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ABC/Paul TrantowA few days ago, the Australian paper The Daily Telegraph published an interview with Katy Perry in which she discussed a variety topics, including her ex-husband, Russell Brand.  Katy's quoted in the interview as saying, "He hasn’t spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce. I don’t want to talk about him -- my songs will say what I need to say."  Now, Katy's accusing the paper of recycling those quotes from an interview she did years ago.

"It's really inappropriate when journalists repurpose interviews done 3 yrs ago in context of promoting a film & then stamp a new date on it," Katy tweeted, then added, "The Daily Telegraph & Chris Knowles."  Knowles is the man who wrote the article in question.  Katy followed that with a thumbs down emoji.

Katy's tweet seems to indicate she did the interview three years ago while promoting her 3D concert documentary Part of Me, which included the famous scene of Katy having a breakdown after learning Brand wanted a divorce.

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Press Here PublicityLifehouse, the band that brought you hits like "You and Me," "Hanging by a Moment" and "First Time," is back after a three-year self-imposed hiatus with a new album called Out of the Wasteland.

After the band's 2012 disc Almeria, they decided to step off the endless album/tour cycle for a much-needed break.  "I think it just kind of made sense," frontman Jason Wade tells ABC Radio. "After thirteen years of being on the road, non-stop touring, it just felt like a good time to kind of reset, recharge the batteries and then kind of come back with a fresh perspective."

"It was the first time we’ve ever taken any time off in the history of the band, which is kind of crazy, you know?" he adds. "Now I feel like we’ve got this new, rejuvenated sense of energy."

During the hiatus, the members of Lifehouse worked on their own projects.  Jason attempted to make a solo album, but when he realized it wasn't working for him, he decided to reconvene the band and make a new Lifehouse album, which became Out of the Wasteland.

"Halfway through the process I just realized that I’m way more comfortable in a band setting. I missed the guys," Jason explains. "I wanted to bring everybody back together and I learned a lot about myself in that time, that I’m just not ever gonna be a solo artist in that sense. It’s not in my DNA, it’s not my personality. So I feel way more comfortable with the kind of familial quality that this band has."

Out of the Wasteland is the first album Lifehouse has released independently, without a major record label behind them.  Musically, Jason says the disc is a mixture of "all our influences" and "a collection of everything we've done for 15 years."

"I think it just represents a new era for the band. You know, leaving a major labor to kind of become independent artists I think was a big deal to us," says Jason. "We spent two years of our lives making this album, so we put more into it than we put into any other record, and doing it for us: not really worrying too much about singles, but really making sure that we made an album that had the kind of peaks and valleys that we like in music."

A major part of making the album was the freedom the band had to essentially call all the shots, which is something they'd never had before when they were signed to a big record company.

"We get to pick all of the singles, we get to make the videos that we want to make, we get full creative control over all of the artwork, and I think that, to us, is a big deal," says Jason. "'‘Cause we’ve been in positions where we’ve wanted a specific album cover and we got shut down because it didn’t have our faces on it. Little things like that, I think at this stage in our career is really nice to just be able to have full creative control over those things."

Lifehouse will take the new music on the road starting June 19, when they launch a tour with Nickelback.  So far, Jason says that fans seem to be liking the new songs.

"I think that they’re definitely getting the feeling that we’re returning to our roots and to a specific sound, at least for now," he says of the band's fans. "And I think that they’ve been pretty positive about that."

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Cliff Lipson/CBSWhat good is all the millions of dollars, cars and houses in the world if you can't stop working long enough to enjoy them?  Maybe that's why Ed Sheeran says that after several years of non-stop work, he's ready to get off the treadmill for a bit.

Speaking to the British paper The Daily Mirror, Ed says, "I’d like to live for a bit! I feel like I live in a bubble where normal happens outside, and everything ‘Hollywood’ happens inside.  I’d like to get on the outside for at least a year.”

Ed said something similar to Entertainment Weekly recently: "We’ve been touring for five years without a break," he said. "I actually want to go and live in the house that I bought because I haven’t lived in it yet."  He doesn't plan to put out his next album for "another year-and-a-half," he tells EW.

