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With New Movie & Music on the Way, Jordin Sparks Is "Doing Great," Will "Come Ou

ABC NewsIt's an exciting time for Jordin Sparks: her latest movie, Left Behind, arrives in theaters on Friday, and she's preparing to release her first new music in five years.  Having to deal with the fallout from her breakup with Jason Derulo at the same time has been challenging, but as the star tells ABC News Radio, she's getting through, thanks to support from what she calls the three "Fs""  Her family, her faith and her fans."I'm actually doing great considering all the craziness," says Jordin. "So it's been good...all I can do is smile, you know?  It's life.  Things happen and, you know, you move on and you get better and you grow from it.""Right now, actually, I'm definitely leaning a lot on my family," she adds.  "They have been so instrumental in all the craziness in my career thus far, so, whenever something goes crazy, or something unexpected happens, I'm like, 'Hey, mom, can you come out to California?'" In addition, Jordin says, "My brother has been checking up on me every day, multiple times a day.  He's so sweet. And I definitely rely on my faith.  You know, I have the hope that there is a plan for my life and that there are better and more amazing things happening and that I'm just gonna come out of this stronger."While Jason has given several interviews telling his side of the story, so to speak, and has even issued a statement about the break-up, the one-time American Idol champ says she feels no need to put in her two cents."You know, when you answer things that haven't even been said yet, it kind of just, kinda makes people go, 'Well, wait a minute, I didn't even think about that,'" she explains. "So, for me I'm just know, there's not really anything for me to say."Thanks to all the support she's getting from her fans, Jordin doesn't really feel any pressure to discuss what happened, either.  "I've always had that support from them and I definitely feel it now," she tells ABC News Radio. "You know, they're just like, 'Hey, we're here for you.  Don't worry.  We're so excited for your music.'  And I just can't wait to give that to them." "I think that'll be my gift to them, in a way.  You know, 'Thank you so much for sticking by me these past five years and' -- well, past eight years really --  'thank you so much for, you know, sticking by me when times get tough!'"The music Jordin is releasing will be her first official material since her album Battlefield came out in 2009, and she says she can't wait to show people how she's changed as an artist."I want to be able to introduce people to the newer, more grown-up me.  It's been five years...I'll be 25 in December, you know, it's a big growth spurt!" she explains. "So, I'm like, 'I don't want to scare them but at the same time, maybe that would be good!'  But I want my other fans to know that it's still me.  So, we're really trying to figure out that point, but we definitely have the goal of having music out this year.  So it's coming!"  Meanwhile, catch Jordin in Left Behind, a new thriller that also stars Nicolas Cage, when it opens on Friday.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bryan Adams Journeys into the Past -- Musically -- with New Album "Tracks of My

Verve RecordsBryan Adams' new disc Tracks of My Years -- his first studio album in six years -- is out this week, and it features the Canadian singer/songwriter taking a walk down memory lane to revisit some of the great songs of his youth.  He's also revisiting his youth via the album's seriously embarrassing cover photo, which shows a 16-year-old Bryan sporting some unbelievably long, pure 1970s hair."My hair is way down past my nipples," he laughs. "I was really into hard rock back then.  I still am into hard rock, but particularly then, because it was the time, you know.  It was 1975.  I was into Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and a lot of other hard rock, of course, and I looked like one of the roadies that fell off one of the buses, you know?"While that's Bryan's preferred music from that era, Tracks of My Years mostly features pop and rock hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s.  The concept came from one of the producers, David Foster, and at first, Bryan didn't want to do it, because he was afraid he couldn't bring anything new to classics by legends like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys.  But his other producer, Bob Rock, talked him into it."He said, 'Look, you got a great opportunity to have a record deal in America again, and why don't you just do it and have some fun?  If it doesn't work out, don't put it out,'" recalls Bryan. "[And so I said], 'That's a good idea.  So, let's just go have some fun."  And that's what happened."Bryan and his producers came up with about forty songs that they then whittled down to the final track listing, which includes songs not only by the Beatles, Dylan and the Beach Boys, but also The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Manhattans and Chuck Berry. "It was just a sort of process of elimination, and you could tell almost instantly whether a song was working, within the first verse." Bryan says of the process, which took about three months, spread over two years.  "And generally what I would do was I'd go out and sit on a microphone....with a guitar, and I would just start playing the song and singing it.  And, if within that first few chords it started to sound like something, someone would come...and say, 'OK, that's good.  Let's do this!'"What he's ended up with, Bryan says, is an album that isn't actually made up of songs that he was personally connected to.  Instead, it features songs that mimic the genre-blurring that he experienced growing up listening to AM radio, where anything that was a hit was played, no matter what type of music it was."AM radio was kind of king," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I used to have a little transistor radio, which was kind of my escape [from] the world.  I would wait in anticipation for what the next song was gonna be on the radio.  It was really exciting.  So, doing this record, I kind of kept thinking about, 'It's OK to do a variety of different things here,' because even if these songs weren't songs that I were necessarily inspired by, they were around at the time when I decided music was what I wanted to do, and it's what AM radio was doing at the time too."Along with the cover versions, Tracks of My Years features one original new song, called "She Knows Me," which is the album's first single.  Why put a brand-new song in among the oldies?   Bryan says candidly, "Because, according to my manager and according to the record company, it's very difficult to get cover songs played.  So, better to give an original song to kick off the record.  And I'm quite happy with that."Bryan, who'll release a 30th anniversary edition of his breakthrough album, Reckless, later this year, says he's just hoping he doesn't catch too much flak for Tracks of My Years."I hope that I've done justice to the tracks because it was a leap of faith to put myself in this position, 'cause I know I'm opening myself up to rocket fire," he jokes. "So, you know, I'm trying to keep my head down!"Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: The Four Coaches Pursue Cracker Barrel Fan

Trae Patton/NBCIt was the fourth night of the blind auditions on The Voice Tuesday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams each added new artists to his or her team, including one contestant on a mission to visit every Cracker Barrel restaurant in America.Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:Katriz Trinidad, 15, opened the show with a rendition of the Etta James classic "At Last." Blake, Gwen and Pharrell pressed their buttons at virtually the same moment. Pharrell then stood up for the rest of the performance. He practically begged Katriz to join his team, saying he's been dreaming of working with an artist like her on his label. Though Blake argued that he's enjoyed a lot of success with teenagers on the show, Katriz made Pharrell happy by choosing him.Ethan Butler of Chicago played "Beneath Your Beautiful," by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé, on his guitar. Adam and Blake battled for Ethan. Adam praised his guitar playing and his soulful voice. Blake said Ethan is "more than ready" for the competition. Adam chimed in he was confident Ethan would pick him over Blake -- and that's exactly what Ethan did.Tanner Linford returned to The Voice stage after auditioning last season. Blake scooped him up after he sang the Alison Krauss tune "When You Say Nothing At All." Both Gwen and Pharrell were surprised to learn that the voice they'd heard had come from a boy, and not a girl.Jean Kelley, who lost her mother as a child, took on Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone." Toward the end of the performance, Gwen and Blake turned around. Blake said he was unsure of Jean until she hit a powerful note late. He pushed the fact that he's won the show three times, but Jean decided on Gwen.  All four coaches fought over Chris Jamison, a 20-year-old triplet who covered John Mayer's "Gravity." Gwen told Chris he was a "freak of nature" due to his age, looks and talent. Adam said Chris packed a lot of emotion into his performance, but advised him to scale it back a little. Pharrell, on the other hand, praised the contestant for letting go. Chris is now a member of Team Adam.The Voice went country when Craig Wayne Boyd sang "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" by Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart. He drew interest from Pharrell and Blake. Pharrell admitted he wasn't familiar with the song, but he liked the ad-libbing he heard. Boyd selected Blake due to his country background.Toia Jones belted out the Adele ballad "One and Only." She had the option of teaming up with either Adam or Pharrell. Pharrell won out; Toia told the cameras backstage that she felt an "instant connection" with him.Gwen expanded her group with Amanda Lee Peers, who sang ZZ Ward's "Put the Gun Down."At this point, the show quickly recapped three more contestants who advanced: Gianna Salvato, who joined Team Gwen; Rebekah Samarin, a member of Team Adam; and Grant Ganzer, who will be mentored by Blake.The final artist of the night was Jonathan Wyndham, who's on a mission to visit every Cracker Barrel location in the U.S. He convinced all four coaches to press their buttons with his performance of "Say Something" by A Great Big World. Gwen commented that it sounded sincere, but she can help him with his stage presence. Adam complimented Jonathan on his "delicate vulnerability." Blake said he could feel the desperation in Jonathan's voice. Jonathan picked Adam.As it stands now, each coach has 10 artists on his or her team, and has two more spots to fill.The blind auditions will wrap up next Monday night on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Fleetwood Mac Kicks Off New Tour, with Christine McVie Back on Keyboards

