Iggy Azalea Defends Her Actions in Paparazzi Clash

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea has become the latest celebrity to confront an overbearing photographer, but she isn’t apologizing about it. Instead, the rapper has revealed what prompted the altercation, which was caught on film.

In a YouTube video that surfaced online late last week, Iggy demands her privacy from a paparazzo at a California grocery store. After seemingly ramming the photog with her grocery cart, she yells, “I hope you have Ebola, I hope you die, you’re a f**king c**t.” 

Following much criticism, the rapper took to Instagram to explain her actions. “Something is only ‘the way it is’ for as long as one ALLOWS it to be,” Azalea wrote. “What I’m comfortable consenting [that] a paparazzi do[es,] doesn’t require anyone’s opinion but my own. I don’t see why that’s hard for some to fathom.”

She continued, “Judge me for spazzing if you like but you only saw the 30sec aftermath which was classy in comparison to what he said to us inside the grocery store where we discovered him lying on the floor after we had repeatedly & politely asked him to leave multiple locations during the course of the day.”

She continued, “I don’t hate paps, just the really aggressive ones… I only treated him the way he treated me all day. Fair is fair playboys and girls. Peace out. Ps. Someone in the hotel room above me is getting pounded I can hear it.”

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Taylor Swift Says New Single “Out of the Woods” Is About Fragile Relationships

(ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua)Taylor Swift continues to give fans a peek into her love life with “Out of the Woods,” the second single off of her latest album, 1989.

“This song is about the fragility and breakable nature of some relationships. This was a relationship where I was kind of living day-to-day, wondering where it was going, if it was going to go anywhere, if it was going to end the next day,” she explained on Monday’s Good Morning America. “It was a relationship where you kind of never feel like you’re standing on solid ground. That kind of a feeling brings on excitement but also extreme anxiety and a frantic feeling of wondering.”

Taylor said the mid-tempo song, which was co-written by fun.’s Jack Antonoff, almost sounds like the love described in the verses.

“This song sounds exactly like that frantic feeling of anxiety and questioning,” she continued. “Even if a relationship is breakable and fragile and full of anxiety, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile, exciting, beautiful and all the things that we look for.”

“Out of the Woods” is available on iTunes Tuesday.


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Did Katy Perry Just Confirm She’s Playing Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Allen Kee / ESPN ImagesLast week, insiders told the New York Post’s Page Six that Katy Perry would be the halftime performer at Super Bowl 49, though the NFL didn’t confirm it.  Now, Katy’s taken to Twitter to suggest that the deal is, in fact, true.

The singer tweeted, “Ahh, Sunday…Nothing but sitting on the couch, watching my new favorite sport…” and then added a football emoji.

Katy actually appeared knowledgeable about football — college football, anyway — when she appeared on ESPN’s College GameDay earlier this month.  Besides correctly predicting that Ole Miss would beat Alabama, she also said she wouldn’t “pay to play” the Super Bowl, as it had been reported the NFL was asking artists to do.

“I would be honored, of course, but I have let them know that I’m not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl, so the ball is in their field, honestly,” Katy said at the time.  Super Bowl 49 is set for February 1. 

In other Katy news, over the weekend, she wrapped up the latest U.S. leg of her PRISMATIC world tour.  “Last show in [the U.S.]  tonight for #ThePrismaticWorldTour! Thank u for an INCREDIBLE tour! Every single show SOLD OUT! So grateful for all the [love],” she tweeted.   She’ll play a string of shows in Mexico starting Tuesday, and then head Down Under for Australian concerts.

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Kelly Clarkson Hosting Christmas Benefit Show in Nashville with Meghan Trainor & Hayley from Paramore

Peter Kramer/NBCKelly Clarkson is ringing in the holiday season with a star-studded benefit concert in Nashville.

The show, dubbed “Miracle on Broadway,” will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, which is located on that city’s Broadway.  Joining Kelly for the show will be Hayley Williams of Paramore, Meghan Trainor, Nashville star Charles Esten and country music superstars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly’s stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire.  All the stars will sing Christmas songs, and join Kelly in performing original tunes from her holiday album Wrapped in Red. Proceeds will go to several charitable organizations in Middle Tennessee.

The show is described as the “first annual” one, so Kelly plans to continue this in the future. In a statement, she says, “I love my adopted hometown of Nashville with all of my heart and I am so honored to be able to give back to the community alongside some of my favorite artists and friends for my first annual Miracle on Broadway benefit concert! I thank all of the artists joining me, as well as the people of Nashville for making me feel so welcome over the last seven years I have called it home!”

Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 18. Go to KellyClarkson.com for more details.

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Nominee Charli XCX Promises “Wild” American Music Awards Performance

ABC/Fred LeeCharli XCX is a newly-minted American Music Award nominee: she and Iggy Azalea are nominated for Single of the Year for their smash “Fancy.”  The singer says she never could have imagined getting nominated for this particular award, partly because she’s British, and Iggy’s Australian.

“I think what’s really funny is that neither me or Iggy are American,” Charli told ABC News Radio backstage at ABC Good Morning America. “But…it’s cool. I’m very, very excited, and to be nominated with her is pretty tight.”

Even more exciting is the fact that Charli will be performing on the show, which airs November 23.  “It’s cool and it’s exciting because it’s my own performance, as well,” she tells ABC News Radio.  She performed another big awards show earlier this year — the Billboard Music Awards — but that was with Iggy.  This one’s all her, and Charli promises, “I’m going to really pull out something special. It’s going to be really wild. I can’t wait for people to see it.”

Charli is the first performer announced for the show, but many more will follow.  Jason Derulo, who helped reveal the nominees with Charli on Good Morning America Monday, told ABC News Radio, “I mean, you literally never know what to expect. It’s always the most amazing performances.”

He adds, “There’s a lot of nominees — the Artist of the Year, there’s like ten nominees.  Which is awesome, because there’s a lot of people who deserve a lot of these awards. I think that’s cool. I think that’s one of the things that makes the AMAs different.”

Iggy Azalea is the leading nominee, with six nods, which Jason says are well-deserved.  “Absolutely!” he tells ABC News Radio. “She’s had such a breakout year. She really came out on the scene and really made a huge impact. So yeah, for sure.” 

The 2014 American Music Awards air Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET, live from the NOKIA Theater L.A.Live, on ABC.

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Taylor Swift Says Lack of Romance in Her Life Right Now Is “Just Math”

ABC/Richard HarbaughTaylor Swift is a single woman right now, and she says she likes it that way.  In fact, she says she’s come to the conclusion that not dating anyone will make her happier…because she’s done the math.

Appearing on the British talk show The Graham Norton Show, Taylor explained that men can feel free to ask her out, but it’s not likely that she’ll accept at this time.  “My life is really busy and really complicated and it becomes kind of too chaotic when I involve someone else in it. And that’s just something I’ve observed that over time,” she explained.

Pointing out that there won’t be any tabloid coverage of her love life if she doesn’t have one, Taylor added, “If you give people one thing to talk about, they multiply it by 50, and they make all these sensationalized stories up about you. If you give people zero to talk about, anything multiplied by zero is still zero!”  As the studio audience laughed, she said, “It’s just math!”

In addition, Taylor said that while her new album 1989 might include some songs about past relationships, they’re different than the kind she’s written in the past.

“It still has emotional complexity…but it’s not like devastation, pining away, rocking back and forth in a corner sobbing,” she said of the new album.  Instead, she says the songs are inspired by “moving to New York, surrounding myself with my friends, figuring out who I am, independence, freedom, all of those things.” 

She adds, “When I am reflecting back on a romantic relationship, it’s mostly just looking back on the things I learned from it, rather than, ‘You did this, and it made me feel like this,’ which used to be the formula.”

Later in the show, two of the other guests — comedian John Cleese and cricket player Kevin Pietersen — started complaining about how much money they’ve had to pay in alimony.  Rolling her eyes, Taylor commented, “And you guys are like, ‘Why don’t you date?’” She got a huge laugh from the audience.

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Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards Nominees

ABC/Randy HolmesThe nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were announced this morning, and Iggy Azalea is waking up to a very nice day.  The singer is the leading nominee with six nods, including in the top category, Artist of the Year. She’s joined in that category by three artists who received five nominations each: Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend.

There are 10 nominees for Artist of the Year, an increase of five from the 2013 ceremony. Five will be eliminated based on votes tallied through November 13.

Jason Derulo and Charli XCX announced the nominees in select categories on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Fans can vote once per day for all categories, other than New Artist of the Year, beginning today on AMAVote.com. You can also have your say on Twitter by using the hashtag #AMAs and including the nominee and category name. Voting for New Artist of Year launches November 1 and will continue through the first hour of the ABC broadcast, which airs live from Los Angeles on November 23.

Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons
One Direction

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist — Country
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country  
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Mary J.  Blige

Favorite Album Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary
Sara Bareilles
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist Latin
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music (Edm)
Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
The Fault In Our Stars

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

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Adam’s Got Stevie Nicks, Gwen’s Got Her Husband to Help as “The Voice” Battle Rounds Begin

Trae Patton/NBCMonday night is the beginning of the Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice, and that means it’s time for each coach to bring on their mentors, who’ll help advise their team members during this next phase of competition.  New coach Gwen Stefani has tapped her husband to mentor her team: a situation which she says at first led to “bickering” and anxiety.

The concept of a coach using a spouse as a mentor isn’t new to The Voice -- Blake Shelton did it in season two with his wife, country superstar Miranda Lambert.  But Gwen says bringing in her hubby, Gavin Rossdale of the rock band Bush, to help out still made her a bit nervous.  “I was really anxious about it,” she reveals. “But it’s been really fun. He’s really smart!”

But Gwen says that before they started filming the Battle Rounds, she and Gavin butted heads over some of her team members.  “We’ve been like prepping, watching all the DVDs,” she says.  “And I’m like, ‘No! I think that they should play with the guitar.’ ‘No, no guitar!’ Like, bickering at home about it.”  Thankfully, once they got to the set, she says, things went fine.

Gwen says moving from the Blind Auditions into the Battle Rounds puts the competition into a new perspective for her.  “In the moment of the Blinds, you’re not even seeing them perform,” she says. “And then seeing them now…some of the people that I chose, I’m like, ‘OK, now I know why I chose that person. I heard something and that’s what I heard.’ And it’s all kind of magnified now.”

“I feel like every single person so far has something special and I just feel really super-lucky to be able to wear this hat because it’s really inspiring for me,” she adds. “It’s my first time I ever got to do something like this in my whole career where I’m on this side of it. And it’s really fun. It’s really motivating.”

For the Battle Rounds, Alicia Keys will mentor Pharrell Williams‘ team, the country group Little Big Town will work with Blake Shelton‘s team, and Adam Levine has tapped his buddy Stevie Nicks to mentor his group.  Stevie appeared on the first season of The Voice, duetting with the eventual winner, Javier Colon from Team Adam.  She says she’s a fan of the show, and this time around, she’s happy to be able to work with the contestants, instead of just showing up at the finale.

“Whenever I’m home and have had the time, I’ve watched The Voice and I really enjoy it,” she says. “So I’m happy to be in on the beginning this time instead of at the very end, because I’m a teacher at heart and I love being involved with giving my little bits of wisdom and stuff that I’ve learned since I started singing when I was five.”

“She’s become a very good friend at this point and we all know how talented she is but also just a wonderful human being,” says Adam of the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, who even sang at his wedding.  “And I was excited because this is gonna be great to do it with Stevie. You know, it’s kind of a dream come true so it’s amazing. I couldn’t have picked a better…co-coach.”

“You can’t help but be really invested in it because this is their lives,” Stevie says of working with Team Adam.  He agrees, adding, “You’re helping them fulfill their dreams to a certain degree.”

“And you’re helping them get it together to figure out if this is really what they wanna do, or if this is too much for them, or are they willing to work that hard,” she continues.  “And then they see us. And they go, ‘Well, these people really worked hard to get where they are. Are we willing to do that?’ So it really creates a lot of questions and answers, I think, for these kids.”

Entertainment Weekly has a preview of who’ll be facing off against who starting Monday night, and what each pair will sing:

Team Pharrell
Griffin vs Luke Wade, “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney
Elyjuh Rene vs Maiya Sykes, “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
Jordy Searcy vs Taylor Phelan, “Breakeven” by The Script

Team Gwen
Amanda Lee Peers vs Taylor John Williams, “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
Jean Kelley vs Sugar Joans, “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
Menlik Zergabachew vs Troy Ritchie, “Maneater” by Hall and Oates

Team Blake
Craig Wayne Boyd vs James David Carter, “Wave on Wave” by Pat Green
Grant Ganzer vs John Martin, “Stop and Stare” by OneRepublic
Justin Johnes vs Tanner Linford, “You and I” by One Direction

Team Adam
Chris Jamison vs Jonathan Wyndham, “Young Girls” by Bruno Mars
Alessandro Castronovo vs Joe Kirk, “Stay” by Rihanna ft Mikky Ekko
Clara Hong vs Rebekah Samarin, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King

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One Direction Reveals Danny DeVito Will Star in “Steal My Girl” Video

Cal AurandOne Direction‘s upcoming music video for “Steal My Girl” should be interesting to watch. The British boy band announced via Twitter this past Friday that Danny DeVito will star in the clip.

“So the #StealMyGirlVideo was filmed with @DannyDeVito !!!!!!!!!!” the band posted on Twitter, along with a picture of the 69-year-old actor on the set.

1D then tweeted a picture of DeVito with band members Niall Horan and Harry Styles posing in front of a trailer with the caption, “Don’t know about you but we CANNOT wait to see the #StealMyGirlVideo.”

Horan shared a third post of band mates Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and him with DeVito captioned, “Cant believe that Hollywood Royalty @DannyDevito is in the steal my girl video ! what a legend !”

DeVito also tweeted a photo of the five singers posing with his foot along with the message, “(LOL)! #Trollfoot #StealMyGirlVideo Trollfoot wit all da boys!”

The Daily Mail reports the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star will play a video director in the clip.

Other Twitter posts from the group show Zayn posing with a pair of sumo wrestlers and Liam in a scene with a marching band.

While the plot is still under wraps, the director, Ben Winston, tells the British tabloid, “You should expect the unexpected on this one. It’s weird and wonderful.”

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Jessie J Explains Why She’ll Be a Good Guest Judge on “Dancing with the Stars” Tonight

Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJessie J will not only perform on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars tonight, she’ll also serve as a guest judge, alongside the regular panel of Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.  If you’re wondering why Jessie, a singer, is qualified to judge the way people dance, it turns out she’s got plenty of experience. In fact, she was raised with it.

“My mom was a ballet dancer,” Jessie tells ABC News Radio. “So the whole time when I was growing up, she taught me about lines, and just being elegant and [having] a pointed foot, not sickled…[and] shoulders back.” 

“Sickled” is a dancer’s term for the foot being pointed the wrong way, so it curves under.

Jessie admits she’s tried to follow her mom’s advice when it comes to the whole “shoulders back thing,” but it’s tough. 

“I try my best ’cause I’m tall so I do hunch when I’m onstage, ’cause the audience’s always lower, so…I sing to them,” she explains.

In addition to learning about dance from her mother, Jessie also knows how to dance herself: she grew up doing musical theater, and you can see her busting a move in her new video for “Burnin’ Up.”

So, back to Dancing with the Stars.  What will she be looking for on the dance floor tonight?

“I’m just gonna look for people that feel, and are great,” she tells ABC News Radio.  

Jessie actually has quite a bit of experience when it comes to passing judgment on people on reality shows:  she was a coach for two seasons on the U.K. version of The Voice.  Her long-awaited new album Sweet Talker comes out Tuesday.

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