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Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.comOne thing you can say about Zayn: he loves women, and not just for their looks.

Zayn is one of five cover stars of the September issue of Elle UK magazine, and inside, he praises his girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid, saying, "She's super intelligent; I think that's why it works so well. And we do the same type of job so we get that with each other."

In addition, Zayn says he benefited by being raised in a house with a mom and three sisters, noting, "I enjoyed the womanly influence. I have a lot of respect for women because of them. They are so strong, powerful and do everything themselves."

He adds, "When I go back to [my hometown of] Bradford they treat me exactly the same. It's why I only ever go back for a few days, otherwise they have me taking out the [garbage]."

As for leaving One Direction and releasing his #1 solo album, Mind of Mine, Zayn tells Elle, "My entire life has changed in the last year. I'm still taking it all in. I've found so much out about myself. Mostly how in love with music I still was. The album is a build up of six years and never being able to express what I wanted to say. I had something to get off my chest."

The full Elle issue will be out August 3.

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Chris McKay/Getty ImagesRob Thomas' summer tour with Counting Crows is special, not only because he's never toured with the band before, but because his 18-year-old son is on the road with him. Wednesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, he even joined his old man onstage.

The Charlotte Observer reports Maison Thomas, Rob's son from a relationship prior to his marriage to his wife Marisol, joined him onstage to perform "Streetcorner Symphony," playing the guitar part that, on the recorded version, was played by John Mayer.  After the song, the two high-fived each other.

Rob later posted a photo on Twitter of Maison, captioning it "My son is killing it onstage!!!"

Maison plans to study at Berklee College of Music this fall.

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My son killing it on stage!!!!! pic.twitter.com/S3ohKHLemO

— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) July 28, 2016

 

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ABC/Fred LeeHozier is a singer/songwriter and now, model.  Women's Wear Daily reports that he's been tapped by designer John Varvatos to star in his fall advertising campaign.

Varvatos tells WWD, "I had a connection when I first heard his song ‘Take Me to Church.' I call him a renaissance man. He’s a young man who looks at the world, at all the things that are happening, and how people are treated."

The designer adds, "He’s a bit of a poet, and he’s a very handsome guy. All the boxes kind of checked. He was already a customer and was such a pleasure to work with.”

As for Hozier, he says he's a fan of the designer's work "from his shoes to his jackets."  In the campaign, the singer's pictured wearing a shearling motorcycle jacket, a leather pea coat and a hand-knit cardigan.  A music video that's part of the campaign will feature Hozier singing "To Be Alone," from his debut album.  You'll see it in September issues of GQ, Vanity Fair and the Robb Report.

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Jerad Williams/Newspix/Getty ImagesThose rumors that Taylor Swift was "banned" from attending San Diego Comic-Con with her boyfriend, actor Tom Hiddleston, are likely untrue, but what's certain is the two were together in Santa Monica, California Wednesday.

People reports Taylor and Tom were seen at Hillstone restaurant last night, "tucked away in the second floor," according to a source, who added, ""They seemed to really be enjoying each others' company."  Another source says, "They held hands and looked very happy. Taylor was pretty in a black top and skirt."

Tom was at Comic-Con promoting the upcoming movie Kong: Skull Island.  While there, he responded to People's question about how he's handling all the media attention on him by saying, "I don't know, it comes down to being authentic."

Hiddleston, recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in The Night Manager, added, "Everything you do you have to make sure you truly believe in it and as long as you know that, it doesn't matter what anyone else says about it because the nature of being a public figure is that everyone will have an opinion about anything you do, and as long as you know why you’ve done something and you've committed to it with authenticity then you're okay."

So there.

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Joseph Cultice/Hollywood RecordsJordan Fisher, currently climbing the chart with his debut hit "All About Us," has announced details of his debut EP. 

The self-titled EP arrives August 19 digitally and in stores September 9. It features four songs: "All About Us," "Counterfeit," "All I Wanna Do," and "Lookin' Like That."  In a statement, Jordan says, "I am elated for people to hear what I’ve been working on for the last year and a half. This EP directly represents the album's dimensions without giving too much away.” 

If you're not familiar with Jordan, you may remember him from Fox's hit music special Grease: Live -- he played "Doody," and his performance of "Those Magic Changes" was one of the broadcast's highlights.  You may also know him as Jacob, from The Secret Life of an American Teenager, or his recurring part on the Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie.  Or maybe you know him from the Disney Channel movies Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2.

While Jordan's trying to establish himself as a pop star, he admits he most frequently gets recognized for all his various TV appearances, especially if, like his Grease character Doody, he wears his glasses in public.  But lately, he's been thrilled that people are actually commenting on his song.

"I recently have been getting, 'Oh my God, I love your music!"' he tells ABC Radio. "I was at an event and I had a handful of late 20s, early 30-year-old dudes walking up to me, being like, 'Yo, dude, your video is amazing!' And I was like, 'Whaaaat?'"

He laughs, "It's cool because this is my content, this is from my heart."  

Along with Flo Rida, Troye Sivan and Zara Larsson, Jordan will perform at this year's Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, a family tennis event in New York City that'll air on ABC on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. ET.

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David Becker/Getty ImagesYesterday was 7/27, which as all Fifth Harmony fans know, is both the title of their current album and the day the group was formed.  That's also why yesterday -- their four-year anniversary -- was the day they chose to kick off their summer tour.  The girls couldn't wait to take their music to their "Harmonizers" live, because it's much more personal than Instagram or Snapchat.

"We love going out and getting to see our fans," the group's Camila Cabello tells ABC Radio. "You know, you see all their support from social media, but seeing them in person and getting to sing and having them, with teary eyes, sing back at you, is another thing entirely."

"We're excited to travel everywhere that we can this summer!" she adds.  

The girls are going everywhere: after their dates in North America wrap up in October, they'll head to the U.K. and then Europe, visiting Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and more.  The tour wraps up November 11 in Frankfurt, Germany.

However, there's a break in Fifth Harmony's tour schedule at the end of August, which leaves them room to attend the MTV Video Music Awards on   August 28 if they so desire. They're nominated in the category of Best Collaboration for "Work from Home," their hit with Ty Dolla $ign.  In 2014, their video for "Miss Movin' On" earned them the Artist to Watch trophy at the VMAs.

If you can't get a ticket for the tour, you can watch the girls perform tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC's Greatest Hits -- they'll be singing a medley of Destiny's Child hits including "Say My Name," "Bootylicious" and "Survivor."

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NetflixNetflix on Wednesday announced it has picked up a second season of its Beatles-inspired animated show, Beat Bugs, which has yet to debut on the streaming service.

The show incorporates Beatles music into its story lines. Season one, out August 3, will include covers of Fab Four classics by Pink and Sia, plus rock acts like Eddie Vedder.

Series creator Josh Wakely gushed about Sia's contribution, a version of "Blackbird," calling it "breathtaking." "I think it's going to be one of the definitive Beatles covers," he declares to ABC Radio.

He's also enthusiastic about Pink's cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," saying she hit it "perfectly."

Season two of Beat Bugs, featuring the likes of Tori Kelly and James Bay, will premiere November 18.

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Denise Truscello As a dancer as well as a singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez is focused on her feet...and what she's wearing on them.  That's why she's teamed with designer Guiseppe Zanotti to create a capsule shoe collection called Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez.

Women's Wear Daily reports that the collection will debut at the Footwear Fashion Association of New York's Shoe Expo from August 2 to 4 and then launch in January in stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.  And unlike her love, these J-Lo shoes DO cost something: they range in price from $795 to $1,995 a pair.  There are also a couple of handbags available to match.

The shoe collection is just one more piece in Jennifer's empire, which includes a fashion line for Kohl's, a fragrance collection for Coty and a jewelry collection for Endless. 

J-Lo tells WWD, “I’m very proud of the businesses I’ve built. They’ve allowed me to bring really great product at an accessible price point. But I hadn’t done a high-end project yet and this seemed like the right time, medium and designer. I’ve always been passionate about shoes. Sometimes I even choose an outfit around my shoes.”

She adds, "Giuseppe is a designer I’m very loyal to because of his beautiful silhouettes and craftsmanship. It’s impossible not to feel like a more confident, sexier version of yourself when you’re wearing a pair of Zanottis. The shoes are so in line with my personal style, it felt easy and natural.” 

Let's just hope that Zanotti hasn't heard J-Lo's single from a few years ago, "Louboutins," which is about another brand of designer shoes.

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ABC/Randy HolmesNext month, Andy Grammer will kick off a tour with Train, and then he'll segue into a long co-headlining tour with Gavin DeGraw. Good thing he'll have a brand new song to perform by then.

Andy released a sneak peek of the new single on Twitter: it's called "Fresh Eyes" and it's out on Friday.  The concept behind the song is how all the woman he loves has to do is change her look a bit, and suddenly, he falls in love with her all over again.

"Suddenly, I'm in love with a stranger/I can't believe that she's mine," sings Andy. "Now all I see is you with fresh eyes, fresh eyes."

Before he unveiled the title, Andy ran a little contest online asking fans to guess what the name of the single was.  He gave us the "F" and the "E" and everyone tried to fill in the blanks. Among his favorite guesses: "Frog Eggs" and "Fast Elks."

As for whether or not the song is the first track from an upcoming album, Andy hasn't said anything about that yet.

The new single is called "Fresh Eyes"!! Here's a sneak peak! Full song drops on Friday! #sopumped pic.twitter.com/JY8M8Rf0P9

— Andy Grammer (@andygrammer) July 27, 2016

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James Devaney/GC ImagesFrom time to time, Lady Gaga has been known to join some of her musician friends on stage when they perform in New York City, and that's just what she did Tuesday night.

According to the New York Post, Gaga took the stage at New York's Rose Bar, where the musicians performing included Brian Newman.  Gaga just became the godmother to Newman's daughter.  Also on stage was Tommy London, lead singer of the band The Dirty Pearls -- he's an old friend of Gaga's who attended the party celebrating the baby's christening.

The Post reports that Gaga sang six tunes, all standards, except for a version of Cher's "Bang Bang," which appeared as an iTunes bonus track on Cheek to Cheek, her jazz album with Tony Bennett.  She also belted out "Smile," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "La Vie en Rose," "Just a Gigolo" and "I Ain't Got Nobody."

A source tells the paper, "She bantered a lot with the crowd. She was talking about the value of friendship and how much she enjoys playing music with her friends.”

London posted a photo of Gaga on stage, and captioned it, "There nothing that fills my soul more than watching my friends perform."  A fan also posted an Instagram video of Gaga singing "Smile."

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Trae Patton/NBCThe new season of The Voice this fall will feature a new judge lineup -- Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys -- as well as a new group of advisers, some of whom may surprise you.

US Weekly reports Miley has chosen Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Joan Jett as the adviser to her team, but that's no surprise.  Miley inducted Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, and considers her one of her biggest inspirations and influences.

You may be surprised, though, that Adam has chosen former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar to advise his team.  Why?  A source tells US Weekly that Adam is "a big fan of classic rock."  Not only that, but last year, Adam and Sammy hung out together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and sang together at a local bar.

Another surprise: Grammy-winning singer and actress Bette Midler will be working with Blake Shelton this season.

Alicia Keys' choice of Charlie Puth isn't so unexpected.  In addition to being a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Charlie's worked behind-the-scenes writing, producing and arranging for other artists.

A special preview episode of The Voice will air after the closing ceremonies of the Olympics August 21 on NBC. The real season 11 premiere happens Monday, September 19.

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Tony Barson/FilmMagicShould you happen to run into Katy Perry in a club somewhere and then hang out with her all night, don't invite her to crash at your house -- she won't do it.  Why?  She won't go anywhere without her enormous collection of beauty products.

Katy tells People.com that she follows a "very strict regimen" of 10 to 15 beauty products, but travels with 20 to 30 of them.  "This is why I do not have impromptu sleepovers,” she adds.  She adds that no matter where she is, she always carries gel hand sanitizer, travel-sized lotion, fragrance-free baby wipes, an electric toothbrush, Sensodyne toothpaste, and her signature Kitty Purry lipstick.

All these products -- plus the lash extensions she gets every two weeks -- keep Katy looking red-carpet ready, but she says she's still insecure that she doesn't look her best when she steps out.  She says she worries, "Does this outfit fit? Can you see my Spanx through this? Breathe. Which side is my wonk-eye on?” 

