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Jay GunningRihanna wants young girls and boys around the world to receive an exemplary education -- and so the singer is putting herself out in front of the effort to make that happen as the new Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.   

Rih Rih's Clara Lionel Foundation will partner with the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen to help children find success in the classroom and beyond school doors.

As the GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will have the ability to encourage policymakers and world leaders responsible for overseeing global education for today's youth and future generations.   

"I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I'm proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation's partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally," she said.

Rihanna is set to appear during Saturday's Global Citizen festival in New York City. 

The Clara Lionel Foundation was created in 2012 by the artist to support and develop world-class educational programs in her home country of Barbados and other countries. 

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Streamline/InterscopeLady Gaga has released the track listing for her new album Joanne, due October 21.

The deluxe version of the album has 14 tracks, including that duet with Florence Welch of Florence the Machine, called "Hey Girl," that she's mentioned in interviews.  There are 11 songs on the standard album.

Here's the deluxe tracklisting:

 

"Diamond Heart"
"A-Yo"
"Joanne"
"John Wayne"
"Dancin' in Circles"
"Perfect Illusion"
"Million Reasons"
"Sinner's Prayer"
"Come to Mama"
"Hey Girl" ft. Florence Welch
"Angel Down"
"Grigio Girls"
"Just Another Day"
"Angel Down" (Work tape)

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Columbia RecordsAre you tired of The Chainsmokers' #1 hit "Closer"?  Well, why not change things up and listen to a remix of it?

The EDM duo has just released a remix package of their collaboration with Halsey.  The four-track collection, available as a download only, includes reworkings of the song from R3hab, Shaun Frank, Wuki and Robotaki.

"Closer" has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, and the lyric video is approaching 300 million views.

In other Chainsmokers news, the duo will be performing at the winter X Games, which will be held in Aspen, Colorado, January 26-29.  The Chainsmokers will perform on the 28th -- G-Eazy will close out the event on the 29th.

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ABC/Rick RowellPharrell Williams and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, are expecting!

People reports that Lasichanh is pregnant with the couple's second child. The happy pair confirmed the news to the magazine on Thursday while en route to dine and mingle at a Chanel-hosted dinner. 

Pharrell and Helen, who married in 2013, are parents to a 7-and-a-half year-old son, Rocket Ayer.    

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Courtesy of Live NationIt's been assumed for months that Backstreet Boys would be announcing a Las Vegas residency, but now it's finally happened.  Backstreet Boys: Larger than Life will debut at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino March 1, 2017.

In a statement, Brian Littrell says, "If you’ve ever been to a Backstreet Boys show… it’s going to be that, on steroids."

Tickets go on sale October 1 at 10 a.m. PT, but American Express Card Members can get them starting this Monday, September 26.  Tickets start at $39 each, but VIP packages and meet-and-greets will be available.

Here are the dates announced so far:

March 2017: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18
June 2017: 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30
July 2017: 1

Backstreet Boys also are working on a new album.

The AXIS is host to Britney Spears' show Piece of Me, Jennifer Lopez's show All I Have and Lionel Richie's All the Hits.

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Island Def JamJustin Bieber's got the perfect Christmas gift for you, but you'll need a record player.

Justin's 2011 holiday album Under the Mistletoe has been issued on vinyl for the first time.  The 11-track album, packaged with a 12-page booklet, features guest appearances by Usher, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Busta Rhymes and the country group The Band Perry.  It was the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart.

The success of Under the Mistletoe also let Justin set another record: the first solo artist to score three #1 albums before the age of 18.  The Christmas disc eventually went platinum and to date has sold 1.5 million copies.

Here's the track listing:

SIDE ONE
1. "Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas"
2. "Mistletoe"
3. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)" ft. Usher
4. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
5. "Fa La La" ft. Boyz II Men

SIDE TWO
6. "All I Want for Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)" Duet with Mariah Carey
7. "Drummer Boy" ft. Busta Rhymes
8. "Christmas Eve"
9. "All I Want Is You
10. "Home This Christmas" ft. The Band Perry
11. "Silent Night"

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Image Group LA/ABCWhile we wait for the first social media post showing off Adam Levine's new baby daughter, we have the word of two celebrities that the kid is good-looking.

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Gwen Stefani, Adam's pal and former The Voice colleague, told Ellen, "Adam's actually been...Facetiming me all day 'cause he just had his baby....so cute!!!"  Ellen chimed in, "I know, I saw the baby...she's adorable!"

Considering little Dusty Rose Levine's mom is Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and her dad is a former People "Sexiest Man Alive," we'd be disappointed if she wasn't cute, honestly.

