Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Unwrap New Holiday Ad for H&M


Courtesy H&MLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have unveiled their new commercial for H&M's new holiday campaign.  Called "Magical Holidays," the one-minute, 40-second spot features Gaga and Bennett as just one element of a special holiday party.The clip starts with a woman, back to the camera, carrying a gift-wrapped box down a hall. Then we see a couple making out in the back of a bus, which opens up to reveal a band on a ship, with a female captain giving gifts to a family.  We travel through the porthole in the ship, and we're in a log cabin, where a bunch of young people are partying in front of a roaring fire.  One woman climbs a staircase to the attic, and pops out of a gold box, dressed in a glamorous outfit, into a ballroom where elegantly attired people are dancing in front of a stage.Finally, 40 seconds into the ad, we see Gaga and Tony onstage. She's wearing a huge curly wig and a dark green dress; he's wearing a tux.  They dance for a bit, and then sing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," one of the standards from their jazz album Cheek to Cheek.  As they finish the number, the camera pulls out to reveal that the whole scene has taken place inside the box that the woman in the first scene was carrying down the hall. The woman, now revealed to be Gaga in heavy eye makeup and a white fur hat, replaces the lid and walks out of the room and back down the hall.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

Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Holiday Video for "Wrapped in Red"


RCA Records"Wrapped in Red" was the title cut of Kelly Clarkson's 2013 holiday album, but she's finally gotten around to shooting a video for it.  The clip is now available for viewing exclusively on Amazon.The video incorporates old home movies of kids playing in the snow, unwrapping presents and decorating trees, with snowy winter scenes, and shots of Kelly singing in a few different settings: in a studio lit by light bulbs, against a red background with Christmas decorations and against a hazy white background.Earlier this year, Kelly posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose visiting her on the set of the video shoot. She captioned it with the hashtag "#babysfirstvideo."You can buy Wrapped in Red in a variety of formats at Amazon, but over at Walmart, you can purchase a special CD/DVD bundle that includes both the album and a copy of Kelly's 2013 NBC Christmas special Kelly's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.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

Joni Mitchell Put the Kibosh on Film that Would Have Starred Taylor Swift as Her


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female musicians Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.  There was also word that Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made.  Now Mitchell is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones. It’s just a lot of ­gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.’"  She also said that she didn't agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller.  "There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions,” Mitchell tells The Times.In October of 2012, Taylor said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, ""I wish I could say it's confirmed! But the thing about movies that I've learned is -- I've been reading scripts for five years, and you just don't know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren't, so I can't talk about it unless it's the real thing."Girls Like Us would've been Taylor's first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day.  She finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.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

This Year, Meghan Trainor's Thankful for Her "Dream"-Like Life


Epic RecordsHeading into Thanksgiving, Meghan Trainor certainly has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.  Not only did she score one of the biggest hits of 2014 with "All About That Bass," but her new album is coming out in January, followed by a headlining tour, and a Grammy nomination may not be out of the question.  No wonder she describes her life as "a dream."Asked what she'll be most thankful for this year, Meghan tells ABC News Radio, simply, "Life.  My songs, and all this happening.  This is incredible."  She adds, "Everything is a dream. It's like a movie."In fact, Meghan says she's eager for all the cool stuff she's getting to do -- like presenting on Sunday night's American Music Awards -- to be documented for posterity. "My brother was saying he should maybe just tape a GoPro to his head for wherever we go," she laughs. "Because, like, we meet cool people every day, it's ridiculous!"  You can catch Meghan performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday on NBC.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

