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Weiss EubanksMonday is Kelly Clarkson's birthday, but she got her present early...and she was so excited about it, she almost cried.

On Twitter Friday afternoon, Kelly posted a video of herself, with no makeup, hair up in a ponytail, in sweats, working out a puzzle with Scrabble letters.  "Woke up this morning to a birthday scavenger hunt that ended with an anagram!! Best surprise ever!" she captioned the video.

In the video, she spells out, "Pack your bags" and "A girls trip."  Then she looks confused and says, "Wait...what?"

The woman filming the video says, "We're going on a girls trip! We're not tellin' you where yet."  Off camera a man -- possibly Kelly's husband -- says, "We're sending you on a girls trip with all the ladies."  The woman adds, "We're leaving tonight!"

Kelly yells "Whaat!" and starts jumping up and down.  "And your sister and your mom are coming..." adds the woman.

"I'm totally gonna cry," says an amazed Kelly, clasping her hands to her chest with joy.  "That was the goal!" the woman laughs.

It's no surprise Kelly's excited about her trip: she has four kids in her house, including her baby son Remy, who just turned one, her daughter River, and her two stepchildren.  Sometimes mama just needs to get away.

 

Woke up this morning to a birthday scavenger hunt that ended with an anagram!! Best surprise ever! #morninghair #whereisthegirlstrip #sweaty pic.twitter.com/sVEDdUfCb8

— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) April 21, 2017

 

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Republic Records/Yoni GoldbergChristina Grimmie’s music continues to live on. Her posthumous EP, called Side B, was released today.

The EP contains three new songs from the singer, plus a new recording of Christina’s cover of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up,” which she first performed as a contestant on The Voice.

The new tracks include the lead single “Invisible,” the R&B-tinged ballad “I Only Miss You When I Breathe,” and a song about complicated love called “The Game.” Those three songs will also be included on a 10-song album called All Is Vanity, which is being released on June 2 in conjunction with National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Proceeds from the Side B EP go towards a memorial fund in Christina’s name. The 22-year-old singer was gunned down by a deranged fan following a concert in Orlando, Florida on June 10, 2016.

There will also be a special announcement regarding Christina on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday, April 25.

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Catie LaffoonCharlie Puth's new single "Attention" is about a girl who wants just that...but when it comes to real life, Charlie says too much of our attention is taken up these days by our phones and social media.

Speaking to People magazine, Charlie says getting a "like" on Facebook or Instagram sends a rush of dopamine to your brain, and it can be addictive.  He cautions, "Social media is important, but we should venture out a little bit and not rely on it for self approval.”

"There is nothing wrong with Instagram,” he adds. “It’s a huge reason for my social presence, but it’s also important to counter that with nature walks. It’s so important to realize your surroundings...You don’t have to always look in your phone. That’s the main thing.”

"Attention" is the first single from Charlie's upcoming sophomore album. As previously reported, it's being used in a new immersive music experience in L.A. called The Attention Room, with visuals designed to replicate the brain's reaction to getting attention.

The "See You Again" singer will hit the road as the opening act on Shawn Mendes' North American tour, which begins July 6 in Portland, OR.

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Olivia BeeAdd Katy Perry to the list of people who aren't fans of Starbucks' new Unicorn Frappucino.

According to People, Katy posted an Instagram story that showed her taking a sip of the latest beverage trend while sporting a long blond wig.  But then she makes a face and spits it out.

Adding a unicorn emoji, she wrote on the photo, "I couldn’t handle drinking my own blood.”

The drink is a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup, a "sour blue drizzle" and "a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping.” 

A barista went viral with an online rant against the drink, while others are concerned that it contains 59 grams of sugar and clocks in at more than 400 calories.  But People reports that there have been more than 100 thousand tweets and counting about the beverage since it launched.

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Courtesy Live NationLet's groove: Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers are hitting the road this summer for a joint tour.

The trek, dubbed 2054 the Tour -- possibly after New York's iconic Studio 54 disco -- gets underway July 12 in Oakland and is slated to wrap up August 22 in Detroit.  The tour will feature a special guest DJ and a setup with extra space between the seats to make it easy for you to "Dance, Dance, Dance" and create your own "Boogie Wonderland."

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. local time but American Express cardholders can grab them starting Monday, April 24.

In a statement, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire said, "Nile Rodgers and CHIC are legendary for their iconic style, song, sound, and groove. Get ready for a non-stop 2054 party!"

Nile, who just received the Award for Musical Excellence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, added, "Get your feet ready for a deluge of hits!"  Earth Wind & Fire were inducted into the Hall in 2000.

Here are the tour dates:

7/12 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
7/13 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
7/18 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/20 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/22 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
7/23 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
7/26 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
8/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/4 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
8/5 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
8/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
8/9 -- Washington D.C., Verizon Center
8/10 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
8/11 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
8/13 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
8/15 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/18 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
8/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
8/22 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre

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NPG Records/Warner Bros. RecordsFriday marks the one-year anniversary of Prince's tragic death, and Billboard reports that amazingly, the late icon sold more albums than any other artist over the past year...including Adele.

Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Prince's catalog, counting both albums and songs, sold 7.7 million copies in the U.S. since April 21, 2016.  As you might expect, most of those sales took place in the month after his death from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

Of those 7.7 million copies, 2.3 million were traditional album sales.  In 2016, Adele sold 2.23 million albums, so Prince actually outsold her, though not by much.

Prince's best-selling songs last year include "Purple Rain," with 621,000 downloads, followed by "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy" and "Kiss."  His best-selling albums last year were The Very Best of Prince, with 668,000 copies sold, followed by Purple Rain and 1999.

Also of note is the fact that since Prince's death, according to Billboard, his music has been played a lot more on the radio, and that's continued into this year. His most popular hit at radio this year is "When Doves Cry."

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLet's go crazy remembering Prince, who died one year ago today from a drug overdose.  Unfortunately, the legal turmoil surrounding the rights to Prince's music, as well as the ongoing investigation into his death from the painkiller fentanyl, may impact his legacy as one of the greatest artists of all time.

In public, Prince was vehemently anti-drug, but it's now emerged that he was apparently struggling with an opioid addiction.  Still, rock critic Alan Light, author of Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, says there's more to that story.

"I don't think that, at this point, we look at him and think [the drugs revelations have] tarnished who he was and what he stood for, while we're still sort of trying to make sense out of all of this," Light tells ABC Radio.  He says Prince fans were somewhat complicit in his addiction, which was likely a result of the chronic pain he suffered after years of performing.

"You watch him jumping off of tall speaker stacks, landing in heels, going into a spin and a split...and you wince...it never occurred to any of us before," says Light.

Light also feels that being able to watch footage of Prince is what's most needed right now to cement his legacy.

"There is no easily legally available document of Prince on stage in the glory years," he notes. "If we're going to tell generations moving forward this was the greatest performer of his generation, this guy could do things on stage that nobody else could do, we need to be able to show that."

To that end, Light believes it's imperative that Prince's estate comes up with a way to ensure kids can understand the musician's impact.  He claims they're not as aware of Prince's genius as they should be because Prince kept his music off streaming services and YouTube.

"I think that there's really a huge reintroduction that needs to happen, to generate an awareness for those who weren't around for the glory years to know what this guy was really about," Light tells ABC Radio.

Light also wants people to realize that for all of Prince's reputation as an eccentric weirdo, he was a real human being.

"When you would sit down [with him]...he was...just some guy from Minneapolis who would talk about basketball or about movies that were out," he tells ABC Radio. "It wasn't like sitting with a space alien. He was able to keep that side of himself."  

Prince's home in Minneapolis, Paisley Park, is currently hosting a celebration in honor of the musician that runs through April 23.

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Hachette BooksMayte [MY-tay] Garcia is not planning on shedding any tears today, the first anniversary of the death of her ex-husband Prince.  

Instead, Garcia is looking forward to celebrating the music icon's life and legacy by  "playing his music" and remembering "him with love."

"I definitely am going to try to keep it joyful and celebratory," Garcia tells ABC Radio. "Because I remember when I was with him and certain people that we knew had passed away. And it was never a mourning/deep sadness kind of thing."

Garcia, who chronicles intimate details about her marriage and life with Prince in her newly released memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, says her ex didn't look at death in a negative way. For him, she says, it was about transitioning.

"He would just acknowledge that they've just moved on to another level of spirituality of consciousness," she says.

Mayte, who married Prince at the age of 22, believes her then-husband would also want his fans to see his passing as just a transformation and not a time of mourning.

"And that's what I'm going to try to keep in mind," she adds. "He would want us to celebrate him and play his music and think of him with love."  

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Nancy BundtTheir former boss died a year ago, but The Revolution is planning a coast-to-coast tour to pay tribute to him.

Prince's best-known backing band starts their first nationwide tour in 30 years on Friday with a performance at Paisley Park.  Right now, they have dates mapped out through July 17, with more dates to be announced soon.

The band that eventually became The Revolution first formed in 1979, but the classic lineup, featured on the albums Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Parade, included drummer Bobby Z, keyboard player Matt Fink, Lisa Coleman on keyboards and piano, Wendy Melvoin on guitar, and Brown Mark on bass.  That lineup won two Grammys and an Oscar.

The band announced that they were reforming earlier this year.  Here's the tour itinerary:

4/21 -- Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park, Minneapolis, MN
4/23 -- Metro, Chicago, IL
4/24 -- Metro, Chicago, IL
4/27 -- The Fillmore, Silver Spring Washington, DC
4/28 -- BB Kings, New York, NY
4/29 -- Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
4/30 -- Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
5/3 -- Webster Hall,  New York, NY
5/4 -- Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
5/12 -- Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
5/14 -- The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
5/15 -- Mercury Ballroom,  Louisville, KY
5/16 -- Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
5/18 -- House of Blues,  Cleveland, OH
5/20 -- Majestic Theater, Detroit, MI
5/21 -- Phoenix Theatre, Toronto, Ont
6/14 -- House of Blues,  Dallas, TX
6/15 -- House of Blues, Houston, TX
6/16 -- The Aztec Theater, San Antonio, TX
6/17 -- ACL Live, Austin, TX
6/21 -- Brooklyn Bowl,  Las Vegas, NV
6/22 -- House of Blues, San Diego, CA
6/23 -- Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
7/11 -- The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
7/12 -- The Fillmore,  San Francisco, CA
7/13 -- Artown,  Reno, NV
7/14 -- Roseland Theater,   Portland, OR
7/15 -- The Showbox Seattle, WA
7/17 -- Britt Pavillion, Jacksonville, OR

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Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Atlantic RecordsCharlie Puth would like your attention, please. The singer debuted his latest single, “Attention,” last night in a new, immersive music exhibit in Los Angeles called The Attention Room.

The exhibit features an LED infinity tunnel that plays Charlie’s single as visitors walk through. The visualization within the tunnel mimics the brain’s reaction to receiving attention, which is said to give visitors a rush of excitement and joy.

The Attention Room is open to the public every day through April 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Attention," the single will premiere worldwide tonight at 11 p.m. ET.

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Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesIf you're hoping that Celine Dion will be able to find love again following the death of her husband Rene, don't count on it.  According to Celine, she's not sure she'll ever get over the loss.

Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Celine says, "I think I will probably grieve for the rest of my life" over Rene's death.  He passed away in January of 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

Asked about the possibility of finding a new love, the singer says, "Now it is definitely too soon for me. I am definitely in love with him, married to him. He’s the love of my life. It’s very difficult for me to see myself with another person."

She adds, "He love that I have for him, I live it every day...When I sing, it’s with him. When I hug my kids, it’s for him and it’s with him. I took time to grieve and I’m still grieving.”

One way Celine says she's been coping is to sleep in the same bed with her six-year-old twins, Nelson and Eddy.

"I organize myself to not feel lonely. So I got myself a huge, huge, huge bed and I sleep with my twins," she tells The Sun.  "They are comforting me a lot. I need them. I need them close."

Celine also reveals that when she was wondering whether or not she should record a song for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, she found a portrait of Rene that a fan made her and asked it for its opinion.

She says, "The answer I got back -- I don’t want that to sound like ghostly or anything like that -- but emotionally what I got back from that was, ‘You have nothing to lose’.”

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Miles Aldridge for TIMEEd Sheeran, Alicia Keys and John Legend have a lot of influence. How do we know?  Because Time magazine put them on its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

The magazine has tapped a different celebrity to pen essays about each person on the list.  For Ed, Time naturally asked his BFF Taylor Swift to pen a few words.  "He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation," she writes.
"Congratulations to my friend Ed," she concludes. "For the legacy you’ve already built and the brilliant hook you probably just came up with five minutes ago."

Scandal star Kerry Washington writes about Alicia, "[She] doesn't hide her truth, her flaws, her dreams or her journey.  It is that authenticity and vulnerability that endear her to us. We are drawn to her honesty, we respect and adore her, and in doing so, we move closer to embracing our own true selves."

Hollywood legend and and activist Harry Belafonte calls John Legend "a wonderful artist," and also praises the Oscar-winning singer for using "his platform to push for meaningful social change," adding, "the depth of his commitment is to be admired." 

John also graces one of the magazine's five special covers.

Elton John pops up in the issue as the writer of an essay about his friend James Corden, who made the list. "Anyone—friends and fans alike—can tell you that James doesn't take himself, or others, too seriously. And that's why he's able to make us laugh, cry and sing—sometimes all at once," Elton writes.

Others on the list: Viola Davis, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Jones, Jordan Peele and Samantha Bee.

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Rogue Music AllianceIt remains to be seen if that disputed EP of previously unreleased Prince material will be released on Friday. 

On Wednesday the late icon's estate and the singer's famed home and recording studio, Paisley Park, filed a lawsuit in Carver County, Minnesota, to stop the release of the EP, put together by engineer George Ian Boxill, who worked with Prince on the material in the mid-2000s.

ABC affiliate KSTP in St. Paul reports that a federal judge has yet to rule on a request for a temporary restraining order against the release. But one thing is clear, you can't get the EP on iTunes anymore. 

The EP was pulled from iTunes pending resolution of the dispute, it was confirmed in a federal court hearing Wednesday, reports KSTP.  But the EP is still available for order on PrinceRogersNelson.com. The EP's title track, "Deliverence," a slow-burning gospel-rock tune with lots of guitar and religious lyrics, also is still up on the Rogue Music Alliance SoundCloud account.

As previously reported, Boxill assembled the EP, which also includes a four-song suite called "Opera Man," from material he worked on with Prince from 2006 to 2008.

According to the suit obtained by ABC News, the plaintiff alleges Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that all the work the two did together "would remain Prince's sole and exclusive property" and that "he would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever."

KSTP reports that Boxhill lawyers are arguing that he owns 10 percent of the songs, although his contract with Prince says the songs are Prince's sole property.  But, Boxhill's lawyers claim, because the contract was never signed by Prince or his company it is invalid.

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Sascha Steinbach/Getty ImagesShe didn't make the cover, but Adele is highlighted in People magazine's new Most Beautiful issue as one of the Fabulous Faces of 2017.  But People Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle says she was chosen as much as for her voice as for her looks.

"I think Adele is one of those people who's, first of all, beautiful looking, but it's truly her talent that makes her so captivating," he tells ABC Radio.  He says when the magazine chooses its beauties, it's based on all their accomplishments, and not just the fact that they hit the genetic lottery.

"Adele is the perfect example," he says. "She obviously looks amazing, but the talent is just the thing that is irresistible that you know hits you right in the soul."

As anyone who went to one of Adele's concerts and saw her on those jumbo video screens can tell you, she does have "one of the great faces of all time," as Cagle puts it.  But he finds her sense of humor -- and her foul mouth -- just as attractive.

"Look beautiful but talks like a sailor?" he laughs. "That's a good combination!" 

Adele's in good company: some of the other Fabulous Faces of 2017 the magazine has chosen include Mandy Moore, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Taraji P. Henson and Oprah Winfrey.

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Jason BellJosh Groban has been nominated for Grammys, but now he's received a nod for his skills as an actor.

Josh is one of this year's nominees for the Drama League Awards, the oldest theatrical honors in America: they were first presented back in 1922.  Thanks to his Broadway role in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1912, Josh is nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award, which goes to one person per year, and can only be won once in an artist's lifetime.

However, he faces some stiff competition: there are 48 nominees in all, including such high-profile names as Sally Field, Danny DeVito, Daniel Craig, Daniel Radcliffe, David Hyde Pierce, Kevin Kline, John Leguizamo, Cate Blanchett and Josh's own co-star, Denée Benton.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 itself is also nominated, in the category of Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.

The Drama League Awards will take place May 19 in New York City.  The nominees for the best-known theatrical honors in America, the Tony Awards, will be announced in early May.

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Image Group LA/ABCColdplay will compete against themselves, and Adele, at this year's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, which honor excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing.

Adele's hit "When We Were Young" is nominated in the Most Performed Work category, as are the Coldplay tracks "Adventure of a Lifetime" and "Hymn for the Weekend."

Adele already has three "Ivors," as they're called, on her trophy shelf: one is for "Rolling in the Deep," and two are for Songwriter of the Year.

The Ivor Novello Awards, named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century, are voted on by songwriters. The 2017 awards will be held May 18 in London.

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XL/Columbia RecordsPeople magazine's annual Most Beautiful issue hits newsstands on Friday, and some of this year's beauties are also some of the world's biggest music stars.

Adele, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood are among the singers who are featured in this year's main list of Fabulous Faces of 2017, along with pop star and actress Selena Gomez.

Regarding her refusal to bow to pressure regarding her own appearance, the magazine quotes Adele as saying, "In Hollywood, you are either too fat or you're too skinny.  It's just absurd. You are never going to please everyone anyway, so what's the point?"

Alicia, who's lately stopped wearing makeup in public, is quoted by as saying "The way I define beauty is individuality and wisdom, which I think creates a certain inner confidence."

Gwen Stefani and Beyonce both appear in a feature called "In Sync Couples" along with their significant others, Blake Shelton and Jay ZJohn Legend and his wife Chrissie Teigen are also highlighted in that feature.  Plus, Ellie Goulding takes fans into the recording studio for a feature called "My Busy, Beautiful Life."

Julia Roberts graces the cover of the Most Beautiful issue for a record fifth time.

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Olivia BeeKaty Perry, Lady Gaga and John Legend are among over 100 artists teaming up for a good cause:  they’ve all put their signatures on an acoustic guitar being raffled off for Planned Parenthood.

The Gibson guitar, donated by L.A.’s Old Style Guitar Shop, also features the autographs of Sia, Mark Ronson, Charlie Puth, Sam Smith and dozens more.  It took five months for the shop's owner to collect all the artists' autographs.

When you donate $10 to Planned Parenthood, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win the the instrument. You can enter at PlannedParenthoodPromo.com.

The sweepstakes is in partnership with “7-inches for Planned Parenthood,” an upcoming series of 7-inch vinyl records being sold to benefit the organization.

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Prince died a year ago this Friday, and to mark the anniversary a new, six-song EP of previously unreleased Prince material is planned, but will it see the light of day?

Deliverance features six studio recording the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made between 2006 and 2008.  The material is co-credited to Prince and engineer Ian Boxill who spent the past year completing the unfinished material and mixing the tracks.

But ABC affiliate KSTP in ST. Paul, Minnesota reports that Paisley Park and Prince's estate have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the release of the material and have the masters turned over to them.  According to the suit, Boxill agreed not to use the recordings and to return them to Prince on request. 

The EP Boxill has assembled includes the title track and a four-song suite called "Opera Man" that includes songs titled "I Am," "Touch Me," "Sunrise Sunset" and "No One Else."  The EP is rounded out by an extended version of "I Am."

You can listen to the title track now on the SoundCloud account of Rogue Music Alliance.  A digital version of the EP is scheduled to be released available Friday at the usual outlets with a physical scheduled for June 2.

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AtlanticTwenty years ago today -- April 19, 1997 -- Jewel's biggest hit peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts, though she admits that at the time she wrote it, she felt it was "silly," not to mention "terrible."

The song was "You Were Meant for Me," from Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, which she released in 1995, when she was just 21 years old. But the singer, actress and author admits that she didn't think much of the song when she first came up with it.

"When I wrote it, I thought it was a terrible song," she tells ABC Radio. "I thought it was a little bit of a silly song. It wasn't as deep as, I dunno, I guess, I liked a lot of my writing to be."

Jewel says she wrote the song during the time she was homeless and living in her car.  During that time, she says, she started having panic attacks and anxiety, and came up with her own way of coping.

"I..began to use mindfulness exercises to try to retrain my brain, basically," she tells ABC Radio. "That's what I was writing about...that's why I wrote about habitual thought, which is sort of what [the line in the song] 'Dreams last for so long even after you're gone' [is about]...the love of fantasy versus the actual reality."

When Jewel eventually got a record deal, the song ended up on Pieces of You, which went on to sell 12 million copies.  "You Were Meant for Me" stayed on the charts for an amazing 65 weeks.

Jewel still performs the song when she does concerts, and says she's proud of what the song accomplished.

She tells ABC Radio, "The fact that that record did so well was mind-boggling."  

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