Hozier Releases Teaser for "Someone New" Video


Alex LakeHozier’s got something -- and someone -- new. The Irish singer released a teaser for the video for his new single “Someone New” on Friday, starring Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer.The 30-second snippet posted to Twitter features shots of Natalie, who also co-starred in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and ends with a brief glimpse of Hozier singing on stage.The full video is set to premiere Monday. “Someone New” is the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated hit, “Take Me to Church.” Hozier also announced on Facebook Friday that he will be performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 5.Lovely new video for Someone New coming this Monday on @Vevo Here's a sneak preview. https://t.co/ZOvCbNgPGi— Hozier (@Hozier) February 27, 2015Follow @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

Meghan Trainor Wrote Her Latest Hit in Eight Minutes


Brooke NiparSome artists struggle for years to write a hit song, but things come a little easier for Meghan Trainor.  She says she dashed off her latest hit, "Lips Are Movin'," in under ten minutes.Meghan co-wrote "Lips Are Movin'" with Kevin Kadish, the same guy she worked with on her Grammy-nominated smash "All About That Bass."  "[It] was the last song I got to write with him for the album.  And...it was the fastest song I've ever wrote in my life.  We wrote it in eight minutes," Meghan says. "I kind of freaked out 'cause I looked at the clock, I was like, 'Wait a second, did we start this eight minutes ago?' And we freaked out and realized, 'Yeah!'"Meghan says recording the song was almost as fast. "I was out [of the studio] in like a half-hour or something ridiculous," she claims.As for what inspired the song, which like "All About That Bass" is sassy and contains elements of doo-wop, Meghan says it's about a real person."We wrote it about a person that we worked with that we caught lying a couple times," she explains.  "And we were like, 'We don't want to just write a song about someone lying...let's relate it to a boy cheating on me, 'cause everyone's been through that.'" "I've also been through that," she adds. "It sucks!""Lips Are Movin'" is included on Meghan's debut album Title, which debuted at #1 when it was released last month.  She's currently on the road on her first-ever headlining tour, which hits Dallas, Texas on Friday night.  The U.S. leg of the tour wraps up March 20 in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Nantucket, Massachusetts native currently lives.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.

Tom Hanks' Cameo in Carly Rae Jepsen's New Video Confirmed


ABC/ Lou RoccoOscar-winner Tom Hanks has officially added “Carly Rae Jepsen music video star” to his resume. After the actor was spotted on the set of what appeared to be a video shoot for Carly’s new single, Entertainment Weekly confirms that he will indeed be dancing alongside the Canadian singer in the video for “I Really Like You.”“After shooting the video I am still in happy shock,” Carly tells EW. “Tom was hilarious and though it was absolutely freezing he kept our spirits up by shouting ‘huddle together now -- like penguins’ when all 60 of us wanted to give up! I can’t thank him enough!”Tom joined Carly to film an outdoor group dance sequence last week on what happened to be the coldest recorded day in New York City since 2004. Justin Bieber made a cameo in the video, too. Tom is pals with Carly and Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun.“I Really Like You” is the first track from Carly’s forthcoming album. It will likely be released in March.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

Justin Timberlake Visits Pregnant Jessica Biel on Set of Her New Movie


Jamie McCarthy/NBCDoting dad-to-be Justin Timberlake surprised his pregnant wife Jessica Biel on the set of her new movie in New Orleans Thursday, the New York Daily News reports.The singer was spotted on set hanging with Jessica between takes. The 32-year-old actress has been filming scenes for The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which co-stars Jason Sudeikis.Sources told Us Weekly Jessica’s been working long days, but hasn’t complained once. "She's very pregnant but she's really been a good sport," an insider said.Justin and Jessica are reportedly due to welcome their new bundle of joy at the end of April.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's New Ballad Premieres in Documentary "The Hunting Ground"


