Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” Special Is a Ratings Bust

Olivia Malone/NBCIt was announced pretty much last minute, and it aired on a holiday weekend, but still: the ratings for Miley Cyrus’ Sunday night NBC special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour were not impressive.

Entertainment Weekly reports that only two million viewers caught the special, which documented one of Miley’s European concerts on her current tour.  The special pulled just a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, which is presumably Miley’s target demographic.

Miley posted a photo of a dog twerking during the performance of “Party in the U.S.A” on the special, and later was appreciative of those who did tune in, tweeting, “Shank u 4 watching the Bangerz tour NBC speshhhhhh! Seriously y’all.”

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Madonna Posts Lyrics to New Song, “Messiah”; Serves Jury Duty in NYC

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS photo via ABCLast week, Madonna posted the sheet music for a new song called “Messiah,” as well as a brief video of a group of classical musicians performing a snippet of the tune.  Now, she’s posted a selection of lyrics from the song.

“I am the promise that you cannot keep/reep [sic] what you sow/find what you seek,” go the lyrics to one verse.  “I am the sorceress down in the deep/I am the earth under your feet/I am the moon with no light of my own/You are the sun guarding the throne.”

The rest of the lyrics: “I heard the angels whisper to me/look for the signs/he is the one/I’ll light a candle here in the dark/making your way to my heart.”

Madonna captioned the lyrics, “Salvation through Art! #heart#messiah#livingforlove.”  There’s no word on when we might hear this new music, though.

In other Madonna news, she reported for jury duty in New York City on Monday after postponing twice: once after Memorial Day weekend, and then again on June 30.  ABC News has confirmed that she was allowed to arrive an hour late so as not to cause a distraction, and was escorted to a private room to meet with the county clerk. 

“We’re delighted she showed up,” court spokesman David Bookstaver told ABC News.  “It goes to show that if you get a summons you have to serve.  Her showing up says that jury duty is a civic responsibility and it’s not as onerous as it was 15 to 20 years ago.”

Madonna posted a photo of the doorknob of the county courthouse on Instagram, and added the caption, “Serving my country! Reporting to jury selection! #itshotinhere.”

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Miley Gets Tattoo of Her Dog Floyd

ABC/Lou RoccoMiley Cyrus lost her beloved dog Floyd earlier this year, but she’ll always keep his memory close to her heart — literally.

She now has a tattoo below her left armpit dedicated to Floyd, whose death she announced on April 1. She revealed the fresh ink on Instagram — it depicts a dog with a message that reads, “With a little help from my fwends.” It’s a reference to the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Late last month, Miley announced she’d added a puppy to her family, named Emu Coyne Cyrus. It appears to be named after Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, whose band recorded Beatles covers with her earlier this year.

As it happens, Coyne and his girlfriend got the same Floyd tattoo as Miley.

Elsewhere in Miley’s world, the New York Post reports Liam Hemsworth spoke fondly of his former fiancée while dining with friends in Italy recently. He reportedly said that he and Miley “clicked” as a couple and that they will “always be best friends.”

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Kesha Says Her New Music Is “Pretty Different…Really Honest and Vulnerable”

ABC/Adam TaylorKesha has said that she wanted to be on the panel on ABC’s Rising Star because it kept her in one spot while she worked on new music.  So what about that new music?  Well, Kesha says she’s keeping it under wraps, but says we should be prepared to hear something “really different” from her previous hits.

“It’s all top secret, but it’s fun and I’m really proud of it and I’m really excited about it,” Kesha tells ABC News Radio of the new material she’s been working on.  “It’s really honest and it’s really vulnerable and it’s really genuine and it’s really different.”

Well, Kesha’s known for her upbeat pop anthems, which often incorporate elements of hip-hop and electronic music.  So how big a musical departure are we talking about, here?  “It is, in fact, pretty different, at least the stuff I’ve been working on so far,” Kesha insists. “Who knows when or if you’re ever gonna hear it, but it’s very different.”

Kesha’s most recent smash was, of course, “Timber,” her collaboration with Pitbull, which reached #1 while she was in rehab  for an eating disorder earlier this year.  Asked if she was surprised by the success of that tune, Kesha tells ABC News Radio, “I was! That song was, like, everywhere really quick, and I had no idea it was [gonna be that big].”

“The first time I was writing on it, and I heard the idea,” she adds, “I was like, ‘This is either really, really bad or really, really good, and I just don’t know which side of the line it is!’” 

You can see Kesha every Sunday night live on ABC’s Rising Star, voting on the contestants’ performances along with her fellow panelists Brad Paisley and Ludacris.

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Lorde Briefly Leaves Stage at Australian Show Due to Apparent Ailment

Andrew WhittonLorde‘s rescheduled Australian tour did not get off to a great start on Saturday.

Lorde appeared in Perth to kick off a trek that was previously postponed due to illness. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a few songs into her set on Saturday, she told the audience, “I’m just not feeling very well, sorry can you just give me a minute,” and left the stage.

The New Zealand teen returned about five minutes later and apologized, explaining that something she had eaten had bothered her.

Lorde continued the show without interruption. On Sunday, she tweeted, “thank you for your kindness and your sensitivity last night, perth. i’ll never forget it and i hope to see you again soon. lots of love.”

Her next Australian concert is scheduled for Tuesday in Adelaide.

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“Rising Star” Recap: On the Final Night of Auditions, Five Contestants Advance

ABCABC’s interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its round of live auditions Sunday night with five contestants advancing and five other acts being sent home.

The show asks viewers to download the Rising Star app and vote on each contestant, who perform behind a massive video wall. If the contestant receives at least 70 percent in “yes” votes, the wall rises, and he or she advances.

The two-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country also had the chance to determine the contestants’ fate.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star “experts” — Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley — presided over the auditions. The “experts” were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.

Five contestants advanced Sunday during the live East Coast broadcast. No additional singers were saved from elimination by West Coast voters.

All the advancing contestants will now compete in head-to-head singing duels, beginning next week.

The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Dana Williams, 24, is a teacher’s assistant from Los Angeles. Her late father, David, was a rhythm guitarist for Michael Jackson and one of Dana’s biggest musical influences. Her version of Rihanna and Mikky Ekko’s “Stay” captured 87 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought she could project more in the lower register and better control on the high notes, but could see she was “doing it for her father” and voted yes. Kesha also voted for Williams, commenting that she could “go all the way” and her father would be proud of her. Paisley agreed and voted yes. Paisley said Williams’ performance was “fantastic” and “as good as it gets.”

Long Branch, New Jersey, native Audrey Kate Geiger is a bartender and yoga instructor who gets her inspiration from her dad, also an aspiring rock musician. She sang “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith and captured 84 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought some of Geiger’s runs were off, but said the performance took him “somewhere else” and he voted yes.  Paisley and Kesha also voted for Geiger to advance but noted that she needed to “let her hair down” and “be herself.”

Gabrielle Nicole is a 20-year-old from Cleveland who has been singing since the age of four. She’s also a self-described “diva.” She tackled Billie Holliday’s “My Man” and drew an amazing 90 percent of the vote. Ludacris said she “earned the right to be called a diva.” Paisley agreed, adding, “You are ridiculous.”  Kesha, referencing a comment Nicole made in her video segment prior to the performance, declared, “Divas don’t do mediocre,” and called the audition “far from mediocre.” All three judges were on their feet for the performance and voted for Nicole to advance.

Karen Hornsby is a former school teacher and current stay-at-home mom to her daughter Gabrielle, who was left blind and unable to speak following treatment for brain cancer. She chose Celine Dion’s “To Love You More” for her audition and collected 82 percent of the vote. Paisley had some issues with the performance, but said he couldn’t deny the audience’s reaction to the song and voted yes. Kesha was moved to tears by Hornsby’s story and voice, which she said were both “amazing.” Kesha voted for Hornsby to advance. Ludacris agreed with Paisley that there were some problems with the performance, but voted yes.

Seventeen-year-old Morgan Higgins is one of the youngest performers in the competition. The normally shy San Clemente, California, native says singing allows her to let go and truly be herself. She earned 79 percent with her performance of Heart’s “Alone.” Paisley thought Morgan was a talented singer, but gave her a “no” due to her lack of confidence. Kesha disagreed, commenting that she saw a little bit of herself in the singer and believed in her. Ludacris thought the performance started out slow, but picked up towards the end and gave the young singer a “yes.”

To recap: Dana Williams, Audrey Kate Geiger, Gabrielle Nicole, Karen Hornsby and Morgan Higgins all advanced to the next round.

Cliff CodySkye Griffin, the four-man singing group Unselfish, the duo OhMG and the trio Tx3 all failed to earn the 70 percent in “yes” votes needed to raise the wall and advance.

The singing triplets who call themselves Tx3 received the lowest score on both coasts — 22 percent during the live East Coast show and 25 percent on the West Coast broadcast.  Still, Kesha voted for them, but just so she could see them take their shirts off, which they do sometimes while performing. Backstage, after the show, the members told ABC News Radio they thought about going shirtless, but weren’t sure it was allowed.

Kesha voted “yes” for nine of the ten acts that performed Sunday. Ludacris told ABC News Radio backstage that he believes Kesha “is identifying with other things besides just the talent that’s on stage.” 

