Pharrell Williams to Launch Line of Handbags Shaped Like Trains

Art Streiber/NBCAll aboard for Pharrell Williams' latest fashion venture!  Women's Wear Daily reports that the singer, songwriter and newly minted Voice coach is teaming with the French leather goods company Moynat to create a line of handbags inspired by trains.The handbags will be shaped like vintage steam locomotives, and are being made in either hand-tooled acrylic resin or hand-carved ebony.  They're being unveiled at the super-trendy Parisian boutique Colette on October 13; a week later, they'll be at Moynat boutiques in London and Paris. The collaboration started when Pharrell was introduced to the brand by Colette's creative director. After he toured their workshop, he bonded with Moynat's creative director over the idea of trains, which are both nostalgic and romantic.  The creative director said that Pharrell nearly got teary-eyed when he saw the first prototype of the train purse.The limited-edition resin version will set you back nearly $13,000; the ebony ones will cost just over four grand each.  If you can't afford that, there also will be silk scarves and leather pouches with train motifs available.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Phil Collins Announces That He's "Not Ready to Return to the Full Concert Stage"

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsPhil Collins has a message for fans who think he's planning a full-fledged return to performing live: There must be some misunderstanding.  The former Genesis frontman and drummer, who will be taking the stage December 6 at an annual benefit for the Little Dreams Foundation in Miami Beach, Florida, issued a statement to clarify his involvement in the event and his future plans with regard to playing live.Collins explains in the message, "I will be performing three or four songs semi-acoustically, and maybe one more with my 13-year-old son Nicolas on drums, but that's all as I am not ready to return to the full concert stage at this time."The Little Dreams Foundation was co-founded by Collins and his ex-wife, Orianne, and supports talented children who strive to achieve excellence in music, sports and art.  The show, dubbed the Dreaming on the Beach concert, will take place at the Fillmore Miami Beach and also will feature performances by a few other singers.Back in May, Collins gave a surprise performance at an ensemble event featuring music students from the Miami Country Day School, including his son Nicolas.A few years ago, Collins announced that he was retiring from music to spend more time fathering his young kids.  However, in late 2013, Phil told a German newspaper that he'd started working on new material and said he'd even consider playing with Genesis again, which raised hopes amongst fans that he was considering relaunching his music career.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bette Midler to Release "It's the Girls," Salute to Girl Groups, on Nov. 4

Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of years ago, Bette Midler inducted legendary girl group vocalist Darlene Love into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Now, the multi-talented entertainer is releasing an entire album dedicated to the girl group genre, spanning songs from the 1930s to the 1990s -- and Darlene Love is a guest performer.It's the Girls! arrives November 4, and features Bette's renditions of 15 songs, the earliest of which is The Andrews Sisters' "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön" (by meer bisst doo shane), from 1937.  The most recent track is "Waterfalls," by TLC.  Most of the material, though, comes from the sixties girl group era, and includes hits by The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and more.  Darlene joins Bette for a duet of "He's Sure the Boy I Love," originally recorded by The Crystals.  Darlene originally sang lead on that record."A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony," Bette says in a statement. "In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world."This is Bette's first new album since 2006's Cool Yule. A tour is currently in the works.Here's the track listing for It's the Girls!:"Be My Baby" (Originally performed by The Ronettes)"One Fine Day" (Originally performed by The Chiffons)"Bei Mir Bist Du Schon" (Originally performed by The Andrews Sisters)"Baby It's You" (Originally performed by The Shirelles)"Tell Him" (Originally performed by The Exciters)"He's Sure the Boy I Love" (duet with Darlene Love) (Originally performed by The Crystals)"Mr. Sandman" (Originally performed by The Chordettes)"Come and Get These Memories" (Originally performed by Martha & The Vandellas)"Too Many Fish in the Sea" (Originally performed by The Marvelettes)"Teach Me Tonight" (Originally performed by The DeCastro Sisters)"Waterfalls" (Originally performed by TLC)"You Can't Hurry Love" (Originally performed by The Supremes)"Give Him a Great Big Kiss" (Originally performed by The Shangri-Las)"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (Originally performed by The Shirelles)"It's the Girl" (Originally performed by The Boswell Sisters)Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Fan Claims Rod Stewart-Kicked Soccer Ball Broke His Nose

Credit: Penny LancasterAttending a Rod Stewart concert is a dangerous business -- at least according to one fan, who's now suing the singer for breaking his nose.Page Six reports that according to court papers, Mostafe Kashe claims that when he attended one of Rod's concerts at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2012, Rod kicked a soccer ball into the audience, which smashed into his face with enough force to bust his nose.  He's now suing Rod as well as the concert promoter, AEG Live, claiming negligence and "failure to warn" patrons that they might be struck with "sufficient force so as to potentially injure" them.The complaint further notes that Rod isn't just randomly winging balls into the crowd: his kicks pack a serious punch due to his longstanding involvement in the sport. "Stewart has significant experience in the sport of soccer and experience in kicking soccer balls, having previously tried out for a professional soccer team in the U.K. and regularly playing in amateur soccer leagues since his youth,” says Kashe's complaint.Kashe claims he had to cut his vacation short after being injured and is now seeking more than $10,000 in damages for lost wages, cosmetic damage and attorney's fees.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kelly Clarkson to Be Honored at Musicians on Call's 15th Anniversary Concert

Justin Lubin/NBCMusicians on Call, the charity which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hospital patients nationwide, has announced that Kelly Clarkson will be the special honoree at its 15th anniversary celebration.Kelly will be celebrated at the November 18 event in New York City, and among those performing are Jessie J and Nick Jonas. Kelly, who's personally performed for patients while working with the charity, has said of working with the charity, "I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their the hospitals away from the comfort of their homes.”Visit to find out how to get tickets for the event.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Are Madonna & Nicki Minaj Teaming Up Again?

Mert & MarcusMadonna is teasing yet another possible collaboration on her new album.  On Instagram, she's posted a photo of herself and Nicki Minaj, with the caption, "We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk."Nick posted the same photo, with the caption, "My trip to New York isn't the same unless I bump into the Queen." She added the hashtag, "#B**chItsMadonna," which is rumored to be the title of one of the songs on the Queen of Pop's new album.Madonna and Nicki previously teamed up on Madonna's 2012 single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," and Nicki joined her when she performed the song at the Super Bowl halftime show that same year.  It's possible that Madonna has also tapped Nicki to contribute a verse to the new album, but it's not clear. Madonna previously implied in an Instagram post that Alicia Keys would be contributing to the new album as well, but Madonna's rep told ABC News Radio that she wasn't sure if that's true.Madonna's new album will likely see the light of day in 2015.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Will Annie Lennox's New Album Be Her Last?

Mike OwenAnnie Lennox is releasing a new album of standards, Nostalgia, on vinyl at the end of this month, and on all other formats in October.  If you're a fan, better make sure you grab a copy: the ex-Eurythmics frontwoman says this disc just might be her last.Rolling Stone reports that at an event in London to launch the record, Annie -- who'll turn 60 on Christmas Day -- said, "I was thinking maybe it’s my swan song...but I don't know yet."  She continued, "Every time I ever made an album with Dave Stewart [in the Eurythmics] I always said, 'That's the last.' And after that, with my own albums, it was, 'That's it! I’m never doing that again.' But I came back to it."Annie also says that she's trying to decide if she'll do any shows to promote the new album: her last full tour was in 2007.  "That’s a big question at the moment," said the singer, adding,  "We’ll see."Nostalgia will be Annie's second album in a row of non-original material, but the singer says there's a good reason for that."I’ve stopped writing because I’m too happy," she explained, adding, "It’s thanks to someone who will remain nameless, but who makes me very happy with life these days...Misery is a great catalyst for some extraordinary music but you don’t really want to live there 24/7.""I’d rather be not successful and happy than be super-successful and absolutely miserable," she noted.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Pink's New Musical Collaborator Provided Her Birthing Soundtrack, Too

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsPink surprised fans a few weeks ago by announcing that she'll be releasing a new album in October under the name You + Me.  Her musical collaborator in the project is singer/songwriter Dallas Green, and she's a big fan of his.  How big a fan?  It was his music she chose to listen to when she gave birth to her daughter, Willow.The Australian paper The Daily Telegraph reports that Pink became a fan of Green, who records under the name The City and Colour, back in 2008, and she invited him to open her U.K. concerts in 2010.  Then, last year, he ended up opening three of her U.S. shows, and that's when, Green says, he found out how much she loves his music."During the show, Pink would ask for a round of applause for City and Colour and told the crowd, 'That was what I was listening to when Willow came into the world,'" Green told The Daily Telegraph.  "She would say that every night in front of 15,000 people or more; it was nuts.  I'll take that!"The two got together this past March in L.A. to write songs together, and they ended up coming up with an entire album.  The result, rose ave., will be out October 14.  First the duo has released the song "You and Me," and now they've followed up with another song, "Break the Cycle," which you can hear streaming on about writing the song, Pink tells the website, "I really wanted to write a song about my mom.  It didn't turn out to be quite the love song I thought it would be, but it's very honest and came out to be so much more."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Barry Manilow's "My Dream Duets" to Be Released October 27

PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupMy Dream Duets, Barry Manilow's album of collaborations featuring him singing with artists who are no longer with us, now has a release date: October 27.Manilow created the album taking the original vocal tracks from each artist's original recording, re-orchestrating the arrangements, and recording all-new musical tracks.  As a result, the songs "sound as if they were recorded yesterday," he says in a statement, adding, "The album is a miracle. It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically."Among the artists with whom Manilow duets with on the album are John Denver, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., and Judy Garland. "Having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true," he says.Here's the full track listing for My Dream Duets:"The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart," with Jimmy Durante"Goody Goody," with Frankie Lymon"Dream a Little Dream of Me," with Mama Cass"I Believe In You and Me," with Whitney Houston"Sunshine on My Shoulders," with John Denver"Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," with Judy Garland"Moon River," with Andy Williams"The Look of Love," with Dusty Springfield"The Candyman," with Sammy Davis, Jr."I Wanna Be Loved by You," with Marilyn Monroe"What a Wonderful World"/"What a Wonderful Life," with Louis ArmstrongFollow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming "Early Next Year," May Have "Special Guest"

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson got fans excited Friday when she tweeted lyrics to one of the songs on her upcoming album.  Now she's revealed a bit more about the album, as part of a Twitter conversation with a fan.The fan tweeted, "Hi Kelly. Are you going to have any crazy surprises for us on your new album?"  The Grammy-winner replied, "Yes. I'm so proud of my next album! Might have a special guest on the album ....maybe :) Doesn't come out until early next year."As previously reported, this will be Kelly's first new album of non-holiday original material since 2011's Stronger.While working on the album, Kelly is also enjoying first-time motherhood, but putting her daughter River Rose to bed can be trying at times, as she revealed on Twitter.  "Ran out of songs 2 sing while trying 2 put my little girl 2 sleep & she finally nods off after 'Silly Ho' by TLC," Kelly wrote, adding the hashtag, "#shecantunderstandthelyrics."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Returns; New Coach Gwen Says Blake & Adam's "R-Rated" Antics Give He

Trae Patton/NBCOn Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there'll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.  The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore."Seriously, after day one...I haven't laughed that hard in so long," she says. "I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!"  She adds, "Everybody at home, they get a sneak peek at those two, but we got the R-rated, hilarious, locker room version of what they're getting at home. I mean, it is bad.""I thought I was in a boys club my whole life, like being on a tour bus with all guys," she says, referring to her years with her band No Doubt. "But these two, they really take it to another level!""I don't even feel alive unless I'm making fun of Blake. And neither one of us cares about it. It's so much fun. It's genuinely a blast," laughs Adam, who pronounces season seven "the best...we've ever had." He adds, "I think that Gwen and Pharrell are incredible, formidable opponents, but also just people I respect and love very much."Adam says he was surprised how little time it took for Gwen and Pharrell to get into the groove during the Blind Auditions. "The learning curve seemed nonexistent, almost," he says. "They were just really astute and good at it right away, and very competitive and took a lot of people away from me that I wanted."  He says he was also gratified that Gwen, especially, got sucked into the emotion of the competition."I told her, 'You're not gonna believe how wrapped up you get in this.' You do it, and all of a sudden you find yourself totally lost in it and you're loving it, and it's amazing," Adam says. "So, it happened, like I knew it would. It was just great to watch. It was just cool after six seasons to see that kind of joy about the show and enthusiasm back again."As for Pharrell, he says he was pleasantly surprised at his experience on the show.  "My expectation is that it would be work that I would enjoy, but I was wrong. It's not been any work at all. It's been fun. Really, honestly fun," he says.  He also disagrees with those who feel that The Voice is a failure because it hasn't produced any superstars.  In his mind, the coaching the contestants receive makes it all worth it."Essentially, at the end of the day, there are 48 contestants, and only person is gonna win," he says. "The rest of those 47 people, like, their lives are gonna be changed because they had Blake teach them a lot about their voices and what they could do. And they had Gwen to teach them about the tone and their styling. And they had Adam to teach them about vocal control. That's huge!"Gwen agrees that imparting lessons she's learned over the years is a big reason why she's excited to be on The Voice."I've had an amazing journey so far, and so to be able to to play this role as a coach, I feel super-blessed," she says. "It's gonna be one of those times in my life I know that I'm gonna look back and go, 'That was incredible.'"The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pregnant Alicia Keys Poses Nude to Draw Attention to New "We Are Here" Movement:

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCA female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it.  The singer, who's expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an "army" of fans to make a positive change in the world.By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind -- from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls' education worldwide. She tells the New York Times, "I want to gather an army...It’s time to get people’s attention. People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”Alicia has donated a million bucks of her own money to get the movement started, and it'll go to 12 different groups, which she hopes her fans will then choose to donate to themselves.  They include her own foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which helps kids affected by HIV and AIDS; All Out, a gay rights organization; Oxfam, which fights global poverty; War Child; which supports kids living in conflict areas, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which combats racial profiling.  She also plans to organize petitions, rallies and protests.Alicia's newly released song "We Are Here" is the theme song for the movement. She tells the New York Times that she was inspired to write the song, and begin the movement, in part, when a friend asked her, "Why are you here?"  "Nobody had ever asked me that question before," says Alicia, noting that it started her thinking about what her purpose in life is, and what her legacy will be."We’re in the same head space. We think the same things,” she says of her and her fans. “This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?”You can get more info at, and also watch a video where Alicia performs "We Are Here" and says, "It's not about me. It's about we, and together we can ignite the change that will create a more peaceful world for all children. And that's the truth."Over the weekend, Alicia performed at a celebration for the late actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee at Riverside Church in New York. She performed her song "Superwoman" at the event. Dee died in June at the age of 91.(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by Alicia Keys. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Phillip Phillips May Eat Birthday Cake and More Onstage at Saturday's "Food Netw

Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips celebrates his 24th birthday on Saturday, and he'll be spending it engaging in his two favorite activities: playing music and eating.Phillip is one of the headliners at the first-ever Food Network-branded music festival, taking place September 20 outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Not only will Phillip be playing, as well as his former tourmate John Mayer, but the charity event will feature cooking demonstrations and food tastings from some of the Food Network's biggest stars, as well as top chefs from around the country. "I'm so excited," Phillip tells ABC News Radio.  "I'm going to eat a lot of food."  In fact, he says he may not even wait until his set is over to chow down.   "I'm probably gonna walk off stage during the middle of the set and just go eat something," he jokes. "Or I'll just ask them to bring me some food up -- while the band's jamming, I'll just kinda sit down for a minute and just eat a little meal or cake."Phillip is seriously into food -- he says he even tries to prepare his own food when he's on tour."Sometimes, yeah, we'll try to cook every once in a while," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's hard to in the fall,'s cold outside. But in the summertime, we try to do it once every couple of weeks, maybe twice. We have a tiny little grill we'll take out. It's tough but we try to. When I go home I like to cook a little bit."And when he's not cooking, he's watching shows about cooking. The singer, who recently launched a new fall tour in support of his latest album Behind the Light, is also a bona fide Food Network addict."I love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he says of the show that features Guy Fieri traveling around to hole-in-the-wall places and eating greasy delights. "I travel so much... I have the app on my phone and I always try to hit up those restaurants.""So yeah, " he says. "I can watch eight or ten hours of that in a row!"  Phillip wraps up his tour December 7 in Phoenix, AZ.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Kelly Clarkson Shares Lyrics of Song from Upcoming Album

Monty Brinton/CBSKelly Clarkson may be enjoying her time as a new mom to daughter River Rose, but she hasn't forgotten about her music career.  She's working on a new album and shared some of its lyrics Friday on Twitter.Kelly tweeted, "The high road can be a lonely place but I'd rather talk to my shadow than a mirage."  When fans immediately began speculating about what she was talking about -- or wondering if everything was all right with her -- she followed it up by writing, "Okay haha my last tweet was referring 2 a song that's going on my next album.  Things r great n my world!  The song is about the high road :)."No word yet on when we can expect the new album.  Her last release was the holiday album Wrapped in Red, which came out last year.  Her last album of original non-holiday material was Stronger, which was released in 2011.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Michael Jackson Duet with Late Queen Vocalist Freddie Mercury to Be Released in

Neal Preston © Queen Productions Ltd.In 1981, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury came together in the studio for a once-in-a-lifetime duet that inexplicably never saw the light of day.  That's about to change, however: the duet will be included on the British rock legends' new compilation, Queen Forever, on Nov. 10.The song, titled "There Must Be More to Life than This," was originally recorded for the Queen album Hot Space, but the backing track was never completed.  Enter producer William Orbit, who's probably best known for his work on Madonna's Ray of Light album.  He was tasked with completing the job, an assignment he said was like opening a "a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians."In a statement released by the band, Orbit says, "Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level."Freddie Mercury eventually released a more stripped down-version of "There Must Be More to Life than This" on his 1985 solo album, but Orbit went in the opposite direction for this version of the song with Michael, adding full instrumentation to give the song more kick.In addition to singing together, Michael and Freddie Mercury were pals. In fact, it was reportedly Michael who suggested to Freddie backstage at an L.A. concert that Queen should release their song "Another One Bites the Dust" as a single.  It went on to become one of their biggest hits."There Must Be More to Life than This" is just one of the many tunes featured on Queen Forever, which will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set.The song will be the second posthumous duet released in 2014 to feature Michael Jackson; the other one was "Love Never Felt So Good," a duet with Justin Timberlake.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Neil Diamond to Give First Ever Performance in Brooklyn Hometown

Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterIt's hard to believe, but in his five-decade career, Neil Diamond has never performed in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.  All that will change, however, come September 29.On that day, Diamond will give a special performance at a "surprise location" in Brooklyn, NY at 6 p.m.  It's so secret, he's not even announcing the location until 8 a.m. that day, via his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Tickets will then be available on a first-come, first-served basisThe concert announcement comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, Oct. 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first release for Capitol Records under a new deal. It'll arrive packaged with a 36-page book that includes the lyrics and chords to each tune.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga's New Perfume Is a Real Knockout

Inez & VinoodhWhat does Lady Gaga's new unisex fragrance, Eau de Gaga, smell like?  Judging from its newly-released trailer, it's like writhing around on a pile of naked men, and then getting punched in the face.In the one-minute black-and-white trailer directed by Steven Klein, Gaga -- wearing a barely-there satin dress, long flowing blonde hair and long, sharp, pointy fingernails -- rolls around on a pile of artfully arranged naked guys, stroking herself suggestively and pouting sexily. Those erotic images are interspersed, bizarrely, with shots of a boxer punching directly into the camera, accompanied by "pow" sound effects.  The whole thing is soundtracked to "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," one of the jazz duets Gaga and Tony Bennett have recorded for their upcoming album, Cheek to Cheek.Eau de Gaga is described as a "daring" new fragrance that "represents the future of a scent that appeals to both men and women, where nothing is off limits." Gaga tweeted, "We worked 2 years on this fragrance. 13 NATURAL ingredients and unisex!"Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814" Turns 25 Today

