Did Justin Bieber Punch a Photographer in Paris?

Ben WattsJustin Bieber allegedly got into yet another scuffle with a member of the paparazzi.  The location this time was Paris.

A source tells E! Online a swarm of paparazzi and fans were waiting for the 20-year-old singer Tuesday when he and his entourage arrived at a Paris hotel, and The Bieb appeared upset he couldn’t get through the crowd.

According to the eyewitness, Bieber punched one photographer and grabbed another by his neck.  Justin’s bodyguard reportedly tried to restrain the singer. 

The source notes it’s unclear who instigated the violence.

One photo posted on E! Online’s website shows Bieber appearing to throw a punch at a photographer.  Another snapshot shows Justin’s hand near another photographer’s neck.

No injuries were reported and no charges have been filed.

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American Authors Put Musical Pedal to the Metal, Kick Off 2014 Honda Civic Tour

Andrew Zaeh/IslandAfter spending the summer on tour with OneRepublic and The Script, American Authors are hitting the road for their own headlining tour, and they’re doing it in style, courtesy of Honda.

On Wednesday night, the “Best Day of My Life” band kicked off their stint as headliners on this year’s Honda Civic Tour, which has been running for 13 years now.   Lead singer Zac Barnett says he’s happy that the tour’s trying something new this year — having several headliners throughout the year, playing smaller venues.

“I feel like in the past, the Honda Civic Tour has just kind of been like this big giant arena tour,” he tells ABC News Radio. “Whereas now, we’re kind of bringing it to club spaces…so it’s really great and Honda’s been awesome and they’ve been really fun to work with.”

“You know, just seeing the venue and seeing how it’s all set up it’s just such a cool vibe — from the stage and the production that we have going on to everything else,” he adds. “You know, we have a photo booth and so [many] fun things at the concert that it’s really an event.” 

It’s also a chance for the band to graduate to the big leagues as far as their staging goes.  “This summer being on tour with The Script and One Republic — those guys had so much production going on in their shows,” Zac says. “Now, we finally kind of get to apply a little bit of that to our set.” 

For Zac, one of the most exciting aspects of the tour is that the band has been asked to customize some Honda vehicles, which fans can register to win.  “Not only do we have a car but we also designed a motorcycle,” he says.  “[It's] kind of inspired by our album artwork but I guess a little more abstract, with shapes and different colors coming together — very sleek — and both the motorcycle and the car look pretty awesome.”

Zac’s so in love with his handiwork, in fact, that he doesn’t want to see the vehicles fall into the hands of anyone but himself. “I’m not one hundred percent sure how you win the car or the motorcycle…because I want to win the car and the motorcycle!” he laughs. “I don’t want just a regular Honda. I want the American Authors Honda. It looks super cool!”

Joining American Authors on the first part of the Honda Civic tour is Echosmith, who are riding high with their smash hit “Cool Kids.”  Guitarist Jamie Sierota tells ABC News Radio that it’ll be a bit of a reunion for the two acts.

“We’ve actually played…three or four shows with American Authors in just different random festivals and shows like that. So…we’ve made friends with them…and it was really cool when they asked us to come out with them.  We’re doing the first half of it, so we’re doing the West Coast dates and stuff so we’ll get to play in L.A. and stuff.”

Echosmith frontwoman Sydney Sierota says the band welcomes the challenge of being an opening act, where you have to perform for fans who aren’t necessarily there to see you at all.

“It’s sort of like a little game because your goal is to convince the people to like you whether they’ve heard of you before, or have no idea who you are and they’re just there for the headlining band,” she tells ABC News Radio. “I guess you just feel sort of accomplished when you win over a crowd. Because literally the first song, they might be sort of into it, but not really. You never know what kind of crowd you’re going to be with.”  

The Honda Civic Tour kicked off in Reno, Nevada, last night and will run through November 11, wrapping in New Haven, CT.

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Nico & Vinz’s Debut Album Streaming Online Now, Duo Records New Song for Reese Witherspoon Movie

Sara McColgan/Warner Bros. RecordsYou’ve heard Nico & Vinz‘s worldwide smash “Am I Wrong,” and now you can hear their entire debut album, Black Star Elephant, two weeks before it arrives in stores October 14.

The album, which is currently available for pre-order, is now streaming on the New York Times’ website.  The 14-track disc is sort of a concept album, telling the coming-of-age story of a fictional character whose story mirrors the duo’s own journey from unknowns in Oslo, Norway to worldwide domination.  In addition to “Am I Wrong,” the disc features the brand new single “In Your Arms.”

Meanwhile, the duo has recorded a brand new song called “Find a Way” for the soundtrack for the drama The Good Lie, which is opens in select theaters this weekend.  Starring Reese Witherspoon and Carey Stoll, the film is about young Sudanese refugees who resettle in America.  “Find a Way” can be heard in the trailer for the film, and on the movie’s soundtrack.

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Meghan Trainor Leads Female Artists to Chart Record; Tove Lo & Clean Bandit Hit the Top 10

Epic RecordsHere’s ironclad proof that pop music in 2014 is all about the women: there’s now been an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire month.

Billboard reports that this four-week all-femme top five streak is the longest such streak in 15 years, and only the second in the entire 56-year history of the Hot 100.  Leading the way is Meghan Trainor and her hit “All About That Bass,” which is #1 for a fourth week, while Taylor Swift‘sShake It Off” is #2.  Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” is #3; Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora‘s “Black Widow” is #4 and rounding things out at #5 is “Bang Bang” featuring Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki.

The last time females locked down the top five for a month, it was 1999, and the artists ruling the chart then included Monica, Britney Spears, Deborah Cox, Cher, Brandy, Whitney Houston and Sarah McLachlan.

Elsewhere, two hot young non-American acts score their first top 10s.  Swedish singer Tove Lo jumps from #13 to #7 with her first chart single “Habits (Stay High)”; her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, just came out this week.  And British act Clean Bandit scores their first U.S. top 10 with “Rather Be.”

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Jordin Sparks Tells Wendy Williams She’s “Good” Following Split from Jason Derulo

ABC/Richard HarbaughIn an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, Jordin Sparks again addressed the end of her three-year relationship with Jason Derulo.

Jordin insisted that she’s “good” following their breakup, and that Jason is a “good guy.” However, for what it’s worth, she declined to comment when asked if he’d been unfaithful during their time together.

Host Wendy Williams mentioned the external pressure the couple may have felt to get married, and brought up the release of Jason’s song “Marry Me.”  Jordin, who appeared in the “Marry Me” video, replied, “Hey, listen, we set ourselves up for that….We set ourselves up for that pressure.”

Williams asked Jordin whether she’ll return the BMW that Jason had given her as a Christmas present. Judging by her answer, she doesn’t feel a strong emotional attachment to the car: “I haven’t really had time to think about it, but yeah, I probably will.”

Jordin added, “Hey, he can have it.”

The singer noted that she’s now living alone in Los Angeles for the first time, and is enjoying exploring her neighborhood and meeting new people.

Aside from the breakup talk, Jordin discussed her new film, Left Behind, which opens Friday, as well as her work on her next album. She said she hopes to have new music out by the end of the year.

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Rihanna to Present Designer Tom Ford with Award at amfAR Gala

ABC/Richard HarbaughRihanna has worn the creations of the world’s top designers, and now she’s going to present one of them with a special award.

E! Online reports that the singer will honor Tom Ford at the The Foundation for AIDS Research’s Inspiration Gala, scheduled to take place on October 29 in L.A.  She’ll present Ford with amfAR’s Award of Inspiration in recognition of the work he’s done to combat the AIDS crisis. 

E! quotes Rihanna as saying, “Tom has inspired so many aspects of my art over the years, not to mention his clothes give me a real bad attitude. His commitment to the cause and commitment to amfAR is truly admirable.” 

Previous award winners include Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Fergie, and James Franco.

E! reports that Gwyneth Paltrow will host the gala, and Sharon Stone is expected to participate in the night’s live charity auction.

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Ariana Grande Partners with Bottled Water Brand WAT-AAH!

Image Courtesy WAT-AAH!Ariana Grande has inked her first big endorsement deal: it’s with WAT-AAH!, a bottled water brand aimed at young people.  But she’s not just helping to sell the product: she’s their business partner as well.

“Living a healthy lifestyle is so important to me, and this is one of the reasons I chose to partner with WAT-AAH!,Ariana says in a statement. “My fans are my everything and, because of this, I could only endorse something I believe in. Also, I love drinking water and I want to inspire my fans to do the same. Now as a partner in the company, I am excited to share WAT-AAH! with everyone!”

As part of the deal, Ariana gets a long-term equity partnership in the company, and will be the face of the brand’s new campaign, “OWN YOUR FUTURE,” encouraging kids and teens to take charge of their health by hydrating with a beverage that has no sugar or sweeteners.  It’s packaged in 100% recycled containers, and comes in still and sparkling varieties, as well as in a range of flavors.

The company’s CEO says that Ariana perfectly embodies the “OWN YOUR FUTURE” concept because “she is entirely her own creation. Her determination, creativity, business savvy, and mastery of social media has landed her at the top of her profession inspiring millions of kids and teens worldwide.”

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Taylor Swift: Guys Don’t Realize What’s Involved with Dating Me

Mario Testino for British VogueTaylor Swift is probably many a man’s dream girlfriend, but the singer says that that’s because they’re not fully aware of what it’s like to be her boyfriend.

Speaking to British Vogue, Taylor says, “I don’t think any guy really… They think that they would want to get to know me, and maybe date me, but I don’t think they want what comes with it.”  And what comes with it?  Basically, pandemonium.

“I don’t know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can’t protect his girlfriend because that’s the life she chose,” she explains. “I just don’t see how it could work, so I don’t think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself.”

In fact, says Taylor, “Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can’t picture how it could work with the way my life is.”

Taylor’s life right now is all about promoting her upcoming album, 1989, which is her first official pop record.  She tells British Vogue, “With this album I’ve completely changed the sound of everything I’ve done until now. So it’s interesting to not be afraid of that.” 

Noting her decision to label the album as pop, she says, “You know, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.”

Taylor’s full interview with the magazine will be available for download October 3 and on newsstands on Monday.

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Are “Cheek to Cheek” Atop the Chart

Streamline/Interscope/ColumbiaIf you’re one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, recording an album of jazz standards with an 88-year-old is probably one of the biggest artistic risks you can take.  But in this case, that risk has paid off in spades for Lady Gaga.

Cheek to Cheek, Gaga’s duets album with singing great Tony Bennett, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  It’s her second #1 in less than a year; her most recent solo release, ARTPOP, also topped the chart last November.  As for Bennett, he’s now the oldest living act to earn a #1 album, beating a record that he set back in 2011, when he topped the charts with his star-studded disc Duets II.  Gaga also appeared on that record, singing with Bennett on “The Lady Is a Tramp.”

“I’m so proud to have the #1 album in the country, with the greatest guy I know,” Gaga tweeted, adding on Instagram,So happy today, it’s like dream. Somebody pinch me, but don’t wake me. Heaven, I’m in heaven.” Those last words, of course, echo the opening lines of the song “Cheek to Cheek.”

Country star Kenny Chesney’s latest album, The Big Revival, arrives at #2, while last week’s #1, Barbra Streisand’s Partners, slips to #3.

Jennifer Hudson’s new album JHud enters at #10.  It’s her third top-10 release, making her three for three as far as top-10 albums go.

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Colbie Caillat Books TV Appearances in Support of “Gypsy Heart”

Kurt IswarienkoColbie Caillat‘s new album Gypsy Heart is in stores now, and soon she’ll be all over your TV — and in a theater near you.

Colbie will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, and on Monday, she’ll be on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  On October 10, she’ll appear on The Meredith Vieira Show.

Colbie’s also got a new song called “In Love Again” that will be featured in a key scene of The Best of Me, the upcoming movie based on the book by Nicholas Sparks.  That film is in theaters October 17th; the soundtrack is out October 7.

Meanwhile, Colbie’s song and video for “Try” continue to grow in popularity: the video, featuring Colbie and other women going without makeup, has racked up 25 million views.  According to her record company, the song was recently praised by no less a songwriting legend than Carole King, who called it “not only melodic and moving…[but] sociologically important.”

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