Dan Curwin/Atlantic RecordsSorry, suckers. The release of Charli XCX's new album, Suckers, has been pushed back to December...but according to her, that's a good thing.
"Ok so it wouldn't be a charli xcx album without a date change," she tweeted on Monday. "it's all COOL nothing's WRONG the albums DONE but it's just no one really knew boom clap would do as well as it's doing."
She goes on to explain that the success of "Boom Clap," her single from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, is what's caused the delay in Sucker's release. It was originally scheduled to arrive October 21: "I'm overwhelmed by the love for boom clap & the support from all u angels, I need to put the date back so I can launch the album properly...(i had no idea boom clap would hang about for so long... It's mind blowing and cool so thank u for that!)."
She finishes by revealing, "SUCKER will be released DEC 16TH in the USA and JAN 26TH in the UK and EUROPE."
Charli XCX is due to kick off a headlining tour on September 26. That won't be affected, according to her label.
Trae Patton/NBCOn Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there'll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore.
"Seriously, after day one...I haven't laughed that hard in so long," she says. "I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!" She adds, "Everybody at home, they get a sneak peek at those two, but we got the R-rated, hilarious, locker room version of what they're getting at home. I mean, it is bad."
"I thought I was in a boys club my whole life, like being on a tour bus with all guys," she says, referring to her years with her band No Doubt. "But these two, they really take it to another level!"
"I don't even feel alive unless I'm making fun of Blake. And neither one of us cares about it. It's so much fun. It's genuinely a blast," laughs Adam, who pronounces season seven "the best...we've ever had." He adds, "I think that Gwen and Pharrell are incredible, formidable opponents, but also just people I respect and love very much."
Adam says he was surprised how little time it took for Gwen and Pharrell to get into the groove during the Blind Auditions. "The learning curve seemed nonexistent, almost," he says. "They were just really astute and good at it right away, and very competitive and took a lot of people away from me that I wanted." He says he was also gratified that Gwen, especially, got sucked into the emotion of the competition.
"I told her, 'You're not gonna believe how wrapped up you get in this.' You do it, and all of a sudden you find yourself totally lost in it and you're loving it, and it's amazing," Adam says. "So, it happened, like I knew it would. It was just great to watch. It was just cool after six seasons to see that kind of joy about the show and enthusiasm back again."
As for Pharrell, he says he was pleasantly surprised at his experience on the show. "My expectation is that it would be work that I would enjoy, but I was wrong. It's not been any work at all. It's been fun. Really, honestly fun," he says. He also disagrees with those who feel that The Voice is a failure because it hasn't produced any superstars. In his mind, the coaching the contestants receive makes it all worth it.
"Essentially, at the end of the day, there are 48 contestants, and only person is gonna win," he says. "The rest of those 47 people, like, their lives are gonna be changed because they had Blake teach them a lot about their voices and what they could do. And they had Gwen to teach them about the tone and their styling. And they had Adam to teach them about vocal control. That's huge!"
Gwen agrees that imparting lessons she's learned over the years is a big reason why she's excited to be on The Voice.
"I've had an amazing journey so far, and so to be able to to play this role as a coach, I feel super-blessed," she says. "It's gonna be one of those times in my life I know that I'm gonna look back and go, 'That was incredible.'"
Charles Sykes/BravoAfter years with the Jonas Brothers, and with his side project, The Administration, Nick Jonas is now stepping out solo with his new single "Jealous" and upcoming album. He kicks off a solo tour Monday night in Seattle, and says he hopes fans of his previous work will be there in the audience, cheering him on.
"Yeah, this tour's gonna be fun," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's about kinda getting my legs back under me, and really trying to sorta get used to touring again: it's been awhile. [I] gotta get out there, have fun, be in front of the fans and play this new music."
Asked if he expects that those fans who screamed for him when he was in the Jonas Brothers will accept him as "Nick Jonas, solo star" and enjoy his new musical direction, Nick says, "I think it's all about growth and taking those big steps, and trying to make bold statements, and knowing that when you step into a new phase of your career, you'll have a lot of people who'll come with you and join you on that ride, and some that don't. And that's ok."
