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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