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Greg WilliamsFirst there was the baby that looked like Ed Sheeran, now there’s the baby that might just be Ed Sheeran's littlest fan.

The infant girl, named Gracie, stops crying when Ed’s “Shape of You” is playing. Her dad, Gareth Nye, posted a video on Twitter showing the song’s baby-soothing powers. Gracie is seen crying in her bouncer until the song starts, at which point she immediately calms down and starts moving to the rhythm.

“Our baby loves Ed Sheeran!” the dad wrote. “Perfect for calming her down! Shame she can’t come to see him on #dividetour.”

Ed kicks off his North American tour on June 29.


@edsheeran @LivEchonews @joannenye15 Our baby loves Ed Sheeran! Perfect for calming her down! Shame she cant come to see him on #dividetour pic.twitter.com/S9hGvnphGM

— Gareth Nye (@ganye91) March 21, 2017


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ABC/Eddy ChenDespite reportsJohn Legend claims he was not the victim of a robbery on Thursday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The New York Daily News had reported that John's bag was stolen by a livery cab driver hustling for a ride. The "In America" singer dismissed the robbery claims in several tweets, explaining what really happened with his luggage. 

"We use a trusted car service and they did not rob me. Our Delta greeter made a mistake and left a bag on the cart," he wrote. "The bag was taken because it was left unattended. The airport police caught the person who took it (on video) and retrieved my bag."  

But that doesn't mean that a crime wasn't committed. ABC News has learned that a livery driver took the bag off the carousel, and John then reported it missing.  The driver was identified on surveillance video and asked to come back to the airport for an interview. 

The driver, Agustin Hilario, brought the bag with him when he returned to the airport, and said he took it by mistake.  He was placed into custody and charged with grand larceny.

John praised the airport's security and police with a picture of Get Out character Rod Williams, who's portrayed in the Jordan Peele hit horror flick as a T.S.A. officer. 

"One could say it's been handled," he declared.  

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This story is untrue. We use a trusted car service and they did not rob me. Our Delta greeter made a mistake and left a bag on the cart https://t.co/an9mKutBcj

— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 24, 2017


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ABC/Fred LeeNew music, same signature move. Iggy Azalea takes her twerking skills to a whole new level in the new video for “Mo Bounce.”

The Australian rapper jiggles her assets to the bumping electronic beat all throughout the sexy visual, which is set in Hong Kong.  Iggy and her dancers eventually end up in a glow-in-the-dark twerk-fest, as she raps, “Mo bounce in the motherf****** house.”

“Mo Bounce” is Iggy’s new single from her forthcoming album Digital Distortion, set to be released sometime this summer. The album’s release was pushed back from last year.

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Frank OckenfelsThis October, John Mayer will be 40, and the reformed womanizer says all he wants now is to settle down, get married and be a dad.

"That's the final frontier, man," the currently single star tells the New York Times"I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th. I want the baby with the protective earphones," he says. 

He's referring to to the fact that many pop star moms and dads bring their young children to their concerts, but make them wear ear protection.

The Times notes that John has also been living in a hotel, "for fear of establishing another bachelor pad."

"I want to say, ‘We’ll take it,’” he says, referring to buying a house with his future spouse. "I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.”

However, John admits that being known as a player may harm his chances for domestic bliss.

"I’ve inherited a younger man’s reputation,” he complains.

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Ed Sheeran's career has never been hotter, and he's also super-happy with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.  He says he's now realizes that it's possible for someone to have both a successful career and a successful personal life.

In the new issue of Clash magazine, Ed says, "I always thought to have a really good career, you always had to be incredibly unhappy, and I always thought to be really happy, you had to have a bad career, because I didn’t see the balance of the two."

"And I’ve realized that that’s obviously bulls***, and just what you tell yourself to justify it,” he adds. "I live with Cherry now. We’ve got cats, we have takeaways and watch movies, we have people round for dinner. I’ve never had that."

But even if Ed's career does cool off at some point, he's not too worried about it. 

"I don’t think my career will go pear-shaped,” he says, “but I do think at some point I will step back from it, and the moment I step back from it, I’m just going to write songs and every now and then go and play a gig."

"Maybe I’m not going to play Wembley [Stadium] for the rest of my life, and maybe I’m not going to have number one hit smashes for the rest of my life, but I will always be able to do those two things and make a living off them,” he continues. "I think if it all ended tomorrow, I had a f******* good run."

You can buy the Ed issue of Clash magazine online now.

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RCA RecordsIt's here, Zayn Malik's new single with Candian rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR, "Still Got Time."

The bouncy track features the hook, "Just stop looking for love, girl you still got time," repeated by the Auto-Tuned rapper against a rhythm track that's a little bit dancehall, a little bit afro-pop.

