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Fun.'s Nate Ruess Featured on Beach Boy Brian Wilson's New Album


Monty Brinton/CBSFun.’s Nate Ruess collaborated with Pink on the song "Just Give Me a Reason" in 2013, and it became a massive number-one hit. Now, the indie pop group’s lead vocalist has teamed up with a legendary rock-and-roll hall of famer.

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson personally invited Nate to record with him on his latest album, No Pier Pressure, which drops April 7. He's featured on a track called “Saturday Night.” Brian told Rolling Stone last year that Nate “sounds a little like my brother Carl.” Carl Wilson was one of the founding members of The Beach Boys.  He died of cancer in 1998.

In addition to the song with Nate, No Pier Pressure album also features contributions from Brian’s former Beach Boys band mates, country singer and Katy Perry pal Kacey Musgraves, actress Zooey Deschanel, and Sebu Simonian of “Safe & Sound” duo Capital Cities.

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One Direction Working with Rapper Juicy J?


Jeff Daly./NBCA future One Direction tune might involve some rap. Rapper Juicy J posted an Instagram photo Thursday that seems to suggest he’s working with the boy band.

In the photo, One Direction member Liam Payne is sitting with Juicy J in what appears to be a studio. “We working!” the rapper captioned the pic.

If the photo is to be believed, it wouldn’t be the first time Juicy J collaborated with a pop star. He added verses to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” But it would be the first time One Direction recorded a song with a rapper.

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Katy Perry Teases Lions, Sharks, Surprise Female Guest for Halftime Show, Wants to Make 100 Million People "Smile in Unison"


Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesKaty Perry's Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday will feature wild animals, plenty of costume changes and a surprise female guest, she told reporters at a press conference on Thursday in Phoenix.  She also hopes to leave 'em smiling when she's done.

"I think I'm gonna play on my strengths, which I think are humor, incredible joy...I think my songs are anthemic," Katy told reporters. "And I just hope at the end of the day that over 100 million people are all smiling in unison. And if you can imagine that happening, I think there's going to be an incredible energy that goes across the world."

"I think I'm probably the only person in Super Bowl halftime history that will ever bring both a lion and sharks to the show," she added.  Katy teased that her opening costume will be "flaming hot," but denied that it'll be a retread of her Halloween costume, which featured her dressed like a Flamin' Hot Cheeto.  "I did that already," she joked.

Katy's entrance and exit will be something "never done before," she said, and she also revealed that two of the songs she'll be singing are "Roar" and "Firework."

As for her guest, Lenny Kravitz, Katy said, "We've worked up something incredibly soulful. Of course he brings the soul and I think he's just going to make the night even sexier."  Then, she quickly added, "An appropriate sexiness, everyone!"  But the singer also revealed that a second surprise guest would be joining her.

"I thought long and hard about it, and wanted to kind of bring someone back, like a throwback of sorts, that definitely needed some more shine," she told reporters. "All I can say is that it will be a real female fun night. When this person enters the stage and when you hear the first ring of the chord I think jaws will drop and faces will melt."  Place your bets on who it's going to be starting now.

And speaking of betting, Katy says she doesn't believe in gambling, but is thrilled that there are prop bets out there regarding what she's going to wear, and what her hair will look like. "I've never been betted on as far as what my hair color is going to be," she laughed. "I feel like, 'Wow, nobody's ever really invested in me this much. This is exciting!'"

Katy also admitted she's rooting for the Seahawks, but when asked if she had her eye on any particular player romantically, she repeated Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's now famous line: "I'm just here so I don't get fined."

Idina Menzel, who's singing the national anthem on Sunday, is also rooting for the Seahawks, because as a New Yorker, she says she just can't bring herself to root for the Patriots.  She named Whitney Houston as her favorite past Super Bowl anthem singer, and said it's important for her to get across the meaning of the anthem when she sings it.  "It's actually a very poignant song and I'm proud to be singing about my country," said the Tony-winning "Let It Go" vocalist.

The Super Bowl airs this Sunday night on NBC.

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Rihanna Covers "i-D" Magazine's Music Issue


Image Courtesy Paolo Roversi/ID MagazineRihanna is shifting into promo mode. The singer, who is finalizing her eighth studio album, has landed the front cover of British fashion magazine i-D's "Music Issue."

The singer experiments with her hair style as she rocks braids on the cover, which was shot by photographer Paolo Roversi.

