Sunday, October 12, 2014

Adele to sign $128 million deal with Sony.

Adele in talks to sign £80 million [$128 million] record deal that would see her given her own label

Adele is in talks to join music giant Sony in a staggering £80 million [$128 million] deal that would see her given her own record label.

The Someone Like You star has clashed with current label XL Recordings over the direction of her hotly anticipated new album and is in *negotiations to exit after eight years.

She released her two hugely successful albums, 19 and 21, with XL but bosses at Sony – home to George Michael, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and One Direction – are determined to entice the international superstar.

And part of the deal, one of the biggest in history, would see Adele tour [properly] for the first time.

Her XL contract demands a third album but head honchos at Sony are attempting to “buy her out” of the obligation.

Initially, Adele’s management are understood to have wanted £100 million [$160 million] for the switch but they’re believed to be *considering a more modest offer. What’s £20 million [$32 million] between friends?

The massive amount of cash is no surprise – she’s the biggest music star in the United States and smoking-hot property.

The behind-the-scenes grapple explains to fans why she’s yet to release another album.

A source said: “Sony want Adele and they will stop at nothing to get her. The money is absolutely huge but they hope she will sign for her own label.

“It means she’ll keep a higher percentage of profits from record sales and the proposed tour.

“She has never been on the road before so it will be a huge money-spinner and likely to sell out within hours.

“All of the signs are there that Adele will go to Sony and it would be a massive coup.”

Adele, 26, is already signed to Sony in the US [though Columbia Records] although XL look after her releases elsewhere.

A Sony spokesman declined to comment on the mighty big bid to bag Adele.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carrie Underwood Is Making History with SITW

The First Single from Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Achieves the All-Time Mediabase Record for Most Impact-Week Stations!

With More than 124,000 Copies Sold, “Something in the Water” Marks Underwood’s Best-Selling First-Week Single of Her Career!

Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood is making waves and making history with her compelling new single, “Something in the Water,” the first single from her December 9 album release, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Released on Monday, September 29, “Something in the Water” has amassed more than 124,000 digital sales to date, earning the highest first-week sales tally of Underwood’s career. The sales figure also marks the best opening-week sales of any female country artist in 2014.

With today as its official airplay impact date, “Something in the Water” has set the all-time record for a country single at Mediabase, achieving a massive 144 total stations on impact date.

In all, the single tallies a whopping 157 first-week stations on board, including Billboard and Country Aircheck reporting stations.

On the Mediabase country airplay chart, “Something in the Water” explodes onto the chart at #25, tying Underwood’s previous personal-best debut (2007’s smash, “So Small”) and also tying the highest debut of any artist in 2014.

On the Billboard Country Airplay chart, Underwood further notches a career-high chart entry, as the single debuts at #17, simultaneously achieving the year’s highest debut for a solo artist.

Named last week’s USA Today Song of the Week, the publication praised “Something in the Water,” lauding the song’s production and “the purity” of Underwood’s vocals.

Produced by Mark Bright, and written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Brett James, “Something in the Water” is available for sale here:


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Just noticed that...

My pages views have more than doubled for the past couple of weeks so that pretty awesome to see.  I'm sorry for not updating as much because I am currently working 6 days a week with a new temp job.  But I will still try to update as much as I can.

Madonna Extends Sessions With Diplo & Pushes Back Album #13

Billboard wrote:
Madonna's been hard at work on her upcoming new album -- as evidenced by her prolific posts on Instagram -- and is planning for it to be released in 2015, according to a representative.

Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo, who has turned up in multiple photos on the diva's Instagram account. It's unclear if Diplo (who recently graced the cover of Billboard magazine) is materializing as the album's primary producer, but it would seem that he could play a significant role in the project.

When asked specifically about Diplo and his involvement in the album, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary told Billboard, "She's currently in the studio with Diplo and having a lot of fun," but didn't offer any further clues about the project. Alas.

