Arrest Warrant Out for Homeless Man Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ VMA

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTVThe Cinderella story of the homeless youth who Miley Cyrus sent to accept her MTV VMA award on Sunday night now has an ugly twist:  the 22-year-old, Jesse Helt, has a police record and is currently a wanted man.

Helt was arrested for attempting to break into an apartment in Oregon in 2010; he was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief and was placed on probation.  A few months later, his probation officer stated that Helt had skipped a check-in appointment, failed a drug test and violated other requirements of his probation. 

In March of 2011, Helt signed a statement stating that he’d stopped smoking pot and wouldn’t violate his probation anymore.  But in April of 2011, his probation officer recommended that a warrant be issued for his arrest due to continued violations.  In November of 2011, the warrant was issued, and all his violations were listed. For example, Helt didn’t complete his court-ordered, community service; didn’t report for scheduled check-ins; and still owes the court more than $1,800.  That warrant is still in effect.

Helt’s mom told The Oregonian newspaper that he moved to L.A. a few years ago “to make it on his own,” and has been homeless on and off since then.  He met Miley when she visited My Friend’s Place, an L.A. center for homeless youth.

At the VMAs, Helt gave a powerful speech raising awareness of L.A’s growing population of homeless young people, and asking fans to join Miley in helping the cause.

On Tuesday, perhaps in response to the report, Miley tweeted, “People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included. I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it. Does looking down upon the homeless help people excuse their inaction?”

She later added, “The media never fails to disappoint. You’ve chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :( . While they obsesses over one homeless mans legal issue lets help the other 1.6 million homeless youth.”

 
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Ed Sheeran Douses Courteney Cox in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran and Courteney Cox are pals — such good pals, in fact, that he introduced her to her current fiance.  So it’s no wonder she enlisted him to help her complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In Cox’s video, she’s sitting on the edge of a pool while Ed stands next to her holding a pail.  She acknowledges that her old Friend, Jennifer Aniston, challenged her, tells everyone to make donations, and then nominates her fiance, Johnny McDaid of the band Snow Patrol.  She also nominates Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody and actress Isla Fisher, a friend of hers.

Then, Ed pours a pail of water on her, and two additional guys come running up and dump two more pails on her.

Ed posted his own challenge video last week, after Taylor Swift — who else? — nominated him.


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Taylor Swift Already Thinking About Next Tour; Says a Relationship “Isn’t Really Possible Right Now”

Getty Images for MTVTaylor Swift is a few months away from releasing her new album, 1989, but she says she’s already imagining what the songs on the disc will sound like onstage when she launches her next tour.

Speaking to London’s Capital FM radio, Taylor says, “I’m always thinking about the tour.  As soon as I write a song, I start thinking about…’Would this be in the set list? Where would we put this?’ So I’m always thinking about that, ’cause it’s my favorite element of things.”

She adds, “When you put out a song, and then you get to out into the crowd…and just see everybody singing the words back [to you], it’s a pretty surreal moment.”

Taylor gave us a preview of what her tour might look like on Sunday night’s MTV VMAs, when she performed “Shake It Off” in a number that’s been described as a cross between Madonna’s “Material Girl” video and The Great Gatsby.

The singer will certainly be going non-stop for the next few months, gearing up for the album release and planning the tour, so it’s no wonder she recently told the British paper The Guardian that romance is the farthest thing from her mind. 

Asked if she values her close female friendships — with the likes of Lorde and Lena Dunham — over having a boyfriend, Taylor says, “Without a doubt. Because the other alternative isn’t really possible right now. It just doesn’t seem like a possibility in the near future. It doesn’t ever work. What works is having incredible girlfriends who I can trust and tell anything.”


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Police: “No Crime Occurred” in Latest Justin Bieber Mobile Phone Incident

Credit: Ben WattsLos Angeles police say that contrary to a report on TMZ, Justin Bieber is not facing charges of robbery.

The Los Angeles Times reports that police responded to a call at a Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood Monday night after someone used their mobile phone to shoot video of Justin.  There was a report that Justin’s security team may have forcibly taken the phone, but it turned out not to be true, according to police.

“There’s been no theft, no scuffle and no crime occurred,” Officer Sara Faden told The Times.

TMZ had claimed that Justin “lunged” at the fan in an attempt to take the phone, but security held him back and he never touched the fan.  TMZ said that the fan wanted to press charges, possibly for attempted battery, attempted theft and attempted robbery.

Back in May, a woman also accused Justin of grabbing her phone after she shot video of him.  After an investigation, police declined to file misdemeanor charges against the singer.


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Phillip Phillips Extends Tour into Fall & Winter

Credit: Nick WalkerAfter spending all summer on the road with the band O.A.R., Phillip Phillips isn’t heading home just yet: he’s just announced dates for a new headlining tour of North America.

The trek gets underway September 12 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and will wrap up December 7 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Most tickets go on sale August 29.  Phillip will be promoting his current album Behind the Light, and his new single, “Unpack Your Heart,” the follow-up to his hit “Raging Fire.”

Phillip’s tour includes an Illinois appearance at the inaugural Food Network in Concert festival on September 20.  It features top Food Network star chefs as well as musicians; John Mayer, one of Phillip’s former tour mates, is also on the bill.

Here are Phillip’s tour dates:

9/12 — West Point, NY, US Military Academy at West Point
9/13 — Boston, MA, MDC Hatch Memorial Shell – Festival
9/14 — Washington, D.C.,  Lincoln Theatre
9/16 — New York, NY,  Best Buy Theater
9/18 — Shippensburg, PA, Luhrs Performing Arts Center
9/19 — Cleveland, OH,  Playhouse Square Theater
9/20 — Highland Park, IL, Food Network in Concert
9/23 — Austin, TX,  Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
9/24 — Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom – KVIL Radio Show
9/26 — Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma – Meacham Auditorium
9/27 — Houston, TX,  Houston Arena Theatre
9/28 — New Orleans, LA,  Mahalia Jackson Theatre
10/1 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/3 — Sioux City, IA,  Morningside College – Tyson Center
10/4 — Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
10/5 — Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
10/7 — San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/18 — Ellensburg, WA, Central Washington University
10/19 — Pasco, WA, Trac Center
10/21 — Everett, WA,  Comcast Arena
10/23 — Missoula, MT, University of Montana – Adams Center
10/24 — Bozeman, MT, Theater at The Brick
10/25 — Boise, ID,   Taco Bell Arena
10/28 — St. George, UT,  Burns Arena
11/1 –  Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah’s Atlantic City
11/2 –  Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
11/3 –  Huntington, WV, Marshall University
11/8 –  Savannah, GA , Forsyth Park – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon
11/9 –  St. Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
11/12 — Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
1114  — Orlando, FL,   Hard Rock Live
11/15 — Hollywood, FL,  Seminole Hard Rock
11/18 — Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre
11/19 — Nashville, TN,  Ryman Auditorium
11/22 — Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater
11/23 — Duluth, MN, DECC Auditorium
12/3 –  Reno, NV,  Grand Sierra Resort
12/7 –  Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre


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Kelly Clarkson Joining Country Star Trisha Yearwood on New Single

Justin Lubin/NBCLast year, Kelly Clarkson had one of her favorite country stars, Trisha Yearwood, make a guest appearance on her Christmas album.  Now, Kelly’s returning the favor, joining Trisha on her new single.

It’s called “PrizeFighter,” and it’s the title track of Trisha’s upcoming album.  The inspirational song “just plain rocks,” according to Trisha, so it’s no wonder she tapped Kelly to sing on it.  The track arrives September 15.

In addition to the Christmas album team-up, last year Kelly and Trisha sang together onstage at the CMA Music Festival, duetting on the song “Ain’t Goin’ Down Til the Sun Comes Up,” originally by Trisha’s husband Garth Brooks.


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Becky G Ready to Take Her “Shower” on the Road with Jason, Demi & Katy

Catherine Asanov/RCA RecordsBecky G was a huge presence on the MTV VMA red carpet over the weekend, and now the teen singer is preparing for a very busy fall: she’ll be serving as the opening act for not one, not two, but three big stars on tour.

Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato and Katy Perry will all be bringing Becky G along on at least part of their tours this fall, and Becky tells ABC News Radio what she’ll be bringing to the party every night.  “Lots of energy, I guess!” she says. “I have so much fun when I make music and I have fun when I’m on stage, and I like kind of making it a big party when I’m up there.”

“I guess you can just look for a very action-packed set,” she laughs.  “I love performing and entertaining people, and now that I get to do it on such a big level, and opening for such amazing artists that I look up to, it definitely is a blessing.”

One song Becky will definitely be performing each night during those opening slots will be her current hit “Shower,” and she says it’s already getting lots of love from whatever crowd she happens to be singing it for.  “It’s insane!” she tells ABC News Radio. “The reaction that ‘Shower’ gets when I perform it, it’s a great feeling, especially being a writer on the song…for people to sing your lyrics back to you is just crazy!”

“Shower” is about that feeling when you first fall in love, and Becky says when she, her producer Dr. Luke and some other co-writers were working on the song, they had to work hard to make sure the song sounded like it was coming from the heart.

“It was funny because when we were all in there,” she recalls. “And we were like, ‘OK, how do we do this…riding that fine line of, like, cheesiness?’ You gotta make it cool, so it’s not cheesy, but yet still kind of cheesy, so it’s like, ‘Aw, that’s so sweet!’ So it was fun. It was a fun process making ‘Shower.’”

“Shower” is Becky’s first top 20 hit, and she thinks that what’s helped the song strike a chord with people young and old is the fact that everyone has experienced that rush of first love.

“It’s one of those feelings that people are [either] going through, dream about going through when you’re young, and then, when you’re older, it’s so easy to go back to that feeling like it was yesterday, when you met, y’know, the love of your life, or whatever it was,” she explains. “So I feel like it’s just one of those songs that literally anybody can connect to.” 

Becky will join Demi Lovato’s tour starting September 14.  She’ll hop on Jason Derulo’s tour October 21. In between those two tours, she’ll open a couple of shows for Katy Perry.


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Adam Levine’s Acting Debut Coming Back to Theaters This Friday

Courtesy: The Weinstein CompanyMissed seeing Adam Levine making his acting debut in the movie Begin Again?  You’ll get another chance this Friday.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Weinstein Company is re-releasing Begin Again in theaters nationwide this Friday, August 29.  The movie, starring Adam as a musician who dumps his singer/songwriter girlfriend when he finds fame and fortune, originally hit theaters at the end of June, but in limited release.  This time, it’ll be opening in 350 to 400 cities nationwide.

Why the re-release?  EW reports that the Weinstein Company wants to capitalize on the upcoming awards season.  While the movie was well-received, its best chance for some awards-show love is its soundtrack of original music, sung by Adam, his co-star Keira Knightley and others.  Also adding to the movie’s chances: Begin Again‘s John Carney previously struck Oscar gold with his 2006 movie Once.  That music-themed film won the Best Original Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly.”

Begin Again has grossed $27 million worldwide since its release and in general, critics were kind to Adam in his first attempt at acting.  Granted, the part of Dave wasn’t too far from himself; or, at least, himself during a specific portion of his life.  The now-married Maroon 5 frontman is the first to admit that he didn’t handle the first blush of fame very well either.

“When it happened to me I was probably tempted by some of the same things he was,” Adam says of his character. “Granted, my story is very different than his but it was very easy to tap into what it was like to experience all these things that we, [as a band], never expected to experience.”

Speaking about drawing on his own life to play the part, he explains, “When you commit to being a musician, I don’t think you’re really sure…you’re…going to be able to pay the bills. I don’t think you care about that as much as you care about playing music. So this guy was just overwhelmed, and so was I, so it was pretty easy, actually.”

Adam says that frankly, being “overwhelmed” by fame is what led to some bad behavior on his part.

“There was a very specific point in my life where I thought, ‘Oh my God. I’ve made it,’” he recalls. “Probably in the early 2000s, when someone told me our album went platinum. And I said, ‘What? Are you kidding me?’ That was when I partied too hard and did a lot of stupid things.  And that was part of who Dave was…was that guy!”


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Miley Tops MTV VMA Tweets

Getty Images for MTVWhat was the most tweeted-about moment of Sunday night’s MTV VMAs?  If you guessed Beyonce, you’d be wrong.

USA Today reports that according to NielsenSocial’s figures, Miley Cyrus‘ win for Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” generated the most tweets per minute: a total of 138,792.  Beyonce’s epic 15-minute performance came in second, with 97,153 tweets per minute.  Lorde came in third place: her win for Best Rock Video generated 89,029 tweets per minute.

Overall, the show generated 12.6 million tweets, according to NielsenSocial.

As for which artists got the most mentions on Twitter during the telecast, 5 Seconds of Summer was #1, followed by Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Fifth Harmony and, not surprisingly, Miley Cyrus.


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Cobra Starship Returns with New “Praise You”-Sampling Single Featuring Icona Pop

DCD2 Records/Fueled By RamenAfter a few years away from the charts, Cobra Starship has returned with a brand-new single, “Never Been in Love,” featuring Swedish duo Icona Pop.

Cobra Starship’s been away for a while — their last album was 2011 Night Shades — and in between, frontman Gabe Saporta got married and started thinking about experimenting with new sounds.  The single is influenced by early ’90s British artists such as Jesus Jones, EMF and even George Michael‘s solo work.  “It was a time when bands first started incorporating break beats and electronic elements into their music. I had been trying to find a way to modernize that sound,” he explains.

What he came up with was “Never Been in Love,” which samples the piano from the 1999 Fatboy Slim hit “Praise You.”

As for Icona Pop’s involvement, they know each other because Cobra Starship had done one of the remixes of “I Love It,” which the girls performed while on tour.  Gabe tells Entertaiment Weekly, “I’ve always loved, loved, loved the way they sing in particular. Because they’re like punk rock girls singing pop songs.”

Don’t expect a new album from the band anytime soon, though.  Gabe tells EW that this particular song came together quickly so the label decided to just put it out there because the band hasn’t released anything in a while.  The album itself isn’t due until next year.


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