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BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesRemember last year, when Sinead O'Connor claimed Arsenio Hall had supplied drugs to Prince?  And then Arsenio sued Sinead?  Regardless, it's all been settled now.

To recap: Shortly after Prince died last April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, O'Connor posted on her Facebook page: "Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades.... Arsenio Hall.”  She added, “Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sherriff's office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave."

Three days later, Hall filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit in LA Superior Court against O'Connor, claiming she "maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies" about him.

Wednesday, a representative for Arsenio Hall provided ABC News with both a joint statement by Hall and O’Connor, and a copy of a retraction and apology by O'Connor.  The joint statement reads:

“Arsenio Hall and Sinead O’Connor announce that Sinead has retracted and apologized for statements she made about Arsenio last year, which prompted his defamation lawsuit against her, and the lawsuit has been resolved. Below is Sinead’s retraction and apology:

“I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio Hall to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince’s drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince’s death. I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally.”

The statement ends with, "Arsenio's lawyers confirm that now that Arsenio’s reputation has been restored by O’Connor’s unequivocal retraction and apology, the lawsuit will be dismissed."

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARASRihanna is Harvard-bound -- not to study, but to pick up the University's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony next Tuesday.

S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, tells the Harvard Gazette, “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.”

Counter also notes of the singer, “She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today."

The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. Past honorees include actor James Earl Jones and the late tennis star and activist, Arthur Ashe.

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Olivia BeeMany women fret about getting older, but Katy Perry isn't one of them.  She says that now that she's in her thirties -- 32, to be exact -- her life is so much better. "It's so dope," she raves.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Capital FM radio, Katy says of being her current age, "I highly recommend it. It’s like the coolest version of your 20s. There’s a confidence that you get, a clarity that you get...there’s like a beautiful independence, a sexual independence, like an identity."

And Katy says she's putting all these thirtysomething insights into her new music.  

"I’ve been writing the record since last June and I’m slowly gonna put it out," she says of her forthcoming album.  Katy says she's written about 40 songs, but not all of them are up to par -- and on this album, she's only going to include "great songs."

"I’ve got lots of material and I’m very excited," she continues, noting that she loves the reception that her first single, "Chained to the Rhythm," has gotten.  Commenting on the song's lyrics, which are about ignoring the world's problems and isolating yourself inside your own bubble, Katy notes, "I’m just driving for more consciousness than ever, and calling this era 'purposeful pop.'''

However, Katy isn't kidding when she says she's going to put out the album slowly. She says she doesn't want to overwhelm people, because everyone has such short attention spans these days.

"I think I wanna put out some songs first before I give them the full meal," she explains.  "Because I think we are digesting things in bite-size [pieces] these days and that’s what we can handle."

She laughs, "When someone has like a 17- or 19-track album, you’re like, 'Oh my God, I have to, like, take a trip to Mars to listen to your record in full!”

Katy's new album will be the follow-up to 2013's Prism.

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Walt Disney RecordsFrom "Beauty and the Beast" to "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to "Under the Sea," songs from Disney animated movies have won many Oscars for Best Original Song.  Sunday night, yet another Disney song is in the running for the trophy, and if it wins, the guy who wrote it will have done something only achieved by 12 other people.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is nominated for writing "How Far I'll Go," from the Disney animated film Moana.  If he wins, he'll have the EGOT: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.  Only 12 other people have ever done that.  For Miranda, this Oscar stuff is his childhood dream come true.

"I'm a movie dork, and I'm a big Oscar dork too," he tells ABC News. "I was the very specific kind of nerd that would memorize Billy Crystal's musical monologues...so, to be a part of that rigamarole is a thrill, and then also to bring my mom as my date -- we used to watch the Oscars every year together."

In the movie Moana, "How Far I'll Go" represents young Polynesian princess Moana's desire to pursue her dreams, even if danger lies ahead.  To gain inspiration, Lin-Manuel said he had to revisit his past.

"I actually went to my parent's house [in New York City], locked myself there overnight and wrote the song," he tells ABC News.

"I wanted to get in touch with that 16-year-old me, who wanted a life in the movies and in theater," he adds. "And the distance between 200th St. and that is so impossibly far -- it's about as far as Moana from her ultimate goals."  

Miranda's competition includes Justin Timberlake, Sting and the guys who wrote the songs for La La Land. Tune into ABC on Sunday night to see if Miranda gets that EGOT.

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Adele performs at the 2017 Grammys; Francis Specker/CBSAdele, One Direction, Little Mix and Drake are among the winners of this year's Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

Adele -- who won five Grammys earlier this month, including Record, Album and Song of the Year -- was given a special Global Success Award, but she wasn't there to accept it in person, or to dedicate it to Beyonce, as she did at the Grammys.  She sent an acceptance video instead, which showed her standing in front of a fake tree. "I'm somewhere pretty dry -- hence the fake bush behind me, to make it look like I'm somewhere nice," she explained.

