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ABC/Fred LeeThe nominations for the 2017 Brit Awards -- the British equivalent of the Grammys -- have been announced, and Adele, Rihanna, Sia, and Bruno Mars are among the nominees.

Strangely, the only category Adele is nominated in is British Artist Video of the Year, for "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)."  Rihanna is nominated for her collaboration with Calvin Harris -- who's Scottish -- in the categories of British Single and British Video of the Year for "This Is What You Came For," and she's also up for International Female Solo Artist, along with Sia and Beyonce.

Bruno is up for International Male Solo Artist, and his competition includes Drake and The Weekend, while Twenty One Pilots are up for International Group, where their competition includes A Tribe Called Quest, the duo of Drake and Future, and Kings of Leon.

Coldplay is up for Best British Single for "Hymn for the Weekend," where they're up against Zayn, Calum Scott, Clean Bandit, and Little Mix, among others. Zayn is also up for British Video of the Year for "Pillowtalk."

The Brits Icon Award will be presented to Robbie Williams, while the prestigious Critics' Choice Award winner has already been announced: it's blues singer Rag 'N' Bone Man, whose single "Human" is making a few inroads in the U.S. Previous winners of that award include Adele and Sam Smith.

Little Mix, The 1975, and Emeli Sande will perform at the Brit Awards, scheduled for February 22.

Michael Buble is supposed to host the show, but it's unlikely he will, given that he's put his career on hold to care for his son Noah, who was diagnosed with cancer last year.

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Image Group LA/ABCWhen it comes to her upcoming tour, Lady Gaga is letting her fans do the talking for her.

Over the weekend, Gaga retweeted a posting from a Gaga fan site that read, "Lady Gaga's tour is already booked and to be [announced] after the #PepsiHalftime Get your coins ready!" Assuming she would not have posted this if it's inaccurate, it looks like we'll get the details of Gaga's Joanne tour after she takes the stage next month at the Super Bowl.

In other Gaga news, Billboard reports that eight years ago this week, Gaga scored her first #1 hit, "Just Dance," featuring Colby O'Donis.  She's had two more #1s since then: "Poker Face" and "Born This Way."

Finally, it looks like Gaga's new country-flavored direction may not be a phase. Producer Brian Kennedy posted a photo of himself on Instagram with Gaga and Dallas Davidson, a country songwriter who's penned tunes for artists like Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Lady Antebelleum.  

Kennedy, who's produced hits for Rihanna and Chris Brown, wrote, "First session of the year with @ladygaga & @dallasdavidson_ two incredible people! #inspired #readytoworkagain #newsound."  There has been speculation that this session has to do with Gaga's upcoming role in the remake of the movie A Star is Born.

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ABC/Randy HolmesFresh from her performance debacle on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, Mariah Carey performed this Saturday at the Landmark Hotel in London.

The diva was not alone. Elton John and Mark Ronson also appeared.

It is rumored they were paid around $4.2 million to sing at the wedding of Irene Kogan and Daniel Kenvey. They topped a star-studded bill booked by Irene’s grandad, Russian billionaire businessman Valery Kogan, according to The Sun.

The reception was reportedly a nine-hour extravaganza. Elton John kicked off the reception with a 12-song set and dedicated “Tiny Dancer” to the bride.

Carey performed and dedicated “We Belong Together” to the new couple. Mariah is believed to earn $3 million for such performances. 

Antonio Banderas was also present and made a speech wishing the couple well.

There were additional performances from a number of Russian stars.

Ronson closed the night with a DJ set.

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Chris Haston/NBCNick Cannon thinks that ex-wife Mariah Carey was just "a little flustered" during her now-famous New Year's Rockin' Eve performance.  

During a sit-down chat with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Cannon jokingly told the daytime host that Mariah's flub was a government set-up. 

"You know me -- I'm a conspiracy theorist. I think the government did that. They set her up. That was a distraction. They just put her out there," he says. 

Turning serious, Nick acknowledged that performing live is difficult. "Anyone who knows about performing and having inner ears and stuff, things can go wrong on live television. I do live television all the -- I screw up on America's Got Talent all the time," he explained.

"When there's people in your ear saying things and stuff...I think she kinda got a little flustered, but being the diva she is, she said, 'I'm just going to walk around and pose for seven minutes,'" Nick continued.  

"And like Ryan Seacrest said, 'She can do no wrong.' So, she worked through it." 

As previously reported, last week, Mimi posted a recorded message about her botched New Year's Eve performance to give her side of the story.  

In the clip, she accuses the production team of sabotaging her, and says that it's not "practical" to sing live in the middle of Times Square on New Year's Eve "with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machines, thousands of people celebrating" and faulty ear monitors. 

