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KMazur/WireImageCalm down, Twitterverse.  Janet Jackson is not "banned for life" from the Super Bowl halftime show.

Following the news that Justin Timberlake would be headlining the 2018 halftime show, Janet Jackson fans took to Twitter to decry the fact that JT was "allowed" back following the duo's infamous 2004 "Nipplegate" performance, while Janet has supposedly been "banned" from ever performing at the event again.

In a statement to ABC News, an NFL spokesperson insisted, "There’s no ban." As for those fans who'd like to see Janet join Justin onstage in February, he added, "We are not going to comment on any speculation regarding potential guests. There may be no guests."

The spokesperson added, "Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake. Like the elite NFL players who can run, catch, and block, Justin can do it all -- sing, dance, act and entertain. He’s the ultimate global superstar who we know will put on an entertaining and unifying show that will appeal to the massive worldwide audience."

In 2004, Justin and Janet were performing Justin's song "Rock Your Body" when he tore a part of her costume off, exposing her breast, naked save for a strategically-placed pastie.  It is widely believed that JT, as a white male, emerged unscathed from the incident, while Janet's career suffered.  Based on the reaction from the Twitterverse, many fans agree with this viewpoint, and feel that Justin "owes" Janet an apology for his role in the debacle.

As one fan wrote, "Unless Justin Timberlake starts his set by introducing Janet Jackson with an apology and then continues watching quietly while she does 12 minutes of her catalog solo, the Super Bowl can keep this halftime show."

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ABC/Image Group LADJ Khaled’s son, Asahd, celebrated his first birthday in grand style Saturday at a Miami party hosted by Diddy.

Inspired by the title of Khaled‘s hit “Wild Thoughts,” it was a jungle-themed bash with real tigers at the LIV nightclub, according to E Online. Dancers were dressed as jungle animals, as Asahd sat upon his throne wearing a golden crown as King of the Jungle.

Khaled wrote in an Instagram post, “HAPPY BDAY!! I love you. I'm am so proud of you !!!!!! Thank you for being my son! THANK YOU GOD!"

Khaled and his son were dressed in matching outfits: blue print shirt, blue pants, and white sneakers. The birthday boy and his young friends enjoyed riding around the club in toy luxury cars.

During the party, Diddy presented Khaled and his co-executive producer Asahd with platinum plaques for the Grateful album, and the hit singles “I’m The One," “Wild Thoughts,” and  “Shining.”

TMZ reports that Khaled's special gift to his son was a $100,000 diamond-studded watch.  Asahd can't tell time yet, of course, but the watch is adult-sized, so he can grow into it.

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Ruven AfanadorSam Smith isn't one to shy away from embracing his feminine side.

In a candid new interview with U.K.’s The Sunday Times, the singer says he feels “just as much woman as I am man” and he enjoys dressing in women’s clothes.

“I love a heel,” he says. “I’ve got loads of heels at home.”

Just a few weeks ago, Sam posted an Instagram photo of himself posing in red heels. He admits he’s been dressing up since he was a teen.  

“People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that,” he says. “There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for two-and-a-half years.”

Sam says he doesn’t consider himself a cisgender male, pointing to two Venus symbols tattooed on his fingers. Cisgender means you associate with the gender you were assigned at birth.

Sam also talks to The Sunday Times about coming out as gay.

“Looking back on it, it was the fear of saying the wrong thing and offending… And I was 19 when I started writing the first album,” he says. “I’d just moved to London from a village -- I was literally the only gay in the village. I didn’t know what I wanted to say."

Sam says the songs on his upcoming new album, The Thrill of it All, reflect his true self.

"I feel like they show me," he says. "They show the gay guy I’ve become."

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Harley WeirSome overzealous fans got handsy with Harry Styles at a charity concert Saturday, and other fans wasted no time in rushing to Harry's defence online.

In a video posted to Twitter, Harry is seen being groped by several fans in the front row as he performs his song “Kiwi” at the “We Can Survive” breast cancer awareness event.

The excited crowd members grab at his chest and crotch area, prompting Harry to quickly push them away and back up as he continues singing.

Not long after the video was posted, fans came to Harry's defense on Twitter. They decried the incident as sexual assault and got the hashtag #RespectHarry trending.

One fan tweeted, “Harry is a human. don't treat him like a sex symbol. you wouldn't do it to a girl so why do you do it to him? #RespectHarry.”

Another fan wrote, “I'm in tears. Harry has created such a safe space for everyone, and this is how he's repaid? Sexual assault? I just... #RespectHarry.”

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ABC/Heidi GutmanFollowing a series of Instagram posts with flirty captions and emojis, there has been much speculation about whether Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui and rapper Ty Dolla $ign are more than friends.  It now seems the answer is yes.

According to People magazine, 32-year-old Ty, who guest-starred on Fifth Harmony's hit "Work from Home," posted a black-and-white image on his Instagram story of himself and 21-year-old Lauren cuddling.  The caption reads, "blessed and thankful to have u in my life my love."

Last November, Lauren came out as bisexual in an open letter to supporters of Donald Trump. 

In that letter, she wrote, "I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another.  If I could tell every Trump supporter two things, it would be to travel and read a history book."

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Mert & MarcusAre you ready for a futuristic Taylor Swift?

The singer teased her music video for “…Ready for It” on Instagram Monday. The clip starts with Taylor shrouded in a black hooded cloak, and then it shows her as some kind of nearly naked cyborg with electrifying powers.

The rest of the teaser features flashes of lightning, glowing orbs and some cinematic action sequences.

The video is set to debut Thursday night.

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Columbia RecordsRachel Platten will celebrate the release of her new album Waves, due out Friday, with a mini-tour that'll be very intimate, in more ways than one.

Rachel's shows will all take place in small venues, and be sponsored by the Aerie brand of women's intimates and apparel.  They kick off November 6 and include stops in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago.  Tickets are now on sale via RachelPlatten.com/tour.

The day Waves arrives, Rachel will perform on NBC's Today show as part of the Citi Concert Series.

Waves, the follow-up to Rachel's major-label debut Wildfire, features the hit "Broken Glass"; she's also released two additional tracks: "Perfect for You" and "Collide."  

In a statement, she says,  "Writing this record reminded me of how I used to feel when I was just playing with friends on a small stage for the love of it. I'm so excited to return to some of those stages -- it's going to be special."

Here are Rachel's tour dates:

11/6 -- Boston, MA, Sonia’s
11/7 -- New York, NY, Rockwood Music Hall
11/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Peppermint Club
11/20 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall

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Peter YangSoon there may not be that much left of Justin Bieber to ink.

Saturday, tattoo artist Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy posted an image on Instagram showing him at work on a new tattoo on Justin's torso.

Justin himself took to social media to show off the finished work in a video  and a still image taken in a mirror.

People magazine parsed the ink, explaining that it seems to connect several other tats on Justin's chest and abdomen -- a grizzly bear on his left pec, a lion's head on his right, and a bald eagle stretched across the vicinity of his diaphragm.

In another Instagram post, Bang Bang writes, "@justinbieber Thank you for the trust. 26 hours over 3 consecutive days is the most I've ever tattooed anyone in my 13 year career. You're tough as nails man!"

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Ryan Aylsworth/RCA RecordsBeautiful Trauma is turning out to be anything but traumatic for Pink.

The album debuts this week at number one the Billboard 200.  It's Pink's second chart-topping album, following 2012's The Truth About Love, reports Billboard. And its first week performance is the best weekly performance of an album by a woman so far this year.

Beautiful Trauma's 408,000 in sales and streams also give it the fourth-best week of the year for any artist.  384,000 of those units were traditional sales -- the best traditional sales week of the year for any artist.

Pink will be hitting the road in support of the album in March, starting in Phoenix. The North American portion of the tour is slated to run through June, with dates to follow in Australia and New Zealand beginning in July.

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Elle King's major label debut album, Love Stuff, earned her two Grammy nominations and produced the huge hit "XX's and OO's."  She's now in the studio working on her next album, and she tells ABC Radio that she's "really excited for everyone to hear" the new music, which she describes as "cathartic."

"It's really good, I think," she tells ABC Radio about her new album. "I'm really proud of it. I went through a lot this this year and the album definitely helped me get through it.  It's a lot of rock and roll and soul, and I made it with my band the Brethren."

She adds, "It's bada**!"

When Elle says she's been through a lot, she may be thinking of her brief marriage, which collapsed earlier this year.  Asked if recording the album has been a cathartic experience for her, she says, "Oh definitely. I mean, music is always cathartic for me but this...like, you can hear me coming through the music. So it's important to me, and I'm really excited for everyone to hear it."

Elle will emerge from the studio on Wednesday to take part in All In for the Gambler, a star-studded concert in Nashville marking country music legend Kenny Rogers' last-ever live performance.  She's on the bill with Lionel Richie, Idina Menzel and Lady Antebellum, among many others.

"It's really cool," she says of the opportunity to perform at the event. "I had a whole outfit made for it!"  Asked to describe the outfit, she laughs, "It's a secret."  We'll just have to wait for the pictures.

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ABC/Image Group LAHere's a wild thought: DJ Khaled's son Asahd turns one today, but he's already accomplished more than most of us probably ever will in our lifetimes.

