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Sting Talks Tantric Sex in Advance Clip for "Inside the Actors Studio"


Tony Behar/NBCUSting is not only a singer and songwriter, he's also an occasional actor, having appeared in quite a few movies over the years.  But during his appearance this Thursday night on the series Inside the Actors Studio, he ended up having to talk to host James Lipton, not about his craft, but about his sex life.Specifically, Lipton asked Sting about his infamous quote regarding "Tantric sex," in which he and his wife Trudie Styler allegedly had eight-hour lovemaking sessions.  Sting has since backpedaled, saying the whole thing was a joke, but in an advance clip from the episode, Lipton still insists he explain the audience of young people just what he meant."If we had seven hours, I would demonstrate," Sting said, to huge laughs and cheers.  "Maybe not. But there is some truth to it.  The idea of tantric sex is a spiritual act. I don't know any purer and better way of expressing a love for another individual than sharing that wonderful, I call it, 'sacrament.' I would stand by it.  Not seven hours, but the idea."He then quipped, "Seven hours includes movie and dinner," getting another round of laughs.Sting's appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, which airs Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, is mostly focused on the opening of his first Broadway musical The Last Ship.  He wrote the music for the show, which is based on his own childhood growing up in a shipbuilding town in the north of England.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 Reveals Full Tracklisting for "1989"


Big Machine RecordsAfter teasing fans with song lyrics from her new album 1989, Taylor Swift has finally revealed the full tracklisting for the highly anticipated disc, posting it to Instagram.The songs are:"Welcome to New York""Blank Space""Style""Out of the Woods""All You Had to Do Was Stay""Shake It Off""I Wish You Would""Bad Blood""Wildest Dreams""How You Get the Girl""This Love""I Know Places""Clean"The deluxe edition of Taylor's album being sold at Target will come with three extra songs and three voice memos. 1989 arrives October 27.Interestingly, many of the song titles on Taylor's new album have already been used for previous songs.  For example, Mariah Carey has a song called "Shake It Off."  Maroon 5 has a song called "This Love."  Train has a song called "I Wish You Would."  And back in the '70s, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka had a hit with "Bad Blood."  You can't copyright a song title, however, so there's no issue with it. The full track list. #TS1989A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:51pm PDTFollow --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 to Discuss Favorite Books, Importance of Reading in New Scholastic


ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaTaylor Swift is teaming with children's book publisher Scholastic to bring her youngest fans an exclusive video interview that will highlight the importance of reading.As part of Scholastic's new reading initiative, the 30-minute exclusive video chat with Taylor will air on Scholastic.com beginning on October 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET.  Taylor will talk about how reading and writing can open a world of possibilities for kids, and she'll share the books that have had the most impact on her.  An exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from one of her video shoots is also included in the package.You must register to watch the video at Scholastic.com/taylorswift.Students in grades 3 to 8 who attend U.S. schools can also enter a special "This Is How I Shake It Off" writing contest, in a nod to Taylor's #1 hit. Kids must submit a one-page creative essay or poem on how they "shake off" hurtful comments or difficult situations.  Prizes include tickets and a meet-and-greet for two at one of Taylor's upcoming concerts, plus transportation and accommodations, as well as a signed guitar, and signed copies of Taylor's new album 1989.  You can enter at Scholastic.com/TaylorSwift.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

Pink, U2 & Bob Seger Debut Score Top-10 Debuts


RCA RecordsPink, recording under another name, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bob Seger and U2, have all notched top-10 debuts with new albums on this week's Billboard Top 200 album chart.Seger's new album, Ride Out, enters at #3.  It's the 69-year-old Detroit rocker's highest-debuting album ever, and his highest rank on the chart since 1986. In at #4 is rose ave, the debut album from the musical duo You + Me.  The duo features Pink and Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green.  On her own, Pink has scored seven top-40 albums, while Green has scored two, under his usual musical moniker, The City and Colour.In a statement, Pink, who for this project is using her birth name of Alecia Moore, said, “We really had no intention for this to become what it is. We were just two friends getting together and doing what we love and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished.” Green adds, "I am so very thankful for my friend Alecia and the beautiful music we've made together. We had no idea what would come of these songs and knowing that people are listening and loving it as much as we do is humbling.“As for U2, their much-maligned new album Songs of Innocence enters at #9.  While the album was downloaded 26 million times globally after the album was offered to iTunes users last month, those downloads were free, so they didn't count toward a chart position.  The album was made widely available for purchase last week and sold 28,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  This is U2's first album since the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree not to debut in the top three.In at #10 is "Domino" singer Jessie J, with her second U.S. release, Sweet Talker. The #1 album on the chart is from country duo Florida Georgia Line, who scored a huge pop hit with "Cruise." This is their first #1 album on the general Billboard album chart, as opposed to the country album chart.It's worth noting that Sam Smith's debut album, In the Lonely Hour, has risen to #6 on a 53% sales gain, following his high-profile TV appearances on NBC's Today show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.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

