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Adele’s New ‘Hello’ Single, Video Mark Career Turning Point (Watch!)

Adele could sing the phone book and win the acclaim she’s getting for her latest single and video for“Hello." The significance of the new album is the turning point it marks in her life and career. That’s what makes “Hello” and her new album so significant. As she pointed out, her long-awaited third album, titled 25, marks her transition to to adulthood and self-acceptance....

Taylor Swift, At Top Of Game, Talks Disillusion, Over-Exposure (photos)

Taylor Swift is about so much more than music. She’s a million-megawatt celebrity trapped in the never-ending, pop-culture news cycle and she thinks she–and her fans–may have had enough of fame and celebrity for the moment. Beside her unprecedented career success, the year hasn’t been all smooth going. She drew heat for her “Bad Blood” video, which many interpreted as a broadside against singer Katy Perry....

Lorde Plays the Seductress in New Disclosure ‘Magnets’ Video (watch!)

Lorde, the wildly popular New Zealand singer, has ditched her androgynous clothes for a slinky gown to play the seductress in a new video by English electronic music duo Disclosure. Same voice, same style, but totally different look. The video ends, however, with a decided twist that meshes completely with Lorde’s ball busting feminism....

Rihanna Returns for Sultry Show at Rock in Rio Festival (watch!)

Rihanna put on a blow out performance at the Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil over the weekend that marked her return to the event for the first time since 2011. She closed the festival with a 24-song set that kept her on stage in front of a huge crowd well past midnight. Afteward, the 27-year-old pop diva was spotted partying well into the morning with gal pal, and rumored flame Cara Delevingne, the UK model and socialite....

Justin Bieber’s Just Gotta Ask: ‘What Do You Mean?’ in New Song (listen!)

Justin Bieber has released a new single that he says points to a new direction in is music. A lyric video for the song “What Do You Mean?” is going viral and hopefully will help jump-start his stalled career. Bieber talked about his music today in a radio interview with Elvis Duran on his Z100 radio broadcast, “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.”...

Taylor Swift Mixes It Up with Little Mix at Santa Clara Show (watch!)

Taylor Swift shared the stage at her Santa Clara, Calif., show with English girl group Little Mix, and turned over the stage, so could perform their new single “Black Magic.” Taylor sang and shimmied along. Swift has featured a number of groups, including Fifth Harmony, on the latest leg of her 1989 tour. The all-girl band, made up by Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson share something in common with boy band One Direction....

One Direction Drops ‘Drag Me Down’ From Upcoming Album (listen!)

One Direction, or what’s left of the boy band, dropped a new song out of the blue called “Drag Me Down.” Is it a veiled reference to departed member Zayn Malik? Tabloids are sure to play it that way. Band members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Thomlinson announced the news in a Twitter blitz....

Harry Styles Face Plants at First One Direction Show on U.S. Tour (watch!)

Harry Styles of boy band “One Direction” joined an elite musical club after he was captured on a fan video taking a shocking tumble on stage during the first show of the band’s U.S. tour. In fact, so many stars have fallen on stage it seems like a rite of passage. Over the past few years, Kanye West, Selena Gomez, Steven Tyler, Iggy Azalea and Lady Gaga have taken stage tumbles while performing....

Justin Bieber in Official Version of New ‘Where Are U Now’ Video (see!)

Justin Bieber is a broad paint-splattered canvas in his new “Where Are U Now” video. But images containing the plea “Stop Worshipping (sic) Me” and “please go out and find some worthy idols” are disturbing some fans. One image also admonishes “read a book.” Fans reportedly made the artwork and it was superimposed on Bieber in the video. They should learn how to spell....

Florence + The Machine Break Out With No. 1 Album Debut (video)

Florence + the Machine, scored a breakout hit with the debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Album charts of their latest album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. The band’s third studio album pushed Hip-hop record At.Long.Last.A$AP out of the top spot. Led by lead singer Florence Welch with Isabella Summers and collaborating artists, the band sold 128,000 albums, according to music tracker Nielsen SoundScan....

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys Strikes Gold With a New Solo Album

Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame went out on the road last year with guitarist Jeff Beck, of all people, and announced he was working on a new solo album. The album, No Pier Pressure is a confusing affair on several fronts, but Wilson’s genius shines through nonetheless. The album also features guest performances by Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, of She & Him, and former band member Blondie Chaplin. Al Jardine and Dave Marks also contribute. ...

