Jessie J Joins “Finding Neverland” Concept Album Project

Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJennifer Hudson's already on board, and Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift are rumored to be too.  Now, Jessie J has recorded a song for an upcoming concept album based on the soon-to-open Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessie has cut a song called "Stronger" for the album, which will feature pop stars singing tunes from the show.  The show's producer, Harvey Weinstein, has dedicated "Stronger" to the people of Boston: the production is currently running in that city, where it's broken attendance records.  It'll debut on Broadway in March.

The musical is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about J.M. Barrie, the man who wrote Peter Pan, and his relationship with the family who inspired it.  Jennifer Hudson performed "Never Neverland," a song from the concept album, at the Tony Awards in June.


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Kesha Has a New Cali Home, Rihanna’s Eyeing NYC Pad

ABC/Adam TaylorNow that ABC's Rising Star is over, Kesha can settle down to making music full-time, and settle into her new home. The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer just plunked down $1.65 million for a home in Venice, California.

The 1,400 square-foot Spanish-style bungalow features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a backyard with a spa and fireplace and -- best of all -- a one-car garage that's been converted into an artist studio.  That means Kesha can work on her line of jewelry there, or maybe turn it into a recording studio.

Meanwhile, another pop diva is eyeing a new place, this one on the East Coast.  The New York Post reports that Rihanna, with an entourage of five, recently toured the 10th floor of a swanky new building in Manhattan called One York.  The entire floor, which is now configured as three apartments, is on sale for $18 million. 

If she purchased it, however, all three apartments would have to be combined, giving her a total of 5,350 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms.  But the paper reports that the singer is looking for something that's already in move-in condition.


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Who’s the Ultimate Pop Star? The Answer May Surprise You

ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star?  Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it's....Mariah Carey.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom."  The artist with the most points -- based on career length and string of hits -- was Mariah.  She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna. 

Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.  Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.

Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist -- from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift -- comes in on Time's chart.


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Shakira Confirms She’s Expecting Again

Kayt Jones/ RCA RecordsShakira is going to be a mom again.

First came a report that the singer and former Voice coach had granted an interview to Mexican Cosmopolitan, in which she was quoted as says she was pregnant.  Now, the singer has confirmed it herself, tweeting, "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!"

Shakira and her boyfriend, soccer star Gerard Pique, welcomed son Milan on January 22, 2013.  The new baby will be the second child for both of them.

While Shakira has said she and Gerard have no immediate plans to wed, she told Latina magazine earlier this year that she wants to have a big family and was eager to get pregnant again.  "If it weren't because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already," she told the magazine. "I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard -- my own [soccer] team."

The women of The Voice, past and present, seem to be remarkably fertile.  Christina Aguilera just gave birth to her second child, while Gwen Stefani welcomed her third this past February.


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Ariana Grande Thanks “Angel Pie” Miley Cyrus for Flowers

Republic RecordsMiley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are friends!  How do we know?  Because Miley sent Ariana flowers, and Ariana's showing them off on Twitter.

Miley and Ariana were both winners at the MTV VMA Awards this past weekend, and there's a photo of them kissing each other.  Now, Ari has posted on Twitter a photo of a flower arrangement of hydrangeas and roses, writing, "a special baby love sent me flowers... u are the cutest angel pie in da world."

The day after the VMAs, Ariana posted the photo of her and Miley together, and wrote, "I heart u & your big heart." She included a link to Miley's Prizeo campaign to raise funds for homeless youth.

It's no wonder that Miley and Ariana get along: they're both former child stars who've successfully made the transition to chart-topping pop divas, all the while facing criticism about being too "adult."

 

Simon Cowell: One Direction’s New Album Is “Fantastic”

ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction is currently out on their Where We Are Tour, but they're also working on their fourth album.  How's it coming along?  Well, according to someone who should know -- their label boss, Simon Cowell -- it's pretty awesome.

"The album's fantastic," Simon told London's Capital FM radio. "There's probably five or six tracks I've already heard that could be singles. There's some very different kinds of songs than what we've done before, they've taken a few more risks."

"Most importantly, the boys love writing, they love recording, they're enjoying what they're doing," he adds.  Cowell then referred to the fact that he was recently quoted -- incorrectly, it seems -- as predicting that the group would split up in a couple of years.

