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SCREAM ON CUE NOW: One Direction Is On the Cover of Seventeen’s Hot Guy Issue

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Your favorite boy band—aka the BIGGEST boy band in the world—is on the cover of Seventeen’s November Hot Guy issue!

From the day they were discovered on X-Factor and formed One Direction, Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis, and Liam have taken the music world by storm, breaking records and kickstarting the whole fangirling phenomenon. Before 1D got into the biz, no other fan base was as loyal or as viral. #Directioner set the stage for other huge fandoms to come, like #Swifters, #Arianators, #Lovatics, and #Selanators. Every single album they’ve put out has debuted at number one, and their next one, Four, is bound to do the same. That’s impressive, and that’s why Seventeen thinks that 1D is arguably the most powerful boy band in history (not to mention the cutest!).

On being featured on the cover of Seventeen’s Hot Guy Issue, 1D’s Niall Horan said, “Our fans mean the world to us and we want to thank them for supporting us unconditionally on this crazy, amazing ride!”

Learn more about the guys’ wild success—and how Seventeen readers can win a trip to Universal Orlando to see them perform!—when the November issue hits stands on October 21st.

I’m not going to lie, they are cutie patooties and I do like one or two (okay, maybe even 3 or 4) One Direction songs.

Hip Hop’s Bone Thugs N Harmony Launch Their Own TV Channel

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Bone Thugs N Harmony fans, here’s your ideal music situation.

Bone Thugs N Harmony, who MTV calls “the most melodic hip hop group of all time,” announces their triumphant return to the spotlight with all five original members appearing in a major pay-per-view benefit show, the launch of their own fully dedicated Internet TV channel on FilmOn Networks, the creation of a new production company, and a slate of community awareness and development projects in their hometown of Cleveland.

In conjunction with the launch of their Internet TV channel, Bone Thugs N Harmony will perform a live pay-per-view show from the Cleveland Performance Arts Center on Oct. 16. The show, presented by Ladderhouse International, will be broadcast on ETV.com, the new interactive platform from FilmOn Networks, with a portion of proceeds going to the Cleveland non-profit Roots of American Music and Bone Thugs Cares Foundation. Bone Thugs N Harmony’s original members will collaborate for the first time with a live orchestra to make this a one of a kind event for both concert attendees and the pay-per-view online audience.

Bone Thugs TV, will feature original content online at bonethugstv.com and will be distributed globally as part of Greek billionaire Alki David’s FilmOn Networks. The channel joins FilmOn’s massive content offering that 40 million plus unique users enjoy every month. The channel will air live concert footage, interviews, celebrity guest appearances, and behind the scenes footage from upcoming events.

““I’m excited to work with Ladderhouse in bringing Bone Thugs N Harmony to our new ETV.com platform,”” says David. “”The platform was designed to put power and monetization abilities in the hands of artists, athletes and celebrities who can create one of a kind events and raise money for their charities with ease.””

Green Day To Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

You better believe Green Day fans are screaming at the top of their lungs, “It’s about freakin’ time!”

Green Day are among the 2015 nominees up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was recently announced.

The 2015 inductees are chosen by a secret ballot of over 600 individual voters consisting of all past inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, musicians, historians, critics and members of the music industry. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Green Day becomes eligible for the first time this year with the April 1989 release of their debut EP 1,000 Hours.

“Wow! Time flies. It’s hard to believe it’ll be 25 years since we released some of our first music,” says Armstrong. “We are honored to be considered for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with many of our heroes.”

Green Day have attended the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony twice, the first time in 2002 when they performed as part of The Ramones’ induction. In 2012, they opened the show with a performance of “Letterbomb” and vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong helped induct Guns N’ Roses.

This year, Green Day, which is Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1994 breakout album Dookie, which is the band’s best-selling album, having sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and earning Green Day its first Grammy® Award for Best Alternative Music Performance and Diamond Award from the RIAA. In addition, the band’s landmark album American Idiot celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Released on September 20th, 2004, American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album), and raised the bar for modern rock and roll.

Green Day were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley, California. Even though they had released two records prior (1039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with Dookie. Over the years, Green Day has continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums, which in addition to those mentioned above, include Insomniac, Nimrod, Warning, 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tré! They are one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide.

Ozzy Osbourne Responds To ‘The Daily Mail Online’ 9-11 News Story

Ozzy Osbourne is putting a stop to websites twisting his words. There are articles being posted online regarding Osbourne’s alleged thoughts about the 9/11 terrorist attacks with Osbourne being quoted saying that when the 9/11 attacks happened, “he wasn’t scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, y’know.”

As you can imagine, this isn’t sitting well with people here in the States.

To name a few, NME, The Independent and The Guardian had stories on Osbourne’s alleged quotes,

“The day after that happened, there was f*cking nobody in New York. I remember standing on the steps of the hotel, and – you know when you see an old cowboy film and that tumbleweed rolls past on the ground? There was newspapers just floating around on the streets. It was so f*cking weird,” he continued.

The Guardian’s post has since been taken down due to “pending investigation”.

Celebrity VIP Lounge just received the following statement from Ozzy Osbourne’s camp:

“Firstly, I never spoke to ‘The Mail Online.’ Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create ‘The Mail Online’ story [about 9-11]. I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone–that was never or would ever be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It’s another life lesson learned.

My representatives have asked ‘The Mail Online’ to pull the piece, but of course, they’ve refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant ‘The Mail Online’ put on the story.

Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you.”

–Ozzy Osbourne

Nick Cannon Opens Up About Separation from Mariah Carey

Via Extra TV:

Nick Cannon attended the New York City premiere of “Addicted.” Nick talking only to “Extra’s” AJ Calloway, opening up about his separation from Mariah Carey, telling AJ, “I’m just taking everything one day at a time and just being the best person that I can possibly be at the end of the day.”

Nick recently photographed without his shirt on revealing new body art covering up his “Mariah” tattoo saying, “It’s not finished yet… It wasn’t supposed to be revealed yet… I didn’t know they were there, that’s how sneaky paparazzi are… I had just gotten it done, it was painful… It hurt a lot and I’m still not finished, I’m still probably like six more sessions away.”

Nick also said his twins, Monroe and Moroccan, are doing amazing and are currently on the road overseas with mom.

As for the recent headlines that Mariah had vocal issues at her concert in Japan, Nick defended her, saying, “I just wish her nothing but the best, we’re in contact constantly, you know you might have an off night here and there, but she’s one of the greatest performers and entertainers of all time, she’s not worried, we’re not worried, just going to keep pushing.”

At least it sounds as if they are trying to keep things civil?

Nick Jonas Is REALLY Into Pageant Life

In the November issue of Cosmopolitan, on newsstands October 7th, Nick Jonas opens up to the magazine about his new album, creating an OK Cupid profile, and even his deep love of beauty pageants.

Check out the highlights below!

Via Cosmopolitan:

What are the best lessons you’ve learned so far, since you started your career and up to your solo career now?
“I think the biggest lesson is to just chill out. Calm down. I think at the peak of my previous success, I probably stressed about more things than I should have, about things that really weren’t that important. And now, I take the good with the bad and … roll with it all. And I think it’s always important to just stay hungry and to work harder than anybody else.”

What have been your brothers’ reactions to your single “Chains”?
“Really positive. They both really love the song and were supportive on Twitter and stuff, which felt great. I played them some more of the record now and they really love it. It feels good. I think we were a band for a long time, so there always is going to be a sensitivity there that I feel, but I’m thrilled to have brothers that support me and I support them in their solo ventures.”

Do you have a style icon?
“James Dean; he’s the best.”

One-word description of your personal style?
“Understated.”

All-time favorite movie?
“Dead Poet’s Society.”

