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Ed Sheeran Makes Surprise Appearance At Shawn Mendes Concert

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes had the crowd at Brooklyn's Barclays Center captivated and giddy even before he pulled off his big surprise of the night on Wednesday (Aug. 16). During the hit single "Mercy," Ed Sheeran took the stage.

The redheaded Brit joined the 19-year-old pop star the second verse and the two artists harmonized for the remainder of the song. "That was just as crazy for me as it was for you guys," Mendes told the crowd after Sheeran left the stage.

Just about four years ago, a then 15-year-old Mendes tweeted, "To ever meet Ed Sheeran would honestly be the best, he's 100% the person I look up to for music," Billboard reports. For Mendes, it was a dream come true and for the fans who were still wondering if they'd hallucinated the whole thing, there's social media footage to serve as evidence. Watch Sheeran and Mendes here.

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Zayn Malik Working On 'More Thought Out' Second Album

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik is already working on his second post-One Direction album. In a recent interview, Malik said his new songs are more developed and mature than those on his debut.

"I feel like my songwriting definitely developed," he told V Man magazine, 'just because I've been doing it so much. I feel like the songs are a bit more organized, where I felt like, before, that Mind of Mine was a brainstorm.

"That's why I called it Mind of Mine, because it was ideas that I had that I put out. This one is more thought out. I had more time to process everything and go through it all. It's an evolution."

Malik released "Still Got Time," the first single from the new project, in March. The track features PartyNextDoor. Read more here.

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Katy Perry Announces Postponement Of 'Witness' Tour

(Radio.com) Katy Perry has postponed the launch of her tour, Witness: The Tour. Instead of beginning September 7 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec the journey will now start on September 19 at the same venue.

In a statement, Perry said she didn't have the set pieces she needed to begin rehearsals. "Due to unavoidable production delays, major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week," she said in a statement.

"I'll be spending the next few weeks taking the time to properly prepare the show to be an experience I am proud to share with you. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope everyone who sees the show will agree it was worth the wait." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Launches Donations To Support Sexual Assault Victims

(Radio.com) Following a widely-publicized courtroom victory, Taylor Swift has made a large donation to help victims of sexual assault and plans to continue giving. Following her legal victory, the singer pledged to support organizations that would help women in similar situations.

"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this," Swift said in a statement. 'My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation is among the first organizations to receive money from Swift, reports Billboard. The company's CEO, Maile Zambuto, called the donation, "an extremely generous financial investment in the movement to end sexual violence."

"Taylor is aware of the Joyful Heart Foundation and follows our work," said Zambuto. "Her team got in touch with me and we talked a lot about her commitment, all along throughout this ordeal, to wanting to be of service to survivors." Read more here.

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Eazy-E's Widow Sues Eazy-E's Son Over 'Ruthless'

(Radio.com) Talk about Ruthless. The widow of N.W.A. rapper Eazy-E is suing Eazy's son and business partners for starting a company under the name Ruthless Records.

Tomica Woods-Wright, has the rights to Compton Records, the label founded by N.W.A.'s Eric 'Eazy-E" Wright. He started the company in 1986 in Compton, California under the name Ruthless Records.

That's why she has filed a trademark infringement suit against Arnold E. White (Bigg A) and Eric Darnel Wright, a.k.a. Lil Eazy-E (Eazy's son) for launching their own version of Ruthless Records, reports Billboard.

The suit claims that the defendants used the Ruthless Records trademark and ran http://www.ruthlessrecordsinc.com even though their application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark Ruthless Records was denied. The suit calls the actions, 'malicious, fraudulent, deliberate, and/or willful."

In their defense, the new Ruthless says they have the right to use the name because the roots of the are in their president's blood. Read more here.

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Thomas Rhett Releases Heartfelt New Song 'Grave'

(Radio.com) Thomas Rhett has debuted a new song, "Grave," the latest from his upcoming third full-length album, Life Changes, set for release on September 8.

"It just felt so authentic to me I had to put it on," Rhett told Esquire about the brand new song, among just a handful of tracks on Life Changes that he didn't co-write.

"I don't go into a creative space like a recording studio or writing sessions with the intention of forcing anything or dictating a mood," Rhett added about his creative process. "I just let what feels natural to me take the lead." Listen to "Grave" here.

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Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson Added To ACM Honors Performance Lineup

(Radio.com) Alan Jackson and Chris Stapleton are the latest artists added to the performance lineup for the 11th Annual ACM Honors, set for broadcast on CBS on Sept. 15.

They will be joining an already stacked roster of performers that is set to include Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, George Strait, Hillary Scott and more.

A slew of presenters have also been revealed, with Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, Ross Copperman, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Maren Morris among those who will be handing out awards on the big night. Read more here.

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Rihanna Recruits Calvin Harris For Diamond Ball

(Radio.com) Rihanna has added DJ Calvin Harris as a performer at her third annual Diamond Ball, which will be taking place on September 14th. Kendrick Lamar will also perform, with Dave Chappelle serving as host for the black tie benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

"I'm ecstatic to add my longtime collaborator and friend Calvin Harris to the stellar line-up at this year's Diamond Ball," Rihanna said in a press release. 'Calvin's music will bring the perfect mix of energy and excitement to the evening as we celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation."

Proceeds from the annual benefit support the Clara Lionel Foundation's global education, health and emergency response programs. The Foundation also funds innovative education projects and scholarships, healthcare programs and micro grants. Read more here.

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Logic Releases Guest Filled '1-800-273-8255' Video

(Radio.com) Rapper Logic has shared a star-studded new video for his Alessia Cara and Khalid-featuring hit, "1-800-273-8255," the song's title being the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

In the cinematic clip, actor Coy Stewart plays a high school student dealing with the trials of being gay, with Oscar nominee Don Cheadle as his disgruntled dad and Modern Family star Nolan Gould as Stewart's love interest.

Golden Globe winner Matthew Modine appears as Gould's father, with Luis Guzman cast as a sympathetic coach. Watch the intense and powerful video for "1-800-273-8255" here.

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Grouplove Release New Single 'Remember That Night'

(Radio.com) Grouplove has returned with a brand new single, "Remember That Night", which is a new bonus track that has been added to their 2016 album release.

"We've been writing a lot of new music recently Hannah in particular is starting to come into her own in a new and very honest way," said band member Christian Zucconi in a press release. "She is really starting to show her fire. Hope you can feel it."

The new track has been added to the band's latest album, Big Mess, which was originally released in September 2016. Listen to "Remember That Night" here.

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Shawn Mendes To Be First Artist For MTV 'Unplugged' Reboot

(Radio.com) Pop star Shawn Mendes has been tapped to lead off MTV's reboot of the popular Unplugged series with a performance recorded at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The episode is slated to air on September 8.

The show, which debuted in 1989 and featured iconic performances from such acts as Nirvana, Mariah Carey, KISS and LL Cool J, even had an impact on the 19-year-old Mendes.

The pop star's favorite session--Pearl Jam in 1992--was recorded before he was born. "It wasn't so much about the commercial, showman side of it," Mendes told Variety. "It was really about the music." Read more here.

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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Drama Made Into Eminem Parody

(Radio.com) While NBA fans are watching the drama between Cleveland Cavaliers superstars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving unfold, a fan has turned the situation into a video parody of Eminem's 2000 hit, "Stan."

The video parody plays on reports that Irving wants to be traded so he's no longer living under James' immense shadow, casting Irving in the "Stan" role and writing a sad letter to his superstar teammate.

'Dear LeBron, I wrote you but you're only subtweeting/I left my cell, my email and my address in Cleveland/I sent two letters to Dan Gilbert you must not have got him/He probably fell off the flat earth or something," are among the lyrics (referencing Irving's belief that the Earth is indeed flat). Watch the video here.

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Music Artists Send Love to Barcelona in Wake of Terror Attack

(Radio.com) A terror attack in Barcelona has left 13 dead and 100 injured. CBS News reports that two suspects drove a white van onto the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district.

Artists took to social media to offer their solidarity and condolences in the wake of the tragedy. "Our thoughts are with Barcelona. Sending you all our love," wrote Imagine Dragons.

"My heart is breaking for the people of #Barcelona," wrote Sheryl Crow. "My prayers and thoughts will be constant for Barcelona and for humanity in general." See all the messages here.

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