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One Direction star Liam Payne is wasting no time taking debut solo single ‘Strip That Down’ to the live circuit.

Kicking off his promotional run for the Quavo assisted single, the 24-year-old hit the stage on the Graham Norton Show to perform the track.

Backed by dancers and dabbling in choreography himself, Payne seemed out to prove that he has the gravitas to go it alone.

Peep his showing below…

Hmm.

While confident seeming on the surface, something still feels a little…lacking. And inauthentic too.

We have no doubt this is the space Liam likely wants to play in. But moving forward he’ll have to find a way to ensure it feels more “organic” than playing dress up as Justin Timberlake circa 2002.

The song also sounds entirely too sparse live; a live band would have beefed up the sound more.

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After learning her latest country-tinged single, ‘Malibu,’ broke into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 (and to #1 in over 35 countries) this week, Miley Cyrus put her boots to the promo pavement to ensure her it enjoys buoyancy on those respective tallies.

Already showing off her chops to NBC’s ‘The Voice’ on its finale, yesterday saw Cyrus take the summer-ready song to ‘The Today Show.’ There, she not only gave a respectable rendition of ‘Malibu,’ but also treated fans to a live take on ‘We Can’t Stop’ and gave her thoughts on the horrific Manchester bombing attack at Ariana Grande‘s concert.

Did you miss any of the action? It’s inside:

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Ludacris may not be a seeing his name signed atop Billboard charts these days, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the Atlantan hitmaker from signing his name on some hefty contracts.

The rapper, who’s seen the latter half of his career dedicated more to roles on the small and big screens, has also been bitten by the hosting bug.  But, as if hosting the Billboard Music Awards wasn’t enough for his resume, the ‘Move B*tch’ beau is moving to MTV after inking a production deal that will see him develop new programming for the former music network.

The first of said developed programming?  A ‘Fear Factor’ reboot:

Luda’s not only serving as the show’s host, but will also executive produce.  The gross and often stomach-churning competition will see its guests duke and puke it out for a grand prize of $50,000.

“I am excited to kick off my partnership with MTV, starting with the relaunch of ‘Fear Factor,’ which will be even more insane and ludicrous than what you remember,” said Ludacris. “This will be the first of many great projects together.”

Catch MTV’s “Fear Factor” reboot with Ludacris when it premieres on Tuesday, May 30 at 10pm ET/PT.

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Funnyman Kevin Hart has a lot to smile about these days.

When not selling out arenas and stadiums on tours across the nation, the comic is packing cinemas to view his blockbuster comedies.  Now, with all that terrain covered, Hart is traipsing new territory:  authorship.

With his memoirs, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons,’ due to hit shelves later this year, Kev is already taking to the media to dish on its content, share his excitement about expecting his first child with wife Eniko Parrish, and so much more.  Look below to hear him talk about this and more:

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Footage of Tyra Banks‘ alleged assault of a young girl will not air on ‘America’s Got Talent’.

Earlier this week, the philanthropic mogul learned that the series was being sued by a couple who claimed that she mocked, degraded and used physical force to humiliate their daughter following their audition.

Fans of the show’s new season had hoped that footage of the potentially bogus attack would air on television to reveal what really happened.

Alas, it won’t.

The New York Daily News reports:

The NBC show will not air a segment featuring a couple who sued the show on Tuesday, alleging that host Tyra Banks humiliated their daughter while taping.

The couple, who allegedly wrote a song boasting about their daughter for “AGT,” claimed Banks made fun of it, and insinuated the girl was conceived by accident. It was ultimately dismissed on Thursday.

“We take great care of all acts that cross the ‘AGT’ stage and their families,” AGT’s parent company, Fremantle Media, said in a statement to the Daily News. “Tyra has been an incredible addition to ‘AGT’ with her vibrant energy and maternal nurturing spirit, and we look forward to continuing to watch her positive influence on the show.”

Why do you think AGT made this decision?

The Nigerian actor John Boyega has been forced to evacuate the building in which he was performing a stage play in following a bomb scare.

The star was performing at London’s Old Vic theatre today when he was rushed out of the building after a suspicious and potentially lethal object was found inside.

He, along with the 1,000 fans who arrived to see him live, were removed from the location and directed to an evacuation spot by police days after 22 people were murdered by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert.

An audience member revealed:

When an evacuation happens it’s either a fire drill or it might be a bomb.

The company manager came on while John Boyega was on stage, asked the audience to remain calm and said the show was going to end. Then the duty manager said ‘please evacuate’.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police shared…

Police were called at 14:38pm on Saturday, May 27, to The Cut, Waterloo, to a report of a security alert at a theatre.

The theatre took the decision to evacuate the building. Road closures have been put in place. Specialist officers are on the scene.

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As if rolling out back to back tunes with Sean Paul, Katy Perry, Liam Payne, and Calvin Harris weren’t enough, rap group Migos continue to make their presence felt in the music market with their own releases.

The trio’s latest launch comes courtesy of ‘To Hotty’ – a lift from Quality Control’s compilation album. Get into this odd and unexpected ode to WWE wrestler Scotty 2 Hotty inside:

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In 1995, the 14-year-old Monica emerged onto Pop’s scene with the R&B album ‘Miss Thang.’

In 2017, twenty two years later, the vocalist has seen the career the album launched push her net worth to meteoric heights!

How so?

Details after the visual below…

When her income is prised away from numbers pulled in by her husband Shannon Brown, the star’s personal net worth rises to the $15 million mark.

That’s right..

15,000,000.

How the vocalist did it?

The answer to that question lies in the 5.3 million units her albums have moved in the United States, her commercially fruitful time with Berliner and Johnson‘s RCA Records and the lyrical contributions she made to her discography.

The difference between one’s net worth and income?

Your net worth is the value of your personal possessions (cars, houses and other personal possessions) sans all debts or liabilities.

Income on the other hand measures how much you earn after deductions like taxes have been made.

Unfortunately, because the ‘Code Red‘ star didn’t contribute to the creation of her Brandy-led smash hit cut ‘The Boy is Mine‘, she does not receive any of the money generated by its sales.

However, as her net worth proves, the song’s absence from her bank balance has done little to stop her from becoming one of her genre’s highest-earning stars.

Your thoughts?

Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature launched to unearth some of entertainment’s most surprising moments!

Today, we take a journey to 2009. In that year, after doing his part to elevate Lady GaGa‘s young career to higher ground, Perez Hilton found a fresh enemy in the Black Eyed Peas.

One night, after learning of remarks Hilton had made about the group, its lead vocalists Will.i.am and Fergie approached him and asked him to stop writing about them.

This, much to everyone’s horror, is where things took a turn for the worst.

Twitting? Dip dive? The Jonas Brothers?

How things have changed.

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Iggy Azalea has yet to release the official video for new single ‘Switch’ after am unfinished version hit the net, but that hasn’t stopped her hustle.

The Aussie bred rapstress stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a fierce showing of the ‘Digital Distortion’ offering.

Watch the performance, which also features Brazilian superstar Anitta, below…

Surprisingly solid. Not because Iggy hasn’t proven herself capable in the past (she has); it’s just that she has the tendency to occasionally look bored on stage. Here, however, she showed up and showed out. Kudos.

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Dua Lipa links up with R&B maestro Miguel for new single ‘Lost In Your Light’ – the video for which was unleashed moments ago.

A whimsical affair, the visual is the latest offering from London bred Lipa who has amassed a loyal following during her steady ascend.

The funkified track is lifted from the singer’s self-titled album debut (due June 2nd).

Find out what all the buzz is about below…

Awkward and somewhat unnecessary dancing aside, that made for a pleasant watch. The song remains on replay too.

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Mary J. Blige continues to exude the ‘Strength of a Woman’ in celebration of her album of the same name.  As the set continues to reign over R&B charts, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul releases yet another video to ensure its run remains unbothered.

The latest tune from the set to be given the visual treatment is ‘Love Yourself.’  As fans know, the album version of the tune features hip hop heavy hitter Kanye West, but its well received remix features A$AP Rocky.

 

Get into the NYC-shot clip inside:

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