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Mark HunterBritish girl group Little Mix is having a moment.  They scooped up the Choice Music Breakout Artist honor at the Teen Choice Awards last month, their song "Black Magic" has become their biggest U.S. single ever, they co-wrote the Britney Spears/Iggy Azalea collabo "Pretty Girls," and -- perhaps most impressive of all -- they became honorary members of Taylor Swift's squad when they joined her on stage at her show in Santa Clara, California. "We feel like we've made a friend for life," say the girls.

At that show, Little Mix and Taylor teamed up to perform "Black Magic," and Taylor advised the girls to stay together as a unit.  Perhaps she was drawing a parallel to One Direction, who didn't.  After all, Taylor used to date 1D's Harry Styles, and Little Mix's Perrie Edwards was, until recently engaged, to Zayn Malik, who broke up that fivesome.  He also, reportedly was the one who broke up with her.

Of course, Little Mix didn't need Taylor to tell them that, but Jesy Nelson says they appreciated the comment anyway. "It’s just always lovely to hear that...especially coming from her ‘cause that’s what she’s all about," Jesy tells ABC Radio. "She’s all about girl power and girls uniting and, yeah, it was just lovely. We feel like we’ve made a friend for life with Taylor. She’s an amazing woman." 

Little Mix member Leigh-Anne Pinnock adds, "It was really nice as well when she introduced us on stage, she said, 'They’re strong, they’re beautiful and they’ve got each other’s backs.' And that meant so much to hear other people say that, ‘cause it’s the truth!"

As for "Black Magic" -- the first single from their upcoming album Get Weird -- not only has it been Little Mix's most successful U.S. single to date, but it's also topped the charts in their native U.K.  Jesy tells ABC Radio, "I just think it’s a great pop song and as soon as you hear it, you can’t deny that it’s catchy and it sticks in your head straightaway and I think that’s why it’s doing so well."

Along with all their other accomplishments, Little Mix recently celebrated their fourth anniversary as a group: they first got together on the British version of The X Factor.  Perrie Edwards, who's been recovering emotionally from her split with Zayn, says the members of the group are proud of the way they've all supported each other over the past four years.

"I think as women now we’re a lot stronger, we’re very passionate, we’re confident and I think we bring out the best in each other as well," Perrie tells ABC Radio. "And four years I’ve been around these girls, so I feel like...it’s just...I’ve never been happier!"  

In addition to releasing Get Weird on November 6, Little Mix have a song called "A Different Beat" on the newly released special edition of the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack.

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Brian Bowen SmithIn hits like "Want to Want Me" and "Cheyenne," Jason Derulo sings about being obsessed with certain girls.  But in real life, Jason hasn't been linked with anyone since his acrimonious breakup with Jordin Sparks last fall...and he likes it that way.

"It’s literally about finding out what makes me tick and what makes me happy right now, you know?" Jason tells ABC Radio about his current goals, which don't involve getting involved in any kind of serious relationship.

"There’s nothing too deep about it," he adds. "It’s literally just me having a great time and me enjoying life and me focusing on the things that are important: my music, my fans and my family."

But since he's a celebrity who once dated another celebrity, there will always be interest in Jason's love life -- and the second he's spotted out and about with someone, the press will pounce.  Jason says that doesn't bother him, however.

"I’m not really trippin’ to be honest," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I think it just comes with the territory. I understand, and I’m in a great place."

Jordin, meanwhile, seems pretty content with her new man, rapper Sage the Gemini.  She told Entertainment Tonight, "He's a really great guy. He's super sweet and very talented and makes me very, very happy."

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Roc Nation / ColumbiaSo what if Chris Brown was featured on a bunch of other songs this summer? Rita Ora tells Billboard she’s just “very grateful” he wanted to appear on her new single, “Body on Me.”

"I respect Chris' work and I thought the tone of voice fit perfectly with the record," she says. "There's a lot more to think about than how many songs Chris has out at the moment. I'm just a fan, and I'm very, very grateful that he wanted to support me."

The sexy duet will be featured on Rita’s sophomore album. While she has yet to announce a release date, she says she's excited for people to hear her new sound. "I'm very proud of where I'm at in the moment," she says. "I recorded it all in London because I wanted to keep my roots from where I grew up and I sat down and [had] a brainstorm to make sure my message comes across."

She adds, "I was 18 when I did my first album; I'm 24 now. I was a fan of music before, and I really enjoyed being in the studio and making music about partying, but I wasn't ready to offer my own interpretation or creative vision of music. I feel I have to contribute something now."

