Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings


Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand -- but she's decided to give away all the prize money.According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde's album Pure Heroine won this year's Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year.  The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, "I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year's nominees...if you don't want it, that's cool too."The Herald reports that the rest of the finalists, made up of artists largely unknown outside of New Zealand, seem to be OK with Lorde's generosity, tweeting their thanks.  If each artist agrees, everyone will receive a bit more than $1,666, and they'll have to divide up the studio time.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sarah McLachlan to Headline "ELLE's" Women in Music Concert, Books TV Appearance


Verve RecordsSarah McLachlan usually keeps things low-key, but she's planning on making herself very visible in the coming weeks to promote her new album Shine On, her first collection of new material since 2010.First, Sarah is set to headline ELLE magazine's 5th annual Women in Music Concert Celebration, which is taking place April 22 in Hollywood.  Among the stars who'll be attending: Phillip Phillips, Glee star Melissa Benoist, actress Anna Kendrick, Olympian and Dancing with the Stars contestant Meryl Davis, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale and more.Next, Sarah has booked a slew of TV appearances around the album's May 6 release date.  She'll appear on ABC's Good Morning America on May 5, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon May 7 and ABC's The View on May 8.When you pre-order Shine On from iTunes or Amazon, you'll get an instant download of Sarah's new single "In Your Shoes."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"American Idol" Recap: The Top Seven Perform "Competitors' Picks"


Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing "competitors' picks." Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants.It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show.Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked her if she'll announce more U.S. dates in the near future.Here's what happened on the two-hour show:Caleb Johnson went along with a suggestion from Alex Preston: "Family Tree," by Kings Of Leon. Keith called him a "consistent and dynamic performer." J-Lo said he was pretty amazing, adding that Caleb would be a tough act to follow for the other contestants. Harry liked the way he changed the melody, saying that it would fit right in on a Caleb Johnson album.Jessica Meuse tackled Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder & Lead," which was Sam Woolf's idea. J-Lo said for the first time this season Jessica was a little off with her vocals. Harry suggested that Jessica listen to rhythmic music in her hotel and dance along to it in front of a mirror, so she can learn how to stay in sync with pyrotechnics and other potential stage distractions. Keith told Jessica that she needs to better channel the emotions of the lyrics she sings.Once again, the contestants paired up for duets. Sam and Alex performed the first duet of the night, a cover of Passenger's "Let Her Go." Harry thought it was "saccharine" and just OK. Ryan asked Demi what she thought; she agreed with Harry, though she noted it had good energy.C.J. Harris played John Mayer's "Gravity," as suggested by Caleb. Keith enjoyed it, but would have liked to have heard more of an "arc." Jennifer asked him to look for the moments that will lift the crowd. Harry said C.J. has the ability to connect with the crowd, and that he delivered his best performance to date.Dexter Roberts performed Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water," suggested by C.J. Jennifer said he did a good job, but she reiterated that the contestants need to be spectacular from this point forward in the competition. Harry said Dexter's vocals on the song weren't that different from the original.Caleb and Jena Irene teamed up for a duet of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Demi thought they both nailed it.Alex took on Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," which was Dexter's idea. J-Lo said it was the perfect song choice. Keith said Alex responds to the music in such a way that he turns it into his own.Jessica picked David Gray's "Sail Away" for Sam. Harry called him a "work in progress," but in a good way. He thought the song fit Sam well. Keith noticed that Sam is getting more comfortable onstage. Jennifer said she could feel Sam trying to connect with the song.Jessica, C.J. and Dexter joined forces on Lady Antebellum's "Compass." Harry didn't mince words: he said it wasn't very good. Demi thought they were much better when they sang individually.Jena ended the night with a Caleb choice: Radiohead's first hit, "Creep." Keith loved the way she owned the song. Jennifer said it was beautiful. Harry said Jessica sings with humility and intrigue, and that it was the best performance of the night.One of these finalists will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

fun. to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award


Fueled by RamenThe members of the band fun. will be honored next Wednesday, April 23, with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award at the performing-rights organization's 31st annual Pop Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.ASCAP says the award “recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.”  Previous Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys and Beck.As previously reported, Tom Petty will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award at event. The prestigious honor recognizes artists whose work has influenced and enriched their fellow musicians.  Previous Founders Award honorees include Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, and Neil Young.The ASCAP Pop Music Awards is an invitation-only event that will take place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.  The gala recognizes the songwriters and publishers whose works were the most-played on radio and TV during 2013.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

