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Echosmith's Loving Their First-Ever Headlining Tour

Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsThe California sibling band Echosmith broke out big last year with "Cool Kids," and spent 2014 appearing at festivals and opening for other acts.  The group is now out on their first-ever headlining tour, and lead singer Sydney Sierota [suh ROE tuh] says finally being able to perform for their fans without any restrictions makes it easier for them to deal with the pressure of being the main attraction.

"Naturally, when you’re doing your first big headline tour, there is that excitement, but nervousness, to see how it goes and to see if people show up and simple things like that," she tells ABC News Radio. "But it is taking a load off in a sense because you don’t have to worry about going overtime, and you can play as long as you want, you can do what you want...I don’t know, it’s just another level of excitement."

So what kinds of things can the group do as headliners that they couldn't do before?  "Literally taking my time is one thing, because I feel like I’m always rushing when we open up for other bands or playing at a festival," Sydney explains. "This time, I can say whatever I want, I can talk as long as I want, and I won’t get in trouble for it."

"But there’s things like, I don’t know, having confetti balls, for example." she continues. "Or having somebody come up and sing 'Happy Birthday' to them....just random things that are, to us, like, 'Yes! We get to do little things like that.'”

As the tour continues, Echosmith's new single "Bright" is climbing the charts, but "Cool Kids" ended up getting a lot of exposure last week on two different TV shows.  A week ago, a contestant chose "Cool Kids" to audition with on The Voice -- which Sydney says she wasn't aware of until a relative clued her in.

"It’s so funny: my cousin watches all those shows so she’s the one who tells me," she laughs. "She’s the one who sends me a video of everyone doing it. And it’s cool to think that people think that they can win something by playing our song. I mean, that’s a really good compliment."

Then, on Friday, "Cool Kids," was featured on Fox's Glee. "I mean, I remember thinking, 'Man, that would be really cool if Glee did our song, but yeah who knows, they probably won’t,'” she tells ABC News Radio. "But here they are, they already did it and it kind of surprised us!"

On Friday, Echosmith -- which includes Sydney and her brothers Graham, Jamie and Noah -- performed "Bright" on Live! with Kelly & Michael, and on Monday night, you can catch them doing the song again on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Sydney says after spending most of 2014 on the road, she and her brothers feel more comfortable about making appearances like that.

"We’re definitely more confident as time goes on and playing TV shows, for example, aren’t as nerve-wracking as they used to be," Sydney says. "I mean, a year ago we did our first one, and we’re like, 'Man, I hope I do good. I don’t know if I will, and I hope I look okay,' and all these things. And of course, you still think that while you’re doing any TV show, but, y'know, the nerves kind of go away a little more!" 

Echosmith's tour wraps up April 7 in Jacksonville, Florida.  They're currently nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite New Artist, and they're also set to appear at the Rock in Rio Festival in Las Vegas on May 15.

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Taylor Swift on Katy Perry: "I'm Never Going to Talk About Her"

ABC/Fred LeeIf there really is tension between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, as has been rumored for months, Taylor isn't going to address it with the media.

The "Blank Space" singer briefly touched upon her purported feud with Katy in an interview with Britain's The Telegraph. The newspaper reports she was "smiling steelily" when she said, "I’m not giving them anything to write about."

She continued, "I’m not walking up the street with boys, I’m not stumbling out of clubs drunk. But I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen."  

Speculation has it that Taylor's song "Bad Blood" was written about Katy because she believes Katy tried to sabotage her tour by hiring her dancers away.

Taylor does admit to The Telegraph she has enemies in her life. She explained, "I have bad days when I don’t want to go to a photo shoot, but I’m not going to show up four hours late, I’m going to be there on time. I’m not nice all the time but I try not to be carelessly rude to people who don’t deserve it."

But, she added, "When I’m with my friends, we don’t say glowing things about everybody."

"We’re not sitting around going [adopts Stepford Wives-esque voice and posture], 'You know who’s really special and wonderful?' That’s not what we talk about -- we’re normal girlfriends," Taylor said.

Taylor isn't expecting to find a man who's special and wonderful anytime soon. When asked what her life will look like in five years, she answered, "I’ll be 30. I’ll probably still be single, let’s be honest. No one’s going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. Like, 'Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!'"

"I don’t know what’s going to happen if I’m ever content in a relationship -- no idea how that’s going to work," she wondered.

"I don’t even know if that’s possible with the life I have."

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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases "I Really Like You" Online

School Boy/Interscope RecordsCarly Rae Jepsen's new single is really, really, really, really here.

The Canadian singer dropped her brand-new song, "I Really Like You," on iTunes and Amazon Sunday night. It has an '80s pop sound to it, and it features Carly Rae saying the word "really" dozens and dozens of times over the course of three and a half minutes. It has an '80s pop sound to it, and it features Carly Rae saying the word "really" dozens and dozens of times over the course of three and a half minutes.

We're still awaiting the release of the video for "I Really Like You," which will reportedly include cameos from Justin Bieber and Tom Hanks.

"I Really Like You" is the first track from Carly’s forthcoming album.

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Justin Bieber Celebrates 21st Birthday with Private Bash and Classic Car

Ben WattsJustin Bieber is officially legal. He reportedly celebrated his 21st birthday this past weekend by popping bottles of champagne with friends on a private island.

Sources close to the pop star tell TMZ he rented a Caribbean isle near Grenada for what was dubbed his "I'm Finally Legal" bash, and if a video obtained by the entertainment website is any indication, a wild time was had by all.  The singer's actually birthday is March 1.

The Bieb posted pictures from the party on Shots, including one that shows him getting a kiss from model Yovanna Ventura, whom he's rumored to have dated in the past.

Other sources tell TMZ that Bieber got an early birthday gift from a couple of friends on Thursday.  The insiders say the singer got a 1965 Lincoln Continental valued at $20,000. The completely restored classic car is just like the one in Entourage, one of Justin's favorite shows.

Bieber took to Twitter over the weekend to mark his big day, writing several messages, including "Thanks for all the birthday love. Grateful for everything. Let's be better this year. Thanks."

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Lady Gaga Takes Polar Plunge in Icy Lake Michigan for Charity

Diane Pathieu/WLSAfter getting engaged, slaying the world with her Academy Awards performance, and landing a role in the next series of American Horror Story, what's Lady Gaga's next move?  Believe it or not, jumping into the icy waters of Chicago's Lake Michigan.

ABC 7 Chicago reports that Gaga was one of several thousand people who all jumped into the lake Sunday morning for charity.  The event, called the 15th annual Polar Plunge, raises funds for the Special Olympics.  Actor Vince Vaughn, who grew up in Illinois, also participated.  As for Gaga's connection to the Windy City, she spends a lot of time there because that's where her fiance, Taylor Kinney, films his NBC series Chicago Fire.  In fact, she and Kinney took the plunge together: Kinney was bare-chested, while Gaga wore a Chicago Fire t-shirt.

Last year's event, which featured Jimmy Fallon jumping into Lake Michigan in a suit and tie, raised more than a million bucks for the cause.

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Tom Cruise Not Prepping Sam Smith for a Movie Career

Image Group LA/ABCTom Cruise and Sam Smith are reportedly not teaming up to help the "Stay with Me" singer launch an acting career.

According to the website Gossip Cop, a story published in the Sunday edition of the U.K. tabloid Daily Star that claimed Smith had “caught the eye” of Cruise, who supposedly wanted to "groom him for a big-screen role,” is not true.

The tabloid quoted a “top executive” who has supposedly worked with the Mission: Impossible star as saying, “Tom’s offered to take Sam under his wing." The newspaper quoted the exec as saying that Cruise was "intrigued to learn that Sam started off as an actor and he thinks he could be a natural for everything from action movies to musicals.”

Gossip Cop states the report is false and some of the website's sources actually "laughed out loud" at the idea.

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Madonna Announces 35-City Rebel Heart Tour

Interscope RecordsMadonna has announced she'll be bringing her Rebel Heart tour to 35 cities, beginning August 29 at Miami, Florida's American Airlines Arena.

Following stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other cities, the UK/European leg will kick off on November 4th in Koln, Germany, and will stop in Spain, Sweden, Italy, and elsewhere. Ticket details are available on Madonna's official website.

Here are the scheduled dates for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour:

North America/Puerto Rico:

8/29 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
9/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 
9/5 -- San Juan, PR, Coliseo de Puerto Rico
9/9 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
9/12 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
9/16 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 
9/19 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
9/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
9/28 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/1 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena  
10/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
10/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre  
10/8 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center  
10/11 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
10/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
10/17 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center
10/19 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
10/22 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
10/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum 


11/4 -- Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
11/7 -- Prague, CZ, O2 Arena 
11/10 -- Berlin, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Arena (02 World)
11/14 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Tele 2 Arena 
11/17 -- Herning, Denmark, Jyske Bank Boxen
11/21 -- Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour 
11/24 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi 
11/28 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis 

12/1 -- London, UK, O2 Arena
12/5 -- Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
12/9 -- Paris, France, Bercy
12/14 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
12/16 -- Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena
12/20 -- Glasgow, Scotland, The SSE Hydro

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Kanye Announces Title of New Album

Def JamKanye West announced the title of his next album Saturday night on Twitter.

The rapper revealed that he's titled the album So Help Me God. Kanye's tweet was accompanied by a photo of a diamond shape with lower case m's at each corner, which is said to be a 13th-century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary.

So Help Me God could feature some of Kanye's recently-debuted songs, like "Only One" and "All Day." A release date has not yet been announced.

So Help Me God will be the follow-up to Kanye's 2013 album, Yeezus.

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Sara Bareilles & Jack Antonoff Approve of "SNL"s "Brave" Parody Video

Dana Edelson/NBCThis past weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a humorous video set to "Brave," the Sara Bareilles hit she co-wrote with Jack Antonoff of fun.  Both artists then took to Twitter to announce their approval of the skit.

Going along with the song's lyrics, which declare "Say what you wanna say/and let the words fall out/Honestly, I wanna see you be brave," the video features a variety of women in different social situations, all saying what they really feel like saying -- no matter how rude or ignorant -- instead of trying to be polite.  All the women are then shown punching the air in triumph and jumping for joy as "Brave" plays.

For example, when a woman is asked if she wants to share a cookie, she demands the whole thing.  When a woman is asked at a party about her opinion on ISIS, she declares that she doesn't care about that topic, and never will.  When a group of friends are out to dinner, one of them calls out the lone male member of the party for not kicking in his fair share of the bill.  One woman orders another out of a public restroom because she can't, uh, "go" if there's someone else there. And when a guy says he doesn't want to hear spoilers about Breaking Bad, a woman gleefully tells him the ending of the show.

Sara tweeted a link to the video, writing, "Laughing and laughing," and quoted one of the lines from the video.  Jack, meanwhile, wrote, "thank god for the brave SNL sketch. brilliant to the max."

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Why Taylor Swift Gives Her Fans Surprise Gifts: "It's Fun for Me"

ABC/Lou RoccoYou may wish that every day could be Christmas, but Taylor Swift is trying to make sure that, at least for her fans, every week is like "Swiftmas."

For quite some time now, the singer has been surprising her devoted fans by sending them surprise gifts that she's hand-selected based on their interests.  And how does she know their interests?  By trolling their Tumblr accounts, Twitter feeds and more.  As she tells the British paper The Telegraph, "When I pick people to send packages to, I go on their social media sites for the last six months and figure out what they like or what they are going through."

"Do they like photography? I’ll get them a 1980s Polaroid camera. Do they like vintage stuff? I’ll go to an antiques place and get them 1920s earrings. Do they work out a lot? I’ll get them workout stuff," she adds.  A handwritten note accompanies each gift, and she personally packs up the gifts with bubble wrap and tape.

So why does Taylor go through the trouble, when her fans would love her just as much if she didn't? 

"I want to make the most of this cultural relevance or success or whatever you want to call it, because it’s not going to last," she explains. "I have to be as good a person [as I can] while my name matters to them." 

She says sending the presents is "fun for me," adding, "If I go a week without sending something, I start to feel sad."

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Hozier Releases Teaser for "Someone New" Video

Alex LakeHozier’s got something -- and someone -- new. The Irish singer released a teaser for the video for his new single “Someone New” on Friday, starring Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer.

The 30-second snippet posted to Twitter features shots of Natalie, who also co-starred in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and ends with a brief glimpse of Hozier singing on stage.

The full video is set to premiere Monday. “Someone New” is the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated hit, “Take Me to Church.” Hozier also announced on Facebook Friday that he will be performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 5.

Lovely new video for Someone New coming this Monday on @Vevo Here's a sneak preview.

