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Streisand Says Releasing New Album's Like Giving Birth: "Painful & Joyous at the Same Time"

By Andrea Dresdale

PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBarbra Streisand‘s all-star duets album, Partners, is in stores today, and according to the diva, releasing a new album is like giving birth: it’s great, but there’s some difficulty involved.

This morning, Streisand sits down with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the new project, which finds her singing with top male stars of every genre, from Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie and Andrea Bocelli, to John Mayer, Billy Joel, Josh Groban and even the late King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley.

Asked by Roberts if, this far into her career, she still feels the same excitement before releasing a new album, Streisand says, “Oh sure. It’s like being pregnant, y’know? And then it comes out. Yeah. It’s kinda painful and joyous at the same time!”

Speaking of pregnancy, Streisand actually gave birth to one of her duet partners on the album: she sings with Jason Gould, her son with her ex-husband Elliott Gould. She tells Roberts on this morning’s GMA that Jason wasn’t exactly a born performer.

“I once heard him hum when he was 15, through a door that he had closed,” remembers the diva. “[I said,] ‘Jason, is that you? …read more

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Train, Still Rolling After 20 Years, Releases New Album "Bulletproof Picasso"

By Andrea Dresdale

Columbia RecordsTrain‘s new album Bulletproof Picasso is in stores today, and considering that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s existence, lead singer Pat Monahan says the album’s unusual title is an apt description of their staying power.

“The whole album is stories of venturing from a small town to San Francisco,” Pat tells ABC News Radio. “And ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ –the song — is about leaving [my hometown of] Pennsylvania and sitting there with my friends and saying, ‘Who’s got the b***s to do this with me? Who’s made of lead paint and bulletproof?'”

“Then, what we realized, was that we’re, in a sense, a ‘Bulletproof Picasso,'” he adds. “‘Cause we’re artists and, for some reason, after 20 years, we’re still here making music people listen to on the radio.”

Of course, few bands can exist for two decades without some lineup changes, and Train is no exception: Bulletproof Picasso is the first not to feature founding drummer Scott Underwood, and other members have left along the way. At this point, the only original members are Pat and guitarist Jimmy Stafford, but Jimmy says despite the changes, they’re still Train.

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Cher and Lady Gaga Have a "Bang Bang" Lovefest on Twitter

By Andrea Dresdale

Warner Bros. Records; Steven KleinA while back, Cher and Lady Gaga recorded a duet, but it was never released. Still, the two artists seem to have a mutual admiration society going, with Cher gushing over the fact that Gaga has recorded a version of “Bang Bang,” a 1960s hit for her and her former husband Sonny Bono.

“Bang Bang” is one of the bonus tracks on Cheek to Cheek, Gaga’s forthcoming duet album with Tony Bennett. She also recently performed the song at a party for the fashion mag Harper’s Bazaar, and a video of that has just been made available online.

Cher tweeted to Gaga, “SO F-ING PROUD OF U #GAGA HEARD (&SAW) AMAZING CD COLAB #CheekToCheek W/4EVER HIP #TONYBENNETT BABE, UR CHANNELING JAZZ GREATS & KIL-N-ME.”

To which Gaga responded, “You know @cher that level of support coming from you means more than you will ever know. Your confidence is the mark of a true legend. [Love] You.”

She added, addressing the legendary diva, “It’s a supreme honor to sing Bang Bang, that song time traveled & continues to inspire, I wish …read more

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Susan Boyle Covers Pink Floyd, John Lennon on New Album, "Hope"

By Andrea Dresdale

SYCO/Columbia RecordsBritain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle returns this holiday season with a new disc called Hope, and it finds the Scottish singer covering songs by some unlikely artists: Pink Floyd and John Lennon.

The album, due October 21, features Susan performing “Wish You Were Here,” the title track of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album, as well as “Imagine,” the classic title track of Lennon’s 1971 album. In addition, the album includes renditions of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” — which Susan calls “one of my all-time favorites” — plus “You Raise Me Up,” made famous by Josh Groban, and the 1967 hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

“I have really enjoyed making this album,” says Susan in a statement. “I had a huge input in music suggestions and finally have been able to record…’Angel’… I also am pleased to be able to sing some uptempo songs that show variation in my repertoire.” She acknowledges that it’s a “risk” to sing something like “Imagine, and adds, “Of course the die-hard Lennon fans will probably criticize but I hope that people like my …read more

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Elton John Sets On-Sale Date for New Year's Eve Tickets

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John has set an on-sale date for tickets to his New Year’s Eve concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, which was first announced back in April.

Tickets become available to the general public on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and BarclaysCenter.com. There’s an eight-ticket limit per customer. If any tickets are left by Saturday, they’ll be available at the Barclays Center box office starting at noon on September 27.

