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Al Pereira/WireImageThe Super Bowl halftime show normally features the biggest names in music, who are often veteran performers.  This year's headliners, Coldplay, aren't on the level of past headliners like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, but they're a bit more seasoned than the headliners from the last two years: Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.

Coldplay, who just released a new album, A Head Full of Dreams, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. They will take the stage with some help from past headliner Beyonce and, rumor has it, Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2014.  Special guests have also been teased for the 12 minute performance.

It's more than been ten years since Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" scandal of 2004 led the NFL to turn to "safe" classic rock acts.  In addition to the Stones and Springsteen, we saw Paul McCartney, The Who and Tom Petty take the stage over the past decade.  Contemporary pop returned to the scene in 2011, when the Black Eyed Peas took the stage; no wardrobe malfunctions ensued.

The NFL took a risk in 2012 with one of pop music's most controversial stars, Madonna, but the only controversy that emerged from that was courtesy of one of her invited guests, M.I.A., who flipped the bird during the performance.  In 2013, Beyonce delivered a widely-acclaimed performance, though some felt her outfit and her gyrations were a bit racy.  

Early in her career, Katy Perry had been a bit controversial due to her #1 hit "I Kissed a Girl," and for her cleavage-baring outfits, but last year, her spectacular headlining show went off without controversy, to great critical acclaim and record viewership.

But believe it or not, the trend of having major pop, rock and country music stars appear at the Super Bowl halftime show only dates back to 1991, when New Kids on the Block performed. Before that, the halftime show usually consisted of marching bands, older stars like Chubby Checker and Ella Fitzgerald, or the G-rated vocal troupe Up with People. That's because initially, the halftime show was designed to entertain the audience in the stands, not those viewing at home.  As the New York Times puts it, "It was decades before the N.F.L. realized that the halftime show plays not to the stadium but to the camera."

But after '91, it was all stars, all the time, especially in 1993, when Michael Jackson, the reigning King of Pop, sang "Heal the World" with thousands of children.  Writes the Times, "It was one template for the Super Bowl shows that eventually followed: a superstar, big hits, a cast of thousands and graphics for blimps to photograph from above."

Here's a reminder of who's played Super Bowl halftime shows in the modern era:

1991 -- New Kids on the Block
1992 -- Gloria Estefan
1993 -- Michael Jackson, performing with 3,500 children
1994 -- Country stars Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna, and Naomi Judd
1995 -- Patti Labelle, Miami Sound Machine & Tony Bennett
1996 -- Diana Ross
1997 -- ZZ Top, James Brown, the Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi
1998 -- Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, the Temptations, Queen Latifah
1999 -- Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
2000 -- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
2001 -- Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige
2002 -- U2
2003 -- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2004 -- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Kid Rock, P. Diddy
2005 -- Paul McCartney
2006 -- The Rolling Stones
2007 -- Prince
2008 -- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2009 -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
2010 -- The Who
2011 -- Black Eyed Peas
2012 -- Madonna
2013 -- Beyonce (and Destiny's Child, briefly)
2014 -- Bruno Mars feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2015 -- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz & Missy Elliott
2016 -- Coldplay, Beyonce and guests

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Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesA day before she's scheduled to join Coldplay during halftime of the Super Bowl, Beyonce has dropped a surprise single and video, "Formation."

The song itself takes its title from one lyric where Beyonce commands her girls to dance -- "OK, ladies, now, let's get in formation" -- but it's also about the "formation" of Beyonce as a person.  The lyrics refer to her current superstardom, as well as her cultural upbringing and her family, and her daughter Blue Ivy appears in the video. 

"Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess/Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh/I'm so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)/
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces,"  Beyonce sings.  That last part, of course, is a reference to her husband Jay Z.   She also makes reference to her success, saying, "I may just be a black Bill Gates in the making," and "Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper."

Elsewhere, she sings about her parents: "My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana/You mix that negro with that Creole, make a Texas 'Bama/I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils/Earned all this money but they never take the country out me/I got hot sauce in my bag, swag."