OneRepublic Offers New Charity Remix, Chance to Win a VIP Tour Experience


Courtesy Coca-ColaOneRepublic has teamed up with Bono's (RED) charity campaign and Coca-Cola to offer a remix of their new single "I Lived" that will raise money for a good cause, and you can join in and win some great prizes.Proceeds from downloads of the "I Lived" remix will go to the (RED) Global Fund, specifically to its latest campaign, called Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation, which is working to fight mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  In connection with that, the band is also offering fans the chance to spend a day with them and live like a VIP.If you visit Omaze.com, you can donate money for chances to win the grand prize: you and a guest will fly to join the band at the tour stop of your choice.  You'll get a VIP backstage tour, go to the soundcheck and hang out with the guys and then watch the show from VIP seats."We're proud to be part of the (RED) campaign this year and are looking forward to spending time with a winning fan" said OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.Depending on how much you donate, you can also receive cool merchandise, like OneRepublic t-shirts, hoodies, autographed albums, guitars and more.Ryan, who's friendly with Bono, tells People magazine that teaming with the U2 singer's (RED) charity was a no-brainer, adding, "It made sense. The nature of our song 'I Lived' lined up with the whole theme of their campaign."   The song itself, says Ryan, was written about his four-year-old son, Copeland."He knows the song is about him. He loves it. He loves this song," says Ryan. "He's always into whatever is the most recent song that we've done. So right now, he walks around singing 'Love Runs Out' cause that was our last single. Before then, it was 'Counting Stars,' and now it'll be 'I Lived.'"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

Ariana Grande "Silly Beyond Belief," According to Bette Midler


ABC/Kelsey McNeal; Warner Bros. RecordsAriana Grande's sexy dance moves go over well with her fans, but music legend Bette Midler is calling out Grande and other young pop stars for using their sex appeal to sell albums.In an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph Midler, 68, bemoaned the state of today's female artists while discussing her latest album, It’s the Girls, a compilation of covers of the girl bands of her youth. She calls what's happening today "terrible.""It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous," she explains, adding, "I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it."Midler stresses that she doesn't think it's Ariana's fault. She believes the "Problem" singer's managers are at the bottom of it."I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager," Bette says. "Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold."Midler thinks artists have the freedom to do whatever they want these days, but that's not always a good thing.  "Whatever strictures there were have fallen apart," she tells the newspaper. "And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts."Midler acknowledges that she could be the one who's out of touch, but adds, "I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I don’t know how you sustain it."Midler's advice for a young woman who wants to get into show business today: "Trust your talent," she advises. "You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t."It’s the Girls features The Divine Miss M tackling songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and others.  The album also includes a cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”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 

Stuff Yourself Silly on Billy: MSG Network Plans All-Billy Joel Thanksgiving Day


Courtesy Library of CongressIf watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade or football isn't your thing, you may want to spend your holiday on Thursday watching The Piano Man instead....over and over again.Starting at 8 a.m. The MSG Network is airing A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon, an entire day's worth of programming dedicated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  You can watch six concert events, as well as a 30-minute documentary about Billy's residency at Madison Square Garden.  This summer, he'll set the record for most shows performed at the legendary venue by a single artist: 65.Among the concerts that will be airing are Live from Rome, The Last Play at Shea, Live from Yankee Stadium, Live from Long Island, The River of Dreams and Live from Shea.  Each special will be repeated throughout the day, and the whole thing wraps up at 2 a.m. on Friday.  Check your local listings for more details.Your browser does not support iframes.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 Will Skip Traditional Eating Contest This Thanksgiving


Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors will have a couple days off this Thanksgiving to reflect on their successful year, which has been fueled by their hit "Best Day of My Life."  But unlike past years, the New York-based band says they won't be indulging in one of their usual Thanksgiving traditions: competitive eating at a local buffet restaurant."This will be the first Thanksgiving I think we're not actually going to be together," guitarist James Shelley tells ABC News Radio. "For every other Thanksgiving for, like, the last seven years, we go to Old Country Buffet -- OCB -- and we have an eating contest. And there's no prize, except your stomach hurts for four days."So who usually wins this so-called eating contest?  "Usually our crew," laughs drummer Matt Sanchez.  "Though in the end, no one wins."  "But it's a true American Thanksgiving," notes James. "On one plate you can have pizza, tacos, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, Jell-O and a piece of cake."  "And turkey!" adds singer Zac Barnett.Zac gets serious, though, when he considers what the band will be thankful for this Thursday."I guess thankful for such an amazing past two years," he tells ABC News Radio. "We've pretty much been on the road nonstop. We've never had any time to really sit back and reflect on it all. So while we're not taking that much time off, it'll going to be really nice to look at it all and just think back on all the touring. 'Cause I know even now when we're talking about it, it'll be like, 'What show was that? Where was that? Who was there?' So it's always really cool to think back on the amazing events and things we've done since it all began."  American Authors have been in Germany this week, but they're flying back to the U.S. to do a series of Christmas shows starting November 30. Those shows will take them all the way through the end of December.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

Stevie Wonder Honored with Medal of Freedom at White House Ceremony


ABC/Lou RoccoPresident Obama on Monday honored 19 individuals, including Stevie Wonder,with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.At the White House ceremony, Obama noted that Wonder’s classic 1972 album Talking Book had a profound impact on him when he was growing up.“This is, by the way, the first album I bought with my own money. I was 10 years old, maybe 11...with my own cash!” the president recounted, as the singer sat beside him. “I didn't have a lot of it.”“And I listened to that thing -- that thing got so worn out, had all scratches -- young people, you won't remember this, but you had albums and they got scratched,” Obama added.The honorees also included actresses Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas.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

"The Voice" Recap: New Mentors Advise the Top 10


Trae Patton/NBCThe top 10 artists on NBC's The Voice were back in the spotlight Monday night, again performing for viewers' votes.Helping the contestants in rehearsals were four new mentors. Fall Out Boy singer and Sing-Off judge Patrick Stump assisted Adam Levine's team; on-again, off-again Voice coach Christina Aguilera tutored Gwen Stefani's team; Colbie Caillat dispensed advice to Blake Shelton's crew; and Motown legend Diana Ross teamed up with Pharrell Williams' artists.The two-hour broadcast began with the top 10 singing a medley of Rascal Flatts songs.The Voice later featured footage of the artists meeting with legendary record executive Clive Davis, who was also in attendance for the live show.Matt McAndrew of Team Adam delivered the first individual performance of the night: a rendition of the Coldplay hit "Fix You." Patrick urged him to show more confidence during the lyric, "Tears stream down your face."   Following Matt's performance on The Voice stage, Blake said Matt has the drama, range, and stage presence. Gwen said Matt's last note was unlike anything she'd heard from him before. Adam said his artist did Coldplay proud.The first member of Team Gwen to enter the spotlight was Anita Antoinette. Christina immediately remembered her from her brief appearance during season three. Anita put her reggae spin on the Passenger single "Let Her Go."Pharrell marveled at Anita's resiliency after she was rejected on the show several seasons ago. Gwen said Anita took over the song, adding that it sounded like something Anita would record.Team Adam's Damien performed "You and I (We Can Conquer the World)" by Stevie Wonder. Patrick warned him in rehearsals not to constrict his air flow while singing.After Damien received a long applause from the studio audience for his live performance, Pharrell said the artist's family members in attendance must be so proud of him. Adam said he felt the entire crowd "get on board" with Damien.Team Blake teen Reagan James sang a more poppy version of the Iggy Azalea rap hit "Fancy." Colbie suggested to Reagan in rehearsals that she stop at one point in the song and make contact with the studio audience.In critiquing Reagan's live performance, both Adam and Blake gave her credit for taking on such a complicated song. Blake called it Reagan's best showing to date.Team Pharrell's Luke Wade covered the Otis Redding song "Try A Little Tenderness." Diana recalled her experiences with Otis, and said Luke's performance needs to come from his soul and his heart.Adam said Luke bounced back after a rough outing last week. Pharrell simply said it was a job well done by Luke.Craig Wayne Boyd of Team Blake played the Johnny Cash classic "I Walk the Line" on an acoustic guitar.Pharrell said there's no artist like Boyd in the competition. Adam declared that it was obvious Boyd has become "crazy, crazy good." Blake described Boyd's performance as "magic."Gwen assigned Ryan Sill the Muse song "Starlight."Adam said Ryan has been going through the process of what he wants to be as an artist. Pharrell added that it's been interesting to watch Ryan's journey on the show. Gwen called Ryan's performance beautiful.Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey belted out Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Diana advised her in rehearsals to visualize singing it to the house band's music.Gwen said DaNica never messes up. Blake proclaimed this was the best live Voice show he's ever seen. Pharrell said his "mind is blown" to think of how far DaNica has come.Team Gwen's Taylor John Williams sang The Beatles classic "Come Together." Christina told the cameras that Williams has to "own" the song on stage.Blake observed how much fun Williams had during his live performance. Pharrell said it was one of the "craziest" performances the coaches have seen this season. Gwen admitted she was worried about the song choice, but thought it worked out. She said if she was 15 and in high school she'd have a crush on Williams.Chris Jamison of Team Adam closed out the show with "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Patrick told Chris he should slur some of the words to give them a bit of an edge.Gwen said Chris commanded the stage. Adam said he usually has artists on his team who are not afraid to try something different.Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, which airs on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.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

"Voice" Pals Gwen & Pharrell to Team for "Paddington" Movie Song


Trae Patton/NBCGwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams just can't stop working together.  Pharrell worked on Gwen's upcoming album, and now Deadline reports that the two will team up to co-write and perform an original song called "Shine" for an upcoming movie.The film, Paddington, is based on the popular bear character from children's books, and it'll arrive in theaters nationwide January 16 after a limited release in December. Of course, Pharrell's last effort for a movie worked out pretty well: "Happy," from Despicable Me 2, earned him an Oscar nomination.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

Robin Thicke, U2 Among GQ's "Least Influential People" of 2014


Credit: Harper SmithU2 is one of the biggest bands in the world, and last year, Robin Thicke had one of the biggest songs of the year, with "Blurred Lines."  This year, GQ magazine has named both artists to its list of the "30 Least Influential People of 2014.In fact, U2 and frontman Bono tops GQ's list, because they "collaborated with Apple to strong-arm their new album [Songs of Innocence] into your iTunes library without your consent."  The magazine adds, "The worst part was the way both Apple and U2 treated this, like it was some kind of noble gift to The People; in fact this was a $100 million marketing campaign."As for Robin, he's on the list because he "reportedly cheated on his wife. Wrote an album named after her to get her back. Literally titled the first single 'Get Her Back.' Sold just 530 copies of the (sh***y) album in the U.K. in its first week. Still getting divorced."Adds the magazine, "The rest of this cheeseball's career is our collective punishment for making 'Blurred Lines' popular. Let's ALL get a divorce from this man."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

Idina Menzel Announces World Tour


Tony Esparza/CBSIdina Menzel has been confined to New York City recently, thanks to her starring role in the Broadway musical If/Then.  But the singer has big plans for next year: she's venturing out on the road for a global concert tour.The North American leg of Idina's tour will begin July 7 in Richmond, VA, and is currently scheduled to wrap October 3 at the Hollywood Bowl.  International dates will be announced soon.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting December 5 via LiveNation and IdinaMenzel.com.  If you're an American Express or Citi cardmember, you can get early access starting December 1.Idina, who recently released her first Christmas album, Holiday Wishes, will receive the Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the upcoming Billboard Women in Music Awards December 12.Here are Idina's tour dates:7/7 -- Richmond, VA, Altria Theater 7/8 -- Baltimore, MD, The Hippodrome Theatre 7/10 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Resort Casino & Spa7/11 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 7/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center  7/14 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center 7/16 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts 7/17 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater  7/18 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live  7/22 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater 7/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater7/25 -- Orlando, FL, Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts7/26 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheater 7/28 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall7/30 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre 7/31 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion  8/1 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 8/5 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 8/7 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion  8/8 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 8/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre  8/11 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/12 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre8/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrop Auditorium 8/15 -- Nashville, TN, Venue TBA8/16 -- Chicago, IL, Jay Pritzker Pavilion 8/18 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 8/19 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre 8/21 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center  8/22 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 8/23 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre  8/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center 8/26 -- Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall 8/28 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  8/29 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood8/30 -- Canadaigua, NY, CMAC9/1 -- Montreal, QC, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place Des Arts9/2 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood BowlFollow --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

Sting to Join the Cast of His Musical "The Last Ship" Starting Dec. 9


Frank Ockenfels IIIThe idea was floated earlier this month, but now it's a reality: Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship, in an effort to help boost ticket sales.The New York Times reports Sting will take on the role of Jackie White, the foreman of a British shipyard, in the musical, which means he'll be in "about 40%" of the show.  His run starts December 9, and he'll do eight shows a week through January 10.  Despite decent reviews, The New York Times reports that the show has been losing $75,000 per week since it opened September 29.Sting told the newspaper because he's been working on the show for so long, he "knows all the lines and lyrics after all these years," so it's not as though he's unprepared.  He also told the Times he'd bare his butt "in Macy's, if it will help our show."Jeffrey Seller, lead producer of The Last Ship, tells The New York Times the show needs "a boost...some ammo."  He says he asked Sting to join the cast, with an eye towards keeping momentum going long enough so that the show can win a Tony award in June.Sting can't remain in the show indefinitely, however: he's scheduled to resume his tour with Paul Simon January 30 in New Zealand.A week ago at a red carpet event, when asked if he'd be appearing in The Last Ship, Sting said, "Don't think I need to be at the moment."  Obviously, that has changed.  He also told reporters, regarding the show's good reviews versus its lagging ticket sales, "We fight a battle every night and we win that battle hands down in the theater, and that word of mouth is great.  But it's a challenge, y'know.  It's not an easy world, Broadway, it's tough. But I'm having the time of my life, I'll tell ya!"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 

Initial Dates for The Script's 2015 Summer U.S. Tour on Sale Now


Columbia RecordsAfter releasing their new album No Sound Without Silence, The Script have put initial dates for their 2015 U.S. tour on sale.  Mary Lambert will be joining the band for the trek, which kicks off May 26 in Boston.Right now, the Irish trio has shows scheduled through June 7 in St. Louis, but more dates are expected to be announced.Meanwhile, the group has also released a video for "No Good in Goodbye," one of the standout tracks on No Sound Without Silence.This past summer, the band toured with OneRepublic and American Authors.Here are the tour dates:05/26 -- House of Blues, Boston, MA05/27 -- Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA05/30 -- Mandalay Bay Beach, Las Vegas, NV05/31 -- Fox Theater, Oakland, CA06/02 -- The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA06/03 -- Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ06/05 -- State Theater, Minneapolis, MN06/06 -- Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL06/07 -- The Pageant, Saint Louis, MOFollow @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 Lashes Out at One Particular "Sicko" Paparazzo


ABC/Paul TrantowThe Australian paparazzi allegedly wouldn’t leave Katy Perry alone, so now she’s turning the tables on them – and one photog in particular.In a Twitter post Saturday, the pop star singled out infamous paparazzo Jamie Fawcett as one of the men who confronted her at a Sydney nudist beach last week even as she pleaded for privacy. Perry claimed Fawcett stripped naked as he snapped the photos and she threatened to release her own pics of his “tiny penis” and “rather large gut.”“Ur a true sicko for taking pictures of us while being naked,” she tweeted.On Friday, Perry began her rant against the Australian press. “Australian PRESS: You should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY,” she wrote in a Twitter post.Perry, who is down under for her Prismatic world tour, said that instead of giving her space as she tried to have a quiet walk on the beach, the paparazzi attempted to make a deal with her. She said they told her if she gave them a bathing suit shot they would leave her alone. “This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this,” she wrote.Fawcett is reportedly notorious for getting too close for comfort with celebrities. In 2005, he was accused of bugging Nicole Kidman’s Sydney home. He denied the allegations but was ordered to pay $1 million in compensation.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 

2014 American Music Awards: The Performances


ABCWhile there were plenty of trophies given out during the 2014 American Music Awards Sunday night, the show was really all about the musical performances. There were 18 of them crammed into three hours, and here's a rundown of who played what:Taylor Swift opened the show with her #1 hit "Blank Space" and it was a huge production number.  It started with a scene from the song's video -- Taylor and her "boyfriend" sitting at either end of a long lavish dining table -- except it was suspended in mid-air, inside a giant picture frame. When she came down to earth, Taylor moved through several different scenes set in a mansion, but she was constantly followed by dancers holding empty picture frames.  Fire was another recurring theme: at one point, she held a rose that burst into flame, and then grabbed the flame with her hand, held it for a minute, and extinguished it.  Meanwhile, a background scene showed a hill on fire, and then fire exploded everywhere as the character Taylor was portraying got crazier and crazier.  "Got a long list of ex-lovers/they'll tell you I'm insane," she sang, whipping off her long skirt to reveal a gold bodysuit underneath.Charli XCX sang her hit "Boom Clap" dressed in a prom gown, on a stage surrounded by balloon arches.  Then, she segued into her song "Break the Rules" and ripped off the prom gown to reveal a two-piece rubber outfit.  Surrounded by backup dancers that looked like goth zombies, she grabbed her boobs and performed the song, ending by destroying a huge fake lollipop that said "Sucker" -- the name of her album --and popping all the balloons.  One dancer wearing a green rabbit mask lifted Charli up and she wrapped her legs around his neck, in a pretty racy move for the 8 p.m. hour.MAGIC! performed their hit "Rude" with Wyclef Jean, but the song was a bit of a train wreck: the audio seemed to disappear at one point, and Wyclef had a wardrobe malfunction with his jacket midway through.5 Seconds of Summer performed an energetic cover of "What I Like About You," a 1980s hit for the band The Romantics.  The song was initially most popular in Australia, which may be why the extremely young members of this Aussie pop/punk band are familiar with it.Imagine Dragons debuted their new single "I Bet My Life," and the effects they used were dazzling, incorporating lasers and video screens showing explosions and stars.  They were joined by a choir, and the entire performance seemed like one big onstage rave.Sam Smith performed "I'm Not the Only One," hitting all those falsetto notes perfectly; rapper A$AP Rocky joined him to deliver a rap interlude.Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX performed a snippet of their #1 hit "Fancy" in a set that featured Iggy standing behind a podium at a press conference, underneath a big sign that showed a cat's face, and then the word "Power." If you don't get it, we're not going to explain it to you.  Then, Iggy segued into her current hit "Beg For It," which featured her rapping in what looked like a giant jungle gym, with dancers and singers climbing all over it. At one point, her audio dropped out also, we assume to cover up some profanity.Lorde's performance of "Yellow Flicker Beat," from the Mockingjay-- Part 1 soundtrack, was show-stopping.  She began the number inside a white fabric box, which we only saw from the inside; the camera shot her in close-up, bathed in blue light.  As she continued to sing, the lights changed to pink, and then we got a shot of the stage: the box slowly rose to reveal Lorde, and a bunch of people dressed in white. They stood still as Lorde ricocheted around the stage, tossing her hair and putting her entire body into her performance.  At the end, she smeared her dark lipstick in an homage to her idol David Bowie, who's done that several times in his videos.Ariana Grande performed stripped-way-down versions of her hits "Problem" and "Break Free," accompanied only by piano, showing that she can really, truly saaaang.  She then performed a standard version of her current hit "Love Me Harder," joined by her duet partner, Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd.The show's host, Pitbull, started his performance with "Don't Stop the Party," and then segued into his current hit "Fireball," surrounded by about two dozen dancers and a giant fiery half globe, reflecting the title of his new album Globalization.  Then, Ne-Yo appeared and the two performed the song "Time of Our Lives."Selena Gomez sang her new single "The Heart Wants What It Wants" -- which may or may not be about Justin Bieber -- in front of a huge video screen showing, at various times, the moon, an eclipse, body parts bound with golden barbed wire, storm clouds and a pair of angel wings.  She appeared quite emotional as she sang the ballad, and in the front row, her BFF Taylor Swift looked like she was about to cry, too.The night's big winners, One Direction, sang their single "Night Changes" and they showed why they were outstanding in their field...literally.  The guys performed on a stage set that made it look like they were standing in the middle of a moonlit field, complete with grass and plants, with a lonely country road running into the distance.Lil Wayne and Christina Milian performed Wayne's new single "Start a Fire," and some of the audio was dropped out to cover up profanity.  That was followed by Nicki Minaj performing the ballad "Bed of Lies" with artist Skylar Grey playing piano and singing the hook.  Skylar's great at hip-hop ballads: she also co-wrote the Eminem/Rihanna duet "Love the Way You Lie."Josh Duhamel introduced his wife Fergie, about whom he said, "She makes cute babies," referring to their young son Axl Jack.  Fergie performed her new single "L.A. Love (La La)" in front of a psychedelically-colored bus, with tons of back-up dancers and a low-rider in the background.Garth Brooks performed live via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina, doing his new single "People Loving People."Mary J. Blige sang her new song "Therapy," co-written by Sam Smith, in front of a set that looked like an empty theater.Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj teamed up for a version of their collaboration "Bang Bang" which brought the house down: they sang from the stage and in the audience; at one point, Jessie sang standing next to Taylor Swift, who sang along.  Video screens showed fireworks as the women kept the vocal pyrotechnics going onstage.The show closed with Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez performing "Booty."  While there was a bunch of booty-shaking going on, both women were adequately covered in their bodysuits, and as they writhed around, colored, patterned lights obscured much of what they were doing.  Then Jennifer stepped outside the double-decker set where they began the song to perform a big dance number that was so energetic, it felt like an aerobics class.Here are the top five most Shazamed moments at the AMAs, according to Shazam, the song-tagging app:1. One Direction, "Night Changes": 52K Shazams2. Selena Gomez, "The Heart Wants What It Wants": 45K Shazams3. Imagine Dragons, "I Bet My Life": 36K Shazams4. Pitbull, "Fireball": 29.5K Shazams5. Sam Smith with A$AP Rocky, "I'm Not the Only One": 28K ShazamsFollow @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, One Direction Each Win Three at 2014 American Music Awards


ABC/Randy HolmesOne Direction may be British, but they dominated the fan-voted 2014 American Music Awards, which aired live Sunday night on ABC.The five Brits performed on the show and took home three trophies, including the most prestigious one, Artist of the Year.  Pronouncing the award "so, so cool," Liam Payne said, "It's amazing, because we worked so hard on these last two albums...we spent a lot of time writing the music and really going down and trying our hardest to really improve and make the music better and better." The group, whose new album FOUR just came out and has already hit #1 on the British charts, also won for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group, and for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, for their previous release, Midnight Memories.  "You guys have been absolutely incredible," said Louis Tomlinson about 1D's fans. "America has been so incredible to us, so thank you so much."Katy Perry also won three awards -- Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Single of the Year for "Dark Horse" -- but two of those awards were not presented on camera, and Katy wasn't in the house to accept, anyway.  She sent an acceptance video from Australia, where she's currently on tour.Beyonce, who was also not present, won two awards, as did Iggy Azalea, who was.  The Australian rapper was the leading nominee going into the event with six nods, but ended up with just the two trophies: Favorite Rap Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap Hip-Hop Album.  The album honor was, she said, "the first award I've ever won in my entire life," adding, "It means so much to me that it's for Best Hip-Hop because it's what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams, and it's what helped me, when I was a teenager, to escape and get through my life, and to better times."Later, when she was named Favorite Rap Hip-Hop Artist, Iggy, who's had to deny rumors about her, and defend and/or explain herself numerous times this year on Twitter, noted, "I think musicians receive so much critique, sometimes you question what you're doing.  And this really validates that I am on the right path."Iggy also performed three numbers on the show:  a medley of her hit "Fancy" with Charli XCX and her current hit "Beg For It," and then a sexy duet with Jennifer Lopez on "Booty."Taylor Swift wasn't eligible for any regular awards on Sunday night because her new album 1989 missed the eligibility deadline, but she still dominated the show, opening up the proceedings with an eye-popping performance of her #1 hit "Blank Space" that featured fire -- lots and lots of fire -- plus a dinner table suspended in mid-air. It was basically a reworking of the song's video, where she plays a woman crazed with jealousy.  Then, Taylor was seen numerous times dancing and singing in the front row with her buddies Lorde and Sam Smith.  Later on in the evening, she was presented with the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence by no less a legend than Diana Ross, and she used her acceptance speech to further her stance against her music appearing on online streaming services.Speaking about her last three albums all selling over a million copies in their first weeks of sale, Taylor told fans, "What you did by investing in music and albums...what you're saying is that you believe in the same thing that I believe it: that music is valuable, and music should be consumed as albums, and albums should be consumed as art, and appreciated."Sam Smith was named Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, and at the podium, the British star said, referring to his hit album In the Lonely Hour, "Last year, I wrote an album about being lonely, and tonight, I couldn't feel further from lonely, so thank you so much."Overall, it was a good night for non-American acts: in addition to wins by Brits One Direction, Sam Smith and Calvin Harris -- his category was presented off camera -- as well as Australian Iggy Azalea, the Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer was named New Artist of the Year.  Drummer Ashton Irwin said, "This really shows that a little band from Sydney can do great things, so thanks...you guys rule!"Country superstar Luke Bryan was named Favorite Male Country Artist and singer Brantley Gilbert won for Favorite Country Album, but the only country music performance came via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina: Garth Brooks was shown onstage live performing his new song "People Loving People."Ariana Grande was also shut out of any nominations or awards, but was still a big presence on the show.  She performed stripped-down versions of her smash hits "Problem" and "Break Free," sang her latest hit, "Love Me Harder" with The Weeknd, and then teamed up with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for a show-stopping version of "Bang Bang."In fact, many of the awards were presented off camera so that the show could focus on the musical performances -- there were 18 in all, from the likes of Sam Smith, Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and the evening's host, Pitbull.Lorde failed to win any of the awards she was up for, but her performance of "Yellow Flicker Beat," from The Hunger Games -- Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, was among the standouts.  She started the song from inside a white box, lit by blue and then red light, and when she emerged, she threw herself around the stage with wild abandon while her pal Taylor sang along at the top of her lungs.  At the end, she took her hand and smeared her trademark dark lipstick, in an homage to one of her heroes, legendary rocker David Bowie: that's one of his signature moves.While there was much speculation online about how scandalous Jennifer and Iggy's "Booty" duet -- which closed the show -- would be, it wasn't controversial at all.  Both women were adequately covered during the number, and even though they did some writhing together, colored patterned lights were projected onto them, so you couldn't even see what they were doing in detail. In fact, even though several artists had the audio dropped out of their performances to cover up their cursing, nobody really wore or did anything shocking or scandalous.  Even Nicki Minaj was completely covered up in a long-sleeved white gown during her performance of the ballad "Bed of Lies,"  and while there was some writhing and skimpy costumes in many numbers, it wasn't anything we haven't seen before.In retrospect, Charli XCX probably gave the wildest performance: while she sang her song "Break the Rules," she grabbed her boobs, and then she and her backup dancers, who were dressed like goth zombies, destroyed some stage props.  One of the backup dancers, wearing a green rabbit mask, also lifted Charli up into what might be described as an extremely compromising position.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 

Bryan Adams Releases 30th Anniv. Edition of "Reckless": "I Knew I Had Something


Universal Music EnterprisesThe day he turned 25 -- November 5, 1984 -- Bryan Adams released the album that would make him a superstar: Reckless.  Today, he's releasing a 30th anniversary edition of that milestone album, and he says when he was recording it, he had a hunch that it would take him to the next level of his career."I knew going into this record that I had something special," Bryan tells ABC News Radio. "I knew that when we recorded the first couple of tracks for the record that we were on to something really good."  At least, says Bryan, he and his musical partner, Jim Vallance, thought the project was really good, though they couldn't predict how the public would react."We didn't know, really, what we'd created.  We just know we liked it and that was the litmus test," says Bryan. "You know, 'Did we like it? Yes.' 'Did we feel like it fills all the gaps that we need to do?'  Like, do I have enough rockers? Do I have a good ballad? You know, 'Are all those boxes ticked?'  It seemed like yes."Turns out the fans agreed with Bryan: out of the 10 songs on the album six became hit singles.  Bryan feels one of them stands out, however."The magical songs that came out of [Reckless] are obviously, are the ones that were some of the biggest hits, and one of them, of course, was 'Run to You,'" Bryan recalls. "For me, 'Run to You' is the jewel of the album because...it just set the tone for everything; and from there on, you know, we had 'Summer of '69' and 'Heaven,' 'Somebody' and then, of course, the duet with Tina Turner, 'It's Only Love.'"  He forgot to mention the sixth single -- it was "One Night Love Affair."  All six of the singles reached the top 15 on the Billboard charts, and at that time, there had only been two albums previously that accomplished that feat: Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Michael Jackson's Thriller.  All those songs and much more are featured on the super-deluxe edition of Reckless.  It comes housed in a hardback book and includes the remastered original album, seven bonus tracks, a live concert recording from London in April of 1985 and a DVD of Reckless: The Movie, which features all the videos from the album interspersed with scenes linking the songs.  There's also a Blu-ray version of the original album, historical photos, interviews with Bryan and copies of lyric sheets and notes from 1984.Since its release, the disc has gone on to sell more than 12 million copies. In a statement, Bryan says, "Reckless was just the right record at the right time. It was just unstoppable."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 Confirmed as Super Bowl Halftime Performer


ABC/Richard HarbaughThe NFL on Sunday night confirmed what had been rumored for over a month: Katy Perry will headline the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.  Katy's performance was officially announced during NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game. The singer, who's currently touring Australia, subsequently tweeted that her band was watching the game, and added, "Can’t wait for February 1st."Katy further wrote that she's "already started testing out ideas!"In conjunction with the announcement, Pepsi has released a comical new spot starring Katy in which she shows fans her "halftime testing facility," where she throws out ideas for her performance.NBC will air Super Bowl 49 live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.Katy strongly hinted at her Super Bowl appearance last month, when, following a report that she would perform at the big game, she tweeted, "Ahh, Sunday...Nothing but sitting on the couch, watching my new favorite sport..."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