“Bang Bang,” Collabo with Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande, Debuts at #1 on iTunes

Republic RecordsIt leaked online a day early and the reviews so far are mixed, but that clearly hasn’t affected early sales of “Bang Bang.”  The much-anticipated collabo between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, has debuted at #1 on the iTunes singles chart.

The single wasn’t scheduled to be released until Tuesday, but the label offered it up late Monday following the leak.

As previously reported, "Bang Bang" -- co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin -- will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album, My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall.  


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Reports: Orlando Bloom in Scuffle with Justin Bieber at Restaurant

Ben WattsApparent bad blood between Justin Bieber and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom boiled over at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, according to various gossip outlets. TMZ cites two eyewitnesses who claim Bloom threw a punch at Bieber, who reportedly ducked and screamed in response, "What's up, b***h?"

According to TMZ, Bloom and Bieber were at a star-packed Cipriani; Diddy and Paris Hilton were reportedly dining there at the time.

Sources tell the New York Post Bloom took a swing at Bieber after the 20-year-old singer made a rude comment about the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr.   However, a source close to Bieber insisted that the comment was only made after Bloom took a swing, and missed.

Whatever started the static had apparently been in the works behind the scenes -- and in the pages of the tabloids -- for some time.  Bieber reportedly cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and for his part, Bloom reportedly got close to Justin's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks. 

After the scuffle, TMZ says Bieber left the restaurant and the crowd inside applauded.

TMZ also reports that Justin tried to get the last laugh after his hasty retreat by posting, then quickly deleting, a photo of Kerr in a bikini.


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Iggy Azalea Has Cameo in “Fast & Furious 7,” Vin Diesel Says

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea is now a “Fancy” movie star.  The rapper has landed a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 movie.

The film’s star, Vin Diesel, was doing promotion for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie when an interviewer with France’s Skyrock FM asked the actor which songs he’d like to dance to the most: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” Azalea’s “Fancy,” or Ariana Grande’s “Problem.”

“Well, Iggy Azalea,” the actor replied, adding, “I just worked with her two weeks ago.  I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this. We casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7,” Diesel revealed.

Fast & Furious 7 opens nationwide April 3, 2015.  The sequel was originally supposed to debut this month, but its release date was pushed back following star Paul Walker's death.

Iggy's getting some small-screen exposure, too.  Last week, MTV announced she'll be the new host of the channel’s revived fashion show, House of Style.


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Katy Perry Has the Most-Watched Music Video on YouTube This Year

ABC/Richard HarbaughYouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one.

Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views.

Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million.

Here are the rest of the top 10 videos on the playlist:

4. Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, "We Are One (Ole Ola) (Olodum Mix)"
5. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, "Bailando (Español)”
6. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"
7. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
8. Frozen, "Let It Go Sing-Along"
9. Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle "
10. Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís, "El Perdedor"


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Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired “Angel”

Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty. 

In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.

Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996. 

"I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."

She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release." 

McLachlan said she wrote "that song in two days."

"Angel" was released in 1998 and became a hit.


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Gavin DeGraw Unveils “Dolphin Tale 2″ Song

Peter Kramer/NBCGavin DeGraw has made a musical contribution to the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.

“You Got Me” was written for the movie by Diane Warren, the accomplished Grammy-winning songwriter who’s penned tunes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and many other artists. During the inspiring chorus, Gavin sings, “Rest your head on my heart/And your pain on my shoulders/Make your way to my arms/’Cause you got me.”

“You Got Me” is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital outlets. Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., opens September 12.


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Hilary Duff Releases Video for New Single, “Chasing the Sun”

RCA RecordsHilary Duff is caught daydreaming in the video for her comeback single, “Chasing the Sun.”

In the clip, Duff is an office worker who’d rather be at the beach. She has fantasies about having fun outdoors -- and she embarrasses herself in front of her colleagues as a result.

“Chasing the Sun,” which was co-written by Colbie Caillat, is available for purchase now on iTunes. It’s the first single off Hilary’s upcoming studio album, which will be released this fall. The currently-untitled project will be her first album with RCA Records, as well as her first full-length release since 2007’s Dignity.


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Ariana Grande Discusses Her Grandfather, Falling Out of Touch with Her Dad

Kenneth WillardtBefore her grandfather passed away last week, Ariana Grande expressed in an interview with Seventeen magazine how much he meant to her.

Speaking with Seventeen for its September issue, Ariana said that insecurity “has been the hardest thing” she’s had to overcome. She said that in order to get past the insecurity she feels, she focuses on “what’s important.”

The 21-year-old “Problem” singer continued, “My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day.  I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”

Ariana has since released a statement, via Seventeen, regarding her comments. She said, “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I'm so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ariana revealed that the toughest thing she’s had to deal with during her life is her falling out of touch with her father. She said, “It’s private, but it happened last year.  It took me so long to be okay with it.”

She added, “The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him.  So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself.  I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

The September issue of Seventeen, featuring Ariana on the cover, hits newsstands on August 5.

Ariana is featured on what is currently the number-one song on the iTunes chart, her just-released collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang.”


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OneRepublic Remix EP Now Available on iTunes

LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic’s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.

OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.

The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.


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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featured on New Single from Seattle Band

ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut.

The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist.

Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."

Fences will join Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco August 9, as well as at various European music festivals.

“Arrows” is included on Fences’ new album, Lesser Oceans, out October 14. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get an instant download of “Arrows” and one other song.


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