Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsThe ongoing story about whether or not Iggy Azalea actually made a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend just got a whole lot more complicated.
According to theHollywood Reporter, Iggy has now filed suit against her ex Maurice Williams, who raps under the name Jefe Wine, accusing him not of releasing a sex tape, but of releasing her early music, and forging a contract he claims gives him the right to do so.
The publication reports that, according to the complaint, Iggy met Williams in 2008 in Houston, and they began a relationship, even though, unbeknownst to Iggy, he was married with children.
Williams then followed Iggy to Atlanta when she moved there in 2009, the complaint continues. He moved into her house and then "downloaded the entire contents of Azalea's personal computer," including her unreleased music. Then this past July, a company with which Williams was involved announced that it was releasing an EP by Iggy called Inizio, and songs from it started popping up on digital-service providers.
Iggy says that EP contains the music that Williams stole from her, and constitutes a violation of her copyright, trademark, name and likeness. She sent out cease-and-desist letters, and the DSPs removed the songs. But then, as part of its coverage of the sex tape story, TMZ quoted Williams as saying that he had an agreement with Iggy that gave him the exclusive rights to her music and "visual images" of her.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Iggy's complaint maintains that this so-called agreement is a forgery. What happened, according to her complaint, is that when the couple was living in Atlanta, Williams introduced Iggy to a guy named Kareem Chapman. She signed an artist-management agreement with Chapman's company, and Williams took her copy of it and illegally altered it to turn it into a "music recording and composition agreement."
If what Iggy says is true, Williams has no rights to her music. That's why she's suing him for copyright violation and wants a declaration that he has no right to use her name or her likeness. The complaint doesn't mention a sex tape, but it does refer to the defendants coming out with "promotional videos featuring an impersonator of Azalea."
Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJessie J will mark the October 14 release of her long-awaited new album, Sweet Talker, with two special shows: one in New York City and one in Los Angeles.
Jessie will perform at New York's Gramercy Theater on October 9; tickets go on sale September 19 at 10 a.m. On the 14th, the day the album arrives, she'll be at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. An American Express presale for that date is available now through September 19 at 10 p.m. General tickets will be available starting September 20 at 10 a.m.
Sweet Talker includes the hit three-way collabo "Bang Bang," as well as the next single, "Burnin' Up," featuring 2 Chainz. That song will be released September 23. Other guests on the album include old-school hip-hop group De La Soul and violinist Lindsay Sterling.
Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCDon't believe the rumors: Avril Lavigne and her husband, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, aren't breaking up.
A source tells US Weekly magazine that Chad "has been going around and telling people that they're divorcing," and the magazine also points to the fact that Avril was spotted August 30 without her wedding ring as further evidence.
However, a source close to the Canadian couple tells ABC News Radio that the couple is fine and denies the divorce story. The two married July 1, 2013, in France. It was the one-year anniversary of their first date, which was also, appropriately enough, Canada Day. It was Avril's second marriage; Chad's first.
Chad and Nickelback will release a new album, No Fixed Address, on November 4.
Bret Hartman/CBSTaylor Swift not only kills it on the red carpet, she kills it every time she steps outside her New York City apartment. That's why the always-pulled-together singer has been named People magazine's Best Dressed for 2014.
As People notes, the singer has "truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months," sporting amazing designer gowns at industry events, and chic casual ensembles on the street. She even looks great coming from the gym. Her BFF, supermodel Karli Kloss, tells the magazine, "She's got great style. I need to take some notes from her!"
Taylor herself tells People, "I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before,” and describes her style as “feminine, leggy and ever-changing.”
As far as other musical performers go, People magazine also singles out Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez on its Best-Dressed top-10 list, which is unranked. The mag calls Rihanna "the biggest risk-taker," offering as evidence the see-through gown she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Speaking about his client's fashion choices, Rihanna's stylist tells the magazine, "Being sexy is totally a part of it. It’s also about having fun, though, and just experimenting with fashion."
As for that ageless beauty J-Lo, the magazine says, "[She] has yet to meet a skin-baring trend she doesn't like … or can't pull off." Her stylists tell the magazine, "She looks phenomenal in everything, so we get to have more fun playing with her looks rather than analyzing what needs to be avoided."
People mag also inducts some Best Dressed Couples into its Style Hall of Fame, and Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are among them, as are John Legend and his supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen. Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton and his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, also made the cut.
Courtesy Atlantic RecordsStarting tonight, Jason Mraz takes Manhattan -- and every other part of New York, too. While some artists do residencies in Las Vegas, or at one venue, like the O2 in London, Jason is doing a residency of New York City as a whole, with a concert this month in each of New York City's five boroughs.
Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Jason and his tour partners, the all-female band Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx -- beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping up the 22nd and 23rd at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
Asked if he's looking forward to playing any particular section of New York more than another, Jason tells ABC News Radio, "You know, I'm excited to be back in Radio City Music Hall -- don't get me wrong; I do love that. But I'm also just genuinely excited about what each of the boroughs is gonna bring. Because I don't know. I don't know what to expect."
What fans can expect, though, is a different set list in each location. "Definitely! We're going to mix it up every night, and I get to do that thanks to my amazing support band, Raining Jane," Jason says. He and the Janes, as they're called, have been touring together since late August; they also joined him on his current album, YES!
Jason says that one of the goals in doing the tour is to encourage New Yorkers to actually journey from wherever they happen to live to other parts of the city to see him play. This isn't always as easy as it sounds: people who live in Manhattan, for example, often complain about having to go to Brooklyn. But Jason says, fingers crossed, his music will be enough to tempt folks to travel.
"I'm hoping that we're not just playing for people in those boroughs, but that it gives New Yorkers a chance to commute and go check out some of the other boroughs and some of the other neighborhoods that they may not have seen yet," he says.
After he wraps up the New York shows, Jason will head overseas for some shows in the U.K. and Europe, before coming back to North America in early October for more dates.
Island RecordsNick Jonas' co-star for his latest music video, "Jealous," is his real-life girlfriend, former Miss USA winner Olivia Culpo.
In the clip, Nick rides a motorcycle, drives a cab and is schooled on the basketball court as he sings about how he "still gets jealous." There are plenty of shots of Culpo and another woman to emphasize his point.
"Jealous" is off Nick's self-titled solo album, due out November 11.
Denise TruscelloWhile some doubted that Britney Spears' residency in Las Vegas would be a success, she's proved them wrong in spades: The Las Vegas Sunreports that her show at Planet Hollywood is so successful, she's close to signing a two-year extension.
The paper reports that ever since Celine Dion, the unofficial Queen of Vegas, canceled all her shows so she could tend to her ailing husband, Britney's show, Piece of Me, has become the top Vegas moneymaker for Caesars Entertainment, the company that runs many of the hotels in Sin City.
The paper says that the discussions that Britney's team have been in are now getting close to "signed contract status." Her original deal is set to end in 2015. Britney recently told Variety that she's not interested in going back to touring the old-fashioned way. "I’m really happy with the way I’m set up right now, going to Vegas and coming back and having my foundation here [in Los Angeles]," she said. "I’m a home girl."
And more proof that Britney is in Vegas to stay: the paper reports that her manager Larry Rudolph just moved full-time to a luxury apartment complex five minutes from Planet Hollywood.
Universal Music GroupKanye West is tired of being picked on.
The rapper said he’s being unfairly “demonized” by the media after he made headlines for reportedly demanding that one of his concertgoers in a wheelchair stand up.
A video from the concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia, actually shows the rapper urging the entire audience onto its feet for “Good Life.”
“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” the rapper is heard saying, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s***.”
When only a single fan remained seated, the crowd began booing and chanting, “Stand up,” until West sent his bodyguard to investigate that, yes, the person was in a wheelchair.
Without apology, Kanye went on to perform.
Despite the backlash that followed, his wife, Kim Kardashian, doesn’t think her husband has anything to apologize for.
Along with a clip she posted on Instagram from his concert Monday night, she wrote, “What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.”
West defended himself at Monday’s show in Brisbane, Australia, according to a video from the concert.
After calling out morning talk show hosts for making the incident into “such big media-press-news,” he admonished them to “take a step back and look at this.”
He added, “I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*** artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’m going to take my platform and break this s*** down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we’ll get back to the music.”
ABC/Bob D'AmicoA day after Billboardreported that Fergie was readying a brand-new solo album for 2015, word comes that she'll deliver a new single this month.
According to a tweet from Billboard'sGary Trust, Fergie's new song is called "L.A. LOVE (la la)" and it'll arrive September 30.
Billboard reported that Fergie was readying the follow-up to her one and only solo album, The Dutchess, and that it would likely come out in 2015, with a new single "before the end of the year."
The publication also reported that among the producers Fergie is working with is Mike WiLL Made-It, perhaps best known for his work on Miley Cyrus' Bangerz album.
The Dutchess, which came out in 2006, spun off five top 5 singles, including “Fergalicious,” “London Bridge” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” In the past eight years, Fergie's married Josh Duhamel and become a mom to son Axl Jack, released two albums with the Black Eyed Peas -- The E.N.D. and The Beginning -- and appeared in several movies, as well as on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby.
Capitol RecordsMary Lambert, best known for co-writing and singing on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' smash "Same Love," will launch a headlining tour of North America on October 10 in Toronto. The tour comes in support of her debut album Heart on My Sleeve, due October 14.
The first single from the album, "Secrets," is already a hit and the video has racked up more than 2.5 million views on VEVO.
In a statement, Mary, who spent all summer on the road with Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, says about her album, "I can only write about the experiences I've had. I signed to a major label. I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people."
"This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there," she adds.
Here are Mary's tour dates:
10/10 -- Toronto, ON, Adelaide Hall 10/11 -- Montreal, QB, La Vitrola 10/17 -- Albany, NY, College of St. Rose 10/19 -- Boston, MA, The Sinclair 10/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, North Star Bar 10/23 -- Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall 10/24 -- Durham, NC, Motorco Music Hall 10/25 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 10/27 -- Atlanta, GA, The Loft @ Centerstage 10/28 -- Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge 10/29 -- Columbus, OH, A&R Bar 11/01 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line 11/02 -- Omaha, NE, Waiting Room 11/03 -- Kansas City, KS, Record Bar 11/05 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theatre 11/07 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex 11/09 -- Phoenix, AZ, Club Red 11/13 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory 11/15 -- Vancouver, BC, Rio Theatre
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsWhitney Houston’s fans will soon be able to purchase the late singer's first-ever live album, titledWhitney HoustonLive: Her GreatestPerformances.
Almost three years after the singer's death, Legacy Recordings has announced the posthumous release which will include 16 live songs on CD and 18 performanceson DVD. The albums will assemble performances from events and TV appearances across the singer's career. Among the songs fans can expect to hear are her stellar rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from Super Bowl XXV in 1991 as well as her 2009 performance of "I Didn’t Know My Own Strength" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Whitney HoustonLive: Her GreatestPerformanceswill arrive November 10.
Here's the track list for Whitney HoustonLive: Her GreatestPerformancesCD:
“Home” (The Merv Griffin Show, 1983) “You Give Good Love” (TheTonight ShowStarring Johnny Carson, 1985) “How Will I Know” (The Brit Awards, 1987) “One Moment in Time” (The 31st Annual Grammy Awards, 1989) “Greatest Love of All” (That’s What FriendsAre For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990) “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (That’s What FriendsAre For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990) “The Star-Spangled Banner” (Super Bowl XXV, 1991) “All the Man That I Need” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991) “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991) “A Song for You” (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991) “Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going/I Have Nothing” (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994) “I’m Every Woman” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994) “I Will Always Love You” (The Concert for a New South Africa, 1994) “My Love Is Your Love” (Late Show with David Letterman, 1998) “I Believe in You and Me” (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004) “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)
Whitney HoustonLive: Her GreatestPerformancesDVD additional tracks:
“My Love Is Your Love” (Music Video) “When You Believe” (with Mariah Carey) (The 71st Annual Academy Awards, 1999)
Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX is obviously not shy. In her new cover story in Complex magazine, she discusses how, when she goes on tour, she'd like to sell feminine hygiene products along with the usual array of t-shirts and posters.
"I’m kind of obsessed with [my period] right now,” Charli tells the magazine. "Periods are really punk. I want to have tampons as merch that say ‘PERIODS ARE PUNK.’” She adds that if she were to release a bunch of songs that she recorded in Sweden not long ago -- songs that didn't make it onto her upcoming album Sucker -- she says she'd release it under the name The Tampon Girls.
"That’s such a sick name for a punk band,” she laughs.
Of course, Charli could just be putting the interviewer on; she says a lot of outrageous things in the cover story. But she gets serious when she talks about herself as a songwriter. The woman who penned "Boom Clap," "Fancy" and "I Love It" tells Complex, "I just want to leave my mark. I just want people to write about Charli XCX.”
When asked what she wants them to say about her, she responds, "Just...that I was an important songwriter who changed the landscape of pop music. That’d be pretty cool.”
ABC/Adam TaylorMonday night on the season premiere of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, YouTube star Bethany Mota danced with pro Derek Hough to Taylor Swift's song "Shake It Off." And Taylor was just a tiny bit excited over it.
Posting a video of the performance on Twitter, Taylor gushed, "Oh my God, LOVE HER, oh my God." She also added the hashtag "#BAEthany" to express her admiration for the 18-year-old vlogger from California, whose online videos about fashion, hair, makeup and other lifestyle topics have garnered over 500 million views.
Bethany replied, "Thanks to @taylorswift13 my new nickname is #BAEthany literally LOOOOOOVE her so much."
Perhaps Taylor will add Bethany to her collection of famous young female friends, which includes Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Karlie Kloss, Hailee Steinfeld, Lorde, Lena Dunham and others.
It hasn't even been a month since the MTV VMAs happened, but it's already time for the MTV EMAs -- the European Music Awards. The nominees have now been revealed, and Katy Perry leads all comers with seven nods.
Katy, who's hosted the MTV EMA ceremony twice and has won four awards, is listed in categories such as Best U.S. Act; Best Song, for "Dark Horse"; Best Female; Best Live, and more. Ariana Grande, who hosted last year's backstage MTV EMA festivities, is right behind Katy with six nominations, while 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams each have five.
Iggy Azalea, who was one of the leading nominees at the VMAs, has four nods at the EMAs, as do One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Sam Smith, and Kiesza. This year's 20th anniversary ceremony will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on November 9 and will air on MTV channels worldwide.
Fredrik EtoallSwedish duo Icona Pop will headline this year's REVERB Campus Consciousness tour, which supports environmental efforts at colleges across the country. This year's tour will also support female student leaders.
During the tour, before each night's show, five female leaders and their friends from each campus will be invited to join a panel discussion with the "I Love It" duo, who will award them a $100 cash prize. Each night's show will also feature an interactive Consciousness Village, featuring prizes, games, and information on taking positive environmental action.
Here are the tour dates:
10/15 -- University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (Students Only) 10/17 -- West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 10/18 -- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 10/23 -- St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO 10/25 -- University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 10/28 -- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 10/30 -- Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 10/1 -- Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
The Campus Consciousness tour was created by the environmental non-profit group REVERB in 2006, and has featured artists like Drake, Capital Cities and Janelle Monae in previous years.
Andrew Southam/Republic RecordsColbie Caillat and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, as well as Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, are serving as ambassadors for the Grammy Foundation's new initiative with Jostens, the yearbook and class-ring company.
Through the partnership, students can opt to have a music icon placed on their yearbooks and class rings with $1 going to the Grammy Foundation for each order up to $100,000. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation's Grammy in the Schools music education programs.
Colbie, Jack and Darius have each contributed a video to the project explaining how studying music in high school helped them become the Grammy-winning stars they are today.
"There's so much going on in your brain and body in high school, to be able have a creative outlet, it really helps you find yourself, even if you're not going to be a professional musician some day," says Colbie. "It helps you learn about yourself and and it helps give yourself a goal to reach and really keep you busy every day and distract you from getting into bad things, I think."
Jack says, "In high school, we all have this unique opportunity to really have an impact and try things out...so I was discovering music and being in a band...all these things were opening up, [and] I think I really went full speed ahead in the direction of the positive things that were going on in my life."
Jostens is also donating $50,000 on top of the money raised through the class rings and yearbooks program, so the total donation to the Grammy Foundation could reach $150,000. Go to Jostens.com/GrammyFoundation for more details.
Credit: Ellen Von UnwerthRihanna is not pleased about the fact that CBS Sports last week didn't use her song "Run This Town" to kick off Thursday Night Football -- and she now appears to be threatening to stop them from using it this week.
She tweeted, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this." She added, "The audacity..."
You may recall that last week, because Ray Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, were playing on Thursday Night Football, CBS canceled its plans to use "Run This Town." This was in response to an outcry from fans who argued that a song by a victim of domestic violence -- that would be Rihanna -- shouldn't be used to introduce a team whose roster included a player accused of the same crime.
In a statement to ABC News, CBS Sports said, “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”
Columbia RecordsTrain's new album Bulletproof Picasso is in stores today, and considering that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the band's existence, lead singer Pat Monahan says the album's unusual title is an apt description of their staying power.
"The whole album is stories of venturing from a small town to San Francisco," Pat tells ABC News Radio. "And 'Bulletproof Picasso' --the song -- is about leaving [my hometown of] Pennsylvania and sitting there with my friends and saying, 'Who's got the b***s to do this with me? Who's made of lead paint and bulletproof?'"
"Then, what we realized, was that we're, in a sense, a 'Bulletproof Picasso,'" he adds. "'Cause we're artists and, for some reason, after 20 years, we're still here making music people listen to on the radio."
Of course, few bands can exist for two decades without some lineup changes, and Train is no exception: Bulletproof Picasso is the first not to feature founding drummer Scott Underwood, and other members have left along the way. At this point, the only original members are Pat and guitarist Jimmy Stafford, but Jimmy says despite the changes, they're still Train.
"We have gone through some different members through the years, and I think we've always managed to be Train each step of the way," he tells ABC News Radio. "Pat's got a pretty recognizable voice. I don't think Train could be Train without that voice. But I've liked all the different formations of the band and this one might be my favorite."
The current Train lineup will play a series of special album-release shows this month to celebrate the arrival of Bulletproof Picasso and its hit single "Angel in Blue Jeans." On Wednesday and Thursday, they'll perform at the Pantages Theater in L.A. On Sunday and Monday, they'll perform in their hometown of San Francisco, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and on September 25, they'll be at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
"I think we decided to do these shows because we're out anyways promoting the new record," Jimmy tells ABC News Radio. "And I think it's kinda like, while we're out there, we should do a few shows and try some of these new tunes out on our fans." Don't expect a performance of Bulletproof Picasso in its entirety, though.
"Maybe some day," says Jimmy. "But nobody will familiar enough with it at that point. So maybe down the road we'll do that. I think it'll be really fun."
Bulletproof Picasso has more of a rock sound than Train's previous two albums, and it has a healthy dose of soul as well. Explaining why, Pat tells ABC News Radio, "Very few people listen to albums but for some reason Train fans listen to albums, so they don't want one song, they want an album to make sense. And that's what we set out to do and we always will...so we just feel like it's time for us to try to be as credible artists as we can be."
"The Beatles were rock & soul," says Pat. "Like, anything with heart. We just want to have that: whatever that emotional connection is with people."
Lee Cherry/RCA RecordsAmerican Idol is bringing back a former contestant to serve as a guest judge during auditions, while Keith Urban steps away due to the death of wife Nicole Kidman's father.
The show has announced that season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert will join Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. this week during auditions at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The official American Idol Twitter account posted the following message: "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time."
Adam served as a mentor last season on American Idol. The 14th season of the Fox singing competition begins in early 2015.
Lokal Legend/4th and B'way/Island RecordsKiesza, the Canadian singer/songwriter who's climbing the charts with her hit "Hideaway," will release her debut album, Sound of a Woman, on October 21.
The album's pre-order goes live on iTunes on September 22, and those who pre-order it will get a brand new song.
Meanwhile, Kiesza, whose birth name is Kiesza Ellestad, will make her U.S. daytime TV debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 24. She's also announced a few upcoming U.S. dates: she'll perform in Washington, D.C. on September 29, in Philadelphia on September 30, and in Boston on October 1.