Rolling in the Leak? Two Adele Tracks Surface Online

LaurenDukoff/Columbia RecordsTwo previously unreleased tracks from Adele have surfaced online.

DigitalSpy UK reports the tunes "You'll Never See Me Again" and "Never Gonna Leave You" were recorded back in 2010 during recording sessions for her Grammy winning album, 21.

Adele hasn't yet announced a release date for her new album.


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Rare, Early Katy Perry Footage Posted Online

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsSome rare footage of Katy Perry when she was performing as an aspiring young Christian rock singer has been posted online.

Videographer Jim Standridge stumbled upon 90 minutes of footage he shot of Perry in 2001 when she was about 16 years old and on her first tour. At that time, she went by the name Katy Hudson.

Standridge edited the footage down to 13 minutes and uploaded it to Vimeo.  The footage features Perry performing in Portland, Oregon, putting her hair in pigtails, referring to herself as "pizza face" and fretting about having writer's block.

Katy Perry Uncensored Raw Talent from Jim Standridge on Vimeo.


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Taylor Swift Joining “The Voice” as Season Seven Mentor

Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsGet ready to see a lot of Taylor Swift on your TV this season.  The singer has joined The Voice as a mentor for all four teams, US Weekly reports.

Taylor will be working with the show in the same way that Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season: she'll advise the contestants on the teams of veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

As previously reported, each team will also have its own advisor: Stevie Nicks will work with Adam, while Alicia Keys joins Pharrell. Gwen's husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, will advise her team, and Little Big Town will work with Blake.

A source tells US Weekly, "Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor." 

The new season of The Voice begins September 22.  Taylor's new album, 1989, is out October 27.


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Vegas Headliner Britney Spears Not Interested in Going Back on the Road

Credit: Denise TruscelloBritney Spears' residency in Las Vegas has been more successful than anyone could've imagined: it's already grossed $20 million and is scheduled well into 2015.  It's no wonder that the singer is in no hurry to go back to the old way of touring, when she was playing a different city every night.

Asked by Variety if she's eager to get back out on the road, Britney tells the publication, "Actually, no. I’m really happy with the way I’m set up right now, going to Vegas and coming back and having my foundation here [in Los Angeles]. I’m a home girl."

"I really don’t see how I went all over the place and traveled the world and did everything," she adds. "I feel like I was out of my frickin’ mind, and I did that for 15 years. But I was just so hungry and young and eager to pursue my dreams that it made sense then. It’s really easy to lose track of where you are and what you’re doing.”

Luckily, Britney is still interested in making music, despite the disappointing performance of her most recent album, Britney Jean. 

"In my off-time I do record,” she tells Variety. "Once in a while I’ll just go into the studio if there’s a really good song that I have in my head and want to do. I think as artists you’re constantly in creative motion. If I stopped writing songs then that’s a part of me that would stop in my life."

"I’m definitely more in a creative space now," she adds, and one reason is because her Vegas schedule lets her spend a lot more time at home in L.A. with her sons.  Says Britney, "You have more time to go there spiritually in your home with a piano than you would being in a hotel room.”


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Train Plays the Hits, Previews New Album at Atlantic City, NJ Concert

ABC News"Tonight is gonna be a lot of fun for us," Train frontman Pat Monahan told the crowd at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Borgata Hotel & Casino Saturday night. "Are you ready?"  The enthusiastic crowd's answer was yes, and the band obliged by playing their hits, digging deep into their back catalog, and previewing one-third of their new album Bulletproof Picasso, due September 16.

The Atlantic City date was one is a series of one-off shows in the run-up to the special album release concerts Train plans to do in September in L.A., New York and San Francisco.  Still, the band performed four tracks from the new album, including the anthemic title track, the current single "Angel in Blue Jeans," and two additional tunes: "Cadillac Cadillac" and "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," which on the album is a duet with R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius.  The band's two new female backup singers filled in for her onstage, and filled out the band's overall sound as well.

All the new songs were well-received and the band -- now a lineup of seven, including the two remaining original Train members, Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford -- obviously enjoyed playing them, but of course, it was the hits that went over best with the crowd.  Pat acknowledged this by introducing one of the new songs as something "we want to play before we play what you want to hear."

Opening number "Calling All Angels," plus "Drive By," "50 Ways to Say Goodbye," "Marry Me" and, of course, "Drops of Jupiter" were all greeted with wild enthusiasm by the fans; "Hey Soul Sister," the hit that revived Train's career a few years ago, featured Monahan singing with a group of adorable young girls who he'd pulled onstage. 

In general, Monahan worked overtime to please fans: he grabbed their phones and took selfies during "If It's Love," had some female fans duet with him on "Bruises," and threw dozens of t-shirts into the crowd.  He also, at various times, played sax and drums, and showed off his formidable vocal power by singing the emotional ballad "When I Look the Sky" nearly a capella, with no amplification on his voice.  He constantly praised the New Jersey crowd as being "the best," and joked that they enjoyed playing the Borgata because after the show, they got to "spend every bit of money" at the gaming tables.

Train's set list also served as a reminder that -- despite their string of recent pop hits -- they began as, and remain, a rock band.  Blistering versions of Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be" and Aerosmith's "Dream On" showed off those rock chops, as did performances of their debut single, "Free" and the album track "Mississippi."

Here's the set list for Train's Atlantic City concert:

"Calling All Angels"
"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
"If It's Love"
"Get to Me"
"Meet Virginia"
"Bulletproof Picasso"
"When I Look to the Sky"
"What Is and What Should Never Be" (Led Zeppelin cover)
"Save Me, San Francisco"
"Free"
"Mississippi"
"Angel in Blue Jeans"
"Bruises"
"Marry Me"
"Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life"
"Hey, Soul Sister"
"Drive By"

Encores:
"Cadillac, Cadillac"
"Drops of Jupiter"
"Dream On"  (Aerosmith cover)


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Get Texts, Tune In for Jason Derulo, American Authors & Aloe Blacc on Sunday’s MDA Telethon

ABC/Adam TaylorJason Derulo, American Authors and Aloe Blacc are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Sunday, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, but if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite, don't worry: they'll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then.

Jason, the Authors and Aloe will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast. Other performers include Josh Groban, Fall Out Boy, Matt Nathanson, Bret Michaels of Poison and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes

Presenters include Jason's girlfriend Jordin Sparks; ABC's Rising Star experts Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha; Alyssa Milano; Nashville's Charles Esten; Tom Bergeron; Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy; and more.  In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: the first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.


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John Legend Teaming Up with Country Star Lee Ann Womack for “CMT Crossroads”

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry did it not long ago....now it's John Legend's turn to sing with a country star for the CMT series Crossroads.

John is teaming up with Lee Ann Womack, best known to pop fans for her 2000 Top 20 hit "I Hope You Dance."  The two will sing alternate versions of each other's hits and duet on others, in a taping scheduled to take place in Franklin, Tennessee -- just outside of Nashville -- before the special premieres in September.

This won't be John's first foray into country: in June, he performed his smash "All of Me" at the CMT Awards with country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes

Fans can enter CMT's Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads:  John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.


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Is Madonna Slamming Lady Gaga & Ex-Husband on New Album?

Credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna's written plenty of material for her new album, but according to a British tabloid report, two songs in particular -- which may or may not make the final cut -- appear to be vicious take downs aimed at both Lady Gaga and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.

According to the British tabloid The Sun, which got a look at the lyrics to a song called "Heartbreak City," Madonna sings -- allegedly about Guy -- "You said I was your queen/I tried to give you everything and now you want your freedom/You got just what you came for/a bit of fame and fortune and I'm no longer needed."  She also supposedly sings, "You tore me into pieces/You didn't have no damn reason" and "I curse the day we met/This memory is haunting me/I wish I could forget."

Of course, these lines, if legit, could be about conceivably anyone in the past thirty years who Madonna feels has taken unfair advantage of her, or treated her badly, or used her for her fame and money.

However, the lyrics of another song, "Two Steps Behind Me," if legit, seem specifically aimed at Lady Gaga.

In that track, according to The Sun, Madonna sings, "You’re a copycat, Where is my royalty?/You’re a pretty girl, I’ll give you that/But stealing my recipe, it’s an ugly look/Did you study me hard enough? You’re never gonna be, you’re just a wannabe me."

The lyric add, "In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can’t be me/You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you’ll always be two steps behind me.”

While in the past, Madonna and Gaga seemed friendly, even appearing on Saturday Night Live together, the Queen of Pop was dismissive of Gaga's hit "Born This Way," which she considered to be a ripoff of her own hit "Express Yourself."  To illustrate that point, she performed the two songs as a mash-up every night on her MDNA tour.


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Justin Timberlake Scores Most-Watched Concert Ever on Yahoo!’s Live Channel

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentOn July 15, Yahoo! launched its Live Channel, which featured a live concert streaming every day from the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, John Legend, Daughtry and more.  But Justin Timberlake's just set the all-time viewing record so far for the fledgling service.

JT's concert last Sunday, August 24, in Reykjavik, Iceland was the #1 viewed event on the channel, not to mention the largest concert event in the history of Iceland. If you missed it, you can watch four songs from the concert -- including "Mirrors" and "Cry Me a River" -- on Screen.Yahoo.com through September 25.

Justin's world tour continues in Melbourne, Australia on September 18.  He'll travel through Australia and New Zealand before returning to North America on November 20.


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Nicki Minaj Reveals Release Date for “The Pinkprint”

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj's latest single "Anaconda," has successfully whetted the appetites of fans who are anxiously awaiting the release of her next album, The Pinkprint.

According to Billboard, the rapper's third studio album will be strategically released on one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday, November 28.

Nicki issued her debut album, Pink Friday, during the holiday rush back in 2010 and sold 375,000 copies in its first week.

In related news, her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling tune jumped from #10 to #1 on Billboard's  Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, the third time she's appeared atop that chart, following 2011's "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake and Drizzy's 2012 hit, "Make Me Proud," on which she is featured. The tune also jumped to the #2 spot on Billboard Hot 100 this week.


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