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Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings


Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand -- but she's decided to give away all the prize money.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde's album Pure Heroine won this year's Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year.  The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.

In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, "I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year's nominees...if you don't want it, that's cool too."

The Herald reports that the rest of the finalists, made up of artists largely unknown outside of New Zealand, seem to be OK with Lorde's generosity, tweeting their thanks.  If each artist agrees, everyone will receive a bit more than $1,666, and they'll have to divide up the studio time.

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Miley Cyrus' Allergic Reaction Explained


ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus was forced to cancel a couple of concert dates in Missouri this week due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her camp has since shed more light on what exactly is bothering her.

A rep for Miley says in a statement the singer obtained a prescription for an antibiotic known as cephalexin to treat a sinus infection that was diagnosed last week. She subsequently suffered an allergic reaction to the drug.  Cephalexin is also sold under the brand name Keflex.

The rep says such a reaction can last from five to 27 days. The statement adds, "She will remain hospitalized and is under a doctor's care until we see some improvement in her condition and is asking for your compassion and privacy at this time."

Miley was hospitalized in Kansas City on Tuesday. So far, she's cancelled dates in Kansas City and in St. Louis.

The allergic reaction occurred one week after Miley cancelled a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to a bout with the flu.

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Ed Sheeran Scores Biggest Hit to Date with "Sing," Explains Why He Defied Warnings Not to Play Madison Square Garden


Eric McCandless/CBSLooks like the fans are enjoying Ed Sheeran's new sound: his new single "Sing" has already become his biggest U.S. chart hit.

Billboard reports that "Sing" has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #15.  That already tops the British star's previous high mark of #16, which is where "The A Team" peaked back in January of 2013.  "Sing" also sold an impressive 123,000 copies in its first week on sale. 

The Pharrell Williams-produced "Sing" is the first single from Ed's sophomore album x, pronounced "multiply," which is due out in June.  He shot the video for the track this week.

In other Ed Sheeran news, he opens up to Billboard.com about the thought process behind his riskiest career move to date: booking three concerts at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.

"People were very doubtful I could sell out one Madison Square Garden [date]," he tells Billboard. "But my reasoning for doing it is, I didn't want to finish my American success being an opening act.  So, I thought, 'Now I've done the Taylor [Swift] tour, I'll probably be able to move up.'"

Ed says he got push back from his record label, who thought he was rushing things too much, but he proved them wrong when all three dates sold out: an accomplishment he's commemorated by getting three boxing gloves tattooed on his arm.

"I remember the label just being, like, 'Why are you doing that? You can't, don't do that. Wait,'" he recalls. "And now, whenever I visit radio stations or press or anyone in America, it's just like, 'Aw, yeah, you did the three MSGs,' rather than, 'Oh, you sold quite a few records over a very long period of time,' you know?  So, it's good.  It proved a point."

Ed also talks with Billboard.com about his musical influences, some of which might surprise you.  He names classic rock guitar god Eric Clapton as the man who inspired him to start playing guitar, but Eminem as the artist who's most inspired him lyrically.

"I don't think anyone has educated me as much as his first two albums have over the years of just how to put words together," he explains. Among his other influences: Singer/songwriter Damien Rice, and music legends the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Elton John.

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Report: Drake Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off Jazz Musician


Cash Money RecordsDrake has reportedly been sued by the estate of a late jazz musician, whom he allegedly ripped off for one of the tracks on his 2013 album, Nothing Was the Same.

According to TMZ, the estate of Jimmy Smith claims Drake excerpted without permission a 35-second monologue from the musician's 1982 song, "Jimmy Smith Rap" for Drake's track "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." The lawsuit claims Drake incorrectly stated in the liner notes of his album that he obtained a license for the sample.

The lawsuit seeks more than 300 thousand dollars from Drake and other named defendants, including Cash Money Records.

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fun. to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award


Fueled by RamenThe members of the band fun. will be honored next Wednesday, April 23, with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award at the performing-rights organization's 31st annual Pop Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

ASCAP says the award “recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.”  Previous Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys and Beck.

As previously reported, Tom Petty will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award at event. The prestigious honor recognizes artists whose work has influenced and enriched their fellow musicians.  Previous Founders Award honorees include Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, and Neil Young.

The ASCAP Pop Music Awards is an invitation-only event that will take place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.  The gala recognizes the songwriters and publishers whose works were the most-played on radio and TV during 2013.

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"American Idol" Recap: The Top Seven Perform "Competitors' Picks"


Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing "competitors' picks." Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants.

It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked her if she'll announce more U.S. dates in the near future.

Here's what happened on the two-hour show:

Caleb Johnson went along with a suggestion from Alex Preston: "Family Tree," by Kings Of Leon. Keith called him a "consistent and dynamic performer." J-Lo said he was pretty amazing, adding that Caleb would be a tough act to follow for the other contestants. Harry liked the way he changed the melody, saying that it would fit right in on a Caleb Johnson album.

Jessica Meuse tackled Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder & Lead," which was Sam Woolf's idea. J-Lo said for the first time this season Jessica was a little off with her vocals. Harry suggested that Jessica listen to rhythmic music in her hotel and dance along to it in front of a mirror, so she can learn how to stay in sync with pyrotechnics and other potential stage distractions. Keith told Jessica that she needs to better channel the emotions of the lyrics she sings.

Once again, the contestants paired up for duets. Sam and Alex performed the first duet of the night, a cover of Passenger's "Let Her Go." Harry thought it was "saccharine" and just OK. Ryan asked Demi what she thought; she agreed with Harry, though she noted it had good energy.

C.J. Harris played John Mayer's "Gravity," as suggested by Caleb. Keith enjoyed it, but would have liked to have heard more of an "arc." Jennifer asked him to look for the moments that will lift the crowd. Harry said C.J. has the ability to connect with the crowd, and that he delivered his best performance to date.

Dexter Roberts performed Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water," suggested by C.J. Jennifer said he did a good job, but she reiterated that the contestants need to be spectacular from this point forward in the competition. Harry said Dexter's vocals on the song weren't that different from the original.

Caleb and Jena Irene teamed up for a duet of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Demi thought they both nailed it.

Alex took on Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," which was Dexter's idea. J-Lo said it was the perfect song choice. Keith said Alex responds to the music in such a way that he turns it into his own.

Jessica picked David Gray's "Sail Away" for Sam. Harry called him a "work in progress," but in a good way. He thought the song fit Sam well. Keith noticed that Sam is getting more comfortable onstage. Jennifer said she could feel Sam trying to connect with the song.

Jessica, C.J. and Dexter joined forces on Lady Antebellum's "Compass." Harry didn't mince words: he said it wasn't very good. Demi thought they were much better when they sang individually.

Jena ended the night with a Caleb choice: Radiohead's first hit, "Creep." Keith loved the way she owned the song. Jennifer said it was beautiful. Harry said Jessica sings with humility and intrigue, and that it was the best performance of the night.

One of these finalists will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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American Idol Live! Tour Kicks Off June 24


Credit: Brian Bowen SmithIf you want to see this year's crop of American Idol finalists up close and personal, grab your tickets for this year's American Idol Live tour.  The trek gets underway June 24 in Binghamton, NY and is right now scheduled to run through August 23, wrapping up in Redmond, Washington. Tickets go on sale May 9 at AmericanIdol.com/tour.

Buying the tickets also helps you do some good.  One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure that disease.

Unlike some tours in the past, this year's trek will be limited to the Top 10 finalists: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.  Of those ten, Majesty, MK and Malaya have already been eliminated, but of course, they'll return for the tour.

This year's winner will be crowned Wednesday, May 21, and he or she will receive the prime spot on the bill during the tour.

Here are the dates:

6/24 -- Binghamton, NY, Broome County Arena
6/25 -- Albany, NY Times, Union Center
6/27 -- Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars
6/28 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
6/29 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter Complex
7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Cincinnati
7/5 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/6 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
7/8 -- West Long Branch, NJ, The MAC at Monmouth University
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/11 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/13 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/17 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
7/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/19 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
7/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall
7/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
7/26 -- Birmingham, AL,  BJCC Concert Hall
7/28 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
7/29 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
7/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
8/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre
8/2 -- Mulvane, KS, Kansas Star Casino
8/3 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Ballroom
8/6 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum
8/7 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
8/8 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair
8/9 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/11 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center
8/13 -- Phoenix, AZ,  Comerica Theatre
8/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/16 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
8/17 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/20 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
8/21 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at The Moda Center
8/23 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park

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Train Releasing New Single in June, New Album in September


PRNewsFoto/Daytona International SpeedwayThere's lots of stuff happening right now in the Train yard.  A day after the band announced that they'd be doing another installment of their Sail Across the Sun fan cruise next year, they've revealed that fans can expect a new single in June, with a new album coming in September.

The band revealed the news on Twitter, and singer Pat Monahan further elaborated on the band's new music in his blog, saying he was happy with the material they've come up with. 

"There are some good ones," he said of the new Train songs.  "I’m starting to get excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way. This record has clawed at my soul, brought loss, change and periods of trouble and illness. But here I stand and I say that this thing might be the best I’ve done. Definitely the best that I can do right now. That’s always the goal."

Train's new album will be the follow-up to 2012's California 37, which produced the hits "Drive-By" and "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."

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Ariana Grande Reveals New Single Details; Collabo with Iggy Azalea in the Works?


ABC/Kelsey McNealAfter promising that her new single would be coming "sooner than you think," Ariana Grande has now revealed a few more details about the song.

She announced on Twitter that the track is called "Problem," and when a fan asked her to describe what the tune is about, she replied, "knowing U'd be better off w/o someone but u can't resist them & need them no matter what."

The singer further revealed that she'll perform her new track at the White Party, which, as previously reported, is a massive gay dance music festival taking place in Palm Springs, California later this month.

Ariana didn't reveal anything else about the track, but she did reply to a mysterious tweet from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who'd written to her, "*Nudge nudge.*"  Ariana replied, "*cough cough*."  There is now speculation that the two are collaborating, perhaps even on the single.  Stay tuned.

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The Man Who Inspired "Royals" Finally Gets to Meet Lorde


ImageCourtesy MLB via TwitterIt's taken a while but former Kansas City Royals player George Brett has finally gotten to meet the teen whose international hit he inspired: Lorde.

Major League Baseball tweeted a photo of Brett, who was the inspiration for Lorde's #1 smash "Royals," posing with the singer, presumably backstage at one of her concerts.  The Kansas City Royals organization also tweeted a photo of the two, writing, "And we've come full circle!"

Lorde wrote her Grammy-winning smash "Royals" after being inspired by a photo in National Geographic magazine of Brett wearing his Royals jersey.  Last month, when she visited Kansas City, the Royals organization presented her with a copy of that particular magazine photo, signed by Brett, and he sent along an autographed Royals jersey for her with his name on the back.  He couldn't be there in person, though, so the meeting this week was a long time coming.

Last year, Lorde told ABC News Radio, "The way I write is that I find a particular word or phrase which kind of defines the concept that I'm thinking about, and when I find that word, everything sort of clicks. And so I just cut that picture out of a National Geographic 'cause I thought it looked cool, and I thought, 'Yeah, that's a great word, I've got to incorporate that somewhere,' and it just kinda tied in with what I was thinking about."

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Lorde Covers "Teen Vogue," Talks Fame, Fashion & "Girls"


Courtesy Teen VogueLorde may complain about being asked to smile during fashion shoots, but that doesn't mean she hates them.  In fact, she's perfectly thrilled to be appearing on the cover of the May issue of Teen Vogue.

"[S]o happy about this. teen vogue cover star yaaaaaaaw," she tweeted, and also shared a few images from the fashion shoot, including one which depicts her wearing a strange-looking headband that looks like it was made by a kindergarten student. "My favourite photo from the shoot -- feat. improvised duct tape and feather crown," she tweeted. "My kind of magazine obviously."

In the cover story, Lorde talks about her newfound fame, expressing astonishment that former Lizzie McGuire star Hillary Duff attended one of her concerts. "This is the most insane thing that's ever happened to me. That's my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan—that freaks me out!" she exclaims.  She also reveals some praise she received from Lena Dunham, Emmy-winning star and creator of HBO's Girls.

"I finally watched Girls a couple of days ago and I loved it," she tells Teen Vogue. "I tweeted Lena Dunham and she was like, 'You're the dream audience.' I really appreciated that. I was like, 'Ahh!'"

As for the fame that's allowed her to have these sorts of Twitter conversations, Lorde tells the magazine, "Living in New Zealand, you don't get these experiences. I spent so much time in my room before. My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world -- to South America, to here, to London -- every day I kick myself, I'm so lucky."

Teen Vogue has posted a variety of behind-the-scenes shots of Lorde posing for the mag, and while she looks plenty glamorous, in the interview she stays on message about wanting to break the typical teen beauty stereotypes.

"There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal," she says. "I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."

You can read the entire interview when the magazine hits stands April 29.

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Is Lady Gaga's Boyfriend Looking to Put a Ring on It?


Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, have been together for two years, so, is he looking to take things to the next level?  According to one report, yes.

Life & Style Weekly claims that Kinney has been "secretly" shopping for an engagement ring for Gaga.  The mag quotes an insider as saying, "Taylor’s been looking at engagement rings for [her] for a couple of months. He has told a couple of his close guy friends that he wants to propose soon."

How soon? Apparently, Kinney wanted to pop the question last month, when Gaga turned 28, but he hadn't found the right bling yet.

"Taylor was considering proposing over her birthday,” dishes the insider. "But he hadn’t found the right ring in time. He wants to find something unique that will suit her personality.” 

But even if Kinney does propose in the near future, Gaga certainly doesn't have time to plan a wedding.  She kicks off her new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, next month, and currently has dates scheduled through November.  Teasing fans with what they can expect from her new show, she tweeted, "No pressure but if you are attending the artRAVE we suggest in the outfit category you GO FOR IT BECAUSE WERE GOING TO AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE."

By the way, if Gaga did tie the knot, don't expect to see a magazine spread with photos. In her 2011 ABC special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, the singer told Katie Couric, "My love life is the only thing I don't talk about. The day I get married, no matter how many helicopters are flying over that chapel, they are not getting one picture."

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Taylor Swift Posts Video Blog Documenting Super-Fan Gena Gabrielle's Bridal Shower


Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle's bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.

Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she's ever attended.

Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, "Thank you for inviting me to your bridal shower, and for me into your life. (Since 2007!!!)."

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"Frozen" Marks 10th Week at #1, Pharrell Rebounds to #2


Walt Disney PicturesThe big freeze continues on the Billboard album chart, as the Frozen soundtrack passes its 10th non-consecutive week at #1.

Billboard reports that in the SoundScan era, which dates back to 1991, only 11 albums have spent that many weeks at #1.  Four of those 11 have been soundtracks: Frozen, The Lion King, The Bodyguard and Titanic.  The Frozen soundtrack has also passed the two million mark in sales; it's now sold 2.1 million copies.

Elsewhere on the chart, Pharrell Williams' album G I R L has now rebounded to #2 on an 18 percent sales increase.  The "Happy" hitmaker has been everywhere over the past few weeks, from Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, to CBS' Sunday Morning and Oprah's OWN network.  The album originally debuted at #2 when it came out back in March and has been in the top 10 ever since. 

Now the bad news: Pharrell's album has also posted the lowest weekly sales total for a #2 album in the entire SoundScan era. It moved just 29,000 copies in the past week.  Frozen, by comparison, sold 133,000 copies last week.

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"American Idol" Season 13's Youngest Contestant Gives Advice, Reveals Which Champ Would Make Her Lose Control


Frank Micelotta/FOXMalaya Watson, the Michigan teen who was eliminated from American Idol last week, was this season's youngest contestant, and the second-youngest ever to reach the live shows, after season 10's Lauren Alaina.  While she admits that the Idol experience is "a lot harder than it looks," the 16-year-old says she'd still encourage other young people to try out, with one condition: your grades have to be good.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Malaya says, "From the outside in, [American Idol] looks like so much fun, but then when you're in show business, you notice all the details of everything. It's a lot. It's a whole lot!"  That's why any kid who wants to try out has to make sure they'll be able to simultaneously handle both their schoolwork and all the Idol commitments.

Asked if young teens like her should audition for the show, Malaya tells ABC News Radio, "If their school is good and they have time on their hands, then yeah, if that's something they want to do." But, she warns, "Don't do it while you got all this debt, and your grades look terrible, because then you're going to be bombarded with all this stuff plus American Idol."

"You should do it when you're really comfortable with yourself and what you're doing, because that's the best time to do stuff," she adds.

While Malaya says that she grew considerably as a person and as a performer, thanks to being thrown headfirst into the grown-up world of Idol, she says that the rest of the finalists also have gotten much better since they started on the show. 

"Trust me, if you knew everybody...everybody has improved in their own ways," she tells ABC News Radio. "So, there's no specific person that's in the lead. Everybody has just grown from that point to now."

Helping the contestants grow last week was American Idol season seven champ David Cook, who worked with the finalists as a mentor.  Malaya says she'd like to see David appear on the show more often in that role.

"Oh yeah, he'd be a good mentor because he's, like, honest with all his opinions," she tells ABC News Radio. "He's very helpful and the man won, so he knows what he's talking about! He knows the highs and the lows about American Idol."

But as much as she liked David, there's another former Idol winner who Malaya would have killed to work with.  "Fantasia. Oh my God!" she gushed. "I would really pee on myself!"

American Idol returns Wednesday night with a new theme: Competitors' Pick.  For the first time in the show's history, each finalist will select a song for their fellow finalists to perform.  Each contestant will therefore get a list of six songs from which to choose.

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Miley Cyrus Scraps Tonight's Concert in St. Louis: "I'm Miserable"


RCA RecordsAfter canceling her show in Kansas City at the last minute following her hospitalization for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, Miley Cyrus has now scrapped her show Wednesday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

On Twitter, Miley wrote, "I can't get a hold of my team because it is so early so I want to be the one to tell my fans especially the ones trekking to get there. the hospital is sayin i wont b released today therefore Im not going 2 make it 2 St Louis. Im so sorry but somethings are outta my control."

She also took the opportunity to respond to criticism about her hospital stay.  In an apparent riposte to suggestions that she might not be as sick as reported, she wrote, "humans can b so selfish. if any1 thinks id rather b layin n a hospital bed than doing what i love on stage theyre f*** LAME. im miserable."

TMZ reports, meanwhile, that Miley was taking the antibiotics to which she reacted badly because she had become run down due to lack of sleep and too much partying, both caused by her being distraught over the recent death of her beloved dog, Floyd.

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Lorde Wonders if People Will Still Like Her When She's 25


ABC/Lou RoccoMuch has been made of the fact that Lorde has managed to accomplish all that she has at such a young age.  But the 17-year-old star from New Zealand says she sometimes wonders if people will still think she's so great when she hits the ripe old age of, oh, say, 25.

Speaking to Elle.com, Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, says, "I think a lot about mortality, and I just get way too in my head about it. Since I started making music a lot was made of how old I was and it made me think about, 'What happens when I’m 25? Will people still like what I'm doing? Is it still important if I’m not this hyper-youthful being?'"

"It’s stupid," she admits. "I know I’m being silly. But I can’t help it. It’s just one of those things. I’ll get over it."

Lorde is also concerned with keeping her head on straight as her enormous fame grows.  Noting that a year ago, most people didn't know who she was, she tells Elle.com, "I guess it has been fast. But I don’t feel like it’s moving faster than I’m taking it in. I feel very on track with it."

She adds, "A lot of things, like playing Coachella, feel a lot more normal and comfortable now that we’ve had a lot of experiences that could be considered a big deal. But I have an awesome team who help me not burn out and die. And I always have someone from my family on the road with me."

Lorde's tour continues this week with shows in Las Vegas and Phoenix, and she'll return to Coachella this weekend for the music festival's second weekend.

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Train's Sail Across the Sun Fan Cruise Is Returning in 2015


Trainline.comThe guys in Train had such a good time this past February on their first Sail Across the Sun fan cruise that they're doing it again next year -- and you can sign up now for all the fun.

Train's second annual Sail Across the Sun cruise will leave from Miami on February 13, 2015, and visit Key West and Great Stirrup Key before returning to Miami on February 17.  You can register for the cruise pre-sale now at SailAcrosstheSun.com, and on that same website, you can watch a video documenting what went down this past year on the cruise to get you psyched up for next year.

Last year's cruise featured musical guests like Matt Nathanson, Michael Franti and John Oates of Hall & Oates, and there was also a food and wine component, with tastings, and famous TV chefs like Jonathan Waxman and Aarón Sánchez giving cooking demonstrations.  Of course, there were also plenty of chances to get up-close-and-personal with the members of Train themselves, and see the band perform in intimate settings.

Singer Pat Monahan says in a video, "Stay tuned...over the next two weeks as we unveil some exciting details about our journey together in 2015 at sea."

Meanwhile, Train has quite a few performances lined up for this summer. Visit Trainline.com for their full schedule.

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"The Voice" Recap: The Playoffs End with Usher Eliminating Two of His Artists


(l-r) T.J. Wilkins, Usher, Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly; Trae Patton/NBCIt was the final night of the playoffs on The Voice on Tuesday night. All five artists from Team Usher performed in a bid to earn one of the remaining available spots in the live round.

Usher settled on Bria Kelly, Josh Kaufman and T.J. Wilkins, thereby eliminating Melissa Jiménez and Stevie Joe.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira pared down their teams during the previous two episodes.

Here's what happened during Tuesday night's one-hour episode:

T.J. Wilkins got things started for Team Usher with a cover of "Tell Me Something Good," by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Shakira misspoke by saying T.J.'s ability to reach the high note was his "ace under his sleeve." Adam teased her for botching the idiom. Usher said T.J. nailed the playful nature of the period of time when "Tell Me Something Good" was released, the mid-1970s.

Melissa Jiménez delivered a stripped-down version of Beyoncé's "Halo." Shakira said it was a brave move to take a different approach to the popular song. Adam said there were some moments that were beautiful, but other moments during which Melissa ran into trouble. Blake added that Melissa didn't have enough breath for one particular note. Usher pointed out the effort that Melissa had put into the competition to that point.

Stevie Joe chose B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone." Blake joked that watching Stevie Joe perform is like watching him sneak up on a rabbit. He then declared that Stevie Joe is the "real deal." Shakira said he stretched certain notes for too long, but otherwise his performance was good. Usher commended Stevie Joe for the way he handled a song that's about heartache.

Bria Kelly took on The Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses." Shakira wondered how Bria could reach the high notes and be so sultry. Blake observed a softer side to Bria's vocals that is "golden." Usher applauded her for making the song her own.

For the final performance of the playoff round, Josh Kaufman sang Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain." His former coach, Adam, said he's so relieved Josh was stolen from him because he deserves to be in the competition. Blake said Josh is a favorite of his and his wife, Miranda Lambert. Usher credited Adam for helping mold Josh as an artist.

The episode ended with Usher keeping Bria, Josh and T.J. on his team.

Here's a rundown of the remaining artists on the other three teams:

Team Adam: Christina Grimmie, Delvin Choice and Kat Perkins.

Team Blake: Sisaundra Lewis, Audra McLaughlin and Jake Worthington.

Team Shakira: Tess Boyer, Kristen Merlin and Dani Moz.

Next Monday night on NBC, The Voice will begin its live round.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z to Tour Together This Summer?


Beyonce.comBeyoncé and Jay Z are taking their marriage, and their music, on the road, according to a new report.

According to the New York Post, the duo will launch a stadium tour in late June. Reportedly, they will visit 20 stadiums across the country, including a potential date in New York on July 4.

Jay ended his Magna Carter World Tour in January. His wife completed her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour last month.

They both made cameos at the Coachella festival in California last weekend; Jay Z joined Nas for a performance, while Bey danced onstage during her sister Solange's set.

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