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Paul Zimmerman/Getty ImagesCamila Cabello was the big winner at Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards, taking home the Moon Person trophies for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for "Havana."  Backstage, Camila told ABC News why she feels that fans have connected so strongly with her music this year.

"Well, I think when my...album came out, I think that they just felt 'me' in it, and I think that's just because it was me," Camila explained. "Y'know, it's like, all these ideas that I'd had for my first album finally came to fruition." 

She added, "And, for example, the music video for 'Havana' is kind of the story of my life, and what my upbringing was like, so I think they just see that it's me, y'know?"

Ever since Camila released her self-titled debut album in January, she's had an incredible amount of success, from topping both the single and album charts, to touring with Taylor Swift, to winning Teen Choice, Kids Choice and Billboard Music Awards, and now two VMA awards. ABC News asked Camila if, a year ago, she ever could have predicted that 2018 would shape up like this for her.

"No, I mean I didn't even think that two months ago that I would be nominated for these categories, honestly!" she said. "So, it's amazing."

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John Shearer/Getty Images for MTVMadonna's tribute to the late Aretha Franklin on Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards has been one of the most talked-about moments of the telecast, but not in a good way.

Many fans took to social media to express their dismay at the Queen of Pop's speech, which was almost completely focused on her own experiences as a struggling star.  Aretha only entered into it when Madonna revealed that she got a major break when she sang the Queen of Soul's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at an audition. That's why, she explained, Aretha "changed the course of my life."

Madonna responded to the criticism on Instagram, saying her mini-speech was not meant to be a tribute to Aretha.

"I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin!" she wrote. "I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her!"

She adds, "That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment."

After the VMAs Monday night, Billboard reports that Madonna continued her evening by taking in Ariana Grande's intimate concert for 1,000 fans at New York's Irving Plaza.  Alerted to her presence, Ariana said, "Oh, my God, where is she?! You guys, Madonna is here. Hi, Madonna. Guys, I'm going to pass out."

Madonna provides the voice of God in Ariana's video for her song "God Is a Woman." She was seen applauding after Ariana performed the song at the Irving Plaza show.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AEGKatyCats who are also Citi cardmembers might want to get themselves to Los Angeles next month: Katy Perry is playing an intimate show just for them.

The September 10 show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in L.A. is part of Citi's Sound Vault series, and it's exclusively for Citi ThankYou cardmembers. 

Starting today at 7am PT until August 31 at 10pm PT, cardmembers can register to unlock exclusive access using their card. Cardmembers who receive a verification code will have the opportunity to use their Citi ThankYou card to complete their ticket purchase starting September 5.

You can get all the details at

Meanwhile, Katy just officially wrapped up her Witness world tour, and tweeted about the fact that she didn't have to cancel a single show, due to illness or other reasons.

"IT’S THE LAST NIGHT OF #WITNESSTHETOUR Y’ALL!," she wrote. "113 shows with perfect attendance! Grateful for everyone’s love & support all year... #resilient."

Katy marked the end of the tour by getting a tattoo of a planet on her wrist, which she showed off on Instagram. 

"The planet in the middle is Saturn as this journey has taught me many lessons with a few tears along the way BUT I am happy to report a sense of real resilience as we wrap," she wrote. "I share this insignia with 45 other tour mates and moreover an incredible year of memories with over 100 beautiful & kind humans and a numerous amount of gracious attendees."

Katy also got tattoos to mark the end of all her previous tours.  The Saturn tattoo joins her strawberry, a peppermint and a prism.

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ABC/Randy HolmesTrain's latest hit "Call Me Sir" is about a guy who finds that he gets much better treatment when he's with the woman he loves.  In the song's sweet new video, we see how that concept applies to childhood.

The video shows a boy who's getting bullied, until a blonde girl steps in and puts a stop to it with a disapproving look.  She takes the boy by the hand, and leads him away from the mean kids.  We then see the boy and the girl having a great time riding bikes and having a water gun fight.  They're joined by a third kid for more summer fun, and the clip ends with the boy and the girl together on a hill, smiling at each other.

Intercut with the story of the boy and the girl is footage of Train frontman Pat Monahan and the song's guest artists, Cam and Travie McCoy; the three kids in the video represent the younger versions of them.  For the final scene, as boy and girl stand together on a hill, the shot dissolves into one of Pat and Cam standing on the same hill, wearing almost the same outfits as the kids.

