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Columbia RecordsTrain fans everywhere can now play that song.  Which song?  The band's brand-new single, "Play that Song."  It was performed live this past summer, but now the studio version has just been released.

"Play that Song" incorporates the melody of the standard "Heart and Soul," which is probably best known as the song that Robert Loggia and Tom Hanks danced to on that giant FAO Schwartz keyboard in the classic movie Big.  The lyrics concern a guy asking, at first a deejay and then a guitarist, to play his girl's favorite song. 

The lyrics go, "When you gonna play that song?/When you gonna earn that pay?/When you gonna play that song and make my day?/She says/Play that song/the one that makes me go all night long/the one that makes me think of you/that's all you gotta do."

"Play that Song" is the first track to be released from Train's upcoming album, due out in January.  That new album will be the band's first collection of all-original material since 2014's Bulletproof Picasso.  Since then, they've released the 2015 holiday album Christmas in Tahoe, and, this past June, Train Does Led Zeppelin II, a charity release that featured the band covering that legendary Zep album in its entirety.

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ABC/STEVE FENNJanet Jackson was spotted in London on Tuesday looking healthy and happy in pictures captured by Entertainment Tonight. 

This was the first appearance from the celebrated artist since her pregnancy announcement this May.

Jackson was seen arriving at a baby furniture store called Back in Action with her bodyguard, assistant and two other individuals, an eyewitness told ET.  

The artist emerged after 45 minutes with a bag of goodies, said the source, and smiled on her way to her chauffeured black Mercedes. 

Janet is expecting her first child with husband and business magnate Wissam Al Mana.  

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Sasha SamsonovaFifth Harmony know a thing or two about girl power, so it's no surprise that one of their songs is being used to soundtrack a new video featuring DC Super Hero Girls, a line of dolls, games and videos that imagine the female stars of the DC comics universe as teenagers in high school.

The video features young Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Katana, backed by Fifth Harmony's empowering track "That's My Girl."  Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui tells Entertainment Tonight that the video is "about girl power and that’s exactly what the song is about: being there for your girl and helping her through the hard times and the things that we have to go through in life.”

She explains, "We’ve all been in that stage where we all need each other -- to be bigger, to be better and to work together. That girl power is so special to be teaching young girls, and we’re honored to be a part of [it] because it’s something that I feel like [is] lacking [right now].”

Fifth Harmony will wrap up their 7/27 world tour in November in Germany.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCNot only is Jennifer Lopez producing World of Dance for NBC, she’ll also be a judge on the dance competition program.

The 10-episode series will bring together dancers of all ages from all over the world to compete in a range of different dance styles. The winner will received a $1 million prize and the title “Best in the World.”

"I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance," J-Lo says in a statement. "I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer's career and help guide them to success."

Jennifer previously served as a judge on the last five seasons of American Idol.

World of Dance does not yet have a premiere date.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran definitely has a sense of humor about himself.  The singer's been revealed as the mystery purchaser of a statue of a pig designed to look like him, complete with red hair, plaid shirt and arm tattoos.

As the BBC reports, the statue, dubbed "Ed Sheer-ham," brought just over eight thousand bucks at a charity auction last week.  St. Elizabeth Hospice, Ed's favorite charity in his hometown of Ipswich, England, confirmed Ed was the porker's purchaser. 

"He was very good at keeping everyone guessing," said a spokesperson from the hospice. "Ed has said that he is really excited about winning the pig and helping the hospice and that it will have pride of place."

The statue was created as part of a series of 39 pigs, all modeled after celebrities including David Bowie and Elvis Presley, which were auctioned off for the hospice.  Overall, the auction raised just under $200,000 for the cause.

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Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC ImagesAround the release of her album 1989, Taylor Swift was single, and she said she was really enjoying hanging with her girlfriends.  Now that she's single again, it's back to the loving arms of her squad.

