Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde is in charge of the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay -- Part 1, and she's just revealed one of the songs that will be featured on it, in addition to her own single "Yellow Flicker Beat." She's on the new song two, but so are two other artists who couldn't be more different.
The song is called "This Is Not a Game," and it features Lorde delivering a spoken word performance with R&B star Miguel, backed up by pioneering British electronic artists The Chemical Brothers. The song premiered on British radio on Monday.
On the track, Miguel sings in a soulful voice over a clattering, jittery electronic music bed, and the chorus hinges on the phrase, "You're talkin' 'bout a revolution," which Lorde then answers by speaking the words "There it is." Miguel also sings about "patience and determination/staring at a gladiator."
Mockingjay -- Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21. The soundtrack is set to come out November 17, according to Amazon.
Lorde tweeted that the song is "the first taste" of the soundtrack.
ABC/Jon LeMayIt's true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends. But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don't seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does. And that, says Taylor, is sexist.
Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, "You're gonna have people who are gonna see the depth from which you approached a song -- the fact that you put your real emotions into it, and that that's valuable and that's good and that's real. And then you're gonna have people who are gonna say, 'Oh, y'know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.' And I think, frankly, that's a very sexist angle to take."
"No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars," Taylor points out. "They're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriend, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there."
Taylor's correct. For example, Bruno's song "When I Was Your Man" is about his fears of losing his current girlfriend, while Ed's song "Don't" is about how his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, yet no one seems to criticize those artists for "only" writing about their relationships.
Mark Seliger/GQNicki Minaj’s bootylicious “Anaconda” video has stirred controversy over its sexual content. However, the queen of Young Money says the clip is really about female empowerment.
“At first, I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,’” Nicki says in the November issue of GQ. “It’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”
Minaj will release her third studio CD, The Pinkprint, on November 24. She also says it now may be time to change her flamboyant image.
“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she says.” I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”
Richard Harbaugh/ABC; Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce’s band of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin.
The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture.
According to the course description, "Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression."
The class will not compare Beyonce and Rihanna, nor is there word on whether Queen Bey or RiRi will make a guest appearance.
As previously reported, Beyonce has also been studied by the Ivy League: the Harvard Business School recently released a report on the marketing strategy behind the surprise release of her most recent, self-titled CD.
Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor may have topped the pop charts for the past six weeks, but she's a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and has written songs for country artists in the past. It's no wonder, then, that she's booked an appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards.
Meghan will sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert, wife of Blake Shelton, on the telecast, which airs November 5 on ABC, live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. They'll be performing "All About that Bass," Meghan's #1 hit.
Ariana Grande will also appear on the show, performing with the country group Little Big Town. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the show, and other artists who'll be performing include Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and Blake.
Meghan's debut album Title is available for pre-order starting tonight on iTunes.
Dana Edelson/NBCJustin Timberlake plans to wrap up his epic 20/20 Experience World Tour in spectacular fashion, with two big shows in Las Vegas on January 1 and January 2, both of which will be captured on film.
The shows at the MGM Grand Garden arena will be filmed and directed by Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker who brought us The Silence of theLambs, Philadelphia and Married to the Mob, as well Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed music documentary about '80s music icons Talking Heads.
Members of Justin's fan club, the Tennessee Kids, get first crack at tickets Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT. Everyone else will be able to purchase tickets this Friday, October 24 starting at 10 a.m. PT.
The 20/20 Experience tour has been going since November 6, 2013.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande is going country. The singer will team up with the country group Little Big Town at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, which will air next month on ABC.
So far, there's no word on which song the two acts will perform together. In recent years, pop stars have regularly shown up at the CMA Awards, so this is nothing new. In fact, there's buzz that this year's telecast will also feature a performance from Nashville resident Meghan Trainor.
The 48th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC November 5.
PRNewsFoto/NickelodeonMr. Worldwide is still the host with the most. After making his debut last year, Pitbull will once again host the American Music Awards, airing November 23.
In addition to hosting, Pitbull will also perform on the show, which takes place the day before his new album, Globalization, hits stores. In a statement, the rapper said, "World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I work, the luckier I get...more than anything let's get ready to have fun. Dale!"
The show's producer, Larry Klein, added, "We’re working together to create elements of the show that will wow audiences and take the night to a whole new level.”
Charli XCX is also a confirmed performer on the show. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2014 American Music Awards air live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
James Minchin III/RCA RecordsGavin DeGraw's been making records for more than ten years now, so it's not surprising that his record company approached him to put together a greatest hits compilation: Finest Hour: the Best of Gavin DeGraw arrives in stores Tuesday. But Gavin says initially, he didn't like the idea, because he thought it meant his career was over.