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Legacy RecordingsA new release in the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series is never too far away.

The compilation series will be releasing its 61st volume next month, featuring 16 major hits from artists including Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Ariana Grande.

And if you’re feeling nostalgic, the Now series will also be releasing NOW That's What I Call 90s Pop. The throwback album includes “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera, “MMMBop” by Hanson and “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.

Both collections will be released on Friday, January 27.

Here are the track lists:


NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 61
Bruno Mars -- "24k Magic"
Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar -- "Don't Wanna Know"
Alessia Cara -- "Scars to Your Beautiful"
Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj -- "Side to Side"
DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber -- "Let Me Love You"
The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk -- "Starboy"
Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane -- "Black Beatles"
D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty -- "Broccoli"
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall -- "Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)"
Fifth Harmony -- "That’s My Girl"
Jon Bellion -- "All Time Low"
Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha -- "In the Name of Love"
Hey Violet -- "Guys My Age"
Shawn Mendes -- "Treat You Better"
Niall Horan -- "This Town"
gnash featuring Olivia O’Brien -- "i hate u, i love u"

BONUS TRACKS: “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview
Citizen Four -- "Testify"
Dagny -- "Fool's Gold"
JoJo featuring Wiz Khalifa -- "No Apologies"
Aanysa X Snakehips -- "Burn Break Crash"
Maggie Rogers -- "Alaska"
Urban Cone -- "Old School"

NOW That's What I Call 90s Pop
Will Smith -- "Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It"
Britney Spears -- "…Baby One More Time"
Christina Aguilera -- "Genie in a Bottle"
Brandy & Monica -- "The Boy Is Mine"
TLC -- "Waterfalls"
Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue --  "Whatta Man"
Boyz II Men -- "Motownphilly"
Bell Biv Devoe -- "Poison"
Wreckx-N-Effect -- "Rumpshaker"
Bobby Brown -- "Humpin’ Around"
C&C Music Factory -- "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Montell Jordan -- "This Is How We Do It"
Everything but the Girl -- "Missing (Todd Terry Remix)"
Sheryl Crow -- "All I Wanna Do"
Hanson -- "MMMBop"
Ricky Martin -- "Livin’ La Vida Loca"
New Kids on the Block -- "Step by Step"
Backstreet Boys -- "I Want It That Way"

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ABC/Lou RoccoEven if you don't know Bebe Rexha's name, you know her voice and songs: she wrote tracks for Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez, and sang on G-Eazy's  "Me, Myself & I,"  David Guetta's "Hey Mama," and Martin Garrix‘s "In the Name of Love."  But now, Bebe's got her first hit under her own name -- "I Got You" -- and boy, is she thrilled.

"It's so incredible, and it kinda feels surreal," Bebe tells ABC Radio. "I'm so happy and I'm at a loss for words...I don't know what else to say!"

"I Got You" is from Bebe's debut album All Your Fault Pt. 1, due February 17. She says it felt great to finally write songs for herself. In the past, Bebe says, she'd give her songs to other artists because had no way of releasing them herself.

"I didn't have a record deal, so where would I put it out, you know? Like, send it to my mom and burn it on CD?" she laughs. "So this year was strictly for me and it was the best feeling!"

But now that she's a solo star, Bebe says she'll keep writing for others.  After all, that's how she got her big break.

"When I first was a part of  'The Monster,' I really wanted to put it out under my name, but no record label thought it was good enough -- until Eminem liked it," she says of the #1 duet she co-wrote for Em and Rihanna. 

"Now I see that that was such a blessing in disguise, and it got me to where I'm at today. So I will always, forever, write songs, and wherever they're meant to be is where they'll be."  

Bebe will kick off her first major headlining tour later this year.

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Dave Benett/Getty ImagesThe last days of Michael Jackson's life will soon be dramatized on the small screen.  

Variety reports that a television biopic titled Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland will begin shooting on location this February and will air on Lifetime. 

The TV movie is based on the 2014 book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Finals Days and features actor Chad L. Coleman as Jackson's bodyguard.  

Coleman's acting resume includes roles in ArrowThe Walking Dead and The Wire.

News of the forthcoming Jackson biopic comes on the heels of recent controversy surrounding an episode of a new U.K. comedy series Urban Myths, in which the late pop icon is portrayed by white British actor Joseph Fiennes.  

On Friday, Sky Arts, the U.K. network set to air the episode, decided to pull it from its schedule.  

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Atlantic RecordsPutting out two singles at the same time, and having both of them be huge, isn't something just anyone could pull off -- but Ed Sheeran's not just anyone.  His two new singles, "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill," have entered the U.K. singles chart at #1 and #2 respectively.

According to Britian's Official Charts Company, no other artist has ever entered the chart at #1 and #2 simultaneously.  Ed told OfficialCharts.com, "I’m incredibly chuffed that they’ve gone straight in at Number 1 and 2 today. Both tracks mean a huge amount to me so it really is amazing to see them go to the top of the chart together on the first week. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the rest of the album in March!”

Ed's new album ÷ (Divide)  is due on March 3.  In an interview with MusicWeek, his manager Stuart Camp explained the thinking behind releasing two songs at the same time.  "The album’s called Divide and they’re the two ends of the spectrum of what the album sounds like," explains Camp. "We’re very proud of it, we’re just desperate for people to hear it and get it out there."

As for what we can expect from the rest of the album, Camp says, "There’s more diversity sonically, and the songwriting has gone up a notch. If anybody has had any good feelings for him in the past, they’ll be very pleasantly surprised by this album, but it’s not gone metal or R&B."

He jokes, "One day, it’s going to happen, I’m sure!"

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Julia Michaels has spent the past two years penning hits for some of pop music's biggest names, but now she's ready to step into the spotlight herself.

Julia -- who with Justin Tranter co-write Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Nick Jonas' "Close," Selena Gomez's "Good for You" and "Hands to Myself," Britney Spears' "Slumber Party," Gwen Stefani's "Used to Love You" and Hailee Steinfeld's Love Myself" -- has now released her debut single.  It's called "Issues," and it's the first release from her upcoming debut album.

The song was inspired by Julia's real-life relationship with her boyfriend, and features her singing, "I got issues, but you got 'em too/So give 'em all to me and I'll give mine to you/ Yeah I got issues/and one of them is how bad I need you."  The song features a unique soundscape made up of strings and electronically-treated backing voices.

In a statement, Julia says, "My boyfriend and I like to fight a lot. I have a lot of problems. He has a lot of problems. Somehow, we always work them out and find a way back to each other."

"‘Issues’ is knowing and accepting you have problems and your partner has problems and when s*** gets hard, you don’t just walk away, you make it work -- no matter how f***** up you are," she adds. "You’re there for each other.”


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Noam Galai/WireImageKaty Perry has never been one to keep quiet about her political and social beliefs. In a show of support for the #DontNormalizeHate movement, the singer has produced a new PSA called “Is History Repeating Itself?”

The clip features an elderly woman named Haru Kuromiya speaking about her experience with Japanese-American internment during World War II.  In 1942, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, anywhere between 110,000 and 120,000 Japanese people living on the West Coast were relocated and confined to internment camps.  In 1988, the government apologized to those affected, saying the actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership."

In the video, the woman says, “We were an American family now living in an internment camp, and our constitutional rights were taken away from us. It all started with fear and rumors, then it bloomed into the registration of Japanese-Americans. Then the labeling with physical tags and, eventually, internment.”

But the video has a twist. After Haru tells her story, the woman unmasks herself and turns out to be a young Muslim-American.  “Don’t let history repeat itself,” she says, in reference to Donald Trump's proposed Muslim registry.

Katy is credited as executive producer on the PSA and director Aya Tanimura tells the LA Times that Katy covered the short film’s costs, including the expensive prosthetic materials.

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Columbia Records / Disruptor RecordsThe Chainsmokers have released a brand new song for the new year, "Paris," -- a tune they first teased at their biggest concert yet: a December 30 show at the L.A. Convention Center. Chainsmokers member Drew Taggart provides lead vocals, as he did on their mega-smash "Closer."

The Grammy-nominated duo has also dropped a lyric video for the song, starring Instagram model Alexis Ren.  Strangely, the video was not filmed in Paris, France but at Casa Malca in Tulum [too-LOOM], Mexico.  It mostly features Ren flaunting her bod in a variety of sexy swimwear as she takes dips in the ocean and pool, and generally enjoys a beach lifestyle.

The song mentions Paris briefly in the line, "We were staying in Paris/To get away from your parents," but it's not about the city.  The opening of the lyric video defines "Paris" as, "a sentimental yearning for a reality that isn't genuine," and, "an irrecoverable condition for fantasy that evokes nostalgia or day dreams." 

Now, that last sentence doesn't make much sense, but the whole thing seems to indicate that in the song, "Paris" is a metaphor for some sort of dream-like situation the couple imagines themselves to be in in order to avoid what's really going on.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesHours after Michael Jackson's daughter Paris said that seeing British actor Joseph Fiennes portraying her late father in the TV show Urban Myths made her "want to vomit," the show  has pulled the episode.

Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies is what the British network Sky Arts describes as dramatizations of  "true...ish" pop culture stories.  One of the episodes was to feature Elizabeth TaylorMichael Jackson and Marlon Brando fleeing New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

A trailer, which has now been removed, dropped earlier this week.  It showed Fiennes as Jackson, wearing what appears to be a prosthetic nose.

Sky Arts issued an official statement this morning explaining its decision to pull the episode.

"We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a 30min episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series," the message begins. "This decision was taken in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family."

The statement continues, "We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events & never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision."

Paris Jackson, Michael's daughter, wrote Wednesday on Twitter, "i'm so incredibly offended by it, as i'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit."

As previously reported, Paris wasn't the only Jackson family member to speak out about the portrayal.

"Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect," MJ's nephew Taj Jackson wrote on Wednesday.

The show's director, Ben Palmer, previously told the British paper The Guardian, "we really think Joe Fiennes...[has] given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance." 

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Alasdair McLellanSure, Adele's a global superstar, but is she a hero?  We'll find out next month, when she vies for the title of "Hero of the Year" at the NME Awards, given out annually by the long-running British music publication.

Hero of the Year is one of three categories Adele is nominated for this year: she's also up for Best British Female and Best Festival Headliner.  Her competition for Hero of the Year includes, among others, the late David Bowie, Beyonce, and Millie Bobby Brown, the young female star of the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Beyonce leads all nominees with five nods, including Best Album, Best Video, Hero of the Year and Best International Female. Other nominees include Lady Gaga, Sia, Coldplay, Bastille and even Bruce Springsteen, who's nominated for Best Book for his autobiography Born to Run.

The cheeky NME Awards also have a category for Villain of the Year -- among those nominees are Donald Trump and former British prime minister David Cameron -- as well as Worst Band. That category includes Nickelback, "Rather Be" group Clean Bandit, and chart-topping Grammy nominees The Chainsmokers.

Voting for the NME Awards is open now; the winners will be announced February 15 in London.

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Getty Images via ABCDemi Lovato doesn't have a tour scheduled for this year -- yet -- but she's announced a special one-off appearance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as part of a huge charity concert.

The concert is the first in a planned series of shows called BeautyKind Unites Concert for Causes, organized by the online retailer BeautyKind.  The March 25 show, which also will feature country stars Jake Owen and The Band Perry, will raise money for the American Heart Association. 

45,000 fans are expected to attend the show, with a goal of raising $3 million. Tickets go on sale January 20, and range from $40 to $230.

BeautyKind lets people shop various beauty products and donate 5 percent of every purchase to a charity of their choice.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicLady Gaga will perform during halftime at Super Bowl 51 next month.  What can fans expect from her performance?  Eric Shanks, president of Fox Sports, says he doesn't have any detail, but predicts it'll be "pretty amazing."

Shanks told reporters in L.A. this week at the Television Critics' Association Press Tour that he doesn't "know exactly what yet" Gaga has planned for her big moment in Houston on February 5, but he's confident it'll be great, because she's so passionate about it.

"I don’t know if she’s gonna have a collaborator or a guest or anything like that, just at this moment," he said. "But we have spent some time with her, and I will tell you, she is so into putting on a great performance. She is all in on what she’s gonna do for everybody at halftime."

Fox NFL Sunday analyst Howie Long added, "I don’t think anyone knows what to expect. I’m sure it’ll be exciting and that’s why Lady Gaga has been cast as the halftime performer."

Gaga's performance will, of course, be compared to all the previous halftime performances that have gone before, from Beyonce and Bruno Mars, to Katy Perry, U2 and Prince.  In case you need to refresh your memory, you'll get a chance to do just that the night before the Super Bowl.

"Halftime is one of those things that people...talk about for a long time," Shanks told reporters. "We're actually doing a show [the] Saturday night leading into NFL Honors that is a one-hour show: the best of NFL Super Bowl halftimes. So those are things...take on a life of their own."

Gaga's appearance won't be her first Super Bowl, of course: last year, she performed the national anthem before the Broncos took on the Panthers.

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Eric Ray Davidson exclusively for GQAlong with Chance the RapperThe Weeknd is featured on the dual cover of GQ magazine's February issue.  

The "Party Monster" artist gives his unfettered opinions on many topics, including having kids and marriage, thoughts which may catch the attention of rumored new girlfriend Selena Gomez

"I feel like I'm the kind of guy that would have kids before getting married. The first thing would be kids. Marriage is scary to me, man," he tells the publication.    

The Grammy winner doesn't consider himself a sex symbol and prefers to fly under the radar, letting his music speak for him. 

