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Mar212019

Country star trivia 

Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Faith Hill performed this song from the movie Pearl Harbor at the Academy Awards. Can you name it? ANSWER: "There You'll Be."

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Thursday
Mar212019

Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" video hits two billion views in 10 months

Wes And AlexMaroon 5's "Girls Like You" is one of the band's biggest hits, if not the biggest, and its innovative, star-studded video is one reason why.  Now the video has reached an impressive milestone.

The video, with its message of female empowerment, released May 30, 2018, has now racked up two billion views across Vevo and YouTube.  It reached that milestone in just 10 months.

"Girls Like You" featured Adam Levine singing while surrounded by notable and accomplished women, among them Jennifer Lopez, Tiffany Haddish, Gal Gadot, Mary J. Blige, Chloe Kim, Aly Raisman, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Danica Patrick, Elizabeth Banks, Ashley Graham and more.

While the song itself was #1 for seven weeks and spent 33 weeks in the top 10, it's the video for "Girls Like You" that landed the song on the New York Times' recent list of "The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now."

"At a time when women and nonwhite men have been facing down the White House and law enforcement’s relentless disrespect with civic, public and artistic resolve, the most crucial multitude were the 26 female entertainers, athletes, politicians, activists and survivors who seized control of the song’s video," writes the New York Times.

The Times describe Adam Levine in the video as "the ultimate embodiment of a stubbly, privileged white bro who belatedly realizes that he needs his partner."

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Thursday
Mar212019

Kenny Loggins ready to share songs and stories during his Las Vegas stand next week

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Kenny Loggins launches a three-show Las Vegas engagement next week at Wynn resort and casino's Encore Theater. The concerts, which take place March 27, 29 and 30, will feature the pop-rock great playing songs from all eras of his long career, while also sharing stories accompanied by a multimedia presentation.

Regarding his Vegas performances, Loggins tells ABC Radio, "I'm taking the residency very seriously, and I want to put together a special show. I've been, for the last couple years…talking [onstage]…When I get the right audience at the right atmosphere, I can tell stories about where I was when the songs were written."

As you'd expect, Kenny's set will include classics from his partnership with Jim Messina, some of his late '70s solo hits and, of course, his hugely popular soundtrack contributions to such films as Footloose, Caddyshack and Top Gun.

Loggins previously played a three-show stand at the Encore Theater last September, but he tells ABC Radio the new performances will be a little different.

"I'm just adding more pictures from different periods of my life that'll go along with the stories that I've got," he explains. "And I'm gonna add a Loggins & Messina story, and anything else I think of as I go."

Kenny says it's hard to pick a favorite part of his career from which to perform songs.

"I'm happy to say that I'm not embarrassed by any period of my career," he declares. "I'm proud of the Loggins & Messina era…[o]n into [my first solo album,] Celebrate Me Home…And then into the movie years in the '80s, which is always fun to do, 'cause that's when people get up and dance."

Tickets for Loggins' Vegas shows are available at WynnLasVegas.com. Here are all of his upcoming concerts:

3/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater
3/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater
3/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater
4/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Casino
4/13 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Hotel & Casino
4/25 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Casino
6/14 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort
8/31 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Commons

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Thursday
Mar212019

When the music business got Scotty McCreery down, he used a baseball tactic to bounce back 

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Scotty McCreery celebrated his second consecutive number one, "This Is It," at a party Wednesday afternoon at ASCAP in Nashville.

The American Idol winner admits it's particularly sweet, because it wasn't that long ago he faced an uncertain future, after parting ways with his first record label.

"One of the things I've learned through my whole life is that things are never on a straight line," the North Carolina native reflects. "It's never always gonna be up, it's never always gonna be down. You've just gotta keep rolling.  And I can think back to plenty of times in my life where I got knocked down and had to get back up again. 2016 was that year for me, musically..."

Scotty goes on: "I could go [back] to middle school in my seventh grade year, getting cut from my baseball team," he continues, "And I was just like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

But Scotty faced his challenges in the music industry much like he dealt with his teenage disappointment.

"I worked my tail off for an entire year," he recalls, "tried out again in eighth grade, and I was the number-one pitcher and our clean-up batter that whole year..."