— Hozier (@Hozier) February 27, 2015

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Justin Timberlake Visits Pregnant Jessica Biel on Set of Her New Movie

Jamie McCarthy/NBCDoting dad-to-be Justin Timberlake surprised his pregnant wife Jessica Biel on the set of her new movie in New Orleans Thursday, the New York Daily News reports.

The singer was spotted on set hanging with Jessica between takes. The 32-year-old actress has been filming scenes for The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which co-stars Jason Sudeikis.

Sources told Us Weekly Jessica’s been working long days, but hasn’t complained once. "She's very pregnant but she's really been a good sport," an insider said.

Justin and Jessica are reportedly due to welcome their new bundle of joy at the end of April.

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Tom Hanks' Cameo in Carly Rae Jepsen's New Video Confirmed

ABC/ Lou RoccoOscar-winner Tom Hanks has officially added “Carly Rae Jepsen music video star” to his resume. After the actor was spotted on the set of what appeared to be a video shoot for Carly’s new single, Entertainment Weekly confirms that he will indeed be dancing alongside the Canadian singer in the video for “I Really Like You.”

“After shooting the video I am still in happy shock,” Carly tells EW. “Tom was hilarious and though it was absolutely freezing he kept our spirits up by shouting ‘huddle together now -- like penguins’ when all 60 of us wanted to give up! I can’t thank him enough!”

Tom joined Carly to film an outdoor group dance sequence last week on what happened to be the coldest recorded day in New York City since 2004. Justin Bieber made a cameo in the video, too. Tom is pals with Carly and Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun.

“I Really Like You” is the first track from Carly’s forthcoming album. It will likely be released in March.

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Lady Gaga's New Ballad Premieres in Documentary "The Hunting Ground"

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LAWe’re not even three months into 2015 and Lady Gaga is already having a banner year: an engagement, a Grammy, a Sound of Music tribute, a role on American Horror Story and now the release of a new, emotional ballad called “Till It Happens to You.”

The Diane Warren-penned track appears in the new documentary The Hunting Ground, which centers on campus rape survivors and hits theaters today. The empowering lyrics get a boost from Gaga’s strong vocals. She sings, "Hold your head up and be strong /When you fall you gotta get up."

A low-quality version popped up online Friday, but an official version is expected to be available soon.

Last month, Gaga revealed she was recording the song with the award-winning hitmaker Diane. "Recorded a song w/ amazing @Diane_Warren for very important doc #TheHuntingGround that premieres at Sundance today! Congrats 2 all involved!" Gaga tweeted on January 23.

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Ariana Grande "Almost Died" During Honeymoon Tour Performance

Dana Edelson/NBCAriana Grande predicted there would be some snafus during the first show of her Honeymoon Tour, and it turns out she was right. The 21-year-old singer revealed she “almost died” while performing “Love Me Harder” in Kansas City Wednesday night.

The lift that was supposed to raise her onto the stage apparently broke underneath her feet. She was forced to hang on to a metal rafter to avoid falling down below. Thankfully, some stage workers came to her aid before she could fall or be crushed by the lift. In a video explaining the incident, Ariana says she never dropped the mic and although the incident was scary, she made it onto the stage and finished the song.

One fan caught the performance on tape and Ariana can be heard telling the crowd, “I almost died, just saying.”

In a Twitter post before the kickoff of her tour in Kansas City, Ariana warned her fans there might be some technical difficulties given that it was the tour's first show. “If we face any technical difficulties or if something goes wrong, please bear with us and laugh along!!!" she wrote.

She probably wasn’t laughing at the time, but at least she made it through unscathed.

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Justin Bieber Wants Seth Rogen to Roast Him

Courtesy of Comedy CentralSeth Rogen is no stranger to poking fun at Justin Bieber. Since he’s done it so often in interviews and on social media, the Biebs has invited Seth to insult him face-to-face at his upcoming Comedy Central Roast.

"@Sethrogen all I want for my birthday is for you to roast me. I took the twitter bashing please make my bday and do it in person. Thanks," he wrote. In another tweet, he added, "@Sethrogen I would have emailed u but this is the only electronic communication with u that doesn't scare me. Hope to see u at the roast :)."

Seth has made no secret of his hatred of Justin. He once posted on Twitter, “All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of s**t.” He also previously hosted the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, so we wouldn’t be surprised if he was game for a little Bieber roasting.

Comedian Kevin Hart will serve as roast master for Justin’s special, which tapes on March 14 but airs on March 30.

@Sethrogen all I want for my birthday is for you to roast me. I took the twitter bashing please make my bday and do it in person. Thanks

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 27, 2015

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Kanye Dedicates New Tattoos to Daughter & Late Mother

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Kanye West has some new, meaningful ink.

The rapper has decided to get new tattoos of birth dates of his daughter, North West, and his late mother, Donda West, across his wrists.

"I talked him out of getting a face tattoo....for now," Kim Kardashian West tweeted, along with a few Instagram images of Kanye's body art. "He got it on his wrists instead. His mother's birthdate and North's birthdate in Roman numerals."

Kanye's new tats come on the heels of his recently-released "Only One," a touching song that celebrates his daughter North and was inspired by his late mother. The heartfelt track appears on Kanye's next album, due out later this year.

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Madonna Reveals She Was Injured in BRIT Awards Fall; Album Hacker Indicted

Monty Brinton/CBS Earlier this week, Madonna pronounced herself "fine" after falling off the stage during her performance of "Living for Love" at the BRIT Awards in London.  But while recording the British program The Jonathan Ross Show Thursday night, the Queen of Pop admitted she was, in fact, injured during the tumble.

“I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did. I know how to fall, I’ve fallen off my horse many times and I tucked and I have good core strength... but the thing is, I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head," Madonna told host Jonathan Ross for the show, which will air in the U.K. March 14. "So there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am making sure that I was still compos mentis.”

Madonna also denied that the fall was a stunt meant to illustrate the song's lyrics: "Lifted me up, and watched me stumble/After the heartache, I'm gonna carry on."  She laughed, "I’m never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson, I guess.”

What was most disappointing, the superstar said, was that the fall marred a performance that she wanted to be perfect.  “It was a horrible nightmare, because I like to be amazing," she explained. "Seriously, I rehearse and I rehearse and I rehearse so that when I do the show, it’s effortless and I create magic and I did the opposite. I actually created a horror show for everyone."

As for why the fall happened, Madonna said the cape was she wearing was the culprit. 

"Everybody was worried that my cape was going to slide off because it’s quite heavy so they tied it really tight around my neck," she explained. "So here I am, marching in like a queen, and I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled my silky string and it would not come undone. And my two lovely Japanese dancers basically strangled me off the stage. I had a choice: I could either be strangled or fall with the cape, and I fell.”

In other Madonna news, the Israeli man who was arrested on suspicion of hacking the files from her new album, Rebel Heart, has been indicted, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  Adi Lederman, 39, was officially charged on four counts: computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and additional computer trespassing, copyright infringement, and obstructing investigation.  He could face up to five years behind bars.

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Kelly Clarkson Sending Fans on a New York City Scavenger Hunt

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson’s new album is called Piece by Piece, so it seems only fitting that she’d send her fans on a scavenger hunt to find hidden puzzle pieces.  

Kelly’s hectic promotional schedule is the inspiration for the event in which fans will be tasked with finding puzzle pieces stashed in various locations throughout New York City on Saturday. The singer announced she’ll begin tweeting out clues at 10 a.m., ET that day. Anyone who finds a puzzle piece gets an invite to an exclusive Piece by Piece listening party on Sunday night. And they get to bring a friend, of course.

Piece by Piece comes out March 3. This week Kelly's been giving fans a taste of what they can expect by releasing one new song from the album per day.

We're doing a special #PiecebyPiece scavenger hunt in NYC on Saturday!

— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 26, 2015

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John Legend, Nick Jonas & Rita Ora to Be Featured on "Finding Neverland" Album

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend, Nick Jonas and Rita Ora are just a few of the artists being featured on a new compilation album based on the Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

The artists will be interpreting songs from the upcoming production, which were written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Glee’s Matthew Morrison, who stars in the production, also will be contributing to the album. This past weekend, Rita and Matthew took the stage at the Weinstein Company’s pre-Oscar party to perform some of the Finding Neverland songs for the first time. Harvey Weinstein is producing the musical.

Finding Neverland (Songs from the Musical) will be released on April 21, a week after the musical has its opening night on April 15. The show, which is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, also stars Kelsey Grammer.

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