Taylor Swift Releases Video Documenting Her “’1989′ Secret Sessions”

Big Machine RecordsIf you weren’t one of the lucky ones selected for Taylor Swift‘s “1989 Secret Sessions,” in which she played her new album in its entirety for fans, you can now watch a YouTube video Taylor released that offers a behind-the-scenes look at what went down.

The four-and-a-half-minute clip shows fans before, during and after the sessions, which were held in five locations: Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville, Rhode Island, and London. We see Swifties nervously awaiting to be transported to the sessions, mingling with each other and with Taylor at the listening parties, and gushing about the album to the cameras afterward.

There are some comments from Taylor, too, as well as footage of her baking cookies for her fans.

The video doesn’t disclose much about the album itself. At one point, the following message is displayed: “What happens in the Secret Sessions, stays in the Secret Sessions.”

1989 will be released October 27. If you buy it between October 27 and November 2, you will be eligible for a contest to meet Taylor. Find more info on TaylorSwift.com.

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Mary Lambert Goes from “Same Love” to “Secrets,” Releases Debut Album “Heart On My Sleeve”

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMost music fans probably know Mary Lambert from the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song “Same Love” — she wrote and sang its memorable hook, receiving two Grammy nods for her work on that groundbreaking song and the duo’s album The Heist.  But now, Mary’s making her own artistic statement, with her hit single “Secrets” and her debut album Heart On My Sleeve, which is in stores now.

Many of Mary’s songs deal with serious issues, such as body image, gay rights, mental illness and the like, but she says her goal for Heart On My Sleeve was to continue to write those kinds of meaningful songs, but to also make a fun, accessible pop music album that will, hopefully, bring in some cash as well.

As she tells ABC News Radio, with Heart On My Sleeve,  she wanted to “make an ethical, conscious album with heart and authenticity, but also to be on the radio… and why not buy a beach house for my mom?”

“I don’t believe every song should be social justice-y, but I know for me, I have to speak my truth,” she adds. “And being a lyricist and being a writer is a priority, and so I want to talk about things that I care about, that will hopefully impact the world.”

Mary is currently on the road, bringing her new music to her fans, and she says it’s a real treat to be able to headline a tour, after spending the summer as an opening act.

“My last tour, I was opening for Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, which was an awesome experience because I think it opened the door for a lot of new fans,” she tells ABC News Radio.  “And it was humbling in a way, because people weren’t coming to see me and I kind of had to work for it, you know?  So, this is kind of a luxury!”

“The people that are coming out are so kind, and attentive and know the material, and they love the songs and they know the lyrics!” she adds. “It’s, like, kind of surreal to hear people singing my lyrics back.”

While some of Mary’s previous tours have been incredibly emotional experiences because of the cathartic nature of her songs — some of which are actually poems set to music — she says she’s taking a lighter touch with this tour.

“I’m not delving into the heaviest issues that I have previously,” she says. “Which I think is OK because it’s at least a little bit of an emotional break for me.  I’m still going into intense stuff — body image and gay rights — but the show’s a little bit more upbeat and really fun.”

So, with a debut album, hit single and a big tour, does Mary — who describes herself in “Secrets” as overweight, bi-polar, gay, and the product of a dysfunctional family — feel like an actual pop star yet?

“No, I don’t!” she laughs.  “I’m working on it.  I refer to it as, like, quasi-stardom ’cause, y’know, sometimes there’s people greeting me at the airport and I’m like, ‘Who are you?’”  

Mary’s tour wraps up November 17 in Boise, Idaho, but then she’ll play some holiday concerts in December.  On November 13, she’ll be in New York City to join Sam Smith, A Great Big World, American Authors, Aloe Blacc and other artists for VH1′s You Oughta Know concert.

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Iggy Azalea Attacks Record Label for Letting Aussie Magazine Use Unapproved Photo of Her

ABC/Randy HolmesNow that Iggy Azalea has buried the hatchet with Snoop Dogg, she can turn her attention to another battle: complaining to her record label that they allowed an unapproved photo of her to be used on the cover of a magazine in her home country of Australia.

