Colbie Caillat Reveals Her “Gypsy Heart” Today

Republic RecordsOver the summer, Colbie Caillat released a five-song EP introducing fans to some of the new songs that would appear on her upcoming album Gypsy Heart.  Now, the full album has arrived, and Colbie says its title reflects different sides of her musical personality, and the different sides of her, as well.

First, Colbie says Gypsy Heart sums up the dual nature of her personality: she’s not able to settle on one or the other. “You know, I can never make a decision,” she tells ABC News Radio. “I love being in Hawaii but I love coming to New York.  Like, I love being in Hawaii, wearing a bathing suit, no makeup; and I love being in New York, wearing gorgeous outfits that my stylist picked out for me and having really cool hair and makeup done.  It’s fun.  So I think it’s something I always battle with myself…which version of me am I gonna be today?”

Musically, Colbie says, “I wrote 60 songs [for the project], so half of them are more, like, very produced and more pop-sounding. And I wanted to combine them, and to me, that sums up Gypsy Heart:  It’s a love for all things and all styles.”

The reason Colbie had 60 songs, half of which were pop-sounding and half that weren’t, is because after she initially wrote and recorded an organic, folky-sounding album which she loved, her record company rejected it, and told her to go back into the studio and come up with more pop songs.  At first, she was devastated — the experience inspired her latest hit, “Try” — but she eventually ended up loving the tunes she came up with for Gypsy Heart.  Part of the reason was the fact that she worked with super-producer Babyface on both batches of songs.

“I had pigeonholed him into being one type of producer or songwriter and I don’t know why,” she tells ABC News Radio. “And when I had my first session with him, we wrote a folk song, and then the next song, we wrote, it’s called ‘Just Like That,’ and it’s a R&B pop song.”

“He can really produce any genre, and write any genre and his recording quality — it sounds better than any song and any record I’ve ever made,” she gushes. “So, he’s my favorite!”

As for what will become of all the songs that Colbie wrote and then scrapped, she says, “Some songs probably will never be heard, some songs I hope to give to other artists, and there are, I think, for sure, seven songs that I plan on releasing.” She says she’s not sure when we’ll get them, but adds, “I’m sure they’ll be out at some point, because I love them!” 


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Nicki Minaj to Host MTV European Music Awards

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj not only has four MTV European Music Awards nominations, she’s also set to host the big festivities on Sept. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The rapper made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of herself sitting on a regal throne, wearing a black dress and ornate crown. The caption reads: “So excited to announce that I will not only perform, but I have the honorable task of HOSTING this year’s MTV European Music Awards!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The show will shoot in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND for its 20th Anniversary ON NOVEMBER 9th!!!! Find us @mtvema and Vote at mtvema.com.”

The news comes after the Harajuku Barbie scored her first number-one song in the U.K. thanks to her rap with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on “Bang Bang.”

Pharrell and Eminem will also perform on the MTV EMAs.

As far as nods, Katy Perry leads with seven. Pharrell raked in five nominations, including Best Song for “Happy.” In addition, Eminem and Iggy Azalea received four nods apiece, including one each in the Best Hip Hop Artist category.

This year’s 20th anniversary ceremony will air on MTV channels worldwide. Voting in now open at TV.MTVEMA.vote



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“The Voice” Recap: All Four Coaches Turn Around for Blind Singer

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCNBC’s The Voice entered its second week of blind auditions on Monday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams continued to battle for artists to add to their respective teams.

Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:

John Martin, 25, drives a forklift in a warehouse — not your typical occupation for an artist on this show. He sang Amos Lee‘s “Sweet Pea,” convincing Blake, Gwen and Pharrell to turn around. Blake enjoyed his laid-back approach. Gwen described John’s voice as “delicious” and “creamy.” Adam begrudgingly admitted that Blake might be the right fit for John. Sure enough, John picked Blake.

Jessie Pitts took on Brandi Carlile‘s “The Story.” Gwen pressed her button right away, and Blake later followed suit. Blake, who’s married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, pointed out that “The Story” was his wedding song. Blake’s story apparently didn’t sway Jessie, though; she chose Gwen.

Sixty-two-year-old Michael Stein is a cantor, or, in his words, a “minister of music.” He brought along his violin for a rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band‘s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Unfortunately for him, none of the coaches expressed interest in him.   

Pharrell and Blake both made a bid for Ricky Manning, who sang John Newman‘s “Love Me Again.” Ricky opted to join Team Pharrell.

