Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featured on New Single from Seattle Band

ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut.

The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist.

Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."

Fences will join Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco August 9, as well as at various European music festivals.

“Arrows” is included on Fences’ new album, Lesser Oceans, out October 14. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get an instant download of “Arrows” and one other song.


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OneRepublic Remix EP Now Available on iTunes

LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic’s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.

OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.

The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.


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Lady Gaga’s “Harper’s Bazaar” Clothing Up for Auction

ABC/Matt BrownHere’s your chance to dress like Lady Gaga. Nate D. Sanders Auctions is offering clothing worn by Gaga for her photo spread in the March 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

One lot consists of an Emilio Pucci costume, featuring a silver coat, a black nylon and elastane bodysuit, and a black python leather and calfskin bag that buckles around the hip.

A second lot features an ivory-colored Gamme Rouge double twill coat.

The minimum bid for each lot is 7,500 dollars. Bidding will end Thursday at 5 p.m. Pacific time.   

In March, Nate D. Sanders sold a one-piece designer outfit worn by Gaga for the same Harper’s Bazaar issue for $15,625.


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Taylor Swift Ranks High on “Forbes’” Highest-Paid Country Musicians List

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.

Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.

Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars.  American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.


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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.

The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show.  Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much." 

Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."

On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.

Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special.  Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.


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John Legend Says Intimate Acoustic Tour Has Been “Beautiful”

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend's been out on his All of Me tour for quite some time, but he's still got plenty of dates to go: he wraps things up in the U.S. at the end of August; then, he'll head to Singapore, followed by dates in the U.K. and in Europe.  While John's career's now at an all-time high, thanks to the success of "All of Me," the tour, billed as "An Evening with John Legend," is the opposite of a big production.

"This is the first time I've done, really kind of like a Storyteller vibe for the whole show," he tells ABC News Radio.  "We stripped down the band to a very core, small group.  I have a string quartet and a guitarist.  I tell more stories to the fans, and it's just a more intimate situation.  And it's been beautiful."

"I've been so happy with it and the fans have been really eating it up," he adds.

Even if you haven't seen John live in concert, you've probably caught him singing on one of the many awards shows he's performed on over the past year or so. According to the singer, being able to play your song on a big awards telecast is a huge deal for an artist's career: so much so that he prefers it to actually winning an award.

"Performing is more impactful, because people don't really remember who won, but they remember performances if they stand out," he notes. "Like, I didn't win any Grammys, but when I performed 'All of Me' at the Grammys this past year, the song went from 49 on the iTunes charts to number three.  And so that performance was so important for the song and for my career....If you nail it, you can really help the song a lot."

John's received a nomination for Best Male on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, but it's unlikely that he'll be performing on that particular award show, since he has a concert booked in Las Vegas that same night.


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Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online

Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled “Shame” and “You Are the One,” were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna’s 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to “The Rain Tapes,” a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

Madonna is currently focusing on a new album. Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she’s working on may be titled “Messiah.”


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Adam Levine’s Wife: There’s a “Definite” Plan to Have Kids

Trae Patton/NBCNow that they're married, will Adam Levine and his new wife, Behati Prinsloo, start a family in the near future?  The model wants to have kids, though she suggests that parenthood isn’t necessarily on the immediate horizon for the newlyweds.

In an interview with the fashion magazine Net-a-Porter conducted prior to the couple’s July 19 wedding in Mexico, Prinsloo shares that there is a “definite” plan to have children. However, she adds, “I have no expectations. Not in a bad way, but I’ve learned that you can’t plan ahead. I live day by day and see what happens. It’s vague, but I like it that way.”

Adam and his wife may have to hold off on the baby-making for a while. His band Maroon 5 will release their new album, V, in September, the same month the new season of The Voice premieres, on which he'll return as a judge.


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Colbie Caillat Adds Two Dates to Her Upcoming Tour

Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has added two dates to her upcoming U.S. tour. She will now visit Birmingham, Alabama, on September 12 and Draper City, Utah, on September 18.

Pre-sale tickets for both shows are available now. Tickets go on sale to the general public for the Draper date on Wednesday and for the Birmingham date on Friday. For more info, visit ColbieCaillat.com.

Colbie -- whose latest single, “Try,” is currently #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- will launch her tour in Denver on August 27.


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Sale of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s Bel Air Home Falls Through

ABC NewsMariah Carey and her hubby, Nick Cannon, have unloaded their property in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air -- or so they thought.

TMZ initially reported the couple had sold their home -– which features seven bedrooms, a movie theater, a gym, a basketball court and other amenities -- for more than 10 million dollars. That total was three million less than what Mariah and Nick sought, but around three million more than what they paid in 2009.

However, a TMZ update states the buyer has backed out, so the home is back on the market.

TMZ’s sources say Mariah and Nick want to sell the property so they can focus on living in New York City.


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