"It's about just doing what you have to do as an artist and trying to make the statements you wanna make," he adds.
Nick's self-titled solo album is due November 11. The tour wraps up October 8 in Boston, the same day he'll make his debut playing an MMA fighter in Kingdom, DirecTV's new original drama series.
Here are Nick's tour dates:
9/22 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox 9/24 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall 9/27 -- Mesa, AZ, Virginia G. Piper Theater 9/29 -- Houston, TX, Fitzgerald’s -- Upstairs 9/30 -- Dallas, TX, Trees 10/2 -- Chicago, IL, The Bottom Lounge 10/3 -- Minneapolis, MN , Fine Line Music Café 10/5 -- Pontiac, MI, Crofoot Ballroom 10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace 10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
Island Def JamRihanna is the latest victim of celebrity hackers. Nude photos, purportedly of the singer, leaked onto 4chan/Reddit on Sunday, according to TMZ.
One of the pictures reportedly shows a censored version of the 26-year-old Grammy-winner’s breasts. Hours later, another, more graphic, version of the picture was released.
The photos appear to have been taken while Rihanna was being fitted for an outfit.
The photos are the latest in a second wave of leaks over the weekend. Nude pictures of what appear to be Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Hope Solo, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, and Suits' Abigail Spencer reportedly have also surfaced.
Douglas Gorenstein/NBCA female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it. The singer, who's expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an "army" of fans to make a positive change in the world.
By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind -- from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls' education worldwide. She tells the New York Times, "I want to gather an army...It’s time to get people’s attention. People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”
Alicia has donated a million bucks of her own money to get the movement started, and it'll go to 12 different groups, which she hopes her fans will then choose to donate to themselves. They include her own foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which helps kids affected by HIV and AIDS; All Out, a gay rights organization; Oxfam, which fights global poverty; War Child; which supports kids living in conflict areas, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which combats racial profiling. She also plans to organize petitions, rallies and protests.
Alicia's newly released song "We Are Here" is the theme song for the movement. She tells the New York Times that she was inspired to write the song, and begin the movement, in part, when a friend asked her, "Why are you here?" "Nobody had ever asked me that question before," says Alicia, noting that it started her thinking about what her purpose in life is, and what her legacy will be.
"We’re in the same head space. We think the same things,” she says of her and her fans. “This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?”
You can get more info at WeAreHereMovement.com, and also watch a video where Alicia performs "We Are Here" and says, "It's not about me. It's about we, and together we can ignite the change that will create a more peaceful world for all children. And that's the truth."
Over the weekend, Alicia performed at a celebration for the late actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee at Riverside Church in New York. She performed her song "Superwoman" at the event. Dee died in June at the age of 91.
RCA RecordsThe video for Sia's hit song "Chandelier" was so memorable because it featured an astonishing dance performance from 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler, the star of the Lifetime show Dance Moms. On Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars results show, you'll get to see Maddie dance to the song live.
Sia is one of the musical guests on Tuesday's show, and she'll perform "Chandelier" as Maddie dances, alongside pro Allison Holker. It's not clear how much we'll see of Sia, though, because the Aussie singer and songwriter has refused to pose for photos or show her face on TV to promote her #1 album, 1000 Forms of Fear.
Nico & Vinz will also appear on the show, performing their hit "Am I Wrong." The show air live starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips celebrates his 24th birthday on Saturday, and he'll be spending it engaging in his two favorite activities: playing music and eating.
Phillip is one of the headliners at the first-ever Food Network-branded music festival, taking place September 20 outside of Chicago, Illinois. Not only will Phillip be playing, as well as his former tourmate John Mayer, but the charity event will feature cooking demonstrations and food tastings from some of the Food Network's biggest stars, as well as top chefs from around the country.
"I'm so excited," Phillip tells ABC News Radio. "I'm going to eat a lot of food." In fact, he says he may not even wait until his set is over to chow down. "I'm probably gonna walk off stage during the middle of the set and just go eat something," he jokes. "Or I'll just ask them to bring me some food up -- while the band's jamming, I'll just kinda sit down for a minute and just eat a little meal or cake."
Phillip is seriously into food -- he says he even tries to prepare his own food when he's on tour.
"Sometimes, yeah, we'll try to cook every once in a while," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's hard to in the fall, because...it's cold outside. But in the summertime, we try to do it once every couple of weeks, maybe twice. We have a tiny little grill we'll take out. It's tough but we try to. When I go home I like to cook a little bit."
And when he's not cooking, he's watching shows about cooking. The singer, who recently launched a new fall tour in support of his latest album Behind the Light, is also a bona fide Food Network addict.
"I love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he says of the show that features Guy Fieri traveling around to hole-in-the-wall places and eating greasy delights. "I travel so much... I have the app on my phone and I always try to hit up those restaurants."
"So yeah, " he says. "I can watch eight or ten hours of that in a row!"
Phillip wraps up his tour December 7 in Phoenix, AZ.
Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentLast week saw Beyoncé and Jay Z concluding their joint outing at the Stade de France in Paris, and now fans can check out their HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, tonight, September 20.
To get fans even more excited, the singer teased another preview of their special via her Facebook page. "It's almost here!" she wrote in the caption.
In the black-and-white clip, Bey and Jay are getting prepared backstage while a stage director can be heard giving instructions to the crew over a walkie-talkie. Just before the teaser ends, Beyoncé flashes a big smile as she enters the main stage.
The special will feature the famous couple performing more than 40 songs, including a surprise performance with Nicki Minaj for Bey's "Flawless" remix.
On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Saturday on HBO.
Monty Brinton/CBSKelly Clarkson may be enjoying her time as a new mom to daughter River Rose, but she hasn't forgotten about her music career. She's working on a new album and shared some of its lyrics Friday on Twitter.
Kelly tweeted, "The high road can be a lonely place but I'd rather talk to my shadow than a mirage." When fans immediately began speculating about what she was talking about -- or wondering if everything was all right with her -- she followed it up by writing, "Okay haha my last tweet was referring 2 a song that's going on my next album. Things r great n my world! The song is about the high road :)."
No word yet on when we can expect the new album. Her last release was the holiday album Wrapped in Red, which came out last year. Her last album of original non-holiday material was Stronger, which was released in 2011.
ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is putting together the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Mockingjay -- Part 1, and while it's a given that she'll be including cutting-edge performers on the album, she says iconic stars will be involved, too.
Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lorde says, "I have gotten a mix of really young, fresh, unknown artists and just legendary, epic musicians," adding, "The music is so f***ing cool."
Who, exactly, Lorde considers to be "legendary" and "epic" remains to be seen. We know, for example, that she's a big fan of rock icon David Bowie, who would fit both those descriptions.
Lorde is also contributing at least one of her own songs to the project, and she has already teased fans by tweeting some of the track's lyrics: "I'm a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm."
The new movie opens November 21; so far, there's no release date for the soundtrack.
Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's "Dark Horse" isn't fading in the stretch.Billboard reports that the single, featuring rapper Juicy J, has now racked up its 52nd week on the Hot 100 chart. "Dark Horse" is Katy's first Hot 100 entry to spend a year on the tally.
Katy's previous hits "Firework" and "Hot N Cold" both charted for 39 weeks each. The song is currently at #38, just below Katy's latest single, "This Is How We Do," which is #27. Another song that Katy co-wrote, "Black Widow," is a Top 10 hit for Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora.
"Dark Horse" was the third single to be released from Katy's PRISM album, and it became her ninth #1 hit.
Inez & VinoodhWhat does Lady Gaga's new unisex fragrance, Eau de Gaga, smell like? Judging from its newly-released trailer, it's like writhing around on a pile of naked men, and then getting punched in the face.
In the one-minute black-and-white trailer directed by Steven Klein, Gaga -- wearing a barely-there satin dress, long flowing blonde hair and long, sharp, pointy fingernails -- rolls around on a pile of artfully arranged naked guys, stroking herself suggestively and pouting sexily.
Those erotic images are interspersed, bizarrely, with shots of a boxer punching directly into the camera, accompanied by "pow" sound effects. The whole thing is soundtracked to "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," one of the jazz duets Gaga and Tony Bennett have recorded for their upcoming album, Cheek to Cheek.
Eau de Gaga is described as a "daring" new fragrance that "represents the future of a scent that appeals to both men and women, where nothing is off limits."
Gaga tweeted, "We worked 2 years on this fragrance. 13 NATURAL ingredients and unisex!"
Ross HalfinWho says that classic rock and Christmas can't coexist peacefully? Certainly not the folks at Legacy Recordings, which will unveil eight new seasonal titles on October 7, including The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album.
This 11-track disc features holiday favorites from a number of world-class guitarists, among them Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent and Journey's Neal Schon. The album will set you back $10.46.
Here is the full track listing for The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album:
"Amazing Grace" -- Jeff Beck
"The Little Drummer Boy" -- Alex Lifeson (Rush)
"Silent Night/Holy Night Jam" -- Joe Satriani
"Christmas Time Is Here" -- Steve Vai
"The Christmas Song" -- Steve Lukather (Toto)
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" -- Neal Schon
"Sleigh Ride" -- Stuart Hamm (session bassist and solo artist)
The Spencer Company/A&M Records/UniversalJanet Jackson's landmark album Rhythm Nation 1814 officially turns 25 years old today, September 19. To commemorate the anniversary, Jackson's songwriting and production team James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis recalls the recording process of the critically-acclaimed project.
In an interview with Billboard, Jimmy Jam reveals how the political elements all throughout the album emerged as they watched CNN while recording in the studio.
"We felt like we had … not a responsibility to say something, but growing up in the '60s, whether it was the Vietnam War or whatever, it seemed like there was always someone commenting on it," Jam says. "And that was a good thing. Why not use the powers we have as songwriters to bring some of those messages across? Rap music was doing it in a very strong way."
The superproducer also revealed that the disc was recorded during the winter in Minneapolis, adding that Janet was in a good place emotionally. "She was in a very creatively fruitful place. She had just discovered her writing chops," Jam says before describing her as "hungry" and "excited."
To this day, the album is still the only one in history to spawn seven Top 10 singles, including "Rhythm Nation," "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Alright," "Come Back to Me," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)." It's sold 14 million copies.
Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsMaroon 5's fifth album, V, debuted on top of the charts, and the band is readying a world tour for next year. But lead singer Adam Levine says the time may be coming where the band may drop out of sight for a while.
Speaking to Britain's Official Charts Company, Adam says, "Five albums in, I think it’s important to take stock for a while. To have the success we’ve had, we’re the luckiest motherf**kers on the planet! We’re flirting with the idea of taking a small amount of time off."
"We’ve always been thinking about the next album and tour for ten years," Adam continues. "We’re not going anywhere and we’re not going to disband, but after this album we’ll have a conversation and think about what the next move is.”
When the interviewer suggests that in the interim, the band -- whose debut album, Songs About Jane, came out 12 years ago -- should release a greatest hits album, Adam says, "It’s in the works actually. Watch this space!”
In the meantime, there'll be no shortage of Maroon 5 anywhere in the upcoming months, nor of Adam, who'll be starring on the new season of The Voice starting Monday.
ABC/Fred LeeA hairy situation has come to an end for Nicki Minaj. The rapper just won a lawsuit filed against her by her former hairstylist, Terrence Davidson, reports GossipCop.com. He alleged that Minaj stole his wig designs, and that it ultimately cost him millions.
Davidson claimed in court papers he provided the wigs that helped get Minaj discovered in 2010 and that they had discussed working together in the future in the wig business. He alleged that Minaj didn’t follow through on their planned business venture, and he now sells his wig designs online without her assistance.
The judge ruled for Minaj, stating in her decision that everyone has the right to make colored wigs. In addition, the judge ruled that Minaj and Davidson never had a firm plan in place to go into business together.
Davidson was asking for at least $30 million in damages.
Capitol RecordsJenniferLopez has released the music video for her single, "Booty," and the steamy clip might even leave Nicki Minaj blushing.
The video delivers exactly what the title implies, with Lopez, 45, showing off her famous booty. As an added bonus, she's joined by Iggy Azalea, who adds a verse and shakes it alongside J-Lo in some of the sexier scenes.
It's directed by Hype Williams, who has also created videos for Minaj, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera, among others.
"Booty" is from Lopez's album A.K.A. However, the album version features a verse from Pitbull instead of Azalea.
Streamline/Interscope/Columbia RecordsLady Gaga's album of jazz duets with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, comes out next Tuesday, and if Gaga has anything to say about it, it won't be the last jazz album of her career. In fact, she says she'd like to keep releasing them "forever."
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Gaga says her infatuation with jazz isn't a passing phase: She's been a fan of the genre for years, and now that she's started recording it, she's not going to stop. "I'm planning to release one jazz album a year. I think I will continue to do that forever," she tells the publication. "I enjoy it so much. I want to spread it to all of my fans."
Gaga credits the collaboration with Bennett for pulling her out of a particularly dark place she was in at the time. Explaining why she was disillusioned, she says, "The pop industry is like a tabloid now. There's just no integrity, and it's extremely controlled and manufactured. There's a lot of farce and not a lot of authenticity. So for me, singing [these songs] was freedom."
She adds, "There are a lot of sharks in the pop-music industry. I was kind of damaged and faced all these challenges behind the scenes with people betraying me, and things like that. I became dissatisfied with the business. I'm so much more satisfied with music now. I said to myself, 'I don't need to be a commercial singer anymore. I can just sing at a bar downtown and I'd be so much happier.'"
Of course, "singing in a bar downtown" isn't going to make Gaga the millions she's been raking in for the past few years, but she says she doesn't really care anymore.
"Paying the bills is overrated," she tells the Wall Street Journal. "At the end of the day, the bills can't be a metaphor for your heart. I've made a lot of money doing what I do. I feel very blessed for all of the wonders. But there's no wonder, no money, no luxury, no jewel or diamond more sparkling than how I feel when I'm feeling impassioned and in the moment onstage singing with Tony."
Photo by: Olivia MaloneMiley Cyrus' onstage antics have once again gotten her into trouble...this time in another country.
While performing in Mexico this week, Miley twerked onstage wearing a huge prosthetic butt; at the same time, one of her backup dancers spanked the fake butt with the Mexican flag. Now, at least one Mexican lawmaker is calling for the singer to be punished, reports E! Online.
According to E!, Francisco Trevino, a local official in Monterrey, Mexico, has posted a video on Facebook that calls for the Mexican government -- in particular the Secretary of the Interior -- to prosecute Miley for her actions. Disrespecting the Mexican flag is punishable by up to $1,200 or 36 hours in jail, according to E!.
So far, Miley hasn't commented on the controversy. Her Bangerz tour plays Mexico City on Friday.
MTV/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTVDespite being a global pop superstar, Taylor Swift enjoys simple things like making cookies, needlepoint and other homemade crafts. Now, it appears as though Lorde has caught the bug from her pal Taylor.
On Thursday evening, Lorde tweeted, "i just bought some paper doll books on a whim and now i don't want to do anything but cut out dresses/parasols/hats." She then posted several photos of her purchase, saying the dolls look "extremely epic."
Taylor posted a screenshot of the paper doll tweet and replied, "I don't mean to be all 'me, me, me' but I'm pretty sure this is my fault."
Lorde agreed, tweeting back, "gguuuuiiiillltttyyy. only thing left now is baking!" She then posted a photo of her favorite paper doll, which was wearing a Victorian-era gown and hat, and wrote to Taylor, "This one's my favourite, can you tell?"
Taylor and Lorde might actually get to see each other this weekend and play paper dolls in person, since they're both heading to Las Vegas to perform at a huge all-star music festival.