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Mariah Carey Shares Family Easter Pics with Fans


Image courtesy Mariah Carey via TwitterMariah Carey celebrated Easter with her husband Nick Cannon and their two-and-a-half-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, on Sunday, and she shared a series of photos with fans on Twitter.

The first post featured Mariah, 43, posing with Cannon, 33, and the twins, along with the caption, "Happy Easter!!!!"

A little later, Mariah tweeted a picture of Monroe and her sporting matching bunny ears, with the message, "Easter bunny? Are you coming??? - Love, Ms. Monroe & Ms. Mariah."

Cannon also got in on the fun, posting a picture on Instagram showing some goodies left by the Easter Bunny, captioned, "Such a beautiful day! #happyeaster."

“The Easter Egg Hunt was going down!!” accompanies another picture of the twins hunting for more treats.

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PharrellÂ’s Star-Studded Coachella Set Features Jay Z, Pusha T, and Usher


Jay Z & Pharrell; Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CoachellaFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

Pharrell Williams returned to Indio, California, on Saturday night for another star-studded set at Coachella. After spending time on stage with Gwen Stefani, Tyler, the Creator, Snoop Dogg, and Diplo during his weekend-one performance, Pharrell rounded up an equally impressive set of guests for weekend two.

Over the course of the 20-song set, Pharrell was joined by the likes of Jay Z, Pusha T, Usher, Busta Rhymes, and T.I. The set began with a cover of Daft Punk’s “Lose Yourself to Dance” before he brought out T.I. for a rendition of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

Pusha appeared to perform his Clipse classic “Grindin’” while Usher crooned his way through “U Don’t Have to Call.”

Jay Z, meanwhile, joined Pharrell for “Frontin’,” “Excuse Me Miss,” “La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again),” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).”

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Justin Bieber's Deportation Request Rejected by White House


Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation DepartmentJustin Bieber will be staying here in the U.S., despite an online petition on the White House website, We the People, seeking to have him deported.

The White House responded to the request with, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”

The statement went on to explain that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."

The White House added, "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case.”

The petition, which was launched in January, claimed the troubled 20-year-old pop star is "a terrible influence on our nation's youth." It drew nearly 274 thousand signatures, well beyond the 100 thousand needed to generate an official response.

The petition came on the heels of several run-ins Bieber had with the law, including his DUI arrest in Miami Beach.

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Report: Rihanna Drops Lawsuit Against Ex-Accountants


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Rihanna has decided to drop a multimillion-dollar lawsuit she filed earlier this year, in which she claimed that her former accountants left her "effectively bankrupt" by the end of 2009.

The New York Post's Page Six reports she's reached a settlement with her ex-accountants  -- Peter Gounis, Michael Mitnick and the firm Berdon LLP -- after they filed a countersuit and accused the singer of "exorbitant" spending during her Last Girl on Earth tour.

"The tour did not make as much money as projected," lawyers for Gounis said, according to court docs. "The tour was what she wanted, just as the exorbitant amount of expensive clothing and other purchases she squandered her money on were…At the end of her two-year spending spree she had rooms of shoes, clothing and jewelry and fond, if not hazy, memories of extravagant parties, but little cash."

The settlement will prevent the case from going to trial, but lawyers for both sides refused to discuss terms of the agreement, the paper reports.

As previously reported, Rihanna accused her former accountants of mismanaging her fortune of $11 million and advising her to buy a $7 million Southern California home, which she later sold at a $2 million loss.

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Enrique Iglesias Reveals Why He Turned Down Multi-Million-Dollar Reality Show Judge Offers


Courtesy: BillboardEnrique Iglesias' friend Jennifer Lopez has raked in millions thanks to her work as a judge on American Idol.  But he says even though he's had similar offers -- from Idol and other shows -- he turned them all down.  Why?  Because it wouldn't make him as happy as making music does.

Speaking to Billboard magazine for its new cover story, Enrique says he rejected multi-million-dollar offers to judge American Idol, The Voice and the now-canceled X Factor because they would've interfered with his tour and recording plans.  "I cared more about going into the studio and writing songs," he tells Billboard. "That's what makes me happier."

Enrique also confirms a previously reported story that his famous father, Julio Iglesias, has never met his girlfriend, Anna Kournikova, even though the pair have been dating for 12 years.  However, he says he doesn't blame his old man.

