Kelly Clarkson Enjoys Good Laugh Over Being Asked, “So, What Are You Doing Now?”

Monty Brinton/CBS It's been more than a decade since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Since then, she's topped the charts several times, toured the world, sold millions of albums, appeared on nearly every TV show you can name, graced the cover of most major magazines, won several Grammys, and made headlines when she got married and then had a baby.  So it's no wonder that she's surprised to meet someone who has no clue what she's been up to since 2002.

Kelly tweeted, "Lady says to me 'Oh I recognize your name. You were on that show American Idol. What are you doing now?' Hahahaha!!"  She added the hashtag "#wherearetheynow."

Kelly's pal John Legend was amused by the story as well, and tweeted to Kelly, "You should've kept up with the singing. It might've worked out for you!"  "I know, right? So funny!" Kelly replied.

In case you've forgotten how Kelly and John know each other, they both served as mentor/coaches on ABC's failed reality singing competition show Duets, which aired a few years back. Robin Thicke and country star Jennifer Nettles were also on that show.

In other Kelly news, she's one of the artists featured on "Pray for Peace," a new song and video by her stepmother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire.  "So honored that Reba asked me to lend my voice to this new song she wrote!" Kelly tweeted.

 


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Katy Perry Helps Homeless Veterans, Pays Tribute to Malaysia Airlines Victims

Ryan McGinley/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is doing her part to help homeless veterans.  She's teaming up with the charity Veterans Matter to auction off VIP tickets to some of her upcoming concert performances in the Midwest, as well as a chance to meet her backstage. 

You can access the auction, dubbed Shine a Light with Katy Perry, on the eBay Giving Works charity site.  Proceeds will go help veterans secure housing assistance: many aren't able to, due to a lack of a rental deposit.  Veterans Matter provides that deposit directly to the landlord.  So far, the organization has housed 350 veterans in six states.

The Katy concerts from which fans can choose include August dates in Chicago, IL; Grand Rapids, MI; Auburn Hills, MI; and Columbus and Cleveland, OH.

In other compassionate Katy Perry news, she's posted a video in tribute to those who lost their lives on the Malaysia Airlines plane that's believed to have been shot down in the Ukraine last week.  Prior to that incident, Katy had worked with UNICEF to produce a video, using her song "Unconditionally, in support of the 35 million people living with HIV.  A number of those who lost their lives on the plane were traveling to an International AIDS conference, where the video was to have been launched.

"Now, I would also like to dedicate this video to them, to honor them, and to all the victims of MH17," Katy wrote on Facebook.


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5 Seconds of Summer to Do First-Ever Headlining Arena Show in November

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC5 Seconds of Summer will be opening for One Direction on the band's Where We Are tour. which starts its U.S. leg August 4.  After they finish those dates, however, they'll be playing their first-ever area headlining concert.

The show will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on November 15.  Ticket pre-sales start this Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. local time in old-school fashion: you'll have to line up at the Forum box office.

The parking lot at the Forum will open at 3 a.m., and fans will be issued wristbands on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7 a.m.  There'll even be a place where parents can wait while you stand in line.  There's a four-ticket per person limit, and any tickets not sold Saturday will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Sunday at Ticketmaster.com.

5 Seconds of Summer's self-titled debut is in stores now.  They'll perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, and are also booked for the MTV VMAs August 24.


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Selena Gomez Saluted by BFF Taylor Swift on 22nd Bday, Will She Collaborate with Chart-Topping Songwriter?

ABC/Randy HolmesNo matter what you might hear about Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez not being friends anymore, it simply isn't true.  Want proof?  Just check out Taylor's Instagram.

Tuesday is Selena's 22nd birthday, and Taylor has marked the occasion by posting a photo of herself holding up a gold chain with a big "S" pendant.  She writes, "Usually this S represents 'Swift' but today I'm wearing it because SELENA IS 22!!!!"

As for Selena herself, she's spending her birthday in the ritzy town of St. Tropez, in the South of France.  E! Online reports that she was spotted going parasailing with 21-year-old model Cara Delevigne, with whom she's been hanging out in the Mediterranean for the past week.  And Justin Bieber? Nowhere in sight.

In other Selena news, she's apparently tapped Siedah Garrett, the woman who co-wrote the Michael Jackson classic "Man in the Mirror" and who duetted with the late King of Pop on his hit "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," to help her write material for her next record. 

Garrett posted a photo of herself and Selena, with the caption, "Listening closely to Selena Gomez as she invites me to write new pop songs for her next album."  She then added a second photo of the two of them, with the caption, "Loved meeting Selena Gomez, as sweet as she can be, anxious to write a classic song for her album."


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Adam Levine Sang at His Own Wedding

Trae Patton/NBCWhy pay musicians to perform at your wedding if you're a member of one of the world's most popular groups?  People magazine reports that at his wedding over the weekend to model Behati Prinsloo, Adam Levine himself took the stage.

According to People, Adam and guest wedding singer Stevie Nicks performed a duet with other members of Maroon 5 backing them up.  Behati also sang, dedicating the song "First Day of My Life" by indie rock band Bright Eyes to her new husband.  The reception, held at Flora Farms in Mexico on July 19, also included a performance by the '90s ska band Sublime, best known for their hits "What I Got," "Santeria," and "Wrong Way."

"This was a dancing crowd," a guest tells People. "Everyone was dancing late into the night."  A source adds, ""Most people finished eating in under an hour and were ready to party."  Another guest tells the magazine, "Everyone was having so much fun. Adam and Behati didn't stop smiling the entire night."

The menu included organic pork chops, fresh fish, and beet salads.  For dessert, it Mexican popsicles and organic ice cream.


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MKTO Says “Classic” Is a Bonding Opportunity for Parents & Kids

Columbia RecordsWhen actor Malcolm Kelley was starring in the groundbreaking ABC series Lost, a lot of the action took place in Australia.  Maybe that's why the song "Classic," by his group MKTO, was a huge hit there before it ever got big in the U.S.  Now, however, the home country of both Malcolm and his musical partner in crime, Tony Oller, has finally caught up, and "Classic's" an American smash too -- fitting for a group whose current outing is called the American Dream tour.

"You know, Australia kind of had the jump on things...we're kind of four singles deep over there," Malcolm tells ABC News Radio. "So it's just amazing how you can make music and watch it grow on the other side of the world...and now we finally went platinum over here in our homeland."

"That's all we can ever ask for man, it's amazing now just watching a song grow," adds Malcolm, who played Walt on Lost. "When we perform it on our tour now, everybody is just singing along. It's a good feeling."

Malcolm and Tony first met when they were starring on the Teen Nick series Gigantic.  They became best friends and decided to start a group.  Soon, they landed a record deal, and their self-titled debut album hit #1 in Australia in February; it was released here in April. 

"Classic" has caught on in the U.S. thanks to its retro feel, and because it cleverly name-checks musical superstars like Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce and the late soul legends Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, while tossing in references to iconic movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

"Our producers we worked with, you know, they're heavy-hitters in the game and have been around for a long time, so [they] definitely help us get those old-school references in there, just to make the song pop and make it just stand out a little bit more," explains Malcolm.  

But does he think that "Classic" may actually be educating young people about legendary stars they may not have heard of?

"Yeah, I think so," he tells ABC News Radio.  "You know, definitely using some of the references that their parents might understand, I think it's just cool how their parents can just enlighten them...And some things their parents don't know about, the kids can share with them. So I just think it's a cool bonding thing."  

Earlier this year, MKTO toured with Emblem 3.  Their American Dream headlining tour wraps in August, and in September, they'll be hitting the road opening for Demi Lovato; Christina Perri's also on the bill.


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Lorde Says Her Next Album Is “Skeletal,” but Will Be About “Feeling Displaced”

Credit: Andrew WhittonLorde's non-stop tour schedule has meant that she really hasn't had a lot of time to work on the follow-up to her best-selling, award-winning debut, Pure Heroine.  But while she says the new disc's "hardly even started," she knows what its theme will be.

