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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Taylor Swift Becomes the 'Third Wheel' in Fan's Marriage Proposal at 'Reputation' Meet-and-Greet. Taylor Swift's surprise was caught on film at a meet-and-greet at the Philadelphia stop on her Reputation world tour when a fan got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life right in front of her. It was business as usual for Swift on Friday night (July 14) up until that moment: she spends time with fans at her shows before she packs up and moves onto the next city, but Philadelphia set itself apart thanks to this super romantic surprise that even caught the "Delicate" singer off-guard. Swift is visibly shocked and thrilled for her fans, and shared photos of the surprise in the hours after the life-changing moment: "They walk into the meet and greet and he says 'We met 5 years ago at the Red Tour' and then...." (Billboard)

A whole bunch of Prince memorabilia is about to hit the market. Two years after the musician's death, there is about to be a "deluge of Prince products" hitting the market, according to Rolling Stone. There was a legal tangle following the music legend's 2016 overdose, with disputes over ownership of his property and various people coming out of the woodwork claiming to be heirs. But with the disputes largely squared away, Rolling Stone says the icon's estate will be offering fans everything from a memoir and unreleased music to clothes, mugs, license plates, commemorative coins -- and, perhaps, even a Prince-themed hotel. The memoir, to be published by Spiegel & Grau, is to be based on 50 pages of handwritten journals written by the "Purple Rain" legend, padded out with photos and memorabilia, while there are said to be up to 1,000 unheard songs that could be released. The insiders charged with deciding what to put up for sale say they're "using [their] best judgment" to figure what Prince would have liked to see on shelves, and what he would have preferred to keep private. (PageSix)

Mandy Moore Returns to the Recording Studio One Day After Emmys Snub: ''No More Excuses.'' Mandy Moore is reclaiming her passion for music. The This Is Us star has long discussed her desire to get back in the recording studio, especially after taking time away from her first love to pursue acting. And on Friday, just 24 hours after she learned she did not receive an Emmy nomination for her beloved performance as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC drama, Moore hit the studio to sing it out. "Getting back to it," she captioned an Instagram video of a track she's been working on. "It's time. I miss it. I'm not scared anymore. No more excuses. No more allowing someone's else insecurities to dictate my relationship to music and singing. Boom. Also- this is just a little demo of something @themikeviola and I worked on yesterday... but still, it's a start!" The snippet gives fans a taste of what Mandy's new music might sound like, and to say we're excited is an understatement! Moore first rose to prominence in the early 2000s as a pop star, but her music career began to slow as she pursued endeavors in film and television. She's released six studio albums in all, most recently Amanda Leigh in 2009. And despite going unrecognized by the Television Academy when the 2018 Emmys nominations were announced, Mandy had nothing but wonderful things to say about her This Is Us co-stars and the eight nominations they received in all. "Couldn't be prouder of our #ThisIsUs family and our 8 #emmy nominations today," she gushed on Instagram. "Congrats to @miloanthonyventimiglia and @sterlingkbrown for their acting nods and @zoehaymakeup, @heatherplott, @ehmakeupartist and their teams for their makeup nom, @hvbahmet and her team for the costumes nod, #roncephasjones and #geraldmcraney for their guest actor noms, and the entire crew for our drama series nomination!! So much to celebrate!!" Fingers crossed a brand-new album is on its way sooner rather than later. (Eonline)

Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' Is Here: Stream It Now. OK Arianators, get ready to roar! Ariana Grande has released her long-awaited new single, "God Is A Woman." The power-pop song went live at midnight across digital music services, a full week ahead of schedule. Grande previously explained the true meaning behind the track as "sexual female empowerment & how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us." The pop star raps out a verse and hits these bold lyrics: "You, you love it how I move you/You love it how I touch you, my one/When all is said and done/You'll believe God is a woman." The single was written by Ariana, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Gransson, and ILYA (who also produced) and its official, Dave Meyer-directed music video will premiere at noon ET. "God Is A Woman" will appear on Grande's fourth album, Sweetener, which is scheduled to drop Aug. 17 and also feature lead single "No Tears Left to Cry" and the expected next release, "r.e.m." (Billboard)

