5 Seconds of Summer Watching Their Language While Touring with One Direction

Peter Kramer/NBC5 Seconds of Summer has had to make a few adjustments to their act as they tour North America with One Direction. For starters, they’ve had to cut back on their cussing.

In an interview with Billboard, drummer Ashton Irwin says he and his band mates “do punk jumps and all that,” but they won’t use the F-word onstage. Guitarist and singer Luke Hemmings chimes in that at a typical 5 Seconds of Summer show, “we talk a lot of s***.”

Though they’re opening for 1D, the boys from Australia classify themselves as a punk act. Irwin says they’re proud of the music they make, adding, “If anyone puts us down, we don’t care. Isn’t that somewhat punk — not giving a damn what people say?”

5 Seconds of Summer is hoping their songs will inspire a younger generation of rock bands. Irwin states, “If a kid picks up drumsticks because of our band, job done.” He then notes, “Just to have guitars on the radio again is nice.”

Billboard’s cover story on 5 Seconds of Summer appears in the issue hitting newsstands Monday.  Earlier this week, the group announced they’ll embark on a headlining tour of North America next summer.



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Christina Aguilera Shows Off Pregnant Body in New Photos

ABC/Richard HarbaughWith Christina Aguilera preparing to welcome her second child, she’s decided to show off her pregnancy for all the world to see.

She posed for racy photos that she’s shared with VMagazine.com. In a couple of the photos, she’s nude, though her privates are obscured. In other pics, she’s wearing a see-through white dress.

Christina tells the site, “As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store.”

We should warn you that the pictures — one of which depicts Christina with her fiancé, Matt Rutler — are not safe for work.

Christina, who’s currently on hiatus from her position as a coach on The Voice, announced on Valentine’s Day that she’s engaged to Rutler. Not long afterward, her pregnancy was revealed. She currently has a six-year-old son, Max, with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.



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Jon Bon Jovi Reaches Out to Buffalo Bills Fans Worried About His Efforts to Buy Team

AEG LiveThe latest chapter in Jon Bon Jovi‘s effort to become one of the new owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills franchise is an open letter from the rocker that was published Sunday in The Buffalo News in which he tries to clarify his position and reassure fans worried the team might be relocating to Toronto.

The letter, titled “Why We’re Bidding on the Buffalo Bills,” marks the first time Bon Jovi has publicly discussed his intentions regarding the team.

Bon Jovi writes “Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of [late Bills founder] Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo.”

The New Jersey rocker explains, “There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it’s important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo.”

In the letter, Bon Jovi states that he wants to keep the Bills in Western New York by building a “state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans.”

He writes, “I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I’m not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day.”

The Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders who are worried about the team moving, responded to the open letter with apprehension.

“While we appreciate his sentiment, it’s worth noting that nowhere in his letter does he write or directly state that he will ‘not move the Bills from Buffalo,’ ” wrote Alliance’s directors, Matt Sabuda, Brian Cinelli and Steve Brady in a statement.

“Anything short of formal action taken on their part will be viewed as nothing more than rhetoric,” the Alliance directors wrote.”

The Buffalo News reports Bon Jovi’s Toronto-based group made a non-binding initial bid to buy the Bills last Tuesday. According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi’s associates also own the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre,

Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and developer Donald Trump are also among the parties in the running to buy the Bills franchise.


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Report: Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Marriage, Tour Might Not Survive

Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentThe rumors have been out there for a while, but now the New York Post describes Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s marriage as “rapidly imploding,” and reports the couple’s On The Run tour might be canceled before its scheduled finale in Paris in September.

The drama is so bad, the paper claims, that an emergency meeting was held Thursday that featured the power couple, representatives from HBO, and the tour’s backers Live Nation — as well as, “no less than four lawyers.” HBO is planning to do a special on the tour in September.

One source tells the Post that Jay and Bey are staying in separate hotels and arrive “separately to each show.”

The tour rolls into San Francisco this week.  The source tells the Post, “There are lawyers that have now joined the tour, and they’re not here just to see them perform. They are here to help hash things out.”

The insider says one of the problems in the marriage is Jay-Z’s controlling nature.

Considering how much hype Jay and Bey’s coupling attracted, their uncoupling likely will be no different — if it comes to pass. “They’ve had discussions lately about the inevitable sit-down interview when they finally do split, and Jay’s been adamant that he doesn’t want Beyoncé sitting down with Barbara Walters or Oprah Winfrey pretending to be the victim,” according to the source, who isn’t sure the mega-rich parents of Blue Ivy have a prenup.


