ABC/Jon LeMayEver since Taylor Swiftshelled out a reported $17 million a year ago for a huge mansion in Rhode Island's tony Watch Hill neighborhood, the home has been the site of much drama, from random trespassers, to angry locals accusing her of blocking access to the beach. Now, word is she's looking to unload the 11,000 square-foot home.
The rumor evidently started when a reporter for the local Rhode Island paper The Westerly Suntweeted, "Is Taylor Swift's Watch Hill mansion for sale? I'm hearing that but I can't confirm." This, of course, set off all kinds of speculation from various real estate blogs, all noting the sprawling home's eight bedrooms, 10 1/2 baths, reception rooms, 45-foot-long sun porch, five-car heated garage, balconies, swimming pool and sweeping views.
A rep for Taylor did not immediately return emails from ABC News Radio seeking comment on whether or not the home is for sale.
In addition to the Rhode Island mansion, Taylor also owns a condo in Nashville, a place in Los Angeles, and a newly-purchased pad in Manhattan. She has definitely enjoyed the Rhode Island mansion, though, telling Rolling Stone, "Man, Rhode Island's a good place. It's a really good place. I've loved really being with my girlfriends a lot [there]. Like, there have been a lot of kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends."
Meanwhile, the singer may have moved on to greener pastures...or at least sandier beaches. She tweeted a photo of herself on Monday walking along a beautiful beach wearing a green bikini, with the caption, "Looking for Easter eggs." It's not clear where the photo was taken.
NBCThe Voice said goodbye to two of its 12 artists on Tuesday night.
In the first live results show of the season, Team Usher member T.J. Wilkins and Dani Moz of Team Shakira were eliminated. The bottom three, which were based on the viewers' votes, also included one of Dani's teammates, Tess Boyer.
Tess was saved by the fans in the final minutes of the show. Following performances by the three artists, the fans were asked to support their favorite by tweeting the hashtag #VoiceSave, along with the singer's first name.
Tess sang Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side"; T.J. performed Edwin McCain's "I'll Be"; and Dani Moz covered Adele's "Turning Tables."
The one-hour results show also featured performances by Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton. Adam joined his artists for a rendition of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," while Blake and his crew took on Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive In Your Country."
Shakira took the stage, too, singing "Empire" from her recently-released self-titled album.
Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber will be staying here in the U.S., despite an online petition on the White House website, We the People, seeking to have him deported.
The White House responded to the request with, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”
The statement went on to explain that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."
The White House added, "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case.”
The petition, which was launched in January, claimed the troubled 20-year-old pop star is "a terrible influence on our nation's youth." It drew nearly 274 thousand signatures, well beyond the 100 thousand needed to generate an official response.
The petition came on the heels of several run-ins Bieber had with the law, including his DUI arrest in Miami Beach.
PRNewsFoto/Burton Snowboards/John KeatleyYou know Ryan Lewis as the "other guy" in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But now, the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist is speaking out about something very personal: his mother's decades-long battle with HIV.
Ryan's mom, Julie Lewis, contracted HIV in 1984, when she received a blood transfusion after giving birth to her oldest child, Teresa. She wasn't actually diagnosed until 1990, at which time she was told she only had a few years to live. But she went on to have two more kids -- Ryan and his sister Laura -- who were born HIV-free, and Julie now has been living with the virus for 30 years. As a result, she's now launching the 30/30 Project, which plans to build medical centers around the world that will be self-sustaining for at least 30 years.
The initial goal is five new facilities, the first of which will be in Malawi. If that name sounds familiar, that's because it's the African nation from which Madonna adopted two of her children. The launch of the project also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the discovery that the HIV virus leads to AIDS.
In a statement, Ryan Lewis says, "With this amazing past year that I've had, I'm honored to be the first donor to the 30/30 Project. I'm hoping people will join me, and join my family's story, to see how far we can take this."
In a video explaining the Lewis family story, as well as the details of the project, Macklemore says, "I've known Julie and the Lewis family for years now, and have always found inspiration behind their family's incredible story. Ryan, myself and the whole team are stepping up in full support of the 30/30 project...we want to see this idea put into action. Any amount that you can donate goes directly to building healthcare centers worldwide."
Ryan's mom adds, "We believe that healthcare is a human right. We have the knowledge and we have the treatments. Life threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS can be managed. What people need is access."
You can learn more about the project and how to donate by visiting 3030project.org.
