Usher Announces Dates for The UR Experience Tour

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After teasing several cities last week, Usher has finally released the complete itinerary for his upcoming North America trek, dubbed the The UR Experience Tour.

Alongside August Alsina and DJ Cassidy, the singer is scheduled to kick off his 27-city outing on November 1 in Montreal. He'll travel to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, and Las Vegas before concluding on December 24 in Tampa.

"With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests," says Usher in a statement. "I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before."

To get fans pumped up, the singer posted a black-and-white trailer via YouTube, in which he trains hard for his upcoming outing.

Tickets for select markets go on sale Monday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. For the latest tour information, visit Usherworld.com.

Here's the dates for The UR Experience Tour:

11/1 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre    
11/2 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/4 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills    
11/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena    
11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden    
11/10 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center    
11/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center    
11/13 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/14 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun    
11/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
11/17 -- Chicago, IL, United Center    
11/18 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center    
11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center    
11/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/26 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena    
11/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena    
11/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place    
12/2 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center    
12/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center    
12/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center    
12/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center    
12/8 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum    
12/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena    
12/12 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
12/13 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
12/14 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum

Justin Bieber Arrested Friday in Canada; Charged with Dangerous Driving, Assault

Credit: Ben WattsJustin Bieber's Crime Spree (Alleged) 2014 continues.  On Friday, the singer was arrested after being involved in a vehicular accident in Ontario, Canada.

According to Perth County, Ontario police, when officers arrived at the scene of a crash between a minivan and an all terrain vehicle, they found an occupant of the minivan and the driver of the ATV "engaged in a physical altercation."  It's not clear which one of those two was Justin, but he was arrested at the scene and changed with dangerous driving and assault.  He now has a court date in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario on September 29.

TMZ reported that the minivan was being driven by paparazzi.  The website also noted that on Friday, Justin and Selena Gomez were seen riding an ATV together near his dad's home in Ontario.

Justin's lawyer told ABC News in a statement, "Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi. This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”

So far this year, Justin's escaped serious consequences for allegedly egging his neighbor's house in Calabasas, CA, and for a DUI in Miami, Florida. He's also been named in a variety of lawsuits involving his bodyguards roughing up photographers and fans who attempt to take a picture of him.


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Ariana Grande Denies Nude Photos Are Her: “My Lil A** Is a Lot Cuter than That”

ABC/Richard HarbaughA spokesperson for Ariana Grande has already denounced as "completely fake" the alleged nude photos of the singer that have popped up online, but now Ariana herself has taken to Twitter to explain why they couldn't possibly be her.

"to every1 going on about my "nudes" and my [meet and greet] prices neither are real!" she tweeted. "My lil a** is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon."

She adds, "but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me...... love u but I'm praying for u."

The alleged nude shots were part of a massive leak of revealing celebrity photos that an unknown hacker perv was able to access through an alleged iCloud security leak.  Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Becca Tobin and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have already confirmed that the photos purporting to show them in the nude are real, while others, like Victoria Justice and gymnast McKayla Maroney, have denounced theirs as fake.


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Phillip Phillips Reveals His Secret Obsession: Food

Credt: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips fans know that the guy loves music.  But it turns out when he's not thinking about writing songs or performing live, the former American Idol champ has one thing on his mind: food.

“Honestly, I love food,”  Phillip tells ELLE magazine, explaining why he's excited to play the very first Food Network in Concert festival.  The September 20 show outside of Chicago, Illinois will feature top musicians as well as cooking demonstrations by some of the Food Network's biggest stars.  "I love cooking too and baking and whatnot with my girlfriend. It’s just fun," he adds. "Cooking to me, it’s kind of therapeutic. It’s completely different from music as well."

So, is Phillip any good in the kitchen?  "I’m not amazing at it, but I can cook myself a good meal," he says. "And I’m not just saying this, but anytime I’m on the bus or at home, I’m watching Food Network or cooking on TV just cause it’s interesting to me. It’s pretty amazing how some cooks can just put together stuff off the top of the hat.  But yeah, I love cooking; I love eating; I love everything about food."

Phillip says his culinary specialties include burgers, chicken tacos and chicken wraps, but he'd rather eat his mom's cubed steak and gravy, homemade mashed potatoes and butter beans.  "She’s a master at [comfort food]," he gushes.

