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Wednesday
May252016

Jennifer Lopez Says She Helped “Break the Mold” for Curvy Women in Film

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEarlier this week, Jennifer Lopez released a limited edition T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Lucky to have these curves.” And indeed she knows how lucky she is. In The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, J. Lo discusses her famous figure and how it wasn’t always so famous.

"In traditional movies, that wasn't the figure unless you were playing, like, the femme fatale or the bombshell or something like that,” she says. “You couldn't be the serious lead. We kind of broke that mold."

Still, there were times when being the lead role in a movie didn’t exactly work out. Gigli, for instance, was an infamous failure -- but Jennifer says she never took it that hard.

"I never thought of it as, 'Oh, this is terrible! My career's over!' I just never thought that,” she says. “I just knew that that movie didn't work and that's all it was, or that relationship didn't work and that's all it was. It wasn't going to end me, personally or professionally."

She adds that even when she got married and had kids and her career slowed down a bit, she always knew she'd bounce back. “I realized, 'Yeah, you're gonna be even better than you were before. Watch,'” she says. “Those are the kind of talks that I had with myself."

Now, though, she acknowledges that fame bothers her more as she gets older. "When you're young it's like a shock at first, and you kind of have anxiety about it, but then you get used to that life and it just becomes your normal life,” she says. “And now? I think when I had kids and stuff, I was like -- I wanted a little more freedom to go outside and not have them have to deal with that part of it."

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Wednesday
May252016

Asking Alexandria Premieres Spooky "Here I Am" Video 

Sumerian RecordsAsking Alexandria has shared the video for their current single, "Here I Am," which appears on the band's latest album, The Black. The spooky visual cuts between shots of Asking Alexandria performing the track in a field and a small child being haunted by the mysterious masked-creature on The Black's cover.

The Black, released earlier this year, is Asking Alexandria's first album with new lead singer Denis Stoff. The album also includes the singles "I Won't Give In" and "Undivided."

Asking Alexandria's current North American tour in support of The Black wraps up tonight, May 25, in Nashville. The band will return to the U.S. in June.

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Wednesday
May252016

Potential Prince Heirs Protesting DNA Tests

BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesTwo people claiming to be heirs to Prince's estate are protesting being required to take DNA tests.

Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson, who claim they are descendants of Prince's half-brother Duane Nelson Sr., say the tests are not necessary.  According to USA Today, Brianna says she is the daughter of Duane Nelson Sr. Victoria's legal guardian, Jeannine Halloran, says Victoria is his granddaughter.

Carver County probate judge Kevin Eide previously ordered that all claimants undergo blood and genetic testing to prove their relationship to Prince. Duane Nelson Sr. passed away in 2011. He was the child of Prince's father, John Nelson, and his second wife, Vivian.

Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson filed their claims to Prince’s estate at Carver County District Court in Minnesota. They say they have already offered alternative proof of their legal relationship to Prince.

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Wednesday
May252016

Taylor Swift’s Fan-Made Book Gets a Fan-Made Cover 

ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift’s fan-curated book now has a fan-made cover. The book jacket for Taylor Swift: This Is Our Song features a winning design from Shanna Canarini, a 23-year-old graduate of the American Academy of Art.

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the red cover, which has Taylor’s name spelled out using different words and imagery from different stages in her life and career.

The book is being put together by Swifties in collaboration with Simon & Schuster. It will be released on October 25, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Taylor’s first album. Her self-titled debut was released October 24, 2006.

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Wednesday
May252016

Fifth Harmony Performing Pop-Country Mashup at CMT Music Awards

Sasha SamsonovaFifth Harmony will be hitting the stage for the CMT Music Awards next month. The girl group will be performing a pop-country mashup with country star Cam.

They’ll be singing a combination of their hit “Work from Home” and Cam’s “Mayday.” The CMT Music Awards airs live Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Fifth Harmony’s new album, 7/27, comes out Friday -- the same day tickets for their North American tour go on sale.

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Wednesday
May252016

Elton John Added to Lineup of This Week's "Red Nose Day Special"

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is among a newly announced crop of celebs who have signed on to appear on NBC's The Red Nose Day Special, which airs Thursday on NBC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. The star-studded charity event helps raise awareness and money for children in need all around the world.

Elton, who is a longtime supporter of the Red Nose Day charity, will perform a special song during the special. Other celebrities who have been added to the bill include country star and The Voice coach Blake Shelton, actors Julia Roberts and Will Ferrell, and basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

They'll join U2's Bono, Jay Leno, Celine Dion and dozens more on the show. The Red Nose Day Special will be hosted by comedian Craig Ferguson.

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Wednesday
May252016

Lady A Meets Matchbox 20 as Charles Kelley Pairs Up with Rob Thomas for "CMT Crossroads"

CMTCharles Kelley and Rob Thomas sing both their solo tunes as well as their group hits, as the two front men team up for a new episode of CMT Crossroads.

The two pair up and trade vocals on everything from Lady Antebellum’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “We Owned the Night” to Matchbox 20’s “3 AM,”  from Charles’ latest single “Lonely Girl” to Rob’s “Lonely No More” and “This Is How a Heart Breaks.”

CMT Crossroads:  Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley premieres Friday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET. You can preview the pair’s collaboration on “Lonely No More” online now.

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Wednesday
May252016

Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes to Speak at Rock Hall Next Week

Johnny Buzzerio; Gene KirklandAlice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes will take part in the next edition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's SoundExchange Influencers Series. The event will take place June 2 in the Cleveland museum's Foster Theater. Visit RockHall.com for ticket info.

The Rock Hall's Influencers series "brings music legends and stars together to demonstrate the impact that one artist or band’s music has on future generations."

This summer, Cantrell and Alice in Chains will be opening for Guns N' Roses on the reunited rockers' Not in This Lifetime tour. They'll also embark on a headlining tour of their own.

Hughes, meanwhile, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple earlier this year.

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Wednesday
May252016

Five Finger Death Punch to Sign with Rise Records

Jason Squires/Getty ImagesFive Finger Death Punch has signed a record deal with Rise Records, BMG's rock label. The band will join Rise Records following the completion of their contract with their current label, Prospect Park. Five Finger Death Punch and Prospect Park are presently involved in a legal battle over the band's right to record the fourth and final album of their contract with the label.

"We are looking forward to the next phase of our recording career," says FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory in a statement. "We have had great success with our current label, Prospect Park, and will continue to enjoy further success with our next and final album (subject to surmounting the label's court action to prevent us from recording it), after which we will commence a new and exciting label partnership with the people at Rise and BMG."

Five Finger Death Punch's most recent album is Got Your Six, which was released in September 2014. The band's contract with Prospect Park requires that they wait nine months before recording their next album. Prospect Park filed a lawsuit against FFDP alleging that the band tried to record before the waiting period was over and accusing the band of "shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate," referring to lead singer Ivan Moody. The band responded by calling the lawsuit "the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics" by the label

Five Finger Death Punch will be touring alongside Shinedown and Sixx:A.M. this fall.

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Wednesday
May252016

Will She Get the Beyhive Vote? Hillary Clinton Gives Her Thoughts on "Lemonade"

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesIt seems Hillary Clinton is courting the Beyhive vote. During a Facebook Live Q&A session on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate answered a crucial Beyonce question posed by Taylor Swift.

“This is from Taylor Swift,” Ellen prefaced the question. “’Have you seen Lemonade and do you like it?’”

"I have seen parts of it, and I do like it," Hillary responded.

Later on, during a game of “Who’d You Rather?,” Hillary chose Beyonce over Leonardo DiCaprio. "I really believe in making lemonade out of lemons," she said. Beyonce won a number of rounds of the game, but ultimately lost out to first lady Michelle Obama.

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Wednesday
May252016

Lil Wayne Curbs Birdman's Enthusiasm on a Possible Cash Money Resolution

Credit: Prince Williams/WireImageDon't expect a Cash Money reunion anytime soon, as it appears that Lil Wayne and Birdman are no longer in talks to resolve their financial dispute.

According to TMZ, Lil Wayne's outburst at a rally in Denver last weekend was the result of the breakdowns in the talks over Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit against Birdman’s Cash Money Records.

The “A Milli” rapper was expecting his long-delayed Tha Carter V album to finally hit stores, but apparently Birdman decided otherwise, refusing to release the project, even after Wayne sued Cash Money over it after he'd turned in the project.

Now the New Orleans native has officially ended the negotiation and potential settlement and is demanding compensation for the album’s advance money, as well as unpaid revenues from his previous projects.

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Wednesday
May252016

Pink Reveals Her "Number One Goal in Life"

ABC/Randy HolmesPink is back in a big way with her first single in three years, "Just Like Fire," from the new movie Alice Through the Looking Glass.  What was she doing in her time off?  Appearing on Good Morning America on Wednesday, the singer said she was spending lots of time with her daughter, Willow.

