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Wednesday
Sep162015

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Rihanna Make Victoria's Secret's 2015 "What Is Sexy?" List 

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Considering the fact that Taylor Swift has performed twice on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show TV special, and several Victoria's Secret Angels are in her squad, it's no surprise that she's made the lingerie company's annual "What Is Sexy?" List, honoring "the hottest and most inspiring women in Hollywood.

Taylor made the list in the category of "Sexiest Legs," which she shows off to full effect every night on tour.  Also on the list: Ariana Grande, named "Sexiest Songstress."  Well, if she's the winner of that category, where does that leave Beyonce?  Queen Bey gets the "Sexiest Bikini Body" award.  And the frequently half-nude Rihanna is tops in a category called "Forever Sexy."

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Usher, Common & More Added to Global Citizen Festival 

Image Courtesy RCA/SaccentiUsher and Common are among the newly added entertainers slated to take part in this year's Global Citizen Festival, an annual event in New York City.

Billboard reports singer Tori Kelly and actresses Laverne Cox, Katie Holmes and Connie Britton also are among the guest performers added to the bill for show, which will be held September 26 on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The entertainers will serve as host committee members  at the "Global Citizen Action Hub," where they'll engage with fans and discuss the big issues of the day.

They’ll join previously announced headliners Beyoncé, Ed SheeranPearl Jam and Coldplay for the festive showcase, which is designed to end extreme poverty by 2030.

While the event is free, you'll need a ticket, which you can win by visiting GlobalCitizenFestival.com where you can also learn how to take action and help the world's poor.  When you do, you're entered into a lottery to win a pair of tickets.  But even if you don't score, you'll be able to watch the concert on YouTube, MSNBC and on NBC-TV, which will air the event as a one-hour special September 27.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

It's All Gaga in New "American Horror Story: Hotel" Teaser 

Suzanne Tenner/FX NetworksThere have been a handful of teasers and promos so far for American Horror Story: Hotel, with a couple featuring glimpses of Lady Gaga's character, the Countess.  But a brand-new teaser is all about the character, giving us the longest, closest look at her yet.

The thirty-second promo, titled "Above and Below," is pretty much a Lady Gaga video.  It begins with her emerging from an old-school hotel elevator into a bright corridor, clad in a glamorous white gown and the character's already familiar silver gauntlet.  From there it features multiple shots of Gaga in at least four costumes, and jumps back and fourth from the bright, old-school setting to a sleek, dark, modern hotel corridor and elevators.  All the while the images jump from bright to dark as well, with Gaga surrounded by bizarre, creepy characters, some of which we've already seen in previous teases. 

The promo's set to the song "Du Hast," by German metal band Rammstein, which you might remember was also featured in 1999's The Matrix.

"Let the Countdown Begin," Gaga tweeted, including emoji of lips and a knife, and the hashtags #AHSHotel #3weeks.  She signed the tweet "The Countess" and linked to the promo on YouTube.

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres Wednesday, October 7 on FX.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Watch Out, Adam Levine: Does Blake Shelton Have the Hots for Your Wife? 

Art Streiber/NBCAdam Levine and his fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton are good friends, but we're not sure how Adam feels about a comment that Blake just made about his wife.

Blake, who split with his wife, fellow county superstar Miranda Lambert, earlier this year, tells People that all the Voice coaches, he'd most like to swap lives with Adam because "he's married to a super model. Need I say more?"

Asked if Adam would be surprised with that choice, Blake joked, "I don't give a f***. That's who I'm picking and it's because of his wife. Period."

Adam married Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo in 2014, and their marriage seems to be holding together.  So does the marriage of coach Pharrell Williams, who wed his longtime love Helen Lasichanh in 2013.  But in addition to Blake's breakup, another of this season's Voice coaches, Gwen Stefani, has seen her marriage end over the past few months.  Coincidentally, both Miranda and Gwen's ex, Gavin Rossdale, have served as mentors on the show.

You shouldn't worry Blake is out to wreck Adam's happy home. The two guys have become quite close after working together on The Voice for the past eight seasons.  "Adam and I, believe it or not, spent time together a lot, mostly just talking," Blake says. "My favorite part of being on this show is those friendships that I've made."

The ninth season of NBC's The Voice premieres Monday, September 21.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

John Mellencamp Spotted on Dinner Date with Christie Brinkley in New York

Image Courtesy of Republic Records; Mike Coppola/NBCHe's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who used to be married to a supermodel, and she's is a supermodel who used to be married to a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, but have John Mellencamp and Christie Brinkley found romance with each other?  ET Online reports the two stars were spotted on a dinner date together at the Bowery Hotel in New York City Monday.

An eyewitness tells ET that the 63-year-old singer/songwriter arrived at the hotel before Brinkley, and then the two celebs spent an hour together there before leaving.  According to the eyewitness, Brinkley got into Mellencamp's chauffeured car and they were driven away together.

A photo capturing Brinkley and Mellencamp leaving the hotel shows Christie with a big smile and John touching the small of her back.

Regarding how long the two stars may have been seeing each other, a source tells ET, "It's not like that.  This is the first time they've ever been out together."

Mellencamp and Brinkley were recently spotted previously at the same event, a special New York screening of the new Bill Murray movie Rock the Kasbah that took place in late August, although they weren't seen together.

Mellencamp was married to one-time Victoria's Secret model Elaine Irwin -- his third wife -- from 1992 to 2011, and he most recently has been in an on-again off-again relationship with actress Meg Ryan.  Brinkley, of course, was married to Billy Joel, who was the second of her four husbands.  The couple was together from 1985 to 1994.

In other news, Mellencamp and country legend Willie Nelson will appear together on tonight's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.  John and Willie will chat about the 2015 edition of the Farm Aid concert, and also will give a performance.  The 30th annual benefit event takes place this Saturday, September 19, in downtown Chicago with a lineup featuring Farm Aid regulars Mellencamp, Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, as well as Mavis Staples, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons and more.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Is Britney Spears Planning a World Tour? 

Denise TruscelloBritney Spears just signed on to perform in Las Vegas for two more years, but that doesn't mean the mom of two plans to stay at home when her stint in Sin City is over.

During an #AskBritney Twitter Q&A, a fan asked the singer, "Will there ever be another world tour in the future?"  Britney responded, "Who doesn't love to travel?"

Predictably, her fans and some media outlets started freaking out, assuming this comment was tantamount to her literally announcing a world tour.  But two years is a long time; who knows what will happen when Britney's done with Vegas?

During the Q&A, Britney also said she's working on new music, and plans to add new songs and new costumes to her Piece of Me Vegas show.  About her upcoming role in the sitcom Jane the Virgin, she teased, "I'm playing myself. That's all I can say!"

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Brad Paisley Adds Five New Shows to Country Nation College Tour

CMABrad Paisley has added five new shows to his current Country Nation College Tour. The new dates include stops at Florida State University on October 8, Auburn University October 9, and the University of Georgia October 15. He'll also stop by Wake Forest University on October 10 and close things out with a performance at the University of South Carolina October 16.

So far, more than 65,000 fans have caught Brad's four shows on college campuses in the past few weeks.  Eric Paslay will join Brad on the new dates.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Ariana Grande Confirms New Single, "Focus," Coming in October

PRNewsFoto/LUXE BrandsAriana Grande has announced her much-anticipated new single, called "Focus," is a little more than a month away.

She mentioned it Tuesday night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and then tweeted, "Focus  10.30.15."  The track will be the first release from her upcoming album, Moonlight.  Ariana's last two albums have both reached #1 on the Billboard chart.

Ariana will be at Macy's flagship store in New York City's Herald Square Wednesday to promote her new fragrance, ARI by Ariana Grande.  The first 250 people who buy a fragrance package for $119 will get a VIP pass to meet and get a photo taken with her.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Elton John Punk'd by Russian Pranksters with Fake Putin Call 

Capitol Records/Universal MusicEven Elton John isn't immune from being punk'd.  Turns out that when the music legend thought he'd received a call from Russian president Vladimir Putin the other day, it wasn't Putin at all -- it was a prank.

The British paper The Telegraph reports two Russian TV hosts are claiming they were the ones who called Elton and pretended to be Putin, and then engaged in a discussion with him about gay rights in that country.  Elton believed that he'd actually spoken to Putin, and even thanked the Russian leader on his Instagram account for reaching out to him.

However, suspicions arose that things weren't on the up-and-up when the Kremlin flat-out denied that Putin had called Elton.  Now, the TV hosts, Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stoylarov, who are known as Vova and Lexus, said they're the ones who placed the call, and they did it after seeing Elton on the BBC talking about how much he'd like to sit down and chat with Russian leader.

The two pranksters said, "We think that Putin is unlikely to want, at least in the near future, to meet with him and to call, but it turned out that Elton John was waiting for that call, so immediately believed in the reality of a conversation with the people that we represent. He said: 'Thank you. You made my day...and the conversation was the most wonderful and beautiful in my life.'"

They plan to play an audio recording of the conversation this evening on the biggest state-owned TV channel in Russia.

Elton has been critical of Putin's stance on gay rights, which he's called "ridiculous," "isolating and prejudiced."  Elton's publicist told ABC Radio yesterday that Putin had indeed called the singer.  At press time, ABC Radio hadn't heard back from her regarding the prank.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Garth Brooks Playing Salt Lake City October 30 and 31

Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks will play Salt Lake City, Utah for the first time in 17 years coming up Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. The shows at Energy Solutions Arena will also feature Garth's wife, Trisha Yearwood.

Tickets for these Garth shows go on sale Friday, September 25 at EnergySolutionsArena.com/Garth.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Lionel Richie Announces Las Vegas Residency 

Alan SilfenLionel Richie is the latest artist to announce a residency in Las Vegas.

The legendary singer will be performing at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, which is the venue where Britney Spears' residency is also located.  Lionel's show is called Lionel Richie -- All the Hits, and as the title suggests, that's just what fans will get, from "All Night Long" and "Stuck on You" to "Say You Say Me," "Hello," and "Dancing on the Ceiling."

“I’m so excited to begin my residency at Planet Hollywood,” Lionel said in a statement. “I can’t wait to share 'All the Hits, All Night Long' with all of my fans -- it’s a high energy show that is a perfect match for such a vibrant city!”

The residency kicks off April 27, 2016, and is right now set to run through October. Tickets, which range in price from $59 to $199, go on sale September 18 at 10 a.m. PT.

Here are the dates:

April 2016: 27, 30
May 2016: 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18
September 2016: 21, 24, 25, 28
October 2016: 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Bryan Adams Duets with Justin Bieber in Germany

Samir Hussein/RedfernsOver the years, Bryan Adams has duetted with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Sting and Tina Turner, but his most recent duet partner is his oddest one yet: Justin Bieber.

At an event arranged by their record company, Universal Music Group, Bryan and Justin shared a stage in Berlin, Germany Tuesday, and sang Justin's mega-hit, "Baby."  Bryan played guitar and sang backup vocals while Justin took the lead.  Bryan also tweeted a video of Justin skateboarding backstage.

Other than the fact that the two artists are both Canadian, the Bieb and Bryan don't have much in common, other than the fact that they both have new albums to promote, and that's why they were at the event.  Bryan's new one, Get Up, is due October 16; Justin's is coming out November 13.

 

Mid-air Skateboarder @justinbieber in Berlin #bryanadamsgetup

A video posted by @bryanadams on Sep 15, 2015 at 10:45am PDT

 

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Wednesday
Sep162015

George Harrison Comic Book Bio Out This Week

StormFront PublishingHe may not have been a superhero, but late Beatles guitarist George Harrison is getting his own comic book.

Orbit: George Harrison is a new, 32-page biographical comic book created by writer Carlos Pagola Morales and artist Angel Bernuy that covers Harrison's life from his teens through his death.  The publication follows three other Beatles books from publisher StormFront Comics -- a 279-page history of The Beatles titled Rock & Roll Comics: The Beatles Experience, and the 22-page single-issue comics books Tribute: John Lennon and Orbit: Paul McCartney: Carry That Weight.

Orbit: George Harrison is due out this week in both print and digital editions for $3.99 from Comic Flea Market and various digital retailers. StormFront has published a number of other rock bios in comic-book form covering everyone from Keith Richards and Ozzy Osbourne, to Jerry Garcia, Alice Cooper and Bono.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Shawn Mendes on "Stitches": "Being Emotionally Beat Up Is Worse Than Any Type of Physical Damage"

ABC/Randy HolmesShawn Mendes got his start on Vine, and that fact just won him a major honor: he was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Streamy Awards, which honor the best in online content.   He beat out the likes of Tori Kelly and Rachel Platten to win the award, no doubt thanks to his #1 album Handwritten, his current gig as one of Taylor Swift's opening acts and his current hit "Stitches," which is his first big mainstream single.

"Stitches" is one of only two songs on Handwritten that Shawn didn't write, but the Canadian teen says it fit him so well that he might as well have penned it himself.  "As a songwriter, we're very much so not toward singing songs that we don't write ourselves, because you don't have that connection," he tells ABC Radio. "But I think every once in a while comes along a song that...you feel like is only meant for you.  And that's kind of how 'Stitches' was for me -- I heard that and I was like, really, really into it and wanted to cut that."

Shawn says he could really relate to the song, which is about a guy who is in deep emotional pain after being dumped.

"I think being emotionally beat up is worse than any type of physical damage," he says. "And I think that puts across the message really well in the song."

While Shawn found out he got his Streamy Award earlier this week, the actual awards telecast airs Thursday night on VH1.  Along with A Great Big World and OMI, one of the performers is Shawn's buddy Hailee Steinfeld, with whom he did an acoustic duet version of "Stitches."   So, did Shawn have any advice for the Oscar-nominated actress, who's making the move to music with her hit "Love Myself"?  Yes, as it turns out.

"I said to her just to really just do what she loves," Shawn tells ABC Radio. "Just make sure everything that she puts out, everything that she records, writes or whatever, she makes sure she loves it before she really puts it out to the world."  

Meanwhile, Shawn realizes that he may soon not be the most well-known Vine star out there: another one, Hayes Grier, is competing on ABC's Dancing with the Stars this season. "He's crazy.  Hayes is nuts, if you've ever get the chance to meet him," Shawn says. "So I'm excited to see what he can do [on the show]."

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Ciara Says She "Definitely" Wants More Kids

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Ciara seems to be enjoying life with her son, Future Zahir, and her NFL boyfriend Russell Wilson. Since the singer's beau has gotten closer to her child, she reveals that she's open to having more.

"I definitely [want more kids], yes. [Russell and I] discuss a lot of things … a lot of good things!" she tells People.

When asked how Wilson interacts is with her son, Ci Ci reveals, "He is just an amazing guy. Honestly, him being in my life is really sweet … Life is pretty good, I can say that."

Ciara was also all smiles boasting about her son. "He is awesome! He is 15 months going on 3 years old," she says. "He’s like a parrot now, he’s in the parrot stage so he [copies] everything you say -- which you have to be careful with!"

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Chris Cornell Discusses Folk Influences on "Higher Truth" 

Image Courtesy of 42 WestChris Cornell has never been considered a "folk" singer, but on his forthcoming solo album, Higher Truth, the Soundgarden frontman embraces his folksy side, even playing a mandolin on the record's lead single, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart."

