ABC/Jon LeMayEver since Taylor Swift shelled out a reported $17 million a year ago for a huge mansion in Rhode Island's tony Watch Hill neighborhood, the home has been the site of much drama, from random trespassers, to angry locals accusing her of blocking access to the beach. Now, word is she's looking to unload the 11,000 square-foot home.
The rumor evidently started when a reporter for the local Rhode Island paper The Westerly Sun tweeted, "Is Taylor Swift's Watch Hill mansion for sale? I'm hearing that but I can't confirm." This, of course, set off all kinds of speculation from various real estate blogs, all noting the sprawling home's eight bedrooms, 10 1/2 baths, reception rooms, 45-foot-long sun porch, five-car heated garage, balconies, swimming pool and sweeping views.
A rep for Taylor did not immediately return emails from ABC News Radio seeking comment on whether or not the home is for sale.
In addition to the Rhode Island mansion, Taylor also owns a condo in Nashville, a place in Los Angeles, and a newly-purchased pad in Manhattan. She has definitely enjoyed the Rhode Island mansion, though, telling Rolling Stone, "Man, Rhode Island's a good place. It's a really good place. I've loved really being with my girlfriends a lot [there]. Like, there have been a lot of kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends."
Meanwhile, the singer may have moved on to greener pastures...or at least sandier beaches. She tweeted a photo of herself on Monday walking along a beautiful beach wearing a green bikini, with the caption, "Looking for Easter eggs." It's not clear where the photo was taken.
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NBCThe Voice said goodbye to two of its 12 artists on Tuesday night.
In the first live results show of the season, Team Usher member T.J. Wilkins and Dani Moz of Team Shakira were eliminated. The bottom three, which were based on the viewers' votes, also included one of Dani's teammates, Tess Boyer.
Tess was saved by the fans in the final minutes of the show. Following performances by the three artists, the fans were asked to support their favorite by tweeting the hashtag #VoiceSave, along with the singer's first name.
Tess sang Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side"; T.J. performed Edwin McCain's "I'll Be"; and Dani Moz covered Adele's "Turning Tables."
The one-hour results show also featured performances by Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton. Adam joined his artists for a rendition of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," while Blake and his crew took on Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive In Your Country."
Shakira took the stage, too, singing "Empire" from her recently-released self-titled album.
The live round resumes next Monday night on NBC.
Trae Patton/NBCIf Gwen Stefani is really joining The Voice, current coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton aren't talking.
"We can neither confirm or deny," Adam told E!, and Blake chimed in, "If there is a person in this world named Gwen Stefani, I think she would probably be a great addition to this show."
"If there was a Gwen Stefani that was gonna be on the show and that also happened to also be the singer in No Doubt and a fashion icon, and many many other wonderful things, I think if that were to happen, that would be great," Adam added. "But I can't say whether or not that's true."
OK, now, how about a serious answer?
"I hope it's true," Voice host Carson Daly tells E!. "Nothing's confirmed, but if that's the case, should there be fire behind the smoke, we should be so lucky!"
If Gwen does become a coach on The Voice, it'll be on the show's seventh season, which begins filming in June.
19 Entertainment/Interscope RecordsPhillip Phillips has now released more details of his sophomore album, Behind the Light, which is due May 19, and he's booked a major TV appearance to boot.
A deluxe digital version of the disc is available for pre-order now, and those who take advantage of that deal will receive an instant download of a new song, "Fly." The deluxe edition of Behind the Light features three additional songs: "My Boy," "Don't Trust Me" and "Armless Crawler."
On May 20, the day after the album hits stores, Phillip will perform on ABC's Good Morning America. As previously reported, Phillip will kick off a tour with the band O.A.R. on June 12 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Behind-the-scenes footage of Phillip shooting the video for his current single, "Raging Fire," is now available to watch on Vevo.
Here's the standard track list for Behind the Light:
“Searchlight” “Raging Fire” “Trigger” “Lead On” “Alive Again” “Open Your Eyes” “Fool for You” “Thicket” “Fly” “Unpack Your Heart” “Face”“Midnight Sun"
AGreatBigWorld.comA Great Big World has other songs besides "Say Something," y'know. The duo has just debuted the new video for their next single, "Already Home," and they've tapped some well-known actors to play the starring roles: Glee's Darren Criss and Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr.
