Lady Gaga, John Legend & More Join Lineup for Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSThe lineup for upcoming special Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute continues to expand.

Lady Gaga, John Legend and Ariana Grande, as well as country stars The Band Perry, are the latest additions to the bill, which already includes Ed Sheeran and Usher.  As previously reported, the special will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by featuring current acts performing songs from his legendary catalog.  Wonder is the only artist ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys three out of four consecutive years.

The show will be recorded February 10 in L.A. and air February 16 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  LL Cool J, who is also hosting the Grammy Awards, will host the Grammy salute as well.


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Kelly Clarkson Reveals Partial Lyrics & Song Titles from New Album, “Piece by Piece”

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson is revealing details of her new album Piece by Piece, well, piece by piece. In her latest gift to fans, she shares some lyrics and song titles from the album’s track listing.

“Each of these lyrics relates to an experience in my life, and I hope that some of these may trigger memories or reactions for y’all as well,” Kelly writes in a note to fans. “If it does, I would love to hear about it and why that lyric connected with you. I’ll be checking in and reading your stories, and I might even reach out to you personally to hear more!”

One of the songs, called “Invincible,” seems to be in the same empowering vein as her hit “Stronger.” The lyrics read: “Now I am invincible/No I ain’t a scared little girl no more/ Yeah I am invincible/What was I running for/I was hiding from the world/I was so afraid I felt so unsure/Now I am invincible and I’m a perfect storm.”

The title track, “Piece by Piece,” includes the lyrics, “Piece by piece I fell far from the tree/I will never leave her like you left me/And she will never have to wonder her worth because unlike you I’m gonna put her first.”

And in another song called “War Paint,” the lyrics state: “We could be beautiful without our war paint, our war paint/And we could have it all once we let our walls break, our walls break.”

In total, Kelly reveals partial lyrics and titles for eight tracks, not counting the previously announced single “Heartbeat Song.”  You can view them all, and share your comments, by going to PiecebyPiece.KellyClarkson.com.

Piece by Piece hits stores March 3. Kelly released a lyric video for “Heartbeat Song” on Monday.


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Nick Jonas: Girlfriend “Thought I Was Going to Propose” During Miss Universe Performance

ABC/Kelsey McNealWedding bells for Nick Jonas? Not so fast.

The “Jealous” singer almost had everyone fooled — including his girlfriend Olivia Culpo — when he got down on one knee to serenade her at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant this past Sunday.  Olivia, a former Miss Universe, looked momentarily shocked and Nick had to later acknowledge that dropping to one knee probably wasn’t the best move.

“I went down and sang to her and I got on a knee and sort of approached her. Her face was in full panic — she thinks I’m going to propose on national TV in front of the whole world! One billion people watch that,” Nick tells U.K. tabloid The Sun.

The couple met at a New York Fashion Week party in 2012 and started dating in 2013, but Nick says they’re still too young to think about marriage. “We’re 22, so there’s plenty of time to do that,” he explains. “We are very happy.”

Olivia hasn’t yet responded to the faux-proposal incident. A day after the pageant, though, she posted a photo to Instagram showing the two at the ceremony, saying, “Best part of tonight. Being serenaded by this stud.” Seems like she was fine with the fact that no ring was involved.

 

A photo posted by Olivia Culpo (@oliviaculpo) on Jan 25, 2015 at 8:21pm PST

 


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Rihanna Covers “i-D” Magazine’s Music Issue

Image Courtesy Paolo Roversi/ID MagazineRihanna is shifting into promo mode. The singer, who is finalizing her eighth studio album, has landed the front cover of British fashion magazine i-D‘s “Music Issue.”

The singer experiments with her hair style as she rocks braids on the cover, which was shot by photographer Paolo Roversi.

“She really is one of the most creative, talented and inspiring women I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” says i-D’s Fashion Director Alastair McKimm. “The energy and enthusiasm she brings is intense. She’s the ultimate icon of our time.”

The cover comes on the heels of her new single “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney, the first offering from her upcoming album, tentatively titled  R8. The set is said to have contributions from Mike WiLL Made-It, Ne-Yo, DJ Mustard and more.

 


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expand Snoop Dogg Solves “Hangry” Problems in Super Bowl Commercial for New App

ABC/Randy HolmesIf you’ve ever been so hungry that you’ve become angry then you certainly will relate to Snoop Dogg‘s new Super Bowl commercial.

The rapper has teamed up with comedian Gilbert Gottfriend for a 30-second commercial to promote a new app Eat24, which allows anyone to curb their hunger with late-night eating options.

“Are you hangry?” Snoop says in the clip. “Know the signs: uncontrollable yelling, hallucinations, pants discomfort. Hangry — it can happen to anyone.”

The free app, which Snoop considers the best “mother f**king way to order food online,” is available for iPhone and Android devices.



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Kanye West Talks Marriage Life on Ellen; Premieres “Only One” Music Video

Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCKanye West says marriage to Kim Kardashian West has changed him for the better, in more ways than one.

“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more,” the Grammy winner told Ellen DeGeneres on her show Wednesday. “I’ve learned how to shut up more. … I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter.”

The A-list couple tied the knot in May and are already parents to North West, who appears in West’s new video for “Only One,” which just premiered on his website.

