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Sam Smith Thinks Vin Diesel's Cover of "Stay with Me" Was "Hilarious"


ABC/Lou RoccoSam Smith is flattered that his hit “Stay with Me” was covered by Vin Diesel. Yes, the same Vin Diesel who stars in The Fast and the Furious franchise and in the new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.Vin delivered his version of “Stay with Me” during an appearance on Britain’s Capital FM. Needless to say, it wasn’t great, but Sam enjoyed it. He tweeted, “Vin diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha.”Sam also discussed Vin’s performance with Capital FM, declaring, "First of all I thought it was going to be good, but when I heard it it's the most hilarious thing I've heard in my life."He even suggested that he’s willing to collaborate with the actor one day: "It's so weird for me because i remember watching xXx when I was like eleven years old! I definitely think we should do a duet one day, it would be amazing."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 Has the Sexiest Female Smile in Hollywood, Says Victoria's Secret


ABC/Richard HarbaughYou may have noticed that Taylor Swift has a nice smile. Victoria’s Secret certainly has.The lingerie retailer has released its “What Is Sexy? List,” honoring women in Hollywood who embody a “simple, casually confident lifestyle.” Taylor is on the list, earning the title of “sexiest smile.”The categories on the list range from “sexiest legs” -- Johnny Depp’s fiancée, Amber Heard, received that distinction -- to “sexiest short hair, don’t care” -- congratulations, Jennifer Lawrence.There aren’t many musicians on the list aside from Taylor. Ellie Goulding was named “sexiest songstress,” Jessica Simpson was honored as the “sexiest mom,” and New Girl star/folk-pop singer Zooey Deschanel was deemed to have the “sexiest sense of humor.”The full list is available on VictoriasSecret.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde to Curate Soundtrack to Next "Hunger Games" Movie


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde will leave her mark on the next Hunger Games movie. She's been tapped to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the third film in the popular series. The Grammy-winning New Zealand teen will select the artists who will be involved in the project, and also contribute its first single.In a statement, Lorde says that while curating the soundtrack for such an anticipated film will present a challenge, she “jumped at the chance.” She continues, "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."Mockingjay -- Part 1 director Francis Lawrence adds, "I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.”The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 will be released sometime this fall. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens November 21.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

Sarah McLachlan on Reviving Lilith Fair: "There Are No Plans" but "You Never Kno


Credit: Kharen HillSarah McLachlan is at the tail end of a U.S. headlining tour in support of her latest album, Shine On, but she says it's another one of her tours -- one she did years ago -- that everyone is still interested in: Lilith Fair.Lilith Fair, a traveling music festival that ran from 1997 to 1999, featured only female artists, or female-led bands.  It was considered a watershed cultural moment of the '90s, though an attempted revival in 2010 was a bust.  Still, Sarah says people still ask her about it, which she feels is because people have such fond memories of the original incarnation."Almost every interview, that is a discussion, yeah," she tells ABC News Radio, "I equate that to it being a really important time, and really effecting some great positive change. You know, there are no plans [to do another one].  It was a huge undertaking, and it was sort of a happening that happened organically, in a time and a place that really needed it."While the idea of an all-female festival may have been a startling one back in the nineties, Sarah says, "Things have shifted and changed and perhaps there's different dynamics at play now.  It's a different time.  So, it's not as needed as it was back then."That doesn't mean that the idea of Lilith Fair has been retired permanently, though.  Sarah's been around long enough to know she should never say never."Because people continually talk about it and ask about it, you never know," she tells ABC News Radio. "I think if I ever did it again, it'd be a destination.  It wouldn't be a tour.  That would make more sense."  Sarah's U.S. tour, during which she fields questions from the audience, wraps up August 3 in Dallas. She'll kick off a major tour of her native Canada in October.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Alicia Keys Expecting Second Child with Swizz Beatz


Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsAlicia Keys gifted her husband, Swizz Beatz, with the sweetest wedding anniversary gift ever: she's expecting her second child with him.On Thursday, the R&B singer announced the news via Instagram. "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!" Alicia accompanied the post with a picture of herself, beaming as she cradles her baby bump in her hands, standing next to her smiling husband.The couple, who wed July 31, 2010, already have a three-year-old son, Egypt Dean.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 

Is Madonna Collaborating with Miley Cyrus on a New Song?


Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsIn January, Madonna made an appearance on Miley Cyrus’ MTV Unplugged special. It’s possible that their collaboration didn’t end there.Madonna has posted onto Instagram lyrics to a song that may be titled “Rebel Heart.” She wrote, “Wash all over me................. #rebelheart.”The most interesting aspect of the post is that Miley and a songwriter with whom the “Wrecking Ball” singer has worked, MoZella, were initially tagged on it, according to MTV. However, the tags have since been removed.Miley may have dropped another hint regarding a potential duet by uploading a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that features a naked Madonna. She tagged Madge on the post, too.Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” post includes the following lines: “All of my illusions/could be shattered in a second/You can thread a needle/with a teardrop from my eye.”Earlier this month, Madonna teased on Instagram another song that may be titled “Messiah.” She's currently focusing on the follow-up to her 2012 album MDNA.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bon Jovi's Rumored Bid to Buy the Buffalo Bills Angers City's Residents


AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays.  Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and is friendly with a number of NFL owners. New York magazine reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and John Mara, the owner of the rocker's beloved New York Giants, have all endorsed him for NFL ownership.In June, Bon Jovi was reportedly seen having lunch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan.According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi is unable to meet the team's likely selling price of $1 billion, so he's teamed up with a group in Toronto that also owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre, where Bon Jovi has played 19 concerts since 2000.Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, told the magazine how he feels about Bon Jovi possibly buying the team and moving it to Canada.  “Man, f**k Bon Jovi,” Reed exclaimed. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”Several fans have formed a group called Bills Fan Thunder to spearhead a Bon Jovi boycott.  Many Buffalo bars, restaurants and radio stations have now declared themselves “Bon Jovi–free zones.”  Charles Pellien, one of the group's founders, tells New York magazine, “We had a band last weekend that was playing Bon Jovi at a bar, and people were booing and throwing our posters at them."  Pellien adds, “The bar’s jukebox had 28 Bon Jovi songs, but no one played them.”Matt Sabuda and Brian Cinelli, are co-founders of a second fan group, the Buffalo Fan Alliance.  They're developing a plan to raise money that would be used as a loan to a buyer who would keep the Bills in Buffalo.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 Says She's "Very Sensitive to People," Wants a Child When Time Is Rig


ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry says she has a strong appreciation for other cultures, and that’s what she tries to convey in her performances. Despite the criticism that has come from that, she tells Rolling Stone that she’s “very sensitive to people.”Last fall, Katy was accused of being racist after dressing like a geisha for her rendition of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards. She’s also drawn attention for having dancing “mummies” with padded rear ends on stage during her Prism tour.In her interview with Rolling Stone, Katy says the involvement of mummies is inspired by “plastic surgery.” She continues, "Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T's wife, Coco. Those girls aren't African-American. But it's actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that's why there's bandages and it's mummies.”She adds, “If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn't be there, because I'm very sensitive to people."Katy sarcastically says, "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it. I know that's a quote that's gonna come to f*** me in the a**, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know."  While Katy is grateful she has so many fans who continue to show her their support, she says she’s not “thirty or desperate” for anyone’s approval. She says, “Some people are so dramatic about it, and you're like, 'Honestly, you're not the Second Coming. You're just an entertainer!'”Elsewhere in the interview, Katy mentions that she hopes to have a child, though not in the immediate future. She reveals, "I want to be doing that in the right time. And that's not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it's in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over."Katy notes that she doesn’t necessarily need a man in her life to become a mother: “I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."Rolling Stone’s cover story on Katy is featured in the issue hitting newsstands on Friday.  For those of you keeping score at home, this is the third time that Katy has appeared on the cover of the magazine.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 Sings About Taking Friendship to the Next Level in New Maroon 5 Sing


222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5’s latest song sounds like it could be an ode to Adam Levine’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo.“It Was Always You,” the second single off the band’s new album V, tells the story of a man who comes to realize that the love of his life has been staring him in the face the entire time. Adam sings of a woman with “hazel eyes,” and states in the chorus, “It was always you/Can't believe I couldn't see it all this time/All this time/It was always you.”You can purchase the dance-pop track -- the follow-up to the current Maroon 5 hit “Maps” -- now from various online retailers. V will be released September 2.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde's Lollapalooza Performance Will Be Streamed Online