"I love being a mama," she told ABC's Abby Boudreau. "I made a choice a long time ago that I was going to have a successful family and that is my absolute number one goal in life."

Of course, just because Pink has a tight-knit family -- her, her husband Carey Hart and Willow -- doesn't mean that she can't tease them a bit.  Asked if she'd be interested in having another baby, Pink told Good Morning America she feels like she already has one.

"I wanna say that Carey Hart is an awesome husband and a really good dad. But he’s also like a second child," she laughed.  As for Willow, she called her out for not being her mom's biggest fan.

"She finds my singing distracting," Pink revealed. "When she was two she was [like], 'Shh, mama. Terrible voice.'"  She laughs, "First of all, who taught you the word terrible? I had a number one when you were in my belly!"

Another thing Pink did during her time off was to take a break from her rigorous training schedule, which meant she put on a few pounds.  Internet trolls tried to shame her online, but she didn't stand for it, and as she explained on Good Morning America, she isn't having it.

"There’s so many different kinds of bodies. How can you shame one over the other?" she pointed out.  "My thing is, if you have all four limbs and all five senses, you’re doing A-OK. And anybody that has an issue with that needs to find some gratitude."

Pink also talked about why she wanted to do a song for Alice Through the Looking Glass.

"The movie sort of celebrates uniqueness and that’s a huge theme in our house, so I’m a fan all around," she explained.  No wonder one of the lines in the song is, "No one can be just like me anyway."

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Wednesday
May252016

Oprah Winfrey Advised Paul McCartney Against Collaborating with Kanye West 

ABC/Randy HolmesOprah Winfrey may be known for her celebrity influence, but she wasn't quite able to dissuade Paul McCartney from collaborating with Kanye West on the rap star's song "All Day." The issue, apparently, was the song's content.

McCartney explains in a recent interview with John Wilson for BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes how Winfrey advised him to pass on the popular track.

"I get this track back, a thing called 'All Day': he's taken my melody and he's made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word -- a lot!" said McCartney.

"People like Oprah, who's a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn't do it, even black people shouldn't use that word,'" the rock legend continued. "I said, 'Yeah, but it's Kanye!' And he's talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It's the context. So I was actually pleased with it."

In addition to "All Day," McCartney talks about working with Kanye in the studio and compliments the rapper's creativity, which according to McCartney, "inspires [him]."

"I love Kanye and he loves me," McCartney said. "He's a monster -- he's a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me."

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Wednesday
May252016

Oprah Winfrey Advised Paul McCartney Against Collaborating with Kanye West

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsOprah Winfrey may be known for her celebrity influence, but she wasn't quite able to dissuade Paul McCartney from collaborating with Kanye West on the rap star's song "All Day." The issue, apparently, was the song's content.

McCartney explains in a recent interview with John Wilson for BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes how Winfrey advised him to pass on the popular track.

"I get this track back, a thing called 'All Day': he's taken my melody and he's made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word -- a lot!" said McCartney.

"People like Oprah, who's a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn't do it, even black people shouldn't use that word,'" the rock legend continued. "I said, 'Yeah, but it's Kanye!' And he's talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It's the context. So I was actually pleased with it."

In addition to "All Day," McCartney talks about working with Kanye in the studio and compliments the rapper's creativity, which according to McCartney, "inspires [him]."

"I love Kanye and he loves me," McCartney said. "He's a monster -- he's a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me."

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Wednesday
May252016

Report: Chris Brown Wins Child Custody Battle

Credit: (ABC/Randy Holmes)Chris Brown can breathe a sigh of relief -- he's reportedly just won a major custody battle with his baby's mother, Nia Guzman, who requested a judge restrict Brown's custody because of alleged drug use and gang affiliation.

According to TMZ, Guzman claimed Brown was unfit to care for their child, Royalty, and asked the judge to limit the amount of contact he has with the 1-year-old, whom Guzman said needed strict supervision she was with Chris.

Fortunately for Brown, the judge did not agree with Guzman's request and ruled in favor of their current arrangement. TMZ reports Chris and Nia will continue to share joint legal and physical custody, with Chris getting 12 days a month of unsupervised time with his daughter.

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Wednesday
May252016

Coldplay to Headline Benefit Concert for Prince Harry's Charity 

Image Group LA/ABCColdplay will headline a benefit concert in London in support of Sentebale, a charity co-founded by Prince Harry. The event will raise funds for adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

The concert will be held June 28 in London's Kensington Palace. Also on the bill are Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula and spoken-word artist George the Poet. Visit Coldplay.com for ticket info.

Coldplay will be touring the U.S. this summer in support of their new album A Head Full of Dreams starting July 16 in New York City.

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Wednesday
May252016

Nobody Can Drag Him Down: 1D’s Niall Horan Hits Back at Abusive So-Called Fans

ABC/Phil McCartenOne Direction’s Niall Horan is hitting back at abusive so-called fans. In a series tweets, the singer reveals that in recent days, he’s been the victim of a barrage of nasty messages.

“For the last two weeks I've been receiving messages [from] a group of fans, they have drowned my phone in messages, keeping me awake at night,” he writes.

Niall continues, “But the worst part is. They have been nothing but abusive. Saying things you wouldn't even believe about me and my family. And saying the worst things ever about my little nephew. Thank god I'm not the kind of person who thinks into stuff like this.”

He adds that he thinks “it’s crazy” how we let people get away with this kind of bullying. “And the sad thing is as I tweet this they are in the group chat laughing at me,” he says.
But he doesn’t want people’s sympathy -- he simply wants to highlight the issue. “Don’t worry about me,” he writes. “Im the most carefree, laid back person around. But I'm just signalling it, because this s*** is happening to others.”

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Wednesday
May252016

Robert Plant Cancels London Concert Appearance Because of Next Month's "Stairway to Heaven" Trial

Credit: Ed MilesThe ongoing copyright-infringement case involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" has prompted Robert Plant to pull out of a scheduled June 19 appearance at the 2016 Meltdown Festival in London.

A message posted on Plant's Facebook page explains that the singer had to cancel because he's a defendant in the court case, which is scheduled to begin proceedings on June 14 in Los Angeles.

Plant's withdrawal from the show -- dubbed "The Boat We're In" -- as well as other unrelated factors have led the organizers to cancel the event. The concert had been intended to raise money for the British Red Cross' refugee awareness campaign, and was tied in with a recently released charity EP called The Long Road, to which Robert contributed a cover of the Elbow song "Blanket of Night."

Plant's Facebook note explains, "Robert has been enthusiastic to help in any way to the increased awareness and support of so many powerless and distraught peoples. Therefore the opportunity afforded at [the] Meltdown [festival] was an event that Robert was passionately drawn to."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Plant's fellow Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also will be attending the trial, which is being held to determine whether Page and Plant partly copied the Spirit song "Taurus" when they co-wrote "Stairway to Heaven." The band's attorneys recently accused lawyers for late Spirit frontman Randy California's estate with attempting to taint the jury pool by falsely claiming that Led Zeppelin's members were trying to avoid taking part in the trial.

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Wednesday
May252016

"Nashville"'s Charles Esten Suits Up for Team Opry

ABC/Mark LevineNashville’s Charles Esten is definitely team Opry. The actor-turned-fictional country singer was presented with his official jersey for this year’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game last weekend during his performance on the Grand Ole Opry.

His co-star Jonathan JacksonVince GillLauren AlainaChris LaneLOCASHScotty McCreeryDavid NailJake Owen, and Bret Michaels are just some of the folks who’ll be his teammates and adversaries during the June 7 game. The matchup at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park raises money to fight cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Nashville wraps up its run on ABC Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET, with the episode titled “Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday.”

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Wednesday
May252016

"Then. Now. Forever Country.": 50th Annual CMA Awards Set for November 2

Bob D'Amico/ABCIt’s a celebration half a century in the making. This fall, the Country Music Association marks a milestone as it passes out its yearly trophies November 2 in Nashville. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Bridgestone Arena the first Wednesday in November starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Brad Paisley announced he and Carrie Underwood will return as the hosts for Country Music’s Biggest Night for the ninth year in a row.

“Carrie and I have certainly hit our stride in terms of balancing humor and a genuine respect for the nominees and winners,” he reflects. “This year the stakes are higher than ever as we honor the legacy and traditions of the past 50 years. We will give it everything we've got.”

“Of course we have fun up there,” Carrie adds, “but we take the responsibility of honoring the best artists in the format and shining a positive light on country music very seriously. And this year, the bar will be even higher as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary… I can’t wait.”

Vince Gill still holds the record for the longest streak as CMA host, helming the show for a dozen years from 1992 to 2003. You can check out a highlight reel from half a century of CMA Awards on YouTube now.

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