Meghan Trainor Matches Iggy Azalea’s Streak on Top of the “Billboard” Hot 100

Epic RecordsIt’s Lucky 7 for Meghan Trainor: her hit “All About That Bass” is #1 for a seventh week on the Billboard Hot 100.  That means she’s now matched Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” for longest-running #1 hit of 2014 by a woman.  Only Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” has spent more time on top this year: 10 weeks.

Meghan’s debut album, Title, is due in January; her follow-up song, “Lips Are Movin’” seem to be off to a good start.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran can now boast that he has his first-ever U.S. top ten hit, as “Don’t” jumps from #13 to #10.

Taylor Swift‘s latest track, “Out of the Woods,” debuts at #18, thanks to huge download sales.  This is Taylor’s 61st Hot 100 hit, according to Billboard: among female artists only Aretha Franklin has more, with 73.


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Taylor Swift Reveals Full Tracklisting for “1989″

Big Machine RecordsAfter teasing fans with song lyrics from her new album 1989, Taylor Swift has finally revealed the full tracklisting for the highly anticipated disc, posting it to Instagram.

The songs are:

“Welcome to New York”
“Blank Space”
“Style”
“Out of the Woods”
“All You Had to Do Was Stay”
“Shake It Off”
“I Wish You Would”
“Bad Blood”
“Wildest Dreams”
“How You Get the Girl”
“This Love”
“I Know Places”
“Clean”

The deluxe edition of Taylor’s album being sold at Target will come with three extra songs and three voice memos. 1989 arrives October 27.

Interestingly, many of the song titles on Taylor’s new album have already been used for previous songs.  For example, Mariah Carey has a song called “Shake It Off.”  Maroon 5 has a song called “This Love.”  Train has a song called “I Wish You Would.”  And back in the ’70s, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka had a hit with “Bad Blood.”  You can’t copyright a song title, however, so there’s no issue with it.

The full track list. #TS1989

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on



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Jessie J & Pink Score Top-10 Debuts

Republic RecordsBoth Pink and Jessie J have notched top-10 debuts with new albums on this week’s Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Coming in at at #4 is rose ave, the debut album from the musical duo You + Me.  The duo features Pink and Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green.  On her own, Pink has scored seven top-40 albums, while Green has scored two under his usual musical moniker, The City and Colour.

In a statement, Pink, who for this project is using her birth name of Alecia Moore, said, “We really had no intention for this to become what it is. We were just two friends getting together and doing what we love and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished.” 

Green adds, “I am so very thankful for my friend Alecia and the beautiful music we’ve made together. We had no idea what would come of these songs and knowing that people are listening and loving it as much as we do is humbling.“

Jessie’s new album, Sweet Talker, featuring the hits “Burnin’ Up” and “Bang Bang,” arrives at #10. It’s now her highest-charting U.S. album: her debut, Who You Are, debuted and peaked at #11 in 2011.  Her second album wasn’t released in the U.S.

It’s worth noting that U2‘s much-maligned new album, Songs of Innocence, enters the chart at #9.  While the album was downloaded 26 million times globally after the album was offered to iTunes users last month, those downloads were free, so they didn’t count toward a chart position.  The album was made widely available for purchase last week and sold 28,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  This is U2′s first album since the release of 1987′s The Joshua Tree not to debut in the top three.

Sam Smith‘s debut album In the Lonely Hour has risen to #6 on a 53% sales gain, following his high-profile TV appearances on NBC’s Today show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The #1 album on the chart is from country duo Florida Georgia Line, who scored a huge pop hit with “Cruise.” This is their first #1 album on the general Billboard album chart, as opposed to the country album chart.


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Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Win at Britain’s “Q” Awards

Credit: Christie GoodwinEd Sheeran and Sam Smith were both winners in London Wednesday at the Q Awards, presented annually by the U.K. music magazine Q.

Ed, who won Breakthrough Artist at the same ceremony in 2011, took Best Solo Artist this time around.  Backstage, he joked that his previous Q Award had “rusted” and is “falling apart,” but praised this year’s trophy as “legit.” “They put more money into it this time,” he said.

Sam was named Best New Act. Backstage, he reminisced, “I can’t believe it! I was here last year and no one knew who I was…it was one of the first things that I did, in terms of award shows, so this is odd!”

Look for both Ed and Sam to be named in this year’s Grammy nominations, which will be announced December 5.


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Katy Perry Cancels Plans for Birthday Bash in Egypt

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry was planning to spend her 30th birthday on Saturday like the Queen of the Nile, but now she’s suffering a “denial” of celebration opportunities.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katy was set to take her crew to Egypt to celebrate her milestone, and while there, had booked a schedule of parties and sightseeing, including a cruise down the Nile River.  However, news of her visit leaked out, and a source tells the publication that the singer scrapped the plans due to “safety concerns.”

The idea for Katy to travel to Egypt may have been sparked by the Ancient Egypt-themed video for her #1 hit, “Dark Horse.”

Katy is on a break from her PRISMATIC world tour, but it will pick up against November 7 in Australia, where she’ll remain until December 20. Another break will follow, and then a European leg begins February 16.  Between those two dates, Katy will presumably perform at the halftime show at the Super Bowl, though the NFL hasn’t officially confirmed that.



