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Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears may be riding a wave of renewed popularity, but she wasn't able to ride an actual wave: she says a huge one nearly killed her during a recent trip to Hawaii.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, Britney said when she visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, she went into the ocean without realizing the danger six-foot waves could pose.  "I completely embarrassed myself. I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, you know? And I'm like, 'This is so nice and refreshing and beautiful.'"

"But the thing I didn’t think about was that when you come back [to shore], the waves really come in hard, and I got sucked under for like five minutes, literally almost drowned," she continued. "And I’m like, 'Where is my security?! They’re just gonna let me die here!'"

Britney says she was then washed to shore one more time and she got nailed by yet another wave, "so I kinda made a fool of myself," she laughed. "But it was fun, to say the least. You know, I got to experience what it was like to get taken down by a six-foot wave!"

During the same interview, Britney said she'd like to do the next Super Bowl halftime show, but not solo: she wants some other artists on the bill with her.  Of course, she's already done that once before: in 2001, she was joined by Aerosmith, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and 'N SYNC.

At one point, Britney was asked what advice she'd give her younger self. "Never get married, number one!" she laughed.

Britney's been married twice: her first, to old friend Jason Alexander, was annulled; her second, to Kevin Federline, ended in divorce.  She and Federline share two sons.

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Getty Images via ABCLukas Graham is hitting the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show this Sunday. The band will be performing their new single, “Mama Said.”

The hour-long pre-show, hosted by DJ Khaled, will also include performances by Alessia Cara and Jidenna. It airs live at New York City’s Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Lukas Graham is nominated for a Best New Artist Moon Man at the ceremony this year. Voting will remain open until the show's live broadcast begins Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The band is getting ready for their second North American headlining tour, kicking off in Vancouver on November 10 and running through February 1.

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John Shearer/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were all smiles when they hosted a fundraising lunch for Hillary Clinton Tuesday.

The proof was on Timberlake's Twitter account and Biel's Instagram page. The married couple shared a series of photo-booth pics they took with the Democratic presidential nominee.

In the photos, the trio shows off their smiles and makes funny faces.

"Look WHO DID come over for lunch... Wow," Timberlake wrote. Biel wrote a similar caption.

Look WHO DID come over for lunch... Wow. #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/1pX4V4mUxq

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 23, 2016

Timberlake and Biel hosted the event at their Los Angeles home in place of Leonardo DiCaprio, who had to bow out of hosting duties due to a work commitment, Variety had reported.

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Lou Pearlman with ‘NSYNC in 1996; Mark Weiss/WireImageLou Pearlman, the music mogul who launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC, died from bacterial endocarditis, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained a report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department.

The condition is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, which in Pearlman's case was caused by complications stemming from his aortic valve being replaced. Diabetes was also listed as a contributing factor in his death.

The boy band promoter was 62 years old when he died Friday in a hospital near the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving a 25-year sentence. He was convicted of fraud in 2008 in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

The office of the Medical Examiner did not perform a full autopsy on Pearlman, which is not a requirement under Florida law. Instead, they reached their conclusions via an external examination of his body.

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Sonja Flemming/CBSBritney Spears will be James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" passenger on Thursday's edition of The Late Late Show, a day before she releases her new album, Glory, but we got a preview of the segment Tuesday. 

The clip starts off with the two singing a little of Britney's 2003 hit, "Toxic." After the mother of two reveals that her kids have seen her Las Vegas show, Corden jokes, "I saw my mum in her underwear once when I was like 11" -- a reference to Spears' skimpy outfits. 

"You're so dirty," Britney responds, giving Corden a playful smack.

"I'm not dirty," the host answers, "I can't shake the image from my brain."  

Britney is the latest famous passenger to ride shotgun with Corden on "Carpool Karaoke." First lady Michelle Obama was the most recent, with others including Adele, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey and more.

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Rachel KaplanBen Rector kicks off his latest tour, aptly called "The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far" tour, tonight in Columbus, OH.  But Ben admits that when the idea of this tour was first brought up, he thought it was a "terrible idea."

Ben, who describes himself as a "super pessimist," says when his booking agent told him there was demand for more shows, he thought, "This is a terrible idea. Nobody's gonna come. I'm not gonna be able to come up with another show. We shouldn't do this." 

And when he finally agreed to do the tour, Ben says he stressed out about trying to come up with a good name for it.

"I feel like I sweat all the details all the time," he tells ABC Radio. "And so I was sitting in front of my computer the day before we needed to figure it out, and I was like...'This is the biggest tour that I've done so far, what am I gonna call it?'  And I was like, 'I'm gonna call it that: the Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far tour.'"

The tour is in support of Ben's top 10 album Brand New and its title track, which has become his biggest hit ever.  He's just about managed to convince himself that "The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far" might be successful, even though Brand New came out a year ago.

"I do feel like it's kinda late in the cycle, but the shows we're playing on this tour, we haven't played those markets in a little over a year," Ben tells ABC Radio. "And I think the last tour was a good show.  And my hope is that people would wanna see a different version. So I don't know, we'll see."  

The tour is scheduled to wrap October 23 in Minneapolis, MN.

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ABC/Paul LoboWhile the main list of nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards came out in July, the nominees in one final category have been revealed: Song of the Summer.  The songs nominated include number-one smashes you're probably sick of by now, as well as tunes that are fairly recent.

The category, presented by Verizon, has been around for three years. This year, the nominees are:

Justin Timberlake: "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
Calvin Harris f/Rihanna: "This Is What You Came For"
Drake f/Kyla & Wizkid: "One Dance"
Chainsmokers f/Halsey: "Closer"
Selena Gomez: "Kill 'Em with Kindness"
Sia: "Cheap Thrills"
Kent Jones: "Don't Mind"
Fifth Harmony f/Fetty Wap: "All In My Head (Flex)"
Nick Jonas f/Ty Dolla $ign: "Bacon"
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MO: "Cold Water"

Some of these songs, such as "Cheap Thrills," "One Dance," "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and "Closer," were #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  Fans can vote for their favorite by creating their own custom videos for this year's nominees on the video social networking app musical.ly.  The winner will be chosen based on the amount of content created around each eligible song, and announced during the MTV VMA pre-show, which airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

In other VMA news, Nathan Sykes and Flo Rida, along with electronic trio Cash Cash, will all perform at a pre-VMA benefit show to benefit GLAAD, the LBGTQ media advocacy organization.  The show takes place in New York City on Friday.  While the VMAs nearly always feature a pre-telecast benefit show, this is the first time that the network has teamed with GLAAD.

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Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsThe NHL's Minnesota Wild will go wild for Prince this coming season.

The hockey team announced Tuesday that beginning with the 2016-2017 season, it will use his song "Let's Go Crazy" when it scores a goal during home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Wild, which had been using Joe Satriani's "Crowd Chant" as its goal song, said the change was made in response to feedback from a survey taken by season ticket holders this summer.

“Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it's great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” John Maher, vice president of brand, content and communications for the Wild, is quoted as saying in a story posted on its website. “At the same time, it's our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artist that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”

Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis-area home on April 21. It was determined that the singer, who was 57, died from an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

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Courtesy Pilgrimage Music& Cultural FestivalJustin Timberlake is getting into the festival business -- not as a performer, but as a major player.

JT has signed on as a partner and producer of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, which is set to take place September 24 and 25 in Franklin, Tennessee, his home state. 

In a statement, Justin said, "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community."

JT's buddy and creative director, Trace Ayala, notes that the festival will be "a great stage to showcase" the musicians he and Justin have signed to their development company, Villa 40.

Unfortunately, Justin won't be performing at the festival, but he and Ayala will be working on the creative direction of this year's festival, and future festivals.

Kevin Griffin of the '90s alt-rock band Better Than Ezra is one of the festival's original producers.  He says, "It really is a perfect fit to have Justin on board as a partner not only for his knowledge and accomplishments in the music industry but also his love for the Tennessee area."

This year's Pilgrimage lineup includes The Strumbellas, Kaleo Beck, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Lunchmoney Lewis, The Struts, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves and many more.  Visit PilgrimageFestival.com for tickets.

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Getty Images via ABCHalle Berry and Jodie Foster should both get another Oscar for this. The actresses delivered dramatic readings of some of Britney Spears’ most well-known songs for W Magazine.

Halle tackled “Oops!…I Did It Again,” infusing the lyrics with some poetic gravitas. Meanwhile, Jodie took on Britney’s “Toxic,” along with Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra. Jodie couldn’t quite get a handle on the lyrics, and Priyanka opted to sing them dramatically instead.

