Lady Gaga and Pals Pole Dance During Weekend Bachelorette Party

ABC/Matt BrownLady Gaga‘s busy life didn’t keep her from getting wild with her old high school friends at a bachelorette party this past weekend.

The girl bash began Friday when Gaga posted an Instagram photo of herself dressed to the nines, along with the caption, “GIRLS NIGHT GET THE WINE!! BACHELORETTE WEEKEND MY BESTIES GETTIN HITCHED.”

The next day, Gaga and her girlfriends from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in New York took a pole dancing class. In a video posted to her Instagram page, Gaga’s seen showing off some moves, while wearing just a black sports bra and shorts. “Bachelorette weekend hungover pole dancing class! Somebody get that Popstar a hairbrush!” she writes.

A second clip, captioned, “I can’t even believe my best friend and I thought this would be a good idea at 10:45 in the morning after a night none of us can remember,” shows more of the group in action.

Afterwards, Gaga posed with the girls for a group shot. “Ari’s Bachelorette Weekend! We love our girl so much we will be getting her drunk for the next 48 hrs. #catholicschoolgirlsdoitbest,” she captioned the shot.

Bachelorette weekend hungover pole dancing class! Somebody get that Popstar a hairbrush!

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Selena Gomez and Zedd Get “Cozy” While Partying with Zac Efron

ABC/Donna Svennevik; ABC/Fred LeeSelena Gomez and her rumored boyfriend, music producer and DJ, Zedd, were spotted last week dining together in Atlanta with a group of friends that included Zac Efron, a source tells People magazine.

The group, which also included some of Gomez’ backup dancers, partied late into the night at her favorite steakhouse, STK. Efron was accompanied by a blonde woman, who may have been his girlfriend, model Sami Miró, according the insider.

The source also tells the magazine that Gomez, 22, and Zedd, 25, looked “pretty close.”

“Selena and Zedd were definitely cozy and cuddling,” according to the eyewitness, who adds, “They were sitting next to each other in the booth and they walked out together.”

The two first sparked dating rumors when they were photographed leaving a Golden Globes party together a couple of weeks ago.

Gomez and Efron are both shooting movies in Atlanta. Gomez is filming The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving while Zac is working on Dirty Grandpa.


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Report: Adele Plans World Tour for 2016

Cliff Lipson/CBSNow that there’s a possibility that Adele‘s long-awaited new album may be pushed to next year, the same may be true for her tour, but she is planning one, according to a new report.

The British paper the Mirror says that the Grammy-winner will kick off her first full world tour in 2016, after she releases her album, and she’s already arranging to have someone look after her son Angelo so she can be free to do it.  She’ll travel with not one but two nannies, according to the paper.

“Adele took time off to be a mum and she loves it – but now Angelo is a bit older, she’s ready to get back out there. This will be a proper world tour, to all corners of the globe,” an insider told the paper.  “But it’s important Angelo goes ­everywhere with her, so her priority was to have a nanny ­situation where he could do that. She is satisfied that is the case so is putting plans in place.”

Adele has previously toured the U.S. and Europe, but this world tour will also include Australia and Asia, the paper claims.  In 2011, she was forced to cancel her remaining dates of her North American tour because she had to undergo surgery on her vocal cords.

The singer is believed to be recording her new album in L.A., though there are also reports that she’s recording the theme for the new James Bond film, Spectre, as well.


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Hozier Says Success Has Been “Incredibly Stressful,” Plans to Swap Pizza for Hummus on Upcoming Tour

Credit: Alex LakeMost artists would do anything to have a top five, Grammy-nominated hit, not to mention critical acclaim, but Irish singer Hozier says that his ascent to the top, courtesy of his smash hit “Take Me to Church,” has been very difficult to deal with.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the singer, whose birth name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says all his recent success has been “incredibly stressful,” adding, “I was not ready for it. Straight up, I had never been on TV, not really, and then one of my first times, I’m doing the David Letterman show and I’m freaking [awful].”

While Hozier says he can handle the fame a bit better now, it still freaks him out a little. “It’s as surreal as you think it would be,” he says. “It’s the difference of a few months and then boom, you’re sitting on a couch with Meryl Streep and James McAvoy.

Next month, Hozier is up for a Grammy for Song of the Year, for “Take Me to Church,” and his competition includes hits by the likes of Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Sia.  But he says even if he does win, truly, just being nominated is reward enough.  “It’s like, ‘Whoa! They can’t take that back,’” he laughs. “Grammy-nominated artist forever, regardless of what happens.”

Hozier will kick off a North American tour February 6, two days before the Grammys, and he says he plans to “tour better” in 2015 than he did in 2014.  What does that mean?  Well, it partly involves not eating so much junk food on the road.

“It’s usually horrendous,” he tells EW. “Either pizza or a burger from a truck stop.  But this year, we’ll be decking the bus out with hummus.”


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Fall Out Boy and O.A.R. Playing Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game

Images Courtesy of Crush Management; Josh GolemanThe NHL is hoping that you’ll remember the league’s all-star festivities for “centuries.” That must be why they recruited Fall Out Boy to play during the first intermission of this Sunday’s NHL All-Star game.

“Centuries,” the anthemic hit single from FOB’s new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, has become a sports anthem, thanks in part to ESPN using the track as the soundtrack to their coverage of the college football playoffs. In addition to the NHL All-Star game, FOB will  play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops ahead of Super Bowl 49, happening February 1 in Glendale, Arizona.

O.A.R. will also play the NHL All-Star game — the band will take the icy stage during the game’s second intermission. As the game will take place in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the performance will be a hometown show for O.A.R., as the band was formed during while the members were students at Ohio State University.

The NHL All-Star Game will take place January 25 and will air at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.


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“EW” Predicts Sam Smith Will Be King of the Grammys

Image Group LA/ABCWho’ll be taking home the gold on Grammy Night, February 8?  According to Entertainment Weekly, Sam Smith has three of the top four categories all locked up.

EW predicts that Sam, who’s up for six Grammys in all this year, will win Album of the Year for his debut, In the Lonely Hour, and will also take home the trophy for Best New Artist.  In addition, the mag says Sam will win Record of the Year for “Stay with Me.”  The only top category he’ll miss out on, the magazine claims, is Song of the Year, which Taylor Swift will win for “Shake It Off.”

The magazine also predicts that one category Sam will lose is Best Pop Vocal Album, which will go, it says, to Katy Perry‘s PRISM.

Now, those are the magazine’s predictions for who will win.  As for who should win, that’s a different story.  EW says Beyonce deserves to take home Album of the Year for her self-titled “surprise” album; Sia should win Record of the Year for “Chandelier,” and Hozier should win Song of the Year for “Take Me to Church.”

EW also polled three industry professionals anonymously — a top songwriter, a hitmaking producer and an artist — to ask who they’re voting for this year.  None of them agree across the board in any of the top four categories, though all three admit that they’re voting for Sam Smith at least once, in at least one of the top categories.

The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.


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Rihanna Releases New Song with Paul McCartney and Kanye West

Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Kanye West and Paul McCartney teamed up to release a new single called “Only One.”  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released — with Rhianna added to the mix.

The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called “FourFiveSeconds,” and you can hear it at Rihanna’s official website and via iTunes now.

Rihanna described the song on Twitter as “FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!” The singer hasn’t released a new album since 2012′S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.

“Now I’m four, five seconds from wildin’/And we got three more days ’til Friday,” Rihanna sings.  “I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin’/I swear I wish somebody would drink/ Ooh, that’s all I want/And I know that you’re home tonight, thinkin’ how could I be so selfish/but you called ’bout a thousand times wondering where I’ve been.” 

Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.

No word on when Rihanna’s new album will actually be released.



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Taylor Swift Breaks the Internet…by Showing Her Belly Button

ABC/Lou RoccoLast year, Taylor Swift made headlines by telling Lucky magazine that she prefers high-waisted bathing suits and trousers because, quote, “I don’t like showing my belly button…I want that to be a mystery.”  Well, now the mystery has been revealed, and people can’t stop talking about it.

Taylor is in Hawaii with the three sisters from the Grammy-nominated band HAIM, and on her Instagram, she posted a photo captioned, “Greetings from Maui,” which showed all four women posing in bathing suits.  Notably, Taylor was wearing a somewhat skimpy bikini that clearly showed her belly button — it’s an “innie,” by the way.  Predictably, fans went crazy, reposting the photo and commenting on Taylor’s big reveal.

“That moment when you die bc of taylor swift’s belly button,” tweeted one fan.  Another tweeted, “omg finally revealed her belly button .”

Perhaps in reaction to the commotion, Taylor later posted a photo of herself wearing one of her usual retro-style one-piece suits.  She captioned the photo, “She’s always wearing, like, a 1950′s bathing suit.”  That’s a reference to the Saturday Night Live parody ad from last year, “Swiftamine,” about a medication for adults who get dizzy and disoriented when they realize they like Taylor Swift’s music. 

In the parody, a doctor is shown explaining, “Taylor Swift onset vertigo occurs when one of her songs forces your brain to fight your ears. Your frontal lobe says, ‘Oof. Taylor Swift. She’s always wearing, like, a 1950′s-style bathing suit.’  But your ears say, ‘Shut up. This is a perfect song.’” 

Taylor later said in an interview that she loved that line the best.

It’s worth noting that Taylor has shown her belly button before.  In 2012, she was photographed emerging from the ocean in a black-and-white bikini, and her belly button was on display for all to see.  That’s why it was odd that she told Lucky in November, “As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button.”

While in Hawaii, Taylor did other things besides showing her belly button, by the way: she went whale watching and hiking as well.

Greetings from Maui! @haimtheband

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Super Bowl Prop Bets: Katy Perry’s Hair Color, Idina’s Memory & More

While there will be plenty of money changing hands over whether the Patriots or the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl February 1, there are also a lot of crazy bets going on on the side that have nothing to do with the actual game.  These are called “proposition,” or “prop” bets, and some of the more amusing ones have to do with your Super Bowl musical performers: halftime headliner Katy Perry and national anthem singer Idina Menzel.

At the website MyTopSportsBooks.com, you can bet on everything from what color hair Katy will have during her performance, to whether or not Idina’s name will be mispronounced when they introduced her.  As long as it’s not John Travolta doing the announcing, she should be safe: the odds on that are only 33/1. 

Here’s a list of the prop bets currently being offered around Katy and Idina’s performances:

Odds on a halftime show wardrobe malfunction: 22/1

Over/Under on number of Katy Perry wardrobe changes: 2.5

Odds on Katy Perry’s hair color:
-Brunette: 1/2
-Purple/blue: 5/1
-Redhead: 10/1
-Blonde: 12/1

Odds on Katy Perry wearing a whipped cream bikini: 18/1

Over/Under on the number of halftime guest stars: 2.5

Odds the PA announcer mispronounces “Idina Menzel”: 33/1

Odds that Idina Menzel forgets the words to the national anthem: 50/1

Over/Under on the length of the national anthem: 122.5 seconds


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Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Beyonce Nominated for “Shorty Awards” Honoring Social Media

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift, Lorde, Demi Lovato and Beyonce are among the finalists for this year’s 7th Annual Shorty Awards, which honor the best social media content on the web.

A nominating board of journalists chose three finalists for each category, and fans have a chance to vote for four additional finalists via Twitter. Taylor, Demi and Beyonce are the board’s top picks in the Singer category, while Lorde and Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer are featured in the Musician category.

In the Band category, One Direction and Bastille made it to the finals. They’re joined in the category by HAIM, the Grammy-nominated sister group who is friendly with Taylor Swift.

When the Shortys began in 2008, only Twitter users were recognized, but the awards have since expanded to include other social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Vine, YouTube and Tumblr. Nominees span categories from Music to TV to Fashion to Art.

Twitter users can nominate their picks for finalists until February 19. Winners are selected by members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, which includes Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, actor Adam Scott, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, TV host Nick Cannon and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Last year’s winners included Fifth Harmony in the Band category and Questlove in both the Singer and Music categories. The 7th Annual Shorty Awards ceremony will be held in April in New York City, and will be live streamed internationally.

 
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