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is part of the opening-day lineup of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this weekend. If you can’t make it to Grant Park to check out her performance, you can still watch it online.Lorde’s set will stream on Lollapalooza.Redbull.tv and via the Red Bull TV app Friday at 7 p.m. Central time. At 8:30 p.m., you’ll be able to tune in to a performance by Zedd.On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., you can see fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s side project, Bleachers.The complete live-stream schedule is posted on Lollapalooza.com.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 to Perform on the MTV Video Music Awards


Image Courtesy Ash Newell/13 ManagementTaylor Swift isn’t a nominee for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she’s reportedly been tapped to perform at the show.E! Online is reporting that Taylor is planning something “explosive” for the VMAs, though it’s unclear what that entails. However, its source states that Taylor will not be collaborating with another artist.Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher were named to the performance lineup earlier this month.The ceremony will be held August 24 in Los Angeles. Beyonce has the most nominations of any artist, with eight.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Colbie Caillat's "Try" Inspired by Label's Request for Her to Be Poppier & Sexie


Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat's song "Try" -- especially its video, where she and other women go makeup-free -- is getting a lot of attention for its powerful message about women not bowing to pressure to look or act a certain way.  But Colbie initially wrote the song after a major dispute with her record label about the direction of her music."I recorded an album, I was so proud of it.  It had a kind of style...free-spirited, acoustic, happy -- more like my old stuff," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And they wanted that changed, and they wanted it to be more pop.  And what comes with pop is what all those pop artists do: the girls dress very sexy and revealing, and the videos are over-the-top.  And they were requesting that of me."As you might expect, this didn't sit well with Colbie: she loved the music she'd created, and was furious that she was told it wasn't good enough."I was just so mad, because I made this beautiful album that I wrote with amazing people, and I was so proud of it," she recalls. "And to have it just be, like, washed away and wanting someone completely different -- that's not the artist that they signed, you know.  So, it was hard for me." That's why there's been such a long delay between her last record and her upcoming one, Gypsy Heart.  "I then had to go back in [to the studio] and be even mentally prepared to start writing again.  I was not up for it," she admits.However, the whole unpleasant experience has a silver lining. Colbie now says that she's happy with the new batch of songs that she came up with, some of which you can hear on her new teaser EP, Gypsy Heart -- Side A."I will say, I am very glad that this happened, because I love the songs that came from it, and I love that I wrote 'Try' because of it," she tells ABC News Radio. "And even the up-tempo pop songs I did record that made the record, I absolutely love them.  So I will thank my label for inspiring that." There's no release date yet for the full Gypsy Heart album, but Colbie will kick off a headlining tour August 27 in Denver, CO.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 Unveils "Dolphin Tale 2" Song


Peter Kramer/NBCGavin DeGraw has made a musical contribution to the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.“You Got Me” was written for the movie by Diane Warren, the accomplished Grammy-winning songwriter who’s penned tunes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and many other artists. During the inspiring chorus, Gavin sings, “Rest your head on my heart/And your pain on my shoulders/Make your way to my arms/’Cause you got me.”“You Got Me” is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital outlets. Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., opens September 12.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

Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired "Angel"


Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty. In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996. "I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release." McLachlan said she wrote "that song in two days.""Angel" was released in 1998 and became a hit.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 Has the Most-Watched Music Video on YouTube This Year


ABC/Richard HarbaughYouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one.Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views.Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million.Here are the rest of the top 10 videos on the playlist:4. Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, "We Are One (Ole Ola) (Olodum Mix)" 5. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, "Bailando (Español)” 6. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE" 7. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy" 8. Frozen, "Let It Go Sing-Along" 9. Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle " 10. Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís, "El Perdedor"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga Makes Appearance in Red-Band Trailer for "Sin City" Sequel


Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga makes a very brief cameo in the red-band trailer for the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which debuted at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend and was released online Monday.About two minutes and 50 seconds into the clip, we see Gaga as a waitress in a diner. She hands over a crumpled one-dollar bill to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Johnny, and remarks, “This won’t take you far.” Johnny, whose face is badly bruised, replies, “Sweetheart, it’s going to take me to the moon.”The gritty drama, which also stars Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and several other big stars, hits theaters August 22.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

Sale of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Bel Air Home Falls Through


ABC NewsMariah Carey and her hubby, Nick Cannon, have unloaded their property in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air -- or so they thought.TMZ initially reported the couple had sold their home -– which features seven bedrooms, a movie theater, a gym, a basketball court and other amenities -- for more than 10 million dollars. That total was three million less than what Mariah and Nick sought, but around three million more than what they paid in 2009.However, a TMZ update states the buyer has backed out, so the home is back on the market.TMZ’s sources say Mariah and Nick want to sell the property so they can focus on living in New York City.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Script's New Album Now Available for Pre-Order


Columbia RecordsThe Script has made their latest album, No Sound Without Silence, available for pre-order on iTunes.If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive an instant download of its first single, “Superheroes.” You’ll also be able to purchase “Superheroes” as a digital single, beginning Tuesday.No Sound Without Silence, The Script’s fourth studio album, will be released September 30.The Script is currently touring the U.S. with OneRepublic. Their next date is Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska.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

"Weird Al" Yankovic Says His First #1 Album Will Be His Last


Robert Trachtenberg/RCA Records"Weird Al" Yankovic's thrilled that his new album Mandatory Fun has become the first #1 album of his career.  But ironically, it's also going to be the last album of his career."It feels strange to say that but it's also very poetic to be able to go out on top," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I want to stress I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of the line for me, but I'm pretty sure this is the end of my conventional albums. I just think it makes more sense for me to release songs individually -- be more of a singles artist instead of an albums artist."Al always felt constrained by the fact that he couldn't just put out his song parodies while a song was topping the charts: he always had to wait, gather up a bunch of them, and release them as an album.  But these days, thanks to the advent of digital downloads, you don't have to wait, so that'll be his business model going forward.As for why Mandatory Fun was the disc that finally rang the bell for him after three decades, Al says he's got a few theories."I'm not one hundred percent sure why this album did so much better than all my previous albums," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think partly because I think it is, in, fact my best album. I'm very proud of this  And I think my marketing plan had a lot to do with is as well -- the eight videos in eight days thing really seemed to work in a major way. I had a world premiere every single day of release week."Al says the nature of comedy videos today meant that he had to constantly provide something new for people to check out, and that's what he did, by releasing one new video each day for eight days straight."Things go very viral for a day and then the next people say, 'OK, well, seen that. What's next?' So it gave people something to talk about and be excited about every single day and also something to look forward to," he explains. "So there was anticipation there. And it worked so well that by the end of the eight days, there was kind of a Pavlovian effect. People woke up the ninth morning and said, 'Well, where's the Weird Al video!? Why should I even wake up in the morning if there's not a new Weird Al video?!!!'"The first video in the onslaught was the star-studded clip "Tacky," a parody of "Happy," which featured comedic actors Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho and Jack Black.  Al says all of those people are friends of his, but he knew the clip would work if he could get one of them in particular."Jack Black was number one on the list," he reveals. "I figured, 'OK if we get Jack Black, he's going to have so much energy, and knock it out of the park.' And I found the one day Jack was available to do it. He was in Atlanta, shooting a movie and he said he would fly in for one day and do the video."Also making "Tacky" possible was the fact that Pharrell Williams, who wrote "Happy," gave Al permission to do the parody. "I won't tell you how I got his personal email, but I emailed him and I explained what I wanted to do," Al tells ABC News Radio. "And Pharrell got back to me immediately and he was extremely nice and said he was honored that I wanted to do a parody and gave me permission on the spot." Al says he'll launch a tour next year to promote Mandatory Fun. Meanwhile, he says he's living large celebrating his chart-topping success....not."Yeah, my family and I went out," he says when asked how he marked the milestone.  "We had some Mexican food and I had a burrito." 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

