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Katy Perry Breaks Ticket Sales Records on Australian Leg of Prismatic World Tour


Christie GoodwinKaty Perry Prismatic world tour recently wrapped up its Australian leg, and to say it was a success is something of an understatement.Katy's show broke a record at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, selling 89,500 tickets over six shows.  That beats the previous record, set by One Direction, of 81,542 tickets sold across seven shows in 2013.  Katy received a special bronze star plaque, as well as a bicycle, to commemorate her achievement. The plaque will be mounted on the arena's entryway.Katy got the bicycle because she enjoys biking around the various cities where she tours.  This one is a custom-made road bike that incorporates design elements of her tour, and some of her earlier work.The show's promoter told Billboard of Katy, "She’s a star performer. In this market, 350,000 is enormous. She’s a mile ahead of everyone else...We could have added another dozen shows everywhere easily. Without a blink. And probably even more.”Futher underscoring Katy's popularity Down Under, her album PRISM has gone five-times platinum in Australia, which in that country means 350,000 copies.However, Billboard notes that Pink is actually the all-time box office queen in Australia, selling 650,000 tickets in 2009 on her Funhouse tour, and more than 500,000 tickets last year for her Truth About Love Tour.Katy's Prismatic tour wraps up for good Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand, and then it's on to the Super Bowl halftime show in February.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

Watch Train, Rixton, Earth Wind & Fire and More on "A Home for the Holidays" Ton


Michael Yarish/Triage Entertainment. Train, Rixton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing tonight.As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care, as well as a segment on the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., waiting for a "forever family."Also on the bill for the special are country star Ashley Monroe -- who duets with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- and country duo Dan + Shay.   It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Suing for Back Pay


Peter Kramer/NBCRemember when Lady Gaga's former personal assistant sued her for back pay, claiming she'd been overworked and treated unfairly?  Well, now the same thing is happening to Mariah Carey.The New York Post reports that the former staffer, Ylser Oliver, is claiming in a lawsuit that starting in 2007, she worked 16-hour days for Mariah, and never got any overtime, despite doing everything from packing for Mariah, cleaning her house, answering phones, shopping for her, arranging for services and repairs to her house, and "caring for" her family and friends.  Oliver quit this year. Oliver's lawyer tells the Post, "My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her. her. My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.” He added that Oliver is suing for "a significant amount" of money, because she was entitled to time-and-a-half if she worked more than 40 hours a week.Mariah's rep told the paper, "I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit."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

Christina Perri, Aloe Blacc, Earth, Wind & Fire Perform on "Christmas in Washing


Kevin Mazur/WireImageTNT's annual Christmas in Washington special, airing tonight, features performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, British pop star Rita Ora and Christina Perri.  Christina was extremely excited about the chance to participate, because Christmas music is her favorite thing ever."I mean, I couldn't have really said yes quick enough. It wasn't even an option," she tells ABC News Radio. "It's such an honor and so magical and Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Like, I'm obsessed with Christmas music and when I found out I could sing a Christmas song it just made so much sense. I'm just really really excited to be here." Christina really does love Christmas music, having released a holiday EP a few years ago called A Very Merry Perri Christmas, and the song she's performing tonight is one of the tunes she covered on that project."I'm singing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' It's one of my top five favorite Christmas songs," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wanted to do something very elegant. That's what this night is about. We're here in Washington. I wanted to wear a pretty dress and...my specific thing I love doing is ballads, and so I just wanted to sing a really beautiful, classic, Christmas song."As for why Christina's obsessed with Christmas music in the first place, she says, "Christmas music was the first music I ever sang. So as a child like -- when everyone says, 'When did you know you wanted to be a singer?' I don't really know the moment I decided it, but I know that when I was 3 I dressed up in a matching outfit with my brother and we sang Christmas carols for my whole family. So Christmas is always number one."Christina normally goes home to see her family in Pennsylvania on Christmas, but she says this year will be different. "I'm not making it home for Christmas this year. I'm spending it with my boyfriend because he's working and would've been alone, which is a first for me," she tells ABC News Radio. "So I'm going to have a more of a romantic Christmas than I will a family Christmas. But I've never missed a Christmas before so for 28 Christmases I've been at home. So this will be my first time away, but I've definitely have sent a present for every single Perri in my family."As for Aloe Blacc, he'll be doing "Noel" and "The Christmas Song," telling ABC News Radio, "All of the selections that I'm singing tonight are based around my favorite Christmas caroler, Nat King Cole."  The "Wake Me Up" singer, who just received a Grammy nod for his album Lift Your Spirit, says he'll be spending his holidays in Los Angeles this year; every other year, he goes to Sydney, Australia, where his wife is from.  But he says he's excited to be in D.C. for tonight's show."It's really an honor," he says. "It's great to be here and to get to grace the whole nation in such a beautiful time of year with these songs that we all know from our childhood." The show, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you'll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.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

Idina Menzel's Alter-Ego Proclaimed "The Name of the Year"


ABC/Adam TaylorEach year, BabyNameWizard.com selects a name that captures what's happened in pop culture over the past 12 months.  But the website's selection for 2014 isn't really a name, it's a mistake...albeit a mistake that made a certain singer a household name.The 2014 Name of the Year, according to the site is "Adele Dazeem."  That, of course, is what John Travolta called Idina Menzel on March 2, the night of the Academy Awards, when he introduced her performance of "Let It Go."  As soon as it happened, Twitter and Facebook exploded with people adopting the name as their handle or their alias.  "Adele Dazeem became the official fake name of the fake name era," says the website.Next, Slate.com created an "Adele Dazeem Name Generator" that allowed visitors to "Travoltify" their own names, and it reportedly became the most popular article in the site's history.  Then, "Adele Dazeem" became a verb that meant "to say a name wrong in a high-profile setting," leading to headlines like "The names most in danger of getting Adele Dazeemed this Oscar season," and "At the Emmys, Gwen Stefani Adele Dazeem'd The Colbert Report."Of course, all this was great for Idina, who suddenly found her unusual name on everybody's lips.  Since then, "Let It Go" has become her first top 10 hit.  She received an award from Billboard, released a hit holiday album and has scheduled a world tour for 2015.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, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and 5 Seconds of Summer Perform on the First Pe


Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsThe first-ever People Magazine Awards, which took a look back at the year in pop culture, aired live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC Thursday.The evening also included performances from Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.The two-hour special was hosted by Nick Cannon, who managed to sneak in a joke about splitting with his wife Mariah Carey after six years of marriage."I've been told that I have graced People from time to time. A little small mention here and there," the America's Got Talent host told the audience, adding, "I don't know why, it's not like anything interesting has happened in my life in 2014."Stefani, who earlier won the Style Icon of the Year award, teamed up with her fellow Voice coach Pharrell for their new single, "Spark the Fire."5 Seconds of Summer performed their cover of The Romantics' "What I Like About You," from their album She Looks So Perfect.Maroon 5 performed their hit, "Animals."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 Says New Album Will Be "Uplifting" and "Empowering"


RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson hasn't released an album of all-new material, non-holiday material since 2011's Stronger, but she'll have a brand-new record coming out in 2015.  What will it sound like?  Well, she describes it as "uplifting" and "empowering" and says that, music-wise, it's got "a little bit of everything."At a Nashville press conference on Thursday to talk about the benefit concert she's holding on Saturday, Kelly was asked to describe the album, and at first, she decided to make a joke.  "It's amazing. And you're going to love it," she cracked. "You're gonna be like, 'This is right on up there with John Lennon, Imagine. [I] guaran-damn-tee it!"Then, she backtracked, just in case anyone thought she was serious."It's not Imagine. Sarcasm!" she laughed.  "But we can aim!"Then, getting serious, Kelly said of the new album, "It's an uplifting record. I've always been a person about empowerment and doing empowering songs. There's empowering songs on the record and there's a lot of positive on there."But Kelly has switched back and forth between pop and country in the next couple of years, what can we expect as far as the genre?"There's all kinda of genres," said the Nashville-based singer. "I'm obviously affected by the community I live in so there's a little bit of everything. It's a great record."No word yet on a release date for Kelly's album, which will be her first regular studio album since getting married and becoming mom to daughter River Rose.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  

Idina Menzel's Alter Ego Proclaimed "The Name of the Year"


ABC/Adam TaylorEach year, BabyNameWizard.com selects a name that captures what's happened in pop culture over the past 12 months.  But the website's selection for 2014 isn't really a name, it's a mistake...albeit a mistake that made a certain singer a household name.The 2014 Name of the Year, according to the site is "Adele Dazeem."  That, of course, is what John Travolta called Idina Menzel on March 2, the night of the Academy Awards, when he introduced her performance of "Let It Go."  As soon as it happened, Twitter and Facebook exploded with people adopting the name as their handle or their alias.  "Adele Dazeem became the official fake name of the fake name era," says the website.Next, Slate.com created an "Adele Dazeem Name Generator" that allowed visitors to "Travoltify" their own names, and it reportedly became the most popular article in the site's history.  Then, "Adele Dazeem" became a verb that meant "to say a name wrong in a high-profile setting," leading to headlines like "The names most in danger of getting Adele Dazeemed this Oscar season," and "At the Emmys, Gwen Stefani Adele Dazeem'd The Colbert Report."Of course, all this was great for Idina, who suddenly found her unusual name on everybody's lips.  Since then, "Let It Go" has become her first top 10 hit.  She received an award from Billboard, released a hit holiday album and has scheduled a world tour for 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Michael Buble Donates Nearly $200K to British Music Therapy Charity


Warwick Saint/Warner Bros.Michael Buble just wrapped up a tour of the U.K., and he didn't just leave behind a lot of satisfied fans: he left a bunch of cash behind for a good cause.Michael has donated one pound from every ticket sold to his shows in the U.K. -- a total of 125,000 pounds -- to the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. That amounts to $195,700.  Michael is a supporter of the charity, which presented him with its highest honor, the Silver Clef Award, in 2012. The donation will help Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people across the U.K.  Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Michael said of his donation, "I came up with this a year ago after I played the O2 arena [in London]. My manager wanted to book the tour for 2014 and I said I’d only do it if we give back too. The U.K. has been so great to me and I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth was."He added, "I’m lucky I can help a lot of beautiful young people.”In a statement, the charity said, "Thank you so much to Michael, from the bottom of our hearts. What a lovely surprise to receive this donation just before Christmas, which will allow us to help even more people throughout 2015 and beyond."Michael will resume his tour in January, when he travels to the Far East and South Africa.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 Bee Gees & George Harrison to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Aw


Courtesy NARASThe Bee Gees and late Beatle George Harrison are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Those artists and the rest of the honorees will be recognized at the Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony, an invitation-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and prolific record producer Richard Perry. Mann & Weil wrote hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "On Broadway," "Here You Come Again," "Never Gonna Let You Go," "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration," "Running with the Night," and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place."  Perry has worked with artists like Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Ringo Starr and more."This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 8.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Smith the Only Artist to Sell a Million Albums in Both the US & UK This Year


