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Lady Gaga Surprises Fans with Sneak Peek of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"

By ABC News Radio

Interscope RecordsLady Gaga had a big surprise for her Little Monsters Wednesday night.

The New York native, who just last week released the collaborative jazz album, Cheek to Cheek, with Tony Bennett, took to Twitter to share a sneak peek of her live rendition of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down”) from the album. The performance is set to air on the PBS Cheek to Cheek special next month.

Never at a loss for a cool visual, Gaga donned a red-leather jumpsuit and a giant frizzy wig that would make Cher proud. The live track was added as a bonus on iTunes as well.

“SURPRISE: Here’s a preview of my live BANG BANG performance,” Gaga tweeted. “Loved this so much we added it to the album on iTunes. Recorded live in 1 take!”

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Taylor Swift Takes Viral Internet Joke Public

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ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaAn inside joke among Taylor Swift fans that began on Tumblr has been made public, thanks to Taylor’s keen fashion sense.

The 24-year old singer was recently photographed in New York City wearing a mustard-colored shirt printed with the words, “no it’s becky.” The reference is to a post which has been circulating on Tumblr for a long time showing an old yearbook photo of the singer with a caption identifying her as “Becky” and a caption explaining how Becky died after snorting marijuana.

The picture and caption was obviously a joke, but when an earnest fan wrote that he or she was sure the photo was of Taylor, the poster responded dryly, “no its Becky.”

Taylor first found the photo on Tumblr, and clicked “like” on the image. Her decision to wear a custom-made shirt of the joke further delighted her fans, who are already loving the almost daily interaction the “Shake It Off” singer is having with her fan base.

“I have no words… Taylor is wearing a ‘No It’s Becky’ shirt,” wrote one fan, tweeting a picture of Taylor in the shirt. Another fan …read more

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Rixton Says Their Band Name Was Invented to Avoid a Lawsuit

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Lindsey ByrnesNow that you’re familiar with the British band Rixton‘s smash hit “Me and My Broken Heart,” you might be wondering about the origin of their unusual name. Well, turns out it came about for only one reason: they were trying to avoid a lawsuit.

“We always try and think of this incredible story — how it came to us in a dream. But we just made it up,” lead singer Jake Roche tells ABC News Radio. “We were originally called something else, and we were gonna get sued, and we have no money! So we were like, ‘Yeah, we gotta change our name,’ so that’s how it came about.”

OK, fair enough, but what was their original name — the one they were going to be sued over?

“Uh, Rolling Stones,” jokes Jake. “No, we were originally called Relics, so yeah, we were gonna get sued by a band called Relics.”

And, while there are places in the band’s native U.K. called “Rixton,” the guys in the band claim that’s not where they got the name.

“We literally put about a thousand words on a bit of paper, drinking one night, and woke …read more

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George Harrison’s Son Pays Tribute to Late Dad with Musical Performance on "Conan"

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Michael Putland/Getty ImagesGeorge Harrison‘s son, Dhani, made an appearance on Conan Wednesday night as part of the show’s week-long musical salute to the late Beatle.

Dhani played guitar and sang and was backed by several other musicians for a performance of his dad’s song “Let It Down,” from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass. Dhani told Conan O’Brien it was the first time the song had ever been played live.

The salute to Harrison begin Monday with Beck performing “Wah-Wah.” Paul Simon performed “Here Comes the Sun” on Tuesday’s show. Norah Jones is scheduled to perform Thursday. Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

George Harrison Week on Conan coincides with the release this week of an eight-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern time on TBS.

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Mystery Solved! Taylor Swift Explains Why She Carries Her Cat Around

By Andrea Dresdale

Raymond Hall/GC ImagesIf you’re a Taylor Swift fan, you’ve probably seen those paparazzi photos of her leaving her New York City apartment carrying her new kitten, Olivia Benson. While there’s been much speculation about this practice — and even suggestions that she’s committing a serious error with such cavalier cat-handling — Taylor says there’s a simple explanation.

“The kitten freaks out about being put in the cat carrier…she freaks out when she’s in there,” Taylor told Access Hollywood. “So I was just like, ‘OK, all right, we’re gonna just do this!'” Taylor also notes that it’s not like she’s literally walking the streets of New York City holding her cat on one arm — “It was like a ten foot walk from my door to the car!” she explains, adding, “What I thought was funny about those pictures is that, like, the cat is looking straight at the cameras!”

Speaking of those cameras, Taylor says they’re partly responsible for why she always looks so amazing every time she steps out on the streets of New York City, and why she’s been named People’s …read more

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U2's Guitarist: "People Who Don't Like [Us] Are Just Not Trying Hard Enough"

By Andrea Dresdale

Interscope RecordsIn a new Geeks and Beats podcast, U2 guitarist The Edge says he and his band mates don’t have hurt feelings about non-fans who don’t want the free copy of Songs of Innocence that arrived into their iTunes; in fact, he jokes that maybe those people are just lazy.

“We’re not naive enough to think that everyone is going to like our work,” he says. “There are times, though, when I think that people who don’t like U2 are just not trying hard enough.”

As previously reported, U2 thrilled millions by releasing its new album free to anyone who has iTunes…but in the process the band members have ticked off a bunch of non-fans who feel the album was foisted upon them unwillingly. So many, in fact, that Apple has come up with an opt-out page for those non-U2-loving folks. With one click on the page, users can remove Songs of Innocence from their libraries.

Edge thinks a not-universal welcome is to be expected. “When you’ve got 500 or 600 million people getting your album, of course not everyone’s gonna want it or like it,” he says.

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Hint at "Cheek to Cheek" Theater Shows

By Andrea Dresdale

Streamline/Interscope/ColumbiaCheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga‘s duets album with music legend Tony Bennett, is currently in stores, and now the duo has hinted that they may do a series of live performances to support it.

Gaga, who’s out on the European leg of her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour, did a Twitter Q&A with iTunes and with fans on Wednesday that included Bennett. When asked, “Will you perform theater shows for Cheek to Cheek?,” Bennett replied, “I would love to and I think we just might!”

Any shows that they two do, of course, would have to wait until Gaga returns to the U.S. — and she currently has European dates booked through the end of November.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Bennett called Gaga “a genius,” and said the biggest lesson he learned from her was “how much she values her family,” adding, “It’s important in this business.” As for Gaga, she said Bennett’s best advice to her was “#1, don’t quit. #2, listen to #1.”

Asked what she wants people to take away from Cheek to Cheek, Gaga replied, “I hope to …read more

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Barbra Streisand Feels "Truly Blessed and Grateful" for Historic #1 Album

By Andrea Dresdale

PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright BarwoodBarbara Streisand is walking on air now that her new album, Partners, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart. She writes on Facebook that the achievement has given her “an overwhelming feeling of joy.”

As previously reported, the #1 debut of Partners means that Babs is the only artist to have scored a #1 album in each of the past six decades. The diva says, “Being told that I’ve had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.”

Streisand continues, “It’s especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould…and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King!”

She goes on to thank her team for their hard work, adding, “We did it guys!!”

Elsewhere on the chart, Train’s new album, Bulletproof Picasso, comes in …read more

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New Taylor Swift Diet Coke Ad on the Way

By Andrea Dresdale

Droga5 New York for Diet CokeAfter signing on to endorse her favorite beverage, Diet Coke, last year, Taylor Swift is continuing her partnership with the brand. AdAge.com reports that Taylor’s latest ad will debut this fall.

Taylor’s latest spot is one of three new ones the soft-drink giant is running as part of their new campaign called “Get a Taste.” The campaign asks, “What if life tasted as good as Diet Coke?” The first of the three ads debuts during Wednesday’s premiere of ABC’s Nashville. The second ad debuts in October, but it’s not clear when Taylor’s will arrive.

Taylor’s most recent ad was called “You’re On,” and it started airing in March.

Taylor’s lucrative deal with Diet Coke, along with her other endorsement deals with brands like Keds, are part of the reason why she consistently tops those lists of Top-Earning Under-30 Celebrities.

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Jennifer Hudson's Career Beginnings Were a "Drag"

By Tom Carr

ABC/Richard HarbaughShe became a household name as a finalist on American Idol and later won an Academy Award for Dreamgirls, but Jennifer Hudson told Late Night host Seth Myers on Tuesday that her singing career had more humble beginnings — performing at drag clubs.

“I went in the club, and I’d notice, I’m like, ‘That’s a man dressed as a woman who is lip-synching?’ I’m a real girl and I sing for real, how about I come in here and take [their] money?’ And so that’s what I used to do…I had the whole glam squad, they were all drag queens. They would dress me up…do my costumes, and do my hair and make-up.”

Hudson’s looking to return to the club scene with JHUD, her brand new “mostly dance” album, which debuted Tuesday.

“It’s so much more fun,” she said of the project, which had her collaborating with producers like Pharrell Williams and Timbaland. “At my age, I feel like, on this album, expressing myself, and that’s why I called it JHUD: It represents my person, not so much ‘Jennifer Hudson’ the persona, but like the girl.”

On Late Night, Jennifer also performed “Dangerous,” the song that …read more

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