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Taylor Swift Rocks NY's Times Square on ABC's "GMA," Calls "1989's" Huge Sales an "Insane Honor"


ABC/Fred Lee"Welcome to New York!" That's what Taylor Swift sang to her adoring fans Thursday morning, as she shut down New York City's Times Square for a concert on ABC's Good Morning America.

It's been a busy week of non-stop promotion for the singer, who's been everywhere promoting her new album, 1989. "You guys, I'm having the best week of my life thanks to you, so thank you!" she told the crowd, as they cheered and screamed.

1989 is on track to sell more than a million copies in its first week, and Taylor told ABC's Robin Roberts how grateful she is that fans are liking her new music.  "It's astounding to me how many people have decided to invest in this album and welcome it into their lives," she said. "I'm seeing everyone on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr posting pictures with their albums, and it makes me so happy. 'Cause I worked for this for two years, and for them to want to listen to my stories from the last two years of my life is the most insane honor!"

Taylor also appreciated the fact that many of her fans went to great lengths to be front-and-center for Thursday's concert.

"It's just so amazing to be here and to have the fans all here and to have them sing the words to this new album of music," she laughed. "It's unbelievable, you guys are so fast at learning lyrics!  And I wanna thank everybody who camped out late last night.  There are a lot of people who slept over on the street in Times Square, so thank you for doing that."

Taylor will be back in Times Square New Year's Eve to ring in 2015 as part of the annual ABC special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  The singer, who moved to the Big Apple not long ago, was just appointed a Global Welcome Ambassador for New York, and she spoke about how much she loves her new hometown. 

"I'm new to town and so I'm so excited about them including me in the tourism board, because everywhere I go, I'm just like, 'You need to go to New York!'" she told Roberts. "'Cause it's my favorite place in the world, it's my favorite city in the world and I'm so happy to get to play in Times Square -- what is my life right now!"

Taylor also thrilled fans by teasing that a tour announcement is coming soon.  "I am gonna be going out on tour again. Very soon," she said. "We're in the early stages of planning the actual show, but I'm really excited about announcing things when I can announce them. But just know, it's going to be happening soon!"

In addition to "Welcome to New York," Taylor also sang "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" during her GMA concert.

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Train Premieres Retro Video for "Cadillac Cadillac"


Courtesy Columbia Records"Angel in Blue Jeans," the first video from Train's new album Bulletproof Picasso, was a mini-Western.  Their latest video, for their new single "Cadillac Cadillac," has just premiered on VH1.com, and it's a retro-flavored clip with a bit of a Mad Men vibe.

The video, set in the late '50's or early '60s, takes place on a soundstage where lead singer Pat Monahan is shooting a Cadillac ad: he's the star of the ad, and his female co-star sits in the front seat of the Caddy, giving him the eye. The rest of the band play photographers shooting the ad. 

Just as Pat and his co-star are about to kiss, he falls into a deep sleep and begins dreaming about walking through a fantastical landscape filled with dancing women.  Finally, his frustrated co-star wakes him up by throwing a glass of water in his face.

The "Angel in Blue Jeans" video will be available on VEVO on Friday, and will make its TV debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

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Colbie Caillat's Halloween Goes to the Dogs


Kurt IswarienkoWhile everyone is trying to come up with the perfect Halloween costume for themselves, Colbie Caillat is much more focused on choosing the perfect outfits for some very special individuals: her dogs.

"I don't actually like to dress up myself," she says. "I feel bad, because I dress my dogs up.  It's just so much fun!"

Colbie has several dogs and she says she created a memorable costume for one last Halloween.

"I have this little white mutt, and he's really grumpy, and last year I dressed him up as Oscar the Grouch," she laughs. "We got this dog-friendly green spray paint and sprayed him and put him in a trash can and it was really fun."

This year, she says, she has no special dog-centric costume plans.  "I just want to be home and pass out candy!" she says.

Colbie's current album Gypsy Heart is out now.  She'll launch another tour in support of the disc in 2015.

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Facebook Study: Taylor Swift, Elvis, Bon Jovi Unite Republicans & Democrats


Credit: Sarah BarlowIn the run-up to Election Day, Facebook has released a new study comparing the cultural similarities and differences between Democrats and Republicans, based on which fan pages both groups "like" on the social network.  When it comes to music, it turns out that there are very few acts who are liked equally by Democrats and Republicans, but Taylor Swift is one of them.