Britney’s new album, Glory, comes out this Friday.

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Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment/HBOAs if you couldn't get enough of Beyoncé's Lemonade album, now you can buy pieces of the entertainer's Lemonade-branded apparel.

Bey has an all-new collection of clothing and fashion accessories on her official website that feature pictures of the icon herself, lemons, and lyrics from songs on her latest hit album. 

Sweatshirts, hoodies, tees, hats and more can be purchased on her official website. Retail prices range from $25 to $60.  

In other news, today Bey posted new pictures of herself and hubby Jay Z on the same website. The images include Queen B posing in a fierce grey blazer and skirt set, and of her in the same outfit, sharing an intimate moment with Jay's arm wrapped around her. 

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Lester Cohen/Getty Images via ABCLove is in the air. Rihanna has announced that her song "Love on the Brain" will be the next single from her latest hit album, ANTI.  

The singer, currently on her international ANTI world tour, posted an Instagram video of her singing the tune onstage, with the simple caption, "#nextsingle."

ANTI, released in February, sat at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 for several weeks.

Rih Rih is due back in the States Sunday to receive the Video Vanguard music award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.   

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Getty Images via ABCIs Ariana Grande on the rebound? Just weeks after breaking up with her backup dancer boyfriend, the singer was spotted kissing rapper Mac Miller.

In photos obtained by TMZ, the two are seen dining at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles and giving each other a smooch on the lips. Witnesses told TMZ that the two spent the entire meal kissing and giggling. Apparently at one point, Ariana was even spotted lying in Mac's lap.

Source close to the two tell TMZ they're dating, but of course nothing has been confirmed. The two have collaborated before, musically -- Mac was featured on Ariana’s 2013 single, “The Way.”

Ariana and dancer Ricky Alvarez -- her partner in doughnut-licking crime -- reportedly broke up last month after about a year together.

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Eric CharbonneauIf you're tired of "Can't Stop the Feeling!," don't worry -- Justin Timberlake has more new Trolls music coming your way.

Justin posted on Instagram a photo of the track list for the soundtrack of the upcoming animated film, and it reveals a duet featuring JT and Gwen Stefani called "Hair Up," as well as a new song written by Justin and recorded by Ariana Grande called "They Don't Know." 

In addition, there are remakes of classics like Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September," Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," and a medley of Diana Ross' "I'm Comin' Out" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems," which is based on the Ross hit.  These are all sung by members of the cast -- in the case of "September," though, Earth, Wind & Fire actually join in the fun.

The soundtrack also includes a "film version" of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" featuring everyone in the cast.  The disc is due at some point next month. A pre-sale will begin shortly.

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ABC/Randy HolmesEven if this Mariah Carey story isn't true at all, it's actually somewhat believable -- and hilarious.

The Fix, an Australian gossip site, reports that Mariah's billionaire Aussie fiance James Packer really messed up when he attempted to set a romantic mood with her recently.  An "insider" tells the site, "To get her in the mood last month, he turned on [Beyonce's] 'Crazy in Love', and oh boy, was that a disaster. Mariah threw the computer that was playing it via speakers out the window! Seriously, just trashed it."

Not only that, but the insider claims, "She ran out of the room screaming. So the night was obviously finished for James, and they retreated to separate parts of the house."

Another source tells the website that another time, Packer put on Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight," which caused Mariah to throw a fit. He soothed her by switching to her own greatest hits album.

"He has learned never, ever to play another female artist in the house," dishes the source. "It's either Mariah, jazz or classical!"

It was recently reported that Mariah insisted on having her own music playing not long ago when she and Packer dined in Capri, Italy.  And by now, you've heard her ex Nick Cannon's claims that they used to get it on exclusively to her music.

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Business WireAllow Gavin DeGraw to be your tour guide across the U.S.A. The singer has teamed up with hotel collection brand “Curio -- A Collection by Hilton” to give travelers the inside scoop on five cities along his upcoming tour.

Gavin will create local guides for Grand Rapids, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each guide will include tips and ideas to help travelers experience the cities like locals.

