Lorde’s New MAC Campaign Image Revealed, Cosmetics Line to Launch June 5

Image Courtesy MAC Cosmetics via TwtiterLorde may have canceled her tour dates due to illness, but her new MAC line of cosmetics will be rolling out on schedule in June.

Women's Wear Daily reports that the line will launch June 5 on MACCosmetics.com, and at the MAC stores in New York's Times Square and Fifth Avenue. It'll become available internationally online and in Paris starting in July.  MAC also has revealed the image for the new campaign, which features a brooding photo of Lorde wearing "Pure Heroine" lipstick in her signature deep plum, and Penultimate Eye Liner in "Rapidblack," a deep black.  The lipstick costs $16; the liner, $19.50.

As previously reported, Lorde's been working on her line since last year with MAC senior artist Amber Dreadon, who has been traveling on tour with Lorde as her makeup artist, and working with her to design her tour looks. 

In a statement announcing the partnership, Lorde said, "I have loved MAC Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first MAC lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends!"

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Report: Justin Timberlake Leaves $4,000 Tip for Waitress at German Club

RCA RecordsNever let it be said that Justin Timberlake is cheap: he reportedly left a $4,000 tip after partying at a German nightclub.

The British tabloid The Sun reports that Justin and a 25-person entourage showed up at the Crystal Cologne nightclub in Cologne, Germany during a recent tour stop and partied until just after 4 a.m.  Even though the owner of the club picked up the tab for all their drinks, Justin did the right thing and didn't forget the waitstaff.  A waitress serving Justin and his party told The Sun that he left a $4,115 tip for her and the other severs, adding, "We were all really amazed."

Justin's 20/20 Experience World Tour continues its European leg through mid-May, and will then travel to the Middle East for a few dates before heading back to Europe.  The next North American leg kicks off July 9 in Buffalo, NY.

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Avril Lavigne Says Her “Hello Kitty” Video Is Not Racist

Image Courtesy Avril Lavigne via TwitterAvril Lavigne and her spokeswoman both say critics who called the video for her song "Hello Kitty," racist towards Asians are wrong.

“The video is an homage to all the things she loves about Japan," her rep told ABC News Radio. "Food, fashion, fun!"

The video features Avril wearing a cupcake tutu, singing words like "arigato" and "kawaii" -- that's "thank you" and "cute" in Japanese -- and dancing in a candy store with Asian background dancers. Later, she gets served sushi and saki.  Websites and social media commenters have suggested the clip offers a cliched portrayal of Japanese culture.

Avril's rep added that the video popping up on YouTube Wednesday but later disappearing wasn't in response to the uproar.

"It was not pulled from YouTube," the rep said, "but it was GEO BLOCKED...Fans were ripping the video and posting to YouTube and then getting removed due to the geo-blocking.”

Avril herself, meanwhile, laughed off the comments about her video.  "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan," she tweeted Wednesday.

"Hello Kitty" is featured on Avril's current self-titled album.

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Phillip Phillips Turns Down Teen’s Invite to Prom, But Thrills Her with Tickets

Credit: Nick WalkerA New Jersey teen who wanted Phillip Phillips to take her to prom won't see that dream come true, but she'll get to see her idol in the flesh anyway.

Carly Meyers, a senior at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ, created a YouTube invite, posted April 6, in which she turns Phillips' hit “Gone, Gone, Gone” into “Prom, Prom, Prom.”

“Phillip, if you’re free May 16 I’ll be the one in the red dress :),” Carly wrote in the video’s description.

Carly appeared live on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday as part of the show’s “Epic Prom Week” and explained why she'd created the clip.

"When I thought of my dream prom date, I just always thought of him,” Meyers said.  “I love writing songs. I love his songs. So I thought I’d kind of put it together.  [I] did it for fun, although secretly hoping he’d see it.”

And it turns out Phillip did see it -- and responded.  In a video that aired Thursdy on GMA, he addressed Carly, telling her he’d seen her prom proposal, and adding that her song "sounded so lovely.”

He then delivered the bad news: he can't make it to her prom.  But then, he surprised her with tickets for her and her friends to his show July 12 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey.

"I can't wait to see you and hear all about your prom!" said Phillip, as a speechless Carly gasped and put her hands to her mouth.

Phillip will perform on Good Morning America May 20.

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Adam Levine Says He “Might” Be on “The Voice” Next Season

EllenTV.comAdam Levine has been a coach on NBC's The Voice since the singing competition started, but will he return for season seven?

"I think so, I'm checking my schedule," he teased on Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Host Ellen DeGeneres, looking at him skeptically, replied, "Oh, OK. We'll find out. That means you're negotiating or something like that."

"I might be there but who knows?" the Maroon 5 frontman said with a laugh.

One singer who will definitely be a coach on The Voice next season is Pharrell. Still, many are wondering if there are any truth to the rumors that Gwen Stefani will join the cast.

"Gwen Stefani is merely speculative. I don't know if that's actually happening," Adam said. "That's what I'm supposed to say, you know, like legally. But Pharrell I can talk about because he's for sure. But they are both incredible and it's going to be a blast."

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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LMFAO’s Redfoo Says He’s Ready to “Entertain the World” with Solo Album

ABC/Adam TaylorSince LMFAO stopped party rockin' and took a hiatus, group member SkyBlu has released a solo album, but we haven't gotten one yet from his musical partner and uncle, Redfoo.  But the singer says he's finally ready to show the world what he's learned over the past year or so.

"I'm working on the album now," Redfoo told ABC News Radio earlier this week backstage at Dancing with the Stars, where he was a guest judge. "I've been working on it for a while now because I just keep going on tour, coming back, doing shows [and] doing stuff."  But finally, he says, "I've assembled a team of creative people that I love to be around and now we're knocking out songs."

In addition to releasing a couple of singles and making appearances all over the world, and sponsoring an annual tennis tournament in Las Vegas, Redfoo's been serving as a judge on The X Factor Australia, and he says that's helped him figure out what kind of record he wants to make.

"You know, I'm getting better at interpreting how I feel into music, even better than before. So, I'm laser-focused, and I'm on the piano everyday and I'm expressing and I'm so excited," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've been on the X Factor, now I've done this. I know what I need to put together to entertain the world!"

So, he's done X Factor Australia, and Dancing with the Stars...is there a chance we'll see Redfoo appear on any other reality TV shows in the near future?

"Well, I'm on X Factor Australia, right now, so, you know, in America, maybe," he says. "Because I love it. It's fun and...some of the shows you get to mentor people, you know. But this dancing show is incredible!  It's so stimulating!"  

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Lorde Photo Shows Her As an “Ill Exhausted Zombie”

Image courtesy Lorde via InstagramEarlier this week, Lorde postponed her Australia tour due to what she described as a "nasty chest infection and general ill health." She's since provided visual evidence that she's feeling under the weather.

A photo of the 17-year-old New Zealand singer lying on a bed, staring at the ceiling, has been posted onto her Instagram page. The accompanying message reads, "this is a photo of an ill exhausted zombie after the show in vegas a few days ago. it's good to be resting up at home." She performed in Vegas last week.

Lorde's Australia tour had been set to begin Thursday. The dates have not yet been rescheduled.

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Pharrell Selects Next Single, Readies New Book

Columbia RecordsPharrell is having a stellar 2014, thanks largely in part to his Oscar-nominated smash hit single "Happy." To continue his momentum, the singer has announced the next single off his latest album, G I R L.

"'Come Get It Bae' is actually my next U.S. single after 'Happy.' 'Marilyn Monroe' is the International single," he confirmed on Twitter. His next offering features guest vocals from Miley Cyrus.

The hitmaker's "Come Get it Bae" was recently used as the soundtrack to TNT's NBA playoffs promotional campaign.

In addition to promoting his album, Pharrell also is working on his second literary project, following 2012's Places and Spaces I've Been. "Happy...just finished my new book. You can only read it online. I'll tweet the link on Thursday. Hope you enjoy," he tweeted.

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Beyonce Scores the Cover of TIME “100 Most Influential People” Issue

Courtesy: TimeThere's certainly no doubt that Beyonce is one of the world's most influential entertainers.  Now TIME magazine has dubbed her one of the world's 100 most influential people -- so much so that she's featured on the issue's cover.

An essay written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg notes how Beyonce "took the world by surprise" last December with the unexpected, unpublicized release of her smash, self-titled album, followed by her sold-out Mrs. Carter Show world tour.  For her part, Beyonce says in a video essay that being selected by TIME "[Is] not about fashion, or beauty, or music.  It's about the influence I've had on culture.  And to be amongst the other influential people is a huge honor for me."

Beyonce's included in the category "Titans," along with Pharrell Williams, whose essay by Justin Timberlake begins, "At 41 and still with the swagger and appearance of a college kid, he has been the biggest part of our soundtrack for the past 15 years. And you will never see him doing it without a smile on his face."

It's probably no surprise that Miley Cyrus is on the list, too.  Dolly Parton pens that essay, noting that Miley was "smotherin' and chokin'" beneath her Hannah Montana persona, "So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did. She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her."

You can see the complete list of TIME's influential people at Time.com.

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“American Idol” Recap: Top Six Perform Rock and Country Songs

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol was a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll on Wednesday night. Each contestant in the top six performed two songs: one from the rock genre, and one from the country genre.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique each performance.

Here's what happened during the two-hour show:

Jena Irene was the first contestant to entertain the viewers and the studio audience. She took on the Heart classic "Barracuda." Keith said it was a great way to start the show, and that Jena set the bar high for the rest of the contestants. J-Lo said that with a little extra push Jena can make it to the finals.

Sam Woolf performed the Imagine Dragons tune "It's Time." Jennifer said she had "goosies" while listening to Sam. Harry said Sam's a sweet, humble and kind guy, and he's adding layers to that.

C.J. Harris channeled his inner Lenny Kravitz on Lenny's version of The Guess Who song "American Woman." Keith urged him to bring out the proper emotions when singing tunes like that one. Jennifer said it was shaky at first, but C.J. started to connect with the crowd toward the middle.

Alex Preston covered Neon Trees' "Animal." Keith drew light boos when he told Alex he wanted him to "release" a bit more. J-Lo agreed.

Caleb Johnson belted out the Black Crowes' "Sting Me." He lost his microphone at one point, but Jennifer and Keith both were amazed by the way he handled the situation and recovered.

Jessica Meuse performed Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." Harry said she delivered in a powerful and rhythmic way. Keith liked it too, though he encouraged her to "release" more, too.

Sam opened the country portion of the show by singing Shania Twain's "You're Still The One." Keith advised Sam to relax on stage. Harry added that Sam may want to not perform with the same tone throughout the song.

Caleb handled "Undo It," by former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. Jennifer and Harry both felt there was more magic in his first performance of the night.

Alex tackled Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind." Harry said it was exactly what it needed to be. Keith would've liked to have heard a little more "heartbreak" in the vocals.

Jena performed another Carrie Underwood song, "So Small." Keith said it was the "best journey" to watch her throughout the season. Jennifer said she was so into the performance that it was as if the band had disappeared. Harry, on the other hand, didn't know where Jena was going with it.

C.J. played "Whatever It Is," by Zac Brown Band. Jennifer said this was more his style, but she expected more from him. Harry said it wasn't C.J.'s best performance. After the judges made their comments, C.J. dedicated the song to a young girl from his hometown who passed away earlier this week.

Jessica closed out the night with Dolly Parton's "Jolene." Keith hated the arrangement, but both he and Harry thought the vocals were strong.

One contestant will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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