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Colbie Caillat Trying to Live the Message of Her Hit “Try,” Wishes Others Would Too

ABC/Adam TaylorColbie Caillat‘s latest hit “Try” is a call for women to stop trying to mold themselves into a certain image or adopt certain behaviors so they’ll fit in, be liked or be considered attractive.  While Colbie says she wrote the song as a message of empowerment to herself, she says she’s happy to see that everyone can relate to it.  Take her appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars a couple weeks ago, for example.

During the show, Colbie performed her hit “Try” while YouTube star Bethany Mota and her partner Derek Hough danced a routine inspired by the bullying that Bethany had to endure when she was younger.   “I loved it,” Colbie says. “It meant so much to me because…Bethany‘s message, what she was trying to portray from what she’s always felt her whole life, is something I’ve always felt, which is why I wrote the song ‘Try.’  And now we’re realizing that everyone has these self-confidence issues and personal insecurities and it starts when we’re young.”

Colbie says even though she wrote the song, she still finds she has to take its message to heart every day.  “I’m learning to try not to try so hard, and to accept and embrace these things that I wish I could change or have always thought I could change,” she says.

Unfortunately, she says that some people close to her are still struggling with self-doubt.

“I have a really good friend…that right now…actually wants to get a nose job,” Colbie reveals. “And it makes me so sad because I think she’s beautiful the way she is. But she thinks someone is gonna like her better if it’s fixed. And it’s what we all do.”

“Try” is featured on Colbie’s new album Gypsy Heart, in stores now.


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Taylor Swift Debuts New Song, “Style,” in Latest Target Ad

Credit: Sarah BarlowYou may have seen paparazzi photos of Taylor Swift a few months ago, walking around in New York City holding a bunch of balloons.  Well, turns out she wasn’t on her way to a birthday party: she was filming her new commercial for Target.  The spot, which just debuted, also features about thirty seconds of a brand-new Taylor song, called “Style.”

In the spot, Taylor is seen in various New York City locales, and speaks about what she finds inspirational about living in the Big Apple.  “Everything from what people are wearing on the street to the way they’re interacting with each other,” she says. “To…drive through the West Village at night and you see a couple kissing on the street or you see someone fighting outside their apartment…you see so much humanity on a daily basis that even if you’re not inspired by your own life that day, you can be inspired by someone else’s life.”

As for “Style,” it’s an upbeat tune, in which Taylor sings, “You’ve got the long hair slicked back, white t-shirt/And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt/And when we go crashing down, we come back every time/Because we never go out of style, we never go out of style.”

“Style,” which some speculate was inspired by former beau Harry Styles, is on Taylor’s new album, 1989, due out Monday.



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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Receive Tabloid Apology for False Flirting Report

David Becker/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, have settled their lawsuit against Britain’s Heat magazine for publishing what they claim was a “false and unfounded story,” implying their marriage was in trouble, E!Online reports.

The September 6-12 edition of Heat magazine published an article under the headlines: “Justin Timberlake Gets Flirty with Another Woman, It Is Not His Wife!” and “The Flirty Photos That Rocked Justin and Jessica’s Marriage.”

On Tuesday, representatives of the celebrity gossip magazine read an apology at the High Court in Dublin, Ireland, and retracted the story, which featured pictures of Timberlake at a party in a Paris nightclub.

The defense stated the article “was based on an unfounded report regarding Justin Timberlake’s alleged behavior at a club following a performance in Paris to celebrate a birthday and also included a number of purported statements improperly attributed to Jessica Biel, which Heat now understands had never been made by her.”

The defense statement continued, “The Defendant accepts that the article was false and withdraws any inferences that questioned the state of Justin and Jessica’s marriage. The Defendant regrets any embarrassment caused to the couple and unreservedly apologizes to them.”

Paul Tweed, an attorney representing Justin and Jessica, said in a statement that the couple is “very satisfied with this categoric retraction of what was a false and unfounded story, together with the comprehensive apology from Bauer Consumer Media, the publishers of Heat magazine.”

Tweed said the couple “will not hesitate to take similar legal action if false allegations regarding the state of their marriage are repeated.”

Details about any possible financial settlement were not disclosed.

Timberlake, 33 and Biel, 32, married in 2012.


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Jennifer Lopez Sings “Jenny from the Block” with “American Idol” Contestant in New Promo

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol‘s 14th season kicks off in January and Fox has just released a new promo to E! Online that showcases some of the auditions, including one courageous male contestant who not only sings judge Jennifer Lopez‘s “Jenny from the Block,” but also coaxes J-Lo to chime in.

Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are also back as judges this season, along with host Ryan Seacrest.

American Idol‘s 14th season premieres January 14 on Fox.


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Kesha Denied in 2011 Deposition Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances Toward Her

Patrick Fraser/RCA RecordsLast week, Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke, claiming he has sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused her in the past. The claims are now under new scrutiny after a 2011 deposition in which she participated was unsealed on Tuesday.

The deposition stemmed from a lawsuit brought by Kesha’s former managers against her and Dr. Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald.  

In Kesha’s recently-filed complaint, she alleged that Luke once gave her a date-rape drug, after which, she says, she woke up naked in his bed, “sore and sick,” with no memory of how she had gotten there. However, when asked during the 2011 deposition if she’d ever told her mother about such an incident, she replied, “I don’t remember,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kesha denied during the deposition that the producer had drugged her, and also stated, “Dr. Luke never made sexual advances to me.”

The deposition reportedly was unsealed at the request of Luke’s lawyer. Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, says his client’s deposition statements were “coerced.”


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