The evening also included Paisley performing his new song “River Bank.”

Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.

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Justin Bieber Avoids Trouble in Pre-Super Bowl Flight to NJ; DUI Trial Begins Today

ABC/ADAM TAYLORIn late January, Justin Bieber flew from his native Canada to New Jersey in advance of the Super Bowl, but his aircraft was detained at Teterboro Airport after inspectors with Customs and Border Protection believed they’d smelled marijuana aboard. The Federal Aviation Administration now says Justin is in the clear.

In a statement to E! News, the FAA says that while there were allegations not only of drug use but also that the passengers interfered with the flight crew, it has “found no evidence that the passengers violated Federal Aviation Regulations.”

This wasn’t the only incident at an airport involving Justin this year. He was also detained at Los Angeles International Airport following a trip to Japan in April. He was subjected to a routine “Q&A process” regarding his run-ins with the law.

Speaking of run-ins with the law, Justin’s DUI trial, stemming from his arrest in Miami back in January, is scheduled to begin Monday. However, he’s reportedly struck a deal under which he’ll plead guilty to reckless driving, pay a fine and take anger management classes.

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Katy Perry Celebrates Fourth of July Holiday at Disney World

ABC/Richard HarbaughHow did Katy Perry celebrate the Fourth of July holiday? By going to Disney World.

Disney released a YouTube video of a very excited Katy meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse. In the minute-long clip, the “Firework” singer calls herself a “big dreamer” who considers the late Walt Disney to be a “creative inspiration” of hers.

Katy also shared her Disney memories on Twitter and Instagram. In one photo, she’s seen wearing a robe in a Cinderella Castle Suite. The accompanying caption reads, “Princess pizza party.”

Katy resumes her North American tour Monday in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Kanye Goes on Rant About Fashion Industry, Reveals He Knew He’d Always Marry Kim

Def Jam RecordsKanye West, known for his long-winded rants, is at it again.

This time, West interrupted his closing set at the U.K.’s Wireless Festival on July 4 with more of a rant than a rap, to a crowd that quickly went from applause to boos.

Concertgoers said West freestyle ranted for more than 20 minutes on a range of topics, from alleged discrimination within the fashion industry to his marriage to Kim Kardashian. And in true Kanye style, he donned a glittery, bejeweled full-face mask during his performance at Finsbury Park in London.

After finishing “Runaway, ”West, 37, paused his headlining act when he began to preach to the audience about his talents, and the audience’s talents and creative potential, too.  West also told the crowd to follow their dreams because he told his wife seven years ago that he was going to marry her, and didn’t say “try.”

It’s not the first time West has engaged in an on-stage venting session. However, his speech Friday night had some notable moments.

“You know, people be looking at me like I got a problem or something,” West began his auto-tuned lecture. “Like I’m uncontrollable, or something.”

But as far as he’s concerned, everyone is a star, West sang to kick off his off-the-cuff remarks.  He also made sure to let the crowd know his thoughts on the media’s representation of his image.  “First thing they do is crush your dreams, then add a couple drops of low self-esteem,” West said. “And control you with lies, control you with lies, control you lies, but we going out of control tonight.”

West went on to say he has been the victim of “dishumanization” by his critics, admitting he’d just invented the word on the spot.

“What have I ever done that was so wrong, other than believing in myself? If believing in yourself is so, so, so wrong, and the other side is so, so, so, so strong in trying to beat down, and demonize and dishumanize and I don’t know if that’s a word or not, and if it’s not a word then I said it’s a [bleeping] word.”

West said he’s not particularly angry, but the media spins the idea of celebrity to make him seem stupid.  “I’m not going to call no names, I’m not going to say Nike or anything,” West added.  “I’m not dissing Louis Vuitton, I’m not dissing the Gucci group. “I’m just saying don’t discriminate against me because I’m a black man or because I’m a celebrity to determine that I can’t create.”

“After about 10 minutes, the boos started and I saw a lot of people leaving,” one concertgoer said. “He also had a go at the camera guy and told them to turn off the side screens a few times.”

“They were also shouting and swearing at him to get on with it,” said another audience member.

West made additional appearances at the Wireless Festival over the weekend.

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Taylor Swift Shares Photo of Herself with Emma Stone, Lena Dunham and Other Stars

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift‘s holiday weekend was a star-studded affair.

She took to Instagram on Sunday to post what she called a “family portrait.” The photo actually features Taylor with several of her celebrity friends: singer Ingrid Michaelson, plus The Amazing Spider-Man actress Emma Stone, Girls star Lena Dunham, Sin City‘s Jaime King, and Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr. Dunham is seen flipping the bird to the camera.

Taylor has posted several other photos of her Fourth of July weekend activities.

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