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Taylor Swift: Guys Don't Realize What's Involved with Dating Me


Mario Testino for British VogueTaylor Swift is probably many a man's dream girlfriend, but the singer says that that's because they're not fully aware of what it's like to be her boyfriend.

Speaking to British Vogue, Taylor says, "I don't think any guy really… They think that they would want to get to know me, and maybe date me, but I don't think they want what comes with it."  And what comes with it?  Basically, pandemonium.

"I don't know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can't protect his girlfriend because that's the life she chose," she explains. "I just don't see how it could work, so I don't think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself."

In fact, says Taylor, "Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can't picture how it could work with the way my life is."

Taylor's life right now is all about promoting her upcoming album, 1989, which is her first official pop record.  She tells British Vogue, "With this album I've completely changed the sound of everything I've done until now. So it's interesting to not be afraid of that." 

Noting her decision to label the album as pop, she says, "You know, I don't want to hurt people's feelings, I don't want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist."

Taylor's full interview with the magazine will be available for download October 3 and on newsstands on Monday.

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Rihanna to Present Designer Tom Ford with Award at amfAR Gala


ABC/Richard HarbaughRihanna has worn the creations of the world's top designers, and now she's going to present one of them with a special award.

E! Online reports that the singer will honor Tom Ford at the The Foundation for AIDS Research's Inspiration Gala, scheduled to take place on October 29 in L.A.  She'll present Ford with amfAR's Award of Inspiration in recognition of the work he's done to combat the AIDS crisis. 

E! quotes Rihanna as saying, "Tom has inspired so many aspects of my art over the years, not to mention his clothes give me a real bad attitude. His commitment to the cause and commitment to amfAR is truly admirable." 

Previous award winners include Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Fergie, and James Franco.

E! reports that Gwyneth Paltrow will host the gala, and Sharon Stone is expected to participate in the night's live charity auction.

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Ariana Grande Partners with Bottled Water Brand WAT-AAH!


Image Courtesy WAT-AAH!Ariana Grande has inked her first big endorsement deal: it's with WAT-AAH!, a bottled water brand aimed at young people.  But she's not just helping to sell the product: she's their business partner as well.

“Living a healthy lifestyle is so important to me, and this is one of the reasons I chose to partner with WAT-AAH!,Ariana says in a statement. “My fans are my everything and, because of this, I could only endorse something I believe in. Also, I love drinking water and I want to inspire my fans to do the same. Now as a partner in the company, I am excited to share WAT-AAH! with everyone!”

As part of the deal, Ariana gets a long-term equity partnership in the company, and will be the face of the brand's new campaign, "OWN YOUR FUTURE," encouraging kids and teens to take charge of their health by hydrating with a beverage that has no sugar or sweeteners.  It's packaged in 100% recycled containers, and comes in still and sparkling varieties, as well as in a range of flavors.

The company's CEO says that Ariana perfectly embodies the "OWN YOUR FUTURE" concept because "she is entirely her own creation. Her determination, creativity, business savvy, and mastery of social media has landed her at the top of her profession inspiring millions of kids and teens worldwide.”

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Are "Cheek to Cheek" Atop the Chart


Streamline/Interscope/ColumbiaIf you're one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, recording an album of jazz standards with an 88-year-old is probably one of the biggest artistic risks you can take.  But in this case, that risk has paid off in spades for Lady Gaga.

Cheek to Cheek, Gaga's duets album with singing great Tony Bennett, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  It's her second #1 in less than a year; her most recent solo release, ARTPOP, also topped the chart last November.  As for Bennett, he's now the oldest living act to earn a #1 album, beating a record that he set back in 2011, when he topped the charts with his star-studded disc Duets II.  Gaga also appeared on that record, singing with Bennett on "The Lady Is a Tramp."

"I'm so proud to have the #1 album in the country, with the greatest guy I know," Gaga tweeted, adding on Instagram, "So happy today, it's like dream. Somebody pinch me, but don't wake me. Heaven, I'm in heaven." Those last words, of course, echo the opening lines of the song "Cheek to Cheek."

Country star Kenny Chesney's latest album, The Big Revival, arrives at #2, while last week's #1, Barbra Streisand's Partners, slips to #3.