If you’re an American Express Card member, you can grab tickets starting September 22 at 10 a.m. through September 25 at 10 p.m.

The December 31 show will mark Elton’s first-ever New Year’s Eve performance in New York City. The Rocket Man will perform his hits and classic album tracks, and will also spotlight a selection of tunes from his landmark 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Elton’s next show is Wednesday in Spokane, WA.

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Not Everyone is a U2 Fan, Apple Discovers

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Image Courtesy UMusicTurns out not everyone is a U2 fan. After the band announced during an Apple’s press conference last week that it was giving a download of its new album Songs of Innocence to everyone with iTunes, and that the new album would automatically appear in all iTunes user’s music libraries, there was much rejoicing among fans of the band. But there were some iTunes users who weren’t thrilled; 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.

Bono and company can soothe the wound to its collective ego with good old-fashioned capital gains; Rolling Stone reports that the band has enjoyed a dramatic spike in back catalog sales since the dramatic free release of Songs of Innocence — with 24 songs in iTunes’ top 200 and five albums in the top 50.

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Robin Thicke Admits Drug Abuse, Says He Didn't Co-Write "Blurred Lines"

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Image courtesy ABC/Kelsey McNealRemember last year, when Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye‘s family got involved in a legal dispute over whether or not Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” borrows from Gaye’s hit song, “Got to Give It Up?” Both Thicke and co-writer Pharrell Williams gave testimony about it during depositions in Los Angeles federal court — testimony in which Thicke not only reveals he didn’t really co-write the song, but also admits to drug abuse.

According to the deposition, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke admitted he wasn’t truthful when he claimed during various interviews that he and Pharrell co-write “Blurred Lines,” including an interview with GQ magazine in which he claimed he and Pharrell “literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours — normally, those are the best ones. Him and I would go back and forth where I’d sing a line and he’d be like, ‘Hey, hey, hey!'”

The truth, according to Thicke’s deposition, is that he was drunk and high while Pharrell wrote “Blurred Lines.” “To be honest, that’s …read more

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Stevie Nicks Says the Team Adam "Voice" Contestants She Mentored Are Like Her "Children"

By Andrea Dresdale

Trae Patton/NBCThe new season of The Voice hasn’t even started yet, but all the scenes featuring the mentors working with each coach’s team have already been recorded. Stevie Nicks, whom you’ll see working with Adam Levine‘s team this season, says she became so attached to the contestants, she feels like their mom.

“I feel very invested in these kids,” Stevie says in the current issue of OUT magazine. “I feel like I have sent 12 children into the world…they are so nervous that you are nervous for them.”

Asked about the advice she gave the contestants, Stevie reveals, “The best thing I actually said to all of them was, ‘No matter what happens after this, just this day, never forget about it. It’s a dream come true. Take everything that happens today and tomorrow with you for the rest of your life and just totally dig on it, and tell everybody the story…because these kinds of times never come again.’”

As for whether or not she and Lindsey Buckingham would have auditioned for The Voice had been around in their pre-Fleetwood Mac days, when they were a struggling duo, Stevie laughs, “I would have …read more

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Mariah Carey's Friends Fear a Breakdown, Claims Report

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Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has had a rough summer. Following her commercially disappointing album and divorce rumors regarding her six-year marriage to Nick Cannon, friends of the diva reportedly are concerned Mariah may experience another meltdown.

“She has a history of mental health issues,” an unnamed source tells Life & Style, referring to Mariah’s hospital stay for psychiatric care back in 2001.

Apparently, Mariah’s estranged husband wanted to end the marriage months ago but feared how Mariah would cope.

“Nick’s No. 1 goal is to get the kids into a healthy environment where they would have some sense of normalcy,” an insider adds.

Earlier this month, Cannon confirmed on Twitter that there were false reports circulating about their marriage. “For the record I NEVER have, nor will I make a statement regarding my marriage,” he tweeted before later adding, “While I would like to remain silent, I can no longer allow this to happen. I love @MariahCarey and that will never change!!!” The posts have since been deleted.

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Tony Bennett Joins Lady Gaga Onstage in Israel

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Steven KleinLady Gaga offered her Israeli fans a taste of her duets album with Tony Bennett on Saturday night, when she performed at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

Tony joined her on stage for a live rendition of “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” one of the tracks from their upcoming album, Cheek to Cheek.

Tony had a show scheduled in Tel Aviv for the following night.

Gaga’s concert in the country was notable, since several other artists, such as the Backstreet Boys and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, cancelled shows there earlier in the summer due to the tension between Israel and Gaza.

Gaga’s artRAVE tour continues in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday. Cheek to Cheek debuts September 23.

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