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Adam Lambert Filling In for Keith Urban as "American Idol" Judge at NY Auditions

Lee Cherry/RCA RecordsAmerican Idol is bringing back a former contestant to serve as a guest judge during auditions, while Keith Urban steps away due to the death of wife Nicole Kidman's father.

The show has announced that season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert will join Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. this week during auditions at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The official American Idol Twitter account posted the following message: "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time."

Adam served as a mentor last season on American Idol. The 14th season of the Fox singing competition begins in early 2015.

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Train, Still Rolling After 20 Years, Releases New Album "Bulletproof Picasso"

Columbia RecordsTrain's new album Bulletproof Picasso is in stores today, and considering that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the band's existence, lead singer Pat Monahan says the album's unusual title is an apt description of their staying power.

"The whole album is stories of venturing from a small town to San Francisco," Pat tells ABC News Radio.  "And 'Bulletproof Picasso' --the song -- is about leaving [my hometown of] Pennsylvania and sitting there with my friends and saying, 'Who's got the b***s to do this with me? Who's made of lead paint and bulletproof?'"

"Then, what we realized, was that we're, in a sense, a 'Bulletproof Picasso,'" he adds. "'Cause we're artists and, for some reason, after 20 years, we're still here making music people listen to on the radio."

Of course, few bands can exist for two decades without some lineup changes, and Train is no exception: Bulletproof Picasso is the first not to feature founding drummer Scott Underwood, and other members have left along the way.  At this point, the only original members are Pat and guitarist Jimmy Stafford, but Jimmy says despite the changes, they're still Train.

"We have gone through some different members through the years, and I think we've always managed to be Train each step of the way," he tells ABC News Radio. "Pat's got a pretty recognizable voice. I don't think Train could be Train without that voice. But I've liked all the different formations of the band and this one might be my favorite."

The current Train lineup will play a series of special album-release shows this month to celebrate the arrival of Bulletproof Picasso and its hit single "Angel in Blue Jeans."  On Wednesday and Thursday, they'll perform at the Pantages Theater in L.A.  On Sunday and Monday, they'll perform in their hometown of San Francisco, at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and on September 25, they'll be at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"I think we decided to do these shows because we're out anyways promoting the new record," Jimmy tells ABC News Radio. "And I think it's kinda like, while we're out there, we should do a few shows and try some of these new tunes out on our fans."  Don't expect a performance of Bulletproof Picasso in its entirety, though.

"Maybe some day," says Jimmy. "But nobody will familiar enough with it at that point. So maybe down the road we'll do that. I think it'll be really fun."

Bulletproof Picasso has more of a rock sound than Train's previous two albums, and it has a healthy dose of soul as well.  Explaining why, Pat tells ABC News Radio, "Very few people listen to albums but for some reason Train fans listen to albums, so they don't want one song, they want an album to make sense. And that's what we set out to do and we always we just feel like it's time for us to try to be as credible artists as we can be."

"The Beatles were rock & soul," says Pat.  "Like, anything with heart. We just want to have that: whatever that emotional connection is with people."  

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Jennifer Hudson Enlists Iggy Azalea for “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

Image Courtesy Renato Sampaio/ RCA RecordsJennifer Hudson has released another new offering from her upcoming album, JHUD. The singer teams with Iggy Azalea on a song called “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” which was produced by Pharrell.

Hudson serves up sexy advice on the disco-inspired song: “Whisper in his ear it makes it hotter / Don’t wipe the sweat it makes it better," she sings on the track, which premiered on BuzzFeed.

"I hope it’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: let go of the sh** that holds you back and just take a minute to dance and feel good," Hudson tells the site. "It’s that perfect mix of glamorous, late-night style, dance music from the past that has always really hit me deep." Fans can expect JHUD to arrive September 23.

In other Iggy Azalea news, she and her boyfriend, L.A. Laker Nick Young, celebrated their one-year anniversary on Sunday.  Nick posted a photo of Iggy at Target and wrote, "Happy Anniversary boo thang ..1 yr ago I put my Mack down and took this girl on a date to Target, and she's been trapped since lol."  Iggy posted a photo of two huge bouquets of roses that Nick gave her.

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Kiesza to Release Debut Album Oct. 21

Lokal Legend/4th and B'way/Island RecordsKiesza, the Canadian singer/songwriter who's climbing the charts with her hit "Hideaway," will release her debut album, Sound of a Woman, on October 21.

The album's pre-order goes live on iTunes on September 22, and those who pre-order it will get a brand new song.

Meanwhile, Kiesza, whose birth name is Kiesza Ellestad, will make her U.S. daytime TV debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 24.  She's also announced a few upcoming U.S. dates: she'll perform in Washington, D.C. on September 29, in Philadelphia on September 30, and in Boston on October 1.

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Ariana Grande's Mom Wouldn't Let Her Record Song She Wrote at 14: Too Sexual, Said Mom

Tesh/Marie ClaireAriana Grande seems a lot younger than she actually is -- she's 21, for the record -- but she's actually wise beyond her years.  Maybe a little too wise.  In the new issue of Marie Claire magazine, the singer says she wrote a song when she was 14 that her mom wouldn't let her record because it was just too sexy.

"I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album," Ariana tells the magazine, recalling her first efforts at music. "I was like, 'Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I'm ready. Let's go.'"  Unfortunately, she wasn't able to make the kind of music she wanted to make at the time.

"I wrote this song called 'Higher,' and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, 'This is a great song, but damn, you're too young for this,'" Ariana says.  While waiting until she was old enough to make the kind of "soulful" music she was interested in, Ariana landed a starring role in a Broadway musical, and then got a job on Nickelodeon.  It took her three years to finish her debut, Yours Truly, which entered the chart at #1.

Ariana also shared with Marie Claire a funny story that speaks to the nature of celebrity culture nowadays.  Describing her first car accident, she says, "I was driving to Big Sean's house on those windy hills in L.A. It was my first time going up those hills so I was going like 12 miles per hour. This lady was whipping around the corner, and I came to a complete stop so she bumped me really hard -- the whole front of my Range Rover was wrecked."

"She jumped out and was like, 'Sweetie, it's okay, it's totally fine. What do you do?'" Ariana continues. "I was like, 'I'm a singer.' And she was like, 'Oh...I think I broke my leg!' And I was like, 'I mean...I make jewelry!'"

You can read Ariana's entire interview with Marie Claire when it hits newsstands on Tuesday.

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Robin Thicke Admits Drug Abuse, Says He Didn't Co-Write "Blurred Lines"

Image courtesy ABC/Kelsey McNealRemember last year, when Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye's family got involved in a legal dispute over whether or not Thicke's "Blurred Lines" borrows from Gaye's hit song, "Got to Give It Up?"  Both Thicke and co-writer Pharrell Williams gave testimony about it during depositions in Los Angeles federal court -- testimony in which Thicke not only reveals he didn't really co-write the song, but also admits to drug abuse.

According to the deposition, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke admitted he wasn't truthful when he claimed during various interviews that he and Pharrell co-write "Blurred Lines," including an interview with GQ magazine in which he claimed he and Pharrell "literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours -- normally, those are the best ones. Him and I would go back and forth where I'd sing a line and he'd be like, 'Hey, hey, hey!'"

The truth, according to Thicke's deposition, is that he was drunk and high while Pharrell wrote "Blurred Lines."  "To be honest, that's the only part where -- I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio," Thicke testified.  "So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted -- I  -- I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I -- because I didn't want him -- I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

At one point, Thicke revealed he "didn't do a single interview last year without being high."  He eventually told his estranged wife, Paula Patton: "I told my wife the truth. That's why she left me," said Thicke.

In his sworn testimony, Pharrell pretty much confirms Thicke's account about not co-writing "Blurred Lines."  "This is what happens every day in our industry," said Williams. "You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in."

On Monday, attorney Howard King, managing partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Berlinerone, released the following statement on behalf of Robin: “Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim.”

The trial over the Gaye estate's plagiarism claims is currently scheduled to get underway February 10, 2015.

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Mariah Carey's Friends Fear a Breakdown, Claims Report

Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has had a rough summer. Following her commercially disappointing album and divorce rumors regarding her six-year marriage to Nick Cannon, friends of the diva reportedly are concerned Mariah may experience another meltdown.

“She has a history of mental health issues,” an unnamed source tells Life & Style, referring to Mariah’s hospital stay for psychiatric care back in 2001.

Apparently, Mariah's estranged husband wanted to end the marriage months ago but feared how Mariah would cope.

“Nick’s No. 1 goal is to get the kids into a healthy environment where they would have some sense of normalcy,” an insider adds.

Earlier this month, Cannon confirmed on Twitter that there were false reports circulating about their marriage. "For the record I NEVER have, nor will I make a statement regarding my marriage," he tweeted before later adding, "While I would like to remain silent, I can no longer allow this to happen. I love @MariahCarey and that will never change!!!" The posts have since been deleted.

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Ellie Goulding Sends Congrats to William & Kate via Pal Prince Harry

Louie Banks/InterscopeWhen it was announced this past week that Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, is expecting a second royal baby, many people tweeted their congratulations. But Ellie Goulding didn't have to -- she personally sent her best wishes to the couple through a friend...who just happens to be William's brother.

Speaking to US Weekly, Ellie says, "I sent my congratulations already because I'm friends with Harry," referring to Prince Harry, William's little brother, adding, "I think I may be seeing them all this week pending on how Kate is feeling."  The Duchess of Cambridge -- that's Kate's official title -- is currently suffering from acute morning sickness.  She went through the same thing with the couple's first child, Prince George.

"I just think its beautiful," Ellie tells US Weekly. "They're an incredible couple and I'm sure they're incredible parents. I'm just very happy for them."

Ellie famously sang a cover version of Elton John's "Your Song" at William and Kate's wedding in 2011.

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Amy Winehouse Memorialized with Statue in London

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesA statue of Amy Winehouse was unveiled in the North London neighborhood of Camden Sunday, on what would've been the singer's 31st birthday.

The Guardian reports the bronze sculpture depicts the "Rehab" singer with her hand on her hip and sporting her signature beehive hairstyle, a star of David necklace, and a live red rose in her hair.

Winehouse died three years ago of alcohol poisoning at age 27.

Winehouse's father, Mitch, was a driving force behind getting the statue erected, and he planted a kiss on the cheek of the bronze figure at Sunday's unveiling, which was attended by hundreds of the late singer's fans.

"It's a day of incredibly mixed emotions,” Mitch Winehouse said. “They don't put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she's gone but spiritually she'll never leave us,” Winehouse said.

He continued, “I feel sad, very, very sad. We shouldn't be here, but we are, this is the reality and we've just got to make the most of it. So this statue is part of making the most of it. Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful."

Mitch Winehouse said it "was difficult to see the sculpture at first" but he's getting used to it. He said the statue "looks just beautiful."

Winehouse’s mother, Janis, was also on hand for the unveiling. She told the newspaper, "It's just a wow, a definite wow. I am pleased with how the statue turned out because you can see that it's Amy."

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Are Beyoncé and Jay Z Expecting Their Second Child?

Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentAfter weeks of speculation that Beyoncé and Jay Z are splitting, there's a new, more positive rumor about the couple: they're expecting their second child.

Jay himself sparked the pregnancy talk at his and his wife's On the Run concert in Paris on Friday night. During a performance of his song "Beach Is Better," he changed the lyric "I replace it with another one" to "pregnant with another one."

The parents to two-and-a-half-year-old Blue Ivy were certainly lovey-dovey the next night in Paris, for their On the Run finale. Jay proclaimed to an emotional Bey, "It's been an honor and a pleasure to share the stage with you. I couldn't dream for anything be in this stadium with the woman I love, who I believe is the greatest entertainer of our time."

The Paris concerts will be chronicled in an HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, premiering Saturday.

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Listen to Miley Cyrus Cover a Led Zeppelin Song

Tyrone Lebon/RCA RecordsAfter covering The Beatles, Miley Cyrus is taking on another classic British rock band.

On Friday, Miley posted to Soundcloud her own version of the Led Zeppelin song "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," from the band's 1969 self-titled debut album, though Miley titles it "Baby I'm Gonna Leave You."

"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" isn't a Zeppelin original. It was written by folk singer Anne Bredon in the late 1950s, then recorded and released by Joan Baez in 1962.

As previously reported, Miley collaborated with The Flaming Lips on two Beatles covers -- "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "A Day in the Life" -- for the band's upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album. With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released October 28.

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Kanye West Asks Handicapped Fans to Stand at Australian Concert

Def Jam RecordsKanye West had an awkward moment at his concert Friday night in Sydney, Australia, when he insisted that everyone in the audience stand up, including two handicapped people in wheelchairs.

A YouTube video of the incident shows the 37-year-old rapper ordering everyone in the audience to stand up for the next song.  Kanye told the crowd everyone should be on their feet "unless you got a handicap pass where you get special parking and s**t."

After warning fans that he could spot anyone who wasn't on their feet, Kanye notices two audience members who are still seated. West waits for them to stand and even incites other people in the crowd to start chanting for the two to get up from their seats.

After declaring, "This is the longest I've had to wait to do the song -- it's unbelievable," Kanye sent a member of his security team to see what was wrong -- which drew boos from the crowd. It turned out that one of the people who remained seated had a prosthetic limb and the other was in a wheelchair.

After learning that the two fans were unable to stand, West continued with his show.

The incident has drawn some criticism online, but a source tells People magazine the whole thing is being blown out of proportion.

"There was no malicious attempt to offend," says the source, adding, "Anyone that has been to a Kanye concert knows that he asks for crowd participation."

West had a more positive experience with a handicapped fan at his Austin, Texas, concert this past June. Elliot Briones, a disabled young man, was having difficulty seeing the stage, so Kanye gave him his mic after the show as a keepsake.

"I was in the second row. There were a lot of people blocking me, and Kanye noticed," Briones told E! News, at the time, adding that after the show, "Kanye told the security guard to give me the mic."

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Taylor Swift Invites Frat Boys Who Danced to "Shake It Off" to Her Tour Next Year

ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaTaylor Swift really appreciates her fans.  Exhibit A: she's just invited a whole fraternity's worth of guys to her tour next year, thanks to an adorable lip-dub video they made to her hit "Shake It Off."

The clip was made by the brothers of Delta Sigma Phi Beta Mu at Kentucky's Transylvania University.  In the clip, all the boys, some dressed in wacky outfits, dance in and out of their dorm rooms and down the hall, lip-synching to "Shake It Off" in one take. The whole thing was a stunt to drive people to their fundraising page for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk fund. 

Taylor was so impressed that she tweeted a link to the video and wrote, "I'm personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it's on me. Nailed it, bros!"

One brother responded by posting a screenshot of Taylor's tweet, and adding, "This is quite simply the best day of my life."  Another tweeted to Taylor, "we accept," while yet another chimed in, " all I need is a date to @taylorswift13's concert."  When one suggested that he ask Taylor herself, he replied, "Already asked her to our formal."

That particular dude probably won't have a problem getting a date -- many females went all Hunger Games on him, tweeting, "I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE."

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One Direction Announces First "Four" Single, "Steal My Girl"

RJ ShaughnessyLast week, when One Direction announced their new album Four, they released one of the songs from the album, "Fireproof," as a free download for their fans.  But that's not the album's official first single -- according to a tweet from 1D's Liam Payne, it's a track called "Steal My Girl."

According to the band's official website, the single will be available on September 29 everywhere but the U.K., where it's coming out October 12.  If it's anything like "Fireproof," it'll be a huge success: Billboard reports that the song sold 1.1 million downloads in 24 hours.

1D's official Twitter account also posted the artwork for "Steal My Girl."  According to Billboard, the song was co-written by Liam and Louis Tomlinson, along with four other co-writers.

Four is due November 17 and may follow the band's previous three albums in debuting at #1 on the Billboard chart.

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Tony Bennett Joins Lady Gaga Onstage in Israel

Steven KleinLady Gaga offered her Israeli fans a taste of her duets album with Tony Bennett on Saturday night, when she performed at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

Tony joined her on stage for a live rendition of "I Can’t Give You Anything but Love," one of the tracks from their upcoming album, Cheek to Cheek.

Tony had a show scheduled in Tel Aviv for the following night.

Gaga's concert in the country was notable, since several other artists, such as the Backstreet Boys and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, cancelled shows there earlier in the summer due to the tension between Israel and Gaza.

Gaga's artRAVE tour continues in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday. Cheek to Cheek debuts September 23.

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Nico & Vinz on Upcoming Debut Album "Black Star Elephant": "We're Just Telling Our Story"

Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsOriginally scheduled for release this week, Black Star Elephant, the U.S. debut album from Nico & Vinz, will now arrive October 14.  The Norwegian duo, who scored big this summer with "Am I Wrong," say they've "blended" every aspect of their unique background to create it.

"They can expect an album that is basically the best music we made," says Vinz when asked to describe what fans can expect from the new music.  "And it's in line with 'Am I Wrong' and just that whole vibe."

The title of the album, Black Star Elephant, combines the symbols of the two African countries where the duo's parents hail from, and that combination is heard in the music as well.

"You know, we blended the urban influence we got. We blended our heritage coming from Norway and Ivory Coast, as well as Ghana, and also just us being Scandinavian so we just blended that in," Vinz explains to ABC News Radio.  "We're just telling our story. So we're looking forward to making people...get to know us more."

Nico & Vinz appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to perform "Am I Wrong," but they've got a brand-new single called "In Your Arms," which has a similar feel to that top 5 hit. 

Asked if the duo feels any pressure to follow up the global success of "Am I Wrong," Nico tells ABC News Radio, "No, because I think we just make music that comes straight from our hearts like we did with 'Am I Wrong,' and that's exactly what we did with 'In Your Arms' as well."  He laughs, "So if it works, cool, if it doesn't, we did our best, you know?"  

After their appearance on Ellen, the duo will head to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, to perform a free show and hold an autograph signing at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe there.  That takes place on Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

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"Voice" Coaches Defend Their Show: "I Never Had a Gwen Tell Me Anything When I Was 15 Years Old"

Smallz & Raskind exclusively for BillboardSince it began, the big criticism about The Voice has been that it hasn't created any music stars: it's simply made the show's coaches -- from Adam Levine to Shakira to Blake Shelton to Christina Aguilera -- even more rich and famous than they were before.  But now, the coaches say that even if the contestants don't become stars, they're still receiving something very valuable from their time on the show: advice.

Adam, who said in 2012 that The Voice has to produce a star in order to "continue to be taken seriously," is now singing a different tune.  He tells Billboard that the show is really more about helping prospective singers to be "as well-equipped as possible for reality, which starts the minute that confetti falls and people continue with their careers."

The new coach, Pharrell Williams, agrees, telling Billboard, "I just don’t like that we’re talking about this from the defense, as if there’s something wrong [with the show]. I never had a Gwen Stefani, or an Adam Levine, or a Blake Shelton to come in and tell me anything when I was 15 years old."

As for his tenure on the show, Pharrell says that while he's on board for this fall season, which starts September 22, he won't be coming back for the spring, because he's too busy producing artists like Ed Sheeran and fellow newbie coach Gwen.  "I consider this another great musical endeavor," he says.  "This is a studio session to me."

As for Gwen, the mom to two older boys and six-month-old son Apollo, tells Billboard, "In my life and my career, yes, I could just go back in and try to make another record right now with No Doubt, and see what happens while I’m in between breast-feedings and up all night. But this really shakes it up for me. This is inspiring in a whole new way."

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Becky G Joins Demi Lovato's Tour This Weekend, Says She "Connects to People Like Nobody Else"

Catherine Asanov/RCA RecordsThis fall, Becky G is the go-to-girl for big pop stars who are looking for opening acts.  She'll be warming up crowds for Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and Katy Perry in the next month or so; her stint on Demi's tour starts this Sunday in Miami and runs through September 28, wrapping in San Diego, California. 

Becky says she's excited to be part of Demi's world tour because she admires how Demi makes her audiences a part of her show. 

"I love Demi about somebody who who can connect to people like nobody else!" Becky tells ABC News Radio.  "Demi talks to her fans. Like, she talks to the crowd, she talks to them as if they're were just her friends. She has conversations with them. It's not just always like a staged show."

"I appreciate artists like that, who can just be really honest and genuine, and that's what's really nice about Demi," she adds.

Becky's warm-up gig with Jason Derulo's tour begins October 21 in New Jersey.  Her dates with Katy Perry are October 10 and 11.

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Adam Levine on Going Solo: "Why Would I Want to Do That?"

Peter Kramer/NBCWith all of Adam Levine's extracurricular activities -- his work on The Voice, his fragrance and clothing lines, his TV production deal and his budding acting career -- it's hard to remember that the man's day job is being the lead singer in Maroon 5.  But he considers it his #1 priority and has no desire to stop any time soon.

"Maroon 5 are a lot stronger than we have been in the past," he tells the British paper The Sun.  "We know what we are good at and that’s pop music...Maroon 5 embrace that and are successful and we don’t think it’s uncool; we just go for it.”

As for all his outside activities, Adam says the band doesn't mind: in fact, he says they're the ones who convinced him to do a fragrance.

"I came in to the guys and said, ‘They want me to do a fragrance, how lame is that?’" he tells The Sun. "But the band said, ‘What are you talking about, man? That is awesome! You should do it’. So I said OK."

Maroon 5 is even OK with Adam acting, even though he's not sure if he's going to pursue it in the future. 

"I don’t know. Maybe. I’m just looking forward to getting out on the road with my band," he says.  "It’s like when people ask if I am going to do a solo record. Why would I want to do that? I’m in Maroon 5 with my buddies, and that makes me a lucky guy.”

Maroon 5 will kick off a tour in support of their #1 album V on February 16 in Dallas.

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Madonna's New Album Not Coming 'Til 2015

Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna has been documenting every step of the creation of her new album on Instagram, but unfortunately, we're not going to hear it this year.  Billboard reports that the Queen of Pop doesn't plan to release the record until 2015.

Madonna's manager Guy Oseary tells the publication that the pop star has indeed been in the studio with top producer and rumored Katy Perry boyfriend Diplo, but would only say the singer is "having a lot of fun."

According to Madonna's Instagram feed, she's also collaborating on the album with producer and deejay Avicii, as well as some top pop songwriters, Alicia Keys and Martin Keirzenbaum, the head of Cherrytree Records.  He told Billboard, "It was a real privilege to write with Madonna...we ended up writing about seven songs...we just wrote songs the old-fashioned way, just playing the piano and singing. … I don’t know what she’s gonna use from the sessions, but it was a tremendous honor.”

Madonna's last album was 2012's MDNA, which debuted at #1.

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