“Anyone who loves to travel will appreciate Curio’s Local Guides,” Gavin says in a statement. “When I’m on tour, I always look for off-the-beaten-path spots so I can experience the community I’m visiting like a local -- whether it’s hitting a dive bar on the outskirts of town or finding a bike-share to get some exercise between gigs.”

#CitiesbyCurio with Gavin DeGraw will be available on CitiesByCurio.com starting August 28 to coincide with the first date of Gavin’s tour with Andy Grammer.

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Image Group LA/ABCColdplay teamed up with Late Late Show host James Corden to deliver a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" during the band's show at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday night. You can watch official video of the duet now via Coldplay's YouTube.

"So this is an idea that Chris said to me, he said 'I think you should come sing this at the Rose Bowl,'" Corden told the massive Rose Bowl crowd before the performance. "I'll be honest: I didn't know how big it was when I said yes."

Following the song, Chris Martin brought out a cake in celebration of Corden's 38th birthday and led the crowd in a "Happy Birthday" singalong.

Coldplay's tour continues tonight in Phoenix.

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ABC/Paula LoboSleigh Bells are ringing for Demi Lovato. The singer is being sued by the indie rock duo for copyright infringement, according to court papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Sleigh Bells members Derek E. Miller and Sydney Alexis Krauss filed court papers in California on Monday claiming that Lovato's track "Stars," which was released last year, illegally samples their song "Infinity Guitars" from the pair's 2010 album, Treats.  "Stars" appears as a bonus track on Lovato's fifth album, Confident.

Miller and Krauss say in the court papers that "Demi Lovato, and the label and team she worked with to create 'Stars,' did not obtain authorization from Sleigh Bells to use any part or portion of 'Infinity Guitars.'"

The suit alleges that "Stars" contains "compositional elements" from "Infinity Guitars" that were sampled without permission.

According to the lawsuit, "A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works."

Miller and Krauss also claim the "sonic qualities of portions of 'Infinity Guitars' and 'Stars' are at least substantially similar." 

In addition to Lovato, producers Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and UMG Recordings are named as defendants in the complaint.

Sleigh Bells initially tweeted about the alleged similarity in November. Falk and Yacoub subsequently denied that samples were used in "Stars."

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Image Group LA/ABCCharlie Puth has recorded collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Meghan Trainor and, now, Selena Gomez.  Charlie says he was "overjoyed" that Selena wanted to join him on "We Don't Talk Anymore."

While Charlie says the song didn't start out as a duet, "It was not really a fluke."  He tells ABC Radio, "I just showed the record to her and, uh, she was like, 'Wow, I can really relate to this record.'"

Charlie says he started working on the song while touring Japan -- he came up with a guitar lick and told his guitar player to start playing it.  Then, he decided to share his new tune with Selena.

"I dunno, I finished it and I was just playing it for her," he tells ABC Radio. "And she was just like, 'I’d love to sing it.' And that literally made me so happy; I was overjoyed. Not just because it was her, but, like, her voice sounded so good on it." 

"Don't Talk Anymore" is the latest single from Charlie's debut, Nine Track Mind.  You've got to wonder exactly why Selena said she related to the song -- the lyrics are about regretting a breakup, and hoping that your ex has found someone "who knows how to love you like me."  Hmm.

Charlie will kick off a major fall tour next month, but he tweeted that he has an "announcement this week." Perhaps he's performing on Sunday's MTV VMAs?  Stay tuned.

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Disruptor Records / Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers are certainly having a moment.  After scoring two top 10 hits earlier this year with "Roses" and "Don't Let Me Down," the EDM duo has finally topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Closer," their collaboration with Halsey.  This is also Halsey's first #1 hit.

According to Billboard, Chainsmokers are the first duo to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2013, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did it with "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."  They're also the first group to score a #1 in more than two years. It's been nothing but solo artists on top since MAGIC! was #1 with "Rude" back in 2014.

"Closer" managed to hit #1 in its third week on the chart -- the fastest climb to the top since Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," which rang the bell in three weeks in 2014.

The single is also #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, making it only the second track in history to hit #1 on both that chart and the Billboard Hot 100.  The only other song to do it was Baauer's "Harlem Shake" in 2013.

As for Halsey, the highest she previously got on the chart was #60 with her breakthrough song, "New Americana."  She also reached #31 as a featured performer on Justin Bieber's song "The Feeling."

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