Katy Perry Cancels Plans for Birthday Bash in Egypt


Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry was planning to spend her 30th birthday on Saturday like the Queen of the Nile, but now she's suffering a "denial" of celebration opportunities.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katy was set to take her crew to Egypt to celebrate her milestone, and while there, had booked a schedule of parties and sightseeing, including a cruise down the Nile River.  However, news of her visit leaked out, and a source tells the publication that the singer scrapped the plans due to "safety concerns."The idea for Katy to travel to Egypt may have been sparked by the Ancient Egypt-themed video for her #1 hit, "Dark Horse."Katy is on a break from her PRISMATIC world tour, but it will pick up against November 7 in Australia, where she'll remain until December 20. Another break will follow, and then a European leg begins February 16.  Between those two dates, Katy will presumably perform at the halftime show at the Super Bowl, though the NFL hasn't officially confirmed 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

Colbie Caillat Trying to Live the Message of Her Hit "Try," Wishes Others Would


ABC/Adam TaylorColbie Caillat's latest hit "Try" is a call for women to stop trying to mold themselves into a certain image or adopt certain behaviors so they'll fit in, be liked or be considered attractive.  While Colbie says she wrote the song as a message of empowerment to herself, she says she's happy to see that everyone can relate to it.  Take her appearance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars a couple weeks ago, for example.During the show, Colbie performed her hit "Try" while YouTube star Bethany Mota and her partner Derek Hough danced a routine inspired by the bullying that Bethany had to endure when she was younger.   "I loved it," Colbie says. "It meant so much to me because...Bethany's message, what she was trying to portray from what she's always felt her whole life, is something I've always felt, which is why I wrote the song 'Try.'  And now we're realizing that everyone has these self-confidence issues and personal insecurities and it starts when we're young."Colbie says even though she wrote the song, she still finds she has to take its message to heart every day.  "I'm learning to try not to try so hard, and to accept and embrace these things that I wish I could change or have always thought I could change," she says.Unfortunately, she says that some people close to her are still struggling with self-doubt."I have a really good friend...that right now...actually wants to get a nose job," Colbie reveals. "And it makes me so sad because I think she's beautiful the way she is. But she thinks someone is gonna like her better if it's fixed. And it's what we all do.""Try" is featured on Colbie's new album Gypsy Heart, in stores now.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 Debuts New Song, "Style," in Latest Target Ad


Credit: Sarah BarlowYou may have seen paparazzi photos of Taylor Swift a few months ago, walking around in New York City holding a bunch of balloons?  Well, turns out she wasn't on her way to a birthday party: she was filming her new commercial for Target.  The spot, which just debuted, also features about thirty seconds of a brand-new Taylor song, called "Style."In the spot, Taylor is seen in various New York City locales, and speaks about what she finds inspirational about living in the Big Apple.  "Everything from what people are wearing on the street to the way they're interacting with each other," she says. "To...drive through the West Village at night and you see a couple kissing on the street or you see someone fighting outside their apartment...you see so much humanity on a daily basis that even if you're not inspired by your own life that day, you can be inspired by someone else's life."As for "Style," it's an upbeat tune, in which Taylor sings, "You've got the long hair slicked back, white t-shirt/And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt/And when we go crashing down, we come back every time/Because we never go out of style, we never go out of style.""Style," which some speculate was inspired by former beau Harry Styles, is on Taylor's new album, 1989, due out Monday.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

James Blunt Admits His #1 Hit "You're Beautiful" Is "Annoying"