What about a comedy?
“Something’s Gotta Give.”

Dream collaboration.
“Prince. For the stories and music.”

Dinner with anyone famous — dead or alive. And why?
“Derek Jeter. I’m a big Yankees fan. Actually, I’ve sat with him at a dinner and we hung for a little bit and it was great — but [I want] a full-on, like, dinner to sit and chat about his career.”

Newlywed Nick Carter Talks His ‘Screwed Up’ Past & Similarities to Justin Bieber On Larry King Now

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Newlyweds Nick Carter and Lauren Kitt Carter sit down with Larry King to discuss their new reality show “I Heart Nick Carter” on VH1 and how they felt something special from their very first date. Plus, Lauren talks about the good and bad about marrying a celebrity, Nick’s rough past and his similarities to Justin Bieber & his ‘rival’ Justin Timberlake on the latest episode of the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now”.

Nick and Larry chatted about what happened when the boy band craze slowed down and Nick had some personal time to try and better himself, “I personally went through those same things that Bieber’s going through right now, except it didn’t have social media to expose it to the degree that it is right now.” The former backstreet boy told Larry that his wife, Lauren, was his rock through his drinking problem, “It was difficult for me to find someone who related to the things I had gone through.

Carter also had something to say about Justin Timberlake’s success. “I am proud of him, I am happy for him that he has made the best with the opportunities that he was given. For me, I wasn’t necessarily in the right space to do the same things,” Nick explained.

Nick and Lauren concluded their interview by answering social media questions from some of their biggest fans including the craziest thing a fan has done on the current Backstreet Boys tour, if the BSB boys gave a speech at the wedding, if he would duet with his brother Aaron and why he thinks the best has yet to come.

You can check out the interview below:

I love me some Nick Carter!

Alice Sungurov: “So Blind”

writer: Triston

In these current times in popular music, it is rare to even hear a teenager actually sing anymore, with Autotune prevailing more than half the time. So it is astonishing, refreshing, and some may even say ‘old-school’ for someone like Alice Sungurov to come onto the scene and actually sing.

And sing she does, with a unique voice that is at once captivating and enlightening. But it is her story that is just as awe-inspiring. After being diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder at only four years of age, she overcame it and is now celebrating in a big way with the international release of her single ‘So Blind‘.

 

Based in Manhattan, 15-year-old Sungurov harkens back to an era that many consider one of the cornerstones to popular music – the 80s – often compared to artists like perennial favorite of the era, Cyndi Lauper. The talented singer/songwriter is right where she should be, however, and her sound is sure to stand out despite the onslaught of pop music dominating the scene today.

 

Listen to the official song here and let us know what you think:

 

 

 

 

Websites:
http://www.alicesungurov.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AliceSungurov
https://twitter.com/alicesungurov10

 

 

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Direct Divide: The Sonic Seduction of ‘Abduction’

co-writer: Triston

 

 

 

Fans of groups like 30 Seconds to Mars, Muse, and other emerging super acts will love this news. Direct Divide, a musical trio from Seattle, is on a nationwide tour in support of their latest release, the single ‘Abduction’. Now is the opportunity for hard-core fans and new ones to experience this group live and fall in lust/love!

 

 

Their debut album, Bridges, set the stage for their sonic comeuppance and they are only just getting started! Experience this act, described as ‘violin amplified rock’.

 

Here is the live version of ‘Abduction’….

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSAFNxRu52s

 

 

 Direct Divide Tour Dates

 

Listen to the new single here: https://soundcloud.com/directdivide/direct-divide-abduction-single

 

 

Follow them at the links below!

 

Websites:
Artist Website – www.directdivideband.com
Bandcamp – http://directdivide.bandcamp.com
Facebook – Facebook.com/directdivide
Reverbnation – reverbnation.com/directdivide
Youtube – www.youtube.com/directdivide
Soundcloud – www.soundcloud.com/directdivide
Twitter – https://twitter.com/directdivide

 

 

Mel B Talks AGT Finale, Spice Girls Reunion & Who Caused The Band To Breakup

Former Spice Girl Mel B gets detailed with Larry King on a recent episode of his Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” about the season finale of NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent,” what ended her band’s reign of global girl power, her path to success post-Scary Spice & life as a workaholic mother. Plus, will we ever see the Spice Girls quintet together again?

“America’s Got Talent” Judge Mel B sat down with Larry King to discuss how she balances motherhood with her hectic career & the possibility of her daughters getting into show business “I’m just trying to keep her a kid. As normal as possible,” said the mother of four. The former Spice Girl also commented on what it’s like working with fellow AGT judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern & Heidi Klum and how she likes judging the live show, “I prefer live so nobody can censor you.” Who does she think is going to win the $1 million prize & a headlining show in Las Vegas?

Mel B, who shot to stardom as a member of the Spice Girls, dished on the break-up of her group and weighed in on the possibility of another Spice Girls reunion. The multi-talented performer concluded her interview with Larry King by answering social media questions from some of her biggest fans, including when we’ll hear more solo music from her and her favorite part of judging “America’s Got Talent”.

Check out the interview below to get all those answers and also who was the Spice Girl to break up the band!

Donnie Wahlberg Finds Missing Wedding Ring in the Sheets

Via Wonderwall MSN:

Single no more! Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy, who tied the knot in August, are in newlywed bliss — especially after finding her wedding ring! After admitting she lost her 10-carat yellow sapphire sparkler, the “Blue Bloods” and New Kid on the Block hunk tells Wonderwall.com that the ring has been found. As he gears up to host and showcase photography at Canon’s PIXMA PRO City Senses Pop-Up Gallery in Boston on Sept. 17, Donnie chatted about locating Jenny’s ring, their favorite sleeping position, and if they plan to have more kids.

ON LOSING JENNY’S WEDDING RING:

“We lost it for about two hours. We found it. It was in the bed sheets. It was off because the diamonds scrape a little bit and she doesn’t like scraping me and it was private time. She thought she put it on the nightstand. I thought she put it in the bed and sure enough it was in the sheet. My detective work from ‘Blue Bloods’ panned out and it was down in the laundry room of the hotel.”

ON SEARCHING THE LAUNDRY ROOM FOR HER RING:

“I literally tore the hotel room apart and I went down to hotel security and they went down to the laundry room and found it.”

ON A HONEYMOON:

“We had a brief couple days in Chester, NY at our favorite place in the world called Glenmere Mansion. We’re both working a lot. Jenny is preparing for her new Sirius gig and it was also Evan, Jenny’s son and my stepson’s first day of school the Tuesday after the wedding. We had to get right back into life. We’ll have a real honeymoon later. Not much later. She’s not the type to wait 10 years for anything. She’s going to make us have one real soon.”

ON HOME LIFE:

“When we sleep we have pretty much one sleeping position, which is her head on my chest, wrapped in my arms, snuggled up on my left side. We don’t move. We fall asleep and six hours later wake up in the exact same position. I’ve never slept flat on my back my entire life since this relationship. It’s really a fun thing. It’s amazing to wake up to her every morning and be intertwined.”

ON KIDS:

“I have two boys. She has one boy. We’re all done.”

ON WHETHER HE HAD A CRUSH ON JENNY BACK IN THE 80’S OR 90’S:

“Not really. I didn’t really pay much attention to her. She’s said that I was her favorite New Kid. Obviously I was aware of who she was and I watched ‘Singled Out.’ I thought she was gorgeous. But I’m grateful. I wasn’t ready be married and be in the situation that I am with her now. Nor was she, so I think it worked out perfectly. We met exactly when we were supposed to and we went on our first date exactly when we were supposed to and it’s all turned out to be wonderful. She’s the love of my life and I’m really happy.”

ON JENNY’S STRONG PERSONALITY:

“I like to think that I have a pretty strong personality too. I think we’re very similar. It doesn’t feel like she’s a stronger personality to me. But for me being the guy, she’s never really had anyone help out. When we drop Evan off at school now it’s like, ‘Hey, wait a minute.’ She’s loosened up the reins a little bit. And I’ve always said that the girl that I’m with has to allow me to stop outside of a hotel and take 50 pictures with my fans. Well, Jenny will stop and take 100. Ironically, my ego was confronted. But it’s even better to have somebody who will do it with you. Now we have someone who is like a mirror reflection and it’s like, it’s not scary. It’s a good thing.”

ON WHETHER THERE WILL BE ANY PHOTOS OF JENNY IN HIS EXHIBIT:

“The pictures I take of my wife are for me exclusively. The pictures [in the gallery] represent my take on my upbringing in Boston. One of the pictures specifically, it’s a little kid playing in a fountain at the Christian Science Center in Boston. In looking at the pictures, I am standing behind my brother Mark when he was two or three years old in his diaper with no shirt on, being the future Calvin Klein model playing in the fountain. I was right behind him looking after him.”

Image via Getty Images

Gwen Stefani Talks Breeding, Barbies and Adam Levine’s X-Rated Jokes

No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani opened up during a press conference for the NBC singing competition, which returns Sept. 22, and no topic was off limits.

She discusses Barbies, her fellow coaches Pharrell and Adam Levine, getting back to work so quickly after welcoming her third son and why she was so scared of collaborating with her husband.

Check out the highlights via Wonderwall MSN below:

Gwen Stefani on collaborating with her husband, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, who serves as a mentor on the upcoming season of “The Voice”:
“I went back and forth about having Gavin on [the show] because we have only collaborated on babies before. … They turned out really cute. … He breeds well.”

Gwen Stefani on being torn about working with her husband on “The Voice”:
“I was really overwhelmed that Gavin was actually going to be on [the show] with me, and we got in a little fight about it the night before because I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can handle this. It’s just too much.’ Then I slept on it, and in the morning, I said, ‘Let’s do this. It’s going to spice things up. This is new. Let’s do something collaborative. Why not?’ And it was awesome.”

Gwen Stefani on why she was so nervous about working with her husband on “The Voice”:
“The first couple [of contestants] who came through, I was so nervous. I wasn’t nervous because of being on the show. I was nervous because I was sitting next to him. He’s smart. He’s so musical. You play different roles for different people in your life — and I’m his wife, so it was weird. But it was awesome and really, really fun to do that with him.”

Gwen Stefani on being inspired by her mentorship role on “The Voice”:
“The whole process is just so inspiring for me. I have never been in this position to be a coach, and for [me and Gavin] to look back at everything we’ve done in our careers and to sit there together and be on the same page as far as giving advice to these people who this is everything for them at this moment, I’m getting so much out of it. Now I get why this happened to me at this time in my life and why I’m doing this. It’s so inspiring and rewarding.”

Gwen Stefani on deciding to get back to work so quickly after welcoming her third son:
“I wasn’t motivated. I literally had just had my new little baby boy, and I was sitting at home and the phone rang. … It was so quick and spontaneous, and I think that’s been the best part about it.”

Gwen Stefani on her sons being huge fans of former collaborator and fellow “The Voice” coach Pharrell:
“My kids are obsessed with him — like the whole world is. One day, [my son] King came home from school … and he’s like, ‘I’m going to play this song,’ and he put up the ‘Happy’ video. …And I go, ‘You know that I know Pharrell and we used to do stuff together.’ I showed him some pictures on the Internet, and he goes, ‘Was he your boyfriend?’ I said no, but you could just see his brain going like, ‘Wow! It’s so weird. My mom is in pictures with my idol. That’s so crazy!’”

