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John Phillips/Getty ImagesDua Lipa’s epic new remix of “Levitating,” featuring two of her pop idols -- Madonna and Missy Elliott -- comes out tomorrow.

To get fans even more excited for the release, Dua released a sneak peak of the new video for the track. The tease shows Dua lying on a bed of flowers under red lighting, along with quick cuts of other cryptic shots in the video.

The song, remixed by DJ/producer The Blessed Madonna -- not to be confused with the Queen of Pop -- drops August 13 at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET. It’ll be featured on Dua’s star-studded Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album, which comes out August 21.

The album will also feature guest appearances by Gwen Stefani and Mark Ronson, along with "many many more surprises," according to Dua.

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ABC News/Frame GrabNew baby, new house? Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are reportedly house-hunting for their soon-to-be expanding family.

According to TMZ, the two have been touring some massive homes in Montecito, California.

The couple currently lives in a 3,000-square-foot space in Santa Barbara and are apparently looking to upgrade big-time. TMZ reports the homes they are visiting are all at least 10,000 square feet on multiple acres of land.

One property is a $10 million six-bedroom estate with a whopping 14 bathrooms, a tennis court, a bocce ball court and more. Another is an $11 million home with five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a climbing wall, a theater and a wine cellar. The third property is the most expensive: At $14 million, it’s got six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a guest house.

Katy and Orlando are expecting their first child together any day now. Katy is also prepping for the release of her album Smile on August 28.  On Thursday at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET, she'll be giving a first look at her new video for “Smile” on her Facebook page.

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Courtesy PentatonixLast month, Pentatonix told ABC Audio that their next release would be an album of all-original songs, their first since 2015.  But fans who love the a cappella group's holiday music will now be happy to know that they plan to release more of that this year as well.

Speaking to Billboard, group member Kirstin Maldonado says, "We definitely will do a Christmas album this year. I feel like, especially this year, that love and that joy, and that sense of bringing everyone together is really needed. And so, I feel like our Christmas album can be really special this year."

She adds, "We've done so many, I think we weren't really expecting to do maybe a giant [album]. But I think I'm looking forward to what we can do to kind of continue to bring people together how we have in the past."

Pentatonix has hit the top 10 five times with holiday releases, including last year's The Best of Pentatonix Christmas.  In addition to past recordings, it featured four new tracks, including one -- "Do You Hear What I Hear" -- that incorporated a vocal recording by the late Whitney Houston.

The current Pentatonix album is an EP called At Home, featuring covers of hits by The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, The Cranberries, Billie Eilish and more.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicDemi Lovato gave fans a surprise sneak peek at the new music she’s been working on.

In a short Instagram Story clip, Demi sits in a car while grooving to one of her brand-new songs off her upcoming seventh studio album.

We hear her singing lyrics that seem taken straight from her own experiences with relationships and sobriety: "I know I made it hard for you/And I owe my part, I'll tell the truth/You said that it'd be over/If I didn't get sober/ Sober."

Demi used a GIF of a teapot in the Story, indicating she was giving fans some tea. She captioned the video "#D7."

Demi's new album, the follow-up to 2017's Tell Me You Love Me, has yet to be officially announced. It will be her first collection of new music since her near-fatal overdose in 2018.

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Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty ImagesApparently, it's extremely expensive being in a conservatorship.

According to Entertainment TonightBritney Spears spent $1.2 million in legal fees pertaining to hers in 2019 alone.  According to documents obtained by the publication, the approximate amount the "Toxic" singer paid was $1,202,504.30.

The fees were accrued by her team of advisers on top of her attorneys working on the conservatorship, which has been extended through the end of the summer.

The documents also reveal that her father, Jamie Spears, who stepped down as conservator last September due to health problems, was paid $128,000 in 2019. 

The patriarch has since appointed his daughter's longtime care manager Jodi Montgomery to assume his duties.  She is now responsible for managing Britney's finances and personal choices.

The documents also reveal that the 38-year-old singer budgeted $438,360.84 in living expenses and that her traveling, which included vacations to areas like Florida and Caicos, totaled $91,242.01.

Overall, Britney's assets total 57,396,852.36 -- which is approximately a $1.6 million less than what she earned in 2018.