Image Courtesy Ariana Grande on TwitterAriana Grande will be releasing her new single "Problem" on Sunday, but she's posted a teaser of the track on Instagram.
In the upbeat song, Ariana sings, "Head in the clouds/got no weight on my shoulders/I should be wiser and realize that I've got...." and then we hear a man whispering, "One less problem without ya!" The black-and-white visual is taken from the upcoming lyric video.
And who's the guy we hear on the track? Well, Big Seantweeted, "I wonder who the mystery whisperer is?" and Ariana retweeted it, so he's a safe bet, especially since the rapper was previously featured on Ariana's song "Right There."
In other Ariana news, she tweeted her excitement over meeting Jim Carrey on Monday. The meeting presumably took place at the White House Easter Egg Roll, where she was performing and he was appearing. "[M]et my childhood crush Jim Carrey. could even speak. he was kind, warm and human. I'm so happy," she wrote, adding, "all was swell until my mom told him that my first screen name was JimCarreyFan42@aol...........I wanted to die."
Ariana revealed that Carrey's advice to her was "Stay human."
Trae Patton/NBCIf Gwen Stefani is really joining The Voice, current coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton aren't talking.
"We can neither confirm or deny," Adam told E!, and Blake chimed in, "If there is a person in this world named Gwen Stefani, I think she would probably be a great addition to this show."
"If there was a Gwen Stefani that was gonna be on the show and that also happened to also be the singer in No Doubt and a fashion icon, and many many other wonderful things, I think if that were to happen, that would be great," Adam added. "But I can't say whether or not that's true."
OK, now, how about a serious answer?
"I hope it's true," Voice host Carson Daly tells E!. "Nothing's confirmed, but if that's the case, should there be fire behind the smoke, we should be so lucky!"
If Gwen does become a coach on The Voice, it'll be on the show's seventh season, which begins filming in June.
19 Entertainment/Interscope RecordsPhillip Phillips has now released more details of his sophomore album, Behind the Light, which is due May 19, and he's booked a major TV appearance to boot.
A deluxe digital version of the disc is available for pre-order now, and those who take advantage of that deal will receive an instant download of a new song, "Fly." The deluxe edition of Behind the Light features three additional songs: "My Boy," "Don't Trust Me" and "Armless Crawler."
On May 20, the day after the album hits stores, Phillip will perform on ABC's Good Morning America. As previously reported, Phillip will kick off a tour with the band O.A.R. on June 12 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Behind-the-scenes footage of Phillip shooting the video for his current single, "Raging Fire," is now available to watch on Vevo.
Here's the standard track list for Behind the Light:
“Searchlight” “Raging Fire” “Trigger” “Lead On” “Alive Again” “Open Your Eyes” “Fool for You” “Thicket” “Fly” “Unpack Your Heart” “Face” “Midnight Sun"
Aftermath/Shady/InterscopePerhaps it's no surprise after Eminem posted his cowboy-themed Instagram photo, but the rapper has been announced as part of the lineup of performers for this fall’s Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.
The rapper will serve as a headlining performer alongside OutKast when the event takes place over two weekends on October 3-5 and October 10-12. The 13th annual festival will also include showcases from Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Pearl Jam, and more.
Three-day passes cost $225 and they're available now. Fans can expect single-day tickets to go on sale at a later date.
ABC/Paul TrantowEven if you don't know Sia Furler's name, you know her voice: she's the one who sings lead on David Guetta's smash hit "Titanium." Now, in a new interview, Sia reveals that the song wasn't originally intended for her to record -- in fact, Katy Perry was among those who turned it down.
Sia tells The New York Times that when she wrote the song -- it took her 40 minutes -- and sang on the demo, she thought she was crafting it for David Guetta to give to Alicia Keys. After it was done, David tried to get other famous vocalists to sing on the track, including Mary J. Blige and Katy Perry. Katy tells the Times she turned the song down because "I had just come off ‘Firework’ and didn’t want to repeat myself. I have to balance out my anthems, or else I’ll just be a motivational speaker."
Katy says she told David he'd be "crazy" not to keep Sia's original vocal, so he did -- but didn't tell Sia. When it became a big hit, Sia, surprisingly, wasn't happy about it.
"I was really upset about it, because electronic dance music is not my kind of music,” Sia tells the Times. But there was a silver lining: "It turned out to help my career as a songwriter," she explains. Indeed, she's now the go-to writer for female pop stars, crafting songs for Rihanna, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Beyonce, just to name a few. One of her best known creations is Rihanna's "Diamonds," which she wrote in 14 minutes.
