Sara Bareilles to Perform During "In Memoriam" Segment at This Year's Emmy Awards

Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles performed on the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and on Monday night, she'll perform at the Emmy Awards.

Unlike the Grammys, where she was a nominee for Album of the Year, Sara isn't up for an Emmy.  She's simply providing the musical accompaniment for the annual "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those stars who've passed away in the past year.  Chief among them is, of course, Robin Williams, who will be celebrated by his old friend Billy Crystal.

It's not clear what song Sara will perform during the segment, though she did recently dedicate her song "Hercules" to Robin Williams.


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Who'll Replace Celine Dion in Las Vegas?

Denise Truscello/Caesars EntertainmentNow that Celine Dion has canceled all her future engagements -- including her Las Vegas shows -- to care for her ailing husband, she's left plenty of dates open at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with no one to perform.  So who'll step in and fill those dates with their own mini-residency?  Let the speculation begin.

The Las Vegas Sun's Robin Leach reports there are several names being mentioned already, including Mariah Carey, Beyonce and even Adele.  More solid, says Leach, are the rumors that Katy Perry might step in, since she already performed there over New Year's weekend. 

Diana Ross, who's booked to perform there September 19, is "being encouraged to return for more dates," says Leach.  He also reports that there's also an offer going out to Madonna. 

Leach seems to think that Katy's the most likely candidate, but her Prismatic world tour doesn't end until March, and the dates that need to be filled are mostly in January and February.  However, New Year's Eve is open as well, so Katy might choose to return for those shows.


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Report Claims Mariah and Nick Are Separating

Dan MacMedan/WireImageA new report is claiming that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are on their way to a breakup.

The New York Post's Page Six reports the couple is separating after six years of marriage, and that they've been "living separately."

One source declares, “He hasn’t been staying at their home,” adding, “He’s been living out of hotels. They’re fighting a lot."

Reportedly, Mariah suspects that Nick has been cheating on her, so much so that she had a security guard look after her hubby while he was in Las Vegas hosting parties earlier this year. An insider claims, “The security guard wasn’t there to keep the girls away from him. It was to keep him away from the girls.”

Mariah and Nick celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in April. They have three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

In May, Nick commented on rumors at the time that the couple was headed for divorce, telling Parade, "You kind of have to ignore it because every week it’s something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you."


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Largest-Ever Collection of Madonna Memorabilia Going on the Auction Block This Fall

Courtesy Julien's AuctionsOver the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills.

Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on November 7 and 8, both in person and online.  The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between $800 to $1,200. 

In addition, the famous Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, stole and jewelry from the "Material Girl" video; more than thirty pieces of period clothing from her movie Evita; the outfits she wore in the videos for the songs "Music" and "American Pie"; and her costumes from the movies A League of Their Own and The Next Best Thing are all up for grabs, as are handwritten lyrics, an MTV VMA trophy, an American Music Award, signed checks and contracts and her personal make-up compact.  Even a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn is on offer.

One of the most interesting items is Madonna's day planner from 1988, in which she's entered notes about appearances on Letterman, outings with then-husband Penn, birthday reminders and holiday plans.  That's estimated to fetch $2,000 to $4,000.

The most recent items up for sale probably are the latex mask, gloves, bra and panties Madonna sported for her S&M-inspired photo shoot with Katy Perry for the cover of V magazine earlier this year.  Those are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $4,000.

From November 3 through the 7th, many of the items will be on public display at Julien's Auctions' Beverly Hills location.  Visit JuliensAuctions.com to find out how to bid.


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Taylor Swift Says Twerking Is "Mind-Blowing to Me...It's So Above My Comprehension"

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift's a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything -- write, sing, play instruments, accessorize, act -- effortlessly.  But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking.

In her new video for "Shake It Off," Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop.  She tells Rolling Stone, "We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it's just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there's like a science to it – they're, like, digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butt's moving. It's mind-blowing to me."

"They were explaining it all to me, and it's so above my comprehension of how to understand your body," she adds.  In the video, Swift is also seen being equally clumsy at ballet, modern dance, cheerleading and other types of movement.

