Kelly Clarkson Confirms March 3 Release for New Album, “Piece by Piece”; Lyric Video Out Now

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson now has an official release date for her eagerly-awaited new album, Piece by Piece. The follow-up to Kelly’s 2011 disc, Stronger, will arrive March 3.

While you’re waiting, you can watch the new lyric video for Kelly’s single, “Heartbeat Song,” which is out now. The video reveals the words to the anthemic single against a backdrop of pulsating colors and lines on a heartbeat monitor.

In the chorus, Kelly sings, “This is my heartbeat song and I’m gonna play it/Been so long I forgot how to turn it/Up, up, up, up all night long/Oh up, up all night long.”


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Fall Out Boy Says They’re Surprised “Centuries” Has Become a Sports Anthem

Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementThe guys in Fall Out Boy aren’t exactly jock types, so the fact that their latest hit, “Centuries,” has been adopted as a huge sports anthem has been a pretty unexpected development, to say the least.  The song was ESPN’s theme for its coverage of the college football playoffs, and it’s also been used by the WWE, in addition to getting lots of play at various stadiums around the country.

“I’m personally very surprised by the way it’s been received in the sports community,” Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump tells ABC News Radio. “I don’t know enough about sports to write a song for it!”

Patrick says he’s also surprised at how the song seems to take on a whole new meaning when it’s played to accompany sporting events.

“It’s been pretty amazing to see, ” he tells ABC News Radio. “There’s a weird feeling when you hear the song in a stadium. When I sang the anthem at Soldier Field and then they play it, it sounds completely different. It feels completely different than my understanding of it from playing it on stage.”

“I don’t know, it’s cool. It adds another layer of appreciation to it,” he says, laughing, “Yeah, you couldn’t plan it that way!”

In fact, Patrick says if he’d attempted to write a song just for use at sporting events — or for any other use, really — he would have failed.

“I feel like any time you try and write for a specific purpose, those are the songs that fall flat, you know,” he explains. 

By design or not, “Centuries” has turned out to fit the sports theme so perfectly that it’s actually gotten Fall Out Boy booked to perform at a number of high-profile sports-themed events.  On Sunday, they played during the NHL All-Star game, and they’ll also play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops concert, ahead of Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona.

“Centuries” appears on Fall Out Boy’s new album American Beauty/American Psycho, which is on target to debut at #1 this week.


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Katy Perry Lyrics Used to Promote Food Safety on Super Bowl Sunday

Ryan McGinleyIf you’re planning on ordering large amounts of takeout food during the Super Bowl this year, the USDA has a message for you — with the help of some Katy Perry lyrics.

In a blog post titled “’Hot N Cold’: A Katy Perry Guide for Food Safe Take-Out,” the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service uses the halftime show performer’s hit songs to help people avoid food poisoning on game day.

“When you hear your guests’ stomachs ‘ROAR,’ it’s time to order take-out,” the post reads, referring to Katy’s hit song “Roar.” “Avoid having your guests calling the doctor for food poisoning by following these quick tips for food-safe take-out.”

The USDA then uses the lyrics to “Hot N Cold” to remind consumers how to handle both hot and cold delivery orders. Hot foods, such as chicken wings and pizza, need to stay at an internal temperature at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above. While cold foods, like veggies and ranch dressing, need to be kept at or below an internal temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Katy will take the stage during Super Bowl 49’s halftime show on February 1 airing on CBS.



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Lady Gaga and Pals Pole Dance During Weekend Bachelorette Party

ABC/Matt BrownLady Gaga‘s busy life didn’t keep her from getting wild with her old high school friends at a bachelorette party this past weekend.

The girl bash began Friday when Gaga posted an Instagram photo of herself dressed to the nines, along with the caption, “GIRLS NIGHT GET THE WINE!! BACHELORETTE WEEKEND MY BESTIES GETTIN HITCHED.”

The next day, Gaga and her girlfriends from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in New York took a pole dancing class. In a video posted to her Instagram page, Gaga’s seen showing off some moves, while wearing just a black sports bra and shorts. “Bachelorette weekend hungover pole dancing class! Somebody get that Popstar a hairbrush!” she writes.

A second clip, captioned, “I can’t even believe my best friend and I thought this would be a good idea at 10:45 in the morning after a night none of us can remember,” shows more of the group in action.

Afterwards, Gaga posed with the girls for a group shot. “Ari’s Bachelorette Weekend! We love our girl so much we will be getting her drunk for the next 48 hrs. #catholicschoolgirlsdoitbest,” she captioned the shot.

Bachelorette weekend hungover pole dancing class! Somebody get that Popstar a hairbrush!

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Selena Gomez and Zedd Get “Cozy” While Partying with Zac Efron

ABC/Donna Svennevik; ABC/Fred LeeSelena Gomez and her rumored boyfriend, music producer and DJ, Zedd, were spotted last week dining together in Atlanta with a group of friends that included Zac Efron, a source tells People magazine.

The group, which also included some of Gomez’ backup dancers, partied late into the night at her favorite steakhouse, STK. Efron was accompanied by a blonde woman, who may have been his girlfriend, model Sami Miró, according the insider.

The source also tells the magazine that Gomez, 22, and Zedd, 25, looked “pretty close.”

“Selena and Zedd were definitely cozy and cuddling,” according to the eyewitness, who adds, “They were sitting next to each other in the booth and they walked out together.”

The two first sparked dating rumors when they were photographed leaving a Golden Globes party together a couple of weeks ago.

Gomez and Efron are both shooting movies in Atlanta. Gomez is filming The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving while Zac is working on Dirty Grandpa.


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Report: Adele Plans World Tour for 2016

Cliff Lipson/CBSNow that there’s a possibility that Adele‘s long-awaited new album may be pushed to next year, the same may be true for her tour, but she is planning one, according to a new report.

The British paper the Mirror says that the Grammy-winner will kick off her first full world tour in 2016, after she releases her album, and she’s already arranging to have someone look after her son Angelo so she can be free to do it.  She’ll travel with not one but two nannies, according to the paper.

“Adele took time off to be a mum and she loves it – but now Angelo is a bit older, she’s ready to get back out there. This will be a proper world tour, to all corners of the globe,” an insider told the paper.  “But it’s important Angelo goes ­everywhere with her, so her priority was to have a nanny ­situation where he could do that. She is satisfied that is the case so is putting plans in place.”

Adele has previously toured the U.S. and Europe, but this world tour will also include Australia and Asia, the paper claims.  In 2011, she was forced to cancel her remaining dates of her North American tour because she had to undergo surgery on her vocal cords.

The singer is believed to be recording her new album in L.A., though there are also reports that she’s recording the theme for the new James Bond film, Spectre, as well.


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Hozier Says Success Has Been “Incredibly Stressful,” Plans to Swap Pizza for Hummus on Upcoming Tour

Credit: Alex LakeMost artists would do anything to have a top five, Grammy-nominated hit, not to mention critical acclaim, but Irish singer Hozier says that his ascent to the top, courtesy of his smash hit “Take Me to Church,” has been very difficult to deal with.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the singer, whose birth name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says all his recent success has been “incredibly stressful,” adding, “I was not ready for it. Straight up, I had never been on TV, not really, and then one of my first times, I’m doing the David Letterman show and I’m freaking [awful].”

While Hozier says he can handle the fame a bit better now, it still freaks him out a little. “It’s as surreal as you think it would be,” he says. “It’s the difference of a few months and then boom, you’re sitting on a couch with Meryl Streep and James McAvoy.

Next month, Hozier is up for a Grammy for Song of the Year, for “Take Me to Church,” and his competition includes hits by the likes of Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Sia.  But he says even if he does win, truly, just being nominated is reward enough.  “It’s like, ‘Whoa! They can’t take that back,’” he laughs. “Grammy-nominated artist forever, regardless of what happens.”

Hozier will kick off a North American tour February 6, two days before the Grammys, and he says he plans to “tour better” in 2015 than he did in 2014.  What does that mean?  Well, it partly involves not eating so much junk food on the road.

“It’s usually horrendous,” he tells EW. “Either pizza or a burger from a truck stop.  But this year, we’ll be decking the bus out with hummus.”


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Fall Out Boy and O.A.R. Playing Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game

Images Courtesy of Crush Management; Josh GolemanThe NHL is hoping that you’ll remember the league’s all-star festivities for “centuries.” That must be why they recruited Fall Out Boy to play during the first intermission of this Sunday’s NHL All-Star game.

“Centuries,” the anthemic hit single from FOB’s new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, has become a sports anthem, thanks in part to ESPN using the track as the soundtrack to their coverage of the college football playoffs. In addition to the NHL All-Star game, FOB will  play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops ahead of Super Bowl 49, happening February 1 in Glendale, Arizona.

O.A.R. will also play the NHL All-Star game — the band will take the icy stage during the game’s second intermission. As the game will take place in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the performance will be a hometown show for O.A.R., as the band was formed during while the members were students at Ohio State University.

The NHL All-Star Game will take place January 25 and will air at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.


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“EW” Predicts Sam Smith Will Be King of the Grammys

Image Group LA/ABCWho’ll be taking home the gold on Grammy Night, February 8?  According to Entertainment Weekly, Sam Smith has three of the top four categories all locked up.

EW predicts that Sam, who’s up for six Grammys in all this year, will win Album of the Year for his debut, In the Lonely Hour, and will also take home the trophy for Best New Artist.  In addition, the mag says Sam will win Record of the Year for “Stay with Me.”  The only top category he’ll miss out on, the magazine claims, is Song of the Year, which Taylor Swift will win for “Shake It Off.”

The magazine also predicts that one category Sam will lose is Best Pop Vocal Album, which will go, it says, to Katy Perry‘s PRISM.

Now, those are the magazine’s predictions for who will win.  As for who should win, that’s a different story.  EW says Beyonce deserves to take home Album of the Year for her self-titled “surprise” album; Sia should win Record of the Year for “Chandelier,” and Hozier should win Song of the Year for “Take Me to Church.”

EW also polled three industry professionals anonymously — a top songwriter, a hitmaking producer and an artist — to ask who they’re voting for this year.  None of them agree across the board in any of the top four categories, though all three admit that they’re voting for Sam Smith at least once, in at least one of the top categories.

The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.


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Rihanna Releases New Song with Paul McCartney and Kanye West

Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Kanye West and Paul McCartney teamed up to release a new single called “Only One.”  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released — with Rhianna added to the mix.

The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called “FourFiveSeconds,” and you can hear it at Rihanna’s official website and via iTunes now.

Rihanna described the song on Twitter as “FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!” The singer hasn’t released a new album since 2012′S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.

“Now I’m four, five seconds from wildin’/And we got three more days ’til Friday,” Rihanna sings.  “I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin’/I swear I wish somebody would drink/ Ooh, that’s all I want/And I know that you’re home tonight, thinkin’ how could I be so selfish/but you called ’bout a thousand times wondering where I’ve been.” 

Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.

No word on when Rihanna’s new album will actually be released.



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