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Cher Announces Here We Go Again Tour

Ashlee Simpson Releases New Duet With Husband, Evan Ross

Beyond Drake

Ben Rector returns with "Brand New" music

Troye Sivan Hosts Ariana Grande at Passover Seder

CherCher Announces Here We Go Again Tour

Pop icon Cher has announced the dates for her first tour in five years, the Here We Go Again Tour.

Following the recent global success and rave reviews for Cher’s role in the Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, the multi-award winning singer, actress and show-stopping performer officially announced that she would be going on tour during her appearance on Ellen.

Cher is expected to perform her biggest hits along with some new songs from her ABBA tribute album Dancing Queen, which will be released on September 28 and is currently available for pre-order.

The singer will be hitting the road starting January 17 in Fort Myers, FL and will be crossing the U.S. with stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, and more before wrapping up in St. Paul, MN on May 18.

Fans can begin buying general public tickets Friday, September 14 at 10 am on Live Nation's website, while Citi card members will have access to an exclusive presale on Wednesday September 12 at 10 am local time.

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Ashlee Simpson Releases New Duet With Husband, Evan Ross

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross released their debut single together on Friday (Sept. 7), the romantic duet "I Do." The couple's new song comes ahead of their upcoming E! reality series, Ashlee and Evan, which premieres on Sunday (Sept. 9).

The 33-year-old "Pieces of Me" singer and mother of two hasn't released new music since 2012's "Bat for a Heart," but the collaboration with her multitalented husband -- son of pop icon Diana Ross -- is the first taste of a full-length duets album slated for release later this year.

The E! series will follow the couple through the making of new music, and each episode will showcase a new song.

Watch Ashlee and Evan on E! Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. ET, and check out their new single at:

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Beyond Drake

Every year, Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart tallies up the season’s biggest hits, based on cumulative performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This year, Drake has taken the crown (for the second time in his career) with “In My Feelings,” the breakout Scorpion hit fueled in part by a viral dance challenge. Last year, the chart was topped by a non-English language track for the first time, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber.

There’s a long history of foreign-language music on the Billboard charts, from Nena's “99 Luftballons” in 1984 all the way back to France’s The Singing Nun, who scored a No. 1, "Dominique," in 1963. But while the charts are now especially open to international and non-English language music as streaming helps makes global hits easier to find — honey-voiced Puerto Rican singer Ozuna just notched the largest U.S. streaming week ever for a Latin release, while Korean group BTS are breaking records on a practically weekly basis — the Hot 100 is still based on U.S. streaming, airplay and sales figures only. To find out what was popping off in other corners of the world the past few months (and why), Billboard spoke to a dozen tastemakers and influencers — from Mexico to Russia, South Africa to Singapore — about their respective countries’ summer songs.

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Ben Rector returns with "Brand New" music

Ben Rector, who scored a big hit a few years back with the song "Brand New," has returned with some brand new songs.

Ben's new album, Magic, is due June 22, and two tracks -- "Old Friends" and "I Will Always Be Yours" -- are available now.

The new album was partially inspired by the birth of Ben's first child, Jane, last July. He says, "That was literal magic." But the album is also nostalgic, with songs about childhood friends and old loves. Another nostalgic touch: "I Will Always Be Yours" features a guitar solo from Steve Stevens, who famously played with '80s icon Billy Idol.

Speaking to Billboard about "Old Friends," Ben says, "I wrote [it] after a conversation with my mom about keeping up with my best friend from high school. Towards the end of the call she said, 'You know what they say: You can't make old friends.' I sat down to write and was immediately flooded with memories from growing up."

He adds, "It struck me how powerful that feeling was, that I missed both the people I grew up with and the naivety of that time more than I realized. Magic has a thread of nostalgia, both lyrically and sonically, running through it, and this felt like a good introduction -- and I hope it makes people want to call their old friends.”

Ben's 2015 album Brand New was his sixth, but his first to hit the top 10. The song "Brand New" was a top five radio hit.

Here's the track list:

1. "Extraordinary Magic"
2. "I Will Always Be Yours"
3. "Drive"
4. "Old Friends"
5. "Duo"
6. "Kids"
7. "Green"
8. "Sometimes"
9. "Wherever You Are"
10. "Over and Over"
11. "Boxes"
12. "Peace"
13. "Love Like This"

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Troye Sivan Hosts Ariana Grande at Passover Seder

If you haven't yet heard the name Troye Sivan, then take note. The 23-year old Australian actor and singer is one of the most buzzed-about artists of the past few months. And he's a nice Jewish boy.

In an appearance last week on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Sivan recounted the first time he held a Passover Seder by himself, away from his parents. And who was on the guest list? None other than multi-platinum singer and recording artist Ariana Grande.

"I grew up nice and Jewish, and my parents live in Australia, and this is my first Pesach alone," Sivan told host Cohen. "So we had a little Passover, and it was star-studded if I may say so myself."

Sivan said that "Ariana Grande came, which i was stoked about, [actor] Lucas Hedges, it was like an event, it was fun... we ate some matza and that was the end of that."
The singer added that Grande "is like weirdly Jewish, like I feel like deep in her soul somewhere there's a little bit of Yiddishkeit."

Sivan, who was born Troye Mellet in South Africa, uses his middle name, Sivan, as a stage name. As a youngster in Australia, he attended the Orthodox Carmel School, but his parents pulled him out after he was bullied.
In a 2016 interview with Ryan Seacrest, Sivan recounted coming out to his parents as a teenager. He said he was discussing religion with his father, who told him that "I don't really like what what a lot of traditional Judaism says about LGBT people." Sivan said he took a minute-long pause and then he told his father that he was gay.

"He kind of just looked at me, gave me a big hug, and he was amazing about it," Sivan said. "I've never looked back. My whole family's been so supportive."

Sivan first found fame as a YouTube star when he was a teenager, but in recent years he has seen serious mainstream success. His second studio album, Bloom, was released last month, and he is receiving buzz for starring in the upcoming film Boy Erased.
The young actor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday to discuss the film, which is about conversion therapies forced on young gay men and women.

"I hope that the movie is going to speak mostly to parents," Sivan told Colbert. "Just [to show] how much your reaction to your kid coming out can really shape their lives."

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