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Friday
Oct242014

Taylor Swift Visits "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to Plug New Album, Perform Two Songs

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to plug her new album, 1989, and perform two songs at an outdoor stage in front of nearly 15 thousand fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard outside Kimmel’s studio.

The 24-year-old singer/songwriter told Kimmel she’s “more confident” about this album than she’s been about any of her previous releases.

Taylor said it’s a “really nice feeling” to have but added, “it’s almost like you’re releasing this thing into the world that you spent two years with, and it’s just been mine for two years and now it’s everybody elses.”

Taylor joked that it’s like she’s "sending it off to college."

Earlier in the week, Kimmel had fans submit questions for Taylor via Skype, and he read one of them on the air. A fan asked if all our memories were erased, but Taylor could pick one song from 1989 that we all would remember, which would it be and why?

Swift said she would choose the song “Clean,” the last track on the album.  She wrote it with British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap.  Taylor said of the tune, "It's just a song that's really special to me and it's been one that kind of everyone is really talking about."  Taylor told Kimmel, "I think it's a song that might help people go through things."

Kimmel also told the story of Taylor showing up at the studio in 2005 when she was 14 years old to try to get on the show.  “Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him,” Kimmel recalled.

Kimmel said Igoe told Taylor she wasn't allowed in the show’s green room because they served alcohol and he threw her out.

Flash forward to Thursday night: Kimmel announced on the show that he’s decided to make it up to Taylor by having security guards “toss” Igoe, who still works for Kimmel, out of the building. 

Later in the show, Taylor performed her hit "Shake It Off," and the song "Out of the Woods."

1989 arrives Monday, October 27, the same day Taylor appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and makes her debut later that night as a mentor on The Voice.


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Friday
Oct242014

Glen Campbell's Musical Legacy and Alzheimer's Disease Chronicled in New Film, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me"

Image Courtesy PCH FilmsGlen Campbell's Goodbye Tour is captured in the new documentary film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, opening in select theaters Friday. The movie chronicles Glen's diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 2011 and the 151 shows he played until the disease made it impossible for him to go on performing last year.

I'll Be Me doesn't shy away from showing Glen's descent into dementia, but it also serves as a reminder of the multi-platinum career that put Glen Campbell in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Scenes from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show on CBS and his acting role in the western True Grit are included in the movie along with vintage performances of his signature hits, "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and many more. The film also shines a light on Glen's role as a session guitarist on classic songs from The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many more acts.

Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, Blake Shelton and Paul McCartney are among the stars singing Glen's praises in I'll Be Me. Footage of Glen's performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards with Blake and The Band Perry is also included, and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio it was very humbling to be in Glen's presence.

She says, "I always feels like he's just a living piece of history, a lot like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton."

Her brother Neil Perry recalls Glen giving it his all, even at the rehearsals for their Grammy Awards performance.

"He was getting ready to play 'Rhinestone Cowboy,'" Neil says, "and I remember before he did, he took his guitar off, someone handed him an actual rhinestone jacket. He put it on, and then played the song, just for rehearsals. So, that was pretty cool to see that. Kind of him get in character, you know?"

The Band Perry performs a special version of Glen's hit, "Gentle on My Mind," featured in I'll Be Me as well.

Glen Campbell's children, Ashley and Shannon, played in their father's bad on The Goodbye Tour. Even though they knew their dad was a living legend, meeting his fans on the road made a huge impression on them.

Ashley tells ABC News Radio, "Just [to] hear their own stories of what the show meant to them, and what Glen Campbell means to them. It was just so inspiring to know that my dad had inspired so many people. "

Glen's wife, Kim Campbell, hopes I'll Be Me introduces Glen's music and legacy to an entirely new generation of fans.

She says, "A lot of people aren't even aware that he's one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, and that he's played on so many hits before -- as part of the Wrecking Crew -- before he was ever a solo artist himself. He maybe didn't get the credit that he deserved for so many years. Now, I hope that this film will help people really understand how great of an artist he was."

To find out where Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me is playing in your area, go to GlenCampbellMovie.com.


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Friday
Oct242014

Author: "Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography" Will Show Piano Man "Really Is That Good Guy Everybody Wants Him to Be"

Crown Archetype/Random HouseIn 2011, Billy Joel pulled the plug on his autobiography,The Book of Joel, citing concerns that it was being marketed as a "salacious tell-all."  But  much of the material destined for that book is being released on Tuesday, in the form of a new book called Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography.  The author is the same guy who worked with Billy on the scrapped book, and he says this new one will confirm what the public already knows about the Piano Man: he's a decent guy.

Speaking to Newsday -- Billy's hometown paper -- author Fred Schruers says, "There's a reason he's...very well loved. I don't think the public really wants to know the bad stuff, though it's in there. They have their imaginings about Billy, and some of them are reflected by the reality. He's had his bumps. It's very hard to say this without sounding too Pollyanna-ish, but he really is that good guy that everyone wants him to be."

Schruers says the idea to write a biography of Billy came about in 2012, when he ran into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the two came to a "handshake agreement" that Schruers could proceed.  Not only that, but Billy gave Schruers permission to use all the material that he'd gathered for The Book of Joel for the project.  "'I'll help you out' was his phrase," Schruers tells Newsday.  The author ended up using nearly 100 hours of interviews he'd done with Billy, as well as interviews he'd done with members of his inner circle over the years.

As for why Billy scrapped The Book of Joel in the first place -- even returning a seven-figure advance -- Schruers said the project simply came at a bad time in the singer's life.

"I don't think he hated what we had done together," says Schruers. "But when your dad dies and you're going through a divorce, you're in hip pain and you're pretty emotionally battered, it's not something you want to talk about all the time in interviews. You want more of a peak moment to put that book out."


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Friday
Oct242014

John Fogerty to Sing at White House Tribute Concert for US Military Personnel Next Month

Image Courtesy of Lacee BendaJohn Fogerty is among the music stars who will perform before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of a special tribute to U.S. military members and veterans that will be held on the South Lawn of the White House.  The event, dubbed A Salute to Our Troops, will take place on November 6 and will air as a new episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House series the next night at 9 p.m. ET.

The show will be held in conjunction with the White House's "Joining Forces" campaign in advance of Veteran's Day, which falls on November 11.  Other artists slated to perform at the event include Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, rapper Common and Romeo Santos of the Latin music group Aventura.  In addition, a performance by Daughtry will be beamed live via satellite from a USO concert the rock act is playing at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

Hundreds of military personnel will attend the concert, including troops from Virginia's USO Warrior and Family Center.  Don Was will serve as musical director of the festivities.  The show also will be broadcast on November 11, Veteran's Day, on via the American Forces Network, where it can be viewed by troops and U.S. Department of Defense employees around the world.

Meanwhile, Fogerty will launch a new Canadian tour leg on November 7 in St. John's, Newfoundland.  The trek will mark the beginning of the singer/guitarist's 1969 World Tour, which will celebrate the great music Fogerty made with his old band Creedence Clearwater Revival that year.

Here is the Fogerty's full Canadian itinerary:

11/7 -- St. John's, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/8 -- St. John's, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/10 -- Halifax, NS, Halifax Metro Centre
11/12 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
11/13 -- Rama, ON, Casino Rama
11/14 -- Oshawa, ON, GM Centre
11/15 -- Hamilton, ON, Copps Coliseum
11/17 -- Sudbury, ON, Sudbury Arena
11/19 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
11/20 -- Moose Jaw, SK, Mosaic Place
11/21 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
11/23 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
11/24 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/25 -- Dawson Creek, BC, EnCana Events Centre
11/27 -- Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Events Centre
11/28 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Centre
11/29 -- Victoria, BC, Save on Foods Memorial Centre


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Friday
Oct242014

PETA Upset at One Direction for Using Chimp & Other Wild Animals in "Steal My Girl" Video

SYCO/Columbia RecordsOne Direction's new video for "Steal My Girl" premieres Friday, but it's already causing controversy among animal rights activists.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- PETA -- is upset because the group is featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals in the clip.