Joining Phillip on the bill for the festival will be his pal John Mayer, with whom he toured last winter.  "He’s a great guy. He’s an incredible musician," says Phillip of John. "It’s always an honor to share the stage with somebody like that. And he’s a great songwriter. Watching his show, he just goes out there and just plays the hell out of the music. And lets the music speak for itself."

After spending the summer on the road with the band O.A.R., Phillip will kick off a brand-new headlining tour this fall.  While he's now a seasoned road warrior, the singer says, "I definitely don’t get used to it. I’m always scared to death before I go up onstage." 

"It’s unbelievable to hear the crowd singing out loud and feel the vibe that I’m feeling... you never get used to it," he adds. "And I think it’s good because it always feels like the first kiss every time."


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Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Assault

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault Tuesday morning Washington, D.C. superior court, and was sentenced to time served. 

The time served is the four months Chris spent in a California jail earlier this year when it was ruled his involvement in the D.C. incident violated the terms of his probation for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

Brown would have faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine had he been convicted at trial.

The plea concludes the nearly 11-month-old case that began last October, when Brown, 25, and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were accused of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel when he tried to take Brown’s picture.  Hollosy was found guilty of assault last April, and will be sentenced in November.  Brown's trial was delayed in part because Hollosy refused to testify in Brown's trial out of concern doing so would adversely effect his chances to appeal his own conviction.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal to Brown in January and June, both of which Brown rejected.  Brown and Hollosy are also looking at a $1.5 million dollar civil suit filed by their victim, the Washington Post reports.

 

Britney Spears: “Everybody Knows My Boyfriend Cheated on Me”

Photo Credit: Denise TruscelloBritney Spears took time out from her Las Vegas show Sunday night to publicly address her recent split from her boyfriend of 17 months, David Lucado, according to MTV News.

“Well, by now everyone knows my boyfriend cheated on me,” the 32-year-old pop diva declared, drawing spirited boos of support from the 5,000 fans at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater.

Britney then continued, “But the best part of breaking up is going on first dates. OMG, OMG, I need a hot guy. Where are the hot guys here tonight?”

To the delight of the crowd, Britney pulled one lucky audience member up on stage, who turned out to be none other than celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Then, according to MTV, she produced an outfit of leather and chains and immediately slapped it on him.

Spears then launched into her song “Freakshow,” while leading Hilton around the stage on all fours like a dog.

As soon as he returned to his seat, Hilton tweeted, “.@britneyspears just made me her b**ch - literally! Hope @Rihanna doesn’t get jealous! It was like the Circus tour opening 2.0. #PieceOfMe”

Last Thursday, Brit tweeted, "Ahhhh the single life!"  She posted that comment around the same time TMZ published a story claiming Lucado was videotaped making out with another woman last month.  Reportedly, Brit dumped Lucado after learning about the footage, which TMZ reported was being shopped around.


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Chris Brown Due Back in D.C. Court Today; Plea Deal Imminent?

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown’s got another date in a D.C. courtroom today.  The singer is scheduled to appear there to reportedly enter a plea deal in his misdemeanor assault case.

The Washington Post reports Brown, 25, and his attorneys will respond in Superior Court to a plea deal today in the nearly 11-month-old case that began last October, when Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were accused of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel when he tried to take Brown’s picture.  Hollosy was found guilty of assault last April, and will be sentenced in November.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal in January and June, both of which Brown rejected.  He still faces trial if he rejects today’s reported plea deal.  Brown and Hollosy are also looking at a $1.5 million dollar civil suit filed by their victim, the Washington Post reports.


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Maroon 5 Reveals World Tour Itinerary

Interscope RecordsIt’s a big day for Maroon 5.  Not only is their new album, V, out today, they’ve also just announced the dates for their upcoming world tour.

The outing kicks off February 16 in Dallas and will hit 27 North American cities in and ten European stops before wrapping up in Lisbon, Portugal June 17.  MAGIC! will join Maroon 5 on the road as a special guest.

Tickets go on sale to the general public September 13 via Live Nation, though fan club members can buy them as early as Saturday, September 6.  American Express card members and Live Nation mobile app users can also purchase tickets before the general public on-sale date.  When you buy your ticket via Live Nation, you’ll score an instant digital download of V.