"Rising Star" Recap: On the Final Night of Head-to-Head Duels, Five More Contest


ABCABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing after the East Coast vote and one additional singer being saved after the West Coast broadcast. Three other acts were sent home.Maneepat Molloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger and Joshua Peavy advanced to next week's quarterfinals.Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast vote and also advanced to the quarterfinals.Morgan Higgins, Karen Hornsby and the group Unselfish were sent home.For the duels, two acts were selected to go head-to-head, with a coin toss determining which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The competing act then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest-combined percentage of votes who hadn't won his or her matchup.Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the duels. The "experts" were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances.  The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.Here are the highlights from Sunday night:Morgan Higgins vs. Maneepat Molloy:The experts agreed that Higgins waited too long to show off her range when she auditioned and that she needed to come out swinging this time. Her version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” collected 45 percent of the vote, including a "yes" from Paisley, who noted that Higgins was a “pro,” but the 17-year-old still needed a lot of work. The performance didn’t impress Ludacris, who thought Higgins held back and didn’t give it her all. Kesha called the performance “very convincing,” adding the singer “came a long way.”Ludacris felt Molloy’s voice was “more pure” than her competitor, but she didn’t have as much “energy.” Before Molloy's performance, Ludacris and the other experts urged her to be in the moment. The 16-year-old raised the wall with her version of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” racking up 66 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” but admitted that she didn’t want to see either singer go. Brad was not as pleased with the performance, calling it “pitchy.” He voted “no.” Ludacris voted “yes.”Shameia Crawford vs. Unselfish:Crawford, who had to wait for the West Coast to save her last time, chose to go first. Kesha was “on the fence” about her song choice, the standard, “Cry Me a River,” but agreed she “killed it” in rehearsal. Brad’s only suggestion was that Crawford needed to get her nerves under control. She managed to do that and collected 70 percent of the vote.  Afterward, Ludacris called her presence “unprecedented.” Kesha agreed, adding the full-time musician and Georgia native “looked stunning” and “set the bar high” with her singing voice. She voted “yes,” as did Paisley.The five-man group Unselfish also failed to raise the wall last time. The experts advised them to clean up their harmonies, but their version of Maroon 5’s “Payphone” still failed to impress voters, earning just 33 percent. They did, however, get a “yes” from Kesha, who explained she was “not a dream crusher.” She added that while it was “not the best performance,” she thought they could improve and wanted the group to know she was rooting for them. Ludacris voted “no,” saying their harmonies “needed work,” and Paisley also gave them a “no.”Dana Williams vs. Audrey Kate Geiger:Williams led off this duel. Using a guitar that belonged to her late father, who once backed Michael Jackson, she sang The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” She said the guitar was a lucky charm.  The performance earned 67 percent of the vote, but didn’t impress Brad, who gave her a “no.” He explained the singing was great, but the performance sounded like Williams was “rehearsing.” Kesha, reminding Brad this was a singing show, praised Williams' voice as “delicate” and “beautiful,” adding she was one of her “favorite performers on the show.” Ludacris also voted “yes.”Audrey Kate started her performance of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” a cappella, a risk that earned Brad’s respect and kudos from the other judges as well. America also agreed, as Geiger raised the wall with an impressive 88 percent of the vote. Ludacris gave her a “yes,” declaring, she had a voice he “could listen to and never get tired of.” Paisley said simply, it was the kind of voice he “signed up for this show for.” Kesha also voted “yes.”  Geiger won the battle, but Williams was later saved by West Coast viewers.Joshua Peavy vs. Karen HornsbyHornsby's daughter, Gabrielle, was left blind and unable to talk following treatment for brain cancer. She was in the audience for Sunday's performance, making it extra special because it was the first time Gabrielle would hear her mom sing. Ludacris advised Hornsby to go for the high notes, because that was her strength and would earn her “yes” votes. Hornsby sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” drawing 67 percent of the vote, and a “yes” from Kesha, who called the performance “phenomenal.” Kesha said the Jacksonville, Florida, native looked like “a natural woman.” Paisley said the performance wasn’t perfect, but Hornsby was still the most “inspiring” performer.Peavy has the distinction of being the first person to ever raise the wall on Rising Star. He originally chose Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway” for the duel, but after getting advice from the experts, opted for “Too Close” by Alex Clare instead. It turned out being the right move, as Joshua bested Karen with 75 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought the performance was “soulful” and he was “very proud” of Peavy and voted “yes.” However, he also predicted that Hornsby would be saved by the West Coast. Kesha voted “no,” admitting it was because she didn’t want to see Karen go home. Brad voted “Yes.” Hornsby did not advance.Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Joel Sells His Hamptons Beach House for More Than $19 Million


Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel has finally succeeded in his long quest to sell his mansion in the village of Sagaponack in New York's ritzy Hamptons area.  The New York Post reports that the oceanfront bungalow-style residence, which the Piano Man first put on the market about five years ago, was bought recently for a bit under its $19.95 million asking price.As previously reported, Billy bought the home, which originally was owned by late Jaws star Roy Scheider, in 2007.  Two years later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sought to sell the property for $22.5 million.  He eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market before re-listing it in March of this year for $23.5 million.  He subsequently reduced the asking price to $19.95 million last month.The 5,500-square-foot mansion features with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a butler's pantry and a state-of-the-art kitchen created especially for Billy's then-wife, chef Katie Lee, by celebrity designer Nate Berkus.By the way, Billy isn't moving out of the east end of Long Island altogether: He still has a residence in the swanky village of Sag Harbor.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's "Maps" Is About "Bad Patterns of Behavior," Says Guitarist


222 Records/Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has been friendly with OneRepublic for a while, but it wasn't until their last album, Overexposed, that they finally got into the studio with OneRepublic frontman and certified hitmaker Ryan Tedder.  Ryan co-wrote and co-produced the band's hit "Love Somebody," and he's done the same with their latest hit, "Maps."  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says Ryan and Adam are a great combination, musically-speaking."Ryan and Adam have a great chemistry together as writers and actually, personality-wise, they kind of remind me of each other," James tells ABC News Radio. "They're both sort of all over the place, in a good way, which can be good creatively, as long as you can wrangle it."  He laughs, "So, they've wrangled it a couple of times and got some great songs out of it."As for what "Maps" is about, James says not having written it, he can't say for sure, but he believes it's about something Maroon 5 has explored in many other songs: toxic relationships."For me, the map [in the song] originally lead to this good place, that was this positive nurturing sort of relationship," he explains. "And when it fell apart, and when the trust was broken...he still followed the map back to that person, despite the fact that this was no good for him. So it's about sort of bad patterns of behavior.""That's my interpretation," he laughs. "Now, I did not write those lyrics, so maybe Ryan Tedder and Adam Levine would have a different opinion of that!"  "Maps" is Maroon 5's sixth straight top-10 hit.  It's the lead single for their fifth album, V, due September 2.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

Under the Sun Tour with Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker & Smash Mouth to Stream Live Tu


Kingdom EntertainmentIf you miss the '90s but weren't able to get a ticket for this summer's Under the Sun tour -- featuring Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, Smash Mouth and Blues Traveler -- you're in for a treat.   When the tour hits The Paramount in Huntington, New York, on Tuesday, July 29, you'll be able to watch it live online.The show begins at 7 p.m. ET, and the first hour will feature live streaming interviews and behind-the-scenes material.  The music starts at 8 p.m ET.  You can access the stream from UndertheSunTour.com, and the official Facebook pages of all the bands involved."It's a great night of great music," says Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, who conceived the Under the Sun tour. "Make sure you don't miss it!"  You'll also be able to watch Mark Wednesday when he stars in Sharknado 2: The Second One on Syfy.The Under the Sun tour wraps up August 15 in Washington State.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 Let Writer of His Biopic Read His Private Diaries


Joseph Guay. T / Capitol RecordsElton John's upcoming movie biography Rocketman will cover the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life story "from birth to rehab."  That's according to Lee Hall, the man who's writing the film.Hall, who also penned the movie Billy Elliot and then worked with Elton to turn it into an ultra-successful musical, tells the BBC that Rocketman will be "an absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair."  While also dealing with Elton's childhood and his rise to fame, Hall says, it won't shy away from the darker parts of his life, such as the singer's self-confessed "monstrous" behavior when he was in the throes of drug addiction.Hall says that Elton provided him plenty of material for the movie, and giving him "incredible free rein."  He explained, "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff.""But he's never commented once on the script," Hall added, saying that Elton "hasn't interfered at all," in terms of how he's being depicted.Elton will be portrayed by The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy in Rocketman, which will begin shooting in late 2014.  Elton's original music will be used, but it's not clear whether Hardy will perform the songs or simply lip-sync.  Either way, Hall says of the movie, "It's fantastic, it's all singing, all dancing."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

J-Lo's 45th Birthday Bash Brought Out the Stars


Joe PuglieseJennifer Lopez marked her 45th birthday Thursday night with a star-studded bash in New York's ritzy Hamptons, E! Online reports.  Among the attendees: the American Idol judge's rumored boyfriend, Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.According to E!, the party started at 9 p.m. at the Green restaurant Nammos in Southhampton, New York, but Maks didn't get there until 1 a.m.  When he arrived, though, the pair were "affectionate," says a source, adding, "They seemed really happy to see each other."Also on the guest list: Khloe Kardashian and her boyfriend French Montana, Leah Remini, Kelly Ripa and hubby Mark Consuelos, Bravo's Andy Cohen and more.  Jen showed up with her sisters, "glowing," according to a source in a white crop bustier under a white pantsuit.  A formal dinner was served on the patio, followed by an enormous cake, and then dancing all night, with J-Lo, of course, leading the charge."She barely sat down all night! Of course, the DJ played some of her hits. She was really tearing it up, dancing until the very end," said a source.Even Jennifer's ex, Caspar Smart, jumped on Twitter and Instagram to send her birthday wishes.  "Happppppppy Birthday to the most Beautiful lil bear in the world!!!! May all your wishes come true!! @Jlo," he wrote.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 Pleases Photo-Snapping Fans in NY's Central Park


