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ABC/Fred LeeOne Direction performed for close to five thousand fans Tuesday during ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in New York City's Central Park, but in addition to playing their hits and their new single, the band also addressed the departure of former member Zayn Malik.

"Obviously, it’s different but, you know, when you lose a member of your team, obviously everyone gets a little bit close together," Liam Payne said on GMA. "It’s still going great and that’s what this album is about. We’re still going strong and we’re all still here."

Liam and his bandmates -- Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson -- surprised fans last week Friday with the unexpected release of the first single, "Drag Me Down," from their forthcoming fifth album, due in November. 1D explained why they decided to release the track in the middle of the night.

"I think we just wanted to kind of drop it out of nowhere," Harry said of the surprise release. "Usually we kind of do a big run-up to it and we thought it’d be fun this time to just kind of drop it, and it was fun."

"Also, it's the middle of the day somewhere in the world," Niall added with a laugh.

While the band prepares their new album and travels the globe for their On The Road Again tour, one member, Louis, is preparing for a change in his personal life: becoming a dad with ex-girlfriend, Briana Jungwirth.

"Obviously it’s a very exciting time...so I'm buzzin'! Thank you," Louis said about his impending fatherhood.


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Image Group LA/ABC Jordin Sparks’ upcoming album may have been heavily influenced by ‘90s R&B, but that doesn’t mean she’s opposed to giving other musical styles a try. The American Idol winner is featured on chart-topping country star Thomas Rhett’s new genre-bending album, Tangled Up.

She sings with Thomas on the track “Playing with Fire.” Thomas tweeted a short preview clip of the two of them recording the song, to which Jordin responded, "I can't wait for people to hear our collaboration!"

And she isn’t the only surprising guest star on the album. Hip-hop artist LunchMoney Lewis is also featured on a song called “I Feel Good,” which was co-written by Charlie Puth.

Tangled Up, which includes Thomas’ R&B-tinged single “Crash and Burn,” is due out September 25.

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Alex LakeHozier just wrapped up the most recent U.S. leg of his tour a few days ago, and he'll spend the rest of the month playing in the U.K. before returning to North America in September for additional dates.  Though at this point he's now performed for thousands and thousands of American fans, the Irish singer says he'd actually like to spend more time checking out America itself.

"I have a few spots that I’d love to explore and soak up, I have to say," Hozier tells ABC Radio. Of course, that's difficult, due to his grueling schedule. "I would love to spend a lot more time in New York if I could. I would love to see a bit more of California also. It’s just a beautiful -- just the land itself...has so much to offer," he adds. "I love San Francisco...I’d love to spend a bit of time in New Orleans, as well, I’d say."

The "Take Me to Church" singer says one thing he's noticed as he tours the U.S. and Europe is differences in his audiences, depending on where in the world he happens to be.

"It’s interesting. Like, even nation to nation, it changes. And state to state, it changes here in America, you know, and city to city it changes," he tells ABC Radio. "But...that’s always kind of part of the fun...it keeps it interesting."

But no matter where he performs, though, the Grammy-nominated singer, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says he's continually surprised to find the fans singing along with his songs, and not just "Take Me to Church," either. 

"That’s incredibly exciting and especially with some of the other songs on the album, you know, I didn’t think a lot of people would connect with them," he says. "Having lyrics sang back to you is a unique experience. It’s a really, really good feeling."  

Hozier's video for "Take Me to Church" has scored him a couple of nominations for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, and he hopes to attend the ceremony in L.A. at the end of this month.

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Trae Patton/NBCGwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are ending their 13-year marriage, a rep for the couple told ABC News.

"While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment. To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time," the statement from the musicians read.

Stefani, 45, and Rossdale, 49, wed in 2002. They have three sons together: Kingston, 9, Zuma, 6, and Apollo, 1.

Earlier this year, the No Doubt frontwoman opened up about her marriage to the Bush singer to Cosmopolitan magazine.

"We go through so much together — it's a miracle that we could stay together this long," she said. "It's good to have those days when we both do our own things. I think that's what keeps relationships going, when both people can be themselves and have their own individuality. That's especially important for women. It's hard to find time for yourself."

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ABC/Fred Lee5 Seconds of Summer play suburban misfits in the music video for their rebellious anthem, “She’s Kinda Hot.”

As band mates Ashton, Luke, Michael and Calum jam outside a quaint suburban house, various scenes of teenage angst play out -- from a guy dealing with an annoying girlfriend to a college dropout trying to figure out what to do with his life.

Once the chorus kicks in, the guys rock out in the middle of the neighborhood atop a homemade light-up vehicle. A crowd gathers as the band sings, “We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene/Yeah, we’re all right though.”

