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J-Lo Considering a Las Vegas Residency?


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCJennifer Lopez was partying in Las Vegas last week, but does she want to do it onstage, on a nightly basis?

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that on Friday, J-Lo and her manager Benny Medina were seen at Shania Twain's concert at Caesars Palace, and the Las Vegas Sun says that on Saturday the two were spotted hanging out with Bruno Mars at Bruno's after-party at the Marquee at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

The Review Journal says that Jennifer's presence may indicate she's being wooed to set up her own residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, since Celine Dion canceled her own shows at that venue for personal reasons and Shania Twain is wrapping up her stint there.

Despite her American Idol stardom and success as a businesswoman and TV producer, J-Lo's most recent album and its singles have underperformed, the paper points out.  However, she still puts on a spectacular live show, and she just might welcome the chance to stay put with her kids and perform in one place, as Britney Spears has done.

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Adele Is in "Spectacular" Voice, Not Rushing New Album, Says Collaborator


Cliff Lipson/CBSNow that we know that Adele's new album won't see the light of day until 2015, we've got plenty of time to speculate on what it might sound like -- and it seems that even the people who collaborated with the star on the disc have no idea how the project is shaping up.

Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren, who's written numerous hits for the likes of Celine Dion, Cher, Toni Braxton and Aerosmith, tells the British the paper The Sun, "I flew to London to work on new stuff with Adele last year. We did some great songs but I don’t know if they’ve made the record. I don’t think anybody does."

Explaining why it might be taking Adele so long to come up with the follow-up to her world-beating album 21, Warren says, "She has a mind of her own. Nobody rushes Adele or makes decisions for her, which is probably why she’s a great artist. She wants to get it right.”

However, Warren can confirm that Adele's voice seems to be in great shape.  You might recall that the singer had to have vocal cord surgery in 2011, but Warren says, "She was singing her a** off when I was in the studio. Her voice was spectacular.”

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder also worked with Adele on the album, but he's also said he doesn't know much about the final product.

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Gwen Stefani Premieres Colorful Video for "Baby Don't Lie"


Mad Love/Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani fans are getting gift after gift from their girl this week: first, a new single, "Baby Don't Lie," at midnight on Sunday; then, a sneak peek at the song's video on The Voice on Monday; now, the full clip has arrived.

The video starts out with Gwen in close-up in black and white. She's then surrounded by a blizzard of words, which pull her into a highly-stylized animated world with a strong '80s aesthetic: there are black-and-white stripes, polka dots, a yellow street and a magenta sky.  She performs the song in this colorful world, at times joined by dancing fuzzy things, at other times by real dancers. 

Gwen ends up in an alley lit by a car's headlights, singing and dancing with her backup dancers, wearing a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones around her neck. Then, then the blizzard of words returns to pull her back to the start, where we now see her in color, rather than black-and-white.

"Baby Don't Lie" is presumably the first single from Gwen's long-awaited new solo album, which will be her first since 2006's The Sweet Escape.  She's also working on new music with her band No Doubt.

If you can't get enough of everything having to do with Gwen, Man on the Run, the new album by her husband Gavin Rossdale's band, Bush, is out this week as well.

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Don't Hate Taylor Swift Because She Has Security Guards


ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift never goes anywhere without her security guards these days, but it's not because she's got an inflated opinion of how important she is. Unfortunately, it's become a necessity, because some people act a little crazy around her.

"I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," Taylor tells Esquire magazine.  But she has to take precautions, she tells the magazine, "because [of] just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me."

"This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about," she continues. "I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."

Despite her security, Taylor says she still tries to go out and interact with people in a normal manner, but if she feels like she just can't deal with the attention, she'll stay home.

"I just have to wake up in the morning and say, 'How am I feeling today?'" she tells the magazine. "If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I'm dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood? Okay, maybe not … Maybe I won't leave the house."

"I try really hard not to take bad days out on other people," Taylor adds. "Because I will get asked for an autograph, and I will get asked for a picture, and there will be someone with their cell phone filming me at a restaurant. If I'm not in the mood for that, I just kind of stay in. And that's fine. Those days don't happen very often. I try really hard to keep it light."

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Ariana Grande's Brother Heading to Broadway


Cliff Lipson/CBSAriana Grande's half-brother Frankie Grande, now famous thanks to his appearance on Big Brother, is heading to Broadway this November.

Frankie is joining the cast of the long-running musical Rock of Ages, playing Franz, the son of the developer who's threatening to tear down L.A.'s famed Sunset Strip. He'll be part of the show through January 18. 

In a statement, Frankie says, "Ever since my first role on Broadway, I have dreamed of playing Franz. I couldn't be more excited to finally get this opportunity, especially alongside this incredible cast."  Previously, Frankie appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, and has produced Broadway plays and musicals as well.

Ariana, who also has a Broadway background, tweeted, "huge congrats to my big brother @FrankieJGrande going back to Broadway. so so proud of u! u deserve it."

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Gotye Not Sure He'll Ever Release Music Under that Name Again


Credit: Cybele MalinowksiGotye -- the stage name of Australian artist Wally De Backer -- hasn't released any new music under that name since he won three Grammys for his hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" and his album Making Mirrors.  And now, he says he never will again...possibly.

In an oddly-worded online posting, Gotye writes, "NEW GOTYE MUSIC. There will be no new Gotye music.  Wait, maybe there will be. I’m not entirely sure right now. There are many contingencies."

He then muses about the fact that the world getting noisier and people are getting deafer, then asks rhetorically, if he did make a new Gotye album, "Will anybody hear this work?"  He adds, " I don’t know. But I think about these things.   One thing you can count on: I will do my best to make it enjoyable for both of us."

He then announces that he's started a new record label called Spirit Level, and that he's making new music with his old band The Basics, who he went back to recording and touring with after "Somebody That I Used to Know" became a worldwide smash.

If Gotye doesn't record any new music under that name, he'll be that rare artist who managed to win one of the most prestigious awards at the Grammys -- Record of the Year -- and then never be heard from again.  Nearly every artist who ever won that category is a household name, except perhaps Domenico Modugno, who won it in 1959, the very first year it was given out.

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Charli XCX & Duran Duran's Simon LeBon Team for "Mockingjay" Track; Kanye West Remix Also Featured


Republic RecordsDetails of the Lorde-curated soundtrack for the new Hunger Games movie Mockingjay -- Part 1 have now been revealed.  Following the premiere of the song "This Is Not a Game" on Tuesday, we now know that Charli XCX has also done a song for the project, teaming with an '80s music icon.

"Angels! I’ve recorded a song with @SimonJCLeBON 4 the @TheHungerGames #MockingjaySoundtrack called ‘Kingdom,’" Charli tweeted.  She's referring to Simon LeBon, the lead singer of 80's megastars Duran Duran.  This squares with a previous report that stated Lorde had reached out to LeBon to contribute to the soundtrack.

Charli also provided a link to the album on iTunes, which reveals other artists on the soundtrack include Tove Lo; British singer/songwriter Natasha Khan, who records under the name Bat for Lashes; one of Lorde's personal fashion icons, model, singer and actress Grace Jones; R&B singer Tinashe; Scottish electronic band CHVRCHES; and Belgian electronic musician Stromae

There's also another Lorde song on the soundtrack, titled "Ladder," and a reworking of her new single "Yellow Flicker Beat" that's been retitled "Flicker" and remixed by Kanye West.  Lorde's a huge fan of Kanye's and covers his songs in concert regularly.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack comes out November 17.

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Taylor Swift Calls the Late Oscar de la Renta Her "All-Time Favorite Designer"


ABC/Richard HarbaughTaylor Swift has commented on the death of renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at the age of 82.

Not long after his death was announced, Taylor posted onto Instagram a photo of herself wearing a de la Renta gown at a public event.

She wrote, "My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory."

De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

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Pizza Chain Posts Birthday Message for Katy Perry -- At Her Request


ABC/Richard HarbaughOne of Katy Perry's birthday wishes has been granted by Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Angeles.

On Sunday night, the soon-to-be birthday girl tweeted, "All I want for my birthday is my name on the Shakey's Pizza marquee on Santa Monica Blvd. Please."

Sure enough, Shakey's marquee now reads, "Happy Birthday Katy Perry." The singer posted a photo of the sign on her Instagram page, writing, "KICKING OFF BIRTHDAY WEEK RIGHT! This signage is a bucket list dream come true!!! SHOUT OUT TO ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS FOR KILLING THE GIFT GAME."

That may not be the only gift from Shakey's. The chain extended to Katy an offer on Twitter to throw her a birthday bash.

Furthermore, a Shakey's rep tells TMZ it will post a birthday message for Katy at all of their locations in California.

Katy, who turns 30 on Saturday, has also reached out to Betty Crocker on Twitter, hinting that she wants it to bring back its discontinued rainbow chip frosting. We'll see if Betty Crocker comes through for her in time for her big day.

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Cool Kids? Echosmith Talk Pros & Cons of Touring with Your Siblings


Jonathan Weiner/Warner Bros. RecordsSharing a house or a room with your brothers and sisters is bad enough, but imagine if you had to tour the world with them, too, spending every waking moment together.  That's exactly what Echosmith, the band behind the smash hit "Cool Kids" is going through right now.  Echosmith is made up of four siblings -- three brothers and a sister -- and as you might imagine, there are pros and cons to living in each others' pockets day in and day out.

"[The] best part is that we know each other so well. Worst part is that we know each other so well," laughs Echosmith singer and keyboard player Sydney Sierota. "After being in a band for so long, you learn to just make yourselves get along, and like, overlook trying to bug each other, because we know we're just going to get it back. Because they know exactly my buttons to push!"

"It's been a process of learning how to be with each other every single second and now we're really good at it," she says of being on the road with her brothers Jamie, Noah and Graham. "It's funny because, I mean, I can't even imagine doing this with three random dudes, even if we were best friends or something -- something about it would just feel weird....I mean, we know each other so well. We know what we like and what we don't like."

In fact, they've been at it for such a long time now, Sydney says, that they know exactly what to do to avoid arguments.

"We just sleep or eat when we get grouchy and fight, because that's usually what it's based around," she tells ABC New Radio. "So, I mean, it actually is a lot of fun for us. Obviously we have our moments. Everybody does. But I think we get along better than most bands."

Because the members of Echosmith are so young, their father is on the road with them as well, and Sydney tells ABC News Radio that it's nice to have her three brothers and her dad on hand to ward off any creepy dudes who try to hit on her.

"It's nice when you're with your brothers and you get in a weird situation where some guy is really trying to, like, be weird," she says. "And you're like, 'Oh yeah, this is my brother, by the way.' And they're like, 'Oh.' Some people ignore the fact...[then I say] 'Hey, my dad's back there. You wanna come say hi? I'll introduce you!'" 

Echosmith will perform at the Life Is Beautiful festival on Friday, and then play a variety of headlining shows and special events through mid-December.

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Phillip Phillips Among Performers Slated to Perform National Anthem at 2014 World Series


Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips announced in a tweet Monday that he'll be performing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" Wednesday night before Game Two of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants in Kansas City.

Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday and the country group Little Big Town will sing the song when the series shifts to San Francisco Friday for Game Three, a Fox spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.  

Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of the song before Game Four on Saturday.  The World Series will be broadcast on Fox.

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"The Voice" Recap: Adam Steals Two Artists as Battle Rounds Continue


Trae Patton/NBCThe second week of Battle Rounds on The Voice began Monday night on NBC. The highlight of the night was Adam Levine stealing two artists: Blessing Offor and Toia Jones.

The guest mentors were back to instruct the artists during rehearsals. Alicia Keys joined Team Pharrell Williams; Stevie Nicks assisted Team Adam; Gwen Stefani's husband, Gavin Rossdale, helped her team; and Little Big Town tutored Team Blake Shelton.

Team Adam's Damien and Kelli Douglas were the first two artists to battle it out on Monday night. Adam assigned them "Knock on Wood," by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, among other musicians. Stevie lamented the fact that one of them would have to leave Adam's team, and jokingly vowed to personally steal the loser of the battle.

Following Damien and Kelli's performance, Blake said Adam's decision would simply come down to a matter of taste. Gwen quipped that she was too distracted by Kelli's body to focus on her singing. Adam named Damien the winner, later explaining to the cameras that the contestant had immersed himself in the song. Kelli was dismissed.

Jessie Pitts and Ryan Sill of Team Gwen were next up. They covered "I Need Your Love," by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding. Gavin detected a boy-band-singer-type quality in Ryan during rehearsals.

Blake felt Jessie had won the battle because the song had been more of a challenge for her. Pharrell thought it better suited Ryan, but Adam disagreed. Gwen picked Ryan, while Blake used the second of his two allotted steals on Jessie.

Blind singer Blessing Offor and teenager Katriz Trinidad went head-to-head for Team Pharrell. They were given Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do." In rehearsals, Alicia taught Katriz how to move her body to the song.

Adam and Blake both felt Katriz rose to the challenge, since Blessing is the more accomplished singer. Pharrell selected Katriz as the winner. Adam then swooped in and tried to steal Blessing. The Maroon 5 singer explained that his wife Behati Prinsloo's first name means "blessing" in Swahili, so he was meant to coach Blessing. Gwen made an attempt to steal Blessing, too, but he joined Team Adam.

Ethan Butler and Matt McAndrew were paired up for Team Adam. They tackled Coldplay's first hit, "Yellow." Stevie encouraged them not to be too loud with their vocals, because they were also trying to "break hearts" with the lyrics.

Pharrell said the song was in Matt's wheelhouse, but Ethan surprised him. Gwen said she enjoyed every bit of the performance. Adam went with Matt. Ethan was not saved.

The first and only Team Blake battle of the night pit Bree Fondacaro against Taylor Brashears. They sang Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good." Little Big Town noted Taylor's purity and power in contrast to Bree's texture.

Adam commented it was as if Bree was singing alone in her bedroom during the battle, while Taylor was connecting with the lyrics. Blake added that Bree gets lost in herself during a performance, and Taylor gets lost in the song. Taylor advanced, and Bree is eliminated.

In the final battle of the night, Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey and Toia Jones belted out Beyoncé's "Halo."

Adam said performing a Beyoncé song is like slaying a dragon, but both artists slayed the dragon. Pharrell complimented both for recognizing the need to sing with conviction. He named DaNica the winner. Adam and Gwen both tried to steal Toia; she settled on Adam.

The two-hour episode also featured a sneak peek at Gwen's colorful video for her just-released single, "Baby Don't Lie." The full version premieres Tuesday on Vevo.

The final night of Battle Rounds will take place Tuesday night on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Meghan Trainor's Debut Album, "Title," Will Arrive January 13


Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor's debut album Title now has a release date: January 13.  If you pre-order the album, you'll receive a free download of her brand-new single "Lips Are Movin'," along with the tracks that appeared on her previously released EP: "Dear Future Husband," "Close Your Eyes," the title track and, of course, "All About That Bass."

Meanwhile, Megan's booked an appearance on NBC's Today show on November 3. As previously reported, she'll sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert on the CMA Awards November 5.  She's nominated for New Artist of the Year on the American Music Awards, which air November 23, and on November 30, look for her on Nickelodeon's HALO Awards.

Here's the track listing for the album:

STANDARD VERSION
"The Best Part" (Interlude)
"All About That Bass"
"Dear Future Husband"
"Close Your Eyes"
"3am"
"Like I'm Gonna Lose You"
"Dem Sticks"
"Walkashame"
"Title"
"What If I"  
"Lips Are Movin"
 
DELUXE VERSION
"The Best Part" (Interlude)
"All About That Bass"
"Dear Future Husband"
"Close Your Eyes"
"3am"
"Like I'm Gonna Lose You"
"Bang Dem Sticks"
"Walkashame"
"Title"
"What If I"
"Lips Are Movin"
"No Good For You"
"Mr. Almost"
"My Selfish Heart"
"Credit"

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Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" in Concert


Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson's still on maternity leave from pop stardom, but she steps out every now and then for the occasional gig.  Over the weekend, she performed at a Microsoft-sponsored concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and while there, she showed that she's well aware of what's hot and happening in music right now.

At the show on October 18, Kelly introduced what she called a "bluesy" and "awesome" song, adding, "Anybody like Sam Smith here?  I love this song.  I know you've probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me, I love it.  This is called 'Stay with Me.'"  She then launched into a stripped down, soulful version of Sam's hit.

So far, he hasn't responded, but it's likely he will, since he's made comments when other artists have covered that tune.

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Jason Derulo Says Jordin Sparks Breakup Will Inspire New Songs


Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo is busy on a U.S. headlining tour, so he won't be seeing the inside of a studio any time soon, but when he does, he says he definitely plans to write some songs inspired by the breakup of his relationship with Jordin Sparks.

Asked if he would use their split after three years as inspiration for future songs, Jason tells Billboard, “Oh 100 percent. I'm somebody who cannot keep those two things separate. I have to put it on paper, put it on wax, put it in my songs. I cannot separate the two. My creativity, my personality won't allow me to separate the two.”

He adds, “If that's what's going on in my life, that's in the songs.”

Jason says that the end of their relationship had an unexpected benefit: he's now focused more on his career.

“I have this new motivation,” he says. ”I think sometimes in life things are placed in our lives as a lesson, so you've got to take every negative experience and turn that thing into a positive.”

This week, Jason performs Tuesday in Sayreville, New Jersey, Wednesday in New York City and Friday in Boston. The Talk Dirty tour ends December 22 in Tampa, Florida.

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Lorde Premieres "This Is Not a Game," Another New Song from "Mockingjay" Soundtrack


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde is in charge of the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay -- Part 1, and she's just revealed one of the songs that will be featured on it, in addition to her own single "Yellow Flicker Beat."  She's on the new song two, but so are two other artists who couldn't be more different.

The song is called "This Is Not a Game," and it features Lorde delivering a spoken word performance with R&B star Miguel, backed up by pioneering British electronic artists The Chemical Brothers.  The song premiered on British radio on Monday. 

On the track, Miguel sings in a soulful voice over a clattering, jittery electronic music bed, and the chorus hinges on the phrase, "You're talkin' 'bout a revolution," which Lorde then answers by speaking the words "There it is."   Miguel also sings about "patience and determination/staring at a gladiator."

Mockingjay -- Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21.  The soundtrack is set to come out November 17, according to Amazon.

Lorde tweeted that the song is "the first taste" of the soundtrack.

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Taylor Swift Derides "Sexist" Criticism of Her Relationship Songs


ABC/Jon LeMayIt's true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.  But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don't seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does.  And that, says Taylor, is sexist.

Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, "You're gonna have people who are gonna see the depth from which you approached a song -- the fact that you put your real emotions into it, and that that's valuable and that's good and that's real. And then you're gonna have people who are gonna say, 'Oh, y'know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.'  And I think, frankly, that's a very sexist angle to take."

"No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars," Taylor points out. "They're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriend, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there."

Taylor's correct. For example, Bruno's song "When I Was Your Man" is about his fears of losing his current girlfriend, while Ed's song "Don't" is about how his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, yet no one seems to criticize those artists for "only" writing about their relationships.

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Study “Beyonce Feminism” and “Rihanna Womanism” at University of Texas


Richard Harbaugh/ABC; Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce’s brand of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin.

The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture. 

According to the course description, "Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression."

The class will not compare Beyonce and Rihanna, nor is there word on whether Queen Bey or RiRi will make a guest appearance.  

As previously reported, Beyonce has also been studied by the Ivy League: the Harvard Business School recently released a report on the marketing strategy behind the surprise release of her most recent, self-titled CD.

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Nicki Minaj Says “Anaconda” Is About Women “Taking Back the Power”


Mark Seliger/GQNicki Minaj’s bootylicious “Anaconda” video has stirred controversy over its sexual content.  However, the queen of Young Money says the clip is really about female empowerment.

“At first, I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,’” Nicki says in the November issue of GQ. “It’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”

Minaj will release her third studio CD, The Pinkprint, on November 24.  She also says it now may be time to change her flamboyant image.

“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she says.” I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

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Meghan Trainor to Perform with Blake Shelton's Wife on CMA Awards


Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor may have topped the pop charts for the past six weeks, but she's a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and has written songs for country artists in the past. It's no wonder, then, that she's booked an appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards.

Meghan will sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert, wife of Blake Shelton, on the telecast, which airs November 5 on ABC, live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  They'll be performing "All About that Bass," Meghan's #1 hit.

Ariana Grande will also appear on the show, performing with the country group Little Big Town Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the show, and other artists who'll be performing include Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and Blake.

Meghan's debut album Title is available for pre-order starting tonight on iTunes.

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