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ABC/ Paula LoboA Canadian teen who survived a brain tumor had his dream come true last Friday when he took the stage with OneRepublic during their concert at Edmonton’s Rogers Place

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 17-year-old Brendan Prince got to duet with frontman Ryan Tedder on the song “I Lived” as his family watched from the audience.

"It's a bit of a blur to me still, to be honest," Brendan told CBC News Saturday.

He said he chose that particular song because connects with what he’s been through. He had brain surgery last September and still suffers from seizures every day.

"I just relate to it on such a personal level because of all the surgeries I've been through," said Brendan. "I lived. I did it all."

Brendan said the experience of singing with his idols is going to stick with him forever.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMonday, the moon blocked out the sun.  Now Ariana Grande is going to spread Moonlight everywhere.

That's the name of the singer's new signature fragrance, which will debut at Ulta Beauty stores next month.  According to LUXE Brands, Ariana's fragrance partner, the scent was "created to inspire confidence to be yourself and carries the strong message of being a positive light to those around you."

Moonlight -- named after a track on Ariana's Dangerous Woman album -- features notes of black currant, plum, marshmallow and peony, and dries down to sandalwood, black amber and vanilla.  The bottle features a holographic sheen, a lavender cap and a lavender pom-pom.

Last year, Ariana launched Sweet Like Candy, a perfume that won the 2016 Fragrance Foundation "Fragrance of the Year" award.  She also has two other fragrances: Ari, and Frankie, the latter a unisex scent named for her half-brother.

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ABC/Paula LoboO, say can you see Demi Lovato singing "The Star-Spangled Banner?"  She'll be doing just that this weekend in Las Vegas.

The Grammy-nominated star has been tapped to belt out the national anthem before boxing champ Floyd Mayweather takes on MMA star Conor McGregor in their much-hyped pay-per-view fight this Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

We're not sure who Demi is rooting for in the fight, but it's worth noting that she is a huge MMA fan.

The event airs on Showtime pay-per-view Saturday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCMonday, Taylor Swift sent the Internet into a frenzy when -- after completely deleting her Twitter feed -- she posted a new tweet: a brief video of what looked like a snake.  Well, now we can tell you it's definitely a snake, because in a second tweet Tuesday, Taylor posted more footage of apparently that same snake.

There are rumors that Taylor will release a new song this Friday, and that it'll be called "Timeless." So what does the snake have to do with anything?  There's some speculation that she's reclaiming the snake idea from her haters...and from Kim Kardashian.

As you may recall, last year, Taylor's ex boyfriend, Calvin Harris, went after her on Twitter, accusing her of trying to make him look bad.  Calvin fans responded by posting snake emojis on her Instagram feed.

Also last year, Taylor denied she knew that Kanye West had planned to name check her in his song, "Famous."  But then Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, released a video on Snapchat of a call between Taylor and Kanye, in which Taylor enthusiastically discusses the song with Kanye. 

Kim famously clued fans into that post by tweeting a bunch of snake emojis, and again, haters flooded Taylor's Instagram feeds with the same emoji.  Then all the snake emojis disappeared from Taylor's feeds. 

Not long after that, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom revealed that that the company had created a filter that would allow stars to delete certain words and emojis from their feeds, and that Taylor's feed was its first test case.

So, are Taylor's snake posts now her reaction to the controversy last year...or is she calling someone else a snake?  Or neither?  We'll just have to wait to find out.

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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 22, 2017

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Courtesy MTVLeading up to this Sunday night's MTV VMAs, MTV has tapped some of today's hottest performers -- from DNCE to Bebe Rexha -- to stage a series of free concerts this week in Hollywood.

The shows will take place at The Avalon in Hollywood.  If you're 18 or older, you can register for tickets at VMAWeekend2017.com.  If you can't make it to Hollywood, MTV will live stream all the concerts, which feature different artists each night.

Here's the lineup:

Thursday: Echosmith, Why Don't We and more

Friday: Cheat Codes, Kacy Hill and more

Saturday: "Best New Artist night" with DNCE, Bebe Rexha, Noah Cyrus and Sammi Sanchez

The MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Katy Perry, air at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 27 on MTV.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanEvery member of One Direction -- past and present -- now has had at least one top-40 hit.  But Liam Payne, who currently has two hits on the chart -- "Get Low" and "Strip That Down" -- says there's no competition between the guys...only respect.

"I'm so proud of everybody's success," he tells ABC Radio. "I think everyone's gone out and also done what they wanted to do with music, rather than just hiding behind something, which I think is incredible."

Liam's first solo single, "Strip That Down," was co-written by Ed Sheeran, who'd previously written material for 1D.  Liam says he's thankful that Ed took the time to work with him, given that he's just a little busy these days.