Gwen also talked about her tour -- her first in seven years -- and what an amazing time she's been having.  When Ellen tried to spill on when she and boyfriend Blake Shelton are getting married, she dodged the question, but she did gush about another man: Justin Timberlake.  Gwen is featured on the soundtrack of the animated movie Trolls, which is out today.  She said the highlight of the project was getting to work with JT.

"It came at a crazy time when I was write in the middle of writing [my album]," she told Ellen.  "I didn't even know he was gonna be on the project and I got there and he was like, 'I wrote a song for you,' and I was like, 'No way!' 'cause I've wanted to work with him forever, I think he's so incredible and talented and magical."

"He played me this track and I was like, 'Whaaaat???' It was so 'me,' and I got to record it and it's gonna be in the movie," she added. "I love him."

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Republic RecordsDNCE is unleashing a new track from their upcoming debut album. It's called "Body Moves," and it'll be out next Friday.

The track appears on the group's self-titled debut album, due November 18.  We assume it's a sexy tune, since the cover art features a blurred photo of a guy -- possibly DNCE frontman Joe Jonas -- moving in to kiss a blonde wearing black lingerie.

The song is the group's third single, following "Cake By the Ocean" and "Toothbrush."  However, it's being billed as the "first single" from the album, so it's not clear if the group's first two singles will even be included on the disc.

 

 

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteStudents and school staff members in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are giving thanks to Taylor Swift after she donated to the state to help victims of the devastating flood there.

Central Community School System posted a video on its Facebook page, set to Taylor's "Shake It Off," to salute the pop star. At the start of the clip, one student of Tanglewood Elementary declares, "It's OK because we're Central schools and we're gonna shake it off."

We then see students and staff members dancing and spelling out "Central Schools [Heart] Taylor Swift."

The message accompanying the post states, "We invite Taylor to visit our district any time!!"

Taylor's rep announced in August that the singer was donating one million dollars to help flood victims. Taylor said in a statement at the time that Louisiana residents "made us feel completely at home" when she and her touring crew launched the U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour in the state last year.

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Gareth Cattermole/Getty ImagesAt her concert at New York's Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, Adele dedicated her performance to the recently split Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, saying that it "feels like the end of an era." It turns out she was just joking.

Adele addressed the Brangelina breakup again during her concert at MSG Thursday night, making her true feelings very clear.

"I would like to say I think it's a bit sick you're reporting on an absolute joke. I don't care if they've broken up. I couldn't give a f******* s***," she declared, as the audience laughed and applauded.

"I don't care, I don't know them," she added.

To emphasize how little she cares, the British singer scoffed, "It's ridiculous, what's going on in the world, and that's front-page news."

That should clear up any confusion about how Adele really feels about the superstar ex-couple.

Adele will perform three more times at MSG -- Friday, Sunday and Monday -- before continuing her North American tour with a series of dates in Montreal and Toronto.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCShawn Mendes was the musical guest on Thursday night's The Tonight Show and helped host Jimmy Fallon read some of his favorite #FallSongs,

Fallon's weekly "Tonight Show Hashtags" usually features him reading his favorite viewer tweets with a hashtag he's chosen, but this time, Mendes sang them, backed by Jimmy's house band, The Roots

Here are a few examples:

To the tune of his own hit, "Stitches," Mendes sang, "Watch me sneeze until I can't breathe, allergies are gonna kill me, and now that I'm without warm weather, I'll be needing sweaters."

Next, Shawn used Simon & Garfunkel's classic "The Sound of Silence" to deliver a tweet that read, "Hello Starbucks my old friend, It's time for pumpkin spice again."

The 18-year-old Toronto, Canada native chose Adele's "Hello" as the melody for a tweet that read: "Hello, it's trees. We were wondering if all these months you'd like some leaves."

Shawn got some help from Jimmy on a takeoff of The Proclaimers' "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" that declared, "And I would rake 500 piles, and I would rake 500 more. Just to be the man who raked 1,000 leaves outside of your front door."

Later, he sang "Mercy," from his new album, Illuminate.

Mendes will head his first-ever arena world tour in 2017 in support of the album.

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The Film Arcade/Paramount PicturesNick Jonas never went to college -- he was too busy touring the world with his brothers and being an international pop star.  But in his new movie Goat, in theaters today, he gets to explore the dark side of college life, which he hopes will be a cautionary tale for anyone who's considering pledging a fraternity.

Goat is based on Brad Land's 2004 memoir about being hazed as a member of Kappa Sigma at Clemson University.  In the film, the university is fictional, but the hazing is all too real: during Hell Week, the pledges are locked in cages, forced to slap each other repeatedly, chug dangerous amounts of alcohol and subject themselves to other, truly disgusting, forms of debasement. 

