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Lorde Says Her Next Album Is "Skeletal," but Will Be About "Feeling Displaced"


Credit: Andrew WhittonLorde's non-stop tour schedule has meant that she really hasn't had a lot of time to work on the follow-up to her best-selling, award-winning debut, Pure Heroine.  But while she says the new disc's "hardly even started," she knows what its theme will be.

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Lorde describes her next album as "skeletal," in the sense that right now, there isn't much too it because she hasn't had the time to devote to it.  But lyrically, she says she's being inspired by the fact that she's spent most of the last year traveling around the globe.

"The first album was about a really small world that the listener isn’t in, and it felt like a very insular world,” she explains. "Now I’m kind of a child of the world, I’m everywhere all the time...I don't know. It’s hard for me to explain. It’s about feeling displaced.”

Lorde also says she doesn't really care about what critics and journalists write and say about her, because unlike her, they're not 17 years old.

"The criticism I listen to most is what comes from people the same age as me; they’re the only people I care about liking my music," she tells the U.K. paper The Guardian. 

And unlike most teens, Lorde says peer pressure doesn't sway her at all.  "One consistent thing is that if I like something and nobody likes it, I still like it," she claims. "If I don’t like something and everyone loves it, I still hate it.”

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Rixton & MAGIC! Booked for Teen Choice Awards, Rixton Celebrates First UK #1


Credit: Lindsey ByrnesJoining a lineup that already includes MKTO and Jason Derulo, MAGIC! and Rixton have now been booked to perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing Sunday, August 10 live on Fox.

Meanwhile, Rixton, who'll kick off a U.S. headline tour July 30 in Boston, are celebrating their first-ever #1 hit in their home country of Great Britain. "Me and My Broken Heart," which has been a hit for months in the U.S., has now debuted at the top of the British chart. 

Rixton frontman Jack Roche told Britain's Official Charts Company, "Being Number 1 is probably the biggest thing ever that has happened to us in our lives! And it means a lot because it's in our home country, and that's something that's been the main goal for us, to really make an impact. It's a dream."

The accomplishment is doubly meaningful for Jake, because both his parents are British pop singers, yet the highest his mother, Coleen Nolan, ever placed on the chart was #3, while the highest his dad, Shane Richie, ever got was #2.  Jake tells the Official Charts Company that his #1 hit award will be going on his mom's mantlepiece.

The members of Rixton tell the Official Charts Company that they all plan to get "broken heart" tattoos to commemorate their accomplishment.

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One Direction Concert Film Heading to Theaters for One Weekend Only


PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmenIf you can't get tickets to One Direction's Where We Are tour, which hits North America next month, don't worry: you can see it in your local theater if you're willing to wait a few months.

The group has announced that a movie version of the tour, filmed in Milan, Italy called Where We Are: The Concert Film, will hit theaters worldwide for one weekend: October 11 and 12.  It'll include the full concert, plus a 15-minute interview with the band featuring exclusive backstage tour footage.

If you don't mind waiting even longer, the film will arrive on DVD in December.  Visit 1DConcertFilm.com for full details; tickets go on sale July 28.

One Direction's 2013 concert movie This Is Us earned more than $67 million worldwide.

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Mariah Carey Unveils New Butterfly Sweepstakes


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Mariah Carey has a surprise in store for one lucky fan.

To celebrate the launch of her Butterfly beverage, the singer has announced a special sweepstakes that will allow one of her Lambs to attend a posh summer party that Mariah's holding with all of her celebrity friends in New York City.

To enter, purchase a bottle of Butterfly at any Walgreens store nationwide and then register by downloading the free Go N'Syde mobile app.  Once the app is installed fans can point it at the Butterfly bottle to open exclusive content and allow fans to enter registration information. The contest will run from July 21 to August 20.

Fans who scan their bottles will so get the first curated video message from Mariah on her Butterfly network.

"My next dream is taking shape and I'm excited to share it through content on my Butterfly beverage, and an amazing party where I can celebrate the summer with fans and friends," Carey says. "Butterfly inspires me to connect with fans in new ways and create experiences that seemed impossible a few years ago. I can't wait to show you my imagination."

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Does Taylor Swift Primp Post-Workout for Paparazzi?


Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries.  While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.

The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym -- which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss -- Taylor "spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her."