The single is the first from Zayn's forthcoming sophomore solo album. No further album details were announced, other than the fact that the set is due this summer.

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Image Courtesy Logo/VH1RuPaul's Drag Race kicks off its ninth season Friday night with a very special guest judge: Lady Gaga.  RuPaul says of her appearance, "You're not ready for this!"

"Lady Gaga has always been a fan of the show and she started in New York and clubs the same way I did," Ru tells ABC Radio, explaining how the guest appearance came about.

"She attributes a lot of her [joie de vivre] to her life with [drag] queens in clubs," he explains. "So she tweeted me maybe three years ago and said, 'Ru, why can’t I be on the show?' And I said, 'Are you kidding??'"

However, it's taken this long for Gaga to fit the appearance into her busy calendar.

"Doing these kinds of shows, the hardest part is scheduling people," says Ru. "So finally, we got her on the season opener and it is a blast. You’re not ready for this!"

This won't be the first time that Gaga and RuPaul have teamed up on TV, though -- Ru was a guest on Gaga's ABC holiday special with the Muppets a few years ago. Then, he marveled at how young Gaga still is.

"She’s an amazing person and a really loving person," he says. "And I’m always surprised when I see these people because she’s a child! You know, when you strip down the makeup, it’s like, 'Oh my God!'" 

Other judges on this season of the show include Meghan Trainor, The B-52s, Kesha, Lisa Kudrow, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and many others.  The drama starts tonight at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.

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ABC/Randy HolmesPink has added another festival performance to her dance card this summer, but at this event, there'll be plenty of other pop acts joining her.

Pink will perform at the third annual KAABOO Del Mar festival, set for September 15-17 at the Del Mar fairgrounds north of San Diego.  Joining her on the bill will be Andy Grammer, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Kesha, Alanis Morissette, X Ambassadors, Machine Gun Kelly, Smash Mouth and many more.

If you want to rock out a bit more, the festival has also booked Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Jane's Addiction and Muse.  And if you've ever wondered if a basketball star can hack it on the 1s and 2s, you can enjoy a set by DJ Diesel, aka NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.

Performances will take place on four outdoor and two indoor stages, one of which will be devoted exclusively to comedy. For full details, go to KaabooDelMar.com.

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Getty Images for UCLA Semel Institute’s “Open Mind Gala”Demi Lovato was honored Wednesday night for her work raising awareness about mental health issues.

Demi received the Artistic Award of Courage at the Open Mind Gala, a biannual charity event hosted by UCLA's Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Demi was presented with the honor by the CEO of CAST, a wellness and recovery center that personally helped her so much, she became an owner.

Demi has had her own struggles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse.  Accepting the award, she said, "When I started to raise awareness around mental health, my goal was to simplify the conversation and to break down the barriers that are placed around it."

While Demi noted that "showing kindness and acceptance to ourselves and to others" is important in raising awareness of this issue, she quickly learned that that a lack of resources keeps those with mental health conditions from getting the care they need.

"I feel like the work I'd like to do in creating change in our society has just begun," she said.

The event, hosted by Lisa Kudrow, featured a performance by former Glee star Chord Overstreet, who's now signed to Demi's Safe House record label.

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Alasdair McLellanAdele is a London girl, so she was of course very affected by the terrorist attack in the British capital  Wednesday.  Even though she was halfway around the world in New Zealand, she sent her love to the victims with a special onstage song dedication.

"I feel very far away and very strange not being at home," she told the audience at Auckland's Mt. Smart Stadium. "All I want to do today is just be at home and be with my friends and family. Everyone [I know] is fine, but there are four people that aren’t fine."

"So let’s dedicate this to them tonight and to my hometown, which is my soulmate," she continued. "This is 'Make You Feel My Love.'”

Adele was performing for 45,000 fans in New Zealand as she completes the last few dates of her tour Down Under.  The 25 World Tour will wrap up for good with four shows at London's Wembley Stadium in June and July.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWondering which song on John Mayer’s new album is about his ex, Katy Perry? He’s not keeping it a secret. The musician confirms to The New York Times that “Still Feel Like Your Man” is about Katy.

“Who else would I be thinking about?” he says. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”

The lyrics detail missing an ex. "I still keep your shampoo in my shower/In case you wanna wash your hair/And I know that you probably found yourself some more somewhere/But I do not really care," he sings.

John tells the Times the album contains other breakup songs, like “Moving On and Getting Over” and “Never on the Day You Leave,” but it’s about much more than that.  

"There were times when tears came out of me, and I went, 'OK, John, this is not about an on-again, off-again relationship,'” he says. “This is something more profound."

Katy and John were on-again, off-again from 2012 until 2015.

John’s album, The Search for Everything, was released in two four-song EPs.  Its final full-length iteration comes out April 14.

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ABC/ Paula LoboIf you really try, it’s not hard to find pictures online of Sia without her trademark wig covering her face. But the singer made it really easy for us all Wednesday when she strutted through LAX without any disguise.

Paparazzi got come clear snaps of the star’s face as she went to catch her flight. According to E! News, the singer was headed to Dubai, where she’s scheduled to perform this weekend.

The singer, seen smiling with her real blonde hair flowing, sported comfy loungewear for her long flight. She was wearing a beige cropped sweatshirt and beige Kenzo sweatpants with white sneakers.

Sia’s music video mini-me Maddie Ziegler previously told E! News that Sia only covers her face for appearances and performances. "It could be weird if she just wore a wig talking to her friends,” Maddie said.

And we’re guessing covering your identity is probably frowned upon by airport security.

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Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez is the most-followed woman on Instagram and can act as well as sing.  But she says one reason her current project is behind-the-scenes as an executive producer is because, believe it or not, she doesn't think anyone will cast her in a good role in the near future.

Speaking to the New York Times, Selena says, "I want to be a part of projects that have value, that really matter. And it’s really hard to do that. Sometimes I feel defeated. I’ll audition for a part that I feel very passionate about, meet with people, tell them I’m willing to go places. I think they think I won’t go there."

She admits, "To be honest, I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon for me. I think I look really young, and image-wise, it’s difficult for people to grasp."

As a result, Selena is putting her passion into Thirteen Reasons Why, a new Netflix series based on the popular young adult novel of the same name.  She's an executive producer on the series, which debuts March 31.

"Early on, my mom taught me that sometimes you just have to create those projects for yourself," says Selena. "That’s what I want this to be: a launching pad."

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ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaA massive star in her native Sweden, Zara Larsson broke through in the U.S. last year with her hit "Never Forget You."  That hit is included on her new album, So Good, her first to be released internationally.  The album features an eclectic mix of sounds, but Zara says that was pretty much accidental.

"I think I’m just influenced by a lot of things," she tells ABC Radio. "Pop is so broad and what I love about it is that you’re allowed to be inspired by different genres."

"I think it just happened because I enjoy different types of music and I let myself be influenced by that," she adds.

The set features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, Clean Bandit, Wizkid and MNEK, and includes electro-pop, reggae, dance-pop, R&B, edgier club tracks and piano ballads.  Zara explains that all the types of music she loves converge on the album:

"I love hip-hop. That’s basically the only thing I’m listening to,"she explains. "And I also brought in the dancehall vibe and there’s ballads. It’s a little bit of this and that."  

Zara heads out on tour with Clean Bandit at the end of this month.

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Greg Williams; Jason LaVeris/Film MagicHarry Potter star Rupert Grint says he regularly gets mistaken for his friend Ed Sheeran, and now he's turned his association with the chart-topping singer into a hilarious video in which he claims "Ed" doesn't exist -- he's just a character he's been playing for the last few years.

In the MTV-produced video, which you can watch on YouTube, MTV's Josh Horowitz welcomes "Ed Sheeran" onto a TRL-type show, but it's really Rupert in disguise, complete with glasses, fake tattoo sleeves and flannel shirt.  Just as he's about to sing, he stops, and pulls open his flannel shirt to reveal a Gryffindor t-shirt.

"The truth is, Ed isn't real," he says, as fans gasp in surprise. "My name is Rupert Grint.  After Potter all I wanted to do was stretch myself, create some real magic. So I created a character. He'd have the voice of an angel, impossibly wispy facial hair....so I bought a guitar and a bunch of flannel." 

"I called him 'Ed.' 'Ed Sheeran.' Such a weird name," Rupert laughs bitterly. "I just didn't expect everyone to think he was real. He became my greatest acting achievement...and the bane of my existence...that's why it has to end!"

"I Just can't balance it anymore," he cries. "From this day forward, Ed is no more!"  A fan screams in horror, and Horowitz screams that Grint must continue the charade. "Think of me. Think of them!" he yells.

"Gimme that damn guitar," Rupert responds.  "You made the right choice, Rupert," says Horowitz.

"No, not Rupert," he replies. "Ed."

Ed -- the real one -- retweeted the video, with the caption, "Rupert, you lad x."

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Image Group LA/ABCWhen you’re as famous as Justin Bieber, eating lunch in peace isn’t really an option. The Bieb was bombarded by fans recently as he dined at Chargrill Charlie’s restaurant in Sydney, Australia.

As seen in photos and video captured on social media, fans crowded the singer and snapped photos as he ate, then chased him to his car. In one video, Justin is heard telling the crowd, “The more you guys scream and act like animals, the less we can have a conversation.”

Over the past year, Justin has tried to distance himself from fans to a certain extent. He stopped doing meet and greets at his shows and also stopped taking photos with people.

Last May he wrote on Instagram, “If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I’m not gonna take a picture. I’m done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity."

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“the more you guys scream and act like animals, the less we can have a conversation” TELL THEM @justinbieber pic.twitter.com/BnqzzSXkym

— mandy (@imadgizzle) March 17, 2017

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Alasdair McLellanIf you weren't able to attend Adele's record-breaking run of concerts in Australia, you can still experience a small part of it, thanks to one extremely enterprising fan.

The fan is auctioning of a bag of air -- yes, air -- supposedly captured at Adele's March 13 show in Adelaide, Australia. "Grab a piece of history for your Adele collection. A true fan must have this air," reads the caption.

The item is a clear plastic sandwich bag labeled with the concert location and date, and the words "legit bag of air."  The auction ends March 26, and when we last checked, bidding had reached $15.45 Australian dollars -- a little under 12 bucks.

According to the Adelaide Advertiser, the fan, Shaun McDonough, is also selling a bag of air from a Justin Bieber concert in Sydney March 15.

Adele's concerts were so popular Down Under, it's not surprising people are willing to pay.  According to the Sydney Herald Sun, she sold 600,000 tickets during the tour, with just eight shows.  Her show on March 11 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium drew over 100,000 fans, the biggest single concert attendance in Australian history.

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Atlantic RecordsIf you listened to Ed Sheeran's smash #1 hit "Shape of You" and were reminded of TLC's classic hit "No Scrubs" when you heard the line "Boy let's not talk too much/grab on my waist and put that body on me"....well, you weren't the only one.

Billboard reports that the people who wrote "No Scrubs" have now been added to the credits of Ed's hit, because rhythmically, the line is so reminiscent of the "No Scrubs" chorus.  The song was co-written by Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle from the girl group Xscape, as well as Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs.

Kandi, who now appears on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, celebrated the good news on Instagram, writing, "Thank you for allowing [Tiny] & I to share in the success of #ShapeofYou!"

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Getty Images/Paul ZimmermanWyclef Jean is speaking out about the incident early Tuesday morning in which he was handcuffed by L.A. sheriff's deputies who mistook him for a robbery suspect.  Clef is upset about the incident, but not because he has a problem with the police.

"As a person who has law enforcement in their family -- I mean I ran for president of a country -- I understand law and order," he tells ABC Radio.

Part of the incident was captured on video, but he says the really scary part was not.

"When I got out the car, the part that y'all did not see...is the quick roll-up on me, and the guns drawn," he tells ABC Radio.  "Your mind is going 360 miles an hour..I'm being pulled over. Now I'm being handcuffed. My bandana is being pulled off my head. I still don't know why."

Clef says he identified himself and urged the deputies to Google him, but that didn't happen quickly enough for him. He's upset at the lack of communication, and how his behavior was described in a statement by the sheriff's department.

"They said I went to the back of the trunk. And this is not true," he tells ABC Radio. He also says they characterized him as being hostile.

"I'm not here to incite a race war here," he explains. "I'm here to address an issue where I feel like it's abuse of power, and information is tampered with from the side of the citizen. And for me, this is not right."

What's also upsetting is that he always instructed his daughter how to behave if she's ever pulled over by the cops, and now she sees that doesn't work in real life.

"She...goes, "Dad, you did all of this like you told me what to do. They still put you in cuffs in the back of a car.' Now what?"

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/VogueSelena Gomez is still young, but she's managed to pack a lot into those years: touring the world, starring in movies, producing TV shows, dating famous musicians, starting a clothing line, doing charity work and more.  But she says there's still one thing she hasn't done yet that she'd like to experience...and it's pretty dangerous.

As part of her recent Vogue cover story, Selena answered 73 random questions about herself for a video on the Vogue website.  When asked what's still on her bucket list, she replied, "I want to jump out of something."  Whether she means a plane or a window -- or even a cake -- it could get pretty messy.

Among the other things we learned about Selena from the video: Her favorite word is "grateful," she'd describe herself as "loyal, kind and giving," her pet peeve is "people who are rude," the thing that makes her angriest is "people who act entitled," and the dessert she can't live without is chocolate cake.

In addition, Selena says the advice she'd give her 15-year-old self is, "Go ahead and do it 'cause you're gonna do it anyway!"

Selena also says Meryl Streep is her "spirit animal" and the most fashionable woman she knows is Natalie Portman, while the person she looks up to the most is her mom.

The biggest surprise she ever received was a "romantic dinner on a rooftop" -- she doesn't say with who -- and the movie she can watch over and over is Crazy. Stupid. Love. 

Her current favorite TV show binge is Curb Your Enthusiasm, songs she loves include "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey and "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars, and if she wasn't a singer or actress, she'd be a chef.

And finally, where does Selena see herself in 10 years? 

"Hopefully, happy."

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