And while she says she feels pressure to deliver, she tries not to let it consume her. "It's always there. It's just in my subconscious at all times -- that's the world we live in unfortunately," she says. "So I try not to focus on that and just do the best at what I can do."

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Image Group LA/ABCSeems those crop tops and mini-skirts are really working for her. Taylor Swift has been named one of Us Weekly’s 2015 Best Dressed celebrities.

The singer, who tends to find a look she likes and then stick with it, was among 35 stylish stars chosen for the list. Others picked for their impeccable fashion sense include Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, actress Cate Blanchett, and former Spice Girl-turned-designer Victoria Beckham.

A panel of style icons -- including models Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, designer Diane von Furstenberg, and former reality star Lauren Conrad -- helped choose the finalists. The judges placed Taylor among the best dressed because of her ability to mix high-end designers with more affordable pieces.

“She’s sophisticated and a bit retro, but still keeps it young and fresh,” Heidi says.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCThe director of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” video is responding to criticism that the video glorifies white colonialism in Africa.

In a statement obtained by ABC Radio, Joseph Kahn says that the video includes black people and was produced by a black woman and edited by a black man.

 

"This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950," he says. "There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott [Eastwood]."

He continues, "We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present.”

Joseph adds, "There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history."

The video features Taylor as a brunette Old Hollywood actress filming a romantic drama set in Africa. Scott Eastwood plays her love interest. Proceeds from the video are being donated to wild animal conservation efforts through the African Parks Foundation of America.

Kahn, who is Asian, also directed Taylor’s “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” videos.

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Jeff Daly/NBCHarry Styles just can’t seem to avoid on-stage calamities. He’s taken some tumbles while on tour with One Direction this summer, and now he can add “getting pelted in the face with a Red Bull can” to the list of mishaps.

The incident was captured on video and occurred while the band was thanking fans for joining them that evening. Harry walks down an aisle in the middle of the audience just as someone chucks the can directly at his head. Harry keeps walking, but seems to be clutching his head in pain.

Fans on the video can be heard expressing shock over what just happened. “Why would you do that?” one girl asks to whoever threw the can. “That's not funny!"

Harry took his first tumble during the band’s first stop on their North American tour in July. He fell again at their show in Toronto last month.

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Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCAvril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger have called it quits after two years of marriage. Avril officially announced their separation on Instagram today.

"It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today," she writes alongside a photo of them on their wedding day. "Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments. We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support."

There were rumors that the couple was headed for divorce last year, but those claims were denied at the time. Earlier this year, Avril credited Chad with helping her through her battle with Lyme disease. The two had also reportedly just purchased a French-style California estate together.

The Canadian artists had been married since July 2013.

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ABC/Rick RowellDid Justin Bieber give a subtle shout-out to his ex in his latest music video? Eagle-eyed fans spotted the name “Selena” -- as in, Selena Gomez -- spray-painted on a wall in the “What Do You Mean?” video’s skate park scenes.

The walls are also scrawled with graffiti of the words “love” and “hope.” Similar to the song’s main question, it had fans asking, “What does this mean?”

One fan tweeted, “But honestly why is Selena's name in Justin's What Do You Mean music video? Don't say he didn't see it or do it pls.”

Justin has yet to comment.

If you’ll recall, fans were also thrown into a frenzy after Justin and Selena’s couple name, “Jelena,” was spotted amongst the art featured in Justin’s “Where Are U Now” video. Justin’s camp declared all the art in the video was fan-made, and the “Jelena” reference wasn’t some hidden message from Justin.

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Mert Alas via Interview MagazineWhat’s it like to sext with Miley Cyrus? In the latest issue of Interview magazine, the singer gives us some idea with a series of racy photos from a recent FaceTime session.

Miley appears on one of the mag's eight covers showcasing celebrity selfies, and hers is, of course, the most risqué of the bunch. On her cover, she lifts up her t-shirt and flashes her breasts while FaceTiming photographer Mert Alas.

Inside, the pictures get even raunchier. One features Miley topless next to a guitar, another shows her posing provocatively on her hands and knees while pulling down her black thong, and another actually shows her with her hand between her legs.  Needless to say, the pics are not suitable for work.

Miley is among the magazine’s choices for the 150 most powerful personalities on social media from the worlds of fashion, entertainment and music. Also featured on the cover of the so-called #ME issue are Zayn Malik, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian West, and Jennifer Lopez.

Miley's Interview appearance follows the release of her surprise new free album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which is a collaboration with the rock band The Flaming Lips and, among others, her Bangerz producer, Mike Will Made-It.  Speaking about the 23-track project, Mike told ABC Radio, "Her new album is retarded...super crazy!"

