Report: Rihanna and Drake Split

Island Def Jam Records/Cash Money RecordsThey've had their fun, but it seems Rihanna and Drake may have broken up again.

Us Weekly, citing an unnamed source, reports the two had a fight and have split. The source claims, "He is too in love with her, which has always been the problem. They have been fighting, but that could all change any day now. It is how it always is with them."

The two were said to be dating for a couple of months. They were first linked back in 2009.


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“American Idol” Recap: The Top Three Perform Three Times

FOXThe American Idol semifinals began on Wednesday night, with the remaining three contestants performing three times.

In the first round, Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston and Jena Irene sang songs selected by their mentor, Randy Jackson. Round two featured picks from the judges: Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban. Finally, the contestants reprised a past performance, as voted on by their hometown.

At the start of the two-hour broadcast, it was revealed that Caleb is battling a vocal cord hemorrhage. However, it didn't hurt his performances too much over the course of the night.

During the show, footage of Caleb, Alex and Jena's recent visits to their respective hometowns was aired. Caleb hails from Asheville, North Carolina; Alex is from Mont Vernon, New Hampshire; and Jena is a resident of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

American Idol celebrated its 500th episode on Wednesday night by airing special wishes from past contestants like Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Phillip Phillips and Fantasia. At the end of the show, a special cake was brought out, and confetti fell from the ceiling.

The DJ duo The Chainsmokers stopped by to perform their hit, "#SELFIE."

Here's a rundown of the contestants' performances:

Caleb delivered the first performance of the show. It was a Randy selection, "Never Tear Us Apart," by INXS. Keith said he could detect Caleb's vocal issues in certain spots, but the rocker handled it like a pro. Jennifer said that a limited Caleb is still better than other people on their best night.

Alex was assigned Bastille's "Pompeii" by Randy. Harry said it was a hip choice for Alex, but he said it felt a bit "piecemeal" to him. Keith enjoyed the part when Alex started playing a drum while singing.

Randy gave Jena the David Guetta hit "Titanium." Harry said the song was up her alley. Keith said Jena is inspiring because she mixes fun with conviction. J-Lo said it felt stiff in the beginning.

The "judges' picks" round began with Caleb covering the Imagine Dragons tune "Demons." Keith said that for the first time he noticed a "Steve Perry" vibe in Caleb's voice, referencing the Journey frontman. Jennifer said she could feel the emotion in the song during the middle section.

The judges selected Rihanna's "Stay" for Alex. Jennifer said he made it his own. Keith agreed, saying a falsetto bit in the middle stood out to him.

Jena was handed Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack" by the panel. Harry advised her to make her first notes as strong as her final notes. Keith said her energy knows no bounds.

In the "hometown" round, Caleb reprised his performance of Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused." Keith said it sounded as if Caleb had been miraculously healed. J-Lo called it a true American Idol moment.

Alex's hometown voted for him to play One Direction's "Story Of My Life" again. Jennifer and Harry both said the performance was strong. Keith felt it was a bit of a comedown from his excellent rendition of "Stay" earlier in the night.

Jena closed out the show by revisiting Radiohead's "Creep" on the piano. Harry said it was better than the last time she sang it. Keith said the lyric "I don't belong here" doesn't apply to Jena and her place in the competition.

One of these contestants will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time. The finals are next week, with special musical performances already announced. C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts will team up with Darius Rucker; Jessica Meuse will collaborate with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles; Malaya Watson will duet with John Legend; Sam Woolf will perform with Phillip Phillips; and Demi Lovato will sing with female contestants including Jena.


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Pitbull Is “The New Queen and Rolling Stones of Today,” Says Rock Legend Carlos Santana

ABC/Todd WawrychukPitbull is an international pop star, but according to one Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, he's more than that.  "He's like the new Queen and Rolling Stones of today," music legend Carlos Santana says of Mr. Worldwide.

Pitbull is one of a long list of stars who collaborate with the legendary guitarist on his band's new album, Corazon.  It's similar to Santana's smash 1999 disc Supernatural -- the one with "Smooth" and "Maria Maria" on it -- but it's all Latin music.  For the disc, Pitbull remade Santana's most famous song, "Oye Como Va," turning it into a rap tune, and Santana just loves it.

"I'm so grateful to him 'cause I think he tried it, like, close to 20 times," Santana tells ABC News Radio. "I feel so grateful that he invested such diligence, and willingness to do this.  Everything that he does becomes like halftime at the Super Bowl, or the NBA.  He's like the new Queen and Rolling Stones of today, because every time you want your team to pick up the energy, they play that music, y'know?  So that's what Pitbull is: he's, like, the arena energy person!"

