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Image Group LA/ABCWill new music from Lorde finally arrive this week? It appears so, if a commercial aired in the musician's native New Zealand is to be believed.

The commercial in question, which was captured on YouTube, shows Lorde sitting in the back of a car while what seems like new music plays in the background. The screen then flashes two dates in two locations: March 2 in New York City and March 3 in New Zealand.

It would make sense if Lorde's new single dropped this week: she's been working on her sophomore album, the follow-up to 2013's Pure Heroine, and she's scheduled to perform on Saturday Night Live on March 11.

Lorde also will be hitting the festival circuit this summer with appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Columbia RecordsRuth B, the Canadian singer/songwriter who was discovered on Vine and scored a hit last year with "Lost Boy," is back with a brand-new single called "Superficial Love."

The song, which will appear on Ruth's in-progress debut album, has her telling the person she's dating that she wants something that goes deeper than just physical attraction. 

"If you wanna keep me, then you better treat me/like a damn princess/make that an empress," she sings. "'Cause I'm so done/not being your number one/this superficial love."

Ruth's debut album, which is due out later this year, was produced by Joel Little, the man who collaborated with Lorde on her acclaimed debut Pure Heroine.  Ruth wrote all the songs on the album herself.

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Chris Haston/NBCGwen Stefani's got a pretty sweet gig: not only does she once again get to be a coach on The Voice -- which returns for a 12th season tonight -- but she gets to be on it with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton.  Gwen says she's looking forward to an "exchange of love" this season, but not with Blake: with the singers on her team.

"I am no longer a newbie. I am here for the third time. I can't believe it.  I'm so unbelievably excited," says the No Doubt singer.  "I'm just ready. I'm so awake, I'm so inspired, I'm so ready to share my journey with my team: It's just going to be this exchange of love."

"One thing I really, really wanted [this season] was some younger girls," Gwen says of choosing her team this time around.  "Because I feel like, 'Wow, I just lived your dream. And not only did I do it when I was younger, but I got to do it for a long, extended time. So I want to share that with you.'" 

"I've learned along the way that when you give, you receive," she adds. "It's, like, this exchange, and I'm excited to just do that exchange."

Gwen is currently on an artistic high thanks to her highly personal solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like, and the tour she did to promote it.  Now, she's ready to channel that into mentoring others.

Says Gwen, "I love stepping outside of being on stage and performing or writing and helping somebody else fulfill what their dream might be."

Of course, she'll also try to beat Blake while she's doing that.

The Voice returns to NBC tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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Colleen Hayes/NBCIf you think famous singers spend lots of time hanging out with each another and binging on Netflix, you're wrong.  According to Adam Levine, musicians don't really pal around, but he's an exception...thanks to The Voice.

"I don't think that a lot of musicians are friends. I think that we all have our own things going on...and it's really hard to know your peers in this world that we're in," he says. "But what's so cool about The Voice is, I've gotten to meet all of these amazing people and forge friendships with them. It's so awesome to feel there's a sense of community in music."

"I get to say, 'Oh my God, I know all these amazing artists that I've always known and respected, but now they're my friends,' he marvels. "That's a fun thing to experience."

Adam's made so many friends because of the show's ever-rotating cast of coaches and mentors. When the show returns tonight for season 12, he'll be joined by Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani.

"I love those girls so much," raves Adam. "And, honestly, I love Blake, even though I hate him. I love him too, mostly."   He adds, "It's really good chemistry...and we're very comfortable. And I just feel super excited to come to work."

Another thing Adam's gotten from the Voice is a sense of how influential he's been as a musician: He hears it all the time from the show's contestants.

"It always kind of blows my mind," says the Maroon 5 frontman.  "I can't even believe that that's true, because I know how important my own musical influences...were. If I can be anyone's musical hero, then I have obviously had an impact...that's pretty trippy to wrap your head around."

The Voice returns to NBC tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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Frank OckenfelsJohn Mayer so far has released eight tracks from his new album, The Search for Everything: four in January, and four today.  He billed the EPs as Wave 1 and Wave 2, but it turns out there won't be a Wave 3.

On Friday, John tweeted, "The Search For Everything album will contain 14 songs. The next drop will be the entire album. Stay tuned…"

In other John news, he's added dates to his Search for Everything world tour. Originally, his tour was to end in London in May, and then John was going to hit the road with his side band, Dead & Company. But once that's over, he'll kick off a new round of U.S. dates July 18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The tour is mapped out through a September 3 date in Noblesville, Indiana.

The tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, March 4.  All the new dates are posted on John's website.

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Atlantic RecordsWe're still waiting for details and a release date for Kelly Clarkson's new album, but right now you can now listen to a brand-new song from her.

"Love Goes On," is a duet between Kelly and Aloe Blacc, and it's on the soundtrack of the movie The Shack, which will be in theaters March 3. The soundtrack is in stores and online, available for streaming and purchase, today.

The soulful duet features the two singing about suffering a great loss, but then concluding, "There ain't nothing so broken love can't heal....nothing's really gone/we bring the past along/and love goes on."

Kelly's one of the few non-country artists on the album, which is described as "music from and inspired by" the movie.  Songs from country stars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brett Eldredge and Dan Shay also are included, as well as tracks by NEEDTOBREATHE and for KING & COUNTRY.

The faith-based film, which arrives in theaters March 3, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.  It stars Sam Worthington, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw, who narrates the tale of a man who falls into a deep depression after a family tragedy.  A mysterious letter summons him to an abandoned shack in the wilderness, where he meets three strangers who transform his life forever. 

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Courtesy Louder Than Life/Epic RecordsAustralian singer/songwriter Starley is parlaying the success of her hit single "Call on Me" into some major TV appearances.

First up, she'll perform on Good Morning America's post-Oscar show Monday, February 27.  Next comes NBC's Today show on March 10, and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 4.  In between those shows, she'll make her performance debut March 13 at the South by Southwest Music Conference.

As if that wasn't enough, Starley will be opening for Clean Bandit on the U.K. trio's upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off March 31 in Seattle.

Starley, whose birth name is Starley Hope, currently is completing work on her debut album.

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Live NationLionel Richie's biggest album is called Can't Slow Down, but he's finally found something that has slowed him down: knee surgery. The singer had to have his knee operated on, and that's forcing him to postpone his planned tour with Mariah Carey.

“When you have been performing as long as I have it takes a toll on your body," said Lionel in a statement. "Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month. I don’t want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ together again.” 

The tour will now be rescheduled for the summer, with new dates to be announced soon.  All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.  The original tour was supposed to start March 15 in Baltimore and run through May 27, wrapping up in Sunrise, Florida.

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NBCThe new season of The Voice kicks off on Monday and to get fans excited, the four coaches -- Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys -- have posted a video in which they perform an acoustic version of TLC's classic "Waterfalls." 

In the clip, the coaches are sitting around in a circle, along with a guitar player and a drummer.  Each one takes a line from the first verse on the song, starting with Gwen, then Alicia, then Adam and then Blake.  Then they all sing the chorus. 

Then it's straight to the rap portion: Alicia starts off, Gwen continues, and then they both finish with "Believe in yourself/the rest is up to me and you," before all four coaches launch back into the chorus.

Season 22 of The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Drew LevinIn January, Fifth Harmony did their first award show performance as a quartet when they sang at the People's Choice Awards.  Now, ex-member Camila Cabello has booked her first solo award show performance...sorta.

According to People, Camila and Machine Gun Kelly are taking their "Bad Things" duet to the 2017 Kids Choice Awards, which will air March 11 on Nickelodeon.  The song topped Billboard's Pop Songs chart earlier this month. Voting for the Kids Choice Awards is now open.

Camila and Machine Gun will also perform April 3 on Zedd's upcoming concert to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. The lineup also includes Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Daya and others.

We'll find out next week which member of Fifth Harmony will be participating on ABC's Dancing with the Stars this season, if one of them is at all, that is. Right now, it's just a rumor, and ABC doesn't comment on DWTS casting rumors.

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Warner Bros RecordsEarlier this week, Jason Derulo co-hosted ABC's Live with Kelly, and now he's dropped his new single "Swalla," featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign

The lyric video also is out, and it's pretty racy.  Not only do the lyrics contain profanity, but the images are very sexual in nature, with a bare-chested Jason being groped by various half-naked women, and salacious close-ups of women's glitter-coated lips. 

"Swalla" is slang for "swallow," and in the song, Jason invites "all you girls in here/if you're feeling thirsty" to "c'mon, take a sip/cause you know what I'm servin'."