People magazine reports Taylor and some of her famous female friends -- as well as a couple of male celeb pals -- enjoyed dinner together Tuesday night at New York City's trendy Waverly Inn.  The crowd included Cara Delevigne, Lorde, Suki Waterhouse, Sienna Miller and Brooke Shields, as well as Jack Antonoff -- fun. guitarist and boyfriend of Taylor's bestie, Lena Dunham -- and designer Calvin Klein.

But while Taylor was living it up in New York, people in Nashville were tearing her down.  Over the weekend, Kanye West's tour hit Music City, which Taylor also calls home, and performed his song "Famous," referencing her, not just once, but three times.  In addition, the New York Daily News reports that fans chanted "F**k Taylor Swift."

"Famous" contains the line, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b***h famous."  The crowd also screamed that line at the top of their lungs, as Kanye yelled, "I need to hear that loud in Nashville!"

You may recall that the song is at the center of the feud between Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian, and Taylor.  Kim posted a video of Kanye and Taylor on the phone discussing the song, which made it seem as though Taylor approved its release, despite her claims at the time that she wasn't aware of it.  She responded by insisting that Kanye never told her he was going to call her a "b***h" in the song.

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Terry Tsiolis for ELLEWhile pretty much everyone in the world acknowledges that Mariah Carey is an incredible singer, Miley Cyrus says she has a problem with the rest of the diva's image.

While Miley does feel that Mariah is a near-perfect vocalist, she tells Elle magazine, "I've never really been a fan, because it's so much about Mariah Carey. That's part of her shtick; I can see through that."

"That's part of what makes her a gay icon; like, it's about Mimi!" Miley continues. "It's about what she's wearing, and it's about her. What I make isn't about me. It's about sharing my story; it's about someone being connected to what I'm saying."

Cyrus adds, "It's cool to tell a real story. When I did my last record, I called it Dead Petz. It was inspired by my dog who died. You're allowed to let people in. It doesn't all have to be metaphorical. Everything on the radio is metaphorical in a bad way...Why not be honest? I can't remember the lies."

Mariah's fans -- Lambs, as she calls them -- are among the most devoted in music, so we hope Miley's prepared for the inevitable onslaught of criticism. 

You can pick up the latest issue of Elle now to read the rest of Miley's interview.

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Nabil ElderkinThe Weeknd's music video for his single "Starboy" is now here. 

The visual, directed by Grant Singer, opens with a haunting scene between the recording artist, who's tied up in a chair, and a masked person who ends up suffocating The Weeknd by putting a plastic bag over his head.  

"Starboy" featuring Daft Punk, is the first single from The Weeknd's fourth LP, which will arrive in stores and digitally November 25.

In other news, The Weeknd is set to headline Lollapalooza South America in 2017. Brazil, Argentina and Chile will welcome the artist next spring, marking the artist's first onstage appearance in South America.    

For more information on tickets and the festival lineup,  head over to Lollapalooza.com 

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ABC/Fred LeeSeems Sia thinks Hillary Clinton is “The Greatest” choice for president. The singer used her song “The Greatest” to support Clinton following Monday’s debate.

Sia shared a video of Donald Trump accusing Hillary of lacking stamina and paired it with the part of the song where she sings, “Oh, oh, I got stamina.” As the song plays, a slideshow of photos plays, showing Hillary working through the years.

Sia then she plays part of Hillary’s rebuttal to Trump. “As soon as [Trump] travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire…he can talk to me about stamina,” the Democratic candidate said during the debate.

The video ends with the hashtag #ImWithHer and a link to Hillary’s website.

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ABC/Randy HolmesTwenty One Pilots will be the musical guest on the October 8 episode of Saturday Night Live. The performance will mark the "Stressed Out" duo's debut appearance on the legendary sketch show.

"On October 8th your band takes the most famous stage in television," writes Twenty One Pilots. "Incredibly honored."

The episode will be hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and former star of the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton

Saturday Night Live airs 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Rick RowellAdam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have only been parents for a week, but are they already thinking about having more kids? A source tells E! News they are “completely attached” to their new baby girl Dusty Rose and are excited to eventually grow their family even more.

