Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to discuss her new album and her debut Monday night as a mentor on The Voice, but in a series of advance clips, she also discusses her deepest, darkest fears, both of which are somewhat irrational.
The first of Taylor's irrational fears has to do with sea urchins. When Ellen tries to argue that sea urchins are just sitting there minding their own business, Taylor counters, "They're sitting there waiting to completely injure you!"
"OK, like, if you're in the Caribbean, you're like, 'This water's so beautiful, it's amazing,' and you're walking -- it's clear water -- you can't see a sea urchin's right there! And then you step on one, and it has barbs that go into whatever it touches, and then you have to go to the emergency room and it has to be surgically removed!"
Taylor continues, attempting to justify her fear. "You could lose your foot. You could lose your hand. You could lose your hand trying to get it off of your foot!"
Taylor also reveals that she is afraid of being framed -- by persons unknown -- for something terrible. She feels that there are "so many people" out there who'd want to frame her. Explaining why she feels this way, she tells Ellen, "I think the dream and the nightmare of being framed comes from, like, I could do nothing wrong -- I could sit in my house with the cats all day -- and somehow, there could be an article about me buying a house in a place I've never been, or dating a guy I've never met."
"So, then you take it a step further, and in nightmare world, it's being framed for murder," she finishes.
During her interview, Taylor also revealed that when she was a mentor on The Voice, she got to learn all the coaches' weaknesses. She says Adam Levine's weakness is songs from Broadway musicals -- not that he has a weakness for them, but that he hates them so much, you could use them as a weapon against him.
"If you sing songs from Rent, you can actually render Adam Levine helpless on the floor," she explains. Bursting into a few bars of "Seasons of Love" from Rent, Taylor adds, "You have to do a theater voice, and he's just like 'Ahhhh!' and he can't even run away, he's so weak!"
"Wow, so ladies, if you ever wanna catch him...." replies Ellen, getting huge laughs.
Credit: Giuliano BekorDemi Lovato may have had a falling out with her former BFF Selena Gomez -- she indicated in an interview that they grew apart -- but she's proud she still has Taylor Swift in her life.
Speaking to ET Canada, Demi says of Taylor, "She's one person that I feel like, one of the few people I've maintained a friendship with in this industry. [Fame] just changes people and it's hard, because you have incredible friendships, and people change."
According to ET Canada, when asked about Taylor's recent statement that it's sexist to dismiss her as someone who "just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends," Demi responded, "Don't f**k with me if you're going to say women suck." She added that her message has always been about "inspiring women and inspiring everybody to be honest."
ABC/Randy HolmesAfter picking up a trophy for Best New Act at Britain's Q Awards on Wednesday afternoon, Sam Smith went on to score four more at yet another award ceremony in London that same night.
Sam won Best Male and Best R&B/Soul at Britain's MOBO Awards, which stands for Music of Black Origin. His album In the Lonely Hour was named Best Album, while his song "Stay with Me" was named Best Song. Other winners included Jessie J and Beyonce.
According to the BBC, Sam said of his wins, "I came last year and really wanted to win best newcomer but didn't and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed." He added, "I don't know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet!"
Sam said on Instagram later on, "5 AWARDS IN 1 DAY. Completely emotionally drained and so thankful. I love you UK. What a welcome back."
Asked by Heat magazine on the red carpet at the event who he'd like to collaborate with, Sam said, "John Legend is definitely up there for me. I want to work with John so badly. I love him so much. I’d love to work with Ed [Sheeran] as well at some point."
However, Sam said he doesn't plan to go chasing these artists to make the collabos happen. "When I work with people, I like it to happen organically so I let it flow and happen naturally,” he said.
Telepictures Productions Inc./ Warner Bros. EntertainmentFergie is busy at work on her upcoming album, due out next year, but she's also been focused on being a mom to her one-year-old son, Axl Jack. On Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she stopped by to promote her latest single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)," Fergie hinted her son may have a career in entertainment in his future.
"His dad brings him in during my dance rehearsals, you know, for the video," Fergie said. "And Axl will start [dancing] and I'm like, 'Turn up! Turn up! Turn down for what?' Until he goes...he does this little, this little, my version, [of] what I think is turning up," she explained, mimicking her son bouncing up and down.
