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Train Releasing New Single in June, New Album in September


PRNewsFoto/Daytona International SpeedwayThere's lots of stuff happening right now in the Train yard.  A day after the band announced that they'd be doing another installment of their Sail Across the Sun fan cruise next year, they've revealed that fans can expect a new single in June, with a new album coming in September.

The band revealed the news on Twitter, and singer Pat Monahan further elaborated on the band's new music in his blog, saying he was happy with the material they've come up with. 

"There are some good ones," he said of the new Train songs.  "I’m starting to get excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way. This record has clawed at my soul, brought loss, change and periods of trouble and illness. But here I stand and I say that this thing might be the best I’ve done. Definitely the best that I can do right now. That’s always the goal."

Train's new album will be the follow-up to 2012's California 37, which produced the hits "Drive-By" and "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."

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American Idol Live! Tour Kicks Off June 24


Credit: Brian Bowen SmithIf you want to see this year's crop of American Idol finalists up close and personal, grab your tickets for this year's American Idol Live tour.  The trek gets underway June 24 in Binghamton, NY and is right now scheduled to run through August 23, wrapping up in Redmond, Washington. Tickets go on sale May 9 at AmericanIdol.com/tour.

Buying the tickets also helps you do some good.  One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure that disease.

Unlike some tours in the past, this year's trek will be limited to the Top 10 finalists: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.  Of those ten, Majesty, MK and Malaya have already been eliminated, but of course, they'll return for the tour.

This year's winner will be crowned Wednesday, May 21, and he or she will receive the prime spot on the bill during the tour.

Here are the dates:

6/24 -- Binghamton, NY, Broome County Arena
6/25 -- Albany, NY Times, Union Center
6/27 -- Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars
6/28 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
6/29 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter Complex
7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Cincinnati
7/5 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/6 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
7/8 -- West Long Branch, NJ, The MAC at Monmouth University
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/11 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/13 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/17 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
7/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/19 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
7/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall
7/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
7/26 -- Birmingham, AL,  BJCC Concert Hall
7/28 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
7/29 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
7/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
8/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre
8/2 -- Mulvane, KS, Kansas Star Casino
8/3 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Ballroom
8/6 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum
8/7 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
8/8 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair
8/9 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/11 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center
8/13 -- Phoenix, AZ,  Comerica Theatre
8/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/16 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
8/17 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/20 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
8/21 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at The Moda Center
8/23 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park

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Ariana Grande Reveals New Single Details; Collabo with Iggy Azalea in the Works?


ABC/Kelsey McNealAfter promising that her new single would be coming "sooner than you think," Ariana Grande has now revealed a few more details about the song.

She announced on Twitter that the track is called "Problem," and when a fan asked her to describe what the tune is about, she replied, "knowing U'd be better off w/o someone but u can't resist them & need them no matter what."

The singer further revealed that she'll perform her new track at the White Party, which, as previously reported, is a massive gay dance music festival taking place in Palm Springs, California later this month.

Ariana didn't reveal anything else about the track, but she did reply to a mysterious tweet from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who'd written to her, "*Nudge nudge.*"  Ariana replied, "*cough cough*."  There is now speculation that the two are collaborating, perhaps even on the single.  Stay tuned.

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The Man Who Inspired "Royals" Finally Gets to Meet Lorde


ImageCourtesy MLB via TwitterIt's taken a while but former Kansas City Royals player George Brett has finally gotten to meet the teen whose international hit he inspired: Lorde.

Major League Baseball tweeted a photo of Brett, who was the inspiration for Lorde's #1 smash "Royals," posing with the singer, presumably backstage at one of her concerts.  The Kansas City Royals organization also tweeted a photo of the two, writing, "And we've come full circle!"

Lorde wrote her Grammy-winning smash "Royals" after being inspired by a photo in National Geographic magazine of Brett wearing his Royals jersey.  Last month, when she visited Kansas City, the Royals organization presented her with a copy of that particular magazine photo, signed by Brett, and he sent along an autographed Royals jersey for her with his name on the back.  He couldn't be there in person, though, so the meeting this week was a long time coming.

Last year, Lorde told ABC News Radio, "The way I write is that I find a particular word or phrase which kind of defines the concept that I'm thinking about, and when I find that word, everything sort of clicks. And so I just cut that picture out of a National Geographic 'cause I thought it looked cool, and I thought, 'Yeah, that's a great word, I've got to incorporate that somewhere,' and it just kinda tied in with what I was thinking about."

