Taylor Swift Dresses as "Pegacorn" for Halloween


Credit: Sarah BarlowNot just any costume will do for Taylor Swift: she had to dress as a mythical creature for Halloween.The singer Instagrammed a photo of herself standing in an elevator, wearing a white fuzzy top and pants with a tail, a set of wings and a headpiece with two ears and a long horn.  She captioned it, "Cause, darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a PEGACORN. #HappyHalloween!"A "pegacorn" is a cross between a winged horse -- a Pegasus -- and a unicorn.  In August, when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Taylor took part in the show's recurring "EW!" sketch, playing a girl named Natalie who displayed a drawing she made of a pegacorn.As for the caption of Taylor's Instagram photo, that's reworking of a line from her new song "Blank Space" -- the real one is, "'Cause, darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream." Cause, darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a PEGACORN. #HappyHalloween!A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:49am PDTFollow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Katy Perry's Halloween Costume Was Flamin' Hot


ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry fans know that the singer's preferred snack food is Flamin' Hot Cheetos.  In fact, she loves them so much, she dressed as one for Halloween.Katy Instagrammed a photo of herself dressed as a giant, individual Flamin' Hot Cheeto -- her bright orange costume completely encased her body from her head to her knees, and her face peeked out through a hole.  If you weren't sure what she was supposed to be, she made it easy by carrying a purse made from a Flamin' Hot Cheetos bag.MTV reports Katy sported the costume at a Halloween party given by actress Kate Hudson.As for Katy's penchant for the snack, she once said in an interview that after her breakup with her ex-husband Russell Brand, she was so numb that she was "like, just eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that's it."  And in her video for the #1 hit "Dark Horse," she's seen eating from a huge bowl of them, which is pretty odd, considering the video's set in ancient Egypt.Katy was very pleased with herself and her costume: she captioned her Instagram photo "IDFWU" and added  "*drops mic.*"  "IDFWU" is a reference to the new single by Ariana Grande's boyfriend, rapper Big Sean, and by quoting it, Katy's basically saying that she's pretty much on another level when it comes to Halloween costumes. IDFWU *drops mic*KATY PERRY (@katyperry) taraf?ndan paylas?lan bir fotograf - surada: Eki 10, 2014 at 1:13ÖÖ PDTFollow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Adam Levine: Blake & I Won't Leave "The Voice" 'Cause We're "Greedy"


Trae Patton/NBCWhile the coach lineup on The Voice has changed numerous times since the show debuted, one thing has remained the same: the dynamic duo of Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, whose "bromance" has been charming viewers for seven seasons now.  But Adam says there's a good reason that he and Blake haven't taken a season off from the show as other coaches have done: money.Speaking about Christina Aguilera's impending return to The Voice, Adam tells the TV show Extra, "I'm so excited she's coming back. She’s kind of like that anchor to the original crew, which I love. The one thing that's cool about the show that I love, and it's fun, is it's constantly changing. Blake and I have stuck around forever, because we're greedy."In addition to Adam, Blake and Christina, the other coaches have included Cee Lo Green, Shakira, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani.  Pharrell is returning for the eighth season to coach alongside Adam, Blake and Christina.While Adam was likely joking about his reasons for sticking around on The Voice, he seems genuine about the reasons why he loves being married to his new wife Behati Prinsloo.  "I think really, at the end of the day, if you find the right person, it's the best," he tells Extra. "It's like life gives you a person and you find that person and it's like, 'Thank God.' That's how I feel."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gavin DeGraw Recalls Halloween Costume that Traumatized Him at Age Five


James Minchin III/RCA RecordsHe's 37 years old, but Gavin DeGraw says he's still haunted by the memories of a Halloween costume he was made to wear at the tender age of five."I don't think I've ever had a really cool Halloween costume," he tells ABC News Radio. "In kindergarten, my mother dressed me up as a sailor, and that was the early days of the button fly, before that was cool. And I remember hearing the 'I see London, I see France' song. I was five years old, and I'll never forget that -- so, no more sailor outfits for me."OK, so what's Gavin, whose new best-of album is out now, going to dress up as this year? "I'm not sure what I'm going to be this year," he says. "But I guarantee to you it will have a zipper fly, not a button fly."  As it happens, Gavin doesn't have a concert on Halloween Night, so whatever he ends up going as will likely remain private.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Phillip Phillips Reveals Which Violent Halloween Activity He Finds "Therapeutic"