Capitol RecordsChalk up another achievement for Sam Smith.  Britain's Official Charts Company reports that the Grammy-nominated singer is the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 2014.Sam's debut In the Lonely Hour passed the one-million mark in the U.K. just this week, and that certification came just about a day after the album was certified platinum in the U.S.In a statement, Sam tells the Official Charts Company, "To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”  He also tweeted that he was "completely speechless" over the achievement.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 Fan Club Members to Receive Download of His Set at Bonnaroo Festival


Joseph Guay. T/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this summer to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.Platinum subscribers to Elton's fan club, the Rocket Club, will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival, recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock," "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)" and more.  You can watch a preview on Elton's website now of "Bennie and the Jets."The download also includes a special message from Elton.  If you want access to it, you need to sign up for the fan club at Elton's website by December 31.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

Train, Nico & Vinz Join "New Year's Rockin' Eve" Lineup


Dick Clark ProductionsYet another batch of performers for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest has been announced.  The Hollywood Party portion of the show will now include Train and Nico & Vinz, as well as country star Brantley Gilbert, former Jonas Brother Nick Jonas and British pop star Ella Henderson.They join previously-announced performers One Direction,  Rixton, Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor on the show, which will be hosted by Fergie on the West Coast, and Ryan Seacrest live from New York's Times Square. As previously reported, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, MAGIC! and Florida Georgia Line will perform live in Times Square, while Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum will join the festivities from Nashville.  Elton John will perform remotely from Brooklyn, New York.The fun gets underway December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift on Facing Opposition to Releasing "1989": "The Biggest Struggle Tur


Courtesy The Hollywood ReporterTaylor Swift is one of the cover stars of The Hollywood Reporter's "Rulebreakers" issue, and inside she talks about the opposition she ran into when she tried to break some rules by switching genres with the release of her mega-selling album, 1989. Asked what her biggest challenge of the year has been, Taylor tells The Hollywood Reporter it was convincing her team that releasing a pop album was the right move for her.  "I get kind of called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who would sit down and say, 'Are you sure you want to call the album 1989? We think it's a weird title,'" she recalls, adding that they also asked her, "Are you sure that you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you have cemented yourself in and completely switch to a new one that you are a newcomer to?"Taylor, though, stuck to her guns."Answering all those questions with, 'Yes, I'm sure,' that was, I think, something that really frustrated me at the time -- like, 'Guys, don't you understand, I promise, this is what I'm dying to do!'" she explains, but notes, "The biggest kind of struggle turned into the biggest triumph when it worked out."Taylor also broke some rules this year when she decided to pull her music from Spotify.  She faced criticism for the move, but she also got a lot of unexpected support.As she tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I didn't think that it would be shocking to anyone. With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn't occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about. But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying 'thank you.'"Other celebrities featured in the publication's "Rulebreakers" issue include Angelina Jolie and Chris Pratt.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 on Facing Opposition to Releasing 1989: "The Biggest Struggle Turne


Courtesy The Hollywood ReporterTaylor Swift is one of the cover stars of The Hollywood Reporter's "Rulebreakers" issue, and inside she talks about the opposition she ran into when she tried to break some rules by switching genres with the release of her mega-selling album 1989. Asked what her biggest challenge of the year has been, Taylor tells The Hollywood Reporter it was convincing her team that releasing a pop album was the right move for her.  "I's get kind of called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who would sit down and say, 'Are you sure you want to call the album 1989? We think it's a weird title,'" she recalls, adding that they also asked her, "Are you sure that you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you have cemented yourself in and completely switch to a new one that you are a newcomer to?"Taylor, though, stuck to her guns."Answering all those questions with, 'Yes, I'm sure,' that was, I think, something that really frustrated me at the time -- like, 'Guys, don't you understand, I promise, this is what I'm dying to do!'" she explains, but notes, "The biggest kind of struggle turned into the biggest triumph when it worked out."Taylor also broke some rules this year when she decided to pull her music from Spotify.  She faced criticism for the move, but she also got a lot of unexpected support.As she tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I didn't think that it would be shocking to anyone. With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn't occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about. But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying 'thank you.'"Other celebrities featured in the publication's "Rulebreakers" issue include Angelina Jolie and Chris Pratt.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 Guitarist Teases New Wedding Crashers-Themed Video, Talks "Animals" C


Lisette M. Azar/CBXLast week, word came that Maroon 5's video for their new single, "Sugar," would feature scenes of them crashing real-life weddings.  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says this plan -- showing up unannounced at actual couples' nuptials -- could have gone horribly wrong, but amazingly, it didn't."I will say that it couldn't have gone any better," James tells ABC News Radio.  "Basically, we approached the grooms. So the grooms knew about the surprise, but it was a surprise for the brides. And we were behind a screen and we start playing the song, and the screen drops, and everyone was just really stoked. And I think it's really going to be one of our best videos yet." No word yet on when that video will premiere.  Meanwhile, the video for the band's current hit "Animals" caused some controversy earlier this year, because it cast Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine as a creepy stalker who hangs around -- literally -- in a meat locker -- when he isn't sneaking into the bed of a woman played by his wife Behati Prinsloo.  The clip was condemned by an anti-sexual assault group, who called it " a dangerous depiction of a stalker's fantasy — and no one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance.""Yeah, a little bit," says James when asked if he was surprised at the controversy.  "We've made so many videos that we were stretching a little bit to try something new and we sort of approached it like a little mini-movie. So yeah, I was a little surprised from all the controversy. But I think it certainly wasn't our intention to offend anyone."Meanwhile, "Animals" itself has become a massive hit, even outpacing "Maps," the band's first single from their album V.  James says unlike the controversy over the video, the single's success hasn't been a surprise."Well, I always believed in it as a song. I always kinda felt like it was the biggest song on the record,"he tells ABC News Radio. "It just has one of those undeniable ear worms in it that you can't kinda sort of get rid of. And I really love the production."  Fans will hear both "Sugar" and "Animals" when Maroon 5 kicks off their big tour this February. First, though, they'll ring in 2015 with two shows in Las Vegas on December 30 and 31.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

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Perform Songs from "Cheek to Cheek" During "Tonight S


PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentTony Bennett and Lady Gaga, visited The Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about their recently released chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, and perform two numbers.Bennett, 88, recalled a piece of advice he received from a New York City cab driver years ago, who declared, "All you entertainers are lousy."Bennett said when he asked the driver what he meant, the cabbie explained, "It's not like the old days...Once [entertainers] used microphones...everyone's a phony...You have to sing without a microphone."The legendary crooner told Fallon he took the cabbie's advice, and to this day, he ditches the microphone every time he performs in a concert hall.Lady Gaga shared the story of how the unlikely duo came up with the idea of recording an album together after Bennett happened to catch her singing some standards at a charity event."I was singing that night and I decided to sing some standards, because you know, there were a lot of rich people in the audience," she told Fallon. "So I was singing some songs and then after the show was over, they said Mr. Bennett would like to meet you and I said, 'Oh, I can't believe that Tony Bennett watched me sing a standard. What was I thinking?"Bennett obviously liked what he heard, because, according to Gaga, "We met backstage...and he asked me right then and there to make a record, and I said, 'Yes.'"Later, the duo performed a couple of songs from their Cheek to Cheek album: the title track and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."Fallon later posted a web exclusive of Gaga singing the Cole Porter song "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye."    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 Wonder Is a New Dad


UN Photo/JC McIlwaineCongratulations are in order for Stevie Wonder, who's become a dad for the ninth time.A rep for Stevie tells Us Weekly that the legendary singer and his girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, have welcomed their second child together, a baby girl named Nia.The rep explains the child's name in Swahili means "purpose," which is "one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa."Stevie, 64, told ABC's The View last month that he would name his new daughter Nia.Prior to his relationship with Bracy, Stevie was married to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris for 11 years; they have two kids.  He also has children with his exes Yolanda Simmons and Melody McCulley, but none with his previous wife, the late Motown singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright.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 

Watch the Trailer for Backstreet Boys Documentary "Show 'Em What You're Made Of"


Francesca FoleyA trailer for the upcoming documentary Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of is now online, and it shows the group discussing everything from their early beginnings to their troubles with Lou Pearlman, the man who first put them together.The documentary, which arrives in theaters and on VOD on January 30, features AJ McLean saying, "From 1999 til about 2002, we were the biggest band in the world...then, it just stopped."In the trailer, we see scenes of the group recording in the studio in the present day, discussing Pearlman's financial misdeeds, and talking about how they had to go to Europe to start their career because at the time, the American music scene had no interest in boy bands.There's also behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals, plus scenes of the group onstage and, of course, screaming fans. "We've seen the best and worst of each other," says AJ.  "20 years is a long time, for anybody, let alone...a buncha dorks jumping around onstage, singing and dancing."The documentary's title comes from a song on the Backstreet Boys' most recent album In a World Like This.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  

Confirmed: Elton John Will Marry Partner David Furnish This Weekend


JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA rep for Elton John has confirmed to ABC News Radio that he and his longtime partner David Furnish will marry this weekend.The news that the two would take advantage of Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in March, was initially reported by a British tabloid.  The wedding reportedly will be private. Elton and David got a civil partnership in 2005, and they'll now convert that status to marriage.  The couple, who've been together for 20 years, have two sons: three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah.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

Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"


Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney ParksAfter you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC.The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, will feature Gavin DeGraw will perform from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train, meanwhile, will perform from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas."In addition,  Ariana Grande will be seen performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  X Factor winners Alex & Sierra will perform "Love Is an Open Door," from Disney's Frozen, while YouTube star Lexi Walker will perform her acclaimed version of Frozen's "Let It Go."There will also be plenty of Frozen-themed festivities, including appearances by Elsa and Anna, as well as some touching reunions of real-life families.  The show is set to air at 10 a.m. ET but will vary depending on your location; check your local listings.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

Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time" Album to Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall of Fame


Capitol Records/UMe/Business WireNick of Time, the 1989 album that revived Bonnie Raitt's career, is one of the inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015.  Each year, the Recording Academy recognizes singles and albums that are at least 25 years old and that exhibit "qualitative or historical significance."  This year's list features 27 inductees spanning from 1909 to the late 1980s, and Nick of Time is among them.The album, which reached #1 on the Billboard chart and went on to sell five million copies, was the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 10th album, and the one that really made Bonnie Raitt a star.  It contains the hits "Thing Called Love," "Have a Heart" and the title track, and won three Grammys, including Album of the Year.  Bonnie has said, "I think it may be the best record of my career."Also on the list of inductees this year: ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Chic's "Le Freak," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is," and classic albums by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson.The new additions to the Hall of Fame will be acknowledged during the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which will air February 8 on CBS. In conjunction with the new class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, a special collector's edition book featuring in-depth details about the recordings will be made available for purchase soon online at GrammyStore.com, as well as at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and at various retailers.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

Joey Fatone Is Now Confirming that Justin Timberlake's Going to Be a Dad


Tom Munro / RCA RecordsWhile he previously alluded to it, Joey Fatone is now coming right out and saying it: his 'N SYNC band mate Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel are indeed expecting their first child.Speaking to In Touch Weekly  magazine, Joey says, "He told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut. But now I can talk about it!”Neither Justin nor Jessica have publicly confirmed the pregnancy.  Joey says that they're ready for parenthood, though, telling In Touch, "Jessica is awesome, and Justin is a kid at heart. [They’ll have] fun.”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

"Say Something" Tops Google's 2014 Top-Trending Searches for Song Lyrics


Joseph Llanes/Epic RecordsGoogle has unveiled its list of search data for 2014, and it reveals that an awful lot of people wanted to know the words to "Say Something,"  A Great Big World's hit with Christina Aguilera.The Grammy-nominated duet tops the list of the Top-Trending Song Lyrics of 2014,  Other lyrics that made the top 10: Pharrell Williams' "Happy," Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," Lorde's "Royals," Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," OneRepublic's "Counting Stars," and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."By the way, "top-trending" refers to people or things that had the biggest increases in searches over the past 12 months.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 Curates Photography Exhibit, Proceeds Going to Charity


David Bergman/Rock Paper PhotoVisitors to New York City this holiday season will have the opportunity to pick up some unique Bon Jovi collectibles. Jon Bon Jovi has curated a gallery display of photos by David Bergman, who has shot more than 200 of the band's shows, as well as other celebrities from the world of music and sports.  He's also autographed a limited number of the prints, which will be on sale in the exhibition space.  Jon is donating a portion of his proceeds from sales of each Bon Jovi photograph to ACE New York, a charity that helps the homeless in New York City.The exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday, and will run through December 24. It's open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Soho Holiday Collective at 150 Wooster Street 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

Stevie Nicks Reflects on Her "Voice" Experience: "You Just Want Them All to Make


Trae Patton/NBCTuesday night, NBC's The Voice wraps up its seventh season, and this year saw quite a few high-profile mentors join coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, including Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks. Looking back on her time advising Team Adam, Stevie says she was surprised how much she ended up caring about the contestants and their careers."That you become really invested in the contestants, in the kids, because you feel their pain, you know?" she tells ABC News Radio when asked to name the most surprising part of her experience on the show.  "You just want 'em all to make it, and you don't want anybody to be sent home. Well, maybe there's a couple of people you want to be sent home.""You know how much it means to each one of them because you've seen it.  It was you before, so you want them all to make it!" Stevie adds.  That's why she says she appreciates the fact that The Voice isn't in the business of tearing contestants down. "It's like all the judges say, 'We try to make this as positive of a show as possible.  We aren't gonna rip these kids apart,''' says Stevie.When it came time to help the kids during the mentoring sessions, Stevie says, she and Adam were always encouraging."We might say, 'You need to practice more' or 'You need to get a vocal coach' or 'You need to listen to some diverse music,' but we're never gonna say, you know, 'You suck and you should really start looking into doing something else,' because that's not fair."Stevie, who enjoys mentoring younger artists, feels that if you want to try your luck in the music business in any way, including being a contestant on a reality show, she's not going to try to talk you out of it."You need to, you know, let kids do what they want to do and go their own way, and let them make that decision," she tells ABC News Radio. "I'm not gonna make it.  'Cause it is hard to make it in the music business right now, even if you're fantastic.  So, you just want to let them come to that decision on their own." Tonight's Voice finale will feature performances by Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran and more.  You might recall that Stevie actually performed on the finale of the very first season of The Voice, singing with Team Adam's Javier Colon, the show's very first champ.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: The Final Four Take the Stage to Perform Three Songs


Trae Patton/NBCThe final four artists on NBC's The Voice went head-to-head one final time on Monday night, again performing for viewers' votes to determine who will be crowned this season’s winner. Host Carson Daly revealed that each contestant would perform three songs: one their coach picked; a duet with their coach and an original tune. The artists also released original videos for their new songs.Adam Levine has three artists in the finals while Blake Shelton has one.  Pharrell Williams' and Gwen Stefani’s teams have been eliminated.The first performance of the night came from Team Adam’s Damien, who was given Donny Hathaway’s version of “A Song for You” by his coach. Blake complimented the singer on the incredible power of every note he sings, as well as his great sense of pitch. Pharrell also praised Damien’s power, saying the singer “took him to church.” Adam said Damien “lifted everybody,” and added that it was his best performance of the competition.Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd, was next with his original song. Blake chose “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” a song Blake said he had been carrying around for years. Blake said he felt it was a hit, but was afraid to record because it was “so freakin’ hard to sing.” After a long round of applause following his performance, Pharrell told Craig, “Welcome to your future.” Gwen agreed and said Craig was “ready to pick.” Blake was happy with his artist’s performance, declaring the song was meant for him.Next up, Adam Levine joined his artist Chris Jamison for a duet on Robin Thicke’s soulful “Lost without U.” The coaches didn’t offer any comments after the performance, but it drew cheers from the audience and a standing ovation from Gwen.Another Team Adam contestant, Barnegat, New Jersey’s Matt McAndrew, performed the original song, “Wasted Love,” backed by a choir. Adam said he was attracted to the tune because it was “soul, from a different era.” It brought the crowd to its feet. Gwen said she got “lost in the performance.” Adam said he was proud of his artist and proclaimed that he was also a fan.Shelton and Craig Wayne Boyd then performed their duet, Randy Houser’s “Boots On.” Once again, the coaches’ comments were skipped, although the Nashville, Tennessee, resident brought Adam to his feet as the audience cheered loudly.Damien, the former TSA agent, returned to perform Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” with his coach, Adam Levine. The coaches’ comments were skipped once again, but the audience voiced their approval with spirited applause.Team Adam’s Chris Jamison returned to perform the original song, “Velvet.” Pharrell declared, “A star was born on this television show,” noting Jamison, a campus mailman at his college, Capital University in Ohio, has grown dramatically as an artist. Adam praised Jamison, declaring he was “blown away” by the performance.Matt McAndrew and his coach Adam Levine teamed up next on the song “Lost Stars,” from the film Begin Again. Adam made his acting debut as a musician named Dave Kohl in the film.Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd was up next with his coach’s pick, “In Pictures,” by Alabama. Boyd dedicated it to his two-year-old son. It brought Gwen to her feet. She said she was happy for the artist. Blake thought it was a great statement about the point that Craig has now entered in his life and where he’s headed.Team Adam’s Damien performed his final song of the night, the original tune “Soldier.” Adam said he had listened to “a hundred songs” before finding this one and chose it because it seemed to sum up what Damien is all about, noting the Monroe, Louisiana, native is a “strong person.” Adam gushed that the performance made him “the happiest coach in the world.”Adam’s coach’s pick for Chris Jamison was Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” It drew some of the loudest applause of the night and brought Pharrell to his feet. Adam said Jamison was his “young Jedi,” and added, “Welcome and congratulations.”Team Adam’s Matt McAndrew closed out the show with an emotional version of his coach’s pick “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the film The Wizard of Oz. Gwen called it a “beautiful performance,” adding McAndrew is “original and pure” and has an ability to connect with the audience. Pharrell noted that he’s watched Matt “walk through walls” of categories and classifications because he simply has a great voice. Adam thought the rendition was “bittersweet and perfect,” adding “The universe just paused for a second.”The Season 7 winner of The Voice will be revealed on Tuesday night's results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