The fact that Darren is starring in the duo's video is something of a "full circle" moment, since the way many of us first heard of A Great Big World is when their song "This Is the New Year" was featured on Glee's fourth season. In the video, Darren and Jessica play a couple who live on opposite coasts -- he in California, she in New York City. Footage of them going through their lives while constantly thinking of one another is intercut with footage of A Great Big World's Chad Vaccarino and Ian Axel performing the song, the lyrics for which include the line, "If only New York wasn't so far away."
At the end of the clip, Darren and Jessica both resolve to book a plane ticket to the opposite coast and surprise each other with a visit. Of course, their wires get crossed, and he ends up in New York, while she arrives in California. But in the final moments, they're able to break down the barrier between them, as Darren leans across the split screen and kisses Jessica tenderly.
A Great Big World will perform "Already Home" on NBC's Today show Wednesday morning.
Cliff Lipson/CBSOther than her performance at the Academy Awards in early 2013, it's hard to think of the last time Adele performed live for a big audience. But if one British tabloid report is to be believed, she'll be hitting the stage later this year for a big "comeback" concert.
The British paper The Sunday Express claims that Adele's new album is due in October, and she wants to celebrate it by performing a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
A source close to Adele tells the paper, "This is the most exciting and promising news fans have had from Adele for ages," but cautions, "A world tour is still a long way off, certainly a conventional series of shows...The key to all these plans is that Adele feels comfortable with her voice. She has vowed that she never wants to break down during a tour or put her voice through so much stress that she suffers problems."
In October of 2011, Adele was forced to cancel the remaining dates of her tour due to a vocal hemorrhage and later underwent surgery to correct the problem.
Fox/Warner Bros RecordsAfter appearing on such TV shows as The Crazy Ones, The Office and Glee in the flesh, Josh Groban is now ready to get animated. He'll be appearing as a guest voice on an upcoming episode of the animated Fox show American Dad.
In the episode, which airs May 11, Josh will voice a character, but it's unclear whether or not he's playing himself. The plot concerns Hayley interning at a local news station for female reporter modeled on Nancy Grace...but who is really Roger in disguise.
Before that, another chart-topping musician will guest-star on the Seth MacFarlane-created show: Robin Thicke.
On the May 4 episode of American Dad, Roger bets an annoying coffee-shop musician that he can outplay him. Robin plays that annoying musician. In a cool twist, Robin's famous dad, Alan Thicke, also guest-stars in the episode, as himself.
American Dad airs on Fox at 7: 30 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network's Sunday night "Animation Domination" lineup.
Credit: Andreas Laszlo KonrathOn Monday night, Bruno Mars wrapped up three big concerts in his home state of Hawaii, and Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie honored their local-boy-made-good by proclaiming "Bruno Mars Day" throughout the Aloha state.
The proclamation of Bruno Mars Day -- April 21, 2014 -- notes Bruno's many accomplishments, and states that his "talent for combining catchy pop melodies, hip-hop beats and feel-good lyrics has helped him emerge as one of Hawaii's most popular artists."
In addition, the Hawaiian legislature honored Bruno backstage at his concert with a special certificate, according to the Hawaii Reporter.
"Bruno Mars, a young man born in Hawaii, has become a musical phenomenon and a global icon, and an exceptional representative of the people of these islands," reads the certificate. "The Senate and House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii hereby commends and congratulates Bruno Mars on his outstanding career and extends our best wishes for his continued success throughout the years to come."
"Can't describe how it feels to be singing @ home. I love you all," Bruno tweeted when he first arrived n Hawaii for his shows. For at least one of his concerts, his father's band was one of his opening acts. As many Bruno fans know, his father is a longtime musician and bandleader, and Bruno got his start as a very young kid, performing onstage with his family.
Image Courtesy Madonna via InstagramHey, did you hear? Madonna's album is totally done...and a famous photographer has heard it! Except...it's not, and he didn't, and the whole thing is a lie.
That's according to the Queen of Pop's rep, who tells ABC News Radio that an Instagram post from fashion photographer Mert Alas, in which he claimed to be listening to the star's album, is nonsense.
Alas is one half of the photography duo Mert and Marcus; together, they directed Madonna's 2012 video for "Girl Gone Wild." Alas posted a photo of Madonna, and captioned it, "In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT."
But referring to Alas' claim, Madonna's spokesperson tells ABC News Radio, "In his dreams...she’s only starting to write [the album]…no one has heard it."
Madonna's been working on her new album with a wide variety of collaborators, including Swedish deejay Avicii, and people who've written hits for Fergie, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Colbie Caillat, just to name a few.
NBCThe Voice launched its live round on Monday night, with the 12 remaining artists taking the stage for solo performances. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher were there to offer their two cents.
Here's what happened during the two-hour show:
Team Usher's Bria Kelly opened the broadcast with a risky song choice: Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Adam said it was a tall order to take on that hit, but she brought angst and something different to it. However, both he and Shakira wished Bria sang it in a higher key. Usher said he felt the passion and fire in Bria's voice.
Team Adam's Delvin Choice tackled The Righteous Brothers classic "Unchained Melody." Usher said there was more "rejoice" in Delvin's version, but he wouldn't say whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Adam said he had goose bumps from the performance, and he was so proud of Delvin.
Dani Moz of Team Shakira sang Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason." Adam said it is such a hard song to perform that it leaves an artist no time to breathe. Shakira said Dani was dynamic, and heartfelt in the verses.
Audra McLaughlin of Team Blake covered "Angel of the Morning," made famous by several artists, including Juice Newton and Olivia Newton-John. Usher was impressed by how long Audra can hold notes. Blake called Audra one of his favorite country singers -- high praise coming from him.
Usher protégé T.J. Wilkins took on John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." Shakira referred to him as sincere and extraordinary. Usher said his artist experienced an "incredible breakthrough moment."
Team Blake's Sisaundra Lewis dazzled the coaches with “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” by Elton John. Adam said the best aspect of the performance was the restraint she showed. Blake said he hopes Sisaundra has taken a moment to enjoy her run on the show.
Team Shakira's Kristen Merlin sang Sugarland's "Stay." Blake applauded how she was able to step up on a live show. Shakira said it was a moving performance.
Kat Perkins of Team Adam belted out Heart's "Magic Man." Blake couldn't believe that Kat was once a nanny, calling her a rock star. Adam gushed over her power and charisma.
Team Blake's Jake Worthington covered Travis Tritt's "Anymore." Shakira said he may be one of the most endearing contestants on the show, because he's so honest with his delivery. Blake added that honesty is so important in country music.
The final Team Shakira artist to enter the spotlight was Tess Boyer. She sang Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You." Blake, one of her former coaches, implied she's the strongest artist on Shakira's squad. Usher, who also once coached Tess, said he and the rest of the panel celebrates her talent. Shakira said Tess nailed her performance.
Team Usher's Josh Kaufman closed the show with Sam Smith's "Stay With Me." Adam called himself "stupid" for letting Josh go earlier in the season. Blake said Josh is the artist to beat on Team Usher. Josh's coach said he told a story and showed command.
Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC. Shakira will perform.
ABCKaty Perry shared info on her upcoming video for her single "Birthday" during an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.
Katy revealed that she went undercover as five of the world's "worst birthday entertainers" for the clip. She explained, "I was sick of making...gorgeous music videos where I'm like sexual." Jimmy Kimmel quipped, "People are sick of that, yeah."
Some footage from Katy's undercover adventures aired on the show, including a scene in which she played an androgynous character, "Kriss the Clown," who's on parole and who inadvertently causes a car crash during a party.
The lyric video for "Birthday" debuted two weeks ago.
Katy told Jimmy she had a nice Easter Sunday, having spent it with her family. They took part in an Easter egg hunt, where she drew attention away from the Easter Bunny. She said the kids in attendance were taking pictures of the Easter Bunny when they spotted her and ran toward her, upsetting the bunny in the process.
Katy also discussed the inspiration for her new green hairdo. She said it's the result of her obsession with Tumblr: "I saw some really cute Japanese girl [on Tumblr] that had green-tipped hair, I brought it to the hairstylist and was like, 'Make me her.'"
Earlier on the show, Katy took part in a trivia competition called "Who Knows Katy?" in which she tested her knowledge of herself against a super-fan. She lost.
ABC/Lou RoccoIllness has forced Lorde to postpone a tour of Australia that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 24.The Australian promoter Frontier Touring issued a statement saying Lorde will return to her native New Zealand for “immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year.”The 17-year-old singer also released a statement through Frontier Touring, saying, “It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to focus on getting better in order to perform at my best. We'll be with you as soon as we can, Aussies." Lorde signed it with her birth name, Ella Yelich O'Connor.In a series of tweets, the singer said she has “a nasty chest infection and general ill health."She also tweeted, “i am so so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me i needed a break after being non-stop since the grammys in january. we will 100% be back for this tour (most likely in november) so don't worry about that. i just need time to get back to full gollum girl fitness before i go out playing shows again.”She ended by tweeting, “i'm truly sorry if i let you down or if you feel inconvenienced by this and i hope you can understand.”Frontier Touring says an announcement on rescheduled dates will be made as soon as possible. Here are Lorde's postponed Australia tour dates:
4/24, 4/26 -- Melbourne, Festival Hall4/27 -- Adelaide, AEC Theatre4/29 -- Perth, Challenge Stadium5/2, 5/3 -- Sydney, Hordern Pavilion5/4 -- Newcastle, Entertainment Centre 5/6 -- Brisbane, Riverstage
Mosley Music Group/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic and Carrie Underwood have made it to the final round of voting for the Milestone Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. British pop star Ellie Goulding is the other finalist for the trophy.