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“Rising Star” Recap: The Top 13 Compete Against Each Another, Eight Contestants Advance

ABCABC’s interactive singing competition, Rising Star, continued Sunday night with seven contestants advancing to the quarterfinals after the East Coast vote and one additional act being sent through after the West Coast broadcast. Five other acts were sent home.

Shameia Crawford, Joshua Peavy, April Lockhart, Maneepat Molloy, Jesse Kinch, Audrey Kate Geiger and Austin French advanced to next week’s quarterfinals after the East Coast broadcast.

Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast and also advances to the quarterfinals.

Macy KateAlice Lee, Megan Tibbits, Lisa Punch and Sonnet Simmons were sent home.

The top 13 acts went up against one another to compete for the highest scores. The first seven sang with the wall up. The act with the lowest score up to that point was placed in the “hot seat,” and each successive contestant then sang with the wall down and had to beat that person’s score. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round.

The two-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to move an additional contestant on to the quarterfinals.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star “experts” — Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley — presided over the performances. In a new twist, the “experts’” votes only counted for five percent.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Macy Kate led off with P!nk’s “Who Knew,” earning 60 percent of the vote. Ludacris liked the performance, noting Kate “commanded the stage,” but wasn’t perfect on some of the notes. Kesha agreed. Paisley noticed the pitch problems too, but said Macy had “everything else” and could “fine tune it” as she went along. Kate eventually found herself in the “hot seat” and was ultimately sent home.

Shameia Crawford was next on stage, singing “Next to Me” by Emeli Sánde. She collected 76 percent of the vote. Kesha praised the performance, declaring Crawford was “not a background singer anymore.” Ludacris admired Shameia’s nerve for changing the arrangement of the song and making it “unique.” Brad didn’t think it was a perfect performance, but noted Crawford was “fun to watch” and “a star.” Shameia advanced to the quarterfinals.

Joshua Peavy took his turn, singing Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and grabbing 85 percent of the vote. Brad thought the performance started out weak, picked up in the middle and faltered again at the end. However, he quoted a viewer’s tweet which read that taking on a Michael Bolton song was “a feat in itself.” Brad agreed. Kesha thought Peavy’s performance was his best on the show so far. Ludacris noted Joshua does “better and better” with each performance. Joshua moved on to the quarterfinals.

Eighteen-year-old April Lockhart of Warren, New Jersey, performed the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” and earned 71 percent of the vote. Brad didn’t think it was the best song choice, but commented that Lockhart was a great singer. Kesha agreed the song wasn’t the best choice, but she believed in the singer.

Sixteen-year-old Maneepat Molloy performed “Stars” by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals and collected 68 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” complimenting the singer on her improvement since the auditions, in particular, her command of the stage. She said Molloy could be “a force to be reckoned with.” Ludacris voted “no,” noting he loved her voice, but disagreed with Kesha and said Molloy lacked stage presence. Brad voted “yes,” but agreed with Ludacris, acknowledging the teen “had a long way to go.” He recommended she work on her stage presence.

Dana Williams performed “Latch” by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith and earned 60 percent of the vote, including a “yes” from Kesha who said she was a fan of Williams. Kesha was on her feet for the whole performance. Ludacris also voted “yes,” noting the singer “touched a lot of people.” Ludacris said he was “mad at America” for not giving her a higher percentage. Paisley voted “yes,” but went on to say it was the “worst possible song choice” and “didn’t go anywhere.” Williams was in the “hot seat” as the East Coast broadcast ended. She was saved by the West coast and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Chicago native Alice Lee‘s version of Brandi Carlile’s “The Story” earned only 40 percent of the vote and put her in “the hot seat.” Ludacris voted “no,” insisting the performance wasn’t bad, but said he needed to be very critical because of where they are in the competition. Kesha voted “yes,” reiterating a comment she made during a past show that she’s “not a dream crusher.” Brad felt the performance needed “a little more rehearsal,” noting it was “pitchy.” Lee was eventually eliminated from the competition.

Jesse Kinch sang with the wall down and raised it with his performance of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” He earned 88 percent of the vote. Paisley voted “yes,” declaring he was a “huge fan” of Kinch, jokingly asking the 20-year-old rocker to sign his guitar. Kesha, who also voted “yes,” was left speechless. Ludacris declared, “When music is good, you lose yourself in the moment…I think everyone in this room just lost themselves.”

Caro, Michigan, native, Megan Tibbits, 26, sang with the wall down and had a chance to eliminate Macy Kate from the competition. Unfortunately, her risky choice of Marc Broussard’s “Home” collected just 32 percent of the vote. Ludacris complimented her on taking a chance, but called the performance “shaky.” Brad felt the risk didn’t pay off because Tibbits was out of her comfort zone. He said the performance “didn’t connect with the audience.” Kesha agreed it wasn’t the best song choice. Tibbits ended up in the “hot seat” and was sent packing.

Lisa Punch was the next act to sing with the wall down in an effort to unseat Macy Kate. She chose Beyoncé’s “Girl on Fire,” and fell just shy of doing that with 59 percent. Kesha was disappointed with the vote. Ludacris loved how Punch “fought every second.” Paisley disagreed with Kesha, claiming Lisa’s performance was “pitchy.” He loved the choreography, however. Punch took her place in the “hot seat” and was eventually eliminated.

Audrey Kate Geiger, 24, was next up on stage. Singing with the wall down, her performance of “The Big Bang” by Rock Mafia raised the wall with 65 percent of the vote. Ludacris was “on the fence” before ultimately voting “yes.” He explained that the performance started off slow, but the New York City native “got into it towards the end.” He went on to say the “unique” quality of her voice eventually won him over. Kesha also took a long time to cast a vote, criticizing the song choice, but praising Audrey Kate’s voice. Paisley declared Audrey Kate might be his favorite singer.

Next up was newlywed Austin French, whose version of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” raised the wall, collecting 88 percent of the vote. Ludacris voted “yes,” even though he felt the performance was a little pitchy. However, he thought French’s overall “presence” and everything he brought to the performance put him over the top. Kesha agreed, noting French just made “made America happy.” Paisley also voted yes.

Sonnet Simmons closed out the evening with Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” She failed to raise the wall with just 30 percent of the vote. Brad commented that the performance was just “too pitchy” and wasn’t the right song. He did urge Simmons to stick with it. Ludacris didn’t think it was Simmons’ best performance, noting it was a hard song choice and her nerves seemed to get the better of her. Kesha told the 34-year-old, “Please don’t let this stop you, please only let this make you stronger.” Simmons was eliminated from the competition.

Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.


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Beyoncé releases “Flawless” Remix Featuring Nicki Minaj

Robin Harper/Sony Music; Howard Huang/Universal MotownIn what has become typical Beyoncé fashion, the singer released a new remix of the hit “Flawless,” featuring Nicki Minaj, without warning Saturday night on her official website.

The song includes lyrics that appear to reference that infamous elevator fight between Jay Z and Beyoncé’s sister Solange in May.

Beyoncé sings, “We escalate, up in this b***h like elevators. Of course sometimes s**t goes down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”  Bey repeats the line, laughs and throws in a “cha-ching” sound of a cash register.

The remix marks the first time Beyoncé and Minaj have collaborated.

Beyoncé is currently out with Jay Z for their On the Run tour.  Minaj’s upcoming single, “Anaconda,” is scheduled to be released on August 5.



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“American Idol” Season 7 Finalist Michael Johns Dies at Age 35

Michael Johns, far right; Ray Mickshaw/FoxAmerican Idol Season 7 finalist Michael Johns died Friday at the age of 35, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which cites multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle.

Fox, Fremantlemedia North America and 19 Entertainment posted a statement on American Idol‘s official Facebook page Saturday that reads, “Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Perth, Australia, native was born Michael John Lee, but changed his name in 2006 as a tribute to his grandfather, whose first name was John. Thus, the name Johns.

Johns originally dreamed of being a professional tennis player, until the music bug hit him when he was 15 years old. A tennis scholarship ended up being his ticket to the United States.

The singer auditioned for American Idol in 2008 with Otis Redding‘s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and ultimately finished in eighth place. David Cook won that season  Johns followed his time on American Idol with a full-length album a year later titled, Hold Back My Heart. It included the single “Heart on My Sleeve.

Johns performed on the PBS television special, Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, and also appeared on a 2012 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Here are some of the tributes and remembrances from people connected to American Idol:

Nigel Lythgoe, American Idol producer: “His acoustic version of the Bee Gees‘ ‘To Love Somebody’ was very special but I will always remember him singing the Beatles‘ ‘You Never Give Me Your Money/Golden Slumbers.’ One of his favorite songs. … He was a great talent and dear friend. My boys and I were devastated to hear the news.” Lythgoe tweeted “God Bless you Michael.”

Reigning Idol champion, Caleb Johnson via Twitter Saturday: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Michael Johns. Tonight’s show is dedicated in your honor.”

Paula Abdul via Twitter: I’m heartbroken over the loss of @michael_johns. His enormous talent, gigantic heart & infectious personality will live in my heart forever.”

Simon Cowell via Twitter: “I just heard the very sad news that Michael Johns has passed away. A truly great guy. Rest in peace Michael.”

Randy Jackson via Twitter: “So Sad. Too soon. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. RIP Michael Johns.”

Kris Allen via Twitter: “Incredibly sad need about Michael Johns. Always so inviting to me and my family. Prayers go out to his family.”

Johns leaves behind his wife, Stacey. The couple met in 2003 and tied the knot in 2007.


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Chris Brown: “I’ve Been Through a Lot in My Life”

RCA RecordsChris Brown appears to be trying to make peace with his recent past, and with his fans.  The rapper posted a photo on Instagram Saturday of himself in an orange jail jumpsuit, along with a reflective message in which he admits making “a lot of mistakes along the way.”

Breezy writes, “I been through a lot in my life. Made a lot of mistakes along the way. But through it all I’ve always been true to myself and through God I’ve been able to take care of my family! I should regret some things but I think the lessons learned will shape me into a real man. I’m grateful and appreciative! Thank you for life!”

Brown’s music career has managed to stay afloat despite his recent extended jail stint. Last week, his latest hit single, “Loyal,” reached platinum status, which means the song has sold more than one million copies.


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Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift to Appear at “Teen Choice 2014″

ABC/Kelsey McNealAriana Grande and Taylor Swift have been added to the roster of celebrities who will make an appearance at Teen Choice 2014, the annual award show that allows teens to vote for their favorites in the entertainment world.

Both women have also received new nominations as part of the third and final wave of nods announced Friday. Taylor is a contender for Choice Social Media Queen and Choice Instagrammer, and Ariana is up for Choice Web Collaboration. Taylor and Ariana are each represented in the Choice Fanatic Fans category, too.

Voting is now open for teens at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

Teen Choice 2014, which will be hosted by Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey, will air on Fox on August 10.

Here’s a look at the nominees in some of the categories announced Friday:

Choice Social Media King
Justin Bieber
Ashton Kutcher
One Direction
Ian Somerhalder
Justin Timberlake

Choice Social Media Queen
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Britney Spears
Taylor Swift

Choice Twit
Justin Bieber
Demi Lovato
One Direction
Katy Perry
Ian Somerhalder

Choice Instagrammer
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Fanatic Fans
#Arianators
#Directioners
#Harmonizers
#Lovatics
#Swifties

Choice Web Collaboration
Danisnotonfire & AmazingPhil  – The Photo Booth Challenge
Alfie Deyes (“Pointless Blog”) and Ariana Grande – Ariana Does My Makeup
PrankvsPrank and Jack & Finn Harries (“Jacksgap”) – Twin Teleport Prank
Anthony Quintal (“Lohanthony”), Jack Baran (“Thatsojack”), Andrew Lowe, Jenn McAllister
(“Jennxpenn”) and Rebecca Black – Fab Five in Real Life
Troye Sivan & Tyler Oakley – The “Boyfriend” Tag



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Caleb Johnson Reveals Track Listing for Debut Album

Michael Becker/FoxThe reigning American Idol champion, Caleb Johnson, will release his debut album in less than two weeks. To whet his fans’ appetite, he’s released the track listing for the set.

The album, titled Testify, will be comprised of 10 tracks, including his American Idol winner’s single, “As Long as You Love Me,” which he’s openly admitted he’s not a huge fan of.

The 23-year-old North Carolina rocker co-wrote more than half of the tunes. Aloe Blacc penned one of the other songs, “Another Life.”

Testify will debut on August 12. Here’s the track listing:

“Sailing Away”
“Save Me”
“Let Me In”
“Only One”
“Fighting Gravity”
“Devil’s Daughter”
“Another Life”
“Change”
“Testify”
“As Long As You Love Me”



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