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Hilary Duff Returns with New Album, New Single Written by Colbie Caillat


RCA RecordsIt's been a while since ex-Disney star Hilary Duff released any music: 2007, to be exact, which is when she put out her album Dignity.  But now, the singer and actress is back with a brand-new single called "Chasing the Sun," a new record label -- RCA -- and a new album, due this fall.

The single, due out July 29, was co-written by Colbie Caillat.  The video for the song will debut on VEVO that same day.  Hilary has also worked with Ed Sheeran on material for the album.

In a statement, Hilary says of her new label home, "I came to them with my vision for the album and it has been a real labor of love, but something I am so proud of. 'Chasing the Sun' is just a peek into my new album. I've worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I've had in my life and where I want to go from here!"

She adds, "I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I'm really proud of the album I've made. 'Chasing the Sun' is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree."

The new album will be Hilary's fifth.  Since her last album, she's acted, started her own clothing line, launched several fragrances, written three books, and focused on charitable works.  She married NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010; their son Luca Cruz is two years old.  The couple announced in early 2014 that they were splitting.

Recently, both Lorde and Charli XCX have expressed admiration for Hilary.

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Taylor Swift Shares Love Advice with Fan: "Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as Any Other Kind"


Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.

A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she's known for years.

Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as "a guy who's sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend." It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as "pretty" and "nice" with an "amazing figure."

Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn't just "the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized." She continues, "I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind."

Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she'll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.

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American Authors Reveal the Huge Lesson They Learned from Springsteen...or Was It Coldplay?


Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are opening for OneRepublic and The Script all summer, and since they're the first band of the night to take the stage, they've got their work cut out for them. But when they prepare for shows, they keep in mind the words of Bruce Springsteen -- or is it Coldplay?

The band's frontman, Zac Barnett, tells ABC News Radio the band always puts in a "110-percent effort" into their shows because of something one, or both, of those acts said.

"We're big fans of Bruce Springsteen and also huge fans of Coldplay," he explains. "And I don't know who said it first..but they've both been quoted in the past (as) saying...when you go into a live show, you want to give the best show that you can possibly give -- because you don't know if this is someone's first concert ever, or if this is someone's last concert ever."

Barnett describes an American Authors performance as a "dynamic roller coaster, but on a shorter scale." He explains that they bring "pure energy" to their set, which he says includes both the band's favorite songs and the crowd's favorite songs. "Best Day of My Life" undoubtedly falls into both categories.

American Authors will continue their tour with OneRepublic and The Script through an August 12 date in Virginia. Two days later, they'll begin a European trek in Belgium.

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Britney Launching Sleepwear & Lingerie Line, "The Intimate Britney Spears"


PRNewsFoto/The Intimate Britney SpearsBritney Spears has a line of fragrances, but now she's branching out into clothing -- skimpy clothing. The Intimate Britney Spears, a new collection of sleepwear, loungewear and lingerie, will launch in September 9 in the U.S. in Canada, and September 26 in Europe.

Britney tweeted the news along with a photo of herself wearing a black bra and high-waisted panties, writing, "Coming very soon... The Intimate Collection, by yours truly. intimatebritneyspears.com Just a peek at what's to come. xo."

The collection, which will be launched by Britney at a New York City event, includes lingerie sets, bustiers, kimonos and relaxed loungewear, including jersey camisoles, shorts and sweats.  The items feature detailing like crocheted edges, satin ribbons and lace trim.  Prices range from $17 to $79, with sizes from A-J cups.

In addition to being available at IntimateBritneySpears.com, you'll be able to purchase the items at boutique retailers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at Barenecessities.com.

In a statement, Britney says, "Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious, and comfortable at the same time. I am excited to introduce this collection because I feel that we accomplished exactly that."

Meanwhile, Britney is launching her 16th -- that's right, 16th -- fragrance, called Fantasy Stage Edition.  It's her previously-released scent, Fantasy, in a limited-edition bottle, with a snakeskin outer coating inspired by Britney's legendary 2001 MTV VMA performance, during which she danced with an enormous python draped over her shoulders. 

According to MTV, Britney said in a statement, "Fantasy Stage Edition represents my daring moments on stage, both past and present. I hope it motivates my fans to be fearless.”

