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Republic Records/UMGAriana Grande's all about treating herself to the finer things in life in her new single, "7 Rings," which she released just after midnight last night.

Set in large part to the melody of "My Favorite Things" from the classic musical The Sound of Music, Ariana makes it perfectly clear that she doesn't need to be in a relationship to enjoy herself, or her hard-earned money. 

"Wearing a ring, but ain't gonna be no Mrs.," she sings.  "Buy matching diamonds for six of my b******/I'd rather spoil all my friends with my riches/Think retail therapy my new addiction/Whoever said money can't solve your problems?"

The video shows Ariana and dozens of her closest female friends partying in high style in a luxury mansion, draped in jewels and drinking champagne.

Speaking of those matching diamonds, word is "7 Rings" was inspired by a shopping spree Ariana enjoyed to take her mind off of her breakup with Pete Davidson, during which she's said to have bought herself and six friends diamond rings.

"7 Rings" is the third single off of Ariana's forthcoming Thank U, Next album, following "Imagine" and the title track.

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Island RecordsMusic helps people get through hard times, and that's certainly true for Mike Posner. He says making his new album A Real Good Kid helped him deal with personal loss and allowed him to "transform" his "suffering into something beautiful."

A Real Good Kid was inspired by the emotional roller coaster Mike's been on for the past three years. He's had great career success, but he also lost his father and his friend Avicii, and split with his girlfriend.

Asked to describe what the album's about, Mike tells ABC Radio, "Being on this high -- 'Took a Pill in Ibiza' is the biggest, y'know, top 10 song in Spotify history -- and getting a call that your dad has a tumor the size of a tangerine in his head."

"Moving to Detroit, helping him die, moving back to L.A., falling in love, that relationship ending -- and then trying to find the beauty and the peace that's inside all of that -- that's what it's about," he adds.

But luckily, Mike had music to see him through.

"I think we all have anger and sadness and loneliness at times, and music is a good place to express that," he explains. "My good friend...says 'art is alchemy'....You're attempting to transform your suffering into something beautiful."

Mike also dealt with his loss by putting his stuff in storage and living in his van for several months.

"When you have the million-dollar house and everyone that you hang out with works for you, and you have the fancy car, that is a departure from reality. That is a retreat," he tells ABC Radio. "And so I wanted to not be in retreat. I wanted to be in reality." 

Mike will get another dose of reality starting March 1, when he starts walking across America.

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CBS Films/LionsgateAndy Grammer is contributing a brandnew song to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Five Feet Apart.

The song, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” can be heard in the movie’s new trailer. Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson star as two teenagers with cystic fibrosis who fall in love, despite being advised to keep a safe distance from each other for the sake of their health.

The film is directed by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni, who is an old pal of Andy's.

"To [Justin Baldoni], from being my 1st roommate in LA, crashing on each other’s couches, to now producing & directing your 1st film, @FiveFeetApart," Andy tweeted. "I couldn’t be more proud brotha! Having you use my song for such a special project means the world."

Five Feet Apart hits theaters this March.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCWanna see what Madonna was up to before she became a global superstar? A new docudrama about her pre-fame days, Madonna and the Breakfast Club, is set to be released in March.

The film follows the Queen of Pop when she was unknown musician in the ‘80s in New York City, performing with a pop group called the Breakfast Club. Madonna formed the group in 1979 with Dan Gilroy, who she was dating at the time, and she was alternately the band’s drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, songwriter and singer.

Madonna left the band before their first single was even released in 1984. The group later had a hit with “Right on Track,” which reached number seven on the Billboard chart in 1987.

The docudrama will feature reenacted scenes with actress Jamie Auld playing Madonna, as well as interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and bandmate Gary Burke.

Madonna and the Breakfast Club will be available across digital and video on-demand platforms on March 12.

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Mark Ganzon/Getty Images for Fenty BeautyRihanna's reign just won't let up. The Bajan star is reportedly in talks with fashion powerhouse LVMH to launch her own luxury line, Women's Wear Daily reports. 

Sources tell WWD that LVMH, the French conglomerate that owns brands such as Moet, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, have been secretly negotiating a partnership with Rihanna. LVMH has reportedly also handpicked employees from within the company, including workers from the Celine and Louis Vuitton lines, to work with Rih on the project.

If the partnership is confirmed, the line would be the first brand to launch from scratch under the LVMH umbrella since Christian Lacroix in 1987.

While details about the line are scarce, Rih's luxury fashion house will reportedly include ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and leather goods. 

The project will represent yet another foray into the world of fashion for the singer, who recently served as the creative director of Puma, and has struck gold with her Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty lines of makeup and lingerie, respectively.

In other news, the "Work" chart topper is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with her father, Ronald Fenty, for attempting to exploit her Fenty brand for his entertainment company. 

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Courtesy PepsiCoBackstreet Boys are taking a Chance in a new Super Bowl ad for Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nachos. Chance the Rapper, that is.

The group and the hip-hop star are teaming up for the 30-second commercial, set to air on game day February 3.

Doritos released a teaser of the collab Thursday, featuring the guys of BSB posing for the camera in coordinating denim outfits. As they pose, Chance squeezes his way into the frame and awkwardly joins the group.

You then hear a reworked version of Backstreet’s hit “I Want It That Way” start to play, featuring what seems to be Chance’s voice.

As for what the rest of their collaboration entails, fans will find out closer to game day.

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Ever since Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have been dating, Taylor hasn't said a word about him publicly to anyone. Joe has given brief responses that indicate he'd really rather not talk about it. But now, he seems mildly annoyed that people think he and Taylor are being "too private" about their relationship.

While speaking to fashion magazine Mr. Porter, Joe was asked if he feels he's had to "fight for his privacy." He answers, "I don’t think more than anyone else. I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I?"

"And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private’. Fine. But I don’t think it is," he adds. "I think it’s normal.”

In fact, Taylor's always been pretty private about her relationships. While she's written about her romances in her songs, she hasn't been photographed at public events or red carpets with her various boyfriends, hasn't talked about them in interviews, and only rarely includes them in her social media posts.

If you want to see more of Joe, however, he's featured in a whole slew of recent movies, including The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and Boy Erased.

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ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182 has a new song with The Chainsmokers in the works.

The hit-making DJ duo announced the news in a tweet Wednesday night, writing that they "just did a session with blink182 and wrote an amazing song." "We can die happy now," they added.

Blink bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus then confirmed the collaborating, tweeting, "It's true."

While some fans were supportive, many were crying "say it ain't so."

"Do you accept constructive criticism?" wrote one fan, while many others replied with a series of disapproving GIFs, including Tom DeLonge's famous WTF from the "First Date" video.

Explaining why Blink wanted to collaborate with The Chainsmokers, Hoppus wrote, "We've been friends with them for a few years and have tried to collaborate a bunch of different times, but today our schedules aligned and we were all in the same room at the same time."

If you've heard The Chainsmokers' inescapable 2016 hit "Closer," then you know they're big Blink-182 fans. On the song, featured vocalist Halsey sings, "Stay and play that Blink-182 song/That we beat to death in Tucson."

There's no word yet on when we'll get to hear the Chain-182 song -- perhaps it'll be featured on Blink's next album, the follow-up to 2016's California.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCMiley Cyrus has been married to Liam Hemsworth for less than a month, but the pregnancy rumors have already started.

The singer set the record straight on Twitter Wednesday, in response to a Daily Mail article claiming she’s with child. She posted a photo of herself with a picture of the most-liked Instagram egg plastered over her belly.

“I’m not ‘Egg-xpecting’ but it’s ‘Egg-celent’ to hear everyone is so ‘Happy For Us’” she wrote. “we’re happy for us too! ‘Egg-cited’ for this next chapter in our lives.... Now , can everyone leave me alone and go back to staring at an egg.”

Miley and Liam tied the knot just before Christmas and revealed the news with a series of Instagram photos from the intimate at-home ceremony.

Wednesday night, Miley was one of the few pop performers on the bill for I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell, a star-studded concert held in memory of the late frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, who took his own life in May of 2017. 

At the event, Miley sang Chris' solo track "Two Drink Minimum," and also joined another one of his former bands, Temple of the Dog, for their classic song "Say Hello 2 Heaven."

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Gina Wetzler/Redferns5 Seconds of Summer guitarist Michael Clifford is off the market. 

According to US Weekly magazine, Michael asked his longtime girlfriend Crystal Leigh to marry him at the Ungasan Clifftop Resort in Bali on Friday. As Crystal walked into the couple's tent at the resort, the song "Medicine" by the band The 1975 was playing -- the same song was playing back when the couple had their first kiss.

On Instagram, Michael posted photos of the special moment, writing, "I was lucky enough to ask the love of my life to marry me in the place it all began for us. In the last 3 years she has helped evolve and shape who I am in ways I could never have imagined. I couldn’t ask for anyone better to spend the rest of my life with. I love loving you, Crystal."

There's another photo on Michael's Instagram Story, and US Weekly has a few more pictures, including one where the happy couple is joined by 15 or 16 of their friends, who are helping them celebrate.

2018 was one of the best years of 5 Seconds of Summer's career, as they scored their biggest hit yet with "Youngblood," released their new album of the same name, and toured and topped the year-end charts in their home country of Australia.

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Courtesy of The Recording AcademyMusic's biggest night is about to get even bigger: The first round of performers for next month's Grammy Awards has been announced.

Nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and country star Kacey Musgraves will all take the stage February 10, as Alicia Keys hosts the ceremony live from the STAPLES Center in L.A.

Camila is up for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album for her debut album Camila. Cardi has five nominations, including Record of the Year for "I Like It." 

Dan Shay are nominated for their hit "Tequila," while Post Malone has four nominations, including Album of the Year for beerbongs & bentleys.

Shawn is nominated for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for his self-titled third disc. Janelle is up for Best Music Video and Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer, while Kacey Musgraves' four nods include Album of the Year for Golden Hour.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS February 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Ricky Vigil M/GC ImagesUsed to be, newlyweds declared their new married lives with his and her monogrammed towels.  Nowadays, they change their social media handles.

Hailey Baldwin, who married Justin Bieber in a private courthouse ceremony last September, just changed her Twitter handle to @haileybieber.  She changed her Instagram handle to Hailey Bieber last November, so it's anyone's guess why Mrs. Bieber waited so long to change her Twitter.

Though they tied the knot last fall, Hailey and Justin will reportedly have their wedding reception with family and friends next month.  An insider tells New York Post’s Page Six that Justin and Hailey sent out “Save the Date” cards for February 28. The location of the bash is a secret for now.

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Rich Fury/Getty Images for Fashion NovaCount Cardi B as one of the millions of Americans who thinks something needs to be done about the ongoing government shutdown.  She's just not quite sure what that is.

"This s*** is crazy.  Like, our country is in a hellhole right now, all for a f****** wall," Cardi declares in a video posted to her Instagram Wednesday night.

"We really need to take this serious," Cardi goes on.  "I feel like we need to take some action.  I don't know what type of action, b****, because this not what I do, but b****, I'm scared."

Cardi begins the video by noting how Trump has ordered certain government workers to return to work "without getting paid."

"I know a lot of y'all don't care because y'all don't work for the government or y'all probably don't have a job, but this s*** is really f****** serious, bro," Cardi says, adding later, "And I really feel bad for these people that gotta go to f****** work to not get mother****** paid."

Thousands of workers for the IRS, FAA and FDA were among those ordered back to work Tuesday.

The government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, entered its 26th day Thursday.

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Bastille's hit collaboration with Marshmello, "Happier," is an upbeat but sad song about a breakup.  The video, however, is about a bullied young girl, played by Miranda Cosgrove, who's comforted by her beloved dog -- that is, until -- SPOILER ALERT -- the pooch dies.  Bastille singer Dan Smith explains why they decided to make a sad song into an even more depressing video.

"We've always said, with our videos, it's fun to sort of respect the song but maybe throw it into a different light," Dan tells ABC Radio. "And the song is about a relationship, but in the case of the video, it's about letting go of a beloved pet.  And it's been fascinating to see how much people relate to it."

Maybe "relate" is too tame a word.  Dan says that the video has induced mass sobbing in both their fans and their friends.

"Every time I check my Twitter feed, one in every five messages is, 'You made me cry with a video!" Dan laughs. "So many of my friends back in the U.K., when it came out, like, texted me, like, 'Why am I uncontrollably crying at one of your music videos!?'"

"We've never had that before," Dan says of the reaction to the clip.  "Our videos tend to be kinda weird and dark and Lynchian and odd, so it's been interesting.  I a lot of ways the song and the video have provoked quite a different response from what we're used to."

"Happier" has certainly provoked a lot more streaming and downloading than Bastille is used to. It's become their biggest hit ever, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageOn Tuesday, Rihanna sued her father Ronald Fenty, claiming he's been trying to make money off of her hard-earned success," and seeking a cease-and-desist order and damages. But this is apparently news to Mr. Fenty.

As previously reported, Rihanna accused her dad and his business partner of giving the public the “false impression” that their talent and entertainment booking business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with Rihanna and is authorized to represent her.

The lawsuit cites several instances where Mr. Fenty tried to book Rihanna for concerts, without her knowledge or approval.

OK! magazine claims to have spoken with Ronald Fenty who, when informed that his daughter was suing him, responded, “She is? Suing me? Why would she sue me? It’s my name! She’s never going to sue me — I’ll have to fight it!” 

Fenty also insisted that it isn't his daughter who's actually doing the suing.

He explained, "She doesn’t have the time to deal with all this stuff herself, so it is someone else that will be doing it. She’s working hard on her album at the moment. I don’t think she’d sue me.”

"This is all news to me," he continued. "They sent something to Fenty Entertainment, it was a letter from [Rihanna's label], I think, but my lawyer said it was O.K. They said they preferred me not to use the name, but they didn’t say I couldn’t.”

But the lawsuit clearly states, "Defendants are aware of the falsity of these statements and have been repeatedly told to stop. Notwithstanding these warnings, Defendants continuously and repeatedly made and make these misrepresentations.”

Fenty did admit, however, that his daughter "stopped following" him on Instagram.

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Getty Images North America via ABC/John Shearer/AMA2018You could say that Camila Cabello's debut album Camila did pretty well: It hit #1, spun off a string of hit singles, earned her armfuls of awards, and is up for several Grammys next month. So it's no wonder she's so optimistic about starting her next album.

On Wednesday, Camila tweeted, "1st day back to writing the new album - I feel so lucky that I get to do this every day. This was my dream when I was younger, getting to make songs everyday and now I’m here. I’m reminding myself of that every single day this year."

Over the weekend, Camila celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of Camila, which arrived January 12, 2018. She wrote several heartfelt messages to her fans, including one that said, "Thank you for loving [these songs], taking care of them and giving them entirely new, special meanings."

"I'm so lucky I get to open my heart to you beautiful people," she added. "Happy anniversary, fam. What a ride it has been."

Camila also revealed that the song on the album she's most proud of is "Never Be the Same."  She tweeted, "I just feel like that song sounds like what my soul sounds like."

Back in August, Camila said she had an idea of the direction she wanted to take with her second album, and said it'd be full of "passion and emotion." No word on when we can expect it.

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Sam Fisher; Hedi SlimaneDon't sleep on this: Lauv and Troye Sivan are joining forces for a new song.

The two announced on Twitter Wednesday that their collaboration, “I’m So Tired,” will be released on January 24. The post is accompanied by a photo of the two of them standing in front of a rusty green swing.

"Guys not to be dramatic but this song legit is like an instant slapper," Troye tweeted.

Earlier this week, Troye and Lauv hinted there was something in the works with videos on their social media accounts talking about how they made a playlist together of the best songs to fall asleep to.

They both insisted in their respective videos that they made the playlist for “no reason” and Troye called it “so random.” But now it’s clear they were teasing the upcoming collab.

Also, on January 1, Lauv tweeted, "i got a new song comin with a very iconic friend & i cant wait for you to hear it."

Lauv currently has yet another collab on the chart: "There's No Way," which he did with Julia Michaels.  The two were reportedly dating, but are now broken up.

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Ruven AfanadorSam Smith is 26 years old but he says he's already planning what his life will be like when he hits the big 3-0.

Speaking to the U.K. station Hits Radio, Sam explained, "When I get to 30, I would love to have kids, so I definitely would like to step off from touring and stuff for a few years and venture into that."

"My plan is to just work super, super hard for the next four years of my life," he added.

Asked how many kids he'd like to have, Sam said two, but added, "I think I need to find a husband, first, though! But I could do it alone."

In other Sam Smith news, he's now removed his eye patch, which he donned earlier this week after having surgery to remove a painful stye. He took to his Instagram Story to give a shout-out to the doctors in New Zealand -- where he's been on vacation -- for helping him out.

Sam also posted a photo on his IG Story of himself without the eye patch; he looks like someone beat him up. He captioned the picture, "Kind of giving me Fight Club vibes, which I'm not mad at."

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FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Recently, Mariah Carey settled a lawsuit her former manager filed against her. Now, she's filed a lawsuit herself -- against a former personal assistant who she's accusing of blackmail.

A statement provided to ABC News reads, "This new year welcomes Mariah's continued efforts to clean the trash from her life. According to a complaint filed today in California, an executive assistant employed [by Mariah] in 2015 to help with business and personal matters turned out to be a grifter and extortionist." 

"Because her threats and bad acts are too great to be ignored, Mariah has been compelled to file a lawsuit against her," the statement continues.

TMZ reports that the lawsuit claims the assistant, Lianna Azarian, took advantage of Mariah by using the singer's credit card to purchase stuff for herself, and secured huge discounts by telling retailers that items were for Mariah. 

In addition, the lawsuit claims Azarian secretly filmed Mariah's "personal activities," videos of which the suit claims would be "embarrassing" and "extremely damaging" if they were released.  According to the suit, when Mariah fired Azarian in 2017, she demanded eight million bucks and said she'd release the videos if she didn't get it.

Mariah's now suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.

"Given that the evidence against this former assistant is vast and deplorable, we anticipate a victorious resolution," the statement notes.

Mariah resumes her Las Vegas residency next month; her Caution tour kicks off February 27 in Irving, TX.

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ABC/Fred LeeHozier has shared another new song from his upcoming sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby!. The track is called "Almost (Sweet Music)," and it's available now for digital download.

Along with the new tune, the Irish musician also revealed the album details for Wasteland, Baby!, including the release date and track list. The 14-song collection arrives March 1, and features the previously released single "Movement," as well as two cuts from his 2018 Nina Cried Power EP: the title track, and "Shrike."

Wasteland, Baby! follows Hozier's 2014 self-titled debut album, which spawned his breakthrough hit, "Take Me to Church." He'll launch a U.S. tour in support of the new record March 10 in Buffalo, New York.

Here's the Wasteland, Baby! track list:

"Nina Cried Power" feat. Mavis Staples
"Almost (Sweet Music)"
"No Plan"
"To Noise Making (Sing)"
"As It Was"
"Dinner & Diatribes"
"Would That I"
"Wasteland, Baby!"

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