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Taylor Swift's Management Company Named in Lawsuit Over Her Transportation Needs

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC NewsTaylor Swift‘s management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer…but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren’t being met.

The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor’s management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June. But a month into the job, Firefly’s director of security told APG that there were “issues” that the contractor was told to “‘remedy as soon as possible.”

According to APG security, the “issues” included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and “under what circumstances” the drivers were allowed to speak to her.

The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs. The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, …read more

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Melissa Etheridge Excited About New Album, "This Is M.E."

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge‘s new album, This Is M.E, is out this week. It’s the first project the veteran singer/songwriter has produced on her own record label, and Melissa couldn’t be more excited.

“Musically, professionally, it’s a very exciting time. A lot of people get a little worried about the music business. But I’m not,” she said on Monday’s Good Morning America. “It is all about the artist right now. I can reach my fans. I’ve done it and I have a new album.

This year has been an exciting one for Melissa: she also married her partner, Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem, in June.

On GMA, the singer said she married her best friend. “It’s a really amazing experience to be so connected,” she added.

She’ll appear on Live with Kelly and Michael tomorrow. This Is M.E. is out Tuesday.

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Neil Diamond Confirmed to Perform Tonight at His Old High School in Brooklyn

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Image Courtesy of Ari MichaelsonNeil Diamond announced earlier this month that he’d be playing his first-ever concert in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on September 29 — that’s tonight — at a secret location. Now the site of the historic show has been revealed: the legendary singer/songwriter will perform at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956. Diamond revealed the news this morning via Facebook and Twitter.

The show will begin at 6 p.m. ET, with the doors opening an hour earlier. A limited number of tickets for the concert will be handed out for free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers are asking fans not to arrive at the venue before 3 p.m.

The concert comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first release for Capitol Records under a new deal.

Incidentally, Erasmus Hall High School also was attended by Barbra Streisand, in 1959, as well as by …read more

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Lionel Richie Casts Doubt on Miley Cyrus' Staying Power

By Andrea Dresdale

Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleMiley Cyrus‘ career may be hot right now, but where will she be in 20 years? Lionel Richie, for one, doubts her ability to stick around.

Speaking to the press in the U.K. to promote his upcoming tour there, Lionel says that it’s all well and good to be shocking and grab headlines for your behavior, but you’ve got to have the music to back it up.

Madonna was outrageous — but she had a catalogue of music that was unbelievable,” he said, according to the London Evening Standard. “At the end of all the theatrics with Michael [Jackson], he had nothing but the most fabulous catalogue. Now, we’ve got a lot of theatrics, but where’s the song that is going to stick around forever?”

“Twenty years from now, let’s take anybody:where’s the body of work?” he continued. “I’m going to judge you not by your popularity but by your longevity, your staying [power]. I’m thinking about Miley, Justin Bieber.”

Lionel’s All the Hits All Night Long tour comes to London’s O2 Arena in March.

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Lorde to Unveil New "Hunger Games" Song, "Yellow Flicker Beat," Monday Morning

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde fans, brace yourselves: you’ll be able to hear her brand new song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” at 11 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

That’s what the singer wrote on Twitter, announcing the debut of the track, which will appear on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1. In a different tweet, she also revealed the third line of the song: “My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones.”

So, for those of you keeping track at home, the song’s opening lyrics are: “I’m a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm/And the scars that mark my body/they’re silver and gold/My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones.”

So far, there’s no word on when the full Hunger Games soundtrack, which Lorde is curating, will arrive in stores, and which artists will be joining her on the project.

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Aretha Franklin's New Album Due Out Next Month

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Matthew Jordan SmithAretha Franklin‘s camp has officially announced the release date for the Queen of Soul’s upcoming album.

A rep confirms to ABC News Radio that Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will be released on October 21. Previously, a rep for Clive Davis, who produced the album, told Billboard it would debut September 30.

The first single, a cover of Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep,” will be released digitally on Monday. Aretha will perform it on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman Monday night.

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics also includes the 72-year-old legend’s take on Whitney Houston‘s “I’m Every Woman” and Barbra Streisand‘s “People,” among other hits by popular female artists.

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Book Post-Grammy Concert, She Says Her Job Is to Make Old Songs "Brand New"

By Andrea Dresdale

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have announced a special live performance in support of their new album Cheek to Cheek, which is currently in a three-way tie for #1 on this week’s album chart. Gaga says the disc features what she considers to be “the greatest songs ever written,” and it’s up to her to make them relevant to music fans today.

Gaga and Bennett will perform Sunday, February 8 at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, in a special performance sponsored by Citibank. The 9:30 p.m. show will take place immediately following the Grammy Awards, and will feature the two singers accompanied by a big band and orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m. Cheek to Cheek is eligible for to be nominated for a Grammy, since it was released on September 23, and the cutoff for eligibility is September 30.

Since its release, Cheek to Cheek has been helping younger fans to become familiar with the decades-old jazz standards that Gaga and Bennett both love. Gaga says, “All of the songs are from the great American songbook, which …read more

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Goo Goo Dolls to Headline Environmental Benefit in November

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Chapman BaehlerAfter spending the summer touring with Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls are set to headline, for the third year in a row, the Rob Machado Foundation annual benefit concert in November.

The two-night event is being held November 10 and 11 at The Belly Up club in San Diego. The Goo Goo Dolls will headline the second night. Tickets are now available online. VIP packages that include a meet-and-greet with the Goos are also available.

The Rob Machado Foundation supports charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide, in particular programs that help kids understand how environmental issues impact the planet. It’s named after champion surfer Rob Machado.

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Pharrell Williams' New G I R L Fragrance Now Available at Sephora

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PRNewsFoto/SEPHORAPharrell Williams has officially launched his first-ever fragrance, G I R L, which is a unisex line that everyone can enjoy.

The Voice coach described the scent as “super good” in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “You’re going to like it,” he assured fans, “I like it, girls like it, and people like it.” The word “boys” also flashes on screen when he makes those comments.

He adds that aside from the cool design of the collector’s edition bottle, which was designed by Kaws, the scent will be popular because it smells good. On Twitter, he described the fragrance as a “scent for humans.”

The fragrance is a “stylish, unisex, wood-based fragrance for ‘girls and boys’ that strikes a balance of femininity and masculinity,” according to comments posted with the YouTube video. Among its ingredients: patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, violet, lavender and white pepper.

Pharrell collaborated with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons [come day garr-SOHN] on the scent, marking the first time Comme des Garçons worked with a musician on a fragrance.

Pharrell’s GIRL is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Cher Postpones & Reschedules Even More Dates Due to Illness

By Andrea Dresdale

Peter Kramer/NBCCher‘s Dressed to Kill tour isn’t going back on the road anytime soon. The legendary diva’s recent illness is causing her to postpone and reschedule even more shows.

The tour will to resume in Lubbock, Texas, on November 9, and a schedule will be posted on Cher.com of all the new dates. A rep for Cher says in a statement that the viral infection that the singer Cher was stricken with has “affected her kidneys” and “delayed [her] recovery time,” adding, “Cher’s doctors have advised her to extend her rest period and expect her to make a full recovery.”

In a statement, Cher says, “I want to thank all my fans for their good wishes, patience and prayers. The doctors assure me that I will be totally well by November 9th and ready to perform my show. I’m truly sorry that I can’t get on the stage sooner. But, the good news is that I’m on the mend and feeling better every day. I can’t wait to see you all. I’ll be ‘Dressed to Kill’ in my unbelievable new Bob Mackie …read more

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