Aloe Blacc Goes from “Wake Me Up” to “Get On Up”

Frederick Brown/MSNBCAfter conquering the charts with his hit “Wake Me Up,” and trying his hand at reality TV by appearing as a mentor on The Voice, Aloe Blacc is now making his movie debut.  He’s got a small role in Get On Up, the new biopic of the late James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, which is in theaters Friday.  Aloe says this part may not be his last, either.

“Acting is something I want to pursue,” Aloe tells ABC News Radio.  In Get On Up, he plays a real person, Nafloyd Scott, whom Aloe describes as “one of the first guitar players that James Brown ever worked with.”  Asked if Scott played on any of Brown’s classic hits, he laughs, “I wish.  Unfortunately, my character quits the band too early, ’cause he can’t stand James Brown’s attitude!”

Despite the small size of the role, Aloe is eager to do more acting, but he admits it makes him realize what a beginner he is, and how much work he’d have to put in to get better.

“It was a great learning experience, and really fun to be on such a historic moment, you know, the first well-produced biopic of James Brown,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It just showed me, though, that there’s a lot to learn when it comes to this form of artistic expression.  And as much time as I put into music, I would have to put into acting, in order to really stand up with the best and the other cast members, who are brilliant actors.” 

The cast of Get On Up, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, also includes such first-rate actors as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd.  It was directed by Tate Taylor, who also directed the hit movie The Help.



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Taylor Swift: “People Wouldn’t Listen to My Songs If They Weren’t Heartbroken…”

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has never been afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and she thinks it’s a big reason for her success.

The 24-year-old singer tells Entertainment Tonight, “To me emotion is such an important part of my life and now I guess my job.”

Swift continues, “People wouldn’t listen to my songs if they weren’t heartbroken or deeply affected and hurt and jilted and sad and bitter and all those wonderful things that I write songs about.”

The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter finds herself on unfamiliar turf in the upcoming film The Giver, in which she plays a character named Rosemary, who seems to have no emotion.

Even more surprising is the fact that Swift didn’t even have to audition for the part.  ET says she was offered the role a week after one of the producers caught her Los Angeles Concert.

The Giver is based on the popular young adult novel, and tells the story of a perfect world where everyone is happy. Jeff Bridges fills the title role of “The Giver,” an old man who reveals a “real world” that is filled with pain, sadness and war.  Meryl Streep also stars.  The film opens August 15.


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Katy Perry Performs at White House Event for Special Olympics

ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry took time out from her Prismatic tour Thursday evening to perform at a White House event that paid tribute to the Special Olympics.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted “A Celebration of Special Olympics and a Unified Generation” to mark the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics.

“I love Katy Perry.  She is just a wonderful person,” Obama said. “I’ve just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person, but I just want everybody to know she is on tour right now and so for her to take time out to do this is really special and so we really want to say thank you to her for doing this.”

A Special Olympian introduced Perry, who wore a floor length blue sequin dress. She dedicated her first song, “Roar,” to “those who inspire me.”  Her set list also included “Unconditionally.”

In addition to Perry, invited guests included elected officials, Special Olympians and a number of celebrities, including Stevie Wonder.

Perry resumes her Prismatic tour Friday in Boston.


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5 Seconds of Summer Debuts Video for “Amnesia”

Capitol RecordsOne day after announcing a 2015 headlining tour, 5 Seconds of Summer on Thursday debuted the video for their new single, “Amnesia.”

The song, which revolves around a lost love, shows the Australian group having fun in a pool, sharing laughs in a car, and singing into the camera quite a bit.

“Amnesia” is one of the tracks on their self-titled debut album, which just hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

5 Seconds of Summer is currently touring with One Direction. Their next scheduled shows are this Friday and Saturday in Toronto. They’ll embark on a two-month-long headlining tour in North America next summer.


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Witness Shares What She Saw During Bieber-Bloom Fight

Ben WattsSo, what exactly transpired between Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom when the two scuffled at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, early Wednesday?  One witness shared what she says she saw with Britain’s Daily Mirror.

Former journalist Anastasia Skolkova tells the newspaper she was having dinner with friends, nearby Bloom and Leonardo DiCaprio, at the Cipriani restaurant. Lindsay Lohan and Diddy, among others, were also there.

Skolkova continues, “Justin said something when he came in which was aimed at Orlando, who then jumped onto a sofa to try and get at Justin.” It’s been reported that Justin made a comment about Bloom’s ex-wife, model Miranda Kerr.

Skolkova recalls that everyone in the restaurant stood up and clapped; allegedly, DiCaprio applauded Bloom.

She adds, “There were actually two moments when it turned violent, it wasn’t just the one punch thrown. DiCaprio was flipping out and Lindsay Lohan was trying to call them. Justin’s face was amazing.”

Since the incident, Justin has taken a couple of digs at Bloom on social media, first by reportedly posting a photo of Kerr, and then later by uploading a picture of Bloom appearing to wipe his eye.

Justin didn’t post anything onto Instagram Thursday, and his only tweet and Facebook post of the day involved an inspiring video about a 13-year-old girl, born with a lung disease, who saw OneRepublic for her first concert. He wrote, “what it’s all about…#giveback nice job @OneRepublic.”



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Lady Gaga Poses with Her Dog for “Harper’s Bazaar’s” Fall Fashion Issue

Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga makes an appearance on one of the covers of Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s fall fashion issue — and so does her precious dog, Asia.

Gaga is one of the well-known names recognized by Harper’s Bazaar as a fashion “icon.” On the cover, she holds her black pooch behind a handbag as she wears a pink Chanel hat, bra, skirt and jacket. If you follow Gaga on Instagram, you’ve undoubtedly seen the many photos of Asia that the singer has posted onto the site.

The skirt was cut shorter by Carine Roitfeld — who undertook the “icons” project — with the blessing of Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

The issue also features a picture of Gaga wearing a black wig and a La Perla top and fishnets. The look calls to mind Cher.

Other celebrities who posed for the September issue include Penelope Cruz, Brooke Shields and Cindy Crawford. It hits newsstands August 19.



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Katy Perry’s “This Is How We Do” Video Features Food, Mariah Carey Look-Alike and More

ABC/Richard HarbaughBasketballs, tacos, watermelons and a woman posing as Mariah Carey…these are just a few of the highlights of Katy Perry’s new and kooky video for her single “This Is How We Do.”

The pop art-inspired clip features Katy in a variety of colorful outfits and hairstyles as she sings alongside dancers, some of whom are outfitted with Pee-wee Herman-type suits.

The video ends with Katy lounging in a chair as she’s surrounded by animated dancing ice cream. One ice cream cone is even twerking.

“This Is How We Do” is the fifth single from Katy’s most recent album, Prism. She continues her Prismatic tour Friday in Boston.



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Sam Smith Thinks Vin Diesel’s Cover of “Stay with Me” Was “Hilarious”

ABC/Lou RoccoSam Smith is flattered that his hit “Stay with Me” was covered by Vin Diesel. Yes, the same Vin Diesel who stars in The Fast and the Furious franchise and in the new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Vin delivered his version of “Stay with Me” during an appearance on Britain’s Capital FM. Needless to say, it wasn’t great, but Sam enjoyed it. He tweeted, “Vin diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha.”

Sam also discussed Vin’s performance with Capital FM, declaring, “First of all I thought it was going to be good, but when I heard it it’s the most hilarious thing I’ve heard in my life.”

He even suggested that he’s willing to collaborate with the actor one day: “It’s so weird for me because i remember watching xXx when I was like eleven years old! I definitely think we should do a duet one day, it would be amazing.”



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Taylor Swift Has the Sexiest Female Smile in Hollywood, Says Victoria’s Secret

ABC/Richard HarbaughYou may have noticed that Taylor Swift has a nice smile. Victoria’s Secret certainly has.

The lingerie retailer has released its “What Is Sexy? List,” honoring women in Hollywood who embody a “simple, casually confident lifestyle.” Taylor is on the list, earning the title of “sexiest smile.”

The categories on the list range from “sexiest legs” – Johnny Depp’s fiancée, Amber Heard, received that distinction — to “sexiest short hair, don’t care” — congratulations, Jennifer Lawrence.

There aren’t many musicians on the list aside from Taylor. Ellie Goulding was named “sexiest songstress,” Jessica Simpson was honored as the “sexiest mom,” and New Girl star/folk-pop singer Zooey Deschanel was deemed to have the “sexiest sense of humor.”

The full list is available on VictoriasSecret.com.



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Lorde to Curate Soundtrack to Next “Hunger Games” Movie

ABC/Lou RoccoLorde will leave her mark on the next Hunger Games movie. She’s been tapped to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the third film in the popular series. The Grammy-winning New Zealand teen will select the artists who will be involved in the project, and also contribute its first single.

In a statement, Lorde says that while curating the soundtrack for such an anticipated film will present a challenge, she “jumped at the chance.” She continues, “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

Mockingjay — Part 1 director Francis Lawrence adds, “I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.”

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 will be released sometime this fall. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens November 21.



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