Mariah Carey's Husband Rants Against "Evil Bottom Feeders" in the Media, Says He'll "Always Love" Mariah "Unconditionally"

C Flanigan/Getty ImagesMariah Carey's estranged husband Nick Cannon is getting a little bit testy about the stories that have popped up in the last couple of weeks about the end of their marriage. Now, he's taken to Twitter to defend himself and, yes, Mariah, from the media's "evil" stories.

"During this challenging time for me and my family it saddens me that the media can be such evil bottom feeders," he writes in a lengthy series of posts. "Because my family & I haven't been forthcoming with personal information, people are quick to paint negative pictures and spread rumours. For the record I NEVER have, nor will I make a statement regarding my marriage."

It's odd that Nick would say that, considering he told The Insider that he and Mariah were living apart. 

Anyway, he continues, "So whatever your favorite gossip outlet is reporting has been created within their own imagination. At this difficult time I would ask all civilized people to please respect my family and this process."

Addressing rampant rumors that Nick wanted to end the marriage because he has doubts about Mariah's mental stability and skills as a mother to their twins Monroe and Moroccan, he says, "What infuriates me most is to hear people slander @MariahCarey. I will forever be indebted to her for blessing me with our children. I will always love her unconditionally for this and so much more. @MariahCarey is an amazing Mother and I trust her wholeheartedly. So to see false reports in the media stating otherwise is absurd!"

He concludes, "While I would like to remain silent, I can no longer allow this to happen. I love @MariahCarey and that will never change!!!"  Then, as a final slam, he writes, "BTW Shout out to the so called 'Sources'! I hope the check was worth it."

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Taylor Swift "Shakes" Out Another Week at #1

Big Machine RecordsNo one has managed to shake Taylor Swift off the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 yet. 

Taylor's new single "Shake It Off" remains on top for a second week, and the track also tops the Digital Songs chart for a second week, with 355,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Taylor posted a screen shot of someone on her team texting her the news, and her reply, which was a string of jumbled letters.  She captioned the shot, "When you're so excited, all reason and grammar goes out the window."

Elsewhere on the chart, Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass" jumps back to #3, while Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" slithers down to #3 from its #2 position.  But Nicki actually has two songs in the top 5, because her collabo with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, "Bang Bang," has now jumped to #4, likely due to the three women's performance of it on the MTV VMAs last month. Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" rounds out the top 5.

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Ringo Starr, Van Morrison Honored at UK's "GQ" Men of the Year Awards

Rob Shanahan; Mark McCallRingo Starr and Van Morrison were among the celebrities honored at the 17th annual edition of British GQ's Men of the Year Awards, held Tuesday night at London's Royal Opera House.  The ex-Beatles drummer was presented with the magazine's Humanitarian prize, while Morrison received the Legend award.

Starr was recognized for his work in support of the David Lynch Foundation, the charity started by the acclaimed film director that seeks to help underprivileged youth and traumatized military veterans by teaching them transcendental meditation techniques.

"I truly believe in the David Lynch Foundation," Ringo said in accepting his award.  "They started to bring meditation into inner-city schools and now it's a fact that in those schools and neighborhoods violence has gone down.  Meditation brings people back to being human again."

Morrison was acknowledged for his long and prolific music career.  The famously reclusive singer commented at the event, "I don't get out much so right after this I'm going to go back in my shell."

The evening's other winners included Iggy Pop, who was presented with the Icon honor by Johnny Depp, and New Order, who received the Inspiration award.

You can check out a complete list of honorees and a recap of all the action at the event at

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Report: Future and Ciara Reconcile for Their Baby

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Last month, there were unconfirmed reports that Ciara had called off her engagement with Future, just three months after they welcomed son Future Zahir Wilburn. Now, it seem the pair are back together.

Sources close to Future tell TMZ that the couple are living together again and trying to work things out to allow the rapper to help raise their only child. Reportedly, Ciara strongly believes that her son needs to be around his father full-time.

The news comes just weeks after reports circulated claiming Ciara had broken off their engagement after learning that Future cheated while he was on tour.

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The Game Releases Track List for "Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf"

Image Courtesy Fifth Amendment Entertainment/eOne MusicThe Game has recruited the best of the best for his first independent project, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf,  his first album in two years.