“I have always someone to think about going home to,” Kanye said. “There’s things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people or for culture in a way. Now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family I have to protect, too.”

DeGeneres added that West seemed “calmer” and that his emotions were channeled in a more grounded way.  West responded that earlier, he was going through his version of “my terrible twos,” referencing his past, and relating to his little two-year-old at home.

“My daughter, she just wants to express herself, but she just doesn’t have the words for it,” he said.  “For me, there’s so many things I want to do with film, with clothing, and I just didn’t have the words.”

He added that “There’s no amount of money that someone can give you to make you not be creative … a lot of times people try to block you, control your creativity with money.”

West said with his new Adidas deal, he’s got more control over his clothing line and that it’s like “a little bit of oxygen.” Unlike his past, West explains, “You guys were seeing someone suffocated by perception.”

As for more kids, West said, “Yeah, we’re trying … I just want whatever Kim wants.” The rapper also revealed that he’s still working on a title for his next album. “We’re still trying to find the vibe,” explained ‘Ye. “[There’s] this transition from what I felt when I did Yeezus to what I feel now and we’re just creating, so we haven’t found it yet.”



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Adam Lambert Marks Birthday with New Album Announcement

Photo: Neal PrestonThursday is Adam Lambert’s 32nd birthday, and he marked the occasion by announcing a few details of his long-awaited new album.

Earlier this month, Adam told Billboard that he’d signed a new record deal and was working with super-producers Max Martin and Shellback on a project, due in early summer.  Now, he writes on Twitter, “Thrilled to announce the title of my upcoming album: THE ORIGINAL HIGH.” 

Adam adds, “The Original High is executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback with 1st single out in April.

Lambert told Billboard, “The album feels like a new era for me — emotionally, lyrically, sonically. It feels fresh, it feels new. It’s still me. It’s still stuff that fans know and love but it’s a new chapter 100 percent.”

Adam’s most recent album was 2012′s Trespassing.  Lately, he’s been keeping busy serving as the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. 



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Katy Perry to Use Super Bowl Halftime Show to Sell Limited-Edition Products Online

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is going to turn her Super Bowl halftime performance into a unique shopping experience for her fans.

According toVariety, Katy is partnering with her record company and Pepsi, the halftime show sponsor, to sell exclusive Katy Perry items to her fans.  The items will be revealed via social media and various websites during her live performance on Sunday, including Twitter, YouTube, Shazam and Internet-TV devices by Samsung, Roku and LG Electronics.  Visa will be the exclusive payment method for the limited-edition products.

How will it work?  For example, the videos on Katy’s Vevo channel will be enabled for click-to-buy.  If you Shazam music from the halftime show, you’ll be offered the chance to purchase the products.  On Twitter, you can use the “Buy Now” feature, and on the streaming devices, you can use your remote control to shop via the ShopTV app.

According to Variety, this stunt will reach more than 20 million consumers, and the products will be available through Tuesday, February 3 at 5 p.m. PT.



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Lorde Says Awards Show Outfits “Too Good” to Never Wear Again

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCWhile most stars wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same red carpet outfit more than once, Lorde is not above doubling up.  The Grammy-winning “Royals” singer posted a photo to Instagram Wednesday which shows her repurposing the crop top she wore to the Golden Globes.

“All into reusing parts of past award show outfits (this is my golden globes top) cause they’re CUSTOM MADE and too good to just hang up and never wear again u feel!” she wrote.

In the new, more casual look, Lorde paired the Narciso Rodriguez top with Karen Walker high-waisted jeans and white Stan Smith sneakers. At the Globes, she went for a tailored look, wearing the black top underneath an oversized blazer with black pants.

Lorde attended the Golden Globes because she was nominated for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” the song she wrote for The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1.  She lost to “Glory,” the song John Legend co-wrote and performed for the movie Selma.

 

A photo posted by Lorde (@lordemusic) on Jan 28, 2015 at 12:59pm PST


 


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Tom Petty Says Sam Smith “Did the Right Thing” Regarding “Stay with Me” Songwriting Credit

Derrick SantiniEarlier this week, it was announced that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty and legendary rock singer/songwriter/producer Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated hit, “Stay with Me,” because of its supposed similarity to Petty and Lynne’s 1989 hit composition, “I Won’t Back Down.”  Now, Petty has issued statement about that decision, saying there’s no bad blood between himself and Sam.

“About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam,” Petty writes on his website. “All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by.” 

Here, Petty is apparently referring to the fact that sometimes, songwriters are unaware that what they’re working on is similar to an existing song.

Tom then continues, “Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.  The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention.  And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.  Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this.  A musical accident no more no less.”

Petty concludes, “In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.”

When the news of the credit addendum came to life, Sam’s rep issued a statement saying that the publishers of “I Won’t Back Down” had contacted the publishers of “Stay with Me” about the  “similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions.”  The statement went on to say that Sam and his co-writers were not “previously familiar with” Petty’s hit, but they “acknowledged the similarity.”

That statement concluded, “Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of ‘Stay With Me’ along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

The Recording Academy later clarified that if “Stay with Me” wins the Song of the Year Grammy, Petty and Lynne will not receive trophies, because they didn’t do any “new writing” on the song.



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