Speaking of Beyonce, she was named Best International Female, while Drake won Best International Male.  The Best British Video award went to One Direction, while Little Mix won Best Single for "Shout Out to My Ex."  The song was widely interpreted as having been inspired by ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik, who broke off his engagement to Little Mix member Perrie Edwards.

Emeli Sandé was named Best British Female Solo Artist, while The 1975 took Best British Group. Late rock icon David Bowie was named Best British Male Solo artist and his album Blackstar, released days before his death, won Best British Album. 

Rag N' Bone Man, whose song "Human" is nowmaking inroads on the charts in the U.S., was named Best British Breakthrough Act.

Performers on the show included Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Little Mix and a duet between Coldplay and the Chainsmokers. Coldplay's Chris Martin also paid tribute to the late George Michael during the show.

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Courtesy Island RecordsShawn Mendes' Illuminate world tour is getting bigger.

The singer has added four new shows to the North American leg of the trek, which kicks off July 6 in Portland, Oregon.  The new dates include stops in Philadelphia; Newark, New Jersey; Mexico City and Toronto, Canada.

FirstAcess Fan presales start this Sunday, February 26, while general fan presales start on Monday.  You can get the presale codes by signing up at ShawnAccess.com.  The general public can get tickets starting March 4.

Charlie Puth also is joining the tour as direct support on all U.S and Canadian dates; James TW will open for Shawn on all U.K and European dates. 

The Illuminate world tour is scheduled to wrap up September 20 in Mexico City. The last U.S. date will be in Boston on August 23.  Shawn also will perform at the Rock in Rio Festival in Brazil on September 16.

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Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez is selling her Texas estate. The singer -- and Texas native -- has put her Fort Worth mansion on the market for just under $3 million.

The property is spread out over one-and-a-half acres and includes a tennis court, putting green, saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen and cabana. The inside boasts five bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus game and craft rooms.

“The media room won me over the minute I walked in,” Selena says.

According to Zillow, she bought the property in 2015 for $3.5 million. She reportedly purchased it in order to spend more time with friends and family, but her busy schedule kept her away from home more often than not.

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Last year, footage leaked online of hitmaking DJ duo The Chainsmokers working with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. Now, that collaboration has materialized in the form of a song called "Something Just Like This," which you can download on iTunes. You can also check out the track's starry lyric video via YouTube.

While Coldplay has experimented with electronic music before, "Something Just Like This" is very much an EDM song, though it features some piano that gives it a more Coldplay feel.

"Something Just Like This" appears on The Chainsmokers' forthcoming debut full-length album Memories...Do Not Open, which will be released April 7.

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Dan MacMedan/WireImageNaomie Harris is nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as an emotionally abusive mother in the acclaimed film Moonlight.  But the British actress said one person who really left her starstruck at this year's annual Oscars luncheon wasn't a fellow actor -- it was one of her childhood pop idols.

"I was actually really excited that Justin Timberlake came up and he was like, 'I really loved Moonlight, and I really loved you in Moonlight,'" Harris told ABC News. "And I was like, 'Ohmigosh, I used to listen to you when I was a child and you're here!' It was weird!"

Harris, who also appeared in two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, as well as in the James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre, is up against some stiff competition in her category, including Viola Davis, the favorite to win for Fences.  Justin also is no shoo-in: he's up for Best Original Song for "Can't Stop the Feeling!" but his competition includes two songs from La La Land, the movie that's predicted to sweep this year's Oscars.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sunday night on ABC.

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Rony AlwinWhen a super-popular artist who's been quiet for a while debuts a new single at the Grammys, what do you get?  A super-impressive chart debut.

Katy Perry's new single "Chained to the Rhythm" has entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #4, the highest debut by a lead female artist since Adele bowed at #1 in November of 2015 with "Hello."  This is Katy's 14th top-10 hit, and her third-highest debut, following "Part of Me" and "California Gurls," which entered the chart at #1 and #2 respectively.

Katy's song, whose video premiered yesterday, is the first single from her upcoming album, due later this year.

Elsewhere on the chart, Bruno Mars also cashed in from his Grammy performance of "That's What I Like."  The song jumps from #37 to #7 on the Hot 100.  It's Bruno's 14th top-10 hit, and his first #1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart.  

Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" tops the Billboard Hot 100, while Taylor Swift and Zayn's duet "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" rises to #2, making it the highest-charting song from either of the 50 Shades movie soundtracks.

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Johnny Nunez/WireImageGracing the cover of CR Fashion Book's latest issue is Michael Jackson's 18-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, and inside she talks to Empire creator Lee Daniels about a number of topics, including a quality of her late dad's that she would take if she could.  

"Definitely his strength. He was the strongest person I know and tried to do everything with as much love and kindness as possible," she says.  

Paris also spills details about her songwriting and being in a band with her boyfriend -- making music that's a mix of, as she explains, The Lumineers and legendary country musician Johnny Cash.  

However, she has no desire to follow in her father's professional footsteps, viewing music as more of a hobby rather than a career.

"I'm in a band. We're doing it for fun. My boyfriend's the drummer and we have two others, a bassist and a backup vocalist," she tells Lee. 

"I write music for myself," Paris adds. "I use it as a way to get stuff out. It's not something I see myself following career-wise. There are so many amazing artists in my family. If I were to do it as a career, it would change how I feel about music and I don't want that to happen."   

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesLast week, Andy Grammer fulfilled a lifelong dream by getting to play in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game.  Though he and his West Team were soundly beaten, Andy still considers the things he gets to do at sporting events to be the best perk of being a pop star...for him, anyway.

"Some of the sports stuff has been really sweet 'cause I'm, like, a super jock at heart," Andy told ABC Radio a few months ago.

In fact, Andy told Sports Illustrated that when he was a kid, "Basketball was every day of my life. Wake up with a ball, sometimes I’d sleep with it because someone told me that was better for you.”

While a career in sports never materialized, Andy says the opportunities he's had to hang out at various high-profile events because of his fame as a musician have been some of the biggest highlights of the past few years.

For example, Andy say "going to the AFC Championship game with some of my high school friends" was a definite high point for him. 

"I got to sing the national anthem at that...it was Denver versus the Patriots, and it was me and my best high school friends," he told ABC Radio. "And I just sang the national anthem, and then we got to sit in John Elway's box and freak out, that was really cool." 

He also cites "getting to sing the national anthem at the NBA finals" as being "really cool, too."  

When he's not singing at sporting events, Andy is busy working on his third album, due out later this year.

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Rory KramerThe Chainsmokers' biggest hit ain't never getting older.  "Closer" has now spent more time in the top five than any other single in the 58-year history of the Billboard Hot 100.

"Closer," which spent 12 weeks at #1 last year, has been in the Billboard top five for 26 weeks -- in other words, six full months.  There were two other songs that had spent 25 weeks in the top five -- Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" and LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" -- but "Closer" has just broken the tie to set the record.

In addition, the song has been #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for 27 weeks.  That's the most at #1 since the chart debuted in 2013. The previous record holder was "Wake Me Up" by Avicii, with 26 weeks.

There's another chart milestone this week as well: Rihanna's "Love on the Brain" has become her 30th top-10 hit.  There are now only two acts in history who've had more: Madonna, with 38 and The Beatles, with 34.  Rihanna was tied with Michael Jackson, but she just broke that tie.  Not bad for someone who's only been making records since 2005.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf you think Mariah Carey spoils her kids, think again. The singer tells Entertainment Tonight she’s already put twins Monroe and Moroccan to work.

"They work for me now," she says. "I had to give them jobs."

She explains, "I'm trying to instill a work ethic. I don't want them to think since they're my kids…that they can just get whatever they want; do whatever they want. And they kinda think that."

So she gives the five-year-olds chores to do around the house, and then they get an allowance for it.

"I started saying, 'OK look, guys, here's what we're going to do, you're going to help out, maybe clean a couple of things," Mariah says. "I don’t expect it to be done properly. Then they’ll get a couple of dollars or however much."

Next up for the twins: joining their mom on tour. Mariah kicks off her tour with Lionel Richie on March 15.

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ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors will headline a concert in Los Angeles to benefit Planned Parenthood on March 7, the eve of International Women's Day.

"In honor of International Women's Day, we are so excited to announce this special benefit show for Planned Parenthood," says frontman Sam Harris in a statement. "It'll be a kicka** night of music, love, community, inclusivity, and celebrating all the incredible women of the world."

Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday, February 24 via Ticketfly.com.

Along with the Planned Parenthood concert, X Ambassadors have a number of festival dates lined up for the spring and summer, including at SunFest, Shaky Knees and Forecastle.

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ABC/Randy HolmesLooks like we may have some new music from Pink in the coming months, if her concert schedule is any indication.  The new mom has just scheduled her second live performance of 2017, and like her first, it's part of a music festival.

Following her July 2 performance at Milwaukee's Summerfest, Pink will perform July 9 at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada.  The festival, which runs from July 6 to July 16, features artists of every genre, from Melissa Etheridge to 50 Cent to Tom Petty to British alt-rockers Muse.

