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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Croon "Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS Tonight


Courtesy of Joseph SinnottEven if you didn't get tickets to see Lady Gaga on her current tour, you can check her out on PBS tonight. Debuting tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett star in Cheek to Cheek LIVE!, a presentation of PBS' Great Performances series.  Taped at New York City back in July, the special finds Gaga and Bennett running through the material on their #1 standards album Cheek to Cheek. But just because it's an album of jazz duets doesn't mean it's sedate:  Gaga runs through a variety of crazy costumes and wigs while singing with the 88-year-old music legend.Gaga tweeted, "Don't forget to make your plans for tonight! 9pm EST dinner parties, @pbs, wine, food, Tony, Gaga. This is my most favorite TV moment! Ever!"Here's the set list for tonight's show:“Anything Goes” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“Cheek to Cheek” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“Nature Boy” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” (Tony Bennett)“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Lady Gaga)“Firefly” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“I Won’t Dance” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“Lush Life” (Lady Gaga)“Sophisticated Lady” (Tony Bennett)“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“But Beautiful” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)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

Mariah & Nick's Kids Unaffected by Their Parents' Split, Says Nick


Angela Weiss/WireImageMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage may be on the way to being over, but their split hasn't affected their twins at all, according to Nick.Appearing on Friday's Meredith Vieira Show, Nick said of twins Moroccan and Monroe -- affectionately referred to as "dem babies" -- "They're just happy. They love mommy.  They love daddy."  That's because, as Nick explained, the kids are used to one of their parents or the other being gone for long periods of time."We have always been people who have been on the go, coming and going, their life hasn't changed one bit," Nick told Vieira. "We spend holidays together, we do everything that we are supposed to do together as a family."Nick also decried the media's coverage of his and Mariah's marital issues, saying, "You know, the media, they can say whatever they want to say and obviously, because you are not giving them anything...they kind of create all these stories and make it way worse than it actually is." Asked to name a particular rumor that irks him, Nick said, "You know what I heard the other day? I heard that there's a family dispute over our eight dogs!"  He added that what's needed now is for him and Mariah to ignore the distractions and just be "focused on family and what's right and getting through these times and doing what's right for the kids, so that's just where we are."The twins are currently with Mariah as she tours Asia.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

Sam Smith Sells Out NYC's Madison Square Garden & the Forum in L.A.


Capitol RecordsA year ago, nobody in the U.S. knew who Sam Smith was.  Now, he's managed to sell out shows in two of the country's most prestigious venues.Sam put tickets for his U.S. tour on sale on Friday, and quickly sold out shows in New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. The British vocalist is quite excited about it.  He tweeted: "MY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOW JUST SOLD OUT IN 30MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," followed by, "Sold out my first ARENA in LA!!!!"A second show has been added in L.A. on January 29.  Sam's tour kicks off January 9 in Atlanta, Georgia.The singer, who just announced that his new single will be "Like I Can," is nominated for two American Music Awards, and will perform on the show, airing November 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  His name is also been mentioned repeatedly as a potential Grammy nominee; we'll find out if he is on December 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

Backstreet Boys Set Sail Today on 2014 Fan Cruise: "It's a Blast," Says Nick Car


ABC/Lou RoccoEvery year, it seems, another act announces that it's starting their own fan cruise, but the Backstreet Boys have been doing it -- very successfully -- for several  years now.  This year's installment gets underway on Friday, and as usual, the guys have a lot of great activities planned for their fans.  According to Backstreet's Nick Carter, that the key to a successful fan cruise."You have to engage," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's an opportunity to get really close to your fans and give them that opportunity that they don't really necessarily get. And we put on shows on the cruise, I mean, we're always trying to top ourselves and do something new."And concerts aren't the only things fans get from the Boys on the cruise. There'll also be a Q&A session with the group, A.J. McLean is hosting a poker tournament, and Howie Dorough is hosting a blackjack tournament.  "When people comes on the cruise, what goes on the cruise, stays on the cruise," Nick laughs. "No, it's a party. The fans come out, they get a room, we throw night parties, three nights in a row -- literally, people are crawling and limping off the cruise by the time they're done!"The theme parties are always a highlight: this year, one night will see the boys hosting "Backstreet's Back Halloween Night: The Mummy's Revenge," while another night will be an "ABC" party -- which means "Anything But Clothes."  That's right: fans and the Boys will all attend the party wearing....something, just not actual clothing.  According to the group, trash bags, saran wrap and cardboard boxes are all possibilities.The cruise sets sail from Miami on Friday for four days aboard the Carnival Ecstasy, returning on Monday."It's great," says Nick. "You go to the Caribbean, go swimming...events, it's a blast, you know?"  Some of the bands that held their first-ever fan cruises over the past year include Train, Paramore and Matchbox Twenty.  So far, only Train has announced plans to do it again.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams to Perform on "A Very Grammy Christma


The Recording Academy/CBSFor the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special that reveals the Grammy nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.  This year, however, the network is changing things up.Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande will all perform on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour special that will replace the Grammy nominations concert show.  The show, taping November 18 in L.A., will air December 5, and will also reveal the nominees for the Grammys' prestigious Album of the Year category. The rest of the nominations -- 82 out of a total of 83 categories -- will be revealed the morning of December 5, in a way that has yet to be announced.The presence of Maroon 5, Pharrell and Ariana on the show likely indicates that the Grammy folks consider them good bets for nominations.  All three acts' latest albums are eligible.Tickets to attend the taping at the Shrine Auditorium are now on sale via Ticketmaster.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

Author: "Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography" Will Show Piano Man "Really Is Th


Crown Archetype/Random HouseIn 2011, Billy Joel pulled the plug on his autobiography,The Book of Joel, citing concerns that it was being marketed as a "salacious tell-all."  But  much of the material destined for that book is being released on Tuesday, in the form of a new book called Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography.  The author is the same guy who worked with Billy on the scrapped book, and he says this new one will confirm what the public already knows about the Piano Man: he's a decent guy.Speaking to Newsday -- Billy's hometown paper -- author Fred Schruers says, "There's a reason he's...very well loved. I don't think the public really wants to know the bad stuff, though it's in there. They have their imaginings about Billy, and some of them are reflected by the reality. He's had his bumps. It's very hard to say this without sounding too Pollyanna-ish, but he really is that good guy that everyone wants him to be."Schruers says the idea to write a biography of Billy came about in 2012, when he ran into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the two came to a "handshake agreement" that Schruers could proceed.  Not only that, but Billy gave Schruers permission to use all the material that he'd gathered for The Book of Joel for the project.  "'I'll help you out' was his phrase," Schruers tells Newsday.  The author ended up using nearly 100 hours of interviews he'd done with Billy, as well as interviews he'd done with members of his inner circle over the years.As for why Billy scrapped The Book of Joel in the first place -- even returning a seven-figure advance -- Schruers said the project simply came at a bad time in the singer's life."I don't think he hated what we had done together," says Schruers. "But when your dad dies and you're going through a divorce, you're in hip pain and you're pretty emotionally battered, it's not something you want to talk about all the time in interviews. You want more of a peak moment to put that book out."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 Visits "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to Plug New Album, Perform Two Songs


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to plug her new album and perform two songs at an outdoor stage in front of nearly 15 thousand fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard outside Kimmel’s studio.The 24-year-old singer/songwriter told Kimmel she’s “more confident” about this album than she’s been about any of her previous releases. Taylor said it’s a “really nice feeling” to have but added, “it’s almost like you’re releasing this thing into the world that you spent two years with, and it’s just been mine for two years and now it’s everybody elses.”Taylor joked that it’s like she’s "sending it off to college."Earlier in the week, Kimmel had fans submit questions for Taylor via Skype, and he read one of them on the air. A fan asked if all our memories were erased, but Taylor could pick one song from 1989 that we all would remember, which would it be and why? Swift said she would choose the song “Clean,” the last track on the album.  She wrote it with British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap.  Taylor said of the tune, "It's just a song that's really special to me and it's been one that kind of everyone is really talking about."  Taylor told Kimmel, "I think it's a song that might help people go through things."Kimmel also told the story of Taylor showing up at the studio in 2005 when she was 14 years old to try to get on the show.  “Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him,” Kimmel recalled.Kimmel said Igoe told Taylor she wasn't allowed in the show’s green room because they served alcohol and he threw her out.Flash forward to Thursday night: Kimmel announced on the show that he’s decided to make it up to Taylor by having security guards “toss” Igoe, who still works for Kimmel, out of the building.  Later in the show, Taylor performed her hit "Shake It Off," and the song "Out of the Woods."1989 arrives Monday, October 27, the same day Taylor appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and makes her debut later that night as a mentor on The Voice.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 

Listen to Bette Midler Sing TLC's "Waterfalls"


Warner Bros. RecordsThe notion of Bette Midler covering a #1 hit by the '90s R&B supergroup TLC sounds like an extremely bad idea...but it turns out the Divine Miss M's version of "Waterfalls" is a lot better than you'd think.Bette recorded the song for her upcoming album It's the Girls!, a tribute to great girl groups.  She's turned the song -- a cautionary tale about the dangers of both drug dealing and of having casual sex during the height of the AIDS epidemic -- into a slow, mournful piano ballad.  She's also cut out the song's rap interlude, which was originally performed by the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes."Waterfalls" was #1 for seven weeks in 1995 and received two Grammy nominations.  It's considered TLC's signature song.On It's the Girls!, Bette also tackles songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and more.  The album's due November 4.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

On "Ellen," Taylor Swift Talks Irrational Fear of Sea Urchins, Reveals How to Re


Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to discuss her new album and her debut Monday night as a mentor on The Voice, but in a series of advance clips, she also discusses her deepest, darkest fears, both of which are somewhat irrational.The first of Taylor's irrational fears has to do with sea urchins.  When Ellen tries to argue that sea urchins are just sitting there minding their own business, Taylor counters, "They're sitting there waiting to completely injure you!""OK, like, if you're in the Caribbean, you're like, 'This water's so beautiful, it's amazing,' and you're walking -- it's clear water -- you can't see a sea urchin's right there!  And then you step on one, and it has barbs that go into whatever it touches, and then you have to go to the emergency room and it has to be surgically removed!"Taylor continues, attempting to justify her fear.  "You could lose your foot. You could lose your hand. You could lose your hand trying to get it off of your foot!"Taylor also reveals that she is afraid of being framed -- by persons unknown -- for something terrible.  She feels that there are "so many people" out there who'd want to frame her. Explaining why she feels this way, she tells Ellen, "I think the dream and the nightmare of being framed comes from, like, I could do nothing wrong -- I could sit in my house with the cats all day -- and somehow, there could be an article about me buying a house in a place I've never been, or dating a guy I've never met." "So, then you take it a step further, and in nightmare world, it's being framed for murder," she finishes.During her interview, Taylor also revealed that when she was a mentor on The Voice, she got to learn all the coaches' weaknesses.  She says Adam Levine's weakness is songs from Broadway musicals -- not that he has a weakness for them, but that he hates them so much, you could use them as a weapon against him."If you sing songs from Rent, you can actually render Adam Levine helpless on the floor," she explains.   Bursting into a few bars of "Seasons of Love" from Rent, Taylor adds, "You have to do a theater voice, and he's just like 'Ahhhh!' and he can't even run away, he's so weak!" "Wow, so ladies, if you ever wanna catch him...." replies Ellen, getting huge laughs.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

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


ABC/Randy HolmesAfter picking up a trophy for Best New Act at Britain's Q Awards on Wednesday afternoon, Sam Smith went on to score four more at yet another award ceremony in London that same night.Sam won Best Male and Best R&B/Soul at Britain's MOBO Awards, which stands for Music of Black Origin. His album In the Lonely Hour was named Best Album, while his song "Stay with Me" was named Best Song. Other winners included Jessie J and Beyonce.According to the BBC, Sam said of his wins, "I came last year and really wanted to win best newcomer but didn't and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed."  He added, "I don't know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet!"Sam said on Instagram later on, "5 AWARDS IN 1 DAY. Completely emotionally drained and so thankful. I love you UK. What a welcome back."Asked by Heat magazine on the red carpet at the event who he'd like to collaborate with, Sam said, "John Legend is definitely up there for me. I want to work with John so badly. I love him so much. I’d love to work with Ed [Sheeran] as well at some point." However, Sam said he doesn't plan to go chasing these artists to make the collabos happen.  "When I work with people, I like it to happen organically so I let it flow and happen naturally,” he said.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Adam Levine Calls His Wife "The Best Dressed Woman Out There"


Christopher Polk/NBCAdam Levine's wife Behati Prinsloo is a model, so of course she's going to have some sort of style.  But Adam thinks that when it comes to getting fashion right, there's nobody who can touch her.During an interview with Refinery29 about the newest holiday designs for his clothing line, The Adam Levine Collection, the Maroon 5 singer was asked to name the best fashion advice his wife ever gave him.  "Well, I’m...really lucky because my wife happens to be — in my opinion — the best dressed woman out there," he says. "Obviously, I’m biased, but I just feel like she’s very creative, inventive, [and has] good taste. I’d be silly not to try to recreate that for the line."Asked to reveal what outfit he wore when he first met his future in-laws, Adam says, "Oh God, I don’t remember. If I had to put a bet on it, I’d say it was a T-shirt and jeans. I don’t remember what happened yesterday, so unfortunately I can’t remember too specifically.”  Still, he says that in general, when you're meeting the parents, you should go subtle, not sexy. However, when asked to recommend a specific outfit that fits the bill, Adam wouldn't take the bait, responding, "God, I don’t know. What I think is passable and what other people think is passable are probably very different. I don’t think it makes a difference as long as it’s not revealing.”Overall, Adam says his vision for his clothing line is the same as it's been since he started it:  "Super-simple, classic things that I’ve always loved for men and...that I think that women would really like."  He adds that he's "not trying to push the envelope too far, because that’s not what I do.""I don’t wake up in the morning and put on a Versace gown," he adds. "Although that would be funny if I did.”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 Takes Birthday Celebration to Morocco


Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsAfter reportedly cancelling plans to celebrate her 30th birthday in Egypt, word is Katy Perry has relocated the festivities to another country in Africa.The Hollywood Reporter had said Katy was going to party and go sightseeing with her crew in Egypt to mark her milestone birthday. However, she reportedly nixed her plans due to "safety concerns."Instead, Us Weekly reports, Katy will celebrate in Morocco. The magazine says she's already arrived in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.Katy turns 30 on Saturday.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 

Annie Lennox Takes on "Evocative" Standards with New Album "Nostalgia"


Blue Note RecordsIn the '90s, Annie Lennox released Medusa, a disc of cover versions of pop and rock songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s.  But on her new album Nostalgia, Annie goes back much farther than that, tackling legendary standards from the Great American Songbook.  It's something she says she never would have even considered doing back in the '80s, when she was topping the charts as a member of Eurythmics."I would have had absolutely no interest in doing it," she tells ABC News Radio. "It would have been inappropriate. At that time, in the eighties, Dave Stewart and I were creating music with Eurythmics that was very ground-breaking and, we felt, very fresh and new -- innovative, in fact.  I would never've taken a backwards step into a genre like jazz. But now, it just feels so appropriate."Annie decided which songs to include on the album by scouring YouTube and finding songs that struck a chord with her.  "Usually, when I hear a song, I'll know within the first few seconds whether it's going to hold interest for me," says the Scottish singer. "By and large, these songs all have those qualities in them that, right from the moment that you first hear them, they continue through."Speaking about the classics she ended up tackling, like "Georgia on My Mind," "God Bless the Child," "Summertime," "The Nearness of You" and "I Put a Spell on You," Annie explains, "They have a narrative.  They have a certain sort of shape.  They tell stories.  They create something evocative.  Each one is like a little journey."Because she's not a trained jazz singer, Annie says she was able to put her own spin on these songs by digging deep into their musical roots."What I did discover was that, underneath, the real core of jazz, lies blues," she explains. "And, of course, I've come from R&B and soul music that has influenced me since I was a young person...So, I kind of colored a great deal of the songs with blues, and that informed me a lot in terms of my approach to the songs."Annie doesn't think it's odd that at this stage in her career, she would attempt a musical genre she's never sung before.  "I am a person who likes to sing to my own tune, literally," she tells ABC News Radio. "I like to explore and chart new territory and push my own boundaries in a way.  And I don't think that singers necessarily all have to be hemmed in to one label and one type and to say, 'Well, because you sing in one style that doesn't mean that it cancels out every other style.'  I have very eclectic taste in music."She says her fans seem to like the direction she's gone on Nostalgia, too. "I think people are charmed by it actually, more than anything else," she says. "It's something new and different for them."Of course, the big question now is whether or not Annie will tour in support of the album.  She doesn't particularly like the grind of being on the road, and then there's the issue of how she'd mix these standards with her past hits. That's why, she says, she just hasn't made up her mind yet."Everyone is asking me if I'm going to tour," she sighs. "And, I mean, I'm just not going to think about it until we come up to the end of the year and I'll take a break and then I'll consider what the next step should be -- whether I should tour or not." Nostalgia, which is available on vinyl and on CD, is 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

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

Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won't Make Another Album Ever Again


Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month -- as part of his ongoing residency there -- fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album.  But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Billy says that's not likely to happen. "I've had my say," he explains.“Some people think it’s because I’m lazy or I’m just being contrary," he tells The New Yorker, explaining why he hasn't put out an album of original pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams. "But, no, I think it’s just -- I’ve had my say. If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that’s no reason to do it. I’d want it to be good.""I’ve seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it’s, like, 'Maybe you should stop,'" he adds.  In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle."I’m not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there’s other people involved -- arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers. I don’t want to deal with it...You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that," he tells The New Yorker.  "And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy? He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don’t feel like that anymore.”And then there's the personal aspect of it.  Billy says he doesn't want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life.“I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce," he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath. "I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing -- everything I wrote was fraught with meanings -- and I said, 'Wait a minute, I don’t want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.' It was no longer comfortable. 'Enough! I gave you enough!'”Still, Billy tells The New Yorker that he's been working on a series of "tone poems" called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island.  However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon.  In fact, he hasn't actually recorded a lot of it, and says even he's on the verge of forgetting some of it.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

Taylor Swift Derides "Sexist" Criticism of Her Relationship Songs


ABC/Jon LeMayIt's true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.  But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don't seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does.  And that, says Taylor, is sexist.Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, "You're gonna have people who are gonna see the depth from which you approached a song -- the fact that you put your real emotions into it, and that that's valuable and that's good and that's real. And then you're gonna have people who are gonna say, 'Oh, y'know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.'  And I think, frankly, that's a very sexist angle to take.""No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars," Taylor points out. "They're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriend, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there."Taylor's correct. For example, Bruno's song "When I Was Your Man" is about his fears of losing his current girlfriend, while Ed's song "Don't" is about how his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, yet no one seems to criticize those artists for "only" writing about their relationships.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

Meghan Trainor to Perform with Blake Shelton's Wife on CMA Awards


Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor may have topped the pop charts for the past six weeks, but she's a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and has written songs for country artists in the past. It's no wonder, then, that she's booked an appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards.Meghan will sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert, wife of Blake Shelton, on the telecast, which airs November 5 on ABC, live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  They'll be performing "All About that Bass," Meghan's #1 hit.Ariana Grande will also appear on the show, performing with the country group Little Big Town.  Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the show, and other artists who'll be performing include Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and Blake.Meghan's debut album Title is available for pre-order starting tonight on iTunes.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 to Close 20/20 Experience Tour with Filmed Shows in Las Vegas


Dana Edelson/NBCJustin Timberlake plans to wrap up his epic 20/20 Experience World Tour in spectacular fashion, with two big shows in Las Vegas on January 1 and January 2, both of which will be captured on film.The shows at the MGM Grand Garden arena will be filmed and directed by Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker who brought us The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Married to the Mob, as well Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed music documentary about '80s music icons Talking Heads.Members of Justin's fan club, the Tennessee Kids, get first crack at tickets Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.  Everyone else will be able to purchase tickets this Friday, October 24 starting at 10 a.m. PT.The 20/20 Experience tour has been going since November 6, 2013.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

Gavin DeGraw Initially Thought Releasing His New Best-Of Album Meant His Career


James Minchin III/RCA RecordsGavin DeGraw's been making records for more than ten years now, so it's not surprising that his record company approached him to put together a greatest hits compilation: Finest Hour: the Best of Gavin DeGraw arrives in stores Tuesday.  But Gavin says initially, he didn't like the idea, because he thought it meant his career was over.Gavin tells ABC News Radio, "It's so funny, you know, when it was proposed to me, the idea....'Uh, hey, how do you feel about a best-of record?' I said, 'Umm, isn't that for when you're done making albums at the end of your career?'"But he says they persuaded him that it was the right thing to do by spinning it in a different way."They said, 'You can perceive it that way, but the issue is: How do you feel about being able to sum up your career so far -- to give a new audience the opportunity to hear a collection of your music that you personally picked for them -- and also have the opportunity to put a few new songs on there that your current fan base can check out?'"  Gavin recalls his record label telling him. "So I said, 'You know what? Since you phrase it that way, I like the idea!' So I went for it."Finest Hour features three new songs, and Gavin says that while he's in the process of working on his next record, the album gives him the opportunity to give his fans something to tide them over."I thought it was a really good opportunity to get some new material out there, give me a little bit of time to write another new album as well and to introduce my music to people who haven't heard my music before," he tells ABC News Radio. "To give them an idea of the type of music that I make. So they can get a little bit of an idea so they can go, 'You know what? I like it!' or 'I don't like it. I don't like this guy!'"The disc features songs from every phrase of Gavin's career, from "I Don't Want to Be," "Follow Through" and "In Love with a Girl," to "Not Over You," "Soldier" and "Best I Ever Had."  Gavin says, "I look back now at this little chunk of material. I'm thinking, 'Wow, that's crazy. I remember the phone call I had that inspired that story, to go and write that song,' so there's certainly a tremendous amount of nostalgia there."But the nostalgia is tempered by the three new songs: the current single "Fire," the song "You Got Me," from the recent film Dolphin Tale 2, and "Not Our Fault," which Gavin co-wrote with none other than One Direction's Harry Styles.  Asked if he'd work with Harry again, Gavin tells ABC News Radio, "I definitely would. I think that Harry is really talented. You know, I was really impressed with him.""He's a greatly successful guy, and he's successful at a very young age, and I think that he's going to have other success beyond what is the standard pop success. I really do," adds Gavin. "I think he's good enough to sustain it."Now that the best-of is being released, Gavin says it makes him realize that his career isn't over at all: In fact, it's far from it."Honestly, I know it's called 'The Best Of,' it's a best-of album, but, I feel like I'm just getting started," he says. "It's all just really starting right 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

Sheryl Crow Finds Buyer for $12 Million L.A. Compound


Interscope RecordsFor the past two years, Sheryl Crow has been singing "All I Wanna Do...is sell my multi-milliondollar compound in L.A."  Now, she finally has.AOL's Real Estate blog reports that the Grammy-winner initially listed the property in the Hollywood Hills for just under 16 million bucks back in 2012, but took it off the market in 2013 when no buyer could be found.  It came back on the market again this past April for the "bargain" price of $11,950,000 and now she's found a buyer.Why is the property so expensive?  Because it's made up of three houses that sit on 10 acres and total over 10,000 square feet.  Sheryl bought each home separately around 1998 and then combined them.  Together, the three homes have 11 bedrooms, 8 1/2 baths, a library, wine cellar, chef's kitchen, music room and more.   The property also includes trails, a campsite, a playground and an infinity pool.According to AOL, Sheryl was also trying to sell another property in College Grove, Tennessee but that's now been taken off the market because it failed to find a buyer.  The singer's portfolio also includes an estate in Nashville, and a beachfront home in Florida.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 First Song on "1989": "Welcome to New York"


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has revealed the first track on her new album. "The first song on 1989 is a song called 'Welcome to New York,'" she explained on Monday's Good Morning America.  "And I wanted to start the album with 'Welcome To New York' because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years," Taylor said.Written by Taylor and Ryan Tedder,"Welcome to New York" is available tonight at midnight exclusively on iTunes, but only if you've pre-ordered 1989.  "Welcome to New York" follows the release of the singles "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off." Taylor said the Big Apple definitely inspired the track. "I dreamt about moving to New York, I obsessed over moving to New York and then I did it," Taylor said. "The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life.""It’s like an electric city and I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism and sort of saw it as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can kind of hear that reflected in this music and in this first song especially," she continued.1989 will be officially released October 27.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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