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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Tove Lo Worries that Her Song “Habits (Stay High)” May Inspire Kids to Take Drugs

Photo credit: Johannes HeljeNow that Tove Lo‘s song “Habits (Stay High)” — which is about indulging in drink, drugs and sex to take your mind off a breakup — is a top 10 hit, she’s beginning to wonder if she might be setting a bad example.

I just like to talk about drugs in my songs because obviously a lot of people know what I’m talking about: It’s not a secret. I can tell that everyone knows what I mean when I say these things,” the Swedish singer tells Rolling Stone. “But then, you know, you have all the other reasons for why I shouldn’t. Because if I sing about it in a positive way, I’m no longer just only sitting in my studio. People are starting to know who I am.”

“Young kids will listen and feel inspired — either to not to do it because they’ll see the “Habits” video and just say ‘F**k, that looks awful,” or be like, ‘That’s so me; I want to be that self-destructive person,’” she says. “Which is kind of how I was when I was growing up. I was always drawn to the self-destructive kind of way. I thought there was something beautiful about it, I don’t know why.”

“But yeah, I don’t know if I should take a stand or not,” she adds. “Right now I’m just writing what I know.”

Tove, whose new album Queen of the Clouds is out now, tells Rolling Stone that she likes to use drugs as a metaphor in her songs because “no matter what your drug is, if it’s weed or alcohol or just adrenaline in general, it’s whatever gives you the ultimate high. I like to compare things to that because that’s what everyone’s always chasing, at least I’m that way…I’m pretty much chasing rushes.”

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Cops Call on Bieber’s Crowded Condo

Ben WattsJustin Bieber got not one, but two visits from police Tuesday night after they received complaints about noise coming from the singer’s Beverly Hills condo.

Witnesses tell E! Online police officers made their first visit around 11:15 p.m. but found nothing out of the ordinary and left.

About an hour later, police responded to a second complaint and found about 40 people hanging out on the roof of the building, but there was no loud music or screaming, just people talking, according to E!.

Once again, police determined there were no violations, but officers spoke to The Bieb before leaving.

A short time later, Bieber voluntarily asked people to leave, until only about 10 people remained.

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Selena Gomez Admits Crush on Rudderless Co-Star During “Kimmel” Appearance

ABC/Lou RoccoDuring an appearance Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her new film Rudderless, Selena Gomez let slip a juicy bit of gossip. Rudderless co-stars Billy Crudup and when Kimmel asked if she’d ever heard of the actor before this movie, Selena said, “Yeah, I had a crush on him.”

Crudup, as you know, starred in the 2000 film Almost Famous. Gomez told Kimmel, “I went through my whole Almost Famous phase, where I was like Penny Lane for a good month, where I had the hair and the glasses and then I found out I was going to be part of this movie, and so it took me a minute at first because I had a bit of a crush on him.” 

“Did you tell him that?” Kimmel asked, to which, Gomez said, seemingly embarrassed, “No! I mean, now I am!” The singer and actress noted, “I don’t have to do press with him anymore, so it’s fine.” Jimmy asked if the crush was over, now that she’s gotten to know him, and Selena said, “No, what are you saying? No, he’s a great guy. He’s really awesome.”

In the movie, Selena plays a grieving girl whose boyfriend dies in a school shooting.

Felicity Huffman also stars. The film is directed by Felicity’s husband, William H. Macy.

Rudderless will hit theaters October 17.

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