"The last 14 years, 15 years of my life have flown by. And that's the only way I can truly explain it," he tells the magazine. "There's no reason why -- it's not his fault, and it's not my fault."

The singer also says he's not concerned about the fact that his latest album, Sex and Love, has dropped down the chart after debuting in the top 10. Pointing out that it took 18 months for his last album to produce two top-five hits, he notes, "I've never been so focused on the first week. For me, it's about getting to the finish line."

You can read more from Enrique when Billboard publishes its cover story in full on Monday.

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Reports: Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join "The Voice"


Image Courtesy Gwen Stefani via InstagramLooks like Christina Aguilera's pregnancy has given Gwen Stefani a new opportunity: Both TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter say that the No Doubt frontwoman is likely to step in for Christina on the seventh season of The Voice.

While NBC hasn't confirmed anything, TMZ says that Gwen will be in the big red chair when season seven begins taping this June, alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, who's replacing the departing Cee Lo Green.  The website claims that Christina wanted to continue on the show throughout her pregnancy, but ultimately decided it would be too difficult and stepped aside.  Gwen's deal is for only one season, TMZ claims, as Christina is expected to be back for season eight.

Gwen knows all about putting things on hold due to pregnancy: she recently gave birth to her third child, son Apollo Bowie Flynn, with hubby Gavin Rossdale.

Meanwhile, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Gwen is "in talks" for the job.  The publication notes that earlier this month at Coachella, Pharrell brought Gwen out on stage with him for a version of "Hollaback Girl" and said big things would be coming for her.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, he may have been referring to their impending reunion on The Voice.

The current season's lineup of Voice judges includes Adam, Blake, Usher and Shakira.  The show's finale takes place May 20.

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Chance the Rapper Cancels Coachella Appearance After Falling Ill


Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CoachellaChance the Rapper cancelled his scheduled appearance at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, at virtually the last minute on Sunday, after he was hospitalized with an unspecified illness.

Chance's reps made the announcement Sunday via his Twitter feed, writing, "Chance fell ill on Friday night & was admitted to the hospital today- Doctors & family are with him & he is expected to make a full recovery."

They did not elaborate on the nature of Chance's ailment. The 21-year-old rapper had mentioned two days earlier on Twitter that he was feeling ill.

Chance performed during the first weekend of the Coachella festival, inviting Justin Bieber on stage for a cameo.

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Pharrell's "Happy" Tops Four Million Mark, Outsells "Get Lucky"


Columbia RecordsIn 2013, Pharrell Williams was responsible for one of the biggest, most unescapable hits of the year: "Get Lucky," his collaboration with Daft Punk.  Well, now Pharrell's managed to top himself, sales-wise, thanks to this year's most unescapable hit: "Happy."

Yahoo! Chart Watch reports that Pharrell's smash single "Happy" has just topped the four million mark in digital sales.  That means it's outsold "Get Lucky," which currently stands at 3.475 million copies.  "Happy" is also the first song to sell that many copies in 2014.

Unfortunately, Pharrell still has a ways to go if he wants to beat that other huge hit he had last year: "Blurred Lines."  So far, that tune has sold 6,995,000 downloads.

The Oscar-nominated "Happy" has spent eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  That's the longest run at #1 for a male solo artist since 2005, when Mario's "Let Me Love You" was #1 for nine weeks.

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Miley Cyrus Postpones & Reschedules Remaining U.S. Bangerz Tour Dates


Image Courtesy Miley Cyrus via TwitterMiley Cyrus, still hospitalized after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, has now been forced to postpone the remaining U.S. dates of her Bangerz tour, and she's not happy about it.

"Pi**ed off @ everything/everyone," Miley tweeted, bemoaning the fact that she wasn't able to perform at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena as scheduled on Friday.  "Sux seeing everyone havin fun in Nashville. My home town & the place I was looking the most forward to," she wrote.

Fans who currently hold tickets for the remaining dates will have their tickets honored for the rescheduled dates.  In addition, two brand new dates have been added in Pittsburgh and Chicago.  The European tour will proceed as originally scheduled.

