Columbia Records/ABC/Lou RoccoPharrell Williams has collaborated with a wide variety of artists during his long career, but he's always on the lookout for new people to work with. During a recent appearance on Australian TV, he named Lorde as someone he'd like to team up with, but said he doubts she'd be interested.
Appearing on the Australian TV show Sunrise, Pharrell said of Lorde, "I would love to work with her. She doesn't need me, but I would love to work with her." The always-humble Grammy-winner praised the 17-year-old's music, saying, "When you hear [her], you hear her lyrics, you hear her melody and you hear her music, but you also feel what she's saying."
Well, if he doesn't get a chance to make a record with Lorde, who else would Pharrell like to work with? He mentioned Prince and Eminem, and added, "My son loves Katy Perry, so I suppose that makes all the sense in the world." The singer then took the opportunity to clear up the popular misconception that his five-year-old son is named "Rocketman."
"His name is Rocket. There's no 'man,'" he explained. "Unfortunately, it was something that we couldn't catch up with in terms in the press, they were just like, 'It's Rocketman!' And it's totally not. His name is just Rocket."
Cliff Lipson/CBS Following the massive success of his album with Macklemore, The Heist, Ryan Lewis has splurged on a new home in the duo's native Seattle.
The Redfin real estate blog reports Ryan dropped 3.3 million dollars on a 76-hundred-square-foot home in northwest Seattle in late January. It has four bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, and a great view of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.
Redfin notes that the home had been on and off the market since 2005, when it was initially listed for 8.9 million dollars. In other words, Ryan got a great deal on the property. It's almost as though he bought it in a...thrift shop.
Monty Brinton/CBSIf you were a songwriter, you'd probably feel pretty great if Bruce Springsteen covered one of your songs, right? Now imagine you're a 17-year-old songwriter with only one album to your name, and Bruce still covered one of your songs. Yes, that happened, so it's no wonder that it made Lorde -- the 17-year-old in question -- cry.
News.com.au reports that Lorde found out about Springsteen's cover of her song "Royals" -- which he performed on stage during a concert in New Zealand -- via social media when she was in Austin, Texas getting ready to kick off her own tour. "My Twitter went mental, everyone in New Zealand was like ‘You can’t believe what just happened!’” she said.
“It was so exciting, it was the highest honor. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool,” she continued. "It’s crazy when someone like that is covering your song. Those words were nothing before I put them into my laptop and started messing around with them in the studio. It’s crazy to me they could come out of someone’s mouth who is that respected.”
Lorde is also excited about the fact that her debut album Pure Heroine has gone platinum. "How mental is that, right?” she said. “I was pretty pumped.”
Interscope RecordsLady Gaga is teaming up with Doritos for a very special concert next week in Austin, Texas, and you might be able to go for free...if you're bold enough.
In a video posted on Doritos.com, Gaga announces that on March 13, she'll be performing for the first time at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Her show, benefiting her Born This Way Foundation, will take place at the Doritos #BoldStage, and if you want to attend, you have to complete a series of "bold challenges." Select winners will receive all-expenses-paid trips to see the show.
"Only people who prove their boldness are able to get in," is the way that Gaga explains it in the video. "I believe being an individual and speaking your mind is one of the boldest things you can do," she continues, and then introduces the first challenge.
"I want you to share a picture or a video that expresses your individuality through a bold action," she says. "What bold thing have you done that makes you stand out? I will pick one lucky winner to be a VIP at my show...as for my bold act, well...you'll have to wait for the show."
You have until Saturday at noon Central Time to tweet, Instagram or Vine a picture or video; tag the post with the hashtags #boldstage and #boldbravery to enter. You are limited to between 6-15 seconds for your video. Visit Doritos.com for all the rules.
Speaking about the performance to Rolling Stone, Gaga says, "I’ve been dreaming of this moment. It’s all about the music and the connection with the crowd, and I want the audience in Austin to see me live in a way I never have before...I can’t wait to celebrate with the audience how far music can go when we believe and stick together. It’s moments like these that I live for."
Sony / ColumbiaThey're not actors, but Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys and Kanye West have all received nominations for this year's MTV Movie Awards.
Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys are both nominated for the cameos they made in the Seth Rogen comedy This Is the End, but in different categories. Rihanna's nominated for Best Cameo Performance for her scene in the movie where she rebuffs Michael Cera's advances at a party by slapping him in the face, and then -- SPOILER ALERT -- falls to her death when a huge gaping hole opens up on the front lawn of the house where the party's taking place.
Kanye is also nominated in that category, for his appearance in the comedy sequel Anchorman 2. The competition also includes Robert De Niro in American Hustle, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, also for in Anchorman 2, and Joan Rivers in Iron Man 3.
Kanye is also nominated in the category of Best Fight, for the massive brawl he gets into during Anchorman 2 with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, James Marsden, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Liam Neeson and a bunch of other stars.
The Backstreet Boys are nominated for Best Musical Moment, for a scene in This Is the End where they perform one of their biggest hits in heaven. That sounds weird but trust us, you have to see the movie. Their competition in that category includes Jennifer Lawrence, who sings the Paul McCartney & Wings song "Live and Let Die" in American Hustle; Will Poulter, who sings TLC's "Waterfalls" in We're the Millers; and Melissa McCarthy, who sings Heart's "Barracuda" in Identity Thief.
The MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien, will be given out April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
ABC/Kelsey McNealCapital Cities are planning to spend the entire summer on the road, including appearances opening for Katy Perry and appearances at the Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals. That's why they're planning several releases for fans to tide them over until they get a chance to get back into the studio.
The duo, whose hit "Safe and Sound" earned them an MTV VMA and a Grammy nomination, are releasing a new single, "One Minute More," which will appear on a deluxe reissue of their album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, due out March 11. "One Minute More" originally appeared on the Iron Man 3 soundtrack last year, but this is a new edit of it.
Including "One Minute More," the reissue features five new tracks, including a remix of "Safe and Sound," and a cover version of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Capital Cities' busy touring schedule gets underway this weekend in Colorado. They'll also be performing a series of college dates as part of the Campus Consciousness Tour, as well as a couple of shows in Mexico. Their dates with Katy Perry kick off June 22 and run through August. Visit CapitalCitiesMusic.com for a full listing of concerts.
PR NewswirePharrell is winning. After producing two of 2013's s biggest hits -- Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" -- the hitmaker is sharing the keys to his ongoing success in the latest issue of The Red Bulletin magazine.
"If you get hooked on success, you are screwed," says Pharrell, whose Oscar-nominated smash "Happy" recently reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Skateboard P adds, "If that is your main concern, being on top, then you should probably find another business. Because our business works off of emotion."
Part of Pharrell's success lies in his awareness that the "paradigm is shifting" in the music industry. So when it comes to collaborating, he says, "I find the magic in trying to just blend different worlds."
Pharrell's wide-ranging 14-page interview also covers his newly-released album, G I R L. The issue is available now.
Last month, Beyonce partnered with the Prince of Wales during the U.K. leg of the Mrs Carter Show World Tour, in an effort to raise cash for The Prince's Trust charity. Now, the singer has expanded her global #BeyGOOD initiative to other organizations worldwide.
The singer's campaign has teamed with six charities in cities where she will perform, including Dublin, Ireland; Cologne, Germany; Amsterdam, Holland; Antwerp, Belgium; Barcelona, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal. Beyonce is encouraging fans to stop by tables set up in the main foyer at each venue and make donations, which will benefit homeless individuals, seriously ill children and disadvantaged youth.
Concertgoers who participate will receive an official #BeyGood sticker and the chance to be selected for a seat upgrade to an exclusive VIP area.
Columbia RecordsTogether with her Glee co-stars, Lea Michele has racked up sales of 57 million singles, and scored 20 top 40 hits. No wonder she felt that it was finally time she got around to releasing her debut album. It's called Louder, and it's in stores this week.
"Glee was a really amazing opportunity for me to sort of be exposed to the music world, as well as, you know, understand what life is like inside of a recording booth, so it just felt like the natural step for me to create my own solo record," Lea tells ABC News Radio.
Unlike her Glee releases, Lea's debut album Louder isn't a collection of cover versions of pop hits or show tunes. It's a pop album, with songs written by the likes of Sia, Christina Perri and Lea herself. While some of the material is definitely informed by the loss of Lea's real-life boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith -- especially the song "If You Say So" -- there are plenty of other tunes on the disc that are hopeful, romantic and upbeat. Above all, it's a very personal album for the singer.
"As a performer, you really wanna be able to say words that mean something to you, and perform like it's a story, a part of your life," Lea says. "[It's] a...creative and cathartic experience when you're singing your own songs, rather than someone else's."
While Louder is a record that's meant to be played on the radio next to the latest hits by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, it doesn't sound like them, or, really, anything else on the charts right now. "I definitely wanted it to be unique," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wanted people to be able to listen to the songs and know, 'Oh, that's Lea Michele.' But I think also, at the same time, it's a very accessible pop record."
"I do think that it has my personal touch to it, which I'm really proud of," she continues. "But, you know, there are definitely those songs that are just those, like, standard, straight-up pop songs that you hear on the radio or you dance to in your house or your car."
As for why she chose to call the disc Louder -- that's one of the songs on the album -- she explains, "It really just, in my opinion, sums up the entire album. I really think that the song 'Louder' is such a strong and positive song about speaking your mind and being free and being open and being yourself, and I think that that's really what this album stands for."
Lea has so far released the single "Cannonball" from Louder, but looks forward to bringing all the disc's songs to her fans live with a tour, which she hopes to do between season five and season six of Glee. She also wants to do more touring when the show ends.
"You know, I grew up on the stage and performing live is where I feel the most comfortable," she tells ABC News Radio. "And I'm also incredibly proud of this record and want the opportunity to thank my fans for all their dedication, so going on tour is definitely the next step."
We knew the announcement was coming. Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they're hitting the road together for a North American tour.
Lambert has performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S. That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago's United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band's founding lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 of AIDS-related illness. They first joined forces in 2009 for a performance of "We Are the Champions" on American Idol. In the summer of 2012, Queen Adam Lambert performed six shows in Europe, and this past fall, they also performed at a multi-artist show in Las Vegas.
"I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory," Lambert said in a statement. "He's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band." Queen guitarist Brian May kept his comment succinct: ""Let's ROCK those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!”
When May says "just one more time," he isn't kidding. He tells ABC News Radio that this is likely going to be the last time he and drummer Roger Taylor head out on tour together as Queen. "Speaking for only Roger and myself, I don't know how much more we will be able to do this," he says. "So we looked at each other and thought, y'know, 'Should we go for this one more time? Just the one more?'"
Lambert says that what really provided the impetus for the tour was that one-off show that he, May and Taylor did in Las Vegas last fall. "It just felt perfect, it just felt like it was totally in the cut, it was really really good and we figured we had to bring it to more people," he tells ABC News Radio. "And so I'm really excited that this worked out. I feel very humbled and very excited at this opportunity...and lucky. I feel lucky."
May says what gave him and Taylor even more motivation to do the tour was the prospect of returning to all those legendary venues that they had once rocked with Freddie Mercury.
"For us, Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A., that's magical nostalgia in a sense for us, but much more than nostalgia, because that's what we do, and that's when we were at our peak and I think we can be at a new peak with Adam," May explains. "For Adam, he hasn't done these things but he's played with us, he knows us and he's the man. He's the guy to pull this off. He's incredible."
Both May and Taylor feel that there is no question that Mercury would have heartily approved of the job that Lambert does fronting the band.
"It goes without saying, really," notes May. "Freddie admired quality and talent and I know Freddie would gasp at some of the stuff that Adam takes on."
"I don't even think about it when we're on [stage] there to be honest, you know, it feels right, it feels comfortable, in a good way, and I don't mean complacent," he adds. "I just mean it feels good and everything is at maximum potential."
So far, the set list hasn't been decided upon, but you can expect all of Queen's biggest hits, as well as some deeper cuts.
6/19 -- Chicago, United Center 6/21 -- Winnipeg, MTS Centre 6/23 -- Saskatoon, Credit Union Centre 6/24 -- Edmonton, Rexall Place 6/26 -- Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome 6/28 -- Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 7/1 -- San Jose, SAP Center 7/3 -- Los Angeles, The Forum 7/5 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/6 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/9 -- Houston, Toyota Center 7/10 -- Dallas, American Airlines Center 7/12 -- Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills 7/13 -- Toronto, Air Canada Centre 7/14 -- Montreal, Bell Centre 7/16 -- Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center 7/17 -- New York, Madison Square Garden 7/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 7/20 -- Washington, D,C, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Monty Brinton/CBSLorde is fond of referring to herself as "weird" and she says that applies to her current U.S. headlining tour as well.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal about how her live shows compare to those of other contemporary pop artists, the 17-year-old singer insists, "I'm too weird as a performer to copy anyone else. I kind of thrash around [on stage]. It's unsettling to look at. But I can't dance."
Despite her unique performance style, Lorde has been receiving great reviews for her tour, which just kicked off this past week in Austin, Texas. Rolling Stone, which put Lorde on its cover not long ago, praised the "power and conviction" in her "short but strong" set on that opening night.
Despite all her success, Lorde continues to be an interesting mixture of supreme confidence and insecurity.
Speaking about songwriting, she tells the Wall Street Journal, "I'm afraid I'll wake up one day and it'll be gone. I still ask myself: Is my life interesting enough to write about?" Yet, she also tells the paper, "If you believe in yourself, you think what you've done is all right. And then other people might think it's all right too."
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's top 12 returned to the stage Wednesday night to again perform for viewers' votes. This time, they had to choose songs that reminded them of home.
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. were on hand to offer their critiques of the contestants.
Here's what happened on the two-hour performance show:
Seventeen-year-old Jena Irene, who hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan, sang the KT Tunstall hit "Suddenly I See." Keith and Harry both encouraged her to loosen up a little more on stage. J-Lo said that no matter which song Jena chooses, she shows off a uniqueness in the tone of her voice.
Mont Vernon, New Hampshire's Alex Preston performed a slightly-stripped-down version of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want To Be." Jennifer thought the arrangement overpowered his vocals. Harry agreed, though he admired the fact that Alex tried to be more creative this week. Keith felt the new arrangement may have shaken Alex's confidence a little.
Jessica Meuse of Slapout, Alabama, played Dido's "White Flag" on her acoustic guitar. Harry said she's usually like a "laser beam" with her vocals, but this time she was off. Keith had a different take -- he said as long as Jessica sings the lyrics as if she truly believes in them, her pitch won't matter as much.
Dexter Roberts, from Fayette, Alabama, tackled "Lucky Man," by Montgomery Gentry. Keith called it the perfect song for Dexter. He also said Dexter showed off a vulnerable side during a moment when he either forgot a lyric or the arrangement was off. Harry said it was a great performance.
Emily Piriz of Orlando, Florida, paid homage to her heritage as a Latina -- and to Jennifer Lopez -- by performing "Let's Get Loud," which she used to sing into a hairbrush as a child. J-Lo said it was a pleasure to hear someone choose her song. Harry suggested that she needed to bring more energy to the stage. Keith loved it, but he urged her to be more confident.
Caleb Johnson, who was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, rocked out to "Working Man," by Rush. Harry called him the most consistent singer on the show, but wondered if Caleb's becoming too predictable. Keith praised him as one of the best singers he's heard in a long time, and that it was a challenge for Caleb to take on a "band song." Jennifer said she'd been waiting for a performance like that one all night.
San Francisco's MK Nobilette played an acoustic version of "Drops of Jupiter" from Train, which is native to her city. Keith advised her to work on the connection between how she looks and how she sings. Harry said MK appeared to be uncomfortable, and it made her look as if she doesn't want to be on the show.
C.J. Harris of Jasper, Alabama, covered John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." J-Lo said she enjoyed hearing C.J. singing about changing the world. Keith wanted him to make the song his own.
Sam Woolf, who lives in Bradenton, Florida, selected "Just One," by Blind Pilot. The panel seemed to think he didn't deliver the breakout performance that's required at this stage of the competition.
Malaya Watson of Southfield, Michigan, took to the piano for Tamela Mann's gospel song "Take Me To The King." Keith was unfamiliar with the song but he was moved by it. J-Lo said she had tears in her eyes because she was so proud of Malaya. Harry said she was in control throughout the performance.
Ben Briley, a resident of Gallatin, Tennessee, performed "Turning Home," by David Nail. Jennifer said that after a brief hiccup in the beginning, she got a good feeling from it. Harry dismissed it as just "OK."
Majesty Rose of Goldsboro, North Carolina, closed the night with Coldplay's "Fix You." Harry liked the beginning part of the performance the best. Keith was confident she'll be back next week anyway.
One of these contestants will face elimination on Thursday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox. The musical guests will be former American Idol champ PhillipPhillips and Irish band Kodaline.
Columbia RecordsEver since we got word that Katy Perry and John Mayer had broken up, rumors have been flying as to the "real" reason behind their split. But now, a new report claims that it may have simply come down to an everyday, mundane reason: they couldn't overcome their fundamental differences.
