Ed Sheeran’s New Celebrity Fan: Samuel L. Jackson

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran‘s fans include quite a number of celebrities, and he’s just managed to impress another one: Samuel L. Jackson.

The Oscar-nominated actor tweeted a photo of himself attending Ed’s recent show at London’s O2 arena, and added, “This MUFFUGGAH is da real deal!!”

The two got to meet one another backstage as well.  Jackson posted a photo of the two of them together and tweeted, “Caught last nite. A mic, a guitar, A-mazing!!”

Ed continues his current U.K. tour this weekend in Birmingham, England.



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Pitbull’s New Album “Globalization” Due Nov. 24, Features New “Penguins of Madagascar” Song

RCA Records/ Mr. 305 /Polo GroundsPitbull’s next salvo in his attempt to conquer the world through music arrives November 24: it’s his new album, Globalization.

The disc features Mr. Worldwide’s current hit, “Fireball,” and includes guest appearances by Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Bebe Rexha, G.R.L. and others.

One track, “Celebrate,” will be featured in the upcoming animated movie Penguins of Madagascar, scheduled to hit theaters November 26.

Globalization also includes the previously released singles “Wild Wild Love,” featuring G.R.L., and “We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official World Cup anthem.

Pitbull’s currently on the road with his pal Enrique Iglesias.

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Pharrell Williams Designs Limited-Edition Cookies for French Boutique

Trae Patton/NBCIn his quest to put his personal stamp on everything you need to go about your daily life, Pharrell Williams is now moving into food.

People magazine reports that the Voice coach, who’s already designed clothing, jewelry, a fragrance, leather goods and more, has created a line of macarons, a fancy kind of French cookie.  Macarons come in a wide variety of flavors, but Pharrell’s are uniquely American: peanut butter and cola.

The cookies are a collaboration with super-high-end French bakery Ladurée and the concept Parisian fashion store Collette.  They were created to mark Pharrell’s shows at Paris’ Zenith Arena this week.  He wraps up his performances there Thursday night.

In honor of the shows, Collette’s been hosting “Pharrell Week” at its store, in addition to the macarons, its carried nearly all his other products, including his new fragrance, clothing line, the leather goods he’s designed for the French company Moynat and other items.

You can order the macarons from Collette’s website.  They cost about $21 for six.

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Sam Smith Announces 2015 North American Tour

ABC/Randy HolmesIt seems like Sam Smith has been on the road non-stop this year, and he’s not stopping in 2015.  The British singer has just announced a U.S. tour starting in January.

“AMERICA! Happy to announce new 2015 TOUR DATES. Can’t wait to see you all again!!” Sam tweeted, along with a link to the dates. “Hope to see your beautiful faces next year!”

The tour, strictly speaking, is a North American one, since there are a number of dates in Canada as well.  It gets underway January 9 in Atlanta and is currently scheduled to run through February 4, wrapping up in Vancouver. Tickets go on sale October 24 at 10 a.m. ET. Notable among the new dates is a January 15 show at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.

In a statement, Sam says, “It’s been my dream to play some of these venues. I’m so appreciative of how American audiences have embraced my music. I’m thrilled to come back to the U.S. again. This is starting to feel like home!”

Sam is currently finishing up a string of dates in the U.K.  On November 13, he’s scheduled to return to the U.S. to perform at VH1′s You Oughta Know concert in New York City.  Then it’s back to Europe for more dates, and back to the U.S. for Christmas radio shows. 

Here are Sam’s newly-announced tour dates:

1/9 — Altanta, GA, Fox Theater
1/10 — Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House
1/12 — Washington, D.C., Patriot Center
1/13 — Philadelphia, PA, The Liacouras Center
1/15 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/17 — Boston, MA, Agganis Arena
1/19 — Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
1/20 — Toronto, ONT Air Canada Center
1/22 — Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple
1/23 — Chicago, IL, UIC Pavillion
1/24 — Saint Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
1/26 — Denver, CO, 1st Bank Center
1/30 — Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
1/31 — San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
2/02 — Seattle, WA, Key Arena
2/04 — Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena

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Tove Lo Worries that Her Song “Habits (Stay High)” May Inspire Kids to Take Drugs

Photo credit: Johannes HeljeNow that Tove Lo‘s song “Habits (Stay High)” — which is about indulging in drink, drugs and sex to take your mind off a breakup — is a top 10 hit, she’s beginning to wonder if she might be setting a bad example.

I just like to talk about drugs in my songs because obviously a lot of people know what I’m talking about: It’s not a secret. I can tell that everyone knows what I mean when I say these things,” the Swedish singer tells Rolling Stone. “But then, you know, you have all the other reasons for why I shouldn’t. Because if I sing about it in a positive way, I’m no longer just only sitting in my studio. People are starting to know who I am.”

“Young kids will listen and feel inspired — either to not to do it because they’ll see the “Habits” video and just say ‘F**k, that looks awful,” or be like, ‘That’s so me; I want to be that self-destructive person,’” she says. “Which is kind of how I was when I was growing up. I was always drawn to the self-destructive kind of way. I thought there was something beautiful about it, I don’t know why.”

“But yeah, I don’t know if I should take a stand or not,” she adds. “Right now I’m just writing what I know.”

Tove, whose new album Queen of the Clouds is out now, tells Rolling Stone that she likes to use drugs as a metaphor in her songs because “no matter what your drug is, if it’s weed or alcohol or just adrenaline in general, it’s whatever gives you the ultimate high. I like to compare things to that because that’s what everyone’s always chasing, at least I’m that way…I’m pretty much chasing rushes.”

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Cops Call on Bieber’s Crowded Condo

Ben WattsJustin Bieber got not one, but two visits from police Tuesday night after they received complaints about noise coming from the singer’s Beverly Hills condo.

Witnesses tell E! Online police officers made their first visit around 11:15 p.m. but found nothing out of the ordinary and left.

About an hour later, police responded to a second complaint and found about 40 people hanging out on the roof of the building, but there was no loud music or screaming, just people talking, according to E!.

Once again, police determined there were no violations, but officers spoke to The Bieb before leaving.

A short time later, Bieber voluntarily asked people to leave, until only about 10 people remained.

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Selena Gomez Admits Crush on Rudderless Co-Star During “Kimmel” Appearance

ABC/Lou RoccoDuring an appearance Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her new film Rudderless, Selena Gomez let slip a juicy bit of gossip. Rudderless co-stars Billy Crudup and when Kimmel asked if she’d ever heard of the actor before this movie, Selena said, “Yeah, I had a crush on him.”

Crudup, as you know, starred in the 2000 film Almost Famous. Gomez told Kimmel, “I went through my whole Almost Famous phase, where I was like Penny Lane for a good month, where I had the hair and the glasses and then I found out I was going to be part of this movie, and so it took me a minute at first because I had a bit of a crush on him.” 

“Did you tell him that?” Kimmel asked, to which, Gomez said, seemingly embarrassed, “No! I mean, now I am!” The singer and actress noted, “I don’t have to do press with him anymore, so it’s fine.” Jimmy asked if the crush was over, now that she’s gotten to know him, and Selena said, “No, what are you saying? No, he’s a great guy. He’s really awesome.”

In the movie, Selena plays a grieving girl whose boyfriend dies in a school shooting.

Felicity Huffman also stars. The film is directed by Felicity’s husband, William H. Macy.

Rudderless will hit theaters October 17.

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Thanks to “All About That Bass” Success, Meghan Trainor’s “So Confident Now, It’s Crazy”

Epic RecordsSix months ago, nobody knew who Meghan Trainor was.  Now, the 20-year-old singer from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is the belle of the pop music ball: her hit “All About That Bass” has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six straight weeks, and she just received an American Music Award nomination for New Artist of the Year.  Meaghan calls last achievement “unbelievable” — literally.

“I didn’t believe it.  I always happens when I’m waking up from a night of sleep — I always get the text from my mom, like, ‘Congrats baby girl, you got nominated!’” says Meghan. “It’s insane.  I had to call them to make sure it was real.  It’s unbelievable.  I’m really excited.”

Megan’s also excited — and shocked — about the fact that she’s managed to achieve most of her career goals in such a short time.

“I have a goal board in my Nashville apartment and I was just showing my family, like, ‘Look, a week before I got the record deal I made this and I said I want number one song on Billboard, and I want the number one song in the world,’ and…put all the pictures up,” Meghan says. “It’s like, I got all of this already, just from, like, a few months ago!”

Along with Colbie Caillat‘s “Try,” “All About That Bass” has started a national conversation about female self-empowerment and body image.  In “All About That Bass,” Meghan sings about not being a size 2, being proud of her booty, and says, “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”  Meghan says the point of the song isn’t so much about her own self-image, as it is about letting young girls know that they shouldn’t feel insecure about their appearance

“When they ask me, like, ‘What [size] do you think you are?’  I think I’m pretty regular.  I feel comfy.  I’m alright,” she says. “I ate pizza all day yesterday and I still feel great.  But, the song is just lovin’ your size, no matter what size you are, just being comfortable in your own skin, ’cause I wish I was like that in high school, you know?”

In fact, Meghan says that she feels a lot better about herself simply because she’s been performing the song non-stop for the past few months.

“Just like singing these lyrics over and over again and watching the reaction, I’m so confident now! It’s crazy!” she laughs.

In addition to its lyrics, part of the appeal of “All About That Bass” is its retro, doo-wop sound.  Meghan says she loves older music, and she and her co-writer, Kevin Kadish, made a conscious decision to make something that was the opposite of everything else on the radio.

“I did jazz band all throughout school and I played trumpet and sang and I loved that old school feel,” she explains. “And when I first met Kevin…we bonded over that.  And then, we were like, ‘We should just forget the rules, like, let’s just do something different.’ And it worked!”

Meghan just released a new song called “Lips Are Movin’” and is currently finishing up her first full-length album — her EP, called Title, is out now.  Come 2015, she’ll be hitting the road.

“I’m headlining a tour, I guess,” she says, as though even she can’t believe it.  She says the tour will start in February and adds, “It’s insane ’cause at first they were talking, like, ‘Let’s get you on a huge artist’s tour’ and now they’re like, ‘Uh-uh, you  gonna do this yourself!’ And I was like, “OK, that’s cool!’”

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Taylor Swift Reveals Inspiration for Name of New Perfume

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is bringing out a new perfume next month called Incredible Things.  Why is it called that?  The answer can be found in the lyrics of her new album, 1989.

Each day on Instagram, Taylor has promised to post lyrics to one of the songs on her new album.  Her Wednesday posting reveals that one of the songs features the following lyrics: “Nice to meet you, where you been?/I could show you incredible things.”

Taylor’s previous fragrances were called Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted and, simply, Taylor by Taylor Swift.  The names of the first two were inspired by the title and lyrics of her song “Enchanted,” from her album Speak Now.


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Will.i.am Helps Jimmy Fallon Score His First “Billboard” Chart Hit

Image Courtesy NBCSure, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon‘s a good singer and musician, but now he’s legitimately gotten a top 40 pop hit…and it’s all thanks to Will.i.am.

On October 6, Will and Jimmy debuted a music video based on the popular Tonight Show sketch “Ew!,” a mock Teen Nick show that features Fallon dressed as a teenage girl named Sara, who responds to almost everything by saying, “Ew!”  In the clip, Sara is joined by will.i.am’s alter-ego, “mir.i.am.” The two are shown in various locations rapping about things they think are ‘Ew!’”

At the time, Jimmy encouraged fans to help the song hit the chart, and now it has: it debuts at #26, thanks to streaming and sales of about 35,000 downloads.  “Oh my goodness. I’m, like, freaking out right now. This is unbelievable! No. 26? I’d be happy with 99!” said a delighted Fallon to Billboard.  “This is unbelievable. I have to call Will! This is nuts. This is so exciting!”

He told Billboard, “Everyone has dreams. I remember lip-syncing into a mirror when I was a kid. Having a song chart is just crazy. I didn’t even know that this would be a song…the song has no other goal than to make you smile.”  Well, it actually has another goal: all proceeds benefit two charities: the SeriousFun Children’s Network and will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation.

“This is so good for the charities involved,” Fallon says.

Billboard notes that Fallon is now the second host of the Tonight Show to have a song chart on the Hot 100.  The show’s very first host, Steve Allen, scored two chart entries in 1963, but that was six years after he left the show.

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