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Jason Mraz Kicks Off Historic Tour of All of NYC's Five Boroughs Tonight


Courtesy Atlantic RecordsStarting tonight, Jason Mraz takes Manhattan -- and every other part of New York, too.  While some artists do residencies in Las Vegas, or at one venue, like the O2 in London, Jason is doing a residency of New York City as a whole, with a concert this month in each of New York City's five boroughs.

Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Jason and his tour partners, the all-female band Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx -- beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping up the 22nd and 23rd at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. 

Asked if he's looking forward to playing any particular section of New York more than another, Jason tells ABC News Radio, "You know, I'm excited to be back in Radio City Music Hall -- don't get me wrong; I do love that. But I'm also just genuinely excited about what each of the boroughs is gonna bring. Because I don't know. I don't know what to expect."

What fans can expect, though, is a different set list in each location. "Definitely! We're going to mix it up every night, and I get to do that thanks to my amazing support band, Raining Jane," Jason says.  He and the Janes, as they're called, have been touring together since late August; they also joined him on his current album, YES!

Jason says that one of the goals in doing the tour is to encourage New Yorkers to actually journey from wherever they happen to live to other parts of the city to see him play.  This isn't always as easy as it sounds: people who live in Manhattan, for example, often complain about having to go to Brooklyn.  But Jason says, fingers crossed, his music will be enough to tempt folks to travel.

"I'm hoping that we're not just playing for people in those boroughs, but that it gives New Yorkers a chance to commute and go check out some of the other boroughs and some of the other neighborhoods that they may not have seen yet," he says.  

After he wraps up the New York shows, Jason will head overseas for some shows in the U.K. and Europe, before coming back to North America in early October for more dates.

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Nick Jonas Gets "Jealous" with Girlfriend in New Video


Island RecordsNick Jonas' co-star for his latest music video, "Jealous," is his real-life girlfriend, former Miss USA winner Olivia Culpo.

In the clip, Nick rides a motorcycle, drives a cab and is schooled on the basketball court as he sings about how he "still gets jealous."  There are plenty of shots of Culpo and another woman to emphasize his point.

"Jealous" is off Nick's self-titled solo album, due out November 11.

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Kanye West on Wheelchair Incident: "Pick a New Target"


Universal Music GroupKanye West is tired of being picked on.

The rapper said he’s being unfairly “demonized” by the media after he made headlines for reportedly demanding that one of his concertgoers in a wheelchair stand up.

A video from the concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia, actually shows the rapper urging the entire audience onto its feet for “Good Life.”

“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” the rapper is heard saying, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s***.”

When only a single fan remained seated, the crowd began booing and chanting, “Stand up,” until West sent his bodyguard to investigate that, yes, the person was in a wheelchair.

Without apology, Kanye went on to perform.

Despite the backlash that followed, his wife, Kim Kardashian, doesn’t think her husband has anything to apologize for.

Along with a clip she posted on Instagram from his concert Monday night, she wrote, “What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.”

West defended himself at Monday’s show in Brisbane, Australia, according to a video from the concert.

After calling out morning talk show hosts for making the incident into “such big media-press-news,” he admonished them to “take a step back and look at this.”

He added, “I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*** artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’m going to take my platform and break this s*** down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we’ll get back to the music.”

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Britney Spears to Renew Las Vegas Deal for Two More Years?


Denise TruscelloWhile some doubted that Britney Spears' residency in Las Vegas would be a success, she's proved them wrong in spades: The Las Vegas Sun reports that her show at Planet Hollywood is so successful, she's close to signing a two-year extension.

The paper reports that ever since Celine Dion, the unofficial Queen of Vegas, canceled all her shows so she could tend to her ailing husband, Britney's show, Piece of Me, has become the top Vegas moneymaker for Caesars Entertainment, the company that runs many of the hotels in Sin City.

The paper says that the discussions that Britney's team have been in are now getting close to "signed contract status."  Her original deal is set to end in 2015.  Britney recently told Variety that she's not interested in going back to touring the old-fashioned way. "I’m really happy with the way I’m set up right now, going to Vegas and coming back and having my foundation here [in Los Angeles]," she said. "I’m a home girl."

And more proof that Britney is in Vegas to stay: the paper reports that her manager Larry Rudolph just moved full-time to a luxury apartment complex five minutes from Planet Hollywood.

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Fergie Returns with New Single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)," on Sept. 30


ABC/Bob D'AmicoA day after Billboard reported that Fergie was readying a brand-new solo album for 2015, word comes that she'll deliver a new single this month.

According to a tweet from Billboard's Gary Trust, Fergie's new song is called "L.A. LOVE (la la)" and it'll arrive September 30.

Billboard reported that Fergie was readying the follow-up to her one and only solo album, The Dutchess, and that it would likely come out in 2015, with a new single "before the end of the year."

The publication also reported that among the producers Fergie is working with is Mike WiLL Made-It, perhaps best known for his work on Miley Cyrus' Bangerz album.

The Dutchess, which came out in 2006, spun off five top 5 singles, including “Fergalicious,” “London Bridge” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”  In the past eight years, Fergie's married Josh Duhamel and become a mom to son Axl Jack, released two albums with the Black Eyed Peas -- The E.N.D. and The Beginning -- and appeared in several movies, as well as on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby.

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Whitney Houston Live Album Arriving This Fall


PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsWhitney Houston’s fans will soon be able to purchase the late singer's first-ever live album, titled Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.

Almost three years after the singer's death, Legacy Recordings has announced the posthumous release which will include 16 live songs on CD and 18 performances on DVD.  The albums will assemble performances from events and TV appearances across the singer's career. Among the songs fans can expect to hear are her stellar rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from Super Bowl XXV in 1991 as well as her 2009 performance of "I Didn’t Know My Own Strength" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will arrive November 10.

Here's the track list for Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances CD:

“Home” (The Merv Griffin Show, 1983)
“You Give Good Love” (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1985)
“How Will I Know” (The Brit Awards, 1987)
“One Moment in Time” (The 31st Annual Grammy Awards, 1989)
“Greatest Love of All” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
“The Star-Spangled Banner” (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
“All the Man That I Need” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
“I’m Your Baby Tonight” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
“A Song for You” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
“Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going/I Have Nothing” (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
“I’m Every Woman” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994)
“I Will Always Love You” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994)
“My Love Is Your Love” (Late Show with David Letterman, 1998)
“I Believe in You and Me” (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
“I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances DVD additional tracks:

“My Love Is Your Love” (Music Video)
“When You Believe” (with Mariah Carey) (The 71st Annual Academy Awards, 1999)

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Mary Lambert Announces Headlining Tour in Support of Debut, "Heart on My Sleeve"


Capitol RecordsMary Lambert, best known for co-writing and singing on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' smash "Same Love," will launch a headlining tour of North America on October 10 in Toronto.  The tour comes in support of her debut album Heart on My Sleeve, due October 14.

The first single from the album, "Secrets," is already a hit and the video has racked up more than 2.5 million views on VEVO.

In a statement, Mary, who spent all summer on the road with Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, says about her album, "I can only write about the experiences I've had. I signed to a major label. I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people."

"This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there," she adds.

Here are Mary's tour dates:

10/10 -- Toronto, ON, Adelaide Hall
10/11 -- Montreal, QB,  La Vitrola
10/17 -- Albany, NY, College of St. Rose
10/19 -- Boston, MA, The Sinclair
10/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, North Star Bar
10/23 -- Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall
10/24 -- Durham, NC, Motorco Music Hall
10/25 -- Clearwater, FL,  Capitol Theatre
10/27 -- Atlanta, GA, The Loft @ Centerstage
10/28 -- Nashville, TN,  Mercy Lounge
10/29 -- Columbus, OH, A&R Bar
11/01 -- Minneapolis, MN,  Fine Line
11/02 -- Omaha, NE, Waiting Room
11/03 -- Kansas City, KS, Record Bar
11/05 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theatre
11/07 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
11/09 -- Phoenix, AZ, Club Red
11/13 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
11/15 -- Vancouver, BC, Rio Theatre

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Charli XCX Wants to Sell Feminine Hygiene Products on Tour


Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX is obviously not shy. In her new cover story in Complex magazine, she discusses how, when she goes on tour, she'd like to sell feminine hygiene products along with the usual array of t-shirts and posters.

"I’m kind of obsessed with [my period] right now,” Charli tells the magazine. "Periods are really punk. I want to have tampons as merch that say ‘PERIODS ARE PUNK.’”  She adds that if she were to release a bunch of songs that she recorded in Sweden not long ago -- songs that didn't make it onto her upcoming album Sucker -- she says she'd release it under the name The Tampon Girls.

"That’s such a sick name for a punk band,” she laughs.

Of course, Charli could just be putting the interviewer on; she says a lot of outrageous things in the cover story.  But she gets serious when she talks about herself as a songwriter.  The woman who penned "Boom Clap," "Fancy" and "I Love It" tells Complex, "I just want to leave my mark. I just want people to write about Charli XCX.” 

When asked what she wants them to say about her, she responds, "Just...that I was an important songwriter who changed the landscape of pop music. That’d be pretty cool.”

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Taylor Swift Gushes over Bethany Mota's "Dancing with the Stars" Performance


ABC/Adam TaylorMonday night on the season premiere of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, YouTube star Bethany Mota danced with pro Derek Hough to Taylor Swift's song "Shake It Off."  And Taylor was just a tiny bit excited over it.

Posting a video of the performance on Twitter, Taylor gushed, "Oh my God, LOVE HER, oh my God."  She also added the hashtag "#BAEthany" to express her admiration for the 18-year-old vlogger from California, whose online videos about fashion, hair, makeup and other lifestyle topics have garnered over 500 million views.

Bethany replied, "Thanks to @taylorswift13 my new nickname is #BAEthany literally LOOOOOOVE her so much."

Perhaps Taylor will add Bethany to her collection of famous young female friends, which includes Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Karlie Kloss, Hailee Steinfeld, Lorde, Lena Dunham and others.

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Katy Perry Leads MTV EMA Nominations with Seven; Ariana Grande Has Six


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It hasn't even been a month since the MTV VMAs happened, but it's already time for the MTV EMAs -- the European Music Awards.  The nominees have now been revealed, and Katy Perry leads all comers with seven nods.

Katy, who's hosted the MTV EMA ceremony twice and has won four awards, is listed in categories such as Best U.S. Act; Best Song, for "Dark Horse"; Best Female; Best Live, and more.  Ariana Grande, who hosted last year's backstage MTV EMA festivities, is right behind Katy with six nominations, while 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams each have five. 

Iggy Azalea, who was one of the leading nominees at the VMAs, has four nods at the EMAs, as do One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Sam Smith, and Kiesza.  This year's 20th anniversary ceremony will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on November 9 and will air on MTV channels worldwide.

Voting in now open at TV.MTVEMA.vote.  Here are all the nominees:

Best Song
Ariana Grande -- "Problem" ft. Iggy Azalea
Eminem -- "The Monster" ft. Rihanna
Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse" ft. Juicy J
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
Sam Smith -- "Stay With Me"

Best Pop
5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Miley Cyrus
One Direction

Best Female
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift

Best Male
Ed Sheeran
Eminem
Justin Bieber
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams

Best Live
Beyoncé
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Katy Perry
One Direction

Best New
5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Charli XCX
Kiesza
Sam Smith

Best Video
Iggy Azalea -- "Black Widow ft. Rita Ora"
Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse ft. Juicy J"
Kiesza -- "Hideaway"
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
Sia -- "Chandelier"

Best Rock
Arctic Monkeys
The Black Keys
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park

Best Alternative
Fall Out Boy
Lana Del Rey
Lorde
Paramore
Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Hip Hop
Drake
Eminem
Iggy Azalea
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Electronic
Afrojack
Avicii
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Hardwell

Biggest Fans
5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Nicki Minaj
One Direction

Best Look
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Rita Ora
Taylor Swift

Best Push
5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Charli XCX
Cris Cab
John Newman
Jungle
Kid Ink
Kiesza
Lorde
Sam Smith
Zedd

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Icona Pop to Headline REVERB Campus Consciousness Tour


Fredrik EtoallSwedish duo Icona Pop will headline this year's REVERB Campus Consciousness tour, which supports environmental efforts at colleges across the country. This year's tour will also support female student leaders.

During the tour, before each night's show, five female leaders and their friends from each campus will be invited to join a panel discussion with the "I Love It" duo, who will award them a $100 cash prize.  Each night's show will also feature an interactive Consciousness Village, featuring prizes, games, and information on taking positive environmental action.

Here are the tour dates:

10/15 -- University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (Students Only)
10/17 -- West Virginia University,  Morgantown, WV
10/18 -- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
10/23 -- St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
10/25 -- University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
10/28 -- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
10/30 -- Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
10/1 -- Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

The Campus Consciousness tour was created by the environmental non-profit group REVERB in 2006, and has featured artists like Drake, Capital Cities and Janelle Monae in previous years.

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Colbie Caillat, fun.'s Jack Antonoff Encourage Students to Support Music Ed. Through the Grammy Foundation


Andrew Southam/Republic RecordsColbie Caillat and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, as well as Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, are serving as ambassadors for the Grammy Foundation's new initiative with Jostens, the yearbook and class-ring company.

Through the partnership, students can opt to have a music icon placed on their yearbooks and class rings with $1 going to the Grammy Foundation for each order up to $100,000. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation's Grammy in the Schools music education programs.

Colbie, Jack and Darius have each contributed a video to the project explaining how studying music in high school helped them become the Grammy-winning stars they are today. 

"There's so much going on in your brain and body in high school, to be able have a creative outlet, it really helps you find yourself, even if you're not going to be a professional musician some day," says Colbie. "It helps you learn about yourself and and it helps give yourself a goal to reach and really keep you busy every day and distract you from getting into bad things, I think."

Jack says, "In high school, we all have this unique opportunity to really have an impact and try things out...so I was discovering music and being in a band...all these things were opening up, [and] I think I really went full speed ahead in the direction of the positive things that were going on in my life."

Jostens is also donating $50,000 on top of the money raised through the class rings and yearbooks program, so the total donation to the Grammy Foundation could reach $150,000. Go to Jostens.com/GrammyFoundation for more details.

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Angry Rihanna to CBS: "[BLEEP] You" for Pulling Song from "Thursday Night Sports"


Credit: Ellen Von UnwerthRihanna is not pleased about the fact that CBS Sports last week didn't use her song "Run This Town" to kick off Thursday Night Football -- and she now appears to be threatening to stop them from using it this week.

She tweeted, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."  She added, "The audacity..."

You may recall that last week, because Ray Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, were playing on Thursday Night Football, CBS canceled its plans to use "Run This Town."  This was in response to an outcry from fans who argued that a song by a victim of domestic violence -- that would be Rihanna -- shouldn't be used to introduce a team whose roster included a player accused of the same crime.

In a statement to ABC News, CBS Sports said, “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

 

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Adam Lambert Filling In for Keith Urban as "American Idol" Judge at NY Auditions


Lee Cherry/RCA RecordsAmerican Idol is bringing back a former contestant to serve as a guest judge during auditions, while Keith Urban steps away due to the death of wife Nicole Kidman's father.

The show has announced that season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert will join Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. this week during auditions at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The official American Idol Twitter account posted the following message: "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time."

Adam served as a mentor last season on American Idol. The 14th season of the Fox singing competition begins in early 2015.

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Train, Still Rolling After 20 Years, Releases New Album "Bulletproof Picasso"


Columbia RecordsTrain's new album Bulletproof Picasso is in stores today, and considering that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the band's existence, lead singer Pat Monahan says the album's unusual title is an apt description of their staying power.

"The whole album is stories of venturing from a small town to San Francisco," Pat tells ABC News Radio.  "And 'Bulletproof Picasso' --the song -- is about leaving [my hometown of] Pennsylvania and sitting there with my friends and saying, 'Who's got the b***s to do this with me? Who's made of lead paint and bulletproof?'"

"Then, what we realized, was that we're, in a sense, a 'Bulletproof Picasso,'" he adds. "'Cause we're artists and, for some reason, after 20 years, we're still here making music people listen to on the radio."

Of course, few bands can exist for two decades without some lineup changes, and Train is no exception: Bulletproof Picasso is the first not to feature founding drummer Scott Underwood, and other members have left along the way.  At this point, the only original members are Pat and guitarist Jimmy Stafford, but Jimmy says despite the changes, they're still Train.

"We have gone through some different members through the years, and I think we've always managed to be Train each step of the way," he tells ABC News Radio. "Pat's got a pretty recognizable voice. I don't think Train could be Train without that voice. But I've liked all the different formations of the band and this one might be my favorite."

The current Train lineup will play a series of special album-release shows this month to celebrate the arrival of Bulletproof Picasso and its hit single "Angel in Blue Jeans."  On Wednesday and Thursday, they'll perform at the Pantages Theater in L.A.  On Sunday and Monday, they'll perform in their hometown of San Francisco, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and on September 25, they'll be at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"I think we decided to do these shows because we're out anyways promoting the new record," Jimmy tells ABC News Radio. "And I think it's kinda like, while we're out there, we should do a few shows and try some of these new tunes out on our fans."  Don't expect a performance of Bulletproof Picasso in its entirety, though.

"Maybe some day," says Jimmy. "But nobody will familiar enough with it at that point. So maybe down the road we'll do that. I think it'll be really fun."

Bulletproof Picasso has more of a rock sound than Train's previous two albums, and it has a healthy dose of soul as well.  Explaining why, Pat tells ABC News Radio, "Very few people listen to albums but for some reason Train fans listen to albums, so they don't want one song, they want an album to make sense. And that's what we set out to do and we always will...so we just feel like it's time for us to try to be as credible artists as we can be."

"The Beatles were rock & soul," says Pat.  "Like, anything with heart. We just want to have that: whatever that emotional connection is with people."  

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Jennifer Hudson Enlists Iggy Azalea for “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”


Image Courtesy Renato Sampaio/ RCA RecordsJennifer Hudson has released another new offering from her upcoming album, JHUD. The singer teams with Iggy Azalea on a song called “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” which was produced by Pharrell.

Hudson serves up sexy advice on the disco-inspired song: “Whisper in his ear it makes it hotter / Don’t wipe the sweat it makes it better," she sings on the track, which premiered on BuzzFeed.

"I hope it’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: let go of the sh** that holds you back and just take a minute to dance and feel good," Hudson tells the site. "It’s that perfect mix of glamorous, late-night style, dance music from the past that has always really hit me deep." Fans can expect JHUD to arrive September 23.

In other Iggy Azalea news, she and her boyfriend, L.A. Laker Nick Young, celebrated their one-year anniversary on Sunday.  Nick posted a photo of Iggy at Target and wrote, "Happy Anniversary boo thang ..1 yr ago I put my Mack down and took this girl on a date to Target, and she's been trapped since lol."  Iggy posted a photo of two huge bouquets of roses that Nick gave her.

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Kiesza to Release Debut Album Oct. 21


Lokal Legend/4th and B'way/Island RecordsKiesza, the Canadian singer/songwriter who's climbing the charts with her hit "Hideaway," will release her debut album, Sound of a Woman, on October 21.

The album's pre-order goes live on iTunes on September 22, and those who pre-order it will get a brand new song.

Meanwhile, Kiesza, whose birth name is Kiesza Ellestad, will make her U.S. daytime TV debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 24.  She's also announced a few upcoming U.S. dates: she'll perform in Washington, D.C. on September 29, in Philadelphia on September 30, and in Boston on October 1.

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Ariana Grande's Mom Wouldn't Let Her Record Song She Wrote at 14: Too Sexual, Said Mom


Tesh/Marie ClaireAriana Grande seems a lot younger than she actually is -- she's 21, for the record -- but she's actually wise beyond her years.  Maybe a little too wise.  In the new issue of Marie Claire magazine, the singer says she wrote a song when she was 14 that her mom wouldn't let her record because it was just too sexy.

"I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album," Ariana tells the magazine, recalling her first efforts at music. "I was like, 'Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I'm ready. Let's go.'"  Unfortunately, she wasn't able to make the kind of music she wanted to make at the time.

"I wrote this song called 'Higher,' and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, 'This is a great song, but damn, you're too young for this,'" Ariana says.  While waiting until she was old enough to make the kind of "soulful" music she was interested in, Ariana landed a starring role in a Broadway musical, and then got a job on Nickelodeon.  It took her three years to finish her debut, Yours Truly, which entered the chart at #1.

Ariana also shared with Marie Claire a funny story that speaks to the nature of celebrity culture nowadays.  Describing her first car accident, she says, "I was driving to Big Sean's house on those windy hills in L.A. It was my first time going up those hills so I was going like 12 miles per hour. This lady was whipping around the corner, and I came to a complete stop so she bumped me really hard -- the whole front of my Range Rover was wrecked."

"She jumped out and was like, 'Sweetie, it's okay, it's totally fine. What do you do?'" Ariana continues. "I was like, 'I'm a singer.' And she was like, 'Oh...I think I broke my leg!' And I was like, 'I mean...I make jewelry!'"

You can read Ariana's entire interview with Marie Claire when it hits newsstands on Tuesday.

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Robin Thicke Admits Drug Abuse, Says He Didn't Co-Write "Blurred Lines"


Image courtesy ABC/Kelsey McNealRemember last year, when Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye's family got involved in a legal dispute over whether or not Thicke's "Blurred Lines" borrows from Gaye's hit song, "Got to Give It Up?"  Both Thicke and co-writer Pharrell Williams gave testimony about it during depositions in Los Angeles federal court -- testimony in which Thicke not only reveals he didn't really co-write the song, but also admits to drug abuse.

According to the deposition, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke admitted he wasn't truthful when he claimed during various interviews that he and Pharrell co-write "Blurred Lines," including an interview with GQ magazine in which he claimed he and Pharrell "literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours -- normally, those are the best ones. Him and I would go back and forth where I'd sing a line and he'd be like, 'Hey, hey, hey!'"

The truth, according to Thicke's deposition, is that he was drunk and high while Pharrell wrote "Blurred Lines."  "To be honest, that's the only part where -- I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio," Thicke testified.  "So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted -- I  -- I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I -- because I didn't want him -- I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

At one point, Thicke revealed he "didn't do a single interview last year without being high."  He eventually told his estranged wife, Paula Patton: "I told my wife the truth. That's why she left me," said Thicke.

In his sworn testimony, Pharrell pretty much confirms Thicke's account about not co-writing "Blurred Lines."  "This is what happens every day in our industry," said Williams. "You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in."

On Monday, attorney Howard King, managing partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Berlinerone, released the following statement on behalf of Robin: “Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim.”

The trial over the Gaye estate's plagiarism claims is currently scheduled to get underway February 10, 2015.

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Ellie Goulding Sends Congrats to William & Kate via Pal Prince Harry


Louie Banks/InterscopeWhen it was announced this past week that Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, is expecting a second royal baby, many people tweeted their congratulations. But Ellie Goulding didn't have to -- she personally sent her best wishes to the couple through a friend...who just happens to be William's brother.

Speaking to US Weekly, Ellie says, "I sent my congratulations already because I'm friends with Harry," referring to Prince Harry, William's little brother, adding, "I think I may be seeing them all this week pending on how Kate is feeling."  The Duchess of Cambridge -- that's Kate's official title -- is currently suffering from acute morning sickness.  She went through the same thing with the couple's first child, Prince George.

"I just think its beautiful," Ellie tells US Weekly. "They're an incredible couple and I'm sure they're incredible parents. I'm just very happy for them."

Ellie famously sang a cover version of Elton John's "Your Song" at William and Kate's wedding in 2011.

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