Taylor Swift Calls the Late Oscar de la Renta Her “All-Time Favorite Designer”

ABC/Richard HarbaughTaylor Swift has commented on the death of renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at the age of 82.

Not long after his death was announced, Taylor posted onto Instagram a photo of herself wearing a de la Renta gown at a public event.

She wrote, “My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.”

De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.



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“The Voice” Recap: Adam Steals Two Artists as Battle Rounds Continue

Trae Patton/NBCThe second week of Battle Rounds on The Voice began Monday night on NBC. The highlight of the night was Adam Levine stealing two artists: Blessing Offor and Toia Jones.

The guest mentors were back to instruct the artists during rehearsals. Alicia Keys joined Team Pharrell Williams; Stevie Nicks assisted Team Adam; Gwen Stefani‘s husband, Gavin Rossdale, helped her team; and Little Big Town tutored Team Blake Shelton.

Team Adam’s Damien and Kelli Douglas were the first two artists to battle it out on Monday night. Adam assigned them “Knock on Wood,” by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, among other musicians. Stevie lamented the fact that one of them would have to leave Adam’s team, and jokingly vowed to personally steal the loser of the battle.

Following Damien and Kelli’s performance, Blake said Adam’s decision would simply come down to a matter of taste. Gwen quipped that she was too distracted by Kelli’s body to focus on her singing. Adam named Damien the winner, later explaining to the cameras that the contestant had immersed himself in the song. Kelli was dismissed.

Jessie Pitts and Ryan Sill of Team Gwen were next up. They covered “I Need Your Love,” by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding. Gavin detected a boy-band-singer-type quality in Ryan during rehearsals.

Blake felt Jessie had won the battle because the song had been more of a challenge for her. Pharrell thought it better suited Ryan, but Adam disagreed. Gwen picked Ryan, while Blake used the second of his two allotted steals on Jessie.

Blind singer Blessing Offor and teenager Katriz Trinidad went head-to-head for Team Pharrell. They were given Stevie Wonder‘s “Do I Do.” In rehearsals, Alicia taught Katriz how to move her body to the song.

Adam and Blake both felt Katriz rose to the challenge, since Blessing is the more accomplished singer. Pharrell selected Katriz as the winner. Adam then swooped in and tried to steal Blessing. The Maroon 5 singer explained that his wife Behati Prinsloo‘s first name means “blessing” in Swahili, so he was meant to coach Blessing. Gwen made an attempt to steal Blessing, too, but he joined Team Adam.

Ethan Butler and Matt McAndrew were paired up for Team Adam. They tackled Coldplay‘s first hit, “Yellow.” Stevie encouraged them not to be too loud with their vocals, because they were also trying to “break hearts” with the lyrics.

Pharrell said the song was in Matt’s wheelhouse, but Ethan surprised him. Gwen said she enjoyed every bit of the performance. Adam went with Matt. Ethan was not saved.

The first and only Team Blake battle of the night pit Bree Fondacaro against Taylor Brashears. They sang Linda Ronstadt‘s “You’re No Good.” Little Big Town noted Taylor’s purity and power in contrast to Bree’s texture.

Adam commented it was as if Bree was singing alone in her bedroom during the battle, while Taylor was connecting with the lyrics. Blake added that Bree gets lost in herself during a performance, and Taylor gets lost in the song. Taylor advanced, and Bree is eliminated.

In the final battle of the night, Team Pharrell’s DaNica Shirey and Toia Jones belted out Beyoncé‘s “Halo.”

Adam said performing a Beyoncé song is like slaying a dragon, but both artists slayed the dragon. Pharrell complimented both for recognizing the need to sing with conviction. He named DaNica the winner. Adam and Gwen both tried to steal Toia; she settled on Adam.

The two-hour episode also featured a sneak peek at Gwen’s colorful video for her just-released single, “Baby Don’t Lie.” The full version premieres Tuesday on Vevo.

The final night of Battle Rounds will take place Tuesday night on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.



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Pizza Chain Posts Birthday Message for Katy Perry — At Her Request

ABC/Richard HarbaughOne of Katy Perry‘s birthday wishes has been granted by Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in Los Angeles.

On Sunday night, the soon-to-be birthday girl tweeted, “All I want for my birthday is my name on the Shakey’s Pizza marquee on Santa Monica Blvd. Please.”

Sure enough, Shakey’s marquee now reads, “Happy Birthday Katy Perry.” The singer posted a photo of the sign on her Instagram page, writing, “KICKING OFF BIRTHDAY WEEK RIGHT! This signage is a bucket list dream come true!!! SHOUT OUT TO ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS FOR KILLING THE GIFT GAME.”

That may not be the only gift from Shakey’s. The chain extended to Katy an offer on Twitter to throw her a birthday bash.

Furthermore, a Shakey’s rep tells TMZ it will post a birthday message for Katy at all of their locations in California.

Katy, who turns 30 on Saturday, has also reached out to Betty Crocker on Twitter, hinting that she wants it to bring back its discontinued rainbow chip frosting. We’ll see if Betty Crocker comes through for her in time for her big day.



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Phillip Phillips Among Performers Slated to Perform National Anthem at 2014 World Series

Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips announced in a tweet Monday that he’ll be performing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” Wednesday night before Game Two of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants in Kansas City.

Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday and the country group Little Big Town will sing the song when the series shifts to San Francisco Friday for Game Three, a Fox spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.  

Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of the song before Game Four on Saturday.  The World Series will be broadcast on Fox.

 
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Meghan Trainor’s Debut Album, “Title,” Will Arrive January 13

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor‘s debut album Title now has a release date: January 13.  If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive a free download of her brand-new single “Lips Are Movin’,” along with the tracks that appeared on her previously released EP: “Dear Future Husband,” “Close Your Eyes,” the title track and, of course, “All About That Bass.”

Meanwhile, Megan’s booked an appearance on NBC’s Today show on November 3. As previously reported, she’ll sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert on the CMA Awards November 5.  She’s nominated for New Artist of the Year on the American Music Awards, which air November 23, and on November 30, look for her on Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards.

Here’s the track listing for the album:

STANDARD VERSION
“The Best Part” (Interlude)
“All About That Bass”
“Dear Future Husband”
“Close Your Eyes”
“3am”
“Like I’m Gonna Lose You”
“Dem Sticks”
“Walkashame”
“Title”
“What If I”  
“Lips Are Movin”
 
DELUXE VERSION
“The Best Part” (Interlude)
“All About That Bass”
“Dear Future Husband”
“Close Your Eyes”
“3am”
“Like I’m Gonna Lose You”
“Bang Dem Sticks”
“Walkashame”
“Title”
“What If I”
“Lips Are Movin”
“No Good For You”
“Mr. Almost”
“My Selfish Heart”
“Credit”


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Jason Derulo Says Jordin Sparks Breakup Will Inspire New Songs

Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo is busy on a U.S. headlining tour, so he won’t be seeing the inside of a studio any time soon, but when he does, he says he definitely plans to write some songs inspired by the breakup of his relationship with Jordin Sparks.

Asked if he would use their split after three years as inspiration for future songs, Jason tells Billboard, “Oh 100 percent. I’m somebody who cannot keep those two things separate. I have to put it on paper, put it on wax, put it in my songs. I cannot separate the two. My creativity, my personality won’t allow me to separate the two.”

He adds, “If that’s what’s going on in my life, that’s in the songs.”

Jason says that the end of their relationship had an unexpected benefit: he’s now focused more on his career.

“I have this new motivation,” he says. ”I think sometimes in life things are placed in our lives as a lesson, so you’ve got to take every negative experience and turn that thing into a positive.”

This week, Jason performs Tuesday in Sayreville, New Jersey, Wednesday in New York City and Friday in Boston. The Talk Dirty tour ends December 22 in Tampa, Florida.


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Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” in Concert

Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson‘s still on maternity leave from pop stardom, but she steps out every now and then for the occasional gig.  Over the weekend, she performed at a Microsoft-sponsored concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and while there, she showed that she’s well aware of what’s hot and happening in music right now.

At the show on October 18, Kelly introduced what she called a “bluesy” and “awesome” song, adding, “Anybody like Sam Smith here?  I love this song.  I know you’ve probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me, I love it.  This is called ‘Stay with Me.’”  She then launched into a stripped down, soulful version of Sam’s hit.

So far, he hasn’t responded, but it’s likely he will, since he’s made comments when other artists have covered that tune.


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Lorde Premieres “This Is Not a Game,” Another New Song from “Mockingjay” Soundtrack

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde is in charge of the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay — Part 1, and she’s just revealed one of the songs that will be featured on it, in addition to her own single “Yellow Flicker Beat.”  She’s on the new song two, but so are two other artists who couldn’t be more different.

The song is called “This Is Not a Game,” and it features Lorde delivering a spoken word performance with R&B star Miguel, backed up by pioneering British electronic artists The Chemical Brothers.  The song premiered on British radio on Monday. 

On the track, Miguel sings in a soulful voice over a clattering, jittery electronic music bed, and the chorus hinges on the phrase, “You’re talkin’ ’bout a revolution,” which Lorde then answers by speaking the words “There it is.”   Miguel also sings about “patience and determination/staring at a gladiator.”

Mockingjay — Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21.  The soundtrack is set to come out November 17, according to Amazon.

Lorde tweeted that the song is “the first taste” of the soundtrack.



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Taylor Swift Derides “Sexist” Criticism of Her Relationship Songs

ABC/Jon LeMayIt’s true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.  But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don’t seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does.  And that, says Taylor, is sexist.

Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, “You’re gonna have people who are gonna see the depth from which you approached a song — the fact that you put your real emotions into it, and that that’s valuable and that’s good and that’s real. And then you’re gonna have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh, y’know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.’  And I think, frankly, that’s a very sexist angle to take.”

“No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars,” Taylor points out. “They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriend, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there.”

Taylor’s correct. For example, Bruno’s song “When I Was Your Man” is about his fears of losing his current girlfriend, while Ed’s song “Don’t” is about how his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, yet no one seems to criticize those artists for “only” writing about their relationships.


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Nicki Minaj Says “Anaconda” Is About Women “Taking Back the Power”

Mark Seliger/GQNicki Minaj’s bootylicious “Anaconda” video has stirred controversy over its sexual content.  However, the queen of Young Money says the clip is really about female empowerment.

“At first, I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,’” Nicki says in the November issue of GQ. “It’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”

Minaj will release her third studio CD, The Pinkprint, on November 24.  She also says it now may be time to change her flamboyant image.

“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she says.” I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”


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