"She's Kinda Hot" is the first single from their upcoming, second album, due out later this year.

5 Seconds of Summer will be performing live on the Teen Choice Awards Sunday, August 16, where they're nominated for six awards, including Choice International Artist and Choice Summer Music Star: Group.

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Monty Brinton/CBSLady Gaga just finished up her world tour with Tony Bennett, but she isn’t wasting any time. The singer hints in an Instagram post that she’ll soon be starting work on her fifth studio album.

She posted a sunglasses-wearing selfie Monday, captioning it: “LG5 time.”

Her next album will be a follow-up to 2013’s ARTPOP and last year’s Grammy-winning jazz duet album with Tony, Cheek to Cheek.

Gaga’s final concert with Tony took place Saturday night in Washington, D.C.  She helped him celebrate his 89th birthday at the show by singing “Happy Birthday” to him on stage.

She also wrote on Instagram Saturday, “I'm so sad that this tour is ending. I will never forget it as long as I live. And maybe longer.”

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Aftermath RecordsEminem has never shied away from his past struggles with prescription pills, but now he's revealing how his sobriety led to a healthier lifestyle.

In an interview with Men’s Journalthe rapper reveals how he was able to lose more than 80 pounds. “In 2009, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital,” he tells the magazine. “I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating -- and eating badly.”

Slim Shady says to get in shape he became obsessive about burning 2,000 calories every day thanks to an extreme cardio regimen. “Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill,” he added. “I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds.”

You can read the full article in the magazine's September issue online now.

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Business WireSam Smith is officially getting his likeness immortalized in wax. Madame Tussauds San Francisco has announced that a wax figure of the singer will debut at the museum on August 10.

The statue will join the wax doppelgangers of Elton John and Adele in the attraction’s Music Zone. Madame Tussauds also released a video of Sam’s fitting session for the figure, in which the museum’s team of designers took detailed measurements of his features and matched his eye and hair colors perfectly.

A day before the unveiling, on August 9, Sam will be performing at San Francisco’s summer music festival, Outside Lands.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCBritney Spears’ conservatorship isn’t ending any time soon, according to Us Weekly. Britney’s dad, Jamie Spears, has been overseeing her personal and financial affairs for the past seven years, and sources tell the mag he’ll remain in control indefinitely.

"There is no reason to break the conservatorship with everything working so well," an insider tells Us. "Everything is working perfectly under this arrangement and it will stay that way."

The conservatorship was initially put in place in 2008, when Jamie filed an emergency petition to care for his daughter, who was under a psychiatric medical hold at the time. Under the agreement, Britney is looked after by a team of lawyers and doctors, as well her family members. But she still has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions, according to TMZ.

The conservatorship has proved quite successful, TMZ says. It took in $14 million last year, and that’s only a portion of Britney’s fortune.

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TESH/CosmopolitanDon’t mess with Demi Lovato. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the singer says she’s tougher than your average pop star.

“There are a lot of girls in pop,” she tells the mag. “They have bada** lyrics, but I feel like I’m the only person other than Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who isn’t afraid to say, ‘Try something on me and I’ll f****** beat you’re a**.’ There are people who can dress up and play the part, but their music doesn’t say it.”

Demi’s never shied away from talking about her rough past, and she’s made no secret of that fact that boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama helped her through it.

“The only times we ever broke up were when I was relapsing, whether it was drugs or in a bad place and rebelling against everybody, not just him,” she says. “People say that relapses happen before you use. Your mind starts setting up the relapse before you take that drink or that first hit."

She adds, “I didn’t realize it at the time, but I just wanted to sabotage everything around me so that I could sabotage myself.”

But Wilmer stuck by her. “We started dating when I turned 18,” she says. “Right after that, I went to rehab. People told him, ‘You should probably leave. She’s on a spiral, and you’re going to be sucked down with it.’ But he was like, ‘I’m not leaving. This is somebody I really care about.’ We relate on a lot of levels. I’ve seen a lot of sh**. Sh** people don’t know about. He’s seen a lot of stuff too.”

Plus, he’s not the jealous type. Demi is still close pals with Nick Jonas -- they started a record label together -- and his brother Joe, whom she used to date. “Nick and Wilmer get along great -- Joe and Wilmer too,” she says. “It’s weird. In the beginning, I was like, ‘Why the f*** are you friends with Joe?’ He was like, ‘He’s a cool guy.’ Yeah, I know. I dated him.”

The September issue of Cosmopolitan will be released August 11.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAs part of the "Fan Request" segment on her current Piece by Piece tour, Kelly Clarkson covered Sheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy" when she performed in Chicago.  Now, the two have exchanged gushing compliments on Twitter.