Mike says that the fact the Flaming Lips, and especially frontman Wayne Coyne, were involved in the project led to him to push his own boundaries a little.

"She's a fan of The Flaming Lips and whatnot, so she was working close with Wayne Coyne on the album," says the producer. "And then, it really, like, pushed me to do something different.  Like, bring like a whole different side that nobody's used to hearing from me and whatnot, you know what I'm sayin'?"

By the way, even if a million people download Miley's album, you won't see it on the Billboard Top 200 because it's free, and therefore ineligible to chart.

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Andy Grammer on "DWTS" Season 20; ABC/Adam TaylorAndy Grammer will be one of several singers competing this season on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, along with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, R&B legend Chaka Khan, and reality star, talk show host and singer Tamar Braxton.  Andy says he feels his late mom would've wanted him to do the show, and he's dancing, in part, to honor her memory and feel close to her.

Andy posted a Photo on Facebook of him as a kid, dancing with his mom, Kathryn, who died of breast cancer several years ago.  He wrote, "When I performed 'Honey, I'm Good' on Dancing with the Stars last season, it was obviously exciting and a thrill, but there was something extra and deeper about being there. Anyone who knew my mother, knows she LOVED dance. Anytime it came on the TV her eyes would light up and would get lost in the screen. I remember countless times sitting with her and listening to her say, 'My one regret in life is that I wish I had been a dancer.'"

Andy continues, "If you have lost someone close in your life, you know that it can be tough to stay/feel connected to those who pass on. Maybe you hear a song and it reminds you of them, or every time you eat a certain dish you feel their presence somehow. These things become really important in ways others might not understand. All I can say is that when I went in to do a rehearsal for DWTS last season, I was overcome with emotion and just barely kept my s**t together. She would have completely lost her mind to sit front row at Dancing With The Stars and I could feel that in my chest loud and clear."

"So this one is for you mom. I don't know how to dance, but I'm pretty sure that wherever you are it's going to make you very happy to see me try. I miss you, I love you, and I will be stretching my hammies to make you proud," he finished. "Game on."

As for his chances on the show, Andy tells Billboard, "There is no doubt about it. I don’t know how to dance and I don’t have any extra flexible skills. There is going to be a lot of molding."  But, he adds, "I still think I got a shot.”  He's paired with pro Alison Holker.

Andy will fit Dancing with the Stars in his touring schedule, according to Billboard, and he tells the publication he hopes to dance on the show to his new single, “Good to Be Alive.”  That track will appear on a new deluxe re-release of Andy's album Magazines or Novels, due November 6.

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Sara McColgan/Warner Bros. RecordsNico & Vinz debuted the new video for their song “That’s How You Know.”

The humorous visual premiered on the comedy website Funny or Die, and opens with Nico and Vinz on a therapist’s couch. The therapist has no idea who they are, but asks them why they’re seeking his help. “Well, we kinda f***** up,” says Vinz.

The song, featuring rapper Kid Ink and Bebe Rexha, serves as a cautionary tale for screw-ups everywhere and the video matches that, taking viewers through an insane house party where poor decision-making is occurring at every turn.

"We've been experimenting with different sounds in the studio lately and 'That's How You Know' is a result of that," Nico & Vinz explain. "We feel like we represent a generation blind to genres and musical boundaries. While some of our previous music has had deeper messaging, this new single is as fun and easy as it was to create it. We hope people enjoy it as much as we do."

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PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesIf the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack left you wanting more, allow this to satisfy your craving.  A special edition of the soundtrack, featuring extra tracks and remixes, is now available.

The new release features an original recording of Hailee Steinfeld’s “Flashlight,” a cappella group Pentatonix’s cover of “Any Way You Want It,” an additional Barden Bellas track called “Jungle,” and The Rebel Remix of Jessie J’s version of “Flashlight.” There are 27 tracks in all.

The Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack debuted at number one on the Billboard chart in May and sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week. The movie, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, also debuted at number one at the box office.

Here is the special edition’s track list:

