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NickelodeonGwen Stefani is the co-creator and executive producer of a new Nickelodeon animated series called Kuu Kuu Harajuku, about a stylish girl band HJ5. It's based on the Harajuku Girls backup dancers Gwen first used supporting her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. album.  And the singer has shared a new video introducing the series.

In the video, posted to Facebook, Gwen raps an introduction to the fictional band and its characters:  Love, the "brain of the crew"; Angel, with the "sunshine demeanor"; Music, who'll "put up a fight"; Baby, who is "sweet as can be; and G -- perhaps named after Gwen herself -- the leader of the pack who's "got your back."  

The 26-episode series premieres Friday, October 7, at 4 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

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Adele and label/marketing reps celebrate the 10x platinum success of "25"; image courtesy Myrna Suarez via BT PRIf you needed further proof Adele’s 25 continues to be a monster hit, here it is: it’s just been certified 10-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  That officially makes 25 a diamond-certified record, for sales and streams of ten million or more.

Adele was presented with a plaque celebrating the achievement last Thursday, September 22, backstage during her sold-out, six-night run at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, which concluded last night. That’s almost ten months to the day after 25 was released on November 20, 2015.  It initially took just 21 days for it to go not just platinum, but five-times platinum.

An album or single has to rack up one million sales and streams to earn platinum certification.  If you’re curious, Adele’s previous album release, 21, is currently 14-times platinum – it was released February of 2011.  Her debut album, 19, has sold over three million copies since its April, 2008 release.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesAfter announcing the title, release date and track listing for her new album, Joanne, in recent weeks, Lady Gaga on Monday shared new insight into the project.

The singer tweeted a photo of the artwork for Joanne, and revealed the inspiration behind the album's title.

#JOANNE How do you live every moment as your last in the name of someone who can't.

Joanne was my father's sister. Died 1974. She was 19. pic.twitter.com/l8S3pNnhxE

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 26, 2016

"#JOANNE How do you live every moment as your last in the name of someone who can't. Joanne was my father's sister. Died 1974. She was 19," Gaga wrote.

Joanne is also Gaga's middle name -- Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

The Joanne album is due out October 21.

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Josh Halverson auditions on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBCThe Voice coaches continued to add artists to their teams Monday night, as week two of the blind auditions began.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys listened to six hopefuls during the one-hour episode. All of the coaches except Blake landed at least one artist, with Adam and Miley gaining two.

Here's what happened:

Bindi Liebowitz won over both Adam and Blake with her rendition of the Jazmine Sullivan song "Bust Your Windows." Adam pleaded with her, "I love you. I need you." Blake played the "I've won more seasons than Adam has" card. Bindi chose Adam as her coach.

Zack Hicks was unable to convince any of the coaches to turn around with his version of "At This Moment," originally by Billy Vera & The Beaters.

Elia Esparza took a risk by singing in Spanish. It paid off, drawing interest from Adam, Blake and Miley with her cover of Selena's "Como la Flor." Adam thought that there was room for improvement, but that it was a refreshing performance. Miley touted the fact that, unlike Adam and Blake, she had no trouble pronouncing Elia's name. Elia went with Adam, citing the fact that he was the first to turn around.

Lane Mack, whose uncle is a Grammy-nominated Cajun and zydeco musician, took on "Every Day I Have the Blues," made famous by B.B. King, among others. Miley sensed that they had similar taste in music, and she scooped him up for her team.

Karlee Metzger was up next with her take on the Regina Spektor tune "Samson." Miley and Blake both pushed their buttons. Miley was eager to break Karlee out of her shyness. Miley will have that opportunity going forward.

Texan Josh Halverson closed out the show with a performance of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." In the final moments, Blake, Miley and Alicia all turned around. Miley said she felt wrapped up in what Josh was singing. Alicia said she pressed her button because she knows what good music feels like. Adam endorsed Blake as the right coach for Josh. "Look at how powerful you are, you built a bridge between us," Blake joked to Josh about his friendly rival Adam. Josh landed on Team Alicia.

The blind auditions continue Tuesday night on NBC with a two-hour episode. It begins at 8 p.m. ET.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013Tickets for the Dance On 'Til Dawn dance party event -- in remembrance of Prince  -- are now on sale.  

The three-night affair "celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince" is being held in conjunction with the sold-out Prince tribute concert taking place at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  

As of now, it's known that a DJ, live band and special VIP guests will attend. Past tour band members Andre Cymone and Liv Warfield, along with one of Prince's former protégées Judith Hill are scheduled to appear, according to  the TwinCities Pioneer Press

Dance On 'Til Dawn will take place October 12 to 14 at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale now.  

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Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake is one of music's best and most avid golfers, so after news broke Sunday night that golf legend Arnold Palmer died at 87, Justin took the opportunity to salute the man who popularized the game.

Justin posted to Instagram a black-and-white picture of himself with Palmer, and in the caption remembered meeting the man.  "First tournament I ever played in...He looked the young man in the eye and introduced himself.  You could feel the GREATNESS surrounding him."

Justin also recalled a later time when he ran into Palmer at a golf course and the man with 95 career professional wins and seven major championships took time to help Justin with his swing.

"He won spectacularly. He lost graciously. He was bigger than the game. And, he was one of the nicest men I have ever met," Justin wrote. "I liked the game of golf when I met him. And, HE made me love it."

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Chán AndreIt's been a good year for Daya --  two breakout hits, "Hide Away" and her Chainsmokers collabo "Don't Let Me Down" -- and a debut album coming next month, Sit Still, Look Pretty.  But next year is going to be even more eventful as the teen sensation will embark on her first headlining tour.

The Sit Still, Look Pretty Tour kicks off February 18 in Philadelphia and stops in more than 25 cities before concluding March 30 in Daya's hometown, Pittsburgh.

A tickets pre-sale begins Tuesday, September 27 at 10 a.m. local venue time. Venue pre-sale tickets will be available beginning September 29 at 10 a.m. local time with the password “hideaway.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public September 30 at 10 a.m. local time. VIP packages for the tour will also be available for purchase. Full details are available on Daya's website.

The Sit Still, Look Pretty album arrives October 7, a week and a half before Daya turns 18.

Here are the Sit Still, Look Pretty tour dates:

2/18 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Trocadero Theatre
2/19 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
2/21 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
2/22 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live!
2/24 -- Charlotte, NC, The Underground
2/25 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
2/26 -- Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge
2/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Recordbar
3/2 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
3/3 -- Houston, TX, Studio @ Warehouse Live
3/7 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Livewire
3/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey
3/11 -- Anaheim, CA, TBD
3/12 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
3/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Social Hall
3/16 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
3/17 -- Vancouver, BC, Rio
3/18 -- Seattle, WA, Neumos
3/20 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
3/22 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
3/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Hall
3/25 -- Green Bay, WI, University of Wisconsin
3/26 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
3/28 -- Detroit, MI, Shelter
3/29 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
3/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE

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Denise TruscelloEver wonder what it would be like if Mariah Carey were your mom? Well, it looks pretty normal for five-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, except for that part where your mom is dolled up in a revealing, sparkly gown.

Mariah took to Instagram on Monday to post a picture of herself with the twins -- Moroccan in cargo shorts, polo shirt, and sneakers, with Monroe in a white sundress and sandals. 

But in the portrait, which Mariah captioned, "#family times," Mariah is decked out in what looks like flashy stage wear -- a gown with a plunging neck line and thigh-high cutaway. Maybe that's what Mariah wears around the house. We'll find out when the diva's docu-series, Mariah's World, debuts on E! December 4.

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Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez hasn't been on Instagram in weeks, since she announced she was taking a career break to deal with anxiety, panic attacks and depression related to lupus.  But that hasn't stopped her Selenators from driving her to a new Instagram record.

Thanks to fans using the hashtag #SelenaBreakTheInternet, the singer's Instagram account hit the 100-million-followers mark over the weekend.  According to Seventeen, that makes her the first person ever to have that number of Instagram followers.

This summer, Selena smashed the record for the most "liked" image in Instagram history.  A photo she posted of herself drinking Coca-Cola with the lyrics "You're the Spark" from her hit single "Me & the Rhythm" on the bottle with the caption, "When your lyrics are on the bottle," received a whopping four million likes.

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Frank ApollonioThe Chainsmokers remain at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart this week with their Halsey collaboration, "Closer" -- it's the record's sixth straight week at number one. But the duo is ready to unveil their next single.

On Monday afternoon the pair announced on Twitter that they would be previewing their new single on Snapchat on Monday.

It will be hard to top the success of "Closer."  Not only is it sitting on top of the Hot 100, but "Closer," this week, also is atop Billboard's Digital Song Sales chart for a seventh week in a row and atop the Streaming Songs and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs charts each for a sixth week in a row, reports Billboard.

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Lester Cohen/WireImageSo what do the members of a first generation boy band think of One Direction?  Looks like we're about to find out when AnOther Man magazine publishes a new interview with Harry conducted by none other than The Beatles' Paul McCartney.

Harry took to Instagram Monday to share images of three covers of the British fashion magazine -- one featuring Harry sporting a long-haired hard rock look, another in black-and-white with Harry adopting a shaggy haired early-'60s look a la Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, and a third featuring him with hair neatly swept-back.

The cover teases the interview, conducted by Sir Paul and comedian and TV host Chelsea Handler.  It also promises "a special document curated by Harry."

The autumn/winter issue of AnOther Man is out Thursday.

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Ben WattsRob Thomas is heading back to to Atlantic City, New Jersey, for another set of solo shows to benefit is charitable organization, the Sidewalk Angels Foundation.

The 6th Annual Sidewalk Angels Foundation benefit shows will take place January 13, 14 and 15 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

Members of Rob's fan club can get tickets now by logging on to their online accounts. VIP packages go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, with all purpose general ticket sales starting Friday.  More information about tickets and VIP packages is available on Rob's website.

