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The Morning Roundup: N Sync's VMA Reunion, Aretha Franklin's 'Miraculous' Recovery, Cowell's Baby

Kevin Blair Kevin Blair
August 21st, 2013 10:38am EDT
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Numerous reports are pointing to an N Sync reunion at this Sunday's MTV VMAs. Multiple sources have claimed that Justin Timberlake, who will received this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, will reunite with former bandmates Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone for a performance at this year's awards. While all signs point to this as being a no-brainer, a rep for MTV told New York's Newsday that the rumors aren't true, and Bass himself weighed in on the situation (story), saying the news is expected because of Timberlake's lifetime achievement award the network is handing him. Of course, all four of Justin's bandmates were in the audience at his Miami concert over the weekend. Coincidence, or have the boys been hanging out to rehearse a little song and dance? (story)

John Mayer's "Paradise Valley" hit stores on Tuesday, and the new album definitely ranks up there with some of his best work. (review.)

Crime author Elmore Leonard passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87. The prolific writer, whose stories inspired such hits as "Jackie Brown" and "Get Shorty", died three weeks after suffering a stroke. (story)

Simon Cowell has finally spoken up about news that he's set to become a first-time father, saying, "I'm proud to be a dad" at the premiere of One Direction's new 3D movie "1D: This Is Us" Tuesday night. (story)

One Direction singer Zyan Malik has gotten engaged to girlfriend Perrie Edwards, of the girl band Little Mix. Edwards wore a diamond on her wedding finger at the premiere of 1D's new movie Tuesday. (story)

Britney Spears has a big announcement coming next month. The pop princess posted a cryptic message on her website along with a countdown clock yesterday, revealing that on September 17 the meaning of her message, "All Eyes On Me", will be revealed. Is it her new album? Single? The name of her rumored Las Vegas residency? (story)

Taylor Swift makes some of the best jam of all time. The singer sent tourmate Ed Sheeran a jar of the stuff this weekend with a note poking fun at Kanye West's microphone-grabbing incident from the 2009 MTV VMAs. (story)

Speaking of the VMAs, Katy Perry is set to close out this year's show. (story)

Aretha Franklin has undergone faith-healing for her ongoing medical issues, and her doctors are calling her recent test results "miraculous". The 71 year-old has batted undisclosed health problems in recent months, leading to several performance issues, but now she's close to getting back to work. (story)

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