Here are the rescheduled dates:

August 1 -- Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 2 -- Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
August 4 -- Pittsburgh, PA Venue TBD
August 6 -- Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 7 -- Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
August 9 -- Louisville, KY KFC YUM! Center
August 10 -- St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 12 -- Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
August 14  -- Chicago, IL United Center

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One Direction Picture Disc Leads "Record Store Day" Pop Releases


Columbia Records/RecordStoreDay.comAttention One Direction fans: even if you don't have a turntable -- heck, even if you don't know what a turntable is -- you might want to get on down to your local independent record store on Saturday to get your hands on an exclusive 1D release.

Saturday is Record Store Day, an event which sees hundreds of artists of every musical genre creating special vinyl-only singles and albums, which you can buy exclusively at your local record store.  The idea is to keep these local stores in business in a day when most of us purchase music with the click of a mouse.

The members of One Direction aren't old enough to remember a world without CDs, yet they've prepared a seven-inch vinyl picture disc of "Midnight Memories," the title track from their most recently album.  The artwork features the boys dressed up like '80s hair-metal rockers -- appropriate, since "Midnight Memories" sounds an awful lot like a song by '80s hard-rockers Def Leppard.   The flip side is "Rock Me," a live track from the group's movie One Directon: This Is Us, and it's not available anywhere else.

While the majority of Record Store Day releases come from alternative and classic rock bands, there are other pop releases too.  A 12" picture disc version of Katy Perry's album PRISM is available, and Paramore has created a 12-inch disc for their latest hit "Ain't It Fun" that looks like a broken record.  fun. has a 10" vinyl disc featuring unreleased demos from their debut album, Aim & Ignite.  Zedd is offering a 12" version of his song "Find You," in both studio and live versions.  Bastille, meanwhile, has a 10" picture disc of their popular live mash-up number, "Of the Night," which also features a live version of their song "Oblivion."

In addition, Phillip Phillips will be performing live at one of the participating stores: Rasputin Music, in Berkley, California.  Not only can you catch his show, but you can pre-order his new album Behind the Light, and receive a wristband to meet him afterwards.

For all the details about which artists are releasing what, and which stores are participating, visit RecordStoresDay.com.

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Austin Mahone Reveals More "Secret" Details


Chase/Cash Money RecordsAustin Mahone has now announced more details about his debut release, The Secret, which will be out May 27. 

The disc is an EP that includes six songs, as well as two bonus tracks.  Among them is Austin's current hit with Pitbull, "Mmm Yeah," and you can get an instant download of the song when you pre-order The Secret on iTunes.  That's one of two tracks you'll get instantly with your pre-order: the other is "Till I Find You."

As previously reported, Austin will support the new EP with a summer tour sponsored by MTV.  It kicks off July 25 in his hometown of San Antonio, Texa.  British band The Vamps will open some of the dates, while other shows will feature Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes and Alex Angelo.  If you buy tickets to the tour, you'll get a download of the EP for free.

Here's The Secret track list:

"Till I Find You"
"Next to You"         
"Mmm Yeah" feat Pitbull
"Secret"                          
"Can't Fight This Love"    
"All I Ever Need"              

Bonus
"The One I've Waited For"
"Shadow" (Acoustic)  

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Miley, Beyonce, John Legend & Fergie Hitmakers Now Helping Madonna with New Album


Image Courtesy Madonna via InstagramMadonna seems to be going all out for her new album, teaming up with the best writers and producers in the biz.  Her latest crop of collaborators include songwriters who've penned hits for Madonna's new BFF Miley Cyrus, as well as Beyonce and Fergie.

In an Instagram post, the Queen of Pop noted that she was "having an iconic moment in the studio" with three people: Toby Gad, MoZella and Symbolyc One, also known as S1.  Even if you haven't heard of Gad or MoZella, you know the songs they've written: Miley's "Wrecking Ball," Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry," Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy," Colbie Caillat's "I Do," Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" and John Legend's "All of Me,"  to name just a few.

As for S1, he's produced songs for Beyonce, Kanye West, Eminem, Jay Z, 50 Cent and more.

"My throat hurts from singing laughing and crying," Madonna continued in her Instagram caption, describing her studio experience.

As previously reported, Madonna is also working with producer/deejay Avicii on her new album, as well as Martin Kierszenbaum, who's one of Lady Gaga's collaborators, and singer/songwriter Natalia Kills.  What this will all sound like when it's done is anybody's guess.

