Kelly Clarkson Says She Was Joking About People Not Collaborating with Her; Releases Title Track of New Album

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson would like the media to stop portraying her like some sort of music industry pariah. The singer wrote on Twitter Tuesday that she was only joking when she told BBC Radio 1 that no one wants to collaborate with her.

“Ok, I was making a joke about people not singing with me!” she tweeted. “The press is really twisting this comment just FYI! No big deal. New story please.”

During her interview, Kelly said, “I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no. I’m not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I’m not going to call out…Sometimes I feel like I have the plague, or leprosy, they’re like, ‘If you get too close…’ I don’t know.”

To prove her point, she announced that she’d be previewing her duet with John Legend on Wednesday. “Obviously my humor is not translating ha!” she wrote. “PS my duet with John Legend is coming out tomorrow #collaborationstation.”

Starting this week, Kelly is releasing one song per day from her upcoming album Piece by Piece, leading up to the album’s release next week. She kicked things off Monday by releasing “Invincible,” a Sia-penned empowerment tune. On Tuesday, she released the title track, which she called the “most personal song on the album.” The lyrics tell the story of a man who restores a woman’s faith in love.

Piece by Piece arrives March 3.

 

 


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Taylor Swift Donates $50K to New York City Schools

ABC/Fred LeeLast year, Taylor Swift pledged to donate proceeds from her single “Welcome to New York” to New York City public schools. And now she’s delivered on that promise. According to New York political publication Capital, officials have confirmed that Taylor made a gift of $50,000 to the Department of Education.

The 25-year-old singer has yet to announce the donation publicly and her reps were unavailable to comment on what percentage of the song’s proceeds were donated, or whether she plans to make further donations. While her contribution may sound like a generous sum, it’s but a drop in the bucket considering the city’s Department of Education has a 2014-2015 budget of $25.9 billion.

Taylor moved to Manhattan last March and quickly began a love affair with the city. She was named “Global Welcome Ambassador for the Big Apple” last October, right around the same time she decided to give back something to the city.



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Rihanna Releases “Towards the Sun” Single from “Home” Soundtrack

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Rihanna continues to surprise fans with new music. Although we’ll will have to wait until later this year for her eighth album, Rih has just released the new song “Towards the Sun,” lifted from the soundtrack to DreamWorks animated movie, Home.

“And you know I’ve been burned/You see me lose control/It’s not worth my soul,” she sings on the pulsing track, now available via digital retailers.

In Home, Rihanna voices a young girl,opposite Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who provides the voice of an alien.  The film hits theaters March 27.


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Adele’s “21″ Notches Fourth Year on “Billboard” Chart, NBC Exec Explains Why She’d Be the Ultimate “Voice” Coach

Cliff Lipson/CBSNo doubt about it, Adele has staying power. According to Forbes, her album 21 has officially spent four straight years on the Billboard 200 chart.

People have been steadily snapping up the album, which spawned hits like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You,” since it came out in 2011. Of the 208 weeks the album has been on Billboard’s tally, only 24 have been outside the top 100. This week it was at number 89.

So far, the Grammy award-winning album has sold more than 11 million copies in the U.S. It was certified diamond — or ten times platinum — by the Recording Industry Association of America less than two years after being released. Maybe that’s why Adele is taking her time with a new album: her old one is still impressively popular!

The singer’s long-lasting credibility within the industry is something that makes her a hot prospect for show’s like The Voice, which premiered its new season Monday on NBC. An NBC executive tells The Hollywood Reporter that Adele is his dream “get” as a Voice coach.

“For me it’s a mix of who is around,” says Paul Telegdy, the network’s president of late-night and alternative programming. “Of course, there are artists who fall under the ‘Thank you Captain Obvious, that would be marvelous’ like Adele, because I would hang on Adele’s every word. She’s a very private person. She’s probably the biggest force in music in the 21st century and I can’t discount her.”


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Justin Bieber Makes Himself a Target in New Promo for Comedy Central Roast

Courtesy of Comedy CentralJustin Bieber’s new promo for his Comedy Central Roast makes him even more of a target than the one that saw him pelted with eggs. In the clip, the 20-year-old singer is shown getting a huge bullseye tattooed on his back by Jeffrey Ross, one of the channel’s top Roastmasters.

“How does it look?” he asks the tattoo artist. “It’s f**cking perfect,” the guy responds.

Comedians will aim their insults at Justin when the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber airs on March 30. Kevin Hart will be hosting the special.


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Taylor Swift Says She Posted Bikini Shot to Foil Paparazzi

ABC/Lou RoccoRemember last month when Taylor Swift surprised everyone by posting a photo of herself wearing a bikini that exposed her belly button?  It turns out she didn’t do it to shock the world: she did it to stop the paparazzi from making money off of her.

Appearing on BBC Radio 1′s Breakfast Show with host Nick Grimshaw and her BFF Ed Sheeran, Taylor explained that she and the members of the group HAIM were on vacation in Hawaii and were having a great time, in part because they weren’t being stalked by photographers.  But at one point, Taylor revealed, she and the girls went whale-watching, and realized that there was another boat out in the middle of the ocean with them — with paparazzi on board.

“My security gets out the binoculars and sees that they have a huge, long-lens camera,” said Taylor.  “At which point, we go back to the beach and realize, ‘OK, so they got pictures of us in our bikinis.’  I don’t want them to make, like, $100,000…for a bikini shot.  And so we’re like, ‘Get up on the bow of the boat: we’re taking better bikini shots so that they don’t make as much money on theirs.”

Taylor says later, she learned that paparazzi had actually been stalking them the whole time, but their camera lenses were so powerful that they could capture Taylor and her pals from miles away.   “I’ve never seen such stealth-mode paparazzi, like, long-lensing it up, three miles away,” said Taylor.

During their appearance on the Breakfast Show, Ed and Taylor also were forced to answer a series of questions about one another to show how close their friendship is.  Ed was able to correctly name one of Taylor’s cats, as well as her mom — Meredith and Andrea, respectively — while Taylor knew where Ed grew up, the name of his debut album, and his one-time celebrity crush.  That would be Suffolk, U.K.; + (plus), and Mila Kunis, by the way.



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Ed Sheeran Covers Christina Aguilera on BBC Radio 1′s “Live Lounge”

Ben WattsA few seasons ago on The Voice, Ed Sheeran served as a mentor to Christina Aguilera‘s team.  Now he’s paid tribute to Christina by covering one of her songs for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge, which features top artists putting an acoustic spin on other singers’ hits.

After Ed’s initial selection for the show was “banned,” as he wrote on Twitter, he selected Christina’s 2002 single, “Dirrty.” It was the first single released from Christina’s album Stripped, and was her bid to change her image from a bubblegum teen pop star to a more mature, edgy, sexual performer.  The song’s controversial video featured the singer wearing little more than a bikini top and chaps while foxy boxing and dancing in an underground fetish club.  The clip resulted in Christina being called everything from an “intergalactic space hooker” to “the world’s skeeviest reptile woman.”

“Oi, @xtina, I covered you,” tweeted Ed while posting the video of his performance.  Not doubt Christina, now an engaged mother of two, will appreciate the reminder of her more scandalous past.



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Sam Smith Admits Becoming Famous “Isn’t Necessarily a Nice Thing”

Image Group LA/ABCSam Smith is famous — there’s no turning back now. He’s won four Grammys, played sold-out shows at major venues like New York’s Madison Square Garden and he’s already announced his second North American tour of 2015.

But in a new interview with The Guardian, the 22-year-old admits there’s a downside to fame. “I’ve spent as much energy this past year trying not to go mental as I have plugging my record,” he says. “You have to. You have to. It’s like your body’s trying to float away. And you’re hanging on for dear life.”

He recalls a specific moment of panic, last spring, while he was promoting In the Lonely Hour just before its release. He was working six live bookings a day. “And I thought, ‘Do I want this? Maybe I’ve misunderstood what this job entails,’” he says.

He adds that while he always dreamed of a success, dealing with a meteoric rise can be a little unnerving. He admits that becoming famous “isn’t necessarily a nice thing.” “It’s weird,” he says. “Something you want so badly all your life actually happens. And then you think, ‘Oh s**t.’”

But he’ll soon be channeling all of that anxious energy into recording a second album, which he promises will be even more honest than the first. “If my first hadn’t done very well I would have to be bringing out another towards the end of this year…,” he says. “My team would be panicking, getting me in sessions. But I’m in this beautiful situation. There is no schedule.”

Maybe being famous isn’t so bad after all.


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LMFAO’s Redfoo Joins “Dancing with the Stars” Cast

ABC/Adam TaylorA while back, Redfoo of “Party Rock Anthem” duo LMFAO was a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars.  Now, he’s a contestant on the show.

Redfoo, whose birth name is Stefan Gordy, will compete on the upcoming 20th season of the hit ABC reality show; his pro partner will be Emma Slater.  LMFAO has been on hiatus since 2012.  Since then, Redfoo’s released solo music and also served as a judge on The X Factor Australia.

Since Redfoo is the youngest son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., it’s possible we’ll see him dance to some Motown classics this season, in addition to other LMFAO songs like “Sexy and I Know It.”

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough will return as judges when the new season of Dancing with the Stars begins Monday, March 16 on ABC.



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Christina Aguilera Impersonates Cher, Britney Spears and Shakira During “Tonight Show” Visit

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCDuring an appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Monday to promote her return to The VoiceChristina Aguilera revealed a little-known talent of hers. It turns out, she’s very good at doing impersonations of certain celebrities.

Aguilera joined host Jimmy Fallon for a game called “Wheel of Musical Impressions,” in which they took turns impersonating famous singers performing certain songs.

Aguilera delivered spot-on imitations of her Burlesque co-star, Cher, singing the Folgers Coffee jingle and Britney Spears performing “This Little Piggy.”

Aguilera then impersonated Shakira singing “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the theme from the 1980s sitcom, The Golden Girls.  Fallon, impersonating singer Michael McDonald, joined in.

Aguilera has returned to The Voice for the show’s eighth season.  She told Fallon it gets easier and easier every time she returns to the show because she and veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have “got the routine down by now.”

She recalled that the first three seasons were “rough and rocky, because nobody knew behind the scenes what was happening [or] how it would work.”  She added that every year, the show gains “more success and it becomes more familiar to people.”

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.


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