Corazon debuted in the top 10 on this week's Billboard album chart.  Miguel and Gloria Estefan are among the other acts featured on the disc.

You can get a dose of Pitbull's arena energy this weekend, when he takes the stage Sunday night on the Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Arena on ABC.  He'll be performing with Jennifer Lopez, as they they debut the official anthem for this year’s FIFA World Cup, “We Are One (Ole Ola).”


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More Details Emerge About Katy Perry’s “CMT Crossroads” Episode with Kacey Musgraves

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMTOne of the opening acts for Katy Perry's upcoming Prismatic World Tour is country star Kacey Musgraves.  The two singers just got together in L.A. to tape a June 13 episode of CMT Crossroads, the series that pairs pop and rock stars with country stars, and we've got details on what fans can expect from the collaboration.

During the one-hour show, which marks the 50th installment of the series, you'll see Katy and Kacey perform Katy's hits "Roar" and "Teenage Dream," as well as Kacey's hits "Follow Your Arrow" and "Merry Go 'Round."  They'll also tell anecdotes about their music and their lives, and discuss their lyrics.  The show will air June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT, and on VH1, MTV, MTV Hits, and Palladia.  Dates and times for the non-CMT airings will be announced later.

Michael Jackson’s Posthumous Album “Xscape” Projected to Debut High on Billboard 200 Chart; “Love Never Felt So Good” Video Premieres

Michael Jackson's legacy lives on with his posthumous album, Xscape, which could claim the top spot on the Billboard 200 Chart next week.

According to Hits Daily Double, the late King of Pop is estimated to sell between 125,000 to 150,000 copies, based on projected first-day sales.  MJ's first posthumous compilation album, Michael, debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in December 2010, with 228,000 copies sold in its first week.

Xscape includes eight songs originally recorded by Jackson between 1983 and 1999, which were produced by L.A. Reid, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins, among others.

In related news, you can check out the video for MJ's single, "Love Never Felt So Good," with Justin Timberlake, now on Vevo. The clip, co-directed by Timberlake and Rich Lee, includes vintage footage from Michael's career and dancers imitating his choreography.


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Jennifer Lopez Returns to the Bronx for State Farm Neighborhood Sessions

Matthias Vriens-McGrath / FOXJennifer Lopez has teamed with State Farm to launch its new music program, “Neighborhood Sessions.” The first installment in the program will be a free J-Lo concert in the Bronx at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Wednesday, June 4.

The event will include food, games, concessions, and other family-friendly activities, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  J-Lo is scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. for a 90-minute performance, the first she's ever delivered in her hometown borough.

"I'm humbled and honored to be doing my first-ever concert in the Bronx," said Lopez in a statement. "I can't wait to go back home and give a show to the people and community that inspired me.  Of all the summer days I spent in Orchard Beach, this is going to be one to remember!"

General admission tickets will be released Thursday, May 15 via SFNeighborhoodSessions.com.

It's likely Jennifer will showcase songs from her upcoming album, A.K.A., which includes contributions from French Montana, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, Maxwell, Nas, Rick Ross, and Pitbull. The set arrives on June 17.


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Ed Sheeran Picks a Celeb Boyfriend for Taylor, Books TV Appearances

Cliff Lipson/CBSNo matter how much fans may want to see them together, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are not dating each other.  But that doesn't mean Ed can't weigh in on who he'd like to see her date.

Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, Ed says he thinks it'd be great if Taylor started dating Orlando Bloom.  The Lord of the Rings actor is single, having split with his wife, Miranda Kerr, late last year.  Bloom was recently spotted hanging out with Taylor's friend Selena Gomez, but it's not known if Bloom is friendly with Taylor as well.

As for his own girlfriend, Ed won't reveal her name, but he tells Us Weekly that Taylor approves.  "We went for dinner in London," he explained. "She likes her."

Ed says his girlfriend, who is Greek, is "nice" and "really cool."  However, he won't sing to her because, he says, "that’s really creepy and weird."

In other Ed news, he's lined up some major TV appearances.  He'll perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Friday, and on the season finale of The Voice on May 20.  June 10 will see him appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  That's the same night that MTV will air an hour-long documentary about the singer, called 9 Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran. It airs at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

All this activity comes in support of Ed's new album X (Multiply), due June 23.


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“Now 50″ Knocks Frozen Out of #1; Sarah McLachlan Debuts in Top 10

UMG/Sony Music EntertainmentFrozen's hold on the #1 spot on the Billboard album chart has finally melted away.

After 13 consecutive weeks in the top spot, the hit Disney soundtrack has now fallen to #2.  Replacing it is the 50th installment of the Now That's What I Call Music hits compilations.  With first week sales of 153,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, Now 50 scores the best sales week for the series in nearly five years.  Since the series started in 1998, all 50 of the Now albums have reached the top 10.

Elsewhere on the chart, Sarah McLachlan scores her sixth top-10 album with Shine On,her first new album in four years.  This year marks Sarah's 25th anniversary on the album chart: she made her chart debut the week of April 29, 1989, with her first album, Touch.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Santana enter at #9 with Corazon, an album that features guitarist Carlos Santana collaborating with a variety of Latin and pop artists, including Gloria Estefan, Miguel and Pitbull.  It's a similar model to Santana's 1999 collaboration album, Supernatural, which featured the hits "Smooth" and "Maria Maria."

Other albums that remain in the top 10 this week: Pharrell Williams' G I R L and Lorde's Pure Heroine.


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Harry Connick Jr. Returning to “American Idol” Next Season

Credit: James Minchin IIIHe can't speak for Jennifer Lopez or Keith Urban, but Harry Connick Jr. will be back behind the judges' table for American Idol season 14.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Harry said, "I will be [returning], yeah. We just finished our negotiations and so I'm looking forward to coming back."

During his first season as a judge, Harry's been dubbed "Harsh Harry" for his tough and technical critiques, but generally, the contestants have all said that they appreciate him giving them specific, actionable things they can work on to better their performances.

However, Harry's popularity with the contestants, and with the audience, hasn't translated into great ratings for the aging show.  A top Fox exec has revealed tentative plans to cut the show back to once a week next year, after the audition rounds are over.  What does Harry think of that plan?  He feels it's not his concern.

"Idol's been on the air 13 years --I think it's averaging 12 million viewers this year, so they're doing something right,"  Harry tells ABC News Radio. "That's not my business!  They hired me to be a judge, I'm a judge.  Whatever they think they need to do to keep the show fresh and interesting, I'm sure they have a pretty good grip on that."

Harry reveals that his presence on the show this season has boosted his public profile with a specific group of viewers who really weren't aware of his resume beforehand: young people.  "A lot of them didn't really know me for music," says the sometime actor, who's appeared in numerous TV shows and hit movies.  "So I think Idol has introduced me to a generation of people who didn't fully comprehend what I do."

"It's been great because it's hard to look at the guy that was in Dolphin Tale up on a panel and hear him give music critique and not raise your eyebrows when you're a 14-year-old boy, y'know what I mean?" Connick continues. " But when you get to know, 'Oh, wait, he's a piano player, he's a musician, he's been around for...' then it's like, 'Oh, OK, I get it!" 

The American Idol finale airs next week.


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Rixton Compares US Success to an Episode of “Punk’d”: “We Still Think It’s Not Real”

School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope RecordsRixton is the latest British act to climb the U.S. charts, thanks to their hit "Me and My Broken Heart."  While the group didn't write the tune, lead singer Jake Roche says unfortunately, he was able to relate to it only too well.

"It was the last song that we recorded for the EP and the album," Jake tells ABC News Radio.  "The funny thing is, before we went and recorded it, I split up with my girlfriend. I did have the broken heart."

But the song doesn't sound sad, and that's part of its appeal, according to the guys.

"It's kind of got this kind of reggae-filled vibe to it, hasn't it?" says Jake. "And this kind of hip-hop drumbeat. So yeah, we're so happy we've led [with] this [as] our first single because we love this song."   Drummer Lewi Morgan adds, "I think anyone can relate to it, really...everyone at some stage of their life's gone through some form of heartbreak. I usually say it's a longingness for love, and an anthem for broken hearts."

"I also think the music is quite universal for that song, because it's upbeat but...it's not too teeny-bopper, is it? It's got still enough soul to it," adds guitarist Charley Bagnall.  "It's got a bit of attitude to it as well, which we like," Jake says.

The success of the song, as well as the group's popular YouTube covers, has earned them plenty of fans in the U.S., which is something Rixton still can't get over.

"The first time we turned up in New York there was about 50 fans waiting there for us, and that was the most surreal thing ever," Jake tells ABC News Radio. "We always feel like, 'We haven't done anything, we're not, like, finding the cure for anything, we're just making music.' But it's so humbling, man. The fact that we're so far away from home and people are listening to our music and appreciating it is just the most incredible feeling ever."

Also humbling is the fact that their career is being guided by Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, who first noticed them on YouTube, and super-producer Benny Blanco.  In fact, the guys are so amazed that they're working with Scooter and Benny that they can't quite believe it's actually happening.

"We still think it's not real," laughs bass player Danny Wilkin. "It's just the longest Punk'd episode they've ever done! Like, a two-year Punk'd episode!" 

Rixton is in the middle of a U.S. tour, which will wrap up May 28 in New York City. Then, the group heads to their native U.K. for more dates.


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