"Behati and Adam are home with Dusty and they are completely attached to her," the source says. "Family and close friends come over to see Dusty. Behati loves being a mom and can't wait to eventually expand the family more."

The insider adds of the doting new parents, “They both don’t want to leave Dusty out of their sight.”

And, apparently, Behati is already getting back to her model size. "Behati is breastfeeding and lost a big chunk of her weight when she had the baby," the source says.

Dusty Rose was born on September 21. 
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Terence Patrick/CBSSure, it was all to promote their upcoming Las Vegas residency, but it was still a lot of fun.  The Backstreet Boys made a surprise appearance on Tuesday night’s Late Late Show, long enough for host James Corden to sit in with them for a performance of "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)."

The bit began with Corden declaring he was passionate about bringing back boy bands.  “I’m talking proper boy bands,” Corden said.  “Five guys together.  I’m talking about the cute one, the funny one, the nice one, the other one, and the maverick who refuses to play by the rules, all living together in some weird mansion in Orlando.”

After then saying he didn’t want to wait, Corden brought out the Backstreet Boys, then – after taking a few seconds to change from his suit and tie into a back tee and leather jacket – joined them for their performance.

Backstreet Boys: Larger than Life residency opens March 1 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.  Tickets go on sale October 1.

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Nolan Neal returns to "The Voice"; Tyler Golden/NBCThe Voice aired more blind auditions Tuesday night, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys battling one another for artists.

The show was capped with the triumphant return of a hopeful from last season who had his pick of the four coaches.

Here's what happened during the two-hour episode:

Aaron Gibson, 25, of Atlanta, got things started with a slowed-down version of "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M., who hail from another city in Georgia: Athens. Blake, Miley and Alicia all turned around. Blake, as usual, touted his track record on the show, and at one point took out a megahorn to playfully poke fun at Miley. Alicia noted how "soulful" Aaron's voice is, while Miley mentioned that, like Aaron, her vocals are "gravelly." Miley won Aaron's services.

Simone Gundy convinced Adam and Miley to press their buttons with "I (Who Have Nothing)," made famous by the likes of Ben E. King and Shirley Bassey. She's with Team Adam now.

Josh Gallagher
of Nashville took the stage with "Stay a Little Longer" by the Brothers Osborne. He had his choice of either Blake or Alicia. When Blake and Adam engaged in their usual bickering, Josh joked, "Y'all are so cute together." Blake promoted his experience in Nashville. Not surprisingly, Josh picked Blake.

It was another battle between Blake and Alicia over Gabriel Violett -- who appeared in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening -- following his take on Shawn Mendes' "Treat You Better." Alicia said Gabriel evoked a feeling as if being "wrapped in the arms." Blake admitted that he and Gabriel may not be the best fit stylistically, but argued that he recognized the singer's passion. Gabriel joined Team Alicia.

Alicia also picked up Michael Sanchez after he sang Bill Withers' "Use Me."

Darby Walker put her own spin on the Ben E. King classic "Stand By Me," which had Miley singing along. All of the coaches except for Adam made a bid for Darby. "I want you on my team so bad," Miley said, adding that they have similar vocal styles. To prove her point, Miley duetted with Darby on Dolly Parton's "Jolene."  Not to be outdone, Alicia walked onto the stage to sing her hit, "No One," with Darby. Darby selected Miley as her coach.

If Darby's segment seemed familiar to you, it's because it was previously featured in the preview episode that aired after NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics closing ceremony in August.

Austin Allsup is the son of musician Tommy Allsup, who in 1959 nearly flew on the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson that crashed, killing all three. Austin performed "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones. Austin bonded with Blake over the fact that he and his now-coach played a show together back in 2005.

Khaliya Kimberlie, 16, took on Kelsea Ballerini's "Dibs." Miley issued an extended plea, leading Blake to joke that the show should be renamed "Miley's Voice." Khaliya was added to Team Miley.

Cooper Bascom gave what he described as a "Mumford and Sons" vibe to The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." He was unable to land a spot on one of the four teams.

Halle Tomlinson, 18, is a former star of the Barney & Friends children's series and an instructor at a School of Rock. She sang "New York State of Mind," then had her choice of either Adam or Alicia. Alicia was happy to hear a song about her native New York, adding that it was effortless on Halle's part. Adam said there are things she can work on, but she has a lot of potential. Halle is now a member of Team Alicia.

The episode concluded with Nolan Neal, who auditioned last season but was passed over by the coaches at the time. Song choice was the issue back then, but he redeemed himself this time around with his take on Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." All four coaches turned around for him. Blake recognized Nolan, but it seemed Adam needed to have his memory jogged. The Maroon 5 frontman argued that Nolan should join him because he gave him advice during Nolan's previous audition. Alicia referred to Nolan as a "classic all-timer." Nolan joined Team Adam.

The blind auditions will wrap up next Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.

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Getty Images via ABCLukas Graham scored a hit with "7 Years," and now the Danish band has another hit on its hands with "Mama Said." Like "7 Years," the song is based on the real-life experiences of singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer, but he says that doesn't stop people everywhere from relating to it.

"Mama Said" is about how Lukas grew up poor in Christiania, an area of Copenhagen that's sort of like a hippie commune.  Residents of Christiania are often looked down upon, but the song is about how Lukas never let that bother him, and never gave up his dreams of making it.  Despite that very specific inspiration, but Lukas says he's not surprised by the song's success.

"I think anyone coming from small communities like us that get songs to play on the radio worldwide are a bit gobsmacked by the fact that so many people are resonating with their music," Lukas tells ABC Radio. "But I think what makes people understand a song like 'Mama Said' is [that] you’re talking about something very, very simple."

And what's that?  Lukas explains, "You’re talking about something as simple as your mom and your dad and your upbringing and in a marginalized neighborhood but still dreaming about bigger things than the average life."

He adds, "I think a lot of people in this day and age can relate to that -- relate to that dream of breaking out of stereotypes and wanting to escape the possible ghetto that they’re from." 

"Mama Said" is the second single from Lukas Graham's self-titled debut album.  The band will launch yet another U.S. tour this fall, and they're hotly tipped to get a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in December.

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ABC/Fred LeeZedd has released the theme song for this year’s League of Legends World Championship. The new track, called “Ignite,” is out today along with an accompanying music video.

The song, featuring vocals by Tim James, has a heavy beat and video game influences. The animated music video features highlights from the last five years of League of Legends World Championship matches.

“Everyone’s watching through your eyes/There’s only two options/Win or die,” the song goes.

This year’s championship will take place from September 29 to October 29 across several cities in the U.S.

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Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesTove Lo has joined the lineup for Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest. The singer will take the stage in Los Angeles Sunday, October 30, the final day of the three-day event. Her performance will also come right on the heels of the October 28 release of her sophomore album, Lady Wood.

Previously announced performers Nick Jonas and Janelle Monae are set to appear at PopFest on Saturday, October 29.

In addition to the musical guests, the festival also boasts screenings, panels and sneak peeks. Tickets are available now at EWPopFest.com.

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Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber and Beyonce are leading the nominees for the MTV Europe Music Awards this year. The singers each racked up five nominations apiece.

Justin is up for Best Canadian Act, Best Male, Best Pop, Best Song for “Sorry,” and Biggest Fans. Beyonce, meanwhile, nabbed nominations for Best Female, Best U.S. Act, Best Video for “Formation,” Best Live, and Biggest Fans.

Following close behind is Adele with four nominations, and Drake and Rihanna with three nods for their hit collaboration “Work.” Lukas Graham, Bebe Rexha and DNCE also scored first-time nominations.

The MTV EMAs will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Sunday, November 6.

Here’s the list of nominees:

BEST CANADIAN ACT
Alessia Cara
Drake
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

BEST U.S. ACT
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Charlie Puth
Kanye West
Twenty One Pilots

BEST SONG
Adele -- "Hello"
Justin Bieber -- "Sorry"
Lukas Graham -- "7 Years"
Mike Posner -- "I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)"
Rihanna ft. Drake -- "Work"

BEST VIDEO
Beyoncé -- "Formation"
Coldplay -- "Up&Up"
Kanye West -- "Famous"
Tame Impala -- "The Less I Know the Better"
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk -- "Starboy"

BEST FEMALE
Adele
Beyoncé
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Sia

BEST MALE
Calvin Harris
Drake
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

BEST LIVE
Adele
Beyoncé
Coldplay
Green Day
Twenty One Pilots

BEST NEW
Bebe Rexha
DNCE
Lukas Graham
The Chainsmokers
Zara Larsson

BEST POP
Ariana Grande
Fifth Harmony
Justin Bieber
Rihanna
Selena Gomez
Shawn Mendes

BEST ROCK
Coldplay
Green Day
Metallica
Muse
Red Hot Chili Peppers

BEST ALTERNATIVE
Kings of Leon
Radiohead
Tame Impala
The 1975
Twenty One Pilots

BEST HIP-HOP
Drake
Future
G-Eazy
Kanye West
Wiz Khalifa

BEST ELECTRONIC
Afrojack
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Major Lazer
Martin Garrix

BEST PUSH
Alessia Cara
Anne-Marie
Bebe Rexha
Blossoms
Charlie Puth
DNCE
Dua Lipa
Elle King
Halsey
Jack Garratt
Jonas Blue
Lukas Graham

BIGGEST FANS
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Shawn Mendes

BEST WORLD STAGE
Duran Duran -- Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
Ellie Goulding -- Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
Jess Glynne -- Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)
Martin Garrix -- Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)
One Republic -- MTV Evolution, Philippines (2016)
Tinie Tempah -- MTV Crashes, Plymouth (2015)
Tomorrowland -- Belgium (2016)
Wiz Khalifa -- Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)

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Courtesy of NetflixA new trailer for the Netflix concert documentary, Justin Timberlake The Tennessee Kids, has been released.

The clip teases the energy and excitement of a Justin Timberlake concert, while giving some short glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes. You see Justin interacting with the crowd, and also looking on with emotion as the entire audience sings along to “Mirrors.”

The movie, directed by Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme, was filmed at the final date of Justin’s 20/20 Experience World Tour in Las Vegas. It premieres on Netflix October 12.

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Credit: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesIn honor of National Voter Registration Day, Katy Perry is doing her part to make sure people make it to the polls on Election Day. The singer stars in a new Funny or Die video where she proudly announces that it doesn’t matter what you look like when you vote.

To prove her point, she goes to the polls wearing American flag pajamas with a messy bedhead and smeared makeup. She also deems onesies, zit cream and “covered in slime” as appropriate ways to show up and cast your vote.

But then she takes things a little too far by stripping out of her PJs and going fully nude. She quickly gets taken away by the cops. "Scratch that. Gotta wear clothes," Katy says. "My bad!"

Katy winds up in the back of a squad car with Community star Joel McHale, who's also naked.  "You too?" he asks.

As the car drives off, Katy shouts out of the window, "See you at the polls November 8!"

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NickelodeonGwen Stefani is the co-creator and executive producer of a new Nickelodeon animated series called Kuu Kuu Harajuku, about a stylish girl band HJ5. It's based on the Harajuku Girls backup dancers Gwen first used supporting her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. album.  And the singer has shared a new video introducing the series.

In the video, posted to Facebook, Gwen raps an introduction to the fictional band and its characters:  Love, the "brain of the crew"; Angel, with the "sunshine demeanor"; Music, who'll "put up a fight"; Baby, who is "sweet as can be; and G -- perhaps named after Gwen herself -- the leader of the pack who's "got your back."  

The 26-episode series premieres Friday, October 7, at 4 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

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