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Mariah Carey to Perform All I Want for Christmas Is You Concerts in New York Cit

Heidi Gutman/NBCMariah Carey will soon be everywhere on the radio with her seasonal smash "All I Want for Christmas Is You," but this year, she'll also be celebrating the holidays with a series of Christmas shows at New York's Beacon Theatre.Billed as "A Night of Joy and Festivity," the concerts will take place on December 15, 16, 18 and 20.  Mariah will be performing hits from her two holiday albums Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You.In a statement on her website, Mariah says, "I can't imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year. I can't wait!"Tickets go on sale November 10 at noon, 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

Phil Collins Calls Adele a "Slippery Little Fish"

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia Records/Atlantic RecordsPhil Collins has already gone on record as explaining that his plans to collaborate with Adele on her much-anticipated album fell through when she told him she had put a hold on making music for a while -- but now, he seems to be intimating that her excuses may not have been sincere.Asked by a reader of the British magazine Q about the status of that collaboration, Phil replies, "She’s a slippery little fish, is Adele. She got hold of me and asked if I would write with her. She gave me a piece of music to finish and at first, I didn’t know if I’d failed the audition, as I didn’t hear from her."He adds, "Then she said, ‘No, no, I’m moving house and the baby’s taking up a lot of my time, I’m not actually doing anything at the moment.’ And now I’ve heard there’s a [new album] coming out.""I’m not on it, I know that,” he concludes.Phil had already told this story to Britain's Daily Mail in September, except then, he didn't know if she had ended up using the music they worked on together.  He did say, though, that she was "a very nice lady" who is "certainly talented."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

Daryl Hall Expecting Audience to Dress Like Him & John Oates at Online Halloween

Image Courtesy of Kathy PhillipsTonight, Daryl Hall & John Oates will play "Hall-O-Ween & Oates," a special Halloween concert that will stream live online on Yahoo starting at 9 p.m. ET.  Daryl says he expects plenty of costumes in the audience, including ones inspired by himself and John.Speaking to Rolling Stone, Daryl says, "I've played many Halloween shows over the years, but never anything like this."  The occasion is the opening of Daryl's House, the singer's new bar and concert venue in Pawling, New York, inspired by his popular TV and online series Live from Daryl's House.  Six episodes of the show's new season, which will debut in March, will be taped there.While Daryl himself says he doesn't plan to dress up, he predicts fans will.  After all, he says some fans even dress as him and John when it's not Halloween.  "There are always some fools that do things like that," he tells Rolling Stone. "At least this is an appropriate time to do it."Asked which era of Hall & Oates will make the best costume, Daryl says, "Now."If you can't watch the show tonight, it'll be replayed for the next 24 hours.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 Dresses as "Pegacorn" for Halloween

Credit: Sarah BarlowNot just any costume will do for Taylor Swift: she had to dress as a mythical creature for Halloween.The singer Instagrammed a photo of herself standing in an elevator, wearing a white fuzzy top and pants with a tail, a set of wings and a headpiece with two ears and a long horn.  She captioned it, "Cause, darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a PEGACORN. #HappyHalloween!"A "pegacorn" is a cross between a winged horse -- a Pegasus -- and a unicorn.  In August, when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Taylor took part in the show's recurring "EW!" sketch, playing a girl named Natalie who displayed a drawing she made of a pegacorn.As for the caption of Taylor's Instagram photo, that's reworking of a line from her new song "Blank Space" -- the real one is, "'Cause, darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream." Cause, darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a PEGACORN. #HappyHalloween!A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:49am PDTFollow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Katy Perry's Halloween Costume Was Flamin' Hot

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry fans know that the singer's preferred snack food is Flamin' Hot Cheetos.  In fact, she loves them so much, she dressed as one for Halloween.Katy Instagrammed a photo of herself dressed as a giant, individual Flamin' Hot Cheeto -- her bright orange costume completely encased her body from her head to her knees, and her face peeked out through a hole.  If you weren't sure what she was supposed to be, she made it easy by carrying a purse made from a Flamin' Hot Cheetos bag.MTV reports Katy sported the costume at a Halloween party given by actress Kate Hudson.As for Katy's penchant for the snack, she once said in an interview that after her breakup with her ex-husband Russell Brand, she was so numb that she was "like, just eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that's it."  And in her video for the #1 hit "Dark Horse," she's seen eating from a huge bowl of them, which is pretty odd, considering the video's set in ancient Egypt.Katy was very pleased with herself and her costume: she captioned her Instagram photo "IDFWU" and added  "*drops mic.*"  "IDFWU" is a reference to the new single by Ariana Grande's boyfriend, rapper Big Sean, and by quoting it, Katy's basically saying that she's pretty much on another level when it comes to Halloween costumes. IDFWU *drops mic*KATY PERRY (@katyperry) taraf?ndan paylas?lan bir fotograf - surada: Eki 10, 2014 at 1:13ÖÖ PDTFollow --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: Blake & I Won't Leave "The Voice" 'Cause We're "Greedy"

