Ryan Tedder Working with Madonna on Her New Album

ABC/Donna SvennevikAdd OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder to the list of Madonna’s collaborators on her upcoming album.

Ryan won’t go into detail about what the two of them have done together, but he tells Britain’s The Mirror, “The tracks I’ve done with her are really hard to explain.”  However, he adds that the Queen of Pop’s new music is “her best stuff in over a decade — it’s really strong.”

Tedder admits he “panicked” last week when he heard that a couple of Madonna’s new songs had leaked, adding, “I thought it was a song I was working on, but luckily it wasn’t.”  Regarding the leaks, which infuriated Madonna, Ryan says, “People have way too much time on their hands.”

Ryan has also worked on material for Adele’s upcoming new album.

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Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony & More to Perform on Pitbull’s New Year’s Special

Greg WatermannPitbull will be hosting his own New Year’s Special, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, on Fox this year, and he’s got a bunch of friends him joining him for the celebration.

The show, which airs December 31 on Fox starting at 8 p.m. ET, will feature performances from Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, The Band Perry and Becky G, and, of course, Mr. Worldwide himself, performing his biggest hits from his hometown of Miami, Florida.  More artists will be announced later.

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Taylor Swift on “TIME’s” Short List for Person of the Year

ABC/Fred LeeLast year, TIME magazine’s Person of the Year was Pope Francis.  The year before that, it was Barack Obama.  This year, it could be Taylor Swift.

TIME editor Nancy Gibbs appeared Wednesday on NBC’s Today show to announce the magazine’s shortlist of nominees for Person of the Year, of which there are only eight.  Not only is Taylor one of them, she’s the only celebrity on the list, which also includes Apple CEO Tim Cook; Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Ferguson protestors, the Ebola caregivers, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Gibbs says Taylor is included on the list because she shook up the entire music industry in 2014 by deciding to pull her music off of Spotify.

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“Frozen” & “Happy” Are iTunes Best Sellers; Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Iggy Azalea Top iTunes “Best of 2014″

Disney Motion PicturesiTunes has released its annual list of the best-selling music of the year, Billboard reports, and it probably won’t surprise you to hear that Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” is the year’s best-selling song at the online music store, and the soundtrack to Frozen is the best-selling album. 

Right behind the Frozen soundtrack on the iTunes album best-seller list: Taylor Swift’s 1989, and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories.  Behind “Happy” on the best-selling songs, it’s John Legend‘s “All of Me” and Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse.”

iTunes also named its “Best of 2014″ in various categories.  Beyonce was named Best Artist, while 1989 is Best Album.  Best Song is Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX‘s “Fancy,” and Best New Artist is, not surprisingly, Sam SmithClean Bandit was named Best Dance Act.

Here are the iTunes best-sellers lists, according to Billboard:

1. “Happy,” Pharrell
2. “All of Me,” John Legend
3. “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry
4. “Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo
5. “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea
6. “Problem,” Ariana Grande
7. “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
8. “Let It Go,” Idina Menzel
9. “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon
10. “Rude,” Magic!

1. Frozen
2. 1989, Taylor Swift
3. Ghost Stories, Coldplay
4. In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
5. Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack
6. Beyonce, Beyonce
7. Pure Heroine, Lorde
8. X, Ed Sheeran
9. The Outsiders, Eric Church
10. 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer

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Sam Smith Follows Up Grammy Nods with New EP, Holiday Video & Song

Capitol RecordsSam Smith received six Grammy nominations Friday, but he’s giving fans the gifts.  The singer has released a new EP, as well as his version of a holiday classic.

The EP features Sam’s latest single, “Like I Can,” and three remixes. It’s a little bit more upbeat than his previous songs, “Stay with Me” and “I’m Not the Only One.” It’s available now for download, and so is his version of the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  He debuted that song Friday night during the A Very Grammy Christmas special, and now you can get the studio version.  The video, which features Sam singing in an empty studio, accompanied by a piano player, is on VEVO now.

In a statement, Sam says, “It is such a huge honour to be nominated for SIX GRAMMY AWARDS!!…This has been such a special year for me and I am truly grateful.”

Sam is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour; Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year for “Stay with Me”; and Best New Artist.

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Gwen Stefani to Deliver “Priceless Surprises” to Fans in Deal with MasterCard

Daniel Sannwald/Mad Love/Interscope RecordsLast year, Justin Timberlake rolled out his 20/20 Experience tour in a major cross-promotion with MasterCard which saw the singer delivering “Priceless Surprises” to fans, like showing up unannounced on their doorsteps.  Now Gwen Stefani is set to do something similar with the credit card company.

Billboard reports that beginning December 8, Gwen will be the new face of the MasterCard Priceless Surprises campaign. According to the magazine, the Voice coach will appear in a TV commercial, where she’ll be shown giving out everything from handbags to concert tickets. 

In addition, MasterCard will be involved, not only in live events supporting Gwen’s forthcoming solo album, but also in the new album she’s working on with No Doubt.  No word on whether Gwen will actually be arriving at anybody’s front door anytime soon, however.

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Nicki Minaj Announces The Pinkprint European Tour

Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money RecordsNicki Minaj turns 32 today, and she’s celebrating the occasion with big news. The rapper has announced that she’ll embark on an international outing, dubbed the The Pinkprint Tour.

