Bruno Mars Announces New Single with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk”

Credt: Kai Z. FengFirst, the good news: Bruno Mars is releasing a new single.  Now, the bad news: it’s not from a new Bruno Mars album.  Still, the news is pretty exciting:  Nruno took to Instagram to reveal that the new single, “Uptown Funk,” is a collaboration with his friend, famed producer Mark Ronson. 

Dear friends and family, for the past year, my buddy Mark Ronson has been secretly working on his album. I had the privilege to hear some of the material early on and I was blown away!!,” Bruno writes. “Even though I was on the road I told him I had to be part of it. After countless sessions and sleepless nights, we somehow managed to write a couple tunes that I am so proud of and couldn’t be more excited for you guys to hear.”

Bruno concludes, “Sooooooooooo, with that being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the first single off his amazing project is coming out on November 10th.”  Mars includes the artwork for the single in the post, which depicts what looks like a close-up of a speaker.  It’s billed as “Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.”

Mark Ronson may be best known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, but he also worked with Adele on her first album, as well as with Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and dozens of other artists.  He and Bruno are friends because he worked on Bruno’s album Unorthodox Jukebox, including the single “Locked Out of Heaven.”



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Rihanna, Miley, JT Celebrate Designer Tom Ford at amfAR Gala, Rihanna Drops $135K at Auction

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageRihanna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake were among the stars who came out Wednesday night in Los Angeles to celebrate famed designer Tom Ford at this year’s amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala, organized by the Foundation for AIDS Research.  

Rihanna was on hand to personally present Ford with this year’s Inspiration Award, and according to Vogue UK, she told the crowd, “Everyone looks good in Tom Ford. Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to giving back to the community. He has been, and continues to be, a dedicated supporter of the fight against AIDS.”

She added, “Tonight, we honor him both for his incredible talent and for what he stands for. We honor him for inspiring us with his creative genius, his leadership, his integrity and his generosity. We honor him for doing good while making us look good.”

According to Vogue UK, Rihanna also participated in the event’s auction, dropping $35,000 for a pair of Harry Winston earrings featuring 72 diamonds set in platinum, and $100,000 on a photo of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor by a pool in Miami, Florida, signed and numbered by the photographer.

Rihanna raised eyebrows on the red carpet due to the revealing Tom Ford gown she wore for the event.   The bodice was see-through except for a cluster of purple flowers that just covered her nipples.  Miley Cyrus dared to bare even more: her Tom Ford creation consisted of snakeskin straps that left her upper torso nearly naked.

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin was a surprise musical guest at the event — his estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow was the evening’s host — and music legend Diana Ross also performed.


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Sam Smith Brings Ed Sheeran Onstage for Duet on “Stay with Me”

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCEd Sheeran has gone on record as being a great admirer of Sam Smith‘s song “Stay with Me” — back in June, he said it was his “favorite song” of the past year and an “instant classic,” and even covered it on British radio.  That’s why it wasn’t really a surprise that on Wednesday night during his concert in Manchester, England, Sam brought Ed out on stage for a duet.

Of course, the crowd went nuts as the two singers harmonized on “Stay with Me,” and later, Sam posted a photo of himself and Ed on Instagram, with the caption, “So amazing to have this KING…on stage with me tonight. Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x.”  He also posted another photo of himself hanging out backstage with Ed, giving the finger to the camera.

Sam and Ed may end up running into one another at the Grammy Awards in February; both are tipped to score nominations for their respective albums and singles.



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Taylor Swift Rocks NY’s Times Square on ABC’s “GMA,” Calls “1989′s” Huge Sales an “Insane Honor”

ABC/Fred Lee“Welcome to New York!” That’s what Taylor Swift sang to her adoring fans Thursday morning, as she shut down New York City’s Times Square for a concert on ABC’s Good Morning America.

It’s been a busy week of non-stop promotion for the singer, who’s been everywhere promoting her new album, 1989. “You guys, I’m having the best week of my life thanks to you, so thank you!” she told the crowd, as they cheered and screamed.

1989 is on track to sell more than a million copies in its first week, and Taylor told ABC’s Robin Roberts how grateful she is that fans are liking her new music.  “It’s astounding to me how many people have decided to invest in this album and welcome it into their lives,” she said. “I’m seeing everyone on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr posting pictures with their albums, and it makes me so happy. ‘Cause I worked for this for two years, and for them to want to listen to my stories from the last two years of my life is the most insane honor!”

Taylor also appreciated the fact that many of her fans went to great lengths to be front-and-center for Thursday’s concert.

“It’s just so amazing to be here and to have the fans all here and to have them sing the words to this new album of music,” she laughed. “It’s unbelievable, you guys are so fast at learning lyrics!  And I wanna thank everybody who camped out late last night.  There are a lot of people who slept over on the street in Times Square, so thank you for doing that.”

Taylor will be back in Times Square New Year’s Eve to ring in 2015 as part of the annual ABC special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  The singer, who moved to the Big Apple not long ago, was just appointed a Global Welcome Ambassador for New York, and she spoke about how much she loves her new hometown. 

“I’m new to town and so I’m so excited about them including me in the tourism board, because everywhere I go, I’m just like, ‘You need to go to New York!’” she told Roberts. “‘Cause it’s my favorite place in the world, it’s my favorite city in the world and I’m so happy to get to play in Times Square — what is my life right now!”

Taylor also thrilled fans by teasing that a tour announcement is coming soon.  “I am gonna be going out on tour again. Very soon,” she said. “We’re in the early stages of planning the actual show, but I’m really excited about announcing things when I can announce them. But just know, it’s going to be happening soon!”

In addition to “Welcome to New York,” Taylor also sang “Out of the Woods” and “Shake It Off” during her GMA concert.


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Train Premieres Retro Video for “Cadillac Cadillac”

Courtesy Columbia Records“Angel in Blue Jeans,” the first video from Train’s new album Bulletproof Picasso, was a mini-Western.  Their latest video, for their new single “Cadillac Cadillac,” has just premiered on VH1.com, and it’s a retro-flavored clip with a bit of a Mad Men vibe.

The video, set in the late ’50′s or early ’60s, takes place on a soundstage where lead singer Pat Monahan is shooting a Cadillac ad: he’s the star of the ad, and his female co-star sits in the front seat of the Caddy, giving him the eye. The rest of the band play photographers shooting the ad. 

Just as Pat and his co-star are about to kiss, he falls into a deep sleep and begins dreaming about walking through a fantastical landscape filled with dancing women.  Finally, his frustrated co-star wakes him up by throwing a glass of water in his face.

The “Angel in Blue Jeans” video will be available on VEVO on Friday, and will make its TV debut on VH1′s Top 20 Countdown this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT.



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Colbie Caillat’s Halloween Goes to the Dogs

Kurt IswarienkoWhile everyone is trying to come up with the perfect Halloween costume for themselves, Colbie Caillat is much more focused on choosing the perfect outfits for some very special individuals: her dogs.

“I don’t actually like to dress up myself,” she says. “I feel bad, because I dress my dogs up.  It’s just so much fun!”

Colbie has several dogs and she says she created a memorable costume for one last Halloween.

“I have this little white mutt, and he’s really grumpy, and last year I dressed him up as Oscar the Grouch,” she laughs. “We got this dog-friendly green spray paint and sprayed him and put him in a trash can and it was really fun.”

This year, she says, she has no special dog-centric costume plans.  “I just want to be home and pass out candy!” she says.

Colbie’s current album Gypsy Heart is out now.  She’ll launch another tour in support of the disc in 2015.


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Facebook Study: Taylor Swift, Elvis, Bon Jovi Unite Republicans & Democrats

Credit: Sarah BarlowIn the run-up to Election Day, Facebook has released a new study comparing the cultural similarities and differences between Democrats and Republicans, based on which fan pages both groups “like” on the social network.  When it comes to music, it turns out that there are very few acts who are liked equally by Democrats and Republicans, but Taylor Swift is one of them.

Facebook compiled its study by first looking at users who “liked” the campaign pages of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.  Then, it cross-referenced those with what other pages those people liked on Facebook, to see which musicians were disproportionately liked by one party’s supporters versus the other.  

The study revealed that some acts, such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, Adele and Alicia Keys are disproportionately liked by Democrats versus Republicans.  Artists who are liked more by Republicans are nearly all country acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.  The most polarizing acts are The Beatles — who are most liked by Democrats — and country legend George Strait — who is most liked by Republicans.

But those musical acts who bridge the gap include Taylor, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Nickelback, country legends Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and classic rock giants AC/DC and Metallica.


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American Authors Plan Costume Bat-Stravaganza for Halloween Show

Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors is currently out on the road as part of the Honda Civic Tour, and they’ve got a show Halloween night in Minneapolis.  The band plans to take full advantage of the holiday show by staging an over-the-top costume extravaganza with one central theme: Batman.

American Authors frontman Zac Barnett tells ABC News Radio that the entire band is planning to take the stage dressed, not as the Caped Crusader, but as classic Batman villains.  “I’m thinking about being Two-Face,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “[Our bass player] Dave is going to be the Penguin. [Our drummer] Matt will be The Joker. We have, like, an extra backup musician who plays with us, his name is Taylor, and he’s going to be the Riddler because he kind of looks like a Riddler.”

Referring to their lead guitarist, Zac says, “James, we’re still not sure yet. We’re kind of thinking Mr. Freeze or — depending on how hot it gets on stage –with a mask he’d be a good Bane, because he’s definitely the biggest guy out of the group. He could make a good Bane.” 

Now, if you saw The Dark Knight Rises, you know that Bane wears a mask that covers his mouth, but Zac says James doesn’t sing much, so it won’t be a problem.

However, there is one very notable Batman villain that Zac admits no one in the band has the guts to take on, costume wise: Catwoman.

“We were talking about that but I don’t know if anyone wants to step up as Catwoman quite yet,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I just don’t know if any one of us are ready to get on stage in a full-on spandex Catwoman suit.”  

American Authors will close out the Honda Civic Tour November 11 in Connecticut, and then will appear on VH1′s You Oughta Know all-star concert in New York on the 13th, along with Sam Smith, A Great Big World and other rising young acts.


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Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits

RCA RecordsWe were all paying so much attention to the hoopla surrounding Chris Brown‘s recent assault case in Washington, D.C., most of us forgot all about his other nagging legal problems.  But Chris didn’t.

TMZ reports Brown has settled two outstanding civil cases against him, one of them related to the charges in D.C.  Chris pleaded guilty September 2 to misdemeanor assault in that case, but the man whom he was accused of punching outside a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago this month just got a check from Brown for about $100,000 to drop his related civil suit.  It’s a win for Brown, considering the victim was asking a reported $1.5 million.

You’ve got to go back nearly two years for the other case.  Remember Brown’s supposed brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013?  Chris was accused of punching Ocean in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio, reportedly over a parking space.  Prosecutors didn’t find enough evidence to press charges and Ocean himself declined to do the same.  His cousin, however, wasn’t as forgiving, and sued Chris for $3 million.  TMZ claims Chris just settled that case as well, for the bargain price of $20,000, if not less.

Brown’s most recent news has been all good.  He received a positive progress report from the courts last week in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago.  That probation reportedly ends in January.  He also leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, taking place November 7.


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Taylor Swift Loves the “Energy Level” of a “Good Morning America” Live Performance

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift‘s been seemingly everywhere promoting her new album 1989, and she’ll wrap up her hectic week Thursday morning with a Good Morning America performance in New York’s Times Square.  The star says appearing on the ABC morning show has become a tradition for her.

I don’t know if it would feel like release week if I didn’t do a Good Morning America performance in the middle of New York,” she says.  She says it’s “pretty wild” to perform on the show, adding, “So many fans travel from across the country to get up at the craziest hours of the morning and wait and stand in line and make signs…it’s an energy level that is…nothing can prepare you for it.”

This week, Taylor appeared on Good Morning America — Thursday will mark her second appearance of the week — as well as The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV and The Voice.  All her hard work is paying off: 1989 is now on target to sell as many as 1.2 million copies in its first week.



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