Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer for Survivor, Dies at 63


Jimi Jamison, lead singer for the group Survivor, has died, according to a post on the band’s official Twitter account.The post reads, “Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts,love & prayers go out to his friends & family.”Jamison’s booking manager, Sally Irwin, tells TMZ.com that the singer died Sunday night of a heart attack at the age of 63.Jamison was a member of the band Cobra in 1984 when he joined Survivor after the group’s lead singer, David Bickler, was forced to quit due to polyps on his vocal cords.  The change came after the band scored success with the Rocky 3 track “Eye of the Tiger.”According to Rolling Stone, Jamison recorded three albums with Survivor. He was the lead singer on the songs “Burning Heart” from the movie Rocky 4 and “The Moment of Truth” from the film The Karate Kid.  The band also scored a hit with “Is This Love.”Jamison also co-wrote and recorded the song "I’m Always Here,” which became the theme song for the TV series Baywatch.Survivor broke up in 1989, but got back together in 1993 with Bickler as the lead singer.  The band became embroiled in legal tussles when Jamison toured under the Survivor name.  After a series of lawsuits, the parties eventually made amends and Survivor began touring with both Bickler and Jamison.According to the band’s official Facebook page, the group performed Saturday night in Morgan Hill, California.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Joining "The Voice" as Season Seven Mentor


Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsGet ready to see a lot of Taylor Swift on your TV this season.  The singer has joined The Voice as a mentor for all four teams, US Weekly reports.Taylor will be working with the show in the same way that Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season: she'll advise the contestants on the teams of veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.As previously reported, each team will also have its own advisor: Stevie Wonder will work with Adam, while Alicia Keys joins Pharrell. Gwen's husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, will advise her team, and Little Big Town will work with Blake.A source tells US Weekly, "Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor." The new season of The Voice begins September 22.  Taylor's new album, 1989, is out October 27.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

Celine Dion Slashes Price on Florida Mansion by $10 Million


Denise Truscello/Caesars EntertainmentLast year, Celine Dion made headlines for putting her Florida mansion up for sale for a jaw-dropping $72.5 million.  Now, she's slashed the price...all the way down to a bargain basement $62.5 million.The New York Daily News reports that Celine's dropped the price of the 5.7 acre waterfront estate on Jupiter Island by $10 million.  The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home has its own water park, not to mention two decks, a media room, a tennis court, a simulated golf range and a master bedroom closet with automated carousels for shoes and clothing. Celine and her husband Rene Angelil purchased the home in 2010.  According to the News, Celine might be in a hurry to sell the house so she can be more focused on nursing Angelil through his battle with throat cancer.  She recently canceled all her engagements until further notice for the same reason.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

