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Report: Mariah & Nick's Divorce Getting "Ugly," Mariah "Devastated" After Nick's Comments to "The Insider"


Mark Cant/FoxAny hope of an amicable divorce between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon appears to have vanished, following Nick's comments to the TV show The Insider.  It seems Mariah is not pleased -- to put it mildly -- that Nick went off script and yapped to the show that the two are now living apart.

A source tells E! News that Mariah is "devastated" about Nick's comments because "they had agreed to work on a statement together."  Adds the source, "A joint statement was being prepared when he went and gave those quotes to The Insider."

"She can't believe he went and did that," adds the source. "Not what they had agreed on and not classy. He was not supposed to say a word. She thinks it was extremely childish, impulsive and opportunistic. For her, it was the last straw. She's done with him now."

"It's no longer amicable," says the source. "Things are getting ugly."  While the insider hasn't heard that Mariah has actually forced Nick to sign a gag order, which has been reported, he or she "would not be remotely surprised. She is seriously p***ed."

As for why Mariah and Nick's once happy marriage is ending, the source explains, "It has a lot to do with Nick's career choices. He does not have to work, but he's been throwing himself into gigs and projects."

Mariah and Nick wed in 2008 and have three-year-old twins.  As recently as May, Nick was denying that anything was wrong between him and the pop diva.

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New Maroon 5 Song "Animals" Featured in New KIA Commercial, Download It for Free


Credit: Vincent PeriniMaroon 5's new single "Animals" isn't officially released yet, but you can download it for free, for a limited time only, thanks to KIA.

The song, "Animals," is featured in the new commercial for the KIA Soul EV, along with the company's famous dancing hamsters. If you visit Kia.com/KiaSoul, you can download the track for free, but only until early next week.

In the commercial, scientist hamsters in a lab are designing the Soul EV, KIA's first electric car, but the scientists' pet mouse accidentally gets in the way of the high-tech equipment.  After everything goes ZAP, we see the mouse has been transformed into a sexy female rodent with a drop-dead body.  The scientists immediately jump in the car, head to the pet store, buy a bunch more mice, and then transform them all into sexy females.  Then..dance party!

Meanwhile, the official lyric video for the upbeat track is now available for viewing. "Baby I'm preying on you tonight/hunt you down, eat you alive/Just like animals," sings Adam Levine, over various shots of bunnies and icky slithering snakes.

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Four of Five One Direction Members Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


PRNewsFoto/Syco Entertainment/Columbia RecordsOn Friday, Harry Styles became the latest member of One Direction to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but he then nominated a pretty odd group of people.

In his video, Harry is standing on the ground while the camera shoots him from above, from what looks like a walkway.  An unseen person then dumps a bucket of water on Harry's head, but not before he nominates super-powerful music executive Irving Azoff, Kanye West and Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon.  In the video's caption, he also nominates Ben Winston, who directed 1D's videos for "Best Song Ever," "Story of My Life" and "You & I."

Harry was actually the second member of 1D to take the challenge on Friday.  Louis Tomlinson beat him to it, having two people douse him with water and then jumping into a lake.  He nominated, among other people, Prince Harry of England, as well as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, and Arsène Wenger, a French soccer player. He was responding to a challenge by his band mate Niall Horan, who dumped water on himself while standing in what looked like a huge shower stall.

On Thursday, 1D's Liam Payne took the challenge, getting water poured on his head by a group of girls.  We're still waiting for Zayne Malik.

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Katy Perry & Pal Kacey Musgraves Throw Roller Skating Party in Minnesota


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMTDuring downtime on her Prismatic tour, Katy Perry has been enjoying the local attractions in the cities she visits, such as water parks and amusement parks.  On Thursday night, she and her opening act, Kacey Musgraves, went retro, strapping on roller skates and hitting the rink in Burnsville, Minnesota to celebrate Kacey's 26th birthday.

Katy and Kacey documented their time at the rink on Twitter and Instagram.  Kacey posted a photo of herself wearing a party hat; she's with Katy, who's wearing huge light-up eyeglasses.  "Gettin' our 8th grade on..," she captioned the photo. 

Kacey also posted a photo captioned "birthday shopping list" detailing what she and Katy needed for the roller party: knee pads, tube socks, glow sticks, fake lashes, and Champagne.

Katy posted a video of herself in an empty rink, wearing her light-up glasses and big heart-shaped earrings.  Disco lights flash while "I Will Always Love You" plays in the background, and Katy stares love-struck into the camera.  The perspective then changes to reveal Katy is dancing with a balloon that looks like a green alien.

Katy, along with Kacey, are set to perform at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN Friday night.

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MAGIC! Gets "Rude" in NYC's Central Park for "Good Morning America's" Summer Concert Series


ABC/Lou RoccoIt was a MAGIC!-al morning in New York City's Central Park on Friday, as the Canadian reggae-pop band took the stage on ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. 

During the show, the group performed their hit "Rude," which has been #1 for six weeks, and their new single, "Let Your Hair Down," plus the album track "No Way No" and a reggae-fied cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."  Afterward, lead singer Nasri told ABC's Robin Roberts about his journey from behind-the-scenes producer and hit songwriter, to frontman of his own chart-topping band.

"I had reached a certain level as a songwriter that is a very good career, and I didn't need to switch careers," Nasri explained. "But there was something just really in my heart that wasn't settled. And when I met the guys, I knew that this was the next step in my life."

"I mean, it's great to know that our music is being heard because we've all been paying our dues for a long time as musicians," he added, speaking about the success of "Rude."

As for why the group is called MAGIC!, guitarist Mark Pelli revealed it was their producer who came up with it, based on the title of one of their songs.  "As Mark explained, "One of our songs is called 'Don't Kill the Magic,' and y'know, with 'Magic' at the end, he was like, "Hey! It'd be pretty cool to call the band Magic!"

MAGIC!'s next TV appearance will come September 9, when they perform on the CBS special Fashion Rocks.

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Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Video Director Denies Rapper's Accusations It's "Offensive"


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's "Shake It Off" video is a fun romp that features the singer attempting -- and failing -- various styles of dance while looking adorkable and awkward.  Yet the imagery in the video -- which includes scenes of black female hip-hop dancers twerking -- has been derided as "offensive" by one prominent rapper.  Now, the video's director, Mark Romanek, is saying that nothing could be further from the truth.

The rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, tweeted the day the video premiered, "haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive and ultimately harmful...perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture. For instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it's ok for you to be trill or twerk or say n***a."

Romanek, an acclaimed director who helmed such iconic videos as "Scream" by Michael and Janet Jackson, "Criminal" by Fiona Apple, and "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails, tells New York magazine that he's a fan of Earl Sweatshirt's.  However, he says the rapper "stated clearly that he hadn't seen the video and didn't even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it's this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole 'controversy.'"

Romanek explains that the concept of the video came from Taylor.  "She said she wanted to shoot all these styles of dance and then be the individualist dork in the midst of these established genres," he says, adding. "We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece."

"It's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And -- let's remember -- it's a satirical piece," Romanek continued.  "It's playing with a whole range of music-video tropes and clichés and stereotypes."

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Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert


Peter Kramer/NBCMiley Cyrus has been banned from performing in the Dominican Republic on morality grounds.

The Buenos Aires Herald reports that the September 13 concert, scheduled for the country's capital of Santo Domingo, has been canceled by the local government, because Miley's performances "go against [the Dominican Republic's] morals and customs," and she uses "language and images which encourage sex and violence." 

The government also accused her of wearing "unsuitable costumes," inciting "lesbian sex," and using "inappropriate objects in public."

Tickets for the show had been on sale since July.

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Zedd Hopes Frantic Dancing -- and Hayley's Hair -- Lead to MTV VMA Win This Sunday


InterscopeSunday night's MTV Video Music Awards will be a big one for DJ and producer Zedd: not only will he and Ariana Grande perform their hit collaboration "Break Free" on the telecast, but he's up for two Moonmen himself, for the video for his hit with Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night."  The clip has earned nominations in two categories: MTV Clubland Award and Best Editing.

"It was special for me because I've never done anything like it," Zedd says of the "Stay the Night" video, which features quick cuts of himself and Hayley, interspersed with cuts of a couple doing a modern dance routine to reflect the troubled nature of their relationship.  As the song speeds up, so do the edits and the dancing, until Hayley, Zedd and the couple are practically a blur.

"I've never had any dancing performances in my videos and I was always kind of opposed to it," Zedd tells ABC News Radio. "Until the director sent me a little clip, it was like five seconds, of his idea of cutting back and forth between scenes and rooms. I mean he did an absolutely incredible job."

"I hope we win something for him because it'll definitely be his award," Zedd adds.

Of course, Hayley gave her own standout performance in the video, dancing frantically while tossing her head back and forth to show off her bright orange hair.  "It was new and fresh and short," says Zedd of Hayley's distinctive 'do. "And yeah, she always looks great. And definitely in the video she looks gorgeous!" 

The MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Fergie Says New Solo Album's Coming "Before the End of the Year"


ABC/Bob D'AmicoFergie's looking forward to celebrating her son Axl's first birthday next week, but she's got something even more exciting on the horizon: the very long-awaited follow up to her first solo album, The Dutchess.

That record, which came out in 2006, was hugely successful and spun off a slew of hits, like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "London Bridge" and "Glamorous."  Since then, Fergie has released several albums and done  a number of tours with the Black Eyed Peas, putting plans for a second solo album on the back burner.  Since Axl was born, though, she's turned her attention back to it, and now she tells Glamour magazine, "I’m working on it now, but it will be [out] before the end of the year."

Meanwhile, Axl's first birthday is August 29, and she tells Glamour how her life has changed in the past 12 months of motherhood. "All these mommy feelings that I never knew...I knew I was going to feel something," she says. "Everybody tells you that you’re going to feel this extraordinary love, but it’s really indescribable until you really experience it. If I don’t see him all day, I miss him. I don’t want to miss anything."

Fergie adds that Axl, who just started walking, is "completely split down the middle," personality-wise, between herself and her husband Josh Duhamel. "He’s just a doll!" she gushes. "Both of us are outgoing, so he definitely got that trait, but he’s also a bit of a thinker. He does the scan to decide if he’ll let you in."

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Lorde Wants to Win "the Coolest-Looking Award" Sunday Night


ABC/Lou RoccoSince she burst onto the music scene last year, Lorde's won her fair share of awards, including two Grammys.  But she says she'd really like to take home at least one trophy at this Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, because she thinks it's so cool-looking.

Lorde will be a presenter on the VMA telecast Sunday night, and her "Royals" video is nominated in two categories: Best Female, and Best Rock.  If she wins, she'll take home a shiny silver "Moonman" trophy.  Asked by the New Zealand Herald what she thinks her chances are, she says, "I don't know ... I'm just happy to be there. I think that is the coolest-looking award, the Moonman. It would be a nice one to have, but I'm just lucky to be there -- it's going to be fun." 

Speaking about some of the incredible career highlights she's experienced since she broke through last year with "Royals," Lorde tells the paper, "Bruce Springsteen covering Royals was pretty insane. Bruce is one of those songwriters who I completely idolize, I almost cried when I heard he'd done that." 

She adds, "When I heard the album had gone platinum in the States was amazing for me because it kind of solidified for me that it wasn't just about one song."

As for her second album, Lorde says, "I'm just trying to get to the studio whenever I can. I'm insanely busy right now with a lot of stuff, but getting proper work done on the album is what I'm going to be spending my time with once I'm off tour."  Her U.S. headline tour kicks off next month.

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Kelly Clarkson Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in First Post-Baby Appearance


Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson has posted a video of herself taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, making her first appearance since the birth of her daughter, River Rose, in late June. The 32-year-old took the challenge along with her husband, Brandon Blackstock, in what appears to be her backyard.  

In the video, a nervous Clarkson worries she might not be able to lift the heavy bucket over her head. The two finally take the plunge. "Oh my God, that's so cold!" Clarkson shrieks, after being drenched.

The video ends with her running around the yard and her hubby saying, “Cut.” They nominated several friends and family members to take the challenge next.

 

 

As of Thursday, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised 41.8 million dollars for the ALS Association over the past three-plus weeks.

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Pete Wentz Welcomes a Son


Fall Out Boy; Pete Wentz, 2nd from left/Crush ManagementPete Wentz welcomed a new bundle of joy on Wednesday, according to People. The Fall Out Boy bassist’s model-girlfriend, Meagan Camper, gave birth to a baby boy in Los Angeles. The couple named their new addition Saint Lazslo.

“Mom and baby are happy and healthy,” Wentz’s rep said. “They are thrilled at the addition to the family and Bronx is over the moon to be a big brother.”

Wentz’s 5-and-a-half-year-old son Bronx is from his previous marriage to Ashlee Simpson. Wentz, 35, and Camper, 25, announced they were expecting back in February.

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Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart


C Flanigan/Getty ImagesNick Cannon has confirmed the rumors that he and Mariah Carey are having problems in their marriage.

Speaking to The Insider, Nick said, "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in separate houses for a few months.”   However, he denied that those problems are due to infidelity, and added, "My main focus is my kids."  Mariah and Nick, married since 2008, have three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

TMZ had reported earlier that Mariah has been upset with Nick because his non-stop work schedule doesn't leave him any time for the kids, while Nick, the site claimed, is frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with "yes men."

Asked for a response to Nick's statements, Mariah's rep told ABC News, "I am not commenting on Mariah's personal life, but [she] is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour."

Early Friday morning, TMZ reported Mariah slapped Nick with a "completely one-sided" confidentiality agreement that exacts "severe financial penalties" if he says anything more about the celebrity uncoupling. Mariah, however, is apparently allowed to speak of it "on her terms."

 

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Jason Derulo, American Authors, Aloe Blacc to Appear on MDA Labor Day Weekend Telethon


Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo, American Authors and Aloe Blacc are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Sunday, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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

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

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

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Jessie J Reveals Release Date, Artwork for New Album "Sweet Talker"


Republic RecordsAs she prepares to open this Sunday's MTV VMAs with her Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj collabo "Bang Bang," Jessie J has now revealed details of her long-awaited new album.

The disc is called Sweet Talker and she writes on Facebook that it'll be out on October 14 in the U.S. The cover shows Jessie wearing a black bra, high-waisted black panties, high heels and lots of gold jewelry; she's got her hands on her head and her eyes are closed.

This is technically her third album; her second one, Alive, never came out in the U.S.

Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the "Bang Bang" video is now available on YouTube.  It shows the video being filmed on a city street on a hot summer day, with women dancing on fire escapes.  Jessie shows up and leads a group of women through the city, where they encounter Ariana in a loft.  Nicki then arrives in a helicopter, and all three women "rage through the night," according to the director.

The "Bang Bang" video will premiere online right after the three women perform the song Sunday night on the VMAs.

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Katy Perry Says New Perfume Is Like "An Invisible Suit of Luxurious Armor"


Courtesy: Coty FragranceKaty Perry's latest fragrance, Killer Queen's Royal Revolution, has now been officially announced, and the way the singer describes it, it's the perfect scent to spray on before you head off to battle.

"In some ways wearing fragrance is like putting on an invisible suit of luxurious armor," she says in a statement. "I want Royal Revolution to inspire women to make their own rules and embrace the idea that beauty and inner confidence can come together to become your secret weapon."  Underscoring the comparison, the bottle's stopper is gunmetal gray, and shaped like a helmet on a suit of armor.

Described as "a fragrance that is as beautiful as it is bold, as royal as it is rebellious," the perfume features pomegranate, sandalwood, orange flower, jasmine, musk, vanilla orchid and something called "mystical blackthorn," which was "known in the Dark Ages for its magical powers, and used in spells of impenetrable protection."

The perfume, available in two sizes and as a lotion, ranges in price from $25 to $59.

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Miley Cyrus Will Attend MTV VMAs on Sunday


Dana Edelson/NBCShe's baaaack.  A year after the twerk heard 'round the world, Miley Cyrus will return to the scene of this biggest pop culture crime since Madonna kissed Britney Spears: the MTV VMAs, which take place this Sunday night.

The twitter account for Miley's team announced the news Wednesday night, and MTV retweeted it.

Miley's nominated for Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball," so she has every right to attend the ceremony.  Last year, her duet with Robin Thicke, which featured her gyrating against him and doing unspeakable things with a giant foam finger while wearing next to nothing, scandalized the world.

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Jason Mraz Is "Back in Love" with His Old Hits as He Launches World Tour


ABC NewsJason Mraz kicks off his world tour in support of new album YES! on Thursday night, and he says the fact that he'll be hitting the road with Raining Jane, the all-female band who's also featured on the album, has made him "fall in love" with his old songs once again.

"Specifically for this album, it was a collaborative experience, and the sound that we make as a five-piece creates a unique sound," he tells ABC News Radio. "And so I get to run all my old songs through this new filter that Raining Jane provides."

"I've fallen in love with some old songs, thanks to what these girls are inviting me to do," he added, saying he was excited to play familiar hits like "The Remedy" with all-new arrangements.

"It's not that I had fallen out of love with it, it's just that I thought I had run out of ideas for that song," he says of "The Remedy," his breakthrough hit. "And then I just recently re-tuned my guitar and went at it a different way....opened my heart again to the song, and I'm excited to bring it back."

In addition to enjoying the new spin that he and Raining Jane are putting on the old favorites and the new material, Jason thinks that fans will like the fact that this new tour will be more intimate, because they're playing theaters rather than arenas.

"The songs take on new, more simpler acoustic forms and also their voices are angelic and it provides these layers I've yet to have so far," Jason explains. "And because we're in smaller venues, a conversation can occur onstage between myself and the audience." 

One highlight of Jason's tour comes in September, when he'll play in all five boroughs of New York City -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx -- in five days, beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping September 22 and 23 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

Jason's kicking off the tour with three shows in San Diego; he's lived in the area since 1999 and owns an organic avocado farm there. The Times of San Diego reports that to mark the beginning of the tour, the mayor of San Diego declared this past Tuesday to be "Jason Mraz Day" in the city.

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Charli XCX Announces New Album, "Sucker," Due Oct. 21


Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsYou've heard her get "Fancy" and go "Boom Clap" -- now you'll be able to enjoy a new full-length album from Charli XCX.

The British singer/songwriter will release her sophomore album, Sucker, due October 21.  Her new single "Break the Rules" is available for pre-order now.  Charli says of the track, "The song is inspired by a lot of the things I was listening to whilst in Sweden at the end of last year. I spent about a month making a punk record and covering songs by Swedish punk bands...this song was written when I came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop.”

Charli kicks off a headlining tour September 26. This Sunday night, you can see her perform "Boom Clap" live during the MTV VMA pre-show.  Thanks to her involvement with "Fancy," she's up for six trophies at the ceremony, including Artist to Watch.

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Miley Cyrus to Sing Classic '60s Hit on the Series Finale of "Chelsea Lately"


Credit: Olivia MaloneChelsea Handler's E! talk show Chelsea Lately signs off the air for good on August 26, and the comedian will be getting a fitting sendoff: a serenade by Miley Cyrus.

E! reports that Miley will join Chelsea for her final show and sing the song "It's Over," a 1964 hit by late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison.  If this seems a bit odd, remember that Miley is well-versed in all kinds of classic music from the past.  In fact, in November, she tweeted a link to one of Orbison's other hits, "Crying."

The lyrics of "It's Over" are about a break-up, and include the lines, "It breaks your heart in two/To know she's been untrue/But oh what will you do?/Then she said to you/There's someone new/We're through, We're through/It's over, It's over, It's over."

Miley's Bangerz tour is currently on a break, leaving the singer free to perform on the Chelsea Lately live finale, which airs next Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on E!  Miley's nominated for Video of the Year at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, but she hasn't been announced as a performer or presenter on the show...yet.  Still, how could she possibly top last year?

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