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Katy Perry Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Madonna

Steven Klein for V MagazineKaty Perry picked a convenient place to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge: at a water park. While visiting the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City on a break from her Prismatic tour, a bikini-clad Katy posted a video in which she perched on a mock pirate ship and announced that

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Taylor Swift Says New Single, "Shake It Off," Addresses Our "Take-Down Culture"

ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaNot only is Taylor Swift out with a new single, “Shake It Off,” she also has a new music video for it and a new album, 1989, to be released Oct. 27. Taylor said the single, which had its debut Monday night during her global Yahoo! live stream, encourages people to shake off negativity

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Sam Smith Has One Simple Goal: "I Want to Be the Biggest-Selling Male Pop Star in the Entire World"

Credit: Drew WheelerWhen most singers first start out, they usually have modest goals: they want their first album to go gold, or they want their first single to hit the top ten — maybe they’d like to do a headlining tour.  But Sam Smith‘s goals are a bit more far-reaching than that:  he wants nothing

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Britney Spears Does the Ice Bucket Challenge

RCA RecordsBritney Spears has joined the countless other celebs who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In an Instagram video posted Monday, the pop star accepted the challenge from her little sister Jamie Lynn and had a bucket of ice water tossed over her head. In turn, she nominated Adam Sandler, boyfriend David Lucado

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MAGIC!, Jennifer Hudson Added to "Fashion Rocks" Lineup

Chapman Baehler/RCA RecordsThe star-studded lineup for the CBS special Fashion Rocks has just gotten bigger.  MAGIC! and Jennifer Hudson are the latest stars to be added to the bill for the September 9 event, which will air live from Barclays Center in New York City. As previously reported, the show, which highlights the relationship between

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Taylor Swift, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson Among Marie Claire’s "20 Women Changing the World"

Sarah Barlow for Marie ClaireCan a pop star change the world?  According to Marie Claire magazine, the answer’s yes.  The magazine’s current issue highlights “20 Women Changing the World,” and some top female singers are included on that list. Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Jennifer Hudson are all featured on the list, alongside people

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Neon Trees to Launch First Things First Tour Sept. 29

Island RecordsNeon Trees have announced a new tour dubbed the First Things First tour, which will get underway in Bakersfield, CA September 29. The tour, in support of the band’s current album, Pop Psychology, will wrap up November 8 in Sioux City, IA.  It’ll include stops at Mexico City’s Corona Festival on October 12, and

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Pharrell’s Hat Going on Display in Washington, D.C.

Cliff Lipson/CBSOver the past year, Pharrell Williams‘ hat — that huge brown one that he wore to the Grammy Awards — has become almost as famous as he is.  Now, you’ll be able to see it up close and personal, when it goes on display in a Washington, D.C. museum. As you might remember, the

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Iggy Azalea Wouldn’t Smile on "House of Style?"

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIs Iggy Azalea turning into a full-blown diva?  Maybe, according to a production source on MTV’s House of Style. The source tells The Hollywood Reporter that during a shoot in the Versace store in Beverly Hills on August 9, Iggy, the show’s host, “walked in with her entourage and wouldn’t take her

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Lorde Announces First-Ever Tour of New Zealand, Promises "Bull Terriers & Bathtubs" for US Dates

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCWhile she’s performed all over the world in the last year, Lorde has never done a headlining tour of her own country — but that’s about to change. The singer has announced she’ll do her first-ever headlining tour in New Zealand in late October and early November.  So far, four all-ages

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Ne-Yo Eyes November Release for "Non-Fiction" Album

Image courtesy Frank Micelotta/FOX Ne-Yo has finally settled on a release date for his long-awaited upcoming album, Non-Fiction. The disc will arrive November 11.  The singer made the announcement in the caption to an Instagram post in which he is pictured balancing on a teetering chair during a photo shoot. “Life is about balance….finding and

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to Appear on HSN; "Cheek to Cheek" Track Listing Revealed

Streamline/Interscope/ColumbiaLady Gaga and Tony Bennett are pulling out all the stops to promote their upcoming album of jazz duets, Cheek to Cheek.  Not only will the two be starring in PBS concert special in October, but they’ve just announced they’ll appear on HSN next month. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek is a

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Report: NFL Asking Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna to Pay to Play the Super Bowl

Image credit: Anton CorbjinWhen artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don’t receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions.  But this time around, the Wall Street Journal reports that the National Football League are asking stars to pay to play. According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the

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John Legend’s Breaking Through Launches YouTube Star Search

ABC/Randy Holmes Back in April, John Legend announced that he was teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through. Now, the singer is seeking talented dancers for the film. Legend has partnered with DanceOn, the multi-channel YouTube network co-founded by Madonna, to create a

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Ed Sheeran Already in the "9th or 10th Year" of His 10-Year Plan

Credit: Ben WattsThree years ago, savvy Ed Sheeran established a 10-year plan for his career trajectory, laying out all the goals he hoped to accomplish in the next decade.  But things have been going so well for him that he now claims he’s six years ahead of schedule. Speaking to USA Today, Ed explains, “If

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Charli XCX Reveals to Whom She Wouldn’t Mind Losing at the MTV VMAs

Dan CurwinWith her “Fancy” duet partner Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX is nominated in a number of categories at the MTV Video Music Awards, which take place next weekend in Los Angeles.  But the British singer/songwriter is also nominated on her own in the MTV Artist to Watch category, and if she doesn’t win, she says

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Taylor Swift’s New Pop Album, "1989," Coming Out October 27, Featuring New Single, "Shake It Off"

 Big Machine Records/Republic RecordsTaylor Swift unveiled her brand-new single, “Shake It Off,” during her global Yahoo! live stream Monday. The song was co-written with her frequent collaborators Max Martin and Shellback with the challenge of breaking completely new musical ground for her. It’s about controlling her reaction to what people may say about her, and

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Colbie Caillat to Release Full-Length "Gypsy Heart" Album September 30

Republic RecordsShe’s already given us a preview with her EP, Gypsy Heart — Side A.  Now Colbie Caillat will be releasing her full-length album, Gypsy Heart, September 30. The album, her fourth, will be available for pre-order on September 2.  On August 27, she’ll launch an intimate headlining tour in Denver, CO, which will wrap up

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Lorde’s Handwritten Lyrics to "Royals" Fail to Sell at Auction

Photo credit: Andrew WhittonLorde’s “Royals” may have been a chart-topping, Grammy-winning hit, but it turns out fans — at least those in her home country of New Zealand — weren’t prepared to break the bank to own a memento of it. Lorde and her producer Joel Little put a “Royals” lyric sheet — handwritten by

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Lady Gaga Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Adele to Join Her

Credit: Inez and VinoodhHow can we get Adele to come out from the shadows and engage with her fans?  Nominate her for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  That’s just what Lady Gaga has done. Gaga posted a video of herself taking the challenge, but of course, she couldn’t just dump ice water out of any

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