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Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez is the most-followed woman on Instagram and can act as well as sing.  But she says one reason her current project is behind-the-scenes as an executive producer is because, believe it or not, she doesn't think anyone will cast her in a good role in the near future.

Speaking to the New York Times, Selena says, "I want to be a part of projects that have value, that really matter. And it’s really hard to do that. Sometimes I feel defeated. I’ll audition for a part that I feel very passionate about, meet with people, tell them I’m willing to go places. I think they think I won’t go there."

She admits, "To be honest, I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon for me. I think I look really young, and image-wise, it’s difficult for people to grasp."

As a result, Selena is putting her passion into Thirteen Reasons Why, a new Netflix series based on the popular young adult novel of the same name.  She's an executive producer on the series, which debuts March 31.

"Early on, my mom taught me that sometimes you just have to create those projects for yourself," says Selena. "That’s what I want this to be: a launching pad."

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ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaA massive star in her native Sweden, Zara Larsson broke through in the U.S. last year with her hit "Never Forget You."  That hit is included on her new album, So Good, her first to be released internationally.  The album features an eclectic mix of sounds, but Zara says that was pretty much accidental.

"I think I’m just influenced by a lot of things," she tells ABC Radio. "Pop is so broad and what I love about it is that you’re allowed to be inspired by different genres."

"I think it just happened because I enjoy different types of music and I let myself be influenced by that," she adds.

The set features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, Clean Bandit, Wizkid and MNEK, and includes electro-pop, reggae, dance-pop, R&B, edgier club tracks and piano ballads.  Zara explains that all the types of music she loves converge on the album:

"I love hip-hop. That’s basically the only thing I’m listening to,"she explains. "And I also brought in the dancehall vibe and there’s ballads. It’s a little bit of this and that."  

Zara heads out on tour with Clean Bandit at the end of this month.

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Greg Williams; Jason LaVeris/Film MagicHarry Potter star Rupert Grint says he regularly gets mistaken for his friend Ed Sheeran, and now he's turned his association with the chart-topping singer into a hilarious video in which he claims "Ed" doesn't exist -- he's just a character he's been playing for the last few years.

In the MTV-produced video, which you can watch on YouTube, MTV's Josh Horowitz welcomes "Ed Sheeran" onto a TRL-type show, but it's really Rupert in disguise, complete with glasses, fake tattoo sleeves and flannel shirt.  Just as he's about to sing, he stops, and pulls open his flannel shirt to reveal a Gryffindor t-shirt.

"The truth is, Ed isn't real," he says, as fans gasp in surprise. "My name is Rupert Grint.  After Potter all I wanted to do was stretch myself, create some real magic. So I created a character. He'd have the voice of an angel, impossibly wispy facial hair....so I bought a guitar and a bunch of flannel." 

"I called him 'Ed.' 'Ed Sheeran.' Such a weird name," Rupert laughs bitterly. "I just didn't expect everyone to think he was real. He became my greatest acting achievement...and the bane of my existence...that's why it has to end!"

"I Just can't balance it anymore," he cries. "From this day forward, Ed is no more!"  A fan screams in horror, and Horowitz screams that Grint must continue the charade. "Think of me. Think of them!" he yells.

"Gimme that damn guitar," Rupert responds.  "You made the right choice, Rupert," says Horowitz.

"No, not Rupert," he replies. "Ed."

Ed -- the real one -- retweeted the video, with the caption, "Rupert, you lad x."

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Image Group LA/ABCWhen you’re as famous as Justin Bieber, eating lunch in peace isn’t really an option. The Bieb was bombarded by fans recently as he dined at Chargrill Charlie’s restaurant in Sydney, Australia.

As seen in photos and video captured on social media, fans crowded the singer and snapped photos as he ate, then chased him to his car. In one video, Justin is heard telling the crowd, “The more you guys scream and act like animals, the less we can have a conversation.”

Over the past year, Justin has tried to distance himself from fans to a certain extent. He stopped doing meet and greets at his shows and also stopped taking photos with people.

Last May he wrote on Instagram, “If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I’m not gonna take a picture. I’m done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity."

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“the more you guys scream and act like animals, the less we can have a conversation” TELL THEM @justinbieber pic.twitter.com/BnqzzSXkym

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Alasdair McLellanIf you weren't able to attend Adele's record-breaking run of concerts in Australia, you can still experience a small part of it, thanks to one extremely enterprising fan.

The fan is auctioning of a bag of air -- yes, air -- supposedly captured at Adele's March 13 show in Adelaide, Australia. "Grab a piece of history for your Adele collection. A true fan must have this air," reads the caption.

The item is a clear plastic sandwich bag labeled with the concert location and date, and the words "legit bag of air."  The auction ends March 26, and when we last checked, bidding had reached $15.45 Australian dollars -- a little under 12 bucks.

According to the Adelaide Advertiser, the fan, Shaun McDonough, is also selling a bag of air from a Justin Bieber concert in Sydney March 15.

Adele's concerts were so popular Down Under, it's not surprising people are willing to pay.  According to the Sydney Herald Sun, she sold 600,000 tickets during the tour, with just eight shows.  Her show on March 11 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium drew over 100,000 fans, the biggest single concert attendance in Australian history.

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Atlantic RecordsIf you listened to Ed Sheeran's smash #1 hit "Shape of You" and were reminded of TLC's classic hit "No Scrubs" when you heard the line "Boy let's not talk too much/grab on my waist and put that body on me"....well, you weren't the only one.

Billboard reports that the people who wrote "No Scrubs" have now been added to the credits of Ed's hit, because rhythmically, the line is so reminiscent of the "No Scrubs" chorus.  The song was co-written by Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle from the girl group Xscape, as well as Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs.

Kandi, who now appears on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, celebrated the good news on Instagram, writing, "Thank you for allowing [Tiny] & I to share in the success of #ShapeofYou!"

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Getty Images/Paul ZimmermanWyclef Jean is speaking out about the incident early Tuesday morning in which he was handcuffed by L.A. sheriff's deputies who mistook him for a robbery suspect.  Clef is upset about the incident, but not because he has a problem with the police.

"As a person who has law enforcement in their family -- I mean I ran for president of a country -- I understand law and order," he tells ABC Radio.

Part of the incident was captured on video, but he says the really scary part was not.

"When I got out the car, the part that y'all did not see...is the quick roll-up on me, and the guns drawn," he tells ABC Radio.  "Your mind is going 360 miles an hour..I'm being pulled over. Now I'm being handcuffed. My bandana is being pulled off my head. I still don't know why."

Clef says he identified himself and urged the deputies to Google him, but that didn't happen quickly enough for him. He's upset at the lack of communication, and how his behavior was described in a statement by the sheriff's department.

"They said I went to the back of the trunk. And this is not true," he tells ABC Radio. He also says they characterized him as being hostile.

"I'm not here to incite a race war here," he explains. "I'm here to address an issue where I feel like it's abuse of power, and information is tampered with from the side of the citizen. And for me, this is not right."

What's also upsetting is that he always instructed his daughter how to behave if she's ever pulled over by the cops, and now she sees that doesn't work in real life.

"She...goes, "Dad, you did all of this like you told me what to do. They still put you in cuffs in the back of a car.' Now what?"

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/VogueSelena Gomez is still young, but she's managed to pack a lot into those years: touring the world, starring in movies, producing TV shows, dating famous musicians, starting a clothing line, doing charity work and more.  But she says there's still one thing she hasn't done yet that she'd like to experience...and it's pretty dangerous.

As part of her recent Vogue cover story, Selena answered 73 random questions about herself for a video on the Vogue website.  When asked what's still on her bucket list, she replied, "I want to jump out of something."  Whether she means a plane or a window -- or even a cake -- it could get pretty messy.

Among the other things we learned about Selena from the video: Her favorite word is "grateful," she'd describe herself as "loyal, kind and giving," her pet peeve is "people who are rude," the thing that makes her angriest is "people who act entitled," and the dessert she can't live without is chocolate cake.

In addition, Selena says the advice she'd give her 15-year-old self is, "Go ahead and do it 'cause you're gonna do it anyway!"

Selena also says Meryl Streep is her "spirit animal" and the most fashionable woman she knows is Natalie Portman, while the person she looks up to the most is her mom.

The biggest surprise she ever received was a "romantic dinner on a rooftop" -- she doesn't say with who -- and the movie she can watch over and over is Crazy. Stupid. Love. 

Her current favorite TV show binge is Curb Your Enthusiasm, songs she loves include "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey and "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars, and if she wasn't a singer or actress, she'd be a chef.

And finally, where does Selena see herself in 10 years? 

"Hopefully, happy."

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Mark SeligerBefore she releases her new album next month, Sheryl Crow will be gracing our TV screens. The singer has landed a guest spot on NCIS: New Orleans.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Sheryl will be performing two new songs from her upcoming album Be Myself on an April episode of the CBS series. According to EW, she'll be singing the album’s first single “Halfway There,” as well as the song “Roller Skate.”

Her scenes take place at a mansion for a charity garden party. As she performs for guests, Scott Bakula’s character, Dwayne Cassius Pride, and his fellow special agents arrive looking for a potential suspect among the crowd.

The episode, which was filmed on Monday, airs Tuesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. on CBS. Sheryl’s album comes out April 21.

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Atlantic RecordsSome albums by major artists came out several years ago and have yet to go gold.  Ed Sheeran's new album went platinum in just over two weeks.

According to Britain's Official Charts Company, Divide has just passed the million mark, selling 1.07 million units in physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales.  It took Ed just 16 days to accomplish that feat.

In the U.K., Ed currently has a lock on the entire top three on the charts: "Shape of You" is #1, followed by another track from Divide, "Galway Girl," at #2, and "Castle on the Hill" at #3.

Divide is #1 on both the U.K. and the U.S. album chart.

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna is bringing her annual Diamond Ball to New York City for the first time ever this September at Cipriani Wall Street

The Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year recipient's black-tie affair will raise money to support her Clara Lionel Foundation

"New York always offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing event, which is why I am thrilled to have the Diamond Ball there," RiRi said in an official statement.  

She added, "It's a great way to celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation's accomplishments, as well as bring awareness to our mission globally. I know it'll be a night to remember!" 

Rihanna created the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 to support and develop world-class educational programs in her home country of Barbados, and other countries.   

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September 14, 2017 #DiamondBall pic.twitter.com/M4mLH3wCvJ

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Brendan WalterLorde clued fans in on her musical plans -- and her current TV obsession -- in a series of Tuesday morning tweets.

The Kiwi pop star first expressed her delight with Big Little Lies, the HBO drama about a group of private school parents in Monterey, California, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern. Lorde tweeted, “please inject more big little lies DIRECTLY into my veins @HBO!!!!!”

Lorde previously announced a June 16 release date for her sophomore album, Melodrama. When a fan responded to her HBO tweet by requesting more musical “melodrama” directly into their veins, Lorde responded, “lethal dose coming soon…”

She added, "Fine tuning the plan for the whole year...holy sh** you guys have no idea there's so much cool stuff coming."

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Monty Brinton/CBSRight around the time of the Grammy Awards, many of the artists who were in town for the ceremony got together to tape a new CBS special, Stayin' Alive: Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees.  Now that special has an airdate -- April 16 -- and we know all the details of who's singing what.

Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, DNCE, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Tori Kelly, Pentatonix, Celine Dion, John Legend, Katharine McPhee and Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb himself are among the stars who took part in the tribute to the legendary trio, in honor of the 40th anniversary of their landmark Saturday Night Fever album. 

On the show, Gibb and some of the other acts perform a selection of hits from that soundtrack, while other artists covers songs from different phases of the Bee Gees' 50-year career.  Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta makes a special appearance.

Here's a full list of who's singing what on the special, which you can catch Sunday, April 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT:

Medley: "Stayin' Alive," "Tragedy" "How Deep Is Your Love,"  "Night Fever" -- Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, Andra Day
"To Love Somebody" -- Keith Urban
"Massachusetts" -- Ed Sheeran
"Lonely Days" -- Panic! At The Disco
"Tragedy" -- Tori Kelly
"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" -- John Legend & Stevie Wonder
"Islands in the Stream" -- Kelsea Ballerini & Thomas Rhett
"Immortality" -- Celine Dion
"Night Fever" -- DNCE
"If I Can't Have You" -- Demi Lovato
"More Than a Woman" -- Jason Derulo & Tavares
"How Deep Is Your Love" -- Little Big Town
"Love So Right" -- Andra Day
"I Just Want to Be Your Everything" -- Nick Jonas
"Too Much Heaven" -- Pentatonix
"Emotion" -- Katharine McPhee
"Jive Talkin'" -- Barry Gibb
"You Should Be Dancing" -- Barry Gibb
 "Stayin' Alive" -- Barry Gibb & Ensemble

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Universal Pictures Home EntertainmentIt's been a hit single, a ringtone and a children's book, and now Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a movie.

Production has started on the film, an animated tale based on Mariah's 2015 children's book, which was inspired by the song. It's a straight-to-DVD production that'll also be available on Digital HD and On Demand this holiday season.  Mariah narrates the movie -- in a statement, she says, "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families."

The movie features the voices of Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Phil Morris, Breanna Yde, Lana Hayes and others.  It's about a young girl named Mariah -- obviously -- who wants a puppy named Princess for Christmas.  But before she's trusted to take care of the puppy, she has to prove she can pet-sit a badly-behaved dog named Jack.  As Mariah and her family prepare for Christmas, Jack turns their world upside down.

Mariah fans know that Jack was the name of the singer's dearly departed Jack Russell terrier.  She currently has eight other Jack Russells, according to reports.

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NABILZayn Malik's been teasing fans with the promise of new music, and now it seems he's got something coming momentarily.

On Instagram, Zayn posted the single cover art of a song called "Still Got Time," a collaboration with Canadian rapper PartyNextDoor.  He's signed to Drake's record label, and co-wrote his collabo with Rihanna, "Work."

Asked on Twitter "But when does it drop?" Zayn replied, "Soon and I mean it."  When another fan wrote, "NAH BRO I DONT TRUST YOUR SOON," he responded, "Don't be like that ... I promise you."

It's possible that the song might arrive as soon as Friday.  It'd be Zayn's first release since his duet with Taylor Swift.

 

Soon and I mean it 😝 https://t.co/Cdp6aurkHG

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Disruptor Records / Columbia RecordsLeAnn Rimes is a generous soul: she's publicly congratulated The Chainsmokers for tying a chart record she's held for 20 years.

LeAnn's smash "How Do I Live" spent 32 weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1997-1998.  But last week, The Chainsmokers matched that feat when "Closer" notched its 32nd week in the top 10.  

LeAnn tweeted her good wishes to the duo, writing, "So happy for @TheChainsmokers tying my @billboard record with #Closer. I've held the title for 20 years, now we can share! Congrats guys."

She also posted an acoustic video of herself performing a mash-up of "How Do I Live" and "Closer." She then turns to the camera and says, "Hey guys, congratulations. "I've held this [record] for 20 years and I'm really proud of you guys and happy for you, so enjoy."

"Closer," which finally fell out of the top 10 this week, spent 12 of its 32 weeks in the top 10 at #1.  It also holds the record for most weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 top five, with 27.

 

So happy for @TheChainsmokers tying my @billboard record with #Closer. I've held the title for 20 years, now we can share! Congrats guys 💋❤️ pic.twitter.com/XOobCX702s

— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) March 20, 2017

 

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Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran's amazing chart success over the past few years is bringing him a prestigious songwriting award.

At this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction gala, Ed will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.  Since 2004, it's been presented to a young songwriter who's made "a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs."  Past recipients include John Legend, Taylor Swift, Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and more.

In a statement, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, legendary producers and co-chairmen of the Hall, said, "Ed Sheeran has accomplished so much in pop music that it is hard to believe he is only 26."

Ed will receive his award June 15 in New York City during the Songwriters Hall of Fame annual gala, during which members of the band Chicago, rapper Jay Z, Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and chart-topping songwriter Max Martin will all be inducted.

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Anna Webber/BravoWhile Miley Cyrus, her dad Billy Ray Cyrus and her sister Noah Cyrus are holding down the music end of things in their family, Miley's mom and other sister are getting ready to take over TV.

May 25 will see the debut on Bravo of Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer, starring Miley's mom Tish and her sister Brandi.  The episode pits the women against each other in a designer showdown: They'll each compete to pitch their design ideas to homeowners.  Once the homeowners pick one plan, the two women will then have to work together to get it done.

"We've developed quite the reputation in Nashville for our interior design. Being a Cyrus means you're extremely competitive," Tish says in a statement. "We're teaming up and doing it for clients in our amazing hometown."

According to Bravo, the entire Cyrus clan -- Miley, Billy Ray, Noah and brothers Trace and Braison -- are going to cameo in the show.

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Mike Pont/WireImageIn a case of mistaken identity, Wyclef Jean was handcuffed by sheriff's deputies in the early hours of Tuesday morning in L.A. -- and now the producer and artist is threatening to sue.

According to KABC-TV, a robbery was reported at an L.A. gas station at 1 a.m., and witnesses described the suspects as two pedestrians who drove off in an either gold or tan Toyota. One suspect was a black male wearing a red bandana.  About 25 minutes later, deputies stopped Wyclef Jean, who was driving a car with a similar description -- and he also was wearing a red bandana. 

While the artist cooperated, he was handcuffed and detained until it was determined that he was not the suspect.  Wyclef then posted video of the incident on his Instagram account with the caption, "Why am I in Handcuffs!!!!!????? This is what I said to the LAPD after they put me in Handcuffs for mistaken identity !!!!!!!"  In the video, Clef says, "Just so you know, I am going to sue the LAPD." 

It later emerged that the gas station was not robbed -- two pedestrians were pistol-whipped by the suspects in front of the gas station. The actual suspects were arrested at 1:45am.

Clef later issued a statement saying, " I was asked by the police to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself and before being told why. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person. They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal."

He added, "I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent. As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by the behavior of the LAPD."

It's worth noting that it was sheriff's deputies, not the LAPD, who cuffed the singer.  Deputies reportedly gave Wyclef a business card with the number of the West Hollywood sheriff in case he had any questions.

 

 

 

 

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Trae Patton/NBCIt was the first night of the battle rounds on The Voice Monday night, as teammates went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition. The evening culminated in Alicia Keys winning a three-way battle to steal one of Blake Shelton’s artists. Gwen and Blake also stole artists.

Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: John Legend, for Adam Levine's team; Luke Bryan, for Shelton's team; Céline Dion, for Gwen Stefani’s team; and DJ Khaled, for Keys' team.

Here are some of Monday's highlights:

Teen Brennley Brown and Lauren Duski, representing Team Blake, faced off against each other on Little Big Town’s “Better Man.” The choice posed the biggest challenge for Brown, who has never been in a relationship, but Blake also noted that Lauren needed to “pour a little anger” in the song. Blake, crowned Lauren the winner.

However, Gwen and Adam fought to steal Brown. Gwen argued that she wanted the young singer from the beginning, praising her “spirit” and “talent.” After serenading Brennley -- who turned 15 -- with “Happy Birthday,” Adam insisted that he had “so many wonderful ideas” for what to do with musically with her. Brennley chose Team Gwen.

Alicia’s second pairing of the night, Quizz Swanigan -- the youngest artist ever in the competition at 13 years old -- and Felicia Temple. They went head-to-head on “Titanium,” by David Guetta featuring Sia. The challenge for Quizz was reaching the notes he didn’t think he could hit. Felicia, according to Alicia, sang with feeling, but needed to feel her “joy.” Alicia chose Quizz for his “innocence and vocal prowess.”

It wasn’t the end of the road for Felicia though, as Blake snatched her up, explaining that there is “no reason she can’t win this whole thing.”

Blake’s final pairing of the night was Ashley Levin and Casi Joy, dueling on Reba McEntire’s “How Blue.” Blake loved Ashley’s power, and Casi’s “classic country voice,” which he compared to Tammy Wynette. The key, according to Blake, was for each artist to give a performance the other coaches “can’t live without.” If they succeeded, he explained, neither one of them would go home. Adam called the battle “a boxing match posing as a singing competition.” Based on his “gut’” Blake went with Casi, leading to a three-way battle for Ashley between the other coaches.

Adam argued that he was the only one who stated that she had won the competition before Blake made his choice. Gwen touted her “newfound love for country,” adding that she could help her learn to “work the stage.” Alicia reminded the singer that Adam was the only coach that didn’t turn his chair for her during the blind auditions. That turned out to be the winning argument, as Ashley chose Alicia.

The battles continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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