According to the paper, Taylor's trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria's Secret models use to get that long, lean look.

In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an "entire wing in my house" dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends "months" doing.  She then insisted, "I decide what I'm gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop."

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Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers


Credit: RankinAnd the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is...Demi Lovato.

Demi will appear in the company's upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She'll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that's launching this year. 

In a statement, the singer says, "My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!"

Some of the stars who've previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.

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The Script Debut First Single from Upcoming Disc, "No Sound Without Silence"


Columbia RecordsThe Script, currently out on the road with OneRepublic, have debuted a brand-new single.

The tune is called "Superheroes," and it's from the Irish trio's upcoming album, No Sound Without Silence, which will be out September 30.  In a note on their official website, the band says, "We can't wait for you guys to hear the new album in full...We hope this album delivers everything you're hoping for from us and more."

The Script largely recorded the album on the road.  Lead singer Danny O'Donoghue tells the U.K. paper The Daily Star, "We’d come off stage and start recording straight away in a studio bus. Everything’s massive, everything’s larger than life on stage so when we hit the studio we wanted it to have that same impact."

In a statement, Danny further stated, "This album is all about trying to bottle that energy when we come off stage, as well as that contemplative space between notes.”

The new disc will be the follow-up to the band's last album, #3, which produced the hit "Hall of Fame."  "Superheroes," which is reminiscent of Coldplay, is more straightforward and pop-oriented than "Hall of Fame," which featured a rap by Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am.  At the time, Danny and Will were both coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice, which is how that musical hookup came to be.

"Superheroes" will be available July 29.

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Justin Timberlake Goes Bowling with Chris Kirkpatrick


Ira James/NBCIf we can't have an 'N SYNC reunion concert or album, at least we can have an 'N SYNC reunion at a bowling alley.  That's what happened over the weekend, when Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick turned up to roll a few frames at Kings, an alley in Boston.

The Boston Herald reports that Justin was in town to play a concert Saturday when he decided to spend some downtime bowling.  According to the paper, his high score was 173, and while bowling, he chowed down on a blackened chicken sandwich, buffalo wontons, a peanut butter cup sundae and some beers.  No word on what Chris ate, or what his score was.

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Maroon 5 Reveals Track List and Cover for New Album "V"


222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has revealed the album artwork and the track listing for their fifth album, V, which is the Roman numeral for five.  The album is due September 2.

The album cover features a shot of a desert landscape with a mountain in the background, and a big, pink neon "V" in the foreground.  The band members themselves don't appear on the cover, but then again, they've only ever appeared on one of their album covers: 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long.

The track list includes "My Heart Is Open," a collaboration with Gwen Stefani, as well as songs called "Sugar," "Unkiss Me" and "New Love." A list of three "B-sides" includes "Lost Stars," from the soundtrack of the movie Begin Again, in which Adam Levine made his acting debut.

Here's the full track listing:

"Maps"
"Animals"
"It Was Always You"
"Unkiss Me"
"Sugar"
"Leaving California"
"In Your Pocket"
"New Love"
"Coming Back For You"
"Feelings"
"My Heart Is Open" ft. Gwen Stefani
 
B Sides:
"ShootLove"
"Sex and Candy"
"Lost Stars"

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Phillip Phillips Claims Record Label Said If He Recorded "Home," They'd Leave Him Alone


Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips has gone on record as saying initially, he didn't like his debut single "Home," which has become the best-selling single ever released by an American Idol alum.  Now, he claims his record label essentially offered him a musical bribe to cut that single.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Phillip claims that when he was making his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, his record label offered him a deal: if he would only cut the folk-rock flavored songs "Home" and "Gone Gone Gone," he could do whatever he wanted with the rest of the album.  He took the deal, and watched those two songs -- neither of which he wrote -- become the album's only big hits.

When it came time for him to make his new album Behind the Light, though, Phillip says his label backed off.  "They let me do the record how I felt was right," he tells the paper, noting that while he got feedback from the head of the record company, he was in control, and wrote or co-wrote every song.  "That's why I'm a lot more proud of [this album], because it represents me so much more," he explains.

Phillip is out on a major summer tour in support of the disk, and he says that even if you see his show more than once, you won't be bored.