The rapper announced that 20-track set will include guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Soulja Boy, T.I., Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, Tyga, Too $hort and Bobby Shmurda, among others. The album also features production from Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Jordan Mosley, SAP and more.

"I can promise my fans this #BloodMoney album will be better than anything else dropping this year," said Game in a statement.

The project will arrive via Fifth Amendment Entertainment/eOne Music on October 14.

Here's the track listing for Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf:

“Bigger than Me”
“F You Ns”
“Really” feat. Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and T.I.
“F**k Your Feelings”
“On One” feat. King Marie and Ty Dolla $ign
“Married to The Game” feat. French Montana, DUBB, Sam Hook
“The Purge”
”Trouble on My Mind”
“Cellphone” feat. DUBB
“Or Nah” feat. Too Short, Problem, & AV
“Best Head Ever” feat. Tyga and Eric Bellinger
“Hit Em Hard” feat. Bobby Shmurda
“Food for My Stomach” feat. DUBB and Skeme
“Black on Black” feat. Young Jeezy and Kevin Gates
“Be Nobody Else”
“Mad Flows” feat. Skeme
“I Just Wanna Be” feat. Stat Quo and Sap
“Take That” feat. Tyga and Pharaoh
“Bloody Moon Outro”
“Time and Space” feat. Grae

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Florida Georgia Line's "Instant Jam" Concert Premiering October 18 on CMT

Image Courtesy Jason Davis/CMTFlorida Georgia Line played a surprise show for a small crowd at Nashville's Exit/In Tuesday night for CMT's Instant Jam series. If you didn't score one of the 350 wristbands handed out to get into the show, you can see it all when the concert airs on CMT Saturday, October 18.

The concert special features songs from FGL's upcoming album, Anything Goes, including their latest hit, "Dirt." Smash hits "Get Your Shine On," "This Is How We Roll," and "Cruise" round out the set list.

Anything Goes hits stores October 14.

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Ariana Grande Is "Everything": Scores Second #1 Album in Less than a Year

Republic RecordsGiven that it features three top-10 hits, it's no wonder Ariana Grande's new album, My Everything, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  But what's more impressive is the fact Ariana can now boast that she's racked up two number-one albums in less than a year.

Ariana's previous album, Yours Truly, debuted at #1 a week after it was released on September 2, 2013.  She's the first woman since Britain's Got Talent winner Susan Boyle to have her first two albums debut at #1.

Ariana is now one of only three women in the SoundScan era, which dates back to 1991, who have scored two #1 albums in the same year.  In addition to Susan Boyle, LeAnn Rimes also accomplished that feat, back in 1997. 

Reacting to the news, Ariana tweeted to her fans, "No words!! thank you so much. so much love & appreciation. Kinda unbelievable & really does mean so much...thank you X a u. so grateful."

My Everything sold 169,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  That's the second-largest sales week for a female pop artist this year, following the debut of Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence, which sold 182,000 copies.



Speculation About Madonna's New Single Being Fueled by Odd Siri Connection

Cliff Lipson/CBSHas Madonna teamed with Apple to launch her new single?  That's what some are speculating, after the website Digital Spy noticed a strange connection between the singer and Siri, Apple's voice-activated assistant.

For months now, Madonna has been using the hashtag #unapologeticb***h on her Instagram feed, leading fans to wonder if that's the title of the first single from her new album, on which she's been working for a while.  Well, here's the thing: if you ask Siri to look up that phrase, it takes you directly to Madonna's Wikipedia page, even though that phrase doesn't appear there.  The word "unapologetic" does -- once -- but not the "b" word, and not those two words together.  If you use the voice-activated assistant on an Android phone, however, it'll just take you to a generic Google search results page.

While some fans feel this is evidence of a partnership between the Queen of Pop and Apple, others think it means that Siri is sampled on the song.

Meanwhile, the British paper The Sun claims that "Unapologetic B***h" is indeed the title of a song on Madonna's new album, and that its lyrics slam her ex-boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat

The paper claims that in one lyric, Madonna disses Zaibat's sexual prowess, singing, "When we did it/I'll admit it/Wasn't satisfied," while another puts him down for not having any money: "I’m popping bottles that you can’t even afford. I’m throwing parties and you won’t get in the door.”

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Members of Rage Against the Machine, MC5 To Perform at Jail Guitar Doors Benefit

Image Courtesy NightWatchman.comRage Against the Machine's Tom Morello is among the musicians scheduled to perform this Friday at the second annual benefit concert for Jail Guitar Doors USA, a charity that seeks to help rehabilitate prisoners by giving them access to musical instruments.  The show is scheduled for this Friday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, California.

The event was curated by MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, who co-founded the Jail Guitar Doors USA organization in 2009 with British singer Billy Bragg.  The concert also will feature performances by Ben Harper, singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, Jackson Browne, and Los Angeles-based psychedelic-rock group White Fence, among others. Comic Dana Gouldwill emcee the festivities.

The original Jail Guitar Doors charity was launched in 2007 in the U.K. by Bragg in honor of late Clash frontman Joe Strummer.  The organization gets its name from a Clash song Strummer wrote about Kramer's own prison experiences.

The show will take place at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, California. Tickets can be purchased at, with prices running from $35 for general admission to $150 for reserved seating.


Jermaine Dupri Says He Wasn't Fired as Mariah Carey's Manager

Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikLast month, Mariah Carey parted ways with her manager and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri. Now, the hitmaker is dispelling rumors that he was fired due to the disappointing sales of Mariah's latest album, Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse.

In an interview with Vlad TV, JD insists it was his decision to walk away from his management role, adding that most people assumed that Mariah let him go. "People think in their minds that that’s exactly how it has to happen," Dupri said. "It just can’t possibly be that Jermaine woke up one morning and didn’t want to do it no more."

Dupri says he also stepped down in an effort to avoid losing his friendship with Carey, whom he jokingly claims to know better than does her now-estranged husband, Nick Cannon.

"I chose to do this because me and Mariah are friends, right? First and foremost. And we make hit records in the studio…This was the ongoing joke. I have a relationship with Mariah better than her and her husband. I’ve known her longer than her and her husband known each other," he says.

Speaking of Mariah and Nick, don't look to Dupri for any details about their marital woes.  "I don't know nothing about that situation," he says.

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Kem Debuts High on Billboard 200 Chart

Image Courtesy Motown RecordsKem's latest album, Promise to Love: Album IV, has debuted at the #3 position on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the project sold 52,000 copies in its first week, exceeding initial sales estimates of 35,000 to 40,000 copies.  Despite the solid sales start, that performance still falls short of Kem’s last studio set, 2010’s Intimacy: Album III, which debuted at #2 with 74,000 units moved.

Elsewhere, last week's #1, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood, has slipped from #1 to #6, selling an additional 30,000 copies this week.

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Luke Bryan Unhurt After Falling Off Stage in Indiana

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan may want to include guard rails into his stage design for 2015. The country star fell into the crowd for the third time this year over the weekend during a show in Indiana. Fortunately, Luke wasn't hurt, and tweeted after the show, "Our stage is different in every amp[hitheater]. Little stage variations. Hell, I gotta just pay more attention.”

Luke had similar spills in February and May of this year.

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CMA Awards Nominees React to the Good News

CMAFlorida Georgia Line could add another CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year to their collection when the trophies are handed out November 5. FGL won the Duo category as well as Single of the Year for "Cruise" at last year's show, and the duo's Brian Kelley is still shocked to see those CMA Awards at his house in Nashville.

He tells ABC News Radio, "It's very surreal, man. You just kinda look at it, pick it up. It's heavy as it can be, man. It's an incredible thing."

Brian's duo partner Tyler Hubbard is creating a special place in his house to display the trophies.

"I'm building a man cave," Tyler explains. "They're sitting in one of the guest bedrooms right now waiting for the bonus room to get finished up."

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is nominated in that category again this year. The group joined Darius Rucker to announce the nominees Wednesday morning in New York City. After the press conference, LBT's Karen Fairchild said they couldn't get these nominations without loyal fans and great songs.

Karen explains, "We're blessed to write with incredible songwriters in Nashville and to work with an amazing producer and to just be zoned into what we're doing, and maybe the heartbeat of our fans? They're the ones that give us these opportunities, so we're incredibly grateful."

Here's a roundup of other CMA Awards nominees' reactions via social media and press statements:

George Strait -- "It's a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year. It's been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!"

Luke Bryan -- "Thank y'all for my nominations. Amazing. Crazy stuff."

Dierks Bentley -- "wow y'all. 5 ?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. i never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!"

Martina McBride -- "Wow! Wow! Wow! SO happy to get the news about the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year nomination!!! Congratulations to all the nominees! Woohoo!"

Cole Swindell -- "Huge thanks to @CountryMusic for this incredible nomination! I am humbled beyond words. Congrats to all the nominees! #NewArtist #CMAawards"

Dan + Shay -- "Proud to share these special moments with our incredible fan base. Thanks for believing in our dream! #Dashers #CMAAwards"

Thomas Rhett -- "Good grief...Thanks to everyone who voted for #CMAawards New Artist of the Year...Feel very blessed to be in good company!"

Brett Eldredge -- "Holy peanut butter pancakes! Woke up to being nominated for CMA awards New artist of the year! Love yans:)"

Kip Moore -- "just heard the news about cma way to express my gratitude through a tweet. So many involved w this, so thanks to all!"

Kacey Musgraves -- "MUCHAS GRACIAS por mi CMA Nominations! Arrow nom for SOTY?! That's a dream come true! They all are. Thanks."

Brandy Clark --“I've watched the CMA Awards every year for as long as I can remember. To be a nominee in both Song [for co-writing"Follow Your Arrow"] and New Artist is truly a thrill and a dream come true.” 

Kenny Rogers -- “Whether we win or not, it was an event for me being back together with my good friend, Dolly Parton. I have great respect for everyone in this category and there’s no way you can lose being in that group.”
Dolly Parton -- "I'm so honored to be nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year with one of my absolute best friends, Kenny Rogers! It really is true that ‘You Can't Make Old Friends’.”

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Faith No More Will Release First Album in 18 Years

Image Courtesy Margaret Banda It's been enough time to raise a child now old enough to vote: Faith No More has announced that it will release a new album in 2015, 18 years after the band's last studio entry, Album of the Year.

The news was posted via Twitter in the form of a link to a band interview with Rolling Stone in which bassist Bob Gould says he and his band mates "decided: we’re going to get busy in 2015…make an album we’re proud of, kick things up a notch, [and] get out there and perform it."

The news comes several months after the band took the step of starting a Twitter account -- @FaithNoMore --  and booking a couple of shows.  Those included a July 4 gig in London opening for Black Sabbath at what may have been Sabbath's last-ever show, and the following day at the Open'er Festival in Poland.

The band's first tweet, back in May, was a post from singer Mike Patton who promised, "Stay tuned for more Tweets...the reunion thing was fun, but it's time to get a little more creative!"  And last month came even more provocative promise: "The Reunion Tour is over; in 2015 things are going to change."

While fans will have to wait until next year for the new album, there is some new Faith No More music due in the near future, in the form of a 7-inch single with a title you can't say on the radio -- let's call it "M.F." -- which will hit Record Store Day's Black Friday event on November 28. The digital version is due December 9.

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Nick Carter & Jordan Knight Say Joint Album Is "Something Special and Different" 

ABC/Fred LeeIt's boy band heaven! Nick and Knight, the joint album project from Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block, just arrived in stores, and Nick says the combination of his and Jordan's musical interests makes for a unique listening experience.

"We both come from different worlds when it comes to the type of music that we like," Nick tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, I like a little bit of pop, rock...but I love everything. We love everything. We're music guys, so when we put all these things in a pot and stir it around, I think you're gonna get something special and different that our fans have never heard before."

Trying to describe the album's sound, Nick adds that it delivers "something funky, something pop, something know, just Nick and Knight."

Nick and Jordan, who knew each other back in Orlando, Florida even before their respective groups became famous, are also launching a joint tour, starting September 15 in Nashville, Tennessee.  "Obviously me and Nick have never done a show totally together, start to finish, before. We're gonna do songs together," Jordan tells ABC News Radio about what fans can expect.

"We'll do some solo songs," he adds. "We feel like the fans will really love that. And Nick's really great at the guitar. I play the piano. And I think there'll be a section in the show where we kinda break it down and just kinda go real acoustic and make it really intimate. There'll be that aspect as well."

If you can't get a ticket to see the Backstreet Boy and the New Kid live and in person, you'll be able to see them on Nick's new reality show, I Heart Nick Carter, which debuts next Wednesday on VH1.  The series is actually about the relationship between Nick and his then-fiancee, now wife, Lauren Kitt, but Jordan appears in the show as well, and he tells ABC News Radio why it's worth tuning in.

"It's great to be a part of reality shows that have a positive ending and have a happy ending. Nick's is one of them," he explains. "It's a touching show and it does delve into his relationship with Lauren and how they overcome things and resolve things. And I think it's gonna be positive for people to watch."

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David Crosby Selling Downloads of Select Concerts from His 2014 Solo Tour

Image Courtesy of Eleanor StillsGreat news for David Crosby fans who didn’t have the chance to see him on his 2014 solo U.S. tour: The singer/songwriter has made available for purchase several full concerts from the trek as audio digital downloads.

For a limited time, eight Crosby shows are being sold at, all priced at $25.  The concerts available are David's four late-January/early February gigs at the City Winery in New York City, his pair of shows at Chicago's City Winery, and two of his April performances at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Crosby's solo dates featured the folk-rock legend singing his new solo album, CROZ, in its entirety as well as songs from throughout his career, including earlier solo material and tunes by The Byrds, Crosby & Nash and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Meanwhile, David revealed in a Twitter post that he's planning to release a DVD of his solo show "soon."

Crosby will be hitting the road with CSN later this month for a new U.S. tour leg that's scheduled from a September 11 in Boise, Idaho, through an October 3-4 stand in Los Angeles.  He also has a pair of fall solo concerts lined up in Italy -- on December 9 in Lucca and December 10 in Como.

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Faith Evans Teases New Video for "I Deserve It"

Image Courtesy Prolific Music Group, IncFaith Evans declares her worth in her newly-released single "I Deserve It," the first from her forthcoming album, Incomparable. The song includes guest verses from Missy Elliott and rap newcomer Sharaya J, who's signed to Missy’s The Goldmind Inc. imprint.

"'Cause girl like me is worth it/Only want the best, because I deserve it," Faye sings on the jazzy record.

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Faith Evans is giving fans a sneak peak into the visual for her new single, "I Deserve It," lifted from her upcoming album, Incomparable.

In a teaser clip for the '90s-inspired video, posted on YouTube, Faye dances the night away alongside Missy and her protégé Sharaya J.

"'Cause girl like me is worth it/Only want the best, because I deserve it," Faith sings on the club banger.

The full video will premiere later this week.

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Unions Blast NFL's "Pay-to-Play" Super Bowl Halftime Scheme

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsIt's looking more and more like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Coldplay or whoever else the NFL wants to perform during Super Bowl halftime next year won't have to pay for the privilege of doing so.

As the Wall Street Journal first reported, the NFL had approached those three acts and offered them the chance to play halftime, with the caveat that they pay the NFL some of their future earnings.  But Deadline reports that several unions have now gone on record as condemning that plan.

The AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees and the American Federation of Musicians are both against the idea of "pay to play," Deadline reports.  “No one should ever pay to work. No organization should ever get a kickback from a worker they employ,” said the AFL-CIO in a statement. 

“The Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, its affiliates in the entertainment industry, and the other unions, 22 in all, will stand with the AFM in condemning and will fight back against any attempts to make workers pay to perform,” the group added.

Traditionally, the NFL does not pay its halftime performers, since the publicity an act gets from the gig is ostensibly worth more than any fee they could command.  This year's halftime performer, Bruno Mars, attracted more viewers than the actual game did.

Previously, the president of the AFM told Deadline, "It’s not like the NFL and its Super Bowl organizers don’t have any money and can’t afford to pay for halftime show performances; it’s about the insatiable thirst for profits at the expense of great musical entertainment and those who create it."

He added, "You can find kickback schemes like this coming from unscrupulous bar and nightclub owners, but for the NFL to descend to such depths would be unconscionable.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: George Strait.

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Joe Nichols Staying "Cool" Releasing Third Upbeat Love Song in a Row to Country Radio

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols has scored two consecutive #1 hits with the feel-good love songs "Sunny & 75" and "Yeah." So, he feels no need to slow down the tempo on his upcoming single, "Hard to Be Cool." The new track has become a fan-favorite at Joe's concerts lately.

He tells Rolling Stone Country, "It's surprised me how popular it is in the live show. That's a good indicator of what album cuts should be singles: when people are singing every word to it, and they get excited right after hearing the intro."

"Hard to Be Cool" was the last song recorded for Joe's latest album, Crickets, available now.

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