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Justin Bieber Arrested Friday in Canada; Charged with Dangerous Driving, Assault


Credit: Ben WattsJustin Bieber's Crime Spree (Alleged) 2014 continues.  On Friday, the singer was arrested after being involved in a vehicular accident in Ontario, Canada.

According to Perth County, Ontario police, when officers arrived at the scene of a crash between a minivan and an all terrain vehicle, they found an occupant of the minivan and the driver of the ATV "engaged in a physical altercation."  It's not clear which one of those two was Justin, but he was arrested at the scene and changed with dangerous driving and assault.  He now has a court date in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario on September 29.

So far this year, Justin's escaped serious consequences for allegedly egging his neighbor's house in Calabasas, CA, and for a DUI in Miami, Florida. He's also been named in a variety of lawsuits involving his bodyguards roughing up photographers and fans who attempt to take a picture of him.

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Ariana Grande Denies Nude Photos Are Her: "My Lil A** Is a Lot Cuter than That"


ABC/Richard HarbaughA spokesperson for Ariana Grande has already denounced as "completely fake" the alleged nude photos of the singer that have popped up online, but now Ariana herself has taken to Twitter to explain why they couldn't possibly be her.

"to every1 going on about my "nudes" and my [meet and greet] prices neither are real!" she tweeted. "My lil a** is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon."

She adds, "but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me...... love u but I'm praying for u."

The alleged nude shots were part of a massive leak of revealing celebrity photos that an unknown hacker perv was able to access through an alleged iCloud security leak.  Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Becca Tobin and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have already confirmed that the photos purporting to show them in the nude are real, while others, like Victoria Justice and gymnast McKayla Maroney, have denounced theirs as fake.

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Phillip Phillips Reveals His Secret Obsession: Food


Credt: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips fans know that the guy loves music.  But it turns out when he's not thinking about writing songs or performing live, the former American Idol champ has one thing on his mind: food.

“Honestly, I love food,”  Phillip tells ELLE magazine, explaining why he's excited to play the very first Food Network in Concert festival.  The September 20 show outside of Chicago, Illinois will feature top musicians as well as cooking demonstrations by some of the Food Network's biggest stars.  "I love cooking too and baking and whatnot with my girlfriend. It’s just fun," he adds. "Cooking to me, it’s kind of therapeutic. It’s completely different from music as well."

So, is Phillip any good in the kitchen?  "I’m not amazing at it, but I can cook myself a good meal," he says. "And I’m not just saying this, but anytime I’m on the bus or at home, I’m watching Food Network or cooking on TV just cause it’s interesting to me. It’s pretty amazing how some cooks can just put together stuff off the top of the hat.  But yeah, I love cooking; I love eating; I love everything about food."

Phillip says his culinary specialties include burgers, chicken tacos and chicken wraps, but he'd rather eat his mom's cubed steak and gravy, homemade mashed potatoes and butter beans.  "She’s a master at [comfort food]," he gushes.

Joining Phillip on the bill for the festival will be his pal John Mayer, with whom he toured last winter.  "He’s a great guy. He’s an incredible musician," says Phillip of John. "It’s always an honor to share the stage with somebody like that. And he’s a great songwriter. Watching his show, he just goes out there and just plays the hell out of the music. And lets the music speak for itself."

After spending the summer on the road with the band O.A.R., Phillip will kick off a brand-new headlining tour this fall.  While he's now a seasoned road warrior, the singer says, "I definitely don’t get used to it. I’m always scared to death before I go up onstage." 

"It’s unbelievable to hear the crowd singing out loud and feel the vibe that I’m feeling... you never get used to it," he adds. "And I think it’s good because it always feels like the first kiss every time."

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Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Assault


Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault Tuesday morning Washington, D.C. superior court, and was sentenced to time served. 

The time served is the four months Chris spent in a California jail earlier this year when it was ruled his involvement in the D.C. incident violated the terms of his probation for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

Brown would have faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine had he been convicted at trial.

The plea concludes the nearly 11-month-old case that began last October, when Brown, 25, and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were accused of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel when he tried to take Brown’s picture.  Hollosy was found guilty of assault last April, and will be sentenced in November.  Brown's trial was delayed in part because Hollosy refused to testify in Brown's trial out of concern doing so would adversely effect his chances to appeal his own conviction.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal to Brown in January and June, both of which Brown rejected.  Brown and Hollosy are also looking at a $1.5 million dollar civil suit filed by their victim, the Washington Post reports.

