Dianna Agron, Chris Messina Star in Video for Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One"


ABC/Lou RoccoGlee actress Dianna Agron is a woman suffering from heartbreak in Sam Smith’s new video for “I’m Not the Only One,”  which debuted on Sam's YouTube channel on Friday.Agron’s character discovers that her husband, played by The Mindy Project actor Chris Messina, is having an affair. We see her bawl her eyes out and burn his clothes. However, the clip ends with her receptively receiving a kiss from her spouse when he arrives home.“I’m Not the Only One” is the latest single from Sam’s debut album, In the Lonely Hour.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

Auctions of Lady Gaga "Harper's Bazaar" Clothing Fetches Nearly $20K


ABC/Matt BrownClothing worn by Lady Gaga for the March 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine fetched nearly 20 thousand dollars at auction on Thursday.Two lots were sold at 9,375 dollars each by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. One lot included an Emilio Pucci costume, featuring a silver coat, a black nylon and elastane bodysuit, and a black python leather and calfskin bag that buckles around the hip. The other lot offered an ivory-colored Gamme Rouge double twill coat.The minimum bid for each lot was 7,500 dollars.In March, Nate D. Sanders sold a one-piece designer outfit worn by Gaga for the same Harper’s Bazaar issue for 15,625 dollars.Gaga graces one of the covers of the Harper’s Bazaar fall fashion issue, which hits newsstands August 19.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

Aloe Blacc Goes from "Wake Me Up" to "Get On Up"


Frederick Brown/MSNBCAfter conquering the charts with his hit "Wake Me Up," and trying his hand at reality TV by appearing as a mentor on The Voice, Aloe Blacc is now making his movie debut.  He's got a small role in Get On Up, the new biopic of the late James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, which is in theaters Friday.  Aloe says this part may not be his last, either."Acting is something I want to pursue," Aloe tells ABC News Radio.  In Get On Up, he plays a real person, Nafloyd Scott, whom Aloe describes as "one of the first guitar players that James Brown ever worked with."  Asked if Scott played on any of Brown's classic hits, he laughs, "I wish.  Unfortunately, my character quits the band too early, 'cause he can't stand James Brown's attitude!"Despite the small size of the role, Aloe is eager to do more acting, but he admits it makes him realize what a beginner he is, and how much work he'd have to put in to get better."It was a great learning experience, and really fun to be on such a historic moment, you know, the first well-produced biopic of James Brown," he tells ABC News Radio. "It just showed me, though, that there's a lot to learn when it comes to this form of artistic expression.  And as much time as I put into music, I would have to put into acting, in order to really stand up with the best and the other cast members, who are brilliant actors." The cast of Get On Up, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, also includes such first-rate actors as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd.  It was directed by Tate Taylor, who also directed the hit movie The Help.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

Madonna Calls for Cease-Fire in Israel-Hamas Conflict


Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna has renewed her calls for a cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.Last week, she uploaded to Instagram a photo of flowers, and wrote, “These flowers are like the innocent children of GAZA! Who has a right to destroy them? No One!!!! CEASE FIRE! #peaceinthemiddleeast.” She subsequently posted a picture of herself and declared, “I do not support Hamas! I support human dignity and respect! I support sharing! I support Peace! #ceasefire.”Madonna again urged a cease-fire in a post on Wednesday, sharing a link to ANERA, an organization that helps Palestinian refugees and poor families in Gaza. She added in a separate post on Thursday, “No Separation! We all bleed the same color! #ceasefire #peaceinthemiddleeast #livingforlove.”Madonna, of course, has been calling for peace in the Middle East for years. She launched her 2012 MDNA tour in Israel, telling the Tel Aviv crowd, “You can't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world, OK?"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

Elton and Smokey's Duet of "Tracks of My Tears" Posted Online


Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsElton John is one of the guest artists on Smokey Robinson’s duets album, Smokey & Friends; he collaborated with the Motown legend on a new version of “Tracks of My Tears.” While the album won’t be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the Elton/Smokey recording for your listening pleasure.A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented on the song, and Smokey’s influence on his own career. He called “Tracks of My Tears” “maybe the greatest pop song ever written.”Elton said of Smokey’s ability as a lyricist, “His lyrics always struck me as being so great and so direct and so simple and so heartfelt…He’s been in my heart ever since I was…17.”The list of guest artists on Smokey & Friends also includes Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Aloe Blacc, Cee Lo Green, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.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 Performs at White House Event for Special Olympics


ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry took time out from her Prismatic tour Thursday evening to perform at a White House event that paid tribute to the Special Olympics.President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted “A Celebration of Special Olympics and a Unified Generation” to mark the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics.“I love Katy Perry.  She is just a wonderful person,” Obama said. “I’ve just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person, but I just want everybody to know she is on tour right now and so for her to take time out to do this is really special and so we really want to say thank you to her for doing this.”A Special Olympian introduced Perry, who wore a floor length blue sequin dress. She dedicated her first song, "Roar," to "those who inspire me."  Her set list also included “Unconditionally.”In addition to Perry, invited guests included elected officials, Special Olympians and a number of celebrities, including Stevie Wonder.Perry resumes her Prismatic tour Friday in Boston.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: "People Wouldn't Listen to My Songs If They Weren't Heartbroken...


ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has never been afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and she thinks it's a big reason for her success.The 24-year-old singer tells Entertainment Tonight, “To me emotion is such an important part of my life and now I guess my job.”Swift continues, “People wouldn't listen to my songs if they weren't heartbroken or deeply affected and hurt and jilted and sad and bitter and all those wonderful things that I write songs about."The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter finds herself on unfamiliar turf in the upcoming film The Giver, in which she plays a character named Rosemary, who seems to have no emotion.Even more surprising is the fact that Swift didn't even have to audition for the part.  ET says she was offered the role a week after one of the producers caught her Los Angeles Concert.The Giver is based on the popular young adult novel, and tells the story of a perfect world where everyone is happy. Jeff Bridges fills the title role of “The Giver,” an old man who reveals a “real world” that is filled with pain, sadness and war.  Meryl Streep also stars.  The film opens August 15.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

Sam Smith Thinks Vin Diesel's Cover of "Stay with Me" Was "Hilarious"


ABC/Lou RoccoSam Smith is flattered that his hit “Stay with Me” was covered by Vin Diesel. Yes, the same Vin Diesel who stars in The Fast and the Furious franchise and in the new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.Vin delivered his version of “Stay with Me” during an appearance on Britain’s Capital FM. Needless to say, it wasn’t great, but Sam enjoyed it. He tweeted, “Vin diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha.”Sam also discussed Vin’s performance with Capital FM, declaring, "First of all I thought it was going to be good, but when I heard it it's the most hilarious thing I've heard in my life."He even suggested that he’s willing to collaborate with the actor one day: "It's so weird for me because i remember watching xXx when I was like eleven years old! I definitely think we should do a duet one day, it would be amazing."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 Has the Sexiest Female Smile in Hollywood, Says Victoria's Secret


ABC/Richard HarbaughYou may have noticed that Taylor Swift has a nice smile. Victoria’s Secret certainly has.The lingerie retailer has released its “What Is Sexy? List,” honoring women in Hollywood who embody a “simple, casually confident lifestyle.” Taylor is on the list, earning the title of “sexiest smile.”The categories on the list range from “sexiest legs” -- Johnny Depp’s fiancée, Amber Heard, received that distinction -- to “sexiest short hair, don’t care” -- congratulations, Jennifer Lawrence.There aren’t many musicians on the list aside from Taylor. Ellie Goulding was named “sexiest songstress,” Jessica Simpson was honored as the “sexiest mom,” and New Girl star/folk-pop singer Zooey Deschanel was deemed to have the “sexiest sense of humor.”The full list is available on VictoriasSecret.com.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

Lorde to Curate Soundtrack to Next "Hunger Games" Movie


ABC/Lou RoccoLorde will leave her mark on the next Hunger Games movie. She's been tapped to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the third film in the popular series. The Grammy-winning New Zealand teen will select the artists who will be involved in the project, and also contribute its first single.In a statement, Lorde says that while curating the soundtrack for such an anticipated film will present a challenge, she “jumped at the chance.” She continues, "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."Mockingjay -- Part 1 director Francis Lawrence adds, "I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.”The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 will be released sometime this fall. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens November 21.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

Sarah McLachlan on Reviving Lilith Fair: "There Are No Plans" but "You Never Kno


Credit: Kharen HillSarah McLachlan is at the tail end of a U.S. headlining tour in support of her latest album, Shine On, but she says it's another one of her tours -- one she did years ago -- that everyone is still interested in: Lilith Fair.Lilith Fair, a traveling music festival that ran from 1997 to 1999, featured only female artists, or female-led bands.  It was considered a watershed cultural moment of the '90s, though an attempted revival in 2010 was a bust.  Still, Sarah says people still ask her about it, which she feels is because people have such fond memories of the original incarnation."Almost every interview, that is a discussion, yeah," she tells ABC News Radio, "I equate that to it being a really important time, and really effecting some great positive change. You know, there are no plans [to do another one].  It was a huge undertaking, and it was sort of a happening that happened organically, in a time and a place that really needed it."While the idea of an all-female festival may have been a startling one back in the nineties, Sarah says, "Things have shifted and changed and perhaps there's different dynamics at play now.  It's a different time.  So, it's not as needed as it was back then."That doesn't mean that the idea of Lilith Fair has been retired permanently, though.  Sarah's been around long enough to know she should never say never."Because people continually talk about it and ask about it, you never know," she tells ABC News Radio. "I think if I ever did it again, it'd be a destination.  It wouldn't be a tour.  That would make more sense."  Sarah's U.S. tour, during which she fields questions from the audience, wraps up August 3 in Dallas. She'll kick off a major tour of her native Canada in October.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

Alicia Keys Expecting Second Child with Swizz Beatz


Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsAlicia Keys gifted her husband, Swizz Beatz, with the sweetest wedding anniversary gift ever: she's expecting her second child with him.On Thursday, the R&B singer announced the news via Instagram. "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!" Alicia accompanied the post with a picture of herself, beaming as she cradles her baby bump in her hands, standing next to her smiling husband.The couple, who wed July 31, 2010, already have a three-year-old son, Egypt Dean.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 

Is Madonna Collaborating with Miley Cyrus on a New Song?


Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsIn January, Madonna made an appearance on Miley Cyrus’ MTV Unplugged special. It’s possible that their collaboration didn’t end there.Madonna has posted onto Instagram lyrics to a song that may be titled “Rebel Heart.” She wrote, “Wash all over me................. #rebelheart.”The most interesting aspect of the post is that Miley and a songwriter with whom the “Wrecking Ball” singer has worked, MoZella, were initially tagged on it, according to MTV. However, the tags have since been removed.Miley may have dropped another hint regarding a potential duet by uploading a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that features a naked Madonna. She tagged Madge on the post, too.Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” post includes the following lines: “All of my illusions/could be shattered in a second/You can thread a needle/with a teardrop from my eye.”Earlier this month, Madonna teased on Instagram another song that may be titled “Messiah.” She's currently focusing on the follow-up to her 2012 album MDNA.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

Bon Jovi's Rumored Bid to Buy the Buffalo Bills Angers City's Residents


AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays.  Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and is friendly with a number of NFL owners. New York magazine reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and John Mara, the owner of the rocker's beloved New York Giants, have all endorsed him for NFL ownership.In June, Bon Jovi was reportedly seen having lunch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan.According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi is unable to meet the team's likely selling price of $1 billion, so he's teamed up with a group in Toronto that also owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre, where Bon Jovi has played 19 concerts since 2000.Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, told the magazine how he feels about Bon Jovi possibly buying the team and moving it to Canada.  “Man, f**k Bon Jovi,” Reed exclaimed. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”Several fans have formed a group called Bills Fan Thunder to spearhead a Bon Jovi boycott.  Many Buffalo bars, restaurants and radio stations have now declared themselves “Bon Jovi–free zones.”  Charles Pellien, one of the group's founders, tells New York magazine, “We had a band last weekend that was playing Bon Jovi at a bar, and people were booing and throwing our posters at them."  Pellien adds, “The bar’s jukebox had 28 Bon Jovi songs, but no one played them.”Matt Sabuda and Brian Cinelli, are co-founders of a second fan group, the Buffalo Fan Alliance.  They're developing a plan to raise money that would be used as a loan to a buyer who would keep the Bills in Buffalo.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 Says She's "Very Sensitive to People," Wants a Child When Time Is Rig


ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry says she has a strong appreciation for other cultures, and that’s what she tries to convey in her performances. Despite the criticism that has come from that, she tells Rolling Stone that she’s “very sensitive to people.”Last fall, Katy was accused of being racist after dressing like a geisha for her rendition of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards. She’s also drawn attention for having dancing “mummies” with padded rear ends on stage during her Prism tour.In her interview with Rolling Stone, Katy says the involvement of mummies is inspired by “plastic surgery.” She continues, "Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T's wife, Coco. Those girls aren't African-American. But it's actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that's why there's bandages and it's mummies.”She adds, “If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn't be there, because I'm very sensitive to people."Katy sarcastically says, "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it. I know that's a quote that's gonna come to f*** me in the a**, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know."  While Katy is grateful she has so many fans who continue to show her their support, she says she’s not “thirty or desperate” for anyone’s approval. She says, “Some people are so dramatic about it, and you're like, 'Honestly, you're not the Second Coming. You're just an entertainer!'”Elsewhere in the interview, Katy mentions that she hopes to have a child, though not in the immediate future. She reveals, "I want to be doing that in the right time. And that's not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it's in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over."Katy notes that she doesn’t necessarily need a man in her life to become a mother: “I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."Rolling Stone’s cover story on Katy is featured in the issue hitting newsstands on Friday.  For those of you keeping score at home, this is the third time that Katy has appeared on the cover of the magazine.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

Adam Levine Sings About Taking Friendship to the Next Level in New Maroon 5 Sing


222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5’s latest song sounds like it could be an ode to Adam Levine’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo.“It Was Always You,” the second single off the band’s new album V, tells the story of a man who comes to realize that the love of his life has been staring him in the face the entire time. Adam sings of a woman with “hazel eyes,” and states in the chorus, “It was always you/Can't believe I couldn't see it all this time/All this time/It was always you.”You can purchase the dance-pop track -- the follow-up to the current Maroon 5 hit “Maps” -- now from various online retailers. V will be released September 2.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 Remix EP Now Available on iTunes


LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic’s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.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 Ranks High on "Forbes'" Highest-Paid Country Musicians List


ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars.  American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.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 and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album


PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show.  Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much." Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special.  Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.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

John Legend Says Intimate Acoustic Tour Has Been "Beautiful"


ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend's been out on his All of Me tour for quite some time, but he's still got plenty of dates to go: he wraps things up in the U.S. at the end of August; then, he'll head to Singapore, followed by dates in the U.K. and in Europe.  While John's career's now at an all-time high, thanks to the success of "All of Me," the tour, billed as "An Evening with John Legend," is the opposite of a big production."This is the first time I've done, really kind of like a Storyteller vibe for the whole show," he tells ABC News Radio.  "We stripped down the band to a very core, small group.  I have a string quartet and a guitarist.  I tell more stories to the fans, and it's just a more intimate situation.  And it's been beautiful.""I've been so happy with it and the fans have been really eating it up," he adds.Even if you haven't seen John live in concert, you've probably caught him singing on one of the many awards shows he's performed on over the past year or so. According to the singer, being able to play your song on a big awards telecast is a huge deal for an artist's career: so much so that he prefers it to actually winning an award."Performing is more impactful, because people don't really remember who won, but they remember performances if they stand out," he notes. "Like, I didn't win any Grammys, but when I performed 'All of Me' at the Grammys this past year, the song went from 49 on the iTunes charts to number three.  And so that performance was so important for the song and for my career....If you nail it, you can really help the song a lot."John's received a nomination for Best Male on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, but it's unlikely that he'll be performing on that particular award show, since he has a concert booked in Las Vegas that same night.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