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Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran among "Billboard’s" Top 50 Money Makers of 2017

Kai Z. FengBruno Mars and Ed Sheeran were among the artists who raked in the dough last year, according to Billboard's newly released list of the Top 50 Money Makers of 2017.

The two made the top five on the list, which ranks the earnings of music acts based on their U.S. concert grosses and royalties generated from domestic sales, streaming and publishing.

Bruno comes in at number four with $40.7 million and Ed ranks at number five with $31.3 million. Both did not even make the tally last year.

Other artists on the list include Lady Gaga at number six, The Weeknd at number 12 and John Mayer at number 25. Celine Dion, Elton John, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift also made the top 50.

The number one spot goes to U2, followed by Garth Brooks and Metallica rounding out the top three.

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Jason Mraz says wife helped him understand his "Two Spirit" sexuality

Justin BettmanJason Mraz reveals in a new interview with Billboard that his wife, Christina Carano, helped him come to terms with his sexuality.

“[I’ve] had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife,” the singer says.

He admits he was initially confused by it, but Carano was understanding.

“It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’ And my wife laid it out for me,” he says. “She calls it ‘Two Spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman.”

He adds, “I really like that.”

In fact, according to Indian Country Today, Two Spirit is used in some Native communities to describe a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit.

Jason previously opened up about his sexuality back in 2005. In an interview with Genre magazine, he said he was “bisexually open-minded,” and that while he had never been in a sexual relationship with a man, he wouldn’t rule it out.

His new album Know. comes out August 10.

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Listen now: Meghan Trainor releases self-care anthem, "Treat Myself"

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor is treating fans to “Treat Myself,” the title track off her upcoming album.

The celebratory track has Meghan singing about taking some me-time and rewarding herself for working hard.

“I’ve been working real hard on myself, on my health, on my happiness/Hit pause on my life, took time on my mind, been working less/’Cause I lost myself, I forgot myself and I don’t deserve it/Let me give myself a hand,” she sings.

The song will also be part of Target’s Back to School campaign. TV ads using the song will debut July 22.

Meghan’s album, Treat Myself, comes out August 31.

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Ariana Grande reveals 15-song "Sweetener" track list

Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande has revealed the Sweetener track list on the album’s own Instagram page.

The 15-song list begins with “Raindrops” and concludes with a track called “Get Well Soon,” which Ariana has said was written about her anxiety following the Manchester bombing.

The list also confirms the existence of a track called “Pete,” a tribute to Ariana’s fiancé Pete Davidson. She once again defended the song after facing criticism on Instagram.

“He’s my fiancé. This is my album,” she commented. “I’m an honest and emotional artist and human being and if my openness in my work isn’t for you, that’s OK; I won’t be offended. Still wishing y’all all the love in the world.”

Sweetener comes out August 17.

Here is the full track list:

“Raindrops”
“Blazed”
“The Light Is Coming”
“REM”
“God Is a Woman”
“Sweetener”
“Successful”
“Everytime”
“Breathe”
“No Tears Left to Cry”
“Borderline”
“Better Off”
“Goodnight and Go”
“Pete”
“Get Well Soon”

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Harry Styles raised $1.2 million for charity while on tour

Harley WeirHarry Styles didn’t just give fans a good time on his first solo tour -- he also gave back to charity.

In numbers provided to Variety by Live Nation, the singer raised $1.2 million in charity donations for 62 charities around the world during his 10-month trek. The donations were raised from ticket contributions, combined with contributions from promoter Live Nation and the GLSEN PRIDE campaign. Harry also facilitated more than 5,000 direct connections between fans and local charities.

Not only that, but he registered hundreds of new votes via Headcount and made a major push for water conservation that saved the equivalent of 10,000 water bottles by fans and 3,200 by the band and crew. More than 6,500 gallons of water was recycled from buses, offices, dressing rooms, and backstage areas.

Harry’s tour wrapped last Saturday in Inglewood, California. He told fans on Instagram, “I’m off to write some more music and I hope I’ll be seeing you again very soon.”

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From "cat lady" to "Cats": Taylor Swift to star in movie adaptation of the classic Broadway musical

Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift is fulfilling her cat lady dreams.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer will be starring in a new movie adaption of the musical Cats, along with Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen.

The film, based on the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber stage production, will be directed by Tom Hooper. It follows a tribe of cats called Jellicles, who hope to be chosen to be reborn into a new life.

Production on the film is set to take place later this year in the U.K. Additional cast members are expected to be announced soon.

Taylor’s beloved cats Meredith and Olivia should be proud.

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Pink chats with Reese Witherspoon about bringing kids on tour: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done"

ABC/Lou RoccoPink is joining Reese Witherspoon for the third episode of the actress’ new talk show, Shine On with Reese.

She opens up to Reese about the challenges and the rewards of bringing her kids, 7-year-old Willow and 1-year-old Jameson on her world tour.

“Going on tour with children is really tricky. It’s exhausting,” Pink says in a preview clip of the episode. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I’m very, very fortunate that I get to bring my kids with me and that I kind of get to integrate them into my life.”

If anything, her kids are becoming worldly at a young age. She tells Reese they've gotten to sight-see in multiple European cities and visit important historical sites, including the Holocaust Museum. Pink shares a sweet story about the impression one city in particular made on Willow.

“I asked her, ‘What was your favorite city?'” Pink says. “And she said, ‘I think it was Berlin.’ I said, ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘Because there was a wall, and people were separated, and there was a war. And now everybody’s together and there’s no more wall and there’s no more war. And that means everything that’s bad can be good again.’”

Pink continues, “I'm just listening to her and I'm like, 'You're amazing and you're totally right - everything that's bad can be good again.’”

The episode, which also features Reese visiting one of Pink’s rehearsals, is available on the Hello Sunshine channel of DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW.

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