Avril and Chad Not Splitting Up, Despite Reports

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCDon’t believe the rumors: Avril Lavigne and her husband, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, aren’t breaking up.

A source tells US Weekly magazine that Chad “has been going around and telling people that they’re divorcing,” and the magazine also points to the fact that Avril was spotted August 30 without her wedding ring as further evidence.

However, a source close to the Canadian couple tells ABC News Radio that the couple is fine and denies the divorce story.  The two married July 1, 2013, in France.  It was the one-year anniversary of their first date, which was also, appropriately enough, Canada Day.  It was Avril’s second marriage; Chad’s first.

Chad and Nickelback will release a new album, No Fixed Address, on November 4.

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Jessie J to Perform Intimate Shows in NYC and LA

Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJessie J will mark the October 14 release of her long-awaited new album, Sweet Talker, with two special shows: one in New York City and one in Los Angeles.

Jessie will perform at New York’s Gramercy Theater on October 9; tickets go on sale September 19 at 10 a.m.  On the 14th, the day the album arrives, she’ll be at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.  An American Express presale for that date is available now through September 19 at 10 p.m.  General tickets will be available starting September 20 at 10 a.m.

Sweet Talker includes the hit three-way collabo “Bang Bang,” as well as the next single, “Burnin’ Up,” featuring 2 Chainz.  That song will be released September 23.  Other guests on the album include old-school hip-hop group De La Soul and violinist Lindsay Sterling.

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Taylor Swift Named “People” Magazine’s Best Dressed of 2014

Bret Hartman/CBSTaylor Swift not only kills it on the red carpet, she kills it every time she steps outside her New York City apartment. That’s why the always-pulled-together singer has been named People magazine’s Best Dressed for 2014.

As People notes, the singer has “truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months,” sporting amazing designer gowns at industry events, and chic casual ensembles on the street.  She even looks great coming from the gym.  Her BFF, supermodel Karli Kloss, tells the magazine, “She’s got great style. I need to take some notes from her!”

Taylor herself tells People, “I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before,” and describes her style as “feminine, leggy and ever-changing.” 

As far as other musical performers go, People magazine also singles out Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez on its Best-Dressed top-10 list, which is unranked.  The mag calls Rihanna “the biggest risk-taker,” offering as evidence the see-through gown she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  Speaking about his client’s fashion choices, Rihanna’s stylist tells the magazine, “Being sexy is totally a part of it. It’s also about having fun, though, and just experimenting with fashion.”

As for that ageless beauty J-Lo, the magazine says, “[She] has yet to meet a skin-baring trend she doesn’t like … or can’t pull off.”  Her stylists tell the magazine, “She looks phenomenal in everything, so we get to have more fun playing with her looks rather than analyzing what needs to be avoided.”

People mag also inducts some Best Dressed Couples into its Style Hall of Fame, and Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are among them, as are John Legend and his supermodel wife, Chrissy TeigenVoice coach and country star Blake Shelton and his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, also made the cut.

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Jason Mraz Kicks Off Historic Tour of All of NYC’s Five Boroughs Tonight

Courtesy Atlantic RecordsStarting tonight, Jason Mraz takes Manhattan — and every other part of New York, too.  While some artists do residencies in Las Vegas, or at one venue, like the O2 in London, Jason is doing a residency of New York City as a whole, with a concert this month in each of New York City’s five boroughs.

Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Jason and his tour partners, the all-female band Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs — Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx — beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping up the 22nd and 23rd at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. 

Asked if he’s looking forward to playing any particular section of New York more than another, Jason tells ABC News Radio, “You know, I’m excited to be back in Radio City Music Hall — don’t get me wrong; I do love that. But I’m also just genuinely excited about what each of the boroughs is gonna bring. Because I don’t know. I don’t know what to expect.”

What fans can expect, though, is a different set list in each location. “Definitely! We’re going to mix it up every night, and I get to do that thanks to my amazing support band, Raining Jane,” Jason says.  He and the Janes, as they’re called, have been touring together since late August; they also joined him on his current album, YES!

Jason says that one of the goals in doing the tour is to encourage New Yorkers to actually journey from wherever they happen to live to other parts of the city to see him play.  This isn’t always as easy as it sounds: people who live in Manhattan, for example, often complain about having to go to Brooklyn.  But Jason says, fingers crossed, his music will be enough to tempt folks to travel.

“I’m hoping that we’re not just playing for people in those boroughs, but that it gives New Yorkers a chance to commute and go check out some of the other boroughs and some of the other neighborhoods that they may not have seen yet,” he says.  

After he wraps up the New York shows, Jason will head overseas for some shows in the U.K. and Europe, before coming back to North America in early October for more dates.

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Fergie Returns with New Single, “L.A. LOVE (la la),” on Sept. 30

ABC/Bob D’AmicoA day after Billboard reported that Fergie was readying a brand-new solo album for 2015, word comes that she’ll deliver a new single this month.

According to a tweet from Billboard’s Gary Trust, Fergie’s new song is called “L.A. LOVE (la la)” and it’ll arrive September 30.

Billboard reported that Fergie was readying the follow-up to her one and only solo album, The Dutchess, and that it would likely come out in 2015, with a new single “before the end of the year.”

The publication also reported that among the producers Fergie is working with is Mike WiLL Made-It, perhaps best known for his work on Miley CyrusBangerz album.

The Dutchess, which came out in 2006, spun off five top 5 singles, including “Fergalicious,” “London Bridge” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”  In the past eight years, Fergie’s married Josh Duhamel and become a mom to son Axl Jack, released two albums with the Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. and The Beginning — and appeared in several movies, as well as on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby.

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Nick Jonas Gets “Jealous” with Girlfriend in New Video

Island RecordsNick Jonas‘ co-star for his latest music video, “Jealous,” is his real-life girlfriend, former Miss USA winner Olivia Culpo.

In the clip, Nick rides a motorcycle, drives a cab and is schooled on the basketball court as he sings about how he “still gets jealous.”  There are plenty of shots of Culpo and another woman to emphasize his point.

“Jealous” is off Nick’s self-titled solo album, due out November 11.

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Kanye West on Wheelchair Incident: “Pick a New Target”

Universal Music GroupKanye West is tired of being picked on.

The rapper said he’s being unfairly “demonized” by the media after he made headlines for reportedly demanding that one of his concertgoers in a wheelchair stand up.

A video from the concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia, actually shows the rapper urging the entire audience onto its feet for “Good Life.”

“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” the rapper is heard saying, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s***.”

When only a single fan remained seated, the crowd began booing and chanting, “Stand up,” until West sent his bodyguard to investigate that, yes, the person was in a wheelchair.

Without apology, Kanye went on to perform.

Despite the backlash that followed, his wife, Kim Kardashian, doesn’t think her husband has anything to apologize for.

Along with a clip she posted on Instagram from his concert Monday night, she wrote, “What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.”

West defended himself at Monday’s show in Brisbane, Australia, according to a video from the concert.

After calling out morning talk show hosts for making the incident into “such big media-press-news,” he admonished them to “take a step back and look at this.”

He added, “I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*** artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’m going to take my platform and break this s*** down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we’ll get back to the music.”

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Britney Spears to Renew Las Vegas Deal for Two More Years?

Denise TruscelloWhile some doubted that Britney Spears’ residency in Las Vegas would be a success, she’s proved them wrong in spades: The Las Vegas Sun reports that her show at Planet Hollywood is so successful, she’s close to signing a two-year extension.

The paper reports that ever since Celine Dion, the unofficial Queen of Vegas, canceled all her shows so she could tend to her ailing husband, Britney’s show, Piece of Me, has become the top Vegas moneymaker for Caesars Entertainment, the company that runs many of the hotels in Sin City.

The paper says that the discussions that Britney’s team have been in are now getting close to “signed contract status.”  Her original deal is set to end in 2015.  Britney recently told Variety that she’s not interested in going back to touring the old-fashioned way. “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],” she said. “I’m a home girl.”

And more proof that Britney is in Vegas to stay: the paper reports that her manager Larry Rudolph just moved full-time to a luxury apartment complex five minutes from Planet Hollywood.

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Charli XCX Wants to Sell Feminine Hygiene Products on Tour

Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX is obviously not shy. In her new cover story in Complex magazine, she discusses how, when she goes on tour, she’d like to sell feminine hygiene products along with the usual array of t-shirts and posters.

“I’m kind of obsessed with [my period] right now,” Charli tells the magazine. “Periods are really punk. I want to have tampons as merch that say ‘PERIODS ARE PUNK.’”  She adds that if she were to release a bunch of songs that she recorded in Sweden not long ago — songs that didn’t make it onto her upcoming album Sucker — she says she’d release it under the name The Tampon Girls.

“That’s such a sick name for a punk band,” she laughs.

Of course, Charli could just be putting the interviewer on; she says a lot of outrageous things in the cover story.  But she gets serious when she talks about herself as a songwriter.  The woman who penned “Boom Clap,” “Fancy” and “I Love It” tells Complex, “I just want to leave my mark. I just want people to write about Charli XCX.” 

When asked what she wants them to say about her, she responds, “Just…that I was an important songwriter who changed the landscape of pop music. That’d be pretty cool.”

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Mary Lambert Announces Headlining Tour in Support of Debut, “Heart on My Sleeve”

Capitol RecordsMary Lambert, best known for co-writing and singing on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ smash “Same Love,” will launch a headlining tour of North America on October 10 in Toronto.  The tour comes in support of her debut album Heart on My Sleeve, due October 14.

The first single from the album, “Secrets,” is already a hit and the video has racked up more than 2.5 million views on VEVO.

In a statement, Mary, who spent all summer on the road with Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, says about her album, “I can only write about the experiences I’ve had. I signed to a major label. I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people.”

“This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there,” she adds.

Here are Mary’s tour dates:

10/10 — Toronto, ON, Adelaide Hall
10/11 — Montreal, QB,  La Vitrola
10/17 — Albany, NY, College of St. Rose
10/19 — Boston, MA, The Sinclair
10/22 — Philadelphia, PA, North Star Bar
10/23 — Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall
10/24 — Durham, NC, Motorco Music Hall
10/25 — Clearwater, FL,  Capitol Theatre
10/27 — Atlanta, GA, The Loft @ Centerstage
10/28 — Nashville, TN,  Mercy Lounge
10/29 — Columbus, OH, A&R Bar
11/01 — Minneapolis, MN,  Fine Line
11/02 — Omaha, NE, Waiting Room
11/03 — Kansas City, KS, Record Bar
11/05 — Denver, CO, Bluebird Theatre
11/07 — Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
11/09 — Phoenix, AZ Club Red
11/13 — Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
11/15 — Vancouver, BC, Rio Theatre

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