Alongside Trey Songz, the duo will begin their trek in Europe starting March 16, 2015 at The Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. They’ll make stops in Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Dublin before wrapping up April 12 at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow, U.K.

“It’s been way too long since I’ve seen my European Barbz! I can’t wait to get back and party with all of you with Trey Songz,” Nicki said in a statement. “We have more than a few surprises in store, and I promise this will be my biggest and best tour yet.”

Trey chimes, “I am thrilled to be headed to Europe with the beautiful and talented powerhouse Nicki Minaj. The love I feel overseas is overwhelming, and I can’t wait to get the tour started to bring fans the best Trigga show possible.”

The upcoming tour will support Nicki’s forthcoming album, The Pinkprint, due out Monday December 15.

The fan club tour ticket pre-sale begins Wednesday December 10 at 9 a.m. local time at MyPinkFriday.com, while general on-sale is December 12 at 9 a.m. local time.
Here’s The Pinkprint Tour Dates:
3/16 — Stockholm, Sweden, The Globe
3/17 — Oslo, Norway, Spektrum
3/19 — Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
3/20 — Frankfurt, Germany, Festhalle
3/22 — Brussels, Belgium,  Palais 12
3/23 — Oberhausen, Germay König-Pilsener-Arena
3/25 — Paris, France,  Zenith de Paris
3/28 — London, UK, O2
3/31 –  Dublin, Ireland, The O2
4/1 — Belfast, UK, Odyssey Arena
4/3 — Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena
4/4 — Manchester, UK, Phones 4U Arena
4/6 — Liverpool, UK, Echo Arena
4/7 — Nottingham, UK, Capital FM Arena
4/9 — Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena
4/10 — Newcastle, UK, Metro Radio Arena
4/12 — Glasgow, UK, Hydro Arena

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Send Food Trucks to NYC Protesters

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, on Sunday lent their support to demonstrators in New York City protesting the Eric Garner and Ferguson grand jury decisions by sending out a fleet of food trucks to serve free food to them.

The news search engine Bipartisan Report tweeted a message to its followers that read, “#johnlegend pays for a food truck in Lincoln sq to feed #EricGarner supporters before the #NYC protest.”

Neither Legend, 35, nor Teigen, 29, appeared at the rally or took direct credit, but Chrissy retweeted this message to her followers: “3-6pm. FREE food trucks by Trader Joe’s Union Sq. @ophelporhush #FergusontoNYC #NYC2Ferguson.”

Legend did address the Ferguson situation in the song “Glory,” which he co-wrote with Common for the upcoming film drama Selma, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches led by Martin Luther King Jr.  The lyrics include the line, “That’s why Rosa sat on the bus. That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up.”

Last Thursday, Legend tweeted, “50 years since Selma. Still marching.”

Last week, a grand jury chose not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death last July of Garner, who was put in an apparent choke hold by the cop after Garner was selling loose cigarettes on the street. The 43-year-old Garner, who was overweight and asthmatic, died from a heart attack.

Last month, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last August.

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Nicki Minaj Impersonates Beyoncé in “SNL” Sketch

Dana Edelson/NBCMusical guest Nicki Minaj stole the show on this weekend’s edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. 

The rapper appeared as Beyoncé in a comedy sketch about a fake MTV show titled Jingle Ballerz. The show attempted to use various rappers and a Justin Bieber character to explain the holiday season. 

Host James Franco impersonated Riff Raff, while other cast members portrayed Rihanna, Eminem, Rick Ross and Kanye West.  Meanwhile, Minaj belted out a Beyoncé-style song about baby Jesus.  

Later, Nicki e appeared on “Weekend Update” as Kim Kardashian to talk about her famous “Break the Internet” nude photos in Paper magazine. In the sketch, Minaj explained that the photos were missing their backgrounds.  Minaj said as Kardashian, “The entire thing was completely misinterpreted.  They forgot to put the backgrounds in, so the photos are completely out of context.” She recreated some of the photos with new backgrounds that made them appear to show a visit to the gynecologist, and to a senior math competition.

As the musical guest, Minaj performed her new songs “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey, plus “All Things Go” and “Only.”

Minaj’s appearance on SNL comes just ahead of her third album, The Pinkprint, which is scheduled to be released December 15.

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Demi Lovato Reveals Wilmer Valderrama Saved Her from Another Rehab Stint

RankinDemi Lovato has always shared with her fans her struggle with her personal issues, and she just revealed the one person in her life that has helped her cope with her insecurities.  That person is her boyfriend, former That ’70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama.

After struggling with bulimia, self-harm and addiction, Lovato entered rehab in 2010, and she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011.  Lovato admits in the new issue of Fitness that she was still battling body-image issues in the summer of 2013. 

The singer explains, “It was difficult. I almost went back to rehab for my eating disorder last summer. I was obsessing over food and terrified of it at the same time.”  She adds, “Wilmer noticed and called me out on it, which was a relief. I was done being afraid of food and so tired of overeating and not knowing why I did it.”

Today, the 22-year-old says she’s healthy and practices portion control to maintain her healthy figure.  She explains, “Now I’m on a structured meal plan. I eat four small meals and two snacks a day. It’s teaching me portion control.”

Lovato notes that she gets her inspiration from another artist.  She says, “My current life motto: ‘If Beyoncé can do it, I can do it.’ If she can work out, have the incredible body she has, have a kid, and be as successful as she is, then I sure as hell can, too.”

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