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Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora Share Acoustic Version of 'Your Song'

(Radio.com) Rita Ora has recruited Ed Sheeran for a brand new acoustic version of her current single, "Your Song" which she revealed to fans via social media earlier this week.

"Had to do a little acoustic version of #YOURSONG with my guy @edsheeran while we were in LA!!," Ora tweeted on August 29 about the impromptu session.

The collaboration isn't totally unexpected, as Sheeran is one of the writers on the song. He also sings background vocals on the studio version. Watch the Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran's acoustic version of the song here.

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Taylor Swift Single Featured in 'Thank God It's Thursday' Promo

(Radio.com) Noted Grey's Anatomy fan Taylor Swift was called on to help kick off a new season of ABC's Thursday night lineup by loaning her latest hit track to help spread the word.

The superstar's new single, 'Look What You Made Me Do," is the soundtrack for a teaser clip that highlights Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.

Swift's "White Horse" was featured in the season five premiere of the medical drama, and lead actress Ellen Pompeo appeared in Swift's "Bad Blood" video. The singer even has a cat named after Pompeo's character, Meredith Grey. Check out the new teaser clip here.

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Harry Styles Intimate 'Two Ghosts' Studio Performance

(Radio.com) Former One Direction star Harry Styles has revealed a new online video featuring the singer and his band performing "Two Ghosts" in a recording studio.

The clip wasn't filmed in just any old studio; the moment was captured at the legendary Abbey Road Studio in London. Styles' intimate rendition of "Two Ghosts" is taken from the Apple Music doc, Harry Styles: Behind the Album.

It's one of 10 performances slated for an upcoming spin-off film, Behind the Album: The Performances. The release date has yet to be revealed. Check out the video here.

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Bruno Mars Shares Heartfelt Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute

(Radio.com) As fans flood social media with Michael Jackson tributes on what would have been his 59th birthday, Bruno Mars has joined in with a heartfelt remembrance of his own.

"There will never be another king of pop, prince of pop, or any other title with the word pop in it. Michael owns them all," Mars wrote on Instagram next to a photo of a young Michael Jackson.

"He will forever be the man that turned music into magic. From videos to fashion to his ground breaking performances, everyone can learn from Michael about dedicating your life to something and constantly striving to be great. Thank you Michael for showing the world what greatness looks like. Happy Birthday." See the post here.

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John Legend Opens Up About Marriage to Chrissy Teigen

(Radio.com) In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, John Legend opened up about his marriage to Chrissy Teigen. The couple, who have been together since 2007 (and married since 2013) welcomed their first child Luna last year.

Legend said surmounting fertility obstacles tested their relationship, and brought them closer together than ever before. "Having a baby is a big challenge for a couple," he said. "Going through that together strengthens your bond because if you make it through [having a child], you know you can make it through anything."

Legend says that experience is "especially difficult" when "you can't conceive naturally." He and Teigen sought fertility treatments (specifically in-vitro fertilization) to conceive Luna.

"You want to feel like everything's working properly and want everything to be perfect, but sometimes it's not. I wouldn't say we can't conceive naturally, but I would say that it's enough of a challenge where it felt like we needed help…We're lucky that we're living in an age where we can conceive in other ways. [IVF] brought us Luna and hopefully it will bring us a few more awesome kids too." Read more here.

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Kendrick Lamar Leaves Reebok For Nike Sneaker Deal

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar has joined Team Nike. After a fruitful partnership with shoemaker Reebok that resulted in three different version of the Classic "Club C" shoe, the rapper is changing things up.

Billboard reports that the rapper has jumped ship from Reebok to sign a creative deal with sneaker giant Nike and Lamar confirmed that he is now Team Nike earlier this week.

Lamar revealed the new endorsement deal with social media posts sporting Nike's popular Cortez shoes with the caption, "since Day 1." Lamar wears a pair of Nike Cortez sneakers in his "Element" video. See the Instagram post here.

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RaeLynn's Hometown Hit Hard By Hurricane Harvey

(Radio.com) As our nation collectively sends donations, thoughts and prayers to all who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, it particularly hits home for country singer RaeLynn, as her hometown of Baytown, Texas, is one of the areas nearly underwater as a result.
Sounds Like Nashville reports that RaeLynn's parents' home is safe, but her cousin lost everything when flood waters reached the second floor of her house.

