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Jason Mraz Wants to Retire...in Three Years?


Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz's life is pretty great: his latest album debuted at #2 on the chart, he's on tour, he does a lot of charity work and his music is loved by millions worldwide.  That's why it may surprise you to know that the singer says in three years, he's planning on hanging up his guitar.According to the Los Angeles Times, Jason, who's 37, and his manager, have come up with a plan called "#Retiredat40."  If all goes according to plan, the singer will deliver the one album left on his contract, and then "check out for a while." "I'm just ready for a break. It feels like a corporate job sometimes," Jason tells the paper.So what will he do with all his free time if he goes through with this?  According to the Times, Jason wants to garden, surf, do more charity work and have a child -- he didn't mention with whom.  He wouldn't necessarily stop making music, either.  According to the Times, for every album he's released, he has 70 songs left over that he could release if he wanted. He'd also like to make a Christmas or gospel album.While he's waiting to retire, Jason says he's content with where he is in his career. "People aren't walking around with my Trapper Keeper," he tells the paper. "I'm not on their newsstands on their People magazines. But people might hear me on the radio or while they're on their jog or in the kitchen baking. I'm totally great for that."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  

25 Years Later, Richard Marx Recalls How He Tried to Give Away His Biggest Hit


Credit: Deborah AndersonTwenty-five years ago this week, Richard Marx's hit "Right Here Waiting" was spending its third week at the top of the Billboard chart.  While the song, from his album Repeat Offender, wasn't his first number one -- it was his third consecutive chart-topper, in fact -- but it is the biggest and best-selling hit of his career.   Pretty ironic, considering it's a song he initially had no interest in cutting in the first place."I'm so honored that that song has taken on a sort of iconic life that it has," Richard tells ABC News Radio. "I didn't even want to record it. I tried to give it away. I tried to give it to Barbra Streisand."However, Streisand rejected the song, and Richard remembers exactly what the diva told him when she turned it down."'I'm not gonna be right here waiting for anybody!'" is what Richard says Streisand told him. "Which is classic. We joke about it to this day. And she said, 'I still wouldn't record that song. I don't care how big how it was. I'm not right here waiting for ANYBODY.' And I love that about her. She actually asked me to rewrite the lyrics, because she loved the melody so much."As a result, despite his reluctance,, Richard says, "I got talked into recording it, or just recording it to see how it would sound, and then once we did that, even I was like, 'OK, this needs to be on the record.'"To what does Richard owe the appeal of "Right Here Waiting?"  He says there's a simple explanation...literally."I think it's the melody and the lyric, and I think it's the simplicity," he tells ABC News Radio. "One of the most common things I have said to me about that song is, 'That's the first song I ever learned how to play on the piano.' It is so painfully simple. When I wrote that song, for at least a few days, I started thinking, 'This has to be something else. There's no way this melody isn't something else.'"Twenty five years on, that simple song is still his most enduring composition.  In fact, back in May, when Ryan Seacrest decided, for the first time ever, to sing on American Idol, "Right Here Waiting" was the song he chose.  And according to Richard, before he went on, Ryan was quaking with fear."I said, 'Dude, nobody expects you to be great, just have fun,'" Richard recalls he told Ryan.  "But he said, 'I want to be good.' So he was really, really nervous, he kind of lost his place.""I thought it was great," laughs Richard. "I thought the whole thing was really fun!" Richard will kick off a tour in October in support of his latest album, Beautiful Goodbye.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

ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week


Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Waterloo," the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn't happened, wax replicas of the band's four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum's artists on the figures' look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA's 1975 "SOS" video -- an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!'s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.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

Who's the Ultimate Pop Star? The Answer May Surprise You


ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star?  Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it's....Mariah Carey.Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom."  The artist with the most points -- based on career length and string of hits -- was Mariah.  She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna. Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.  Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist -- from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift -- comes in on Time's chart.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

Maroon 5 Releases New Album Teaser, Book "America's Got Talent"; "Sex and Candy"


Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.  On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet.  So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V.  It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane.  The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."Finally, one of the tracks on the deluxe version of V has made its way online: it's a cover of the 1997 top 10 hit "Sex and Candy" by the band Marcy Playground.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

Maroon 5 Releases New Album Teaser, Book "America's Got Talent"


Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.  On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet.  So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V.  It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane.  The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."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

Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" Is the Perfect Song for Kids About to Tackle "The Real


ABC/Lou RoccoIt's the time of the year when recent high-school graduates head off to college for the first time, and according to Paramore front woman Hayley Williams, the band's latest hit "Ain't It Fun" should be on their required listening list.The song by the Nashville-based rock/pop group is about getting a big dose of reality and suddenly having to make your own way --as the lyrics say, "So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?/Ain't it fun/living in the real world?" Hayley wrote it about being on her own for the first time when she moved to L.A. to record the band's latest album, but its sentiment is something new college freshmen can definitely relate to."I feel like the message is sarcastic but also inspiring enough for younger people who might be getting into the world for the first time on their own," Hayley explains. "I know it really helped me through a transitional phase in my life, so maybe it's also connecting with younger people in that way too."The song has been connecting with a lot of people in a big way, in fact: Paramore's been together ten years, but "Ain't It Fun" is their first top 10 hit. "I don't think you should ever just assume that a single's gonna be your big hit, or be a success," Hayley says. "But this one, by far, has just shocked all of us." While Paramore has had several pop hits, such as the ballad "The Only Exception," "Ain't It Fun" is a different sound for the band: it's very funky and soulful. "It's the kind of song that I've always wanted to sing in Paramore," says Hayley. "I grew up listening to a lot of R&B and pop and soul and so it's kind of cool that we were able to write a song that sort of infuses a little bit of that energy into what we do as a band."Paramore is finishing up a major summer tour this weekend.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: "Selling Millions of Records Doesn't Make Me Feel Cool"


ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua Taylor Swift's new #1 hit "Shake It Off" is an invitation to do your own thing and not worry about fitting in or looking cool. Easier said then done, right?  Well, as Taylor explains in a newly released outtake from the song's video, even she doesn't feel cool, and she's a massive superstar."A lot of people who I think will relate to the song are people who are dealing with not ever really feeling cool with themselves because other people make them feel like they don't fit in," Taylor says.  "When, one thing I've learned in this whole process is, you can get everything you want in life without ever feeling like you fit in.""Like, selling millions of records doesn't make me feel cool," she insists. "It makes me feel proud, and like I have a lot of people on my side and I worked really hard, but I don't think it's the most important thing in life to fit in."OK, Taylor, so what is the most important thing in life?"To dance to the beat of your own drum," she says. "And to look like you're having more fun than the people who look cool [and] like they fit in!"In the outtake, you can see Taylor filming the "cheerleader" section of the video, and explaining that she trained for the grueling three-day shoot by running non-stop  -- "which I hate," she adds -- to build up her cardio.  No wonder she was photographed all summer coming out of the gym.Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song "Lady"


Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for "Lady," a song from her forthcoming album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.While fans have likely never heard "Lady" before, it's not new: Stevie says most of the songs on the album were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the nineties.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.Stevie previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, "The Dealer."  In addition, she's been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. Fans are also being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie -- she's featuring a new fan's photo on her account every Thursday.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 Unveils Track List for "Gypsy Heart"


Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has revealed the full track list for her new album Gypsy Heart, but it's a bit anticlimactic, since we already knew about five of the 12 songs.The list shows that the first five tracks on the album are the songs included on her EP Gypsy Heart -- Side A, which she released in early June.  In addition to her current single "Try," there's "Live It Up," "Blaze," "If You Love Me Let Me Go" and "Never Gonna Let You Down."The rest of the album's songs are as follows:"Land Called Far Away""Nice Guys""Floodgates""Just Like That""Break Free""Never Getting Over You""Bigger Love"As previously reported, Gypsy Heart is the album that Colbie made with after her record company rejected the first batch of songs she wrote for not being "poppy" and commercial enough -- an experience that partially inspired the song "Try."  She then went back into the studio with a variety of collaborators, including Babyface, and came up with a whole new selection of songs.Gypsy Heart will be out September 30.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

Bruno Mars & Beyonce In, Lady Gaga & U2 Out in Poll of America's Top-10 Favorite


John Paul Filo/CBSWhen it comes to music, Americans apparently prefer an English accent.  A new unscientific Harris poll reveals The Beatles are America's favorite musician or band.The online poll of over 2300 Americans found that the Fab Four are #1 on the list, followed by the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.  Beyonce,who wasn't even on the list the last time the poll was conducted back in 2010, places third this time around.  Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin are also new to the list, debuting at #4, while country icon George Strait is #5.Yet another newcomer to the list: Bruno Mars, who debuts at #6.  Rounding out the top 10 are four artists who all tied for the #7 spot: Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Garth Brooks, and Celine Dion.  Only Celine was on the list in 2010.Whose fortunes have fallen?  Artist who were in the top 10 in 2010 but failed to make the list this year include Lady Gaga, U2, the late Frank Sinatra, and country stars Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Alan Jackson.Breaking down the poll demographically, we find more men cited The Beatles as their favorite band, while women chose Beyonce.  Among younger fans aged 18-37, it's Beyonce, while Gen-Xers aged 38 to 49 say Metallica is their top group.  Baby Boomers, aged 50-68, choose the Beatles, while those 69 and over say country icon Willie Nelson is their favorite.When it comes to politics, there's one thing on which all parties can agree: when asked to name their favorite musical acts, Republicans, Democrats and Independents all chose The Beatles, while Republicans also chose Willie Nelson, and Democrats also chose Bruno Mars.  East Coast and West Coast respondents, as well as Southerners, chose the Fab Four as well, while Midwesterners voted Bruno Mars as their #1 pick.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 Scores Biggest Sales Week of the Year with "Shake It Off"; Debuts a


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's "Shake It Off" has shaken up the Billboard Digital Songs chart with a massive debut.The song, the first single from Taylor's upcoming album, 1989, has not only debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it tops the digital songs chart with first-week sales of 544,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the biggest sales week for any song this year, and the fourth-biggest debut sales week in history. The only songs that started with more downloads in their first weeks are Flo Rida's "Right Round," with 636,000; Katy Perry's "Roar," with 557,000; and Taylor's own "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," with 623,000 copies.  That song became Taylor's first #1 on the Hot 100; "Shake It Off" is now her second.What's more, "Shake It Off" is only the 22nd song in history to debut at #1 on the Hot 100.  Considering that in the chart's 56-year history, there have been 1,038 number-ones total, that's pretty notable."Shake It Off" is Taylor's 60th song to chart on the Hot 100.  Only one female artist has racked up more: Aretha Franklin, with 73.Taylor's reaction to her achievement? She tweeted multiple exclamation marks while linking to the Billboard article.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

Did Mariah's Poor Album Sales Contribute to Split with Nick?


