Katy Perry Says New Perfume Is Like “An Invisible Suit of Luxurious Armor”

Courtesy: Coty FragranceKaty Perry's latest fragrance, Killer Queen's Royal Revolution, has now been officially announced, and the way the singer describes it, it's the perfect scent to spray on before you head off to battle.

"In some ways wearing fragrance is like putting on an invisible suit of luxurious armor," she says in a statement. "I want Royal Revolution to inspire women to make their own rules and embrace the idea that beauty and inner confidence can come together to become your secret weapon."  Underscoring the comparison, the bottle's stopper is gunmetal gray, and shaped like a helmet on a suit of armor.

Described as "a fragrance that is as beautiful as it is bold, as royal as it is rebellious," the perfume features pomegranate, sandalwood, orange flower, jasmine, musk, vanilla orchid and something called "mystical blackthorn," which was "known in the Dark Ages for its magical powers, and used in spells of impenetrable protection."

The perfume, available in two sizes and as a lotion, ranges in price from $25 to $59.


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Miley Cyrus Will Attend MTV VMAs on Sunday

Dana Edelson/NBCShe's baaaack.  A year after the twerk heard 'round the world, Miley Cyrus will return to the scene of this biggest pop culture crime since Madonna kissed Britney Spears: the MTV VMAs, which take place this Sunday night.

The twitter account for Miley's team announced the news Wednesday night, and MTV retweeted it.

Miley's nominated for Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball," so she has every right to attend the ceremony.  Last year, her duet with Robin Thicke, which featured her gyrating against him and doing unspeakable things with a giant foam finger while wearing next to nothing, scandalized the world.


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Jason Mraz Is “Back in Love” with His Old Hits as He Launches World Tour

ABC NewsJason Mraz kicks off his world tour in support of new album YES! on Thursday night, and he says the fact that he'll be hitting the road with Raining Jane, the all-female band who's also featured on the album, has made him "fall in love" with his old songs once again.

"Specifically for this album, it was a collaborative experience, and the sound that we make as a five-piece creates a unique sound," he tells ABC News Radio. "And so I get to run all my old songs through this new filter that Raining Jane provides."

"I've fallen in love with some old songs, thanks to what these girls are inviting me to do," he added, saying he was excited to play familiar hits like "The Remedy" with all-new arrangements.

"It's not that I had fallen out of love with it, it's just that I thought I had run out of ideas for that song," he says of "The Remedy," his breakthrough hit. "And then I just recently re-tuned my guitar and went at it a different way....opened my heart again to the song, and I'm excited to bring it back."

In addition to enjoying the new spin that he and Raining Jane are putting on the old favorites and the new material, Jason thinks that fans will like the fact that this new tour will be more intimate, because they're playing theaters rather than arenas.

"The songs take on new, more simpler acoustic forms and also their voices are angelic and it provides these layers I've yet to have so far," Jason explains. "And because we're in smaller venues, a conversation can occur onstage between myself and the audience." 

One highlight of Jason's tour comes in September, when he'll play in all five boroughs of New York City -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx -- in five days, beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping September 22 and 23 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

Jason's kicking off the tour with three shows in San Diego; he's lived in the area since 1999 and owns an organic avocado farm there. The Times of San Diego reports that to mark the beginning of the tour, the mayor of San Diego declared this past Tuesday to be "Jason Mraz Day" in the city.


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Charli XCX Announces New Album, “Sucker,” Due Oct. 21

Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsYou've heard her get "Fancy" and go "Boom Clap" -- now you'll be able to enjoy a new full-length album from Charli XCX.

The British singer/songwriter will release her sophomore album, Sucker, due October 21.  Her new single "Break the Rules" is available for pre-order now.  Charli says of the track, "The song is inspired by a lot of the things I was listening to whilst in Sweden at the end of last year. I spent about a month making a punk record and covering songs by Swedish punk bands...this song was written when I came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop.”

Charli kicks off a headlining tour September 26. This Sunday night, you can see her perform "Boom Clap" live during the MTV VMA pre-show.  Thanks to her involvement with "Fancy," she's up for six trophies at the ceremony, including Artist to Watch.


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Report: Mariah-Nick Divorce a “Done Deal”

ABC/Donna SvennevikThe speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage has fallen apart is intensifying.

TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a "done deal" after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple's three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he's constantly working, thus making him absent from their children's lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with "yes men."

Earlier this week, the New York Post's Page Six reported that Nick and Mariah are separating after six years of marriage.


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Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip

STR/AFP/Getty ImagesIt's been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports.

The United States Treasury Department's inspector general's office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit.

In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly enforcing the travel regulations between the U.S. and Cuba.

At the time, the Treasury Department had given Jay and Bey clearance to make the trip.

In response to the accusations, Jay Z released the song "Open Letter," in which he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”


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Pharrell Williams Reportedly Sued by YouTube Producer

Interscope RecordsPharrell Williams is being sued by the producer of his successful YouTube show, according to TMZ.

The producer of ARTST TLK alleges that Williams kicked him to the curb when he signed a deal to be a judge on season seven of NBC’s The Voice. Williams reportedly told the producer that The Voice made him an exclusive deal and he would be unable to do the YouTube show anymore. The singer allegedly wrote the producer: "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'"

The producer claims he invested a million dollars into the YouTube show and wants Williams to pay. Williams’ rep told TMZ, "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."

ARTST TLK scored a total of more than 1.7 million views during its 12-episode run. It featured interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee and Usher.

Pharrell makes his debut on The Voice September 22.


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Madonna Reportedly Ditches Boyfriend During European Vacation

Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna and her boyfriend, Timor Steffens, reportedly are through.

The 56-year-old Material Girl and the 26-year-old Steffens were vacationing with her kids in the south of France when, a source tells Us Weekly, “Madonna politely asked Timor to take his luggage and leave."

The source adds, "He packed up and left the trip and said they were done.”

Madonna has since flown to Ibiza, Spain, minus Steffens, according to the magazine.

Madge isn't too broken up over the split though, according to another source who tells Us, “It was never serious, and she was never that into it." The source adds, "She’s been working on her album and getting [her daughter Lourdes] off to school, no time for anything heavy.”

Madonna and Steffens were first spotted together publicly back in January.


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Miley Cyrus to Sing Classic ’60s Hit on the Series Finale of “Chelsea Lately”

Credit: Olivia MaloneChelsea Handler's E! talk show Chelsea Lately signs off the air for good on August 26, and the comedian will be getting a fitting sendoff: a serenade by Miley Cyrus.

E! reports that Miley will join Chelsea for her final show and sing the song "It's Over," a 1964 hit by late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison.  If this seems a bit odd, remember that Miley is well-versed in all kinds of classic music from the past.  In fact, in November, she tweeted a link to one of Orbison's other hits, "Crying."

The lyrics of "It's Over" are about a break-up, and include the lines, "It breaks your heart in two/To know she's been untrue/But oh what will you do?/Then she said to you/There's someone new/We're through, We're through/It's over, It's over, It's over."

Miley's Bangerz tour is currently on a break, leaving the singer free to perform on the Chelsea Lately live finale, which airs next Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on E!  Miley's nominated for Video of the Year at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, but she hasn't been announced as a performer or presenter on the show...yet.  Still, how could she possibly top last year?


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Sir Mix-a-Lot Viewed Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Video 37 Times

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Nicki Minaj has everyone talking about the racy visual to her latest single, "Anaconda," which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic "Baby Got Back." After showing off her assets in the clip, she has won the respect from the man who many believe introduced the world to twerking.

The rapper posted his reaction to the song's video via Twitter. "Ok after watching Anaconda 37 times I only have one word to sum up my feelings. DAMNNNNN!!!!!!" he wrote.

Nicki shared her excitement about gaining his approval. "LMFAOOOOO. Life is so crazy. Thank u Sir MixALot. Still influencing us decades later. YouDaMan #BabyGotBack," she tweeted.

The song, which was produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, is the second single from Nicki's upcoming album, The Pink Print.


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