Mary Lambert’s Thanksgiving “Secret”: She’s Never Made a Turkey Before

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMary Lambert originally thought she wouldn’t be able to spend Thanksgiving with her girlfriend, The Voice alum Michelle Chamuel, but then their plans changed.  Now, Mary says she just has to figure out how not to “destroy” the first turkey she’s ever made in her life.

“I wasn’t originally [going to be home for Thanksgiving], and my girlfriend actually was going to be doing press in Canada, and both of our things sort of got cancelled,” Mary tells ABC News Radio. “So it was kind of a shock, ’cause they got cancelled the same morning. So I called her and I was like, ‘I know you’re going to be gone but I’m going to be home for Thanksgiving.’ And she’s like, ‘Shut up! I just found out my stuff got cancelled too.’ So we get to be home for Thanksgiving, which is like, oh my God…so happy!”

Mary says she and Michelle will be together, but won’t be visiting their families.  “It would be nice to see everybody, but traveling on top of traveling for both of us is just so exhausting that it’s so nice to just be home with the cat,” she laughs. “And I’m going to make a turkey for the first time ever, as an adult.”

Along with the turkey, Mary plans to create a side dish that’s a family tradition.

“My mom makes really amazing scalloped potatoes so I’m going to try to use the scalloped potato family recipe,” she says. “And not totally destroy this turkey!”  

After Thanksgiving, Mary, who presented at Sunday night’s AMAs and performed during the pre-show,will be doing a few Christmas shows in support of her hit single “Secrets.”  Next summer, she’ll hit the road with The Script.

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John Mayer to Fill In as Host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” in February

Eric McCandless/CBSA couple of years ago, there was talk that John Mayer was going to get his own musical variety show on CBS.  Well, that never materialized, but the singer is getting a chance to guest-host a previously existing CBS show.

Craig Ferguson is stepping down as the host of The Late Late Show on December 19, and the new host, British personality James Corden, doesn’t take over until March 9.  To fill the gaps, CBS is lining up a variety of fill-in hosts, and John is one of them. In fact, he’s the only musician tapped to do it, but it’s not clear if he’ll be performing as well.

John says on Twitter that he’ll be hosting the show for three nights, during the week leading up to the Grammys in February.  He adds, “Three days might not seem like a long time, but it’s exactly as long as it takes to mail a letter to CBS saying ‘please make this stop.’”

John is joining other guest hosts like Drew Carey — who’ll kick things off January 5, and will also do the final fill-in week on March 2 — plus Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, comedian Jim Gaffigan and former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes.

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Pharrell Williams to Receive Hollywood Star on December 4

Art Streiber/NBCHere’s something Pharrell Williams can be thankful for, post-Thanksgiving: he’ll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 4.

Pharrell will receive the 2,537th star on the famous walk during a ceremony that begins at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be unveiled in front of the W Hotel Hollywood, and in addition to Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres will be on hand for the proceedings. You’ll be able watch the ceremony at

In a statement, Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, says of The Voice coach:  “His music is known the world over, and we are confident that fans will be ‘happy’ to see his star shine on our Walk of Fame.”

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Rihanna Teases New Music from Forthcoming New Album

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna has finally given us a taste of what to expect for her eighth album, tentatively titled R8. The singer has shared a brief snippet of an untitled song via Instagram.

“Phuckin roun in da studio,” wrote Ri Ri in the accompanying caption. Although the 15-second video is black, with no images at all, her vocals come off crystal clear.  “Ain’t none of this sh** promised, ain’t none of this promised,” she sings over blaring sirens. “Ain’t none of this sh** certain, ain’t none of this certain.”

The singer also had a message for any false reports circulating about her highly-anticipated project. “ANY news about #R8 will be delivered directly from me!!!!” she tweeted.

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Taylor Swift Makes Way for One Direction at #1; Christmas Albums Complete Top 10

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOne Direction‘s new album, FOUR, has debuted at #1 on the album chart, which means that Taylor Swift‘s ex-boyfriend has now replaced her in the top spot.

Taylor’s album 1989, which has spent three weeks at #1, now slips to #2 as her ex Harry Styles and the rest of 1D take over the top slot with FOUR.  Ironically, Harry allegedly inspired some of the songs on 1989. With first-week sales of 387,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, FOUR notches the second-largest sales debut of the year, after — you guessed it — Taylor’s album.  It’s also the largest sales week for a group in 2014.

Despite the good news, sales of FOUR were slightly down from projected totals of 420,000 copies.  The band’s most recent disc, 2013′s Midnight Memories, opened with 546,000 copies.

Meanwhile, 1989 has now sold 2.21 million copies.  There are five weeks left in the sales year, so if 1989 at its current pace, it may overtake what is currently the best-selling album of 2014: the Frozen soundtrack, which has moved 3.27 million copies.

Speaking of Frozen, Christmas albums have overtaken the rest of the top ten, as That’s Christmas to Me, the latest from a cappella group Pentatonix, jumps to #3, while  Frozen star Idina Menzel‘s album, Holiday Wishes, jumps to #10 on a 39% sales increase.  Michael Buble‘s 2011 album, Christmas, is also back in the top 10, currently at #9.  It’s returned to the top 10 every year since it first came out.

Elsewhere on the chart, Nickelback‘s new album, No Fixed Address, has debuted at #4.  It’s the Canadian rock band’s sixth top-10 album.

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Sia the Big Winner at the “Australian Grammys”; Iggy & 5SOS Also Take Home Trophies

RCA RecordsSia’s had a great year, scoring a #1 album and a hit with “Chandelier.”  Now, she’s been richly rewarded by her home country of Australia.

The singer/songwriter scored four trophies at the ARIA Awards, Australia’s version of the Grammys, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  She won for Album of the Year and Best Pop Release, for 1,000 Forms of Fear, while the “Chandelier” video was named Best Video.  Sia was also named Best Female.  Katy Perry, in the country on her Prismatic World Tour, accepted on her behalf.

Iggy Azalea was named Best Breakthrough Act at the ceremony, beating out 5 Seconds of Summer, among others.  Rising band Sheppard, whose song “Geronimo” is just starting to creep onto the charts here in the U.S., was named Best Group, also beating out 5 Seconds of Summer.  5SOS didn’t go home empty-handed, however: in the publicly-voted Song of the Year category, they won for “She Looks So Perfect.”

Vance Joy, nominated for two awards, did go home empty-handed, while in the publicly-voted categories Best Australian Live Act and Best International Act, the winners were Keith Urban and One Direction, respectively.  1D and 5SOS both performed on the show.

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John Legend Admits It Wasn’t Love at First Sight for Him & Supermodel Wife

Image Courtesy Brian Bowen Smith As much as you might like to think John Legend fell head-over-heels the first time he met his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen, it’s simply not true.  Even though she went on to inspire his #1 hit “All of Me,” John tells Los Angeles Confidential magazine it wasn’t love at first sight.

“Not right away,” he tells the magazine. “I’m more cautious than that. I wasn’t like, ‘This is the woman I’m going to marry’ from day one. For me I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling.”

He adds, “It was probably a couple of years in, when I could already see us being together forever.” 

Speaking about writing “All of Me” about Chrissy, though, John explains, “The more you know someone, the more you’re inspired by your relationship. Also, I grew up just learning what it means to be in love with somebody… because I had never really been in love before. I guess you have to grow enough to be able to write that song with sincerity and authenticity.”

While “All of Me” is a great song in and of itself, John says he thinks the fact that he performed the tune on the Grammys telecast is the thing that really turned it into a monster single.

“The Grammys really vaulted that song from a song that was kind of chugging along on the radio but not breaking through in the way we believed it should and could — the Grammys took it from No. 49 on iTunes to No. 3 in one night,” he tells the magazine. “That was the single most important element that made ‘All of Me’ a huge hit. I’m grateful to them for that and everything that came before that.”

You can read more of John’s cover story in the December/January issue of Los Angeles Confidential.

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Rita Ora Says “Fifty Shades of Grey” Cameo Has Launched Her Acting Career

Image Group LA/ABCRita Ora has a small part in one of 2015′s most anticipated movies: Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the best-selling series of erotic novels by E.L. James.  But Rita says that small part has now helped her launch her movie career.

Speaking to OK! magazine, Rita says of the controversial film, “Everyone is going to have their own opinions. But for me, this was such a great cameo to be involved in, and even though I’m only in it for a little bit, it’s opened the door to a lot of movie things that I haven’t actually announced yet.”

The “Black Widow” singer adds, “Fifty Shades is going to make a lot of waves, I’ll tell you that much. It’s going to be awesome.”  She notes that she now has the acting “bug for real,” saying, “Fifty Shades was a moment of cameo and a really good wake-up call. It was nice to be a part of it and it opened a lot of doors.”

In the movie, Rita plays Mia, the adopted sister of the main character, Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.  The movie’s out February 13.

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One Direction Scores Fourth Straight #1 Album with “FOUR”

SYCO/Columbia RecordsOne Direction’s new album, FOUR, is now their fourth straight #1 album.

The new disc has entered the Billboard chart at the top, with first-week sales of more than 387,000 copies, according to the band’s record label.  This makes them the first group ever to have its first four albums debut at #1.

The album’s #1 debut was predicted several days ago.  As the news spread, Liam Payne told ABC News Radio Sunday that the prospect of that achievement was “amazing.”  “I mean, I don’t even know what to say, really. It’s quite crazy, like, we spent so much time writing this album this year and then for it to be received so well, it’s a lot more personal to us.” 

1D promoted FOUR hard, making multiple TV appearances, from ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to the American Music Awards, to the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Liam Payne even popped up on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars to give pep talk to contestant Sadie Robertson.  Next up for the group is a Saturday Night Live appearance, airing December 20.

1D’s On the Road Again tour will kick off July 9, 2015. Tickets are already on sale.

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“The Voice” Recap: Ryan Sill Saved Again

Trae Patton/NBCFor the second week in a row, Ryan Sill has been saved by the viewers during a Voice results show.

The Team Gwen Stefani member again benefited from the “instant save” Tuesday night after he, his teammate Anita Antoinette, and Team Blake Shelton‘s Reagan James were in danger of elimination.

Each artist performed for the viewers, who then cast their “instant save” votes on Twitter and The Voice app. Ryan sang Howie Day‘s “Collide,” Anita covered the Jason Mraz hit “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” and Reagan delivered a rendition of Nelly Furtado‘s “I’m Like a Bird.”

Earlier in the night, recent Voice adviser Taylor Swift performed her latest hit, “Blank Space.” Afterward, she thanked her fans for the success of 1989, and remarked that she has a “permanent smile” on her face after taking a risk with her top-selling pop album.

The one-hour results show also featured performances by Adam Levine and his artists, who sang Billy Joel‘s “Only the Good Die Young,” and Pharrell Williams and his protégés, who belted out Louis Armstrong‘s “What a Wonderful World.”

Toward the end of his team’s performance, Pharrell revised the lyrics and sang, “And I think to myself, we need justice to unfurl,” a likely reference to the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, this week after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The top eight will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.

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