"It was great to work with Ed Sheeran again, I mean, at the height of his success, for him to think about me is amazing!" gushes Liam.

Not only did Ed co-write "Strip That Down," but it's his voice -- electronically treated -- that you hear on the track saying "Strip that down girl/love when you hit the ground."  But Liam says there's another take of the song where Ed does more than that.  "Strip That Down" features rapper Quavo, but Liam says when he first heard it, Ed was doing the rapping.

"There's a version [with] Ed doing that Ludacris rap in the song 'Yeah!' on it, where he thought the rapper should go," laughs Liam. "And it's really really funny."

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Denise Truscello/WIreImageBackstreet Boys are having a moment: Their Las Vegas residency is a huge success, they topped the country charts by collaborating with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line, and now they have a new album in the works.  According to AJ McLean, on this record, the Boys will be more like men.

Speaking to Paper magazine for its Las Vegas issue, AJ says, "We definitely want to go back to the five-part harmony, that signature Backstreet Boys sound, but we're a little bit more mature and grown up."

He adds, "We're fathers and a little older, so we may not be so bubble-gummy -- but not raunchy either. Just sexy, fun music."

Meanwhile, the Boys' residency, Larger than Life, has now been extended into 2018, and Howie Dorough says, "We're thinking we're probably going to be out here at least for the next two years."

"Hopefully longer," adds Brian Littrell. "The show is a perfect fit for our generation who is now older. They're bringing their kids to our shows."

By way of example, Kevin Richardson says, "A family came through the line the other night at a meet and greet: an 82-year-old grandmother, her daughter and then her daughter. That's pretty cool."

And according to Kevin, the Las Vegas shows are Backstreet at its best.

"We've...gotten better with age," he tells Paper. "I feel like now there's a confidence, there's a seasoned-vet vibe that goes through us."

"We all are comfortable in our skin," adds Nick Carter.

Brian laughs, "We're like an old married couple!"

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Image Group LA/ABCDJ Khaled is jumping into the gaming scene this Friday as he joins Microsoft's Xbox for the brand's first-ever Xbox Live Session broadcast.  

The "Wild Thoughts" artist will play the highly anticipated Madden NFL 18 video game -- which is released on Friday -- and answer questions from fans, talk about his projects and give away prizes during the live stream. 

In a statement, Khaled says, "I am pumped to bring my A-game to Xbox Live Sessions and kick it off with Madden NFL 18. Looking forward to hanging with the fans." 

Khaled's also taking over Xbox's Snapchat account after his Xbox live session for more fun.  

Tune in to watch this Friday, August 26 at 9:00 pm ET on mixer.com/xbox.  

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Catie LaffoonJulia Michaels has no "Issues" with performing on this year's MTV VMA telecast.

Julia, who is nominated for Best New Artist at this year's ceremony, will take the stage this Sunday, as part of a lineup that also includes Katy Perry, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, Ed Sheeran, Lorde and The Weeknd.

Logic, Khalid and Gucci Mane have also been added to the bill: Gucci will join Fifth Harmony for their collaboration, "Down," while Logic and Khalid will perform their collabo, "1-800-273-8255."  Alessia Cara is also featured on that song, but she hasn't been announced as a performer...yet.

This year's MTV VMAs will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanIt's happened "slowly" but surely: "Despacito" has now been #1 for 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

That means the song is one of only two in the more than 50-year history of the chart to have spent 15 weeks or more on top.  The other one?  "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, which spent 16 weeks at #1 in 1995 and 1996.

If "Despacito" can hold on for another week, it'll tie Mariah's record, and if it can hang on for two, it'll set a new all-time record.

But the Luis Fonsi song, featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, can already claim the title of the longest-running #1 of the 21st century.  It just passed three other songs that spent 14 weeks on top: "Uptown Funk," "I Gotta Feeling" and "We Belong Together."

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" has just tied the record for most weeks spent in the top 10: 32.  The only other songs that have managed that are "Closer" by The Chainsmokers and "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes.  "Shape of You" debuted at #1 back in January and hasn't left the top 10 since.

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JB Lacroix/ WireImageCarly Rae Jepsen is fulfilling a lot of dreams lately, from opening for Katy Perry on tour to voicing a character in her first feature film, Leap! But there’s one dream she’s still hoping to make a reality.

The singer tells W Magazine it’s her “secret dream” to write a musical.

“I have a big desire to one day like rent a cabin in the woods with some of my favorite creators and get into the music behind some sort of theatrical project,” Carly Rae says. “I think it would be a blast.”

Carly Rae has previously starred in Cinderella on Broadway and also had a role in Grease Live! for TV. So will she write a stage musical, or tackle a musical film project?

“You know, that part I don't know the answer to, but the gut reaction -- I'd say stage would be fun," says Carly Rae, "just because I kind of grew up in little theater productions and there's something about the exclusivity of being in that room and that moment that I think is just magical."

For now, Carly Rae’s getting her movie fix by voicing a maid who becomes a mentor to a young ballerina in the film Leap! out this Friday.

“Maybe it's the theatrical side of me that doesn't understand any human being who wouldn't want to play an animated character,” she says. “It's been a dream of mine, forever, I think since I saw My Little Pony.”

Carly Rae also has two songs on the movie’s soundtrack: “Cut to the Feeling” and “Runaways.”

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James White for Paper magazineEven if you don't know much about Mariah Carey, you've probably heard that she's a diva who makes impossible demands.  But according to Mariah herself, she gets all that from her mother.

Speaking to Paper magazine, Mariah claims, "I've never had a diva moment."  When the magazine expresses disbelief, she says, "Actually, I have had diva moments, and then people can't handle it. I guess it's a little intense, because I come from a true diva: My mother is an opera singer. And that's a real diva, you know -- Juilliard diva."

She adds, laughing, "Other people that are like, 'I'm a diva,' it's like, 'Honey, you don't know what a diva is, you didn't grow up with my mom!' And I mean it as a compliment, or I wouldn't be the person I am without experiencing that."

And when she talks in her "Mariah voice," calling everyone "Dahhhhhling," Mariah says, "I'm channeling my mother. Not that she says 'dahling' all the time, but, like, that voice is...it's like I inadvertently do it."

She adds, "I don't do it to be disrespectful, I just do it and it just happens...I can't fight it."

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ABC/Randy HolmesVance Joy will hit the road this fall on a U.S. headlining tour. The outing begins September 30 in Seattle, and will wrap up October 23 in Brooklyn, New York.

Pre-sales begin this Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. local time, and tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, August 25 via VanceJoy.com.

Last month, Vance released his new song, "Lay It on Me," the follow-up single to the Australian singer-songwriter's 2014 debut album, Dream Your Life Away, which boasted his breakthrough hit, "Riptide."

Here are Vance Joy's U.S. tour dates:

9/30 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Market
10/1 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
10/3 -- San Francisco, CA, Herbst Theatre
10/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Fonda Theatre
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/10 -- Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
10/12 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
10/15 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/17 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
10/19 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
10/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
10/21 -- Boston, MA, Somerville Theatre
10/23 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel

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Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is sticking with the basketball metaphor in the new video for her song, “Swish Swish.”

The singer released a trailer for the video, telling fans to “get ready for the hottest mess in history.” The clip features a basketball showdown between The Sheep and The Tigers. Katy is The Tigers' team captain, but isn’t exactly a pro on the court.

The trailer also teases the video's many guest stars, including Molly Shannon as The Tigers’ coach, Terry Crews as The Sheep’s coach, the actor who plays "The Mountain" in Game of Thrones, Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz, and Stranger ThingsGaten Matarazzo. And of course, Nicki Minaj will be featured as herself.

Katy promises “many other surprises” when the full video is released later this week.

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Harley WeirHarry Styles has appeared in a successful movie, and now he's taking his talents to TV.

The BBC has announced that Harry will star in a one-off entertainment show, which will air on BBC One in the fall.  Called Harry Styles at the BBC, it'll be hosted by his pal Nick Grimshaw, a DJ on BBC Radio One. 

The special will feature Harry performing songs from his acclaimed debut solo album, and talking to Nick about his life and career.  It'll be filmed in front of a live studio audience in his hometown of Manchester, and air in November.

In a statement, Nick says, "Harry is a great performer and full of so many wonderful stories about his extraordinary career, which he'll be sharing with us."

A BBC exec added, "These shows are all about creating a world in which superstars like Harry feel incredibly comfortable and alongside their brilliant, live performances, can simply have fun and enjoy revealing more of themselves to viewers than is ever normally possible."

Michael Buble and Adele are among the stars who've also had their own BBC specials

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Image Group LA/ABCLast week, Taylor Swift went dark on social media, prompting many to suspect that she was preparing to announce new music.  Now we may have some more information about that.

A new website has been created called Timeless.com.  All it says is "Timeless, coming soon." In addition, Taylor has tweeted an image of what looks like a snake's tail...or maybe a dragon's tail.

A Taylor Swift news site further claims that the song lyrics website Genius has "Timeless" listed as the name of a Taylor song.

We're unlikely to know more until Taylor wants to tell us, though releasing a new song during the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years would be pretty dramatic.