Fleetwood Mac/Live NationFleetwood Mac was at the Target Center in Minneapolis Tuesday night, kicking off their latest tour -- the first with longtime singer/keyboardist Christine McVie since 1998.According to, drummer Mick Fleetwood noted McVie’s return by telling the 17,000 fans in attendance, “Our songbird is back,” a reference not only to the 71-year-old singer-songwriter, but also to "Songbird," one of her contributions to Fleetwood Mac's celebrated 1977 album, Rumours. Fittingly, the band ended the night's show with the song.The nearly two-and-a-half-hour performance opened with “The Chain,” followed by “You Make Loving Fun.”Christine McVie celebrated her return by thanking the band and the fans, saying, “It’s a dream come true, a chance you don’t often get in life.”Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham all took time out to praise McVie. Buckingham told the crowd, “This is a band that continues to evolve through good times and adversity.  This is just, I guess, the latest chapter.”Buckingham continued, “It’s a beautiful, profound, poetic new chapter now that this lady is back with us. And it’s a chapter that is going to go on for a while. A chapter that is going to yield much fruit. We are very, very excited.”The band’s next concert is Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago.Fleetwood Mac's On with the Show tour runs through a December 20 concert in Tampa, Florida.Here’s the set list from Tuesday’s concert at the Target Center:"The Chain""You Make Loving Fun" "Dreams""Second Hand News" "Rhiannon" "Everywhere" "I Know I'm Not Wrong" "Tusk" "Sisters of the Moon" "Say You Love Me" "Seven Wonders" "Big Love" "Landslide" "Never Going Back Again" "Over My Head" "Gypsy" "Little Lies" "Gold Dust Woman" "I'm So Afraid" "Go Your Own Way" Encore:"World Turning""Don't Stop" "Silver Springs"Second encore:"Songbird"

Grammy Eligibility Ends Today...So Who'll Get Nominations?

Courtesy of The Recording AcademyWhen Taylor Swift's album 1989 comes out October 27, it may set the charts, and the cash registers, on fire, but it won't be receiving a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.  That's because the cutoff for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is today, September 30.  So any music that was released between October 1, 2013 and today can be nominated, but Taylor will miss out.  So, who are the most likely candidates for Grammy love? Billboard has a roundup.In the Album of the Year category, Billboard says Beyonce's self-titled surprise album has a good shot, while other possible contenders might include Ed Sheeran's X, Ariana Grande's My Everything, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Katy Perry's PRISM and Pharrell Williams' G I R L.For Record of the Year, Billboard says Idina Menzel's Frozen anthem "Let It Go," Pharrell's "Happy," Taylor's "Shake It Off," Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" might make the cut.For Song of the Year, which is a songwriting award, "Stay with Me" is a contender, as is "Sing" by Ed Sheeran, "All of Me" by John Legend, Sia's "Chandelier," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and possibly Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."Sam Smith is a no-brainer when it comes to a Best New Artist nod, according to Billboard, and Iggy Azalea might also make the cut.  By the way, U2's free iTunes album Songs of Innocence has been ruled eligible for nominations, but the publication doesn't think the Academy will show Bono and the boys much love.The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out February 8 and air live on CBS.  Nominations are usually announced in December.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jordin Sparks to Honor Stevie Wonder in Memphis Next Month

Credit: Troy JensenJordin Sparks has been tapped by a music industry group in Memphis, Tennessee to perform at “A Soulright Evening,” which will honor music legend Stevie Wonder.Jordin will be joined by R&B singers India.Arie, Sharon Jones and Ledisi [LEH duh see] at the event, which will take place Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. at the city's Cannon Center.  The women will perform Wonder's hits in tribute to him, but he himself will also serenade the crowd.  The whole event will raise money for The Consortium MMT, a music education and mentorship program.Rickey Minor, the music director for Jordin's alma mater, American Idol, will direct the evening.  He says in a statement, "Stevie Wonder is one of the most prolific artist and songwriter of our time. I'm so happy that these incredible ladies have joined us in the celebration of his storied career. It will certainly be, ‘A Night to Remember.'"Tickets for the event are available now via Ticketmaster.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pink Releases Yet Another Track from You + Me Project, Kelly Clarkson's a Fan

Credit: Eliot Lee Hazelrose ave., the debut album from Pink's new musical side project, You + Me, arrives October 14, and she's just released yet another preview track.The song, "Capsized," is the latest taste of the mostly acoustic project, which Pink recorded with her friend Dallas Green, a singer/songwriter who records under the name The City and Colour.  A lyric video is now available. Previously, they released the song "You and Me," and another track, "Break the Cycle."Pink's been a fan of Green's for several years.  After she meet him through her husband, Carey Hart, Pink invited Green to her house in L.A. to write a few tunes.  When they ended up knocking out eight songs in a single week they decided to do an entire album together.Pink's project already has a celebrity fan: Kelly Clarkson.  After Pink posted "Break the Cycle," Kelly tweeted, "Beautiful! Love that you always do what you love! Can't wait to hear the album :)."Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gwen Stefani to Debut New Single on "The Voice"