Unfortunately, Ed's got a ways to go before he'll be able to take that break: he has shows scheduled all over the world through December.

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Ben WattsRob Thomas is ready for a comeback. The Matchbox Twenty frontman just released his first solo single in five years: “Trust You.”

Rob debuted the up-tempo song on Entertainment Weekly Monday, and he talks to the mag about co-writing the tune with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. OneRepublic opened up for Rob during his 2009 Cradlesong Tour, and he says he and Ryan really hit it off.

“He’s worked with everyone,” Rob tells EW of Ryan. “…He was kind of the only person on my list [of collaborators]. He was the first person on my list and he was really hard to get. I had to figure out a way to get out on the road and meet him, because he never stays still. He’s like a shark.”

He says when they sat down to write “Trust You,” they were inspired by the Rolling Stones’ tune “Miss You.” The beat to the song came first, followed by the line, “trust you.”

Rob explains the meaning behind the song: “Everyone I know, even the most put-together people, have that one person that calls them up and that no matter what, they know that the night is going to end with a bunch of bad decisions.”

He says the single is about that one friend that “when they call you you’re going to say yes and things are going to go horribly wrong in a really fun way.”

Rob’s new album The Great Unknown, his first solo effort since 2009, is due out later this year. He says this time around, he wanted to collaborate with a lot of different people. “I’d never done that before, tried to actually work with other people for my record,” he says. “I usually work with other people for their records. I just wanted to do something a little different and not go back to the same well.”

Rob will kick off his summer solo tour on June 11 in Ontario.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLast fall, Jessie J revealed that she'd turned down several movie roles -- including a part in Kick Ass 2 --  due to her very busy schedule.  But now it seems she's finally found the time for Hollywood.  She reveals to ABC Radio that she's landed a movie role, but won't go into detail about what we can expect from her acting debut.

Asked if she thinks there'll be any acting in her future, Jessie tells ABC Radio, "Yes, I am, currently."  She adds, "I can’t talk about it too much, which is really frustrating ‘cause I really wanna tell people, but yeah it’s my first film. But I don’t wanna tell people what it is, ‘cause it’s not the obvious thing. So yeah, I’m excited!"

While we're waiting to see Jessie on the big screen, we can hear her on the soundtrack of the hit movie Pitch Perfect 2 -- she recorded the song "Flashlight" for the project.  And Jessie says that given the chance, she'd love to act in another installment in the series, if it gets made.

"Yes, if I was ever asked to be in Pitch Perfect 3, I would be there!" she tells ABC Radio. "I would be there in the Barden Bella outfit. I would love to be in it."

Meanwhile, Jessie hasn't abandoned her music career: the British singer just wrapped up her first headlining tour of America, and says the experience was "amazing."

"We did 19 shows. I feel like this has changed my life, this tour," she gushes to ABC Radio. "It’s my first-ever solo U.S. tour and I’ve been signed to my American label for eight years. And we’ve been here a lot and it feels like...it’s starting to happen."

While Jessie had initial success on the American charts with "Price Tag" and "Domino" a few years ago, things were a little quiet on the U.S. front for her until last year's Sweet Talker album and the singles "Bang Bang," "Burnin' Up" and "Masterpiece."  She says she feels that American fans are coming to understand her as an artist.

"We’ve really kind of adapted the show so that people walk away really taking from it what I want, which is to get to know me and my personality," she explains. "And that I’m awkward, and not very good at being famous, and I like to make people laugh, and I don’t lip-sync and I love to sing live."

"Every review I’ve seen has been a real true element of what I want people to take away from this tour," she adds. "And I think that’s why it’s felt so special."  

Jessie will now spend the summer touring in Europe and the U.K.

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ABC/Lou RoccoThe setlist for Taylor Swift's newly launched 1989 World Tour features every single song from her 1989 album, and just three older hits.  Why so much focus on the new music?  She says her fans pretty much voted for her to do it -- by buying so many darn copies of the album.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Taylor says that the songs on 1989 seem "to be the music of mine that people are liking the most."  She explains, "If this album hadn't been so impactful to the fans, if they hadn't gone out and broken so many records and made sure that I knew that this album was the most important one to them and the one they liked the most, I probably would have had to pull more old hits into the set."

