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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featured on New Single from Seattle Band


ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut.

The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist.

Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."

Fences will join Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco August 9, as well as at various European music festivals.

“Arrows” is included on Fences’ new album, Lesser Oceans, out October 14. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get an instant download of “Arrows” and one other song.

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OneRepublic Remix EP Now Available on iTunes


LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic’s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.

OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.

The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.

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Taylor Swift Ranks High on "Forbes'" Highest-Paid Country Musicians List


ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.

Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.

Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars.  American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album


PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.

The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show.  Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much." 

Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."

On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.

Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special.  Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.

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John Legend Says Intimate Acoustic Tour Has Been "Beautiful"


ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend's been out on his All of Me tour for quite some time, but he's still got plenty of dates to go: he wraps things up in the U.S. at the end of August; then, he'll head to Singapore, followed by dates in the U.K. and in Europe.  While John's career's now at an all-time high, thanks to the success of "All of Me," the tour, billed as "An Evening with John Legend," is the opposite of a big production.

"This is the first time I've done, really kind of like a Storyteller vibe for the whole show," he tells ABC News Radio.  "We stripped down the band to a very core, small group.  I have a string quartet and a guitarist.  I tell more stories to the fans, and it's just a more intimate situation.  And it's been beautiful."

"I've been so happy with it and the fans have been really eating it up," he adds.

Even if you haven't seen John live in concert, you've probably caught him singing on one of the many awards shows he's performed on over the past year or so. According to the singer, being able to play your song on a big awards telecast is a huge deal for an artist's career: so much so that he prefers it to actually winning an award.

"Performing is more impactful, because people don't really remember who won, but they remember performances if they stand out," he notes. "Like, I didn't win any Grammys, but when I performed 'All of Me' at the Grammys this past year, the song went from 49 on the iTunes charts to number three.  And so that performance was so important for the song and for my career....If you nail it, you can really help the song a lot."

John's received a nomination for Best Male on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, but it's unlikely that he'll be performing on that particular award show, since he has a concert booked in Las Vegas that same night.

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Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online


Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled “Shame” and “You Are the One,” were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna’s 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to “The Rain Tapes,” a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

Madonna is currently focusing on a new album. Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she’s working on may be titled “Messiah.”

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Colbie Caillat Adds Two Dates to Her Upcoming Tour


Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has added two dates to her upcoming U.S. tour. She will now visit Birmingham, Alabama, on September 12 and Draper City, Utah, on September 18.

Pre-sale tickets for both shows are available now. Tickets go on sale to the general public for the Draper date on Wednesday and for the Birmingham date on Friday. For more info, visit ColbieCaillat.com.

Colbie -- whose latest single, “Try,” is currently #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- will launch her tour in Denver on August 27.

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Adam Levine's Wife: There's a "Definite" Plan to Have Kids


Trae Patton/NBCNow that they're married, will Adam Levine and his new wife, Behati Prinsloo, start a family in the near future?  The model wants to have kids, though she suggests that parenthood isn’t necessarily on the immediate horizon for the newlyweds.

In an interview with the fashion magazine Net-a-Porter conducted prior to the couple’s July 19 wedding in Mexico, Prinsloo shares that there is a “definite” plan to have children. However, she adds, “I have no expectations. Not in a bad way, but I’ve learned that you can’t plan ahead. I live day by day and see what happens. It’s vague, but I like it that way.”

Adam and his wife may have to hold off on the baby-making for a while. His band Maroon 5 will release their new album, V, in September, the same month the new season of The Voice premieres, on which he'll return as a judge.

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Lady Gaga Makes Appearance in Red-Band Trailer for "Sin City" Sequel


Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga makes a very brief cameo in the red-band trailer for the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which debuted at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend and was released online Monday.

About two minutes and 50 seconds into the clip, we see Gaga as a waitress in a diner. She hands over a crumpled one-dollar bill to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Johnny, and remarks, “This won’t take you far.” Johnny, whose face is badly bruised, replies, “Sweetheart, it’s going to take me to the moon.”

The gritty drama, which also stars Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and several other big stars, hits theaters August 22.

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Sale of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Bel Air Home Falls Through


ABC NewsMariah Carey and her hubby, Nick Cannon, have unloaded their property in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air -- or so they thought.

TMZ initially reported the couple had sold their home -– which features seven bedrooms, a movie theater, a gym, a basketball court and other amenities -- for more than 10 million dollars. That total was three million less than what Mariah and Nick sought, but around three million more than what they paid in 2009.

However, a TMZ update states the buyer has backed out, so the home is back on the market.

TMZ’s sources say Mariah and Nick want to sell the property so they can focus on living in New York City.

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One Direction's Liam Teases Fans with "Naked" Photo


ABC/Matt BrownLiam Payne showed off his sense of humor on Instagram on Sunday.

The One Direction singer posted a photo of himself standing on a boat, appearing to be naked. His midsection is pixelated. The picture is captioned, “Damn that was my last pair!”

The snapshot threw 1D’s young female fans into a tizzy, but it turns out Liam wasn’t nude after all. He eventually uploaded the same picture again, only this time it was uncensored, revealing that he was actually wearing a bathing suit.

Liam quipped, “Oh I found them never mind aha.”   

Incidentally, one of Liam's band mates, Zayn Malik, also caused a stir on social media over the weekend when he tweeted, "#FreePalestine."

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The Script's New Album Now Available for Pre-Order


Columbia RecordsThe Script has made their latest album, No Sound Without Silence, available for pre-order on iTunes.

If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive an instant download of its first single, “Superheroes.” You’ll also be able to purchase “Superheroes” as a digital single, beginning Tuesday.

No Sound Without Silence, The Script’s fourth studio album, will be released September 30.

The Script is currently touring the U.S. with OneRepublic. Their next date is Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Says His First #1 Album Will Be His Last


Robert Trachtenberg/RCA Records"Weird Al" Yankovic's thrilled that his new album Mandatory Fun has become the first #1 album of his career.  But ironically, it's also going to be the last album of his career.

"It feels strange to say that but it's also very poetic to be able to go out on top," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I want to stress I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of the line for me, but I'm pretty sure this is the end of my conventional albums. I just think it makes more sense for me to release songs individually -- be more of a singles artist instead of an albums artist."

Al always felt constrained by the fact that he couldn't just put out his song parodies while a song was topping the charts: he always had to wait, gather up a bunch of them, and release them as an album.  But these days, thanks to the advent of digital downloads, you don't have to wait, so that'll be his business model going forward.

As for why Mandatory Fun was the disc that finally rang the bell for him after three decades, Al says he's got a few theories.

"I'm not one hundred percent sure why this album did so much better than all my previous albums," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think partly because I think it is, in, fact my best album. I'm very proud of this  And I think my marketing plan had a lot to do with is as well -- the eight videos in eight days thing really seemed to work in a major way. I had a world premiere every single day of release week."

Al says the nature of comedy videos today meant that he had to constantly provide something new for people to check out, and that's what he did, by releasing one new video each day for eight days straight.

"Things go very viral for a day and then the next people say, 'OK, well, seen that. What's next?' So it gave people something to talk about and be excited about every single day and also something to look forward to," he explains. "So there was anticipation there. And it worked so well that by the end of the eight days, there was kind of a Pavlovian effect. People woke up the ninth morning and said, 'Well, where's the Weird Al video!? Why should I even wake up in the morning if there's not a new Weird Al video?!!!'"

The first video in the onslaught was the star-studded clip "Tacky," a parody of "Happy," which featured comedic actors Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho and Jack Black.  Al says all of those people are friends of his, but he knew the clip would work if he could get one of them in particular.

"Jack Black was number one on the list," he reveals. "I figured, 'OK if we get Jack Black, he's going to have so much energy, and knock it out of the park.' And I found the one day Jack was available to do it. He was in Atlanta, shooting a movie and he said he would fly in for one day and do the video."

Also making "Tacky" possible was the fact that Pharrell Williams, who wrote "Happy," gave Al permission to do the parody. "I won't tell you how I got his personal email, but I emailed him and I explained what I wanted to do," Al tells ABC News Radio. "And Pharrell got back to me immediately and he was extremely nice and said he was honored that I wanted to do a parody and gave me permission on the spot." 

Al says he'll launch a tour next year to promote Mandatory Fun. Meanwhile, he says he's living large celebrating his chart-topping success....not.

"Yeah, my family and I went out," he says when asked how he marked the milestone.  "We had some Mexican food and I had a burrito." 

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Lily Allen's Fake Arrest Photo Gets Australian Police Busted


Ollie Millington/Getty ImagesSeveral Australian Federal Police officers are being investigated after taking part in a prank Sunday afternoon that made it appear as if singer Lily Allen was being arrested at Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia.

In a photo that has since been taken down from the 29-year-old British singer's Instagram account, Allen is seen on her knees with her hands behind her back as if she were under arrest.  The officers placed open handcuffs on Allen's wrists.

An Australian Federal Police spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that Allen asked the officers to slap the cuffs on her.

"On 27 July, AFP members escorted Ms. Lilly Allen as she was transiting through Gold Coast Airport," the spokesperson said. "At her request, the members involved placed open handcuffs on Ms. Allen for a photo opportunity.  It appears the members involved were caught up in the moment and standard protocols were breached. This matter is now subject to internal processes."

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Former Mouseketeer Britney Spears Takes Her Sons to Disneyland


Image Courtesy Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsFormer Mickey Mouse Club cast member Britney Spears took her two sons to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Saturday. 

The 32-year-old singer posted a photo on Instagram of her with 8-year-old Sean and 7-year-old Jayden with the caption, "Took these two little Mouseketeers to @Disneyland today, Like mama like sons ;)" 

Spears is wearing dark shorts and a purple tank top in the photo. Sean and Jayden are the singer's sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

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"Rising Star" Recap: On the Final Night of Head-to-Head Duels, Five More Contestants Advance


ABCABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing after the East Coast vote and one additional singer being saved after the West Coast broadcast. Three other acts were sent home.

Maneepat Molloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger and Joshua Peavy advanced to next week's quarterfinals.

Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast vote and also advanced to the quarterfinals.

Morgan Higgins, Karen Hornsby and the group Unselfish were sent home.

For the duels, two acts were selected to go head-to-head, with a coin toss determining which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The competing act then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.

The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest-combined percentage of votes who hadn't won his or her matchup.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the duels. The "experts" were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.

The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances.  The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Morgan Higgins vs. Maneepat Molloy:

The experts agreed that Higgins waited too long to show off her range when she auditioned and that she needed to come out swinging this time. Her version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” collected 45 percent of the vote, including a "yes" from Paisley, who noted that Higgins was a “pro,” but the 17-year-old still needed a lot of work. The performance didn’t impress Ludacris, who thought Higgins held back and didn’t give it her all. Kesha called the performance “very convincing,” adding the singer “came a long way.”

Ludacris felt Molloy’s voice was “more pure” than her competitor, but she didn’t have as much “energy.” Before Molloy's performance, Ludacris and the other experts urged her to be in the moment. The 16-year-old raised the wall with her version of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” racking up 66 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” but admitted that she didn’t want to see either singer go. Brad was not as pleased with the performance, calling it “pitchy.” He voted “no.” Ludacris voted “yes.”

Shameia Crawford vs. Unselfish:

Crawford, who had to wait for the West Coast to save her last time, chose to go first. Kesha was “on the fence” about her song choice, the standard, “Cry Me a River,” but agreed she “killed it” in rehearsal. Brad’s only suggestion was that Crawford needed to get her nerves under control. She managed to do that and collected 70 percent of the vote.  Afterward, Ludacris called her presence “unprecedented.” Kesha agreed, adding the full-time musician and Georgia native “looked stunning” and “set the bar high” with her singing voice. She voted “yes,” as did Paisley.

The five-man group Unselfish also failed to raise the wall last time. The experts advised them to clean up their harmonies, but their version of Maroon 5’s “Payphone” still failed to impress voters, earning just 33 percent. They did, however, get a “yes” from Kesha, who explained she was “not a dream crusher.” She added that while it was “not the best performance,” she thought they could improve and wanted the group to know she was rooting for them. Ludacris voted “no,” saying their harmonies “needed work,” and Paisley also gave them a “no.”

Dana Williams vs. Audrey Kate Geiger:

Williams led off this duel. Using a guitar that belonged to her late father, who once backed Michael Jackson, she sang The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” She said the guitar was a lucky charm.  The performance earned 67 percent of the vote, but didn’t impress Brad, who gave her a “no.” He explained the singing was great, but the performance sounded like Williams was “rehearsing.” Kesha, reminding Brad this was a singing show, praised Williams' voice as “delicate” and “beautiful,” adding she was one of her “favorite performers on the show.” Ludacris also voted “yes.”

Audrey Kate started her performance of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” a cappella, a risk that earned Brad’s respect and kudos from the other judges as well. America also agreed, as Geiger raised the wall with an impressive 88 percent of the vote. Ludacris gave her a “yes,” declaring, she had a voice he “could listen to and never get tired of.” Paisley said simply, it was the kind of voice he “signed up for this show for.” Kesha also voted “yes.”  Geiger won the battle, but Williams was later saved by West Coast viewers.

Joshua Peavy vs. Karen Hornsby

Hornsby's daughter, Gabrielle, was left blind and unable to talk following treatment for brain cancer. She was in the audience for Sunday's performance, making it extra special because it was the first time Gabrielle would hear her mom sing. Ludacris advised Hornsby to go for the high notes, because that was her strength and would earn her “yes” votes. Hornsby sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” drawing 67 percent of the vote, and a “yes” from Kesha, who called the performance “phenomenal.” Kesha said the Jacksonville, Florida, native looked like “a natural woman.” Paisley said the performance wasn’t perfect, but Hornsby was still the most “inspiring” performer.

Peavy has the distinction of being the first person to ever raise the wall on Rising Star. He originally chose Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway” for the duel, but after getting advice from the experts, opted for “Too Close” by Alex Clare instead. It turned out being the right move, as Joshua bested Karen with 75 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought the performance was “soulful” and he was “very proud” of Peavy and voted “yes.” However, he also predicted that Hornsby would be saved by the West Coast. Kesha voted “no,” admitting it was because she didn’t want to see Karen go home. Brad voted “Yes.” Hornsby did not advance.

Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.

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Maroon 5's "Maps" Is About "Bad Patterns of Behavior," Says Guitarist


222 Records/Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has been friendly with OneRepublic for a while, but it wasn't until their last album, Overexposed, that they finally got into the studio with OneRepublic frontman and certified hitmaker Ryan Tedder.  Ryan co-wrote and co-produced the band's hit "Love Somebody," and he's done the same with their latest hit, "Maps."  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says Ryan and Adam are a great combination, musically-speaking.

"Ryan and Adam have a great chemistry together as writers and actually, personality-wise, they kind of remind me of each other," James tells ABC News Radio. "They're both sort of all over the place, in a good way, which can be good creatively, as long as you can wrangle it."  He laughs, "So, they've wrangled it a couple of times and got some great songs out of it."

As for what "Maps" is about, James says not having written it, he can't say for sure, but he believes it's about something Maroon 5 has explored in many other songs: toxic relationships.

"For me, the map [in the song] originally lead to this good place, that was this positive nurturing sort of relationship," he explains. "And when it fell apart, and when the trust was broken...he still followed the map back to that person, despite the fact that this was no good for him. So it's about sort of bad patterns of behavior."

"That's my interpretation," he laughs. "Now, I did not write those lyrics, so maybe Ryan Tedder and Adam Levine would have a different opinion of that!"  

"Maps" is Maroon 5's sixth straight top-10 hit.  It's the lead single for their fifth album, V, due September 2.

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Charli XCX's Bizarre Tour Rider Request


Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsWe've all heard the stories about stars and their backstage diva demands when they're on tour: they've got to have bouquets of white lilies, or water at exactly 68 degrees, or black plastic cups, or specific brands of cereal and snack foods.  But Charli XCX has a request for her rider -- that's what those demands are called -- that is completely bizarre.

Speaking to the U.K. publication Metro, Charli says she's a huge fan of actor Bill Murray.  How huge?  "I sometimes ask for a framed picture of Bill Murray on my rider just because I think he is really cool," she reveals. "‘There are a few I have collected, and some of them have been in nice frames!"

"‘I have a weird Bill Murray collection, I guess. Although it’s not some weird obsession," she insists.  The British "Boom Clap" singer says it'd be "sick" to have Murray appear in one of her music videos.

The "Fancy" co-writer also says she'd love to collaborate with Coldplay's Chris Martin.

"I actually listened to [Coldplay's new album] on a plane the other day and I cried! I think that album is so good," she tells Metro. "To collaborate definitely would be cool. I think Chris Martin is one of the best, top line writers around at the moment. I’ve always thought his melodies are incredible."

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Tough-Guy Actor Danny Trejo on Starring in Train's "Angel in Blue Jeans" Video: "It's Awesome!"


Columbia Records70-year-old tough-guy actor Danny Trejo, best known for playing a badass in movies like Machete Kills and on TV shows like Breaking Bad, is an unlikely music video star, but he's front and center in Train's new clip for "Angel in Blue Jeans."  He tells Entertainment Weekly that when the band reached out to him, he said yes right away.

"It's awesome," Trejo tells EW. "You know what? That band was really, really cool. I’d heard of them before, and when they asked me to do it I said 'absolutely.' It came out really good. All my friends say, we didn’t know you could sing!"

Trejo doesn't actually sing in the video -- he lip syncs to Train singer Pat Monahan's voice.  But he does it so well that the effect is startling. "The minute I open my mouth everyone screams," he laughs.

In the video, Trejo plays a motorcycle-riding tough guy in the desert who's pining for his lost love, stolen by an evil sheriff played by Pat Monahan.  In the end, Trejo gets the girl back, and gets to pistol-whip Pat as well.

"The shoot was hot. We were out in the desert. But we kept it going. We shot all day," Trejo tells EW.  "It was so funny, they were all worried about asking me, can you ride a motorcycle? I’ve been riding a motorcycle since I was about 12!"

Over the years, Trejo has also appeared in videos for artists ranging from Enrique Iglesias, to the Jonas Brothers, to the Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura.  "I love doing them," he tells EW. "I love doing them because I meet a completely different bunch of people than in the movie business. A lot of the rock stars are really a lot of fun."

Trejo says he personally prefers to listen to oldies and hip-hop, but adds, "Any kind of music, I don’t care."

"Angel in Blue Jeans" also stars Hannah Simone from New Girl as Trejo's love interest.  The song is the first release from Train's upcoming album Bulletproof Picasso.

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Pitbull Releases New Single "Fireball" from Upcoming Disc "Globalization"


Gregg Waterman/RCA RecordsPitbull never seems to be off the charts for more than a couple of minutes.  He's just released a new single called "Fireball," which will be the lead single from a brand-new album.

"Fireball" is somewhat reminiscent of "Tequila," the old Latin flavored rock hit from the fifties. Like that song, it features horns and a Latin feel. Pitbull raps in his usual style but throws in references to Run-DMC's "Walk this Way" and "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three. There are also vocals by a soulful singer called John Ryan.  As with Pitbull's previous hit "Timber," the song sounds organic, but also modern.

"Fireball" is the first single from Mr. Worldwide's new disc Globalization, the followup to his most recent disc, Global Warming.  It's due in the fall.

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