Sure, we all laughed when Khaled made Asahd the executive producer of his latest album, Grateful, and put him on the album cover, but he's got the last laugh: the disc has sold more than a million copies and spun off two monster hits, "I'm the One" and "Wild Thoughts."  As the executive producer, Asahd gets royalties on all those sales.

In his young life, Asahd has also accompanied his dad to all the biggest, most prestigious music events, and he's always dressed to the nines: at the MTV VMAs, he sported a Gucci outfit that cost over two thousand dollars. Oh, and did we mention that he has 1.6 million Instagram followers?

Khaled told Jimmy Kimmel not long ago that Asahd has changed his life; he's finally happy. He also said he plans on "throwing the biggest birthday party" for the boy, with some help from Puff Daddy.

Khaled gives Asahd all the credit for his current success on the charts, too.  He told ABC Radio, "He's the reason these records are coming out so big,  y'know what I'm sayin'?  My son is my biggest blessing and it's just the energy that he's given me that I can translate to the artists and to the world and my fans...that's what's happening right now."

"When you put love out there, you get love back," he added. "And that's the energy that's going on right now.  That's all I represent. Love is the key!" 

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIt's official: As rumored, Justin Timberlake will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl 52 February 4 in Minnesota.

The NFL tweeted the announcement Sunday night.  And Justin himself took to Twitter postingd a video of himself with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon doing a routine where they turn the phrase "Do you have time?" to "you do halftime."

Justin's appearance comes 13 years after his notorious performance with Janet Jackson, which gave us the terms "nipplegate" and "wardrobe malfunction."

He also appeared during the 2001 halftime show as a member of N'Sync as part of an all-star collaboration that included Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Nelly and Mary J. Blige.

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I DO have the time. Half the time...#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/4Z4Dz29l3X

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017

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Greg WilliamsThis Saturday night on the British talk show The Jonathan Ross Show, Ed Sheeran tells all -- about the bike accident that forced him to cancel some shows, and his struggles with substance abuse.

Ed tells Ross that when he got into the accident -- which happened when he tried to go down a steep hill on a borrowed bike -- he didn't realize how badly he'd been hurt.

"I broke my wrist, my elbow and my rib," he says. "The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, ‘That hurt’ and then cycled to the pub. Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o’clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to the hospital.”

Ed, who calls himself "a very clumsy person," notes this is the first time he's ever had to cancel shows due to an injury.

"I do a one-man show, so me not having my arms is half of the show," he explains. "I tried to say 'I’ll carry on doing the shows,' but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play again."

The singer also reveals that he had a hard time adjusting to fame, and as a result, he says, "All the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them...mostly substance abuse."

Ed's friends eventually staged an intervention.

"It just started gradually happening and then some people took me to one side and were like, ‘Calm yourself down,’" he recalls. "It’s all fun to begin with, it all starts off as a party and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not, so that was a wake-up call."

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Courtesy RCA RecordsIt's not Christmas without Pentatonix. 

The a cappella group has just released a deluxe version of their 2016 holiday album A Pentatonix Christmas, which now features a duet with Jennifer Hudson on the song "How Great Thou Art." They've also dropped a new video for the traditional holiday song "Away in a Manger."  The video features the group's current four-person lineup:  Avi Kaplan left earlier in the year.

The Grammy-winning group will support the album with a Christmas tour starting December 3 in Chicago and wrapping up with three shows at New York's Beacon Theater on December 19, 20 and 21.

Meanwhile, the group's holiday special, A Very Pentatonix Christmas, will air November 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and again on December 6  at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The show will feature guests Jennifer Hudson, Jay Leno and 13-year-old America's Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer.

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Republic RecordsEvery Friday brings a batch of new music, and there are a number of notable tracks hitting streaming and digital services today.

Liam Payne has a new solo single, "Bedroom Floor," which was co-written by Charlie Puth, among others.  In a statement, Liam says of the track, "It’s a bit different from what you’ve heard from me before, but helps to show where I’m going with my album. It’s very important to me to keep challenging myself, to keep pushing into new areas."

Nick Jonas has a new song called "Home," from the upcoming animated comedy Ferdinand, based on the children's book Ferdinand the Bull.  In a statement, Nick says, "I wrote this song with good friends of mine...and we wrote about feeling accepted and feeling loved, wherever that place is for you. For me it’s home, it’s my family, people I have closest to me; and the experiences we’ve shared.”  The movie arrives December 15.

Julia Michaels co-wrote Justin Bieber's hit collabo with BloodPop, "Friends," and now she's featured on a new remix of the track.  Julia also co-wrote songs on new albums by Maroon 5 and Pink, and is featured on Clean Bandit's new song "I Miss You," out next Friday.  She'll appear on MTV's TRL on October 24.

