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Thursday
Jan232014

Billy Joel Books Two More Stadium Shows

StoneMusicFest.comWhen Billy Joel isn't playing at New York's Madison Square Garden, he'll be spending his time rocking baseball stadiums across the U.S.  He's just lined up two more: in Philadelphia and in Washington,  D.C.

Billy will play Nationals Park in our nation's capital on Saturday, July 26.  It's his first solo headlining appearance at that venue and his first appearance at the venue since 2009.  Tickets go on sale to the general public February 1, though Nationals Season Plan ticket holders can buy them January 30. American Express Card members get a crack at them from January 28 through January 31.

The Piano Man will also perform at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on August 2. It'll be his first solo headlining appearance there as well, and will also mark his first concert in the city since 2009.  Tickets for that show go on sale January 31, though American Express Card members can guy them as early as this Monday.

Billy previously announced a show at Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 18.  In May, he'll play three shows at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

Billy Joel's residency at Madison Square Garden, which will see him playing a show a month as long as there's interest from fans, gets underway on Monday. Right now, shows are scheduled through September.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Big Boi Confirms New Solo Album

Outkast.comEarlier this week, one of Outkast's longtime producers, Mr. DJ, revealed that Big Boi and Andre 3000 may release solo projects in 2014. Now, Big Boi has confirmed the news and said that he is currently prepping his third studio album.

In an interview with Revolt TV, Sir Lucious says that his new disc will arrive soon. "We got a couple new jams we recorded in the studio recently, so look out for that new Big Boi solo records coming, son. We working man," he says. "It's coming up."

The upcoming project will be a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

In the meantime, fans can purchase select concert tickets for the duo's 20th anniversary tour via their new website now.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Darius Rucker Performing "Miss You" on "The Tonight Show" Friday

Photo Credit: Jim WrightDarius Rucker will perform his new single, "Miss You," on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday night. The song is included on Darius's hit album, True Believers. That project includes "Wagon Wheel," which is up for Best Country Solo Performance at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.

Darius launches his 2014 True Believers tour on January 29 in Illinois. Eli Young Band and David Nail join Darius on the bill.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Selena Explains Temporary Split with Demi: "She Was Going Through Things...It Was Confusing" 

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesSelena Gomez and Demi Lovato are the best of friends, but there was a time not long ago when a breach in their friendship occurred.  Now, Selena is telling Seventeen magazine that their friendship suffered because she couldn't deal with Demi's personal struggles.

Speaking to Seventeen, Selena says, "I've known her since we were seven -- and we did fall apart for a while. She was going through things and I was so young and it was confusing -- I processed it saying, 'OK, I don't understand what she's going through so I'm just going to do this.' And I don't think it was fair, and I'm so happy that I have her back in my life now."  Selena, who's 21, is almost exactly one month older than Demi.

Regarding Demi seeking treatment for her physical and emotional issues and then choosing to discuss it openly, Selena adds, "I feel like we're all given what we can handle, and clearly someone thought she could handle so much -- and she could, and she did. And she's incredible for that. I couldn’t imagine going through some of the things that she went through, and the fact that she is who she is today is insane -- she's one of my inspirations."

It also appears that Selena considers Demi, and not Taylor Swift, to be her BFF.  She tells Seventeen, "Demi's very, very strong. She's the only person that I would tell the deepest, darkest secrets to. The only person."

You can read more in the March issue of Seventeen magazine.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Jerrod Niemann to Release New Album, "High Noon," on March 25

Sea Gayle/AristaJerrod Niemann will release his new album, High Noon, on March 25 featuring his latest hit, "Drink to That All Night." The album title is inspired by Jerrod's childhood living in Dodge City, KS, a town steeped in the history of gunfighters like Wyatt Earp. Jerrod was fascinated by that concept of meeting an adversary at high noon and facing whatever you're afraid of most. For him, that means overcoming obstacles to continue making the kind of music he wants to make.

Jerrod says, "I just think, ‘Okay, my adversaries are party-poopers, and I’m about to face that so that all of us can have a great time, hopefully, listening to this record.'”