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Ryan Tedder: Idea for "Love Runs Out" Fell Out of the Clouds and Into His Car


LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsHow do we know that OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is a songwriting genius?  Because unlike most writers, he doesn't have to slave away in the studio to come up with a song: for him, ideas for hits simply "fall from the clouds."  Exhibit A: the band's current single, "Love Runs Out."

"Love Runs Out" is a song that didn't originally appear on OneRepublic's album Native -- they put it out after the fact, after Ryan finally finished writing it, and realized he had something great on his hands.  As Ryan explains, he had started the tune quite some time ago, but was never able to complete it.

"When I wrote it, it was right before Coachella a coupla years ago," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's kinda my song about music.  And I couldn't finish it. And I was working on the U2 album in Malibu in January, driving to the studio, [and] the song came on my playlist."

"I hadn't heard it in a year," he recalls, "and out of nowhere, the entire chorus literally fell from the clouds, into the car."

So Ryan did what any self-respecting songwriter would do. "I pulled over to the side of the road, recorded it on my iPhone, and called my manager," he says. "And I said, 'I might wanna switch gears, I have this song...' and here we are now!" 

OneRepublic initially planned to release a song called "I Lived" as the second single from Native, but "Love Runs Out" took its place.  In addition to finding it on Native, you'll find "I Lived" on the upcoming soundtrack for the movie The Giver, along with a brand-new OneRepublic song, "Ordinary Human."

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Report: Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's Bel Air Home Up for Sale


Prana MarketingCould this be another sign of their ongoing marries woes?  Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton's Bel Air, California, home was reportedly put up for sale this past Monday.

According to TMZ, the 3,158-square-foot, two-story house is listed for $2,985,000.

The property was purchased by Robin's father, Alan Thicke, back in 1990 for $910,000, but sources tell the gossip website Robin's name is currently on the deed.

The sources also reveal that while neither Thicke, 37, nor Patton, 38, have officially moved out of the house, the couple haven't lived together there since separating back in February.

Patton and Thicke tied the knot back in 2005. Robin's been trying to get his wife back, most notably through his new album, Paula. So far, no apparent luck.

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Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Leon Reflects on High School and Prom


Rich Schmitt/AFP/GettyImagesMadonna's daughter Lourdes Leon will be off to college soon, but for now, the 17-year-old writes on her Material World blog that she's excited to be graduating from high school and attending her prom.

Lourdes writes, "HEY to all the readers. I don't know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School.  It's very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like it’s something I've been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened. There also isn't the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you're about mid-way into the beautiful summer."

As for her prom, Lourdes explains, "A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music -- this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I’m talking about," she wrote.

And Madonna’s daughter had a message for her prom dj’s as well.  She jokes, "Note to the prom dj's who feel the need to play 'please don't stop the music' (what a prom classic I know they played that at your prom!) 5 times in 3 hours.  Of course despite all of these weird prom factors, I got to spend an entire weekend kicking it with my high school homies. It was a great way to end the year."

Lourdes graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art Performing Arts in New York City last month.  She's next headed to her mom's alma mater, the University of Michigan.

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Mariah Carey Hints at Upcoming Tour in New Voice Message


Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has hinted that she will soon hit a city near you with a brand-new tour.

The singer announced the news in a newly-recorded voice message welcoming her Lambs to her redesigned website, MariahCarey.com,

"Hi Lambs, welcome to the brand new MariahCarey.com. Stay tuned as we continue adding more sections and pow moments to the site. We're also gonna be coming up with some festive contests for the lambily!" she says in the recording.

She then adds, "Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for always supporting me. You know Me. I Am Mariah… It's only the beginning! The elusive chanteuse, dahhlings! I can't wait to see you when I hit the road, starting very soon and I'm very excited about it! Love ya much, bye bye!"

The upcoming outing will further support her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, which peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart.  Mariah's last extensive tour was the Angels Advocate tour, which wrapped up in February of 2010.

Mariah has been leaving voice messages for her fans for years; in this new one, she refers back to those old messages by signing off in her traditional way: saying "Love ya much!" and adding, "Buh-Bye!" in a high, squeaky voice.

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Soundtrack for "The Giver" to Feature OneRepublic, Aloe Blacc, Rixton, Capital Cities


School Boy/Interscope Records Taylor Swift is one of the stars of the upcoming movie The Giver, based on the popular young adult novel, but she's not on the soundtrack. The artists who are on the soundtrack are still pretty good, though.