"This is one of my favorite ladies, she's so cool," Kelly said, introducing the song. "She's one of my favorite singers and as a kid I just loved how she was just a white person with soul...not too many white people around with soul, so I really, really dig Sheryl Crow."

On Sunday, after Sheryl saw a video of Kelly's version of her hit, she tweeted, "I love you @kelly_clarkson - you made me cry! Your voice slays me but your heart is what really kills me the most!"  On Monday, Kelly replied, "Ultimate compliment from an ultimate hero! Thank you!!! #daymade."

The Piece by Piece tour continues Tuesday in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction recently released a brand new single, "Drag Me Down," but the group isn't letting the news of Louis Tomlinson's impending fatherhood drag them down at all.  Louis' band mate Liam Payne told a U.K. radio station that Louis has taken to the idea of being a dad "very well."

Speaking to Magic FM, Liam said, "Well, I was quite obviously a bit shocked [at the news] but you know, he's taken super-well to it and he's excited, you know, he's very excited about what's going on with him at the moment.  So I feel like, you know, sometimes stuff happens like that sometimes, and...he’s taking it very seriously, so it's all good."

Liam also said that Louis' ex, Brianna Jungwirth, with whom he's having the baby, is a "lovely girl."

In the same interview, Liam said that he's "dead excited" to hear former band mate Zayn Malik's new music, and says there's no bad blood between them, noting, "That he congratulated us on [our new] single I think covers it." He added, "He’s got a great voice and he’s a very talented young man and we wish him all the best of luck."

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEd Sheeran's album X (Multiply) is more than a year old, but it's still spinning off hits. Billboard notes that "Photograph," the singer's latest, has just reached the Billboard top 20, making it the fourth single from the record to do so.

In addition to "Photograph," X has also produced the hits "Sing!," "Don't" and "Thinkin' Out Loud."  The latter song climbed the highest on the charts, peaking at #2.

Among the other male solo artists who've had that many hits from a single album in the past decade: Justin Bieber; Taylor Swift's boyfriend, producer/deejay Calvin Harris; Jason Derulo and rapper Eminem.

Elsewhere on the chart, Madonna's latest single "B***h I'm Madonna" has topped Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.  It's her 46th #1 on that chart, and she extends her own record as the artist with the most number ones ever on a single Billboard chart. 

The Queen of Pop first broke the record back in May, when she surpassed country star George Strait -- he'd scored 44 number ones, but on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Madonna's first #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart, "Holiday/Lucky Star," reached the top back in 1983.

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Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesAndy Grammer is enjoying the biggest hit of his career with "Honey, I'm Good," but he's also enjoying watching his good friend Rachel Platten make her way to the top of the charts with her debut single, "Fight Song."  "She's like my little sister," says Andy.

"It’s been really cool," Andy tells ABC Radio about Rachel's success. "I was with her when she was writing that album. I saw her fight for that album and so the fact that everybody’s really, really feeling it is really incredible. Especially with 'Fight Song'-- what an incredible song."

Andy says he also likes the fact that everyone is feeling "Honey, I'm Good" as well.  The song is about a guy who turns down the advances of a woman at a bar because he wants to stay faithful to his wife, and he says people really seem to be responding to this somewhat unusual concept for a pop song.

"Overall, the support and the kind of the overall vibe that I’m getting from fans and listeners is like, 'Man, it’s so sweet to turn on the radio and hear a song about staying together,'" he tells ABC Radio. "That doesn’t happen a lot. It’s almost like a rare thing these days, is to have people feeling like they got something to stand behind, to cheer behind. A song like this, that says, like, 'Stay together, it’s ok!'"

Last night, Andy kicked off a brief tour with his pals American Authors, and he says if you've never come out to see him live, you're in for a treat.

"I’m a singer-songwriter but we get loud and we jump around, we have dance moves, we freak out," he laughs.  "It’s really fun, man!"  

Andy's tour with American Authors wraps up August 14, and then he'll perform a variety of concerts and festivals through September.  Rachel Platten's tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri wraps up at the end of August, and then she'll appear at some of the same festivals as Andy in September. In February, both Andy and Rachel will perform on Train's annual "Sail Across the Sun" fan cruise.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute; Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesLast month, veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, became an unofficial member of Taylor Swift's squad when he tweeted a link of himself reciting the lyrics of her hit "Blank Space" in dramatic fashion during the taping of a radio interview.  She was thrilled, and now, the 75-year-old actor says he'll join her on stage one of these days.

Speaking to the press at the Television Critics' Association tour on Friday to promote his new series Blunt Talk, Stewart spoke glowingly of Taylor, saying, "She is a phenomenon, and a wonderful singer and a wonderful entertainer, and songwriter: that's the important thing." 

