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Is Rihanna’s new beau a rich Saudi businessman?

Getty Images via ABCFans lost their minds after Rihanna was seeing making out with an unidentified man in a pool in Spain. Now, the British tabloid The Sun claims it's identified Ri-Ri's new man.

The Sun says he's Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, the deputy president and vice chairman of his family's company Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, which owns the rights to sell Toyotas in Saudi Arabia. The company is one of the biggest in the world, according to the paper, and Jameel is one of the "faces" of the business.

“This relationship is the real deal. Rihanna has told friends she’s in love with him and seems completely smitten," a source dishes to the tabloid. "They’ve been spending a lot of time together away from prying eyes and are really serious. They’re really enjoying each others’ company.”

Of course, Rihanna herself hasn't said anything about her new romance.

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Katy Perry on Orlando Bloom’s naked paddle board pics: “He just was trying to show off”

Rony AlwinRemember last summer, when Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry were photographed paddle boarding on vacation?  Everyone lost their minds because Orlando was full-on nude and everything was on display. Well, even though Katy and Orlando are no longer dating, she was asked about that moment during an interview Tuesday on Australian radio.

While speaking to the Kyle and Jackie O Show on Australia's KIIS 106.5, Katy was asked why she elected to keep her bathing suit on in those photos.

"He asked me if I wanted to be [naked], and I was like, 'Ah, nah,'" Katy replied.  "You know when you’re dating someone and you think it might be fun to go make out over there? But I wasn’t in the mood, I saved it for the boat!"

O.K., so why did Orlando decide to go full-frontal?

"He was just trying to show off for all the people back on the shore," she laughed. "It was so funny, I was, like, kinda explaining Twitter to him and social media because he had taken a bit of a break on all that stuff."

"And I had been explaining to him for a few weeks," she continued. "And then all of a sudden he's, like, number one trending on Twitter!  And he's like 'I understand Twitter!'"

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Carly Rae Jepsen: M&M’S and movies

Mark Brown/Getty ImagesCarly Rae Jepsen is teaming up with M&M'S candies to bring her music to fans in Chicago, for free.

The singer will headline an M&M'S Spotlight concert July 11 in Chicago.  If you visit MMS-Spotlight.com, you can sign up for free tickets now.  You can also win tickets at events leading up to the show.  Monitor @MMSChocolate for more information.

In other Carly Rae news, a new trailer for Leap!, an animated film for which she voices one of the characters, has arrived.

The movie is about a girl named Félicie who travels with her best friend to Paris and starts training as a ballerina under a strict teacher named Odette.  Carly Rae voices Odette, and her song "Cut to the Feeling" is featured in the trailer.  The voice cast also includes Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler.

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Ed Sheeran sets UK & European stadium dates for 2018

Greg WilliamsCouldn't get tickets to see Ed Sheeran in 2017?  Well, if you're willing to take a plane flight, you can see him in 2018.

Ed has announced a stadium tour of the U.K. and Europe, starting May 4, 2018 in Cork, Ireland.  The tour will visit Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales before moving on to Amsterdam, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland.  Tickets for all shows go on sale July 8.

Ed also tweeted, "That's not the end of the stadium tour, watch this space x." 

Ed has already announced stadium dates in Australia and New Zealand for 2018...so could stadium dates in North America be a possibility?

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Ed Sheeran says in-the-works next album will be “very acoustic”

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCHere's the good news: Ed Sheeran's already hard at work on the follow-up to his smash album, Divide.   Here's the bad news: he's been working on it for six years already, and we probably won't hear it until three years from now.

Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Ed says of his fourth album, "I’ve been working on this one since the same time as [my first album] Plus. Every year I write a song that will go on it. So I have about six, seven at the moment.”

But, he explains, "It will potentially come later, because it’s been about six years in the making and it might be another three or four. So I might put other stuff out before then, just to have something out."

And when the new album does come out, Ed says, it'll sound quite different than his other albums.  "It’s not necessarily experimental, but I don’t think there’ll be any hot radio songs on it this time," he predicts.  "It’s a very acoustic record...very acoustic.”

When asked if this mysterious stripped-down album will be called Subtract -- to go along with his albums Plus, Multiply and Divide, he says with a smile "It’s within that vein.”

As for the "other stuff" he wants to release before that album, Ed says he's interested in working with DJ Khaled, as well as with Justin Bieber, with whom he collaborated on the song "Love Yourself."

“I’m always, always up for working with Bieber," he says. "...when he wants to start making another album, I’d love to be involved. I’ve got some ideas. I think he’s really talented. And his head’s screwed on properly now.”

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For “God” and country: Backstreet Boys hit #1 with Florida Georgia Line duet

BMLGBack in the day, there always seemed to be some kind of rivalry -- real or imagined -- between The Backstreet Boys and 'N SYNC.  Now, nearly 20 years after the fact, Backstreet can now say they've done something Justin Timberlake and company never achieved: they're #1 on the country charts.

"God, Your Mama and Me," Backstreet's collaboration with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line, has topped Billboard's Country Airplay chart.  The highest 'N SYNC ever managed to get on that same chart was #3, when they teamed up with country group Alabama in 1999 for a country remake of their hit "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You."

"The collaboration works because country music, in a lot of ways, still has all the pop music and the great melodies, the harmonies," Backstreet's Nick Carter tells ABC Radio. "It just turned out to be a match made in heaven."

Nick says the fact the song's hit #1 is "incredible," noting that not only has Backstreet never had a country hit before but, when it comes to pop, "[We] haven't been in the top ten in years, so it's a pretty amazing feat."

Backstreet's having a moment right now: aside from the #1, the Boys' Larger Than Life Las Vegas show is a huge success, and Nick's currently serving as a mentor -- or "architect" -- on ABC's reality competition show Boy Band, which airs Thursdays.

"It's a great position to be in because I do have a lot to offer," he says of working with the show's contestants, who are all competing to be part of a brand-new boy band.  "This is a big deal to me.  After 24 years of being in my band...it's important that there's integrity in the show." 

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Nick Jonas’ new video co-star? The “Bonus Jonas”

Kevin WongBack in the days of the Jonas Brothers, fans used to refer to the youngest brother Frankie, who wasn't in the group, as the "Bonus Jonas." Well, now Frankie's back...as the guest star in big bro Nick's new video.

The clip is for "Remember I Told You," Nick Jonas' collaboration with Mike Posner and British singer Anne-Marie, who sings lead on Clean Bandit's hit "Rockabye."  It shows Nick, Mike and Anne-Marie dancing around in a small, empty white room, where they're joined on and off by various dancers, and by Frankie, who's playing guitar. 

The three singers dance around and do goofy things like ride around in shopping carts and cover each other in packing peanuts, as the clip switches from black-and-white to color.  In a behind-the-scenes video, Nick says he wanted a "clean and sexy" look to match the simple beat of the track.

Mike and Nick first wrote "Remember I Told You" when Mike was opening for Nick and Demi Lovato on their joint tour. Nick then discovered Anne-Marie's music during a trip to the U.K. and asked her to join them on the track.

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Train tour news: Twitter live stream, Wine & Music experience and more

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIf you couldn't get tickets to see Train during their current Play that Song tour, just fire up your computer or mobile device Thursday night and check out what you've been missing.

That night, the band will be live streaming their show from Indianapolis exclusively on Twitter.  It starts at 9:10 p.m. ET.

In other Train tour news, on Wednesday night, the band is playing a free show in Cleveland, OH to make up for the fact that during their show there over the weekend, fans who had lawn seats were unable to hear the entire concert due to sound problems. 

A statement on Train's website reads, "This show is exclusively for those of you who paid for lawn tickets and experienced sound issues the other night...while the issues were beyond our control, we still want to make things right...We can’t wait to show you guys a good time."

Finally, Train has announced that for the final show of the Play that Song tour at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, their good friend Michael Franti will join the bill, along with the tour's usual opening acts, O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield. 

The July 15 show is being billed as the "Play that Song Wine & Music Experience" and will feature more than 40 hand-selected wines from more than 20 wineries on site for fans to try.

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Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Puth, Sheryl Crow join “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular”

NBC UniversalThe lineup for this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular just got even more star-studded.

In addition to previously announced performers Hailee Steinfeld and country superstars Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth will also be celebrating Independence Day on the NBC special.

This year's show, which airs Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will feature more than 60,000 shells launched from five barges all over Manhattan, making it the country's largest fireworks display in over a decade.

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Drake dubbed “more than a rapper…best of our generation” by Justin Bieber

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCPop icon Justin Bieber recently gave Drake a major compliment on Instagram, writing on the social media platform that the rapper is, "More than a rapper, a culture shifter and legend...best of our generation."   

The Biebs' message was written this Monday, which was also the same day Drizzy emceed the first-ever NBA Awards in New York City. 

Justin and Drake, who both hail from Canada, have collaborated only once for their 2012 song "Right Here." Bieber also remixed Drake's hit single "One Dance" last year. 

Both are featured vocalists on DJ Khaled's latest album Grateful.  

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