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Dexter Roberts Explains Why He Left "American Idol" Tour


FOXAbout a month ago, American Idol finalist Dexter Roberts dropped out of the show’s live tour.  A couple of his fellow contestants, including Jessica Meuse, said he was ill, but Dexter hadn’t addressed his condition publicly until Thursday.

In a post on his , Dexter explained to his fans that after months of hospital and doctor visits, he has been diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. His symptoms include fever, rash, headache, abdominal issues, shortness of breath and muscle pain.

The country musician from Alabama said that after the American Idol finale, he went turkey hunting in Kentucky, during which time he found several ticks on him. He continues, “Shortly after the American Idol tour started, I started having...headaches, chest pains and muscle weakness on my left side, along with tremendous abdominal issues and shortness of breath. The medical facilities, while on tour, were unable to make a diagnosis.”

This week, Dexter writes, results of a blood test showed that he has Rocky Mountain spotted fever. He’s now taking medication for the illness.

Dexter’s post concludes in part, “Please continue to pray for my full recovery. I know God is in control of my life, and [H]is path will be made clear for my music career.”

Dexter finished in the top seven in the most recent season of American Idol.

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Hilary Duff on Estranged Husband Mike Comrie: “Maybe We Are” Meant to Be Together


RCA RecordsHilary Duff recently released "Chasing the Sun," her first single in many years. The actress and singer, 26, told Billboard for its Pop Shop Podcast that she was "nervous" to get back into the studio.

"It's been seven years for me, so I hope -- that what I'm writing and what I'm singing and how I'm singing and my taste and the content -- I hope it's what people that have been my fans or that are my fans are going to respond to...and I think they will," she told the magazine.

Duff is a mother to son Luca, 2, and she and her estranged husband Mike Comrie have been dealing with a separation the couple announced in January.

"I'm separated from my husband right now, which has been a very difficult thing to go through, but we have a lot of love for each other and we have this beautiful baby," she said.

Duff and Comrie have still been seen together since the split, and the singer has said they are still trying to figure out their future.

There's a song on the album "about my separation and my love for this person, that maybe we're not meant to be together, maybe we are. It's very, very personal," she added.

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Dianna Agron, Chris Messina Star in Video for Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One"


ABC/Lou RoccoGlee actress Dianna Agron is a woman suffering from heartbreak in Sam Smith’s new video for “I’m Not the Only One,”  which debuted on Sam's YouTube channel on Friday.

Agron’s character discovers that her husband, played by The Mindy Project actor Chris Messina, is having an affair. We see her bawl her eyes out and burn his clothes. However, the clip ends with her receptively receiving a kiss from her spouse when he arrives home.

“I’m Not the Only One” is the latest single from Sam’s debut album, In the Lonely Hour.

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Auctions of Lady Gaga "Harper's Bazaar" Clothing Fetches Nearly $20K


ABC/Matt BrownClothing worn by Lady Gaga for the March 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine fetched nearly 20 thousand dollars at auction on Thursday.

Two lots were sold at 9,375 dollars each by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. One lot included an Emilio Pucci costume, featuring a silver coat, a black nylon and elastane bodysuit, and a black python leather and calfskin bag that buckles around the hip. The other lot offered an ivory-colored Gamme Rouge double twill coat.

The minimum bid for each lot was 7,500 dollars.

In March, Nate D. Sanders sold a one-piece designer outfit worn by Gaga for the same Harper’s Bazaar issue for 15,625 dollars.

Gaga graces one of the covers of the Harper’s Bazaar fall fashion issue, which hits newsstands August 19.

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Aloe Blacc Goes from "Wake Me Up" to "Get On Up"


Frederick Brown/MSNBCAfter conquering the charts with his hit "Wake Me Up," and trying his hand at reality TV by appearing as a mentor on The Voice, Aloe Blacc is now making his movie debut.  He's got a small role in Get On Up, the new biopic of the late James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, which is in theaters Friday.  Aloe says this part may not be his last, either.

"Acting is something I want to pursue," Aloe tells ABC News Radio.  In Get On Up, he plays a real person, Nafloyd Scott, whom Aloe describes as "one of the first guitar players that James Brown ever worked with."  Asked if Scott played on any of Brown's classic hits, he laughs, "I wish.  Unfortunately, my character quits the band too early, 'cause he can't stand James Brown's attitude!"

Despite the small size of the role, Aloe is eager to do more acting, but he admits it makes him realize what a beginner he is, and how much work he'd have to put in to get better.

"It was a great learning experience, and really fun to be on such a historic moment, you know, the first well-produced biopic of James Brown," he tells ABC News Radio. "It just showed me, though, that there's a lot to learn when it comes to this form of artistic expression.  And as much time as I put into music, I would have to put into acting, in order to really stand up with the best and the other cast members, who are brilliant actors." 

The cast of Get On Up, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, also includes such first-rate actors as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd.  It was directed by Tate Taylor, who also directed the hit movie The Help.

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Madonna Calls for Cease-Fire in Israel-Hamas Conflict


Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna has renewed her calls for a cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Last week, she uploaded to Instagram a photo of flowers, and wrote, “These flowers are like the innocent children of GAZA! Who has a right to destroy them? No One!!!! CEASE FIRE! #peaceinthemiddleeast.” She subsequently posted a picture of herself and declared, “I do not support Hamas! I support human dignity and respect! I support sharing! I support Peace! #ceasefire.”

Madonna again urged a cease-fire in a post on Wednesday, sharing a link to ANERA, an organization that helps Palestinian refugees and poor families in Gaza. She added in a separate post on Thursday, “No Separation! We all bleed the same color! #ceasefire #peaceinthemiddleeast #livingforlove.”

Madonna, of course, has been calling for peace in the Middle East for years. She launched her 2012 MDNA tour in Israel, telling the Tel Aviv crowd, “You can't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world, OK?"

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Witness Shares What She Saw During Bieber-Bloom Fight


Ben WattsSo, what exactly transpired between Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom when the two scuffled at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, early Wednesday?  One witness shared what she says she saw with Britain’s Daily Mirror.

Former journalist Anastasia Skolkova tells the newspaper she was having dinner with friends, nearby Bloom and Leonardo DiCaprio, at the Cipriani restaurant. Lindsay Lohan and Diddy, among others, were also there.

Skolkova continues, "Justin said something when he came in which was aimed at Orlando, who then jumped onto a sofa to try and get at Justin.” It’s been reported that Justin made a comment about Bloom’s ex-wife, model Miranda Kerr.

Skolkova recalls that everyone in the restaurant stood up and clapped; allegedly, DiCaprio applauded Bloom.

She adds, "There were actually two moments when it turned violent, it wasn't just the one punch thrown. DiCaprio was flipping out and Lindsay Lohan was trying to call them. Justin's face was amazing.”

Since the incident, Justin has taken a couple of digs at Bloom on social media, first by reportedly posting a photo of Kerr, and then later by uploading a picture of Bloom appearing to wipe his eye.

Justin didn’t post anything onto Instagram Thursday, and his only tweet and Facebook post of the day involved an inspiring video about a 13-year-old girl, born with a lung disease, who saw OneRepublic for her first concert. He wrote, “what it's all about…#giveback nice job @OneRepublic.”

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5 Seconds of Summer Debuts Video for "Amnesia"


Capitol RecordsOne day after announcing a 2015 headlining tour, 5 Seconds of Summer on Thursday debuted the video for their new single, “Amnesia.”

The song, which revolves around a lost love, shows the Australian group having fun in a pool, sharing laughs in a car, and singing into the camera quite a bit.

“Amnesia” is one of the tracks on their self-titled debut album, which just hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

5 Seconds of Summer is currently touring with One Direction. Their next scheduled shows are this Friday and Saturday in Toronto. They’ll embark on a two-month-long headlining tour in North America next summer.

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Lady Gaga Poses with Her Dog for "Harper's Bazaar's" Fall Fashion Issue


Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga makes an appearance on one of the covers of Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s fall fashion issue -- and so does her precious dog, Asia.

Gaga is one of the well-known names recognized by Harper’s Bazaar as a fashion “icon.” On the cover, she holds her black pooch behind a handbag as she wears a pink Chanel hat, bra, skirt and jacket. If you follow Gaga on Instagram, you’ve undoubtedly seen the many photos of Asia that the singer has posted onto the site.

The skirt was cut shorter by Carine Roitfeld -- who undertook the “icons” project -- with the blessing of Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

The issue also features a picture of Gaga wearing a black wig and a La Perla top and fishnets. The look calls to mind Cher.

Other celebrities who posed for the September issue include Penelope Cruz, Brooke Shields and Cindy Crawford. It hits newsstands August 19.

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Taylor Swift: "People Wouldn't Listen to My Songs If They Weren't Heartbroken..."


ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has never been afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and she thinks it's a big reason for her success.

The 24-year-old singer tells Entertainment Tonight, “To me emotion is such an important part of my life and now I guess my job.”

Swift continues, “People wouldn't listen to my songs if they weren't heartbroken or deeply affected and hurt and jilted and sad and bitter and all those wonderful things that I write songs about."

The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter finds herself on unfamiliar turf in the upcoming film The Giver, in which she plays a character named Rosemary, who seems to have no emotion.

Even more surprising is the fact that Swift didn't even have to audition for the part.  ET says she was offered the role a week after one of the producers caught her Los Angeles Concert.

The Giver is based on the popular young adult novel, and tells the story of a perfect world where everyone is happy. Jeff Bridges fills the title role of “The Giver,” an old man who reveals a “real world” that is filled with pain, sadness and war.  Meryl Streep also stars.  The film opens August 15.

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Katy Perry's "This Is How We Do" Video Features Food, Mariah Carey Look-Alike and More


ABC/Richard HarbaughBasketballs, tacos, watermelons and a woman posing as Mariah Carey…these are just a few of the highlights of Katy Perry’s new and kooky video for her single “This Is How We Do.”

The pop art-inspired clip features Katy in a variety of colorful outfits and hairstyles as she sings alongside dancers, some of whom are outfitted with Pee-wee Herman-type suits.

The video ends with Katy lounging in a chair as she’s surrounded by animated dancing ice cream. One ice cream cone is even twerking.

“This Is How We Do” is the fifth single from Katy’s most recent album, Prism. She continues her Prismatic tour Friday in Boston.

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Katy Perry Performs at White House Event for Special Olympics


ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry took time out from her Prismatic tour Thursday evening to perform at a White House event that paid tribute to the Special Olympics.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted “A Celebration of Special Olympics and a Unified Generation” to mark the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics.

“I love Katy Perry.  She is just a wonderful person,” Obama said. “I’ve just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person, but I just want everybody to know she is on tour right now and so for her to take time out to do this is really special and so we really want to say thank you to her for doing this.”

A Special Olympian introduced Perry, who wore a floor length blue sequin dress. She dedicated her first song, "Roar," to "those who inspire me."  Her set list also included “Unconditionally.”

In addition to Perry, invited guests included elected officials, Special Olympians and a number of celebrities, including Stevie Wonder.

Perry resumes her Prismatic tour Friday in Boston.

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Sam Smith Thinks Vin Diesel's Cover of "Stay with Me" Was "Hilarious"


ABC/Lou RoccoSam Smith is flattered that his hit “Stay with Me” was covered by Vin Diesel. Yes, the same Vin Diesel who stars in The Fast and the Furious franchise and in the new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Vin delivered his version of “Stay with Me” during an appearance on Britain’s Capital FM. Needless to say, it wasn’t great, but Sam enjoyed it. He tweeted, “Vin diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha.”

Sam also discussed Vin’s performance with Capital FM, declaring, "First of all I thought it was going to be good, but when I heard it it's the most hilarious thing I've heard in my life."

He even suggested that he’s willing to collaborate with the actor one day: "It's so weird for me because i remember watching xXx when I was like eleven years old! I definitely think we should do a duet one day, it would be amazing."

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Taylor Swift Has the Sexiest Female Smile in Hollywood, Says Victoria's Secret


ABC/Richard HarbaughYou may have noticed that Taylor Swift has a nice smile. Victoria’s Secret certainly has.

The lingerie retailer has released its “What Is Sexy? List,” honoring women in Hollywood who embody a “simple, casually confident lifestyle.” Taylor is on the list, earning the title of “sexiest smile.”

The categories on the list range from “sexiest legs” -- Johnny Depp’s fiancée, Amber Heard, received that distinction -- to “sexiest short hair, don’t care” -- congratulations, Jennifer Lawrence.

There aren’t many musicians on the list aside from Taylor. Ellie Goulding was named “sexiest songstress,” Jessica Simpson was honored as the “sexiest mom,” and New Girl star/folk-pop singer Zooey Deschanel was deemed to have the “sexiest sense of humor.”

The full list is available on VictoriasSecret.com.

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Lorde to Curate Soundtrack to Next "Hunger Games" Movie


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde will leave her mark on the next Hunger Games movie. She's been tapped to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the third film in the popular series. The Grammy-winning New Zealand teen will select the artists who will be involved in the project, and also contribute its first single.

In a statement, Lorde says that while curating the soundtrack for such an anticipated film will present a challenge, she “jumped at the chance.” She continues, "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."

Mockingjay -- Part 1 director Francis Lawrence adds, "I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.”

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 will be released sometime this fall. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens November 21.

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Zedd Hopes to "Open Minds" at Lollapalooza Friday Night


ABC/Fred LeeLollapalooza gets under way Friday in Chicago's Grant Park, and the eclectic three-day lineup includes everyone from Lorde and Iggy Azalea, to Eminem, Foster the People and Calvin Harris, to Outkast, Kings of Leon and Zedd.  While there are other festivals that are entirely devoted to one genre or another, Zedd says he much prefers to play an event like Lollapalooza, because it gives him the chance to turn people on to his genre, EDM.

"I personally prefer a variety of music at festivals," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think it's opening minds...people that are not, probably, the biggest EDM fans maybe see a show, and then they suddenly like it."

Zedd, who's performing Friday night, recalls a recent experience at a similar festival where he observed this particular scenario in action.

"The crowd before I went on was 40-plus and then...the young kids came in, but the older people stayed and watched it," he says. "And then you could tell -- with every single minute -- there were like 100 more hands up, and then at the end, you see all these...10 to 50 years old, 60 years old people, all raging together, and I think that's great!"

He adds, "I think that festivals that have all sorts of genres kind of combine [audiences together] a little more than just strictly electronic dance music festivals."

Whatever kind of festival he plays, though, the man who brought us "Clarity," "Stay the Night" and Ariana Grande's new hit "Break Free" says that he works hard to make his live performances truly entertaining, which is sometimes more challenging than expected.

"I worked really closely with my visuals and lasers and lighting team, and special effects, so we make it a real show rather than a deejay set, with someone pushing buttons on top of that to make lights happen," he says. "So I try to plan as much as humanly possible, but when you arrive at a festival, a lot of the times half of the songs you planned on playing were played before so you gotta be flexible and swap out things." 

After he plays Lollapalooza, Zedd will travel to Toronto, Switzerland and Japan for more festivals before heading back to U.S. for New York City's Electric Zoo festival on August 30.

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Alicia Keys Expecting Second Child with Swizz Beatz


Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsAlicia Keys gifted her husband, Swizz Beatz, with the sweetest wedding anniversary gift ever: she's expecting her second child with him.

On Thursday, the R&B singer announced the news via Instagram. "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!" Alicia accompanied the post with a picture of herself, beaming as she cradles her baby bump in her hands, standing next to her smiling husband.


The couple, who wed July 31, 2010, already have a three-year-old son, Egypt Dean.

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Is Madonna Collaborating with Miley Cyrus on a New Song?


Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsIn January, Madonna made an appearance on Miley Cyrus’ MTV Unplugged special. It’s possible that their collaboration didn’t end there.

Madonna has posted onto Instagram lyrics to a song that may be titled “Rebel Heart.” She wrote, “Wash all over me................. #rebelheart.”

The most interesting aspect of the post is that Miley and a songwriter with whom the “Wrecking Ball” singer has worked, MoZella, were initially tagged on it, according to MTV. However, the tags have since been removed.

Miley may have dropped another hint regarding a potential duet by uploading a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that features a naked Madonna. She tagged Madge on the post, too.

Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” post includes the following lines: “All of my illusions/could be shattered in a second/You can thread a needle/with a teardrop from my eye.”

Earlier this month, Madonna teased on Instagram another song that may be titled “Messiah.” She's currently focusing on the follow-up to her 2012 album MDNA.

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Bieber Taunts Bloom with Instagram Photo


Ben WattsJustin Bieber apparently has no plans to back down from his reported feud with Orlando Bloom.  On Wednesday night, the 20-year-old singer posted than quickly deleted an Instagram photo of the actor appearing to be crying.

According to E!Online, the photo was snapped last year at the opening night of the Broadway production of Romeo & Juliet.

The photo counterpunch follows reports that Bieber and Bloom had a confrontation at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, and the actor allegedly threw a punch at the singer, but missed.  Bieber fled the restaurant after the confrontation and took a jab at Bloom via social media by posting and quickly deleting a photo of the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr, in a bikini.

The apparent bad blood between Bieber and Bloom reportedly began when the singer cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and Bloom reportedly got close to Justin's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks.

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MAGIC!'s "Rude" Remains #1 on "Billboard" Hot 100


Chapman Baehler/RCA RecordsThe MAGIC! hit “Rude” is holding steady at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week. This is the third consecutive week in which the song has topped the chart.

Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” -- the song that “Rude” displaced at #1  earlier this month -- again ranks second, followed by Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.”

Sia achieved a personal milestone: her song “Chandelier” has risen to #9, making it her first top-10 hit as the lead artist. She’s appeared on two other top-10 hits, but as a featured artist: David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones.”

Sia, who’s refused to show her face while promoting her album 1000 Forms of Fear, tells Billboard, "Wow! I cannot believe this experiment worked.”

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