"I'm putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I'm having fun with it, but not fitting in," she says, describing the video's concept. "They're doing the most beautiful things, and I'm being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually, you will."

Expect Taylor to perform "Shake It Off" -- the first single from her new album 1989 -- on this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.  Hopefully, Kanye West won't be in the building.


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Katy Perry Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Madonna

Steven Klein for V MagazineKaty Perry picked a convenient place to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge: at a water park.

While visiting the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City on a break from her Prismatic tour, a bikini-clad Katy posted a video in which she perched on a mock pirate ship and announced that she'd accepted the challenge of dumping ice water over her head to raise money for and awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.  Among those who'd nominated her: actress Zooey Deschanel, who many feel is Katy's lookalike, and Girls star Allison Williams.

After being doused by two buckets of water, Katy then nominated Madonna to be the next one for the challenge.  She and Madonna are buddies; they posed for V magazine together earlier this year, and Madonna had Katy guest-curate her Art for Freedom project not long ago.  So far, no response from the Queen of Pop.


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Billy Joel's Original Band to Be Inducted into Long Island Music Hall of Fame

Jim Brown/ShowtimeAs one of the most famous musicians ever to hail from Long Island, NY, Billy Joel was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame back in 2006.  Now, his original backing band will receive the same honor.

The New York Post reports that the surviving members of Billy's band, who haven't played together in 20 years as a result of lineup changes, lawsuits and one member's suicide, will reunite during the induction ceremony in Huntington, NY on October 23. 

According to the Post, among the members who'll be appearing are drummer Liberty DeVitto and sax and keyboard player Richie Cannata, both of whom played on classic albums like Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses. 

It's not clear if Billy himself will be on hand for the ceremony, either as an observer, inductor or performer.  Unlike Bruce Springsteen, who inducted his E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year and then performed with them at the ceremony, Billy may not be on the best of terms with his former bandmates.  Richie Cannata was replaced by Mark Rivera on sax in 1982, and DeVitto and Billy were involved in a legal dispute that led to his departure from the band in 2006.  Bass player Doug Stegmeyer, who'd been let go before the 1989 album Storm Front was recorded, took his own life in 1995.


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Taylor Swift, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson Among Marie Claire's "20 Women Changing the World"

Sarah Barlow for Marie ClaireCan a pop star change the world?  According to Marie Claire magazine, the answer's yes.  The magazine's current issue highlights "20 Women Changing the World," and some top female singers are included on that list.

Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Jennifer Hudson are all featured on the list, alongside people like Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria.  Alicia is included because of her work with her charity Keep a Child Alive, which helps families in Africa and India fight HIV/AIDS.  J-Hud is there for establishing her charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, named after her murdered nephew.  The charity distributes school supplies on Julian's birthday, as well as gifts at Christmastime.

Taylor makes the list for her philanthropy in general, as well as for writing a song about a young cancer patient and then donating the proceeds to cancer charities.  She also makes unannounced visits to children's hospitals and visits with the patients for hours.  Shakira is included because of her Barefoot Foundation, which builds schools and early childhood centers in poor countries around the world, including her own, Colombia.

Visit MarieClaire.com, or buy the magazine's September issue, to read about all the other women who are changing the world.


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Pharrell's Hat Going on Display in Washington, D.C.

Cliff Lipson/CBSOver the past year, Pharrell Williams' hat -- that huge brown one that he wore to the Grammy Awards -- has become almost as famous as he is.  Now, you'll be able to see it up close and personal, when it goes on display in a Washington, D.C. museum.

As you might remember, the fast food chain Arby's, whose logo is a large hat that's very similar to Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood-designed topper, joked about the resemblance during the Grammy Awards via Twitter, and that tweet was retweeted more than 80,000 times. Arby's later purchased the headgear from the singer for more than $44,000, and all the money went to charity.  Now, Arby's is loaning the hat to D.C.'s Newseum, where it'll go on display starting August 22, according to the Washington Post.

An Arby's executive tells the Post that the reason the short-term exhibit is being set up at the Newseum is because "it goes to show the power of social media in its ability to create news."


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Lorde Announces First-Ever Tour of New Zealand, Promises "Bull Terriers & Bathtubs" for US Dates

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCWhile she's performed all over the world in the last year, Lorde has never done a headlining tour of her own country -- but that's about to change.

The singer has announced she'll do her first-ever headlining tour in New Zealand in late October and early November.  So far, four all-ages shows have been announced in New Zealand's four major cities.

In a statement, Lorde says, "I've been itching to do a New Zealand tour...Kiwi audiences are the best, and I'm so happy to be playing the final shows for Pure Heroine here. It's only right I come full circle, back to where it all started."

She later tweeted, "It's been a really long time coming and i am so beyond happy to be finally doing this. These are the last shows i'll play to support [Pure Heroine], which feels like a pretty big milestone. It's going to be SO COOL doing this with you nz."

Meanwhile, Lorde will kick off a new U.S. round of dates September 5.  She wrote on Twitter that fans can expect some odd things happening behind her on the video screens she has onstage.

"Shooting visuals for the US tour today," she tweeted. "holy s**t i am pumped for these shows. (featuring bathtubs, bull terriers & other dream situations)."


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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to Appear on HSN; "Cheek to Cheek" Track Listing Revealed

Streamline/Interscope/ColumbiaLady Gaga and Tony Bennett are pulling out all the stops to promote their upcoming album of jazz duets, Cheek to Cheek.  Not only will the two be starring in PBS concert special in October, but they've just announced they'll appear on HSN next month.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek is a one-hour HSN Live music special airing September 13 that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their new album, including unreleased footage of Gaga and Tony in the recording studio.  During the special, you'll be able to pre-order an HSN exclusive deluxe version of the album that features two bonus tracks: "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Lady's In Love with You."

In addition to the HSN version, there will be multiple configurations of Cheek to Cheek: a standard version, a deluxe version with four bonus tracks, and a Target version with two different tracks.  There's also a bonus track on the iTunes version: Gaga's take on "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," originally by Sonny & Cher.  For you old-school lovers, a 180-gram vinyl edition of the album will also be available at Amazon and select retail outlets.

The second single from the album, "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," is available now.  The album itself is coming out September 23.

Here are the track listings for Cheek to Cheek:

Standard Version
"Anything Goes"
"Cheek to Cheek"
"Nature Boy"
"I Can’t Give You Anything but Love"
"I Won’t Dance"
"Firefly"
"Lush Life" (Lady Gaga solo)
"Sophisticated Lady" (Tony Bennett solo)
"Let’s Face the Music and Dance"
"But Beautiful"
"It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)"

Deluxe Version
"Anything Goes"
"Cheek to Cheek"
"Don’t Wait Too Long" (Tony Bennett solo)
"I Cant’ Give You Anything but Love"
"Nature Boy"
"Goody Goody"
"Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye" (Lady Gaga Solo)
"Firefly"
"I Won’t Dance"
"They All Laughed"
"Lush Life" (Lady Gaga solo)
"Sophisticated Lady" (Tony Bennett solo)
"Let’s Face the Music and Dance"
"But Beautiful"
"It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)"

Global iTunes Bonus Track
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Lady Gaga solo)

U.S. Target Deluxe Bonus Tracks
"On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (Tony Bennett solo)
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Lady Gaga solo)

U.S. HSN Deluxe Bonus Tracks
"The Lady’s in Love with You" (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Tony Bennett solo)
"The Lady Is a Tramp" (from Tony Bennett’s Duets II)


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Report: NFL Asking Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna to Pay to Play the Super Bowl

Image credit: Anton CorbjinWhen artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don't receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions.  But this time around, the Wall Street Journal reports that the National Football League are asking stars to pay to play.

According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the list of potential halftime performers to three acts: Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay.  But when the NFL reached out to their camps, reports the paper, it also asked "at least some" of the acts if they'd be willing to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income" or make some other type of "financial contribution" in exchange for landing the gig.

As you might imagine, th is suggestion didn't go over well with the artists' reps, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

When contacted for comment, an NFL spokeswoman told the paper that contacts with performers are confidential, and that all they want to do is "put on the best possible show."  The paper also says that no decision has been made yet on who will perform, and another act entirely may be selected.

