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Brian Bowen SmithTonight in Duluth, GA, Josh Groban launches his Bridges tour, with special guest Idina Menzel.  Josh says all those people who are being "dragged" to see him will be "pleasantly surprised" that his show isn't what they think it's going to be.

"We want it to be high energy," he told ABC Radio last month. "We do want it to have those great intimate moments...but then we want it to really be lively." 

"Any time I do an arena show...there's a combination of people who know they're gonna get a big show, and then the people that were dragged [along], who think they're gonna get a really quiet, boring show, and then hopefully are pleasantly surprised," he continues.

"So we wanna keep people surprised," he notes. "I've seen the set and it's gonna be awesome!"

In addition to playing new songs from his album Bridges, like the current single "Granted," Josh says he'll also be performing tracks from his entire career.

"Every tour, you want it to be good combination of stuff that fans are newly excited about, and stuff the fans have been always excited about," he explains. "And so we'll do a good mix of stuff from this album, and stuff from all of the other albums."

Idina Menzel will also be playing a big part in the show.

"We're so lucky to have her brilliance out there and so there will be, of course, some duets," he adds. "Maybe we'll do some musical theater, maybe we'll do some pop stuff -- I don't know what we're gonna do yet but maybe we'll change it up each night." 

The Bridges tour wraps up November 18 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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ABC/Fred LeeRachel Platten's pregnant, so she's been out of the spotlight for a while, but she's stepping back into it Friday morning with a surprise musical performance on ABC's Good Morning America.

"Very excited to release a song I wrote for my baby and to debut it on @GoodMorningAmerica this coming Friday," Rachel posted on Instagram. "It was written just for us, and I never intended for the world to hear it because it felt so personal...but sometimes that’s exactly the Art that craves other ears."

The "Fight Song" hitmaker continues, "So, even though I’m in my third trimester and flying and TV performances seem light years away from where I’ve been living (on the couch ahem), I realized that neither being pregnant nor having this baby will ever prevent me from doing what I love so much in the world."

"This is me choosing bravery over fear and a little temporary expansion in the midst of some serious nesting," she concludes. "I’m excited :) Tune in Friday friends. Xoxox."

Rachel announced in July that she and her husband Kevin were expecting their first child, but the two haven't slowed down too much. Kevin opened a restaurant in L.A. over the summer, the couple enjoyed a "babymoon" not long ago, and last month, Rachel took her parents to Billy Joel's concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPals Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran each spent most of this year touring stadiums around the world, and now all that work has paid off in nominations for the Billboard Live Music Awards.

Both Taylor and Ed are nominated for Top World Tour, Top U.S. Tour, Top Draw and Top Boxscore at the awards, which will be handed out November 13 in Beverly Hills. The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr. will host the festivities.

The Top Tour is for the highest-grossing tour of the year, while the Top Draw award is for the best-attended tour of the year -- meaning the one that sold the most actual tickets. The Top Boxscore Award is for the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist: In Ed's case, it's his four shows at London's Wembley Stadium; in Taylor's, it's her two shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Awkwardly, one of Taylor's reported ex-boyfriends, John Mayer, is being honored at the ceremony with the prestigious Legend of Live Award. On the other hand, her friend Shawn Mendes is also being honored that night with the Artist of the Year Award -- so whether or not she'll attend the ceremony appears to be a toss-up.

Here are the nominees:

Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

Ed Sheeran
Wembley Stadium, London
June 14 – 17, 2018 (4 shows)
Taylor Swift
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
July 20 – 22, 2018 (2 shows)
Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Oct. 19 – 25, 2018 (4 shows)

Cardi B    
Post Malone

Life is Beautiful Festival
Lollapalooza Brazil
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

Travis Scott x Red Bull, Lyft, Snapchat American Express for the ASTROWORLD Album & Tour Launch    
Marshmello x Bumble    
Khalid x Hollister    

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Matt HayslettSam Smith is using his voice for a good cause.

