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Orlando Bloom approves of Katy Perry's "Con Calma" remix with Daddy Yankee

ABC/Eric McCandlessNo one was more excited than Katy Perry to hop on the remix of Daddy Yankee and Snow’s number one Latin hit “Con Calma” -- except maybe her fiancé Orlando Bloom.

Katy tells ABC Radio Orlando was a huge fan of Snow’s original 1992 hit “Informer,” which the Canadian rapper and Daddy Yankee re-imagined for “Con Calma.” She says the two first heard the song together while on a school run with Orlando's son, Flynn, and they immediately loved it. So when she was eventually asked to be on the remix, she jumped at the chance.

“It was like when Daddy Yankee called, I was like, ‘Not only do I love it, but my fiance loves it,’” she says. “And yeah I wanna do something fun and kind of just like…a party.”

She adds, “I don't do that very often. Sometimes I have really dense kind of really thought-out songs or super emotional and very empowering. Sometimes I don't do 'party,' and so it's nice to go there.” 

Katy and Daddy Yankee performed the song for the first time together on the American Idol finale this past Sunday.

“Con Calma” is the second major collab of 2019 for Katy, following her song with Zedd, "365."

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Train's Pat Monahan explains why it's important to hang with fans on Sail Across the Sun cruise

Courtesy of SixthmanTrain’s Pat Monahan is dishing even more details about the band’s upcoming Sail Across the Sun fan cruise, now in its sixth year.

The frontman tells People that if you think this is the type of fan cruise where the band hops on just for their performance and then leaves, think again. He’s all about hanging with the fans -- both on and off the boat.

“It’s a chance for Train fans -- and we’re more friends than anything -- to get together and really spend time,” Monahan tells People. “They spend their lives taking care of me, and it’s my four days to take care of them.”

He says he encourages all the other musical guests on the cruise to do the same. When bands in the past spent the trip in their cabins, they weren’t invited back.

“That’s not the spirit of what we’re trying to do,” he says. “This is like, ‘Let’s go to the pool together!'”

In addition to performances, the cruise will include a wide range of activities, from yoga classes to talent competitions to arts-and-crafts like painting trucker hats.

The cruise will set sail next February 14-18 and will travel from Miami to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Pearl.

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Watch Patrick Stump sweat in video for Martin Garrix and Macklemore collaboration, "Summer Days"

Sony Music International/STMPD RCRDS/RCA RecordsThe video for "Summer Days," Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump's collaboration with DJ/producer Martin Garrix and rapper Macklemore, is streaming now on YouTube.

All three artists appear in the clip, which follows an older woman who has the ability to make everyone she sees sweat profusely and uncontrollably.

Stump will link up with Garrix and Macklemore to give "Summer Days" its TV premiere on the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, held June 17 in Los Angeles.

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Pink brings out country star Chris Stapleton for surprise duet at Madison Square Garden

ABC/Lou RoccoPink brought out a surprise guest at her concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night: country star Chris Stapleton.

The two united on stage to sing their new duet “Love Me Anyway.” Pink started the intimate ballad in a flood of spotlights with only a piano and a couple string players. Later, the audience erupted in applause as Chris walked on to harmonize with her.

After the song was over, Pink hugged Chris and fell to the floor in mock worship as he exited.

“One of my absolute favorite songwriters, favorite voice, and person. Chris Stapleton,” Pink wrote on Instagram following the performance. “What an absolute honor to share a stage with you my friend.”

You’ll find “Love Me Anyway” on Pink’s new Hurts 2B Human album. You can check out fan video of the Madison Square Garden performance on YouTube now.

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Liam Payne says he's got three new songs in the works

ABC/Paula LoboFor fans who have been patiently waiting, you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more of Liam Payne soon.

The singer tells Billboard he has three new songs in the works and he’s also working on pursuing an acting career.

“I've got to work and collaborate with some of the most amazing people so far and that just keeps happening," Liam says of his time in the studio. "We have three new songs that I'm working on and some great friends who have written some more amazing songs for me.”

As for catching the acting bug, Liam says he never saw it coming, but he’s been starting to go on auditions. He says he tried out of the new West Side Story remake and made it to the final five in the casting process before being cut.

What he really wants, though, is to do an action film. "I need to do something, like, really action-based," he says.

Liam dropped his debut EP last year, but has yet to release a full-length solo album.

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Madonna sends carrier pigeon love notes to Swae Lee in "Crave" video

Live Nation/Interscope Records/Maverick Madonna has released her new music video for new song “Crave,” featuring Rae Sremmurd singer Swae Lee.

The video, which switches between black-and-white and color, begins with Madonna on a rooftop in New York City attaching a love note to a pigeon and letting it fly away.

"I am waiting for you. I have always been waiting for you. I'm attracted to danger, I crave it,” Madonna says in voice-over.

The carrier pigeon eventually finds its way to Swae Lee, who’s hanging out with some pigeon coops on another rooftop. He unfurls the note and tacks it up on a wall with many other similar notes he’s been collecting. In the end, the two unite on the rooftop and touch hands, creating a spark. Then we see two pigeons flying away.

“Crave” is the latest song off Madonna’s Madame X album, due out June 14.

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Jonas Brothers reveal track list for "Happiness Begins"

Republic RecordsThe Jonas Brothers have revealed the track list for their upcoming reunion album, Happiness Begins.

In addition to their previously released singles "Sucker" and "Cool," the 12-track album will include songs called "Only Human," "Happy When I'm Sad," and the aptly-titled "Comeback."

It also includes a track called "I Believe," which Nick has said is about his whirlwind romance with wife Priyanka Chopra, and "Hesitate," which is about Joe’s relationship with Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner.

Happiness Begins, the JoBros first new album in 10 years, comes out June 7.

Here is the track list:

"Sucker"
"Cool"
"Only Human"
"I Believe"
"Used to Be"
"Every Single Time"
"Don’t Throw It Away"
"Love Her"
"Happy When I’m Sad"
"Trust"
"Strangers"
"Hesitate"
"Rollercoaster"
"Comeback"

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Harry Styles stars in new Gucci Men's Tailoring campaign

Theo Wargo/WireImageAfter sporting a Gucci ensemble at the Met Gala earlier this month, Harry Styles is starring in an eccentric new ad campaign for Gucci Men's Tailoring.

Like his previous two campaigns for the designer, this one also features farm animals. In the video clip shot by filmmaker Harmony Korine, Harry sports a fuchsia suit jacket and red pants as he wanders around a seemingly abandoned room filled with old statues.

As a peaceful instrumental song plays, we see shots of Harry looking at the statues; the sculpture collection is also strewn about an overgrown courtyard outside, where Harry can also be seen making origami, and interacting with pigs and swans wandering around underfoot.

In his campaign last year for the Gucci Cruise 2019 collection, Harry lounged at an Italian villa while cuddling adorable baby goats, lambs and piglets. In his Gucci campaign prior to that, he was photographed with some chickens in a fish ‘n chip shop.

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Ariana Grande posts simple tribute on second anniversary of Manchester attack

Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love ManchesterAriana Grande is marking the second anniversary of the Manchester concert attack with a simple tribute.

On her Instagram Story, she posted a black screen with the bee emoji in the center. The “worker bee” has been a symbol of the hard-working U.K. city of Manchester for decades and in the wake of the tragedy, it became a symbol of the city’s resilience.

Last year, following the one-year anniversary of the bombing, Ariana got a tattoo of the bee inked behind her ear. Ariana’s music video for “No Tears Left to Cry” also features a bee flying away in the last shot, as a nod to the city.

Twenty-two people were killed and 139 injured on May 22, 2017, when a suicide bomber set off an explosive device outside of Manchester Arena following Ariana’s concert there. Two weeks later, Ariana helped organize and performed at the star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert, to raise money for the victims.  She was subsequently named an honorary citizen of Manchester.

Ariana will return to Manchester in August to headline the city’s Pride festival.

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Maelyn Jarmon wins 'The Voice,' handing coach John Legend his first victory

Trae Patton/NBCMaelyn Jarmon, the New York City waitress with perfect pitch, despite being deaf in one ear, ended her fairy-tale run Tuesday night by being crowned winner of season 16 of The Voice.

Jarmon's coach, John Legend, notched a victory in his debut season on the show, adding a The Voice championship to his EGOT status.

Maelyn, 26 and born in Frisco, Texas, finished ahead of three country artists on coach Blake Shelton's team. Twenty-five-year-old Louisiana native Gyth Rigdon was runner-up. Soulful Alabama country singer Dexter Roberts, 27, and 22-year-old Texas native Andrew Sevener finished in third and fourth places, respectively.

Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine had no team members remaining in the competition.

During the two-hour finale, each finalist performed with an acclaimed musical guest. The show began with Andrew joining Travis Tritt to perform Tritt's song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." Maelyn performed an immaculate duet of "Angel" with Sarah Mclachlan; Dexter sang "That's Country Bro" with Toby Keith; and Gyth stood proudly alongside Darius Rucker to sing the Hootie & the Blowfish song "Hold My Hand."

Previously eliminated artists also returned to perform group medleys. Mari teamed up with Kim Cherry for a brash version of Lizzo's "Good as Hell," which then switched into Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," performed by Domenic Haynes, Jej Vinson, Kalvin Jarvis, LB Crew and Shawn Sounds. Later, Celia Babini, Betsy Ade, Lisa Ramey and Presley Tennant performed a rocking version of Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen."  

The musical lineup for the finale was star-studded from beginning to end. The Jonas Brothers performed their new single, "Cool"; former The Voice advisor Khalid performed "Talk"; OneRepublic delivered their new song, "Rescue Me"; Hootie & the Blowfish hit the Voice stage once again to perform "Let Her Cry"; BTS delivered "Boy with Love"; Halsey performed a gripping version of her new song, "Nightmare"; and Taylor Swift claimed the stage at the end with her new hit, "Me," featuring Brendon Urie.

The Voice has already been renewed for season 17, with the current coaches all scheduled to return.

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Watch the trailer for Miley Cyrus' "Black Mirror" episode

NetflixThe trailer for Miley Cyrus’ episode of Black Mirror has been released.

The episode of the Netflix anthology series is titled “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too” and revolves around a lonely teenage girl who longs to connect with her favorite pop star, played by Miley. But the pop star’s life may not be as charmed as it seems.

In the trailer, Miley’s character Ashley, a purple-haired singer, unveils a mini-robot version of herself called Ashley Too. The teenage fan buys Ashley Too, which talks to her with encouraging messages like “Believe in yourself.” As we see Ashley’s pop star fantasy unraveling, Ashley Too develops a mind of its own.

Miley’s Black Mirror episode is one of three this season, which will debut on Netflix June 5. The other episodes are titled “Striking Vipers” and “Smithereens.”

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Ed Sheeran teases new song "Cross Me" featuring two mystery artists

ABC/Paula LoboJustin Bieber isn’t the only person Ed Sheeran is collaborating with this year.

Ed teased that a new song called “Cross Me,” featuring two mystery artists, is coming soon. On Instagram, he posted the title of the song with the featured artists’ names crossed out.

“Can you guess who’s on the next one?” he wrote.

He also shared a cryptic photo of himself on his Instagram Story with the caption “Friday.” He added little hints to the photo that have fans speculating the featured artists are Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock.

In the photo, Ed’s wearing Chance’s signature “3” baseball cap. He also wrote “P ” along with the bee emoji and the rocker hands emoji, hence the PnB Rock speculation.

Ed’s collab with Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care,” debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.

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The Jonas Brothers ambush unsuspecting New Yorkers for "Billy on the Street"

Peggy SirotaThe Jonas Brothers surprised unsuspecting New Yorkers in the latest episode of Billy on the Street with comedian Billy Eichner.

In the hilarious video, Nick, Joe, Kevin and Billy ambush strangers to remind them that the JoBros are back together and grill them with questions like, “Who's your favorite Jonas Brother?” "Nick," one woman immediately answers, as Joe and Kevin jokingly storm off.

The results from New Yorkers are mixed: some freak out over the group, while others couldn’t care less. When Billy approaches an elderly man and tells him the Jonas Brothers are back together, he grumbles, "Who cares?"

The Jonas Brothers will be releasing their first new album in 10 years, Happiness Begins, on June 7. A documentary about their comeback, called Chasing Happiness, drops on Amazon Prime Video June 4.

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Bebe Rexha hits back at online body shamer: "I gained weight get over it"

ABC/Lou RoccoAfter someone on Twitter called Bebe Rexha "thick," she hit back with an honest response.

"I gained weight get over it," the "Last Hurrah" singer wrote Monday.

But it's not so much what she said, it's the reactions she got and how she's inspiring others. In the comments of the tweet, female fans not only supported the singer, but shared their own battles with body image.

"Your body is beautiful but what's even more beautiful is your confidence, please don't let anyone take that away from you!" one fan wrote. "The most important thing is that you're happy and you feel good in your body, other people's opinions are SO irrelevant when it comes to that topic."

Another added, "YES QUEEEEEEN!!!! its totally normal that people lose or gain weight no matter what they do because this is life. we all are growing all the time and our body changes. people should respect it and stop trying to put others down for like what?? we all are the same humans."

Many of her fans also just simply called the singer "gorgeous."

Bebe is no stranger to being candid and real about her body. In January, she revealed designers were telling her she's too "big" and that they wouldn't dress her for the Grammy Awards.

In the end, Bebe wore a red, layered tulle gown after several designers, including August Getty Atelier and Christian Siriano, reached out to offer to dress her.

"They said I was too big or fat -- and I love my body. I just want other girls to love their bodies," she said that night on the carpet.

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"American Idol" runner-up Alejandro Aranda announces tour dates; Katy Perry wants to be a roadie

ABC/Eric McCandlessWell that was quick! Alejandro Aranda may have lost the American Idol title to Laine Hardy Sunday night, but the judges’ favorite "homie" has already announced tour dates.

The tour will kick off July 8 in Washington, D.C. and hit small venues in Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, before wrapping July 17 in his hometown of Pomona, California.

It sounds like Katy Perry plans to come out and support him. "Let me be a roadie pls," she commented on his Instagram post.

Alejandro's fellow top 10 contestant, Walker Burroughs, also commented, "Gonna be so sick."

Alejandro will likely perform some of the original songs he debuted on Idol this season, including his audition song "Out Loud," "Millennial Love," "Tonight" and "10 Years." He performed a total of seven original songs throughout the competition, more than any other Idol contestant over the past 17 seasons.

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Justin Bieber is launching his own deodorant

Gotham/GC ImagesJustin Bieber has a fresh a new deal in the works...with a natural deodorant company.

AdAge reports the singer is teaming up with Schmidt’s Naturals to launch a new deodorant called "Here Now." The collab will become available globally both online and in Whole Foods stores this fall.

"Here Now has various meanings, but to me it's about being present in daily life," says Schmidt’s CEO Michael Cammarata.

He adds, "Schmidt's started as a name, and it's become more of a movement. We've proved natural does work. We don’t limit availability. We're able to make natural products accessible. I think the partnership with Justin really shows the brand extends beyond a niche."

And the Biebs is in good company: The brand previously collaborated with scientist and environmentalist Jane Goodall on a Lily of the Valley deodorant.

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'The Voice' recap: the final four compete to win it all

Maelyn Jarmon performs; Trae Patton/NBCPart one of The Voice season 16 finale began Monday night, with the four finalists singing for America's vote.

Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine have no artists left in competition, so the finals came down to Team Blake Shelton's three country artists -- Dexter Roberts, Gyth Rigdon and Andrew Sevener -- and Team John Legend's Texas songbird, Maelyn Jarmon. Each artist performed a cover song, a duet with their coach, and an original song.

The show began with Maelyn performing the original song, "Wait for You." She said her song choice was inspired by her boyfriend, with whom she's been out of touch because of the competition. Her live performance had Adam repeating his Maelyn-specific mantra afterward that she should win the competition, and that it has nothing to do with his love of hating on Blake.

The first coach and artist duet was between Blake and Andrew Sevener, who performed "All Right Now," by Free.

Alabama country artist Dexter Roberts performed a cover of Randy Houser's "Anything Goes," a song that allowed Dexter to pour his emotion into his powerhouse vocals. Kelly was won over, saying that the song put Dexter in the vain of soulful country.

The next duet, between Blake and Gyth Rigdon, was a cover of the Travis Tritt version of "Take It Easy," by The Eagles.

Andrew Sevener's original song was "Rural Route Raising," a choice Kelly liked because it skirts the line between old and new country. John joked that despite being a city slicker he could appreciate country music, saying Andrew had been "in a zone" his last few performances.

Next, John and Maelyn performed a sublime duet of the Nat King Cole classic, "Unforgettable." Maelyn talked about the similarities between Cole and her coach, and John shared that, growing up, he won a local Star Search competition covering the song.

Gyth Rigdon's cover performance was of the late Earl Thomas Conley's "Once in a Blue Moon." During rehearsal, Blake said he wasn't afraid of Gyth covering any song, so long as he felt connected to it. Conley passed away in April of this year and following Gyth's performance, Blake said Earl's family would be so proud of the moment. "Way to honor a country music hero," declared Blake.

Dexter Roberts chose his original song, "Looking Back," because it put him at home vocally. But Kelly didn't focus on his voice, saying she loved Dexter as a person just as much. Adam said Dexter's performance was his "strongest look," and Blake called him the most ready of all the finalists to go make an album.

Andrew Sevener had prior success covering a rock song in the competition, which is why he performed Hinder's "Lips of an Angel." John said that while he's obviously partial to Maelyn, he'd pick Andrew from the remaining Team Blake artists. Blake said that the night belonged to Andrew.

The last duet, between Blake and Dexter Roberts, was Brooks & Dunn's "Hard Working Man."

Gyth Rigdon's original song, "Proof I've Always Loved You," was unique because he actually wrote it. He said he penned it a number of years ago after meeting his eventual wife, and the performance proved to be a stirring tribute to their love. Blake said that Gyth performing his own song raised him to another level.

Maelyn closed out the show with a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", her elegiac voice soaring over the audience. Maelyn had a connection to the song, having sang it at a karaoke bar with her father when she was a struggling waitress in New York. She recognized that despite the song's title, the lyrics are about longing and regret. Afterward, Adam described Maelyn as an "angel from heaven." John said he felt transported and that it was all the things we want music to be, imploring America to vote for Maelyn.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday night's The Voice season finale. which begins at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Brandon Urie from Panic! at the Disco, Halsey, BTS, Khalid, Travis Tritt, OneRepublic and Hootie & the Blowfish are scheduled to perform.

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"American Idol" winner Laine Hardy on why the second time competing was the charm

ABC/Eric McCandlessWe saw him tackle everything from Elvis Presley to Elton John on American Idol this season. Now, newly crowned winner Laine Hardy is ready to make music of his own.

The 18-year-old Livingston, Louisiana native – who previously tried out last season and didn’t make the cut -- tells ABC Radio why the second time competing on the show was the charm. He says he was able to balance the fun with the serious.

“It was like a fun-serious,” he says. “So I was like having fun but learning songs and pushing myself to new limits.”

He credits one of this season’s mentors and Idol alum Adam Lambert with giving him the best advice.

“Adam Lambert, he told me some things about stage presence and just pushing yourself to…just try it, you know?” he says. “Just try something new on stage and if you don't like it, you don't have to do it.”

As for what’s next for Laine, he says he's excited to explore all different genres of music and not get pegged down to one thing. He's also excited to go back home and spend some quality time with his family.

“If I didn't have my family, then I would not be able to get through all of this at all,” he says. “They are super proud of me and they've been with me through it all and they've been really supportive…And my whole state is just behind me one-hundred-percent and I'm glad I have a home to go back to and I'm very grateful for that.” 

On Sunday's Idol finale, Alejandro Aranda was named the runner-up and Madison VanDenburg placed third.

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Whitney Houston's estate reportedly developing posthumous album and hologram tour

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWhitney Houston's legacy will live on in the hearts of her fans, friends, family---and now a posthumous album as well as a hologram tour, The New York Times reports. 

Speaking with Pat Houston, the vocal powerhouse's sister-in-law and former manager, the outlet has learned that Houston's estate is developing an extensive list of projects intended to revamp the late singer's mega-celebrity brand. 

“Everything is about timing for me. It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic," Houston told the Times. 

According to Houston, who also serves as the executor of Whitney's estate, a hologram tour has "taken precedence over everything." Any prospective live dates would feature the Grammy-winning singer's original band and backup singers. 

Additional ventures will reportedly include a Broadway musical as well as a posthumous album of unreleased tracks from Whitney's 1985 self-titled debut.

The new focus on the singer's re-branding follows a $14 million deal her estate signed with the music and marketing company Primary Wave Music Publishing. The deal reportedly entitles the company to 50% of the late star's assets.

Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Houston said.

“People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”

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Sophie Turner credits Joe Jonas with saving her life when she was “mentally unwell”

Karwai Tang/Getty ImagesSansa Stark may not have had good luck with marriage on Game of Thrones, but Sophie Turner has found her perfect match in new hubby Joe Jonas.

In a new interview with U.K.’s Sunday Times, the actress – who has previously been open about dealing with body image issues, depression and suicidal thoughts – says Joe “saved her life” when she was going through a rough time.

She says that when she first met Joe at age 20, she "was going through this phase of being very mentally unwell."

"He was, like, 'I can't be with you until you love yourself, I can't see you love me more than you love yourself,'" Sophie says. "That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way."

She also admits that the two once broke up for a day, but quickly realized it was a bad idea.

"It was the worst day of our lives," she says. "For a second, we both had cold feet, then 24 hours later we were both, like, 'Never mind.'"

Sophie, 23, and Joe, 29, got hitched in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards on May 1.

Game of Thrones ended its eight season run Sunday night on HBO.

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