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Mert & MarcusFresh off her Billboard Music Award wins last night, Taylor Swift has extended her record for the most Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits among female artists.

Her song “Delicate” rose from number 46 to number 36 on the Hot 100, becoming her 56th Top 40 song. She increases her lead even further from the runner-up among women: Rihanna, who has 50 Top 40 Hot 100 entries. Madonna comes in third with 49.

Elvis Presley holds the record overall, with 80 Top 40 hits.

“Delicate” is the sixth top 40 hit from Taylor’s Reputation album, following “Look What You Made Me Do,” “…Ready For It?,” “Gorgeous,” “Call It What You Want” and “End Game.”

Sunday night, Taylor won the Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist and Top Selling Album for Reputation.

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ABC/Tyler GoldenJohn Legend and Chrissy Teigen have named their new baby after another music legend.

The singer and supermodel revealed that the name of their second child is Miles Theodore Stephens and posted photos on social media.

"Miles of course is the same name as the great Miles Davis and Chrissy really liked the name Theodore, so we put it all together and had Miles Theodore Stephens," Legend tells "When he came out and we hung out with him for a little while, we were like, 'He looks like a Miles.'" Their son was born on May 16.

"We're so excited to have him in the family now," he added. "It's nice to have our little family of four now."

Teigen posted a photo of baby Miles on Instagram and commented, “Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens -- We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!”

The couple's first child, daughter Luna Simone Stephens, was named after legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

When Legend performed Sunday night on the Billboard Music Awards, Teigen poked fun at people who criticized the couple for leaving the house after welcoming their new baby.

"Wow didn't u just have a baby John smh go take care of it !!!!!! disgusting," Chrissy tweeted, along with a photo of hubby being interviewed on television.

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ABC/Image Group LAPrincess or not, Katy Perry is still going to give you her honest fashion critique.

When asked what she thought of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress Sunday night, Katy didn’t hold back.

“I would have done one more fitting,” she told Entertainment Tonight during night one of American Idol finals, adding, “I’m never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love you.”

She said she preferred Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen bridal look to Meghan’s simple Givenchy gown, proclaiming, “Kate, Kate, Kate won, Kate won!”

Her opinions on the dress aside, Katy declared that she’s “so happy” for Meghan and Prince Harry, who tied the knot in a grand ceremony on Saturday.

“I don’t know them from Adam but it’s amazing what she’s doing with all this, her humanitarian efforts," Katy said. "You know, the fact that she’s a proud feminist, I love all that. I support her as another woman and love her and wish them both well.”

The American Idol season finale airs tonight on ABC.

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Mert & MarcusCould Taylor Swift be releasing a new album sooner than we think?

The singer reportedly hinted to blogger Perez Hilton that her follow-up to Reputation would be out before she turns 30. Taylor will be 29 this December, which means the new album could potentially be released before the end of next year.

Perez spoke with Taylor backstage at her Rose Bowl show in Los Angeles Saturday night, and recounted their conversation in a YouTube video.

"What I did say to Taylor was I would love it if the next album had a song called '30' to keep up the continuation -- she had 'Fifteen,' she had '22,'" he says.

He adds, "She's like, 'Oh, well, the next album will definitely be out before I'm 30.'"

If that's the case, fans won't have to wait as long as they in between the release of 1989 and Reputation. Reputation came out in 2017, three years after 1989.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessThe first installment of the two-night American Idol finale on Sunday featured a trio of performances from the top three: an encore of each one’s favorite performance; a song dedicated to his or her hometown, and their potential first single. The show also featured a surprise appearance by former Journey singer Steve Perry.

As always, judges Katy PerryLionel Richie and Luke Bryan were on hand to offer their comments on the performances.

The contestant started off with their singles:

Caleb Lee Hutchinson disappointed the judges with his single, “Johnny Cash Heart,” co-written by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. Katy said she would’ve liked him to “embody it as a Caleb Lee Hutchinson song.” She said it was his “weakest performance so far.”