"Listen, I'm not walkin' around like f*****' Idris Elba, know what I mean? I'm not gonna walk into the club and be like, 'Oh s***, I'm the sexiest guy in here.' The reason why they want to f*** me is because of what I do [in the studio]. So I'd rather just focus on doing that," he adds.  

The Weeknd also talks about putting an end to his old, yet still memorable, hairdo, which, he explains, was both a form of self-care and a step into normality after putting the finishing touches on Starboy

"I couldn't walk around without seeing the f*****' Weeknd hair. That's what I called it. I worked really hard on this album. And I felt like I need to relieve a lot of stress. [Cutting off my hair] feels good, 'cause I get to blend in. If I want to go to a club, I can just go and I'm not there. I can go to a restaurant and I'm not there," he says.  

"I look like everybody else, which is boring, but maybe I just want to look like everybody else for a bit." 

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Alasdair McLellanAdele and Beyonce are among the nominees for this year's NME Awards, given out annually by the long-running British music publication.

Beyonce leads all nominees with five nods, including Best Album, Best Video, Hero of the Year and Best International Female.  Adele has three nominations, including Hero of the Year and Best British Female.

Other British nominees include Zayn Malik, the band Bastille, Charli XCX and Coldplay, while the international categories include nominees such as Sia, Lady Gaga, Tove Lo, Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson, The Weeknd and Drake.

For the third year in a row, 5 Seconds of Summer are in the running for Worst Band, and their competition includes The Chainsmokers, Twenty One Pilots and Nickelback.  However, 5SOS have the advantage, having won the title twice before.

Voting for the NME Awards is open now; the winners will be announced February 15 in London.

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Image Group LA/ABCThe Weeknd has released the new music video for his song “Party Monster” and it’s a neon-colored head trip.

The warped, hazy visual features the singer mingling with hot women, driving a fast car and experiencing some pretty intense hallucinations. The video was directed by BRTHR, the duo who previously worked with The Weeknd on his “In the Night” video.

“Party Monster” has The Weeknd singing about a girl with “lips like Angelina” and an “a** shaped like Selena.” While the lyrics might be referring to the late singer Selena Quintanilla, The Weeknd was just spotted kissing Selena Gomez, causing some fans to give the line a whole new meaning.

The Weeknd co-wrote the track with Lana Del Rey.

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Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FXRyan Murphy is setting the record straight when it comes to certain pop stars and his TV shows.

According to Variety, the show runner confirmed at FX’s Television Critics Association press day that Lady Gaga will not be playing Donatella Versace in American Crime Story.

Gaga, who starred in two seasons of Ryan’s American Horror Story, was rumored to be playing the fashion designer in the third season of Crime Story, which will focus on the murder of Donatella's brother Gianni Versace.

But Ryan told Variety she was never really in talks for the role due to her busy schedule this year, which includes a Super Bowl halftime show performance, the movie A Star is Born and a tour. He adds that he’d love to work with her again in the future.

One thing he won’t be doing in the future -- a Feud season about Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. Ryan currently has Feud: Bette and Joan in the works, all about the infamous rivalry between legendary actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

According to E! News, Ryan said of future seasons: "I think if we're gonna do feuds, we can't just do Hollywood stories. I think we could do something from the 16th century.”

He adds, “I think the scope of the show can go back in time in history and it doesn't have to be modern. I would never do another Hollywood woman vs. woman story, although people really want the Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. I get a lot of requests, but I'm not going to."

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Greg WilliamsLast year, Ed Sheeran received a serious cut to his face: the story goes that Britain's Princess Beatrice had accidentally sliced his face open with a ceremonial sword while kidding around with Ed, James Blunt and others.  Speaking to London's Absolute Radio recently, Ed revealed that at first, he didn't even realize that he'd been slashed.

"I didn't notice 'cause I guess when you shave, you cut yourself every now and then, [and] your skin gets used to it," he explained. "So I didn't know I was cut. I got hit in the face, and I was like, 'All right, OK' and then [continued on with what I was doing]."

"Then I looked down at my shirt and it was just completely covered in blood," he adds. "And everyone was kinda gaping open-mouthed [at] me and I was like, 'What? Have I got a nosebleed or something? What's happened?' But yeah, it was my face!"

While Ed will confirm that he was cut with a sword, he won't confirm that Princess Beatrice -- whose mother is Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York -- is the one who did the slicing. 

"James Blunt would like me to tell you that it was him, and he was trying to reclaim his pop career by killing me," Ed jokes.

Ed also claims that he likes the scar: he thinks it makes him look like a James Bond villain.  He laughs, "What kid did not want one of those cool Blofeld scars when they were little?"

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