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Macklemore says he was in "a good place" when he made his "Glorious" new solo album

Scott Dudelson/WireImageGemini, Macklemore's first official solo album in 12 years, will be released next month.  The rapper, who in the past has struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism, says finally, he was "in a good place" making the new set.

"I was happy and at home with my baby girl and my lady," the rapper tells ABC Radio, referring to his daughter Sloane and wife Tricia. "And [I was recording] downstairs in the basement and everything was just good. So I think there’s definitely a certain spirit to the album that defines where I’m at in my life at this point."

That spirit is certainly present in the album's first single, "Glorious," a collaboration with Skylar Grey.  He says he wrote some of the verses, and then Skylar came in and they finished the song.  "The beats just felt glorious to me," says Macklemore. "That's the word I kept hearing."

"I picked that word," Skyler argues. "The first time I heard his verses and I heard him say 'glorious,' I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that’s the title. That has to be the song.'”

The video for "Glorious" features Macklemore celebrating his grandma Helen's 100th birthday by taking her on a series of adventures, like egging a neighbor’s house, singing karaoke, cruising in a convertible, playing arcade games and visiting a thrift shop. 

"I had been wanting her, you know, for the family -- archival footage of this incredible woman in our life," Macklemore explains. "And I thought, 'Well, what if we did a crazy bucket list type of day with her?'"

"She was completely down," he adds. "I mean, she didn’t know what was gonna happen, she had no idea what we were getting into, but she was down for the journey and completely with it."

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New VH1 special goes behind the scenes with Ricky Martin in Vegas

Denise TruscelloEver wonder what goes into one of those superstar Las Vegas engagements?  You can find out next month, when VH1 airs Ricky Martin: Behind the Vegas Residency, a one-hour special documenting the making of All In, his current show at the Monte Carlo.

The special will follow Ricky during his seven weeks of preparation for the show, which features him performing 21 of his hits and fan favorites, including “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Shake Your Bon Bon,” “She Bangs” and “Cup of Life.” He's backed by 16 dancers and a nine-piece live band, and performs in a variety of costumes created by Dsquared2.

Behind the Vegas Residency will also feature candid moments, career flashbacks and "intimate encounters with family and friends."  Presumably, those "family and friends" include Ricky's twin sons Valentino and Matteo, and his fiance, Jwan Yosef.

Ricky Martin: Behind the Vegas Residency airs September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

All In, which started in April, runs through September 23.  Cher is also doing a residency at the Monte Carlo.

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"Regular human being" Mariah Carey says she has "low self-esteem"

ABC/Randy HolmesShe may be a diva, but if you think Mariah Carey is some kind of egomaniac, guess again.

Speaking to Page Six, Mariah insists that despite being rich, talented, world-famous and beautiful, she has the same insecurities as everyone else.

"I just feel like I am a regular human being and I deserve the same respect as anybody else," she tells Page Six. "I have always had low self-esteem, and people do not recognize that.”

While part of Mariah's current tour features her sitting on a throne, she says she doesn't really feel like a queen on the inside.

"Growing up different, being biracial, having the whole thing where I did not know if I fit in...that is why music became such a big part of my life, because it helped me overcome those issues,” she explains.

But, she admits, “Sometimes it's hard to let your guard down. I do think to myself, ‘Did they mean this? Or do they not really mean it?’ And that is with everybody -- it's not just with three people or just one.”

The Grammy-winner also recalls how she struggled before she topped the chart with her debut single, "Vision of Love."

"I remember it not being easy getting a record deal....being broke with no food. My go-to meal was [pasta] sauce. Me and my friend would split the pasta and sauce for, like, a week."

Mariah says that in addition to her tour, she's prepping a new fragrance that "smells like success," and she's also working on a "secret song."

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"Despacito," "Wild Thoughts," "Shape of You" among nominees for MTV VMA's "Song of the Summer"

Courtesy MTVThe MTV VMAs are this Sunday, and starting Thursday, you can vote in the just-announced "Song of the Summer" category, which features the songs you've no doubt been jamming to for months.  And yes, "Despacito" is most definitely one of the nominees.

Voting opens August 24 at 1 p.m. ET and will run exclusively in a Snapchat Our Story for 36 hours.  The winner will be revealed during the telecast, which airs live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday night, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Last year's winner was Fifth Harmony's "All in My Head (Flex)" featuring Fetty Wap.  Fifth Harmony are also nominated this year, for their latest hit, "Down," featuring Gucci Mane.  The girls and the rapper will perform the song together during the show.

Here are the nominees:

"Despacito (Remix)” - Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber
“Down” - Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane
“OMG” - Camila Cabello ft. Quavo
"Shape of You” - Ed Sheeran
"Sorry Not Sorry” - Demi Lovato
"There's Nothing Holding Me Back” - Shawn Mendes
"Wild Thoughts” - DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
"XO Tour Llif3” - Lil Uzi Vert

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Pentatonix to spread holiday cheer with Christmas tour, new TV special

RCA RecordsPentatonix is already getting ready to ring in the holiday season.

The a cappella group has announced a Christmas tour set to kick off in Chicago on December 3. They’ll play three nights at The Chicago Theatre before hitting dates across the East Coast. The tour will conclude with three shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale August 25.

It’ll mark Pentatonix's first tour featuring songs from their three highly popular holiday albums, including last year's A Pentatonix Christmas. They’ll be releasing a deluxe version of that album on October 20.

That’s not all the gifts Pentatonix will be giving this holiday season -- they'll also return to NBC with a new holiday special featuring live performances and more. Last year, the network aired A Pentatonix Christmas Special.

Here are the dates for A Pentatonix Christmas Tour:

12/3 -- The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
12/4 -- The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
12/5 -- The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
12/7 -- Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
12/9 -- Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
12/12 -- Boch Center - Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
12/13 -- Boch Center - Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
12/14 -- Boch Center - Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
12/17 -- The Anthem, Washington, DC
12/19 -- The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
12/20 -- The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
12/21 -- The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

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New Macklemore album, "Gemini," features song with Kesha

ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore is almost ready to unveil his first solo album in 12 years.

The rapper has announced the album, titled Gemini, will be out September 22. He also revealed the track list, which includes his current single “Glorious,” featuring Skylar Grey, and a track called “Good Old Days” featuring Kesha.

Shortly after the album drops, Macklemore will hit the road for his Gemini Tour. He’ll kick things off in Portland, Oregon on October 6. The trek wraps November 14 in Boston.

Here is the track list for Gemini:

"Ain't Gonna Die Tonight" feat. Eric Nally
"Glorious" feat. Skylar Grey
"Marmalade" feat. Lil Yachty
"Willy Wonka" feat. Offset
"Intentions" feat. Dan Caplen
"Good Old Days" feat. Kesha
"Levitate" feat. Otieno Terry
"Firebreather" feat. Reignwolf
"How To Play the Flute" feat. King Draino
"Ten Million"
"Over It" feat. Donna Missal
"Zara" feat. Abir
"Corner Store" feat. Dave B and Travis Thompson
"Miracle" feat. Dan Caplen
"Church" feat. Xperience
"Excavate" feat. Saint Claire

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— MARMALADE (@macklemore) August 22, 2017


Petition calls for New Orleans Confederate statues to be replaced by tributes to Britney Spears

David LaChapelle/RCA RecordsOne of the biggest hot button issues of the moment is the question of whether or not statues across the U.S. that depict figures of the Confederacy -- such as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis -- should be taken down. But one fan in New Orleans is now arguing that those statues should indeed come make way for a "real Louisiana hero:" one Britney Jean Spears.

The petition, started by a fan named Kassie Thibodeaux [TIH buh doe], argues that throughout her career, Britney has done numerous charitable things to support her home state, such as donating a quarter-million dollars to help Louisiana flood victims, and raising hundreds of thousands more for Louisiana education and Hurricane Katrina relief.

That alone would make her a hero, but Thibodeaux claims that Britney also deserves to be immortalized in bronze or stone because "she's proven her strength of character."

Britney has "not only overcom[e] highly publicized mental breakdown," argues Thibodeau, and is "continuously working towards improving herself. She's an inspiration to millions."

When we last checked, the petition had attracted nearly 1400 signatures.

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