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Gavin DeGraw Unveils "Dolphin Tale 2" Song


Peter Kramer/NBCGavin DeGraw has made a musical contribution to the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.

“You Got Me” was written for the movie by Diane Warren, the accomplished Grammy-winning songwriter who’s penned tunes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and many other artists. During the inspiring chorus, Gavin sings, “Rest your head on my heart/And your pain on my shoulders/Make your way to my arms/’Cause you got me.”

“You Got Me” is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital outlets. Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., opens September 12.

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Katy Perry Has the Most-Watched Music Video on YouTube This Year


ABC/Richard HarbaughYouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one.

Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views.

Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million.

Here are the rest of the top 10 videos on the playlist:

4. Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, "We Are One (Ole Ola) (Olodum Mix)"
5. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, "Bailando (Español)”
6. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"
7. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
8. Frozen, "Let It Go Sing-Along"
9. Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle "
10. Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís, "El Perdedor"

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Hilary Duff Releases Video for New Single, "Chasing the Sun"


RCA RecordsHilary Duff is caught daydreaming in the video for her comeback single, “Chasing the Sun.”

In the clip, Duff is an office worker who’d rather be at the beach. She has fantasies about having fun outdoors -- and she embarrasses herself in front of her colleagues as a result.

“Chasing the Sun,” which was co-written by Colbie Caillat, is available for purchase now on iTunes. It’s the first single off Hilary’s upcoming studio album, which will be released this fall. The currently-untitled project will be her first album with RCA Records, as well as her first full-length release since 2007’s Dignity.

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Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired “Angel”


Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty. 

In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.

Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996. 

"I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."

She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release." 

McLachlan said she wrote "that song in two days."

"Angel" was released in 1998 and became a hit.

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Iggy Azalea Has Cameo in "Fast & Furious 7," Vin Diesel Says


Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea is now a “Fancy” movie star.  The rapper has landed a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 movie.

The film’s star, Vin Diesel, was doing promotion for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie when an interviewer with France’s Skyrock FM asked the actor which songs he’d like to dance to the most: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” Azalea’s “Fancy,” or Ariana Grande’s “Problem.”

“Well, Iggy Azalea,” the actor replied, adding, “I just worked with her two weeks ago.  I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this. We casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7,” Diesel revealed.

Fast & Furious 7 opens nationwide April 3, 2015.  The sequel was originally supposed to debut this month, but its release date was pushed back following star Paul Walker's death.

Iggy's getting some small-screen exposure, too.  Last week, MTV announced she'll be the new host of the channel’s revived fashion show, House of Style.

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Reports: Orlando Bloom in Scuffle with Justin Bieber at Restaurant


Ben WattsApparent bad blood between Justin Bieber and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom boiled over at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, according to various gossip outlets. TMZ cites two eyewitnesses who claim Bloom threw a punch at Bieber, who reportedly ducked and screamed in response, "What's up, b***h?"

According to TMZ, Bloom and Bieber were at a star-packed Cipriani; Diddy and Paris Hilton were reportedly dining there at the time.

Sources tell the New York Post Bloom took a swing at Bieber after the 20-year-old singer made a rude comment about the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr.   However, a source close to Bieber insisted that the comment was only made after Bloom took a swing, and missed.

Whatever started the static had apparently been in the works behind the scenes -- and in the pages of the tabloids -- for some time.  Bieber reportedly cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and for his part, Bloom reportedly got close to Justin's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks. 

After the scuffle, TMZ says Bieber left the restaurant and the crowd inside applauded.

TMZ also reports that Justin tried to get the last laugh after his hasty retreat by posting, then quickly deleting, a photo of Kerr in a bikini.

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Ariana Grande Discusses Her Grandfather, Falling Out of Touch with Her Dad


Kenneth WillardtBefore her grandfather passed away last week, Ariana Grande expressed in an interview with Seventeen magazine how much he meant to her.

Speaking with Seventeen for its September issue, Ariana said that insecurity “has been the hardest thing” she’s had to overcome. She said that in order to get past the insecurity she feels, she focuses on “what’s important.”

The 21-year-old “Problem” singer continued, “My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day.  I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”

Ariana has since released a statement, via Seventeen, regarding her comments. She said, “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I'm so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ariana revealed that the toughest thing she’s had to deal with during her life is her falling out of touch with her father. She said, “It’s private, but it happened last year.  It took me so long to be okay with it.”

She added, “The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him.  So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself.  I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

The September issue of Seventeen, featuring Ariana on the cover, hits newsstands on August 5.

Ariana is featured on what is currently the number-one song on the iTunes chart, her just-released collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang.”

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OneRepublic Remix EP Now Available on iTunes


LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic’s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.

OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.

The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featured on New Single from Seattle Band


ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut.

The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist.

Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."

Fences will join Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco August 9, as well as at various European music festivals.

“Arrows” is included on Fences’ new album, Lesser Oceans, out October 14. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get an instant download of “Arrows” and one other song.

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Taylor Swift Ranks High on "Forbes'" Highest-Paid Country Musicians List


ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.

Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.

Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars.  American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album


PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.

The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show.  Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much." 

Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."

On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.

Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special.  Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.

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John Legend Says Intimate Acoustic Tour Has Been "Beautiful"


ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend's been out on his All of Me tour for quite some time, but he's still got plenty of dates to go: he wraps things up in the U.S. at the end of August; then, he'll head to Singapore, followed by dates in the U.K. and in Europe.  While John's career's now at an all-time high, thanks to the success of "All of Me," the tour, billed as "An Evening with John Legend," is the opposite of a big production.

"This is the first time I've done, really kind of like a Storyteller vibe for the whole show," he tells ABC News Radio.  "We stripped down the band to a very core, small group.  I have a string quartet and a guitarist.  I tell more stories to the fans, and it's just a more intimate situation.  And it's been beautiful."

"I've been so happy with it and the fans have been really eating it up," he adds.

Even if you haven't seen John live in concert, you've probably caught him singing on one of the many awards shows he's performed on over the past year or so. According to the singer, being able to play your song on a big awards telecast is a huge deal for an artist's career: so much so that he prefers it to actually winning an award.

"Performing is more impactful, because people don't really remember who won, but they remember performances if they stand out," he notes. "Like, I didn't win any Grammys, but when I performed 'All of Me' at the Grammys this past year, the song went from 49 on the iTunes charts to number three.  And so that performance was so important for the song and for my career....If you nail it, you can really help the song a lot."

John's received a nomination for Best Male on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, but it's unlikely that he'll be performing on that particular award show, since he has a concert booked in Las Vegas that same night.

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Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online


Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled “Shame” and “You Are the One,” were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna’s 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to “The Rain Tapes,” a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

Madonna is currently focusing on a new album. Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she’s working on may be titled “Messiah.”

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Adam Levine's Wife: There's a "Definite" Plan to Have Kids


Trae Patton/NBCNow that they're married, will Adam Levine and his new wife, Behati Prinsloo, start a family in the near future?  The model wants to have kids, though she suggests that parenthood isn’t necessarily on the immediate horizon for the newlyweds.

In an interview with the fashion magazine Net-a-Porter conducted prior to the couple’s July 19 wedding in Mexico, Prinsloo shares that there is a “definite” plan to have children. However, she adds, “I have no expectations. Not in a bad way, but I’ve learned that you can’t plan ahead. I live day by day and see what happens. It’s vague, but I like it that way.”

Adam and his wife may have to hold off on the baby-making for a while. His band Maroon 5 will release their new album, V, in September, the same month the new season of The Voice premieres, on which he'll return as a judge.

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Colbie Caillat Adds Two Dates to Her Upcoming Tour


Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has added two dates to her upcoming U.S. tour. She will now visit Birmingham, Alabama, on September 12 and Draper City, Utah, on September 18.

Pre-sale tickets for both shows are available now. Tickets go on sale to the general public for the Draper date on Wednesday and for the Birmingham date on Friday. For more info, visit ColbieCaillat.com.

Colbie -- whose latest single, “Try,” is currently #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- will launch her tour in Denver on August 27.

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Sale of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Bel Air Home Falls Through


ABC NewsMariah Carey and her hubby, Nick Cannon, have unloaded their property in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air -- or so they thought.

TMZ initially reported the couple had sold their home -– which features seven bedrooms, a movie theater, a gym, a basketball court and other amenities -- for more than 10 million dollars. That total was three million less than what Mariah and Nick sought, but around three million more than what they paid in 2009.

However, a TMZ update states the buyer has backed out, so the home is back on the market.

TMZ’s sources say Mariah and Nick want to sell the property so they can focus on living in New York City.

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Lady Gaga Makes Appearance in Red-Band Trailer for "Sin City" Sequel


Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga makes a very brief cameo in the red-band trailer for the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which debuted at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend and was released online Monday.

About two minutes and 50 seconds into the clip, we see Gaga as a waitress in a diner. She hands over a crumpled one-dollar bill to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Johnny, and remarks, “This won’t take you far.” Johnny, whose face is badly bruised, replies, “Sweetheart, it’s going to take me to the moon.”

The gritty drama, which also stars Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and several other big stars, hits theaters August 22.

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The Script's New Album Now Available for Pre-Order


Columbia RecordsThe Script has made their latest album, No Sound Without Silence, available for pre-order on iTunes.

If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive an instant download of its first single, “Superheroes.” You’ll also be able to purchase “Superheroes” as a digital single, beginning Tuesday.

No Sound Without Silence, The Script’s fourth studio album, will be released September 30.

The Script is currently touring the U.S. with OneRepublic. Their next date is Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska.

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One Direction's Liam Teases Fans with "Naked" Photo


ABC/Matt BrownLiam Payne showed off his sense of humor on Instagram on Sunday.

The One Direction singer posted a photo of himself standing on a boat, appearing to be naked. His midsection is pixelated. The picture is captioned, “Damn that was my last pair!”

The snapshot threw 1D’s young female fans into a tizzy, but it turns out Liam wasn’t nude after all. He eventually uploaded the same picture again, only this time it was uncensored, revealing that he was actually wearing a bathing suit.

Liam quipped, “Oh I found them never mind aha.”   

Incidentally, one of Liam's band mates, Zayn Malik, also caused a stir on social media over the weekend when he tweeted, "#FreePalestine."

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Says His First #1 Album Will Be His Last


Robert Trachtenberg/RCA Records"Weird Al" Yankovic's thrilled that his new album Mandatory Fun has become the first #1 album of his career.  But ironically, it's also going to be the last album of his career.

"It feels strange to say that but it's also very poetic to be able to go out on top," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I want to stress I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of the line for me, but I'm pretty sure this is the end of my conventional albums. I just think it makes more sense for me to release songs individually -- be more of a singles artist instead of an albums artist."

Al always felt constrained by the fact that he couldn't just put out his song parodies while a song was topping the charts: he always had to wait, gather up a bunch of them, and release them as an album.  But these days, thanks to the advent of digital downloads, you don't have to wait, so that'll be his business model going forward.

As for why Mandatory Fun was the disc that finally rang the bell for him after three decades, Al says he's got a few theories.

"I'm not one hundred percent sure why this album did so much better than all my previous albums," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think partly because I think it is, in, fact my best album. I'm very proud of this  And I think my marketing plan had a lot to do with is as well -- the eight videos in eight days thing really seemed to work in a major way. I had a world premiere every single day of release week."

Al says the nature of comedy videos today meant that he had to constantly provide something new for people to check out, and that's what he did, by releasing one new video each day for eight days straight.

"Things go very viral for a day and then the next people say, 'OK, well, seen that. What's next?' So it gave people something to talk about and be excited about every single day and also something to look forward to," he explains. "So there was anticipation there. And it worked so well that by the end of the eight days, there was kind of a Pavlovian effect. People woke up the ninth morning and said, 'Well, where's the Weird Al video!? Why should I even wake up in the morning if there's not a new Weird Al video?!!!'"

The first video in the onslaught was the star-studded clip "Tacky," a parody of "Happy," which featured comedic actors Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho and Jack Black.  Al says all of those people are friends of his, but he knew the clip would work if he could get one of them in particular.

"Jack Black was number one on the list," he reveals. "I figured, 'OK if we get Jack Black, he's going to have so much energy, and knock it out of the park.' And I found the one day Jack was available to do it. He was in Atlanta, shooting a movie and he said he would fly in for one day and do the video."

Also making "Tacky" possible was the fact that Pharrell Williams, who wrote "Happy," gave Al permission to do the parody. "I won't tell you how I got his personal email, but I emailed him and I explained what I wanted to do," Al tells ABC News Radio. "And Pharrell got back to me immediately and he was extremely nice and said he was honored that I wanted to do a parody and gave me permission on the spot." 

Al says he'll launch a tour next year to promote Mandatory Fun. Meanwhile, he says he's living large celebrating his chart-topping success....not.

"Yeah, my family and I went out," he says when asked how he marked the milestone.  "We had some Mexican food and I had a burrito." 

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