Iggy Azalea’s Rep Denies She’s In a Sex Tape

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsWho dat, who dat?  It’s not Iggy Azalea, that’s for sure.  Contrary to rumor, the rapper’s rep tells the Huffington Post that reports she appears in a sex tape are not true.

A tape featuring a woman who appears to be Iggy frolicking with an ex-boyfriend has surfaced, and top porn company Vivid Entertainment has announced that it’s interested in cutting a deal to release it. 

Vivid founder Steven Hirsch says in a statement, “I believe there would be a huge demand for her sex tape. Iggy has proved that she’s an amazing talent. If there is any tape out there that can rival that of Kim Kardashian, this one is it!  We are conducting our due diligence and if we are satisfied with our review, we will definitely try to make a deal to distribute the tape.”‘

Of course, this is before the denial that it’s Iggy on the tape.  Her rep tells HuffPo, “It is categorically not Iggy Azalea in the video in question. She has never been involved in any sexually explicit recordings.”

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Nightclub Brawl Occurs During Chris Brown-Hosted Party

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A Manhattan club promoter was injured during a bottle-throwing melee at a party hosted by Chris Brown Thursday, police sources tell ABC News Radio.

The incident transpired inside the Meatpacking District’s VIP Room around 2:55 a.m. during a New York Fashion Week after-party. During the brawl, bottles were thrown and shards of glass injured the eye of the 29-year-old victim, who was standing near Brown.

The man sought treatment at the Beth Israel Medical Center for minor lacerations to his left eye before being transported to the New York Eye and Ear Hospital.

Brown’s rep tells ABC News Radio that the singer wasn’t involved, nor was his entourage. Brown himself tweeted not long after the report surfaced, “There was no brawl involving me or anyone from my camp last night at VIP room. The devil is in full effect at all times. God is the way.”

Just last week, Chris pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C. to misdemeanor assault, stemming from an incident outside of a D.C. hotel almost a year ago.  he was sentenced to time served.

No arrests have been made in Thursday night’s incident.

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The Lumineers Start Next Album; Will Appear on New “Hunger Games” Soundtrack

Credit: Jeremiah FraitesThe Lumineers, the band that brought you “Ho Hey,” have begun work on their second album.

The band’s lead singer, Wesley Schultz, announced on Instagram:Well folks, we are back in the studio, chippin away at some new ideas. It’s been one hell of a ride so far and we are excited to be writing again. Thanks and stay tuned.”

The new album will be the follow up to the band’s self-titled 2012 debut, which earned them a Grammy nomination.

We’ll get a preview of the Lumineers’ new music when one of their new songs appears on the upcoming soundtrack of the next Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 1, which is being curated by Lorde.  The Lumineers are the first act besides Lorde herself to be confirmed for the album, which is coming out later this fall. 

A Lumineers song track titled “Gale Song” appeared on the soundtrack of the previous Hunger Games soundtrack, Catching Fire.

In addition to their Hunger Games work, the band contributed a new song titled “Visions of China” to the most recent soundtrack for The Walking Dead, which came out last month.

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Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Lorde & Coldplay Nominated for Britain’s “Q” Awards

Cliff Lipson/CBSSome of the biggest British artists on the U.S. charts right now have received nominations for this year’s Q Awards, handed out by the highly regarded British music magazine Q.

Sam Smith is up for Best New Act, and Best Track, for his hit “Stay with Me.”  Ed Sheeran is up for Best Solo Artist, and Coldplay snags a nod for Best Video, for the clip for “Magic.” 

As for non-Brits, Lorde, who’s from New Zealand, received a Best Track nomination for “Royals” while Pharrell Williams got a nod in the most prestigious category: Best Act in the World Today.  His competition? British alt-rockers Arctic Monkeys, Canadian alt-rock band Arcade Fire, British rockers Kasabian and legendary British icon Kate Bush, who recently returned to the stage after many years.

You can vote now online for your favorites in each category. The Q Awards will be handed out October 22 in London, at a ceremony which is generally characterized by all the attendees getting extremely drunk.

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Taylor Swift Says She’s Never Been in “Real” Love — “I Think That’s Still Ahead of Me”

Gus Wenner/Rolling StoneConsidering the number of men Taylor Swift has allegedly dated — and how heartbroken she seems to be when those relationships end — you’d think that she’s the type who falls head over heels all the time.  But it turns out that Taylor’s never actually been in love.  Not once.

In a series of outtakes from her Rolling Stone magazine cover story in which she discusses her love life, Taylor says, “Looking back?  Not real love.  Not the kind that lasts. I think that’s still ahead of me, which is really exciting.”

And when she goes on to detail the problems that come with “dating Taylor Swift,” perhaps it’s easy to understand why she hasn’t had that perfect romance yet.  “You do feel a little bit like you got run over by a truck,” she says.  “You’ll be riding in the car with someone and all of a sudden it comes on the radio that he bought you a diamond ring and he’s going to propose. And you look at him and go, ‘…that’s not true, right?’ And he says, ‘No that’s not true!’ Can you blame me for wanting less of that?”

Thanks to experiences like that, Taylor says, she’s now taken a much more realistic approach to relationships.  Maybe even too realistic.

“I used to go into them thinking, ‘Maybe this is the one — we’ll get married and have a family, this could be forever,’” she tells Rolling Stone. “Whereas now I go in thinking, ‘How long do we have on the clock — before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn’t a good idea?’”

But just because Taylor’s own relationships have turned out less than perfect doesn’t mean she doesn’t support her friends’ relationships.  She’s very close to Girls creator Lena Dunham and her boyfriend, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff.  According to Dunham, Taylor has even written their future wedding song.

Speaking about one of the tracks on Taylor’s upcoming album that she co-wrote with Antonoff, Dunham tells Rolling Stone, “If we ever do get married, there’s no f***ing way Taylor is not playing that song.”

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Kanye West Goes to Aussie Hospital with Migraine

Universal Music GroupKanye West, who’s touring Australia at the moment, made a trip to a hospital there on Wednesday.

A source close to the rapper tells E! News that ‘Ye suffered a migraine and went to the hospital as a precaution. The insider says Kanye is “fine and didn’t have a major health scare or seizure.”

Indeed, Kanye performed in Melbourne hours after leaving the hospital. He has concerts lined up in Sydney and Brisbane in the coming days.

Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, and their daughter, North West, are with him Down Under.

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Jason Derulo’s Girl Jordin Sparks Approves of Him “Talking Dirty” — Musically, That Is

Major Caldwell/Warner Bros. RecordsThe cover of Jason Derulo‘s latest album Talk Dirty, as well as the hit title track and its follow-up, “Wiggle,” all present the singer in a much sexier light than before.  But rather than being jealous, his girlfriend Jordin Sparks says she couldn’t be happier that her man is showing off his, well, dirty side.

“Yes! Yes, I was all for it!” Jordin told ABC News Radio when asked if she was in favor of Jason’s sexy new image. “I was like, ‘Babe, you do what you need to do.’ ‘Cause the good thing about our relationship is that we do the same thing.  So, I understand, artistically, there’s gonna be things that you have to do”

“Now, of course there are lines [you don't cross] and all of that,” she continues. “But, for the most part, I’m like, ‘You need to do what you need to do.’”  Her attitude even extends to Jason’s videos, where he’s often seen frolicking with hotties who aren’t her.

“For the videos, I’m usually there and I’m, like, ‘I hope this girl makes it look real or else the video’s not gonna sell!’” she laughs. “I get it, because I’m an artist on the other side as well. [I'm the] girlfriend, yes — [but] I gotta put that aside for a second, and just be like, artist to artist, go ahead and do what you need to do.”

All this makes Jordin the perfect girlfriend, which is no doubt why Jason also wrote the sweet love song “Marry Me” about her.  And she says the fact that that particular song is included on Talk Dirty alongside all the songs about sex proves that her man isn’t one-dimensional, music-wise.

