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Orlando Bloom gives up his bachelor pad after Katy Perry engagement

Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty ImagesNow that Orlando Bloom is engaged to Katy Perry, he doesn’t need his bachelor pad anymore.

According to Variety, the actor has put his Beverly Hills, California home up for sale for an asking price of nearly $9 million.

The modern, minimalist property features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a sunken sitting room, a zero-edge swimming pool and spa, and a fire pit. The master suite opens to a lounging and dining deck with skyline views.

It’s unclear if Katy and Orlando will buy a new home together, but they may not need to, since Katy already has plenty of properties to choose from.

Last month she sold two side-by-side homes at the top of Runyon Canyon for $12.7 million, but she still owns two multi-million-dollar homes in Beverly Hills and is involved in an ongoing bid to acquire a convent in Los Feliz that she plans to convert into a family compound.

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Why Don’t We and Macklemore team up for anti-party anthem, “I Don’t Belong in This Club”

Atlantic RecordsWhy Don’t We has teamed up with Macklemore for their new song, an ode to staying in called “I Don't Belong in This Club.”

The boy band and the rapper released the surprise collab Wednesday, along with a music video. In the clip, they poke fun at everything annoying about a night out: waiting on line, paying the cover charge and getting stuck with DJ playing the same songs on repeat.

When Macklemore rolls up, he transforms the dull club into a colorful ‘70s disco.

“Shoulda stayed on the sofa/Forgot I hate being social/And I miss my ex-girl/This Drake song makin’ me ‘motional/I’m feelin’ awkward as hell," Macklemore raps. "I only came here to dance/The DJ ain’t playin’ the cuts/And what do I do with my hands"

Why Don’t We kicks off the 8 Letters Tour tonight in Phoenix, AZ.

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Source: Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have built an "easy and strong" relationship

ABC/Image Group LADespite Taylor Swift’s crazy schedule as a pop superstar and Joe Alwyn’s rising career as an in-demand actor, the two have managed to achieve balance in their relationship.

A source tells People the two have “found a lifestyle that makes their relationship easy and strong.”

“Their personalities are very compatible, and they’re respectful of each other’s careers,” the insider adds.

The two began dating in 2017 but their love has grown largely out of the public eye. Their commitment to privacy from the start really helped the relationship, according to the source.

“They were able to get to know each other in peace,” the source adds.

Many have been speculating an engagement is on the horizon, but that remains to be seen. Taylor is also reportedly working on her seventh album.

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What's holding up Blake's marriage to Gwen? "Us Weekly" claims it's the Catholic Church

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIt’s no secret Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are quite the happy couple these days -- so why haven’t they tied the knot? Us Weekly claims to know the answer.

Citing an unnamed, exclusive source, the publication says Gwen is waiting on the Catholic Church. She’s allegedly begun “the formal process” to have her marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale annulled, “so she can marry Blake and have it be recognized by the church.”

Gwen and Gavin have three sons together: Kingston, who’s 12; Zuma, who’s 10; and 4-year-old Apollo.

“Gwen’s religion has always been extremely important to her,” the anonymous insider says, “and Blake is completely supportive of this.”

Us Weekly also alleges living arrangements may be a hang-up, since Gwen is based solely in Los Angeles, while Blake splits his time between L.A. and his native Oklahoma.

Blake and Gwen revealed their relationship in November of 2015, after his surprise divorce from Miranda Lambert the previous July.

The week of Valentine’s Day 2019, Miranda had some unexpected news of her own, revealing her January marriage to New York City cop Brendan McLoughlin.

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Using "My Favorite Things" melody required Ariana Grande to give up 90% of her "7 Rings" songwriting royalties

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On her track “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande sings about using her hard-earned money to buy some of her favorite things. But as it turns out, she’s not earning much money from the song itself.

The New York Times reports that Ariana signed away 90 percent of her songwriting royalties to legendary songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. That’s because the majority of the song’s melody is from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “My Favorite Things,” sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

Ariana’s favorite things are far from raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, though. They include “breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles” and “lashes and diamonds, ATM machines.”

According to the Times, Republic Records made the licensing deal just weeks before the song’s January release and, without further negotiation, agreed to hand over the hefty percentage to Concord, the company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog. Rodgers and Hammerstein died in 1979 and 1960, respectively.

“[‘7 Rings’] wouldn’t exist in its current form were it not for ‘My Favorite Things,’” Concord chief publishing executive Jake Wisely told the Times.

In 2006, Gwen Stefani agreed to give up 50 percent of her songwriting royalties for sampling the yodeling heard in The Sound of Music’s “Lonely Goatherd” on her song “Wind It Up.”

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Post Malone releases music video for “Wow.” featuring viral dancer

Getty Images For DCP via ABC/Kevin Mazur/AMA2018Post Malone has released the music video for his song “Wow.” and he brought a viral video star along for the ride.

