The Script Debut First Single from Upcoming Disc, “No Sound Without Silence”

Columbia RecordsThe Script, currently out on the road with OneRepublic, have debuted a brand-new single.

The tune is called "Superheroes," and it's from the Irish trio's upcoming album, No Sound Without Silence, which will be out September 30.  In a note on their official website, the band says, "We can't wait for you guys to hear the new album in full...We hope this album delivers everything you're hoping for from us and more."

The Script largely recorded the album on the road.  Lead singer Danny O'Donoghue tells the U.K. paper The Daily Star, "We’d come off stage and start recording straight away in a studio bus. Everything’s massive, everything’s larger than life on stage so when we hit the studio we wanted it to have that same impact."

In a statement, Danny further stated, "This album is all about trying to bottle that energy when we come off stage, as well as that contemplative space between notes.”

The new disc will be the follow-up to the band's last album, #3, which produced the hit "Hall of Fame."  "Superheroes," which is reminiscent of Coldplay, is more straightforward and pop-oriented than "Hall of Fame," which featured a rap by Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am.  At the time, Danny and Will were both coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice, which is how that musical hookup came to be.

"Superheroes" will be available July 29.


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Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers

Credit: RankinAnd the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is...Demi Lovato.

Demi will appear in the company's upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She'll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that's launching this year. 

In a statement, the singer says, "My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!"

Some of the stars who've previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.


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Does Taylor Swift Primp Post-Workout for Paparazzi?

Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries.  While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.

The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym -- which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss -- Taylor "spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her."

According to the paper, Taylor's trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria's Secret models use to get that long, lean look.

In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an "entire wing in my house" dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends "months" doing.  She then insisted, "I decide what I'm gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop."


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Justin Timberlake Goes Bowling with Chris Kirkpatrick

Ira James/NBCIf we can't have an 'N SYNC reunion concert or album, at least we can have an 'N SYNC reunion at a bowling alley.  That's what happened over the weekend, when Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick turned up to roll a few frames at Kings, an alley in Boston.

The Boston Herald reports that Justin was in town to play a concert Saturday when he decided to spend some downtime bowling.  According to the paper, his high score was 173, and while bowling, he chowed down on a blackened chicken sandwich, buffalo wontons, a peanut butter cup sundae and some beers.  No word on what Chris ate, or what his score was.

 
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Maroon 5 Reveals Track List and Cover for New Album “V”

222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has revealed the album artwork and the track listing for their fifth album, V, which is the Roman numeral for five.  The album is due September 2.

The album cover features a shot of a desert landscape with a mountain in the background, and a big, pink neon "V" in the foreground.  The band members themselves don't appear on the cover, but then again, they've only ever appeared on one of their album covers: 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long.

The track list includes "My Heart Is Open," a collaboration with Gwen Stefani, as well as songs called "Sugar," "Unkiss Me" and "New Love." A list of three "B-sides" includes "Lost Stars," from the soundtrack of the movie Begin Again, in which Adam Levine made his acting debut.

Here's the full track listing:

"Maps"
"Animals"
"It Was Always You"
"Unkiss Me"
"Sugar"
"Leaving California"
"In Your Pocket"
"New Love"
"Coming Back For You"
"Feelings"
"My Heart Is Open" ft. Gwen Stefani
 
B Sides:
"ShootLove"
"Sex and Candy"
"Lost Stars"


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Phillip Phillips Claims Record Label Said If He Recorded “Home,” They’d Leave Him Alone

Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips has gone on record as saying initially, he didn't like his debut single "Home," which has become the best-selling single ever released by an American Idol alum.  Now, he claims his record label essentially offered him a musical bribe to cut that single.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Phillip claims that when he was making his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, his record label offered him a deal: if he would only cut the folk-rock flavored songs "Home" and "Gone Gone Gone," he could do whatever he wanted with the rest of the album.  He took the deal, and watched those two songs -- neither of which he wrote -- become the album's only big hits.

When it came time for him to make his new album Behind the Light, though, Phillip says his label backed off.  "They let me do the record how I felt was right," he tells the paper, noting that while he got feedback from the head of the record company, he was in control, and wrote or co-wrote every song.  "That's why I'm a lot more proud of [this album], because it represents me so much more," he explains.

Phillip is out on a major summer tour in support of the disk, and he says that even if you see his show more than once, you won't be bored.

"We play a different set every night and in a different order," he tells the paper. "We might change something up in a song, because I like to keep it fun for us and [keep us] on our toes, and also for our fans."


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Ex-Destiny’s Child Singer Farrah Franklin Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Horry County Sheriff's OfficeFormer Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was arrested in South Carolina for disorderly conduct on Sunday.  

Franklin was booked into the Horry [OR-ree] County Detention Center in Conway and released on $280 bond.

It's unclear what led to the arrest, but the 33-year-old singer posted a picture on Instagram just hours before and appeared happy.  TMZ claims sources tell them alcohol was involved in Franklin's arrest.

This is Franklin's second arrest for disorderly conduct. She was busted in Los Angeles three years ago, and sources tell TMZ website alcohol was involved then, too. Farrah claimed at the time she was the victim of racial profiling.

Franklin spent five months with Destiny's Child back in 2000, but was fired by her bandmates, including Beyoncé.


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Maroon 5, Pharrell Among Headliners for UK iTunes Festival

Vincent PeriniMaroon 5 and Pharrell Williams are just two of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England.

Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, David Guetta and Calvin Harris have also been named headliners for the eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com.

As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device.

Earlier this year, Apple held its first-ever U.S. iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the South by Southwest festival. It featured Imagine Dragons, Coldplay and Pitbull, among others.


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“Rising Star” Recap: Three Contestants Advance After More Duels, West Coast Viewers Save One Other

ABCABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, continued its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing and two other acts being sent home after the East Coast vote.

Two contestants were chosen to go head-to-head; a coin toss determined which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The next contestant then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.

The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest combined votes who didn't win their matchup.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the duels. The "experts" were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.

The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances.

All of the advancing contestants will compete in the quarterfinals.

The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Macy Kate vs. Gabrielle Nicole:

Gabrielle, who had the experts thinking she could go all the way after her audition, led off. When the experts asked her what her strategy was, she told them the key to winning her duel would be showcasing her range, which she did with her version of Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High.” She earned a disappointing 49 percent of the vote, which surprised all three experts. Ludacris voted “yes,” noting Nicole had an “extremely powerful” voice and “made it look easy.” He urged the West Coast to save her, as did Kesha, who called the singer “a force to be reckoned with.” She also voted “yes.” Paisley wondered where Gabrielle got all her experience at the tender age of 20 and why the score wasn’t higher. Gabrielle was eliminated.

Macy had the highest-scoring performance the night she auditioned, and she pulled off another big victory this time, raising the wall with 80 percent of the vote with her version of “Demons,” by Imagine Dragons. Kesha told Macy she should be “proud of herself.” Brad thought Kate started out slow, which might’ve hurt her, causing him to vote “no.” Kesha voted "yes," noting it would be a “tragedy” to lose either one of the singers. Ludacris also voted "yes." Macy moves on to the quarterfinals.

April Lockhart vs. Sonnet Simmons:

Simmons won over the experts with her haunting voice in the auditions, but they felt she needed to really “connect” with the audience this time. She won the toss, electing to go first. She chose Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” as her song and collected 73 percent of the vote. Brad called the song choice “gutsy” and commented that he wanted to hear her in a James Bond movie. Kesha was “proud” of Simmons, noting her confidence level was “exponentially higher” and the singer really brought it. All three experts voted “yes,” but Simmons was eliminated. However, she was saved by the West Coast.

Indie rocker Lockhart chose Neon Trees’ “Animal.” Ludacris urged her to “let loose” at the end and “keep control of those notes.” Kesha also urged her to “focus on the notes.” April listened and raised the wall at the last second, earning 76 percent of the vote and edging past Simmons by just 3 percent. Ludacris voted “yes,” joking that it was the first time he’s done that so many times in one show. He added that she “100 percent took it to the next level.” Paisley called both the singer and her voice “likeable” and voted "yes." Kesha also voted “yes.” Lockhart advanced to the quarterfinals.

Adam Jaymes vs. Austin French:

French set a high bar in the audition round, but Paisley warned him that he had to “distinguish himself” and emphasize his “soulful” side. The other experts agreed. Kesha added that Austin had to “tap into who he is and show that to America.” He went first with his version of Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” and collected 81 percent of the vote. Kesha thought French “left it on stage.” Ludacris felt the singer had an “optimistic presence,” explaining that French, possibly due to his background singing in church, made everybody feel “happy.” He also thought Austin improved his stage presence. French advanced to the quarterfinals.

Jaymes, who was a hit with the ladies during his audition, sang Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” The experts predicted a tough competition, but Adam couldn’t raise the wall, earning 53 percent of the vote. Ludacris voted "no" and said he could see why America voted “no,” because Adam didn’t give it his all. Brad disagreed though, voting “yes” and noted that Adam went up against a tough singer. Kesha said from a ladies’ perspective he looked good, but lacked the momentum. She voted “yes” anyway. Jaymes was eliminated.

To recap, Macy Kate, April Lockhart and Austin French advanced to the quarterfinals.

Sonnet Simmons was saved by the West Coast vote and moved on to the quarterfinals.

Gabrielle Nicole and Adam Jaymes were sent home.

Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.


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Beyonce Teases “Fifty Shades of Grey” on Her Instagram Page

Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce may have dropped a hint that she's somehow involved with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. 

A teaser for the film's trailer, due Thursday, has been posted on the singer’s Instagram page. The brief clip shows a silhouette against a window, a finger tapping, a skirt slowly being pulled up and what sounds like a slowed-down version of Bey's hit single, “Crazy in Love,” playing in the background.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. The adaptation of EL James' erotic novel will open in theaters next Valentine’s Day.


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