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Taylor Swift's New Single: "Blank Space"


ABC/Lou RoccoYou probably aren't sick of Taylor Swift's two most recent tracks -- "Welcome to New York" and "Out of the Woods" -- just yet, but she's got another single coming down the pike.

Taylor's record label announced Thursday that her next single from 1989 -- the official follow-up to "Shake It Off" -- will be "Blank Space."  It'll hit radio November 10.

The song is the second track on 1989, and like "Shake It Off," it's a collaboration with superproducers Max Martin and Shellback.  In the song's lyrics, Taylor pokes fun at her reputation as a serial dater, singing, "You look like my next mistake/Love's a game, want to play?" and "Got a long list of ex-lovers/They'll tell you I'm insane/'Cause you know I love the players/and you love the game."

"Blank Space" is also the song that inspired the name of Taylor's new perfume Incredible Things -- one of the lyrics is, "I could show you incredible things."

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Justin Timberlake, One Direction, One Republic, Katy Perry Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Awards


PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentJustin Timberlake, One Direction and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

JT and 1D are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  They're competing against the latest tour by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  JT and 1D are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.

One Direction is also competing against two of the most legendary music acts of all time -- Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones -- in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist. 1D is being recognized for its run of shows in Croke Park, Dublin this past May.

OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."

Katy Perry's PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It's also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy's on-tour partnership with Staples.

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.

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Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose First Round in Copyright Infringement Battle over "Blurred Lines"


Interscope RecordsA judge in California is allowing a case to move forward that alleges Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a Marvin Gaye classic to write their smash "Blurred Lines."

U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by "Blurred Lines" writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one had and, and the Gaye family and Gaye's publishers on the other.

In Thursday's ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family's musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between "Blurred Lines" and copyright protected elements of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case. The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke's 2011 track "Love After War" and Gaye's 1976 track "After the Dance."

The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs. In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office -- not other elements of the recordings themselves -- will be relevant at trial.

A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Enrique & Pitbull Announce Second Leg of Joint U.S. Tour


Courtesy of Theo Wargo/Getty Images Pitbull once sang "Don't Stop the Party," and now he's taking his own advice. He and Enrique Iglesias have just announced a second leg of their joint U.S. tour.

The new leg of the tour stars January 28 in El Paso, Texas, and right now is scheduled to wrap up February 20 in Rosemont, Illinois.  In between, Enrique and Mr. Worldwide will visit Las Vegas during Super Bowl weekend, and play a Valentine's Day show in Oakland, California.   Tickets go on sale starting November 6.

In other Enrique news, his latest hit "Bailando" has just set the record for longest run at #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart: 26 weeks.  Enrique told Billboard, "You don't know how successful a song is going to be...Sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong. This one just felt special."  

He adds, "I do my best and put so much enthusiasm into songs, songwriting and videos. But, ultimately, it comes down to the fans and how they react. If it wasn't for them, really, the song wouldn't be the hit that it's been."

And in other Pitbull news, he'll be sharing the stage with rock legend Carlos Santana at the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will air live on the Univision Network on November 20.  While Pitbull appeared on Santana's most recent album, this will mark the first time the two have performed together live.

Here are the tour dates:

1/28 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
1/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
1/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Arena
2/05 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center
2/06 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
2/07 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/12 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
2/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
2/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
2/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
2/20 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena

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Bruno Mars Announces New Single with Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk"


Credt: Kai Z. FengFirst, the good news: Bruno Mars is releasing a new single.  Now, the bad news: it's not from a new Bruno Mars album.  Still, the news is pretty exciting:  Nruno took to Instagram to reveal that the new single, "Uptown Funk," is a collaboration with his friend, famed producer Mark Ronson. 

"Dear friends and family, for the past year, my buddy Mark Ronson has been secretly working on his album. I had the privilege to hear some of the material early on and I was blown away!!," Bruno writes. "Even though I was on the road I told him I had to be part of it. After countless sessions and sleepless nights, we somehow managed to write a couple tunes that I am so proud of and couldn't be more excited for you guys to hear."

Bruno concludes, "Sooooooooooo, with that being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the first single off his amazing project is coming out on November 10th."  Mars includes the artwork for the single in the post, which depicts what looks like a close-up of a speaker.  It's billed as "Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars."

Mark Ronson may be best known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, but he also worked with Adele on her first album, as well as with Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and dozens of other artists.  He and Bruno are friends because he worked on Bruno's album Unorthodox Jukebox, including the single "Locked Out of Heaven."

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Rihanna, Miley, JT Celebrate Designer Tom Ford at amfAR Gala, Rihanna Drops $135K at Auction


Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageRihanna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake were among the stars who came out Wednesday night in Los Angeles to celebrate famed designer Tom Ford at this year's amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala, organized by the Foundation for AIDS Research.  

Rihanna was on hand to personally present Ford with this year's Inspiration Award, and according to Vogue UK, she told the crowd, "Everyone looks good in Tom Ford. Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to giving back to the community. He has been, and continues to be, a dedicated supporter of the fight against AIDS."

She added, "Tonight, we honor him both for his incredible talent and for what he stands for. We honor him for inspiring us with his creative genius, his leadership, his integrity and his generosity. We honor him for doing good while making us look good."

According to Vogue UK, Rihanna also participated in the event's auction, dropping $35,000 for a pair of Harry Winston earrings featuring 72 diamonds set in platinum, and $100,000 on a photo of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor by a pool in Miami, Florida, signed and numbered by the photographer.

Rihanna raised eyebrows on the red carpet due to the revealing Tom Ford gown she wore for the event.   The bodice was see-through except for a cluster of purple flowers that just covered her nipples.  Miley Cyrus dared to bare even more: her Tom Ford creation consisted of snakeskin straps that left her upper torso nearly naked.

Coldplay's Chris Martin was a surprise musical guest at the event -- his estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow was the evening's host -- and music legend Diana Ross also performed.

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Sam Smith Brings Ed Sheeran Onstage for Duet on "Stay with Me"


Douglas Gorenstein/NBCEd Sheeran has gone on record as being a great admirer of Sam Smith's song "Stay with Me" -- back in June, he said it was his "favorite song" of the past year and an "instant classic," and even covered it on British radio.  That's why it wasn't really a surprise that on Wednesday night during his concert in Manchester, England, Sam brought Ed out on stage for a duet.

Of course, the crowd went nuts as the two singers harmonized on "Stay with Me," and later, Sam posted a photo of himself and Ed on Instagram, with the caption, "So amazing to have this KING...on stage with me tonight. Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x."  He also posted another photo of himself hanging out backstage with Ed, giving the finger to the camera.

Sam and Ed may end up running into one another at the Grammy Awards in February; both are tipped to score nominations for their respective albums and singles.

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Taylor Swift Rocks NY's Times Square on ABC's "GMA," Calls "1989's" Huge Sales an "Insane Honor"


ABC/Fred Lee"Welcome to New York!" That's what Taylor Swift sang to her adoring fans Thursday morning, as she shut down New York City's Times Square for a concert on ABC's Good Morning America.

It's been a busy week of non-stop promotion for the singer, who's been everywhere promoting her new album, 1989. "You guys, I'm having the best week of my life thanks to you, so thank you!" she told the crowd, as they cheered and screamed.

1989 is on track to sell more than a million copies in its first week, and Taylor told ABC's Robin Roberts how grateful she is that fans are liking her new music.  "It's astounding to me how many people have decided to invest in this album and welcome it into their lives," she said. "I'm seeing everyone on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr posting pictures with their albums, and it makes me so happy. 'Cause I worked for this for two years, and for them to want to listen to my stories from the last two years of my life is the most insane honor!"

Taylor also appreciated the fact that many of her fans went to great lengths to be front-and-center for Thursday's concert.

"It's just so amazing to be here and to have the fans all here and to have them sing the words to this new album of music," she laughed. "It's unbelievable, you guys are so fast at learning lyrics!  And I wanna thank everybody who camped out late last night.  There are a lot of people who slept over on the street in Times Square, so thank you for doing that."

Taylor will be back in Times Square New Year's Eve to ring in 2015 as part of the annual ABC special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  The singer, who moved to the Big Apple not long ago, was just appointed a Global Welcome Ambassador for New York, and she spoke about how much she loves her new hometown. 

"I'm new to town and so I'm so excited about them including me in the tourism board, because everywhere I go, I'm just like, 'You need to go to New York!'" she told Roberts. "'Cause it's my favorite place in the world, it's my favorite city in the world and I'm so happy to get to play in Times Square -- what is my life right now!"

Taylor also thrilled fans by teasing that a tour announcement is coming soon.  "I am gonna be going out on tour again. Very soon," she said. "We're in the early stages of planning the actual show, but I'm really excited about announcing things when I can announce them. But just know, it's going to be happening soon!"

In addition to "Welcome to New York," Taylor also sang "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" during her GMA concert.

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Train Premieres Retro Video for "Cadillac Cadillac"


Courtesy Columbia Records"Angel in Blue Jeans," the first video from Train's new album Bulletproof Picasso, was a mini-Western.  Their latest video, for their new single "Cadillac Cadillac," has just premiered on VH1.com, and it's a retro-flavored clip with a bit of a Mad Men vibe.

The video, set in the late '50's or early '60s, takes place on a soundstage where lead singer Pat Monahan is shooting a Cadillac ad: he's the star of the ad, and his female co-star sits in the front seat of the Caddy, giving him the eye. The rest of the band play photographers shooting the ad. 

Just as Pat and his co-star are about to kiss, he falls into a deep sleep and begins dreaming about walking through a fantastical landscape filled with dancing women.  Finally, his frustrated co-star wakes him up by throwing a glass of water in his face.

The "Angel in Blue Jeans" video will be available on VEVO on Friday, and will make its TV debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

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Colbie Caillat's Halloween Goes to the Dogs


Kurt IswarienkoWhile everyone is trying to come up with the perfect Halloween costume for themselves, Colbie Caillat is much more focused on choosing the perfect outfits for some very special individuals: her dogs.

"I don't actually like to dress up myself," she says. "I feel bad, because I dress my dogs up.  It's just so much fun!"

Colbie has several dogs and she says she created a memorable costume for one last Halloween.

"I have this little white mutt, and he's really grumpy, and last year I dressed him up as Oscar the Grouch," she laughs. "We got this dog-friendly green spray paint and sprayed him and put him in a trash can and it was really fun."

This year, she says, she has no special dog-centric costume plans.  "I just want to be home and pass out candy!" she says.

Colbie's current album Gypsy Heart is out now.  She'll launch another tour in support of the disc in 2015.

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Facebook Study: Taylor Swift, Elvis, Bon Jovi Unite Republicans & Democrats


Credit: Sarah BarlowIn the run-up to Election Day, Facebook has released a new study comparing the cultural similarities and differences between Democrats and Republicans, based on which fan pages both groups "like" on the social network.  When it comes to music, it turns out that there are very few acts who are liked equally by Democrats and Republicans, but Taylor Swift is one of them.

Facebook compiled its study by first looking at users who "liked" the campaign pages of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.  Then, it cross-referenced those with what other pages those people liked on Facebook, to see which musicians were disproportionately liked by one party's supporters versus the other.  

The study revealed that some acts, such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, Adele and Alicia Keys are disproportionately liked by Democrats versus Republicans.  Artists who are liked more by Republicans are nearly all country acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.  The most polarizing acts are The Beatles -- who are most liked by Democrats -- and country legend George Strait -- who is most liked by Republicans.

But those musical acts who bridge the gap include Taylor, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Nickelback, country legends Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and classic rock giants AC/DC and Metallica.

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Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits


RCA RecordsWe were all paying so much attention to the hoopla surrounding Chris Brown's recent assault case in Washington, D.C., most of us forgot all about his other nagging legal problems.  But Chris didn't.

TMZ reports Brown has settled two outstanding civil cases against him, one of them related to the charges in D.C.  Chris pleaded guilty September 2 to misdemeanor assault in that case, but the man he was accused of punching outside a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago this month just got a check from Brown for about $100,000 to drop his related civil suit.  It's a win for Brown, considering the victim was asking a reported $1.5 million.

You've got to go back nearly two years for the other case.  Remember Brown's supposed brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013?  Chris was accused of punching Ocean in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio, reportedly over a parking space.  Prosecutors didn't find enough evidence to press charges and Ocean himself declined to do the same.  His cousin, however, wasn't as forgiving, and sued Chris for $3 million.  TMZ claims Chris just settled that case as well, for the bargain price of $20,000, if not less.

Brown's most recent news has been all good.  He received a positive progress report from the courts last week in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago.  That probation reportedly ends in January.  He also leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, taking place November 7.

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American Authors Plan Costume Bat-Stravaganza for Halloween Show


Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors is currently out on the road as part of the Honda Civic Tour, and they've got a show Halloween night in Minneapolis.  The band plans to take full advantage of the holiday show by staging an over-the-top costume extravaganza with one central theme: Batman.

American Authors frontman Zac Barnett tells ABC News Radio that the entire band is planning to take the stage dressed, not as the Caped Crusader, but as classic Batman villains.  "I'm thinking about being Two-Face," he tells ABC News Radio.  "[Our bass player] Dave is going to be the Penguin. [Our drummer] Matt will be The Joker. We have, like, an extra backup musician who plays with us, his name is Taylor, and he's going to be the Riddler because he kind of looks like a Riddler."

Referring to their lead guitarist, Zac says, "James, we're still not sure yet. We're kind of thinking Mr. Freeze or -- depending on how hot it gets on stage --with a mask he'd be a good Bane, because he's definitely the biggest guy out of the group. He could make a good Bane." 

Now, if you saw The Dark Knight Rises, you know that Bane wears a mask that covers his mouth, but Zac says James doesn't sing much, so it won't be a problem.

However, there is one very notable Batman villain that Zac admits no one in the band has the guts to take on, costume wise: Catwoman.

"We were talking about that but I don't know if anyone wants to step up as Catwoman quite yet," he tells ABC News Radio. "I just don't know if any one of us are ready to get on stage in a full-on spandex Catwoman suit."  

American Authors will close out the Honda Civic Tour November 11 in Connecticut, and then will appear on VH1's You Oughta Know all-star concert in New York on the 13th, along with Sam Smith, A Great Big World and other rising young acts.

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Taylor Swift Loves the "Energy Level" of a "Good Morning America" Live Performance


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift's been seemingly everywhere promoting her new album 1989, and she'll wrap up her hectic week Thursday morning with a Good Morning America performance in New York's Times Square.  The star says appearing on the ABC morning show has become a tradition for her.

"I don’t know if it would feel like release week if I didn’t do a Good Morning America performance in the middle of New York," she says.  She says it's "pretty wild" to perform on the show, adding, "So many fans travel from across the country to get up at the craziest hours of the morning and wait and stand in line and make signs...it’s an energy level that is...nothing can prepare you for it."

This week, Taylor appeared on Good Morning America -- Thursday will mark her second appearance of the week -- as well as The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV and The Voice.  All her hard work is paying off: 1989 is now on target to sell as many as 1.2 million copies in its first week.

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Meghan Trainor Still #1, but Women No Longer Rule the Top 5


Epic RecordsThe top of the Billboard Hot 100 is still all about Meghan Trainor, whose unstoppable "All About that Bass" stays at #1 for an eighth week.  That makes it the longest-running chart topper by a woman this year.  Last week, she tied Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," which was #1 for seven weeks. 

In addition, "All About that Bass" is now the longest-running #1 ever on the Epic Records label.  That means she's surpassed two classic smashes that were also released on that label: Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Black or White."  Both those songs were #1 for seven weeks.

But here's the bad news:  women no longer have a lock on the top five spots on the Hot 100, which they'd held for seven weeks.  The men who spoiled the streak?  Maroon 5, with their hit "Animals" -- it's now climbed to #5.

The top five now looks like this: "All About That Bass" at #1, Taylor Swift's  "Shake It Off" at #2, Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" at #3,  "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj at #4, and then "Animals" at #5.

In other chart news, Hozier's "Take Me to Church" has now jumped into the top 10, thanks to its appearance in a new Beats by Dre commercial, the singer's recent appearance on Saturday Night Live and a promotion by Shazam.

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Fergie to Sing National Anthem at Clippers Game Thursday


ABC/Kelsey McNealWhen it comes to sports, Fergie is more of a football kinda gal: she's a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.  But she's switching sports Thursday night, when she sings the national anthem at the L.A. Clippers season opener.

The team announced that Fergie will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Clippers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, starting at 7:30 p.m. PT.  The game will air nationally on TNT.

In other Fergie news, she's been filming the video for her comeback single "L.A. LOVE (la la)."  It's the first release from her much-anticipated second solo album; there's no title or release date for it yet, though.

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Eminem Releases Official Track List for "Shady XV"


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Eminem has released the track list for the upcoming compilation album Shady XV, due out this fall.

The two-CD compilation will feature an album of Shady Records' greatest hits and a disc of new material from Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil and Yelawolf. On the first disc, Slim Shady's singles,“Guts over Fear” featuring Sia and “Twisted” featuring Skylar Grey, are accompanied by tracks featuring Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf and Trick Trick.

The second disc includes the label’s greatest hits like Em’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and D12′s “Fight Music.”

The set arrives November 28, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.

Here's the Shady XV Tracklisting:

DISC 1

Eminem -- “ShadyXV”
Slaughterhouse -- “Psychopath Killer” (feat. Eminem and Yelawolf)
Eminem -- “Die Alone” (feat. Kobe)
Bad Meets Evil -- “Vegas”
Slaughterhouse -- “Ya’ll Ready Know”
Eminem -- “Guts over Fear” (feat. Sia)
Yelawolf -- “Down”
D12 -- “Bane”
Eminem -- “Fine Line”
Skylar Grey, Eminem, and Yelawolf -- “Twisted”
Eminem -- “Right for Me”
Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick -- “Detroit Vs. Everybody”

DISC 2

50 Cent -- “I Get Money”
D12 -- “Purple Pills”
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself”
Obie Trice, Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his, and Stat Quo -- “Cry Now (Shady Remix)”
Yelawolf -- “Let’s Roll” (feat. Kid Rock)
Slaughterhouse -- “Hammer Dance”
50 Cent-- “P.I.M.P.”
Eminem, 50 Cent, Ca$his, and Lloyd Banks -- “You Don’t Know”
D12 -- “My Band”
Obie Trice -- “Wanna Know”
50 Cent-- “Wanksta”
Obie Trice -- “The Setup” (feat. Nate Dogg)
50 Cent-- “In Da Club”
D12 -- “Fight Music”
Yelawolf -- “Pop the Trunk”

Bonus
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself” (Original Demo Version)

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Jennifer Lopez Writes of Being "Mentally, Emotionally, Verbally" Abused in Past Relationships


Matthias Vriens-McGrath/FOXThe new issue of People magazine features an excerpt of Jennifer Lopez's new book True Love, a memoir which discusses, among other thing, her infamous love life, which includes three ex-husbands and a broken engagement to Ben Affleck.  In that memoir, J-Lo writes that she felt "abused" in some of her past relationships, though not in a physical sense.

According to People, J-Lo writes in True Love, "I've never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I've felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally."

She tells People that the book is all about lessons she's learned in her relationships -- and the most important one is, as she put it, "We’re not victims in this life."

"I had to learn to take care of myself and know my worth," she tells People. "When things are not working out, and you're not being treated in a way that you want to be treated, you have to look at that because it's nobody's fault but yours. You have to take control and you have to set up your own boundaries. You have the power to change it." 

J-Lo says that her ex-husband Marc Anthony has read the book and his reaction was, "Wow, I didn't realize you were going through this whole journey.'"  She adds, "We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that's the best thing for our kids."  The two singers have six-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

Jennifer says she didn't intend the memoir to delve into her relationships at first.  "It started out as fan book, a diary of the years I went on tour," she explains. "But it turned into something else. As I started looking at things, it helped me face a lot. I would never go into specifics about my relationships, and I don't. But the idea was that I learned something."

You can read the full excerpt in the new issue of People, on newsstands Friday.

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Taylor Swift Donating Money from "Welcome to New York" to NYC Public Schools


ABC/Lou RoccoHow much does Taylor Swift love New York?  So much that she's giving a huge chunk of change to the city's children.  Well, indirectly.

Appearing on ABC's The View on Wednesday, Taylor talked about her recent move to Manhattan and how it had inspired her.  "It feels like being unique is celebrated here," she noted.  "The song....the fans were wonderful enough to make it #1 on iTunes, and it's selling really, really well, which is good, because I'm donating all of my proceeds to New York City public schools!"  She got a huge round of applause for that.

It's no wonder that Taylor was recently appointed the "Global Welcome Ambassador for New York City."

"Welcome to New York" has just entered the Billboard Hot 100,  debuting at #48.  She's now had 62 songs chart on the Hot 100; the only woman who's had more is the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who has 73.

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Miley Cyrus Is New Spokeswoman for MAC's Charity Viva Glam Line


RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to serve as the face of MAC's Viva Glam, designing a custom lipstick shade for the cosmetics company's charity brand.

Miley announced the news via Twitter, writing, "Going #VIVAGLAM with @MACcosmetics. Look for my lipstick in early 2015."  She included an image of herself lying on her back on a mirrored floor, legs up against a mirrored wall, wearing a black and silver bodysuit.

MAC, meanwhile, tweeted the same image, and wrote, "#VIVAGLAM @MileyCyrus coming Jan/Feb 2015!"

Miley then tweeted the most important part of the partnership: "Every cent from the sales of my #VIVAGLAM shade will go to @MACAIDSFund to help people affected by HIV."  That was accompanied by a picture of a lipstick and what MAC calls "lipglass," which is actually just another name for lipgloss.

Stars who've fronted the Viva Glam campaign in the past include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Fergie and many more.  To date, Viva Glam has raised more than $270 million for the MAC AIDS Fund.

According to MAC, "VIVA GLAM spokespeople are provocative, alternative and influential and reflect diverse communities. They are heroes we look up to for their personal triumphs; people who have invented themselves and people who created movements."  That certainly describes Miley.

Going #VIVAGLAM with @MACcosmetics. Look for my lipstick in early 2015 ???????? pic.twitter.com/XOLbRiGGGW

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 29, 2014

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