“I love that he also did his more sentimental side with ‘Marry Me,’”  she tells ABC News Radio. “He wasn’t planning on putting that out at all, and I said, ‘People need to hear this. People don’t know this about you, and I think that it would be really great.’  And he showed a lot of different facets of his personality on this album, and I’m happy that people get to see that and get to know those sides of him.” 

Jordin appears on Talk Dirty herself, singing with Jason on the song “Vertigo.”  Jason kicks off his first-ever U.S. next month.

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Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato Co-Headlining Vevo Concert

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea and Demi Lovato have been tapped to co-headline a concert presented by Vevo next month in Santa Monica, California.

Vevo says it is staging its first-ever CERTIFIED SuperFanFest as a show of appreciation to fans who’ve helped Iggy, Demi and other artists become “certified” by the music video platform. A video is certified by Vevo when it accumulates more than 100 million views.

Iggy and Demi will be presented with Vevo CERTIFIED Awards by lucky fans on stage during the concert, which will be held at The Barker Hangar on October 8. To date, Iggy’s video for “Fancy” has been viewed more than 262 million times through Vevo, while Demi’s clip for “Heart Attack” has racked up more than 247 million views.

You’ll be able to watch the CERTIFIED SuperFanFest on Vevo beginning October 16 at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

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Lorde Says “ELLE” Cover Proves Her Life Is “One Big Never-Ending Dream”

Thomas Whiteside for ELLEWhen it comes to fashion, Lorde usually does her own thing, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get excited — very excited — about landing on the cover of a major fashion magazine. 

The Grammy-winning star graces the cover of ELLE’s October issue, and she tweeted, “i am ‘s october cover girl! so basically my life is one big never-ending dream.”  She added, “got to shoot with the coolest team in london. i’m PUMPED to share it all with you.” 

For the shoot, which ELLE calls her “first major fashion magazine cover,” the 17-year-old abandoned her usual dramatic makeup and purple lipstick to go for a more natural and neutral look.  Inside, she speaks out about standing up for herself, and inspiring others to do the same.

“A lot of times when people meet me, they’ll definitely try to make me feel young or inexperienced. Like, ‘It’s all taken care of,’” she tells the magazine, adding that she won’t stand for that for one minute. “I’ve developed something of a fearsome reputation,” she claims. “People know that if you talk down to me, I will roll my eyes or whatever.”

However, she says realizes she’s learned that even if she’s rolling her eyes at the way adults are treating her, she has to be polite when she’s shooting down their ideas.

“I have such a strong idea of what is cool and great for me. If I think something is s**t, I express that,” she explains. “But now the circle of people I work with all the time is huge and spans continents, and you have to be quite conscientious. So it’s, like, learning not to hurt people’s feelings.”

But Lorde says there are definitely benefits to being seen as being strong and opinionated.

“People have told me that I’ve helped them feel confident, like they can say things they want to say,” she tells ELLE. “They can talk about feminism in class without people calling them a lesbian. That’s so amazing that I can make someone feel like that.”

You can read the full interview with Lorde when ELLE arrives on newsstands September 23.  That’s just four days shy of the one-year anniversary of the release of her debut album, Pure Heroine.

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Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Now the UK’s Most Downloaded Song Ever

Columbia RecordsPharrell Williams has made a lot of British people “Happy.”  His #1 hit of that name has become the U.K.’s most downloaded track of all time.

Britain’s Official Charts Company reports that “Happy” has sold 1.62 million digital copies in the U.K. since it was released in June last year.  It overtakes Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” — a song Pharrrell co-wrote and on which he’s featured — which previously held the record.

Pharrell told the Official Charts Company in a statement, “I would just like to say thank you, first and foremost, to the people, because the charts are determined by them. I have a lot to be thankful for because they’ve chosen these things and it’s resulted in ‘Happy’ being what it’s become.”

He adds, “The people of the UK have been so supportive of me over the years, allowing me to be an artist and allowing me to work with other people and supporting what it is that I do. That’s the lifeline, without them you’re just a musician with a couple of ideas, but with them, that is the thing that changes everything. When they get involved, your little idea can become something, so…thank you!’’

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