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Katy Perry Has the Most-Watched Music Video on YouTube This Year

By Shane Lou

ABC/Richard HarbaughYouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one.

Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views.

Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million.

Here are the rest of the top 10 videos on the playlist:

4. Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, “We Are One (Ole Ola) (Olodum Mix)”
5. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, “Bailando (Español)”
6. The Chainsmokers, “#SELFIE”
7. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
8. Frozen, “Let It Go Sing-Along”
9. Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg, “Wiggle “
10. Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís, “El Perdedor”

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Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired “Angel”

By Shane Lou

Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan‘s iconic song “Angel,” if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty.

In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.

Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996.

“I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained,” McLachlan wrote. “I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD’ed in a hotel room.”

She continued, “The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release.”

McLachlan said she wrote “that song in two days.”

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Lady Gaga's "Harper’s Bazaar" Clothing Up for Auction

By Shane Lou

ABC/Matt BrownHere’s your chance to dress like Lady Gaga. Nate D. Sanders Auctions is offering clothing worn by Gaga for her photo spread in the March 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

One lot consists of an Emilio Pucci costume, featuring a silver coat, a black nylon and elastane bodysuit, and a black python leather and calfskin bag that buckles around the hip.

A second lot features an ivory-colored Gamme Rouge double twill coat.

The minimum bid for each lot is 7,500 dollars. Bidding will end Thursday at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

In March, Nate D. Sanders sold a one-piece designer outfit worn by Gaga for the same Harper’s Bazaar issue for $15,625.

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OneRepublic Remix EP Now Available on iTunes

By Shane Lou

LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic‘s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.

OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.

The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.

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Taylor Swift Ranks High on "Forbes'" Highest-Paid Country Musicians List

By Shane Lou

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.

Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.

Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars. American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album

By Shane Lou

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.

The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter‘s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The collaborators sang each other’s praises on the Today show. Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, “I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis‘ trumpet — an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo ’cause I loved it so much.”

Gaga added, “It’s so natural singing with Tony.”

On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 …read more

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John Legend Says Intimate Acoustic Tour Has Been "Beautiful"

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ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend‘s been out on his All of Me tour for quite some time, but he’s still got plenty of dates to go: he wraps things up in the U.S. at the end of August; then, he’ll head to Singapore, followed by dates in the U.K. and in Europe. While John’s career’s now at an all-time high, thanks to the success of “All of Me,” the tour, billed as “An Evening with John Legend,” is the opposite of a big production.

“This is the first time I’ve done, really kind of like a Storyteller vibe for the whole show,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We stripped down the band to a very core, small group. I have a string quartet and a guitarist. I tell more stories to the fans, and it’s just a more intimate situation. And it’s been beautiful.”

“I’ve been so happy with it and the fans have been really eating it up,” he adds.

Even if you haven’t seen John live in concert, you’ve probably caught him singing on one of the many awards shows he’s performed on over the past …read more

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