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Taylor Swift's a Little Bit Excited About The Change of Seasons


ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaTaylor Swift recently got a new Tumblr account, and after asking her fans to help her figure out how to use it, she's been going full-on with her postings.  Her latest is an ode to the fact that summer is over and fall is upon us.  It turns out that Taylor really, really likes fall.  Maybe a little bit too much."There’s nothing like just apple picking in the Fall, the first cold New York weather hitting you, the fashion sense steaming up, and the fresh apple cider and donuts," she wrote in her posting. "I LOVE THE FALL."Then, in an epic sentence, she gushes:"And hats and scarves and knee socks and wearing tights for the first time in months and when the mornings are all chilly and you can see your breath and draw little pictures on foggy windows and plaid stuff and ANKLE BOOTS and not caring when people make fun of pumpkin flavored stuff cause you LOVE IT and are happy it’s all the rage and people who dress their dogs in costumes on Halloween and fires in fireplaces and maroon/hunter green/mustard yellow color combos and baking your first fall batch of cookies but you put too much cinnamon in it because you’re TOO EXCITED BECAUSE IT’S FALL."Taylor, People magazine's Best Dressed woman of 2014, showed off her fall style this week by hitting the town in knee socks, a plaid skirt, a hunter green bag and her favorite accessory: her new cat, Olivia Benson.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Buy Adam Levine's Clothes, Get His Music for Free


Terry Richardson for Press Here PublicityIf you don't want to shell out for Maroon 5's new album, V, but you need some fall clothes, Adam Levine has you covered. If you spend $30 or more on stuff from the Adam Levine Collection at Kmart, you'll receive a free download of V.  Here's how it works: Shop Adam's collections for either men or women, and after you spend $30 or more, you'll get a free code, which will let you download the disc for free.  The deal is good for purchases made either in store or online.In a statement, Adam pronounces himself "thrilled" to be able to offer fans this deal.In other clothing-related Adam Levine news, his wife, Behati Prinsloo, will be showing off the hottest holiday lingerie looks as one of the stars of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which will air on CBS on December 9.  For the first time, the show will be filmed in London.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Don Henley Honors Robert Redford for Environmental Activism


Kevin Mazur/Wire ImageIt was an Eagles singer presenting to the star of 1986's Legal Eagles, as Don Henley awarded legendary director and actor Robert Redford with the 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award from the Walden Woods Project in Boston on Tuesday night.Henley presented Redford with the award -- first bestowed upon President Bill Clinton in 2012 -- to honor the movie icon's enduring commitment to a wide range of environmental initiatives.A fundraising dinner, which included a concert by Henley's Eagles, raised $1.6 million for the project.  The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature and legacy of American author, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau by cultivating an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility.In his remarks, Henley stated Redford is "an ardent conservationist and environmentalist; an individual who stands for social responsibility and political involvement; an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression," reports the Boston Globe.Redford accepted the award, telling the crowd his journey into environmental activism began in 1968.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Sting to Perform, Present at ASCAP Gala Honoring Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder & Oth


Credit: Frank Ockenfels IIISting will be both a performer and a presenter at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Centennial Awards Gala, which will take place in New York City on November 17.As previously reported, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, folk icon Joan Baez, country star Garth Brooks, and musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim are the select group of artists who will be receiving the "once in-a-century" Centennial Award at the gala. The award recognizes the honorees' impressive achievements in their respective musical genres.In addition to Sting, legendary Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy, R&B star India.Arie, and country music icon Emmylou Harris will be presenting and performing at the gala, which will celebrate the  performing-rights organization's 100th anniversary at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett and his wife, Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy are among the evening's distinguished group of honorary chairs.  Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Williams, ASCAP president and chairman, will host.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Named "People" Magazine's Best Dressed of 2014