Fans can connect with Jerrod at JourneytoHighNoon.com in the next few weeks as he ramps up for the album launch. The site will feature free downloads, a few different games, and exclusive video content.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Jack White Not Releasing Duets Album with Neil Young

Jo McCaughey; Danny ClinchNeil Young has set the record straight regarding widespread rumors that he recorded a new album with Jack White. The legendary rocker posted a note on his Facebook page on Wednesday to let fans know he and the ex-White Stripes frontman will not be singing together on his next release.

The post reads, “False Rumors: Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumors have no basis in truth.”

Though White’s Third Man Records chose not to address the rumor, they did post a description of Young’s next album, which the label is expected to release sometime this year. Titled A Letter Home, the upcoming release will feature “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.”

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Thursday
Jan232014

Grammys Executive Producer Discusses This Year's Performances, but Is Mum on Hoped-for Beatles Reunion

The Recording AcademyThe 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday night on CBS and, as usual, the ceremony is expected to feature a variety of exciting performances.  While several of the show's performances have been officially announced, arguably the most hoped-for and anticipated one yet to be confirmed, a reunion of founding Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo StarrKen Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammys, says he isn't about to spill the beans about whether the rock legends will rock out together on stage during the ceremony.

"We've announced that they're going to be there and that they are going to be part of the show, but we'll let people speculate a little bit longer about what they're going to do," Ehrlich tells ABC News Radio.  "So, I probably can't say too much other than, if you love The Beatles you're going to love Sunday."

Ken adds that he wishes people would stop leaking information.  "I just wish there were a way to have some surprise back in television, so that when people looked, and all of a sudden that came on, they went 'Wow,'" he maintains.

Surprises aside, viewers can definitely count on being treated to a number of cool collaborations and mash-ups, like Chicago performing with the pop/R&B star Robin Thicke, Stevie Wonder playing with Chic's Nile Rodgers and French electronic duo Daft Punk, heavy-metal gods Metallica performing with the Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham jamming with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and the modern-rock bands Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age.

Whereas before, Ehrlich and his team used to cook up these crazy pairings, he says, "What's happened over the years is that now people come to us."  He says artists know that the cooler their idea is for a collaboration, the more likely it is that they'll get to perform on the show.  "They know that that might be a road map to the Grammys, if they present an interesting idea," he explains.

As has become a Grammy tradition over the last few years, Sunday's show will finish with a big rock-themed jam, this one featuring Buckingham, Grohl, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age.

Recalling the history of these performances, Ehrlich says, "We started to do that about three years ago…and then two years ago the amazing Abbey Road finale that Paul McCartney and [Bruce] Springsteen and Dave Grohl gave us was just unmatchable.  Then last year, we rocked out with this great hip-hop orgy with [Rage Against the Machine guitarist] Tom Morello, and it was really great.  So, what we've decided is that if you watch the Grammys, we don't want you to go to sleep at 11:30, we're gonna keep you up."

Besides the offbeat mash-ups, the performance lineup includes well-known artists from nearly every musical genre.

"You try to appeal to everybody, you try and make a show that's so broad that there isn't anybody that says, 'I don't wanna watch it,'" Ehrlich points.  "And when you've got Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and then they leave the stage and out comes [country star] Keith Urban, and then you go from that to [hip-hop artist] Kendrick [Lamar]...I mean, it's pretty remarkable, so I'm very excited about this show."

You can catch all the magical musical moments when the Grammy ceremony airs on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CBS.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Grammys Executive Producer Discusses This Year's Performances, but Is Mum on Hoped-for Beatles Reunion

The Recording AcademyThe 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday night on CBS and, as usual, the ceremony is expected to feature a variety of exciting performances.  While several of the show's performances have been officially announced, arguably the most hoped-for and anticipated one yet to be confirmed, a reunion of founding Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo StarrKen Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammys, says he isn't about to spill the beans about whether the rock legends will rock out together on stage during the ceremony.