Scarlet Page/Atlantic RecordsIt's not like we don't already know this, but James Blunt is finally owning up to it: his #1 hit "You're Beautiful," he admits, is "annoying."In an interview with Hello! magazine, James says "You're Beautiful" is the reason he's been the target of so much abuse over the years, and that's because, he says, it was over-marketed.  Speaking about his debut album, Back to Bedlam, he says, "There was one song that was force-fed down people's throats -- 'You're Beautiful' -- and it became annoying. And then people start to associate the artist with the same word." "I think, at the end of the day, I was marketed by a record company to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives' commercials and you lose 50 per cent of the population in doing so," he adds.James, a former soldier, says the marketing also "painted me out as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I'm anything but.""I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I’m known for, but I think it’s turned that corner now," he tells Hello! "People can see I don’t take myself that seriously."That's evident in what James tells Hello! about his and his new wife's plans to have kids one day."Having children seems like an amazing thing to do," says James, who got married last month in Mallorca, Spain. "A lot of my friends and family have done it. It would be a shame not to experience that. Failing that, I'll just have to buy a little dog."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

"The Voice" Recap: The Battle Rounds End with a Gwen Steal


Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice wrapped up its Battle Rounds Tuesday night on NBC. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani all rounded out their teams to eight artists each.Gwen was the only coach who still had a steal to use entering the one-hour episode. She spent it after the final battle, taking Beth Spangler from Team Adam.The guest mentors returned for one more appearance during rehearsals: Alicia Keys, with Team Pharrell; Stevie Nicks, with Team Adam; Gwen's husband, Gavin Rossdale, with her team; and Little Big Town, with Team Blake.The final battle for Team Pharrell involved Brittany Butler and Ricky Manning. The duo was assigned the George Benson version of "On Broadway." Alicia encouraged them in rehearsals to "jazz it out."Adam commented that Ricky took a huge leap in his ability during the battle. He then joked that Ricky strongly resembles actor Joaquin Phoenix. Blake said Ricky has a greater tendency to let things fly on stage. Pharrell named Ricky the winner because of the strides he's made. Pharrell and Gwen consoled a crying Brittany backstage.Blake matched Kensington Moore with Reagan James. They were given the Lorde song "Team." Kensington missed one rehearsal due to illness, so Reagan spent time practicing with Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman. Kensington made it back for band rehearsal.Gwen said Reagan's voice was even better than she thought, and Kensington's vocals were dynamic. Adam noted that there was a word or two that got away from Reagan, but Pharrell chimed in that she handled it well. Reagan was declared the winner.At this point in the episode, the show recapped three battles: Allison Bray defeated Fernanda Bosch in a Team Blake matchup; Anita Antoinette advanced over her Team Gwen teammate Mayra Alvarez; and Bryana Salaz beat out Gianna Salvato for Team Gwen.Team Adam closed out the episode with a battle between Beth Spangler and Mia Pfirrman. They perform a duet of "I Turn to You," the single by on-again, off-again Voice coach Christina Aguilera. Stevie advised them not to emulate Christina, because Christina is too powerful of a vocalist.Pharrell saw potential in both, but sided with Beth. Gwen felt the song better suited Mia, and said she would choose her if the decision was hers to make. Adam went with Mia. Gwen then used her steal on Beth.Next Monday night on NBC, The Voice will begin its Knockout Rounds. Taylor Swift will serve as an adviser for all four teams.Here's a rundown of the artists who have advanced to the Knockout Rounds:Team Adam: Alessandra Castronovo, Blessing Offor, Chris Jamison, Damien, Matt McAndrew, Mia Pfirrman, Rebekah Samarin, Toia Jones. Team Gwen: Anita Antoinette, Bryana Salaz, Craig Wayne Boyd, Ryan Sill, Beth Spangler, Sugar Joans, Taylor John Williams, Troy Ritchie. Team Pharrell: DaNica Shirey, Elyjuh Rene, Jean Kelley, Katriz Trinidad, Luke Wade, Menlik Zergabachew, Ricky Manning, Taylor Phelan. Team Blake: Allison Bray, Grant Ganzer, Griffin, James David Carter, Jessie Pitts, Reagan James, Tanner Linford, Taylor Brashears.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 

Jennifer Lopez Sings "Jenny from the Block" with "American Idol" Contestant in N


Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's 14th season kicks off in January and Fox has just released a new promo to E! Online that showcases some of the auditions, including one courageous male contestant who not only sings judge Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny from the Block," but also coaxes J-Lo to chime in.Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are also back as judges this season, along with host Ryan Seacrest.American Idol's 14th season premieres January 14 on Fox.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 

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Receive Tabloid Apology for False Flirting Re


David Becker/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, have settled their lawsuit against Britain's Heat magazine for publishing what they claim was a "false and unfounded story," implying their marriage was in trouble, E!Online reports.The September 6-12 edition of Heat magazine published an article under the headlines: "Justin Timberlake Gets Flirty with Another Woman, It Is Not His Wife!" and "The Flirty Photos That Rocked Justin and Jessica's Marriage."On Tuesday, representatives of the celebrity gossip magazine read an apology at the High Court in Dublin, Ireland, and retracted the story, which featured pictures of Timberlake at a party in a Paris nightclub.The defense stated the article "was based on an unfounded report regarding Justin Timberlake's alleged behavior at a club following a performance in Paris to celebrate a birthday and also included a number of purported statements improperly attributed to Jessica Biel, which Heat now understands had never been made by her."The defense statement continued, "The Defendant accepts that the article was false and withdraws any inferences that questioned the state of Justin and Jessica's marriage. The Defendant regrets any embarrassment caused to the couple and unreservedly apologizes to them."Paul Tweed, an attorney representing Justin and Jessica, said in a statement that the couple is "very satisfied with this categoric retraction of what was a false and unfounded story, together with the comprehensive apology from Bauer Consumer Media, the publishers of Heat magazine."Tweed said the couple "will not hesitate to take similar legal action if false allegations regarding the state of their marriage are repeated."Details about any possible financial settlement were not disclosed.Timberlake, 33 and Biel, 32, married in 2012.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 

Adele Is in "Spectacular" Voice, Not Rushing New Album, Says Collaborator


Cliff Lipson/CBSNow that we know that Adele's new album won't see the light of day until 2015, we've got plenty of time to speculate on what it might sound like -- and it seems that even the people who collaborated with the star on the disc have no idea how the project is shaping up.Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren, who's written numerous hits for the likes of Celine Dion, Cher, Toni Braxton and Aerosmith, tells the British the paper The Sun, "I flew to London to work on new stuff with Adele last year. We did some great songs but I don’t know if they’ve made the record. I don’t think anybody does."Explaining why it might be taking Adele so long to come up with the follow-up to her world-beating album 21, Warren says, "She has a mind of her own. Nobody rushes Adele or makes decisions for her, which is probably why she’s a great artist. She wants to get it right.”However, Warren can confirm that Adele's voice seems to be in great shape.  You might recall that the singer had to have vocal cord surgery in 2011, but Warren says, "She was singing her a** off when I was in the studio. Her voice was spectacular.”OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder also worked with Adele on the album, but he's also said he doesn't know much about the final product.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 Extends Contract in Las Vegas for Three More Years


Capitol/Universal MusicElton John isn't planning to move his Million Dollar Piano out of Las Vegas any time soon.Caesars Entertainment has just announced that the Rocket Man has extended his three-year contact at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for an additional three years.  Tickets for shows in January, March and April will go on sale this Sunday, October 26 at 10 a.m. PT.Las Vegas Sun reporter Robin Leach notes that some of Elton's newly-announced dates will be the same dates that Celine Dion vacated earlier this year at the venue, when she canceled all her showbiz commitments to devote her time to caring for her ailing husband.The Million Dollar Piano opened at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in September of 2011.Here are the new dates for the show:January 16-17 -- Friday, Saturday January 19-20 -- Monday, Tuesday January 23-24 -- Friday, SaturdayMarch 18, 20, 21 -- Wednesday, Friday, Saturday March 23-24 -- Monday, Tuesday March 27-28 -- Friday, Saturday March 30-31 -- Monday, Tuesday April 3-4 -- Friday, Saturday April 6-7 -- Monday, Tuesday April 10-11 -- Friday, Saturday April 13-14 -- Monday, TuesdayFollow --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't Hate Taylor Swift Because She Has Security Guards


ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift never goes anywhere without her security guards these days, but it's not because she's got an inflated opinion of how important she is. Unfortunately, it's become a necessity, because some people act a little crazy around her."I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," Taylor tells Esquire magazine.  But she has to take precautions, she tells the magazine, "because [of] just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me.""This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about," she continues. "I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."Despite her security, Taylor says she still tries to go out and interact with people in a normal manner, but if she feels like she just can't deal with the attention, she'll stay home."I just have to wake up in the morning and say, 'How am I feeling today?'" she tells the magazine. "If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I'm dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood? Okay, maybe not … Maybe I won't leave the house.""I try really hard not to take bad days out on other people," Taylor adds. "Because I will get asked for an autograph, and I will get asked for a picture, and there will be someone with their cell phone filming me at a restaurant. If I'm not in the mood for that, I just kind of stay in. And that's fine. Those days don't happen very often. I try really hard to keep it light."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

Josh Groban's New Girlfriend Explains How They Met


Credit: Olaf HeineNow that 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings and boyfriend Josh Groban are public with their romance, the actress is sharing how the two met. Apparently, Kat has her co-star, Beth Behrs, to thank for her newfound happiness."She's always talked about how great he is and they've been friends for years," Kat explained on Tuesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "And she thought we were both, you know, nerds. So, there, she was right." Before Beth hooked her up with Josh, Kat said she had never met the singer but often exchanged tweets with him. "He's very witty on the Twitter and I saw his little tweets sometimes and sometimes we would like [tweet each other,]" she explained.Kat previously dated actor Nick Zano, while Josh previously dated Mad Men star January Jones.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

Gotye Not Sure He'll Ever Release Music Under that Name Again


Credit: Cybele MalinowksiGotye -- the stage name of Australian artist Wally De Backer -- hasn't released any new music under that name since he won three Grammys for his hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" and his album Making Mirrors.  And now, he says he never will again...possibly.In an oddly-worded online posting, Gotye writes, "NEW GOTYE MUSIC. There will be no new Gotye music.  Wait, maybe there will be. I’m not entirely sure right now. There are many contingencies."He then muses about the fact that the world getting noisier and people are getting deafer, then asks rhetorically, if he did make a new Gotye album, "Will anybody hear this work?"  He adds, " I don’t know. But I think about these things.   One thing you can count on: I will do my best to make it enjoyable for both of us."He then announces that he's started a new record label called Spirit Level, and that he's making new music with his old band The Basics, who he went back to recording and touring with after "Somebody That I Used to Know" became a worldwide smash.If Gotye doesn't record any new music under that name, he'll be that rare artist who managed to win one of the most prestigious awards at the Grammys -- Record of the Year -- and then never be heard from again.  Nearly every artist who ever won that category is a household name, except perhaps Domenico Modugno, who won it in 1959, the very first year it was given out.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  

Hall & Oates' Halloween Concert to Stream Live Online from New Site of Live from


Credit: Kathy PhillipsOn Halloween night, October 31, Daryl Hall & John Oates will play a special concert that will stream live online on the Live Nation channel on the Screen Yahoo! website starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The sold-out show, dubbed "Hall-O-Ween & Oates," will be the first public event held at Daryl's House, the new home of Hall's popular television series Live from Daryl's House. It's a concert venue in Pawling, New York, that was formerly known as the Towne Crier Cafe.The concert can be viewed via various mobile devices, desktop computers and such Smart TV platforms as Apple TV, Roku and Xbox 360.According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, six episodes of the upcoming season of Live from Daryl's House will be taped at the new venue, which Hall renovated and is leasing.  The new season premieres in March 2015, and will air on the Palladia high-def network, as well as at LiveFromDarylsHouse.com.The Daryl's House venue is also a restaurant, and will host concerts other than the performances that will air as episodes of Hall's TV show.Live from Daryl's House originally was taped at the singer/songwriter's home in Millerton, New York, but Hall sold that residence in 2013 and moved to nearby Sherman, Connecticut.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 Among Performers Slated to Perform National Anthem at 2014 Worl


Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips announced in a tweet Monday that he'll be performing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" Wednesday night before Game Two of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants in Kansas City.Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday and the country group Little Big Town will sing the song when the series shifts to San Francisco Friday for Game Three, a Fox spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.  Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of the song before Game Four on Saturday.  The World Series will be broadcast on Fox.Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

"The Voice" Recap: Adam Steals Two Artists as Battle Rounds Continue


Trae Patton/NBCThe second week of Battle Rounds on The Voice began Monday night on NBC. The highlight of the night was Adam Levine stealing two artists: Blessing Offor and Toia Jones.The guest mentors were back to instruct the artists during rehearsals. Alicia Keys joined Team Pharrell Williams; Stevie Nicks assisted Team Adam; Gwen Stefani's husband, Gavin Rossdale, helped her team; and Little Big Town tutored Team Blake Shelton.Team Adam's Damien and Kelli Douglas were the first two artists to battle it out on Monday night. Adam assigned them "Knock on Wood," by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, among other musicians. Stevie lamented the fact that one of them would have to leave Adam's team, and jokingly vowed to personally steal the loser of the battle.Following Damien and Kelli's performance, Blake said Adam's decision would simply come down to a matter of taste. Gwen quipped that she was too distracted by Kelli's body to focus on her singing. Adam named Damien the winner, later explaining to the cameras that the contestant had immersed himself in the song. Kelli was dismissed.Jessie Pitts and Ryan Sill of Team Gwen were next up. They covered "I Need Your Love," by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding. Gavin detected a boy-band-singer-type quality in Ryan during rehearsals.Blake felt Jessie had won the battle because the song had been more of a challenge for her. Pharrell thought it better suited Ryan, but Adam disagreed. Gwen picked Ryan, while Blake used the second of his two allotted steals on Jessie.Blind singer Blessing Offor and teenager Katriz Trinidad went head-to-head for Team Pharrell. They were given Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do." In rehearsals, Alicia taught Katriz how to move her body to the song.Adam and Blake both felt Katriz rose to the challenge, since Blessing is the more accomplished singer. Pharrell selected Katriz as the winner. Adam then swooped in and tried to steal Blessing. The Maroon 5 singer explained that his wife Behati Prinsloo's first name means "blessing" in Swahili, so he was meant to coach Blessing. Gwen made an attempt to steal Blessing, too, but he joined Team Adam.Ethan Butler and Matt McAndrew were paired up for Team Adam. They tackled Coldplay's first hit, "Yellow." Stevie encouraged them not to be too loud with their vocals, because they were also trying to "break hearts" with the lyrics.Pharrell said the song was in Matt's wheelhouse, but Ethan surprised him. Gwen said she enjoyed every bit of the performance. Adam went with Matt. Ethan was not saved.The first and only Team Blake battle of the night pit Bree Fondacaro against Taylor Brashears. They sang Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good." Little Big Town noted Taylor's purity and power in contrast to Bree's texture.Adam commented it was as if Bree was singing alone in her bedroom during the battle, while Taylor was connecting with the lyrics. Blake added that Bree gets lost in herself during a performance, and Taylor gets lost in the song. Taylor advanced, and Bree is eliminated.In the final battle of the night, Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey and Toia Jones belted out Beyoncé's "Halo."Adam said performing a Beyoncé song is like slaying a dragon, but both artists slayed the dragon. Pharrell complimented both for recognizing the need to sing with conviction. He named DaNica the winner. Adam and Gwen both tried to steal Toia; she settled on Adam.The two-hour episode also featured a sneak peek at Gwen's colorful video for her just-released single, "Baby Don't Lie." The full version premieres Tuesday on Vevo.The final night of Battle Rounds will take place Tuesday night on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.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

Pizza Chain Posts Birthday Message for Katy Perry -- At Her Request


ABC/Richard HarbaughOne of Katy Perry's birthday wishes has been granted by Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Angeles.On Sunday night, the soon-to-be birthday girl tweeted, "All I want for my birthday is my name on the Shakey's Pizza marquee on Santa Monica Blvd. Please."Sure enough, Shakey's marquee now reads, "Happy Birthday Katy Perry." The singer posted a photo of the sign on her Instagram page, writing, "KICKING OFF BIRTHDAY WEEK RIGHT! This signage is a bucket list dream come true!!! SHOUT OUT TO ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS FOR KILLING THE GIFT GAME."That may not be the only gift from Shakey's. The chain extended to Katy an offer on Twitter to throw her a birthday bash.Furthermore, a Shakey's rep tells TMZ it will post a birthday message for Katy at all of their locations in California.Katy, who turns 30 on Saturday, has also reached out to Betty Crocker on Twitter, hinting that she wants it to bring back its discontinued rainbow chip frosting. We'll see if Betty Crocker comes through for her in time for her big day.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 Calls the Late Oscar de la Renta Her "All-Time Favorite Designer"


ABC/Richard HarbaughTaylor Swift has commented on the death of renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at the age of 82.Not long after his death was announced, Taylor posted onto Instagram a photo of herself wearing a de la Renta gown at a public event.She wrote, "My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory."De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.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

Brand-New Five for Fighting Song to Feature in 100th Episode of "Hawaii Five-0"


Bryan SpicerThe 100th episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0 will air November 7, and it comes with a special musical treat: a brand-new song by Five for Fighting.The song is called "All for One," and it'll be available on iTunes on November 7, the same day the episode airs.  Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik was specially commissioned by CBS to create the tune, and was asked to custom-tailor it to fit the show; specifically, to sum up the past five years.  A snippet of the song is currently streaming on The Hollywood Reporter's website."A good friend of mine...who works for CBS, an executive over there, brought me to see Peter Lenkov, who's the executive producer of Hawaii Five-O. And Peter is a fan," John tells ABC News Radio about how he got tapped for the project. "And they were looking for something special for their 100th episode and they wanted an original song. And they pitched me on the concept, which was 'ohana,' as they would say -- [a] family bonding song, that kind of reflected the characters' journey the last five years, and I was intrigued by it."John has created music for movies in the past, and seen Five for Fighting songs featured in both films and on TV.  But he says this project was challenging because the first time anyone will hear the song is when the 100th episode airs.  As a result, he says, he knew he had to make it compelling enough that viewers would enjoy it, even though they weren't familiar with it."That for me were the two components that I really wanted to focus on: make a very clear lyric and have a production that can keep people intrigued and engaged for three minutes, which is a long time for a song no one's ever heard," he tells ABC News Radio. "So that was the dynamic."While John didn't get to actually see the episode before he wrote the song -- it wasn't completed yet -- they did show him the script.  In addition, he says, "I went back and watched the pilot [episode] and kind of reacquainted myself with the characters, where this whole thing started. So that's what was fun for me, it was a little different than my typical film project."  You'll be able to hear the song on iTunes and see it featured in the November 7 episode.  Hawaii Five-0 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. Eastern time on CBS.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

Michael Buble Taping New Christmas Special on October 26, Adds Tour Dates in Asi


Chris Haston/NBCTalk about rushing the seasons: Michael Buble is taping his latest Christmas special even before Halloween gets here.The singer will tape the special -- his fourth one for NBC -- at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall next Monday, October 26.  If you'd like to attend, you can apply for free tickets via his website.Michael's previous Christmas specials have featured an interesting combination of guests, ranging from Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepsen, to Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and a variety of Muppets.In other Michael Buble news, he's just announced an extension to his tour in support of his most recent album To Be Loved.  Starting January 13, he'll head to Asia, where he'll perform in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.  In March, he'll be performing in South Africa.On Tuesday, Michael is releasing a version of his 2011 album Christmas on festive red and green vinyl.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 Sings Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" in Concert


Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson's still on maternity leave from pop stardom, but she steps out every now and then for the occasional gig.  Over the weekend, she performed at a Microsoft-sponsored concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and while there, she showed that she's well aware of what's hot and happening in music right now.At the show on October 18, Kelly introduced what she called a "bluesy" and "awesome" song, adding, "Anybody like Sam Smith here?  I love this song.  I know you've probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me, I love it.  This is called 'Stay with Me.'"  She then launched into a stripped down, soulful version of Sam's hit.So far, he hasn't responded, but it's likely he will, since he's made comments when other artists have covered that 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

The Fray's Joe King Marries "Vampire Diaries" Star Candice Accola


Andrew Toth/Getty ImagesHe and his girlfriend got engaged back in May of 2013, but now Joe King, guitarist for The Fray, has finally said "I do."  E! Online reports that he tied the knot with Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola in New Orleans on Saturday.Joe posted a photo of himself and Candice dancing together on their wedding day, captioning the photo, "My wife, she makes me wanna dance."  Candice, who plays Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries, posted a photo of the two kissing on her Instagram, with the caption, "Officially Mr. and Mrs. King! Best night ever!" According to E!, the two tied the knot at the Montegut House in the Big Easy, walking down the aisle to famed New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty.   Shorty was a featured musician on Joe's 2013 solo release.  Then, the two paraded down New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street, leading guests to the reception, where they celebrated with Candice's Vampire Diaries co-stars Paul Wesley, Kat Graham and Michael Trevino.  Star Ian Somerhalder couldn't make it, but he sent the happy couple his best wishes on Instagram.Joe, who has two children from his first marriage, first met Candice at a Super Bowl event in 2011 and proposed to her in Florence, Italy, last May.  The band wrapped up a tour in support of their most recent album Helios in Switzerland this past week.Back in December of 2013, Joe told ABC News Radio that his New Year's resolution was to plan his wedding, so it's been in the works for quite some time.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

Can Taylor Swift Move a Million...Again?


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's last two albums -- Speak Now and Red -- both sold over a million copies in their first weeks of release.  That's an almost unheard-of feat these days -- and one that any artist, including Taylor herself, is unlikely to repeat.Billboard reports that digital sales are down 11.5% for the first nine months of 2014, and initial sales projections of her new album, 1989, due October 27, have been revised downward.  They were initially projected at 1.1 million, which would be just about equal to what Red and Speak Now sold in their first weeks.  Now, Billboard says, the projections are closer to 750,000.A top retail sales executive tells Billboard, "I don’t know if anybody can do it, except maybe Adele," adding, "I was shocked that Justin Timberlake came so close."  Justin's album The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in its first week last year.  Adele's next album won't be out until 2015, by which time the music landscape will no doubt have changed again.However, a senior Nashville executive tells Billboard, "If anyone can still do it, Taylor can. But it will be very difficult, even for her.”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

Pink's Afraid Her New Musical Partner Will Fall in Love with Her Husband


Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsWhen Pink announced that she was teaming up with singer/songwriter Dallas Green for an intimate duo project called You + Me, some wondered if their respective spouses would mind all the time that the two were spending together.  But Pink says she's not worried that Green has a crush on her: she's worried that he has a crush on her husband.Pink's married to motocross racer Carey Hart, while Green is married to a Canadian TV personality named Leah Miller.  Speaking to Australian journalists, Pink joked, "“My thing is, I'm worried about Carey and [Dallas] falling in love because Carey is already his biggest fan. I am pretty in love with Leah.""I feel Leah and I will be shopping one day for face soaps and we're going to come home, and they're going to be spooning, one big tattoo, listening to records," she laughed.Green says that's pretty accurate, saying that the night before he and Pink were scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and do their first-ever gig, he told his wife "I've got one goal for tomorrow."  When she asked what it was, he replied, "'I'm going to get Carey’s phone number!""And I did!" he adds.To further demonstrate that Carey isn't jealous of Green, Pink posted a photo of the two men hugging, with the caption, "Looks like the spouses are okay."Asked if the two will tour together, they say it's a "possible maybe."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 Reveals Inspiration for Name of New Perfume


ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is bringing out a new perfume next month called Incredible Things.  Why is it called that?  The answer can be found in the lyrics of her new album, 1989.Each day on Instagram, Taylor has promised to post lyrics to one of the songs on her new album.  Her Wednesday posting reveals that one of the songs features the following lyrics: "Nice to meet you, where you been?/I could show you incredible things."Taylor's previous fragrances were called Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted and, simply, Taylor by Taylor Swift.  The names of the first two were inspired by the title and lyrics of her song "Enchanted," from her album Speak Now.Loading Track 2 #1989lyrics View on Instagram@-webkit-keyframes"dkaXkpbBxI"{ 0%{opacity:0.5;} 50%{opacity:1;} 100%{opacity:0.5;} } @keyframes"dkaXkpbBxI"{ 0%{opacity:0.5;} 50%{opacity:1;} 100%{opacity:0.5;} }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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