Peter Kramer/NBCWhen your favorite band puts out a greatest hits record, it's annoying to be expected to purchase the same songs you already have again, right? Well, Maroon 5 feels your pain: not only do they plan on charging less for their future best-of, but they think it's cool if fans decide not to pay for any of their music, period.
Speaking to the U.K. website Digital Spy, Adam Levine says, "If our next record is a Greatest Hits record, we may write a few original songs and put them on there, and maybe we'll only charge what it would cost for the new songs, and make it an inexpensive album. Why would somebody have to buy a Greatest Hits if they already have those songs?"
Adam insists that Maroon 5 wouldn't even mind giving away all their music for free, like U2 did with their most recent album, Songs of Innocence.
"We don't really care if our fans pay for our music...I think our agenda as a band is getting our music to as many people as possible," he explains. "I literally don't care how they support us, as long as they do. If you love a band and want to hear their music, obtaining it for free is okay with us. If they're compensating in some way like buying a T-shirt or a ticket is important to us, but as far as the music is concerned..."
"We're in the position to do that," adds guitarist James Valentine, who admits he was a "little jealous" of U2's free album stunt. "I do worry about up-and-coming artists, and how they're struggling to make ends meet, to get support and make a living. But for us, I'd love for everyone on the planet to have our music."
Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCNBC's The Voice entered its second week of blind auditions on Monday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams continued to battle for artists to add to their respective teams.
Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:
John Martin, 25, drives a forklift in a warehouse -- not your typical occupation for an artist on this show. He sang Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea," convincing Blake, Gwen and Pharrell to turn around. Blake enjoyed his laid-back approach. Gwen described John's voice as "delicious" and "creamy." Adam begrudgingly admitted that Blake might be the right fit for John. Sure enough, John picked Blake.
Jessie Pitts took on Brandi Carlile's "The Story." Gwen pressed her button right away, and Blake later followed suit. Blake, who's married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, pointed out that "The Story" was his wedding song. Blake's story apparently didn't sway Jessie, though; she chose Gwen.
Sixty-two-year-old Michael Stein is a cantor, or, in his words, a "minister of music." He brought along his violin for a rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Unfortunately for him, none of the coaches expressed interest in him.
Pharrell and Blake both made a bid for Ricky Manning, who sang John Newman's "Love Me Again." Ricky opted to join Team Pharrell.
Kelli Douglas, a 31-year-old single mom from Dallas, covered "Danny's Song" by Loggins and Messina. All of the coaches except for Pharrell pursued her. Adam detected that Kelli was nervous, but he vowed to work with her on that, if given the opportunity. Blake noted that there were some Texas-like qualities in her voice, such as her "quick breaks." Kelli joined Adam's team.
Blessing Offor, a blind man who lives in Brooklyn, played Bill Withers' "Just the Two of Us" on the keyboard. In the final moments of the performance, all four coaches turned around. Gwen said Blessing's voice was similar in tone to Pharrell's. The "Happy" singer replied his fellow coach was being "super-kind." Pharrell told Blessing, who's spent time in Nashville, he can teach him how to mix genres. Blessing went with Pharrell.
Troy Ritchie enticed Gwen to press her button with his version of "Out of My League" by Fitz and the Tantrums. The No Doubt singer pointed out that she doesn't have a lot of men on her team.
Mia Pfirrman had her choice of all four coaches after she belted out the Katy Perry hit "Unconditionally." Adam told her there were some really spectacular moments in her performance, but her voice needed a little bit of refining. Gwen said she would love to work with her on another song and see what she can become as an artist. Gwen won't get that opportunity, though, because Mia settled on Adam.
Blake added Bree Fondacaro to his crew after she sang Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe."
Anita Antoinette, who previously auditioned during season three, was back for redemption. She closed the show with some reggae -- her take on Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low." All four coaches vied for her talent. Pharrell told Anita he can help her accomplish her goal of making music that touches people. Gwen complimented the way Anita can blend styles. Adam said Anita can accomplish anything she wants. Anita landed on Gwen's team.
At the moment, Pharrell has eight artists on his team, Gwen and Blake have seven artists each, and Adam has six artists. The coaches will hear from more hopefuls Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Photo credit: Johannes HeljeOn her breakout hit "Habits (Stay High)," Swedish singer Tove Lo sings about indulging in all kinds of terrible things to keep her mind off her ex, like going to sex clubs and getting drunk. But in real life, the singer says she's got a few bad habits of her own.
Speaking to Billboard, Tove, whose birth name is Tove Nilsson, cops to sleeping in her bathtub when she comes home drunk. "I sometimes fall asleep, which is bad," she reveals. "But I always wake up when the water hits my face."
Another bad habit of hers, she says, is leaving really, really, really long voicemails. "Instead of just saying, 'Hey, call me back,' I record the whole thing I wanted to talk about and keep the conversation going, even though no one's answering me. I do that every time," she says.
Drinking too much coffee and leaving the lights in her apartment are a couple other bad habits Tove admits to. But the worst one, she says, is not being able to stay in one relationship, and falling in love too easily. "My whole album is kind of about that, the way my relationships go," she says. "That's definitely a habit."
Tove's album Queen of the Clouds is out on Tuesday. Her VH1 You Oughta Know headlining tour is currently underway; she performs in New York City on Wednesday.
Trae Patton/NBCAfter Kelly Clarkson posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose on Twitter and compared her to Lady Gaga, the real Lady Gaga chimed in with some kind words about the infant.
Kelly posted a photo of River in her baby carrier, wearing pink flowered sunglasses, a pink onesie, and a multi-colored white bib that flared out around her neck. "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!" she captioned the photo.
That caused Lady Gaga to reply, "oh my miss River Rose is givin' me a run for my money!! Look at those shoulders, like Grace Jones! Can I borrow that bib?"
For those who are unfamiliar with Grace Jones, she's an actress, model and singer who was popular in the '80s for her extremely angular, gender-bending look, and many of her outfits featured broad or pointy shoulders.
Kelly replied to Gaga's comments, "if you ever need an opening act, she's all yours ha!" and added the hashtag "#bornthisway."
On Monday at around 2:30 a.m., Kelly tweeted about her daughter again, writing, "Having a hard time falling asleep. Can't stop watching my baby girl sleep. I'm addicted to her."
Kelly and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed River Rose this past June.
Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsAdam Levine is stalking his own wife in Maroon 5's new video for their single "Animals."
In the clip, Adam is a nerdy-looking dude who obsessively takes photos of a beautiful woman, played by Adam's real-life wife Behati Prinsloo. When he's not poring over the photos, he's hanging out -- literally -- in a meat locker stocked with big, bloody sides of beef, and smearing his naked torso with cow blood. At one point, Behati's seen sleeping -- in skimpy lingerie, of course -- and is oblivious to the fact that Adam is sitting on a chair right next to her bed, taking photos of her.
In another scene, Behati and her friends are partying in a club, and Adam's right next to her at the bar, but she doesn't notice him. He then tries to put the moves on her, but she isn't having it. We see him fantasizing about the two of them having sex, and then we see her actually in bed asleep, and he's lying right next to her. Creepy!
In more fantasy sequences, Adam and Behati appear to be completely nude, making out and groping one another, as big gushes of blood rain down around them and on them. They continue making out, totally covered in blood. Eww.
The clip ends with Adam standing outside in the rain, looking up at Behati's window. Was the whole thing a dream?
Samuel Bayer directed the "Animals" clip. His other credits include the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as videos for Metallica, Green Day, Nirvana and Justin Timberlake. His best known clip is the one for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
ABC NewsTaylor Swift's management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer...but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren't being met.
The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor's management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June. But a month into the job, Firefly's director of security told APG that there were "issues" that the contractor was told to "‘remedy as soon as possible."
According to APG security, the "issues" included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and "under what circumstances" the drivers were allowed to speak to her.
The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs. The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, claims the suit, but then Firefly abruptly canceled the contract on July 22 -- leaving APG stuck with that bill.
According to the Post, Taylor's reps have yet to comment on the suit.
Image Courtesy ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is known for posting sexy pictures on social media, but she, perhaps inadvertently, gave followers more than she meant to when she revealed a slight peak of her unmentionables in a selfie.
The rapper posted an Instagram picture of herself wearing a blackbob wig and a lacy black bra that showed off her breasts, which slightly exposed her nipple.
Fans quickly pointed out her wardrobe malfunction. One commenter wrote,"We’re not looking at the wig," while another called out her intentions: "SERIOSLY NICKI u know what u was doing."
Meanwhile, Nicki teased that she was on set of an undisclosed project. "#ItsASecret," she wrote in the caption.
will.i.am music/Interscope RecordsIt's been years, but Fergie is finally back with some new solo music.