Facebook compiled its study by first looking at users who "liked" the campaign pages of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.  Then, it cross-referenced those with what other pages those people liked on Facebook, to see which musicians were disproportionately liked by one party's supporters versus the other.  

The study revealed that some acts, such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, Adele and Alicia Keys are disproportionately liked by Democrats versus Republicans.  Artists who are liked more by Republicans are nearly all country acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.  The most polarizing acts are The Beatles -- who are most liked by Democrats -- and country legend George Strait -- who is most liked by Republicans.

But those musical acts who bridge the gap include Taylor, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Nickelback, country legends Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and classic rock giants AC/DC and Metallica.

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Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits


RCA RecordsWe were all paying so much attention to the hoopla surrounding Chris Brown's recent assault case in Washington, D.C., most of us forgot all about his other nagging legal problems.  But Chris didn't.

TMZ reports Brown has settled two outstanding civil cases against him, one of them related to the charges in D.C.  Chris pleaded guilty September 2 to misdemeanor assault in that case, but the man he was accused of punching outside a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago this month just got a check from Brown for about $100,000 to drop his related civil suit.  It's a win for Brown, considering the victim was asking a reported $1.5 million.

You've got to go back nearly two years for the other case.  Remember Brown's supposed brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013?  Chris was accused of punching Ocean in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio, reportedly over a parking space.  Prosecutors didn't find enough evidence to press charges and Ocean himself declined to do the same.  His cousin, however, wasn't as forgiving, and sued Chris for $3 million.  TMZ claims Chris just settled that case as well, for the bargain price of $20,000, if not less.

Brown's most recent news has been all good.  He received a positive progress report from the courts last week in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago.  That probation reportedly ends in January.  He also leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, taking place November 7.

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American Authors Plan Costume Bat-Stravaganza for Halloween Show


Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors is currently out on the road as part of the Honda Civic Tour, and they've got a show Halloween night in Minneapolis.  The band plans to take full advantage of the holiday show by staging an over-the-top costume extravaganza with one central theme: Batman.

American Authors frontman Zac Barnett tells ABC News Radio that the entire band is planning to take the stage dressed, not as the Caped Crusader, but as classic Batman villains.  "I'm thinking about being Two-Face," he tells ABC News Radio.  "[Our bass player] Dave is going to be the Penguin. [Our drummer] Matt will be The Joker. We have, like, an extra backup musician who plays with us, his name is Taylor, and he's going to be the Riddler because he kind of looks like a Riddler."

Referring to their lead guitarist, Zac says, "James, we're still not sure yet. We're kind of thinking Mr. Freeze or -- depending on how hot it gets on stage --with a mask he'd be a good Bane, because he's definitely the biggest guy out of the group. He could make a good Bane." 

Now, if you saw The Dark Knight Rises, you know that Bane wears a mask that covers his mouth, but Zac says James doesn't sing much, so it won't be a problem.

However, there is one very notable Batman villain that Zac admits no one in the band has the guts to take on, costume wise: Catwoman.

"We were talking about that but I don't know if anyone wants to step up as Catwoman quite yet," he tells ABC News Radio. "I just don't know if any one of us are ready to get on stage in a full-on spandex Catwoman suit."  

American Authors will close out the Honda Civic Tour November 11 in Connecticut, and then will appear on VH1's You Oughta Know all-star concert in New York on the 13th, along with Sam Smith, A Great Big World and other rising young acts.

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Taylor Swift Loves the "Energy Level" of a "Good Morning America" Live Performance


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift's been seemingly everywhere promoting her new album 1989, and she'll wrap up her hectic week Thursday morning with a Good Morning America performance in New York's Times Square.  The star says appearing on the ABC morning show has become a tradition for her.

"I don’t know if it would feel like release week if I didn’t do a Good Morning America performance in the middle of New York," she says.  She says it's "pretty wild" to perform on the show, adding, "So many fans travel from across the country to get up at the craziest hours of the morning and wait and stand in line and make signs...it’s an energy level that is...nothing can prepare you for it."

This week, Taylor appeared on Good Morning America -- Thursday will mark her second appearance of the week -- as well as The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV and The Voice.  All her hard work is paying off: 1989 is now on target to sell as many as 1.2 million copies in its first week.

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Meghan Trainor Still #1, but Women No Longer Rule the Top 5


Epic RecordsThe top of the Billboard Hot 100 is still all about Meghan Trainor, whose unstoppable "All About that Bass" stays at #1 for an eighth week.  That makes it the longest-running chart topper by a woman this year.  Last week, she tied Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," which was #1 for seven weeks. 

In addition, "All About that Bass" is now the longest-running #1 ever on the Epic Records label.  That means she's surpassed two classic smashes that were also released on that label: Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Black or White."  Both those songs were #1 for seven weeks.

But here's the bad news:  women no longer have a lock on the top five spots on the Hot 100, which they'd held for seven weeks.  The men who spoiled the streak?  Maroon 5, with their hit "Animals" -- it's now climbed to #5.

The top five now looks like this: "All About That Bass" at #1, Taylor Swift's  "Shake It Off" at #2, Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" at #3,  "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj at #4, and then "Animals" at #5.

In other chart news, Hozier's "Take Me to Church" has now jumped into the top 10, thanks to its appearance in a new Beats by Dre commercial, the singer's recent appearance on Saturday Night Live and a promotion by Shazam.

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Fergie to Sing National Anthem at Clippers Game Thursday


ABC/Kelsey McNealWhen it comes to sports, Fergie is more of a football kinda gal: she's a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.  But she's switching sports Thursday night, when she sings the national anthem at the L.A. Clippers season opener.

The team announced that Fergie will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Clippers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, starting at 7:30 p.m. PT.  The game will air nationally on TNT.

In other Fergie news, she's been filming the video for her comeback single "L.A. LOVE (la la)."  It's the first release from her much-anticipated second solo album; there's no title or release date for it yet, though.

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Jennifer Lopez Writes of Being "Mentally, Emotionally, Verbally" Abused in Past Relationships


Matthias Vriens-McGrath/FOXThe new issue of People magazine features an excerpt of Jennifer Lopez's new book True Love, a memoir which discusses, among other thing, her infamous love life, which includes three ex-husbands and a broken engagement to Ben Affleck.  In that memoir, J-Lo writes that she felt "abused" in some of her past relationships, though not in a physical sense.

According to People, J-Lo writes in True Love, "I've never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I've felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally."

She tells People that the book is all about lessons she's learned in her relationships -- and the most important one is, as she put it, "We’re not victims in this life."

"I had to learn to take care of myself and know my worth," she tells People. "When things are not working out, and you're not being treated in a way that you want to be treated, you have to look at that because it's nobody's fault but yours. You have to take control and you have to set up your own boundaries. You have the power to change it." 

J-Lo says that her ex-husband Marc Anthony has read the book and his reaction was, "Wow, I didn't realize you were going through this whole journey.'"  She adds, "We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that's the best thing for our kids."  The two singers have six-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

Jennifer says she didn't intend the memoir to delve into her relationships at first.  "It started out as fan book, a diary of the years I went on tour," she explains. "But it turned into something else. As I started looking at things, it helped me face a lot. I would never go into specifics about my relationships, and I don't. But the idea was that I learned something."

You can read the full excerpt in the new issue of People, on newsstands Friday.

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Eminem Releases Official Track List for "Shady XV"


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Eminem has released the track list for the upcoming compilation album Shady XV, due out this fall.

The two-CD compilation will feature an album of Shady Records' greatest hits and a disc of new material from Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil and Yelawolf. On the first disc, Slim Shady's singles,“Guts over Fear” featuring Sia and “Twisted” featuring Skylar Grey, are accompanied by tracks featuring Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf and Trick Trick.

The second disc includes the label’s greatest hits like Em’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and D12′s “Fight Music.”

The set arrives November 28, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.

