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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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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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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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Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Still #1, Fall Out Boy Score First Top 10 Since 2007


RCA RecordsThe Billboard Hot 100 is still totally funked up.  "Uptown Funk," by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, rules the #1 spot for a fourth week.

According to Billboard, one thing that helped the song maintain its position this week is the popularity of a viral video featuring a teacher from Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Texas leading students in an elaborate dance routine to the song.  Streaming video now counts when it comes to chart position, and the clip has racked up close to four million views. 

Bruno reacted to the viral video on his Facebook page Tuesday, admitting it made him emotional. "I cried at the end," he wrote. "I'm still a thug though. Thank you to everyone involved in making this video."

Elsewhere on the chart, Fall Out Boy's latest hit "Centuries" has jumped from #12 to #10, giving the band its first top 10 hit since 2007.  Fall Out Boy had previously reached the top 10 with "Sugar, We're Goin' Down," "Dance, Dance" and "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race." 

By the way, the song "Centuries" samples the song "Tom's Diner," a top 5 hit in 1990 by singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, so she's listed as one of its co-writers.  As a result, Vega now has a top 10 hit for the first time in 24 years.

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Gavin DeGraw to Perform at Super Bowl's NFL Tailgate Party This Sunday


James Minchin III/RCA RecordsAdd Gavin DeGraw to the list of performers at Sunday's Super Bowl. 

Gavin, along with country star Dierks [derks] Bentley, will be performing at the NFL Tailgate Party as part of the pregame festivities at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.  A portion of each singer's performance will air live during NBC's Super Bowl Sunday pregame show.

The pregame show will also feature John Legend singing "America the Beautiful," while Idina Menzel will belt out the national anthem.  Katy Perry, of course, will headline the halftime show.

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Mark Ronson Named Ambassador of Grammy Amplifier Program


Florent DechardBruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” collaborator and producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson has just been named the ambassador of the 3rd annual Grammy Amplifier program.

The online music initiative, sponsored by Hyundai and The Recording Academy, aims to mentor aspiring artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Mark, a three-time Grammy winning producer, will help evaluate online submissions and choose the program’s three winners. The winners will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: A studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer; filming and starring in their own music video with a noted director; or securing an opening act spot for an established musician and/or at a music festival.

The program is currently accepting submissions at GrammyAmplifier.com. Based on their track plays and social media performance, the top 25 finalists will be brought together for a mentorship experience, and then narrowed down by program curators to a short list of finalists. The program’s curators this year are The Band Perry, Ziggy Marley, and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. Mark will pick the three winners and decide which winner gets what prize.

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Rihanna Performing with Kanye West & Paul McCartney at the Grammys?


Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsIf rumors are to be believed, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney will be taking the stage at the Grammys next month to perform their new collaboration, “FourFiveSeconds.”

“Rihanna’s seriously pleased to have bagged a big slot at The Grammys and two huge names to kick off her comeback,” a source told The Sun. “Paul McCartney’s a Grammys regular and it will give Rihanna serious kudos to have a Beatle backing her on stage. It is going to be a huge Grammys moment.”

Paul plays on the track while Rihanna and Kanye share vocals. “FourFiveSeconds” debuted last Saturday, with Rihanna describing it on Twitter as “FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!” The singer hasn’t put out a new album since 2012’s Unapologetic.

While a Grammy performance by the trio has yet to be officially confirmed, there are plenty of other big names who are definitely taking the stage, such as Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Adam Levine, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Hozier and more. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will take place February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Big Sean Gushes About “Special” Relationship with Ariana Grande


ABC/Kelsey McNealWe’ve known for months that Big Sean and Ariana Grande are dating, but now we’re hearing Big Sean gush about his girl. In a new cover story with Complex, the 26-year-old rapper opens up about his “special” relationship with the 21-year-old singer and frequent collaborator.

Sean, who was previously engaged to Glee’s Naya Rivera, tells the mag he has a “new chick that [he’s] gotta thank God for.” He says he and Ariana first met at a Christmas show in 2011 and struck up a conversation. Ariana told him she was a fan of his music and the two became fast friends.

