Def JamIggy Azalea and Rita Ora put on a show-stopping performance of "Black Widow" at Sunday night's MTV VMAs, but their performance could have been even hotter, if Iggy had gone along with Rita's plans for a girl-on-girl makeout session.
Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Rita reveals, "I said to Iggy we should just make out on stage, kiss during our performance. She told me that would be crazy because it’s already been done. Britney Spears and Madonna kissing was my favorite VMA performance ever.”
Rita admits that they were lucky to even be able to do their performance Sunday, since on Friday night, Iggy fell off stage at a pre-VMA concert. "Bless her. I was just happy she was OK because, God forbid, we couldn’t perform after all that. Can you imagine?" Rita says.
As far as "Black Widow" goes, Rita says, "To us, this is a duet about female empowerment. We wanted to do a song where it’s two blondes coming together as a unit.”
Iggy isn't Rita's only pal in the industry. The British singer, who'll be releasing her own album next year, says she pals around with fellow Brits Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and model Cara Delevigne because "there aren’t that many real people in this industry," adding that those stars are "just the simplest, purest, funniest people you’ll ever meet.”
One Brit she's not hanging out with, though, is Scottish DJ and artist Calvin Harris, with whom she had a bitter breakup. Regarding rumors that the release of her album is being pushed back because they're arguing over songs on the record that he produced, she tells The Sun, "It was always meant to have been released early next year. That’s never changed. I don’t understand why people said anything different."
Her current solo single, "I Will Never Let You Down," was written and produced by Harris.
Image credit: Ben WattsIt's been an eventful 24 hours for Justin Bieber.
On Tuesday afternoon, Justin reportedly was involved in an accident in West Hollywood. TMZ reports Justin was driving his Ferrari when he noticed a photographer trailing him in another vehicle.
Justin was so upset, the website states, that he hit the brakes, resulting in the shutterbug rear-ending the Ferrari.
It appears to have been a minor accident; the Ferrari was only scratched. Still, Justin was not pleased, tweeting, "There should be laws against what I just experienced. We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana. I don't have a problem with Paparazzi but when they act recklessly they put us all in danger."
The accident came just hours after TMZ published a report claiming that Justin attempted to snatch a phone away from a fan at a Dave & Buster's location in Hollywood on Monday night, because the fan took photos and video of him and Selena Gomez. However, police have told the Los Angeles Times that "no crime occurred."
Credit: Giuliano BekorDemi Lovato turned heads at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards wearing a fire-engine red gown with an extremely plunging top that showed off her assets. The singer then took to Instagram to explain that her outfit reflects her new positive body image, after years of torturing herself with insecurities.
Posting a series of photos of herself on the VMA red carpet over the years, including the one from Sunday, Demi wrote, "This picture makes me feel so many mixed emotions.. I remember the day I wore the dress in the very first picture. I remember asking for Spanx to flatten my stomach because I use to feel so heavy and 'fat.' Now looking at this picture, you can clearly see my hip bones."
"It makes me sad because I wasted so many years ashamed of my body when I could've been living the happy and healthy life I live today," she continues. "It TRULY just goes to show you that your perceptions can lie to you. OR they can make you learn to enjoy life."
"Fortunately looking at the picture of myself in the red dress...I not only feel so grateful for the love and support I've had from fans, friends and family, but... I also feel.. beautiful," she concluded. "I'm so excited to live my life the way I deserve to and to the complete fullest. Thank you guys once again.. I'm so thankful for my Lovatics. I love you... And never forget that staying strong is worth it."
Demi entered rehab in 2010 for eating disorders and self-harm, and also has battled substance abuse, but these days, she's doing fine. She'll launch her world tour at the beginning of September.
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTVThe Cinderella story of the homeless youth who Miley Cyrus sent to accept her MTV VMA award on Sunday night now has an ugly twist: the 22-year-old, Jesse Helt, has a police record and is currently a wanted man.
Helt was arrested for attempting to break into an apartment in Oregon in 2010; he was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief and was placed on probation. A few months later, his probation officer stated that Helt had skipped a check-in appointment, failed a drug test and violated other requirements of his probation.
In March of 2011, Helt signed a statement stating that he'd stopped smoking pot and wouldn't violate his probation anymore. But in April of 2011, his probation officer recommended that a warrant be issued for his arrest due to continued violations. In November of 2011, the warrant was issued, and all his violations were listed. For example, Helt didn't complete his court-ordered, community service; didn't report for scheduled check-ins; and still owes the court more than $1,800. That warrant is still in effect.
Helt's mom told The Oregonian newspaper that he moved to L.A. a few years ago "to make it on his own," and has been homeless on and off since then. He met Miley when she visited My Friend's Place, an L.A. center for homeless youth.
At the VMAs, Helt gave a powerful speech raising awareness of L.A's growing population of homeless young people, and asking fans to join Miley in helping the cause.
On Tuesday, perhaps in response to the report, Miley tweeted, "People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included. I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it. Does looking down upon the homeless help people excuse their inaction?"
She later added, "The media never fails to disappoint. You've chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(. While they obsesses over one homeless mans legal issue lets help the other 1.6 million homeless youth."
Credit: Ben WattsLos Angeles police say that contrary to a report on TMZ, Justin Bieber is not facing charges of robbery.
The Los Angeles Times reports that police responded to a call at a Dave & Buster's in Hollywood Monday night after someone used their mobile phone to shoot video of Justin. There was a report that Justin's security team may have forcibly taken the phone, but it turned out not to be true, according to police.
"There's been no theft, no scuffle and no crime occurred," Officer Sara Faden told The Times.
TMZ had claimed that Justin "lunged" at the fan in an attempt to take the phone, but security held him back and he never touched the fan. TMZ said that the fan wanted to press charges, possibly for attempted battery, attempted theft and attempted robbery.
Back in May, a woman also accused Justin of grabbing her phone after she shot video of him. After an investigation, police declined to file misdemeanor charges against the singer.
Getty Images for MTVTaylor Swift is a few months away from releasing her new album, 1989, but she says she's already imagining what the songs on the disc will sound like onstage when she launches her next tour.
Speaking to London's Capital FM radio, Taylor says, "I'm always thinking about the tour. As soon as I write a song, I start thinking about...'Would this be in the set list? Where would we put this?' So I'm always thinking about that, 'cause it's my favorite element of things."
She adds, "When you put out a song, and then you get to out into the crowd...and just see everybody singing the words back [to you], it's a pretty surreal moment."
Taylor gave us a preview of what her tour might look like on Sunday night's MTV VMAs, when she performed "Shake It Off" in a number that's been described as a cross between Madonna's "Material Girl" video and The Great Gatsby.
The singer will certainly be going non-stop for the next few months, gearing up for the album release and planning the tour, so it's no wonder she recently told the British paper The Guardian that romance is the farthest thing from her mind.
Asked if she values her close female friendships -- with the likes of Lorde and Lena Dunham -- over having a boyfriend, Taylor says, "Without a doubt. Because the other alternative isn’t really possible right now. It just doesn’t seem like a possibility in the near future. It doesn’t ever work. What works is having incredible girlfriends who I can trust and tell anything.”
Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran and Courteney Cox are pals -- such good pals, in fact, that he introduced her to her current fiance. So it's no wonder she enlisted him to help her complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
In Cox's video, she's sitting on the edge of a pool while Ed stands next to her holding a pail. She acknowledges that her old Friend,Jennifer Aniston, challenged her, tells everyone to make donations, and then nominates her fiance, Johnny McDaid of the band Snow Patrol. She also nominates Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody and actress Isla Fisher, a friend of hers.
Then, Ed pours a pail of water on her, and two additional guys come running up and dump two more pails on her.
Credit: Nick WalkerAfter spending all summer on the road with the band O.A.R., Phillip Phillips isn't heading home just yet: he's just announced dates for a new headlining tour of North America.
The trek gets underway September 12 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and will wrap up December 7 in Phoenix, Arizona. Most tickets go on sale August 29. Phillip will be promoting his current album Behind the Light, and his new single, "Unpack Your Heart," the follow-up to his hit "Raging Fire."
Phillip's tour includes an Illinois appearance at the inaugural Food Network in Concert festival on September 20. It features top Food Network star chefs as well as musicians; John Mayer, one of Phillip's former tour mates, is also on the bill.
Here are Phillip's tour dates:
9/12 -- West Point, NY, US Military Academy at West Point 9/13 -- Boston, MA, MDC Hatch Memorial Shell - Festival 9/14 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre 9/16 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater 9/18 -- Shippensburg, PA, Luhrs Performing Arts Center 9/19 -- Cleveland, OH, Playhouse Square Theater 9/20 -- Highland Park, IL, Food Network in Concert 9/23 -- Austin, TX, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre 9/24 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom - KVIL Radio Show 9/26 -- Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma – Meacham Auditorium 9/27 -- Houston, TX, Houston Arena Theatre 9/28 -- New Orleans, LA, Mahalia Jackson Theatre 10/1 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 10/3 -- Sioux City, IA, Morningside College - Tyson Center 10/4 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 10/5 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 10/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre 10/18 -- Ellensburg, WA, Central Washington University 10/19 -- Pasco, WA, Trac Center 10/21 -- Everett, WA, Comcast Arena 10/23 -- Missoula, MT, University of Montana – Adams Center 10/24 -- Bozeman, MT, Theater at The Brick 10/25 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena 10/28 -- St. George, UT, Burns Arena 11/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah's Atlantic City 11/2 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center 11/3 -- Huntington, WV, Marshall University 11/8 -- Savannah, GA , Forsyth Park - Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon 11/9 -- St. Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 11/12 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 1114 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live 11/15 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock 11/18 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre 11/19 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 11/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater 11/23 -- Duluth, MN, DECC Auditorium 12/3 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort 12/7 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
Justin Lubin/NBCLast year, Kelly Clarkson had one of her favorite country stars, Trisha Yearwood, make a guest appearance on her Christmas album. Now, Kelly's returning the favor, joining Trisha on her new single.
It's called "PrizeFighter," and it's the title track of Trisha's upcoming album. The inspirational song "just plain rocks," according to Trisha, so it's no wonder she tapped Kelly to sing on it. The track arrives September 15.
In addition to the Christmas album team-up, last year Kelly and Trisha sang together onstage at the CMA Music Festival, duetting on the song "Ain't Goin' Down Til the Sun Comes Up," originally by Trisha's husband Garth Brooks.
Catherine Asanov/RCA RecordsBecky G was a huge presence on the MTV VMA red carpet over the weekend, and now the teen singer is preparing for a very busy fall: she'll be serving as the opening act for not one, not two, but three big stars on tour.
Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato and Katy Perry will all be bringing Becky G along on at least part of their tours this fall, and Becky tells ABC News Radio what she'll be bringing to the party every night. "Lots of energy, I guess!" she says. "I have so much fun when I make music and I have fun when I'm on stage, and I like kind of making it a big party when I'm up there."
"I guess you can just look for a very action-packed set," she laughs. "I love performing and entertaining people, and now that I get to do it on such a big level, and opening for such amazing artists that I look up to, it definitely is a blessing."
One song Becky will definitely be performing each night during those opening slots will be her current hit "Shower," and she says it's already getting lots of love from whatever crowd she happens to be singing it for. "It's insane!" she tells ABC News Radio. "The reaction that 'Shower' gets when I perform it, it's a great feeling, especially being a writer on the song...for people to sing your lyrics back to you is just crazy!"
"Shower" is about that feeling when you first fall in love, and Becky says when she, her producer Dr. Luke and some other co-writers were working on the song, they had to work hard to make sure the song sounded like it was coming from the heart.
"It was funny because when we were all in there," she recalls. "And we were like, 'OK, how do we do this...riding that fine line of, like, cheesiness?' You gotta make it cool, so it's not cheesy, but yet still kind of cheesy, so it's like, 'Aw, that's so sweet!' So it was fun. It was a fun process making 'Shower.'"
"Shower" is Becky's first top 20 hit, and she thinks that what's helped the song strike a chord with people young and old is the fact that everyone has experienced that rush of first love.
"It's one of those feelings that people are [either] going through, dream about going through when you're young, and then, when you're older, it's so easy to go back to that feeling like it was yesterday, when you met, y'know, the love of your life, or whatever it was," she explains. "So I feel like it's just one of those songs that literally anybody can connect to."
Becky will join Demi Lovato's tour starting September 14. She'll hop on Jason Derulo's tour October 21. In between those two tours, she'll open a couple of shows for Katy Perry.
Courtesy: The Weinstein CompanyMissed seeing Adam Levine making his acting debut in the movie Begin Again? You'll get another chance this Friday.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the Weinstein Company is re-releasing Begin Again in theaters nationwide this Friday, August 29. The movie, starring Adam as a musician who dumps his singer/songwriter girlfriend when he finds fame and fortune, originally hit theaters at the end of June, but in limited release. This time, it'll be opening in 350 to 400 cities nationwide.
Why the re-release? EW reports that the Weinstein Company wants to capitalize on the upcoming awards season. While the movie was well-received, its best chance for some awards-show love is its soundtrack of original music, sung by Adam, his co-star Keira Knightley and others. Also adding to the movie's chances: Begin Again's John Carney previously struck Oscar gold with his 2006 movie Once. That music-themed film won the Best Original Song Oscar for "Falling Slowly."
Begin Again has grossed $27 million worldwide since its release and in general, critics were kind to Adam in his first attempt at acting. Granted, the part of Dave wasn't too far from himself; or, at least, himself during a specific portion of his life. The now-married Maroon 5 frontman is the first to admit that he didn't handle the first blush of fame very well either.
"When it happened to me I was probably tempted by some of the same things he was," Adam says of his character. "Granted, my story is very different than his but it was very easy to tap into what it was like to experience all these things that we, [as a band], never expected to experience."
Speaking about drawing on his own life to play the part, he explains, "When you commit to being a musician, I don't think you're really sure...you're...going to be able to pay the bills. I don't think you care about that as much as you care about playing music. So this guy was just overwhelmed, and so was I, so it was pretty easy, actually."
Adam says that frankly, being "overwhelmed" by fame is what led to some bad behavior on his part.
"There was a very specific point in my life where I thought, 'Oh my God. I've made it,'" he recalls. "Probably in the early 2000s, when someone told me our album went platinum. And I said, 'What? Are you kidding me?' That was when I partied too hard and did a lot of stupid things. And that was part of who Dave was...was that guy!"
DCD2 Records/Fueled By RamenAfter a few years away from the charts, Cobra Starship has returned with a brand-new single, "Never Been in Love," featuring Swedish duo Icona Pop.
Cobra Starship's been away for a while -- their last album was 2011 Night Shades -- and in between, frontman Gabe Saporta got married and started thinking about experimenting with new sounds. The single is influenced by early '90s British artists such as Jesus Jones, EMF and even George Michael's solo work. "It was a time when bands first started incorporating break beats and electronic elements into their music. I had been trying to find a way to modernize that sound," he explains.
What he came up with was "Never Been in Love," which samples the piano from the 1999 Fatboy Slim hit "Praise You."
As for Icona Pop's involvement, they know each other because Cobra Starship had done one of the remixes of "I Love It," which the girls performed while on tour. Gabe tells Entertaiment Weekly, "I’ve always loved, loved, loved the way they sing in particular. Because they’re like punk rock girls singing pop songs."
Don't expect a new album from the band anytime soon, though. Gabe tells EW that this particular song came together quickly so the label decided to just put it out there because the band hasn't released anything in a while. The album itself isn't due until next year.
Getty Images for MTVWhat was the most tweeted-about moment of Sunday night's MTV VMAs? If you guessed Beyonce, you'd be wrong.
USA Todayreports that according to NielsenSocial's figures, Miley Cyrus' win for Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball" generated the most tweets per minute: a total of 138,792. Beyonce's epic 15-minute performance came in second, with 97,153 tweets per minute. Lorde came in third place: her win for Best Rock Video generated 89,029 tweets per minute.
Overall, the show generated 12.6 million tweets, according to NielsenSocial.
As for which artists got the most mentions on Twitter during the telecast, 5 Seconds of Summer was #1, followed by Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Fifth Harmony and, not surprisingly, Miley Cyrus.
Credit: Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsFollowing her MTV pre-show performance of "Boom Clap" on Sunday, Charli XCX has now debuted the new video for "Break the Rules," her current single.
Like "Fancy," her hit video with Iggy Azalea, "Break the Rules" is also set in a high school. It features actress Rose McGowan, best known for her roles in movies like Jawbreaker, Grindhouse: Planet Terror and in the TV show Charmed.
In the clip, Charli and a pack of tough-looking girls stride confidently all over the school grounds, and goof around on a school bus. "I don't wanna go to school/I just wanna break the rules," Charli sings. The school bus pulls up in front of a lingerie shop, where Charli tries on various outfits as her girls give their opinions.
That night at prom, Charli walks in wearing a slinky white slip dress and white fur stole. McGowan, playing "The Chaperone," looks at her disapprovingly. Charli makes her way to the stage and takes over the band's mic, singing while her girls dance behind her. As she frolics and pouts, McGowan douses her with a bucket of pink stuff, in an homage to the movie Carrie, where Carrie, the prom queen, gets doused with pig's blood. But it doesn't stop Charli -- she just keeps on dancing.
"I was inspired by movies like Jawbreaker and Carrie for the 'Break the Rules' video," Charli explains in a statement. "I never went to prom when I was at school so this was kind of me living out my weird fantasy of what prom would be like in my head. I asked Rose McGowan to be in the video and I never ever thought she would say yes, but she did... so she came to prom too... And she trashed it!"
"Break the Rules" is from Charli's upcoming album Sucker, out October 21.
Credit: Ben WattsFollowing his first-ever MTV VMA win, Ed Sheeran is hoping fans will pick up his latest release:: the Don't EP.
The four-track CD, now available at all digital service providers, features the Rick Ross remix of "Don't," as well as two new songs: "Friends" and "Everything You Are." A live version of "Be My Husband," recorded during Ed's performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, is also included.
Ed won the Best Male Video VMA for his clip for "Sing," which he described as "my first American award." Though he's been a regular on the award show circuit for a couple of years, he had yet to win anything. His buddy Taylor Swift was thrilled, tweeting on Sunday, "So basically I'm LOSING MY LITTLE MIND because tonight I got to see my friends @edsheeran and @lordemusic win their first #VMAs."
Ed resumes his North American tour Tuesday in San Jose, CA. He's evidently in the studio today, based on what he told Billboard Sunday night. "Two days ago, I wrote and recorded two songs with David Guetta, for some other people to sing," he said Sunday. "I'm going in tomorrow to do some stuff for myself."
Aftermath/Shady/InterscopeEminem has a new project on the way. The rapper has announced that he will release his ninth album, Shady XV, this fall.
The two-CD compilation will feature an album of Shady Records' greatest hits and a disc of new material from Em,Slaughterhouse,Bad Meets Evil,D-12andYelawolf, and is due November 28.
"Yes it's official… #SHADYXV Black Friday," Em tweeted.
The rapper later released his first new offering, “Guts over Fear” featuring Sia, which can be heard in trailers for Sony Pictures’The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. The explicit track was also posted on Em's official YouTube channel.
Shady XVcoincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.
ABC/ Lou RoccoMiley Cyrus made headlines Sunday night when she sent a homeless youth named Jesse onstage at the MTV VMAs to accept her Video of the Year trophy. He asked her fans to join her in helping the cause. Here's how you can do it.
Miley's launched an online fundraising campaign on Prizeo that will raise money for My Friend's Place, a shelter in Hollywood that helps kids build self-sufficient lives. Last week, Miley met with the kids and the staff of the establishment, and later tweeted, "Met some of the coolest young people I've ever met today."
If you make a $5 donation at Prizeo.com/MileyCyrus between now and September 21, you'll be entered for a chance to win a meet-and-greet with Miley at her September 28 concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The grand prize includes airfare and accommodations, plus tickets, backstage access, and hanging out with Miley before the show.
There are also other goodies available depending on how much you donate, including exclusive t-shirts and hoodies. The more you donate, the more times you'll be entered in the sweepstakes.
In a statement, Miley said, "I’m just getting started and I want to make sure my fans are part of helping me to give back and make an impact on this issue -- we all have the power to make change happen. This is about helping youth, people just like you and me have the opportunity to find their inner power."
Jeremy Cowart/rca recordsLike every new mom, Kelly Clarkson wants her pre-baby body back. Except, it appears as though she'd like someone else's body a lot more than her own.
After watching and live-tweeting the MTV VMAs on Sunday night, Kelly tweeted, "It's official. I want a body like Nicki Minaj. That should take like 2 lifetimes for me to achieve haha! She has an amazing body! Goodness!"
Nicki's body was very much on display Sunday night, since she performed in what amounted to a green bra and panties.
Kelly also had nice things to say about American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, tweeting in response to a photo of her from Sunday, "oh my gosh hahahaha! She is stunning! Wow, simply gorgeous!"
The singer was very much into compliments all around Sunday night, giving shout-outs to Jessie J and Ariana Grande, and tweeting to Sam Smith, "Amazing job! I don't know you but I listen to your voice all the time. You are blessed with an incredible voice!"
She also tweeted to Beyonce, referring to the video the Video Vanguard winner showed at the end of her epic performance of her daughter Blue Ivy, "I am a new mama and totally crying at your baby tribute, also when you perform it is in-freakin-credible!!!"
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj has addressed her wardrobe malfunction at theMTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, which occurred during her performance of “Bang Bang” alongside Ariana Grande and Jessie J.
The rapper, who held her black YSL dress together by hand throughout the showcase, revealed that the situation could have been worse. "God is good. As long as a nipple didn’t come out to play, I’m fine," Nicki wrote in the caption onInstagram Monday.
She also praised her style team, calling them "winners" and declaring there were "no weak links."
"There’s no greater feeling than having ppl who inspire u and who work passionately and relentlessly to get the job done," Minaj wrote.
In other Nicki news, the rapper's rumored nemesis, Iggy Azalea, congratulated Nicki on her opening performance backstage at Sunday’s VMAs. "You did great, don’t worry it," Iggy said to Nicki, who replied, "Thank you, honey."