"Universal Fanfare" -- Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins
"Kennedy Center Performance" -- The Barden Bellas
"Bang Bang" -- Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
"Lollipop" -- The Treblemakers
"Change Your Life" - Iggy Azalea (feat T.I.)
"Sunshine" -- Teddybears
"Car Show" -- Das Sound Machine
"A Different Beat" -- Little Mix
"Winter Wonderland"/"Here Comes Santa Claus" -- Snoop Dogg and Anna Kendrick
"Riff Off" -- Das Sound Machine, Tone Hangers, The Barden Bellas, Green Bay Packers and The Treblemakers
"Jump" -- Das Sound Machine, Tone Hangers, The Treblemakers and Green Bay Packers
"Convention Performance" -- The Barden Belles
"Back to Basics" -- The Barden Bellas
"Cups (When I’m Gone) - Campfire Version" -- The Barden Bellas
"We Belong" -- Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine
"Any Way You Want It (World Championship Medley)" -- Pentatonix, The Filharmonic, The Cantasticos, The Singboks and Penn Masala
"World Championship Finale 1" -- Das Sound Machine
"World Championship Finale 2"-- The Barden Bellas
"Crazy Youngsters" -- Ester Dean
"Heartbreak Dream" -- Betty Who
"Pitch Perfect 2 End Credit Medley" -- Mark Mothersbaugh
"Flashlight (from Pitch Perfect 2)" -- Jessie J
"All of Me (Bumper’s Audition)" -- Adam Devine
"Flashlight (Sweet Life Mix)" -- Hailee Steinfeld
"Any Way You Want It" -– Pentatonix
"Flashlight (Rebel Remix)" -- Jessie J
"Jungle" -- The Barden Bellas

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SYCO/Columbia RecordsOne Direction's "Drag Me Down," the first single they've released since Zayn Malik departed the group, was an instant success, scoring the highest debut of any single this year on the Billboard Hot 100, and selling more in its debut week than any of the group's prior singles.  The song sounds a bit edgier than the band's previous work, and 1D's Harry Styles says it gives a hint as to what fans can expect from their upcoming album.

"It’s a little grittier than, I think, a lot of the things we’ve done before," Harry tells ABC Radio. "It’s a little bit dirtier and almost kind of aggressive in a way...you know, we definitely wanted to say [something] with the single and I hope we’ve done that. It kinda feels that way.  So I think it’s definitely edging that way with the album."

At first listen, the lyrics to "Drag Me Down" sound like something you'd sing to a supportive girlfriend or romantic interest: "All these lights/They can't blind me/With your love, nobody can drag me down."  But 1D's Liam Payne says the song is really a tribute to their ultra-loyal fans, penned specifically to reflect their current situation.

"You know, when the writers  -- who are our friends -- kind of got together....you know, a lot’s happened with us and they kind of wrote around that, I guess," Liam tells ABC Radio.  "And it’s kind of a nice statement, I feel, for us to come out with: that we’re still holding together strong, and without the fans we wouldn’t be here and, you know, nothing can drag us down when we’ve got those guys." 

Louis Tomlinson also feels that the song is about the members of the group, who've supported each other through the six years they've been together.

"Drag Me Down" is the first single from One Direction's still-untitled fifth album, due this November.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteFor one little boy, Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” is more than just a song: it’s his anthem. Seven-year-old cancer patient Jeremiah Succar has used the empowering tune to give him courage since he was diagnosed with a stage-four tumor in May. He recently had his dreams come true when Rachel herself surprised him at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

According to the hospital’s website, the singer learned of her young fan through the power of social media -- and the hashtag #RachelMeetJeremiah -- and decided to do something extra special for him. She surprised him in his hospital room and the two sang “Fight Song” together. Not surprisingly, Jeremiah knew all the words.

“Jeremiah loves ‘Fight Song’ -- he memorized the lyrics after three or four times of listening to it,” his father, Jerry Succar, said. “He used to sing it when he got a lot of headaches, but now he sings it in the morning, before bed and during shots he has to get.”

Jeremiah was hardly speechless after the duet with his idol -- he knew exactly what he wanted to ask her. “I have one question,” he said. “Can I have your autograph?”

Learning via social media how "Fight Song" has inspired her fans is nothing new for Rachel, though -- it's been going on since earlier this year.

"We noticed that people were reaching out in the comment section of the YouTube lyric video and on Twitter and on Facebook and writing these incredible stories about how the song had affected them," she tells ABC Radio.  "We decided we wanted to do more with that."  That led to her and her team creating an online movement called #MyFightSong, to allow people to easily share stories of their own struggles.

"[We wanted to] try to rally everyone to understand that there was this common thread of 'We’re all feeling this, we’re all feeling like we need a fight song, we need to be heard,'" explains Rachel. "And when you declare that publicly, there’s this rush of support you get."

Rachel wrote "Fight Song" when she was feeling discouraged about her career, but she says she never could have predicted that others would be inspired by it too.

"I don’t think I could have, no," she tells ABC Radio. "I don’t know if in my wildest dreams I could’ve understood what it would do and how it could help people." 

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is kicking off its fall season next week with a lineup of big musical guests, including Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Justin, Jimmy’s pal and frequent collaborator, returns to the show on Wednesday, September 9. It’ll be his first visit to Fallon's Tonight Show since its premiere week. On that same night, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are scheduled to perform. The episode will be displayed on a huge digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square, on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets.