Gabby Barrett continued with her potential debut single, a mix of soul and gospel called “Rivers Deep.” Noting that the stage and the studio are different worlds, the judges felt she failed to deliver the song effectively on stage until the very end. “From now on, when you select a song, select it from the stage back, not the studio,” was Lionel’s advice to the 18-year-old singer.

Maddie Poppe continued with a song reminiscent of season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' "Home" -- co-written by Julia Michaels -- called, “Going Going Gone.” Luke expressed the sentiments of all three judges by declaring Maddie turned in a “solid performance” because she looked “the most comfortable so far.”

Next, the top three performed their encore songs:

Caleb redeemed himself with his reprisal of Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Lionel called Hutchinson’s voice “solid as a rock” and urged the 19-year-old to "own it and put it in front of everything.” Katy agreed, calling Caleb’s performance “light years” ahead of his first one, praising his “amazing, incredible, interesting, textured voice."

Gabby, clad in black leather and a fringed short-shorts, followed with an encore performance of Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon.” Katy acknowledged Barrett’s growth in her performance, interaction with the audience and comfort with the musicians, although next time Maddie wore fringe, she wanted to “see it move.”

Maddie hoped lightning would strike twice, reprising a song she first performed during Hollywood Week: the original song, "Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up.” Katy praised Poppe for taking a risk, adding the artist was “authentic as heck.”

Finally, the contestants performed their hometown dedications:

Hutchinson honored his hometown of Dallas, Georgia, with Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Richie praised Caleb for a “convincing” performance,” adding the Cash classic was “in his wheelhouse.” Added Katy, “I think an audience member wants to have fun. They’re waiting for you to invite them and you just invited us.”

Barrett, a Pittsburgh native, dedicated Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” to her hometown. To her surprise, it wasn’t Perry, Richie or Bryan who commented on the performance, but former Journey singer Steve Perry -- who sang on the original track -- offering his take. “It was the most amazing version I’ve ever heard,” he declared, “just beautiful.”

Clarksville, Iowa’s Poppe closed out the performances with her take on Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” Luke thanked Maddie for “inspiring” him, and Katy, typing into her phone, said, “I’m voting for you.”

American Idol will crown a winner on Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicAt the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, Janet Jackson became the first black female artist to receive the Billboard ICON Award.  She took the stage to perform, and then gave a powerful speech about female empowerment (see related story).  On the red carpet, everyone seemed to agree that Janet is indeed an ICON, citing her music, her performance ability, and her message.

Jennifer Lopez, who appeared in Janet's video for "That's the Way Love Goes" when she was still a relative unknown, told ABC News, "Janet was one of my idols growing up...I think I even started dancing because of her video "The Pleasure Principle!" [She's] one of my favorites to this day."

Ne-Yo, who knows Janet, told ABC Radio, "She made herself big enough to be to be iconic but small enough to still feel like your watch a Janet Jackson video and it's like, 'I wanna be friends with that person!'"  He adds that Janet's "not so larger than life that you don't feel like you couldn't go get a drink and just hang out [with her]."

Janet isn't just a music pioneer: her choreography and dancing were pioneering as well. Dance pro Derek Hough noted, "It really was innovative at the time, and inspiring for a whole generation of dancers and performers...she's an absolute trailblazer."

Fifth Harmony member and now solo artist Normani gushed, "Janet Jackson is the queen....she's really paved the way for me, a young African-American female. Y'know, having representation is so important and she is the inspiration and reason why I am who I am today."

Halsey, who credits Janet as a "massive inspiration," praised the superstar as a "risk taker" for doing things "that were a little bit provocative and risque for an artist of her era."  She also noted that Janet "made it possible for so many young artists of color today to be able to do what they do." 

But Halsey also noted that Janet was the only girl in a family of a bunch of super-talented brothers. "It's hard to push through when the brothers are getting all the shine!" she pointed out. "You have to take your own and take your moment and, and she did so, wonderfully." 

