Lorde Promises “Something Different” on New Tour Leg

Photo credit: Andrew WhittonLorde announced a new U.S. tour leg this week, and she says even if you’ve already seen her live, you should come back and check her show out again, because it’ll be all new.

“For those of you who saw me first time, this is gonna be something different,” she tweeted. “I can’t wait to show you what I got planned.”

Lorde is also excited about the fact that she’s teaming up with a service designed to prevent ticket scalping.  “There is a small sign up process but it’s 4 u,” she tweeted.  “You have to sign up to receive an invitation to purchase tickets…I know signing up takes a minute but it’s a really excellent preventative measure for scalperzzzzzzz.”

Dan Smith, frontman for the band Bastille, was so happy to hear this that he tweeted Lorde, “So good to see you doing this dude. I hate those scalping bastards.”

Lorde also tweeted that she’s excited to be opening for one of her favorite bands — alternative rockers Arcade Fire — later this week in London.  She’s also headlining her own show in the British capital this week.

The singer’s new tour leg kicks off September 5 in Philadelphia.

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Taylor Swift’s Model Pal Says Singer Has “No Time for Boys”

Raymond Hall/GC ImagesDespite the attempts of gossip blogs worldwide to link Taylor Swift romantically with someone — anyone, it often seems — the singer isn’t currently in a relationship.  And that, according to one of her BFFs, is due to a lack of time.

Asked by US Weekly magazine if she’d ever played matchmaker for Taylor, her friend, Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss, said, “I’ve been traveling. She’s been traveling. No time for boys!”  However, Karlie, who shared a California road trip with Taylor earlier this year, thinks she’s a wonderful person who anyone would be lucky to hang with.

“She’s true to who she is. She’s such a special girl,” said Karllie of Taylor. “I feel really lucky that we connected and our paths crossed.”  In particular, Karlie tells US Weekly that she likes the fact that Taylor has now set up shop in New York City, which allows them to see each other more often.

“There’s so much to do in New York. I love going to the ballet. Or a bike ride now that it’s warm. There’s a million and a half things to do in New York and that’s why I’m so happy to have her here. It’s good to have a friend,” says Karlie.

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Justin Timberlake Helps Fans Share Love Stories in New Video

RCA RecordsLess than two weeks ago, Justin Timberlake invited his fans to share their love stories with him on social media for his “Not a Bad Thing” fan video. On Monday, he debuted the clip.

The video begins with a short intro from JT. He tells the camera, “Guys, thank you for sharing all your love stories and showing me a million reasons why love is not a bad thing.”

The video then mixes footage of Justin performing “Not a Bad Thing” in concert with the photos, videos and comments uploaded by fans online, using the hashtag #NotABadLoveStory.

“Not a Bad Thing” is the latest single off Justin’s most recent album, The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2.

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Ed Sheeran Says Benedict Cumberbatch Pulled Out of Starring in His “Sing” Video

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran‘s video for “Sing” is pretty entertaining, since it features a hard-partying puppet version of himself, as well as a guest appearance by Pharrell Williams.  But according to Ed, the clip was originally supposed to star someone even more compelling: red-hot British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Ed tells the British paper The Telegraph that he thought that the Cumberbatch appearance was a sure thing, but it was not to be.  “He was locked on for it, I had dinner with him twice,” the singer explains. “His U.K. agent said yes. Met up with him at the Oscars, [and] he was well up for it. But his U.S. agent just pulled him out last minute.”

What was the initial connection between the two acts? Well, Ed contributed the song “I See Fire” to the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Desolation of Smaug; Cumberbatch provided the voice for the dragon Smaug in that film.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ed reveals that he didn’t plan to release “Sing” as the first single from his upcoming album x (multiply), but he was convinced to do so by two people whose opinions really matter to him: Elton John and Taylor Swift.

“Elton said, ‘You’re mental if you don’t put that on the album. That’s your first single.’ So he originally planted the seed in my head,” Ed tells the paper.  As for Taylor, Ed recalls that she talked him out of releasing another song called “One” first by telling him, “That’s gonna, not bore people, but just satisfy them. But you want people to talk. And if they listen to ‘Sing’ they can love or it hate, but they are gonna talk about it.”

“Taylor and Elton are two of the people I would play music to and really listen to their advice. Taylor has not put a wrong foot, ever,” Ed explains.

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Maroon 5 to Release New Single, “Maps,” June 16

Tyler Golden/NBCWe’ll get our first taste of Maroon 5′s new album, V, on June 16, when the group releases the album’s first single, “Maps.” 

V will arrive September 2, and features production from Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Shellback, as well as the return of keyboard player Jesse Carmichael, who’s been on hiatus from the group for the past few years.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be seen on the big screen on June 27 when his first movie, Begin Again, arrives in theaters.  He’ll also be back on The Voice for season six this September.

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Miley Cyrus’ Stolen Maserati Found

ABC/Richard HarbaughThe Maserati that was stolen from Miley Cyrus‘ North Hollywood home last week has been found.

The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed the 2014 white, four-door Maserati Quattroporte was located Monday afternoon in Simi Valley, California, a city that’s approximately 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The condition of the car was not disclosed.

No suspects are in custody, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police previously said a male and a female scaled a fence at Miley’s property on Friday, and stole jewelry in addition to the Maserati. No one was home at the time of the burglary.

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Rihanna Stuns in See-Thru Gown at the “Oscars of Fashion”

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images EntertainmentWhile a who’s who of Hollywood glamour was on hand in New York City Monday night for the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) Awards, it was Rihanna who stunned on the red carpet, thanks to her crystal-studded, see-through Adam Selman gown.

The recording artist was on hand to accept the Fashion Icon of the Year award at the event that’s sometimes referred to as the “Oscars of fashion.”

Solange Knowles, and Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Hudson were among the stars who assembled at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, at which Vogue‘s Anna Wintour presented RiRi with her honor.

“I can compensate for all of my weaknesses with fashion,” Rihanna said during her acceptance speech, according to Billboard. The singer called fashion her “defense mechanism.”  Rihanna also told the audience that “fashion should never be frustrating, it should be fun.”

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Boyz II Men to Justin Bieber: “Don’t Apologize for a Damn Joke”

ABC/David Moir; Ben WattsJustin Bieber has already issued a lengthy apology for a video that emerged showing him, at age 15, telling a racist joke whose punch line incorporated the “n-word.”  But according to the guys in Boyz II Men, who are friends of the Bieb, the now-20-year-old singer shouldn’t feel as though he has to say he’s sorry.

“Apologize for the other stuff you might have done, but don’t apologize for a damn joke,” Boyz II Men member Shawn Stockman tells ABC News Radio.  His bandmate Wanya [wahn YAY] Morris agrees, saying that Justin is far from racist.

“If it’s any testament to how he really feels, he hangs out with all black people,” laughs Wanya. “Like, c’mon now, like, he’s a talented artist, a human being.  He hears things just like everybody else does.  I mean, we’ve told jokes that someone else has.  He didn’t write the joke, he just said it.”

Boyz II Men and Justin became friendly when they collaborated on a song on Justin’s #1 2011 Christmas album Under the Mistletoe.  Asked if they ever witnessed him doing or saying anything that could be considered racist during that time, Wanya says, “Nah, nah, nah, man. Justin’s a really nice guy who actually is growing up in the public eye and unfortunately he has to be careful.  But, who cares?  He doesn’t care.”

Then, referring to Justin’s other legal problems, Wanya cracks, “You know, to me he’s made money.  All he gotta care about is staying in the country.”

Meanwhile Boyz II Men member Nate Morris says that overall, criticizing someone for telling a racist joke isn’t an unforgivable offense.

“The key to it all is at the end you say the word ‘joke,’” he explains. “Now, if it’s not a joke, then it’s a whole different thing…if [Donald] Sterling did it, it would be a different story. But I think that jokes are meant to be funny, whether they’re racist or whether they’re about anything — that’s why it’s called a joke.  We all are humorous people. You want to tell jokes that are funny.”  

Boyz II Men, who appeared on ABC’s The Bachelorette on Sunday night, have a new album out later this year.  They are also in negotiations to extend their residency at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

In his apology, Justin said, in part, “As a young man, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance….I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again.”

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Every Star in Hollywood (Almost) Comes Out for Bruno Mars’ Concerts

Photo Credit: Florent Déchard Describing an event as “star-studded” is pretty common, but Bruno Mars‘ two concerts this past weekend at the Hollywood Bowl were the very definition of the phrase.  In fact, there were so many celebrities in the audience that it’s hard to believe that any regular fans actually took in the show.

Here’s just a partial list of those stars who attended Bruno’s Moonshine Jungle tour on Saturday and Sunday: Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Aaron Paul, Jared Leto, Will Ferrell, Zac Efron, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, Sharon Stone, Ryan Philippe, Lea Michele, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Paula Abdul, Anna Paquin,Tim Allen, Minka Kelly, Kayley Cuoco, Quentin Tarantino, Howie Mandel, Brad Garrett and legendary producer Quincy Jones.  In fact, Bruno dedicated a cover of a Michael Jackson song, “Rock with You,” to Jones, since he produced it.

Bruno’s tour, featuring Pharrell Williams and Aloe Blacc, continues through the summer, wrapping up in Colorado in August.

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Anti-Drug Group Calls for One Direction to Be Drug-Tested Before Philippines Concert in 2015

SYCO/Columbia RecordsThe recently-leaked video showing Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of One Direction seemingly smoking pot has had an unexpected consequence: a Filipino anti-drug group is calling for the band to be drug-tested before they’re allowed to perform in the Philippines next year.

According to Inquirer.net, the anti-drug group has asked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency not only to insist that all five members of 1D be drug-tested before they’re allowed in the country, but also to have anti-narcotic agents monitor them while they perform onstage in Manila in March of 2015.

The anti-drug group’s spokesperson said, “If they want the concert to push through, the members should take a drug test as soon as they arrive at [the] airport before us and the media.” 

Marijuana is illegal in the Philippines, and the spokesperson said that the Bureau of Immigration shouldn’t approve visas for “drug addict performing artists” who are coming to the country “just to make money.”

1D’s Liam Payne, who wasn’t caught smoking weed, was still compelled to issue an apology for his band mates’ behavior. 

He tweeted, “I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways. I apologize for that. We are only in our 20′s we all do stupid things at this age. We all have a lot of growing up to do in an extreme circumstance, I’m not making excuses but it’s [a] fact — we are gunna [sic] fall short somewhere.”

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