The chorus then goes, "Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy ya, shimmy yaw/Drank/Swalla-la-la."  If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because it's based on the song "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" by late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard.  That song's two co-writers, ODB and Wu-Tang's RZA, are credited on "Swalla" as well.

Nicki's verse, meanwhile, seems to take a swipe at other female rappers: "I gave these b***** two years now your time's up/Bless her heart, she's throwing shots but every line sucks."

"Swalla" is the first single from Jason's upcoming fifth album.

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Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.John Mayer is a big fan of ABC's The Bachelor, but he even though he's one of the most eligible bachelors in showbiz, he says he wouldn't consider being on the show himself.

Appearing on Friday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, John discussed his love of the show, but complained that it takes too much time to watch.  "I'll pay 50 dollars if you just show me the entire season in 30 minutes," he cracked. "Get me the helicopters, girls crying, girls crying on helicopters...if you get tears in flight on The Bachelor, that's prime stuff!"

When Ellen asked him if he'd want to be The Bachelor, though, John said no, though he admitted it would be "really fun." 

"I don't think that I would find love there, unless they would change the vetting process for who would be the contestants," he explained. When Ellen replied that the show would change it for him, he insisted, "I think that it would be one of the lowest-rated shows."

John also confirmed that he is, indeed, single and the drawing of the girl on the cover of his new EP The Search for Everything -- Wave 2 is just a "spiritual representation" of the kind of woman he might be looking for.

Additionally, John explained why he's releasing his new album four songs at a time.

"I started realizing that 12 songs is a big ask for people now because of so much content," he told Ellen. "Even me, like, my favorite acts would put a record out, and I'd be like 'I can't today. It's too much music!'"

Coincidentally, John's ex-girlfriend Katy Perry said something similar earlier this week: she says she wants to put out her album in "bite-size" pieces because it takes too long to digest an entire record.

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Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesMiley Cyrus is a child star who grew up to be an advocate for the LGBTQ community.  That's one reason she was tapped to narrate a new video that marks what would have been the late Elizabeth Taylor's 85th birthday.

The three-minute video, released by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, shows the iconic actress' evolution from child star, to the most famous movie star on the planet, to a paparazzi target, activist and spokesperson for AIDS patients at a time when few wanted to even acknowledge the disease existed.  The video ends with an invitation to text the word LOVE to 27722 to donate to the Foundation.

Taylor's 85th birthday would have been February 27, a day after the Academy Awards.  This year's ceremony marks 25 years since Taylor first wore a red AIDS ribbon while presenting Best Picture.  She died in March, 2011.

Regarding Miley's involvement, the Foundation notes, "As child actresses, both women lived lives captured by headlines and chose to use their platforms to advocate fearlessly for the rights of the most marginalized communities."

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ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors have shared an update on the progress of their next album. As frontman Sam Harris tells Billboard, the band is "working hard" on the follow-up to their 2015 effort, VHS.

"We have a ton of songs and we’re so excited about this new material," says Harris. "It's some of the best stuff I feel like I've written for a very long time."

"It's going to be a little bit of a departure from what you would expect from X Ambassadors as you know us," he adds.

Lyrically, Harris says that the new songs have more of a political tone, even if that wasn't a purposeful direction.

"It's weird, whenever I make a conscious effort to write about something, it doesn't end well," he explains. "But unconsciously, things have definitely been coming out in this new music that are I guess political you could say, but not too heavy-handed."

X Ambassadors will headline a benefit show for Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles on March 7. This summer, the band will be playing the SunFest, Shaky Knees and Forecastle festivals.

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Peter YangJustin Bieber wants to make one thing clear: he didn't pee his pants.  However, if you thought he did and laughed about it, he's cool with that.

A photo of Justin walking down the street with a big wet stain on the crotch area of his sweatpants went viral, with many assuming that he'd had an "accident."  Well, he did, but not that kind. As he explained on Twitter, "Someone got me flowers and I was driving, made a turn, and the water spilled on my d*** area...Didn't bother me if it made ya laugh nice!"

Justin also poked fun at himself by posting the sweatpants photo next to a photo of Adam Sandler actually peeing his pants in a movie, with the caption, "You ain't cool...unless you pee your pants."

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— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 24, 2017

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJohn Legend is headed to the Academy Awards Sunday night: not only does he appear in the night's most nominated film, La La Land, but he's also performing the movie's two Oscar-nominated songs during the telecast.  Sure, it's exciting, but this is sort of a "been there, done that" kind of thing for John: he performed on the show two years ago, and went home with an Oscar to boot.