Canadian band MAGIC!, who topped the charts with the song "Rude," returns with a new single called "Darts in the Dark," featured on their upcoming third album, due early next year.  The song adds some dance elements to the band's reggae sound.

Finally, Kelly Clarkson, whose new album Meaning of Life comes out next Friday, has released a Christmas song called "Christmas Eve."  The upbeat track is a new song that doesn't appear on her previous holiday album Wrapped in Red.

 

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SGranitz/WireImageNot only have Pink and Christina Aguilera ended their long-running feud, they’ve also apparently done some sort of musical collaboration.

During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Pink hinted that the two have worked on a song -- which would be their first collab since 2001's "Lady Marmalade."

"We may or may not have already collaborated,” she teased. "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that but I just did."

She also explained why they didn’t get along in the first place.

“We were super young and super new at the whole thing and I think I’m an alpha and she’s an alpha," Pink told Andy Cohen. "And I’m used to, you know, taking my altercations physical and she’s used to having them verbal and we just are very different, we were very different,” she says.

When asked by host Andy Cohen if things ever got physical between them, Pink admitted that it was actually Christina who took a swing at her -- in a club.

But she adds that they’re all good now.

“We made up on The Voice, 'cause I hadn't seen her in years and years and years and we became moms, we grew up and we hugged it out,” she says. “It's that simple and I feel so good about that and we did a song together.”

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Image Group LA/ABCNiall Horan’s debut solo album, Flicker, has finally arrived and the singer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today to celebrate.

During Niall's appearance, Ellen managed to make him nervous in more way than one. First, she grilled him about his dating life, pressing him on whether anything was going on between him and his pal Ellie Goulding.

When Niall replied that he’s single and Ellie has a boyfriend, Ellen asked if he’d date Rihanna instead of Ellie. An uncomfortable Niall agreed, though admitted it was a tough choice.

In addition to being grilled about his love life, Niall was also the victim of one of Ellen’s infamous “scares.” As he was talking about keeping in touch with his One Direction bandmates, a Harry Styles-lookalike popped out from an end table next to him.

Niall was understandably freaked out -- but impressed with the fake Harry's level of dedication.

Flicker, which includes Niall's new single "Too Much to Ask," is out now.

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HBO/Colleen HayesNot long after she made history at the Emmys, Julia Louis-Dreyfus shocked Hollywood by announcing that she had breast cancer. Now, she's revealed that she's been soundtracking her battle with the disease with some Katy Perry music.

The VEEP star posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a hoodie, big mirrored sunglasses and a drawn-on mustache. In the caption, she wrote, "Chemo #2: finito. We are NOT f**king around here."

She then quoted the lyrics of one of Katy's smash hits, writing, "I’ve got the eye of the tiger/ The Fighter/Dancing through the fire/cuz I am a champion/and you’re going to hear me ROAR.” 

Louis-Dreyfus finished by writing, "Thanks to @mrtonyhale & @timothycsimons & @katyperry for their hilarious and loving inspiration."

Tony Hale and Timothy Simons are the actress' co-stars on VEEP.

Louis-Dreyfus announced her diagnosis in September with a social media post that read, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one." 

She continued, "The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."

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ABC/Paula LoboDemi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Kesha and Camila Cabello are all heading to London for the MTV European Music Awards.

The telecast will air live from the SSE Arena Wembley in London on Sunday, November 12, across MTV's TV, digital and social platforms.  It'll be Demi's debut on this particular awards show. Camilla performed on 2015's telecast, Shawn was on last year's, and Kesha sang on the 2010 edition of the show.

Among the presenters are Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer, Madison Beer and Sabrina Carpenter.  More stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

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ABC/Lou RoccoThere's good news and bad news for Mariah Carey today.

First the bad news: her Los Angeles home was burglarized. The LAPD tells ABC News that the diva wasn't home at the time, but thieves apparently entered the upstairs bedroom by ladder and ransacked it, as well as other rooms in the house. Approximately $50,000 worth of items were taken. The burglary was discovered Thursday morning, and the LAPD is now investigating.

Now, the good news:  Mariah's released a new Christmas song. It's called "The Star," and it's the title track from the upcoming animated movie of the same name.  The song is a classic inspirational Mariah ballad, and it's considerably more religious than "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

"Follow that voice you heard that no one else believes/follow the dream that brought the King on Christmas Eve," she sings, before changing key and belting out the final chorus: "Follow that star above you/should the world try to break you down/There is One who waits for you, though you can't see Him now."

The Star, featuring the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Aidy Bryant and Zachary Levi, among others, tells the story of the Nativity through the eyes of a donkey named Bo and his animal friends; it arrives in theaters November 17.

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