A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LAWe’re not even three months into 2015 and Lady Gaga is already having a banner year: an engagement, a Grammy, a Sound of Music tribute, a role on American Horror Story and now the release of a new, emotional ballad called “Till It Happens to You.”The Diane Warren-penned track appears in the new documentary The Hunting Ground, which centers on campus rape survivors and hits theaters today. The empowering lyrics get a boost from Gaga’s strong vocals. She sings, "Hold your head up and be strong /When you fall you gotta get up."A low-quality version popped up online Friday, but an official version is expected to be available soon.Last month, Gaga revealed she was recording the song with the award-winning hitmaker Diane. "Recorded a song w/ amazing @Diane_Warren for very important doc #TheHuntingGround that premieres at Sundance today! Congrats 2 all involved!" Gaga tweeted on January 23.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 Reveals She Was Injured in BRIT Awards Fall; Album Hacker Indicted


Monty Brinton/CBS Earlier this week, Madonna pronounced herself "fine" after falling off the stage during her performance of "Living for Love" at the BRIT Awards in London.  But while recording the British program The Jonathan Ross Show Thursday night, the Queen of Pop admitted she was, in fact, injured during the tumble.“I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did. I know how to fall, I’ve fallen off my horse many times and I tucked and I have good core strength... but the thing is, I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head," Madonna told host Jonathan Ross for the show, which will air in the U.K. March 14. "So there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am making sure that I was still compos mentis.”Madonna also denied that the fall was a stunt meant to illustrate the song's lyrics: "Lifted me up, and watched me stumble/After the heartache, I'm gonna carry on."  She laughed, "I’m never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson, I guess.”What was most disappointing, the superstar said, was that the fall marred a performance that she wanted to be perfect.  “It was a horrible nightmare, because I like to be amazing," she explained. "Seriously, I rehearse and I rehearse and I rehearse so that when I do the show, it’s effortless and I create magic and I did the opposite. I actually created a horror show for everyone."As for why the fall happened, Madonna said the cape was she wearing was the culprit. "Everybody was worried that my cape was going to slide off because it’s quite heavy so they tied it really tight around my neck," she explained. "So here I am, marching in like a queen, and I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled my silky string and it would not come undone. And my two lovely Japanese dancers basically strangled me off the stage. I had a choice: I could either be strangled or fall with the cape, and I fell.”In other Madonna news, the Israeli man who was arrested on suspicion of hacking the files from her new album, Rebel Heart, has been indicted, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  Adi Lederman, 39, was officially charged on four counts: computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and additional computer trespassing, copyright infringement, and obstructing investigation.  He could face up to five years behind bars. 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.

Kelly Clarkson Sending Fans on a New York City Scavenger Hunt


RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson’s new album is called Piece by Piece, so it seems only fitting that she’d send her fans on a scavenger hunt to find hidden puzzle pieces.  Kelly’s hectic promotional schedule is the inspiration for the event in which fans will be tasked with finding puzzle pieces stashed in various locations throughout New York City on Saturday. The singer announced she’ll begin tweeting out clues at 10 a.m., ET that day. Anyone who finds a puzzle piece gets an invite to an exclusive Piece by Piece listening party on Sunday night. And they get to bring a friend, of course.Piece by Piece comes out March 3. This week Kelly's been giving fans a taste of what they can expect by releasing one new song from the album per day.We're doing a special #PiecebyPiece scavenger hunt in NYC on Saturday! https://t.co/yCCMSQ3g4x— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 26, 2015Follow @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: The Top 12 Girls Perform in the Motor City


FOXThursday's edition of American Idol featured the top 12 girls taking the stage in the Motor City at The Fillmore Detroit Theater, where they sang for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes. The top 12 guys performed on Wednesday. The top 16 contestants, based on America’s votes, will be revealed next week.Lovey James, the 16-year-old rock singer from Portland, Oregon, opened the show with “Love Runs Out,” by OneRepublic. Lopez called the performance “awesome.” Connick noted James took a risk with the song choice, but it paid off. Keith believed the performance got better and better as it went on.Student Adanna Duru, 18, changed the pace with her version of “Rather Be,” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne. Urban praised the singer for squeezing so many of her vocal capabilities into such a short span of time. Lopez noted that Adanna was “going for blood.” Her only critique was that Adanna needed to learn to control her excitement. Connick said the performance was Duru’s strongest so far.Alexis Gomez, the 22-year-old who calls herself a “singing Mexican hillbilly,” tackled Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead.” Harry loved the performance, but cautioned her against adding a fake twang to her voice just because she’s singing a country song. Keith said the strongest part of Gomez’s performance was when she got rid of the guitar she was playing for part of the song. He suggested she lose it altogether for future performances. J-Lo praised Alexis for “playing around” with her style.The Accordion-toting Joey Cook of Woodbridge, Virginia, put a Cajun spin on Urban’s “Somebody Like You.” It brought Keith to his feet and he praised Cook for taking the song and making it her own. Jennifer thought Joey did a good job of showcasing who she was. Harry remarked that if he and Keith ever had a kid, “that’s what the music would sound like.”Next up, Massachusetts native Katherine Winston, performed Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound.” Urban thought it was a good choice, but advised her to “feel” the song more. Connick, on the other hand, questioned the song choice, explaining that he didn’t think it was right for the competition. Lopez called the Idol hopeful’s voice “magical.”Shannon Berthiaume, a 17-year-old student from St. Paul, Minnesota, tackled Pink’s “Who Knew.” Harry noted Shannon appeared “green,” compared to the other acts in the competition -- a great quality now, but it would probably wear off in time. Keith thought Shannon was a great singer, but made a bad song choice. Jennifer also told Berthiaume she was a talented singer and urged her to believe in herself.Loren Lott took the stage next, singing Charice’s “Note to God.” Lopez applauded Lott for giving a “brave performance.” Connick added that it was “powerful,” as well. Urban declared Loren is “giving everyone one a run for the money.”Model Shi Scott delivered a soulful performance of Rihanna’s “Umbrella" that Keith called “powerful” and “gutsy,” but unfortunately was the wrong song choice. Jennifer agreed, explaining that the song didn’t really show what Scott could do. Harry thought going with a well-known song was a smart move, but agreed with the other judges that “Umbrella” a poor choice.Maddie Walker, 17, tackled Shania Twain’s “Love Gets Me Every Time.” Connick called it a “good, solid performance,” but Urban once again questioned the song choice, as did Lopez.This is Sarina-Joi Crowe‘s fourth attempt at becoming the next "American Idol" and she made the most of it by belting out Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best.” J-Lo thought Sarini-Joi's performance rivaled the original. Harry noted that Sarini-Joi’s look and sound were great, as well as the arrangement. Keith added that the performance was “the perfect balance of loose and tight.”Jax’s changed the mood 180 degrees, taking on Nancy Sinatra’s version of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” Urban loved Jax’s “artistry and originality,” adding, “It was killer.” Lopez declared, “We’ll definitely be seeing you next week.” Connick agreed.Tyanna Jones, 16, closed the show with “Lips Are Movin,” by Meghan Trainor, which, according to Connick, safely put her into the “ridiculously talented category.” Urban agreed, but also urged the teen not to be afraid of singing in even higher keys. Jennifer said Jones’ voice was “from God himself” and told the singer to “just be you.”American Idol continues next Wednesday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Taylor Swift Now Has As Many "Billboard" Hits as Elton John


ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift has only been making records since 2006.  Elton John, on the other hand, has been making records since, oh, about 1968 or so.  So how could it be that both of them now have the same number of Billboard Hot 100 hits?  Well, they do, believe it or not.A new song by Taylor, "Wonderland," has just entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #51; it's a track from the deluxe edition of her album 1989.  It's the 67th hit of her career on that chart, and that ties her with Elton, who also has 67.  How'd she catch up to Elton so fast?  Because with her last few albums, she's released multiple songs online individually, and they all sold enough to at least scrape into the Hot 100.Among the artists who have more Billboard Hot 100 hits than Taylor and Elton: The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, and rappers Jay Z, Drake and Lil Wayne.  The most hits, however, have been racked up by the cast of Glee: 207, to be exact.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.  