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Lorde Covers "Teen Vogue," Talks Fame, Fashion & "Girls"


Courtesy Teen VogueLorde may complain about being asked to smile during fashion shoots, but that doesn't mean she hates them.  In fact, she's perfectly thrilled to be appearing on the cover of the May issue of Teen Vogue.

"[S]o happy about this. teen vogue cover star yaaaaaaaw," she tweeted, and also shared a few images from the fashion shoot, including one which depicts her wearing a strange-looking headband that looks like it was made by a kindergarten student. "My favourite photo from the shoot -- feat. improvised duct tape and feather crown," she tweeted. "My kind of magazine obviously."

In the cover story, Lorde talks about her newfound fame, expressing astonishment that former Lizzie McGuire star Hillary Duff attended one of her concerts. "This is the most insane thing that's ever happened to me. That's my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan—that freaks me out!" she exclaims.  She also reveals some praise she received from Lena Dunham, Emmy-winning star and creator of HBO's Girls.

"I finally watched Girls a couple of days ago and I loved it," she tells Teen Vogue. "I tweeted Lena Dunham and she was like, 'You're the dream audience.' I really appreciated that. I was like, 'Ahh!'"

As for the fame that's allowed her to have these sorts of Twitter conversations, Lorde tells the magazine, "Living in New Zealand, you don't get these experiences. I spent so much time in my room before. My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world -- to South America, to here, to London -- every day I kick myself, I'm so lucky."

Teen Vogue has posted a variety of behind-the-scenes shots of Lorde posing for the mag, and while she looks plenty glamorous, in the interview she stays on message about wanting to break the typical teen beauty stereotypes.

"There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal," she says. "I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."

You can read the entire interview when the magazine hits stands April 29.

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Is Lady Gaga's Boyfriend Looking to Put a Ring on It?


Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, have been together for two years, so, is he looking to take things to the next level?  According to one report, yes.

Life & Style Weekly claims that Kinney has been "secretly" shopping for an engagement ring for Gaga.  The mag quotes an insider as saying, "Taylor’s been looking at engagement rings for [her] for a couple of months. He has told a couple of his close guy friends that he wants to propose soon."

How soon? Apparently, Kinney wanted to pop the question last month, when Gaga turned 28, but he hadn't found the right bling yet.

"Taylor was considering proposing over her birthday,” dishes the insider. "But he hadn’t found the right ring in time. He wants to find something unique that will suit her personality.” 

But even if Kinney does propose in the near future, Gaga certainly doesn't have time to plan a wedding.  She kicks off her new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, next month, and currently has dates scheduled through November.  Teasing fans with what they can expect from her new show, she tweeted, "No pressure but if you are attending the artRAVE we suggest in the outfit category you GO FOR IT BECAUSE WERE GOING TO AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE."

By the way, if Gaga did tie the knot, don't expect to see a magazine spread with photos. In her 2011 ABC special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, the singer told Katie Couric, "My love life is the only thing I don't talk about. The day I get married, no matter how many helicopters are flying over that chapel, they are not getting one picture."

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"Frozen" Marks 10th Week at #1, Pharrell Rebounds to #2


Walt Disney PicturesThe big freeze continues on the Billboard album chart, as the Frozen soundtrack passes its 10th non-consecutive week at #1.

Billboard reports that in the SoundScan era, which dates back to 1991, only 11 albums have spent that many weeks at #1.  Four of those 11 have been soundtracks: Frozen, The Lion King, The Bodyguard and Titanic.  The Frozen soundtrack has also passed the two million mark in sales; it's now sold 2.1 million copies.

Elsewhere on the chart, Pharrell Williams' album G I R L has now rebounded to #2 on an 18 percent sales increase.  The "Happy" hitmaker has been everywhere over the past few weeks, from Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, to CBS' Sunday Morning and Oprah's OWN network.  The album originally debuted at #2 when it came out back in March and has been in the top 10 ever since. 

Now the bad news: Pharrell's album has also posted the lowest weekly sales total for a #2 album in the entire SoundScan era. It moved just 29,000 copies in the past week.  Frozen, by comparison, sold 133,000 copies last week.

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Taylor Swift Posts Video Blog Documenting Super-Fan Gena Gabrielle's Bridal Shower


Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle's bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.

Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she's ever attended.

Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, "Thank you for inviting me to your bridal shower, and for me into your life. (Since 2007!!!)."

