Pregnant Alicia Keys Poses Nude to Draw Attention to New “We Are Here” Movement: “I Want to Gather an Army”

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCA female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it.  The singer, who’s expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an “army” of fans to make a positive change in the world.

By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind — from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls’ education worldwide. She tells the New York Times, “I want to gather an army…It’s time to get people’s attention. People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”

Alicia has donated a million bucks of her own money to get the movement started, and it’ll go to 12 different groups, which she hopes her fans will then choose to donate to themselves.  They include her own foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which helps kids affected by HIV and AIDS; All Out, a gay rights organization; Oxfam, which fights global poverty; War Child; which supports kids living in conflict areas, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which combats racial profiling.  She also plans to organize petitions, rallies and protests.

Alicia’s newly released song “We Are Here” is the theme song for the movement. She tells the New York Times that she was inspired to write the song, and begin the movement, in part, when a friend asked her, “Why are you here?”  “Nobody had ever asked me that question before,” says Alicia, noting that it started her thinking about what her purpose in life is, and what her legacy will be.

“We’re in the same head space. We think the same things,” she says of her and her fans. “This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?”

You can get more info at WeAreHereMovement.com, and also watch a video where Alicia performs “We Are Here” and says, “It’s not about me. It’s about we, and together we can ignite the change that will create a more peaceful world for all children. And that’s the truth.”

Over the weekend, Alicia performed at a celebration for the late actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee at Riverside Church in New York. She performed her song “Superwoman” at the event. Dee died in June at the age of 91.

 

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Nick Jonas Hits the Road for Solo Tour, Hopes JoBros Fans Come Along for the Ride

Charles Sykes/BravoAfter years with the Jonas Brothers, and with his side project, The Administration, Nick Jonas is now stepping out solo with his new single “Jealous” and upcoming album.  He kicks off a solo tour Monday night in Seattle, and says he hopes fans of his previous work will be there in the audience, cheering him on.

“Yeah, this tour’s gonna be fun,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It’s about kinda getting my legs back under me, and really trying to sorta get used to touring again: it’s been awhile.  [I] gotta get out there, have fun, be in front of the fans and play this new music.”

Asked if he expects that those fans who screamed for him when he was in the Jonas Brothers will accept him as “Nick Jonas, solo star” and enjoy his new musical direction, Nick says, “I think it’s all about growth and taking those big steps, and trying to make bold statements, and knowing that when you step into a new phase of your career, you’ll have a lot of people who’ll come with you and join you on that ride, and some that don’t. And that’s ok.”

“It’s about just doing what you have to do as an artist and trying to make the statements you wanna make,” he adds. 

Nick’s self-titled solo album is due November 11.  The tour wraps up October 8 in Boston, the same day he’ll make his debut playing an MMA fighter in Kingdom, DirecTV’s new original drama series. 

Here are Nick’s tour dates:

9/22 — Seattle, WA, Showbox
9/24 — San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
9/27 — Mesa, AZ, Virginia G. Piper Theater
9/29 — Houston, TX, Fitzgerald’s — Upstairs
9/30 — Dallas, TX, Trees
10/2 — Chicago, IL, The Bottom Lounge
10/3 — Minneapolis, MN , Fine Line Music Café
10/5 — Pontiac, MI, Crofoot Ballroom
10/6 — Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace
10/8 — Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre

 
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Rihanna Reportedly a Victim of Celebrity Photo Hackers

Island Def JamRihanna is the latest victim of celebrity hackers. Nude photos, purportedly of the singer, leaked onto 4chan/Reddit on Sunday, according to TMZ.

One of the pictures reportedly shows a censored version of the 26-year-old Grammy-winner’s breasts. Hours later, another, more graphic, version of the picture was released.

The photos appear to have been taken while Rihanna was being fitted for an outfit.

The photos are the latest in a second wave of leaks over the weekend. Nude pictures of what appear to be Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Hope Solo, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, and SuitsAbigail Spencer reportedly have also surfaced.


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Sia to Perform “Chandelier” on “Dancing with the Stars” Results Show with Dancer from Song’s Video

RCA RecordsThe video for Sia’s hit song “Chandelier” was so memorable because it featured an astonishing dance performance from 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler, the star of the Lifetime show Dance Moms.  On Tuesday night’s Dancing with the Stars results show, you’ll get to see Maddie dance to the song live.

Sia is one of the musical guests on Tuesday’s show, and she’ll perform “Chandelier” as Maddie dances, alongside pro Allison Holker.  It’s not clear how much we’ll see of Sia, though, because the Aussie singer and songwriter has refused to pose for photos or show her face on TV to promote her #1 album, 1000 Forms of Fear.

Nico & Vinz will also appear on the show, performing their hit “Am I Wrong.”  The show air live starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Beyoncé and Jay Z’s HBO Tour Special Premieres Tonight

Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentLast week saw Beyoncé and Jay Z concluding their joint outing at the Stade de France in Paris, and now fans can check out their HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, tonight, September 20. 

To get fans even more excited, the singer teased another preview of their special via her Facebook page.  “It’s almost here!” she wrote in the caption.

In the black-and-white clip, Bey and Jay are getting prepared backstage while a stage director can be heard giving instructions to the crew over a walkie-talkie.  Just before the teaser ends, Beyoncé flashes a big smile as she enters the main stage.

The special will feature the famous couple performing more than 40 songs, including a surprise performance with Nicki Minaj for Bey’s “Flawless” remix.

On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Saturday on HBO.


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Phillip Phillips May Eat Birthday Cake and More Onstage at Saturday’s “Food Network in Concert” Fest

Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips celebrates his 24th birthday on Saturday, and he’ll be spending it engaging in his two favorite activities: playing music and eating.

Phillip is one of the headliners at the first-ever Food Network-branded music festival, taking place September 20 outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Not only will Phillip be playing, as well as his former tourmate John Mayer, but the charity event will feature cooking demonstrations and food tastings from some of the Food Network’s biggest stars, as well as top chefs from around the country. 

“I’m so excited,” Phillip tells ABC News Radio.  “I’m going to eat a lot of food.”  In fact, he says he may not even wait until his set is over to chow down.   “I’m probably gonna walk off stage during the middle of the set and just go eat something,” he jokes. “Or I’ll just ask them to bring me some food up — while the band’s jamming, I’ll just kinda sit down for a minute and just eat a little meal or cake.”

Phillip is seriously into food — he says he even tries to prepare his own food when he’s on tour.

“Sometimes, yeah, we’ll try to cook every once in a while,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It’s hard to in the fall, because…it’s cold outside. But in the summertime, we try to do it once every couple of weeks, maybe twice. We have a tiny little grill we’ll take out. It’s tough but we try to. When I go home I like to cook a little bit.”

And when he’s not cooking, he’s watching shows about cooking. The singer, who recently launched a new fall tour in support of his latest album Behind the Light, is also a bona fide Food Network addict.

“I love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” he says of the show that features Guy Fieri traveling around to hole-in-the-wall places and eating greasy delights. “I travel so much… I have the app on my phone and I always try to hit up those restaurants.”

“So yeah, ” he says. “I can watch eight or ten hours of that in a row!”  

Phillip wraps up his tour December 7 in Phoenix, AZ.


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Lorde Says “Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ Soundtrack Will Include “Legendary, Epic Musicians”

ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is putting together the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Mockingjay — Part 1, and while it’s a given that she’ll be including cutting-edge performers on the album, she says iconic stars will be involved, too.

Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lorde says, “I have gotten a mix of really young, fresh, unknown artists and just legendary, epic musicians,” adding, “The music is so f***ing cool.”

Who, exactly, Lorde considers to be “legendary” and “epic” remains to be seen.  We know, for example, that she’s a big fan of rock icon David Bowie, who would fit both those descriptions.

Lorde is also contributing at least one of her own songs to the project, and she has already teased fans by tweeting some of the track’s lyrics: “I’m a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm.”

The new movie opens November 21; so far, there’s no release date for the soundtrack.


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Kelly Clarkson Shares Lyrics of Song from Upcoming Album

Monty Brinton/CBSKelly Clarkson may be enjoying her time as a new mom to daughter River Rose, but she hasn’t forgotten about her music career.  She’s working on a new album and shared some of its lyrics Friday on Twitter.

Kelly tweeted, “The high road can be a lonely place but I’d rather talk to my shadow than a mirage.”  When fans immediately began speculating about what she was talking about — or wondering if everything was all right with her — she followed it up by writing, “Okay haha my last tweet was referring 2 a song that’s going on my next album.  Things r great n my world!  The song is about the high road :) .”

No word yet on when we can expect the new album.  Her last release was the holiday album Wrapped in Red, which came out last year.  Her last album of original non-holiday material was Stronger, which was released in 2011.


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Katy Perry Rides “Dark Horse” to One-Year Anniversary on “Billboard” Hot 100 Chart

Capitol RecordsKaty Perry’s “Dark Horse” isn’t fading in the stretch.  Billboard reports that the single, featuring rapper Juicy J, has now racked up its 52nd week on the Hot 100 chart.  “Dark Horse” is Katy’s first Hot 100 entry to spend a year on the tally. 

Katy’s previous hits “Firework” and “Hot N Cold” both charted for 39 weeks each.  The song is currently at #38, just below Katy’s latest single, “This Is How We Do,” which is #27.  Another song that Katy co-wrote, “Black Widow,” is a Top 10 hit for Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora.

“Dark Horse” was the third single to be released from Katy’s PRISM album, and it became her ninth #1 hit.


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Lady Gaga’s New Perfume Is a Real Knockout

Inez & VinoodhWhat does Lady Gaga’s new unisex fragrance, Eau de Gaga, smell like?  Judging from its newly-released trailer, it’s like writhing around on a pile of naked men, and then getting punched in the face.

In the one-minute black-and-white trailer directed by Steven Klein, Gaga — wearing a barely-there satin dress, long flowing blonde hair and long, sharp, pointy fingernails — rolls around on a pile of artfully arranged naked guys, stroking herself suggestively and pouting sexily. 

Those erotic images are interspersed, bizarrely, with shots of a boxer punching directly into the camera, accompanied by “pow” sound effects.  The whole thing is soundtracked to “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” one of the jazz duets Gaga and Tony Bennett have recorded for their upcoming album, Cheek to Cheek.

Eau de Gaga is described as a “daring” new fragrance that “represents the future of a scent that appeals to both men and women, where nothing is off limits.” 

Gaga tweeted, “We worked 2 years on this fragrance. 13 NATURAL ingredients and unisex!”



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