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One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & Calvin Harris Named Among Most Influential Brits


Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Calvin Harris made this year’s annual Debrett’s 500 list of most influential Brits.

They were featured in the music section of the list, alongside producer and X Factor judge and creator Simon Cowell.. According to Debrett’s, a publisher specializing in British etiquette and style, the annual music list “shines a spotlight on the people who are making the most impact on this fast-changing industry, from the recording artists and record label executives, to the radio playlist-setters, music critics and the people changing the face of the music industry in the digital age.”

The unranked list features the most influential people in the U.K. across 24 disciplines including art, stage & screen, business & industry, sports and politics.

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Lifehouse Announces New Album, Premieres Lead Single "Hurricane"


Ironworks Records/Kobalt Label ServicesLifehouse is back with new music. The band has announced details of their upcoming album, and premiered their new single “Hurricane” on Billboard.com.

Out of the Wasteland, the band’s first new release since 2012’s Almería, will arrive May 19. “There was a kind of unlearning with this album,” says frontman Jason Wade. “We wanted to retrace our steps back to the beginning and really find the innocence, that feeling of being 17-year-old kids who get excited about playing in the garage.”

The album's lead single, “Hurricane,” represents the type of return to its roots that the band was going for. "'Hurricane' started as a catchy up-tempo pop song and then transformed into this electric, energetic rock song that was very reminiscent of our first album," Jason tells Billboard. "I feel like it is the backbone of the record, and was the catalyst that brought our band back around full circle."

The video for the song features the band playing behind bars, and cuts to scenes of a couple working out their issues in the chaotic setting of a prison. "Hurricane" is currently the iTunes’ Single of the Week and is available for free download.

Here’s the track list for Out of the Wasteland, Lifehouse’s seventh studio album:

“Hurricane”
“One for the Pain”
“Flight”
“Runaways”
“Firing Squad”
“Wish”
“Stardust”
“Alien”
“Central Park”
“Hurt This Way”
“Yesterday’s Son”
“Hourglass”

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MAGIC! & Kiesza Top Juno Awards Nominations


Image Group LA/ABCThe 2015 Juno Awards nominations were announced Tuesday, and MAGIC! leads the pack.

The “Rude” group from Toronto nabbed five nominations, including Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Breakthrough Group of the Year. “Hideaway” singer Kiesza, a fellow Canadian, follows close behind with four nominations, including Single of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. 

Other Canadian nominees include Avril Lavigne, Nickelback -- whose lead singer Chad Kroeger is married to Avril -- and Sarah McLachlan.  Also nominated is You Me, the side project of Pink and singer-songwriter Dallas Green.  Pink's not Canadian, of course, but Dallas is.

Other big nominees include Katy Perry, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift -- who are all up for International Album of the Year.

The Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys, will be held on March 15 in Hamilton, Ontario. A full list of nominees can be found on JunoAwards.ca.

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Sam Smith Wants to Start His Own Rat Pack


Pari Dukovic/GQHe may have been flanked by a group of dapper men in suits for his “Like I Can” video, but Sam Smith wants to lead his own Rat Pack for real. The 22-year-old singer told GQ he’s going through a bit of a Frank Sinatra phase at the moment, and that he’d love to start a modern-day club like the one that included Frank, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. back in the 1960s.

Sam's connection to the New Jersey crooner goes way back,. “Come Fly with Me” was the song Sam sang at his first-ever singing lesson when he was 10 years old. “Then, the first album I ever bought was Amy Winehouse's Frank,” Sam explained. “And my label is Capitol Records, where Sinatra used to record. I envy the competition that people like Sinatra would have had -- you know, the people that he'd be standing on the stage with -- because you could tell he was working off them. I need a Rat Pack, I really do. I should start one up.”

If it seems like Sam belongs in another time, that’s because he wishes he did. “I sound awful saying this all the time, because it sounds like I'm slagging off current pop stars, which I'm not, because I love pop culture,” he said. “But I feel like class and romance have gotten lost. We've become a bit lazy, not just in terms of music. I miss the days when girls would wear full long dresses and just stand onstage and sing. That's what I'm trying to bring back: that timeless element.”

There are some current pop stars Sam admires, though. Taylor Swift is one. “She's a role model,” he said. “I really respect her. And she manages to sell a lot of records and make a lot of people happy financially, but also to keep that soulfulness, that honesty.”

Sam also respects Mary J. Blige and Chaka Khan, and says they’ve advised and helped him along the way. "It's taught me a lesson," he said. "If I'm here in twenty years' time, knock on wood, I'll make sure anyone I meet who's just starting out, I will sit down and offer advice and help."

Sam is nominated for six Grammys this year. GQ’s February issue is on stands now.

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Kiesza Announces New Single, Tour Dates


Lokal Legend/4th and B'way/Island RecordsThis “Hideaway” singer is not about to hide away any time soon. Kiesza just announced her second single, as well as dates for her first major North American tour.

The 26-year-old Canadian’s follow-up single will be “Sound of a Woman,” off her debut album of the same name. She’s hitting the road this spring with special guest Betty Who. The Sound of a Woman tour is set to kick off March 30 in Atlanta and wrap up five weeks later, on May 7 in Montreal.

In addition to the tour dates, Kiesza will also be performing at some festivals. She’ll take the stage at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami from March 27 to 29 and the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California on April 10and 17. She’ll also play the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City from June 5 to 7.  

Tickets for the tour go on sale January 30. Here are the tour and festival dates:

3/27-29 -- Miami, FL, Ultra Music Festival
3/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
3/31 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
4/2 -- Houston, TX, Fitzgerald’s
4/3 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
4/4 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
4/6 -- Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
4/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
4/10 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Music Festival
4/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, Crescent Ballroom
4/17 -- Indio, CA, C,  Hawthorne Theatre
4/20 -- Vancouver, B.C., Commodore Ballroom
4/22 -- Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
4/23 -- Calgary, AB, MacEwan Hall
4/26 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
4/27 -- Chicago, IL, Metro
4/30 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
5/1 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall
5/2 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
5/4 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
5/6 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
5/7 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
6/5-7 -- New York, NY, Governors Ball Music Festival

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Maroon 5 to Perform on "The Victoria's Secret Swim Special"


Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsIf you're still recovering from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show that aired in December, prepare your heart for the sight of more scantily-clad models frolicking to the sound of chart-topping pop hits. 

The Victoria's Secret Swim Special, set to air on CBS next month, will feature a performance by Maroon 5.  No big surprise, since one of the models featured on the special is Behati Prinsloo, wife of Maroon 5's Adam Levine.  The special was taped in Puerto Rico, and will show the Angels modeling their sexy swimwear as they go underwater, trek through the jungle, and talk about how important the shoot is to their lives and careers.

In addition to Behati, the special features Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel and others.  Spanish rocker Juanes is also on the bill.

The Victoria's Secret Swim Special airs February 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram Accounts Hacked


ABC/Lou RoccoWhen you’re as high profile and as active on social media as Taylor Swift is, you’re bound to get hacked. That’s exactly what happened to the pop star’s Twitter and Instagram accounts on Tuesday.

Hackers infiltrated her Twitter account first, sending two tweets out to her 51.4 million followers. The tweets, as seen in screencaps obtained by The Verge, asked her fans to follow @lizzard, the purported “leader” of the Lizard Squad hacker group, and @veriuser. The @lizzard Twitter account reportedly threatened to publish nude photos of Taylor in exchange for bitcoins. The account has now been suspended.

Shortly after the tweets went out, Taylor’s Instagram account was taken over. A photo was posted urging her 20.2 million followers to follow someone with the username @Trash.

Both of Taylor’s accounts were quickly recovered and the offending posts were deleted.

Taylor responded to the hack in a Tumblr post. "Well, now I'm awake…My Twitter got hacked but don't worry, Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords,” she wrote. “Never a dull moment." She added the hashtag, #hackersgonnahackhackhackhackhack.

She later tweeted in response to an apparent threat by hackers to release nude photos: "PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING."

Taylor is the fourth most followed person on Twitter behind Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and President Barack Obama. According to SocialBlade.com, hers is the seventh most followed Instagram account.

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Ne-Yo Talks New "Absolutely True" Album "Non-Fiction," Says Rihanna's New Song Is "Incredible"


MotownThe expression "based on a true story" truly applies to Ne-Yo's new album Non-Fiction, which is in stores today.  He says all the songs on the album were either based on things that have actually happened to him, or to his fans.  While he didn't give his fans credit for sharing their stories with him, he says he was so specific that, if he wrote about you, you'll definitely know.

Ne-Yo collected information from his fans by asking them to share their stories with him via social media. "Every story is absolutely a true story," he ABC News Radio. "I didn’t really have to ask for permission. I didn’t use anybody’s names or anything like that. It was basically just inspiration and ideas that came from these people."  He says he didn't reveal to the fans what he wanted the information for, however.

"I would’ve got people writing me all kinds of crazy stuff just trying to get on the album," he explains. "So I kept it very conversational with the questions. You know, kind of vague:  'Tell me about your relationship. Go!'”

"I wish I could have credited the people whose stories I actually used but there was all kinds of legal red tape," he says, explaining why he didn't give the fans whose stories he ended up using any special shoutouts.  "Of course, my lawyers were like, 'Wait a minute. I don’t know if you wanna do that!' So I didn’t get to do it that way, but I did write the songs very, very specific to where, if I used your story, you know that it’s your story."

Ne-Yo has taken all the stories and woven it into something that resembles a mini-movie, with spoken-word interludes and recurring characters.  That's why, he says, he prefers it if you'd listen to the entire Non-Fiction album, rather than grabbing random songs that you like, such as the album's hit collabos with Juicy J and Pitbull, respectively: "She Knows" and "Time of Our Lives."

"There’s definitely an overarching storyline and I feel like it just makes each individual song that much better when you hear it in context to the other songs...just to really get the full effect of what it is I was trying to do," he tells ABC News Radio.  "But if you’re one of those type of people whose attention span is a little shorter, [and] you don’t really wanna sit and listen to a story, that’s fine, [I'm] not mad at you!  But I would absolutely recommend getting the full body of work."

While Ne-Yo is focused on the release of Non-Fiction, he's also waiting to hear whether any of the songs he wrote for his friend Rihanna's long-awaited new album have made the final cut.  She's not saying one way or another.

"I don’t know what made it and what didn’t," he tells ABC New Radio. "She’s keeping it very, very under wraps even from the people that are closest to her, which I can do nothing but respect as a fellow artist."

However, he reveals he did get an advance listen to "FourFiveSeconds," the acoustic track Rihanna released over the weekend that features her teaming with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.

"I had heard that song and I think that it’s incredible," he says. "I thought that it was a little different for her and I was kind of anxious to see how people were gonna receive it. And…I think people are just so hungry for her to come back, you know. Not that the song is bad -- the song is an incredible song -- but I feel like at this point anything that she could’ve dropped, people are just gonna eat it up because they’re so ready for her to come back."  

No word on a release date for Rihanna's new album, either.

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Iggy Azalea Is Hiring


ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is launching her first arena tour in the spring, and she's looking for talent.

“I’m in the hiring stage at the moment, if you’re looking for a job," she jokes to Billboard.  “I’m just getting into auditioning dancers, putting together the band, that sort of thing, so I’m not really in the fun stage yet of designing.”

Azalea says she's looking forward to creating the show once she has found the right team. "After that, I’ll get to do the fun stuff. The costumes and set design, musical transitions and all those fun things will start to happen next month,” she says.

The Down Under rapper has a full plate as she’s also working on a new album and directing the video for “Trouble” featuring Jennifer Hudson.

Azalea’s “Great Escape' North American tour kicks off April 14 in Fresno, California and runs through May 24 in Austin, Texas.

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Christina Aguilera to Open NBA All-Star Game


Art Streiber/NBCChristina Aguilera has joined the entertainment lineup for this year's NBA All-Star Game, which takes place February 15 in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Christina will open the show with what's described as a "New York-inspired performance."  She'll be joined by the legendary Rockettes, the dance troupe from New York's Radio City Music Hall.  The game airs live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

As previously reported, Ariana Grande will perform at halftime during the game.

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Nick Jonas Talks "Gay Icon" Status, Smoking Weed and Partying with Taylor Swift; Joins "Scream Queens" Cast


ABC/Kelsey McNealNow that Nick Jonas has ditched his squeaky-clean, purity-ring-wearing, tween idol identity, he’s free to speak candidly about everything from his gay fanbase to smoking weed, which he does in the new issue of Rolling Stone.  As he puts it, "My Disney years feel like a long, long time ago."

The Jonas Brother-turned-solo star spoke to Rolling Stone about re-launching his career and becoming a bonafide sex symbol. Thanks to his hit song "Jealous" and his racy, ab-baring photos, Nick's sparked a successful second act for himself, and gained a lot of new fans in the process. Gay fans in particular have responded to his new image, as well as his role as a closeted mixed martial arts fighter on DirecTV’s Kingdom.

“I don't know if I'd necessarily call myself a gay icon,” Nick said. “But my goal in the last year was to expand and grow as a person and an artist, and embracing my gay fans was a priority. Some of my gay friends have thanked me for that, and that's a really good feeling.”

Looking back on his Jonas Brothers success, he said he has a mix of good and bad memories. “It's a good balance of both,” he said. “It was a lot of fun -- I got to perform at the White House five or six times, and I went to spring training with the Dodgers, which was a highlight of my entire life.”

But, he added, there were downsides to being in a boy band. “Especially the emphasis on our relationships,” he said. “That can mess with your head. We had a pretty huge female fan base, so we had to make a concerted effort to keep things private and say we didn't have girlfriends. I feel bad about it now. I probably hurt some people.”

His brother, Joe, revealed last year that he'd smoked weed for the first time with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato when they were teenagers, but Nick says he had a slightly different experience.

“Uh, I never smoked weed with any of my fellow Disney stars,” he laughs. “I smoked weed elsewhere. But I was actually way more guarded back then. I wasn't partying too hard at 15, which is probably for the best. I've loosened up quite a bit since then. My Disney years feel like a long, long time ago.”

Now, he parties with the likes of Taylor Swift -- he recently Instagrammed a photo of himself wearing a zebra mask at Taylor's 25th birthday party in December. "Oh, I think that was just the tequila talking," he said. "That was a fun night. Taylor threw a really good party. And I was pretty pumped about hanging out with Jay Z and Beyoncé. Talk about relationship goals!"

In other Nick news, he's just joined the cast of Scream Queens, the new horror comedy anthology series from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.  Nick will have a recurring role in the 15-episode series, which premieres this fall.  Ariana Grande also has a recurring role, while the regular cast includes Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Joe Manganiello.

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Will Prince Make a Surprise Appearance at the Grammys?


Warner Bros. RecordsPrince hasn't been announced as a performer at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, but he may just show up as a surprise guest, a source tells Us Weekly.

The 56-year-old Purple Rain" singer “has something very, very special in the works,” according to the source.

Prince popped up unannounced earlier this month at the Golden Globe Awards to present Best Original Song honors to John Legend and Common for their song “Glory,” from the film Selma.

Prince released two albums in 2014, including, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with 3RDEYEGIRL.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 8 on CBS.

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Chris Brown Delays Start of Tour


Image Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA Records(NOTE LANGUAGE) Chris Brown was scheduled to launch his Between the Sheets tour with Trey Songz and Tyga Tuesday night in Hampton, Virginia, but the singer announced Monday he's postponing the opening dates in order to complete his court-ordered community service.

Brown stated in an Instagram post that the 25-date tour was being postponed for "a couple weeks."

Brown wrote: "I would first like to apologize to all the fans and people who have been supporters of me and all the music over the years. The beginning of the BTS tour has been moved to later dates now. The judge would not sign off on my travel to do the tour until I finish these last 100 hours of community service. I promise that I am busting my ass doing it everyday until it's complete. This is the most disappointing news I've gotten in a while. Everything happens for a reason so I wanted to personally inform my fans. The show must go on. Out of 1000 hours I only have 100 left. I will work my ass off to complete it and I will be on that stage. Once again I'm sorry for the delay. I love yall! We will let yall know the dates that are changed. It's not cancelled. Just moved around a couple weeks."

Trey Songz and Tyga acknowledged the tour delay online. Trey called it, "Just a lil Intermission."

Brown's probation in connection with his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna was revoked earlier this month by a Los Angeles judge after the singer traveled to San Jose for a concert without obtaining prior approval from the court. A formal hearing to determine whether or not Brown willfully violated his probation is scheduled for March 20.

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Nathan Sykes, Formerly of The Wanted, Goes Solo


Eva Pentel for Hunger TVNathan Sykes, formerly of the British boy band The Wanted, is officially launching his solo career.

The 21-year-old spoke about his new musical direction in an interview with U.K. fashion publication Hunger TV. “From being one fifth of a group to being a soloist, there is always the chance to surprise people as they are only now seeing 100% of me for the first time,” Nathan says.  “It’s like a second, first impression and whereas I don’t necessarily think it’s important to change people’s perceptions, I do think it’s exciting that people won’t just see me as ‘the young one in The Wanted’ and can have the freedom to judge me as an individual and not just ‘that bloke from that band.’”

Nathan reveals that his debut album will arrive later this year and the first single will be released this spring. He also confirms collaborations with hitmakers Harmony Samuels, Babyface and Diane Warren.

“Working with Diane Warren and Babyface were two of the most surreal days of my life,” he said. “There is never a dull moment with Diane and she is one of my favorite people on the planet and the session with Babyface produced probably the most honest and emotional song I’ve ever written.”

The Wanted scored hits with songs like “Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun,” and even starred in an E! reality show together called The Wanted Life. During the height of their fame, Nathan dated Ariana Grande, but the two called it quits in 2013. The Wanted decided to take a hiatus in January of last year in order to pursue solo endeavors. They did not rule out reuniting in the future.

Nathan’s the first member of the group to strike out on his own. The other members -- Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness  and Tom Parker -- have yet to announce solo plans.

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Imagine Dragons to Perform In-Flight Concert


Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons will be giving flight to their new album. The band has teamed up Southwest Airlines for the Destination Dragons promotion, which gives fans a chance to win tickets to intimate club dates with Imagine Dragons and to "Live at 35" -- a special in-flight performance taking place at 35,000 feet during a flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, Georgia.

Beginning February 3, fans can enter to win a grand prize package including travel to Las Vegas to attend the Imagine Dragons show on February 23, prime seating on the "Live at 35" flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, VIP tickets to the Atlanta show on February 25, plus a meet-and-greet with the band. The promo will run through February 16 via www.southwest.com/DestinationDragonspromo.

"We can think of no better way to unveil our new album than to travel together with our fans at 35,000 feet, and to play in the same clubs where we started this journey," says Imagine Dragons in a statement.

Additional club shows will occur February 20 in Los Angeles  and February 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Imagine Dragons' new album, Smoke Mirrors, will be released on February 17.

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Jason Mraz Announces Additional Dates for YES! World Tour


Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz has added more dates to his ongoing YES! world tour. The new dates kick off March 9 in Ames, Iowa and continue with shows throughout the month in Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.

The run of intimate U.S. shows will be followed by two special concerts in Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong, China.

As previously announced, Jason will make stops next month in England, The Netherlands, Scotland, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and South Africa. The singer/songwriter began his YES! tour in 2014 with the intent of performing at smaller venues across the globe. He’s expected to announce even more dates soon.

The fan pre-sale for the new string of U.S. shows begins February 3. Here are the dates for February and March:


2/4 -- Plymouth, ENG, Plymouth Pavilions
2/6 -- Amsterdam, NL, Ziggo Dome
2/8 -- London, ENG, Eventim Apollo
2/11 -- Glasgow, SCO, Royal Concert Hall
2/14 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall (SOLD OUT)
2/15 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theatre (SOLD OUT)
2/16 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
2/18 -- Miami, FL, Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
2/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theatre at the Times-Union Center
2/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
2/22 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
2/26 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
2/27 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
3/1 -- Cape Town, SA, Grand Arena at Grandwest
3/9 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
3/10 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
3/12 -- Denver, CO,  Bellco Theatre
3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall
3/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3/15 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
3/17 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
3/21 -- Bangkok, TH, Impact Arena
3/27 -- Hong Kong, CH, Asia World Expo Arena

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Miley Says She Thought Grammy Nod Was a "Joke"; Is Working on New Album


ABC/Lou RoccoDespite the success of her album Bangerz, Miley Cyrus was totally shocked when she found out she was nominated for a Grammy.

“I thought it was a joke,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “My friend was in my room and said, 'Hey! You just got nominated for a Grammy,' and I was like, ‘You're kidding… there’s no way.’ I Googled and I was like, 'Oh yeah! I am, I actually am!'”

She doesn’t put much stock in winning, though. “I'm pretty mellow with that kind of stuff,” she said. “I'm not a pessimist but I'm just saying I won't be crying myself to sleep if I don't win a Grammy. You know?”

The 22-year-old is likely too preoccupied working on a follow-up to Bangerz. She told ET she’s in the studio every single day. She wants to get new material out as soon as possible, but it’s been tougher than she expected. “Just when I think I have my record done, something new happens where I want to write about it,” Miley said. “I just, I don't know what I want to go out there.”

The “Wrecking Ball” singer is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys this year.

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Phillip Phillips Files Lawsuit Against "American Idol" Producer 19 Entertainment Over "Oppressive" Contract


Nick WalkerIn a move that could have far-reaching implications for past, present and future American Idol contestants, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has filed a major lawsuit against show producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies, claiming he was “manipulated” into accepting jobs since winning the competition series.

Phillip filed his petition with the California Labor Commissioner on January 22. His post-Idol allegations include being forced to perform for free to promote JetBlue, one of American Idol’s sponsors. He also claimed he didn't even know the title of his last album before it was announced publicly. Phillip’s lawyer described the singer's agreements with 19 as “oppressive, fatally conflicted.” The 24-year-old is seeking to void all contracts with the production company.

"I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol," Phillip said in a statement. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.  I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans."

At the heart of the lawsuit is the Talent Agencies Act, a California law that states only licensed talent agents can procure employment for clients. Phillip is hoping to show that 19 Entertainment violated the TAA by lining up gigs for him, despite not being a licensed talent agent.

Phillip's season 11 coronation song, “Home,” became the best-selling coronation song in the show’s history. His debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, was released in 2012, and his second album, Behind the Light, came out last spring.

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Adam Levine to Perform on the Academy Awards


The Weinstein CompanyAdam Levine isn't nominated for an Oscar, but he'll be performing at this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

Adam will sing the Oscar-nominated song "Lost Stars" on the telecast, which airs on ABC February 22 at 8 p.m ET with host Neil Patrick Harris.  Adam sang the song in the movie Begin Again, which cast him as a musician who dumps his girlfriend, played by Keira Knightley, after finding fame.  Keira's character is a singer/songwriter, who writes the song for Adam's character as a present, and then feels betrayed when he releases a "commercialized" version of it that she doesn't like.

In a statement, the Oscar show producers said, "Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We're thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year."

"Lost Stars" was written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, both of whom were in the '90s band New Radicals.  The song is competing against "Glory," from Selma, "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie, “Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights, and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell...I’ll Be Me.

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Alicia Keys Celebrates Birthday "House Party" Style


ABC/Lou RoccoAlicia Keys turned 34 years old on Sunday, and her husband Swizz Beatz turned the clock back 25 years for a birthday celebration with the cast of the 1990 flick, House Party.

“My husband surprised me with the craziest party ever!!!!!!." Keys wrote on Instagram." Str8 out of the movie house party!!! He brought the party to me!! Come on’!! You remember this." 

The movie’s stars Kid ‘N Play performed, and they were joined by their co-stars, Tisha Campbell and Adrienne-Joi Johnson.

“Worlds best Patna, husband, BFF and party planner!!!! ( 2nd to me shhhhh don’t tell him!!), "Alicia wrote in another Instagram post. Thank you soooo much my love @therealswizzz for loving me on a whole other stratosphere #mygreatestinspiration,”

"Happy Bday @Aliciakeys my Love. House party at The Dean Estate," Swizz commented on Instagram, "We did House Party 4 Real. Much love for the entire cast that came out." He posted a video leading the party in singing "Happy Birthday."

In tribute to the film’s sequel, House Party 2, the couple wore matching 8-ball pajamas.

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