Facebook Study: Taylor Swift, Elvis, Bon Jovi Unite Republicans & Democrats

Credit: Sarah BarlowIn the run-up to Election Day, Facebook has released a new study comparing the cultural similarities and differences between Democrats and Republicans, based on which fan pages both groups “like” on the social network.  When it comes to music, it turns out that there are very few acts who are liked equally by Democrats and Republicans, but Taylor Swift is one of them.

Facebook compiled its study by first looking at users who “liked” the campaign pages of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.  Then, it cross-referenced those with what other pages those people liked on Facebook, to see which musicians were disproportionately liked by one party’s supporters versus the other.  

The study revealed that some acts, such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, Adele and Alicia Keys are disproportionately liked by Democrats versus Republicans.  Artists who are liked more by Republicans are nearly all country acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.  The most polarizing acts are The Beatles — who are most liked by Democrats — and country legend George Strait — who is most liked by Republicans.

But those musical acts who bridge the gap include Taylor, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Nickelback, country legends Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and classic rock giants AC/DC and Metallica.

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American Authors Plan Costume Bat-Stravaganza for Halloween Show

Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors is currently out on the road as part of the Honda Civic Tour, and they’ve got a show Halloween night in Minneapolis.  The band plans to take full advantage of the holiday show by staging an over-the-top costume extravaganza with one central theme: Batman.

American Authors frontman Zac Barnett tells ABC News Radio that the entire band is planning to take the stage dressed, not as the Caped Crusader, but as classic Batman villains.  “I’m thinking about being Two-Face,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “[Our bass player] Dave is going to be the Penguin. [Our drummer] Matt will be The Joker. We have, like, an extra backup musician who plays with us, his name is Taylor, and he’s going to be the Riddler because he kind of looks like a Riddler.”

Referring to their lead guitarist, Zac says, “James, we’re still not sure yet. We’re kind of thinking Mr. Freeze or — depending on how hot it gets on stage –with a mask he’d be a good Bane, because he’s definitely the biggest guy out of the group. He could make a good Bane.” 

Now, if you saw The Dark Knight Rises, you know that Bane wears a mask that covers his mouth, but Zac says James doesn’t sing much, so it won’t be a problem.

However, there is one very notable Batman villain that Zac admits no one in the band has the guts to take on, costume wise: Catwoman.

“We were talking about that but I don’t know if anyone wants to step up as Catwoman quite yet,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I just don’t know if any one of us are ready to get on stage in a full-on spandex Catwoman suit.”  

American Authors will close out the Honda Civic Tour November 11 in Connecticut, and then will appear on VH1′s You Oughta Know all-star concert in New York on the 13th, along with Sam Smith, A Great Big World and other rising young acts.

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Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits

RCA RecordsWe were all paying so much attention to the hoopla surrounding Chris Brown‘s recent assault case in Washington, D.C., most of us forgot all about his other nagging legal problems.  But Chris didn’t.

TMZ reports Brown has settled two outstanding civil cases against him, one of them related to the charges in D.C.  Chris pleaded guilty September 2 to misdemeanor assault in that case, but the man whom he was accused of punching outside a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago this month just got a check from Brown for about $100,000 to drop his related civil suit.  It’s a win for Brown, considering the victim was asking a reported $1.5 million.

You’ve got to go back nearly two years for the other case.  Remember Brown’s supposed brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013?  Chris was accused of punching Ocean in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio, reportedly over a parking space.  Prosecutors didn’t find enough evidence to press charges and Ocean himself declined to do the same.  His cousin, however, wasn’t as forgiving, and sued Chris for $3 million.  TMZ claims Chris just settled that case as well, for the bargain price of $20,000, if not less.

Brown’s most recent news has been all good.  He received a positive progress report from the courts last week in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago.  That probation reportedly ends in January.  He also leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, taking place November 7.

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Taylor Swift Loves the “Energy Level” of a “Good Morning America” Live Performance

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift‘s been seemingly everywhere promoting her new album 1989, and she’ll wrap up her hectic week Thursday morning with a Good Morning America performance in New York’s Times Square.  The star says appearing on the ABC morning show has become a tradition for her.

I don’t know if it would feel like release week if I didn’t do a Good Morning America performance in the middle of New York,” she says.  She says it’s “pretty wild” to perform on the show, adding, “So many fans travel from across the country to get up at the craziest hours of the morning and wait and stand in line and make signs…it’s an energy level that is…nothing can prepare you for it.”

This week, Taylor appeared on Good Morning America — Thursday will mark her second appearance of the week — as well as The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV and The Voice.  All her hard work is paying off: 1989 is now on target to sell as many as 1.2 million copies in its first week.

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Meghan Trainor Still #1, but Women No Longer Rule the Top 5

Epic RecordsThe top of the Billboard Hot 100 is still all about Meghan Trainor, whose unstoppable “All About that Bass” stays at #1 for an eighth week.  That makes it the longest-running chart topper by a woman this year.  Last week, she tied Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” which was #1 for seven weeks. 

In addition, “All About that Bass” is now the longest-running #1 ever on the Epic Records label.  That means she’s surpassed two classic smashes that were also released on that label: Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean” and “Black or White.”  Both those songs were #1 for seven weeks.

But here’s the bad news:  women no longer have a lock on the top five spots on the Hot 100, which they’d held for seven weeks.  The men who spoiled the streak?  Maroon 5, with their hit “Animals” — it’s now climbed to #5.

The top five now looks like this: “All About That Bass” at #1, Taylor Swift‘s  “Shake It Off” at #2, Tove Lo‘s “Habits (Stay High)” at #3,  “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj at #4, and then “Animals” at #5.

In other chart news, Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church” has now jumped into the top 10, thanks to its appearance in a new Beats by Dre commercial, the singer’s recent appearance on Saturday Night Live and a promotion by Shazam.

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Jennifer Lopez Writes of Being “Mentally, Emotionally, Verbally” Abused in Past Relationships

Matthias Vriens-McGrath/FOXThe new issue of People magazine features an excerpt of Jennifer Lopez‘s new book True Love, a memoir which discusses, among other thing, her infamous love life, which includes three ex-husbands and a broken engagement to Ben Affleck.  In that memoir, J-Lo writes that she felt “abused” in some of her past relationships, though not in a physical sense.

According to People, J-Lo writes in True Love, “I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally.”

She tells People that the book is all about lessons she’s learned in her relationships — and the most important one is, as she put it, “We’re not victims in this life.”

“I had to learn to take care of myself and know my worth,” she tells People. “When things are not working out, and you’re not being treated in a way that you want to be treated, you have to look at that because it’s nobody’s fault but yours. You have to take control and you have to set up your own boundaries. You have the power to change it.” 

J-Lo says that her ex-husband Marc Anthony has read the book and his reaction was, “Wow, I didn’t realize you were going through this whole journey.’”  She adds, “We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that’s the best thing for our kids.”  The two singers have six-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

Jennifer says she didn’t intend the memoir to delve into her relationships at first.  “It started out as fan book, a diary of the years I went on tour,” she explains. “But it turned into something else. As I started looking at things, it helped me face a lot. I would never go into specifics about my relationships, and I don’t. But the idea was that I learned something.”

You can read the full excerpt in the new issue of People, on newsstands Friday.

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Fergie to Sing National Anthem at Clippers Game Thursday

ABC/Kelsey McNealWhen it comes to sports, Fergie is more of a football kinda gal: she’s a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.  But she’s switching sports Thursday night, when she sings the national anthem at the L.A. Clippers season opener.

The team announced that Fergie will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Clippers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, starting at 7:30 p.m. PT.  The game will air nationally on TNT.

In other Fergie news, she’s been filming the video for her comeback single “L.A. LOVE (la la).”  It’s the first release from her much-anticipated second solo album; there’s no title or release date for it yet, though.

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Eminem Releases Official Track List for “Shady XV”


Eminem has released the track list for the upcoming compilation album Shady XV, due out this fall.

The two-CD compilation will feature an album of Shady Records’ greatest hits and a disc of new material from Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil and Yelawolf. On the first disc, Slim Shady’s singles,“Guts over Fear” featuring Sia and “Twisted” featuring Skylar Grey, are accompanied by tracks featuring Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf and Trick Trick.

The second disc includes the label’s greatest hits like Em’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and D12′s “Fight Music.”

The set arrives November 28, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.

Here’s the Shady XV Tracklisting:


Eminem — “ShadyXV”
Slaughterhouse — “Psychopath Killer” (feat. Eminem and Yelawolf)
Eminem — “Die Alone” (feat. Kobe)
Bad Meets Evil — “Vegas”
Slaughterhouse — “Ya’ll Ready Know”
Eminem — “Guts over Fear” (feat. Sia)
Yelawolf — “Down”
D12 — “Bane”
Eminem — “Fine Line”
Skylar Grey, Eminem, and Yelawolf — “Twisted”
Eminem — “Right for Me”
Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick — “Detroit Vs. Everybody”


50 Cent – “I Get Money”
D12 — “Purple Pills”
Eminem — “Lose Yourself”
Obie Trice, Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his, and Stat Quo – “Cry Now (Shady Remix)”
Yelawolf — “Let’s Roll” (feat. Kid Rock)
Slaughterhouse — “Hammer Dance”
50 Cent– “P.I.M.P.”
Eminem, 50 Cent, Ca$his, and Lloyd Banks — “You Don’t Know”
D12 — “My Band”
Obie Trice — “Wanna Know”
50 Cent– “Wanksta”
Obie Trice — “The Setup” (feat. Nate Dogg)
50 Cent– “In Da Club”
D12 — “Fight Music”
Yelawolf — “Pop the Trunk”

Eminem — “Lose Yourself” (Original Demo Version)

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Taylor Swift Donating Money from “Welcome to New York” to NYC Public Schools

ABC/Lou RoccoHow much does Taylor Swift love New York?  So much that she’s giving a huge chunk of change to the city’s children.  Well, indirectly.

Appearing on ABC’s The View on Wednesday, Taylor talked about her recent move to Manhattan and how it had inspired her.  “It feels like being unique is celebrated here,” she noted.  “The song….the fans were wonderful enough to make it #1 on iTunes, and it’s selling really, really well, which is good, because I’m donating all of my proceeds to New York City public schools!”  She got a huge round of applause for that.

It’s no wonder that Taylor was recently appointed the “Global Welcome Ambassador for New York City.”

“Welcome to New York” has just entered the Billboard Hot 100,  debuting at #48.  She’s now had 62 songs chart on the Hot 100; the only woman who’s had more is the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who has 73.

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Miley Cyrus Is New Spokeswoman for MAC’s Charity Viva Glam Line

RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to serve as the face of MAC’s Viva Glam, designing a custom lipstick shade for the cosmetics company’s charity brand.

Miley announced the news via Twitter, writing, “Going with . Look for my lipstick in early 2015.”  She included an image of herself lying on her back on a mirrored floor, legs up against a mirrored wall, wearing a black and silver bodysuit.

MAC, meanwhile, tweeted the same image, and wrote, “ + coming Jan/Feb 2015!”

Miley then tweeted the most important part of the partnership: “Every cent from the sales of my shade will go to to help people affected by HIV.”  That was accompanied by a picture of a lipstick and what MAC calls “lipglass,” which is actually just another name for lipgloss.

Stars who’ve fronted the Viva Glam campaign in the past include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Fergie and many more.  To date, Viva Glam has raised more than $270 million for the MAC AIDS Fund.

According to MAC, “VIVA GLAM spokespeople are provocative, alternative and influential and reflect diverse communities. They are heroes we look up to for their personal triumphs; people who have invented themselves and people who created movements.”  That certainly describes Miley.