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Image Group LA/ABCLooks like all the work that Ariana Grande did to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing in May have made her a hero in the eyes of British kids.

The British paper The Mirror reports the singer is among the top 50 modern-day children's heroes, according to a new survey conducted by Mattel of six-to-13-year-old children in the U.K.  She wasn't the highest-ranked pop star on the list, though: that'd be British girl group Little Mix, who came in at #10, followed by Ed Sheeran at #11.

Ariana ranked #14 on the list, right after Simon Cowell, but ahead of the superhero Iron Man.  Justin Bieber and Harry Styles also made the list, but were ranked much further down, below the likes of The Rock, Thor, Luke Skywalker, Wonder Woman, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, and Harry Potter.

But when it came to #1 and #2 , kids realized who the real heroes are: "Mum" topped the list, followed by "Dad" at #2.  In addition, "My teacher," "Grandmother" and "Grandfather" were among the real-life heroes on the kids' list.

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Burak Cingi/RedfernsLinkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has died, ABC News has confirmed. The musician was found dead in his Los Angeles home Thursday morning and his death is being investigated as a suicide; he was found hanging. He was 41.

LP's Mike Shinoda tweeted, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999. A year later, the band released their debut album Hybrid Theory, which became a massive commercial success, and helped launch the rap-metal scene of the early 2000s. Hybrid Theory has since been certified diamond for 10 million copies sold.

In 2004, Linkin Park recorded a collaborative EP with rapper JAY-Z, which spawned the hit mash-up "Numb/Encore."

After Hybrid Theory and its follow-up, 2003's Meteora, Linkin Park began to move away from their initial rap-rock sound. Their seventh and most recent album, One More Light, which was released this past May, took a more pop-oriented approach. The band is scheduled to kick off a tour in support of the album on July 27 in Boston.

In between his work with Linkin Park, Bennington also fronted Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015.

Bennington had struggled with drug addiction throughout his life. He appeared very affected by the death of Chris Cornell, who committed suicide by hanging in May. Thursday, perhaps not coincidentally, would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

At Cornell's funeral service, Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." The night of Cornell's death, Linkin Park performed the One More Light title track in honor of the late Soundgarden frontman.

In May, Linkin Park performed on a New York City subway for an Good Morning America segment on ABC. They were scheduled to play GMA's concert series in Central Park on August 4.

Bennington is survived by his wife, and six children.

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ABC/Fred LeeGood news for Taylor Swift in her legal battle with the Denver radio host who's suing her, claiming she caused him to lose his job after she accused him of groping her backstage at a concert.

A federal judge has agreed to a request from Taylor's legal team to sanction the host, David Mueller, for destroying a number of electronic devices that contained key evidence in the case, according to the Denver Post.

The key evidence was a secretly-recorded two-hour audio file of Mueller's conversation with his boss on June 3, 2013, the day before he was fired.   Mueller saved that recording, or parts of it, on a cell phone, laptop, iPad and office computer, all of which he later threw away or destroyed.

U.S District Judge William Martinez ruled Wednesday that because Mueller is seeking up to $3 million in damages from Taylor, "It is very hard to understand how he spent so little time and effort to preserve the very evidence which -- one might think -- could have helped him to prove his claims."

However, Martinez also ruled that Mueller didn't "intentionally" destroy the evidence, and so didn't impose the harshest sanctions possible.  Still, the ruling allows Taylor's lawyers to question Mueller in court about the recording and its subsequent destruction.  The jury can then decide Mueller's motivation for themselves.

"In this case, where the Plaintiff's credibility is critical to his claims, allowing cross-examination regarding his [destruction] of evidence....is therefore quite a heavy sanction," wrote the judge.

Mueller sued Taylor in 2015, saying she "falsely" accused him of groping her before a June 2013 concert in Denver.  She counter-sued in 2015, saying he waited too long to file suit, and insisted that Mueller did, indeed, lift her skirt and grope her.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTVWhile 'N SYNC may not be a going concern anymore, all five members of the group are still good friends and talk -- or text -- often. In fact, one member who's about to become a dad says band mate Justin Timberlake has been giving him valuable advice.

Chris Kirkpatrick is expecting his first child with his wife, Karly, and tells US Weekly magazine that Lance Bass recently sent him some baby gifts, including a high chair. As for Justin, who has a two-year-old son named Silas, Chris says he's given him advice that's been very general and advice that's been very specific.