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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 21, 2017

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  Broadway audiences will soon find out when SpongeBob SquarePants, the musical, opens in November.  But next month, an original cast recording featuring songs written by Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Plain White T's and more will be released.

The producers of the musical, based on the irreverent cartoon series, reached out to leading songwriters in the pop and rock worlds to compose songs for the project. In addition to Sara, John and the Plain White T's, the musical also includes songs written by Cyndi Lauper, Panic! at the Disco, Lady Antebellum, rapper T.I. and Steve Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

The album is due September 22; a two-LP vinyl version will be released on November 3, three days before the show's Broadway premiere at the Palace Theater.

Here is the full track list of the SpongeBob SquarePants musical's original cast recording, along with songwriter credits:

"Prologue"
"Bikini Bottom Day" -- by Jonathan Coulton
"No Control" -- by David Bowie
"BFF" -- by Plain White T's
"When the Going Gets Tough" -- by T.I.
"(Just a) Simple Sponge" -- by Panic! At the Disco
"Daddy Knows Best" -- by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
"Hero Is My Middle Name" -- by Cyndi Lauper
"Super Sea Star Savior" -- by Yolanda Adams
"Tomorrow Is" -- by The Flaming Lips
"Poor Pirates" -- by Sara Bareilles
"Bikini Bottom Boogie" -- by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
"Chop to the Top" -- by Lady Antebellum
"(I Guess I) Miss You" -- by John Legend
"I'm Not a Loser" -- by They Might Be Giants
"Best Day Ever" -- by Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
"Finale: Bikini Bottom Day Reprise"
"SpongeBob SquarePants Theme"

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Olivia BeeKesha's Rainbow debuts this week at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, the magazine reports.

Rainbow hits number one with 116,000 in sales and equivalent streams, the second biggest sales and streams week for a female artist in 2017, behind Katy Perry whose Witness debuted with 180,000 in sales and equivalent streams last month.

It's Kesha's second chart-topping album.  Her debut, Animal, topped the Billboard 200 in 2010.

Rainbow is Kesha's fifth album to make the Billboard 200.  Her last, Warrior, was released in 2012 and peaked at number six.

The seven years, seven months and 10 days between chart toppers for Kesha is the longest period between number ones for a female artist since 2009.  That year Barbra Streisand hit number one with Love Is the Answer, 11 years, 10 months and 18 days after her prior number one, Higher Ground, according to Billboard.

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We still don't know the title or release date of Demi Lovato's new album, but she says it'll have a more R&B sound than her previous work. In fact, she says the set reflects the artistic direction she's been searching for.

"I think I really nailed my sound on this one," she says of the new album.  As for why she wanted to go in a more soulful direction, she explains, "I really wanna use that part of my voice, and it's something I've always listened to, something I grew up listening to, so naturally, it's what I sing. And I wanted to sing less pop and more R&B pop."

The first single from the album, "Sorry Not Sorry," has a bit of that flavor.  She say, "We had an amazing time recording it and it just felt good, it felt right to come out with it as the first single."

While we're waiting to hear more of Demi's new solo music, we've been enjoying "No Promises," her collabo with the deejay collective Cheat Codes, which has sold five million copies. "When I heard it, I fell in love with the song, so I knew that I had to record it," she tells ABC Radio. "I'm so glad I got to be a part of it."

Now, Demi's given us not one but two songs to jam out to this summer, but what's her Song of the Summer? That would be Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow."

"She goes hard!" laughs Demi. "I had never heard of her before, the song is catchy and it's definitely a great workout song." 

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David LaChapelleRemember a few years ago when Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj were feuding?  They buried the hatchet by performing together on that year's MTV Video Music Awards.  Well, Katy Perry is hosting this year's VMAs...and rumors are rampant that she and Taylor will call off their years-long beef on the telecast.

There's no real evidence that this is going to happen, but a variety of websites have gotten on board with the idea.  Katy's hosting the show, and she's performing.  Taylor is reportedly going to release new music any second now.  It would make a lot of sense if she showed up and sang with Katy, especially since Katy has said she wants to put the feud behind her.

Here's another reason why the rumor makes sense: it would allow Taylor to go into her new album cycle -- and Katy to start her tour and her new job as an American Idol judge -- untainted by any lingering "Bad Blood" between them and their fans.  Starting a new project when another artists' fans are on the warpath against you isn't a good look.

Here's another clue: as Buzzfeed points out, the mysterious disappearance of data on Taylor's social media accounts shows that she is now following zero people. But if you click on the zero, you get a list of people it looks as if she DOES follow -- like her brother and her best friend -- and on top of that list is...Katy Perry.

Tune in to the MTV VMAs on August 27 to see what actually happens.

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