 

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Britney Spears: "Everybody Knows My Boyfriend Cheated on Me"


Photo Credit: Denise TruscelloBritney Spears took time out from her Las Vegas show Sunday night to publicly address her recent split from her boyfriend of 17 months, David Lucado, according to MTV News.

“Well, by now everyone knows my boyfriend cheated on me,” the 32-year-old pop diva declared, drawing spirited boos of support from the 5,000 fans at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater.

Britney then continued, “But the best part of breaking up is going on first dates. OMG, OMG, I need a hot guy. Where are the hot guys here tonight?”

To the delight of the crowd, Britney pulled one lucky audience member up on stage, who turned out to be none other than celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Then, according to MTV, she produced an outfit of leather and chains and immediately slapped it on him.

Spears then launched into her song “Freakshow,” while leading Hilton around the stage on all fours like a dog.

As soon as he returned to his seat, Hilton tweeted, “.@britneyspears just made me her b**ch - literally! Hope @Rihanna doesn’t get jealous! It was like the Circus tour opening 2.0. #PieceOfMe”

Last Thursday, Brit tweeted, "Ahhhh the single life!"  She posted that comment around the same time TMZ published a story claiming Lucado was videotaped making out with another woman last month.  Reportedly, Brit dumped Lucado after learning about the footage, which TMZ reported was being shopped around.

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Chris Brown Due Back in D.C. Court Today; Plea Deal Imminent?


Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown’s got another date in a D.C. courtroom today.  The singer is scheduled to appear there to reportedly enter a plea deal in his misdemeanor assault case.

The Washington Post reports Brown, 25, and his attorneys will respond in Superior Court to a plea deal today in the nearly 11-month-old case that began last October, when Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were accused of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel when he tried to take Brown’s picture.  Hollosy was found guilty of assault last April, and will be sentenced in November.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal in January and June, both of which Brown rejected.  He still faces trial if he rejects today’s reported plea deal.  Brown and Hollosy are also looking at a $1.5 million dollar civil suit filed by their victim, the Washington Post reports.

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Maroon 5 Reveals World Tour Itinerary


Interscope RecordsIt’s a big day for Maroon 5.  Not only is their new album, V, out today, they’ve also just announced the dates for their upcoming world tour.

The outing kicks off February 16 in Dallas and will hit 27 North American cities in and ten European stops before wrapping up in Lisbon, Portugal June 17.  MAGIC! will join Maroon 5 on the road as a special guest.

Tickets go on sale to the general public September 13 via Live Nation, though fan club members can buy them as early as Saturday, September 6.  American Express card members and Live Nation mobile app users can also purchase tickets before the general public on-sale date.  When you buy your ticket via Live Nation, you’ll score an instant digital download of V.

For more information, check out Maroon5.com.  Here’s the tour itinerary:

2/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/17 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
2/24 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
2/25 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/27 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
2/28 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/2 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
3/3 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/5 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/8 -- East Rutherford, NJ, IZOD Center
3/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/11 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
3/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
3/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
3/16 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
3/18 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
3/25 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
3/26 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
3/28 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
3/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
3/31 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
4/1 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
4/3 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
5/26 -- London, UK, Wembley Arena
5/31 -- Birmingham, U.K., LG Arena
6/1 -- Manchester, U.K., Manchester Arena
6/3 -- Amsterdam, NTH, Ziggo Dome
6/9 -- Oberhausen, GR, Koenig-Pilsener Arena
6/10 -- Munich, GR, Olympiahalle
6/12 -- Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum
6/14 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
6/15 -- Madrid, Spain, Palacio Deportes
6/17 -- Lisbon, Portugal, Meo Arena

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Cee Lo Tweets, Deletes Rape Comments, Account After Pleading No Contest in Ecstasy Case


Primary Wave MusicFollowing the Los Angeles County District Attorney's announcement Friday that Cee Lo Green had pleaded no contest to a felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman at a dinner in 2012, the singer over the weekend made some controversial comments about rape via Twitter -- then deleted his account.

According to the images of the former Voice judge's Twitter -- comments that were screen-capped by other users, including Buzzfeed -- Cee Lo posted, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" and "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."

Green was accused of slipping a woman ecstasy before a post-dinner hook-up.  The woman said she later woke up in bed next to Green but had no memory of what happened the previous night.  No sex charges were filed against Green due to lack of evidence.

After Green's comments were criticized by some users for apparently suggesting it's only rape if the victim is conscious and remembers, Cee Lo deleted his comments, after tweeting an apology: "I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context.  I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru this to begin with. I’d never condone the harm of any women. Thank you.”

Green's plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance was made under a section of the law that allows him to maintain his innocence, according to the singer's attorney.  Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced Green to three years probation, and also ordered the singer to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.  In addition, Green must register as a controlled-substance offender.

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Maroon 5 Guitarist Explains How to Pronounce Their New Album's Title


222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5's fifth album album, V, is in stores today, but if you're not sure whether the title is pronounced "Vee" or "Five," well, you're not alone.  According to the band's guitarist, even the band's members weren't sure how to pronounce it when they came up with it.

"I pronounce it 'Five' but different people have been calling it 'Vee,'" James Valentine tells ABC News Radio, "because we named the album in an email chain. We were, like, throwing back ideas and nobody was really speaking them out loud, so I think for a while, none of us really knew who was pronouncing it 'Vee' and who was saying 'Five.' I say 'Five.'"

No matter what you call it, V arrives just over two years after the band's previous album, 2012's Overexposed, which is pretty speedy by Maroon 5 standards.  As James notes, "The album came together so quickly and so effortlessly. We sort of blinked and the album was done." 

As for why the band was able to turn around a new record so quickly, James says it's simple: they merely never took a break.

"We really never stopped recording after the last record," he explains. "We were constantly in the studio, constantly going back and forth with producers, sending ideas back and forth while we were still touring, which allowed us to do this sort of quick turnaround with the record. Because this record is out quicker than I think any record that we've done."

That's not entirely true, since Overexposed itself came out less than two years after the one before that, 2010's Hands All Over.  Still, as James explains, the band didn't want to take a lot of time between projects, since they were on such a roll thanks to the success of Overexposed and hits like "Payphone," "One More Night," "Daylight" and "Love Somebody."

"Usually we'll take some time off, sort of chill out back in Los Angeles, [and] use the time that we're making the record as sort of a vacation from touring because we're touring so constantly," he tells ABC News Radio. "But this one, we were kind of like, 'OK, let's go. Let's do this. Strike while the iron is hot.' We had such a great string of success with those last singles we wanted to keep it going."

Maroon 5 and Adam Levine, together and separately, have plenty of TV appearances booked to promote the new album, including The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America's Got Talent on Wednesday, plus The Daily Show on Thursday, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 8.    However, the band likely won't launch a full tour until early in 2015 -- and James says he's psyched to bring the new music to the fans.

"I'm antsy to get out on the road and play these songs, and it seems like a long time in between releasing the record and doing that," he tells ABC News Radio. "But it'll be nice because the fans will be able to spend some time with the album before they come out, so they'll be ready with the new songs." 

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Rolling in the Leak? Two Adele Tracks Surface Online


LaurenDukoff/Columbia RecordsTwo previously unreleased tracks from Adele have surfaced online.

DigitalSpy UK reports the tunes "You'll Never See Me Again" and "Never Gonna Leave You" were recorded back in 2010 during recording sessions for her Grammy winning album, 21.

Adele hasn't yet announced a release date for her new album.

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Rare, Early Katy Perry Footage Posted Online


Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsSome rare footage of Katy Perry when she was performing as an aspiring young Christian rock singer has been posted online.

Videographer Jim Standridge stumbled upon 90 minutes of footage he shot of Perry in 2001 when she was about 16 years old and on her first tour. At that time, she went by the name Katy Hudson.

Standridge edited the footage down to 13 minutes and uploaded it to Vimeo.  The footage features Perry performing in Portland, Oregon, putting her hair in pigtails, referring to herself as "pizza face" and fretting about having writer's block.

Katy Perry Uncensored Raw Talent from Jim Standridge on Vimeo.

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Taylor Swift Joining "The Voice" as Season Seven Mentor


Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsGet ready to see a lot of Taylor Swift on your TV this season.  The singer has joined The Voice as a mentor for all four teams, US Weekly reports.

Taylor will be working with the show in the same way that Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season: she'll advise the contestants on the teams of veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

As previously reported, each team will also have its own advisor: Stevie Nicks will work with Adam, while Alicia Keys joins Pharrell. Gwen's husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, will advise her team, and Little Big Town will work with Blake.

A source tells US Weekly, "Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor." 

The new season of The Voice begins September 22.  Taylor's new album, 1989, is out October 27.

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Vegas Headliner Britney Spears Not Interested in Going Back on the Road


Credit: Denise TruscelloBritney Spears' residency in Las Vegas has been more successful than anyone could've imagined: it's already grossed $20 million and is scheduled well into 2015.  It's no wonder that the singer is in no hurry to go back to the old way of touring, when she was playing a different city every night.

Asked by Variety if she's eager to get back out on the road, Britney tells the publication, "Actually, no. 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]. I’m a home girl."

"I really don’t see how I went all over the place and traveled the world and did everything," she adds. "I feel like I was out of my frickin’ mind, and I did that for 15 years. But I was just so hungry and young and eager to pursue my dreams that it made sense then. It’s really easy to lose track of where you are and what you’re doing.”

Luckily, Britney is still interested in making music, despite the disappointing performance of her most recent album, Britney Jean. 

"In my off-time I do record,” she tells Variety. "Once in a while I’ll just go into the studio if there’s a really good song that I have in my head and want to do. I think as artists you’re constantly in creative motion. If I stopped writing songs then that’s a part of me that would stop in my life."

"I’m definitely more in a creative space now," she adds, and one reason is because her Vegas schedule lets her spend a lot more time at home in L.A. with her sons.  Says Britney, "You have more time to go there spiritually in your home with a piano than you would being in a hotel room.”

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Train Plays the Hits, Previews New Album at Atlantic City, NJ Concert


ABC News"Tonight is gonna be a lot of fun for us," Train frontman Pat Monahan told the crowd at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Borgata Hotel & Casino Saturday night. "Are you ready?"  The enthusiastic crowd's answer was yes, and the band obliged by playing their hits, digging deep into their back catalog, and previewing one-third of their new album Bulletproof Picasso, due September 16.

The Atlantic City date was one is a series of one-off shows in the run-up to the special album release concerts Train plans to do in September in L.A., New York and San Francisco.  Still, the band performed four tracks from the new album, including the anthemic title track, the current single "Angel in Blue Jeans," and two additional tunes: "Cadillac Cadillac" and "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," which on the album is a duet with R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius.  The band's two new female backup singers filled in for her onstage, and filled out the band's overall sound as well.

All the new songs were well-received and the band -- now a lineup of seven, including the two remaining original Train members, Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford -- obviously enjoyed playing them, but of course, it was the hits that went over best with the crowd.  Pat acknowledged this by introducing one of the new songs as something "we want to play before we play what you want to hear."

Opening number "Calling All Angels," plus "Drive By," "50 Ways to Say Goodbye," "Marry Me" and, of course, "Drops of Jupiter" were all greeted with wild enthusiasm by the fans; "Hey Soul Sister," the hit that revived Train's career a few years ago, featured Monahan singing with a group of adorable young girls who he'd pulled onstage. 

In general, Monahan worked overtime to please fans: he grabbed their phones and took selfies during "If It's Love," had some female fans duet with him on "Bruises," and threw dozens of t-shirts into the crowd.  He also, at various times, played sax and drums, and showed off his formidable vocal power by singing the emotional ballad "When I Look the Sky" nearly a capella, with no amplification on his voice.  He constantly praised the New Jersey crowd as being "the best," and joked that they enjoyed playing the Borgata because after the show, they got to "spend every bit of money" at the gaming tables.

Train's set list also served as a reminder that -- despite their string of recent pop hits -- they began as, and remain, a rock band.  Blistering versions of Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be" and Aerosmith's "Dream On" showed off those rock chops, as did performances of their debut single, "Free" and the album track "Mississippi."

Here's the set list for Train's Atlantic City concert:

"Calling All Angels"
"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
"If It's Love"
"Get to Me"
"Meet Virginia"
"Bulletproof Picasso"
"When I Look to the Sky"
"What Is and What Should Never Be" (Led Zeppelin cover)
"Save Me, San Francisco"
"Free"
"Mississippi"
"Angel in Blue Jeans"
"Bruises"
"Marry Me"
"Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life"
"Hey, Soul Sister"
"Drive By"

Encores:
"Cadillac, Cadillac"
"Drops of Jupiter"
"Dream On"  (Aerosmith cover)

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Get Texts, Tune In for Jason Derulo, American Authors & Aloe Blacc on Sunday's MDA Telethon


ABC/Adam TaylorJason Derulo, American Authors and Aloe Blacc are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Sunday, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, but if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite, don't worry: they'll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then.

Jason, the Authors and Aloe will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast. Other performers include Josh Groban, Fall Out Boy, Matt Nathanson, Bret Michaels of Poison and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes

Presenters include Jason's girlfriend Jordin Sparks; ABC's Rising Star experts Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha; Alyssa Milano; Nashville's Charles Esten; Tom Bergeron; Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy; and more.  In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: the first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.

