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Friday
Oct112013

Lady Gaga Announces Next ARTPOP Single

Interscope RecordsLess than 24 hours after unveiling the track list for ARTPOP on Twitter, Lady Gaga went back onto the site Thursday evening to make another announcement.

Gaga informed her Little Monsters that the second official single from ARTPOP will be "Venus," and that it will be released worldwide on October 27. She wrote, "Descend your discoballs. #TAKEMETOYOURPLANET #TAKEMETOYOURLEADER #TAKEMETOYOURVENUS."

"Venus" follows ARTPOP's lead single, "Applause." Gaga has also released a lyric video for another ARTPOP track, "Aura," which promotes her new film, Machete Kills.

ARTPOP debuts November 11.

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Friday
Oct112013

Katy Perry Says "Prism" Is "Raw" but Still "Lots of Fun"

Lloyd Bishop/NBCKaty Perry made an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Thursday night to plug her new album, Prism, which she describes as "raw" but still "lots of fun."

Fallon's house band, The Roots, welcomed Perry by playing boyfriend John Mayer's "Your Body Is a Wonderland."

Wearing pigtails, a white blouse with the Virgin Mary on it, a black leather miniskirt and knee-high black socks, Perry told Fallon the new album is quite different from Teenage Dream, which spawned five massive hits. "..[I]t's more raw, and vulnerable and stripped out," Perry said, calling the new album "an evolution."  "It's three years later, and a bit more grown up, but still having lots of fun," she added.

As if to demonstrate that she still likes to have fun, Perry stayed for a rousing game of Taboo with Fallon and two people from the studio audience.

Perry is the musical guest this weekend on Saturday Night Live. Bruce Willis will host.

Prism is due out October 22.

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Friday
Oct112013

Eminem Reveals Track List for "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"

Image courtesy Eminem via InstagramEminem has revealed the track list for his highly anticipated eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. There are 16 songs on the album, including the Rick Rubin-produced single "Berzerk.”

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is set to hit stores November 5.

Here’s the track list for The Marshall Mathers LP 2:

"Bad Guy"
"Parking Lot" (skit)
"Rhyme or Reason"
"So Much Better"
"Survival"
"Legacy"
"A**hole" feat. Skylar Grey
"Berzerk"
"Rap God"
"Brainless"
"Stronger than I Was"
"Monster" feat. Rihanna
"So Far..."
"Love Game" feat. Kendrick Lamar
"Headlights" feat. Nate Ruess
"Evil Twin"

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Friday
Oct112013

"The X Factor" Recap: Simon Wraps Up Four-Chair Challenge

FOXThe X Factor's four-chair challenge concluded Thursday night with Simon Cowell rounding out the top four in his "groups" category. By the end of the episode, only 16 acts were left in the competition.

Simon previously reviewed four of his 10 acts on Wednesday night's show: Girls United, Wild Thingz, Glamour and Restless Road. All four had earned a spot on a bench entering Thursday night's episode.

Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joined Simon at the judges' table to share their opinion. 

Here's a rundown of what happened on Thursday night's show:

The all-female trio Sweet Suspense performed "Wishing on a Star," originally recorded by Rose Royce and later covered by Beyoncé. Kelly, Bey's former Destiny Child's band mate, said she believes the group is hungry enough to improve and achieve their goal. Simon let them take a seat on a bench, replacing Wild Thingz.

Yellow House Canyon, a country female duo, tackled "Hell on Heels" by Miranda Lambert's band Pistol Annies. Demi didn't think the ladies had what it takes to advance. Simon initially said he was on the fence. He ultimately told Yellow House Canyon they were going home.

The boy band Forever In Your Mind sang "Love Bug," by the Jonas Brothers. Incidentally, the JoBros announced Wednesday they had cancelled their tour due to a "creative rift." Demi, who once dated Joe Jonas, thought it wasn't a good song choice. Simon said he would take a chance on the boys. In doing so, he bumped Glamour from the competition. However, Forever In Your Mind later lost their spot.

The teen female pair Good News didn't impress the judges with their version of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide." Simon called it "boring and "dreary," and he eliminated the group without a second thought.

The boyfriend/girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra sang a very slow version of the Grease tune "You're the One That I Want." Demi liked them, but she wondered aloud what would happen to their career if they were to break up. Simon said it was a stupid question for Demi to ask. He didn't hesitate in passing Alex & Sierra through to the next round, at the expense of Girls United.

Roxxy Montana, which consists of three women, ended the night with a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror." Paulina said she didn't expect it to be as good as it was. Simon declared that the show could make them "incredible." He switched Roxxy Montana with Forever In Your Mind.

Due to Fox's coverage of the baseball playoffs, The X Factor will go on hiatus until Tuesday, October 29, when it airs its first live show of the season. In the meantime, the coaches will be mentoring the top 16, which you'll be able to follow at TheXFactorUSA.com.

Here's a closer look at the categories:

Girls, mentored by Demi: Khaya Cohen, Rion Paige, Danie Geimer, Ellona Santiago.

Boys, mentored by Paulina: Carlito Olivero, Tim Olstad, Josh Levi, Carlos Guevara.

Groups, mentored by Simon: Alex & Sierra, Roxxy Montana, Restless Road, Sweet Suspense.

Over 25, mentored by Kelly: Lillie McCloud, Rachel Potter, James Kenney, Jeff Gutt.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Give Him Shelter!: Connecticut Man Says He Was Making a Bomb Intended for Keith Richards

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesTalk about a bigger bang!  A 69-year-old man from Fairfield, Connecticut, was arrested on Monday after police discovered a variety of explosive devices and guns in his home, including a bomb apparently intended for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

According to the Connecticut Post, police first visited Joseph Callahan on October 1 when his ex-wife called the authorities to ask them to check in on her former spouse, who she said she hadn't heard from for more than a day.  Police initially found nothing amiss, but things changed after Callahan himself called to report that he believed that someone had broken into his home and stolen some of his prescription medicines.

While officers were investigating, they noticed large containers in his garage, which Callahan revealed contained ammonium nitrate.  Callahan also pointed out that there was a large bomb that he was building in his garage that was intended for Richards, who has lives in nearby Weston, Connecticut.  He added that he didn't remember if he'd attached a fuse to the device.

Callahan also was possession of 142 guns, all of which reportedly were registered.  The Connecticut Post reports that, according to arrest documents, he told police that playing with explosives was one of his hobbies.  Callahan also admitted that he was taking a variety of prescribed and nonprescription medications.

Charges against Callahan include 112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, six counts of reckless endangerment and one count of bomb manufacturing.  He currently is free on band and will be arraigned at an October 16 hearing at a Superior Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Richards' publicist tells the Connecticut Post that the rocker was not available to comment on the incident.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Bruno Mars to Unveil "Gorilla" Video on Monday via Facebook

Atlantic RecordsBruno Mars will unleash his "Gorilla" on Monday.  The video for his latest single will debut on his Facebook page at 3 p.m. ET, as part of the social networking site's #NowPlaying program. 

Starting Friday and going through the premiere, Bruno will be posting one teaser photo per day on Instagram to hype the video.  The singer, who co-directed the video, definitely has something special planned: "Wait till you see this," he tweeted a few days ago.

"Gorilla" is the fourth hit single from Bruno's disc Unorthodox Jukebox, following "Locked Out of Heaven," "Treasure" and "When I Was Your Man."

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Thursday
Oct102013

When "Wrecking Ball" Hit #1, Miley Cyrus Won a $10,000 Toilet

Dana Edelson/NBCIt turns out there was something else at stake besides Miley Cyrus' career when she released her ballad "Wrecking Ball" and its accompanying near-naked video -- and that something was a $10,000 toilet.  Yes, you heard that right: a potty that costs ten grand.

In a New Yorker magazine profile of super producer Dr. Luke, we learn that even though he co-wrote and co-produced "Wrecking Ball,"  he wasn't sure it was a smash hit.  So he bet Miley that if he was wrong about, he'd buy her a Numi toilet, just like the one that he has. The super-high-tech potty has a Bluetooth receiver that can stream music from your smartphone. 

Miley told the magazine, "Contrary to what he thinks, Dr. Luke isn't always right.  I bet him him that 'Wrecking Ball' would go to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it did."

"Now he has to buy me a ten-thousand-dollar toilet," laughs Miley.  "I'll be thinking of him every time I go."

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Thursday
Oct102013

Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan Headlining 2014 Stagecoach Festival

Photo Credit: John PeetsEric Church, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan are set to headline the 2014 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA.  The three-day event takes place April 25 through 27, 2014 at the Empire Polo Club.  Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Easton Corbin and Loretta Lynn are also on the bill.

Go to StagecoachFestival.com for ticket information.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Katy Perry to Perform New Single "Unconditionally" at MTV EMA Awards Nov. 10 

MTV NetworksKaty Perry will debut her brand-new single "Unconditionally" live at this year's MTV EMA Awards, which will be held in Amsterdam on November 10. You'll be able to watch the show in the U.S. on MTV starting at 6:30 p.m.

Katy has won three MTV EMA awards, and even hosted the ceremony in 2008 and 2009.  She also performed on the show each year from 2008 through 2010.  In a statement, Katy said, "I'm so excited to return to the EMA stage! I have tailor-made a performance of a brand new song from PRISM to share with fans from around the world."

In addition to Katy, Will Ferrell will be a "special correspondent" during the telecast, appearing as his Anchorman character, Ron Burgundy.  In a promo, Will as Burgundy jokes about some of pop music's top acts. "Katy Perry, you have huge hits.  I love them. I really do. They are truly impressive. Congratulations on your massive hits," he says.