The British star has teamed up with acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile for a duet version of Brandi's song "Party of One."  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children in Conflict, via Brandi's own Looking Out Foundation.   Children in Conflict's current campaign seeks to raise $1 million to help children who are impacted by war.

In a statement, Sam says, "I am so excited for everyone to have this song in their ears and hearts. Working with Brandi Carlile is truly one of the highlights of my career. Her voice and songwriting get me through the dark days. Brandi is a mentor to me and now a friend and I’m so thankful she asked me to feature on her single."

He adds, "I hope you all love this as much as I do. And I hope this raises as much support as possible to the incredible charity Children in Conflict and its partner, War Child U.K., of which I’m a global ambassador. Thank you for listening.”

Brandi, meanwhile, says, "I’m beyond proud to have collaborated with the incredible Sam Smith. There is no one quite like him and I’ve never heard a voice like his before. He’s an absolute gentleman and a sweetheart."

She adds, "We hope the vulnerability of this song reflects the fragility of [the children's] situation and compels people to support our cause.”

"Party of One," and its video, are both out now.

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Dennis LeupoldElle King is opening up about her battles with substance abuse and mental illness in the latest issue of People magazine.

The singer, whose album Shake the Spirit comes out Friday, admits, “Last year almost broke me, but I’m stronger now because of it."

Elle says she was in a “destructive marriage” with Andrew Ferguson, during which Ferguson was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence after allegedly grabbing Elle by the throat and threatening to kill her. The charges were later dropped.

After they broke up last year, Elle says she struggled with depression and PTSD, and used drugs and alcohol to mask her pain.

“I was at the lowest point in my life,” she says. “I was not well. I couldn’t look people in the eyes. I literally couldn’t leave my house for weeks at a time.”

Eventually, Elle got help, seeking treatment from a PTSD specialist last summer and easing up on her hard-partying ways. She also leaned on friends and family, and mended her relationship with dad Rob Schneider. She says they now have the relationship she “always wanted.”

“There’s two ways out. You can take the bad way out or you can get help. I got help because I knew that I have felt good in my life and I knew I could get there again,” Elle says.

Elle adds that though she still drinks and smokes marijuana, “I have a different fun now -- it’s not having fun out of pain.

“I’ve changed a lot,” she declares. “I’m finding my own self-love, and I’m inviting love, outwardly in.”

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Interscope RecordsThe soundtrack for A Star Is Born could score a second week at #1 on the Billboard album chart, according to sales projections.

The album, featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, could sell 125,000 units by the end of this week, Billboard reports, enough to keep it in the #1 spot.  It debuted on top of the chart last week with first-week sales of 231,000 units.

If the soundtrack remains on top, it'll be Gaga's first album to score more than one week at #1 since Born This Way, which did it back in 2011.  Overall, the soundtrack is Gaga's fifth #1 album.

Meanwhile, Gaga is #1 and Cooper is #3 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart, which measures music sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media interaction to rank artists' popularity. 

And finally, the duo is currently #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their A Star Is Born duet, "Shallow."

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Solaiman FazelThis has been a good year for Janet Jackson when it comes to getting big, honorary awards.

Following her Billboard Music Icon Award, the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Icon Award, the 2018 Radio Disney Impact Award and the Black Girls Rock! Rock Star Award, Miss Jackson will now be named a 2018 Global Icon at the MTV European Music Awards.

Janet will perform a medley of her greatest hits on the telecast, including her latest single, “Made for Now.”   The telecast will air live from Bilbao, Spain on November 4, 

The 2018 MTV EMAs, hosted by Hailee Steinfeld, airs at 9 p.m. CET and across MTV's global network of channels in more than 180 countries.

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Mert & MarcusNow that Taylor Swift has decided to speak out about politics, she isn't stopping with just an endorsement: She's now encouraging fans to take advantage of early voting.

While November 9 is officially Election Day, Taylor has taken to Instagram to remind fans that, depending on your state, you can vote early if you can't make it to the polls on the 9th.  

Next to a photo of her toes painted red, white and blue, Taylor writes, "Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6."

Referring to her adopted home state, she adds, "Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1. You can check out your state’s early voting dates at the link in my bio."

As previously reported, Taylor endorsed Democrat Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives in Tennessee. She said the voting record of Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn "appalls and terrifies me."

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NBC/Trae PattonThe battle rounds continued Tuesday night on The Voice, as teammates from Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson’s teams went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition, a night that also saw Jennifer and Kelly each stealing an artist for their teams.

Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: CeeLo Green for Team Adam; Keith Urban for Team Blake; Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly; and Halsey for Team Jennifer.

Here are the highlights of Tuesday night's show:

Powerful gospel singer Kymberli Joye and duo OneUp, representing Team Kelly, faced off against each other on “Mercy,” by Brett Young. Both Clarkson and her adviser, Thomas Rhett, were floored with their performance in rehearsal. After some minor tweaks, Kelly, who chose the song for its “pure passion,” predicted the trio would deliver “the performance of the season.” It ended up being a tough choice for Kelly, who picked Kymberli. She moves on to the knockout rounds. OneUp was eliminated.

Next up, Adam, along with his adviser and “spirit animal” CeeLo Green watched as 15-year-old Anthony Arya take on the more seasoned Steve Memmolo for a bluesy cover of “Aimee,” by Pure Prairie League. Ultimately, Adam opted for experience, declaring Memmolo the winner. He moves on to the knockouts, but so does Arya, who was stolen by Jennifer.

Team Blake’s gravely-voiced soulful singer Chris Kroeze went toe-to-toe with Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, who got Shelton to turn his chair after failing to get any of the coaches to turn for her last season. They battled on Steve Winwood’s “Back in the High Life.” Blake and his advisor, Keith Urban, felt the two vocalists matched up perfectly, but had a few suggestions on how each of them could step up their games. How well each “put our notes into motion,” said Blake, would decide the winner. Blake ended up picking Chris, based on his incredible range. Mercedes was sent packing.

Finally, Mike Parker and Natasha GreyCloud, representing Team Jennifer, duked it out on John Mayer’s “Gravity,” with Hudson explaining that she wanted to “bring the soul out of both of them.” Mike, in her opinion, had the “instincts,” but needed to “own” them. Natasha, on the other hand, had a range, but “wasn’t letting it all out.” Jennifer declared the battle a tie, but went with Mike for "strategic" reasons. He moves on to the knockouts, as does Natasha, who was scooped up by Kelly.

Also advancing to the knockout rounds on Tuesday were Team Adam’s Tyke James, defeating Jarred Matthew; and Katrina Cain, from Blake's team, who beat out Rachel Messer

The Voice returns with more battles Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.


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Brian Bowen SmithJosh Groban will kick off his Bridges tour, with special guest Idina Menzel, on Thursday, and the two have worked up a special duet -- not just for the tour, but for a good cause.

Josh tells the Dallas Observer that during the tour, he and Idina will do several duets, one of which is a version of "Lullaby," from Josh's 2006 album, Awake.  But you won't have to go see them in concert to hear the song.

"We’ve recorded a special version of it to benefit the immigration families that have been separated," Josh reveals. "We were all just so devastated by the news and the images of these young children that have been isolated from their families. So I, along with Idina and along with a lot of other artists, we banded together to record some songs.”

No word yet on when "Lullaby" will be released.

Regarding the tour itself, Josh tells the paper that he hopes it can offer people some relief from the current political climate.

"In the world we’re living in right now and the divisive kind of nature of the country and all that stuff, I want this to be a place that people can come together and have a little bit more of a positive light in this very fear-filled world right now," he explains.

"It gives us a chance to kind of invite people into our house for a night and escape for a little bit," Josh adds.  "And there’s just something about live performances and live music that creates an evening that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we don’t take that for granted when we’re planning a show.”

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Interscope RecordsSongs by top artists that have appeared in movies over the past year have been nominated for The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which honor "musical excellence in visual media."

In the Original Song -- Feature Film category, Lady Gaga's hit duet with Bradley Cooper, "Shallow," is nominated. 

In the Original Song -- Documentary category, "I'll Fight," performed by Jennifer Hudson for RBG, a documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is nominated.