The video, on the other hand, is quite politically-charged.  It was partially filmed in New Orleans, with oblique references to Hurricane Katrina and slavery, and straightforward references to Martin Luther King Jr., and police violence: one shot features a wall with graffiti that says, "Stop shooting us."

If you love the song and its message, Beyonce has released a "Formation" collection of apparently on her website, featuring lyrics from the song like "Hot Sauce," "I twirl on them haters," "Slay" and "You know you that b***h when you cause all of this conversation."

We're not sure there'll be a special tie-in with this, but Bey also namechecks a certain restaurant chain hilariously in the song when she says, "When he f**k me good, I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay."

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George Rose/Getty ImagesThis Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.  She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it. 

The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood

The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at Super Bowl 41, when Billy Joel did the honors.  By the way, Billy is one of only two artists ever to have done it twice.  In addition to Super Bowl 41, he also sang the anthem at Super Bowl 23 back in 1989.  The other artist who's done it twice is Aaron Neville, in 1990 and in 2006.

The very first real, chart-certified pop star to sing the anthem at the Super Bowl was Diana Ross, in 1982. Prior to that, the anthem was performed by marching bands, instrumentalists, choirs, country star Charley Pride and a bunch of middle-of-the-road female singers and actresses, including former Charlie's Angel Cheryl Ladd.  The first male pop singer to do the honors was Barry Manilow in 1984.

Most cite Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem in 1991 as one of the best Super Bowl anthem performances ever. Her performance made a big impact, not just because she sang so well, but because it came during the Gulf War.  Her rendition was so popular it was released as a single, was included on her greatest hits album, and was re-released to capture the patriotic spirit after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

For a historical perspective, here's a list of everyone who's ever performed or sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl:

1 -- Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands (1967)
2 -- Grambling University Band (1968)
3 -- Anita Bryant (1969)
4 -- Al Hirt (trumpeter) (1970)
5 -- Tommy Loy (trumpeter) (1971)
6 -- U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale (1972)
7 -- Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) (1973)
8 -- Charley Pride (1974)
9 -- Grambling University Band (1975)
10 -- Tom Sullivan (1976)
11 -- Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful") (1977)
12 -- Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University (1978)
13 -- The Colgate Thirteen (1979)
14 -- Cheryl Ladd (1980)
15 -- Helen O'Connell (1981)
16 -- Diana Ross (1982)
17 -- Leslie Easterbrook (1983)
18 -- Barry Manilow (1984)
19 -- Children's Choir of San Francisco (1985)
20 -- Wynton Marsalis (1986)
21 -- Neil Diamond (1987)
22 -- Herb Alpert (1988)
23 -- Billy Joel (1989)
24 -- Aaron Neville (1990)
25 -- Whitney Houston (1991)
26 -- Harry Connick Jr. (1992)
27 -- Garth Brooks (1993)
28 -- Natalie Cole (1994)
29 -- Kathie Lee Gifford (1995)
30 -- Vanessa Williams (1996)
31 -- Luther Vandross (1997)
32 -- Jewel (1998)
33 -- Cher (1999)
34 -- Faith Hill (2000)
35 -- Backstreet Boys; “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles (2001)
36 -- Mariah Carey (2002)
37 -- Dixie Chicks (2003)
38 -- Beyoncé Knowles (2004)
39 -- Combined Choirs of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets (2005)
40 -- Aaron Neville with Dr. John and Aretha Franklin (2006)
41 -- Billy Joel (2007)
42 -- Jordin Sparks (2008)
43 -- Jennifer Hudson (2009)
44 -- Carrie Underwood (2010)
45 -- Christina Aguilera (2011)
46 -- Kelly Clarkson (2012)
47 -- Alicia Keys (2013)
48 -- Renee Fleming (2014)
49 -- Idina Menzel (2015)
50 -- Lady Gaga (2016)

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Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Barneys New YorkLady Gaga is among some famous New Yorkers starring in a new spring campaign for the high-end department store, Barneys New York.

According to Fashionista, the campaign -- titled “Our Town” -- will celebrate the opening of Barneys’ new flagship in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood later this month. The flagship will be located on the same block where the store first debuted back in 1923.

In a black-and-white image from the campaign, Gaga sports a shaggy blonde bob, a bare face and a denim jacket. Others featured in the photo series include Cyndi Lauper, Yoko Ono and punk rock icon Patti Smith. The photos were snapped by famed photographer Bruce Weber, who captured his subjects at different locations throughout the city.

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ABC NewsIf you're the type who watches the Super Bowl just for the commercials and halftime show, then you probably aren't betting on stuff like which team will win, and by how many points.  However, you can bet on stuff you DO care about, like what halftime performer Beyonce will wear, and halftime headliners Coldplay will perform.

These are what are known as "prop bets" -- bets that are connected to specific, individual events in the game, like whether the coin toss will come up heads or tails.  Some offshore betting sites offer some pretty ridiculous bets every year, and this year is no exception.  Here are some of the things you can bet on at Bovada.lv, for example:

Which song will Coldplay open their set with?
"Adventure of a Lifetime"  2/1
"Fix You"  7/2
"A Sky Full of Stars"  9/2
"Viva la Vida"  5/1
"Clocks"  15/2
"Speed of Sound"   9/1
"Head Full of Dreams" 10/1
"Paradise" 10/1

What color will Beyonce's footwear be when she comes on stage for the halftime show?
Black  3/2
Gold/Brown 5/2
White 11/4
Silver/Grey 19/4
Any Other Color 7/1
(Note: Predominant color will be graded winner.)

Will "Left Shark" make an appearance on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show?
Yes 15/1

How long will it take Lady Gaga to sing the US National Anthem?
Over 2 minutes 20 seconds 1.5/1
Under 2 minutes 20 seconds  1/2

How many artists will appear on stage in total?
Over 3.5     3-2     
Under 3.5     10-21

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Disruptor Records/Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers have released a smokin’ new track featuring vocals by Daya. The synth-heavy single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” follows the duo’s chart-climbing hit, “Roses.”

“So we know we have released a couple tracks since ‘Roses’, of which we all love, but we would consider this as our follow up to ‘Roses,’” duo Alex Pall and Drew Taggart say in a statement on their SoundCloud page. “We consider this to be our most complete track and just like ‘Roses’ came together in one session for the most part.”

They continue, “On top of this all we were lucky enough to have Daya get involved who [is] so talented and did an amazing job on the vocal! Just make sure you stick around till the 3rd [beat] drop!”

Thursday night, The Chainsmokers performed “Roses,” featuring ROZES, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The track has reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and is number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessPentatonix, Fall Out Boy and Ne-Yo have been added to the lineup of performers for the ABC special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.

All three acts will be singing classic Disney tunes. Fall Out Boy will perform “I Wanna Be Like You,” from The Jungle Book, while Ne-Yo will take on “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin.

Pentatonix will bring their a cappella stylings to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, during the park’s “Paint the Night” parade.

Dancing with the StarsDerek Hough will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the night, and perform a song and dance number to “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins -- featuring special guest Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert in the 1964 film.

Previously announced performers include Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Elton John. The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 airs February 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesIt's been rumored for weeks, but now Bruno Mars has officially confirmed that he'll be joining Coldplay and Beyonce during this year's Super Bowl halftime show.

On Instagram, Bruno posted a picture of himself standing next to what looks like a stage set up on the field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and captioned it, "It ain't a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn't show up." He added the hashtags #Confirmed, #SB50, #Halftime, #Coldplay and #Beyonce.

Another photo shows him standing on the field, with the caption, "Mars has landed #SB50."

Bruno headlined the Super Bowl in 2013, setting a viewing record in the process, but that was broken last year by Katy Perry.  Coldplay told reporters on Thursday that they'd be paying tribute to the past by inviting those artists whose halftime performances they felt were very memorable.

Super Bowl 50 gets underway at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday on CBS.

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Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanyAfter their flirty encounter at a Golden Globes after-party last month, it seems Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are continuing to spend quality time together. Could a real romance be brewing? According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the two were spotted having dinner together at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles Wednesday.

They were apparently seen canoodling during a group dinner in the hotel’s Tower Bar. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman also were in attendance.