“She really is one of the most creative, talented and inspiring women I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” says i-D’s Fashion Director Alastair McKimm. “The energy and enthusiasm she brings is intense. She’s the ultimate icon of our time.”

The cover comes on the heels of her new single "FourFiveSeconds" featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney, the first offering from her upcoming album, tentatively titled  R8. The set is said to have contributions from Mike WiLL Made-It, Ne-Yo, DJ Mustard and more.

 

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Nick Jonas: Girlfriend "Thought I Was Going to Propose" During Miss Universe Performance


ABC/Kelsey McNealWedding bells for Nick Jonas? Not so fast.

The “Jealous” singer almost had everyone fooled -- including his girlfriend Olivia Culpo -- when he got down on one knee to serenade her at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant this past Sunday.  Olivia, a former Miss Universe, looked momentarily shocked and Nick had to later acknowledge that dropping to one knee probably wasn’t the best move.

“I went down and sang to her and I got on a knee and sort of approached her. Her face was in full panic -- she thinks I’m going to propose on national TV in front of the whole world! One billion people watch that,” Nick tells U.K. tabloid The Sun.

The couple met at a New York Fashion Week party in 2012 and started dating in 2013, but Nick says they’re still too young to think about marriage. “We’re 22, so there’s plenty of time to do that,” he explains. “We are very happy.”

Olivia hasn’t yet responded to the faux-proposal incident. A day after the pageant, though, she posted a photo to Instagram showing the two at the ceremony, saying, “Best part of tonight. Being serenaded by this stud.” Seems like she was fine with the fact that no ring was involved.

 

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Lady Gaga, John Legend & More Join Lineup for Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder


Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSThe lineup for upcoming special Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute continues to expand.

Lady Gaga, John Legend and Ariana Grande, as well as country stars The Band Perry, are the latest additions to the bill, which already includes Ed Sheeran and Usher.  As previously reported, the special will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by featuring current acts performing songs from his legendary catalog.  Wonder is the only artist ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys three out of four consecutive years.

The show will be recorded February 10 in L.A. and air February 16 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  LL Cool J, who is also hosting the Grammy Awards, will host the Grammy salute as well.

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Kelly Clarkson Reveals Partial Lyrics & Song Titles from New Album, "Piece by Piece"


Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson is revealing details of her new album Piece by Piece, well, piece by piece. In her latest gift to fans, she shares some lyrics and song titles from the album’s track listing.

“Each of these lyrics relates to an experience in my life, and I hope that some of these may trigger memories or reactions for y'all as well,” Kelly writes in a note to fans. “If it does, I would love to hear about it and why that lyric connected with you. I'll be checking in and reading your stories, and I might even reach out to you personally to hear more!”

One of the songs, called “Invincible,” seems to be in the same empowering vein as her hit “Stronger.” The lyrics read: “Now I am invincible/No I ain’t a scared little girl no more/ Yeah I am invincible/What was I running for/I was hiding from the world/I was so afraid I felt so unsure/Now I am invincible and I’m a perfect storm.”

The title track, “Piece by Piece,” includes the lyrics, “Piece by piece I fell far from the tree/I will never leave her like you left me/And she will never have to wonder her worth because unlike you I’m gonna put her first.”

And in another song called “War Paint,” the lyrics state: “We could be beautiful without our war paint, our war paint/And we could have it all once we let our walls break, our walls break.”

In total, Kelly reveals partial lyrics and titles for eight tracks, not counting the previously announced single “Heartbeat Song.”  You can view them all, and share your comments, by going to PiecebyPiece.KellyClarkson.com.

Piece by Piece hits stores March 3. Kelly released a lyric video for “Heartbeat Song” on Monday.

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Snoop Dogg Solves "Hangry" Problems in Super Bowl Commercial for New App


ABC/Randy HolmesIf you've ever been so hungry that you've become angry then you certainly will relate to Snoop Dogg's new Super Bowl commercial.

The rapper has teamed up with comedian Gilbert Gottfriend for a 30-second commercial to promote a new app Eat24, which allows anyone to curb their hunger with late-night eating options.

"Are you hangry?" Snoop says in the clip. "Know the signs: uncontrollable yelling, hallucinations, pants discomfort. Hangry -- it can happen to anyone."

The free app, which Snoop considers the best "mother f**king way to order food online," is available for iPhone and Android devices.

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Kanye West Talks Marriage Life on "Ellen"; Premieres "Only One" Music Video


Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCKanye West says marriage to Kim Kardashian West has changed him for the better, in more ways than one.

"I've definitely learned how to compromise more," the Grammy winner told Ellen DeGeneres on her show Wednesday. "I've learned how to shut up more. ... I think I'm a better human being because of her and because of my daughter."

The A-list couple tied the knot in May and are already parents to North West, who appears in West's new video for "Only One," which just premiered on his website.

"I have always someone to think about going home to," Kanye said. "There's things I've done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people or for culture in a way. Now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family I have to protect, too."

DeGeneres added that West seemed "calmer" and that his emotions were channeled in a more grounded way.  West responded that earlier, he was going through his version of "my terrible twos," referencing his past, and relating to his little two-year-old at home.

"My daughter, she just wants to express herself, but she just doesn't have the words for it," he said.  "For me, there's so many things I want to do with film, with clothing, and I just didn't have the words."

He added that "There's no amount of money that someone can give you to make you not be creative ... a lot of times people try to block you, control your creativity with money."

West said with his new Adidas deal, he's got more control over his clothing line and that it's like "a little bit of oxygen." Unlike his past, West explains, "You guys were seeing someone suffocated by perception."

As for more kids, West said, "Yeah, we're trying ... I just want whatever Kim wants." The rapper also revealed that he's still working on a title for his next album. "We're still trying to find the vibe," explained 'Ye. "[There’s] this transition from what I felt when I did Yeezus to what I feel now and we’re just creating, so we haven’t found it yet."

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Adam Lambert Marks Birthday with New Album Announcement


Photo: Neal PrestonThursday is Adam Lambert's 33rd birthday, and he marked the occasion by announcing a few details of his long-awaited new album.

Earlier this month, Adam told Billboard that he'd signed a new record deal and was working with super-producers Max Martin and Shellback on a project, due in early summer.  Now, he writes on Twitter, "Thrilled to announce the title of my upcoming album: THE ORIGINAL HIGH." 

Adam adds, "The Original High is executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback with 1st single out in April."

Lambert told Billboard, "The album feels like a new era for me -- emotionally, lyrically, sonically. It feels fresh, it feels new. It's still me. It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter 100 percent."

Adam's most recent album was 2012's Trespassing.  Lately, he's been keeping busy serving as the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. 

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Katy Perry to Use Super Bowl Halftime Show to Sell Limited-Edition Products Online


Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is going to turn her Super Bowl halftime performance into a unique shopping experience for her fans.

According toVariety, Katy is partnering with her record company and Pepsi, the halftime show sponsor, to sell exclusive Katy Perry items to her fans.  The items will be revealed via social media and various websites during her live performance on Sunday, including Twitter, YouTube, Shazam and Internet-TV devices by Samsung, Roku and LG Electronics.  Visa will be the exclusive payment method for the limited-edition products.

How will it work?  For example, the videos on Katy's Vevo channel will be enabled for click-to-buy.  If you Shazam music from the halftime show, you'll be offered the chance to purchase the products.  On Twitter, you can use the "Buy Now" feature, and on the streaming devices, you can use your remote control to shop via the ShopTV app.

According to Variety, this stunt will reach more than 20 million consumers, and the products will be available through Tuesday, February 3 at 5 p.m. PT.

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Lorde Says Awards Show Outfits "Too Good" to Never Wear Again


Douglas Gorenstein/NBCWhile most stars wouldn't be caught dead wearing the same red carpet outfit more than once, Lorde is not above doubling up.  The Grammy-winning "Royals" singer posted a photo to Instagram Wednesday which shows her repurposing the crop top she wore to the Golden Globes.

“All into reusing parts of past award show outfits (this is my golden globes top) cause they're CUSTOM MADE and too good to just hang up and never wear again u feel!” she wrote.

In the new, more casual look, Lorde paired the Narciso Rodriguez top with Karen Walker high-waisted jeans and white Stan Smith sneakers. At the Globes, she went for a tailored look, wearing the black top underneath an oversized blazer with black pants.

Lorde attended the Golden Globes because she was nominated for "Yellow Flicker Beat," the song she wrote for The Hunger Games -- Mockingjay Part 1.  She lost to "Glory," the song John Legend co-wrote and performed for the movie Selma.

 

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Tom Petty Says Sam Smith "Did the Right Thing" Regarding "Stay with Me" Songwriting Credit


Derrick SantiniEarlier this week, it was announced that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty and legendary rock singer/songwriter/producer Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of Sam Smith's Grammy-nominated hit, "Stay with Me," because of its supposed similarity to Petty and Lynne's 1989 hit composition, "I Won't Back Down."  Now, Petty has issued statement about that decision, saying there's no bad blood between himself and Sam.

"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam," Petty writes on his website. "All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by." 

Here, Petty is apparently referring to the fact that sometimes, songwriters are unaware that what they're working on is similar to an existing song.

Tom then continues, "Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.  The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention.  And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.  Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this.  A musical accident no more no less."

Petty concludes, "In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."

When the news of the credit addendum came to life, Sam's rep issued a statement saying that the publishers of "I Won't Back Down" had contacted the publishers of "Stay with Me" about the  "similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions."  The statement went on to say that Sam and his co-writers were not "previously familiar with" Petty's hit, but they "acknowledged the similarity."

That statement concluded, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."

The Recording Academy later clarified that if "Stay with Me" wins the Song of the Year Grammy, Petty and Lynne will not receive trophies, because they didn't do any "new writing" on the song.

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"American Idol" Recap: Two Performances Leave Jennifer Lopez with “Goosies”


FOXAmerican Idol's 14th season continued Wednesday night with its final week of auditions in San Francisco. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who experienced "goosies" after two contestants performed.

During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted “no” to sending a contestant named Zack Dyer to Hollywood.

Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's one-hour episode:

The show kicked off with Katherine Skinner, 15, who threw the judges off balance by announcing she was auditioning on the advice of her “psychic cat” and was wearing a fur coat that was given to her by “Bowie.”  After singing Florence the Machine’s “Shake It Out,” Jennifer noted that Skinner was talented and “made for a stage,” but she wasn’t sure if it was the Idol stage. Harry called Skinner’s creativity “exciting.” Keith added “bold and fearless” to the list of compliments. All three thought Katherine deserved a trip to Hollywood.

California native Andrew Bloom, 17, was up next, singing Alex Clare‘s “Too Close.” He had the panel singing along with the performance, which Urban noted was “a good sign.” Keith said he liked Bloom’s “spirit,” despite some vocal flaws, and voted “yes.” Lopez thought everything about the performance “felt right” and also voted “yes.” Connick added a third “yes,” but warned Andrew to tone down his blues licks, because the competition would “knock him out of the park.” Bloom walked away with a golden ticket and a shot to advance in Hollywood.

Reno Anoa’I comes from a huge family and grew up with as many as 40 family members living under one roof. Backing himself on the ukulele, he sang Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It.” Jennifer thought Reno had a “pretty voice,” but advised him to stick to telling a story and not try to impress people with fancy vocal runs. Harry liked Reno’s voice, but noted the competition was about more than just a good singing voice and that he should’ve shown more variety. Keith then urged Reno, who was rattled by some of the negative comments and “praying,” to not let his desire stop him from hearing what he needed to know in order to grow. All three judges surprised Reno by handing him a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Samuel Prince, a soap opera actor, asked the judges to join him in an impromptu Tele Novella, which they all seemed to enjoy. Unfortunately, the panel wasn’t as thrilled with Samuel's performance of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” Harry didn’t think his vocals were strong enough, so it was a “no” from him. Jennifer liked Samuel’s “theatrical quality,” but voted “no” to sending him to Hollywood. Keith thought Samuel did a good job of “acting like a singer,” but the performance “didn’t sound true.” He also voted “no.” Samuel was sent home.

Next up was Rayvon Owen, who sang Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.” Urban called the performance “exquisite,” noting Owen’s version made him realize why he loved the song. “Goosies,” Lopez declared, noting the performance gave her goose bumps. She said Rayvon took the panel on a journey with him. Connick commented that Rayvon had the ability to just stand and sing and still hold people’s attention. All three said “yes” to send him to the next round.

Closing out the San Francisco auditions was 16-year-old Maddy Hudson, who sang “Resentment” by Beyoncé. It brought more “goosies” to Jennifer, who noted she had them over her entire body this time. J-Lo said she was “blown away” by the performance and Hudson was one of her favorites in the competition. Keith told Hudson he “loved everything that’s on the outside, but really loved what it’s covering up.” Harry declared Hudson had “all the ingredients to be a superstar.” Keith echoed the sentiments of all three judges when he declared, “You are so going to Hollywood.” It was three “yeses” from the panel and Hudson was on to the next round.