The clip for the boastful, bumping track gives a behind-the-scenes look at the rapper’s crazy life on the road. We see him backstage at the Grammys and shots of him traveling the world while on tour.

The video also features a man named Mike Alancourt, who gained internet fame – and appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- for dancing to “Wow.” in a viral Instagram video. Post gives over almost the entire second half of the video to the bald, bearded fan, who shows off even more dance moves.

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Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers to headline Lollapalooza 2019

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana GrandeCoachella isn’t the only festival Ariana Grande will be playing this year. The singer has been announced as one of the headliners for Lollapalooza 2019.

Other headliners for the four-day music event include The Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots and J Balvin.

The rest of the extensive 170 band lineup features Hozier, Janelle Monae, Normani, Loud Luxury, Dean Lewis, Lauren Daigle, Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves and more.

Lollapalooza will take place August 1-4 at Grant Park in Chicago. Four-day tickets for the all-ages festival are on sale now at One-day tickets will be available at a later date.

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Fletcher says she gets the “craziest DMs” from fans who can relate to “Undrunk”

Grace PickeringFletcher’s breakup song, “Undrunk,” has been connecting with fans thanks to its brutally honest lyrics. They’re relating so hard, in fact, that they've been sliding into the singer’s DMs to share their own stories of heartbreak.

“I think because the lyric is so just vulnerable and honest, that I feel like people wanna be honest and vulnerable in return,” Fletcher tells ABC Radio.

“And so I’ve just been getting, like, the craziest DMs about...stories about somebody’s ex or what they’ve been through or how this song is helping them through a breakup right now,” she adds.

Fletcher says being able to connect with fans in that way is “the most rewarding thing," because she says, "I wrote that song from, like, the most broken spot in my entire life.”

She says the song was born from being incredibly heartbroken over someone she had loved for a long time.

“It was a situation that I never got any closure from and, you know, this EP that I have coming and ‘Undrunk’ being like sort of the tip of the iceberg of it, is kind of just my version of closure, and getting to say all of the things that I haven't ever been able to say to that person,” she says.

Last night, Fletcher made her TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She'll perform on NBC's Today show on Thursday. 

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Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Janelle Monáe & more to play Woodstock 50 festival

Miley Cyrus; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicMiley Cyrus, Halsey and Janelle Monáe are among the performers at the Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair in August.

Chance the Rapper, India.Arie, Jay-Z, Common and many others are also on the official lineup of more than 80 artists scheduled to appear at the 50th anniversary commemorative festival of the legendary, original 1969 rock and roll festival.  Many of the surviving rock and folk artists who performed at Woodstock '69 also will perform at Woodstock 50.

The event takes place August 16 to 18 at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, New York, about an hour and a half away from the original site of Woodstock '69. 

“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” says Michael Lang, who co-founded the 1969 festival and produced the 2019 Woodstock festivals. “Our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”

Details are on the festival's official website.

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Camila Cabello reportedly donates $10,000 to help homeless eight-year-old chess champ

ABC/Paula LoboCamila Cabello is putting her money towards a good cause.

The singer has reportedly donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe page to help an eight-year-old homeless Nigerian refugee and his family.

The boy, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi, gained attention last week after he was profiled in The New York Times for being crowned the New York state chess champion in his age range. He learned the game just one year ago at PS 116 in New York.

Tani and his family fled terrorist violence in northern Nigeria in 2017 and currently live in a Manhattan homeless shelter.

Thanks in part to Camila’s generous donation, the GoFundMe page has far surpassed its $50,000 goal in just three days. The total is now approaching $175,000.

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Katy Perry to perform at Auction Napa Valley wine charity event

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry and wine: What more do you need in a charity event?

The singer will be participating in Auction Napa Valley, a charity wine event that raises money for local non-profit organizations in Napa County, California. She’ll be kicking off the live auction on June 1 with a performance of her most popular songs.

Food Network star and cookbook author Ayesha Curry will also be on hand to help cook up food for the guests.

The multi-day event will be held from May 30 to June 2.  If you want to buy tickets, they range from a $20,000 per couple "VIP Experience" to $150 tickets that don't include access to Katy's concert, but do get you dancing, food and unlimited booze.

Last year’s auction raised $11 million in live bids and $13.6 million overall for local charities, which help community health programs and childhood education efforts.

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Source: Ariana Grande reached out to exes before tour launch because "she didn't want any bad blood"

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana GrandeWell, this may explain why Ariana Grande has been spotted hanging with some of her exes recently.

Us Weekly reports the singer attempted to make amends with her former boyfriends ahead of her Sweetener world tour, which kicked off Monday night in Albany, NY.

“After ‘thank u, next’ came out, Ariana was really living her single life and being with her friends, learning about herself,” a source tells Us. “But after a couple weeks, she was trying to figure out what went wrong with her past relationships.”

The insider adds, “She didn’t want any bad blood holding her back from the next phase of her life. She has reached out to her exes to have a positive place in her life right now and for peace of mind, so she can focus on herself and this tour, which is the only thing on her mind right now.”

Over the past couple of months, Ariana has been spotted with exes Ricky Alvarez and Big Sean, both of whom are named-checked in “thank u, next.”

Meanwhile, Ariana’s last two albums – Sweetener and thank u, next – have now been certified platinum, while her hit singles “No Tears Left to Cry” and "God Is a Woman" have been certified triple-platinum and double-platinum respectively.

Ariana’s tour continues Wednesday night in Boston.

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Lance Bass to guest star on ABC's "Single Parents"

Travis P Ball/Getty Images for SXSWLance Bass has landed a new TV gig.

Entertainment Tonight reports the former *NSYNC member will be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of ABC’s Single Parents.

He’ll play a fictional version of himself who run the most sought-after sleep-away camp in America: Lance Bass Space Camp. The camp combines space education and the performing arts, in a nod to two of Lance’s real-life passions. Remember his failed mission to become an astronaut back in 2002?

"I thought that was hilarious and I was very down to play that role," Lance tells ET. "I guess it's a really good joke when you put Lance Bass and space together because it works."

When he was 23, Lance tried to secure a seat on a Russian space mission and went through astronaut training to become certified.  During the process, he discovered he had a heart problem, and had to undergo surgery to correct it.  Eventually, he was certified as a cosmonaut, but funding for the project ultimately fell through and he didn't get to go to space after all.

Lance’s Single Parents episodes airs Wednesday, May 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Cardi B. to make film debut in "stripper revenge" drama starring J-Lo, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu

ABC/Image Group LACardi B. has set her feature film debut and it's safe to say that she can definitely help her co-stars prepare for their roles.

According to Deadline, Cardi is set to star in Hustlers, a "stripper revenge" film that follows "a crew of saavy former strip club employees" who come together to "turn the tables on their Wall Street clients."

As most fans know, Cardi worked as a stripper in New York City before she became a Grammy-Award winning music star.

Cardi joins Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke PalmerRiverdale star Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles and Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl in the film; Deadline reports that Mette Towley and Trace Lysette are also in talks to star.

The feature, which is inspired by a 2016 New York Times Magazine article, comes from Lorene Scafaria, who is set to write, direct and co-produce the feature.

Hustlers is set to start production on March 22 in New York City.

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Lauv and Troye Sivan explain the writing process behind “i’m so tired…”

Zhamak FulladWhile Lauv and Troye Sivan’s duet “i’m so tired…” seemed to have come together quickly, the two singers say they had actually been working on the tune for months before they finally got it right.

In a new episode of Billboard’s “How It Went Down,” Lauv and Troye say they initially wrote the track in June of last year and had been constantly tweaking it since then.

It all started when Lauv played Troye a short chorus he has been toying with. “I just like fully flipped out,” Troye says. “Like outwardly flipped out.”

They immediately started writing the verses and pre-chorus.

“We were sitting in my backyard kinda just talking about that process of when you miss somebody and everything reminds you of them,” Lauv says. “You kind of on purpose listen to all the songs that you guys used to listen to together, or songs that you were listening to when you guys broke up.”

To get the song radio-ready, they decided to eliminate the bridge they had written and enlisted songwriter Oscar Görres, who worked with Troye on his album Bloom, to help piece everything together.

Troye says he hopes the song with resonate with people who are going through a breakup.

He says, “I hope that they can listen to this song that kind of is, in a strange way, a little bit uplifting while still feeling understood by it."

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AJ McLean shows love through the years in “Boy and a Man” video

Tyler ShieldsAJ McLean has released the video for his first official country single, “Boy and a Man.”

The clip tells the story of a lifelong love, inspired by the Disney movie Up. It begins with AJ, as an old man, sitting in a rocking chair on his porch. The video then shows us the love story of a couple from childhood all the way through old age. AJ’s real-life wife, Rochelle, even makes an appearance.

“A look at the future. Lol,” AJ tweeted, along with a photo of himself in the old-man makeup. “Was so much fun to take inspiration from the movie Up for the #BoyAndAMan music video. Hope you all are enjoying it.”

AJ will debut his country-influenced solo album, Long Road, this spring. In addition to launching his solo project, he’ll be kicking off the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour in May.

BSB wrap up their Las Vegas residency in April.

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Cardi B pays heartfelt tribute to Bardi Gang member who passed away

Jorda FrantzisCardi B's social media posts are usually funny or outrageous, but she's just shared one that's very touching: It's a tribute to a fan who passed away from cancer.

In the photo, Cardi is seen embracing a fan wearing a Cardi B t-shirt at a hospital.  She wrote in the caption, "This makes me so sad...RIP babygirl. My condolence to her wonderful parents and family."

"When I met this young lady i literally had to hold her and put her against my body cause she couldn’t barely stand yet she was sooo happy in a great spirit and her make up on super fleek," Cardi continued.

"Her parents were so happy. Heaven gained the prettiest angel your[e] not in pain anymore Alaysia Crockett!"

She finished by writing, "F**K CANCER!

The photo appears to have be taken in the hospital she visited while she was in Atlanta for the Super Bowl last month.  A photo at the time, posted by the hospital, of Cardi signing a fan's cast, shows her wearing the same outfit that she has on in the picture with Alaysia.

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Source: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin putting wedding party on hold until Justin "feels better"

Ricky Vigil M/GC ImagesThe Bieber/Baldwin wedding bash will have to wait.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are putting wedding plans on an “indefinite hold” while Justin works on his mental health, a source tells People.

“They will still have a wedding eventually, but this is not their focus right now,” the source says. “They haven’t sent out any new save-the-dates. They will wait until Justin feels better and is excited about planning their wedding again.”

Justin and Hailey, who married in a secret courthouse ceremony last September, had initially been planning to celebrate their union with family and friends this year. But earlier this month, Justin revealed on Instagram that he has been “struggling a lot” and asked for prayers.

“Justin is still receiving treatment on both coasts, but is doing okay,” the source explains. “He is very, very focused on getting better. He wants to be in a great place for his own and Hailey’s sake. He is still confident that he will get there.”

Over the weekend, the two were photographed spending some time at a California beach.

“They seem happy about spending a few days in L.A.,” the insider says. “Hailey isn’t putting any pressure on him at all. She only wants him to focus on his mental health.”

A few days ago, Hailey wrote on her Instagram Story, "Don't believe what ya read on the internet folks," and added an eyeroll emoji and a "FAKE NEWS" sticker.

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Remember that heist movie with Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o? The actress' lips are sealed on the details

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesThe good news it that the long-awaited, Twitter-spawned heist movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o is happening. The bad news is that the Oscar-winning actress isn't talking about it.

Asked by E! what she could tell them about the movie, the Black Panther star smirked and then said, "I can tell you absolutely nothing about that."

Just to refresh your memory, the idea for the film came from a 2017 Twitter post responding to a photo of Rihanna and Lupita together in 2014 at a fashion show. 

"Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scams," wrote the Twitter user.

Twitter clamored for the movie to actually be made, and both stars said they were game.  Twitter then suggested that Issa Rae should write the script and Ava DuVernay should direct -- and the Insecure star and award-winning director also agreed to participate.

In 2017, Entertainment Weekly reported that Netflix had aggressively bid and won the rights to the movie; production was supposed to have begun last year.

By the way, a Tumblr post that predated the 2017 tweet by several years had a similar caption: "They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker."

Vanity Fair later reported that the Twitter users who came up with the concept for the project would be credited, but it's not clear if the Tumblr user is included in that group.

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Ariana Grande opens Sweetener world tour in Albany, NY: "A dream come true type-A night"

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana GrandeAriana Grande kicked off her Sweetener world tour Monday night in Albany, NY with plenty of hits, and her own solar system.

As the BBC reports, Ariana performed on a stage designed around two round video screens which showed the moon and various planets.

According to the BBC, that the music of Ariana's late boyfriend Mac Miller played as fans walked into the Times-Union Center in Albany, but she chose not to perform two songs -- "Ghostin'" and "Imagine" -- that are about their relationship.  As the BBC noted, Ariana said during soundcheck that "Imagine" was "too heavy" to play live.

But the show was mostly a celebration, kicking off with "Raindrops (An Angel Cried)," and then seguing into "God Is a Woman," staged to resemble Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper.

While the set list focused mainly on her Sweetener and Thank u, next albums, Ari also sang older hits like "Into You," "Side to Side," "Break Free" and "One Last Time."  The 90-minute show ended with "No Tears Left to Cry" and "thank u, next."

Afterwards, Ari wrote on Instagram, "I really dunno what to say yet. for now, thank you will suffice. a dream come true [type-A] night. i love you. so much. thank you."

She added, "My mind is all over the place and v emotional. thank u."

Here's the set list, according to the BBC:

"Raindrops (An Angel Cried)"
"God is a Woman"
"Bad Idea"
"Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
"Be Alright"
"Side to Side"
"7 Rings"
"Love Me Harder"
"Close to You" (Frank Ocean cover)
"Fake Smile"
"Make Up"
"Right There"
"You'll Never Know"
"Break Your Heart Right Back"
"Goodnight n Go"
"In My Head"
"One Last Time"
"The Light is Coming"
"Into You"
"Dangerous Woman"
"Break Free"
"No Tears Left to Cry"
"thank u, next"

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