Fans and celebrities like Cher have lobbied to "free" the pop star from her conservatorship, saying that she is being held against her will by her family and is being controlled for their financial gain.

Earlier last month, family patriarch Jamie Spears broke his silence to Page Six and condemned the #FreeBritney movement by saying "All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue."

"It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business," he added. "I love my daughter. I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private."

Spears' conservatorship has been extended to August 22 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Stephen Pond/Getty ImagesIs Ed Sheeran going to be a dad?

The Sun reports Ed and his wife Cherry Seaborn are expecting their first child.

Following Sheeran's announcement that he was taking a break from music in December, after two-and-a-half years on the road, the U.K. newspaper cites friends of the the 29-year-old singer-songwriter as saying he used the downtime to start a family.

Cherry, 28, according to the sources, is already in the final stages of her pregnancy.

An insider says the couple, who tied the knot in 2018, have not been seen since quarantining at their Suffolk home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ed and Cherry are over the moon," the source is quoted as saying.  "They’re very excited, but have kept things very low key."

Ed and Cherry, according to the source, have begun telling their close friends and family, and adds, “It’s a really happy time and their families are all totally delighted for them and cannot wait to meet the new arrival.”

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Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty ImagesAfter teasing fans for weeks that new music is on the way and that it will feature a super special guest, South Korean pop group BLACKPINK finally revealed on Tuesday what they have cooking up.  Turns out, they're teaming up with Selena Gomez!

The girl group -- comprised of members LisaJennieRosé and Jisoo -- confirmed that the Rare Beauty mogul will appear on the second single off their upcoming studio effort The Album.  While they didn't disclose the title of their latest song and simply opted to advertise it as "The New Single," they told fans the collab drops next Friday, August 28.

Gomez also kept information about the upcoming collaboration closely under wraps as well and shared news of the upcoming single with her 186 million followers on Tuesday, "So SO excited to announce @BlackPinkOfficial and I have a new song coming out August 28th!"

Fans can presave the new single now on the group's official website

The untitled release follows BLACKPINK's "How You Like That," which shot to the top of Billboard's World Digital Song sales chart and also broke several YouTube records, such as most viewed video and music video in 24 hours along with most viewers for a video premiere.

BLACKPINK's next record The Album drops October 10.

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Dave Hogan/ABA/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift found herself among ultra-exclusive company when she made Billboard history with her chart-topping eight studio album folklore.  With the record now spending a second week in the top spot, she becomes the second woman to send six albums atop the Billboard 200 for two or more weeks.  

The first woman to accomplish the feat was Barbra Streisand.  

Since the Billboard 200 was first introduced in 1956, only eleven artists had six or more albums dominate the charts for more than a week.

Meaning, Taylor Swift is officially among music juggernauts like Elvis PresleyThe Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Besides Swift and Streisand, two other musical acts sent just six albums atop the charts for several weeks: Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin.

That means if the 30-year-old Swift's ninth studio effort tops the chart for more than a week, she will become the first woman in music history to send seven albums atop the Billboard 200 for that amount of time.

Should she achieve that, she'll then tie with Elton JohnGarth BrooksJay-Z and Eminem.

As for the remainder of the list, The Beatles are the act to beat with 16 efforts while the Stones and Presley tie in second place with eight albums each.

While tying with the Beatles might seem like a Herculean task, Swift previously stated her intentions to rerecord all her classic music after mega producer Scooter Braun gained control of the masters to her first six albums when he purchased her former label, Big Machine Label Group.

She can start rerecording her hits come this November.

Swift's previous albums to chart for multiple weeks were Reputation1989RedSpeak Now and Fearless.  1989 and Fearless spent the most time atop the Billboard 200 with 11 weeks each.

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Arista RecordsCanadian singer-songwriter JP Saxe and hit songwriter and artist Julia Michaels have scored a hit with their first collaboration "If the World Was Ending," which has become popular amid the COVID-19 quarantine.  The two wrote and recorded the song on the day they met -- as Julia explains, they didn't waste a lot of time before getting down to business.

"I think it felt pretty natural," Julia said of immediately clicking with JP, who's now her boyfriend. "You know, we [as songwriters] spend a lot of our time in the studio with other people, so we learned to sort of adapt to other people's personalities and other people's writing processes."

As Julia recalled, JP was the one who had the idea of "If the world was ending, you come over, right?" so she just took that and ran with it.

"I think we wrote the song in, like, two hours...It happened pretty quick once we got into it," she told ABC Audio.

JP, meanwhile, was impressed that Julia recorded the whole thing in "two takes."

"It was very mystical, like, just she goes into the booth, she sings it twice. She leaves. Rock star over here!" JP laughed.

"Even the post chorus of the song, the 'You'd come over right, you'd come over, right?'...you just did it as, like, a throwaway ad lib," he said, addressing Julia. "So, [it was] just gold everywhere with this one. [it] just spills out of her!"

What's next for the cute couple? Both have new music in the works.

"Oof so many love songs coming your way," Julia tweeted last month.

Meanwhile, JP is prepping an album; he tweeted last week that he's "90%" sure of the final track list.

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Mike Marsland/WireImageCamila Cabello released her new album Romance in December, but was forced to cancel her tour promoting it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, we just might get another album from the star by the time musicians are able to return to the road.

On Monday, Camila posted a photo of herself lounging on a couch surrounded by a guitar and an electric piano and wrote, "Sending so much love to everyone. been writing a lot of new music and it’s coming from a really pure place."

"Reminding myself everyday that life is now; and not in yesterday or tomorrow," she added. "let’s be extra gentle, soft, and kind to ourselves and others today."

While fans reacted with excitement to the prospect of new music, one did, of course, ask if she and Shawn Mendes have broken up.  While it's true that they haven't been on each other's social media feeds lately, there's no definitive answer to that question as of yet.

sending so much love to everyone. been writing a lot of new music and it’s coming from a really pure place. reminding myself everyday that life is now; and not in yesterday or tomorrow. let’s be extra gentle, soft, and kind to ourselves and others today✨ pic.twitter.com/69FCp0pu0n

— camila (@Camila_Cabello) August 11, 2020

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Aysia MarottaLewis Capaldi is definitely not a one-hit wonder.

His latest single "Before You Go" has reached number-one on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart, which measures radio airplay. It's his second number-one on that chart, following last year's smash "Someone You Loved."

As Billboard reports, this makes Lewis the first solo male artist to reach number-one with his first two songs on that chart.  Overall, he's one of only five acts who've accomplished this, after fun., Lorde, Daughtry and Maren Morris.

It took 34 weeks for "Before You Go" to hit the top of the chart, which is also a record among solo male artists.  The overall record of 45 weeks is held by "The Bones," by Maren Morris.

On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which measures sales, streams and airplay, "Before You Go" is number 11.  Lewis reacted to the news by tweeting, "F***KKKK BEFORE YOU GO IS NUMBER 11 IN THE SINGLES CHART IN AMERICA!!!"

"Before You Go" is about the emotions that survivors go through after someone they love takes their own life. It was inspired by the suicide of Lewis' aunt, which happened when he was a child.

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ABC/John FleenorFollowing the launch of her own beauty brand last year, Kesha has decided to become a full-blown beauty YouTuber.

The singer has started her own YouTube series called Beauty & BS with Kesha. In her first video, out today, Kesha learns how to do "music video-worthy" makeup under the virtual guidance of her makeup artist Vittorio Masecchia. She later used the glam look for her “Since I Was Young” music video with Wrabel, which she shot entirely at home.

Kesha tells Allure magazine she decided to start making beauty videos after her plans for touring were put on hold due to COVID-19.

"I wanted to show my fans and people that maybe aren't used to doing makeup all the time," says Kesha. "I'm learning the process by having to film things by myself at my house, so they're learning with me."

Kesha debuted Kesha Rose Beauty, her vegan and cruelty-free makeup line, in December of last year. The products are available on HipDot.com.

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Courtesy MTVThe Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Latin superstar Maluma and Latin boy band CNCO have been added to the lineup of the MTV VMAs.

This will be The Weeknd's second VMA performance; he last appeared on the show in 2015.  He has six nods this year, including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Best R&B Video.  It's Roddy Ricch's first appearance on the VMAs -- he has three nods, including Song of the  Year. 

Maluma has one nod, while CNCO has two.  All four acts join previously announced performers Doja Cat, J Balvin and BTS. Keke Palmer is hosting.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga are this year's leading nominees, with nine each.

The MTV VMAs will not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as previously planned.  Instead, the performances will originate from outdoor locations around New York City.  The show airs Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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ELLEFollowing her raunchy "WAP" collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B is planning to get really personal on her upcoming sophomore album. 

"My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad [chick]," Cardi tells ELLE magazine in the September issue cover story. "When you make a woman feel like she's the baddest in the room, to me, that's female empowerment. But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it's going to have my [BeyoncéLemonade moments, my personal relationship moments."

This forthcoming album will also feature a special track with her husband and Migos rapper Offset, with whom Cardi shares two-year-old KultureCardi openly acknowledged the "rumors" and "drama" in her relationship but she says there's so much more to their three-year marriage.

"There's a lot of love there's a lot of passion, there's a lot of trust, there's a big friendship," she said. "It's always us against the world."

She goes on: "If you all are so curious to know about my relationship and blah, blah, blah, I'm going to put it in the music, and you can buy it, too.  I'm not going to give it to you all for free."

Regarding politics, Cardi -- who supported Bernie Sanders -- imagines a different vision for the next U.S president.

"I want a president who makes me feel secure. I want a president who understands the pain of the people. I want a president who is going to give us answers," she says. "That's why I like [New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo. I like him because he makes me feel like he's listening to me."

Cardi B also said she wishes male rappers would "stick up" and be more vocal about demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

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Jon Kopaloff/Getty ImagesWhile in quarantine, some celebrity couples have announced they're splitting up, while others have announced that they're expecting.  Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey haven't done either of those things, but they are surprised how much fun they've had this summer.

This past Friday as part of L.A.'s Paleyfest, which highlights the creators of TV shows, Justin and Hailey discussed Justin's YouTube documentary series, Seasons, and also answered a question about what they've been doing with their time these past few months.  The newlyweds, who'll celebrate two years of marriage in September, say expanding their family hasn't been on their list of things to do.

"Well, we didn't make any babies. So that's that!" Hailey said firmly. "Honestly, I really do think we've enjoyed this time. Justin was actually supposed to be on tour right now and it was disappointing that that had to be postponed...but I think even through the quarantine...I still feel like we've just been enjoying our time with each other and getting to know each other deeper."

"We've been having a really fun summer, regardless of everything that's been going on," she added.

"It's been surprisingly pretty good for us," Justin agreed. "Obviously, we have compassion for those who are really struggling and that hurts us. But for us, we've really been able to create a deeper bond with each other."

The two have also been taking road trips, and while they miss their families, Hailey says, "I think we've been able to get a lot of things done that maybe we felt like we didn't have time for it before...and it's been good."

The couple also revealed that they binged Ozark and enjoyed it, but Justin refuses to participate in Hailey's binge-watching of The Vampire Diaries.

(Baby comments come at 36:42 into video.)


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Hugo ComteDua Lipa guest-hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, and kept the one-liners coming.

"You know that song your kid listened to, like, 5,000 times, trying to perfect a dance on TikTok? That was me," she said, by way of introduction for viewers who weren't familiar with her or her music. "You're welcome and I'm sorry."

"Since everyone asks, yes, Dua Lipa is my real name, and you can probably guess where I went to school based on my accent," she continued. "Hogwarts. House Gryffindor, obviously."

She also showed off some of her 17 tattoos -- including a huge fake one on her back depicting the face of Kimmel's sidekick, Guillermo.  He responded by revealing that he was wearing a yellow leotard from her video for "Physical" -- and now we can't unsee it.

The singer then played a few TikTok videos featuring her song "Don't Start Now," and moved on to a segment where she pretended to be an interviewer asking seniors their opinions of pop music.  She then asked them whether they'd ever heard of Dua Lipa, what they thought of her song "Break My Heart," and showed them a photo of herself on stage and asked them to comment on it.

One savvy senior figured out what was going on, but the rest were completely surprised when Dua finally revealed that she, herself, was Dua Lipa.

Dua also welcomed Gwen Stefani as her guest: The two are teaming up for a remix of "Physical."  When Dua asked Gwen about spending quarantine with Blake Shelton, she referred to Blake as Gwen's "husband."  Gwen quickly corrected her: "Well, he's not my husband, but that sounded cool when you said it!"

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Disney Channel/Image Group LAAs Simon Cowell nurses a broken back, he can rest easy knowing that the empty chair he leaves behind on America's Got Talent is in great hands.  

Kelly Clarkson announced Monday that she will step in for Cowell while he recuperates by serving as a guest judge this Tuesday and Wednesday.  

"URGENT MEMO.... from yours truly," Clarkson alerted her 12.2 million followers on Twitter and posted the official announcement that she entitled "Some Changes..."

"My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won't be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday's live shows for AGT," her statement reads. "But no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat!  The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson."

"You're welcome in advance," Clarkson snarkily concluded.

This isn't Clarkson's first rodeo in the judge's chair as she's been discovering musical talent since 2018 on NBC's sister reality competition series The Voice

In addition, she has several years of hosting duty experience under her belt thanks to her Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show -- in addition to hosting the Billboard Music Awards for the past three consecutive years.

You can catch Clarkson, alongside fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara -- plus host Terry Crews -- on America's Got Talent airing live this Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

As previously reported, Cowell broke his back in several places after crashing his e-bike on Sunday.  The media mogul remained in good humor over his injury, as he tweeted shortly after coming out of surgery, "Some good advice... If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time."

It has not been announced when Cowell will return to the show.

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URGENT MEMO.... from yours truly! 😜 @AGT @SimonCowell #AGT pic.twitter.com/msAjXqxBB1

— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) August 10, 2020

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Erskine/ColumbiaAwkward!  Taylor Swift has just been replaced at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 by one of her former boyfriends.

Harry Styles jumps from number seven to the top with "Watermelon Sugar," the latest single from his album Fine Line.  He's now the second member of One Direction to top the chart, following Zayn Malik, who did it in 2016 with "Pillowtalk." 

"Watermelon Sugar" is now Harry's highest-charting single, too -- it surpasses his previous one, "Sign of the Times," which reached number four in 2017.  "Adore You" got to number six earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Taylor's "cardigan," which debuted at number one last week, has fallen to number eight.

Elsewhere on the chart, "My Future," the new single from Billie Eilish, debuts at number six on the Hot 100.  It's her third top 10 and her highest-ever debut: "Bad Guy" started at number seven last year.  "My Future" is also number one on both the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts.

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Peter "Hopper" Stone/Disney Channel via Getty ImagesFollowing some social media posts that fans hoped were pointing toward a Wizards of Waverly Place reboot, the show's two stars, Selena Gomez and David Henrie, have revealed what they're really up to.

The two are teaming up for the first-ever interactive virtual movie premiere.  It'll take place  on August 28 for a movie called This Is the Year, directed by David and executive-produced by Selena.  The premiere is a ticketed event that includes a pre-show featuring music from the movie's soundtrack, behind-the-scenes footage, and a special introduction from David and Selena. 

After you watch the movie along with them, TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D'Amelio will host a live Q&A with the cast.  The evening ends with a performance by lovelytheband, who figure heavily into the movie's plot.

Selena has earmarked a portion of the premiere's proceeds for the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund.

As for the actual movie, it's a feel-good film inspired by those classic '80s high school flicks but focuses on issues that teens are facing today.  It follows a nerdy senior who tries to win over his dream girl by hitting the road with his buddies to see lovelytheband at a music festival.  The cast includes Wizards of Waverly Place alums Gregg Sulkin and Jeff Garlin.

To get more information and to purchase tickets, visit ThisIstheYear.film.

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Harry WereFollowing the release of her single "Night Garden," Benee is back with a song named after something you might find in that garden: "Snail."

“When we were in lockdown, I was fascinated by snails," Benee says of the song's inspiration. "There wasn’t really a lot to be doing, so I would spend a lot of time outside looking at snails and would think about how they’re doing their own little thing and they’re all free."

"I just played around with the idea of being kind of like a snail and how I come out in the rain" the "Supalonely" singer adds. "Being stuck inside because of COVID, it’s kind of my lockdown song.”

Meanwhile, "Supalonely" has been certified platinum in the U.S. and has racked up 1.7 billion streams worldwide.

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