Michael Buble Recalls Son Noah's "F--king Brutal" Cancer Diagnosis as He Returns to the Stage. Michael Buble is back. Nearly two years since the star was faced with his firstborn son Noah's cancer diagnosis, the Grammy-winning standards crooner has officially returned to the stage. It had been three years since his last studio album when the 42-year-old soon-to-be father of three released Nobody but Me in October 2016. As he recalled to London Evening Standard, just days after the album dropped, he got a text that would change the course of his family's life. The text was from his wife of seven years, Luisana Lopilato, with a photo of a surgical scan showing what they would soon learn was a tumor in their then-3-year-old's liver. At the time of the text, Buble was in London about to appear and perform on BBC One. Ever the professional, he pressed on through the performance and jetted home immediately after. The next seven months were spent in the hospital with their son, fearing for the worst at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "You don't get reassurance -- you get the opposite," he told Evening Standard. "Everything that they tell you is the worst-case scenario." After a very private battle, Lopilato gave the public a welcomed update on the youngster's progress in April 2017: he was well. Noah returned home that month and just over a year later, he's about to become a big brother to a little sister as the couple is expecting again. Meanwhile, Buble is also easing back into the spotlight with his 10th studio album on the way and taking the stage on July 7 for a crowd of roughly 70,000 in Dublin followed by a headlining performance for British Summer Time in Hyde Park on Friday. Most importantly, he and his family can put the 2017 nightmare behind them. "He's perfect," the star told the London Evening Standard of his son today. "The most important thing was to get [the tumor] out, with clean margins. Because if you do, it goes from being this scary thing to just being tremendous odds. No one likes talking about percentages but, honestly, [we have] a percentage where we can live our life, and not live in fear every day. We know we're ok now. But, what we went through was f--king brutal." Nevertheless, his son overcame it all. "This boy is a hero," the singer told the newspaper. "He's my hero." (Eonline)

Gwen Stefani's camp insists Vegas residency is selling tickets. Gwen Stefani's team is fighting back against reports the singer's Las Vegas residency is bombing at the box office. "The reaction to [Stefani's] 'Just a Girl' residency has been nothing short of overwhelming," Caesars and Live Nation told "Page Six TV." A rep insisted that "ticket sales wildly surpassed everyone's expectations." Stefani's country singer beau Blake Shelton was spotted attending the sold-out opening night to support her. (PageSix)

Kendrick Lamar and SZA were monumentally huge artists and that's what propelled the soundtrack for "Black Panther" ... not a 19-second clip an artist claims was a rip-off of her artwork. Kendrick and SZA just filed legal docs asking a judge to give Lena Iris Viktor the boot in her lawsuit which claims Kendrick and Co. ripped off her artwork in the music video for "All the Stars." Kendrick and SZA claim in the new docs ... even if the artwork in the video was a rip-off, she's not entitled to the profits they made from the song because "common sense and logic dictate that the alleged 19 second use of the artwork in the video" is not what generated the success of the song. The duo goes on to say the success of the album is the result of his "worldwide popularity as well as numerous accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize and dozens of Grammys." Kendrick and SZA also give credit for the album's success to the incredible cultural impact of the "Black Panther" flick. (TMZ)

Canceled San Francisco music fest drawing comparisons to Fyre Festival. A San Francisco music festival is being labeled the new Fyre Festival after canceling last minute when the venue pulled the plug. According to reports, XO Music Festival, run by promoter Sami Habib and touting headliners such as Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Fabolous, failed to fulfill its contractual obligations. Contra Costa Event Park in Antioch, Calif., which was scheduled to host the fest this weekend, released a statement saying it was canceling "due to the promoters' lack of fulfilling contractual obligations." An e-mail obtained by Rolling Stone from the organizers to the performing artists said, "Unfortunately, ticket sales are currently below the level needed to proceed," but they oddly posted on their official Instagram Wednesday that "regardless of all the fake media. We are still planning our festival. The media is trying to cause issues for us for no apparent reason. We have worked to [sic] hard!" However, an official Web site reads: "Despite our best efforts to organize a fun event that would be enjoyed by thousands of people, the venues [sic] cancelation and the many negative media reports targeting the XO Music Festival unfortunately does not allow us to proceed with the festival at this time .?.?. Refunds have already been processed as of early this morning." Tickets reportedly ranged from $375 to $2,495. The Antioch police posted on its Facebook page that it had "received numerous comments, complaints and concerns" about the fest. GrowTix, which handled ticket sales for the event, reportedly said in a statement: "We are refunding all ticket holders immediately. This process has already started. Funds were never distributed to the XO festival and held by us in case of cancellation." (PageSix)

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