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ABCSeacrest out...or in?  Right now, there's no confirmation as to whether or not Ryan Seacrest will return as the host of American Idol when it debuts on ABC next year.  But Seacrest appears to be leaning toward rejoining the show.  He told Variety, "I think it's doable."

At issue is Seacrest's other job as the co-host of ABC's Live with Kelly & Ryan.  If he also hosted Idol, he'd have to fly back and forth from New York to LA.  He says working that out -- as well as negotiating the terms of his contracts -- is a "puzzle." 

"I love the show. I have great affection for the show, and I think the show will be tremendously successful on ABC," he told Variety. 

As for how he sees the show updating itself for 2017, he says, "I think there are tweaks that the show will make and can make...but at the core, the format is the format -- that’s the strength of the show: the storytelling and the talent. ...So I don’t think you reinvent the wheel.”

Ryan also wouldn't be drawn into a diss of Kelly Clarkson, who decided to join NBC's rival show The Voice as a judge, rather than do the same for Idol.

"Was I bummed? I’m happy if she’s doing what she wants to do and she’s happy," Seacrest said. "She’s going to be great on The Voice.”

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Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas' most recent album, Last Year Was Complicated, detailed his split with his girlfriend.  But now, the singer says he's ready to lighten the mood a bit.

Billboard reports that during remarks at the Cannes Lions event in the South of France, Nick described his next album as a creative departure for him, noting that it would have a more upbeat sound than his past work.

"I think for the fan experience, coming to the shows where the songs are a bit more uptempo and brighter will be better than the breakup album I released last year," he said. "It’s time for some positivity, I think.”

Nick also revealed that his new music has also been inspired by the time he spent traveling with friends around Europe after he wrapped his latest movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

In addition, Nick says that he wants to find "a way to make a difference beyond music and film projects," and plans to focus on causes that he cares deeply about, such as LGBTQ rights and finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.  Nick suffers from the disease himself.

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Getty Images via ABCIf there's one girl who can help a guy get over a breakup, it's Rihanna.

The "We Found Love" singer recently gave some valuable advice to a male fan brave enough to send her a private message on social media. 

The fan asked, "Hey Robs...how did you get over your first heartbreak? I've been struggling."

Riri responded by writing, "Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself! Cry if you have to, but it won't be forever!" 

She continued, "You will find love again, and it will be even more beautiful! In the meantime enjoy all that YOU are!!!!" 

Rihanna's heartfelt message, which the fan then posted on Twitter, has now been liked over 17,000 times. 

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Capitol RecordsYet another milestone for Katy Perry.   Following the news that she's the first person ever to amass 100 followers on Twitter, Katy has now become the first artist ever to have three Diamond-certified songs.

A Diamond certification means sales of 10 million copies.  According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Katy's hit "Roar" has just been certified Diamond, which means that Katy now has three hits that have sold 10 million: "Firework" and "Dark Horse" are the others.

Katy's achievement is more impressive when you consider that only 14 songs in total have ever been certified Diamond, and three of them are hers.   Other artists who've earned Diamond certifications include Elton John, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

Her response to the good news? She retweeted the announcement by the RIAA and wrote, "Was a cubic zirconia til you made me a diamond."  All in all, 21 of Katy's songs have been certified either gold, platinum or multi-platinum.

BREAKING: Gold & Platinum History Made!!! Congratulations @KatyPerry. First artist EVER to earn THREE Diamond songs! 💎💎💎 pic.twitter.com/qKGPE1eOtI

— RIAA (@RIAA) June 22, 2017
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Artists for GrenfellThe all-star rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," featuring stars including Leona Lewis, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction, James Blunt, Jessie J, James Arthur and more, is headed for #1 in the U.K. -- and is setting sales records to boot.

Britain's Official Charts Company says the charity song, released Wednesday morning to aid victims of the London apartment building blaze that killed 79, has already sold 120,000 units.  That's the biggest opening-day sales for any single this decade.

Friday, we'll learn if it's debuted at #1.  All the money raised from the single, organized by Simon Cowell, will go to the The London Community Foundation. You can also donate at ArtistsforGrenfell.com.

The emotional video for the song has also been released, showing all the artists singing their various lines, intercut with footage of survivors, firefighters and makeshift memorials.  It begins with a shot of the burned-out Grenfell Tower itself.

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Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran has mentioned in the past that he wants to do a movie, as well as that movie's soundtrack.  Now, he's revealed who he wants to play his love interest in the film: Helen Mirren.

Speaking to the British tabloid The Sun, Ed says, "I don’t know what comes first, whether it’s the soundtrack or the fourth album, but both are being worked on at the moment.  I mean, the movie is in the works but I don’t have any time to shoot it until 2019."

Ed tells The Sun that there have been "talks" about adding a love interest to the film and reveals, "I would love someone unknown, but I have always loved Helen Mirren...if, like, me and Helen could do a love scene...I guess that sounds weird, doesn’t it?"

Well, considering Dame Helen is 71 and Ed is 26 -- kinda weird, yeah.  But we rather suspect Ed is kidding.  He adds it's unlikely the Oscar-winner would agree to it anyway, saying, "I’m not really a good actor and she’s a very good actress so I don’t think she’d want to do it.”

In other Ed news, he's teamed with the Martin Guitar company to create a new Ed Sheeran Signature Artist Edition guitar, following the two previous models launched in 2013 and 2015.  This new one salutes his latest album ÷ (Divide), and sports a division sign on the headstock and the body. 100% of Ed's royalties from the guitar sales will go to East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

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Harry Styles is in mourning.

The singer's beloved stepdad has died, a spokesperson for One Direction tells ABC Radio in a statement.

"Harry’s stepfather, Robin Twist, sadly passed away this week after a long battle with cancer," reads the statement. "The family asks for privacy at this time.”

Twist, 57, helped raise Harry and his sister Gemma. Harry was best man when his mother Anne married Robin in 2013 after years of dating.

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Courtesy REEBOKIn addition to being a rapper, Machine Gun Kelly is also a sometime actor and model.  His latest gig?  Fronting Reebok's new Club C sneaker campaign.

Originally offered in 1985 as a tennis shoe, the Club C was quickly adopted as streetwear.  This new campaign ushers in what Reebok calls the "rebirth" of one its "most celebrated OG silhouettes."  Kelly will wear the kicks on his European and U.S. tours this summer in support of his new album, Bloom.

In a statement, Kelly said, "This is going to be the best summer, not only because of my new album and the tour, but also this partnership with Reebok Classic."

He adds, "It’s awesome to have a brand like Reebok support what you stand for as well as your creative vision, and I’m excited to show you what a Reebok and Machine Gun Kelly collaboration is all about.”

Meanwhile, Reebok's director of global entertainment marketing praises the "Bad Things" rapper for his "great energy" and "connection to his fans through his message."  Adds the exec, "His dynamism truly connects to our brand and really comes through in everything he touches."

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ABC/Fred LeeAs promised, Fall Out Boy has delivered a new song from their forthcoming album, Mania. The track is called "Champion," and is available now on digital outlets.

Like the previously released Mania track "Young and Menace," "Champion" has some EDM and hip-hop elements, though it isn't as off-kilter or as, well, weird as its predecessor.

A visual for "Champion," starring Pete Wentz and rapper Post Malone, premieres tonight at 7 p.m. ET, while the track's official music video will debut at a later date.

In other Fall Out Boy news, the band has announced a hometown show in Chicago on September 16 to celebrate the release of Mania. Visit FallOutBoy.com for ticket info. 

Mania will be released September 15. Fall Out Boy will officially kick off their North American tour in support of the album October 20 in Cleveland.

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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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