Then on Friday, September 11, Pharrell Williams will appear on the program to treat fans to a special never-before-seen performance.

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Columbia RecordsIs Calvin Harris actually the lion Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” video? A new fan theory seems to think so.

Allow us to explain. In the video Taylor plays a brunette actress who harbors feelings for her onscreen love interest, played by Scott Eastwood. She wishes their love affair was real, but in the end, Scott returns to his wife and Taylor is heartbroken.

Throughout the video, Taylor and Scott shoot scenes on an African savanna among the wild animals -- including a majestic lion. In the beginning of the video, the lion is seen watching over Taylor, then in another scene, the lion sits beside Taylor after she has a fight with Scott.

To top things off, Calvin’s current Instagram profile picture is of a lion that looks suspiciously similar to the one in the video. According to E! News, he is believed to have changed it during the VMAs Sunday night -- the same night Taylor premiered the video.

So what does all this mean? Fans seem to think the lion is a representation of Calvin and his love and protection over Taylor.

We’ll let you be the judge.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWith their MTV Video Music Awards performance on Sunday, Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea gave us a taste of what they sound like together with a "Cool for the Summer" remix. Now in a new interview with Billboard, Demi gives us hints about their other collaborative track, "Kingdom Come," from her upcoming album Confident.

“It sounds awesome, and I’m really excited for everyone to hear it,” she says. “[Iggy] was really excited too -- she was like, ‘I’m really excited with where your music is going.’ And to me, that meant a lot, because before I even knew Iggy I was a big fan, and so it was really cool to hear her say that. Our sounds really meshed well.”

Demi says she knew from the moment she heard the song that Iggy would be a great fit for it.

“My music is taking a more mature and older route, and with ‘Kingdom Come,’ it’s definitely more of a rhythmic song,” she says. “I wanted [Iggy] to be on this album from the first time that I heard that song, even before we knew each other. And then we became good friends, and so it was kind of a situation where it was like, we have to work together."

We’ll get to hear the song when Confident arrives October 16. But Iggy previously revealed in a Twitter Q&A with fans that it would not be released as a single.

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Zayn Malik via Interview MagazineZayn Malik knows the power of social media. The former One Direction member has been involved in his fair share of Twitter feuds and has shared many an Instagram selfie of his ever-changing hair color. So it seems only fitting that his first major solo magazine cover would be for Interview magazine’s social media-themed September #ME issue.

His cover photo? A shirtless selfie.

Zayn's cover is one of eight alternate covers featuring celebrity self-portraits -- a.k.a. selfies -- from the likes of Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer Lopez and fashion photographer Mert Alas.

They’re among the magazine’s choices for the 150 most powerful personalities on social media from the worlds of fashion, entertainment and music. Also featured inside the mag are exclusive selfies of Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Cher, Kendell Jenner and Willow Smith.

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ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna is planning her own beauty line.

While promoting her new RiRi perfume at a meet-and-greet Monday at Macy’s in Brooklyn, New York, The Barbadian singer said a line called Fenty Beauty is next in her business plan.

"That is definitely something I am going to have my hands on and would love to do,” she told Refinery29.com. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve always had so much on my hands. But, this time, I’m going to make sure it happens. I'm going to find some time between albums and fragrance to do that. I promise."

Rihanna has enjoyed great success in a variety of endorsements, including a MAC lipstick collection, a fashion line with River Island, and serving as the face of Christian Dior. As she envisions her own beauty line, she already ideas for the perfect products.

“Lashes that could just put themselves on,” she says. “Lipstick that doesn’t move, but doesn’t dry your lips out, that you don’t need a liner for."

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ABC/Fred LeeIn addition to Taylor Swift, Hozier's got another celebrity fan: Sam Smith.

Appearing on BBC Radio One's "Live Lounge" on Tuesday -- which features artists doing their own versions of current hits by other singers -- Hozier took on Sam's hit "Lay Me Down," and Sam just loved it.  He tweeted, "Brother @Hozier -- f**ing love the Live Lounge cover!!!! Anything you sing makes me heart jump xx Big kisses sir xx."

Hozier replied, "Ahh! Thrilled you like it!! Was an absolute joy to cover - hope you're keeping well man x ."

In other Hozier news, he's just announced a slew of new European and U.K. tour dates for 2016, starting January 8.  He'll be all done touring at the end of February -- for pretty much the first time since "Take Me to Church" became a worldwide hit.

Hozier will spend the rest of this month playing at festivals all over the U.S.; he starts a new U.S. headlining tour in October.

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