Miley Cyrus & Patrick Schwarzenegger Enjoy Romantic Dinner Amid Cheating Rumors

ABC/Richard HarbaughIt appears Miley Cyrus has forgiven boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger for his alleged spring break shenanigans. According to ET Online, the two were spotted Monday night enjoying a romantic sushi dinner together at Kiwami in Studio City, California.

They reportedly spent the evening kissing, holding hands and laughing together on the restaurant’s private patio. ET Online reports they were snapping photos and even greeted friends at one point.

Maybe their night out will put those break-up rumors to rest. Speculation that the two were headed for a split began after some compromising photos surfaced of Patrick and another girl on spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The 21-year-old, who’s a junior at the University of Southern California, denied the cheating allegations on Twitter, saying he would “never do anything against my GF” and that the girl he was seen with was actually his best friend’s girlfriend.

Miley, 22, hasn’t commented on the cheating rumors.


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Iggy Azalea Reveals She Got a Boob Job

ABC/Randy HolmesIf you’ve noticed Iggy Azalea looking a little different lately, here’s why: The rapper revealed to Vogue that she recently had breast augmentation surgery.

In the interview, the Aussie is asked what she would change about her body, to which she admits, “I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs! I’d thought about it my entire life.”

She tells the mag she was sick of having to sew padding into her stage costumes and wanted to wear lingerie without wiring. Iggy says at first she decided she would never discuss it publicly, for the sake of her younger, more impressionable fans. “But then,” she says, “I decided I wasn’t into secret-keeping.”

Iggy also answers 73 rapid-fire questions for the mag, revealing that her ideal duet is Dolly Parton, she wishes she could sing like Mariah Carey and she thinks is the most tired phrase in hip-hop is “on fleek.”

She also says she’d raid Gwen Stefani‘s closet, her most surprising celebrity fan is Jessica Alba and her favorite fashion trend is platform sneakers simply because it’s also the most ridiculous trend. And when Iggy, who recently took an extended break from all social media, is asked what she thinks about being famous, she responds, “I think it’s a total mess, but it’s awesome.”



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Madonna Talks Rebellion, Motherhood, Fame and Phones

Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotNote to self: if you’re ever going to be in the same room as Madonna, put down your damn phone.

In an interview with Us Weekly magazine, the Queen of Pop says that one of her biggest pet peeves is “when I walk into a room and everyone’s not talking to each other and just on their phones.”  “I can’t stand [it],” she adds.

Madonna also reveals that the thing she loves most about being famous is “people listening to me when I have something important to say,” while the thing she hates about being famous is “being overly scrutinized for everything I say and do.”

And speaking of that, Madonna says that in keeping with the theme of her album Rebel Heart, she feels her most rebellious moment was speaking out against homophobia on stage in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She was fined $1 million for that, she claims. 

Madonna adds that she felt rebellious in 1990 when she was told she’d be arrested on stage in Toronto if she simulated a sex act, and she did it anyway.  Of course, she wasn’t arrested.  In addition, she also says she’d never apologize to anyone about anything.

Showing her softer side, Madonna tells Us Weekly the best part about being a mom to her four kids is “all of the life lessons they teach me all day long, every day of the week.”



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One Direction’s Alleged Tour Rider Requests Four Dressing Rooms, Homemade Desserts, “Soft Toilet Tissue”

Jeff Daly/NBCWhich One Direction members like sharing a dressing room? The boy band’s alleged 32-page tour rider for their current world tour was released by The Smoking Gun this week, and apparently, the quintet only requests four dressing rooms.  One of those rooms must allow smoking, and another backstage room must be for “personal training.”

The band requests that the rooms have a “pleasant ambiance” and that the bathrooms be “stocked with supply of soft toilet tissue and odorless air freshener.” They also require games for when they have downtime, including pinball, ping pong and air hockey.

When it comes to food, their tastes get a bit fancier. According to the alleged rider, their catering must have garnish and be served on china, and all desserts must be homemade. They apparently like fruit tarts, cobblers, and profiteroles.  The latter’s a cream puff, basically.

After the show, however, One Direction only wants beer and fast food. The rider reportedly includes a post-show request for “3 cases of local beer” and local foods from places like KFC, Chick-fil-A and Steak ‘n Shake.

If the rider is to be believed, Zayn Malik gave up all those perks when he decided to take a leave of absence from the On the Road Again tour last week due to “stress.” The rest of the guys — Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan — will take the stage without him in Jakarta, Indonesia Wednesday. From there, it’s on to Africa for a string of dates. No word on when Zayn will rejoin them.



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John Legend Talks EGOT Aspirations, Working with Kelly Clarkson

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend says winning an Academy Award for “Glory” not only has changed his life, but also has given him a new aspiration — to join the “EGOT” club, a small group of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the crooner, who already has nine Grammys to go along with his Oscar, reflects on his chances of winning an Emmy and Tony.

“I have a TV and film production company,” he reveals. “Hopefully one day we’ll get an Emmy and maybe if I write some Broadway music, I’ll get a Tony, but we’ll see. I’ll take it one day at a time and one year at a time, and just focus on doing projects that really excite me and interest me.”

Among those projects was his recent collaboration with Kelly Clarkson on the song “Run, Run, Run” for her album Piece by Piece. The two had previously worked together on the ABC singing competition series Duets.

“Kelly’s one of the best singers in the business, I think,” he says. “When she reached out to me, I thought it was an easy decision. I thought the song was great and it’d be great to reunite with my old friend from Duets.”

John is also really excited about is his Love in the Future follow-up.

“It’s happening,” he says of a new album. “I’m just about to start now. I don’t know exactly who I’m gonna work with yet, but as soon as I get back from a week off, which is about to happen…, I’m gonna start writing new songs.”


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Alicia Keys to Be Honored at the Grammys on the Hill Awards

ABC/Lou RoccoAlicia Keys is scheduled to be recognized by the Recording Academy at its 2015 Grammys on the Hill Awards, taking place next month.

Organizers have announced that Keys will be presented with the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award — named for the artists’ rights program founded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow during the upcoming event, taking place Wednesday, April 15, at the Hamilton Live in Washington D.C.

“We are proud to honor Alicia Keys for her artistry, philanthropy and her passion for creators’ rights as a founding member of The Academy’s brand-new Grammy Creators Alliance,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “We know that she will bring the same dedication to creators’ rights as she does to her global philanthropic efforts.”

Hosted by singer Hunter Hayes, the event will also include live performances and appearances from Rodney Jerkins and saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grammy Foundation in its efforts to support under-served music programs throughout the U.S.


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Train Plans Christmas Album

Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney ParksBack in 2010, Train released a holiday song called “Shake Up Christmas.”  Now, the band is planning to record an entire holiday album.

In a blog posting, lead singer Pat Monahan revealed that in between the band’s current overseas dates and their upcoming summer tour, they’ll be making a Christmas record.  The disc will include some originals, Monahan says, and “covers too, great ones.”  No word yet on when that album will be released.

The band’s Picasso at the Wheel tour, which includes Matt Nathanson and The Fray, starts May 21 and wraps up at the end of July.  Monahan adds that he’s already looking forward to writing material for the next Train album.  Their current disc, Bulletproof Picasso, came out in September of last year.


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Ne-Yo Denies He’s Being Irresponsible with “Time of Our Lives”

ABC/Randy HolmesThe dynamic duo of Pitbull and Ne-Yo have another hit on their hands with “Time of Our Lives,” which urges people to party even if they might not have the money to do so.  Ne-Yo says he’s taken some criticism for the song’s lyrics, but he thinks people just need to chill out.

“I mean, there’s a couple people that, you know, took the song a little too serious — like I’m telling people to be irresponsible,” he tells ABC Radio.  It appears some took issue with the song’s lyrics: “I knew my rent was gon’ be late about a week ago/I worked my a** off, but I still can’t pay it though/But I got just enough/To get up in this club/Have me a good time, before my time is up.”

“Nothing can be farther from the truth.  I’m telling people to live life,” he argues. “If you are that person who knows for a fact that you’re not going to be able to pay your rent tomorrow but you have enough to go out and have a drink and try to have a good time for once, I would absolutely suggest that you do so.”

But, says Ne-Yo, that doesn’t mean he’s OK with you  slacking off permanently.

“Now, that doesn’t mean don’t go to work the next week and try to get that money together so that you can pay your rent,” he tells ABC Radio. “It just means live life in the moment, like, don’t spend so much time stressing so that you forget to actually live.  That’s what the song is about.”  

“Time of Our Lives” was featured on Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars on ABC as part of “My Jam Monday” — The Bachelor star Chris Soules chose it as his jam to dance to this week.

 
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LMFAO’s Redfoo Eliminated on “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Craig SjodinRedfoo of the “Party Rock Anthem” duo LMFAO was the first celebrity eliminated from season 20 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night.

Redfoo appeared disappointed when co-host Tom Bergeron announced he was going home, but said he was happy he had the opportunity. “I’m just happy that I got the chance…to dance. I did my best,” Redfoo said.

The judges were not impressed with Redfoo’s Cha Cha technique during his performance on the March 16 premiere, but they praised his Monday night Jive with pro partner Emma Slater. “You went from running on empty to running on plenty,” judge Bruno Tonioli declared.

Bergeron said Redfoo’s elimination underscored the importance of viewer participation. “You’ve got to vote, guys,” he told the viewing audience. “This is somebody who did a great job and because of viewer votes…and a tenth of a percent, a tenth of a percent” he was eliminated.

The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes from the previous week’s performances is eliminated.

Backstage, Redfoo told ABC Radio he had a lot of fun. “It was great. So much fun, because I gave 100 percent so I was here. I sacrificed everything else and I just danced.” 

Redfoo was a guest judge on season 18 and the only guest judge ever to return as a contestant.

Redfoo, born Stefan Gordy, is the youngest son of Berry Gordy Jr., the legendary founder of Motown Records.


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“The Voice” Recap: The Knockout Rounds Begin

NBCThe Knockout Rounds began on The Voice Monday night. Teammates were paired off, performing back-to-back in front of coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, with a spot in the Live Playoffs on the line.

Each coach has one steal to use during the Knockout Rounds.

fun. singer Nate Ruess was on hand during rehearsals to serve as guest adviser.

Here’s a rundown of what happened during the two-hour episode:

Team Christina’s Ashley Morgan and Sonic opened the latest round of competition. Sonic chose Alicia Keys‘ “A Woman’s Worth.” Nate advised her to lose herself in the song. Ashley went with the Pat Benatar hit “Heartbreaker.”

Blake thought Sonic was more in Christina’s wheelhouse in terms of her approach to singing. Christina said Ashley could still let loose more, but Sonic sometimes will try a note and fall short. Sonic won the Knockout, and Ashley was not stolen by one of the other coaches.

Brian Johnson and Sarah Potenza were put together by their coach, Blake. Brian performed James Morrison‘s “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You,” while Sarah tackled “Wasted Love” by former Voice runner-up Matt McAndrew. Matt surprised Sarah during rehearsals.

Pharrell said Brian hit certain notes “masterfully,” and Sarah closed her song so gracefully. Adam said the two artists were “unbelievably even.” Blake declared that both of them blew people away. Sarah advanced, and Adam stole Brian.

Team Adam’s Nathan Hermida and Clinton Washington went head-to-head. Nathan sang Sam Smith‘s “Leave Your Lover,” and Clinton covered Hunter Hayes‘ “Wanted.”

Christina praised Nathan for his “courageousness.” Pharrell said he witnessed two singers with a lot of potential. Adam liked seeing the versatility from Clinton with his song choice, while he noted how Nathan opened up with his pick. Adam kept Nathan on his team.

Pharrell mixed things up with a three-way Knockout between Mia Z, Paul Pfau and Sawyer Fredericks. It was necessary because Anthony Riley dropped out of the competition for personal reasons. Mia belted out Sam and Dave’s “Hold On I’m Comin’”; Paul selected the John Mayer version of “I Don’t Need No Doctor”; and Sawyer delivered a rendition of Howie Day‘s “Collide.”

Blake was impressed by how Mia navigated the melody in her song. Acknowledging the rare circumstance he was facing, Pharrell was forced to choose two winners. He settled on Sawyer and Mia, explaining to the cameras that he didn’t know where to take Paul’s talent.

Meghan Linsey and Travis Ewing of Team Blake were next up. Meghan decided on the Aretha Franklin classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Travis performed Gavin DeGraw‘s “I Don’t Want To Be.”

Christina loved Travis’ extended note, and she thought Meghan got better and better as her song went on. Blake named Meghan the winner, later saying she “sang for her life.”

The final Knockout involved Team Christina’s Kimberly Nichole and Koryn Hawthorne. Nate felt Koryn brought a different element to her song choice, Pink‘s “Try.” Kimberly covered Sting‘s “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.”

Adam pointed out that Koryn was able to keep up with Kimberly. Blake said Kimberly had fun, and it was infectious, while Koryn’s performance was intense. Christina called it the best Knockout of the season so far. Kimberly moved on in the competition. Pharrell stole Koryn as Christina jumped up and down in delight.

The Knockout Rounds continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.


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