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Image Courtesy Logo/VH1It took three years for Lady Gaga to find time in her schedule to be a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, but it was worth the wait.

Friday night's show's season premiere, which featured the contestants modeling their best Gaga looks while the star herself looked on, became the series' most-watched episode in its nine seasons. 

Nearly a million viewers tuned in to watch the show on VH1, more than doubling the viewership of last season's premiere. According to VH1, the episode was also the #1 most social show on TV that night, scoring its highest Twitter volume ever.

This Friday's episode features guest judges Lisa Kudrow and The B-52's.


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ABC/Eddy ChenOrdinary people in Europe will be able to enjoy John Legend live onstage this fall. The entertainer has added a slew of European fall dates to his previously announced Darkness and Light tour. 

The tour starts September 8 in Scotland, and will find John performing in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and France.  

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

The announcement follows the "All of Me" crooner's Disneyland Paris appearance the theme park's 25th anniversary celebration over the weekend -- at the event, John performed "Beauty and the Beast."   

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Merci @johnlegend pour ce moment de magie. #DisneylandParis25 #DisneyIlluminations pic.twitter.com/WvkFWgOj13

— Disneyland Paris (@DisneylandParis) March 27, 2017

 

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCDemi Lovato made a special appearance on Monday's The Tonight Show, where she joined host Jimmy Fallon for the show's recurring segment, "Ew."

The bit centers on a girl named Sara -- played by Fallon -- who hosts a show on Teen Nick called "Ew." Sara is generally unimpressed with everything and if she doesn’t like something says “Ew” in a disparaging way.

Demi appears as Sara's BFF Emily Livingston, who drops by on her way home from shopping for a dress to wear to their school's spring fling.

"I'm so glad we're going together," says Sara, "Who needs boys anyway."

"I know," Emily answers, "They're gross."

After Emily shows Sara the dress she bought, the two take some emoji selfies, with Fallon imitating the "crazy face," and Demi following with the "crazy laughing face."

Next, the "girls" practice kissing, using a couple of pillows with Sara's two crushes, Ed Sheeran and Mario Lopez, before getting caught by Sara's step father -- played by Tonight Show head writer, A.D. Miles -- who reveals to their disgust that he'll be their chaperone for the spring fling. 

Later, the two played an “Ew!” speed round where Fallon holds up pictures and asks Demi to rate items like ankle bracelets and slime by replying either "ew" or "cute." Demi surprises her bestie by calling Best Exotic Marigold Hotel actor Tom Wilkinson "cute." However, they both love party poppers, which they pop to end the skit.

Demi teams up with DJ trio Cheat Codes on their upcoming song “No Promises,” coming out on Friday.

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Greg WilliamsShould liking Ed Sheeran too much be a crime? A woman in the U.K. has been jailed after playing Ed’s #1 hit “Shape of You” on repeat at top volume.

According to ITV, Sonia Bryce landed in court after driving her neighbors crazy by playing the tune on a loop for a half hour.

It apparently wasn’t the first time Bryce had caused problems in her neighborhood either. Her landlords had previously secured a court order barring her from creating a nuisance, but she repeatedly breached that court order and landed herself a six-week jail sentence last December.

This time, her landlords demanded she be jailed again, and a judge agreed, saying Bryce caused a "wholly unacceptable level of disturbance." She was sentenced to eight weeks behind bars.

In her defense, Bryce denied playing the Ed Sheeran tune, and insisted she “doesn’t even like” the song. But the court wasn’t buying it.

According to the Walsall Advertiser, Bryce, a mother of three, begged the judge not to take her away from her kids.  But the judge replied, "You must learn that you should behave as a reasonable and responsible adult, and not make life for your neighbors the misery that you have."

The judge added, "You have displayed nothing but violent animosity towards your neighbor, and I am quite convinced that you do not care...you do not behave like a civilized person."

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Image Group LA/ABCTwenty One Pilots spent the last year touring arenas, but they'll be going back to the venues where they started this summer for a batch of intimate shows in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

The three-show run, officially dubbed the Tour de Columbus, will kick off June 20 at a venue called The Basement. It continues June 21 at the Newport Music Hall and wraps up June 22 at Express Live.

For an opportunity to buy tickets for the Tour de Columbus shows, you'll need to register through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program, which you can access via TwentyOnePilots.com. Registration will close this Tuesday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Earlier this month, Twenty One Pilots concluded their North American Emotional Roadshow tour in support of their smash album Blurryface. They're currently on tour in Australia, but they'll return to the U.S. in May to headlinine the Hangout, Sasquatch! and Firefly festivals.

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Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentSpring's only about a week old, but Enrique Iglesias already knows what he's doing in September.

The singer will perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a third straight year to celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend.  He'll perform September 15 and September 16, with tickets going on sale this Friday, March 31 at noon PT. Visit AXS.com or The Colosseum.com for more information.

Enrique recently announced a joint tour with Pitbull that will kick off June 3 and wrap July 6.

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Sam KolderThe Chainsmokers have shared a new track from their upcoming debut album Memories...Do Not Open. 

The song, "The One," is a ballad about a relationship that's about to end, but neither party wants to be the one to actually call it quits.  The Chainsmokers' Drew Taggart sings lead on the track.

The album, due April 7, features collaborations with Coldplay, country duo Florida Georgia Line,  Jhene Aiko and Emily Warren.  If you pre-order the album, you'll get instant downloads of "The One," as well as the Coldplay collabo "Something Just Like This" and the hit "Paris."

The Chainsmokers will perform on Saturday Night Live on April 8.

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Phil Walter/Getty ImagesIf you didn't get tickets to see Adele on her current 25 world tour, you may be out of luck: the Grammy-winner says she's not sure if she wants to do another one.

According to the Australian news site News.co.au, at her show Sunday night in Auckland, New Zealand, Adele told the crowd, "Touring isn’t something I’m good at -- applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable. I don’t know if I will ever tour again."

She added, "The only reason I’ve toured is you [the fans]. I’m not sure if touring is my bag. My greatest accomplishment in my career is this tour.”

Adele said similar things during her shows in Australia, and her local promoter, Michael Coppel, said at the time, "It’s impossible to tell what happens next. The future’s an open book.”

If she does swear off touring, one thing Adele won't miss is battling the elements: Sunday's night's show took place in heavy rain, and she even donned a rain poncho at one point. 

"I just spent two hours in hair and makeup for nothing” she told the 40,000 fans in the audience. "Who wants to make a bet with me I’ll fall over at some stage -- or get electrocuted by my microphone?”

The singer will finish up her tour in June with a few shows at London's Wembley Stadium.

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LAVA/Republic RecordsLorde has spoken a lot about how her upcoming album Melodrama is a document of her life as a new "adult," but for her album cover, she specifically wanted to look like a teen.

According to the New Yorker, Lorde hired New York artist Sam McKinnis to paint the cover of Melodrama after meeting him through mutual friends and attending his exhibition "Egyptian Violet." That exhibit featured McKinnis' paintings based on photographs of pop culture people and things, including Prince, Laura Dern, Lil Kim, and Snoop Dogg.

McKinnis says he set up a photo shoot in a friend's New York apartment. When Lorde arrived, she changed into a vintage negligée. "She was just ready for it,” McKinniss says. "She told me, ‘I want to be a teenager in my bedroom after a long night, at daybreak.’” He then painted the album cover from the photos he took.

Because Lorde credited McKinnis as the artist when she Instagrammed the album cover, he is now being bombarded with messages from Lorde fans, who've created their own interpretations of the painting, or done their makeup to approximate the image.

Melodrama will be released June 16.

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ABC/Phil McCartenHarry Styles is the latest One Direction member with new solo music on the way.

Harry will release his debut single on April 7.  On Saturday, Harry appeared in an enigmatic TV commercial on British television which features him walking across a dark room and opening a door to the light while piano music plays before the date "April 7th" appears on screen.

The ad was posted to Harry's YouTube channel with a note a acknowledging that the spot is for Harry's debut single.

Last month Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer told Billboard that Harry's first solo album was nearly complete. “We're close and we're very excited,” he said. “We have a record we're incredibly excited about and it’s not far away from being ready. We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he's here to stay.”

Stringer added, “Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who's authentic.”

Harry also will be on the big screen soon.  He'll make his movie debut in Dunkirk, the WWII movie from Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan.  The movie is due July 21.

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Timothy SaccentiEver since Marian Hill's single "Down" debuted in a Super Bowl ad last month, it's topped the U.S. Shazam chart: everyone wants to know, "Who does that song?"  Only problem is, when they find out it's by Marian Hill, they assume that's the name of the woman who's singing it...and it's not.

Marian Hill is a duo made up of two people who've been friends since middle school: Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd.  They got their name by combining the names of the two main characters -- Marian Paroo and Harold Hill --  in the musical they both appeared in during eighth grade: The Music Man.  So, how often does Samantha get called "Marian?"

"Too much, but understandably so," she tells ABC Radio. "I mean, it sounds like a girl’s name, and I’m a female vocalist. But I think it’s getting better. I think the more that 'Down' becomes known and the more that we become known, they’re realizing it’s a duo, so it’s great."

Also helping is the duo's new video for "Down," which shows both of them riding up, down and every which way in an elevator.

"Down" is the first track on the duo's debut album Act One, and they describe it as an "invitation."  So what does that mean?

"I don’t think there is an easy answer," admits Samantha. "I mean, it’s about giving in to possibility, about the possibility of this person that you’re meeting, of the evening and taking a chance. It’s definitely one of our favorites and, I think, open to interpretation too."  

Marian Hill has a show Tuesday night in their home base of Brooklyn, NY, and then they're off the road until May 22, when they kick off a major headlining tour.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIt's safe to say that when people want to mock John Mayer, they often focus on his romantic hit "Your Body Is a Wonderland."  John admits that for that reason, he went through a phase where he didn't even want to perform it...but now, he's finally come to terms with it.

Speaking to The New York Times, John says, "'Your Body Is a Wonderland' lives so much in its own atmosphere that it's like it's been handed to me by some other person."

He continues, "There was a time where I didn't want to play it, where I took it very personally that people were making jokes about it. Now I go: 'It’s kind of cool to have [such a big song].'"

Mayer adds with a laugh, "I don't know if you've made it if you don't have the one [thing] that the least initiated person can yell at you when they see you. Dave Chappelle has 'Rick James,' you know?"

John's latest album, The Search for Everything, includes more romantic songs, as well as tunes about breakups and self-reflection, but what you won't find on it is political songs.  He says they're not for him.

"We live in a time right now where the message will be judged against the messenger," he explains. "There are times when I say to myself, 'I don't have the right to [sing political songs].' Because I haven't introduced myself to the world or placed myself as a mouthpiece in that way, I guess I shied away from it."

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David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesOne Direction's Liam Payne is a new daddy.

He and his girlfriend, British singer and entertainer Cheryl Fernanez-Versini, aka Cheryl Cole, welcomed a baby boy this past Wednesday, March 22.  On Instagram, Liam posted a photo of himself holding the newborn,  and wrote, "My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless... wow!"

He added, "I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favorite memory I have so far. I'm completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she's really made my dreams come true."

"We haven't named him yet but he's already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed," he continued. "Happy Mother's Day everyone!"

Cheryl's post revealed the birth date of the boy, as well as the fact that he weighed in at 7lb 9oz and is "incredibly beautiful" and "healthy."

"Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts," she added. "We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever."

Liam is the second member of One Direction to become a father: Louis Tomlinson and his ex-girlfriend welcomed a son, Freddie Reign, in 2016.

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Greg WilliamsFirst there was the baby that looked like Ed Sheeran, now there’s the baby that might just be Ed Sheeran's littlest fan.

The infant girl, named Gracie, stops crying when Ed’s “Shape of You” is playing. Her dad, Gareth Nye, posted a video on Twitter showing the song’s baby-soothing powers. Gracie is seen crying in her bouncer until the song starts, at which point she immediately calms down and starts moving to the rhythm.

“Our baby loves Ed Sheeran!” the dad wrote. “Perfect for calming her down! Shame she can’t come to see him on #dividetour.”

Ed kicks off his North American tour on June 29.

 

@edsheeran @LivEchonews @joannenye15 Our baby loves Ed Sheeran! Perfect for calming her down! Shame she cant come to see him on #dividetour pic.twitter.com/S9hGvnphGM

— Gareth Nye (@ganye91) March 21, 2017

 

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ABC/Eddy ChenDespite reportsJohn Legend claims he was not the victim of a robbery on Thursday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The New York Daily News had reported that John's bag was stolen by a livery cab driver hustling for a ride. The "In America" singer dismissed the robbery claims in several tweets, explaining what really happened with his luggage. 

"We use a trusted car service and they did not rob me. Our Delta greeter made a mistake and left a bag on the cart," he wrote. "The bag was taken because it was left unattended. The airport police caught the person who took it (on video) and retrieved my bag."  

But that doesn't mean that a crime wasn't committed. ABC News has learned that a livery driver took the bag off the carousel, and John then reported it missing.  The driver was identified on surveillance video and asked to come back to the airport for an interview. 

The driver, Agustin Hilario, brought the bag with him when he returned to the airport, and said he took it by mistake.  He was placed into custody and charged with grand larceny.

John praised the airport's security and police with a picture of Get Out character Rod Williams, who's portrayed in the Jordan Peele hit horror flick as a T.S.A. officer. 

"One could say it's been handled," he declared.  

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This story is untrue. We use a trusted car service and they did not rob me. Our Delta greeter made a mistake and left a bag on the cart https://t.co/an9mKutBcj

— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 24, 2017

 

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ABC/Fred LeeNew music, same signature move. Iggy Azalea takes her twerking skills to a whole new level in the new video for “Mo Bounce.”

The Australian rapper jiggles her assets to the bumping electronic beat all throughout the sexy visual, which is set in Hong Kong.  Iggy and her dancers eventually end up in a glow-in-the-dark twerk-fest, as she raps, “Mo bounce in the motherf****** house.”

“Mo Bounce” is Iggy’s new single from her forthcoming album Digital Distortion, set to be released sometime this summer. The album’s release was pushed back from last year.

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Frank OckenfelsThis October, John Mayer will be 40, and the reformed womanizer says all he wants now is to settle down, get married and be a dad.

"That's the final frontier, man," the currently single star tells the New York Times"I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th. I want the baby with the protective earphones," he says. 

He's referring to to the fact that many pop star moms and dads bring their young children to their concerts, but make them wear ear protection.

The Times notes that John has also been living in a hotel, "for fear of establishing another bachelor pad."

"I want to say, ‘We’ll take it,’” he says, referring to buying a house with his future spouse. "I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.”

However, John admits that being known as a player may harm his chances for domestic bliss.

"I’ve inherited a younger man’s reputation,” he complains.

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Ed Sheeran's career has never been hotter, and he's also super-happy with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.  He says he's now realizes that it's possible for someone to have both a successful career and a successful personal life.

In the new issue of Clash magazine, Ed says, "I always thought to have a really good career, you always had to be incredibly unhappy, and I always thought to be really happy, you had to have a bad career, because I didn’t see the balance of the two."

"And I’ve realized that that’s obviously bulls***, and just what you tell yourself to justify it,” he adds. "I live with Cherry now. We’ve got cats, we have takeaways and watch movies, we have people round for dinner. I’ve never had that."

But even if Ed's career does cool off at some point, he's not too worried about it. 

"I don’t think my career will go pear-shaped,” he says, “but I do think at some point I will step back from it, and the moment I step back from it, I’m just going to write songs and every now and then go and play a gig."

"Maybe I’m not going to play Wembley [Stadium] for the rest of my life, and maybe I’m not going to have number one hit smashes for the rest of my life, but I will always be able to do those two things and make a living off them,” he continues. "I think if it all ended tomorrow, I had a f******* good run."

You can buy the Ed issue of Clash magazine online now.

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RCA RecordsIt's here, Zayn Malik's new single with Candian rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR, "Still Got Time."

The bouncy track features the hook, "Just stop looking for love, girl you still got time," repeated by the Auto-Tuned rapper against a rhythm track that's a little bit dancehall, a little bit afro-pop.

The single is the first from Zayn's forthcoming sophomore solo album. No further album details were announced, other than the fact that the set is due this summer.

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Image Courtesy Logo/VH1RuPaul's Drag Race kicks off its ninth season Friday night with a very special guest judge: Lady Gaga.  RuPaul says of her appearance, "You're not ready for this!"

"Lady Gaga has always been a fan of the show and she started in New York and clubs the same way I did," Ru tells ABC Radio, explaining how the guest appearance came about.

"She attributes a lot of her [joie de vivre] to her life with [drag] queens in clubs," he explains. "So she tweeted me maybe three years ago and said, 'Ru, why can’t I be on the show?' And I said, 'Are you kidding??'"

However, it's taken this long for Gaga to fit the appearance into her busy calendar.

"Doing these kinds of shows, the hardest part is scheduling people," says Ru. "So finally, we got her on the season opener and it is a blast. You’re not ready for this!"

This won't be the first time that Gaga and RuPaul have teamed up on TV, though -- Ru was a guest on Gaga's ABC holiday special with the Muppets a few years ago. Then, he marveled at how young Gaga still is.

"She’s an amazing person and a really loving person," he says. "And I’m always surprised when I see these people because she’s a child! You know, when you strip down the makeup, it’s like, 'Oh my God!'" 

Other judges on this season of the show include Meghan Trainor, The B-52s, Kesha, Lisa Kudrow, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and many others.  The drama starts tonight at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.

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