Report: Chris Brown Appears in Court for Progress Evaluation

RCA RecordsChris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report related to his probation in the Rihanna assault case.

A judge increased Chris’ community labor from three days to four to ensure he’ll complete his requirement by the end of his probation in January, according to TMZ.

Chris’ therapist wrote a letter to the judge saying that Chris has been following his “medication management.”


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Taylor Swift Visits “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to Plug New Album, Perform Two Songs

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to plug her new album and perform two songs at an outdoor stage in front of nearly 15 thousand fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard outside Kimmel’s studio.

The 24-year-old singer/songwriter told Kimmel she’s “more confident” about this album than she’s been about any of her previous releases.

Taylor said it’s a “really nice feeling” to have but added, “it’s almost like you’re releasing this thing into the world that you spent two years with, and it’s just been mine for two years and now it’s everybody elses.”

Taylor joked that it’s like she’s “sending it off to college.”

Earlier in the week, Kimmel had fans submit questions for Taylor via Skype, and he read one of them on the air. A fan asked if all our memories were erased, but Taylor could pick one song from 1989 that we all would remember, which would it be and why?

Swift said she would choose the song “Clean,” the last track on the album.  She wrote it with British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap.  Taylor said of the tune, “It’s just a song that’s really special to me and it’s been one that kind of everyone is really talking about.”  Taylor told Kimmel, “I think it’s a song that might help people go through things.”

Kimmel also told the story of Taylor showing up at the studio in 2005 when she was 14 years old to try to get on the show.  “Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him,” Kimmel recalled.

Kimmel said Igoe told Taylor she wasn’t allowed in the show’s green room because they served alcohol and he threw her out.

Flash forward to Thursday night: Kimmel announced on the show that he’s decided to make it up to Taylor by having security guards “toss” Igoe, who still works for Kimmel, out of the building. 

Later in the show, Taylor performed her hit “Shake It Off,” and the song “Out of the Woods.”

1989 arrives Monday, October 27, the same day Taylor appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and makes her debut later that night as a mentor on The Voice.


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Iggy Azalea Releases New Song Off “Reclassified”

Universal Music GroupIggy Azalea on Thursday released one of the new songs that will be featured on Reclassified, a reissue of her debut album, The New Classic.

On the track, titled “Iggy SZN,” she raps, “Simmer down b***h, it’s Iggy SZN.”

Reclassified will include a handful of other new tunes, including a collaboration with Ellie Goulding titled “Heavy Crown.” It’s due out November 24.

You can catch Iggy on TV this weekend when she performs on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.


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PETA Upset at One Direction for Using Chimp & Other Wild Animals in “Steal My Girl” Video

SYCO/Columbia RecordsOne Direction‘s new video for “Steal My Girl” premieres Friday, but it’s already causing controversy among animal rights activists.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — PETA — is upset because the group is featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals in the clip.

PETA has sent letters to One Direction and their video production company, requesting that they cut any of the scenes with the chimp, and asking them to pledge to never again work with “captive exotic animals”; the group suggests that 1D could use computer-generated animals instead.

In the letters, PETA says that chimps in the entertainment industry are separated from their mothers shortly after birth, treated badly and often abused, and then dumped when they become too strong to be safely handled.  The letters further note the presence of a lion in the video, and say that lions, too, are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and abused with electric shocks and food deprivation.

PETA claims  that Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, the animal exhibitor hired for the “Steal My Girl” video, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failure to meet animal safety and cleanliness standards.  PETA also accuses Martin of disposing of his animals in what it calls “poorly run roadside zoos.”   

PETA U.K. further claims that Martin “misled” 1D about these violations, and about his alleged relationship with the an organization,”American Humane Society,” which doesn’t actually exist.

The letters conclude, “We hope you’ll consider removing the wild animal scenes from the final video and make the conscientious decision never to work with wild animals again. Thank you for giving this urgent matter your consideration.”

But Fulwell 73, the production company that made the video, said in a statement to ABC News that it vetted Martin carefully and “chose him based on his exemplary treatment of animals, his highly regarded ‘reward based’ training, and his history in contributing to animal conservation educational programs.”

The company adds that Martin, “maintains a spotless on-set accident-free record which spans over 44 years of exemplary and highly respected work in the motion picture, television, commercial and video production industry.”


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Charli XCX Says Lorde Recruited Her for “Hunger Games” Soundtrack via Instagram

Republic RecordsLorde says that she personally reached out to all the artists featured on the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack via social media to ask them to be part of the project.  Charli XCX confirms that’s true, but says she nearly missed the invitation because of it.

Speaking to The Insider, Charli says that Lorde “actually messaged [me] on Instagram and I didn’t see it because I didn’t know you could message people on Instagram. So, I think she thought I was ignoring her for ages because I never got back to her but then we figured it out. We got in touch and she asked me to submit a song.”

There was, however, a small problem. Charli says, “I had never seen the movies or read the books.”  But Lorde came through for her.  “She literally wrote the whole book out in an e-mail to me,” Charli reveals.

“I was really honored to be a part of this soundtrack,” Charli says.  “I really believe in what Lorde is doing and everything she does as an artist.  I’m so glad that she has such a great platform and the soundtrack to showcase her business skills like a business woman because she really is. I’m very happy she reached out to me.”

Charli’s song on the soundtrack, “Kingdom,” is a collaboration with Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon.  The soundtrack will be out November 17.


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Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, A Great Big World & More Up for NewNowNext Awards

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor, Sam Smith, A Great Big World, Iggy Azalea and Nick Jonas are among the musical nominees for Logo TV’s NewNowNext Awards.  The awards not only celebrate what’s happening right now, they’re also designed to introduce fans to what will be the future of popular culture in the coming year.

In addition to music, the NewNowNextAwards also cover movies, TV and theater.  Because Logo is targeted towards the LGBT community, nominees are often gay-friendly, or gay themselves.  In the music category, for example, nominees Mary Lambert, Sam Smith and Chad from A Great Big World are openly gay.  Another nominee is Bleachers, the side project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who is a huge supporter of gay rights.

U.K. artists are very well represented this year: in addition to Sam Smith, you’ve also got Irish singer/songwriter Hozier, British singers John Newman and Charli X, Scottish singer Paolo Nutini, and the British groups Bastille and Disclosure.

Voting is open right now at LogoTV.com/events/newnownext_awards. The awards show will air December 7 on Logo TV.

Here are the nominees:

Best New Musician (Male)
Hozier
Nick Jonas
John Newman
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith

Best New Musician (Female)
Iggy Azalea
Charli XCX
Mary Lambert
Meghan Trainor
Betty Who

Best New Music Group
A Great Big World
Bastille
Bleachers
Disclosure
Pentatonix


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Iggy Azalea Confirmed for 2014 Victoria’s Secret PINK Nation “Crazy for Campus Bash”

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is scheduled to showcase at Victoria’s Secret PINK Nation’s annual back to school concert.

According to Us Weekly, the rapper has been tapped to partake in the Crazy for Campus Bash, taking place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on October 29. Previous performers included acts like Drake and Kid Cudi.

She will likely showcase hits like “Black Widow” and “Work,” both of which appear on her album The New Classic.

The upcoming performance will come on the heels of Azalea’s first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 25, where she will perform her new single “Beg for It.”



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On “Ellen,” Taylor Swift Talks Irrational Fear of Sea Urchins, Reveals How to Render Adam Levine Helpless

Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to discuss her new album and her debut Monday night as a mentor on The Voice, but in a series of advance clips, she also discusses her deepest, darkest fears, both of which are somewhat irrational.

The first of Taylor’s irrational fears has to do with sea urchins.  When Ellen tries to argue that sea urchins are just sitting there minding their own business, Taylor counters, “They’re sitting there waiting to completely injure you!”

“OK, like, if you’re in the Caribbean, you’re like, ‘This water’s so beautiful, it’s amazing,’ and you’re walking — it’s clear water — you can’t see a sea urchin’s right there!  And then you step on one, and it has barbs that go into whatever it touches, and then you have to go to the emergency room and it has to be surgically removed!”

Taylor continues, attempting to justify her fear.  “You could lose your foot. You could lose your hand. You could lose your hand trying to get it off of your foot!”

Taylor also reveals that she is afraid of being framed — by persons unknown — for something terrible.  She feels that there are “so many people” out there who’d want to frame her. Explaining why she feels this way, she tells Ellen, “I think the dream and the nightmare of being framed comes from, like, I could do nothing wrong — I could sit in my house with the cats all day — and somehow, there could be an article about me buying a house in a place I’ve never been, or dating a guy I’ve never met.” 

“So, then you take it a step further, and in nightmare world, it’s being framed for murder,” she finishes.

During her interview, Taylor also revealed that when she was a mentor on The Voice, she got to learn all the coaches’ weaknesses.  She says Adam Levine‘s weakness is songs from Broadway musicals — not that he has a weakness for them, but that he hates them so much, you could use them as a weapon against him.

“If you sing songs from Rent, you can actually render Adam Levine helpless on the floor,” she explains.   Bursting into a few bars of “Seasons of Love” from Rent, Taylor adds, “You have to do a theater voice, and he’s just like ‘Ahhhh!’ and he can’t even run away, he’s so weak!” 

“Wow, so ladies, if you ever wanna catch him….” replies Ellen, getting huge laughs.


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Demi Lovato Says Taylor Swift’s “One of the Few” Music Biz Friendships She’s Kept

Credit: Giuliano BekorDemi Lovato may have had a falling out with her former BFF Selena Gomez — she indicated in an interview that they grew apart — but she’s proud she still has Taylor Swift in her life.

Speaking to ET Canada, Demi says of Taylor, “She’s one person that I feel like, one of the few people I’ve maintained a friendship with in this industry. [Fame] just changes people and it’s hard, because you have incredible friendships, and people change.”

According to ET Canada, when asked about Taylor’s recent statement that it’s sexist to dismiss her as someone who “just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,” Demi responded, “Don’t f**k with me if you’re going to say women suck.”  She added that her message has always been about “inspiring women and inspiring everybody to be honest.”



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Sam Smith Wins Big at Britain’s MOBO Awards, Says He Wants to Work with John Legend

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter picking up a trophy for Best New Act at Britain’s Q Awards on Wednesday afternoon, Sam Smith went on to score four more at yet another award ceremony in London that same night.

Sam won Best Male and Best R&B/Soul at Britain’s MOBO Awards, which stands for Music of Black Origin. His album In the Lonely Hour was named Best Album, while his song “Stay with Me” was named Best Song. Other winners included Jessie J and Beyonce.

According to the BBC, Sam said of his wins, “I came last year and really wanted to win best newcomer but didn’t and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed.”  He added, “I don’t know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet!”

Sam said on Instagram later on, “5 AWARDS IN 1 DAY. Completely emotionally drained and so thankful. I love you UK. What a welcome back.”

Asked by Heat magazine on the red carpet at the event who he’d like to collaborate with, Sam said, “John Legend is definitely up there for me. I want to work with John so badly. I love him so much. I’d love to work with Ed [Sheeran] as well at some point.” 

However, Sam said he doesn’t plan to go chasing these artists to make the collabos happen.  “When I work with people, I like it to happen organically so I let it flow and happen naturally,” he said.


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