Here's the Shady XV Tracklisting:

DISC 1

Eminem -- “ShadyXV”
Slaughterhouse -- “Psychopath Killer” (feat. Eminem and Yelawolf)
Eminem -- “Die Alone” (feat. Kobe)
Bad Meets Evil -- “Vegas”
Slaughterhouse -- “Ya’ll Ready Know”
Eminem -- “Guts over Fear” (feat. Sia)
Yelawolf -- “Down”
D12 -- “Bane”
Eminem -- “Fine Line”
Skylar Grey, Eminem, and Yelawolf -- “Twisted”
Eminem -- “Right for Me”
Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick -- “Detroit Vs. Everybody”

DISC 2

50 Cent -- “I Get Money”
D12 -- “Purple Pills”
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself”
Obie Trice, Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his, and Stat Quo -- “Cry Now (Shady Remix)”
Yelawolf -- “Let’s Roll” (feat. Kid Rock)
Slaughterhouse -- “Hammer Dance”
50 Cent-- “P.I.M.P.”
Eminem, 50 Cent, Ca$his, and Lloyd Banks -- “You Don’t Know”
D12 -- “My Band”
Obie Trice -- “Wanna Know”
50 Cent-- “Wanksta”
Obie Trice -- “The Setup” (feat. Nate Dogg)
50 Cent-- “In Da Club”
D12 -- “Fight Music”
Yelawolf -- “Pop the Trunk”

Bonus
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself” (Original Demo Version)

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Taylor Swift Donating Money from "Welcome to New York" to NYC Public Schools


ABC/Lou RoccoHow much does Taylor Swift love New York?  So much that she's giving a huge chunk of change to the city's children.  Well, indirectly.

Appearing on ABC's The View on Wednesday, Taylor talked about her recent move to Manhattan and how it had inspired her.  "It feels like being unique is celebrated here," she noted.  "The song....the fans were wonderful enough to make it #1 on iTunes, and it's selling really, really well, which is good, because I'm donating all of my proceeds to New York City public schools!"  She got a huge round of applause for that.

It's no wonder that Taylor was recently appointed the "Global Welcome Ambassador for New York City."

"Welcome to New York" has just entered the Billboard Hot 100,  debuting at #48.  She's now had 62 songs chart on the Hot 100; the only woman who's had more is the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who has 73.

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Miley Cyrus Is New Spokeswoman for MAC's Charity Viva Glam Line


RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to serve as the face of MAC's Viva Glam, designing a custom lipstick shade for the cosmetics company's charity brand.

Miley announced the news via Twitter, writing, "Going #VIVAGLAM with @MACcosmetics. Look for my lipstick in early 2015."  She included an image of herself lying on her back on a mirrored floor, legs up against a mirrored wall, wearing a black and silver bodysuit.

MAC, meanwhile, tweeted the same image, and wrote, "#VIVAGLAM @MileyCyrus coming Jan/Feb 2015!"

Miley then tweeted the most important part of the partnership: "Every cent from the sales of my #VIVAGLAM shade will go to @MACAIDSFund to help people affected by HIV."  That was accompanied by a picture of a lipstick and what MAC calls "lipglass," which is actually just another name for lipgloss.

Stars who've fronted the Viva Glam campaign in the past include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Fergie and many more.  To date, Viva Glam has raised more than $270 million for the MAC AIDS Fund.

According to MAC, "VIVA GLAM spokespeople are provocative, alternative and influential and reflect diverse communities. They are heroes we look up to for their personal triumphs; people who have invented themselves and people who created movements."  That certainly describes Miley.

Going #VIVAGLAM with @MACcosmetics. Look for my lipstick in early 2015 ???????? pic.twitter.com/XOLbRiGGGW

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 29, 2014

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Lady Gaga's New H&M Holiday Campaign Ad to Premiere Nov. 25


Courtesy H&MLady Gaga and her duet partner Tony Bennett are the stars of H&M's new holiday campaign, and the extended version of the commercial they shot together will premiere on the clothing retailer's website on November 25.

The ad features the two artists performing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," from their album Cheek to Cheek. The director of the commercial says, "We were inspired by the glitz, glamor, and opulence of the 1940's Big Band era. The mood is one of festive celebration shot through with a strong sense of fashion and an underlying humor. It is intriguing, curious, exuberant, audacious and filled with wonder.”

In the promotional photos that have been released from the campaign, Gaga poses in a huge curly dark wig, an oversized sweater and stockings, with no pants.  Bennett is, of course, wearing a black tuxedo and a bow tie.

