Britney Is Single After Boyfriend Reportedly Cheated on Her

Michelangelo Di Battista RCA RecordsBritney Spears is newly single — reportedly because her boyfriend cheated on her.

Brit tweeted on Thursday, “Ahhhh the single life!” Coincidentally or not, she posted that comment around the same time TMZ published a story claiming David Lucado was videotaped making out with another woman earlier this month.

Reportedly, Brit dumped her boyfriend after learning about the footage, which TMZ says is being shopped around.

A rep for David tells the website, “David is very, very in love with Britney. This is unfortunate and he hopes that it all works out.” Unfortunately for David, it didn’t work out — Brit’s rep confirms to Billboard that the pop star is single.

Britney dated David for a year and a half. Their relationship began not long after her engagement to her then-agent, Jason Trawick, ended in January of 2013.


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Homeless Man Who Accepted Miley’s VMA Award Turns Himself In

ABC/Lou RoccoThe homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus‘ Video of the Year award at the MTV VMAs, and who, it turned out, was a wanted man, turned himself in to an Oregon jail on Thursday night.

Twenty-two-year-old Jesse Helt turned himself in at the Polk County Jail and posted $2,500 bail, according to Oregon’s Statesman Journal.

Helt was booked on a probation violation warrant. He was accused of violating probation stemming from a criminal mischief and criminal trespass case.

At the VMAs, Helt delivered a speech for Miley’s VMA win to raise awareness of homeless young people.

After Helt’s past came to light two days later, Miley tweeted her disappointment, writing, “The media never fails to disappoint. You’ve chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness.”


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Usher Announces All 26 Cities for The UR Experience

Getty Images for MTVAfter announcing several cities earlier this week, Usher has revealed all 26 destinations for his upcoming The UR Experience tour.

Among the twenty-six cities are Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Memphis, Tampa and Miami.

Performance dates and venues will be announced at a later time.

The upcoming trek will support Usher’s eighth studio album, rumored to be titled UR, slated for a fall release.


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Ed Sheeran on Origin of Performing Solo: “No One Wanted to Be in a Band with Me”

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran says his decision to be a solo performer came when he was in school and he discovered that no one wanted to be in a band with him.

During an appearance Thursday night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Sheeran talked about his recent gig at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Kimmel remarked, “Twenty thousand people, you were playing in front of…just you and a guitar…You can’t afford a band, or what’s going on?”

Sheeran laughed it off, saying, “It started off when I was at school, no one wanted to be in a band with me.” Ed said he went to a place called Looping Station, where he was able to back himself on different tracks.  “I never bothered getting one [a band] after that,” said Ed.

Kimmel told the audience that Sheeran’s dedicated fans, the “Sheerios” had been waiting en masse for hours before the show aired, and he asked Ed who gave his fans that name.  Ed didn’t say, but he did say he isn’t a fan of that trend of grouping people together. “I don’t really like the fan name thing…it just bundles them all together…I’m a fan of a lot of people, I ‘m not just a fan of one person, so I really don’t like the fan name thing.” When Kimmel asked, “So are you like a Little Monster, or are you a –,” Ed laughingly shot back, “I’m a Belieber”

Sheeran also appeared as a foul-mouthed Little Orphan Annie in a brief skit, and closed the show by performing “Don’t” from his album X (multiply).


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Jason Mraz Wants to Retire…in Three Years?

Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz‘s life is pretty great: his latest album debuted at #2 on the chart, he’s on tour, he does a lot of charity work and his music is loved by millions worldwide.  That’s why it may surprise you to know that the singer says in three years, he’s planning on hanging up his guitar.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jason, who’s 37, and his manager, have come up with a plan called “#Retiredat40.”  If all goes according to plan, the singer will deliver the one album left on his contract, and then “check out for a while.” 

“I’m just ready for a break. It feels like a corporate job sometimes,” Jason tells the paper.

So what will he do with all his free time if he goes through with this?  According to the Times, Jason wants to garden, surf, do more charity work and have a child — he didn’t mention with whom.  He wouldn’t necessarily stop making music, either.  According to the Times, for every album he’s released, he has 70 songs left over that he could release if he wanted. He’d also like to make a Christmas or gospel album.

While he’s waiting to retire, Jason says he’s content with where he is in his career. “People aren’t walking around with my Trapper Keeper,” he tells the paper. “I’m not on their newsstands on their People magazines. But people might hear me on the radio or while they’re on their jog or in the kitchen baking. I’m totally great for that.”


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Jessie J Joins “Finding Neverland” Concept Album Project

Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJennifer Hudson‘s already on board, and Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift are rumored to be too.  Now, Jessie J has recorded a song for an upcoming concept album based on the soon-to-open Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessie has cut a song called “Stronger” for the album, which will feature pop stars singing tunes from the show.  The show’s producer, Harvey Weinstein, has dedicated “Stronger” to the people of Boston: the production is currently running in that city, where it’s broken attendance records.  It’ll debut on Broadway in March.

The musical is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about J.M. Barrie, the man who wrote Peter Pan, and his relationship with the family who inspired it.  Jennifer Hudson performed “Never Neverland,” a song from the concept album, at the Tony Awards in June.


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Kesha Has a New Cali Home, Rihanna’s Eyeing NYC Pad

ABC/Adam TaylorNow that ABC’s Rising Star is over, Kesha can settle down to making music full-time, and settle into her new home. The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer just plunked down $1.65 million for a home in Venice, California.

The 1,400 square-foot Spanish-style bungalow features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a backyard with a spa and fireplace and — best of all — a one-car garage that’s been converted into an artist studio.  That means Kesha can work on her line of jewelry there, or maybe turn it into a recording studio.

Meanwhile, another pop diva is eyeing a new place, this one on the East Coast.  The New York Post reports that Rihanna, with an entourage of five, recently toured the 10th floor of a swanky new building in Manhattan called One York.  The entire floor, which is now configured as three apartments, is on sale for $18 million. 

If she purchased it, however, all three apartments would have to be combined, giving her a total of 5,350 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms.  But the paper reports that the singer is looking for something that’s already in move-in condition.


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Who’s the Ultimate Pop Star? The Answer May Surprise You

ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star?  Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it’s….Mariah Carey.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists’ careers have lasted, and created what it calls the “The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom.”  The artist with the most points — based on career length and string of hits — was Mariah.  She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna. 

Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.  Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.

Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist — from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift — comes in on Time’s chart.


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Shakira Confirms She’s Expecting Again

Kayt Jones/ RCA RecordsShakira is going to be a mom again.

First came a report that the singer and former Voice coach had granted an interview to Mexican Cosmopolitan, in which she was quoted as says she was pregnant.  Now, the singer has confirmed it herself, tweeting, “Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!”

Shakira and her boyfriend, soccer star Gerard Pique, welcomed son Milan on January 22, 2013.  The new baby will be the second child for both of them.

While Shakira has said she and Gerard have no immediate plans to wed, she told Latina magazine earlier this year that she wants to have a big family and was eager to get pregnant again.  “If it weren’t because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already,” she told the magazine. “I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard — my own [soccer] team.”

The women of The Voice, past and present, seem to be remarkably fertile.  Christina Aguilera just gave birth to her second child, while Gwen Stefani welcomed her third this past February.


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Ariana Grande Thanks “Angel Pie” Miley Cyrus for Flowers

Republic RecordsMiley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are friends!  How do we know?  Because Miley sent Ariana flowers, and Ariana’s showing them off on Twitter.

Miley and Ariana were both winners at the MTV VMA Awards this past weekend, and there’s a photo of them kissing each other.  Now, Ari has posted on Twitter a photo of a flower arrangement of hydrangeas and roses, writing, “a special baby love sent me flowers… u are the cutest angel pie in da world.”

The day after the VMAs, Ariana posted the photo of her and Miley together, and wrote, “I heart u & your big heart.” She included a link to Miley’s Prizeo campaign to raise funds for homeless youth.

It’s no wonder that Miley and Ariana get along: they’re both former child stars who’ve successfully made the transition to chart-topping pop divas, all the while facing criticism about being too “adult.”