Jennifer Hudson's new album JHud enters at #10.  It's her third top-10 release, making her three for three as far as top-10 albums go.

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Colbie Caillat Books TV Appearances in Support of "Gypsy Heart"


Kurt IswarienkoColbie Caillat's new album Gypsy Heart is in stores now, and soon she'll be all over your TV -- and in a theater near you.

Colbie will perform on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, and on Monday, she'll be on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.  On October 10, she'll appear on The Meredith Vieira Show.

Colbie's also got a new song called "In Love Again" that will be featured in a key scene of The Best of Me, the upcoming movie based on the book by Nicholas Sparks.  That film is in theaters October 17th; the soundtrack is out October 7.

Meanwhile, Colbie's song and video for "Try" continue to grow in popularity: the video, featuring Colbie and other women going without makeup, has racked up 25 million views.  According to her record company, the song was recently praised by no less a songwriting legend than Carole King, who called it "not only melodic and moving...[but] sociologically important.”

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With New Movie & Music on the Way, Jordin Sparks Is "Doing Great," Will "Come Out of This Stronger"


ABC NewsIt's an exciting time for Jordin Sparks: her latest movie, Left Behind, arrives in theaters on Friday, and she's preparing to release her first new music in five years.  Having to deal with the fallout from her breakup with Jason Derulo at the same time has been challenging, but as the star tells ABC News Radio, she's getting through, thanks to support from what she calls the three "Fs": her family, her faith and her fans.

"I'm actually doing great considering all the craziness," says Jordin. "So it's been good...all I can do is smile, you know?  It's life.  Things happen and, you know, you move on and you get better and you grow from it."

"Right now, actually, I'm definitely leaning a lot on my family," she adds.  "They have been so instrumental in all the craziness in my career thus far, so, whenever something goes crazy, or something unexpected happens, I'm like, 'Hey, mom, can you come out to California?'" 

In addition, Jordin says, "My brother has been checking up on me every day, multiple times a day.  He's so sweet. And I definitely rely on my faith.  You know, I have the hope that there is a plan for my life and that there are better and more amazing things happening and that I'm just gonna come out of this stronger."

While Jason has given several interviews telling his side of the story, so to speak, and has even issued a statement about the break-up, the one-time American Idol champ says she feels no need to put in her two cents.

"You know, when you answer things that haven't even been said yet, it kind of just, kinda makes people go, 'Well, wait a minute, I didn't even think about that,'" she explains. "So, for me I'm just like....you know, there's not really anything for me to say."

Thanks to all the support she's getting from her fans, Jordin doesn't really feel any pressure to discuss what happened, either.  "I've always had that support from them and I definitely feel it now," she tells ABC News Radio. "You know, they're just like, 'Hey, we're here for you.  Don't worry.  We're so excited for your music.'  And I just can't wait to give that to them." 

"I think that'll be my gift to them, in a way.  You know, 'Thank you so much for sticking by me these past five years and' -- well, past eight years really --  'thank you so much for, you know, sticking by me when times get tough!'"

The music Jordin is releasing will be her first official material since her album Battlefield came out in 2009, and she says she can't wait to show people how she's changed as an artist.

"I want to be able to introduce people to the newer, more grown-up me.  It's been five years...I'll be 25 in December, you know, it's a big growth spurt!" she explains. "So, I'm like, 'I don't want to scare them but at the same time, maybe that would be good!'  But I want my other fans to know that it's still me.  So, we're really trying to figure out that point, but we definitely have the goal of having music out this year.  So it's coming!"  

Meanwhile, catch Jordin in Left Behind, a new thriller that also stars Nicolas Cage, when it opens on Friday.

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Britney Spears Is No. 7 on McAfee’s "Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity" List


Denise TruscelloIf you search the name Britney Spears online, there’s a 18.19 percent chance you’ll click on a page that tests positive for viruses and other malware. That's according to a new study by the virus fighters at McAfee.

Britney is ranked seventh on McAfee’s list of the Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014.

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is number one. According to McAfee, you have an 19.38 percent chance of landing on a malicious website if you search his name.

The DJ Armin van Buuren is number two on the list.  Ciara is third.