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Lorde describes her next album as "skeletal," in the sense that right now, there isn't much too it because she hasn't had the time to devote to it.  But lyrically, she says she's being inspired by the fact that she's spent most of the last year traveling around the globe.

"The first album was about a really small world that the listener isn’t in, and it felt like a very insular world,” she explains. "Now I’m kind of a child of the world, I’m everywhere all the time...I don't know. It’s hard for me to explain. It’s about feeling displaced.”

Lorde also says she doesn't really care about what critics and journalists write and say about her, because unlike her, they're not 17 years old.

"The criticism I listen to most is what comes from people the same age as me; they’re the only people I care about liking my music," she tells the U.K. paper The Guardian. 

And unlike most teens, Lorde says peer pressure doesn't sway her at all.  "One consistent thing is that if I like something and nobody likes it, I still like it," she claims. "If I don’t like something and everyone loves it, I still hate it.”


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One Direction Concert Film Heading to Theaters for One Weekend Only

PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmenIf you can't get tickets to One Direction's Where We Are tour, which hits North America next month, don't worry: you can see it in your local theater if you're willing to wait a few months.

The group has announced that a movie version of the tour, filmed in Milan, Italy called Where We Are: The Concert Film, will hit theaters worldwide for one weekend: October 11 and 12.  It'll include the full concert, plus a 15-minute interview with the band featuring exclusive backstage tour footage.

If you don't mind waiting even longer, the film will arrive on DVD in December.  Visit 1DConcertFilm.com for full details; tickets go on sale July 28.

One Direction's 2013 concert movie This Is Us earned more than $67 million worldwide.


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Rixton & MAGIC! Booked for Teen Choice Awards, Rixton Celebrates First UK #1

Credit: Lindsey ByrnesJoining a lineup that already includes MKTO and Jason Derulo, MAGIC! and Rixton have now been booked to perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing Sunday, August 10 live on Fox.

Meanwhile, Rixton, who'll kick off a U.S. headline tour July 30 in Boston, are celebrating their first-ever #1 hit in their home country of Great Britain. "Me and My Broken Heart," which has been a hit for months in the U.S., has now debuted at the top of the British chart. 

Rixton frontman Jack Roche told Britain's Official Charts Company, "Being Number 1 is probably the biggest thing ever that has happened to us in our lives! And it means a lot because it's in our home country, and that's something that's been the main goal for us, to really make an impact. It's a dream."

The accomplishment is doubly meaningful for Jake, because both his parents are British pop singers, yet the highest his mother, Coleen Nolan, ever placed on the chart was #3, while the highest his dad, Shane Richie, ever got was #2.  Jake tells the Official Charts Company that his #1 hit award will be going on his mom's mantlepiece.

The members of Rixton tell the Official Charts Company that they all plan to get "broken heart" tattoos to commemorate their accomplishment.


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Mariah Carey Unveils New Butterfly Sweepstakes

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Mariah Carey has a surprise in store for one lucky fan.

To celebrate the launch of her Butterfly beverage, the singer has announced a special sweepstakes that will allow one of her Lambs to attend a posh summer party that Mariah's holding with all of her celebrity friends in New York City.

To enter, purchase a bottle of Butterfly at any Walgreens store nationwide and then register by downloading the free Go N'Syde mobile app.  Once the app is installed fans can point it at the Butterfly bottle to open exclusive content and allow fans to enter registration information. The contest will run from July 21 to August 20.

Fans who scan their bottles will so get the first curated video message from Mariah on her Butterfly network.

"My next dream is taking shape and I'm excited to share it through content on my Butterfly beverage, and an amazing party where I can celebrate the summer with fans and friends," Carey says. "Butterfly inspires me to connect with fans in new ways and create experiences that seemed impossible a few years ago. I can't wait to show you my imagination."


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