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John Legend Teaming Up with Country Star Lee Ann Womack for "CMT Crossroads"


ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry did it not long ago....now it's John Legend's turn to sing with a country star for the CMT series Crossroads.

John is teaming up with Lee Ann Womack, best known to pop fans for her 2000 Top 20 hit "I Hope You Dance."  The two will sing alternate versions of each other's hits and duet on others, in a taping scheduled to take place in Franklin, Tennessee -- just outside of Nashville -- before the special premieres in September.

This won't be John's first foray into country: in June, he performed his smash "All of Me" at the CMT Awards with country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes

Fans can enter CMT's Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads:  John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Is Madonna Slamming Lady Gaga & Ex-Husband on New Album?


Credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna's written plenty of material for her new album, but according to a British tabloid report, two songs in particular -- which may or may not make the final cut -- appear to be vicious take downs aimed at both Lady Gaga and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.

According to the British tabloid The Sun, which got a look at the lyrics to a song called "Heartbreak City," Madonna sings -- allegedly about Guy -- "You said I was your queen/I tried to give you everything and now you want your freedom/You got just what you came for/a bit of fame and fortune and I'm no longer needed."  She also supposedly sings, "You tore me into pieces/You didn't have no damn reason" and "I curse the day we met/This memory is haunting me/I wish I could forget."

Of course, these lines, if legit, could be about conceivably anyone in the past thirty years who Madonna feels has taken unfair advantage of her, or treated her badly, or used her for her fame and money.

However, the lyrics of another song, "Two Steps Behind Me," if legit, seem specifically aimed at Lady Gaga.

In that track, according to The Sun, Madonna sings, "You’re a copycat, Where is my royalty?/You’re a pretty girl, I’ll give you that/But stealing my recipe, it’s an ugly look/Did you study me hard enough? You’re never gonna be, you’re just a wannabe me."

The lyric add, "In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can’t be me/You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you’ll always be two steps behind me.”

While in the past, Madonna and Gaga seemed friendly, even appearing on Saturday Night Live together, the Queen of Pop was dismissive of Gaga's hit "Born This Way," which she considered to be a ripoff of her own hit "Express Yourself."  To illustrate that point, she performed the two songs as a mash-up every night on her MDNA tour.

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Justin Timberlake Scores Most-Watched Concert Ever on Yahoo!'s Live Channel


PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentOn July 15, Yahoo! launched its Live Channel, which featured a live concert streaming every day from the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, John Legend, Daughtry and more.  But Justin Timberlake's just set the all-time viewing record so far for the fledgling service.

JT's concert last Sunday, August 24, in Reykjavik, Iceland was the #1 viewed event on the channel, not to mention the largest concert event in the history of Iceland. If you missed it, you can watch four songs from the concert -- including "Mirrors" and "Cry Me a River" -- on Screen.Yahoo.com through September 25.

Justin's world tour continues in Melbourne, Australia on September 18.  He'll travel through Australia and New Zealand before returning to North America on November 20.

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Nicki Minaj Reveals Release Date for "The Pinkprint"


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj's latest single "Anaconda," has successfully whetted the appetites of fans who are anxiously awaiting the release of her next album, The Pinkprint.

According to Billboard, the rapper's third studio album will be strategically released on one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday, November 28.

Nicki issued her debut album, Pink Friday, during the holiday rush back in 2010 and sold 375,000 copies in its first week.

In related news, her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling tune jumped from #10 to #1 on Billboard's  Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, the third time she's appeared atop that chart, following 2011's "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake and Drizzy's 2012 hit, "Make Me Proud," on which she is featured. The tune also jumped to the #2 spot on Billboard Hot 100 this week.

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Make Your Own Maroon 5 Artwork and Win Tickets to Their Tour


Peter Kramer/NBCIf you're feeling creatively inspired by Maroon 5 and the impending release of their next album, you may want to check out a new contest.

Maroon 5 and CreativeAllies.com have partnered on a contest that asks fans to submit illustrated artwork inspired by Adam Levine and company and their new album, V.

One winner will receive two tickets to any show on the band's upcoming tour, plus 500 bucks. Even better, that person's artwork will be printed on 500 limited-edition copies of V.

One runner-up will earn a Maroon 5 prize pack.

For more info, check out CreativeAllies.com.

Maroon 5 will release V on Tuesday, September 2. They have a series of TV appearances lined up to promote the album, including the Today show on Monday, The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America's Got Talent on Wednesday. Those are all NBC shows, as is The Voice, on which Adam returns as a coach later in September.

In addition, Adam will stop by The Daily Show on Thursday, and he and his band will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 8.

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