Voice coach Blake Shelton is ranked sixth and Jon Bon Jovi has the eighth spot.

Christina Aguilera rounds out the top ten.  There’s a 16.67 percent chance of clicking on a malicious website if you search her name.

"Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy," said McAfee's Gary Davis.

"Cybercriminals capitalize on consumers' attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data," Davis added.

Other artists in McAfee’s top 50 include Jason Derulo (No. 24), Carrie Underwood (No. 47),  Iggy Azalea (No. 20), Flo Rida (No. 4), 50 Cent (No. 13), Jay Z (No. 26), Chris Brown (No. 28), Paul McCartney (No.29), Jennifer Lopez (No. 31), Pitbull (No. 34), Jessie J (No. 44), Rihanna (No. 45), Justin Timberlake (No. 46), and Pharrell Williams (No. 49).

Here's McAfee's top-10 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014:

1. Jimmy Kimmel -- 19.38% chance of downloading a virus.
2. Armin van Buuren -- 19.33%
3. Ciara -- 19.31%
4. Flo Rida -- 18.89%
5. Bruce Springsteen -- 18.82%
6. Blake Shelton -- 18.47%
7. Britney Spears -- 18.19%
8. Jon Bon Jovi -- 17.64%
9. Chelsea Handler -- 17.22%
10. Christina Aguilera -- 16.67%

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"The Voice" Recap: The Four Coaches Pursue Cracker Barrel Fan


Trae Patton/NBCIt was the fourth night of the blind auditions on The Voice Tuesday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams each added new artists to his or her team, including one contestant on a mission to visit every Cracker Barrel restaurant in America.

Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:

Katriz Trinidad, 15, opened the show with a rendition of the Etta James classic "At Last." Blake, Gwen and Pharrell pressed their buttons at virtually the same moment. Pharrell then stood up for the rest of the performance. He practically begged Katriz to join his team, saying he's been dreaming of working with an artist like her on his label. Though Blake argued that he's enjoyed a lot of success with teenagers on the show, Katriz made Pharrell happy by choosing him.

Ethan Butler of Chicago played "Beneath Your Beautiful," by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé, on his guitar. Adam and Blake battled for Ethan. Adam praised his guitar playing and his soulful voice. Blake said Ethan is "more than ready" for the competition. Adam chimed in he was confident Ethan would pick him over Blake -- and that's exactly what Ethan did.

Tanner Linford returned to The Voice stage after auditioning last season. Blake scooped him up after he sang the Alison Krauss tune "When You Say Nothing At All." Both Gwen and Pharrell were surprised to learn that the voice they'd heard had come from a boy, and not a girl.

Jean Kelley, who lost her mother as a child, took on Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone." Toward the end of the performance, Gwen and Blake turned around. Blake said he was unsure of Jean until she hit a powerful note late. He pushed the fact that he's won the show three times, but Jean decided on Gwen.  

All four coaches fought over Chris Jamison, a 20-year-old triplet who covered John Mayer's "Gravity." Gwen told Chris he was a "freak of nature" due to his age, looks and talent. Adam said Chris packed a lot of emotion into his performance, but advised him to scale it back a little. Pharrell, on the other hand, praised the contestant for letting go. Chris is now a member of Team Adam.

The Voice went country when Craig Wayne Boyd sang "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" by Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart. He drew interest from Pharrell and Blake. Pharrell admitted he wasn't familiar with the song, but he liked the ad-libbing he heard. Boyd selected Blake due to his country background.

Toia Jones belted out the Adele ballad "One and Only." She had the option of teaming up with either Adam or Pharrell. Pharrell won out; Toia told the cameras backstage that she felt an "instant connection" with him.

Gwen expanded her group with Amanda Lee Peers, who sang ZZ Ward's "Put the Gun Down."

At this point, the show quickly recapped three more contestants who advanced: Gianna Salvato, who joined Team Gwen; Rebekah Samarin, a member of Team Adam; and Grant Ganzer, who will be mentored by Blake.

