Ed Sheeran Launches Own Record Label, Gingerbread

Cliff Lipson/CBSEd Sheeran has launched his own record label called Gingerbread. The singer told Australian radio station Nova FM that the label, named as an homage to his famous ginger-colored hair, has already signed its first artist.

“I’ve set up my first record label, it’s called Gingerbread and [British singer-songwriter] Jamie Lawson is my first signing,” Ed said. “I wanted Australia to be the launch pad because Australia is a country that I feel would really, really dig Jamie.”

Jamie is currently opening for Ed while he’s on tour in Australia. Ed said he got the itch to start his own label after hearing Jamie’s songs. “Jamie was pretty much the catalyst for this, because I saw Jamie, I heard the songs, and I was like, ‘Why isn’t anyone paying attention to this? I’ll just do it myself,’” he said. “I think the risk might not always work out, but I can guarantee that everything I put out will be good.”

He added, “This is a thing that I’m doing because I’m frustrated with the way that record labels work, because no one takes risks anymore.”

And Ed clearly has a good ear for new talent. He took Passenger out on tour with him in 2012 and 2013, and Mike Rosenberg, the singer-songwriter who records as Passenger, went on to have a massive worldwide hit with “Let Her Go.”

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Are Katy Perry and John Mayer “Over for Good”?

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteKaty Perry and John Mayer have reportedly called it quits — again.

A source tells E! News that the two officially have broken up for a second time. Apparently, John has been telling friends that they are “over for good.” According to the insider, Katy’s grueling tour schedule wasn’t the reason for the split. They allegedly parted way because of a “lack of emotional interest” on John’s end.

The source says that John has been telling people he “fell out of love with Perry but will always love her.”

Katy and John first broke up back in February 2014 after dating since 2012. Earlier this year they decided to give things another try. Rumors that they were back together started in January, after they were spotted having dinner together at a friend’s house in Los Angeles.

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Meghan Trainor Partners with Plus-Size Fashion Brand

Brooke NiparWith her song “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor solidified her status as a champion of curvy girls everywhere. Now, she’s partnering with a company that shares her body-positive message.

The singer is teaming up with FULLBEAUTY Brands, a resource for plus-size women looking for fashion inspiration, style advice and clothing and products made just for them.

“I believe that all women should fully love who they are and how they look,” Meghan said in a statement. “I am proud to partner with FULLBEAUTY Brands, a company that embodies this same sentiment.”

Brands housed under the FULLBEAUTY umbrella include plus-size clothing brands Woman Within, Jessica London and swimsuitsforall. Meghan is expected to work with FULLBEAUTY on numerous projects throughout the year, including event collaborations and social media engagement.

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Ed Sheeran’s New Video Features “Goodfellas” Star Ray Liotta

Ben WattsHow famous is Ed Sheeran?  So famous that he can now tap an award-winning actor to star in his video.

Ed’s new video for the song “Bloodstream” stars Ray Liotta, best known for his role as Henry Hill in Goodfellas.  The clip starts with a shot of a body floating in the water; then we see Liotta on the roof of a mansion, swaying precariously back and forth with a drink in his hand.  Next, we see Liotta in the mansion, and we realize he’s a washed-up rock star, looking at his gold albums and guitars.  He wanders through his empty mansion, drinking and looking miserable.

In flashbacks, we see Liotta’s character romping with groupies and riding a horse through his house.  Cut the present, where he’s burning his guitar and his albums in a bonfire, and, again, staggering around on the roof of his mansion.   Then, he goes nuts, smashing stuff and throwing it around, and even firing a gun at his gold records.  We see him fall off the roof of the mansion into a decorative pond on his property.  The last shot shows Liotta sitting alone in a room, so we don’t know if he’s dead or not.

Ed tweeted, “Thanks to Ray Liotta for an amazing performance, what a champ.”

The video for “Bloodstream” was released by Ed as part of this year’s YouTube Awards; the version of the song is a remix of the song by the British band Rudimental, who co-wrote the song with Ed and two members of Snow Patrol.

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Taylor Swift Criticizes “Princeton Review” After Being Accused of Bad Grammar

ABC/Lou RoccoYou can say a lot of things about Taylor Swift, but saying she doesn’t know how to use the English language properly is something she just can’t shake off.

A fan posted to Taylor’s Tumblr site a screenshot from the Princeton Review.  The shot reads, “Pop lyrics are a great source of bad grammar.  See if you can find the error in each of the following.”  That was followed by a list of song lyrics from Katy Perry, Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Taylor.  Unfortunately, the Taylor lyric was quoted incorrectly.

The song in question was “Fifteen,” and the Princeton Review quoted the lyrics as, “Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe ‘em.”  But the real lyrics are, “Somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.” 

After viewing the post, Taylor responded, “Not the right lyrics at all pssshhhh. You had one job, test people. One job.” 

In fact, even Taylor’s actual lyric is not grammatically perfect.  The indefinite pronoun “somebody” is singular, so Taylor should believe the singular “him” or “her” but not the plural “them.”  Grammatically speaking the line should read: “Somebody tells you he loves you, you’re going to believe him,”  although these days the singular use of “they” and “them” is common.

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Adam Lambert Announces New Single, Previews Track on Instagram

Photo: Neal PrestonGet excited, Glamberts! Adam Lambert has announced his new single, “Ghost Town,” and previewed a snippet of the track on Instagram.

The teaser features a small taste of the song’s club-ready beat, playing over a black-and-white clip of Adam staring into the camera.

“Ghost Town” will be the first single from Adam’s upcoming, third album, The Original High. The full track arrives April 21. Adam, who finished up his world tour with Queen in February, hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Trespassing.



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Hozier Inspires Emotional Dance Routine in New Video for “Work Song”

Alex LakeLess than a month after releasing the music video for “Someone New,” Hozier’s put out another video — this time for “Work Song.”

The video features the 25-year-old Irish musician singing the moody love song in front of an intimate crowd. As the song kicks in, members of the audience being pairing up and performing a sensual dance routine.

“When my time comes around/Lay me gently in the cold dark earth/No grave could hold my body down/I’ll crawl home to her,” Hozier sings as the couples twirl and embrace.

“Work Song” was released as Hozier’s latest single last week. Earlier this month, he released the video for “Someone New” starring Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer as a lonely woman who imagines various encounters with strangers.

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Justin Bieber Gets a New Puppy

Ben WattsJustin Bieber has a new furry friend. The 21-year-old pop star introduced his Instagram followers to his new pet puppy Sunday night.

“Say hello to the newest member of the bieber family,” Justin wrote, along with a picture of him holding the tiny Yorkshire Terrier, named Esther.

Here’s hoping Justin has better luck with Esther than he he’s had with other pets. If you’ve been following the Biebs’ pet-scapades, you might remember he gave away his pet hamster to a random fan in December 2012. The hamster died three months later. Then in 2013, he allegedly abandoned his illegal pet monkey in Germany.

Justin’s previous dog, named Sammy, which he adopted in 2008, died last December. “R.I.P. Sammy you were the best puppy ever,” Justin wrote in an Instagram post.

Say hello to the newest member of the bieber family #Esther

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Jessie J to Host MTV Movie Awards Pre-Show

Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsAfter health issues forced her to cancel the remainder of Australian tour dates last week, Jessie J is on the mend and ready to get back to work. According to Billboard, the singer will host the live pre-show for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Sunday, April 12.

She’ll be chatting with stars on the red carpet along with MTV’s Josh Horowitz. The pre-show will also reveal the night’s first award: the fan-voted “Best Hero” prize.  Nominees for the category will be announced April 2.

The pre-show airs at 7:30 p.m. ET. The MTV Movie Awards, hosted by comedian Amy Schumer, starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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Jason Derulo Premieres Steamy “Want to Want Me” Video on Tinder

Warner Bros.The steamy video for Jason Derulo’s latest single, “Want to Want Me,” premiered on Tinder Monday.

In the clip, which seems tailor-made for a dating app, Jason can’t stop thinking about this girl. He gets out of bed in the middle of the night and takes a cab over to her place, where things get hot and heavy real fast.

“Girl, you’re the one I want to want me/And if you want me, girl you’ve got me/There’s nothing I wouldn’t do just to get up next to you,” Jason sings.

Jason first announced he’d be premiering the video on Tinder last week. “I wanted to find a new unique way to launch my video,” Jason explained in a statement. “I know my fans are tapped into social networking so what better way to launch my video for ‘Want to Want Me’ than through one of the fastest rising social networking apps, Tinder. I see this app as the wave of the future. I know my fans will swipe right.”

“Want to Want Me” is the first single from Jason’s upcoming, fourth studio album. The singer will appear on The Meredith Vieira Show on NBC Tuesday, and he’ll be joining the new season of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance as a judge on Monday, June 1. 

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