a series of European shows in Russia, Latvia, Serbia, Croatia, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Republic RecordsJessie J tackles self-empowerment and body positivity in her new song, “Queen”

The R&B-tinged jam includes encouraging messages to women who may not feel like they’re good enough. In the song, Jessie repeats the mantra, “I love my body/I love my skin/I am a goddess/I am a queen.”

Jessie explains the inspiration behind the song, telling her fans in a statement, “I wrote this song because we ALL need to remind ourselves more out-loud how beautiful we are inside out. Simple. This isn’t just another song for me this is a way of thinking and a mantra we all deserve. Thank you for your unconditional love and support. I love you all.”

“Queen” is the first official single off Jessie J's upcoming album. R.O.S.E, due in 2018.

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