Mark Ronson Says Bruno Mars Can Have the Bottom Half of His BRIT Award for "Upto


Florent DechardWednesday night, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars was named Best British Single at the BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.  Only Mark -- who's British, in case you didn't realize -- was present for the ceremony, but he says he plans to share his trophy with his pal Bruno...sort of.Backstage, Mark was asked by London's Capital FM if he'd had a chance to tell Bruno the good news.  Mark replied, "I haven’t had a chance [to tell him], it’s terrible...but I think he’s found out and he was he first person, I thanked of course, because at least half of that award is his."Speaking about the BRIT Awards statuette, which looks like a featureless woman wearing a helmet, he added, "I’m gonna take the top half because it’s got the face, but he can have the base.”Bruno, of course, did find out about the win, and tweeted, "Aaaaaaayyyyyyy! Congrats @MarkRonson Thank you to everyone for making this happen #BRITAWARDS."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's Sound of Music Medley Gets Thumbs-Up from Maria Von Trapp's Granddau


(A.M.P.A.S.(r) / Michael Yada)Lady Gaga's performance of songs from the Sound of Music on the Academy Awards got the approval of Julie Andrews, the star of the film, but now Gaga's also gotten the thumbs-up from someone even more impressive: the granddaughter of the real-life subject of The Sound of Music.The legendary 1965 movie was based on the real-life story of Maria von Trapp.  Now, Elisabeth von Trapp, Maria's granddaughter, has written a piece for the British paper The Independent about the movie's 50th anniversary. In it, she says, "I must say that I thought Lady Gaga's celebration at the Oscars was exquisite -- her voice being perfect for the medley -- and beautifully choreographed."So there, anyone who wasn't happy with Gaga's performance -- including TV producer Shonda Rhimes, creator of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy.  Rhimes raised eyebrows on Oscar night by declaring Gaga's performance "not okay." After being criticized for her comments, she wrote on Twitter, "I probably did miss the point. Everyone else loved it. That's okay. I am not a singer. So I don't know jack. I readily admit that. Everybody else liked it....My opinion DOESN'T MATTER. She ain't thinking 'bout me. Breathe."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.  

Sugary Ray's Mark McGrath Confirms He's Alive and Well, Say He Knew Nothing of D


Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesMark McGrath is not dead. We repeat: Mark McGrath is not dead. The Sugar Ray frontman was simply the victim of a celebrity death hoax Thursday.A press release was sent to various media outlets claiming the 46-year-old had died while "filming the second season of entertainment show Hot Package, when he was confronted by a masked gunman and shot several times."The release added, "In honor of Mr. McGrath's legacy, his team is asking in liu [sic] of flowers, fans post a Sugar Ray Selfie, holding a packet of sugar over their heart.  #RIPMARKMCGRATH.”It sounded bogus, and it was bogus. Over an hour after the first release was sent, another message was emailed to the media clarifying that Mark was alive in real life, but will be killed by a masked gunman on the Adult Swim show’s season-two premiere, which conveniently airs this Saturday.Mark tweeted that he had no idea about the death hoax beforehand. “Final word on the death hoax thing, I knew nothing about it and found out the same time you did...sorry about any confusion,” he wrote.Adult Swim also denied any involvement in perpetrating the hoax. "This press release did not come from Adult Swim and is not part of any network PR or marketing campaign for the show Hot Package,” the network said in a statement to E! News.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.

Carly Rae Jepsen Confirms "I Really Like You" Is Her Next Single


ABC/Todd WawrychukWe just got “Call Me Maybe” out of our heads, so that must mean it’s time for a new Carly Rae Jepsen song. Last week, Carly was spotted filming what appeared to be a music video for a new tune called “I Really Like You,” with Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber. Now the Canadian singer has confirmed that song is indeed being released as the first single from her new album.In a post on her website, the 29-year-old said she's finally gearing up to debut some new music. She said for the past few years she's been "hiding in forests where one meets a prince and dances till midnight. I've been cocooned in my Soho apartment, sipping tea with artists so weird and wonderful that only New York could keep them happy. I have been hiking to the tippy tops of L.A. peaks where I've said this out loud to no one…'I'm ready.'"Carly's major label U.S. debut album Kiss was released in 2012, so it’s been a while since she’s released new material. She didn’t give any more details on the new single or the new album, but her manager Scooter Braun recently told Billboard the single would be released in March. He said the tune is “on the level” of her first mega-hit “Call Me Maybe.” I know I really like you when I start to write songs about you. #IReallyLikeYou A photo posted by Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) on Feb 25, 2015 at 7:51pm PSTFollow @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.

Madonna Found Out Through Instagram that She'd Been Hacked, Says It Was "Pandemo


Interscope RecordsImagine being hacked, and then finding out about it on Instagram. That’s exactly what happened to Madonna in December. Dozens of demos she had recorded for her album Rebel Heart were leaked online, and the pop icon tells Time her Instagram followers were the ones who gave her the heads up.“It was through Instagram that I found out my songs were leaking, because my fans were warning me,” she tells the mag. “Aside from the violation of having something stolen from me, suddenly, people were making comments on songs I had no intention of releasing. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to push myself into overdrive.’”In the wake of the hack, she hustled to finish several of those songs and rushed out a six-track EP on iTunes to divert attention from the unfinished demos. “I didn’t sleep for weeks,” she says. “I didn’t see my kids. It was pandemonium, confusion, paranoia, hysteria.”On January 21, an Israeli man was arrested in connection with the hack, but Madonna says she doesn’t expect this problem to go away any time soon. “I think it’s going to become pervasive in our society,” she says. “People make a living off it. It’s not like you’re a bank robber -- there’s some kind of honesty to that crime. With cybercrime, you don’t know who they are. People can hide so easily, and it’s really dangerous.”The leak was a setback to be sure, but Madonna’s used to overcoming obstacles. The latest snafu happened at the Brit Awards Wednesday, when she took a nasty tumble during her performance of "Living for Love." She later addressed the fall on Instagram, "My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up!”Hear that, hackers? You can’t stop Madonna. Rebel Heart comes out March 10 and her interview with Time hits newsstands Friday.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.

Nico & Vinz to Apply Lessons Learned from Bruno Mars to New U.S. Headlining Tour


Sara McColgan/Warner Bros. RecordsNico & Vinz have toured with Bruno Mars and are currently touring Europe with Usher, but this spring they’ll be hitting the road for their first full U.S. tour. The Norwegian duo will embark on a 24-date Ones to Watch with Skype tour starting in May.The first stop will be Anaheim, California on May 4, with other stops including Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Seattle. The tour concludes on June 8 in San Diego, California.Ones to Watch with Skype is a platform that gives fans direct access to emerging artists with things like exclusive backstage Q&As broadcast via Skype. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27.During the tour, the Norwegian duo will be able to apply the lessons they've learned on tour with Usher and Bruno to their own show.  Speaking about their tour last year with Bruno, Nico tells ABC News Radio, "We learned so much about being professional. He delivers at such high level every night and it was so inspiring to get off stage when we were done playing and just standing in the crowd waiting to see his show.""It’s so motivational to us," he adds. "Like, we watched all the lights, all the moves he’s got, the way he sings, and it just inspires us to reach that level. Keep reaching higher and higher."But there was admiration on Bruno's side as well.  As Vinz recalls, "The first time we met him, and we came to do the first show in Canada, we sat in the dressing room and we were like, 'What is that noise out there?' and he was doing sound check."  What they were hearing, it turned out, was Bruno soundchecking by singing their big hit, "Am I Wrong." "It was like, 'Is that Bruno playing our song right now?'” Vinz recalls. "He was singing our song and it was just like, 'Okay, cool.' We met him afterwards, [he was] super cool. So that was fun." Here’s the full list of tour dates:5/4 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues5/8 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom5/9 -- Austin, TX, Parish5/10 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues5/11 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues5/13 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues5/15 -- Greensboro, NC, The Cone Denim Entertainment Center5/16 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte5/17 -- Baltimore, MD, Sound Stage5/18 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts5/19 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza5/21 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club5/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's5/24 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom5/26 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues5/27 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues5/28 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater5/30 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater5/31 -- Park City, UT, Park City Live6/2 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune6/3 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom6/6 -- San Francisco, CA, The Independent6/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues6/8 -- San Diego, CA, House of BluesFollow @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, Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran Win Big at Brit Awards; Madonna Takes a Tum


David M. Benett/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift and her pals Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were all big winners Wednesday at the 2015 Brit Awards in London...while Madonna narrowly escaped injury during her performance.Ed took home the night’s top prize -- MasterCard British Album of the Year -- for his album X [Multiply] and beat out recent Grammy winner Sam for the British Male Solo Artist award. But Sam won the Global Success Award and the British Breakthrough Act award. Taylor nabbed the International Female Solo Artist prize.The unstoppable trio also delivered separate performances during the night. After walking the red carpet in a stunning black gown with a red dragon emblazoned on the back, Taylor changed into a black tuxedo jacket and took the stage to belt out her hit “Blank Space.” Sam soulfully performed “Lay Me Down,” and Ed serenaded the audience with his song “Bloodstream.”Best British Single went to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. Pharrell Williams picked up the award for International Male Solo Artist award, and One Direction snagged British Artist Video of the Year for the “You & I” video. The boy band wasn’t there to claim their prize, but they recorded a thank you message for everyone who voted for them.A highly-anticipated performance by Madonna -- her first appearance on the Brits in 20 years -- closed out the show. The performance of “Living for Love” hit a snag when a dancer tried to remove the singer’s black cape; the action sent the singer tumbling backwards down some stairs. Despite the nasty fall, Madonna barely missed a beat and finished the song like pro.  Later, on Instagram, she posted, "My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine!"Earlier in the day, before her Brit Awards appearance, Taylor surprised a fan who camped out for 20 hours just to catch a glimpse of the star as she stopped by BBC Radio 1. "I just sat near the entrance. More people started arriving from 5 p.m. and throughout the night. It was freezing cold but the atmosphere was so exciting," fan Sinead Murray told Buzzfeed. "Taylor followed me on Tumblr a few months ago and so I had been uploading pictures to show her there were lots of people there and that we were excited to see her."Taylor apparently noticed the Tumblr posts and tracked down Sinead. They chatted and took selfies together. "I am completely blown away that my idol wanted to meet me and I can't thank her enough," Sinead said. "She's even more of an angel in person – if that's at all possible."Here is the complete list of Brit Awards winners:British Male Solo ArtistEd Sheeran British Female Solo ArtistPaloma Faith British GroupRoyal Blood British Breakthrough ActSam Smith Critics' ChoiceJames Bay British SingleMark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk" MasterCard British Album of the YearEd Sheeran -- xBritish Producer of the YearPaul Epworth British Artist Video of the YearOne Direction -- "You & I" International Male Solo ArtistPharrell Williams International Female Solo ArtistTaylor SwiftInternational GroupFoo Fighters Global SuccessSam SmithFollow @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. 

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Still #1 with "Uptown Funk"


Image Courtesy RCA RecordsBruno Mars and Mark Ronson's hit is still #1 after eight weeks.  Don't believe me? Just watch."Uptown Funk" continues its reign atop the Billboard Hot 100, extending its lead as Bruno's longest-running #1 hit; it's also the first #1 hit of Ronson's career as an artist.Elsewhere on the Hot 100, the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack has now produced not one but two top 10 hits: "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding, and "Earned It," by Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd.  Taylor Swift also has two hits in the top 10 at once: "Blank Space" and "Style.""FourFiveSeconds," the collaboration between Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West, slides down to #6.  Other songs in the top 10: Ed Sheeran's "'Thinking Out Loud," Hozier's "Take Me to Church," Maroon 5's "Sugar" and Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Movin'."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.

Robin Thicke Testifies in "Blurred Lines" Copyright Infringement Trial


Credit: Harper SmithRobin Thicke didn’t just testify Wednesday in court in Los Angeles where the family of the late Marvin Gaye is suing, claiming Robin's 2013 smash "Blurred Lines" borrowed improperly from Marvin's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up," he also played a keyboard and sang a medley of tunes.During questioning from his own attorney, Thicke used a keyboard to demonstrate how he thought "Blurred Lines" and "Got to Give It Up" were not similar, in his opinion. He played snippets of both songs and said the bass line is not the same. "There's only one chord that's similar in the whole song,” Thicke testified. Thicke then performed snippets of several songs, including Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” and Michael Jackson’s “Man In the Mirror” to demonstrate that many hit songs share the same chord progression.The singer also testified he “was not present when the song was created.” Thicke had previously stated in a deposition that not a single line of “Blurred Lines” was his idea, but he had filed court documents saying he co-created the song with Pharrell Williams.Thicke stated that the reason he falsely claimed in media interviews that he was the brains behind the song was that after writing plenty of songs himself, “the biggest hit of my career was written by someone else and I was jealous and wanted credit.”The singer also testified that statements he made in a deposition that he was “high and drunk” for every interview he did last year were true. “I had a drug and alcohol problem for the year and I didn’t do a sober interview. So I don’t recall many things that I said,” Thicke told the court.Earlier in the day, Janis Gaye, Marvin's second wife, took the stand to say that at first, she thought "Blurred Lines" was great and had brought new life to "Got to Give It Up," but later realized the song's creators had not licensed the rights to her husband's song.Whether or not "Blurred Lines" was merely influenced by the feel of the Marvin Gaye hit, or actually infringes on the copyright of the earlier song by using its key musical elements -- especially its melody -- is at the heart of the arguments in the case, which is expected to last around two weeks.  One expert believes that the Gaye family doesn't really have a case."Nothing original has been copied by Robin Thicke,"  Professor Michael Harrington, Music Business Program chair at SAE Institute Nashville, tells ABC News Radio. "The only things that are similar, I think, are the style and the speed and the instrumentation. But that's really not enough."But it remains to be seen whether or not the jury of five women and three men hearing the case will agree with Harrington's analysis.At stake is an enormous portion of the money generated by Robin's six-times platinum single.  "It could be anywhere from a quarter to 25 percent of the money earned, to 100 percent, at the most crazy," says Harrington. "It could be very substantial." 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.

Kelly Clarkson Says Being a Mom "Changed My World in the Most Awesome Way"


Courtesy of PeopleKelly Clarkson’s new album drops next week, but her music career is no longer her number-one priority. That honor belongs to her 8-month-old daughter, River Rose. Mommy and baby appear together on the latest cover of People, and Kelly tells the mag how motherhood has completely changed her life.“My whole life took a big 180,” Kelly tells People. “I never thought I was going to be a mom, so it’s very much changed my world in the most awesome way.”Not only is she a mom to River, but the 32-year-old is also a stepmom to her husband Brandon Blackstock’s two children from a previous marriage -- Savannah, 13, and Seth, 8. “Seth and Savannah made me want to have a baby,” Kelly says. “I didn’t realize how much I would love [being a mom].”It’s a role that's made Kelly realize a entirely new kind of success. “I love what I do, but I feel like I relied on my career a lot for my self-worth. And now I’m more than that,” she says. “I’m a mother and a wife and have this whole other thing going on.”Kelly calls River “the happiest baby on the planet” and credits her birth for bringing an unexpected peacefulness to her life. She says her daughter has helped heal some of the old wounds caused by her own parents’ divorce. “My best friend always says, ‘You just want to create the family you never had.’ I might be doing that,” she says.Kelly's new album, Piece by Piece, drops March 3 and she’ll kick off a world tour later this year. Looking ahead, Kelly also says she has “a country record on the back burner” and wants to make her theater debut. She’d also like to give River a little brother or sister someday. Kelly says, “I’ve accomplished a lot, but I guess the biggest success I want is that whenever I die people will say, ‘She was so successful as a mother, and as a wife.’ That’s kind of my big goal.”The new issue of People hits stands Friday.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

Imagine Dragons Score #1 Debut with "Smoke + Mirrors"


KIDinaKORNER/Interscope RecordsDespite being a top seller, Imagine Dragons' debut album, Night Visions, never got higher than #2 on the Billboard chart.  However, their new album, Smoke + Mirrors, has debuted at #1.The disc, featuring lead single "I Bet My Life," sold 192,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.  Night Visions, which produced three hit singles, is actually still on the Billboard 200 album chart, despite having been released 129 weeks ago.Imagine Dragons' album is the only top-10 debut this week. The rest of the top 10 is full of holdovers from the past few weeks, including albums by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.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