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Coldplay Recorded New Song for Angelina Jolie's New Drama, "Unbroken"


Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsA new Coldplay song is on the horizon. The inspirationally-titled "Miracles" is set to appear on the soundtrack for Angelina Jolie's new drama, the equally inspirational Unbroken. Coldplay wrote and recorded "Miracles" specifically for the film's soundtrack.

Directed by Jolie, Unbroken tells the true story of Olympian and World War II soldier Louis "Louie" Zamperini, played by Jack O'Connell, who was  captured during WWII and sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

The soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records December 16. Unbroken opens in theaters Christmas Day.

Before the soundtrack comes out, Coldplay will release their new concert film and live album, Ghost Stories Live 2014, November 24.

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Pink Says She's Not Abandoning Her Pop Persona: "I Like Flying Around on Stage"


Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsFor Pink's latest musical project -- a folk-influenced acoustic album that she recorded with her friend Dallas Green under the name You Me -- she's been going by her birth name, Alecia Moore.  But she says fans shouldn't worry: Pink the Pop Star will be back.

“I love pop music,” she tells the British paper The Guardian. “I like flying around on stage. I have such a good time. People say, ‘Why’s she always in the f***ing air?’ Because I’m having more fun than you.  F**k you.”

Well, that's certainly the Pink we know and love. But as she explains, this side of her musical DNA -- the acoustic, folky side -- has always been very much in display at all her concerts.

“In the same concerts where I’m flying around, I’m always barefoot and sitting with an acoustic guitar too,” she tells the paper. “In every show, I do an acoustic section, so it’s a very big part of me.”

So far, Pink's fans seem to have embraced the project: You Me's debut album, rose ave., debuted in the top five last week.  But for those who insist on hating, Pink says, "You can do anything and there will be someone who doesn’t like it – because that’s the way the world is now. We’ve lost our manners and, unfortunately, what people don’t realize is that by being that way, they’re losing the joy in their lives and the opportunity to be pleasantly surprised."

"The world is a jaded, scary place and, as a mom of a little girl, it’s even more apparent to me," she adds. "I chose to not live in that world with those people, because I have way too much fun.”

Pink and Dallas, who usually records under the name The City & Colour, are now trying to decide if they'll do a tour.

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"The Voice" Recap: Knockout Rounds Continue with a Steal by Gwen


Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice staged its second night of the Knockout Rounds on Tuesday night. Once again, Taylor Swift dispensed advice to the artists during rehearsals.

Artists from Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams' teams competed during the episode. The contestants on Team Blake Shelton didn't make an appearance.

The one-hour broadcast began with a face-off between Team Gwen's Taylor John Williams and Troy Ritchie. Troy chose the OutKast hit "Hey Ya!" At Taylor Swift's suggestion, he performed a slow, acoustic version of the first verse before abandoning the guitar and singing the rest of the song as OutKast did a decade ago.

As was the case on Monday night with Team Pharrell member Taylor Phelan, Swift had to advise a contestant who shared the same first name as her, in Taylor John Williams. She joked that Taylor John could go by "Taylor Three Names" in order to avoid confusion. He picked Tears for Fears' "Mad World," which Swift thought was smart because many people are unfamiliar with it.

Adam questioned Troy's song choice, but Blake disagreed, saying Troy had the enthusiasm of Richard Simmons and the seriousness of Napoleon Dynamite. Gwen named Taylor the winner. Troy was not stolen by another coach.

Adam paired Alessandra Castronovo with Mia Pfirrman. Mia covered Christina Perri's "Human." Taylor advised Mia to be more vulnerable in her singing. She also suggested that Mia grab the mic toward the end of the song and come forward on the stage.

Alessandra selected Emeli Sandé's "Next To Me." Taylor wanted her to put a little more grit into her voice so she doesn't sound too much like Emeli.

Blake said he would name Alessandra the winner because he would more easily recognize her voice on the radio. Pharrell said he too would choose Alessandra. Gwen was impressed by Mia's low, soft notes in the beginning of her performance, and favored her. Saying she was more polished and confident, Adam kept Mia on his team. Alessandra went home.

In the final Knockout of the night, Elyjuh Rene went head-to-head with Ricky Manning for Team Pharrell. Elyjuh went with Chris Brown's "With You." Taylor told him to loosen up his vocals.

Ricky took on "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus. Taylor urged him to make bold eye contact with the audience when singing.

Adam said Ricky came off like a star being born. Blake added that Ricky delivered his favorite performance of the Knockout Rounds so far. To the surprise of Gwen, Pharrell declared Elyjuh the winner. Gwen then stole Ricky, saying, "I feel like I might've just won The Voice."

The Knockout Rounds continue next Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.

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Taylor Swift Chats with Letterman About "Secret Sessions," Being an NYC Ambassador


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLate Show with David Letterman was Taylor Swift's latest stop on her 1989 media tour Tuesday night.

One of the topics of discussion was Taylor's "1989 Secret Sessions," in which she previewed the album for fans at her homes in Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville and Rhode Island, plus a hotel room in London, prior to its release this week. An incredulous Letterman asked her what the screening process was, and the singer explained how she plucked devoted fans from social media to take part in the sessions.

Letterman wondered, "That sounds great, but how do you get them out of there?" She answered, "It was dinner and...." Letterman then cut her off: "You fixed them dinner?...Oh my God, you are Mother Teresa."

Taylor also chatted about her new role as a New York City tourism ambassador. She joked that she gushes about the Big Apple so often in interviews that city officials must have thought, "She's the most enthusiastic, obnoxious person to ever love New York. She loves it with 18 exclamation points afterward."

Given that kind of love for her new home, it was fitting Taylor later performed the 1989 track, "Welcome to New York."

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Jessie J Talks Going "Bang Bang" Without Ariana & Nicki: "I Miss Them"


Republic RecordsJessie J's spent most of this past month making TV appearances in support of her new album Sweet Talker, and that means she's been performing her hit single "Bang Bang" without her musical partners in crime, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.  While many artists would probably be happy not to have to share the spotlight, Jessie says she actually misses having them onstage with her.

"It makes me realize how loud I am in comparison to Ariana," Jessie laughs, talking about performing 'Bang Bang" solo. "Her voice is so soft and sweet and buttery, and I'm like, 'SHE MIGHTA LET YOU HOLD HER HAND IN SCHOOL!!!'"

"No, I miss them. I do. I miss them," she adds. "I feel like I'm in a girl band and two members haven't turned up."

"Bang Bang" was the first single from Sweet Talker, which has become Jessie's highest-charting U.S. album, debuting at #10.  Part of that was due to the success of the track, and Jessie says she's glad that her reintroduction to the American public came as a result of a joint effort.

"I feel super honored to have been able to share that moment of my career, especially here -- the re-launch of me," she tells ABC News Radio. "The last single here was 'Domino,' three years ago, so it was a major, major moment and to have those two really support me was incredible."

And speaking of female support, for the past seven weeks, the top 5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 have been ruled by female artists, including Jessie, Ariana, Nicki, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor.  Jessie says she's proud to be a part of that streak, but as for why this seems to be a particularly women-centric moment, she's not sure, but she has a theory.

"Women get really reflective during the end of the year and I think they create their most amazing life moments, I feel, at the last kind of fourth quarter of the year," she tells ABC News Radio. "That's what I feel like.  I think we really reflect and we understand ourselves more and we're always quite emotional going into the new year, so maybe that's what it is.  Or maybe it's just a full moon!"

In December, Jessie will be sharing the stage with Ariana Grande at a variety of holiday concerts nationwide, so perhaps the two will be able to get two-thirds of their girl group back together to perform "Bang Bang." 

Jessie's next U.S. date is a charity gala in New York City on November 18 for Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hospital patients nationwide.  Kelly Clarkson is the guest of honor at that event.

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Ariana Grande Says She Worked with Lorde on "Hunger Games" Song


ABC/Kelsey McNealWhen the track listing for the Lorde-curated soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 was announced, the fifth track was left untitled, and it was credited only to "various artists." Well, Ariana Grande has all but confirmed that she's one of those artists.

During a Livestream chat with fans on Tuesday, Ariana revealed that she recorded a song with Lorde and DJ/producer/rumored Katy Perry boyfriend Diplo for the soundtrack. She described it as an "interesting" and "different" song.

Charli XCX and Tove Lo are two of the other artists on the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, which is due out November 17. The film arrives in theaters four days later.

Ariana also mentioned during the chat that she'll release a single during the holiday season.

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