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Adele's Son Wins Five-Figure Sum in Paparazzi Case

By Andrea Dresdale

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsAdele’s son is only two years old, but he’s already well on his way to being rich like his mom. The BBC reports that lawyers for the boy, referred to as Angelo Adkins, despite Adele never publicly revealing his name, have accepted a five-figure sum in damages to settle a case over paparazzi photos.

Adele, who was born Adele Adkins, and her partner Simon Konecki, Angelo’s father, sued a photo agency for taking photos of Angelo’s “milestone moments” between June and November of 2013, and then selling them to the British press.

A lawyer for Adele told a High Court in London that she doesn’t want her son to be thought of as “public property,” and added, “It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes.”

Added the lawyer, “These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client’s right to privacy.”

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Scores First-Ever #1 Album; Jason Mraz in at #2

By Andrea Dresdale

RCA RecordsIt just goes to show: comedy is not dead. The King of Pop Music Parody, “Weird Al” Yankovic, has just scored the first #1 album of his career.

Thanks to a clever viral video campaign that saw him release one video per day for eight days straight, Weird Al — whose first album hit the charts more than 30 years ago — sees his new album, Mandatory Fun, debut at #1. It’s also the first comedy disc to hit #1 on the Billboard album ranking since 1963, when comedian Allan Sherman spent eight weeks on top with his album My Son, the Nut.

“If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it,” Weird Al tweeted. “I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.”

Mandatory Fun is Weird Al’s third top-10 album, following 2011′s Alpocalypse and 2006′s Straight Outta Lynwood. It features parodies of mega-hits like “Royals,” “Happy,” “Blurred Lines” and “Fancy,” as well as original tunes …read more

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Taylor Swift Shares Love Advice with Fan: "Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as Any Other Kind"

By Music News Group

Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.

A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she’s known for years.

Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as “a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend.” It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as “pretty” and “nice” with an “amazing figure.”

Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn’t just “the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized.” She continues, “I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and …read more

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American Authors Reveal the Huge Lesson They Learned from Springsteen...or Was It Coldplay?

By ABC News Radio

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are opening for OneRepublic and The Script all summer, and since they’re the first band of the night to take the stage, they’ve got their work cut out for them. But when they prepare for shows, they keep in mind the words of Bruce Springsteen — or is it Coldplay?

The band’s frontman, Zac Barnett, tells ABC News Radio the band always puts in a “110-percent effort” into their shows because of something one, or both, of those acts said.

“We’re big fans of Bruce Springsteen and also huge fans of Coldplay,” he explains. “And I don’t know who said it first..but they’ve both been quoted in the past (as) saying…when you go into a live show, you want to give the best show that you can possibly give — because you don’t know if this is someone’s first concert ever, or if this is someone’s last concert ever.”

Barnett describes an American Authors performance as a “dynamic roller coaster, but on a shorter scale.” He explains that they bring “pure energy” to their set, which he says includes both the band’s favorite songs and …read more

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Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Leon Reflects on High School and Prom

By ABC News Radio

Rich Schmitt/AFP/GettyImagesMadonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon will be off to college soon, but for now, the 17-year-old writes on her Material World blog that she’s excited to be graduating from high school and attending her prom.

Lourdes writes, “HEY to all the readers. I don’t know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School. It’s very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like it’s something I’ve been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened. There also isn’t the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you’re about mid-way into the beautiful summer.”

As for her prom, Lourdes explains, “A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music — this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I’m talking about,” she wrote.

And Madonna’s daughter had a message for her prom dj’s as well. She jokes, “Note to the prom dj’s who feel the need to play ‘please don’t …read more

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Whitney Houston's Mother Reacts to Houston Biopic: "Let Her Rest"

By Music News Group

Image courtesy Legacy RecordingsIt’s no secret that Whitney Houston‘s family does not support Lifetime’s upcoming biopic, but the late singer’s mother Cissy Houston is now officially expressed her feelings on the matter.

“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown],” Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.

She continued, “In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her.”

After being “exhausted” by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: “Please, please let her rest.”

The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks since “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week. The movie, starring America’s Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.

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Hootie & the Blowfish Launch Their Own Craft Beer

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Chuck ArlundEver since Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker became a solo country music star, we don’t hear much about the band, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still a going concern. In fact, the band — including Darius — has teamed up with a Florida brewing company to create their very own craft beer.

Called Hootie’s Homegrown Ale, the beverage is described as a “refreshing and light lager-like ale,” and all the members of the group were deeply involved in developing it. While the brew was created by Rock Brothers Brewery in Tampa, Florida, it’s being manufactured and distributed by a company in the band’s home state of South Carolina: Palmetto Brewing. Five percent of beer sales will go to the band’s Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which focuses on public education issues in South Carolina.

Hootie’s Homegrown Ale hit restaurants and bars in Charleston, South Carolina, this past week, and it will be released statewide on August 9 in conjunction with the band’s 12th annual Homegrown concert, scheduled for Daniel Island, South Carolina.

The beer’s release is also part of the …read more

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