Pink's appearances on the festival circuit may indicate that she'll be coming out with some new music at some point.  She's had great success with her last two releases: "Just Like Fire," from the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass, was a smash, and her duet with country star Kenny Chesney, "Setting the World on Fire," hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart and was nominated for a Grammy.  She ended up losing to a collaboration between Pentatonix and country music icon Dolly Parton, but Pink didn't mind.

"My life is made. I can say I lost a Grammy to Dolly Parton," she tweeted. "Thanks Universe."

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ABC/Lou RoccoMariah Carey is still talking about her performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Live with Ryan Seacrest -- she's still upset about it, but she says she couldn't possibly begin to explain what happened.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mariah says, "It's just something where if I can't explain it to the entire world, then they're not going to understand it, because it's not what they do. Just like I wouldn't understand somebody who had a desk job and how to do that. I couldn't. I literally am incapable of being in the real world and surviving."

The story that fans got was that Mariah claimed her in-ear monitors didn't work; she couldn't hear herself, or her backing tracks, so she couldn't sing. Dick Clark Productions claimed her monitors were working fine.

"This was out of my control, and had everything not been such a total chaotic mess, then I would have been able to make something happen," she tells Rolling Stone. "Even the dancers should have stopped dancing and helped me off the f****** stage. I'm sorry. It was a mess, and I blame everybody, and I blame myself for not leaving after rehearsal."

So what's next for Mariah? She says she has no plans to make a new album -- instead, she plans to record and release individual singles, in between going on the road with Lionel Richie.  "I Don't," her most recent release, is the first example of that.

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Justin MrusekThe Backstreet Boys are one of the unexpected guests on Dig Your Roots, the current album by superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line: they duet with the "Cruise" duo on a track called "God, Your Mama and Me."  Now, both acts have teamed up for the song's video, which was just released today.

The clip features the groups singing on Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, intercut with of each of the guys doing something romantic for their real-life loves. There's champagne, cocktails, an actual gift horse, a candlelit dinner, a rose petal-strewn bathtub and bed, a hot tub dip and more. As the song lyrics say, "No one's ever gonna love you more/than God, your mama and me." You can watch the clip now on BigMachineTV.com.

As for why Florida Georgia Line asked the Backstreet Boys to sing with them in the first place, it turns out that the duo's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were both huge fans of the group when they were younger.

"We've become friends with them at this point," Tyler told Entertainment Weekly. "And it's become more and more exciting with everything that we do together."

Backstreet's Kevin Richardson added, "We're buds now. It's just a real positive vibe. It's been a pleasure and an honor to do this song with them."

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCJennifer Lopez was on rumor patrol during her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday.

The singer-actress addressed speculation on her relationship with Drake, whether or not she’d do the Super Bowl halftime show and if American Idol will be returning to TV.

Regarding her rumored romance with Drake, J.Lo would only confirm that they worked on a song together. But when Ellen pulled up their cuddly Instagram photo, Jennifer admitted that when that photo was taken, they weren’t working on music -- they were just “hanging out.”

The star also told Ellen she doesn’t purposely go for younger guys, but she still picked one later in the show when she played a game of “Who’d You Rather?”  She chose One Direction’s Harry Styles.

Ellen also asked if Jennifer would be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show next year, following Lady Gaga, who performed this year. She said there’s no current plan in place, but added, “If they asked me, I would love to. I think that would be awesome.”

When it comes to the return of American Idol, Jennifer didn’t know much about the potential comeback, classifying it as just a “rumor.” She also said at this point, returning as judge on the show probably wouldn’t fit into her schedule.

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Image Group LA/ABCLady Gaga is ready for her La La Land moment.

The singer, who’s starring in the movie musical A Star Is Born, reportedly wants all the singing and the music to be recorded live.

The film’s sound mixer, Steve Morrow, tells Next Best Picture podcast that Gaga has a very specific vision for the film’s musical numbers and he’s in charge of making it all work.

“I was hired on the film about two-and-a-half months ago and I’ve been grinding through it,” he says. “You sit there and you think, ‘Lady Gaga wants all the vocals live. She wants to perform live every single time you see her sing.’ She’s going to be live.”

Morrow, who’s nominated for an Oscar for his work on La La Land, adds, “She said, ‘OK, look, here’s what I want: I want all the music to be live as well. I don’t want it to feel like I’m singing to a playback track because it doesn’t feel right to me. I can always tell; it always affects the performance. I want to sing live, I want the band to be live.'”

He says that so far, they have a "good plan" to make that happen.

The film, directed by and co-starring Bradley Cooper, begins shooting in April and is currently set for a September 28, 2018 release.

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