Taylor Swift Files to Trademark "This Sick Beat" and Other "1989" Phrases


Big Machine RecordsIf you want to get down to “this sick beat,” you might have to ask Taylor Swift for permission.Taylor has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark that phrase -- a lyric from her hit song “Shake It Off” -- and a number of others related to her latest album, 1989. Some of the other phrases include "Party Like It's 1989," "'Cause We Never Go Out of Style" -- that's a line from her current single, "Style" -- plus  "Nice to Meet You. Where You Been?" and "Could Show You Incredible Things," which are both lines from her #1 hit "Blank Space."While it may seem silly, it’s actually a smart business move for the pop star. Taylor is seeking to prevent the phrases from being used on merchandise without her permission, ensuring she’s the only one who can profit from them. If the trademarks are granted, they will give Taylor the exclusive right to have the words printed on all kinds of products, from T-shirts and stationery, to drumsticks, cell phone cases and, yes, "battery-activated glow bracelets."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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Fergie Offers Katy Perry Super Bowl Halftime Advice: "Make Sure You Topstick Eve


Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesWhen Katy Perry takes the stage this Sunday for her Super Bowl halftime performance, she'll be facing the highest-pressure gig of her career, in front of the largest audience of her career.  So who can she turn to for advice?  Well, how about another chart-topping female singer who also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show?  Fergie, we're looking at you.Fergie and her group The Black Eyed Peas headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2011, and at the time, Fergie was the first female pop performer to be allowed on that stage since Janet Jackson's disastrous "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004.  That incident spooked the NFL so badly that it led them to book nothing but male classic rock acts -- and Prince -- for the next six years.  Since then, Madonna and Beyonce have both played halftime but, as Fergie tells ABC News Radio, female Super Bowl performers will always be particularly scrutinized."Gosh, every girl has to worry about that when they’re performing, about having a malfunction," she laughs.  So, what's her advice to Katy?  "Make sure you Topstick everything," she laughs, referring to the special tape performers use to keep their outfits on. "Make sure that you just rehearse with the costume that you’re in, so that nothing comes out where it’s not supposed to come out!"And while Katy is known for putting on an over-the-top show with plenty of special effects and tricks, Fergie says she may want to avoid one particular spectacle on Sunday."Maybe don’t enter the field from above, because we had to," she laughs. "I don’t know how many feet it was above there, and we had to be strapped into these harnesses and just sitting up there while they changed over the whole stadium. And I’m not that great with heights! So if you’re not that great with heights, try not to come in from the sky!"Finally, Fergie, who has her own shoe line, says if Katy's looking for the perfect pair of shoes to perform in, she'll be glad to hook her up."Katy Perry, if you want any Fergie Footwear for the Super Bowl performance, you know I got you, girl!" she offers. "You will feel definitely comfortable!"Tune in to see Katy Perry rock the Super Bowl stage Sunday night with special guest Lenny Kravitz and who knows who else.  She has a lot to live up to: last year's halftime show, featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was the most-watched one in history, drawing 115.3 million viewers.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"American Idol" Recap: Two Performances Leave Jennifer Lopez with "Goosies"


FOXAmerican Idol's 14th season continued Wednesday night with its final week of auditions in San Francisco. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who experienced "goosies" after two contestants performed.During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted “no” to sending a contestant named Zack Dyer to Hollywood.Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's one-hour episode:The show kicked off with Katherine Skinner, 15, who threw the judges off balance by announcing she was auditioning on the advice of her “psychic cat” and was wearing a fur coat that was given to her by “Bowie.”  After singing Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out,” Jennifer noted that Skinner was talented and “made for a stage,” but she wasn’t sure if it was the Idol stage. Harry called Skinner’s creativity “exciting.” Keith added “bold and fearless” to the list of compliments. All three thought Katherine deserved a trip to Hollywood.California native Andrew Bloom, 17, was up next, singing Alex Clare‘s “Too Close.” He had the panel singing along with the performance, which Urban noted was “a good sign.” Keith said he liked Bloom’s “spirit,” despite some vocal flaws, and voted “yes.” Lopez thought everything about the performance “felt right” and also voted “yes.” Connick added a third “yes,” but warned Andrew to tone down his blues licks, because the competition would “knock him out of the park.” Bloom walked away with a golden ticket and a shot to advance in Hollywood.Reno Anoa’I comes from a huge family and grew up with as many as 40 family members living under one roof. Backing himself on the ukulele, he sang Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It.” Jennifer thought Reno had a “pretty voice,” but advised him to stick to telling a story and not try to impress people with fancy vocal runs. Harry liked Reno’s voice, but noted the competition was about more than just a good singing voice and that he should’ve shown more variety. Keith then urged Reno, who was rattled by some of the negative comments and “praying,” to not let his desire stop him from hearing what he needed to know in order to grow. All three judges surprised Reno by handing him a golden ticket to Hollywood.Samuel Prince, a soap opera actor, asked the judges to join him in an impromptu Tele Novella, which they all seemed to enjoy. Unfortunately, the panel wasn’t as thrilled with Samuel's performance of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” Harry didn’t think his vocals were strong enough, so it was a “no” from him. Jennifer liked Samuel’s “theatrical quality,” but voted “no” to sending him to Hollywood. Keith thought Samuel did a good job of “acting like a singer,” but the performance “didn’t sound true.” He also voted “no.” Samuel was sent home.Next up was Rayvon Owen, who sang Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.” Urban called the performance “exquisite,” noting Owen’s version made him realize why he loved the song. “Goosies,” Lopez declared, noting the performance gave her goose bumps. She said Rayvon took the panel on a journey with him. Connick commented that Rayvon had the ability to just stand and sing and still hold people’s attention. All three said “yes” to send him to the next round.Closing out the San Francisco auditions was 16-year-old Maddy Hudson, who sang “Resentment” by Beyoncé. It brought more “goosies” to Jennifer, who noted she had them over her entire body this time. J-Lo said she was “blown away” by the performance and Hudson was one of her favorites in the competition. Keith told Hudson he “loved everything that’s on the outside, but really loved what it’s covering up.” Harry declared Hudson had “all the ingredients to be a superstar.” Keith echoed the sentiments of all three judges when he declared, “You are so going to Hollywood.” It was three “yeses” from the panel and Hudson was on to the next round.The American Idol auditions continue Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Mariah Carey Sued by Former Nanny


Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentMariah Carey is being sued by her former nanny, the New York Daily News reports. In the suit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, Simonette Da Costa claims Mariah forced her to work 100-hour weeks, and refused to pay her overtime.Simonette says she went to work for Mariah and her now estranged husband Nick Cannon in October 2013. She lived with the family and took care of twins Moroccan and Monroe. She also accompanied the children whenever Mariah traveled for global concerts and appearances. “She was on call 24 hours a day. She was always at their beck and call,” the nanny’s lawyer, Eli Freedberg, says.Simonette was allegedly paid between $6,000 and $7,200 per month, but didn’t get any overtime, despite working around the clock.“Plaintiff was on duty during all hours of each 24 hour day with no entitlement for breaks, for meals, and even for sleep,” the suit claims. “Indeed, Ms. Carey would often call plaintiff at hours in the middle of the night and demand to be taken to her children or to be updated on the status of her children.”Simonette says she was fired in January of last year after Mariah berated her “for expressing too much affection for their children.” Her lawyer says Mariah was “jealous” of her relationship with the twins. He estimates Mariah and Nick owe his client about $100,000 in damages.A rep for Mariah tells the paper, “We don’t comment on frivolous lawsuits.”This isn’t the first time Mariah’s been sued by a former employee. In December, she was sued for allegedly not paying her longtime staffer Ylser Oliver overtime for seven years. Ylser claimed she worked 10 to 16 hours a day, six to seven days a week, cleaning Mariah’s home and tending to her needs. That case is still pending.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Gavin DeGraw to Perform at Super Bowl's NFL Tailgate Party This Sunday


James Minchin III/RCA RecordsAdd Gavin DeGraw to the list of performers at Sunday's Super Bowl. Gavin, along with country star Dierks [derks] Bentley, will be performing at the NFL Tailgate Party as part of the pregame festivities at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.  A portion of each singer's performance will air live during NBC's Super Bowl Sunday pregame show.The pregame show will also feature John Legend singing "America the Beautiful," while Idina Menzel will belt out the national anthem.  Katy Perry, of course, will headline the halftime show.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kenny G: I'm "Partially Responsible" for Starbucks' Frappuccino


Chapman BaehlerStarbucks Frappuccino fans might have Kenny G to thank for the delicious frozen beverage. The Grammy award-winning saxophonist told Bloomberg News Tuesday that he invested in the Seattle-based coffee chain early on, and his input helped get Frappuccinos on the menu."At the beginning, Starbucks didn't have anything but coffee," the 59-year-old said. "And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called 'blended' and it was a sweet drink and people were lined up around the block. And I would always call Howard [Schulz, Starbucks' founder] and say, 'Howard, there's this thing that they do there that's like a milkshake or whatever.'"He claims that his suggestion, along with other people making the same requests, pushed Starbucks to expand their drink options. "And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback," he said. "So I would like to think that I was partially responsible for that."He said his favorite Starbucks drink to this day is the Frappuccino.Kenny G’s latest album, Brazilian Nights, was released Tuesday. Funny enough, it’s not for sale at Starbucks counters yet. “I would advise them to take this Brazilian Nights because I think Brazilian music, coffee is going to go beautifully together,” Kenny said. If Starbucks learned anything from the Frappuccino, they’ll take Kenny G’s advice.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Sam Smith Says He'll Give Beyonce His Grammy if He Wins


Image Group LA/ABCIn a revealing new cover story for Rolling Stone, Sam Smith admits he wouldn’t mind losing a Grammy to Beyoncé, says he wants abs like Justin Bieber, and reveals he doesn’t like it when people call him the “male Adele.”The 22-year-old is a huge fan of Beyoncé -- there’s even been video of him singing “Drunk In Love” in the shower, posted online.  But Sam, who's facing off against his idol in the Album of the Year category at the Grammys next month, insists he’d rather see Queen Bey win. "She deserves it way more than I do," he tells Rolling Stone. "I'd be embarrassed if I got it over her. If I got it, I'd give it to her."Sam’s also a huge Adele fan and calls her “my Michael Jackson,” but he doesn’t like being compared to her. "We're very different, and I feel like the constant comparisons might piss her off," he says, adding, "It just annoys me that people can't digest two pop stars singing really personal songs who don't look like normal pop stars."That’s not to say Sam doesn’t have moments where he wants to look like a “normal pop star.” He admits he’s on a cayenne-pepper juice diet in order to lose some weight before the Grammys. "I'm just very body-conscious,” he said. “Sometimes I'm really proud that I don't look like other pop stars. But there's also moments where I'm like, 'Ugh, I wish I had abs like Bieber.'"In a Rolling Stone video, he even joked, “I prefer food to music and sex... and my family.”Sam's cover story hits stands Friday, January 30.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

Mark Ronson Named Ambassador of Grammy Amplifier Program


Florent DechardBruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” collaborator and producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson has just been named the ambassador of the 3rd annual Grammy Amplifier program. The online music initiative, sponsored by Hyundai and The Recording Academy, aims to mentor aspiring artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent. Mark, a three-time Grammy winning producer, will help evaluate online submissions and choose the program’s three winners. The winners will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: A studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer; filming and starring in their own music video with a noted director; or securing an opening act spot for an established musician and/or at a music festival.The program is currently accepting submissions at GrammyAmplifier.com. Based on their track plays and social media performance, the top 25 finalists will be brought together for a mentorship experience, and then narrowed down by program curators to a short list of finalists. The program’s curators this year are The Band Perry, Ziggy Marley, and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. Mark will pick the three winners and decide which winner gets what prize.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 Recalls Last Year's Super Bowl Ad: "I Just Thought It Was Really


Kharen HillThe Super Bowl is this Sunday, and there are sure to be plenty of commercials featuring celebrities poking fun at themselves.  Last year, Sarah McLachlan was one artist who did just that, and she said her Super Bowl ad surprised a lot of people, because many people don't think she has a sense of humor at all.The ad, for the Audi A3 poked fun at the fact that Sarah's hit "Angel" is used as the soundtrack to a heartbreaking ad for the ASPCA.   In a teaser for the commercial, Sarah was shown earnestly asking for people to help the "Doberhuahuas:" dogs with the body of a Chihuahua and the head of a Doberman. In the actual ad, she was seen attempting to deliver the same message, but the Doberhuahua kept attacking her guitar until she finally threw it down in anger and frustration and walked away."Well I love the opportunity to take the p**s out of myself. I am Canadian, after all," Sarah told ABC News Radio about why she did the ad. "Also it was, you know, sort of a little tongue-in-cheek thing with the ASPCA which I’ve become so synonymous with, and I just thought it was really funny."Sarah, who also made a guest appearance on the comedy series Portlandia in 2011 in an attempt to show her sense of humor, says the reaction she got from the Super Bowl ad just underscores the fact that nobody believes she has one."Especially with that and Portlandia, they’re very surprised that I have this funny side," she told ABC News Radio. "And I joke...'You know, I’ve been trying to dispel this myth for years.' But people, they listen to the music and they have this idea of who I am and I think I probably disappointed some people when I come out and, you know, just me!"  Sarah will kick off a new round of North American tour dates starting February 27 in San Antonio, Texas.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas" to Air Feb. 28 on ABC


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNext month, Shania Twain is bringing her Las Vegas show to ABC.The concert special Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas will air February 28 at 9 p.m. ET.  It documents the show that Shania staged for two years at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before wrapping it up in December.  The ABC special features over an hour of never-before-seen footage documenting the show's development, as well as the entire performance, which features a live band, trained horses, a flying motorcycle and more.Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas will be released on CD and DVD on March 3, exclusively at Walmart.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Taylor Swift Declares Herself "Dead" Following Madonna Praise


Big Machine RecordsWhen Taylor Swift released her album 1989 last year, it became somewhat of an online joke that many of her fans described themselves as "dead" or "dying" because they were so blown away by her and her music.  Now, Taylor's using that same language to describe how she feels about a compliment paid to her by one of the biggest stars in music history.According to Yahoo Australia, while speaking to an Australian TV show, Madonna said the following about Taylor: "It’s good to have princesses [of pop]. It means there’s lots of pretty dresses around. I like Taylor Swift. I think she writes some really catchy pop songs. I can’t get them out of my head."Taylor reposted Madonna's comment on her Tumblr page, and then wrote, "Thanks now I’m dead."  She added the hashtags "#HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH THIS," and "#BE COOL TAYLOR STOP BEING EMBARRASSING."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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani & More Performing at th


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who are nominated for a Grammy for their duet album Cheek to Cheek, will be performing at the ceremony next month.Gaga announced Tuesday on Twitter, "Me and @itstonybennett are so excited to announce we will be performing at #TheGrammys this year! Thank you to @TheGRAMMYs and our fans!"Cheek to Cheek is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.Grammy organizers have also announced that Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani will take the stage together. Gwen served as a coach alongside Adam on the fall 2014 season of The Voice and she appears on Maroon 5's current album, V.  In addition, Annie Lennox and Hozier will duet, and Jessie J and music legend Tom Jones, who've both served as coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice, will sing together. Previously-announced performers include Pharrell, Sam Smith, Madonna, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Usher and Ariana Grande.  The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani Performing at the Gramm


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who are nominated for a Grammy for their duet album Cheek to Cheek, will be performing at the ceremony next month.Gaga announced Tuesday on Twitter, "Me and @itstonybennett are so excited to announce we will be performing at #TheGrammys this year! Thank you to @TheGRAMMYs and our fans!"Cheek to Cheek is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.Grammy organizers have also announced that Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani will take the stage together. Gwen served as a coach alongside Adam on the fall 2014 season of The Voice.Pharrell, Sam Smith, Madonna, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Usher, and Ariana Grande will also perform at the Grammys, which will air February 8 on CBS.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Enrique Iglesias Accused of Stealing His 2014 Hit, "Bailando"?


ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaEnrique Iglesias is reportedly being sued over his 2014 hit, "Bailando," by two songwriters who claim he stole the tune from them.According to TMZ, Cristian Escuti and German Schulz claim "Bailando" is a rip-off of a song they recorded in 2009 called "Quiero Bailar Contigo." The pair claim they sent the tune to a Sony executive in 2012, but never heard back.The songwriters claim the melody, lyrics, rhythm and chorus line of "Bailando" were taken from their tune.  The pair claims Sony had partial ownership of the tune, and conspired to steal it from them.TMZ says Escuti and Schulz are particularly angry that "Bailando" was Iglesias' biggest song from his Sex and Love album, and the video has nearly 690 million views on YouTube.TMZ claims they requested a copy of "Quiero Bailar Contigo," but Escuti and Schulz's attorney said his clients wouldn't let him send it to the them.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Today Is the 30th Anniversary of "We Are the World" Recording Session


USA for AfricaThirty years ago today, dozens of top musicians came together to record "We Are the World," the successful charity single that raised money for hunger victims in Africa.The song, which was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, came on the heels of the British charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" It was recorded in Hollywood after the 1985 American Music Awards, and featured a who's who of popular artists from that time.  The artists recorded under the name USA for Africa.In addition to Richie and Jackson, the song also featured Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles.The all-star chorus included Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Bette Midler, Waylon Jennings, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Jackson's siblings, Jackie, La Toya, Marlon, Randy, and Tito.Richie tells USA Today that he and Jackson listened to various national anthems in order to get into their minds into writing a "world anthem." "We didn't want a normal-sounding song," recalls Richie. "We wanted bombastic, the biggest thing you got."Billy Joel told ABC News Radio in 2005 that when he first heard the track, he wasn't impressed at all.  "I wasn't that crazy about the song.  I think that was my main memory of that," he recalled. "It was, 'Oh, this is the song?'...It sounded like a Pepsi commercial!"The recording session on January 28, 1985 at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood began at 9 p.m. and lasted 12 hours.  The artists were greeted by a sign that read, "Check your egos at the door."Quincy Jones, who produced the track, recalls that the sign wasn't necessary. "Here you had 46 of the biggest recording stars in the entire world in one room, to help people in a far-off place who were in desperate need," Jones tells USA Today."I don't think that night, that experience, will ever truly be duplicated again," says Jones, adding, "I know and believe in the power of music to bring people together for the betterment of mankind, and there may be no better example of this than the collective that was 'We Are the World.'"Following its release in March 7, 1985, "We Are the World" sold more than 20 million copies and raised more than 60 million dollars for famine relief in Africa. It went on to win three Grammy Awards.An updated version of the song was recorded in 2010 to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. It featured Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Kanye West, among others.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Meghan Trainor Was "Addicted to Diets" Before Embracing Her Curves


Brooke NiparBefore she was singing about "bringing booty back" and embracing her curves, Meghan Trainor had to fight low self-esteem just like the rest of us. The 21-year-old singer admitted to U.K.’s Reveal that she used to be "addicted to diets," and tried to follow Beyonce's weight-loss secret.Meghan tells the publication that her insecurities began in school when her best guy friend told her she’d be "so hot" if she lost ten pounds. She said she rushed home and told her mom she was “never eating again.” That's when she started researching fad diets online."I Googled, ‘What does Beyonce do?’ and decided I'd try the detox diet with cayenne pepper,” Meghan recalled. "Do you know how much I had to drink to get used to it? It was so gross. I stopped straight away. I was like, ‘This is not normal.’”Meghan said she’s since met Beyonce, who's a fan of her music, and credits her for having a “real figure” in a business where many women feel they have to be skin and bones. "I definitely feel like I'm 30 and I've been through a lot,” the 21-year-old singer said. “I haven't experienced anything crucial or devastating. But I got addicted to weird little diets and I quickly realized how stupid it was.”Meghan said that when she first wrote her #1 Grammy-nominated hit “All About That Bass,” it was more about how she wished she felt, rather than how she actually felt, about her body. But once she started performing and getting positive feedback, she says, she started to feel more confident.  Now, she encourages her friends to love their bodies."I'm just 100 percent happier than I was,” she said. “The trick I tell my girlfriends now is that you have to say it out loud. You haven't got to nearly kill yourself on these diets. You just have to look in the mirror and tell yourself, ‘Damn I look good today!’”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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Uh-Oh, Awkward: John Mayer to Welcome Ed Sheeran as Guest When He Hosts "The Lat


ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Lou Rocco; Christie GoodwinJohn Mayer will be stepping in as a host on CBS' The Late Late Show next month, and he has some interesting guests lined up, including a guy who's BFFs with -- awkward! -- a woman he allegedly once dated.John will be behind the desk recently vacated by Craig Ferguson from February 4 through February 6.  On his first night, he'll welcome Bravo's Andy Cohen, of Watch What Happens fame.  On Thursday the 5th, his guest will be Jim Carrey.  And on Friday the 6th, two nights before the Grammy Awards, his guest will be Ed Sheeran, who's up for four Grammys this year, including Album of the Year. But will things be weird between Ed and John?  After all, Ed is one of Taylor Swift's best friends, and John not only reportedly dated Taylor, he did her wrong enough to allegedly inspire the song "Dear John" on her album Speak Now.   Taylor, of course, has never admitted that the song is about John, and called him "presumptuous" in Glamour magazine for thinking that it was.  But a couple of years ago, John told Rolling Stone that "Dear John" "humiliated" him."It made me feel terrible," he said at the time.  "Because I didn't deserve it. I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do." He added, "It's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, 'Wait till he gets a load of this!'"John later released a song called "Paper Doll" that everyone assumed was about Taylor.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

One Direction, Sam Smith & Ed Sheeran Make List of Most Influential Brits


Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran made this year’s annual Debrett’s 500 list of most influential Brits. They were featured in the music section of the list, alongside producer and X Factor judge and creator Simon Cowell. According to Debrett’s, a publisher specializing in British etiquette and style, the annual music list “shines a spotlight on the people who are making the most impact on this fast-changing industry, from the recording artists and record label executives, to the radio playlist-setters, music critics and the people changing the face of the music industry in the digital age.”The unranked list features the most influential people in the U.K. across 24 disciplines including art, stage & screen, business & industry, sports and politics.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

Lifehouse Announces New Album, Premieres Lead Single "Hurricane"


Ironworks Records/Kobalt Label ServicesLifehouse is back with new music. The band has announced details of their upcoming album, and premiered their new single “Hurricane” on Billboard.com. Out of the Wasteland, the band’s first new release since 2012’s Almería, will arrive May 19. “There was a kind of unlearning with this album,” says frontman Jason Wade. “We wanted to retrace our steps back to the beginning and really find the innocence, that feeling of being 17-year-old kids who get excited about playing in the garage.”The album's lead single, “Hurricane,” represents the type of return to its roots that the band was going for. "'Hurricane' started as a catchy up-tempo pop song and then transformed into this electric, energetic rock song that was very reminiscent of our first album," Jason tells Billboard. "I feel like it is the backbone of the record, and was the catalyst that brought our band back around full circle."The video for the song features the band playing behind bars, and cuts to scenes of a couple working out their issues in the chaotic setting of a prison. "Hurricane" is currently the iTunes’ Single of the Week and is available for free download.Here’s the track list for Out of the Wasteland, Lifehouse’s seventh studio album:“Hurricane”“One for the Pain”“Flight”“Runaways”“Firing Squad”“Wish”“Stardust”“Alien”“Central Park”“Hurt This Way”“Yesterday’s Son”“Hourglass”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 John Signs Deal with HBO to Exec-Produce New Drama, "Virtuoso"


ABC/Randy HolmesAs a child, Elton John was a musical prodigy -- you might have even called him a virtuoso.  So that's why it's fitting that Elton has signed a deal with HBO to produce a musical historical drama called Virtuoso.Variety reports that Elton is teaming with his husband David Furnish, and True Blood creator Alan Ball, on the project, which is set in 18th century Vienna, Austria. It follows a class of European musicians who all attend a prestigious school called The Academy of Musical Excellence.  This is obviously something that Elton has some experience with, having won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in England when he was just 11 years old.Production on the Virtuoso pilot episode begins this spring in Hungary.  Elton, Ball and Furnish will be executive producers; Ball is writing the pilot episode.Elton and Furnish are no strangers to the world of movies and TV: their company Rocket Pictures has been responsible for several television and film projects, including the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet.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