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Iggy Azalea Copes with Jim Carrey's Hip-Hop Humor in "Saturday Night Live" Promos


ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is the musical guest for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jim Carrey, and she can’t hold her laughter as he assumes the identity of rapper “J. Care” in one of the show's video promos. With a chest full of gold chains, Carrey has the TV crew roaring as his gold grill drops out of his mouth while he was “dropping mad rhymes and jokes.”

Azalea announces, “It’s going to be a Halloween-themed party bash,” and he tells her what is really scary is, “Trying to love me.” The Dumb and Dumber To star also has fun with various pronunciations of her name.

Azalea will perform her new single “Beg for It” with . Saturday Night Live airs 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Reclassified, an expanded reissue of Iggy's debut album, The New Classic, is now available for pre-order and will be released November 24.

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Happy 30th Birthday, Katy Perry!


Credit: Christie GoodwinKaty Perry turns 30 Saturday, and according to reports, she'll be spending her big day with her friends and her crew in Morocco -- and possibly scarfing down a cake covered in Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip frosting.  But whether or not the singer actually feels 30 is a different matter.

"I still feel 13 on the inside," Katy told People magazine back in July. "I think you see a lot of my [inner] child in the show onstage.  I tweeted the other day, 'Sometimes it's hard being a child in this adult body.'"  But Katy did say that she had some serious goals for the next decade of her life.

"I just want to be able to continue to stay self-aware and as unaffected as possible," she says. "I just want to stay authentic and keep dreaming my dreams."

Since 2008, when her single "I Kissed a Girl" hit #1, Katy's life has indeed been a dream, teenage or otherwise.  Yes, things haven't exactly worked out for her in the romance department -- her marriage to Russell Brand ended in divorce, and she split with boyfriend John Mayer earlier this year -- but career-wise, things couldn't be better. 

Among Katy's achievements: she's scored nine #1 hits and is currently the best-selling digital artist of all time, with over 72 million singles sold worldwide.  While a Grammy has eluded her, she's won multiple American Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

In addition, Katy has headlined sold-out world tours, appeared in movies and on TV, signed lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Cover Girl, launched several perfumes and a line of accessories, and has done extensive charity work.  She's also inspired millions of fans, whom she calls "Katycats," with her empowering anthems, such as "Roar" and "Firework."

Katy will resume her PRISMATIC world tour November 7 in Australia, and wrap things up for the year December 20 in Auckland, New Zealand.  She's rumored to be performing at Super Bowl halftime in February, though that has yet to be officially confirmed.  Her tour will pick back up again February 16 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Croon "Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS Tonight


Courtesy of Joseph SinnottEven if you didn't get tickets to see Lady Gaga on her current tour, you can check her out on PBS tonight. 

Debuting tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett star in Cheek to Cheek LIVE!, a presentation of PBS' Great Performances series.  Taped at New York City back in July, the special finds Gaga and Bennett running through the material on their #1 standards album Cheek to Cheek. 

But just because it's an album of jazz duets doesn't mean it's sedate:  Gaga runs through a variety of crazy costumes and wigs while singing with the 88-year-old music legend.

Gaga tweeted, "Don't forget to make your plans for tonight! 9pm EST dinner parties, @pbs, wine, food, Tony, Gaga. This is my most favorite TV moment! Ever!"

Here's the set list for tonight's show:

“Anything Goes” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“Cheek to Cheek” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“Nature Boy” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” (Tony Bennett)
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Lady Gaga)
“Firefly” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“I Won’t Dance” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“Lush Life” (Lady Gaga)
“Sophisticated Lady” (Tony Bennett)
“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“But Beautiful” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)

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Usher on Justin Bieber: "I'm Not Happy with All the Choices [He's] Made"


Miller Mobley for Billboard MagazineUsher is usually diplomatic when it comes to his one-time protege Justin Bieber and the Biebs' recent troubles.  But in his new cover story for Billboard, the singer admits he's not that pleased with Justin's behavior lately.

"Our relationship is more man-to-man now," he tells Billboard. "He's making his own decisions and it's important to show support. I can say I'm not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I'm supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I'll punch him in the f***ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It's more than just mentoring. I love the kid."

Usher also talks about his album, which was supposed to have come out this fall, but which has been indefinitely pushed back.  "I just ain't ready," he says. "Meaning I have more that I want to say and more that I want to do. My process is pretty different. L.A. Reid will tell you, it takes two albums to make one with Usher."