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Lady Gaga Gets Wisdom Teeth Removed Ahead of Tour Kickoff


Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterShe wouldn't be able to sing with her mouth all swollen, so that's why Lady Gaga has decided to get her wisdom teeth removed before her tour launches next month.

"Wisdom teeth out," the singer tweeted, adding, in a parody of her song "Poker Face," "P-p-Percocet p-p-Percocet."  Percocet is a powerful painkiller.

She then posted a selfie showing herself in bed, looking sad and clutching a stuffed animal. "Chipmunk Cheeks," she wrote. "Wisdom Teeth out before tour. I can't eat.  I'm gonna put some meatballs in a blender."

Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball kicks off May 4 in Sunrise, Florida.

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Joey Fatone Says There's "Absolutely 100% No" Chance 'N SYNC Will Reunite Again -- for Now


Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTVEver since Justin Timberlake managed to reunite 'N SYNC for the MTV Video Music Awards last year, fans have been hoping that he, Joey, Lance, Chris and JC will do it again.  But according to Joey Fatone, it ain't happening.  At least, not any time soon.

Recalling the circumstances under which the reunion happened last year -- Justin called the rest of the group just two and a half weeks before the awards show -- Joey told the Huffington Post Live, "I don't know whether or not something will ever happen again, but you always say 'never say never,' 'cause that happened. That was never gonna happen, and all of a sudden it did happen."

"So at this moment in time, is it gonna happen?" Joey said of another reunion. "Absolutely 100% no, at this moment."

Joey also said that he's not really in favor of groups who claim they'll never tour again going back on their word.

"All these other groups and bands have said, 'We will never tour again,' and you see, like, New Kids on the Block touring," he noted. When asked if he felt 'N SYNC is being "shown up" by the large-scale tours that NKOTB and Backstreet Boys have done recently, Joey cracked, "No. I feel like they just need the money.  No, offense guys."

Joey did allow that if a group has a new album to promote, he's fine with them going back on the road.  But therein lies the challenge.

"We've been gone for over 10 years, what can we really do?" he asked. "How can we step it up? Are we gonna put a new album out?" He also noted that everyone has their own lives:  he, Justin and Chris Kirkpatrick are married, and Lance Bass is getting married.  Referring to JC Chasez, who is single, he then turned to the camera and joked, "JC, buddy, what's goin' on, bro?"

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Magazine Denies It Photoshopped Lorde's Nose


Eliza Grossman for FASHION MagazineLorde has been outspoken in the past about the way that images of her are sometimes Photoshopped without her consent.  But her latest accusation, against the Canadian magazine FASHION, has no merit, according to the editor-in-chief of the publication.

A few days ago, Lorde tweeted, "apart from the fact that i'm pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), i really like this photo."  She included a photo from her recent spread for FASHION, showing her looking beautiful in a motorcycle jacket and floor-length leather skirt.

But in a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Bernadette Morra, the editor-in-chief of the publication, said, "I can assure you, FASHION Magazine did not give Lorde a new nose. Sometimes lighting or camera angles can give the impression that things look smaller, larger or different than they really are.”

Lorde appears on the cover of the May issue of FASHION.

Last month, Lorde tweeted a photo of herself on stage, and another image of the same performance, showing how her acne had been Photoshopped out.  "i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)," she wrote.

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Ariana Grande's New Record Is "Huge," Says Iggy Azalea


Image Courtesy Ariana Grande via TwitterAfter hinting at it on Twitter, Ariana Grande has now confirmed that her new single, "Problem," will feature Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.  And Iggy warns fans to expect something special.

"Well, I'm extremely happy to be a part of @ArianaGrande's new record," Iggy tweeted. "And I'm warning you now... She may be small but the record is huge."

"Love you so much @IggyAzalea," replied Ariana.

"Problem" will be out on April 27.  Ariana, who's recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction, said her fans' excitement over the news is helping her feel better.  She tweeted, "had a rough afternoon getting my stitches out and my jaw is starting to hurt a little but your energy is making me forget all bout iiiiiiit."

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One Direction Members Morph Into Each Other in New "You & I" Video


Columbia RecordsInstead of having to choose which member of One Direction you like best, wouldn't it be great if all five guys could be rolled up into one super-dreamy individual?  Well, that's what happens in the group's new video for the single "You & I."

The clip starts with Niall Horan coming out of a building on an amusement pier by the British seaside, wearing a grey sweater and black slacks.  As he starts singing and walking down the boardwalk, he looks down, and when he looks up, he's morphed into Liam Payne, wearing the same thing.  After Liam sings for a bit, he holds up his hand, and passes it in front of his face: boom!  He's Harry Styles.  After Harry does his part, he turns around, and when he turns to face the camera again, and he's changed into Zayn Malik.  Then Zayn morphs into Louis Tomlinson, who morphs into Harry again.

After a huge closeup on Harry's eyes, the camera pulls back to show all five guys walking down the boardwalk singing, surrounded by multiple copies of themselves, all "frozen" in action. As they continue their walk, the frozen images appear and reappear, and each guy "jumps" into his frozen image and reanimates it. They also blow up balloons and let them go, and kick plastic balls, all of which appear to hang in the air, frozen, until the real items take their place. The clip ends with all five guys together singing, still walking down the same boardwalk. 

"You & I" is the latest single from the band's album Midnight Memories.

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fun.'s Andrew Dost Scoring New MTV Show, Upcoming Film


ABC NewsWhile fun. frontman Nate Ruess is recording duets with Pink, and guitarist Jack Antonoff is promoting his side project, Bleachers, and co-writing songs with the likes of Taylor Swift, the group's multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, has also been keeping busy.

Billboard reports that Dost is getting into film and TV scoring, starting with composing the music for MTV's new series Faking It.  Dost says that doing this sort of work is "my career goal" and "my biggest ambition."   The show, which premieres April 22, is a romantic comedy set in a high school in Austin, Texas, and focuses on two girls whose popularity goes through the roof when a rumor starts that they're gay.  It isn't true, but the two decide to continue the charade because of their new social status.

On top of that show, Dost is also scoring a movie called Me Him Her, which stars Scott Bakula and Haley Joel Osment.

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Aloe Blacc & Bastille Reveal Festival Strategy Ahead of Coachella's Second Weekend


ABC/Adam TaylorThe first installment of this year's Coachella festival took place last weekend, and this Friday, Saturday and Sunday brings the second installment, with many of the same acts returning, among them Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, Outkast, Aloe Blacc and Bastille.  Those last two acts are performing tonight, and they both agree that playing festivals means changing your live show to capture as many new fans as possible.

"Festivals are a really great experience," Aloe tells ABC News Radio, but notes, "It's a challenge for me because there are multiple stages, and what I'd like to do is try to steal as many fans to come to my stage as possible!"

So how does he do that?  "I keep my show really high energy," the "Wake Me Up" singer explains. "I try to make sure that the audience is singing and doing a lot of call and response, and I give 'em a chance to dance in the middle as well."

Bastille's drummer, Chris "Woody" Wood, tells ABC News Radio that it's important to have the right set list for your festival performance, with the main rule being "stick to the hits."

"I think it would be a very brave band who would play too many album tracks," he tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, if you play your own headline show, people'll have bought tickets and they probably have the album, and kind of know all your kind of back catalog. But at festivals you are often playing to people who are maybe a bit interested, so you've always got to try to convert them into fans."

On top of that, Woody adds, "We obviously try to give them as kind of energetic a show as possible."  

Following Bastille's performance at Coachella, they'll continue their U.S. tour, which runs through June and includes stops at several additional festivals.  Aloe, meanwhile, has a few individual shows coming up, but he's also gearing up for his opening slot on the next leg of Bruno Mars' Moonlight Jungle tour next month.

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"American Idol" Recap: Dexter Is Eliminated


Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol said goodbye to Dexter Roberts on Thursday night. The 22-year-old country musician from Fayette, Alabama, was eliminated after falling into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse.

For his swan song, Dexter took on Montgomery Gentry's "Lucky Man," which he previously performed last month, when the top 12 tackled songs that reminded them of home.

On Wednesday night's "competitors' picks" performance show, Dexter covered Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water."

The half-hour results show began with a cameo from Kevin Bacon, who stars in the Fox drama The Following.

The top six will return to the American Idol stage next Wednesday night on Fox.

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