"I rejected most of the folk I was exposed to in the '70s," Cornell tells Rolling Stone. "I came around later to Tom Waits, some parts of Jim Croce and a lot of Cat Stevens. One of the Robinson brothers from the Black Crowes turned me on to Nick Drake. I found a box set on vinyl and pretty much hated it -- until I got to [1972's] Pink Moon. His guitar playing and the compositions are phenomenal."

In support of Higher Truth, Cornell will embark on an acoustic solo tour. Cornell's folk influences have also had an impact on his live show, even performances of his heaviest songs, like Soundgarden's "Outshined."

"I had written an instrumental part in the middle, an interlude, on electric guitar," Cornell says. "On acoustic guitar, it turned out to have a nice Led Zeppelin-y feel. And the vocals flipped into a dirty-blues thing."

Soundgarden's music has long been likened to Led Zeppelin's -- a comparison the band has long distanced themselves from, but has recently warmed up to. 

"There are a handful of bands -- Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Killing Joke -- where if I'm writing a song and it reminds me of them, I'll steer into it, rather than run in the other direction," Cornell says.

Higher Truth will be released on September 18.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Kip Moore's 2012 debut album? ANSWER: Up All Night.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Thomas Rhett Shares Some Quirky and Touching Interactions He's Had with His Fans

Joseph LlanesThomas Rhett is always willing to sign an autograph or take a photo with a fan, but some of his fans have offbeat requests for him during those meetings.

Thomas says, "The most unique thing I’ve ever signed was probably a child. I’ve signed an infant before on the forehead."

Most of the people Thomas meets are very cool and end up giving him things for his wife, Lauren, or their two dogs.

"I mean, they literally come through and they give me dog treats, or they’ll make some kinda collage [of photos] of them that they’ve taken with my wife. My wife should have her own fan club, by the way."

Thomas's sophomore album, Tangled Up, will be out September 25 featuring the #1 hit, "Crash and Burn."

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Chris Janson Feels He's Finally "Made It" Thanks to His Hit Single, "Buy Me a Boat"

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson is on track to score his first #1 hit at country radio with "Buy Me a Boat." He performed the song on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night during his latest appearance on the show. That means Chris can now say he has "made it" as a country star.

He tells ABC Radio, "It's just the epitome to me. There's two things in country music that makes the epitome of 'making it,' so to speak, is one is being on country music radio, and the other one is playing the Opry."

Chris started dreaming of playing the Grand Ole Opry while listening to the show with his great-grandfather while growing up in Missouri. He's now performed on the Grand Ole Opry about 110 times.

"I've been in Nashville 10 years now," Chris explains. "It was a huge goal of mine to [play the Opry], and every time I get to, my dream is coming true every single time I step on that stage. I'm feeling pretty blessed."

Chris is now gearing up to release his debut album, also titled Buy Me a Boat, on October 30. He had a hand in writing every song on the project.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

WALK THE MOON: If We Only Knew Why "Shut Up and Dance" Was So Big, We'd "Write It Over and Over Again"

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WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance" is the song that refuses to die: it came out over a year ago, and it's still going strong, not only in the U.S, but all over the world.  Why is it so popular?  Even the band wishes they knew....because then they could recreate it.

"I feel like it's a really relatable song and it's super-catchy and it's awesome," WALK THE MOON guitarist Eli Maiman tells ABC Radio. "I dunno.  You know, if we knew, we would write the song over and over again!"

Seriously, though, Eli thinks that the song -- based on singer Nick Petricca's real-life experience at a nightclub in Los Angeles -- is big because it's a song for every dorky guy who's ever fallen in love at first sight with some girl at a bar.

"For me, I think the thing about the song is that it's a story of an Everyman character," he explains. "You know, it's not a hero: it's a guy who's nervous and shy about this girl, and he's having all these big ideas, despite the fact [he] just met 'em."  

WALK THE MOON will be playing a variety of festival and headlining shows in the U.S. and Europe through December in support of their album TALKING IS HARD; in the new year, they'll head to Australia.  Next week, they return to New York City to perform in Central Park, where they played earlier this summer as part of ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.

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