Gavin tells ABC News Radio, "It's so funny, you know, when it was proposed to me, the idea....'Uh, hey, how do you feel about a best-of record?' I said, 'Umm, isn't that for when you're done making albums at the end of your career?'"
But he says they persuaded him that it was the right thing to do by spinning it in a different way.
"They said, 'You can perceive it that way, but the issue is: How do you feel about being able to sum up your career so far -- to give a new audience the opportunity to hear a collection of your music that you personally picked for them -- and also have the opportunity to put a few new songs on there that your current fan base can check out?'" Gavin recalls his record label telling him. "So I said, 'You know what? Since you phrase it that way, I like the idea!' So I went for it."
Finest Hour features three new songs, and Gavin says that while he's in the process of working on his next record, the album gives him the opportunity to give his fans something to tide them over.
"I thought it was a really good opportunity to get some new material out there, give me a little bit of time to write another new album as well and to introduce my music to people who haven't heard my music before," he tells ABC News Radio. "To give them an idea of the type of music that I make. So they can get a little bit of an idea so they can go, 'You know what? I like it!' or 'I don't like it. I don't like this guy!'"
The disc features songs from every phrase of Gavin's career, from "I Don't Want to Be," "Follow Through" and "In Love with a Girl," to "Not Over You," "Soldier" and "Best I Ever Had." Gavin says, "I look back now at this little chunk of material. I'm thinking, 'Wow, that's crazy. I remember the phone call I had that inspired that story, to go and write that song,' so there's certainly a tremendous amount of nostalgia there."
But the nostalgia is tempered by the three new songs: the current single "Fire," the song "You Got Me," from the recent film Dolphin Tale 2, and "Not Our Fault," which Gavin co-wrote with none other than One Direction's Harry Styles. Asked if he'd work with Harry again, Gavin tells ABC News Radio, "I definitely would. I think that Harry is really talented. You know, I was really impressed with him."
"He's a greatly successful guy, and he's successful at a very young age, and I think that he's going to have other success beyond what is the standard pop success. I really do," adds Gavin. "I think he's good enough to sustain it."
Now that the best-of is being released, Gavin says it makes him realize that his career isn't over at all: In fact, it's far from it.
"Honestly, I know it's called 'The Best Of,' it's a best-of album, but, I feel like I'm just getting started," he says. "It's all just really starting right now."
Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsColdplay's new concert film and live album, Ghost Stories Live2014, will be released November 24 on CD/DVD and digital formats. Shot in Los Angeles by Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale, the film documents the band's intimate March 2014 performance of Ghost Stories two month's prior to the album's release.
"The Ghost Stories show at Sony Studios was a very special moment for our band," says Chris Martin in a statement. "The magic theatre built by our incredible crew with the 360 screens was literally a dream come true. And it was the first time anyone outside of our studio had heard the new songs. This film is basically our original vision for the Ghost Stories album."
The accompanying live album will feature audio recorded from Coldplay's shows shows in London, Sydney, Paris, Cologne, New York and Los Angeles during the band's 2014 tour.
The package also includes eight music videos, including the extended director's cut of the "Magic" video and two new films for B-sides "All Your Friends" and "Ghost Story."
Parts of Ghost Stories Live 2014 aired in the US and UK in May 2014 as the "Coldplay TV Special," and the film has already been nominated for Best Live Coverage at this year's UK Music Video Awards.
Here is the full track list for the Ghost Stories Live 2014 DVD/CD:
DVD "Always in My Head" "Magic" "Ink" "True Love" "Midnight" "Another's Arms" "Oceans" "A Sky Full Of Stars" "O"
Music videos "Midnight" "Magic" (Extended Director's Cut) "A Sky Full of Stars" "True Love" "Ink" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall) "All Your Friends" "Ghost Story" "Always in My Head" (Artwork Animation)
Alternate Live Takes "Always in My Head" "Oceans"
CD "Always in My Head" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London) "Magic" (Live at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney) "Ink" (Live at Le Casino de Paris, Paris) "True Love" (Live at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney) "Midnight" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London) "Another's Arms" (Live at the Beacon Theatre, New York) "Oceans" (Live at E-Werk, Cologne) "A Sky Full of Stars" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London) "O" (Live at Royce Hall, Los Angeles)
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has revealed the first track on her new album.
"The first song on 1989 is a song called 'Welcome to New York,'" she explained on Monday's Good Morning America. "And I wanted to start the album with 'Welcome To New York' because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years," Taylor said.
Written by Taylor and Ryan Tedder,"Welcome to New York" is available tonight at midnight exclusively on iTunes, but only if you've pre-ordered 1989. "Welcome to New York" follows the release of the singles "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off."
Taylor said the Big Apple definitely inspired the track. "I dreamt about moving to New York, I obsessed over moving to New York and then I did it," Taylor said. "The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life."
"It’s like an electric city and I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism and sort of saw it as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can kind of hear that reflected in this music and in this first song especially," she continued.
Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's turning 30 on October 25, but instead of pondering what reaching this milestone truly means to her life and career, she's preoccupied with making sure her birthday cake is perfect. Luckily, the folks at Betty Crocker seem willing to reverse their product plan to make it happen.
"YO @BettyCrocker," Katy tweeted to the company on Saturday. "WHY WOULD U DISCONTINUE RAINBOW CHIP FROSTING? WHAT DA HECK AM I SUPPOSED 2 PUT ON MY FUNFETTI CAKE? HOW CAN I TURN 30 NOW?"
It seems the company stopped making Katy's preferred rainbow chip frosting back in January, replacing it with rainbow sprinkle frosting instead. This has sparked outrage among die-hard fans of the original frosting -- they even set up a Facebook page demanding its reinstatement. Others started a petition calling for the frosting to come back on the market, while prices for cans of the sweet, creamy treat soared on eBay.
Of course, Betty Crocker isn't about to ignore the wishes of a global pop superstar who had a hit with a song called "Birthday" and made a lyric video for the tune featuring nothing but cakes, candy, frosting, sprinkles and cupcakes.
"Katy! One more week! Bringing the RC Frosting back is definitely being explored," the company tweeted back to Katy, adding, "[Direct message] us. We'd like to send you a Bday gift!"
Stay tuned: Betty Crocker has until Saturday to make Katy's birthday cake wishes come true.
Interscope RecordsGwen Stefan released her new single, "Baby Don't Lie," late Sunday night.
In the song, from her upcoming solo album, Gwen sings, “You love me good sometimes/But there’s something behind those eyes, those eyes/That you can’t disguise, disguise/Baby don’t, baby don’t, baby don’t lie/I don’t want to cry no longer/Baby don’t, baby don’t, baby don’t lie/I need a love that’s stronger.”
A sneak peek at the video for the song will air on Monday night’s edition of NBC’s The Voice.
The full video for “Baby Don’t Lie” will debut Tuesday on Vevo.
Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsMost pop stars would jump at the chance to be involved in a major Hollywood movie, but Jessie J says she's turned down several attractive acting offers...because she was just too busy.
Speaking to the British paper The Daily Star, Jessie says, "I’ve been offered superheroes. I was also offered a part in the last Kick-Ass movie. There was a role written for me in the film. I went and met with them but I couldn’t do it. My schedule is ridiculous. I’ve been approached again about another film but I’m somebody who definitely likes to focus on one thing so it doesn’t get diluted."
Jessie, who acted onstage as a child, says she doesn't want to get so distracted by a movie career that her music suffers.
"My pet hate is when an album and a film suffers because everyone is trying to do too much at once," she tells the paper. "So maybe next year or the year after, if the right role comes along.”
Jessie also defended the fact that she's been spending a great deal of time in the U.S. promoting her new album Sweet Talker. Apparently, her British fans aren't too happy about that, but she says that's the way it goes.
"I’m not abandoning anyone,” Jessie said. “I’m a 26-year-old woman and if I want to live in L.A. I can. I’m British-born and bred. Whether I live in L.A., Paris or Taiwan, it’s my choice. I love my fans in the U.K.; I just feel like they’ve had me for a long time. Any change is hard for them to get used to but they’re gonna have to get used to it a little bit."
Jessie performed Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Look for her on The Queen Latifah Show on October 27.
Andrew Toth/Getty ImagesHe and his girlfriend got engaged back in May of 2013, but now Joe King, guitarist for The Fray, has finally said "I do." E! Online reports that he tied the knot with Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola in New Orleans on Saturday.
Joe posted a photo of himself and Candice dancing together on their wedding day, captioning the photo, "My wife, she makes me wanna dance." Candice, who plays Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries,posted a photo of the two kissing on her Instagram, with the caption, "Officially Mr. and Mrs. King! Best night ever!"
According to E!, the two tied the knot at the Montegut House in the Big Easy, walking down the aisle to famed New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty. Shorty was a featured musician on Joe's 2013 solo release. Then, the two paraded down New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street, leading guests to the reception, where they celebrated with Candice's Vampire Diaries co-stars Paul Wesley, Kat Graham and Michael Trevino. Star Ian Somerhalder couldn't make it, but he sent the happy couple his best wishes on Instagram.
Joe, who has two children from his first marriage, first met Candice at a Super Bowl event in 2011 and proposed to her in Florence, Italy, last May. The band wrapped up a tour in support of their most recent album Helios in Switzerland this past week.
Back in December of 2013, Joe told ABC News Radio that his New Year's resolution was to plan his wedding, so it's been in the works for quite some time.
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's last two albums -- Speak Now and Red -- both sold over a million copies in their first weeks of release. That's an almost unheard-of feat these days -- and one that any artist, including Taylor herself, is unlikely to repeat.
Billboard reports that digital sales are down 11.5% for the first nine months of 2014, and initial sales projections of her new album, 1989, due October 27, have been revised downward. They were initially projected at 1.1 million, which would be just about equal to what Red and Speak Now sold in their first weeks. Now, Billboard says, the projections are closer to 750,000.
A top retail sales executive tells Billboard, "I don’t know if anybody can do it, except maybe Adele," adding, "I was shocked that Justin Timberlake came so close." Justin's album The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in its first week last year. Adele's next album won't be out until 2015, by which time the music landscape will no doubt have changed again.
However, a senior Nashville executive tells Billboard, "If anyone can still do it, Taylor can. But it will be very difficult, even for her.”
Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsWhen Pink announced that she was teaming up with singer/songwriter Dallas Green for an intimate duo project called You Me, some wondered if their respective spouses would mind all the time that the two were spending together. But Pink says she's not worried that Green has a crush on her: she's worried that he has a crush on her husband.
Pink's married to motocross racer Carey Hart, while Green is married to a Canadian TV personality named Leah Miller. Speaking to Australian journalists, Pink joked, "“My thing is, I'm worried about Carey and [Dallas] falling in love because Carey is already his biggest fan. I am pretty in love with Leah."
"I feel Leah and I will be shopping one day for face soaps and we're going to come home, and they're going to be spooning, one big tattoo, listening to records," she laughed.
Green says that's pretty accurate, saying that the night before he and Pink were scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and do their first-ever gig, he told his wife "I've got one goal for tomorrow." When she asked what it was, he replied, "'I'm going to get Carey’s phone number!"
"And I did!" he adds.
To further demonstrate that Carey isn't jealous of Green, Pink posted a photo of the two men hugging, with the caption, "Looks like the spouses are okay."
Asked if the two will tour together, they say it's a "possible maybe."
Art Streiber/NBCGwen Stefani is one of the many guest stars on Calvin Harris' upcoming album Motion, and now the superstar deejay has posted a snippet of their collabo on Instagram.
Calvin captioned the video, "Little preview of my song with Gwen Stefani 'Together' from my new album Motion which u can preorder now!"
On the mid-tempo track, Gwen sings, ""We're gonna wake up together/you won't wanna go home/we'll find love here together/and it feel so good in my" -- we assume the word is "arms," but the song cuts off there.
Motion comes out November 4. Gwen's own single, "Baby Don't Lie," from her upcoming solo album, is supposed to arrive Sunday night at 9 p.m. PT, according to an ad on the music industry website AllAccess.
Little preview of my song with Gwen Stefani 'Together' from my new album Motion which u can preorder now!
ABC/Rick PowellLady Gaga's a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, but apparently, she's also a California girl. TMZ reports that the star has just dropped $24 million on a huge mansion in Malibu.
Sources tell TMZ that the home sits on six acres, and features his-and-hers walk-in closets, a pool, gym, wine cellar, bowling alley, bocce ball court, a stable big enough for eight horses and even a "safe room."
If you're looking for someplace a bit more modest in La La Land, though, you may want to check out John Legend's house. He and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, are selling their L.A. home for $1.995 million.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the house includes three bedrooms, including one that was converted into a studio, where Legend wrote and recorded songs for his Love in the Future album. The couple purchased it as a second home in 2007; their primary residence is in New York City. But now, according to John, they feel it's a bit too small.
“We’re ready to expand a little bit," Legend says. “If we could have the twice-as-big version of this place, we would get it. We love the feel of this home.” He personalized the house by inscribing lyrics from his songs on a light fixture.