The Spencer Company/A&M Records/UniversalJanet Jackson's landmark album Rhythm Nation 1814 officially turns 25 years old today, September 19.  To commemorate the anniversary, Jackson's songwriting and production team James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis recalls the recording process of the critically-acclaimed project.In an interview with Billboard, Jimmy Jam reveals how the political elements all throughout the album emerged as they watched CNN while recording in the studio."We felt like we had … not a responsibility to say something, but growing up in the '60s, whether it was the Vietnam War or whatever, it seemed like there was always someone commenting on it," Jam says.  "And that was a good thing.  Why not use the powers we have as songwriters to bring some of those messages across?  Rap music was doing it in a very strong way."The superproducer also revealed that the disc was recorded during the winter in Minneapolis, adding that Janet was in a good place emotionally.  "She was in a very creatively fruitful place.  She had just discovered her writing chops," Jam says before describing her as "hungry" and "excited."To this day, the album is still the only one in history to spawn seven Top 10 singles, including "Rhythm Nation," "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Alright," "Come Back to Me," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)."  It's sold 14 million copies.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Maroon 5 Are the "Luckiest Motherf***ers on the Planet," but May Take a Hiatus

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsMaroon 5's fifth album, V, debuted on top of the charts, and the band is readying a world tour for next year.  But lead singer Adam Levine says the time may be coming where the band may drop out of sight for a while.Speaking to Britain's Official Charts Company, Adam says, "Five albums in, I think it’s important to take stock for a while. To have the success we’ve had, we’re the luckiest motherf**kers on the planet!  We’re flirting with the idea of taking a small amount of time off.""We’ve always been thinking about the next album and tour for ten years," Adam continues. "We’re not going anywhere and we’re not going to disband, but after this album we’ll have a conversation and think about what the next move is.”When the interviewer suggests that in the interim, the band -- whose debut album, Songs About Jane, came out 12 years ago -- should release a greatest hits album, Adam says, "It’s in the works actually. Watch this space!”In the meantime, there'll be no shortage of Maroon 5 anywhere in the upcoming months, nor of Adam, who'll be starring on the new season of The Voice starting Monday.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga Says She'll Release "One Jazz Album a Year...Forever"

Streamline/Interscope/Columbia RecordsLady Gaga's album of jazz duets with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, comes out next Tuesday, and if Gaga has anything to say about it, it won't be the last jazz album of her career.  In fact, she says she'd like to keep releasing them "forever."Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Gaga says her infatuation with jazz isn't a passing phase: She's been a fan of the genre for years, and now that she's started recording it, she's not going to stop.  "I'm planning to release one jazz album a year.  I think I will continue to do that forever," she tells the publication.  "I enjoy it so much.  I want to spread it to all of my fans."Gaga credits the collaboration with Bennett for pulling her out of a particularly dark place she was in at the time.  Explaining why she was disillusioned, she says, "The pop industry is like a tabloid now.  There's just no integrity, and it's extremely controlled and manufactured. There's a lot of farce and not a lot of authenticity.  So for me, singing [these songs] was freedom."She adds, "There are a lot of sharks in the pop-music industry.  I was kind of damaged and faced all these challenges behind the scenes with people betraying me, and things like that.  I became dissatisfied with the business.  I'm so much more satisfied with music now.  I said to myself, 'I don't need to be a commercial singer anymore. I can just sing at a bar downtown and I'd be so much happier.'"Of course, "singing in a bar downtown" isn't going to make Gaga the millions she's been raking in for the past few years, but she says she doesn't really care anymore."Paying the bills is overrated," she tells the Wall Street Journal.  "At the end of the day, the bills can't be a metaphor for your heart.  I've made a lot of money doing what I do.  I feel very blessed for all of the wonders.  But there's no wonder, no money, no luxury, no jewel or diamond more sparkling than how I feel when I'm feeling impassioned and in the moment onstage singing with Tony."Cheek to Cheek is due September 23.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio