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ABC/Lou RoccoIn a new cover story with Complex magazine, Macklemore reveals he relapsed with drugs last year. The rapper -- birth name Ben Haggerty -- blames the trappings of fame for his slip-up and says he “just wanted to escape.”

"I held it together for a while. But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings," he tells the mag. "I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren't sleeping -- doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country.”

He adds, “In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame--everything. All the clichés, man -- like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings -- all of that put into one pie was just...I just wanted to escape."

Macklemore says he first started taking sleeping pills, then moved on to marijuana. He struggled with the addiction all through last summer. He finally decided to sober up when his fiancée, Tricia Davis, became pregnant with their first child.

"I have to keep myself on point and be the best version of myself for this child to be the best version of itself,” he says.

He’s also back in the studio with musical partner Ryan Lewis. He says they are about "three-fourths" of the way finished recording the follow-up to 2012's The Heist. The new album is due out later this year.

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Monty Brinton/CBSIn one corner, we have Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. And in the other corner, we have two elderly nuns. Both sides have very different ideas regarding the sale of a California convent, and the battle over the sale continues in court this week.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant will preside over a court hearing on the sale set for Thursday.

To recap: Katy is trying to purchase a former Los Feliz convent. The archdiocese wants Katy to have the property, but the nuns don't. In fact, Sister Rita Callahan and Sister Catherine Rose have already signed over the convent to restauranteur Dana Hollister. The archdiocese has contested the sale in court, claiming only the archbishop has the right to sell the property.

In court papers filed Friday, attorneys for the archdiocese allege Hollister swindled the nuns into selling her the convent. They argue that Hollister paid "just $44,000" of the $15.5 million purchase price, and doesn’t have to pay the rest until a later date. They say that Hollister knew the elderly nuns were in a “fragile financial condition,” and insist that “the transaction should be declared void as a product of elder abuse.”

This week’s court hearing will decide whether or not the sale to Hollister is valid.

Katy is reportedly willing to pay $14.5 million in cash for the convent. The singer, who was raised in a devout Christian family, apparently became interested in the convent three years ago and wants to make it her home.

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Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” continues to dominate the pop charts, so to celebrate, Taylor has been posting some behind-the-scenes footage from the song's star-studded video.

The first clip she posted on Instagram features Frostbyte, played by model Lily Aldridge. Taylor and Lily are seen filming their fight scene in a wintry setting.

"To get to do this, and work and play and be these awesome strong women that we are, it's so fun," Lily says in the video.

In the second clip Taylor shared, Empire actress Serayah discusses her character, Dilemma. Her scene takes place in a locker room and she punches a wall right before Taylor struts into frame.

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Universal Music EnterprisesFour years after her death at age 27, Amy Winehouse is having a resurgence. Fresh off the success of the Amy documentary, the British singer’s first two albums have been digitally remastered by Island Records and Universal Music Enterprises.

The newly enhanced versions of her 2003 jazz-influenced debut Frank and her 2006 Grammy award-winning follow-up, Back to Black, are now available for purchase at online retailers.

Additionally, rare remixes issued for singles from Back to Black -- including the title track, "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good" and "Tears Dry on Their Own” -- also have been released as digital e-singles. Many of the remixes had been unavailable for several years.

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Mary Ellen MatthewsSia’s new mansion has plenty of room for a chandelier or two.  The Australian singer-songwriter recently purchased a $4.7 million property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 1924 Mediterranean-style mansion was designed by famed architect A.F. Leicht, who was known for his whimsical sensibilities and ornate details like wood carvings and stained-glass accents. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and also features a sunken solarium, a billiards room and a library.

Sia must have really loved the place, because she reportedly paid about $400,000 more than the asking price.

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ABC/Randy Holmes We all know Katy Perry used Twitter last week to weigh in on the short-lived Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift scuffle. But she also used Twitter in a much more productive way: she harnessed the social media platform’s new shopping feature to launch her latest perfume, Mad Potion.

You can purchase the fragrance directly from Twitter by going to the Twitter account @KatyPerryPopUp.

“For all you #KatyCats in the USA, @KatyPerry’s #MadPotion is available to buy now, right here!!” the pop-up shop tweeted.

The scent, Katy’s seventh fragrance, contains notes of Tahitian vanilla orchid, sweet white peony, and crisp apple. It sells for $30.