Pioneering female hip hop group Salt-N-Pepa said they grew up watching Janet as Penny on the groundbreaking sitcom Good Times, and also praised her for the message of empowerment in her breakthrough album Control. 

Said Cheryl "Salt" James, "For women who lose control of their lives -- to their kids, to their husbands, to their relationship, maybe even to their careers -- to just have that moment when you say 'I'm in control,' I think that was the quintessential Janet moment."

'90s hitmaking vocal group En Vogue summed Janet's appeal up by noting she's a "consummate performer" with "timeless" music.  As they put it, "Nobody can touch Janet!" 

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Dick Clark ProductionsThe 2018 Billboard Music Awards  were packed with big performances and peppered with some heavier moments Sunday night, kicking off with an emotional cold open from host Kelly Clarkson.

The show, which aired on NBC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, began on a serious note with a tearful call to action from Kelly in the wake of the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. 

She refused to lead the audience in a moment of silence, instead saying, “Why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening? Because it’s horrible.”

Fittingly, following Kelly’s emotional message, Ariana Grande opened the show with a performance of “No Tears Left to Cry.” And indeed when Kelly returned to the stage, she was dry-eyed and ready to lighten things up a bit.

Kelly launched into an energetic medley of some other artists’ songs, including “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran.

Shawn Mendes and Khalid later picked up Kelly’s call to action. After Shawn first took the stage to perform his new single “In My Blood,” he returned with Khalid to perform their powerful duet “Youth” as a tribute to victims of gun violence with the help of the show choir from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Female empowerment was also a running theme of the night, with Janet Jackson becoming the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award and paying tribute to strong women in her speech.

"Women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused,” Janet said in her speech, during which she also urged people to turn back to God as a source of calmness and love.

Prior to accepting the award, she took the stage and performed a choreography-heavy medley of some of her classics, including “Nasty,” “If” and “Throb.” It was her first TV performance in nine years.

Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato also took the stage together for the first time to perform their new feminist anthem “Fall in Line.” They traded soaring vocal acrobatics and held their own amidst a menacing mob of authoritative male figures. 

Taylor Swift used her win for Top Female Artist to shout out other female artists, in particular her tour mates Charli XCX and Camila Cabello. She also took home the prize for Top Selling Album for Reputation and thanked her fans for “making me feel understood again.”

Before presenting the award for Top Hot 100 Song to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito,” The Chainsmokersand Halsey paid tribute to Avicii, who died last month at age 28. The Chainsmokers also dedicated their award for Top Dance/Electronic Artist to the late DJ-producer.

Other winners presented during the broadcast included Khalid for Top New Artist, BTS for Top Social Artist, “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt for Top Country Song, “Rock Star” by Post Malonefeaturing 21 Savage for Top Rap Song, and Camilla Cabello for Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

The show closed out with Ed Sheeran taking home the prize of Top Artist and a ‘90s throwback performance by Salt N PepaDJ Spinderella and En Vogue.

The two biggest winners of the night with six awards each were Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar. See a complete list of winners here.

The night’s other performances included:

- Dua Lipa performing “New Rules” with the help of a girl squad and a giant flamingo.

- Khalid and Normani performing their steamy duet “Love Lies.”

- New dad John Legend singing his new single, “A Good Night.”

- Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled making it rain dollar bills with their new track “Dinero.”

- Ed Sheeran performing a rousing rendition of “Galway Girl” from his tour in Dublin, Ireland.

- Maren MorrisZedd and Grey joining forces to perform their hit “The Middle.”

- Soon-to-be tour mates Macklemore and Kesha singing “Good Old Days” from a faux campsite at Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. 

- Kelly Clarkson belting her sassy tune “Whole Lotta Woman.”

- K-Pop boy band BTS drawing the loudest cheers for their performance of “Fake Love.”

- Camila Cabello performing “Havana” and her new duet with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine.”

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Dick Clark ProductionsHost Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night with an emotional speech about the recent mass shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed 10 people and injured several more.