She jokes, "Every morning I wake up usually thankful I haven’t turned into a meme while I was sleeping.”

But despite all the worrying about her appearance, Katy -- who just released her new fragrance Mad Love and a new single, "Rise" -- says growing older doesn't scare her.  "[Wrinkles] are not your enemy -- they’re just proof that you’ve smiled," she says. 

As for what she'll look like in 30 years, Katy's got an answer: Paula Deen.  If that seems weird, the Internet's been comparing them side by side for quite some time.

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna really knows how to churn out the hits.  In just 11 years, she's managed to rack up just as many entries on the Billboard Hot 100 as Madonna, who scored her first hits before RiRi was even born.

According to Billboard, "Sex with Me," from Rihanna's latest album, ANTI, just debuted on the Hot 100 at #97, mostly due to streaming.  That's Rihanna's 57th song to appear on the chart, which means she now ties Madonna with the fourth-most entries among women.

Only Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Aretha Franklin have had more chart entries than Rihanna and Madonna.  Aretha, the Queen of Soul, is also, fittingly, the Queen of the Billboard Hot 100 when it comes to women, with 73 charted songs.

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Columbia RecordsRachel Platten's "Fight Song" has been adopted by people everywhere as their personal anthem, whatever struggles they may be facing. Now, actress Elizabeth Banks has turned the song into a star-studded video leading the charge for the election of Hillary Clinton.

The a cappella video is stuffed with celebrities, including Rachel herself, plus Banks, and everyone from Idina Menzel, Eva Longoria and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, to Connie Britton, Rob Reiner, America Ferrara, Mandy Moore and Jane Fonda, to a variety of stars from Pitch Perfect.  The video ends with Sia wearing her signature wig, saying "Go, Hillary!"

The video, which debuted Tuesday night at the DNC in Philadelphia, was inspired by the Pitch Perfect movies, which Banks co-produces; she also directed Pitch Perfect 2.

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ABC/Fred LeeTonight, Rachel Platten will be performing at the Delaware State Fair, on the same bill with X Ambassadors. It should be a happy reunion, since Rachel's encounter with the band last year was one of the moments when she realized that she was, well, kinda famous.

"It's small things. Like, I'm a really big fan of the band X Ambassadors. Oh God, I love them," Rachel told ABC Radio last year, when "Fight Song" was really taking off.  "And we did a show together in Minnesota, and...my instinct was to run over and be, like, 'I love you guys!'"

She laughs, "And they were like, 'We love you, too! We love your song!' And that keeps kind of happening, and that's pretty crazy."  

Since them, Rachel's shared a bill with countless other artists, released her debut album, mounted a headline tour and scored a couple more hits.  She's even won an Emmy, and has started writing her next album.  So yeah, we're fairly sure she knows she's famous at this point.

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Image Group LA/ABCAfter a year of dating, Ariana Grande is is apparently ready to "Break Free" from her boyfriend Ricky Alvarez.

"She broke up with him," a source tells E! Online. "He didn't cheat or anything, they just found it difficult to make it work. They are still friends though."

The 23-year-old singer is "happy to be single and do her for a little while," adds the source.

Grande and the backup dancer were first spotted together during her infamous doughnut-licking incident last summer.

Ariana has previously been linked to hip-hop artist Big Sean.

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Getty Images via ABCShawn Mendes is proving he's no one-hit wonder thanks to "Treat You Better," his new, more mature single.  He says his upcoming album, Illuminate, is also more mature, and it's all because of his new best friend: John Mayer.

Speaking to The Fader, Shawn says that before he made this new album, he listened to John's album Continuum on repeat for months.  "So I went in with that whole John Mayer vibe...I think John inspired the album more than anybody," he explains.  He also reached out to John during the process, and now the two are buds.

"We're actually getting to be really good friends, which is amazing for someone like me," Shawn laughs. "He's my idol, musically. Yeah, he texts me all the time. Snapchats me, actually, all the time!" He also gave Shawn a guitar which he used to record one of the new songs.

With John's stamp of approval, Shawn says, "I'm way more confident with this album, it's not even funny. I mean, I just feel so good about it. If it sold no records, I'd still be so much more confident."