Explaining how he ended up reciting "Blank Space," he said it all started when his good pal, X Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellan, recited the lyrics of "Bad Blood" during another interview.  The organizers of Stewart's interview then decided to ask him to do the same thing, and released that part early.

Stewart told reporters, "I was just given these lyrics as a joke exercise. [The interview] hasn't actually aired yet, [it's] still to come out."

When Taylor heard about Stewart and McKellan's antics, she tweeted, "Thanks for reciting my lyrics, @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew! You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals."

"She saw it and responded so enthusiastically to it," Stewart told reporters.  Asked if he would now appear on stage with Taylor as one of her special in-concert guests, Stewart said, "Oh, I think there's no doubt about it." 

He wasn't joking, either: the actor is also a talented singer who'll be performing with the San Francisco Symphony in September.  He's also sung at the Hollywood Bowl several times.  Stay tuned.

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ABC/John Fleenor Carly Rae Jepsen is set to headline the closing ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles today. Her performance will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“It is inspiring to see the thousands of athletes, families, coaches, volunteers and supporters who have gathered from around the world,” Carly said in a statement. “ It is a true honor to perform in front of such an amazing audience.”

She’ll help close out the festivities for the more than 6,500 athletes from 165 countries, more than 5,000 family members of competing athletes, and 10,000 volunteers and spectators. Also performing at the event are rock band O.A.R. and soul singer Andra Day.

The opening ceremony, which took place on July 25, featured a performance by Avril Lavigne, who recorded a song called “Fly” especially for the Games.

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Sonja Flemming/CBSThe wait for Waitress is finally over. The Sara Bareilles musical, based on the 2007 Keri Russell film of the same name, opens at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts today.

Sara wrote the music and lyrics for the production, and, in an Instagram post Thursday, she could barely contain her excitement for opening night. She posted a photo of herself smiling in front of the Waitress official poster and wrote, “I'm a creep. But come see this show.”

Previews for the American Repertory Theater show run through August 19. If the Cambridge run proves successful, it’ll head to Broadway.  

The musical has been a long time in the making. Sara announced she’d be working on the project back in 2013. "Broadway scoring is something that has really been interesting to me my whole life,” she told ABC Radio at the time. “Musical theater is sort of how I got introduced to music at all, and so it feels like a nice home to come back to.”

Waitress is the story of a small-town woman stuck in an unhappy marriage, who bakes pies as a form of escape. The musical stars Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony award last year for her starring role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Sara’s got a big year ahead. On October 6, she’s releasing her memoir, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, and participating in a talk with singer-songwriter Ben Folds at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The evening will include a performance and a book signing by Sara. Tickets are on sale now.

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Fresh and Clean Media/C3 Presents/WMELollapalooza 2015 got underway Friday at Chicago's Grant Park, but if you can't make it there, you'll be able to livestream some of the artists' sets from the comfort of your own computer.

The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream of select artists' sets during each day of the fest.  You'll be able to watch Charli XCX perform at 4:45 p.m. CT on Saturday, while WALK THE MOON's set will be available for viewing at 8 p.m. CT.  There will be several replays of both acts' sets in case those times don't work for you.

On Sunday, you can catch George Ezra's set at 4:45 p.m. CT, and there'll be several replays of that as well.

You can watch the live stream, and check out the full schedule, at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Def Jam RecordingsBefore she rolls out the music video for her new empowerment song “Thunder,” Leona Lewis is giving us a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at it.

In an exclusive clip on the fashion and lifestyle site Refinery29, Leona reveals the concept behind the video and even performs a stunt for one of the scenes.

“The video has different aspects,” she says. “Some of it’s introspective and it’s using projections and shadows as a metaphor for something that you’re striving to get through and then it’s kind of letting it all go.”

In one shot, she’s seen sitting atop a ledge, and at the end, she performs the ultimate trust fall -- tipping backward off the ledge and onto a safety mat.

“We have a full-length scene where I fall off the ledge and then land on my feet,” she explains. “And that’s about going through things, highs and lows, falling, but always getting back up.”

Leona’s fifth studio album, I Am, comes out September 11.

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Michael Becker/FOX Kelly Clarkson has done it again! The singer nailed a cover of Miley Cyrus“Wrecking Ball” at her Piece by Piece concert in Indianapolis Thursday night. She had fans singing along as she put her own acoustic spin on the Miley tune.

As a tour tradition, Kelly has been singing fan-requested cover songs at every tour stop and it has quickly become the highlight of the show.

Earlier this week, she covered a “family friendly” version of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High).” She’s also covered Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” and ‘NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.”

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