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Courrtesy Vevo/Big Hassle MediaAfter 25 years, The Backstreet Boys are still going strong with a new single, album and tour.  But in a new VEVO Originals piece, they admit they never could have lasted this long if they hadn't been able to find some balance in their lives.

During The Backstreet Boys: Their Bond, Breaking Points and Finding Balance, the guys recall the moments that made them realize there's more to life than just work.

"Brian's heart surgery kinda was like, 'Hello!,'" Kevin Richardson says of Brian Littrell's 1998 operation to correct a heart murmur. "That [was] a wake-up call." 

Kevin says it made him realize, "this group, this success -- that all can go away real quick if we don't find some kinda balance to reel this all in and make sure that everybody is O.K."

"I had, like, a 22% chance that I wouldn't wake up [from the operation]," Brian agrees. "I delayed my surgery twice so that we could have two different tours,  And I got managers screaming at me, going, 'Tickets are sold! You gotta keep it going!'"

"Talk about perspective, that's when I was like, 'OK, I have to start clawing my way out of this to develop something for me."

AJ McLean's wake-up; call? Going to rehab and having his daughter Ava.

"I could deal with my wife if I were to relapse. I could deal with you guys," AJ says. "But having a child who doesn't know [the difference] between being drunk Daddy and sober Daddy? That really messed with my head, but...in a good way. Like, 'No! I wanna always...be there and be a good father and be present.'"

But today, Kevin says, "As long as we're all healthy...and communicating and getting along...we know that we can be happy."

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Mike Marsland/WireImageThe Spice Girls have gotten fans worldwide excited about their upcoming reunion tour, even though so far, the only scheduled dates are in the U.K.  Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham won't be joining the tour, which has led Mel B, aka Scary Spice, to say she'd be open to having a rotating group of stars -- like Katy Perry or Adele -- step in on some shows to take her place. But Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton isn't so sure about that.

"It would be lovely to see other artists maybe do something, but I don't know," Emma tells ABC Radio. "The thing is, the four of us we feel strong, we're ready, we're really looking forward to a Spice Girls show.  So I think that's gonna be enough for our fans."

Emma -- who you can watch tonight co-hosting ABC's Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition -- says she and the rest of the group are thrilled that even though Victoria isn't involved, the tour dates are selling out and fans are even willing to travel across the pond to see them.

"Being here in America, I've met some fans and they're coming over to England to watch the show," she says. "And it's blown us away, and we can't thank everyone enough for their support."

And Emma wants to make it clear that, at least for her, this reunion isn't a cash grab.

"I'm doing this personally because I want my kids to see me onstage," she tells ABC Radio. "I want them to see the Spice Girls performing! Y'know, my eldest was literally four months when we performed last."

As for the possibility of U.S. shows, Emma says "I've got my fingers crossed...I'd love to tour all over." 

The Spice Girls tour dates get underway May 29 in Manchester, U.K. 

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Art Streiber/NBCKelly Clarkson, Andy Grammer and John Legend are among the stars who'll be ringing in 2019 on TV this December 31.

All three of them will be performing on NBC's New Year's Eve, which will be hosted live by Carson Daly, John's wife Chrissy Teigen and Leslie Jones. 

Also on the bill: the legendary Diana Ross, and Kelly's fellow Voice coach and good pal Blake Shelton.  In addition, Keith Urban will join the telecast live from Nashville, where he'll be performing at a special New Year's Eve event.

NBC's New Year's Eve airs December 31 from 10 p.m. ET/PT to 11pm ET/PT.  After a break for local news, the show returns from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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Rasmus Weng KarlsenLukas Graham wants to make sure you get home for the holidays.

The band has launched a new contest in celebration of their song “Love Someone,” which will send one lucky winner to visit a loved one this holiday season.

To enter, you just need to post a photo of you and/or your loved one on Instagram, tag the destination, name your current country of residence and explain why you should win. Top it off with the hashtag #whenyoulovesomeone and you’re all set.

The contest runs through December 17 and the winner will be chosen on or about December 19. Participants will be judged on the originality and emotiveness of their post. The winner will get a return flight to the destination tagged in their entry.

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ABC/Craig SjodinKaty Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will once again be gracing your TV screens in 2019, as American Idol returns for its second season on ABC.

The show, once again hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will return Sunday, March 3, with a two-hour season premiere airing from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET -- but we already know one contestant who made it to Hollywood.

During the CMA Awards last month, three contestants who auditioned but didn't get a golden ticket were given another chance to sing. Viewers voted for one of those three, Meghan Woods, to advance to the Hollywood Round.

Last year, just under 12 million viewers tuned into the March 11 premiere of the show's debut on ABC.   The finale, which saw Maddie Poppe crowned the winner of the competition, drew just under 10 million viewers.

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Jackson Lee/GC ImagesHe's ready for it.  According to Us Weekly, Taylor Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn is "very keen on proposing soon."

After dating the superstar for nearly two years, a source tells the magazine that the British actor -- who appears in the critically-acclaimed movie The Favourite -- wants to put a ring on it. 

"He wants to make it unforgettable and extremely special," dishes the source.  And there's no doubt that when the proposal arrives, Taylor will take the advice of her hit song "Love Story" and "just say yes."

“He’s her dream guy,” claims the insider, adding that if and when Joe pops the question, “Taylor’s going to be over the moon.”

Earlier this week, according to ELLE, Taylor attended the premiere and after-party for Joe's latest movie, Mary, Queen of Scots, but kept it low-key by not walking the red carpet or posing for pictures. 

The couple has been adamant about keeping their relationship under wraps, with Joe declining to talk about it in interviews he's been doing to promote his films.

In September, he told British Vogue, “I think we have been successfully very private and that has now sunk in for people…but I really prefer to talk about work.”

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ABC/Randy HolmesWhile it hasn't even been officially announced that Maroon 5 is performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in Atlanta on February 3, controversy is already brewing regarding the other artists who might appear onstage with Adam Levine and company.

In recent years, halftime headliners have welcomed guests as part of their shows: Katy Perry had Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz, for example.  Beyonce had Destiny's Child, Bruno Mars had the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay had Beyonce and Bruno.

But now, US Weekly is reporting that Maroon 5 is having "a lot of trouble finding guests" to perform with them during halftime.  The issue?  “No one wants to associate themselves with the NFL,” says a source, in light of its response to Colin Kaepernick and other players taking a knee to protest police brutality.

The source dishes that even Cardi B, who'll be in town and is featured on their smash single "Girls Like You," hasn't agreed to perform...yet. 

“She’s been going back and forth, but it’s a no right now,” says the source. 

In addition to Cardi, many of Maroon 5's other collaborators have also been big-name rappers, who are likely to sympathize with Kaepernick's cause.

Stay tuned.

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David NeedlemanAvril Lavinge has released a brand new song from her upcoming album, a soulful ballad called “Tell Me It’s Over,” along with an accompanying music video.

“’Tell Me It’s Over’ is an anthem about being strong, finally putting your foot down and closing the door on a relationship that you know is wrong after time and time again of falling for their games.” says Avril of the track.

The video shows scenes of a hot-and-cold relationship that Avril can’t quite shake.

The Canadian singer also revealed that her sixth studio album will be called Head Above Water and is due out February 15. The cover art features a naked Avril sitting in a shallow pool of water, strategically holding her guitar in front of her.

“Tell Me It’s Over” is the follow up to her first single from the album, the title track “Head Above Water.”

Here is the Head Above Water track listing:

"Head Above Water"
"Birdie"
"I Fell In Love with The Devil"
"Tell Me It’s Over"
"Dumb Blonde"
"It Was In Me"
"Souvenir"
"Crush"
"Goddess"
"Bigger Wow"
"Love Me Insane"
"Warrior"

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Peter LindberghAs awards season keeps rolling along, Lady Gaga is on a roll herself.

The singer has received a nod for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for her role in A Star Is Born at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.  The movie itself leads the SAG Awards nominations with four, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The SAG Awards are seen as a major indicator of the Oscar nominations, since its voting body has the most overlap with that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As IndieWire notes, earlier this year, 15 SAG nominees went on to be nominated for acting Oscars, and the four eventual SAG winners in the acting categories went on to win Oscars, too.  This bodes well for Gaga snagging an Oscar nomination in the coming weeks.

As previously reported, Gaga is also up for a Golden Globe for her role as struggling singer-turned-star Ally.

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RCA RecordsAs a Grammy-winning producer who's worked with Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse and Adele, you wouldn't think that Mark Ronson would be easily impressed, but he says working with Lady Gaga on the soundtrack for A Star Is Born brought him into the orbit of someone whose stardom he couldn't ignore.

Speaking to Billboard, Mark says, "I'm a big fan of Bradley Cooper...the first time he came into the studio, I was a little starstruck. I feel weird saying that because we're kind of friendly, but he does like...glow. I don't know what it is."

"Bradley Cooper is also one of those special actors that all dudes like because it doesn't matter that he's impossibly handsome and all that s**t, because there's no vanity to him and he just seems like a guy that you want to hang out with," Mark adds.

Mark says he also felt a little intimidated by Miley Cyrus, his collaborator on the new single "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart," but he was able to put those feelings aside while working with her.

"[She's] so down-to-earth," he explains. "I sometimes forget -- the same thing when I was working with Gaga -- that like, 'Oh my God, this person has 75 million followers on Instagram and can tweet one thing, and 300 people would go get a tattoo.'"

"Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" will appear on Mark's upcoming album, Late Night Feelings, which is due next year. Meanwhile, he's nominated for a Golden Globe and two Grammys for the A Star Is Born hit "Shallow" and an additional Grammy for his Dua Lipa collabo, "Electricity," which he recorded with Diplo under the name Silk City.

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Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsEven as her current single, "thank u, next," once again sits on top of the Billboard Hot 100, Ariana Grande has a new single ready to go.

She posted on Twitter that the song, "Imagine," would arrive Thursday night, but on her Instagram Story, she gave more details, posting a countdown clock that reveals that the song will drop at midnight Friday.

On the Insta Story, Ariana also posted a screenshot of a "Compose new Tweet" text box, in which she's written, "a lot of this album mourns failed yet important, beautiful relationships in my life (as well as celebrates growth/exploring new independence)."

She continued, "But for those of you asking about imagine: i would say if 'thank u, next' = acceptance .... 'imagine'=denial. hope that makes sense."

So far, there's no release date for Ariana's new album, which she's said would arrive by the end of 2019.

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NBC/Tyler GoldenOn Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that Team Adam Levine's Reagan Strange; Team Jennifer Hudson’s MaKenzie Thomas; and Team Kelly Clarkson’s Kymberlie Joye and Sarah Grace were sent home.

Strange and Thomas were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show. They lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes.

Prior to the vote, Thomas, Strange and Holmes sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Thomas performed Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” Strange covered “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling and Holmes tackled LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live.”

There are now four singers remaining in the competition: Holmes is Team Jennifer’s last remaining member, along with Team Blake Shelton’s Chris Kroeze and Kirk Jay, and Team Kelly's Chevel Shepherd. There are no artists left on Team Adam.

The results show also featured Michael Bublé performing “Where or When,” from his album Love; Hailee Steinfeld, singing “Back to Life,” a new single from the upcoming film Bumblebee; and Jennifer Hudson with “I’ll Fight, from the documentary film on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

 

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicDemi Lovato has earned a dubious distinction: She's Google's top trending person of 2018.

Unfortunately, the reason she earned that title is no doubt due to the interest surrounding her reportedly near-fatal drug overdose on July 24 and, prior to that, the June release of her song "Sober," in which she revealed that she'd relapsed after six years on the wagon. 

But the good news is that Demi is now out of rehab and appears to be happy and healthy.  This past Friday, she got a Grammy nomination for "Fall In Line," her duet with Christina Aguilera.

Other artists who are on Google's list of the top 10 trending people of 2018 include Eminem at #6, Ariana Grande at #8, Rick Ross at #9 and Cardi B at #10. 

Demi, Em, Ari, Rozay and Cardi are also the five top trending musicians of 2018 -- not surprising, given how high they rank on the people search.  The rest of the most-searched-for musicians list includes Travis Scott, Childish Gambino, Machine Gun Kelly, Meek Mill and the rock band Queen.

Speaking of Queen, their classic track "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the top trending song of 2018, no doubt thanks to the movie of the same name.  That's followed by Childish Gambino's "This Is America" and the kids' song "Baby Shark." 

Other songs on the list: Eminem's diss track "Killshot," Drake's "God's Plan" and "In My Feelings," Ariana's "thank u, next," Sheck Wes' "Mo Bamba," Juice Wrld's "Lucid Dreams" and, for some reason, "Electric Slide."

Among Google's top 10 top trending celebrities who died, Mac Miller comes in at #1. Also on the list: Aretha Franklin at #5, XXXTentacion at #6 and Avicii at #8.

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ABC/Paula LoboThe Chainsmokers, Zedd and Jason Derulo will headine the first-ever KAABOO Cayman festival, which transplants the popular KAABOO Del Mar Festival to the Caribbean.

The festival will take place February 15 and 16 on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Also on the bill: MAGIC!, Counting Crows, Flo Rida, Bryan Adams, Maren Morris, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Salt-N-Pepa and more.

In addition to the musical performances, the event will also feature comedians Wanda Sykes, David Spade, Jenny Slate and Darrell Hammond, as well as gourmet food from top chefs like Richard Blais, Michelle Bernstein, Michael Mina and Dylan Benoit.

Spa services, an art fair, a beach club and craft beverages are also part of the festival experience.

Passes to the event are now available at KaabooCayman.com.  Prices range from $400 to $17,500.  What do you get for $17,500?  The "Ultimate Hang" experience, which includes front row center pit viewing, a VIP lounge, free food and "unique meal experiences," free booze, meet-and-greets, a personal concierge, private restrooms, on-demand car service and more.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures"Shallow," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Grammy-nominated hit duet from A Star Is Born, is the first major musical moment in the movie, and it marks the point where Gaga's character Ally literally becomes a star.  But according to Gaga and co-writer Mark Ronson, the song was originally inspired by a different plot thread, which ultimately never made it into the finished film.

"In the original script, [Bradley's character] was going to drown at the end," Ronson tells the Los Angeles Times. "So Gaga comes in...and she comes up with the chorus, “I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in.”

"She’s got most of the thing in her head, and I’m just trying to offer some words. 'Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us,'" he continues, adding, "In my mind, it was the end credits song, and he’s drowned."

"We thought it might be the ending song," Gaga agrees. "Then as the script changed, we made it a song about the two falling in love. I do feel it was more than the literal drowning element of the original script. It was much more about wanting a deep connection and love than it was about water."

"It’s a conversation between a man and a woman. But we didn’t know that when we started," she notes.

Gaga also reveals that she can "only watch the first half" of A Star Is Born, and then, she says, "I have to pull myself away from it."

"I’m still too much inside the character, and I’m still so connected to Jackson in a way that is all-consuming. I’d be lying to you if I said I can stay and watch the whole thing," she continues.

"Some of my favorite scenes exist in the end...I know I’ll get past that, and I’m excited for when I’ll be able to watch it all the way through again."

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Atlantic RecordsIf you thought Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit “Shape of You” was through breaking records, you’d be wrong.

The track has officially become the first song to hit two billion streams on Spotify. Ed announced the news on Instagram, writing, “Thank you world.”

“Shape of You” had previously been named the most-streamed song ever on Spotify in September 2017, when it hit more than 1.32 billion streams.

In other Ed news, the U.K. tabloid The Sun reports that the singer has landed a cameo as a stormtrooper in the new Star Wars movie, Episode IX. It’s unclear whether we’ll actually see Ed’s face in the role, or if he’ll be concealed under a white helmet the whole time. 

Others have made cameos in the Star Wars films in that way, including Daniel Craig in The Force Awakens.  Britain's Princes Harry and William also reportedly suited up as stormtroopers in The Last Jedi, but they  ended up on the cutting room floor.

Ed previously made appearances in Game of Thrones, Bridget Jones’s Baby and the short-lived TV show The Bastard Executioner.

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John Shearer/Getty Images for Kitty Purry, Inc.She wrote some songs about Ricky...but she's not back together with him.  Ariana Grande has shut down rumors that she's reunited with her ex-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez, one of several men she mentions in the lyrics of "thank u, next." 

The rumors started after Ari exchanged teasing messages with Alvarez over the song's lyrics, writing, "I'm sorry you got the worst line it was meant v. lovingly," and he responded, "Nothing but gratitude."  Then, she was spotted hanging out with Ricky in New York. 

Then, on Monday, Ariana -- gasp! -- commented on an Instagram photo of Ricky that showed him wearing a mustard-colored sweater, writing, "These colors are sick."  You can see Ari's comment captured on People.com, along with fans freaking out. 

Finally, when one fan commented, "WHATS ABOUT YOU AND ARIANA??? WE ALL WANT TO KNOW,"  Ariana jumped back in and wrote, "we’re friends everyone take a big ol breather."

In fact, in the "thank u, next," video, you can see Ricky's page in Ari's "Burn Book." It says, "good times man," "friends forever" and "great dancer."

As you may recall, Ricky was with Ariana in 2015 during the #Donutgate scandal: While the two were in a Calfornia bakery, she licked donuts that were for sale and said, "I hate America. I hate Americans." 

Ariana apologized a number of times for the incident and an official investigation was launched, though charges were never filed.

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NABILZayn’s new album comes out on Friday, but he couldn’t resist releasing one more song before then.

The singer shared the song “There You Are,” along with a lyric video. On the track, he sings about the one person in his life he can always rely on, in good times and in bad.

“There you are/there you are/You’re there with open arms/There you are/There you are/And I run,” Zayn sings.

Zayn most recently released “Good Years,” “Rainberry” and a duet with Nicki Minaj called “No Candle No Light.” He's also released several other songs from the album, Icarus Falls, which is rumored to include 27 tracks.

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ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons is headed to the Super Bowl of college football. The band will perform during ESPN's halftime telecast of the College Football Playoff National Championship, held January 7 in Santa Clara, California.

The performance will mark a fitting end to the season, as ESPN used ID's single "Natural" to soundtrack the network's college football coverage.

Prior to their halftime performance, Imagine Dragons will close out their busy 2018, which saw the release of their new album Origins, with a hometown show in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.

The College Football Playoff National Championship will air January 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentAs promised, Justin Timberlake has rescheduled the cancelled dates from his Man of the Woods tour.

The singer, who was forced to postpone the rest of this year’s dates due to bruised vocal cords, has announced 21 rescheduled shows for 2019.

The trek is slated to kick off again on January 4, with a show in Washington D.C.  The first of the rescheduled dates will take place on January 28 in Denver, Colorado.

Justin had been postponing tour dates since October as he dealt with ongoing vocal issues. Earlier this month, he announced he’d be scrapping the rest of his December shows.

“My vocal cords are healing, but they are not all the way back to normal, so my doctors want me to continue to rest my voice. They have asked me to hold off on singing until next month,” he told fans on Instagram.

Justin added, "Thank you for understanding -- I see all of your posts and I appreciate the support and the love. I look forward to coming back stronger than I was before. More to come on the rescheduled dates.”

Here's the updated 2019 tour itinerary:

1/4 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
1/6 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
1/8 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
1/10 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
1/12 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
1/15 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
1/17 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
1/19 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
1/22 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
1/24 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
1/26 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
1/28 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*
1/31 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden*
2/4 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
2/6 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place*
2/7 - Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place*
2/10 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome*
2/11 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome*
2/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena*
2/15 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena*
2/18 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center*
2/21 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
2/22 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center*
2/24 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden1 Center*
3/5 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena*
3/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena*
3/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center*
3/13 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center*
3/15 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena*
3/25 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
3/31 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
4/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse*
4/4 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
4/6 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center*
4/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center*
4/12 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena*
4/13 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena*

*rescheduled date.

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