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift wrote recently that autographs are obsolete, and all people want from her these days are photographs.  It's no surprise, considering how accommodating the superstar is when fans request them.The New York Daily News reports that when Taylor was strolling in New York's Central Park recently, she was spotted by excited fans, all of whom wanted a picture with her.  She obliged them, and even waited patiently for one to get out a rowboat in one of the park's lakes so she could pose with her.That same day, the News reports, Taylor, who was wearing sky-high pink heels and a crop top with a matching miniskirt, was spotted dropping $20 into a street musician's hat.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's Hubby Trumps Every Guy Who Ever Sent You Flowers


Monty Brinton/CBSWhat's that? You say your husband sent you a bouquet of flowers "just because"?  Well, too bad he -- and every other guy -- has just been totally owned by Kelly Clarkson's husband, Brandon Blackstock.Kelly posted a photo of a beautiful field of flowers, and then tweeted, "Brandon surprised me with a 10 acre field of sunflowers on our land. This is my heaven :)."Perhaps Brandon wanted a special way to thank Kelly for delivering their baby girl, River Rose, who arrived June 12, and who Kelly calls "the greatest thing on the planet."One fan responded to Kelly's posting by referring to the singer's previous troubles finding love, tweeting, "Six years of being single sure pays off," to which Kelly replied, "yes it does! Hold out for the right one :)."   But the posting also inspired some jealousy as well."Seriously! help a sister out, he's got to have ONE single relative of some sort!" wrote one woman, adding the hashtag #sosweetsojealous."  Kelly's reaction?  "hahaha! Best response :)."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 Brandon surprised me with a 10 acre field of sunflowers on our land. This is my heaven :) pic.twitter.com/4g0Ok5Dy0W— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) July 24, 2014

Lionel Richie to Receive "Billboard's" "Legend of Live" Award


Paul Drinkwater/NBCLionel Richie, currently touring the U.S. with his hit-packed show, will be honored for his skills as a live performer at this year's Billboard Touring Awards.Lionel will receive the Billboard "Legend of Live" award at the event, which takes place November 20 in New York City.  The "Legend of Live" award is given to artists who've made "significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring industry."  It also recognizes "professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and reaching fans through the concert experience."That certainly describes Lionel, who's been thrilling audiences around the globe for decades, first as part of the Commodores, and then as a solo artist. His current tour, with special guest Cee Lo Green, wraps up August 2 in Bethel, NY.In a statement, Ray Waddell [wah-DELL], Billboard's executive director for touring and live entertainment, says, "Mr. Richie is an international superstar whose talent transcends musical trends. His fans span generations, and he is committed to making his live shows the best possible experience, and, as such, he personifies a Legend of Live."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

Fun. Guitarist Jack Antonoff Likens His Bleachers Project to a "Parallel World"


Image Courtesy Autumn de WildeThere are differences between fun. and Bleachers, says guitarist Jack Antonoff, not only in how the music sounds but how it is created.In this week's episode of Billboard.com's Pop Shop Podcast, Antonoff told co-hosts Jason Lipshutz and Keith Caulfield that the members of fun. contribute to a collaborative process.  His side Bleachers project, however, is "way lonelier," explaining that it's "just living with the ideas in my head and trying to figure out what's working and what isn't. ... It's like a parallel world."Antonoff added, "The project wouldn't exist if it was too similar.  If that was something I had to think about, I wouldn't have started the project."Antonoff envisions a busy future for himself: He wants to make another fun. album "in the next coming months," tour behind Bleachers' debut album, Strange Desire, "for the next two years" as well as write and produce for other artists.  He's already had some success in that area: he co-wrote Sara Bareilles’ platinum selling hit “Brave," while the song "Sweeter than Fiction," which he co-wrote with Taylor Swift for the movie One Chance, earned him a Golden Globe nomination."I want to stay creative and stay interested," Antonoff said.  "The worst thing you can do for the universe is to make art that you're not excited to make, and we all can hear it when people do that." Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ricky Martin: Coaching "The Voice" Around the World


ABC/Fred LeeAfter serving as a coach on the Australian version of The Voice, Ricky Martin is now going to be fulfilling that role in a completely different country: Mexico.According to The Hollywood Reporter, this version of the show will debut its fourth season on Mexico's Televisa network on September 7.  The other coaches include Italian singer/songwriter Laura Pausini, and two Latin stars: Yuri and Julion Alvarez.On the Australian version of The Voice, Ricky replaced Keith Urban, who left to judge American Idol.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

Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia


AEG LivePhiladelphia isn't far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love.  Now, he'll be getting an award for it.This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera.  The award is presented annually to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause."  Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.Jon's charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country. In a statement, Jon said, "It's a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia...and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina C.Tinari said in a statement, "This year, we wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia....We also wanted to highlight the impact of an individual who is in the forefront of artists who have made the choice to help change the world for the better."Continuing his humanitarian efforts, on July 30, Jon and his solo band, the Kings of Suburbia, will play a fundraising show in Red Bank, New Jersey, to benefit a local health center.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 Unveils PSA for "Make Roar Happen" Charity Campaign, Debuts New Lyric


Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesDuring the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers' lives easier.  Now, she's debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called "Make Roar Happen."Staples, which is sponsoring Katy's tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers.  Many teachers don't have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead.  DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don't have to do that.In the PSA, Katy is shown standing on a stage while various instruments disappear around her.  "Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone and being expected to roar," she says.  "Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers who are using their own money so students can learn."She then talks about DonorsChoose.com, and Staples' donation.  "Join us," she adds. "Let's make Roar happen!"If you'd rather watch a video that focuses on Katy's music, she's got you covered there, too.  She's just debuted a retro-inspired lyric video for her song "This Is How We Do," and she writes on Instagram, "To learn the lyrics to my new song, THIS IS HOW WE DO, simply watch the graphically enhanced word by word recount of this certified club banger, and you too will know all the words! The REAL words! Not just what you thought I said, but what I actually said!""Impress your friends, and keep your karaoke game on point," she adds. "Bask in the neon glow and airbrushed aura of this lyric video. It's guaranteed to keep your party trill."  In case you're unfamiliar, "trill" is a slang term that's combination of the words "true" and "real," and it's commonly used in hip-hop.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

American Authors Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall


Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall.  Now we know the dates.The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.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

Stevie Nicks to Release New Album "24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault" in Oct


Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day.  Now, she's making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is due October 7.According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995.  "Each song is a lifetime.  Each song has a soul.  Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," she says in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories -- the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5.  That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she'll begin previewing snippets of the music.In addition, a limited edition double vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will come out September 29.  Also available will be a Deluxe Photobook CD, which will include two bonus tracks, as well as 48 pages of exclusive photos from Stevie's personal collection.Stevie and Fleetwood Mac will hit the road for their On with the Show tour -- featuring the return of Christine McVie -- starting September 30 in Minneapolis.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

Nico & Vinz Join Bruno Mars Tour, Promise Energetic, Fun-Filled Show


Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: "Am I Wrong" hitmakers Nico & Vinz.  They'll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts.  The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet."We'll try to make you dance at some point," Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo's live show. "I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well.  And really have that energy, and just make it...more than just a show: just, like, a great experience.""We love to perform.  When we're on stage, we feel free," Nico adds. "It don't matter if it's five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing.  That's the reason why we came into this.  Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also meeting people around the world!"Their hit "Am I Wrong," definitely a contender for the Song of the Summer, has done just that: allowed the duo to expand beyond Norway and meet people around the world.  But there's also been an unexpected side effect: the song is actually inspiring people to try and realize their own dreams, just as Nico & Vinz have done."When we get [that] type of feedback, that's probably the most gratifying to hear," says Vinz of the stories fans tell them about how "Am I Wrong" has changed their lives.  "That's a huge bonus as well!" laughs Nico. "I can't forget that...that's really rewarding."Nico & Vinz's run with Bruno ends August 17.   They plan to release their U.S. debut album Black Star Elephant later this year.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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