The Super Bowl will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on February 1.  The most recent Super Bowl halftime performer, Bruno Mars, drew a record 115.3 million viewers for his Super Bowl 48 performance last February.


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Stars from Elton John to John Legend Sing with Smokey Robinson on New Duets CD

Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsRock and Roll Hall of Famers, rising young stars and, it seems, everyone in between have all jumped at the chance to be included on Smokey & Friends, a new star-studded duet album from Motown legend Smokey Robinson that's in stores today.

The guest list on the album is a who's who of musicians from both yesterday and today: it includes Elton John, James Taylor, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Aloe Blacc, Cee Lo Green, John Legend, Jessie J and more.  Each of them duets with Smokey either on a hit he wrote and performed himself, or a hit he wrote for another artist. Some of the artists have been friendly with Smokey for years, while others have never met the singer, but the whole project was brought together by former American Idol judge Randy Jackson.

"They called Randy to be the producer of this record.  Randy, in turn, called a bunch of artists and asked them to pick their favorite Smokey Robinson song," Smokey tells ABC News Radio, explaining how the album was put together.  "Didn't necessarily have to be one that I had sang, but one that I had written.  And he recorded that particular song with that artist, and what he did...was to let that artist do...their take on that song, and that's how the record was produced. And [then] I'd just adhere to whatever their interpretation of the song was."

Among the duets: Elton John and Smokey singing "The Tracks of My Tears," and James Taylor and Smokey doing "Ain't That Peculiar," which Smokey wrote for Marvin Gaye

"Elton, I've known him forever and ever and ever...We are really good friends...I performed for his AIDS Foundation many times," Smokey tells ABC News Radio. "And, James the same thing.  I've known James forever...we've worked together before.   In fact, James and Sting and Elton and I worked together at Carnegie Hall one time.  So it's a great thing to work with your friends like that."

But Smokey's just as excited about the younger stars who are on the record.  Asked what surprised him the most about the project, he tells ABC News Radio, "I think that probably the fact that some of the younger people who were there...were aware of my songs enough to want to record one and to volunteer their talents to this particular record.  That's a good thing to know.  I mean, I'm very happy about that."

Here's the track listing for Smokey & Friends:

"The Tracks of My Tears" -- Elton John      
"You Really Got a Hold on Me" -- Steven Tyler
"My Girl" ­-- Miguel, Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez, John Mayer on guitar
"Cruisin'" -- Jessie J
"Quiet Storm" ­-- John Legend
"The Way You Do (the Things You Do)" -- Cee Lo Green
"Being with You" -­- Mary J. Blige
"Ain't That Peculiar" -- James Taylor
"The Tears of a Clown" -- Sheryl Crow
"Ooh Baby Baby" ­-- Ledisi
"Get Ready" -- Gary Barlow    


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John Legend’s Breaking Through Launches YouTube Star Search

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Back in April, John Legend announced that he was teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through. Now, the singer is seeking talented dancers for the film.

Legend has partnered with DanceOn, the multi-channel YouTube network co-founded by Madonna, to create a platform for aspiring dancers to submit their audition videos. 

Applicants are encouraged to make a video that showcases their best dance moves for the chance to attend a live event held in Los Angeles on August 29, which will be included in the movie.

"We partnered with DanceOn because this movie is all about dancing and YouTube and we want you to be a part of it," Legend says in a statement. "DanceOn and Breaking Through are bringing together the most talented dancers, creators and choreographers and we want you to be there too...Everyone who submits gets an opportunity to be in the film. So get out there, grab your camera and get to work!" he adds.

To learn more, visit DanceOn.com


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Taylor Swift Says New Single, "Shake It Off," Addresses Our "Take-Down Culture"

ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaNot only is Taylor Swift out with a new single, "Shake It Off," she also has a new music video for it and a new album, 1989, to be released Oct. 27. Taylor said the single, which had its debut Monday night during her global Yahoo! live stream, encourages people to shake off negativity in their lives.