AGreatBigWorld.comA Great Big World has other songs besides "Say Something," y'know. The duo has just debuted the new video for their next single, "Already Home," and they've tapped some well-known actors to play the starring roles: Glee'sDarren Criss and Gossip Girl'sJessica Szohr.
The fact that Darren is starring in the duo's video is something of a "full circle" moment, since the way many of us first heard of A Great Big World is when their song "This Is the New Year" was featured on Glee's fourth season. In the video, Darren and Jessica play a couple who live on opposite coasts -- he in California, she in New York City. Footage of them going through their lives while constantly thinking of one another is intercut with footage of A Great Big World's Chad Vaccarino and Ian Axel performing the song, the lyrics for which include the line, "If only New York wasn't so far away."
At the end of the clip, Darren and Jessica both resolve to book a plane ticket to the opposite coast and surprise each other with a visit. Of course, their wires get crossed, and he ends up in New York, while she arrives in California. But in the final moments, they're able to break down the barrier between them, as Darren leans across the split screen and kisses Jessica tenderly.
A Great Big World will perform "Already Home" on NBC's Today show Wednesday morning.
Fox/PressHereNow.comRobin Thicke is about to add "voice actor" to his resume: he'll be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of the Fox animated show American Dad.
On the May 4 episode of the Seth MacFarlane-created show, Roger bets an annoying coffee-shop musician that he can outplay him. Robin plays that annoying musician. In a cool twist, Robin's famous dad, Alan Thicke, also guest-stars in the episode, as himself.
American Dad airs on Fox at 7: 30 p.m. ET/PT as part of the networks Sunday night "Animation Domination" lineup.
Cliff Lipson/CBSOther than her performance at the Academy Awards in early 2013, it's hard to think of the last time Adele performed live for a big audience. But if one British tabloid report is to be believed, she'll be hitting the stage later this year for a big "comeback" concert.
The British paper The Sunday Express claims that Adele's new album is due in October, and she wants to celebrate it by performing a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
A source close to Adele tells the paper, "This is the most exciting and promising news fans have had from Adele for ages," but cautions, "A world tour is still a long way off, certainly a conventional series of shows...The key to all these plans is that Adele feels comfortable with her voice. She has vowed that she never wants to break down during a tour or put her voice through so much stress that she suffers problems."
In October of 2011, Adele was forced to cancel the remaining dates of her tour due to a vocal hemorrhage and later underwent surgery to correct the problem.
Credit: Andreas Laszlo KonrathOn Monday night, Bruno Mars wrapped up three big concerts in his home state of Hawaii, and Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie honored their local-boy-made-good by proclaiming "Bruno Mars Day" throughout the Aloha state.
The proclamation of Bruno Mars Day -- April 21, 2014 -- notes Bruno's many accomplishments, and states that his "talent for combining catchy pop melodies, hip-hop beats and feel-good lyrics has helped him emerge as one of Hawaii's most popular artists."
In addition, the Hawaiian legislature honored Bruno backstage at his concert with a special certificate, according to the Hawaii Reporter.
"Bruno Mars, a young man born in Hawaii, has become a musical phenomenon and a global icon, and an exceptional representative of the people of these islands," reads the certificate. "The Senate and House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii hereby commends and congratulates Bruno Mars on his outstanding career and extends our best wishes for his continued success throughout the years to come."
"Can't describe how it feels to be singing @ home. I love you all," Bruno tweeted when he first arrived n Hawaii for his shows. For at least one of his concerts, his father's band was one of his opening acts. As many Bruno fans know, his father is a longtime musician and bandleader, and Bruno got his start as a very young kid, performing onstage with his family.
ABCKaty Perry shared info on her upcoming video for her single "Birthday" during an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.
Katy revealed that she went undercover as five of the world's "worst birthday entertainers" for the clip. She explained, "I was sick of making...gorgeous music videos where I'm like sexual." Jimmy Kimmel quipped, "People are sick of that, yeah."
Some footage from Katy's undercover adventures aired on the show, including a scene in which she played an androgynous character, "Kriss the Clown," who's on parole and who inadvertently causes a car crash during a party.
The lyric video for "Birthday" debuted two weeks ago.
Katy told Jimmy she had a nice Easter Sunday, having spent it with her family. They took part in an Easter egg hunt, where she drew attention away from the Easter Bunny. She said the kids in attendance were taking pictures of the Easter Bunny when they spotted her and ran toward her, upsetting the bunny in the process.
Katy also discussed the inspiration for her new green hairdo. She said it's the result of her obsession with Tumblr: "I saw some really cute Japanese girl [on Tumblr] that had green-tipped hair, I brought it to the hairstylist and was like, 'Make me her.'"
NBCThe Voice launched its live round on Monday night, with the 12 remaining artists taking the stage for solo performances. AdamLevine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher were there to offer their two cents.
Here's what happened during the two-hour show:
Team Usher's Bria Kelly opened the broadcast with a risky song choice: Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Adam said it was a tall order to take on that hit, but she brought angst and something different to it. However, both he and Shakira wished Bria sang it in a higher key. Usher said he felt the passion and fire in Bria's voice.
Team Adam's Delvin Choice tackled The Righteous Brothers classic "Unchained Melody." Usher said there was more "rejoice" in Delvin's version, but he wouldn't say whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Adam said he had goose bumps from the performance, and he was so proud of Delvin.
Dani Moz of Team Shakira sang Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason." Adam said it is such a hard song to perform that it leaves an artist no time to breathe. Shakira said Dani was dynamic, and heartfelt in the verses.
Audra McLaughlin of Team Blake covered "Angel of the Morning," made famous by several artists, including Juice Newton and Olivia Newton-John. Usher was impressed by how long Audra can hold notes. Blake called Audra one of his favorite country singers -- high praise coming from him.
Usher protégé T.J. Wilkins took on John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." Shakira referred to him as sincere and extraordinary. Usher said his artist experienced an "incredible breakthrough moment."
Team Blake's Sisaundra Lewis dazzled the coaches with “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” by Elton John. Adam said the best aspect of the performance was the restraint she showed. Blake said he hopes Sisaundra has taken a moment to enjoy her run on the show.
Team Shakira's Kristen Merlin sang Sugarland's "Stay." Blake applauded how she was able to step up on a live show. Shakira said it was a moving performance.
Kat Perkins of Team Adam belted out Heart's "Magic Man." Blake couldn't believe that Kat was once a nanny, calling her a rock star. Adam gushed over her power and charisma.
Team Blake's Jake Worthington covered Travis Tritt's "Anymore." Shakira said he may be one of the most endearing contestants on the show, because he's so honest with his delivery. Blake added that honesty is so important in country music.
The final Team Shakira artist to enter the spotlight was TessBoyer. She sang Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You." Blake, one of her former coaches, implied she's the strongest artist on Shakira's squad. Usher, who also once coached Tess, said he and the rest of the panel celebrates her talent. Shakira said Tess nailed her performance.
Team Usher's Josh Kaufman closed the show with Sam Smith's "Stay With Me." Adam called himself "stupid" for letting Josh go earlier in the season. Blake said Josh is the artist to beat on Team Usher. Josh's coach said he told a story and showed command.
Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC. Shakira will perform.
ABC/Lou RoccoIllness has forced Lorde to postpone a tour of Australia that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 24.
The Australian promoter Frontier Touring issued a statement saying Lorde will return to her native New Zealand for “immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year.”
The 17-year-old singer also released a statement through Frontier Touring, saying, “It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to focus on getting better in order to perform at my best. We'll be with you as soon as we can, Aussies." Lorde signed it with her birth name, Ella Yelich O'Connor.
In a series of tweets, the singer said she has “a nasty chest infection and general ill health."
She also tweeted, “i am so so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me i needed a break after being non-stop since the grammys in january. we will 100% be back for this tour (most likely in november) so don't worry about that. i just need time to get back to full gollum girl fitness before i go out playing shows again.”
She ended by tweeting, “i'm truly sorry if i let you down or if you feel inconvenienced by this and i hope you can understand.”
Frontier Touring says an announcement on rescheduled dates will be made as soon as possible.
Here are Lorde's postponed Australia tour dates:
4/24, 4/26 -- Melbourne, Festival Hall 4/27 -- Adelaide, AEC Theatre 4/29 -- Perth, Challenge Stadium 5/2, 5/3 -- Sydney, Hordern Pavilion 5/4 -- Newcastle, Entertainment Centre 5/6 -- Brisbane, Riverstage
Roc Nation/UniversalSome Jay Z recordings that disappeared more than a decade ago have reportedly turned up, as part of an alleged extortion plot that has come to light.
TMZ reports Chauncey Mahan, a producer who worked with Jay between 1998 and 2002, was in possession of the recordings, which belonged to Jay's Roc-A-Fella Records and went missing in 2002. Mahan allegedly contacted Live Nation, which has a relationship with the rapper, and said he would put the recordings up for auction unless he received a 100-thousand-dollar "storage fee" to relinquish them.
Both sides reportedly agreed on a 75-thousand-dollar amount, but on Friday, when Mahan went to the storage facility where he reportedly kept the recordings to discuss the deal with Jay's camp, he was met by police. He was detained and questioned, though not arrested.
Beverly Hills police are investigating the extortion allegations, while Jay has filed a grand larceny complaint with New York police.
Los Angeles police will keep possession of the recordings until a judge determines which party is the rightful owner. The recordings are estimated to be worth between 15 and 20 million dollars.
Island Def JamThis week, Neon Trees is out with their brand-new album Pop Psychology, and lead singer Tyler Glenn is out, period. The singer recently revealed in a much-publicized Rolling Stone article that he is gay. While some of the songs on the album, including the first single "Sleeping with a Friend," directly address Tyler's situation, he said he didn't set out to make an album solely about that.
"As I was writing, I didn't know I was going to come out, you know. It was a process," he tells ABC News Radio. "And for me, it started out as writing a lot of the songs in therapy, and then going into making a record wanting to make it sort of a dark, cathartic record. But it ended up being like the poppiest, most energetic, fun album we've made!"
"I think it's a celebration of the types of people [we are] and where we're at now," he adds.
In fact, the band thinks Pop Psychology, which is their third disc, captures their true sound better than the previous two, Habits and Picture Show.
"With Habits I feel like it was just kind of all of this, like, upbeat kind of thing, and then the second one was a little deeper, more pensive maybe. And then this is kind of able to bring it all together," explains guitarist Chris Allen. "Yeah, there's growth. I think you should grow in every album, but we're also more confident as people so I think it translates in the confidence of the music," adds Tyler.
One reason for Tyler's new found confidence may be the fact that his revelation has earned him "entirely positive" feedback from fans, as well as from the Mormon community, to which the band members belong.
"We're a Utah band and there's a lot of Mormons, and we're also Mormon, and so I think getting it from the Mormon community -- a sense of support -- is sort of interesting and it's not something that you always hear publicly about the Mormon Church," explains Tyler. "So it's refreshing to hear that, as I'm saying I'll continue to have faith in a religion that I was brought up in, it's nice to know that there's support back."
Not only that, but Tyler feels the band may have even gained some new fans, solely because Tyler decided to speak openly about his sexuality and his faith. "I mean, our Twitter followers have gone up, so it's cool," he tells ABC News Radio,. "I think there are people that...maybe -- and I didn't plan it this way -- but I think maybe...it adds a little more of a weight to [our music]. I don't know."
Best of all, the other members of Neon Trees -- Chris, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley -- are all totally fine with Tyler being gay, even though people might have predicted that the band's religion would have prevented them from accepting him.
"People wanted there to be a rift, especially with Elaine being, probably, the most religious in the band," Tyler tells ABC News Radio. "But it's been amazing, and of course we're a family and it's fine."
"The thing is, we all have so many gay friends," Chris adds. "So we just have another one now!"
Neon Trees will kick off a headlining tour in support of Pop Psychology on May 12 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Image Courtesy Madonna via InstagramHey, did you hear? Madonna's album is totally done...and a famous photographer has heard it! Except...it's not, and he didn't, and the whole thing is a lie.
That's according to the Queen of Pop's rep, who tells ABC News Radio that an Instagram post from fashion photographer Mert Alas, in which he claimed to be listening to the star's album, is nonsense.
Alas is one half of the photography duo Mert and Marcus; together, they directed Madonna's 2012 video for "Girl Gone Wild." Alas posted a photo of Madonna, and captioned it, "In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT."
But referring to Alas' claim, Madonna's spokesperson tells ABC News Radio, "In his dreams...she’s only starting to write [the album]…no one has heard it."
Madonna's been working on her new album with a wide variety of collaborators, including Swedish deejay Avicii, and people who've written hits for Fergie, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Colbie Caillat, just to name a few.
Mosley Music Group/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood have made it to the final round of voting for the Milestone Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month.
The fan-voted award is given to an an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year; the field originally included six artists, but the other three -- John Legend, Imagine Dragons and country superstar Luke Bryan -- didn't make it past the first round.
The Milestone Award recognizes an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET, and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child will be the person presenting the winner with the trophy.