Katy Perry Unveils PSA for "Make Roar Happen" Charity Campaign, Debuts New Lyric


Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesDuring the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers' lives easier.  Now, she's debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called "Make Roar Happen."Staples, which is sponsoring Katy's tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers.  Many teachers don't have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead.  DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don't have to do that.In the PSA, Katy is shown standing on a stage while various instruments disappear around her.  "Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone and being expected to roar," she says.  "Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers who are using their own money so students can learn."She then talks about DonorsChoose.com, and Staples' donation.  "Join us," she adds. "Let's make Roar happen!"If you'd rather watch a video that focuses on Katy's music, she's got you covered there, too.  She's just debuted a retro-inspired lyric video for her song "This Is How We Do," and she writes on Instagram, "To learn the lyrics to my new song, THIS IS HOW WE DO, simply watch the graphically enhanced word by word recount of this certified club banger, and you too will know all the words! The REAL words! Not just what you thought I said, but what I actually said!""Impress your friends, and keep your karaoke game on point," she adds. "Bask in the neon glow and airbrushed aura of this lyric video. It's guaranteed to keep your party trill."  In case you're unfamiliar, "trill" is a slang term that's combination of the words "true" and "real," and it's commonly used in hip-hop.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 Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall


Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall.  Now we know the dates.The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.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 Nicks to Release New Album "24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault" in Oct


Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day.  Now, she's making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is due October 7.According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995.  "Each song is a lifetime.  Each song has a soul.  Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," she says in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories -- the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5.  That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she'll begin previewing snippets of the music.In addition, a limited edition double vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will come out September 29.  Also available will be a Deluxe Photobook CD, which will include two bonus tracks, as well as 48 pages of exclusive photos from Stevie's personal collection.Stevie and Fleetwood Mac will hit the road for their On with the Show tour -- featuring the return of Christine McVie -- starting September 30 in Minneapolis.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

Nico & Vinz Join Bruno Mars Tour, Promise Energetic, Fun-Filled Show


Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: "Am I Wrong" hitmakers Nico & Vinz.  They'll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts.  The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet."We'll try to make you dance at some point," Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo's live show. "I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well.  And really have that energy, and just make it...more than just a show: just, like, a great experience.""We love to perform.  When we're on stage, we feel free," Nico adds. "It don't matter if it's five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing.  That's the reason why we came into this.  Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also meeting people around the world!"Their hit "Am I Wrong," definitely a contender for the Song of the Summer, has done just that: allowed the duo to expand beyond Norway and meet people around the world.  But there's also been an unexpected side effect: the song is actually inspiring people to try and realize their own dreams, just as Nico & Vinz have done."When we get [that] type of feedback, that's probably the most gratifying to hear," says Vinz of the stories fans tell them about how "Am I Wrong" has changed their lives.  "That's a huge bonus as well!" laughs Nico. "I can't forget that...that's really rewarding."Nico & Vinz's run with Bruno ends August 17.   They plan to release their U.S. debut album Black Star Elephant later this year.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

Sheryl Crow Featured in New Season of Ovation Series "Song by Song"


Interscope RecordsSheryl Crow is be one of the music stars whose hits will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation's Emmy-nominated documentary series Song by Song.  The Song by Song episodes focusing on Sheryl will premiere in October and feature her discussing the songs "Strong Enough," "If It Makes You Happy," "My Favorite Mistake" and "Redemption Day."  The episode will use the songs to tell the story of what was happening in her life at the time; she'll reveal what inspired her to write them, and how they affected her career and popular culture.Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are iconic New Wave rockers Blondie and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.The series first premiered in 2012 on the Ovation cable channel.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 Album Chart Is a "Happy" Place This Week


ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams' hit "Happy" may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn't mean it's any less popular.  Here's the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it's featured on not one but three albums in this week's top 10."Tacky," the parody of "Happy" that appears on "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1.  In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song.  Finally, Pharrell's original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.As for Pharrell's own album, G I R L, which also includes "Happy," it currently sits at #35.  According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.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 

"Weird Al" Yankovic Scores First-Ever #1 Album; Jason Mraz in at #2


RCA RecordsIt just goes to show: comedy is not dead.  The King of Pop Music Parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic, has just scored the first #1 album of his career.Thanks to a clever viral video campaign that saw him release one video per day for eight days straight, Weird Al -- whose first album hit the charts more than 30 years ago -- sees his new album, Mandatory Fun, debut at #1.  It's also the first comedy disc to hit #1 on the Billboard album ranking since 1963, when comedian Allan Sherman spent eight weeks on top with his album My Son, the Nut."If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it," Weird Al tweeted. "I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's third top-10 album, following 2011's Alpocalypse and 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood.  It features parodies of mega-hits like "Royals," "Happy," "Blurred Lines" and "Fancy," as well as original tunes and, of course, one of Al's patented polka medleys.  The comedy star tells Billboard that since this is the final album of his current contract, he will likely abandon the album format entirely, and only release digital singles from now on.Elsewhere on the chart, Jason Mraz sees his latest disc, YES!, debut at #2.  It's his fourth top-10 album and his second to hit #1, following 2012's Love Is a Four Letter Word.  He's yet to score a #1 album.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

Adele's Son Wins Five-Figure Sum in Paparazzi Case


Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsAdele's son is only two years old, but he's already well on his way to being rich like his mom. The BBC reports that lawyers for the boy, referred to as Angelo Adkins, despite Adele never publicly revealing his name, have accepted a five-figure sum in damages to settle a case over paparazzi photos. Adele, who was born Adele Adkins, and her partner Simon Konecki, Angelo's father, sued a photo agency for taking photos of Angelo's "milestone moments" between June and November of 2013, and then selling them to the British press.A lawyer for Adele told a High Court in London that she doesn't want her son to be thought of as "public property," and added, "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family's wishes." Added the lawyer, "These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client's right to privacy."The photo agency agreed to pay damages and legal costs, and has also agreed not to re-use the photos.Adele's lawyer said that the singer and Konecki would "continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary."  The lawyer noted that Adele helped fund a similar campaign in California to create stricter laws regarding the photographing of children of celebrities.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 Gushes over Boyfriend's Romantic Gesture


Inez and VinoodhLady Gaga and her boyfriend, actor Taylor Kinney, are generally private about their relationship, but she took to her social networking site LittleMonsters.com recently to gush about something romantic he did for her.Posting a photo of her dog Asia posed with an enormous bouquet of flowers, Gaga wrote, "3 yrs and he still sends me flowers out of nowhere."  She posted the same message on Instagram.Gaga and Kinney, who first met when he starred in her video for "You and I," have been dating since July of 2011.  In May, the actor, who appears on the NBC show Chicago Fire, described their relationship in Glamour magazine, saying, "There’s a lot of laughing. I think that’s the basis of a healthy relationship. We laugh a lot....I think we just complement each other. I’m proud of her, and I’d like to believe she’s proud of me. We’re kindred spirits."Last November, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that Kinney is "a hidden weirdo," adding, "He is extremely strange, actually, and we compliment each other's weirdness."  She added, "At the end of the day, he's my best friend, and having your lover be your best friend is...I mean, it's the best thing ever!"While there have been plenty of rumors that the two are getting married, or at least engaged, there has been no confirmation from either one that they're planning on taking their relationship to the next level.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 Shares Love Advice with Fan: "Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as A


Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she's known for years.Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as "a guy who's sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend." It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as "pretty" and "nice" with an "amazing figure."Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn't just "the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized." She continues, "I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind."Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she'll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.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 Reveal the Huge Lesson They Learned from Springsteen...or Was I


Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are opening for OneRepublic and The Script all summer, and since they're the first band of the night to take the stage, they've got their work cut out for them. But when they prepare for shows, they keep in mind the words of Bruce Springsteen -- or is it Coldplay?The band's frontman, Zac Barnett, tells ABC News Radio the band always puts in a "110-percent effort" into their shows because of something one, or both, of those acts said."We're big fans of Bruce Springsteen and also huge fans of Coldplay," he explains. "And I don't know who said it first..but they've both been quoted in the past (as) saying...when you go into a live show, you want to give the best show that you can possibly give -- because you don't know if this is someone's first concert ever, or if this is someone's last concert ever."Barnett describes an American Authors performance as a "dynamic roller coaster, but on a shorter scale." He explains that they bring "pure energy" to their set, which he says includes both the band's favorite songs and the crowd's favorite songs. "Best Day of My Life" undoubtedly falls into both categories.American Authors will continue their tour with OneRepublic and The Script through an August 12 date in Virginia. Two days later, they'll begin a European trek in Belgium.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 & Tony Bennett to Star in Live TV Special This Fall


PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have recorded a duet album of jazz standards called Cheek to Cheek, which is due this fall.  But the singers are also teaming up for a live concert special, which will air on PBS in October.Called Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, the special will air Friday, October 24 as part of PBS' Great Performances series.  The concert will be broadcast live from New York City's Time Warner Center, the location of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater.  The concert will see the two artists crooning favorites from their new disc. So far, there's no firm release date for the album.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 two have performed onstage together a number of times, and Bennett has raved about what an accomplished singer and artist Gaga is.  Bennett is also an accomplished artist and has drawn a portrait of Gaga, which he auctioned off for charity.  Not long ago, she had herself tattooed with a sketch he drew of a trumpet.If you want something to watch on PBS in the meantime, Jason Mraz's episode of the PBS series Live from the Artists Den just started airing this 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

Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Leon Reflects on High School and Prom


Rich Schmitt/AFP/GettyImagesMadonna's daughter Lourdes Leon will be off to college soon, but for now, the 17-year-old writes on her Material World blog that she's excited to be graduating from high school and attending her prom.Lourdes writes, "HEY to all the readers. I don't know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School.  It's very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like it’s something I've been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened. There also isn't the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you're about mid-way into the beautiful summer."As for her prom, Lourdes explains, "A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music -- this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I’m talking about," she wrote.And Madonna’s daughter had a message for her prom dj’s as well.  She jokes, "Note to the prom dj's who feel the need to play 'please don't stop the music' (what a prom classic I know they played that at your prom!) 5 times in 3 hours.  Of course despite all of these weird prom factors, I got to spend an entire weekend kicking it with my high school homies. It was a great way to end the year."Lourdes graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art Performing Arts in New York City last month.  She's next headed to her mom's alma mater, the University of Michigan.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 & Tony Bennett to Star in Live PBS Special This Fall


PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have recorded a duet album of jazz standards called Cheek to Cheek, which is due this fall.  But the singers are also teaming up for a live concert special, which will air on PBS in October.Called Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, the special will air Friday, October 24 as part of PBS' Great Performances series.  The concert will be broadcast live from New York City's Time Warner Center, the location of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater.  The concert will see the two artists crooning favorites from their new disc. So far, there's no firm release date for the album.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 two have performed onstage together a number of times, and Bennett has raved about what an accomplished singer and artist Gaga is.  Bennett is also an accomplished artist and has drawn a portrait of Gaga, which he auctioned off for charity.  Not long ago, she had herself tattooed with a sketch he drew of a trumpet.If you want something to watch on PBS in the meantime, Jason Mraz's episode of the PBS series Live from the Artists Den just started airing this 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

Mariah Carey Hints at Upcoming Tour in New Voice Message


Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has hinted that she will soon hit a city near you with a brand-new tour.The singer announced the news in a newly-recorded voice message welcoming her Lambs to her redesigned website, MariahCarey.com,"Hi Lambs, welcome to the brand new MariahCarey.com. Stay tuned as we continue adding more sections and pow moments to the site. We're also gonna be coming up with some festive contests for the lambily!" she says in the recording.She then adds, "Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for always supporting me. You know Me. I Am Mariah… It's only the beginning! The elusive chanteuse, dahhlings! I can't wait to see you when I hit the road, starting very soon and I'm very excited about it! Love ya much, bye bye!"The upcoming outing will further support her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, which peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart.  Mariah's last extensive tour was the Angels Advocate tour, which wrapped up in February of 2010.Mariah has been leaving voice messages for her fans for years; in this new one, she refers back to those old messages by signing off in her traditional way: saying "Love ya much!" and adding, "Buh-Bye!" in a high, squeaky voice.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

Hootie & the Blowfish Launch Their Own Craft Beer


Credit: Chuck ArlundEver since Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker became a solo country music star, we don't hear much about the band, but that doesn't mean it's not still a going concern.  In fact, the band -- including Darius -- has teamed up with a Florida brewing company to create their very own craft beer.Called Hootie's Homegrown Ale, the beverage is described as a "refreshing and light lager-like ale," and all the members of the group were deeply involved in developing it.   While the brew was created by Rock Brothers Brewery in Tampa, Florida, it's being manufactured and distributed by a company in the band's home state of South Carolina: Palmetto Brewing.  Five percent of beer sales will go to the band's Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which focuses on public education issues in South Carolina.Hootie's Homegrown Ale hit restaurants and bars in Charleston, South Carolina, this past week, and it will be released statewide on August 9 in conjunction with the band's 12th annual Homegrown concert, scheduled for Daniel Island, South Carolina.The beer's release is also part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the band's multi-million selling debut album, Cracked Rear View, which came out in July of 1994.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

Billy Joel Is the Most Long Island Person Ever


Credit: Myrna SuarezEven people who've never stepped foot in New York State -- or the U.S. -- probably know that Billy Joel is from Long Island, New York.   Maybe that's why the residents of that area have just crowned him the winner of the "That's SO Long Island" contest.Local paper Newsday has been running the contest for several weeks, asking readers to vote on who or what best exemplifies the area, which is essentially a suburb of New York City.  Thanks to over 520,000 reader votes, Billy beat out 63 other local celebrities, attractions and activities to be declared the most "Long Island" of them all.   Among the fellow Long Island celebrities he beat: Billy Crystal, Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel, Debbie Gibson, Natalie Portman, Rosie O'Donnell, Ralph Macchio and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.As for why he won the contest, it probably has something to do with the fact that Billy still lives in Long Island, donates plenty of time and money to local causes, and has sung about the place numerous times.  The title of his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, is a town in Long Island.  He's also name-checked other local locations such as Oyster Bay and the Miracle Mile, while "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" was inspired by the plight of Long Island fishermen.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

Uncle Kracker Returns with New Single "Endlessly"


Lava/RepublicHe's done rap, rock, pop and country music in the past, but now Uncle Kracker is back with a new single -- and he's stopped worrying about musical genres.The "Follow Me" singer is working on a new album for a new label, and the first single, "Endlessly," is out now.  He tells Billboard, "I've been writing everything from pop to country to blues -- just a mixed bag of everything. I've definitely got an album or more worth of stuff. The awesome part is that everybody's like, 'Let's not worry about what works [commercially]. Let's worry about what feels good, what sounds good. Let's make sure the album's good.'""Endlessly," originally recorded by the band Green River Ordinance, is somewhat of a pop/country hybrid. You can hear it now at Billboard.com.Kracker's been spending the summer on the road as part of the Under the Sun tour, which also includes Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth.  It's a bit of a reunion for Kracker; Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath made a cameo appearance in his video for "Follow Me."He tells Billboard, "He's always been a good guy and we've stayed friends...[so the tour is] nostalgic for me. It feels like a high school reunion almost. I don't get excited about touring, ever, but I'm excited about this one."  That tour wraps up August 13.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

Does Taylor Swift Primp Post-Workout for Paparazzi?


Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries.  While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym -- which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss -- Taylor "spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her."According to the paper, Taylor's trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria's Secret models use to get that long, lean look.In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an "entire wing in my house" dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends "months" doing.  She then insisted, "I decide what I'm gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop."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 Script Debut First Single from Upcoming Disc, "No Sound Without Silence"


Columbia RecordsThe Script, currently out on the road with OneRepublic, have debuted a brand-new single.The tune is called "Superheroes," and it's from the Irish trio's upcoming album, No Sound Without Silence, which will be out September 30.  In a note on their official website, the band says, "We can't wait for you guys to hear the new album in full...We hope this album delivers everything you're hoping for from us and more."The Script largely recorded the album on the road.  Lead singer Danny O'Donoghue tells the U.K. paper The Daily Star, "We’d come off stage and start recording straight away in a studio bus. Everything’s massive, everything’s larger than life on stage so when we hit the studio we wanted it to have that same impact."In a statement, Danny further stated, "This album is all about trying to bottle that energy when we come off stage, as well as that contemplative space between notes.”The new disc will be the follow-up to the band's last album, #3, which produced the hit "Hall of Fame."  "Superheroes," which is reminiscent of Coldplay, is more straightforward and pop-oriented than "Hall of Fame," which featured a rap by Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am.  At the time, Danny and Will were both coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice, which is how that musical hookup came to be."Superheroes" will be available July 29.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