PETA has sent letters to One Direction and their video production company, requesting that they cut any of the scenes with the chimp, and asking them to pledge to never again work with "captive exotic animals"; the group suggests that 1D could use computer-generated animals instead.

In the letters, PETA says that chimps in the entertainment industry are separated from their mothers shortly after birth, treated badly and often abused, and then dumped when they become too strong to be safely handled.  The letters further note the presence of a lion in the video, and say that lions, too, are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and abused with electric shocks and food deprivation.

PETA claims  that Steve Martin's Working Wildlife, the animal exhibitor hired for the "Steal My Girl" video, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failure to meet animal safety and cleanliness standards.  PETA also accuses Martin of disposing of his animals in what it calls "poorly run roadside zoos."   

PETA U.K. further claims that Martin "misled" 1D about these violations, and about his alleged relationship with the an organization,"American Humane Society," which doesn't actually exist.

The letters conclude, "We hope you'll consider removing the wild animal scenes from the final video and make the conscientious decision never to work with wild animals again. Thank you for giving this urgent matter your consideration."

But Fulwell 73, the production company that made the video, said in a statement to ABC News that it vetted Martin carefully and "chose him based on his exemplary treatment of animals, his highly regarded 'reward based' training, and his history in contributing to animal conservation educational programs."

The company adds that Martin, "maintains a spotless on-set accident-free record which spans over 44 years of exemplary and highly respected work in the motion picture, television, commercial and video production industry."


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Friday
Oct242014

Tamar Braxton Shines in "Let Me Know" Video Premiere

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Tamar Braxton wasted no time in filming the accompanying visual for her new single, "Let Me Know," featuring Future

With Tamar serving as the director, the artsy visual finds the singer showing off her svelte figure in various lingerie outfits. At one point, she lays naked with glitter covering her body as she sings along to the tune, which samples Aaliyah’s "At Your Best (You Are Love)."

"I’m definitely a fan of Aaliyah," Tamar tells Rap-Up. "She was one of my good friends because her uncle [Barry Hankerson] and my sister [Toni] were affiliated at the time, so I spent a lot of time with her."

The song will appear on Tamar's follow-up to last year’s Love and War.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Charli XCX Says Lorde Recruited Her for "Hunger Games" Soundtrack via Instagram 

Republic RecordsLorde says that she personally reached out to all the artists featured on the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack via social media to ask them to be part of the project.  Charli XCX confirms that's true, but says she nearly missed the invitation because of it.

Speaking to The Insider, Charli says that Lorde "actually messaged [me] on Instagram and I didn’t see it because I didn't know you could message people on Instagram. So, I think she thought I was ignoring her for ages because I never got back to her but then we figured it out. We got in touch and she asked me to submit a song."

There was, however, a small problem. Charli says, "I had never seen the movies or read the books."  But Lorde came through for her.  "She literally wrote the whole book out in an e-mail to me," Charli reveals.

"I was really honored to be a part of this soundtrack," Charli says.  "I really believe in what Lorde is doing and everything she does as an artist.  I'm so glad that she has such a great platform and the soundtrack to showcase her business skills like a business woman because she really is. I'm very happy she reached out to me.”

Charli's song on the soundtrack, "Kingdom," is a collaboration with Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon.  The soundtrack will be out November 17.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, A Great Big World & More Up for NewNowNext Awards

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor, Sam Smith, A Great Big World, Iggy Azalea and Nick Jonas are among the musical nominees for Logo TV's NewNowNext Awards.  The awards not only celebrate what's happening right now, they're also designed to introduce fans to what will be the future of popular culture in the coming year.

In addition to music, the NewNowNextAwards also cover movies, TV and theater.  Because Logo is targeted towards the LGBT community, nominees are often gay-friendly, or gay themselves.  In the music category, for example, nominees Mary Lambert, Sam Smith and Chad from A Great Big World are openly gay.  Another nominee is Bleachers, the side project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who is a huge supporter of gay rights.

U.K. artists are very well represented this year: in addition to Sam Smith, you've also got Irish singer/songwriter Hozier, British singers John Newman and Charli X, Scottish singer Paolo Nutini, and the British groups Bastille and Disclosure.

Voting is open right now at LogoTV.com/events/newnownext_awards. The awards show will air December 7 on Logo TV.

Here are the nominees:

Best New Musician (Male)
Hozier
Nick Jonas
John Newman
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith

Best New Musician (Female)
Iggy Azalea
Charli XCX
Mary Lambert
Meghan Trainor
Betty Who

Best New Music Group
A Great Big World
Bastille
Bleachers
Disclosure
Pentatonix


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Thursday
Oct232014

Jack White to Speak at Yale University 

Image Courtesy of Third Man RecordsJack White will be speaking at a Yale University panel on the topic of “Exploring the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records.” The panel will take place on October 28. Last year, White's Third Man Records, along with Revenant Records, released the first volume of an anthology of the label's historic recordings, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932.

Over its fifteen year lifetime, Paramount Records amassed a remarkable roster of jazz and blues artists like Louis Armstrong and Charley Patton.

White will be joined on the panel by Yale professor Daphne Brooks, music critic Greil Marcus, musician Adia Victoria and Revenant Records' Dean and Scott Blackwood.

Volume Two of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932 will be released on November 18


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Thursday
Oct232014

Listen to Bette Midler Sing TLC's "Waterfalls"

Warner Bros. RecordsThe notion of Bette Midler covering a #1 hit by the '90s R&B supergroup TLC sounds like an extremely bad idea...but it turns out the Divine Miss M's version of "Waterfalls" is a lot better than you'd think.

Bette recorded the song for her upcoming album It's the Girls!, a tribute to great girl groups.  She's turned the song -- a cautionary tale about the dangers of both drug dealing and of having casual sex during the height of the AIDS epidemic -- into a slow, mournful piano ballad.  She's also cut out the song's rap interlude, which was originally performed by the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

"Waterfalls" was #1 for seven weeks in 1995 and received two Grammy nominations.  It's considered TLC's signature song.

On It's the Girls!, Bette also tackles songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and more.  The album's due November 4.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Luke Bryan Finds "Bro Country" Label Aggravating and Derogatory

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan may sing about trucks and girls and drinking beer on a few of his songs, but don't you dare call his music "bro country."  Luke tells ABC News he finds that term aggravating and derogatory of the country music genre as a whole.

He says, "Yeah, do I sing about a truck and a beer on one song, but then do I sing about a completely different subject matter. I mean, listen to the whole album and don't judge me on one song."

Luke's fans now have five hit singles to judge him on from his latest album, Crash My Party. Those #1 hits include the reflective song, "Drink a Beer," as well as his latest chart-topper, "Roller Coaster."


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Thursday
Oct232014

Neil Diamond to Take Part in Rare CD-Signing Session Friday in NYC

Capitol RecordsNeil Diamond fans who'll be in New York City on Friday will have the chance to meet the famed singer in person.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will make a rare in-store appearance at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue at noon ET.

Diamond will be signing copies of his brand-new studio album, Melody Road.  People who are interested having their in CD or LP autographed by Neil must get a wrist band at the store starting at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, a special expanded version of Melody Road is available exclusively at Target stores and via Target.com.  The disc includes two bonus cover songs, renditions of George Harrison's Beatles classic "Something" and Harry Nilsson's "Remember."

Diamond will launch a major North American tour in support of Melody Road on February 26, 2015, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  The trek is plotted out through a May 31 concert in Denver.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Jeezy’s Longtime Engineer Hails Rapper's Work Ethic on "Seen It All"

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Jeezy’s latest album, Seen It All, includes his signature sound that his long time engineer, Tony Rey, helped to create. After working closely with the Snowman since 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, he is now breaking down the recording process for the rapper's fifth solo project.

"We went through three different stages of the album," Rey explained during an interview with XXL, "But it’s funny because some of the core songs that stayed there were from way back. So 2012, end of 2011-type songs, some of them made it. That’s how you can see that it’s been a long process."

He adds that the rapper puts the same energy into creating an album that he does with his mixtapes. "Mixtape Jeezy is the same as album Jeezy. But as far as work ethic goes, I think he puts in as much work on any song that he touches, even a feature that he does for people. He really puts his full frontal effort. It’s gotta be dope," he says.

Seen It All features collaborations with Jay Z, T.I., YG, Rick Ross, The Game and Future.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Iggy Azalea Confirmed for 2014 Victoria's Secret PINK Nation "Crazy for Campus Bash"

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is scheduled to showcase at Victoria’s Secret PINK Nation’s annual back to school concert.

According to Us Weekly, the rapper has been tapped to partake in the Crazy for Campus Bash, taking place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on October 29. Previous performers included acts like Drake and Kid Cudi.

She will likely showcase hits like "Black Widow" and "Work," both of which appear on her album The New Classic.

The upcoming performance will come on the heels of Azalea’s first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 25, where she will perform her new single "Beg for It."


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Thursday
Oct232014

Mary J. Blige Release Video for “Right Now”

Image Courtesy Capitol RecordsMary J. Blige returns to London in the alternate video for “Right Now,” her latest offering off her upcoming album, The London Sessions.

In the Mike Ho-directed clip, which premiered on BuzzFeed, MJB gets chauffeured around in a black Bentley before arriving at an underground dance club, where she later performs for a packed crowd.

"I'm telling you right now, no I won't play this game with you/ I'm taking it back now," she sings on the Disclosure-produced single.

The London Sessions is due out December 2. The set will include contributions from Rodney Jerkins, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, and Naughty Boy.

 
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Thursday
Oct232014

Official Grateful Dead Documentary to Celebrate Band's 50th Anniversary

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesAn authorized documentary about The Grateful Dead will be truckin' onto screens in conjunction with the jam band's 50th anniversary. 

Martin Scorsese will serve as an executive producer on the as-yet-untitled film, which will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include such critically acclaimed docs as The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That and Fighter.

The movie will feature new interviews with all of The Grateful Dead's main surviving members -- guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- as well as with many of the group's friends, collaborators and musical associates.  The flick also will boast archival conversations with the band, as well as plenty of previously unreleased concert footage and behind-the-scenes clips.  The group's longtime archivist, David Lemieux, will be the movie's music supervisor, while Justin Kreutzmann, Bill's son, will be one of the producers.

Weir, Lesh, Hart and Kreutzmann issued a joint statement about the project that reads, "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years.  With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it."

The band members continue, "Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese.  From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living in the Material World, from Bob Dylan to The Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved."

They add, "The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them."

Scorsese also commented on the film, saying, "The Grateful Dead were more than just a band.  They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans.  I'm very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved."

The Grateful Dead formed in 1965, and released their self-titled debut album in 1967.  No word yet on when the documentary might be released.


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Thursday
Oct232014

On "Ellen," Taylor Swift Talks Irrational Fear of Sea Urchins, Reveals How to Render Adam Levine Helpless 

Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to discuss her new album and her debut Monday night as a mentor on The Voice, but in a series of advance clips, she also discusses her deepest, darkest fears, both of which are somewhat irrational.

The first of Taylor's irrational fears has to do with sea urchins.  When Ellen tries to argue that sea urchins are just sitting there minding their own business, Taylor counters, "They're sitting there waiting to completely injure you!"

"OK, like, if you're in the Caribbean, you're like, 'This water's so beautiful, it's amazing,' and you're walking -- it's clear water -- you can't see a sea urchin's right there!  And then you step on one, and it has barbs that go into whatever it touches, and then you have to go to the emergency room and it has to be surgically removed!"

Taylor continues, attempting to justify her fear.  "You could lose your foot. You could lose your hand. You could lose your hand trying to get it off of your foot!"

Taylor also reveals that she is afraid of being framed -- by persons unknown -- for something terrible.  She feels that there are "so many people" out there who'd want to frame her. Explaining why she feels this way, she tells Ellen, "I think the dream and the nightmare of being framed comes from, like, I could do nothing wrong -- I could sit in my house with the cats all day -- and somehow, there could be an article about me buying a house in a place I've never been, or dating a guy I've never met." 

"So, then you take it a step further, and in nightmare world, it's being framed for murder," she finishes.

During her interview, Taylor also revealed that when she was a mentor on The Voice, she got to learn all the coaches' weaknesses.  She says Adam Levine's weakness is songs from Broadway musicals -- not that he has a weakness for them, but that he hates them so much, you could use them as a weapon against him.

"If you sing songs from Rent, you can actually render Adam Levine helpless on the floor," she explains.   Bursting into a few bars of "Seasons of Love" from Rent, Taylor adds, "You have to do a theater voice, and he's just like 'Ahhhh!' and he can't even run away, he's so weak!" 

"Wow, so ladies, if you ever wanna catch him...." replies Ellen, getting huge laughs.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Demi Lovato Says Taylor Swift's "One of the Few" Music Biz Friendships She's Kept

Credit: Giuliano BekorDemi Lovato may have had a falling out with her former BFF Selena Gomez -- she indicated in an interview that they grew apart -- but she's proud she still has Taylor Swift in her life.

Speaking to ET Canada, Demi says of Taylor, "She's one person that I feel like, one of the few people I've maintained a friendship with in this industry. [Fame] just changes people and it's hard, because you have incredible friendships, and people change."

According to ET Canada, when asked about Taylor's recent statement that it's sexist to dismiss her as someone who "just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends," Demi responded, "Don't f**k with me if you're going to say women suck."  She added that her message has always been about "inspiring women and inspiring everybody to be honest."


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Thursday
Oct232014

Sam Smith Wins Big at Britain's MOBO Awards, Says He Wants to Work with John Legend 

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter picking up a trophy for Best New Act at Britain's Q Awards on Wednesday afternoon, Sam Smith went on to score four more at yet another award ceremony in London that same night.

Sam won Best Male and Best R&B/Soul at Britain's MOBO Awards, which stands for Music of Black Origin. His album In the Lonely Hour was named Best Album, while his song "Stay with Me" was named Best Song. Other winners included Jessie J and Beyonce.

According to the BBC, Sam said of his wins, "I came last year and really wanted to win best newcomer but didn't and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed."  He added, "I don't know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet!"

Sam said on Instagram later on, "5 AWARDS IN 1 DAY. Completely emotionally drained and so thankful. I love you UK. What a welcome back."

Asked by Heat magazine on the red carpet at the event who he'd like to collaborate with, Sam said, "John Legend is definitely up there for me. I want to work with John so badly. I love him so much. I’d love to work with Ed [Sheeran] as well at some point." 

However, Sam said he doesn't plan to go chasing these artists to make the collabos happen.  "When I work with people, I like it to happen organically so I let it flow and happen naturally,” he said.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Las Vegas to Celebrate Britney Spears Day November 5

Denise TruscelloBritney Spears' Las Vegas show Piece of Me has taken the city by storm.  Now the city is planning to honor her for her achievement.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that November 5 will be proclaimed Britney Spears Day in Las Vegas, and the star will be presented with an official proclamation and the key -- not to the city, but to the Las Vegas Strip.  Britney herself confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, " in LV, Nov 5th! What an honor!! Can't wait to celebrate with you Vegas  See y'all there??"

Britney will also celebrate with fans that night starting at 5:30pm.  That's when she'll ride one of the Strip's attractions -- the 550-foot High Roller Ferris Wheel -- and fans named Britney, any spelling, will get free rides as well. Also, the first 100 people named Britney who show up at the High Roller on November 5 will receive two free tickets to Britney's show that night.

Britney's show, at the Axis at Planet Hollywood theater, was considered a gamble for Las Vegas, since such a young and current pop star had never launched a residency in town before.  But it's been a huge success, selling out regularly and boosting Planet Hollywood's bottom line by $20 million, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

The deal has also been quite lucrative for Britney.  A source tells E! that her per-show paycheck has just been bumped to $475,000, which means that during the 140 shows she'll do over the next two years, she'll be earning close a million bucks per week.


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