Her new single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)" is now available for download. The song, which Fergie co-wrote withDJ Mustard, finds the singer rapping and using a variety of different vocal styles as she shouts out to different locations around the world.
It's Fergie's first new music to be released since "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody," a collaboration she did on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby. Fergie's last solo album, The Dutchess, came out back in 2006. So far, there's no word on when we'll hear a new album from the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman.
The artwork that comes with "L.A. LOVE (la la)" features two stylized neon-colored hands, one sporting a tattoo that reads "Smile Now, Cry Later."
Lava/RepublicAs promised, Lorde has unveiled her new single, "Yellow Flicker Beat," from the soundtrack of The Hunger Games -- Mockingjay Part 1.
The song starts quietly, but builds to a strong chorus with heavy percussion. In a Tumblr posting, Lorde says, "It’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love. it’s my attempt at getting inside her head: katniss’. i hope you like it."
In a recorded intro to the song, Lorde further explains that the song was inspired by "the character of Katniss" -- that'd be Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of The Hunger Games, played by Jennifer Lawrence. She adds, "It was about kinda trying to get inside her head right at the end of Mockingjay -- Part 1. She's obviously kind of in emotional turmoil, everything's crazy, and she wants to take names, she wants to reckon with people. And it was kind of about channeling that."
In the same posting, Lorde also acknowledges the one-year anniversary of the release of her debut album, Pure Heroine, saying, "The past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number -- the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public. the other thing that’s grown is me -- my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions -- but most of all, my capacity for love."
Lorde continues, "the thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me...i never knew i could feel such a warm heart for this many people at once. thankyou for hearing about me all those months ago, and sticking around."
Christie GoodwinEd Sheeran's current hit, "Don't," was inspired by a true story: he caught his girlfriend cheating on him with a friend while they were all staying in the same hotel. But Ed says if you think that story's messed up, just wait: he's written tons of songs about an even worse situation.
Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, Ed says of "Don't," “That song’s a weird one, because I don’t feel that way any more. I felt like that for about a week, then I moved on."
Referring to the fact that he's never actually confirmed who inspired "Don't" -- though the prevailing wisdom is that it involved Ellie Goulding and Niall Horan -- Ed notes, "I had intense feelings about every song on the album: happy, sad, pissed off. I felt, if I didn’t mention who it’s about, people would become less interested. Which I think they have."
"Anyway," he adds, "I’ve got about 40 songs on my laptop about another situation that happened last year that was really f**ked up, and nobody knows about that.”
In the same interview, Ed says part of the secret of his success is that he's completely honest, and he's human, and people know it.
"As long as I’m myself, and brutally honest with myself, I’m fine," he explains. "It would be far worse to be all glossy and ‘pop’, because that’s being a fake idol. Being human is important....The public know when someone’s been preened and styled. I definitely wasn’t...if you look like your mate’s brother, people know it’s not a fake thing being shoved down their throats.”
He adds, "If the music’s good, you can look however you want, play whatever you want, act however you want.”
After playing the iTunes Festival in London on Monday, Ed continues his U.K. tour this Friday in Ireland.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC While Jason Derulo prepares for a major headlining tour of the U.S., he's also having to deal with the fallout from his breakup with Jordin Sparks, his girlfriend of three years. On Friday, he issued a statement denying rumors that he'd cheated on her, and he tells ABC News Radio why he felt he had to defend himself in that way.
"It was just so hard to watch," he told ABC News Radio not long after releasing the statement. "Because all these different sites were making up different things. And they were making up specific stories, and the stories were so specific that it looked believable. It was like, 'What the f**k is this?' And it was crazy to sit there and watch, so I had to say something."
In addition, Jason seems to feel that one person in particular should have spoken up.
"I didn't hear Jordin saying anything to, like, defend me, you know what I'm saying?" he told ABC News Radio. "So I was like, 'All right, I gotta step in and say something.'"
The couple's split came as a surprise to fans, since the two were constantly seen together and spoke openly of getting married one day. Jason's current album features the song "Marry Me," and Jordin even co-starred in the video with him. While right now, the actual reason why the two split isn't something either of them are talking about, Jason tells ABC News Radio, "It was something that needed to happen."
"I'm all right," he says. "I'm good with the situation and I feel okay."
Jason's tour kicks off October 15. This Friday, Jordin's new movie Left Behind hits theaters. Jordin, whose only comment on the situation so far has been to tweet, "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened," is busy promoting that film, and is also hard at work at new music.
Republic RecordsRumors of Ariana Grande's increasingly diva-like behavior aren't likely to fade after this weekend, as the New York Postreports she was secreted out of Saturday Night Live's after-party just to avoid her fans.
According to the Post, Grande, who was the first musical guest of Saturday Night Live's 40th season debut, was on hand with host Chris Pratt and a bevy of well-wishers at the party at New York City's Tavern on the Green Restaurant following the show.
However, fans of the singer who had gathered there hoping for some interaction with the star left disappointed when Grande was reportedly whisked from the scene through the kitchen, allegedly to avoid them and the paparazzi.
Among the other guests joining the cast at the eatery were Pratt's wife Anna Faris, his Parks and Rec co-star and comic Aziz Ansari, and Arrested Development's Michael Cera.
PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have announced a special live performance in support of their new album Cheek to Cheek, which is currently in a three-way tie for #1 on this week's album chart. Gaga says the disc features what she considers to be "the greatest songs ever written," and it's up to her to make them relevant to music fans today.
Gaga and Bennett will perform Sunday, February 8 at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, in a special performance sponsored by Citibank. The 9:30 p.m. show will take place immediately following the Grammy Awards, and will feature the two singers accompanied by a big band and orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m. Cheek to Cheek is eligible for to be nominated for a Grammy, since it was released on September 23, and the cutoff for eligibility is September 30.
Since its release, Cheek to Cheek has been helping younger fans to become familiar with the decades-old jazz standards that Gaga and Bennett both love. Gaga says, "All of the songs are from the great American songbook, which for Tony and for myself...these are the greatest songs ever written. And it's our job to come together and tell the stories as if they're brand new."
After first teaming up for Bennett's album Duets II, and then on Cheek to Cheek, Gaga and Bennett are now the best of friends, but Gaga says initially, she was really intimidated at the prospect of meeting him. They first encountered one another when they performed at the same New York City charity event several years ago.
"They said, 'Hey, Tony Bennett wants to talk to you,' and I said, 'Are you sure? Are you sure he was talking about me?'" Gaga recalls. "And I went back to see him and I brought my father and my mother with me and they were so excited and my mom was squeezing my arm so hard!"
"We just hit it off right from that moment on," says Bennett. Gaga adds, "You know, instantly, when you're with Tony he makes you feel so at ease, because he's so humble, you know? He's had such an incredible career and he continues to make so many people around the world so happy, it was just a wonderful night to meet him."
But even though he might have made her feel at ease, Gaga says she was still jittery about doing an entire album with him.
"I wasn't as nervous to make the album, because I felt like I knew the music...[it's] already a part of me," she says, noting that she's been singing jazz since she was a teenager. "But working with Tony, that made me nervous. I thought, 'Okay, well I gotta learn something, I gotta dig deep for this album.' And the way that we did it is, he just let me be me, and he encouraged me to allow the songs that we choose to be the stories of my life -- and the stories of his."
And the Cheek to Cheek experience, Gaga says, has forever changed her approach to her own career.
"Now that I'm here with Tony and he's requiring of me to be the most creative, most honest vocalist I can be, I don't feel as inclined to do things that I have been doing before because I feel so fulfilled, creatively, just singing with him," she says.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde fans, brace yourselves: you'll be able to hear her brand new song, "Yellow Flicker Beat," at 11 a.m. Eastern time Monday.
That's what the singer wrote on Twitter, announcing the debut of the track, which will appear on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games -- Mockingjay Part 1. In a different tweet, she also revealed the third line of the song: "My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones."
So, for those of you keeping track at home, the song's opening lyrics are: "I'm a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm/And the scars that mark my body/they're silver and gold/My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones."
So far, there's no word on when the full Hunger Games soundtrack, which Lorde is curating, will arrive in stores, and which artists will be joining her on the project.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen FestivalJust weeks after wrapping up their joint On the Run Tour, Jay Z and Beyoncé shared a stage again on Saturday night, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.
Jay Z headlined the event at Central Park. His wife showed up at the end of his set for two songs: "Holy Grail" and "Young Forever."
Appropriately, given the site of the festival, Jay opened his 45-minute set with "Empire State of Mind." Alicia Keys was not on hand to deliver her lines in the song, even though she performed her new single, "We Are Here," earlier in the evening
The other artists who took part in the Global Citizen Festival were The Roots, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun. and Tiesto.
Credit: Chapman BaehlerAfter spending the summer touring with Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls are set to headline, for the third year in a row, the Rob Machado Foundation annual benefit concert in November.
The two-night event is being held November 10 and 11 at The Belly Up club in San Diego. The Goo Goo Dolls will headline the second night. Tickets are now available online. VIP packages that include a meet-and-greet with the Goos are also available.
The Rob Machado Foundation supports charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide, in particular programs that help kids understand how environmental issues impact the planet. It's named after champion surfer Rob Machado.
PRNewsFoto/SEPHORAPharrell Williams has officially launched his first-ever fragrance, G I R L, which is a unisex line that everyone can enjoy.
The Voice coach described the scent as "super good" in a video posted on his YouTube channel. "You're going to like it," he assured fans, "I like it, girls like it, and people like it." The word "boys" also flashes on screen when he makes those comments.
He adds that aside from the cool design of the collector's edition bottle, which was designed by Kaws, the scent will be popular because it smells good. On Twitter, he described the fragrance as a "scent for humans."
The fragrance is a "stylish, unisex, wood-based fragrance for 'girls and boys' that strikes a balance of femininity and masculinity," according to comments posted with the YouTube video. Among its ingredients: patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, violet, lavender and white pepper.
Pharrell collaborated with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons [come day garr-SOHN] on the scent, marking the first time Comme des Garçons worked with a musician on a fragrance.
Pharrell's GIRL is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.
ABC/Jon LeMayThe long-running music Rock in Rio festival will make its U.S. debut in May in Las Vegas, and the headliners have now been announced. They include Taylor Swift, John Legend and No Doubt, as well as rock bands Metallica and Linkin Park.
The festival will take place May 8, 9, 15 and 16 in Vegas, in a purpose-built concert venue called City of Rock. The venue will take up 37 acres and will accommodate 85,000 people per day; a VIP area will welcome an additional 4,000 people. City of Rock will feature six stages, three themed "Rock Streets" that highlight the culture and music of the U.S., U.K. and Brazil, and a 64-foot-high zip line.
Now in its 30th year, Rock in Rio has been attended by over 7.4 million fans, and has featured over 1200 different artists.
The 2015 edition of Rock in Rio Brazil, meanwhile, will feature Katy Perry and John Legend.
PRNewsFoto/Coty Inc.The way things are going, at some point in the future, it may very well be that all your beauty and fashion needs will be taken care of by products endorsed by Demi Lovato.
Demi, who in July signed on as the face of Skechers footwear and recently launched her own skincare line, is now the Global Brand Ambassador for N.Y.C. New York Color cosmetics. She'll be featured in all the marketing and social media campaigns for the drugstore line of cosmetics and nail color, beginning in 2015.
"I'm really excited to be partnering with N.Y.C. New York Color," she says in a statement. "Their products make playing with different looks and trends fun, easy and affordable by all!"
An exec for the brand says in a statement, "Demi's youthful, modern sensibility, audacious style and wide-reaching appeal make her the perfect choice to represent N.Y.C. New York Color on a global scale...Demi's accessibility and willingness to play with color and fashion trends embodies the spirit of N.Y.C. New York Color."
Big Machine RecordsThe details of Taylor Swift's new ad for Diet Coke have now been revealed, and it's going to allow fans a sneak peek at her upcoming album 1989.
As previously reported, Diet Coke's new campaign is called "Get a Taste," and the new spot with Taylor, debuting in mid-October, will feature what the beverage company calls "an exclusive taste" of a never-before-heard song from 1989. The clip of the song will be heard in the commercial exclusively -- you won't be able to get it anywhere else.
In addition, Taylor will give fans behind-the-scenes look at the Get a Taste campaign throughout the month of October, via exclusive content on social media.
And if you want something to eat with your Diet Coke, Taylor's got you covered. Billboard reports that she's teaming up with Subway restaurants for a promotion called #MeetTaylor, which will give 31 fans a chance to win trips to meet the singer on her 2015 concert tour. Why 31? There'll be one winner for every day in October.
Things get underway October 1; fans can enter by buying a limited-edition Taylor Swift Diet Coke cup at Subway. It features a code that you then enter at Subway.com or via the restaurant chain's app, and you'll be registered to win. You can enter through November 15, but you have to be a U.S. resident and you have to be at least 13.