"I went on Twitter recently to say I don't think they're going to split up, they're having too good a time!" he told Capital FM.  "I think they could be doing this for five, ten, twenty years if they wanted to!"

In the tweet he was referring to, Cowell wrote, "Just to clear up the rumors it is my guess and my hope One D will stay together for a very long time...The boys are having the best time...their new album is really really good."


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Maroon 5 Releases New Album Teaser, Book “America’s Got Talent”; “Sex and Candy” Cover Now Online

Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.

The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.  On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."

The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet.  So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.

Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V.  It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane.  The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."

Finally, one of the tracks on the deluxe version of V has made its way online: it's a cover of the 1997 top 10 hit "Sex and Candy" by the band Marcy Playground.


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Florida Georgia Line Calls Jason Derulo Remix “A Huge Honor”

Ben Watts/Kristin BarloweAfter scoring a massive hit by teaming up with Nelly on "Cruise," country duo Florida Georgia Line have returned to the pop charts again, thanks to a collaboration with Jason Derulo on a remix of their song "This Is How We Roll."  But the guys say they weren't put together with Jason; the whole thing happened organically.

"I think it just kinda came up and he said he was a fan of that song and wanted to do a remix with us," says Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard. "And we've been big fans of him for a long time. So it's really cool. Sometimes that's kinda how those collaborations work, you know. You don't really go looking or hunting or digging to try to find somebody to do something with. It just kinda happens. That's the beautiful thing about it."

As for their penchant for going back and forth between country and pop, Tyler tells ABC News Radio, "It's fun to step out of the box a little bit and do things with other artists. It's awesome. So for us to get to that was a huge honor with Jason, for sure."

FGL's Brian Kelley, meanwhile says that if he were given the choice of singing one of Jason's songs -- say, at karaoke -- he'd pick "Talk Dirty to Me" over "Wiggle" because he knows how to dance to the first song.

"We know how to do this move called 'The Haitian," Brian tells ABC News Radio. "It's a little dance move they taught us at the CMT Awards. I've kind've mastered it. A little hip thrust, a little head bob thing. I don't know what you call it, but it looks good!" 

Florida Georgia Line has no plans to stop teaming up with pop artists anytime soon.  Not long ago, Ed Sheeran told USA Today that the duo had approached him for a future collaboration.


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Nickelback Reveals Album Release Date; Debuts Lyric Video

Image Courtesy Republic RecordsNickelback will release their new record, No Fixed Address, on November 4, the band has revealed. Nickelback has also released a lyric video to the new song, "Edge of a Revolution," on YouTube.

In the video, the silhouette of a figure wearing a hoodie spray paints the ocassionally profane lyrics on a variety of walls.  The politically-charged rocker, which is now available for download, features lyrics like, "Hey! Hey! Just obey/Your secret's safe with the NSA."

As previously reported, here is the track list for No Fixed Address:

"Million Miles an Hour”
“Edge of a Revolution”
“What Are You Waiting For?”
“She Keeps Me Up”
“Make Me Believe Again”
“Miss You”
“Get ‘Em Up”
“The Hammer’s Coming Down”
“Satellites”
“Sister Sin”
“She’s Got Me Runnin’ Round”

 
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LMFAO’s Redfoo’s Suffers Gash to Face in Bar Attack

ABC/Fred LeeLMFAO's Redfoo suffered a gash on his forehead Wednesday after an unidentified man allegedly threw a glass bottle at the singer in a suburban hotel bar outside Sydney, Australia, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The 38-year-old Redfoo, who was born Stefan Gordy, was partying at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay when the incident happened.

“We were sitting in the back area with my mates, surrounded by some thangs. We are dancing, having a good time, we’re taking some pictures, taking the snapchats,” Redfoo said, according to the Telegraph. “All of a sudden out of nowhere a glass hits me in the head and I look over to see who might have thrown it and I see kind of a dodgy fella trying to flee the scene."  Redfoo said he did not know anything about the man who allegedly struck him.

Redfoo suffered a cut over his right eye and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack and charged with malicious wounding.

Redfoo has been serving as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor.


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