In his Billboard magazine cover feature, Diplo said that he's had multiple studio sessions with Madonna that have resulted in at least three "amazing, smashes." "I got really lucky because she's been really understanding and open to my ideas. And she's like, 'I hate sleeping…'"

Madonna's next album is due out on Interscope Records, and -- based on a glance at her Instagram feed -- may also feature collaborations with Toby Gad, MoZella, S1, Ariel Rechtshaid, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum. On last week’s Pop Shop Podcast, Kierszenbaum — the head of Cherrytree Records who also records as Cherry Cherry Boom Boom — told Billboard that he was “very proud” of the work he completed with Madonna in the studio.

“It was a real privilege to write with Madonna, and with Natalia Kills,” said Kierszenbaum. “We ended up writing about seven songs. We were meant to only be there with her for a couple of days, but we really distilled it down to a very traditional writing session. It was just me on the piano, and Madonna and Natalia Kills around it, and we just wrote songs the old-fashioned way, just playing the piano and singing. … I don’t know what she’s gonna use from the sessions, but it was a tremendous honor.”

Madonna’s last release, 2012's MDNA, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart -- her fifth consecutive No. 1 studio album and her eighth chart-topper overall.

Zedd Interview from Billboard

Vice and Absolut Vodka teamed up Friday to host a high-glam industrial rave on a pier in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood that featured performances by electronic hip-hop producer AraabMuzik and Washington, D.C. DJ Alvin Risk, as well as a surprise headline set by Zedd.

The Grammy-winning German house producer -- whose electro-pop hits "Clarity" and "Break Free" have hit the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 -- revealed himself in a climactic arrival, climbing out from a shipping container that was lowered onto the stage. And as the crowd erupted in excitement, cameras rolled for an Absolut advertising campaign documenting the rave dream scene: Long entrance corridors shaped by storage containers opened into a neon-lit stage with food trucks, sprawling bars, selfie-photo booths by the Phhhoto App, colorful drinks served in mason jars and above the dance floor hovered a gigantic mirrored disco ball designed by the Vita Motus, which designs Coachella's Do Lab. (In other words, it should make for a pretty cool commercial.)

Billboard caught up with Zedd before his surprise set to find out when we can expect his long-awaited second album.

Billboard: You have a partnership with Bud Light Platinum. Does working with Absolut compliment or compete with that? How did it come to be?

Zedd: I don’t see it as competitive. Both brands are very involved in this cultural space of dance music, and they allow me to be very involved in the concepts. For me, that’s super important. Major events like these take a lot of hands, and Absolut sent me sketches of how it might look and asked how I thought the reveal should go, and so on. When I showed up here tonight, the final product blew my mind. I’ve never done anything like this before.

How’s your hearing? I read you had a hearing-loss scare in one ear.

Being constantly around noise is obviously not great for you, but I am always wearing earplugs. Ironically, it actually happened when I had a few days off and hadn’t been around any noise at all. The doctor said it was a combination of stress and not getting enough sleep and so on. Go figure. But it’s all good now.

You’re one of the few EDM producers to have serious success on the pop charts. Do pop stars hit you up all the time now?

A lot of people are asking, for sure, but I barely have enough time to finish my own stuff. Whenever I do something, I have to love it. Ariana [Grande] is a great example of that. We played a show together a few moths ago and I just loved her voice. It was amazing. So when the opportunity to do something came up, we jumped. That was a no-brainer.

What do you take into consideration when sorting out collaborations?

When it’s about getting a singer for my tracks, it is strictly about the voice. I will have created a song and have a specific idea in my head about what kind of vocal texture I want on it. From there, I dig through iTunes and listen to everything until I’ve nailed down examples of the type of voice I want. I tell my manager who I’m aiming for and we’ll search for artists that have similar voices.

For artists that ask me to produce for them, the rule is I have to love it. Sometimes, it happens that I'll have made a great track that doesn't quite fit my own album, so I open it up for other people to work with. I tell my A&R that if they have someone who might fit this song, I'm open to it. I’d always rather have someone else benefit from a song than throwing it away.

What's the status of your next album? Who are you working with and who do you want to work with?

The honest truth is that I don’t know yet. I talked to Hayley Williams about doing another song together and we definitely want to, it’s just a matter of finding the right one. Aside from that, I’d love to work with Muse and Silverchair, because I grew up in bands and they really inspired me. But nothing is confirmed, that’s just my wish list.

Pardon the phrasing, but what’s taking so long?

No it’s true, it’s taking forever. It’s hard to find time to sit down and focus on it. I’ve written most of the songs but the production process is long for me – making them sound the way I want them to sound, finding the right vocalists, and so on. I might put out a single or two in the next six months or so, but I need to get off the road for a little while. The plan for the second half of this year was to play less shows and do more studio work. I do a lot of Vegas shows and I literally stay in the studio until 9 p.m., hop on a plane and fly over to get on stage by midnight. That way I can still get a full studio day in. Anyway, I'm hoping that by early next year, it will be wrapped. But we'll see.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cody Simpson update - ready for the next stage of his career

Already a big name in the US, Simpson has split with his record label there and is soon to release a duets album with pop superstar Justin Bieber.

“Everything is going well at the moment,” Simpson told Confidential on the phone from his Los Angeles home.

“Things are picking up. It is just like I’m on the edge of a new phase in my career and I’m starting to fall into my own, musically and creatively.”

Cody Simpson feels he is ready for the next phase of his career ... at the ripe old age of 17.

He continued, confirming he had parted ways with America’s Warner/Atlantic Records but said it was too early to “make any announcements just yet” on his new label.

“I just actually finalised leaving my record label, I’d been trying to do that for a little while,” he said.

“I’m moving over somewhere else. It was just time for me to find a new home and a new team and a new fresh set of hands on my project and a vision that matched my own.”

Simpson burst onto the international charts at the age of 14 with breakthrough single Pretty Brown Eyes, in 2011. He and Bieber share a manager in Scooter Braun.

Simpson shares a manager with Justin Bieber in Scooter Braun.

The pair will release an original album by November.

“It is a smack bang duets (album),” he explained. “Justin has been a good mate of mine for a while. Its just us writing. He told me he felt like I’d figured myself out and have grown into what he knows I will be so he was like, ‘I see you as that guitarist, singer songwriter you’ve always wanted to be’. I play all the guitars on the album.”

As for Bieber’s bad boy reputation, Simpson said: “I can’t speak for him. I don’t get involved in any kind of drama, we are definitely different people and come from different places and different worlds but as far as to me, he has always been extremely cool and generous.”

After that collaboration, Simpson, who recently competed on Dancing With The Stars America, will record a new solo offering for early next year.

“That is going to very much be a big step for me musically,” he said. “It is tough, I’m definitely just kinda hitting the reset button and going back to my roots.”

Simpson hasn’t been home to Australia since Christmas. He’ll be guest of honour as he performs with the Australian Girls Choir on board Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Legend ship as it sails into Sydney for the first time on September 22. Fans can win a chance to be in the audience by registering via

“We’ll do a few live songs up on the deck,” he said, adding that his must do’s in Australia include “eating a meat pie and catching up with my mates”.

“I’m just looking forward to being home, there’s no other feeling like it because I am always travelling.”

He’s also vowed to return when he turns 18 in January. The legal drinking age in the US is 21.

“I am definitely without a doubt going to celebrate my 18th back home, I”m really looking forward to it,” he said.

On a personal note, Simpson is “single at the moment”, having recently dated American model Gigi Haddad.

Britney Spears renews contract and is RECORDING NEW MUSIC

When she’s not performing, she’s at home in a creative space writing and recording music. They confirm she’s renewed her contract with label RCA.

In my off-time I do record. Once in a while I’ll just go into the studio if there’s a really good song that I have in my head and want to do. I think as artists you’re constantly in creative motion. If I stopped writing songs then that’s a part of me that would stop in my life, and I need constant motion… I’m definitely more in a creative space now. You have more time to go there spiritually in your home with a piano than you would being in a hotel room.”

Rihanna and others to be featured on Kanye's new album.

It’s arguably fall’s most mysterious and highly anticipated album -- and the less West says about it, the more curiosity grows. He reportedly has been spending a lot of time in the studio with -- get this -- Paul McCartney, but no word yet on whether a full-blown collaboration is in the works. Confirmed studio guests include everyone from Rick Rubin, Rihanna and Q-Tip to Yeezus collaborator Evian Christ, Young Thug and Young Chop. West was reportedly smitten with BeyoncĂ©’s sneak attack, so expect this one to drop with little-to-no notice. -- Jem Aswad

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sorry for not posting again but I have a legit reason now!

I finally got a JOB!!!  It's  not the greatest job in the world but it's a job. i should be making more frequent posts soon.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Selena Gomez Signing New Record Deal Soon

Selena Gomez headed to NYC this week to focus on work. And being the amazing/lovely/incredible person that she is, she spent some time with her Selenators as well.

One mega fan met Selena multiple times throughout the week (#lucky), including one day when Selena GAVE HIM A RIDE IN HER CAR. Seriously, she scooped him up and let him join her in her car—because she's the coolest person ever!

And not only did she give him a ride, but Sel also shared some major career news that the lucky super fan revealed in the tweet below (get ready to FREAK OUT):

Selena's in NYC to sign a new record deal, finish the album, and getting scripts for 3 new movies my queens coming back BIG watch out y'all!

Are you excited for new Selena movies and music? What kind of movie do you hope she stars in next?

Full @

X Factor: Fifth Judge Concept Revealed

The X Factor 2014 is set to get another new, fifth judge for the live shows… and a new category for them to mentor.

Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Mel B kicked off auditions last month and will go into the live shows later this year mentoring – in no particular order – the Boys, Girls, Overs and Groups.

But – according to the Metro newspaper – a fifth ‘wildcard’ category will be introduced along with a brand new judge to mentor them for the finals.

The wild card category will be made up of a mix of acts from the other categories who failed to make it into the live finals in their original respective groups of budding performers.

“Simon Cowell is planning on including a wildcard category which will be mentored by a mystery fifth judge,” an insider told the newspape today. “There was a creative meeting three weeks ago and plans are now being put into action.”

According to the tabloid, favourites for the role include Rita Ora and Mary J Blige.

Both have appeared on the show in the past, but Rita has publicly ruled herself out of the show.

But the new fifth judge spot is a much reduced role compared to the other judges’, having to only appear on the live finals and missing out on the room auditions, arena auditions, bootcamp and judges’ houses stages.

This may mean that stars who couldn’t commit to the full series could take up the spot.

The insider added: “A fifth judge will prevent the deadlock and add some spice to the panel during the live shows.

“Rita Ora and Mary J Blige are currently in discussions with show bosses.”

Didn't see this posted. What do you think about the concept and who do you think will do it? Apparently Demi Lovato is also now an option.

Kesha's Essay for Elle UK on Rehab, Body Issues + Pressures

There had been a lot of speculation over Kesha's two-month stint in rehab earlier this year. While she admitted herself for an eating disorder, many publicly wondered whether that might be a euphemism for substance abuse. Now the "Rising Star" expert and "We R Who We R" singer has opened up about her experience in an essay for Elle UK, addressing the rumors and confronting her own issues of insecurity and the pressures she faces as a female pop star in the music industry.

Sure, I've written songs about partying, but my dirty little secret is that I'm actually incredibly responsible," she writes early on, describing her thoughts during the trip to the rehab center. "I take my music and career very seriously, and certainly didn't land in this situation from partying. But I was cut off from the outside world and I imagined people making up stories at a time when what I really needed was support."

Kesha goes on to describe her passion for music that spawned from feeling like an outsider through her early years, coping with bullying at school by dedicating herself to her art until singing a record contract at 18. But even though she found her unique style rewarded, the entertainment business was not a salvation.

"The music industry has set unrealistic expectations for what a body is supposed to look like, and I started becoming overly critical of my own body because of that," she writes. "I felt like people were always lurking, trying to take pictures of me with the intention of putting them up opine or printing them in magazines and making me look terrible."

She stood up for herself through her music, writing anthems for empowerment like "We R Who We R," "Warrior" and "Love Into The Light," but even those began to feel like lies.