American Idol Live! Tour Kicks Off June 24


Credit: Brian Bowen SmithIf you want to see this year's crop of American Idol finalists up close and personal, grab your tickets for this year's American Idol Live tour.  The trek gets underway June 24 in Binghamton, NY and is right now scheduled to run through August 23, wrapping up in Redmond, Washington. Tickets go on sale May 9 at AmericanIdol.com/tour.Buying the tickets also helps you do some good.  One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure that disease.Unlike some tours in the past, this year's trek will be limited to the Top 10 finalists: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.  Of those ten, Majesty, MK and Malaya have already been eliminated, but of course, they'll return for the tour.This year's winner will be crowned Wednesday, May 21, and he or she will receive the prime spot on the bill during the tour.Here are the dates:6/24 -- Binghamton, NY, Broome County Arena6/25 -- Albany, NY Times, Union Center6/27 -- Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars6/28 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre6/29 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter Complex7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival7/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Cincinnati7/5 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino7/6 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap7/8 -- West Long Branch, NJ, The MAC at Monmouth University7/9 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion7/11 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum7/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center7/13 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts7/17 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall7/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall7/19 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts7/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre7/22 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall7/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre7/25 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre7/26 -- Birmingham, AL,  BJCC Concert Hall7/28 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre7/29 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie7/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater8/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre8/2 -- Mulvane, KS, Kansas Star Casino8/3 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Ballroom8/6 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum8/7 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort8/8 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair8/9 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino8/11 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center8/13 -- Phoenix, AZ,  Comerica Theatre8/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre8/16 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center8/17 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic8/20 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion8/21 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at The Moda Center8/23 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor ParkCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Train Releasing New Single in June, New Album in September


PRNewsFoto/Daytona International SpeedwayThere's lots of stuff happening right now in the Train yard.  A day after the band announced that they'd be doing another installment of their Sail Across the Sun fan cruise next year, they've revealed that fans can expect a new single in June, with a new album coming in September.The band revealed the news on Twitter, and singer Pat Monahan further elaborated on the band's new music in his blog, saying he was happy with the material they've come up with. "There are some good ones," he said of the new Train songs.  "I’m starting to get excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way. This record has clawed at my soul, brought loss, change and periods of trouble and illness. But here I stand and I say that this thing might be the best I’ve done. Definitely the best that I can do right now. That’s always the goal."Train's new album will be the follow-up to 2012's California 37, which produced the hits "Drive-By" and "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Man Who Inspired "Royals" Finally Gets to Meet Lorde


ImageCourtesy MLB via TwitterIt's taken a while but former Kansas City Royals player George Brett has finally gotten to meet the teen whose international hit he inspired: Lorde.Major League Baseball tweeted a photo of Brett, who was the inspiration for Lorde's #1 smash "Royals," posing with the singer, presumably backstage at one of her concerts.  The Kansas City Royals organization also tweeted a photo of the two, writing, "And we've come full circle!"Lorde wrote her Grammy-winning smash "Royals" after being inspired by a photo in National Geographic magazine of Brett wearing his Royals jersey.  Last month, when she visited Kansas City, the Royals organization presented her with a copy of that particular magazine photo, signed by Brett, and he sent along an autographed Royals jersey for her with his name on the back.  He couldn't be there in person, though, so the meeting this week was a long time coming.Last year, Lorde told ABC News Radio, "The way I write is that I find a particular word or phrase which kind of defines the concept that I'm thinking about, and when I find that word, everything sort of clicks. And so I just cut that picture out of a National Geographic 'cause I thought it looked cool, and I thought, 'Yeah, that's a great word, I've got to incorporate that somewhere,' and it just kinda tied in with what I was thinking about."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde Covers "Teen Vogue," Talks Fame, Fashion & "Girls"