Art Streiber/NBCSure, The Voice offers a chance for undiscovered talent to get major exposure, but it also offers a chance for the show's coaches to push their latest projects.  Case in point: Gwen Stefani. Gwen's manager tells Billboard that the No Doubt frontwoman will select what will be the lead track from her forthcoming solo album -- her first in eight years -- and she'll perform that tune on The Voice later this season.  Gwen is currently working on the album in Miami with her fellow coach Pharrell Williams.However, according to Billboard associate chart director Gary Trust, that song's already been determined.  He tweeted that a new single from Gwen called "Baby Don't Lie" will arrive October 14.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kelly Clarkson's First Hit was Neil Patrick Harris' Wedding Song

Monty Brinton/CBS Kelly Clarkson's first hit, "A Moment Like This," provided a special moment at Neil Patrick Harris' recent wedding.As the actor recounted Monday night on The Late Show with David Letterman, his pal Elton John performed at his wedding to David Burtka in Italy earlier this month, but it wasn't Elton who played the song the couple had their first dance to.   "He introduced our first dance, which was super-fun," said Harris.  "And our first dance you know Kelly Clarkson's 'A Moment like This?'"  "Oh, do I!" Letterman replied, getting a huge laugh.Harris then continued, "We loved American Idol season one, we were Team Kelly, and that was always kind of our song.  So we started dancing to it and we had it planned: we had a firework guy, and so when the song crescendos....fireworks are supposed to go off!  Very exciting, right?  But we're in a tiny town in Italy, so I'm figuring like, the local fireworks dude, I don't think he's gonna be exactly timed to the second....but sure enough, it happened perfectly!"As Harris showed off a photo of the moment, Letterman cracked, "Take that, Clooney!"So far, Kelly hasn't responded to Harris' anecdote.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Idina Menzel Reveals Track Listing for "Holiday Wishes" Album

Warner Bros. RecordsFollowing the news that Idina Menzel would be releasing a Christmas album, the "Let It Go" singer has now revealed which classic holiday tunes she'll be tackling on the project.The album, Holiday Wishes, is due October 14, and features the modern-day classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You," as well as old favorites like "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."  There's also Joni Mitchell's "River," which is only tangentially related to Christmas, and the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star," which isn't Christmas-themed at all. A Target edition of the album will feature two bonus tracks: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and a song called "Mothers Spiritual."Here's the full track listing for Holiday Wishes:"Do You Hear What I Hear?""The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)""Baby It's Cold Outside""Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas""All I Want for Christmas Is You""What Are You Doing on New Year's Eve?""December Prayer""When You Wish Upon a Star""Silent Night""River""Holly Jolly Christmas""White Christmas"TARGET exclusive tracks:"Mothers Spiritual""Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Colbie Caillat Reveals Her "Gypsy Heart" Today

Republic RecordsOver the summer, Colbie Caillat released a five-song EP introducing fans to some of the new songs that would appear on her upcoming album Gypsy Heart.  Now, the full album has arrived, and Colbie says its title reflects different sides of her musical personality, and the different sides of her, as well.First, Colbie says Gypsy Heart sums up the dual nature of her personality: she's not able to settle on one or the other. "You know, I can never make a decision," she tells ABC News Radio. "I love being in Hawaii but I love coming to New York.  Like, I love being in Hawaii, wearing a bathing suit, no makeup; and I love being in New York, wearing gorgeous outfits that my stylist picked out for me and having really cool hair and makeup done.  It's fun.  So I think it's something I always battle with myself...which version of me am I gonna be today?"Musically, Colbie says, "I wrote 60 songs [for the project], so half of them are more, like, very produced and more pop-sounding. And I wanted to combine them, and to me, that sums up Gypsy Heart:  It's a love for all things and all styles."The reason Colbie had 60 songs, half of which were pop-sounding and half that weren't, is because after she initially wrote and recorded an organic, folky-sounding album which she loved, her record company rejected it, and told her to go back into the studio and come up with more pop songs.  At first, she was devastated -- the experience inspired her latest hit, "Try" -- but she eventually ended up loving the tunes she came up with for Gypsy Heart.  Part of the reason was the fact that she worked with super-producer Babyface on both batches of songs."I had pigeonholed him into being one type of producer or songwriter and I don't know why," she tells ABC News Radio. "And when I had my first session with him, we wrote a folk song, and then the next song, we wrote, it's called 'Just Like That,' and it's a R&B pop song.""He can really produce any genre, and write any genre and his recording quality -- it sounds better than any song and any record I've ever made," she gushes. "So, he's my favorite!"As for what will become of all the songs that Colbie wrote and then scrapped, she says, "Some songs probably will never be heard, some songs I hope to give to other artists, and there are, I think, for sure, seven songs that I plan on releasing." She says she's not sure when we'll get them, but adds, "I'm sure they'll be out at some point, because I love them!" Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Classic Tears for Fears Album "Songs from the Big Chair" to Be Reissued Next Mon

Universal Music EnterprisesTears for Fears' breakout 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair will get the deluxe reissue treatment on November 11.  The remastered record will be available in multiple configurations, including a six-disc deluxe box set featuring four CDs and two DVDs.In addition to a revamped edition of the U.K. band's original album, the deluxe package contains a variety of bonus tracks, including single edits, remixes, alternate and extended versions, live performances and an audio interview.  The box set also includes a DVD-Audio disc offering a 5.1 surround sound mix of the original album and a DVD boasting promotional videos, a making-of documentary, an interview with producer Chris Hughes and several vintage TV performances.The updated Songs from the Big Chair also will be sold as a two-CD set, a single CD, an LP on 180-gram vinyl and a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc.Songs from the Big Chair spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 during the summer of '85, and featured the chart-topping singles "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," as well as the hits "Head over Heels" and "Mothers Talks."  The album has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.You can check out the full track list of the deluxe box set at @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Phil Collins Explains Why His Planned Collaboration with Adele Fell Apart

Lauren Dukoff/Atlantic RecordsA while back, everyone got very excited at the news that Adele had reached out to Phil Collins to work on some music for her eagerly-awaited next album.  But when it finally comes out, Phil says, it won't have that collaboration on it.  Turns out Adele's life just got a bit too busy for them to connect.Speaking to the Daily Mail's Event magazine, Phil says that he wasn't familiar with Adele when she first reached out to him, because, he says, he'd had a drinking problem and was a bit out of it, as far as what was going on, music-wise.  But he agreed to meet her, and the two got together in a hotel in London a year ago. "She played me a piece of music, and said, 'What do you think?'” recalls Phil. "I felt a bit on the spot...[but] it was great. Her idea was for me to finish it off. There were a few lyrics."However, Phil explains, "I found her a little elusive. First of all, after we’d met, I didn’t hear from her for a little while.  And I thought I’d failed the audition -- which is fair enough. You need to see if you’re compatible. She’s young, I’m 63. It could have been that, and any one of another hundred things.  But she said, “Oh no, no, no, no, no, I love what you do, I really want to do it…' So I thought, 'OK, well, she’s very keen, and she’s very sweet.'” So Phil says he spent a few weeks mulling over the music Adele had given him, and he still didn't hear anything. "I eventually emailed her back -- I didn’t have a phone number -- and I said, 'Are you waiting for me, or am I waiting for you?'” he recalls. "And she said, 'Well, actually, I’m not writing at the moment -- I’m moving house.' And she’d got the new baby. So that was the end of it."Still, Phil says Adele is a "a very nice lady" who is "certainly talented."  "This piece of music, maybe I’ll hear it on the record," he adds. "I’ve still got it and I don’t know if she’s used it. So it was a bit of a non-starter."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Maroon 5: "We Don't Really Care If Fans Pay for Our Music"

Peter Kramer/NBCWhen your favorite band puts out a greatest hits record, it's annoying to be expected to purchase the same songs you already have again, right?  Well, Maroon 5 feels your pain: not only do they plan on charging less for their future best-of, but they think it's cool if fans decide not to pay for any of their music, period.Speaking to the U.K. website Digital Spy, Adam Levine says, "If our next record is a Greatest Hits record, we may write a few original songs and put them on there, and maybe we'll only charge what it would cost for the new songs, and make it an inexpensive album. Why would somebody have to buy a Greatest Hits if they already have those songs?"Adam insists that Maroon 5 wouldn't even mind giving away all their music for free, like U2 did with their most recent album, Songs of Innocence."We don't really care if our fans pay for our music...I think our agenda as a band is getting our music to as many people as possible," he explains. "I literally don't care how they support us, as long as they do. If you love a band and want to hear their music, obtaining it for free is okay with us. If they're compensating in some way like buying a T-shirt or a ticket is important to us, but as far as the music is concerned...""We're in the position to do that," adds guitarist James Valentine, who admits he was a "little jealous" of U2's free album stunt. "I do worry about up-and-coming artists, and how they're struggling to make ends meet, to get support and make a living. But for us, I'd love for everyone on the planet to have our music."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: All Four Coaches Turn Around for Blind Singer

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCNBC's The Voice entered its second week of blind auditions on Monday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams continued to battle for artists to add to their respective teams.Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:John Martin, 25, drives a forklift in a warehouse -- not your typical occupation for an artist on this show. He sang Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea," convincing Blake, Gwen and Pharrell to turn around. Blake enjoyed his laid-back approach. Gwen described John's voice as "delicious" and "creamy." Adam begrudgingly admitted that Blake might be the right fit for John. Sure enough, John picked Blake.Jessie Pitts took on Brandi Carlile's "The Story." Gwen pressed her button right away, and Blake later followed suit. Blake, who's married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, pointed out that "The Story" was his wedding song. Blake's story apparently didn't sway Jessie, though; she chose Gwen.Sixty-two-year-old Michael Stein is a cantor, or, in his words, a "minister of music." He brought along his violin for a rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Unfortunately for him, none of the coaches expressed interest in him.   Pharrell and Blake both made a bid for Ricky Manning, who sang John Newman's "Love Me Again." Ricky opted to join Team Pharrell.Kelli Douglas, a 31-year-old single mom from Dallas, covered "Danny's Song" by Loggins and Messina. All of the coaches except for Pharrell pursued her. Adam detected that Kelli was nervous, but he vowed to work with her on that, if given the opportunity. Blake noted that there were some Texas-like qualities in her voice, such as her "quick breaks." Kelli joined Adam's team.Blessing Offor, a blind man who lives in Brooklyn, played Bill Withers' "Just the Two of Us" on the keyboard. In the final moments of the performance, all four coaches turned around. Gwen said Blessing's voice was similar in tone to Pharrell's. The "Happy" singer replied his fellow coach was being "super-kind." Pharrell told Blessing, who's spent time in Nashville, he can teach him how to mix genres. Blessing went with Pharrell.Troy Ritchie enticed Gwen to press her button with his version of "Out of My League" by Fitz and the Tantrums. The No Doubt singer pointed out that she doesn't have a lot of men on her team.Mia Pfirrman had her choice of all four coaches after she belted out the Katy Perry hit "Unconditionally." Adam told her there were some really spectacular moments in her performance, but her voice needed a little bit of refining. Gwen said she would love to work with her on another song and see what she can become as an artist. Gwen won't get that opportunity, though, because Mia settled on Adam.Blake added Bree Fondacaro to his crew after she sang Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." Anita Antoinette, who previously auditioned during season three, was back for redemption. She closed the show with some reggae -- her take on Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low." All four coaches vied for her talent. Pharrell told Anita he can help her accomplish her goal of making music that touches people. Gwen complimented the way Anita can blend styles. Adam said Anita can accomplish anything she wants. Anita landed on Gwen's team.At the moment, Pharrell has eight artists on his team, Gwen and Blake have seven artists each, and Adam has six artists. The coaches will hear from more hopefuls Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Neil Diamond Announces 2015 Tour

Image Courtesy Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterOn a night when Neil Diamond performed at his high school alma mater in Brooklyn, New York, the singer announced a North American tour for 2015.Neil on Monday night announced a three-month-long trek that will begin in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on February 27 and conclude in Denver on May 31.Neil has scheduled a date in his hometown of Brooklyn on March 26. Incidentally, his performance at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956, on Monday night marked his first-ever concert in Brooklyn.Neil will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21.Here are the announced tour dates:2/27/2015--Allentown, PA, PPL Center 3/4/2015--London, ON, Budweiser Gardens 3/7/2015--Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre 3/10/2015--Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center 3/13/2015--Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 3/15/2015--Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 3/18/2015--Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center 3/20/2015--Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 3/23/2015--Boston, MA, TD Garden 3/26/2015--Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 4/2/2015--Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre 4/4/2015--Washington DC, Verizon Center 4/7/2015--Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center 4/9/2015--Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center 4/12/2015--St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 4/14/2015--Chicago, IL, United Center 4/17/2015--Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 4/19/2015--Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center 4/23/2015--Mexico City, Mexico, Sports Palace 4/30/2015--Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre 5/2/2015--Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome 5/5/2015--Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 5/7/2015--Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 5/10/2015--Seattle, WA, KeyArena 5/12/2015--San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose 5/15/2015--San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center 5/19/2015--Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 5/26/2015--Houston, TX, Toyota Center 5/28/2015--Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 5/31/2015--Denver, CO, Pepsi CenterFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Aretha Franklin Performs Powerful "Rolling in the Deep" on "Late Show"

Matthew Jordan SmithAretha Franklin made a guest appearance on Monday’s Late Show with David Letterman to promote her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, and perform the first single, a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Aretha was supported by a 12-piece band and five backup singers. Whitney Houston’s mom, soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston, was one of the backup singers.  Near the end of the performance, Aretha segued into the chorus of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." She received a standing ovation from the Late Show studio audience.The Queen of Soul also chatted with Dave after the performance and recalled her first job as a young performer was singing at services for her preacher father.  Aretha told Dave her father paid her $50 each time, which she proceeded to use to buy “roller dogs...chili dogs and milk shakes and things like that...”Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which also includes the 72-year-old legend's take on Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman" and Barbra Streisand's "People," will be released on October 21.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Annie Lennox Says Touring's for Men, Not Women; Calls Beyonce "Feminism Lite"

Credit: Mike OwenAnnie Lennox considers herself a feminist, and is a staunch advocate for women's rights, but she admits that men and women aren't equal when it comes to one particular aspect of a musician's job: touring.Speaking to Billboard, Annie says, "I'm not being sexist when I say this, but it suits the man's life more. When you're a woman and want to have a family...I never liked being away from my kids. I don't think it's healthy. I don't think I can hack that way of life like I used to."A comment like that, however, doesn't mean that Annie can't criticize other female artists for not truly understanding what it means to be a feminist.  Speaking to the website PrideSource, she dismisses Beyonce's claim to feminism -- Bey performed at the MTV VMAs in front of a huge screen that read "FEMINIST," after all -- as "feminist lite.""I'm sorry. It's tokenistic to me," Annie explains. "I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist -- I just love her performances -- but I'd like to sit down [with her]. I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I'd like to listen to them; I'd like to hear what they truly think.  I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism.""I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it," she adds. "Of course I do. I think it's a cheap shot."Annie's new album Nostalgia arrives on vinyl on Tuesday and in all other formats on October 21.  Asked if this truly will be her final album, as she's hinted, Annie tells PrideSource she's not sure, but there certainly doesn't seem to be much place in our culture for a female pop singer who's nearly sixty."I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting -- women, especially -- when they reach my age. We've got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we've got wrinkles, or whether we've put on weight or lost weight, or whether we've changed our hair style," she explains."I just find that so shallow. Because it's a shallow place, it's one of the reasons the music industry and the music scene is really not truly for me and never really has been."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Lady Gaga Gushes Over Kelly Clarkson's Fashionable Baby

Trae Patton/NBCAfter Kelly Clarkson posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose on Twitter and compared her to Lady Gaga, the real Lady Gaga chimed in with some kind words about the infant.Kelly posted a photo of River in her baby carrier, wearing pink flowered sunglasses, a pink onesie, and a multi-colored white bib that flared out around her neck.  "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!" she captioned the photo.That caused Lady Gaga to reply, "oh my miss River Rose is givin' me a run for my money!! Look at those shoulders, like Grace Jones! Can I borrow that bib?" For those who are unfamiliar with Grace Jones, she's an actress, model and singer who was popular in the '80s for her extremely angular, gender-bending look, and many of her outfits featured broad or pointy shoulders.Kelly replied to Gaga's comments, "if you ever need an opening act, she's all yours ha!" and added the hashtag "#bornthisway."On Monday at around 2:30 a.m., Kelly tweeted about her daughter again, writing, "Having a hard time falling asleep. Can't stop watching my baby girl sleep. I'm addicted to her."Kelly and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed River Rose this past June.Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) September 28, 2014 Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Adam Levine's a Creepy Crazed Stalker in New "Animals" Video

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsAdam Levine is stalking his own wife in Maroon 5's new video for their single "Animals."In the clip, Adam is a nerdy-looking dude who obsessively takes photos of a beautiful woman, played by Adam's real-life wife Behati Prinsloo.   When he's not poring over the photos, he's hanging out -- literally -- in a meat locker stocked with big, bloody sides of beef, and smearing his naked torso with cow blood.  At one point, Behati's seen sleeping -- in skimpy lingerie, of course -- and is oblivious to the fact that Adam is sitting on a chair right next to her bed, taking photos of her.In another scene, Behati and her friends are partying in a club, and Adam's right next to her at the bar, but she doesn't notice him.  He then tries to put the moves on her, but she isn't having it.  We see him fantasizing about the two of them having sex, and then we see her actually in bed asleep, and he's lying right next to her. Creepy!In more fantasy sequences, Adam and Behati appear to be completely nude, making out and groping one another, as big gushes of blood rain down around them and on them. They continue making out, totally covered in blood. Eww.The clip ends with Adam standing outside in the rain, looking up at Behati's window. Was the whole thing a dream?Samuel Bayer directed the "Animals" clip.  His other credits include the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as videos for Metallica, Green Day, Nirvana and Justin Timberlake.  His best known clip is the one for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Melissa Etheridge Excited About New Album, "This Is M.E."

ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge's new album, This Is M.E, is out this week. It's the first project the veteran singer/songwriter has produced on her own record label, and Melissa couldn't be more excited."Musically, professionally, it's a very exciting time. A lot of people get a little worried about the music business. But I'm not," she said on Monday's Good Morning America. "It is all about the artist right now. I can reach my fans. I've done it and I have a new album."This year has been an exciting one for Melissa: she also married her partner, Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem, in June.On GMA, the singer said she married her best friend. "It's a really amazing experience to be so connected," she added.She'll appear on Live with Kelly and Michael tomorrow.  This Is M.E. is out Tuesday.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift's Management Company Named in Lawsuit Over Her Transportation Needs

ABC NewsTaylor Swift's management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer...but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren't being met.The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor's management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June.  But a month into the job, Firefly's director of security told APG that there were "issues" that the contractor was told to "‘remedy as soon as possible."According to APG security, the "issues" included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and "under what circumstances" the drivers were allowed to speak to her.The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs.  The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, claims the suit, but then Firefly abruptly canceled the contract on July 22 -- leaving APG stuck with that bill.According to the Post, Taylor's reps have yet to comment on the suit.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Neil Diamond Confirmed to Perform Tonight at His Old High School in Brooklyn

Image Courtesy of Ari MichaelsonNeil Diamond announced earlier this month that he'd be playing his first-ever concert in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on September 29 -- that's tonight -- at a secret location.  Now the site of the historic show has been revealed: the legendary singer/songwriter will perform at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956. Diamond revealed the news this morning via Facebook and Twitter.The show will begin at 6 p.m. ET, with the doors opening an hour earlier.  A limited number of tickets for the concert will be handed out for free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Organizers are asking fans not to arrive at the venue before 3 p.m.The concert comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first release for Capitol Records under a new deal.Incidentally, Erasmus Hall High School also was attended by Barbra Streisand, in 1959, as well as by such other celebrities as Clive Davis, Beverly Sills, Stephanie Mills, Marky Ramone, and Mae West.  In 1994, the facility was divided into five separate schools, and the site is now known as the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lionel Richie Casts Doubt on Miley Cyrus' Staying Power

Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleMiley Cyrus' career may be hot right now, but where will she be in 20 years?  Lionel Richie, for one, doubts her ability to stick around.Speaking to the press in the U.K. to promote his upcoming tour there, Lionel says that it's all well and good to be shocking and grab headlines for your behavior, but you've got to have the music to back it up. "Madonna was outrageous -- but she had a catalogue of music that was unbelievable," he said, according to the London Evening Standard.  "At the end of all the theatrics with Michael [Jackson], he had nothing but the most fabulous catalogue. Now, we’ve got a lot of theatrics, but where’s the song that is going to stick around forever?""Twenty years from now, let’s take anybody:where’s the body of work?" he continued. "I’m going to judge you not by your popularity but by your longevity, your staying [power]. I’m thinking about Miley, Justin Bieber.”Lionel's All the Hits All Night Long tour comes to London's O2 Arena in March.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Goo Goo Dolls to Headline Environmental Benefit in November

Credit: Chapman BaehlerAfter spending the summer touring with Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls are set to headline, for the third year in a row, the Rob Machado Foundation annual benefit concert in November.The two-night event is being held November 10 and 11 at The Belly Up club in San Diego.  The Goo Goo Dolls will headline the second night.  Tickets are now available online.  VIP packages that include a meet-and-greet with the Goos are also available.The Rob Machado Foundation supports charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide, in particular programs that help kids understand how environmental issues impact the planet.  It's named after champion surfer Rob Machado.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pharrell Williams' New G I R L Fragrance Now Available at Sephora

PRNewsFoto/SEPHORAPharrell Williams has officially launched his first-ever fragrance, G I R L, which is a unisex line that everyone can enjoy.The Voice coach described the scent as "super good" in a video posted on his YouTube channel. "You're going to like it," he assured fans, "I like it, girls like it, and people like it."  The word "boys" also flashes on screen when he makes those comments.He adds that aside from the cool design of the collector's edition bottle, which was designed by Kaws, the scent will be popular because it smells good.  On Twitter, he described the fragrance as a "scent for humans."The fragrance is a "stylish, unisex, wood-based fragrance for 'girls and boys' that strikes a balance of femininity and masculinity," according to comments posted with the YouTube video.  Among its ingredients: patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, violet, lavender and white pepper.Pharrell collaborated with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons [come day garr-SOHN] on the scent, marking the first time Comme des Garçons worked with a musician on a fragrance.Pharrell's GIRL is available exclusively at Sephora and --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio