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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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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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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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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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Pharrell Williams Reportedly Sued by YouTube Producer


Interscope RecordsPharrell Williams is being sued by the producer of his successful YouTube show, according to TMZ.

The producer of ARTST TLK alleges that Williams kicked him to the curb when he signed a deal to be a judge on season seven of NBC’s The Voice. Williams reportedly told the producer that The Voice made him an exclusive deal and he would be unable to do the YouTube show anymore. The singer allegedly wrote the producer: "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'"

The producer claims he invested a million dollars into the YouTube show and wants Williams to pay. Williams’ rep told TMZ, "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."

ARTST TLK scored a total of more than 1.7 million views during its 12-episode run. It featured interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee and Usher.

Pharrell makes his debut on The Voice September 22.

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Madonna Reportedly Ditches Boyfriend During European Vacation


Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna and her boyfriend, Timor Steffens, reportedly are through.

The 56-year-old Material Girl and the 26-year-old Steffens were vacationing with her kids in the south of France when, a source tells Us Weekly, “Madonna politely asked Timor to take his luggage and leave."

The source adds, "He packed up and left the trip and said they were done.”

Madonna has since flown to Ibiza, Spain, minus Steffens, according to the magazine.

Madge isn't too broken up over the split though, according to another source who tells Us, “It was never serious, and she was never that into it." The source adds, "She’s been working on her album and getting [her daughter Lourdes] off to school, no time for anything heavy.”

Madonna and Steffens were first spotted together publicly back in January.

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Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip


STR/AFP/Getty ImagesIt's been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports.

The United States Treasury Department's inspector general's office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit.

In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly enforcing the travel regulations between the U.S. and Cuba.

At the time, the Treasury Department had given Jay and Bey clearance to make the trip.

In response to the accusations, Jay Z released the song "Open Letter," in which he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”

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Report: Mariah-Nick Divorce a "Done Deal"


ABC/Donna SvennevikThe speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage has fallen apart is intensifying.

TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a "done deal" after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple's three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he's constantly working, thus making him absent from their children's lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with "yes men."

Earlier this week, the New York Post's Page Six reported that Nick and Mariah are separating after six years of marriage.

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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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Sir Mix-a-Lot Viewed Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Video 37 Times


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Nicki Minaj has everyone talking about the racy visual to her latest single, "Anaconda," which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic "Baby Got Back." After showing off her assets in the clip, she has won the respect from the man who many believe introduced the world to twerking.

The rapper posted his reaction to the song's video via Twitter. "Ok after watching @NICKIMINAJ Anaconda 37 times I only have one word to sum up my feelings. DAMNNNNN!!!!!!" he wrote.

Nicki shared her excitement about gaining his approval. "LMFAOOOOO. Life is so crazy. Thank u Sir MixALot. Still influencing us decades later. YouDaMan #BabyGotBack," she tweeted.

The song, which was produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, is the second single from Nicki's upcoming album, The Pink Print.

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Taylor Swift's Friend Jaime King Says Her New Album "1989" Is "Amazing"; Taylor Says It's Not About Relationships


Big Machine RecordsOne of Taylor Swift's many celebrity friends is actress Jaime King -- and because they're pals, she's already gotten to hear Taylor's new album, 1989, which the rest of us won't be able to check out 'til October.  So, how is it?  Jaime tells E! that it's "amazing."

"This album, I could not tell you how amazing it is," King told E! at the premiere of her latest film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. "I'm trying to wrack my brain to try to think of an album that I've loved this much in the past 10 years. It's very difficult for me to think of one that's so solid as an album, all the way through as a whole album."

Commenting on Taylor's declaration that 1989 is her "first official pop album," King said, "The thing is she's always been a pop artist.  Her country music always transcended and had a pop element to it. I think all of her country fans will still love her and follow her and be with her." 

Meanwhile, in an interview with Fusion, Taylor says that unlike her last album, Red, which was about "dealing with an intense heartbreak," 1989 is about "the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re okay and you write about what your life is like then." 

She adds, "At this point, I just want to be with my friends and I want to make music and I want to play shows. I want travel the world and I want to define my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now, which is different than it was a couple of years ago.”

Finally, the New York Daily News reports that Taylor treated the fans who attended her Yahoo! live stream event on Monday to a pizza party at her apartment, where they were allowed to pose with her awards and cuddle her cats.

1989 is due out October 27.

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MAGIC!'s Still #1, But Ariana & Azalea Dominate Top 10


Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCMAGIC!'s "Rude" is number one for a sixth week on the Billboard Hot 100, but they're likely to be replaced next week by one of two female artists.

The first one is Meghan Trainor, whose surprise hit "All About That Bass" has jumped to #2.  The second?  Taylor Swift's new single "Shake It Off," which is expected to sell more than 400,000 copies in its first week of availability, and might just debut at #1.

But the real story in the top 10 is its utter domination by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea.  Between them, each artist has three songs in the top 10.  For Ariana, it's "Problem," "Break Free" and "Bang Bang," her team-up with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.  For Iggy, it's "Problem," plus "Fancy" and "Black Widow."

The only other female acts who've had three top 10s simultaneously are Adele and Ashanti.  Adele did it in 2012 with "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," while Ashanti accomplished that feat in 2002 with her own "Foolish," Ja Rule's "Always on Time" and Fat Joe's "Wut's Luv?" 

However, Adele and Ariana are the only women who've ever had three simultaneous top 10s where they were the lead artist.  That's because Iggy is just a featured artist on "Problem," while Ashanti was just a featured artist on "Wut's Luv" and "Always on Time."

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Ariana Grande to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Telecast Sept. 5; Debuts Four New Songs via MTV


Republic RecordsAriana Grande's beloved grandfather recently died of cancer, which may be why the singer is happy to perform on the upcoming charity telecast Stand Up to Cancer, airing Friday, September 5 across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.

Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, rock legends The Who, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common.

The one-hour special will feature stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Harmon in a "digital lounge" hosted by Katie Couric. They'll be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.  If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.

In other Ariana news, her new album, My Everything, arrives Monday, but if you can't wait, Ariana has teamed with MTV to stream four songs from the disc for your listening pleasure, right now.

The songs are the sexy "Love Me Harder," which features R&B star The Weeknd; the piano ballad "A Little Bit of Your Heart," co-written by One Direction's Harry Styles; the R&B-flavored "Be My Baby"; and "Why Try," which was co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

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