Bret Hartman/CBSTaylor Swift not only kills it on the red carpet, she kills it every time she steps outside her New York City apartment. That's why the always-pulled-together singer has been named People magazine's Best Dressed for 2014.As People notes, the singer has "truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months," sporting amazing designer gowns at industry events, and chic casual ensembles on the street.  She even looks great coming from the gym.  Her BFF, supermodel Karli Kloss, tells the magazine, "She's got great style. I need to take some notes from her!"Taylor herself tells People, "I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before,” and describes her style as “feminine, leggy and ever-changing.” As far as other musical performers go, People magazine also singles out Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez on its Best-Dressed top-10 list, which is unranked.  The mag calls Rihanna "the biggest risk-taker," offering as evidence the see-through gown she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  Speaking about his client's fashion choices, Rihanna's stylist tells the magazine, "Being sexy is totally a part of it. It’s also about having fun, though, and just experimenting with fashion."As for that ageless beauty J-Lo, the magazine says, "[She] has yet to meet a skin-baring trend she doesn't like … or can't pull off."  Her stylists tell the magazine, "She looks phenomenal in everything, so we get to have more fun playing with her looks rather than analyzing what needs to be avoided."People mag also inducts some Best Dressed Couples into its Style Hall of Fame, and Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are among them, as are John Legend and his supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen.  Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton and his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, also made the cut.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bruce Springsteen Returns for 2014 Stand Up for Heroes Benefit


Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen is returning as the headline performer for this year’s 8th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert, taking place Wednesday, November 5 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.Joining The Boss for the event are comics Louis C.K., John Oliver and John Mulaney, with “surprise guests” also promised.Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, provides funds and services for military personnel returning from active duty, veterans and their families.  The event’s raised more than $21 million so far.Tickets are on sale now.  For more info, head over to the Bob Woodruff Foundation website.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Neil Diamond Releases Video for New Song, "Nothing but a Heartache"


Image Courtesy Capitol RecordsNeil Diamond is giving fans a glimpse into his forthcoming release, Melody Road, due October 21, with the release of a video for a new song, "Nothing but a Heartache."Seated on a stool and strumming an acoustic guitar, Neil wraps his raspy vocals around a beautiful melody that begins softly then builds with a dramatic, orchestral crescendo.Diamond sings, "It was nothing but a heartache/in the middle of a bad dream/like I took on the whole world/ and I never had a chance girl."The song is trademark Diamond, with a hook that stays with a listener long after the final fade.  The video is streaming now on RollingStone.com.As previously reported, the 12-track collection, which was co-produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee, also is the acclaimed singer/songwriter's first release as part of his new deal with Capitol Records, and will be packaged with a 36-page book that includes the lyrics and chords to each tune.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jason Mraz Kicks Off Historic Tour of All of NYC's Five Boroughs Tonight


Courtesy Atlantic RecordsStarting tonight, Jason Mraz takes Manhattan -- and every other part of New York, too.  While some artists do residencies in Las Vegas, or at one venue, like the O2 in London, Jason is doing a residency of New York City as a whole, with a concert this month in each of New York City's five boroughs.Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Jason and his tour partners, the all-female band Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx -- beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping up the 22nd and 23rd at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. Asked if he's looking forward to playing any particular section of New York more than another, Jason tells ABC News Radio, "You know, I'm excited to be back in Radio City Music Hall -- don't get me wrong; I do love that. But I'm also just genuinely excited about what each of the boroughs is gonna bring. Because I don't know. I don't know what to expect."What fans can expect, though, is a different set list in each location. "Definitely! We're going to mix it up every night, and I get to do that thanks to my amazing support band, Raining Jane," Jason says.  He and the Janes, as they're called, have been touring together since late August; they also joined him on his current album, YES!Jason says that one of the goals in doing the tour is to encourage New Yorkers to actually journey from wherever they happen to live to other parts of the city to see him play.  This isn't always as easy as it sounds: people who live in Manhattan, for example, often complain about having to go to Brooklyn.  But Jason says, fingers crossed, his music will be enough to tempt folks to travel."I'm hoping that we're not just playing for people in those boroughs, but that it gives New Yorkers a chance to commute and go check out some of the other boroughs and some of the other neighborhoods that they may not have seen yet," he says.  After he wraps up the New York shows, Jason will head overseas for some shows in the U.K. and Europe, before coming back to North America in early October for more dates.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Which #1 Hit from 1989 Inspired a Song on Taylor Swift's New Album, "1989"?


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has already said her upcoming album is titled 1989 not only because that's her birth year, but also because she was inspired by a lot of "late '80s" music while making it.  Now one of those "late-'80s" songs has been revealed: "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals.Taylor's friend, Jack Antonoff of the band fun., worked on 1989, and tells Rolling Stone he and Taylor bonded over the snare drum sound in "She Drives Me Crazy," which hit #1 in 1989.  "Taylor brought it up first, and I was like, 'Holy s**t, you're not going to believe this: I just sampled that snare in a track,'" Jack tells Rolling Stone. "I played her one second of it on my iPhone, and she was like, ‘Send me that track.' That became a song called ‘I Wish You Would.'" "I really think 'She Drives Me Crazy' could be on the radio now," says Taylor of the hit by the British pop group. "It's that timeless."In general, though, Taylor says she was inspired by '80s music because, she tells Rolling Stone, "It was a very experimental time in pop music. People realized songs didn't have to be this standard drums-guitar-bass-whatever... And I think what you saw happening with music was also happening in our culture, where people were just wearing whatever crazy colors they wanted to, because why not?""There just seemed to be this energy about endless opportunities, endless possibilities, endless ways you could live your life," she adds. "And so with this record, I thought, 'There are no rules to this. I don't need to use the same musicians I've used, or the same band, or the same producers, or the same formula. I can make whatever record I want.'"Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Whitney Houston Live Album Arriving This Fall


PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsWhitney Houston’s fans will soon be able to purchase the late singer's first-ever live album, titled Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.Almost three years after the singer's death, Legacy Recordings has announced the posthumous release which will include 16 live songs on CD and 18 performances on DVD.  The albums will assemble performances from events and TV appearances across the singer's career. Among the songs fans can expect to hear are her stellar rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from Super Bowl XXV in 1991 as well as her 2009 performance of "I Didn’t Know My Own Strength" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will arrive November 10.Here's the track list for Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances CD:“Home” (The Merv Griffin Show, 1983)“You Give Good Love” (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1985)“How Will I Know” (The Brit Awards, 1987)“One Moment in Time” (The 31st Annual Grammy Awards, 1989)“Greatest Love of All” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)“The Star-Spangled Banner” (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)“All the Man That I Need” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)“I’m Your Baby Tonight” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)“A Song for You” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)“Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going/I Have Nothing” (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)“I’m Every Woman” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994)“I Will Always Love You” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994)“My Love Is Your Love” (Late Show with David Letterman, 1998)“I Believe in You and Me” (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)“I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances DVD additional tracks:“My Love Is Your Love” (Music Video)“When You Believe” (with Mariah Carey) (The 71st Annual Academy Awards, 1999)Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Annie Lennox Album, "Nostalgia," Available for Pre-Order; Album Trailer Now


Blue Note RecordsNostalgia, Annie Lennox's upcoming album of standards, will debut September 30 on vinyl and on CD on October 21, but it's available for pre-order right now on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. The album's first single, Annie's version of "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, is also available now as a stand-alone download at all digital stores.  If you pre-order the album, you'll get it for free right away.The vinyl version of Nostalgia will feature packaging designed by Annie herself, including a gatefold jacket and a 12-page booklet with photos and lyrics.  On October 21, in addition to the regular version of the album, you'll be able to purchase a deluxe CD/DVD version of Nostalgia exclusively at Amazon. That comes with a 36-page book, and a DVD that includes a video of Annie singing "I Put a Spell on You," as well as an interview where Annie discusses the album.A trailer for the album, in which Annie previews the songs on Nostalgia and talks about the personal meanings they have for her, is online now at Nostalgia.AnnieLennox.com and on YouTube."There's no point to hear a song and say, 'I'll do this song, and cover it and do this with it.'  That's not the point," Annie says of her approach in deciding which classic tunes to include on the album. "The point is that you have this incredibly intriguing relationship with this piece of work, and that you enter into it, and that you kindle something in yourself that comes to the song and you get excited. And you say, 'Ah!  This is where I wanna go with this thing!'  And that is the hook that takes you into the journey."In addition to "I Put a Spell on You," Nostalgia includes Annie's takes on "God Bless the Child," "Summertime," "The Nearness of You," "Mood Indigo" and many others.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cyndi Lauper Added to "America's Got Talent" Finale; She and Other Stars to Perf


WeTVCyndi Lauper has been added to the lineup of stars who'll be performing on Wednesday night's finale of America's Got Talent.Cyndi joins Train, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Lenny Kravitz, drummer Travis Barker of the band Blink-182 and rapper Pitbull on the bill for the finale; Pitbull and Ed will perform solo, but the other artists will team up with the final six acts in the competition.For example, Cyndi will perform with singer Emily West, while JHud will perform with another singer, Quintavious Johnson.  Train will perform with the musical group Sons of Serendip, Lenny will sing with vocalist Miguel Dakota and Barker will provide music for acrobatic troupe AcroArmy.At the end of the night, host Nick Cannon will announce the winner, who'll headline a show in Las Vegas at the end of this month.  The fun gets underway Wednesday night on NBC starting at 8 p.m. ET.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Barbra Streisand Frustrated by Tabloid Rumors; Would Like to Sing with Rihanna &


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOn her latest album, Partners, Barbra Streisand duets with some of the biggest male names in music, including John Legend, Billy Joel, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder and the late Elvis Presley.  The main man in Streisand's life is, of course, her husband, actor James Brolin. Last July marked their 16th year of marriage, despite tabloid rumors claiming they're on the brink of divorce."My husband and I were in the supermarket the other day, we were holding hands and a guy behind us said 'Oh, you're back together?'" Streisand said on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "And I went -- well, my husband knew about this but he didn't tell me -- I said 'Well, when were we apart?' to this guy. And he says, 'Oh, I think, hmm hmm something or other,' and I said, 'Jim, why, what are they talking about?' He said, 'Well you know, the rags print this stuff.'""It's like, why do they have to make up stories? I don't get it," said Streisand.The legendary singer has her music to take her mind off of the rumors:  Partners is out today. Although the album only features duets with men, Streisand says there are a number of female artists with whom she'd like to collaborate."Beyonce tried to do something. I would love to sing with her. I'm mad for her. I think she's a spectacular," Streisand said. "I'd love to sing with Rihanna, Adele. But I don't know all the other girls."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Colbie Caillat, fun.'s Jack Antonoff Encourage Students to Support Music Ed. Thr


Andrew Southam/Republic RecordsColbie Caillat and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, as well as Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, are serving as ambassadors for the Grammy Foundation's new initiative with Jostens, the yearbook and class-ring company.Through the partnership, students can opt to have a music icon placed on their yearbooks and class rings with $1 going to the Grammy Foundation for each order up to $100,000. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation's Grammy in the Schools music education programs.Colbie, Jack and Darius have each contributed a video to the project explaining how studying music in high school helped them become the Grammy-winning stars they are today. "There's so much going on in your brain and body in high school, to be able have a creative outlet, it really helps you find yourself, even if you're not going to be a professional musician some day," says Colbie. "It helps you learn about yourself and and it helps give yourself a goal to reach and really keep you busy every day and distract you from getting into bad things, I think."Jack says, "In high school, we all have this unique opportunity to really have an impact and try things out...so I was discovering music and being in a band...all these things were opening up, [and] I think I really went full speed ahead in the direction of the positive things that were going on in my life."Jostens is also donating $50,000 on top of the money raised through the class rings and yearbooks program, so the total donation to the Grammy Foundation could reach $150,000. Go to Jostens.com/GrammyFoundation for more details.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bryan Adams Sets Nov. 24 as Release Date for "Reckless" 30th Anniv. Reissue


Universal Music EnterprisesBryan Adams' lavish 30th anniversary reissue of his breakthrough album Reckless will arrive in stores November 24.As previously reported, the reissue will feature a handful of tracks that didn't make it onto the original album due to the limitations of '80s technology -- but there's much, much more included in the package.  The super-deluxe edition will include four discs: the remastered original album with seven bonus tracks, a live concert from 1985, a Blu-ray version of the original album, and a DVD of Reckless -- The Movie, a promotional film that originally came out with the album.That package also includes never-before-seen photos of Bryan working in the studio, and the transcript of an interview in which he and his writing partner Jim Vallance remember creating each song. There are also lyrics, notes, paperwork and other memorabilia connected with the making of the disc.Of course, Reckless will also be available in a variety of different formats if you don't want to shell out for the super-deluxe.Speaking about making Reckless, which was released November 5, 1984 -- his 25th birthday -- Bryan says in a statement, "By the time I'd finished the album. I was completely exhausted. I'd pushed everybody, including myself, very hard.  It was almost like I didn't care about any other relationship any more with anybody.  I was just going to make the best record I possibly could." He adds, "Reckless was just the right record at the right time. It was just unstoppable."Here's the track listing for the expanded reissue of Reckless:"One Night Love Affair""She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'""Run to You""Heaven""Somebody""Summer of '69""Kids Wanna Rock""It's Only Love""Long Gone""Ain't Gonna Cry"BONUS TRACKS "Let Me Down Easy""Teacher, Teacher""The Boys' Night Out""Draw the Line"Play to Win""Too Hot to Handle""Reckless"Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Adam Lambert Filling In for Keith Urban as "American Idol" Judge at NY Auditions


Lee Cherry/RCA RecordsAmerican Idol is bringing back a former contestant to serve as a guest judge during auditions, while Keith Urban steps away due to the death of wife Nicole Kidman's father.The show has announced that season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert will join Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. this week during auditions at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.The official American Idol Twitter account posted the following message: "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time."Adam served as a mentor last season on American Idol. The 14th season of the Fox singing competition begins in early 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Train, Still Rolling After 20 Years, Releases New Album "Bulletproof Picasso"


Columbia RecordsTrain's new album Bulletproof Picasso is in stores today, and considering that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the band's existence, lead singer Pat Monahan says the album's unusual title is an apt description of their staying power."The whole album is stories of venturing from a small town to San Francisco," Pat tells ABC News Radio.  "And 'Bulletproof Picasso' --the song -- is about leaving [my hometown of] Pennsylvania and sitting there with my friends and saying, 'Who's got the b***s to do this with me? Who's made of lead paint and bulletproof?'""Then, what we realized, was that we're, in a sense, a 'Bulletproof Picasso,'" he adds. "'Cause we're artists and, for some reason, after 20 years, we're still here making music people listen to on the radio."Of course, few bands can exist for two decades without some lineup changes, and Train is no exception: Bulletproof Picasso is the first not to feature founding drummer Scott Underwood, and other members have left along the way.  At this point, the only original members are Pat and guitarist Jimmy Stafford, but Jimmy says despite the changes, they're still Train."We have gone through some different members through the years, and I think we've always managed to be Train each step of the way," he tells ABC News Radio. "Pat's got a pretty recognizable voice. I don't think Train could be Train without that voice. But I've liked all the different formations of the band and this one might be my favorite."The current Train lineup will play a series of special album-release shows this month to celebrate the arrival of Bulletproof Picasso and its hit single "Angel in Blue Jeans."  On Wednesday and Thursday, they'll perform at the Pantages Theater in L.A.  On Sunday and Monday, they'll perform in their hometown of San Francisco, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and on September 25, they'll be at New York's Radio City Music Hall."I think we decided to do these shows because we're out anyways promoting the new record," Jimmy tells ABC News Radio. "And I think it's kinda like, while we're out there, we should do a few shows and try some of these new tunes out on our fans."  Don't expect a performance of Bulletproof Picasso in its entirety, though."Maybe some day," says Jimmy. "But nobody will familiar enough with it at that point. So maybe down the road we'll do that. I think it'll be really fun."Bulletproof Picasso has more of a rock sound than Train's previous two albums, and it has a healthy dose of soul as well.  Explaining why, Pat tells ABC News Radio, "Very few people listen to albums but for some reason Train fans listen to albums, so they don't want one song, they want an album to make sense. And that's what we set out to do and we always will...so we just feel like it's time for us to try to be as credible artists as we can be.""The Beatles were rock & soul," says Pat.  "Like, anything with heart. We just want to have that: whatever that emotional connection is with people."  Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Streisand Says Releasing New Album's Like Giving Birth: "Painful & Joyous at the


PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBarbra Streisand's all-star duets album, Partners, is in stores today, and according to the diva, releasing a new album is like giving birth: it's great, but there's some difficulty involved.This morning, Streisand sits down with Robin Roberts on ABC's Good Morning America to discuss the new project, which finds her singing with top male stars of every genre, from Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie and Andrea Bocelli, to John Mayer, Billy Joel, Josh Groban and even the late King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley.Asked by Roberts if, this far into her career, she still feels the same excitement before releasing a new album, Streisand says, "Oh sure. It's like being pregnant, y'know? And then it comes out.  Yeah. It's kinda painful and joyous at the same time!"Speaking of pregnancy, Streisand actually gave birth to one of her duet partners on the album: she sings with Jason Gould, her son with her ex-husband Elliott Gould.  She tells Roberts on this morning's GMA that Jason wasn't exactly a born performer."I once heard him hum when he was 15, through a door that he had closed," remembers the diva. "[I said,] 'Jason, is that you?  That humming is, that's the most beautiful sound I've ever heard!' [And he was like], 'Mooom... ' y'know, 'Go 'way, Go 'way!'  So when he said to me a few years ago, 'I think I'd like to sing,' it was like a shock!"Should Partners top the charts, it'll give Streisand a unique chart milestone: she'll have scored a number one album in each of the past six decades.  "I was proud to have it in five decades," Streisand tells Roberts. "That was good.  But I mean, I'd like six...an even number!"You can watch Roberts' entire sit-down with Streisand this morning on ABC's GMA starting at 7 a.m. ET.Last night, Streisand made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She sat in Jimmy Fallon's chair, and sang duets from Partners with the host, who pretended to be Elvis Presley and Blake Shelton, among others. Later, she sang "Come Rain or Come Shine" without him.This marked her first guest appearance on a U.S. late-night show in more than 50 years.Here's the track listing for Partners:"It Had to Be You" with Michael Buble"People" with Stevie Wonder"Come Rain or Come Shine" with John Mayer"Evergreen" with Babyface"New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel"I'd Want It to Be You" with Blake Shelton"The Way We Were" with Lionel Richie"I Still Can See Your Face" with Andrea Bocelli"How Deep Is the Ocean" with Jason Gould"What Kind of Fool" with John Legend"Somewhere" with Josh Groban"Love Me Tender" with Elvis PresleyFollow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Voice" Coaches Defend Their Show: "I Never Had a Gwen Stefani...to Tell Me Anyt


Smallz & Raskind exclusively for BillboardSince it began, the big criticism about The Voice has been that it hasn't created any music stars: it's simply made the show's coaches -- from Adam Levine to Shakira to Blake Shelton to Christina Aguilera -- even more rich and famous than they were before.  But now, the coaches say that even if the contestants don't become stars, they're still receiving something very valuable from their time on the show: advice.Adam, who said in 2012 that The Voice has to produce a star in order to "continue to be taken seriously," is now singing a different tune.  He tells Billboard that the show is really more about helping prospective singers to be "as well-equipped as possible for reality, which starts the minute that confetti falls and people continue with their careers."The new coach, Pharrell Williams, agrees, telling Billboard, "I just don’t like that we’re talking about this from the defense, as if there’s something wrong [with the show]. I never had a Gwen Stefani, or an Adam Levine, or a Blake Shelton to come in and tell me anything when I was 15 years old."As for his tenure on the show, Pharrell says that while he's on board for this fall season, which starts September 22, he won't be coming back for the spring, because he's too busy producing artists like Ed Sheeran and fellow newbie coach Gwen.  "I consider this another great musical endeavor," he says.  "This is a studio session to me."As for Gwen, the mom to two older boys and six-month-old son Apollo, tells Billboard, "In my life and my career, yes, I could just go back in and try to make another record right now with No Doubt, and see what happens while I’m in between breast-feedings and up all night. But this really shakes it up for me. This is inspiring in a whole new way."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Aloe Blacc & Smokey Robinson to Perform on First "DWTS" Results Show of the Seas


ABC/Adam TaylorOne of Aloe Blacc's first big U.S. solo TV appearances came last October, when he sang "Wake Me Up" on Dancing with the Stars.  Now, the singer is returning to the ABC competition series.On Tuesday, Aloe will appear on the first results show of season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, performing with Motown legend Smokey Robinson.  The two will duet on "My Girl," the classic song that Robinson co-wrote for The Temptations. The two also recorded the song as a duet for Robinson's latest album Smokey and Friends, which also features duets with Sheryl Crow, Elton John, John Legend, Jessie J and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, among others.The results show airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bon Jovi Photo Book Documenting Tours from 2010-2013 Now Available


David Bergman/Press Syndication GroupYou may not be able to see Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora together on the same stage any time soon, but at least you can see them on your coffee table.  Bon Jovi: Work, a book that documents the band's two world tours from 2010 to 2013, is now available online.The 210-page hardcover book features both black-and-white and color images by from the band's official tour photographer, David Bergman.  You'll see the band onstage, backstage, at home and even in the operating room, as Jon receives treatment for a knee injury.  A special section of the book features private photos personally taken by Jon."From the happy times to the harrowed, these images let you transcend the frame of the photograph to connect to specific moments whenever you open this book," Jon writes in the foreword, saying that it captures "what it’s like to travel the world with our band, inviting you to be a part of the action."“They say every picture tells a story,” Jon writes. “David’s pictures tell our story.”You can order the book, which costs $60, now at www.bonjovi.com/work.Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pharrell Williams' "Happy" Now the UK's Most Downloaded Song Ever


Columbia RecordsPharrell Williams has made a lot of British people "Happy."  His #1 hit of that name has become the U.K.'s most downloaded track of all time.Britain's Official Charts Company reports that "Happy" has sold 1.62 million digital copies in the U.K. since it was released in June last year.  It overtakes Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" -- a song Pharrrell co-wrote and on which he's featured -- which previously held the record.Pharrell told the Official Charts Company in a statement, "I would just like to say thank you, first and foremost, to the people, because the charts are determined by them. I have a lot to be thankful for because they’ve chosen these things and it’s resulted in 'Happy' being what it’s become.”He adds, "The people of the UK have been so supportive of me over the years, allowing me to be an artist and allowing me to work with other people and supporting what it is that I do. That’s the lifeline, without them you’re just a musician with a couple of ideas, but with them, that is the thing that changes everything. When they get involved, your little idea can become something, so…thank you!’'Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde Says "ELLE" Cover Proves Her Life Is "One Big Never-Ending Dream"


Thomas Whiteside for ELLEWhen it comes to fashion, Lorde usually does her own thing, but that doesn't mean she doesn't get excited -- very excited -- about landing on the cover of a major fashion magazine. The Grammy-winning star graces the cover of ELLE's October issue, and she tweeted, "i am @ELLEmagazine's october cover girl! so basically my life is one big never-ending dream."  She added, "got to shoot with the coolest team in london. i'm PUMPED to share it all with you." For the shoot, which ELLE calls her "first major fashion magazine cover," the 17-year-old abandoned her usual dramatic makeup and purple lipstick to go for a more natural and neutral look.  Inside, she speaks out about standing up for herself, and inspiring others to do the same."A lot of times when people meet me, they’ll definitely try to make me feel young or inexperienced. Like, ‘It’s all taken care of,'" she tells the magazine, adding that she won't stand for that for one minute. "I’ve developed something of a fearsome reputation," she claims. "People know that if you talk down to me, I will roll my eyes or whatever.”However, she says realizes she's learned that even if she's rolling her eyes at the way adults are treating her, she has to be polite when she's shooting down their ideas."I have such a strong idea of what is cool and great for me. If I think something is s**t, I express that," she explains. "But now the circle of people I work with all the time is huge and spans continents, and you have to be quite conscientious. So it’s, like, learning not to hurt people’s feelings."But Lorde says there are definitely benefits to being seen as being strong and opinionated."People have told me that I’ve helped them feel confident, like they can say things they want to say," she tells ELLE. "They can talk about feminism in class without people calling them a lesbian. That’s so amazing that I can make someone feel like that."You can read the full interview with Lorde when ELLE arrives on newsstands September 23.  That's just four days shy of the one-year anniversary of the release of her debut album, Pure Heroine.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio




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