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

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry did it not long ago….now it’s John Legend‘s turn to sing with a country star for the CMT series Crossroads.

John is teaming up with Lee Ann Womack, best known to pop fans for her 2000 Top 20 hit “I Hope You Dance.” The two will sing alternate versions of each other’s hits and duet on others, in a taping scheduled to take place in Franklin, Tennessee — just outside of Nashville — before the special premieres in September.

This won’t be John’s first foray into country: in June, he performed his smash “All of Me” at the CMT Awards with country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes.

Fans can enter CMT’s Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads: John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

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

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna‘s written plenty of material for her new album, but according to a British tabloid report, two songs in particular — which may or may not make the final cut — appear to be vicious take downs aimed at both Lady Gaga and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.

According to the British tabloid The Sun, which got a look at the lyrics to a song called “Heartbreak City,” Madonna sings — allegedly about Guy — “You said I was your queen/I tried to give you everything and now you want your freedom/You got just what you came for/a bit of fame and fortune and I’m no longer needed.” She also supposedly sings, “You tore me into pieces/You didn’t have no damn reason” and “I curse the day we met/This memory is haunting me/I wish I could forget.”

Of course, these lines, if legit, could be about conceivably anyone in the past thirty years who Madonna feels has taken unfair advantage of her, or treated her badly, or used her for her fame and money.

However, the lyrics of another song, “Two Steps Behind Me,” if legit, …read more

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Justin Timberlake Scores Most-Watched Concert Ever on Yahoo!'s Live Channel

By Andrea Dresdale

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentOn July 15, Yahoo! launched its Live Channel, which featured a live concert streaming every day from the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, John Legend, Daughtry and more. But Justin Timberlake‘s just set the all-time viewing record so far for the fledgling service.

JT’s concert last Sunday, August 24, in Reykjavik, Iceland was the #1 viewed event on the channel, not to mention the largest concert event in the history of Iceland. If you missed it, you can watch four songs from the concert — including “Mirrors” and “Cry Me a River” — on Screen.Yahoo.com through September 25.

Justin’s world tour continues in Melbourne, Australia on September 18. He’ll travel through Australia and New Zealand before returning to North America on November 20.

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Sara Bareilles Joins Jason Mraz Onstage in L.A.

By Andrea Dresdale

Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles has known Jason Mraz and his musical collaborators, the band Raining Jane, for a long time, so it’s no surprise that she popped up onstage with them Thursday night when Jason’s latest tour hit L.A.’s Pantages Theater.

Sara joined Jason and the Janes for a version of the Carole King song “Beautiful,” which she performed at the Grammy Awards earlier this year with Carole King herself.

The North American leg of Sara’s Little Black Dress tour recently wrapped up; the Australian leg will get underway September 20, and she’ll continue on to New Zealand and Asia.

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

By Shane Lou

Peter Kramer/NBCIf you’re feeling creatively inspired by Maroon 5 and the impending release of their next album, you may want to check out a new contest.

Maroon 5 and CreativeAllies.com have partnered on a contest that asks fans to submit illustrated artwork inspired by Adam Levine and company and their new album, V.

One winner will receive two tickets to any show on the band’s upcoming tour, plus 500 bucks. Even better, that person’s artwork will be printed on 500 limited-edition copies of V.

One runner-up will earn a Maroon 5 prize pack.

For more info, check out CreativeAllies.com.

Maroon 5 will release V on Tuesday, September 2. They have a series of TV appearances lined up to promote the album, including the Today show on Monday, The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America’s Got Talent on Wednesday. Those are all NBC shows, as is The Voice, on which Adam returns as a coach later in September.

In addition, Adam will stop by The Daily Show on Thursday, and he and his band will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 8.

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Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Dosing Woman with Ecstasy

By Music News Group

Image Courtesy Mattias Clamer/Atlantic RecordsCee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to secretly giving a woman the drug Ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant in the summer of 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced on Friday.

The singer’s plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance was made under a section of the law that allows him to maintain his innocence, according to the singer’s attorney. Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced Green to three years probation; he also ordered the singer to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. In addition, he must register as a controlled-substance offender.

Cee Lo is due back in court March 2 for a progress report hearing.

Last October, Green was accused of slipping the drug to an unidentified 33-year-old woman while the two were eating at a Los Angeles restaurant during the evening of July 13 and the early morning hours of July 14, 2012, after which the pair went back to the woman’s hotel.

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

By Andrea Dresdale

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” is the singer’s second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But it’s the 18th number one hit for her collaborator, super-producer Max Martin, and that means he’s moved up in the record books.

According to Billboard, there are now only two songwriters in history who’ve written more #1 hits than Max Martin, and they were both in The Beatles. Paul McCartney‘s tops, with 32 number ones, and the late John Lennon is second, with 26 chart-toppers. Martin used to be in a tie with Mariah Carey with 17, but “Shake It Off” has now moved him up.

Not sure what other #1 hits Max Martin has written? Here’s a refresher, thanks to Billboard:

Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time,” 1999
‘N Sync, “It’s Gonna Be Me,” 2000
Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl,” 2008
Pink, “So What,” 2008
Kelly Clarkson, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” 2009
Britney Spears, “3,” 2009
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls,” 2010
Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream,” 2010
Pink, “Raise Your Glass,” 2010
Britney Spears, “Hold It Against Me,” 2011
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.,” 2011
Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” 2011
Katy Perry, “Part of Me,” 2012
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Jason Mraz Wants to Retire...in Three Years?

By Andrea Dresdale

Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz‘s life is pretty great: his latest album debuted at #2 on the chart, he’s on tour, he does a lot of charity work and his music is loved by millions worldwide. That’s why it may surprise you to know that the singer says in three years, he’s planning on hanging up his guitar.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jason, who’s 37, and his manager, have come up with a plan called “#Retiredat40.” If all goes according to plan, the singer will deliver the one album left on his contract, and then “check out for a while.”

“I’m just ready for a break. It feels like a corporate job sometimes,” Jason tells the paper.

So what will he do with all his free time if he goes through with this? According to the Times, Jason wants to garden, surf, do more charity work and have a child — he didn’t mention with whom. He wouldn’t necessarily stop making music, either. According to the Times, for every album he’s released, he has 70 songs left over that he could release if he …read more

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

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Deborah AndersonTwenty-five years ago this week, Richard Marx‘s hit “Right Here Waiting” was spending its third week at the top of the Billboard chart. While the song, from his album Repeat Offender, wasn’t his first number one — it was his third consecutive chart-topper, in fact — but it is the biggest and best-selling hit of his career. Pretty ironic, considering it’s a song he initially had no interest in cutting in the first place.

“I’m so honored that that song has taken on a sort of iconic life that it has,” Richard tells ABC News Radio. “I didn’t even want to record it. I tried to give it away. I tried to give it to Barbra Streisand.”

However, Streisand rejected the song, and Richard remembers exactly what the diva told him when she turned it down.

“‘I’m not gonna be right here waiting for anybody!’” is what Richard says Streisand told him. “Which is classic. We joke about it to this day. And she said, ‘I still wouldn’t record that song. I don’t care how big how it was. I’m not right here waiting for ANYBODY.’ And I love that …read more

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

By Music News Group

Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of “Waterloo,” the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars. While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn’t happened, wax replicas of the band’s four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.

A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET. The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum’s artists on the figures’ look and outfits. The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA’s 1975 “SOS” video — an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.

Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues. More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!‘s have taken place at the Broadhurst …read more

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