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Business WireIf you thought Meghan Trainor was animated before, wait until you see her now. The singer was re-imagined as a member of Charlie Brown’s Peanuts gang in honor of her contribution to The Peanuts Movie soundtrack.

People revealed the first look of Trainor's cartoon likeness, and also chatted with Meghan about her confidence-boosting song for the film, “Better When I’m Dancin’”.

“They wanted a song about confidence and knew I was good at writing those,” she tells the mag about what inspired the tune. “I feel better when I'm onstage dancing and having fun, so I wrote about that!”

Meghan also says she loved getting turned into a Peanuts character. Her cartoon self wears a purple cardigan, a pink skirt and a green bow tie, and has subtle pink streaks in her blonde hair.

“Isn't it so cute?” Meghan says. “They sent me the first version and I said, ‘Don't touch it, it's perfect.’ It's the background on my phone!”

Meghan also hints the movie will feature a new character that hasn’t been revealed yet. But of all the members of the classic Peanuts crew, she says she’d most likely be friends with Charlie.  “Because I felt so bad for him in some parts,” says Meghan. “I'm probably the person that would go make sure he's all right. We would be best friends.”

The Peanuts Movie comes out November 6.

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Earlier this month, The Weeknd announced that his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, will arrive in August and now, he's revealing his ambition for the album.

In an interview with The New York Times, the singer spoke on evolving as an artist.  "I felt I had to change who I was," he told the publication. "These kids, you know, they don’t have a Michael Jackson. They don’t have a Prince. They don’t have a Whitney [Houston]. Who else is there? Who else can really do it at this point?"

The singer also has strong desires to become the "biggest in the world" and knows that there's a lot riding on his next project. "It’s about me being who I am and stepping out of my comfort zone to try to feel something else besides what I’ve been feeling the past four years." He continued, "Ups and downs. In my past albums, there were never ups."

Beauty Behind the Madness drops August 28.

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Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy has joined forces with Hot Topic for "Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life," a charity initiative benefiting youth music programs from non-profits such as Little Kids Rock, Notes for Notes and the Grammy Foundation. You can donate to the campaign by "rounding-up" your in-store or online Hot Topic purchase to the nearest dollar -- the difference will be donated to the benefiting programs.

In a video for the campaign, the members of Fall Out Boy and students from Little Kids Rock discuss the importance of music in their lives.

"There's a lot of data to suggest that learning about music helps you learn about everything," frontman Patrick Stump says in the video. "It's not nothing. It's not a frivolous past time, it's important."

"Music's part of the human experience, and everybody can play music," adds guitarist Joe Trohman. "I think if you're not given the chance to do it in a free, open environment to try, then you'll never be able to and you'll just kind of be envious of something I think should just be a right."

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBCThere's been a lot of speculation about who's going to sing the theme song for Spectre, the next James Bond movie -- but it turns out the song has already been recorded.  So, who got the job?  According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Sam Mendes says we won't have to "wait long" to find out, but bookmakers in the U.K. are already placing bets on the most likely candidates. Unsurprisingly, Sam Smith is the front-runner.

Bookies have Sam at 2/5 odds as the Spectre singer, even though he's publicly denied it.  If he does end up being the one, he'll be the first British male solo singer to do a Bond theme since 1965, when Tom Jones sang "Thunderball."  Meanwhile, bookies have Sam's buddy Ed Sheeran at 8/1 -- he's publicly said that he doesn't think he could do a good job. 

Ellie Goulding is at 10/1, even though Sam said has stated that she got the job, and she recently tweeted "Live and Let Die."  That's the title of a 1974 Bond film.

Adele, who won an Oscar and a Grammy for the theme to the last Bond film, Skyfall, is at 12/1 odds, while singer Lana Del Rey is at 14/1.  Bookies have Lorde at 16/1, but as The Hollywood Reporter notes, she's deeply involved with another movie franchise, The Hunger Games, so it's probably unlikely she'd take this one on as well.

Mendes says the theme sounds "fantastic."  We'll just have to wait and see.

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Brooklin Rosenstock/FOXJason Derulo is a singer and songwriter, but this year, he added "reality show judge" to his resume, joining the panel of Fox's long-running series So You Think You Can Dance.  As the show heads into the home stretch, the "Want to Want You" singer says his time on the panel this season has been a real learning experience for him.

"I think as a performer you should be able to humble yourself enough to learn from anybody," Jason tells ABC Radio. "Whether they’re professional or not, you should be able to be so humble that you can take insight from anywhere. So this show has offered me a bunch of that."

He adds, "You know, I sit next to Paula Abdul, who is probably one of the most influential choreographers, Nigel Lythgoe, who’s the creator of the show, and it’s been amazing."

Not only has Jason been able to soak up knowledge from those two veterans but, he says, the contestants have a thing or two to teach him as well.

"I get to watch amazing dancers from all across the world and they all bring something totally different, you know what I’m saying? So I definitely take heed," Jason tells ABC Radio.  "And I’m able to give off a lot of the information that I’ve garnered over the years. I have so much that I can give." 

While he's on the show, Jason doesn't have a lot of time to perform on stage himself, but he has a few tour dates coming up starting this weekend at the Dubuque County Fair in Iowa.  He's also appearing at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 7, and at the Washington State Fair on September 26.

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ABC/ Lou RoccoTaylor Swift just got bumped for baseball. The Houston Astros have rescheduled the singer’s 1989 World Tour stop at Minute Maid Park, just in case they make it to the playoffs and need to use the stadium.

The concert, originally scheduled for October 13, will now take place on September 9. Those who already purchased their tickets for the previous date are guaranteed the same seats. Refunds will be given to those who can no longer attend the rescheduled date.

Taylor had been scheduled to perform in Fargo, North Dakota, on September 9, but that show will now take place in October.

The Astros haven’t made it to the postseason since 2005, but this year they might have a shot. As of Monday morning they were in second place in the American League West and leading in the American League wildcard race.

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Mark Cant/Fox Mariah Carey has been a musical superstar for quite some time, but now she’s finally being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The singer will claim the 2,556th star on August 5, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PT. Guest speakers at the ceremony will include Mariah’s label boss L.A. Reid, her frequent music video collaborator Brett Ratner and her director on the movie Precious, Lee Daniels.

The honor is a long time coming for Mariah, who is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums reportedly sold to date worldwide and 18 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles. Her star will be dedicated in front of the W Hollywood Hotel at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard.

This weekend, Mariah completed the second leg of her Las Vegas residency, #1 to Infinity. She’ll return to Caesars Palace for another string of dates in February.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot What can you expect from Madonna’s upcoming Rebel Heart tour? Pole-dancing nuns, among other things.

Madonna released a couple of teaser videos ahead of her tour, which is set to kick off September 9 in Montreal. The clips give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at dance rehearsals for the sure-to-be-epic production.

In the first teaser, Madonna’s “Devil Pray” plays as dancers dressed as nuns twirl on stripper poles and other dancers work out a flamenco-inspired routine. Madonna is also spotted practicing her moves. In the second video, set to Madonna’s song “Iconic,” dozens of dancers rehearse an intricately choreographed routine with props and drums.

The Rebel Heart tour was initially supposed to begin on August 29 in Miami, but Madonna postponed the first five shows in order to have more rehearsal time. She’ll hit North American cities throughout September and October, before heading to Europe for two months. Then, in January, she’ll return to the U.S. to perform her five postponed shows. After that, the tour heads to Asia and Australia, where it will wrap on March 27.

DJ-producer Diplo is set to open for Madonna at her Quebec gigs, and comedian Amy Schumer will open for her New York shows.

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ABC/Kelsey McNealFirst Lady Gaga’s pet pooch modeled for Coach, now Ariana Grande’s pup is getting in on the action. Her Beagle-Chihuahua mix Toulouse is the latest celebrity canine to join the “Coach Pups” ad series, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s style site, Pret-a-Reporter.  

In the ad, Toulouse wears a black collar and poses with the label's wine-colored Ace bag from the fall 2015 collection.

"I'm so excited to have Toulouse starring in the Coach Pups campaign and to partner with Coach in efforts to protect animals from cruelty and harm," Ariana said in a statement.

Coach supports No Kill Los Angeles, an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society that aims to make L.A. a no-kill city by 2017. Ariana is a huge proponent of animal rights. Just last Friday she visited the Washington Humane Society in Washington, D.C. and bonded with some rescue dogs.