The final artist of the night was Jonathan Wyndham, who's on a mission to visit every Cracker Barrel location in the U.S. He convinced all four coaches to press their buttons with his performance of "Say Something" by A Great Big World. Gwen commented that it sounded sincere, but she can help him with his stage presence. Adam complimented Jonathan on his "delicate vulnerability." Blake said he could feel the desperation in Jonathan's voice. Jonathan picked Adam.

As it stands now, each coach has 10 artists on his or her team, and has two more spots to fill.

The blind auditions will wrap up next Monday night on NBC.

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Grammy Eligibility Ends Today...So Who'll Get Nominations?


Courtesy of The Recording AcademyWhen Taylor Swift's album 1989 comes out October 27, it may set the charts, and the cash registers, on fire, but it won't be receiving a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.  That's because the cutoff for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is today, September 30.  So any music that was released between October 1, 2013 and today can be nominated, but Taylor will miss out.  So, who are the most likely candidates for Grammy love? Billboard has a roundup.

In the Album of the Year category, Billboard says Beyonce's self-titled surprise album has a good shot, while other possible contenders might include Ed Sheeran's X, Ariana Grande's My Everything, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Katy Perry's PRISM and Pharrell Williams' G I R L.

For Record of the Year, Billboard says Idina Menzel's Frozen anthem "Let It Go," Pharrell's "Happy," Taylor's "Shake It Off," Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" might make the cut.

For Song of the Year, which is a songwriting award, "Stay with Me" is a contender, as is "Sing" by Ed Sheeran, "All of Me" by John Legend, Sia's "Chandelier," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and possibly Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."

Sam Smith is a no-brainer when it comes to a Best New Artist nod, according to Billboard, and Iggy Azalea might also make the cut.  By the way, U2's free iTunes album Songs of Innocence has been ruled eligible for nominations, but the publication doesn't think the Academy will show Bono and the boys much love.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out February 8 and air live on CBS.  Nominations are usually announced in December.

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Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" Now Exists in a Booty-Free Version


Epic RecordsWhat would Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass" be without its constant references to booty?  It'd be the same song, with different lyrics...and it's now an actual thing.

Billboard reports that an edited version of Meghan's #1 hit has been produced for those radio stations who might be uncomfortable with the more racy lyrics of the original track.  For example, in the edited version, instead of "Yeah, my mama, she told me, 'Don't worry about your size' / She says, 'Boys like a little more booty to hold at night,'"  Meghan now sings, "She says, 'Boys like the girls for the beauty they hold inside.'"

Even lyrics that don't mention booty have been changed in the edited version.  Instead of "Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two / But I can shake it, shake it, like I'm supposed to do," Meghan now sings, "But Imma make it, make it, like I'm supposed to do."  Even the "all the right junk in all the right places" line has been changed to, "I'll be the star on all them big stages." 

But according to Billboard, Meghan herself chose the revised lyrics and re-recorded the song of her own volition.

Creating an edited version of a song to increase its chances of success is a common practice.  How big would Cee Lo Green's 2011 song have been if the title and lyrics hadn't been changed to "Forget You"?

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Jordin Sparks to Honor Stevie Wonder in Memphis Next Month


Credit: Troy JensenJordin Sparks has been tapped by a music industry group in Memphis, Tennessee to perform at “A Soulright Evening,” which will honor music legend Stevie Wonder.

Jordin will be joined by R&B singers India.Arie, Sharon Jones and Ledisi [LEH duh see] at the event, which will take place Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. at the city's Cannon Center.  The women will perform Wonder's hits in tribute to him, but he himself will also serenade the crowd.  The whole event will raise money for The Consortium MMT, a music education and mentorship program.

Rickey Minor, the music director for Jordin's alma mater, American Idol, will direct the evening.  He says in a statement, "Stevie Wonder is one of the most prolific artist and songwriter of our time. I'm so happy that these incredible ladies have joined us in the celebration of his storied career. It will certainly be, ‘A Night to Remember.'"

Tickets for the event are available now via Ticketmaster.

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Pink Releases Yet Another Track from You + Me Project, Kelly Clarkson's a Fan


Credit: Eliot Lee Hazelrose ave., the debut album from Pink's new musical side project, You Me, arrives October 14, and she's just released yet another preview track.

The song, "Capsized," is the latest taste of the mostly acoustic project, which Pink recorded with her friend Dallas Green, a singer/songwriter who records under the name The City and Colour.  A lyric video is now available. Previously, they released the song "You and Me," and another track, "Break the Cycle."

Pink's been a fan of Green's for several years.  After she meet him through her husband, Carey Hart, Pink invited Green to her house in L.A. to write a few tunes.  When they ended up knocking out eight songs in a single week they decided to do an entire album together.

Pink's project already has a celebrity fan: Kelly Clarkson.  After Pink posted "Break the Cycle," Kelly tweeted, "Beautiful! Love that you always do what you love! Can't wait to hear the album :)."

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Pharrell Issues Animated Video for "It Girl"


Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell is showing off his love for animation in the trippy video for his new single "It Girl," lifted from his critically acclaimed album, G I R L.

"I'm so excited to share this with you... Enjoy my new video for 'It Girl,'" he tweeted on Tuesday.

In the video, posted on his YouTube page, the singer, in his signature Vivian Westwood hat, takes on various animated forms, which include retro video game and anime renderings.  At one point, Skateboard P treats his cartoon girlfriend to a shopping spree, in which he suggests clothes and accessories for her.

The artsy visual was produced by Takashi Murakami and directed by Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro.

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    Lorde Gushes Over Taylor Swift's Support


    Francis Specker/CBS; Jon LeMay/ABCThe latest installment of the Lorde/Taylor Swift lovefest is now available on Twitter for your viewing pleasure.

    After Lorde released her new single "Yellow Flicker Beat," Taylor tweeted a photo of a notebook that had some of the lyrics to the song written in it, and captioned the photo, "Proud."  Lorde replied by reposting the photo, and then writing an essay about how important Taylor's support of the song has been to her.

    "This girl was the first person i played yellow flicker beat to, and she was instantly obsessed with it/would make me play it to our other friends in her kitchen like a proud mom," Lorde wrote. "in return i make her put on my favorite jams from her new record and flail around wildly/smile like a crazy person."

    "it's the coolest thing in the world having friends who make incredible music AND having them cheering you on when it's time for your own to be released," she added. "So pumped for them to hear [Taylor's album] 1989." Lorde finished with the hashtag "#iheartswift."

    It's fitting that Taylor would be supportive of Lorde's efforts to create a song for a Hunger Games movie.  After all, Taylor had not one but two songs on the soundtrack of the very first installment of the film series.


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    Gwen Stefani to Debut New Single on "The Voice"


    Art Streiber/NBCSure, The Voice offers a chance for undiscovered talent to get major exposure, but it also offers a chance for the show's coaches to push their latest projects.  Case in point: Gwen Stefani. 

    Gwen's manager tells Billboard that the No Doubt frontwoman will select what will be the lead track from her forthcoming solo album -- her first in eight years -- and she'll perform that tune on The Voice later this season.  Gwen is currently working on the album in Miami with her fellow coach Pharrell Williams.

    However, according to Billboard associate chart director Gary Trust, that song's already been determined.  He tweeted that a new single from Gwen called "Baby Don't Lie" will arrive October 14.

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    Kelly Clarkson's First Hit was Neil Patrick Harris' Wedding Song


    Monty Brinton/CBS Kelly Clarkson's first hit, "A Moment Like This," provided a special moment at Neil Patrick Harris' recent wedding.

    As the actor recounted Monday night on The Late Show with David Letterman, his pal Elton John performed at his wedding to David Burtka in Italy earlier this month, but it wasn't Elton who played the song the couple had their first dance to.   "He introduced our first dance, which was super-fun," said Harris.  "And our first dance was....do you know Kelly Clarkson's 'A Moment like This?'"  "Oh, do I!" Letterman replied, getting a huge laugh.

    Harris then continued, "We loved American Idol season one, we were Team Kelly, and that was always kind of our song.  So we started dancing to it and we had it planned: we had a firework guy, and so when the song crescendos....fireworks are supposed to go off!  Very exciting, right?  But we're in a tiny town in Italy, so I'm figuring like, the local fireworks dude, I don't think he's gonna be exactly timed to the second....but sure enough, it happened perfectly!"

    As Harris showed off a photo of the moment, Letterman cracked, "Take that, Clooney!"

    So far, Kelly hasn't responded to Harris' anecdote.

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    One Direction Accused of Musical Plagiarism, Again


    SYCO/ColumbiaEver since One Direction has been on the radio, they've faced accusations by critics that many of their hits sound like songs by other artists.  Now, a fellow artist -- Hayley Williams of Paramore -- is calling them out over their brand-new single, "Steal My Girl."

    First, you may recall that 1D's hit "What Makes You Beautiful" has often been criticized for sound like "Summer Nights" from Grease; "Best Song Ever" has been compared to "Baba O'Riley," by The Who; and "Live While We're Young" recalls "Should I Stay or Should I Go," by The Clash.  Oh, and let's not forget "Midnight Memories," which many have said rips off Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me."  As for Hayley, she thinks "Steal My Girl" is a ripoff of a somewhat more obscure tune by the band New Found Glory.

    "Beginning of that new 1D song couldn't sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory's "its not your fault" but..." she tweeted, and then added the popular visual meme of Kermit the Frog sipping tea: code for "...but that's none of my business."

    Williams added, "I realize that I'm gonna get hate from a very large fanbase for that. But really, it has more to do w/ whoever pitched or cowrote the song."  As she predicted, the hate tweets started immediately.

    Hayley, however, was only agreeing with the man who recorded "It's Not Your Fault" -- Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory -- because he thinks 1D's single rips off his song, too.  He tweeted, "Props to the @onedirection "steal my girl" single for reworking the "it's not your fault" piano part into a top 40 single. Let me get a cut."  After he, too, was bombarded by hate tweets, Gilbert responded by writing, "Wow did not realize this was gonna be a story. It's not a story. My original tweet was a joke anyway. Music influences music. No one cares."

    Gilbert did, however, call out 1D for not telling their fans to back off.  "Your fans spew the most racist/homophobic/sexist hate I have ever seen on the Internet... You have a platform to change that," he tweeted to them.

    The intros of "Steal My Girl" and "It's Not Your Fault" do sound very similar, but you could also argue that both of them sound like they ripped off a completely different song: the 1983 hit  "Faithfully," by the classic rock band Journey.

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    Colbie Caillat Reveals Her "Gypsy Heart" Today


    Republic RecordsOver the summer, Colbie Caillat released a five-song EP introducing fans to some of the new songs that would appear on her upcoming album Gypsy Heart.  Now, the full album has arrived, and Colbie says its title reflects different sides of her musical personality, and the different sides of her, as well.

    First, Colbie says Gypsy Heart sums up the dual nature of her personality: she's not able to settle on one or the other. "You know, I can never make a decision," she tells ABC News Radio. "I love being in Hawaii but I love coming to New York.  Like, I love being in Hawaii, wearing a bathing suit, no makeup; and I love being in New York, wearing gorgeous outfits that my stylist picked out for me and having really cool hair and makeup done.  It's fun.  So I think it's something I always battle with myself...which version of me am I gonna be today?"

    Musically, Colbie says, "I wrote 60 songs [for the project], so half of them are more, like, very produced and more pop-sounding. And I wanted to combine them, and to me, that sums up Gypsy Heart:  It's a love for all things and all styles."

    The reason Colbie had 60 songs, half of which were pop-sounding and half that weren't, is because after she initially wrote and recorded an organic, folky-sounding album which she loved, her record company rejected it, and told her to go back into the studio and come up with more pop songs.  At first, she was devastated -- the experience inspired her latest hit, "Try" -- but she eventually ended up loving the tunes she came up with for Gypsy Heart.  Part of the reason was the fact that she worked with super-producer Babyface on both batches of songs.

    "I had pigeonholed him into being one type of producer or songwriter and I don't know why," she tells ABC News Radio. "And when I had my first session with him, we wrote a folk song, and then the next song, we wrote, it's called 'Just Like That,' and it's a R&B pop song."

    "He can really produce any genre, and write any genre and his recording quality -- it sounds better than any song and any record I've ever made," she gushes. "So, he's my favorite!"

    As for what will become of all the songs that Colbie wrote and then scrapped, she says, "Some songs probably will never be heard, some songs I hope to give to other artists, and there are, I think, for sure, seven songs that I plan on releasing." She says she's not sure when we'll get them, but adds, "I'm sure they'll be out at some point, because I love them!" 

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    Nicki Minaj to Host MTV European Music Awards


    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj not only has four MTV European Music Awards nominations, she's also set to host the big festivities on Sept. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland.

    The rapper made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of herself sitting on a regal throne, wearing a black dress and ornate crown. The caption reads: "So excited to announce that I will not only perform, but I have the honorable task of HOSTING this year's MTV European Music Awards!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The show will shoot in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND for its 20th Anniversary ON NOVEMBER 9th!!!! Find us @mtvema and Vote at mtvema.com."

    The news comes after the Harajuku Barbie scored her first number-one song in the U.K. thanks to her rap with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on "Bang Bang."

    Pharrell and Eminem will also perform on the MTV EMAs.

    As far as nods, Katy Perry leads with seven. Pharrell raked in five nominations, including Best Song for "Happy." In addition, Eminem and Iggy Azalea received four nods apiece, including one each in the Best Hip Hop Artist category.

    This year's 20th anniversary ceremony will air on MTV channels worldwide. Voting in now open at TV.MTVEMA.vote

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    Maroon 5: "We Don't Really Care If Fans Pay for Our Music"


    Peter Kramer/NBCWhen your favorite band puts out a greatest hits record, it's annoying to be expected to purchase the same songs you already have again, right?  Well, Maroon 5 feels your pain: not only do they plan on charging less for their future best-of, but they think it's cool if fans decide not to pay for any of their music, period.

    Speaking to the U.K. website Digital Spy, Adam Levine says, "If our next record is a Greatest Hits record, we may write a few original songs and put them on there, and maybe we'll only charge what it would cost for the new songs, and make it an inexpensive album. Why would somebody have to buy a Greatest Hits if they already have those songs?"

    Adam insists that Maroon 5 wouldn't even mind giving away all their music for free, like U2 did with their most recent album, Songs of Innocence.

    "We don't really care if our fans pay for our music...I think our agenda as a band is getting our music to as many people as possible," he explains. "I literally don't care how they support us, as long as they do. If you love a band and want to hear their music, obtaining it for free is okay with us. If they're compensating in some way like buying a T-shirt or a ticket is important to us, but as far as the music is concerned..."

    "We're in the position to do that," adds guitarist James Valentine, who admits he was a "little jealous" of U2's free album stunt. "I do worry about up-and-coming artists, and how they're struggling to make ends meet, to get support and make a living. But for us, I'd love for everyone on the planet to have our music."

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    Join  the Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Thursday, October 2nd for Abendmusik Alexandria’s Folk-Tale and Fauré.

    Pianist Elena Bogaczova joins RSO cellist Paul Christopher for a program that includes Folk-Tale by Arnold Bax, Glissées for solo cello by Isang Yun, and the Second Cello Sonata by Gabriel Fauré.

    The doors will open at 5:30 PM, and the concert will begin at 6:00 PM in the Hearn Stage of the Kress Theatre in Alexandria’s Cultural Arts District. There will be a cash bar and appetizer plates from the Diamond Grill available for $5.

    General Admission $10

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    The 2nd Annual Alexandria Lions Club Garage Sale. October 4. 7:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.

    Dunbar Plaza Parking Lot on Parliament Drive. Clothes, furniture, books, dishes, etc.

     


    UMW Fall Festival

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    30 Booth of Handmade Arts & Crafts for Sale Along With a BBQ Lunch, Food Booths & the Pumpkin Patch

    Public is Invited. Call 640-1050 For Info.


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    The Running Man Dash is an annual fun run and walk put on by Anytime Fitness to promote staying active in Cenla. The fun run/walk will be held in honor of Maddie Norris and to help build awareness about her disability. It will have obstacles including a colored chalk station, and a Slip-N-Slide. The event will be fun for all ages. We encourage you to make teams, come up with fun team names, and wear costumes. The Running Man Dash will be held at beautiful Buhlow Recreation Area. All proceeds from the race will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Help us build awareness about cerebral palsy by participating, or making a donation

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