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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom expecting a girl, are reportedly "ecstatic"

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicWhile performing in Australia last month, Katy Perry told the crowd that she hoped her unborn child was a girl. Well, she got her wish.

On Instagram, Katy posted a photo of her fiance Orlando Bloom with his face smeared in what looks like whipped cream, which looks vaguely pink. "It's a girl," she captioned the photo.

Many celebrities and family members chimed in with congratulations in the comments; Katy's fashion designer bestie Jeremy Scott wrote, "I CANT WAIT TO DRESS HER !!!"

A source tells People that the couple is "ecstatic that it's a girl," adding, "They love that they have this amazing, positive thing to focus on right now. It’s such a happy distraction for them.”  The source dishes that Katy is "feeling good," but hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic lessens before her due date.

“Along with so many other people, they stay home. They both try to exercise and eat well so they can stay healthy,” the source notes. "Katy really hopes everything has calmed down with the virus by the time the baby will be born this summer.”

The source adds that both Katy and Orlando have "donated money to several causes" to help fight the pandemic.

"They are both very low-key about it and don’t want any attention,” claims the source. “Everyone just knows that they are a very generous couple.”

The baby is Katy's first and Orlando's second: He has a nine-year-old son, Flynn, with his ex-wife, Miranda Kerr.

💕 it’s a girl 💕 @ Girls Run The World https://t.co/2Nd5jPaqo1

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 4, 2020

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Pink has recovered from COVID-19, is making $1 million donation: "This illness is serious and real"

Andrew MacPhersonFirst, the bad news: Two weeks ago, Pink tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the good news: She's recovered, and now her test results are negative.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the singer writes, "Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago, we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative."

Pink then goes on to criticize the government's response to the pandemic.

"It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real," she writes.

"People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities."

The "What About Us" star then announces that she's donating $500,000 to Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in honor of her mom, who worked there for 18 years, and another $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

Pink finishes her note by thanking "all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones."

"You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home," she writes.

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— P!nk (@Pink) April 4, 2020

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— P!nk (@Pink) April 4, 2020

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On Miley Cyrus' IG Live talk show, Selena Gomez reveals bipolar diagnosis

ABC/Image Group LASelena Gomez has had her share of medical issues, mostly due to her lupus, but now she's revealing more about her mental health challenges.

Guesting on her old friend Miley Cyrus' Instagram Live show Bright Minded on Friday, Selena confirmed she's been diagnosed as bipolar.

"Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in...America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that, after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar," Selena told Miley. "And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it."

She continued, "I've seen some of it even in my own family, where I'm like, 'What's going on?' I'm from Texas, it's just not known to talk about mental health...I just feel like when I finally said what I was going to say, I wanted to know everything about it. And it took the fear away."

Selena, who was honored by Boston's McLean Hospital for her mental health advocacy, said at the hospital's annual awards dinner back in September that she dealt with anxiety and depression, but did not specify she was bipolar.

In her speech, she said when she learned of her diagnosis, she felt "equal parts terrified and relieved -- terrified because the veil was lifted but relieved that I finally had the knowledge of why I had suffered with various depressions and anxieties for so many years. I never had full awareness or answers about this condition."

Friday's full episode of Bright Minded, which also features chats with Elton John, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Fallon, can be seen now on Miley's Instagram page; it'll be posted on YouTube tomorrow.

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Dua Lipa breaks streaming records on Spotify with 'Future Nostalgia'

Hugo Comte/Warner RecordsDua Lipa is breaking streaming records with her latest album, Future Nostalgia.

On Spotify, she broke the records for most streamed album in a day (or first day) by a British female artist globally, most streamed album in a day (or first day) by a British female artist in the U.K., and most streamed album in a day (or first day) by a British female artist in the U.S.

Spotify has also released the Future Nostalgia Experience to accompany the album, which offers new exclusive video content and visuals that give a deeper look into the track list and Dua’s inspiration behind the songs.

For example, of the track “Love Again,” Dua reveals, “'Love Again' is one of my favorite songs on the record, it’s quite dramatic. I didn’t write this about anyone, but manifesting it, someone gave along and gave it meaning.”

She says of the song “Hallucinate”: “When making ‘Hallucinate,’ I knew this would be my festival track. Normally when I write, I imagine what it would be like to perform the song at a festival, and that helps me decide what songs I’m going to put on the record.”

Future Nostalgia also features the hit single “Don’t Start Now” and “Physical.”

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Niall Horan scraps 2020 world tour due to COVID-19; will reschedule for next year

Capitol RecordsAnother tour bites the dust. Niall Horan announced on social media Friday that his Nice to Meet Ya trek has been canceled for this year, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Given the unprecedented circumstances I have decided to not move forward with the Nice to Meet Ya world tour this year,” Niall wrote.

He added, “This was a difficult decision, but the well-being of my fans and touring family is always my top priority. Not being able to tour for what is effectively most of 2020 just didn’t feel right and I’m so sorry to all you amazing people who bought tickets.”

Niall said he looks forward to bringing a new tour to fans in 2021 and plans to announce new dates once “the dust has settled and things have gone back to normal.”

For now, Niall said, he's going to focus on writing and recording so he'll have even more new music to perform when he is able to tour again.

His tour was to have started in Nashville on April 20 with special guests Lewis Capaldi and FLETCHER.

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Alessia Cara debuts "I Choose" from the Netflix animated film 'The Willoughbys'

Def Jam RecordingsAlessia Cara has released her new song, “I Choose,” from the Netflix animated film The Willoughbys.

Alessia, who voices a character in the film, co-wrote the track, which is about finding where you belong and who matters most to you.

“Through the lows and the highs I will stay by your side/There’s no need for goodbyes now I’m seeing the light/When the sky turns to grey and there’s nothing to say/At the end of the day, I choose you,” she sings.

The Willoughbys, based on the children’s book by Lois Lowry, follows the Willoughby siblings as they hatch a scheme to send their insufferable parents on vacation because they’re convinced they’d do a better job raising themselves.
 
Alessia voices the eldest Willoughby sister, Jane, a spirited girl who loves to sing. The voice cast also includes Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Terry Crews, and Jane Krakowski.

The Willoughbys hits Netflix on April 22.

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Justin Bieber releases "nature visual" for "Changes"

Def Jam/RBMGAs Justin Bieber spends his time social distancing in nature while up in Canada with wife Hailey, he’s bringing those same vibes of nature and solitude to his latest video.

The singer has released the “nature visual” for his album title track, “Changes,” which features him bundled up fireside by a frozen lake, as well as strolling through an empty field in shorts and a t-shirt.

Earlier this week, Justin was forced to postpone his upcoming Changes tour due to COVID-19, but he’s been steadily releasing content for his fans to enjoy while in quarantine. Last week, he released compilation EPs, and he’s also continued to release videos for his #ChangesTheMovement series, featuring dancers performing choreography to tracks off his Changes album.

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New Kelly Clarkson single "I Dare You" dropping this month

Atlantic RecordsBetween hosting her daily talk show and appearing on The Voice, Kelly Clarkson has finally found some time to make new music. On Twitter, she announced that a new single, "I Dare You," will be arriving later this month. 

"This is my favorite/hardest project that I’ve ever worked on," she wrote. "I can’t wait for you to hear 'I Dare You" out everywhere April 16th!"

Kelly's most recent album was 2017's Meaning of Life.  Last year, she released the song "Broken & Beautiful" from the UglyDolls soundtrack, and she's also featured on the soundtrack of the new animated film Trolls World Tour, for which she also voiced a character named Delta Dawn.

And of course, Kelly's also been thrilling fans on her talk show with her "Kelly-oke" cover songs.

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The Weeknd to star in episode of 'American Dad' that he co-wrote

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicThe Weeknd just proved that his talent goes way beyond just singing. 

The Canadian artist took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that he penned an episode of American Dad alongside writer Joel Hurwitz. He also shared that he will lend his voice his very own character.

"Me and this guy wrote an episode of American Dad," the 30-year-old captioned the photo of himself and Joel. "Also gonna play myself... kinda."

The Weeknd, born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, added that fans can expect the episode on May 4 and issued a small public service announcement for those who may have thought the "Heartless" singer forgot about the current social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

"Photo was taken a while ago... STAY HOME," he explained. 

In addition to taking on the extra responsibility of working behind the scenes of American Dad, Deadline reports that the Grammy-Award winner created an all-new original song that will exclusively premiere during the episode. 

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Lindsay Lohan returns to the music scene with new track, "Back to Me"

Republic RecordsLindsay Lohan is back on the music scene.

The Mean Girls star released a new track, “Back to Me,” on Friday after teasing her comeback with a cryptic Instagram post earlier this week.

The song -- which is all about leaving her troubled past behind and giving her life a fresh start -- is set to a club-ready beat.

“My life is full of ripped-up pages/I’ve been weak, contagious/But I’m coming back, I’m coming back to me,” she sings on the chorus.

Back in September, Lindsay dropped an EDM track called “Xanax,” featuring Alma. Prior to that, her last official single was 2008’s “Bossy.”

Lindsay's last studio album, A Little More Personal, was released in December 2005, following her 2004 RIAA-certified Platinum debut album Speak, which produced the hits "Over" and "Rumors."

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At noon today, Alessia Cara performs on 'MTV Unplugged at Home'

Mindy Small/FilmMagicWhile social distancing, artists have been performing stripped-down songs from their homes.  It's no wonder that MTV, whose franchise series MTV Unplugged made playing acoustically into a thing, has gotten into the act.

Alessia Cara will perform on MTV Unplugged at Home starting today at 12 p.m. ET, and performances will be available stream on MTV YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.  Exact schedules will be announced at a later date, but among the stars participating are Shaggy, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge, Monsta X, Bazzi, CNCO and Finneas.

Each performance will feature stripped-down acoustic sets of greatest hits.  MTV kicked off the new series with Wyclef Jean, JoJo and Yungblud.

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Miley Cyrus swoons as Cody Simpson reads her a love poem

Mike Coppola/FilmMagicMiley Cyrus and Cody Simpson are still going strong and they sweetly proved that on Thursday's episode of Bright Minded: Live with Miley.

The "Malibu" singer had her boyfriend on her Instagram show to promote his new book of poems titled Prince Neptune.

Fortunately, fans don't have to wait too long to get a taste of what his written work sounds like. The 23-year-old Australian singer gave a preview of his work by reading a love poem he wrote about Cyrus. 

"In the ancient night, she flies once more back to her home in the stars," he began. "I try to chase her there but fall short because I cannot breathe up that high in the radiant heavens where she lingers. I can only admire her from below, humble, starry-eyed poet with the desire for that which is most beautiful. And she is most beautiful."

As Simpson continued reading that last few lines of the poem, Cyrus adorably flushed with emotion and yelled, "Babe."

For those dying to hear more, Prince Neptune will be available for purchase on Tuesday, April 7 both as a paperback and audiobook.

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Kesha has a new game out that encourages fans to stay home and wreck her room instead

ABC/Image Group LAAs the nation approaches its second recommended week of home isolation due to COVID-19, celebrities and regular people alike are starting to feel a little stir-crazy.

Kesha, who announced that she had to postpone her anticipated High Road tour, is doing her part to tell fans to stay inside no matter how boring it may seem.

The 33-year-old singer on Thursday urged fans to play her new game, called "Blessed Mess."

Alerting fans in a video while using a googly-eyed filter, she greeted, "Hi guys, Kesha here.  If you're at home in isolation and you're losing your marbles, you should go wreck my room!"

The game literally encourages fans to "throw s*** around" her room within 30 seconds to score never-before-seen exclusive content.  The game will also treat fans to a secret Spotify playlist Kesha compiled herself.

But, if wrecking someone else's room isn't your cup of tea, Kesha isn't short on ideas on how to make staying at home exciting.

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Sara Bareilles reveals was diagnosed with COVID-19 and is now fully recovered

ABC/Paula LoboSara Bareilles revealed on Thursday that she had the COVID-19 coronavirus and has now fully recovered.

In a video posted to her official Instagram account, the 40-year-old Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and Broadway star made the announcement while walking around New York City, “Just wanted to check in. I’m really quiet right now and will probably continue to be quiet. Just sort of taking all of this in and having a lot of feelings, as I do.”

“I had [COVID-19], just so you know. I’m fully recovered, just so you know,” she continued. “I am just thinking about all of the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love."

The Waitress writer added that she is spending her days now "being really grateful for every easy breath...and every day that I get to be walking around."

She ended her candid announcement by wishing fans "Lots of love you guys. Take care of yourselves.”

Bareilles didn’t elaborate on how she contracted the virus, nor did she name it directly or provide any further details.

However, in the caption she disclosed that, "This is so scary.  I'm so scared."

New York City has become the epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak, with 49,707 diagnosed cases and 1,562 deaths as of Thursday.

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Colbie Caillat and longtime fiance split, will still work together: "We will continue to be best friends"

Jim Spellman/Getty ImagesAfter a decade together, Colbie Caillat and her fiance, Justin Kawika Young, have decided to end their relationship -- but they'll continue working together.

In an Instagram post, the couple writes, "This is difficult for us to share, but we want to be honest with you all. After 10 wonderful years, Justin and I have ended our relationship. We started out as best friends and we will continue to be best friends. And we will continue to work and make music together, as we always have."

The statement continued. "It will be hard, but often times the hard choice is the right choice and the path that will allow each of us to move forward and to grow. We continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude for our love and time together."

Colbie and Justin will continue to perform together in the country quartet Gone West, whose debut album is due in June.  They're also quarantining together, and this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, they'll perform remotely at a virtual event called the UnCancelled Music Festival.  Visit Uncancelledmusicfestival.com to find out how to watch.

Colbie and Justin starting dating in 2009; they got engaged in May of 2015, but never set a date -- at least, not one they shared with the public. In 2016, Colbie told ABC Audio that when she did Q&A sessions with her fans while on tour, she hoped that they wouldn't ask her about her wedding.

"We don’t want to have a big wedding or anything like that. We kinda wanna end up getting married whenever we want spontaneously," she said.

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Lauv releases acoustic "Modern Loneliness" to raise money for COVID-19 relief

Lauv/AWAL RecordingsAs we all combat some form of “Modern Loneliness” in these social distancing times, Lauv has released an acoustic version of his song of the same name, with all of the proceeds from streaming and sales going towards COVID-19 relief.

The digital release comes after Lauv initially released the track as part of an exclusive merch bundle where all the profits went to Partners in Health COVID relief efforts. Lauv also held an at-home livestream concert on his YouTube channel and raised an additional $12,000.  Between the merch bundle and the livestream, he's raised over $30,000 so far.

In a message provided exclusively to ABC Audio, Lauv encourages fans to hang in there and do what they can to help while staying in the safety of their own homes.

“I know stuff is kinda crazy right now but I think it's super-important that we all stay calm and positive but really focus on social distancing and staying safe, not just for ourselves, but for all the people in the world,” he says.

He adds, “There's a lotta people doing live streams, a lot of music, and I think there's a lotta stuff people can do at home, y'know, FaceTime family, and get closer with your friends, yeah, just stay safe.”

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Justin Bieber "very disappointed" to postpone tour but will wait until it's safe for everyone

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesJustin Bieber had been preparing for his comeback Changes tour for months before having to postpone the trek due to COVID-19. Sources tell People that while having to reschedule the tour didn’t come as a shock to Justin, he’s still “very disappointed.”

“Justin wants to do a safe tour so everyone, including his fans, can feel comfortable being in a large crowd again,” the source says. “If this isn’t possible until next year, Justin will accept that.”

On Wednesday, Justin announced in a tweet that the 45-show tour -- originally scheduled to kick off May 14 in Seattle -- would have to be postponed.

“The health and safety of my fans, team, cast and crew is the most important thing for me,” he wrote. “The world is a scary place but we will all figure this out together. We held on to these dates as long as we could and I cannot wait to see all of you in person as soon as I can. Be safe.”

Justin and his wife, Hailey, have been social distancing at their home in Justin’s native Canada.

“Justin and Hailey are still in Canada,” the source confirms to People. “They are able to safely be outside in nature every day and are enjoying the quiet time.”

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Adam Levine stars in new ad campaign, sings Peter Gabriel classic in his bathrobe

Brian ChinIf you're a Maroon 5 fan who'd like to be able to listen to your music in peace while in quarantine with others, then Adam Levine's got the tech for you.

He's the face of a new ad campaign for Shure, promoting the brand's new AONIC 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones and AONIC 215 sound-isolating earphones.  Adam and Maroon 5 have worked with the brand for more than 10 years. 

The commercial features the Dillon Francis remix of Maroon 5's smash "Memories;" Adam stars in it and provides the voiceover.  He also sports one of his more interesting hairdos:  His head is shaved on both sides, and got a long flat blond Mohawk running down the middle.

In other Adam news, earlier this week he appeared on The Howard Stern Show via video, wearing a bathrobe identical to the one Brad Pitt wore in Fight Club.  He performed a version of Peter Gabriel's classic 1986 song "In Your Eyes," which Adam thinks is one of the top 10 songs ever written.  The other is The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows."

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Lewis Capaldi's 2019 debut album is the UK's biggest album of 2020

Capitol RecordsLewis Capaldi's debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent came out in May of 2019, but people just won't stop buying it.  It's sold so many copies this year that it's officially the U.K.'s biggest-selling album of 2020.

According to Britain's Official Charts Company, the album has been the British top 10 for 45 weeks and out of the nine weeks its spent at number one, three of those weeks were this year.  In 2020 alone, the album has sold more than 205,000 copies.

Responding to the news, the Grammy-nominated Scot tweeted, "This is absolutely wild, what the f***?"

In other Lewis news, March 30 marked three years since Lewis released his first-ever single, "Bruises."  He celebrated the occasion by writing on Instagram, "What a wild few years it’s been. Thanks for making all my dreams come true -- and by dreams, I of course mean meeting David Hasselhoff and buying a banjo. Hope you’re all staying safe."

In those three years, Lewis has won a shelf full of awards, racked up one billion streams of his song "Someone You Loved," and sold out several headlining tours, among other accomplishments.

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OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder to "Pay It Forward Live" tonight as part of Verizon's streaming entertainment series

Courtesy VerizonOneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is performing tonight as part of Pay It Forward Live, an online entertainment series sponsored by Verizon in support of small businesses affected by COVID-19.

The Grammy-winning frontman will perform from his home tonight at 8 p.m. ET. You can watch it live on Verizon's Twitter, via Yahoo, or on FIOS Channel 501.

“As we’re all feeling right now, small businesses are a huge part of our daily lives,” says Ryan in a statement. “I’m grateful that I am able to take part in an initiative to help lessen the impact of this crisis.”

As part of the program, Verizon is donating $2.5 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in support of small businesses worldwide.

As you watch the online streams, you can tag small businesses in your local neighborhood that need help and use the #PayItForwardLive hashtag. That will will unlock an additional donation from Verizon of up to $2.5 million.

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