In the Original Song -- Animated Film category, "Stronger Than I Ever Was," written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and performed by Mary J. Blige for the movie Sherlock Gnomes, is nominated. 

In the Original Song -- Sci Fi, Fantasy or Horror Film category, "Ashes," the song Celine Dion recorded for the soundtrack of Deadpool 2, is nominated.

In the category of Soundtrack Album, A Star Is Born is nominated, as are the soundtracks for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Fifty Shades Darker, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther.

The 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held November 14, and a portion of the proceeds will go to music education.

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Brian Bowen SmithMeghan Trainor will be spending at least part of her Thanksgiving in Dallas, performing during halftime during the Cowboys' annual Turkey Day game.

The Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving game marks the official kickoff of The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign, which collects money for Christmas toys for children, shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, and other social service programs.

Meghan will perform live at AT&T Stadium when the Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins.  In a statement, she says, "I am so honored and excited to be kickoff the 128th Red Kettle campaign."

"More than 40 million people live in poverty, and the money raised during the Red Kettle Campaign helps The Salvation Army give those in need a chance at a new life," she adds.

Last year's campaign raised just over $144 million dollars.  Since the campaign partnered with the Cowboys in 1997, nearly $2.4 billion has been raised.  This year, in addition to donating online or throwing money into those ubiquitous red kettles, you can ask Amazon Alexa to "donate to the Salvation Army," or text KETTLES to 91999.

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Wes and AlexNow that the original version of Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" video has racked up more than one billion views, it's time for Volume 2.

The band has released an alternate version of the video that, like the first, features Adam Levine singing as various famous and notable women appear behind him, including Ellen DeGeneres, Millie Bobby Brown, Gal Gadot, Sarah Silverman, Camila Cabello, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish, gymnast Aly Raisman, YouTube star Lily Singh, race car driver Danica Patrick, and Adam's wife, Behati Prinsloo.

So what's the difference?  Basically, the women appear in a different order and are shown doing different things, some of which are goofy and silly.  For example, J-Lo tweaks Adam's ears and Tiffany Haddish jumps on top of him.  At the end, instead of hugging Behati and their daughter Dusty Rose, Adam just hugs a solo Behati and kisses her neck.

The song "Girls Like You" is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, and has been number one on Billboard's airplay-based Radio Songs chart for 12 straight weeks.  That's the longest-running song on that chart by any duo or group this century.

Maroon 5 just wrapped up their Red Pill Blues tour in New York City, but they'll be back out on the road in 2019.

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FilmMagic via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018One of today's hottest female singer/songwriters is teaming up with an iconic '80s female singer/songwriter for a holiday benefit.

Bebe Rexha will join Cyndi Lauper on the bill for the eighth annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays concert, taking place December 8 at New York's Beacon Theater.  The annual event raises money for Cyndi's charity, the True Colors Fund, which works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

The show is hosted by original Queer Eye star Carson Kressley.  Other acts on the bill this year include former 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant, singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, rapper A$AP Rocky, blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, and former Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, October 19 at noon, ET via Ticketmaster.

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Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE MagazineLady Gaga is soon to be a married lady.

The singer confirmed her engagement to boyfriend Christian Carino Monday night at Elle’s 25th annual Women in Hollywood Celebration in L.A.

Gaga, who was being honored at the event, thanked “my fiancé Christian” during her speech.

She and the 49-year-old talent agent were first confirmed to be dating in February 2017, and earlier this month it was rumored that the two were engaged. Gaga was previously engaged to actor Taylor Kinney before they split in 2016.

Also in her speech Monday, Gaga emotionally discussed sexual assault and mental health. She explained that her decision to wear an oversized Marc Jacobs pantsuit to the event was one of female empowerment.

“As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who from a very young age who was conditioned to do what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back,” she said. “Today I wear the pants.”

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Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice aired its final blind auditions during the first half of Monday’s two-hour episode, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson each looking to complete their teams.

The battles kicked off the second half of Monday’s show, with coaches getting help from the following advisers: Keith Urban for Team Blake; Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly; and Halsey for Team Jennifer. Members of Team Adam, assisted by former Voice coach CeeLo Green, will take the stage on Tuesday. 

Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:

The blind auditions:

Emily Hough, 16, is a Petersburg, Illinois native, who has been singing at local events since she was seven-years-old. Her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” coaxed Adam, Blake and Jennifer to turn their chairs. Emily picked Adam, who declared the teen was “as A-team as it gets.”

After performing in a Christian boy band and landing a short-lived record deal, Tennessee native Josh Davis now focuses his energy on secular music. His take on Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” got Kelly and Jennifer to turn around. However, Adam and Blake, fed up with the way the ladies argued, pleaded their cases for them. Blake, speaking on JHud's behalf, noted she’s a triple threat, winning an Oscar, Tony and Grammy. Adam touted Kelly as “a beast, vocally.” Levine -- or Clarkson, rather -- won the battle.

Blake and Jennifer also completed their teams: Shelton nabbing electro-pop singer Katrina Cain, who delivered a slow, soulful version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon;” and Hudson with Matt Johnson, who covered “Never Too Much,” by Luther Vandross.

Here's how the teams stacked up at the end of the blinds:

Team Adam: Anthony Arya, DeAndre Nico, Fousheé, Funsho, Jake Wells, Jarred Matthew, Natalie Brady, RADHA, Reagan Strange, Steve Memmolo and Tyke James.

Team Blake: Caeland Garner, Chris Kroeze, Dave Fenley, Joey Green, Kameron Marlowe, Kayley Hill, Keith Paluso, Kirk Jay, Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, Michael Lee and Rachel Messer.

Team Jennifer: Audrey Bartholomew, Colton Smith, Franc West, Kennedy Holmes, Lela, MaKenzie Thomas, Mike Parker, Natasia GreyCloud, Patrique Fortson, Tyshawn Colquitt and Zaxai.

Team Kelly: Abby Cates, Chavell Shepherd, Claire DeJean, Cody Ray Raymond, Delaney Silvernell, Erika Zade, Kymberli Joye, Mikele Buck, OneUp, Sandyredd and Sarah Grace.

The battles: 

Sandyredd and Cody Ray Raymond, representing Team Kelly, duked it out on Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me,” from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. Kelly, thought the soulful, but edgy song would “slow Sandyredd down a bit” and “get a little more passion out of Cody.” Clarkson’s advisor, Thomas Rhett urged Sandyredd to showcase the lower part of her vocal range, while Kelly suggested Raymond do enough to wow people, without getting lost in the song. Kelly declared Cody Ray the winner. He advances to the knockout round. However, Sandyredd also moves on as part of Team Jennifer, who prevailed over Adam and Blake.

Next, Team Blake's Michael Lee and Joey Green, were pitted against each other on Bonnie Raitt’s “The Thing Called Love,” in a battle the two buddies dubbed a “Texas Showdown.” Blake’s advisor, Keith Urban warned Lee about being “too in control of his voice” and “let it go.” Green, according to Urban, was too laid back and needed to look like he’s “working for it.” Michael won the night, according to Blake. He advances to the knockouts, while Joey heads home.

Team JHud’s Colton Smith battled Patrique Fortson on Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” to close out the show. Jennifer and her adviser, Halsey, wanted to hear each singer seize his moment. After the performance, Jennifer noted both artists were “superb” and deserved to continue, but declared Fortson the winner. He moves on to the next round.

Blake didn’t let Smith go home though, explaining that Colton took his song to a level he couldn’t. Colton advances to the next round as part of Blake's team.

The battles continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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RANKINRod Stewart's new album, Blood Red Roses, features songs about relationships, the death of an old friend, and parents dealing with their child's drug problems.  So maybe it's no wonder Rod says that his two younger kids have absolutely no interest in the music their dad makes.

Asked if his sons Alastair, 12, and Aidan, 7, like his music, Rod laughs, "Oh no, my kids -- younger kids -- are very much into hip-hop."  He says the only song of his they like isn't really one of his songs: It's a track called "Everyday," on which rapper A$AP Rocky sampled Rod's voice from a 1970 song.