The Sidewalk Angels Foundation, which the Matchbox Twenty frontman co-founded with his wife, Marisol, provides funds and resources to grassroots groups.

During these shows, Rob generally performs stripped-down versions of both his solo hits and Matchbox Twenty classics, and tells the stories behind many of the songs.

Rob is on the road through the end of this month on his joint tour with Counting Crows.

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCBack in 2012, Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun jump-started Carly Rae Jepsen's career, signing her to Scooter's record label to help make "Call Me Maybe" a global phenomenon.  Now a published report says Justin's getting ready to do more of the same for other artists.

According to U.K. tabloid The Sun, Justin and Scooter are working with Universal to set up a label for Justin so he can sign his own artists.

“He doesn’t feel as though he is truly the captain of the ship under the terms of his current contract with Universal, so he wants to gain more power and use his resources to make megastars from unknown talent," The Sun quotes a source as saying. "He is on the hunt for female artists and is keen to form a group too."

“He wants to make sure he is still a big player in the music industry even when his own music career starts to die down,” the source adds.

Of course artist controlled labels are nothing new.  Among others, Katy Perry has Metamorphosis Music, Ed Sheeran has Gingerbread Man Records, and Drake, whom The Sun says Justin is consulting, has OVO Sound.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABC; ABC/Fred LeeRachel Platten and Meghan Trainor have been nominated for -- and won -- their share of awards, including an Emmy and a Grammy.  Now they're competing against each other for another honor: a Boston Music Award.

Rachel grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, while Meghan is from Nantucket Island, also part of Massachusetts.  They're both nominated in the category of Pop Artist of the Year.  Fans can vote for the awards online and the winners will be revealed December 8 at the House of Blues in Boston.  A number of the nominated artists will perform at the event -- the lineup will be announced October 10.

To vote, visit BostonMusicAwards.com/Vote.

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Cash Money RecordsDrake is back on top on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

He's returned to #1 with his latest album, Views, which earned 53 thousand equivalent album units for the week ending Thursday. It has now been #1 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks -- it had been seven weeks since it was last in that spot.

Views replaces They Don't Know by Jason Aldean -- which fell to #6 -- in the top spot. Views was #2 last week.

Mac Miller's The Divine Feminine debuted at #2 on the latest chart, with 48 thousand units.

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Trae Patton/NBCAdam Levine's new daughter has made her Instagram debut.

The Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach and his wife, model Behati Prinsloo, have both shared the first public photo of their child, named Dusty Rose Levine.

In the pic, their baby is resting comfortably on Adam's tattooed chest.

"Words can't describe [heart emoji] Dusty Rose Levine 9/21/16," Prinsloo captioned the photo on Instagram.

Levine posted the same picture and simply wrote, "Dusty Rose Levine 9/21/16."

This is the first child for the couple.

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Getty Images via ABCDNCE's smash single "Cake by the Ocean" features the line, "I'll be Diddy and you be Naomi, whoah-oh" -- a reference to rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and supermodel Naomi Campbell. So, what does Diddy think of that shout-out?  Turns out he digs it.

"Actually, really quickly after releasing 'Cake by the Ocean,' we met Diddy," DNCE frontman Joe Jonas tells ABC Radio. "And we’re like, 'Hey man, our song actually mentions your name.' He’s like, 'Oh I know, I know, I know. I love it! Get a picture!' And I was like, “Oh my God. This guy knows what we’re talking about!"

The Diddy/Naomi line in "Cake by the Ocean" is preceded by the lyric "Walk for me, baby," which is a reference to a rumor that every time Diddy would see Naomi, he'd make her do her model walk for him.  So what does she think of the song?

"[I've] yet to run into Naomi Campbell about it but I met her years ago and that’s kind of where the inspiration came up from the song," Joe tells ABC Radio. He laughs, "So I hope that she listens to it and practices doing her catwalk every once a while!"  

DNCE's self-titled debut album will be out next month.

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Courtesy Live NationThe Backstreet Boys are following their fellow '90s teen pop sensation Britney Spears to Las Vegas, announcing a residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood that's starting in March of 2017.   The group's concerts have always been spectacles, but for this show, the Boys say they're going to step things up even more.

"We're gonna put together a show unlike any other show that anyone has ever seen," promises Nick Carter. "So we're excited to bring our experience from being a touring act with all of our hits to Vegas, so that it becomes something that you'll never forget."

Describing the production as a regular Backstreet show "on steroids," Brian Littrell promises that fans will see the group perform "all the hits."

His cousin and band mate Kevin Richardson says the name of the residency show, Larger than Life, is a good description of what you can expect.

"We're taking that theme, and we're gonna run with it," he says. "And it's gonna be an amazing, energetic, fun party show."

Tickets go on sale October 1 for Backstreet Boys: Larger than Life.

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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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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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