A source close to John tells People magazine, "They're two very strong-willed people. Despite caring about each other very much and wanting to make it work, they are, at their core, quite different." One way the two are different, an industry insider tells People, is in their ages. John is 36; Katy is 29, and that was evidently enough of a gap to be a problem.
According to the insider, Katy was much more interested in partying than John was, and after a while, he got fed up. "At times they seemed really happy together and in love, and other times he seemed like he just wanted to get away from all the parties and go home," the insider dishes. "I can't say I always blamed him."
On top of the differences, says the insider, was the fact that Katy is about to embark on her Prismatic World Tour, which will keep her on the road for months on end. "She's a smart girl. She knows no relationship can survive that kind of distance and strain, and she's not going to slow down now when she's at the top of her game," the insider explains.
Katy is already joking about the split. As previously reported, when asked by a fan in Australia if she had a boyfriend, she replied, "All of my fans are my boyfriends."
Image Courtesy Taylor Swift via InstagramWhen Taylor Swift decides to hang out and relax, she picks some pretty interesting people to do it with. Not long ago, she was shopping and going to the beach with Lorde, and now she's moved on to road tripping through California with Victoria's Secret supermodel Karlie Kloss.
"California here we come...right back where we started from...ROAD TRIP," wrote Taylor on Twitter Wednesday, and posted a photo of both she and Karlie sitting on top of a huge sign that reads "Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park." Next came a photo of the two of them standing together in what looks like a Redwood Forest, looking up. The caption reads, "This forest situation."
Next came an Instagram shot of Karlie kissing Taylor on the side of the head, captioned, "Beach, forests, cliffs, Northern California, sand, flower picking. Best road trip ever." Then, a photo of the two of them frolicking on a beach, with the caption, "On the way home." Karlie, meanwhile, posted a photo of herself writing in the sand, "Karlie Hearts Taylor."
Last year, Taylor got to hang out with Karlie when both appeared on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show TV special.
Mosley Music Group/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic is currently on tour in Europe in support of their latest album Native, but if what Ryan Tedder said on stage recently is true, we may be hearing some new music from the band that isn't included on that disc.
Speaking during a concert in Amsterdam earlier this week, Ryan told the crowd, "There was a song that was written about the same time, within two months of 'Counting Stars' that we thought [would be] the first single from the album. But I couldn't figure out what the chorus was, I couldn't finish it, and so we pushed it to the side. And then about month ago or two, Brent [our bass player] was like, 'Remember that song? You should finish that.'"
This time around, they managed to finish the song, and as Ryan explained, "We got so excited about it [that], y'know, it's not 1995, it's 2014. If you like a song, and you write it, you put it out. So that's what we're gonna do next, in about a week."
"I like it as much as 'Counting Stars'...and I hope you do too," he added, to loud cheers from the crowd.
It's not clear whether the song will be released worldwide, or just in Europe. A rep for the band didn't return ABC News Radio's request for more information by press time.
In other OneRepublic news, the band was forced to postpone their show Tuesday night in Brussels because some of the band members came down with a "very contagious stomach virus" which left them unable to eat or sleep, according to a Twitter posting.
Beyonce has completely revamped the look and feel of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, which is currently making its way through Europe; and the singer has shared a brief video teaser showing her reworked tour.
In a minute-long clip, which was posted to her YouTube page, the diva reveals new choreography, set designs and lighting with live footage of fans' reactions interspersed throughout the video.
"There's so many costume changes, there's so many fireworks and stuff," one fan says. "This show is the bomb!"
Currently playing London's O2, Beyonce's outing will play three consecutive night at Dublin’s O2 beginning March 11, before heading to venues around Europe and wrapping on March 27 in Lisbon, Portugal.
In other news, a Vimeo user has posted a video for Beyonce and Jay Z's intoxicating hit, "Drunk in Love," that uses emojis to illustrate the song's lyrics. The singer shared the link on her Facebook page and wrote, "Love this!!"
CMASales of Taylor Swift's song, "Ronan," have generated more than $100,000 for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Taylor was inspired to write the song after reading the Rockstar Ronan blog, written by Maya Thompson about her late son, Ronan. The boy died just days shy of his fourth birthday in May 2011 after a battle with neuroblastoma cancer.
Taylor gave a songwriting credit on "Ronan" to Maya Thompson, since her writings inspired the song. All of Taylor's proceeds are going to combat childhood cancer. For more information on The V Foundation for Cancer Research, check out JimmyV.org.