"The message in the song is a problem I think we all deal with, and an issue we deal with on a daily basis. We don't live just in a celebrity take-down culture, we live in a take-down culture," Taylor said on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "People will find anything about you and twist it to where it's weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don't understand you, you have to have more fun than they do."

Taylor added that when she first envisioned "Shake It Off," she saw it being played during wedding receptions"I just said, 'We need drums that make even the person who's having a terrible night at a wedding, and she's like "I am not in the mood to dance" and then like its comes on and she's like "This is my song! This is my song!"' That's the dream!" Taylor said, laughing.

Taylor also showed off her music video, which features her and a series of different dance crews showing off various dance styles, with Taylor executing most of them clumsily. The singer joked that they shot the video in three days, which is how long it took "to get that exquisite dance performance from me."

You can pre-order 1989 now at Taylorswift.com.  You can also pre-order the Target deluxe edition of the album, which features three additional songs, plus three voice memos from Taylor's phone which, according to Target, "offer a unique insight into Taylor's songwriting process and document the early creation of three songs on 1989.” 

The artwork on the deluxe edition is slightly different: it's the same Polaroid of Taylor with the top of her face cut off, but it has 1989 scrawled across it, and the letters D.L.X. written along the bottom.


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Sam Smith Has One Simple Goal: "I Want to Be the Biggest-Selling Male Pop Star in the Entire World"

Credit: Drew WheelerWhen most singers first start out, they usually have modest goals: they want their first album to go gold, or they want their first single to hit the top ten -- maybe they'd like to do a headlining tour.  But Sam Smith's goals are a bit more far-reaching than that:  he wants nothing less than world domination.

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Sam says, "I want to be the biggest-selling male pop star in the entire world."  He adds, "I really want that, but at the same time I want to keep this," pointing to his heart.  "I don't want to lose this."  Asked if it's even possible to have both, he insists, "I'm going to make it possible."

Sam's debut album In the Lonely Hour and his single "Stay with Me" are already huge hits, but the ambitious Brit says he's already looking far down the road with an eye towards his goal. "Even right now I have the title in my head to my second album; I know what it's going to sound like," he claims. "I have the idea in my head for the artwork and I also have the idea for the artwork for my third album." 

The only thing that might turn Sam from his goal?  Food.  "I think I prefer food to singing. It's really bad, isn't it? Food is my favorite thing in the world," he tells The Guardian. "I always say if I ate what I actually wanted to eat, I'd be in one of those electronic scooters because I'd be too big."

A self-admitted former "fat kid," Sam says he did worry that his less-than-perfect physique might keep him from being a pop star.  But, he points out, "People like real life. Why do people like all this crap television out there? Because you're looking at what you can relate to. And music should be speaking about things you can relate to."

"That's the key," he adds. "I can't relate to skinny, perfectly-sculptured, tanned men singing about gold chains and Ferraris, because I'm not that way."


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Gloria Estefan Musical "On Your Feet!" to Open on Broadway November 5; Audition Online Now

Jesus Cordero/PRNewsFoto/Sony MasterworksHey, want to be in the new Broadway show based on the life story of Gloria Estefan?  Now's your chance.

It's just been announced that the musical, called On Your Feet!, will premiere on Broadway November 5, 2015, following a five-week tryout in Chicago from June 2 to July 5 of 2015.  Previews will start October 5. Performers around the world are now invited to audition for all the roles in the production by submitting an audition video online at OnYourFeetMusical.com.  There will also be two open casting calls in the U.S.: one in Miami on September 21 and one in New York City September 9.

In a statement, Gloria says, "Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project. Our own journey together started in Miami, a city that has been such an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone of our search for the next generation of bright talent.”

Gloria's husband, Emilio, who is a big part of the story as well, added, "On Your Feet! is a piece that speaks to people of every culture around the world.  We’ve seen audiences from South America to Asia, and everywhere in between, be moved by our music and we want each and every one of them to have a chance to be a part of this story and show their talent to the world.”

On Your Feet!, based on Gloria and Emilio's own journey from Cuba to the top of the U.S. charts, will feature hits like "1-2-3," "Conga," and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You."


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McCartney & Streisand Attend Apollo Theater Fundraiser Featuring Performances by Sting, Gladys Knight, Bon Jovi

Kevin Mazur/WireImagePaul McCartney and Barbra Streisand were just two of the many celebrities in attendance at Ronald Perelman's fifth annual fundraiser for New York City's famed Apollo Theater, held Saturday at the multimillionaire businessman's estate in East Hampton, New York.

Jamie Foxx served as the master of ceremonies for the bash, which, according to The Wall Street Journal, included performances by Gladys Knight, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi and Pharrell Williams.  The newspaper reports that Gladys received a standing ovation for her rendition of her classic hit "Midnight Train to Georgia," while the ex-Police frontman sang some of his old band's hits.  Given that it was a fundraiser, Jon Bon Jovi, appropriately, belted out a version of the Barrett Strong classic "Money (That's What I Want)."

During the festivities Foxx called on a number of famous attendees to show off their best dance moves, including McCartney, General Colin Powell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. John McCain and director Spike Lee.

The guest list for the fundraiser also included Robert De Niro, Don Johnson, Lorne Michaels, Penny Marshall, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Streisand's husband, James Brolin.  Tables at the benefit were said to have cost between $50,000 and $100,000.


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MAGIC!, Jennifer Hudson Added to "Fashion Rocks" Lineup

Chapman Baehler/RCA RecordsThe star-studded lineup for the CBS special Fashion Rocks has just gotten bigger.  MAGIC! and Jennifer Hudson are the latest stars to be added to the bill for the September 9 event, which will air live from Barclays Center in New York City.

As previously reported, the show, which highlights the relationship between fashion and music, will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and feature performances by KISS, Jennifer Lopez, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Usher, Duran Duran, The Band Perry and other stars. 

Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster or at BarclaysCenter.com.


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Taylor Swift's New Pop Album, "1989," Coming Out October 27, Featuring New Single, "Shake It Off"

 Big Machine Records/Republic RecordsTaylor Swift unveiled her brand-new single, "Shake It Off," during her global Yahoo! live stream Monday. The song was co-written with her frequent collaborators Max Martin and Shellback with the challenge of breaking completely new musical ground for her. It's about controlling her reaction to what people may say about her, and Taylor danced around with her invited guests in New York City.

"Shake It Off" is the lead single from her new album, 1989, in stores October 27. The project is titled for the year Taylor was born, and she says it was inspired by late '80s pop music.

"I really loved the chances they were taking. I loved how bold it was. I loved how ahead of its time it was." she says of that era of music. "So, being inspired by that, I started delving into the late '80s and what that period of time actually meant."  She went on to say that she feels the late '80s were "limitless," with "endless possibilities."

The album cover features a Polaroid picture of Taylor with her face partially obscured with "T.S." and "1989" written on the bottom. Taylor also declared 1989 is her "first official pop album."

"1989 is the most sonically cohesive album I have ever made and my favorite album I have ever made," said Taylor."

A deluxe version of 1989 will include three new songs that are voice memos from her cell phone. The album packaging will also feature 13 Polaroid photographs.

Speaking about the inspiration for "Shake It Off," Taylor said during the live stream that one lesson she's learned over the past few years is that "people can say whatever they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to it." 

She added, "I figure that we have two options. You can either let it get to you, let it change you, let it make you bitter or not trust people. Or you can descend into insanity if you want. Option two is you just shake it off!"

Taylor also debuted the video for "Shake It Off" during the live stream.  It features her and a series of different dance crews showing off various dance styles -- including twerking!  At the end, she and a group of fans who'd been sworn to secrecy join her in a huge dance party.

"I love the idea that you can tell who someone is by how they dance," she said of the inspiration for the clip. "And so, we started talking about ideas, and we basically decided that we would get this huge group of incredible, professional dancers of all different types of dance, and throw me into the middle of them and see what happens."

Taylor also announced the "1989 Swiftstakes," which will give fans an opportunity to win prizes: there are 1,000 tickets to a future tour up for grabs, as well as 500 meet and greets.  You'll get a code to enter with every version of the album you buy: standard, deluxe or digital.


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