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Will Miley Cyrus Be Punished for Desecrating the Mexican Flag?


Photo by: Olivia MaloneMiley Cyrus' onstage antics have once again gotten her into trouble...this time in another country.

While performing in Mexico this week, Miley twerked onstage wearing a huge prosthetic butt; at the same time, one of her backup dancers spanked the fake butt with the Mexican flag.  Now, at least one Mexican lawmaker is calling for the singer to be punished, reports E! Online.

According to E!, Francisco Trevino, a local official in Monterrey, Mexico, has posted a video on Facebook that calls for the Mexican government -- in particular the Secretary of the Interior -- to prosecute Miley for her actions.  Disrespecting the Mexican flag is punishable by up to $1,200 or 36 hours in jail, according to E!.

So far, Miley hasn't commented on the controversy.  Her Bangerz tour plays Mexico City on Friday.

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Taylor Swift and Lorde Bond Over...Paper Dolls?


MTV/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTVDespite being a global pop superstar, Taylor Swift enjoys simple things like making cookies, needlepoint and other homemade crafts.  Now, it appears as though Lorde has caught the bug from her pal Taylor.

On Thursday evening, Lorde tweeted, "i just bought some paper doll books on a whim and now i don't want to do anything but cut out dresses/parasols/hats."  She then posted several photos of her purchase, saying the dolls look "extremely epic." 

Taylor posted a screenshot of the paper doll tweet and replied, "I don't mean to be all 'me, me, me' but I'm pretty sure this is my fault."

Lorde agreed, tweeting back, "gguuuuiiiillltttyyy. only thing left now is baking!"  She then posted a photo of her favorite paper doll, which was wearing a Victorian-era gown and hat, and wrote to Taylor, "This one's my favourite, can you tell?"

Taylor and Lorde might actually get to see each other this weekend and play paper dolls in person, since they're both heading to Las Vegas to perform at a huge all-star music festival.

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Will Adam Lambert Be the New "American Idol" Mentor?


Credit: Neal PrestonAdam Lambert sat in as a judge for American Idol auditions in New York City on Wednesday, filling in for Keith Urban, who had to return to Australia when his father-in-law died suddenly. Whether or not Adam would like to make his affiliation with the show more permanent remains to be seen.

TVLine.com notes that last year's official "mentor," Randy Jackson, has yet to be announced as returning for the show's next season.  So, would Adam himself want that job, since he did a good job as a guest "boot camp" mentor last year? The answer is --  maybe.

The season eight runner-up tells TV Line, "I don't know...I have a lot going on.  I’m working on an album. We might go back out on the road with Queen -- so, I don’t know yet. There’s a lot happening.  Time is the issue."

Even so, Adam says he likes the idea in theory. "I feel like [mentoring and guest judging] is a way to give back," he explains. "I know it sounds corny, but I want to help the contestants with the light bulb that could go off.”

The 14th season of American Idol begins in January.

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Donate 10 Grand to Miley's Pet Charity, and She'll Design a Tattoo for You


Peter Kramer/NBCLast month, Miley Cyrus launched a Prizeo campaign to raise money for My Friend's Place, a resource for homeless young people in L.A.  There are days left in the fundraising campaign, and there are now some pretty insane prizes available if you've got the cash.

The more you donate to the campaign, the more chances you get to win the grand prize, which is a VIP trip for two to Miley's concert in Brazil on September 28.  But in addition, the more you donate, the more awesome goodies you'll get for your trouble.  If you donate $10,000, for example, Miley herself will custom-design a tattoo for you.  No word on whether or not you get to veto the tattoo, so be ready for the possibility of something with pot leaves and profanity on it.

If you'd rather not have that as your prize, for 10 grand, you can also choose to receive a signed piece of original My Friend's Place artwork by Miley.  There are two designs to choose from.

If you don't have that much cash, a $5,000 donation will get you a personal voicemail message recorded for you by Miley.

The campaign ends on September 21.  Visit Prizeo.com to donate.

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Nick Lachey to Release Album of Movie Soundtrack Songs


Courtesy: VH1Nick Lachey is on TV so often, it's sometimes hard to forget that he's a singer.  He's about to remind us, though, with a new album on November 11.

As People reports, Nick's fourth solo album will be called Soundtrack of My Life: an apt title, considering it's made up of memorable songs from movie soundtracks.  He tells People, "I knew I wanted to do a cover album but wanted to go for a different concept. Soundtracks just felt like a cool angle on doing a cover record."

Nick adds, "The marriage of music and film is one that has been talked about so much over the years, and the way music affects you when you're watching a film is so impactful."

Among the songs Nick tackles: "Falling Slowly," from the film Once, which Nick says was his and his wife Vanessa's "theme song" at one point; and "What a Wonderful World," from Good Morning Vietnam. "They all have a story behind them and have a special meaning for me," Nick says of the disc's songs.

Nick's plenty busy with non-music stuff as well.  He and Vanessa are expecting their second child, a girl, in January. He'll also return as host of VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live on September 29, and his A&E series, tentatively called Lachey's Bar, will premiere next year.

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Mariah Carey to Tour Australia for First Time Since 1998


ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey isn't letting relationship woes stop her from bringing her music to her fans.  The diva has announced dates in Australia and New Zealand, as part of her Elusive Chanteuse Show world tour.

The tour officially launches in Japan in October, but will arrive in Australia for a series of dates starting November 2.  Mariah will perform in Perth, Adelaide and Sydney, as well as dates in Victoria's Yarra Valley and in Brisbane. She'll also perform her first-ever live concert in New Zealand on November 13.  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26 for the Aussie shows, and September 30 for the New Zealand show.

While Mariah performed three shows in Australia in 2013, Billboard reports that this will be her first national tour of Australia since her Butterfly tour visited in 1998.  Her latest album debuted in the top five on the Australian chart earlier this year.

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Ariana Grande Laughs Off Rumors that She Hates Her Fans; "Break Free" Goes Platinum


Republic RecordsAfter being dogged by rumors that she's a demanding, impossible-to-deal-with diva, Ariana Grande is now being accused of -- gasp -- actively hating her fans.  But the singer is laughing off that story, saying she's all about love.

The New York Daily News claimed that during a radio station visit this past summer, Ariana signed autographs for fans and was all smiles, but then, when she got in an elevator and the doors shut, she said, "I hope they all f**king die."  Ariana is now dismissing this story in a series of tweets.

"man some of these rumors that have been coming out about me lately actually have me laughing out loud....  really can't take em seriously," she writes. adding, "sooner or later ppl will realize that what u put out is what u get back. the lies/hate etc.  Give love & I promise life will treat u better."

"I've said this before but I promise it's true," she continues. "What u focus on expands. what u put out, u get back. live for love & your life will be pretty." 

Ariana goes on, "love love love love love love love. k? n here's some more love for u. even those who are unkind. here's some love for u too. u need it most." She then quoted the musical Rent, tweeting, "Share love. give luv. spread luv. measure ur life in luv," and adding, "I quoted Rent & I'm not apologizing."

Later on, Ariana announced that her latest hit "Break Free" had gone platinum, and thanked her fans profusely. She also announced that she's added a second concert date at New York's Madison Square Garden -- it'll be on March 21.

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Aloe Blacc Talks Movie Plans, Possible Bruno Mars Collaboration


ABC/Adam TaylorThis past summer, "Wake Me Up" singer Aloe Blacc made his acting debut in Get On Up, the movie biography of the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown.  In addition to his music career, he now says he'd like to pursue a career in the movie business as well -- both in front of the camera and behind it.

"I really would love to," he tells ABC News Radio of his acting aspirations. "I'm definitely taking scripts in, I'm checking to see what kinda roles I think will fit...where I wanna go in my career as an actor, as a storyteller. But, I feel like I may be writing the story pretty soon. I have some ideas for films."

