New David Guetta Album Includes Ryan Tedder, Sia, John Legend, The Script, Nicki Minaj, Nico & Vinz & More

Atlantic/ParlophoneDavid Guetta‘s upcoming album Listen features a slew of famous names, some of whom are re-teaming with the French deejay for a second go-round.

Both Sia and Nicki Minaj — David’s collaborators on the hits “Titantium” and “Turn Me On,” respectively — return for appearances on Listen.  Nicki is featured on a track called “Hey Mama,” which also includes contributions from Afrojack.  Sia sings on two tracks: “Bang My Head” and “The Whisperer.”  The list of collaborators includes a bunch of other well-known acts: Nico & Vinz, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, The Script, John Legend, Emeli Sande and MAGIC!, among others. 

Unlike David Guetta’s previous albums, Listen didn’t start with the deejay laying down a beat and then adding vocals.  Instead, he crafted the songs the old-fashioned way, using a guitar, piano and vocals. In a statement, he says, “I could have chosen to repeat the style that has become so successful for me, but I wanted to grow as a producer and push myself to the limit. Try new ideas. Get out of my comfort zone. Create songs that stand up whether played by a DJ, a rock band or an orchestra.”

He adds, “I worked with piano, violins, guitars and blended them with electronic elements. It’s also my most personal album lyrically, which is why I called it Listen. Dance too, but really, it’s from the heart.”

Guetta will debut the video for the album’s first single, “Dangerous,” on YouTube October 31 at 12 p.m. ET via Google + Hangout.

Listen is due out November 24. Here’s the track listing:

“Dangerous” feat. Sam Martin
“What I Did for Love” feat. Emeli Sande
“No Money No Love” feat. Elliphant & Ms Dynamite
“Lovers on the Sun” feat. Sam Martin
“Goodbye Friend” feat. The Script
“Lift Me Up” feat. Nico & Vinz, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
“Listen” feat. John Legend
“Bang My Head” feat. Sia
“Yesterday” feat. Bebe Rexha
“Hey Mama” feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack
“Sun Goes Down” feat. MAGIC! & Sonny Wilson
“S.T.O.P” feat. Ryan Tedder
“I’ll Keep Loving You” feat. Jaymes Young & Birdy
“The Whisperer” feat. Sia

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New Taylor Swift Wax Figure Unveiled in Washington, D.C.; 1989 on Track for 900K Sales

Image Courtesy Madame TussaudsEven though it often seems she is, even Taylor Swift can’t be everywhere at once.  Good thing she’s got two new wax figures of herself making their debuts this week at Madame Tussauds. 

On Monday, a new figure of Taylor was unveiled at Madame Tussauds’ Hollywood location.  On Tuesday, a completely different figure made its debut at the museum’s Washington, D.C. location.  The figure shows the singer wearing high heels, a ruby-red sequined top and black shorts, and she’s holding her “Taylor” acoustic/electric guitar.  Her hair is in bangs, but it’s longer, not her recent, shorter ‘do.

Taylor’s had a figure on display in Madame Tussaud’s on New York City since 2010.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s new album 1989 is an overwhelming success.  Billboard reports that the disc could sell as many as 900,000 copies in its first week, which would automatically make it, in a single week, the second-best-selling album of 2014, behind the Frozen soundtrack.

Should 1989 reach those figures, it would mark the largest sales week for any album since March of 2013, when Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Nicki Minaj Drops New Single, Delays “The Pink Print” Until December

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj has good news and bad news for her adoring fans. As promised, the rapper has released her latest single, “Only,” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.  However, she has delayed the release of her upcoming album, The PinkPrint.

According to Billboard, Nicki’s third album will now arrive on Monday, December 15;  the set was previously slated for a November 24 release.

Meanwhile, on the explicit “Only,” Minaj calls out her haters and dispels rumors at the same time. “I never f**ked Wayne/I never f**ked Drake/ All my life, man, f**k’s sake,” she raps on the song, produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and J Mike.