"They love the one I did with A$AP Rocky," Rod tells ABC Radio. "They say, "Dad, why don't you [sing] it?"

But Rod's philosophical about his sons' lack of interest in his work.  "I suppose it is more grown-up music," he says. 

Rod's current tour in support of Blood Red Roses wraps up November 3 in Reno, NV.  He'll kick off another batch of Las Vegas residency dates at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting November 23.

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Raphael Dias/Getty ImagesMaroon 5 is enjoying their fourth straight week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their smash "Girls Like You." Guitarist James Valentine says the band can hardly believe they've managed to rack up another number one hit at this late stage in their career.

As James tells ABC Radio, "We were just so blown away by the success, because being so 'advanced' into our career -- that's a nice way to say 'we're old!' -- I don't think any of us expected to have a Hot 100 #1 again, just because it's so competitive.  So we're just beyond stoked."

Maroon 5 wrapped up its Red Pill Blues tour Monday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, and James says it's been a blast performing "Girls Like You" live.

"It's been a great feeling," he says. "Every time we've got a song like 'Girls Like You'...that turned out to be a huge hit, you can just feel the air in the room change, once you go into those opening notes."

Also making the tour fun, James says, was the set list.

"Just because now every song we play is a song that's a single, it feels like it's a different sort of show at this point," he explains. "It's a greatest hits sort of set, which we've never been able to do before. But if you stick around as long as we have, you can start to do that!"

During the tour, Verizon's Up Rewards program customers enjoyed the show from a special pit right in front of the stage.  The fans were so close to them, James jokes, that every night, they had the opportunity to "get some of Adam [Levine]'s sweat!"

Maroon 5 will end the year with two Las Vegas shows December 30 and 31.

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Ben WattsFor the eighth year in a row, Rob Thomas will play a series of solo concerts to raise money for his charity foundation, Sidewalk Angels.

This year's shows will take place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ on January 18, 19 and 20.  The public on-sale date is October 19 at 10 a.m. ET, but fan club members can get access to tickets tomorrow, October 16 at 10 a.m. ET.

In addition to regular tickets, there are several VIP packages available that include goodies like exclusive merch, meet-and-greets, the chance to get a photo with Rob, and the chance to attend his soundcheck and a Q&A session. 

These benefit shows usually feature Rob playing more stripped-down versions of his hits and telling the stories behind them.

Rob and his wife, Marisol, who've been married for 19 years, established The Sidewalk Angels Foundation to support and fund no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues across the U.S.  It also works with homeless shelters where families can get support and not have to give up their pets.

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Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageIf the Spice Girls do go back on tour, it's quite likely Victoria Beckham won't be going with them.  After all, she's been a successful fashion designer for 10 years, and says music was never her real passion. In a new interview in Australian Vogue, Victoria explains that that lack of passion was something she only realized when she compared herself to her close friend Elton John.

"I was with Elton John this weekend and I told him: ‘You’re the reason why I stopped the Spice Girls,’" Victoria explains to Vogue. "I went to see him in Vegas in doing The Red Piano, where [photographer] David LaChapelle curated the most incredible show with him, and I remember sitting there very near to the front and looking at him singing those songs he’d sung time after time, year after year, and his passion and his enjoyment was incredible, even after all that time."

"And a few nights later, I was on stage at Madison Square Garden with the Spice Girls and I thought: ‘It’s almost like a waste that I’m given this opportunity. I appreciate the time I’ve had with the girls, but I don’t have what Elton can have after all these years,'" she explains.

"There was nothing there, other than that my kids were in the audience and I wanted them to see Mummy doing the Spice Girls.”

Unfortunately, Victoria says she still has to fight the constant rumors that she's rejoining the group.

"I had a lunch with the Spice Girls a few months ago to see how everybody was, things spiraled out of control," she tells Vogue. "And I had my lawyer trying to beat down stories that were completely ludicrous. It was a reminder of how awful that was."

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