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Idina Menzel Hosting Potluck Dinner with B'dway Co-Stars After Thanksgiving Day

Warner Bros. RecordsIdina Menzel is one of many stars who'll be performing in Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but she says after she's done, she and the rest of the cast from her Broadway musical If/Then are going to chow down."A Broadway schedule doesn't really leave a lot of time for a normal Thanksgiving.  We do have the day off, so that's great. So, yes, I will come home from the parade, but I'm making a bunch of my castmates come over, but it's pot luck," the Frozen star tells ABC News Radio, laughing. "I'm not cooking for them! I'm too tired! So everyone's bringing something.  I said I'd provide the turkey and they have to bring the rest."As for what she'll be most thankful for this year, Idina tells ABC News Radio, "I'd say I'm thankful for my little boy for sort of showing me where my priorities are and giving me the real, true perspective on life."  That'd be Walker, her five-year-old son with her ex-husband, actor Taye Diggs."I'm thankful for all my friends and family that have been a great support system," the Tony-winning star adds.  "And then, thirdly, I'm thankful to get to do what I love -- to sing and to act and to perform for a living."Idina is doing the full New York City holiday event rounds this year, in support of her new Christmas album Holiday Wishes.  In addition to performing in the iconic parade, she'll be singing at NBC's annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting special, and earlier this week, she sang at the unveiling of the holiday windows at Bloomingdale's flagship New York City store.  Idina says it all brings her back to happy times growing up in the suburbs of New York City."I grew up in Long Island," she tells ABC News Radio. "So my parents would bring my sister and I into the city all the time.  We'd do the windows, and we'd go to Rockefeller Center and see a Broadway show.  So, it's a special time in my life.  It's got a lot of memories."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Gavin DeGraw, Pink & More Appearing Thanksgiving Night on "Cause for Paws: An Al

Frank Micelotta/FOXGavin DeGraw, Pink and American Idol's Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson are among the stars appearing Thanksgiving night on Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular. The special is designed to raise money for and awareness of pet shelters, shelter dogs, and pet adoptions in general.Fergie and Kesha are two additional pop stars on the bill for the event, which will feature inspiring and hilarious stories of heroic dogs and profiles of those who dedicate their lives to rescuing animals in need, plus viral dog videos and more.  You'll also find out how you can adopt a rescue dog of your own, or donate to various shelters and rescue groups. Additionally, there'll be awards presented for Cutest Puppy, Best Celebrity Dog/Lookalike, Smartest Dog, and other crazy canine categories.  The "Shelter Hero of the Year" award, honoring someone who's dedicated their life to helping shelter dogs, will be presented as well.Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank co-host Cause for Paws Thursday night on Fox starting at 8 p.m. ET. Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, Glee's Amber Riley, Julianne Hough, Kristen Chenoweth, Kathy Griffin, Max Greenfield and others will also appear.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Taylor Swift Joins Robin Roberts Thanksgiving Night for ABC's "Thank You America

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAs if she hasn't already been on seemingly every TV channel there is, Taylor Swift will be on your TV twice Thanksgiving Day.The singer will appear on ABC Thanksgiving night as part of the special Thank You America!, hosted by Robin Roberts.  The show airing at 8 p.m, ET,  celebrates unsung heroes and rewards them with surprises that will change their lives.  Among those spotlighted: a sanitation worker who founded a food pantry and a couple who have foster-parented more than 90 children throughout the years.  There's also a special tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.  During the show, Taylor sits down with Roberts to talk about all that she's thankful for this holiday season -- we're guessing the success of her album 1989 is pretty high on that list.In the morning of Thanksgiving Day, Taylor will be seen performing on The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, which airs at live at 9 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. CT and 7 a.m. MT and delayed at 9 a.m. PT.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pharrell Williams to Receive Hollywood Star on December 4

Art Streiber/NBCHere's something Pharrell Williams can be thankful for, post-Thanksgiving: he'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 4.Pharrell will receive the 2,537th star on the famous walk during a ceremony that begins at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be unveiled in front of the W Hotel Hollywood, and in addition to Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres will be on hand for the proceedings. You'll be able watch the ceremony at a statement, Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, says of The Voice coach:  "His music is known the world over, and we are confident that fans will be ‘happy’ to see his star shine on our Walk of Fame."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

John Mayer to Fill In as Host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" in February

Eric McCandless/CBSA couple of years ago, there was talk that John Mayer was going to get his own musical variety show on CBS.  Well, that never materialized, but the singer is getting a chance to guest-host a previously existing CBS show.Craig Ferguson is stepping down as the host of The Late Late Show on December 19, and the new host, British personality James Corden, doesn't take over until March 9.  To fill the gaps, CBS is lining up a variety of fill-in hosts, and John is one of them. In fact, he's the only musician tapped to do it, but it's not clear if he'll be performing as well.John says on Twitter that he'll be hosting the show for three nights, during the week leading up to the Grammys in February.  He adds, "Three days might not seem like a long time, but it's exactly as long as it takes to mail a letter to CBS saying 'please make this stop.'"John is joining other guest hosts like Drew Carey -- who'll kick things off January 5, and will also do the final fill-in week on March 2 -- plus Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, comedian Jim Gaffigan and former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga Reveals What It's Like to Record with "Gentleman" Tony Bennett

ABC/Lou RoccoWhat was it like for Lady Gaga to record with Tony Bennett for their #1 album, Cheek to Cheek?  According to Gaga, it was every bit as cool as you might imagine."He's just such a gentleman. He's all about the music and he's all about the art," Gaga said on Wednesday's The View. "You know, when he's not singing, he's making paintings and he's sketching, and when he's not sketching, he's singing or he's creating arrangements or building a school for kids to learn about music.  Tony sketches me all the time while we're working."Bennett also sets a dapper tone on the job.  "He always has a suit on when I come into the studio, and all of the players always stand up for me when I arrive and the music is all laid out for me," Lady Gaga says.As for why Bennett's still going strong at age 88, his answer is simple: "Well, I love to entertain people. I could've retired 17 years ago but I love it so much I never wanna stop."Gaga and Tony have booked a number of concert dates together for 2015, including shows at prestigious venues like New York's Radio City Music Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. The two will ring in 2015 with a performance in Las Vegas.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Joel Denies He Smoked Cigarettes with Obama

Lloyd Bishop/NBCThere have been some odd rumors about Billy Joel over the years, but one recent one prompted the Piano Man to issue a statement.  It turns out he did not, during a recent trip to the White House, take a smoke break with President Obama.The D.C. publication The Hill claimed earlier this week that Billy was overheard at a Washington bar telling someone, "I was at the White House recently, and President Obama...said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?”  According to the publication's claim, Billy said that he replied, "Well, I haven’t smoked in a long time,” but then admitted that he couldn't turn down the offer. The Hill further reported that Billy may have been referring to the time last December when he was at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors.However, Billy said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "The Obama part of the story is completely untrue. Nothing like that ever happened. I think their 'spy' had a few too many cocktails at that bar."But if the "Obama part" of the story isn't true, which part is?  Likely the other half of The Hill's report.  It stated that Billy told a source at the bar that when he was on Capitol Hill last week to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he was in Rep. John Boehner's office, and the Speaker of the House "pulled out a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. And I said, ‘No thanks, I quit.’”Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Makes Way for One Direction at #1; Christmas Albums Complete Top 10

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOne Direction's new album, FOUR, has debuted at #1 on the album chart, which means that Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend has now replaced her in the top spot.Taylor's album 1989, which has spent three weeks at #1, now slips to #2 as her ex Harry Styles and the rest of 1D take over the top slot with FOUR.  Ironically, Harry allegedly inspired some of the songs on 1989. With first-week sales of 387,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, FOUR notches the second-largest sales debut of the year, after -- you guessed it -- Taylor's album.  It's also the largest sales week for a group in 2014.Despite the good news, sales of FOUR were slightly down from projected totals of 420,000 copies.  The band's most recent disc, 2013's Midnight Memories, opened with 546,000 copies.Meanwhile, 1989 has now sold 2.21 million copies.  There are five weeks left in the sales year, so if 1989 at its current pace, it may overtake what is currently the best-selling album of 2014: the Frozen soundtrack, which has moved 3.27 million copies.Speaking of Frozen, Christmas albums have overtaken the rest of the top ten, as That's Christmas to Me, the latest from a cappella group Pentatonix, jumps to #3, while  Frozen star Idina Menzel's album, Holiday Wishes, jumps to #10 on a 39% sales increase.  Michael Buble's 2011 album, Christmas, is also back in the top 10, currently at #9.  It's returned to the top 10 every year since it first came out.Elsewhere on the chart, Nickelback's new album, No Fixed Address, has debuted at #4.  It's the Canadian rock band's sixth top-10 album.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