"We've announced that they're going to be there and that they are going to be part of the show, but we'll let people speculate a little bit longer about what they're going to do," Ehrlich tells ABC News Radio.  "So, I probably can't say too much other than, if you love The Beatles you're going to love Sunday."

Ken adds that he wishes people would stop leaking information.  "I just wish there were a way to have some surprise back in television, so that when people looked, and all of a sudden that came on, they went 'Wow,'" he maintains.

Surprises aside, viewers can definitely count on being treated to a number of cool collaborations and mash-ups, like Chicago performing with the pop/R&B star Robin Thicke, Stevie Wonder playing with Chic's Nile Rodgers and French electronic duo Daft Punk, heavy-metal gods Metallica performing with the Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham jamming with Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters.

Whereas before, Ehrlich and his team used to cook up these crazy pairings, he says, "What's happened over the years is that now people come to us."  He says artists know that the cooler their idea is for a collaboration, the more likely it is that they'll get to perform on the show.  "They know that that might be a road map to the Grammys, if they present an interesting idea," he explains.

Such was the case with Metallica's unlikely collabo with Lang Lang.

"Metallica's manager was in China and he met with a guy who presents Lang Lang there, and they just started talking about it," Ehrlich notes.  "Independently, I actually had called [Metallica's] manager and said, 'Look we're interested in you in the Grammys this year,' and the first thing out of his mouth was, 'How about us and Lang Lang?'"  Guitarist Kirk Hammett recently let slip that Sunday's performance will feature a unique version of his group's popular 1988 single, "One," which the band performed on the 1989 Grammys telecast.

As has become a Grammy tradition over the last few years, Sunday's show will finish with a big rock-themed jam, this one featuring Buckingham, Grohl, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age.

Recalling the history of these performances, Ehrlich says, "We started to do that about three years ago…and then two years ago the amazing Abbey Road finale that Paul McCartney and [Bruce] Springsteen and Dave Grohl gave us was just unmatchable.  Then last year, we rocked out with this great hip-hop orgy with [Rage Against the Machine guitarist] Tom Morello, and it was really great.  So, what we've decided is that if you watch the Grammys, we don't want you to go to sleep at 11:30, we're gonna keep you up."

You can catch all the magical musical moments when the Grammy ceremony airs on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CBS.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Elton John Pens Letter Criticizing Russian Anti-Gay Laws

ABC/Lou RoccoRussian president Vladimir Putin recently denied that he and the Russian people are homophobic, and gave as an example the fact that they're big fans of Elton John, "despite his orientation."  Now Elton has penned a lengthy letter on his website criticizing Putin for the anti-gay laws he's enacted in that country.

"I am deeply grateful for the support of the Russian people who have welcomed and accepted me in their country ever since I first visited in 1979," Elton writes. "On my last visit, in December 2013, I wondered whether the new legislation banning 'homosexual propaganda' might have changed that. It hadn’t. I still felt the same warmth and welcome from the audiences that I have felt every time I have been in Russia."

However, Elton says that during the visit, he met with members of the LGBT community and learned that "vicious homophobia" against everyday citizens had been "legitimized" by the anti-gay legislation, and that it had allowed "extremists" to "abuse people's basic human rights." 

Elton goes on to detail horrific stories of verbal and physical abuse that Russian gays have suffered since the laws went into affect, and adds that even attempts to distribute information about HIV prevention to the gay community have been labeled "homosexual propaganda" and shut down.

"It was very clear to me that, although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country," Elton concludes.

He adds, "Whatever the intention of Russia’s homosexuality and pedophilia propaganda laws, I am absolutely clear from my own personal experience that it is proving deeply dangerous to the LGBT community and deeply divisive to Russian society."

Elton finishes by saying, "I would welcome the opportunity to introduce President Putin to some Russians who deserve to be heard, and who deserve to be treated in their own country with the same respect and warm welcome that I received on my last visit."

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Thursday
Jan232014

Grammys Executive Producer Wishes People Would Stop Spoiling the Show's Surprises 

The Recording AcademyThe 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday night on CBS, and while there have been plenty of performances officially announced for the show, there are plenty of others that are rumored, such as a Beyonce/Jay Z duet, and a surprise Madonna appearance.  And Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of The Grammys, says he wishes people would stop leaking information.

"I just wish there were a way to have some surprise back in television, so that when people looked, and all of a sudden that came on, they went 'Wow,'" he tells ABC News Radio.  He also admits he was a bit dismayed by the fact that former Beatle Ringo Starr evidently told reporters that he and Paul McCartney would be not just appearing, but performing together, at the show, even though Ehrlich and his team haven't confirmed it.

Leaks aside, there are plenty of exciting performances in store for viewers on Sunday night's show.  However, don't expect a moment like Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's twerkfest at the MTV VMAs.  Ehrlich says that's not what the Grammys are all about.

"I guess the right answer to promote the show would be 'Absolutely, we're gonna outdo it,'" he laughs. "But that's not what our show is.  We love when spontaneous things happen...and we have a lot of those.  But what I'm not crazy about, frankly, is when a performance like that hijacks a show. And you have a great Justin performance or a great Bruno performance, or even a great Katy performance, and all anyone's talking about the next day is Miley's tongue."

Still, viewers will be treated to a number of cool collaborations and mash-ups, like Robin Thicke performing with the band Chicago, Daft Punk playing with Stevie Wonder, heavy metal gods Metallica playing with the Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, and rockers Imagine Dragons teaming with rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Whereas before, Ehrlich and his team used to cook up these crazy pairings, he says, "What's happened over the years is that now people come to us."  He says artists know that the cooler their idea is for a collabo, the more likely it is that they'll get to perform on the show. "They know that that might be a roadmap to the Grammys, if they present an interesting idea," he explains.

Another hallmark of Sunday night's telecast is that it's got a little something for everyone.  In addition to the mash-ups, the lineup also includes Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lorde, Katy Perry, Pink, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton and more, and nearly every musical genre is covered. 

"You try to appeal to everybody, you try and make a show that's so broad that there isn't anybody that says, 'I don't wanna watch it,'" says Ehrlich. "And when you've got Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and then they leave the stage and out comes Keith Urban, and then you go from that to Kendrick [Lamar]...I mean, it's pretty remarkable, so I'm very excited about this show."

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS Sunday night, starting at 8 p.m. ET.  Fair warning from Ehrlich: the show is expected to last for at least three-and-a-half hours.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Sugarland's last release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart? ANSWER: The Incredible Machine.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Little Big Town Hoping to Play It a Little Cooler at This Sunday's Grammy Awards

CMALittle Big Town won their first Grammy award last year in the Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group category for "Pontoon." They're up for that same trophy at Sunday night's show for "Your Side of the Bed," but LBT faces some pretty stiff competition, including Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton for "You Can't Make Old Friends."

"How cool is that?" says the group's Jimi Westbrook. "Probably gonna lose to 'em, so not very cool."

When they won last year, Little Big Town ran to the podium during the pre-telecast portion of the show to accept their Grammy. They pretty much freaked out during the speech, too.

Band member Kimberly Schlapman says, "We never have couth when we win. It's like, we've got to learn to win dignified. If we could have another chance that would be great."

Jimi remembers Phillip Sweet actually skipping ahead of him down the aisle as they approached the stage. Phillip explains, "I would like to call it a strut instead of a skip. You know, sounds cooler, but I probably skipped a little."

LBT's Karen Fairchild admits they had no idea that the pre-telecast ceremony was being streamed around the world at Grammy.com. She says, "That's why we were acting a little crazy."

The Grammy Awards pre-telecast live stream starts this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at Grammy.com. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards broadcasts live at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Miranda Lambert's Foundation Donates More than $250,000 to Animal Shelters Nationwide

RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert's Mutt Nation Foundation has donated more than $250,000 to animal shelters in all 50 states. Each shelter received a minimum of $3,000 as part of the Mutts Across America campaign.

Miranda says, "We are thrilled to be able to reach out to every state and recognize shelters and organizations working at a grassroots level to help animals.  It’s those people on the ground, day in and day out, who really make a huge difference.”

For a complete list of shelters receiving donations, go to MuttNationFoundation.com.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Phil Collins Says He's Been Writing Songs with Pop Superstar Adele

Atlantic Records; Lauren DukoffPhil Collins recently told a German newspaper that he'd started working on new material again after announcing his retirement from music a few years ago.  However, fans of the former Genesis singer/drummer may be quite surprised with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's latest revelation: He says he's begun a collaboration with the hugely successful contemporary U.K. pop singer Adele, even though he didn't really know who she was.

Speaking to the Something Else! website, Collins reveals, "I'm just starting to work with Adele.  She contacted me to write together.  I wasn't actually too aware of [her and her music] -- I live in a cave, I think."

Phil, who will turn 63 on January 30, explains that Adele's talent and success helped motivate him to create some new music following his long layoff.

"She's achieved an incredible amount, and I really love her voice, I love some of that stuff that she's done," he tells the website. "So to me, it's always an eye-opener; educational."

Collins most recent studio effort was 2010's Going Back, a collection of classic Motown and soul covers, while his last album of original songs was 2002's Testify.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Adele's Cousin Auditions for "The Voice UK" 

Adele.tvWhile we wait for Adele to grace us with new music, one of her relatives is about to entertain British TV audiences.  The British tabloid The Sun reports that Adele's cousin, Georgia Harrup, has auditioned for the U.K. edition of The Voice, and on this Saturday's episode, she "stuns the coaches" with her rendition of Ray Charles’ "Hallelujah I Love Her So."

Georgia, who's 27, is Adele's first cousin once removed: her dad is the brother of Adele's grandmother.  She says she only met Adele once, when they were kids, but years later, she became a fan of the singer's first album without even knowing that they were related.  She tells The Sun that when her dad learned that the famous singer Adele was their cousin Adele, "I couldn’t believe it, as she was always a massive inspiration to me anyway.” 

Georgia is determined not to use the family connection, though, telling the paper, "I didn’t want to push my career in her face so she felt obliged to help me. If she made contact, I think I’d just sit there in a daze.”

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Thursday
Jan232014

Melanie Fiona Recalls Her Grammy Moment 

Universal Music GroupThe 56th Annual Grammy Awards are drawing near and Melanie Fiona is reminiscing on winning two accolades back in 2012 for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for "Fool for You" with Cee Lo Green. In an interview with Billboard, the singer explained why her Grammy moment was bitter sweet.

"Whitney Houston died the night before, and I was shattered," she recalls.  "I was in a very somber place at the ceremony with my parents and my team. But when they called my name, there were so many emotions at once. All I kept thinking about was how all I ever wanted to do was sing -- and how I sang along to Whitney’s records growing up."

She adds, "To lose her and then win a Grammy the next day, I just felt so blessed and thankful. They played the call-up music, but I was in shock -- they started to say, 'We accept the award on behalf of' and my whole section was like, 'No, she’s here!' I was trying to get up those steps in a long gown and high heels and compose myself. I felt like I was meeting the world for the first time as an artist."

The Grammys air live on CBS this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Def Leppard to Release Deluxe Version of 1996 Album "Slang" Next Month

Press Here PublicityDef Leppard will give fans the chance to revisit its 1996 studio effort Slang when the group releases a deluxe, expanded edition of the album on February 11.  The revamped Slang will be available as a two-CD set, a digital download, and a high-quality double-LP vinyl package.

Slang will contain a variety of bonus tracks, including previously unreleased songs from the Slang sessions, demos, and alternate takes and mixes.  An exclusive iTunes edition of the release will offer several extra tracks not featured on the CD set or standard deluxe digital download.  In addition, the digital Slang Video Collection, featuring promo clips for the singles "Slang," "Work It Out" and "All I've Ever Wanted," also will be released February 11 and will be sold exclusively via iTunes.

Released in May of 1996, Slang peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. sales of more than 500,000 copies.  The album was Def Leppard's first full-length collection of new material to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell, and marked a move away from the slickly-produced sound of the band's hugely successful earlier albums.

Here is the track list for the CD and digital versions of Slang -- Deluxe Edition:

Disc 1
"Truth?"
"Turn to Dust"
"Slang"
"All I Want Is Everything"
"Work It Out"
"Breathe a Sigh"
"Deliver Me"
"Gift of Flesh"
"Blood Runs Cold"
"Where Does Love Go When It Dies"
"Pearl of Euphoria"
"Move with Me Slowly"
"Truth?" (Original Version)
"Burn Out"
"Worlds Collide"
"Can't Keep Away from the Flame"

Disc 2
"Turn to Dust" (1st Draft)
"Raise Your Love"
"All I Want Is Everything" (1st Draft)
"Work It Out" (1st Draft)
"Breathe a Sigh" (Rough Mix)
"Deliver Me" (Rough Mix)
"Black Train"
"Blood Runs Cold" (Rough Mix)
"Where Does Love Go When It Dies" (1st Draft)
"Pearl of Euphoria" (Rough Mix)
"All on Your Touch" (2012 Revisit)
"Anger Me" ("Deliver Me" -- 1st Draft)
"Move on Up" (Viv Campbell Demo)
"Gift of Flesh" (Phil Collen Vocal)

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Thursday
Jan232014

Lorde Won't Be "Too Stressed" If She Doesn't Win a Grammy

ABC/Lou RoccoAfter a rare five weeks spent in Australia and her home country of New Zealand, Lorde is heading to Los Angeles to perform at this Sunday night's Grammy Awards, where she's up for four trophies, including Record of the Year.  Should the 17-year-old singer go home empty-handed, though, it won't bother her too much.

Speaking to the Australian website The Music, Lorde, who's also nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, says, "To be honest I’m not gonna be too stressed if I don’t come home with anything."

"It would be super awesome to win a Grammy, I mean, it would probably be the craziest thing that will ever happen to me if it happens," she adds. "But it definitely won’t cheapen or make less anything I’ve achieved."

Among those achievements: a chart-topping, best-selling hit with "Royals," and worldwide critical acclaim.  However, Lorde says the accomplishments of which she's most proud are those having to do with her own personal journey from unknown to household name.

"I think the growing I’ve had to do in this last year and what I’ve done creatively…I’m pretty proud of myself and I don’t think that’ll change whether or not I get this prize,” she declares. "But yeah, it would be nice,” she adds about winning a Grammy.

Let's just hope Lorde's complexion improves before she hits the stage Sunday night.  The singer, whose birth name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, recently tweeted, "i could probably be involved in a groundbreaking new reality show called Will Ella's Acne Clear Up in Time for Major Events."

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Thursday
Jan232014

Justin Bieber Arrested for DUI in Miami; Admits to Having Alcohol & Drugs in His System

Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department

ABC News has confirmed that Justin Bieber has been arrested in Miami, FL for driving while intoxicated.

Bieber, who's 19, was allegedly drag racing when police stopped him.  He subsequently failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.  According to the Miami PD, Justin also admitted to having beer, marijuana and prescription drugs in his system.

When he was pulled over at just after 4 a.m. Thursday morning in Miami Beach, Justin was driving a rented yellow Lamborghini.  The person with whom he was allegedly drag racing, Khalil Amir Shariff, was driving a red Ferrari and was also charged with DUI.  Two SUVs blocked traffic behind the pair so they could race each other.

At a press conference, Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said that when Justin was pulled over, he was driving between 55 and 65 mph in a residential area where the speed limit is 30, and he smelled strongly of alcohol.  Justin allegedly was uncooperative and used profanity while asking why he was being stopped, and was also belligerent to the officer.  It was determined that he was driving while impaired and taken to the station, where he was cooperative during the booking process. 

Martinez also said that Justin admitted to taking anti-depressants, smoking pot and drinking a beer.  In addition, his expired license was issued in Georgia; Justin actually lives in California. According to Martinez, there are no blood alcohol numbers to report just yet.

In addition to the DUI charge, Justin was also arrested for resisting arrest without violence -- for cursing the arresting officers and acting belligerent -- and for driving with an expired license. Just before 10:30 a.m. ET, Justin was taken to jail to arrange bond.

The drinking age in Florida is 21.  In that state, there's zero tolerance for minors drinking alcohol; the blood alcohol level threshold for DUI for minors is .02.

In general, DUI is a first-degree misdemeanor, and Justin could get up to six months in jail if his blood alcohol level is between .08 and 15.  His driver's license also could also be suspended for six months.  However, Justin may also be eligible for a program for first-time offenders that reduces the charge to reckless driving.  In that case, he wouldn't be convicted, and he wouldn't get any points on his license.

Justin's bail was set at $2500: $1000 for resisting arrest, $1000 for DUI and $500 for driving with an expired license.  He was released from jail just after 2 p.m. ET.  Wearing a black hoodie and shades, Justin blew kisses to his fans as he walked out of the jail door and got into an Escalade.  Then, he popped out of the car's roof and waved to fans, making a peace sign.

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Thursday
Jan232014

"American Idol" Recap: Judges Visit Detroit for More Auditions

FOXWeek two of American Idol's 13th season began Wednesday night with more auditions, this time in Detroit. On hand were judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban.

The highlights:

Keri Lynn Roche performed an acoustic rendition of the Imagine Dragons hit "Radioactive." Keith then asked her to sing without her guitar. Keri chose Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind." Harry commented that Keri seemed very comfortable around the TV cameras. She received a "yes" from all three judges.

Bryan Watt, 29, covered Carrie Underwood's "So Small" on his guitar. The panel thought he came off like a natural, and they put him through.

Khristian D'Avis, who had a strange Italian accent, sang Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You." J-Lo thought Khristian had talent, though Harry wondered why her accent mysteriously disappeared as she spoke with the judges. Keith said no, but Jennifer and Harry said yes.

An unnamed male contestant walked in as Jennifer was fixing the mic attached to her clothes, near her chest area. He apparently made a crude remark about her adjusting herself that was censored on the telecast. J-Lo quickly explained to him what it was she was really doing. We didn't see his audition.

Initially, Melanie Porras performed "Fever," which was originally recorded by Little Willie John and later covered by Ray Charles, Michael Buble and many other artists. The judges gave her an opportunity to try another song. She took them up on their offer, and selected Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." Jennifer said she can envision Melanie recording music. We'll see Melanie again.

Maurice Townsend belted out John Legend's "So High." But he really won over the judges when he brought his kids into the room. Harry let one of Maurice's sons tell the hopeful, "Dad, you're going to Hollywood."

Nineteen-year-old identical twins Rakita and Karlita Gulledge struck out with their version of Beyonce's "Listen." Harry and Jennifer said there was too much screaming.

Brandy Neelly, whom Jennifer recognized from a past audition, tackled "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes. Jennifer said Brandy had a nasally quality to her voice that should be corrected. Harry advised Brandy to leave it alone. Brandy is headed to Hollywood.

Ayla Stackhouse advanced after singing "Wings" by the British girl group Little Mix. Eric Gordon, a lab technician, got a golden ticket, too, by performing John Mayer's "Perfectly Lonely."

Art student Ryan Nisbett -- with glasses and a Robin Thicke-type hairstyle -- overcame a cold and delivered a beautiful take on Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." Harry said he hopes people give him a chance "in the context of American Idol." After Ryan advanced, Keith predicted, "He's going all the way."

The episode ended with what was essentially a flashback to the opening minutes of last week's season premiere: Marrialle Sellars, 17, playing Bruno Mars' "Grenade" on her guitar. She's headed to Hollywood.

So far, 119 golden tickets have been awarded. On Thursday night, American Idol will hold auditions in Georgia. The one-hour episode begins on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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