Madonna Thinks Pope Francis Would Enjoy Her Show

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot When Pope Francis was visiting America last month, Madonna gave him a shoutout at one of her shows. Will she be giving him a formal invite to one of her concerts next? Although her Rebel Heart tour contains some potentially controversial religious references -- pole dancing nuns, to be exact -- Madonna tells Rolling Stone she thinks the pope would enjoy her show.

“I do, actually, because at the end of the day, the message of my show is about love, and that's his message,” she says.

Of course, Madonna’s had a long and contentious history with the Catholic Church. She was raised Catholic, but claims to have been excommunicated three times for various indiscretions. During her Blond Ambition Tour, the pope at the time tried to ban her show in Rome. But Madonna says Pope Francis seems different.

“I'll state the obvious and say that he seems like he's a much more open-minded individual, who seems to be moving outside of the dogma of the Catholic Church that has been set in stone since the days of Constantine,” she says. “So I think it's good.”

She adds, “And I also believe that he's the kind of Pope you could sit down and have a cup of tea with, and/or that you could make a joke about something and he would laugh about it.”

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Melanie Fiona Releases Powerful Video for "I Tried"

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Melanie Fiona gets emotional in the video for her new single, "I Tried."

In the Carmen Murray-directed clip, posted on YouTube, a bruised Melanie finds herself locked inside a glass box within a dark room, which represents her feelings on social issues like domestic violence, mass shootings, police brutality, rape, racial inequality, and human trafficking. As she watches in helpless despair, various real-life headlines are displayed, ranging from Michael Brown's murder to Eric Garner's chokehold death, both at the hands of police, to Sandra Bland's hanging while in police custody.

"It is important for me to channel the ideas and concepts I am passionate about into my music and my art… As an artist with a social platform, I feel it is my responsibility to do so," Melanie tells Complex.  "The video for ‘I Tried’ is a tribute to the fight in which we all witness and experience both internally and externally in the world daily. The conversation of important issues should not end when we turn the TV off. I hope this visual sparks emotion, thought, dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, positive change."

"I Tried" is lifted from Melanie’s third album, due in early 2016. The singer's effort will include her lead single, "Bite the Bullet."

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Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild Launching Fashion Collection October 27

Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town's Karen Fairchild is easily one of country music's most stylish stars, so it makes since she's now launching her own fashion collection. Fair Child by Karen Fairchild is described as a "unique fusion of sexy, bold, pieces that Nashville inspired with a rock and roll sensibility."

Karen says, "Fair Child is a blend of everything I love. It’s a collection of rich textures, details and embellishments in iconic pieces that are easy to wear, glamorous and affordable. These versatile pieces are made to be worn together through mixing, matching and layering.”

Look for Fair Child by Karen Fairchild to debut October 27 at

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Lady Gaga's "AHS" Debut Pulls In Good Ratings

Suzanne Tenner/FX NetworksIt seems a lot of people wanted to check into Lady Gaga’s hotel. The singer’s TV acting debut on American Horror Story: Hotel Wednesday night premiered to big ratings for FX, according to Variety.

The show ranked as the night’s number two program among 18-49-year-olds, behind Fox’s Empire. According to same-night numbers released Thursday by Nielsen, the premiere averaged about 3.8 million viewers in that age group and 5.81 million viewers overall.

Those numbers are down a bit from last year’s American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere, but video-on-demand and DVR playback numbers haven’t even been included yet.

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Bruno Mars Developing Music Family Comedy TV Series

John Paul Filo/CBSBruno Mars is trying his hand at TV producing. According to Deadline, the singer is teaming up with Empire producer Brian Glazer to develop a music family comedy series for NBC.

The show will reportedly follow a loud, dysfunctional Bronx family and how they must adjust when they take in their innocent, optimistic 10-year-old nephew. While the series is not based on Bruno’s life, it will include elements of his background. It’s not yet clear how the musical aspect will be worked into the show.

NBC has given the show a put pilot commitment so far, which means the network has agreed to air the pilot either as a special or as part of a series.

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Eddie Vedder Celebrates with Chicago Cubs After Wild-Card Win 

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSNoted Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder traveled to Pittsburgh to watch his favorite team take on the Pirates in Wednesday night's National League wild-card game, and he didn't leave disappointed.  Vedder's Cubbies beat the Pirates 4-0 to advance to the next round of the MLB playoffs.  After the game, the Pearl Jam frontman joined the team for a champagne celebration in the locker room.

The Cubs will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the next playoff round.  When asked if he'll be traveling with the Cubs when they play St. Louis in Game 1 on Friday, Vedder said, "I have kids and a job.  I'll be in Chicago!"

Just like everyone else who roots for the team, Vedder is a long-suffering Cubs fan -- the franchise hasn't won a World Series since 1908.  This season marks the first time since 2008 that the Cubs have even made the playoffs.

Earlier this year, Vedder led Wrigley Field fans in a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during a regular season game between the Cubs and the New York Mets.  Vedder has made numerous appearances at Wrigley to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" since 1998, when he was one of the first to sing it after the passing of legendary Cubs announcer Harry Caray, who would always lead the crowd in singing the song during the seventh-inning stretch.

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Soundtrack to "Roger Waters The Wall" Concert Film to Be Released in November

Legacy RecordingsA companion soundtrack to the new Roger Waters The Wall concert film is scheduled to be released on November 20.  The album will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download, and will features performances from ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters hugely successful The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013.

The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack was produced by Nigel Godrich, whose credits include albums by Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Beck.  The 29-track album features a full live performance of Pink Floyd's classic 1979 concept album The Wall, about a rock star who descends into madness while haunted by the wartime death of the father he never met.  Among the classic songs included on the record are "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2," "Young Lust," "Hey You," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell."

Waters' backing band for the performances included guitarists G.E. Smith and Snowy White, multi-instrumentalist Jon Carin and Roger's son Harry Waters, who played keyboards.

As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall will be released as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital video on December 1.  The movie combines live performance footage with dramatic and documentary segments aimed at conveying Waters' passionate antiwar sentiments.

The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack CD and LP sets can be pre-ordered now at  According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, release details for a Super Deluxe edition that likely will feature both the film and the album will be announced next week.

Here is the full track list of the two-CD version of the soundtrack album:

Disc 1
"In the Flesh?"
"The Thin Ice"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1"
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2"
"The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes"
"Goodbye Blue Sky"
"Empty Spaces"
"What Shall We Do Now?"
"Young Lust"
"One of My Turns"
"Don't Leave Me Now"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3"
"Last Few Bricks"
"Goodbye Cruel World"

Disc 2
"Hey You"
"Is There Anybody Out There?"
"Nobody Home"
"Bring the Boys Back Home"
"Comfortably Numb"
"The Show Must Go On"
"In the Flesh"
"Run Like Hell"
"Waiting for the Worms"
"The Trial"
"Outside the Wall"

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Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" Becomes First Hip-Hop Video to Reach 1 Billion Views on YouTube 

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Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" spent most of the summer riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and now, its accompany visual has reached an impressive milestone.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the rapper has became the first and only rapper with a music video to reach one billion views on YouTube, it only took six months for the video to do so. He now joins an elite list of entertainers with videos crossing the billion-view threshold: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, whose video for "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J has 1.1 billion views.

The Charlie Puth-assisted song is lifted from the Furious 7 soundtrack and film.

Here's the full list of music videos achieving more than one billion views:

1. PSY -- "Gangnam Style" 2,426,500,822
2. Justin Bieber -- "Baby" 1,219,883,321
3. Taylor Swift -- "Blank Space" 1,188,147,147
4. Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse" 1,121,919,001
5. Katy Perry -- "Roar" 1,085,316,510
6. Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off" 1,073,453,852
7. Enrique Iglesias -- "Bailando" 1,070,883,424
8. Meghan Trainor -- "All About That Bass" 1,046,823,436
9. Mark Ronson --"Uptown Funk" 1,045,536,246
10. Wiz Khalifa -- "See You Again" 1,004,350,672

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Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez Plays Impromptu Street Performance for Kindergartners

Credit: LeAnn MuellerCoheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez was stopped on the street Wednesday morning by, believe it or not, a kindergarten class and their teachers and was asked to perform a song. Presumably not wanting to perform a song like "The Suffering" or Coheed's profane The Color Before the Suns single "You Got Spirit, Kid," Sanchez decided to play the chorus of an unreleased song. You can watch the impromptu street performance now on YouTube.

Sanchez was stopped while walking in his new hometown of Brooklyn, New York. The Color Before the Sun, Coheed and Cambria's forthcoming new album, is in part inspired by Sanchez's new life in Brooklyn with his wife and newborn son. The album is Coheed's first to not continue the story of the Amory Wars, a sci-fi epic that tells the story of the band's namesake characters.

Coheed and Cambria has so far released three songs from The Color Before the Sun: "You Got Spirit, Kid," "Here to Mars," and "Eraser." The album will be released in full October 16.

The band will be touring in support of The Color Before the Sun starting with an intimate show at the Brooklyn metal club Saint Vitus on October 9. The tour will continue October 11 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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"Jane the Virgin" Star Gushes About Britney Spears’ Guest Stint

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIt seems Britney Spears was a hit with the cast of The CW’s Jane the Virgin. The show’s star Gina Rodriguez tells HuffPost Live what it was like working with the pop star.

"She is so incredible,” Gina says. “You can tell she just wanted to be there. 'Cause she was light, and love and giving, and it's a great episode. It's so good."

She says Britney got to show off her sense of humor in the role, and held her own with the other actors. "I mean, you can tell she's got comedy chops. Like nobody's business," Gina says.

The two even got to dance together in one scene. "I won't even tell you why or in what capacity … I'm just a better person because of it," Gina says.

On Monday, Gina posted a goofy selfie of her and Brit, and says she still can’t stop looking at it. "I swear I go back to that freaking picture so often 'cause I'm like, ‘This happened!'" she says.

Britney will be guest starring on an episode of season two as the “nemesis” of Rogelio de la Vega, who plays Jane’s biological father on the show. Jane the Virgin’s second season premieres October 12 at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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Lionel Richie Supports New Tuskegee Airmen Documentary

Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie is supporting a 27-minute documentary short called The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph, about the first African-American fighter pilots.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer held a private screening in his Beverly Hills house with 20 guests, including an original Tuskegee Airman, earlier this month.  "I made a few phone calls, even though it was very last-minute," says Richie about his screening of the flick, which he believes deserves the attention of Oscar voters.

After supporting the 2012 feature Red Tails, Richie feels that the film's history should be taught in schools around the country.  "You can't settle.  There's a young generation coming along that I want to know that the fiber of America has black people in it," he says.  "We made major contributions in this country."

When asked how he would respond if the film did win an Oscar, Richie says with a laugh, "I'm rushing the stage!  What are you talking about?  Are you kidding me?"

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Maddie & Tae Kick Off "Start Here" Tour in New York City

Rick Diamond for Getty ImagesMaddie & Tae kicked off their Start Here tour Wednesday night at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. The 75-minute set included a crowd sing-along on the duo's latest hit, "Fly," as well as covers of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," Rihanna's "Umbrella," and "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. Of course, "Girl in a Country Song" was a big highlight.

Maddie & Tae's Tae Dye says, "“This is everything Maddie and I have dreamed since we started writing songs at 15."

Maddie & Tae are up for three trophies at the 49th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Demi Lovato Sings Soulful Ballad, "Stone Cold"

ABC/Ida Mae Astute Could this be the song that gets Demi Lovato a Grammy nomination? The singer recently told Complex that “Stone Cold,” off her soon-to-be-released album Confident, is the song she most wants the Grammy committee to hear -- and now we know why.

Demi's released a video of her singing the soulful tune live in the studio, and it shows off both her vocal range and emotional depth. The piano-driven ballad is about trying to be happy for your former significant other, even after they’ve moved on with someone new.

"I want the Grammy committee to hear it so that one day they can see that I know that I'm capable of getting there. I just want people to see it finally," she told Complex of “Stone Cold.” “When I say getting there, I don't mean winning one. I just want to be nominated for one."

She added, “This is a song that I feel like is worthy of notification."

Confident comes out October 16.

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Taylor Swift Sports a Beachy Look on First-Ever "GQ" Cover

Michael Thompson for GQTaylor Swift’s first-ever cover with GQ magazine has been revealed. The singer sports a sultry look on the November issue, posing in front of the ocean with tousled beach hair and a slinky tank dress worn over a black bikini.

Writer Chuck Klosterman interviewed Taylor for the cover story. He writes, “If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously...There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist.”

During the wide-ranging interview, Taylor reportedly dodged paparazzi and at one point took a surprise phone call from a person as famous as she is.

The GQ issue featuring Taylor on the cover comes out next week.

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Beyonce's Father Announces Boot Camp for Industry Hopefuls in Houston 

Columbia RecordsMathew Knowles was the driving force behind the success of Beyonce's music career.  Now the singer's father and former manager is holding a boot camp in Houston for emerging talent later this month.

According to his label's official website, Mathew is offering a one-day boot camp called "The Entertainment Industry: How Do I Get In?" October 24 at Zilkah Hall in The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The seven-hour event is aimed at industry hopefuls, including aspiring singers, dancers, composers, writers, producers, managers, and publicists, to whom Knowles will give industry insights based on his experience. Attendees can expect to "leave with real information, contacts and strategies for their own successful entertainment endeavors."

If you're interested, general admission is $199, but for $299 you get an exclusive VIP package, featuring a private lunch and a photo op with Mr. Knowles. Tickets for students are $99.  For more information, visit now.

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Have B.o.B and Sevyn Streeter Called It Quits?

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After confirming their relationship over the summer, it appears as though Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B have called it quits.

For the past month, B.o.B’s Instagram timeline has been filled with subtle messages suggesting that he and Sevyn are no longer  together, including one that reads: "You gone think about me when I'm gone." But it's his most recent photo that seems to validate rumors of the breakup.

On Wednesday, the rapper shared a snapshot on Instagram of himself looking at a woman’s behind. At first glance, it looks like Sevyn, but the woman pictured is actually a model named Briteady.

Late Wednesday night, Briteady also shared an Instagram photo of herself sitting next to the rapper in what appears to be a bed, which was later deleted. Then on Thursday afternoon, she hinted that their encounter may have been a business meeting, but she also deleted that post which was captioned: "U can't believe everything u see." In the now deleted image, she screenshot a private message from Bobby Ray seeking her help on branding.

Meanwhile, Sevyn has hey to confirm or deny the speculation.

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Blake Shelton Hitting the Road in February and March 2016

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will hit the road this February for a brand-new tour, including a March 4 show in Nashville.

Blake says of his plans for 2016, "We've got a new album coming and I can't wait to get back out on the road and play some new music for my fans. As an artist, my favorite thing to do is go on the road and play shows. I’ve missed it, and it's gonna be like old times. So y'all get ready to party, ‘cause Blake Shelton is comin to see ya!'"

Tickets for Blake's show in Nashville go on sale Saturday, October 17 through Ticketmaster.

Here are Blake's new tour dates:

2/18 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
2/19 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
2/20 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
2/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
2/27 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
3/3 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
3/4 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/17 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
3/18 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center

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Rihanna Unveils Official Artwork for New Album,"Anti"

Roy Nachum/Roc NationRihanna found a cool way to unveil the title of her the eighth album, Anti. During a private showing at MAMA gallery in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night, she was captured revealing the name and show-stopping artwork for her long-awaited project.

For the red-and-white cover, the singer selected a childhood photo from her first day of daycare, which was modified by artist Roy Nachum. A young Rih poses with a gold crown covering her eyes, which she says conveys "exactly the message" she wanted.

"I fell in love with it because I felt like there was another spirit, another layer to the art," Rihanna told the crowd. "We talked about what I wanted visually and what would make me the happiest girl in the world and this is my favorite album cover I’ve ever done."

After dropping the curtain, Rihanna also revealed her artwork includes a poem written in Braille by Chloe Mitchell. "The whole idea behind the Braille is people who have sight are sometimes the people who are blindest and it's really good to go a little deeper," said Ri as her fans cheered.

Also on Instagram, Rihanna broke down the meaning of the word "anti", along with a message that reads: "In her collaboration with Roy Nachum, Rihanna has changed the history of album art. By continuing to follow her own instincts,  her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects."

While she's already completed the album, Rihanna remains mum on the official release date. Her upcoming effort, executive produced by Kanye West, will include her singles "FourFiveSeconds," "American Oxygen," and "B**** Better Have My Money."

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One Direction Still "Shocked" at Their Success on the Road

ABC/Fred LeeWhile many people assume that One Direction is over and done with, the group is still out there every night thrilling fans on their On the Road Again tour, which is currently visiting arenas in Europe for multiple nights -- after touring stadiums in the U.S. and other parts of the world.  "We are just shocked...[at] how great the crowds are," says Louis Tomlinson.

The fact that 1D, currently readying their fifth album for release next month, can continue to draw such huge crowds on the road is something that even the band themselves finds hard to comprehend.  "We still can’t believe...and I say it on stage every night, but not a lot of artists get to play stadiums. So we’re still shocked that a year and a half later we’re still playing stadiums," Niall Horan tells ABC Radio.

"We are just shocked that every show that we go to, the standard is so high of how great the crowds are and that’s been the same on this tour," adds Louis. "It’s been great."

Of course, playing in the world's largest arenas and stadiums offers an interesting challenge for any music act: namely, how do you reach the people in the nosebleed seats and make them feel part of the show?

"I mean it’s hard usually, but you do find a lot of the time you have a moment with a specific person in the audience," Liam Payne tells ABC Radio. "I always find that you kind of pick a person out as you move along the stage and they’re kind of the people you play to, but, you know, we always try and reference the back." 

The "Drag Me Down" hitmakers will release their new disc, Made in the A.M., on November 13.  Their last official tour date is Halloween in Sheffield, England, but then they'll come back to America for some holiday shows.

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Former "American Idol" Winner Taylor Hicks to Release New Album Next Year

David Becker/Getty Images for Animal Rescue FoundationIf you’ve been wondering what season five American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has been up to, we’ve got news for you. The grey-haired singer is currently finishing up his new album, which is set for a 2016 release.

To gear up for his return to the spotlight, Taylor will be performing the national anthem at next Thursday's game five of the Major League Baseball Division Series Playoffs between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros. This Thursday, he’ll be performing at a Nashville Predators hockey game.

Following his American Idol win in 2006, he’s had several stints on Broadway -- including a role as Teen Angel in Grease -- and became the first Idol winner to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas in 2012. His last album, The Distance, came out in 2009.

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