Little brother Brad, played by Ben Schnetzer, is determined to pledge the fraternity his big brother Brett -- that's Nick -- belongs to.  But when things get out of hand, Brett himself begins to question whether or not these humiliating and dangerous rituals are really necessary to prove your manhood.

"It was a tough movie to make," Nick tells ABC Radio. "It was very emotional for all of us in the cast. And the storytelling in it needed to be as real as possible, and that meant going to some deep dark places."

In fact, Nick recently told Rolling Stone, "When you get 30 twentysomething-year-old guys all together, even in a sense of make-believe, things can get really intense. There's an alpha thing that kicks in, and you want to push the envelope. I caught myself, in moments, going further than I ever thought I'd be able to."

The movie debuted to good reviews at Sundance and it's continued to get praise from critics.  Nick, who's trying to build his acting career along with his solo music career, tells ABC Radio, "I'm thrilled that it's getting a positive reaction, so hopefully people go check it out." 

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ABC/Randy HolmesJames Bay kicked off the latest leg of his U.S. tour earlier this week; tonight, he'll play Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.  While James has toured the U.S. a number of times since his breakthrough last year, he says he's still excited to play for those fans who still haven't gotten the chance to see him live.  "It's brand new to a lot of people," he says of his set.

"What I really wanna do is honor the fact that we're going to a lot of places in the States I haven't really been before and a few places that we've only been a couple times," James tells ABC Radio, explaining why he doesn't plan to alter his set list much from the last tour he did in the U.S. 

"And then the places that we've been before we're doing much bigger venues then we've ever done," he adds. "So, there's a lot of new people there."

James, whose debut album Chaos and the Calm has produced the hits "Let It Go" and "Hold Back the River," says it's those new people he has in mind every night when he performs.

"It's a wonderful thing that I have been able to tour and tour America and just the world in general and play the same set of songs and it never feels old," James tells ABC Radio. "You gotta remember that it's brand new to a lot of people, especially in this big country, where music takes a while to digest."

"So I'm bringing to some parts [of the country] the same thing, always with a new energy," he adds. "I guess in other parts, in my own way, I'll be switching things up."  

Next week, James will play New York's famed Radio City Music Hall. The tour wraps up October 8 in Kansas City, MO.

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCMiley Cyrus showed on Late Night on Thursday, in a taped segment with host Seth Meyers called, "Forced Friends with Seth and Miley."

The recurring bit features Meyers trying to make more of an effort to befriend other NBC hosts.  This time, Meyers tried to break the ice with Miley, who's a coach on this season's edition of The Voice, by taking her on a tour of Rockefeller Center. Unfortunately, 42-year-old Seth fails to make a connection with the 23-year-old pop star.

The outing gets off to a bad start when Seth shows up sporting a nose ring, and continues going downhill when he tries to impress Miley with his use of social media slang and hires a 30-year-old staff writer to pose as a teen-aged fan.

At the NBC store, Meyers tries to convince Miley he belongs to a gang, but when she asks him to name the other members, the only names he can come up with are Joey, Ross, Monica and Chandler -- which he reads off a poster for the sitcom Friends.

Next, Seth invites Miley to get "lifted" with him, which she declines. Later, she finds him "freaking out" under his desk after eating what he thinks is marijuana, but turns out to be the herb basil.

After he admits he'd been lying to impress her, Cyrus tells Meyers he just needs to be "real," then mugs for the camera as she shamelessly announces, "that is exactly what will impress me in The Voice chair."  

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteFall just started, but artists are already making their Christmas TV plans.  Kelly Clarkson has announced that she will sing at the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1, and the performance will air December 2 on the Hallmark Channel.

The 94th annual tree lighting ceremony is presented by the National Park Service, which has been marking its 100th anniversary this year with the #FindYourPark campaign.  In addition to Kelly, gospel star Yolanda Adams and rising hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper are also on the bill.

Free tickets for the event will be awarded through an online lottery, which opens at 10 a.m. on October 7 and closes on October 10.  Visit TheNationalTree.org and click on the Ticket Lottery link. You'll find out October 27 if you've got the tickets.

Kelly is working on a soulful new album, which will be the first release under her new record deal. It's not clear when that disc will arrive.  Next month, Kelly is bringing out her first children's book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby.

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Simon EmmettAdele's performing at New York City's Madison Square Garden this week, but she may be interested in spending additional time in the Big Apple even after her shows are over.

The New York Post reports that the singer sent her representatives to ask about short-term rentals of certain properties.  Allegedly, the one she was most interested in is a so-called "sky duplex" on 23rd street. The home has three terraces and five-and-a-half bedrooms, and it's in a building whose amenities include a library, a private garden terrace and a barbecue and outdoor kitchen on the roof.

Unfortunately, that particular property won't be available for Adele to rent, because it's just about to be listed for sale at $12.5 million. Then again, she's got enough cash to buy it if she wanted.  You can take a look at photos of the swanky pad at the website 6sqft.com.

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ABC/Rick RowellAdam Levine's band may have to change its name to Maroon 6 -- he and his wife Behati Prinsloo have just welcomed a baby girl, ABC Radio has confirmed.

Behati was due September 20, so the baby made her debut pretty much on time.   The name?  Dusty Rose Levine.

People magazine also says it's confirmed the baby's arrival, adding that she made her debut on Wednesday.

Behati has been documenting her pregnancy via Instagram, and the Namibian model also shared a photo of an African jungle-themed mural she commissioned for the nursery.  A recent post showed the Victoria's Secret Angel's huge belly along with a "bomb" emoji, indicating that she was ready to pop.

Maroon 5 canceled their show on Monday in anticipation of the birth. 

This may be the first child for the couple, but it may not be the last.  In the past Adam has joked to E! about having "like, 17" kids, adding, "I love kids so much."

Adam and Behati married in 2014.  They revealed the sex of their baby in April.

Behati has been documenting her pregnancy via Instagram, and the Namibian model also shared a photo of an African jungle-themed mural she commissioned for the nursery.  A recent post showed the Victoria's Secret Angel's huge belly along with a "bomb" emoji, indicating that she was ready to pop.

Maroon 5 canceled their show on Monday in anticipation of the birth. 

This may be the first child for the couple, but it may not be the last.  In the past Adam has joked to E! about having "like, 17" kids, adding, "I love kids so much."

Adam and Behati married in 2014.  They revealed the sex of their baby in April.

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ABC/Randy HolmesHey, y'know that new jewelry line that John Mayer helped design?  Yeah, he didn't.

On Wednesday, People magazine reported that John had collaborated with a jewelry brand called George Frost on the collection, which includes necklaces and bracelets that spell out the name of his songs.  The items, which recently appeared at his web store, range in price from $50 to $195. But now John has tweeted, "I didn’t design a jewelry line, and I didn’t collaborate on one. New items are added to web store from time to time, first I’ve seen of em."

He also posted that message on the front page of his website.

US Weekly quotes a press release from George Frost founder Lisa Salzer that explains that the items were simply "inspired by the bohemian spirit that infuses" John's music. 

Apparently, this whole jewelry episode has rubbed John the wrong way.  While Salzer's release boasts that the pieces will be exclusively available on the website, a rep for John tells US Weekly that he's pulling them from his site.

As for John's day job, he also tweeted this week, "I haven’t written a song since April of ‘15. I just wrote a new one today. What a thrill."

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Cash Money RecordsWhat a time to be alive indeed -- Drake is releasing three of his albums -- What a Time to Be AliveViews and If You're Reading This It's Too Late -- on vinyl for the first time ever this October. 

You will be able to pre-order all three albums for $74.98, double-LPs of Views and If You're Reading This It's Too Late separately for $34.98 and What a Time to Be Alive for $19.98 on the Drake Official Store website.  

The vinyl editions of all three albums are set to arrive in stores on Friday, October 28.  

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Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears wants you...to help her raise $1 million for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.  She's only around 150,000 bucks short of her goal, and you can kick in, with a chance to win tickets to her Las Vegas show.

She started the charity drive about a year ago, and as the Las Vegas Review Journal reports, so far she's raised $500,000 herself, plus $352,000 in sponsors for an upcoming 10K bike-run challenge that's taking place in Vegas on October 27.  If you want to help her hit the goal, visit Prizeo.com/Britney to find out how to donate.  The more you donate, the more chances you have to win the grand prize: a trip to Vegas, tickets to Britney's show, a meet-and-greet with the singer and dinner.

There are other prizes available depending on how much you donate. Ten grand gets you the chance to bike along with her and her pal Mario Lopez at the October 27 event.  The million dollars will go to provide support to the families of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, and to establish a location where both kids and adult patients can be treated together.

In more lighthearted Britney news, her kids Sean Preston and Jayden James are quite the pranksters.  She tweeted a video of Sean that Jayden shot, which features him saying, "We’re about to scare the heck out of mom.  We stole her phone."  Britney shuffles into view, wearing what appears to be a towel, and Sean screams, which startles her so much that SHE screams and falls on the floor.  She captioned the video, "My damn kids!"

My damn kids ?? pic.twitter.com/YNVWlo1jOH

— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) September 22, 2016

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