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Brendan WalterWhen Lorde released her new single "Green Light," fans couldn't help but notice that it sounded very different from her previous work -- you could actually dance to it, for one thing.  Lorde says she wanted to put out an upbeat track because everything else on the radio is just too laid back for her tastes.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, the New Zealand star explains, "A lot of the music on the radio is very chill these days, very slow. And I was like, 'You know what? I don't feel like being chill. I feel like being a psycho and just bursting back and being like, "Here it is! All of it! This is everything that I've been feeling!"'"

The fact that she ended up creating songs that sound like "Green Light" actually came as a surprise to Lorde, who says her upcoming album Melodrama turned out differently than she originally thought it would.

"I mean, I think that you have an idea of what an album will be when you start, and to look back at that picture at the end, it's always very, very different," she told BBC Radio 1. "So I definitely didn't know I was going to make this record influenced by all this music that I was dancing to every night, but I did."

Now all she needs to do is get over her self-consciousness when it comes to playing her new music for her friends and family.

"It's embarrassing," she said during the interview.  "Because I think everything I do is terrible. I’m so self-deprecating...I mean, I love it, but it takes me a second to get there."

Melodrama arrives in June. Lorde has a bunch of festivals on her schedule right now, but says a proper tour is definitely coming.

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Image Group LA/ABCBefore the Selena Gomez-produced show 13 Reasons Why premieres on Netflix Friday, the singer teased a snippet of a new song from the show’s soundtrack.

Selena tweeted a 30-second clip of the song, a cover of the 1982 new wave ballad “Only You,” by Yaz. She says the cover version was inspired by the show’s two main characters, Hannah and Clay.

“All I needed was the love you gave/All I needed for another day/And all I ever knew/Only you,” Selena sings on the haunting track.

13 Reasons Why, based on the book of the same name, is about a high school student who commits suicide and leaves cassette tapes behind for her classmates explaining how each of them contributed in some way to her death.

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2 days til @13ReasonsWhy… Here's a 1st listen to my cover of "Only You” from the soundtrack, inspired by Hannah and Clay's story. Out 3/30! pic.twitter.com/aSrAFhpFoY

— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) March 29, 2017

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ABC/Image Group LAReady to get revved up for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix? Justin Timberlake will be performing at the event this year.

The singer will hit the Circuit of the Americas Super Stage on Saturday, October 21 in Austin, Texas, a day before the big race.

The Grand Prix takes place over three days, from October 20 to 22. Tickets go on sale for all three days starting on Friday, March 31.

Last year, Taylor Swift was the headlining performer. It was her only show in 2016.

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ABC/Eddy ChenCommuters in London's bustling St. Pancras International train station were met with a surprise performance from John Legend Wednesday, kicking off International Piano Day.

Upon arriving at the station, the "In America" singer tweeted, "Do they still have that piano there?" The Evening Standard reports that John eventually sat down at a piano to sing "Ordinary People," "All of Me" and "Surefire."  

His ten-minute set ended with an exit out of St. Pancras and into a car waiting outside.    

John recently announced his forthcoming European tour, set to begin in September. Tickets go on sale this Friday. 

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Arriving at London @StPancrasInt on @EurostarUK. Do they still have that piano there?

— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 29, 2017

 

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Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesGeorge Michael's nearest and dearest came together Wednesday for an intimate funeral for the late music icon, according to a statement on behalf of his family.

"Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved Son, Brother and Friend," the statement reads.

It continues, "George Michael's family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family's wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion."

The statement adds that no further details on the funeral will be released.

Michael died of heart-related natural causes on Christmas Day last year. He was 53.

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ABC/Randy HolmesHaving already performed on seemingly every single U.S. TV show, Andy Grammer is now setting his sights on Australia.

Andy wrote on his Facebook page that he'll be singing on The Logie Awards, which he describes as "like the Emmys but everyone is better looking with accents and is from Australia." 

The Logies, as they are called, are indeed the Australian equivalent of the Emmys.   They're named after John Logie Baird, an inventor who, back in 1926, demonstrated the first working television system.

The Logies will be handed out April 23.  As for what Andy will perform, he added the hashtag #fresheyesworldwide to his posting, so we assume it'll be his current single "Fresh Eyes."

While Andy may not want to leave his pregnant wife while he heads Down Under, he'll be back in plenty of time to welcome their baby girl this summer.

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicCalvin Harris has found success teaming up with Rihanna on a number of hits, and now he's joining forces with another female superstar: Ariana Grande.

On Twitter, Calvin tweeted the artwork for a new single called "Heatstroke," which, he notes in the caption, features Ariana, as well as Pharrell and rapper Young Thug.

The song was co-written by Calvin, Pharrell and Young Thug, as well as Brittany Hazzard, a singer/songwriter who's known as Starrah.  She's co-written hits for Rihanna, Kevin Gates, Jeremih and Travis Scott.

"Heatstroke" follows in the footsteps of the single Calvin released last month: "Slide," featuring Frank Ocean and Migos.  No word yet on when the single will drop.

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Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears fans, we've got good news and bad news.  First the good news: Britney is going to perform a few shows somewhere other than Las Vegas. Now the bad news: those shows are overseas, and so far, there are only two of them.

Britney's website announces that she'll be playing in Manila, The Philippines on June 15, and in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 3. Tickets for Manila go on sale April 5, while the tickets for Tel Aviv are already on sale.

Brit tweeted, "Excited to be performing abroad this summer!"

These will be Britney's first-ever shows in the Philippines and in Israel, and the Times of Israel describes the Tel Aviv show as "part of her upcoming world tour."  No word on additional dates.

The last time Britney toured outside of the U.S. was in 2011, during her Femme Fatale tour.  That trek took her to North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Central America.

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Frank OckenfelsIf you heard that John Mayer was featured in a documentary about some sort of vintage collectible item, you'd probably assume it was either about guitars or watches, since the musician has a collection of both.  But as it turns out, John has an affinity for another vintage item: typewriters.

Variety reports that California Typewriter, a documentary about one of the last typewriter shops in America, will arrive in select theaters this summer, and will open the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival on Wednesday.

John is one of several celebrities featured in the movie talking about the joys of typing things on an old-fashioned machine.  One review of the movie says that in the film, the singer explains that he became intrigued at the permanence of words on paper after he saw a documentary showing Bob Dylan typing out his lyrics, and seeing other typewritten lyrics at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tom Hanks, a noted typewriter enthusiast who has more than 200 machines in his collection, is also featured in the movie, as is playwright and actor Sam Shepard.

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Getty Images via ABCFresh from accepting an award from Harvard University, Rihanna will now collect an accolade from New York's Parsons School of Design.

New York magazine reports Rihanna will be honored at the school's 69th annual benefit, scheduled for May 22.  In a statement, the school's executive dean praised Ri-Ri for inspiring "millions through her powerful music and distinct style,” adding, "She has championed our recent alumni on a number of occasions by wearing their designs."

Rihanna is also being honored for her philanthropy through her Clara Lionel Foundation.

In a statement, the singer said, "It’s such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honor. I consistently find creative and exciting designs coming from Parsons alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school.” 

She also says appreciates the recognition for her charity work.

Last month, Rihanna was named Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year.

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Business WirePitbull is ready to tackle WrestleMania 33. The rapper will be performing at the wrestling event next month, joined by some special guests.

Pitbull will open his performance with his latest single, “Options,” with Stephen Marley. He’ll then be joined by Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis to perform his single -- and WrestleMania 33’s theme song -- “GreenLight.”

“WrestleMania is the ultimate stage and WWE is a global brand,” Pitbull says in a statement. “It's an honor to partner with WWE. We are excited to get back into the ring with ‘GreenLight’ and ‘Options,’ Dale!"

WrestleMania 33 takes place on Sunday, April 2 at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. It airs live around the world on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

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ABC/Craig SjodinFifth Harmony's Normani Kordei is shaping up to be one of the breakouts of this season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.  Monday night, she tied for the highest score of the night with football star Rashad Jennings -- nabbing a 32 out of 40 -- but she was also singled out by judge Carrie Ann Inaba for the amazing cha cha she did with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

"That was truly dancing with a star!" raved Inaba. "Your star quality came out...I'm like, "She's a superstar!"

Inaba went on to call Normani "dazzling" and well as "strong, powerful and sexy."  "Everything that everybody was trying to be tonight, you were all of that in that dance," she concluded.

Normani, who had to fly off to China to join Fifth Harmony directly after last night's show, said she felt "amazing" about her performance, but not for the reason you'd think.

"Honestly...not even me getting the highest score of the night, [but] just because I really love to focus on myself and be the best that I can possibly be, the fact that it's a step up from last week shows improvement, which is something I need to keep doing," she told ABC News backstage. "Consistency is key."

Normani and the rest of Fifth Harmony will perform in China on Friday and in Taiwan on Saturday.  She'll presumably fly back in time for next Monday night's show, and then she has to go to the Philippines right after.  Phew!

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Olivia BeeKaty Perry has paid special tribute to an 18-year-old superfan who died tragically in a car accident.

According to KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, 18-year-old Katie Bell died this past weekend when she lost control of her car and collided head-on with another vehicle.  The other driver was also killed. 

According to Billboard, news of Bell's death inspired the hashtag #RIPKatycatKatie -- Katy Perry fans call themselves "KatyCats" -- and Katy herself took notice.

Tuesday morning, the star tweeted, "We see you angel and we love and will miss you. KC's, light a candle for Katie. Rest In Peace."  She included one of Bell's videos in her tweet. 

Most touching, though, is the fact that Katy has changed her Twitter handle to #ripkatycatKatie‏.

We see you angel and we love and will miss you. KC's, light a candle for Katie. Rest In Peace. 😔 https://t.co/0SxDFfOub5

— #ripkatycatKatie (@katyperry) March 28, 2017


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Brendan WalterFans in Auckland, New Zealand who thought their local celebrity Lorde had dropped by a low-key dance party Monday night were disappointed to hear they'd been fooled by an imposter.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the dance party bills itself as "a weekly hour of dance freedom in total darkness."  The "total darkness" part is the key: fans were told that there was to be a "special guest," but evidently, the person -- who performed Lorde's "Green Light" -- was heard but not seen. Still, she was convincing enough for several fans to tweet their thanks to Lorde for a great performance.

That's why Lorde's mom took to Twitter to confirm that she and Lorde were actually in London, and the singer herself posted a photo of herself in London, eating a Cadbury creme egg.  She also wrote on Twitter, "this is deeply fake news but quite cute lol."

The dance party organizer later admitted on Facebook that "Lorde" was actually Hannah Horsfield, an Auckland music student.

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ABC/Phil McCartenHarry Styles is apparently going to be kicking off his solo music career in a big way -- with an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

An Instagram post by a member of Jimmy Fallon's camp reveals that the April 15th installment of the show will be hosted by former cast member Fallon -- something the show has already announced --  with Harry as the musical guest.

We assume Harry will perform his new single on the show since, as previously reported, it'll be released April 7.

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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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