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.
RCA RecordsWe were all paying so much attention to the hoopla surrounding Chris Brown's recent assault case in Washington, D.C., most of us forgot all about his other nagging legal problems. But Chris didn't.
TMZ reports Brown has settled two outstanding civil cases against him, one of them related to the charges in D.C. Chris pleaded guilty September 2 to misdemeanor assault in that case, but the man he was accused of punching outside a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago this month just got a check from Brown for about $100,000 to drop his related civil suit. It's a win for Brown, considering the victim was asking a reported $1.5 million.
You've got to go back nearly two years for the other case. Remember Brown's supposed brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013? Chris was accused of punching Ocean in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio, reportedly over a parking space. Prosecutors didn't find enough evidence to press charges and Ocean himself declined to do the same. His cousin, however, wasn't as forgiving, and sued Chris for $3 million. TMZ claims Chris just settled that case as well, for the bargain price of $20,000, if not less.
Brown's most recent news has been all good. He received a positive progress report from the courts last week in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago. That probation reportedly ends in January. He also leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, taking place November 7.
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.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift's been seemingly everywhere promoting her new album 1989, and she'll wrap up her hectic week Thursday morning with a Good Morning America performance in New York's Times Square. The star says appearing on the ABC morning show has become a tradition for her.
"I don’t know if it would feel like release week if I didn’t do a Good Morning America performance in the middle of New York," she says. She says it's "pretty wild" to perform on the show, adding, "So many fans travel from across the country to get up at the craziest hours of the morning and wait and stand in line and make signs...it’s an energy level that is...nothing can prepare you for it."
This week, Taylor appeared on Good Morning America -- Thursday will mark her second appearance of the week -- as well as The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV and The Voice. All her hard work is paying off: 1989 is now on target to sell as many as 1.2 million copies in its first week.
Eminem has released the track list for the upcoming compilation album Shady XV, due out this fall.
The two-CD compilation will feature an album of Shady Records' greatest hits and a disc of new material from Em,Slaughterhouse,Bad Meets Evil andYelawolf. On the first disc, Slim Shady's singles,“Guts over Fear” featuring Sia and “Twisted” featuring Skylar Grey, are accompanied by tracks featuring Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean,Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf and Trick Trick.
The second disc includes the label’s greatest hits like Em’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and D12′s “Fight Music.”
The set arrives November 28, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.
Here's the Shady XVTracklisting:
Eminem -- “ShadyXV” Slaughterhouse -- “Psychopath Killer” (feat. Eminem and Yelawolf) Eminem -- “Die Alone” (feat. Kobe) Bad Meets Evil -- “Vegas” Slaughterhouse -- “Ya’ll Ready Know” Eminem -- “Guts over Fear” (feat. Sia) Yelawolf -- “Down” D12 -- “Bane” Eminem -- “Fine Line” Skylar Grey, Eminem, and Yelawolf -- “Twisted” Eminem -- “Right for Me” Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean,Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick -- “DetroitVs. Everybody”
50 Cent-- “I Get Money” D12 -- “Purple Pills” Eminem -- “Lose Yourself” Obie Trice, Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his, andStat Quo -- “Cry Now (Shady Remix)” Yelawolf -- “Let’s Roll” (feat. Kid Rock) Slaughterhouse -- “Hammer Dance” 50 Cent-- “P.I.M.P.” Eminem,50 Cent, Ca$his, andLloydBanks -- “You Don’t Know” D12 -- “My Band” Obie Trice -- “Wanna Know” 50 Cent-- “Wanksta” Obie Trice -- “The Setup” (feat. Nate Dogg) 50 Cent-- “In Da Club” D12 -- “Fight Music” Yelawolf -- “Pop the Trunk”
Matthias Vriens-McGrath/FOXThe new issue of People magazine features an excerpt of Jennifer Lopez's new book True Love, a memoir which discusses, among other thing, her infamous love life, which includes three ex-husbands and a broken engagement to Ben Affleck. In that memoir, J-Lo writes that she felt "abused" in some of her past relationships, though not in a physical sense.
According to People, J-Lo writes in True Love, "I've never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I've felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally."
She tells People that the book is all about lessons she's learned in her relationships -- and the most important one is, as she put it, "We’re not victims in this life."
"I had to learn to take care of myself and know my worth," she tells People. "When things are not working out, and you're not being treated in a way that you want to be treated, you have to look at that because it's nobody's fault but yours. You have to take control and you have to set up your own boundaries. You have the power to change it."
J-Lo says that her ex-husband Marc Anthony has read the book and his reaction was, "Wow, I didn't realize you were going through this whole journey.'" She adds, "We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that's the best thing for our kids." The two singers have six-year-old twins, Max and Emme.
Jennifer says she didn't intend the memoir to delve into her relationships at first. "It started out as fan book, a diary of the years I went on tour," she explains. "But it turned into something else. As I started looking at things, it helped me face a lot. I would never go into specifics about my relationships, and I don't. But the idea was that I learned something."
You can read the full excerpt in the new issue of People, on newsstands Friday.
ABC/Kelsey McNealWhen it comes to sports, Fergie is more of a football kinda gal: she's a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins. But she's switching sports Thursday night, when she sings the national anthem at the L.A. Clippers season opener.
The team announced that Fergie will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Clippers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, starting at 7:30 p.m. PT. The game will air nationally on TNT.
In other Fergie news, she's been filming the video for her comeback single "L.A. LOVE (la la)." It's the first release from her much-anticipated second solo album; there's no title or release date for it yet, though.
Epic RecordsThe top of the Billboard Hot 100 is still all about Meghan Trainor, whose unstoppable "All About that Bass" stays at #1 for an eighth week. That makes it the longest-running chart topper by a woman this year. Last week, she tied Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," which was #1 for seven weeks.
In addition, "All About that Bass" is now the longest-running #1 ever on the Epic Records label. That means she's surpassed two classic smashes that were also released on that label: Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Black or White." Both those songs were #1 for seven weeks.
But here's the bad news: women no longer have a lock on the top five spots on the Hot 100, which they'd held for seven weeks. The men who spoiled the streak? Maroon 5, with their hit "Animals" -- it's now climbed to #5.
The top five now looks like this: "All About That Bass" at #1, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" at #2, Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" at #3, "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj at #4, and then "Animals" at #5.
In other chart news, Hozier's "Take Me to Church" has now jumped into the top 10, thanks to its appearance in a new Beats by Dre commercial, the singer's recent appearance on Saturday Night Live and a promotion by Shazam.
ABC/Lou RoccoHow much does Taylor Swift love New York? So much that she's giving a huge chunk of change to the city's children. Well, indirectly.
Appearing on ABC's The View on Wednesday, Taylor talked about her recent move to Manhattan and how it had inspired her. "It feels like being unique is celebrated here," she noted. "The song....the fans were wonderful enough to make it #1 on iTunes, and it's selling really, really well, which is good, because I'm donating all of my proceeds to New York City public schools!" She got a huge round of applause for that.
It's no wonder that Taylor was recently appointed the "Global Welcome Ambassador for New York City."
"Welcome to New York" has just entered the Billboard Hot 100, debuting at #48. She's now had 62 songs chart on the Hot 100; the only woman who's had more is the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who has 73.
RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to serve as the face of MAC's Viva Glam, designing a custom lipstick shade for the cosmetics company's charity brand.
Miley announced the news via Twitter, writing, "Going #VIVAGLAM with @MACcosmetics. Look for my lipstick in early 2015." She included an image of herself lying on her back on a mirrored floor, legs up against a mirrored wall, wearing a black and silver bodysuit.
MAC, meanwhile, tweeted the same image, and wrote, "#VIVAGLAM@MileyCyrus coming Jan/Feb 2015!"
Miley then tweeted the most important part of the partnership: "Every cent from the sales of my #VIVAGLAM shade will go to @MACAIDSFund to help people affected by HIV." That was accompanied by a picture of a lipstick and what MAC calls "lipglass," which is actually just another name for lipgloss.
Stars who've fronted the Viva Glam campaign in the past include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Fergie and many more. To date, Viva Glam has raised more than $270 million for the MAC AIDS Fund.
According to MAC, "VIVA GLAM spokespeople are provocative, alternative and influential and reflect diverse communities. They are heroes we look up to for their personal triumphs; people who have invented themselves and people who created movements." That certainly describes Miley.
Courtesy H&MLady Gaga and her duet partner Tony Bennettare the stars of H&M's new holiday campaign, and the extended version of the commercial they shot together will premiere on the clothing retailer's website on November 25.
The ad features the two artists performing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," from their album Cheek to Cheek. The director of the commercial says, "We were inspired by the glitz, glamor, and opulence of the 1940's Big Band era. The mood is one of festive celebration shot through with a strong sense of fashion and an underlying humor. It is intriguing, curious, exuberant, audacious and filled with wonder.”
In the promotional photos that have been released from the campaign, Gaga poses in a huge curly dark wig, an oversized sweater and stockings, with no pants. Bennett is, of course, wearing a black tuxedo and a bow tie.
Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsA new Coldplay song is on the horizon. The inspirationally-titled "Miracles" is set to appear on the soundtrack for Angelina Jolie's new drama, the equally inspirational Unbroken. Coldplay wrote and recorded "Miracles" specifically for the film's soundtrack.
Directed by Jolie, Unbroken tells the true story of Olympian and World War II soldier Louis "Louie" Zamperini, played by Jack O'Connell, who was captured during WWII and sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
The soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records December 16. Unbroken opens in theaters Christmas Day.
Before the soundtrack comes out, Coldplay will release their new concert film and live album, Ghost Stories Live2014, November 24.
Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsFor Pink's latest musical project -- a folk-influenced acoustic album that she recorded with her friend Dallas Green under the name You Me -- she's been going by her birth name, Alecia Moore. But she says fans shouldn't worry: Pink the Pop Star will be back.
“I love pop music,” she tells the British paper The Guardian. “I like flying around on stage. I have such a good time. People say, ‘Why’s she always in the f***ing air?’ Because I’m having more fun than you. F**k you.”
Well, that's certainly the Pink we know and love. But as she explains, this side of her musical DNA -- the acoustic, folky side -- has always been very much in display at all her concerts.
“In the same concerts where I’m flying around, I’m always barefoot and sitting with an acoustic guitar too,” she tells the paper. “In every show, I do an acoustic section, so it’s a very big part of me.”
So far, Pink's fans seem to have embraced the project: You Me's debut album, rose ave., debuted in the top five last week. But for those who insist on hating, Pink says, "You can do anything and there will be someone who doesn’t like it – because that’s the way the world is now. We’ve lost our manners and, unfortunately, what people don’t realize is that by being that way, they’re losing the joy in their lives and the opportunity to be pleasantly surprised."
"The world is a jaded, scary place and, as a mom of a little girl, it’s even more apparent to me," she adds. "I chose to not live in that world with those people, because I have way too much fun.”
Pink and Dallas, who usually records under the name The City & Colour, are now trying to decide if they'll do a tour.
Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice staged its second night of the Knockout Rounds on Tuesday night. Once again, Taylor Swift dispensed advice to the artists during rehearsals.
Artists from Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams' teams competed during the episode. The contestants on Team Blake Shelton didn't make an appearance.
The one-hour broadcast began with a face-off between Team Gwen's Taylor John Williams and Troy Ritchie. Troy chose the OutKast hit "Hey Ya!" At Taylor Swift's suggestion, he performed a slow, acoustic version of the first verse before abandoning the guitar and singing the rest of the song as OutKast did a decade ago.
As was the case on Monday night with Team Pharrell member Taylor Phelan, Swift had to advise a contestant who shared the same first name as her, in Taylor John Williams. She joked that Taylor John could go by "Taylor Three Names" in order to avoid confusion. He picked Tears for Fears' "Mad World," which Swift thought was smart because many people are unfamiliar with it.
Adam questioned Troy's song choice, but Blake disagreed, saying Troy had the enthusiasm of Richard Simmons and the seriousness of Napoleon Dynamite. Gwen named Taylor the winner. Troy was not stolen by another coach.
Adam paired Alessandra Castronovo with Mia Pfirrman. Mia covered Christina Perri's "Human." Taylor advised Mia to be more vulnerable in her singing. She also suggested that Mia grab the mic toward the end of the song and come forward on the stage.
Alessandra selected Emeli Sandé's "Next To Me." Taylor wanted her to put a little more grit into her voice so she doesn't sound too much like Emeli.
Blake said he would name Alessandra the winner because he would more easily recognize her voice on the radio. Pharrell said he too would choose Alessandra. Gwen was impressed by Mia's low, soft notes in the beginning of her performance, and favored her. Saying she was more polished and confident, Adam kept Mia on his team. Alessandra went home.
In the final Knockout of the night, Elyjuh Rene went head-to-head with Ricky Manning for Team Pharrell. Elyjuh went with Chris Brown's "With You." Taylor told him to loosen up his vocals.
Ricky took on "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus. Taylor urged him to make bold eye contact with the audience when singing.
Adam said Ricky came off like a star being born. Blake added that Ricky delivered his favorite performance of the Knockout Rounds so far. To the surprise of Gwen, Pharrell declared Elyjuh the winner. Gwen then stole Ricky, saying, "I feel like I might've just won The Voice."
The Knockout Rounds continue next Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.
Republic RecordsJessie J's spent most of this past month making TV appearances in support of her new album Sweet Talker, and that means she's been performing her hit single "Bang Bang" without her musical partners in crime, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. While many artists would probably be happy not to have to share the spotlight, Jessie says she actually misses having them onstage with her.
"It makes me realize how loud I am in comparison to Ariana," Jessie laughs, talking about performing 'Bang Bang" solo. "Her voice is so soft and sweet and buttery, and I'm like, 'SHE MIGHTA LET YOU HOLD HER HAND IN SCHOOL!!!'"
"No, I miss them. I do. I miss them," she adds. "I feel like I'm in a girl band and two members haven't turned up."
"Bang Bang" was the first single from Sweet Talker, which has become Jessie's highest-charting U.S. album, debuting at #10. Part of that was due to the success of the track, and Jessie says she's glad that her reintroduction to the American public came as a result of a joint effort.
"I feel super honored to have been able to share that moment of my career, especially here -- the re-launch of me," she tells ABC News Radio. "The last single here was 'Domino,' three years ago, so it was a major, major moment and to have those two really support me was incredible."
And speaking of female support, for the past seven weeks, the top 5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 have been ruled by female artists, including Jessie, Ariana, Nicki, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor. Jessie says she's proud to be a part of that streak, but as for why this seems to be a particularly women-centric moment, she's not sure, but she has a theory.
"Women get really reflective during the end of the year and I think they create their most amazing life moments, I feel, at the last kind of fourth quarter of the year," she tells ABC News Radio. "That's what I feel like. I think we really reflect and we understand ourselves more and we're always quite emotional going into the new year, so maybe that's what it is. Or maybe it's just a full moon!"
In December, Jessie will be sharing the stage with Ariana Grande at a variety of holiday concerts nationwide, so perhaps the two will be able to get two-thirds of their girl group back together to perform "Bang Bang."
Jessie's next U.S. date is a charity gala in New York City on November 18 for Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hospital patients nationwide. Kelly Clarkson is the guest of honor at that event.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLate Show with David Letterman was Taylor Swift's latest stop on her 1989 media tour Tuesday night.
One of the topics of discussion was Taylor's "1989 Secret Sessions," in which she previewed the album for fans at her homes in Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville and Rhode Island, plus a hotel room in London, prior to its release this week. An incredulous Letterman asked her what the screening process was, and the singer explained how she plucked devoted fans from social media to take part in the sessions.
Letterman wondered, "That sounds great, but how do you get them out of there?" She answered, "It was dinner and...." Letterman then cut her off: "You fixed them dinner?...Oh my God, you are Mother Teresa."
Taylor also chatted about her new role as a New York City tourism ambassador. She joked that she gushes about the Big Apple so often in interviews that city officials must have thought, "She's the most enthusiastic, obnoxious person to ever love New York. She loves it with 18 exclamation points afterward."
Given that kind of love for her new home, it was fitting Taylor later performed the 1989 track, "Welcome to New York."
ABC/Kelsey McNealWhen the track listing for the Lorde-curated soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 was announced, the fifth track was left untitled, and it was credited only to "various artists." Well, Ariana Grande has all but confirmed that she's one of those artists.
During a Livestream chat with fans on Tuesday, Ariana revealed that she recorded a song with Lorde and DJ/producer/rumored Katy Perry boyfriend Diplo for the soundtrack. She described it as an "interesting" and "different" song.
Charli XCX and Tove Lo are two of the other artists on the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, which is due out November 17. The film arrives in theaters four days later.
Ariana also mentioned during the chat that she'll release a single during the holiday season.
Credit: Gregg WatermanThings just got real with Pitbull. Deadline reports that the rapper will be the star of not one but two reality TV shows.
Mr. Worldwide is teaming up with The Weinstein Company for the two projects. The first, called Pitbull: The Lyfe, will give fans an up-close-and-personal look at his world tour, his recording sessions and his life behind the scenes. The second series is called The REAL Change Project, and it involves Pitbull teaming with other celebrities for a good cause.
On The REAL Change Project, Pit will work with people like Michelle Obama, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and Kobe Bryant to raise money for teachers around the world. They'll also talk about the mentors who helped them succeed, and the obstacles they overcame.
No word on when the shows will debut, but in the meantime, Pitbull's getting plenty of TV experience: he's hosting the American Music Awards on ABC next month for the second time, and will also host a New Year's Eve special on Fox.
Matthias Vriens-McGrath for CosmoRita Ora graces the cover of the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and inside, the Albanian-born British singer talks about relationships, sex and her hit with Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow."
"As soon as I heard it, I was like 'This is the f***ing song,'" Rita tells Cosmo about "Black Widow." "Katy Perry co-wrote it, [so] it felt nice to have all the women involved."
Rita's single before "Black Widow" was "I Will Never Let You Down," which was written and produced by her now-ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. It reached #1 in the U.K. but stalled in the U.S., amid controversy that Harris wouldn't allow her to perform it on TV.
Speaking to Cosmo about her breakup with Harris, Rita says, "It was the right guy at the wrong time. I was about to start a tour, and he was also all over the place. There’s only so much you can do when you don’t see each other."
She adds, "I really admire people who have long-distance relationships. It’s an incredible achievement. I couldn’t do it.”
Rita looks super-sexy on the cover of Cosmo in a high-cut white bathing suit with top that doesn't conceal very much, and she says she's not self-conscious about her appearance at all. "You have to come to terms with loving your body," she explains. "Stand naked in front of the mirror and say, ‘I’m f***ing sexy.’ That’s where it starts.”
"I’m very proud to say that I think about sex. It’s what everybody thinks about, whether they say it or not," she adds.
Read more from Rita in the December issue of Cosmo; it arrives on newsstands November 4.
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 heroes...like 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.