One witness tells Page Six, “Orlando and Katy had that new-relationship glow about them. They were cuddling and flirting with each other all night.” Another source offers a curious -- yet hilarious -- assessment of Orlando’s boyish charm, commenting, “He looks like an old baby.”

Coincidentally, Katy’s on-and-off ex John Mayer also arrived at the Sunset Tower Hotel that night, but just narrowly missed Katy and his other ex, Jennifer.

“Perhaps John knew there was a table full of his ex-girlfriends in the restaurant, because he didn’t go into the Tower Bar and instead went directly into the hotel elevator,” a source says.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLooks like a new baby isn't the only thing Kelly Clarkson's got waiting in the wings.

The original American Idol winner started teasing a "New Project" on Friday via Twitter.  She posted a brief video featuring a photo of some balloons, along with the words, "What's magical, fun and an escape for everyone?"

Unless Kelly plans to stage her own circus, it's anybody's guess what she's referring to.  That post, though, was simply "Clue #1." Sounds like more will be revealed later on.

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Coming soon… #NewProject #Clue1https://t.co/erVgaehJme

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Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.

"I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller and that's really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson," Lee says.

Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ's role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.

"The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz," Spike says. "He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house."

Lee explains that, ironically, Michael's anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece.  Although the album's single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.

"It's evident that without Off the Wall, there would've been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that like, 'I'm going to show you!'" the director says. "He came back with a vengeance."

Lee says that Michael never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.

"Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work," Lee recalls. "When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."

The documentary features interviews with Michael's friends, family and famous fans, including The Weeknd, who rarely does interviews. Lee explains why the "Can't Feel My Face" singer agreed to talk for this documentary.

"I mean, I didn't know, people telling me now that he never does interviews, but I didn't know that. People love Michael and so we're very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world," Lee says.

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The film includes archival footage of Michael, plus interviews with Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of the Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, Michael's mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, his brothers Marlon and Jackie and L.A. Reid, among others.

In addition, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of  Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album.  To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

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Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FXAfter a whirlwind February that includes performances at the Super Bowl, the Grammys and the Oscars, Lady Gaga has even more to look forward to this spring. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer will be honored at the Grammy Museum's 2016 Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on April 4.

Gaga will be receiving the Jane Ortner Artist Award for her dedication to education through the arts. She’ll also be performing at the event, which will take place at billionaire Ron Buckle’s home in Beverly Hills.

"The enormous impact Lady Gaga has had on artists and fans began with a strong educational foundation," Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, says in a statement. "Her career trajectory, marked by extraordinary talent and creativity, is one of the most inspiring stories in music."

John Legend, who received the Grammy Museum’s inaugural Jane Ortner Artist Award in 2013, will be performing at the event. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Jane Ortner Education Award program, which offers resources for teachers who integrate music into their academic curriculum. The award is named for late public school teacher Jane Ortner, who promoted music education.

This Sunday, Gaga will be singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50. On February 15, she’ll perform a David Bowie tribute at the Grammy Awards, and on February 28, she’ll take the stage at the Oscars, where she’s up for Best Original Song.

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Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesCan you say "hey?" How about "ho?" The Lumineers are back, and they've announced the details of their sophomore album, called Cleopatra. The album will be released April 8, and will feature the lead single "Ophelia," which is streaming now on YouTube.

Additionally, The Lumineers have announced a North American headlining tour for the spring and summer. The outing will begin May 21 in Houston, Texas and will conclude June 19 in Chicago. Visit TheLumineers.com for all ticket info.

Cleopatra comes four years after The Lumineers released their self-titled debut in 2012. The album, of course, featured the folk-rockers' breakthrough hit "Ho Hey," as well as the singles "Stubborn Love" and "Submarines."

The Lumineers will likely play a new song or two when they guest on The Late Show on February 19.

Here's the Cleopatra track list:

"Sleep on the Floor"
"Ophelia"
"Cleopatra"
"Gun Song"
"Angela"
"In the Light"
"Gale Song"
"Long Way from Home"
"Sick in the Head"
"My Eyes"
"Patience"

Here are The Lumineers' North American tour dates:

5/21 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
5/22 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
5/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
5/27 -- San Diego, CA, CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
5/28 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
5/29 -- Napa, CA, BottleRock Napa Valley
5/31 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
6/1 -- Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre
6/3 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Amphitheater
6/7 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/10 -- Kansas City, MO, KC Live! at Power & Light District
6/11 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
6/12 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
6/14 -- St. Paul, MN, Myth
6/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
6/19 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater

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Monty Brinton/CBSRihanna will perform on the Grammy Awards later this month, it's been confirmed.

The official Grammys Twitter feed announced the news, writing, "It's official: Eight-time GRAMMY winner @rihanna joins the all-star lineup for the 58th #GRAMMYs Feb. 15 on @CBS!"  And Rihanna herself tweeted, "See y'all at the #GRAMMYS."

The last time the singer appeared on the Grammy Awards was just last year, when she performed "Four Five Seconds" with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.  While all three of those artists have won multiple Grammy Awards, the song surprisingly failed to receive any nods for this year's Grammys.

Adele, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Tori Kelly, Lady Gaga, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar are among the other performers scheduled to appear on this year's telecast, which airs February 15 on CBS.

Rihanna's new album, ANTI, is headed for the #1 spot after debuting last week at #27.  If it achieves that position, it'll be her second #1 album, following Unapologetic.

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It's official: Eight-time GRAMMY winner @rihanna joins the all-star lineup for the 58th #GRAMMYs Feb. 15 on @CBS! pic.twitter.com/ndGReYFC6U

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Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesA New York judge this week dismissed lawsuits filed by Kesha's former producer, Dr. Luke, against her mom and manager, according to Business Insider.

Kesha and Dr. Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald, have been involved in a legal battle for over a year. She claimed she had been repeatedly abused by Dr. Luke, including an allegation that he drugged and raped her, all of which the producer has denied. He filed his own claims against the singer, saying she was attempting to extort him in order to get out of her contracts with his record label.

Dr. Luke claimed in a lawsuit against Kesha's mom, Pebe Sebert, that she was trying to extort him. The judge ruled there was no jurisdiction over Sebert in New York. However, Dr. Luke has filed a similar lawsuit against Sebert in Tennessee, where she lives.

Dr. Luke had also alleged in a lawsuit that Kesha's manager, Jack Rovner, "hates" him after feeling slighted by the producer, and had sought more control over Kesha's career. However, the judge ruled that Rovner had acted within the scope of his authority as Kesha's manager.

Kesha's lawyers have said she's been unable to release new music because of her legal battle with Dr. Luke.

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Michael Becker/FOXThursday was Final Judgment day as American Idol’s top 24 were revealed. More than 50 remaining contestants faced off in the Showcase Round, before facing judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez to see would fill the coveted spots.

Here are Thursday’s highlights:

The journey ended for a couple of early favorites. Michelle Marie performed Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns,” but while Urban noted that she really “takes to the stage,” Michelle’s charm and energy didn’t stand up to the fierce competition. Colette Lush’s audition also blew the judges away, but nerves seemed to get the better of her in the Showcase Round. Her vocal performance on Meghan Trainor‘s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” impressed the judges, but they didn’t think she was ready for Idol’s top 24.

Trent Harmon was dealt a devastating blow when he came down with a case of mononucleosis upon arriving in Hollywood, but he mustered every ounce of energy he could for his version of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” It ended up working in his favor, as the judges thought he showed character, as well as talent, battling through his illness. He earned a spot in the top 24.

A couple of 16-year-olds also moved on to the top 24. Flame-haired Amilia Eisenhauer “left it all on the stage” for her performance of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” playing a little fiddle as well. Lee Jean sang Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain,” urging the crowd to keep quiet as he did – a serious no-no in Jennifer’s opinion. Both managed to convince the judges they had what it takes to be a part of Idol’s top 24.

