Newly-out Aaron Carter hits the road with his first album in 15 years

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“For me, it’s all about the music,” Tampa-born Aaron Carter says. “And if there is one lesson I’ve learned this [last] year, it’s not to dwell on the past, but to live for the future.”

It’s a wonderful sentiment for the multi-platinum pop star on the eve of the release of LøVë, his first studio album in 15 years, particularly following a year of highly publicized ups and downs. But to understand Carter’s zest for his upcoming release and for the future, one has to examine his past.

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Twitter conspiracy theory thinks Adele and Sam Smith are the same person

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Adele and Sam Smith are both Brits known for their powerful, blue-eyed soul ballads and wracking up Grammy awards but a conspiracy theory believes they might be the same person.

Twitter user @Jesse21Valona posted a video of Adele’s “Hello” playing on a turntable and slowed the song down to show that he thinks Adele’s voice sounds similar to Smith’s.

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Lady Gaga cancels the rest of Joanne World Tour due to ‘severe pain’

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Lady Gaga is ending her Joanne World Tour early due to “severe pain.”

The “Million Reasons” singer had 10 final dates left on the European part of her tour. She posted a statement on social media explaining that she was putting her health first.

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Kylie Minogue throws some sparkle on line dancing in new music video

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Kylie Minogue has dropped the music video for her new single “Dancing.”

The song is the debut single from her new album “Golden,” which comes out on April 6.

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Imagine Dragons singer stars in documentary about LGBT mormons

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Dan Reynolds, frontman of the rock band Imagine Dragons, will star in the documentary “Believer,” which follows his journey as an advocate for LGBT Mormons.

“Believer” chronicles Reynolds, who is Mormon, and out Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn, a former Mormon, as they plan the LoveLoud Festival, a charity concert last summer in Utah that raised money for at-risk LGBT youth.

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Elton John announces retirement, farewell world tour

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Elton John’s days of touring the world are coming to a close.

In a live stream interview from Gotham Hall in New York City with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, John announced he will have one more epic world tour before retiring.

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Britney Spears kicking off world tour at MGM National Harbor

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Britney Spears is bringing her Las Vegas residency “Britney: Piece of Me” around the world starting at the MGM National Harbor (101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, Md.) on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13.

“I’m so excited to announce that we’re bringing the #PieceOfMe tour to select cities in North America, Europe and the UK,” Spears teased the tour on Instagram. “See you guys this summer.”

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Rapper Offset apologizes for homophobic lyric

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Offset, one part of the rap trio Migos, has apologized for a lyric that people thought came across as homophobic insisting that he didn’t write the lyric with gay people in mind.

The 26-year-old rapper is featured on the song “Boss Life” by YFN Lucci. The music video was released this week.

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GLAAD Media Awards 2018 releases nominees

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The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards announced its 2018 nominees at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday via Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) and Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”).

Netflix raked in the most nominations for television with seven nominations. ABC, CBS and NBC came in at a close second with six nominations. This was also the first time the category Outstanding Kids & Family Programming was introduced which recognizes “Andi Mack,” and “Doc McStuffins,” among others, for their LGBT inclusion.

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George Michael made secret donations to charity after the death of his partner

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George Michael made secret donations to Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based charity aimed at feeding people with critical illnesses, after the death of his partner, Anselmo Feleppa, in 1993.

Feleppa’s death, which was caused by HIV/AIDS, spurned Michael to donate to Project Angel Food. Over the years, Michael donated more than $685,000 to the charity.

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Demi Lovato wants to date Rihanna

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Demi Lovato revealed her crushes in the entertainment industry during “Who’d You Rather?” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday. While she had a couple top picks, Rihanna was Lovato’s clear favorite.

Lovato, 25, picked Rihanna over the likes of Harry Styles, Zac Efron, Milo Ventimiglia, Drake, Rita Ora, Chance The Rapper and Kristen Stewart.

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Jussie Smollett praises LGBT love in ‘Freedom’ music video

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Jussie Smollett has released the music video for “Freedom,” which features a same-sex couple celebrating their love for each other.

Tika Sumpter and Cynthia Erivo portray a lesbian couple who enjoy each other’s company throughout the video. At the end, the couple attends a party with gay and straight couples finding freedom in their love for each other.

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