World Tour Planned for Madonna in 2015?


Stephen KleinMadonna has been teasing fans all year with hints about her new music, but it appears as though we're not going to hear it -- officially, anyway -- until 2015.  But the good news is that reportedly the Queen of Pop has a huge world tour planned for next year to support the new disc.A source tells the British paper The Mirror that Madonna is in early talks about the shows, and adds, "This is going to be one very special tour.  Madonna wants to pull out all the stops, especially because it is 30 years since the Virgin Tour."  That tour, which was Madonna's first headlining trek, took place in 1985.  If the new one happens, it'll be her 10th tour overall.Madonna's last trek, the MDNA Tour, wrapped up in December of 2012 and was the year's highest-grossing tour.  It was also the second highest-grossing tour ever by a female artist, behind Madonna's own Sticky & Sweet tour, which ran from 2008 to 2009.Meanwhile, Madonna is still angry about the fact that some of her new songs leaked, and that people are posting unreleased photos of her online.  She shared one such photo on Instagram and wrote, "This is a...photo i did not release. I do not make money from the release of any of my photos. But other people do! I am asking my true fans and supporters who respect me as an artist and a human to not get involved with the purchasing trading or posting of unreleased images or music."She added, "I hope and pray we find the source of the leaks soon. Until then i am grateful for any leads or info and even more grateful for your support and loyalty! Please let me finish my work so i can give you my very best!"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 <a class="twitter-follow-button" href="https://twitter.com/ABCNewsRadio">Follow  --ABCNewsRadio</a><script>!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");</script></br>Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Smith Now Seeing a Guy Who Was an Extra in His New Video


(Image Group LA/ABCSam Smith's album In the Lonely Hour was partly inspired by his unrequited love for a straight man.  But now Sam's no longer heartbroken: he's seeing a new guy he met on the set of his latest video."It's very early days. I'm talking very, very, very early days. But he's really sweet," Sam tells The Sun about the guy, whose name is Jonathan.  "I met him on the video for 'Like I Can.' He was one of 20 extras.  It's a surreal thing to be talking about because I haven't even confirmed with him that we're officially seeing each other. He'll probably hear about this now."Sam also notes that he's "completely over the guy who the record’s about so that really helps. We’re still in touch and friends. But I was the only one in the relationship."While Sam may be happy about his new relationship, he warns that fans shouldn't expect him to stay this way forever."People need to realize I’m never going to be happy. The reason I do what I do is because I’m an artist who is always going to be blue about something. It’s just the way I am -- I’m an emotional person," he tells The Sun.  "I’m going to go fall in love with as many people as I can and get my heart broken.”But Sam says he considers it a step in the right direction that he's "taking time for a personal life."  He adds, "I’m not over-thinking stuff. I’m more aware now of who I am as a person. I feel very comfortable in myself, more than ever.”In other Sam Smith news, In the Lonely Hour, which is Grammy-nominated, has officially been certified platinum.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 Teaming with Nissan to Promote Anti-Texting "Red Thumb Day"


Business WireOn The Voice, Adam Levine sits in a red chair, but on tonight's show, he's going to ask people to focus on red thumbs.On the NBC show this evening, Adam, in partnership with Nissan, will declare the next 24 hours to be "Red Thumb Day," and urge viewers to stop messing with their cell phones when they're behind the wheel.  According to Nissan, a recent study shows that a quarter of teens will respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20% of teens also admit to having extended text conversations while they're behind the wheel.Part of the campaign involves asking people to wear a "Red Thumb Reminder" band, which you literally put on your thumb to remind yourself not to text.  They're available at local Nissan dealerships, and everyone in the studio audience Tuesday at The Voice will receive one. Visit RedThumb.org for more info, and share pictures of yourself with the band on to your social media feeds, tagged #RedThumb. In a video posted on the site, you can see a video of Adam wearing the band, and saying, "Join us in making your thumb red.  It doesn't matter how you do it: get creative. Let it be a reminder to put your phone down while driving. It could save a life. Maybe even your own."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 

Ariana Grande a Diva? Michael Buble Says No


Peter Kramer/NBCLately, Ariana Grande has been plagued by rumors that she's a demanding diva who'll only be photographed on one side, disses her fans and requires her handlers to carry her around like a baby when she gets tired.  Well, one fellow artist who got to work with Ariana recently says nothing could be further from the truth.Ariana is one of the guest stars on Michael Buble's upcoming NBC Christmas special, which airs on Wednesday.  And he tells Entertainment Weekly that he's worked with some actual divas, and Ariana isn't one.He tells EW, "I had Mariah [Carey] on the show last year and Mariah was great, but Mariah is Mariah. She’s a beautiful, wonderful diva, and what can I tell you? Ariana Grande showed up three minutes early, she did the song perfectly, she’s in make-up, ready to go, she couldn’t have been more kinder or more professional.""If I was a fan before, you can times it by about a million now," he added.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 RadioMichael Bublé’s Christmas in New York airs on NBC on Wednesday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  You can watch a preview clip of Ariana and Michael singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" at EW.com. 

Andy Grammer to Co-Headline Tour with Alex & Sierra in February, New Video Celeb


Steven Taylor/S-Curve RecordsAndy Grammer will kick off a co-headlining tour with X Factor winners Alex & Sierra this February, and the trek is dubbed The Good Guys & A Girl tour.  It starts February 24 in Seattle, and will wrap up in Los Angeles on April 3.  VIP tickets are on sale now; regular tickets go on sale December 20.The tour comes in support of Andy's current album, Magazines or Novels, and his current single, "Honey I'm Good."  The video for that song has just been released, and it's a funny and touching clip featuring a variety of couples all holding up signs indicating how long they've been with one another in monogamous relationships.Some of the couples are fans of Andy's, while others are part of Andy's circle of friends and family.  He and his wife are in there -- they've been together two years -- as are his friend Natasha Bedingfield and her husband, and Alex and Sierra.  The time the couples in the clip have been together range from one day, to an amazing 72 years.Before Andy starts the tour, he'll be one of the guests on Train's annual Sail Across the Sun fan cruise, along with Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World and other acts.Here are Andy's tour dates:2/24 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market2/25 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom2/26 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore2/28 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues3/1 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre3/3 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues3/4 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues3/8 -- Orlando, FL, Beacham Theatre3/10-- Charleston, SC, Music Farm3/11 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre3/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade3/13 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore3/14 -- Washington, D.C., The Fillmore3/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Altar3/18 -- Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall3/19 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues3/20 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall3/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of the Living Arts3/22 -- Ridgefield, CT,    Ridgefield Playhouse3/25 -- Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre3/26 -- Pontiac, MI, Crofoot3/27 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues3/28 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House3/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre3/31 -- Englewood, CO, Gothic Theatre4/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex4/3 -- Los Angeles, CA,  House of Blues 

All Star Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder to Air February 16


UN Photo/JC McIlwaineOn February 10, two days after the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, stars will gather to tape Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life -- An All Star Grammy Salute, due to air on CBS February 16The special will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder, the only artist ever to have won the Album of the Year Grammy in three out of four straight years.  He won for Innervisions in 1973, Fulfillingness' First Finale 1974 and Songs in the Key of Life in 1976.  During the two-hour show, today's top artists will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by performing his songs, as well as other material. Presenters will explain the historical impact of Stevie's songs on music and culture.Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, "Stevie Wonder is a beloved icon whose golden songbook remains one of America's and music's greatest treasures. A 25-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, it's only fitting that Music's Biggest Night celebrates this legendary musical genius and pays tribute to his enduring music and legacy."The Stevie Wonder special is similar to the Beatles Grammy tribute that aired this past February, and featured today's artists, such as Maroon 5, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Imagine Dragons performing classic songs by the Fab Four.  If you'd like to attend the taping, tickets go on sale this Thursday at AXS.com, or by calling 877-234-8425. 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

Joey Fatone Thinks Justin Timberlake Will Make a Great Dad


Dana Edelson/NBCJoey Fatone thinks former 'NSYNC band mate Justin Timberlake is ready to take on fatherhood."I think he's going to be a great dad," Joey told People at the Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate! Event on Thursday.Joey, himself a father of two, said he's seen Justin's paternal instincts firsthand. He said he's watched as Justin looked after his younger stepbrother, Steven, and "took him under his wing.""He's always been great with kids in general," Joey added. "He's going to be great. I think he'll be very hands-on."Despite his friend's remarks, Justin and wife Jessica Biel haven't officially confirmed reports that they're expecting.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

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder Says Adele's New Album Will Be "Insane"


Donna Svennevik/ABC/LaurenDukoff/Columbia RecordsOneRepublic recently wrapped up a European tour, and while they were on the road overseas, they were also working on new material for the band's next album.  In addition, lead singer Ryan Tedder continued his work on Adele's long-awaited new album, and he says when it's finally released, the end product will be "insane."Ryan, who won a Grammy for his contributions to Adele's world-beating album 21, is only one of a number of collaborators she's working with on the new disc.  But he says he's familiar with almost all the material that she's considering for inclusion on the album, and he's excited about the possibilities. "I'm super-stoked," he told ABC News Radio.  "And I know that with the amount of insanely good songs she has to pick from -- 'cause I've heard most of 'em -- this album's gonna be crazy."According to Ryan, all the material is so strong that many potential singles won't even make it onto the finished disc."She'll be able to toss aside hits, you know, and still have the most insane album," he adds. "So I'm excited for her."  As for OneRepublic, they're currently promoting their new single, "I Lived," which Ryan wrote for his older son.  The band has a few more Christmas shows to do before taking a break for the holidays.  They'll kick off a Canadian tour starting in April.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, Sia Among Possible Best Original Song Oscar Nominees


Image Group LA/ABCThe Academy has revealed the songs that are in the running for a best original song nomination at the Oscars.Among the 79 eligible songs is Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” which was featured prominently on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack curated by the 18-year-old singer. Another top contender is Sia and producer Greg Kurstin’s “Opportunity,” from the upcoming musical remake Annie.Other stars that could score nominations include John Legend and Common’s “Glory,” from Selma; Lana Del Rey’s performance of the title song to Tim Burton’s Big Eyes; and Adam Levine and Keira Knightley’s versions of “Lost Stars,” from Begin Again.To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music that are original and written specifically for a film. An audible rendition of the song must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits. The nominees will be announced Thursday, January 15, 2015, and the Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015.The complete list of potential nominees is posted at Oscars.org.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 

Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson to Perform on "The Voice" Finale


Heather Wines/CBSBruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson are among the artists performing on the jam-packed season seven finale of NBC's The Voice on Tuesday.Bruno will perform his chart-climbing hit "Uptown Funk" with Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson. The single was released on November 10 and is already in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song will appear on Mark's upcoming album, Uptown Special.Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will take the stage to perform with Voice wildcard winner Damien Lewis of coach Adam Levine's team. Her most recent album, JHUD, was released in September and made it to the top 10 of the Billboard 200.The Voice's two-hour finale airs Tuesday from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Competing with Damien for the win are Chris Jamison from Team Adam, Craig Wayne Boyd from Team Blake and Matt McAndrew from Team Adam.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Smith Dons Formal Wear for New Video


Credit: Josh ShinnerSam Smith goes black-tie in his new music video, released Friday.The video for his latest single "Like I Can" features Sam and a bunch of well-dressed pals taking New York City by storm. The tuxedo-clad gentlemen walk the Brooklyn Bridge, dance in alleyways and do shots at a bar during the course of the black-and-white clip."Like I Can" is the third single from Sam's debut album, In the Lonely Hour, which is up for Album of the Year at the upcoming Grammys. It follows up Sam's first two hits, "Stay with Me" and "I'm Not the Only One."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 Serenaded by Aretha Franklin, Other Top Female Artists Honored at "


Monica Schipper/Getty Images"Thank you so much. Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time is kind of an early birthday present."  That's what Taylor Swift told the crowd in New York City Friday afternoon at the publication's annual Women in Music gala, which took place the day before her 25th birthday.  And she got a pretty amazing extra present as well: fellow honoree Aretha Franklin sang "Happy Birthday" to her.  Her reaction? She tweeted, "It will take me decades to recover."Taylor also spoke about the importance of encouraging and supporting girls' interests in the arts, noting, "Somewhere right now, your future Woman of the Year is sitting at a piano lesson & we need to take care of her."Taylor's friend, singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, was on hand to perform a tribute to her, performing "Clean," a song from Taylor's new album 1989.  Another of Taylor's friends, Colbie Caillat, who won the Rising Star award at the same event five years ago, told ABC News Radio on the red carpet why Taylor deserved to win the top honor two times in three years."She works so hard and she's so talented. And y'know, not only the music she creates, but the business side of it, she really knows what she's doing and she's leading the way for so many women and artists in general, so she deserves it," Colbie said.Paramore's Hayley Williams, whose band scored their first top 10 hit this year with "Ain't It Fun," was given the Trailblazer Award, and told the crowd, "It's an amazing and powerful thing to be celebrated for who you are. There are a lot of girls who never feel that way, and I want to spend my life making them seen and heard."Hayley is also a friend of fellow nominee Taylor Swift's, and on the red carpet, she told ABC News Radio, "It's very cool and very exciting for me to watch: the way that she's carrying herself and the confidence she exudes on stage, it's a whole new Taylor.  I mean, it's still Taylor....[but] it's so genuine, her growth, it's so exciting to watch, and she completely deserves this.""I just can't imagine the pride that her mom must have," adds Hayley.  "I think I would explode!"The event's other honorees included Ariana Grande, British pop stars Charli XCX and Jessie J, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, and Idina Menzel, who received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  She told the crowd, "I was given this amazing song ['Let It Go'] at such a crossroads in my life. Thank you for noticing me...I finally had my breakthrough!"  Asked on the red carpet what the award meant to her, she told reporters, "It's hard for me to put into words. I've been wanting something like this my whole career."Everyone woman in the room, though, owed a debt to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who received the Icon Award.  Among her achievements this year was becoming the first woman to score 100 hits on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.  Asked what the award, and the event, means to her, the music legend, sporting blonde hair, told ABC News Radio on the red carpet, "It's wonderful.  It's a first, as they said, and I'm an avid reader of Billboard and have been for many years now, checking my records and other records." "I don't get a chance to come to New York that often, so it's really nice to be with other [music] industry people and spend some time with them," she added, and named "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" as two of her current favorite pop hits.One surprise on the Billboard Women in Music red carpet: the appearance of Beyonce, whose manager was being honored at the event.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

OneRepublic Performs on "GMA," Discusses New Single


Mosley Music Group/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic appeared on Good Morning America Thursday to perform their new hit song "I Lived."Frontman Ryan Tedder spoke to Robin Roberts about the influences behind the inspirational tune. "The lyrics of 'I Lived' I wrote for my son, but once I finished writing I was like, 'Wait this works for everybody,'" he said.He added that the song speaks to the universal notion of living life to the fullest. "This song is about carpe diem," he said. "Squeeze every drop out of every day, 'cause you're not promised another day.""I Lived" is the sixth single from the band's third album, Native.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 RadioMore ABC US news | ABC World News




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