In 2015, John and rapper Common performed their nominated song "Glory," from the movie Selma, on the Oscars telecast, and ended up winning the Best Original Song trophy.  The two performed a song in front of a recreation of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led his famous march. 

At the podium, John said "Glory" wasn't just a song about the civil rights era. "The struggle for justice is right now...there are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850," he said. "When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you, ‘We are with you. We see you. We love you. And march on.'”

Looking back at that moment, John told ABC Radio, "It was incredible. We saw the whole crowd just get caught up in that moment and people were brought to tears. And we know it wasn't just because of us performing: it was the whole moment and what the moment represented."

He added, "For us to see that and feel that as we were performing, I've never felt anything like it on stage before." 

By the way, while John is one of La La Land's executive producers, he won't actually win an Oscar if it wins Best Picture. Academy guidelines make him ineligible to share in the award.

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Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty ImagesLa La Land is expected to sweep Sunday night's Academy Awards, but does that count the Best Original Song category?  Justin Timberlake's Trolls hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!" is nominated, as is "How Far I'll Go," from Disney's Moana, and a song by Sting.  But with two songs from La La Land in that category, does any other song even have a shot?  Well, yes, actually.

"Of course it has a shot," says eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who co-wrote the songs for Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and many other films.  Why? Because, Menken says, the two La La Land songs "may end up splitting the vote."

In general, when it comes to Best Original Song, Menken says the Academy wants "a clear sign that a song is specifically written for a moment in a film.  That it's not just somebody taking a song out of a trunk...they look for integrity."

By that standard, both Justin's song and the Moana tune, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, qualify: they were written for characters in their respective films to sing at the right moment.  Then again, so were the La La Land songs. 

"They also look at the outer package as well," Menken tells ABC Radio. "If the movie itself is a hit, that really helps the song to be recognized."

But, he adds, "There's a lot of intangibles. There's certainly a lot of internal politics that happen...you don't want to know what goes into the sausage!"  

If Miranda loses, he'll still have a job writing Disney songs.  Menken tells ABC Radio that he and Lin are teaming up to write new material for a forthcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid.  Menken won an Oscar for co-writing "Under the Sea" for the original.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey appears to be happy for Nick Cannon regarding the birth of his son, Golden "Sagon" Cannon.  

Golden was born on Tuesday, February 21. 

A source told E! News that the "I Don't" singer recently wished Nick all the best saying that "Mariah has been aware of the baby for a while now and she congratulated him. They are on fine terms and continue to be good parents for their children."  

Golden is Nick's first child with ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell and third child overall.  

He shares parental responsibilities of five-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with Mariah.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for UNICEFSara Bareilles knows how to deliver an emotional performance, so it's no wonder she's been tapped to sing during this year's "In Memoriam" segment at Sunday night's Academy Awards.

The singer, who'll be making her Broadway debut next month in the musical she wrote, Waitress, will sing while photos of dearly-departed stars and notable Hollywood figures appear on screen.

Among those sure to be included in the montage: Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds, who died within a day of one another in December, and Prince, whose movie Purple Rain won the Oscar for Best Original Song Score.  He died last April.

In a statement, the show's producers said, "Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community, including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking." 

Following Sara's performance, an extended photo gallery of more than 200 additional showbiz folks we lost in the past year will be posted on Oscar.com.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air Sunday night on ABC at 8:30pm ET.

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Sony Pictures AnimationIn 2015, Meghan Trainor did a song for the soundtrack of The Peanuts Movie, "Better When I"m Dancin'."  Now, she's taking her career in animated films one step further: She's actually playing a character in one.

Meghan will provide the voice of a character called SmurfMelody in the upcoming movie Smurfs: The Lost Village, in theaters April 7.  She's also recorded a song for the film called "I'm a Lady," which is coming out tomorrow. The video debuts March 3.

In a statement, Meghan says, "I'm so excited to be singing 'I'm a Lady' for this movie. It's a song that I love and am very proud of, and I can't wait for the world to finally hear it!"

She adds, "Getting to play a small part in the film with my character, SmurfMelody, makes this all the more exciting! So happy to be a part of the Smurfs family!!!""

Smurfs: The Lost Village stars Demi Lovato as the voice of Smurfette, as well as the voices of Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts and Mandy Patinkin.

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