"So there's a lot of moments in life where you get knocked down," Scotty explains, "but you can have one of two reactions: you can just say, 'Oh, that stinks and I'll never do that again.' Or you can pick yourself up, work harder, and go at it again. And that's kinda what I did back then, and what I did these last couple years."

Scotty's third single from his Seasons Change album -- and perhaps his third #1 -- is the track "In Between."

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Thursday
Mar212019

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Kacey Musgraves and her husband, Ruston Kelly, are both set to play Lollapalooza August 1-4 in Grant Park in Chicago.

Tanya Tucker is launching her own of tequila called Cosa Salvaje, which means "wild thing" in Spanish. You can find out more at CosaSalvajeTequila.com.

1959's "Long Black Veil" by Country Music Hall of Famer Lefty Frizzell is one of songs being included in the latest class of the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. 

If you missed Jordan Davis doing his #1 hit, "Take It from Me," on ABC's Good Morning America, you can check out his performance online.

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Thursday
Mar212019

Rare Bruce Springsteen footage to be screened at Asbury Park Music & Film Festival next month

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalA special screening of rare archival footage of Bruce Springsteen has been added to the lineup of the 2019 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, which runs from April 25 through April 28 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The film event, dubbed The Springsteen Archives, will take place on Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m. ET at the Paramount Theatre. Filmmaker Thom Zimny, who directed the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special and other Bruce-related flicks, will present the screening. Chris Phillips, editor of the Springsteen fan site Backstreets, will moderate a panel discussion afterward.

The footage will span the early years of The Boss through his recent tours. The festival is presenting the screening in partnership with the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

Among the other movies being shown during the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival: the documentaries David Crosby: Remember My Name and Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?, which will screen April 27 at the Paramount Theatre, at 7 p.m. and 12 p.m. ET, respectively.

David Crosby and Remember My Name co-producer Cameron Crowe will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening of  that film.

Funds raised by the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival go to provide music education, instruments, and social connection opportunities for in-need children in the Asbury Park area.

Visit APMFF.org for more info, and to check out a full schedule for the festival.

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Thursday
Mar212019

Listen to Mastodon's Troy Sanders on new Dub Trio song 

ABC/Randy HolmesMastodon's Troy Sanders lends his signature growling vocals to "Fought the Line," a new song from instrumental band Dub Trio.

The track is available now for digital download and streaming; there's also a black-and-white video, featuring many creepy shots of a forest, posted on YouTube.

"'Fought the Line' references struggle," Sanders tells Consequence of Sound. "It comes from a poem that I wrote inspired by a conversation I had with cancer itself. I stared at a face of beautiful, soft skin and assured this face, 'I will take care of you.'"

Sanders' wife Jeza was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Mastodon's latest album, 2017's Emperor of Sand, is also about cancer.

"Fought the Line" appears on Dub Trio's upcoming album The Shape of Dub to Come, due out April 26.

Meanwhile, Mastodon will hit the road with Coheed and Cambria on the Unheavenly Skye tour starting in May. During the tour, Mastodon will be playing their 2009 album Crack the Skye in full to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

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Thursday
Mar212019

Flora Cash are "breaking through limitations" with "You're Somebody Else" and new EP 

BEE & El/RCA RecordsOn Friday, Flora Cash will release a new EP called Press. The five-song collection features "You're Somebody Else," the breakthrough single for the duo, made up of husband and wife Cole Randall and Shpresa Lleshaj [luh-SHEGHZ].

Speaking to ABC Radio, Randall describes how "You're Somebody Else" reflects the rest of Press.

"Overall, there's a theme of breaking through limitations, whether self-imposed or external limitations," Randall explains. "I think in that sense, thematically 'You're Somebody Else' really fits...it's very cohesive with the rest of [the EP]."

From a sonic perspective, however, Randall doesn't feel "You're Somebody Else" is wholly representative of the EP's sound. For example, the follow-up single "They Own This Town," employs heavier percussive elements than its predecessor.

"It maybe sounds cheesy, but we really always try to treat every song like it's an individual thing," Randall says. "At least sonically, it's not necessarily part of some larger vision."

In April, Flora Cash will hit the road with lovelytheband, and they hope to have a new full-length album out later this year.

"Most of the songs that are gonna be on this EP are also gonna be a part of a full-length album," Randall says. "It's a little bit tentative at the moment, but it's looking somewhere around late summer that we'll have a proper album, which we're really excited about."

"It's mostly finished," he adds.

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Thursday
Mar212019

Estelle says she's ready to "commit" to acting: "I've been auditioning like crazy" 

Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BETEstelle may be a Grammy-Award winning artist, but the "American Boy" singer says she's ready to move on to the next chapter of her entertainment career.

Last year, Estelle released her fifth solo album, Lovers Rock, where she explored the sounds of reggae. Although she's still passionate about making music, the U.K. native says she's officially caught the acting bug and is ready to seriously take it on.

"There is a lot of interest in television and film," Estelle tells ABC Radio. "I've been auditioning like crazy and working. I feel like I started a couple of years later than I should have."

"When I commit to something, I commit and I go so far in," she adds. "I never want to be, 'OK, I want to do this,' and after two years, 'Mmm, I don't like it. It's too hard,'  y'know? I look at all the risks, all of the things, [and say] 'Do I want to do this? Yes.'"

So far, that approach seems to be paying off for the singer. In addition to guest-starring on Empire, Estelle has landed a role in the forthcoming romantic comedy Back to the Goode Life, starring Kyla Pratt.  And she's also determined to learn everything about what it's like behind the camera, in addition to in front of it.

"I'm doing it all," she continues. "I've been working, and trying to learn and really paying attention and learn in the back end -- directing and writing, and, y'know, all the things."

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Thursday
Mar212019

Julia Michaels gushes over Pink, says she'd love to duet with Ed Sheeran

ABC/Image Group LAFor the next few months, Julia Michaels will be pulling double duty on the road: She’s weaving headlining tour dates in between her supporting gigs for Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour.  And in a new interview with Inked magazine, Julia says she's been a longtime fan of Pink, who balances her own daunting tour schedule with raising two young kids.

“I got to write with her for her last album [Beautiful Trauma] and got to meet her and talk to her, sit down with her...,” Julia says. “It was amazing. She really is who you think she is. She's just a bada**, unapologetic, beautiful, awesome person, and I've gotten to watch her perform a few times.”

She adds, “I've just never seen anything like it. How she can control her voice while doing acrobatics the entire time. It’s pretty exciting and pretty nerve-wracking, but mostly exciting.”

Julia has worked with some of the best in the biz, most recently collaborating with Selena Gomez and Niall Horan on songs for her EP Inner Monologue Part I. She also joined James Bay on his new track, “Peer Pressure.” So who’s left to collab with?

“I've written with Ed Sheeran, but I've never done a song with him,” she says. “I think that would be really awesome because we write very similarly. We both write from the heart.”

She also cites The Weeknd and newcomers Alec Benjamin and Dominic Fike as others she’d like to work with someday.

Julia hits the stage tonight for Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour stop in San Antonio, Texas.

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Thursday
Mar212019

Michael Bolton talks being single at 66: "I am a deep, helpless romantic" 

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIf you’ve listened to his music, it’s probably no surprise that Michael Bolton considers himself a “helpless romantic.”  And despite being single at age 66, the singer tells U.K.'s The Mirror that he still believes in finding The One.

“I am a deep, helpless romantic,” he says. “I don’t think there is any better feeling than being in love. I believe in The Ultimate. Then I get disappointed. But am I being unreasonable in what The Ultimate is?”

His longest relationship was with actress Nicolette Sheridan, which lasted for 18 years on-and-off before ending in 2008. He still speaks fondly of his ex, which is something his friends have warned him might intimidate possible future dates.

“It was powerful,” he says of his relationship with Nicolette. “She’s gorgeous and funny but it ran its course. It was a constant attraction.”

Michael says he’s been on some blind dates, but hasn’t found his dream woman yet. He says he’s looking for someone who’s honest and has a sense of humor.

“I am good at being single, but there is room for a partner,” he says.

Michael was previously married to Maureen McGuire; they have three adult daughters together.

Last month, to mark his 50th anniversary as an entertainer, Michael released A Symphony of Hits. It features his greatest hits re-arranged in an symphonic style, accompanied by the West Australian Full Harmonic Orchestra. 

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Second season of Eddie Money's "Real Money" reality series premieres in May; singer turns 70 on Thursday

Stewart Volland/AXS TVThe second season of Real Money, the AXS TV series starring Eddie Money and his family, will premiere on Sunday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

The episodes will find the pop-rock legend and his clan taking part in a Money family reunion in New York with Eddie's brothers and sisters, playing a sold-out concert in the Detroit area, going on a bowling excursion, vacationing in South Dakota, and welcoming a new pet into their home -- a Great Dane puppy named Bette.

Real Money follows the adventures and trials of Eddie; his wife, Laurie; his five children, Zach, Joe, Jesse, Dez and Julian -- most of whom play in their dad's band -- and the family's many dogs.

Meanwhile, Eddie will celebrate his 70th birthday on Thursday, March 21. The singer will mark the occasion with a concert in Westbury, New York, which will feature special guest John Waite.

Money has over a dozen more North American shows on his 2019 tour itinerary. Here are all of the confirmed dates, according to EddieMoney.com:

3/21 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
3/22 -- Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center
3/29 -- Lima, OH, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
3/30 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
4/5 -- The Villages, FL, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
4/6 -- New Port Richey, FL, Chasco Fiesta
4/12 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/13 -- Rahway, NJ, Union County Performing Arts Center
5/3 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Casino
5/11 -- Washington, PA, The Meadows Resort & Casino
5/18 -- Shipshewana, IN, Blue Gate Theatre
5/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/13 -- Frederick, MD, The Weinberg Center for the Arts
6/29 -- Aurora, IL, RiverEdge Park
8/9 -- Grand Forks, BC, Canada, James Donaldson Park

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Wednesday
Mar202019

My Chemical Romance's "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" returns to "Billboard" 200 for first time in over 10 years 

Reprise RecordsThree cheers are in order for My Chemical Romance.

The band's 2004 album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge has re-entered the Billboard 200 for the first time in over a decade. It currently sits at number 191 on the chart after being absent from the tally since 2006.

While it's unclear what caused the album's return to the Billboard 200, there are a variety of MCR-adjacent things going on lately: frontman Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy Netflix series, and guitarist Frank Iero's newly announced album Barriers, with his band the Future Violents.

Additionally, this Friday, March 22 marks the sixth anniversary of MCR announcing their breakup.

Upon its original release, Three Cheers peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200, and stayed on the chart for nearly 80 weeks. It spawned the singles "Helena" and "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)."

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Wednesday
Mar202019

The Cure is working on first new album in 10 years, Robert Smith confirms

Brian Rasic/WireImageThe Cure frontman Robert Smith has confirmed that the goth icons have begun work on a new album, their first in over a decade.

Speaking to South Africa's 5FM radio, Smith says that he and The Cure have "just started -- we haven't quite finished -- recording our first new album in 10 years."

The Cure's most recent album is 2008's 4:13 Dream.

Meanwhile, The Cure will be welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during this year's induction ceremony, held March 29 in Brooklyn, New York. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor will introduce the group.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Surrounded by criminals: B.I.G.'s estate sues snowboard company for using rapper's image

Larry Busacca/WireImageWhile the Notorious B.I.G. probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of snowboarding, the late rapper's estate is suing a snowboard company for using his image on its products.

According to the compliant filed in California and obtained by Billboard, the estate argues that the products, made by YES Snowboards, infringe on its copyrights, trademarks and right of publicity.  At issue is the use of a well-known photo of Biggie taken by hip-hop photographer Chi Modu in 1996 in front of New York's World Trade Center, as well as the word "Biggie."

The boards in question are part of a collection called "Greats X Chi," which features Modu's photos of other late hip hop legends, such as Tupac Shakur, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E.

The estate, managed by Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace and his widow Faith Evans, is asking YES Snowboards to stop selling the boards, and for compensation for the ones that were sold.

"Defendants intentionally and in bad faith gained access to and intentionally sold the Infringing Products to purposely profit from the Property Rights," says the claim, according to Billboard.

The boards appear to have been removed from the company's website.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Red high heels: Dolly Parton and LBT's Karen Fairchild host parties for designer Christian Louboutin

Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Nordstrom, Inc.A major figure in the fashion industry been spending some time in Music City, and who better to entertain him than Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Dolly Parton?

Christian Louboutin -- famed for his expensive, highly coveted, red-bottomed women’s shoes -- came to Nashville this week to promote his Optical Illusions Spring/Summer collection at Nordstrom.

On Tuesday night, Karen and her husband Jimi Westbrook hosted a cocktail party for the famed high-heel designer at their private home. Martina McBrideOld Dominion’s Brad TursiBrothers Osborne’s John Osborne and more big names were there.

“Last night was one for the books,” Karen posted on Instagram. “Thank you Mr. Louboutin for coming to Nashville and thank you for the most insane boots. You know my love language.”

You can check out Karen’s new dazzling gold ankle boots in the photo accompanying the post.

Earlier in the week, Dolly Parton threw a dinner party for Mr. Louboutin with her fashion guru, Steve Summers.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Reba's on the mend, and ready for you to join her for the ACMs in Vegas 

Bob D'Amico/ABCReba McEntire’s been under the weather lately, after what she originally thought was laryngitis turned out to be a strep infection.

But even though she was forced to postpone a concert and miss Monday’s announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, you can bet she’ll be back in time to host the ACMs on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas.

In fact, if you’re willing to make a donation to charity, you can join her. Reba’s partnering with Omaze to give away a VIP trip to the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, all to benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the organization’s charitable arm.

If you win, you’ll get airfare to Sin City, four-star accommodations, and a chance to meet Reba and hang out with her entourage. You’ll also get to see her rehearse her new single from Stronger Than the Truth, which comes out April 5.

You’d better hurry though, because you only have a handful of days to enter. The contest ends March 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find out more at Omaze.com/Reba.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Down Under with Michael Ray: Cute koalas, Carly and love for "One that Got Away" 

ABC/Randy HolmesMichael Ray’s “One that Got Away” is nearing the top of the country chart in the U.S., but it’s clearly a huge hit in Australia as well.

The Florida native posted the proof on social media on Wednesday, showing the crowd Down Under drowning him out as he sang his hit at the CMC Rocks festival.

“I can’t believe how incredible this year has been and the life you all have given “One that Got Away” all around the world,” Michael captioned the clip.

“The crew and I celebrated it going Top 5 in the states, while in Australia,” he explained. “For me, this year is about moments, slowing down and living in them, so if you need me, I will be living in this moment over and over for a while!”

“Thank y’all for showing up, stealing the show and making my dreams come true,” he closed.

Michael also posted some pretty cute photos with his fiancée Carly Pearce and a koala. Eventually, Carly took the koala's place, putting a leaf in her mouth, and jumping into the arms of her husband-to-be.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Drake thanks "Game of Thrones" star for "inspiration" after wine-chugging stunt goes viral

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesSophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, has become a full-on meme thanks to her epic wine-chugging stunt -- and even Drake is impressed.

Sophie and her fiance Joe Jonas took in a hockey game at New York's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, and when the Jumbotron put her on the screen, she took the opportunity to chug her entire glass of red wine and then fist-pump to celebrate her feat.

The actress then posted the footage online, with the caption "the starks know how to send it!!!" in reference to her Game of Thrones family.

The post then attracted admiring comments by several celebrities, including Drake, who wrote in the comments, "Wow inspiration for 2020 and beyond."

Soon, regular fans turned the image of Sophie drinking into a meme, with one commenting, "@SophieT chuggin wine with a juul in her hand at a rangers game is my permanent mood until death."

Game of Thrones returns April 14.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Orlando Bloom gives up his bachelor pad after Katy Perry engagement

Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty ImagesNow that Orlando Bloom is engaged to Katy Perry, he doesn’t need his bachelor pad anymore.

According to Variety, the actor has put his Beverly Hills, California home up for sale for an asking price of nearly $9 million.

The modern, minimalist property features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a sunken sitting room, a zero-edge swimming pool and spa, and a fire pit. The master suite opens to a lounging and dining deck with skyline views.

It’s unclear if Katy and Orlando will buy a new home together, but they may not need to, since Katy already has plenty of properties to choose from.

Last month she sold two side-by-side homes at the top of Runyon Canyon for $12.7 million, but she still owns two multi-million-dollar homes in Beverly Hills and is involved in an ongoing bid to acquire a convent in Los Feliz that she plans to convert into a family compound.

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