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Mark SurridgeNow that we've determined that Ed Sheeran isn't secretly married, as has been rumored, let's tackle that other Ed Sheeran rumor that just won't go away: that he's performing at the Royal Wedding.  Here's a news flash for you: not only is he not performing, nobody's even invited him to.

Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, are tying the knot on Saturday, May 19.  And as Ed explained to the BBC on the red carpet at the BRIT Awards earlier this week, this conflicts with something else he has to do on that day, which is perform a massive concert at Phoenix Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

"They said, 'If you were asked, would you say yes? And I was like, 'Of course,'" a frustrated Ed told the BBC on Wednesday night. "But journalists...[and] everyone's like, 'Oh, he's playing it,' but nobody's looked at my tour dates! I'm in Ireland...I can't do it!"

"I haven't been asked, either," he added, shooting down in an instant all those claims that he'd been invited to sing.  He then repeated, firmly, "I haven't been asked."

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentOneRepublic's new DVD, Live in South Africa, is out today.  In addition to the concert the band played in Johannesburg in 2015, the package also includes a documentary about their insanely rocky road to the top of the charts.  Watching it, OneRepublic guitarist Zach Filkins says it makes him "feel blessed" and "extremely thankful."

The documentary includes early footage of OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder winning an MTV contest years ago that was supposed to be his big break, but that went nowhere.  He puts the band together, but they run into many obstacles before finally scoring a hit with "Apologize."  After that, there's more struggling to prove they weren't one-hit wonders.

"When I look at [the DVD]...I'm struck by how nothing was easy. Absolutely no part of it was easy for anyone of us," Zach tells ABC Radio. "The reality was, for a long time, we had no clue whether any of our sacrifices were gonna work...we bet it all." 

"I'm...also extremely thankful for where we are now," he adds. "I definitely feel blessed and feel like we have to keep going from here to the next step."

That "next step" is new OneRepublic music, which Zach says they're working on now, in an attempt to get what he calls "that one or two songs that really represent where we're going and what we need to do...and as soon as we get those, then they inform everything else."

But no matter what happens in the future, Zach says the documentary has reminded him that OneRepublic can make it through.

"If we run across difficulties now, we've had those before, none of it is a surprise," he notes. "We should know what to do with difficult times because we've had many of them."

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Travis SchneiderThe guys in Maroon 5 are more likely to spend their downtime at the golf course than at a football stadium, but they've been tapped to sing for some gridiron legends during this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week in Canton, OH.

"We’ve always been huge fans and supporters of the NFL," the band says in a statement. "It’s a huge honor to be a part of recognizing the greatest players in the game for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.”

The band will perform at the annual Concert for Legends, which celebrates this year's inductees into the Hall of Fame, on August 4.  The Class of 2018 includes Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer.

Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. ET.  Past performers at the Concert for Legends include Aerosmith, country superstar Tim McGraw and Kid Rock.

The band will be doing double duty on August 4: They have a gig that same night in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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Virginia Sherwood/NBCThe figure-skating competitions at this year's Winter Olympics haven't just been fun to watch: They've been fun to listen to. This year, the athletes are allowed to skate to songs with lyrics, and that's translated into some significant sales increases on the Billboard charts.

For example, Adele's first single, "Hometown Glory," was used by Canadian skaters Eric Radford and Meghan Duhamel on February 9. Billboard reports that it resulted in a boost of more than 1200% in downloads, and 30% in streams for the 2007 song.

Coldplay's catalogue was very popular among skaters this year. U.S. skater Adam Rippon used the band's 2014 song "O" in his free skate program, which resulted in a more than 10,000% increase in downloads and 280% increase in streams. 

Meanwhile, U.S. skaters Alex and Maia Shibutani used Coldplay's "Paradise" and "Fix You" as part of their routine: the former got a 411% boost, while the latter saw a 61% gain.

Another song that got a big boost, according to Billboard, is Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain," which France's Morgan Cipres and Vanessa James skated to.  It received a 128% increase in downloads.

This Friday marks the final day of figure skating, so more sales increases are still possible.

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Greg WilliamsNo, Ed Sheeran is not married yet. But he is aiming to make men’s engagement rings a trend.

On the red carpet at the BRIT Awards Wednesday night, the singer confirmed that the mysterious ring he’s been sporting on his left ring finger is an engagement band that his fiancée Cherry Seaborn made for him.

“Cherry made it for me herself, out of silver clay and I really like it,” Ed told Dan Wootton of ITV’s Lorraine. “I haven't told anyone that, either!”

He said he’s never understood why men didn’t wear engagement rings because “it’s the same commitment either way.”

Ed announced his engagement to Cherry last month.

At the BRIT Awards last night, he picked up the Global Success award and performed his song “Supermarket Flowers,” a tribute to his late grandmother.

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Joseph LlanesAndy Grammer wants you to know more than just The Good Parts.

In a new interview with UsWeekly, the singer reveals 25 facts about himself that people might not know, including his “terrible” first job, what he’s binge-watching and the craziest gift he’s ever gotten from a fan.

His first job proves he started out just like a lot of young people: working at McDonald’s. But music was in his blood from an early age. His dad, Red Grammer, was a children’s singer and inspired him to pick up some instruments.

“I can play the guitar. I can play the piano,” Andy says. “And I can very badly play the trumpet. And I can beat box.”

He’s gone from humble beginnings to stardom, which sometimes brings him some strange interactions with fans. So what’s the craziest gift he’s ever gotten from a fan?

“A full mural of my French bulldog. It was really well done, and very large,” he says. “My wife was not about it!”

If he wasn't a musician, though, he says he'd probably be some type of writer, "like a screenwriter."

As for what he’s binge-watching currently, it’s Stranger Things on Netflix. And, though he admits it might be “lame,” he’s been singing his own song, “Smoke Clears,” in the shower as he practices getting it just right.

The Good Parts tour kicks off March 14.

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ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran, Maroon 5, James Bay and OneRepublic are among the artists featured on a new charity compilation album in support of marine conservation.

The album, Plastic Oceans, features remixes of popular songs by Afro/Latin collective Rhythms Del Mundo. The track list includes Ed’s “Bloodstream,” Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved,” James Bay’s “Hold Back the River,” and OneRepublic’s version of the Buffalo Springfield classic “For What It’s Worth.

Also featured are Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars,” Beyonce’s “I Miss You” and Amy Winehouse’s “Cupid.”

You can digitally download the album for a minimum donation of $10 that goes toward Rhythms Del Mundo’s charity Artists Project Earth – specifically their campaign to combat plastics in our oceans and other maritime causes.

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John Phillips/Getty ImagesGoing into the BRIT Awards -- the British equivalent of the Grammys -- Wednesday night, Ed Sheeran had four nominations, and lost in every single category. However, he did receive a consolation prize.

While he was shut out of Best British Album, British Single, British Male Solo Artist and British Video of The Year, Ed Sheeran received the Global Success award.  Rock legend Elton John sent along a video tribute, and Ed received his award from Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood.  Ed also performed "Supermarket Flowers," his touching tribute to his late grandmother.

Justin Timberlake opened the show with a performance of the song "Midnight Summer Jam."  Then he was joined by Chris Stapleton for their hit duet, "Say Something."

Also at the ceremony, Lorde was named International Female Artist and Sam Smith performed, even though he failed to receive a nomination.

Here's a list of the winners:

British Male Solo Artist

Mastercard British Album Of The Year
Stormzy – Gang Signs And Prayer

British Female Solo Artist
Dua Lipa  

British Single
"Human," Rag’n’Bone Man

International Female Solo Artist

International Male Solo Artist
Kendrick Lamar  

International Group
Foo Fighters  

British Group

British Breakthrough Act
Dua Lipa

British Artist Video of The Year
Harry Styles, "Sign Of The Times"

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ABC/Image Group LAImagine Dragons is ready to help slay cancer with their fifth annual Rise Up Gala.

The one-night-only event will raise funds for The Tyler Robinson Foundation, the band’s nonprofit organization that supports families with pediatric cancer diagnoses.

Imagine Dragons will be delivering a special acoustic performance at the event, which takes place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Friday, September 14. The gala will also include cocktails, dinner and a live and silent auction. Comedian Joel McHale will host.

Individual tickets are now available on

Earlier today, Imagine Dragons debuted their new single, "Next to You," and announced summer tour dates.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageA few weeks ago, Elton John said in an interview that he and Beyonce might work on a song for her to sing in the upcoming live-action version of The Lion King. Now, he's talking about a song he wrote for yet another iconic female R&B singer, Mary J. Blige.

Mary voices a character named Irene in Sherlock Gnomes, the upcoming animated film that's being produced by Elton's company, Rocket Pictures.  He wrote the music, including a special song for Mary.  He tells Extra, "It's so fantastic that we got her to do it because now she's nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Mudbound and I always thought she could be a great actress."

He adds, "In fact, the song was written, and the words, for her, were very close to home because she just finished a relationship with her husband. So she did it in about 10 minutes. I'm so glad she did it because we've been friends — Mary and I — for a long, long time."

Elton also told Extra that his two young sons know what daddy does for a living, but they're not that impressed with it.

"They know I'm famous. They come and see a they did last weekend...and they got very excited, and then they went home and it's all about football," he says, referring to the British word for soccer.

"They are mad about football — all they think about is football," he admits. "They love my music and they love what I do, but they are not intertwined with it.”

Sherlock Gnomes comes out March 23.

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Greg WilliamsEarlier this week, fans speculated that Ed Sheeran was secretly married to his fiancee Cherry Seaborn because he was sporting a ring on the third finger of his left hand.  But according to the U.K. tabloid paper The Sun, he hasn't walked down the aisle quite yet.

A source tells the paper, “Ed is wearing a ring to show his commitment to being engaged to Cherry but he’s not married yet. He’s amused by the fuss it’s caused however has no intentions of taking it off, so it’ll be on his hand during his BRIT [Awards] performance.”

The BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, are underway in London now, and Ed is up for four trophies. During a red carpet interview, Ed's ring can clearly be seen.  He told London's Capital FM that following the ceremony, he won't go to the after-party -- instead, he said, "I'm just going to get a curry and go home."

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KIDinaKORNER / Interscope RecordsThe evolution continues: Imagine Dragons debuted a brand new single today and announced summer dates for their Evolve Tour.

Their new song, called “Next to Me,” is about a person experiencing unconditional love despite his flaws. Frontman Dan Reynolds tells Apple Music's Zane Lowe that writing a love song was unusual for him.

“I don't typically write love songs,” he says. “It was different, but it was fun and it stretched's about my frailties within romance.”

The band will be performing the song, as well as other hits including “Believer” and “Thunder,” on the road this summer starting June 5 in Hartford, Connecticut.

The trek will hit cities including Boston, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, before wrapping August 10 in Tampa, Florida. Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. local time.

Young singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal, who won America’s Got Talent in 2016, will be the tour’s special guest.

Here’s the list of tour dates:

6/5 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/6 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
6/8 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
6/9 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/11 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/13 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
6/16 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
6/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
6/21 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/24 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
6/26 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
6/27 -- Milwaukee, WI*, Summerfest
6/9 -- Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/30 -- Camden, NJ*, BB&T Pavilion (already announced)
7/2 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/3 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/5 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/7 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
7/8 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater
7/10 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/11 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/13 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/16 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/24 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/26 -- Bozeman, MT, Bobcat Stadium
7/30 -- Wichita, KS^, Intrust Bank Arena
8/1 -- Tulsa, OK^, BOK Center
8/2 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/4 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/5 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
8/7 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
8/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/10 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 -- Dallas, TX* , Toyota Stadium

*Additional date not part of the Evolve Tour
Grace VanderWaal not supporting
^on sale beginning Friday, March 9

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2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLCLast month, when a fan asked Kelly Clarkson on Twitter if she plans to duet with fellow Voice coach Alicia Keys at some point, she hinted, "We may or may not have already filmed something for our season where we may or may not be singing together."  Well, it appears that this "something" has arrived -- the two are singing together and it is, as you might have guessed, insanely awesome.

In a new promo for the new season of the NBC show, which you can watch exclusively over at, all four coaches find themselves in a black-and-white, Rat Pack-era Sin City lounge, crooning standards.  Adam and Blake, wearing tuxedos and with drinks in hand, sing Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon," and exchange some good-natured insults. Then, they make way for the ladies.

Kelly and Alicia, who've been watching from the audience, take the stage and launch into a roof-raising version of Nina Simone's classic "Feelin' Good," with both powerhouse vocalists giving their prodigious pipes a great workout.

No doubt all four coaches will sing a few more numbers together when the new season of The Voice kicks off February 26 on NBC.

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Credit: Myriam SantosThe Eagles have added five more dates to their already-expansive 2018 North American tour, which now features more than 50 concerts.

The new shows are scheduled for September 15 at The Forum in Inglewood, California; October 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City; October 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; October 14 at Detroit's Little Caesar Arena; and October 15 at Chicago's United Center.

The Forum show is the third gig at the Los Angeles-area venue on the 2018 trek, while the Detroit and Chicago concerts will be the second and final Eagles gigs to be held at those arenas this year.

Tickets for all five of the new concerts go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m. local time via

Pre-sale tickets for American Express Card members will be available starting this Tuesday, February 27, at 10 a.m., while other pre-sale opportunities will be offered beginning Thursday, March 1, at 10 a.m. Visit for more details.

The Eagles' 2018 tour gets underway May 12 in Indianapolis and is mapped out through an October 20 show in Cleveland. As previously reported, the band's current lineup features longtime members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt, and well as country star Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of late Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey. Vince and Deacon joined the group last year to help fill the void left after Glenn's January 2016 death.

Here are all of The Eagles' confirmed 2018 tour dates:

3/12 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/14 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
3/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
3/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/23 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/24 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/26 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
4/8 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
4/10 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
4/11 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
4/14 -- Orlando, FL, Camping World Stadium (with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band)
4/16 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
4/17 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/19 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena
4/21 -- Miami, FL, Hard Rock Stadium (with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band)
5/3 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
5/5 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
5/8 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
5/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
5/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
5/14 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
5/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
5/17 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Mosaic Stadium
6/15 -- Houston, TX, Minute Maid Park (with Chris Stapleton)
6/17 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/20 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
6/23 -- Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadium (with Chris Stapleton)
6/28 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field (with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band)
6/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field (with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band)
7/14 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
7/15 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/20 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/21 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
7/26 -- Washington, D.C., Nationals Park (with James Taylor & His All-Star Band)
7/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park (with James Taylor & His All-Star Band)
9/8 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
9/12 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/14 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/15 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park (with Zac Brown Band)
9/22 -- San Diego, CA, PETCO Park (with Zac Brown Band and The Doobie Brothers)
10/6 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center
10/9 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/12 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
10/14 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
10/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
10/20 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena

= newly added date.

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Norman Jean RoyBon Jovi fans, here's some good news.  The band is releasing a music video on Friday for their new song, "When We Were Us."

Now here's the bad news: The video is debuting exclusively on Tidal, at least at first, so if you're not a subscriber to that streaming service, you'll have to wait a bit longer to see it.

You can see and hear a 15-second clip of the video on Bon Jovi's Twitter and Instagram now, though.  It appears to be a live video showing the band performing the song onstage.  As for the song itself, it's a rousing, upbeat anthem.

"When We Were Us" is one of two new songs on the re-release of the 2016 Bon Jovi album This House Is Not For Sale, which comes out on Friday.  The other new song is called "Walls."

The band's spring leg of their This House Is Not For Sale tour kicks off in Denver on March 14 and is set to wrap up May 14 in Washington, D.C. The band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14 in Cleveland.

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Walt Disney PicturesIt's been nearly eight years since we've heard from Sade Adu, a.k.a. Sade, but the "Smooth Operator" singer is back with a brand-new song from a special project: the upcoming Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time.

A Wrinkle in Time director Ava Duvernay revealed the film’s soundtrack on Twitter today.  "I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway,” Duvernay says of Sade's contribution. “She was kind giving. A goddess."

"We began a journey together that I’ll never forget," adds the director. "Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled ‘Flower of the Universe.’ And it’s a dream come true.”

Sade's last release, 2010's Soldier of Love, won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.  Yes, Sade is technically a band; Sade Adu is the front woman.

Other artists on the soundtrack include Sia and Demi Lovato.  In addition to the original music, the soundtrack will include a score by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi.

The soundtrack and the film will be released on March 9.

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Sarah PiantadosiJames Bay is bringing his new music, and his new look, to Saturday Night Live.

James will make his SNL debut on March 10, and he's sure to perform his new single "Wild Love."  The show will be hosted by This Is Us Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown, who also appears in Black Panther.

"WAIT. WHAT!? Can’t believe I’ll be performing on @nbcsnl soon!" James tweeted. "AHH."

The British singer/songwriter will be in New York City around that time as part of an already sold-out, intimate tour that gets underway March 25 in Seattle, WA.

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Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran got engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn over New Year's...but have the two actually tied the knot since then?

According to Metro UK, some fans are convinced that Ed and Cherry are secretly married, because he was sporting a gold band on the third finger of his left hand during an intimate charity concert in London on Monday night.  Of course, the ring could merely be a symbol of his engagement.

ABC News has reached out to Ed's rep about the rumor.

According to The Sun, during the charity show, Ed told the audience how much he's been enjoying domestic bliss with Cherry. "I find myself getting really excited about kitchen appliances now," he joked.

Ed also revealed that at Wednesday night's Brit Awards -- the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys -- he'll be performing his Grammy-winning song, "Thinking Out Loud."

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Here's how big an impact Taylor Swift has on our culture at large: At least one Oscar-winning actress says she can't sleep at night because she's so confused about who's still a member of the singer's famed girl squad.

Background first.  Since the end of August, there have been rumors about the squad's current membership.  August 27, when Taylor released her video for "Look What You Made Me Do," one scene featured her wearing a shirt decorated with the names of her squad members.  As People pointed out, fans noticed that model Karlie Kloss' name was missing.

Taylor and Karlie had been tight since 2014.  Karlie appeared in Taylor's "Bad Blood" video, they attended the Met Gala together, cooked together, and shared the stage during Taylor's last tour. There was even a rumor Karlie had her own bedroom at Taylor's New York City apartment.

But last month, Karlie posted a video of herself playing basketball with the caption "Swish Swish," which is also the name of Katy Perry's Taylor diss track.  Karlie removed the words when fans freaked out.  And just last week, Karlie was spotted having dinner with Katy, causing fans to flood Karlie's Instagram with rat emojis.

All this drama hasn't escaped the notice of Jennifer Lawrence.  During a Times Talks panel discussion to promote her new spy thriller, Red Sparrow, the Oscar-winner was asked by an audience member, "If you had [spy] skills in real life, what top-secret [thing] would you like to be able to figure out?"

Replied J-Law, "I mean, honestly, I'd like to know what's going on with Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift!" 

As the audience laughed, Lawrence added, "That's the honest-to-God truth! Like, is nobody else curious? It's keeping me up at night. What happened?"

(The Karlie/Taylor question takes place 1:10:13 into the video]

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Kelly Clarkson will be mentoring musical hopefuls as a coach in the new season of The Voice, which starts at the end of this month.  She says she's glad she'll be able to help up-and-coming artists because, she says, nobody was around to help her when she needed it.

"I didn't have a mentor, I think, honestly, 'cause I came in the business a really weird, odd, way and nobody had really done that before," she explains. "So there was no road map.  There was no blueprint of how to achieve what I wanted to achieve.

"Everything that happened was like a first time, for somebody coming from a TV show," she adds. "So I would've loved to have somebody that I was very similar to, that kinda was the light at the end of the tunnel. I think that would've helped me in a lot of ways."

Now, 15 years into her career, Kelly's pretty much seen all the ups and downs of the music business, and she's excited to help the members of her team.  But she admits that, when she's not sitting in that big red chair, she doesn't always feel like she's coming from a place of experience and wisdom.

"I try and be that for, like, younger artists that are like fans of mine, but I'm not really mother hen," she laughs. "I'm still kind of a child! So, it's very hard for me to do that, but I always try to give good advice."

Kelly will join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys in the chairs when The Voice returns for its 14th season, February 26 on NBC.

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