He adds, "I'm so passionate about the music I created that, if it sold 10 copies the first day, I'd still be happy." 

We'll have to wait until September 23 to see if Shawn sells more than 10 copies that first day that album's out, but -- spoiler alert! -- he totally will.

By the way, Shawn will hit a big milestone on August 8: he's turning 18.

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Ted EmmonsEvery July for the past 15 years you could count American Idol auditions starting and the American Idols Live tour criss-crossing the country.  This year, neither of those things are happening, because American Idol is no more.  But one Idol winner tells ABC Radio she's convinced the show will return.

"It’s probably gonna come back. They made too much money to let it go that easy!" laughs season-three winner Fantasia. "It'll probably come back with a different name. But of course, I would love to see it come back, [and]…I'd love to see it come back with the original judges."

Idol creator Simon Fuller has hinted that he's planning to relaunch the show in some form.  And Fantasia thinks Idol's still needed, since it's increasingly difficult to break into the biz.

"Back in the days when you had record labels like Motown, they would…look for talent," Fantasia tells ABC Radio. "It's not like that anymore. Every now and again you may see an artist that got recognized...from things that they do on the social media...but you don't really get that a lot. So those type of shows allow people...to get their music out there."

Fantasia's starred on Broadway, won numerous awards including a Grammy and sold millions of albums.  She said she was able to do that only because Idol opened the door.

"Everybody was watching American Idol when I was on it," she tells ABC Radio. "People were like, 'I gotta get home,' or 'I DVRed it.' … it was a family show. Around the world, people were watching that."

As a result, Fantasia says, "When you win, you don't have to work so hard, because you're like, 'Oh, OK, they know me from American Idol.'" 

Fantasia's new album, The Definition Of..., arrives on Friday.

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George Napolitano/FilmMagicPrince died in April, but Mariah Carey, a fan and a friend of his, still can't believe it. 

Speaking to Complex, Mariah says, "[Prince] always had a plan. I just can’t believe he’s gone. I was hoping that it was a trick that he was pulling -- that it didn’t really happen.”  Prince "was one of the best people I’ve met,” she says, adding, "He didn’t care about the big system."

"I was always like, 'At any time Prince could write a No. 1 song, because he’s that talented, but he chooses to do what he wants,’" she says. "I respect that. He actually helped me through a lot of situations."

Mariah also discusses her divorce and upcoming marriage to Australian billionaire James Packer.

Of her failed marriage to Nick Cannon, the father of her twins, Mariah says, "I never thought I would have kids...but I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced [either]."

Mariah says she and Packer have a "mutual understanding."  "I don’t expect him to be at every little thing that I do, and vice versa. He’s got a lot of stuff on his plate and so do I," she says.

Mariah says Packer's always been "obsessed" with her music, but she didn't mind. "Actually, if he didn’t like my music, then how would I be able to handle him being around when all I’m doing is creating?” she says.

But the marriage of two super-successful people is no simple affair. "We would like for it not to be a big thing, but the reality is it has to be,” she admits. “Because there’s things that are specifically mine, and he’s got huge friggin’ conglomerate stuff and I’m not looking to take that from him. So it has to be dealt with."

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Randall SlavinIf you're using Twitter, you should think before you post.  That's what Nick Jonas learned today after he used Twitter to complain about something, and then realized he sounded ungrateful.

Initially Nick tweeted that he was "disappointed" that "Close," the sexy video he did with Tove Lo, "got no love" when the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards nominations were announced.  But 15 minutes later, he wrote, "Actually after thinking about it more there are so many amazing things happening in my life and career. 9 out of 10 boxes are checked..."

"Won't let this one thing get to me," he continued. "I'm feeling so inspired and grateful these days. Gonna focus more on caring less about the small stuff."

He finished by declaring, "Everything is awesome," followed by the sunglass-wearing emoji and the "fist punching" emoji.

It's true that Nick was snubbed by the VMAs, but his album Last Year Was Complicated was well reviewed and debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart.  In addition, he's on the road with his pal Demi Lovato on one of the biggest tours of the summer.  Plus, Nick's acting career has never been hotter, and neither has he. So really, what's to complain about?

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