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Beyoncé and Jay Z's HBO Tour Special Premieres Tonight


Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentLast week saw Beyoncé and Jay Z concluding their joint outing at the Stade de France in Paris, and now fans can check out their HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, tonight, September 20. 

To get fans even more excited, the singer teased another preview of their special via her Facebook page.  "It's almost here!" she wrote in the caption.

In the black-and-white clip, Bey and Jay are getting prepared backstage while a stage director can be heard giving instructions to the crew over a walkie-talkie.  Just before the teaser ends, Beyoncé flashes a big smile as she enters the main stage.

The special will feature the famous couple performing more than 40 songs, including a surprise performance with Nicki Minaj for Bey's "Flawless" remix.

On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Saturday on HBO.

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Phillip Phillips May Eat Birthday Cake and More Onstage at Saturday's "Food Network in Concert" Fest


Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips celebrates his 24th birthday on Saturday, and he'll be spending it engaging in his two favorite activities: playing music and eating.

Phillip is one of the headliners at the first-ever Food Network-branded music festival, taking place September 20 outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Not only will Phillip be playing, as well as his former tourmate John Mayer, but the charity event will feature cooking demonstrations and food tastings from some of the Food Network's biggest stars, as well as top chefs from around the country. 

"I'm so excited," Phillip tells ABC News Radio.  "I'm going to eat a lot of food."  In fact, he says he may not even wait until his set is over to chow down.   "I'm probably gonna walk off stage during the middle of the set and just go eat something," he jokes. "Or I'll just ask them to bring me some food up -- while the band's jamming, I'll just kinda sit down for a minute and just eat a little meal or cake."

Phillip is seriously into food -- he says he even tries to prepare his own food when he's on tour.

"Sometimes, yeah, we'll try to cook every once in a while," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's hard to in the fall, because...it's cold outside. But in the summertime, we try to do it once every couple of weeks, maybe twice. We have a tiny little grill we'll take out. It's tough but we try to. When I go home I like to cook a little bit."

And when he's not cooking, he's watching shows about cooking. The singer, who recently launched a new fall tour in support of his latest album Behind the Light, is also a bona fide Food Network addict.

"I love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he says of the show that features Guy Fieri traveling around to hole-in-the-wall places and eating greasy delights. "I travel so much... I have the app on my phone and I always try to hit up those restaurants."

"So yeah, " he says. "I can watch eight or ten hours of that in a row!"  

Phillip wraps up his tour December 7 in Phoenix, AZ.

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Lorde Says "Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" Soundtrack Will Include "Legendary, Epic Musicians"


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is putting together the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Mockingjay -- Part 1, and while it's a given that she'll be including cutting-edge performers on the album, she says iconic stars will be involved, too.

Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lorde says, "I have gotten a mix of really young, fresh, unknown artists and just legendary, epic musicians," adding, "The music is so f***ing cool."

Who, exactly, Lorde considers to be "legendary" and "epic" remains to be seen.  We know, for example, that she's a big fan of rock icon David Bowie, who would fit both those descriptions.

Lorde is also contributing at least one of her own songs to the project, and she has already teased fans by tweeting some of the track's lyrics: "I'm a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm."

The new movie opens November 21; so far, there's no release date for the soundtrack.

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Kelly Clarkson Shares Lyrics of Song from Upcoming Album


Monty Brinton/CBSKelly Clarkson may be enjoying her time as a new mom to daughter River Rose, but she hasn't forgotten about her music career.  She's working on a new album and shared some of its lyrics Friday on Twitter.

Kelly tweeted, "The high road can be a lonely place but I'd rather talk to my shadow than a mirage."  When fans immediately began speculating about what she was talking about -- or wondering if everything was all right with her -- she followed it up by writing, "Okay haha my last tweet was referring 2 a song that's going on my next album.  Things r great n my world!  The song is about the high road :)."

No word yet on when we can expect the new album.  Her last release was the holiday album Wrapped in Red, which came out last year.  Her last album of original non-holiday material was Stronger, which was released in 2011.

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Katy Perry Rides "Dark Horse" to One-Year Anniversary on "Billboard" Hot 100 Chart


Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's "Dark Horse" isn't fading in the stretch.  Billboard reports that the single, featuring rapper Juicy J, has now racked up its 52nd week on the Hot 100 chart.  "Dark Horse" is Katy's first Hot 100 entry to spend a year on the tally. 

Katy's previous hits "Firework" and "Hot N Cold" both charted for 39 weeks each.  The song is currently at #38, just below Katy's latest single, "This Is How We Do," which is #27.  Another song that Katy co-wrote, "Black Widow," is a Top 10 hit for Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora.

"Dark Horse" was the third single to be released from Katy's PRISM album, and it became her ninth #1 hit.

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Lady Gaga's New Perfume Is a Real Knockout


Inez & VinoodhWhat does Lady Gaga's new unisex fragrance, Eau de Gaga, smell like?  Judging from its newly-released trailer, it's like writhing around on a pile of naked men, and then getting punched in the face.

In the one-minute black-and-white trailer directed by Steven Klein, Gaga -- wearing a barely-there satin dress, long flowing blonde hair and long, sharp, pointy fingernails -- rolls around on a pile of artfully arranged naked guys, stroking herself suggestively and pouting sexily. 

Those erotic images are interspersed, bizarrely, with shots of a boxer punching directly into the camera, accompanied by "pow" sound effects.  The whole thing is soundtracked to "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," one of the jazz duets Gaga and Tony Bennett have recorded for their upcoming album, Cheek to Cheek.

Eau de Gaga is described as a "daring" new fragrance that "represents the future of a scent that appeals to both men and women, where nothing is off limits." 

Gaga tweeted, "We worked 2 years on this fragrance. 13 NATURAL ingredients and unisex!"

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Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814" Turns 25 Today


The Spencer Company/A&M Records/UniversalJanet Jackson's landmark album Rhythm Nation 1814 officially turns 25 years old today, September 19.  To commemorate the anniversary, Jackson's songwriting and production team James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis recalls the recording process of the critically-acclaimed project.

In an interview with Billboard, Jimmy Jam reveals how the political elements all throughout the album emerged as they watched CNN while recording in the studio.

"We felt like we had … not a responsibility to say something, but growing up in the '60s, whether it was the Vietnam War or whatever, it seemed like there was always someone commenting on it," Jam says.  "And that was a good thing.  Why not use the powers we have as songwriters to bring some of those messages across?  Rap music was doing it in a very strong way."

The superproducer also revealed that the disc was recorded during the winter in Minneapolis, adding that Janet was in a good place emotionally.  "She was in a very creatively fruitful place.  She had just discovered her writing chops," Jam says before describing her as "hungry" and "excited."

To this day, the album is still the only one in history to spawn seven Top 10 singles, including "Rhythm Nation," "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Alright," "Come Back to Me," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)."  It's sold 14 million copies.

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Classic Rock Christmas Compilation, Featuring Jeff Beck, Neal Schon and Other Guitar Greats, Due in October


Ross HalfinWho says that classic rock and Christmas can't coexist peacefully?  Certainly not the folks at Legacy Recordings, which will unveil eight new seasonal titles on October 7, including The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album.

This 11-track disc features holiday favorites from a number of world-class guitarists, among them Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent and Journey's Neal Schon.  The album will set you back $10.46.

Here is the full track listing for The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album:

"Amazing Grace" -- Jeff Beck

"The Little Drummer Boy" -- Alex Lifeson (Rush)

"Silent Night/Holy Night Jam" --  Joe Satriani  

"Christmas Time Is Here" -- Steve Vai

 "The Christmas Song" -- Steve Lukather (Toto)

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" -- Neal Schon  

"Sleigh Ride" -- Stuart Hamm (session bassist and solo artist)

"O Come All Ye Faithful" -- Trevor Rabin (Yes)

"Deck the Halls" -- Ted Nugent

"O Little Town Of Bethlehem" -- Robin Trower

"We Three Kings" -- Halford

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Nicki Minaj Reportedly Wins Wig Lawsuit


ABC/Fred LeeA hairy situation has come to an end for Nicki Minaj.  The rapper just won a lawsuit filed against her by her former hairstylist, Terrence Davidson, reports GossipCop.com.  He alleged that Minaj stole his wig designs, and that it ultimately cost him millions.

Davidson claimed in court papers he provided the wigs that helped get Minaj discovered in 2010 and that they had discussed working together in the future in the wig business.  He alleged that Minaj didn’t follow through on their planned business venture, and he now sells his wig designs online without her assistance.

The judge ruled for Minaj, stating in her decision that everyone has the right to make colored wigs.  In addition, the judge ruled that Minaj and Davidson never had a firm plan in place to go into business together.

Davidson was asking for at least $30 million in damages. 

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Maroon 5 Are the "Luckiest Motherf***ers on the Planet," but May Take a Hiatus


Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsMaroon 5's fifth album, V, debuted on top of the charts, and the band is readying a world tour for next year.  But lead singer Adam Levine says the time may be coming where the band may drop out of sight for a while.

Speaking to Britain's Official Charts Company, Adam says, "Five albums in, I think it’s important to take stock for a while. To have the success we’ve had, we’re the luckiest motherf**kers on the planet!  We’re flirting with the idea of taking a small amount of time off."

"We’ve always been thinking about the next album and tour for ten years," Adam continues. "We’re not going anywhere and we’re not going to disband, but after this album we’ll have a conversation and think about what the next move is.”

When the interviewer suggests that in the interim, the band -- whose debut album, Songs About Jane, came out 12 years ago -- should release a greatest hits album, Adam says, "It’s in the works actually. Watch this space!”

In the meantime, there'll be no shortage of Maroon 5 anywhere in the upcoming months, nor of Adam, who'll be starring on the new season of The Voice starting Monday.

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Watch Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea Show Off Their Assets in New "Booty" Video


Capitol RecordsJennifer Lopez has released the music video for her single, "Booty," and the steamy clip might even leave Nicki Minaj blushing.

The video delivers exactly what the title implies, with Lopez, 45, showing off her famous booty. As an added bonus, she's joined by Iggy Azalea, who adds a verse and shakes it alongside J-Lo in some of the sexier scenes.

It's directed by Hype Williams, who has also created videos for Minaj, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera, among others.

"Booty" is from Lopez's album A.K.A. However, the album version features a verse from Pitbull instead of Azalea.

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Lady Gaga Says She'll Release "One Jazz Album a Year...Forever"


Streamline/Interscope/Columbia RecordsLady Gaga's album of jazz duets with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, comes out next Tuesday, and if Gaga has anything to say about it, it won't be the last jazz album of her career.  In fact, she says she'd like to keep releasing them "forever."

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Gaga says her infatuation with jazz isn't a passing phase: She's been a fan of the genre for years, and now that she's started recording it, she's not going to stop.  "I'm planning to release one jazz album a year.  I think I will continue to do that forever," she tells the publication.  "I enjoy it so much.  I want to spread it to all of my fans."

Gaga credits the collaboration with Bennett for pulling her out of a particularly dark place she was in at the time.  Explaining why she was disillusioned, she says, "The pop industry is like a tabloid now.  There's just no integrity, and it's extremely controlled and manufactured. There's a lot of farce and not a lot of authenticity.  So for me, singing [these songs] was freedom."

She adds, "There are a lot of sharks in the pop-music industry.  I was kind of damaged and faced all these challenges behind the scenes with people betraying me, and things like that.  I became dissatisfied with the business.  I'm so much more satisfied with music now.  I said to myself, 'I don't need to be a commercial singer anymore. I can just sing at a bar downtown and I'd be so much happier.'"

Of course, "singing in a bar downtown" isn't going to make Gaga the millions she's been raking in for the past few years, but she says she doesn't really care anymore.

"Paying the bills is overrated," she tells the Wall Street Journal.  "At the end of the day, the bills can't be a metaphor for your heart.  I've made a lot of money doing what I do.  I feel very blessed for all of the wonders.  But there's no wonder, no money, no luxury, no jewel or diamond more sparkling than how I feel when I'm feeling impassioned and in the moment onstage singing with Tony."

Cheek to Cheek is due September 23.

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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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