New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming “Early Next Year,” May Have “Special Guest”

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson got fans excited Friday when she tweeted lyrics to one of the songs on her upcoming album.  Now she’s revealed a bit more about the album, as part of a Twitter conversation with a fan.

The fan tweeted, “Hi Kelly. Are you going to have any crazy surprises for us on your new album?”  The Grammy-winner replied, “Yes. I’m so proud of my next album! Might have a special guest on the album ….maybe :) Doesn’t come out until early next year.”

As previously reported, this will be Kelly’s first new album of non-holiday original material since 2011′s Stronger.

While working on the album, Kelly is also enjoying first-time motherhood, but putting her daughter River Rose to bed can be trying at times, as she revealed on Twitter.  “Ran out of songs 2 sing while trying 2 put my little girl 2 sleep & she finally nods off after ‘Silly Ho’ by TLC,” Kelly wrote, adding the hashtag, “.”


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Rixton to Release Debut Album “Let the Road” on January 6

School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope RecordsRixton‘s been on the charts for a while now with “Me and My Broken Heart,” so it’s easy to forget that they haven’t even released their debut album.  But that’s all about to change: The British band has announced a January 6 release date for the project.

The album is called Let the Road, and it features songs co-written by the band and their producer Benny Blanco, as well as a track written by their pal Ed Sheeran.   “Let the Road is something we’re incredibly proud of,” singer Jake Roche says in a statement.  “Songs have survived six years to make it on this album, back when me and [bassist] Danny [Wilkin] were writing in the caravan having no idea where they would end up.  We feel incredibly humbled to be able to share this with our fans, and we hope you enjoy listening to it, just as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Let the Road is available for pre-order starting September 30 at RixtonBand.com, and on October 7 everywhere else.  The lyric video for Rixton’s latest single, “Wait on Me,” is out now on VEVO.  The band will perform the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 6.

Rixton has the same manager as Ariana Grande, so it’s no surprise to hear that the boys will open for Ariana on her upcoming North American tour, which kicks off February 25 and runs through April.  The band says in a statement, “Being asked to be Ariana’s special guest is a huge honor.  We’re massive fans of her and her incredible talent, and we’re so excited to play these prestigious venues all over America.”

Here’s the track listing for Let the Road:

1. “Let The Road”
2. “Wait on Me”
3. “Appreciated”
4. “Beautiful Excuses”
5. “Me and My Broken Heart”
6. “Hotel Ceiling”
7. “I Like Girls”
8. “Speakerphone”
9. “We All Want the Same Thing”
10. “Whole”


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Sir Mix-a-Lot Supports Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”

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Last month, Sir Mix-a-Lot tweeted that he viewed Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” video about 37 times.  Now, the rapper is revealing how he truly feels about the song, which samples his 1992 classic “Baby Got Back.”

During his Reddit Ask Me Anything, the rap veteran spilled that he supports Nicki’s hit record.  “It’s amazing how people — I guess maybe because they’re not in the industry — but how people think I should be mad about the song,” said Mix-a-Lot.

He continued, “I think it’s cool, she took part of the song, she made a Nicki Minaj song.  I love the track, I have fun listening to the track, it’s crazy as hell, and for a guy who likes butts, how can [I] look at the video and say I don’t like it?”

“Anaconda” currently sits at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


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Charli XCX Pushes Release of New Album, “Sucker,” Back to Dec. 16th

Dan Curwin/Atlantic RecordsSorry, suckers The release of Charli XCX’s new album, Suckers, has been pushed back to December…but according to her, that’s a good thing.

“Ok so it wouldn’t be a charli xcx album without a date change,” she tweeted on Monday. “it’s all COOL nothing’s WRONG the albums DONE but it’s just no one really knew boom clap would do as well as it’s doing.”

She goes on to explain that the success of “Boom Clap,” her single from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, is what’s caused the delay in Sucker‘s release.  It was originally scheduled to arrive October 21: “I’m overwhelmed by the love for boom clap & the support from all u angels, I need to put the date back so I can launch the album properly…(i had no idea boom clap would hang about for so long… It’s mind blowing and cool so thank u for that!).”

She finishes by revealing, “SUCKER will be released DEC 16TH in the USA and JAN 26TH in the UK and EUROPE.”

Charli XCX is due to kick off a headlining tour on September 26.  That won’t be affected, according to her label.



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“The Voice” Returns; New Coach Gwen Says Blake & Adam’s “R-Rated” Antics Give Her a “Face Headache”

Trae Patton/NBCOn Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there’ll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.  The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore.

“Seriously, after day one…I haven’t laughed that hard in so long,” she says. “I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!”  She adds, “Everybody at home, they get a sneak peek at those two, but we got the R-rated, hilarious, locker room version of what they’re getting at home. I mean, it is bad.”

“I thought I was in a boys club my whole life, like being on a tour bus with all guys,” she says, referring to her years with her band No Doubt. “But these two, they really take it to another level!”

“I don’t even feel alive unless I’m making fun of Blake. And neither one of us cares about it. It’s so much fun. It’s genuinely a blast,” laughs Adam, who pronounces season seven “the best…we’ve ever had.” He adds, “I think that Gwen and Pharrell are incredible, formidable opponents, but also just people I respect and love very much.”

Adam says he was surprised how little time it took for Gwen and Pharrell to get into the groove during the Blind Auditions. “The learning curve seemed nonexistent, almost,” he says. “They were just really astute and good at it right away, and very competitive and took a lot of people away from me that I wanted.”  He says he was also gratified that Gwen, especially, got sucked into the emotion of the competition.

“I told her, ‘You’re not gonna believe how wrapped up you get in this.’ You do it, and all of a sudden you find yourself totally lost in it and you’re loving it, and it’s amazing,” Adam says. “So, it happened, like I knew it would. It was just great to watch. It was just cool after six seasons to see that kind of joy about the show and enthusiasm back again.”

As for Pharrell, he says he was pleasantly surprised at his experience on the show.  “My expectation is that it would be work that I would enjoy, but I was wrong. It’s not been any work at all. It’s been fun. Really, honestly fun,” he says.  He also disagrees with those who feel that The Voice is a failure because it hasn’t produced any superstars.  In his mind, the coaching the contestants receive makes it all worth it.

“Essentially, at the end of the day, there are 48 contestants, and only person is gonna win,” he says. “The rest of those 47 people, like, their lives are gonna be changed because they had Blake teach them a lot about their voices and what they could do. And they had Gwen to teach them about the tone and their styling. And they had Adam to teach them about vocal control. That’s huge!”

Gwen agrees that imparting lessons she’s learned over the years is a big reason why she’s excited to be on The Voice.

“I’ve had an amazing journey so far, and so to be able to to play this role as a coach, I feel super-blessed,” she says. “It’s gonna be one of those times in my life I know that I’m gonna look back and go, ‘That was incredible.’”

The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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Pregnant Alicia Keys Poses Nude to Draw Attention to New “We Are Here” Movement: “I Want to Gather an Army”

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCA female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it.  The singer, who’s expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an “army” of fans to make a positive change in the world.

By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind — from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls’ education worldwide. She tells the New York Times, “I want to gather an army…It’s time to get people’s attention. People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”

Alicia has donated a million bucks of her own money to get the movement started, and it’ll go to 12 different groups, which she hopes her fans will then choose to donate to themselves.  They include her own foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which helps kids affected by HIV and AIDS; All Out, a gay rights organization; Oxfam, which fights global poverty; War Child; which supports kids living in conflict areas, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which combats racial profiling.  She also plans to organize petitions, rallies and protests.

Alicia’s newly released song “We Are Here” is the theme song for the movement. She tells the New York Times that she was inspired to write the song, and begin the movement, in part, when a friend asked her, “Why are you here?”  “Nobody had ever asked me that question before,” says Alicia, noting that it started her thinking about what her purpose in life is, and what her legacy will be.

“We’re in the same head space. We think the same things,” she says of her and her fans. “This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?”

You can get more info at WeAreHereMovement.com, and also watch a video where Alicia performs “We Are Here” and says, “It’s not about me. It’s about we, and together we can ignite the change that will create a more peaceful world for all children. And that’s the truth.”

Over the weekend, Alicia performed at a celebration for the late actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee at Riverside Church in New York. She performed her song “Superwoman” at the event. Dee died in June at the age of 91.

 

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Nick Jonas Hits the Road for Solo Tour, Hopes JoBros Fans Come Along for the Ride

Charles Sykes/BravoAfter years with the Jonas Brothers, and with his side project, The Administration, Nick Jonas is now stepping out solo with his new single “Jealous” and upcoming album.  He kicks off a solo tour Monday night in Seattle, and says he hopes fans of his previous work will be there in the audience, cheering him on.

“Yeah, this tour’s gonna be fun,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It’s about kinda getting my legs back under me, and really trying to sorta get used to touring again: it’s been awhile.  [I] gotta get out there, have fun, be in front of the fans and play this new music.”

Asked if he expects that those fans who screamed for him when he was in the Jonas Brothers will accept him as “Nick Jonas, solo star” and enjoy his new musical direction, Nick says, “I think it’s all about growth and taking those big steps, and trying to make bold statements, and knowing that when you step into a new phase of your career, you’ll have a lot of people who’ll come with you and join you on that ride, and some that don’t. And that’s ok.”

“It’s about just doing what you have to do as an artist and trying to make the statements you wanna make,” he adds. 

Nick’s self-titled solo album is due November 11.  The tour wraps up October 8 in Boston, the same day he’ll make his debut playing an MMA fighter in Kingdom, DirecTV’s new original drama series. 

Here are Nick’s tour dates:

9/22 — Seattle, WA, Showbox
9/24 — San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
9/27 — Mesa, AZ, Virginia G. Piper Theater
9/29 — Houston, TX, Fitzgerald’s — Upstairs
9/30 — Dallas, TX, Trees
10/2 — Chicago, IL, The Bottom Lounge
10/3 — Minneapolis, MN , Fine Line Music Café
10/5 — Pontiac, MI, Crofoot Ballroom
10/6 — Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace
10/8 — Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre

 
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Rihanna Reportedly a Victim of Celebrity Photo Hackers

Island Def JamRihanna is the latest victim of celebrity hackers. Nude photos, purportedly of the singer, leaked onto 4chan/Reddit on Sunday, according to TMZ.

One of the pictures reportedly shows a censored version of the 26-year-old Grammy-winner’s breasts. Hours later, another, more graphic, version of the picture was released.

The photos appear to have been taken while Rihanna was being fitted for an outfit.

The photos are the latest in a second wave of leaks over the weekend. Nude pictures of what appear to be Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Hope Solo, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, and SuitsAbigail Spencer reportedly have also surfaced.


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Sia to Perform “Chandelier” on “Dancing with the Stars” Results Show with Dancer from Song’s Video

RCA RecordsThe video for Sia’s hit song “Chandelier” was so memorable because it featured an astonishing dance performance from 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler, the star of the Lifetime show Dance Moms.  On Tuesday night’s Dancing with the Stars results show, you’ll get to see Maddie dance to the song live.

Sia is one of the musical guests on Tuesday’s show, and she’ll perform “Chandelier” as Maddie dances, alongside pro Allison Holker.  It’s not clear how much we’ll see of Sia, though, because the Aussie singer and songwriter has refused to pose for photos or show her face on TV to promote her #1 album, 1000 Forms of Fear.

Nico & Vinz will also appear on the show, performing their hit “Am I Wrong.”  The show air live starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Beyoncé and Jay Z’s HBO Tour Special Premieres Tonight

Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentLast week saw Beyoncé and Jay Z concluding their joint outing at the Stade de France in Paris, and now fans can check out their HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, tonight, September 20. 

To get fans even more excited, the singer teased another preview of their special via her Facebook page.  “It’s almost here!” she wrote in the caption.

In the black-and-white clip, Bey and Jay are getting prepared backstage while a stage director can be heard giving instructions to the crew over a walkie-talkie.  Just before the teaser ends, Beyoncé flashes a big smile as she enters the main stage.

The special will feature the famous couple performing more than 40 songs, including a surprise performance with Nicki Minaj for Bey’s “Flawless” remix.

On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Saturday on HBO.


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