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Mariah & Nick's Kids Unaffected by Their Parents' Split, Says Nick


Angela Weiss/WireImageMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage may be on the way to being over, but their split hasn't affected their twins at all, according to Nick.

Appearing on Friday's Meredith Vieira Show, Nick said of twins Moroccan and Monroe -- affectionately referred to as "dem babies" -- "They're just happy. They love mommy.  They love daddy."  That's because, as Nick explained, the kids are used to one of their parents or the other being gone for long periods of time.

"We have always been people who have been on the go, coming and going, their life hasn't changed one bit," Nick told Vieira. "We spend holidays together, we do everything that we are supposed to do together as a family."

Nick also decried the media's coverage of his and Mariah's marital issues, saying, "You know, the media, they can say whatever they want to say and obviously, because you are not giving them anything...they kind of create all these stories and make it way worse than it actually is." 

Asked to name a particular rumor that irks him, Nick said, "You know what I heard the other day? I heard that there's a family dispute over our eight dogs!"  He added that what's needed now is for him and Mariah to ignore the distractions and just be "focused on family and what's right and getting through these times and doing what's right for the kids, so that's just where we are."

The twins are currently with Mariah as she tours Asia.

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Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay to Perform at First-Ever BBC Music Awards


Credit: Ben WattsJust what we need: another music awards ceremony.  The first-ever BBC Music Awards will take place December 11 in London, the BBC announced, with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Clean Bandit, and Calvin Harris among the artists scheduled to perform. 

"It's an incredible lineup and we're honored to be part of it," said Coldplay's Chris Martin.

Awards will be handed out in categories like Best British and Best International Artist of the Year, and the fan-voted Best Song of the Year.  The show will air live on BBC Radio 1 and 2.  So far, there are no plans to simulcast it in the U.S.

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Lorde -- Big Surprise -- Wins Best New Zealand Act at 2014 MTV EMAs


ABC/Lou RoccoThe 2014 MTV European Music Awards will be held on November 10, but some preliminary winners have already been announced.  Lorde is one of them.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lorde has been named Best New Zealand Act at the MTV EMAs.  She now has the opportunity to compete against artists from many different countries in the Worldwide Act category.  That winner will be announced when the show airs on MTV from Glasgow, Scotland on November 10.  Among the competition: Justin Bieber, representing Canada, and Fifth Harmony, representing the U.S.

Voting for the final 10 nominees in the Worldwide Act category is open through October 30.  They'll be revealed on October 31.

Nicki Minaj is hosting this year's MTV EMAs and she'll also perform, along with Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Kiesza, and Calvin Harris.

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Sam Smith Sells Out NYC's Madison Square Garden & the Forum in L.A.


Capitol RecordsA year ago, nobody in the U.S. knew who Sam Smith was.  Now, he's managed to sell out shows in two of the country's most prestigious venues.

Sam put tickets for his U.S. tour on sale on Friday, and quickly sold out shows in New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. The British vocalist is quite excited about it. 

 

He tweeted: "MY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOW JUST SOLD OUT IN 30MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," followed by, "Sold out my first ARENA in LA!!!!"

A second show has been added in L.A. on January 29.  Sam's tour kicks off January 9 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The singer, who just announced that his new single will be "Like I Can," is nominated for two American Music Awards, and will perform on the show, airing November 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  His name is also been mentioned repeatedly as a potential Grammy nominee; we'll find out if he is on December 5.

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One Direction, Danny DeVito Get Surreal in the Desert with "Steal My Girl" Video


SYCO/ColumbiaOne Direction's video for "Steal My Girl" has just been released, and it shows once again that the guys definitely do not take themselves too seriously.

In the clip, Niall, Liam, Zayn, Harry, and Louis emerge from their trailer in the desert on the set of their video shoot, wondering where the director is.  That's when the pretentious director, played by actor/director DannyDeVito, pulls up in a car and starts talking about how he's going to help the guys take it to "the next level," declaring, "We're here in the name of art.  We're here to commit ourselves to a higher form of expression." 

"Today, we bring life to the desert!" he concludes, and then informs each member of the group what they'll be representing in the video: Harry will be Love, Niall will be Light, Liam will be Power, Louis will be Danger, and Zayn will be Mystery.   The director says, "First you have to destroy your inhibitions. First you destroy: then you create. Balls!"

Cut to a shot of Liam destroying a series of floating silver balls, which spell out the word "inhibition." Then things get really weird.  There are sumo wrestlers, a chimp, a marching band, dancing women, African tribesmen, cans of paint, a giant cage, balloons, hula hoops, women with parasols, and a rainstorm. 

When this whole Bizarro-world Cirque du Soleil spectacle is over, the director yells "Cut!," turns to the camera, shrugs and says, "That was all right."

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Backstreet Boys Set Sail Today on 2014 Fan Cruise: "It's a Blast," Says Nick Carter


ABC/Lou RoccoEvery year, it seems, another act announces that it's starting their own fan cruise, but the Backstreet Boys have been doing it -- very successfully -- for several  years now.  This year's installment gets underway on Friday, and as usual, the guys have a lot of great activities planned for their fans.  According to Backstreet's Nick Carter, that the key to a successful fan cruise.

"You have to engage," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's an opportunity to get really close to your fans and give them that opportunity that they don't really necessarily get. And we put on shows on the cruise, I mean, we're always trying to top ourselves and do something new."

And concerts aren't the only things fans get from the Boys on the cruise. There'll also be a Q&A session with the group, A.J. McLean is hosting a poker tournament, and Howie Dorough is hosting a blackjack tournament.  

"When people comes on the cruise, what goes on the cruise, stays on the cruise," Nick laughs. "No, it's a party. The fans come out, they get a room, we throw night parties, three nights in a row -- literally, people are crawling and limping off the cruise by the time they're done!"

The theme parties are always a highlight: this year, one night will see the boys hosting "Backstreet's Back Halloween Night: The Mummy's Revenge," while another night will be an "ABC" party -- which means "Anything But Clothes."  That's right: fans and the Boys will all attend the party wearing....something, just not actual clothing.  According to the group, trash bags, saran wrap and cardboard boxes are all possibilities.

The cruise sets sail from Miami on Friday for four days aboard the Carnival Ecstasy, returning on Monday.

"It's great," says Nick. "You go to the Caribbean, go swimming...events, it's a blast, you know?"  

Some of the bands that held their first-ever fan cruises over the past year include Train, Paramore and Matchbox Twenty.  So far, only Train has announced plans to do it again.

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Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams to Perform on "A Very Grammy Christmas" Special


The Recording Academy/CBSFor the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special that reveals the Grammy nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.  This year, however, the network is changing things up.

Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande will all perform on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour special that will replace the Grammy nominations concert show.  The show, taping November 18 in L.A., will air December 5, and will also reveal the nominees for the Grammys' prestigious Album of the Year category. The rest of the nominations -- 82 out of a total of 83 categories -- will be revealed the morning of December 5, in a way that has yet to be announced.

The presence of Maroon 5, Pharrell and Ariana on the show likely indicates that the Grammy folks consider them good bets for nominations.  All three acts' latest albums are eligible.

Tickets to attend the taping at the Shrine Auditorium are now on sale via Ticketmaster.

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Taylor Swift Visits "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to Plug New Album, Perform Two Songs


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to plug her new album, 1989, and perform two songs at an outdoor stage in front of nearly 15 thousand fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard outside Kimmel’s studio.

The 24-year-old singer/songwriter told Kimmel she’s “more confident” about this album than she’s been about any of her previous releases.

Taylor said it’s a “really nice feeling” to have but added, “it’s almost like you’re releasing this thing into the world that you spent two years with, and it’s just been mine for two years and now it’s everybody elses.”

Taylor joked that it’s like she’s "sending it off to college."

Earlier in the week, Kimmel had fans submit questions for Taylor via Skype, and he read one of them on the air. A fan asked if all our memories were erased, but Taylor could pick one song from 1989 that we all would remember, which would it be and why?

Swift said she would choose the song “Clean,” the last track on the album.  She wrote it with British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap.  Taylor said of the tune, "It's just a song that's really special to me and it's been one that kind of everyone is really talking about."  Taylor told Kimmel, "I think it's a song that might help people go through things."

Kimmel also told the story of Taylor showing up at the studio in 2005 when she was 14 years old to try to get on the show.  “Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him,” Kimmel recalled.

Kimmel said Igoe told Taylor she wasn't allowed in the show’s green room because they served alcohol and he threw her out.

Flash forward to Thursday night: Kimmel announced on the show that he’s decided to make it up to Taylor by having security guards “toss” Igoe, who still works for Kimmel, out of the building. 

Later in the show, Taylor performed her hit "Shake It Off," and the song "Out of the Woods."

1989 arrives Monday, October 27, the same day Taylor appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and makes her debut later that night as a mentor on The Voice.

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PETA Upset at One Direction for Using Chimp & Other Wild Animals in "Steal My Girl" Video


SYCO/Columbia RecordsOne Direction's new video for "Steal My Girl" premieres Friday, but it's already causing controversy among animal rights activists.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- PETA -- is upset because the group is featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals in the clip.

PETA has sent letters to One Direction and their video production company, requesting that they cut any of the scenes with the chimp, and asking them to pledge to never again work with "captive exotic animals"; the group suggests that 1D could use computer-generated animals instead.

In the letters, PETA says that chimps in the entertainment industry are separated from their mothers shortly after birth, treated badly and often abused, and then dumped when they become too strong to be safely handled.  The letters further note the presence of a lion in the video, and say that lions, too, are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and abused with electric shocks and food deprivation.

PETA claims  that Steve Martin's Working Wildlife, the animal exhibitor hired for the "Steal My Girl" video, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failure to meet animal safety and cleanliness standards.  PETA also accuses Martin of disposing of his animals in what it calls "poorly run roadside zoos."   

PETA U.K. further claims that Martin "misled" 1D about these violations, and about his alleged relationship with the an organization,"American Humane Society," which doesn't actually exist.

The letters conclude, "We hope you'll consider removing the wild animal scenes from the final video and make the conscientious decision never to work with wild animals again. Thank you for giving this urgent matter your consideration."

But Fulwell 73, the production company that made the video, said in a statement to ABC News that it vetted Martin carefully and "chose him based on his exemplary treatment of animals, his highly regarded 'reward based' training, and his history in contributing to animal conservation educational programs."

The company adds that Martin, "maintains a spotless on-set accident-free record which spans over 44 years of exemplary and highly respected work in the motion picture, television, commercial and video production industry."

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Report: Chris Brown Appears in Court for Progress Evaluation


RCA RecordsChris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report related to his probation in the Rihanna assault case.

A judge increased Chris' community labor from three days to four to ensure he'll complete his requirement by the end of his probation in January, according to TMZ.

Chris' therapist wrote a letter to the judge saying that Chris has been following his "medication management."

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Iggy Azalea Releases New Song Off "Reclassified"


Universal Music GroupIggy Azalea on Thursday released one of the new songs that will be featured on Reclassified, a reissue of her debut album, The New Classic.

On the track, titled "Iggy SZN," she raps, "Simmer down b***h, it’s Iggy SZN."

Reclassified will include a handful of other new tunes, including a collaboration with Ellie Goulding titled "Heavy Crown." It's due out November 24.

You can catch Iggy on TV this weekend when she performs on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

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Charli XCX Says Lorde Recruited Her for "Hunger Games" Soundtrack via Instagram


Republic RecordsLorde says that she personally reached out to all the artists featured on the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack via social media to ask them to be part of the project.  Charli XCX confirms that's true, but says she nearly missed the invitation because of it.

Speaking to The Insider, Charli says that Lorde "actually messaged [me] on Instagram and I didn’t see it because I didn't know you could message people on Instagram. So, I think she thought I was ignoring her for ages because I never got back to her but then we figured it out. We got in touch and she asked me to submit a song."

There was, however, a small problem. Charli says, "I had never seen the movies or read the books."  But Lorde came through for her.  "She literally wrote the whole book out in an e-mail to me," Charli reveals.

"I was really honored to be a part of this soundtrack," Charli says.  "I really believe in what Lorde is doing and everything she does as an artist.  I'm so glad that she has such a great platform and the soundtrack to showcase her business skills like a business woman because she really is. I'm very happy she reached out to me.”

Charli's song on the soundtrack, "Kingdom," is a collaboration with Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon.  The soundtrack will be out November 17.

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Iggy Azalea Confirmed for 2014 Victoria's Secret PINK Nation "Crazy for Campus Bash"


ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is scheduled to showcase at Victoria’s Secret PINK Nation’s annual back to school concert.

According to Us Weekly, the rapper has been tapped to partake in the Crazy for Campus Bash, taking place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on October 29. Previous performers included acts like Drake and Kid Cudi.

She will likely showcase hits like "Black Widow" and "Work," both of which appear on her album The New Classic.

The upcoming performance will come on the heels of Azalea’s first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 25, where she will perform her new single "Beg for It."

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Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, A Great Big World & More Up for NewNowNext Awards


Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor, Sam Smith, A Great Big World, Iggy Azalea and Nick Jonas are among the musical nominees for Logo TV's NewNowNext Awards.  The awards not only celebrate what's happening right now, they're also designed to introduce fans to what will be the future of popular culture in the coming year.

In addition to music, the NewNowNextAwards also cover movies, TV and theater.  Because Logo is targeted towards the LGBT community, nominees are often gay-friendly, or gay themselves.  In the music category, for example, nominees Mary Lambert, Sam Smith and Chad from A Great Big World are openly gay.  Another nominee is Bleachers, the side project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who is a huge supporter of gay rights.

U.K. artists are very well represented this year: in addition to Sam Smith, you've also got Irish singer/songwriter Hozier, British singers John Newman and Charli X, Scottish singer Paolo Nutini, and the British groups Bastille and Disclosure.

Voting is open right now at LogoTV.com/events/newnownext_awards. The awards show will air December 7 on Logo TV.

Here are the nominees:

Best New Musician (Male)
Hozier
Nick Jonas
John Newman
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith

Best New Musician (Female)
Iggy Azalea
Charli XCX
Mary Lambert
Meghan Trainor
Betty Who

Best New Music Group
A Great Big World
Bastille
Bleachers
Disclosure
Pentatonix

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On "Ellen," Taylor Swift Talks Irrational Fear of Sea Urchins, Reveals How to Render Adam Levine Helpless


Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to discuss her new album and her debut Monday night as a mentor on The Voice, but in a series of advance clips, she also discusses her deepest, darkest fears, both of which are somewhat irrational.

The first of Taylor's irrational fears has to do with sea urchins.  When Ellen tries to argue that sea urchins are just sitting there minding their own business, Taylor counters, "They're sitting there waiting to completely injure you!"

"OK, like, if you're in the Caribbean, you're like, 'This water's so beautiful, it's amazing,' and you're walking -- it's clear water -- you can't see a sea urchin's right there!  And then you step on one, and it has barbs that go into whatever it touches, and then you have to go to the emergency room and it has to be surgically removed!"

Taylor continues, attempting to justify her fear.  "You could lose your foot. You could lose your hand. You could lose your hand trying to get it off of your foot!"

Taylor also reveals that she is afraid of being framed -- by persons unknown -- for something terrible.  She feels that there are "so many people" out there who'd want to frame her. Explaining why she feels this way, she tells Ellen, "I think the dream and the nightmare of being framed comes from, like, I could do nothing wrong -- I could sit in my house with the cats all day -- and somehow, there could be an article about me buying a house in a place I've never been, or dating a guy I've never met." 

"So, then you take it a step further, and in nightmare world, it's being framed for murder," she finishes.

During her interview, Taylor also revealed that when she was a mentor on The Voice, she got to learn all the coaches' weaknesses.  She says Adam Levine's weakness is songs from Broadway musicals -- not that he has a weakness for them, but that he hates them so much, you could use them as a weapon against him.

"If you sing songs from Rent, you can actually render Adam Levine helpless on the floor," she explains.   Bursting into a few bars of "Seasons of Love" from Rent, Taylor adds, "You have to do a theater voice, and he's just like 'Ahhhh!' and he can't even run away, he's so weak!" 

"Wow, so ladies, if you ever wanna catch him...." replies Ellen, getting huge laughs.

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Demi Lovato Says Taylor Swift's "One of the Few" Music Biz Friendships She's Kept


Credit: Giuliano BekorDemi Lovato may have had a falling out with her former BFF Selena Gomez -- she indicated in an interview that they grew apart -- but she's proud she still has Taylor Swift in her life.

Speaking to ET Canada, Demi says of Taylor, "She's one person that I feel like, one of the few people I've maintained a friendship with in this industry. [Fame] just changes people and it's hard, because you have incredible friendships, and people change."

According to ET Canada, when asked about Taylor's recent statement that it's sexist to dismiss her as someone who "just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends," Demi responded, "Don't f**k with me if you're going to say women suck."  She added that her message has always been about "inspiring women and inspiring everybody to be honest."

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