Jason Derulo on Why He Wanted to “Wiggle” with Snoop Dogg

Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo’s previous hit, “Talk Dirty,” featured rapper 2 Chainz, but for his latest hit, “Wiggle,” Jason decided he wanted to someone legendary…and to him, that meant only one man: the D-O-Double G, Snoop Dogg.

“Snoop is the coolest, most swagged-out rapper there is,” Jason tells ABC News Radio, explaining why he tapped Tha Doggfather for a feature on the track. “He’s iconic, and I wanted to go for a more iconic look for this one.”

And it turns out that getting Snoop on the track was pretty easy, too. 

“I saw him at a basketball game, and I talked to him, and I was like, ‘Man, I got this song that I would love for you to be on,’ Jason recalls. “And he was like, ‘Aw, fo’ sho’, man…take my number, man, just send it to me, man, it’s all good.”  I was like, ‘Alright, cool, Imma send it to you.’”

Jason says that Snoop got back to him immediately. “He heard it and he was like, ‘Man, this is dope.’ And then, he got on it within 48 hours.” 

“Wiggle” has now become Jason’s second straight top five hit, and his fourth overall.  Meanwhile, he’s currently on the chart with two other songs.  He’s a featured artist on a remix of the country hit “This is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, and on his own, he has another track from his Talk Dirty album, “Trumpets,” climbing the chart.


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Macklemore Launches Baseball-Themed Clothing Line

ABC/Lou RoccoOnce a pop star tops the charts and racks up the Grammy Awards, what’s next?  A clothing line, of course.  The Seattle Times reports that Macklemore has launched a new line of baseball-themed clothing.

Mackemore, whose birth name is Ben Haggerty, teamed with the already existing company Ebbets Field Flannels to create his limited-edition line, which was inspired by the uniforms of teams from the 1940s.  Among the items: a black-and-cream jersey that costs $195, and a satin jacket that comes in black or red, for $150.  Don’t have enough cash?  A baseball hat featuring the logo of Shark Face Gang, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ fan club, will set you back just $40. 

Asked to name his favorite piece, Macklemore told the Seattle Times, “It’s tough to pick just one. I love the jersey, I love the jacket, I love it all.”  The mini-collection — if there’s anything after the June 12 launch — is available at the Seattle location of Ebbets Field Flannels.

The rapper is a huge sports fan, especially of his local Seattle teams.  Last week, he threw out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game, and Macklemore bobbleheads were given out to the crowd.


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Jason Mraz to Kick off YES! World Tour This August

Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsHe hasn’t revealed all the details about it yet, but Jason Mraz will kick off an international tour — dubbed the YES! tour, after his forthcoming album of the same name — in August.

Jason and his current musical collaborators, Raining Jane, will start the trek in North America with a series of “intimate” shows, as well as “surprise” multi-night stands in various cities.  Then, he’ll head to Europe, where he’ll perform in iconic venues like London’s Royal Albert Hall.  Asian and Australian dates will follow, and he’ll head to South American in 2015.  So far, the only North American date confirmed is an August 21 show in Jason’s hometown of San Diego.

Jason is releasing a new song every Monday in the run-up to the release of YES!, which is due July 15.  Fans who pre-order the disc will receive instant, automatic free downloads of all the “Mraz Monday” tracks as they’re released.  He’s also releasing acoustic performance clips, called Live @ Mraz Organics’ Avocado Ranch, via his Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

By the way, that’s not just a funny name: Jason really does have an avocado ranch.  In fact, he supplies a lot of avocados to Chipotle.

Jason and Raining Jane will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 17, and on NBC’s Today show July 18.


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A Great Big World to Perform; Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Tyler Glenn, Iggy Azalea to Appear on Logo’s “Trailblazers” Special

ABC/Richard HarbaughTrailblazers, an upcoming special airing on the Logo cable channel on June 26, boasts quite the star-studded lineup.

A Great Big World and Sia will perform on the special, which pays tribute to pioneers who’ve fought for gay equality and marks the one-year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage act being overturned, paving the way for gay marriage. Sia will perform her hit “Chandeliers” with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus on the show.

In addition, the show will feature appearances by Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pete Wentz, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and openly gay performers Tegan and Sara, R.E.M‘s Michael Stipe, Mary Lambert and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn.

The special will be filmed at at New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the first churches in New York to host gay marriages.


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One Direction’s Fragrance Our Moment Wins Award at the “Perfume Oscars”

ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction‘s concert movie may not have won them any Oscars, but their fragrance has won them an award at the event known as the “Oscars of the perfume industry.”

1D’s fragrance, Our Moment by Elizabeth Arden, was named Consumer Choice Celebrity Fragrance of the Year at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, held Monday night in New York City.  The victory may not be surprising, though, thanks to the band’s rabid fan base.

“When [they] asked 31 million Facebook fans to contribute to the Consumer Choice Awards, we were, uh, hopeful,” a member of the Elizabeth Arden team said when accepting the award, reports Fashonista.

In addition to Our Moment, 1D also has a fragrance called That Moment, and a new one coming out later this summer called You & I.



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Jennifer Lopez Says She’s “Been Around the Block;” Says “First Love” Was Inspired By Her Own Love Life

Joe Pugliese for BillboardIt’s no secret Jennifer Lopez hasn’t been so lucky in the romance department.  The singer — whose tenth studio album A.K.A. is out today — says her current single, “First Love,” mirrors her regrets about her own love life.

“The whole idea of the song is, when you do finally find that person, or you find somebody that you feel like you really click with, you wish you had met them years earlier, especially at this point in my life,” J-Lo explained on Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael.

“We’ve all been through some stuff. You know, I’m Jenny from the Block, but I’ve also been around the block a couple of times,” she laughed. “And that’s what it is. You’re looking for that thing that you just go, ‘Oh gosh, I wish I would’ve met you in high school, and we would’ve just got married and we would’ve lived happily ever after, and had kids and had a great life.’”

Earlier this month, it was announced that Jennifer had split from her boyfriend of several years, choreographer Casper Smart. The two met in 2011 right, after she and ex-husband Marc Anthony broke up.

Now, Jen is focusing on her latest project, A.K.A.  Speaking about the album’s title, she explained, “I’m…known as J-Lo, also known as Jenny from the Block, also known as so many other things that I don’t have to mention right now. It’s been a lot of things! Also I do a lot of things. I’m actress and a singer, and I dabble in the business and the whole thing. So I just felt like A.K.A. is such a perfect title for me.”

Jennifer’s first single from the album, “I Luh Ya Papi,” was accompanied by a video that turned typical music video cliches on their heads: she was presented as being the one in charge, while half-naked men provided the eye candy, doing things that you normally see half-naked women do, like washing cars in slow motion.  On Live, J-Lo said the predominantly male film crew was uncomfortable during the entire shoot.

“All the men on the crew…they were just so uncomfortable,” Jennifer said. “You’ve seen this scene so many times with the girl sponging the car, right?…We had a guy do that in my video….And it was literally, we did one take and they were like, ‘That’s enough!’”


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Katy Perry Starts Her Own Record Label, Announces First Signing

Credit: Ryan McGinleyNot long ago, Katy Perry said she’d like to have her own record label.  Well, now her dream has come true.  It’s called Metamorphosis Music, and it’s a joint venture between her and her label, Capitol Records.

Katy’s first signing is Ferras, a singer/songwriter who’s been a close friend of hers since 2007.  You may remember his song “Hollywood’s Not America,” which was used as one of the “exit” songs on American Idol season season seven.  He’s also written songs for Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin, among other performers. 

Katy duets with Ferras on his brand-new EP, which is now available as a digital download, and she is also executive producer of the project. In addition, she’s bringing him with her as an opening act on her Prismatic World Tour.

“Ferras is a man with a message, and a unique lyrical way of communicating his perspective on life that makes you feel connected to every note when you listen,” Katy says in a statement. “I believe he is going to be an important artist to watch unfold. I am SO ecstatic the world gets to hear his music now both online and on tour with me.”

“Her instincts are really on point,” Ferras says of working with Katy. “She is very blunt and doesn’t sugar-coat things, which I appreciate. Also, she gave me the freedom to do what I wanted musically and was a natural partner.”

Ferras joins Katy when the U.S leg of her Prismatic world tour launches this Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina.


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JT, Ariana, Pharrell, Ed, Taylor, Katy, Lorde & More Get Teen Choice Award Nominations

Credit: FOXThe first wave of nominations for this year’s Teen Choice Awards has arrived, and most of today’s biggest music stars have received nominations.

In the Choice Male Artist category, veterans like Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams will battle it out with relative newcomers Austin Mahone and Ed Sheeran, with Jason Derulo and Pitbull thrown in for good measure.  On the female side, it’s Beyonce, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, up against Miley Cyrus, Lorde and Ariana Grande.

Iggy Azalea, who most people had never heard of six months ago, scored a nomination for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, where she’ll compete against John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Eminem and Justin Timberlake. On the group side, Rixton, Paramore, OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer all received nominations. 

Music stars also dominate the Fashion categories.  All the nominees in the Choice Smile category are artists: Selena Gomez and her pals Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, plus Taylor’s ex, Harry Styles, and Austin Mahone.  Beyonce, Selena, Ariana and Rihanna are up for Choice Female Hottie, while One Direction and Austin Mahone received nominations for Choice Male Hottie.

The 2014 Teen Choice Awards air live on Fox August 10.  Fans ages 13-19 can start voting once each day per category for their favorite nominees at Teenchoiceawards.com.

Here is the first wave of music and fashion nominees:

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist
Jason Derulo
Pitbull
Austin Mahone
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams

Choice Female Artist
Beyoncé
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Lorde
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Fifth Harmony
One Direction
R5
Rixton

Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist
Martin Garrix
Calvin Harris
Kaskade
Skrillex
Zedd

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea
Eminem
John Legend
Nicki Minaj
Justin Timberlake

Choice Rock Group
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
One Republic
Paramore
The Black Keys

FASHION

Choice Female Hottie
Beyoncé
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Kendall Jenner
Rihanna
Bella Thorne  

Choice Male Hottie
Zac Efron
Ryan Gosling
Liam Hemsworth
Austin Mahone
One Direction
Ian Somerhalder

Choice Smile
Selena Gomez
Austin Mahone
Demi Lovato
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift


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Taylor Swift Cooks, Drinks, Talks Boys with “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten for “Food Network Magazine”

Jake Chessum/Food Network MagazineBack in March, Taylor Swift posted a photo on Instagram of herself posing with food guru Ina Garten, also known as The Barefoot Contessa.  Now, you can find out exactly went down between the two in the new “Music Issue” of Food Network Magazine.  Hint: It involved drinking.

The issue features four top Food Network stars cooking and hanging with their musician buddies, and Taylor and Garten were a perfect pairing, since Garten owns all of Taylor’s albums, and Taylor owns all of Garten’s cookbooks and considers Garten her culinary “hero.”  During their time together at Garten’s home in New York’s trendy Hamptons, the two cooked up some of Taylor’s favorite Barefoot Contessa recipes, including mustard-roasted fish and the meringue dessert known as a Pavlova.

Taylor and Garten also discussed their frustration over people who don’t enjoy eating.  “I’ll cook for these boys, and they’ll be like, ‘I’m on a diet,’” she told the chef. “I’m like, ‘I can’t hang out with you.’” 

Taylor’s mom Andrea and her brother Austin joined her for the shoot, and they all ended up downing cocktails together.  It started when Garten mentioned a guest of hers who’d chugged whiskey sours after claiming to be on a cleanse.  Taylor replied, “Oh, I’ve never had a whiskey sour!” to which Garten replied, “I have some in my refrigerator!”  Taylor then said to her mom, “Come over here. We’re day-drinking!”  Austin also joined in the fun.

In addition to Taylor and Garten, the July/August Music Issue features rapper Ja Rule and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, rocker Sammy Hagar and Iron Chef Michael Symon, and “Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro with Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan.  The issue hits newsstands June 24.

The Food Network is also sponsoring a music and food festival in Chicago in July, featuring John Mayer as headliner, and appearances by top Food Network stars like Sunny Anderson, Zakarian, Mauro and Anne Burrell.  Visit FoodNetworkInConcert.com for more info.


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J-Lo Says New Album Is “Everything That I Was and Everything That I Am”; Will She Return to “American Idol?”

Joe Pugliese for BillboardJennifer Lopez releases her milestone 10th album, A.K.A., Tuesday, and she says that it pretty much sums up everything she’s done in her previous nine albums.

“This album took so many twists and turns,” she says in a new album trailer. “I thought, ‘It’s gonna be this type of album,’ and then it took another turn.”

“With this album, it was about encompassing everything that I was and everything that I am,” she explains. “I’ve done dance music, I’ve done R&B hip-hop flavored tracks, pop…and I’m not gonna be put into a box. I feel all of these things organically.”

“This is my 10th album and I want it to be special, and I want it to be a great moment,” she adds. “I want it to be a new beginning…Every single song is so handpicked, for a certain reason or specific emotion.”

As for the title, A.K.A., it stands for “Also Known As,” which the singer says suits her to a tee.

“I’ve been known as Jennifer, Jenny from the block, J-Lo, Lola, all these different monikers,” she explains.  “And A.K.A sums it up.”

“I’m so excited for the fans who are so loyal to finally give it to them,” J-Lo says. “They’ve been waiting for this album 10 for so long! And I’m just excited for them to hear it.”

In other Jennifer news, Billboard reports that the singer wants to tour in 2015, which may conflict with any plans she might have to return to American Idol for season 14.  According to Billboard, the deadline to renew her contract with Idol that will come at the end of June.


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