Aloe, speaking backstage at Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars, wouldn't reveal what those ideas are, but he was happy to talk about the fact that he's currently working on new music, which he says he'd like to release in 2015.  So, is there a chance that he'll collaborate on some new songs with Bruno Mars, since the two toured together all this past summer? 

"Aww, man, I wish. I hope so!" laughs Aloe. "I haven't talked to him since tour, we've both been running around, I've been all over the world since, and he's continuing to finish his tour. It would be great to get in the studio with a guy like Bruno Mars, he's the real deal, y'know: singer, songwriter, entertainer."  

Next month, Aloe heads to Australia and New Zealand for more touring.

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Classic Rolling Stones Shows Hitting Stores in November


Eagle Rock EntertainmentTwo vintage Rolling Stones concerts will be released on DVD, CD, vinyl and via digital formats in November.


Eagle Rock Entertainment's new From the Vault series will kick off with Hampton Coliseum -- Live in 1981 on November 4, followed by L.A. Forum -- Live in 1975 on November 18.

Footage from both concerts has been carefully restored, with the sound newly mixed by producer Bob Clearmountain, whose previous credits include the Stones albums Tattoo You and Still Life.

The two-and-a-half-hour Hampton Coliseum show features footage from the December 18, 1981, tour stop in Virginia that was also guitarist Keith Richards' birthday.

The L.A. Forum show from 1975 was from the group's Tour of the Americas '75 -- its first trek with then-newcomer Ronnie Wood on guitar.

Check out the track listings below:

From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum — Live in 1981

"Under My Thumb"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Shattered"
"Neighbours"
"Black Limousine"
"Just My Imagination"
"Twenty Flight Rock"
"Going to a Go Go"
"Let Me Go"
"Time Is on My Side"
"Beast of Burden"
"Waiting on a Friend"
"Let It Bleed"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Band Introductions"
"Happy Birthday Keith"
"Little T & A"
"Tumbling Dice"
"She's So Cold"
"Hang Fire"
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
‘Brown Sugar"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction"

From the Vault: L.A. Forum — Live in 1975

"Introduction"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"All Down the Line"
"If You Can’t Rock Me" / "Get Off of My Cloud"
"Star Star"
"Gimme Shelter"
"Ain’t Too Proud to Beg"
"You Gotta Move"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Happy"
"Tumbling Dice"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"
"Band Intros"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"Fingerprint File"
"Angie"
"Wild Horses"
"That's Life"
"Outta Space"
"Brown Sugar"
"Midnight Rambler"
"Rip This Joint"
"Street Fighting Man"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"Sympathy for the Devil"

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John Legend Tapes "CMT Crossroads"


ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend teamed up with country singer Lee Ann Womack to tape a new episode of CMT Crossroads Wednesday night in Franklin, TN.

The eight-song set included the two singers swapping vocals on their biggest hits, including John's pop hits "All of Me" and "Green Light," as well as Lee Ann's "I Hope You Dance" and "I May Hate Myself in the Morning." John's new offering, "You and I (Nobody in the World)," also made the set list.

CMT Crossroads: Lee Ann Womack and John Legend premieres Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Clean Bandit Says US Success Is a "Massive Surprise"


Asylum UK/Big Beat/Atlantic RecordsClean Bandit -- a British quartet that mixes dance music and classical music -- is experiencing huge success in the U.S. charts with their hit "Rather Be."  They've just kicked off a headline tour of North America, and say they're shocked by how popular they seem to be on this side of the pond.

"Well it's a massive surprise that the shows sold out," said Bandit cellist Grace Chatto backstage at ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday.  "Because we didn't know whether anyone would really come or if anyone would know the songs if they did come."  The band played New York City on Tuesday, and she tells ABC News Radio, "Yeah, it was completely sold out, and it was such a kind of electric atmosphere. It was a very nice surprise."

The crowd reaction when the group performs "Rather Be" live has also thrown them for a loop. "It's so crazy," Grace tells ABC News Radio. "It's really exciting when it starts.  Everyone just kind of starts screaming."  And Neil Amin-Smith, who plays violin in the group, adds, laughing, "Hundreds of iPhones get pulled out!"

The lead vocals on "Rather Be" are provided by a woman named Jess Glynne, who's not actually in Clean Bandit.  In fact, none of the singers who are featured on the band's debut album New Eyes are members of the group: the four actual members recruit vocalists on a case-by-case basis for each song, including "Rather Be."

"We actually had the song like kind of finished a long time before we met Jess," Neil says, explaining how the band got her to sing on their hit.  "And we played it at a lot of festivals in the U.K. last summer, kind of trying it out, and it just seemed audiences were reacting to it in a way we never really experienced before, but it took quite a while to find the right vocalist for it."

After hearing Jess sing on a track called "My Love," which was a big hit in the U.K., they realized that she was the perfect fit for "Rather Be."  "She recorded it and took it to another level," says Neil.

Of course, Jess can't go on tour with Clean Bandit, and neither can any of the other singers who are featured on Clean Bandit's album.  But that doesn't mean that if you go to see them live, all you'll see is two people playing violin and cello.

"We have a lot of people onstage," explains Grace. "We have a live violin, live cello, live drums played on this kind of massive electronic kit with some acoustic elements built in. And keys, and an electronic saxophone, and two amazing singers called Elisabeth Troy and Florence Rawlings, who are very versatile and sing all of the songs on the album -- even though on the album we've recorded twelve different vocalists."

When Clean Bandit wrap up their North American tour in early October, they'll head back home to the U.K. for a string of dates there.  While "Rather Be" is really just getting started in the U.S., in the U.K., it was the fastest-selling single of the year, and spent four weeks at #1.

"It really broke us in the U.K. as well because we've been working together as a band for quite a few years, but we never really thought of ourselves as pop musicians and it's all been so sudden," says Grace. "And it's kind of crazy that it's going so well in America [too]."  

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Taylor Swift's a Little Bit Excited About The Change of Seasons


ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaTaylor Swift recently got a new Tumblr account, and after asking her fans to help her figure out how to use it, she's been going full-on with her postings.  Her latest is an ode to the fact that summer is over and fall is upon us.  It turns out that Taylor really, really likes fall.  Maybe a little bit too much.

"There’s nothing like just apple picking in the Fall, the first cold New York weather hitting you, the fashion sense steaming up, and the fresh apple cider and donuts," she wrote in her posting. "I LOVE THE FALL."

Then, in an epic sentence, she gushes:

"And hats and scarves and knee socks and wearing tights for the first time in months and when the mornings are all chilly and you can see your breath and draw little pictures on foggy windows and plaid stuff and ANKLE BOOTS and not caring when people make fun of pumpkin flavored stuff cause you LOVE IT and are happy it’s all the rage and people who dress their dogs in costumes on Halloween and fires in fireplaces and maroon/hunter green/mustard yellow color combos and baking your first fall batch of cookies but you put too much cinnamon in it because you’re TOO EXCITED BECAUSE IT’S FALL."

Taylor, People magazine's Best Dressed woman of 2014, showed off her fall style this week by hitting the town in knee socks, a plaid skirt, a hunter green bag and her favorite accessory: her new cat, Olivia Benson.

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Buy Adam Levine's Clothes, Get His Music for Free


Terry Richardson for Press Here PublicityIf you don't want to shell out for Maroon 5's new album, V, but you need some fall clothes, Adam Levine has you covered. 

If you spend $30 or more on stuff from the Adam Levine Collection at Kmart, you'll receive a free download of V.  Here's how it works: Shop Adam's collections for either men or women, and after you spend $30 or more, you'll get a free code, which will let you download the disc for free.  The deal is good for purchases made either in store or online.

In a statement, Adam pronounces himself "thrilled" to be able to offer fans this deal.

In other clothing-related Adam Levine news, his wife, Behati Prinsloo, will be showing off the hottest holiday lingerie looks as one of the stars of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which will air on CBS on December 9.  For the first time, the show will be filmed in London.

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Iggy Azalea Suing Ex Who Claimed He Co-Stars in Her Sex Tape


Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsThe ongoing story about whether or not Iggy Azalea actually made a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend just got a whole lot more complicated.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Iggy has now filed suit against her ex Maurice Williams, who raps under the name Jefe Wine, accusing him not of releasing a sex tape, but of releasing her early music, and forging a contract he claims gives him the right to do so. 

The publication reports that, according to the complaint, Iggy met Williams in 2008 in Houston, and they began a relationship, even though, unbeknownst to Iggy, he was married with children. 

Williams then followed Iggy to Atlanta when she moved there in 2009, the complaint continues.  He moved into her house and then "downloaded the entire contents of Azalea's personal computer," including her unreleased music.  Then this past July, a company with which Williams was involved announced that it was releasing an EP by Iggy called Inizio, and songs from it started popping up on digital-service providers. 

Iggy says that EP contains the music that Williams stole from her, and constitutes a violation of her copyright, trademark, name and likeness.  She sent out cease-and-desist letters, and the DSPs removed the songs.  But then, as part of its coverage of the sex tape story, TMZ quoted Williams as saying that he had an agreement with Iggy that gave him the exclusive rights to her music and "visual images" of her.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Iggy's complaint maintains that this so-called agreement is a forgery.  What happened, according to her complaint, is that when the couple was living in Atlanta, Williams introduced Iggy to a guy named Kareem Chapman.  She signed an artist-management agreement with Chapman's company, and Williams took her copy of it and illegally altered it to turn it into a "music recording and composition agreement."

If what Iggy says is true, Williams has no rights to her music.  That's why she's suing him for copyright violation and wants a declaration that he has no right to use her name or her likeness.  The complaint doesn't mention a sex tape, but it does refer to the defendants coming out with "promotional videos featuring an impersonator of Azalea."

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Avril and Chad Not Splitting Up, Despite Reports


Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCDon't believe the rumors: Avril Lavigne and her husband, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, aren't breaking up.

A source tells US Weekly magazine that Chad "has been going around and telling people that they're divorcing," and the magazine also points to the fact that Avril was spotted August 30 without her wedding ring as further evidence.

However, a source close to the Canadian couple tells ABC News Radio that the couple is fine and denies the divorce story.  The two married July 1, 2013, in France.  It was the one-year anniversary of their first date, which was also, appropriately enough, Canada Day.  It was Avril's second marriage; Chad's first.

Chad and Nickelback will release a new album, No Fixed Address, on November 4.

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Jessie J to Perform Intimate Shows in NYC and LA


Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJessie J will mark the October 14 release of her long-awaited new album, Sweet Talker, with two special shows: one in New York City and one in Los Angeles.

Jessie will perform at New York's Gramercy Theater on October 9; tickets go on sale September 19 at 10 a.m.  On the 14th, the day the album arrives, she'll be at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.  An American Express presale for that date is available now through September 19 at 10 p.m.  General tickets will be available starting September 20 at 10 a.m.

Sweet Talker includes the hit three-way collabo "Bang Bang," as well as the next single, "Burnin' Up," featuring 2 Chainz.  That song will be released September 23.  Other guests on the album include old-school hip-hop group De La Soul and violinist Lindsay Sterling.

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Taylor Swift Named "People" Magazine's Best Dressed of 2014


Bret Hartman/CBSTaylor Swift not only kills it on the red carpet, she kills it every time she steps outside her New York City apartment. That's why the always-pulled-together singer has been named People magazine's Best Dressed for 2014.

As People notes, the singer has "truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months," sporting amazing designer gowns at industry events, and chic casual ensembles on the street.  She even looks great coming from the gym.  Her BFF, supermodel Karli Kloss, tells the magazine, "She's got great style. I need to take some notes from her!"

Taylor herself tells People, "I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before,” and describes her style as “feminine, leggy and ever-changing.” 

As far as other musical performers go, People magazine also singles out Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez on its Best-Dressed top-10 list, which is unranked.  The mag calls Rihanna "the biggest risk-taker," offering as evidence the see-through gown she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  Speaking about his client's fashion choices, Rihanna's stylist tells the magazine, "Being sexy is totally a part of it. It’s also about having fun, though, and just experimenting with fashion."

As for that ageless beauty J-Lo, the magazine says, "[She] has yet to meet a skin-baring trend she doesn't like … or can't pull off."  Her stylists tell the magazine, "She looks phenomenal in everything, so we get to have more fun playing with her looks rather than analyzing what needs to be avoided."

People mag also inducts some Best Dressed Couples into its Style Hall of Fame, and Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are among them, as are John Legend and his supermodel wife, Chrissy TeigenVoice coach and country star Blake Shelton and his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, also made the cut.

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Jason Mraz Kicks Off Historic Tour of All of NYC's Five Boroughs Tonight


Courtesy Atlantic RecordsStarting tonight, Jason Mraz takes Manhattan -- and every other part of New York, too.  While some artists do residencies in Las Vegas, or at one venue, like the O2 in London, Jason is doing a residency of New York City as a whole, with a concert this month in each of New York City's five boroughs.

Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Jason and his tour partners, the all-female band Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx -- beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping up the 22nd and 23rd at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. 

Asked if he's looking forward to playing any particular section of New York more than another, Jason tells ABC News Radio, "You know, I'm excited to be back in Radio City Music Hall -- don't get me wrong; I do love that. But I'm also just genuinely excited about what each of the boroughs is gonna bring. Because I don't know. I don't know what to expect."

What fans can expect, though, is a different set list in each location. "Definitely! We're going to mix it up every night, and I get to do that thanks to my amazing support band, Raining Jane," Jason says.  He and the Janes, as they're called, have been touring together since late August; they also joined him on his current album, YES!

Jason says that one of the goals in doing the tour is to encourage New Yorkers to actually journey from wherever they happen to live to other parts of the city to see him play.  This isn't always as easy as it sounds: people who live in Manhattan, for example, often complain about having to go to Brooklyn.  But Jason says, fingers crossed, his music will be enough to tempt folks to travel.

"I'm hoping that we're not just playing for people in those boroughs, but that it gives New Yorkers a chance to commute and go check out some of the other boroughs and some of the other neighborhoods that they may not have seen yet," he says.  

After he wraps up the New York shows, Jason will head overseas for some shows in the U.K. and Europe, before coming back to North America in early October for more dates.

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Fergie Returns with New Single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)," on Sept. 30


ABC/Bob D'AmicoA day after Billboard reported that Fergie was readying a brand-new solo album for 2015, word comes that she'll deliver a new single this month.

According to a tweet from Billboard's Gary Trust, Fergie's new song is called "L.A. LOVE (la la)" and it'll arrive September 30.

Billboard reported that Fergie was readying the follow-up to her one and only solo album, The Dutchess, and that it would likely come out in 2015, with a new single "before the end of the year."

The publication also reported that among the producers Fergie is working with is Mike WiLL Made-It, perhaps best known for his work on Miley Cyrus' Bangerz album.

The Dutchess, which came out in 2006, spun off five top 5 singles, including “Fergalicious,” “London Bridge” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”  In the past eight years, Fergie's married Josh Duhamel and become a mom to son Axl Jack, released two albums with the Black Eyed Peas -- The E.N.D. and The Beginning -- and appeared in several movies, as well as on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby.

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Nick Jonas Gets "Jealous" with Girlfriend in New Video


Island RecordsNick Jonas' co-star for his latest music video, "Jealous," is his real-life girlfriend, former Miss USA winner Olivia Culpo.

In the clip, Nick rides a motorcycle, drives a cab and is schooled on the basketball court as he sings about how he "still gets jealous."  There are plenty of shots of Culpo and another woman to emphasize his point.

"Jealous" is off Nick's self-titled solo album, due out November 11.

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