The fan-voted award is given to an an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year; the field originally included six artists, but the other three -- John Legend, Imagine Dragons and country superstar Luke Bryan -- didn't make it past the first round.
The Milestone Award recognizes an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET, and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child will be the person presenting the winner with the trophy.
CNW Group/Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.Celine Dion fans who weren't able to attend the massive concert she gave last year in Quebec, Canada will now be able to experience it for themselves, thanks to a new CD/DVD package documenting the moment.
The concert, which took place July 27, 2013, featured Celine performing her hits -- mostly her French ones -- for a crowd of more than 40,000. The show was dubbed, Céline…Une Seule Fois [oon suhl fwah] or, in English, Celine...One Night Only. The package, available May 19, includes a DVD or Blu-ray, plus two live CDs, featuring four bonus tracks from the shows that Celine did in Paris last year.
While French songs dominate, you can enjoy live versions of favorites like "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "The Power of Love," "All By Myself," "Love Can Move Mountains," "River Deep, Mountain High" and, of course, "My Heart Will Go On," as well as two songs from Celine's most recent album: "Loved Me Back to Life" and "Water and a Flame."
Check out CelineDion.com for all the details, as well as special offers on ordering.
Image Courtesy Michael Buble via InstagramMichael Buble has added a final U.S. leg of shows to his To Be Loved world tour, starting with two shows in July at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.
This final leg will wrap up August 3 in Austin, Texas. Each market will have its own ticket on-sale date. In a statement, Michael said, "This tour continues to be a phenomenal ride with fantastic audiences everywhere. I'm thrilled to be back in the States to wrap up these last few shows."
To go along with the final shows, Michael is issuing a deluxe edition of To Be Loved, which will be available on iTunes on April 29. If downloads aren't your thing, you can pre-order a physical version on MichaelBuble.com starting on April 23. The deluxe edition features three bonus tracks: a version of the Ronnettes' "Be My Baby," a new "swing mix" of the hit "It's a Beautiful Day" and Michael's take on the standard "Melancholy Baby." In addition, the package features a 30-minute "making of" feature on the album.
Here are the new dates:
7/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden7/8 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden7/10 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena7/11 -- Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena7/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall7/25 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena7/26 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center7/27 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center7/29 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena7/30 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum8/1 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center8/2 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena8/3 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
Image Courtesy Katy Perry via InstagramKaty Perry doesn't have any children -- at least, right now -- but she's proving to have some great mothering instincts.
Exhibit #1: Katy has posted an Instagram video of herself "reading" the classic children's book Pat the Bunny to her new puppy, Butters. In the video, Katy is seated at a dinner table with Butters on her lap, and she's turning the pages of the board book while Butters pretends to be interested. When she gets to the part where you can scratch 'n sniff the flowers, she holds the book up to Butter's nose; the puppy then turns to the camera and give a look that says, "Are you kidding me?"
Exhibit #2: Katy posted a photo of her new niece -- her sister Angela's daughter -- with a teeny, tiny white Chanel purse. "Stylist Auntie K killing the game for all other aunts out [there]!" she captioned the photo. And that's not the only high-fashion accessory she gave the baby: three weeks ago, she posted a photo of a Jeremy Scott-designed, winged gold Adidas baby sneaker, writing, "COOLEST Auntie K because of bestie @itsjeremyscott."
Justin Lubin/NBCEver since Kelly Clarkson announced she was expecting, glimpses of her baby bump have been rare. But this past weekend, she was out and about with her pregnant belly definitely on display.
US Weekly has photos of Kelly on a boating outing with her husband Brandon Blackstock and his family, including his stepmother, country superstar Reba McEntire. She was wearing black leggings, flip-flops and a long salmon-colored tunic with a black and white bow printed on the belly. Later, she wore a white top which showed off her belly even more.
That same day, Kelly and her group were spotted dining at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, according to the magazine. "Happy Easter everybody! We celebrated on the lake today. Loving the sun, family and friends!" she tweeted.
It's not clear exactly when Kelly and Brandon are expecting their baby girl, though she announced in November that she was expecting. Earlier this month, she tweeted, "There's something very cool yet very creepy about a baby moving inside your belly. Regardless, I'm pretty sure she's gonna be a gymnast."
Credit: Danny Clinch2014 has already been pretty memorable for Sara Bareilles: she attended the Grammys, where she was nominated for two awards and got to perform with music legend Carole King; she teamed with VH1 for a new initiative to bring instruments to schools; and she appeared on Live from the Artists' Den. Now, she's deep into her most challenging project yet: writing songs for a stage musical.
"It's really exciting. We're doing a stage adaptation of the film Waitress, and there's some incredible collaborators on board," she tells ABC News Radio. "And so when I was approached to try this I was like, 'I don't know what I'm doing but I'm really curious. So, gimme a shot. If it doesn't work out, let me know!'"
Sara's currently in New York City hard at work on the project, and she tweeted, "Oh boy. My heart is soaked with excitement. Watching this musical start to take shape is insanely gratifying and precious." She also shared a photo of a reading, adding, "It's happppppppppennning." She added a string of hashtags, including, "#waitress," "#musicals," "#singing," "#people," "#stuff," "#me," "#you" and "#letsdothis."
"I'm having so much fun playing in a totally new medium," Sara tells ABC News Radio. "I'm a big musical theater fan. It's something I always sort of dreamed for myself, but I didn't realize it would be in this capacity so it's kind of exciting!"
The movie Waitress came out in 2007; it starred Keri Russell as a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to a bully. She works in a diner, where her job is to make creative and unusual pies. She hopes to win a pie contest and use the money to leave her husband and finance a new life for herself, but he won't allow her to go. Then, an unwanted pregnancy, a sympathetic doctor, and a secret benefactor all conspire to eventually give her the life she wants.
So what can theatergoers expect from the songs Sara is creating for Waitress: The Musical? Ones that are easy to sing along to.
"I grew up on Les Miserables and Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret Garden -- lots of really, you know, beautiful, melodic [pieces]," she says. "I mean that's what I love about theatrical music anyways: the melodies are just, they are the heart and center. I love that. I like building the story over a beautiful melody and going from there."
No word yet on exactly when the musical will debut.
Courtesy: BillboardEnrique Iglesias' friend Jennifer Lopez has raked in millions thanks to her work as a judge on American Idol. But he says even though he's had similar offers -- from Idol and other shows -- he turned them all down. Why? Because it wouldn't make him as happy as making music does.
Speaking to Billboard magazine for its new cover story, Enrique says he rejected multi-million-dollar offers to judge American Idol, The Voice and the now-canceled X Factor because they would've interfered with his tour and recording plans. "I cared more about going into the studio and writing songs," he tells Billboard. "That's what makes me happier."
Enrique also confirms a previously reported story that his famous father, Julio Iglesias, has never met his girlfriend, Anna Kournikova, even though the pair have been dating for 12 years. However, he says he doesn't blame his old man.
"The last 14 years, 15 years of my life have flown by. And that's the only way I can truly explain it," he tells the magazine. "There's no reason why -- it's not his fault, and it's not my fault."
The singer also says he's not concerned about the fact that his latest album, Sex and Love, has dropped down the chart after debuting in the top 10. Pointing out that it took 18 months for his last album to produce two top-five hits, he notes, "I've never been so focused on the first week. For me, it's about getting to the finish line."
You can read more from Enrique when Billboard publishes its cover story in full on Monday.
Image courtesy Mariah Carey via TwitterMariah Carey celebrated Easter with her husband Nick Cannon and their two-and-a-half-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, on Sunday, and she shared a series of photos with fans on Twitter.
The first post featured Mariah, 43, posing with Cannon, 33, and the twins, along with the caption, "Happy Easter!!!!"
A little later, Mariah tweeted a picture of Monroe and her sporting matching bunny ears, with the message, "Easter bunny? Are you coming??? - Love, Ms. Monroe & Ms. Mariah."
Cannon also got in on the fun, posting a picture on Instagram showing some goodies left by the Easter Bunny, captioned, "Such a beautiful day! #happyeaster."
“The Easter Egg Hunt was going down!!” accompanies another picture of the twins hunting for more treats.
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