Fun.’s Nate Ruess Featured on Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s New Album

Monty Brinton/CBSFun.’s Nate Ruess collaborated with Pink on the song “Just Give Me a Reason” in 2013, and it became a massive number-one hit. Now, the indie pop group’s lead vocalist has teamed up with a legendary rock-and-roll hall of famer.

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson personally invited Nate to record with him on his latest album, No Pier Pressure, which drops April 7. He’s featured on a track called “Saturday Night.” Brian told Rolling Stone last year that Nate “sounds a little like my brother Carl.” Carl Wilson was one of the founding members of The Beach Boys.  He died of cancer in 1998.

In addition to the song with Nate, No Pier Pressure album also features contributions from Brian’s former Beach Boys band mates, country singer and Katy Perry pal Kacey Musgraves, actress Zooey Deschanel, and Sebu Simonian of “Safe & Sound” duo Capital Cities.


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Katy Perry Teases Lions, Sharks, Surprise Female Guest for Halftime Show, Wants to Make 100 Million People “Smile in Unison”

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesKaty Perry‘s Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday will feature wild animals, plenty of costume changes and a surprise female guest, she told reporters at a press conference on Thursday in Phoenix.  She also hopes to leave ‘em smiling when she’s done.

“I think I’m gonna play on my strengths, which I think are humor, incredible joy…I think my songs are anthemic,” Katy told reporters. “And I just hope at the end of the day that over 100 million people are all smiling in unison. And if you can imagine that happening, I think there’s going to be an incredible energy that goes across the world.”

“I think I’m probably the only person in Super Bowl halftime history that will ever bring both a lion and sharks to the show,” she added.  Katy teased that her opening costume will be “flaming hot,” but denied that it’ll be a retread of her Halloween costume, which featured her dressed like a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto.  “I did that already,” she joked.

Katy’s entrance and exit will be something “never done before,” she said, and she also revealed that two of the songs she’ll be singing are “Roar” and “Firework.”

As for her guest, Lenny Kravitz, Katy said, “We’ve worked up something incredibly soulful. Of course he brings the soul and I think he’s just going to make the night even sexier.”  Then, she quickly added, “An appropriate sexiness, everyone!”  But the singer also revealed that a second surprise guest would be joining her.

“I thought long and hard about it, and wanted to kind of bring someone back, like a throwback of sorts, that definitely needed some more shine,” she told reporters. “All I can say is that it will be a real female fun night. When this person enters the stage and when you hear the first ring of the chord I think jaws will drop and faces will melt.”  Place your bets on who it’s going to be starting now.

And speaking of betting, Katy says she doesn’t believe in gambling, but is thrilled that there are prop bets out there regarding what she’s going to wear, and what her hair will look like. “I’ve never been betted on as far as what my hair color is going to be,” she laughed. “I feel like, ‘Wow, nobody’s ever really invested in me this much. This is exciting!’”

Katy also admitted she’s rooting for the Seahawks, but when asked if she had her eye on any particular player romantically, she repeated Seahawk Marshawn Lynch‘s now famous line: “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.”

Idina Menzel, who’s singing the national anthem on Sunday, is also rooting for the Seahawks, because as a New Yorker, she says she just can’t bring herself to root for the Patriots.  She named Whitney Houston as her favorite past Super Bowl anthem singer, and said it’s important for her to get across the meaning of the anthem when she sings it.  “It’s actually a very poignant song and I’m proud to be singing about my country,” said the Tony-winning “Let It Go” vocalist.

The Super Bowl airs this Sunday night on NBC.



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Lady Gaga, John Legend & More Join Lineup for Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSThe lineup for upcoming special Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute continues to expand.

Lady Gaga, John Legend and Ariana Grande, as well as country stars The Band Perry, are the latest additions to the bill, which already includes Ed Sheeran and Usher.  As previously reported, the special will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by featuring current acts performing songs from his legendary catalog.  Wonder is the only artist ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys three out of four consecutive years.

The show will be recorded February 10 in L.A. and air February 16 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  LL Cool J, who is also hosting the Grammy Awards, will host the Grammy salute as well.


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Kelly Clarkson Reveals Partial Lyrics & Song Titles from New Album, “Piece by Piece”

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson is revealing details of her new album Piece by Piece, well, piece by piece. In her latest gift to fans, she shares some lyrics and song titles from the album’s track listing.

“Each of these lyrics relates to an experience in my life, and I hope that some of these may trigger memories or reactions for y’all as well,” Kelly writes in a note to fans. “If it does, I would love to hear about it and why that lyric connected with you. I’ll be checking in and reading your stories, and I might even reach out to you personally to hear more!”

One of the songs, called “Invincible,” seems to be in the same empowering vein as her hit “Stronger.” The lyrics read: “Now I am invincible/No I ain’t a scared little girl no more/ Yeah I am invincible/What was I running for/I was hiding from the world/I was so afraid I felt so unsure/Now I am invincible and I’m a perfect storm.”

The title track, “Piece by Piece,” includes the lyrics, “Piece by piece I fell far from the tree/I will never leave her like you left me/And she will never have to wonder her worth because unlike you I’m gonna put her first.”

And in another song called “War Paint,” the lyrics state: “We could be beautiful without our war paint, our war paint/And we could have it all once we let our walls break, our walls break.”

In total, Kelly reveals partial lyrics and titles for eight tracks, not counting the previously announced single “Heartbeat Song.”  You can view them all, and share your comments, by going to PiecebyPiece.KellyClarkson.com.

Piece by Piece hits stores March 3. Kelly released a lyric video for “Heartbeat Song” on Monday.


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Rihanna Covers “i-D” Magazine’s Music Issue

Image Courtesy Paolo Roversi/ID MagazineRihanna is shifting into promo mode. The singer, who is finalizing her eighth studio album, has landed the front cover of British fashion magazine i-D‘s “Music Issue.”

The singer experiments with her hair style as she rocks braids on the cover, which was shot by photographer Paolo Roversi.

“She really is one of the most creative, talented and inspiring women I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” says i-D’s Fashion Director Alastair McKimm. “The energy and enthusiasm she brings is intense. She’s the ultimate icon of our time.”

The cover comes on the heels of her new single “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney, the first offering from her upcoming album, tentatively titled  R8. The set is said to have contributions from Mike WiLL Made-It, Ne-Yo, DJ Mustard and more.

 


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Nick Jonas: Girlfriend “Thought I Was Going to Propose” During Miss Universe Performance

ABC/Kelsey McNealWedding bells for Nick Jonas? Not so fast.

The “Jealous” singer almost had everyone fooled — including his girlfriend Olivia Culpo — when he got down on one knee to serenade her at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant this past Sunday.  Olivia, a former Miss Universe, looked momentarily shocked and Nick had to later acknowledge that dropping to one knee probably wasn’t the best move.

“I went down and sang to her and I got on a knee and sort of approached her. Her face was in full panic — she thinks I’m going to propose on national TV in front of the whole world! One billion people watch that,” Nick tells U.K. tabloid The Sun.

The couple met at a New York Fashion Week party in 2012 and started dating in 2013, but Nick says they’re still too young to think about marriage. “We’re 22, so there’s plenty of time to do that,” he explains. “We are very happy.”

Olivia hasn’t yet responded to the faux-proposal incident. A day after the pageant, though, she posted a photo to Instagram showing the two at the ceremony, saying, “Best part of tonight. Being serenaded by this stud.” Seems like she was fine with the fact that no ring was involved.

 

A photo posted by Olivia Culpo (@oliviaculpo) on Jan 25, 2015 at 8:21pm PST

 


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expand Snoop Dogg Solves “Hangry” Problems in Super Bowl Commercial for New App

ABC/Randy HolmesIf you’ve ever been so hungry that you’ve become angry then you certainly will relate to Snoop Dogg‘s new Super Bowl commercial.

The rapper has teamed up with comedian Gilbert Gottfriend for a 30-second commercial to promote a new app Eat24, which allows anyone to curb their hunger with late-night eating options.

“Are you hangry?” Snoop says in the clip. “Know the signs: uncontrollable yelling, hallucinations, pants discomfort. Hangry — it can happen to anyone.”

The free app, which Snoop considers the best “mother f**king way to order food online,” is available for iPhone and Android devices.



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Kanye West Talks Marriage Life on Ellen; Premieres “Only One” Music Video

Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCKanye West says marriage to Kim Kardashian West has changed him for the better, in more ways than one.

“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more,” the Grammy winner told Ellen DeGeneres on her show Wednesday. “I’ve learned how to shut up more. … I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter.”

The A-list couple tied the knot in May and are already parents to North West, who appears in West’s new video for “Only One,” which just premiered on his website.

“I have always someone to think about going home to,” Kanye said. “There’s things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people or for culture in a way. Now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family I have to protect, too.”

DeGeneres added that West seemed “calmer” and that his emotions were channeled in a more grounded way.  West responded that earlier, he was going through his version of “my terrible twos,” referencing his past, and relating to his little two-year-old at home.

“My daughter, she just wants to express herself, but she just doesn’t have the words for it,” he said.  “For me, there’s so many things I want to do with film, with clothing, and I just didn’t have the words.”

He added that “There’s no amount of money that someone can give you to make you not be creative … a lot of times people try to block you, control your creativity with money.”

West said with his new Adidas deal, he’s got more control over his clothing line and that it’s like “a little bit of oxygen.” Unlike his past, West explains, “You guys were seeing someone suffocated by perception.”

As for more kids, West said, “Yeah, we’re trying … I just want whatever Kim wants.” The rapper also revealed that he’s still working on a title for his next album. “We’re still trying to find the vibe,” explained ‘Ye. “[There’s] this transition from what I felt when I did Yeezus to what I feel now and we’re just creating, so we haven’t found it yet.”



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Adam Lambert Marks Birthday with New Album Announcement

Photo: Neal PrestonThursday is Adam Lambert’s 32nd birthday, and he marked the occasion by announcing a few details of his long-awaited new album.

Earlier this month, Adam told Billboard that he’d signed a new record deal and was working with super-producers Max Martin and Shellback on a project, due in early summer.  Now, he writes on Twitter, “Thrilled to announce the title of my upcoming album: THE ORIGINAL HIGH.” 

Adam adds, “The Original High is executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback with 1st single out in April.

Lambert told Billboard, “The album feels like a new era for me — emotionally, lyrically, sonically. It feels fresh, it feels new. It’s still me. It’s still stuff that fans know and love but it’s a new chapter 100 percent.”

Adam’s most recent album was 2012′s Trespassing.  Lately, he’s been keeping busy serving as the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. 



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Katy Perry to Use Super Bowl Halftime Show to Sell Limited-Edition Products Online

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is going to turn her Super Bowl halftime performance into a unique shopping experience for her fans.

According toVariety, Katy is partnering with her record company and Pepsi, the halftime show sponsor, to sell exclusive Katy Perry items to her fans.  The items will be revealed via social media and various websites during her live performance on Sunday, including Twitter, YouTube, Shazam and Internet-TV devices by Samsung, Roku and LG Electronics.  Visa will be the exclusive payment method for the limited-edition products.

How will it work?  For example, the videos on Katy’s Vevo channel will be enabled for click-to-buy.  If you Shazam music from the halftime show, you’ll be offered the chance to purchase the products.  On Twitter, you can use the “Buy Now” feature, and on the streaming devices, you can use your remote control to shop via the ShopTV app.

According to Variety, this stunt will reach more than 20 million consumers, and the products will be available through Tuesday, February 3 at 5 p.m. PT.



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