Train Plays the Hits, Previews New Album at Atlantic City, NJ Concert


ABC News"Tonight is gonna be a lot of fun for us," Train frontman Pat Monahan told the crowd at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Borgata Hotel & Casino Saturday night. "Are you ready?"  The enthusiastic crowd's answer was yes, and the band obliged by playing their hits, digging deep into their back catalog, and previewing one-third of their new album Bulletproof Picasso, due September 16.The Atlantic City date was one is a series of one-off shows in the run-up to the special album release concerts Train plans to do in September in L.A., New York and San Francisco.  Still, the band performed four tracks from the new album, including the anthemic title track, the current single "Angel in Blue Jeans," and two additional tunes: "Cadillac Cadillac" and "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," which on the album is a duet with R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius.  The band's two new female backup singers filled in for her onstage, and filled out the band's overall sound as well.All the new songs were well-received and the band -- now a lineup of seven, including the two remaining original Train members, Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford -- obviously enjoyed playing them, but of course, it was the hits that went over best with the crowd.  Pat acknowledged this by introducing one of the new songs as something "we want to play before we play what you want to hear."Opening number "Calling All Angels," plus "Drive By," "50 Ways to Say Goodbye," "Marry Me" and, of course, "Drops of Jupiter" were all greeted with wild enthusiasm by the fans; "Hey Soul Sister," the hit that revived Train's career a few years ago, featured Monahan singing with a group of adorable young girls who he'd pulled onstage. In general, Monahan worked overtime to please fans: he grabbed their phones and took selfies during "If It's Love," had some female fans duet with him on "Bruises," and threw dozens of t-shirts into the crowd.  He also, at various times, played sax and drums, and showed off his formidable vocal power by singing the emotional ballad "When I Look the Sky" nearly a capella, with no amplification on his voice.  He constantly praised the New Jersey crowd as being "the best," and joked that they enjoyed playing the Borgata because after the show, they got to "spend every bit of money" at the gaming tables.Train's set list also served as a reminder that -- despite their string of recent pop hits -- they began as, and remain, a rock band.  Blistering versions of Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be" and Aerosmith's "Dream On" showed off those rock chops, as did performances of their debut single, "Free" and the album track "Mississippi."Here's the set list for Train's Atlantic City concert:"Calling All Angels""50 Ways to Say Goodbye""If It's Love""Get to Me""Meet Virginia""Bulletproof Picasso""When I Look to the Sky""What Is and What Should Never Be" (Led Zeppelin cover)"Save Me, San Francisco""Free""Mississippi""Angel in Blue Jeans""Bruises""Marry Me""Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life""Hey, Soul Sister""Drive By"Encores:"Cadillac, Cadillac""Drops of Jupiter""Dream On"  (Aerosmith cover)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

Get Texts, Tune In for Josh, Jordin, American Authors & More on Sunday's MDA Tel


ABC/Bob D'AmicoJosh Groban, Aloe Blacc and Jordin Sparks are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, tonight, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  But if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite, don't worry: they'll text you.If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then. Josh and Aloe will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast, while Jordin is one of the celebrity presenters.  Other performers include Jordin's boyfriend Jason Derulo, plus American Authors, Matt Nathanson, Bret Michaels of Poison and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes. Other presenters include Josh's Rising Star buddies Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville's Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more.  In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: the first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.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

John Legend Teaming Up with Country Star Lee Ann Womack for "CMT Crossroads"


ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry did it not long ago....now it's John Legend's turn to sing with a country star for the CMT series Crossroads.John is teaming up with Lee Ann Womack, best known to pop fans for her 2000 Top 20 hit "I Hope You Dance."  The two will sing alternate versions of each other's hits and duet on others, in a taping scheduled to take place in Franklin, Tennessee -- just outside of Nashville -- before the special premieres in September.This won't be John's first foray into country: in June, he performed his smash "All of Me" at the CMT Awards with country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes. Fans can enter CMT's Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads:  John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.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 Scores Most-Watched Concert Ever on Yahoo!'s Live Channel


PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentOn July 15, Yahoo! launched its Live Channel, which featured a live concert streaming every day from the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, John Legend, Daughtry and more.  But Justin Timberlake's just set the all-time viewing record so far for the fledgling service.JT's concert last Sunday, August 24, in Reykjavik, Iceland was the #1 viewed event on the channel, not to mention the largest concert event in the history of Iceland. If you missed it, you can watch four songs from the concert -- including "Mirrors" and "Cry Me a River" -- on Screen.Yahoo.com through September 25.Justin's world tour continues in Melbourne, Australia on September 18.  He'll travel through Australia and New Zealand before returning to North America on November 20.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

Is Madonna Slamming Lady Gaga & Ex-Husband on New Album?


Credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna's written plenty of material for her new album, but according to a British tabloid report, two songs in particular -- which may or may not make the final cut -- appear to be vicious take downs aimed at both Lady Gaga and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.According to the British tabloid The Sun, which got a look at the lyrics to a song called "Heartbreak City," Madonna sings -- allegedly about Guy -- "You said I was your queen/I tried to give you everything and now you want your freedom/You got just what you came for/a bit of fame and fortune and I'm no longer needed."  She also supposedly sings, "You tore me into pieces/You didn't have no damn reason" and "I curse the day we met/This memory is haunting me/I wish I could forget."Of course, these lines, if legit, could be about conceivably anyone in the past thirty years who Madonna feels has taken unfair advantage of her, or treated her badly, or used her for her fame and money.However, the lyrics of another song, "Two Steps Behind Me," if legit, seem specifically aimed at Lady Gaga.In that track, according to The Sun, Madonna sings, "You’re a copycat, Where is my royalty?/You’re a pretty girl, I’ll give you that/But stealing my recipe, it’s an ugly look/Did you study me hard enough? You’re never gonna be, you’re just a wannabe me."The lyric add, "In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can’t be me/You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you’ll always be two steps behind me.”While in the past, Madonna and Gaga seemed friendly, even appearing on Saturday Night Live together, the Queen of Pop was dismissive of Gaga's hit "Born This Way," which she considered to be a ripoff of her own hit "Express Yourself."  To illustrate that point, she performed the two songs as a mash-up every night on her MDNA tour.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

Sara Bareilles Joins Jason Mraz Onstage in L.A.


Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles has known Jason Mraz and his musical collaborators, the band Raining Jane, for a long time, so it's no surprise that she popped up onstage with them Thursday night when Jason's latest tour hit L.A.'s Pantages Theater.Sara joined Jason and the Janes for a version of the Carole King song "Beautiful," which she performed at the Grammy Awards earlier this year with Carole King herself.The North American leg of Sara's Little Black Dress tour recently wrapped up; the Australian leg will get underway September 20, and she'll continue on to New Zealand and Asia.

Make Your Own Maroon 5 Artwork and Win Tickets to Their Tour


Peter Kramer/NBCIf you're feeling creatively inspired by Maroon 5 and the impending release of their next album, you may want to check out a new contest.Maroon 5 and CreativeAllies.com have partnered on a contest that asks fans to submit illustrated artwork inspired by Adam Levine and company and their new album, V.One winner will receive two tickets to any show on the band's upcoming tour, plus 500 bucks. Even better, that person's artwork will be printed on 500 limited-edition copies of V.One runner-up will earn a Maroon 5 prize pack.For more info, check out CreativeAllies.com.Maroon 5 will release V on Tuesday, September 2. They have a series of TV appearances lined up to promote the album, including the Today show on Monday, The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America's Got Talent on Wednesday. Those are all NBC shows, as is The Voice, on which Adam returns as a coach later in September.In addition, Adam will stop by The Daily Show on Thursday, and he and his band will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 8.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

Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Dosing Woman with Ecstasy


Image Courtesy Mattias Clamer/Atlantic RecordsCee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to secretly giving a woman the drug Ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant in the summer of 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced on Friday. The singer's plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance was made under a section of the law that allows him to maintain his innocence, according to the singer's attorney.  Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced Green to three years probation; he also ordered the singer to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.  In addition, he must register as a controlled-substance offender. Cee Lo is due back in court March 2 for a progress report hearing.Outside the courtroom, Green told reporters, "We are very pleased to have finally resolved this matter with an amicable understanding and we are satisfied."Last October, Green was accused of slipping the drug to an unidentified 33-year-old woman while the two were eating at a Los Angeles restaurant during the evening of July 13 and the early morning hours of July 14, 2012, after which the pair went back to the woman’s hotel. 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

Thanks to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," Super-Producer Max Martin Moves Up in R


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is the singer's second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  But it's the 18th number one hit for her collaborator, super-producer Max Martin, and that means he's moved up in the record books.According to Billboard, there are now only two songwriters in history who've written more #1 hits than Max Martin, and they were both in The Beatles.  Paul McCartney's tops, with 32 number ones, and the late John Lennon is second, with 26 chart-toppers.  Martin used to be in a tie with Mariah Carey with 17, but "Shake It Off" has now moved him up.Not sure what other #1 hits Max Martin has written?  Here's a refresher, thanks to Billboard:Britney Spears, "…Baby One More Time," 1999'N Sync, "It's Gonna Be Me," 2000Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl," 2008Pink, "So What," 2008Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Without You," 2009Britney Spears, "3," 2009Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls," 2010Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream," 2010Pink, "Raise Your Glass," 2010Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me," 2011Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T.," 2011Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," 2011Katy Perry, "Part of Me," 2012Maroon 5, "One More Night," 2012Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," 2012Katy Perry, "Roar," 2013Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse," 2014Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off," 2014Follow --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 

Festival in Honor of Michael Jackson's Birthday Under Way in His Indiana Hometow


CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson would have turned 56 on Friday. To celebrate the birthday of the late pop icon, a three-day festival is being held in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. One of the locations of the festival, which began Thursday, is his birth home.Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, says the Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts is an event designed for his many fans. She says, "Since Michael passed, fans have been coming from all over the world to see the house where Michael Jackson was born. So, I knew I had to do something then."One of Michael's siblings, Rebbie Jackson, said it is emotional for her to return to the home, but she is enjoying the festival.The festival offers music and food. As part of the event, the non-profit group will give away several renovated homes to deserving families.Michael died in 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.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

Jason Mraz Wants to Retire...in Three Years?


Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz's life is pretty great: his latest album debuted at #2 on the chart, he's on tour, he does a lot of charity work and his music is loved by millions worldwide.  That's why it may surprise you to know that the singer says in three years, he's planning on hanging up his guitar.According to the Los Angeles Times, Jason, who's 37, and his manager, have come up with a plan called "#Retiredat40."  If all goes according to plan, the singer will deliver the one album left on his contract, and then "check out for a while." "I'm just ready for a break. It feels like a corporate job sometimes," Jason tells the paper.So what will he do with all his free time if he goes through with this?  According to the Times, Jason wants to garden, surf, do more charity work and have a child -- he didn't mention with whom.  He wouldn't necessarily stop making music, either.  According to the Times, for every album he's released, he has 70 songs left over that he could release if he wanted. He'd also like to make a Christmas or gospel album.While he's waiting to retire, Jason says he's content with where he is in his career. "People aren't walking around with my Trapper Keeper," he tells the paper. "I'm not on their newsstands on their People magazines. But people might hear me on the radio or while they're on their jog or in the kitchen baking. I'm totally great for that."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  

25 Years Later, Richard Marx Recalls How He Tried to Give Away His Biggest Hit


Credit: Deborah AndersonTwenty-five years ago this week, Richard Marx's hit "Right Here Waiting" was spending its third week at the top of the Billboard chart.  While the song, from his album Repeat Offender, wasn't his first number one -- it was his third consecutive chart-topper, in fact -- but it is the biggest and best-selling hit of his career.   Pretty ironic, considering it's a song he initially had no interest in cutting in the first place."I'm so honored that that song has taken on a sort of iconic life that it has," Richard tells ABC News Radio. "I didn't even want to record it. I tried to give it away. I tried to give it to Barbra Streisand."However, Streisand rejected the song, and Richard remembers exactly what the diva told him when she turned it down."'I'm not gonna be right here waiting for anybody!'" is what Richard says Streisand told him. "Which is classic. We joke about it to this day. And she said, 'I still wouldn't record that song. I don't care how big how it was. I'm not right here waiting for ANYBODY.' And I love that about her. She actually asked me to rewrite the lyrics, because she loved the melody so much."As a result, despite his reluctance,, Richard says, "I got talked into recording it, or just recording it to see how it would sound, and then once we did that, even I was like, 'OK, this needs to be on the record.'"To what does Richard owe the appeal of "Right Here Waiting?"  He says there's a simple explanation...literally."I think it's the melody and the lyric, and I think it's the simplicity," he tells ABC News Radio. "One of the most common things I have said to me about that song is, 'That's the first song I ever learned how to play on the piano.' It is so painfully simple. When I wrote that song, for at least a few days, I started thinking, 'This has to be something else. There's no way this melody isn't something else.'"Twenty five years on, that simple song is still his most enduring composition.  In fact, back in May, when Ryan Seacrest decided, for the first time ever, to sing on American Idol, "Right Here Waiting" was the song he chose.  And according to Richard, before he went on, Ryan was quaking with fear."I said, 'Dude, nobody expects you to be great, just have fun,'" Richard recalls he told Ryan.  "But he said, 'I want to be good.' So he was really, really nervous, he kind of lost his place.""I thought it was great," laughs Richard. "I thought the whole thing was really fun!" Richard will kick off a tour in October in support of his latest album, Beautiful Goodbye.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

ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week


Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Waterloo," the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn't happened, wax replicas of the band's four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum's artists on the figures' look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA's 1975 "SOS" video -- an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!'s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.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

Who's the Ultimate Pop Star? The Answer May Surprise You


ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star?  Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it's....Mariah Carey.Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom."  The artist with the most points -- based on career length and string of hits -- was Mariah.  She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna. Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.  Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist -- from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift -- comes in on Time's chart.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

Maroon 5 Releases New Album Teaser, Book "America's Got Talent"; "Sex and Candy"


Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.  On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet.  So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V.  It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane.  The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."Finally, one of the tracks on the deluxe version of V has made its way online: it's a cover of the 1997 top 10 hit "Sex and Candy" by the band Marcy Playground.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

Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" Is the Perfect Song for Kids About to Tackle "The Real


ABC/Lou RoccoIt's the time of the year when recent high-school graduates head off to college for the first time, and according to Paramore front woman Hayley Williams, the band's latest hit "Ain't It Fun" should be on their required listening list.The song by the Nashville-based rock/pop group is about getting a big dose of reality and suddenly having to make your own way --as the lyrics say, "So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?/Ain't it fun/living in the real world?" Hayley wrote it about being on her own for the first time when she moved to L.A. to record the band's latest album, but its sentiment is something new college freshmen can definitely relate to."I feel like the message is sarcastic but also inspiring enough for younger people who might be getting into the world for the first time on their own," Hayley explains. "I know it really helped me through a transitional phase in my life, so maybe it's also connecting with younger people in that way too."The song has been connecting with a lot of people in a big way, in fact: Paramore's been together ten years, but "Ain't It Fun" is their first top 10 hit. "I don't think you should ever just assume that a single's gonna be your big hit, or be a success," Hayley says. "But this one, by far, has just shocked all of us." While Paramore has had several pop hits, such as the ballad "The Only Exception," "Ain't It Fun" is a different sound for the band: it's very funky and soulful. "It's the kind of song that I've always wanted to sing in Paramore," says Hayley. "I grew up listening to a lot of R&B and pop and soul and so it's kind of cool that we were able to write a song that sort of infuses a little bit of that energy into what we do as a band."Paramore is finishing up a major summer tour this weekend.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift: "Selling Millions of Records Doesn't Make Me Feel Cool"


ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua Taylor Swift's new #1 hit "Shake It Off" is an invitation to do your own thing and not worry about fitting in or looking cool. Easier said then done, right?  Well, as Taylor explains in a newly released outtake from the song's video, even she doesn't feel cool, and she's a massive superstar."A lot of people who I think will relate to the song are people who are dealing with not ever really feeling cool with themselves because other people make them feel like they don't fit in," Taylor says.  "When, one thing I've learned in this whole process is, you can get everything you want in life without ever feeling like you fit in.""Like, selling millions of records doesn't make me feel cool," she insists. "It makes me feel proud, and like I have a lot of people on my side and I worked really hard, but I don't think it's the most important thing in life to fit in."OK, Taylor, so what is the most important thing in life?"To dance to the beat of your own drum," she says. "And to look like you're having more fun than the people who look cool [and] like they fit in!"In the outtake, you can see Taylor filming the "cheerleader" section of the video, and explaining that she trained for the grueling three-day shoot by running non-stop  -- "which I hate," she adds -- to build up her cardio.  No wonder she was photographed all summer coming out of the gym.Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio