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WALK THE MOON guitarist drops off upcoming shows to be with expectant wife

Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON guitarist Eli Maiman has dropped off the band's upcoming trio of festival dates this month to be at home with his wife, who is pregnant with their son.

"For those who don’t know, my beautiful wife Alex is 38 weeks pregnant," Maiman writes. "We are in the home stretch, and, really, baby boy could show up at any time."

As such, Maiman will be absent from WTM's shows at Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful, Sonoma, California's Sonoma Harvest and El Dorado, Arkansas' El Dorado Music Fest.

"As much as it bums me out to miss these, it would break my heart to miss the birth of my son, and I simply can't risk it," Maiman says.

Guitarist Lucky West, who's played with bands including The Vines and The Griswolds, will be filling in.

"I love you all," Maiman says. Thank you for your support and understanding."

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Enrique Iglesias to release 'Greatest Hits' album October 4

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaEnrique Iglesias will be your musical hero this fall by giving you all his hits in one album.

Billboard reports that Enrique's Greatest Hits is coming October 4. He tells Billboard, "Music has always been my passion and I am beyond grateful to be able to celebrate this collection with my fans."

The 16-track album will feature Enrique's biggest pop hits, including "Hero," "Escape," "Be With You," "Bailamos" and "I Like It," as well as more recent songs such as "Bailando" and "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)."  Also included is his duet with Whitney Houston, "Could I Have This Kiss Forever."

Enrique is now the father of twins, Nicholas and Lucy, with his longtime partner Anna Kournikova.

Here's the track listing, according to Billboard:

"Bailando" [Spanish Version] (with Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona)
"Tonight" (I’m Lovin’ You) (with Ludacris and DJ Frank E)
"I Like It" (with Pitbull)
"Cuando Me Enamoro" (with Juan Luis Guerra)
"El Perdedor" (with Marco Antonio Solís)
"Bailamos [from Wild Wild West]
"Be With You"
"Loco" (with Romeo Santos)
"Lloro Por Ti" [Remix] (with Wisin & Yandel)
"Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (with Whitney Houston)
"No Me Digas Que No" (with Wisin & Yandel)
"Dónde Están Corazón"
"Bailando" [English Version] (with Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona)

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Ariana Grande revisits "thank u, next" video for new fragrance promo

LUXE BrandsAriana Grande's single "thank u, next" and its instantly iconic video were so successful that the singer named her new perfume thank u, next. Now, she's revisited the video and its stars for a hilarious promo for the fragrance.

Just like the "thank u, next" video, the promo features a Mean Girls-style montage of students -- and a Bring It On cheerleader -- spreading rumors about Ari's new fragrance.

"I heard Ariana has a new perfume," gushes Colleen Ballinger, who played a pregnant teen in the original video. Now holding a baby, she says, "Supposedly she uses juicy raspberries in it, so I've only been eating juicy raspberries for months, so my breast milk will taste like her perfume smells."

"Well I heard she swam with actual mermaids in the Bermuda Triangle, to convince them to give her the velvety musk of their new sea god!" another student exclaims. 

"We heard how she went to space to find the best pears for her lil' fragrance," says the cheerleader. "She shoulda just come to Compton!"

Ari, also dressed as a cheerleader, interjects, "Are you sure it was pear? 'Cause I heard it was coconut." 

Next, we see Ariana, still dressed as a cheerleader, saying, "Honestly, I'm not the biggest Ariana Grande fan, but I do hear the new fragrance is...somewhat promising."

"I heard she put part of her ponytail in it!" says a student. We then see Ari do just that, cutting off a chunk of her iconic pony and putting it into a perfume distiller. 

We then see blonde Ari in her bedroom with her Burn Book, in which she writes, "THAT fragrance got the other girls shaking."

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Backstreet Boys score first dance hit; Katy Perry tops dance chart for the 19th time

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After more than 25 years together, The Backstreet Boys are still managing to do things they've never done before.

The group has just scored its first-ever entry on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, thanks to their new collaboration with superstar DJ Steve Aoki, "Let It Be Me." The song enters that chart at #12 -- and over on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart, it debuts at number one.

The Boys recently wrapped up the North American mainland dates of their DNA World Tour. Next month, they'll head to Asia for shows in Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines and Singapore. In November, they'll close out the year with four shows in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Meanwhile, speaking of dance music, Katy Perry's "Never Really Over" has topped Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. It's her 19th number one on that chart. Only Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Janet Jackson have had more.

And in one final bit of dance -- or dance-like -- music news, Lindsey Stirling's new album Artemis has debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top/Dance Electronic Albums chart. It's her fourth #1 on that chart.

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Pink thanks Lewis Capaldi on Twitter for "Someone You Loved," & Lewis freaks out

ABC/Lou RoccoLewis Capaldi is a major star in the U.K. and has hung out with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Elton John, and now he even has a top-10 hit in the U.S. with "Someone You Loved." But that doesn't mean he doesn't get starstruck. Case in point: Pink's just made his head explode.

Pink tweeted to the Scottish singer/songwriter, "Thank you @LewisCapaldi for your song. I was able to teach my daughter [Willow] harmonies for the first time. It was pure magic." She then added the hashtag #SomeoneYouLoved.

Lewis retweeted Pink's comment and replied, "PINK KNOWS WHO I AM HOLY S***."

Fans were delighted with the interaction, with most clamoring for a Pink/Lewis collab, and others asking Pink to feature Willow on her next single. Willow actually made her recording debut last year, singing "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" on The Greatest Showman: Reimagined album.

Lewis' headlining U.S. tour continues tonight in Houston.

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Hailee Steinfeld's back -- with new song from her Apple TV+ series 'Dickinson'

Christian Tierney It's been a minute since we've had a new single from Hailee Steinfeld, since she's busy with her day job as an actress, starring in the Transformers prequel Bumblebee and voicing a character in Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.  But now she's back...with a song from her latest acting project.

Hailee is starring in and executive producing Dickinson, an Apple TV series about legendary 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. She also co-wrote and sings the song "Afterlife (Dickinson)," which was inspired by themes of Emily Dickinson's poems, including death and mortality.

Hailee sings, "Will death be our last kiss, my love?/Will you promise me you'll search for us?/Will you find me afterlife?"

“This record has become one of my favorite songs I’ve worked on and sonically, it’s indicative of the direction I’m exploring with my new music," Hailee says of the track, which mixes ethereal vocals with a synth-heavy, percussive beat.

"There’s a line in the song that says ‘immortality is bliss’ and it's reminiscent of a lot of Emily’s poems,” she explains. "She lived during a time where women were forbidden from voicing their opinions and restricted in many ways, including how they dressed."

That's why the single artwork shows Hailee wearing a corset that's cinched to create an impossibly small waist -- she says she wanted to show "how Emily in particular felt constricted and stifled.”

Dickinson's most famous poems include "'Hope' is the thing with feathers," "Because I could not stop for Death" and "I'm Nobody! Who are you?"

Dickinson will be available on Apple TV November 1.

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People of the world unite: Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' turns 30

A&M/VirginIt's hard to believe we've been a part of the Rhythm Nation for three decades.

Janet Jackson's landmark release Rhythm Nation 1814 was released on September 19, 1989, and it's still the only album in history to have spun off seven top-five singles -- including four number-one hits: "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)."

It was the best-selling album of 1990, and has gone on to sell an estimated 12 million copies worldwide.

Janet and the album received nine Grammy nominations, including one for Producer of the Year, making her the first woman nominated in that category. The tour in support of the album was the most successful debut  tour in history.

The album's success is even more impressive, considering that it was a concept album, a rarity in the world of pop and R&B. Speaking about the album's inspiration, co-producer Jimmy Jam tells Billboard, "It was a crazy time. The Reagan years were ending. There were school shootings. There were all these unbelievable things starting to happen."

Janet, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis took what they saw on CNN every day and created an album about social justice -- a theme specifically spelled out in songs including the title track, "State of the World" and "The Knowledge." The "1814" referred to the year the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," was written.

According to Billboard, an ABC News special called Black in White America inspired the use of black and white in the album's artwork and videos.

At the time, Janet said, "I'm not naive -- I know an album or a song can't change the world. I just want my music and my dance to catch the audience's attention" [and motivate people to] "make some sort of difference."

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Kelly Clarkson warns fans not to try to kiss her: "I don’t know where your mouth has been"

L-R: Randy Jackson, Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, Simon Cowell; Adam Torgerson/NBCUniversalHere's a public service announcement from Kelly Clarkson:  If you're ever lucky enough to get the chance to meet her, don't even think about leaning in for a smooch, or even a peck on the cheek.

"Spread the word. I don’t like being kissed on my face when U meet me. Ever. Male or female," the Voice coach and newly minted talk show host writes on Twitter.

"I ain’t European y’all. I didn’t grow up doing that. I don’t like it," Kelly continues. "I don’t know where Ur mouth has been but I know where it’s not gonna end up, & that’s anywhere on my face."

She added, "#MyPSAfortheDay."

That doesn't mean Kelly wants to cut off all human contact. If you watch her new talk show, you'll see that she doesn't kiss her guests, but she does hug them.

"I love a hug! I just don’t like when people greet me with their lips on my face," she tweeted. "Not mad at it. Totally get that others are cool with this BUT I am not one of those people.  handshakes, cool. High-fives, cool. Fist bumps, cool. Kissing, not cool."

You can watch how Kelly greets even more people she's never met before when the new season of The Voice premieres Monday.

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Lindsey Stirling announces third holiday tour: "I did not expect for Christmas to become a staple in my life!"

ABC/Mark LevineIt’ll be a merry Christmas indeed for Lindsey Stirling fans: She's just announced her third consecutive Christmas tour, in support of her 2017 holiday album, Warmer in the Winter, and its 2018 deluxe edition. 

Lindsey says nobody's more surprised that she that her Christmas music has become so popular.

"I did not expect for Christmas to become a staple in my life," she tells ABC Radio. "But this is our third year in a row...and they're already talking about next year!" 

But, Lindsey notes, "Y'know what? Aside for the fact that I'm going to miss Thanksgiving with my family again, I love getting to go around and dress up like a toy soldier and dance around...there's so much joy in Christmas."

There's a slight hitch, though.  Because Lindsey was so busy creating her new album, Artemis, and the supporting tour, she didn't have time to come up with a whole-new holiday show.

"I told my agents, I was like, 'If you send me out another Christmas tour, I'll do it. But I do not have a chance to plan a new show,'" she explains. "So it's the exact same show as last year! But I won't send the same show to the same market. We're doing different markets."

Those markets include Ontario, Phoenix, Charlotte, Orlando, Milwaukee and San Jose. The tour -- featuring songs like "Christmas C'mon," "Warmer in the Winter" and "Carol of the Bells" -- kicks off November 19 in Fresno, CA, and wraps just before Christmas on December 23 in Fort Meyers, FL.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 20 beginning at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, visit

Here are the tour dates:

11/19 -- Fresno, CA, Warnors Center for the Performing Arts
11/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
11/21 -- Ontario, CA, Toyota Arena
11/22 –- San Jose, CA, San Jose Civic
11/23 –- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
11/25 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Broadmoor World Arena
11/26 –- Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center
11/29 -– Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Center Arena
11/30 -– Grand Forks, ND, Chester Fritz Auditorium
12/2 -– Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
12/3 -– Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Civic Center
12/5 -– Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
12/6 -– Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theater
12/7 --  Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theater
12/9 -– Bethlehem, PA, The Wind Creek Event Center
12/10 -– Rochester, NY, Kodak Center for Performing Arts
12/12 -– Ledyard, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino- Grand Theater
12/13 -– Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
12/14 -– Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
12/16 -– Greenville, SC, Peace Center -- Peace Concert Hall
12/17 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
12/18 -– Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theater
12/19 -– Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Theater
12/20 -– Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckard Hall
12/21 -– Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts -- Au-Rene Theater
12/23 -– Fort Meyers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

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Watch Now: Rihanna offers a closer look at the fashions, stage and dancers in her 'Savage X Fenty Show'

L-Halsey R-Rihanna; Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime VideoAhead of Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show being streamed on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, the "Work" singer has released yet another sneak preview of the star-studded event.

This time around, we can see close-ups of the dancers of all sizes and shapes, writhing and bumping while wearing the latest Savage X Fenty lingerie fashions. There's also an impressive shot of 20 dancers, each standing in individual arched windows of what looks like a four-story building, all moving in sync. 

An overhead shot gives us a look at the massive stage, which features staircases, archways and other structures, all around a central circular pool.

At the end, Rihanna herself comes onstage, wearing baggy pants and a corset-type garment which looks like it's made of plastic.

The entire show, featuring performances by Halsey, Migos, DJ Khaled and Big Sean, and models including Normani, Laverne Cox, Bella and Gigi Hadid and 21 Savage, streams exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting September 20. 

The Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter collection arrives on that same day.

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Maroon 5 returning Friday with new song "Memories;" New Year's Eve show set

ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like the next era of Maroon 5 is upon us.

After several days of teases on social media, the band has announced that Friday, they'll release a new single called "Memories."  The announcement came with a photo of a hand opening a box labeled "photographs/picture albums/memories." There's also little emoji that looks like a box, with the group's stylized "M" on the side.

Meanwhile, the band's Instagram feed has been turned into an interlocking series of photo collages of the band members at various stages of their lives and careers.

It's not clear if "Memories" is a standalone single or the first release from a new project. The band has been fairly quiet musically since the release of their worldwide, record-breaking smash "Girls Like You."

If "Memories" is the first release from a new album, it'll be the follow-up to Red Pill Blues, which came out in November of 2017.

Meanwhile, the band has a show scheduled for October 25 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and they'll do their annual New Year's Eve blowout at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on December 30 and 31.

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Mariah Carey to be an honoree at 'Variety''s Power of Women Luncheon

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Mariah Carey will be in some amazing company next month when she's honored at Variety's 2019 Power of Women in Luncheon in Los Angeles.

In addition to Mariah, other women who'll be honored at the October 11 gala include Jennifer Aniston, legendary vocalist Chaka Khan, Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Dana Walden, chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.

Mariah is, of course, one of the best-selling artists of all time, as well as an actress, entrepreneur, mother of two and the unofficial Queen of Christmas. She just released her new theme song for ABC's upcoming black-ish spinoff, mixed-ish, and she's gearing up for her November Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

All six honorees will appear on Variety's Power of Women cover. The issue will highlight 50 additional women in the entertainment industry who are "dedicated to making a lasting impact."

Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller said, "Since its inception, Variety’s Power of Women has been a celebration of female empowerment, philanthropy and the commitment to progress being made by the professionals of our industry every day."

"We are so proud that the event continues on as a beacon of positivity in these challenging times."

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Has Lady Gaga been offered a role in 'Little Shop of Horrors' reboot?

ABC/Rick RowellIf you've ever seen the 1986 movie Little Shop of Horrors -- based on the hit 1982 Off-Broadway musical of the same name -- you may remember Ellen Greene in the leading role of Audrey. Now there's a rumor that Lady Gaga may been offered the same role in an upcoming reboot of the film.

According to US Weekly, Warner Bros. plans to remake the film, which starred Rick Moranis as Seymour, a nerdy flower-shop employee whose life changes when he encounters a mysterious, magical plant that needs blood to survive.

A source tells US Weekly that Gaga was "offered a role" in the reboot, adding, "She's very interested to keep acting." While the source didn't specify the role, Audrey is traditionally the only main female character in Little Shop.

In the musical and in the original movie, Audrey is a slightly ditzy, sweet blonde who Seymour loves.  Unfortunately, she's involved in an abusive relationship with an evil, sadistic dentist, played in the movie by Steve Martin.  But after the plant -- who Seymour names Audrey II -- appears, romance blooms between him and Audrey.

Gaga's last movie role, in A Star Is Born, earned her a shelf full of awards and honors, including an Oscar nomination for acting, and an actual Oscar for Best Original Song.

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Pink becomes first female solo artist to receive Billboard's Legend of Live award

ABC/Lou RoccoShortly after wrapping her epic Beautiful Trauma world tour, Pink is being honored by Billboard for her live shows.

The singer is the first female solo artist to win the Legend of Live award, Billboard’s top prize for touring and live performance. She’ll be on hand to accept the award at this year’s Billboard Live Music Summit & Awards, held on November 5 and 6 in Beverly Hills.

"Between her mesmerizing live performances, her high-flying visual acrobatics and her incredible catalog of music that includes 32 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and three Billboard No. 1 albums, there is no artist more deserving of this award than Pink,” says Dave Brooks, Billboard’s senior director of live and touring.

The Beautiful Trauma tour grossed just over $397 million, with more than three million tickets sold in 2018 and 2019. It’s the 10th highest grossing tour in Billboard Boxscore’s history, and the biggest for a woman in over a decade.

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Ed Sheeran makes surprise appearance at Khalid's London show

ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran hasn’t gone into hibernation just yet. The singer made a surprise appearance at Khalid’s London show Tuesday night to sing their duet “Beautiful People” live for the first time.

“Here we go. Bring him out,” Khalid said, just before the song began to play. The crowd instantly went wild as Ed took the stage to begin his verse.

“Beautiful People” was the third single from Ed’s No. 6 Collaborations Project; it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Ed recently wrapped his Divide tour after more than two years on the road. He told the crowd at his final show that he would be taking an extended break, but it seems he made an exception for his pal Khalid.

Khalid is currently on the European leg of his Free Spirit world tour, which he kicked off earlier this month.

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"Game-changer" Kelly Clarkson stages 'American Idol' reunion on her talk show

Adam Torgerson/NBCUniversalGang’s all here! On The Kelly Clarkson Show Wednesday, Kelly staged an American Idol reunion with original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, and season one runner-up Justin Guarini.

They reminisced about the show and agreed they had no idea what they were getting themselves into in the beginning. Kelly didn’t even know American Idol was a TV show until she was standing in front of the judges.

Simon, who initially thought the show would be a flop, credited Kelly for Idol’s ultimate success.

“The whole premise of this show was: We had to find a star who was going to sell records — and we found some great people that whole year — but when you delivered that moment on that first live show and when you sang that winning song at the was a game-changer,” Simon said.

The song Kelly performed on that first live show, by the way, was the Motown classic "You're All I Need to Get By."  And the winning song was, of course, her number one hit, "A Moment Like This."

Simon also added that he’d love to reunite with his Idol pals on a more permanent basis.

“If I had one wish, it would be to make a show with us again,” he told Paula and Randy.

Simon's currently a judge on America’s Got Talent, Paula has a Las Vegas residency and Randy hosted America’s Best Dance Crew and has appeared on The X Factor as an advisor.

Justin, meanwhile, has starred in Diet Dr. Pepper commercials, been on Broadway and has a new book called Audition Secrets.

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"Strip That Down" to "Stack It Up": Liam Payne releases new track co-written by Ed Sheeran

Republic RecordsLiam Payne has released his much-anticipated new solo single, “Stack It Up,” featuring rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

The song, like his first solo single “Strip That Down,” was co-written by Ed Sheeran. It’s all about having dreams, but realizing you have to put in the hard work to get it.

“I got dreams and I got time/But that I ain’t enough to get me by/So I stack it up, man, I gotta work for it/Yeah I got money on my mind,” he sings on the catchy track.

“I’m so happy to be releasing my new single and for you all to finally hear it,” Liam says in a statement. “Me and Boogie had so much fun doing it. This is a song I’m really proud of and I can’t wait to show you what’s coming next!”

The accompanying video debuts on YouTube at 4 p.m. ET. It was shot in New York and features Liam and Boogie at an amusement arcade.

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Katy Perry discusses how Orlando Bloom "matured" her, why she reconciled with Taylor

ABC/Eric McCandlessDuring an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, Katy Perry discussed her newfound friendship with Taylor Swift and how her relationship with Orlando Bloom has “matured” her.

When talking about Orlando, Katy gushed that he is “such an encouragement, spiritually, emotionally and physically.”

“I do not care to work out and he’s like, ‘Let’s go work out! Let’s go and do hot yoga!’” she said. “That’s kind of our love, all things spiritual and working out and his son, who is 8 years old.”

Katy said helping to take care of Orlando's son Flynn has her getting up early and going to bed by 10 p.m.

“I guess this has definitely matured me,” she said.

In another example of maturity, Katy told Ellen that by reconciling with Taylor, she hoped to set an example for their younger fans.

“We made amends and I’m all about redemption and forgiveness and for setting an example for those younger people that it could be cool to ask for forgiveness and to confront someone you may have an issue with or problem with and to talk it out,” she said.

Meanwhile, in Taylor’s new Rolling Stone cover story, she talked about how, during the reconciliation process, she and Katy analyzed their astrological signs to try to understand each other better.

"We were talking about how we’ve had miscommunications with people in the past, not even specifically with each other," Taylor explains. "She’s like, ‘I’m a Scorpio. Scorpios just strike when they feel threatened.’"

"And I was like, ‘Well, I’m an archer [Sagittarius]. We literally stand back, assess the situation, process how we feel about it, raise a bow, pull it back, and fire,'" Taylor continued. "So it’s completely different ways of processing pain, confusion, misconception.”

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In new 'Rolling Stone,' Taylor Swift talks about *all* the things: "two-faced" Kanye, Katy, Scooter Braun, the squad, politics and a future family

Erik Madigan Heck for Rolling StoneIf the interviews Taylor Swift has done so far to promote her new album Lover weren't enough for you, just read her new cover story in Rolling Stone. She talks about everything in detail, including Katy Perry, her feud with Scooter Braun, the squad, what really happened with Kanye West, politics and even her personal life....a little.

Asked if she'll start writing songs about things other than her personal life now that it seems less dramatic, Taylor tells Rolling Stone, "I don’t feel like that yet. I think I might feel like that possibly when I have a family. If I have a family."

Then she exclaims, "I don’t know why I said that! But that’s what I’ve heard from other artists...But again, I don’t know why I said that. Because I don’t know how my life is going to go or what I’m going to do."

Regarding her feud with Braun, who got control of her masters when he bought her old record company from Scott Borchetta, Taylor says Borchetta betrayed her, treating her like "his prized calf that he was fattening up to sell to the slaughterhouse that would pay the most.'”

"The fact that those two are in business together after the things he said about Scooter Braun — it’s really hard to shock me. And this was utterly shocking," she continues.

"These are two very rich, very powerful men, using $300 million of other people’s money to purchase, like, the most feminine body of work. And then they’re standing in a wood-panel bar doing a tacky photo shoot, raising a glass of scotch to themselves."

The infamous Kanye phone call?  Taylor says for awhile, she and Kanye were getting along well -- she thought.  Then came the 2015 VMAs.  Kanye asked her to present him with the Vanguard Award, and then dissed her onstage.  Taylor was furious: "I realized he is so two-faced. That he wants to be nice to me behind the scenes, but then he wants to look cool, get up in front of everyone and talk s***."

But afterwards, he apologized, and gave her a heads up about the "I feel like Taylor and I might still have sex" line in "Famous," which she appreciated.

Taylor says, "I was like, 'OK, good. We’re back on good terms.' And then when I heard the song" -- in which he called her a 'b***'" -- I was like, “I’m done with this. If you want to be on bad terms, let’s be on bad terms, but just be real about it.'”

And a few more highlights:

--Taylor voted for Obama twice.

--The artist whose songwriting influenced her "maybe more than anyone else" is Fall Out Boy.

--On Game of Thrones: "I specifically really related to Daenerys’ storyline because for me it portrayed that it is a lot easier for a woman to attain power than to maintain it."

--On the anger over her squad: "I never would have imagined that people would have thought, 'This is a clique that wouldn’t have accepted me if I wanted to be in it.' Holy s***, that hit me like a ton of bricks."

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Mariah Carey drops 'mixed-ish' theme, "In the Mix"

L-R: Mariah Carey, 'mixed-ish' creator Kenya Barris, 'black-ish' star Tracee Ellis Ross; ABC/Image Group LAThe highly anticipated theme song to the new black-ish spinoff series, mixed-ish, is finally here. 

The song "In The Mix" was written, produced, and performed by Mariah Carey.  It also features vocals from her eight-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, who chant "yay us" and laugh throughout the song.

Fans of Carey's Daydream era will also adore the serious throwback vibes in the official mixed-ish theme song.  

The multiplatinum artist debuted "In The Mix" at ABC's “Embrace Your Ish” premiere event on Tuesday at Goya Studios.  The event featured screenings of the new series and black-ish, along with a sizzle recap of the second season of grown-ish.  

Show creator and executive producer Kenya Barris welcomed Carey to the stage to discuss the meaning behind the theme song and the importance of including mixed-race families on television.

mixed-ish will explore the backstory of black-ish character Rainbow Johnson, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, and will follow her journey growing up in a mixed household in the suburbs during the 80s -- and her struggles in a school where her classmates don't perceive her as black or white.  

mixed-ish premieres Tuesday, September 24, on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.

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