Credit: Nick WalkerWhat's your favorite part of Halloween? Dressing up?  Trick-or-treating?  For Phillip Phillips, it's taking a knife and plunging it into the soft, yielding flesh...of a pumpkin.Recalling childhood Halloweens, Phillip tells ABC News Radio, "I used to love dressing up as a cowboy or Batman or a zombie or whatnot. Halloween's fun. [But] I like carving the pumpkins. For some reason it's very therapeutic for me."Wait, it's therapeutic to take a sharp knife and cut a pumpkin to pieces?  According to Phillip, yes."I just figured this out last year," he tells ABC News Radio. "And, you know, I was carving the pumpkins, and I was just, like, so calm while I was doing it!  I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' I think I even carved another one! I'm gonna carve at least a couple this year."Phillip, who also enjoys scooping out the guts of his pumpkins and placing candles inside, jokes that wielding a knife makes you "feel like you're king of the world."  But don't get him wrong: he also likes the other aspects of Halloween as well."Plus there's the candy," he laughs. "I can just clog my arteries!"  Phillip is currently out on an extensive tour in support of his current album Behind the Light, but he doesn't have a show on Halloween night.  His tour resumes Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Says She's Cool with Being Single


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIn a new cover story for British Cosmopolitan's December issue, Taylor Swift talks relationships -- or lack thereof.The 24-year-old told the mag she's perfectly content to be single at this stage in her life. "People will say, 'let me set you up with someone,' and I'm just sitting there saying, ‘That's not what I'm doing. I'm not lonely; I'm not looking.'...They just don't get it," she said.The "Shake It Off" singer said she also realized that dating someone doesn't define you. "I've learned that just because someone is cute and wants to date you, that's not a reason to sacrifice your independence and allow everyone to say whatever they want about you," she said. "I'm not doing that anymore."The singer said she just can't picture any guy fitting into her life right now."It'd take someone really special for me to undergo the circumstances I have to go through to experience a date," she said. "I don't know how I would ever have another person in my world trying to have a relationship with me, or a family. The best answer I can come up with now is ‘go at it alone.' Life can be romantic without having a romance. I'm very attracted to how happy I am now."Just because Swift is single doesn't mean she's alone. She's got a plethora of gal pals to hang with, including Lena Dunham and model Karlie Kloss, not to mention millions of super fans.Taylor's new album, 1989, came out Tuesday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift's New Single: "Blank Space"


ABC/Lou RoccoYou probably aren't sick of Taylor Swift's two most recent tracks -- "Welcome to New York" and "Out of the Woods" -- just yet, but she's got another single coming down the pike.Taylor's record label announced Thursday that her next single from 1989 -- the official follow-up to "Shake It Off" -- will be "Blank Space."  It'll hit radio November 10.The song is the second track on 1989, and like "Shake It Off," it's a collaboration with superproducers Max Martin and Shellback.  In the song's lyrics, Taylor pokes fun at her reputation as a serial dater, singing, "You look like my next mistake/Love's a game, want to play?" and "Got a long list of ex-lovers/They'll tell you I'm insane/'Cause you know I love the players/and you love the game.""Blank Space" is also the song that inspired the name of Taylor's new perfume Incredible Things -- one of the lyrics is, "I could show you incredible things."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, OneRepublic Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Award


Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry, Justin Timberlake and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.JT is a finalist in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  He's competing against the latest tours by One Direction and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  Justin and One Direction are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.Katy Perry's PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It's also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy's on-tour partnership with Staples.OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."One Direction competes against two of the most legendary music acts of all time -- Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones -- in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose First Round in Copyright Infringement Battle over "B


Interscope RecordsA judge in California is allowing a case to move forward that alleges Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a Marvin Gaye classic to write their smash "Blurred Lines."U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by "Blurred Lines" writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one had and, and the Gaye family and Gaye's publishers on the other.In Thursday's ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family's musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between "Blurred Lines" and copyright protected elements of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case. The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke's 2011 track "Love After War" and Gaye's 1976 track "After the Dance."The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs. In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office -- not other elements of the recordings themselves -- will be relevant at trial.A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bruno Mars Announces New Single with Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk"


Credt: Kai Z. FengFirst, the good news: Bruno Mars is releasing a new single.  Now, the bad news: it's not from a new Bruno Mars album.  Still, the news is pretty exciting:  Nruno took to Instagram to reveal that the new single, "Uptown Funk," is a collaboration with his friend, famed producer Mark Ronson. "Dear friends and family, for the past year, my buddy Mark Ronson has been secretly working on his album. I had the privilege to hear some of the material early on and I was blown away!!," Bruno writes. "Even though I was on the road I told him I had to be part of it. After countless sessions and sleepless nights, we somehow managed to write a couple tunes that I am so proud of and couldn't be more excited for you guys to hear."Bruno concludes, "Sooooooooooo, with that being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the first single off his amazing project is coming out on November 10th."  Mars includes the artwork for the single in the post, which depicts what looks like a close-up of a speaker.  It's billed as "Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars."Mark Ronson may be best known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, but he also worked with Adele on her first album, as well as with Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and dozens of other artists.  He and Bruno are friends because he worked on Bruno's album Unorthodox Jukebox, including the single "Locked Out of Heaven."Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Rocks NY's Times Square on ABC's "GMA," Calls "1989's" Huge Sales a


ABC/Fred Lee"Welcome to New York!" That's what Taylor Swift sang to her adoring fans Thursday morning, as she shut down New York City's Times Square for a concert on ABC's Good Morning America.It's been a busy week of non-stop promotion for the singer, who's been everywhere promoting her new album, 1989. "You guys, I'm having the best week of my life thanks to you, so thank you!" she told the crowd, as they cheered and screamed.1989 is on track to sell more than a million copies in its first week, and Taylor told ABC's Robin Roberts how grateful she is that fans are liking her new music.  "It's astounding to me how many people have decided to invest in this album and welcome it into their lives," she said. "I'm seeing everyone on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr posting pictures with their albums, and it makes me so happy. 'Cause I worked for this for two years, and for them to want to listen to my stories from the last two years of my life is the most insane honor!"Taylor also appreciated the fact that many of her fans went to great lengths to be front-and-center for Thursday's concert."It's just so amazing to be here and to have the fans all here and to have them sing the words to this new album of music," she laughed. "It's unbelievable, you guys are so fast at learning lyrics!  And I wanna thank everybody who camped out late last night.  There are a lot of people who slept over on the street in Times Square, so thank you for doing that."Taylor will be back in Times Square New Year's Eve to ring in 2015 as part of the annual ABC special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  The singer, who moved to the Big Apple not long ago, was just appointed a Global Welcome Ambassador for New York, and she spoke about how much she loves her new hometown. "I'm new to town and so I'm so excited about them including me in the tourism board, because everywhere I go, I'm just like, 'You need to go to New York!'" she told Roberts. "'Cause it's my favorite place in the world, it's my favorite city in the world and I'm so happy to get to play in Times Square -- what is my life right now!"Taylor also thrilled fans by teasing that a tour announcement is coming soon.  "I am gonna be going out on tour again. Very soon," she said. "We're in the early stages of planning the actual show, but I'm really excited about announcing things when I can announce them. But just know, it's going to be happening soon!"In addition to "Welcome to New York," Taylor also sang "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" during her GMA concert.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Train Premieres Retro Video for "Cadillac Cadillac"


Courtesy Columbia Records"Angel in Blue Jeans," the first video from Train's new album Bulletproof Picasso, was a mini-Western.  Their latest video, for their new single "Cadillac Cadillac," has just premiered on VH1.com, and it's a retro-flavored clip with a bit of a Mad Men vibe.The video, set in the late '50's or early '60s, takes place on a soundstage where lead singer Pat Monahan is shooting a Cadillac ad: he's the star of the ad, and his female co-star sits in the front seat of the Caddy, giving him the eye. The rest of the band play photographers shooting the ad. Just as Pat and his co-star are about to kiss, he falls into a deep sleep and begins dreaming about walking through a fantastical landscape filled with dancing women.  Finally, his frustrated co-star wakes him up by throwing a glass of water in his face.The "Angel in Blue Jeans" video will be available on VEVO on Friday, and will make its TV debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT.Get More:Train, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Cadillac, Free Music VideosFollow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Colbie Caillat's Halloween Goes to the Dogs


Kurt IswarienkoWhile everyone is trying to come up with the perfect Halloween costume for themselves, Colbie Caillat is much more focused on choosing the perfect outfits for some very special individuals: her dogs."I don't actually like to dress up myself," she says. "I feel bad, because I dress my dogs up.  It's just so much fun!"Colbie has several dogs and she says she created a memorable costume for one last Halloween."I have this little white mutt, and he's really grumpy, and last year I dressed him up as Oscar the Grouch," she laughs. "We got this dog-friendly green spray paint and sprayed him and put him in a trash can and it was really fun."This year, she says, she has no special dog-centric costume plans.  "I just want to be home and pass out candy!" she says.Colbie's current album Gypsy Heart is out now.  She'll launch another tour in support of the disc in 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Facebook Study: Taylor Swift, Elvis, Bon Jovi Unite Republicans & Democrats


Credit: Sarah BarlowIn the run-up to Election Day, Facebook has released a new study comparing the cultural similarities and differences between Democrats and Republicans, based on which fan pages both groups "like" on the social network.  When it comes to music, it turns out that there are very few acts who are liked equally by Democrats and Republicans, but Taylor Swift is one of them.Facebook compiled its study by first looking at users who "liked" the campaign pages of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.  Then, it cross-referenced those with what other pages those people liked on Facebook, to see which musicians were disproportionately liked by one party's supporters versus the other.  The study revealed that some acts, such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, Adele and Alicia Keys are disproportionately liked by Democrats versus Republicans.  Artists who are liked more by Republicans are nearly all country acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.  The most polarizing acts are The Beatles -- who are most liked by Democrats -- and country legend George Strait -- who is most liked by Republicans.But those musical acts who bridge the gap include Taylor, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Nickelback, country legends Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and classic rock giants AC/DC and Metallica.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

American Authors Plan Costume Bat-Stravaganza for Halloween Show


Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors is currently out on the road as part of the Honda Civic Tour, and they've got a show Halloween night in Minneapolis.  The band plans to take full advantage of the holiday show by staging an over-the-top costume extravaganza with one central theme: Batman.American Authors frontman Zac Barnett tells ABC News Radio that the entire band is planning to take the stage dressed, not as the Caped Crusader, but as classic Batman villains.  "I'm thinking about being Two-Face," he tells ABC News Radio.  "[Our bass player] Dave is going to be the Penguin. [Our drummer] Matt will be The Joker. We have, like, an extra backup musician who plays with us, his name is Taylor, and he's going to be the Riddler because he kind of looks like a Riddler."Referring to their lead guitarist, Zac says, "James, we're still not sure yet. We're kind of thinking Mr. Freeze or -- depending on how hot it gets on stage --with a mask he'd be a good Bane, because he's definitely the biggest guy out of the group. He could make a good Bane." Now, if you saw The Dark Knight Rises, you know that Bane wears a mask that covers his mouth, but Zac says James doesn't sing much, so it won't be a problem.However, there is one very notable Batman villain that Zac admits no one in the band has the guts to take on, costume wise: Catwoman."We were talking about that but I don't know if anyone wants to step up as Catwoman quite yet," he tells ABC News Radio. "I just don't know if any one of us are ready to get on stage in a full-on spandex Catwoman suit."  American Authors will close out the Honda Civic Tour November 11 in Connecticut, and then will appear on VH1's You Oughta Know all-star concert in New York on the 13th, along with Sam Smith, A Great Big World and other rising young acts.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio <a class="twitter-follow-button" href="https://twitter.com/ABCNewsRadio">Follow @ABCNewsRadio</a><script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script></br>Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Loves the "Energy Level" of a "Good Morning America" Live Performan


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift's been seemingly everywhere promoting her new album 1989, and she'll wrap up her hectic week Thursday morning with a Good Morning America performance in New York's Times Square.  The star says appearing on the ABC morning show has become a tradition for her."I don’t know if it would feel like release week if I didn’t do a Good Morning America performance in the middle of New York," she says.  She says it's "pretty wild" to perform on the show, adding, "So many fans travel from across the country to get up at the craziest hours of the morning and wait and stand in line and make signs...it’s an energy level that is...nothing can prepare you for it."This week, Taylor appeared on Good Morning America -- Thursday will mark her second appearance of the week -- as well as The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MTV and The Voice.  All her hard work is paying off: 1989 is now on target to sell as many as 1.2 million copies in its first week.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Celine Dion Ready to Return to the Stage...but When?


Denise Truscello/Caesars EntertainmentAfter postponing all her performances and appearances indefinitely to care for her ailing husband, Celine Dion is looking to return to the stage.  However, nobody knows just when that will happen.Robin Leach at The Las Vegas Sun reports that Celine has told Caesars Entertainment bosses that she'll resume her residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas, saying, "I’m getting ready to come back to work. I want to. I’m prepared to restart the show.”   He also reports that Celine's husband Rene, who's battling throat cancer, is making "good progress."However, it's not known what the timing will be for her return.  Elton John has extended his contract with Caesars Palace and is scheduled to take over some of the dates that she previously vacated.  Leach says a source told him that news of Celine's return means "the pressure is off in trying to find [other] replacement artists for her."In addition, Leach reports that rumors that Jennifer Lopez has received a mega-million-dollar offer to do a residency at a Caesars property is just that: a rumor.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jennifer Lopez Writes of Being "Mentally, Emotionally, Verbally" Abused in Past


Matthias Vriens-McGrath/FOXThe new issue of People magazine features an excerpt of Jennifer Lopez's new book True Love, a memoir which discusses, among other thing, her infamous love life, which includes three ex-husbands and a broken engagement to Ben Affleck.  In that memoir, J-Lo writes that she felt "abused" in some of her past relationships, though not in a physical sense.According to People, J-Lo writes in True Love, "I've never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I've felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally."She tells People that the book is all about lessons she's learned in her relationships -- and the most important one is, as she put it, "We’re not victims in this life.""I had to learn to take care of myself and know my worth," she tells People. "When things are not working out, and you're not being treated in a way that you want to be treated, you have to look at that because it's nobody's fault but yours. You have to take control and you have to set up your own boundaries. You have the power to change it." J-Lo says that her ex-husband Marc Anthony has read the book and his reaction was, "Wow, I didn't realize you were going through this whole journey.'"  She adds, "We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that's the best thing for our kids."  The two singers have six-year-old twins, Max and Emme.Jennifer says she didn't intend the memoir to delve into her relationships at first.  "It started out as fan book, a diary of the years I went on tour," she explains. "But it turned into something else. As I started looking at things, it helped me face a lot. I would never go into specifics about my relationships, and I don't. But the idea was that I learned something."You can read the full excerpt in the new issue of People, on newsstands Friday.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Donating Money from "Welcome to New York" to NYC Public Schools


ABC/Lou RoccoHow much does Taylor Swift love New York?  So much that she's giving a huge chunk of change to the city's children.  Well, indirectly.Appearing on ABC's The View on Wednesday, Taylor talked about her recent move to Manhattan and how it had inspired her.  "It feels like being unique is celebrated here," she noted.  "The song....the fans were wonderful enough to make it #1 on iTunes, and it's selling really, really well, which is good, because I'm donating all of my proceeds to New York City public schools!"  She got a huge round of applause for that.It's no wonder that Taylor was recently appointed the "Global Welcome Ambassador for New York City.""Welcome to New York" has just entered the Billboard Hot 100,  debuting at #48.  She's now had 62 songs chart on the Hot 100; the only woman who's had more is the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who has 73.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga's New H&M Holiday Campaign Ad to Premiere Nov. 25


Courtesy H&MLady Gaga and her duet partner Tony Bennett are the stars of H&M's new holiday campaign, and the extended version of the commercial they shot together will premiere on the clothing retailer's website on November 25.The ad features the two artists performing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," from their album Cheek to Cheek. The director of the commercial says, "We were inspired by the glitz, glamor, and opulence of the 1940's Big Band era. The mood is one of festive celebration shot through with a strong sense of fashion and an underlying humor. It is intriguing, curious, exuberant, audacious and filled with wonder.”In the promotional photos that have been released from the campaign, Gaga poses in a huge curly dark wig, an oversized sweater and stockings, with no pants.  Bennett is, of course, wearing a black tuxedo and a bow tie.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio