Kesha Admits She Once Broke Into Prince’s House

Patrick Fraser/RCA RecordsKesha‘s had no problem getting people to listen to her music since going all the way to #1 with her song “TiK ToK” in 2010, but there was a time in her career when she had to resort to desperate measures.

The Rising Star expert visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night and explained how after moving to Los Angeles when she was 17 years old, she broke into her idol Prince‘s house to deliver a CD with some of her songs on it.

Kesha told Fallon sneaking into the “Purple Rain” singer’s home was actually pretty easy. She slipped his gardener five bucks not to say anything and sneaked under the fence. She made it to the front door, which was unlocked, and walked into the house.

“Everything was purple velvet, so I was very pleased that my fantasy had come true and there really was purple velvet,” she recalls.

“I walk into the elevator,” she continues, “and there’s Prince music playing…I go up in the elevator and I come out…and there’s Prince playing the guitar with a beanie on and I almost pooped my pants.”

Rising Star airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.


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Iggy Azalea Is New Host of MTV’s “House of Style”

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC)MTV’s fashion show House of Style is coming back with a “Fancy” new host: Iggy Azalea.

The channel is officially reviving the show, which first started back in 1989 with original host Cindy Crawford.  The new series debuts on August 4, and according to MTV, Iggy says it’ll be “wild, crazy, fun and fascinating, all at the same time.” 

The eight-episode run will, as usual, focus on the intersection between fashion and music, with behind-the-scenes looks at designers, visits to video sets and shopping excursions.

Iggy will also host a House of Style VMA fashion special on August 26 at 7 p.m. ET; she’ll wrap up all the style highlights of this year’s MTV VMAs, which airs August 24.


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Katy Perry Unveils PSA for “Make Roar Happen” Charity Campaign, Debuts New Lyric Video

Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesDuring the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers’ lives easier.  Now, she’s debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called “Make Roar Happen.”

Staples, which is sponsoring Katy’s tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers.  Many teachers don’t have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead.  DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don’t have to do that.

In the PSA, Katy is shown standing on a stage while various instruments disappear around her.  “Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone and being expected to roar,” she says.  “Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers who are using their own money so students can learn.”

She then talks about DonorsChoose.com, and Staples’ donation.  “Join us,” she adds. “Let’s make Roar happen!”

If you’d rather watch a video that focuses on Katy’s music, she’s got you covered there, too.  She’s just debuted a retro-inspired lyric video for her song “This Is How We Do,” and she writes on Instagram, “To learn the lyrics to my new song, THIS IS HOW WE DO, simply watch the graphically enhanced word by word recount of this certified club banger, and you too will know all the words! The REAL words! Not just what you thought I said, but what I actually said!”

“Impress your friends, and keep your karaoke game on point,” she adds. “Bask in the neon glow and airbrushed aura of this lyric video. It’s guaranteed to keep your party trill.”  In case you’re unfamiliar, “trill” is a slang term that’s combination of the words “true” and “real,” and it’s commonly used in hip-hop.



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Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz, Usher to Perform on “Fashion Rocks” TV special

than Miller/Getty Images via ABCFashion Rocks, a star-studded concert event, will return for the first time in about five years on September 9.  This year’s show will air on CBS, live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz and Usher, among others.

Ryan Seacrest will host the show, which also will feature sets by Afrojack, Duran Duran, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS, Rita Ora and country stars Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.  More artists, as well as celebrity presenters, will be announced soon.

The show’s executive producer said in a statement, “Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before. For the first time we’ll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center.  It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians as well as today’s hottest fashions.”

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, August 1 via Ticketmaster.  Fashion Rocks normally has a charity component but that hasn’t been announced yet.

The first Fashion Rocks concert, which raised more than a million dollars for charity, took place in London, and acts on the bill included Beyonce and Duran Duran.  Over the years, the shows have taken place in New York City, Monte Carlo and Brazil, and have featured stars ranging from Mariah Carey and Shakira, to Gwen Stefani, The Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyurs, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.



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Nicki Minaj Previews Her Verse on Ariana/Jessie J Collabo “Bang Bang”

Republic RecordsAriana Grande is currently mourning the passing of her beloved grandfather, but the idea of her new single may be the one thing that’s cheering her up. Next week, “Bang Bang,” her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, arrives, and Nicki is getting fans hyped by releasing a snippet of her verse on Instagram.

In the rapid-fire verse, Nicki spits, “Get a ride in the engine that could, Go!/Batman Robin it/ Bang bang cockin’ it/ Queen Nicki dominant/Prominent/ It’s me, Jessie, and Ari/ If they test me they sorry.”

As previously reported, “Bang Bang” will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana’s forthcoming album My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie’s upcoming album, due this fall.  “Bang Bang,” co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin, arrives July 29.


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American Authors Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall.  Now we know the dates.

The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.

Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.

The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.

American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.


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Justin Bieber Teases New Songs on Instagram

Ben WattsJustin Bieber sent a strong signal to his fans on Wednesday night that he has new songs in the pipeline.

He took to Instagram to upload brief video clips in which 11 new songs can be heard. Each post only shows footage of a soundboard in a studio.

Justin didn’t provide any details on the music, though he did tweet early Wednesday, “Great night in the studio.”

In late 2013, Justin released a series of digital songs that eventually was gathered in one collection titled Journals.



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Ed Sheeran: Getting Wasted Is “Educational”

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran likes a drink now and then, and he admits that from time to time, he’s definitely overindulged, both in alcohol and drugs. But he says there’s nothing wrong with that: it’s all just one big learning experience.

Speaking to the U.K. paper the Daily Mail, Ed says, “There have been a couple of times over the past few years [when I've gotten wasted], but it’s not a regular thing. It happens when I’m under an immense amount of stress and pressure, and things just build up. But it’s not as dark as people make out. It’s educational.”

How so?  “It’s not so much about temptation or peer pressure, it’s just about being in situations and wanting to experience things, so that later on in life I can say, ‘Well, I’ve done that, I’ve done this, I enjoyed that, this wasn’t so much fun,’” he explains.  “I’m not trying to rebel. I’m just doing what anyone would do at my age.”

Of course, most people Ed’s age aren’t keeping the company that he keeps.  He recalls to the Daily Mail, “‘I was at a [Oscar] party in Hollywood, and the first person I bumped into was Paul McCartney. We got chatting, although when you’re in that situation you don’t really know what to say, so you’re just like, ‘Hey man, how are you? Shall we get a drink? Yeah, let’s get a drink.’ We were interrupted, and I was a bit annoyed. Then I looked at the person who’d interrupted us and it was Prince.”

That same night, Ed recalls, he got drunk and ended up sitting next to Pink, babbling about how much he likes her music.

Ed, however, says he isn’t stunned and shocked that he ends up in parties surrounded by megastars.

“I knew exactly why I was there,” he says of that Oscar party. “I’ve worked my a** off. Regardless of whether my music is any good or not, I’ve really put in the hours.”


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Nico & Vinz Join Bruno Mars Tour, Promise Energetic, Fun-Filled Show

Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: “Am I Wrong” hitmakers Nico & Vinz.  They’ll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts.  The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet.

“We’ll try to make you dance at some point,” Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo’s live show. “I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well.  And really have that energy, and just make it…more than just a show: just, like, a great experience.”

“We love to perform.  When we’re on stage, we feel free,” Nico adds. “It don’t matter if it’s five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing.  That’s the reason why we came into this.  Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also meeting people around the world!”

Their hit “Am I Wrong,” definitely a contender for the Song of the Summer, has done just that: allowed the duo to expand beyond Norway and meet people around the world.  But there’s also been an unexpected side effect: the song is actually inspiring people to try and realize their own dreams, just as Nico & Vinz have done.

“When we get [that] type of feedback, that’s probably the most gratifying to hear,” says Vinz of the stories fans tell them about how “Am I Wrong” has changed their lives.  “That’s a huge bonus as well!” laughs Nico. “I can’t forget that…that’s really rewarding.”

Nico & Vinz’s run with Bruno ends August 17.   They plan to release their U.S. debut album Black Star Elephant later this year.


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Justin Bieber’s Beverly Hills Parties Draw Attention of Police

Ben WattsJustin Bieber is grabbing the attention of police yet again.

Beverly Hills Police responded to six calls last weekend from Bieber’s neighbors complaining of loud parties and disruptive fans, police told ABC News.

Four of the calls were related to parties at the singer’s Beverly Hills condo, as well as the rooftop of his complex on July 19 and 20, while two more calls were in regard to his fans on the sidewalk, police said.

Police would like the controversial star, 20, to calm down if he’s going to live in their city.

“We enforce the laws of Beverly Hills and we will, of course, respond when neighbors call,” Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Matt Subin said. “We request that if Mr. Bieber has these parties that he tone it down. We always look at the circumstances, and if the party is too loud we will ask him to please turn down the music and/or shut down the party.”

Subin added that Bieber has cooperated when they show up and that “he does turn down the music.”

“But it is often a cat-and-mouse game,” Subin said. “We are reaching out to his staff to advise them of certain penalties of the party calls that we are receiving in the hopes we can work together to eliminate these calls. We request he is a good neighbor of Beverly Hills. We want him to be respectful to his neighbor’s wishes, as he is again in a condo that is densely populated in close proximity of other residents.”

In the end, Bieber was not cited, just given verbal warnings.

These incidents were Bieber’s latest in a string of run-ins with the law, including an alleged egging incident in January to which the singer pleaded no contest, got probation and was required to attend an anger management course.


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