Although he may have a future in the family business, Fergie said it's too early to tell what sports team he'll root for. Fergie is part owner of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, while her husband, actor Josh Duhamel, is a Minnesota Vikings fan. But Fergie has a plan.
"You know, we'll kind of put the jerseys there and kinda just let him choose," she said. "Yeah, yeah and I'll kinda put like a hundred dollar bill under [my jersey.]"
Denise TruscelloBritney Spears' Las Vegas show Piece of Me has taken the city by storm. Now the city is planning to honor her for her achievement.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that November 5 will be proclaimed Britney Spears Day in Las Vegas, and the star will be presented with an official proclamation and the key -- not to the city, but to the Las Vegas Strip. Britney herself confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, "#BritneyDay in LV, Nov 5th! What an honor!! Can't wait to celebrate with you Vegas See y'all there??"
Britney will also celebrate with fans that night starting at 5:30pm. That's when she'll ride one of the Strip's attractions -- the 550-foot High Roller Ferris Wheel -- and fans named Britney, any spelling, will get free rides as well. Also, the first 100 people named Britney who show up at the High Roller on November 5 will receive two free tickets to Britney's show that night.
Britney's show, at the Axis at Planet Hollywood theater, was considered a gamble for Las Vegas, since such a young and current pop star had never launched a residency in town before. But it's been a huge success, selling out regularly and boosting Planet Hollywood's bottom line by $20 million, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
The deal has also been quite lucrative for Britney. A source tells E! that her per-show paycheck has just been bumped to $475,000, which means that during the 140 shows she'll do over the next two years, she'll be earning close a million bucks per week.
Credit: Cal AurandOne Direction has revealed European and North American dates for its On the Road Again 2015 stadium tour. The North American leg of the outing begins July 9 in San Diego, CA. Tickets go on sale November 1 via LiveNation.com.
The tour comes in support of the band's new album, Four, which is due November 17. In a statement, Niall Horan says, "We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans -- they make it possible for us to play in these incredible places and continue to surprise us every day with their unwavering support.”
One Direction's Facebook page is hosting a pre-sale on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Citi card members can get access to pre-sale tickets starting this Friday.
In other 1D news, the video for the group's new single, "Steal My Gir,l" debuts Friday on VEVO at 11 a.m. ET. Described as "outlandish," the clip features film and TV star Danny DeVito.
Here are the tour dates:
EUROPE 6/10 -- Vienna, Austria, Ernst Happel Stadion 6/13 -- Brussels, Belgium, King Baudouin Stadium 6/16 -- Horsens, Denmark, CASA Arena 6/19 -- Oslo, Norway, Ullevaal Stadion 6/23 -- Gothenburg, Sweden, Ullevi Stadium 6/27 -- Helsinki, Finland, Olympiastadion
NORTH AMERICA 7/9 -- San Diego, CA, Qualcomm Stadium 7/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Levi's Stadium (on sale Nov. 14) 7/15 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 7/26 -- Minneapolis, MN, TCF Bank Stadium 7/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium 7/31 -- Indianapolis, IN, Lucas Oil Stadium 8/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field 8/5 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/8 -- Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium 8/18 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio Stadium 8/23 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 8/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller Park 8/27 -- Cleveland, OH, FirstEnergy Stadium 8/29 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field 9/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 9/3 -- Buffalo, NY, Ralph Wilson Stadium 9/12 -- Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium
Christopher Polk/NBCAdam Levine's wife Behati Prinsloo is a model, so of course she's going to have some sort of style. But Adam thinks that when it comes to getting fashion right, there's nobody who can touch her.
During an interview with Refinery29 about the newest holiday designs for his clothing line, The Adam Levine Collection, the Maroon 5 singer was asked to name the best fashion advice his wife ever gave him. "Well, I’m...really lucky because my wife happens to be — in my opinion — the best dressed woman out there," he says. "Obviously, I’m biased, but I just feel like she’s very creative, inventive, [and has] good taste. I’d be silly not to try to recreate that for the line."
Asked to reveal what outfit he wore when he first met his future in-laws, Adam says, "Oh God, I don’t remember. If I had to put a bet on it, I’d say it was a T-shirt and jeans. I don’t remember what happened yesterday, so unfortunately I can’t remember too specifically.” Still, he says that in general, when you're meeting the parents, you should go subtle, not sexy.
However, when asked to recommend a specific outfit that fits the bill, Adam wouldn't take the bait, responding, "God, I don’t know. What I think is passable and what other people think is passable are probably very different. I don’t think it makes a difference as long as it’s not revealing.”
Overall, Adam says his vision for his clothing line is the same as it's been since he started it: "Super-simple, classic things that I’ve always loved for men and...that I think that women would really like." He adds that he's "not trying to push the envelope too far, because that’s not what I do."
"I don’t wake up in the morning and put on a Versace gown," he adds. "Although that would be funny if I did.”
Dick Clark ProductionsSam Smith, Mary J. Blige and 5 Seconds of Summer have been added to the list of performers at the 2014 American Music Awards. They join a bill that already includes Charli XCX and Pitbull, the latter of whom's also hosting the show.
It's not clear if Sam and Mary J. will perform together but it may be a good bet, considering the two recorded a duet earlier this year, and Sam contributes to Mary's upcoming album, The London Sessions.
Iggy Azalea leads the nominees for this year's AMAs with six. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend each have five nods.
The 2014 American Music Awards will air November 23 on ABC, from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE.
Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood EntertainmentIf Beyoncé and Jay Z's marriage really was in trouble earlier this year, the couple has since gotten past it and recommitted themselves to it.
The proof: the two have renewed their vows, according to People magazine. Its source says that while the couple did have "major problems" at one point, they've "worked it out."
And now they're looking to take their love to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Another People magazine source says the couple has been shopping for a home in Paris over the past month.
An Us Weekly insider further reports that Bey and Jay plan to retire in the City of Light eventually, and that they want their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, to learn French.
When Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris last month, Jay noted that the city was special to them because they got engaged there. He also mentioned that Paris is where Blue Ivy was conceived.
Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX pushed back the release date of her much-anticipated new album Sucker because her single "Boom Clap" just keeps going and going. But the singer still launched a U.S. headlining tour, taking the risky move of performing new music that her fans weren't familiar with. Luckily, she says it's paid off for her.
"I have been doing a lot of new songs and, y'know, it's quite nerve-wracking for me because that's the first time they'll hear the new songs, like, me playing them live," she tells ABC News Radio. "There isn't like an MP3 of them, or whatever. So I was kinda scared." But since she launched the tour at the end of September, she says, things have been going great.
"They all seem to really like it," she adds. "And they all know [the songs], so that's really cool for me. I'm so proud of this record and I can't wait to play it live in bigger rooms next year."
As for what kind of fans have been coming out to see her each night, Charli says, "It's pretty much all over the map but definitely, like, the front rows, and the craziest fans, are, like, young girls and beautiful gay boys. And I'm so happy for that!"
Charli will wrap up the tour this Saturday in San Francisco, California. Next month, she'll perform on the American Music Awards, where she's also a nominee, and will then play a series of Christmas concerts across the country. In February, she'll be Katy Perry's opening act when Katy's PRISMATIC world tour hits Europe.
Meanwhile, Sucker arrives December 16 and "Boom Clap" shows no signs of slowing down. Has the ongoing success of the track, which is her first big U.S. hit as a solo artist, surprised Charli?
"It really has," she tells ABC News Radio. "You know, I've seen songs that I've written blow up and be around for a long time, but it's very strange when it happens to your own song, and I really didn't expect it. And I'm honored, and kinda freaked out, but it's awesome!"
ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea has landed her first national ad campaign. Alongside her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young, the rapper has been tapped to front the holiday campaign for clothing retailer Forever 21.
In an interview with People, Iggy revealed what it was like posing for the ads with her significant other. "As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photo shoots are hard work too," Azalea says. "It was funny watching him have that revelation!"
Young chimed in: "It was real cool. We had great chemistry," he says.
The pair credit their playlist for making the time fly by faster. "It was a two day shoot -- by the end of it I think we’d listened to everything under the sun twice!” Azalea says, adding that the "trickiest thing is not having any clue what you’re doing!"
Although the ads have not run yet, but People has a preview of some of the pictures from the shoot.
Epic RecordsIt's Lucky 7 for Meghan Trainor: her hit "All About That Bass" is #1 for a seventh week on the Billboard Hot 100. That means she's now matched Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" for longest-running #1 hit of 2014 by a woman. Only Pharrell Williams' "Happy" has spent more time on top this year: 10 weeks.
Meghan's debut album, Title, is due in January; her follow-up song, "Lips Are Movin'" seem to be off to a good start.
Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran can now boast that he has his first-ever U.S. top ten hit, as "Don't" jumps from #13 to #10.
Taylor Swift's latest track, "Out of the Woods," debuts at #18, thanks to huge download sales. This is Taylor's 61st Hot 100 hit, according to Billboard: among female artists only Aretha Franklin has more, with 73.
Big Machine RecordsAfter teasing fans with song lyrics from her new album 1989, Taylor Swift has finally revealed the full tracklisting for the highly anticipated disc, posting it to Instagram.
The songs are:
"Welcome to New York" "Blank Space" "Style" "Out of the Woods" "All You Had to Do Was Stay" "Shake It Off" "I Wish You Would" "Bad Blood" "Wildest Dreams" "How You Get the Girl" "This Love" "I Know Places" "Clean"
The deluxe edition of Taylor's album being sold at Target will come with three extra songs and three voice memos. 1989 arrives October 27.
Interestingly, many of the song titles on Taylor's new album have already been used for previous songs. For example, Mariah Carey has a song called "Shake It Off." Maroon 5 has a song called "This Love." Train has a song called "I Wish You Would." And back in the '70s, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka had a hit with "Bad Blood." You can't copyright a song title, however, so there's no issue with it.
Coming in at at #4 is rose ave, the debut album from the musical duo You Me. The duo features Pink and Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green. On her own, Pink has scored seven top-40 albums, while Green has scored two under his usual musical moniker, The City and Colour.
In a statement, Pink, who for this project is using her birth name of Alecia Moore, said, “We really had no intention for this to become what it is. We were just two friends getting together and doing what we love and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished.”
Green adds, "I am so very thankful for my friend Alecia and the beautiful music we've made together. We had no idea what would come of these songs and knowing that people are listening and loving it as much as we do is humbling.“
Jessie's new album, Sweet Talker, featuring the hits "Burnin' Up" and "Bang Bang," arrives at #10. It's now her highest-charting U.S. album: her debut, Who You Are, debuted and peaked at #11 in 2011. Her second album wasn't released in the U.S.
It's worth noting that U2's much-maligned new album, Songs of Innocence, enters the chart at #9. While the album was downloaded 26 million times globally after the album was offered to iTunes users last month, those downloads were free, so they didn't count toward a chart position. The album was made widely available for purchase last week and sold 28,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This is U2's first album since the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree not to debut in the top three.
Sam Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour has risen to #6 on a 53% sales gain, following his high-profile TV appearances on NBC's Today show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The #1 album on the chart is from country duo Florida Georgia Line, who scored a huge pop hit with "Cruise." This is their first #1 album on the general Billboard album chart, as opposed to the country album chart.
Credit: Christie GoodwinEd Sheeran and Sam Smith were both winners in London Wednesday at the Q Awards, presented annually by the U.K. music magazine Q.
Ed, who won Breakthrough Artist at the same ceremony in 2011, took Best Solo Artist this time around. Backstage, he joked that his previous Q Award had "rusted" and is "falling apart," but praised this year's trophy as "legit." "They put more money into it this time," he said.
Sam was named Best New Act. Backstage, he reminisced, "I can't believe it! I was here last year and no one knew who I was...it was one of the first things that I did, in terms of award shows, so this is odd!"
Look for both Ed and Sam to be named in this year's Grammy nominations, which will be announced December 5.
Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry was planning to spend her 30th birthday on Saturday like the Queen of the Nile, but now she's suffering a "denial" of celebration opportunities.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katy was set to take her crew to Egypt to celebrate her milestone, and while there, had booked a schedule of parties and sightseeing, including a cruise down the Nile River. However, news of her visit leaked out, and a source tells the publication that the singer scrapped the plans due to "safety concerns."
The idea for Katy to travel to Egypt may have been sparked by the Ancient Egypt-themed video for her #1 hit, "Dark Horse."
Katy is on a break from her PRISMATIC world tour, but it will pick up against November 7 in Australia, where she'll remain until December 20. Another break will follow, and then a European leg begins February 16. Between those two dates, Katy will presumably perform at the halftime show at the Super Bowl, though the NFL hasn't officially confirmed that.
ABC/Adam TaylorColbie Caillat's latest hit "Try" is a call for women to stop trying to mold themselves into a certain image or adopt certain behaviors so they'll fit in, be liked or be considered attractive. While Colbie says she wrote the song as a message of empowerment to herself, she says she's happy to see that everyone can relate to it. Take her appearance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars a couple weeks ago, for example.
During the show, Colbie performed her hit "Try" while YouTube star Bethany Mota and her partner Derek Houghdanced a routine inspired by the bullying that Bethany had to endure when she was younger. "I loved it," Colbie says. "It meant so much to me because...Bethany's message, what she was trying to portray from what she's always felt her whole life, is something I've always felt, which is why I wrote the song 'Try.' And now we're realizing that everyone has these self-confidence issues and personal insecurities and it starts when we're young."
Colbie says even though she wrote the song, she still finds she has to take its message to heart every day. "I'm learning to try not to try so hard, and to accept and embrace these things that I wish I could change or have always thought I could change," she says.
Unfortunately, she says that some people close to her are still struggling with self-doubt.
"I have a really good friend...that right now...actually wants to get a nose job," Colbie reveals. "And it makes me so sad because I think she's beautiful the way she is. But she thinks someone is gonna like her better if it's fixed. And it's what we all do."
"Try" is featured on Colbie's new album Gypsy Heart, in stores now.
Credit: Sarah BarlowYou may have seen paparazzi photos of Taylor Swift a few months ago, walking around in New York City holding a bunch of balloons. Well, turns out she wasn't on her way to a birthday party: she was filming her new commercial for Target. The spot, which just debuted, also features about thirty seconds of a brand-new Taylor song, called "Style."
In the spot, Taylor is seen in various New York City locales, and speaks about what she finds inspirational about living in the Big Apple. "Everything from what people are wearing on the street to the way they're interacting with each other," she says. "To...drive through the West Village at night and you see a couple kissing on the street or you see someone fighting outside their apartment...you see so much humanity on a daily basis that even if you're not inspired by your own life that day, you can be inspired by someone else's life."
As for "Style," it's an upbeat tune, in which Taylor sings, "You've got the long hair slicked back, white t-shirt/And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt/And when we go crashing down, we come back every time/Because we never go out of style, we never go out of style."
"Style," which some speculate was inspired by former beau Harry Styles, is on Taylor's new album, 1989, due out Monday.
Credit: Andrew WhittonWhen Lorde was tapped to curate the soundtrack of the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay -- Part 1, she found that part of the gig was being allowed to visit the movie's set -- an experience she describes as "magical."
Speaking to Billboard about the Mockingjay project, Lorde says, "In Berlin I had a show and The Hunger Games was shooting just across the road. A bunch of their people came over [to my show] -- Woody [Harrelson] was at the show being dragged away, because it was time to shoot. [And] we went to the set, which was so amazing for me."
"I've never been to a film set before," she adds. "And just seeing, like, you know, everyone has a place, everything is so perfectly timed and...they call action and it's just all on. It's like, so magical. That was really fun."
The Mockingjay soundtrack is a unique blend of pop and R&B artists such as Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Miguel and Tinashé, British left-of-center acts like Bat for Lashes and The Chemical Brothers, rappers like Pusha T, Q-Tip and Kanye West, and '80s icons like Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon and model/actress Grace Jones, who's one of Lorde's all-time idols. Lorde says she personally reached out to all of them to invite them to participate.
"It was really important to me, with the soundtrack, that people knew how involved I was, and a lot of that was me reaching out to people really directly, having a conversation on the phone, sending an email, sending a text, because I wanted people to know that, 'Your song isn't just going to be flung into some pot and, you know, chosen later,'" she tells Billboard. "I really cared about what was happening."
Reaching out directly, Lorde says, led to "some crazy experiences, like calling Grace Jones on the phone. She's like, 'I'm in the spa, give me a second.' I'm like, 'Of course, you're Grace Jones...I'll wait!'"
One person who can't wait to hear the Mockingjay soundtrack when it arrive November 17 is Willow Shields, the young actress who plays Katniss Everdeen's sister Primrose, also known as Prim, in the Hunger Games films.
"Oh my God, I'm extremely excited," she told ABC News Radio about the soundtrack. "I mean, I'm a huge fan of Lorde to begin with, and the fact that she's curating the soundtrack makes me so excited, because she also has just a great sense of who she loves as artists...so she's gonna get a lot of great people on that soundtrack."
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21.