For more information, check out Maroon5.com.  Here’s the tour itinerary:

2/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/17 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
2/24 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
2/25 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/27 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
2/28 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/2 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
3/3 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/5 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/8 -- East Rutherford, NJ, IZOD Center
3/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/11 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
3/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
3/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
3/16 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
3/18 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
3/25 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
3/26 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
3/28 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
3/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
3/31 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
4/1 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
4/3 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
5/26 -- London, UK, Wembley Arena
5/31 -- Birmingham, U.K., LG Arena
6/1 -- Manchester, U.K., Manchester Arena
6/3 -- Amsterdam, NTH, Ziggo Dome
6/9 -- Oberhausen, GR, Koenig-Pilsener Arena
6/10 -- Munich, GR, Olympiahalle
6/12 -- Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum
6/14 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
6/15 -- Madrid, Spain, Palacio Deportes
6/17 -- Lisbon, Portugal, Meo Arena


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Maroon 5 Guitarist Explains How to Pronounce Their New Album’s Title

222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5's fifth album album, V, is in stores today, but if you're not sure whether the title is pronounced "Vee" or "Five," well, you're not alone.  According to the band's guitarist, even the band's members weren't sure how to pronounce it when they came up with it.

"I pronounce it 'Five' but different people have been calling it 'Vee,'" James Valentine tells ABC News Radio, "because we named the album in an email chain. We were, like, throwing back ideas and nobody was really speaking them out loud, so I think for a while, none of us really knew who was pronouncing it 'Vee' and who was saying 'Five.' I say 'Five.'"

No matter what you call it, V arrives just over two years after the band's previous album, 2012's Overexposed, which is pretty speedy by Maroon 5 standards.  As James notes, "The album came together so quickly and so effortlessly. We sort of blinked and the album was done." 

As for why the band was able to turn around a new record so quickly, James says it's simple: they merely never took a break.

"We really never stopped recording after the last record," he explains. "We were constantly in the studio, constantly going back and forth with producers, sending ideas back and forth while we were still touring, which allowed us to do this sort of quick turnaround with the record. Because this record is out quicker than I think any record that we've done."

That's not entirely true, since Overexposed itself came out less than two years after the one before that, 2010's Hands All Over.  Still, as James explains, the band didn't want to take a lot of time between projects, since they were on such a roll thanks to the success of Overexposed and hits like "Payphone," "One More Night," "Daylight" and "Love Somebody."

"Usually we'll take some time off, sort of chill out back in Los Angeles, [and] use the time that we're making the record as sort of a vacation from touring because we're touring so constantly," he tells ABC News Radio. "But this one, we were kind of like, 'OK, let's go. Let's do this. Strike while the iron is hot.' We had such a great string of success with those last singles we wanted to keep it going."

Maroon 5 and Adam Levine, together and separately, have plenty of TV appearances booked to promote the new album, including The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America's Got Talent on Wednesday, plus The Daily Show on Thursday, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 8.    However, the band likely won't launch a full tour until early in 2015 -- and James says he's psyched to bring the new music to the fans.

"I'm antsy to get out on the road and play these songs, and it seems like a long time in between releasing the record and doing that," he tells ABC News Radio. "But it'll be nice because the fans will be able to spend some time with the album before they come out, so they'll be ready with the new songs." 


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Cee Lo Tweets, Deletes Rape Comments, Account After Pleading No Contest in Ecstasy Case

Primary Wave MusicFollowing the Los Angeles County District Attorney's announcement Friday that Cee Lo Green had pleaded no contest to a felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman at a dinner in 2012, the singer over the weekend made some controversial comments about rape via Twitter -- then deleted his account.

According to the images of the former Voice judge's Twitter -- comments that were screen-capped by other users, including Buzzfeed -- Cee Lo posted, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" and "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."

Green was accused of slipping a woman ecstasy before a post-dinner hook-up.  The woman said she later woke up in bed next to Green but had no memory of what happened the previous night.  No sex charges were filed against Green due to lack of evidence.

After Green's comments were criticized by some users for apparently suggesting it's only rape if the victim is conscious and remembers, Cee Lo deleted his comments, after tweeting an apology: "I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context.  I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru this to begin with. I’d never condone the harm of any women. Thank you.”

Green's plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance was made under a section of the law that allows him to maintain his innocence, according to the singer's attorney.  Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced Green to three years probation, and also ordered the singer to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.  In addition, Green must register as a controlled-substance offender.


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