Kelli Douglas, a 31-year-old single mom from Dallas, covered “Danny’s Song” by Loggins and Messina. All of the coaches except for Pharrell pursued her. Adam detected that Kelli was nervous, but he vowed to work with her on that, if given the opportunity. Blake noted that there were some Texas-like qualities in her voice, such as her “quick breaks.” Kelli joined Adam’s team.

Blessing Offor, a blind man who lives in Brooklyn, played Bill Withers‘ “Just the Two of Us” on the keyboard. In the final moments of the performance, all four coaches turned around. Gwen said Blessing’s voice was similar in tone to Pharrell’s. The “Happy” singer replied his fellow coach was being “super-kind.” Pharrell told Blessing, who’s spent time in Nashville, he can teach him how to mix genres. Blessing went with Pharrell.

Troy Ritchie enticed Gwen to press her button with his version of “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums. The No Doubt singer pointed out that she doesn’t have a lot of men on her team.

Mia Pfirrman had her choice of all four coaches after she belted out the Katy Perry hit “Unconditionally.” Adam told her there were some really spectacular moments in her performance, but her voice needed a little bit of refining. Gwen said she would love to work with her on another song and see what she can become as an artist. Gwen won’t get that opportunity, though, because Mia settled on Adam.

Blake added Bree Fondacaro to his crew after she sang Bob Dylan‘s “It Ain’t Me Babe.”

Anita Antoinette, who previously auditioned during season three, was back for redemption. She closed the show with some reggae — her take on Bob Marley‘s “Turn Your Lights Down Low.” All four coaches vied for her talent. Pharrell told Anita he can help her accomplish her goal of making music that touches people. Gwen complimented the way Anita can blend styles. Adam said Anita can accomplish anything she wants. Anita landed on Gwen’s team.

At the moment, Pharrell has eight artists on his team, Gwen and Blake have seven artists each, and Adam has six artists. The coaches will hear from more hopefuls Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.



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Maroon 5: “We Don’t Really Care If Fans Pay for Our Music”

Peter Kramer/NBCWhen your favorite band puts out a greatest hits record, it’s annoying to be expected to purchase the same songs you already have again, right?  Well, Maroon 5 feels your pain: not only do they plan on charging less for their future best-of, but they think it’s cool if fans decide not to pay for any of their music, period.

Speaking to the U.K. website Digital Spy, Adam Levine says, “If our next record is a Greatest Hits record, we may write a few original songs and put them on there, and maybe we’ll only charge what it would cost for the new songs, and make it an inexpensive album. Why would somebody have to buy a Greatest Hits if they already have those songs?”

Adam insists that Maroon 5 wouldn’t even mind giving away all their music for free, like U2 did with their most recent album, Songs of Innocence.

“We don’t really care if our fans pay for our music…I think our agenda as a band is getting our music to as many people as possible,” he explains. “I literally don’t care how they support us, as long as they do. If you love a band and want to hear their music, obtaining it for free is okay with us. If they’re compensating in some way like buying a T-shirt or a ticket is important to us, but as far as the music is concerned…”

“We’re in the position to do that,” adds guitarist James Valentine, who admits he was a “little jealous” of U2′s free album stunt. “I do worry about up-and-coming artists, and how they’re struggling to make ends meet, to get support and make a living. But for us, I’d love for everyone on the planet to have our music.”


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Tove Lo Reveals Her Own Bad “Habits”

Photo credit: Johannes HeljeOn her breakout hit “Habits (Stay High),” Swedish singer Tove Lo sings about indulging in all kinds of terrible things to keep her mind off her ex, like going to sex clubs and getting drunk.  But in real life, the singer says she’s got a few bad habits of her own.

Speaking to Billboard, Tove, whose birth name is Tove Nilsson, cops to sleeping in her bathtub when she comes home drunk. “I sometimes fall asleep, which is bad,” she reveals. “But I always wake up when the water hits my face.”

Another bad habit of hers, she says, is leaving really, really, really long voicemails. “Instead of just saying, ‘Hey, call me back,’ I record the whole thing I wanted to talk about and keep the conversation going, even though no one’s answering me. I do that every time,” she says.

Drinking too much coffee and leaving the lights in her apartment are a couple other bad habits Tove admits to.  But the worst one, she says, is not being able to stay in one relationship, and falling in love too easily.  “My whole album is kind of about that, the way my relationships go,” she says. “That’s definitely a habit.”

Tove’s album Queen of the Clouds is out on Tuesday.  Her VH1 You Oughta Know headlining tour is currently underway; she performs in New York City on Wednesday.



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Lady Gaga Gushes Over Kelly Clarkson’s Fashionable Baby

Trae Patton/NBCAfter Kelly Clarkson posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose on Twitter and compared her to Lady Gaga, the real Lady Gaga chimed in with some kind words about the infant.

Kelly posted a photo of River in her baby carrier, wearing pink flowered sunglasses, a pink onesie, and a multi-colored white bib that flared out around her neck.  “Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!” she captioned the photo.

That caused Lady Gaga to reply, “oh my miss River Rose is givin’ me a run for my money!! Look at those shoulders, like Grace Jones! Can I borrow that bib?” 

For those who are unfamiliar with Grace Jones, she’s an actress, model and singer who was popular in the ’80s for her extremely angular, gender-bending look, and many of her outfits featured broad or pointy shoulders.

Kelly replied to Gaga’s comments, “if you ever need an opening act, she’s all yours ha!” and added the hashtag “#bornthisway.”

On Monday at around 2:30 a.m., Kelly tweeted about her daughter again, writing, “Having a hard time falling asleep. Can’t stop watching my baby girl sleep. I’m addicted to her.”

Kelly and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed River Rose this past June.

 



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Adam Levine’s a Creepy Crazed Stalker in New “Animals” Video

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsAdam Levine is stalking his own wife in Maroon 5‘s new video for their single “Animals.”

In the clip, Adam is a nerdy-looking dude who obsessively takes photos of a beautiful woman, played by Adam’s real-life wife Behati Prinsloo.   When he’s not poring over the photos, he’s hanging out — literally — in a meat locker stocked with big, bloody sides of beef, and smearing his naked torso with cow blood.  At one point, Behati’s seen sleeping — in skimpy lingerie, of course — and is oblivious to the fact that Adam is sitting on a chair right next to her bed, taking photos of her.

In another scene, Behati and her friends are partying in a club, and Adam’s right next to her at the bar, but she doesn’t notice him.  He then tries to put the moves on her, but she isn’t having it.  We see him fantasizing about the two of them having sex, and then we see her actually in bed asleep, and he’s lying right next to her. Creepy!

In more fantasy sequences, Adam and Behati appear to be completely nude, making out and groping one another, as big gushes of blood rain down around them and on them. They continue making out, totally covered in blood. Eww.

The clip ends with Adam standing outside in the rain, looking up at Behati’s window. Was the whole thing a dream?

Samuel Bayer directed the “Animals” clip.  His other credits include the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as videos for Metallica, Green Day, Nirvana and Justin Timberlake.  His best known clip is the one for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”


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Nicki Minaj Instagram Selfie Bares a Little More than Usual

Image Courtesy ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is known for posting sexy pictures on social media, but she, perhaps inadvertently, gave followers more than she meant to when she revealed a slight peak of her unmentionables in a selfie.

The rapper posted an Instagram picture of herself wearing a black bob wig and a lacy black bra that showed off her breasts, which slightly exposed her nipple.

Fans quickly pointed out her wardrobe malfunction.  One commenter wrote,”We’re not looking at the wig,” while another called out her intentions: “SERIOSLY NICKI u know what u was doing.”

Meanwhile, Nicki teased that she was on set of an undisclosed project. “#ItsASecret,” she wrote in the caption.

 

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Taylor Swift’s Management Company Named in Lawsuit Over Her Transportation Needs

ABC NewsTaylor Swift‘s management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer…but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren’t being met.

The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor’s management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June.  But a month into the job, Firefly’s director of security told APG that there were “issues” that the contractor was told to “‘remedy as soon as possible.”

According to APG security, the “issues” included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and “under what circumstances” the drivers were allowed to speak to her.

The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs.  The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, claims the suit, but then Firefly abruptly canceled the contract on July 22 — leaving APG stuck with that bill.

According to the Post, Taylor’s reps have yet to comment on the suit.


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Fergie’s Back with New Single “L.A. LOVE (la la)”

will.i.am music/Interscope RecordsIt’s been years, but Fergie is finally back with some new solo music.

Her new single, “L.A. LOVE (la la)” is now available for download. The song, which Fergie co-wrote with DJ Mustard, finds the singer rapping and using a variety of different vocal styles as she shouts out to different locations around the world.

It’s Fergie’s first new music to be released since “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” a collaboration she did on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby.  Fergie’s last solo album, The Dutchess, came out back in 2006.  So far, there’s no word on when we’ll hear a new album from the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman.

The artwork that comes with “L.A. LOVE (la la)” features two stylized neon-colored hands, one sporting a tattoo that reads “Smile Now, Cry Later.”



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