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"American Idol" Season 13's Youngest Contestant Gives Advice, Reveals Which Champ Would Make Her Lose Control


Frank Micelotta/FOXMalaya Watson, the Michigan teen who was eliminated from American Idol last week, was this season's youngest contestant, and the second-youngest ever to reach the live shows, after season 10's Lauren Alaina.  While she admits that the Idol experience is "a lot harder than it looks," the 16-year-old says she'd still encourage other young people to try out, with one condition: your grades have to be good.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Malaya says, "From the outside in, [American Idol] looks like so much fun, but then when you're in show business, you notice all the details of everything. It's a lot. It's a whole lot!"  That's why any kid who wants to try out has to make sure they'll be able to simultaneously handle both their schoolwork and all the Idol commitments.

Asked if young teens like her should audition for the show, Malaya tells ABC News Radio, "If their school is good and they have time on their hands, then yeah, if that's something they want to do." But, she warns, "Don't do it while you got all this debt, and your grades look terrible, because then you're going to be bombarded with all this stuff plus American Idol."

"You should do it when you're really comfortable with yourself and what you're doing, because that's the best time to do stuff," she adds.

While Malaya says that she grew considerably as a person and as a performer, thanks to being thrown headfirst into the grown-up world of Idol, she says that the rest of the finalists also have gotten much better since they started on the show. 

"Trust me, if you knew everybody...everybody has improved in their own ways," she tells ABC News Radio. "So, there's no specific person that's in the lead. Everybody has just grown from that point to now."

Helping the contestants grow last week was American Idol season seven champ David Cook, who worked with the finalists as a mentor.  Malaya says she'd like to see David appear on the show more often in that role.

"Oh yeah, he'd be a good mentor because he's, like, honest with all his opinions," she tells ABC News Radio. "He's very helpful and the man won, so he knows what he's talking about! He knows the highs and the lows about American Idol."

But as much as she liked David, there's another former Idol winner who Malaya would have killed to work with.  "Fantasia. Oh my God!" she gushed. "I would really pee on myself!"

American Idol returns Wednesday night with a new theme: Competitors' Pick.  For the first time in the show's history, each finalist will select a song for their fellow finalists to perform.  Each contestant will therefore get a list of six songs from which to choose.

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Miley Cyrus Scraps Tonight's Concert in St. Louis: "I'm Miserable"


RCA RecordsAfter canceling her show in Kansas City at the last minute following her hospitalization for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, Miley Cyrus has now scrapped her show Wednesday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

On Twitter, Miley wrote, "I can't get a hold of my team because it is so early so I want to be the one to tell my fans especially the ones trekking to get there. the hospital is sayin i wont b released today therefore Im not going 2 make it 2 St Louis. Im so sorry but somethings are outta my control."

She also took the opportunity to respond to criticism about her hospital stay.  In an apparent riposte to suggestions that she might not be as sick as reported, she wrote, "humans can b so selfish. if any1 thinks id rather b layin n a hospital bed than doing what i love on stage theyre f*** LAME. im miserable."

TMZ reports, meanwhile, that Miley was taking the antibiotics to which she reacted badly because she had become run down due to lack of sleep and too much partying, both caused by her being distraught over the recent death of her beloved dog, Floyd.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z to Tour Together This Summer?


Beyonce.comBeyoncé and Jay Z are taking their marriage, and their music, on the road, according to a new report.

According to the New York Post, the duo will launch a stadium tour in late June. Reportedly, they will visit 20 stadiums across the country, including a potential date in New York on July 4.

Jay ended his Magna Carter World Tour in January. His wife completed her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour last month.

They both made cameos at the Coachella festival in California last weekend; Jay Z joined Nas for a performance, while Bey danced onstage during her sister Solange's set.

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Train's Sail Across the Sun Fan Cruise Is Returning in 2015


Trainline.comThe guys in Train had such a good time this past February on their first Sail Across the Sun fan cruise that they're doing it again next year -- and you can sign up now for all the fun.

Train's second annual Sail Across the Sun cruise will leave from Miami on February 13, 2015, and visit Key West and Great Stirrup Key before returning to Miami on February 17.  You can register for the cruise pre-sale now at SailAcrosstheSun.com, and on that same website, you can watch a video documenting what went down this past year on the cruise to get you psyched up for next year.

Last year's cruise featured musical guests like Matt Nathanson, Michael Franti and John Oates of Hall & Oates, and there was also a food and wine component, with tastings, and famous TV chefs like Jonathan Waxman and Aarón Sánchez giving cooking demonstrations.  Of course, there were also plenty of chances to get up-close-and-personal with the members of Train themselves, and see the band perform in intimate settings.

Singer Pat Monahan says in a video, "Stay tuned...over the next two weeks as we unveil some exciting details about our journey together in 2015 at sea."

Meanwhile, Train has quite a few performances lined up for this summer. Visit Trainline.com for their full schedule.

