Lorde Talks Splurging and Purging: “I Totally Threw Up Before My Show”

Thanks to the millions of downloads she's sold of her hits "Royals" and "Team," plus the platinum success of her debut album Pure Heroine, Lorde is currently not hurting for money.  But the 17-year-old singer from New Zealand says she hasn't really splurged on anything but a place to lay her head.

Speaking to The West Australian, Lorde says, "I bought myself a bed. Like, I don't really splurge or anything...I bought some nice art for my room and I got it framed and stuff so they were kind of splurges I guess."

"The thing with being famous is as soon as you have enough money to buy whatever you want, you get given everything for free, which kind of doesn't make sense to me," the 17-year-old Grammy-winner continues. "It's like 'Why? You can finally get my money and now you don't want it.' That stuff's weird."

Lorde isn't going to see her new bed any time soon, however; she wraps up the U.S. leg of her tour this Thursday and then heads off to South America for some festival dates.  While she's now headlined quite a number of shows, the singer admits she still suffers from stage fright, sometimes so bad that it makes her sick.

"I, like, totally threw up before my show last night. I am reduced by nerves," she tells the paper. "I can be completely crushed by feelings of all kinds...I get nervous, I get freaked out, I get, you know, the usual stuff."  So how does she deal with that? 

"Usually, I just tell myself, 'The second you get up there it's going to be fine', and I always know it's going to be fine and I always have a great time," she explains. "[I] just try and tell myself that 'You'll be in your zone. The lights will be on and...people will be cheering and, you know, it'll be OK.'"

"It's kind of an adrenaline thing I guess," she adds. "I get off stage and I'm kind of jittery...You definitely have to come down from it but it's nice. It's definitely feeling like a really comfortable place for me now."

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“The Voice” Recap: Battle Rounds End with an Usher Steal

Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice ended its battle rounds on Tuesday night, with the coaches further paring down their teams. By the end of the one-hour episode, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher each had eight artists in his or her group.

For the final time, we saw footage of the guest advisers, including Aloe Blacc, with Team Adam; The Band Perry, with Team Blake; and Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, with Team Shakira.

Here's what happened in the episode:

Adam selected Cary Laine and Sam Behymer to square off. They performed "Give Me Love," by Ed Sheeran. Blake said that determining a winner would come down to a matter of taste. Adam said they both performed equally well. Citing the power and emotion in her voice, Adam chose Sam. Cary was not stolen by another coach.

Team Blake paired Kaleigh Glanton with Noah Lis. The duo sang Michael Bublé's "Everything." Usher thought Noah initially came off as a lounge act, but eventually turned things around. He said if it were up to him, he would declare Noah the winner. However, Blake went with Kaleigh. Noah was sent home.

At this point in the episode, three battles were quickly recapped:

Team Blake: Ryan Whyte Maloney defeated Cali Tucker.

Team Adam: Christina Grimmie triumphed over Joshua Howard.

Team Shakira: Kristen Merlin won her battle against Lindsay Bruce.

The final battle pit two Shakira artists against one another: Emily B. and Cierra Mickens. Since Usher still had a "steal" to use, it was clear that both would advance in the competition. The two women performed Sara Bareilles' "Brave." Adam said he would choose Cierra because her last note was perfect. However, both he and Shakira noted that both artists made mistakes. Shakira chose Emily as the winner, and Usher stole Cierra.

Next Monday night on NBC, The Voice will launch "The Battles: Round Two." It will feature the remaining artists from each team battling one another by performing the same song. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will serve as an adviser for all four teams. His role was taped before Tuesday's announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow have separated.

Here's a rundown of each team following the battle rounds:

Team Adam: Jake Barker, Sam Behymer, Brittnee Camelle, Delvin Choice, Christina Grimmie, Dawn & Hawkes, Josh Kaufman, Kat Perkins.

Team Usher: Music Box, Melissa Jiménez, Stevie Joe, Bria Kelly, Madilyn Paige, Morgan Wallen, T.J. Wilkins, Cierra Mickens.

Team Blake: Tess Boyer, Kaleigh Glanton, Biff Gore, Sisaundra Lewis, Ryan Whyte Maloney, Audra McLaughlin, Megan Rüger, Jake Worthington.

Team Shakira: Ddendyl, Emily B., Deja Hall, Kristen Merlin, Dani Moz, Josh Murley, Clarissa Serna, Patrick Thomson.

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Justin Bieber Shows Off New Sleeve Tattoos

Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber shared his latest tattoo on Instagram this past Tuesday. The troubled pop star completed his second sleeve on his right arm.

One picture shows 20-year-old Bieber with Toronto-based tattoo artist Seunghyun Jo, along with the caption, "Love!!!! @seunghunjotattoos great job man." The photo shows the outside of the sleeve, drawings of a diamond, a black spade, an 8 ball, an angry version of the Kirby cartoon. There's also a depiction of graffiti artist Banksy's picture of a little girl reaching out towards a heart balloon.

Another post, captioned, "I Love You Korea," gives a look at the inside of the sleeve, which features a smiling Korean mask, a boom box  and the word "Trust" in big letters. They surround two older tattoos Bieber got over two months ago of a jester's head and the word "Love" written in Old English script.

Justin is apparently finished getting tattooed for a while. In a third post, he writes, "Done with tats 4 a while... Where I wanna be.."

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Shakira’s a Sexy, Burning Runaway Bride in “Empire” Video

Courtesy Gomillion & Leupold/RCA RecordsShakira's new self-titled album arrived in stores Tuesday, and to mark the occasion, she's released a brand-new video, for the epic rock ballad "Empire."  In the clip, she seems to be in a marrying mood.

Shakira starts the video dressed demurely in a beige wedding gown, her hair pinned up, sitting on the floor.  Then, we see her walking down the aisle in a church in a white gown, with her hair loose.  Suddenly, she turns and runs out of the church, still in her gown, through a green field.  Next, we see her on the steps of the church, in the same gown, but she's literally on fire.  After more shots of her singing in the green field, we suddenly cut to her dancing in an empty church, wearing a super-plunging, sexy black dress. 

The remainder of the video consists of more footage of Shakira dancing in the church, dancing on the steps while on fire, and dancing in the field as she sings about a passionate love that's so strong, it causes "the empires of the world" to "unite" and "the stars" to "make love to the universe."

Shakira will appear on NBC's Today show on Wednesday.

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Backstreet Boys Rep Shoots Down Rumors of Tour with the Spice Girls

Tim Roney/Getty Images/John Stanton/WireImageSorry, fans of '90s pop music: your dream tour starring The Backstreet Boys and The Spice Girls isn't going to happen.

Rumors of such a pairing have run rampant ever since the British tabloid The Sun ran a story a few days ago quoting Backstreet member Brian Littrell as saying, "We are actually in early talks about maybe doing a world tour together with the Spice Girls."

But when asked if there was any truth to this, a rep for the Backstreet Boys told ABC News Radio, "Nope. [The Sun] re-ran an old quote."

The Spice Girls haven't performed together since the Olympics closing ceremony in London in 2012, though Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton recently joked that they might consider a Vegas residency if they were paid more than Britney Spears.

The Backstreet Boys, meanwhile, already have a heavy touring schedule: they're hitting the road with Avril Lavigne this summer and will stage their annual fan cruise in October.

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Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow Breaking Up After More than 10 Years of Marriage

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization One of the most glamorous -- and seemingly most stable -- couples in show biz is breaking up.  Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her rock star husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, have announced that they are calling it quits on their 10-year marriage.

In a statement posted on Goop.com, Paltrow's lifestyle website, the couple writes, "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate."

"We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been," they continue. "We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time."

The statement finishes by saying, "We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

Martin and Paltrow married in December of 2003. They have two children: daughter Apple and son Moses.

Most recently, Paltrow has been seen guest-starring on the 100th episode of Glee; she's also featured in the Iron Man movies opposite Robert Downey Jr.  Martin will release a new album with Coldplay, Ghost Stories, on May 19.  He's scheduled to appear on The Voice as an adviser starting March 31.

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Passenger to Release New Album June 10; New Single, “Scare Away the Dark,” April 1

Nettwerk Music GroupIf you love Passenger's song "Let Her Go" and want to hear more from the British singer/songwriter born Mike Rosenberg, you're in luck: he'll have a brand-new album out June 10.

Called Whispers, the album is described by Mike as "easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made,” adding, "It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those."  He does stress, though, that it's mostly "a really positive album.”

The album's first single, "Scare Away the Dark," will arrive at all digital stores on April 1.  Passenger will  premiere the song Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Whispers is the follow-up to Mike's 2012 disc All The Little Lights, which features "Let Her Go."  The single has gone triple platinum and reached the top 10, and was also featured in the much-loved Super Bowl "Puppy Love" commercial for Budweiser.

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Pharrell Williams Absolutely Sure He Knows Who Our Next President Will Be

Paola Kudacki / GQSure, Pharrell Williams is an incredible songwriter and producer, but he's not exactly a political pundit.  Still, in his new cover story for GQ magazine, he announces that he's certain who our next president will be, and why. 

"We're about to have a female president. Hillary's gonna win,"  Pharrell tells GQ, referring to Hillary Clinton.  "Let me tell you why Hillary's going to win. Everywhere you go in this country, you have red and blue. You got the Democrats, you got the Republicans. You got the Bloods, you got the Crips. Everything is red and blue in this country. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there's unity. There's gonna be unity."

Explaining what he means by that, Pharrell continues, "When you think about a night where there's late-night talk-show hosts and it's mostly women, that's a different world. Right? A world where seventy-five percent of the prime ministers and the presidents were women: that's a different world. That's gonna happen, and it's gonna happen when Hillary wins."

The Grammy-winning star goes on to say that Hillary will win because "no matter how staunch of a supporter you are of no-abortion, whatever you are: you're a woman, and there's no way in the world you're going to vote for somebody that's going to try to tell you what to do with your body." 

As Pharrell puts it, "We are a species that has had a Martian rover traveling up and down the crevices of this planet...and we've had a space station that's been orbiting our planet for sixteen years -- but we still got legislation trying to tell women what to do with their bodies? Hillary's gonna win."

He adds, "Trust me...Everybody laughed at me when I said Obama was going to win, but I knew what he represented. But I know what Hillary represents: she represents a woman in power, and she did great as the secretary of state. She's gonna win."

Elsewhere in the interview, Pharrell talks about his famous hat -- he says he has no plans to develop his own line of headgear -- as well his early years, his dissatisfaction with his previous work, and his reaction to the fact that he lost the Oscar to "Let It Go," the song from the movie Frozen.  When asked how badly he wanted to win the Oscar, Pharrell replies, "Well, trust me: when they read the results, my face was...frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to...let it go." 

He'll be here all week folks.  You can read the full interview over at GQ.com.

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“Elder” David Archuleta Returns Home from Mormon Mission

Andy Kropa/Getty ImagesIf you've wondered what ever happened to American Idol season seven runner-up David Archuleta, musically-speaking, he's been otherwise occupied for the past two years -- but now he's back.

The singer, a devout Mormon, left two years ago for Chile to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He's posted a video announcing his return, saying, "Hola everyone. It's Elder Archuleta here and I'm home!" 

In the Mormon church, the title of "elder" is used by, among others, male missionaries, who are empowered to "teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church."  If you've seen The Book of Mormon, you know that most of the Mormon main characters in the musical use that title.

There's no word on how soon "Archie," as his fans call him, might resume his musical career.

David isn't the only pop star to serve a Mormon mission. Before he became famous, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn spent two years in Hastings, Nebraska doing the same thing.  According to Rolling Stone, during his time there, he baptized 17 people.

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Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy & More Salute Elton John with Remakes of Classic Tracks

Monty Brinton/CBSEd Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and other stars are saluting Elton John today on his 67th birthday...by releasing their versions of some of his classic hits.

Elton's legendary 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is getting the deluxe reissue treatment, and the package, in stores today, also includes a disc of nine new recordings featuring stars of today offering their takes on some of the well-known tracks from the album. In addition to Ed and Fall Out Boy, other participants include country stars The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes and Zac Brown Band, Emeli Sandé and Miguel.  Among the songs they cover: "Candle in the Wind," "Bennie and the Jets," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."

"I thought it would be nice for some newer artists to give their interpretation of some of the songs," Elton explains. "I mean, for example, 'Bennie and the Jets' -- I wanted Miguel to do that because, for me, he made the best R&B record last year and he's the best new R&B singer."

Ed was an easy choice, considering he's managed by Elton's management company, and the two have duetted several times, most recently last month at Elton's Oscar party.  Fall Out Boy was also an obvious choice, since Elton guest-starred on their album last year.  As for Emeli, she played at Elton's Oscar party in the past; the country stars are acts whom Elton, a fan of all musical genres, admires.

However, Ed reveals that the song he was asked to do, "Candle in the Wind," wasn't exactly his first choice. "If I'm honest, if I could have chosen any other song to do, it would've been anything but 'Candle in the Wind,'" he says. "Not that it isn't a brilliant song, it's just that that song's so special to England's heart."  Indeed, when Elton released a new version of it in 1997, in the wake of Princess Diana's death, it became the biggest-selling single in history.

"But I think we tackled it in a way that was completely the opposite to what it was before, making it less sad and more upbeat," Ed explains of his take on the tune, which was originally written about the late film icon Marilyn Monroe.

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy says having Elton ask them to participate in the project was thrilling, but also intimidating.

"Getting that call is definitely one of the weirdest phone calls you'll ever get, 'cause, I mean, 'Yes, of course, of course!' right?  But then there's also, the next question is, 'Why? Why did they think of us?' y'know?"

For the project, Fall Out Boy recorded "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," which is one of the hardest-rocking songs Elton ever recorded. "We kind of went our own way [with it]" says Patrick. "And I was really terrified what Elton would say.  And when we turned it in, he was like, 'Love it!'  You know, he was so excited."

You can check out all the cover versions on the deluxe version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, in stores Tuesday.

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