Trae Patton/NBCWhile the coach lineup on The Voice has changed numerous times since the show debuted, one thing has remained the same: the dynamic duo of Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, whose "bromance" has been charming viewers for seven seasons now.  But Adam says there's a good reason that he and Blake haven't taken a season off from the show as other coaches have done: money.Speaking about Christina Aguilera's impending return to The Voice, Adam tells the TV show Extra, "I'm so excited she's coming back. She’s kind of like that anchor to the original crew, which I love. The one thing that's cool about the show that I love, and it's fun, is it's constantly changing. Blake and I have stuck around forever, because we're greedy."In addition to Adam, Blake and Christina, the other coaches have included Cee Lo Green, Shakira, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani.  Pharrell is returning for the eighth season to coach alongside Adam, Blake and Christina.While Adam was likely joking about his reasons for sticking around on The Voice, he seems genuine about the reasons why he loves being married to his new wife Behati Prinsloo.  "I think really, at the end of the day, if you find the right person, it's the best," he tells Extra. "It's like life gives you a person and you find that person and it's like, 'Thank God.' That's how I feel."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gavin DeGraw Recalls Halloween Costume that Traumatized Him at Age Five

James Minchin III/RCA RecordsHe's 37 years old, but Gavin DeGraw says he's still haunted by the memories of a Halloween costume he was made to wear at the tender age of five."I don't think I've ever had a really cool Halloween costume," he tells ABC News Radio. "In kindergarten, my mother dressed me up as a sailor, and that was the early days of the button fly, before that was cool. And I remember hearing the 'I see London, I see France' song. I was five years old, and I'll never forget that -- so, no more sailor outfits for me."OK, so what's Gavin, whose new best-of album is out now, going to dress up as this year? "I'm not sure what I'm going to be this year," he says. "But I guarantee to you it will have a zipper fly, not a button fly."  As it happens, Gavin doesn't have a concert on Halloween Night, so whatever he ends up going as will likely remain private.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

Phillip Phillips Reveals Which Violent Halloween Activity He Finds "Therapeutic"

Credit: Nick WalkerWhat's your favorite part of Halloween? Dressing up?  Trick-or-treating?  For Phillip Phillips, it's taking a knife and plunging it into the soft, yielding flesh...of a pumpkin.Recalling childhood Halloweens, Phillip tells ABC News Radio, "I used to love dressing up as a cowboy or Batman or a zombie or whatnot. Halloween's fun. [But] I like carving the pumpkins. For some reason it's very therapeutic for me."Wait, it's therapeutic to take a sharp knife and cut a pumpkin to pieces?  According to Phillip, yes."I just figured this out last year," he tells ABC News Radio. "And, you know, I was carving the pumpkins, and I was just, like, so calm while I was doing it!  I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' I think I even carved another one! I'm gonna carve at least a couple this year."Phillip, who also enjoys scooping out the guts of his pumpkins and placing candles inside, jokes that wielding a knife makes you "feel like you're king of the world."  But don't get him wrong: he also likes the other aspects of Halloween as well."Plus there's the candy," he laughs. "I can just clog my arteries!"  Phillip is currently out on an extensive tour in support of his current album Behind the Light, but he doesn't have a show on Halloween night.  His tour resumes Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.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 Says She's Cool with Being Single

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIn a new cover story for British Cosmopolitan's December issue, Taylor Swift talks relationships -- or lack thereof.The 24-year-old told the mag she's perfectly content to be single at this stage in her life. "People will say, 'let me set you up with someone,' and I'm just sitting there saying, ‘That's not what I'm doing. I'm not lonely; I'm not looking.'...They just don't get it," she said.The "Shake It Off" singer said she also realized that dating someone doesn't define you. "I've learned that just because someone is cute and wants to date you, that's not a reason to sacrifice your independence and allow everyone to say whatever they want about you," she said. "I'm not doing that anymore."The singer said she just can't picture any guy fitting into her life right now."It'd take someone really special for me to undergo the circumstances I have to go through to experience a date," she said. "I don't know how I would ever have another person in my world trying to have a relationship with me, or a family. The best answer I can come up with now is ‘go at it alone.' Life can be romantic without having a romance. I'm very attracted to how happy I am now."Just because Swift is single doesn't mean she's alone. She's got a plethora of gal pals to hang with, including Lena Dunham and model Karlie Kloss, not to mention millions of super fans.Taylor's new album, 1989, came 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 New Single: "Blank Space"

ABC/Lou RoccoYou probably aren't sick of Taylor Swift's two most recent tracks -- "Welcome to New York" and "Out of the Woods" -- just yet, but she's got another single coming down the pike.Taylor's record label announced Thursday that her next single from 1989 -- the official follow-up to "Shake It Off" -- will be "Blank Space."  It'll hit radio November 10.The song is the second track on 1989, and like "Shake It Off," it's a collaboration with superproducers Max Martin and Shellback.  In the song's lyrics, Taylor pokes fun at her reputation as a serial dater, singing, "You look like my next mistake/Love's a game, want to play?" and "Got a long list of ex-lovers/They'll tell you I'm insane/'Cause you know I love the players/and you love the game.""Blank Space" is also the song that inspired the name of Taylor's new perfume Incredible Things -- one of the lyrics is, "I could show you incredible things."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

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, OneRepublic Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Award

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry, Justin Timberlake and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.JT is a finalist in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  He's competing against the latest tours by One Direction and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  Justin and One Direction are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.Katy Perry's PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It's also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy's on-tour partnership with Staples.OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."One Direction competes against two of the most legendary music acts of all time -- Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones -- in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 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 

Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose First Round in Copyright Infringement Battle over "B

Interscope RecordsA judge in California is allowing a case to move forward that alleges Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a Marvin Gaye classic to write their smash "Blurred Lines."U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by "Blurred Lines" writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one had and, and the Gaye family and Gaye's publishers on the other.In Thursday's ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family's musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between "Blurred Lines" and copyright protected elements of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case. The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke's 2011 track "Love After War" and Gaye's 1976 track "After the Dance."The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs. In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office -- not other elements of the recordings themselves -- will be relevant at trial.A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.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

Bruno Mars Announces New Single with Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk"

Credt: Kai Z. FengFirst, the good news: Bruno Mars is releasing a new single.  Now, the bad news: it's not from a new Bruno Mars album.  Still, the news is pretty exciting:  Nruno took to Instagram to reveal that the new single, "Uptown Funk," is a collaboration with his friend, famed producer Mark Ronson. "Dear friends and family, for the past year, my buddy Mark Ronson has been secretly working on his album. I had the privilege to hear some of the material early on and I was blown away!!," Bruno writes. "Even though I was on the road I told him I had to be part of it. After countless sessions and sleepless nights, we somehow managed to write a couple tunes that I am so proud of and couldn't be more excited for you guys to hear."Bruno concludes, "Sooooooooooo, with that being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the first single off his amazing project is coming out on November 10th."  Mars includes the artwork for the single in the post, which depicts what looks like a close-up of a speaker.  It's billed as "Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars."Mark Ronson may be best known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, but he also worked with Adele on her first album, as well as with Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and dozens of other artists.  He and Bruno are friends because he worked on Bruno's album Unorthodox Jukebox, including the single "Locked Out of Heaven."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 Rocks NY's Times Square on ABC's "GMA," Calls "1989's" Huge Sales a

ABC/Fred Lee"Welcome to New York!" That's what Taylor Swift sang to her adoring fans Thursday morning, as she shut down New York City's Times Square for a concert on ABC's Good Morning America.It's been a busy week of non-stop promotion for the singer, who's been everywhere promoting her new album, 1989. "You guys, I'm having the best week of my life thanks to you, so thank you!" she told the crowd, as they cheered and screamed.1989 is on track to sell more than a million copies in its first week, and Taylor told ABC's Robin Roberts how grateful she is that fans are liking her new music.  "It's astounding to me how many people have decided to invest in this album and welcome it into their lives," she said. "I'm seeing everyone on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr posting pictures with their albums, and it makes me so happy. 'Cause I worked for this for two years, and for them to want to listen to my stories from the last two years of my life is the most insane honor!"Taylor also appreciated the fact that many of her fans went to great lengths to be front-and-center for Thursday's concert."It's just so amazing to be here and to have the fans all here and to have them sing the words to this new album of music," she laughed. "It's unbelievable, you guys are so fast at learning lyrics!  And I wanna thank everybody who camped out late last night.  There are a lot of people who slept over on the street in Times Square, so thank you for doing that."Taylor will be back in Times Square New Year's Eve to ring in 2015 as part of the annual ABC special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  The singer, who moved to the Big Apple not long ago, was just appointed a Global Welcome Ambassador for New York, and she spoke about how much she loves her new hometown. "I'm new to town and so I'm so excited about them including me in the tourism board, because everywhere I go, I'm just like, 'You need to go to New York!'" she told Roberts. "'Cause it's my favorite place in the world, it's my favorite city in the world and I'm so happy to get to play in Times Square -- what is my life right now!"Taylor also thrilled fans by teasing that a tour announcement is coming soon.  "I am gonna be going out on tour again. Very soon," she said. "We're in the early stages of planning the actual show, but I'm really excited about announcing things when I can announce them. But just know, it's going to be happening soon!"In addition to "Welcome to New York," Taylor also sang "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" during her GMA concert.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 

Train Premieres Retro Video for "Cadillac Cadillac"

Courtesy Columbia Records"Angel in Blue Jeans," the first video from Train's new album Bulletproof Picasso, was a mini-Western.  Their latest video, for their new single "Cadillac Cadillac," has just premiered on, and it's a retro-flavored clip with a bit of a Mad Men vibe.The video, set in the late '50's or early '60s, takes place on a soundstage where lead singer Pat Monahan is shooting a Cadillac ad: he's the star of the ad, and his female co-star sits in the front seat of the Caddy, giving him the eye. The rest of the band play photographers shooting the ad. Just as Pat and his co-star are about to kiss, he falls into a deep sleep and begins dreaming about walking through a fantastical landscape filled with dancing women.  Finally, his frustrated co-star wakes him up by throwing a glass of water in his face.The "Angel in Blue Jeans" video will be available on VEVO on Friday, and will make its TV debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT.Get More:Train, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Free Music VideosFollow --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's Halloween Goes to the Dogs