Def Jam RecordingsMariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon recently confirmed that the two are living apart, and now a source tells People magazine that their six-year marriage "has been bad for a while."  One big issue, it's claimed, is the poor performance of Mariah's recent album."When things don't go well career-wise, sometimes you turn on your other half," the source tells People, referring to the disappointing sales of Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse. The source also notes that while Mariah "can be very down-to-earth and hilarious, she can also be high-maintenance."According to People, Mariah is staying with the couple's three-year-old twins in their New York apartment, while Nick has been "living in hotels."  A second source tells the magazine that their split "could get contentious" because "there is a lot to fight over."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

American Authors Want Ryan Tedder's Songs, Not His Steaks


Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors spent the summer opening for OneRepublic and The Script on tour.  The band says while they would've loved to have had OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder write them a hit song, they had to content themselves with him offering them hunks of meat.Speaking to Fuse, Authors singer Zac Barnett says, "There'd be so many nights on the tour where we'd all be out kickin' it, behind the venue, and he's always barbecuing, grilling up steaks. It's cool, y'know, 'cause he's a good cook. He's really good at grilling up steaks and burgers and brats and whatnot."Sounds great, right?  But as Zac explains, there was a downside.  "There would be multiple times where I just had dinner a couple hours before," Zac explains. "And then when Ryan Tedder hits you up and he's like, 'Yo, dude, I just cooked you up this ribeye steak!  Here, have it! And you're like, 'Well, I just had dinner...' [And he's like] 'No, dude you should totally try this!' You can't really tell Ryan Tedder, 'No, dude I don't want your ribeye!'"Zac laughs, "Four ribeye steaks and brats later, you're getting the meat sweats, bro!"Next up for the "Best Day of My Life" band: dates in Europe, followed by a headlining spot on the fall leg of the annual Honda Civic tour, kicking off in October.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

Lady Gaga Joins Queen Onstage in Australia; Will Be Face of H&M's Holiday Campai


Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga's stage name came from "Radio Gaga," a song by legendary rock group Queen, of which Gaga is a huge fan.  So it's no wonder she was over the moon after she joined them onstage Tuesday night in Sydney, Australia."I just played with Queen I'm the happiest girl alive!" tweeted Gaga, after singing "Another One Bites the Dust" onstage with her friend Adam Lambert, who's currently serving as Queen's frontman.  Their much-loved, flamboyant lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died of AIDS-related complications in 1991. Gaga also posted several Instagram photos of herself onstage, writing, "Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before. I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild."  She captioned another pic with the hashtag "#dreamscometrueItellYou."  Queen guitarist Brian May posted a photo of himself with Gaga, calling her "our great and lovely pal."Adam also got into the act, posting several photos of him and Gaga together onstage and backstage.Musical chameleon that she is, Gaga can go from singing with one of the biggest rock bands in the world to singing jazz standards with Tony Bennett. She's just announced that she and Bennett will be the stars of H&M's holiday campaign, as a tie-in with their forthcoming duets album, Cheek to Cheek.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

Elton John to Host James Blunt & Chrissie Hynde at "End of Summer" Bash at U.K.


TheFunStar.comElton John will raise money for his AIDS Foundation with a star-studded bash at his home in Windsor, England on September 4.The "End of Summer Party" at Woodside, the home of Elton and his husband David Furnish, will feature musical performances by James Blunt, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and Elton himself.  In addition, Elton's partnered with Grey Goose to set up an actual nightclub on the grounds of the home; top DJ Fatboy Slim will provide the music while guests sip specially-created Grey Goose cocktails.You can join in the fun -- if you've got the cash.  Tickets are available for just under $5,000 each.The "End of Summer Party" replaces Elton's long-running charity event, the White Tie & Tiara Ball, which he's discontinued.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 Already Thinking About Next Tour; Says a Relationship "Isn't Really


Getty Images for MTVTaylor Swift is a few months away from releasing her new album, 1989, but she says she's already imagining what the songs on the disc will sound like onstage when she launches her next tour.Speaking to London's Capital FM radio, Taylor says, "I'm always thinking about the tour.  As soon as I write a song, I start thinking about...'Would this be in the set list? Where would we put this?' So I'm always thinking about that, 'cause it's my favorite element of things."She adds, "When you put out a song, and then you get to out into the crowd...and just see everybody singing the words back [to you], it's a pretty surreal moment."Taylor gave us a preview of what her tour might look like on Sunday night's MTV VMAs, when she performed "Shake It Off" in a number that's been described as a cross between Madonna's "Material Girl" video and The Great Gatsby.The singer will certainly be going non-stop for the next few months, gearing up for the album release and planning the tour, so it's no wonder she recently told the British paper The Guardian that romance is the farthest thing from her mind. Asked if she values her close female friendships -- with the likes of Lorde and Lena Dunham -- over having a boyfriend, Taylor says, "Without a doubt. Because the other alternative isn’t really possible right now. It just doesn’t seem like a possibility in the near future. It doesn’t ever work. What works is having incredible girlfriends who I can trust and tell anything.”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 

Kelly Clarkson Joining Country Star Trisha Yearwood on New Single


Justin Lubin/NBCLast year, Kelly Clarkson had one of her favorite country stars, Trisha Yearwood, make a guest appearance on her Christmas album.  Now, Kelly's returning the favor, joining Trisha on her new single.It's called "PrizeFighter," and it's the title track of Trisha's upcoming album.  The inspirational song "just plain rocks," according to Trisha, so it's no wonder she tapped Kelly to sing on it.  The track arrives September 15.In addition to the Christmas album team-up, last year Kelly and Trisha sang together onstage at the CMA Music Festival, duetting on the song "Ain't Goin' Down Til the Sun Comes Up," originally by Trisha's husband Garth Brooks.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

Phillip Phillips Extends Tour into Fall & Winter


Credit: Nick WalkerAfter spending all summer on the road with the band O.A.R., Phillip Phillips isn't heading home just yet: he's just announced dates for a new headlining tour of North America.The trek gets underway September 12 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and will wrap up December 7 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Most tickets go on sale August 29.  Phillip will be promoting his current album Behind the Light, and his new single, "Unpack Your Heart," the follow-up to his hit "Raging Fire."Phillip's tour includes an Illinois appearance at the inaugural Food Network in Concert festival on September 20.  It features top Food Network star chefs as well as musicians; John Mayer, one of Phillip's former tour mates, is also on the bill.Here are Phillip's tour dates:9/12 -- West Point, NY, US Military Academy at West Point9/13 -- Boston, MA, MDC Hatch Memorial Shell - Festival9/14 -- Washington, D.C.,  Lincoln Theatre9/16 -- New York, NY,  Best Buy Theater9/18 -- Shippensburg, PA, Luhrs Performing Arts Center9/19 -- Cleveland, OH,  Playhouse Square Theater9/20 -- Highland Park, IL, Food Network in Concert9/23 -- Austin, TX,  Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre9/24 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom - KVIL Radio Show9/26 -- Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma – Meacham Auditorium9/27 -- Houston, TX,  Houston Arena Theatre9/28 -- New Orleans, LA,  Mahalia Jackson Theatre10/1 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre10/3 -- Sioux City, IA,  Morningside College - Tyson Center10/4 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland10/5 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena10/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre10/18 -- Ellensburg, WA, Central Washington University10/19 -- Pasco, WA, Trac Center10/21 -- Everett, WA,  Comcast Arena10/23 -- Missoula, MT, University of Montana – Adams Center10/24 -- Bozeman, MT, Theater at The Brick10/25 -- Boise, ID,   Taco Bell Arena10/28 -- St. George, UT,  Burns Arena11/1 --  Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah's Atlantic City11/2 --  Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center11/3 --  Huntington, WV, Marshall University11/8 --  Savannah, GA , Forsyth Park - Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon11/9 --  St. Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre11/12 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall1114  -- Orlando, FL,   Hard Rock Live11/15 -- Hollywood, FL,  Seminole Hard Rock11/18 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre11/19 -- Nashville, TN,  Ryman Auditorium11/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater11/23 -- Duluth, MN, DECC Auditorium12/3 --  Reno, NV,  Grand Sierra Resort12/7 --  Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity TheatreFollow --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 Levine's Acting Debut Coming Back to Theaters This Friday


Courtesy: The Weinstein CompanyMissed seeing Adam Levine making his acting debut in the movie Begin Again?  You'll get another chance this Friday.Entertainment Weekly reports that the Weinstein Company is re-releasing Begin Again in theaters nationwide this Friday, August 29.  The movie, starring Adam as a musician who dumps his singer/songwriter girlfriend when he finds fame and fortune, originally hit theaters at the end of June, but in limited release.  This time, it'll be opening in 350 to 400 cities nationwide.Why the re-release?  EW reports that the Weinstein Company wants to capitalize on the upcoming awards season.  While the movie was well-received, its best chance for some awards-show love is its soundtrack of original music, sung by Adam, his co-star Keira Knightley and others.  Also adding to the movie's chances: Begin Again's John Carney previously struck Oscar gold with his 2006 movie Once.  That music-themed film won the Best Original Song Oscar for "Falling Slowly."Begin Again has grossed $27 million worldwide since its release and in general, critics were kind to Adam in his first attempt at acting.  Granted, the part of Dave wasn't too far from himself; or, at least, himself during a specific portion of his life.  The now-married Maroon 5 frontman is the first to admit that he didn't handle the first blush of fame very well either."When it happened to me I was probably tempted by some of the same things he was," Adam says of his character. "Granted, my story is very different than his but it was very easy to tap into what it was like to experience all these things that we, [as a band], never expected to experience."Speaking about drawing on his own life to play the part, he explains, "When you commit to being a musician, I don't think you're really sure...you're...going to be able to pay the bills. I don't think you care about that as much as you care about playing music. So this guy was just overwhelmed, and so was I, so it was pretty easy, actually."Adam says that frankly, being "overwhelmed" by fame is what led to some bad behavior on his part."There was a very specific point in my life where I thought, 'Oh my God. I've made it,'" he recalls. "Probably in the early 2000s, when someone told me our album went platinum. And I said, 'What? Are you kidding me?' That was when I partied too hard and did a lot of stupid things.  And that was part of who Dave was...was that guy!"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 Confirms Track Listing, Release Date for New Album; Accepts Michael


Verve RecordsBryan Adams has now confirmed the full details of his new album, Tracks of My Years.  As previously reported, the disc is a collection of cover versions of some of his favorite songs from the '50s, '60s and '70s, and includes one new song, "She Knows Me."The album, arriving September 30, features Bryan's versions of songs by everyone from The Beatles, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry, to the Beach Boys, The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Dylan.  The deluxe version features five additional songs, including Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" and Muddy Waters' "You Shook Me," plus Bryan's own song "You've Been a Friend to Me," from the 2009 movie Old Dogs.The album is now available for pre-order. Here are the track listings for Tracks of My Years:Standard Version"Any Time at All""She Knows Me""I Can't Stop Loving You""Kiss and Say Goodbye""Lay Lady Lay" "Rock and Roll Music" "Down on the Corner" "Never My Love" "Sunny" "The Tracks of My Tears" "God Only Knows" Deluxe"Any Time at All""She Knows Me""I Can't Stop Loving You" "Kiss and Say Goodbye" "Lay Lady Lay" "Rock and Roll Music" "Down on the Corner" "Never My Love" "Sunny" "The Tracks of My Tears" "God Only Knows"Bonus  "You've Been a Friend to Me" "Many Rivers to Cross" "C'mon Everybody" "Help Me Make It Through the Night" "You Shook Me"In other Bryan Adams news, he's accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge from his pal Michael Buble.  Before getting soaked, he nominated actor Danny Trejo, the star of Train's new video for "Angel in Blue Jeans," as well as Breaking Bad, Machete Kills and many other films; plus music critic Bob Lefsetz and Canadian politician Justin Trudeau.  Then he had two guys dump two coolers full of ice water on him at once.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

Whose Body Does Kelly Clarkson Wish She Had?


Jeremy Cowart/rca recordsLike every new mom, Kelly Clarkson wants her pre-baby body back.  Except, it appears as though she'd like someone else's body a lot more than her own.After watching and live-tweeting the MTV VMAs on Sunday night, Kelly tweeted, "It's official. I want a body like Nicki Minaj. That should take like 2 lifetimes for me to achieve haha! She has an amazing body! Goodness!"Nicki's body was very much on display Sunday night, since she performed in what amounted to a green bra and panties.Kelly also had nice things to say about American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, tweeting in response to a photo of her from Sunday, "oh my gosh hahahaha! She is stunning! Wow, simply gorgeous!"The singer was very much into compliments all around Sunday night, giving shout-outs to Jessie J and Ariana Grande, and tweeting to Sam Smith, "Amazing job! I don't know you but I listen to your voice all the time. You are blessed with an incredible voice!"She also tweeted to Beyonce, referring to the video the Video Vanguard winner showed at the end of her epic performance of her daughter Blue Ivy, "I am a new mama and totally crying at your baby tribute, also when you perform it is in-freakin-credible!!!"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 

"Key Largo" Gets Huge Sales Boost from Lauren Bacall's Death


Kat Family Records/Epic RecordsThe death of screen legend Lauren Bacall earlier this month had an unintended consequence on the charts:  the 1982 hit "Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins, which mentions her, experienced a massive sales increase.According to Billboard, "Key Largo," whose chorus features the lyrics, "We had it all/Just like Bogie and Bacall," saw its download sales increase by 625% following Bacall's death on August 12.  In the week after her death, the song sold 3,000 downloads; the week before, it had barely sold any.Similarly, Madonna's "Vogue," which also mentions Bacall, saw a 28% sales increase.  That was likely due to the reporting of the factoid stating that with Bacall's death, all the screen icons who are mentioned in the song are now dead.  No doubt fans wanted to refresh their memories as to who, exactly, was on that list.Meanwhile, the death of Robin Williams, who died the day before Bacall, propelled two of his comedy albums back onto the Billboard album chart.  In addition, the song "Friend Like Me," which he performed in the animated film Aladdin, experienced a sales increase of 1,169 percent, while the movie's soundtrack posted a 666% sales increase.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

Barry Manilow to Sing with Dearly Departed Legends on New Album "My Dream Duets"


PRNewsFoto/STILETTO EntertainmentSure, anyone can make an album of star-studded duets these days, but Barry Manilow has come up with his own twist on the concept: he's going to be singing only with artists who are no longer with us.The album, due in late October, is called My Dream Duets, and it'll feature Barry teaming up with late, great singers like John Denver, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and even Whitney Houston.  Speaking about teaming up with Whitney, who was one of his label mates, he said on his website, "I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!""The album is a miracle. It’s been a huge undertaking, musically and technically," he wrote on his website. "I’ve been working with a team of geniuses that have made these duets sound as if they were recorded yesterday."More details of My Dream Duets will be announced soon.   October will also mark the 40th anniversary of Barry's breakthrough it, "Mandy."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

John Mayer Takes Ice Bucket Challenge On Behalf of Musician with ALS


ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer posted a touching response to being nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sunday.The singer was nominated by a musician named Jason Becker, who, as Mayer explained, is suffering from ALS and can no longer play the guitar because of the disease.In his YouTube video, Mayer strummed along to one of Becker’s guitar recordings before going under the bucket. He included a link to Becker’s website in his post.Mayer re-nominated Becker’s two other nominations: Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen and former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.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 

Prince Releasing Not One but Two Albums on 9/30


Warner Bros.RecordsThe always-prolific Prince has announced that he'll release not one, but two new studio albums September 30.  One's a solo album titled Art Official Age, while the other, PlectrumElectrum, features his band 3RDEYEGIRL.Both discs are available for pre-order now, including instant free tracks that you can unlock on each record.  In addition, Prince plans a series of global "very special events" that will be announced shortly.Art Official Age is described as a "classic" Prince album, wholly produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton, and featuring soul, R&B and funk.  PlectrumElectrum was recorded live with 3RDEYEGIRL, and is described as an "electrifying funk-rock statement."  Many of the songs were recorded during Prince's Hit & Run tours of the U.K. earlier this year, which saw him popping up unexpectedly in small clubs.The albums mark Prince's return to the Warner Bros. record label, where he began his career.  While he and the label have feuded for many years, it appears they've buried the hatchet, especially given that Warner Bros. returned the master recordings of Prince's '80s albums like 1999, Purple Rain and Sign 'o the Times to the artist.Here are the albums' track listings:Art Official Age"Art Official Cage""Clouds""Breakdown""The Gold Standard""U Know"                "Breakfast Can Wait""This Could Be Us""What It Feels Like""affirmation I & II"            "Way Back Home""FunkNRoll""Time "                   "affirmation III"PlectrumElectrum"Wow""PretzelBodyLogic""AintTurninRound""PlectrumElectrum""Whitecaps""FixUrLifeUp""BoyTrouble""StopThisTrain""AnotherLove""TicTacToe""Marz""FunkNRoll"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 Says Lena Dunham Helped Her Embrace Feminism


ABC/Richard HarbaughLena Dunham apparently taught Taylor Swift a thing or two about being a feminist. In a new interview with The Guardian, the “Shake It Off” singer credited the Girls star with educating her on what feminism really means."As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities," the 24-year-old said. "What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men."But she added that by becoming friends with Dunham and seeing “why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for,” she realized that she had been “taking a feminist stance without actually saying so."Dunham later tweeted, "Taylor recognizes that at its core it's not about radicalism or rage, but equality. Her willingness to own the term means much to many…”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 

Jesse Kinch Is the First "Rising Star" Winner


ABCABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded Sunday night with the four remaining contestants learning that Jesse Kinch was crowned the season-one champ, beating Austin French in the final round.Dana Williams and Audrey Kate Geiger were eliminated earlier in the night.The top four acts were seeded based on their combined East and West Coast scores throughout the season. The contestants were then paired off in two separate head-to-head duels; the first artist sang with the wall up, the second with the wall down. The winners of the two battles competed against each other to determine the winner.The final head-to-head duel marked a first for the show. This time, both artists sang with the wall up and neither they nor the experts or audience saw the voting results until both artists finished performing.The order of performances in each duel was decided by coin toss. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round.Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star experts -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the performances. The "experts" were allowed to vote.Here are the highlights from Sunday night:Dana Williams vs. Jesse KinchWilliams led off with Etta James’ “At Last.” Earlier, Kesha, noting the importance of branding in making or breaking an artist, introduced Dana to her creative team. Together, they tried to come up with outfits to wear for her duels. The 24-year-old Los Angeles native earned just 30 percent of the vote.Prior to the finale, Kinch was a guest at Paisley’s New Jersey concert. Brad told the 20-year-old, “In spite of all these trucks and buses and the big show we put on, it really does come down to the music." Jesse also joined Brad onstage for a song. Jesse, singing with the wall down, raised it with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” earning 87 percent of the vote. Kinch moved on to the finals.After the performances, Kesha commented that Dana “sounded beautiful,” but Jesse “slaughtered” her face. Brad, referring to their time together at his concert, joked, “You learn quick.” Ludacris thought Kinch “killed it.”Austin French vs. Audrey Kate GeigerAustin was up first, singing Gavin DeGraw’s “In Love with a Girl.” Before the performance, Groban spent some time with the 20-year-old Tifton, Georgia, native and urged him to create a connection with his fan base. French collected 70 percent of the vote and eventually moved on to the final round.It was Audrey Kate’s turn to try and raise the wall. Earlier, Ludacris invited Audrey Kate to his house to help get her “mind, body and soul right.” He warned her that unless she knew she could win the competition, she was already defeated. Unfortunately, her version of Bonnie Raitt's “Love Me Like a Man” collected just 49 percent of the vote, not good enough to beat French.The experts, however, had nothing but praise for Geiger. Ludacris loved both performances, but singled out Audrey Kate because she “fought for every percentage point.”  Kesha thought it was her favorite performance from Geiger. Paisley praised the 24-year-old New Jersey native, saying, “I want to hear the album you make, I want to hear the songs you pick to sing.”Jesse Kinch vs. Austin FrenchKinch kicked off this head-to-head duel with The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me.”French followed with Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road.”Kinch won the duel by a margin of 76 percent to 61 percent to win the competition.The evening also included Paisley performing his new song “Moonshine in the Trunk,” backed by the four Rising Star finalists.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 Headed for #1 Debut; Lorde Calls Her New Album "Joyous"


Big Machine RecordsThe only thing Taylor Swift likely will be "shaking off" this week is an avalanche of texts and phone calls congratulating her on having a #1 debut on the Billboard singles chart.Billboard reports that Taylor's new single "Shake It Off" is likely to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to huge downloads, lots of airplay and tons of streaming.  Industry projections say the single will rack up more than 475,000 downloads in its first week overall, immediately giving it the biggest first week of any song this year.  The last song to post those kinds of first-week numbers?  Katy Perry's "Roar," which moved 557,000 copies in August of 2013.If "Shake It Off," the first single from Taylor's new album 1989, does debut at #1, it'll be her second Hot 100 chart-topper, after "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."Meanwhile, one of Taylor's celebrity BFFs, Lorde, revealed during an interview with a radio station in her native New Zealand that she's already heard 1989 in its entirety.  "It is, quite simply, as someone who's a fan of pop music, it is joyous," said Lorde of her pal's album. "It is such a great record, honestly. It's so good."  As for "Shake It Off," she got to hear that "awhile ago" and says, "I love it."As for that cooking class she took a few weeks ago with Taylor -- the one Taylor documented on Instagram -- Lorde said she was shocked that it was headline news.  "That's pretty weird," Lorde laughs. "I was like, 'Why is this in the paper?'"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 

Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits


Courtesy MTVHere's a brief rundown of additional tidbits from the MTV VMAs:--Ariana Grande opened the show with "Break Free," emerging from a rocket ship to sing it.  Nicki Minaj then sang "Anaconda" and did not get bitten by a snake.  Jessie J kicked off "Bang Bang" and both women joined her...the video premiered online shortly afterwards.  Ariana ended up winning Best Pop Video for "Problem" -- it was presented to her by her childhood crush, Jim Carrey, and his Dumb and Dumber To co-star Jeff Daniels.--Katy Perry won Best Female Video for "Dark Horse." She arrived at the VMAs with Riff Raff, who appears on the remix of her hit "This Is How We Do." They were both wearing matching Versace denim, in an homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's famous matching denim outfits from the 2001 VMAs.  Later, Katy enjoyed watching Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora perform "Dark Horse," since she co-wrote it.  We saw her in the audience, singing along.--There was no host, but SNL's Jay Pharoah was on hand to do some of his famous impressions, including Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West.  While the real Kanye wasn't there, his wife Kim Kardashian was, and she was wearing a top so plunging that it was a wonder it actually stayed on.  Demi Lovato also wore a super-plunging outfit, as did Jordin Sparks.--In addition to performing "Shake It Off" for the first time on TV (see related story) Taylor Swift enjoying hanging in the front row with her BFF Lorde, who picked up her first Moonman and introduced Taylor's performance to boot, calling it "the beginning of her brand-new era." The two were seen singing along and dancing in their seats during a number of performances.--Dressed all in white, Usher was the hardest-working man in showbiz at the VMAs.  While performing "She Came to Give It To You." he danced, sang, played bass guitar and slapped and bumped Nicki Minaj's booty.  By the end of the performance, he was sweating like a pig and looked exhausted.--Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's performance of "Black Widow" was a huge production, with a string quartet onstage, a huge web hanging in the background, coordinating black spiderweb catsuits, and tons of backup dancers.  Jordin Sparks and Taylor Swift were seen singing along to every word.  As she strode around the stage confidently, you'd never guess that Iggy actually fell off the stage Friday night at a pre-VMA charity concert.--One big surprise of the night was girl group Fifth Harmony winning the fan-voted MTV Artist to Watch category, beating out Sam Smith, Charli XCX, 5 Seconds of Summer and Schoolboy Q. "Oh my God, we didn't think we would win, this is amazing!" said the X Factor alums, who thanked Simon Cowell, among others.--Chris Brown was seen laughing in the audience, evidently not too concerned about the fact that rap impresario Suge Knight was shot several times at his pre-VMA party on Saturday night.--An unexpected, though brief, tribute to Robin Williams was shown: Coldplay's hit "A Sky Full of Stars" played over a montage of photos of the late actor and comedian, who died on August 11.--The entire final segment of the show was given over to Beyonce, and if it was meant to show that her marriage to Jay Z was still going strong, it worked.  The couple and their daughter Blue Ivy couldn't have looked any more loved up as they walked offstage together at the end of the lengthy performance and Bey's emotional acceptance speech.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

Miley Wins Video of the Year, Doesn't Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2


Courtesy MTVAfter last year's twerk heard 'round the world, what could Miley Cyrus possibly do for an encore at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards?  Take home the Video of the Year trophy in a surprise upset -- and then turn her acceptance speech into a powerful call to action.Miley's "Wrecking Ball" clip beat out much more recent and talked-about clips -- from "Fancy" to "Happy" to "Drunk in Love" -- to take the top prize of the night.  But instead of coming onstage to accept it, Miley sent an unknown young man instead.  Identifying himself as Jesse, he said he was accepting the award for the "1.6 million runaways and homeless youths who are starving, lost and scared right now." While Miley watched from the side, tearing up, Jesse went on to note that L.A., the entertainment capital of the world, has a disproportionate number of young homeless people.  He then invited everyone to visit Miley's Facebook page to see how they could help.  She's asking her fans to donate money for "My Friend's Place," a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.It was the second truly "serious" moment in a night that's usually all about flashy, raunchy, over-the-top performances.  The first came when rapper Common mentioned Ferguson, Missouri, which has been a hotbed of protests and occasional violence since unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot by a police officer there in early August. "The people have used their voices to call for justice and change, and to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters," said Common, noting that hip-hop has "always been about truth, and a powerful instrument for social change."  Before handing out the award for Best Hip-Hop Video, he called for a moment of silence for Brown, "and for peace in this country and in the world."  During the show, a brief public service announcement about Ferguson was also shown.Of course, there were plenty of flashy, raunchy and over-the-top performances, too, starting with the three-way diva-off of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, who opened the show.   Ariana emerged from a rocket ship to sing "Break Free," followed by Nicki in a green bikini, rapping a heavily censored "Anaconda" and twerking like nobody's business.  Jessie J then emerged to start up "Bang Bang," and was joined by Ariana and Nicki, who had a serious wardrobe malfunction and spent the number clutching a scanty black dress around her so it wouldn't fall off.Another performance highlight was Taylor Swift's first performance of "Shake It Off," which she sang wearing a two-piece, midriff-baring fringed sequin number, accompanied by dancing acrobatic men in tuxedos and female backup singers.  At one point, she ascended to the top of a giant "1989" sign onstage -- that's the title of her album -- looked over the edge and said, "Nuh, uh. I don't care if it's the VMAs. I'm not jumping off there. All kinds of people are getting bit by snakes...it's dangerous!"  That was a reference to the fact that, during rehearsal, one of Nicki Minaj's backup dancers was, in fact, bitten by a snake.  She's OK, though.It was a great night for British and Australian acts -- and we're including Lorde in there, even though she's technically from New Zealand. She took home the Best Rock Video Moonman, accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech and then quickly apologizing.  Brit Ed Sheeran won Best Male Video for "Sing," and Brit Sam Smith absolutely slayed with his beautiful, stripped-down rendition of "Stay With Me."  Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer performed "Amnesia" and won the Best Lyric Video award, while Aussie Iggy Azalea stopped the show with her dramatic rendition of "Black Widow," which she sang with Rita Ora.Maroon 5, in their first-ever VMA performance, took things outside, playing "Maps" in the parking lot in front of thousands of fans underneath an enormous, lit-up "M."  They also played a bit of "One More Night" as well.Of course, the performance to end all performances came from Beyonce, who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  It was presented to her by her husband, Jay Z, who was holding their daughter, Blue Ivy . He referred to her as "our greatest living entertainer," and a tearful Beyonce said, "I am filled with so much gratitude. Blue, I love you. My beloved..." -- referring to Jay Z --  "...I love you.  My fans, I love you. MTV, I love you!"  Then, she, Jay and Blue all walked offstage together.  They didn't look like they were heading to the divorce attorney, either.As for Bey's performance, she basically sang her entire self-titled album.  She performed for about 15 minutes, running through, in rapid succession, "Mine," "Haunted," "No Angel," "Jealous," "Blow," "Drunk In Love," "Rocket," "Partition," "Flawless," "Yonce," "Blue" and, finally, "XO," which the audience sang along with her.  She wore the same costume, but moved through a series of different sets, with dancers, video screens and lights creating a different distinct mood for each number.  The show ended after her performance and acceptance, because really, how could you follow that?Beyonce was the biggest winner on the night, taking home three trophies in addition to the Video Vanguard Award.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

MTV VMAs Winners List


Courtesy MTVHere are the winners for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California:VIDEO OF THE YEAR Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"BEST HIP-HOP Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"   BEST MALE Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"   BEST FEMALE Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"   BEST POP Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"   BEST ROCK Lorde -- “Royals”   MTV ARTIST TO WATCH Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"   BEST COLLABORATION Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love" MTV CLUBLAND AWARD Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -- "Stay the Night"BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE Beyoncé -- “Pretty Hurts”BEST LYRIC VIDEO5 Seconds of Summer -- "Don't Stop"   BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts" BEST EDITING Eminem -- "Rap God" BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Sia -- "Chandelier" BEST DIRECTION DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What" BEST ART DIRECTION Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor" BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"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

Report: Mariah & Nick's Divorce Getting "Ugly," Mariah "Devastated" After Nick's


Mark Cant/FoxAny hope of an amicable divorce between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon appears to have vanished, following Nick's comments to the TV show The Insider.  It seems Mariah is not pleased -- to put it mildly -- that Nick went off script and yapped to the show that the two are now living apart.A source tells E! News that Mariah is "devastated" about Nick's comments because "they had agreed to work on a statement together."  Adds the source, "A joint statement was being prepared when he went and gave those quotes to The Insider.""She can't believe he went and did that," adds the source. "Not what they had agreed on and not classy. He was not supposed to say a word. She thinks it was extremely childish, impulsive and opportunistic. For her, it was the last straw. She's done with him now.""It's no longer amicable," says the source. "Things are getting ugly."  While the insider hasn't heard that Mariah has actually forced Nick to sign a gag order, which has been reported, he or she "would not be remotely surprised. She is seriously p***ed."As for why Mariah and Nick's once happy marriage is ending, the source explains, "It has a lot to do with Nick's career choices. He does not have to work, but he's been throwing himself into gigs and projects." Mariah and Nick wed in 2008 and have three-year-old twins.  As recently as May, Nick was denying that anything was wrong between him and the pop diva.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 Maroon 5 Song "Animals" Featured in New KIA Commercial, Download It for Free


Credit: Vincent PeriniMaroon 5's new single "Animals" isn't officially released yet, but you can download it for free, for a limited time only, thanks to KIA.The song, "Animals," is featured in the new commercial for the KIA Soul EV, along with the company's famous dancing hamsters. If you visit Kia.com/KiaSoul, you can download the track for free, but only until early next week.In the commercial, scientist hamsters in a lab are designing the Soul EV, KIA's first electric car, but the scientists' pet mouse accidentally gets in the way of the high-tech equipment.  After everything goes ZAP, we see the mouse has been transformed into a sexy female rodent with a drop-dead body.  The scientists immediately jump in the car, head to the pet store, buy a bunch more mice, and then transform them all into sexy females.  Then..dance party!Meanwhile, the official lyric video for the upbeat track is now available for viewing. "Baby I'm preying on you tonight/hunt you down, eat you alive/Just like animals," sings Adam Levine, over various shots of bunnies and icky slithering snakes.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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