"Justin told me a million times, 'Your life is going to change,'" Chris tells the magazine.  But he says Justin also shared this warning: "Now, whenever you are changing a diaper and things like that, there is a weapon that is out there and it's going to go. Wrap things in plastic, be ready for anything.'"

Chris adds, "He's loving it because he's telling me all this crazy stuff and he's like, 'Just trust me on this one.'"

So, does that mean that Justin's personally experienced being in the "firing line," so to speak, while changing Silas?  Chris says with a laughs, "I can't say for sure but I can say probably. I can say it's a great possibility."

Chris also reveals that he, Justin, Lance, Joey Fatone and JC Chasez are all on a group text and are constantly communicating with each other.  The group went on permanent hiatus in 2002, but they reunited to perform on the 2013 MTV VMAs.  And about a year ago, they also reunited for JC's birthday.

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Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV DistributionSeacrest...in!  Kelly Ripa made the news official Thursday morning on Live with Kelly and Ryan: Ryan Seacrest is the new host of ABC's reboot of American Idol.

"I'm happy to confirm, I can confirm with absolute confirmation, that Ryan Seacrest is returning for the host of American Idol!" said Kelly.  Then, realizing her error, she said, "Let me try that one more time.  Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of American Idol!

"Absolutely, without a doubt," Ryan agreed. "I'm so excited. It's gonna be the best time!"

Ryan hosted American Idol on Fox for all 15 seasons.  When he signed off last year, he said, "Seacrest out...for now."

In a prepared statement, Seacrest said, "It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me. I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal."

He added, "I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCHarry Styles stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday to plug the World War II drama Dunkirk, in which he makes his acting debut, and told host Jimmy Fallon that it was an "emotional" experience.

The film has gotten rave reviews, and Harry thinks people will have an easy time relating to it. 

"There's no like crazy back stories to any of the characters, really. I think they're a relatively blank slate," he says. "And it means when you're watching it, you're kind of projecting your fear. You're almost like watching them imagining as you. And...I found it very emotional and I was in it."

The "Sign of the Times" singer tells Fallon that Dunkirk isn't the typical war movie, because it's regular people who end up being the heroes. "It's just about community heroism and how these small acts from civilians and the normal people who are at home coming to save us, kind of together makes this massive thing," he explains. "And I think it's very much about the spirit of people and how when people come together, you can do incredible things."

Dunkirk, opening nationwide on Friday, tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, which in 1940 evacuated British, Belgian, Canadian and French soldiers from Dunkirk, France, where they were surrounded by the German army.

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Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images"Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks, and it just set a record as the most streamed song of all time.  It's all been #1 every week on Billboard's 2017 Song of the Summer chart since the chart launched on Memorial Day.  Not bad for a song that actually came out in January.

"It's just been amazing that the song came out...and we're already talking about being the Song of the Summer," Luis tells ABC Radio. "If that happens, the song will really be playing in high rotation for seven to eight months non-stop! And nowadays, with so much music and so much going on, and so many amazing artists releasing albums, it's an honor to sort of have that slot."

The Song of the Summer chart keeps track of which songs do the best between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and the one that does is named the official 2017 Song of the Summer.  Luis says the success of "Despacito" is already so amazing that at this point, anything else is just a bonus.

"I don't know what's gonna happen," he tells ABC Radio. "I know that the song has been #1 for a buncha weeks and it's still going strong, and I'm already so blessed and so happy with what's happened, from now on it's just icing on the cake."  

Luis will launch a North American headlining tour in September.  He says that, like, "Despacito," his next single also will be a collaboration with a well-known artist.

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Greg WilliamsWhile Ed Sheeran may claim that he doesn't care what people think of his Game of Thrones cameo this past weekend, the director of the episode has come to his defense.  Specifically, Jeremy Podeswa isn't happy that fans complained about the "lovely" job that the singer did in the episode.

Speaking to Newsweek, Podeswa says, "I think Ed did a lovely job -- he’s a lovely actor and a lovely person. He was appropriate for the part because he needed to sing. If people didn’t know who Ed was, they wouldn’t have thought about it twice."

In the episode, Ed is part of a contingent of soldiers sent from King's Landing to keep the peace in the Riverlands.  When Arya Stark stumbles upon them, he's singing a song called "Hands of Gold."

"The hoo-ha seems to be from things that are outside of the world of the show," Podeswa says of the fans' anger.  "In the world of the show he did a lovely job, and he looks like he belongs in that world."

Podeswa, who also directed the upcoming season seven finale, says he's "quite surprised" at the reaction: after all, Ed's well known to be a huge fan of the show, and friendly with the cast.