In a statement, Monahan says, "The 'Call Me Sir' video was a blast to make. It’s about a little girl helping a little boy feel like maybe he’ll be O.K. in this life."

He adds, "Being around Cam and Travie is always great and the kids that played the younger versions of us were super cute and great at their parts. Might have been the easiest, funnest video shoot in the past 20 years. Hope you like it."

"Call Me Sir" is available for streaming and download now.

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Jordan Smith's just released his third album, Only Love. Though The Voice season nine winner already has two very successful discs under his belt, he feels this one is his real "first album."

"I wanted to approach it almost like a debut record, just because everything I've done up until this point, I didn't necessarily see as 'defining,'" Jordan tells ABC Radio.

"I love the covers I got to do, and I did a couple of original things that...gave a glimpse into who I feel like I am as an artist, was really cool to release what I feel like has been living inside me for a really long time," he adds.

Jordan wrote about 50% of the songs on Only Love, and admits that releasing it was a little intimidating.

"I really put my heart into this album, and even the songs that I didn't write, I made sure they were very personal to me," he explains. "And for it to be out there, it's kinda like...having to share a picture of [your baby] on Instagram and hope that people don't call it ugly!"

"It's just a little bit scary," he continues, "but it's very therapeutic, and also a relief to finally have it out there."

For Only Love, Jordan worked with a producer he calls "unexpected, for sure:" RedOne, who worked on all of Lady Gaga's biggest hits.  While Jordan's known for his ballads, he says the combination really worked.

"I knew I wanted to push myself out of the box," he explains, " was really cool for me to go to that pop world, but to also see see him come to my side of things, and really focus on my vocal, and make something emotional and kinda raw."

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LorenzoEd Sheeran has duetted with many music legends in his brief career, including Elton John and The Rolling Stones.  Late last week, he teamed up with yet another veteran performer: "American Pie" singer/songwriter Don McLean.

The occasion was the Backyard Concert 2018, a charity show that raised funds for UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America.  Held last Friday in Pacific Palisades, CA, the event also featured rock legends Van Morrison -- one of Ed's idols -- and Roger Daltrey, lead vocalist of The Who.

During the event, Ed teamed up with McLean to perform Don's classic hit "Vincent."  McLean posted video of the two rehearsing the song, and wrote, "Ed & I rehearsing Vincent for the big show! Ed is a quick study...turned out great."

In a statement, McLean added, "Ed Sheeran is very delightful to know and work with...Everyone gave their best, and it was a stellar musical evening that raised money for a good cause."

In addition to the musical performances, there also was an auction of rare music memorabilia and art, presided over by Howie Mandel. Friday's concert and auction raised over $3.5 million for the charities.

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Courtesy KAABOO Del MarKaty Perry is one of the headliners at next month's KAABOO Del Mar festival, just north of San Diego, CA, and she's turning her appearance into an opportunity to raise money for a good cause.

Katy is now offering fans the chance to purchase a Katy Perry Cares Pass for her performance at the festival on Sunday night, September 16.  Fans who shell out for the pass, which costs $89, will be able to enter the grounds at 6 p.m., so they can get a good spot for her 7:30 p.m. performance.  It's the best choice for KatyCats who don't want to pay for a one-day or three-day pass to the entire festival.

A portion of the proceeds from the pass will benefit MusiCares, the Recording Academy's charitable arm.  You can get them at

Other performers at this year's KAABOO Del Mar Festival include Imagine Dragons, Halsey, rock legend Robert Plant, Bebe Rexha, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel, Vanessa Carlton, Blondie, Billy Idol and many more.  The festival runs from September 14-16 in Del Mar, CA.

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Images Press/Getty ImagesMadonna appeared on the very first MTV Video Music Awards, singing "Like a Virgin" while rolling seductively around on the floor of New York's Radio City Music Hall in a bustier/wedding gown outfit.  So it's only fitting that the 60-year-old pop icon be present at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall.

MTV tweeted, "Excited to announce that @Madonna will be presenting the biggest award of the night…Video of the Year!"

The artists nominated for Video of the Year include Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Beyonce and husband JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, and Drake.

Over the years, Madonna has won 20 MTV VMAs, including the Video Vanguard Award.  Jennifer Lopez will be presented with award tonight.

Another iconic act is rumored to be closing the show: Aerosmith.

The MTV VMAs air live from New York's Radio City Music Hall tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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Asylum/Warner Music GroupNo doubt The Eagles have a "Peaceful Easy Feeling" today: They can now boast that they're again responsible for the best-selling album of all time.

The Recording Industry Association of America has just certified the band's 1976 album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 for sales and streams of more than 38 million copies.  The album now overtakes Michael Jackson's Thriller for the title of all-time best-seller. 

The two albums have traded off that title for years, but as recently as 2017, Thriller was the top seller, with some 33 million copies sold.  Now, The Eagles have reclaimed the title, with Thriller slipping to #2.

Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 features all of the band's biggest early hits, from "Take It Easy," "One of these Nights" and "Witchy Woman" to "Lyin' Eyes," "Desperado," "Already Gone" and "Take It to the Limit."

But wait -- there's more. The Eagles' equally legendary album Hotel California, also released in 1976, has been certified for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies, making it the third best-selling album of all time.

In a statement, Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, said, "Congratulations to the Eagles, who now claim the jaw-dropping feat of writing and recording two of the top three albums in music history. Both of these transcendent albums have impressively stood the test of time, only gaining more currency and popularity as the years have passed, much like the Eagles themselves."

The Eagles' current lineup of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey -- son of the late founding member Glenn Frey -- and Vince Gill, are on tour through October, wrapping up their current tour on October 20 in Cleveland.

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Stewart GerardOneRepublic is supporting one of their own with a huge cash donation.

On Twitter, the group wrote, "The wife of one of our family within the 1R team just got shot through the back while walking her dogs. Please help us help this family recover & bring attention to the EPIDEMIC of gun violence in this country. Thank you." 

In an accompanying video, the group explains that the victim is the wife of a guy who's worked closely with the band for years, and was on stage with them in Los Angeles when the incident occurred in Nashville.

"This video isn't about the epidemic of gun violence that exists in this country, which is unspeakable. This is about helping people who mean everything to us," lead singer Ryan Tedder explains.  He adds, "We never thought it would affect us and now it's personal."

They included a link to a Go Fund Me page for the victim, who is "currently recovering in the hospital" after her "life changing injuries" that required "multiple surgeries."

The band has also donated $100,000 -- in two separate donations of $50,000 each -- to the cause. The Go Fund Me page has so far raised over $174,000 of its $200,000 goal.

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RankinRod Stewart made headlines earlier this year when he said that anyone who announces a "retirement" or "final" tour -- like his old pal Elton John -- is doing so just for a cash grab.  Now, Rod says he feels badly about his comments.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Rod says, "I was a bit unfair to Elton on a drunk night on television in New York, when I spitefully said, 'I think it's bang out of order that you announce a farewell tour every time, and it stinks of grabbing money.'"

He adds, "I wish I hadn't said it. I think [Elton's] very upset with me. [My wife] Penny keeps saying, 'Send him an apology.' So I should, really."

Speaking of his wife Penny, she and Rod have two children, 12-year-old Alastair and seven-year-old Aiden.  Rod says of Aiden, "He's been dressing up as a lady and I wanted to buy him a nice outfit for Christmas, but Pen said, 'Don't encourage him.'  I've seen lots of kids dress up as girls when they're little, it doesn't mean anything. And anyway, if he's gay, so what? We need gay men in the world."

And the interview ends with this little tidbit: The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer evidently regrets passing up the chance on an investment that would have made him a fortune.

"I was asked to invest in Starbucks about 20 years ago and I turned it down," he claims. "I was saying, 'Who is going to want to drink coffee all day? It'll never happen.' I was a cup of tea man. Now they're on every street corner. I must have lost millions."

Still, he admits, "I've got more money than I can spend. I'm not complaining at all."

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Dennis LeupoldCamila Cabello is nominated for multiple awards at tonight's MTV VMAS, including Video of the Year for "Havana," in which she plays three roles: a socially awkward girl named Karla, the glamorous star of a telenovela, and the star of a movie called Camila in Havana.  Since she did so much acting in the video, would she like to try her hand at movies or TV one day?  She says maybe, but not just now.

"You know, I feel like I would like to [act], one day," she tells ABC Radio. "Not now, 'cause I love music and that's always gonna be my first number one thing -- and I think it's gonna be my only thing for a long time -- but I do love every part of the arts."

And like Karla in her video, Camila says she's happiest just staying in and gluing herself to a screen.

"I love movies, I'm obsessed," she tells ABC Radio. "Anybody who knows me will tell you that's all I do, basically on my days off....I just watch movies or Sex & the, yeah, I would like to do that someday, actually!" 

In addition to Video of the Year, Camila is also nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Video. Camila is planning to attend, and to throw an exclusive after party with 15 hand-picked fans following the ceremony.

The 2018 MTV VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City tonight, August 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” 
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” 
The Carters – “APES**T” 
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” 
Drake – “God’s Plan”

Ariana Grande 
Bruno Mars 
Camila Cabello
Cardi B 
Post Malone 

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” 
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” 
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules” 
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” 
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”

Cardi B
Chloe x Halle 
Hayley Kiyoko 
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert 

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” 
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
The Carters – “APES**T” 
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” 
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” 
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” 

JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle 
JUNE 2018 – Sigrid
MAY 2018 – Lil Xan 
APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko 
MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez 
FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley 
JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs 
DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal 
NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We 
AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill 
JULY 2017 – Khalid 
JUNE 2017 – Kyle
MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus 

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” 
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” 
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” 
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” 
P!nk – “What About Us” 
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” 
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” 
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” 
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” 
Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” 
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” 
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” 
Linkin Park – “One More Light” 
Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” 
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” 
The Carters – “APES**T” 
Drake – “God’s Plan” 
J. Cole – “ATM” 
Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” 
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Daddy Yankee – “Dura” 
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” 
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” 
Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” 
Maluma – “Felices los 4” 
Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

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Mert & MarcusDuring last year's MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift premiered her instantly-iconic video for "Look What You Made Me Do."  But when the nominations for this year's VMAs came out, "Look What You Made Me Do" was nowhere to be found in any of the top categories -- its only nominations are in the technical categories, like best editing. 

Now, the guys behind the show admit they're just as surprised as the fans are that Taylor didn't have a better showing this year.

The show's executive producers, Jesse Ignjatovic and Bruce Gillmer, tell Entertainment Tonight that "it is somewhat surprising" that Taylor didn't get a nod for Video of the Year or Best Pop Video.  Gillmer adds, "We love Taylor...we have strong relationships with her and her camp."

Ignjatovic says, "It was an amazing video, so I wish she had nominations and I wish she was [at the show] because I'm a huge fan. She's such an integral part of the VMAs and MTV, so I wish."

Gillmer said the awards are "voted on by a wide range of people," so the nominations can be unpredictable.

It's not know if Taylor will attend Monday night's ceremony.  Her friend and Reputation tour opening act, Camila Cabello, is up for a slew of awards, so perhaps they'll attend together. Meanwhile, you'll see performances from Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Ryan Tedder and Jennifer Lopez, among others.

The MTV VMAs air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesThe funeral for The Queen of Soul will be held in her hometown of Detroit on August 31.

Aretha Franklin’s publicist announced Friday that the music legend's homegoing service, which is limited to friends and family, will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in the Motor City.

However, there will be public viewings on August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, also in Detroit, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett.

Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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ABC/Paula LoboAn album, a tour, a gig in the Hamptons, and now...a cartoon. That's the ever-unfolding story of collaborators Sting and Shaggy, who turned their musical bromance into the joint album 44/876, released in April.

The animated video is for "Just One Lifetime," a groovy reggae tune. The clip features cartoon versions of Sting and Shaggy dancing on a beach, with other animated characters. The look is much more old school than modern, and would fit in just fine in a '70s-era Saturday morning cartoon lineup.

You can catch the animated "Just One Lifetime" video on YouTube.

The pair hit the road this fall on their joint tour. All ticket info is available at

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Streamline/Kon Live/Cherrytree/InterscopeAugust 19, 2008 was the day the world got its first full-length look at Lady Gaga, as her debut album, The Fame, arrived.  Gaga is marking that milestone with special merch for her fans, as well as a "digital time capsule" and a 10th anniversary limited version of the album.

The Fame spun off the hit singles "Just Dance," "Paparazzi," "Poker Face" and "LoveGame," won Gaga a Grammy and has sold close to five million copies.  The reissue, The Fame Monster, which came out in November of that year, featured eight new songs, including "Bad Romance," "Telephone," and "Alejandro."

The $50 limited edition version of the album comes on a USB that's shaped like a cartoon image of Gaga, packaged in a collectible display box. It features the original album The Fame and three bonus tracks, as well as The Fame Monster, both digital booklets, eight music videos and an early electronic press kit shot just as Gaga was beginning her rise to stardom.  It's now available for pre-order on Gaga's website.

In addition, you can get The Fame and The Fame Monster on vinyl, as well as a number of t-shirts with The Fame artwork, Gaga's former "electric bolt" logo, and images of her iconic sunglasses from the album cover.

As for the "digital time capsule," it's a collection of videos, images and quotes from Gaga around the time that The Fame and The Fame Monster were released.  One sample quote: "I would not be able to breathe if I couldn't make art."

Gaga is expected to release the soundtrack of her movie A Star Is Born in the coming months; the film itself arrives in theaters in October.

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesSales of Aretha Franklin's back catalog have spiked nearly 1600% following her death Thursday at age 76, Billboard reports.  

On Thursday alone, sales of Franklin's albums and digital song downloads rose from 8,000 the previous day to a whopping 134,000. Digital song downloads accounted for 89% of sales, with 115,000 songs. Physical album sales totaled 19,000 units.

Here are Aretha Franklin's top-selling songs on August 16:


"Respect" (16,000)
"A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)" (13,000)
"I Say a Little Prayer" (10,000)
"Chain of Fools" (8,000)
"Think" (8,000)
"Freeway of Love" (4,000)
"Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)" (4,000)
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael) (4,000)
"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (3,000)
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (3,000)

And here are Aretha's top-selling albums on August 16:

30 Greatest Hits (10,000)
Amazing Grace (2,000)
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)
Soul Queen (1,000)
The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)

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Epic RecordsIf you're looking for a new house in a vacation destination, Meghan Trainor's childhood home could be right for you.

Page Six reports that Meghan's parents are selling their house on Nantucket, Mass., an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod.  According to the website, Meghan's parents are selling the place so they can move to Los Angeles to be closer to their Grammy-winning daughter and two sons. 

The four-bedroom, five and a half bathroom home has a price tag of $1.68 million. It features a vaulted ceiling, a dining room with French doors, a deck, a master bathroom with a walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi tub in the attached bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, an outdoor shower and a finished basement with a billiards room and a separate playroom.

Meghan's new album Treat Myself will be out later this year.

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Daniel MessemerOMI, the Jamaican artist who had the Song of the Summer back in 2015 with “Cheerleader,” is back with new music.

The singer has released another collaboration with Felix Jaehn, the same German producer who remixed “Cheerleader” into a number one hit. It's a new, upbeat track called “Masterpiece,” about encouraging women to love themselves for who they are.

“’Cause every time I look at you I’m looking at a masterpiece/ If you’re trying to be perfect, you don’t have to be,” OMI sings.

Despite the success of “Cheerleader,” OMI and DJ Felix only met for the first time while recording “Masterpiece.”

"There were just really good vibes. There was no ego,” OMI tells Billboard of their studio session. “We were bouncing ideas off of each other. Making this [record]. everybody was giving their best to make it all that it could be. That is just an awesome feeling.”

OMI’s follow-up album to  his album Me 4 U is on the way, though he has yet to reveal its release date or title. But he says that fans will really see his “growth and development” on the project.

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ABC NewsIn his first interview since the death of his childhood friend, Aretha Franklin, Motown legend Smokey Robinson recalled on ABC's Good Morning America Friday the first time they met in Detroit.

"I hear a piano being played and I hear this little voice singing," Robinson, 78, said. "And I look in, and there's Aretha sitting there at the piano, singing and playing, almost like she sang and played in her adult life.

"But she was probably about five years old or so and she just had 'it.'"

"Aretha and I were just tight," he said of Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76. "We had a wonderful, wonderful friendship that lasted throughout her entire life. Up until the day before yesterday, Aretha was my longest friend on earth."

Robinson added that the topics of fame and showbiz rarely came up in conversation between him and Aretha, and the other future stars who were their neighbors in Detroit, such as Diana Ross and The Four Tops.

“There were a lot of us in that neighborhood, and those of us who were blessed enough to get our wish or our dream to be in show business, we just always had regular relationships."

Robinson added that there was much more to the Queen of Soul than simply her musical talent.

"Aretha had a great sense of humor," he said, adding, "She could throw down in the kitchen! She cooked me many a meal....She was just a great person, great cook, great woman."

Meanwhile, on ABC's Nightline Thursday night, chart-topping songwriter Diane Warren, who penned a number of songs for the Queen of Soul, said, "Aretha Franklin elevated anything she sang to 20 levels beyond what that song was...Listen to the soul that was dripping out of every note."

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