Jason Derulo: Why I Had to Defend Myself Against Cheating Accusations

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC While Jason Derulo prepares for a major headlining tour of the U.S., he’s also having to deal with the fallout from his breakup with Jordin Sparks, his girlfriend of three years.   On Friday, he issued a statement denying rumors that he’d cheated on her, and he tells ABC News Radio why he felt he had to defend himself in that way.

“It was just so hard to watch,” he told ABC News Radio not long after releasing the statement.  “Because all these different sites were making up different things. And they were making up specific stories, and the stories were so specific that it  looked believable.  It was like, ‘What the f**k is this?’  And it was crazy to sit there and watch, so I had to say something.”

In addition, Jason seems to feel that one person in particular should have spoken up.

“I didn’t hear Jordin saying anything to, like, defend me, you know what I’m saying?” he told ABC News Radio. “So I was like, ‘All right, I gotta step in and say something.’”

The couple’s split came as a surprise to fans, since the two were constantly seen together and spoke openly of getting married one day. Jason’s current album features the song “Marry Me,” and Jordin even co-starred in the video with him.  While right now, the actual reason why the two split isn’t something either of them are talking about, Jason tells ABC News Radio, “It was something that needed to happen.”

“I’m all right,” he says. “I’m good with the situation and I feel okay.”  

Jason’s tour kicks off October 15.  This Friday, Jordin’s new movie Left Behind hits theaters.  Jordin, whose only comment on the situation so far has been to tweet, “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened,” is busy promoting that film, and is also hard at work at new music.

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Report: Ariana Grande Avoids Fans at “SNL” After-Party

Republic RecordsRumors of Ariana Grande‘s increasingly diva-like behavior aren’t likely to fade after this weekend, as the New York Post reports she was secreted out of Saturday Night Live‘s after-party just to avoid her fans.

According to the Post, Grande, who was the first musical guest of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season debut, was on hand with host Chris Pratt and a bevy of well-wishers at the party at New York City’s Tavern on the Green Restaurant following the show.

However, fans of the singer who had gathered there hoping for some interaction with the star left disappointed when Grande was reportedly whisked from the scene through the kitchen, allegedly to avoid them and the paparazzi. 

Among the other guests joining the cast at the eatery were Pratt’s wife Anna Faris, his Parks and Rec co-star and comic Aziz Ansari, and Arrested Development‘s Michael Cera.

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Lorde to Unveil New “Hunger Games” Song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” Monday Morning

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde fans, brace yourselves: you’ll be able to hear her brand new song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” at 11 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

That’s what the singer wrote on Twitter, announcing the debut of the track, which will appear on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1.  In a different tweet, she also revealed the third line of the song: “My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones.”

So, for those of you keeping track at home, the song’s opening lyrics are: “I’m a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm/And the scars that mark my body/they’re silver and gold/My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones.”

So far, there’s no word on when the full Hunger Games soundtrack, which Lorde is curating, will arrive in stores, and which artists will be joining her on the project.

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Beyoncé Joins Jay Z for Two Songs at Global Citizen Festival

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen FestivalJust weeks after wrapping up their joint On the Run Tour, Jay Z and Beyoncé shared a stage again on Saturday night, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

Jay Z headlined the event at Central Park. His wife showed up at the end of his set for two songs: “Holy Grail” and “Young Forever.”

Appropriately, given the site of the festival, Jay opened his 45-minute set with “Empire State of Mind.” Alicia Keys was not on hand to deliver her lines in the song, even though she performed her new single, “We Are Here,” earlier in the evening

The other artists who took part in the Global Citizen Festival were The Roots, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun. and Tiesto.

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Book Post-Grammy Concert, She Says Her Job Is to Make Old Songs “Brand New”

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have announced a special live performance in support of their new album Cheek to Cheek, which is currently in a three-way tie for #1 on this week’s album chart.  Gaga says the disc features what she considers to be “the greatest songs ever written,” and it’s up to her to make them relevant to music fans today.

Gaga and Bennett will perform Sunday, February 8 at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, in a special performance sponsored by Citibank. The 9:30 p.m. show will take place immediately following the Grammy Awards, and will feature the two singers accompanied by a big band and orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m.  Cheek to Cheek is eligible for to be nominated for a Grammy, since it was released on September 23, and the cutoff for eligibility is September 30.

Since its release, Cheek to Cheek has been helping younger fans to become familiar with the decades-old jazz standards that Gaga and Bennett both love. Gaga says, “All of the songs are from the great American songbook, which for Tony and for myself…these are the greatest songs ever written. And it’s our job to come together and tell the stories as if they’re brand new.”

After first teaming up for Bennett’s album Duets II, and then on Cheek to Cheek, Gaga and Bennett are now the best of friends, but Gaga says initially, she was really intimidated at the prospect of meeting him.  They first encountered one another when they performed at the same New York City charity event several years ago.

“They said, ‘Hey, Tony Bennett wants to talk to you,’ and I said, ‘Are you sure? Are you sure he was talking about me?’” Gaga recalls. “And I went back to see him and I brought my father and my mother with me and they were so excited and my mom was squeezing my arm so hard!” 

“We just hit it off right from that moment on,” says Bennett. Gaga adds, “You know, instantly, when you’re with Tony he makes you feel so at ease, because he’s so humble, you know? He’s had such an incredible career and he continues to make so many people around the world so happy, it was just a wonderful night to meet him.”

But even though he might have made her feel at ease, Gaga says she was still jittery about doing an entire album with him.

“I wasn’t as nervous to make the album, because I felt like I knew the music…[it's] already a part of me,” she says, noting that she’s been singing jazz since she was a teenager.  “But working with Tony, that made me nervous. I thought, ‘Okay, well I gotta learn something, I gotta dig deep for this album.’  And the way that we did it is, he just let me be me, and he encouraged me to allow the songs that we choose to be the stories of my life — and the stories of his.”

And the Cheek to Cheek experience, Gaga says, has forever changed her approach to her own career.

“Now that I’m here with Tony and he’s requiring of me to be the most creative, most honest vocalist I can be, I don’t feel as inclined to do things that I have been doing before because I feel so fulfilled, creatively, just singing with him,” she says.

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Goo Goo Dolls to Headline Environmental Benefit in November

Credit: Chapman BaehlerAfter spending the summer touring with Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls are set to headline, for the third year in a row, the Rob Machado Foundation annual benefit concert in November.

The two-night event is being held November 10 and 11 at The Belly Up club in San Diego.  The Goo Goo Dolls will headline the second night.  Tickets are now available online.  VIP packages that include a meet-and-greet with the Goos are also available.

The Rob Machado Foundation supports charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide, in particular programs that help kids understand how environmental issues impact the planet.  It’s named after champion surfer Rob Machado.

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Pharrell Williams’ New G I R L Fragrance Now Available at Sephora

PRNewsFoto/SEPHORAPharrell Williams has officially launched his first-ever fragrance, G I R L, which is a unisex line that everyone can enjoy.

The Voice coach described the scent as “super good” in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “You’re going to like it,” he assured fans, “I like it, girls like it, and people like it.”  The word “boys” also flashes on screen when he makes those comments.

He adds that aside from the cool design of the collector’s edition bottle, which was designed by Kaws, the scent will be popular because it smells good.  On Twitter, he described the fragrance as a “scent for humans.”

The fragrance is a “stylish, unisex, wood-based fragrance for ‘girls and boys’ that strikes a balance of femininity and masculinity,” according to comments posted with the YouTube video.  Among its ingredients: patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, violet, lavender and white pepper.

Pharrell collaborated with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons [come day garr-SOHN] on the scent, marking the first time Comme des Garçons worked with a musician on a fragrance.

Pharrell’s GIRL is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.

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Taylor Swift, No Doubt, John Legend to Headline First-Ever US Edition of Rock in Rio Festival

ABC/Jon LeMayThe long-running music Rock in Rio festival will make its U.S. debut in May in Las Vegas, and the headliners have now been announced.  They include Taylor Swift, John Legend and No Doubt, as well as rock bands Metallica and Linkin Park

The festival will take place May 8, 9, 15 and 16 in Vegas, in a purpose-built concert venue called City of Rock.  The venue will take up 37 acres and will accommodate 85,000 people per day; a VIP area will welcome an additional 4,000 people.  City of Rock will feature six stages, three themed “Rock Streets” that highlight the culture and music of the U.S., U.K. and Brazil, and a 64-foot-high zip line.

Now in its 30th year, Rock in Rio has been attended by over 7.4 million fans, and has featured over 1200 different artists.

The 2015 edition of Rock in Rio Brazil, meanwhile, will feature Katy Perry and John Legend.

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Demi Lovato Is the New Face of N.Y.C New York Color Cosmetics

PRNewsFoto/Coty Inc.The way things are going, at some point in the future, it may very well be that all your beauty and fashion needs will be taken care of by products endorsed by Demi Lovato.

Demi, who in July signed on as the face of Skechers footwear and recently launched her own skincare line, is now the Global Brand Ambassador for N.Y.C. New York Color cosmetics.  She’ll be featured in all the marketing and social media campaigns for the drugstore line of cosmetics and nail color, beginning in 2015.

“I’m really excited to be partnering with N.Y.C. New York Color,” she says in a statement. “Their products make playing with different looks and trends fun, easy and affordable by all!”

An exec for the brand says in a statement, “Demi’s youthful, modern sensibility, audacious style and wide-reaching appeal make her the perfect choice to represent N.Y.C. New York Color on a global scale…Demi’s accessibility and willingness to play with color and fashion trends embodies the spirit of N.Y.C. New York Color.”

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Get a Taste of Taylor Swift’s New Album Thanks to Diet Coke; Meet Her Thanks to Subway

Big Machine RecordsThe details of Taylor Swift‘s new ad for Diet Coke have now been revealed, and it’s going to allow fans a sneak peek at her upcoming album 1989.

As previously reported, Diet Coke’s new campaign is called “Get a Taste,” and the new spot with Taylor, debuting in mid-October, will feature what the beverage company calls “an exclusive taste” of a never-before-heard song from 1989.  The clip of the song will be heard in the commercial exclusively — you won’t be able to get it anywhere else.

In addition, Taylor will give fans behind-the-scenes look at the Get a Taste campaign throughout the month of October, via exclusive content on social media.

And if you want something to eat with your Diet Coke, Taylor’s got you covered. Billboard reports that she’s teaming up with Subway restaurants for a promotion called #MeetTaylor, which will give 31 fans a chance to win trips to meet the singer on her 2015 concert tour.  Why 31?  There’ll be one winner for every day in October. 

Things get underway October 1; fans can enter by buying a limited-edition Taylor Swift Diet Coke cup at Subway.  It features a code that you then enter at Subway.com or via the restaurant chain’s app, and you’ll be registered to win.  You can enter through November 15, but you have to be a U.S. resident and you have to be at least 13.

1989 comes out on October 27.

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