In addition to Toulouse and Gaga’s dog Miss Asia Kinney, the Coach ads will also feature model Miranda Kerr's pup, Frankie.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEarlier this month, Ed Sheeran teased that he landed a part on an upcoming U.S. TV series. Now, The Hollywood Reporter confirms he’ll have a recurring role on the FX drama, The Bastard Executioner, from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.

The show is described as a bloody medieval epic that tells the story of a 14th century warrior who becomes a journeyman executioner. Ed will play Sir Cormac, the ambitious and potentially dangerous protégé of a high-ranking church elder.

True Blood’s Stephen Moyer stars, along with Sons of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal. The series is currently filming in Ed’s native U.K.

Ed and Kurt Sutter have worked together before. The singer was a self-proclaimed Sons of Anarchy fan and recorded a version of Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain” for the show’s penultimate episode.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown was surrounded by her family shortly before passing away on Sunday, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The publication has learned the intimate details of what transpired leading up to death of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston's daughter, who was last visited by Pat Houston, Pat’s brother Ray Watson and her sister-in-law Donna Houston, cousin Meeta Brown and family friend Wanda Shelley

While waiting for the minister to arrive, the family recited passages from the Bible, specifically from Psalms 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”  The Psalm concludes, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The family then repeated "Hallelujah," as Bobbi Kristina took her last breath at 8:17 p.m -- a moment the family described as "very peaceful, quiet and beautiful."

The family members tell ET they are devastated by the loss of  Bobbi Kristina, whom they tended to since she was first hospitalized on January 31. Prior to being found unconscious and unresponsive, the 22 year old was planning on checking into rehab with Pat Houston's assistance and revealed she didn't want her partner Nick Gordon present.

On Monday morning, the family was visited by longtime friend Tyler Perry, who is assisting with with the funeral arrangements. ET has learned Bobbi Kristina's funeral is tentatively set for Thursday, July 30 in Atlanta. The ceremony will be a celebration, “the Sweet 16 she never had.”

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Denise Truscello Will Britney Spears soon be taking her final bow in Las Vegas? According to E! News, the singer is in talks to extend her Piece of Me residency, but she hasn't signed any papers yet.

If she doesn’t sign a new deal, her final Sin City performances will take place over New Year’s weekend. Sources tell E! News that Britney still hasn't decided what she wants to do. She’s been in the studio working on new music, and there’s also been some buzz of her going on tour in the near future.

Her Vegas show began in December 2013 at Planet Hollywood, and was initially scheduled to end in September of this year, but new dates were later added through December. There’s been talk for some time that the show could potentially be extended through 2017.

Back in March, the residency was voted “Best Overall Show” and “Best Bachelorette Party” by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LALady Gaga is stepping out in style, thanks to her fiancé, Taylor Kinney. According to Footwear News, Taylor recently purchased $295,000 worth of Alexander McQueen shoes for his pop star bride-to-be.

The Chicago Fire actor snagged three pairs of the late designer’s Armadillo boots at an auction at Christie’s New York on Friday. Over the weekend, Gaga posted photos on Instagram of her trying them on.

“When a gift comes to you from Heaven photo by Taylor Kinney best fiancé ever,” Gaga captions one of the photos.

In another, she’s seen wearing one pair of the shoes and holding the other two. “Long Live McQueen,” she writes. “Look monsters, we got a sign of love from the beyond.”

Sunday, Gaga was spotted wearing the emerald green pair of shoes while leaving her New York City hotel. She also wore them for her surprise performance with U2 at Madison Square Garden later that night.

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ABC/Fred Lee; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLast week, Taylor Swift was embroiled in a brief Twitter feud with Nicki Minaj. This week, she’s involved in a Twitter lovefest with Kelly Clarkson.

After Kelly covered Taylor’s “Blank Space” at her Toronto concert over the weekend, Taylor took to the Twitter to praise the former American Idol winner.

“Kelly Clarkson covered Blank Space and YES,” she tweeted, along with a video of Kelly’s performance.

Kelly, who has a tour tradition of singing fan-requested cover songs, responded, “Girl I've been covering your songs since "White Horse"! I love them! I wish they would have requested "Clean" #favorite :)”

Over the past couple of weeks, Kelly has also covered Nick Jonas’ “Jealous,” Rihanna’s “Stay,” and ‘NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.”

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