John Legend Admits It Wasn't Love at First Sight for Him & Supermodel Wife

Image Courtesy Brian Bowen Smith As much as you might like to think John Legend fell head-over-heels the first time he met his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen, it's simply not true.  Even though she went on to inspire his #1 hit "All of Me," John tells Los Angeles Confidential magazine it wasn't love at first sight."Not right away," he tells the magazine. "I’m more cautious than that. I wasn’t like, ‘This is the woman I’m going to marry’ from day one. For me I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling."He adds, "It was probably a couple of years in, when I could already see us being together forever." Speaking about writing "All of Me" about Chrissy, though, John explains, "The more you know someone, the more you’re inspired by your relationship. Also, I grew up just learning what it means to be in love with somebody… because I had never really been in love before. I guess you have to grow enough to be able to write that song with sincerity and authenticity."While "All of Me" is a great song in and of itself, John says he thinks the fact that he performed the tune on the Grammys telecast is the thing that really turned it into a monster single."The Grammys really vaulted that song from a song that was kind of chugging along on the radio but not breaking through in the way we believed it should and could -- the Grammys took it from No. 49 on iTunes to No. 3 in one night," he tells the magazine. "That was the single most important element that made ‘All of Me’ a huge hit. I’m grateful to them for that and everything that came before that.”You can read more of John's cover story in the December/January issue of Los Angeles Confidential.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sting & John Mellencamp Join Billy Joel Onstage at Madison Square Garden

Myrna Suarez/Getty ImagesBilly Joel's Tuesday night concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden featured a couple of pre-Thanksgiving treats: guest appearances by his pals Sting and John Mellencamp.According to multuple reports, Sting joined Billy to perform a duet on Billy's 1986 song, "Big Man on Mulberry Street."  Sting sang that same song earlier this month as a tribute to Billy at the ASCAP Centennial Awards.  Mellecamp, meanwhile, took the stage to sing his hit "Crumblin' Down," while Billy backed him up. The entire set list is posted on show was Billy's 11th at the Garden since he started his once-a-month residency there in January.  He already has shows scheduled through July 1 of 2015.  If he plays it, that show will break the record for most concerts by a single act at the legendary New York venue: it'll be his 65th career show there.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gloria Estefan's Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition? Giving Back

PRNewsFoto/Nederlander Organization, Jesus CarreroGloria Estefan knows that she and her family have plenty to be thankful for, which is why she likes to spend her Thanksgivings giving back to those less fortunate in her Miami, Florida community.Speaking about the upcoming holidays, Gloria says, "My favorite is Thanksgiving, and we have a big party at one of our restaurants for the homeless and different organizations -- Big Brother and Big Sister, Community Alliance for the Homeless, Camillus House -- and that's my favorite event."2014 will mark the seventh year that Gloria and her family will host the annual bash."I kinda stand and take pictures with everyone," she says, describing what happens at the party each year. "We serve them food.  We have face-painting for the kids, and music and events that they don't get to see during the year, and we just have a great time.  So that's my favorite way to celebrate that."Moving into the Christmas season, you can hear Gloria on The 25th of December, a new album from saxophonist Dave Koz.  She's recorded a new version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" for the project, and also joins a bunch of other artists, including Richard Marx, Stevie Wonder and Johnny Mathis, for an all-star take of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love."In 2015, On Your Feet, the musical based on the lives of Gloria and her husband Emilio, will open on Broadway.  She's also promised fans a "BIG SURPRISE" that she can't talk about yet.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde Recalls Milkshakes with Taylor Swift, Plugs "Hunger Games" Soundtrack on "

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCLorde says she met Taylor Swift for the first time when the two got together in New York City and bonded over milkshakes at the fast food outlet Shake Shack.During an appearance on The Tonight Show Tuesday to plug The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack,which she curated, the 18-year-old New Zealand native said Taylor reached out to her first by sending her flowers.  "She sent me some flowers, which was so nice," Lorde told Fallon. "She sent them to my house and said like, 'congratulations on everything." And I was like, 'God.'"The singer said they eventually "met up" in New York at Shake Shack.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack features performances by a number of artists, including Ariana Grande, Charli XCX and Lorde herself.The singer told Fallon she didn't know anything about putting a movie soundtrack together, but somehow managed to get it finished in record time, despite being in the middle of a concert tour."I think it took like two-and-a-half months, which was like kind of abnormally short," she recalls. "And I was on the road on the tour bus and I would literally run offstage...and get into my bed on the tour bus and just start work for the day on it."Lorde told Fallon she "called, texted and emailed" artists to get them on board.Later, Lorde performed "Yellow Flicker Beat," her song from the soundtrack.The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 original motion picture soundtrack is available now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

"The Voice" Recap: Ryan Sill Saved Again

Trae Patton/NBCFor the second week in a row, Ryan Sill has been saved by the viewers during a Voice results show.The Team Gwen Stefani member again benefited from the "instant save" Tuesday night after he, his teammate Anita Antoinette, and Team Blake Shelton's Reagan James were in danger of elimination.Each artist performed for the viewers, who then cast their "instant save" votes on Twitter and The Voice app. Ryan sang Howie Day's "Collide," Anita covered the Jason Mraz hit "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," and Reagan delivered a rendition of Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird."Earlier in the night, recent Voice adviser Taylor Swift performed her latest hit, "Blank Space." Afterward, she thanked her fans for the success of 1989, and remarked that she has a "permanent smile" on her face after taking a risk with her top-selling pop album.The one-hour results show also featured performances by Adam Levine and his artists, who sang Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," and Pharrell Williams and his protégés, who belted out Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."Toward the end of his team's performance, Pharrell revised the lyrics and sang, "And I think to myself, we need justice to unfurl," a likely reference to the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, this week after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.The top eight will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Adam Levine Says Chris Hemsworth Deserves "People's" Sexiest Man Alive Title

Courtesy People MagazineAfter a year of flaunting the fact that he landed the title of People's Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine was forced to relinquish it earlier this month for this year's hottie: Chris Hemsworth, star of The Avengers and the Thor movies.  But the Maroon 5 frontman says there's no hard feelings between himself and the Australian actor.Speaking to Access Hollywood Live, Adam says of Hemsworth, "Listen he's a super, super good looking [guy]. He's a handsome dude. He's Thor, for Christ's sake! I mean, the dude deserves it. Gosh!"Asked if he believes Hemsworth is sexier than Adam, fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton told the TV show, "I don’t even know who the other dude is. I have absolutely zero clue who the new guy is… But I guarantee you he's more manly and better looking and probably a better human being all together."Adam of course, had to fire back at Blake, mocking him for never appearing on the cover of People's annual Sexiest Men issue."You guys, see, Blake made the inside of the magazine," he explained. "Blake made the guys-who-weren't-quite-sexy-enough-to-be-on-the-cover list."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Unwrap New Holiday Ad for H&M

Courtesy H&MLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have unveiled their new commercial for H&M's new holiday campaign.  Called "Magical Holidays," the one-minute, 40-second spot features Gaga and Bennett as just one element of a special holiday party.The clip starts with a woman, back to the camera, carrying a gift-wrapped box down a hall. Then we see a couple making out in the back of a bus, which opens up to reveal a band on a ship, with a female captain giving gifts to a family.  We travel through the porthole in the ship, and we're in a log cabin, where a bunch of young people are partying in front of a roaring fire.  One woman climbs a staircase to the attic, and pops out of a gold box, dressed in a glamorous outfit, into a ballroom where elegantly attired people are dancing in front of a stage.Finally, 40 seconds into the ad, we see Gaga and Tony onstage. She's wearing a huge curly wig and a dark green dress; he's wearing a tux.  They dance for a bit, and then sing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," one of the standards from their jazz album Cheek to Cheek.  As they finish the number, the camera pulls out to reveal that the whole scene has taken place inside the box that the woman in the first scene was carrying down the hall. The woman, now revealed to be Gaga in heavy eye makeup and a white fur hat, replaces the lid and walks out of the room and back down the hall.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Holiday Video for "Wrapped in Red"

RCA Records"Wrapped in Red" was the title cut of Kelly Clarkson's 2013 holiday album, but she's finally gotten around to shooting a video for it.  The clip is now available for viewing exclusively on Amazon.The video incorporates old home movies of kids playing in the snow, unwrapping presents and decorating trees, with snowy winter scenes, and shots of Kelly singing in a few different settings: in a studio lit by light bulbs, against a red background with Christmas decorations and against a hazy white background.Earlier this year, Kelly posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose visiting her on the set of the video shoot. She captioned it with the hashtag "#babysfirstvideo."You can buy Wrapped in Red in a variety of formats at Amazon, but over at Walmart, you can purchase a special CD/DVD bundle that includes both the album and a copy of Kelly's 2013 NBC Christmas special Kelly's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Joni Mitchell Put the Kibosh on Film that Would Have Starred Taylor Swift as Her

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female musicians Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.  There was also word that Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made.  Now Mitchell is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones. It’s just a lot of ­gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.’"  She also said that she didn't agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller.  "There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions,” Mitchell tells The Times.In October of 2012, Taylor said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, ""I wish I could say it's confirmed! But the thing about movies that I've learned is -- I've been reading scripts for five years, and you just don't know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren't, so I can't talk about it unless it's the real thing."Girls Like Us would've been Taylor's first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day.  She finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

This Year, Meghan Trainor's Thankful for Her "Dream"-Like Life

Epic RecordsHeading into Thanksgiving, Meghan Trainor certainly has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.  Not only did she score one of the biggest hits of 2014 with "All About That Bass," but her new album is coming out in January, followed by a headlining tour, and a Grammy nomination may not be out of the question.  No wonder she describes her life as "a dream."Asked what she'll be most thankful for this year, Meghan tells ABC News Radio, simply, "Life.  My songs, and all this happening.  This is incredible."  She adds, "Everything is a dream. It's like a movie."In fact, Meghan says she's eager for all the cool stuff she's getting to do -- like presenting on Sunday night's American Music Awards -- to be documented for posterity. "My brother was saying he should maybe just tape a GoPro to his head for wherever we go," she laughs. "Because, like, we meet cool people every day, it's ridiculous!"  You can catch Meghan performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

OneRepublic Offers New Charity Remix, Chance to Win a VIP Tour Experience

Courtesy Coca-ColaOneRepublic has teamed up with Bono's (RED) charity campaign and Coca-Cola to offer a remix of their new single "I Lived" that will raise money for a good cause, and you can join in and win some great prizes.Proceeds from downloads of the "I Lived" remix will go to the (RED) Global Fund, specifically to its latest campaign, called Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation, which is working to fight mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  In connection with that, the band is also offering fans the chance to spend a day with them and live like a VIP.If you visit, you can donate money for chances to win the grand prize: you and a guest will fly to join the band at the tour stop of your choice.  You'll get a VIP backstage tour, go to the soundcheck and hang out with the guys and then watch the show from VIP seats."We're proud to be part of the (RED) campaign this year and are looking forward to spending time with a winning fan" said OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.Depending on how much you donate, you can also receive cool merchandise, like OneRepublic t-shirts, hoodies, autographed albums, guitars and more.Ryan, who's friendly with Bono, tells People magazine that teaming with the U2 singer's (RED) charity was a no-brainer, adding, "It made sense. The nature of our song 'I Lived' lined up with the whole theme of their campaign."   The song itself, says Ryan, was written about his four-year-old son, Copeland."He knows the song is about him. He loves it. He loves this song," says Ryan. "He's always into whatever is the most recent song that we've done. So right now, he walks around singing 'Love Runs Out' cause that was our last single. Before then, it was 'Counting Stars,' and now it'll be 'I Lived.'"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ariana Grande "Silly Beyond Belief," According to Bette Midler

ABC/Kelsey McNeal; Warner Bros. RecordsAriana Grande's sexy dance moves go over well with her fans, but music legend Bette Midler is calling out Grande and other young pop stars for using their sex appeal to sell albums.In an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph Midler, 68, bemoaned the state of today's female artists while discussing her latest album, It’s the Girls, a compilation of covers of the girl bands of her youth. She calls what's happening today "terrible.""It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous," she explains, adding, "I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it."Midler stresses that she doesn't think it's Ariana's fault. She believes the "Problem" singer's managers are at the bottom of it."I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager," Bette says. "Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold."Midler thinks artists have the freedom to do whatever they want these days, but that's not always a good thing.  "Whatever strictures there were have fallen apart," she tells the newspaper. "And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts."Midler acknowledges that she could be the one who's out of touch, but adds, "I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I don’t know how you sustain it."Midler's advice for a young woman who wants to get into show business today: "Trust your talent," she advises. "You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t."It’s the Girls features The Divine Miss M tackling songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and others.  The album also includes a cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Stuff Yourself Silly on Billy: MSG Network Plans All-Billy Joel Thanksgiving Day

Courtesy Library of CongressIf watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade or football isn't your thing, you may want to spend your holiday on Thursday watching The Piano Man instead....over and over again.Starting at 8 a.m. The MSG Network is airing A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon, an entire day's worth of programming dedicated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  You can watch six concert events, as well as a 30-minute documentary about Billy's residency at Madison Square Garden.  This summer, he'll set the record for most shows performed at the legendary venue by a single artist: 65.Among the concerts that will be airing are Live from Rome, The Last Play at Shea, Live from Yankee Stadium, Live from Long Island, The River of Dreams and Live from Shea.  Each special will be repeated throughout the day, and the whole thing wraps up at 2 a.m. on Friday.  Check your local listings for more details.Your browser does not support iframes.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

American Authors Will Skip Traditional Eating Contest This Thanksgiving

Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors will have a couple days off this Thanksgiving to reflect on their successful year, which has been fueled by their hit "Best Day of My Life."  But unlike past years, the New York-based band says they won't be indulging in one of their usual Thanksgiving traditions: competitive eating at a local buffet restaurant."This will be the first Thanksgiving I think we're not actually going to be together," guitarist James Shelley tells ABC News Radio. "For every other Thanksgiving for, like, the last seven years, we go to Old Country Buffet -- OCB -- and we have an eating contest. And there's no prize, except your stomach hurts for four days."So who usually wins this so-called eating contest?  "Usually our crew," laughs drummer Matt Sanchez.  "Though in the end, no one wins."  "But it's a true American Thanksgiving," notes James. "On one plate you can have pizza, tacos, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, Jell-O and a piece of cake."  "And turkey!" adds singer Zac Barnett.Zac gets serious, though, when he considers what the band will be thankful for this Thursday."I guess thankful for such an amazing past two years," he tells ABC News Radio. "We've pretty much been on the road nonstop. We've never had any time to really sit back and reflect on it all. So while we're not taking that much time off, it'll going to be really nice to look at it all and just think back on all the touring. 'Cause I know even now when we're talking about it, it'll be like, 'What show was that? Where was that? Who was there?' So it's always really cool to think back on the amazing events and things we've done since it all began."  American Authors have been in Germany this week, but they're flying back to the U.S. to do a series of Christmas shows starting November 30. Those shows will take them all the way through the end of December.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Stevie Wonder Honored with Medal of Freedom at White House Ceremony

ABC/Lou RoccoPresident Obama on Monday honored 19 individuals, including Stevie Wonder,with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.At the White House ceremony, Obama noted that Wonder’s classic 1972 album Talking Book had a profound impact on him when he was growing up.“This is, by the way, the first album I bought with my own money. I was 10 years old, maybe 11...with my own cash!” the president recounted, as the singer sat beside him. “I didn't have a lot of it.”“And I listened to that thing -- that thing got so worn out, had all scratches -- young people, you won't remember this, but you had albums and they got scratched,” Obama added.The honorees also included actresses Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: New Mentors Advise the Top 10

Trae Patton/NBCThe top 10 artists on NBC's The Voice were back in the spotlight Monday night, again performing for viewers' votes.Helping the contestants in rehearsals were four new mentors. Fall Out Boy singer and Sing-Off judge Patrick Stump assisted Adam Levine's team; on-again, off-again Voice coach Christina Aguilera tutored Gwen Stefani's team; Colbie Caillat dispensed advice to Blake Shelton's crew; and Motown legend Diana Ross teamed up with Pharrell Williams' artists.The two-hour broadcast began with the top 10 singing a medley of Rascal Flatts songs.The Voice later featured footage of the artists meeting with legendary record executive Clive Davis, who was also in attendance for the live show.Matt McAndrew of Team Adam delivered the first individual performance of the night: a rendition of the Coldplay hit "Fix You." Patrick urged him to show more confidence during the lyric, "Tears stream down your face."   Following Matt's performance on The Voice stage, Blake said Matt has the drama, range, and stage presence. Gwen said Matt's last note was unlike anything she'd heard from him before. Adam said his artist did Coldplay proud.The first member of Team Gwen to enter the spotlight was Anita Antoinette. Christina immediately remembered her from her brief appearance during season three. Anita put her reggae spin on the Passenger single "Let Her Go."Pharrell marveled at Anita's resiliency after she was rejected on the show several seasons ago. Gwen said Anita took over the song, adding that it sounded like something Anita would record.Team Adam's Damien performed "You and I (We Can Conquer the World)" by Stevie Wonder. Patrick warned him in rehearsals not to constrict his air flow while singing.After Damien received a long applause from the studio audience for his live performance, Pharrell said the artist's family members in attendance must be so proud of him. Adam said he felt the entire crowd "get on board" with Damien.Team Blake teen Reagan James sang a more poppy version of the Iggy Azalea rap hit "Fancy." Colbie suggested to Reagan in rehearsals that she stop at one point in the song and make contact with the studio audience.In critiquing Reagan's live performance, both Adam and Blake gave her credit for taking on such a complicated song. Blake called it Reagan's best showing to date.Team Pharrell's Luke Wade covered the Otis Redding song "Try A Little Tenderness." Diana recalled her experiences with Otis, and said Luke's performance needs to come from his soul and his heart.Adam said Luke bounced back after a rough outing last week. Pharrell simply said it was a job well done by Luke.Craig Wayne Boyd of Team Blake played the Johnny Cash classic "I Walk the Line" on an acoustic guitar.Pharrell said there's no artist like Boyd in the competition. Adam declared that it was obvious Boyd has become "crazy, crazy good." Blake described Boyd's performance as "magic."Gwen assigned Ryan Sill the Muse song "Starlight."Adam said Ryan has been going through the process of what he wants to be as an artist. Pharrell added that it's been interesting to watch Ryan's journey on the show. Gwen called Ryan's performance beautiful.Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey belted out Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Diana advised her in rehearsals to visualize singing it to the house band's music.Gwen said DaNica never messes up. Blake proclaimed this was the best live Voice show he's ever seen. Pharrell said his "mind is blown" to think of how far DaNica has come.Team Gwen's Taylor John Williams sang The Beatles classic "Come Together." Christina told the cameras that Williams has to "own" the song on stage.Blake observed how much fun Williams had during his live performance. Pharrell said it was one of the "craziest" performances the coaches have seen this season. Gwen admitted she was worried about the song choice, but thought it worked out. She said if she was 15 and in high school she'd have a crush on Williams.Chris Jamison of Team Adam closed out the show with "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Patrick told Chris he should slur some of the words to give them a bit of an edge.Gwen said Chris commanded the stage. Adam said he usually has artists on his team who are not afraid to try something different.Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, which airs 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.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Voice" Pals Gwen & Pharrell to Team for "Paddington" Movie Song

