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Zayn’s back with “Still Got Time,” announces forthcoming album

RCA RecordsIt's here, Zayn Malik's new single with Candian rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR, "Still Got Time."

The bouncy track features the hook, "Just stop looking for love, girl you still got time," repeated by the Auto-Tuned rapper against a rhythm track that's a little bit dancehall, a little bit afro-pop.

The single is the first from Zayn's forthcoming sophomore solo album. No further album details were announced, other than the fact that the set is due this summer.

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Zayn’s back with “Still Got Time,” announces forthcoming album

RCA RecordsIt's here, Zayn Malik's new single with Candian rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR, "Still Got Time."

The bouncy track features the hook, "Just stop looking for love, girl you still got time," repeated by the Auto-Tuned rapper against a rhythm track that's a little bit dancehall, a little bit afro-pop.

The single is the first from Zayn's forthcoming sophomore solo album. No further album details were announced, other than the fact that the set is due this summer.

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Lady Gaga judges “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season premiere: “You’re not ready for this!”

Image Courtesy Logo/VH1RuPaul's Drag Race kicks off its ninth season Friday night with a very special guest judge: Lady Gaga.  RuPaul says of her appearance, "You're not ready for this!"

"Lady Gaga has always been a fan of the show and she started in New York and clubs the same way I did," Ru tells ABC Radio, explaining how the guest appearance came about.

"She attributes a lot of her [joie de vivre] to her life with [drag] queens in clubs," he explains. "So she tweeted me maybe three years ago and said, 'Ru, why can’t I be on the show?' And I said, 'Are you kidding??'"

However, it's taken this long for Gaga to fit the appearance into her busy calendar.

"Doing these kinds of shows, the hardest part is scheduling people," says Ru. "So finally, we got her on the season opener and it is a blast. You’re not ready for this!"

This won't be the first time that Gaga and RuPaul have teamed up on TV, though -- Ru was a guest on Gaga's ABC holiday special with the Muppets a few years ago. Then, he marveled at how young Gaga still is.

"She’s an amazing person and a really loving person," he says. "And I’m always surprised when I see these people because she’s a child! You know, when you strip down the makeup, it’s like, 'Oh my God!'" 

Other judges on this season of the show include Meghan Trainor, The B-52s, Kesha, Lisa Kudrow, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and many others.  The drama starts tonight at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.

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Pink, Andy Grammer, Jason Derulo among artists performing at KAABOO Del Mar Festival

ABC/Randy HolmesPink has added another festival performance to her dance card this summer, but at this event, there'll be plenty of other pop acts joining her.

Pink will perform at the third annual KAABOO Del Mar festival, set for September 15-17 at the Del Mar fairgrounds north of San Diego.  Joining her on the bill will be Andy Grammer, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Kesha, Alanis Morissette, X Ambassadors, Machine Gun Kelly, Smash Mouth and many more.

If you want to rock out a bit more, the festival has also booked Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Jane's Addiction and Muse.  And if you've ever wondered if a basketball star can hack it on the 1s and 2s, you can enjoy a set by DJ Diesel, aka NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.

Performances will take place on four outdoor and two indoor stages, one of which will be devoted exclusively to comedy. For full details, go to KaabooDelMar.com.

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Demi Lovato honored with “Artistic Award of Courage”

Getty Images for UCLA Semel Institute’s “Open Mind Gala”Demi Lovato was honored Wednesday night for her work raising awareness about mental health issues.

Demi received the Artistic Award of Courage at the Open Mind Gala, a biannual charity event hosted by UCLA's Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Demi was presented with the honor by the CEO of CAST, a wellness and recovery center that personally helped her so much, she became an owner.

Demi has had her own struggles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse.  Accepting the award, she said, "When I started to raise awareness around mental health, my goal was to simplify the conversation and to break down the barriers that are placed around it."

While Demi noted that "showing kindness and acceptance to ourselves and to others" is important in raising awareness of this issue, she quickly learned that that a lack of resources keeps those with mental health conditions from getting the care they need.

"I feel like the work I'd like to do in creating change in our society has just begun," she said.

The event, hosted by Lisa Kudrow, featured a performance by former Glee star Chord Overstreet, who's now signed to Demi's Safe House record label.

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In New Zealand, Adele pays tribute to victims of London terror attacks

Alasdair McLellanAdele is a London girl, so she was of course very affected by the terrorist attack in the British capital  Wednesday.  Even though she was halfway around the world in New Zealand, she sent her love to the victims with a special onstage song dedication.

"I feel very far away and very strange not being at home," she told the audience at Auckland's Mt. Smart Stadium. "All I want to do today is just be at home and be with my friends and family. Everyone [I know] is fine, but there are four people that aren’t fine."

"So let’s dedicate this to them tonight and to my hometown, which is my soulmate," she continued. "This is 'Make You Feel My Love.'”

Adele was performing for 45,000 fans in New Zealand as she completes the last few dates of her tour Down Under.  The 25 World Tour will wrap up for good with four shows at London's Wembley Stadium in June and July.

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John Mayer says new song “Still Feel Like Your Man” is about Katy Perry

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWondering which song on John Mayer’s new album is about his ex, Katy Perry? He’s not keeping it a secret. The musician confirms to The New York Times that “Still Feel Like Your Man” is about Katy.

“Who else would I be thinking about?” he says. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”

The lyrics detail missing an ex. "I still keep your shampoo in my shower/In case you wanna wash your hair/And I know that you probably found yourself some more somewhere/But I do not really care," he sings.

John tells the Times the album contains other breakup songs, like “Moving On and Getting Over” and “Never on the Day You Leave,” but it’s about much more than that.  

"There were times when tears came out of me, and I went, 'OK, John, this is not about an on-again, off-again relationship,'” he says. “This is something more profound."

Katy and John were on-again, off-again from 2012 until 2015.

John’s album, The Search for Everything, was released in two four-song EPs.  Its final full-length iteration comes out April 14.

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Sia, unmasked! Singer gives us rare glimpse of her face at LAX

ABC/ Paula LoboIf you really try, it’s not hard to find pictures online of Sia without her trademark wig covering her face. But the singer made it really easy for us all Wednesday when she strutted through LAX without any disguise.

Paparazzi got come clear snaps of the star’s face as she went to catch her flight. According to E! News, the singer was headed to Dubai, where she’s scheduled to perform this weekend.

The singer, seen smiling with her real blonde hair flowing, sported comfy loungewear for her long flight. She was wearing a beige cropped sweatshirt and beige Kenzo sweatpants with white sneakers.

Sia’s music video mini-me Maddie Ziegler previously told E! News that Sia only covers her face for appearances and performances. "It could be weird if she just wore a wig talking to her friends,” Maddie said.

And we’re guessing covering your identity is probably frowned upon by airport security.

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Selena Gomez says of dramatic roles: “I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon”

Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez is the most-followed woman on Instagram and can act as well as sing.  But she says one reason her current project is behind-the-scenes as an executive producer is because, believe it or not, she doesn't think anyone will cast her in a good role in the near future.

Speaking to the New York Times, Selena says, "I want to be a part of projects that have value, that really matter. And it’s really hard to do that. Sometimes I feel defeated. I’ll audition for a part that I feel very passionate about, meet with people, tell them I’m willing to go places. I think they think I won’t go there."

She admits, "To be honest, I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon for me. I think I look really young, and image-wise, it’s difficult for people to grasp."

As a result, Selena is putting her passion into Thirteen Reasons Why, a new Netflix series based on the popular young adult novel of the same name.  She's an executive producer on the series, which debuts March 31.

"Early on, my mom taught me that sometimes you just have to create those projects for yourself," says Selena. "That’s what I want this to be: a launching pad."

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Zara Larsson’s eclectic new album, “So Good,” is “a little bit of this and that”

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaA massive star in her native Sweden, Zara Larsson broke through in the U.S. last year with her hit "Never Forget You."  That hit is included on her new album, So Good, her first to be released internationally.  The album features an eclectic mix of sounds, but Zara says that was pretty much accidental.

"I think I’m just influenced by a lot of things," she tells ABC Radio. "Pop is so broad and what I love about it is that you’re allowed to be inspired by different genres."

"I think it just happened because I enjoy different types of music and I let myself be influenced by that," she adds.

The set features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, Clean Bandit, Wizkid and MNEK, and includes electro-pop, reggae, dance-pop, R&B, edgier club tracks and piano ballads.  Zara explains that all the types of music she loves converge on the album:

"I love hip-hop. That’s basically the only thing I’m listening to,"she explains. "And I also brought in the dancehall vibe and there’s ballads. It’s a little bit of this and that."  

Zara heads out on tour with Clean Bandit at the end of this month.

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