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ABC/Eric McCandlessNow that One Direction is on permanent hiatus and the Backstreet Boys are no longer boys, fans need a hot new boy band, and ABC's going to give it to them.  The network's new reality singing competition, called -- you guessed it -- Boy Band, premieres tonight, with a super-producer, a girl group star and a boy band legend along for the ride.

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, super-producer Timbaland and Spice Girl Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton serve as the "architects" -- read "mentors" -- for Boy Band.  On tonight's two-hour premiere, 30 young male vocalists -- aged 15 to 24 -- will audition for the architects, who will cut the 30 down to 18, and then arrange them into three groups of six for the competition's next phase.

Nick praises the show, hosted by British pop star Rita Ora, as having "a different approach" than other music shows, and believes viewers will enjoy the chemistry between the architects, and the fact that they really care about the contestants.  He believes he's in a unique position to help them.

"I know what it's like to be in a boy band for over 24 years," he notes. "So I have a lot to give...[I just want to] make sure they know what they're getting into and that they really truly want to be in a group."

As for Emma, she says she's looking for singers with "energy, power" and "something a bit special."

"I wanna see fire in their belly," she adds. "I wanna see that they really want this."

As for Timbaland, he says the group that comes out of the show is "not gonna be the typical boy band, it's gonna be very unique...I'm gonna switch it up, and make it very interesting."

Boy Band premieres tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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ABC RadioOnly Kelly Clarkson could get away with helping a man romantically propose to his partner, and then yell at the guy for taking so long to pop the question.

A fan named Alex Malerba posted a video of himself and his boyfriend at a meet-and-greet at a recent Kelly appearance in Las Vegas.  As the two pose for a photo with Kelly, who's in on the plan, Alex drops to his knee, grabs his boyfriend Justin's hand and proposes. Justin tearfully accepts and they hug. Then Kelly hilariously puts her two cents in.

"Oh my God, I'm, like, a part of it!" Kelly exclaims while hugging the couple. "Congratulations! How long have y'all been together?"  When Justin says, "Four years," she yells, "Oh my GOD! It's about damn time somebody did!  It's like, 'S*** or get off the pot!'"

She and the guys then posed for an actual picture.  Malerba captioned the video, "Asking the love of my life to marry me in front of the one and only @kellyclarkson was an amazing moment!!!! HE SAID YES."

Because this is Pride Month, Kelly wrote a piece for Billboard not long ago in which she said it makes her sad when people from the LGBTQ community thank her for being supportive of them. 

"It shouldn't be this rare, unique thing," she writes. "It should be a no-brainer to lift, and support everyone, in every community...I can't wait for the day when there's not a need for someone to be thanked for doing the obvious."

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Courtesy Madame Tussauds OrlandoHow lifelike is the new Justin Bieber wax figure that was just unveiled at Madame Tussauds location in Orlando, Florida?  It even includes the tattoo that Biebs got less than a week ago.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the reveal of the new figure was postponed because the artists wanted to add the new ink -- which reads "Better at 70" -- to its leg.  It's visible through a rip in his jeans.  The wax Bieber also wears a plaid yellow shirt, white T, and long-ish blond hair parted on the side.

A figure of Bieber was #1 choice to be added to the two-year-old attraction, according to visitors.  There are 11 Justin Biebers scattered around the world in various Madam Tussauds attractions, all with different looks.

This new figure took six months to create.

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PR NewsPhoto/Prive RevauxHailee Steinfeld is one of several stars who've invested in Privé Revaux Eyewear, which sells over 100 different styles of high-quality sunglasses for just $29.95 a pair.  She says one reason she wanted to be a part of the company is because the sunglasses are so affordable, she can just give them away to her fans.

Speaking to Billboard, Hailee says, "I love that [this brand] is accessible to anyone and everyone around the world. I feel like I can wear these sunglasses and feel just as great as when I’m wearing a pair that are five times the price."

She adds, "And when I’m onstage at a concert in middle America, I can offer them to the people in front of me."

So the next time you see Hailee perform live, try to get up front and score a free pair of the specs, which just debuted on Amazon on June 2.  In addition to Hailee, Jamie Foxx, Jeremy Piven and Ashley Benson are all investors in the brand.

In addition to her business ventures, Hailee is also starring in the upcoming Transformers prequel, Bumblebee, and promoting her current single "Most Girls."  She tells Billboard that a new single "should be out very soon."

"I feel like I’m just getting started, and 10 years from now I will still feel like I am just getting started," she says of her music career. "This is me and this is where I stand and what I want to do."

"I’m very excited for everybody to hear what’s coming, because even that is very different from what I’m doing now. It’s a constant evolution."

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ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift made a quick $400 thousand grand this month -- just by returning her back catalog to all the streaming services.

Taylor's music was already on the subscription-only Apple Music, but on June 8, she made her five albums available on Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Amazon, among other services.  According to Billboard, since June 8, those albums garnered an additional 51.53 million streams -- an increase of 608% from the previous week. 

The per-stream fee, plus publishing royalties, adds up to about $418,000 bucks in revenue, Billboard estimates.  Sure, Taylor has to split some of that with her co-writers, but all in all, not a bad haul for basically no work.

According to Billboard, Taylor removed her music from Spotify in 2014, in part because she didn't want her music to be available on the platform's free, ad-supported version, just the premium paid version.  Spotify wouldn't accommodate her, so she pulled it.

When she changed her mind this month, it was described as a "celebration" of her most recent album, 1989, selling over 10 million albums worldwide.  However, some believe it was Taylor's attempt to steal Katy Perry's thunder, because the release coincided with the arrival of Katy's new album, Witness.

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Island RecordsShawn Mendes' recently-wrapped European tour probably didn't leave him a lot of time for sightseeing in the company of a beautiful woman, so he staged that scenario for his new video, "There's Nothing Holding Me Back."

The clip finds Shawn and his love interest, played by actress Ellie Bamber, frolicking, driving, hiking, dancing, and smooching their way through Paris, Amsterdam and the British countryside.

"I really wanted to make a video for this song that represents the spirit of adventure. It felt like there was no better place for that than to shoot throughout different beautiful cities and landscapes in Europe," Shawn says in a statement. "The song is about following someone that you love to the world's end, and making decisions you wouldn't ever have thought you would, because of someone you're just that enamored with." 

He adds, "We wanted to put a story together that shows this relationship between a guy and a girl and their travels together, in the purest way possible."
 
Shawn starts the North American leg of his Illuminate tour in Portland, OR on July 6.  It's mapped out through an August 23 show in Boston.

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Alo Ceballos/GC ImagesThe Kardashian-Wests are reportedly not ready to stop with baby number two.

A source confirms to People that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have hired a surrogate to carry their third child. The couple, who married in 2014, are already the parents two young children, 4-year-old daughter North and 18-month-old son Saint.

Kim, who on her reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, repeatedly expressed her desire to have more children, was warned by doctors that having another child could come with major health risks for her. Kardashian suffers from placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta grows into the wall of the womb and prevents it from easily detaching at birth.

“My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!!” the reality star wrote on her blog.

After undergoing an unsuccessful procedure to help her get pregnant, Kardashian said she began to consider having a surrogate after doctors told her it would be unsafe for her to give birth again.

“I’ve come to the conclusion in my mind that I can’t carry another one. So now I want to explore surrogacy,” Kardashian West told her mother, Kris Jenner, on the show.

No word yet on who the possible surrogate might be.

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Image Group LA/ABCIf you couldn't get tickets to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic tour, you have another opportunity to see him this September, when he headlines Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival.

Tickets for the event, scheduled for September 16 and 17 in Atlanta's Piedmont Park, go on sale this Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m. local time via MusicMidtown.com.

Additional artists on the bill this year include Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Zara Larsson, Dua Lipa, Judah & the Lion, The Strumbellas, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean, among others.

A two-day ticket for the festival will set you back $135 but if you want to live large, go for the "Super VIP" ticket.  That costs $1,750, but it gets you admission, parking and shuttle service, access to an air-conditioned luxury lounge and air-conditioned private restrooms, gourmet food, a full open bar, and a golf cart to take you between the stages. Sweet.

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Artists for GrenfellTo raise funds for the relief effort following the deadly fire last week that destroyed Grenfell Tower in West London, Simon Cowell has gathered together more than 50 artists to record an all-star charity version of Simon and Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

The single, recorded at a studio just half a mile from the building, is out now.  You can buy it at the usual digital outlets, and also donate directly at ArtistsforGrenfell.com.  All donations made at that website will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need.

Among the artists who participated: Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, Leona Lewis, James Blunt, Emeli Sande, James Arthur, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Dan Smith of Bastille, Nile Rodgers, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Robbie Williams, Queen's Brian May, Nathan Sykes, Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell, Dua Lipa and many, many more.  A choir of local residents also joined in.

Speaking to the British paper The Mirror, Cowell said, "I felt how everyone felt when they saw the news. I was angry, upset, thinking what the hell do you do?...Do you donate some money? And I was thinking, well maybe we could do a little more than that and that's how the record came about."

As for why he chose "Bridge Over Troubled Water,"  Cowell explained that he had just 12 hours to decide on a song, and that one had appropriate lyrics.

When you listen to the single, you may not be able to recognize the singers' voices, especially those who are huge in the U.K. but not that well-known in the U.S.  Here's a rundown of who sings what:

Stormzy: Introductory rap
Robbie Williams: “When you’re weary...”
James Blunt: “Feeling small...”
Rita Ora: “When tears are in…”
Craig David: “…your eyes...”
Dan Smith of Bastille: “I will dry them all.”
Liam Payne: “I’m on your side...”
Emeli Sande: “When times get rough...”
Kelly Jones of Stereophonics: “And friends just can’t be found...”
Paloma Faith: “Like a bridge over troubled water...”
Louis Tomlinson: “...I will lay me down.”
Labrinth: “Like a bridge over troubled water...”
Jorja Smith: “...I will lay me down.”
WSTERN: brief rap
Leona Lewis: “When you’re down and out...”
Jessie J: “When you’re on the street...”
James Arthur: “When evening falls so hard...”
Roger Daltrey: “I will comfort you.”
Ella Eyre: “I’ll take your part...”
Anne Marie and Ella Henderson: “When darkness comes...”
Louisa Johnson: “And pain is all around.”
All voices led by Robbie Williams: “Like a bridge over water...”
James Arthur ad-lib: “I will lay me down.”
Choirs: “Like a bridge over troubled water...”
Rita Ora: “I will lay me down.”

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Columbia RecordsPlenty of people have played Train's hit single "Play that Song"...and plenty of people have downloaded it, too: it's become the band's first platinum track since 2012's "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."  Train's ability to continue scoring hits after more than 20 years, and more than a few lineup changes, is, according to frontman Pat Monahan, what makes them unique among music acts.

Just in the five years between those platinum singles, for example, Train's lineup changed several times, and though Monahan is now the only remaining original member, they keep on going.

"Train is an anomaly. There's no template, there's no band like it," he tells ABC Radio. "Because it's evolved so many times, in so many ways, with so many different characters."

"I think of it kind of like a Broadway play that has outlasted lifetimes," he adds. "Like, when you see Mamma Mia!, it's not the same people [starring in it every time]."

For Monahan, Train isn't so much about its individual members as it is about the music. For that reason, the current lineup is one that he's very much enjoying being a part of.

"Unlike Journey, the lead singer is still still intact in Train," he notes. "But it's like, the characters are so different, and so interesting in different ways...it's just so fun to be around people that are just always playing music."

Train's Play that Song tour, in support of the band's current album a girl, a bottle, a boat, rolls into Toronto tonight.  It'll wrap up July 15 in Quincy, WA.

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NABILAs one of the most high-profile British Muslims in showbiz, Zayn Malik feels both pride and a sense of responsibility to his culture.  He admits he's been profiled because of it, but says -- these days, especially -- "I understand why they’ve got to do it.”

Speaking to the British paper The Evening Standard, Zayn recalls that as a member of One Direction, "The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane."

He adds, "First they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do with my name, it was flagging something on their system."

Then when I landed, it was like a movie," he continues. "They kept me there for three hours, questioning me about all kinds of crazy stuff. I was 17, my first time in America, jet-lagged...confused. The same thing happened the next time too."

But the singer says he doesn't hold a grudge over that treatment.

"I understand the level of caution that needs to be taken, especially now, in the light of certain events at home,” he tells the paper. "I don’t think there’s any benefit to getting angry — it’s something that comes with the climate. I understand why they’ve got to do it.” 

While Zayn isn't a practicing Muslim, he says, "I was raised in the Islamic faith, so it will always be with me, and I identify a lot with the culture."  But he fails to understand why so many young British Muslims have become radicalized.

"I don’t know how to figure out the psychology of why people do it. And I don’t know the remedy for it,” he tells the paper. "I just wish people had more love and care and compassion for other human beings.”

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Courtesy ABCABC appears to be trying to get the band back together -- literally -- for its American Idol reboot.

Sources tell Variety that the ABC is hiring back longtime American Idol music director Rickey Minor for the show's return next year.  Minor, a bandleader, producer and musician, has worked with Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.  He was the musical director for American Idol from 2005 to 2010, and then again from 2014 through its fifteenth and final season on Fox.

Minor also served as bandleader for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 2010 to 2014.

As previously reported, Katy Perry will be one of the judges when American Idol returns, but there's been no confirmation from ABC regarding a host or any other judges.  When asked about Minor's participation, ABC-TV said it would not "comment on negotiations."

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Courtesy Palace ResortsThe whole idea of a Las Vegas residency is that you stay in one place and your fans come to you.  But the Backstreet Boys are changing up that formula, at least for one night in December.

The group will perform their Larger Than Life Vegas show in Cancun, Mexico on December 29.  The show will take place in the arena at Moon Palace Cancun, a Palace Resorts property.

If you can't make it to the Boys' shows in Las Vegas, or the show in Cancun, you have a few more opportunities to see Backstreet perform live, though not the full Vegas show. 

The Boys will share a bill with their country duo pals Florida Georgia Line in July and August at three stadiums: Fenway Park, Target Field and Wrigley Field.   On July 9, they'll perform at at Quebec's Summer Festival, and next May, they'll host the latest installment of their fan cruise.

Still not enough Backstreet for you?  Then you catch Nick Carter as one of the "architects" -- that means "mentors" -- on ABC's new reality singing competition, Boy Band, which debuts this Thursday night.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DIRECTVTaylor Swift is very close to her dad, but a British tabloid reports that she spent Father's Day this year with her boyfriend's dad -- in London.

A source tells The Sun that Taylor and her new boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn, "flew into London on Friday afternoon so they could spend Father's Day with his dad."  The source dishes that the two rented "the most inconspicuous car they could get their hands on" and went to Taylor's rented London home.

"After spending the weekend together, Taylor offered to host Father’s Day at her place, with Joe’s mum and dad treating her to a classic Sunday roast to show her how the Brits do it," says the source.

"A classic Sunday roast" normally consists of some kind of roasted meat, roasted potatoes, vegetables, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding, which isn't actually pudding; it's more like a popover.

"Taylor is loving being an honorary Londoner and wants things to stay as normal as possible," gabs the source. "Things are going amazingly well.”

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The singer is definitely doing a good job of staying under the radar. The most we've seen of her lately has been images or drawings of her in her friend Selena Gomez's video for "Bad Liar," and Selena's Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

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Noam Galai/WireImageThe Queen of Pop wants the King of Amazon to help out her home state of Michigan.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted that he was looking for ideas for a "philanthropy strategy" that would help people the most in the short-term -- "at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact."  Madonna responded that the city of Detroit would fit the bill.

Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. In recent years, she's personally donated to a number of Detroit charities and programs, and wants Bezos to join her.

She tweeted, "@jeffbezos, you, me, the motor city. Let's go and I will show incredible opportunities for almost instant impact in one of the coolest cities in America #Detroit. Love, Madonna."

She then mentioned the Detroit Achievement Academy, Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym and Detroit's Empowerment Plan as examples of places where Bezos could put his $84 billion dollar net worth to good use. 

Or maybe now that he's buying the chain, Bezos should just give the entire city gift certificates to Whole Foods.

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PRNewsfoto/Coach, Inc.Selena Gomez's partnership with Coach is now official: the brand's fall 2017 campaign, starring the singer, has been unveiled.

The campaign shows Selena posing in the leather interior of a 1976 Plymouth Fury, which "symbolizes the freedom and endless possibility of the open road," according to Coach.  In each of three different images, she's showing off the line's three "it" bags of the season: the Coach Swagger, the Edie, and the Rogue.

The campaign was shot by famed photographer Steven Meisel.  Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers says in a statement, "Selena is a rebel and a romantic, a dreamer and a doer who boldly charts her own course. To me, she speaks to a generation; she connects."

For Selena, being the face of Coach is a throwback to her childhood.  She tells PeopleStyle, "Where I’m from in Texas, Coach was the must-have brand. I remember saving up with my cousin, Priscilla, to get matching wallets.”

Selena also stars in a series of videos highlighting the bags -- each shows Selena in a New York City apartment, getting ready for a night out.  You can see the video for the Coach Swagger now on People.com.

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Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images for Cannes LionsDemi Lovato got her start on the kids' show Barney and Friends when she was just eight years old, but she says if she had it to do all over again, she would've given the purple dinosaur a pass.

According to the New York Post, at the Cannes Lions festival in France on Monday, Demi told YouTube executive Susanne Daniels, "I wouldn’t start that young if I could do it over again. It was a difficult transition from child star to transform into a mainstream artist.”

She added, "You have to find your identity. For so long you’ve been molded and then you’re expected to figure out who you are in front of the whole world.”

Demi's conversation with Daniels was part of the promotion for her new YouTube series Simply Complicated, which she says will capture her at a pivotal point in her life: age 25.

"It’s a quarter of a life. I’m looking at my future and my past and I want to share it with my fans," Demi explained. "I feel like I’ve lived a lot longer than I actually have."

Demi also revealed that she'll be releasing a new single and video soon, adding, "I found my sound."

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Image Group LA/ABCYou may have first heard of WALK THE MOON when "Shut Up and Dance" exploded in 2015, but the band released their self-titled major label debut album back in 2012.  Now, in celebration of that album's five-year anniversary, the band is launching a fan giveaway contest.

The contest will crown five winners, who will each take home a package that includes a WALK THE MOON paint set and poster, a signed WALK THE MOON CD and the band's 2012 EP Anna Sun on vinyl. One of those five winners will also receive five tickets to a future WALK THE MOON show of their choice.

You can enter the contest now through this Friday, June 23.

In addition to announcing the contest, WALK THE MOON revealed that they are currently "in our secret lair, doing secret things that we can't tell you about."  Translation: they're working on a new album.

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DISNEY/Mark AshmanOneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder bought a mansion in Beverly Hills for nearly $12 million two years ago.  Now he's put it on the market for a little bit more.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer and his wife Genevieve are selling the estate for $12.75 million.  It was restored and expanded two years ago, which is when the couple purchased it.  It features a three-car garage, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a wet bar and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace on just over 5,300 square feet of living space.  Outdoors, the home features a swimming pool, spa, fire pit and barbecue station.

Ryan doesn't have much time to spend at home, anyway, considering he and OneRepublic are about to launch a massive summer tour in July.

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna is once again bringing in the A-list talent for the third installment of her charity event, the Diamond Ball.

Dave Chappelle will host the black-tie event, scheduled for September 14 in New York City, while Kendrick Lamar will be a featured performer. 

In a statement, Rihanna says, "I’m thrilled that the incomparable Dave Chappelle will kick things off as the official host of this year’s Diamond Ball and Kendrick Lamar will take the stage for an unforgettable performance.” 

The Diamond Ball raises money for Rih's Clara Lionel Foundation.  She adds that she's proud of its "significant impact in the world over the years and deeply grateful for the continued support and commitment to advancing our mission.”

The Clara Lionel Foundation, named after Rihanna's grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, supports global education, health and emergency response programs, as funding scholarships and other education projects.

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