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Kelly Clarkson Announces 36-City Piece by Piece Tour

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's new album, Piece by Piece, is in stores today -- and starting in July, Kelly will be on the road. 

The singer announced her Piece by Piece Tour 2015 Tuesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America. The 36-date outing begins July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania and wraps up September 20 in Camden, New Jersey.  Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson will open for Kelly on select dates.

If you're a member of Kelly's free online fan club, you'll get an early crack at the tickets, which go on sale to the general public March 14. You can find out more about Kelly's fan club at KellyClarkson.com.  Citi cardmembers also get early access, beginning March 10. 

Here are Kelly's Piece by Piece Tour dates:

7/11 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
7/12 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/14 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/16 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
7/17 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
7/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/21 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/25 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/28 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/30 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/1 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
8/2 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/4 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/6 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/8 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/10 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
8/12 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
8/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/16 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
8/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
8/21 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
8/29 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/30 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/1 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/3 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
9/5 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
9/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/12 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts
9/13 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts
9/15 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/17 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9/20 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center

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Kelly Clarkson's Already Designed Baby-Friendly Bus for Summer Tour

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's new album Piece by Piece arrives today, and fans will be happy to hear that she'll be following that up with a world tour.  Her eight-month-old daughter River is coming along with her, of course -- in a custom-designed, kid-friendly tour bus.

Speaking to Billboard, Kelly says, "I already designed my bus -- my bus is already ready, and we have a whole crib on there, a whole kids section for our other two kids. So we're ready for the tour, which is starting this summer, and then we go to the rest of the world after America."  Kelly's "other two kids" are a boy and a girl from her husband Brandon Blackstock's first marriage.

She adds, "I don't think being a mom needs to slow you down. If anything, it just makes you more productive."

Kelly does reveal, though, that she has the help of an "amazing" nanny named Allie, who, she says, "makes it possible for me to be a working mom that gets to stay involved in my child's life."

Kelly appears on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday.

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"The Voice" Recap: 52-Year-Old Former Chef Becomes This Season’s Oldest Contestant

Trae Patton/NBCThe blind auditions continued on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night. Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams once again sat in their rotating chairs as they listened to more singers and continued to build their teams.

Tuesday’s show included the competition’s oldest contestant so far this season, a 52-year-old former executive chef at the famed Improv comedy club in Los Angeles.

At the conclusion of Tuesday's blind auditions, Blake added three more artists to his team, for a total of seven. Pharrell added three more, bringing his total to eight. Christina tacked on two more artists, bringing the total number of members on her team to seven. Adam picked up five more artists, for a total of eight.

In a lighthearted moment, Adam pretended to deliver a blind audition by singing Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." He got all three coaches to turn their chairs around. He selected Christina.  Blake joked that the only reason he turned his chair around was because he "wanted to see what the freak looked like."

Here are the highlights of Tuesday's blind auditions:

Kentucky native, Kelsie May, a 15-year-old with a throwback sound, noted that she lost one of her friends to cancer. She credits watching his brave battle as her inspiration to pursue her dream of being a country singer. She got Blake, Pharrell and Christina to turn their chairs with her version of Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Lookin’ at Country.” Christina had started singing at the age of seven and she used that experience to try and get the young singer. Pharrell called Kelsie special because she was already so clear on what direction she wanted to take with her music. Blake, predictably, dropped names of The Voice winners he’s coached to victory, including last year’s champ, Craig Wayne Boyd. Kelsie made the obvious choice and went with Blake.

Kimberly Nichole earned the nickname “The Rock Ballerina" for her custom-made tutus. After putting her singing career on the back burner to pursue a career in the fashion industry, she returned to music, landing a hosting gig at a trendy New York City club. She belted out Ike and Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits" and convinced Blake and Pharrell to push their buttons. Pharrell said he felt her soul when she sang, adding her voice was “amazing.” Blake, at a loss for a strong pitch to counter Pharrell’s, noted he’s “not a soul singer,” but “has a soul,” and that he loved her. It wasn’t enough, as Pharrell nabbed Kimberly for his team.

Next up, was Fargo, North Dakota, native, Michael Leier, singing Pearl Jam’s version of the J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers’ classic, “Last Kiss.” Blake and Adam turned their chairs, leading to a “charm fest” starting with Adam, who noted that even though Leier was influenced by Pearl Jam’s lead singer Eddie Vedder, he added his own touch to the song. Blake answered by saying Levine’s pitch seemed to be more about Vedder than Michael. It was futile, as Michael picked Adam. Michael admitted later that before the audition, he was hoping to land on Adam’s team.

Travis Ewing is a professional one-man band from Lafayette, Louisiana. His love of music started in the seventh grade when a teacher helped him overcome his shyness and encouraged him to sing. The teacher then surprised Travis with a taped message to cheer him on. Travis sang Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” and immediately got Christina to turn her chair around. Blake and Pharrell eventually followed suit. Aguilera loved the “silkiness” and “texture” of Ewing’s voice, as well as his arrangement of the song, noting it was “outside the box.” Shelton fired back that he had a good track record coaching non-country artists. Pharrell told Travis that he would be a fan, as well as a mentor and would love a shot at “mixing it up.” Ewing chose Team Pharrell.

Sonic, 23, got a record deal when she was 14 years old, but it never panned out for the San Francisco native. She also revealed that she’s deaf in one ear, but refused to let that become a disability. Her version of Sam Smith’s “Money on My Mind” convinced Aguilera and Levine to push their buttons, even though both acknowledged that the performance “fell apart” somewhere in the middle. However, Adam noted that Sonic recovered quickly and hit some difficult notes. Christina applauded Sonic for taking on a “huge challenge” with the song. Sonic elected to join Christina’s team.

Taking the stage next was 18-year-old Jacob Rummell, who’s been singing his entire life. He’d love to pursue it as a career, but admits he “doesn’t know what [he’s] doing.” Learning from a coach, he adds, would be “an amazing opportunity.” Rummell tackled Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me” and got Levine and Shelton to turn their chairs around. Blake confessed he thought Jacob was a girl before he turned his chair, and added that that's what he likes about the show the most. Adam argued that he had more in common musically with Jacob and compared him to a young Michael Jackson. Rummell surprised all the judges by choosing Shelton.

Barry Minniefield, 52, was an executive chef at the Improv comedy club in Los Angeles who eventually opened up his own catering company called No Laughing Matter. Barry said he became chummy with some of the comedians at the club, and counts Jay Leno among his famous friends. Leno even sent Barry a taped message to wish him good luck. Barry eventually retired from cooking to pursue music. His version of Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” got Adam to turn his chair around at the last second. He joins Team Adam.

The final act of the night was Brooklyn, New York, native and current UCLA music student India Carney, who took on Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” She got all four coaches to turn their chairs around and received a standing ovation from all of them. An intense battle between the coaches began with Christina noting she needed to have the singer on her team because Carney is a “vocal beast.” Shelton said he fell in love with India’s voice and was a fan, as well as a potential coach. Pharrell begged Carney to join his team, and vowed to try and steal her away from whoever did wind up with her. Adam, noting that even though his team was nearly full, he had to push his button for her Carney, adding, she was “going to the end of this thing and I want to be on that train." India picked Christina.

The blind auditions on The Voice will continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon Perform "History of Duets" During "Tonight Show" Appearance

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCKelly Clarkson visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday to plug her new album, Piece by Piece, but she ended up singing a lot more than just one song from the disc.

Fallon noted the recent report in which Clarkson reportedly told BBC Radio she had a problem getting other artists to perform duets with her. Clarkson later tweeted that she was joking.

Nonetheless, Fallon responded by telling the audience he'd love to do a duet with Kelly. She then joined him for a "History of Duets," in which the two performed a medley of the greatest duets of all time, including Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe," Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers' "Islands in the Stream."

Later in the show, Clarkson performed "Heartbeat Song," a track off her new album.

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NFL Made Katy Perry Nix Snoop Dogg from Super Bowl Due to Iggy Azalea Feud

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesWhen Katy Perry headlined the Super Bowl last month, her guests included Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.  But it turns out Katy wanted to bring another guest on as well: Snoop Dogg.  However, the NFL nixed the idea, she claims, because of the "hate" he'd allegedly bring to the party

Speaking to Elle magazine for its March issue, Katy claims that the NFL said she couldn't have Snoop -- her collaborator on her hit "California Gurls" -- on stage with her because of what she calls the "Iggy Azalea thing."  Katy is referring to the feud that Snoop and Iggy had last fall, where he dissed her appearance on Instagram and then posted an obscenity-filled video further insulting and threatening her.  He later apologized.

"Not that that was it -- that was just the tipping point," Katy adds. "You can't have that kind of hate at the Super Bowl. They already have enough female-hate problems; they don't need any more."

It's worth noting that Katy and Iggy are friends; she co-wrote Iggy's hit "Black Widow" in fact.

In other Katy Perry post-Super Bowl news, she's debuted some merchandise that fans will definitely want to sink their teeth into.  "YOU CAN NOW BE A PROPER #LEFTSHARK WITH THIS OFFICIAL, GLORIOUS #LEFTSHARK ONESIE," Katy tweeted.  

She included a link to her online store, where for the low, low price of $129.99 you can now purchase a onesie that will let you look just like Katy's goofy costumed dance partner at her Super Bowl halftime show.  The garment says "Katy Perry" across the back, and boasts an "all-over photographic print" made "using a special sublimation technique to provide a vivid graphic image."

YOU CAN NOW BE A PROPER #LEFTSHARK WITH THIS OFFICIAL, GLORIOUS #LEFTSHARK ONESIE: http://t.co/HgMpbv4Hos pic.twitter.com/8RSgqZa6sq

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 2, 2015

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Kanye Releases New Single "All Day," Featuring Paul McCartney

Photos by Inez and Vinoodh. (PRNewsFoto/Def Jam Recordings)Kanye West released his new single "All Day,” featuring Paul McCartney, to iTunes Monday night.  The song is from Kanye's upcoming album So Help Me God.

The release of the five-minute-long studio version of "All Day" follows Kanye's live performance of the tune at last week's BRIT Awards 2015.

McCartney sings and whistles on the song. “All Day” also features a vocal from Theophilus London and a rap from U.K. artist Allan Kingdom.

West and McCartney have also collaborated on the ballad “Only One,” which features the former Beatle on keyboard, and on "FourFiveSeconds" with Rihanna.

A release date for Kanye's album has not been revealed.

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Vote Now for Which Song You Want Kelly Clarkson to Perform on ABC's "Good Morning America"

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson will appear on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday morning, the same day her new album Piece by Piece is released.  While Kelly will perform some new music, she'll also sing one of her greatest hits.  Which one? That's up to you.

Visit Good Morning America's website now to vote for which song you want Kelly to perform Tuesday morning on GMA.  Your choices are "Since U Been Gone," "Mr. Know It All," or "Miss Independent."  So far, "Since U Been Gone" is winning by a mile.

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Madonna to Spend an Entire Week with Ellen

Heather Wines/CBS Madonna's new album Rebel Heart arrives on March 10, and she'll be celebrating its release with Ellen DeGeneres...for quite some time.

Madonna will be the musical guest on Ellen's talk show for an entire week, starting March 16 through March 20.  In addition to performances, the Queen of Pop will no doubt also discuss her newly announced world tour, which starts August 29. 

Tickets go on sale March 9, and anyone who buys a ticket online will get an exclusive digital download of the super deluxe version of Rebel Heart, which features six bonus tracks.

Madonna will also appear on NBC's Today show on March 9 and 10.

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MAGIC! Releases Video for New Single, "No Way No"

Image Group LA/ABCMAGIC! has released the music video for their new single, “No Way No.”

In the clip that premiered on Vevo Monday, the Canadian band’s frontman, Nasri, attempts to win the affections of a beautiful woman. With the help of his band mates -- all clad in bright red suits -- he tries to court her with flowers, a puppy and a fancy dinner.

All the while he's serenading her: “Will I ever be too far away when you feel alone/No way no/Will I ever back down my sword to protect our home/No way no/Will I ever spend the day not telling you you’re beautiful/No way no.”

Spoiler alert: He gets the girl in the end.

“No Way No” is the latest single off the reggae-pop band’s album Don’t Kill the Magic, which spawned their debut hit “Rude.” The band is currently on tour with Maroon 5.

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Another Vegas Wedding for Britney Spears? She Teases: "You Never Know"

Denise TruscelloCould Las Vegas wedding bells be in Britney Spears’ future? We know she’s done the Vegas quickie marriage before -- with pal Jason Alexander in 2004 -- but things are starting to get serious with her current boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol.

At a recent charity event, Extra’s special correspondent Pauly D asked the pop star if she might be heading down the aisle at a Sin City chapel soon. “You never know,” Britney teased.

She hasn’t been shy about proclaiming her love for Charlie. During a recent performance of her Vegas show Piece of Me, she wore the words "I love Charlie" on her vest. “I’m very blessed to have him as a part of my life, that’s very cool,” she told Extra.

Britney also discussed collaborating with Iggy Azalea on a yet-to-be-released new song. “I saw her song on TV and I was like a kid in a candy store, I was like, 'I love Iggy, I love that video, I want to work with her,'” she said. “And it was really weird, because a week after that her manager was like, ‘She’s a huge fan of yours.' I was like, 'Let’s do something together,' so it worked out.”

No word yet on when the song will be released.

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Lady Gaga Tells Taylor Swift: "Your Prince Charming Will Come!"

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaLooks like we may soon be able to add Lady Gaga to the long list of Taylor Swift's female besties. 

Taylor tweeted on Sunday, "Is it just me or is Lady Gaga, like, fully LIVING right now?!? She added the hashtag "#goals," perhaps to show her admiration for Gaga's hot streak, which includes an engagement to her boyfriend, a Grammy-winning album, a headline-grabbing Oscar performance, a part in American Horror Story and an upcoming tour with Tony Bennett.

A flattered Gaga responded, "wow you're a sweetheart! Life is friends, family, and love! We all see that in you, your prince charming will come!"

Taylor recently predicted in an interview that she believes she'll still be single at age 30, noting, "No one’s going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. Like, 'Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!' I don’t know what’s going to happen if I’m ever content in a relationship -- no idea how that’s going to work."

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Justin Timberlake & Pregnant Jessica Biel Double Date with Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson

Jamie McCarthy/NBCExpectant couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel made time in their busy schedules for a double date this weekend, E! News reports.

Justin surprised his heavily pregnant wife Jessica on the New Orleans set of her new film last Thursday, and on Saturday, the two met up with Jessica’s co-star Mary Steenburgen and her hubby Ted Danson for a night on the town.

The couples grabbed dinner together at Sylvain restaurant in the city’s French Quarter. According to witnesses, the foursome spent around three hours at the eatery. Justin was seen being attentive to Jessica during the date. "They looked so in love!" a source told E! News. After the meal, Justin was even spotted opening the car door for Jessica. So gentlemanly!

Jessica is reportedly around 8 months pregnant, but she’s hardly putting her feet up. The actress has been hard at work filming The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which also co-stars Jason Sudeikis.

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Kelly Clarkson Says She Doesn't Care if Her Kids Are Gay

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson doesn’t care if her kids are gay or straight -- she just wants them to be happy. The singer, who has an 8-month-old daughter, River Rose, and two stepchildren from her husband’s previous marriage, tells PrideSource she doesn’t see sexual orientation as an issue.

“I just hope [River Rose] finds love,” she says. “It took me a while, man. And there was a lot of heartache throughout those years. You know, as long as she’s happy, I don’t care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don’t care either way for all of them.”

She adds that if one of her children did come out to her, she’d react with joy. “I’d be like, ‘Awesome! When do we meet him or her?’” she says. “Honestly, it's so funny, it doesn't even register in my world as different. I don't know why. But yeah, it doesn't. I'm glad it doesn't!”

Kelly, who has a large lesbian following, dubbed the Kezbos, also describes the first time she went to a gay bar at age 22. “I went with some of my friends and a couple of my gay friends, and they were like, ‘You’re gonna love this! But you’re gonna need to wear a hat,’” she says. “They played ‘Since U Been Gone,’ and it was so funny because nobody knew I was there. I had a blast!”

Even with her gay following, Kelly says, she doesn’t think of herself as a gay icon. In fact, the 32-year-old says it’s hard to think of herself as an icon in general. She does admit she has a bond with the gay community, though.

“I have a connection, but I don't look at it differently,” she says. “I don't ever look at a fan as a gay fan or a lesbian fan or a straight fan -- I don't ever look at that," she says. "Fans are fans, and no matter what our lives are like, no matter what path we're on, music is the one thing that connects us.”

Kelly's new album, Piece by Piece, arrives Tuesday.

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Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & One Direction Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Dana Edelson/NBCYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, One Direction and Beyonce are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. 

Sia, Charli XCX, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Hozier, and Meghan Trainor are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the musical acts that proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from nine of the winning artists, including Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX, will be released on the YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes, and invite others to be a part of the videos.

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Taylor Swift Named Godmother to Pal Jamie King's Second Child

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift is really cashing in on her BFF points. Two weeks ago, the singer announced she'd be serving as maid of honor at a friend's wedding, and now another bestie has bestowed her with a different honor. Taylor announced on her Instagram Sunday night that she was just named the godmother to her pal Jamie King’s second yet-to-be-born baby.

Taylor posted a photo of herself sweetly touching Jamie’s baby bump, and wrote the accompanying caption, "Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one..... (ME)."

The Hart of Dixie actress posted her own Instagram photo of Taylor looking over her shoulder at her burgeoning belly. “And @taylorswift will forever be looking over our new baby…we all love you!!!!” Jamie wrote.

Taylor can consider herself in good company. Jamie and husband Kyle Newman’s first child, 16-month-old James Knight, has famous godparents, too: Jessica Alba and Topher Grace.

 

Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one..... (ME) @jaime_king @kyle_newman

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 1, 2015 at 9:39pm PST

 

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Hozier Releases "Someone New" Video Starring "Game of Thrones'" Natalie Dormer

Credit: Alex LakeHozier released a teaser for his new music video Friday. Now the full version is available on Vevo.

The video for the Irish singer’s new single, “Someone New,” stars Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer as a lonely woman who goes through life imagining intimate encounters with strangers. As Hozier sings on stage, “I fall in love just a little, oh, a little bit everyday with someone new,” Natalie's character wistfully observes those around her.

In one scene, she makes out with a guy in the bathroom of a club, and in another she's kissing a man on the subway. But it's soon revealed that she's only experiencing those encounters in her mind.

“Someone New” is Hozier’s follow-up to his Grammy-nominated hit, “Take Me to Church.”

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Kelly Clarkson: "I Don't Have a Filter or a Fake Face"

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's music is emotional and passionate, and so is she.  She's outspoken about everything, and wants all her songs to be just as honest as she is in real life.  As she tells Entertainment Weekly, "I don't have a filter.  Or a fake face."

Speaking about the fact that many of her songs are autobiographical, Kelly tells the publication, "I have to have experienced it...Basically, what I'm feeling comes through my eyes. And my mouth. And also, there's nothing worse than seeing some singer sing a torturous love song and you can obviously tell they've never had their heart broken.  Worst. Thing. Ever.  It's like, the bane of my existence."

Now that Kelly's a mom, she says, her music is even more emotional.  "There's a certain level of vulnerability and passion that I never reached until now...she's made me a better artist," she says of daughter River Rose.  "Just having kids...a family...it's almost like work now is a bonus instead of all that my life is. It makes it more passionate."

However, Kelly admits that her daughter doesn't seem to find the sound of her voice soothing.  While she says she sings to the baby "all the time," she reveals, "You'd think singing to her would put her to bed. Nope. Even when she was a newborn, I'd try and sing to her, and she doesn't go to sleep. She just stares at me."

Of course, it's not like Kelly is serenading River with "Since U Been Gone" or "My Life Would Suck Without You." 

"I don't sing my music," she tells Entertainment Weekly.  "The only one I sing is 'Heartbeat Song' because she loves it. The chorus hits and she's all smiles.  Other than that, I've sung Lana Del Rey to her, and Frank Sinatra...a lot of random stuff."

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Lady Gaga Takes Polar Plunge in Icy Lake Michigan for Charity

Diane Pathieu/WLSAfter getting engaged, slaying the world with her Academy Awards performance, and landing a role in the next series of American Horror Story, what's Lady Gaga's next move?  Believe it or not, jumping into the icy waters of Chicago's Lake Michigan.

ABC 7 Chicago reports that Gaga was one of several thousand people who all jumped into the lake Sunday morning for charity.  The event, called the 15th annual Polar Plunge, raises funds for the Special Olympics.  Actor Vince Vaughn, who grew up in Illinois, also participated.  As for Gaga's connection to the Windy City, she spends a lot of time there because that's where her fiance, Taylor Kinney, films his NBC series Chicago Fire.  In fact, she and Kinney took the plunge together: Kinney was bare-chested, while Gaga wore a Chicago Fire t-shirt.

Last year's event, which featured Jimmy Fallon jumping into Lake Michigan in a suit and tie, raised more than a million bucks for the cause.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases "I Really Like You" Online

School Boy/Interscope RecordsCarly Rae Jepsen's new single is really, really, really, really here.

The Canadian singer dropped her brand-new song, "I Really Like You," on iTunes and Amazon Sunday night. It has an '80s pop sound to it, and it features Carly Rae saying the word "really" dozens and dozens of times over the course of three and a half minutes. It has an '80s pop sound to it, and it features Carly Rae saying the word "really" dozens and dozens of times over the course of three and a half minutes.

We're still awaiting the release of the video for "I Really Like You," which will reportedly include cameos from Justin Bieber and Tom Hanks.

"I Really Like You" is the first track from Carly’s forthcoming album.

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Echosmith's Loving Their First-Ever Headlining Tour

Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsThe California sibling band Echosmith broke out big last year with "Cool Kids," and spent 2014 appearing at festivals and opening for other acts.  The group is now out on their first-ever headlining tour, and lead singer Sydney Sierota [suh ROE tuh] says finally being able to perform for their fans without any restrictions makes it easier for them to deal with the pressure of being the main attraction.

"Naturally, when you’re doing your first big headline tour, there is that excitement, but nervousness, to see how it goes and to see if people show up and simple things like that," she tells ABC News Radio. "But it is taking a load off in a sense because you don’t have to worry about going overtime, and you can play as long as you want, you can do what you want...I don’t know, it’s just another level of excitement."

So what kinds of things can the group do as headliners that they couldn't do before?  "Literally taking my time is one thing, because I feel like I’m always rushing when we open up for other bands or playing at a festival," Sydney explains. "This time, I can say whatever I want, I can talk as long as I want, and I won’t get in trouble for it."

"But there’s things like, I don’t know, having confetti balls, for example." she continues. "Or having somebody come up and sing 'Happy Birthday' to them....just random things that are, to us, like, 'Yes! We get to do little things like that.'”

As the tour continues, Echosmith's new single "Bright" is climbing the charts, but "Cool Kids" ended up getting a lot of exposure last week on two different TV shows.  A week ago, a contestant chose "Cool Kids" to audition with on The Voice -- which Sydney says she wasn't aware of until a relative clued her in.

"It’s so funny: my cousin watches all those shows so she’s the one who tells me," she laughs. "She’s the one who sends me a video of everyone doing it. And it’s cool to think that people think that they can win something by playing our song. I mean, that’s a really good compliment."

Then, on Friday, "Cool Kids," was featured on Fox's Glee. "I mean, I remember thinking, 'Man, that would be really cool if Glee did our song, but yeah who knows, they probably won’t,'” she tells ABC News Radio. "But here they are, they already did it and it kind of surprised us!"

On Friday, Echosmith -- which includes Sydney and her brothers Graham, Jamie and Noah -- performed "Bright" on Live! with Kelly & Michael, and on Monday night, you can catch them doing the song again on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Sydney says after spending most of 2014 on the road, she and her brothers feel more comfortable about making appearances like that.

"We’re definitely more confident as time goes on and playing TV shows, for example, aren’t as nerve-wracking as they used to be," Sydney says. "I mean, a year ago we did our first one, and we’re like, 'Man, I hope I do good. I don’t know if I will, and I hope I look okay,' and all these things. And of course, you still think that while you’re doing any TV show, but, y'know, the nerves kind of go away a little more!" 

Echosmith's tour wraps up April 7 in Jacksonville, Florida.  They're currently nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite New Artist, and they're also set to appear at the Rock in Rio Festival in Las Vegas on May 15.

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