Iggy jumped on Twitter to take her complaints public, claiming that her private messages to the Australian division of her label were being ignored.  “I’m going to publicly say something to the Australian division of my record label right now because my message seems to be ignored privately,” she wrote.  “Stop giving permission on my behalf for magazines to purchase images of me that have already been printed in major publications for covers.”

At issue, according to E!, is Maxim Australia, which has put Iggy on its cover…but the photo is one that previously appeared on the cover of another magazine several years ago.

“Australian label, i love you guys but you allowed my image to be sold to Cosmo Aus[tralia] when i told you i would prefer for that not to happen.  And now this morning i see you’ve allowed maxim australia to buy an image from a 2011 complex mag shoot and put it on the cover,” she continued.

The “Fancy” rapper wrote, “I think it’s awesome anyone would want me on the cover of a magazine, but there’s a right way to make that happen and the australian label clearly aren’t respecting my wishes. a magazine cover deserves an accompanying photoshoot not a reused image.”

“Maxim australia, thanks for the love and I’m sorry no one asked me,” she added. “i would have love to have given an interview & done a shoot with u guys.”

The magazine itself then got into the act, supporting Iggy in her assertions.  “We couldn’t agree more! We begged both your US management and Aussie label for a cover shoot & interview but were denied,” they tweeted.  “Furthermore, we’d LOVE to do a shoot with you. Just say when, where and how high and we’ll jump!”

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Nelly’s BET Reality Shows Premiering in November

Image Courtesy Jonathan Mannion/UniversalBET has announced that Nellyville, the network’s new reality show starring Nelly, will premiere November 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET. The show will run for eight one-hour episodes.

In a trailer posted on the network’s YouTube page, a shirtless Nelly awakes to his alarm clock and gets up out of bed. After he gives the camera a suggestive look, the show’s air date is displayed.

Viewers can expect Nelly’s show to focus on his music career, business endeavors and family life including his relationship with model Shantel Jackson, the ex-girlfriend of a world famous boxer Floyd Mayweather. Jr.

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Lorde Leads New Zealand Music Awards Nominations, Wants to High-Five Steve Carell

Francis Specker/CBSSince she’s just about the biggest pop star ever to come from New Zealand, it’s not surprising that Lorde is the leading nominee for this year’s New Zealand Music Awards.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the singer is up for five awards: Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year for Pure Heroine, Single of the Year for “Team,” Best Female Solo Artist and the People’s Choice award.

In addition, her co-writer and producer, Joel Little, has already been announced as the winner in the Producer of the Year and Best Engineer categories for his work on Pure Heroine.

Last year, Lorde won four New Zealand Music Awards, but they were all on the strength of her single “Royals” and her debut EP The Love Club.  Her album Pure Heroine wasn’t eligible for nomination.

In other Lorde news, she has a new obsession.  She tweeted, “i didn’t really know about until this year when i watched the entirety of the office and now i WANT TO BE HIS FRIEND SO BAD.”

She followed that up by tweeting directly to the comic actor, “steve i have decided we need to high 5.”

Carell hasn’t responded, but last week, he did tell Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that he was a big fan of Lorde’s hit “Royals” and even introduced his daughter to the song.

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One Direction Reveals “Four” Track List: Get Five Songs Free with Pre-Order

Syco/Columbia RecordsOne Direction‘s new album Four arrives November 17, and now the guys have revealed the disc’s track listing, along with some exciting news.  If you pre-order the deluxe edition of the album, you’ll receive a whopping five tracks for free.

The guys announced this deal in a video message at the same time they revealed the album’s track listing on Twitter.  The track listing confirms the reports that the song Ed Sheeran wrote for the band is called “18,” and it also reveals that the group’s members co-wrote 13 out of the 16 tracks on the deluxe edition.

Here’s the track listing for Four:

“Steal My Girl”
“Ready to Run”
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
“Girl Almighty”
“Fool’s Gold”
“Night Changes”
“No Control”
“Stockholm Syndrome”

Bonus Tracks:
“Change Your Ticket”
“Once in a Lifetime”
“Act My Age”

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Ed Sheeran’s New Celebrity Fan: Samuel L. Jackson

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran‘s fans include quite a number of celebrities, and he’s just managed to impress another one: Samuel L. Jackson.

The Oscar-nominated actor tweeted a photo of himself attending Ed’s recent show at London’s O2 arena, and added, “This MUFFUGGAH is da real deal!!”

The two got to meet one another backstage as well.  Jackson posted a photo of the two of them together and tweeted, “Caught last nite. A mic, a guitar, A-mazing!!”

Ed continues his current U.K. tour this weekend in Birmingham, England.



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Pitbull’s New Album “Globalization” Due Nov. 24, Features New “Penguins of Madagascar” Song

RCA Records/ Mr. 305 /Polo GroundsPitbull’s next salvo in his attempt to conquer the world through music arrives November 24: it’s his new album, Globalization.

The disc features Mr. Worldwide’s current hit, “Fireball,” and includes guest appearances by Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Bebe Rexha, G.R.L. and others.

One track, “Celebrate,” will be featured in the upcoming animated movie Penguins of Madagascar, scheduled to hit theaters November 26.

Globalization also includes the previously released singles “Wild Wild Love,” featuring G.R.L., and “We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official World Cup anthem.

Pitbull’s currently on the road with his pal Enrique Iglesias.

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Pharrell Williams Designs Limited-Edition Cookies for French Boutique

Trae Patton/NBCIn his quest to put his personal stamp on everything you need to go about your daily life, Pharrell Williams is now moving into food.

People magazine reports that the Voice coach, who’s already designed clothing, jewelry, a fragrance, leather goods and more, has created a line of macarons, a fancy kind of French cookie.  Macarons come in a wide variety of flavors, but Pharrell’s are uniquely American: peanut butter and cola.

The cookies are a collaboration with super-high-end French bakery Ladurée and the concept Parisian fashion store Collette.  They were created to mark Pharrell’s shows at Paris’ Zenith Arena this week.  He wraps up his performances there Thursday night.

In honor of the shows, Collette’s been hosting “Pharrell Week” at its store, in addition to the macarons, its carried nearly all his other products, including his new fragrance, clothing line, the leather goods he’s designed for the French company Moynat and other items.

You can order the macarons from Collette’s website.  They cost about $21 for six.

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Sam Smith Announces 2015 North American Tour

ABC/Randy HolmesIt seems like Sam Smith has been on the road non-stop this year, and he’s not stopping in 2015.  The British singer has just announced a U.S. tour starting in January.

“AMERICA! Happy to announce new 2015 TOUR DATES. Can’t wait to see you all again!!” Sam tweeted, along with a link to the dates. “Hope to see your beautiful faces next year!”

The tour, strictly speaking, is a North American one, since there are a number of dates in Canada as well.  It gets underway January 9 in Atlanta and is currently scheduled to run through February 4, wrapping up in Vancouver. Tickets go on sale October 24 at 10 a.m. ET. Notable among the new dates is a January 15 show at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.

In a statement, Sam says, “It’s been my dream to play some of these venues. I’m so appreciative of how American audiences have embraced my music. I’m thrilled to come back to the U.S. again. This is starting to feel like home!”

Sam is currently finishing up a string of dates in the U.K.  On November 13, he’s scheduled to return to the U.S. to perform at VH1′s You Oughta Know concert in New York City.  Then it’s back to Europe for more dates, and back to the U.S. for Christmas radio shows. 

Here are Sam’s newly-announced tour dates:

1/9 — Altanta, GA, Fox Theater
1/10 — Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House
1/12 — Washington, D.C., Patriot Center
1/13 — Philadelphia, PA, The Liacouras Center
1/15 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/17 — Boston, MA, Agganis Arena
1/19 — Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
1/20 — Toronto, ONT Air Canada Center
1/22 — Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple
1/23 — Chicago, IL, UIC Pavillion
1/24 — Saint Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
1/26 — Denver, CO, 1st Bank Center
1/30 — Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
1/31 — San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
2/02 — Seattle, WA, Key Arena
2/04 — Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena

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