"He comes with no entourage. There's nothing connected with him that's in the least bit self-aware or self-conscious,” Podeswa explains. "The only thing I don't feel great about is that Ed is such a lovely guy and really genuine and down to earth. He came into this with only lovely intentions to come and do a good job and sing well."

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Republic RecordsJulia Michael has no "Issues" with giving her fans new music. On July 28, she'll release a collection of songs called Nervous System.

"Time for new music guys! On July 28th, I’m releasing what I call a 'mini-album,'" she wrote on Instagram. "I can’t wait for you guys to hear it."

The mini-album features Julia's breakthrough debut single, "Issues," as well as her current single, "Uh Huh."  On July 27, she'll give the song its network TV debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Here's the track listing for Nervous System:

"Issues"
"Uh Huh"
"Worst In Me"
"Make It Up To You"
"Just Do It"
"Pink"
"Don't Wanna Think"

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ABC/Phil McCartenLouis Tomlinson may be part of one of the biggest boy bands in the world, but the singer, who's now launching his solo career, says he’s not really about the glitz and glam of celebrity life.

“What I really can’t ever get used to, or really enjoy, are these super geared-up celebrity parties [where] everyone pretends to be friends, like they’ve known each other for years…But no one actually cares,” he tells Noisey. “You see people who are beyond self-absorbed, and that’s why it can be a dangerous place.”

Louis prefers nights out with his friends from back home in Doncaster, England. He describes his hometown as “the opposite of Hollywood” and says he uses his old mates as a barometer for his music and fashion decisions.

“I like to think that if I came out in some awful tracksuit, they’d all tell me about it on WhatsApp,” he says.

But Louis adds that he and his One Direction band mates are all still close friends. He recalls how they all came to support him when he performed his Steve Aoki collab, “Just Hold On,” on The X Factor, just days after his mother passed away.

“All the boys came to support me, and I didn’t know until a couple of hours beforehand,” he says. “It wasn’t one of those stupid f****** celebrity things where it’s like, ‘Let’s all get in a picture and put it on Instagram and show everyone that we’re best mates’ -- we didn’t even put it online.”

He adds, “There are always those little things that people don’t hear about.”

Louis’ new single with Bebe Rexha, “Back to You,” comes out Friday.

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Dennis LeupoldDemi Lovato threw an epic pool party for her “Sorry Not Sorry” video, complete with spontaneous make-out sessions, famous guests, and a whole lot of sass.

The colorful, fun-loving visual includes home video footage of the summer bash and features cameo appearances by Jamie Foxx, Wiz Khalifa and Paris Hilton.

Between shots of the real-life party, Demi is seen singing to her haters from a bubble-filled inflatable pool and in front of a white picket fence surrounded by lawn ornaments and red Solo cups -- filled with glitter, for the record, not alcohol. Demi, as we know, is five years sober.

As a tie-in to the theme of the video, Demi embarked on a seven-city house party tour, which just wrapped this past weekend.

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Lester Cohen/AMA2011/WireImageKaty Perry isn't looking to stir up any further  “bad blood” with Taylor Swift. In fact, she says she has nothing but love for the singer.

When asked about Taylor during an interview on Australia’s Today show, Katy said, “I mean, I love her, I always have.”

She added, “We’ve had our differences but I just continue to say, ‘God bless her on her journey.’”

Katy first put their beef to bed during a livestream with Arianna Huffington while promoting her album, Witness.  "I'm ready to let it go. Absolutely, 100 percent," she told Arianna. "I forgive her, and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her, and I think it's actually... I think it's time."

Katy may have extended the olive branch, but Taylor has yet to comment publicly on the matter.  Their feud supposedly inspired Katy's recent single, "Swish Swish."

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Denise TruscelloMariah Carey closed out her two-year residency show MARIAH: #1 TO INFINITY, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Tuesday night, but don't worry -- she'll be back.

The diva will return to the Colosseum this December with her Christmas production, called -- what else? -- All I Want for Christmas Is You.

Tickets for the five performances of the festive show -- December 14, 16, 17, 20 and 22 -- go on sale this Saturday at 12 p.m. PT via the Caesars Palace Box Office, TheColosseum.com or AXS.com.

Mariah has been performing a Christmas show for the last few years at New York City's Beacon Theatre.  It's not clear whether she'll also do some holiday shows in New York City this year.

If you want to see Mariah perform non-Christmas material, she's currently on tour with Lionel Richie.   The trek hits Oakland, CA on Friday.

