Adam Levine’s Movie Debut a Hit So Far; “Maps” Video Coming Tuesday Morning

Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyLooks like Begin Again, the movie that marks Adam Levine‘s movie acting debut, is connecting with theatergoers.  The film so far is only playing in New York and Los Angeles, but it’s doing well at the box office, and also has garnered decent reviews overall.

As The Wrap reports, Begin Again opened in just five theaters, but brought in an average of $29,665 per screen, which is considered “impressive.”  More than two-thirds of the audience was female — not surprising, given Adam’s presence and the fact that it’s a romantic comedy — but an executive for The Weinstein Company, which is distributing the film, tells The Wrap, “Guys are going to like it more than they think going in. It’s the perfect date movie.”

In Adam’s mind, the movie was also the perfect way to hone his acting chops. He tells USA Today he was not paid for his role. He says, “I want to have good experiences. I don’t want to do a bunch of [expletive] that I hate. I want to treat [acting] completely differently because I have the very fortunate luxury of not having to think of this in terms of money.”

Begin Again, which casts Adam as a musician who dumps his girlfriend after he hits it big, has received a 73-percent positive rating from the movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.  It’ll open in 45 more cities this weekend, and then 500 additional locations the following week.  The soundtrack, featuring Adam and co-stars Keira Knightley and Cee Lo Green, comes out on Tuesday.

Also due Tuesday, Adam and Maroon 5′s video for their latest hit, “Maps.”  It’ll debut at 6 a.m. ET on MTV and online at VH1.com. Based on a video still MTV tweeted out, it looks like the video involves Adam taking a trip to the emergency room.


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Disclosure’s “Latch” Goes Platinum, Duo to Appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Nick Walker/CherryTree/InterscopeDisclosure, the British duo behind the hit song “Latch,” has a lot to celebrate.  Not only are they gracing the cover of the current issue of Billboard, but “Latch,” featuring vocals by Sam Smith, has just gone platinum, with sales of a million copies in the U.S. as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The duo, comprised of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 4.  They’ve also lined up a few U.S. dates, including an August 1 show at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, an August 6 appearance at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, and an appearance August 8 at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco.

Disclosure is also celebrating the fact that they’ve racked up one million Facebook fans.  To mark the occasion, they’re offering a limited number of free downloads of their remix of the hit song “Frontin’” by Pharrell Williams featuring Jay Z.

Despite the duo’s burgeoning fame, they’re still relatively anonymous.  “No one recognizes us unless we’re together,” Guy tells Billboard, adding, “We’re not born pop stars. We’re not in this for the fame. It’s nice to still be able to go to the pub with friends.”


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Bruno Mars Serenades Injured Fan Whose Doctors Credit His Music for Her Recovery

John Paul Filo/CBSMany fans will tell their favorite singers that their music helped save their lives. But over the weekend, Bruno Mars had a chance to meet a very special fan for whom that claim wasn’t an exaggeration.

Last year, 11-year-old Zumyah Thorpe was in a car crash that killed her mother and two sisters.  She survived, but suffered a severe head injury, of a type that only has a 30 percent survival rate.  She’s made a remarkable recovery though, thanks to steady doses of Bruno’s music, which the nurses at the hospital played for her every night.  Doctors credit the constant repetition of songs like “Just the Way You Are” with helping Zumyah learn how to walk and talk again.

According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, at Bruno’s concert in Cleveland on Saturday night, the singer came face-to-face with little Zumyah, and sang “Just the Way You Are” with her cradled in his arms. 

Afterwards, he posted a photo of himself with Zumyah on Instagram, writing, “Tonight’s show was dedicated to this amazing young woman. I love you Zumyah.”  He added, “Tonight you gave my band and I something we’ve never felt before. you’re an inspiration to the world!” and included the hashtag #WeLoveYouZumyah.



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Ariana Grande Reveals Details of New Album “My Everything”

Republic RecordsAriana Grande has now released details of her eagerly awaited second album.  It’s called My Everything, and it’s due August 25.  If you pre-order the disc now, you’ll get access to exclusive merchandise and video content.

In addition to features from Iggy Azalea and Big Sean, who you can hear on “Problem,” Ariana’s album features collaborations with The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, A$SA Ferg and ZeddHarry Styles of One Direction wrote one of the tracks, “A Little Bit of Your Heart,” just for Ariana, and another track, “Why Try,” was co-written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.  The deluxe edition of the album features three bonus tracks, including one described as a “surprise epic team-up.”

As previously reported, Ariana will be featured on Total Ariana Live, an MTV special, on July 2.  She’ll debut her new single, “Break Free,” during that special.  On Friday, you can see her on Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and on the special VH1 Presents Philly Fourth of July Jam with The Roots.

Here is the standard track listing for My Everything:

“Intro”
“Problem”  (feat. Iggy Azalea)
“One Last Time”
“Why Try”
“Break Free”  (feat. Zedd)
“Best Mistake”  (feat. Big Sean)
“Be My Baby”  (feat. Cashmere Cat)
“Break Your Heart Right Back”  (feat. Childish Gambino)
“Love Me Harder”  (Ariana Grande & The Weeknd)
“A Little Bit of Your Heart”
“Hands on Me”  (feat. A$AP Ferg)
“My Everything”


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Ed Sheeran’s X Is Britain’s Fastest-Selling Album of 2014

Atlantic RecordsWe’ll find out later this week how Ed Sheeran’s new album, X, pronounced “multiply,” did on the Billboard album chart.  But back home in the U.K., he’s a smash.

Britain’s Official Charts Company reports that Ed’s new album has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling of 2014 to date, moving over 182,000 copies its first week on sale.  The previous record for the fastest-selling album of the year was held by Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, but Ed surpassed that album’s first-week sales by 14,000 copies.

Ed reacted to his accomplishment by tweeting, “‘I’m on cloud 9 and keep laughing at everything. love you all x.”


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Michigan Native Madonna Funding Projects in Detroit to Help Revitalize City

Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna, a former resident of Bay City and Rochester, Michigan, has announced her long-term commitment to help revitalize the city of Detroit.

Madonna’s plan involves providing funding for three local organizations that are bringing hope to the financially-strapped city, where 60% of children live in poverty.  First, she’ll fund a new facility for the city’s Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, which provides free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to kids in Detroit’s Eastside area. 

Madonna will also provide the Detroit Achievement Academy with new equipment, art and music supplies, including iPads and Smart Boards for each classroom.  Finally, she’ll provide support for The Empowerment Plan, a non-profit organization that hires and trains homeless women to sew garments for other homeless individuals, both in Detroit and throughout the country.

“I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty,” Madonna said in a statement.  “I have seen the results their commitment and hard work have already accomplished…it was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover.”

“A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit and I’m humbled to be able to give back to my community,” she added.


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Is Rihanna’s Eighth Studio Album to Be Titled “R8″?

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna has alerted her 36 million Twitter followers that she’s working on her eighth studio album.

Over the weekend, Rih posted a photo of a mixing board and captioned it “#R8,” perhaps announcing the project’s title.

Although the singer has not confirmed the title, her Navy fans are already expressing their excitement. One tweeted, “Have a feeling Rihanna’s album R8 is gonna be amazing !!” Another added, “ i’m excited for . We miss you and your music. It’s not the same without you.”

The album will serve as the follow-up to 2012′s Unapologetic, which spawned hits including “Diamonds,” “Stay” and “Pour It Up.”


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What Can’t Kelly Clarkson Can’t Wait for Her Baby to Do?

Justin Lubin/NBCWhen a new baby arrives, most parents start looking forward to the day he or she sleeps through the night, or is toilet trained, or old enough to say “Mommy.”  Kelly Clarkson, however, is looking forward to something much simpler from her new baby daughter, River Rose.

“Is it weird that I wait every day to hear my little baby laugh?” she tweeted. “I just really want to hear her giggle and all I get are quirky smiles :)

River Rose, the first child for Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, arrived June 12.   Kelly shared a photo of the baby on Twitter on June 20, calling her, “the greatest thing on the planet.”  Brandon has two children from a previous marriage.


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American Authors Having the Best Days of Their Lives Playing Their Hit in Concert

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are currently out on a big summer tour opening for OneRepublic, and of course, a highlight of the set every night is the band’s hit “Best Day of My Life.”  One reason, says singer Zac Barnett, is that there’s so much crowd participation that he gets to take a bit of a break.

“It’s awesome because I get to relax,” Zac tells ABC News Radio about performing the song live. “I’m like, ‘Alright, you guys sing it for me. Here we go.’  It’s a lot of fun.” 

He adds, “It’s cool though, because yeah, people are definitely singing along to ‘Best Day of My Life,’ which is absolutely amazing, but it’s really great to see people singing along to our other songs too that are on the album, and that we’ve been touring with for a little bit now.”

As the song has gotten more and more popular, the band has found themselves playing to larger crowds, and Zac says it makes their live shows even better.  “We thrive off the energy that’s given from the crowd so it’s always fun to play off that,” he tells ABC News Radio. “And, y’know, seeing the rooms get bigger and bigger, and more people come out, it’s just a dream come true.”

One thing that makes “Best Day of My Life” a great singalong for fans are the “whooh-oohs” and the “whoa-oh-ohs” that are such an integral part of the song.  Zac says that the song wasn’t planned as a hit single, though: it was actually cobbled together from many different songs the band had lying around, and they just decided to throw in a little bit of everything.

“We didn’t go into it thinking any which way because it was a bunch of different pieces of songs all put together,” he explains. “And when you go into a writing process, ready to do that, you’re just having fun because you’re just all sitting in a room together, a big group of you, and you’re going, ‘Well, hey! I have this piece. Let’s put that in there. Well, where should we go from there? Oh, I don’t know.’”

He adds, “It really was a lot of fun, and adding in the ‘whoas’ and the ‘whoohs’ and all that stuff was just us having a good time in the studio.” 

The band is touring with OneRepublic through the middle of August, with a few individual appearances at festivals scattered throughout.  Then, they head to Europe for more shows.  This fall, they’ll be headlining a leg of the annual Honda Civic Tour.


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Afrojack Feels “Ten Feet Tall” Thanks to Debut Album, Sting Duet

ABC/Fred LeeHe was featured on Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s #1 smash “Give Me Everything,” he co-wrote Beyonce‘sRun the World” and he’s collaborated with everyone from David Guetta and will.i.am to Nick Cannon and Chris Brown.  Now Afrojack, one of the top deejays and producers in the world, is finally out with his debut album, Forget the World and a hit single, “Ten Feet Tall.”  The Dutch deejay tells ABC News Radio, “It’s an amazing feeling.”

“It’s sort of a statement for me, and all my fans that I’ve seen all over the road over the last couple of years,” Afrojack told ABC News Radio about Forget the World. “I’ve been touring for the past five years around the world, doing like five, six thousand people shows, sometimes ten, twenty.  And, for me, now to show the world basically what we do on one album, it’s an amazing feeling.” 

Forget the World features collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and even music legend Sting, who joined Afrojack Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America as he became the first-ever EDM artist to perform on the show’s Summer Concert Series.  So how did Afrojack, born Nick van de Wall, get Sting to sing on his album?  Even he couldn’t believe the rock icon agreed to do it.

“The song was so amazing and different, that we said, like, ‘Who could sing this?’” says Afrojack of the song, called “Catch Tomorrow.”   “And then someone said, ‘Sting.’  And I said, ‘Yeah, sure, let me call him right now!  Also I just spoke to Obama on the phone and Oprah, and they also want to do a verse.’ Like, it’s Sting! You don’t call Sting!” 

Luckily, Afrojack’s friend Martin, a big-time music executive, knew Sting and played the track for him.  The former Police singer liked what he heard, and agreed to the collaboration.

“Sting always wants to do something new.  That’s why I like working with him, because he likes new stuff.  Martin showed him some of my videos and some of my live stuff and the message behind my music and he loved it,” Afrojack tells ABC News Radio.

Afrojack and Sting drew a crowd of 3,000 on Friday, turning New York City’s Central Park into a huge party.  But the deejay says whether he’s doing that, or a festival, or spinning at a mega-club in Vegas or Ibiza, the connection with his fans is the most important thing.

“I recently played for seventy thousand people.  I played Ibiza last year in a couple of clubs for two thousand people, but I also like doing a thing like Good Morning America, or something — you’re with two, three thousand people, and you get to talk in between, and you get to actually talk to your fans, so I also love that,” he says. “So for me, it doesn’t really matter, as long as we have a place where we can get together.”

Afrojack also likes the fact that he can now include his own music, from his own album in his deejay sets.  In fact, his current hit “Ten Feet Tall” is becoming quite the floor filler. 

Asked to name the one song that’s guaranteed to get a party going, Afrojack tells ABC News Radio, “Up ’til a couple of weeks ago, it was always “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris, and now, I’m really happy to say, it’s always ‘Ten Feet Tall!’  Like, if I’m playing…and the party’s going and I’ll take it to the next level, [I put on] ‘Ten Feet Tall,’  and they’ll be like, ‘Yaaaaay!!!’  So it’s amazing.” 


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