“We started as friends,” Sean says. “I’d never done that. Usually you meet a girl and then start dating. We always saw each other in the studio, and we’d talk about songs we were working on. It was cool to have a girl that I could talk to about my problems. I did that with her…This is something special and I appreciate every moment of it.”

Big Sean says he tries to avoid media scrutiny of their relationship and doesn't allow the pressure to get to him. “I don’t think about it like that,” he says. “You can’t be afraid, because when you’re afraid you don’t give it your all.”

Sean and Ariana first collaborated on the song “Right There” from Ariana’s debut album, Yours Truly. Sean also appeared on Ariana’s hit “Problem,” and another track on her current album, My Everything, called “Best Mistake.” They confirmed their relationship after they were seen walking hand-in-hand backstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards last August.

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Sam Smith Says He’ll Give Beyonce His Grammy if He Wins


Image Group LA/ABCIn a revealing new cover story for Rolling Stone, Sam Smith admits he wouldn’t mind losing a Grammy to Beyoncé, says he wants abs like Justin Bieber, and reveals he doesn’t like it when people call him the “male Adele.”

The 22-year-old is a huge fan of Beyoncé -- there’s even been video of him singing “Drunk In Love” in the shower, posted online.  But Sam, who's facing off against his idol in the Album of the Year category at the Grammys next month, insists he’d rather see Queen Bey win. "She deserves it way more than I do," he tells Rolling Stone. "I'd be embarrassed if I got it over her. If I got it, I'd give it to her."

Sam’s also a huge Adele fan and calls her “my Michael Jackson,” but he doesn’t like being compared to her. "We're very different, and I feel like the constant comparisons might piss her off," he says, adding, "It just annoys me that people can't digest two pop stars singing really personal songs who don't look like normal pop stars."

That’s not to say Sam doesn’t have moments where he wants to look like a “normal pop star.” He admits he’s on a cayenne-pepper juice diet in order to lose some weight before the Grammys. "I'm just very body-conscious,” he said. “Sometimes I'm really proud that I don't look like other pop stars. But there's also moments where I'm like, 'Ugh, I wish I had abs like Bieber.'"

In a Rolling Stone video, he even joked, “I prefer food to music and sex... and my family.”

Sam's cover story hits stands Friday, January 30.

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Fall Out Boy Scores Third #1 Album, Taylor Holds at #2


Island Records/DCD2 RecordsFall Out Boy has once again proven their staying power: their new album, American Beauty/American Pyscho, featuring the hit "Centuries," has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart. 

This is the band's second #1 album in a row, following 2013's Save Rock and Roll, and their third overall: Infinity on High debuted at #1 in 2007.  The album debuts with 218,000 album units sold, according to Nielsen Music, and as Billboard notes, that's the the second-best sales week of Fall Out Boy's entire career, and their largest since 2007.

Thanks to American Beauty/American Psycho and last week's #1 debut, Meghan Trainor's Title, this marks the first time since 2010 that two debut albums released in January -- which is usually a weak sales month -- have scored first-week sales of more than 150,000 copies.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's 1989, which was knocked out of the #1 spot by Meghan's album last week, holds at #2.  Meghan's album falls to #3, and Ed Sheeran's X (Multiply) remains at #4.

The top 10 sees debuts by new albums by alternative rockers The Decemberists, veteran shock rocker Marilyn Manson, and rapper Joey Bada$$.

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Rita Ora to Perform Oscar-Nominated Song at the Academy Awards


Image Group LA/ABCBrit singer Rita Ora had a career breakthrough 2014, thanks to "Black Widow," her collaboration with Iggy Azalea. Now she's getting 2015 off to a great start by booking a performance at the Academy Awards.

Rita will perform the Oscar-nominated song "Grateful" at the telecast, airing February 22 on ABC and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.  The song was written by veteran hitmaker Diane Warren for the movie Beyond the Lights; it's Warren's seventh Oscar nod. 

Rita will release a new album in the spring and will appear in the upcoming movies 50 Shades of Grey and Southpaw.