Kurt IswarienkoWhile everyone is trying to come up with the perfect Halloween costume for themselves, Colbie Caillat is much more focused on choosing the perfect outfits for some very special individuals: her dogs."I don't actually like to dress up myself," she says. "I feel bad, because I dress my dogs up.  It's just so much fun!"Colbie has several dogs and she says she created a memorable costume for one last Halloween."I have this little white mutt, and he's really grumpy, and last year I dressed him up as Oscar the Grouch," she laughs. "We got this dog-friendly green spray paint and sprayed him and put him in a trash can and it was really fun."This year, she says, she has no special dog-centric costume plans.  "I just want to be home and pass out candy!" she says.Colbie's current album Gypsy Heart is out now.  She'll launch another tour in support of the disc in 2015.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

Facebook Study: Taylor Swift, Elvis, Bon Jovi Unite Republicans & Democrats

Credit: Sarah BarlowIn the run-up to Election Day, Facebook has released a new study comparing the cultural similarities and differences between Democrats and Republicans, based on which fan pages both groups "like" on the social network.  When it comes to music, it turns out that there are very few acts who are liked equally by Democrats and Republicans, but Taylor Swift is one of them.Facebook compiled its study by first looking at users who "liked" the campaign pages of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.  Then, it cross-referenced those with what other pages those people liked on Facebook, to see which musicians were disproportionately liked by one party's supporters versus the other.  The study revealed that some acts, such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, Adele and Alicia Keys are disproportionately liked by Democrats versus Republicans.  Artists who are liked more by Republicans are nearly all country acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.  The most polarizing acts are The Beatles -- who are most liked by Democrats -- and country legend George Strait -- who is most liked by Republicans.But those musical acts who bridge the gap include Taylor, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Nickelback, country legends Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and classic rock giants AC/DC and Metallica.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

American Authors Plan Costume Bat-Stravaganza for Halloween Show

Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors is currently out on the road as part of the Honda Civic Tour, and they've got a show Halloween night in Minneapolis.  The band plans to take full advantage of the holiday show by staging an over-the-top costume extravaganza with one central theme: Batman.American Authors frontman Zac Barnett tells ABC News Radio that the entire band is planning to take the stage dressed, not as the Caped Crusader, but as classic Batman villains.  "I'm thinking about being Two-Face," he tells ABC News Radio.  "[Our bass player] Dave is going to be the Penguin. [Our drummer] Matt will be The Joker. We have, like, an extra backup musician who plays with us, his name is Taylor, and he's going to be the Riddler because he kind of looks like a Riddler."Referring to their lead guitarist, Zac says, "James, we're still not sure yet. We're kind of thinking Mr. Freeze or -- depending on how hot it gets on stage --with a mask he'd be a good Bane, because he's definitely the biggest guy out of the group. He could make a good Bane." Now, if you saw The Dark Knight Rises, you know that Bane wears a mask that covers his mouth, but Zac says James doesn't sing much, so it won't be a problem.However, there is one very notable Batman villain that Zac admits no one in the band has the guts to take on, costume wise: Catwoman."We were talking about that but I don't know if anyone wants to step up as Catwoman quite yet," he tells ABC News Radio. "I just don't know if any one of us are ready to get on stage in a full-on spandex Catwoman suit."  American Authors will close out the Honda Civic Tour November 11 in Connecticut, and then will appear on VH1's You Oughta Know all-star concert in New York on the 13th, along with Sam Smith, A Great Big World and other rising young acts.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 <a class="twitter-follow-button" href="">Follow @ABCNewsRadio</a><script>!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");</script></br>Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

London Mayoral Candidate Wants to Erect Statue of Adele in the Capital

Eric McCandless/CBS In London, England, there are hundreds of statues of notable people, from military heroes to great writers to former monarchs.  But one London mayoral candidate says it's time to erect sculptures that honoring some of our modern-day British Adele, for example.According to the Evening Standard, the candidate, David Lammy, wants to honor current cultural icons who hail from London's outer boroughs.  He said in a speech at a university, "Walk through Central London and you’ll pass statue after statue celebrating iconic Londoners. But why are these mostly limited to Zone One?" "Zone One" is a reference to the area of London most frequently visited by tourists; it's also the most expensive to travel to and around by subway.  Lammy is concerned that young people from poorer areas of town never get a chance to see those statues, so their areas should contain tributes to locals.He continued, "For example, Adele is an inspiration to people in my constituency of how, with hard work and determination, they can succeed in the arts.”  Adele hails from Tottenham, in North London.Lammy added, "[Cultural] achievements should be recognized through physical tributes that act as an inspiration for a new generation of cultural icons.”The paper notes that other successful outer-borough Londoners who could be subjects for statues include actor Daniel Day-Lewis, rock legend David Bowie and soccer icon David Beckham.This isn't such a crazy idea, actually: just last month, a statue of the late Amy Winehouse was erected in the North London borough of Camden.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

Barry Manilow Says Recording Whitney Houston Duet Was "Really Emotional"

ABC/Lou RoccoIf you thought it might be rather emotional recording a duet with one of your favorite singers, imagine how tough it would be if that singer had passed away.  Barry Manilow recently had that experience when he added his voice to a vocal track by the late Whitney Houston for his latest album, My Dream Duets."You know, it was really emotional hearing Whitney just by herself. I had to push myself away from the speakers," he said on The View Tuesday. "She was standing right next me. Really, I would sing with her and then I would go for the Kleenex."Barry's duet with Whitney is among those featured on his latest album, released earlier this week. Through the magic of technology, Barry sings with other stars who are no longer with us, like Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield, and Sammy Davis Jr. Barry explained why he tapped all posthumous stars for his album. "You know, they asked me to do a duets album and I thought, 'How can I make my duets album different than everybody?' I picked all these people that I would've loved to sing with, but they're all gone."Also on The View, Barry performed "I Believe in You and Me" from the album, using an LED screen image of Whitney to bring the song to life.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 

New Taylor Swift Wax Figure Unveiled in Washington, D.C.; "1989" on Track for 1

Image Courtesy Madame TussaudsEven though it often seems she is, even Taylor Swift can't be everywhere at once.  Good thing she's got two new wax figures of herself making their debuts this week at Madame Tussauds. On Monday, a new figure of Taylor was unveiled at Madame Tussauds' Hollywood location.  On Tuesday, a completely different figure made its debut at the museum's Washington, D.C. location.  The figure shows the singer wearing high heels, a ruby-red sequined top and black shorts, and she's holding her "Taylor" acoustic/electric guitar.  Her hair is in bangs, but it's longer, not her recent, shorter 'do.Taylor's had a figure on display in Madame Tussaud's on New York City since 2010.Meanwhile, Taylor's new album 1989 is an overwhelming success.  Billboard reports that the disc is now projected to sell a million copies in its first week, which would automatically make it, in a single week, the second-best-selling album of 2014, behind the Frozen soundtrack.If 1989 crosses the million threshold, it'll be Taylor's third million-selling debut in a row, and the largest sales week for any album since her own Red debuted two years ago.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 

Huey Lewis, Richard Marx, Kool & the Gang, Starship & More to Set Sail on '80s T

Credit: Marina ChavezIf you wanted your MTV back in the '80s, make sure you book passage on a new theme cruise setting sail in February of 2016. The 80s Cruise will feature performances by MTV staples like Huey Lewis and the News, Kool & the Gang, Richard Marx, Starship, A Flock of Seagulls, Modern English, Naked Eyes and Wang Chung.Also on hand for the seafaring extravaganza will be three of MTV's original VJs -- Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter.The weeklong cruise will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 28, 2016, and will visit Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas before returning to port on March 6.The cruise will offer a wide variety of '80s-themed costume parties and activities, including movie screenings, an old-school video arcade, trivia contests and karaoke.  The VJs will host a number of the events, while many of the performers will participate in interviews and meet-and-greet sessions.Visit to find out more information about the event or book a cabin now.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Smith Doesn't Want to "Jinx" His Possible Grammy Nomination

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCSam Smith has been racking up the awards -- and the award nominations -- in recent weeks, both in the U.S. and the U.K.  But the soulful British singer says he can't quite bring himself to think about that one award that trumps them all: the Grammy.Asked by Vibe magazine if he cares what musical category the Grammys would put him in, should he receive a nomination, Sam laughs, "Not at all!"  He then adds, "I don’t even want to think about it too much because I don’t want to jinx anything, but if that did happen, that would be unbelievable. Being nominated for anything is truly incredible."Sam is considered a shoo-in for any number of Grammy categories, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year for In the Lonely Hour.  He tells Vibe magazine, "At my shows I always say I made a pretty depressing record. But my album isn’t sad. It’s me talking about my issues and getting them out in my music so I don’t have to deal with them in my real life. It’s therapy."Sam says for In the Lonely Hour, his motto was "the more honest the better," and it seems like he plans to continue that theme in his future music.  On Monday, he posted on Instagram, "Just written the most honest song I've ever written...I can't wait for you all to hear this."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: Taylor Swift Advises Artists as Knockout Rounds Begin

Image Courtesy of Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift's whirlwind promotional blitz for her new album, 1989, brought her to The Voice on Monday night. She served as an adviser for all four teams, helping out the artists as they prepared for the latest stage in the competition, the Knockout Rounds.Taylor played an active role in rehearsals, suggesting to each contestant ways they can improve. Occasionally, she would even demonstrate by singing a few notes of the artist's song choice, as she did when Team Gwen member Bryana Salaz practiced Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack."The Voice made sure to sneak in a plug or two for Taylor's album during the prerecorded two-hour episode.Monday night marked the start of the Knockout Rounds. As was the case in the Battle Rounds, the coaches -- Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani -- paired up their artists. However, it was up to the artists to pick a song and perform it solo.Each coach has only one steal to use during the Knockout Rounds.Gwen opened the Knockout Rounds by pairing Bryana Salaz with Sugar Joans.  Bryana selected Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack." Taylor said it was more important for Bryana to convey the emotion of the lyrics, rather than show off her pipes.Sugar countered with Beyoncé's "Love On Top." Taylor advised her to not growl so much, so that her tone is "crystal clear."Adam said both were amazing, and that Gwen had a difficult decision ahead of her. Pharrell told Sugar he was upset with himself for not trying to add her to his team earlier in the season, and would make an attempt to steal her if she became available. Gwen named Bryana the winner, and true to his word, Pharrell scooped up Sugar.Up next were Team Blake's Griffin and James David Carter. James put his country spin on James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend." Taylor thought James did a good job of capturing the sentiment behind the song.Griffin told Taylor that he once met her parents at a show of hers a couple of years ago. She encouraged him to engage the audience when it was time for him to sing his choice, "As Long as You Love Me" by Justin Bieber.Gwen said Griffin's voice was like knives, but James was believable, so she would choose him. Adam said Griffin delivered a "man version" of "As Long as You Love Me." Blake declared James the winner. Griffin was eliminated.The first matchup in the Knockout Rounds for Team Pharrell featured DaNica Shirey and Katriz Trinidad. DaNica picked Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You." Taylor observed that DaNica's insecurities fuel her talent.Katriz dedicated Alicia Keys' "Superwoman" to her mom. Though she's only 15, Taylor said Katriz comes across as a polished performer.The coaches raved over Katriz's ability at such a young age. Pharrell described DaNica as a "unicorn" who's transformed into a confident singer. DaNica was named the winner. Perhaps it was surprising that Katriz didn't earn another chance with a rival team, though Gwen told the cameras that the coaches have to be conservative in using their lone steal.Team Adam's Damien and Toia Jones went head-to-head. Damien covered LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live." Taylor was so moved by his rehearsal that she told him she wanted to cry.Toia Jones selected Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." Taylor advised her to focus on the "crazy" part of the song. Blake favored Toia because her performance was so over-the-top. Pharrell agreed, saying she tore the place down. However, it was Damien who advanced, with Adam saying he's "beautiful to watch."Blake paired Jessie Pitts with Tanner Linford. Jessie tackled Ellie Goulding's arrangement of the Elton John hit "Your Song." Taylor applauded the choice.Tanner went with Train's "Calling All Angels." Taylor told Tanner he should play up what she called the "cute-boy factor." He was flattered by that description of his looks.Adam commented that Tanner, 17, looks different than he sounds. The Maroon 5 frontman then joked that he's a grown man and yet his voice is high. Blake said he had to go with the artist who has a clearer vision of his or her goals: Jessie. Tanner was sent home.In the final Knockout of the night, Luke Wade faced Team Pharrell teammate Taylor Phelan. Luke took on "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates. Taylor Swift said his tone was perfect, and that he was the type of artist whose album she would buy.To clear up any confusion, Taylor Swift suggested that Taylor Phelan call her "Tay." She also said she tends to have "rapport" with other people named Taylor. The male Taylor sang "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit.Gwen said Luke made the perfect song choice for himself. Blake suggested Luke ad-libbed a bit too much, and he preferred Taylor. Pharrell named Luke the winner, and the other three coaches tried to steal Taylor. Taylor decided to join Adam's team.The Knockout Rounds continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time 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

Katy Perry's Birthday Celebration Included a Trip to Paris

Image Courtesy of Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's overseas birthday celebration included her oft-rumored boyfriend, Diplo.After spending time in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Katy flew with the DJ and others by private jet to Paris on Saturday, when she officially turned 30. An insider tells E! News that the crew dined at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, adding, "They were inside for about two and a half hours. Katy looked happy but tired as she was yawning."Katy and Diplo went their separate ways the next day, with Diplo heading to South Korea for a performance.Katy's birthday festivities came amid a new report from the New York Daily News that Diplo, whose birth name is Wesley Pentz, is expecting a child with an ex, Kathryn Lockhart. They currently have a four-year-old son together.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

Bruno Mars to Play Rock in Rio, Red Hot Chili Peppers Benefit Event

Ray Mickshaw/FOXBruno Mars is the latest performer to be confirmed for the first Rock in Rio U.S.A. music festival, taking place this May in Las Vegas.  Bruno will join No Doubt, Taylor Swift and John Legend at the event, which will take place over two weekends: May 8-9 and May 15-16.  Bruno will perform on May 16, the same day as John Legend. Bruno is a familiar face in Las Vegas, thanks to the mini-residency he did at that city's Cosmopolitan hotel.Before that, though, you can see Bruno perform live if you can get yourself to L.A. this weekend.  Remember earlier this year, when he shared the Super Bowl halftime stage with one of his favorite bands, the Red Hot Chili Peppers?   Well, the members of that band are hosting a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California this Saturday, November 1, and Bruno will be performing live.The benefit, hosted by Chili Peppers' bass player Flea and lead singer Anthony Kiedis [keediss], raises money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, an L.A.-based music school.  It has about 700 students, 200 of whom attend for free.  For tickets, call 323-665-3363.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 Says New Album, "1989," Is "The Best Thing I've Done"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift's new album, 1989, is now in stores. She's described it as her first official pop album, and says making it was the next logical step in her artistic journey from her country-pop roots."I think that this felt like the most sonically cohesive thing to do. This felt like the most authentic thing for me to follow because I've been playing around with pop sensibilities with my writing for the last couple of years," Taylor said on Monday's Good Morning America.“I could have made Red twice," she continued, referring to her last album. "I could have done the same thing over again but, instead, I decided to go in a completely different direction, and I’m so happy that I did because the fans are truly going to get a new album."So far, 1989 has garnered rave reviews, which makes Taylor very happy.“I feel so without a doubt [that] this is the best thing I’ve done -- so to have people able to finally have it now and to have the fans understand what I’ve been working on for two years, it’s just the most amazing feeling,” Taylor said.Taylor paid particular attention to her fans even before 1989 was released, inviting groups of them into her homes across the country for secret listening sessions.  Amazingly, those fans didn't say a word about the experience."These fans heard the album a month ahead of time and they didn't leak anything. They didn't tell any secrets," said Taylor. "It was so amazing and it was such a bonding experience."Taylor will be back on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday for a performance.  She's on The Voice Monday and Tuesday, The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night, and The View on Thursday.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sting Hosts Star-Studded NYC Premiere of New Musical, "The Last Ship"

Photo: Frank OckenfelsSting's first Broadway musical The Last Ship had its official opening on Sunday night, and as you might imagine, the audience was packed with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's A-list buddies.Showbiz411 reports that guests included Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Robert DeNiro, as well as Melanie Griffith, Deborah Harry of Blondie, Liam Neeson, Barbara Walters, Edie Falco, Joely Richardson, Bill Pullman, and Alan Cumming.  Of course, Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, was also on hand, as were his two oldest kids, Joe and Kate Sumner.According to the website, at the end of Sunday night's performance, Sting came out on stage to thank everyone associated with the show, and sang the title song, "The Last Ship," with the cast.While pointing out that the musical still has "nagging flaws," theThe New York Times praised the show for having "a seductive score that ranks among the best composed by a rock or pop figure for Broadway," adding, "Sting’s songs...never feel like pop tunes awkwardly shoehorned into a ready-made narrative."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

Sinead O'Connor Attacks Miley Cyrus for Dressing Like a "Stripper"

RCA Records/EMI MusicSinead O'Connor got into a feud with Miley Cyrus last year, and it looks like the '80s star is starting up again with Miley.On her website, Sinead has posted a photo of Miley onstage with a bunch of money stuffed in her mouth, and written an essay that starts with these words: "Urgent! Does Anyone Know the Whereabouts of this Girl’s Parents?"Sinead then adds, "...Because they appear to be missing in action."  She goes on to write, "In short, no human being on earth would be photographing, filming or watching my child-like looking daughter dressed as a stripper with a load of cash stuck in her mouth.  Hello? Is anyone seriously calling this female empowerment? It is the exact opposite."She continues, "Along with making a mockery of feminism, the music industry is consciously engaging in the sexualizing of minors via the sexualizing of artists who look like minors and whose audience are minors."Sinead then goes on to say that if you don't believe her, we should remember that "no one believed priests were sexualizing minors either," and adds, "I have a history of being right about these things.  Whether or not these artists feel its their ‘choice’ to be sold on the basis of their sexuality is beside the point. Their under-age audiences have been given no choice as to whether or not they want to be sexualized before their natural time."So far, Miley has yet to respond to Sinead's posting.Last year, after Miley said that her "Wrecking Ball" video was inspired by Sinead's classic clip for "Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead wrote Miley an open letter, warning her against being taken advantage of.  "You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal," Sinead chided. Miley then responded by intimating via Twitter that Sinead was crazy, and comparing her to Amanda Bynes, whose bizarre behavior in 2013 was actually due to mental illness.  This led to additional open letters from Sinead demanding that Miley apologize for making fun of the mentally ill.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

Sam Smith's Future Career: Barista Florist?

ABC/Randy HolmesSam Smith is ruling the music world right now, with sold-out shows, hit singles and awards and nominations galore. But he says in the future, he's looking forward to settling down, and even getting into the world of retail sales.Speaking to Teen Vogue magazine, Sam, who has said he's never been in a "real relationship," reveals, "The idea of having a house, a kid, a husband, and a dog...I love that."  But he adds, surprisingly, "I also really want to open a coffee and flower shop one day, probably in Italy."Sam struggled for years to make it and he shares with Teen Vogue the moment when things turned around for him."The minute I started to tell a story, everything clicked into place," Sam explains. "I became an artist because I had something to say."  What he had to say was how he felt about unrequited love: "I fell in love with someone last year, and he didn't love me back," Sam reveals. "I deleted him off of WhatsApp, and it felt like I'd just broken up with him."That experience inspired the songs on Sam's hit album In the Lonely Hour, and he tells Teen Vogue, "You can read as many interviews as you want, but if you put on my record, I'm telling you, that is me."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Joint Shows in NYC, London and LA

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentLady Gaga and Tony Bennett are getting their duet act together and taking it on the road.The stars, whose album Cheek to Cheek debuted at #1, have announced three dates for 2015: May 30 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, June 8 at London's Royal Albert Hall, and June 19 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Tickets go on sale November 3 for L.A. and New York, while London goes on sale October 31.A full orchestra, as well as two different jazz ensembles, will back up Gaga and Bennett during these shows.The two artists had already announced two shows: a post-Grammy gig at L.A.'s Wiltern Theater, and a New Year's Eve show in Las Vegas. Both those shows are sold out.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 to Return to Times Square for "Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve wi

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift rang in 2013 by performing live in New York City's Times Square on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  This December, she'll be making a repeat trip to the Crossroads of the World.Taylor will perform live on ABC in Times Square December 31 as part of New Year's Rockin' Eve. She'll be just one of many performers that night, both in Times Square and on the West Coast. Once again, Ryan Seacrest will host the show, and lead the traditional countdown to midnight.Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.Taylor's new album, 1989, is in stores today.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 Requirements for First Official Pop Album 1989: "Energy," "Electr

Big Machine RecordsUnless you've been in a cave for the past six months or so, you know that Taylor Swift's new album 1989 officially arrives on Monday.  She's said numerous times that the disc -- titled after the year of her birth -- was inspired by late-'80s pop music, but Taylor reveals that she didn't set out to make a record like that: it just kinda ended up that way."The 1989 album title hit me actually, the night of the Grammys this year," she explains. "I went home and ate a bunch of In-N-Out Burger and sat around with my backup singers and played them what I had so far of the was about halfway done."  Taylor says it was her dancers who clued her in to the fact there seemed to be a theme going on."The one thing they kept talking about was, 'This is such an '80s throwback record,' like, 'There's such '80s sounds in the synths and the drums and the way that you've recorded the vocals.'  They kept commenting on it," she says. "It hit me for the first time that I had been naturally gravitating towards that, because I'd been listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel and late-'80s Madonna and the Eurythmics and kind of focusing, without meaning to, on how they made music back then.""I feel like, looking back, the late '80s were a time of just kind of endless possibility and rebelling against what was normal," Taylor continues.  "[Like,] 'We can wear bright clothes; we can dance how we want; we can make crazy music that sounds nothing like the music that was made in the last decade.'"Taylor says the musical fearlessness of the era also inspired her because 1989 is her first official pop album, after years of straddling the line between pop and country. "I was very inspired by the risk-taking there.  And you know, I'm taking a risk in switching genres.  In a way it's creatively starting over," she says. "And, so, I was very inspired by their willingness to step outside their own box in the late '80s."The Grammy winner says she had several requirements for 1989: she didn't just want it to be like any other pop album out there. "I wanted it to have that catchy, kind of dance-y vibe to it," she notes. " I wanted there to be energy and electricity to what we were doing but I wanted it to also be smart.  So, I didn't want to lose...witty lyrics and kind of, like, a sharpness to the storytelling."  She says "Shake It Off," the first single, perfectly encapsulates what she wanted to do musically on the record.Taylor promoted 1989 with her now-legendary "secret sessions": a series of parties for her die-hard fans at her various homes, during which she played the album for them, baked them cookies and posed for photos.   Inviting fans into your home and trusting they wouldn't spill the beans about the album -- let alone do something crazy -- was a pretty groundbreaking idea, but Taylor says 1989 demanded something unique."It's fun to kind of think of an album promotion campaign less as an album promotion campaign.  I like to think of ways to make it feel like a gathering between all like-minded people," she explains.  "One of the cool things I was really excited about for 1989 was, before I was even done with the album I thought, 'I need to play this for fans early.  I think I have this cool idea.'"That idea involved tracking fans online for literally months and identifying a subsection who all had one thing in common. "None of the people who came to the sessions had ever met me before," she points out. "So, these were all dedicated fans who have been fans for eight years, have been to seven shows, have waited outside Good Morning America and never got to say hi.  So this was an opportunity for me to actually meet them in the most private, intimate, fun, cozy setting possible."Speaking of Good Morning America, Taylor will sit down with ABC's Robin Roberts on Monday on Good Morning America to talk about the album, and then on Thursday, she'll return to the show to perform.   And speaking of performing, Taylor says she's in the early stages now of planning the huge tour she'll do in support of 1989."It's just so much fun to be in this phase now where we're planning the tour and I really get to think about all these things, all these costume questions and 'How many people are we bringing out on tour?' and 'What's the stage design?'  And it's honestly like putting together a huge puzzle, little piece by little piece by little piece," she says. "And it's my favorite process."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 & Taylor Swift Gush on Twitter After Kelly Covers "Shake It Off"

Justin Lubin/NBC; CMAEarlier this month, Kelly Clarkson covered Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" during a North Carolina concert performance.  At her concert in Buffalo, NY over the weekend, she threw in another cover: Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" -- and Taylor was quite appreciative.During the concert, Kelly told the audience, "This is a church song. This is a soulful song. This is one of my favorite songs out right now."  As the audience cheered, she laughed, "You think you know it, but you don't -- it's not Sam Smith!"  She then launched into "Shake It Off," but turned the first verse into a slow, bluesy, gospel tune. "Watching Kelly Clarkson SLAY 'Shake It Off' is an excellent way to celebrate 26 HOURS TIL 1989!!!!!!" Taylor tweeted, posting a link to the performance.  To which Kelly replied, "Love this song! Hope you like our gospel beginning ha! We had fun with it! Congrats on the new album coming out girl!"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