Courtesy Teen VogueLorde may complain about being asked to smile during fashion shoots, but that doesn't mean she hates them.  In fact, she's perfectly thrilled to be appearing on the cover of the May issue of Teen Vogue."[S]o happy about this. teen vogue cover star yaaaaaaaw," she tweeted, and also shared a few images from the fashion shoot, including one which depicts her wearing a strange-looking headband that looks like it was made by a kindergarten student. "My favourite photo from the shoot -- feat. improvised duct tape and feather crown," she tweeted. "My kind of magazine obviously."In the cover story, Lorde talks about her newfound fame, expressing astonishment that former Lizzie McGuire star Hillary Duff attended one of her concerts. "This is the most insane thing that's ever happened to me. That's my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan—that freaks me out!" she exclaims.  She also reveals some praise she received from Lena Dunham, Emmy-winning star and creator of HBO's Girls."I finally watched Girls a couple of days ago and I loved it," she tells Teen Vogue. "I tweeted Lena Dunham and she was like, 'You're the dream audience.' I really appreciated that. I was like, 'Ahh!'"As for the fame that's allowed her to have these sorts of Twitter conversations, Lorde tells the magazine, "Living in New Zealand, you don't get these experiences. I spent so much time in my room before. My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world -- to South America, to here, to London -- every day I kick myself, I'm so lucky."Teen Vogue has posted a variety of behind-the-scenes shots of Lorde posing for the mag, and while she looks plenty glamorous, in the interview she stays on message about wanting to break the typical teen beauty stereotypes."There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal," she says. "I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."You can read the entire interview when the magazine hits stands April 29.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Posts Video Blog Documenting Super-Fan Gena Gabrielle's Bridal Show


Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle's bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she's ever attended.Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, "Thank you for inviting me to your bridal shower, and for me into your life. (Since 2007!!!)."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Frozen" Marks 10th Week at #1, Pharrell Rebounds to #2


Walt Disney PicturesThe big freeze continues on the Billboard album chart, as the Frozen soundtrack passes its 10th non-consecutive week at #1.Billboard reports that in the SoundScan era, which dates back to 1991, only 11 albums have spent that many weeks at #1.  Four of those 11 have been soundtracks: Frozen, The Lion King, The Bodyguard and Titanic.  The Frozen soundtrack has also passed the two million mark in sales; it's now sold 2.1 million copies.Elsewhere on the chart, Pharrell Williams' album G I R L has now rebounded to #2 on an 18 percent sales increase.  The "Happy" hitmaker has been everywhere over the past few weeks, from Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, to CBS' Sunday Morning and Oprah's OWN network.  The album originally debuted at #2 when it came out back in March and has been in the top 10 ever since. Now the bad news: Pharrell's album has also posted the lowest weekly sales total for a #2 album in the entire SoundScan era. It moved just 29,000 copies in the past week.  Frozen, by comparison, sold 133,000 copies last week.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Is Lady Gaga's Boyfriend Looking to Put a Ring on It?


Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, have been together for two years, so, is he looking to take things to the next level?  According to one report, yes.Life & Style Weekly claims that Kinney has been "secretly" shopping for an engagement ring for Gaga.  The mag quotes an insider as saying, "Taylor’s been looking at engagement rings for [her] for a couple of months. He has told a couple of his close guy friends that he wants to propose soon."How soon? Apparently, Kinney wanted to pop the question last month, when Gaga turned 28, but he hadn't found the right bling yet."Taylor was considering proposing over her birthday,” dishes the insider. "But he hadn’t found the right ring in time. He wants to find something unique that will suit her personality.” But even if Kinney does propose in the near future, Gaga certainly doesn't have time to plan a wedding.  She kicks off her new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, next month, and currently has dates scheduled through November.  Teasing fans with what they can expect from her new show, she tweeted, "No pressure but if you are attending the artRAVE we suggest in the outfit category you GO FOR IT BECAUSE WERE GOING TO AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE."By the way, if Gaga did tie the knot, don't expect to see a magazine spread with photos. In her 2011 ABC special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, the singer told Katie Couric, "My love life is the only thing I don't talk about. The day I get married, no matter how many helicopters are flying over that chapel, they are not getting one picture."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"American Idol" Season 13's Youngest Contestant Gives Advice, Reveals Which Cham


Frank Micelotta/FOXMalaya Watson, the Michigan teen who was eliminated from American Idol last week, was this season's youngest contestant, and the second-youngest ever to reach the live shows, after season 10's Lauren Alaina.  While she admits that the Idol experience is "a lot harder than it looks," the 16-year-old says she'd still encourage other young people to try out, with one condition: your grades have to be good.Speaking to ABC News Radio, Malaya says, "From the outside in, [American Idol] looks like so much fun, but then when you're in show business, you notice all the details of everything. It's a lot. It's a whole lot!"  That's why any kid who wants to try out has to make sure they'll be able to simultaneously handle both their schoolwork and all the Idol commitments.Asked if young teens like her should audition for the show, Malaya tells ABC News Radio, "If their school is good and they have time on their hands, then yeah, if that's something they want to do." But, she warns, "Don't do it while you got all this debt, and your grades look terrible, because then you're going to be bombarded with all this stuff plus American Idol.""You should do it when you're really comfortable with yourself and what you're doing, because that's the best time to do stuff," she adds.While Malaya says that she grew considerably as a person and as a performer, thanks to being thrown headfirst into the grown-up world of Idol, she says that the rest of the finalists also have gotten much better since they started on the show. "Trust me, if you knew everybody...everybody has improved in their own ways," she tells ABC News Radio. "So, there's no specific person that's in the lead. Everybody has just grown from that point to now."Helping the contestants grow last week was American Idol season seven champ David Cook, who worked with the finalists as a mentor.  Malaya says she'd like to see David appear on the show more often in that role."Oh yeah, he'd be a good mentor because he's, like, honest with all his opinions," she tells ABC News Radio. "He's very helpful and the man won, so he knows what he's talking about! He knows the highs and the lows about American Idol."But as much as she liked David, there's another former Idol winner who Malaya would have killed to work with.  "Fantasia. Oh my God!" she gushed. "I would really pee on myself!"American Idol returns Wednesday night with a new theme: Competitors' Pick.  For the first time in the show's history, each finalist will select a song for their fellow finalists to perform.  Each contestant will therefore get a list of six songs from which to choose.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: The Playoffs End with Usher Eliminating Two of His Artists


(l-r) T.J. Wilkins, Usher, Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly; Trae Patton/NBCIt was the final night of the playoffs on The Voice on Tuesday night. All five artists from Team Usher performed in a bid to earn one of the remaining available spots in the live round.Usher settled on Bria Kelly, Josh Kaufman and T.J. Wilkins, thereby eliminating Melissa Jiménez and Stevie Joe.Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira pared down their teams during the previous two episodes.Here's what happened during Tuesday night's one-hour episode:T.J. Wilkins got things started for Team Usher with a cover of "Tell Me Something Good," by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Shakira misspoke by saying T.J.'s ability to reach the high note was his "ace under his sleeve." Adam teased her for botching the idiom. Usher said T.J. nailed the playful nature of the period of time when "Tell Me Something Good" was released, the mid-1970s.Melissa Jiménez delivered a stripped-down version of Beyoncé's "Halo." Shakira said it was a brave move to take a different approach to the popular song. Adam said there were some moments that were beautiful, but other moments during which Melissa ran into trouble. Blake added that Melissa didn't have enough breath for one particular note. Usher pointed out the effort that Melissa had put into the competition to that point.Stevie Joe chose B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone." Blake joked that watching Stevie Joe perform is like watching him sneak up on a rabbit. He then declared that Stevie Joe is the "real deal." Shakira said he stretched certain notes for too long, but otherwise his performance was good. Usher commended Stevie Joe for the way he handled a song that's about heartache.Bria Kelly took on The Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses." Shakira wondered how Bria could reach the high notes and be so sultry. Blake observed a softer side to Bria's vocals that is "golden." Usher applauded her for making the song her own.For the final performance of the playoff round, Josh Kaufman sang Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain." His former coach, Adam, said he's so relieved Josh was stolen from him because he deserves to be in the competition. Blake said Josh is a favorite of his and his wife, Miranda Lambert. Usher credited Adam for helping mold Josh as an artist.The episode ended with Usher keeping Bria, Josh and T.J. on his team.Here's a rundown of the remaining artists on the other three teams:Team Adam: Christina Grimmie, Delvin Choice and Kat Perkins.Team Blake: Sisaundra Lewis, Audra McLaughlin and Jake Worthington. Team Shakira: Tess Boyer, Kristen Merlin and Dani Moz.Next Monday night on NBC, The Voice will begin its live round.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Train's Sail Across the Sun Fan Cruise Is Returning in 2015


Trainline.comThe guys in Train had such a good time this past February on their first Sail Across the Sun fan cruise that they're doing it again next year -- and you can sign up now for all the fun.Train's second annual Sail Across the Sun cruise will leave from Miami on February 13, 2015, and visit Key West and Great Stirrup Key before returning to Miami on February 17.  You can register for the cruise pre-sale now at SailAcrosstheSun.com, and on that same website, you can watch a video documenting what went down this past year on the cruise to get you psyched up for next year.Last year's cruise featured musical guests like Matt Nathanson, Michael Franti and John Oates of Hall & Oates, and there was also a food and wine component, with tastings, and famous TV chefs like Jonathan Waxman and Aarón Sánchez giving cooking demonstrations.  Of course, there were also plenty of chances to get up-close-and-personal with the members of Train themselves, and see the band perform in intimate settings.Singer Pat Monahan says in a video, "Stay tuned...over the next two weeks as we unveil some exciting details about our journey together in 2015 at sea."Meanwhile, Train has quite a few performances lined up for this summer. Visit Trainline.com for their full schedule.Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioSail Across the Sun is back in 2015! from Sixthman TV on Vimeo. 

Lorde Wonders If People Will Still Like Her When She's 25


ABC/Lou RoccoMuch has been made of the fact that Lorde has managed to accomplish all that she has at such a young age.  But the 17-year-old star from New Zealand says she sometimes wonders if people will still think she's so great when she hits the ripe old age of, oh, say, 25.Speaking to Elle.com, Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, says, "I think a lot about mortality, and I just get way too in my head about it. Since I started making music a lot was made of how old I was and it made me think about, 'What happens when I’m 25? Will people still like what I'm doing? Is it still important if I’m not this hyper-youthful being?'""It’s stupid," she admits. "I know I’m being silly. But I can’t help it. It’s just one of those things. I’ll get over it."Lorde is also concerned with keeping her head on straight as her enormous fame grows.  Noting that a year ago, most people didn't know who she was, she tells Elle.com, "I guess it has been fast. But I don’t feel like it’s moving faster than I’m taking it in. I feel very on track with it."She adds, "A lot of things, like playing Coachella, feel a lot more normal and comfortable now that we’ve had a lot of experiences that could be considered a big deal. But I have an awesome team who help me not burn out and die. And I always have someone from my family on the road with me."Lorde's tour continues this week with shows in Las Vegas and Phoenix, and she'll return to Coachella this weekend for the music festival's second weekend.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

John Mayer Covers Beyonce Onstage in Australia


Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTBOver the weekend, John Mayer tweeted his admiration for Beyoncé's song "XO."  Now, he's paid her the ultimate compliment by performing the song live on stage.On April 12, John tweeted, "The best thing about Beyoncé? The break in her voice on the first 'baby, love me lights out' in XO. Real and raw."  On Tuesday in Adelaide, Australia, John sang a version of "XO" using only an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, and actually managed to make it sound like one of his own songs."XO" appears on Beyoncé's current self-titled album, which she released with no warning in December, shocking both her fans and the entire music industry.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Get a Sneak Preview of Katy Perry's New Collection for Claire's


Claire's Stores Inc.Katy Perry's PRISM collection of fashion accessories will debut at Claire's stores and online on May 15, but if you want a sneak preview, just head on over to the store's European Twitter feed.Katy's line was officially launched in London on Tuesday, and video and photos from all the fashion reporters and bloggers who attended are all over the @ClairesEurope Twitter feed right now. The photos reveal necklaces, bracelets and earrings with PRISM designs and themes, as well as notebooks, phone covers and more.  There are also rings and bracelets that spell out ROAR across your fingers and wrists.A note on the Claire's Facebook page has a few more images, as well as the message, "Are you roaring about the #KatyPerryPRISMCollection yet? Katy Perry wants to see you in these pieces at her Prismatic World Tour. The collection officially arrives in-store and online on May 15!"Katy's Prismatic World Tour gets underway next month in Northern Ireland.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Passenger Announces North American Summer Tour


Credit: Shervin LainezFollowing the global success of the song "Let Her Go," Passenger -- the singer/songwriter born Mike Rosenberg -- is getting ready to release his new album, Whispers, on June 10. Now, he's announced a North American headlining tour in support of the disc.The tour gets underway August 2 in Atlanta, and wraps up September 14 in San Diego.  Tickets go on sale April 15.Passenger has also been nominated for three Billboard Music Awards: Top New Artist, Top Rock Artist, and Top Rock Song, for "Let Her Go."Here are the tour dates:8/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre8/3 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works8/5 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos’ Southend8/6 -- Washington, D.C., Echostage8/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory8/10 -- New York, NY, Central Park Summerstage8/13 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues8/14 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis8/16 -- Toronto, ON, The Sound Academy8/17 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew Hall8/19 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall8/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe , Old National Center8/22 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre8/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue8/30 -- Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater8/31 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues9/3 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre9/6 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo9/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Malkin Bowl9/9 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom9/11 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre9/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern9/14 -- San Diego, CA, House of BluesCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Who Ate All the Custom Cakes in Katy Perry's New Lyric Video?


Capitol RecordsIf you checked out the new lyric video for Katy Perry's single "Birthday," you know that it's chock full of delicious treats, including cakes, cupcakes and candy.  All the sweets were real, and were created especially for the video by Ace of Cakes chef Duff Goldman and his team at Los Angeles' Cakemix Bakery & DIY Decorating Studio.  But who got to eat all those yummy cakes at the end of the shoot?  Well, it wasn't Katy.“The camera guys, sound guys, production guys took those home,” Goldman tells People magazine. "I’m sure there are photos of them all at home with their families eating Katy Perry cakes!”  But Katy herself, who appears briefly at the end of the video, did get a little something for her efforts: Duff's team made her a gift of some glittery pink cupcakes that spelled out her name. Goldman also reveals that he and his team of 12 created everything in the video in less than a week, following a list of shots that called for a hamburger cake, a cat cake, a cake that looks like a suit and others.  Unfortunately, Goldman says that the day of the shoot, when Katy came to the set, he missed her, because he had a delivery to make.  "I was bummed,” he tells People, but adds, "If she ever wants another cake, I’ll deliver it personally!”Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Joel's Daughter Recovering After Collapsing on Stage


Image Courtesy Alexa Ray Joel via InstagramBilly Joel's daughter Alexa Ray Joel has been having a rough time lately.  First, she had to deny rumors that she'd had plastic surgery.  Now, she's ended up in the hospital after collapsing on stage.As People magazine reports, Alexa was performing at New York's Cafe Carlyle over the weekend when she passed out on stage.  She was rushed to the emergency room and diagnosed with a condition called vasovagal syncope, in which the blood temporarily stops flowing to the brain.  However, it's not a serious condition, and doesn't require any treatment.In a statement, Alexa tells People, "I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me. I was excited and determined to fulfill my final performance and I really wanted to end my run with a bang, but this was not what I had in mind and hope I have the opportunity to make it up to the wonderful audience very soon. Thanks for all the concern."The night of the collapse, Alexa had previously announced from the stage that she wasn't feeling well because she'd pulled out her neck and her back.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio