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All-Star Charity Single For London Fire Victims Smashes Sales Records

The all-star rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water, featuring stars including Leona Lewis, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction, James Blunt, and more, is headed for No. 1 in the U.K. and is setting sales records to boot.

Britain’s Official Charts Company says the charity song, released Wednesday morning to aid victims of the London apartment building blaze, had already sold 120,000 units across downloads and streaming equivalent sales. That’s the biggest opening-day sales for any single this decade.

It’s almost certain to debut at No. 1. All the money raised from the single, organized by Simon Cowell, will go to the London Community Foundation. You can also donate at

The emotional video for the song has also been released, showing all the artists singing their various lines, intercut with footage of survivors, firefighters and makeshift memorials.
Bruno Mars Shares Prince Tribute Rehearsal Footage

Bruno Mars’ tribute to Prince at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards was a show-stopping highlight.

This Sunday marks the 33rd anniversary of Prince’s iconic Purple Rain album, which was released in 1984. In honor of that anniversary, Mars has shared a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsals for his memorable Grammy performance. Mars and his Hooligans rehearsed "Let’s Go Crazy" for the performance in Los Angeles, bathed in Prince-inspired purple lighting.

"33 years ago this Sunday, Prince and his band, The Revolution, released Purple Rain, one of the most important albums of all time," reads the YouTube description for the video. "To celebrate the anniversary weekend, here’s a behind the scenes look of us rehearsing for the tribute we did at the 59th Grammy Awards."

Be sure to catch Bruno Mars’ performance at The 2017 BET Awards this Sunday.
Harry Styles' Stepfather Robin Twist Dies

Harry Styles’ stepfather Robin Twist has died after a "long cancer battle." He was 57. The singer acted as the best man at Robin’s wedding to his mom, Anne Cox, in Congleton, Cheshire, in 2013. Robin and Anne had just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. The pair got married in a gap in Harry’s touring schedule with One Direction in Lisbon and Mexico City on the group’s Take Me Home Tour. Robin Twist has two children from a previous marriage, Mike and Amy. He helped raise Harry and his sister Gemma when they were teenagers after he and Anne started dating.

Styles’ One Direction bandmates were quick to express their support to Harry on social media.
JAY-Z Pushing For A Social Justice Project

JAY-Z is proving that he is a jack of all trades. The rapper, who will be releasing an album next week, has written a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter where he spoke on his work in television and social justice. JAY wrote in the column, "The power of one voice is strong, but when it comes to social justice, the power of our collective voices is unstoppable. Now is the time to recognize that through our voices we really can effect change."

He went on to say, "We can work together to demand change from our elected government officials. We put them in office, we make the laws, and we show them the path to progress. That is our power, and it’s the only way that healing will come for Kalief and his family. My hope is for my next documentary, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, to create a similar conversation that leads to change and helps keep our children safe. And it’s an honor to have the support of Trayvon’s family in telling the story."

  • Hov later said, "Look around at what’s happening in your town and your city right now. Think small, and you can do much bigger things."
  • JAY also wrote about Kalief Browder -- whom he did a six-part docu-series on earlier this year, saying, "Kalief grew up in the Bronx and started out like so many kids I grew up with in Brooklyn, kids who have to choose the right fork in the road every day. He wasn’t an angel, but he was a good kid on the right path who held up under the social pressures common in the Bronx. This young man at 16 was arrested — for something any suburban kid could have gotten away with — and held at Rikers Island for three years, mostly in inhumane solitary confinement. The post-traumatic stress disorder he came out with led him to suicide two years ago, but not before he had the chance to talk about what happened to him."
  • He added, "It is up to us to continue to amplify his story so that we can save a generation of kids from the same fate. His is the kind of story that you can’t ignore, and people are starting to see that what happened to him is not an isolated case. He’s just one example in a system that is broken. We need to be the ones who fix it. We’ve seen some of that change slowly start to happen. President Obama outlawed solitary confinement for juveniles. New York has started the long process of closing Rikers Island, the prison where Kalief was tortured, starved and held without a trial."
Katy Perry Makes Gold And Platinum History

The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that Katy Perry’s iconic song "Roar" has earned a Diamond certification surpassing the 10-million threshold counting song sales and streams in the United States. With the new certification of "Roar," which follows previously Diamond-certified songs "Dark Horse" and "Firework," Katy becomes the first artist in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to earn three RIAA Diamond Song Awards.

"Once again, Katy Perry has made history," said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA. "We are thrilled to recognize Katy as the first artist to earn three Diamond Song Awards. Katy has a singular track record of notable Gold & Platinum achievements, and this triple Diamond milestone is now forever etched in our program’s history. Only 14 songs have earned Diamond status to date, and Katy owns three of them – what a remarkable achievement and testament to a groundbreaking artist."

During the course of Katy’s career, 21 songs have achieved RIAA certification, and three studio albums have also been certified Platinum or multi-Platinum.

Perry’s feat puts her in rarified air, floating above Eminem and Lady Gaga, the only other artists to lodge two Diamond Song awards, for, respectively, "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie" and "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance."

The announcement comes on the heels of a number of recent accolades for Perry, who became the first Twitter user to reach 100 million followers and broke her own record for most YouTube views in 24 hours following the release of her music video for "Bon Appetit." "Bon Appetit" surpassed the previous record-holder, "Roar," generating 16.8 million views in the first day of release.
Katy PerryShares Behind-The-Scenes Look At Ariana Grande's 'One Love Manchester Concert'

Katy Perry is taking fans behind the scenes of Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert. The 32-year-old singer shared a video of her experience during the benefit concert that took place at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, on June 4th to benefit the victims and families involved in the terror attack at Grande's concert in Manchester last month.

In the video, Katy is seen rehearsing for the show, greeting Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and taking pics with Niall Horan. The singer also does an interview right before taking the stage.

"I’m here to give love,’ Perry says. "I love Ariana and all the fans of music… We're all in this together and that’s why I’m here."
Quickies: Fifth Harmony, Fall Out Boy And Haim

FIFTH HARMONY EXPLAINS WHY THEY DIDN’T CHANGE NAME AFTER CAMILA CABELLO LEFT: It’s been six months since Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony after four-and-a-half years together as a girl group. Fans wondered if they will get a new member or change their name. Well, 5H says they’re sticking with the name and revealed who they consider their newest fifth member. "It was obviously a thought, because it was a prevalent thing that there’s 4 of us not 5. Regardless, we were all very united in the fact that we didn’t want to change the name," said bandmate Lauren Jauregui to MTV News. "Fifth Harmony is the name we grew up with and we worked for and it’s our brand. It’s who we are. It’s our entire moments. It’s what we spent five years on." "The fans named us Fifth Harmony," Dinah Jane Hansen said. "And now they’re the fifth member."

FALL OUT BOY SHARE ‘CHAMPIONS’ FEATURING POST MALONE: Fall Out Boy Share ‘Champions’ Featuring Post Malone: Fall Out Boy have debuted a new single "Champions" which features rapper Post Malone. Bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz had previously teased the track as being inspired by the classic 80’s film The Neverending Story. "This one is for the kid warriors out there hunting the purple buffalo…" he wrote. The cut is the latest from the band’s forthcoming album M A N I A, which is set to be released on September 15th. In support of the new record, Fall Out Boy will head out on a North American tour this fall

HAIM DEBUT ‘WANT YOU BACK’ VIDEO: Haim have released the music video for their single "Want You Back." The video was shot at dawn in Sherman Oaks, California. The clip finds Este, Danielle and Alana joyfully strutting down the streets they grew up on. The cut comes from the sisters’ highly-anticipated sophomore album Something To Tell You, which arrives on July 7th.
Report: Kanye West Wants Two Or Three More Children

Reports recently surfaced that Kim Kardashian-West has hired a surrogate to carry her third child. And now, according to People, sources have said that Kanye West wants to have two or more children added to the West clan. An insider said, "He would want a family of five or six if it was up to him. After having Saint, Kim was told she couldn’t carry another baby — that it would be too dangerous. And she was okay with that."

The source continued, "After both her pregnancy experiences — which no secret, weren’t great for her — she was content with two. But even after having Saint and knowing everything, Kanye was already talking about having more kids. Kim on the other hand definitely needed to give it some time and consideration before even thinking about options for more kids. But even from the beginning she would make funny comments like, ‘Who knows what will happen … Kanye will probably convince me to have more kids!’ And she did warm to the idea!"

  • The source added, "As Saint got bigger though, she talked more and more about a third baby. She really misses having a baby in the family. They looked for a while before they found the perfect surrogate."
Rihanna Gives Heartbroken Fan Sweet Breakup Advice

A Rihanna fan recently reached out to the star on for help and the singer delivered some incredible breakup wisdom.

Over Twitter direct message, the fan asked RiRi, "How did you get over your first heartbreak? I’ve been struggling."

A few hours later Rihanna responded with sweet words of wisdom, writing, "Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself! Cry if you have to, but it won’t be forever! You will find love again, and it will be even more beautiful! In the meantime enjoy all that YOU are!!!!"
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