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Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Deep Purple Among Winners at 2014 "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards

RevolverMag.comThe sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards took place Wednesday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and besides previously announced special honorees Joan Jett and Axl Rose, the evening's winners included Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Deep Purple, Rob Zombie and members of Queens of the Stone Age and Five Finger Death Punch.

The show also included several exciting performances.  Slayer made an unannounced appearance to kick off the event, and introduced a brand-new song titled "Implode" during its three-song set.  Jett, who was presented with the Golden God Award by Alice Cooper, was joined by Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons for a rendition of her hit "I Hate Myself for Loving You."  To close out the night, Rose received the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award from Nicolas Cage, then hit the stage to perform with the current Guns N' Roses lineup, along with founding bassist Duff McKagan.

On the awards front, Black Sabbath took home the Album of the Year prize for 13, while Deep Purple surprisingly beat out Sabbath for the Comeback of the Year honor.  The biggest winner was Avenged Sevenfold, which received the Most Devoted Fans prize, in addition to the band's Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance nabbing the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist award and Arin Ilejay taking home the Best Drummer trophy.  Rob Zombie was awarded the Best Live Band prize, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme was named Best Singer and Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael received the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award.

Some video highlights of the ceremony can be viewed at Revolver magazine's official YouTube channel.

Here is the full list of 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards winners:

Best Vocalist: Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age
Best Live Band: Rob Zombie
Most Devoted Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
Best New Talent: Twelve Foot Ninja
Comeback of the Year: Deep Purple
Paul Gray Best Bassist Award: Chris Kael, Five Finger Death Punch
Best Film or DVD: Pierce the Veil, "This Is a Wasteland”
Best Drummer: Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold
Song of the Year: Five Finger Death Punch, "Lift Me Up"
Most Metal Athlete: Josh Barnett, Mixed Martial Arts
Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist: Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
Album of the Year: Black Sabbath, 13
Golden God Award: Joan Jett
Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Axl Rose

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Katy Perry Becomes "World's Worst Birthday Party Entertainers" for "Birthday" Video

Image Courtesy Katy Perry via TwitterKaty Perry transforms herself into five of the "world's worst birthday party entertainers" in the video for her latest single, "Birthday."

In the eight-minute clip, which was shot earlier this month and premiered Thursday, Katy goes undercover at five birthday parties. At each celebration, she wreaks havoc as one of five, sometimes profane, characters: Goldie the Dancer, Yosef Shulem the MC, Kriss the Clown, Ace the Animal Trainer and Princess Mandee.

The elderly Goldie the Dancer -- so named because of her "Golden Nuggets," a reference to her chest -- pops out of a cake at a party for senior citizens, for whom she dances provocatively.

Kriss the Clown, who landed the clown job via Craigslist, works at a kids' party. Kriss struggles with making animal balloons, drinks when no one's looking and causes a car accident while stumbling into the street while blindfolded.

At another bash for children, Ace the Animal Trainer brings one child to tears by putting a fake mouse into Ace's mouth.

Yosef Shulem the MC, who sports a mustache, shows up at a bar mitzvah, takes over for the DJ, and pulls off humorous dance moves.

The unicorn hat-wearing Princess Mandee smears face paint all over kids' faces. She eventually removes her hat and wig, revealing herself to be Katy. The kids scream at the sight of Katy, and rush to hug her.

When Katy tweeted a link to the video, she wrote, "GUYS, PREPARE YOURSELVES cuz it's time to bring out the big balloons and #MakeItLikeYourBirthday!"

Katy addressed the making of the "Birthday" video during her appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week. She said she went undercover because "I was sick of making gorgeous music videos where I'm sexual."

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Five for Fighting Will Play with Symphony Orchestras This Summer

Wind-Up RecordsFive for Fighting's really just one guy -- John Ondrasik -- but this summer, when he hits the road, he's going to be joined on stage by more than two dozen musicians.  That's because he's just announced a tour that will feature him playing with symphony orchestras.

“There is nothing better than performing my catalog with a 30-piece orchestra. All the arrangements heard on the records are realized. Fun stuff!” says John in a statement. The tour will feature hits, as well as material from the latest Five for Fighting album, Bookmarks, which came out in September; John also promises he'll reach back for some songs from the first album, Message for Albert.

The brief tour features a couple of non-symphony shows, such as the tour kickoff: a July 12 date at the Mondavi Winery in Oakville, California.  Here's the rundown:

712 -- Oakville, CA, Mondavi Winery
7/19 -- Interlochen, MI, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Performing with the Traverse City Orchestra 
8/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens, Performing with the Twilight Symphony Orchestra
8/16 -- Park City, UT, Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Amphitheater
9/14 --Highland Park, IL, Ravinia, Performing with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra

Visit FiveforFighting.com for ticket sale info.

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Passenger, Olly Murs, Emeli Sande Nominated for Britain's Prestigious Ivor Novello Awards

Credit: Angelo KehagiasPassenger, Olly Murs and Emeli Sandé are among the nominees for the U.K.'s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, which salute the best in British and Irish songwriting each year.

According to the BBC, Passenger's hit "Let Her Go," Emeli's song "Clown" and Olly's hit "Troublemaker" are all up for Most Performed Work.  That takes into account how many times the song has been heard on the radio and on TV.   In addition, John Newman's "Love Me Again," which was a minor hit in the U.S. earlier this year but a massive smash in the U.K., is up for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

The Ivor Novello Awards, named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century, are voted on by songwriters.  Last year, Emeli was a double winner for her hit "Next to Me." The 2014 Ivor Novello Awards ceremony will take place in London on May 22.

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David Bowie to Release 40th Anniversary "Diamond Dogs" Picture Disc Single in June

ParlophoneThe next installment of David Bowie's 40th anniversary singles campaign -- a seven-inch vinyl picture disc featuring two versions of the influential rocker's classic 1974 song "Diamond Dogs" -- will arrive on June 17.  The limited-edition single will include the original version of the track on side A and a 2005 remix of the in-concert rendition of the tune that appeared on Bowie's 1974 album David Live on side AA.

Live version of "Diamond Dogs," which was remixed by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, has never been released on vinyl before.

The photo that appears on the A side of the single -- a black-and-white image of Bowie with a barking dog -- is an outtake from a famous 1974 photo shoot by shutterbug Terry O'Neill.  The pic on the AA side is a previously unreleased photo taken during David's '74 tour of the United States.

The "Diamond Dogs" picture disc follows the release of another similarly collectible vinyl single, "1984," which came out this past Saturday in conjunction with the latest U.S. edition of the Record Store Day campaign.

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Beyonce Explains Concept Behind "Pretty Hurts" Video

Beyonce.comThose who didn't fully digest Beyonce's visual when it was released might have missed the message in the video for "Pretty Hurts." But the singer wants to make sure people have a second look so she has given the video it's online premiere on her website and MTV News has a  behind-the-scenes look into the Melina Matsoukas-directed offering, which looks at the controversial world of beauty pageants and society's emphasis on physical beauty.

In the "Pretty Hurts" video, Beyonce portrays a pageant contestant named Miss 3rd Ward, who is struggling with the pressure to maintain her appearance, even going as far as receiving a faux facelift and Botox injections.

"It represents all of the things women go through to keep up with the pressure that society puts on us. I wanted to tap into the world of competition," Beyoncé says in the behind-the-scenes clip. "Some of the things young women go through is just really heartbreaking for me."

Matsoukas comments that she drew inspiration from Beyonce, who seemingly faces the same pressure in real life.

"I was definitely inspired by this image she has as a child where she's in front of her fireplace that has these trophies all over it," Matsoukas said, regarding one of the scenes where a current day Bey trashes an accolade-filled room. "I wanted to recreate that and have her break them. You know, show that it doesn't really advance you to get these awards, that it's just based on outer beauty."

"When you get this trophy, and you're looking at it, is it worth it?" Beyoncé asks. "That song represents finding that thing in the world that makes you truly happy."

In conjunction with the online premiere, Bey has also launched the #WhatIsPretty campaign, inviting fans to upload a photo or video to Instagram that captures what the word "pretty" means to them.

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2 Chainz Announces Track List for "Freebase" EP

Island/Def JamLast week, 2 Chainz announced plans to release new five-track EP titled Freebase, which will tide fans over until he completes his third studio effort. Now, the rapper is sharing the official track list for the upcoming project.

The set will feature a total of seven songs with contributions from Lil Boosie, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, and Cap 1, as well as production credits from Mike WiLL Made It, Street Symphony, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Young Chop and Metro Boomin.

"It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow up album," Chainz says in a statement. "This is a taste of what is to come, and is most importantly, for them."

Freebase will be available on on May 5.

Here's the track list for Freebase:

“Don’t Do It (Intro)”
“Trap Back” (prod. by Street Symphony and 808XELiTE)
“Freebase” (prod. by Honorable C.N.O.T.E.)
“Flexxin on My Baby Mama” (prod. by DJ Paul KOM and TWhy for Scale-a-Ton Ent.)
“WudaCudaShuda” feat. Lil Boosie (prod. by Mike WiLL Made It)
“Crib in Closet” feat. Rick Ross and A$AP Rocky (prod. by Metro Boomin and 808 Mafia)
“They Know” feat. Cap 1 and Ty Dolla $ign (prod. by Young Chop)

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Kanye West, Rick Rubin to Accept Award on Behalf of Drum Machine at Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

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Kanye West and famed producer and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin will be recognized during the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, taking place Friday, April 25 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts.

The duo are actually accepting an award on behalf of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, a piece of 1980s technology whose deep kick drum sound launched a thousand hits -- including many early hip-hop hits produced by Rubin -- and which lends its name to West's fourth album, 808's & Heartbreak.

"It was hard to figure out exactly who to thank for bringing the 808 its immortality 30 years after it has been discontinued, but I think we nailed it with our selection of these honorees,"  Craig Hatkoff, chief curator of the awards and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, wrote on the event's website.

Although the pair will not be on hand to accept the award, they've teamed with filmmaker Mark Romanek to produce an acceptance video that has been posted to the awards event's website.

"Kanye and I would like to give thanks on behalf of the Roland TR-808 drum machine," explains Rubin in the clip. "It continues to be responsible for new music some thirty years after its release and discontinuation."

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One Direction Accused of Ripping Off Another Band's Special Effect for Their New Video

Columbia RecordsOne Direction's new video for "You & I" features a pretty cool special effect where each member of the band appears to morph into another member.  But it's a different special effect in the clip which now has an Australian film company accusing them of plagiarism.

At about the 2:45 minute-mark in "You & I," the members of the band, and various objects around them, appear to "freeze." Then, the guys, and the objects "enter" their frozen images, and they begin moving again.  But as the Australian Herald Sun reports, the exact same technique was used before, in a video for a Melbourne band called Clubfeet.  A film production and animation company called Oh Yeah Wow, who did that video and won an award for it last year, claim that they invented the visual trick and that 1D has blatantly appropriated it.

Oh Yeah Wow posted a message on its Facebook page accusing 1D of ripping them off.  They blogged about it, and have encouraged others to take to social media and call out the band and their director, Ben Winston, on this.  In addition, they've tweeted at the various members of the band, asking them to 'fess up to their plagiarism, and tried to contact Winston's production company, all to no avail.

Seamus Spilsbury, from Oh Yeah Wow, tells the paper, "We haven’t heard any word from the band ... we have had a few emails from fans though, some voicing their anger and others that are supporting us." 

He adds, "The technique is created using a number of well established [video effects]. Our clip was the first to use these tricks in this conceptual context."

Why is the company so upset about this?  On its blog, the company writes, "Plagiarism and copycatting is becoming increasingly common and acceptable. When did we, society, become so complacent as to allow this kind of behavior to become normal practice in the media industry? It is for this very reason we have decided...to rally some support -- for the last thing we want is a generation of kids labeling our Clubfeet video a One Direction rip off in years to come."

The company adds, "Considering the sleep deprivation one must endure to create an original piece with practically no budget, you can start to understand the annoyance we might feel when some affluent young bucks and a director devoid of creativity, decide to effectively steal (and subsequently dilute) our idea."

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Chris Brown's "Loyal" Hits the Billboard Top 10 

Eliot Lee Hazel/ RCA RecordsChris Brown has scored another top ten single.

The crooner's latest offering, "Loyal," featuring Lil Wayne and French Montana, has climbed from #11 to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, marking his 13th top ten on the chart.

According to the publication, the song is Lil Wayne's 19th  top ten song, bringing him closer to the current record holder among hip-hop artists, Jay Z who has 21 top tens. Wayne has surpassed Ludacris, who has 18 in the category.

At #9,  Brown is just behind Justin Timberlake, who earned a 15th top 10 this week with "Not a Bad Thing," in at #8.

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Dustin Lynch Wants Fans Ready to Rock at His Concerts

Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch's debut #1 hit, "Cowboys & Angels," gave fans a rather low-key first impression of the rising country star. He feels his latest single, "Where It's At," delivers a better idea of what to expect from his concerts.

Dustin tells the San Luis Obispo Tribune, "“We kind of shock [fans] with how hard we rock and how much we dance around onstage. We love to have fun and keep the show upbeat.”

Dustin spent 312 days on the road last year, and he plans to spend just as much time touring this year. Go to DustinLynchMusic.com to see where he's playing next.

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Lenny Kravitz to Release New Album This Fall

Roadrunner RecordsIt's been quiet on the music front for Lenny Kravitz lately.  The singer and guitarist has been busy with acting -- last year, he appeared in two huge hit films, The Butler and The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, and this year he filmed a role in a movie called Little Rootie Tootie.  

Finally, though, it seems Kravitz is making time for his music. He's signed with a new label, Kobalt, and promises a new album this fall, called Strut. A label press release promises details about the album and its supporting tour "in the coming weeks."

Strut will arrive in retail and digital outlets on September 23, and will be the first Lenny Kravitz album since 2011's Black and White America.

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Lorde's New MAC Campaign Image Revealed, Cosmetics Line to Launch June 5 

Image Courtesy MAC Cosmetics via TwtiterLorde may have canceled her tour dates due to illness, but her new MAC line of cosmetics will be rolling out on schedule in June.

Women's Wear Daily reports that the line will launch June 5 on MACCosmetics.com, and at the MAC stores in New York's Times Square and Fifth Avenue. It'll become available internationally online and in Paris starting in July.  MAC also has revealed the image for the new campaign, which features a brooding photo of Lorde wearing "Pure Heroine" lipstick in her signature deep plum, and Penultimate Eye Liner in "Rapidblack," a deep black.  The lipstick costs $16; the liner, $19.50.

As previously reported, Lorde's been working on her line since last year with MAC senior artist Amber Dreadon, who has been traveling on tour with Lorde as her makeup artist, and working with her to design her tour looks. 

In a statement announcing the partnership, Lorde said, "I have loved MAC Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first MAC lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends!"

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Report: Justin Timberlake Leaves $4,000 Tip for Waitress at German Club 

RCA RecordsNever let it be said that Justin Timberlake is cheap: he reportedly left a $4,000 tip after partying at a German nightclub.

The British tabloid The Sun reports that Justin and a 25-person entourage showed up at the Crystal Cologne nightclub in Cologne, Germany during a recent tour stop and partied until just after 4 a.m.  Even though the owner of the club picked up the tab for all their drinks, Justin did the right thing and didn't forget the waitstaff.  A waitress serving Justin and his party told The Sun that he left a $4,115 tip for her and the other severs, adding, "We were all really amazed."

Justin's 20/20 Experience World Tour continues its European leg through mid-May, and will then travel to the Middle East for a few dates before heading back to Europe.  The next North American leg kicks off July 9 in Buffalo, NY.

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Paul McCartney Confirms He'll Play the Final Concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park

Photo: MJ KimAfter months of speculation, Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will play the very last concert that will be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished.  The show has been scheduled for August 14, which currently makes it the final date of the Beatles legend's 2014 U.S. tour. 

Sir Paul has a strong historic connection to Candlestick Park, as the venue was the site of The Beatles' last official concert, on August 29, 1966.  Tickets for the show, which has been dubbed Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert, will go on sale to the general public on sale Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. PT. American Express Card holders will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting on Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

Phil Ginsberg, director of San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department, told the San Francisco Chronicle that his department worked hard to make the McCartney concert happen.  "We just kept pushing and were persistent and drove the deal down the field," he said.

Word that McCartney was interested in playing the last show at Candlestick dates back to August 2013, when San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee revealed to the Chronicle that the rock superstar had suggested doing the performance when they chatted just before his set at the city's Outside Lands Festival.

In July 2008, McCartney took part in a farewell concert for another stadium with ties to Beatles history.  He joined Billy Joel for a surprise performance at the final music show held at New York City's Shea Stadium, where the Fab Four played a pair of famous gigs in the mid-1960s.

The U.S. leg of Paul's Out There World Tour, which gets under way June 14 in Lubbock, Texas, now includes a total of 16 dates. Visit PaulMcCartney.com to check out his full schedule.

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Avril Lavigne Says Her "Hello Kitty" Video Is Not Racist

Image Courtesy Avril Lavigne via TwitterAvril Lavigne and her spokeswoman both say critics who called the video for her song "Hello Kitty," racist towards Asians are wrong.

“The video is an homage to all the things she loves about Japan," her rep told ABC News Radio. "Food, fashion, fun!"

The video features Avril wearing a cupcake tutu, singing words like "arigato" and "kawaii" -- that's "thank you" and "cute" in Japanese -- and dancing in a candy store with Asian background dancers. Later, she gets served sushi and saki.  Websites and social media commenters have suggested the clip offers a cliched portrayal of Japanese culture.

Avril's rep added that the video popping up on YouTube Wednesday but later disappearing wasn't in response to the uproar.

"It was not pulled from YouTube," the rep said, "but it was GEO BLOCKED...Fans were ripping the video and posting to YouTube and then getting removed due to the geo-blocking.”

Avril herself, meanwhile, laughed off the comments about her video.  "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan," she tweeted Wednesday.

"Hello Kitty" is featured on Avril's current self-titled album.

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Phillip Phillips Turns Down Teen's Invite to Prom, But Thrills Her with Tickets

Credit: Nick WalkerA New Jersey teen who wanted Phillip Phillips to take her to prom won't see that dream come true, but she'll get to see her idol in the flesh anyway.

Carly Meyers, a senior at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ, created a YouTube invite, posted April 6, in which she turns Phillips' hit “Gone, Gone, Gone” into “Prom, Prom, Prom.”

“Phillip, if you’re free May 16 I’ll be the one in the red dress :),” Carly wrote in the video’s description.

Carly appeared live on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday as part of the show’s “Epic Prom Week” and explained why she'd created the clip.

"When I thought of my dream prom date, I just always thought of him,” Meyers said.  “I love writing songs. I love his songs. So I thought I’d kind of put it together.  [I] did it for fun, although secretly hoping he’d see it.”

And it turns out Phillip did see it -- and responded.  In a video that aired Thursdy on GMA, he addressed Carly, telling her he’d seen her prom proposal, and adding that her song "sounded so lovely.”

He then delivered the bad news: he can't make it to her prom.  But then, he surprised her with tickets for her and her friends to his show July 12 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey.

"I can't wait to see you and hear all about your prom!" said Phillip, as a speechless Carly gasped and put her hands to her mouth.

Phillip will perform on Good Morning America May 20.

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Adam Levine Says He "Might" Be on "The Voice" Next Season

EllenTV.comAdam Levine has been a coach on NBC's The Voice since the singing competition started, but will he return for season seven?

"I think so, I'm checking my schedule," he teased on Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Host Ellen DeGeneres, looking at him skeptically, replied, "Oh, OK. We'll find out. That means you're negotiating or something like that."

"I might be there but who knows?" the Maroon 5 frontman said with a laugh.

One singer who will definitely be a coach on The Voice next season is Pharrell. Still, many are wondering if there are any truth to the rumors that Gwen Stefani will join the cast.

"Gwen Stefani is merely speculative. I don't know if that's actually happening," Adam said. "That's what I'm supposed to say, you know, like legally. But Pharrell I can talk about because he's for sure. But they are both incredible and it's going to be a blast."

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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Ciara Shows Off Baby Bump in W Magazine Spread

Courtesy Ciara Via InstagramCiara and Future will soon welcome their first child together, and the singer is showing off her pregnant body in a recent shoot for W magazine

In the accompanying article, titled "Ciara’s Great Expectations," the eight-months pregnant singer reveals why she's enjoyed being public with her upcoming bundle of joy.

"My mom and I don’t have a lot of photos of my early years. So I decided we should document everything. This is one of those moments you can’t repeat," she says.

In the photos, Ci Ci shows off three looks -- a crop top, long dress with high split and a simple black bathing suit -- while showing off what her fiance affectionately calls the "growing basketball."

"It feels good to not have to wonder whether your abs are tight enough," she says. "I like not being so perfect."

After giving birth to her son, Ciara plans to get back in shape and release her next album, which she promises will be her best to date.

You can read the full article via WMagazine.com now.

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Coldplay Announces Second NYC Show

BB Gun PressThe band sold out its first New York City show in less than a minute, so now Coldplay has taken pity on the thousands of shut-out fans and scheduled a second show in the Big Apple.

Show number two will take place on the same night as the first -- Monday, May 5 -- but at 5pm. And there's another catch: you must be a Citi card member to purchase tickets.

This ticket sale begins next Wednesday, April 30, at 10 a.m. ET and if the first show's sales are any hint, the early show will sell out in nothing flat as well, so be quick if you want a ticket.

Coldplay also recently announced they're headlining Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow, Scotland. That show will be simulcast online; check out details on the BBC website.

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