The American Idol auditions continue Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

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Fergie Offers Katy Perry Super Bowl Halftime Advice: "Make Sure You Topstick Everything!"


Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesWhen Katy Perry takes the stage this Sunday for her Super Bowl halftime performance, she'll be facing the highest-pressure gig of her career, in front of the largest audience of her career.  So who can she turn to for advice?  Well, how about another chart-topping female singer who also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show?  Fergie, we're looking at you.

Fergie and her group The Black Eyed Peas headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2011, and at the time, Fergie was the first female pop performer to be allowed on that stage since Janet Jackson's disastrous "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004.  That incident spooked the NFL so badly that it led them to book nothing but male classic rock acts -- and Prince -- for the next six years.  Since then, Madonna and Beyonce have both played halftime but, as Fergie tells ABC News Radio, female Super Bowl performers will always be particularly scrutinized.

"Gosh, every girl has to worry about that when they’re performing, about having a malfunction," she laughs.  So, what's her advice to Katy?  "Make sure you Topstick everything," she laughs, referring to the special tape performers use to keep their outfits on. "Make sure that you just rehearse with the costume that you’re in, so that nothing comes out where it’s not supposed to come out!"

And while Katy is known for putting on an over-the-top show with plenty of special effects and tricks, Fergie says she may want to avoid one particular spectacle on Sunday.

"Maybe don’t enter the field from above, because we had to," she laughs. "I don’t know how many feet it was above there, and we had to be strapped into these harnesses and just sitting up there while they changed over the whole stadium. And I’m not that great with heights! So if you’re not that great with heights, try not to come in from the sky!"

Finally, Fergie, who has her own shoe line, says if Katy's looking for the perfect pair of shoes to perform in, she'll be glad to hook her up.

"Katy Perry, if you want any Fergie Footwear for the Super Bowl performance, you know I got you, girl!" she offers. "You will feel definitely comfortable!"

Tune in to see Katy Perry rock the Super Bowl stage Sunday night with special guest Lenny Kravitz and who knows who else.  She has a lot to live up to: last year's halftime show, featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was the most-watched one in history, drawing 115.3 million viewers.

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The Justin Bieber Apology Tour? First an "Ellen" Appearance, then a Video


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Justin Bieber's bad behavior these past few years has certainly generated more discussion than his music.  Worse, his public image has taken a serious hit, and made him the nearly universal butt of jokes.  But now, it appears Justin has finally gotten the message, and is starting to 'fess up to his bad-boy behavior.

Exhibit A: Justin made a brief "surprise" appearance on today's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While the given reason was to help Ellen belatedly celebrate her 57th birthday, which was Monday, the conversation was all about Justin's past behavior.  

"Honestly, I haven't been on TV for a while, so I'm a little nervous," he confesses up front, though he appears relaxed.  A few moments later, when Ellen asks him why he'd agreed to be roasted for his upcoming Comedy Central roast, Justin replies, "I believe it's just cool to be able to laugh at yourself.  I've done some things that might now have been the greatest," Justin says, wincing, as the audience and Ellen laugh.  "I just want to be able to laugh about it and kind of own up to some of the things."

Ellen responds that because she knows Justin's manager, Scooter Braun, as well as Justin, she knows Justin's "been taking care of yourself and you're doing really, really good and I'm proud of you.  I know you've straightened up a lot and you look like it, I can tell.

Justin also presented Ellen with flowers and a package of Calvin Klein underwear.  Justin of course is the current model for Calvin Klein underwear.

Exhibit B: Wednesday night, after he'd recorded his Ellen appearance, Justin posted a nearly two-minute video to his Facebook page, in which he essentially admits his past behavior was wrong. 

He begins by again apologizing for appearing nervous on Ellen, because, he says, "I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited or basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half."

Justin goes on, "I’m not what I was pretending to be. Why I say I was 'pretending' is often, we pretend to be something we’re not as a cover-up of what we’re truly feeling inside. And there was a lot of feelings going on in there.  Just being young and growing up in this business is hard. Just growing up in general is hard."

He goes on to say he felt "awkward...like people were judging me, and I really want people to know how much I care, how much I care about people, and how I’m not that person to say, 'I don’t give a f**k,' you know?"

"I’m not that kid," says Justin.  "I’m a person who genuinely cares."  He ends the video by declaring, "Although what’s happened in the past has happened, I just want to make the best impression on people and be kind and loving and gentle and soft. And although people can call me a 'softy,' that’s how my mom raised me."

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Taylor Swift Files to Trademark "This Sick Beat" and Other "1989" Phrases


Big Machine RecordsIf you want to get down to “this sick beat,” you might have to ask Taylor Swift for permission.

Taylor has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark that phrase -- a lyric from her hit song “Shake It Off” -- and a number of others related to her latest album, 1989. Some of the other phrases include "Party Like It's 1989," "'Cause We Never Go Out of Style" -- that's a line from her current single, "Style" -- plus  "Nice to Meet You. Where You Been?" and "Could Show You Incredible Things," which are both lines from her #1 hit "Blank Space."

While it may seem silly, it’s actually a smart business move for the pop star. Taylor is seeking to prevent the phrases from being used on merchandise without her permission, ensuring she’s the only one who can profit from them. If the trademarks are granted, they will give Taylor the exclusive right to have the words printed on all kinds of products, from T-shirts and stationery, to drumsticks, cell phone cases and, yes, "battery-activated glow bracelets."

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Ellie Goulding Stars in Nike's Latest Campaign


Louie Banks/InterscopeWhen she’s not singing hit songs, Ellie Goulding is all about staying fit. So it’s no surprise her latest gig is with Nike.  

The fitness-obsessed Brit is the face of the brand’s latest workout collection, which includes printed leggings and colorful sports bras. “I feel quite proud to be an ambassador for women who realize that being fit is better than being skinny,” the 28-year-old says on Nike’s website.

Ellie’s an avid runner who has run five half-marathons so far. She also counts everything Bikram yoga to boxing as ways she likes to stay healthy. As part of her collaboration with Nike, she’s also spearheading a new workout for the Nike Training Club app.

Her high-energy 15-minute “Get Lean” workout will debut on the app on March 2. It incorporates all of her favorite training moves, mixing both high and low intensity movement for a full body workout. “I think having a yin and yang with exercise is the important thing for me,” Ellie said. “I love to do high intensity training, but I also love to take it easy. I say take it easy, but doing yoga is not easy. Doing something different every day keeps things fresh, exciting and interesting.”

The “Burn” singer is currently working on her new album and training for her next half-marathon.

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Report: Lil Wayne Sues Birdman's Cash Money


Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsLil Wayne has finally had it. After publicly expressing his disdain for his longtime label Cash Moeny Records, the rapper reportedly has filed a lawsuit seeking to end his contract.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Wayne wants to sever his obligations to the label which he accuses of having withheld tens of millions of dollars for his oft-delayed album Tha Carter V, a project that the label has yet to release.

Wayne is suing for $51 million. In addition, the rapper has also asked the court to deem him the joint copyright holder for all Young Money recordings, which would entitle him to royalties from the work of Drake, Nicki Minaj and others.

 

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Mariah Carey Sued by Former Nanny


Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentMariah Carey is being sued by her former nanny, the New York Daily News reports. In the suit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, Simonette Da Costa claims Mariah forced her to work 100-hour weeks, and refused to pay her overtime.

Simonette says she went to work for Mariah and her now estranged husband Nick Cannon in October 2013. She lived with the family and took care of twins Moroccan and Monroe. She also accompanied the children whenever Mariah traveled for global concerts and appearances. “She was on call 24 hours a day. She was always at their beck and call,” the nanny’s lawyer, Eli Freedberg, says.

Simonette was allegedly paid between $6,000 and $7,200 per month, but didn’t get any overtime, despite working around the clock.

“Plaintiff was on duty during all hours of each 24 hour day with no entitlement for breaks, for meals, and even for sleep,” the suit claims. “Indeed, Ms. Carey would often call plaintiff at hours in the middle of the night and demand to be taken to her children or to be updated on the status of her children.”

Simonette says she was fired in January of last year after Mariah berated her “for expressing too much affection for their children.” Her lawyer says Mariah was “jealous” of her relationship with the twins. He estimates Mariah and Nick owe his client about $100,000 in damages.

A rep for Mariah tells the paper, “We don’t comment on frivolous lawsuits.”

This isn’t the first time Mariah’s been sued by a former employee. In December, she was sued for allegedly not paying her longtime staffer Ylser Oliver overtime for seven years. Ylser claimed she worked 10 to 16 hours a day, six to seven days a week, cleaning Mariah’s home and tending to her needs. That case is still pending.

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