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Pharrell's New Track "Here" from Amazing Spider-Man 2 Surfaces Online


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Pharrell Williams has contributed not one, but two songs to the soundtrack of upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After producing for Alicia Keys' "It's On Again" featuring Kendrick Lamar, the hitmaker recorded a slow-tempo ballad called "Here."

In the acoustic guitar-driven song, Pharrell pours his heart out on the subject of reuniting with the love of his life.  "We're here again/ Our thing right where we left it/ A delusion is a flight, first class to nowhere/ While a dream is a blueprint, a plane to go there," he sings.

Fans can expect "Here" and "It's On Again" to appear on the film's soundtrack album, arriving on April 22.

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Lorde Wonders if People Will Still Like Her When She's 25


ABC/Lou RoccoMuch has been made of the fact that Lorde has managed to accomplish all that she has at such a young age.  But the 17-year-old star from New Zealand says she sometimes wonders if people will still think she's so great when she hits the ripe old age of, oh, say, 25.

Speaking to Elle.com, Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, says, "I think a lot about mortality, and I just get way too in my head about it. Since I started making music a lot was made of how old I was and it made me think about, 'What happens when I’m 25? Will people still like what I'm doing? Is it still important if I’m not this hyper-youthful being?'"

"It’s stupid," she admits. "I know I’m being silly. But I can’t help it. It’s just one of those things. I’ll get over it."

Lorde is also concerned with keeping her head on straight as her enormous fame grows.  Noting that a year ago, most people didn't know who she was, she tells Elle.com, "I guess it has been fast. But I don’t feel like it’s moving faster than I’m taking it in. I feel very on track with it."

She adds, "A lot of things, like playing Coachella, feel a lot more normal and comfortable now that we’ve had a lot of experiences that could be considered a big deal. But I have an awesome team who help me not burn out and die. And I always have someone from my family on the road with me."

Lorde's tour continues this week with shows in Las Vegas and Phoenix, and she'll return to Coachella this weekend for the music festival's second weekend.

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"The Voice" Recap: The Playoffs End with Usher Eliminating Two of His Artists


(l-r) T.J. Wilkins, Usher, Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly; Trae Patton/NBCIt was the final night of the playoffs on The Voice on Tuesday night. All five artists from Team Usher performed in a bid to earn one of the remaining available spots in the live round.

Usher settled on Bria Kelly, Josh Kaufman and T.J. Wilkins, thereby eliminating Melissa Jiménez and Stevie Joe.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira pared down their teams during the previous two episodes.

Here's what happened during Tuesday night's one-hour episode:

T.J. Wilkins got things started for Team Usher with a cover of "Tell Me Something Good," by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Shakira misspoke by saying T.J.'s ability to reach the high note was his "ace under his sleeve." Adam teased her for botching the idiom. Usher said T.J. nailed the playful nature of the period of time when "Tell Me Something Good" was released, the mid-1970s.

Melissa Jiménez delivered a stripped-down version of Beyoncé's "Halo." Shakira said it was a brave move to take a different approach to the popular song. Adam said there were some moments that were beautiful, but other moments during which Melissa ran into trouble. Blake added that Melissa didn't have enough breath for one particular note. Usher pointed out the effort that Melissa had put into the competition to that point.

Stevie Joe chose B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone." Blake joked that watching Stevie Joe perform is like watching him sneak up on a rabbit. He then declared that Stevie Joe is the "real deal." Shakira said he stretched certain notes for too long, but otherwise his performance was good. Usher commended Stevie Joe for the way he handled a song that's about heartache.

Bria Kelly took on The Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses." Shakira wondered how Bria could reach the high notes and be so sultry. Blake observed a softer side to Bria's vocals that is "golden." Usher applauded her for making the song her own.

For the final performance of the playoff round, Josh Kaufman sang Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain." His former coach, Adam, said he's so relieved Josh was stolen from him because he deserves to be in the competition. Blake said Josh is a favorite of his and his wife, Miranda Lambert. Usher credited Adam for helping mold Josh as an artist.

The episode ended with Usher keeping Bria, Josh and T.J. on his team.

Here's a rundown of the remaining artists on the other three teams:

Team Adam: Christina Grimmie, Delvin Choice and Kat Perkins.

Team Blake: Sisaundra Lewis, Audra McLaughlin and Jake Worthington.

Team Shakira: Tess Boyer, Kristen Merlin and Dani Moz.

Next Monday night on NBC, The Voice will begin its live round.

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John Mayer Covers Beyonce Onstage in Australia


Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTBOver the weekend, John Mayer tweeted his admiration for Beyoncé's song "XO."  Now, he's paid her the ultimate compliment by performing the song live on stage.

On April 12, John tweeted, "The best thing about Beyoncé? The break in her voice on the first 'baby, love me lights out' in XO. Real and raw."  On Tuesday in Adelaide, Australia, John sang a version of "XO" using only an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, and actually managed to make it sound like one of his own songs.

"XO" appears on Beyoncé's current self-titled album, which she released with no warning in December, shocking both her fans and the entire music industry.

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Get a Sneak Preview of Katy Perry's New Collection for Claire's


Image Courtesy Claire's Europe via TwitterKaty Perry's PRISM collection of fashion accessories will debut at Claire's stores and online on May 15, but if you want a sneak preview, just head on over to the store's European Twitter feed.

Katy's line was officially launched in London on Tuesday, and video and photos from all the fashion reporters and bloggers who attended are all over the @ClairesEurope Twitter feed right now. 

The photos reveal necklaces, bracelets and earrings with PRISM designs and themes, as well as notebooks, phone covers and more.  There are also knuckleduster rings and bracelets that spell out ROAR across your fingers and wrists.

A note on the Claire's Facebook page has a few more images, as well as the message, "Are you roaring about the #KatyPerryPRISMCollection yet? Katy Perry wants to see you in these pieces at her Prismatic World Tour. The collection officially arrives in-store and online on May 15!"

Katy's Prismatic World Tour gets underway next month in Northern Ireland.

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Get a Sneak Preview of Katy Perry's New Collection for Claire's


Claire's Stores Inc.Katy Perry's PRISM collection of fashion accessories will debut at Claire's stores and online on May 15, but if you want a sneak preview, just head on over to the store's European Twitter feed.

Katy's line was officially launched in London on Tuesday, and video and photos from all the fashion reporters and bloggers who attended are all over the @ClairesEurope Twitter feed right now. 

The photos reveal necklaces, bracelets and earrings with PRISM designs and themes, as well as notebooks, phone covers and more.  There are also rings and bracelets that spell out ROAR across your fingers and wrists.

A note on the Claire's Facebook page has a few more images, as well as the message, "Are you roaring about the #KatyPerryPRISMCollection yet? Katy Perry wants to see you in these pieces at her Prismatic World Tour. The collection officially arrives in-store and online on May 15!"

Katy's Prismatic World Tour gets underway next month in Northern Ireland.

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Miley Hospitalized Due to Allergic Reaction, Kansas City Concert Cancelled


ABC/Lou RoccoMiley Cyrus cancelled her North Carolina concert last week due to the flu.  Now, the singer's in the hospital, and her show tonight in Kansas City has been called off.

A statement posted on the website of the Sprint Center in Kansas City reads, "Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' tour date scheduled for tonight, April 15, at Sprint Center in Kansas City has been cancelled. Cyrus has been hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics and has been placed on medical rest by her doctors. She will not be able to perform as scheduled."

The statement goes on say that refunds will be available at the point of purchase; tickets purchased online or by phone will be refunded automatically.

Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Miley tweeted, "Kansas I promise Im as [symbol of a heart breaking] as you are. I wanted so badly 2 b there 2night. [symbol of a cat crying] Not being with yall makes me feel shi**ier than I already do."

She also posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed, holding a small, green octopus toy. She wrote, "Mr. Octopussy & some amazing Drs are taking good care of me." 

A few hours later, Miley complained about the TV service, tweeting, “Hospital TV is wacccckkkkkkk!!!!!#wherestheappletv.”

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Ariana Grande to Perform at Gay Dance Party, and The White House


Republic RecordsHow broad is Ariana Grande's appeal?  Broad enough for her to book gigs at both The White House, and The White Party, a massive gay dance festival.

E! Online reports that Ariana will perform at this year's White Party, set for April 26 in Palm Springs, California.  It's described as "The Largest Gay Dance Music Festival in the World," and this year it's celebrating its 25th anniversary. 

"Ariana Grande is one of today's fastest rising superstars and is destined for pop icon status," White Party founder and producer Jeffery Sanker told E!.   She's in good company: past performers at the event have included Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Kesha.

Meanwhile, Ariana is also going to be performing at this year's annual White House Easter Egg Roll, set for Monday, April 21, on the South Lawn of the White House.  Ariana will perform on the event's "Rock 'n Egg Roll Stage," along with reigning American Idol champ Candice Glover, a variety of Muppets, and other guests.

In other Ariana news, she announced on Twitter that a new single is on its way "sooner than you think."

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