As for which songs in general she chooses to perform, well, that's up to her fans as well.

"When I'm walking around in my daily life and a little kid comes up to me or a teenager comes up to me or a mom comes up to me, the songs that they bring up as being songs that affected them are the ones that I'm going to kind of stockpile and decide to play," she explains. "The songs that I haven't been hearing as much about, those are the ones that didn't make the cut."

Another change between this tour and Taylor's last one is that this one features an enormous video screen playing videos of the singer's squad of glamorous female BFFs, like Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevigne.

"The show is essentially narrated by my friends," she says, "in their perspective of how they see my life playing out and when they first heard my album, kind of giving an insight into what my world has been like."

Taylor's 1989 World Tour continues this weekend in Detroit; over the weekend, she performed in Norwich, England.

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ABC/Adam TaylorLast month on Twitter, Pink slapped down online body-shamers who commented that she'd gained some weight lately, and then added in an interview that she didn't "take well to bullying."   Now, speaking to E!, the singer says the problem with Internet trolls is that they actually think people care what they say.

 

"I think people have gotten it wrong. They think their opinion matters and holds weight, and I don't know where or why they're giving themselves so much credit, you know? So I thought it was important for me to remind them that I don't care," she tells E!  "My life is full, I like food a lot, and I really like to cook, I like to live. I find joy in that."

Pink explains that being the mother of three-year-old daughter Willow also inspired her to speak out.

"I'm raising a girl. I am a girl. I have feelings. People think I take no s**t and I'm tough, tougher than nails, but I'm a human being," she tells E!

As for Willow's future path, Pink says she's not sure she'll follow in her footsteps.

"I think she's more into motorcycles at this point. Motorcycles and skateboarding. I'm super into it," Pink says.  No wonder, since her husband, Carey Hart, is a motocross star.  She adds, "No music, not unless she's really talented."

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Frank Micelotta/FOXSure, you can be a success by just appearing on American Idol and not winning -- just ask Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson.  But winning the title gives you the chance to do some pretty cool stuff. 

For example, newly minted American Idol Nick Fradiani is going to sing the national anthem at the 26th annual National Memorial Day Concert, airing on PBS, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

"That’s a humbling thing right there," he tells ABC Radio. "I still can’t believe that. I’m just so honored to be able to do that...I’m gonna be doing it with the symphony, but you know, me and my band were kind of working out the key for me. ‘Cause I haven’t done the national anthem very much.  Think I’ve done it like two times in my whole life, but so excited for that. That’s gonna be an experience I’ll never, ever forget."

At the event, which will be attended by hundreds of thousands of people, and seen by millions more, Nick will appear alongside actors Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise and Laurence Fishburne, singer Gloria Estefan and another reality show winner, Tessanne Chin of The Voice season five.  

Singing the anthem at the prestigious gig is just one indication of how Nick's life has pretty much changed forever.  For example, usually, on Memorial Day, Nick says he's "cooking out with my boys...making hamburgers and hot dogs."  He says of tonight's performance, "Just to be able to honor the hard-working military and everybody that served our country, it’s just really amazing."

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Mert Alas and Marcus PiggottPeople magazine's current issue is all about the "Most-Talked About Bodies," and naturally, pop stars -- who are among the most scrutinized individuals in the world -- appear on the list.

In the section called Hollywood's 10 Hottest Bodies, we find Taylor Swift and Beyonce.  Taylor is praised for her "long and lean" body, and for dressing fairly modestly for a celebrity.  As for Bey, she gets props for showing off her "Flawless" body in a barely there Givenchy gown at the recent Met Gala in New York City.

For the section called Body Moments of the Year, Justin Bieber makes the cut for the controversy over whether or not his junk was Photoshopped in those Calvin Klein ads to make him appear, um, larger.  He denied it on Instagram.  Demi Lovato also is included for criticizing people's obsession with a "thigh gap."

Meanwhile, Selena Gomez, Pink and Kelly Clarkson are included for the way they hit back at body-shamers who took them to task for allegedly being too heavy.  Perhaps Pink said it best on Twitter: "I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off."

In a section called Stars' Real Bodies, five celebs show off their bathing suit bods with no Photoshopping or retouching.  One of them is Jordin Sparks, who lost 50 pounds a few years ago, but says she's not stressing over her other imperfections, real or imagined. 

"I'm good with my thighs touching. I grew up in a family where we have meat on our bones and I'm used to that," she says, and also admits to having stretch marks, which she calls "tiger stripes."  While she looks great, don't expect Jordin to post revealing body photos on social media either.  "I'm not on Instagram to show you what I have," she notes. "I'm there to show you what my life is like!"

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Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsYou know those stars who say they never expected to be famous? Katy Perry isn’t one of them. She freely admits that she always knew she’d be successful.

“Yes, I always knew it, it was blind ambition,” she tells Australia’s The Daily Telegraph. “This is what I am doing. Nothing and no one is going to get in my way. I’ve always had that mindset. My creative faucet doesn’t stop. I like putting all the things, all the lessons I have learned, and all the things I’m inspired by into songs.”

And even though she’s come a long way from her strict Christian childhood, she hasn’t been corrupted by fame. “I haven’t turned away from everything I learned when I was growing up,” she says. “My moral compass is still intact. I try to make decisions with integrity and respect.”

Katy realizes that a lot of her success hinges on the fans. That’s why she fully commits to a life on the road. Earlier this month, her Prismatic World Tour marked its one-year anniversary and it’s still going strong. The tour doesn’t wrap until October.

“Touring is important to me,” Katy says. “It’s like a big IOU to my fans because I know they are the reason I exist... I’m not saying I’ll always be on tour but it’s my life.”

And that grueling schedule can sometimes take its toll on her relationships. Her marriage to Russell Brand ended in 2011 when she was still on her previous California Dreams Tour, and she says they haven’t spoken since he texted her saying he was filing for divorce. Katy, who’s also dated John Mayer on and off, admits it’s difficult to maintain high-profile relationships with high-profile men.

“I think it can be for a modern woman,” she says. “I always thought you could have a relationship and success. For a modern woman it’s important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect. And it’s not two halves that make a whole. It’s two wholes that make a whole.”

Through all of her personal ups and down, Katy says she hasn't let fear hold her back.

“I’m one of those people that likes to be fearless,” she says. “We bungee-jumped in New Zealand on one tour. We go to water parks and do things like that because I have a little fearless invincibility streak in me. I don’t like to live in fear because that traps you and your voices. Fear is a control tactic in the world that is negative and depressing and I don’t want to be associated with it.”

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCWant to dress like the kick-butt characters in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video? You may have to visit a Los Angeles sex shop to do so. Shawn Gentry, director of operations for The Stockroom, tells the New York Post’s Page Six that the erotic boutique lent Taylor and her pals $13,000 worth of sexy clothing for the video shoot.

The flesh-colored latex dress Taylor wears in the first scene of the video retails for $235, and Selena Gomez’s black latex blouse retails for $360 and comes in more than 30 colors. Shawn expects the store may be able to capitalize on the video’s success. He’s already seen an uptick in online sales and customer service calls.

Shawn tells Page Six a rep from Taylor’s team came into the store about a month ago to pick out items for a secret client. He says he got more curious when the total price of the items soared past $10,000. He adds that Taylor’s team ended up keeping about $5,000 worth of the clothes.

And just to be clear, Shawn says no sex toys or pleasure items were pulled, only clothes.

Taylor can certainly afford to shell out thousands of dollars on outfits. According to Forbes, Taylor’s 1989 World Tour should put her on track to top $100 million in earnings this year, making 2015 her best financial year yet.

Her tour is set to include more than 75 dates across the globe. According to Pollstar, she has grossed nearly $2.5 million per tour stop in recent years. This time around, she's playing even bigger venues.

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Last week, Nicki Minaj gave fans a glimpse into the visual for "The Night Is Still Young," her newest single from The Pinkprint album. Now, the full-length version has surfaced online.

In the Asian-inspired clip, which premiered on Tidal, the rapper switches back to her pink wig and shows off her dance moves in a see-through pink dress and floral boots by Marc Jacobs. An over-sized moon attracts everyone to dance the night away while Nicki rides the back of a bike with fiancé Meek Mill.

The new visual follows a string of recent videos from Nicki including "Feeling Myself" with Beyonce and "Hey Mama" with David Guetta.

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Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Mariah Carey is in the thick of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where she's performing her Mariah #1 to Infinity show. Despite the glamorous stage show, the singer says not all is glitter and butterflies. Backstage, she says "a lot of funny things" happen.

"I'd rather not call them to the attention of the world, but let's just say behind the scenes, backstage, everybody's grabbing, everybody's taking your clothes, you're standing there and you're at the mercy of the people backstage so you have to have a great team with you," she explained on Friday's Live with Kelly and Michael.

Mariah also spoke about adjusting to living in Sin City with her two children, four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. "Well, we're living there and I have a house there for the kids, with a pool and a jungle gym and all the things that they want," she says, before adding, "But I'm still a New Yorker. I'll always be a New Yorker."

Mariah's Vegas show comes at the same time she released her latest album of the same name. The Grammy-winning singer said the songs are "all about feeling and just expressing your soul. That's what it's all about really. For me, music has always been my saving grace."

Mariah's show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was just extended through February 21.

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Aftermath RecordsEminem not only serves as an executive producer on the upcoming flick, Southpaw, but he also will contribute to the official soundtrack.

The rapper has recorded a song called "Phenomenal," which will be the first single from the film, starring actor Jake Gyllenhaal. A clip of the song can be heard in a commercial for Beats by Dre, in which Em raps: "When you feel like you’re running out of fuel / I’ll show you how to use doubter’s fuel / I am phenomenal."

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Southpaw follows Gyllenhaal's character, the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The film hits theaters July 24, co-starring 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora and Tyrese Gibson.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBCSam Smith is finding ways around his post-surgery talking ban. His friend and music producer, Jimmy Napes, tells the BBC Sam is using an app to help him speak after undergoing vocal cord surgery last week.

"He's got an app that speaks for him and it's like Stephen Hawking, where you type something in, except it's in a girl's voice -- which is hilarious,” Jimmy says.

Aside from having to stay silent for the next couple of weeks, Jimmy says Sam is doing well and getting some rest. The singer had the operation at Boston's  Massachusetts General Hospital last Thursday. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

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Brian Bowen Smith His ex-girlfriend Jordin Sparks may have moved on with rapper Sage the Gemini, but Jason Derulo tells Billboard it would take “a miracle” to get him back into a relationship.

The singer has been single since he and Jordin broke it off last fall after dating for three years.  While at first the split appeared to be amicable, Jordin has since publicly hinted at some lingering bitterness. She implied Jason had leased, not bought, the BMW he gave her as a gift. He responded by posting the bill of sale on Instagram, a post he's since deleted.

“I do get tired of playing nice,” Jason says. “Especially when people think I did something wrong, or that she broke up with me. But it’s so behind me.”

Now, he jokingly says his love life looks like “a deck of cards” and says he’s “having a good time getting to know people.” He rejects Tinder as a way of meeting people and instead believes the gym is the best place to meet women. Hint for the ladies: He prefers the Equinox in L.A.’s Encino neighborhood.

Jason also adds that the celebrity dating scene in rife with publicity stunt matches. He says the show Empire gets that aspect of the biz exactly right. “That happens all the time,” he says, but doesn't elaborate further.

Jason’s not looking to date as a publicity stunt -– in fact, he’s not looking for anything serious at all. He’s married to his career at the moment. “You can’t pull me out of the studio,” he says. He estimates he wrote more than 100 tracks for his new album, Everything Is 4, though he managed to whittle that number down to 11.

“Songwriting is a muscle,” he says. “The more you do it, the better you get at it.”

The tracks on Everything Is 4 include collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban, Meghan Trainor, and Jennifer Lopez. It comes out June 2.

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ABC/Randy HolmesGood news, Katy Perry fans. The singer’s manager reportedly revealed that Katy’s next album will be released next year.

According to Indian website Radio and Music, manager Steven Jensen spoke about Katy’s intentions for her new album at the All That Matters music and entertainment conference in Singapore this week. “She plans to release her next album by 2016,” he was quoted as saying.

Jensen also hinted that after the new album is released, Katy would likely tour Asia again, and include dates in India.

Katy's winding down her long-running Prismatic World Tour in October. Her last album, Prism, was released in 2013.

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ABC/Kelsey McNealNick Jonas and Jason Mraz will both be featured on the upcoming season of DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions.

The show features intimate live performances and interviews with different artists, and is hosted by music journalist Nic Harcourt. Its nine-episode 10th season will debut on May 29.

Nick will be featured on the June 26 episode, while Jason will appear on the July 24 episode. This season will also feature Lifehouse, The KillersBrandon Flowers and country icon Dwight Yoakam.

Guitar Center Sessions airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network.

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Ben Watts"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event included a performance from Ed Sheeran, who teamed up with Kermit the Frog for a version of "The Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie.

One Direction was also on hand to urge viewers to donate, but did not perform.

The telecast also featured celebrities from film and TV, including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

 

 

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Michael Becker / FOXNick Fradiani has been your new American Idol for just over a week, but the fact that he won at all surprised a few people.  After all, he's from Connecticut, and nobody from the Northeast had ever won the competition before.  Not only that, but Clark Bentson, the eventual runner-up, had been the frontrunner all season.  So how did Nick do it?  With the support of his hometown, and the compelling nature of his Idol journey.

"When I tried out, you start looking up all the Idol stuff and I remember telling my mom, 'Mom...They say if you’re from where we’re from, there’s just no shot,'" he tells ABC Radio.  "I’m like, 'I just hope I can hang around a little bit.'...and I think what happened was Connecticut, especially my hometown, just got behind me so intensely. It was almost amazing. I mean, my hometown visit...12,000 people showed up in Guilford."

"I think people really just connected well to what I was trying to do, and I guess I overcame that stigma of being from a certain place where you can’t win Idol," he adds.  As for overcoming the obstacle of being the dark horse to Clark's frontrunner, Nick says he had an edge because viewers enjoyed watching his journey, and saw him improve week after week; Clark, meanwhile, was amazing right off the bat.

"He came out of the gates and it was just like, boom, Clark won. You know what I mean?" Nick laughs. "Or boom, Jax won. And they both were at this high level and I kind of started out as like, 'I’m good too, but I’m gonna do this for a couple weeks and it’s just OK.' People want to see growth. It wasn’t a planned thing, it just kind of happened, and I’m just so happy it did."

Of course Nick is happy: he gets to make an album, and release it on Big Machine Records, home to Taylor Swift.  He says he's spoken "very briefly" with Idol mentor and Big Machine boss Scott Borchetta about the project, adding, "I’m gonna be in Nashville for a lot of June, so I think we’re gonna really start focusing on the writing at the point -- who I’ll be writing with, who will be writing for me."

"I’ve been a songwriter for many years and Scott knows that so he’s looking to get me into some good co-writing sessions and I think I’ll have a better idea in a couple weeks," he adds.  Nick says he'd love to write with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and has been "really pushing them to try to have him help co-write."  As for what the project will sound like, he says his coronation single, "Beautiful Life," is a good indication of the sound he's going for.

This Sunday, Nick will be singing the national anthem at the 26th annual National Memorial Day Concert, airing on PBS, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, and coming up, he'll appear on the CMT Awards.  These special gigs are things that only the winner of American Idol gets to do -- a bonus that Nick says he never actually considered before.

"At first I was just like, whatever, I’m in the top three, whatever happens, happens," he tells ABC Radio. "But I’m seeing how important it was to win. The things that are happening right now, all these different things I’m doing, it’s really incredible."   

You can see Nick on the American Idol Live tour this summer, starting July 7.

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