Gwen Stefani on her first public appearance after welcoming her third child:
“[Pharrell] asked me to do Coachella, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I literally just popped out this baby,’ but I wanted to do is it so bad. … I got a tour bus because I wanted to show off for my kids. So I got a tour bus and I got the boys on the bus and we drove to Palm Springs. The first time I left the house after having a baby was walking out on stage [at Coachella] to do ‘Hollaback Girl.’”

Gwen Stefani on fellow ‘The Voice’ coach Adam Levine:
“He’s offensive to me sometimes. He is so inappropriate. And I have been in a band [with all boys] for my whole life — I know inappropriate! He’s just on another level. … Adam has raised the bar for me. He has gone places that my band hasn’t gone. He’s bad. Whatever version of this show you see at home, I get the X-rated version.”

Gwen Stefani on her concerns about being the only female coach on “The Voice”:
“I was nervous because it’s one thing to be in the boys’ club with guys you have known since you were 16 years old. But to walk onto this platform with these guys who have been doing it already and not knowing them, I was freaked out a little bit.”

Gwen Stefani on not having girlfriends:
“I’m used to being the only girl. I paid for Harajuku girls to hang out with me at one point in my life because no girls would hang out with me. I was always surrounded by boys — and I don’t know how that happened because I’m such a girl. I love getting dressed up. I love hair and makeup. I played Barbies.”

Gwen Stefani on loving Barbies and why she can’t have them now:
“If I had all girls [instead of sons], I would still be playing Barbies. But I don’t get to because if I got Barbies at my house, [my sons] would just take all the clothes off and go like, ‘Oh, they’re naked!’ And then I would have to get rid of them because it’s inappropriate.”

Gwen Stefani on the TV show she’s currently obsessed with:
“Since I have so much time on my hands when I’m home with my three boys and doing this show! When I’m not watching Sprout TV … I pretty much watch ‘Caillou’ [and] ‘Peppa Pig.’ … But I do have one guilty pleasure while I’m doing my makeup in the background: I love ‘Say Yes to the Dress.’ … It’s such a dumb show, and I love it.”

Chris Brown Talks Jail and Working On His Anger Issues

Via Extra TV:

“Extra’s” Mario Lopez sat down with a very candid Chris Brown to talk about his new album, “X.” No topic was off limits. Chris opened up about his three-month stint in a Los Angeles jail earlier this year on a probation violation, calling it “a humbling experience.” “It was definitely one of the things I’ll never forget… I think for me it’s now about what’s the purpose and what’s the goal that Chris Brown as a person and Chris Brown as an artist is trying to portray.”

Mario asked what Chris learned about himself, “For me I just learned that nobody’s invincible, everybody’s equal, at the same time no amount of celebrity status, no amount of how many fans love you, no amount of anything can deter you away from the real if you make a mistake and nobody’s excusable… I think for me it was a humbling experience for me to become a man and mature.”

Chris is still working on himself and his anger, saying he really believes in therapy. “I see my therapist twice a week, it’s amazing and I was at first adamant about it, like, ‘I don’t want to go to therapy, I’m not going to talk to anybody,’ but as I went through it and kept talking, it’s actually very therapeutic.”

He added, “For me it was more of an opportunity for me to understand my feelings and understand what I was dealing with in my own life… at a time I didn’t know how to put those feelings out there, I didn’t know how to say it, I didn’t know how to express myself without it being anger or aggression because I felt a certain way, but now it’s more of me being able to control it and understand it.”

Chris is getting back into shape after gaining weight in jail, crediting dancing and cardio with helping him get back to his normal weight. “My normal weight is like 180, I was 215 when I got out of jail… I couldn’t fit in my jeans, fit in my clothes. I was scared to go out, I was like man, people will see me and I look fat so after a while I went and played a lot of basketball, a lot of cardio, we did the New Flame video, BET awards, a couple of other shows, I was always dancing, always dancing, trying to get my body back.”

Brown is getting personal with his music on “X,” talking about moving on. “In that song ‘X’ produced by Diplo, that’s one of my favorite ones… when I say that on the record it’s like moving on from the old negativity, or the old person I was back in the day. You know, whether it be old habits or just the bull that I used to put myself in all the time.”

Chris says he wanted to show his consistency with this album. “I wanted to be able to do music that defines Chris Brown, the 25-year-old.”

Chris Brown’s “X” album is available now.

Ariana Grande Was Never Like Her Nickelodeon Character

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Ariana Grande appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s October issue (on newsstands September 23). Even as a little girl singing in the car, Ariana Grande had a big voice. At 14, ready for the music world that wasn’t quite ready for her, she took a detour with a Nickelodeon show or two. Now 21, with a hit second album, she’s gone from small screen to mega pop star — which, as we discover, was her plan all along.

Check out the highlights from the interview via Marie Claire:

On early ambitions: “I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’ I wrote this song called ‘Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ‘This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’”

On hiding behind her Nickelodeon character: “People liked her and they accepted her and they thought that I was like her. So I used to pretend to be a little more like her than I actually was.”

On her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” tanking: “I was like, ‘Guys, there has to be a really distinct difference between me and my character.’ And we did that with ‘The Way.’ I dyed my hair back to brown. I made out with a rapper in the video. I made the point I wanted to make. And I was excited to do so after so many years of pretending to be somebody else in front of a lot of people.”

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Photos via Tesh/Marie Claire

Lorde Will Roll Her Eyes At You If Necessary

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For ELLE’s October Personal Style Issue, and Lorde’s first major fashion magazine cover, ELLE and photographer Thomas Whiteside took over an East London rooftop to capture the ultratalented teenager’s distinctive style. With her haunting voice, and beyond-her-17-years wisdom, Lorde is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and has been since last year, when her song “Royals”—written at age 15 in her native New Zealand—became a kind of post-financial-crisis anthem, earning her numerous accolades, including two Grammys.

For this month’s cover story, writer Jessica Pressler met up with her on the road to learn what makes the real Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor) tick, and find out what it’s actually like to be a preternaturally talented and keenly self-aware 17-year-old with the entire world watching.

The full interview and fashion feature can be found exclusively in ELLE’s October issue, available digitally and on newsstands in select cities starting September 16th, and nationwide on September 23rd.

Here’s a sneak preview of what Lorde had to say…

Lorde on standing up for herself and maintaining authenticity in the music business:
“A lot of times when people meet me, they’ll definitely try to make me feel young or inexperienced. Like, ‘It’s all taken care of’. Teenagers are such a discerning group of people. They’ll immediately sniff out anything that feels contrived. I’m, like, constantly scanning myself to see if I’m some corporate executive version of a teenager. I’ve developed something of a fearsome reputation. People know that if you talk down to me, I will roll my eyes or whatever.”

On self-constructing her persona:
“It’s something people my age have grown up with. You can go on the Tumblr of any young person in the world and see people marketing themselves. Everyone my age is like that now. We’re all hyperaware of how we’re being seen.”

On the upside of being known for expressing her opinions:
“People have told me that I’ve helped them feel confident, like they can say things they want to say. They can talk about feminism in class without people calling them a lesbian. That’s so amazing that I can make someone feel like that.”

On figuring out how to navigate career, fame, the media, and being a teenager all at once:
“It’s very specific. I have definitely learned how to be flexible. Before, I would just be like, ‘Fuck it.’ I have such a strong idea of what is cool and great for me. If I think something is shit, I express that. But now the circle of people I work with all the time is huge and spans continents, and you have to be quite conscientious. So it’s, like, learning not to hurt people’s feelings. Obviously, I am hanging out with more people now who are not teenage; I’m in different circles. But I am a teenager. My brain is, like, a certain age. Everyone is talking about you. You have to learn not to care as much.”

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