Struggling to get the words out, Clarkson began, "Before we start tonight's show, there's something I'd like to say -- this is gonna be so hard -- about the tragedy at Santa Fe High. I'm a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year. And once again, y'all, we're grieving for more kids that have died for just no reason at all."

The tearful singer continued, "Tonight they wanted me to say…obviously we want to pray for all the victims and pray for their families, but they also wanted me to do a moment of silence. And I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working…obviously. So, why don’t we not do a moment of silence, why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening, because it’s horrible. And mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs… You should be able to live your life without that kind of fear.”

Kelly concluded, “We need to do better…because we’re failing our children. We’re failing our communities. We’re failing their families. I can’t imagine. I have four children — I cannot imagine getting that phone call or that knock on the door. So, instead of a moment of silence, I want to respect [the victims] and honor them… Tonight, y’all, in your community, where you live — let’s have a moment of action! Let’s have a moment of change!”

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The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Kelly Clarkson hosted the ceremony, which featured performances by Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello and more.

Many of the winners were announced hours prior to the telecast, with the big awards being revealed during the ceremony itself. Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran tied for the most awards, with six each. Below is a complete list of winners.

2018 Billboard Music Awards winners:

Top Artist:
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid -- WINNER
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Camila Cabello -- WINNER
Cardi B
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Female Artist:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift -- WINNER

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Imagine Dragons -- WINNER

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake -- WINNER
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars -- WINNER
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Bruno Mars -- WINNER
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:

Top R&B Tour:
Bruno Mars -- WINNER
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:
Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
Bhad Bhabie
Cardi B -- WINNER
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton -- WINNER

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton -- WINNER

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris -- WINNER

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line -- WINNER
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan -- WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons -- WINNER
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
Guns N’ Roses

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Ozuna -- WINNER
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers -- WINNER
Calvin Harris

Top Christian Artist:
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe -- WINNER
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tasha Cobbs Leonard -- WINNER
Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. -- WINNER
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, reputation -- WINNER

Top Soundtrack:
Black Panther
The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana -

Top R&B Album:
Khalid, American Teen
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic -- WINNER
The Weeknd, Starboy
XXXTentacion, 17

Top Rap Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. -- WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Migos, Culture
Post Malone, Stoney

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 -- WINNER
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Rock Album:
Imagine Dragons, Evolve -- WINNER
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Latin Album:
Nicky Jam, Fenix
Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar
Ozuna, Odisea -- WINNER
Romeo Santos, Golden
Shakira, El Dorado

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii, AV?CI (01)
The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open -- WINNER
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Kygo, Stargazing
ODESZA, A Moment Apart

Top Christian Album:
Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection -- WINNER
MercyMe, Lifer

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday
Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit -- WINNER
Marvin Sapp, Close

Top Hot 100 Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble." -- WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour LLIF3"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations"

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER
Lil Pump, "Gucci Gang"
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"

Top Selling Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Charlie Puth, “Attention”
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You” -- WINNER

Top Collaboration:
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” -- WINNER
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One"
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar” -- WINNER

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” -- WINNER
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:
Imagine Dragons “Believer” -- WINNER
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” -- WINNER
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises”
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie, “Rockabye”
Kygo & Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Top Christian Song:
Elevation Worship, “O Come To The Altar”
Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name” -- WINNER
Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”
MercyMe, “Even If”
Zach Williams, “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “Trust In You”
Travis Greene, “You Waited”
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It” -- WINNER
Tamela Mann, “Change Me”
Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”

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ABC/Eric McCandlessThe first installment of the two-night American Idol finale airs this Sunday on ABC, but the three remaining contestants have already released the songs that will be their "coronation singles," should they be crowned the winner on Monday night.

Maddie Poppe's song "Gone Gone Gone," is an upbeat, folk-influenced modern pop song that suits her voice well.  It's somewhat reminiscent of Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' song "Home."

Caleb Lee Hutchinson's single "Johnny Cash Heart" is country through and through, and its lyrics refer to the deep love between late country icon Johnny Cash and his beloved wife, June Carter Cash.  "You are my June/June in my Johnny Cash heart," he sings.

Gabby Barrett's song "Rivers Deep" is soulful pop with a some gospel thrown in, and shows off her powerful voice.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the other songs the finalists will sing on Sunday night include Caleb doing Johnny Cash's classic "Folsom Prison Blues," Gabby singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Maddie performing "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac.

The American Idol finale begins at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday and continues Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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OK Kid Recordings via AWAL RecordingsBen Rector, who scored a big hit a few years back with the song "Brand New," has returned with some brand new songs.

Ben's new album, Magic, is due June 22, and two tracks -- "Old Friends" and "I Will Always Be Yours" -- are available now.

The new album was partially inspired by the birth of Ben's first child, Jane, last July.  He says, "That was literal magic."  But the album is also nostalgic, with songs about childhood friends and old loves.  Another nostalgic touch: "I Will Always Be Yours" features a guitar solo from Steve Stevens, who famously played with '80s icon Billy Idol.

Speaking to Billboard about "Old Friends," Ben says, "I wrote [it] after a conversation with my mom about keeping up with my best friend from high school.  Towards the end of the call she said, 'You know what they say: You can't make old friends.' I sat down to write and was immediately flooded with memories from growing up."

He adds, "It struck me how powerful that feeling was, that I missed both the people I grew up with and the naivety of that time more than I realized. Magic has a thread of nostalgia, both lyrically and sonically, running through it, and this felt like a good introduction -- and I hope it makes people want to call their old friends.” 

Ben's 2015 album Brand New was his sixth, but his first to hit the top 10.  The song "Brand New" was a top five radio hit.

Here's the track list:

1. "Extraordinary Magic"
2. "I Will Always Be Yours"
3. "Drive"
4. "Old Friends"
5. "Duo"
6. "Kids"
7. "Green"
8. "Sometimes"
9. "Wherever You Are"
10. "Over and Over"
11. "Boxes"
12. "Peace"
13. "Love Like This"

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Elias TahanIt's not even officially summer yet, but 98 Degrees has already announced a holiday tour.

The trek will kick off November 1 in Winnipeg, Canada, and wrap up December 21 in Appleton, WI. Visit the band's website for full details.  The group did a similar tour last year and plan to make it an annual event.

Speaking to People magazine, the group's Nick Lachey says he's looking forward to singing holiday songs from the group's 1999 album, This Christmas, and their 2017 album, Let It Snow.

“The songs just put you in a great spirit and I think the audience feels the same way,” Nick says. "It’s why we love to do stuff like this around the holidays. It just puts us in a great spirit and gets you ready for a very special time of year.”

Nick says his favorite Christmas songs are "Let It Snow," "O Holy Night" and "Mary Did You Know," but he's not tired of any of the seasonal favorites on their albums.

"What was fun about doing a tour like that [last year] is I thought I’d be kind of sick of Christmas before I got to Christmas, but I never found myself feeling that way," he explains.

That's a good thing, because as Nick tells People, his wife Vanessa "will literally put on holiday music starting early October.” 

He adds,  “We’ve listened to literally everything that’s possibly released during a holiday season by the time it’s all said and done, but she gives a slight edge to Nick Lachey and 98 Degrees’ music.”

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Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran, currently on tour in Ireland, is upset that one of his songs has been co-opted against his wishes by supporters on one side of a hot-button political issue.

On his Instagram Story, Ed posted a statement reading, "I've been informed that my song 'Small Bump' is being used to promote the Pro-Life campaign, and I feel it's important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the song is about."

"Small Bump," which appears on Ed's debut album, Plus, was written about a close friend of his whose baby was stillborn.  It features the lyrics, "'Cause you were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life/Maybe you were needed up there but we're still unaware as why."

Ireland is currently preparing for a nationwide vote that will decide the legality of abortion in the country.

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PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentBritish and European fans of Justin Timberlake will be disappointed to learn that the singer has made some major changes to his overseas tour schedule.

As Metro reports, JT's Man of the Woods tour was supposed to begin June 22 in Paris, but that's now been pushed back to July 3.  According to Metro, Justin's concert promoter issued a statement saying that they and the singer "apologize for any inconvenience to fans."

Meanwhile, Justin has also canceled three U.K. dates: Birmingham on June 28, Manchester on July 2 and Glasgow, Scotland on July 6.  A scheduled July 5 show in Glasgow has been moved to July 7, and a July 1 concert in Manchester has been moved to August 29.  A Birmingham show on June 27 has been moved to August 27.

Fans can get full refunds for the canceled dates and use the same tickets for the rescheduled dates.

There's no reason given as to why Justin's schedule changed. The North American leg of the Man of the Woods tour will wrap up in Memphis, TN on May 30.

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Believe it or not, next year marks the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and the tragic event is being examined in a two-hour ABC special airing Thursday, May 24.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson explores the late King of Pop's life and legacy, via interviews with those who knew him, and never-before-seen footage of interviews MJ did with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer

The show also will feature new interviews with Derek "Cooley" Jaxson, who taught Michael how to moonwalk; the MJ impersonator Navi, who served as the star's decoy at public appearances; and Lisa Staub, a tour operator who was in front of MJ's house the day he died.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs May 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, MJ is getting his own street in the Motor City.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the city will rename a stretch of Randolph Street in the theater district "Michael Jackson Avenue."  A ceremony will be held June 15, as part of the Detroit Music Weekend festival.  The surviving members of The Jackson 5 will also receive a key to the city by Mayor Mike Duggan, and will play a headlining concert during the festival.

The honor comes nearly 50 years after The Jackson 5's July 23, 1968, audition for Motown Records. They were initially turned down by label head Berry Gordy, but he reconsidered and signed them in early 1969.  The group remained on the label through 1975, scoring hits like "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "I'll Be There."

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This year's Billboard Music Award Icon, Janet Jackson, today celebrates the 25th anniversary of her seminal 1993 album, janet. The entertainer talks to Billboard about the personal transformation expressed in the album's songs, noting that the project "had a deeply sensual edge, because that's what I was going through in my life."

"I was discovering freedom in physical pleasure and loved writing about sexuality," she continues. "I tried to do it subtly and tastefully, but I also wanted to push the boundaries a bit."

And she did just that. Janet promoted the album by appearing topless on the cover of Rolling Stone with the hands of her then-husband Rene Elizondo, Jr. covering her breasts.  janet. went on to produce six top ten hits.

Now, the icon is working on a new chapter in her life as a mom.  She's also working on a new album, but won't give Billboard very much information about it.

"I wish I could," Janet says.  "I'm not trying to avoid the question and be secretive, but the truth is that I don't try to analyze the creative process while it's still ongoing."

What Janet does say about her creative process, though, is that she's "very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me."

"I woke up this morning and heard a bird chirping in a rhythm that captivated my heart," Janet says. "Maybe that will turn into a new groove. Like everyone else, my feelings are fluid. My ideas are fleeting. I like to keep it that way."

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ABC/Eric McCandlessThe American Idol two-night finale begins Sunday night, as Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe face off against each other for the crown.   Host Ryan Seacrest says right now, it's hard to predict who'll win because the voting is extremely close.

"I looked at the votes, it's very tight," Seacrest tells ABC Radio. "We haven't really talked much about that. But during that last episode on Sunday, it was going back and forth between the finalists that had made it."

But does Ryan think America picked the right final three?  He admits, "I was sad to see some of them leave, especially Michael J. Woodard. I loved him, a lot of people loved him...but they've picked three great contestants who have their own style, who deserve to be there...each of 'em wants to be the one that wins."

O.K., so how can Gabby, Caleb and Maddie go about being the winner?  Judge Katy Perry tells ABC Radio, "In the top three, there are some people that are better at performance, some people are better at their artistic delivery, some people that are original tones. And so they just gotta know what their strong suits are and play those cards right."

Luke Bryan agrees, saying that what the contestants need to do to win is "stick with what got 'em here."  But while he believes America "might know what they're already gonna do," he still thinks the contestants have to "keep turning it up." 

As previously reported, all three judges will perform on the finale, as will Bebe Rexha, Patti LaBelle, Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, Yolanda Adams, guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and Kermit the Frog.

The American Idol finale begins Sunday night at 8 p.m. and concludes Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Miller MobleyJanet Jackson, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her seminal album janet. on Friday, is enjoying a new chapter in her life: motherhood.    

Speaking about her relationship with her first child Eissa, the icon tells Billboard, "Let me...say that my son, even in his short 17 months on the planet, has showed me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper." 

"Love is limitless," she adds. 

"And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else. Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace." 

She continues, "I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world."

Janet also reveals the one artist who's special to both her and Eissa.

"I...have a special place in my heart for Bruno Mars," she begins. 

"Bruno was really the first music my son responded to. During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me."

"Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out big and on the radio all the time." 

"That delighted both of us," she adds. 

"Bruno is a throwback to the days when the greatest artists could do it all: write, sing, dance, produce."  

Janet will receive this year's Billboard Music Awards ICON award and she'll do her first TV performance in nine years on the awards show telecast, airing Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 PM ET on NBC, live from Las Vegas. 

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Credit: Salvador OchoaSting and Shaggy will team up for a North American tour this fall in support of their recently released collaborative album, 44/876.

The trek, which follows a summer European outing, kicks off September 15 in Miami Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 15 show in Los Angeles.

The concerts will feature the two artists hitting the stage together to perform selections from 44/876, as well as various songs from each other's back catalogs, such as The Police's Every Breath You Take" and "Message in a Bottle," Sting's solo hit "Englishman in New York," and Shaggy's smash hits "It Wasn't Me," "Mr. Boombastic," and "Angel." Musicians from both singer's backing bands will take part in the trek.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public starting Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Sting's fan club will have the chance to buy advance tickets starting this Monday, May 21; visit for more details. Each ticket purchased online will include either a CD or digital copy of 44/876.

In other news, a companion album called 44/876: The Remixes will be released Friday, May 25. The 12-track collection features eight alternate mixes of 44/876's lead single, "Don't Make Me Wait," as well as remixes of "Dreaming in the U.S.A.," "Morning Is Coming," "Just One Lifetime" and "Gotta Get Back My Baby."

That same day, Sting and Shaggy will perform a free show together in New York City's Central Park as part of the ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. Visit for more details.

Here are Sting and Shaggy's joint North American tour dates:

9/15 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
9/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
9/19 -- Oxon Hill, MD, The Theater at MGM National Harbor
9/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
9/21 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
9/25 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
9/26 -- New York, NY, The Rooftop at Pier 17
9/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, The Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory
10/1 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/2 -- Chicago, IL, The Aragon Ballroom
10/4 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10/5 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
10/8 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
10/9 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
10/12 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
10/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theater
10/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern

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ABC/Image Group LAShawn Mendes may not be attending the Royal Wedding this weekend, but he’s already had an encounter with British royalty.

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, Shawn talked about his awkward run-ins with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when he performed at the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert last month.

Shawn, whose mom is British, said he was standing backstage waiting to perform when the Queen appeared and stood beside him.

“I’m, like, looking at her and you can’t say anything, you’re not allowed to speak to her unless she speaks to you first,” he said. “So it was like 10 minutes of just awkward silence between me and the Queen.”

Not only did she not speak to him, but, Shawn said, she didn’t even look his way.

The singer also revealed that he had a brush with greatness when he spotted Prince Harry and his soon-to-be-bride Meghan at the event.  As he told Ellen, he thought Meghan was Canadian, just like him, so he figured he had an "in" and could go up and say hi.  Instead, he got so starstruck that he chickened out.

“This is gonna be my biggest regret forever,” he told Ellen.

Shawn also revealed Thursday that he’ll be releasing another new song Friday from his upcoming self-titled album, called “In the Morning.”

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