Trae Patton/NBCGwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams just can't stop working together.  Pharrell worked on Gwen's upcoming album, and now Deadline reports that the two will team up to co-write and perform an original song called "Shine" for an upcoming movie.The film, Paddington, is based on the popular bear character from children's books, and it'll arrive in theaters nationwide January 16 after a limited release in December. Of course, Pharrell's last effort for a movie worked out pretty well: "Happy," from Despicable Me 2, earned him an Oscar nomination.We'll also see Gwen and Pharrell collaborate on next Monday's edition of The Voice. They'll perform "Spark the Fire," off Gwen's upcoming album. The song will be released digitally that same day.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Robin Thicke, U2 Among GQ's "Least Influential People" of 2014

Credit: Harper SmithU2 is one of the biggest bands in the world, and last year, Robin Thicke had one of the biggest songs of the year, with "Blurred Lines."  This year, GQ magazine has named both artists to its list of the "30 Least Influential People of 2014.In fact, U2 and frontman Bono tops GQ's list, because they "collaborated with Apple to strong-arm their new album [Songs of Innocence] into your iTunes library without your consent."  The magazine adds, "The worst part was the way both Apple and U2 treated this, like it was some kind of noble gift to The People; in fact this was a $100 million marketing campaign."As for Robin, he's on the list because he "reportedly cheated on his wife. Wrote an album named after her to get her back. Literally titled the first single 'Get Her Back.' Sold just 530 copies of the (sh***y) album in the U.K. in its first week. Still getting divorced."Adds the magazine, "The rest of this cheeseball's career is our collective punishment for making 'Blurred Lines' popular. Let's ALL get a divorce from this man."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Idina Menzel Announces World Tour

Tony Esparza/CBSIdina Menzel has been confined to New York City recently, thanks to her starring role in the Broadway musical If/Then.  But the singer has big plans for next year: she's venturing out on the road for a global concert tour.The North American leg of Idina's tour will begin July 7 in Richmond, VA, and is currently scheduled to wrap October 3 at the Hollywood Bowl.  International dates will be announced soon.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting December 5 via LiveNation and  If you're an American Express or Citi cardmember, you can get early access starting December 1.Idina, who recently released her first Christmas album, Holiday Wishes, will receive the Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the upcoming Billboard Women in Music Awards December 12.Here are Idina's tour dates:7/7 -- Richmond, VA, Altria Theater 7/8 -- Baltimore, MD, The Hippodrome Theatre 7/10 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Resort Casino & Spa7/11 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 7/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center  7/14 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center 7/16 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts 7/17 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater  7/18 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live  7/22 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater 7/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater7/25 -- Orlando, FL, Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts7/26 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheater 7/28 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall7/30 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre 7/31 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion  8/1 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 8/5 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 8/7 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion  8/8 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 8/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre  8/11 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/12 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre8/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrop Auditorium 8/15 -- Nashville, TN, Venue TBA8/16 -- Chicago, IL, Jay Pritzker Pavilion 8/18 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 8/19 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre 8/21 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center  8/22 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 8/23 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre  8/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center 8/26 -- Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall 8/28 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  8/29 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood8/30 -- Canadaigua, NY, CMAC9/1 -- Montreal, QC, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place Des Arts9/2 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood BowlFollow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sting to Join the Cast of His Musical "The Last Ship" Starting Dec. 9

Frank Ockenfels IIIThe idea was floated earlier this month, but now it's a reality: Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship, in an effort to help boost ticket sales.The news was confirmed on Sting's website: he'll take on the role of Jackie White, the foreman of a British shipyard, in the musical.  His run starts December 9, and he'll do eight shows a week through January 10. The New York Times reports that in his role as White, he'll be in  "about 40%" of the show. Despite decent reviews, The New York Times reports that the show has been losing $75,000 per week since it opened September 29.Sting told the newspaper because he's been working on the show for so long, he "knows all the lines and lyrics after all these years," so it's not as though he's unprepared.  He also told the Times he'd bare his butt "in Macy's, if it will help our show."Jeffrey Seller, lead producer of The Last Ship, tells The New York Times the show needs "a boost...some ammo."  He says he asked Sting to join the cast, with an eye towards keeping momentum going long enough so that the show can win a Tony award in June.Sting can't remain in the show indefinitely, however: he's scheduled to resume his tour with Paul Simon January 30 in New Zealand.A week ago at a red carpet event, when asked if he'd be appearing in The Last Ship, Sting said, "Don't think I need to be at the moment."  Obviously, that has changed.  He also told reporters, regarding the show's good reviews versus its lagging ticket sales, "We fight a battle every night and we win that battle hands down in the theater, and that word of mouth is great.  But it's a challenge, y'know.  It's not an easy world, Broadway, it's tough. But I'm having the time of my life, I'll tell ya!"Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Initial Dates for The Script's 2015 Summer U.S. Tour on Sale Now

Columbia RecordsAfter releasing their new album No Sound Without Silence, The Script have put initial dates for their 2015 U.S. tour on sale.  Mary Lambert will be joining the band for the trek, which kicks off May 26 in Boston.Right now, the Irish trio has shows scheduled through June 7 in St. Louis, but more dates are expected to be announced.Meanwhile, the group has also released a video for "No Good in Goodbye," one of the standout tracks on No Sound Without Silence.This past summer, the band toured with OneRepublic and American Authors.Here are the tour dates:05/26 -- House of Blues, Boston, MA05/27 -- Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA05/30 -- Mandalay Bay Beach, Las Vegas, NV05/31 -- Fox Theater, Oakland, CA06/02 -- The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA06/03 -- Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ06/05 -- State Theater, Minneapolis, MN06/06 -- Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL06/07 -- The Pageant, Saint Louis, MOFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Katy Perry Lashes Out at One Particular "Sicko" Paparazzo

ABC/Paul TrantowThe Australian paparazzi allegedly wouldn’t leave Katy Perry alone, so now she’s turning the tables on them – and one photog in particular.In a Twitter post Saturday, the pop star singled out infamous paparazzo Jamie Fawcett as one of the men who confronted her at a Sydney nudist beach last week even as she pleaded for privacy. Perry claimed Fawcett stripped naked as he snapped the photos and she threatened to release her own pics of his “tiny penis” and “rather large gut.”“Ur a true sicko for taking pictures of us while being naked,” she tweeted.On Friday, Perry began her rant against the Australian press. “Australian PRESS: You should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY,” she wrote in a Twitter post.Perry, who is down under for her Prismatic world tour, said that instead of giving her space as she tried to have a quiet walk on the beach, the paparazzi attempted to make a deal with her. She said they told her if she gave them a bathing suit shot they would leave her alone. “This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this,” she wrote.Fawcett is reportedly notorious for getting too close for comfort with celebrities. In 2005, he was accused of bugging Nicole Kidman’s Sydney home. He denied the allegations but was ordered to pay $1 million in compensation.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Bryan Adams Releases 30th Anniv. Edition of "Reckless": "I Knew I Had Something

Universal Music EnterprisesThe day he turned 25 -- November 5, 1984 -- Bryan Adams released the album that would make him a superstar: Reckless.  Today, he's releasing a 30th anniversary edition of that milestone album, and he says when he was recording it, he had a hunch that it would take him to the next level of his career."I knew going into this record that I had something special," Bryan tells ABC News Radio. "I knew that when we recorded the first couple of tracks for the record that we were on to something really good."  At least, says Bryan, he and his musical partner, Jim Vallance, thought the project was really good, though they couldn't predict how the public would react."We didn't know, really, what we'd created.  We just know we liked it and that was the litmus test," says Bryan. "You know, 'Did we like it? Yes.' 'Did we feel like it fills all the gaps that we need to do?'  Like, do I have enough rockers? Do I have a good ballad? You know, 'Are all those boxes ticked?'  It seemed like yes."Turns out the fans agreed with Bryan: out of the 10 songs on the album six became hit singles.  Bryan feels one of them stands out, however."The magical songs that came out of [Reckless] are obviously, are the ones that were some of the biggest hits, and one of them, of course, was 'Run to You,'" Bryan recalls. "For me, 'Run to You' is the jewel of the album just set the tone for everything; and from there on, you know, we had 'Summer of '69' and 'Heaven,' 'Somebody' and then, of course, the duet with Tina Turner, 'It's Only Love.'"  He forgot to mention the sixth single -- it was "One Night Love Affair."  All six of the singles reached the top 15 on the Billboard charts, and at that time, there had only been two albums previously that accomplished that feat: Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Michael Jackson's Thriller.  All those songs and much more are featured on the super-deluxe edition of Reckless.  It comes housed in a hardback book and includes the remastered original album, seven bonus tracks, a live concert recording from London in April of 1985 and a DVD of Reckless: The Movie, which features all the videos from the album interspersed with scenes linking the songs.  There's also a Blu-ray version of the original album, historical photos, interviews with Bryan and copies of lyric sheets and notes from 1984.Since its release, the disc has gone on to sell more than 12 million copies. In a statement, Bryan says, "Reckless was just the right record at the right time. It was just unstoppable."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio