Iggy Azalea to Perform on American Music Awards

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is this year’s top nominee at the American Music Awards, so it’s no surprise that she’s joined the already star-studded lineup on the telecast.

The rapper will perform alongside her “Fancy” pal, Charli XCX,  plus Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith and Pitbull on the show, which airs live on ABC November 23.  More artists will be announced soon.

Iggy is nominated for six awards, including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock.



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Harry Styles Reveals What Made Him Barf

One Directiion; Harry Styles, far right/Credit: Cal AurandRemember that photo of Harry Styles throwing up on the side of a Los Angeles freeway a few weeks ago? Well, he’s revealed what made him sick — and it’s not what people think.

The 20-year-old One Direction singer says it had nothing to do with alcohol or partying. He simply overexerted himself.

“I’d been on a hike. I’d been on a very long hike. It was about three weeks ago, so I’m fine now,” Styles said Wednesday during an interview on BBC Radio 1.

He may be fine health-wise, but Harry’s pretty disturbed by some fans’ reaction to his vomiting session. Some reportedly went to the spot where he threw up and put up a handmade sign that read, “Harry Styles Threw Up Here” with the date and pictures. Someone reportedly also tried to sell some of the vomit on eBay.

“It’s worrying, this is the world we live in,” Styles said.


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Taylor Swift Says She’s Cool with Being Single

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIn a new cover story for British Cosmopolitan‘s December issue, Taylor Swift talks relationships — or lack thereof.

The 24-year-old told the mag she’s perfectly content to be single at this stage in her life. “People will say, ‘let me set you up with someone,’ and I’m just sitting there saying, ‘That’s not what I’m doing. I’m not lonely; I’m not looking.’…They just don’t get it,” she said.

The “Shake It Off” singer said she also realized that dating someone doesn’t define you. “I’ve learned that just because someone is cute and wants to date you, that’s not a reason to sacrifice your independence and allow everyone to say whatever they want about you,” she said. “I’m not doing that anymore.”

The singer said she just can’t picture any guy fitting into her life right now.

“It’d take someone really special for me to undergo the circumstances I have to go through to experience a date,” she said. “I don’t know how I would ever have another person in my world trying to have a relationship with me, or a family. The best answer I can come up with now is ‘go at it alone.’ Life can be romantic without having a romance. I’m very attracted to how happy I am now.”

Just because Swift is single doesn’t mean she’s alone. She’s got a plethora of gal pals to hang with, including Lena Dunham and model Karlie Kloss, not to mention millions of super fans.

Taylor’s new album, 1989, came out Tuesday.


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Mary Lambert’s Halloween “Secret:” She Wants to Be a Bearded Lady….President

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMary Lambert‘s never really gotten the chance to dress up and let loose on Halloween, but she says this year, she just might…with one of the most bizarre costume ideas ever.

“Every Halloween, I’ve worked,” she tells ABC News Radio. “When I was bartending, when I was a gigging musician…and I can’t remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween, and this year I think I’m gonna do it.”  OK, so, what will she be? 

“I don’t know, maybe I’ll be Babe-raham Lincoln,” she laughs.  And what exactly is that?  She says it’s a costume idea that a pal came up with originally.

“My friend Tim was Babe-raham Lincoln,” she laughs. “So he dressed up as a woman dressing up as Abraham Lincoln, which is hysterical.”

So if Mary decides to be Babe-raham Lincoln, will she actually wear a beard, just like President Lincoln had?

“Absolutely!” she says. “I’ve always wanted a beard.”  Then Mary, whose current hit is “Secrets,” adds, “That’s a good secret. Every time I do an interview, they’re like, ‘Tell me a secret!’ I’m like, ‘I have told you so many secrets!’ But that’s another one. I wish I had a beard…and I wish that I could sing in a barbershop quartet!” 

Mary doesn’t have a show Friday night, but let’s hope if she decides to be Babe-raham Lincoln, she posts the pictures online, beard and all.


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Phillip Phillips Reveals Which Violent Halloween Activity He Finds “Therapeutic”

Credit: Nick WalkerWhat’s your favorite part of Halloween? Dressing up?  Trick-or-treating?  For Phillip Phillips, it’s taking a knife and plunging it into the soft, yielding flesh…of a pumpkin.

Recalling childhood Halloweens, Phillip tells ABC News Radio, “I used to love dressing up as a cowboy or Batman or a zombie or whatnot. Halloween’s fun. [But] I like carving the pumpkins. For some reason it’s very therapeutic for me.”

Wait, it’s therapeutic to take a sharp knife and cut a pumpkin to pieces?  According to Phillip, yes.

“I just figured this out last year,” he tells ABC News Radio. “And, you know, I was carving the pumpkins, and I was just, like, so calm while I was doing it!  I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I think I even carved another one! I’m gonna carve at least a couple this year.”

Phillip, who also enjoys scooping out the guts of his pumpkins and placing candles inside, jokes that wielding a knife makes you “feel like you’re king of the world.”  But don’t get him wrong: he also likes the other aspects of Halloween as well.

“Plus there’s the candy,” he laughs. “I can just clog my arteries!” 

Phillip is currently out on an extensive tour in support of his current album Behind the Light, but he doesn’t have a show on Halloween night.  His tour resumes Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


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T.I. Discusses Iggy Azalea’s Success, Says “She’s Handling Herself Very Well”

ABC/Randy HolmesT.I. couldn’t be more pleased with protégée Iggy Azalea.

During an interview with Rap-Up TV, Tip revealed that she’s easily adjusted to the spotlight, without needing him to hold her hand.

“She has an incredible vision for herself,” said T.I.. “She sees things that none of us can see. At the end of the day, the final say will lie in what Iggy Azalea feels is appropriate for her legacy.”

The rap veteran is blown away by Iggy’s ability to handle her newfound fame. “All in all, I think she’s handling herself like a G just simply because she’s not jumping off the Empire State Building,” he said. “With the amount of pressure being put on her, the amount of demands, and all the different directions she’s being pulled so many times a day, I think she’s handling herself very well and staying grounded and true to who she is.”

When asked if he sees Iggy ever working with Nicki Minaj, Tip remains optimistic.

“That is something that me and Lil Wayne, we maybe could broker,” he said. “If Nicki agrees to it, I would definitely massage the ears of my young Azalean. She never had a real problem with Nicki. I think it’s just a female competition thing. And I don’t even think Nicki really, really has a problem with Iggy. I think they’re both like, ‘There’s only enough room for one bad b***h at a time.’ I think it’s more that than someone genuinely not liking someone else.”



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Taylor Swift’s New Single: “Blank Space”

ABC/Lou RoccoYou probably aren’t sick of Taylor Swift‘s two most recent tracks — “Welcome to New York” and “Out of the Woods” — just yet, but she’s got another single coming down the pike.

Taylor’s record label announced Thursday that her next single from 1989 — the official follow-up to “Shake It Off” — will be “Blank Space.”  It’ll hit radio November 10.

The song is the second track on 1989, and like “Shake It Off,” it’s a collaboration with superproducers Max Martin and Shellback.  In the song’s lyrics, Taylor pokes fun at her reputation as a serial dater, singing, “You look like my next mistake/Love’s a game, want to play?” and “Got a long list of ex-lovers/They’ll tell you I’m insane/’Cause you know I love the players/and you love the game.”

“Blank Space” is also the song that inspired the name of Taylor’s new perfume Incredible Things — one of the lyrics is, “I could show you incredible things.”


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Justin Timberlake, One Direction, One Republic, Katy Perry Up for 2014 “Billboard” Touring Awards

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentJustin Timberlake, One Direction and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

JT and 1D are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  They’re competing against the latest tour by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  JT and 1D are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.

One Direction is also competing against two of the most legendary music acts of all time – Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones — in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist. 1D is being recognized for its run of shows in Croke Park, Dublin this past May.

OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which “honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time.”

Katy Perry‘s PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It’s also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy’s on-tour partnership with Staples.

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.


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Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose First Round in Copyright Infringement Battle over “Blurred Lines”

Interscope RecordsA judge in California is allowing a case to move forward that alleges Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a Marvin Gaye classic to write their smash “Blurred Lines.”

U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by “Blurred Lines” writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one had and, and the Gaye family and Gaye’s publishers on the other.

In Thursday’s ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family’s musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between “Blurred Lines” and copyright protected elements of Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case. The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke’s 2011 track “Love After War” and Gaye’s 1976 track “After the Dance.”

The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs. In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office — not other elements of the recordings themselves — will be relevant at trial.

A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Enrique & Pitbull Announce Second Leg of Joint U.S. Tour

Courtesy of Theo Wargo/Getty Images Pitbull once sang “Don’t Stop the Party,” and now he’s taking his own advice. He and Enrique Iglesias have just announced a second leg of their joint U.S. tour.

The new leg of the tour stars January 28 in El Paso, Texas, and right now is scheduled to wrap up February 20 in Rosemont, Illinois.  In between, Enrique and Mr. Worldwide will visit Las Vegas during Super Bowl weekend, and play a Valentine’s Day show in Oakland, California.   Tickets go on sale starting November 6.

In other Enrique news, his latest hit “Bailando” has just set the record for longest run at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart: 26 weeks.  Enrique told Billboard, “You don’t know how successful a song is going to be…Sometimes you’re right, sometimes you’re wrong. This one just felt special.”  

He adds, “I do my best and put so much enthusiasm into songs, songwriting and videos. But, ultimately, it comes down to the fans and how they react. If it wasn’t for them, really, the song wouldn’t be the hit that it’s been.”

And in other Pitbull news, he’ll be sharing the stage with rock legend Carlos Santana at the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will air live on the Univision Network on November 20.  While Pitbull appeared on Santana’s most recent album, this will mark the first time the two have performed together live.

Here are the tour dates:

1/28 — El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
1/29 — Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
1/31 — Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Arena
2/05 — Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center
2/06 — Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
2/07 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/12 — Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
2/13 — Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
2/14 — Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
2/17 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
2/19 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
2/20 — Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena



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