Jessica Simpson Says She’s Recording Again

ABC/Randy HolmesShe’s been busy running her billion-dollar fashion empire and raising two young children, but now Jessica Simpson is ready to make some new music. She revealed to Extra that she’s recording again, and that her kids, daughter Maxwell and son Ace, might get in on the action.

“Right now, I’m starting a record, and I’m getting into a lot of other fun things,” she says. “I have a recording studio in my house so I can be around my babies as well and they might try and sing over me. They won’t be my background vocalists, they’ll be like ‘ahhh.’ They’ll be upfront and personal.”

The last time Jessica released music was in 2010 when she issued the holiday album Happy Christmas. That same year she also released a greatest hits album, Playlist: The Very Best of Jessica Simpson.

While she’s eager to return to music, she tells Extra she has no plans to abandon her fashion line, The Jessica Simpson Collection. “Fashion will always be a part of who I am.” she said. “If I’m not wearing a good outfit, I can’t sing a good song. It really all kind of works together.”

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Report: Robin Thicke & Paula Patton Divorce Granted

Credit: Harper SmithIt looks like Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have officially settled their divorce case.

According to E! News, the former high-school sweethearts reached a settlement in their divorce case on Tuesday. 

The actress first filed for divorce six months ago, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the demise of the marriage.

Back in February 2014, the couple announced their separation after nearly nine years of marriage. “We will always love each other and be best friends; however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” the pair said in a joint statement.

Although terms of the divorce settlement are private, TMZ reports Paula is getting primary custody of the couple’s four-year-old son, Julian. The divorce won’t be finalized until April 14. 

Thicke and Patton wed on June 11, 2005. Their son was born April 6, 2010.

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“American Horror Story” Creator Says Lady Gaga’s Role “Will Shock People”

Inez and VinoodhAmerican Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Tonight that Lady Gaga’s role in the FX show’s hotel-themed fifth season “will shock people,” but that’s about the only detail he’s willing to spill for now. He is, however, dishing on what it was like bringing the pop star on board.

He says there was a reason why the news was kept secret for so long. “It was just something that she did very, very privately,” Ryan explains of the singer’s decision to join the anthology series. “It was sort of a creative investigation. My favorite thing in the world would be when I would, of the blue, get a call from her and they’d say, ‘Hold for Gaga.’”

The part in American Horror Story: Hotel will be Gaga’s first starring role in an acclaimed series, and she’s poised to be front and center now that Jessica Lange is departing the show. But Ryan is fully confident in her abilities. “Well, I haven’t seen her [acting] yet. But she studied acting and I think in many ways that’s what she wanted to do first,” he says. “I think she’s been looking for some outlet to really dig in there and create a character. I guarantee the role will shock people. What she’s playing.”

For now, details about that character are being guarded tightly, but on Sunday it was announced that White Collar actor Matt Bomer and 30 Rock’s Cheyenne Jackson will also be joining the cast. Ryan announced on Twitter Tuesday that Wes Bentley, who briefly guest-starred in American Horror Story: Freak Show, would be a series regular on AHS: Hotel.

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Madonna & Justin Bieber Join Ellen DeGeneres for Revealing Game of “Never Have I Ever”

Telepictures Productions Inc. Things got pretty revealing when Madonna and Justin Bieber joined Ellen DeGeneres for a game of “Never Have I Ever” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday. The trio kept things completely candid, even when the questions became a little…personal.

By holding up paddles that said “I have” or “I never have,” Madonna, Justin and Ellen made some startling admissions. For example, all three admitted to fooling around in a bathroom during a party, and to dating someone and their sibling. At one point Madonna pointed out, “All these questions are sexual — just sayin’.”

When both Justin, 21, and Madonna, 56, admitted to forgetting the name of someone they were fooling around with, Ellen said, “Come on! You two are perfect for each other!” Madonna was disappointed when Ellen ran out of scenarios for the game. “I feel like I’m getting to know my new boyfriend,” she quipped.

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch. The Queen of Pop admitted the youngest guy she’s ever dated was 22. And when she saw a shirtless picture of Justin from his Men’s Health cover, she joked, “That looks 22. For sure!”

Madonna is appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show every day this week to promote her latest album, Rebel Heart. Justin is also a frequent guest on Ellen. He’s made numerous appearances on the show over the last few months.

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Petition Launched to Remove Kanye West from Headlining Glastonbury Festival

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Earlier this week, organizers announced that Kanye West is scheduled to play England’s Glastonbury Festival, taking place later this summer. But there’s a British fan petitioning to have Kanye kicked off of the bill.

A man launched the petition via petition, and it’s already attracted over 45,000 supporters.

“Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment,” the petition reads. “Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music….he should listen to his own advice and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving! Lets prevent this musical injustice now!”

Ironically, the rapper’s loyal fans have launched their own petition, titled “Cancel all other performers and rename the festival “Yeezus Tour.” Aside from “five days of the almighty Yeezus,” the petition suggests: “Maybe they could hire Beck to perform during an intermission or hand out popcorn or something.”

The Glastonbury Festival, which is already sold out, will run from June 24 through June 28 in Somerset, England.

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fun.’s Nate Ruess to Receive Hal David Starlight Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

Norman SeeffFun. frontman and newly-minted solo artist Nate Ruess will be honored with the Hal David Starlight Award at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Named after Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman emeritus Hal David, the Starlight Award is given to “songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.”

“Nate’s lyrics are clever, warm and accessible and his music is sophisticated and memorable,” says Songwriters Hall of Fame president/CEO Linda Moran. “Whether it’s the blockbuster hits he created with fun. or the powerful new single from his debut solo album, Nate Ruess is a real force in pop music for today and the future.”

Nate has recorded two albums with fun., most recently 2012′s Grammy-nominated Some Nights, which featured the hit singles “We Are Young,” “Some Nights,” and “Carry On.”  He scored a hit duet with Pink with “Just Give Me a Reason.” Last month, he premiered his first solo track, “Nothing Without Love.” He plans to release his debut solo album later this year.

The Hal David Starlight Award was first handed out in 2004. Last year’s winner was Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, withpast winners including Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Johnny Rzeznik, Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and John Legend.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner will be held June 18 in New York City.

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Katy Perry Reveals Ten Talented Ladies Who Changed Her Life

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMTKaty Perry is a role model to many of her female fans, but now the singer is revealing the names of ten women who changed her life. In an article penned for Glamour magazine, Katy lists the ladies who inspire her and explains why she admires them so much.

The list includes a few of Katy’s known besties, like Girls actress Allison Williams, Raising Hope actress Shannon Woodward, and DJ Mia Moretti. Of Allison, Katy says, “Allison was born for this business. Even her effortless airport style would take me four hours to replicate. I can’t wait to see her established as a household name in all things TV and film — especially because she’s such a good human.”

And she has only kind words for her longtime pal Shannon, saying, “[She's] an incredibly conscious, thought-provoking actress, a best friend to me for over a decade, and a wonderful activist for women’s rights. And she enjoys the crossword puzzle immensely.”  Katy guest-starred on Shannon’s show Raising Hope in 2012.

She also describes Mia as having “razzmatazz seeping out of every pore,” and reveals the stylish DJ was the muse for her song “International Smile.”

Among Katy’s other female role models are Obvious Child actress and former SNL castmember Jenny Slate, whom she praises for her “dark, unfiltered approach to comedy” and her “delightful Twitter feed,” and country star Kacey Musgraves, whom she credits for being “one of the most unique songwriters I’ve heard in the past decade.”  The two toured together last year, and filmed an episode of CMT Crossroads as well.

Artists Cindy Sherman and Cleo Wade, photographer Petra Collins, osteopath Vicky Vlachonis and HelloGiggles co-founder Sophia Rossi round out Katy’s list.

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Madonna Denied #1 Debut by “Empire” Soundtrack

Interscope Records/Columbia RecordsMadonna‘s latest release, Rebel Heart, has been denied a #1 debut by the soundtrack to Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire.

The Empire soundtrack has landed in the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 130 thousand copies during its first week of release. It’s the first TV soundtrack to debut at #1 since three albums inspired by another Fox show, Glee, did so in 2010.

Rebel Heart bows at #2, with 121 thousand copies sold for the week ending Sunday. It’s Madonna’s 21st top 10 album.

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“The Voice” Recap: Battle Rounds Conclude with a Pharrell Steal

NBCThe Voice aired its fourth and final night of the Battle Rounds on Tuesday. Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams each lost an artist, though Pharrell was able to use his final steal to take a singer from Blake’s team.

Blake, Christina, Pharrell and Adam Levine now have eight artists each on his or her respective team.

Here’s a rundown of what happened on the one-hour episode:

Christina decided to test Jeremy Gaynor and Rob Taylor by assigning the two artists “Animals,” by Adam’s band Maroon 5. They added their own soulful spin to the current pop hit. Adviser Nick Jonas noted that both men did a good job of studying the song and making it their own.

Pharrell called it a good song choice to get Jeremy and Rob out of their comfort zone. Naturally, Adam agreed. Adam said performing the song is a pain in the you-know-what for him because it challenges his range. Christina named Rob the winner of the battle. It was the end of the road for Jeremy.

High school senior Noelle Bybee was matched up with farm kid Sawyer Fredericks by their coach, Pharrell. They took on “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Adviser Lionel Richie pushed them to work together during the performance.

Blake said he could detect a country sound in Noelle’s voice, but he also praised Sawyer. Christina referred to Noelle as an angel, while also complimenting Sawyer on his talent. Pharrell commended Sawyer for embracing his partner to make the duet a good one. Sawyer moves on in the competition, while Noelle was eliminated.

At this point in the episode, the show quickly recapped three battles. Koryn Hawthorne defeated Team Christina teammate Vance Smith; Brooke Adee triumphed over fellow Team Blake artist Bay Brooks; and Team Adam’s Lexi Dávila was named the winner over Bren’nae DeBarge.

The final battle pit Corey Kent White against Jacob Rummell for Team Blake. They received assistance from adviser Meghan Trainor as they rehearsed Hunter Hayes‘ “I Want Crazy.”

Both Christina and Pharrell suggested to Blake that he choose Corey. Adam said Jacob adjusted to the song, and would name him the winner because of it. Blake settled on Corey, and Pharrell used his final steal on Jacob.

The Voice moves on to the Knockout Rounds next Monday night on NBC. fun. singer Nate Ruess will serve as guest adviser.

Here are the artists who’ve advanced to the Knockout Rounds:

Team Adam: Barry Minniefield, Blaze Johnson, Clinton Washington, Deanna Johnson, Joshua Davis, Lexi Dávila, Nathan Hermida, Tonya Boyd-Cannon.

Team Blake: Brian Johnson, Brooke Adee, Cody Wickline, Corey Kent White, Kelsie May, Meghan Linsey, Sarah Potenza, Travis Ewing.

Team Christina: Ashley Morgan, India Carney, Joe Tolo, Kimberly Nichole, Koryn Hawthorne, Rob Taylor, Sonic, Treeva Gibson.

Team Pharrell: Anthony Riley, Caitlin Caporale, Hannah Kirby, Lowell Oakley, Mia Z, Paul Pfau, Sawyer Fredericks, Jacob Rummell.

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Lorde Sends Cupcakes to “X Factor” New Zealand Contestant

Image Group LA/ABCLorde is offering her support to an X Factor contestant in her native New Zealand who garnered worldwide attention this week after he received a harsh critique from two judges on the show.

Joe Irvine was accused by Natalia Kills of stealing her husband and fellow judge Willy Moon‘s clean-cut style for a recent performance. She told him, “Do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughing stock.”

Kills and Moon were subsequently fired from the show. Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding also backed Irvine on Twitter.

Now, Irvine has revealed, Lorde sent him a batch of cupcakes and a thoughtful note. He tweeted a photo of the cupcakes and the letter, which reads, “Hi Joe, Just wanted to say: your individuality, positive energy & spirit are infectious! I think you’re doing an awesome job on the show so far. I’m a performer too.”

Lorde continued, “I wanted to say that no matter how many people make fun of me for how I dress, move & act, I’m being me — and that’s what’s important. Good luck & lots of love, Lorde.”

Regarding the cupcakes, Irvine tweeted, “thank u so much I love them.”

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