Thomas Stringfellow’s girlfriend of a year broke up with him just before he entered the competition for fear it would hurt their relationship, but channeled that heartbreak into his performance of One Direction’s “Story of My Life.” Harry noted there were better singers in the competition, but Thomas had a special quality that earned him a spot in the top 24.

Returning contestant Emily Brooke, who didn’t make it into last season’s top 24, gave it another shot with Carrie Underwood’s “So Small.” J-Lo thought that of all the contestants, Emily grew the most in one year, which was a testament to her commitment and talent. The judges all agreed that this was Brooke's year and she advanced the top 24.

Gianna Isabella, the 15-year-old daughter of Brenda K. Starr and the youngest person in the competition, chose her mom’s hit single “I Still Believe,” but her mom’s maternal instinct to coach her little girl didn’t sit well with musical director Ricky Minor. Brenda backed off and Gianna did her mom proud, earning a spot in the top 24.

It was between Jordan Sasser and Kayce Haynes for the last two men’s spots. Jordan, with his wife – who had also auditioned, but didn’t make it to Hollywood – sitting in the audience, brought the house down with his version of OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out.” However, Kayce also felt confident about his Showcase Performance, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Sasser and Haynes were brought into the room together, where Harry informed them that Jordan would claim the final spot in the top 24.

It was the same process for the two remaining females: Lindita belting out Jessie J’s “Bang Bang,” and La’Porsha Renae delivering a soulful version of the classic “House of the Rising Sun.” Urban noted that Lindita brought her swagger to the competition, while La’Porsha brought soul, before revealing that Renae gobbled up the last female spot in the top 24.

Here are the top 24:

Jenn Blosil
MacKenzie Bourg
Emily Brooke
Amelia Eisenhauer
Trent Harmon
Gianna Isabella
James VIII
Lee Jean
CJ Johnson
Adam Lasher
Tristan McIntosh
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The first group of 12 semifinalists will perform when American Idol airs Wednesday night on Fox.

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Image Group LA/ABCMeghan Trainor has scored four top-20 hits from her debut album Title, all of which she co-wrote.  But she's also made the charts by writing hits for other artists, which she says is what she's always dreamed of doing.

Meghan co-wrote "Sledgehammer" for Fifth Harmony, which reached the top 40 a year ago.  Now, another song she co-wrote, "I Like the Sound of That," is #16 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as recorded by country group Rascal Flatts.

"Yeah, that’s the dream," Meghan tells ABC Radio when asked if she still plans to make room in her busy schedule to write songs for other musicians.  "My dream is to not only have [a] top-10 from me as an artist, but I wanna see songs next to me and be like, 'I wrote that!' And that was me with Fifth Harmony, when they had 'Sledgehammer,' when that blew up. I was like, 'I did that one!'”

"It’s a great feeling and I want  [to write for] different artists," she adds. "I want to show people how many genres I can do."

Meghan is going to release the first single from her second album, tentatively titled Thank You, in early March: it's called "No."  She says it's too early to tell now whether that single will be representative of the sound of the entire album.

"'No' is such a different sound from everything I was doing," she tells ABC Radio. "I was bringing the doo-wop back and I was bringing more Caribbean feels into it, and 'No' is more of like a ‘90s hip-hop banger. So now they’re saying, 'Can we have a few more of these?'” 

She sighs, "I’m just trying to wrap it up now!"  

In other Meghan news, she spent Thursday in a familiar place: her old high school, Nauset Regional High in Massachusetts.  The Boston Globe reports that during the visit, which was taped for an upcoming TV feature, Meghan chatted with students, performed "All About That Bass" and "Lips Are Movin'" and posed for photos.

Meghan's up for Best New Artist at the Grammys, which will air February 15 on CBS.

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ABC/Adam TaylorAloe Blacc is taking the stage at The Recording Academy’s Grammy after-party. The singer has signed on to perform at the 2016 Grammy Celebration, which takes place immediately following the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15.

The event will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's theme is “Grammy Land” -- a take on the classic board game Candy Land that will include oversized candy displays, cotton candy trees, acrobats and aerialists, and other playful design elements.  Attendees will include both Recording Academy members and Grammy nominees.

Last year, Aloe’s album Lift Your Spirit was nominated for Best R&B Album at the Grammys.

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Image Group LA/ABC You’ve probably played “Truth or Dare” at some point in your life, but have you heard of “Puth or Dare”? It’s the same general concept, except you have to be Charlie Puth in order to play.

Elle.com challenges the singer to the game, and he proves to be a great sport. The dares involve washing Pop Rocks down with some soda and grooming his famous eyebrows with some eyebrow gel. Charlie also shoves as many marshmallows as he can into his mouth, and even sings a bit of “See You Again” as he’s doing it.

As for the truth portion, he admits his mom is the one person in his life that’s always one call away -- and she calls him by his full name, Charlie Otto. There’s also one “truth” question Charlie refuses to answer. According to Elle, it involved Selena Gomez, his duet partner on the song “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageRemember last year, when that goofy dancing "Left Shark" who was part of Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show became a viral sensation?  Well, Coldplay, who are playing halftime this year, are all prepared to top that moment...and then some.

At a press conference Thursday in San Francisco, Coldplay's Chris Martin, displaying his British sense of humor, told reporters, "We’ve trained ‘em so well this year -- all of our sharks. We’ve got left shark, middle shark, front shark, back shark, two right sharks and a reserve shark in case one of the first sharks has a problem, in which case there’s gonna be a Pepsi logo flashed on screen."  Pepsi is the sponsor of the halftime show.

Martin continued, "Everything will shut down for two minutes while we replace whichever shark has messed up. There’s a delay on the timing so no viewer at home will have any shark-based trauma."

In all seriousness, though, the band told reporters that they were asked to honor the past, present and future with their Super Bowl 50 halftime show.  The future will be represented by the members of a local youth orchestra, while the past will be represented by artists who've previously given memorable halftime performances, including Beyonce.

"The way we’re sort of honoring the past is by asking some of the people whose halftime shows we really loved and Beyonce’s of course is right up there," said Chris Martin. "I think most people would agree. And so we just felt like asking her would be appropriate. And the other person that’s coming out with us, same reason. And they’ve been great teachers to us and had great pearls of wisdom and it’s just been fun to make one giant band together." 

It hasn't been confirmed who the "other person" is, but most believe it'll be Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2013.  Other guests remain a mystery.

As for the inspiration for the show's feel and design, Coldplay drummer Will Champion said it came from the U.K.'s biggest and most prestigious music festival, Glastonbury.  "We wanted to bring that sort of vibe to the Super Bowl halftime show," said Champion. "You know, we can’t compete in terms of amazing dance routines and all of that, so we have to try and do what comes naturally to us, which is to try and provide a bit of fun and a great atmosphere for people to come and be together and be communal and enjoy the general experience."

Of course, there's tremendous pressure to deliver a knockout of a performance, but Martin told reporters that they've avoided feeling stressed out by doing two things.

"One is we just spoke to each other about what we’d like to communicate in the halftime show, and we decided that we wanted to make it about togetherness and acceptance and the things we really believe in," he explained. "And then we called the right guests, so we know that we have great people joining us."

It's traditional to ask whoever is performing on the halftime show who they're rooting for and most artists refuse to take sides.  At the press conference, Coldplay got a lot of laughs out of their complete lack of knowledge about football.  But when a reporter informed them that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is a huge fan of theirs, they changed their tune.

"This changes things significantly!" joked Will Champion.  "Yeah, I’m going with the Panthers!" added Chris.  Will continued. "Plus they have a Scottish kicker as well, and Guy, our bass player, is Scottish...so we feel a certain affinity with the Scots so I think we’ll go Panthers."

When the reporter attempted to ask another question, Chris broke in. "Just to be clear, that’s the Denver Panthers that we definitely are rooting for, OK?" he said, as everyone laughed. "So put that in your paper!"

By the way, Chris didn't say if his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow would be watching, but he says he hoped their children Apple and Moses would.  He also revealed that Moses designed two pairs of shoes for him: one to wear at the press conference and one to wear during the halftime show. Martin said of the kids, "They've been lovely about the whole thing."

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