'It's the worst thing I've ever seen," said the 'Lonely Call" singer. 'I don't even recognize my hometown. It's extremely heartbreaking, and I think that any way we can raise awareness for anybody in Texas is really big."

RaeLynn noted that her family's church has become a disaster shelter, and has asked her fans to donate whatever they can to help. Read more here.

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Thomas Rhett And His Wife Lauren Talk Adjusting to Family Life

(Radio.com) Life in the Rhett household sounds like the makings of a warm family sitcom. County star Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren were deep in the process of adopting their daughter, Willa Gray, when they discovered that Lauren was pregnant with daughter Ada. Instead of panicking, the pair took the news in stride.

"The blessings around us are incredible," Lauren stressed to People in a new interview. "We feel like it's all part of the plan." Despite being from Uganda, Willa Gray is taking to her new life like a champ. "You almost couldn't tell that she ever lived anywhere else," Thomas Rhett said of the 21-month-old. "She's such a go-with-the-flow child."

"When she came home from Uganda, she didn't skip a beat. She rocked it!" Lauren added. "Going from Uganda to America, nothing. Having a baby sister? World changing! She's been very emotional." Read more here.

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Blake Shelton, Jamie Foxx, Reportedly Planned for Houston Telethon:

(Radio.com) Rumors are swirling that a massive star-studded telethon benefiting Houston in light of tropical storm Harvey is well in the works and will supposedly happen later this month.

According to the celebrity gossip website TMZ, the telethon is slated for September 12, and will happen across three U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Nashville and New York.

Allegedly organized by Houston rap hero Bun B and the team who put together Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester show, sources say the show will feature a host of celebs including Blake Shleton, Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, and Michael Strahan. Read more here.

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Mother of Charlottesville Gives VMA Tribute

(Radio.com) Two weeks ago, Heather Heyer was killed in the racial protests that engulfed Charlottesville when a man drove his car into a crowd of demonstrators.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, appeared at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards to pay tribute to her daughter and recognize the nominees for Best Fight Against the System. Bro also announced the creation of the Heather Heyer Foundation, a social justice organization founded in her daughter's memory.

"Only 15 days ago, my daughter Heather was killed protesting racism," Bro said. "I miss her, but I know she's here tonight. I have been deeply moved to see people across the world find inspiration in her courage." Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation Joins Harvey Relief Efforts

(Radio.com) As Hurricane Harvey continued to wreak havoc on the state of Texas, country star Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation sent support to Houston in helping local animal shelters and stranded pets.

"Our team is headed South! It was important to our AMAZING founder, @mirandalambert that we do our part for her home state!" MuttNation posted on Instagram. "We are headed to Houston to give relief to municipal shelters.

"We will help transport any animals currently in shelters so that there is room for displaced animals from Hurricane Harvey! Plus any other support we can offer!!! You can help our efforts by donating. Link in the @muttnationfoundation bio! Friends, please #prayfortexas." See the Instagram post here.

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Chance the Rapper Grilling Chicken For Chicago Charity

(Radio.com) Chance the Rapper is obviously quite the talented guy, and well-versed at a wide variety of things. But can he cook? Fans in his hometown of Chicago will find out firsthand when Chance mans the grill at the latest outpost of popular restaurant Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken in support of his charity SocialWorks, which helps empower Chicago youth.

"Nando's has a history of supporting public schools and community non-profits when they open new restaurants, which I really admire," Chance said in a press statement. "Besides, they make damn good chicken, so I hope everyone will come out and eat some peri-peri chicken and help us raise money for SocialWorks."

"At a young age, Chance The Rapper has endeared himself to Chicago and the nation through his talent and passionate commitment to his community," explained Sepanta Bagherpour, Vice President of Marketing for Nando's PERi-PERi USA. "We can't think of a better ambassador to help Nando's celebrate the Grand Opening of our flagship Chicago location, and to help support public education in a city we love." Read more here.

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Drake Shows Off His Workout Face

(Radio.com) Drake wants to pump, you up. The rapper took to Instagram earlier this week (Aug. 29) to remind fans that he's staying in fighting shape with a photo of himself during what looks like a strenuous workout.

Hoisting a set of barbells, Drake's workout face gives the impression that he's really going for it and not just showing off for the camera (even though he's doing that, too).

He's definitely showing off his OVO X Air Jordan apparel, sporting a tank top and shorts emblazoned with logos from the iconic brands. See the Instagram post here.

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Maren Morris Goes to Goat Yoga

(Radio.com) What's better than a holistic yoga session? Goat yoga, of course. Country singer Maren Morris enjoyed a relaxing spot of goat yoga recently, sharing the moment with a funny Instagram post posing with a cute little goat calmly standing on her back.

And Maren is likely preparing for a mysterious upcoming event on her itinerary, as the singer posted on Twitter that she's "singing a patriotic song somewhere coooooool next week."

Singing a patriotic song somewhere coooooool next week. 😉🇺🇸— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) August 29, 2017 The photo was snapped at Shenanigoats Yoga in Bellshire, Tennessee here.

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Stevie Wonder Reflects On The Death Of Prince

(Radio.com) Stevie Wonder has been making music for more than half a century and speaking his mind on social issues along the way. In 1980, the "Superstition" singer lobbied on behalf of making Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, and his music was a fixture of the Obama White House--frequent walk-on music for events the former president and First Lady attended.

Wonder also discussed Prince's sudden death in 2016, expressing admiration for the Purple Rain star as both a musician and a friend. He recalled performing at the Official Prince Tribute Concert.

"It was hard to convey a message because I was in so much pain," he said. "Not saying I wasn't with the others. But we had previously, very recently talked and talked about his future and things that he wanted to do and how inspired he was with the things he wanted to do. It lets you know: Hey, tomorrow's not promised to anyone. But you say, 'God, why him?'" Read more here.

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Beyonce's Pastor Says She Made 'Significant Donation' to Harvey Relief

(Radio.com) Pop superstar Beyonce has vowed to "help as many as we can" after tropical storm Harvey has devastated her hometown of Houston and surrounding areas in Texas.

Now, her pastor reports that the singer has already made a "significant donation" to help those relief efforts. "She's starting out with a significant donation, and that donation is getting us to launch out into some areas that help us more effectively impact the communities that have been the most affected," explained Beyonce's lifelong pastor, Rudy Rasmus, to ET. "She has, over the years, been very generous to our cause, and we continue to work together. She has been a huge benefactor to our efforts here in Houston, Texas."

Rasmus, who presides over St. John's United Methodist Church with his wife Juanita, said that Beyonce makes the most of her tremendous social influence during times of need. Read more here.

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Mariah Carey Shares Luxurious Closet With Fans

(Radio.com) Mariah Carey is living the dream, especially for fans of high-end shoes and handbags. The pop icon has revealed the opulence and extravagance of her massive, apartment-sized closet with an Instagram video for Vogue, displaying countless rows of high-heeled shows and shelves lined with purses.

Wearing a form-fitting black dress and holding a monogrammed glass of champagne, Carey strolls through the vast closet space, pointing out various items and their personal meaning.

"I'm a shoe fanatic," Carey explains, surprising no one. "I don't know, I can't even believe these are my shoes, whatever." At one point, she singles out a purse perched on an upper shelf.

"This pink one is a gift from Floyd Mayweather," she dishes. "He told me every time somebody asks to make sure they know it's a gift from Floyd, so… It's from the champ." Watch Mariah Carey's luxurious closet tour here.

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Colin Kaepernick Thanks Cardi B For VMAs Shout Out

(Radio.com) Breakout "Bodak Yellow" rapper Cardi B made a point to publicly support controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the MTV VMAs on Sunday (Aug. 27), and now the athlete is returning the favor.

"Colin Kaepernick, as long as you're here with us, we're going to be standing for ya baby," Cardi B said during the ceremony in a seemingly unscripted moment. "That's right, I said it."

While Kaepernick initially retweeted videos of the moment, (Aug. 29), he thanked Cardi B directly on Twitter. "Thanks so much Cardi B, I appreciate you supporting the movement and @yourrightscamp," the quarterback posted, referencing his Know Your Rights Camp, which is described on his website as "a free campaign for youth fully funded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios." See the tweet here.

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