As previously reported, OneRepublic has contributed a brand-new track to the project.  The song, called "Ordinary Human," was written specifically for the movie.  The soundtrack also includes the OneRepublic song "I Lived," which appears on their current album Native. 

In a statement, singer Ryan Tedder says, "The Giver is a favorite book of ours and we’re all incredibly thrilled to see it brought to the big screen. It’s a huge honor to contribute our music to a movie that’s not only an amazing story, but also has a cast of actors that we admire so much, like Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. We hope our fans are just as excited about it as we are.”

In addition to OneRepublic, the collection includes "Here Today" by Aloe Blacc, from his current album Lift Your Spirit; a song called "Whole," by British band Rixton; and "One Minute More," the current single by "Safe and Sound" duo Capital Cities.

The soundtrack arrives August 5; the movie itself is in theaters August 15.

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Kelly Clarkson Enjoys Good Laugh Over Being Asked, "So, What Are You Doing Now?"


Monty Brinton/CBS It's been more than a decade since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Since then, she's topped the charts several times, toured the world, sold millions of albums, appeared on nearly every TV show you can name, graced the cover of most major magazines, won several Grammys, and made headlines when she got married and then had a baby.  So it's no wonder that she's surprised to meet someone who has no clue what she's been up to since 2002.

Kelly tweeted, "Lady says to me 'Oh I recognize your name. You were on that show American Idol. What are you doing now?' Hahahaha!!"  She added the hashtag "#wherearetheynow."

Kelly's pal John Legend was amused by the story as well, and tweeted to Kelly, "You should've kept up with the singing. It might've worked out for you!"  "I know, right? So funny!" Kelly replied.

In case you've forgotten how Kelly and John know each other, they both served as mentor/coaches on ABC's failed reality singing competition show Duets, which aired a few years back. Robin Thicke and country star Jennifer Nettles were also on that show.

In other Kelly news, she's one of the artists featured on "Pray for Peace," a new song and video by her stepmother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire.  "So honored that Reba asked me to lend my voice to this new song she wrote!" Kelly tweeted.

 

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Katy Perry Helps Homeless Veterans, Pays Tribute to Malaysia Airlines Victims


Ryan McGinley/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is doing her part to help homeless veterans.  She's teaming up with the charity Veterans Matter to auction off VIP tickets to some of her upcoming concert performances in the Midwest, as well as a chance to meet her backstage. 

You can access the auction, dubbed Shine a Light with Katy Perry, on the eBay Giving Works charity site.  Proceeds will go help veterans secure housing assistance: many aren't able to, due to a lack of a rental deposit.  Veterans Matter provides that deposit directly to the landlord.  So far, the organization has housed 350 veterans in six states.

The Katy concerts from which fans can choose include August dates in Chicago, IL; Grand Rapids, MI; Auburn Hills, MI; and Columbus and Cleveland, OH.

In other compassionate Katy Perry news, she's posted a video in tribute to those who lost their lives on the Malaysia Airlines plane that's believed to have been shot down in the Ukraine last week.  Prior to that incident, Katy had worked with UNICEF to produce a video, using her song "Unconditionally, in support of the 35 million people living with HIV.  A number of those who lost their lives on the plane were traveling to an International AIDS conference, where the video was to have been launched.

"Now, I would also like to dedicate this video to them, to honor them, and to all the victims of MH17," Katy wrote on Facebook.

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5 Seconds of Summer to Do First-Ever Headlining Arena Show in November


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC5 Seconds of Summer will be opening for One Direction on the band's Where We Are tour. which starts its U.S. leg August 4.  After they finish those dates, however, they'll be playing their first-ever area headlining concert.

The show will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on November 15.  Ticket pre-sales start this Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. local time in old-school fashion: you'll have to line up at the Forum box office.

The parking lot at the Forum will open at 3 a.m., and fans will be issued wristbands on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7 a.m.  There'll even be a place where parents can wait while you stand in line.  There's a four-ticket per person limit, and any tickets not sold Saturday will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Sunday at Ticketmaster.com.

5 Seconds of Summer's self-titled debut is in stores now.  They'll perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, and are also booked for the MTV VMAs August 24.

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Selena Gomez Saluted by BFF Taylor Swift on 22nd Bday, Will She Collaborate with Chart-Topping Songwriter?


ABC/Randy HolmesNo matter what you might hear about Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez not being friends anymore, it simply isn't true.  Want proof?  Just check out Taylor's Instagram.

Tuesday is Selena's 22nd birthday, and Taylor has marked the occasion by posting a photo of herself holding up a gold chain with a big "S" pendant.  She writes, "Usually this S represents 'Swift' but today I'm wearing it because SELENA IS 22!!!!"

As for Selena herself, she's spending her birthday in the ritzy town of St. Tropez, in the South of France.  E! Online reports that she was spotted going parasailing with 21-year-old model Cara Delevigne, with whom she's been hanging out in the Mediterranean for the past week.  And Justin Bieber? Nowhere in sight.

In other Selena news, she's apparently tapped Siedah Garrett, the woman who co-wrote the Michael Jackson classic "Man in the Mirror" and who duetted with the late King of Pop on his hit "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," to help her write material for her next record. 

Garrett posted a photo of herself and Selena, with the caption, "Listening closely to Selena Gomez as she invites me to write new pop songs for her next album."  She then added a second photo of the two of them, with the caption, "Loved meeting Selena Gomez, as sweet as she can be, anxious to write a classic song for her album."

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Adam Levine Sang at His Own Wedding


Trae Patton/NBCWhy pay musicians to perform at your wedding if you're a member of one of the world's most popular groups?  People magazine reports that at his wedding over the weekend to model Behati Prinsloo, Adam Levine himself took the stage.

According to People, Adam and guest wedding singer Stevie Nicks performed a duet with other members of Maroon 5 backing them up.  Behati also sang, dedicating the song "First Day of My Life" by indie rock band Bright Eyes to her new husband.  The reception, held at Flora Farms in Mexico on July 19, also included a performance by the '90s ska band Sublime, best known for their hits "What I Got," "Santeria," and "Wrong Way."

"This was a dancing crowd," a guest tells People. "Everyone was dancing late into the night."  A source adds, ""Most people finished eating in under an hour and were ready to party."  Another guest tells the magazine, "Everyone was having so much fun. Adam and Behati didn't stop smiling the entire night."

The menu included organic pork chops, fresh fish, and beet salads.  For dessert, it Mexican popsicles and organic ice cream.

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MKTO Says "Classic" Is a Bonding Opportunity for Parents & Kids


Columbia RecordsWhen actor Malcolm Kelley was starring in the groundbreaking ABC series Lost, a lot of the action took place in Australia.  Maybe that's why the song "Classic," by his group MKTO, was a huge hit there before it ever got big in the U.S.  Now, however, the home country of both Malcolm and his musical partner in crime, Tony Oller, has finally caught up, and "Classic's" an American smash too -- fitting for a group whose current outing is called the American Dream tour.

"You know, Australia kind of had the jump on things...we're kind of four singles deep over there," Malcolm tells ABC News Radio. "So it's just amazing how you can make music and watch it grow on the other side of the world...and now we finally went platinum over here in our homeland."

"That's all we can ever ask for man, it's amazing now just watching a song grow," adds Malcolm, who played Walt on Lost. "When we perform it on our tour now, everybody is just singing along. It's a good feeling."

Malcolm and Tony first met when they were starring on the Teen Nick series Gigantic.  They became best friends and decided to start a group.  Soon, they landed a record deal, and their self-titled debut album hit #1 in Australia in February; it was released here in April. 

"Classic" has caught on in the U.S. thanks to its retro feel, and because it cleverly name-checks musical superstars like Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce and the late soul legends Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, while tossing in references to iconic movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

"Our producers we worked with, you know, they're heavy-hitters in the game and have been around for a long time, so [they] definitely help us get those old-school references in there, just to make the song pop and make it just stand out a little bit more," explains Malcolm.  

But does he think that "Classic" may actually be educating young people about legendary stars they may not have heard of?

"Yeah, I think so," he tells ABC News Radio.  "You know, definitely using some of the references that their parents might understand, I think it's just cool how their parents can just enlighten them...And some things their parents don't know about, the kids can share with them. So I just think it's a cool bonding thing."  

Earlier this year, MKTO toured with Emblem 3.  Their American Dream headlining tour wraps in August, and in September, they'll be hitting the road opening for Demi Lovato; Christina Perri's also on the bill.

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Lorde Says Her Next Album Is "Skeletal," but Will Be About "Feeling Displaced"


Credit: Andrew WhittonLorde's non-stop tour schedule has meant that she really hasn't had a lot of time to work on the follow-up to her best-selling, award-winning debut, Pure Heroine.  But while she says the new disc's "hardly even started," she knows what its theme will be.

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Lorde describes her next album as "skeletal," in the sense that right now, there isn't much too it because she hasn't had the time to devote to it.  But lyrically, she says she's being inspired by the fact that she's spent most of the last year traveling around the globe.

"The first album was about a really small world that the listener isn’t in, and it felt like a very insular world,” she explains. "Now I’m kind of a child of the world, I’m everywhere all the time...I don't know. It’s hard for me to explain. It’s about feeling displaced.”

Lorde also says she doesn't really care about what critics and journalists write and say about her, because unlike her, they're not 17 years old.

"The criticism I listen to most is what comes from people the same age as me; they’re the only people I care about liking my music," she tells the U.K. paper The Guardian. 

And unlike most teens, Lorde says peer pressure doesn't sway her at all.  "One consistent thing is that if I like something and nobody likes it, I still like it," she claims. "If I don’t like something and everyone loves it, I still hate it.”

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Rixton & MAGIC! Booked for Teen Choice Awards, Rixton Celebrates First UK #1


Credit: Lindsey ByrnesJoining a lineup that already includes MKTO and Jason Derulo, MAGIC! and Rixton have now been booked to perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing Sunday, August 10 live on Fox.

Meanwhile, Rixton, who'll kick off a U.S. headline tour July 30 in Boston, are celebrating their first-ever #1 hit in their home country of Great Britain. "Me and My Broken Heart," which has been a hit for months in the U.S., has now debuted at the top of the British chart. 

Rixton frontman Jack Roche told Britain's Official Charts Company, "Being Number 1 is probably the biggest thing ever that has happened to us in our lives! And it means a lot because it's in our home country, and that's something that's been the main goal for us, to really make an impact. It's a dream."

The accomplishment is doubly meaningful for Jake, because both his parents are British pop singers, yet the highest his mother, Coleen Nolan, ever placed on the chart was #3, while the highest his dad, Shane Richie, ever got was #2.  Jake tells the Official Charts Company that his #1 hit award will be going on his mom's mantlepiece.

The members of Rixton tell the Official Charts Company that they all plan to get "broken heart" tattoos to commemorate their accomplishment.

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One Direction Concert Film Heading to Theaters for One Weekend Only


PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmenIf you can't get tickets to One Direction's Where We Are tour, which hits North America next month, don't worry: you can see it in your local theater if you're willing to wait a few months.

The group has announced that a movie version of the tour, filmed in Milan, Italy called Where We Are: The Concert Film, will hit theaters worldwide for one weekend: October 11 and 12.  It'll include the full concert, plus a 15-minute interview with the band featuring exclusive backstage tour footage.

If you don't mind waiting even longer, the film will arrive on DVD in December.  Visit 1DConcertFilm.com for full details; tickets go on sale July 28.

One Direction's 2013 concert movie This Is Us earned more than $67 million worldwide.

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Mariah Carey Unveils New Butterfly Sweepstakes


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Mariah Carey has a surprise in store for one lucky fan.

To celebrate the launch of her Butterfly beverage, the singer has announced a special sweepstakes that will allow one of her Lambs to attend a posh summer party that Mariah's holding with all of her celebrity friends in New York City.

To enter, purchase a bottle of Butterfly at any Walgreens store nationwide and then register by downloading the free Go N'Syde mobile app.  Once the app is installed fans can point it at the Butterfly bottle to open exclusive content and allow fans to enter registration information. The contest will run from July 21 to August 20.

Fans who scan their bottles will so get the first curated video message from Mariah on her Butterfly network.

"My next dream is taking shape and I'm excited to share it through content on my Butterfly beverage, and an amazing party where I can celebrate the summer with fans and friends," Carey says. "Butterfly inspires me to connect with fans in new ways and create experiences that seemed impossible a few years ago. I can't wait to show you my imagination."

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Does Taylor Swift Primp Post-Workout for Paparazzi?


Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries.  While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.

The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym -- which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss -- Taylor "spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her."

According to the paper, Taylor's trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria's Secret models use to get that long, lean look.

In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an "entire wing in my house" dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends "months" doing.  She then insisted, "I decide what I'm gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop."

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