Rita joins other Oscar performers Adam Levine, who'll sing the nominated song "Lost Stars" from the movie Begin Again, and John Legend and rapper Common, who'll perform the nominated song "Glory," from the movie Selma.  The other nominees are "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie, and "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," from the movie Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me.  Country music legend Glen Campbell will likely not be able to appear to perform the latter song, because he's currently suffering from Alzheimer's.

The 87th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 22 and air on ABC starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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Iggy Azalea "Excited and Nervous" About Her Grammy Outfit


ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea's nominated for four Grammys this year, and she says the biggest issue she has with getting ready for the February 8 ceremony isn't what she might perform, or what she might say in her acceptance speech...it's what she's planning to wear.

"I think the dress is the biggest preparation for a woman on Grammy night," the Australian rapper told Billboard.  "So I’ve been working with a designer who’s been making me a dress that’s just for me -- with me in mind -- so I’m really excited about seeing that come to life."

Iggy says that unlike most of her red carpet choices, her Grammy dress will essentially be a surprise: she has no idea what it's going to look like, but she does know the color.

"Usually I see it and I pick it, so I’m a bit nervous, but I’m very excited," she told Billboard. "It’s blue!"

In addition to prepping for the Grammys, Iggy is also working on a new album and preparing for her Great Escape tour, which gets under way in April.  Iggy told Billboard that even though it's exciting to perform in big cities like L.A. when she's on tour, there's a lot to be said about playing smaller towns.

"Sometimes it’s really nice to go to the towns that might have an arena but don’t really have a lot going on," she explains. "Because they’re super excited and they always, like, scream the easiest and the loudest and it’s the most fun."

"There are other places like L.A. where it is harder to get that hyper-fan-crying situation, ‘cause they’re used to seeing, you know, celebrities in the supermarket next to them," she adds.  The pros of L.A., though, are that it's easier to get her friends and her boyfriend to come see her there.

The Great Escape tour kicks off April 14 in Fresno, California.

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Taylor Swift Declares Herself "Dead" Following Madonna Praise


Big Machine RecordsWhen Taylor Swift released her album 1989 last year, it became somewhat of an online joke that many of her fans described themselves as "dead" or "dying" because they were so blown away by her and her music.  Now, Taylor's using that same language to describe how she feels about a compliment paid to her by one of the biggest stars in music history.

According to Yahoo Australia, while speaking to an Australian TV show, Madonna said the following about Taylor: "It’s good to have princesses [of pop]. It means there’s lots of pretty dresses around. I like Taylor Swift. I think she writes some really catchy pop songs. I can’t get them out of my head."

Taylor reposted Madonna's comment on her Tumblr page, and then wrote, "Thanks now I’m dead."  She added the hashtags "#HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH THIS," and "#BE COOL TAYLOR STOP BEING EMBARRASSING."

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Today Is the 30th Anniversary of "We Are the World" Recording Session


USA for AfricaThirty years ago today, dozens of top musicians came together to record "We Are the World," the successful charity single that raised money for hunger victims in Africa.

The song, which was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, came on the heels of the British charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" It was recorded in Hollywood after the 1985 American Music Awards, and featured a who's who of popular artists from that time.  The artists recorded under the name USA for Africa.

In addition to Richie and Jackson, the song also featured Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles.

The all-star chorus included Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Bette Midler, Waylon Jennings, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Jackson's siblings, Jackie, La Toya, Marlon, Randy, and Tito.

Richie tells USA Today that he and Jackson listened to various national anthems in order to get into their minds into writing a "world anthem." "We didn't want a normal-sounding song," recalls Richie. "We wanted bombastic, the biggest thing you got."

Billy Joel told ABC News Radio in 2005 that when he first heard the track, he wasn't impressed at all.  "I wasn't that crazy about the song.  I think that was my main memory of that," he recalled. "It was, 'Oh, this is the song?'...It sounded like a Pepsi commercial!"

Dionne Warwick tells ABC News Radio the experience remains difficult to describe.  "I've been asked this question several times -- 'How did it feel, how was it,' and that.  You can't put it in words," she says.  "It's one of those, 'You had to be there.'  You know, the magnitude of talent that was in that room, my god!  It was like the who's who and who is not, even, of show business and the recorded world.  It was amazing.  Amazing."

The recording session on January 28, 1985 at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood began at 9 p.m. and lasted 12 hours.  The artists were greeted by a sign that read, "Check your egos at the door."

Quincy Jones, who produced the track, recalls that the sign wasn't necessary. "Here you had 46 of the biggest recording stars in the entire world in one room, to help people in a far-off place who were in desperate need," Jones tells USA Today.

Warwick agrees: "There are many times that you might need to say that, in close quarters," she says, laughing.  "But not that evening.  That evening is still, still sparkles.  It was an enormously incredible evening."

"I don't think that night, that experience, will ever truly be duplicated again," says Jones. "I know and believe in the power of music to bring people together for the betterment of mankind, and there may be no better example of this than the collective that was 'We Are the World.'"

Following its release in March 7, 1985, "We Are the World" sold more than 20 million copies and raised more than 60 million dollars for famine relief in Africa. It went on to win three Grammy Awards.

An updated version of the song was recorded in 2010 to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. It featured Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Kanye West, among others.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani & More Performing at the Grammys


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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who are nominated for a Grammy for their duet album Cheek to Cheek, will be performing at the ceremony next month.

Gaga announced Tuesday on Twitter, "Me and @itstonybennett are so excited to announce we will be performing at #TheGrammys this year! Thank you to @TheGRAMMYs and our fans!"

Cheek to Cheek is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.

Grammy organizers have also announced that Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani will take the stage together. Gwen served as a coach alongside Adam on the fall 2014 season of The Voice and she appears on Maroon 5's current album, V.  In addition, Annie Lennox and Hozier will duet, and Jessie J and music legend Tom Jones, who've both served as coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice, will sing together. 

Previously-announced performers include Pharrell, Sam Smith, Madonna, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Usher and Ariana Grande.  The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.

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Uh-Oh, Awkward: John Mayer to Welcome Ed Sheeran as Guest When He Hosts "The Late Late Show"


ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Lou Rocco; Christie GoodwinJohn Mayer will be stepping in as a host on CBS' The Late Late Show next month, and he has some interesting guests lined up, including a guy who's BFFs with -- awkward! -- a woman he allegedly once dated.

John will be behind the desk recently vacated by Craig Ferguson from February 4 through February 6.  On his first night, he'll welcome Bravo's Andy Cohen, of Watch What Happens fame.  On Thursday the 5th, his guest will be Jim Carrey.  And on Friday the 6th, two nights before the Grammy Awards, his guest will be Ed Sheeran, who's up for three Grammys this year, including Album of the Year. 

But will things be weird between Ed and John?  After all, Ed is one of Taylor Swift's best friends, and John not only reportedly dated Taylor, he did her wrong enough to allegedly inspire the song "Dear John" on her album Speak Now.   Taylor, of course, has never admitted that the song is about John, and called him "presumptuous" in Glamour magazine for thinking that it was.  But a couple of years ago, John told Rolling Stone that "Dear John" "humiliated" him.

"It made me feel terrible," he said at the time.  "Because I didn't deserve it. I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do." He added, "It's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, 'Wait till he gets a load of this!'"

John later released a song called "Paper Doll" that everyone assumed was about Taylor.

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Meghan Trainor Was "Addicted to Diets" Before Embracing Her Curves


Brooke NiparBefore she was singing about "bringing booty back" and embracing her curves, Meghan Trainor had to fight low self-esteem just like the rest of us. The 21-year-old singer admitted to U.K.’s Reveal that she used to be "addicted to diets," and tried to follow Beyonce's weight-loss secret.

Meghan tells the publication that her insecurities began in school when her best guy friend told her she’d be "so hot" if she lost ten pounds. She said she rushed home and told her mom she was “never eating again.” That's when she started researching fad diets online.

"I Googled, ‘What does Beyonce do?’ and decided I'd try the detox diet with cayenne pepper,” Meghan recalled. "Do you know how much I had to drink to get used to it? It was so gross. I stopped straight away. I was like, ‘This is not normal.’”

Meghan said she’s since met Beyonce, who's a fan of her music, and credits her for having a “real figure” in a business where many women feel they have to be skin and bones.

"I definitely feel like I'm 30 and I've been through a lot,” the 21-year-old singer said. “I haven't experienced anything crucial or devastating. But I got addicted to weird little diets and I quickly realized how stupid it was.”

Meghan said that when she first wrote her #1 Grammy-nominated hit “All About That Bass,” it was more about how she wished she felt, rather than how she actually felt, about her body. But once she started performing and getting positive feedback, she says, she started to feel more confident.  Now, she encourages her friends to love their bodies.

"I'm just 100 percent happier than I was,” she said. “The trick I tell my girlfriends now is that you have to say it out loud. You haven't got to nearly kill yourself on these diets. You just have to look in the mirror and tell yourself, ‘Damn I look good today!’”

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Enrique Iglesias Accused of Stealing His 2014 Hit, "Bailando"?


ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaEnrique Iglesias is reportedly being sued over his 2014 hit, "Bailando," by two songwriters who claim he stole the tune from them.

According to TMZ, Cristian Escuti and German Schulz claim "Bailando" is a rip-off of a song they recorded in 2009 called "Quiero Bailar Contigo." The pair claim they sent the tune to a Sony executive in 2012, but never heard back.

The songwriters claim the melody, lyrics, rhythm and chorus line of "Bailando" were taken from their tune.  The pair claims Sony had partial ownership of the tune, and conspired to steal it from them.

TMZ says Escuti and Schulz are particularly angry that "Bailando" was Iglesias' biggest song from his Sex and Love album, and the video has nearly 690 million views on YouTube.

TMZ claims they requested a copy of "Quiero Bailar Contigo," but Escuti and Schulz's attorney said his clients wouldn't let him send it to the them.

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Lifehouse Announces New Album, Premieres Lead Single "Hurricane"


Ironworks Records/Kobalt Label ServicesLifehouse is back with new music. The band has announced details of their upcoming album, and premiered their new single “Hurricane” on Billboard.com.

Out of the Wasteland, the band’s first new release since 2012’s Almería, will arrive May 19. “There was a kind of unlearning with this album,” says frontman Jason Wade. “We wanted to retrace our steps back to the beginning and really find the innocence, that feeling of being 17-year-old kids who get excited about playing in the garage.”

The album's lead single, “Hurricane,” represents the type of return to its roots that the band was going for. "'Hurricane' started as a catchy up-tempo pop song and then transformed into this electric, energetic rock song that was very reminiscent of our first album," Jason tells Billboard. "I feel like it is the backbone of the record, and was the catalyst that brought our band back around full circle."

The video for the song features the band playing behind bars, and cuts to scenes of a couple working out their issues in the chaotic setting of a prison. "Hurricane" is currently the iTunes’ Single of the Week and is available for free download.

Here’s the track list for Out of the Wasteland, Lifehouse’s seventh studio album:

“Hurricane”
“One for the Pain”
“Flight”
“Runaways”
“Firing Squad”
“Wish”
“Stardust”
“Alien”
“Central Park”
“Hurt This Way”
“Yesterday’s Son”
“Hourglass”

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One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & Calvin Harris Named Among Most Influential Brits


Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Calvin Harris made this year’s annual Debrett’s 500 list of most influential Brits.

They were featured in the music section of the list, alongside producer and X Factor judge and creator Simon Cowell.. According to Debrett’s, a publisher specializing in British etiquette and style, the annual music list “shines a spotlight on the people who are making the most impact on this fast-changing industry, from the recording artists and record label executives, to the radio playlist-setters, music critics and the people changing the face of the music industry in the digital age.”

The unranked list features the most influential people in the U.K. across 24 disciplines including art, stage & screen, business & industry, sports and politics.

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