"We play a different set every night and in a different order," he tells the paper. "We might change something up in a song, because I like to keep it fun for us and [keep us] on our toes, and also for our fans."

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"Rising Star" Recap: Three Contestants Advance After More Duels, West Coast Viewers Save One Other


ABCABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, continued its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing and two other acts being sent home after the East Coast vote.

Two contestants were chosen to go head-to-head; a coin toss determined which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The next contestant then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.

The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest combined votes who didn't win their matchup.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the duels. The "experts" were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.

The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances.

All of the advancing contestants will compete in the quarterfinals.

The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Macy Kate vs. Gabrielle Nicole:

Gabrielle, who had the experts thinking she could go all the way after her audition, led off. When the experts asked her what her strategy was, she told them the key to winning her duel would be showcasing her range, which she did with her version of Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High.” She earned a disappointing 49 percent of the vote, which surprised all three experts. Ludacris voted “yes,” noting Nicole had an “extremely powerful” voice and “made it look easy.” He urged the West Coast to save her, as did Kesha, who called the singer “a force to be reckoned with.” She also voted “yes.” Paisley wondered where Gabrielle got all her experience at the tender age of 20 and why the score wasn’t higher. Gabrielle was eliminated.

Macy had the highest-scoring performance the night she auditioned, and she pulled off another big victory this time, raising the wall with 80 percent of the vote with her version of “Demons,” by Imagine Dragons. Kesha told Macy she should be “proud of herself.” Brad thought Kate started out slow, which might’ve hurt her, causing him to vote “no.” Kesha voted "yes," noting it would be a “tragedy” to lose either one of the singers. Ludacris also voted "yes." Macy moves on to the quarterfinals.

April Lockhart vs. Sonnet Simmons:

Simmons won over the experts with her haunting voice in the auditions, but they felt she needed to really “connect” with the audience this time. She won the toss, electing to go first. She chose Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” as her song and collected 73 percent of the vote. Brad called the song choice “gutsy” and commented that he wanted to hear her in a James Bond movie. Kesha was “proud” of Simmons, noting her confidence level was “exponentially higher” and the singer really brought it. All three experts voted “yes,” but Simmons was eliminated. However, she was saved by the West Coast.

Indie rocker Lockhart chose Neon Trees’ “Animal.” Ludacris urged her to “let loose” at the end and “keep control of those notes.” Kesha also urged her to “focus on the notes.” April listened and raised the wall at the last second, earning 76 percent of the vote and edging past Simmons by just 3 percent. Ludacris voted “yes,” joking that it was the first time he’s done that so many times in one show. He added that she “100 percent took it to the next level.” Paisley called both the singer and her voice “likeable” and voted "yes." Kesha also voted “yes.” Lockhart advanced to the quarterfinals.

Adam Jaymes vs. Austin French:

French set a high bar in the audition round, but Paisley warned him that he had to “distinguish himself” and emphasize his “soulful” side. The other experts agreed. Kesha added that Austin had to “tap into who he is and show that to America.” He went first with his version of Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” and collected 81 percent of the vote. Kesha thought French “left it on stage.” Ludacris felt the singer had an “optimistic presence,” explaining that French, possibly due to his background singing in church, made everybody feel “happy.” He also thought Austin improved his stage presence. French advanced to the quarterfinals.

Jaymes, who was a hit with the ladies during his audition, sang Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” The experts predicted a tough competition, but Adam couldn’t raise the wall, earning 53 percent of the vote. Ludacris voted "no" and said he could see why America voted “no,” because Adam didn’t give it his all. Brad disagreed though, voting “yes” and noted that Adam went up against a tough singer. Kesha said from a ladies’ perspective he looked good, but lacked the momentum. She voted “yes” anyway. Jaymes was eliminated.

To recap, Macy Kate, April Lockhart and Austin French advanced to the quarterfinals.

Sonnet Simmons was saved by the West Coast vote and moved on to the quarterfinals.

Gabrielle Nicole and Adam Jaymes were sent home.

Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.

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Ex-Destiny's Child Singer Farrah Franklin Arrested for Disorderly Conduct


Horry County Sheriff's OfficeFormer Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was arrested in South Carolina for disorderly conduct on Sunday.  

Franklin was booked into the Horry [OR-ree] County Detention Center in Conway and released on $280 bond.

It's unclear what led to the arrest, but the 33-year-old singer posted a picture on Instagram just hours before and appeared happy.  TMZ claims sources tell them alcohol was involved in Franklin's arrest.

This is Franklin's second arrest for disorderly conduct. She was busted in Los Angeles three years ago, and sources tell TMZ website alcohol was involved then, too. Farrah claimed at the time she was the victim of racial profiling.

Franklin spent five months with Destiny's Child back in 2000, but was fired by her bandmates, including Beyoncé.

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Beyonce Teases "Fifty Shades of Grey" on Her Instagram Page


Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce may have dropped a hint that she's somehow involved with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. 

A teaser for the film's trailer, due Thursday, has been posted on the singer’s Instagram page. The brief clip shows a silhouette against a window, a finger tapping, a skirt slowly being pulled up and what sounds like a slowed-down version of Bey's hit single, “Crazy in Love,” playing in the background.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. The adaptation of EL James' erotic novel will open in theaters next Valentine’s Day.

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Backstreet Boys Postpone First-Ever Shows in Israel Due to Mideast Violence


ABC/Lou RoccoThe Backstreet Boys were due to play three sold-out shows this month in Israel, but the band has now postponed those concerts due to the ongoing violence in that region.

They were due to play a venue in the Tel Aviv area, but a note on the group's website reads, "Due to the security situation, we regret to announce that the BSB shows planned for July 29-30-31 at Ra'anana Amphitheater have been postponed. To assure the safety of the audience in the events, we will schedule new dates during spring 2015."

In a message to fans, the group said, "This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans. We're already working with the producers on new dates during Spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible. Sending lots of love to everyone."

Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform in the country in September.

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Imagine Dragons' Singer Says Second Album Will Be as Eclectic as Their First


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCIn between concert dates, Imagine Dragons has been working on their second album in their hometown of Las Vegas, and singer Dan Reynolds says they've been "having a lot of fun."  He also says fans can expect a mix of sounds and styles -- just like on their best-selling 2012 debut, Night Visions -- because they don't want to write "themselves into a box."

The hit singles from Night Visions -- "It's Time," "Demons," "Radioactive" and "On Top of the World" -- all sounded very different from one another; at times, it was hard to believe all those songs were by the same band.  And Reynolds says for Imagine Dragons' sophomore release, he expects to continue creating an eclectic bunch of tunes. 

"I think a lot of my favorite artists that I listened to growing up....[like] The Beatles, were always changing and never really writing themselves in a box," he explains.  "They would write, like, 'Helter Skelter' and then 'Let It Be.'  It's like, at least for us as a band, we always are trying to push our limits and try something refreshing to us...I think we'll always continue to do different things."

Dan feels that Imagine Dragons' new material shows that "we have a lot of growth as songwriters."   As for whether or not the band's newfound success has changed their approach, Dan says he still feels that the best songs are born from trying experiences.

"I've always felt that struggle really breeds art, your best art," he explains. "Sometimes, you know, happiness can breed your best art, but for me I feel like it's always been, almost, my journal.  It's been my thing that I've gone to since I was in sixth grade -- pretty nerdy and geeky and I still am -- but it's always...brought me comfort.  At the end of the day I could write a song about what I was going through."

Dan has hinted in the past that some of the things the band has been going through recently -- like trying to adjust to their sudden fame and insane schedule -- may find their way into the new music.   Back in May, he told reporters that all the "crazy changes" the band has experienced "has been kind of entwining into the album, and so it has a lot of emotion...the highs and lows that come with that."

No word yet on when we can expect the follow-up to Night Visions.  The band has a string of festival dates booked next month in Europe and the U.K, and then they'll return to the U.S. at the end of August to perform at the L.A. installment of the Budweiser Made in America festival on August 30.

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Maroon 5, Pharrell Among Headliners for UK iTunes Festival


Vincent PeriniMaroon 5 and Pharrell Williams are just two of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England.

Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, David Guetta and Calvin Harris have also been named headliners for the eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com.

As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device.

Earlier this year, Apple held its first-ever U.S. iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the South by Southwest festival. It featured Imagine Dragons, Coldplay and Pitbull, among others.

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Sexiest Man Alive Now Off the Market: Adam Levine Marries Behati Prinsloo in Mexico


Trae Patton/NBCAdam Levine has turned in his player card: he's now a married man.  The Maroon 5 frontman tied the knot with model Behati Prinsloo at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico on Saturday, according to People magazine.

About 275 friends and family members -- including Robert Downey Jr. and Maroon 5 bandmates Jesse Carmichael and James Valentine -- watched Adam and Behati say their vows at the rustic resort.  Behati donned a custom-made Marchesa gown, according to People. 

US Weekly reports that the guest list also included Adam's childhood friend Jonah Hill, as well as Jason Segal and model Candice Swanepoel, and that the couple asked for charity donations in lieu of gifts. E! News notes that Hill actually officiated the ceremony, with its source saying, "Jonah was hysterical. He was telling so many jokes, but then in the middle would be so sweet and sincere." According to the insider, Hill also said he's known Adam for a long time, describing him as a "wonderful guy" who has "so much to give."

The publication also reports that Stevie Nicks, who'll be mentoring Adam's team on the new season of The Voice, flew in for a special performance.  Unfortunately, Blake Shelton was unable to make it.

The night before, the couple hosted a party for their guests at the El Dorado Golf & Beach Club, People reports.

Adam and Behati got engaged last summer after dating for a year.  Before the big moment, Adam wrote on Facebook, "Let's do this!"

E! reports that the newly-hitched couple will honeymoon in South Africa; Behati is from the African country of Namibia.

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English Professor Gives Taylor Swift's "Wall Street Journal" Op-Ed a B-Minus


ABC/Todd WawrychukTaylor Swift made waves not long ago by penning an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music business.  Most people focused on Taylor's optimism about the industry, but now, her actual writing ability has been put under a microscope.

Entertainment Weekly invited Margo Mifflin, a professor of English at the City University of New York, to "grade" Taylor's essay and point out any flaws.  Professor Mifflin's opinion?  "She has a strong, effervescent writing style," she told the magazine. "But the piece has serious focus problems. It skids all over the place."  She gives Taylor a B-minus.

Taylor's essay includes her thoughts about how artists need to surprise fans constantly and take musical risks, how albums can become best-sellers if they connect emotionally with listeners and how autographs and distinctions between musical genres are both obsolete.

For comparison's sake, Mifflin also critiqued a piece by George Clooney, in which he expressed his anger and frustration over a story in a British tabloid claiming that his future mother-in-law opposes him marrying her daughter.  She gave Clooney's effort an A-minus, saying that his writing was "pointed" and "persuasive," but "a little too concise."

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Adam Levine "Won't Shut Up" About How Cool Gwen Stefani Is, Says Band Mate


Trae Patton/NBCAdam Levine won't just be working with Gwen Stefani on the new season of The Voice: he's also collaborated with her musically, recording a duet with her for Maroon 5's upcoming album V.  And Adam's band mate thinks that the singer is positively starstruck by the No Doubt frontwoman.

Billboard reports that the song Gwen joins the band on is called "My Heart Is Open," and that it was co-written by singer/songwriter Sia, whose album 1000 Forms of Fear just debuted at #1 on the magazine's album chart.   Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Sia was a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team back on The Voice season one. 

Talking about working with Gwen, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine tells Billboard, "It's cool for all of us to have her on the record. And Adam won't shut up about how cool she is as a person. A lot of times when you meet your idols it's a letdown, but it's the opposite case with Gwen, apparently."

One reason Adam is so jazzed about Gwen's presence on the album, James says, is because No Doubt was an influence on Kara's Flowers, the original incarnation of Maroon 5.  Kara's Flowers changed their name to Maroon 5 in 2001, after James joined the band.

Maroon 5's album V -- which James says is pronounced "Five," because V is the Roman numeral for five, and it's their fifth album -- will be in stores September 2.

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Alicia Keys Signs with Pharrell's Manager


Image Courtesy ABC/Jeff NeiraAlicia Keys has changed up her management team. After four years, the singer has parted ways "amicably" with Will Botwin at Red Light Management and she's now being co-managed by two industry veterans at Maverick.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the singer is now being handled by Ron Laffitte -- whose clients include Pharrell Williams -- and Guy Oseary -- who’s been assisting Madonna’s career for nearly a decade.

Now that she's restructured her camp, the singer is focusing on recording her sixth studio album, which will follow 2012’s Girl on Fire.

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