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Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran wants to make one thing clear: your hate about his Game of Thrones cameo didn't lead him to delete his Twitter.

Ed appeared on Game of Thrones on Sunday night, and many Twitter users voiced their displeasure at seeing him on the show. The next day, he deleted his Twitter account, leading many to link the two. But as Ed now says, the two events were unrelated.

In an Instagram post, the singer explains, "Last i'll say on this. I came off Twitter Coz I was always intending to come off Twitter, had nothing to do with what people said about my game of thrones cameo, because I am in game of thrones, why the hell would I worry what people thought about that. It's clearly f***in' awesome."

"Timing was just a coincidence, but believe what you want," he concludes.

Ed's Twitter account has now been restored, but a message on his profile reads, "I don't use this anymore, please follow me on @teddysphotos on instagram, lots of love x."

The singer had previously explained that he doesn't like reading Twitter because of all the negative comments he gets from people who seem to dislike him for no reason.

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Legacy RecordingsGet ready for another volume of NOW That’s What I Call Music!

The compilation series will be releasing its 63rd volume next month, featuring 16 major hits from artists including Ed Sheeran, James Arthur, Niall Horan, Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello and Miley Cyrus.

Hit collaborations by Zedd and Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj will also be featured.

And if you’re hitting the parking lot for a party this summer, the Now series will also be releasing NOW Tailgate Anthems. The collection includes classics like “Will We Rock You” by Queen, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, as well as newer tunes by Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull and Pink.  

Both collections will be released on Friday, August 4.

Here are the track lists:

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 63

DJ Khaled f/Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne -- "I'm The One,"
Zedd & Alessia Cara -- "Stay"
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay -- "Something Just Like This"
James Arthur -- "Say You Won't Let Go"
Ed Sheeran -- "Castle On The Hill"
Imagine Dragons -- "Believer"
Niall Horan -- "Slow Hands"
Selena Gomez -- "Bad Liar"
Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj -- "Swish Swish"
Camila Cabello -- "Crying In The Club"
Calvin Harris f/Frank Ocean & Migos -- "Slide"
Jason DeRulo f/Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign -- "Swalla"
Kendrick Lamar -- "HUMBLE."
Post Malone f/Quavo -- "Congratulations"
Linkin Park f/Kiiara -- "Heavy"
Miley Cyrus -- "Malibu"

NOW Presents What's Next
The Foxies -- "Wander In Lust"
Jeremy Zucker -- "Keep My Head Afloat"
QUINN XCII -- "Straightjacket"
Chord Overstreet -- "Hold On"
Elley Duhé -- "Can You Touch"
Mutemath -- "Hit Parade"

NOW Tailgate Anthems
Queen -- "We Will Rock You"
Bon Jovi -- "Livin' On A Prayer"
Journey -- "Don't Stop Believin'"
Kiss -- "Rock & Roll All Nite (Alive! Version)"
Survivor -- "Eye Of The Tiger"
Europe -- "The Final Countdown"
House Of Pain -- "Jump Around"
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down For What"
Flo Rida -- "My House"
Wiz Khalifa -- "Black And Yellow"
Black Eyed Peas -- "I Gotta Feeling"
Pitbull Feat. TJR -- "Don't Stop The Party"
Calvin Harris Feat. Ne Yo -- "Let's Go"
Usher f/Lil Jon & Ludacris --  "Yeah"
P!nk -- "Get The Party Started"
Sam Hunt -- "House Party"
Luke Bryan -- "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)"
Jason Aldean -- "My Kinda Party"

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Frank OckenfelsWhen he's not making music or touring, John Mayer is indulging his fashion obsession, checking out and collecting cutting edge, obscure and high-fashion brands and trends.  Does that mean he'd like to start his own fashion line one day, as so many of his music colleagues have done?  Well, maybe.

Speaking to GQ, John says he doesn't know if he wants to "create things in fashion."  "I don’t know if I’d be an asset to it," he says, adding, " I know I’m good at it. I do a lot more designing than I admit, in terms of stuff for me or collabs. I have a very set idea and I’m very good at designing stuff with other people."

However, he says, "I would love to do it in the future. But I’ve never expected just because I’m interested in something, that that thing should be interested in me. I’m good at removing my ego from that. I have no problem being a fan of someone who’s not a fan of me."

In general, though, John says he's more interested in what's going on in fashion than in the music industry, declaring that he'd rather hang out with a hot designer than with the head of a record company. 

"You want to hang out with the person right now who’s free-thinking, the money’s flowing, the creativity is flowing, they’re not afraid to take chances," he tells GQ.

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Universal Music Latino/Raymond Braun/SchoolBoy/Def Jam/UMLE/Republic RecordsAnother day, another record for “Despacito.”  The Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber collaboration has just become the most-streamed song of all time.

Universal Music Group, the song’s label, says “Despacito” has been streamed more than 4.6 billion times across multiple platforms in the six months since its initial release.  Mind you, those are the total, combined streams of both the original, exclusively Spanish-language version, and the remix featuring Justin Bieber.

This is also great news for Justin, by the way.  The “Despacito” streams beat his own, personal record of 4.38 billion streams for his hit, “Sorry,” and its various remixes, according to UMG.  However, it’s unknown whether the streams of the “Despacito” remix featuring Justin on their own exceed the streams for “Sorry.”

“Despacito” has just notched its 10th week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the 35th song ever to rack up at least 10 weeks at the top in the chart’s 59-year history.  It’s also the longest-running #1 since Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," which spent 12 weeks atop the chart earlier this year. 

However, “Despacito" needs to hang on for seven more weeks if it hopes to set the all-time record for most weeks at #1.  The current record is held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day."  That one topped the chart for 16 weeks from 1995 to 1996.

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Paul Morigi/WireImageA judge in New York City has halted the auction of personal items once belonging to Madonna including a love letter from her then-boyfriend Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.

The New York Post reports that Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz has ordered a collectibles dealer to remove those items and 18 others from an auction scheduled to take place Wednesday.

The paper reports that Madonna filed suit to stop the auction on Tuesday, with court papers taking particular exception to the sale of her hair. “I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public,” the paper quotes a court filing from Madonna as saying.

In the suit, Madonna also says she "shocked" to learn of the planned sale of the letter from Tupac which she said the thought was still in her possession.

According to the paper, the suit says the material may have made it to auction via a "former friend," art consultant Darlene Lutz who the suit says would have had access to the stuff as a frequent overnight guest at Madonna's even when the singer was not home.

However, a spokesman for the auction house, Gotta Have It! Collectibles, says the material is Lutz's property that she has a right to sell, and the company plans to fight the temporary halt. "Madonna's allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course," the spokesman tells the Post. "We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back."

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Warner Bros. PicturesIf the only thing you know about the upcoming movie Dunkirk is that Harry Styles is in it, that's not because director Christopher Nolan wanted it that way.  He says he purposely didn't make a big deal about Harry's presence in the film -- because he didn't want fans to be disappointed.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Nolan acknowledges that Harry's role is "small but pivotal," and explains, "We’re not trying to oversell Harry in the movie for the specific reason that it’s an ensemble. We don’t want people who are huge fans of his being disappointed that he’s not in it enough or whatever."

"I think what he does is extremely subtle because it’s very real," Nolan adds. "It’s not cartoonish. [His performance] almost risks being missed because of what it’s actually doing."

Dunkirk takes place during World War II and in addition to Harry, it stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance.  It's about the near-miraculous evacuation of 400,000 Allied soldiers from Dunkirk, France in 1940, in a mission known as Operation Dynamo.  Harry plays a British army private named Alex.

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Easton SchirraWhile Adam Lambert says he hasn't been invited to participate in ABC's reboot of American Idol, he's all for Katy Perry serving as one of the judges on the show.  "I think she'll fit in nicely," he says.

"I think she’ll be great. She’s honest. She has a lot of history with the show," Adam tells the Toronto Sun of his friend Katy. "She’s kind of been a guest on it about a dozen times. She was actually a guest on it my season as a matter of fact.  So yeah...this shows some new blood."

You may recall that when Katy was on American Idol during Adam's season, she finished her performance by turning around and showing that the cape she was wearing had "Adam Lambert" embroidered on the back.  That created a mini-scandal, because she was actively soliciting viewers to vote for Adam over the eventual winner, Kris Allen.  The show later edited that image out of the iTunes version of the show.

"I think it should be exciting to see what they end up doing with it," Adam says of the reboot, which is due to air in 2018.

Adam's currently on tour with Queen, and he says he'll release a new album at some point this year.  As for what it'll sound like, he tells the Toronto Star, "It’s kind of a full circle thing for me, sonically. I’m sort of leaning back towards the glam rock sensibilities that I kind of started off with."

"I’m excited for people to hear it," he says. "And that doesn’t necessarily mean it sounds exactly like 1974, but I think just the spirit of it. I love that."

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