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Valheria RochaTaylor Swift doesn't just have new music for her fans: She's got a whole new line of clothing, too -- and you can check it all out now online.

Taylor's posted all the looks from her new collaboration with Stella McCartney -- called Stella X Taylor Swift -- on her official website.  The collection ranges from hoodies and tees, to jackets, purses, bags and caps.  All the items incorporate Taylor's current pastel palette, as well as images of a winged heart, cats and even a unicorn.

Most of the items are adorned with the Stella X Taylor Swift logo, but some incorporate lyrics from the songs on Taylor's new album Lover, including the lyric from the title track, "There's a dazzling haze/a mysterious way about you dear."  Other shirts have the full track listing of Lover on the back or front.

Other tees and hoodies read, "To My Lover," while another appears to read "Like a Tennessee Stella McCartney."  Is that a song lyric?  And if so, did she write it before or after she decided to team up with McCartney?

Yet another shirt is printed with the line "Summer's a knife" -- which we can only assume is either from the song "Cruel Summer" or "Death by a Thousand Cuts."

Taylor will give fans the scoop on the whole collection on Thursday when she does a YouTube live session at 5 p.m.  On Instagram, she writes, "It’s been SO much fun to work/dream up cute stuff with my friend @stellamccartney to create a line inspired by my new album Lover. Can’t wait to show you what we've been working on."

Taylor also promises details on "The Lover Experience" pop-up shop, which will be open Friday through Sunday in New York City.  You'll be able to check out the complete merch line in person at the shop.

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Troy JensenJordin Sparks made her Broadway debut way back in 2010 with a role in In the Heights -- otherwise known as "the Tony-winning musical Lin-Manuel Miranda created before Hamilton."  Now, she's returning to the Great White Way this fall.

Starting September 16, Jordin will tie on an apron to star in Broadway's Waitress; her run in the show will wrap up October 27.

"I’ve missed the Broadway stage ever since I took my final bow in In the Heights in 2010," said Jordin in a statement. "I am so excited to be able to return to it and serve up some musical pie!”

In Waitress, based on the 2007 movie of the same name, Jordin will play Jenna, a pregnant waitress and expert pie-maker who's stuck in a bad marriage, and starts an ill-considered affair with her OB-GYN. 

Waitress, which opened in 2016, is the first Broadway musical in history to have an all-female creative team, including Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics. Despite its success, the show will close on Broadway in January of 2020.

Coincidentally, Jordin, who won season six of American Idol, isn't the first alumna of the show to star as Jenna in Waitress. Katharine McPhee, who came in second on season five of the show, played Jenna on Broadway in 2018, and then in London's West End from March through June of this year.

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iStock/quinntheislanderJustin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are approaching their one-year anniversary as a married couple, and according to People, they're going to celebrate by throwing themselves an actual wedding party.

As you may recall, the two tied the knot secretly in a New York courthouse in September of 2018, two months after getting engaged, but the two have always wanted to have a separate religious ceremony and celebration with friends and family. 

Now, a source tells People that the two have been "planning for a while" to have their wedding party in September, and adds, “They are trying to keep the wedding details quiet, but both seem very excited. They are very happy about their married life together.”

Last September, Hailey told The Cut that she imagined a ceremony in the woods with "lights strung everywhere," with her sister as her bridesmaid, and Justin's little sister as a flower girl.

A few days ago, Justin posted some pictures of Hailey on Instagram and captioned them with some words that he should probably repurpose as his wedding vows: "I fall more in love with you every single day. You are the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I would be lost without you."

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Valheria RochaTaylor Swift's new album Lover won't be out until Friday, but it's reportedly already gone platinum worldwide.

The head of Taylor's record company tells Variety that "pre-sales [are] quickly approaching one million copies globally.”  Keep in mind, though, that that's an international figure.  Whether or not the album can sell a million copies domestically in its first week -- as her 2017 album Reputation did -- remains to be seen.

As Variety notes, album sales are trending downward, but this is Taylor Swift we're talking about.  In addition, she's doing a lot more promotion on this album than she did for Reputation, including a Thursday morning concert for ABC's Good Morning America, a YouTube live stream and a performance on the 2019 MTV VMAs on August 26.

Reputation, which came out 15 months ago, has sold more than 2.2 million copies in the U.S.  Taylor's 2014 album 1989 has sold just over six million copies.

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Courtesy MTVThe 2019 MTV VMAs are less than a week away and the show continues to expand its star-studded lineup.

Normani, Big Sean, rapper A$AP Ferg, R&B star H.E.R. and Latin star Ozuna have been added to a list of performers that already includes Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Shawn Mendes.

As for presenters, the likes of Bebe Rexha, Hailee Steinfeld, Megan Thee Stallion, Rick Ross, Salt-N-Pepa, French Montana, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz, Ice-T, John Travolta, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, Keke Palmer, U.S. Women's National Soccer team stars Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger & Ashlyn Harris will be handing out Moonpersons onstage throughout the night.

Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 MTV VMAs live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Monday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m.ET/PT.

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Andrew MacPhersonPink's Beautiful Trauma World Tour wrapped up on Monday in Toronto, and in every way, it was the biggest tour of her career.

The tour, which has been going since March of 2018, has grossed just over $397 million and sold just over three million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore.  That makes it the highest-grossing tour by a female artist in a decade -- specifically, since Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour, which took in $408 million before wrapping in 2009.

The tour is also the 10th highest grossing one in Billboard Boxscore's history, and the second-highest grossing world tour ever by a female artist.

On Instagram, Pink wrote, "Thank you to everyone around the world for a beautiful, magical, challenging, fun, emotional, soulful tour. This was 2 1/2 years of blood, sweat, and many tears. A lot of happy ones, too. It has been an honor and a pleasure to play with you."

Pink's tour, in support of her 2017 number one album Beautiful Trauma, started in North America and then played 42 shows in Australia.  It then moved to European stadiums -- marking Pink's first time performing in those venues -- before returning to North America for a final leg.

According to Billboard, in her two-decade career, Pink has now earned a total of $716 million on the road, making her one of the 20 highest-grossing artists of all time.

Meanwhile, Pink's joined the chorus of celebs speaking out on behalf of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, who've been repeatedly attacked by the press.

"The way people treat [Meghan] is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while," she tweeted. " It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind."

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ABC/Craig SjodinKaty Perry will do a rare acoustic performance this fall to raise money for something that means a lot to her: transcendental meditation.

Katy wrote on Instagram, "On October 11th, I’ll be in DC for a special acoustic set for the #SilencetheViolence Benefit Concert."  She added that soul legend Mavis Staples and jazz/pop singer Norah Jones are also on the bill for the show, which will raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation.

She explains that the money raised will help the foundation -- started by Twin Peaks director David Lynch -- "bring one of the most important tools I use to keep me balanced and creative with a positive mindset -- Transcendental Meditation -- to at-risk youth."

Specifically, some 10,000 D.C.-area young people will be helped by the funds raised at the concert.

Last year, Katy attended a conference called "Unite to Cure" at Italy's Vatican. She took part in the portion of the conference called "Impacting Children’s Health Through Meditation Globally, and wrote on Instagram at the time, "I’m inspired and encouraged...and grateful to share how meaningful Transcendental Meditation has been for me."

Transcendental Meditation involves sitting with your eyes closed twice a day, for 20 minutes at a time, while repeating a mantra.  It has been widely used in schools, universities, corporations, and prison programs.

Pre-sale tickets are available now via Ticketmaster. The general on-sale is on Friday, August 23 at 10 a.m. ET.

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iStock/ZerborHappy Birthday, Demi Lovato! The singer turns 27 today, August 20, but got a sweet birthday wish last night at London's O2 Arena, where her friend, Ariana Grande, was performing.

Demi posted an Instagram video showing Ariana and her team doing a "before-show prayer," which they ended by shouting, "1, 2, 3...Happy Birthday, Demi!" Then Ari and Demi embraced.

“This was too sweet not to post," Demi captioned the video, adding, "I’m so so proud of you @arianagrande. You f***ing killed that!! I love you tons.”

Demi also posted a video of herself blowing out the candles on her cake, and captioned it, "This video is a perfect glimpse of how f***ing happy and rad my birthday is this year. So so happy."

Indeed, a source tells People, “Demi is in a great place in her life. She is spending her birthday in London and working on new music and other projects. She’s healthy and has been working out."

The singer, who now shares a manager, Scooter Braun, with Ariana, has come a long way since her July 24 overdose last year. 

On August 5, 2018, she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."

She told her fans that she was "forever grateful for all of your love and support," adding, "The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."

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TValheria Rochaaylor Swift gave fans a lot to think about last week when she released the track list for her new album Lover, but now she's giving fans even more stuff to obsess over.  She's releasing excerpts of the songs' lyrics every day this week via a new Spotify playlist.

It's called Love, Taylor: The Lover Enhanced Album, and in a welcome video, Taylor explains, "Every day until the release of my new album Lover, I'll be sharing unreleased lyrics that nobody's seen before, so keep checking back."

In the first excerpt, Taylor recites the following lyrics: "I can't talk to you when you're like this: staring out the window like I'm not you're favorite town.  I'm New York City!"  While those lyrics play, you can see a handwritten note with the lyrics on it. 

Taylor doesn't indicate which Lover song those lyrics are from, but they could be from the song "Cornelia Street," which is a street in Manhattan where she reportedly owns, or used to own, property.

In addition to the previously released songs from Lover, the playlist also includes songs by everyone from the Dixie Chicks -- who are featured on the album -- to Phil Collins, Nicki Minaj, Blondie, Annie Lennox, Kesha and Lana Del Rey.

Billboard reports that Spotify plans to bring Taylor's lyrics to life via "love letters" that will show up in surprise locations all around the world. 

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PRNewsfoto/DKNYDKNY has tapped Halsey to front its Fall 2019 campaign, in honor of the fashion line's 30th anniversary.

The brand says that it chose Halsey because she's a "native New Yorker" -- even though she's actually from New Jersey.  But in addition to that, DKNY says she's "self-made and self-assured," and radiates "cool confidence, irreverent style, and pure talent."  She's also, according to the brand, "a fearless voice of a generation."

In a series of black-and-white portraits, Halsey sports some of the brand's new looks, including raw denim, checked suiting and leopard-print athleisure.

In a statement, Halsey says, "DKNY is the spirit of New York. It's diversity and drive. It's hard work and a pinch of destiny. They say if a bee strays too far from its hive, it will die. DKNY keeps my home in my heart, and the magic in my mind. It's an honor to be a part of their 30th birthday."

Halsey will perform at DKNY's 30th birthday bash during New York Fashion Week, and the party will also feature a DJ set from The Martinez Brothers, who are part of the campaign as well.

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Looks like Ed Sheeran don't need no education: He's one of the most successful musicians in the world, despite receiving failing grades in all his courses at music college.  Ed's terrible marks are revealed in a new exhibit that recently opened in his hometown.

Called Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, the exhibit was curated by Ed's dad in celebration of the singer's upcoming hometown shows in Ipswich, England, located in the county of Suffolk. As the Daily Mail reports, one of exhibits is Ed's report card from his time at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, which he attended from 2009 until 2010.

The report card shows that Ed failed all his courses, receiving grades of F in "songcraft," "professional musicianship," "music industry prep" and "style development" -- which may be why Ed quit school after a year.  But just year later, his single "The A Team" reached number three on the U.K. chart, and he was off and running.

The 28-year-old star recently broke the record for the highest-grossing tour of all time, and he'll end the two-year trek with four shows in Ipswich, starting on Friday.  Ed's also worth an estimated $194 million and has won four Grammys, among goodness knows how many other awards.

The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibit also includes Ed's childhood drawings, photos of Ed as a child, the Ed puppet that appears in his video for his 2014 hit "Sing," one of his guitars, and more.

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Valheria RochaNow that Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn's relationship appears to be super, super serious -- like, "headed down the aisle at some point" serious -- it's time for the couple to settle down in a house that will suit their superstar lifestyles.

The New York Post has learned that Taylor is looking to purchase a house in Joe's hometown of London, England, and her budget is a whopping $30 million.  A source close to Taylor told The Post, "Taylor is looking for a grand home in London with two kitchens, so she and Joe can live in privacy and entertain properly."

"They’ve been splitting their time between London and Nashville — and she keeps sending her jet for him so they can be together," dishes the source. "She has three private jets and even her own hangar.”

“This is just another sign of how close they are," the source added. "She’s the happiest she’s ever been.”

Of course, all you need to do is listen to Taylor's song "Lover" to understand that.

"I've loved you three summers now, honey, but I want 'em all," she sings. "Can I go where you go?/Can we always be this close forever and ever?"

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Credit: Kenneth Cappello Our long national nightmare -- or daydream, depending on how you look at it -- is over: After a record-breaking 19 weeks, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X is no longer number one on the Billboard Hot 100.  Finally ascending to the number one spot after weeks at number two: "bad guy" by Billie Eilish.

And, evidently, there's no hard feelings: Lil Nas X tweeted, "congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!"

In topping the chart, Billie has set a number of records. First, "bad guy" is the first song to hit number one after spending a record nine weeks at number two. Three songs -- The Weeknd's "Starboy," Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and OutKast's "The Way You Move" -- spent eight weeks in the runner-up spot before they hit number one.

Next, "bad guy" also marks the first time that a song that was formerly number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart has gone on to top the Hot 100 since Lorde's "Royals" in 2013.

And this will make you feel old: Eilish, born in December of 2001, is the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one hit on the Hot 100. At 17, she's also the youngest artist to rule the chart since Lorde, who was 16 when "Royals" hit number one.

Meanwhile, "Old Town Road" has dropped to number three.

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ABC/Randy HolmesTo say that Billie Eilish is a success feels like quite the understatement. The "bad guy" singer has sold out shows across the world and has been slaying Billboard chart records left and right, and she's only 17. But when she first started pursuing making music professionally, she says she was met with resistance from industry executives.

In a conversation with Pharrell Williams for V Magazine's new cover story, Eilish recalls her first meetings with label and management types when she was 13.

"I think the only people that didn't look at me like I was going to have a horrible career were the people that I ended up working with," Eilish explains.

"Everyone was just like, 'Oh, you're 13, yikes, you're going to be used,' and this and that," she continues. "And I am like, 'Yo, y'all are the people that would use me in the situation you are talking about.'"

Luckily, Eilish was able to connect with people who shared her mindset and passion, and it's safe to say that her career hasn't been "horrible."

"I am really, really lucky and grateful that I have had the experience that I had with my label and with my team and everyone," she says. "I never had any issues with people trying to pull me in a different direction, one in which I would not want to be headed."

The new issue of V will be available August 26.

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Andrew MacPhersonPink and her husband Carey Hart have had just about enough of the parent police shaming them non-stop for how they choose to raise their two children, Willow and Jameson. Pink's now essentially daring people to stop criticizing her and Carey...in the form of an Internet challenge.

On Sunday, she posted a photo of Willow sitting on Carey's lap, wrapped in a towel, having apparently just exited the pool, lake or ocean.

In the caption, she wrote, "I’d like to propose a worldwide internet challenge to anyone reading this today. Go ONE day without criticizing someone online. Let’s call it the MISS ME WITH THE BULLS*** CHALLENGE. And if it feels good, hey, why not go TWO DAYS. But let’s start with one for the overzealous out there."

Carey reposted the photo and wrote, "I think it’s a long shot, but I’m optimistic!!!"

While Pink has disabled the comments on her page, Carey has not. His commenters were largely supportive of the initiative, though someone turned the tables on him and slammed him for posting a photo of a guy at the gym -- with his face blacked out -- who was reading the paper while sitting on the calf press machine. 

Carey had trashed the guy, writing, "This is a next level d**k move. This dude was posted up reading the newspapers on the work out equipment. And friends wonder why I hate public gyms."

"Maybe let's start with removing the photo of the guy at the gym," scolded a commenter. "Public criticism vs someone who's full story you don't know, is the worst type of criticism imo."

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NBC/Trae PattonCharlie Puth is about to drop his first new song since releasing his 2018 album Voicenotes.

The "Attention" singer announced that the track, "I Warned Myself," will arrive on Wednesday, with a countdown to begin that day at 11 a.m. ET on YouTube.

Last week, Charlie tweeted that he was "putting out three songs," with the first coming "next week."  This is the song he was referring to.

The Grammy-nominated "See You Again" vocalist also posted some behind-the-scenes clips on his Instagram story, showing him working with super-producer Benny Blanco.

While Charlie hasn't released a solo single in awhile, he's kept himself in the spotlight by appearing on NBC's music competition shows The Voice and Songland.  He also co-wrote Katy Perry's new single "Small Talk" and Michael Buble's single "Love You Anymore."

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Atlantic RecordsAva Max just keeps the bangers coming.

Following the release of "Freaking Me Out" and "Blood, Sweat & Tears," plus her collabo with AJ Mitchell, "Slow Dance," the singer has dropped yet another new track.  It's called "Torn," and no, it's not a cover of that Natalie Imbruglia song.  This is an upbeat number that finds Ava trying to decide if she should break up with a guy who she both loves and hates.

“Love and hate are two of the strongest emotions we feel in relationships,” says Ava in a statement. "'Torn' explores the struggle between them that everyone can relate to. I’m so excited to share my new single with the world! Keep your eyes peeled for the video coming soon.”

Ava has an exciting week coming up.  Tuesday night, she and The Jonas Brothers will perform together at New York's Webster Hall for a special concert on Pandora.  On Sunday, she'll perform at the annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day tennis event in Queens, NY, along with MAX, Blanco Brown and others. It airs on ABC-TV at 2 p.m. ET.

Then, on Monday, Ava will be one of the red carpet pre-show performers at the MTV VMAs, along with Latin boy band CNCO and Megan Thee Stallion.  She's nominated for Best New Artist.

Zara Larsson will be a special correspondent during the pre-show, which starts at 7 p.m. ET/PT.  Also during the pre-show, the winner of the 2019 Push Artist of the Year will be presented on the carpet by 2018's winner, Hayley Kiyoko.

The 2019 MTV VMAs, hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, will air live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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TAS Rights ManagementIf you've ever wondered what Taylor Swift would sound like singing with no musical background whatsoever, well, wonder no more.

In a new commercial for Amazon Music, an animation of Taylor's disembodied lips flutters through a garden of blooming flowers, plants, butterflies, a snake and a cat statue, while singing an a cappella version of "You Need to Calm Down."  As they sing, the lips change from red, to purple, to rainbow, to sprinkle-covered, to glitter.

"Alexa, play the new Taylor Swift on Amazon Music," says a voiceover, followed by the regular version of the song.

"A voice is all you need," reads the tagline.

Taylor captioned the video, "@amazonmusic: what color lips would you like for this commercial? Me: yes."

Taylor's new album Lover arrives Friday. She'll perform on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday.

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Theo Wargo/WireImageThey weren't there together, but both Harry Styles and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown were spotted dancing up a storm at Ariana Grande's concert in London on Saturday night.

Footage shot by a Twitter user named @Rosiexwh shows both stars in what appears to be a VIP area of London's O2 arena, dancing their little hearts out -- separately.  E! Online reports that Millie went to the concert with her co-stars from her current movie, Enola Holmes.

The same user also posted video of Harry and Millie chatting during the concert.

In addition to being an Ariana fan, Millie is evidently a big One Direction fan -- last year, when Niall Horan tweeted her to say how much he loved Stranger Things, Millie wrote back saying she was "literally fangirling and freaking out right now."

Meanwhile, Sunday night's concert featured Ariana's mom Joan dancing like crazy. When a Twitter user posted footage of her, Ariana replied, "mama !!!!!!!!!! how how how is someone this cute ?"

Ariana's Sweetener tour continues in London tonight.

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ABC/Rick RowellOver the weekend, a grainy photograph in a British tabloid purported to show Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga enjoying a romantic getaway together in France.   Well, it turns out that not only was that not Lady Gaga...it wasn't even a woman.

As another British tabloid, The Sun, points out, Cooper was actually seen lunching in a restaurant in Provence with U2's Bono and Bono's lifelong pal Derek Rowan, aka Guggi -- who happens to have long silver hair.  In addition to being a painter and sculptor, Guggi was also in a band called the Virgin Prunes. U2 fans know that Guggi's brother Peter is the kid shown on the cover of U2's 1980 album Boy.

A source told The Sun, “Bradley hasn’t seen [Lady Gaga] in months. He is good pals with Bono and met up with him and his friends, who include Guggi. He’s just trying to enjoy a break in the sun.”

While fans have been clamoring for Gaga and Cooper to get together in real life since they appeared in A Star Is Born -- and that talk only increased once Cooper split with his girlfriend Irina Shayk -- the two are not a couple.  A few weeks ago, Gaga was seen kissing audio engineer Dan Horton.

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