"I felt like a liar, telling people to love themselves as they are, while I was being hateful to myself and really hurting my body. I wanted to control things that weren't in my power, but I was controlling the wrong things. I convinced myself that being sick, being skinny was part of my job. It felt safer somehow."

Eventually, she asked her mom for help and admitted herself to rehab. The growth process was slow at first but it worked and she was able to focus on her music without obsessing over how she looks.

"I knew I was ready to leave when I'd gained enough confidence to get on a plane knowing there would be paparazzi at the airport at the other end. I was right - they were there. But this time, when I saw the pictures, I felt OK."

The entire piece has been scanned and posted at ATRL and you can read it here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Usher to Perform at the VMA's

Usher will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut with a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards next month.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Grammy winner will open the 31st annual ceremony, which will air live on August 24 from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Usher previously graced the VMA stage in 2010, performing a medley of “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” and “OMG.”

Just last month, he performed a retrospective of hits along with “Good Kisser” at the 2014 BET Awards.

Ariana Grande will also hit the VMA stage to perform her Zedd-produced single “Break Free” along with Australian pop-punk act 5 Seconds of Summer.

Usher is gearing up for the release of his eighth album. Earlier this week, he debuted his Pharrell-produced single “She Came to Give It to You” featuring Nicki Minaj.

The Future of Music, an Essay by Taylor Swift

Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?

Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you're reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive.

There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.

In recent years, you've probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal. My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is. I hope they don't underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.

Arrows Through the Heart
In mentioning album sales, I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. It isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album, and as artists, that should challenge and motivate us.

There are always going to be those artists who break through on an emotional level and end up in people's lives forever. The way I see it, fans view music the way they view their relationships. Some music is just for fun, a passing fling (the ones they dance to at clubs and parties for a month while the song is a huge radio hit, that they will soon forget they ever danced to). Some songs and albums represent seasons of our lives, like relationships that we hold dear in our memories but had their time and place in the past.

However, some artists will be like finding "the one." We will cherish every album they put out until they retire and we will play their music for our children and grandchildren. As an artist, this is the dream bond we hope to establish with our fans. I think the future still holds the possibility for this kind of bond, the one my father has with the Beach Boys and the one my mother has with Carly Simon.

I think forming a bond with fans in the future will come in the form of constantly providing them with the element of surprise. No, I did not say "shock"; I said "surprise." I believe couples can stay in love for decades if they just continue to surprise each other, so why can't this love affair exist between an artist and their fans?

In the YouTube generation we live in, I walked out onstage every night of my stadium tour last year knowing almost every fan had already seen the show online. To continue to show them something they had never seen before, I brought out dozens of special guest performers to sing their hits with me. My generation was raised being able to flip channels if we got bored, and we read the last page of the book when we got impatient. We want to be caught off guard, delighted, left in awe. I hope the next generation's artists will continue to think of inventive ways of keeping their audiences on their toes, as challenging as that might be.

There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs. I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento "kids these days" want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be "how may followers you have on Instagram."

Fan Power
A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers. I see this becoming a trend in the music industry. For me, this dates back to 2005 when I walked into my first record-label meetings, explaining to them that I had been communicating directly with my fans on this new site called Myspace. In the future, artists will get record deals because they have fans—not the other way around.

Another theme I see fading into the gray is genre distinction. These days, nothing great you hear on the radio seems to come from just one musical influence. The wild, unpredictable fun in making music today is that anything goes. Pop sounds like hip hop; country sounds like rock; rock sounds like soul; and folk sounds like country—and to me, that's incredible progress. I want to make music that reflects all of my influences, and I think that in the coming decades the idea of genres will become less of a career-defining path and more of an organizational tool.

This moment in music is so exciting because the creative avenues an artist can explore are limitless. In this moment in music, stepping out of your comfort zone is rewarded, and sonic evolution is not only accepted…it is celebrated. The only real risk is being too afraid to take a risk at all.

Celebrity Spotlight
I predict that some things will never change. There will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians, especially the younger ones. Artists who were at their commercial peak in the '70s, '80s and '90s tell me, "It was never this crazy for us back then!" And I suspect I'll be saying that same thing to younger artists someday (God help them). There continues to be a bad girl vs. good girl/clean-cut vs. sexy debate, and for as long as those labels exist, I just hope there will be contenders on both sides. Everyone needs someone to relate to.

And as for me? I'll just be sitting back and growing old, watching all of this happen or not happen, all the while trying to maintain a life rooted in this same optimism.

And I'd also like a nice garden.

World Street Journal

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Arianna Grande Brings Back TRL for one day

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV will reprise its former Total Request Live countdown show for a day with breakthrough pop singer Ariana Grande.

The network announced Wednesday it will bring back the series on July 2. Grande has the No. 2 song in the country with the saxophone-laced Problem.

The 20-year-old will perform her latest hit on Total Ariana Live, debut her follow-up single and discuss her upcoming sophomore album.

TRL ended its run in 2008 after 10 years. The show was MTV's most influential franchise, but the network pulled the plug after declining ratings.

Grande was the star of the Nickelodeon sitcoms Victorious and Sam & Cat. She released her debut album last year, which featured the hit The Way.

The half-hour Total Ariana Live will air July 2 at 7 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jennifer Lopez wants Selena Gomez to play her in a movie!

If there is ever a film made of Jennifer Lopez’s life, could Selena Gomez take the title role? The thrice-married mother of two says Justin Bieber’s main squeeze would be the perfect actress to portray her on the big screen.

She may be “from the block,” but Jennifer Lopez has declared that Texas native Selena Gomez should play her in a biopic. But does the “Come & Get It” singer have the chops – and other assets – to fill the role?

The Connection Between Selena Gomez & Jennifer Lopez

“I would want Selena Gomez to play me in a movie,” Jennifer Lopez, 44, recently said. “She is a cutie!” gushed the triple threat, piling on the sweet praise for the young Disney alum.

This isn’t the first time that the two talented Latinas have drawn comparisons. Producer Jason Evigam, who worked on Gomez’s debut solo album Stars Dance, told MTV last year that the 21-year-old phenom is bound for superstardom. “I think it’s going to take her to the next level…. I kind of feel she’s going to be like a new J.Lo kind of thing.”

Even “Save the Day,” the Latin pop house track on Selena’s album, was originally intended for J.Lo. Said Evigam, “Jennifer Lopez wanted [it] really badly. It’s, like, real. It’s, like, really cool [and] up-tempo. It’s about like kind of ‘[Let's] dance all night. Let’s save the day. Let’s go into the next day. Let’s keep it going all night’ type of thing.”

Selena Gomez: Could She Play J.Lo?

But the two are connected even deeper than that! The 21-year-old Gomez is actually named after the late Tejano singer Selena who Lopez portrayed in the eponymous 1997 biopic, which was the American Idol judge’s breakout movie role.

For her part, Selena has been hoping to move herself into more serious work as an actress. “Being part of the Disney Channel was such a blessing, and I’m super happy with what my show accomplished, but acting is something I would like to take on more seriously.” She continues, “I don’t necessarily feel accomplished. I want to create a whole different persona when it comes to acting,” Selena told Teen Vogue of her career aspirations.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Nicole Scherzinger: "I've scrapped five whole albums"

What's going to happen with 'Boomerang', Nicole?
"It's just going to remain a stand-alone single. In fact I did an entire album that belongs with 'Boomerang'. It had its own family. Unfortunately I don't know if those songs will ever be heard, but that's just part of it. I have probably five albums, and I wonder if the songs will ever see the light of day. Maybe one day I'll just release songs for my fans? I don't want to confuse people. You have to be in the moment, and we're going with the sound that is right now - fresh and new to us."

It must be quite hard working on an entire album just to let it go?
"Yes, I've been doing this for how many years now? And do you know how many songs I wanted to put out that never came out? I'm used to it. In fact, I'm very protective of my babies, so now if they're not ready and I know people might not quite get it, yeah, I guess I do hold them close to me and say it's just not the right time for them. I think a lot of artists are like that.

"We don't just record 12 songs, we have a catalogue of songs. I remember I was in Ne-Yo's catalogue once and was like, 'What is this song - this is beautiful. This song is epic'. I don't know if they'll ever see the light of day. Who knows - maybe they'll go to other artists?"

Full interview:

Emblem3 becomes "Emblem2", Drew Leaves Group

We have an important announcement to make. While we regret sharing this news, we as a group need to share that Drew has decided to move forward in pursuit of his solo career and will no longer be with Emblem3 or joining us on The Fireside Story Sessions. We’re sad to see Drew go but he will always be our brother, and we couldn’t be happier for him as he starts his new journey as a solo artist. If you’d like to stay updated on Drew’s solo album and news tune into Drew’s Twitter/Instagram and his YouTube channel for an announcement on June 27th regarding his new album. Drew sends hugs out to all the Emblems.

We know many of you may be concerned about what this means for Emblem3, but I can assure you this is just the beginning! Me and Keaton started this band when we were 9 and 11 years old and we will continue making music for our fans. We love you with all our heart. E3 has always been about a partnership of like minded musicians and we’re committed to continuing this journey alongside you all. And who knows, you may also start seeing some very familiar faces popping up .

Not surprised at all.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pete Wentz interview

We are backstage at KROQ Weenie Roast when we catch up with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. Having known him for years the conversation starts very casually, "What is new?"

"Same old same old," he says. But that is definitely not the case, as Wentz, who was just working on new material with lead vocalist Patrick Stump right before we meet him, is very excited by and has a lot to say about the current state of popular music. In this entertaining chat Wentz explains why the album is the only thing off limits right now, gives a timeline for new Fall Out Boy music and discusses child actors.

How's the tour been going?
Good, we just got back, we did South America and then we went over and played in Monte Carlo randomly for the World Music Awards. Then we're getting ready to go out, we're doing festivals this summer and then go out with Paramore.

Did you gamble in Monte Carlo?
I did not, I tried to. I went for the James Bond vibe or whatever and you couldn't get in if you did not have the right attire.

What would be James Bond's games of choice?
He's a roulette player. The funny thing is I don't know any gambling at all. I spent my last few days in Vermont at my parents' house and we played War, we learned how to play with my kid. It's not a hard game to master (laughs).

How old is your son now?
Five and a half, crazy.

How is he as a War player?
He calls two's "crummy two's" and he's an ace hogger, so he's a kid after my heart (laughs).

What is coming up for you guys musically?
We're writing. I was just listening to something Patrick had written in the trailer. So we're writing, finishing out the album cycle in South Africa in September and then I feel like the great thing about what internet culture has morphed into, we were goofing around with this weird French producer the other day just for the heck of it. And I feel like you can just put out whatever and as long as it's authentic to who you are. It can be singles or an EP, it's just whatever you want.

Is there an idea then of when new stuff will filter out?
I feel like it has to be before the end of the year. But we haven't set a date yet or what it's going to be like. I feel like you can just put out songs that you care about now.

Full story

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Demi Lovato: 'I'm really excited to work with Ed Sheeran'

Demi Lovato has spoken about her collaboration with Ed Sheeran, saying she's "really excited" to work with the singer.

The singer confirmed to Capital FM's Max that she and Sheeran will work together.

"He's just so talented so I'm really excited to work with him," the 'Neon Lights' singer said, also revealing that the pair had intended to get together to write this week before Sheeran had a change of plans.

"He was supposed to be here [London] this week, so we were gonna write. And now he's not, so we're trying to figure out a time when we can write together," Lovato explained.

The singer also spoke about Cheryl Cole, admitting that while she's never met the singer, she thinks she's "sweet".

"We've talked on Twitter, she said something about my documentary a while ago and it was really, really sweet and ever since then I was like, 'Ah she's so nice!'" Lovato said.

"So I don't 'know' know her but I'd like to pretend that I do!" she elaborated.

For the full interview with Demi Lovato tune into Max on Capital tonight from 10pm.

Read more: