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Ariana Grande Posts Teasers for New Song


Republic RecordsAriana Grande offered her fans a new taste of her upcoming album, My Everything, on Wednesday.

She uploaded to Instagram two brief teasers of the track “Be My Baby,” featuring DJ Cashmere Cat. The sneak peeks came in the form of videos filmed at a show where the song was played by Cashmere Cat.

Ariana has released two singles from My Everything: “Problem” and “Break Free.” The album drops August 25.

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Lorde's Lollapalooza Performance Will Be Streamed Online


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is part of the opening-day lineup of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this weekend. If you can’t make it to Grant Park to check out her performance, you can still watch it online.

Lorde’s set will stream on Lollapalooza.Redbull.tv and via the Red Bull TV app Friday at 7 p.m. Central time. At 8:30 p.m., you’ll be able to tune in to a performance by Zedd.

On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., you can see fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s side project, Bleachers.

The complete live-stream schedule is posted on Lollapalooza.com.

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Eminem & Rihanna Prepare for Their Monster Tour


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Eminem and Rihanna are gearing up for their joint, three-city Monster Tour, which will visit Slim Shady's hometown of Detroit, among other places. Following Rih's tweet last week about loving her tour band, Eminem has shared a photo of himself and Rih Rih during rehearsals.

In the Instagram picture, a stone-faced Eminem poses next to the singer who is sitting next to a keyboard -- both are wearing causal outfits and fitted caps.

The duo are scheduled to begin their short outing at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl on August 7 and wrap up at Detroit's Comerica Park on August 23. Tickets are still available for select dates. Visit Eminem.com for all the information.

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Taylor Swift to Perform on the MTV Video Music Awards


Image Courtesy Ash Newell/13 ManagementTaylor Swift isn’t a nominee for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she’s reportedly been tapped to perform at the show.

E! Online is reporting that Taylor is planning something “explosive” for the VMAs, though it’s unclear what that entails. However, its source states that Taylor will not be collaborating with another artist.

Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher were named to the performance lineup earlier this month.

The ceremony will be held August 24 in Los Angeles. Beyonce has the most nominations of any artist, with eight.

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5 Seconds of Summer Announces 2015 Tour; Tops "Billboard" 200 Album Chart


Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC5 Seconds of Summer is currently touring North America with One Direction, but next summer they plan to launch their own headlining trek.

The Australian band has announced the Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, which will see them visit 30 cities across the United States and Canada. The tour will begin July 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, and will conclude about two months later in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Tickets will go on sale to the public August 9 on LiveNation.com, but Citi card members will have access to a pre-sale beginning August 5.

The announcement of 5 Seconds of Summer’s 2015 tour comes amid news that their self-titled debut album has topped the Billboard 200 album chart. It sold 259,000 copies for the week ending Sunday.  Billboard notes that it’s the third-biggest debut so far in 2014, and the most successful debut for a group since 2006, when Daughtry moved 304 thousand copies of their self-titled disc.

Here are the announced tour dates for 5 Seconds of Summer’s 2015 tour. Additional shows will be announced in the near future:

7/17/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Event Center
7/18/15 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/20/15 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/22/15 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/24/15 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena
7/25/15 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena
7/27/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
7/29/15 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
7/31/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/1/15 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/4/15 -- Louisville, KY  KFC Yum! Center
8/5/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/7/15 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/8/15 -- Houston, TX,  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/19/15 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/21/15 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
8/22/15 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Pavilion
8/23/15 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/25/15 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/28/15 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/29/15 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion Stadium
8/30/15 -- Holmdel, NJ , PNC Bank Arts Center
9/1/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
9/4/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
9/5/15 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
9/6/15 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
9/7/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
9/9/15 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/12/15 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/13/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Colbie Caillat's "Try" Inspired by Label's Request for Her to Be Poppier & Sexier


Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat's song "Try" -- especially its video, where she and other women go makeup-free -- is getting a lot of attention for its powerful message about women not bowing to pressure to look or act a certain way.  But Colbie initially wrote the song after a major dispute with her record label about the direction of her music.

"I recorded an album, I was so proud of it.  It had a kind of style...free-spirited, acoustic, happy -- more like my old stuff," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And they wanted that changed, and they wanted it to be more pop.  And what comes with pop is what all those pop artists do: the girls dress very sexy and revealing, and the videos are over-the-top.  And they were requesting that of me."

As you might expect, this didn't sit well with Colbie: she loved the music she'd created, and was furious that she was told it wasn't good enough.

"I was just so mad, because I made this beautiful album that I wrote with amazing people, and I was so proud of it," she recalls. "And to have it just be, like, washed away and wanting someone completely different -- that's not the artist that they signed, you know.  So, it was hard for me." 

That's why there's been such a long delay between her last record and her upcoming one, Gypsy Heart.  "I then had to go back in [to the studio] and be even mentally prepared to start writing again.  I was not up for it," she admits.

However, the whole unpleasant experience has a silver lining. Colbie now says that she's happy with the new batch of songs that she came up with, some of which you can hear on her new teaser EP, Gypsy Heart -- Side A.

"I will say, I am very glad that this happened, because I love the songs that came from it, and I love that I wrote 'Try' because of it," she tells ABC News Radio. "And even the up-tempo pop songs I did record that made the record, I absolutely love them.  So I will thank my label for inspiring that." 

There's no release date yet for the full Gypsy Heart album, but Colbie will kick off a headlining tour August 27 in Denver, CO.

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"Bang Bang," Collabo with Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande, Debuts at #1 on iTunes


Republic RecordsIt leaked online a day early and the reviews so far are mixed, but that clearly hasn’t affected early sales of “Bang Bang.”  The much-anticipated collabo between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, has debuted at #1 on the iTunes singles chart.

The single wasn’t scheduled to be released until Tuesday, but the label offered it up late Monday following the leak.

As previously reported, "Bang Bang" -- co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin -- will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album, My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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