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Five years ago, Sia scored her first U.S. number-one hit with "Cheap Thrills," her collaboration with Sean Paul. Now, the two have reunited for a new single, "Dynamite" -- and Sean Paul says working with Sia again was "magic."

Sean Paul says he always knew he and Sia would do something else together, but he tells ABC Audio that it took them this long because it needed to be the right song.  Sean says he had the initial idea and rhythm for the track, but Sia took it to the next level.

"It was like the bones of the song, and she kind of added the soup!" he laughs. "She got it cooking. When she wrote that hook, I was like 'Ohhh!!!' But again, with her voice, you know, everything she sings [is great]."

He adds, "But for me, it was just magic."

Sean says he's looking forward to the video for the song, due out in a few weeks, which will show his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, "in the future."  "There's cars flying and there's big buildings, a lot of crazy stuff!" he says, laughing.

For now, though, Sean is just satisfied to be able to release "a very feel-good song, something to get people on the dance floor and to just sort of forget about the worries that's all in the Earth right now."

"I think that's what my music is and has been for people over the years," he explains. "You know, there's problems every day...You see it on news every day. I like to tell people that whenever there's anything wrong with my life, there's always one song that'll get me in a better mood. And so I'm happy to be able to provide people with that type of music, especially this one."

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How very meta: Lil Nas X has scored his third number-one hit with a song that's all about how he isn't a "one-hit wonder."

After 12 weeks on the chart, "Industry Baby," featuring Jack Harlow, has finally reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard, what did the trick was the fact that there were two new versions of the song went on sale earlier this month, and all three versions were discounted to 69 cents.

"Industry Baby" follows "Old Town Road" and "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" on the list of LNX's chart-toppers.  Both "Industry Baby" and "Montero" are from the rapper's debut album, Montero.

As Billboard notes, "Industry Baby" is Jack Harlow's first number one, after he got as high as number two last year with "Whats Poppin."  In addition, the song is the fifth number one for Kanye West, who co-wrote and co-produced it.  Kanye's last number-one single on the Hot 100 was "Stronger" back in 2007.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran's "Shivers" reaches the top 10: It's his ninth top 10 overall and follows "Bad Habits" to become the British star's second top 10 from his upcoming album = (Equals).

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The Wanted is back with new music.

The British boy band released their first new single in seven years on Wednesday, an uplifting track called “Rule the World.” In the video for the song, we see Tom, Max, Siva, Nathan and Jay having just parachuted onto a beautiful shore. They all come together by the end for a dazzling fireworks display.

The guys recently announced that they were reuniting after going on hiatus in 2014. They’ll be releasing a greatest-hits album, Most Wanted -- The Greatest Hits, on November 12, and will hit the road for a U.K. arena tour in March 2022.

Last month, The Wanted performed together at a London charity concert called Inside My Head.  It raised money for Stand Up to Cancer, as group member Tom Parker has been very publicly battling an inoperable brain tumor since last year.

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Today is Bruno Mars' 36th birthday, but he had a special gift for his fans: a release date for his Silk Sonic album.

The world can finally enjoy the full project from Bruno and Anderson .Paak, An Evening with Silk Sonic, on November 12.  The disc will feature the previously released hits "Skate" and "Leave the Door Open," the latter of which won Best R&B Video at the MTV VMAs.

The album is available for pre-order now.

An Evening with Silk Sonic will be Bruno's first new album since 2016's Grammy-winning album 24K Magic.

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Jenna: Shervin Lainez; BTS: BIGHIT Music

After producing the vocals on BTS' "Dynamite" and their "Savage Love" remix, songwriter Jenna Andrews co-wrote "Butter" for the K-pop superstars. Now Billboard has crowned the "Butter" the Official Song of the Summer for 2021, and Jenna says that was the plan from the minute she and her co-writers put pen to paper.

"When we were writing it, I feel like that was one of our goals," Jenna tells ABC Audio. "'Cause we knew that coming out of the quarantine would be into summer and obviously, like, wanting to give BTS a song that they could dance to, and...butter, the color yellow...all this stuff. So yeah, we really did [plan it]!"

And though the members of BTS don't speak English that well, Jenna said they slaved over the "Butter" lyrics to make sure they were just right.

"Lyrics are extremely important to them," she explains. "In fact, we spent a lot of time sort of rewriting things and making sure that all the lyrics really translated and also just spoke to the guys. We used a lot of 90s references and they love all that stuff, [like] Usher and Michael Jackson."

"I think the lyric was actually the most time-consuming part in a good way," she adds. "Because I feel like we put a lot of thought into every word."

After "Butter," Jenna then co-wrote BTS' next number-one hit, "Permission to Dance," with Ed Sheeran and others.  But due to the pandemic, all of Jenna's work with the group has been done remotely, so she says she can't wait to celebrate their success with the guys in person.

"Oh, my God, yes. I'm so excited!" she gushes. "I mean, you know, fingers crossed, I hope that's going to be [at] the Grammys!"

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The Wanted, the British boy band best known for their 2011 hit "Glad You Came," are launching a comeback.

A greatest-hits album from the quintet, marking the 10th anniversary of their formation, is due out November 12. It'll feature the first new music from the group since they split in 2014.

The Wanted also will perform together for the first time in seven years on September 20, at a London charity concert called Inside My Head.  It will raise money for Stand Up to Cancer, as group member Tom Parker has been very publicly battling an inoperable brain tumor.

In a comical video announcing the reunion, all five members of the group -- Tom, Max George, Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuinness and Siva Kaneswaran -- randomly meet up in a hospital waiting room, where they collectively decide to get back together.  As all the group members complain about minor medical problems -- a broken arm, an injured ankle, a torn-up finger -- Tom looks at the camera incredulously.

"We have been talking on and off for a few years about getting back together for the anniversary," Jay says in a statement, according to OfficialCharts.com. "This is all about having fun with our mates. No pressure, just FUN."

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While Ed Sheeran's latest single, "Bad Habits," has yet to top the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., it's just notched its tenth week on top of Britain's official singles chart.

The song -- the first from Ed's forthcoming album = (Equals) -- is the longest-running number-one hit in the U.K. since late 2019, when the song "Dance Monkey" by Tones & I racked up 11 straight weeks on top.

Prior to "Bad Habits," only nine songs in the history of the British chart had spent 10 or more weeks at number one, including Ed's own "Shape of You," which lasted for 14 weeks. 

But Ed's in good company: Some of those other songs include Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You."

Ed will release "Shivers," the second single from = (Equals), on September 10.

On Thursday night at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire , Ed performed a special gig commemorating the 10th anniversary of his album + (Plus). It was the first time he's played that 2,000-person venue since 2011. 

"Easily my favorite show of my career so far, thank you to all the fans who made the show incredible," he wrote on Instagram. "What a lovely evening."

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Anne-Marie and Niall Horan's hit duet "Our Song" is about two former lovers who think they're doing OK -- until their song comes on the radio. Anne-Marie says she got the idea for the song when she heard Jason Mraz's hit "I'm Yours" on the way to the songwriting session -- but not for the reason you might think.

"On the way to the studio, I always try and see what inspires me on the way," Anne-Marie tells ABC Audio. "I look out the window and I see someone talking to someone and I try and imagine their conversation...it's always constantly, you know, trying to get inspired by something."

She recalls that on that particular journey, on the way to her recording session, the song 'I'm Yours' came on the radio. "It's weird, it never used to be mine and my ex's song. It was my ex's and his ex's song together, Anne-Marie notes. "So every time it came on the radio, I would be like, 'You're thinking about her!!!' And so it was that song that reminded me of that time."

The "FRIENDS" singer marvels, "It was so long ago...it just surprised me how many memories it brought back whilst listening to it. So I went to the session, [and] I was like, 'Imagine just how many people have that one song with someone?' and it went from there, really."

"Our Song" is on Anne-Marie's new album Therapy, which also features collaborations with her friend Ed Sheeran and the British girl group Little Mix, among others.

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Olivia Rodrigo has been one of the most popular artists of the year, and her loyal listeners have catapulted her music to new heights.

It's a great day for the "good 4 u" singer, whose hit song made it to the top of Spotify's most-streamed songs of the summer list, along with seven other tracks, the company announced exclusively on Good Morning America.

From her breakout hit "Driver's License" to "déjà vu," the 18-year-old's pop-punk hits have made up nearly half of Spotify's summer streaming list.

Her catchy hits like the breakup ballad seen on Saturday Night Live have captivated fans and continually serve as the musical backdrop for new TikTok and Instagram video trends.

Critics have pointed to the storytelling in Rodrigo's lyrics for one of the contributing factors to her musical success. "She's an excellent songwriter and does a beautiful job taking these private personal moments and and putting them into lyrics that feel very universal," Megan Lubin, producer of Vulture's Switched on Pop podcast, told GMA.

Rodrigo's meteoric rise to fame first began on the Disney channel show Bizaardvark and most recently on the Disney+ hit High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, on which she plays Nini.

Rodrigo's latest music video, "brutal," released on Monday, has already racked up four million views.

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