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    • Katy Perry Unveils PSA for “Make Roar Happen” Charity Campaign, Debuts New Lyric Video

      Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesDuring the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers’ lives easier.  Now, she’s debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called “Make Roar Happen.”

      Staples, which is sponsoring Katy’s tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers.  Many teachers don’t have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead.  DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don’t have to do that.

      In the PSA, Katy is shown standing on a stage while various instruments disappear around her.  “Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone and being expected to roar,” she says.  “Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers who are using their own money so students can learn.”

      She then talks about DonorsChoose.com, and Staples’ donation.  “Join us,” she adds. “Let’s make Roar happen!”

      If you’d rather watch a video that focuses on Katy’s music, she’s got you covered there, too.  She’s just debuted a retro-inspired lyric video for her song “This Is How We Do,” and she writes on Instagram, “To learn the lyrics to my new song, THIS IS HOW WE DO, simply watch the graphically enhanced word by word recount of this certified club banger, and you too will know all the words! The REAL words! Not just what you thought I said, but what I actually said!”

      “Impress your friends, and keep your karaoke game on point,” she adds. “Bask in the neon glow and airbrushed aura of this lyric video. It’s guaranteed to keep your party trill.”  In case you’re unfamiliar, “trill” is a slang term that’s combination of the words “true” and “real,” and it’s commonly used in hip-hop.

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    • Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz, Usher to Perform on “Fashion Rocks” TV special

      than Miller/Getty Images via ABCFashion Rocks, a star-studded concert event, will return for the first time in about five years on September 9.  This year’s show will air on CBS, live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz and Usher, among others.

      Ryan Seacrest will host the show, which also will feature sets by Afrojack, Duran Duran, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS, Rita Ora and country stars Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.  More artists, as well as celebrity presenters, will be announced soon.

      The show’s executive producer said in a statement, “Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before. For the first time we’ll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center.  It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians as well as today’s hottest fashions.”

      Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, August 1 via Ticketmaster.  Fashion Rocks normally has a charity component but that hasn’t been announced yet.

      The first Fashion Rocks concert, which raised more than a million dollars for charity, took place in London, and acts on the bill included Beyonce and Duran Duran.  Over the years, the shows have taken place in New York City, Monte Carlo and Brazil, and have featured stars ranging from Mariah Carey and Shakira, to Gwen Stefani, The Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyurs, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

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    • Nicki Minaj Previews Her Verse on Ariana/Jessie J Collabo “Bang Bang”

      Republic RecordsAriana Grande is currently mourning the passing of her beloved grandfather, but the idea of her new single may be the one thing that’s cheering her up. Next week, “Bang Bang,” her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, arrives, and Nicki is getting fans hyped by releasing a snippet of her verse on Instagram.

      In the rapid-fire verse, Nicki spits, “Get a ride in the engine that could, Go!/Batman Robin it/ Bang bang cockin’ it/ Queen Nicki dominant/Prominent/ It’s me, Jessie, and Ari/ If they test me they sorry.”

      As previously reported, “Bang Bang” will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana’s forthcoming album My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie’s upcoming album, due this fall.  “Bang Bang,” co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin, arrives July 29.

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    • American Authors Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall

      Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall.  Now we know the dates.

      The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.

      Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.

      The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.

      American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.

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    • Justin Bieber Teases New Songs on Instagram

      Ben WattsJustin Bieber sent a strong signal to his fans on Wednesday night that he has new songs in the pipeline.

      He took to Instagram to upload brief video clips in which 11 new songs can be heard. Each post only shows footage of a soundboard in a studio.

      Justin didn’t provide any details on the music, though he did tweet early Wednesday, “Great night in the studio.”

      In late 2013, Justin released a series of digital songs that eventually was gathered in one collection titled Journals.

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