On “Ellen,” Taylor Swift Talks Irrational Fear of Sea Urchins, Reveals How to Render Adam Levine Helpless

Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to discuss her new album and her debut Monday night as a mentor on The Voice, but in a series of advance clips, she also discusses her deepest, darkest fears, both of which are somewhat irrational.

The first of Taylor’s irrational fears has to do with sea urchins.  When Ellen tries to argue that sea urchins are just sitting there minding their own business, Taylor counters, “They’re sitting there waiting to completely injure you!”

“OK, like, if you’re in the Caribbean, you’re like, ‘This water’s so beautiful, it’s amazing,’ and you’re walking — it’s clear water — you can’t see a sea urchin’s right there!  And then you step on one, and it has barbs that go into whatever it touches, and then you have to go to the emergency room and it has to be surgically removed!”

Taylor continues, attempting to justify her fear.  “You could lose your foot. You could lose your hand. You could lose your hand trying to get it off of your foot!”

Taylor also reveals that she is afraid of being framed — by persons unknown — for something terrible.  She feels that there are “so many people” out there who’d want to frame her. Explaining why she feels this way, she tells Ellen, “I think the dream and the nightmare of being framed comes from, like, I could do nothing wrong — I could sit in my house with the cats all day — and somehow, there could be an article about me buying a house in a place I’ve never been, or dating a guy I’ve never met.” 

“So, then you take it a step further, and in nightmare world, it’s being framed for murder,” she finishes.

During her interview, Taylor also revealed that when she was a mentor on The Voice, she got to learn all the coaches’ weaknesses.  She says Adam Levine‘s weakness is songs from Broadway musicals — not that he has a weakness for them, but that he hates them so much, you could use them as a weapon against him.

“If you sing songs from Rent, you can actually render Adam Levine helpless on the floor,” she explains.   Bursting into a few bars of “Seasons of Love” from Rent, Taylor adds, “You have to do a theater voice, and he’s just like ‘Ahhhh!’ and he can’t even run away, he’s so weak!” 

“Wow, so ladies, if you ever wanna catch him….” replies Ellen, getting huge laughs.

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Demi Lovato Says Taylor Swift’s “One of the Few” Music Biz Friendships She’s Kept

Credit: Giuliano BekorDemi Lovato may have had a falling out with her former BFF Selena Gomez — she indicated in an interview that they grew apart — but she’s proud she still has Taylor Swift in her life.

Speaking to ET Canada, Demi says of Taylor, “She’s one person that I feel like, one of the few people I’ve maintained a friendship with in this industry. [Fame] just changes people and it’s hard, because you have incredible friendships, and people change.”

According to ET Canada, when asked about Taylor’s recent statement that it’s sexist to dismiss her as someone who “just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,” Demi responded, “Don’t f**k with me if you’re going to say women suck.”  She added that her message has always been about “inspiring women and inspiring everybody to be honest.”

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Sam Smith Wins Big at Britain’s MOBO Awards, Says He Wants to Work with John Legend

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter picking up a trophy for Best New Act at Britain’s Q Awards on Wednesday afternoon, Sam Smith went on to score four more at yet another award ceremony in London that same night.

Sam won Best Male and Best R&B/Soul at Britain’s MOBO Awards, which stands for Music of Black Origin. His album In the Lonely Hour was named Best Album, while his song “Stay with Me” was named Best Song. Other winners included Jessie J and Beyonce.

According to the BBC, Sam said of his wins, “I came last year and really wanted to win best newcomer but didn’t and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed.”  He added, “I don’t know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet!”

Sam said on Instagram later on, “5 AWARDS IN 1 DAY. Completely emotionally drained and so thankful. I love you UK. What a welcome back.”

Asked by Heat magazine on the red carpet at the event who he’d like to collaborate with, Sam said, “John Legend is definitely up there for me. I want to work with John so badly. I love him so much. I’d love to work with Ed [Sheeran] as well at some point.” 

However, Sam said he doesn’t plan to go chasing these artists to make the collabos happen.  “When I work with people, I like it to happen organically so I let it flow and happen naturally,” he said.

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Las Vegas to Celebrate Britney Spears Day November 5

Denise TruscelloBritney Spears’ Las Vegas show Piece of Me has taken the city by storm.  Now the city is planning to honor her for her achievement.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that November 5 will be proclaimed Britney Spears Day in Las Vegas, and the star will be presented with an official proclamation and the key — not to the city, but to the Las Vegas Strip.  Britney herself confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, “ in LV, Nov 5th! What an honor!! Can’t wait to celebrate with you Vegas  See y’all there??”

Britney will also celebrate with fans that night starting at 5:30pm.  That’s when she’ll ride one of the Strip’s attractions — the 550-foot High Roller Ferris Wheel — and fans named Britney, any spelling, will get free rides as well. Also, the first 100 people named Britney who show up at the High Roller on November 5 will receive two free tickets to Britney’s show that night.

Britney’s show, at the Axis at Planet Hollywood theater, was considered a gamble for Las Vegas, since such a young and current pop star had never launched a residency in town before.  But it’s been a huge success, selling out regularly and boosting Planet Hollywood’s bottom line by $20 million, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

The deal has also been quite lucrative for Britney.  A source tells E! that her per-show paycheck has just been bumped to $475,000, which means that during the 140 shows she’ll do over the next two years, she’ll be earning close a million bucks per week.

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Fergie Says Son Can “Turn Up,” Wants Him to Be a Miami Dolphins Fan

Telepictures Productions Inc./ Warner Bros. EntertainmentFergie is busy at work on her upcoming album, due out next year, but she’s also been focused on being a mom to her one-year-old son, Axl Jack. On Thursday‘s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she stopped by to promote her latest single, “L.A. LOVE (la la),” Fergie hinted her son may have a career in entertainment in his future.

“His dad brings him in during my dance rehearsals, you know, for the video,” Fergie said.  “And Axl will start [dancing] and I’m like, ‘Turn up! Turn up! Turn down for what?’ Until he goes…he does this little, this little, my version, [of] what I think is turning up,” she explained, mimicking her son bouncing up and down.

Although he may have a future in the family business, Fergie said it’s too early to tell what sports team he’ll root for. Fergie is part owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, while her husband, actor Josh Duhamel,  is a Minnesota Vikings fan.  But Fergie has a plan.

“You know, we’ll kind of put the jerseys there and kinda just let him choose,” she said. “Yeah, yeah and I’ll kinda put like a hundred dollar bill under [my jersey.]“

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One Direction Announce North American & European Dates for On the Road Again Tour

Credit: Cal AurandOne Direction has revealed European and North American dates for its On the Road Again 2015 stadium tour.  The North American leg of the outing begins July 9 in San Diego, CA.  Tickets go on sale November 1 via LiveNation.com.

The tour comes in support of the band’s new album, Four, which is due November 17.  In a statement, Niall Horan says, “We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans — they make it possible for us to play in these incredible places and continue to surprise us every day with their unwavering support.”

One Direction’s Facebook page is hosting a pre-sale on Wednesday, Oct. 29.  Citi card members can get access to pre-sale tickets starting this Friday.

In other 1D news, the video for the group’s new single, “Steal My Gir,l” debuts Friday on VEVO at 11 a.m. ET.  Described as “outlandish,” the clip features film and TV star Danny DeVito.

Here are the tour dates:

6/10 — Vienna, Austria, Ernst Happel Stadion
6/13 — Brussels, Belgium, King Baudouin Stadium
6/16 — Horsens, Denmark, CASA Arena
6/19 — Oslo, Norway, Ullevaal Stadion
6/23 — Gothenburg, Sweden, Ullevi Stadium
6/27 — Helsinki, Finland, Olympiastadion
7/9 — San Diego, CA, Qualcomm Stadium
7/11 — San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium (on sale Nov. 14)
7/15 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
7/26 — Minneapolis, MN, TCF Bank Stadium
7/28 — Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium
7/31 — Indianapolis, IN, Lucas Oil Stadium
8/2 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field
8/5 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/8 — Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium
8/18 — Columbus, OH, Ohio Stadium
8/23 — Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
8/25 — Milwaukee, WI, Miller Park
8/27 — Cleveland, OH, FirstEnergy Stadium
8/29 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field
9/1 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
9/3 — Buffalo, NY, Ralph Wilson Stadium
9/12 — Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium

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Adam Levine Calls His Wife “The Best Dressed Woman Out There”

Christopher Polk/NBCAdam Levine‘s wife Behati Prinsloo is a model, so of course she’s going to have some sort of style.  But Adam thinks that when it comes to getting fashion right, there’s nobody who can touch her.

During an interview with Refinery29 about the newest holiday designs for his clothing line, The Adam Levine Collection, the Maroon 5 singer was asked to name the best fashion advice his wife ever gave him.  “Well, I’m…really lucky because my wife happens to be — in my opinion — the best dressed woman out there,” he says. “Obviously, I’m biased, but I just feel like she’s very creative, inventive, [and has] good taste. I’d be silly not to try to recreate that for the line.”

Asked to reveal what outfit he wore when he first met his future in-laws, Adam says, “Oh God, I don’t remember. If I had to put a bet on it, I’d say it was a T-shirt and jeans. I don’t remember what happened yesterday, so unfortunately I can’t remember too specifically.”  Still, he says that in general, when you’re meeting the parents, you should go subtle, not sexy. 

However, when asked to recommend a specific outfit that fits the bill, Adam wouldn’t take the bait, responding, “God, I don’t know. What I think is passable and what other people think is passable are probably very different. I don’t think it makes a difference as long as it’s not revealing.”

Overall, Adam says his vision for his clothing line is the same as it’s been since he started it:  “Super-simple, classic things that I’ve always loved for men and…that I think that women would really like.”  He adds that he’s “not trying to push the envelope too far, because that’s not what I do.”

“I don’t wake up in the morning and put on a Versace gown,” he adds. “Although that would be funny if I did.”

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Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige & 5 Seconds of Summer to Perform on American Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsSam Smith, Mary J. Blige and 5 Seconds of Summer have been added to the list of performers at the 2014 American Music Awards.  They join a bill that already includes Charli XCX and Pitbull, the latter of whom’s also hosting the show.

It’s not clear if Sam and Mary J. will perform together but it may be a good bet, considering the two recorded a duet earlier this year, and Sam contributes to Mary’s upcoming album, The London Sessions.

Iggy Azalea leads the nominees for this year’s AMAs with six.  Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend each have five nods.

The 2014 American Music Awards will air November 23 on ABC, from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE.

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Katy Perry Takes Birthday Celebration to Morocco

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsAfter reportedly cancelling plans to celebrate her 30th birthday in Egypt, word is Katy Perry has relocated the festivities to another country in Africa.

The Hollywood Reporter had said Katy was going to party and go sightseeing with her crew in Egypt to mark her milestone birthday. However, she reportedly nixed her plans due to “safety concerns.”

Instead, Us Weekly reports, Katy will celebrate in Morocco. The magazine says she’s already arrived in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

Katy turns 30 on Saturday.

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Report: Beyoncé and Jay Z Renewed Vows; Shopping for Home in Paris

Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood EntertainmentIf Beyoncé and Jay Z‘s marriage really was in trouble earlier this year, the couple has since gotten past it and recommitted themselves to it.

The proof: the two have renewed their vows, according to People magazine. Its source says that while the couple did have “major problems” at one point, they’ve “worked it out.”

And now they’re looking to take their love to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Another People magazine source says the couple has been shopping for a home in Paris over the past month.

An Us Weekly insider further reports that Bey and Jay plan to retire in the City of Light eventually, and that they want their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, to learn French.

When Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris last month, Jay noted that the city was special to them because they got engaged there. He also mentioned that Paris is where Blue Ivy was conceived.

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