Rolling Stones Gear Up for New Tour With Surprise LA Show (video)

The Rolling Stones played one of the smallest venues since their 2003 Four Flicks concert series, with a show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a tune up for this summer’s Zip Code Tour that will be anything but small, hitting only stadiums in 15 cities. There was plenty of room at last night's show for celebrities like Jack Nicholson, One Direction’s Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Willis, Patricia Arquette, Eric Idle, Don Was and Joe Pesci. ...

Janet Jackson Plans Comeback at 49, With New Album, Tour (Video!)

Janet Jackson, one of the most dominant performers of the 1980s and ’90s is about to launch a comeback after a seven- year hiatus with a new album and tour, she said in a surprise announcement at midnight today (May 16). Does she still have it? Legacy acts, as they’re called, often find that their fan bases are still willing to support them, even in middle age. Madonna, who is 56, recently released Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album, and it has been a commercial success. ...

Justin Bieber Bangs His Own Drum on James Corden’s Show (watch!)

Justin Bieber has been called a lot of things, but nobody has ever called him untalented. He slipped into the drummer’s seat with Reggie Watts and the band on the “Late Late Show With James Corden” and kept a mean beat while Watts sang. What a guy! Bieber, who was a creep in an 18-month run of loutish behavior, is now slowly creeping back into everyone’s good graces. He was supporting musical guest Tori Kelly, a protege. ...

Mariah Carey Adds 50 Shades of Grey Touch To Vegas Residency (watch!)

Mariah Carey got everyone in the mood for her first show in her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas by employing a little touch of bondage a la the hit movie “50 Shades of Grey.” That’s one way to get to infinity… and beyond. Carey made sure her show would be fun for the audience–and a bit shocking–when she got out handcuffs and a blindfold. The dancers handcuffed and blindfolded him, while he sat back on a double chaise lounge and Mariah went to work....

Iggy Azalea Faces New Lawsuit Over Record Deals Before Meteoric Rise

Iggy Azalea’s meteoric rise to fame last summer has left a trail of law suits in its wake. The latest filed by Make Millions Music in Harris County, Texas, claims Azalea walked away from her contract when her career took off. Amethyst Amelia Kelly, signed with powerhouse Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Araca Merchandise and Araca Productions....

Mariah Carey a Sexy Splash in Vegas; Is She the New Liberace? (video)

Mariah Carey made a grand entrance for her residency at Ceasars Palace in a dazzling display not seen since the days of Liberace during the gambling town’s golden era. Can Mariah restore the glitter that once made Las Vegas famous? Whether intended or not, she recalled the mobster origins by arriving in a pink 1930’s era roadster. Bugsy Siegel would have been proud....

Madonna Sets Bar for Bitches With Tonight Show Performance (watch!)

Madonna let all her pop wannabes know she’s still the “bitch” in the room with her rousing performance of her hit song “Bitch I’m Madonna” last night on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Diplo pitched in for the number. The Material Girl is still going strong at 56 with the release of her new album Rebel Heart. Madonna also performed her song “Holiday,” from her self-named 1983 debut album, with Fallon and The Roots using classroom instruments....

Madonna Still Has the Face; Returns to Cosmo After 25 Years (photos!)

Madonna may be approaching her golden years, but she’s still gold on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, celebrating the fashion publication’s 50th anniversary. She last appeared on the cover 25 years ago. For the May 1990 issue, Madonna was a fresh-faced 32-year-old and the magazine was celebrating its 25th Anniversary. She wore a short flapper-girl style brunette wig and a tight white spaghetti-strapped top....

Rihanna Reads Indiana the Riot Act Over Religious ‘Freedom’ Law (video)

Rihanna ventured into the heart of Indiana for the NCAA March Madness Festival and got right to the point. Schooled the Hoosier state audience for passing the explosive Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The measure caused an uproar because it has been widely interpreted as anti-gay. The Final Four pitted the Kentucky Wildcats against the Wisconsin Badgers and the Duke Blue Devils against the Michigan State Spartans....

Ringo Starr: One Direction Singing Boys Who Dance; Not a Band (video)

Ringo Starr, who became a rock and roll legend as drummer for The Beatles in the 1960s, has added his insights into the split between Zayn Malik and One Direction. They will survive, he says. Starr also delivered a bit of a backhand diss of the Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan. “I don’t think it will stop the band, he said, before quizzically adding,”They’re not really a band are they? They’re singing boys who dance."...