However, now that she’s reportedly single, Drake jokes about pursuing her: “I never fu**ed Nicki ’cause she got a man, but when that’s over, then I’m first in line,” he spits.

“Only” is the third single from The PinkPrint, following “Pills N Potions” and the Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling “Anaconda.”

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Clean Bandit Reveals Who Inspired Romantic Lyrics of “Rather Be”

Asylum UK/Big Beat/Atlantic RecordsClean Bandit‘s breakout smash “Rather Be” is a very romantic song, but the group says when they wrote it initially, they never planned for it to be a love song.  In fact, it was their co-writer — who isn’t even the band — who turned the song into a tribute to his future wife.

The members of Clean Bandit wrote the music for “Rather Be,” but the lyrics were written by one member, Jack Patterson, and another guy called Jimmy Napes.  “He’s a lyricist. He wrote [Disclosure's hit] ‘Latch’ and other songs,” says Clean Bandit’s Grace Chatto. “And we’ve kinda really hit it off with him and made a few songs together.”

According to Grace, Jimmy’s responsible for “Rather Be”‘s romantic leanings.  “He’s just got married, actually, and wrote those words just before that, and I think it was about his fiancee,” she tells ABC News Radio. “But we actually finished the instrumental track before we kinda started thinking about the lyrics at all, so we never planned for it to be a love song, necessarily.  So it was quite cool when it went in that direction.”

Since the members of Clean Bandit don’t sing, they’ve hired different vocalists to sing on all their songs: for example, it’s a woman named Jess Glynne that you hear on “Rather Be.”  None of the singers they’ve worked with are famous, but Grace says the group would be open to teaming up with someone really famous, if it made sense artistically.

“Yeah, we’re definitely not opposed to working with famous vocalists, but we really want to make sure that it’s all about the sound of the voice and how appropriate it is for the song, and not kind of ‘getting together with people just for the sake of it’ kind of thing,” she tells ABC News Radio. 

So who’s on her wish list?  Grace names Sam Smith and Shakira.  We’re not sure about Shakira, but the Sam Smith thing might not be too hard to arrange. After all, Jimmy Napes — the same guy who co-wrote “Rather Be” — also wrote half of Sam’s album In the Lonely Hour. 

Clean Bandit are currently touring the U.K., and next week, they’ll begin a string of dates in Europe.

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Katy Perry’s Birthday Celebration Included a Trip to Paris

Image Courtesy of Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry‘s overseas birthday celebration included her oft-rumored boyfriend, Diplo.

After spending time in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Katy flew with the DJ and others by private jet to Paris on Saturday, when she officially turned 30. An insider tells E! News that the crew dined at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, adding, “They were inside for about two and a half hours. Katy looked happy but tired as she was yawning.”

Katy and Diplo went their separate ways the next day, with Diplo heading to South Korea for a performance.

Katy’s birthday festivities came amid a new report from the New York Daily News that Diplo, whose birth name is Wesley Pentz, is expecting a child with an ex, Kathryn Lockhart. They currently have a four-year-old son together.

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“The Voice” Recap: Taylor Swift Advises Artists as Knockout Rounds Begin

Image Courtesy of Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift‘s whirlwind promotional blitz for her new album, 1989, brought her to The Voice on Monday night. She served as an adviser for all four teams, helping out the artists as they prepared for the latest stage in the competition, the Knockout Rounds.

Taylor played an active role in rehearsals, suggesting to each contestant ways they can improve. Occasionally, she would even demonstrate by singing a few notes of the artist’s song choice, as she did when Team Gwen member Bryana Salaz practiced Demi Lovato‘s “Heart Attack.”

The Voice made sure to sneak in a plug or two for Taylor’s album during the prerecorded two-hour episode.

Monday night marked the start of the Knockout Rounds. As was the case in the Battle Rounds, the coaches — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani — paired up their artists. However, it was up to the artists to pick a song and perform it solo.

Each coach has only one steal to use during the Knockout Rounds.

Gwen opened the Knockout Rounds by pairing Bryana Salaz with Sugar Joans.  Bryana selected Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack.” Taylor said it was more important for Bryana to convey the emotion of the lyrics, rather than show off her pipes.

Sugar countered with Beyoncé‘s “Love On Top.” Taylor advised her to not growl so much, so that her tone is “crystal clear.”

Adam said both were amazing, and that Gwen had a difficult decision ahead of her. Pharrell told Sugar he was upset with himself for not trying to add her to his team earlier in the season, and would make an attempt to steal her if she became available. Gwen named Bryana the winner, and true to his word, Pharrell scooped up Sugar.

Up next were Team Blake’s Griffin and James David Carter. James put his country spin on James Taylor‘s “You’ve Got a Friend.” Taylor thought James did a good job of capturing the sentiment behind the song.

Griffin told Taylor that he once met her parents at a show of hers a couple of years ago. She encouraged him to engage the audience when it was time for him to sing his choice, “As Long as You Love Me” by Justin Bieber.

Gwen said Griffin’s voice was like knives, but James was believable, so she would choose him. Adam said Griffin delivered a “man version” of “As Long as You Love Me.” Blake declared James the winner. Griffin was eliminated.

The first matchup in the Knockout Rounds for Team Pharrell featured DaNica Shirey and Katriz Trinidad. DaNica picked Whitney Houston‘s “Saving All My Love for You.” Taylor observed that DaNica’s insecurities fuel her talent.

Katriz dedicated Alicia Keys‘ “Superwoman” to her mom. Though she’s only 15, Taylor said Katriz comes across as a polished performer.

The coaches raved over Katriz’s ability at such a young age. Pharrell described DaNica as a “unicorn” who’s transformed into a confident singer. DaNica was named the winner. Perhaps it was surprising that Katriz didn’t earn another chance with a rival team, though Gwen told the cameras that the coaches have to be conservative in using their lone steal.

Team Adam’s Damien and Toia Jones went head-to-head. Damien covered LeAnn Rimes‘ “How Do I Live.” Taylor was so moved by his rehearsal that she told him she wanted to cry.

Toia Jones selected Beyoncé‘s “Crazy in Love.” Taylor advised her to focus on the “crazy” part of the song. Blake favored Toia because her performance was so over-the-top. Pharrell agreed, saying she tore the place down. However, it was Damien who advanced, with Adam saying he’s “beautiful to watch.”

Blake paired Jessie Pitts with Tanner Linford. Jessie tackled Ellie Goulding‘s arrangement of the Elton John hit “Your Song.” Taylor applauded the choice.

Tanner went with Train‘s “Calling All Angels.” Taylor told Tanner he should play up what she called the “cute-boy factor.” He was flattered by that description of his looks.

Adam commented that Tanner, 17, looks different than he sounds. The Maroon 5 frontman then joked that he’s a grown man and yet his voice is high. Blake said he had to go with the artist who has a clearer vision of his or her goals: Jessie. Tanner was sent home.

In the final Knockout of the night, Luke Wade faced Team Pharrell teammate Taylor Phelan. Luke took on “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates. Taylor Swift said his tone was perfect, and that he was the type of artist whose album she would buy.

To clear up any confusion, Taylor Swift suggested that Taylor Phelan call her “Tay.” She also said she tends to have “rapport” with other people named Taylor. The male Taylor sang “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit.

Gwen said Luke made the perfect song choice for himself. Blake suggested Luke ad-libbed a bit too much, and he preferred Taylor. Pharrell named Luke the winner, and the other three coaches tried to steal Taylor. Taylor decided to join Adam’s team.

The Knockout Rounds continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Sam Smith Doesn’t Want to “Jinx” His Possible Grammy Nomination

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCSam Smith has been racking up the awards — and the award nominations — in recent weeks, both in the U.S. and the U.K.  But the soulful British singer says he can’t quite bring himself to think about that one award that trumps them all: the Grammy.

Asked by Vibe magazine if he cares what musical category the Grammys would put him in, should he receive a nomination, Sam laughs, “Not at all!”  He then adds, “I don’t even want to think about it too much because I don’t want to jinx anything, but if that did happen, that would be unbelievable. Being nominated for anything is truly incredible.”

Sam is considered a shoo-in for any number of Grammy categories, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year for In the Lonely Hour.  He tells Vibe magazine, “At my shows I always say I made a pretty depressing record. But my album isn’t sad. It’s me talking about my issues and getting them out in my music so I don’t have to deal with them in my real life. It’s therapy.”

Sam says for In the Lonely Hour, his motto was “the more honest the better,” and it seems like he plans to continue that theme in his future music.  On Monday, he posted on Instagram, “Just written the most honest song I’ve ever written…I can’t wait for you all to hear this.”

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Kanye West Turns Down $4.5 Million Vegas Deal?

Peter Kramer/NBCKanye West commands top dollar for his performances, but even when presented with a multi-million dollar offer, he isn’t afraid to turn it down, according to a report.  

TMZ says the rapper turned down a $4.5 million contract in Vegas, which would have earned him the title of highest paid Sin City performer, surpassing Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. He would have been obligated to perform three shows a week for three weeks at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, earning him $500,000 for each show.

There’s no word in the TMZ report about why Kanye’s turned down the deal. Perhaps, he’s nearing the finish line in recording the follow-up to last year’s Yeezus.

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Shakira Launches Web Series Tied to New Baby Toy Line

Kayt Jones/ RCA RecordsAfter announcing that she was partnering with Fisher-Price for a line of baby toys, Shakira has now premiered the first in a 12-part web series tied to the new line of products.

Among the topics that Shakira, who has one son and is now pregnant with her second child, discusses in the series: what it means to her to be a mother, how motherhood has changed her and the importance of talking to your baby.

Shakira’s line of toys can now be ordered at, but they won’t be available until mid-November or early December. The products include a “piano gym,” a bouncer, alphabet blocks, stacking rings, a soft book for teething and a musical soccer ball — appropriate, since Shakira’s baby daddy is soccer star Gerard Pique.

The singer’s compensation for the deal will be donated directly to her charity, the Barefoot Foundation, which benefits early childhood development programs throughout Latin America. 

In a statement, Shakira says, “Working with my foundation over the years on early childhood development, I saw how important developmental milestones are and how toys can help babies reach them — including with my own son. I wanted to design a line of toys that stimulated development in the crucial early stages of life.”

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Bruno Mars to Play Rock in Rio, Red Hot Chili Peppers Benefit Event

Ray Mickshaw/FOXBruno Mars is the latest performer to be confirmed for the first Rock in Rio U.S.A. music festival, taking place this May in Las Vegas.  Bruno will join No Doubt, Taylor Swift and John Legend at the event, which will take place over two weekends: May 8-9 and May 15-16.  Bruno will perform on May 16, the same day as John Legend. 

Bruno is a familiar face in Las Vegas, thanks to the mini-residency he did at that city’s Cosmopolitan hotel.

Before that, though, you can see Bruno perform live if you can get yourself to L.A. this weekend.  Remember earlier this year, when he shared the Super Bowl halftime stage with one of his favorite bands, the Red Hot Chili Peppers?   Well, the members of that band are hosting a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California this Saturday, November 1, and Bruno will be performing live.

The benefit, hosted by Chili Peppers’ bass player Flea and lead singer Anthony Kiedis [keediss], raises money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, an L.A.-based music school.  It has about 700 students, 200 of whom attend for free.  For tickets, call 323-665-3363.

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