As previously reported, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the lead nominees for the MTV EMAs, with five nods apiece.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Report: Rihanna Pays $39K a Month Rent for NYC Loft 

Photo Courtesy of Style NetworkRihanna may have moved out of her $12-million dollar Los Angeles mansion following numerous break-ins, but she's definitely got a place to crash in New York City. The singer is reportedly renting a plush penthouse neighboring Soho and Chinatown for $39,000 a month.

According to the New York Daily News, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath duplex boasts a wraparound 2,400-square-foot terrace, a six-foot tub with a huge window with views of the Empire State Building, and a master suite with a 156-square-foot walk-in closet.  In addition to high-end fixtures -- a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a wine cooler, a bar and a full media room -- there is also a full-time doorman, which should ward off any further intruders of the sort that have plagued Ri Ri.

Rihanna opted against purchasing the $14.6 million duplex, which is located in an area that included previous celeb homeowners like Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Trisha Yearwood Fuses Fashion and Food in New "O, The Oprah Magazine" Spread

Photo Credit: Ruven AfanadorTrisha Yearwood is looking hotter than ever in a new spread in O, The Oprah Magazine's November issue. This marks the first time Trisha has done a big fashion photo shoot, and it's tied in with her Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

Even though she spends a lot of time in the kitchen these days, Trisha has lost quite a bit of weight lately thanks to her diet and exercise regimen. It's changed the way she approaches fashion, too.

Trisha tells O, "I lost the weight eight months ago, and I still wake up every day and think there's no way my clothes will fit.  I used to try on ten things and just wear whatever was the least offensive. I guess I still have that mental block."

The November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine hits stands October 15. The new season of Trisha's Southern Kitchen premieres on Food Network Saturday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Eric Benét Releases Fan Based "Runnin" Lyric Video

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Eric Benét's fans have supported the crooner's music for nearly two decades. To show his gratitude, he's included many of them in the video for his new single, "Runnin.'"

The clip features various images of fans posing next to Benet, which were submitted via social media specifically for his newest visual.  "Here it is! My new lyric video for my new single 'Runnin'!! U guys made this possible," the 46-year-old singer tweeted.

The love ballad is lifted from Eric’s latest album The One, which is on available on iTunes and digital retailers now.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Rick Ross Releases Album Trailer for "Mastermind"

Courtesy of Rick Ross' Twitter

After announcing the release date for his highly anticipated album Mastermind, Rick Ross has issued a video trailer to promote the set.

The two-minute clip begins with an interview conducted in 1999 in which he proclaims, "Ya'll gon be seeing a lot of me, ya'll gon be replaying this sh** for years to come."  The visual quickly chronicles his rise to fame and ends with footage from his performance alongside Jay-Z on their most recent collaboration, "F**kwithmeyouknowigotit" lifted from Hov's Magna Carta ... Holy Grail LP.

The Miami boss tweeted earlier this week that fans can expect Mastermind to arrive on December 17.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Usher Shows Off Sexy Body in Men's Health, Ex-Wife Tweets "Dizzzzam"

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Despite divorcing Usher in 2009 and losing primary custody of their two sons in 2012, Tameka Foster still seems to enjoy seeing the singer shirtless as much as his adoring fans do.

Her former husband graces the cover for the November issue of Men's Health, and after seeing his chiseled chest, she tweeted, "......well dizzzzam @Usher . Yep!!! That's it ;-)."

Meanwhile, Usher has good reason to maintain his famous abs.  The singer is currently training for the upcoming movie Hands of Stone, in which he portrays legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.  "My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him," he tells Men's Health.  "I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not."

The full article is available to read online now.

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Thursday
Oct102013

The Killers Pull Out of Bridge School Benefit Concert

Island RecordsBad news for fans of The Killers: the group has canceled its upcoming appearance at the 27th annual edition of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert.  Drummer Ronnie Vannucci says the guys decided to pull out of the benefit concert due to the absence of bassist Mark Stoermer, who recently backed out of the group’s tour of Asia.

"The fact of the matter is, without Mark on tour with us right now, we simply aren't able to prepare an acoustic set for one of the year's most important music charity events properly,” he explains in a statement.  “We never want to give less than 100 percent, and in this particular instance, we simply won't be able to.  We know this is a disappointment for our fans in the Bay Area, for which we're very sorry, but hopefully we will be able to team up with Bridge School again in the future.  It's an amazing charity, and we encourage our fans to show them a lot of love and support."

The Bridge School Benefit Concert is scheduled to take place October 26 and 27 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Other rock acts set to hit the stage for the all-acoustic event include Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, fun. and former Rilo Kiley vocalist Jenny Lewis.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Death Cab for Cutie Begins Work on Next Studio Album

Danny ClinchDeath Cab for Cutie has revealed they’re back in the studio working on their next studio album. The band announced the good news via Instagram on Thursday afternoon, posting a photo of a rack of guitars along with the caption “Paintbrushes. #inthestudio #deathcab."

The group’s previous release, 2011's Codes and Keys, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 102,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age Announce 2014 Co-Headlining Tour of Australia, New Zealand

NIN.comNine Inch Nails has teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age for a co-headlining tour in 2014 Down Under.

The bands have just scheduled a string of eight dates in Australia and New Zealand, which kick off on March 6 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you’re wondering who’ll take the stage first, it will be left up to chance: the groups say they’ll flip a coin each night to decide which of them will get to perform first.

Pre-sale tickets for the upcoming shows will go on sale on Wednesday at 2 p.m. local venue time. Remaining tickets will be available on October 24. Visit Tour.NIN.com or QOTSA.com for the full itinerary.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Paul McCartney Gives Surprise Performance in New York City's Times Square

MPL/Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney thrilled a lunchtime crowd in the heart of New York City on Thursday afternoon when he played a surprise mini concert in Times Square.  The former Beatle delivered an energetic four-song set that featured only tunes from his about-to-be-released album, NEW.

Playing on a makeshift stage set up in a converted trailer, Sir Paul and his longtime backing band performed rousing renditions of NEW's title track, lead song "Save Us," "Everybody Out There" and the particularly Beatles-like "Queenie Eye."  Before kicking into the final tune, McCartney thanked the crowd for being a lovely audience and then revealed apologetically that that he'd only been given 15 minutes to perform.

The fans who caught the performance ranged from children to senior citizens, and while some seemed disappointed that McCartney didn't play any of his classic Beatles songs, there was a general feeling of excitement about the rock legend playing an impromptu set in the middle of the Big Apple.

Jere Hester, a Fab Four aficionado who recently published a book titled Raising a Beatle Baby, tells ABC News Radio that he was excited to see McCartney close up.

"He's still a incredible performer," says Hester.  "But the more amazing thing was to see the multiple generations of people here.…It goes to the whole intergenerational appeal of The Beatles and the endurance of the music."

Alex, a British-born woman who works for MTV, notes, "It's amazing to see an icon perform in such a public space, and I think it's quite a rare opportunity to access someone like Paul McCartney.  What I really like is that he kind of brought it down to a level where hundreds of people could just see him perform."

In addition, a young Minnesota woman named Kayla making her first-ever visit to New York City tells ABC News Radio that she arrived in Times Square just in time to catch the tail end of the concert.

"This was super exciting to see, since we just got here," she declares.  "It almost feels like this is supposed to happen every time you go to New York."

The show comes just a day after Macca and his group took part in another surprise New York City event, a 90-minute Q&A session and concert at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens.  That event will be streamed Monday on Yahoo.com at 9 p.m. ET.  NEW will be released on Tuesday.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Timbaland Debuts New Collabo with Jay-Z & Drake at Performance in England

Facebook.com/TimbalandTimbaland has contributed numerous beats for Jay-Z's albums, including this year's Magna Carta... Holy Grail, and he also crafted the closing track on Drake's Thank Me Later.  Now, the rappers have returned the favor by appearing on the hitmaker's new song, which he debuted during Jay’s Magna Carter World Tour.  

In front of a packed crowd in Birmingham, England, Timbaland showcased the new tune and rapped on the hook, "What you know about me? / Not a motherf***ing thing."  An audience video of the performance was posted to YouTube.

While there’s no word on where Timbo's new offering will end up, the up-tempo track marks the third time from Drake and Jay-Z have collaborated, including their most recent song "Pound Cake" lifted from Drizzy's Nothing Was the Same.

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Thursday
Oct102013

Nipsey Hussle Reacts to Jay-Z Purchasing 100 Copies of His Crenshaw Album

Facebook.com/NipseyHussle; Facebook.com/JayZEarlier this week, Nipsey Hussle became $10,000 richer after Jay-Z purchased 100 copies of his new Crenshaw mixtape, at $100 each.

The Los Angeles rapper, who initially released the project as a free download and then gave fans the option to buy a $100 physical copy, explained to MTV News that he's "humbled" by the rap mogul's unexpected gesture.

"They sent us $10,000, we sent out 100 CDs," Nipsey recalled.  "I ain’t get the chance to holler at Jay, but through his people he made it clear that he respected everything, so I was just humbled by it.  It felt like it was a good risk.  It ended up working out."

In addition to Hov's contribution, Nipsey sold 1,000 physical copies within 24 hours, which adds up to an impressive $100,000 in sales.

Fans can still download Crenshaw, which includes guest spots from Rick Ross and Slim Thug, or fork over a Benjamin for the physical copy via IAmProud2Pay.com.

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